New Healthy Brain Aging App CRUSHES Competition

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ

With my last birthday, I became a ‘woman of a certain age’. *ahem* Now I find myself saying things like ‘When I was your age…’ and trying to remember why I came into the dining room!  With my handy dandy iPhone I decided to download an app that claimed to help with cognitive abilities. (a.k.a. Keeping your brain sharp!)  Last year this app got into trouble with the FTC regarding its claims, so now I’m looking for tools that will really help. Today news was released of a new healthy brain aging app that crushes its competition – BrainHQ by Posit Science. Please read the review below:

The first systematic review of evidence that commercially-available, brain-training programs might help with healthy aging was just published in Neuropsychological Review 1/31/2017. The reviewers found that BrainHQ from Posit Science had by far the most and the highest quality studies.

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ
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The authors of this first systematic review conclude “current evidence supports that at least some commercially available computerized brain training products can assist in promoting healthy brain aging.”  The reviewers surveyed the brain training market and the academic literature to categorize the quantity and quality of peer-reviewed studies showing effects of brain training in healthy aging.

Reviewers looked at 18 commercially-available, brain-training programs, and found that 11 had no clinical trials or empirical evidence for review. The reviewers found seven companies had studies that were relevant and met the review criteria of being peer-reviewed clinical trials of computerized exercises with formal cognitive outcome measures for healthy adults aged 50 and older.

With my last birthday, I became a 'woman of a certain age'. *ahem* I found something to help me stay sharp. Check out a new healthy brain aging app BrainHQ
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This methodology resulted in 26 studies for review. Of those 26 studies, 10 were trials of Posit Science exercises. Eight of those 10 studies were judged to be of the highest quality. Posit Science far outpaced its nearest competitor, which had three studies of which only one was considered high quality. The reviewers wrote: “Multiple peer-reviewed articles evaluating Posit Science programs have fulfilled the gold standard for clinical trials.” Of the seven companies that the reviewers found had any relevant evidence from trials, Lumosity was found to anchor the lower-end, with what the reviewers described as one randomized controlled trial of “moderate quality.”

The reviewers noted that until five years ago there were relatively few studies of brain-training programs. Even now, the lack of a systematic review has left “clinicians with inadequate information from which to base recommendations for their patients at risk of cognitive decline.” However, with this review, the authors conclude that the evidence behind a majority of the programs evaluated supports “the notion that the human brain is plastic in later life, and can benefit from specifically designed brain training programs.”

“This review marks a first step of treating brain training programs like we treat new pharmaceuticals – carefully evaluating which ones work, and then putting those to work to help people,” Dr. Mahncke concluded. For more information, contact jeffzimman@positscience.com

*Shared with permission from Ericho Communications

No Need To Pay Full Price When You Use Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

 

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There’s no reason to pay full-price for your personal care and upkeep when you use Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons!  As a matter of fact, I found my current hairstylist through Groupon and… due to my loyalty, he has kept my rate the same.  (It helped that I’ve sent a few friends his way toowink.)

Just about every personal care service is listed at Groupon.  You can find health care providers that will help keep you well on the inside, along with professionals providing services to help you put your best face, and body, in the spotlight.

Groupon is also a great place to find gifts for those special in your life.  (We are encroaching on a major “gift giving” season therefore I recommend you search for deals so that you can spread the joy – and your money – farther.)  And once you purchase a Groupon don’t forget about it!  Most have an expiration date so how about getting a folder (I bet you can find a deal for one at Groupon) and keep your printed coupons well organized.folder

If you’ve never visited the Groupon site, don’t be afraid, it’s easy to navigate. All you do is enter your city/state and look for deals in your area.  They also provide great prices on items you can purchase on-line.  It’s a win-win!  Enjoy your shopping and be proud of yourself for saving some money with the help of Groupon.

 

10 Foods To Fight Aging

 

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Of course I use lotions and potions to help my skin look as good as possible, yet there’s more to reflecting beauty then what’s on the surface. I agree with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, that beauty really does come from within. There’s no denying the beauty of a those with kindness, love and understanding in their heart. And, we know, that eating well makes you feel better and keeps your physique in top shape as well.  But don’t underestimate the power of certain foods when it comes to beauty and looking youthful.  Read on for 10 Foods To Fight Aging .

Keep them guessing your age

1.   Edamame: Collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free, begins to decline in your 20’s.  Eating edamame, a food rich in soy, can help preserve collagen.  Soy contains isoflavones – a natural compound that is capable of exerting estrogen-like effects.

2.   Tart Cherry Juice: Who knew that this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does.  And melatonin promotes sleep.  Beauty sleep – enough said.

3.   Oysters: These shellfish are filled with selenium and zinc, which both possess skin-clearing properties.  Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for its role in cell growth and cell replication.  Selenium is a dietary mineral that increases your antioxidants levels.  Antioxidants are critical for preventing blocked pores.

4.   Honey: This sweet treat is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts water.  When it comes to your skin, consuming honey helps draw water from the mineral tissues to the surface of the skin, keeping it moisturized, supple and flake-free.

5.   Sweet Potato:  Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A.  Vitamin A prevents hair from becoming dull and lifeless and your scalp dry and flakey – which can result in dandruff.

6. Cantaloupe: Very high in antioxidants, you’ll keep your eye health on point and since it is rich in vitamin C immune health is increased. That means fewer colds leaving you weak and sluggish. Finally this power fruit protects you from free radicals at the cellular level.

7. Brazil Nuts: All you need to eat are 4 of these a day to need the daily requirement. Packed with selenium, Brazil nuts protect skin against age spots and sun damage. Be sure to keep them in the fridge; once shelled they spoil.

8: Roasted Chickpeas: Packed with kaempferol and quercetion two inflammation fighters, chickpeas keep skin looking clear and even. Also as we age our metabolism slows down. Manganese and copper are two minerals that support metabolism at the cellular level.

9. Cucumbers: A cucumber a day keeps cellulite away. Not only are they delicious and packed skin plumping water but, when sliced and rubbed on cellulite prone areas they phytochemicals tighten collagen reducing the visibility of cellulite.

10. Guacamole: You can’t go wrong with avocados, which are great for your blood and bones. Oleic acid, the monounsaturated fat that is good for your heart makes up 59% of it’s total fat. It’s also great for skin and hair.

 

This information was shared by permission.  Please read below for more on Dr. Calapai. 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Named the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

With over 25 years experience, Dr. Calapai has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM in New York, where he offers health and medical advice. He’s advised Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

He is the author of several E-books: Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net

Beautiful Summer Feet With Amope – Great Coupon Deal!

I was recently asked by Amopé to share some tips for using their summer skin care necessity – as I like to call itAmopé Pedi Perfect.  And there’s a great coupon deal at CVS that will make having smooth, bare feet for summer even easier! You can have beautiful summer feet with Amope!

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While I’ve been cleansing and moisturizing, trying to achieve that smooth, summer time bare foot feel it seems to be more of a bother this season for some reason.  I decided to give Amopé Pedi Perfect a try and I’m very pleased with the results. Easy, quick, smooth results.  Just the right tool for summer smooth feet! Right now CVS has a great coupon so that you too can try Amopé Pedi Perfect for $21.99. (That’s a $15.00 savings!)

The features of Amopé Pedi Perfect

  • Smooths feet quickly and easily
  • Ergonomically shaped head for easy & fast hard skin removal from even the curviest contours of your feet
  • Replaceable roller heads available for every need—coarse for regular skin, extra coarse for hard, callused skin & soft touch for a smooth finish.
  • With finely ground Diamond crystals for maximum and yet smooth exfoliation.
  • Safety stop feature ensures that it’s gentle and safe. Contains no sharp blades for safe use

Do not use Amopé Pedi Perfect in or near water.  This tool is meant to be used on dry skin.  I have sensitive skin and found that there was no pain, no irritation, just smooth feet ready for a foot massage. (*hint*hint*Honey wink ) Try Amope Pedi Perfect at a tremendous discount – print your coupon buy visiting this link www.coupons.com/amope

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Another item in their product line that adds to your natural, healthy glow is Amope Pedi Nail Care System.  Buff your nails for a shiny appearance – no nail polish needed!  Even if you’re super ticklish (like my teenagers) this product shouldn’t be an issue. We found the Amope Pedi Nail Care System easy to use with no uncontrollable laughing attacks!  And the results are naturally beautiful.

Head to CVS and take advantage of this great coupon deal – found here www.coupons.com/amope – and try this for yourself!  Let me know what you think.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Amopé™. The opinions and text are all mine.

Check It Out! 10 Age Defying Beauty Bites

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Yes, I use lotions and potions to help my skin look as good as possible, yet there’s more to reflecting beauty then what’s on the surface. I agree with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, that beauty really does come from within. There’s no denying the beauty of a those with kindness, love and understanding in their heart. And, we know, that eating well makes you feel better and keeps your physique in top shape as well.  But don’t underestimate the power of certain foods when it comes to beauty and looking youthful.  Read on for 10 Age Defying Beauty Bites.

Keep them guessing your age

1.   Edamame: Collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free, begins to decline in your 20’s.  Eating edamame, a food rich in soy, can help preserve collagen.  Soy contains isoflavones – a natural compound that is capable of exerting estrogen-like effects.

2.   Tart Cherry Juice: Who knew that this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does.  And melatonin promotes sleep.  Beauty sleep – enough said.

3.   Oysters: These shellfish are filled with selenium and zinc, which both possess skin-clearing properties.  Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for its role in cell growth and cell replication.  Selenium is a dietary mineral that increases your antioxidants levels.  Antioxidants are critical for preventing blocked pores.

4.   Honey: This sweet treat is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts water.  When it comes to your skin, consuming honey helps draw water from the mineral tissues to the surface of the skin, keeping it moisturized, supple and flake-free.

5.   Sweet Potato:  Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A.  Vitamin A prevents hair from becoming dull and lifeless and your scalp dry and flakey – which can result in dandruff.

6. Cantaloupe: Very high in antioxidants, you’ll keep your eye health on point and since it is rich in vitamin C immune health is increased. That means fewer colds leaving you weak and sluggish. Finally this power fruit protects you from free radicals at the cellular level.

7. Brazil Nuts: All you need to eat are 4 of these a day to need the daily requirement. Packed with selenium, Brazil nuts protect skin against age spots and sun damage. Be sure to keep them in the fridge; once shelled they spoil.

8: Roasted Chickpeas: Packed with kaempferol and quercetion two inflammation fighters, chickpeas keep skin looking clear and even. Also as we age our metabolism slows down. Manganese and copper are two minerals that support metabolism at the cellular level.

9. Cucumbers: A cucumber a day keeps cellulite away. Not only are they delicious and packed skin plumping water but, when sliced and rubbed on cellulite prone areas they phytochemicals tighten collagen reducing the visibility of cellulite.

10. Guacamole: You can’t go wrong with avocados, which are great for your blood and bones. Oleic acid, the monounsaturated fat that is good for your heart makes up 59% of it’s total fat. It’s also great for skin and hair.

 

This information was shared by permission.  Please read below for more on Dr. Calapai. 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Named the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

With over 25 years experience, Dr. Calapai has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM in New York, where he offers health and medical advice. He’s advised Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

He is the author of several E-books: Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net

Take The Pledge With Me! Take Back Your Drive!

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I wish I could write words to make this the ultimate post to end the action of texting while driving.

I wish I could find the right combination of words to make those drivers that feel their text message is more important then someone’s life – perhaps their own –  a text that just can’t wait that they just have to send it while they’re driving 3000+ lbs. hunk of metal, I wish I could convince them to stop.  I mean, come on!!! Nothing – No Thing – is THAT IMPORTANT to share, or respond to, that you have to text while you drive.  Take the pledge with me – Take Back Your Drive.

 PULL OVER!!!  Then Text!

 

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There.  Easy peasy. Pull over, then text.  Concentrate on the job at hand – you’re in control of 3000+ lbs. of metal that’s moving.  That’s where a drivers attention should be, on driving. Will you please join me in committing to give up cell phone use – both hand held and hands free – while driving for, at the very least, one week.  It won’t hurt, I promise.  Please visit the site: National Safety Council and sign the pledge. Have children that drive? Sign them up too!

A delayed response to a text won’t hurt however, texting while driving can, and will potentially kill.

The other day a dog darted across the street from in between two parked cars.  If I had been distracted at the wheel I would have hit and killed this poor dog! And I know it would be an experience that I couldn’t forget.  I would play it over and over in my mind. (Do you do that to? Go over scenarios over and over and…  Ugh. It’s exhausting.)

So, are you with me? Yes you are!  Put your phone in your purse/bag. Put your phone away from easy reach.  You’re driving a car, let that be your focus.   Click this link to sign the pledge:  National Safety Council  Thank You!!!

#TakeBackMyDrive @NSCsafety

 

(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my participation in sharing this incredibly important message.  My words are my own.  Let’s be safe out there! smile for Shopify)

Recharge And Re-Energize At A Cellular Level With MitoQ

To turn a popular phrase… “The 50’s are coming!  The 50’s are coming!”  Yes, I’m very close to the dawn of a new era in my life and parts of my body have been feeling the impeding change for some time.  Fogginess of memory, lack of energy and those ol’ painful knees.  I’ve been using a product for a few months that I feel has really been beneficial in keeping me a bit sharper with my memory and more on my toes – MitoQ.  If you’ve been going in a similar direction, let me share more about this product and, hopefully, MitoQ can work for you as well! You can recharge and re-energize at a cellular level with MitoQ.  I have a 20% off code for you too!

MitoQ products

Products containing any kind of stimulant make me apprehensive because I’m very sensitive to caffeine and things of that nature. If I have more than 2 cups of coffee in a day I don’t sleep well, tossing and turning all night. The active ingredient in MitoQ is Mitoquinol Mesylate, an antioxidant that protects mitochondria, our ‘cellular batteries’, the organelles inside our cells that power our energy. I haven’t experienced any problem sleeping while using MitoQ and have felt pleasantly energized. No jitters, no anxiety, just a natural feeling of being awake, energetic and ready for the day. It’s been a very long time since I’ve felt this good.

Recently MitoQ was selected to participate in the National Institute of Aging Testing Program due to its significant potential to reverse or decelerate the aging process and won ‘Product of Year’ award by Truth in Aging 2015 for its second year in a row! (See article here).

MitoQ product

MitoQ was discovered at New Zealand’s University of Otago and was tested at the London Dermatology clinic. See the results here. These researchers are the first to create a product that delivers antioxidants to mitochondria, therefore helping to restore our antioxidant capacity to more youthful levels. I’m all for that! If you are ready to try MitoQ I’m very happy to offer a discount code for 20% off your order!  Please visit:  MitoQ.com and during check out enter the following code for 20% off your order – FAB20.

MitoQ shares that it has many benefits in rejuvenating collagen and elastin production which will, in turn, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. All of these things I will gladly get rid of, thank you very much! After using MitoQ for almost 3 months I’m very happy with my experience. And I’m very glad I was given the chance to try this product and share information about MitoQ with you.

To Recharge And Re-Energize At A Cellular Level With MitoQ, learn more about this product, and where you can purchase MitoQ, please visit: www.mitoq.com.  And remember – receive 20% off your purchase by entering the following code at check out:  FAB20 .   Are you ready to recharge and re-energize?  Let me know how your results turn out!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MitoQ. The opinions and text are all mine.

Add Vegetables To Your Meal With “Sneaky Mac And Cheese”

Add vegetables to your meal

Are vegetables a bit of a challenge for your kid(s)?  Or you?  They are good for the body and brain, you know that.  Your children have heard it many times and so have you. But, somehow, vegetables are still a challenge during meal times.  Check out the following information on the importance of vegetables in our diet along with a cool recipe – “Sneaky Mac and Cheese”.  Let me know what you think!

Not all Americans have easy access to fresh vegetables. But that shouldn’t stop them from eating these delicious offerings and getting their necessary vitamins and nutrients!  According to the 2016 “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” — a dietary analysis of 24,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman (of San Jose State University) in association with the CFA — canned food carries nearly identical nutrients to its fresh-cooked counterparts. They are also a cheaper and an easier way to get recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies — which can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.  

Consider this:

*  94% of American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables

*  Adults who eat canned produce eat 17% more vegetables and 19% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Adults who eat canned produce consume 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium than those who don’t

*  Canned produce includes low-sodium options and non-GMO veggies like Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans

These nutritional benefits affect our kids, too:

*  9 in 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 6 in 10 kids don’t eat enough fruit

*  Kids who eat canned produce eat 22% more vegetables and 14% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Kids who eat canned produce consumed more protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium (but less fat)

I’m sure your kid(s) will never believe there’s a vegetable hidden in this creamy, cheesy comfort food. Wholesome, puréed white beans and carrots contribute to the sauce’s creaminess.

 

Sneaky Mac and Cheese - Ann Again and again Reviews

Sneaky Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

3 cups College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth

8 oz. dry pasta, such as whole grain elbows or rotini

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots, drained

½ cup milk

1 can (15.5 oz.) white or cannellini beans, drained

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Salt and black pepper, optional

Directions

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook according to package directions, stirring frequently, except DO NOT DRAIN.
  2. Meanwhile, place carrots and milk in a blender; puree until smooth. Add beans to blender; puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender twice. Stir pureed mixture into pasta until coated. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Optional Toppings:

  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Steamed broccoli flowerets
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions

VARIATION:  To make Sneaky Mac & Cheese Muffins, prepare as recipe directs, except line 18 medium muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Spoon about 1/3 cup of prepared mac and cheese into each cup and bake at 350°F until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

 

Let me know what you think about this recipe!  What ways do you try to incorporate more vegetables into your child’s (or heck, even your!) diet?

 

(*Disclaimer:  Shared with permission by Cody Pittman – Del Monte Publicist.)

Miniature Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel (video) – Thoughtful Tuesday

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With the new year I would like to begin a theme of positivity titled ‘Thoughtful Tuesday’. Each Tuesday I’ll share a feel-good story, video, image – something to put a smile on our face, warm our hearts and remind us that there is good in the world.  Now, for my first installment I share with you Miniature Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel (video).

We have all heard of therapy animals such as dogs or bunnies; but what about horses? This new kind of therapy animal brings magic to whoever it visits. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The team of tiny horses visits over 45,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, police stations, fire stations and visit with children who have experienced traumatic events.

From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington D.C. and even children living in orphanages in Greece, these tiny horses bring their special love where it is needed most.

Gentle Carousel’s award winning literacy program, Reading Is Magic, also brings real horses inside schools, at risk youth programs and libraries to inspire young readers and “bring books to life”. These ‘tiny’ heroes are bringing HUGE love to the world!  Enjoy the short video below

 

(*Disclosure:  Shared by permission from www.HooplaHa.com  )

I’m Finding An Easy Way To Get My Energy Back With MitoQ!

Now that I’m in my late 40’s my lagging energy level was becoming more and more noticeable every day. All of the things I had been reading about and hearing from women at this stage of their life was now happening to me and I don’t like it. I’m tired more often than not and my memory isn’t as sharp. (Running into acquaintances has my brain struggling to remember a name!) I’ve been looking for ways to increase my energy level naturally so I was very happy to be given the opportunity to try a supplement with over a decade of independent research behind it, MitoQ.

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When it comes to products that contain any kind of stimulant I’m apprehensive because I’m very sensitive to caffeine and things of that nature. I can’t have more than 2 cups of coffee in a day or I don’t sleep well, tossing and turning all night. The active ingredient in MitoQ is Mitoquinol Mesylate, an antioxidant that protects mitochondria, our ‘cellular batteries’, the organelles inside our cells that power our energy. (I’m learning lots of new words with this review!) Please see trial results here: https://goo.gl/U4l0a0

MitoQ was discovered at New Zealand’s University of Otago and was tested at the London Dermatology clinic. You can see the results here: https://youtu.be/PtnXUsnxC9c These researchers are the first to create a product that delivers antioxidants to mitochondria, therefore helping to restore our antioxidant capacity to more youthful levels. I’m all for that! In all honesty, on my 3rd day of taking MitoQ I was feeling pleasantly energized. I didn’t get my 2 o’clock slump and my usual desire for a nap. I had no jitters, no anxiety, just a natural feeling of being awake, energetic and ready for the day. It’s been a very long time since I’ve felt this good.

MitoQ shares that it has many benefits in rejuvenating collagen and elastin production which will, in turn, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. All of these things I will gladly get rid of, thank you very much! After using MitoQ for almost 30 days I’m very happy with my experience. And I’m very glad I was given the chance to try this product and share information about MitoQ with you.

To learn more about this product and where you can purchase MitoQ please visit: www.mitoq.com

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MitoQ. The opinions and text are all mine.

5 Ways To Use Puritan's Pride Essential Oils

Puritans Pride

Scent is a big part of my life.  Daily I’m looking for the right candle to burn to set the mood for our home, the lightly scented lotion to use after a shower, or afternoon pick-me-up, and just the right oil to dab behind my ears to help me find calmness or to help energize.  I seem to be driven by fragrance!  How are you with scent?  Are you sensitive and prefer light, natural aromas?  Or, are you bold and go for something that reminds people you are in the room?  Enter my giveaway (below) for your chance to win a Mothers Day gift pack of 5 Essential Oils from Puritan’s Pride!

With so many ways to add fragrance to your life I’ve always been drawn to essential oils.  Recently I was introduced to Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils.  Made with 100% essential oils Puritan’s Pride comes in 33 scents that can help you enhance the feelings of tranquility, create feelings of comfort, relaxation, rejuvenation and energy.  Mix the oils to find just the right aroma that makes your heart happy and brings a smile to your face.  Purchase now and you can save 50% when you buy 3 bottles!  Click – Puritan.com

5 Ways To Use Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils:

  1. Add To Water In Pan:  The easiest way to use essential oils in your home is to add drops of oil into a small saucepan* full of water.   Have the temperature bring a light steam from the water and waft through the house. – (*To be safe, this saucepan should be forever dubbed “For Essential Oil Use Only”.  Do Not Ingest essential oils. Also, this technique has concerns.  Perhaps you’ll forget you have a pan going on the stove and leave without turning off the burner.  Put a timer on to help remind you to turn off the pan.)
  2. With A Diffuser:  I use oils so often that I’ve purchased a small diffuser and place it right at my feet.  If I’m stuffy from allergies I add drops of Eucalyptus and my breathing becomes clearer.  A bit stressed?  Adding Rose or Lavender adds an essence of calm.  (It seems that my husband has discovered how great a diffuser is and has moved it to his home office space.  Hurr-umph.  Time to get another diffuser!)
  3. Add To Unscented Lotion:  When you’re ready to moisturize place your lotion in your hand along with 2 to 3 drops of essential oil.  You have now turned your unscented lotion into any fragrance that suites your fancy that day!  Rosewood to soothe, Tangerine to Uplift or Clary Sage to Refresh.  (We’re all familiar with the classic scents of Lavender, Vanilla and Rose.  I’m highlighting unusual fragrances.) With over 33 individual scents to choose from imagine creating your own combos for your personal scent of the day!
  4. Put on a damp cloth to relief sinus/allergy pain:  The lovely blossoms of Spring and Summer can bring unpleasant allergy annoyances that might have you turning to medicine for relief.  A natural way to relieve sinus pain and pressure is by adding drops of Eucalyptus oil to a damp washcloth or a warmed flax seed heating pad and placing it over your eyes and nose.  Breathe deep.  Ahhhh, much better.
  5. Droplets on porous room decor:  If you have “decorative spheres” made of rattan or rope, or other porous bowl fillers placed around your rooms for a decorative touch add drops of essential oil to these items and let the fragrance waft through out your home.

Do you have a favorite way to scent your home using essential oils?  Please share!  And remember, you can now save 50% when you purchase 3 bottles of Puritan’s essential oils at:  Puritan.com .  Enjoy!

 

 

Easy Ways To Get Fit!

You can make excuses all you like but honestly, there’s no denying it, when you exercise – get the blood flowing and your heart pumping – your mood lifts and your day feels better. I put off exercise for about 3 months, and my mood really took a hit. I’ve stayed committed for 5 months now, and I hope to never return to how I felt, emotionally and physically, when I didn’t get some exercise in my day.  I call exercise my “natural mood elevator”.  I’m sure the following easy and efficient ways to get fit will help you.

A big excuse to not exercise is that there just isn’t enough time in your day. I completely understand. It isn’t just the time given to the actual exercise, it’s the shower after and then putting yourself together to head back to work, where ever that may be. But the thing is you can do a few moves now and a few moves later on and they will all come together to make you stronger and feel better at the end of the day. Check out these quick and easy ways to add fitness in your day:

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Let's Stay Healthy At The Beach! Water, Sunscreen and Proper Cover

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The Harrison Clan enjoys the Oregon Coast

 

Every summer, millions of people will make their way to the beach. There is no denying the fact that the beach is one of the country’s favorite vacation destinations. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions while enjoying the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Here are some tips for staying healthy at the beach.

Drink plenty of water.
Some people tend to forget the importance of staying properly hydrated. The hot environment of the beach can cause a person to expel a substantial amount of moisture. In order to prevent dehydration, the body needs to have a steady supply of fresh water. If a person’s urine exhibits a darkened appearance, this is a tell-tale sign that they are experiencing mild dehydration.

Wear sunscreen.
Before heading out for the day, be sure to apply an adequate amount of sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, individuals with darker skin tones still need to use sunscreen. An SPF of at least 15 will be suitable for most people. However, the people who have very fair skin may need to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 40.

 

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Of course I have my hat! Channeling ’50’s Glamor

 

 

Wear comfortable clothing.
Most beach-goers tend to do a lot of walking. This means that it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing at all times. Both adults and children need to select beachwear that does not restrict their movement.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cold alcoholic beverage. However, avoid consuming entirely too much alcohol, especially in extreme hot weather.  Not only does being intoxicated impact a person’s judgment, but it could also lead to becoming ill.

 

What ways do you keep yourself healthy while enjoying the surf and sand?

 

Have You Checked Out Pharmaca? Great Natural Health & Wellness Store!

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I am a lotions and potions girl. When I was a teenager I subjected my friends to the latest skin care routine I read about in Seventeen magazine. When my husband and I go into Home Depot I’m looking for the Beauty aisle. (It’s not there yet but I don’t see why there can’t be a spa section right by the Bathroom remodel aisle.) I enjoy seeking out good, quality skin care and makeup and sometimes my favorites are in more than one location. My eye cream is at the mall, some make-up items are at a store across town and my cleanser and lotion is on-line. Recently I was introduced to a store that has all of these products under one roof along with items to help keep your house clean and chemical free along with a full-service pharmacy, Pharmaca.

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Pharmaca began in Boulder, CO in the year 2000. From one small store Pharmaca is now located in 5 states (for locations click here) and has a full store on-line. Their certified practitioners will help guide customers through their selection of over-the-counter medications, alternative remedies, and natural cosmetics and body care products for a stress-free shopping experience. I felt a sense of calm when I walked in the store and was greeted with pleasant music and a cheerful “let me know if I can help you”.

 

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After perusing the offerings in the vitamin and personal health care area I was drawn to, what else, the skin care and cosmetics section. They have a Natural Beauty Bar that provides the services of Brow & Facial Waxing. You can also have a full make-up application and/or lash application. These services are walk-in available but can also be made by appointment.

 

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One my favorite skin care products is the Dr. Haruschka line. The Dr. Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Vitalizing Body Wash is so good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before,during and after you test your products you can rinse off in the wash basin perfectly placed by a sampling of the make-up testers. You’ll definitely want to try the Dr. Hauschka Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash.

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Within Pharmaca you will find health supplements easily identified in symptom categories. If you can’t find what you are looking for trained staff is on hand – and one even noticed my raised eyebrows and chimed in with “Can I help you find something?” Now, if only my kids were that clued in to my expressions!

 

I’ve had lovely shopping experiences at Pharmaca and was so pleased with the customer service. The Pharmacy was well staffed and the waiting area had hot and iced tea for their waiting clients. If you choose to move your prescriptions to Pharmaca you will receive a $30 gift card, which will be spent well at this store, for sure! There are various monthly events that are focused on the health and well-being of everyone in your family. For August they are featuring the Healthy Mom & Baby event with lots of fun offerings. (Check your local Pharmaca for event dates/times.)

 

(*Disclosure: I was provided compensation for my review of Pharmaca. My opinions are truthfully my own and I choose to shop here now. Great store!)

Benefits Of Improving Employee Health

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It goes without saying that if you do not have a staff of employees that are healthy and working at their peak efficiency, the productivity of your business will suffer as a result. You could create the greatest business plan in the history of the corporate world, and offer some outstanding products. However, if you are constantly missing key members of your staff due to illness, you will be in big trouble. This is why employee health should be your top priority. Amazingly, many business leaders stay focused on their business dealings, without paying attention to the health of the people who work for them. Here are some of the benefits of improving employee health.

1. Less visits to the doctor

An astronomical amount of money is spent every year by businesses on employee healthcare. The reality is that many of these doctor visits could have been avoided if the employers of these people had been more concerned about the health of their employees. Had they chosen to begin a corporate wellness program, run by a company such as Wellness Corporate Solutions, there is a very good chance that these employees would have been taught a healthy lifestyle. Many people think that eating healthy and exercising is common sense. However, there are people who grow up in environments where no importance is placed on eating the right foods or working out. Therefore, these behaviors need to be taught, just like riding a bike. Learning to ride a bike can be hard at first, but once you learn how, it stays with you. The same principle applies to living a healthy lifestyle. Teaching your employees this can save you a small fortune.

2. Employee energy will increase

Eating right and exercising have a host of other benefits other than avoiding illness. It also makes you stronger and provides you with an increased amount of energy. Obviously, a workforce that has more energy will be able to be more productive, having a positive impact on your bottom line.

3. Improved concentration

Better health and increased energy also mean that your employees will be able to have superior concentration. For many jobs, such as any jobs that require driving or operating heavy machinery, being able to concentrate better will reduce the chances of a serious accident. Therefore, trucking and taxi companies should definitely look into starting their own corporate wellness program for their drivers.

Do You Know The Benefits & Beauty Uses Of Coconut Oil?

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When I started researching the health benefits of Oil Pulling (using coconut oil as a mouth rinse to detox your body) I became more aware of the benefits Coconut oil has in our surface beauty regimen as well.  Coconut oil is a great makeup remover, cuticle helper, body scrub, body moisturizer, lip balm, highlighter, hair treatment product and more. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of coconut oil and find great deals on products containing coconut oil.

Coconut oil contains fatty acids -Linoleic acid, Oleic acid and Gallic acid to name a few, that help in dealing with viruses and bacteria. The compounds in coconut oil are similar to Mineral Oil however there’s no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. I’m one of the many that is “blessed” with sensitive skin and products containing coconut oil have always worked well for me.

A beauty multitasker that you can use to hydrate your skin, fight frizz, and reduce premature signs of aging. Along with the many health benefits that come from ingesting coconut oil, which include help with weight loss (read more here – HealthAmbition.com) I feel you’re on a good path when incorporating this oil into your daily routine.

Do you use coconut oil products? If so, what are your favorites?

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I’ve recently found a helpful resource at NutriInspector.com in understanding the weight loss benefits of Coconut Oil. To learn more please visit:   Coconut Oil For Weight Loss and Many Health Benefits

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5 Great Ways To Use Puritan's Pride Essential Oils And A Giveaway!

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Scent is a big part of my life.  Daily I’m looking for the right candle to burn to set the mood for our home, the lightly scented lotion to use after a shower, or afternoon pick-me-up, and just the right oil to dab behind my ears to help me find calmness or to help energize.  I seem to be driven by fragrance!  How are you with scent?  Are you sensitive and prefer light, natural aromas?  Or, are you bold and go for something that reminds people you are in the room?  Enter my giveaway (below) for your chance to win a Mothers Day gift pack of 5 Essential Oils from Puritan’s Pride!

With so many ways to add fragrance to your life I’ve always been drawn to essential oils.  Recently I was introduced to Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils.  Made with 100% essential oils Puritan’s Pride comes in 33 scents that can help you enhance the feelings of tranquility, create feelings of comfort, relaxation, rejuvenation and energy.  Mix the oils to find just the right aroma that makes your heart happy and brings a smile to your face.

5 Ways To Use Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils:

  1. Add To Water In Pan:  The easiest way to use essential oils in your home is to add drops of oil into a small saucepan* full of water.   Have the temperature bring a light steam from the water and waft through the house. – (*To be safe, this saucepan should be forever dubbed “For Essential Oil Use Only”.  Do Not Ingest essential oils. Also, this technique has concerns.  Perhaps you’ll forget you have a pan going on the stove and leave without turning off the burner.  Put a timer on to help remind you to turn off the pan.)
  2. With A Diffuser:  I use oils so often that I’ve purchased a small diffuser and place it right at my feet.  If I’m stuffy from allergies I add drops of Eucalyptus and my breathing becomes clearer.  A bit stressed?  Adding Rose or Lavender adds an essence of calm.  (It seems that my husband has discovered how great a diffuser is and has moved it to his home office space.  Hurr-umph.  Time to get another diffuser!)
  3. Add To Unscented Lotion:  When you’re ready to moisturize place your lotion in your hand along with 2 to 3 drops of essential oil.  You have now turned your unscented lotion into any fragrance that suites your fancy that day!  Rosewood to soothe, Tangerine to Uplift or Clary Sage to Refresh.  (We’re all familiar with the classic scents of Lavender, Vanilla and Rose.  I’m highlighting unusual fragrances.) With over 33 individual scents to choose from imagine creating your own combos for your personal scent of the day!
  4. Put on a damp cloth to relief sinus/allergy pain:  The lovely blossoms of Spring and Summer can bring unpleasant allergy annoyances that might have you turning to medicine for relief.  A natural way to relieve sinus pain and pressure is by adding drops of Eucalyptus oil to a damp washcloth or a warmed flax seed heating pad and placing it over your eyes and nose.  Breathe deep.  Ahhhh, much better.
  5. Droplets on porous room decor:  If you have “decorative spheres” made of rattan or rope, or other porous bowl fillers placed around your rooms for a decorative touch add drops of essential oil to these items and let the fragrance waft through out your home.

Now, if you visit the Puritan’s Pride website you will receive $5 off a $25 purchase in Aromatherapy using the discount code: AROMAMD .  (Expires 6/30/15)  www.puritan.com

Take this fun Aromatherapy Quiz “Which Aromatherapy Oil Are You?”  You just might win $25,000!

Refreshing – Soothing – Uplifting

Puritan’s Pride essential oils help you create a mood

Which mood strikes your fancy today?  Oh, I know, how about winning a Puritan’s Pride Essential Oils gift pack of 5 fragrances – Rosewood, Lavender, Bergamot, Lemongrass and Geranium?  Sounds good, yes?!  Enter below!

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About Puritan’s Pride ~ Puritan’s Pride® began over 40 years ago, with the mission of making the finest quality nutritional supplements available at the best value to their customers. Today, the company remains true to its original commitment and serves millions of loyal customers. Puritan’s Pride manufactures thousands of vitamins, minerals, herbs and other nutritional supplements in their state-of-the art facilities located throughout the U.S. As part of the company’s commitment to quality, Puritan’s Pride only uses ingredients from suppliers worldwide that meet their Quality Assurance Standards, as well as Good Manufacturing Practices food quality standards

 

(*Disclaimer:  My opinions are truthfully my own.  Product was supplied for my review.  Winner will receive product from the company directly.  I am purely the information vessel.)

Quiz! The Best Uses For Coconut Oil

If there’s an item on the dessert menu featuring coconut then that’s the dish for me!  However, there are many other ways to enjoy coconut – and it won’t add to your waistline.  Recently I started Oil Pulling using coconut oil. It’s helped whiten my teeth and is helping to relieve my sinus pain due to allergies.  (Do you have seasonal allergies?  If so, give Oil Pulling a try.  Google it! :-> )

Coconut oil has a tons of uses in your beauty regimen.  As a makeup remover, cuticle helper, body scrub, body moisturizer, lip balm, highlighter, hair treatment and more.  Take this quiz to learn how to use it the right way.

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My Best Kept Secret For Stress Relief

If there’s a health issue affecting my family I prefer to go the natural, holistic route first and see where we are. With regard to things that factor into our days I do my best to keep us organized as to avoid stress however, as the saying goes “The best-laid plans of mice and men all go awry” and *boom* the heart is pumping, the mind is flustered and a bit of anger might creep in. Years ago I found a product that has not only helped me in times of stress but helped my teenage daughter’s with anxiety – Dr. Bach’s original flower RESCUE Remedy. (See coupon offer at bottom of post.)

Made in Switzerland, created by Dr. Edward Bach, RESCUE Remedy contains Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum, specifically blended to help you face daily stresses or emergency situations in a better frame of mind. My purse usually has a supply of RESCUE Remedy gum – orange flavored with an elderflower liquid center – that contains the 5 Bach flower stress relieving ingredients. It’s a light, delicious taste that helps relieve tension – and the chewing helps me too!

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Yes, this is what I consider “organized”

 

 

For my daughters, having gum isn’t always a good idea say, while they’re in class where it isn’t allowed. Since this situation brings most of their anxiety and stress – giving speeches or taking an important test – my teens use RESCUE Remedy Pastilles.

 

RESCUE-Pastilles-A texture blend of hard candy and a gummy bear, these black currant flavored pastilles hold the same 5 Bach flower stress relieving ingredients that help them to calm their mind and focus at the task at hand. No side effects and not habit forming. Stress is a part of life, finding a positive way to handle this feeling will only benefit you and those around you. How do you handle stress?

I have been using the Bach remedies for years and recommend you try them for yourself. They are available in a variety of formulas; gum, lozenges, liquid tincture and sprays. You can purchase them at Walgreen’s, CVS, Whole Foods or Sprouts. They will be in the Sleep Aid section or the Whole Body section of these stores. The prices range from $5.95 to $9.99.

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Using a Plant-Based Alternative Makes for Healthy Dinner Recipes

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In order to make your traditional family recipes into healthy dinner recipes, you do not need to rewrite you entire cookbook. Instead, you can opt for the much easier solution of simply substituting the meat in each recipe with a meatless, plant-based alternative. This will allow you to keep a sense of order and continuity in the foods that you and your family eat while also providing healthier options. While there may be resistance at first, the health benefits of a plant-based substitute are such that they are worth the initial hassle. Besides, these alternatives are tasty enough on their own that once your family tries them, there will be little complaint in the future.

 No Need to Eliminate Your Favorite Recipes

 Perhaps the best part about these plant-based alternatives is that they do not require you to make any major changes to the way you currently prepare dinner. It is often daunting for people to think about making radical changes to their diet because there is such a great deal of unfamiliarity involved. That is not the case with the plant-based substitutes, as they can be used interchangeably in your current meat-based recipes. It will also make it more likely that your family is open to the idea of trying something new, since there will be an already-established sense of familiarity in the dinner option that you present.

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Let's Make The Perfect Smoothie

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A new year has begun and, perhaps, a healthier eating plan has started for you as well.  We know that smoothie’s are a great way to get your nutrition, necessary vitamins and antioxidants in one fell swoop but maybe your not sure what to put in it to get more bang for your buck.  Here’s a great recipe to get you one your way!

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Efficient and Very Easy Ways to Get Fit

You can make excuses all you like but honestly, there’s no denying it, when you exercise – get the blood flowing and your heart pumping – your mood lifts and you feel better. I put off exercise for about 3 months, and my mood really took a hit. I’ve stayed committed for 8 months now, and I hope to never return to the low, gloomy – emotionally and physically – way I felt before.  I call exercise my “natural mood elevator”.  I’m hopeful the following efficient and very easy ways to get fit will help you.

A big excuse to not exercise is that there just isn’t enough time in your day. I completely understand. It isn’t just the time given to the actual exercise, it’s the shower after and then putting yourself together to head back to work, wherever that may be. But the thing is you can do a few moves now and a few moves later on and they will all come together to make you stronger and feel better at the end of the day. Check out these quick and easy ways to add fitness in your day:

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Beer & Wine: Surprising Facts and Interesting Trends

Here’s a quiz for you…

What’s good for the heart, reduces risk of diseases and prevents sunburn?

Ready for the answer?  It’s wine!  I’ve heard about a glass of red wine being helpful to your heart but I didn’t know about the benefits of sunburn prevention.  Flavanoids in red wine have been found to stop the skin’s chemical reaction to excessive sun exposure.  There are health benefits from drinking beer too.  It’s been discovered that beer boosts vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid.  And it contains silicone that helps increase bone density.  Lovely!

Check out these facts and many more in the following infographic.  Cheers!  (Let’s see if you’re as surprised as I was to learn where the oldest winery was discovered.)

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Ways To Help You Stick To A Healthier Lifestyle – And Giveaway!

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I am so happy that I was chosen to participate in the 2014 Zone Perfect Blog Forward Challenge.  7 months ago this challenge began and I’m proud to say the commitment I made to myself has not waned, I’ve kept up with my exercise and healthier eating choices. I wanted to make sure, for at least one time in my adult life, I didn’t have the flabbiest booty in town!  Everyday I get stronger and that’s a great feeling!  Here are ways to help you stick to a healthier lifestyle:

  • Keep a healthy snack with you.  We’ve just returned from a family trip that required lots of time in the good ol’ family van.  Trying to time lunch and dinner can be very tricky when you have lots of items on your “Must See List”.  Don’t get to the point of ‘I’m crazy hungry!’ and eat something from a drive-thru.  Keep a Zone Perfect bar with you and that way you’ll have something tasty and healthy to eat.
  • Share your meal.  I’m sure you’re familiar with the act of dividing a meal in half, eating a portion at a restaurant and taking the rest home.  However, more often than not, my dividing line would start sliding over and I’d tell myself ‘Just one more bite.  Just one more’  only to be so uncomfortable at the end of the night with how much I’d eaten.  Or, are you really going to eat what you take home?  Really? Here’s a switch my husband and I have been making, we share our meal.  We order a salad and an entree and share both.  It’s better for our waistline AND our debit card.
  • Exercise for just 10 minutes.  Okay, here’s the thing.  If you feel you have no energy, or don’t have the time to exercise, say to yourself “I’m just going to do this for 10 minutes”.  I’ll bet that 10 minutes will turn into 20 which is a great time frame for movement that will elevate your heart-rate, increase metabolism and get your muscles strengthened.  Your mood will be elevated too!  Win-win

I have some fun items for a giveaway that will help you get motivated to move and provide a tasty snack when you’re on the go and need a tasty pick-me-up.  Here’s what one lucky winner will receive:

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Enter to win: Pedometer, Tumbler, Hair Ties and Headbands, Hand Sanitizer, Lip Balm (whoops! Forgot to put that in the pic), 2 $1.00 off coupons for Zone Perfect products

Did you make a resolution toward better health at the beginning of the year?  How are you doing with your goal(s)?  Looking over the letter I wrote to my future self in February I’m so glad I didn’t let me down! (I sound like Popeye ;-> ) I wish you good physical and mental health!

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Nature Valley & No Barriers USA! Follow Blind Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer

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Rob and Katie canoeing in Central Oregon near the Three Sisters mountains

I am so honored to be partnered with Nature Valley to share the journey of Erik Weihenmayer, a blind adventurer who’s pushing through his own barrier and is creating an amazing experience, kayaking the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River.  Wow!  I am so inspired by those who get out in the world and take part in the glory that surrounds us.  Erik’s journeys have taken him far or, should I say, high?  Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb the seven highest summits in the world.  His desire is inspiring and I hope by watching this video you will feel a pull to finally do something you’ve always wanted to do.  Nature Valley is partnering with Erik Weihenmeyer in the No Barriers challenge.  After seeing this video I hope you’ll begin to live a No Barriers life.  Check this out:

For the longest time my initial response was ‘No’.  I don’t know why, or how, but my comfort zone became very, very small to everything that was around me.  Many times I was asked if I wanted to take part in an activity and my mind would put up a barrier. The word ‘no’ would swirl in my head the entire time I’m listening to someone try to inspire me to join them on a walk, hike, bike ride or ski trip, etc.  Why was my first response always ‘No’?  I realized that I wasn’t taking part in my life and, over time, I started saying ‘Yes’ more often – and I felt much more at peace, like a better version of me.

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Katie and I at Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge, OR
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Katie and I – Mt. Hood, OR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about you?  Is there something holding you back?  Are you ready to push it aside and do what you’ve always wanted to do?  Take part in the No Barriers USA challenge by clicking: NoBarriersUSA – or by visiting http://www.nobarriersusa.org/take-the-pledge/

About Erik Weihenmayer’s Grand Canyon Expedition:

  •      The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River.
  •      Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell – who is also blind.  Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers.
  •      Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides.
  •      The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.

I know you’ll want to follow Erik and Lonnie’s Grand Canyon Expedition adventure through Nature Valley’s Tumblr page: http://naturevalley.tumblr.com/tagged/nobarriers

This is such an exciting journey!  I would love to hear about your adventures as well.  Please share here in the Comments section below and with your cyber-sphere preference using #MyAdventure and #GetOUTThere. Or, if you’ve written about it on your blog, please leave a link to your post.  Thank you!

 

About Nature Valley

  •      Nature Valley has a long history of commitment to nature, outdoor activities and the national parks.
  •      The brand finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.
  •      It’s Nature Valley’s belief that experiencing nature enables people to feel most alive and Weihenmayer is a great demonstration of our belief.

 

(*Disclosure:  In working with Sverve I was chosen by Nature Valley to participate in sharing the journey of Erik and the No Barriers USA organization.  Compensation is part of our agreement. My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Easy and Efficient Ways To Get Fit

You can make excuses all you like but honestly, there’s no denying it, when you exercise – get the blood flowing and your heart pumping – your mood lifts and your day feels better. I put off exercise for about 3 months, and my mood really took a hit. I’ve stayed committed for 5 months now, and I hope to never return to how I felt, emotionally and physically, when I didn’t get some exercise in my day.  I call exercise my “natural mood elevator”.  I’m sure the following easy and efficient ways to get fit will help you.

A big excuse to not exercise is that there just isn’t enough time in your day. I completely understand. It isn’t just the time given to the actual exercise, it’s the shower after and then putting yourself together to head back to work, where ever that may be. But the thing is you can do a few moves now and a few moves later on and they will all come together to make you stronger and feel better at the end of the day. Check out these quick and easy ways to add fitness in your day:

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Beach Health: Water, Comfortable Clothing and Sunscreen

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Every summer, millions of people will make their way to the beach. There is no denying the fact that the beach is one of the country’s favorite vacation destinations. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions while enjoying the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Here are some tips for staying healthy at the beach.

Drink plenty of water.
Some people tend to forget the importance of staying properly hydrated. The hot environment of the beach can cause a person to expel a substantial amount of moisture. In order to prevent dehydration, the body needs to have a steady supply of fresh water. If a person’s urine exhibits a darkened appearance, this is a tell-tale sign that they are experiencing mild dehydration.

Wear sunscreen.
Before heading out for the day, be sure to apply an adequate amount of sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, individuals with darker skin tones still need to use sunscreen. An SPF of at least 15 will be suitable for most people. However, the people who have very fair skin may need to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30.

Wear comfortable clothing.
Most beach-goers tend to do a lot of walking. This means that it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing at all times. Both adults and children need to select beachwear that does not restrict their movement.

Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cold alcoholic beverage. However, avoid consuming entirely too much alcohol, especially in extreme hot weather.  Not only does being intoxicated impact a person’s judgment, but it could also lead to becoming ill.

 

What ways do you keep yourself healthy while enjoying the surf and sand?

 

Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Lifestyle Resolution – And Giveaway!

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The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews We’re 5 months into the year 2014.  Did you make a resolution to get fit, or eat healthier this year?  I was tired of the tummy flab that was taking over my middle due to menopause (yep, I said it) and I was feeling pretty weak.  Enough of that I say!  I’m five months into my healthier lifestyle and feel confident I can keep this up.  Here are ways to stick to your healthier lifestyle resolution – and a giveaway! Ways that help me stick to my resolution:

  • Make a standing appointment to exercise.  Try to keep it the same time every day.
  • If you don’t feel like moving tell yourself ‘Let’s just do a couple of minutes’.  I’m sure your body will encourage your mind to stick around and do a few more reps. and you will find you’ve completed a full workout.
  • Remember to drink a full glass of water before eating.
  • You will always feel better about yourself after you exercise.  Remember that!

With regard to food choices I’m enjoying the taste and long lasting full feeling I get from eating Zone Perfect bars.  The taste selection is vast and my girls like them too.  We’ve finally tried Quinoa (keen-wha) that we’ve been hearing about but weren’t sure how to pronounce.  I really like grains so quinoa works out well for me as a smarter nutritional choice over rice.  And now that grill season is here my-oh-my!  My husband grilled Cauliflower and added dashes of seasoning salt, black pepper and the juice of one lemon to create a flavor I’ve never had from cauliflower.  Absolutely delicious and so much better in the nutrition and calorie category over mashed potatoes.  Check out this chart for side dish swap ideas: Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Life Style - And A Giveaway!  Ann Again and again Reviews With my exercising routine, on one hand I’m bummed about the fact that weight is not coming off.  I’ve been exercising for 4 months now, 5 to 6 days a week – a mix of cardio and area specific movements – and have lost a whopping 5 lbs.   But on the other hand I am so much stronger than I was a month ago, let alone 4 months ago, and that feeling of strength is what I absolutely love about exercising.  If weight doesn’t come off, well that’s a drag and it frustrates me, but I won’t stop my workouts because feeling stronger brings me joy and strength and joy is what I want in my life.  (Oh and love, of course!  and a delightful Pinot Gris ;->)

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Giveaway – Tommie Copper Compression Apparel Helps Support and Refresh Your Workout

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WOMEN'S RECOVERY COMPRESSION SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT $49.50

 

 

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I have stayed true to my goals of exercising more with the intention of becoming stronger and, hopefully, leaner.  (The strength part is happening, it’s the “leaner” part that’s taking some extra effort with this late-4o’s body of mine.)  I’m used to exercising in either yoga pants or lycra based workout wear and I’ve felt fine about the support those materials offered.  However, I have been introduced to performance wear by Tommie Copper and it’s changing my workout world!  And I have Tommie Copper Compression Apparel to give to one lucky winner of Ann Again and again Reviews!

I feel muscle support, freedom of movement and – the most important trait for me – Tommie Copper material cools your skin.  I hate sweating!  This workout wear is great! AND… they’re are having a great sale this weekend for Memorial Day. Check them out here!   Really good site!  The soft polished copper fabric features UPF 50 sun protection and Cool Copper™ moisture management to keep your skin cool and dry in any activity.  Here’s what you get in Tommie Copper Performance wear:

PERFORMANCE 2.0

  • Reduces muscle fatigue, damage, and injury
  • Enhances muscle and joint performance
  • Helps shorten muscle and joint recovery time
  • Improves circulation
  • Increased oxygen to the muscles
  • Increased range of motion
  • Cool Copper™ moisture wicking, drying and cooling
  • Permanent anti-odor technology inhibits growth of odor causing microbes
  • UPF 50 rating protects against 99% of the sun’s harmful rays

 

I was provided the Women’s Performance Compression Capris and the Women’s Recovery Compression Short Sleeve Shirt.  The material is light weight and provides comfortable support.  And… it’s cool!  Literally cool to your skin.  During a workout I discovered this when I breathing hard trying to maintain a Downward Dog, I blew on my legs in frustration and it felt like a cool breeze just came in the room.  I needed that!  The moisture wicking material helps keep me going instead of wanting to stop since I feel gross and sweaty.  (I just don’t like it.  Oh well.)

Tommie Copper provides workout wear for women and men.  There are compression garments for almost every body part and workout wear that will support and flatter you in your efforts to get, and stay, fit.  My items have washed well, no shrinkage, and have kept their pre-wash performance wear traits.   Now, after all this talk of how wonderful Tommie Copper is, I bet you’d be interested in winning an item for yourself wouldn’t you? :->  Check out what’s available at www.TommieCopper.com and let me know what piece looks right for you and your fitness endeavors.  Enter to win through the RaffleCopter below.  Good luck!  (Open to US and Canadian residents.)

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(*Disclosure:  As stated above I received items to facilitate my review.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)