Posts tagged ‘mommy tips’

April 21, 2013

An App a Day…

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What do they say? “An App a day keeps the doctor away?” Maybe not just like that, but with the myriad of technology tools available for fitness-minded people, it’s a wonder weren’t not the leanest, fittest country on the planet.  Sadly, we’re closer to the fattest and most-unhealthy in terms of nourishment and activity level. Some Americans feel that you have to pick a side–fitness-focused with a strict diet or simply unhealthy. It’s possible to create a fit and fun lifestyle tailored toward your personal preferences and needs. All it takes is some creativity and some “App”lication. There’s an App that will count calories for you, act as a personal trainer, do both, or show you the closest trails, gyms, and food resources to fit your lifestyle. 

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My new favorite is an App that will inform you of substitutions for favorite recipes! Did you know you can use almond flour is you want to try gluten-free cookies? Arrowroot is an excellent fill-in for corn starch! If a recipe calls for breadcrumbs, opt for grinding oats in a food processor or chia seed/flax seed in a coffee grinder. You can actually make brownies using puréed black beans! It’s an amazing App for my picky-eating family too. Someone can’t stand onions, break out the garlic, leeks, and/or celery. 

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As a holistic nutrition student who opts for the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle from time to time, another favorite App is Filibaba Meals. The built-in timer is a nice addition to a wide variety of mouth-watering, animal-void recipes. To confuse everyone around me, I follow more of a “flexatarian nourishment plan” meaning that although I have my personal beliefs about food sources, I try to remain flexible so not to set off an anxiety attack in myself and/or my family members and friends. 
As a travelista (logging around three to five flights monthly), I’m stuck resorting to almonds and herbal tea (no cream or sugar) most trips, as some regions, towns, business associates still only offer standard American diet basics. No harm, no foul–we all move at our own pace, and I’ve always felt that the person/party with the pickiest preferences should bring their own provisions.  It doesn’t seem right to be frustrated when a location doesn’t have my personal preferences available. After all… I’m the guest. That’s why you’ll always find a baggie (or two) of almonds and/or cashews in my travel bag. 
However, no matter your location, use the App, Restaurant Finder to locate food options around you, save favorite restaurants at specific locations, and read/write reviews for restaurants, so fellow travelers can get their diet needs met too. (By the way, check out HMSHost’s new App that allows you to order food from airport restaurants and have it delievered to your gate. brilliance! Now deliver my TSA-approved favorite hairspray, hair cream, and perfume to my gate and I am set!)
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Sort of like how Google makes us all smarter, the growing number of fitness and nutrition-related Apps available allow us to remain proactive in our health and wellness journey. Since none of us have extra time to research best food options or find creative ways to get a workout in, let technology work for us. Plus, this makes me feel better after I gave technology so much grief for keeping my clients glued to either their television sets, iPads, or iPhones too long, thus stealing precious time away from their day–time they could use to workout, prepare wholesome meals, or visit in person with family and friends for some positive affirmation time. 
 
The next time you click on the App store from your smart phone or find yourself perusing iTunes to update your workout music mix, consider searching fitness and nutrition apps. Lets make technology and our smart phones, pads, and computers work for our health and wellness goals, so we can free up the time spent in doctor’s office waiting rooms. 
 
Some personal favorite Apps:
Fitocracy (compete in fitness quests with other challengers)
GymPact (if you enjoy a little gambling and competition) 
Runkeeper (every traveling runner’s best friend) 
Healthy Desserts by Green Kitchen (For when the sweet tooth strikes and won’t back down.) 
Eat Right for your Blood Type (food suggestions based on your blood type) 
Whole Foods Market Recipes (obvious) 
 
After you choose one or two favorites, check-in with your App daily for optimal results. The last thing you need is more dead weight–on your body and in your App library.  In health–Lacey 
 
January 16, 2013

A MOTHER’S TOP 10 HEALTH TRICKS

The love of my life-my son Kyson

The love of my life-my son Kyson

Hi Everyone!

I was flattered when Marzia asked me to write a guest post for The Healthy Housewives.  Of course the first thing I thought was ‘what should I write about??’.  Like Marzia said, I always have something to say.  However that makes it so difficult to narrow it down and choose one topic!  I asked some friends what I should write about and it was an overwhelming ‘fit after baby’ response, however Loren has just done a phenomenal job with that topic.  So instead I have decided to do my post on my favorite things.  My list of top 10 priorities in order to keep myself and my son in tip top condition from the inside out!!  I hope some of you will find these things easily incorporated into your lives.  I promise the benefits will be many!!!

So here we go with number one!  My top top health tip is ‘eat real food’.  That may sound silly to some, but it is literally the difference between surviving and thriving in this life.  When I say eat real food I mean cut out all the processed stuff.  I don’t mean just the box crap (definitely get rid of that!) but I mean the stuff that is raised and processed on factory farms or mass harvested on ginormous ‘farms’…blech.  Buy as much local, pastured, humanely raised, or organically farmed (wild-caught when it comes to fish) food as possible.  Not only are you supporting your local farmers and economy, you are feeding your body the food that it knows what to do with!  No extras you may not have bargained for!!

Number two in my bag of tricks is definitely coconut oil.  Yep.  Coconut Oil.  Seriously it is good for everything!!  In my house we use it for too many things to even list!!  A few uses would be for cooking or baking with, it is a stable oil for med/high temps…other oils such as olive can turn rancid at high temps.  I have used coconut oil on my son’s diaper rashes, I use it mixed with coffee grinds as a face and body scrub, I use it as a toothpaste (oil pulling), I use it as moisturizer, it is good to give to your four legged children.  It is anabolic and aids in fat burning.  If there is a magic food/supplement out there, this is it!!

Third on my list of must haves is Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV.  Another super food with many uses!!  I drink water with lemon and ACV every morning!  It is a natural appetite suppressant, lowers blood sugar levels, regulates pH levels, and helps detoxify the body.  I also use it regularly to condition my hair (the smell is strong while my hair is wet, but once dry the smell is gone!).  I have used it as astringent and in homemade cleaning recipes.  It is a must have in my pantry!!

Number four should probably be number 1!  It is so so important to drink clean water!!  This may seem like a simple task, but actually it has taken a lot of research and effort to make sure I get clean water for my family!  The best possible way to get clean water is to install a reverse osmosis filter in your home.  I also recommend a filter on your shower heads!  Next best choice would be an activated carbon filter, however this type of filter will not get rid of fluoride, which I avoid like the plague.  Then last I would say is bottled water.  I only choose pH balanced bottled water from my local health stores, it does get expensive though, so I just do it as needed.  This is one of my major major peeves….the fact that we have all the technology to have pristine water supplies flow from our faucets, yet the amount of contaminants and chemicals actually added to my water make it undrinkable in my opinion!

Fifth on my list is pre and probiotics!  If you I could recommend a must have supplement this would be it!!  We as humans have a delicate ecosystem going on inside of our bodies.  And in today’s environment filled with pollutants, stress, genetically modified foods, prescription drugs, etc etc, the ecosystem in our bodies really doesn’t have a chance without our calculated support!  80% of the human immune system is directly related to our guts.  Recent studies have also confirmed the gut/brain connection, which a huge leap for the health of future generations.  There are specific diets like WAPF, and GAPS protocol to help reestablish healthy guts in people with health issues.  We had to use these diets with my son in order to cure his food allergies (which seem to be all gone at this point!).  If you seem to be a pretty healthy person in general then you should just be able to supplement with probiotics.  You can do this with foods like yogurt, fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut, kombucha), and then with the the actual powders or drinks, the higher the count and the more strains the better!

Obviously exercise is an important part of health, so I will make that my number sixExercise can come in so many forms.  I happen to love the gym.  It is my escape from reality.  For a couple hours nothing bothers me and I just lift and or do cardio.  For some people that is their worst nightmare.  But there are so many things that can be ‘exercise’.  Whatever you may enjoy, whether it be horseback riding, cleaning, running outside, or playing football with your kids.  I do recommend some sort of resistance training whether it be weights or leg pressing your toddler.  Not only does being active keep you healthy and your body looking good, it makes you feel good, and when you feel good you make better choices in almost every aspect of your life!  So get moving!!!

Seventh on my list will be protein.  I have been drinking protein supplements for at least a decade and the truth is for the first seven of those years what I was using was probably hurting me not helping.  I do recommend a protein supplement for ease.  I drink 2 smoothies each day and I always use a scoop of protein powder in it.  It is a quick easy meal and truthfully it satisfies my sweet tooth!  There are only a handful of protein powders that I will use now.  If I use a whey protein, I always buy Bluebonnet.  They use milk from New Zealand cows which are never treated with hormones and are pastured as cows should be.  But the number one reason I choose them is because they cold process the whey.  No chemicals or high heat for processing which means the protein is not denatured and rancid (as are most proteins on the market).  I also love the Garden of Life RAW protein line!  So we use both of those in my house!  My son loves them too!!

Okay, number eight on my list may catch you by surprise.  Cut out the gluten.  I recommend cutting it all out.  At least for 4 weeks, after the four weeks is over go ahead and reintroduce it minimally, like as a once a week cheat.  You will feel so much better in so many ways!  You will lose weight, inflammation will subside, your digestion will get better.  And probably for a lot of you when you eat it again you will feel awful!  I cut the gluten when I had to for my son (he had a mild allergy to it).  Now, every time I eat it (which is rarely) I break out!!  So you may be surprised what benefits cutting it out will have for you!!  And if you are really serious try going completely grain free!!!  We are completely grain free about 80% of the time in my house!

Alright, finishing up!!  Number nine on my list of favorite tips has to be my daily vitamins.  I don’t take a ton, but I do think what I take is important and people always ask me about it.  So I thought I should include them in this list!  My primary goal is to get what I need from food and sunshine, but I do believe that can be difficult sometimes.  My daily regimen includes a multi-vitamin, B complex, Adrenal support, vitamin D, probiotics, fermented cod liver oil, and super greens (which I put in my smoothies).  I choose brands that use raw organic whole food nutrients so all the co-factors are included in order to be the most bio-available.  You can read about the fermented cod liver oil and where to find it at this link http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics#brands

Last but not least, number ten on my list of top tips is use the internet!  I get my best recipes from my favorite bloggers and I find so much motivation on pinterest.  I find the most interesting and thought provoking articles from the people I follow on facebook.  Knowledge is power and that includes when it comes to your body and your health!!  Obviously this comes with a disclaimer, DO YOUR RESEARCH!  Make sure the sources you find are reliable and trustworthy, and use common sense!

That rounded out my list of top ten tips when it comes to keeping you and your family operating in tip top shape!!  I hope you can utilize one or two (or all) of these things into your routine!!  Your insides will thank you!!  I have included links that expand on some of the information I have touched on in this post!  I hope you get a chance to check them out!!  I want to thank Marzia and The Healthy Housewives for inviting me to do this!!

If you are looking for more info, you can start here!

Protein:  http://www.bluebonnetnutrition.com/product/41/100%25_Natural_Whey_Protein_Isolate_Powder
Water:  http://www.mommypotamus.com/category/water-filtration/
Cod Liver Oil:  http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics#brands
Probiotics:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/24/one-of-the-most-important-steps-you-can-take-to-improve-your-health.aspx
Garden of Life supplements:  http://www.gardenoflife.com/Products-for-Life/Foundational-Nutrition/RAW-Protein.aspx
Coconut oil:  http://coconutoil.com/
Apple Cider Vinegar:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3598/7-Reasons-to-Love-Apple-Cider-Vinegar.html
Real Food:  http://www.westonaprice.org/  http://gapsdiet.com/

A few of my favorite bloggers:  (I have LOTS of favorite bloggers)

http://www.mommypotamus.com/
http://urbanposer.blogspot.com/p/all-recipes.html
http://www.deliciousbydre.com/

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I made the Dec cover of the Healthy Housewives!

I made the Dec cover of the Healthy Housewives!

Thank you,

Jennifer