Purple Passion Smoothie Bowl & amazing weekend!

Amazing Weekend!

This long weekend was one to remember. It was filled with really good food, much needed conversation, sand, sun and relaxation.

Reconnecting

I cannot remember the last time my husband and I actually connected the way we did this past Civic holiday weekend. It was intentional and it was needed. That’s all I will say about that. IMG_5570

Marriageit’s an investment and the only way we can make an investment with anything is to spend TIME making that investment. Some spouses spend time investing in their business and building an empire, I had that opportunity and it wasn’t for me. My investment is in my family first before anything else. I pulled up my big girl panties a long time ago and realized that both my husband and I made the decision to get married and to raise a family and so building an empire does not fit into our lifestyle, not yet anyways.

MONDAY morning breakfast choices

A year ago I had a fascination with making smoothie bowls. Everyday pretty much I would see what concoction I could come up with for breakfast and it always included a hardy, colourful & nutritious smoothie bowl. It’s a great delicious way to start your day.

With eyes half open this morning, I poured my usual 1 litre of water to get the digestive system warmed up and then I sat down to cuddle and say good morning to my hubby on the couch. Like always in the mornings, food came to my mind and I started thinking of what smoothie bowl I could make today.

Colours of the rainbow

One of my favourite colours is purple, especially when it comes to food. I’ve recently started making my smoothie bowls again and I started off with my Tropical Mango-Banana bowl.

So naturally, today my mind took me to all the shades of purple. When it comes to smoothie bowls or smoothies in general, purple of course makes us think of blueberries right away. However, there are so many other choices you can add to get different shades of purple. My recipe today has a couple of those options in it and it tastes delicious. If I’m going to make something pretty, it HAS to taste great too!

Time to try..

So if you haven’t jumped on the smoothie bowl train, I encourage you to do so. Make it fun, make it your own and enjoy the colours of the rainbow & great nutrition.

 

Purple Passion Smoothie Bowl

Recipe

In a vitamix or other high speed blender mix the following ingredients in the following order:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2-3 small pieces of beet(think  of mango size pieces)
  • optional teaspoon acai powder
  • 1/2 cup soy milk

Toppings optional: kiwi, pumpkin seeds, cacao nuggets.

 

 

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Weight Training…You REALLY could benefit from it

blackandwhite_RetouchedWhy I started exercising, particularly, lifting weights
In October of 2003 my life changed forever.

I lost my friend, my mentor, my anchor, my daddy.

In his 61st year, he fought his final battle with disease.

In the end it was an infection and the blood thinners(for his stroke) posed a problem for a surgery to help alleviate the infection. Kidney dialyses was the only option and my dad decided not to do it. He died three days later quietly in a private hospital room.

The toughest part of it all was I did not get there in time to be by his side. I was angry, hurt, sad, and broken hearted beyond belief. I realized just how much I loved my dad after he left me that day. Watching that hurst drive away with him was the first worst day of my life.

A Beautiful lesson

Indirectly my dad opened my eyes to the risks and potential diseases that can happen from not taking care of our temples(bodies).

I made up my mind in my early 20’s after his first stroke of many to start making the changes necessary to perhaps minimize my chances of hijacking the same damaging genetic pool.

I believe today my dad would be proud to see the changes I’ve made over the years to maintain and better my health. Often, it’s too late when we realize the importance of making healthy choices.

In all fairness there wasn’t as much information at my dad’s finger tips when he was growing up and when you grew up in a post-war generation, you ate what you were given and food choices were more nutritional then.

The risks showed up much later in his life when he started making poor food choices. He also had a sedentary job as a truck driver. I want to be clear that I’m not speaking negative of my father, he worked VERY hard to provide for us as a father and I will always love him for that, unfortunately his body took the brunt of it.

Disease & Weight training

Weights, they are my favourite exercise. I got hooked at 22 and never looked back. They are till this day a regular part of my workout routine. I do not particularly like cardio but it is just as important.

Benefits of Weight-lifting ;

  • Not only does strength training increase your physical work capacity, it also improves your ability to perform activities of daily living.  You will be able to work harder and longer with the proper weight training activities.
  • It improves bone density.  One of the best ways you can control bone loss as you age is to add strength training into your workout plan.
  • It promotes fat-free body mass with decreasing sarcopenia.  The lean muscle mass that we all work so hard for decreases with age.  If we don’t add strength training to our routine then it will turn into fat.
  • It Increases the strength of connective tissue, muscles, and tendons. This leads to improved motor performance and decreased injury risk.
  • It improves your quality of life as you gaining body confidence.  Strength training will not only make you strong, but will also help with managing your weight, hence avoiding or minimizing risks for diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • Lifting weights lowers your stress levels.I can attest to this, it may not be proven however, with all those endorphins being released it only makes sense.
  • Muscle uses more energy than fat. The best way to explain this is also the simplest: You can use muscle as you move; you cannot “use” fat. When you walk or talk or lift, you engage your muscles, and in doing so, expend energy. Even when doing nothing at all, muscle is burning more calories than fat is. Granted, it’s a small amount, but it still counts.
  • Change the shape of your body: think curves and booty’s ladies! I like to feel and look good and I have no regrets for that. It’s an INSIDE AND OUT thing for me. Men, it’s shaping those lats and developing those strong shoulders you like to show off in those tank tops.

Where to start

So if I at least got you thinking about starting weights check out a few tips to get started. Jamie Eason is a well known Personal trainer, FigurePro and Fitness Model.

Now don’t get overwhelmed at her story or routine. Starting out with just 3lb dumbbells is a start.

I also recommend seeing your family doctor first before starting any new workout or nutrition program.

I am sharing this link  Jamie Eason Live Trainer not to promote this specific workout, but rather to give you some basic knowledge of weight training and what it can do for you. Make it your it your own.

Gym…Home…Backyard…or Garage

The possibilities are endless when it comes to where and how you work out. I prefer to workout at home. All I have is the basics; a few barbells, dumbbells and free weight plates.

If you don’t have any of these together started than just use full water bottles or soup cans, something you have a good grip on.

At home workout videos like this one Hammer & Chisel are a good option for those who don’t want to be around lots of other people or intimidating atmosphere in the gym. It can also be a financial concern.

Other people prefer to be in a gym with other people round them, especially if they are brand new to weight training. You will at least get a basic introduction, but if you want them to set you up on a program you will have to pay a lot of money for it.

It’s all up to you and what makes you comfortable.

Healthy for me and for my family

I know that working out and eating healthy is not a guarantee that sickness and disease will not come to your door BUT and I mean BUT, it’s a possibility that you might not, I would rather not take the chance and not do anything than to do all I can to lessen the risk. If I ever do get sick I can tell you that I know its NOT because I din’t take care of myself, that is empowering to me.

At my age, 46, my dad had type II diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and was obese. I only condition I have is 1.25+ reading glasses.

I haven doubt that exercise and eating for the most part healthy over the last 22 years is a huge contribution to my well being.

Sure, I know what your thinking, there are people overweight, smoking and drinking who are in perfect health right? I will say this, it is not the norm and their energy levels are not the same and well, I’m not playing Russian roulette with my life. The statistics are in your favour when you eat healthy and exercise. It’s the majority of cases.

I want to see my grandchildren and great children one day. I have dreams and visions of roller blading with my grandchildren, seriously.

I want to live with vitality and teach those around me how to honour their bodies. It is truly a temple we’ve been given and it deserves respect.

Two of my teen sons are not quiet on the nutrition scale I would like them on, however, they are active and I believe one day the lessons I taught them will come back to them and that they will continue the my contribution to their children and so on and so on


In Loving Memory of my Father,  William Morgan Donald Arnold.  1943-2003

 

When God calls…do you hear Him?

These last several months seem like a blur and it appears there is no sudden relief in sight either.

I Must Sleep

It was a Thursday night and I had just laid down to go to bed. I had left my phone in the kitchen, a new habit I'm trying, and I was really burned out from the day and ready for some shut eye. I had told myself this was night I would sleep 6 hours straight through.

I Heard a knock at the door

As I lay there ready to cross over to La la land, I start to feel this overwhelming presence within me. I knew right away what was happening, it was God knocking at the door of my heart.

My first thought was, "but God, you know how tired I am, you saw all the tasks I had to do today." I'm so sorry God but I just can't stay awake long enough. Please forgive me.

Why would I even think of reasoning my way out of intimacy with the Creator of the world, the Salt of the earth, the Alpha & Omega, the True and living God, what was wrong with me? Deep down I knew I needed to draw closer to the One sure thing in life-God.

The Cares of this world

I quickly realized that it had been months since I had really spent time just listening and waiting on God. BUT, I still ended up falling asleep.

What is it that gets me so off course that I can't prioritize that time alone with God that I so desperately need. It gives me peace, it helps me love the unlovable, it renews my mind and gives me strength to face this crazy life.

Is it my family?, no, is it my job?, no, is it my husband?, no…in all honesty I could say it's a combination, however, it's something far more serious and less obvious; BUSYNESS

The Dangers of busyness

We are all busy, it's a fact of life. We have to go to work, school, raise kids, attend parties, workout, shop etc etc…The busyness I'm talking about is the kind that doesn't have any benefit and only distracts us and brings us down.

An example would be scrolling for hours on Facebook, I will be the first one to say I am guilty of this. Another example could be shopping or watching TV.  Now don't get me wrong, we need downtime to shut ourselves in and reload but if we can spend an hour or more watching Netflix but don't have 5 or 10 minutes to speak with God than something is not balanced and we are headed down a slippery slope.

Shutting Down 

Let's face it, we are living in a time of information overload, unending task lists and to many event invites. We have been programmed just like a computer system to keep going and not stop. I tell you, we so need to implement the "Siesta" of Spain. Everyday people across Spain in the middle of the afternoon rest for an hour. Productivity has been linked to this mid afternoon shut down.

So yeah, that's not ever going to happen here for us in the Western world so we are left to fend for ourselves.  So, what do I try to do?, at least 3 days a week I come home from work and go straight to my room and power nap for about 15 minutes(the odd time I end up sleeping for an hour). It helps me reenergize and reload for the rest of the evening.

I suggest planning a time each day where you shut down completely, it won't always be the same place but just shut down from everything, even if it's just 15 min. Pick a quiet place and do it for 21 days and you will never miss that time time to reload again.

When He calls…be sure to listen

Even though I fell asleep the other night when God was knocking at the door of my heart, I was conscious of my need to slow down and prioritize that time with Him. I am only what I am today because of Him. I have no problem saying I so desperately need Him everyday, every hour, every minute.

One of my favourite songs from years ago is This is the Air I Breathe

I know that these last several months I have been caught up in the "busyness" sometimes as well as trying to build a business and ministry. But one thing I know is we can never afford to compromise our time with God. I've been there too many times, only to end up in a mess. I must be clear that religion has nothing to do with it, it is about building an intimacy with the One who loves you more than you will ever know.

I encourage you today that if you have been "busy" and haven't made the so needed connection with God, stop denying yourself of that GLORIOUS time to be renewed, restored, strengthened & filled up with His amazing love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loneliness, Guilt & Depression

o-SAD-WOMAN-facebookThe Need for Social Interaction

I can remember at the tender age of five lining up all my dolls and barbies on my pink covered comforter on my bed. Next, I gave them all a piece of slightly torn paper and began teaching them how to spell. Sounds strange right? I know I get it, don’t worry, my barbies & dolls are long gone.

I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and one thing that today’s kids would never understand(well, mine don’t), is just how lucky they are that they can socialize with their friends from anywhere in the world by hitting send, FaceTime or by a SNAP. They also do not get grounded as much as I did or whippings for that matter.

I can tell you that I probably spent over 80% of my childhood in my room from groundings. I know what your thinking, I must have been an awful child. Well, I’ve been a nanny, an Aunt and now a mother and I can tell you, I really wasn’t. I don’t know about you other 70’s generation adults, but I was terrified of my parents. Being bad was not an option.

Denver-DUI-Lawyer3Once I started High school and my parents divorced, the quiet, introverted little curly haired girl(me), spread her wings and flew the coupe! I was never the same. I actually became that “bad” girl, drinking, experimenting with drugs and other foolish and risky behaviours. Why is that? I often thought it was just a “normal” teen phase I went through or I was rebelling against my parents divorce, when only recently did I discover that one of the biggest contributors to my crazy teen adolescent life was simply this, LONELINESS.

All those years in my room and not going out with friends really had an impact on my social life later on. I could not socialize without being tipsy or drunk unfortunately. And of course, these risky behaviours only lead to more and more.

When the “party” was over I would isolate myself again to what I knew.

When GUILT Becomes your Friend 

If you ever lived the party life as a young person, you know the terrible guilt that can settle in the next morning after parties and too many drinks. Regardless of where that guilt stemmed from, guilt is guilt and it has a way of robbing your joy and peace. It is the same with everyone no matter our age.

Why do we continue to go back to the very thing that brings us misery? Well, I believe it is like anything, we become comfortable in familiar places. For years I kept going back and forth on that cycle because I didn’t know  how to get off the roller coaster.  Then came the worst…..

The After effect…Depression

During my teen and adolescence years I did not know that my habitual and risky behaviours were leading me on a downward spiral into depression.

Depression was not talked about much 30 years ago. You just kept going and doing and found your own coping mechanisms either in alcohol, promiscuity, drugs, toxic relationships and dropping out of school etc. I look back now at 46 and I have made the connections to my anxiety and depression today.

The Truth

Loneliness or isolation at any stage of life can have health risks connected to it. Here are just a few;

  1. May diminish a person’s resolve and self-discipline over time, making them more likely to indulge in self-destructive behaviours such as drinking or eating to excess.
  2. People who describe themselves as lonely are also more likely to contribute to their social isolation by neglecting to engage with others or to secure emotional support.
  3. In contrast to younger people who may or may not be lonely, middle-aged adults who say they are lonely also report increased exposure to stressors.
  4. Loneliness produces objective and measurable effects on the immune and cardiovascular systems.
  5. Loneliness is associated with a variety of sleeping disorders, including sleep deprivation, which, on a chronic basis, is associated with many of the same metabolic, neural, cellular, and hormonal consequences as those that occur with aging.

Add to that the GUILT factors

  1. Poor relationships -you may be the nicest, sweetest person around but your guilt can make you unstable to others, one day happy, next day sad, next day distant behaviour. This can cause others not to trust you because of inconsistent behaviour. We can also try levelling the playing field with others in our futile effort to bring some relief to our own shame by seeing others as fallen as us when they’re really not at all.
  2. Poor self-image – the inability to come to terms with your guilt causes us to suppress it and this only leads to “shame” and lack of commitment in every area of your life. You become so busy internalizing your guilt that you can not free yourself long enough to enjoy your life and those around you.

Dealing with our Loneliness and Guilt before DEPRESSION pays a visit

Unfortunately, if the first two conditions are not dealt with, depression is sure to follow sooner or later. Many of us can easily diagnose depression and recognize it for what it is. what it is, but we often miss the underlying connections.

Keep in mind that loneliness is not so much abnormal, we can all experience at point or another, death of a loved one, divorce, new school, etc or such as in my case; social isolation as a child.

Chronic loneliness is the concern. Lack of relationships, friends, peers, mentors and daily activities, unresolved guilt can all be factors in the inevitable path of depression.

Being Consistently Aware 

Later in my life as an adult I often found myself regressing back into the independent, safe, and comfortable place of isolation. Many times it was a product of protection” and that familiar place as a child.

togetherWhat I do know now is how much I need others in my life. We are in need of connection with others, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. Even psychologists agree like Psychologist John Cacioppo says, “we are built for social contact. There are serious—life-threatening—consequences when we don’t get enough. We can’t stay on track mentally. And we are compromised physically. Social skills are crucial for your health.”

Moving forward

Being intentional when it comes to building relationships, getting out and being social is the only thing that will work for some of us.

volunteerI want to  encourage you to get involved. with others.

Now, please understand, I understand that there are introverted people and alone time is much required by all of us at times.

Getting involved means setting certain times of the week where you either go out on date nights with your spouse or children or friends, make time each week to workout, go for a walk or go to the gym. Maybe you attend an educational class (e.g.. Goodness Me has tons), anything for personal development and being active. Volunteering is something else that brings a lot of satisfaction and reward and bing with others.

It’s about getting out! being around people.

In our social media world, it can often be more tempting to socialize behind a screen, however, we all need to make more time to get together in person.

As good and beneficial as social media can be (some would disagree and thats ok) there’s nothing like togetherness.

Cheers to socializing and your HEALTH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Eating

What exactly is a plant based diet?

It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.

Why I chose a plant based diet?

Recently I embarked on a new journey-plant based whole foods.

Why? Well, there are a few different reasons.

Here are just a few in no particular order;

  • I love FRESH foods
  • I want more energy during the menopausal years
  • It’s cleaner
  • I don’t agree with agricultural practices(a recent revelation)
  • not a big meat eater to begin with(but I did really love burgers)
  • Overall better Wellness
  • Readily available
  • Tastes really good!(I never was a big vegetable eater before)
  • Dairy makes me sick
  • Better skin, hair and nails
  • Longevity & fight disease

There are more but I’m still waiting to experience them in the coming weeks and months.

What foods do you eat for protein?

The first thing people ask is “what about your protein?” To be honest I wasn’t sure at first either till I did my research.

Turns out there are lots of different plants to get your protein from and it is just as efficient as other non-plant based proteins.

Protein based plants/whole foods;

  • Veggies: Greens!! I’ve been drinking these for a few years now and I’m so glad I do.One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. No wonder our moms told us to eat our peas! Lol (they probably didn’t realize how much protein they had).
  • Hemp. 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie is about 11 grams of protein – just like that
  • Non-Dairy Milk. 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. I’ve been using almond milk for 3 years now instead of milk and it tastes delicious
  • Nut Butter(one of my favourites) almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of either of these is 8 grams of protein
  • Quinoa. 9 grams of protein per cup.(it’s also gluten free
  • Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein
  • Lentils. Think veggie burgers! I actually just made cabbage rolls with lentils and rice the other day-YUMMY! 1 cup cooked is 18 grams of protei
  • Beans. Pinto, kidney or black beans, are approximately 13-15 grams of protein(lots of fiber too).
  • Tempeh. One cup of tempeh equals 30 grams of protein!
  • Sprouted-grain bread. 2 slices are about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.

BEWARE!

So there it is, that’s quite a bit of options. And let me tell you, when you start cooking whole food plant based recipes.

BEWARE!!You will love them! Even my carnivore husband has made the decision to join the plant based food wagon!! (Thank you Jesus!) . Now it’s just getting two of my sons to buy in.

Good news…Meat eaters are not exempt

Those who eat meat and dairy meat can enjoy a plant based diet, you just won’t get the full benefits of it. But starting to include more vegetables and fruits into your diet is a great idea! I will leave you with just a few of the benefits;

Here are some of the Benefits;

  • Prevent & reverse chronic diseases like diabetes,high blood pressure and heart disease (someone won’t like that I said that)) it’s been proven several times.
  • Weight loss BMI reduction
  • Increase of fibre intake
  • Lower risk of cancer
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better blood sugar levels
  • Improve cognitive function

For more on Plant Based diet and nutrition visit Forks over Knives

Being Present…


As a mom do you ever find it difficult being present with your children? I mean REALLY present.

I'll put my hand up first.

Electronics- The Struggle is Real

This year has been the biggest challenge for me to be present with my kids & for them to be present with me.

Over the last few months, I have done a lot of praying, thinking and research and I have put into practice different steps in order to change that.

The Balance

A typical day for me looks something like this;

• waking up between 6:30am-7am
• shower
• make lunches
• make breakfast
• do make up
• hair
• get dressed
• 9am – leave for work
• 9:30am-2:30pm -work
• 3pm go home
• grocery shopping(you know always getting those things you can't keep in the house)
• arrive home
• chase at my kids to get their chores done
• clean up kitchen(it's a never ending battle)
• workout
• start supper
• eat with kids(when husband is home he eats with us)
• chase at kids to clean up kitchen (dishes from the dishwasher-so difficult right?)
• clean up kitchen AGAIN because I have OCD(I'm almost certain)
• Sign agendas
• chase kids to get home work done
• Throw on a load of laundry
• Wash the floors of needed
• chase kids to shower and brush teeth
• work on part time business
• Maybe spend time with kids(if they aren't on their video games, phones or out with friends)
• make snacks
• Chase kids to brush teeth and get ready for bed-like a hundred times!(keep in mind my kids are teens)
• 10pm kids are finally in bed, I lay down in bed and plan to read but can't keep my eyes open long enough…so, what do you do? You reach for your phone.
• FINALLY, your laying there in your bed and you know that you should be sleeping and shutting the phone off-HECK, you know you should have left it in the kitchen.

• So, it's now 12:15am and your having this discussion with yourself, "I have to shut this off, I need my sleep, it's so important, ok, once I read this last article(or Pinterest), I'm shutting it off; then all of a sudden, the article you were reading takes you to another link!!!! Ugh! What to do?

Why do we stay up late at night when we know we have to get up early to face a new day?

I'll tell you why I do, it's because by the time I'm in bed and settled down, that's the first time I have had time to myself all day and I just enjoy it so much I can't shut down.

Distractions Good and Bad

My son comes up to talk to me when I just sat down on the couch for the first time at the end of the day.

This is what happens, keep in mind some of these are neither good nor bad-it's called life.

• I'm so tired because I didn't get the right amount of sleep the night before and so as he is talking to me, I am only half present. I find myself distracted even by the simplest things.

• Next thing I know, I hear the phone notification from my text messages and I catch myself too late, I've already ran to check who just messaged me.

• Husband calls me from work to talk and say goodnight on his break.

• I realize I ran out of school snacks and need to run to the store.

• Some sales guy knocks on the door

• a family member (whom I love dearly) calls me for the 5th time that day.

Side Note: Not sure if any of you moms feel this way, but my trips to the grocery store often involve windows down, music cranked and a speed of 5km/hour. Many grocery trips saved my sanity over the years.

The TWO letter word…

I have learned over the last several years that the first thing we need to do in order to be more present with our children(I'll speak about our spouses in another blog), is to learn to say NO!

As women, we are naturally nurturers, givers and helpers. We have a hard time saying no. Practice now saying NO!…here is a great book on setting boundaries without the guilt(checkyour local library to rent it) Boundaries

Being present today with our children can definitely be a challenge with all the "noise" and "busyness". So intentionality is the only way we will master this skill. It is possible.

Being Present…taking Action

If you do not have a journal yet; you REALLY need one. A phone "app" task list is not as effective. Writing it down increases our chances of sticking to your plans. You can get really cute ones at the dollar store.

Meal prep! Yes, I know at first it can seem overwhelming but like everything, it will get easier over time-you will be glad you started. Here is a great link to start 10 Tips to meals Meal Prep Easier

Get a fancy box with a lid(dollar store), and make it a cell phone lock up box. We recently had a discussion about "back to school" laws for the house with our three teens. This is what it will look like; each teen has to hand in their phone in the box by a certain time for the rest of the night. They get it back the next morning.

DON'T forget MOM's & DAD's, that means you too. Pick a time to put your phone away and stick to it.

This may sound terrible but, schedule dates with your kids -individually. Even if it's just going for a drive and getting a drink. Spend that quality time together. Make eye contact when their talking to you, be present.

Don't pick up your phone unless it's an emergency. I have specific ring tones for certain people who I would only pick up for, mainly my husband, kids, my mom and mother in law.

Teen years have been the most challenging I will say, but I have come to the conclusion that my husband and I made the decision to have these amazing, handsome boys and they need us just as much now as they did when they were younger.

As much as I crave that time alone, my husband and I have the responsibility of raising our children to the best of our ability and if that means that we don't stay up till 1230am to get that alone time than that's what it means. In saying that, make sure to schedule time for yourself & your spouse for time alone(that's another blog).

Last but not least, ALWAYS hug and kiss them good night-even when they are teenagers.

Detox or Botox?

Botox Beauty 

In today’s society we are plagued more than ever by the constant bombardment of “how to stay young or how to look beautiful”.

At one time it was only the rich and famous that could afford plastic surgeries and nip & tucks. Now you will find the average 13-20 year old in the Botox and Day surgery clinics getting a whole list of treatments done-in and out in under a couple hours. Everything from lip injections to Botox fillers to breast implants.

Don’t get me wrong, no judgment here, I would be lying if I told you I have never thought of Botox or a nose job(we will just leave that there).

But to be real, as you get older you realize that our looks are not the priority anymore. Most women or men become more comfortable in their own skin as they age. We just want to be healthy and avoid diseases. We want to see our children graduate and become successful. We want to go on vacations. We start thinking about retirement.

The Healthier Alternatives 

Whether your 16 or 61 years of age, I have good news! There are many alternatives to invasive surgeries and Botox treatments, it’s called good nutrition, exercise, regular meditation and proper sleep.

Your probably saying to yourself, wow, that’s a lot things to achieve a youthful glow. Well, let me encourage you that once you start making better choices and start balancing every one of these areas, it will become routine and you won’t even think twice about it. In fact, you will ask yourself why you didn’t start sooner.

Poor Maintence  

Detoxing is a great way to start making those healthy choices and habits. It’s about creating a healthy lifestyle, not a diet or fad.

Imagine buying a car and not doing your regular maintence on it for years. First off, it wouldn’t last you years. It would conk out on you probably before a few months.

Its the same with our health.

We have neglected to maintain our bodies the right way and now we feel like our bodies are conking out on us, fatigue, depression, lethargy, irritability, sickness, diabetes and other ailments are just a few of the effects we are facing today.

Optimal Performance

Detoxing helps reset your “engine” to run better. Optimal is the word I like to use when describing the effect of a detox. Here is a great link to learn more about Detoxing

I am on Day two of a liver detox right now and if you have never done one before let me tell you, it can go in two different directions depending on the individual. You will either feel like your getting the flu with similar side effects(crankiness, brain fog, fatigue, body aches etc) OR you might feel on top of the world-I’m feeling like crap.

I made this awesome detox soup recipe tonight for dinner..and no, the kids did not eat it. I will share the link at the end.

Beauty by Nature 

So, if you want to look younger, have more energy and feel great, starting a healthy lifestyle is the way to go. It is safe, cheaper, and a healthy lifestyle also makeovers your internal body(the most important), not just the outside.

If skin and hair health is one of the health benefits to living healthy, than what the heck are we waiting for?

Here’s the recipe I promised you;

Recipe Courtesy of “The Glowing Fridge

Cleansing Detox Soup

Photo : Be YOUR Best with Billie

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