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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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Day #11 AdvoCare 24DC & cookie recipe

Where’d she go..go..go..go..goooooo?
Welp, she was up there in them hills a few days and there was all that catching up to do!

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

Well…… here I am!  Coming humbly before you with my failures and my faults.  What kinda dumb dumb am I planning a cleanse when I’m going out of town?  Oh, I thought “I’m strong, I’m motivated, this is easy!”  Ummm… what was that about NO SUGAR!!! I did carry snacks and plenty of water everywhere we went and I stayed on track for breakfast every day (except the day we had Paula Deen’s fruit dip and “sweet piggies in a blanket”) :/ but then it pretty much went downhill from there HaHa  Seriously, I didn’t have a lot of sugar but I did have it each day… and the dairy? Well, I didn’t have icecream but I had this delicious grilled chicken with avocado, bacon, lettuce & tomato that I didn’t even realize had swiss until I was almost done!  I failed! Not miserably (because I truly enjoyed every minute) but I admit defeat.  But ya know what, GOD NEVER FAILS!  His love for us was the same when we were lost and throwing our lives away 🙂  He forgives us when we ask and loves through the hills and the valleys ❤
love hat

I normally don’t check weight until Day #11 but because I was going out of town I wanted to know how well (or not) I was doing in order to determine how much it changed while out of town.  Easter morning (the day we left) I got up to find I’d lost 3 pounds (day #5), I didn’t have time to measure.  At my return (checked am on day #10) I had gained 2 lbs BUT ya wanna hear something funny?? I’d swear to you that 2 lbs was muscle!  We walked 6-9 miles, up and down hill every day (I always wall sit while brushing my teeth)  and my leg muscles feel every bit of it.  I don’t FEEL the 2 lbs (as strange as it sounds; I know because I used to laugh at people when they said it, I can FEEL when I gain/lose…).

Day #11

It’s time to change things up a little and add in the MNS! Helloooooo metabolism boost = energy!

Spark/Catalyst/Thermo/MNS 16 oz
S/2 eggs w/ tenderloin 16 oz (2/meal MNS/2)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa w/ grilled chicken 16 oz
16 oz
S/Almonds 16 oz
Spark (16 oz) & Catalyst/3
S/Chocolate chip cookie (12 oz)
16 oz
E/Cabbage & quinoa leftovers 16 oz

The S-cookies recipe can be found here  🙂

For dinner I spent an hour and a half prepping for a homemade pizza!  I was super excited…cutting up fontina and mozzarella cheese, smushing tomatoes for sauce, chopping onions and spinach, even cutting pits out of olives for my husband… but THE DOUGH?!?!  I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!  I may have had too much oil on the parchment paper and it got mixed in with the dough but it wouldn’t flattened and the more I tried the worse it got, so I decided to ball it up and start over…then it got “hard” and when i tried to stretch it, it tore :/

It takes a little longer to get in the swing of things w/ the MNS because of the “30 minute before meal” pack.  IF you should happen to forget the “before lunch” you can take it before anything (snack or dinner) (y) you just don’t wanna leave it on an empty stomach.

I take the MNS-3 for overall health and weight management, it’s a couple $$ more expensive than the MNS-E or MNS-C but I don’t feel I need that extra E-Energy or C-Control.  If you’re completely unfamiliar w/ the MNS it’s a comprehensive multinutrient dietary supplement system that focuses on energy, wellness and appetite control.

“MNS® 3 is AdvoCare’s most comprehensive metabolic nutrition system. Not only will you benefit from appetite control and enhanced energy, you will also receive the best core nutrition with Coreplex®, CardioQ, Calcium Plus and OmegaPlex®.* lt’s a fantastic alternative for anyone looking for a lower-caffeine MNS® system in comparison to MNS® C or E.* For energy, appetite control and overall outstanding core nutrition and wellness, MNS® 3 is your answer.”

All day I’ve been singing a Dolly song (Why’d ya come in here looking like that w/ your cowboy boots and painted on jeans?  All dressed up like a cowgirl’s dream.  Why’d ya come in here looking like that?) HaHa but now there’s that “second verse, same as the first” (remember that from GHOST? lol).  I feel like I’m “stuck” here…like I’m starting over AGAIN, ON DAY 12! Pray for me y’all, I ain’t gonna lie, closer I get to 50 the more I realize it’s getting a little harder to drop than the first time :/  But that’s OK!  Weight is just a number, as long as I’m HEALTHY, I’m happy 🙂

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

 

 

**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 #5 AdvoCare Cleanse and sunscreen options

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  The Truth About Vaccines

I, along with the rest of world was brought up to believe you couldn’t go outside unless you were slathered down with sunscreen.  “Sun causes cancer”…. does it?  NOW, at almost 50, I personally believe the chemicals IN the sunscreen are actually what’s causing the cancer (yes, my husband thinks I’m crazy too haha).  I do agree that allowing the sun to damage your skin (ex. sunburn) can be extremely dangerous.

Through my nutritional and essential oil studies over the last 4 years I’ve changed my view on a LOT of things!!  I never realized how blindly I just “followed the crowd” until I STOPPED following and started researching!

So if our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs everything it comes in contact with then it goes to prove that if we’re using synthetic sunscreen the chemicals are being absorbed into our bloodstream!!

With such gorgeous Spring days lately I’ve really started thinking about and realizing it’s time to prepare for summer…. 1st the cleanse (continuing through 24DC) to remove built up toxins and  jumpstart my clean, healthy eating plan (AGAIN) and next making sure my family is protected 🙂

We NEED sunshine, we NEED what it offers!  Did you know that 90% of the population is Vitamin D deficient?  It’s because we’ve grown up being and slathering our own kids in a complete sunblock for fear of cancer.

You need to find a good sun protection recipe with a nano-free zinc oxide as your base… I ain’t gonna lie, it’s not the easiest thing to rub on but IT WORKS!!  For myself, I like an oil base so I use organic coconut oil and add essentials oils (including helicrysum and lavender…by my calculations I have a coverage equal to about an 8) and yes these still need to be reapplied every 2-4 hours depending on if you’re getting wet or not.  IF you’re a swimmer (which i’m not, I just like to dip my feet in the pool long enough to cool off) the oil option wouldn’t work well for you…there will be an “oil” film floating across the water.

I use non-nano zinc oxide powder which I purchased off Amazon, cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil…. NOW, I believe that doTERRA essential oils are THE BEST and most natural on the market however I know that carrot seed oil has “SPF protection of about 28-30” so if you know a brand you TRUST that carries this oil it would be most beneficial for your homemade sunscreen!  Personally I don’t have a lot of trust in other brands and we don’t carry it so I use my helicrysum 🙂  I just found a recipe from holisticsquid that supposed to rub in easier than what I made last year….

Homemade sunscreen ingredients & supplies
(makes 1 cup homemade sunscreen)

  • 2 ounces beeswax
  • 2 ounces cocoa butter
  • 2 ounces coconut oil
  • 2 ounces liquid oil – total (combination of these jojoba, carrot seed, argan oil)
  • 2 ounces zinc
  • Kitchen scale
  • Double boiler (I use a metal bowl over a small pot of simmering water)
  • Squeeze tubes, optional – I love these refillable, silicone tubes

Homemade sunscreen method

  1. Finely grate the beeswax and weigh the grated bits to 2 ounces.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil until liquid. Remove from heat.
  3. Slowing whisk in the zinc, stirring until all lumps are gone. When this mixture is slightly cooled, stir in the liquid oil until well combined.
  4. Use a butter knife to scoop the sunscreen into the squeeze bottles. Or store in a glass jar with a lid.

Feel like you don’t have time to make your own.  There are a few brands I’ve felt safe using over the last couple of years that seem to work well but they do come with hefty price tags and ya can’t just walk into your local Walgreens to grab a bottle at the beach :/  so be sure to look ‘em up before your vacation to allow for shipping time

RAW ELEMENTS (the first organic, non-GMO certified sunscreen)
THINK SPORT (good for prolonged exposure in sun)
COCO BEE NATURALS (100% Natural & Organic Skincare) ←–this one I just purchased and haven’t actually tried it yet

**Devo:
“I don’t feel saved”… How’s your RELATIONSHIP?
“I don’t feel God’s presence”… How’s your RELATIONSHIP?
✟ Psalms 13:5
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
If we live by how we FEEL…honestly would we ever get outta bed? The way we FEEL is sometimes contrary to the truth. Salvation isn’t based on how you feel, salvation is about a personal relationship with the Lord! Have you trusted in Him?
Lord I thank you for allowing your Holy Spirit to work in me! I thank you for the conviction that fell upon me (1992), that I was a sinner. I thank you for your forgiveness of my sins and paying for them with your son’s blood. I thank you for the mercy and grace you’ve shown all these years. Lord I fail you every day but through your word you comfort, guide, direct and show your love for me. I can’t thank you enough for your many, many blessings

Tomorrow is Easter (Day 6) and we serve a risen Saviour therefore my family will be attending a sunrise service (8am) followed by a full breakfast on the grounds and then our regular service 🙂  If you live in the Greensboro, NC area check out CharityBC.org for directions, I’d love to have you join me!  After services are over I’ll be travelling into the Smoky Mtns with two of my children and will be OFF THE GRID until our last day of cleansing.  I know, I know, you’ll miss me while I’m gone hahaha but know that I’ll still be trying to stay on plan while I’m away (& trust me, I’ll share with you when I return).  Pray for us (pray for ME….have you ever eaten at Paula Deens? lol)

What I ate today:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst 12 oz
16 oz
S/2 Eggs w/ spinach in bacon grease and ½ avocado w/ 2 slices bacon 16 oz
CO/Creamy Avocado Smoothie
POPCORN 16 oz
8 oz
FP/Chicken Salad 16 oz (OmegaPlex)
Herbal Cleanse & Magnesium

I believe I had my first crossover today with my avocado smoothie :/  I wanted to use up what’s left in the fridge since I’m heading out of town tomorrow.  There’s was half avocado, almost rotten apple, few carrot sticks and pineapple.  Oh my word that was the most delicious smoothie ever!!!! 😛   crossover

I took my little to a movie so there had to be popcorn!  I thought I was strong enough to have a little and STOP…I wasn’t :/  And what is it about eating “off plan” that makes ya not wanna eat.  I mean seriously, NOT HUNGRY!

 

**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 #4 AdvoCare Cleanse & detoxing

Regardless of whether you are FOR OR AGAINST vaccinations this documentary is a must see!  The Truth About Vaccines

UGGG…awakened by another headache?  I guess I shouldn’t complain because to be quite honest I expected it to be a lot worse.  I mean seriously the first one came and went so quickly, did I really think I was done? HaHa   I don’t believe this to be a “detox” issue, I believe it to be a hydration one.  Ya figure as much water as I drink during the day…then I go 6-8 hours without so my body starts screaming “drown me” lol~  Other than the slight headache…. Yes, I’m feeling mighty fine, I’ve got heaven on my mind (actually I woke up with… If you got chains, he’s a chain breaker…over and over AND over) 😀

We deal with pollutants invading our bodies on a daily basis.  We eat, live and breathe toxic substances, from the paint on our walls to cleaning supplies.  Everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink more than likely contains some sort of toxin.  And don’t even get me started on our food source!

Thankfully, our bodies are designed to process and expel these toxins but how much can it do on its own? We put so much junk into our bodies these days, some we do on purpose, some unawares, that even the healthiest bodies can be overwhelmed.

If left untreated, toxins can lead to any number of diseases, including cancer, allergies, immune disorders, hormonal imbalance and mental health, among others. This is why we need to regularly detox our bodies to maintain optimal health.  I’m not talking about those crazy fad detoxes where you drink tea for three days or eat nothing but cabbage (big eye roll).  I’m talking about for real detox through nutrition!!

Using essential oils to rid yourself of the harmful pollution that we’re forced to live with is one of the more safe and natural methods.

There are 3 ways essential oils can be incorporated into a detox protocol:

  1. Topical Application by making your own non-toxic health and beauty products
  2. Daily Aromatic Use
  3. Safe, CPTG Internal Use

Here are the best essential oils that can be used to help detoxify the body:

  1. Lemongrass
  2. Melaleuca
  3. Lemon
  4. Rosemary
  5. Clove
  6. Peppermint
  7. Myrrh

Some easy yet extremely effective ways you can start using essential oils to help flush toxins from your body include:

  1. Take a detox bath two to three times a week adding Epsom salts and essential oils
  2. Try oil pulling with essential oils three to four times a week
  3. Keep cleansing oils running in a diffuser

Essential oils are powerful! Handle them with care. Ensure you are only using the highest quality essential oils.

Today being our first day of Spring Break I decided to allow the little to sleep in (at least until 7am, yep she too is an early riser) I didn’t want to get started in the kitchen at the buttcrack of dawn but couldn’t wait to have something to eat.  I don’t normally have an all-fruit breakfast as I feel it’s too much “sugar” pounding the pancreas all at once.  Anytime the kids want “just fruit” they still eat cashews.  Are you aware that pairing a protein with your carbs allows for slower absorption of those “sugars” and will help to sustain you longer.  Plus I knew by the time I got the cantaloupe down she’d be up and I was right but WHAT E breakfast would I have?  My “go to” when I want to add fruit to breakfast is always oatmeal!  I use homemade almond milk (making it dairy-free) to cook the oats then add cinnamon and maybe a splash of homemade vanilla and/or dab of honey as sweetener (YES, I do use honey!)

What I ate today:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst 16 oz
16 oz
E/Cantaloupe and oatmeal 16 oz
8 oz
FP/Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
S/Egg Roll in a Bowl w/ half avocado 16 oz avocado eggroll
Spark 16 oz
FP/Hamburger patty (no bun) and cucumber slices 16 oz mushroom swiss(family had mushroom swiss and homemade fries)
E/Mango Berry Protein Smoothie (w/ spinach & almond milk) + OmegaPlex mango shake
16 oz
Herbal Cleanse pills & magnesium 8 oz

 

CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup almond milk
½ cup water
1 Tbsp raw cacao
1 drop vanilla stevia
1 scoop chocolate protein (I omitted but my “gut-healing” protein was vanilla and with 7g fat would’ve put me into crossover territory)

**I thought the cup of strawberries would’ve made this smoothie an E however after deducting the fiber it dropped to FP (woohoo–that’s really where I like my snacks to be)

Egg roll in a bowl is an easy delicious FP meal but I really wanted some avocado so that pushed me into S territory ❤

Mango Berry Smoothie could’ve been FP with less mango (I use Dr. Axe Whey Protein which is FP with it’s 1g F and >2g C whoop whoop)

 

**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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Day 2 AdvoCare Cleanse & Tips for tension

(SORRY FOR THE DELAY—I’VE HAD TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.  REAL ONES NOT JUST BEING A SLACKER)

Listen y’all, I KNOW why people cave when they don’t have a plan in place or a good support group or maybe just lack motivation…..THE HEADACHE!  My wake up call this morning wasn’t the rooster call in my head or any alarm clock, it was the pounding of drums on my temples.  Seriously, just ONE FULL day with NO SUGAR and I wanna run straight to Krispy Kreme for a dozen hot glazed!  However, instead, I gave myself a few extra minutes to lay in the bed (while stretching my back), I will pump up the volume (yea, remember that one?) on my water intake and Tension Blend will be my best friend to get me through this….and yes, this too shall pass 🙂

What do you do when the headaches kick in?  Do you run to the cabinet for OTC pain relievers or are you a more natural mama like myself?  My first go to is always try water!  A lot of time dehydration will mask itself thru headaches (and hunger).  When a bottle of water doesn’t ease it (& this usually starts rather quickly if it’s a hydration issue) I reach for essential oils!  Most people will find relief from simply using a little Peppermint on their temples (and that works especially good for me if it’s a sinus headache) but I find the Tension Blend works better for me.  I roll a little on both my temples and this morning the back of my neck (base of my head) as I can feel a little sum’n sum’n going on there!  That bad boy roller is gonna be attached at the hip today!  Seriously, it’s in that little pocket pocket HaHa

I’ll tell ya another lil’ goody you might not know to help w/ headaches… L-GLUTAMINE AND did you know that fish oils are better for inflammation that ibuprophen?  Yep, I’ve “tested” it and it’s for real!! Therefore, I’ll be having those with  breakfast 🙂

Here’s a little something ironic—I opened an email from healthyginger this morning and what was it about?  HEADACHES! HaHaHa  Here’s what Alex & Megan said about naturally alleviating specifically tension headaches…
#1. Bentonite Clay Poultice
This one is a new one for us and we’ve been super happy with how it works! You basically make a “mud” out of bentonite clay. Start by mixing ½ a cup of bentonite clay with ¼ cup of water in a small bowl (but you can play with the proportions). Apply the bentonite clay mud onto an old wash cloth. Lay down somewhere comfortable and place the poultice over your neck and shoulders. After about 15-20 minutes, take off the wash cloth and wipe down the area with a clean towel.

#2. Snow Angel Weighted Stretch
Alex learned this move from a chiropractor and has been using it for years! You start by finding small weights (like 2 lbs) or using something like water bottles. Then lay down on the grounding holding your weighted objects in each hand. With your spine flat on the ground, you make snow angels on the ground by keeping your arms straight and completing the full range of motion from down by your legs all the way up over your head. You’ll likely hear some crackling and grinding…which is ok! If you feel any pain or pinching, ditch the weights and go without; alternatively, making the motion smaller until you’ve worked your way up to the full range of your joints.

#3. Alternating Heat and Ice Packs
Tight muscles are muscles that aren’t getting good blood flow. When there isn’t good blood flow to muscles, toxic byprducts accumulate and can cause pain. Increasing blood flow by alternating application of heat and ice can be a really great way to relieve tension headaches! You can do this by applying a heat pack for 5 minutes and then an ice pack for 5 minutes…and repeating the process for 3 rounds. Alternatively, you can get in the shower and blast your neck and shoulder area with hot and cold water. This is more for the brave at heart 🙂

#4. Apply essential oils
Peppermint and lavender is a mix we really love for tension headache relief. We usually mix 5-8 drops each into a teaspoon of coconut oil. We then apply the mixture to the neck, shoulders, base of the skull, and temples. If you’re a DoTerra fan, we’re big into using their PastTense mixture as a tension headache relief.

And for PREVENTING TENSIONS HEADACHES…

#1. Move in a wider range of motion
We talked above about how stagnation in the upper body (but really even lower body) can be a cause of recurring tension headaches. Since a tight shoulder girdle is a common offending problem, shoulder stretches and strengthening can be a really big help. One of our favorite things is hanging! You can hang from doorways, pull up bars, or even tree branches to strengthen that entire system and increase your range of functional movement. We also love this yoga series for neck and shoulder tension: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvbl3vfH56c

#2. Regular Epsom Salt Baths
To loosen up chronically tight muscles and keep things from becoming stagnant, taking epsom salt baths regularly can go a long way. In addition to the hot water, the magnesium in the epsom salts is great for muscle health! Bonus: most people sleep better after an epsom salt bath so you get a two for one kind of deal 🙂
**I never take a bath without adding essential oils to help soothe, relax and/or sleep 😉

#3. Pay attention to your eyes
This is a part we haven’t talked about yet so far in the this topic! In addition to the neck and shoulders, our eyes play a big role in preventing tension headaches. First things first: make sure you’ve gone to the opthamologist to make sure your prescription or lack there-of is up to date. But super importantly is giving your eyes a break from looking up close all the time! Because most of us are looking at stuff up close for most of the day, it’s important to give your eyes a break and look long distance. It’s easiest to incorporate this into when you take movement breaks. Take a walk and take the opportunity to really look at your surroundings. This uses the full range of motion for your eyes (which also have tiny muscles and moving parts!) that need movement to stay health.

#4. Unclench your jaw
Many of us respond to stress by tightening up certain muscles. Besides the neck and shoulders, a lot of people will clench their jaw. Check with yourself regularly to make sure you’re not tightening up those muscles of your face. Puff out your cheeks a couple times, open and close your mouth, and wiggle your tongue around to make sure things are stable mobilized! (Bonus point if you’re ok with doing this in public 🙂 )

After drop off I head to the track and walked 1.3 miles (exactly 20 mins) and let me tell ya when ya hoof it like I do it’s a real workout.  I walk fast by nature, not like those competitive power walkers where ya think they’re bound to throw a hip out but I have LONG legs so I can really “get it” but I do get my arms involved as well.  I drank my water BEFORE my walk which was dumb because it was pretty warm out there and thought I’d die afterwards but then I discovered my little had a small handful of grapes leftover from her breakfast so I popped those little plump babies in and voila made it til I got home without needing the hearst.

I just realized I lied yesterday :/  It was purely accidental.  I’ve been studying up on the Detoxification Blend this morning and realized I misspoke yesterday when saying I hadn’t incorporated any essential oils in but I did I did (YAY me), I added this oil to my regimen TWICE even.  I rolled it over my liver in the morning and again in the evening after my shower (that memory makes me feel a little better haha).  I start each day with a drop of Frankincense under my tongue (ONLY recommend CPTG oils internally), Grounding Blend on the bottom of my feet (or back of neck) and my allergy blend roller (which I mix up from Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint & Protective Blend)

I have been putting off my Costco shopping for so long but today HAD to be the day!  I did carry water with me (but not enough because there wound up being a detour once I realized I’d FORGOTTEN TO NOTICE IT WAS MY BEST FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY!!) but thinking this would be a quick trip I didn’t “pack a bag” :/  I wound up finding a KIND bar which was delicious but not particularly THM approved BUT hello, better than a burger (or KK doughnut haha).  On the way home to drop off groceries before heading back out to church we got caught in 5:00 traffic 😦  I started “figurin” in my head…there would be NO time to eat and that just would not do!!  So what does this mama do?  “Hey, honey (9 yo) do you have a fork in your lunch box?  Can you reach that rotisserie chicken?”  YES I DID!  Sitting in that traffic I ate that bad boy teehee (well not the whole thing). #desperatetimes

chicken

**Y’all don’t become “obsessed” about what you’re eating, that can lead you down a path of destruction…TRUST ME…I speak from experience!

cleanse breakfast

What I ate Day #2:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst (16 oz)
S/Scrambled eggs (olive oil) w/ 1/2 avocado and (grape) tomatoes (2 OmegaPlex)
16 oz
FP/Tapioca Chia Pudding
S/Egg roll bowl (leftovers) *S due to oil cooked in and amt of quinoa
16 oz (3 Catalyst)
S/Kind bar Almond & Madagascar Vanilla
Spark (16 oz)
FP/Rotisserie chicken (see story above)
E/Watermelon & Cantaloupe (4 OmegaPlex)
16 oz
Herbal Cleanse pack (& Magnesium)

chia pudding

By the way– MY HEAD STOPPED HURTING! ❤

 

 

**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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How was your day 1 of AdvoCare 24 DC?

What is it about any detox/cleanse that makes ya THINK you’re always hungry?  It’s a mind game.  We tell ourselves we can’t have certain things so it’s only natural that we CRAVE those particular items.  Here’s the funny part, it’s usually something we do fine without on a regular basis to begin with lol~

Day 1 started like any other day only THIS DAY I HAD to check my weight (yuck)!  I’m not normally a weight checker.  I don’t wanna depend on that liar (aka scales) to determine what kinda mood i’ll be shackled to for the day.  I tend to just go by how I feel and how my clothes fit.  So, here’s the skinny….I’m NOT skinny anymore!  I know i’ve gained weight, I know I’ve lost muscle, I’ve had to buy bigger clothes and hello! I can see it in my face every time I look in the mirror.  The verdict was I have gained more than I realized :/  (I ain’t gonna lie, I’m up exactly 25 lbs from my lowest weight).  What did that realization do to me?  IT MADE ME MAD and INSECURE!  But that’s OK because I’m working on that with your guys 😉

Couple of very important things to remember… you should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water… you need to eat protein within an hour of waking each day to help boost your metabolism by 30% for the day…  you should be eating something nutritious every 2.5-3 hours…  if you are hungry EAT!  IF you happen to forget your herbal cleanse pills one night, just tack them onto the end of your cleanse and I suggest you take them AT BEDTIME (they tend to make me feel a little funny if I take them too early).

Up at my normal 4:20 am (checked the scales), had my devotions & daily FB post….

✟ When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11
Just as babes grow with the proper nutrition so do new Christians. Babes start with the bottle and gradually work their way up to having teeth and chewing meat. New Christians start with “Jesus loves me” and should work their way up to chewing on the bread of life, God’s word. As a lost person, the bible “doesn’t make sense” but as you grow in Christ it all starts coming together.  Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit! Thank you for your word! Thank you for your love! I pray that I will CONTINUE to grow in you. In Jesus name, Amen

…baked some “lil’ ham sandwiches” to pack for kids’ lunches, whooped up some homemade gluten-free chocolate chip waffles (topped with whipped cream and strawberries) with bacon for the family and made myself eggs.

WAFFLE

I would normally not wait until today to start prep work however I didn’t get a chance to hit up Costco for all my supplies (but I did go to Harris Teeter for the stuff I HAD to have NOW!)  Today I made almond milk, almond flour, tapioca chia pudding, cut up the biggest head of cabbage I’ve ever seen, chopped cucumbers and tomatoes (for salad & alone), cooked huge batch of sprouted rice & quinoa AND boiled some eggs.

CUKE SALAD

About 2:30 I found myself so tired I could hardly hold my eyes open and it hit me—I haven’t OILED a bit all day (insert wide eyes because I am the oil queen!  I’m always rolling and/or diffusing something).  Don’t get me wrong, I started my day with oils as always but I’ve been so preoccupied by the fact that I wasn’t prepared that I didn’t “take care of myself”.  By the time I got home (from picking up the little at school) I didn’t have time to be tired!  Dinner was served by 5, we had a little family time by the basketball goal and then in for showers and the exciting news that daddy is going to let ME take the kids a way for a couple days next week (woohoo).

Side bar—pray for my husband!  He has to go to the hospital next Monday for several tests (stress, EKG and 48 hours of being strapped to a heart monitor).  No, WE are not concerned but it’s something that has to be done and I’ve been assured he can do it on his own (my husband is pretty self-sufficient for the most part being that he was a bachelor until he was 40!  I still have to remind him sometimes he has a family now haha)

I still have two hours til bedtime so I will easily get in my 8,000 steps! 😉

Today’s food and water intake:
Fiber/Spark/Pro/Catalyst (w/ 12 oz water)
(2) eggs with spinach, chia and 2 slices bacon, watermelon chunks (w/ 16 oz water)
**Cantaloupe chunks
Big boy smoothie (w/ 12 oz coconut water)
Sushi (avocado, crab and seaweed)
Apple (tsp pb)
Spark (w/ 16 oz)
**Watermelon
16 oz
Egg roll in a bowl (cabbage, chicken, garlic, onion, ginger and quinoa) w/ OmegaPlex
Cucumber/tomato salad
16 oz
Herbal cleanse pills

Accomplished day #1 with NO SUGAR!!!  (of course the night is still young lol)

PS….I did walk one mile this morning (I was planning for 2 but I’m such a clutz!  I was trying to jump over my husband and off his side of the bed Sunday night….and well, I MISSED and scraped the inside of my left leg along the sharp edge of the railing…yes, it’s always an adventure

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Shhh…it’s my secret

Actually it’s not much of a secret when everyone can SEE!

Y’all know I lost a total of 50 lbs three years ago…I went from a size 16/1X dress to a size 6 AND my health drastically improved! I give God all the glory and thank Him for literally dropping the simple steps into my lap!

It started with EZ changes like dropping “all things white” from my diet (sugar, breads and limited starches), consuming half my body weight in ounces of water and following the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge supplemental program.

Over a 6-7 month period I ate more food than should be normal HaHa (every 3 hours) and focused on clean meats, fresh (steamed mostly) veggies and organic fruits. I cut out all Starbucks frappucinos and limited my dessert treats to special occasions.

I didn’t deprive myself if I WANTED something I HAD it

Over time I began to realize I had once again become addicted to sugar! It creeped in slowly at first. Birthday cake at parties, dessert from the Sunday lunch buffet then added froyo on Wednesday nights before church and frappucinos couple times a week (once pumpkin spice RE-entered the lineup)…

Just before Halloween rolled around my 9yo started selling candy ($.25/) to help raise money for her babies in the Philippines and once all the children at school started noticing her “income”, well let’s just say they all found a “reason” and it got outta hand! Of course Halloween came & went and we couldn’t give the stuff away.

I’m a human trash compactor…I do not like to throw stuff away and tho I limited the intake of my family members (due to the plethora of allergies) I took it upon myself to get rid of it 🙄

Ya know what happened then… Thanksgiving!!!
T-day is the one time of year my husband insists I fix a “normal, traditional” meal “because we have non-allergen family coming over and we will feed them stuff they’ll enjoy”. Though I do understand his desire to feed his family (once a year) with their favorite dishes, this past year NOBODY CAME!!! The 6 from his family nor the 10 from mine…I cooked a full meal complete with multiple desserts for the entire crew.. and just US 7 ate!! And I ate and I ate and I ate… Christmas the following month, same shenanigans, family dropped like flies!

I knew 2017 had to include CHANGE! I had once again found things getting outta hand. I purchased size 10 jeans around Christmas that were uncomfortably tight. My sleep patterns were OFF! I found it difficult to be my usual early (420am) riser, go all day, happy-go-lucky self. I had aches and pains that had once become null and void AND the heartburn is now back!!

Here we are today… I turned 47 this past week and I’m up 25 lbs!!

Listen y’all I’m just keeping it real! I ain’t gonna lie, as a health coach that’s helping others break bad habits, lose weight and improve health, it’s very disheartening to have lost my own mojo! And another joyful side effect of finding myself in this start of an unhealthy predicament is that my husband doesn’t get his mojo either (*wink wink)
<—–THIS is what caused me to stop and take note of the situation.

You see, I’ve been here, this is where it all started 4 years ago and it’s really easy to let it keep going in the direction I’m headed but do I really wanna wake up one day and find myself in that position? Back over 200lbs, neglecting my mate due to physical insecurities, being uncomfortable in my own skin with a multitude of health issues that could potentially end my life (**side bar–I do not currently have any health issues to speak of per-say and what little things (like allergies, colds, headaches and heartburn) do pop up I’m able to treat/alleviate with essential oils) and so exhausted that I can’t bear another conversation about what elementary drama my 3rd grader has at school (bless her heart, life’s tough for a 9yo lol)

Yep, this is the year!
Now is the time to practice what I preach and once again put my foot down on the head of this monster!
I’ve won this battle once and I’m ready to wage war and “go home with the W” for the last time!

I have my plan in place (in my head not yet on paper…that’s pretty scary haha).
I’m starting with another AdvoCare 24DC (eliminating dairy, gluten & sugar), I will implement clean eating using the principles of THM (Trim Healthy Mama, still eating but separating fats & carbs), I will exercise by walking 1-2 miles 3-4/week (depending on weather) and incorporating 30 Days to Shred in between (or some other DVD as I no longer have a Zumba instructor and do not see the need for a gym membership) and I will use my essential oils to boost immunity, curb cravings and fight all the “mental” junk that can go along with detox!!

I predict within the next 60 days I WILL look and feel like the person I love to be physically. Here’s a real “kick-in-the-butt” key, I will also be growing Spiritually as I have neglected my Lord as of late as well. I haven’t been starting my days abiding with my saviour and I know the time I spend studying his word and meditating on scripture are the most important BREAD in my diet!

Would you care to join me on my journey to optimal health reboot? Do you need a good starting point or a jumpstart? I’m always happy to help and having partners in crime (lol) will help keep us ALL motivated, encouraging each other to push through, ensuring one another “this too shall pass” and rejoicing in each other’s success while praying for any bumps we may encounter along the way ❤

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Honey–the kind ya eat not the one you live with

I have always known that honey is good for us!  I don’t mean the kind ya buy in the plastic bear containers but the REAL (raw, pure, natural) kind!  Everybody knows what honey IS right?  A sweet, sticky, yellowish-brown thick liquid made by bees from nectar collected from flowers.  Yes, it’s also an excellent example of something or term of endearment, but for this post let’s talk about the sticky sweet kind not the one that melts my heart 😀

My pastor even had a sermon on HONEY several years ago while doing a study on nutrition.  There are actually 61 direct references to honey in the bible with the first time being in the very beginning where it’s considered “the best”, an honored gift.
Genesis 43:11  And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:

In Judges the question is asked “…What is sweeter than honey?”
To me that says USE HONEY AS A SWEETENER!  In fact, until sugar became widely available in the sixteenth century, honey was the world’s principal sweetener!

In bible days honey was a symbol of good health!  1 Samuel 14:27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

Proverbs tell us it is good— 24:13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

In Matthew, John the Baptist SURVIVED on honey, that tells me it’s a great staple for every home! Matt 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.  NOW, I’m not telling you to go eat bugs but it wouldn’t hurt ya 😉

Used as an alternative to sugar, honey is a sweet, dense, flavorful food that can vary widely in taste and color, depending on what the bees are eating. Most grocers sell it, since it is a very popular food around the world but please be sure the ONLY ingredient is HONEY.

We have this little hole in the wall restaurant near by that’s been around for as long as I can remember and they have FAMILY STYLE DINING.  You do not order from a menu they just bring you a little bit of everything being cooked that night and you can get all the refills you can eat.  We don’t do bread in our home but they had these huge “cathead” biscuits that were buttery golden and crunchy around the edges…calling my name!  I asked did they have honey…they brought me the plastic bear and first thing I noticed was the bear’s “sign” said “Natural syrup flavored with honey”. Hmmmm… I flipped it over and do you know what the #1 ingredient was?? HFCS!  That’s high fructose corn syrup for those wondering what it stands for.

We’re all familiar with it but do you know what it is?  a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose (wide-eyes HUH?).  As a sweetener it’s chemically compared to granular table sugar but manufacturally it’s is easier to handle and more cost-effective therefore its in just about everything!  It has been suggested that this sweetener should be a concern in the overwhelming epidemic of obesity and diabetes in our society.  Bottom line, IT’S NOT NATURAL and causes major metabolic disorders!  Even when used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, and tooth decay!

But I digress….
#2 ingredient was CORN SYRUP!
Hey, wait a minute….we’re talking about the little bear HONEY right?

#3 ingredient was HONEY (being the last ingredient meaning it contains less of this than the first two ingredients) fake honey

When making the decision for my family to remove added sugars from our diet, I decided that honey would remain in our diets for so many reasons!!

Y’all know I love THM (Trim Healthy Mama) and honey isn’t an approved sweetener…I take a little issue with this BUT as I’ve said so many times before we need to figure out what works best for our own bodies/families and not remove or add food groups because it worked for someone else (y)

Most of the honey consumed today is highly processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

I believe honey CAN be good for weight management!
A San Diego State University study found that replacing sugar with honey can actually help prevent packing on extra pounds and also lower blood sugar.  Another study from the University of Wyoming found that raw honey can activate hormones that suppress the appetite.  Raw honey increases insulin and decreases hyperglycemia (whoop whoop bonus that’s good for diabetics)

I find when adding honey to my breakfast it offers an early boost of energy.
It provides an easily absorbed supply of energy in the form of liver glycogen, making it ideal for energetic morning starts and as a pre- and post-exercise energy source. 

I’m sure you’ve heard it said before that “local” honey can alleviate allergy symptoms.
Raw honey contains bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, provide natural allergy relief and boost overall immunity.  The bees in your neighborhood go from flower to flower collecting pollen that causes you to suffer, but when a you consume local raw honey, you also consume that same offending local pollen. After some time, an allergy sufferer may become less sensitive to this pollen that previously caused problems and experience less seasonal allergy symptoms

I know so many people who are looking for a perfect antioxidant in supplement form but I suggest using honey.
Studies have shown that a daily dose of raw honey raises levels of health-promoting antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants help block free radicals in the body that cause disease. It also boosts the immune system, acting as a preventative against any number of debilitating diseases. Honey contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

We use honey (specifically Manuka) on skin issues that we can’t seem to clear up any other way. With all it’s antibacterial benefits why would you NOT use honey as a skin healing tool?

If my children complain of a scratchy throat the first thing I reach for is the honey (and I always add a drop of Lemon essential oil for “cleansing”) for soothing.  And I know you’ve seen OTC cough syrups “with honey”, you don’t need that, scientific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs.

Looking for a natural way to clean your face or help your acne riddled teen?  Make a face wash with honey.  Yes, it’s sticky but once wiped clean your face will feel so soft and smooth.  It makes a great exfoliator! Use honey on dry winter skin by adding two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes (I ain’t gonna lie, this one can be pricey so only recommend this one if you truly have a NEED).

Raw honey has been known to promote restorative sleep by increasing melatonin.
Has anti-inflammatory agents that can treat respiratory conditions such as asthma.
It can help improve urinary tract infections due to its antibacterial properties.
Raw honey is full of natural prebiotics which promote the growth of good bacteria in the intestine.

I mean really y’all, the list is seriously endless, do some research on the plethora of benefits this God given tool offers ❤

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