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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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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 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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Day #13 AdvoCare 24DC and exercise

Oh yes, I’m feelin’ mighty fine, I’ve got heaven on my mind…
IDK what it is but I have felt so good today!!!  Started w/ spark, MNS and companion regimen as usual, just a normal day but there’s just something about Sunday’s and getting to spend time worshiping Jesus w/ my church family that just makes my cup so full ❤

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? I Corinthians 15:55
Death has the power to end life. Death has the power to separate. Death has the power to discourage and defeat us. But, we know the truth; Jesus lives! Because he lives, we know we can live with him. We believe that his victory over death is our victory. So like Jesus, we mock death and its power to destroy us. Jesus has destroyed death and brought immortality to life… in us through the Gospel.
Father, I admit that the death of those I love still hurts me. I thank you, however, that death doesn’t separate me for long from the ones I love who love you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Ya know, i don’t talk a lot about working out (since my Zumba instructor left me high and dry I just don’t get excited about working out anymore) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be doing.  I do believe that what we put INTO our bodies goes a lot further for our weight issues than working out but working out IS important for many reasons!  A regular fitness routine has been shown to do everything from cut cancer and stroke risk to build stronger muscles and bones to encourage better brain health and digestion. Hello…WHO doesn’t need all that?

I hear people (like my mother) say I’m too old…. older people who exercise more have significantly less cognitive impairment than those who did not spend any time working out. Working out is so good for your brain because it increases the blood being pumped to the brain and encourages higher levels of healthy chemicals called brain-derived nerve growth factors

As we enter our 40s & 50s our muscle mass starts to decline :/  We NEED to maintain muscle mass (the more muscle we have the faster we burn fat & calories!) because it is essential for strength and balance.

And here’s a real kicker… EMOTIONS!  Need I say more?  Yes, ok… stress can be caused by elevated levels of cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, exercise can lower these hormones while raising serotonin.  Serotonin is our “happy hormone” which will help reduce stress.  See how that works?  Henceforth, exercise can help keep stress and depression at bay.
crossfit workout<<— yep that’s me LOL~

What I ate today:
Day #13
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
FP/Coconut Protein Drink (MNS/2)
16 oz
S/Almonds
(Before lunch MNS) 4 oz
E/4 oz filet, steamed broccoli and sweet potato w/ cinnamon 😛 (20 oz)
Spark & catalyst/3 (16 oz)
FP/Grilled chicken salad (16 oz)

**I keep forgetting to mention that I do take magnesium every night before bed

Today I prepped for the week by making some oat flour, almond flour, almond butter and started mixing up an all-purpose gluten free flour…. but THIS time when I reached under the cabinet to get my soap for washing the Vitamix something wet dripped on my foot; here’s where it gets fun :/ I realized the whole flooring was a “pool” and everything under the sink was wet.  Meaning all the “box” products had to be thrown away!  But hey, at least I got my cabinet cleaned out right (gotta find that silver lining)

 

 

**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 #12 AdvoCare 24DC and companion products

I ain’t gonna lie ya’ll, I woke up feeling kinda yucky today!  Sluggish, drained and just plum draggy!

Once I consumed my spark and ThermoPlus I could feel “boost” kick-in…which got me to thinking, maybe you don’t know about the companion products (though if you’ve been with me long I don’t know how that possible) 😉

CATALYST – an amino acids supplement

“Provides a blend of branched-chain amino acids and L-glutamine to fuel your body with muscle-building components when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.*

Catalyst provides a blend of blend of branched chain amino acids, along with L-glutamine & L-arginine, to fuel your body with muscle-building components.* Catalyst helps repair and protect muscle, and provides amino acids needed to maintain and promote lean body mass, endurance and strength.* Catalyst helps retain muscle when used in combination with a healthy diet, exercise, and other AdvoCare products such as Meal Replacement Shakes or Muscle Gain™.”

The L-glutamine, I find helps to curb cravings and as of late have discovered will help to alleviate a headache (whoop whoop)

THERMOPLUS – a thermogenic which supports body’s ability to convert fat into energy, boosts metabolism and helps with appetite control.

“Contains key botanical extracts to help support efficient metabolism and manage appetite.*

ThermoPlus is an innovative product for supporting weight-loss goals that contains key botanical extracts, such as sage, niacinamide, oolong tea and guarana extracts, to help maintain efficient metabolism and suppress appetite.* The ingredients in ThermoPlus provide enhanced support for the body’s ability to convert fat into energy and promote a healthy metabolism when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.*”

What I ate today:
Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
16 oz
CO/GF pancakes (16 oz)
12 oz
FP/7 Superfood salad w/ grilled chicken (squirt of lemon juice) 16 oz
E/Boiled egg  white & few grapes 16 oz
Spark/Catalyst (16 oz)
S/Chicken, green beans, stewed potatoes and half (cathead) biscuit :/ (18 oz)

Find the pancake recipe here.  I didn’t do all the “counts” but considered it to be a crossover because it has oats and whole eggs.  I never found time to calculate the fats/carbs when divided by 10 to see if it actually fit into one particular fuel.  IF you do, please let me know (y)  Crossovers (adding fats and carbs to the same meal) are not BAD for you but they are not conducive for weight loss.

IDK what it is about my husband and this recent fascination with “family style” restaurant service (and it seems he just started it the week before I made the decision it’s time to go back to our clean eating lifestyle) but he invited his brother’s family to go out and what does he want… AND let me just add that at this particular restaurant, every Saturday they serve the SAME MENU!  When you’re spending $18/per you kinda feel like ya gotta get your monies worth 😦  and as much as I ate (mostly meat/chicken and green beans) I DID NOT!

 

**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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Vaccinations and Day #3 AdvoCare Cleanse w/ craving tips

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate that appears to be the question!  I mean seriously, there’s big debate over the matter as we speak.  Where do you stand?  Do you know the facts from both sides or do you just go blindly along (like I did) with doing what your doctor says you have to do?  I DID vaccinate all three of my children because I trusted my doctor to guide me in the right direction (because Doctor knows best right?).

After my son starting ticcing his little heart out I started looking into nutrition (and the fact that DOCTOR’S DON’T EVEN HAVE NUTRITIONAL TRAINING) to which led me into the study of vaccinations….

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  Click here for access—–> The Truth About Vaccinations

baby face

I woke up feeling fantastic this morning!!! I mean, I was little tired (going to bed late after church and getting up early) but it didn’t last long…my bloated tummy looked flatter and it didn’t HURT!!!

superfood smoothie

Yesterday I found a new Organic Superfood Blend smoothie I couldn’t wait to try (wasn’t too bad) so that was breakfast and I headed out with my water!  What is it I’ve said so many times?  Never leave the house unprepared!  Always carry a water/snack bag cause ya just never know!  What’s happened the last two days?  I’ve left UNPREPARED, no bag!  But, uh, I’m just dropping kids off at school and walking, I’m coming right back home…. UH, NEVER!  Arriving at school this morning my 9yo says, “We aren’t having an Easter party today just an egg hunt, teacher said if any parents want to send snacks we can share…but I forgot to tell you last night.”  What does my little mommy heart say??? “I HAVE TO GIVE THEM A PARTY!”  Yep, $60 later (craaaaazy) I head back to school with my multiple bags full of everything from fruits & veggies to toothpicks and paper products HaHa, I’m locked out of the school (which I appreciate they lock the perimeter doors but…), once I manage to find someone to let me in I walk in and the teacher says, “Oh we weren’t going to have a party today!  I didn’t wanna have to deal with all this.”  She later explained she didn’t want the kids too sugared up (knowing she had candy in the eggs) this afternoon, which I can relate, that is why I got grapes, pineapple, carrots & broccoli….but then I thought “Hey, this is a party” so I added bakery baked cookies, popcorn and real apple juice then as I realize I need paper products (and I’m HANGRY) where  I happen to see donuts buy 1 get one free.  What?  I don’t buy sugary stuff for my own kids yet what do I do? I buy the stupid “mini” donuts (big eye roll).

At this point it’s time for my snack and I haven’t even walked yet!!  I manage to make it two miles around the track in 25 minutes, down 16 oz and found cashews in my emergency stash (so, see, unbeknownst to me, I was prepared lol).

I don’t know about y’all but my days NEVER work out like I PLAN!

Oh, but I’m not done!  I get home and my husband wants me to ride with him to the repair shop and honey, I don’t care what I’m doing when my husband wants me to go anywhere I GO!  Knowing he would want to stop to eat at some point I grabbed the leftover cucumbers/tomatoes and eat them immediately (bc remember i’m hangry and those cashews were not enough for me).  I felt more human after those were gone but of course by the time we’re done it’s time to eat again and he wants breakfast.  I went into that restaurant wanting a grilled chicken salad but when I saw all the breakfast food (my favorite) I thought I can do this.  Ordered 3 scrambled eggs which came w/ shredded hash browns and I pushed the toast over to the side.  Y’all, I ate ALL those potatoes with my eggs and a slice of dry toast.  The toast!  I had no desire for the toast, haven’t even wanted bread (even passed on the jelly our waitress offered!)!! But guess what, I ate the toast 😦  ONE SLICE!  Guess what else?  I got that lil’ throat clearing thing going on, my tummy didn’t feel well and I’M BLOATED!!!  (I should probably interject here that I do not tolerate wheat very well, nor dairy, nor caffeine, nor sugar lol)

What do you do for cravings?  Personally I start with drinking water (I’ll take three Catalyst if it’s a strong one) and I ain’t gonna lie, the first day or two I’ll eat every 2 hours!!!!  I just focus on incorporating foods WITHOUT A LABEL when it’s “extra”.  But I gotta be quite honest the “cravings” are usually curbed on their own by day #3 and with me it’s not so much cravings as I just ENJOY EATING!  BUT, I know for a fact this is a good time to incorporate essential oils (y)

For cravings in general (like you just WANT and it’s nothing PARTICULAR) reach for ginger, grapefruit, peppermint or Metabolic Blend.  But what do most people crave when coming off sugar?  S-U-G-A-R!!!  The Metabolic Blend is still a great option here but the #1 oil to kick that sugar to the curb is cassia, then cinnamon, clove and again grapefruit.

TIP – Try your own “Crave Away” by placing 1-3 drops of grapefruit into palms, rub hands together vigorously; cup hands together and slowly inhale.  May augment with a drop of patchouli.

What I ate today:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst 12 oz
E/ Superfood Blend Smoothie
16 oz
S/ 1 cup cashews followed by cucumbers (16 oz)
S/ 3 scrambled eggs, hashbrown potatoes and 1 slc toast :/ (12 oz)
Spark (16 oz)
E/ Apple w/ tsp homemade peanut butter (16 oz)
S/ Superfood salad mix with lots of spinach, rotiserre chicken, 1/2 avocado, boiled egg, sprinkle of cashews and pumpkin seeds (16 oz)
16 oz
Herbal cleanse pills (& Magnesium)

avocado salad

**Devotion post –  This morning while reading 2 Peter 1:4 over and over I kept wondering how could I explain this to a lost person… even reading a commentary that goes along w/ it I couldn’t manage to put it into my own words where I felt a lost person would understand. I received such blessings simply reading this commentary passage that I wanted to share…

Those who receive the promises of the gospel partake of the divine nature. They are renewed in the spirit of their mind, after the image of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness; their hearts are set for God and his service; they have a divine temper and disposition of soul; though the law is the ministration of death, and the letter killeth, yet the gospel is the ministration of life, and the Spirit quickeneth those who are naturally dead in trespasses and sins. Those in whom the Spirit works the divine nature are freed from the bondage of corruption. Those who are, by the Spirit of grace, renewed in the spirit of their mind, are translated into the liberty of the children of God; for it is the world in which corruption reigns. Those who are not of the Father, but of the world, are under the power of sin; the world lies in wickedness. And the dominion that sin has in the men of the world is through lust; their desires are to it, and therefore it rules over them. The dominion that sin has over us is according to the delight we have in it.  I’m so thankful that God saved me out of the world and I get to partake in all his promises

 

 

**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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Educate, expose and eradicate cancer

Educate, expose and eradicate cancer by learning ALL you can in how to prevent and treat it!

episode 3

Did you know there’s a virus that kills cancer? I’m guessing nobody does because it wouldn’t make big pharma the fat cow anymore! It’s called RIGVIR and in Russia, it’s FREE! To learn more about it just click the link below to register for and view “A Global Quest”. It is packed full of real, usable information that you can start applying today! Last night’s Episode 3: Killing Viruses, Cancer Stem Cells, GMO’s, Juicing & Eating the Rainbow is still available!

Friends and family who really know me know that I have had a passion to help others over the last 3-4 years like never before. I am in a constant state of research and learning. Weight, Cancer and finding alternative methods to treat symptoms otherwise masked with medication seem to be the biggest concerns of the people I’ve talked to. In order to help everyone as best I can I’ve become certified in Fitness Nutrition, gotten my diploma in Personal Nutrition, am currently working on my diploma for Weight Loss Specialist, I’ve received certificate from the Essential Oils University and am also a part of Dr. Axe Essential Oils Transformation. I tell you all this not to toot my horn but to say I TAKE THIS STUFF SERIOUSLY! I study and don’t just follow the lemurs. I do not want to simply offer you my opinion, I want to KNOW that what I’m sharing is backed up by real research!

What’s the best advice I can give you about WEIGHT? Eat REAL food! ❤

I haven’t personally faced cancer (but with the astounding statistics I could in the future) but those of you who have or currently are OR just want to avoid it… PLEASE WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY SERIES!!!

If you are ready to take your own healthcare seriously and use alternative methods to everyday situations (even if it’s lessening the chemical footprint in your home) please contact me today and let’s set up a time to talk about how essential oils can benefit you and your family.

 

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Do you ever wonder…

Do you ever wonder….
– The TRUTH about how cancer spreads
– How/what essential oils can benefit a compromised immune system
– Are there foods to avoid when dealing with cancer
– The most effective diagnostic methods for breast cancer (and the serious problem with mammograms)
– The effect and importance of hormones relating to cancer
Learn this AND more!

There have been so many studies done over how essential oils can benefit an ailing body but how can it help a compromised immune system that has allowed cancer cells (which everyONE has BTW) to metastasize?

I’ve heard from many people when getting the diagnosis of cancer that their doctors say NOTHING about nutrition!  As a matter of fact most of them were told to go eat whatever they wanted because the calories would only HELP!  I mean, hellur?  We ALL know that sugar feeds cancer…so what’s the deal?

Have you ever been concerned about mammograms?  I HAVE!!!  And due to fibroids I’ve had 3 years in a row that included 2 diagnostic mammos each year.  I’ve always wondered…is all that radiation actually CAUSING cancer?  I think the fact that Breast Cancer is THE #1 cancer….I have my answer!

Even if you could care less and have no concerns over cancer, register to watch so that I can have this series in my video library (because with today’s statistics showing by 2020 1 in every 2 women and 1 in every 3 men WILL HAVE CANCER…you’re going to want me to have this information to share) 🙂

Episode 3 starts tonight at 9:00 PM but you can still view Episode 2 “Cancer Fact & Fiction, Breast Cancer, Hormones, Skin Cancer” until 8:00 PM

Do me a favor and Puuuuuh-LEZE register HERE

global quest

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