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Vios ~ Plant Based Nutrition Review

There’s a new kid in town….
Vios Nutrition! Vios is Greek for LIFE ❤

I’m always looking to better my health and the health of my family so when I hear “Plant-based nutrition” (though we do eat meat) it always peeks my interest.  And then I hear the word “convenience”…well heck yeah, count me in (y)

THEN the real kicker—- “All Víos products contain quality certified organic ingredients, are gluten-free, non GMO and 100% vegan. There are no preservatives, nothing artificial, no fillers and no sugar added. Pure quality ingredients… the way nature intended.” so y’all know I was gonna check that out!

Vios Nutrition is a new, LOCAL (to me, NC) company and if I recall correctly they were just established in April, 2016 and reached $1 million in sales within their first year!!  WOW!

Víos currently only offers 2 products, PHYTE and Matrix.  With all the key words I look for in nutrition products I ordered “samples” of these products and anxiously awaited their arrival.

PHYTE is a phytonutrition greens supplement that contains a powerful proprietary blend of cereal grasses, spirulina, chlorella, alfalfa leaves, and other greens. This unique combination of greens provides essential vitamins, minerals and proteins, and promotes overall good health. PHYTE is rich in chlorophyll, which is vital for the synthesis and function of healthy oxygen-rich blood, boosting stamina and endurance. PHYTE also contains essential enzymes and fiber that aid in digestion and help maintain healthy pH balance.

It’s a concentrated super, whole food, grown without pesticides and harvested at the plants’ peak nutritional level.  There’s no added yeast, sugar, salt, egg, fats, flavors, gluten, dairy or preservatives making it a perfect fit for my family’s dietary needs (no beef, corn, dairy, eggs, gluten, sugar, wheat or yeast).

MATRIX is a complete, plant-based meal replacement shake with a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, branched chain amino acids pre and probiotics, and high quality fiber. Matrix is whey-free, with no added sugar, salt, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and is USDA Certified Organic.

Matrix’s protein blend promotes muscle strengthening and conditioning; its fiber and carb blend helps boost stamina, energy and endurance; pre- and probiotics promote digestive health and support the body’s immune system; and its revolutionary adaptogen mix helps the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety and fatigue. Matrix is only 140 calories and contains 21 grams of protein.

Ingredients list is long but ALL REAL INGREDIENTS!! The protein comes from a blend of pea powder, millet powder, quinoa powder and pumpkin seed powder.  The adaptogen (herbs) blend consists of ashwagandha root, maca root and schizandra berry (uh yea, I had to look that one up too, it’s a real thing) powders.  Fiber in the mix is from golden flax seed, apple pectin, psyllium and aloe vera herb powders.  Then there’s a list of pre & probiotics as well as enzymes but those are some words that you won’t understand unless you already know what they are so I’m not gonna go into listing them 😉  Matrix also offers extracts of  vanilla, luo han guo, licorice and stevia.  Again, this product contains NO added yeast, sugars, salt, egg, dairy, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives.

In the days leading up to arrival, I took a look at the owners and staff, and the business opportunity in the form of investment options.  Just think, what if YOU had gotten in on the bottom level of Facebook or Whole Foods, where would you be today?  I don’t have a plethora of cash laying around and there are lots of opportunity to spend what little there is on much needed repairs to our house but I started thinking…. “I’ve tried a lot of “vegan” proteins that leave a LOT to be desired, IF the Matrix was something I and my children could drink and would actually enjoy then there’s other people who are going to get excited about this product.  I mean look at our booming health food industry and the circle of “alternative options” is getting bigger, people are becoming more interested in “organic” products and wanting a “better way”…what if this is it?  What if I could take this high risk opportunity in a new company and it got BIG? What if my minimal investment actually paid off?”  I’ve never considered myself a dreamer and I’ve never (EVA) been a risk taker but my mind has been spinning with excitement, anticipation and what if’s!

THEN IT CAME!! My products arrived and I joyfully….sat them aside!  What was I waiting for?  I’d done all the research, I knew the products were good for me, all the anxious, giddy, excitement I had waiting (& studying) for them to get here and then I was afraid lol (yep that’s me, crazy like a fox).  BUT TODAY I BIT THE BULLET, I DID IT!

The PHYTE is your typical “greens” type powder, a dark, rich green that smells like…well, honestly, smells like grass haha (what else would you expect).  It contains barley grass, wheat grass, alphalfa leaf, sprouted barley, spirulina, chlorella, spinach leaf, nettle leaf and dandelion leaf with apple pectin, brown rice bran, beet juice powder and licorice root.  I have NEVER had a greens powder that I could drink in plain water so I did NOT attempt to do so this time either (though I may try it again just to see).  I added 1 c coconut water, 1 organic apple and juice of a 1/4 lemon with the greens pack and got it down with no problem!  Now, I ain’t gonna lie, I wasn’t as excited at the idea of trying the Phyte as I was the Matrix….I mean greens is greens am I right?  It looked rather disgusting but truly it didn’t taste bad at all.  I noticed almost immediately that I “felt” good, I felt healthy, I felt like I had gotten adequate “green” into my dietary which offered me a boost of “energy”.  I noticed I was being silly with my little, not my usual sarcasm but unbeknownst to me silly on her 9yo level haha.  Only downfall was that just including 2g protein I was still hungry.

Approximately 30-45 minutes later upon opening the Matrix I thought if it tastes half as good as it smells we have definitely picked a winner here.  Other vegan proteins I’ve had no matter what I added I couldn’t make it taste good enough to finish (bleeeeck) but I actually tasted this one just mixed with plain, unsweetened almond milk and it was “ok”, I mean I could’ve gotten it down and probably even finished it but wouldn’t have “enjoyed it”.  Like I said, OK, it had some what of a “dirt” taste BUTTTT once I added 6 cubes of ice and JUST a tsp of natural peanut butter….OHHH MYYY WORD!  I loved it!  Literally, it smelled like birthday cake (now my Dr. Axe whey protein smells like birthday cake and I love the taste but my son can’t have it because of the dairy), it didn’t have the “vanilla” taste I expected and there was no nasty aftertaste.  As a matter of fact the aftertaste was somewhat of a “sweetness” in my mouth 😀  Not only was it satisfying to my tastebuds but it was also pleasingly satiety (I never can use that word right)satisfying.  Didn’t make me feel FULL but satisfied…like I could’ve added another ounce or two with a tad more peanut butter and woulda been too much but just several more swigs woulda been good.

And added bonus which some will consider a TMI (but if you’ve stuck w/ me for long you know I’m all about sharing too much information haha) but within 30 mins (heck maybe less, because if was BEFORE this paragraph) I had my second BM today 🙂  (If y’all know my story, I used to go WEEKS and not have one but once I started watching what I ate and supplemented correctly I’m regular…but not regular like a “healthy body” should be.  Every time you eat, you should poop!  I’m typically 1-2x/day but it’s just now noon time and I’ve been 2x so whoop whoop)

I could’ve added the PHYTE and the MATRIX together rather than having two separate drinks but I wanted to be sure I tasted them individually

Bottom line, I will order MORE!
Not sure yet about the investment but it’s now something I’ve become MORE interested in since trying the products.  Just have to figure that out pretty quickly as that option is only available 6 more days (yikes)

OH…one more thing about the company…
“A key aspect of living The Víos Life is to help improve the communities where we live and serve, and to assist those who are less fortunate in the developing world. We are proud to partner with Hydrating Humanity, a faith-based non-profit humanitarian organization providing clean, safe water, hygiene training and hope for people in developing nations.

Each year, inadequate access to safe drinking water and improper sanitation cause an estimated 1.9 million deaths in developing countries, mostly among young children. Hydrating Humanity’s core purpose is to help connect resources to needs in developing nations throughout the world. It does this by first recognizing the strengths a particular community has, then partnering with that community to empower the people for a change, at a local level, that is sustainable long after Hydrating Humanity has left.

Víos is committed to supporting Hydrating Humanity’s critical mission. Each time a Brand Partner joins the Víos revolution, we provide six months of clean drinking water and hygiene training to a person in a developing nation, helping the organization to spread hope throughout the world.”

I ❤ ❤ ❤ working with a company that GIVES BACK!!

 

*Disclaimer – This review was written by hotsparkmama with no outside influence or any compensation from this company or their representatives.  I tried a new product that I enjoyed and wanted to share with others.  I will however, be looking into the investment opportunity with this new company, Vios Nutrition.

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Day 24 and Beauty & The Beast

IT…IS…amazing what a good night’s sleep will do
It’s also…

Amazing what praising can do—HALLELUJAH!
I don’t worry when things go wrong
Jesus fills my life with a song…

✟ Matthew 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them

I know what it’s like, I’ve been there, to feel like you can’t pray, to feel burdens so heavy that it takes everything you have to put one foot in front of the other.  Carrying such a heavy load that you don’t feel God is listening, that you begin to doubt your salvation.  These are the times that you lean on your Christian family the most, the times you let them help you carry that heaviness, the time you need them to pray for you, on your behalf.  Encourage others around you in this situation.  It’s a tough place!  Go before the throne room and plead with God to bless them and lighten their load.  Today I find myself burdened for one of “those” friends, I’m heartbroken for their needs, teary for their hurts.  Their journey is hard, the road is long but God will carry them through.  We must go through the valley to stand upon the mountain.  Though we may be empty but God is full and His grace is sufficient for His children.  Let’s be the “two or three” that gather ❤

I got up this morning thinking “I’d like to make some cinnamon bread for my family and then tomorrow I’ll use that to make them (eggless) french toast” :p  Started mixing and then it hit me…. I WANT BE HOME TODAY!!  I got the bread in the oven but we won’t be having it today :/  Realizing the bread won’t be ready for breakfast today and the fact I can’t really rely on DH to take it out of the oven I decided to also make some Paleo Strawberry Breakfast Cookies which I already know my family loves ❤ ❤ (I however will be having an FP shake due to all of yesterday S’s that have left me feeling “thick” this morning)

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
(8 oz)
FP/Chia tapioca shake
(16 oz)
S/2 scrambled eggs & strawberries 20 oz
E/Popcorn 16 oz
Spark 16 oz
S/Strawberry cookie & almond butter bar (I cut these into maybe 2” squares) 16 oz
E/Overnight oats (which I’d forgotten I had) and asparagus (haha) 16 oz

I woke up feel so much better today, dare I say “fantastic” but that seemed to be short lived.  I haven’t felt great since that horrendous knock in the head the other night.  I had a “spell” while driving today but luckily I was sitting in “stop’n go” traffic (Praise the Lord, God is so good).  Had I been MOVING there would have been disaster.  Met up w/ my cousin for our mom’s day out together (we do this maybe once a month), today we went to see Beauty and The Beast.  Can I just say I had some hesitancy with taking my little when it first came out.  It was all the hype I was hearing about a homosexual couple kissing and the “obvious” love of a man for another….yes, it had me concerned.  Hey listen, I don’t judge people for how they live but I ain’t bringing it into my home ya know?

Oh my soul the Cinematography of this movie (I hope I’m using that word correctly….had it been a cartoon I would’ve said the animation…) was completely amazing!  The actors chosen for each part, in my opinion were spot on (except for one)!  Emma Watson as Belle?  Oh well, I believe she may now be my favorite actress! I LOVED IT!

The original, animated version is still one of my favorite Disney movies (but ya’ll, even in that one the “three bar ladies” were “scantly clad” and Gaston was showing a hairy chest…no hairy chest in this one.  I must admit, I was NOT crazy about the fella who played Gaston as I expected it to be a much physically larger man).  And the homosexuality?  The kiss?  I NEVER SAW A MAN KISS!  Yes, Le Fleur had an obvious man crush on Gaston but it wasn’t like he was all over him…kids wouldn’t pick up on it.  When the wardrobe dresses three men as women, two scream and run away while the third turns to smile, well if I’m not mistaken that was in the original animated one as well (I plan to rewatch it to see) and at the end Le Fleur and that man do have a dance (quickly seen as they bump into each other and make eye contact).  Bottom line, I give Disney a thumbs up on this one and I will be taking my little to see it 🙂

I’m sorry I haven’t had much nutrition talk lately, I’ve got so much going on trying to maintain all my facebook groups, hotsparkmama, my schooling,  ebay, the kids’ ball schedules and still keep a happy home ❤  I ain’t gonna lie, this life ain’t for the faint of heart, I love every minute of it but I am TOO BUSY!  Therefore, I will be taking a short break from here (not exactly sure how long).  There are some Advo changes being made and I have to determine what I can and can’t share here (which means there may be quite a bit of editing and/or removal of a LOT of posts).  AND I have a friend who wrote an amazing book about motherhood that I need (AND WANT) to finish in order to write a review 🙂

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

 

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Day 22 and FP ideas

I didn’t post my usual morning devotion on my facebook page this morning but during my (2 mi) walk I was noticing all the sections of the track that had been washed away from the many rain/storms we’ve had as of late and it hit me…. that’s what sin does our lives!  Erosion – It’s what happens to our lives every time our steps take us into the world.  “No, it won’t be but so bad if I just of it one time”… but when the second or third time gets easier and here’s what happens… you find you’ve turned away from God and everything you’ve been taught.  Next, you find your life begins to crumble like the during the hard rains.  You get to a point of asking, “God, where are you?”.  He wasn’t the one that walked away, you were!

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us

What I ate today:
E/Strawberry crumb bars
S/Chicken, egg and slice cheese
FP/Chicken soup w/ 2 meringue cookies
FP/Chia tapioca pudding
S/2 scrambled eggs w/ tenderloin (& shredded hashbrowns!)

Find those gorgeous strawberry crumb bars HERE (oh, did I mention they’re vegan? No gluten, No eggs, No dairy)

It occurred to me after eating the SECOND time i ate today that a mini fuel cycle might be THREE days not just one!  I think I may have just got so excited about how much everyone loved the Strawberry Crumble Cake that I jumped the gun 😀  Which brings me to sharing some FP snack ideas (as I feel like I need to make up for missing those DEEP S this morning haha)

To keep my chicken soup FP I used 1-1 ½ c homemade broth, 1 c water, garlic, onion, kale, ginger and just ¼ – ½ tsp tumeric for added flavor (BUT this will stain your container).   Made in the Vitamix for super easy convenience.  Once good and hot I slowed the mixer down to add kale & chicken

Fixed some chocolate covered almond butter bars (which got left out yesterday) and handy dandy (FP) chocolate sauce because I haven’t had any to pour over my apples w/ peanut butter in a while and it’s MY FAVORITE snack for carrying to enthusiast’s ball games ❤

FP snacks:

  1. Protein shake- 1 T. Peanut flour, 1 c. almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract (optional; I omit), 2 drops liquid stevia, handful of spinach, handful of ice- so yummy and so satisfying. The protein really helps with the hunger!
  2. Lemon Muffin in a bowl-  Follow the directions for the MIB (THM p. 258) & replace cocoa w/ vanilla protein powder, use 1/2 juice of lemon or 1/2 tsp. lemon extract),
  3. Trimmacino light
  4.  Big Boy Smoothie (THM p. 243
  5. Chia tapioca pudding

FP lunch or dinner

1  Egg white omelet w/ sauté veggies
2  Chicken tortilla soup
3  Sweet & Spicy Asian Stir Fry (page 341)
4  Wasa cracker w/ tuna & cucumber slices

PS….Mini Fuel Cycle is just ONE day can be however long you like, only it’s no longer a mini if more than 5 days lol~

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 21 and THM mini fuel cycle

Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. Acts 28:31

So often, we give excuses why we can’t witness to others. I’m guilty of this! “What if they ask about something I don’t have know the answer for? What if they’re argumentative? What if they cuss me out?” Throughout his life, Paul shows us how lame our excuses really are! He is under house arrest and having to support himself, yet he still manages to get the Gospel out to the lost!

Lord, help me to be bold! Give me the words you would have me to say when they need to be said to just the right person.

Give me Words to speak
Don’t let my Spirit sleep
Cause I can’t think of anything worth saying
But I know that I owe You my life
So give me Words to speak
Don’t let my Spirit sleep

Because I’ve decided to add a THM mini fuel cycle (which is just ONE DAY AT A TIME) there will be several links in this post (y) to help you….who am I lying?  I need them for next time 😉

I did not choose a great day to go FRUIT FREE :*(  (oh right, you did know that a fuel cycle DEEP S day means NO fruit, NO dairy, NO nuts, NO seeds right?).  On my way home from my (2 mile / 25 min) walk I saw our local strawberry patch had their OPEN sign out.  It wasn’t 9am and there were already quite a few out picking and it had just began to drizzle.  I did NOT pick them myself, honey that’s way too rough on the back and knees lol.  I’m riding home w/ the windows cracked, berries in the back seat (so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat) and the sweet smell was almost more than I could handle…but I made it home.  With said berries,  I made a big batch of THM/FP strawberry jelly, a batch of regular sugar free freezer jam for the family and what looks to be the most delicious strawberry crumb bars :p  And what goes well for family’s dessert atop these crumb bars (which I WILL eat for my E breakfast in the morning)?   (Coconut) Whip Cream of course (y) (<—-this can also be made with coconut sugar and/or honey).  And y’all know I do not like waste, so the leftover strawberry puree residue I added the little bit of leftover coconut milk (with an additional cup hot water) and made strawberry milk (clap, clap), I figure if it’s not fit to drink I can just add it to my smoothies ❤ Chopped up cabbage (for tonight’s FP dinner), sliced cucumbers, mixed up some “truvia”, ground some for “powdered sugar”, oh I also made some overnight oatmeal, oh AND tapioca chia pudding and there’s ALWAYS laundry going!

Oh….about those sweet berries?  I ain’t gonna lie, I ate ONE!  #itmeltedinmymouth

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
DEEP S/2 eggs w/ spinach in butter 16 oz
(16 oz & before MNS)
DEEP S/Lettuce wrap w/ chicken drizzled in olive oil 16 oz
Spark/S&S/Catalyst 16 oz
FP/Mouth watering meringues (Original THM/370) 8 oz
FP/Cabbage roll in a bowl 32 oz

Good list of what can and CANNOT have on Deep S like NO FRUIT 😦 https://traditionally.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/thm-deep-s-foods/

Wow! Pretty extensive list of idea for your FPs http://largefamilytable.com/100-trim-healthy-mama-fuel-pulls-low-carb-and-low-fat/#aa

For the FP/meringue cookies, I added 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp of cacoa (because hello, it’s a superfood…. Every time I see that word I say it in my head like the Frozo guy from The Incredibles when he says, “WHEERRRRE is my super suit?” bwahaha)

I made the overnight oatmeal WITHOUT the greek yogurt (we avoid dairy as much as possible) so we’ll see how it turns out 😉

OHhhhh and I made Chocolate pudding/S

Crazy as it sounds…I miss days like this, being in the kitchen ALL DAY!  But guess what, tomorrow, I gotta do some real W-O-R-K!  Which means I better get outta the kitchen and into the bed! Zzzzzzz….

(Sorry none of my beautiful pictures would load this evening 😦 Ya’ll truly did miss out hahaha)

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 20 and meal replacement shakes

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
E/Advo MRS 8 oz (2 MNS/White)
S/Almonds (small handful) 8 oz
S/Mixed greens salad w/ leftover 4 oz sirloin (what made this an S is that I REALLY wanted some “1000 Island” dressing (maybe 1.5-2 Tbsp) 16 oz
Spark/Catalyst/Slim&Sassy 16 oz
(Before MNS)
E/Apple (tsp peanut butter) 12 oz
FP/Tuna w/ cucumber slices on 1/Light Rye Wasa 16 oz

Alright…y’all know I advocate a real foods diet but sommmmmmetimes there is a need for convenience.  I do have a clean protein that I utilize OFTEN but then there are those pre-mixed “just add water” proteins like the AdvoCare meal replacement shakes for when you’re in a hurry (and you can actually just shake/mix in the car).  I find these work well for people who are on the road a lot and don’t like to make stops OR are trying to “do better” nutritionally so don’t wanna eat out much.  Sunday mornings are pretty much the only time I ever have one and actually haven’t had in so long I forgot there were some in the cabinet.

PROS:  I ❤ that they are balanced carbs to proteins.  These easily digestible proteins help to slow the absorption of the carbs.  They taste delicious!!  Holds 50% of your daily intake of calcium.  There’s only 220 calories, just 3g fats, NO trans fats and 18g net carbs (making it suitable for an E setting).  It is full of vitamins and minerals.

CONS:  First and foremost, Advo shakes have 12g SUGAR! (Sugar is in the form of crystalline fructose and then there’s added sucralose).  These shakes include a very long list of ingredients, including soy and maltodextrin (another form of “sugar” but particularly used as an additive) and over half of which I cannot pronounce.  Every time I drink one it sends me to the bathroom…almost immediately :/

I can go ahead and tell ya’ll, after what I have is gone, I will not be ordering any more of them.

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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I’ve had a virus

Ohhhh boy!
It’s been a rough several days :/
I’ve had a virus!  I don’t mean the germy kind that affects the immune system…NO, it was worse!  It was the kind that locks up your computer and puts a hold on L-I-F-E!  But ya know what I realized?  The days I was detached from the WWW, I was so busy that I wouldn’t have even had time to keep connected if it had been working 😀  #aintGodgood

Only problem with not having that connection is that I literally lose track of my days HaHa  I believe I left y’all hanging on Day 15 of our 24DC which would make this day….19???  (Honestly I just thought I was outta commission a couple of days but apparently it was three whole days).

Soooo quick recap….
AM every day Spark/Catalyst/ThermPlus/MNS w/ 16 oz

….that’s all I’ve got! 😉

I remember how Day 16 started out… it was because of the breakfast (it was bad!).  Oh and the fact that I DID start typing it out on google doc (I miss WORD).  Quite frankly when my computer crapped out the thought of actually WRITING THINGS DOWN WITH PEN & PAPER escaped me lol~

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
CO/Breakfast smoothie
(16 oz)
E/Breakfast cookies
E/Chicken, brown rice, black beans and lettuce 22 oz

My breakfast smoothie this morning was not good…it wasn’t just not good, it was bad! Like maybe something I put in there had truly gone rancid…but yes, I did drink it LOL~  Pretty sure the concoction of “everything left” was a definite cross over (remember cross over doesn’t mean B-A-D but just not conducive for weight loss).  It was all healthy, good for you stuff but it included both healthy fats and carbs— coconut water, half avocado, cup spinach, 3 baby carrots, handful frozen grapes, 5 frozen strawberries, maybe ¼ orange and an old kiwi tucked away in the back of fridge :/  OH YEAH, it was so awful I had to remix with frozen pineapple.  Just a lil’ secret I’ve learned…adding pineapple to any bad tasting smoothie will make it better 😀

Day 16 was my Costco day! Whooo Hooo…finally stocked!
Fridge
By the time I got all the groceries away it was time to pick up the little from school.  Returned to get ready for church…after church celebration for Pastor’s 65th birthday and it was then that I was going to update the blog.  Turned my computer on and it started verbally talking to me—WARNING WARNING WARNING! SOMEONE IS TRYING TO HACK YOUR COMPUTER!  SOMEONE IS TRYING TO STEAL YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION!  YOU NEED TO CALL MICROSOFT AT THIS NUMBER IMMEDIATELY!  DO NOT TRY TO TURN YOUR COMPUTER OFF BEFORE CALLING THIS NUMBER!  IF YOU DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER MICROSOFT WILL BE FORCED TO SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER BEFORE IT…blah blah blah! <—-the whole time I was trying to exit out, cancel, anything…I just had to manually shut it off!

Now listen—this didn’t make sense to me!  True, it was obvious that a virus had managed to work it’s way on my computer but I am NOT gullible enough to call a number and offer up my credit card information!  I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday!  ANY time something seems “off”, check it out, your gut is trying to tell you something!  I always let my husband take a look before I move forward with most anything that has to do w/ my computer (yep, he’s the man) 😉   Once my DH finally found time to “get on it” when he turned it on it was still screaming that WARNING WARNING WARNING! (let me interject here that my husband is deaf…not completely but darn near, even WITH his hearing aids which most of the time he doesn’t know where they are or they’re “dead”).  He said that some page I had visited (which I go to the SAME pages EVERY DAY) was able to insert a virus ON TO MY HOMEPAGE (which is why every time we turned it on it was just there).  In theory when this virus alerts the visitor to call, they offer to help walk you through removing the virus FOR A SMALL FEE of course and then guess what, they’ve got your credit card info and do with whatever they want!  Problem being, I have a SPYWARE type virus protection on my computer that he discovered hasn’t worked since November (wide eyes) and why is this?  Because when I get those little pop up notifications that there’s needs to be an update—-I IGNORE IT THINKING IT’S PROBABLY A VIRUS hahaha 😀  Once I was up and working I saw where a friend from church had mentioned he’s gotten THREE phone calls from “Microsoft” with the exact same warning (he’s actually a computer tech guru so of course he laughs and hangs up but y’all these scams really work or they wouldn’t keep doing it).

Ok, so Thursday we had Fine Arts Competition at our school and my little played her heart out (two pieces, 2nd was a duet).  This was a really LONG day for everyone!  For breakfast I remember we had Almond Butter pancakes/S (with my homemade applesauce and almond butter).  These pancakes are one of my very favorite breakfasts which I usually top w/ a dollop of sweetened greek yogurt 😛 Kids don’t “love em” but I can add chocolate chips to just about anything and they’ll eat it haha  Lunch was eating out and I opted for two scrambled eggs/S w/ hashbrowns.  I cannot tell you what the snacks were for sure but I do know I PACKED MY BAG!  For a celebration dinner little wanted our favorite pizza joint so it was a true THM bust of fried foods (appetizer sampler w/ “hot chips”, cheese sticks and onion rings) and greasy pizza!

Yesterday/Friday (day 18)
ANOTHER LONG day—-two in a row is just about more than I can handle!
We started with Oatmeal/E for breakfast sweetened with cinnamon and honey (because I am not a THM purist).  I remember having an organic apple for snack.  Kids wanted to go to lunch and opted for Panera but then son backed out (he was nervous about prom) and little likes to share so I let her pick 😉  I had a half chipotle chicken avocado melt panini that was delish!

It was my enthusiast’s prom night so there was lots of preparation (AND pictures) to be done!  We met up with his buddy to go pick up the girls (**when I was a teen going to prom we always tried to carpool and go together but these kids today seem to think money grows on trees and at 9miles/gallon in his “monster truck” lemme tell ya, them trees are bare a lot!), took a few pics and then (followed them) on to a downtown area where lots of people do pictures.  I used to LOVE photography!  You never saw me without a camera, I took Senior photos, prom photos and wedding photos, I couldn’t get enough but I couldn’t charge people for it because it was just a hobby!  Sadly, I lost my passion but I still do pictures for special occasions with my kids’ friends.

Theme for Junior/Senior Banquet was “My heart will go on” and the deco was Titanic (obviously) but I was truly impressed how they turned this church fellowship hall into something so spectacular that if you didn’t know what it was…YOU’D NEVER KNOW!  It was beautiful! They had “fancy” cars to drive the participants to the top of some long cement stairs draped in red velvet carpet leading to their departure (haha get it…well you wouldn’t because you didn’t see their entrance was set to look like the Titanic at dock).  I’m tearing up now thinking about it, it was just so special!  They were announced at their arrival and all the parents/guests were standing at the bottom cheering them on like they were Hollywood stars ❤

Day 19
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
FP/0% greek yogurt w/ drizzle of honey and 2 cut up strawberries 16 oz
E/Apple w/ tsp peanut butter 16 oz
FP/Mixed green salad w/ chicken 16 oz
Spark 16 oz
S/Cheese off pizza and side salad 24oz

I know that you were expecting some better ideas than what was offered to you today and I’m sorry you didn’t get much nutrition wisdom but sometimes ya know what?  LIFE just take over…

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website http://www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 15 AdvoCare 24DC, leg cramps and swagbucks

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

Yes, yes, I know…the music is never-ending in my head 🙂

✟ Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved Psalms 55:22

Is there something in your life that just seems to heavy to carry??  A burden that daily seems to weigh you down?  Have you thought of sitting at Jesus feet and NOT moving until He blesses you like Jacob did?  Today can be the day feel lighter!  (hold up, there’s another song coming) Now let us have a little talk with Jesus,

Let us tell him all about our troubles,
He will hear our faintest cry
And He’ll answer by and by;
Now when you feel a little prayer wheel turnin’,
And you know a little fire is burnin’
You’ll find a little talk with Jesus makes it right. ❤

SO, the last two nights I have been awakened by some horrible leg cramps, I mean so bad I can  hardly move to get out of bed and stretch it out.  I’ve had a charley horse here or there over my lifetime but nothing like what I’ve been experiencing.  Therefore, my 4:20 am starts have been pushed to 5am starts which makes me feel like I’m behind all day long!    I realize I’m getting older and “these things happen” BUT, this is totally unacceptable HaHaHa

Before I started using essential oils I suffered with RLS for years (my husband used to say, “Oh, you got the jumpy leg again?”) but there was no pain linked to that, it was just an incredible urge to move.  There were times I’d have to stand behind the couch and sway my weight from leg to leg while watching a movie with him…how romantic right?

I know that sometimes certain medications will cause you to cramp up but y’all know I don’t even have tylenol in my house (nor will I ever again….did y’all watch The Truth About Vaccinations and how dangerous acetaminophen (<—well that don’t even look spelled right haha) can be to our children).  I know I’m drinking enough water so it’s not dehydration AND I take magnesium each night which should also HELP!

That made me google (actually I swagbucked it haha) what causes night time leg cramps and I came up with a whole heap of issues:

Structural disorders

  1. Peripheral artery disease
  2. Spinal stenosis

Metabolic problems

  1. Acute kidney failure
  2. Addison’s disease
  3. Anemia
  4. Chronic kidney disease
  5. Cirrhosis
  6. Hyperthyroidism
  7. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  8. Type 1 diabetes
  9. Type 2 diabetes

Medications and procedures

  1. Blood pressure drugs
  2. Diuretics (water retention relievers)
  3. Oral contraceptives
  4. Cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins)
  5. Dialysis

Other conditions

  1. Dehydration
  2. Diarrhea (causing anal irritation)
  3. Muscle fatigue
  4. Nerve damage, as from cancer treatments
  5. Osteoarthritis
  6. Parkinson’s disease
  7. Pregnancy

(insert wide eyes here) NOTHING! None of the above reason pertain to me!

Then I read this…. “Most of the time, no apparent cause for night leg cramps can be identified. In general, night leg cramps are likely to be related to muscle fatigue and nerve problems.” Well there ain’t no reason in the world for ME to be having leg cramps so tonight it stops (simple as that right?)!

Today I will be mixing up some essential oils that I will apply BEFORE I go to bed and keep by my bedside in case we make this a third night of excruciating cramps!  Basil, Lemongrass and Marjoram will be added to a 10mL roller bottle (like the old lip gloss bottles we all had in the 70s) for ease of application.  **I also may add some Cypress as it’s great for circulation 😉

After adding a few drops of each oil to the roller bottle I will fill the bottle with a carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil) as this allows to better & faster absorption (and booyah, it stretches out the life of my oils whoop whoop)

**I mentioned SWAGBUCKS.  If you’re unfamiliar this is a search engine where you earn points for everything you do!  The more you search the more you earn.  It doesn’t matter what website I wanna go to I start on SWAGBUCKS.  When you shop online, SWAGBUCKS gives you a percentage of what you spend back in points that go towards gift cards.  Everyone has heard of ebates and it’s the same concept (yes, I even start on SWAGBUCKS when I’m going to shop through ebates…work the system yo).  I have earned multiple…MULTIPLE gift cards to Kohls, Starbucks and Amazon (they offer a large list to choose from, those are just my favorite/most used) and sometimes they even offer these cards “on sale”.  Say a $25 card costs 2500 points…but a particular time frame or certain month you can get that card for 2200 points.  They almost always have some type of special (like right now is Mother’s Day Special, “earn double cash back and more”) If you wanna give SWAGBUCKS a try use my referral link and for every 50 SB (swagbucks) you earn, I’ll earn 5!  Then when you offer your referral to others and they sign up you’ll earn 10% in your SWAGBUCKS account too….for LIFE! #ilovefreebies

(I just went to my account to see what all i’ve earned…. I have had 3 $25 SBX, 4 $25 Amazon and 1 $25 Kohls…and all that is just from SEARCHING and a little online shopping, you can also earn by taking surveys and watching videos but ain’t nobody got time for that! HaHa)

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
E/2 Blueberry chia vanilla breakfast cookie (w/2 MNS) 16 oz
S/2 eggs (in oil) and half avocado 16 oz
(Catalyst/3, Slim&Sassy, 16 oz)
(Before MNS/2 oz)
S/7 Superfood salad mix w/ added romaine, half boiled egg, seeds and 1/Colemans uncured beef hotdog (weenie)  14 oz
(Spark, Catalyst/3, S&S, 16 oz)
S/Coconut chips (Mmmmm 😛 ) w/ cashew & chia
S/6 oz steak, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes
Inline image

Breakfast cookies can be found here (I used oat flour as my GF flour, rice milk for coconut (didn’t realize I’m out of almond) and honey in place of maple syrup….bc y’all know how I feel about honey).  Don’t worry by my calculations the 2 Tbsp of coconut oil and chia in this recipe divided by the 12 cookies is still less than 5g fat keeping you at E fuel 😉   *DH and I enjoyed the cookies and the little ate one but only after I added Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips…truly I did mean to add some to half of the batter for her and just forgot.  Otherwise I’ll need to add a lil’ more sweetener next time (y)

This is the collagen I use —->
collagen

TODAY…I struggled. I felt hungry!  I “wanted” something…I wanted to just sit and drink my Spark ALL DAY!  It hit me around lunch time I HAVE THE TOOLS!  I’m eating plenty!  I’m eating healthy fats which satiate me.  I’m drinking lots of water but 30 minutes after eating I’m looking at the clock waiting for my next meal.  But why should I spend the next 8-10 hours counting down?  I finally took Catalyst/3 and had that ah-ha moment…I have the Metabolic blend which will help to “curb” my appetite.  Now listen, I ain’t gonna lie, y’all know I’m not one to “suppress”,

I think we should eat!  But in times like these…well, this is where we should!  These softgels are simply for convenience, I mean to be quite honest, I should’ve just added the actual essential oil into a veggie cap but I’m BUSY and remembered I did have a new bottle so voila 😉

As you may have realized from what I’m eating…I’m down to the bare minimum as I haven’t been to Costco since returning from my little 3 days getaway during Easter break.  Kids have had NO (gluten-free) bread, I used my last bit of organic beef and noodles for spaghetti, there’s no almond milk (because I’m out of raw almonds) and I’m down to use TS son’s rice milk, NO cucumbers, broccoli, asaparagus…I mean who eats a weenie with salad?  😀

WHOA—that’s a lotta S’s, I may have to throw in a THM mini fuel cycle if I keep that up!

We RARELY EVER have red meat and here I’ve had it three days in a row!!  I have GOT to go to the grocery store!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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Day 14 AdvoCare 24DC and getting back on the wagon tips

Listen up!!!!
I DO NOT FREAK OUT ABOUT MY DIET!!!  Sometimes I am on plan, sometimes I am wayyy off!  If your diet becomes an obsession then you need to sit down with your bible and take a breather.  Ask God for help!  I used to go into panic mode every time I ate “sugar” (especially) and I would think “well, now I’ve done it, I might as well give up!” NO NO NO!!!  If you eat something you know you shouldn’t, pick yourself up (because you’ll feel like poop and wanna lay down), dust yourself off and jump back on track (y)  If you enjoyed what you had or you were with good company then it was worth it 🙂  But do not let this be a deterrent in your entire day.  Good health is a journey that never ends.  I believe in living each day to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow.  More important than how you eat is how you love…never let the I love you’s go unsaid ❤

✟ And now abideth faith, hope, charity/love, these three; but the greatest of these is charity/love 1 Corin 13:13

Ironic how God works sometimes… after writing the above I read the below…

“Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want.

If you’re reading this, you might have been walking backwards for a while. But instead of waiting for the next day, week, month or even year to overhaul your habits, start TODAY. And start small. You can’t go from the recliner to running or from burgers to Brussels sprouts in an afternoon. But you can do one, two or even a handful of small things that will help you regain your momentum for healthy living.

When you feel like getting back on track is overwhelming, try one (or more) of these small steps each day.

  1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing.
  2. Try a new recipe. Cooking healthy foods can be fun and it never has to be bland.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Your morning meal sets the stage for the rest of your day, so start if off right!
  4. Drink your water. Try to aim for 8 cups each day and you’ll feel the difference!
  5. Look for motivation.  Seeing how others overcome similar struggles and obstacles can be a great source of motivation.
  6. Track your food. No matter how it adds up, you’ll learn from it.”

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
S/Almond butter waffle (2 w/MNS) 16 oz
FP/Cottage berry whip (p379) 16 oz
(Before MNS w/ 4 oz)
S/PB protein shake
Spark & Catalyst/3 (16 oz)
S/Cake in a mug (p379) (12 oz)
E/Spaghetti organic beef) w/ brown rice noodles (8 oz)
E/Banana w/ PB and drizzle of (FP) handy dandy chocolate sauce (4 oz)
(Magnesium 4 oz)

**I’m not a purist yo 😉

You can find the waffle recipe here (I added Enjoy Life chocolate chips and my TS son ate it all up topped w/ whip cream, whereas the little for whatever reason will NOT eat a waffle and these do not cook up well as a pancake) :/
AB waffles

Cottage Berry Whip——>Berry whip

Because I made peanut butter (oat flour and almond flour again) for my daughter today, I always utilize the leftover/residue in the Vitamix for either a shake or pudding.  Since it was lunch time I opted for a protein shake (due to the fact that I cannot run water in my kitchen sink actually cooking is getting hard!).  There was possible 2 Tbsp of peanut butter in the mixer to which I add ½ c almond milk, ½-¾ c water, 1 tsp chia, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 Tbsp cacoa and approx 1-1 ½ c ice 😛
PB

 

**DISCLAIMER – The products and statements made about specific products on hotsparkmama have not been evaluated by the US FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  All information provided here unto is for informational purposes only based on known and/or personal experiences. It is not intended to substitute for advice from your healthcare provider.

The information and research stated here has been of my own accord through countless hours spent in training, nutritional classes, biblical health coaching and information gleaned from various books and other sources.  All research and information was gathered independently of Charity Baptist Church, AdvoCare and Essential Oils and is for informational purposes only.  I am NOT a Nutritionist, Dietitian or bible scholar, I am simply a MOM trying to teach my children to serve a mighty sovereign God, take care of their bodies NOW so they won’t have to worry later and that there are alternative options in doing so.  I am a certified FNS (Fitness Nutrition Specialist), Weight Loss Specialist, with a diploma in Personal Nutrition using essential oils while studying to become a Biblical Health Coach and receiving my diploma in Advanced Nutrition (whew, that was a mouthful) ❤ .

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of essential oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of good health, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

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