Thanksgiving is literally biting me in my ass at this point. The stress of knowing that I will be responsible for feeding 40 of our “closest” is no small feat. I’m lucky that I actually like most of my family members. (Note to family members, please do not ask if you are part of the most list)
Like most information in my life, I base it around what Dr. Oz says. Yes, this great and all mighty Oz had me sold on the health benefits of sweet potatoes long, long ago and to this day I carry this valuable information with me and share it with as many moms as I can.
Did you know that if you eat just ONE sweet potato a day for the rest of your life, you will not only add YEARS to your life, but you will reduce your risk of lung & skin cancer by 40%. Read more »
This is it! Here we are, Election Day! Are you ready for your President, America? Well, whether you are or you aren’t, sometimes when you least expect it, your expectations might not be met and with that comes depression or mood swings. Depression & mood swings are a brain disorder that affects more than 20 million people in the United States according to The National Institute of Mental Health. In that 20 million, they have also stated that women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.
I can tell you this much, I haven’t revealed to many people which side of the political fence I’m leaning on! (c’mon now, you know who I’m rootin’ for!) That being said, I know if my guy isn’t elected, I might be feeling a little red, white & mostly blue!
Food can absolutely affect the way you feel both emotionally and physically. They wouldn’t call it comfort food for nothing, right?
I’m an addict. A sugar addict. I suffer from the need to eat sweets at least once if not more than once a day. I have true withdrawal symptoms. I get irritable, grumpy and annoyed. Trust me, these are just a few of the emotions that come to mind if I think someone will take my sugar away from me. So for me Halloween is like my hall pass for eating endless sugar!
Well, as I type this I can honestly say, I’ve hit rock bottom. I’m pretty sure I say this every Halloween night, every year! But, I need a cleanse and I need one NOW!
I think I’ve just eaten about half my body’s weight in chocolate and candy over the last 3 days… YES! In my world Halloween is a 3 -day affair and I am entitled to consume massive amounts of sugar during this time! (Don’t look for rational around here, go to the other Michelle if you’re looking for that!)
So I’ve got this mass of sweets in my belly and I’m actually feeling like I NEED to get clean!
Generally, I’m not a big “cleanse” kinda person. I mean really, I’m “cleansing” my body of something? Am I that dirty? Actually I am.
THE CANDY CLEANSE
I know it’s not easy, but take the Candy Cleanse Challenge with me and together we can do this!
There are FIVE steps and two weeks to this cleanse. (I can’t do much more than two weeks of anything, so this is a commitment!)
You, (most likely I) might cry, go through mood swings, but, you’ll be doing the best thing for your body (and mine) and I’m pretty sure we’ll drop a few pounds in the process… not a bad trade off if you ask me! Your metabolism will also reset itself and you’ll feel energized!
STEP ONE: STOP EATING ALL CANDY, SUGAR, AND PROCESSED SUGAR.
Put the kids candy away- throw it away if you have to! It’s not all that good for the kiddos either, so you’ll be doing them a favor too! If the temptation isn’t there, you won’t feel like you’re breaking a rule and have massive guilt. THROW IT AWAY!!! This means anything that has: Fructose, Maltose, Cane Sugar, and Syrup
STEP TWO: FILL YOUR FRIDGE WITH HEALTHY FOODS!
I’m talking fresh veggies & fruits. Foods filled with fiber! Crunchy foods! Cold, crisp foods! Apples, Sliced Red Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Zucchini. Also go for foods high in protein! Protein is filling, and the stomach breaks it down and absorbs it way better than any candy bar! Protein shakes are a great way to start the morning! They’ll give you energy and help you stay full and satisfied!
Berry Good Morning Protein Shake
1 Scoop Protein Powder 3 Strawberries Handful of Blueberries Handful of Raspberries 1/2 Cup Non-Fat Milk 2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Yogurt 1 Cup of Ice
STEP THREE: SWAP YOUR SWEETS!
Go for natural sweeteners like Agave & Lucuma Powder. If you must use a sweetener for your tea or coffee- go for Stevia or Splenda.
STEP FOUR: PLAN YOUR MEALS.
If you plan your meals ahead of time you’re more likely to stick to the cleanse. This gives you less “free” time in your brain to stare in the pantry or fridge at all of the foods you wanna be munching on!
STEP FIVE: BE PREPARED FOR THE SWINGS!
Mood swings that is. You most likely are going to suffer from irritability, headaches, fatigue & constipation.
IRRITABILITY: Try taking SAM-e. It’s an all-natural mood booster. You can find it in any pharmacy. Think of it like natural anti-depressants that aren’t addictive and can really help with your hormone levels- Candy Cleanse aside, I swear by SAM-e the week before my period! Helps massively with PMS!
HEADACHES: Most headaches are caused by the toxins in your body being released… in this case, all the sugars- so I’ll skip right over to CONSTIPATION: If you’re finding that you’re constipated, MIRALAX is a gentle laxative that I swear by! You can also go for something like Metamucil. Just keep it movin and get it all out! Lastly, FATIGUE: If you’re finding that you’re just in a slump, after you drop the kids off at school, go on that walk or hike… get your booty in the gym… SWEAT IT OUT! Make sure you sweat at least a few times a week!
Helpful hints; If you find that you’re hungry and you need to eat something or are craving something sweet… pour yourself a nice cup of hot mint or ginger tea! Add a teeny bit of Agave if you need a sweetener and sip it slowly! Not only will it fill your tummy, the craving should pass in a few minutes!
Lastly, WATER! WATER! & WATER! Keep drinking water! The more water you drink, the more you flush your system! Add a little lemon slices or fresh mint and it’s even better!
Before you know it, we’ll be doing a detox cleanse from Thanksgiving! So for now, start here…I’m on it starting today! So if my posts are starting to sound a bit grumpy you’ll know why!
I’d love to hear how you’re doing on THE CANDY CLEANSE CHALLENGE~ write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing’s worse than when you go to give your 5-year-old kid a little cuddle time and they say “YUCK! Mommy, you have bad breath!” Come on now… don’t act like your kid hasn’t ever said that to you! Your answer borderlines somewhere between, “Shut your mouth kiddo!” and “Oh man, who else did I talk to today that might have got a whiff of that?!”
Having bad breath can be pretty embarrassing both socially and personally. Halitosis (bad breath) usually comes from not brushing your teeth well enough… but not all-bad breath originates from your mouth. Sometimes it comes straight from your belly, in other words your digestive tract. You can brush-a brush-a brush-a all day long and you aren’t going to have much success! However, there are some natural remedies.
Look, between getting the kids off to school in the morning, three breakfasts, three lunches, making coffee for my husband & myself – I think my morning teeth brushing lasts somewhere between thirty seconds and a minute. I’ll tell you this, the USDA isn’t gonna come knocking on my door to congratulate me on proper brushing techniques! (Nighttime brushing is where I do my damage!)
Or maybe I ate something that might have had some garlic or onion in it… Hey, nothing is wrong with that, both are incredibly healthy for your body, but who wants to live with the smell all day…and seriously, nothing is worse than spearmint gum or tic tac breath. Not this mom.
My hair. Ok, here it is and this is the truth (since my vow is always to be honest with you ladies) I cannot manage my own hair. There, I’ve said it.
I depend on my hairdresser weekly- yes; you read that right, weekly- to give me a blow out. God bless her little magic hands that give me a smooth, fabulous hair do. If I do not get this weekly blow dry, I will look like what my husband refers to as a “CHIA PET” and well, let’s just say, that’s not a great look. Case in point picture to the left. Scary I know. Yes, I really do look like that, not kidding.
That said, while I do go every week to the salon to get it blow dried, (and wouldn’t you if you looked like that with out any help?) that means that I’m putting a lot of high heat from the blow dryer and flat irons on it, and as I’ve learned over the years it can break, dull and even look brittle. So what do I do to get this mane tamed and looking full shiny and healthy without spending a fortune on products? I make sure I eat some of this good stuff every week. I really do.
By the way, check out the photo of below of what my hair looks like when it’s in full force… uh huh, that’s right ladies, no ch-ch-ch chia pet here!
One thing that stresses me out beyond belief is laying down in bed at night and my brain starts going into high speed as I take inventory on what I’ve eaten that day and where I made the wrong food decision… I usually do! As moms, we have the habit of waiting all day long, skipping breakfast and going straight into the day of our demanding lives before we even take moment to ourselves for a bite to eat! Then we are usually so busy into our days of kids, work, house and hubby that when we do eat it’s not usually the most sensible decision! Read more »