Monthly Archives: September 2014

Think Twice About Pumpkin Spice

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Do you know what’s in your favorite Starbucks Pumpkin spice latte? I have to tell you I am a little heartbroken every time I discover that fake chemicals are in some of my favorite things. Let’s think twice about pumpkin spice.

Just so you know this is not all doom and gloom I have a VERY happy alternative (that can be enjoyed all year long). Read on!

Here’s is a breakdown of what’s in the “Pumpkin Spice Latte”. Thanks to Food Babe (seriously, amazing woman, follow her!)

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Now for the happy part! I have a great way to still get the flavor and yumminess of a Pumpkin Spice Latte, in Organic Essential Oils ( Young Living only).

I make tea or coffee and then add:

1-2 Drops Clove

1-2 Drops Nutmeg

2-3 Drops Cinnamon Bark

2-3 Drop Orange

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(fyi, once purchased, these oils will last forever! You could make your Pumpkin Spice tea, coffee, latte all season long)

Last but not least for a creamy rich finish I add: 1tsp-1Tbsp Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream ( AMAZING).

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Seriously, the most delicious fall drink! It tastes like a splurge but feels so much better because it’s so good for you too!

Would you like to have a healthier version of Pumpkin Spice Latte anytime you want? Click here! 

Eat MORE Veggies!

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When I started to change the way I ate I had to figure out how to eat more veggies at every meal.

I feel like the toughest meal to learn to put veggies with was breakfast! For years breakfast has been a high-carb, load & go of cereals, toasts, bagels, muffins & doughnuts. Yes, eggs, but always with a side of pancakes or french toast. I guess omelettes have always been a good option to incorporate veggies (underneath the bed of melted cheese).

Here are three variations of breakfast veggies I LOVE to pair with my eggs, and fermented sauerkraut(see previous post for details). – no gluten, no dairy. But oh, so yummy.

1. Cabbage Hash – 

– 1/2 Pork Sausage (you can use less meat or no meat, it is used mainly to add flavor to the veggies)

– 1-2T. Coconut Oil

– 2-4 Cups Thinly Sliced Cabbage ( you can make it chunky too, your preference or what you have time for)

*- 1 – Sliced Zucchini

*- 1-2 Cups Spinach

Season to taste with: Salt & Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Powder & Paprika

*optional

Brown sausage first and then add coconut oil & the cabbage & zucchini. I will also add spinach at the end to lightly wilt. Season and serve with eggs and sauerkraut! ( Sometimes when I feel frivolous I add avocado for extra nutrition & a creamy finish). Even if you don’t think you like cabbage you should give this a try. It will surprise you!

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2. Bell Pepper, Onion, Olive Saute –

1-2 Bell Pepper (I like to use red & yellow, green is an option too)

1/2 Large Purple Onion

2-4 Cloves garlic (crushed & chopped)

2 Slices of cooked bacon (great to cook ahead of time)

5-8 Greek Olives chopped up

Season with: Salt & Pepper, Onion Powder, Paprika & Basil.

*Kale would be real easy and yummy to pump up this morning breakfast veggie mix too.

Saute the peppers & onion in coconut oil, then add remaining ingredients. serve with eggs over easy (when I eat this I can almost taste pizza). I think fresh tomatoes would be yummy with this too!

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3. Steamed Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Or any Veggies leftover from dinner the night before.

Any leftover veggies are great with warm eggs in the morning. Or just serve eggs on a bed of spring mix!

I hope this inspires you to start your day with more vegetables! I now feel lost without morning veggies! Vegetables are a fantastically nutritious way to begin your body’s fuel for the day — just have to start thinking out of the box.

Veggies aren’t just for dinner anymore! Please share your ways of using veggies in the morning!

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Stay Healthy This Fall

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Today I want to share some information about one Essential oil blend! Thieves! Thieves is a blend of: clove, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon bark, and Eucalyptus radiata.

It is a blend inspired by the legend of four 15th-century thieves who formulated a similar aromatic blend to protect themselves while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.

It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. I LOVE having this blend in my home all the time.

Here’s why:

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This blend is so great at disinfecting and cleaning that Young Living has a whole line of cleaning supplies from this one blend. But today I am only going to share a little more information on one of the Thieves products. That is, the Thieves waterless hand purifier. For years I have been buying hand sanitizers from, well, wherever it was convenient.  But since trying to remove toxins and chemicals from my home and daily life I’ve been giving everything a closer look. So when I went to read a label for the ingredients in my generic brand hand sanitizer and I found an explanation that read ” a powerful germ-killing formula…” I got to wonder what was in that “formula” .

From there my education on hand sanitizers began and I learned about a chemical called triclosan and what it means to use many anti-bacterial products on the market:

  • Most hand-sanitizers contain Triclosan, a toxic pesticide that has been shown to alter hormone regulation in animals and to increase allergies in children.
  • Anti-bacterial soaps and hand-sanitizers kill more than just the bad bacteria. When we think of the word “bacteria” we think of a bad thing. But, there is good bacteria (think pro-biotics) and harmful bacteria (think pathogen). Hand-sanitizers aren’t selective – they destroy all of it (99.99%, it has always sounded like a good thing, right?), but in the process they are hindering our own immune system
  • Over time, the repeated use of anti-bacterial products can lead to antibiotic resistance and the development of “superbugs”.

So let’s compare:

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I like peace of mind. I carry a small purse size Thieves HS in my purse, the diaper bag & in my gym bag!

If you like peace of mind too CLICK HERE to enroll and purchase!

If you are looking to eliminate more toxins and chemicals from your life START HERE to learn about how to get started on your own healthy journey!

 

4 Simple Ways to Start Healthy Habits

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As I read articles, research and scroll through blogs it is overwhelming.  There are so many tips, tricks, plans, guidelines, toxins to avoid, dos, dont’s in the health world. Sometimes all this information throws me into a paralyzed state so that I am unable to make a change or improvement. For years it did. I couldn’t imagine how or even where to begin. But I discovered little things that changed me and I want to share them with you.

Here are 4 small ways that start you toward making healthy choices without being overwhelming.

1. A Positive Mind: Practice, this is a really simple way to lower stress and keep everything in perspective. Be patient with yourself. Embrace the process of change in your head first.

2. Goals: Set small attainable goals. Remember it takes years to earn degrees. If you are just starting to make an effort to live a healthy lifestyle it doesn’t happen overnight. Start new habits and practice till they are second nature(i.e. more veggies, more physical exertion, less fast food).

3. Community: Build new friendships with others who will inspire and support you in making healthy living your way of life (i.e. bike/hike together, swap recipes).

4. New Activities: As kids our parents usually made us eat a food we didn’t like at least a few times. Being an adult we now have the privilege (or curse) of deciding without trying. But there is a joy and freedom in exploring. New activities can be hard and are usually out of our comfort zone. But exhilarating and gives a fresh and invigorated dose of self esteem ( run a little faster, try a different exercise class, cook new veggies, lift a little more, play a new sport, play on the playground with your kids – play tag again).

You don’t need to do these all at once. Choose one. This week practice one. Next week add another until everyday you do little things that have become habits to achieve bigger goals.

We can do it!

Healthy living has so many benefits and is accomplished one choice at a time!

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