Super Foods = A Super Life

Let’s talk nutrition today! I know for me personally, getting my body what it needs to function like the well oiled machine it was destined to be is not the easiest task. I’m busy, so the temptation to grab foods that are quick and not particularly nutritious is most definitely there. Every time I have a really healthy day, I find myself saying, “I feel so GOOD today. I won’t ever go back to eating the way I was before.” And then I inevitably get busy and find myself grabbing a processed granola bar for breakfast to eat in the car instead of taking the time to grab something with actual nutrition in it.

Everyone has heard somewhere that we need antioxidants to stay healthy, right? Okay, good. Antioxidants are found in fruits and veggies and are used by your body to protect against free radicals that are encountered in your daily life through foods, some medications, and pollutants. Free radicals are not something that you want an army of running around your body, as they tend to wreak a little bit of havoc on your cells. It has been found that high amounts of free radicals can cause cell damage and can be linked to a host of health problems. No bueno, my friends.

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No one likes a bully.

The daily minimum amount of antioxidants required by our bodies just to stay out of oxidative debt is 8,000-11,000 units. Most people don’t even come close to that amount from eating foods alone. Some turn to supplements to bridge the gap, but man-made nutrients can never offer the same benefits as the ones the earth makes for you naturally.

I’m sure you can guess that a granola bar (even if I buy the organic kind) is not offering me the wealth of antioxidants and nutrition that I need to start my day and help out my poor little cells as they battle free radicals for me. As much as I want to tell you that I’ve completely made a change and only eat nutritious foods, I’m not a very good liar. I do my best, but I don’t always get what I should every day.

Until I discovered my new best friend, that is. Enter Ningxia Red to save the day!

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I swear each bottle should come with its own superhero cape.

Ningxia Red comes from a natural source to help supplement your whole body with antioxidants. It is made from wolfberries, a special type of goji berry grown in China. These little berries pack a BIG nutrition filled punch and offer a host of health benefits. Ningxia is made with wolf berries, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, and a combination of citrus oils to create a yummy, free radical killing badass of a drink.

One ounce of Ningxia red gives you the nutritional power of 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 carrots, 10 pounds of spinach, 59 broccoli florets, 73 strawberries, and 93 apples. Giving you 3,472 units of antioxidants in ONE OUNCE. Take that, granola bar.

Since I added Ningxia Red into my daily routine about 6 months ago I’ve noticed an increase in my energy as well as an improvement in my skin, hair, and nails. And it’s easy. I can take 3 seconds to toss an ounce back on my way out the door no matter how much of a rush I’m in.

Clearly I’m amped up about this stuff, but I really feel like I’m giving myself a gift every morning. And the best part?  I don’t need my 3 coffees a day anymore to survive my hectic schedule, meaning I’m saving money by taking Ningxia. One ounce a day breaks down to about $1.07/day, saving me tons of money and time spent in a drive through line every week.

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It seems like a win-win, huh? If you’re ready to give yourself this gift and fulfill your body’s destiny to be an ass-kicking, healthy, energy filled machine: Reach out. One conversation could change everything. Check out my website, leave your contact info, and let’s get this conversation started!

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Sources:

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/ningxia-red

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/12/04/how-to-get-enough-antioxidants-each-day/

http://www.ningxiawolfberry.net

 

 

Choosing “Balance”

Now that we’re a few months into 2017, it’s safe to reflect back on 2016 with the eyes of an outsider and really be critical of how the year went. Are you happy with how you spent 2016? Do you feel content? Or do you wish you could go back and tell yourself to get your crap together and accomplish more? It’s okay if you have regrets…. it’s NOT okay to spend 2017 doing the same things so when you look back this time next year, those same regrets are still weighing you down. It’s time for some tough love here my friends. We may still have 10 months left of this year, but 2 have already slipped through our fingers while we complained about the snow and wished for summer.

I recently was introduced to the concept of picking a “word of the year”. This practice encourages you to pick a word that resonates with your goals, ambitions, and hopes for the year ahead. It is used to help guide you as you navigate through the next 365 days. This is my first year doing this, so it’s going to be as much of an experiment for me as it is for you.


Here’s what I was told as advice to picking my word:

  • Think about how you want to feel.
  • Use your intuition.. Does a certain word come to mind immediately? That might be it.
  • Choose a word that can be applied to all areas of your life.
  • It can be ANYTHING. If it feels right, it is.

 

I entered this year wanting to feel refreshed and rejuvenated…but really just felt tired. The past few years have drained me in every conceivable way. I moved out on my own for the first time. I lost two jobs because of my school schedule. My part-time night graduate program turned out to be a full time job on its own. My boyfriend and I worked opposite schedules and only saw each other to sleep. We struggled financially. I lost loved ones, both to distance and death. My dog broke his leg and the subsequent surgeries to save his leg put us in debt. It was just a lot, all the time. My retrospective word for 2015 is “rough”. The same goes for 2016. I don’t want my 2017 to be defined in the same way. Actually, I freaking REFUSE to let that happen.

I’d be willing to bet that you can guess what my word for 2017 is….

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Every decision and action that I take this year is going to be in an effort to find balance in my life. Without balance, the plates that I have spinning are going to continue to wobble until they eventually crash down around me. As someone who’s spent some time with a glue gun in the past, trust me that it’s much harder to glue back the broken pieces and get them spinning again than it is to keep them up in the air.

So in 2017 I’m going to find balance. I’ve already made a few changes to find it. School is not my primary occupation anymore, because it shouldn’t be all consuming. I’m doing more of what I love each day. I’m practicing self-care.  I’m looking for balance in my body.  I’m reading for the benefit of my personal growth. I’m trying.

So far, the plates are still wobbling. But I’m feeling much more steady on my feet as I watch them spin.

What’s your word for 2017? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Take a break already, would ya?!

We spend SO much of our days doing things that we don’t want to do. We work, we exercise, we clean, we run errands, we take care of our families, we cook, we study. The list goes on and on and on. The world is full of people sprinting full speed through their day, just trying to get to the moment where they can crash into bed exhausted.  If you’re like most of the 20-,30-,40- somethings in our world today I’m sure you can relate to this on most days.

But, why? Isn’t that just so silly?  At this moment, I’m willing to bet that you’re probably sitting somewhere reading this, feeling guilty because you “should” be doing x,y, and z. Or maybe you’re on break at work, trying to frantically eat, scroll through your phone, and prepare for a meeting all at the same time. And you’re thinking that I’m ridiculous for even saying this because of course x, y, and z needs to happen and it’s unrealistic to think of doing anything differently because there’s just not enough time in the day.

Woof. My train of thought actually got a little frantic and shriek-y as I typed that out because it seriously hits way too close to home. I promise I’m not sitting on a high horse as I write this. Most days I’m right there with everyone, lacing up my running shoes and death gripping my to-do list like it’s my lifeline. (Translation: trying to keep my shit together until I get to be home to stress cry about what I didn’t make it to on my list and finally sleep.)

I’m going to get deep with you guys for a minute here. I used to take pride in not caring for myself. I’d brag; ” I only slept 3 hours last night. Ugh!” or, “I’ve been living on caffeine for days!”  or even, “Oh my gosh, I literally haven’t had anything with actual nutrition in it all week.” Because it’s normal, no, expected that you be exhausted, drained, and pulled in so many directions that your health actually suffers. I felt validated and worthy the more tired, stressed, and overwhelmed I was. It really does seem ridiculous when you see it in writing like that, doesn’t it?

Enter the concept of self-care.  It might be something that you practice every day or it might just be a word you see “trendy” people throwing around on Facebook. If you fall into the later category, you’ve come to the right place my friend.

It’s pretty easy when you break it down: Self-care is a necessary function of human life in order to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Simply put, people who practice regular self-care are happier. And yet for some people, the idea of self-care is like a unicorn. Beautiful, but not real.

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about how to get you to become one of those mythical Facebook friends who dare to talk about the fact that they take time for themselves each day. It’s time that people who practice self-care come out of hiding and be proud of the fact that they prioritize themselves. If you don’t do it, I promise you that you’ll have a hard time finding others who prioritize you either.

Everyone is busy, I get it. I’m personally writing this at 9PM after working all day because I didn’t have time to get to it earlier. But with that said, I won’t still be sitting here at midnight editing my grammar so that it’s perfect to post tomorrow. No one will notice if I post it an hour later than normal tomorrow, and I’ll be happier all day tomorrow because I’ll have gotten enough sleep to conquer my day. Self-care my friends. Self-care.

My point is it doesn’t have to take hours to give yourself a little love. Eat a salad at lunch instead of a burger. Take a walk on your lunch instead of working through. Listen to an audio book you’ve been meaning to read while you drive home. Put your phone on airplane mode for an hour. Take a bath. Meditate. Take your pups for a nice walk. Paint your toes. Be grateful. This list can go on and on and on too.

You deserve self-care. You are worth it. So take a damn break already, would ya?!

 

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