Lemon Up!

I recently visited a natural food/juicing bar for lunch and was pleasantly reminded how easy it is to prepare and enjoy wholesome good food, including something as simple as lemons, which were included in the fresh juice I ordered, and recommended in the restaurant’s brochure as a daily wellness beverage. (I will talk more about juicing another day…) Lemons are a great thirst quencher and better yet, have a long history of positive health benefits including as a natural body cleanser. Treat your immune system to a happy dose of lemon. Lemons provide a natural combination of vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber. (I also supplement and boost my immune with a high science Vitamin C and Grape Seed extract product) Learn more about the goodness of lemons at organicfacts.net. For a refreshing morning pick me up, (instead of your usual beverage), slice a large lemon in half, juice it by hand with one of those old style glass citrus juicers, (great exercise!) and enjoy with 1c. warm water (I usually add one packet of xylitol/stevia blend sweetener, and in winter, a dash of cinnamon, or a cinnamon stick) When life gives you lemons — make the most of it!

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Healthy weight – ‘balance’

 

This week found me refocused on healthy weight management and getting back to basics. For all of us stress and multiple life factors impact on a daily basis and can affect our self-care. Bottom line  – our bodies are amazing and are designed for us to take care of by eating wholesome foods, drinking plenty of water, getting regular exercise, and taking time to play, work, relax, enjoy friendships and creative and spiritual oases, and of course — to get a good night’s sleep. The key is ‘balance‘.  If you’re looking to get back on track with weight management or overall wellness, I recommend exploring three of my favorite wellness sites/experts: Berkeley Wellness and Dr. Andrew Weil.  Sign up for daily /wellness tips or apps. I also strongly recommend using high science supplements, for optimum wellness support. Find out what works best for you. Warning: in a ‘thin’-obsessed culture, beware of anything or anyone offering a ‘silver bullet’ for weight management. Don’t strive for perfection. Avoid restrictive diets.  Love 💕💖💝 who you are. Stay positive, balanced, eat, sleep, exercise, laugh and…always…find joy in the journey…🙂

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energize!

fresh_green_apples_picture_167145I don’t know about you, but I just love waking up daily and feeling well-rested with energy to burn. Unfortunately for years, following an out-of-the-blue metabolic crash in my mid 30s, I ended up facing a daily battle to drum up enough energy to make it through even an average workday.

Always a ‘healthy eater’ I found that even the food I ate no longer seemed to help me get the extra surge of energy I knew I needed. Exercise felt draining instead of renewing and rewarding.

For over a decade after facing early menopause (possibly environmentally-triggered), I did all I could to feel better, including researching umpteen alternatives and wellness solutions hoping to restore or boost my good eating habits with something ‘more’. I knew something was missing. But not even a cupboard full of vitamins or health products seemed to work. Eventually, I went ‘off” metabolic syndrome ‘trigger’ foods including caffeine, dairy, wheat, soy, sugar — yet life remained an almost hopeless drudgery with few positive solutions. When a wonderful friend, Deanna Waters, helped me find what I was looking for… I was ecstatic with joy! (aren’t true friends one of life’s greatest gifts ever?)…I am forever thankful! Explore and learn more about the Usana difference and why elite athletes became part of my inspiration for choosing high science to help me move on to a happier life, more energy and focus, and optimum wellness.

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