If You Follow The ‘I Hate Mondays’ Crowd, You’re Following The Wrong Crowd!

 

If You Follow The ‘I Hate Mondays’ Crowd, You’re Following The Wrong Crowd!

 

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My friend  took this picture on a balmy Sunday evening sunset.

It had me thinking about the Monday morning feeling that follows Sundays for so many people.

We all get it, right?

That feeling of our shoulders sagging as we knuckle down to the trudge back into a new week, leaving the relaxation of the weekend behind. The media uses it, commuters use it, and you see it all over social media.

There’s a knowing smile of resignation as we all share the same bad feeling, all in it together.

We all get it, right?

Well, no actually.

There are many reasons why following this crowd mentality is bad for you, and equally there are reasons for you thinking in different, better ways.

We fall into joining in with the negativity, more often than not because we think it’s easier! What’s the point in being positive and cheerful when everyone else is moody and miserable? No-one wants to see that do they!

In fact, they do. Seeing someone cheerful makes you look at yourself being miserable, and ask why. It pushes the idea that you too can be cheerful – it offers a new crowd to follow!

The Monday morning blues are normally work related, and that’s because it’s a routine, a routine that may have been the same for *years*. It is understandable to develop a feeling of boredom, maybe even resentment, towards the Monday morning return to work, but this can be diminished by looking at it with a viewpoint of abundance.

If you get to go to work, how lucky are you! Think of all the people around the world that would give their right arm to be in your position. You probably have health, a home, decent clothes, food on the table, all things not available to millions upon millions.

Once you start to focus on that, your view of Monday morning changes.

If your Monday work trip is to do something you don’t like, or even hate, then change it! Obviously that may not be as simple as it sounds, it could be really difficult, you may feel tied in to your current situation but it *is* possible.

Once you start doing work that moves you towards your goal, your passions, your joys, then Monday mornings are welcomed – as it happens, Monday morning will stop being a ‘thing’ anyway once you are moving towards such goals.

So am I saying you need to turn into a happy clappy smiler on Monday morning, to get everyone else joining in..?

No, I’m not! Although you’re following the wrong crowd, you don’t need to be the start of a new crowd. Actually that new crowd already exists, it just may be new to you, and you can just switch from the Monday morning crowd to the crowd that is moving towards goals that bring passion.

To tap into *that* crowd can be a revelation ,and in fact once you do it, the people around you will notice, and you may find them switching along with you. That’s great, the more the merrier, but convincing other people is not your priority here.

Your priority is to switch things for *you*.

I call it the ‘Monday morning’ feeling, but actually it could be called the Sunday evening feeling, because Monday starts to loom ever larger as Sunday wears on – how about even calling it the Sunday afternoon feeling!

You can see how the downbeat mood grows and takes over more and more of your life. You may think that the resigned smile on Monday is just the way it has to be, but it isn’t. It really isn’t. It’s bad for you, and it can be different.

You do it by switching your thought patterns around it, and backing that up with action.

Tap into positivity – the internet allows us access to so many groups or books or videos that can not only set you on a positive path, but give you that lift when you need it. Even reading *this* article again when you feel the Monday morning feeling start, can be a nudge to look at things differently.

So, try it. Buckle up and get ready to leave that ‘I Hate Mondays’ crowd behind!

 

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Meal Prep for Fitness and Health

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Meal Prep for Fitness and Health

Are you putting your health and fitness in jeopardy by failing to set workout times or plan healthy meals? Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

He probably wasn’t thinking about “meal prep” when he said it, but it’s a good blanket statement about many things in our lives. By failing to properly prepare when beginning a fitness program, you’re almost ensuring failure.

It becomes overwhelming to think about balanced meals – the shopping and cooking involved on a day to day basis prevents many with good intentions from following through with their plans.

The kitchen is your main place to begin a “diet” plan to help you become fit and enjoy health throughout the years. In the kitchen, you can control portions for days or weeks to come and prepare foods to help you lose fat and build muscle.

The more you plan your meals and snacks ahead, the better results you’ll get from your fitness and health plan. Without pre-planning, you may skip essential meals to keep you energetic and focused.

You may also tend to crave foods you shouldn’t have. Fewer “unhealthy”food choices mean that you’ll eat healthier and be more satisfied during the day time hours because you planned ahead to ensure you’re receiving the proper nutrition and enough fuel to keep your body and mind working at full blast.

Splurging on unhealthy foods such as fast food drive through options is one reason people become obese and develop health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

When you control your eating environment and routine, you’ll still be eating without having to think about it – but you’ll be eating much healthier foods. Planning for a carb, a protein and fat for each meal is a good way to help transition your body .

Plan your meals and snacks carefully by sitting down each week and jotting down ingredients for recipes and items you’ll need at the grocery store. Then, set aside time to cook and prepare for the meals.

After the food is cooked (or prepared to cook), divide it into portions that fit your diet and health routine. Knowing what you’ll be consuming on a day to day basis means that you don’t have to concentrate each day on what you’ll need to shop for and prepare.

Not only will you save time and cut calories – you’ll also save money because you’re not “impulse” eating. Impulse eating can lead to those habits that are difficult to break and that will set you up for diet and fitness failure.

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Less Stress=Better Sleep

Stress is one of the biggest enemies to weight management. People who are stressed tend to eat more, have more anxiety, fatigue, and can’t get a good night’s sleep because their minds are constantly worrying. All of these things make managing weight even more difficult, yet very few weight management products focus on this challenge.

On top of a formulation packed with weight management ingredients, one of the keys to HiBurn8’s unique design is ingredients that help calm your body and manage stress levels.

Including Sensoril, Chamomille, Melatonin, Ginseng, and more, taking HiBurn8 before bed can help calm your body and help manage stress levels, making it easier to sleep. And the better we sleep, the more POWER our body has to stay healthy, rebuild and restore cells, metabolize food, and MANAGE OUR WEIGHT!

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How High Sodium Diets Contribute To High Blood Pressure

Most people know that high sodium diets are not good for people with high blood pressure but few understand why this is the case. Sodium comes to us in the form of sodium chloride or table salt. The recommended maximum amount of sodium chloride you should be taking per day in is 1,500 mg. This is about ¾ of a teaspoon of sodium chloride.

Sodium And Hypertension

Sodium needs water in the correct amount in order for the sodium to stay at the right level in the body. In order to do this, the kidneys must reabsorb filtered water back into the bloodstream in order to maintain normal sodium levels. This excess water can fill the blood vessels so that the pressure inside the blood vessels is increased. Some people can handle this amount of sodium and water while others cannot. It is important for those who have high blood pressure to keep the sodium intake in the diet as low as possible so that the water can flow out of the kidneys, keeping the blood pressure low.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, a condition also known as hypertension happens when the force inside the arteries of the body becomes excessive. It is recommended that everyone keep a blood pressure reading of less than 140 over 90. The top number represents the force inside the arteries when the heart is actively pumping. The bottom number is the pressure inside the arteries when the heart is not pumping and is at rest.

If the heart has too much fluid to push around the body, it causes an increase in the pressure inside the heart and the arteries and the blood pressure number goes up.
Medication to control blood pressure can do many different things. Some decrease the force of the blood pumping out of the heart. Others work on the kidneys to send signals to the rest of the body to retain water or let go of water. There are centrally acting anti-hypertensives that work on the brain’s input into high blood pressure. Still other anti-hypertensive agents dilate the arteries so they can hold more water at a decreased pressure. Some blood pressure medication acts to get rid of water, sodium, and potassium from the kidneys so that there is less in the arteries.

Nutrition And High Blood Pressure

Besides medicine, there are things you can do with your diet that can help control high blood pressure. There are certain foods you can eat that will increase your blood pressure as well as certain foods you can eat that will lower your blood pressure. Foods that contribute to weight gain can raise the level of your blood pressure while even modest weight loss can reduce your blood pressure.

Foods That Help High Blood Pressure

The food you eat when you have high blood pressure include foods that are naturally low in salt, low in fat, and have fewer calories in them. Instead of salting everything you eat, use things like lemon, lower sodium spices, herbs and vinegar to add more flavor to foods without having to use salt. Foods that require gravies, butter, oil, shortening and salad dressings in large quantity should be avoided in those people who have high blood pressure.

This means you should eat foods high in calcium such as low fat dairy and Greek yogurt. Calcium has been known to reduce blood pressure in healthy people. Meats should be kept lean and without observable fats.

Most ready-to-eat cereals are low in sodium and can be taken with low fat milk. Hot cereal that takes a while to cook is low in salt .

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that have no added salt in them. Canned vegetables have been salted, as have canned soups. Avoid these whenever possible, unless you purchase lower sodium. Things like whole grain rice, pasta and potatoes without added salt can be flavored with herbs . Breads are usually okay, too. If you are looking for mineral-rich foods, you can try nuts and seeds that aren’t salted. These foods may lower blood pressure.

Foods You Should Avoid

Foods that can raise blood pressure and can put you at a higher risk of heart disease include the following:

• Salad dressing
• Margarine and butter
• Dairy products that aren’t low fat
• Any food that needs to be fried
• Snacks that have high sodium content
• Soups that come in a can
• Fast food items
• Deli meats like chicken, turkey or sliced beef

You can eat a healthy diet that doesn’t include added fat or salt that also tastes good and is good for you. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, a low sodium diet is best. You never know when too much sodium will tip the scales in favor of lower blood pressure and better health.

 

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

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What Is Intermittent Fasting?

With a traditional fast you usually consume no food and hardly anything other than water for an extended period of time. How long you fast is really up to you. While there are some definite benefits to this, it also isn’t something that’s easily done. Sure you’ll do fine for the first day, but as your stomach starts to grumble and you’re getting tired and cold (because your metabolism start to slow to a crawl) things get a little harder.
And if weight loss is one of your goals, a slow metabolism is the last thing you want. The solution is something called intermittent fasting. The idea is simple. Instead of fasting strictly for days  on end, you alternate periods of feast and fasting. Think of it as interval training for your metabolism. It’s one of the most effective and quickest ways to burn body fat.
You can do intermittent fasting several different ways, but what seems to work best for most people is to skip food for a large part of the day and limit your eating to a few short hours. For example, you could sleep, then run on just coffee, tea and water through lunch and have a meal in the early afternoon, followed by a light snack a few hours later. From there you can easily make it until bedtime and sleep through a large part of your fast.
This is a very effective way to do intermittent fasting. Since you are eating a fair amount of food each day, your metabolism keeps burning strong while also forcing your body to burn fat during the longer stretches of time when you’re not taking food in. It is pretty easy to do and stick with since you know you can eat what you want in a few short hours. Almost anyone can stick to this to the next “feast”.
If your main fasting goal is to lose weight, try sticking to a low carb diet as much as possible when you eat your meals. Skip the candy, the sugar and the bread and instead feed your body with plenty of healthy fat, protein and veggies. This will keep your body in fat burning mode even while you’re eating. As an added benefit, without the sugar and carbs in your system, you won’t suffer the headaches that are a common and unpleasant side effect of fasting.

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What Is Fasting?

There are quite a few different reasons why you may be considering a fast. Often our first step into fasting is ordered by the doctor for a particular test or medical procedure. Or maybe you’ve read about the health and spiritual benefits of fasting and are interested in giving it a try.
By definition fasting is willing abstinence from food and drink. Different people fast differently. Some will take a little food or nutrition in the form of juice; others will stick to only water and herbal tea during for the duration of their fast.

Fasting for Spiritual Reasons

Fasting has a long tradition in all major world religions. The idea is that the removal of food and with it the worrying about food preparation helps you turn inward. Fasting is used as a way to meditate, pray and get closer to a higher being based on your faith.
In Christian Faith, fasting is used as a tool to atone for sins and bring us closer to good. Quite a few Christians will fast for 40 days during lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter). In other faith – Native American and yogic traditions come to mind; fasting allows the person to reach a higher level of spiritual awareness and is used to gain visions. No matter what your faith, your soul and mind can benefit from a fast.
Fasting for Health

There’s been a lot of talk in the alternative health industry about the benefits of fasting. The basic idea is that if we abstain from food for a period of time, our bodies move energy from processing the food we eat to maintenance mode. The idea is that when food is scarce, our body does everything it can to keep us in good shape to go out and hunt and gather.
Without food in your system, your body shifts to burning fat for energy, resulting in fat loss. This shift away from burning sugar for energy also helps with insulin levels and certain types of fasting (in a controlled environment under the supervision of your doctor) can help reverse diabetes. In addition, fasting has been shown to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. There even seems to be some healing on a cellular level going on.
Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a particular type of fasting where you go for long periods of the day without food, but end up having one or two meals. In essence you’re extending the period of time you usually go without food (while you’re sleeping) by several hours to give your body a chance to switch into fasting mood with all its health benefits.
Unlike traditional fasts where you go without food and most drink for three or more days, intermittent fasting still allows you to eat during a smaller window in your day. Other forms of intermittent fasting have you fast for one or two days per week, eating normally the rest of the time. Either method is a good alternative to traditional fasting and often easier to do and maintain while going on with our everyday life.

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7 Clean Eating Hacks You’ll Want to Know

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7 Clean Eating Hack You’ll Want to Know

Deciding to eat clean and limit processed food is difficult. Breaking old habits gets harder as you get older. You get more set in your ways. Then when you want to change, you’re overwhelmed and not quite sure what to change.

Here are 7 hacks that will help you start your clean eating lifestyle.

1. Eat Five or Six Small Meals

Purchase smaller plates and eat several meals throughout the day instead of the three large meals that you’re used of. You’ll feel more satisfied and won’t have the urge to overeat.

2. Learn What Portion Sizes Look Like

Most people think they can look at a portion size and know when it is a serving. This isn’t true. America’s tend to overfill their plates and that has become the custom. Don’t guess, you’ll no doubt over eat if you do.

3. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Get more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Change a packaged snack for an apple, banana or a bag of grapes. An easy way to get a few servings of both fruit and vegetables is to juice or make smoothies.

4. Eat Three Servings Of Whole Grain a Day

Trade the unrefined grains such as white bread products to whole wheat. Check the ingredients and make sure that whole wheat is listed as one of the first three ingredients or that that package says 100% whole wheat.

5. Take Snacks On The Go

Make sure you pack your own snacks when you leave the house. You won’t be tempted to stop at the corner store to pick up something real quick. If you already have a bag of carrots in your purse or car it will help you until you get home.

6. Five Ingredient Rule

Making your food from scratch is not always an option. Sometimes there are circumstances where you need to buy sauces in a jar or packaged products. When that happens make sure that you can read each ingredient on the label and that there are only five ingredients total.

7. Include the Family

Take into account how your family feels and what they like. Find recipes that you know they will like. Start with their favorite dishes and substitute one or two things. Instead of buying spaghetti sauce with mushrooms and green peppers inside a jar, buy fresh vegetables and add those to the mixture.

These are just a few of the hacks you will be able to start doing in your daily life. You can start with one or all of them the important thing is that you take action towards your goal every single day.

 

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Ask Yourself This – Why Not?

Ask Yourself This – Why Not?

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Yes, there are 3 questions there, but the list could have been a lot longer, all starting with the same 2 words…

WHY NOT?

I hear it all the time, I see people post it all the time on social media – they wish things were like this, they wish things were like that, and when the question is asked why they don’t do something about it, the most common answer is ‘oh, I couldn’t do that!’

The responses are variations on that theme, that whatever the situation is, it’s not something that can be changed.

I ask again – why not? Why can’t it be changed? Why can’t it be changed by you? Why can’t something be done now?

If people moan about their surroundings, their job, their house, their relationships, their finance, I ask again – why not? Why can’t it be changed, why can’t it be changed by you? Why can’t it be started now?

It’s always challenging for people to be asked the question, because it’s not a question they have seriously considered before, so they aren’t able to put it into words. That’s a key point, because the lack of formulation of actual reasons behind the ‘nothing can be done’ response, allows it to flow around as nothing more than a vague concept.

The problem is, this vague concept has the power to rule and shape our life, because we let it fool us into thinking that the status quo is the only way. If we think there is only one way, then we only act one way, and that way will leave everything unchanged, which in turn is seen as evidence that it ‘has to be that way!’

So, when challenged about why changes can’t happen, if we delve deeper, we normally get to reasons of belief and fear.

Belief of not being good enough, a fears of failing, fears of it being too hard, fears of others laughing at us.

Hmm…

I can understand how a mindset like this comes to be, I can. If it’s drummed into us, by our peers and then by ourselves (!), then why *wouldn’t* it become our default way of thinking?

Yes, I can understand it, but I also *know* that it most certainly doesn’t have to be that way.

The belief of not being good enough normally comes from no more than being told it by others! More often than not it doesn’t come from actually finding out, taking action to try, and *then* see what happens. Taking action might show that you have a lot to learn, in which case, great! Set off and start learning.

The fears of failing or it being too hard, well they also tend to come from the imagination, thinking about failure rather than finding out in reality.

If we stop answering the ‘why not’ questions with negative answers ungrounded in factual trial, and replace them with answers of ‘I don’t know, let’s find out’, then, oh, life changes!

Life changes right there and then, and if followed through, can change it beyond recognition – it can transform it.

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Is “Old Age” Just A Mindset?

You run into people all the time whose chronological age makes them technically, “old age” but whose physical appearance, attitude, and posture make them seem decades younger than their birth certificate would indicate.

On the other hand, you see people who are only 40 to 50 years old that already seem ready for retirement.

What makes the difference between these two classifications of people?

Many people are overlooking the power of the mind when it comes to the aging process. Those who continue to lead active lives with many social contacts and intact relationships with loved ones often carry the mindset that they are still young. They participate in sports, go dancing, eat out, and enjoy their bodies long after others have given up.
Attitude is everything when it comes to getting older. If you grew up in an era where “old age” happened when a person reached the age of 50 years, you will already feel you have arrived at old age upon your fiftieth birthday.
You tend to turn down opportunities for physical and social activity, increase the times you are sedentary and stop challenging your cognitive mind. When this happens, you truly do lose what you don’t use and you physically and emotionally age much faster than those who maintain physical, cognitive, and social activities well into the age where many others feel just too old to participate in these activities.
How do you get into the mindset of feeling young again?
It’s probably never too late to do this. You first need to recognize that age is just a number and that there are people much older than you who are doing things you may consider “too old” for them without difficulty. Look at people who seem and look younger than their years would otherwise say.
These are people who have refused to give into the meaning of the calendar and who continue to participate in youthful activities, bearing in mind that taking care of their body takes precedence over everything else. They are mentally alert, curious about life, and haven’t given up trying new things.
Compare these people with those who chronically complain about aches and pains, step back from fun and challenging activities, and prefer being sedentary to being more active.
These might be people who decide that they are too old to give up bad habits that contribute to the aging process, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, and have given up the meticulous care of their bodies that it takes to look and feel young.
What kind of person do you want to be?
The difference truly is in your mindset. If you decide that your body is a temple and continue to care for it, challenge it, and respect it, you will have no difficulty seeing yourself as young and vibrant.
Your risk of stressful life diseases will be less and you will feel less stressed in life when you carry yourself better and think of yourself as younger than your chronological age. If instead you dread your birthdays and see the passing of the years as a year closer toward death, your motivation and determination to feel and look young will be diminished and you will reflect that mindset in the way you present yourself to others.
If your ancestors lived long and healthy lives, take solace in knowing that you probably will, too, and you can carry the mindset of youth throughout your middle-aged years and older aged years.
Even if your ancestors did not live long and healthy lives, know that medical advances that focus on prevention and management of chronic diseases are on your side so that you can continue to feel and be young—well into your older years.
Never forget that age is just a number, and it does not dictate, “how one should feel” or “how one should act” at 50, 60 or even 90.

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5 Ways To Focus Your Energy Towards Your Well-being 

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When you take better care of yourself and your body, it will boost your well-being rather quickly.

Eating well and exercising will provide benefits that can be seen almost instantly, helping the mind and body to manage virtually any difficulty that you may face, which includes depression and anxiety.
In addition to providing nourishment for your body and participating in physical activities that you enjoy, there are a number of other ways that your mental health and overall well-being can be improved, as well, which are highlighted here.
Accept the Emotions You Experience
There are some people who would make the argument that the majority of your physical, relational and mental issues come from the inability to be able to experience your emotions. Rather than experiencing them, you medicate, rationalize, project, bury, deny, smother, drink away, suck it up or sweep unpleasant emotions under the rug. The emotions that are most often avoided include fear, anger and sadness.
If you put more energy into avoiding emotions, rather than feeling them, you are going to feel stressed and suffer anxiety. Take an active role in letting your guard down and feeling emotions.
Take Risks Everyday
It is a good idea to create a routine and structure; however, this can also cause you to become stuck in a rut. This means that you are not growing as a person. Taking a certain number of risks can be both rewarding and healthy.
Take some time to challenge yourself and take a risk every single day. This can mean talking to a new person, trusting someone, asserting yourself or setting some type of tough goal. The key is to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.
Live in the Moment
There are a number of mental health trends that become challenged when a person gets sucked into what happened in the past or what people “did to you” rather than actually taking responsibility of r what you are doing or creating the present moment, right this second. The key is to live in the moment, without hyper focusing on the past or the future.
Be Introspective
It is important to avoid just coasting through your life without taking the time to assess yourself. For example, you need to ask yourself often if you are in denial regarding anything or if you are resisting something in your life. It is also a good idea to take a step back and consider where your behaviors and feelings are coming from. You may ask yourself the question “Is this thought helpful? Is the behavior needed? Is there another option?”
Laugh Daily
In many situations, people take themselves much too seriously. If you need proof, consider the following. Kids laugh about 200 times a day and adults, only 15 times a day. In order to laugh more, go see a funny movie, play a funny game or just enjoy life. Taking the time to laugh more will not only help you feel better and be happier, it can also make you younger.
Improving your well-being does not have to be as difficult or complex as you may imagine. By using the five tips here, you can easily discover that you feel better, you are less stressed, and that you are able to enjoy life more.
Don’t ignore the importance of exercise and eating right; however, it is important to understand that there is much more to a person’s overall well-being than physical activity and smart food options. Being informed and aware of yourself, how you act and how you feel can impact your well-being in significant ways.

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1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen
14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
General Health and Wellness
23. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
24. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
25. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally)
30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t
31. Skin problems
32. Toenail fungus
33. Hot flashes
34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
35. HIV
36. Head lice
37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
38. Migraines (with regular use)
39. Mononucleosis
40. Parasites
41. Thrush
42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
48. Alzheimers
49. H. pylori
50. Candida albicans
51. Asthma, even in children
52. Autism
53. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
58. Depression
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)
60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
63. Acne
64. Cellulite
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
Cooking
68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
Other Uses
72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning animal hide drums
79. Seasoning cookware
80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

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Water is one of the best things out there for you, but there’s another reason you should be drinking more of it:

It’s free!

Have you ever been appalled at your dinner bill only to realize it’s not the food that’s sinking your check? Drinks – whether you like iced tea, soda or more “adult” versions of these drinks (such as Long Island iced tea or rum and Coke) – are expensive. You can easily trim at least $5 off your check by opting for water instead.

You’re not just saving on the bill, you’re saving on liquid calories too. Do you know how many calories are in your favorite drink? A 12-ounce soda has around 150 calories, while alcoholic drinks range from 170 calories for a glass of wine to more than 300 calories for some mixed drinks. So if you’re trying to trim your waist, why not trim the bill too? Drink water and save big.

If you’re not a fan of plain water, add some zest. Squeeze lemon or lime wedges into your ice water for a refreshing twist and perfect thirst quencher. Experiment with flavors such as peppermint extract or fresh mint leaves, or drink hot water with honey and lemon.

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Another Foot Detox? Is this even true?

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Raw ONION on bottom of the feet to take away illness.

I have heard this many times before!!!! I have not been able to verify.

My friend shared this with me.

”During the night, I started feeling good. I mean really good! I felt tingly, like my blood was being cleansed (it was). It was so cool!
My bedroom smells like a casserole, but it was totally worth it!
***Here is the deal:::
So last night Evan (11) was keeping everyone awake with his cough. I got up, went to the kitchen and sliced a purple, make me cry onion, at 3am. I got some snug socks and put it on the bottom of his feet. To boost my own immunity, I decided to try this too. During the rest of the night, I started feeling good. I mean really good! I felt tingly, like my blood was being cleansed. It was so cool!

This works in 2 ways.
1.) Onions are known to absorb toxins. In fact, during the days of the Plague in England, folks would keep chopped onions around to absorb toxins and clean the air. This helped protect them, against getting the plague.

NEVER SAVE AN ONION. It will absorb all the toxins in the air of your refrigerator. Eat that and you eat the toxins. Instead: Chop your left over onion, put it on a plate and keep it in your kitchen as a natural air purifier. I do this all the time! If someone is ill, place a chopped onion on the night stand, next to the bed. They’ll be better in the morning. I placed the remaining onion, next to Evan last night.

Onions are toxin absorbers. Thus why they are great internal mops for the body. Eat plenty of onions!

2.) The onion and garlic families are anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Placing them on the bottom of the foot gives them access to your internal organs through meridians in your body. The onion can be directly delivered. Trans-dermal delivery (on the skin) is one of the best delivery mechanisms, as it will bypass the stomach acids and go directly into the blood. The bottom of the feet and the forearm are great places to put high powered foods and essential oils into the body. Sliced garlic on the bottom of the feet will work nicely too.”

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Clean eating. Making the shift

Shifting to whole, unprocessed foods can be overwhelming. They key is to start slowly incorporate this in your lifestyle.

Make it a habit to shop at local farmers’ or weekend markets. You will get the freshest produce for the season.

When shopping for wholefoods, fill your basket with colorful fruits & veggies. These are packed with nutrients that will keep you healthy.

A grocery list & meal plan is key to maintaining a diet of #wholefoods. Plan weekly so you can do your shopping in one go.

No time to read food labels? Shop for unprocessed foods. There are no labels to read & you will know that it’s fresh.

One of the ways to break your addiction to sugar is to eat fruits instead of sugary snacks. They are far more nutritious, too!

Eating whole, unprocessed foods aids in weight loss because they make you feel full quickly & prevents over-consumption.

Start your whole foods diet by substituting one food item for another. For example, use honey to sweeten your tea instead of white sugar.

Teaching your children how to prepare & cook will encourage them to eat wholefoods. Make it part of your weekend activities.

 

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