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6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

 | December 4, 2018 | Posted by:

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Winter is settling in and so are the bugs that keep going around. Everywhere we go we’re surrounded by people. Christmas shopping in malls, going to school, church nursery and Sunday school……

It’s enough to make you want to hibernate until spring.

With a few simple tricks, we can do our part to bring the risk of sickness down in our homes.

Before we get to the immune boosting tips, here are some things that you can do while out in public that will help limit the spread of germs.

  • Don’t use the handrails on stairs and escalators  
  • Use paper towels to open bathroom doors when done
  • Use a natural hand sanitizer (you can find them from the major essential oil distributors like Young Living and DoTerra)

 

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6 Ways to Boost Your Immunity

  • Make your soup with a whole chicken, bones and all. Let your chicken simmer on the bone all day before de-boning it. There are tons of nutrients that help your immune system (why do you think your mom’s chicken soup made you feel better?)
  • Garlic and oregano are great ingredients to add to your soup when you’re feeling run down
  • Limit your sugar intake 
  • Get outside! Even a short walk in the sunshine can give you a Vitamin D boost (and mood boost, as well)
  • Consider adding kefir (or probiotics) to your diet. When you add it to smoothies you can’t even taste it
  • Dose yourself and your kiddos daily with elderberry syrup

 

There you have it! Six easy ways to help your household fight the sickies this winter. Did we miss something? Be sure to comment with ways you keep your family healthy!


The Essentials Guide to Meals for New Parents

 | November 27, 2018 | Posted by:

I don’t know about you, but it seems like most of the women I know are either pregnant or have just had a baby. Along with diapers and wipes, I don’t know of a more meaningful show of love than to bring a meal to those new parents.

There are a few guidelines that I try to follow, though, especially for nursing moms. I try to be mindful because that sweet babe has never had to digest his mama’s milk before. Whatever mom eats, baby eats.

Winter is a fabulous time to take food to new parents because it’s soup season. One-pot meals are my fave, and are especially wonderful when taking to another family. Plus, you can load up on veggies and broth that add much-needed nutrients.

Don’t forget to add instructions for baking or heating. Those postpartum hormones are no joke, and every little bit of brain cells we can save our sleep-deprived friends is a help.

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What to Eat During Pregnancy: Seafood

 | November 21, 2017 | Posted by:

We’re taking a look at twelve superfoods for pregnancy. In this series we will be unpacking some of the most nutrient-dense foods so that you can give yourself and your baby the healthiest pregnancy possible.

According to  “The Healthy Pregnancy Book”  by William Sears, MD and his wife Martha Sears, RN one of the best foods you can eat during pregnancy is safe seafood. Their research shows that “mothers who eat more safe seafood or take omega-3 fish oil supplements during pregnancy and for three months after delivery:

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7 Weird and Beneficial Foods for Pregnancy

 | October 13, 2017 | Posted by:

Who doesn’t love a list of weird foods?! For a little bonus: These help you feel better during pregnancy! (You’re welcome)

Rooibos Tea 

Rooibos is refreshing and caffeine-free. “It provides antioxidants to support immunity, which is lowered in early pregnancy to prevent rejection of the embryo.”

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Best Foods to Boost Water Intake

 | August 3, 2017 | Posted by:

Did you know that you are not limited to drinking in order to stay hydrated? Many fruits and vegetables are high in water and are very easily added to your daily diet.

Throw them in a blender to make a delicious smoothie, chop some up to go on a salad, or just have them sitting on your counter or desk to snack on throughout the day and you’re well on your way to optimal hydration.

Below are some of the fruits and veggies with the highest water count.

Cheers!

Veggies

Cucumber – 96.7%

Celery – 95.4%

Radishes – 95.3%

Tomatoes – 94.5%

Green peppers – 93.9%

Cauliflower – 92.1%

Spinach – 91.4%

Broccoli – 91.7%

Baby carrots – 90.4%

 

Fruits

Watermelon – 91.5%

Strawberries – 91.0%

Grapefruit – 90.5%

Cantaloupe – 90.2%

Fun Facts

“Reaching for a watermelon or cucumber after finishing an intense workout may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water, claims a 2009 study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Medical School. This is so because water-rich fruits and vegetables also provide you with natural sugars, amino acids, mineral salts and vitamins that are lost in exercise. The study found that this combination helps hydrate you more effectively than water or sports drinks. Eating fruits and vegetables high in water content can replenish your body without all the artificial colors and flavors commonly found in sports drinks. The biggest advantage of consuming high water content foods is that they contain minimal calories and provide a feeling of fullness.” You can read the full article here.

“Benefits from eating grapefruit include: weight loss, cellulite reduction, ability to fight cancer, immunity boost, reduced stroke risk, increased skin health.” You can read more helpful information here.

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20709014,00.html#eat-your-water-1

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-fruits-vegetable-high-water-content-8958.html

https://draxe.com/grapefruit-benefits-weight-loss/


5 Types of Foods That DON’T Raise Your Blood Sugar

 | June 28, 2017 | Posted by:

In pregnancy there are two words that strike fear in the heart of most women.

Gestational diabetes.

There is definitely a way to naturally avoid or even combat gestational diabetes simply by changing the way you eat.

In her book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, Lily Nichols empowers women to change the way they look at food and take charge of their own health.

From her book, here is a list of 6 foods that will NOT raise your blood sugar.

1.Vegetables.

Besides a few more starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas and corn you can pretty much take your pick on filling your plate to the brim with color and variety. Vegetables are filled with fiber which doesn’t get converted into sugar. Actually, fiber slows down the production of sugar from other carbohydrates, so if you needed motivation to eat your veggies…..look no further.

You can find a full list in her book, but here are just a few vegetables that will give you an idea of how much variety is available to you.

Asparagus, bell pepper, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cilantro/parsley, cucumber, egg plant, garlic, green beans, leeks, mushroom, okra, summer squash, turnip….the list goes on and on.

2. Meats

Fats are given a bad name, but there’s actually a lot of health benefits to having a diet consisting of highly fat (whole, not processed) foods.

Here are some meats that are good to incorporate into your diet, all ideally being pasture-raised or wild caught.

Beef, lamb, poultry, sausage and bacon, and homemade bone broth or stock.

3. Dairy

If you are able, dairy products are a great way to get protein and healthy fats into your diet. Again, ideally these products are coming from pasture-raised animals. Here are some to choose from:

Eggs, all types of cheeses, plain greek yogurt, sour cream, etc.

4. Nuts/Seeds

When choosing nut butters, such as peanut butter, always remember to pick the ones that don’t have added sugar (Jiff is one of the brands to avoid, but Maranatha is a brand that can be trusted not to add sugar).

Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, coconut products like oil, full-fat milk, cream, milk (the only coconut product to limit is coconut water, which is full of carbohydrates….who knew?!), chia seeds, flax seeds, sun flower seeds, etc.

5. Oils and Fats

Animal fats, such as butter, ghee, duck fat, etc. are great. Plant fats like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, mayonnaise, etc.

You’ll definitely want to avoid oils like corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and cottonseed oil.

If you struggle with high blood sugar during pregnancy, or want to lose weight after baby is here these foods are worth trying.

Feel free to share some favorite clean eating recipes!


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