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Healthy Sugar-free version of Starbucks Chocolate Banana Vivanno shake!

Posted Jan 27 2010 5:28am

For those chocolate cravings, I have come up with a recipe that rivals Starbucks Chocolate Banana Vivanno in taste and definitely kills it with nutritional quality. This drink is sugar free. The sweetness comes from the banana and stevia in the protein powder.

For the recipe, go to my blog:

I am really sick and tired of feeling lousy because of chronic health problems, so I have decided to focus on looking after myself this year, put on my oxygen mask, so to speak, so I can be better able to fulfill all my responsibilities and care for others better.

I think most women can relate, especially when you have kids, work and complex schedules to coordinate. We often put ourselves at the bottom of the list. This isn't working for me any more. I am finally fed up and ready for change, so I have joined a bootcamp run by a Toronto Naturopath, Dr. Natasha Turner. I believe most of my current issues are related to hormonal imbalance.

For many people in the group, weight loss is a goal.  I was rather shocked to find out that my body composition is in dire need of improvement too - my lean tissue is very low and, as a result, my body fat percentage is higher than it should be, even though I don't appear to be overweight.

For two weeks, as a group, we are doing a detox. Verboten foods are dairy, gluten containing grains, corn, many oils, alcohol and caffeine, peanuts, sugar, citrus (except for lemons and limes) and red meat.

In addition to the diet, exercise is an essential part of the program, especially strength training - short, intense sessions that build muscle and daily walking help with weight loss and mood.

If you would like to know more about the program, which focuses on rebalancing hormones, the Naturopath running the program has a book, which I have also featured on my site, so drop by to read more!

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