Simple detox smoothie


After a long weekend away or a busy weekend of eating out, I like to fall back on something that will get me back on track. Having a go-to plan of action always helps me stay successful in my healthy lifestyle. 

Starting in the morning I like to take a few minutes to set my intentions for the day or week, spend a few minutes meditating, and then make a simple shake that will help my body digest and rid of the built up toxins. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so even if you have stepped out of line the day before do not skip it. Simply fill it with the right ingredients to get the digestive process going. 

SImple Detox Smoothie


2 cups non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
1 scoop Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
1 Tbsp. Artisana cashew butter
1/2 an avocado
2 shakes cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Blend and enjoy!

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 

P.S. I'd love to hear from you! Let me know how you liked the smoothie. Did you add anything or try a different spin? Is there something you'd like me to post? Share the love! If you post your healthy creation make sure to tag me in it on Instagram and Facebook. 

XO Jaclyn Renee


Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

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5 yoga postures to ease anxiety and digestion

Everything in the universe in within you. Ask all from yourself.
— Rumi, a favorite quote from my featured guest Soojin Kim

Many people are familiar with the popular term mind-body connection, such as a "gut feeling" or an intuition, but how much do we know about the brain-gut connection? With this I am referring to experiencing distress in the gut and it linking completely to how you think, act, or react to situations. This is your second brain triggering in your gut. According to the Harvard Medical School, the brain has a direct effect on your stomach and vice versa. Thus, linking much of anxiety or stress to constipation, bloating, gas, etc.. Basically, these issues go hand and hand and to really resolve these chronic symptoms we must challenge ourselves to find peace mentally to find success physically.

When I sat down with one of my favorite yoga teachers Soojin Kim of  Citizen Yoga, I wanted to dive in with her on this topic and to get her take on the brain-gut connection. Although she has only been teaching yoga for 4 years, she is wise beyond her years. Her approach to yoga comes from a healing aspect and every posture or movement has a purpose. She focuses on the hips, unwinding digestion and elongating the spine. We discussed the intentions of yoga, health, food and many other topics of healing the body holistically. Her connection with yoga comes from the root of medicine, Ayurveda. 

Ayurveda Is India's 5,000-year-old medical system and preaches the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. It is the key to curing disease by balancing the body's three fundamental energies, or doshas (vata, pitta, kappa) and an equally vital balance among body, mind, and soul or consciousness. The body, if given the opportunity, will always heal itself, so she encourages to look inside for the answers and work with your body, not against it.  
What is your dosha?

Soojin taught me one of the most important parts of healing both digestive and anxiety in Ayurveda medicine is through breath, Ujjayi, and a daily yoga practice. Like me, she had suffered chronic digestive issues too and found the daily practice of both coupled with some dietary changes to be the ultimate path to her success. Since meeting with Soojin, I have been practicing the postures and have seen great relief. I feel calmer on a daily basis and my head feels more clear to make creative decisions. I also feel longer, leaner, and less tense in my neck and shoulders. The breath has also taught me patience, which has made me a better listener. Follow her guide below and you will instantly see relief after. 

It all start with the breath. Ujjayi - ocean breath. 

Find yourself a quiet environment with no distractions. Sit on a blanket or a block so your hips are higher than you knees. Keep your hands light in your lap or on your knees and your shoulders down your back. Keep you eyes, jaw, and tongue relaxed and with that take 3 deep cleansing breaths by inhaling through your nose and a big relieving exhale through your mouth. Close your mouth. On the next inhale through your nose imagine that you are breathing in through a straw and as you exhale through your nose take the breath down the back of the throat. Let the exhale continue down the spine to the low belly until you feel like you cannot exhale anymore. Pause at emptiness. Feel low belly hug, or tone in, without forcing it. Start your next inhale from low belly where you finished the breath and continue in that circular motion. As you build the breath it should start to sound like the ocean. Just like that, soft and easy, continue the breath for about 5-10 minutes.

Posture #1 - Reclined Butterfly - Supta bad konasana

This posture is both restorative and a gentle hip opener. In Ayurveda, we find balance by incorporating the opposite. If you experience symptoms like heartburn, gas, and diarrhea most like pitta dosha does, you will find relief here. If you are an extremely active person or tend to run hot, this pose can counter that by sending signals to the nervous system and prompting it to relax and feel grounded. If you are a vata dosha, then it would be better to fold foward in butterfly to release gas and to warm the body as vatas are often chilled.

Lie on your back with a vertical blanket along your spine, feet are together and knees are wide. Start with blocks under the thighs to support you and if you have more space you can remove them.  Keep your heart and 3rd chakra lifted which is where you will find self-worth and confidence. Stay in this posture for 5-10 minutes keeping focus on your Ujjayi breath. 


Posture #2 - Supported bridge - Setu bandha sarvangasana

This posture is also soothing to the nervous system. If you are fast reacting or anxious, this pose will help cool the body. Pitta dosha tends to get hot quickly.  Back-bends lift the diaphragm while creating length in the abdomen easing digestive discomfort.. When we experience digestive issues, we connect it to the mind as well. Grounding postures like bridge will keep the nervous system calm and release the digestive strain. keeping the chin tucked to the chest in this pose will help stimulate the thyroid and regulate your metabolism.

Lie on your back. Bend knees and place feet flat, hip-width apart. Place a block or blanket under your low back above your glute pack. For the advanced version, skip the support and lock your hands under you body. Tuck your chin to chest, relax your jaw and breath in this posture for 1-3 minutes.

Posture #3 - Seated twist - Ardha matsyendrasan

This posture is helpful for toning the low belly and creating fire. Kapha dosha, who have slow digestion, will find that seated twists help ignite the fire from within and aid in the removal of toxins, constipation, and gas. These symptoms can bring on irritability or a feeling of being energetically heavy. Regular abdominal twists will help keep the fire going and spark the metabolism. It will also help to generate circulation easing chronic digestion and improving lung capacity. . 

Sit on the floor with legs straight out in front of you. Bend right leg and place over left leg close to the knee. Place right hand close to your right hip and left elbow over your right knee. Lengthen your torso on the inhale and twist the belly on the exhale. Keep ocean breath going and stay here for 1 minute. For the advanced version you can swing the left  foot towards the right hip.

Posture #4 - Revolved triangle - Parivrtta Trikonasana

This posture will lengthen the esophagus helping to relieve heartburn or or gas build-up. Similar to the seated twist, the triangle will also massage the organs as well as create bloodflow and circulation.  This standing posture lifts the diaphragm as well as lengthen the esophagus towards the top of the stomach. This is wonderful to alleviate acidity and feelings of anxiousness or worry.

Stand with left foot about 3 feet in front of the right. Left foot will be facing forward and right foot will be on a slight angle,  Place right hand on a block or you can use books if needed. (something stable) Start with left hand out to your side. When you feel comfortable there, you can advance to lift the left arm in line with the shoulder and open the chest. Hug towards the spine, yet lengthen the body. Again, stay here for about 1-3 minutes maintaining the breath. 


Posture #5 - Suported shoulder stand - Salamba Sarvangasana

Iversions are most beneficial for the heart. Lifting your feet overhead creates a rush of blood back to the heart, relaxing and slowing the heart beat. This is great for a sudden bout of anxiety, If you are experiencing heartburn or running hot, start with some of the other poses first to cool the body and then finish with an inversion. Ending here, for pitta, will help calm irritability. Like the seated twist, this pose is helpful for Kapha dosha, or slow digestion, and will relieve constipation. Also, bringing the chin to the chest again will help stimulate the thyroid. Since inversions also help with a reduced appetite and insomnia, the vata dosha can benefit from this posture as well since they tend to live very busy lives and have inconsistent sleeping and eating habits.

Lie on the floor and place a blanket under the shoulders. Lift feet over head and place hands on your low back creating a strong shelf.  Draw chin towards chest and keep your breath moving. If you feel comfortable here and want to challenge yourself more, take your feet slowly behind you head.. You can also do one foot at a time.

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If you find yourself having random bouts of digestive issues or are starting to feel anxious, the best thing is to stop what you are doing and take breath. Even just a few minutes in any situation can help calm the nervous system and restore your mind. If you are experiencing chronic issues everyday, I would recommend practicing this flow on a daily basis. If you are new to yoga and want to learn more, check out Soojin's basics class at Citizen yoga in Detroit on Wednesdays at 8pm. If you are slightly more advanced, check out her Monday/Friday slow flow at 11:15. You will be floating after it!

As always, along with this practice and the Ayurvedic way, we can use food as medicine. Toxic triggers like sugar, alcohol, and caffeine only play into anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and chronic fatigue. Steer clear from these as much as possible when healing your body and reach for dark leafy greens, raw nuts, and healthy oils like ghee and coconut oil to soothe your condition and find relief fast.

XO Jaclyn Renee


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9 daily self-care rituals for a happy mind and body

What do you say to someone when they ask, "How are you?" If your response is as expected of most women, you might say one of three things: stressed, busy, or tired. Those three words are overused in our vocabulary today. The most important thing we need to know is if we keep burning ourselves to the ground day after day, it can lead to some serious illnesses later in life. My personal experience with this was in my tenth year as a hairstylist. I was on my feet all day running around taking client after client, and if someone needed to be squeezed in I never said no. In the summer I would always take a few weekends off just to feel like I was able to enjoy it somewhat. By the time my weekend off came around, I barely wanted to do anything. I was a bump on a log. I was a bump on a bump on a log. I would sleep away the whole weekend and come Monday I was back on the grind again.

Sound familiar? I never felt like I was enjoying life and I always felt like I could never say no to other people which left very little time for just me. Me time is the most important time you can gift to yourself. Walking around exhausted and drained every day is no way to live your life. Now, I'm not saying that you should quit your job and move to Costa Rica to find peace in daily life. (Although wouldn't that be nice!) I'm merely suggesting that a quick 10 minutes of your day, or more of you have it, could be solely committed to "me time."

Adding in a few simple self-care rituals each day can reduce your stress, therefore cutting your risk of preventative disease and leading a healthier, more positive life. Who doesn't want that? So, let's start before your foot even hits the ground when you wake up.


Julia Cameron, an award-winning poet and author, wrote an amazing book called The Artists Way. The book was about unlocking your creative dreams and becoming the person, you want to be. Her core concept was to wake up and immediately write down anything you thought of in the morning. Get it all out. Every thought. It's not supposed to make sense at all that day, but the longer you did it the more things would come into perspective. Keep a notebook by your bed and get those thoughts out from the cozy comfort of your own bed. 


Stretching gets the blood flowing through the body and helps to wake up the brain. It could be just a couple quick toe touches or raising your arms over head and leaning side to side. Be present in the moment and feel your muscles stretching. Take a couple deep breaths when you are moving around to help oxygen flow to you brain. If you are looking for some more intense stretches, I recommend this amazing book The Genius of Flexibility. It guides you to which stretches are the best for your specific mind and body ailments and uses resistance to gain strength and flexibility. It has helped with my anxiety and digestion very much. 

Dry Brushing

I know you've heard this buzz word around town and may be wondering where it came from. Dry Brushing is said to boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, diminish cellulite, and help the body to eliminate waste. Sounds amazing, right? It is! I recommend doing this before your shower in the morning and then slathering coconut oil all over before jumping in. Then only wash your private areas. Skin is soft and supple and you are energized for the day.

Dirty Girl Farm makes my favorite dry brush. Purchase here

Hot/Cold Hydrotherapy shower

I know! I know! It's early and the thought of a cold shower is making you cringe in your sponge bob square pants, but trust me, your body will love it! Post dry brush session, heat the shower up to a temperature you can stand. Rinse your whole body and get nice and toasty. Wash away the toxins from your dry brush session. Then, step away from the water and turn to full blast cold. Get the whole body under there. It's exhilarating! Repeat this 3-4 times and have yourself a happy day. This is also an extremely helpful remedy for when you are sick or hungover to help the body eliminate quicker. For a total body hydrating experience try my daily ritual, Hello glow, Goodbye dry.

Eat Breakfast

As one of the most important self-care rituals, leaving the house without the proper nutrition is like asking someone to put a hole in your head, literally. Your body has been in starvation mode all night. You must break the fast and feed the brain it's proper nutrients to keep your blood sugar from crashing and turning an innocent normal day into a sugar binge feeding frenzy. A proper breakfast contains all the macro-nutrients your body needs to fuel your day and keep you moving in the right direction. Sit down and enjoy it and now you've doubled the brain power. 

Try the Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl

Mid-day meditation

Or deep breathing if you haven't gotten into meditation yet. Ten deep breaths in the middle of a chaotic day is enough to ward away that crazy outburst you've been trying to avoid. Not to mention, the practice of deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for activities that occur when our body is at rest, countering the Sympathetic nervous system's fight or flight response. Think of the PNS as the calm sister and the SNS as the non-sympathetic crazy sister on the verge of a breakdown. I'm sure you can make time for a few quick breaths, right? If you'd like to get into meditation, I like the Headspace app. It's a great basic introduction into meditation plus the guys voice is swoon worthy and would help any woman go into deep relaxation. 

Epsom salt bath

Before bed, melt away the stress of the day by soaking your body in a warm bath. Just a half a cup of Epsom salts is enough to draw out lactic acid that accumulates during the day as we work. It keeps muscles and joints loose preventing injury and reduces your stress hormones.  Plus, it helps produce melatonin in the brain for a peaceful sleep. Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil and some baking soda for added detox and sleep benefits. If you are TTC and avoiding hot baths or you are short on time, you could start with a foot soak. We eliminate lots of toxins through our feet and they are the passageway for many organs. A 10-15-minute soak should do the trick.


Turn off all electronics at least 2 hours before bed. The stimulation on the eyes will disrupt your sleep patterns and keep you tossing and turning. Instead reach for a book to calm the brain for a restful sleep. Not getting enough shut eye can increase anxiety and reduce brain function. It is also commonly linked with weight gain and depression. 

Favorite current read - Rob Bell, How to be HERE

Disconnect (completely)

Completely disconnect from all electronics. Shut the computer and cell phone off, leave it at home, and venture out into the world "hands free." Maybe even for a whole weekend!!! Trust me, you won't miss anything. In fact, it will heighten your senses. You will have deeper, more meaningful conversations, and you will ground yourself. If you experience a small amount of panic at first, it's normal. You are just experiencing electronic detox. Push through it and connect with people, nature, and the small things of life. Take a long walk and literally smell the roses.  

A quick 10 minutes is all you need to get started on some of these self-care rituals. Start with one or give them all a try. You will find yourself humming to a different tune day in and day out once you add some body loving to your life. Making time for your health is one of the most important things you can do in your life, especially if you are a mom. Let's be honest, the world cannot survive without strong women, so let's keep us that way!

XO Jaclyn Renee


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A 5-day guide to reducing bloat and healing gut inflammation significantly.

Almost all of my dry ingredients come from Thrive Market and I get them at a fraction of the cost of what I'd pay at other stores. If you want to save money and score some of the great things you see on this blog, check them out! 

Want to save 20% off your first 3 orders? Use the link below!