Stay Healthy This Fall – Food

Stay Healthy This Fall – Food

With the kiddos in school, the germs are flying.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to get sick these days.  Sometimes you just can’t avoid a cold, but you can bet I plan on doing everything I can to stay healthy this year.  With those thoughts on my mind, all month I’ll be sharing my best tips and tricks for staying healthy.  As a bonus, doing these things will also help you feel healthier and happier! Eating well is an important component to staying healthy.  When you consistently eat junk, your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs and you’ll start to feel run down.  Today I’ll share some of my favorite foods to bump up your immune system and load your body with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Dark leafy greens.  Greens such as kale, spinach and swiss chard are wonderful to add to your daily diet.  They are full of antioxidants, calcium, vitamins A,C, K and fiber.  Greens are also rich in anti-inflammatories.  Try to enjoy a cup or so each day. Apples.  Yes, that old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away has some validity to it.  Apples are loaded with fiber and also pectin – both of which keep you full longer.  So eat an apple and you are less likely to be hungry for junky snacks.  They are also very fresh and perfectly in season right now so will taste delicious and cost less.  My favorite way to stock my fridge with apples right now is a trip to the apple orchard. Sweet potatoes.  Another fabulous fall food with...
Kick Start Your Eating

Kick Start Your Eating

How’s your summer going so far?  Hopefully by now you’ve done at least a few FUN things and gotten a few good workouts in.  Please keep that up!  Your family and your body will thank you. This week we are going to jump into healthy eating.  Summer is a great time of the year to switch up your diet.  Food tends to be fresher, we often don’t want to eat as much when it’s hot outside and we don’t have to contend with sports practices and homework every evening. For the next few days I want you to concentrate on breakfast.  It’s a super important meal, and one most people don’t take seriously enough.  When you eat in the morning, you are essentially “breaking the fast” from not eating throughout the night.  Breakfast will also set the tone for the rest of your day.  Eat sweets and a coffee and you’re just not going to crave that healthy salad for lunch.  Skip it completely and you’ll be so hungry by noon you’ll probably overeat. So you can see why what you eat first thing each day is critical.  Something I have all my clients do is drink a glass of water as soon as they wake up.  I drink mine while my coffee is brewing as part of my morning routine.  Next be sure to enjoy a breakfast that consists of a healthy fat and a light protein or whole grain.  Fruit and/or vegetables are an ideal compliment.  Some ideas: Avocado toast (1/2 an avocado on a piece of toast – sprinkle sea salt, pepper and a splash of...
Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

Spring Cleansing – Ditch the Chemicals

You knew I’d get here eventually right?  Actually writing a post about cleaning your house in a healthful way.  I’ve shared a couple of great cleaning recipes using Tea Tree essential oil so far, but today I want to dig into the topic a little deeper. There are several good reasons to look carefully at your cleaning routine.   Cleaning supplies you purchase at the store contain many dangerous ingredients.  After all, there is a reason they have warning labels, right?  Let me show you a quick example.  Here is the ingredient list for a common window cleaner: Commercial Window Cleaner:  water, carriers, cleaning agents, wetting agent, fragrance, dye, and a “formula” Well, that tells me nothing – but the big warning below:  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS is worrisome. How about a window cleaner touted as “natural”? Natural Window Cleaner: corn and coconut derived biodegradeable surfactant, soda ash, potassium hydrate, corn alcohol, fragrance oil, colorant, purified water Okay, I’m still not sure what’s in that cleaner – sounds fancier, but who really knows? Now, take a look at my homemade window cleaner ingredients: Homemade Window Cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol, 2 1/2 cups water, 1 T cornstarch, 20 drops essential oils (I like lemon or tea tree) Still not something I want my kids to ingest, but at least I know what’s in it, right?  And I know none of the ingredients are of questionable safety if I get it on my skin or inhale the fumes while using it. In addition, I made an entire bottle of this cleaner in less...
Spring Cleansing – Food

Spring Cleansing – Food

With summer coming and school ending soon, it’s a great time to clean out the pantry.  I know I need to be ready for the kids to be home most of the day.  I need a pantry that helps me get quick lunches on the table, and makes it easy for them to grab snacks on their own.  In addition, with a daughter in 4-H I need to be stocked up on baking supplies so she can practice her project easily. After a crazy warm winter, the last few days in Indiana have been cold and rainy.  Without the desire to be outside every minute of the day, I was able to spare some free time getting my pantry cleaned and organized.  And it had become quite the mess after the busyness of the last few weeks! I started by taking everything out on one wall (which was a project), throwing out everything expired (not much luckily) and then reorganizing based on food category.  Ditto for the second wall.  Canned foods are now on one shelf, snacks on another, breakfast food is together, grains are together now and in glass or plastic containers, baking supplies, etc.  I found I have a crazy amount of cereal (we only eat cereal on vacation and I suspect that is from a trip to the store my husband and kids handled for me a while back), so some of that needs to be donated, and I’m a bit low on baking supplies.  I also don’t think I ever need to buy barbeque sauce again.  Good to know. Overall, my pantry isn’t full of a...
What is Spring Cleansing?

What is Spring Cleansing?

Yep, you read that right.  Spring CLEANSING, not cleaning.  What’s the difference and why is tea tree essential oil a part of this month’s theme? When I think of spring cleaning, I think of scrubbing down the kitchen cabinets, washing the windows and all that other deep cleaning we don’t do each week.  That’s something we do need to do, but THIS May I want to go deeper.  Do more than just “clean up” the mess.  I’d like to create a deeper clean – a cleanse.  Hopefully one that can create lasting changes.  Lasting changes to our health, environment and life. Although we WILL be cleaning, we’re going to do it in a healthier way and rid ourselves of some of the bad habits and products we’ve used in the past.  And we will do a lot more than clean our house. Tea tree is the ideal oil to dive into this month.  It’s one of those oils that even “non-oily” people have heard about.  It’s perfect to use when making homemade cleaners, but it can also be used in your personal care routine.  Tea tree’s clean, crisp smell is especially terrific in fighting odors and freshening. I use the Young Living brand of tea tree because it’s 100% pure, therapeutic grade tea tree leaf oil. This month I’ll share some ideas around chemical free cleaning and WHY it’s good for your health.  We’ll also delve into cleansing foods, exercise and personal care.  Fun stuff! Want a fun way to start cleaning with Tea Tree?  And hear a little more about the topic of Spring Cleansing?  Check out my recent Facebook...
Eating to Reduce Stress

Eating to Reduce Stress

If you are a busy working mom, I bet you are often stressed.  If you have kids that are super busy in sports and school like mine are, I KNOW you have stressful days every week.  Am I right? As I mentioned in this week’s Facebook Live Monthly Introduction, in addition to sharing how I use the essential oil Lavender, I will be sharing all kinds of stress relief tips and tricks this month.  Lavender is our oil of the month and so stress relief is the perfect complimentary wellness topic to dive into. When life feels stressful, often the first thing many of reach for is sugar and coffee.  Although they may taste and feel good in the moment, in the long run they aren’t going to help you relieve stress at all,  in fact, they will probably make you feel worse.  Sugar and caffeine release “feel good” chemicals in your brain (serotonin, endorphins and dopamine for you scientific types).  Thanks to this, the positive feelings are real and you do feel better, but unfortunately, that happy high quickly turns to a drop in your moods and you feel tired and perhaps even worse. So what should you eat instead? Leafy greens.  Spinach is an easy source and contains magnesium which can help activate B vitamins – B vitamins give us energy.  Popeye knew what he was talking about! Red peppers.  These slightly sweet veggies can help curb sweet cravings while boosting our Vitamin C levels. Salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s.  There is research that shows that cultures that eat foods with high levels of Omega-3’s have lower...

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