The Oaks at Oaji

I have never endured such an intense health experience until I visited the Oaks at Oaji. Located in the cute little town of Oaji, this spa focusses on eating healthy and exercising 24/7 to become that physically and mentally fit person you want to be. The spa features a variety of classes that change every day, from high intensity cardio to relaxing Qi Gong. You are on a 1200 calorie diet yet they supply you with low cal snacks to help get you through the day. And if you don’t feel like exercising, there is a great relaxation area by the pool 🙂

The food was probably my FAVORITE part about the Oaks. I applaud the chefs for making a 75 calorie muffin that tastes delicious! And it’s not easy. Right when I returned home, I tried their blueberry muffin recipe…let’s just say it could have passed at rabbit food. But I’m still trying! Anyways, I bought their cookbook and was thinking, why not do the Oaks challenge? A recipe everyday and then blog about it? I am SO down. I don’t know what I am getting myself into but hopefully it works out…

Here are some lovely pictures of the food we ate!

Smoothies

I have fallen head-over-heels for smoothies. The majority of my breakfast and snacks consist of fruit and veggie filled smoothies with added vitamin or protein boosts. It is such an easy way to incorporate your necessary servings of produce  and any other juices or health powders that are just inedible by themselves. I have decided to start sharing my recipes with you and hope you will try them out.

“Tropical Madness”

– 2 large bananas

– 1 1/2 cups kale, stems removed

– 1 cup coconut juice

– 1 cup frozen pineapple

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 6 ice cubes

Blend until all of the kale leaves are completely smooth, add additional water if needed to blend. And yes, it may look a little…well…green, but that’s natural! You can’t even taste the kale.

ENJOY 🙂

Snacking

Snacking can be dangerous. If you don’t monitor yourself, you can end up eating the WHOLE bag of chips. We use snacking to distract ourselves from tedious activities, giving ourselves an excuse to not continue with our work. Yet that is no way to solve your reluctancy to do something. You are only filling yourself with unnecessary calories that are usually stored as fat in the end. If you really need a break from a long project, go outside and take a walk up a hill or jog around your block. I promise you will feel much better and more motivated to carry on with your work. And if you are in need of a little something to hold you over until the next meal, make a snack that is small but filling enough to settle your stomach. I recommend apples and peanut butter. Cut up an apple, put some peanut butter and honey in a bowl, and dip the apples into the mixture. It is easy, healthy, and a great snack to settle your craving for food. Low-sodium mixed nuts is another fabulous snack to hold your stomach. The mono and poly unsaturated fats in nuts help lower your cholesterol and contain at least one double bond in the fatty acid chain, meaning that they are less-caloric than saturated fats. So the next time you are in need of a mini-meal, DON’T reach for the bag of chips.

Face

We all have our bad habits. Cracking knuckles, biting nails; I have experienced it all. But when it comes to my face, bad habits can reek havoc on my skin. If you are subject to poking, popping, pinching, touching, irritating, or picking at your face, you may find these tips very helpful. And do not worry, I am also trying to break a couple of these.

1. DON’T POP THAT PIMPLE

Everyone has popped a pimple intheir life. You think it immediately disappears, but in reality, you are only creating a bigger infection. Forcing the puss out of that red bump only pushes more back in, causing a bigger lump on your chin. And when it does heal, a dark red scar can appear from multiple irritations. PLUS popping a pimple doesn’t usually feel good. It hurts! Now doesn’t that make you think twice about picking at your skin?

2. Hands Off

I am guilty of unconsciously touching my face. You may have an itch, or have to wipe a hair out of your face; whatever it is, you are harboring all the oils and bacteria from your fingers to your face. And this can cause major breakouts for acne prone skin.

3. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

I cannot stress this tip enough. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful, natural sources of antioxidants, that help your face look fresh and healthy.

4. Change those Sheets

Changing your sheets, especially your pillowcase is crucial to keeping your face free of oil build up. After having the same pillow case for more than a month, it becomes a cozy spot for bacteria to settle.

5. Wash after Workouts

Sweat is great for flushing out the toxins and impurities in your skin. But if you keep it there for too long, you are prone to creating an oily, bacteria-filled film on your body; acne likes to show up in these conditions.

These only a couple of my many “skin rules” but I believe that they are the most important on my list. If you would like to see more posts like these, comment!