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Friday, August 29, 2014

Have You Tried Tart Cherry Juice?

Tart Cherry Juice - have you heard of it?

I actually tried it several years ago and fell in love with all its amazing benefits.

So, what is so special about this juice?

Tart cherries offer many benefits for runners, climbers and other athletes, as well as those suffering from gout, arthritis and inflammatory disease.  Runners in particular find that tart cherry juice reduces pain and inflammation, and aids in muscle recovery.  Tart cherries also contain natural melatonin, which promotes more restful sleep.

If you have ever known anyone who has tried tart cherry juice, I am sure they will quickly rave to you about how it has helped them! I personally have had great results with fighting inflammation and pain from hard workouts.

I have been using Elite Gold's tart cherry juice, and I just love it! It is first certified organic tart cherry juice I have tried, and that is a big deal to me. They care about the quality of their product, and I appreciate that.

For Best Results:
- Try 1 serving for dinner or 2-3 hours before bedtime
- Perfect as a mixer, fruit smoothies, cocktails
- Add to your favorite dessert, ice cream, yogurt, fruit, or pastry and BEYOND!

If you or someone you know has suffered from sleep problems, inflammation, pain, or bad cholesterol, this is a great natural solution! Try it and love it!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Support Talented Artisans and Win a $50 Gift Certificate

I received product to review for this post. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.

Have you ever heard of Novica? It is a website helping bridge the gap between talented master artisans from throughout the world and all of us as they present their handcrafted treasures.

If you haven't checked out their site, it is a must! Every product is unique and hand-made, so you know exactly who you are supporting with your purchases. I love seeing all the unique talented artisans and checking out their profiles. I am amazed by all the talent and beauty in the gifts you find.

I had so much fun shopping for everything from jewelry to kitchen decor, and I finally chose this gorgeous long gray rayon tunic. I love the cap sleeves, scoop neck, and how it narrows and drapes around the hips. 

 The best part is that I know my gifts from Novica have been hand-crafted with love and exquisite quality. I know exactly who I am supporting, and the finished product is perfect. The artist that created this shirt is from Bali and is named Tomomi. She does beautiful work!

Whether you are looking to spend $30 or $150, whether you are looking for a gift for a co-worker or your spouse, no matter who you are shopping for or what occasion it is, Novica will have a unique gift that fits perfectly!

 We are giving away (1) $50 Gift Certificate to Novica for (1) lucky winner to choose lovely gifts and support these awesome artisans! (open to all)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Questions About How To Fix Your Teeth?

 This is a sponsored post. My thoughts are my own.

The importance of good dental health is stressed more these days than ever before, and part of the reason is the emphasis that is placed on an attractive smile as a cosmetic feature. While many people have been blessed with very white teeth that are evenly spaced, some individuals need dental work to achieve the beautiful smile they desire. There are a number of procedures that dental professionals offer to correct dental imperfections and improve the smile their patients present to the world. People living in Miami, Florida area are fortunate they are able to find a dentist in Miami who is able to provide the best in professional dental health services to patients of every age.

Dental health experts recommend that parents take their children to their first dental screening at the age of three or before. The primary reason for early dental screenings for children is to make the visit enjoyable and help them relax at future appointments.

Dental cleanings are an important part of preventative dental care, and can help the dentist to identify the development of periodontal disease. During a thorough cleaning, the hygienist carefully removes tartar above and below the gum line and alerts the dentist if any cavities or other dental problems are developing. Additional X-rays may be needed to help the dentist determine if additional treatment is needed to treat the problem.

Good dental health is important for the whole body, but many people will go the extra mile to make sure their smile is as attractive as possible. Sometimes teeth whitening is all that is needed to make already attractive teeth really stand out. The whitening process is relatively inexpensive and can be done safely at the clinic. 

Uneven, chipped or broken teeth can also be improved through the use of porcelain crowns or veneers. A chipped or broken tooth can be replaced with a crown or cap that perfectly matches the surrounding teeth, or porcelain veneers can be used to cover several damaged, stained or uneven teeth. If all the teeth are healthy but crooked, Invisalign is a clear plastic tooth straightening system that gradually moves the teeth into the correct position. Although braces are most often used to straighten the teeth of children, this clear brace system is often used successfully for adults.

While I personally had experience with braces when I was younger, these days I haven't had trouble with my teeth. I think a healthy diet, exercise, good sleep, and great habits of flossing and brushing can go a long way in preventing teeth issues.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5 Healthy Must-Do's for Pregnancy

If there is ever a time to take care of yourself in life, it is most certainly before, during and after pregnancy. Now that I am pregnant with my fourth baby, I am getting a little more experience on what really feels good and nourishing for my body and my baby during these times. I hope that these tips help you along in some of the most important times in your life!

1. My first and probably most important tip is to get your vitamins and minerals. I personally take my Vitalizer strip of vitamins every single day. In fact I don't know that I have missed a day in years. As a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, I get asked a lot which vitamins or supplements I recommend. I always come back to Shaklee, because I did a LOT of research many years ago, when I started changing my health, and Shaklee was the one company that's purity and quality standards were optimal and met my standards. The reason I love my Vitalizer strip is because it has almost all the supplements I need in one little package. The strip contains probiotics, multivitamins, Vitamin B and C complex, all 7 Omega-3 fatty acids, the most potent form of Vitamin D, 26 antioxidants working together, and the full spectrum of vitamin E from all 8 natural forms. It helps with all these important aspects of health:
  • Bone health
  • Breast health
  • Heart health
  • Immune health
  • Physical energy
  • Reproductive health
  • Digestive health
  • Healthy hair, skin, and nails
2. Secondly, let me tell you something you may or may not want to hear. Exercise!!! I am not saying that you have to go hog wild and run a half marathon or start doing Crossfit. But I am saying that exercising on a regular basis - think 5 days a week or so for about an hour a day - will help you feel more energized, confident, stronger and more healthy. The benefits are nearly endless, but let me share a few.

Think about it this way. Let's say you were training for a marathon. You certainly wouldn't wait until race day to actually run your first steps of training. You would be training and running for months beforehand. The same thing applies to pregnancy. You have a huge athletic event coming up called labor and delivery. You don't want to go into it cold turkey. You want to strengthen and tone your body in preparation for this big event. Not only will it help labor go easier (if that's possible), but you will feel so much better during your pregnancy and you will recover much faster after you give birth. Yes, you will. Trust me. And when you have to resume all your responsibilities and all your parenting yourself just days after you give birth, you will NEED to recover as soon as possible.
This is two of my sisters and I running the Diva Dash 5K when I was about 12 weeks pregnant

I get questions all the time about what exercises you can and can't do during pregnancy. Listen to your body. Most likely, you will be able to do the same types of exercises you did before you were pregnant. I have always worked out through the very last days of my pregnancies, and it has been awesome! Not only has it helped me relieve stress, keep my body strong for birth, and given me energy for all the tired days, but it has also helped me lose baby weight fast and keep my core toned and able to bounce back fast. Just do it. :-) Feel free to check out all my Tabata workouts I have shared - they are only 20 minutes for a full body workout!

3. Drink tea - especially Nettle and Raspberry Leaf tea. Nettle leaf tea is a fabulous source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamins A, C and K, and potassium. Raspberry leaf is helpful for toning the uterine muscles, which may help make contractions more efficient. It is also high in many nutrients, including vitamins C, E, A and B complex, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.  I personally drink at least one cup every day. It gives me energy, relieves some of my nausea, and keeps me focused on putting healthy foods and drinks in my body.
I like to make a bit glass jar full of this tea, so I have a few days worth ready whenever I want some. I buy both teas in bulk from my local co-op, and use a couple tablespoon fulls of each in each batch I make. You can also add a little raw honey, if you want it sweetened.

4. "What you put into your body is what you get out." Have you heard that before? I'm sure you have. The thing is - it is true. When you add a baby into your body, this becomes even more of a truth. My next tip is about eating pure, organic, healthy food.
Words to live by!!! 
I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a difference this will have on you, your body and your baby. If you want more heartburn, constipation, weight gain, headaches, stomach upset, and swelling, then ignore me. However, if you want to feel your best, gain an appropriate amount of weight, deliver a happy and healthy baby, then please fuel your body and your baby's growth with good, wholesome food. Remember, packaged processed stuff isn't really food. If you are eating something that you could still eat after letting it sit in your cupboard a year, then that probably isn't a good choice. What I am talking about is the good stuff - fresh veggies, fruit, organic and grass fed meats, fish full of Omega-3's like Alaskan salmon, anchovies, sardines, safe herbs, coconut oil and other healthy fats, and lots of water. For more great information on what to eat, check out "Think You Know About Nutrition, Think Again!"

Don't forget about your baby. You are making a full person in there. Not getting enough calcium? Well, then baby is going to take it out of your bones. Not getting enough Omegas? Well, your baby's brain, eyes, skin and much more might suffer from that deficiency. If for no other reason, eat well for your baby. The choices you make right now are going to affect your child for the rest. of. their. life!

Often times, people don't know how good it feels to truly feel healthy. Try it and let me know what a difference it makes in you!

5. Give your mind a rest! Holy cow, do our minds work overtime or what? Does the word stress mean anything to you? The havoc that stress and a lack of rest takes on your body is huge! I never realized this until I started suffering from stress-related issues - neck aches, headaches, stomach pains...It is just no fun.

Here are a few ways you can curb that stress and give your mind a rest:
  • Take a nap! I try to get a nap almost every day. It is so refreshing to give my body time to rejuvenate, heal, and rest. Even a 15-20 minute nap makes a difference!
  • Sit in the peace and quiet for a few minutes and breathe deeply. Don't underestimate the power of a deep breath. It does wonders! Check out Proper Deep Breathing for great tips!
  • Try some yoga. I love prenatal yoga. It is so relaxing, while at the same time energizing your tired body. I enjoy still teaching yoga while I'm pregnant, as well as doing it at home. Check out What Yoga Can Do For You.
  • Read a daily devotion, take time to count your blessings and talk to friends and relatives. One of my favorite devotion books ever is Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst. It really keeps me focused on what's important when it is so easy to lose my cool. 
What do you like to do to pamper and take care of yourself while you are pregnant? Please share your tips and thoughts with us! I would love to learn from you as well.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Natural Breathspray Giveaway

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How many times have you caught yourself wanting a stick of gum, a mint or something to get a bad taste out of your mouth. Since I've been pregnant with my fourth child, not only have I dealt with a lot of nausea, but I constantly feel like there is a bad taste in my mouth. Can anyone else relate?

The problem is, there is no way I want to put regular gum or breath mints in my mouth - not with all their artificial ingredients and chemicals.

Thank goodness for OraMD Breath - the newest product from one of my favorite companies - Trusted Health Products.

The biggest difference between OraMD Breath and other products is not the fact that their ingredients also kill the germs that cause bad breath, but the fact that they do it with 100% pure and natural ingredients – no chemicals of any kind. The 3 ingredients in OraMD Breath are a proprietary blend with special properties of almond oil, spearmint oil and peppermint oil. And this stuff works! In a clinical study OraMD Breath ingredients were found to kill all the types of periodontal bacteria which are the deadliest and worst types of mouth bacteria.

Here are a few more things to love about OraMD Breath:
  • One spray completely eliminates embarrassing bad breath
  • Kills the cause of bad breath
  • Ingredients also clinically proven to kill periodontal bacteria
  • Leaves a really fresh, clean feeling unlike anything you’ve experienced
  • 100% pure – no chemicals, sugar, alcohol or additives
  • Same formulation as OraMD Original
  • Each bottle contains about 60 sprays
  • The perfect companion to OraMD Original or Extra Strength 
I personally love this product! It is a perfect little bottle to have on hand with you at all times. Not only is it effective, but you can rest assured it is very safe. If you know someone suffering from bad breath, the OraMD products would be the perfect choice!

Great news! We are offering a great giveaway!   

We are giving away (3) bottles of Breath – 1 bottle to 3 separate winners – U.S., Canada, England and Australia only. Enter below.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Optimum Health the Paleo Way

A book was sent for my review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

You've been hearing from me about Paleo living and receiving some of my favorite Paleo recipes for years, but what does the Paleo lifestyle really mean? What is it all about? Can you do it? 

Let me answer a few of those questions, help you decide if this might be right for you and recommend an excellent book that will be super helpful on your Paleo journey. 

First of all, let's get something straight - eating the Paleo way is not about becoming a caveman! Instead, it is all about listening to your body, getting back to a more natural, seasonal way of eating, nourishing your body with tasty whole foods, and living a more balanced lifestyle.  

I love how author Claire Yates talks about it, "The Paleo lifestyle is about looking at ourselves and figuring out what is the most nutrient-dense food we can eat to nourish our body, prevent disease, and lead to a healthy life. This means making choices to not consume highly processed foods or foods high in anti-nutrients, and where possible, to by local, seasonal, and sustainable foods."

So, can you do it? I almost want to answer this question with, "How can you not do it?" The thing is, these days we are sick people. Our bodies are constantly fighting inflammation, trying their best to fight against all the toxins we are absorbing and taking in. The "foods" we are eating can hardly be recognizable as real food that is nourishing and healthy. Our rates of food allergies are skyrocketing. All the diseases and health problems we are dealing with have developed over time because of our lifestyle choices. That is why I think everyone can and should take preventative measures to reach optimum health!

If you have no idea where to start, let me recommend a great book. In Optimum Health the Paleo Way, Paleo nutritionist Claire Yates explains clearly why unhealthiness is on the increase and how the Paleo lifestyle (not diet) can help.  Claire sets out the key aspects of the Paleo lifestyle, including the importance of food as medicine, and the truth about fats, carbs, protein, and fiber.  She then takes you through the 28 day reset meal plan before including more than 100 delicious Paleo recipes that will get you feeling great while eating some of the tastiest food of your life!

Optimum Health the Paleo Way will help you:
•       Boost your energy.
•       Eliminate sugar cravings.
•       Reduce your use of processed foods.
•       Find your ideal weight
•       Develop an eating plan that works for you.
•       Sleep better and feel great!

I love this book! The first 137 pages educate you about what is going on in your body right now, how the choices you make affect your body, and how to start making changes. This is an invaluable part of the book!

Then come the delicious recipes. Full of colored pictures of the recipes, these recipes are really varied. From banana bread to Paleo pizza, your whole family will love them!

If you have already started adopting a Paleo lifestyle, please tell me what changes you have seen. If you haven't yet, feel free to ask any question or share any concerns. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Fun!

Living healthy natural lives is not always the easiest thing, which is why I started my blog - to inspire and help others live their best life healthfully and naturally. Friday Fun is my way of sharing a bit of my life with you, my readers and friends, and I hope you will be willing to share your thoughts and ideas with me too.

So, here we go!

In my life this week...
So much fun!!! One of my younger sisters got engaged, we already started looking at wedding dresses, another sister had a baby boy, and I reached my half way point of this pregnancy. Whoo, whoo!

I also began a new session of specialty weight loss/healthy living classes at work. I love meeting new clients and helping them reach their goals. Plus, some of my other long time clients are really making significant progress and breaking down barriers! I love that! When you can start seeing your own potential and believing in your body's ability to break down barriers you've built up, you are going to climb mountains!

I am inspired by...
the fresh night air. I have always loved getting outside for a few minutes when it is dark and peaceful. At the end of a long day, it is such a soothing and restful time.

My favorite thing this week was...
Oh my! I had so many favorites! I had a blast taking my kids to the beach and trying to teach them how to swim. That was probably my favorite!

What's working/not working for me...
Working - I never get over how wonderful it is to go out in my backyard and pick fresh veggies for every meal. Every year I forget how absolutely awesome it is to get all that fresh garden produce until I bite into my first pea or cucumber. Yum!!

Not working - I am trying to be loving and forgiving to a cranky neighbor who has been acting selfishly, and it isn't working very well. I keep getting all fired up about it when I think about it. Trying to remember that I can display love even when others are unloving.

Questions/thoughts I have...
Is my baby a boy or girl? We usually do an ultrasound to find out our baby's gender and celebrate 20 weeks, but after praying about it and doing lots of research, we decided that we don't want to risk any complication with our baby just to see it on ultrasound. So, we are going to wait...We'll see how that goes. :-)

I'm reading...
Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKerst, and I am still reading through one chapter of the Bible a day, now I am in Mark.

I'm cooking...
This week I have been using my crock pot a lot. We are loving my newest recipe: Paleo Crock Pot Italian Lemon Chicken. I have also been enjoying sunflower seed butter gooey bars with chia seeds and flax seed and a little bit of chocolate. Besides that, I made crock pot whole chicken, crock pot Italian meatballs and healthy meatloaf.

I'm grateful for...
little baby kicks from inside my tummy, kisses and "thank yous" from my kids, moments of peace and quiet, celebrating huge milestones with other people, seeing my little sister in a wedding dress, green trees, cute baby birds, fresh veggies from the garden, flowers picked by my kids, and so much more!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share... 

20 weeks with baby #4!!!

Photo: 20 weeks with Baby #4!!! Always love being 1/2 way through!