Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

Natural Nutrition for the Family

PicsArt_1379515051350As a busy and active mom, sometimes it’s tough to get in some good nutrition. Health bars and smoothies don’t always cut it. Well, I have to share about this amazing product I was recently asked to sample. As you look at the picture, let me start by saying that ENERGYbits are NOT a pill or supplement….they are actually FOOD!

ENERGYbits are 100% natural and contain just one calorie per tab! You can chew them or swallow them or even crush them into your smoothie or other drink. I choose to swallow them with some water like a pill because, quite honestly, their “green” flavor is tough to get used to. So what are they made of? ENERGYbits are 100% SPIRULINA ALGAE that has been grown organically in fresh water tanks. They dry it up and then press it into little green “bits”. This SUPER food is super charged with nutrition. A bag of ENERGYbits comes with 1,000 tabs. This is the equivalent of about 20-30 grocery carts full of fruits and vegetables!! Where else are you going to find this type of nutrition?

Algae was declared the most nutritionally dense food in the world by the United Nations, World Bank, Rockefeller Institute, and Carnegie Institute about forty years ago. NASA has even used it for 50 years to keep the astronauts on space missions healthy. They say, “1 kg of algae has the nutritional value of 1,000 kg of fruits and vegetables.”   However, today, most people in the U.S. are still unaware of its benefits.

ENERGYbits have so many benefits that if I listed them all this would end up a VERY long post.  Easy to take every day, you can give yourself the gift of natural health while boosting your mental and physical energy from 40 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, nitric oxide, 64% protein, and lots more.  They are also a great way to ensure you get in some great workouts.  They have really helped me feel more energetic these past few, very busy, weeks. If you’re looking to lose or maintain weight, there are also SKINNYbits available, which help eliminate hunger and fatigue. You can also find VITALITYbits which are made of 50% spirulina and 50% chlorella and support longevity. For the entire family, RECOVERYbits are ideal. You can boost their immune system, prevent colds and other sicknesses, and even remove toxins with 100% Organic Chlorella and B vitamins, electrolytes, amino acids and chlorophyll.

All of the BITS are 100% NON-GMO, organically grown, loaded with nutrients, and have just one calorie per tab. No sugar, chemicals, caffeine, gluten, soy or anything else…just 100% raw and green.

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I am also happy to offer all my readers a 10% discount when you purchase any of the “bits” bags.

Just enter the code BLOG at check out.

For more info and to make your purchase, follow any of the links below:

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OraMD Giveaway!

CAM02229 modifiedIt’s been a while since I hosted a giveaway, but I promise you it was worth the wait. For over a month now I’ve been using this great product from Trusted Health Products. OraMD – The Mouth Doctor, is a liquid “toothpaste” and much more.

I have tried just about every natural, fluoride-free toothpaste on the market. While a few of them are healthier, better alternatives to conventional brands, they can be expensive. I’ve tried making my own toothpaste at home, but I still look for the convenience of a ready-to-use version that will leave my mouth feeling minty and clean. My go-to toothpaste has been Tom’s of Maine Fluoride Free…until now!

When I first received my sample of OralMD, I was a little skeptical of the “liquid” toothpaste. However, I soon realized how much more convenient and cost effective it really is. A bottle of OraMD contains about 400 drops and will last you much longer than a tube of toothpaste. It also leaves my mouth feeling cleaner and fresher than ever.

All you have to do is use 2-5 drops of OraMD on your toothbrush (I use about 5 drops) twice a day. You can also use it as mouthwash by just placing a couple of drops in an ounce of water. To keep your breath fresh and kill bacteria, you can also place a few drops on the tip of your tongue and and then coat your gum line and teeth. I definitely notice that my gums look healthier since using this product.

OraMD is fluoride-free (to read more about the dangers of fluoride: click here) and does not contain any of the chemicals or toxins in standard toothpastes. It is made with 100% pure botanical oils and ingredients that fight bacteria. It is safe to use for anyone 3 years of age and older (with no allergies to peppermint, spearmint or nuts).

If you’ve been looking for a better, healthier and more cost-effective alternative to traditional toothpaste….you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

THREE LUCKY READERS WILL EACH WIN A BOTTLE!

Click the link below and enter to win a free bottle of OraMD – The Mouth Doctor.

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Participants must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States. A valid email address must be provided so winners can be contacted within 24 hours of being selected. Contest ends on Friday, July 12th 2013.

ADDITIONALLY….The manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle! They would love to have you try out OraMD and agreed to send one bottle FREE if you agree to pay only a minimal shipping and handling charge.  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports called 1) “The 6 Hidden Dangers In Toothpaste” and 2) “Why The FDA Requires A Warning Label On Your Toothpaste.”  That’s a total value of over $40.00.  Click here to get your FREE bottle and FREE reports now. For more info on OraMD visit their website at http://www.oramd.com

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Healthy Habits During Pregnancy

I would like to thank Katie Moore for the following guest article. I always enjoy meeting people with similar experiences and lifestyles. The following article is insightful and contains information for anyone looking to lead a more natural and healthy lifestyle. Thanks Katie!

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My Journey to Eat Naturally During Pregnancy Gave Me Many Benefits

When I found out I was pregnant, I realized I really needed to make a bigger effort to change the way I ate.  Like many busy women, I often grabbed prepackaged snack crackers and bottles of soda while I was on the go driving back and forth from one errand to another.  Becoming pregnant changed all of that, and I began to take stock of just how unhealthily I was eating.  I had meant for quite some time to make more of an effort to eat healthier foods, but I put it off until it never happened.

With the realization that I was responsible for another person’s health and well being, I became committed to learn how to incorporate more nutritious foods into my weekly diet.  It was not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be; and I ended up feeling significantly better, in spite of moderate pregnancy discomforts and bouts of morning sickness.

Eating Organic

I started taking more notice of the organic foods at my local supermarket.  While I knew they were much more nutritious and they lacked toxic chemicals, I was also slightly surprised to see how costly they were compared to non-organic foods.  By cutting out prepackaged snack foods and carbonated beverages from my shopping list, I was able to save money that could be put towards organic foods.  I also purchased wholesome nuts and Greek yogurts to provide me with adequate amounts of protein without adding on unnecessary calories.  Using coupons helped to cut costs as well, and I also kept an eye out for sales on organic foods and natural ingredients at my local stores.

Ditch the Microwave! Add variety!

Changing the way I cooked foods also made a difference in how well I was eating.  Before getting pregnant, I used to microwave a lot of foods because I was always on the go.  I also cooked a lot of pasta, because those were easy and time-convenient dishes to prepare.  Just boiling pasta and throwing on some store-bought sauce seemed like a good idea in the past for a simple meal.  However, once I started replacing those heavy meals with salads topped with fresh-chopped vegetables and nuts, I almost instantly started feeling significantly better.

Because it can get easy to grow bored with eating salads every day, I started experimenting by looking up recipes for variations on the traditional salad.  I enjoyed experimenting with Greek salads, garden salads topped with boiled eggs and cheese, and a variety of salads topped with fruit.  In the past, I never would have considered adding fruit to my salad, but this actually turned out to be amazing!  I was able to enjoy a sweet and savory meal at the same time by adding raspberries, cracked black pepper, red onions and sliced oranges to my salads.  For a dressing, I used semi-sweet vinaigrette, which brought the entire meal together with a delicious twist!

One huge benefit I discovered from switching to organic foods and wholesome meals from the heavier style of eating I had been accustomed was I felt fuller for a much longer amount of time.  In the past, after eating a large bowl of pasta or a similar type of meal, I was hungry about an hour later.  When I started eating meals loaded with fruits and vegetables, I felt full for several hours.  For snacks, I carried around a bag of grapes and munched on those to tide me over.  I also purchased clementines and almonds and carried those with me when I knew I would have a busy day.

I was completely looking forward to having my baby, and the energy I gained from eating natural foods really helped to provide me stamina to work on the nursery room when I got off work in the evenings.  My life was as busy as ever and yet I had never felt better!  I slowly began trying to learn about having a natural pregnancy and what all that would entail.  When I talked to my doctor about it, she explained that each person views natural pregnancy and lifestyles differently.  She discussed some options with me and made some very helpful suggestions on how I could incorporate a more natural way of living into my lifestyle.  My doctor was so great and informed me about everything pregnancy related- from pregnancy symptoms to delivery to the benefits of cord blood banking!

I started walking three to four times a week to strengthen my body and prepare it for labor and delivery.  My doctor told me that getting solid amounts of exercise would be really helpful in reducing the amount of pain medication I may need when delivery time came.  I highly recommend you speak to your own doctor about how to find great ways to begin living naturally during your pregnancy.  I know you will not be disappointed; and if you are like me, you may turn it into a complete lifestyle!

~Katie Moore is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.

Happy National Nutrition Month!

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Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?

Do you know the difference between a food allergy and food sensitivity?

Did you know that 79-89% of soy and corn in the USA are genetically modified?

Do you know what GMOs are?

Well, you should…so read on!

In a society where nutrition and health are becoming a bigger priority, there is still a lot of misinformation. Even though today technology allows for a lot more access to these topics, certain facts tend to be left out of the mainstream and there are plenty of contradictions that leave us feeling confused and frustrated.

The fact is our food and water supplies, as well as the products we use in our home could potentially be dangerous. Anything we put in our bodies or makes contact with our skin is going to effect us in either a positive or negative way. As consumers we are tricked with labels and contradicting information regarding what we should and should not eat or purchase. When we are trying to make healthier life choices and teach our children about nutrition, this can be more than frustrating and overwhelming.

When my daughter was born I wanted only the best for her. I spent hours researching and looking into the healthiest and safest foods and products. Through this process I started learning about GMOs, food allergies and food sensitivities. I soon began to make the correlation between the food I gave my daughter and certain reactions she had. Even though I was giving her balanced meals of veggies, fruits, proteins, dairy, etc., I was not convinced that things like dark circles under her eyes (though she slept great), or not having a bowel movement for two days, “just happen” sometimes.

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Fortunately, I met a fantastic family doctor who understood my concerns and how I felt. She gave my daughter several blood tests (not completely covered by my PPO) and I soon learned that my daughter had food sensitivities…not allergies, but still very significant. In fact, just about everyone has food sensitivities….some of the biggest culprits being corn, wheat, dairy and seafood. Interestingly enough, in this country, these groups are some of the most processed and/or toxic foods.

One of my daughter’s biggest sensitivities is to corn. No surprise there. It is found or hidden in just about every packaged food you find at the store and, again, about 80% of U.S. corn is genetically modified. It has been a huge challenge over these past few years to avoid foods that contain corn. Even though she is not allergic, being highly sensitive can still trigger negative reactions. The first thing I notice when she has eaten a lot of corn is that she will become constipated for a couple of days. This is considered a short term side effect. I can only imagine what long term side effects she would suffer if she ate corn all of the time. While I do not deprive her of eating it, I do closely monitor it.

  1. I make sure I do my best to avoid genetically modified corn.
  2. When she does eat something containing corn, we wait four days until she is able to eat it again. This gives her body adequate time to digest and process it.
  3. On days she does eat it, I make sure she also gets extra water and organic green veggies.

Lastly, I also make sure to explain all of this to her so she understands. Some days, she is the one who turns down foods with corn because it has not been 4 days. This is just one personal example I wanted to share of my experiences with the importance of learning and teaching about proper nutrition and its relationship to GMOs.

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Last year in March, I also wrote a short post regarding GMOs and why it is important to buy local, organic and green foods and products. Sadly, organic labels and foods have gotten a bad reputation because of loose labeling. However, in the last year a lot of progress has been made to change things around. While the labeling of GMO foods continues to be controversial with big companies spending lots of money to stop it from happening (even some “organic” labels), more and more people are becoming aware of the problem and our right to know what is in our food. Petitions are being signed throughout the country, voices are being heard. Many honest, reputable food producers are using non-GMO ingredients and labeling it so on their packages already.

The latest breakthrough announcement came from Whole Foods Market just weeks ago when they declared that by 2018 all of their stores in the U.S. and Canada must label their products to indicate whether they contain GMOs. While some might argue that 5 years is a long time from now, this really is a positive step in the right direction and they have set a strong example that hopefully many will follow. Whole Foods has listened and responded to its customers. They already have over 3,000 products that are verified and labeled by The Non-GMO Project. However, we still have a long way to go and we need to continue getting involved in any way we can. If you want to learn more about GMOs and how you can help ensure our children receive proper nutrition, visit The NON-GMO Project. It is the most reliable and accurate resource on the topic. Be informed and help your family make safer, healthier choices.

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 Happy National Nutrition Month!

Signature Shamrock Shake

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My Signature Miami-Inspired Shamrock Shake (GUEST POST)

St. Patrick’s Day has long been a favorite holiday of mine, but I have had difficulty finding recipes that are both festive and delicious. Broccoli and spinach are green, but my kids weren’t always happy with them. It wasn’t until my amazing vacation in Miami and at the Fontainebleau, amongst some of the top hotels in Miami, that I found the answer.

The Shamrock Shake was decadent and healthy and, of course, green! In spite of the wonderful time I was having, I couldn’t wait to get back to my own kitchen in Chicago so I could figure out the recipe and share it with my kids and friends. The recipe has become a favorite for all year round, because it is not only healthy, it sends me right back to Miami, which is always something I want.

Without further ado, let me present my signature recipe:

The St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake – The Healthy, Paleo Adaptation

To make them yourself, you will need:

– 1 and 3/4 cups of coconut milk. (This is about one can if you are using purchased cocoanut milk. Substitute any other type of milk if you prefer. The taste will be different but still delicious.)
– 1 avocado, halved. Remove the seed and scoop out of the peel.
– 2 and 1/2 or so tablespoons of pure raw honey, to taste. (You can use another sweetener if you wish, but honey is the healthiest option that is readily available.)
– 1 cup of crushed ice.
– 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
– 1 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract.

– optional* 1 serving of fresh or frozen kale and/or spinach

Toss all of the ingredients in the blender and mix them up until perfectly smooth. The avocado will give a green tint to your smoothie, but it won’t be true St. Paddy green. For a more festive look and added health benefits, just add a little spinach or kale, but they will change the flavor a little bit. Try different things out and perfect the recipe to create your own signature shake. I know this scrumptious, wholesome treat will continue being a part of my family’s St. Patrick’s Day traditions, though you can enjoy it year round.

Makes about four 1 cup sized servings. Enjoy this for St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!

~Kendra Thornton is a Travel Expert who has been globetrotting since she was a baby. Her travels have introduced her to diverse cultures and foods. Also a mother of three, she has mixed her excitement for travel by bringing the taste of authentic cuisine to her own home with some of her own unique recipes. She is often featured as an expert in family, luxury and adventure travel for FOX News, ABC, CBS, NBC, and CW networks. She has also appeared on The Nate Show, Fine Living Network and the Tyra Banks Show

Officially an Ecocentric Mom!

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Exciting News Alert!

Those of you who know me know my passion for finding safe, healthy and affordable foods and products for my family…and sharing my finds with others! It’s one of the biggest reasons I started blogging. Well, imagine my excitement when a few weeks ago I was approached by Ecocentric Mom with a wonderful opportunity…to become one of their Expert Ecocentric Mom Blogger Team members! I am so excited for this opportunity and as of today I am officially on board.

If you have not heard of Ecocentric Mom, it is a service that delivers green and organic products right to your door every month. You can choose from the Mom, Mom-to-Be or Baby boxes and every month you will receive exclusive items from businesses that strive to provide safe and healthy options for you, your family and the Earth. It is a great, fun way to discover new products and save money.

To celebrate my new venture with Ecocentric Mom, I am offering my readers a 10% discount on any subscription plan you choose.

Just enter ECOMOM10 at checkout.

You may also want to check out Ecocentric Mom’s Facebook Page for the “Get Greener on St. Patrick’s Day” giveaway. You can win a 12 month subscription…that’s a $204 value! The contest ends on March 17th so hurry!

I am looking forward to sharing with you my new experiences as an Ecocentric Mom.  Thank you so much to all who continue to support, encourage and inspire me.

Lots of Love,

Dee XO

Raising “Green” Kids

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Earth Day is approaching! I would like to thank my guest writer for the following encouraging article to help parents who would like to raise their children to be healthier and more eco-conscious.  

How to Accomplish Green Living for Kids (GUEST POST)

“Going green” has become a huge global trend over the last several years. This
new fad is becoming more and more popular as threats of global warming and
the apocalypse grow steadier each year. While many people choose green and
organic living as ways to better their health and live a better life, others have only
recently decided to switch to the natural lifestyle in order to raise their children in
a safer and more stable environment.

The question for many young parents who are trying to begin anew with a green
life is how to make this possible for their kids. It is easy to make this kind of a
change on a personal level or when dealing with mainly adults, but when children
are involved the swap is often a lot more difficult. This is because going green
involves a lot of major changes that some kids do not know how to accept or deal
with.

Diet

A lot of younger individuals are picky and very specific in their diets and do not
want to stray from what they know. A green and natural diet often includes a lot
more vegetables and fruits than most people are used to eating and usually more
than they are willing to eat. However, the good news is that children’s minds and
habits are very malleable and can be influenced to change pretty easily.

That means that parents who want to live a green life just need to be persistent.
With enough trial and error, they should be able to implement the changes into
their children’s diets and successfully convert them to a more organic and natural
diet.

Toys

Another thing that children do not like to give up are their toys. Many parents are
concerned that these toys are plagued with chemicals and other harmful plastics
and products that are unsafe for their little ones and the Earth. Luckily, there are a lot of safe alternatives out there that are natural and green and will please choosy parents.

Plenty of organizations and companies focus solely on making all natural toys for
children. Though these toys are often quite a bit more expensive than the regular
kind, they are said to be much safer, especially for babies who tend to chew and
suck on everything within reach. So, the investment may well be worth it in order to achieve green living for children.

Other Resources

In addition to green food and toys, there are many other products out there that
are natural and organic, such as furniture, dishes, and even clothing. These
resources make it completely possible for anyone to live a green life, even with
kids.

On top of that, people can find all kinds of websites, blogs, and books that focus
on green living. There is a wealth of information out there if people know how to
find and make use of it.

Choosing Green

The choice to go green is entirely based on preference. Some people want to
prepare their bodies for whatever it may need to handle. Others are concerned
with protecting the environment and making sure they do whatever they can to
keep Earth around for as long as possible. Some simply want to be healthier and happier. Whatever the reason, green living is a very respectable decision for anyone.

Whether it is to save the world or just save themselves and their children,
people who opt for the green, organic lifestyle usually know what they are getting into.
However, when it comes to green living for children, many individuals do not
know where to turn for answers. Fortunately, there is an abundance of resources
and environmentally friendly products that can help these people succeed with
ease.

~Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.