Posts tagged ‘wellness’

March 19, 2014

Ocean Freeze; Still a Breeze

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We are at the beach house for Spring Break this year, and it’s freezing. Ok, not freezing, but around 40-55 degrees, and NOT laying-out-in-the-sun weather. Despite the Cape Cod-like days, I’ve retreated to my daily jogs on the beach. I don’t usually do the same exercise on back-to-back days (it’s healthy to shake it up and there are so many activity options!) but somehow, being close to the water helps me loosen my grip on my rules and routine. I’ll shake it up, so I am not working the exact same muscles every day—sometimes sprint drills, other days it’s a beach boot camp routine, and some times it’s a sand jog and then Yoga. It’s tough to beat a steady-paced therapeutic run along the shoreline, but most of us can’t stop what we’re doing and run to a beachside town somewhere.

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Just sayin’

If you’re in a spot where a coastline isn’t accessible, check out these meditative, beach-like artists for your playlist:

 

  • Jimmy Buffett (duh)
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Beach Boys
  • Elvis (I’m serious. Must be all of those old Elvis movies I watched.)

 Or simply search the words: top. beach. party. songs. 

Another tradition at the beach house is smoothies. Despite the cooler temps, I still made my favorites that I share below. There’s several farmer’s markets in the area, so fresh, organic produce is easy to find, and I pack my vanilla Advocare protein powder. (I also mix half a scoop of protein powder into steel cut oats with cranberries for a morning meal or snack. Yum.)

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Add some cinnamon if you want. I’m a cinna-addict!

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen mango or peaches

1 cup freshly-juiced carrot juice (or store-bought organic carrot juice)

1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water

Shot of wheat grass

1 scoop of protein powder

 

 

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1 cup spinach

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup kale

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup raspberry or cranberry

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Squeeze one lemon on top and blend. Enjoy!

ImageFor you fellow Holistic hotties out there, download some Enya and take your meditation or Yoga practice to the beach at sunrise or sunset for a boost in your spiritual health walk. I’ve never felt closer to God than I do at these moments. This past trip gave me an especially relaxing session as I reflected on the Water Element. Symbolizing spirituality and wisdom, this therapeutic combination got me thinking about how the ocean is like life… or maybe it just reminds me of my life.

Read on and let me know if you can relate.

 

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  • Changes, like waves, are coming whether you want them to or not.
  • Sometimes, diving in is your best bet; then, you can start focusing on something else.
  • Let it go. It’ll drift where it’s supposed to go on its own.
  • The tide rises and falls by someone higher up than you. Why are you trying to control it?
  • The water is blue; the water is green, too. It depends on where you’re standing.
  • An overcast day at the beach is still a day at the beach.
  • It’s okay to spend some time by yourself. Some else may block your view.
  • Powdery, white sand is beautiful, until you have to run in it.
  • Protect yourself—remember the sun can burn you even if you don’t see it.
  • The ocean doesn’t belong to you, but the memories you take from it are all yours.

 Peace y’all, Lacey

 

December 11, 2013

A Homemade Holiday

ImageI’m the girl who gets super frustrated at how materialistic the holidays get. We just can’t help ourselves, and I’m at fault too! When I see the cute baby outfits, I think my nephews surely need one… along with the motorized truck, sing-a-long bedtime friend, and of course, they need fancy blankets, sheets, and towels. Bath toys! They need bath toys. I won’t even continue on with everything I see for my nieces. Good intentions, good-hearted gifts, but is it the reason for the season? You have to answer for yourself.

I fell for the trap again this year, but before I got to the check-out counter, I thought about how it would be fun to create something as a gift for those on my Christmas list. Further, how about something that will benefit them in a healthy way. I kept thinking as I drove home, and by the time I got home, I had four ideas. I went to work.

I don’t want to give away what I am creating for several folks on my list, but it’s meaningful, personal, and healthy, too! Here are a few ideas I ran across during my research, should you feel compelled to fight the urge to buy another (albeit beautiful) scarf for Aunt Sue. Be creative, have fun, and enjoy the magical reason for the season.   –Lacey

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Organic Body Lotion

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference (my faves: eucalyptus, lavender, vanilla)

1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar.

2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.

3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.

4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!

5. Use as you would regular lotion. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.

Note: A litte goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

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Lotion Bars (better for travelistas!)

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
  • 1 cup beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency.)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve.
  • Optional: A few drops of your favorite essential oil(s)

Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl/jar over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it.

Turn the burner on and bring water to a boil. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth:

Remove from heat and add the essential oils.

Gently stir by hand until essential oils are incorporated.

Carefully pour into silicon molds to harden.

Allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop out of molds. These could be made in different shaped molds for different holiday gifts, or made in a square baking pan and then cut into actual bars.

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All-Natural Lip Balm

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp Beeswax(use the pellets, they melt faster/better)
  •  6 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp shea butter
  • 1 T castor oil (for more “gloss,”)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp essential oil
  • Sliver of color (like a tiny sliver from a Burt’s Bee lipstick to tint it a little pink)

Directions 
1. melted wax, oil & butter in a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Heat until all is melted and can be stirred together.
 2. Remove from heat and add castor oil, honey & any scents/colors you wish
 3. Stir and stir. The honey doesn’t want to mix thoroughly with the oils, but keep stirring and you will get it combined pretty well. 
4. Pour fairly quickly into your containers.

So simple! Basically, just melt, stir and pour!!

Oh and something for the fur-loves of your life!

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Pumpkin Dog Treats 

Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 cup pumpkin puree (one low in sugar)

2 eggs (I used 3 for more moisture)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix ingredients together until blended, then spread dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired cookie shapes. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

December 6, 2013

MEET OUR DECEMBER COVERGIRL FAN WINNER!!

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Last month we had a social media contest for our Healthy Housewives fans. We asked the fans to write in and tell us why we should choose them to be on our Healthy Housewives magazine cover. They had to have a high res image that we can use to be our cover. We had a ton of entries with women from all over the world that shared their stories and sent pictures, we were so overwhelmed on who to pick.

 

After a week of rereading and looking at which candidate would be the next cover girl, we decide on 2 women. Then we changed our entire 2014 year, to the year of fans. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be here. So, for 2014 we are picking 12 women to grace our cover. If you want to share your story and send in hi-res images that you would like to be featured as our cover, please email covergirl@healthyhousewives.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

Let me introduce our December covergirl Laurie Strough Smith. She is inspiring women out there with her positive attitude. She is over forty, fit, and raising five kids! Go Laurie!

 

Meet Laurie:

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial21.html

 

Her video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUdcdQTNMxg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqDn2t3viH7Vn7uzB7jFl3A

 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Marzia Prince

Creator of Healthy Housewives

November 20, 2013

Holiday Travel Smarts

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My nieces and nephews are always a welcomed sight, and always keep me on my toes!

‘Tis the season to travel to loved ones. It’s also historically the season that leaves us prone to germs, fatigue, weight gain, and illness.

Do you know what nature’s antibiotic is? Oregano Oil!

The research is in: those who enjoy the Mediterranean diet live longer, healthier lives. A recent study found that the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, hypertension, cancer…even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Nature has a phenomenal way of producing natural food sources imperative to maintaining health and vitality.

And since I cannot pick up and move to Greece for close access to these beneficial mediterranean foods and lifestyle, I improvise and partner with quality companies who bring such healthy goodness to me. As part of the holistic lifestyle I maintain and in nutritional guidelines I follow, a product called ImmuneCleanse stays in my purse as a daily shield against unwelcome bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. (I know right, ew!) It helps alleviate pain, fight infection, and the regeneration of liver cells. I don’t leave home without it, and if you ever looked in my purse or clutch, you’d see the small bottle in there! Five drops of the potent combination of essential and beneficial oils is all you need.

Did you know that chronic inflammation is the major precursor to virtually all illnesses, including heart disease? By reducing the amount of swelling and pain associated with inflammation in your body, you nurture an environment of health, vitality, and wellness.

I discuss these and other powerful health warriors to support a life of wellness and vitality in a webinar coming soon to your computer. If you’re interested in learning more about orthomolecular nutrition and why I have partnered with LectroLife Technologies to nourish my cells and support my holistic lifestyle, message me at: lectrofit@gmail.com or through the Healthy Housewives website.

ImageIn the mean time, here are some of my favorite travel tips to help you stay well this holiday season. ‘Tis the season to be jolly friends and healthy people are the jolliest people.

1. Pack a snack bag: I enjoy convenient, nourishing bars for quick fuel, Spark drink packets, almonds, and a separate trail blend (pistachios, sunflower seeds, cranberries, almonds, and cashews.) Don’t fall prey to the carb-heavy, fat-laden options most available in airports and during flights.

2. DAILY activity. Yes you can! Most of us don’t work out as aggressively as needed to justify a “day off.” With so many activity options, there’s something for every body and every day! If I have a particularly aggressive workout one day, I’ll choose to perfect my Yoga skills the next day, then maybe a long, mind-clearing run the following day. So many factors dictate how I can move my body on a given day, but the important thing is to move. your. body. for at least 30 minutes a day.

3. Watch the booze! Expect to lose water with every alcoholic beverage you consume. Further, expect to consume excess salt and sugar, as you dehydrate yourself. I’m not saying, don’t drink, but I am saying, be smart! I’m also reminding you to chug-a-lug water. One glass per alcoholic beverage during the event and one full glass before bedtime. (If you have a small bladder, make your full glass of water the last thing you consume one hour prior to bedtime, so you have time for it to “run its course.”

4. Hydrate often! Travel sucks the water out of you, so its even more important to drink lots of water while on the road or in the air. I travel with one empty water bottle and one full one, so I can refill on demand. If I am flying, I empty both before security and refill afterward. I also have a ‘shaker’ for my Spark drink when needed. During the flight, I only order water. It just doesn’t make sense to me to order a sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverage when I know I’ll be sitting for a while.

5. Protein for breakfast–always! My go-to food is the good old fashioned egg. If you’re Vegan, I hear steel cut oats with nuts and berries in it is the way to go. Starting your day off with quality protein helps you out in several ways: boosts your metabolism, satisfies you for longer, and gives you sustained energy to tackle the day. In my experience, if I start my day with a protein-rich breakfast, I make better food choices the rest of the day.

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You don’t have to feel stressed, overworked, and tired over the holidays. This is the season of blessings and joy! Would you like to experience the holidays as you were meant to experience them–with a body full of energy and celebration? Join me as I discuss a collection of research data and experience of over 30 years in the health and wellness industry.

Be well, friends and have a blessed, healthy holiday.  —Lacey

October 31, 2013

Tricks and Treats for a Healthier Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Here are a few last minute ideas to keep all the candy your child will collect today out of  his or her tummy!

Tricks or Treats

Buy equal amounts candy (hopefully organic) and Halloween party favors (glow sticks, tattoos and rings).  I bought my favors at the dollar store.  Mix all together and pass out.

Trade Treats for Treasures

I saw the idea of trading in treats for toys on Facebook and I love it.  My daughter and I discussed this and she is very excited to turn in candy for treasures.  Candy can be exchanged for a gift or money.  The more candy, the bigger the gift or a penny per piece.  Remember its not about the gift more about you being able to lose the candy and keeping your child happy.

Treats as Tools

Use your leftover Halloween for learning and kids craft.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have your child count the pieces, alphabetize and sort.
  • Elmers school glue and construction – let your child use their imagination
  • Science experiments – go to candyexperiments.com for a list of ideas
  • Reuse during the Holiday to decorate a Gingerbread house – Think Nightmare Before Christmas theme

Hope these last minute ideas are helpful!

Happy & Safe Halloween

Kathy

September 12, 2013

Sometimes shopping is my cardio….

As, one of my favorite characters said….

Hi! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Ok so I got a really great shopping tip today from one of my clients and wanted to share with all of you. My amazing client and friend AK, for short owns and operates Kazy’s Gourmet Sushi & Seafood.  She supplies most of the finer restaurants in town with their fresh seafood and sushi and runs a Japanese restaurant and small grocery store. She is a very smart business woman so I listen when she gives me tidbits.

Today she explained to me how she shops online and basically never purchases anything until it goes on sale, or has a rebate and some type of purchase offer which happens about 85% of the time. Her tip for that is filling up your cart or wish list and then going back to purchase once the items have been discounted and she checks them every few days. That seems easy enough right? and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made purchases only to see them go on sale right after.

Another way she saves a little money and actually receives money back is through Ebates. Ebates is a free online company that gives you cash back for accessing your favorites store through their site and making purchases. Companies that partner with Ebates will offer anywhere from 1 to 20 percent back, or more. There is no membership fee, and they also feature coupons and other exclusive offers.

Here’s an example of how it works: Retailer gives Ebates 2% of every sale that gets referred from Ebates. So if Ebates sends a customer to Retailer, and that customer buys a $500 computer, Ebates will make $10 on that sale and mail you a check for half of that $5. Its a great deal for just clicking through their site to purchase! Retailers include  Walmart, Target, Bestbuy, Barnes & Noble, Kohls, Gap Kids, Justice, Saks, Old Navy, Lego Store, Petco and so many more!

I signed up tonight, which consists of typing in my name and email and received $10 gift card to my choice of retailer. I choose Target. I also signed up at FatWallet.com which is similar to Ebates and purchased a Living Social deal I was going to purchase anyway with 2% back. 🙂 Another site to check out is Befrugal.com.  Happy Cardio!

 

Kathy, Fit Fashionista 🙂

 

July 18, 2013

It’s time to Organize and Simplify My Life!!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Wow! This month has been amazing! My little girl turned 6 and she had the most amazing themed birthday party. Mermaids and pirates in the pool! She was sooo incredibly happy, it made all the planning and running around in Dallas summer heat well worth all the work! From there I jetted (yes jetted!) off to LA with the Healthy Housewives for some amazing meetings in Hollywood! That trip required major packing and choosing all the right outfits! (okay maybe I overpacked a bit)! From LA back to Dallas to focus on getting my studio open! And there are so many details and many things you don’t even consider when opening a business – until you already needed them.

What I’m getting to is that while my life is the absolute best its ever been and just gets better day by day (because I say it aloud and work for it) and I’m so busy which is great for me too! My personal life organization and home organization have fallen miserably sadly out of control.

For example, most nights rather than cook dinner (because I didn’t plan, I end up picking up a (healthy) dinner (expensive – because it adds up daily).  I spend some play time with my daughter and before you know it, its bed time and I’m exhausted – half of the time I fall asleep with my clothes on with no proper ending of the day and no preparation for the following day.  I wake up in rush to get ready and my day has already started behind.

This morning, I woke, started with my rushing around and decided that’s it! Why I’m I always rushing, why can’t I anticipate and plan better? Well, I’m just not wired that way, I’m a creative type, more of a feeler than a thinker. Therefore, I’m always on the reactive! But that is not going to fly now, especially being a single mom business owner, with a very busy child, 3 dogs, a cat, a fish, a bird and oh ya a house.  Time to learn a new way before I sink any deeper! I will be the planner and in control of my time and daily personal routine!

I hope I haven’t bored you all, with my me, me blog but I know I’m not the only one out there feeling overwhelmed and angry with themselves for living this way! Its time to take control and it can be done!

My first step to getting on track! Google – “organization for my life” – after lots of silly tips and trying different search words – I came across http://andreadekker.com.  Self proclaimed “list maker and life simplifier”! Just what I needed! I will call her my Angel of Organization!

Her site has tons of useful information and make sense to me and the way I need to run a better organized life! She has free print outs for your planner with lists that actually keep you organized (not like the ones that come in your organizer – they never work for me) and you can even customize them again for free!

 

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Here from Andrea’s website are her top two tips for getting organized. 

1. Plan Ahead

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a day, you know that I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead — even more so now that I’m a mom.

Menu planning, top-5 to-do lists, cleaning, blogging, family vacations, holidays, etc. — they are all simpler when I plan ahead.

There are so many things we can NOT plan for or predict, so anything you can do in the present to make the future less stressful will ALWAYS help to simplify your life.

2. Do It Now

A.K.A. don’t procrastinate!

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Simple right! Well I know I wont be there overnight but I’m giving myself one week to be fully tuning into an organized, well planned personal routine! Wish me luck!!! And I wish you luck too! Kathy

June 12, 2013

Nailing Down Common Health Concerns

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Happy nails equal healthy YOU!

I recall having coffee with a coworker senior to me, when she looked down at my hands around my mug and said, “no moons.” Excuse me?  Up to that point, I didn’t know that you could tell a person’s B-12 levels by whether or not they had half moons on their nail beds. Go ahead; take a look at your nails… I’ll wait…

I was surprised that my coworker looked past my uneven fresh-out-of-acrylics short nails to observe my half moons, but we were discussing my lack of energy, chronic fatigue, and loss of memory that had transpired that year. I was a historically active, fit, energetic person about three years into my corporate career when I started feeling less energetic, and becoming frequently fatigued throughout my day. I couldn’t put my finger on the issue, but she did!

ImageLooking back it makes perfect sense. In college, although I was committed to my running and indoor cycling workouts, a proud regular of Bodyworks gym in Lubbock, Texas where I got my body in competitive shape for both Miss San Antonio USA and Miss Lubbock USA, I did not eat well. I shiver looking back at the mounds of canned fruit and vegetables I ate. Hey, I was on a college-kid’s budget, and canned food kept well for a long time. (That should have been a hint it wasn’t nourishing.) I cringe when I think about the bowls of cereal I ate for dinner. After all, whole grain cereal promised sweet dreams at the end of a long day, and milk warms the soul right? It was the perfect “go-to, readily-available” meal. Reek! I’m certain that four years of college and three years of making a name for myself in the corporate world (and in the Dallas, Texas social scene) didn’t leave me nourished, and the lack of vitamins and minerals probably started taking its toll on my body.

This same coworker directed me past the inadequate and “cheaper” supplements on store shelves toward Advocare nutritional company, headquartered north of town. High-quality supplementation and a nutritionist that I still credit to this day for my healthy relationship with food have allowed me to reverse any past damage and to propel my health and wellness into a place where I can flourish. We should all set ourselves up to flourish in life!

So, how do your nails look? For my acrylic nail-wearing glamour sisters, don’t despair. Simply take a look the next time you’re in for your “soak off.” If you don’t see half moons, let’s chat about how to get that B-12. Healthy levels of vitamins and minerals exude beauty through your skin, hair, nails, and attitude. You’ll have folks stopping and gasping in no time saying, “WOW—look at the vitamins and minerals on that girl!”

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Internal beauty shines brightly!

What are your nails trying to tell you?

Pale Nails: This could be a sign of impending anemia, congestive heart failure, liver disease, or malnutrition

White Nails: If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis.

Yellow Nails: Hello, fungal infection! This can also be an alert to a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.

Blue Nails: Breathe, my friend! This is a sign that the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could also indicate an infection in the lungs, such as pneumonia.

Rippled or Pitted Nails: This may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, Brittle Nails: Check out your thyroid if you have nails that frequently crack or split; However, cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.

Finally… one close to my heart as a former nail biter: Biting your nails could be a sign of persistent anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Alas, good things can come out of the not so good, and I learned about ways to relax and create calmness through guided meditation and breathing exercises. I hope to visit with you more about ways to nourish your mental and emotional wellness with future posts. If you simply cannot stop biting your nails (or cuticle skin), it’s worth discussing with your doctor or wellness practitioner.

Since low Vitamin B-12 levels are common these days, here are other ways you can tell you may be low on this important vitamin:

Tingling hands and feet

Numbness

Memory problems

Feeling exhausted

Depression

Sensitivity to noise

Lots of brown spots

Bleeding gums

Burning sensation (possibly on thighs)

Legs hurt and “jump” at night

Pain, including bone pain in legs

Balance problems

Heavy menstrual bleeding or nose bleeds

P.S.: If you’re wondering why it was important that I mention my coffee shop friend was older than me, it’s because lately I’ve found those senior to me fascinating! I encourage everyone to get to know the senior citizens around them. They have the best stories and you could learn a thing or two from someone who’s been around the block a few times.

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My Grandma Lucy and I. She’s a hoot!

Joyfully and in health, Lacey

June 10, 2013

Dimensions of Wellness

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Hello, Friends! It’s Brooke, here. What does wellness mean to you? Does it mean that you are thriving and growing? Or does it simply mean that the nasty stomach bug going around the office managed to miss you . . . this time? According to the World Health Organization, wellness is not simply the absence of disease, but a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.

Living a healthy lifestyle means making choices that support your overall well-being. This term “well-being” feels very broad to me. We often limit our perception of a healthy life to only the physical aspects, but we are so much more than just our bodies. The following dimensions of wellness allow us to examine various aspects of our lives and see what’s working and what needs more attention. Some of the ways to improve your personal wellness will be very familiar to you, whereas others may spark some new ideas.

Dimensions of Wellness

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Vocational

Physical wellness means taking personal responsibility for your own health as well as striving to incorporate positive behaviors into your life each day.

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods
  • Exercise daily
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink lots of water
  • Practice safe sex
  • Stay current on health screenings
  • Stop smoking
  • Consume alcohol in moderation (if at all)

Intellectual wellness is thinking creatively and logically to understand yourself and others as well as expanding your knowledge and skills through activities and resources.

  • Learn a foreign language (and then travel abroad to practice!)
  • Visit a zoo or science museum
  • Learn to appreciate art
  • Read anything your heart desires
  • Challenge yourself by taking a class
  • Seek out people who stimulate your mind
  • Immerse yourself in a subject that fascinates you

Spiritual wellness involves finding meaning and purpose in your life. Spiritual wellness also encourages you to develop and examine ethics and personal values, which may or may not be based on religion.

  • Allow yourself and others the freedom to be themselves, without judgment or agenda
  • Engage fully in your life
  • Discover (and protect) the parts of yourself you value
  • Search your motivations and goals
  • Explore what spirituality means to you
  • Honor sacredness in nature and in your life

Emotional wellness is the ability to accept your feelings about yourself, assess your strengths and limitations, cope with stress, and function autonomously in the world.

  • Accept your strengths and improve on your weaknesses
  • Give and receive encouragement and support when you need it
  • Listen to your heart and your feelings
  • Manage and minimize the stress in your life
  • Learn the fine art of time management
  • Seek out the things that light your fire
  • Strive for peace and happiness

Social wellness involves the creation and maintenance of healthy relationships within your family, friends, and community.

  • Communicate directly when you need something
  • Spend time with your loved ones
  • Collect new friends and treasure your old friends
  • Find a group or activity that gives you purpose
  • Nurture your relationships, despite the busyness of everyday life
  • Contribute your time or gifts to the community
  • Expect positivity and love—I promise you’ll get it back

Vocational wellness involves discovering personal and occupational interests that are meaningful as well as setting goals and recognizing abilities that enrich your life.

  • Explore new interests or long-forgotten passions
  • Imagine yourself in a career(s) that makes you feel alive
  • Spend time brainstorming and setting goals
  • Ponder how you can best use your gifts and skills
  • Get acquainted with what makes you special and then figure out how to share those things
  • Strive to be of good cheer and consciously bring positivity to those you work with

These dimensions are interrelated in such a way that one affects the others, positively as well as negatively. Balance in all areas of wellness is the key to fulfilling personal potential. I know we focus on living a vital, healthy life by caring for our bodies, but you and I both know that we are the sum of all of our parts, beautiful and flawed, together or falling apart. When we care for our outsides as well as our insides, we will see wonderful things rippling through all parts of our life. I hope you will begin each day by choosing to own your health and taking steps each day to live radiantly well.

May you have a gloriously happy week,

Brooke

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May 29, 2013

Time to Detox?

It's not a glamorous topic, but it'll make your health shine!

It’s not a glamorous topic, but it’ll make your health shine!

Hello friends… it’s your personal Detoxing Diva here, eager to help you move quickly from some not-so-great food and beverage choices this past weekend. I’ll start by professing: You didn’t do as much damage as you think, and it IS reversible. (Repeat often the next few days.) That said; let’s get to the good stuff.

Amazingly, I received an increase in orders for our Herbal Cleanse Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The fact this time period is right as folks are winding down there holiday weekend celebrations or making the challenging transition from “weekend mode” to “work mode,” leads me to think that lots of you are trying to un-do the weekend and get back on track with your clean eating and mean training. Let me help!

The reason I said our Herbal Cleanse is because I have a long-standing relationship with Advocare nutritional products, and the Herbal Cleanse product is an all-inclusive herbal detoxification system to “right-set” your body to cleanse itself of unnecessary toxins and to welcome the nourishing attributes of your diet and supplement choices. Good fats, bad fats; wholesome carbs, simple/bad carbs… who cares if it all gets stuck in your gut and intestines to rot?

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors--citrus and peach.

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors–citrus and peach.

Advocare’s WELL, TRIM, and ACTIVE lines helped me move from a flabby, skinny chick to a lean, mean, competitive machine. Okay, I’m not a machine, but I was a pretty good pageant competitor for several years, dropped 10 pounds of fat and gained muscle strength, completed two marathons and 12 half-marathons, and excelled in the corporate world for 12 years fueled with Advocare—and I’m not done yet! I retired my corporate heels to focus full-time on helping others find, create, and live their healthiest life. It’s now my job to make you aware of how important it is to detox your body regularly (among how to implement other healthy habits.)

Becoming an informed nutritional enthusiast, and an Advocare Advisor, helped me represent myself well whether I was on the marathon trail, the corporate stage, or the pageant stage—and everywhere in between. Advocare is one of several great supplement companies available to you, but I can only speak to the scientific research, NCAA-approved, athlete-endorsed attributes of Advocare’s products. For these reasons and more, I trust Advocare for myself, my family, and my clients.

        If an all-inclusive detoxification system isn’t your thing, here are some helpful tips to help your body rid itself of unnecessary toxins you may be carrying around. As for that over-indulging that may have occurred (you don’t have to tell me), don’t beat yourself up. Part of living life is enjoying the moment and not worrying about occasional slip ups. Dust yourself off and get back on the healthy road.Implement positive talk ASAP! Do not let one bad meal (or one day of forgetting you’re a health god or goddess) send you spiraling into a well of woes. Accept the past and fill your week with good, clean decisions.

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      Pick up some Essentia Water and chug-a-lug. People under-estimate the power of good clean, high-pH water and its ability to flush toxins quickly through your systems. Water is fuel for your digestive system. Don’t ever let your tank register empty!

      Put on your favorite workout attire and get moving. Exercise and sweating are both excellent detoxification strategies. This is the week to challenge yourself. Get after it!

      Detox your mind. When cravings hit, and you recall some of the treats you consumed over the weekend and start to miss the tastes—STOP! Food is not anyone’s true source of emotion. Something else is making you happy, sad, joyful, somber… figure out what it is and get to know yourself a little better. Consider jotting down some of your thoughts.

      Be fiber-friendly. Most Americans do not get enough fiber. Make it your mission to consume more fiber this week. An added perk will be speeding up the detoxification process for your body. Yay!

To check out Advocare’s Herbal Cleanse product, go to: www.fitandfunlifestyle.com. You can learn more about the system, ingredients, and what makes it so great for your body. As a treat for you, here’s one of my favorite fiber-friendly recipes using Advocare’s fiber drink powder. (You can also substitute your own favorite powdered fiber.)

A yummy way to get your fiber!

A yummy way to get your fiber!

Fiber Muffin Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS

6 packages Fiber drink

1 3/4 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix dry ingredients together. Then add the following ingredients:

1/3 cup honey

1 cup applesauce- the kind without sugar added

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk

Fold in one large chopped apple.

Spoon into a non-stick muffin pan or use paper muffin cups in your pan. This makes 12 muffins, and you may pile the batter up as they do not raise much. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.

Happy detoxing, friends!  — Lacey