30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 30: You Can Do This!

We made it!  It’s day 30 in our 30 Days to a Healthier You Series!  I hope you’re all on the road to being healthy.  I challenge you all to go back through each day and see how you’re coming along.  Are there things that you didn’t feel like doing?  Or things you’re really good at?  Don’t let this stop here!

Moderate: Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme

Moderation is not to give you guys a free chance to lessen your exercise or increase your sugar!  This is to remind you to ease into this.  We all want the end result to be extreme health.  But I don’t want you all to cut every single bad thing out right this second and work out for 2 hours a day.  If you jump in like that, you’re likely to give up in about a week  😉

Enjoy life!  Have a glass of wine or a piece of chocolate.  Just be sure that it stays as “moderation” and does not become a habit.  And remember, you’ll get the most joy out of life when you’re living the life God intended you to.  A life where you’re healthy and can live long enough to see your babies, grandbabies and great-grandbabies!  A life where you have the energy to go out and serve others.  This life is way to short to sit at home on your computer or TV!  Love yourself, love others, bless someone.

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 29: Love Your Spine

If our spine controls ALL functions of the body, then why aren’t we taught to take care of it?  I did not know the importance of spinal health until just last year.  I’ve always had lower back pain, but was too chicken to see a chiropractor.  Oh, how I wish I would have gone sooner!  My neck started really bothering me last year and I finally caved and went to see Dr. Matt Hubbard.  He is a friend from high school and I knew he was practicing in San Diego.  I got in contact with him and he saw me right away.  Boy was I a mess!  Besides taking the pain away, he taught me some valuable information.  And, to my surprise, chiropractic care is not just for those in pain!

For our spines to operate as God intended them to, they need to be in alignment.  A Subluxation is a  misalingment in your spine.  Subluxations are not only caused by falls or injury, but can be caused by stress, improper sleeping conditions, obesity, and lack of exercise to name a few.  Subluxations don’t always cause pain either.  You could be living completely pain free right now, but most likely you have a subluxation.  Depending on where it is in your spine determines what part of your body it’s affecting.  When one or more of your vertebrae are out of alignment, they put pressure on your spinal nerves.  This causes the nerves to send the wrong signals, or no signals at all.

Starting from the top of your spine and working our way down, here are just a few problems that can be caused from a misaligned spine:

Headaches
Sinus problems
Allergies
Ear infections
Thyroid problems
Asthma
Heart problems
Bronchitis
Ulcers
Digestive problems
Bed wetting
Infertility problems
Menstrual problems
Diarrhea
Varicose Veins
Hemorrhoids
Pain when sitting
And the list goes on…

Can you believe it?  Seriously, how many of these symptoms do you have?  I used to have have several!  But I can honestly say that my symptoms are pretty much gone.  I am in so much less pain!!  I have less headaches {if any}, less allergies, clearer skin, and so much more.  I’ve only been going since September of last year!

I am under the care of Dr. Matt DeMoss, located in Orange California.  I waited too long though.  My neck had lost it’s curve from an accident several years ago and it’s taking some work to get it back.  I have to go 2 times a week {started at 3} and soon I’ll be down to once a week.  If I had started going right away, I would not be in this situation.  Do yourselves and your children a favor.  See a chiropractor!!  Find one that cares about your wellness.  You’d be amazed at the healthy lifestyle you can lead when your spine is aligned!

There is so much more information I would love to share with you but then I’d have to write a book 😉  Find a chiropractor, get adjusted, take care of your spine!  If you live in the San Diego area, I recommend Dr. Matt Hubbard.  If you are in Orange County, I recommend Dr. Matt DeMoss.

How as chiropractic care helped you?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 28: Beautify!

 

 

 

You are beautiful!  Do you know that?  You are!  God made you in His image and He does not make mistakes!  I want you all to know that what I’m about to talk about is not about being vain or comparing yourselves to others.  But I honestly feel that taking a little extra care of your appearance can give you a huge boost in your actions and overall health.

Have you ever noticed how much more tired and lazy you feel when you don’t freshen up and throw a little lip gloss on?  If I look tired, it makes me feel tired.  Putting on a little mascara or gloss can completely change my look from tired mommy to happy mommy.

If you’re stuck in a rut and not taking a little extra effort to beautify yourself, it could just be adding to your rut!  I challenge you to try it.  I’m not saying get all glammed up to go to the grocery store.  Just a little can go a long way.  A little mascara, blush, and lipstick can make you look more alive.  This can give you that little burst of energy you need to get you on your way.  This may even give your marriage a little boost too 😉

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 27: Know Your Stuff

 

 

 

As our 30 Days to a Healthier you is coming to a close, I wanted to take this day to remind you all that being healthy is completely up to you.  It is up to you to educate yourselves about health, fitness, the food you’re feeding your families, and more!  I started this 30 Day series to hopefully start a movement.  But I can only offer you so much.  I can encourage you along the way.  I can let you know what I’m doing and how my diet and exercise are going.  But, I can’t make you change.

I guarantee that one of the most crucial points in changing your health for the better is being educated.  I’m not talking about “school,” I’m talking about knowing your stuff!  Know what you’re putting in your families mouths.  Know what body type you are and how you should be treating it.  Know your body and how it feels when you do or don’t do certain things.  Research medications and vaccinations before you take them!  You’d be surprised at some of the awful ingredients that are added 🙁  The more you know, the easier it will be to make healthier decisions!

What have you learned this past month that has helped you make life changing decisions?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 26: Give a Little Bit

Being healthy is all encompassing.  It’s not just about the food we eat or our exercise program.  Helping others can be extremely beneficial to our overall well-being.  It is in our DNA to be helpful.  God tells us in the bible to care for the widows and the orphans.  It’s all around us. To ignore it, is not only doing the people who need us a disservice, it’s a disservice to ourselves.

Volunteering, community service, or even just helping out a friend who is in need is something we all should be doing on a regular basis.  Volunteering and helping others can increase your overall sense of well-being which in turn can help relieve feelings of depression.  I’m sure you all know what I’m talking about here.  Any time you help someone, it feels good.  And I’m not talking about doing this for yourself.  I’m talking about, when you see the joy and relief that floods someones eyes, when you’ve helped them.  It feels good to know you are a part of making this big planet what it’s meant to be.

We have the opportunity to serve every Friday with our church.  We have a ministry called “Food With Love” where we go into a  community that is on 98% school lunch and give them groceries to take home on Fridays.  This ministry has fed over 8,000 people in just 15 weeks.  It’s been such a blessing for so many people and it’s so nice to know we’re making a difference.  Imagine if everyone gave just a little bit.  What a difference it would make in our world.  Stop looking around and feeling bad for people.  Do something!

We are all here for a reason.  What are you passionate about that you can bless someone else with?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

As I promised in my 30 Days to a Healthier You post this morning,  I have a tasty recipe that we love for Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries!  Sweet Potatoes are better for you than regular potatoes and baking them makes them that much healthier!

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 Sweet Potatoes
1 t. Salt
1 T. Chipotle Chili Powder {you can start with less depending on how spicy you like 😉 }
2 T. Canola Oil

Preheat oven to 400.  Cut your sweet potatoes into 1/4″ fries.  Place them into boiling water for 5 minutes.  Drain water.  Toss the fries with salt, chipotle powder and oil.  Place them on a cooking sheet and bake at 400 for 30 -40 minutes or until they’re crispy enough for you!  I usually turn them once during baking and if it looks like they need more chipotle or to stay in longer, go for it!  I feel like my baking time changes depending on how thick I cut the fries {I hate cutting fries!}.

We love spicy so we usually end up adding more chipotle once they’re done.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 25: Make it Yourself!

 

 

Do you love to eat out?  I mean, who doesn’t right?  It’s so nice to take a break from the kitchen and eat some delicious food.  But, the fact is, it’s kind of scary to think of what ingredients they just might be using.  Where do they get their meat?  Or is it really meat 🙁  Or how many calories are loaded into the sauce they’re throwing on?  Is ANY of it organic?  You really won’t know, unless it’s a completely organic restaurant.

Making your favorite “restaurant” foods at home can save you money, calories, and Lord knows what else!  Even if you’re craving a greasy cheeseburger and fries, preparing it at home can make a world of difference.  You can make your own buns, or buy some high quality whole grain buns.  Use grass fed beef {which tastes better anyways}, organic veggies, and bake your fries.  Not only will you be cutting your calories, you’ll know what’s going into your meal.

Whatever it is that’s your favorite guilty pleasure when you eat out, you can make it at home better.  So instead of cutting out your favorite completely, try it yourself!

*The picture above are our home made Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.  I’ll post the recipe later today 😉

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 24: Relaxation

In the hustle and bustle of life, we often forget to shut down for a bit.  Unwind, let things soak in, enjoy some peace… those are often things we make ourselves feel guilty for because “there’s something better we could be doing with our time.”  I honestly feel that relaxation is one of the most important keys to staying healthy.

When we relax, our brains can decompress.  This can be as simple as having an hour alone {even at Starbucks}.  I had an hour alone yesterday at Starbucks and it felt so good to just sit there.  I jotted things down on my to do list as they popped into my head.  This allowed me to not dwell on them and just move on.  I felt completely rejuvenated!

There are several health benefits to relaxation like slowing down your heart rate, reducing blood pressure and decreasing muscle tension.  It reduces our stress levels, which can cause serious health problems, and it helps our bodies to operate at their optimum.

So how do we relax in a world that never stops?  Here are some of my favorite ways:

  • Sit at the beach and listen to the waves {my ultimate therapy}
  • Get a massage
  • Take a candle-lit bubble bath
  • Read a book {not a “How To” because your brain won’t relax!}
  • Find a quiet place, preferably away from the kiddos or it won’t stay quiet 😉
  • Get a pedicure

Have you given yourself the time to relax lately?  How do you decompress when the “to do’s” have got you overwhelmed?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 23: Juicing

Several months ago, we bought our first juicer.  It is likely one of the best investments we’ve made for the health of our family.  We had seen the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and decided we needed to make a change too.  I highly suggest seeing the movie.  We watched it on Netflix streaming.  If you don’t have Netflix, it’s on Amazon Instant video for FREE with Amazon Prime or $2.99 to rent.

You see, our bodies need a heck of a lot more fruits and veggies than we’re actually consuming.  If you set out all of the fruits and veggies you were to eat in a day, you would look at it and say, “no way.”  It would take you hours to consume it all and most likely your tummy would want you to stop a few pieces in!  When you juice, you’re getting all of the nutrients, phytochemicals, enzymes and more out of the produce that you would otherwise not be getting.  Phytochemicals are major disease fighters people!  And you won’t be getting enough of them by eating veggies alone.  Juicing ensures that you’re getting enough of what you need to fight cancer, auto immune disorders, inflammatory problems and so much more!

If you want to start juicing, I highly suggest watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Another great movie with a lot more information on the vitamins and benefits of micornutrients {found in juicing} is Food Matters.  I also recommend the Breville Juice Fountain Plus.  We researched plenty of juicers and this seems to have the best reviews and be of the highest quality.

The juice pictured above is 1 Beet, 5 Carrots, 1/2 Cucumber, 1 Apple.  It’s really quite tasty and so much more than I would actually eat 😉

So, how many of you are juicers?  What’s your favorite recipe?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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30 Days to a Healthier You, Day 22: Swap it out!

Cutting your calories may actually be easier than you think.  Simple swaps could cut a substantial amount of calories and increase your vitamin and nutrient intake.  I want you to take a good look at what you’re eating every day.  Is there something you could swap out that is healthier for you, yet will still satisfy that craving?  I’m sure there is!

Here are a few swaps to get you thinking.  Ultimately, the choice is going to be up to you.

Salty – You’re craving chips which can be around 300 calories.  Have a handful of raw nuts which are closer to 200 calories, not to mention, much better for you!

Sweet – You’re craving a candy bar, have a piece of fruit.  If you’re really wanting some chocolate {as most ladies do} have a bite of 80% Cocoa which is low in calories and has polyphenols which are good for your heart.

Breakfast – Bagel and cream cheese?  Have a bowl of fruit or a smoothie.

Lunch – Are you a panini with cheese kind of person?  Swap it out with a salad topped with oil and vinegar for your dressing.

Dinner – Steak and potatoes?  Have Salmon and salad!

The possibilities are endless.  Just take a look at what you’re eating most frequently and swap it out for something better!  If you need more tips, there are some great Eat This Not That books that can help you out.  What can you swap out that won’t make you feel like you’re making a huge sacrifice?

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional.  You should always seek medical advice before starting a new program.  Do not use my advice to diagnose illnesses or as a substitute for medical care.

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