Top 3 Easy Goals to Set for 2018 (or start right now!)

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If it’s a New Year’s resolution or just want to start making better healthy choices for your body and brain, setting goals can be the difference between success or not. One thing to remember is that no matter how many times you don’t meet your goal, there is a lesson in each of these times and DON’T STOP TRYING. YOU WILL GET THERE!!

Here are a couple goals to set for yourself and your family for 2018 (or now!!)

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  1. Get on the organic train

The top complaint I hear is how expensive it is and although some items may be a tiny more pricey, you cannot put a price tag on your health.

Organic is not what it used to be and sometimes you may even see the organic choices being sold at a lower price. Check out organic bananas next time you’re in the store.

Even if the price tag is a bit higher, the quality of food and the health benefits  dramatically outweigh the extra cents here and there.

Keep in mind, every time you purchase organic foods, you are casting your vote and the more people who choose these foods, the variety will start to go up and the prices will start to go down.

I’m not only talking about food though, I’m talking about the products we use and allow our families to use. If you read the ingredients in most of the bathroom products we use every day, it may be shocking. Remember that skin is our largest organ and absorbs around 60% of everything we put on it. One of the worst chemicals that is added in many of our cosmetics and body products would be: Parabens

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What are Parabens- these are used as a preservative in many cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, body washes and even added to things we ingest. You might be shocked that you could potentially eat these cancer causing chemicals but it’s actually more harmful for the parabens to be absorbed through your skin. This allows the chemical to bypass the metabolic process and enter the blood stream and body organs intact. Methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben are some of the most common parabens but there are many more but they all generally contain the name paraben. AVOID THESE PRODUCTS!!

Some companies recommend: Dr. Bronner’s, Alba, Green Beaver, Educated Beards, The Best Deodorant in the World.. just to name a few.

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  1. Recognize the value of exercising

    This is not only for shedding pounds but is also super important in keeping our bodies moving and living a long full life. Exercising allows our bodies to eliminate the toxic build up from our everyday lives and will allow your body to keep moving as you start to age. I’m talking how long you will be able to walk upright without use of a cane or walker. (Trust me future you will thank you). This does not have to be a vigorous 20K run or doing crossfit 8 times a week. Look at what works for you, always keeping injuries and time a big part of your consideration when trying to find activities that work for you.

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    Try Yoga, Swimming and Walking. Yoga has so many health benefits for you physically and mentally, swimming can be done by almost anyone regardless of current physical endurance and walking is amazing!! These exercises benefit your heart and work both the upper and lower body but are very gently on your joints. There are no excuses. I promise you, you will never regret adding exercise to your life, even if it’s just adding a couple yoga classes a week or a few 20 min walks.

  2. Make quality time a priority

We all live these lives of constant stress (even if we don’t know it). We are glued to our phones and have become majorly addicted to the endorphin release that happens when we see that someone liked our post, or started following us on Instagram. There is an epidemic happening and of course we can’t completely ignore technology, we have to recognize that it has its place but at home during dinner with our families is not where it belongs.

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Start by setting BOUNDARIES- No phone or electronics at the table, turn the tv off and connect with your family or even yourself. Try to be in the moment. Using mindfulness techniques can really help you fully be in the moment. Limit your TV exposure, instead play a board game or go for a walk. Remember playing eye spy with your parents? I do!! And I loved those things! I still cherish those moments with my mom and so will your children.

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Time goes fast and I’ve never heard anyone say they wish they hadn’t spent so much time with their family and children but almost everyone says “Life is short”, “It goes so fast”. So take the time while you have it. You’ll never live this day again in your life.

 

 

Live longer, healthier and happier

Alicia

Pumpkin here, pumpkin there, pumpkin, pumpkin everywhere!!

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It’s the time of year when we start to see pumpkins everywhere, for me they represent fall, thanksgiving, cooler weather and warmer sweaters but what do we actually know about these plump, nutritious orange plants.

Is Pumpkin more then just something to carve cool designs into or filling for pie?

Yes!!

Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. 

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Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health. It contains a wealth of antioxidants. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene have been shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage.

Pumpkin can protect immunity. Pumpkin pulp and seeds are high in both vitamin C and beta-carotene. These offer a boost to the immune system using a powerful combination of nutrients.

 

Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

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Click here to find out how to harvest, remove and roast pumpkin seeds.

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter.

 

Nutritional breakdown 

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains: 

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrates

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium and phosphorus

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Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health, but canned pumpkin is also a great choice. Pumpkin retains many of its health benefits it the canning process.

Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Canned pumpkin should have only one ingredient: Pumpkin.

 

RECIPES
Here are some great recipes to start incorporating pumpkin into your diet ( some good for you nutritionally and some good for the soul).
Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts

Pumpkin Lasagna with Ricotta and Swiss Chard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin and Yellow Split Pea Soup

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Pumpkin Tiramisu

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24 Thanksgiving Pumpkin dessert recipes

and last but not least, what would the fall season be without……………….

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Live Longer, Healthier and Happier.

Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Natural Bug Spray

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Here is a really quick and easy all natural recipe to keep away those pesky bugs. It’s also really good for your skin unlike the store boughten bug spray that contains a multitude of cancer causing ingredients.

Combine in a spray bottle:

* one cups of water
* one cup of witch hazel
* 20 drops of lavendar, eucalyptus or tea tree oil

The essential oils keep the bugs away, while leaving your smelling wonderful.

Enjoy!

Puffy Face or Eyes- Quick fix

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We’ve all had those days where we wake up, look in the mirror and than try to remember the train that apparently ran us over the night before. Here is a quick fix for reducing redness and puffiness to get you looking glam-tastic again.

* Fill a big bowl with ice cubes and put some aloe juice in it.- You can use fresh aloe or aloe juice you buy at the health food store.
* Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes until it gets really nice and cold.
* Soak a face cloth in it and lay it over your face.

It instantly reduces inflammation taking away any puffiness or swollen look.

*For an added spa feel- cut holes in one of your face clothes and place slices of cucumbers over your eyes.

It’s as simple that!!
Enjoy!

All Natural Make up Remover

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This is the second blog about how to get your skin care, body care and house cleaners in check to make your body and house healthier. I’ll be talking about really simple ways to make your own skin care products and cleaning products that not only save you money but make your house and body alot healthier and you can customize any one with essential oils to be exactly what you want.
Today, and this one is super simple, we’ll talk about how to make all natural make up remover.

Get out your pen and paper this is a pretty extensive recipe:

* Coconut oil

yup, that’s it. You can also use olive oil but just simply pour 1/2 teaspoon onto a cotton pad and wipe. All natural, no harsh chemicals and also moisturizes and reduces wrinkles. Bonus..and Bonus.

Enjoy.

All Natural, Home Made Hairspray!

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Everyday we are soo surrounded with chemicals. We use them to brush our teeth, to keep our skin looking nice, to smell good, to keep our hair looking nice. Overloading our bodies with chemicals is one of the leading causes of allergies and disease. I’m going to start of series of blogs about how to make your own products that work just as good without having to coat your skin, body, and hair with harsh cancer-causing chemicals..plus think of all the $$ you can save if you are making your own products. Who doesn’t want to be a savy, healthy diva!!

To make your own all natural hairspray:

* Boil one cup of water
* Remove from heat
* Add 4 Teaspoons of sugar until fully dissolved
* Add 6-8 drops of whatever essential oils you prefer

Once it’s completely cool, pour your mixture into a spray bottle and use just like you would your store boughten hairspray.

Enjoy!!