My holiday RE-tox – How Overeating Messes with Your Wellness

My Holiday Re-tox - Angie Gray Wellness

Eating well and taking care of yourself

It’s not about how you look anymore

On December twentieth, 2017, I decided to be mindfully unmindful.

Mindfully choosing to eat, in particular, cherry Hershey kisses, every night for a week. I also engaged in a lot, of processed foods. Cheese and crackers, homemade bread, a few cookies, lots of popcorn, beer, and pizza.

80/20 Rule

I have often said that I am a big believer in 80/20 rule. I really do enjoy living a very healthy lifestyle 80% of the time or more.

I also love, one of my favorite things, movie popcorn with a large fountain pop! It’s true! I look forward to movie night with my husband twice a month, and that’s my favorite thing! Most of the time we go and get a burger before the movie. My burger would be without the bun, and I always get sweet potato fries but you get the picture. #noregrets 🤗

So the results of my conscious crappy eating include, all of the following:

  1. Bloating
  2. 5 unwanted pounds.
  3. Severe heartburn.
  4. Many nights sleeping with my head on two or three pills, almost sitting up, because of the heartburn.
  5. Restless sleep.
  6. Psoriasis flare-up.
  7. Mood swings.
  8. Depression
  9. Lack of motivation and focus

The Damage

According  registered dietitian Aglaee Jacob, “Regular binges increase risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some types of cancers, gallbladder disease, headaches, joint pain and menstrual problems for women.

Binges can also affect you psychologically by causing feelings of failure, guilt and shame, depression and even suicidal thoughts.”

The Good News

I’m not exactly sure of the deep-seated reasons I chose to allow myself this re-tox. However what I do know is the contrast between how I feel eating dead processed foods and eating food my body craves for health, energy, focus, and motivation to be my highest self.

It only took two days, and I was already feeling relief!

  • I can’t believe it!…Yes, I can!
  • I totally KNOW this and TEACH this.
  • It really was a strange gift to experience the reality of how destructive “dead food” can be👎🏼

Eating well and taking care of yourself

It’s not about how you look anymore

Yes, I like how I look much better when I’m taking care myself–that seems natural to me. But now, it’s about having the energy and vitality to feel my best!

  • To walk the talk! To feel strong and confident with a clear mind.
  • To take responsibility for the energy I bring to each day.
  • To have the physical ability to play with my children and perform at my highest levels in my highest purpose!

Did You Know?

Habitually overeating damages the mechanisms in the stomach that tell your brain that you are full. And, drinking cold water while eating exacerbates the problem!

Read more.

Be Healthy Be Beautiful Approved
Low Glycemic Chili
A Perfect warm-up for those bitter cold days.
You gotta try this!

Low Glycemic Chili - Angie Gray Wellness

This is a huge win–my fave low glycemic chili recipe straight from our Sanoviv health and education retreat!


  • 6 organic chicken breasts shredded
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cans of organic stew tomatoes 1
  • 1 can organic kidney beans rinsed and drained.
  • 1 can organic black beans rinsed and drained.
  • 1 cup picante sauce or tomato salsa 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste.

Optional toppings

  • Chopped red onion
  • Fresh cilantro!
  • A large dollop of organic sour cream!


  1. 6-4 ounce frozen chicken breasts into crockpot.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Cook all day in the crockpot on low.
  4. Shred chicken before serving.

Pro tips:

  1. I sometimes have a roasted chicken that I will shred and do all this in a large pot on the stove. If I don’t have a roasted chicken then I will cook it all day in the crockpot. Everyone loves it!
  2. I often throw my green pepper and onion in my ninja and blend it up before I add it so my kids don’t see the chunks! LOL!

NOTE: This is a low glycemic recipe for my Be Healthy Be Beautiful program and beyond!

Can Food Really Heal?

Angie & Todd at Sanoviv

As you all know I was honored to travel to Baja, MX last week to Sanoviv Medical Institute to host a Health and Education Retreat for six days.

But, like all of us when we try something new, I had some doubts and concerns. “Will I be able to let go, will my kids be okay, and will I be ready for my upcoming keynote presentation?” were just some of the things on my mind.

It Was Amazing

It was my first time going to Sanoviv. I heard so many great things about it, but experiencing it myself, with my husband and friends, exceeded all expectations! Here is just a shortlist of what was provided to make our retreat a truly healing experience:

  • 100% organic clothing.
  • Delicious, organic, and gluten free meals.
  • Group yoga, meditation, breathing, and relaxation classes.
  • Facial, reflexology, and Swedish massage spa therapies.
  • Stress and microscopic blood assessments.
  • 100% chemical free grounds.

Our Take-Aways (Todd & mine)


I was able to RELAX.  Let it go and TRUST.  PRACTICE what I TEACH. I came home so renewed and so full of gratitude for my life and my health!

My husband Todd lives a pretty healthy life but kind of waived off the VERY REAL significance of DIET when it came to its relationship to PAIN.

With his work, his pre-Sanoviv diet, nutrition, and lifestyle kept his pain at about a 3 on a scale of 1-10.  Some days worse or better depending on the job.

Nights were the worst. His arms would fall asleep.  Not the tingly falling asleep but a painful fall asleep accompanied by pain that would wake him up at night.


After two days at Sanoviv, he was pain-FREE. YES.  Pain-FREE!!!



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30-Day Raw: Raw Walnut Taco Recipe

Angie Gray - Holistic Wellness Coach

This didn’t look quite as pretty as the picture but actually that mango looks a bit like melted cheese?

Listen people, I do not love to venture off the beaten path when it comes to what I eat. I know what I like and that’s usually what I eat every day.

So, this new #30dayraw (you should do it with me), has really opened me up to food and how fun it is!

That might sound funny coming from a Holistic Wellness Coach who talks about food? But, with 7 kids it’s not easy to be super creative and get something that everyone likes. This is especially challenging with a picky husband. 🙄

So for now I’m making my own meals and hoping they’ll be open to trying them. This taco recipe is amaze balls, and EASY 😅

A little too salty so I’ll tweak it for next time but it lasted me for 2 supper meals! 🙌🏻Super good! 😋and PS, all the new recipes I’m making fit right into my amazing SexyFit program!

It’s time for my mid summer challenge! Register here.

Time to get SexyFit! 💃🏼

Here’s the Raw Walnut Taco recipe. Click to enlarge and save to your phone or desktop.

Raw Walnut Recipe