I will admit I thought I had this nutrition thing down. We eat right and exercise, so we are good to go. Right? Not so much. While I was in New Orleans for ShiftCon, I had the honor to not only listen to Dr. Low Dog speak but also chat with her afterwards. Her speech knocked me on my bum. I was definitely not eating enough good stuff to get what my body needed every day. And it was affecting me more than I realized. Yikes. Luckily, we can mind the nutritional gap with MegaFood and their amazing vitamins and supplements.
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How do we enjoy the new Stonyfield Whole Milk Smoothies?
Well, first I have to get them away from the kids. Then if I don't lose a finger, I will drink them on their own. Or as a part of a healthy breakfast on the go. They are also nice to have right after a workout when you are feeling ravenous but eating some heavy might not sit too well on your stomach.
A trip to the mall and yogurt mustaches make for a great day.
I will put these smoothies in the kids' lunch boxes or throw them in my bag for when I run errands. Convenient, healthy, and tastes good. That's another win from Stonyfield.
- 270 mg Potassium
- 6 g Protein
- 6% Vitamin A
- 20% Calcium
- 20% Vitamin D
- 6 live active cultures
- 100% organic
- Made from milk from pasture raised cows
- Kosher certified
Pick up some today at your local store and find a good hiding spot before your kids get them!
Peach or Strawberry which is your favorite flavor?
I am a Stonyfield blogger, all opinions are my own.
Step 1: Treat yourself.
I'm not talking with ice cream, although if that is your thing go for it. I'm serious bribe yourself. I gave myself a goal to work out everyday but Sundays for 30 days. And when I really didn't feel like doing it, which happened around day 6, I thought about the prize I set for myself. I plan on gifting myself something at Disney or the spa when I get back.
Mama is working hard for some R&R!
Step 2: Make small changes.
No need to go insane and juice yourself into a blueberry. Cut out the processed stuff, eat fresh fruit and veggies. Or just focus on one meal at a time. Pinterest is full of ways to make things healthier but still tasty.
Step 3: Drink more water.
Some people love drinking water. Others hate it. I hear you. I'm not a fan either. I'm fine drinking it at restaurants, vacations, any place outside of my home. But if I'm relaxing on my couch or eating, water is not my thing. I need to be better too, because I'm not always on vacation. Sad I know. How about we hold each other accountable for this one?
Step 4: Exercise.
Before you close the window and write me off as another crazy person, I'm not saying go into some insane bootcamp where you work out 36 hours a day until you pass out. I don't want to do that. No thanks. I'm still waiting for that miracle magic potion that will do all the work for me. But until that happens we need to work out.
My advice: find what you love. I enjoy Zumba. It is a blast to workout while shaking it. I can't do that everyday so I started slogging again. That's my term for jogging because I'm sloooooow. And because running has never been a favorite, but I can't argue the results, I found FREE, yes free workouts on Amazon Prime (affiliate). They have a variety and I didn't hate it. Plus I'm sore in the right places so I'll call it a win. And since it was on Amazon, I didn't have to leave my house and fight the weird guys at the gym for the weights.
Step 5: Believe in yourself.
All. The. Cheese. Sorry about that. But it goes along with my 2017 Word of the Year: Believe. You can do this. Start small, do what you can, and treat yo self when you make a goal. Find someone who also believes in you to cheer you on. Don't have anyone local? Find me on social media and I will be your cheerleader. 1lb, 20lbs, who cares. Baby steps are still steps. Who cares that Suzy just had a baby and is back to pre-baby body while your baby is 7? Okay maybe I care a little, hey no one is perfect, but that doesn't mean that I can't be healthier. And my healthy doesn't look like her healthy, or yours. That's okay, I don't and you don't need to compare yourself to anyone else. So here is to 2017 being the healthiest year yet.
Tis the season for joy, tasty cookies, pretty presents, and germs? How can you stay healthy during the holidays and not miss out on all the fun? Read on and learn how Renew Life Probiotics can help bolster your immune system.
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What do probiotics have to do with our immune systems?
Our “gut” is considered the core of our body’s well-being. 70% of our immune system is located in the intestinal tract! You don’t need to be good at math to know that, that is a significant amount. If the gut is not functioning properly, it can affect the rest of the body including immunity and digestion.
Leading experts agree (and I do too based on personal experience) that taking a probiotic supplement like Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics is a good way to replenish good bacteria and support the overall balance of the digestive tract.
How to know if you need a probiotic?
After having out-of-the-blue gallbladder surgery, I learned quickly the importance of my digestive tract health. Something I picked up on were signs that my gut was in need of TLC. Watch out for occasional bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, and weight gain amongst others.
If you have experienced a digestive/gut issue in the past year you are not alone. In a recent survey, nearly 72% of women have gone through the same thing. No one really wants to talk about this. I know I don’t call my friends to talk about my bathroom habits.
Lucky for you, I’m not asking you to text your bff and spill the beans. All I want you to do is to check out Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics. It’s unique, potent formulas contain tens of billions of cultures, and multiple probiotic strains that keep your digestive system thriving and helps you achieve better digestive and immune health.
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During my time as a teacher, I always made outside play a priority. Just like learning your ABC's and 123's, outside play is vital to academics. I am sharing some of the ways that getting outside can help kids achieve school success through play.
Just because school is back in session, doesn’t mean kids should lose out on creative playtime. Take time out of each busy school week to get creative with your kids, allow them the time to have free-play, and watch their healthy habits grow.
Getting outside for fresh air and unstructured play is vital for our kids' health and education. I saw my class soar through the year just by providing them with a chance to experience the world on their own terms.
I know as a parent it is difficult to fit playtime in around all the other activities that happen during the school year, but by getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long. I allow the kids time after school to be active and loosen up after a day in the classroom. On the weekends we spend time as a family exploring our area, finding places to play, or just being silly at home. It doesn't have to be a grand adventure, you can make time for play and enjoy the benefits it brings!
6 Benefits of Outside Play
Improves Problem Solving Skills
Alleviating Stress. It is amazing what fresh air and natural light can do for your mood!
Fine and Gross Motor Skill Development and Refinement.
Increased Vitamin D Exposure. Vitamin D is great for their immunity, bone and heart health!
All that play time means they will need to refuel. Grab the made with organic ingredients, always tasty, CLIF Kid Zbar®! CLIF Kid makes great on-the-go snacks, whether on the run from soccer practice, or in between homework sessions. The CLIF Kid Zbars® are perfect for growing kids and busy parents. Seriously, I will steal the Iced Oatmeal Cookie bar without any guilt. So good!
Why we choose CLIF Kid Zbar®:
- Made with organic ingredients
- Have important nutrients for active kids
- Appropriate portion size for kids in flavors they love
- Have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors (or synthetic preservatives)
Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient and successful society. That is why CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play. They are encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries, and feed their adventures. Check out their video Come Out To Play!
How do you encourage getting outside and free play during the school year?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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