The holiday season is upon us and it is time for attending parties, enjoying the twinkle lights, spreading holiday cheer and unfortunately sometimes spreading oh those famous winter colds and flus. This year, I hope you skip the latter and get to enjoy all the great times with family and friends instead. And to help you ward off the viruses that may be lurking around, I want to suggest incorporating my top 5 herbs and spices into your daily life to help you stay germ-free.




1. Garlic – Great for fighting viruses, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and fighting cancer. Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. (TIP: I suggest eating garlic with something rich food such as nuts, little bit of oil or hummus, otherwise you may get indigestion)


2. Tumeric – Potent anti-inflammatory, great for digestion, enhancing liver function and fights cancer cells. Also used for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s prevention. (TIP: Sprinkle a teaspoon in your water and drink as a shot before a meal to help digestion and boost your immune system)


3. Ginger – Has anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect against bacteria and fungi. Also eliminates intestinal gas and relaxes and soothes your intestinal tract, while boosting your immune system. Great for fighting colds and boosting metabolism. (TIP: Add some grated Ginger to your hot tea for an extra boost)


4. Oregano -It’s properties include: anti viral, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic, anti oxidant, anti inflammatory, digestive, emenagogue and anti allergenic. The active agent is rosmarinic acid, a strong antioxidant. (TIP: I love to use Oil of Oregano. When I have a sore throat, I put a few drops in water to gargle with)


5. Cayenne Pepper – Increases metabolism by immediately influencing the venous structure. It is nothing short of amazing with its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels. (TIP: I like to put a little bit of Cayenne Pepper in my water with lemon and honey. It is great for breaking up mucus and easing up congestion)


How to avoid Thanksgiving Food Coma

When we think of Thanksgiving a few images may come to mind: roasted turkey in the middle of the table, family members gathering together, football game on TV and the often inevitable food coma. While we love our holiday traditions to repeat annually, this year I want to propose a new ending to your thanksgiving feast – a comfortable satisfaction and easy mobility. Here are our top 3 tips to avoiding Thanksgiving Food Coma:

1. The week of Thanksgiving: I often see people over-indulging at Thanksgiving because they deprive themselves in weeks before the holidays. To avoid overeating in one big meal, allow yourself small treats through out the month. For example, at DeliverLean we have guilt-less desserts that can be enjoyed any day of the week. Their low-calorie Spiced Pumpkin Pie muffins are a fabulous way to satisfy a sweet tooth which can help clients be less likely to over-indulge in a traditional pumpkin pie after the big dinner.

2. The Day of Thanksgiving: Make sure you eat small balanced meals through out the day, especially before the big turkey dinner. The impulse may often be to dramatically restrict your calories beforehand, however that may backfire when your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Instead of starving yourself, enjoy small, portion-controlled, balanced meals with your favorite holiday flavors. That way when dinner comes around you won’t be anxious to dig in and instead will make the best food choices for yourself.

3. During Thanksgiving Dinner: When you find yourself sitting in front of all your holiday favorites, first thing to do is to take a deep breath and make a conscious plan of what dishes you would like to indulge in first. Fill up half of your plate with green veggies and salad, one quarter with your favorite starchy side dishes and leave a palm-sized space for the protein.

Slow down during the meal and focus on enjoying the conversations with the family and friends. Wait 20 minutes after you are done with your plate before you reach for the seconds. If you choose to get more food, eat it slowly and with gusto and pleasure. By taking your time to eat slowly, chewing every bite and enjoying every morsel, you will help your body do its best to digest the food and leave you happy and satisfied.

Tips for eating at networking events

When it comes to networking and going out, it can be hard to eat well. For example, today I attended the Women’s Success Summit in Miami and if it wasn’t for the tips below that I created for myself it would have been very challenging to keep my meals in check. If you find yourself struggling with food choices when on-the-go, take a look at these three easy tips.

1. Get your juice on! I feel so blessed to be working at DeliverLean and to have access to the best organic juices around. This morning, on my way to Miami I was able to get my greens in without lifting a fork. All I had to do was open a bottle of perfect green juice and enjoy it during my morning ride. Yes, rush hour was no fun, but the juice gave me great nutrients and boosted my mood. I would recommend one green juice a day to ensure that you get your daily vitamins and minerals that will support you through out the day and give you long-lasting energy.

2. Plan at least one meal ahead. I knew that today was going to be hectic, so I packed a light meal from DeliverLean with me. Just before the lunch break I savored my meal and then was ready to shmooze with all the fabulous attendees of the event during lunch. If you plan one meal ahead, then you will feel energized, have clarity and feel powerful in making the best choices for your health. After all, it is your body and prioritizing its health should be on the top of your list. Remember if you don’t plan, you plan to fail!

3. Feel your freedom to choose. When it comes to events, I find a lot of desserts around. Cupcakes, cookies, donuts were given out from many vendors and I saw several women fall prey to the temptations. If you find yourself being called by the sirens of sugary sweets, remember that you are the one who has the power to choose whether to eat the something that will make you feel bad later or to find a healthier choice. You have the freedom to choose what to eat. Conveniently enough, when you get your daily green juice (from tip #1), you may find that you are less likely to even want sugary sweets, no willpower needed!

I hope that these three simple tips will help you feel energized during the busy networking events and bring you much success to your business endeavors. And if you ever need healthy treats, you know who to call!

In health and gratitude,

Alina at DeliverLean

The Benefits and Perks Of Corporate Wellness Programs

When people hear of some new technique that management is anxiously implementing, the same comments are heard in organizations around the world: “This is not going to work because we’ve tried this before and it didn’t work” or “It is another fad that those in charge are adopting.”  Yes, it may be a new buzzword, but is it just another fad?  Why can’t organizations get it right? 

We believe corporate wellness techniques are considered fads because running a successful sustainable company requires great leadership and often management generally is unaware of what is required or doesn’t have the skill to run a viable long term organization.

In fairness, running a successful corporate wellness program is not easy, nor is it simple.  Just because you’re a great cook doesn’t mean that if you open a restaurant it will be successful for the long term.  Your company has to be financially viable, provide good to great customer service, engage your employees, provide a safe work environment, run an ethical company, be a healthy workplace, be inclusive and the list goes on.  So when something new comes up they try it because they have to do something.

Proponents of corporate wellness also talk about how energized employees become and how that positively impacts the organization.  They work better, faster etc.  There is no doubt of these findings but there are two caveats that need to be considered.  The first and perhaps less profound is that it is hard to sustain this frenzy unless the company’s wellness culture is all encompassing.  The second and more important is just because you are able to get people to work faster; it doesn’t mean that what they are doing is the right things or that the process they are following is the most efficient.  That is similar to an organization having a potential Olympic silver medalist in the 100-meters working in their warehouse and through their workplace wellness programs the person becomes a potential gold medalist.  The company now believes this person will produce more because they’re more engaged.  They may or may not see a more engaged worker but in reality the organization needs to discuss how to become more efficient in the medium to long term; it’s not a 50 yard dash.  Something is missing and thus our lead in to the future of corporate wellness.

Today, more and more companies are recognizing the need for a “wellness” division that focuses solely on the constant improvement of the health and wellness of their employees. As previously mentioned, for a corporate wellness plan to be effective and sustainable, it must be comprehensive including health assessments, fitness programs and  offer sound dietary nutrition programs that are made readily available to all employees. Food, is the single most fundamental thing we do as humans to stay alive and function at high levels, and yet, it’s the area that most people fall short on largely because of  hectic lifestyles that, unfortunately, transcends to our younger generation as they learn this poor behavior from their parents.

In my opinion, continuous education and implementing a penalty-based health and wellness system, is necessary to engage, not just the willing healthy employees, but the employees that really need it most and who skew the health assessment results that ultimately drives up premium rates. Creating  culture of wellness will positively transcend into the personal lives of employees impacting their families and perpetuating positive healthy habits instead of poor ones.

Easier said than done, huh?

This is why programs must be comprehensive offer rewards and penalties to create an “outcome-based” program, rather than just a “participant-based” program. Companies want ALL their employees to embraces health and wellness not just those who decide to participate, which is always the health-nuts, anyway. Sound nutrition is the best place to start. By offering employees healthy meal options and making it easy for them to make the right choices, is by far, the best place to start. Healthy eating habits easily trumps exercise and relaxation and it also makes you want to continue to embrace other wellness activities when you start feeling good.

Nutrition is the single most critical component when forging any corporate wellness plan. When coupled with a comprehensive strategy, companies can see increased productivity, lower insurance premiums and a culture that thrives on wellness and a passion for success – impacting bottom line results.

By Peter Cianci,

Corporate Wellness Director

Alkalinity demystified!

With the launch of DL Juice I’ve been entrenched in juicing lately – literally I’m obsessed. A majority of my week last week was spent researching the benefits of the various organics vegetables we’ve been using and the benefits of the actual art of juicing.

Let me tell you, In school they teach us NOTHING about holistic medicine. Everything is textbook nutrition – highly influenced by The USDA guidelines. I was never educated on alternative medicine until after graduation, and the more I’ve learned, the more interested I’ve become.

One of my favorite benefits of juicing is the fact that it balances out our bodies’ alkalinity. Alkalinity has become somewhat of a buzzword lately, but not many people know what it actually entails. Our bodies’ pH levels can either be described as acidic or alkaline. The body works best when it is in a state of homeostasis – a state of equilibrium, or balance in our bodies. In order to achieve that balance you must have a blood pH that is slightly alkaline.

Most individuals are more acidic than alkaline. Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, cheese, milk, and salt all produce acid, so the introduction and dramatic rise in our consumption of these foods meant that the typical Western diet became more acid-producing.When our bodies are more acidic than alkaline we are MUCH MORE susceptible to disease. Those of us that are more acidic suffer from lack of energy, excessive mucous production, nasal congestion, frequent colds and flu, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts and headaches.

What I’ve discovered is that simple dietary changes can bring our bodies to the right pH level and give us the vitality we need. By eating more fruits and vegetables we alkalinize our bodies and promote the wellbeing from within. Some of the best ones to try are lemons, limes, oranges, apples, cucumbers, celery, all leafy greens, raspberries and blueberries, just to name a few. You can either eat them raw or juice them, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing here at DeliverLean. With a high demand for our juices I am happy to share that we are now adding more juices to our menu so we can include all of the fruits and veggies I just mentioned. And just as a personal favorite, I want to share my new favorite – “Apple Pie” juice. It tastes just like a dessert, but it won’t give you a cavity!”

So cheers to your health and bottoms up!