How Healthy Are Food Preservatives Anyway?

Food preservatives are common in our foods these days. It is nearly impossible to stay away from them because of the number of processed foods there are.

Being a health conscious person, you are eating better than most. You choose nutrient-dense whole foods more often than processed pre-packaged foods. So this may not be a huge concern for you. However, it is always good to know more about those random unpronounceable chemical-sounding ingredients in some foods. Would you agree?

Also, if you like salty chips, I have a much better alternative for you in the recipe at the end of the post.

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust these bad boys. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the four common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these to rest once and for all. And then, try my myth-free delicious and filling salad recipe.

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How to Improve Gut Health

Do you believe your overall health is based on your gut health? What about allergies, pain, and moods - are they related to gut health?

You probably guessed the answer is a resounding "yes!" The health of your gut affects everything else in your body.

Your gut health is based on the integrity of its parts, and on the health of the friendly gut microbes that live there.

There are many different ways to improve your gut health naturally. Let me give you some of my best tips for your overall gut health.

And, I’ll throw in a delicious recipe too (of course!).

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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Are you a breakfast eater?  Or dare I ask are you a “healthy” breakfast eater? 

Maybe you need some inspiration for a few great breakfast foods to make.  Maybe you don't have time and you need some healthy ideas for “grab and go” mornings - who doesn't ever run short on time in the mornings?

Maybe you're ready to ditch the “desserts” that are marketed as being “part of a complete breakfast”.

Don't worry, I have you covered!

Click here to read the full post with three must eat breakfast foods and a yummy recipe too!

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Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Are you just about done with everyone's “obsession” with cholesterol?  Do you already know that cholesterol is not all bad, in fact there is “good” cholesterol?

Well, here it is.  Let me bust some common cholesterol myths right now starting with the myth that “cholesterol is cholesterol” because it's not.  Depending on which of its buddies cholesterol is floating through your blood with makes a massive difference.  Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is essential to good health.  (Yes, you read that right!).

After I bust those myths I'll give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to increase that “good” cholesterol (because medicines don't seem to be able to do that but I will tell you what can!).

And I'll leave you with a delicious recipe that you can use to get more veggies into your day!

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight.

But you know what?  There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health.  That is your waist circumference.

Ahh, just a minute!  It's not just about the “pinchable” fat under the skin (you know, that “muffin top”), it's about the internal fat around your abdominal organs that can be the real issue.

That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure.

In today's post I'll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it.  And (of course) there's a super-nutritious recipe at the end.

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

If you've gained weight and/or feel cold and tired it may just be that you have a slow metabolism.

The next question of course is “why is my metabolism slow”?

Well, that's a great question!  Since your metabolism is how your body takes food and oxygen and uses it to fuel all of its biochemical reactions there are a lot of things that can slow it down.

In this post we'll talk about five common reasons your metabolism could be slow including: thyroid hormones, history of dieting, size and body composition, activity level, and lack of sleep.  I've also included a tip that you can try for each one of these possible “metabolism busters”.

Plus I'll share one of my delicious thyroid-loving mineral-containing recipes that you can make for breakfast or dessert.

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Oh, that elusive sleep.  That time to relax and regenerate.  To heal and repair.

If you need that coffee or two (or three) every morning you may get some very useful tips in this post.

Sleep isn't just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert.  Lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which you don't want.

So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share.  I'll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it.  Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavor gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.  Of course our body needs food to fuel it and we often (usually) eat amazingly healthy foods.

But we may still overeat.  In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

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Pregnancy Essentials

Before you had a living, growing being inside you, you may not have been so concerned about what you were putting in and on your body. Now that you are pregnant, you may have a heightened sense of awareness that makes you question everything and whether it is safe for your unborn baby. It’s natural response to protect and nurture.

 Get ready to feel empowered after this post. Once you know better, you can do better!

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Coffee - Who can drink and who should avoid?

Coffee is healthy. Coffee is not healthy. Drink it. Avoid it.

Why all the confusion?

If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.

Is this you? What should you consider before your next cuppa joe?

Not to mention, what’s my recommended recipe (and does it contain coffee, decaf, or tea?). Oh, the suspense!

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Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it's Making You Fat and Tired

Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere!

And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you.  Right?

Well, maybe…

Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat.  This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it's certainly not the “holy grail” of health. 

Let's focus a bit more on the often overlooked (and proven) benefits of what you eat and drink and how you eat and drink it.

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Yogi Essentials

The practice of yoga is beneficial to the mind and the body. Did you know that you can use your essential oils to increase your focus, deepen your intention, and enhance your practice both mentally and physically?  You can enhance your yoga practice by incorporating essential oils into your regular practice. 

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how to clean your home naturally

Does all natural mean it’s safe?

As health and wellness are on the rise, you will see many more companies put products on the shelf that appear to be safe and read “all natural”, but are they really all that safe?

Today, we will break down some of the misleading information out there and give you alternatives you can feel confident using at an affordable price, while making a difference in your health and the environment.

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What is Metabolism?

Growing up as an athlete I always had the mindset of "calories in vs calories out" as well as "fueling your body for performance." Over the years and through the roller coaster of hormones, I’ve found that counting calories does not work for me, it can easily become obsessive and overwhelming. I get so stressed out that I end up feeling worse and my family needs me to be at my best!

Now, I try to focus more on fueling my body with appropriate nutrients especially around exercise. For me, it boils down to eating high quality food, lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein (grass fed/finished, humane certified), nuts and seeds.

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lost that lovin' feeling?!?

Love is in the air! It’s time to talk about romance, passion, and everything in between...the sheets *wink*. If you are looking to increase the romance and spice things up between the sheets, keep reading! You do not want to miss this post.  

I'll be sharing secrets and tips to help you boost your libido along with fun recipes to increase the experience!I promise, we WILL get to the exciting stuff soon but we have to talk about a few common things that can affect the intimacy. One of the most common sexual dysfunctions is low libido. Once I began talking to other women about this topic years ago, I was shocked at how many were affected by it! We women need to talk about these things and share.

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princess hair detangling spray

My niece, Lydia is in ❤ with everything princess 👸, and she has long, thick beautiful locks like a princess. Yet she hates to have her hair brushed! Hope this helps the daily battles between her and my sister.

Recipe: Using a 2 oz glass spray bottle drop in 10 drops each of geranium, lavender and rosemary essentials, 1 tsp witch hazel and fill the bottle with distilled water. Spray on wet or dry hair, as needed.

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what does your daily beauty regimen look like?

When I started this oily journey, one of the first things I did was switch out all of our cleaning products to DIY versions using Thieves household cleaner. THEN, I switched out all my skincare products. I tend to forget that my skin is an actual organ and not this protective shield that doesn't need some love. Those wrinkles that have popped up are a good reminder ;)

Here are my daily secret weapons to fight off wrinkles, red splotches, acne, tired eyes and dull skin. I wash my face daily, sometimes morning and night, just depends on how my skin is feeling; apply toner, only if my skin is feeling oily; apply my face serum morning and night (I never forget my serum!); and top it off with my moisturizer. I keep my ‘clear skin’ roller handy for those pesky little pimples and a nightly under eye roller for tired eyes. Once or twice a week, I use the microdermabrasion scrub all over my face and neck. This scrub is a game changer! No more dull skin. #oilandglassrecipebook

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