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Here is a short list of some supplements that I keep in my house to optimize my family's health:
Use the links to shop and Happy Friday!
Probiotics I take a probiotic most days. I add probiotics to smoothies for my kids. I am totally convinced of the importance of probiotics as I feel like they helped reduce the severity of my 3-year-old's food allergies.
Flax Add to oatmeal and cereals, baked goods, smoothies or make a vegan flax "egg"
Flax and chia seed mixThe husband will use this in a blender bottle with protein.
Plant-based protein I love plant-based protein powders. Whey makes me feel bloated and with plant-based you'll get the added anti-oxidants and nutrition that we get from plants.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) I usuallly buy Braggs brand, but this looks like the same thing. I can't tell you how many times ACV has helped me get over a sickness quickly. It balances blood sugar as well.
Multi vitamins and minerals with plant extracts Make sure you're getting all you need.
Children's multi-vitamin gummies To ensure your little ones are getting their necessary vitamins and minerals.
Oil of peppermint for upset tummies
Coconut oil Cook with it, use it as a hair mask, a moisturizer for your face, a makeup remover, eat it right off the spoon!
Turmeric I cook a lot with spices like turmeric, but turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation and muscle soreness, it also provides antioxidants for cell health. Try it in a capsule form like I have linked here.
Spring is springing and I've been able to practice a bit on my back lawn in the sunshine. In times past I was pretty reluctant to practice out in the open where neighbors might see me. I didn't want anyone watching me enjoy my moment, or thinking I was weird, or heaven forbid, trying to be cool! Now, in this rental house I can be seen by more people than ever before (the street behind my house is set up much higher than my street- easy to look down on our house), but now I don't give what my neighbors think of my yoga and Pilates on the lawn because people are going to think what they want and all I want to do is enjoy the sunshine and move. Do you let what other people might think of you stop you from doing what you really want? Why do we do that? It's dumb!
The truth is, most people don't think about us as much as we think they do, and most people are generous in their thoughts when they do think of us. Do something wonderful this week free from cares of other people's cares, would 'ya? Have a wonderful weekend. XO
I recently moved from Las Vegas, Nevada to Highland, Utah for the husband's work. Las Vegas rarely had weather cold enough for me to need to wear more than a single layer long sleeve top and long pants during a run, but Utah is COLD in the Winter and the Spring! I have a good amount of layers for the top half of my body, but wanted my legs to be a little warmer. When I checked Athleta, their Wind Warrior Tight was on sale, and although kinda crummy reviews I decided to give them a try anyway. Here's what I think:
Fit: 4 These aren't tight enough around the top part of my hips and have a slight saggy crotch area. Not quite as compressive as I like for running tights.
Feel: 5 The backside of these pants feels cheap and pills VERY easily. The front has "wind panels" that feel smooth and good. Those same wind panels are a little stiff and don't move with you like they should- even for simple stretching for after a run.
Function: Since these are running pants meant to keep the cold out I give them a 8 because they did keep me noticeably warmer on my cold morning run and although they are not as tight as I would like them they stayed up without me tugging and pulling.
Despite their flaws, I think I'll keep them for the warmth. There are still some available on sale at Athleta, check 'em out.
I feel like much of the first 2/3 of my life was spent with some sort of underlying dissatisfaction with myself or my situation. Nothing debilitating or depressing but a sometimes irritation with my life that made it hard for me to find happiness in my present.
Now I'm pretty positive we will ALL struggle with this on and off again probably our whole lives because it is in our very nature to want to become better and to better our surroundings, but when it is motivated and approached from an angle of pride (either from the top looking down or the bottom looking up) it always leaves you feeling empty and unsatisfied. And that was much of my story.
I think it stemmed from a slight inferiority complex- mainly growing up in an area with lots of money when my family did not have it. I'm annoyed at myself when I think of how I let this affect me, because I absolutely had an ideal childhood and upbringing in a loving, Christ-centered home with lots of space to roam. But some kind of paradigm shift happened to me at some point that was rooted in me "not having enough" or "being enough" despite what my parents had taught me. My parents really did have it right though. They knew and taught that we are infinite beings with infinite beauty, potential and worth.
But whatever my "reason" for feeling like an underdog, I knew it was something I needed to rid my soul of.
It's been a good 13 years of practice and soul searching, and honestly I can't layout some magical program to bring inner peace, but this I know- that true peace of mind and soul come only through Jesus Christ and keeping his commandments.
So, not long ago I had an incredible experience in yoga. During savasana, or lifeless body, where we lie still for several minutes at the end of class the instructor said, "At some point you have to let go. At some point you have to let go of the expectations and the way you thought it was suppose to be and live in your now. Live in what is."
I suddenly felt unexpected tears rolling from the corners of my eyes, and as I laid there trying to figure out my feelings I came to know it was tears of happiness. Tears of peace, of knowing that I had overcome so much of my struggle and that I had come to a point of mostly satisfaction, versus dissatisfaction with my life. I knew I had come to a point in my life where I wanted God to lead me- really lead me without me kicking and screaming. I had slowly along the way let go of who I "used to be", and who "I should be". And now I loved me. I loved my story and though imperfect, I loved my life. I was full of gratitude that day. Grateful for a loving, gracious God and for that moment on my yoga mat.
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