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Summer is Just Around the Corner

It may be hard to believe since we are in the middle of one of the coldest winter’s in history, shovelling snow and bundling up by the fire. But summer time is just a few months away, and with summer comes “bikini season”. Everyone always wants to lose for summer. In my opinion, you should be losing for Spring, summer, fall and winter. Losing weight and living healthy should be a lifestyle change and not just for summer or not just for that special occasion.

Any way, if you want to “lose” for the summer, the best way to do it is by joining others. Join a community, whether its locally or online, a community can help you obtain your weight loss goals much faster. Even though we should not compare ourselves to others, we do naturally, but this is actually a GOOD thing, since it forces ourselves to be more competitive and go for that extra run or drop that cookie. We always want to “win” any competition against others, so having some friendly weight loss competition amongst your new community of friends is a good thing for all involved. Everyone is winner when it comes to weight loss competitions.

Not sure on where to begin?

Getting started on your weight loss journey can be the hardest and scariest part about your journey. It is a good idea to research some articles on healthy eating, and different weight loss groups that might be a good fit for you. You also want to know your body and what nutrients that you need. Some people need more fiber, some iron, some protein. Every body is different and need different vitamins and minerals. A good way to start on knowing which vitamins are right for you is by taking this QUIZ.

Stay Healthy my friends!! 🙂

Are you drinking Coffee at the right time??

Hey Coffee Lovers! This one is for you! 🙂

I myself love a cup of joe, especially an environmentally friendly cup of Marley’s Coffee in the morning.  Most people may be accustomed to waking up in the morning and having that cup of joe right after you awake. But science says this is not the optimal time for you to drink coffee. If you are to wake up around 8 A.M, you should have your first cup around 9:30 A.M.

The reason for this?? Well, your body makes a hormone called cortisol, and your cortisol levels give off energy when you rise in the morning. Here’s a chart to help you learn more about when your cortisol levels give off the most energy:

coffeetimeLooking at the chart, you can see that in the morning is when your cortisol exerts the most energy, so if you were to drink coffee at this time, you would be building up your tolerance to caffeine causing you to crave cup after cup after cup throughout the day. It is best to optimize your coffee to have your coffee when your cortisol levels drop,which would be around 9:30 (for that 8 AM morning riser) and 1:30 for your afternoon coffee time.

Not to mention it is also best to start your day with a cup of warm lemon water, since this will optimize your digestion throughout the day.

Maybe time for you to change up your routine a bit instead of pressing “brew” on that coffee pot when you rise in the morning, wait til your mid morning snack to have that coffee, and start your day with a healthy breakfast. Basically, just wait about 90 minutes after you wake up to have that cup of joe in the morning.

With 80% of Americans drinking coffee on a daily basis this is something to think about.

 

The Skinny on Frozen Foods

For decades now, many people are turning their heads at the Frozen Food aisle, thinking the food is largely unhealthy. And, while a good majority of these frozen food meal items do contain a hefty amount of sodium, preservatives and fat content, there are few frozen entrées that are actually quite nutritious (as well as delicious). Since they are found in the frozen food aisle they are also convenient to make on a busy schedule.  One of the best places to shop for Healthy alternatives in the Frozen food aisle is Trader Joe’s. Now, not everything on the Trader Joe’s frozen food aisle is going to be nutritious, but here are some of them that are health conscious and nutritious.

traderjoesgood10First one are their Scallion Pancakes. One serving of these contain 40% of your daily intake of Vitamin A, not to mention they are low in calories, fat and sugar. For an even healthier alternative to this dish, bake them instead of frying.

Next one is one of my favorites, Wild Salmon traderjoesgood9

One serving of this wild salmon contains 24 grams of protein and 50% of your daily Vitamin C intake. Plus, the fat in the Salmon is comprised of good fats or “Omega 3s” which actually help us break down the bad fats. This one is a win win, I’m sure it tastes delicious as well!!

The next one is Stir Fry Vegetables traderjoesgood7

You really can never go wrong with choosing a vegetable dish from the frozen food aisle. Just make sure there is not any sodium filled sauces with the vegetables. This one is low in calories, sodium, fat and sugar, and contains 30% of your daily Vitamin A intake and 20% of your daily Vitamin C. When in doubt choose the vegetables.

Other healthy frozen food items include, brown rice (for the extra lazy??), chicken tamales, edamame and mushrooms to name a few.

Next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t be afraid to go down that frozen food aisle, it’s better than having a quick service meal! 🙂

 

Why Motives??

Hi Beauty fans!!

If you have been following my blogs , you might be wondering why I love motives so much?? Well there are several reasons for why I support Motives Cosmetics. Read on to find out why.

The founders CARE about YOU

Most cosmetics lines just care about making a profit, but with Motives Cosmetics, they actually care about the consumer AND help the consumer become a Motives representative. Loren Ridinger created the line so that the average woman (or man) would have the opportunity to build a successful business from the things she loves the most, (makeup), and what woman doesn’t love makeup? Or at least skincare products to help her feel and look younger more naturally??

High Quality Makeup at Affordable Cost

Everyone knows the “cheap” makeup usually comes at cheap quality, which is why brands like Clinique, shisheido, Bobbi Brown and MAC have done so well in the cosmetics market, despite their high prices. People WANT quality make up to put on their face, not some cheap drugstore brand. With Motives, you get the best of both worlds, a high quality make up (comes from the same manufactures as the high end brands without the high cost). The reason is simple, Motives does not pay to have their product in stores (high over head costs) or for advertising. Yet, they rely on individual motives representatives to build their motives business to sell their products, this makes the products more affordable to the end user (you the consumer).

Motives allows you to build a business

If I have not convinced you enough to try Motives, this last one should do it. You are already buying make up (or know someone that is), why not build a business from products that you already purchasing? No matter how much money you make, there is SOME make up product that you buy at least monthly.

Want more info on Why Motives? Watch this https://youtu.be/0UAFuevKmEk

Come Party with Me on Facebook!

letsgetpartystarted

 

Yes, you read that right, the party is on Faceook, 100% Online and 100% fun! Just how does a “facebook” party work you may be asking?? Basically, it is like this

It’s a Virtual “ONLINE” Motives Cosmetics Party!!

Happening From your computer…Thursday, February 5th until February 7th..You are free to come and go as you please!

But, be sure to check back daily to see what games we’re playing and educational information. Click “ATTENDING” in the event and/or join this group to be entered into a FREE Drawing for FREE Motives Cosmetics or Skincare products.

Invite your friends and post your questions.I am here to help and share our amazing products.
***For each guest you invite/that joins the group and each post you make, you will receive an additional entry.***

Check daily so you don’t miss anything!!!

Just log on to my Party site Right HERE and start interracting with the group. There will be games and points are awarded for every interaction. At the end of the party I will add up all the points and the first person to get 300 points plus place a $50+ order will receive the Grand prize! The person with the most points will also receive a prize as well.

So grab some coffee, water, juice or some wine whatever you like to drink and join in the fun right here on Facebook!

Here are the Party Rules: 10013875_10152548296256073_6702727562523807459_nIf you would like Host your own party and earn some retail profit and FREE cosmetics,let me know I can help you set that up for you! The potential is unlimited. If you are already spending time on facebook , why not have some fun and make some money while you are it??

You can also view this party right here

Oh yeah, and party participants get 10% off of their order during the party and earn 2% cashback on all their purchases.

Are you down to party?

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries??

If you are like me and love your sweet potato, and even better Sweet potato fries, you MUST try this recipe that I found online at beachbody.com (Well actually I found it on Pinterest).

Beachbody-Blog-Spicy-Sweet-Potato-Friesmmm…don’t they look tasty? The best part about these sweet potato fries are they are made at home and only contain 4 ingredients!!! So yes, “fries” can be somewhat healthy after all!! Just do not make them in a deep fryer and you will be good. Ready for the ingredients?? Okay, here goes:

2 large yams (cut in to quarters or wedges), this will probably be the hardest step, oh yeah you should peel them as well. 🙂

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon of chilli powder

and a pinch of salt (for taste, salt is optional)

To make the sweet potato fries, after you cut the sweet potato into wedges, mix them in a large bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, then add in the chilli powder and mix well. If you want to add the salt, add the salt now.

Place the sweet potato wedges on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in a Preheated 400 degree oven for Twenty to Thirty minutes (or until crispy brown). I like my fries a little crunchy so I would keep it in the oven for longer. Oh yeah, turn the fries after Ten minutes so they cook even.

Eating healthy does not mean you have to cut out your favorite foods, sweet potatoes contain a lot of vitamin A and C, plus they are yummy. This recipe sounds like a good way to spruce up your sweet potato routine, so you do not get sick of eating plan sweet potatoes all the time.

Are you a sweet potato person? Are you going to give this recipe a try?

Happy Baking! 🙂

Eating Out Can cause you to gain 6 lbs a year

Six pounds a year may not seem like a lot, but over time it can add up, and that is not counting other unhealthy habits if you have them.

We all enjoy a nice out on the town at our favorite restaurant, and I am not saying we should not continue to enjoy a nice night out at a nice restaurant (or even a casual one), but we should be more conscious of our food choices when we eat out at restaurants.

Most entrées at restaurants are too high in fat, sodium, sugar and carbohydrates, than what we should be eating in our daily life. There are some ways you can eat out at restaurants and not gain the weight.

Doing a little research before you go out

Researching the intended restaurant before you go to dine, will help you make better decisions. Sometimes the restaurants’ website will have the menu items listed with the calories, or at the very least they will list the ingredients in the entrées. By doing a little bit of research and not “binge” ordering, you will be more mindful of making the smart decision.

Choose the Option that looks the healhiest

Avoiding the words “fried” or “creamy” will help you with choosing healthier options from the menu. Look for items that are broiled, steamed or baked without lots of cheese and other high saturated fat sauces. You can always ask your server to recommend the “lighter” options on the menu as well.

Be Mindful of the bread and the chips you snack on.

Many restaurants hand out chips (if its a mexican restaurant) or bread before your meal arrives, be aware of how much you are eating, and try to avoid adding butter to your bread if possible. Focus on the conversation with the ones around you rather than eating the chips or bread, and just eat slower.

If you’re going to go for dessert, consider sharing. This will satisfy your craving but cut down the calories dramatically.

Indulging in what you want is important for living and staying healthy, so go ahead and enjoy just be mindful about your choices!!!

Do you eat out often? Any healthy eating tips that you like to keep while eating out?

A New Way to Take OPC-3

If you have read my earlier blogs on the great antioxidant called OPC-3, you should be excited for this one! If not, let me just take a few moments to talk about what is OPC-3.

OPC-3, is a powerful antioxidant made from Pycnogenol or pine bark extract from a french tree. The “old” way to take OPC 3 was the powder form, which when mixed with water turns into a Isotonic drink, making it the most effective way to take your vitamins.

Why the Chew?

Sometimes it is just too hard to take our daily Isotonix drink, and even though this is the best way to get our vitamins, if life gets in the way and we are just on the go people, taking an OPC 3 chew is easier  to get our daily antioxidants that fight free radicals in our bodies.

Not to mention this chew tastes great!!! Its like chewing on candy , and the best part is the sugar content is low (Okay, the chew will have more sugar than the powder version), but its still relatively low and gives you the same antioxidants you would get in the drink.

Some people can not stand the “chalky” texture of the powder drink, and that is okay, because now we have the chew!! It is so easy to take with you in your bag, whenever you feel like you need a burst of energy pop one of these delicious chews in your mouth instead of getting some coffee and you will be alert longer than you would be with that coffee.

If you want to get your hand on your own OPC 3 chews, you can do so right HERE on shop.com

OPC-3 Chews also comes in form for your little ones to take. Its never too early to get your young ones taking opc-3.

Stay Healthy!! 🙂

Why Trader Joes is Not Always Healthy

Many people including myself adore Trader Joes and their food at store. One helpful reason to their success is their lower prices to their health conscious competitors such as Whole Foods. Some people like to call Trader Joes the “poor man’s Whole Foods”. I do not One-hundred percent agree with this, since most Trader Joe shoppers are well off and professionals, it is relatively cheaper than Whole Foods.

When shopping at Trader Joes, you might get the idea that you are choosing a better item since it is from Trader Joes, and in most cases this would be true, but be careful some stuff in the store can trick you to think otherwise, especially that frozen food section!

Here are a few items that have higher calories, sodium or saturated fat than you might want in Trader Joe’s frozen food section:

Chicken Marsala and Mashed Potatoes TJs10

One serving of this Italian dish contains 480 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat , 110 milligrams of cholesterol and 750 milligrams of sodium. While the calories are not that bad for a full meal, the saturated fat is more than the equivalent of nine large eggs! If you do choose this dish, do not have it more than once a month.

Mac N Cheese Bites TJs9

If you are craving a quick and cheesy snack, you might want to think twice about this one. Trader Joes’ Mac N Cheese Bites contains 210 calories, 35 grams of saturated fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol and 430 milligrams of sodium per serving! That is one heavy snack, especially if you are going to serve it to your kids! Be careful on this one maybe serve 1/4 of the serving???

Last but not least,  Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken TJs4

Mandarin Orange Chicken is never a healthy option, whether its ordered from a take-out restaurant, frozen or even a fine dining restaurant. The Trader Joes version contains 320 calories, 3.5 grams of saturated fat (not that bad), 95  milligrams of cholesterol, 330 milligrams of sodium, not that bad compared to some other “frozen” Chinese food. In this dish the cholesterol is the killer here, still not a good choice to make for your dinner.

Even though these dishes are not good for your health, its okay to have them every ONCE in a while, keyword “once in a while”.

Do you ever shop at Trader Joes? What is your favorite dish from Trader’s?

Eating Small Meals

Some people think there is a magic food that will help them lose weight and swear to only eat that food for a month. I don’t know about you, but I need variety in my life! I’ve always been a fan of eating small meals of food that I enjoy versus larger meals of food that I ehh do not really enjoy.

The saying holds true, “everything in moderation”. Even though if you do want to lose weight, you do need to up your vegetable intake and down your carb and sugar intake, it is healthy to  have a little bit of these things.

It only makes sense that if we cut our favorite foods completely, we will be in regret and hate the “diet” we are on. So, I say go ahead and indulge, just learn to stop. It is important to know which foods are better for you and which foods are not so good for you, this way you will have an easier time “stopping” on the not so good for you foods.

Reading books can be a powerful thing, and a great way to teach us some helpful hints on how to eat healthy. This book  Healthy Small Plates , will help you design delicious and healthy small plates that fit into your lifestyle!

A good rule of thumb to go by when designing your plate would be to make it colorful. Choosing a variety of color on your plate will entail that your plate is healthy (as long as the color is natural and not artificially colored). You also want to have some protein, starches and vegetables on every plate.

If you think you need more to eat, have a healthy snack two hours after your meal, this way you will not over indulge at meal time.

With the Holidays around the corner, you still want to keep the “small plate” mentality alive.

 

 

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