Environmentally Friendly, Kitchen Hacks, Thrift Shopping

No Paper Towels? No problem!

Lately I been having trouble getting paper towels. First it was toilet paper and now paper towels. Go figure.

Anyhoo, the cool thing is that I came up with a creative solution and it ties in with one of my favorite topics which is thrift store shopping and my love of fresh air!

Here was one of my thrift store scores from a while back:

A pretty flannel sheet with roses on it

This was a king sized flat panel flannel sheet that I picked up at the thrift store for like $2 or something like that.

More than a sheet!

But this sheet is more than a sheet. I have used it for a cover at the lake house for my futon that I had on the deck this summer and it tied in with my ‘shabby chic’ theme. It ended up getting a hole in it but who cares? It was 2 bucks!

Now it has more wonderful uses:

My pretty sheet cut up into various sizes of towels or rags

I cut the entire sheet up in to various sizes of towels or rags, or call them what you will. These are now, rags for around the house, used in drying my fruits and veggies, and now also paper towels substitutes!

My cut up flannel towels on the paper towel rack.

The best part about using these is that I wash them and then dry them on the clothes line and the smell is oh so amazing. So I love using them for that reason too. Not to mention how pretty they are.

I will be on the hunt for more flannel sheets to add to my collection and then we can all have our own color in our household too…. 🙂

I love recycling, reusing, repurposing and helping charities and the environment. What’s not to love about all of those things?

Have a great day everyone and if you want to see some of my favorite thrift store treasures that I have found here is the link:

Snap Laundry Detergent – Triple Enzyme Maggie’s favorite NON-TOXIC & Enviro-friendly laundry soap delivered right to your door. Also available in scent free and large quantities.
Anxiety, Shoulder Care, Stress

2 Simple & Easy Exercises for Your Shoulder Stress

Shoulders are the forgotten body part until they are not 🙂

We kind of forget about our shoulders until we are stressed or start having some kind of shoulder trouble whether it is simply tension or as far along as frozen shoulder.

In the past when I have been very stressed I can remember feeling as though I was hanging on a coat hanger. Can you relate to this? 🙂 It is a visual for me and was exactly how I felt. In fact, I would wake up in the morning, sit on the toilet and realize that I had my shoulders hunched up all the way to my ears! I still find myself doing this, but now I notice more quickly and then consciously choose to relax them.

Giving some love to your shoulders is very important. If you go to the gym there are various exercises, weights, and machines you can use to strengthen and stretch your shoulders, but I want to share an easy Shoulder Exercise you can anywhere. Doing these types of shoulder exercises are especially important in this time of lots of Zooming and excess screen time.

2 Shoulder Exercises

  1. Shrug your shoulders as far as you can all the way up towards your ears. Now hold for 5 to 15 or so seconds. Then relax. Repeat this pattern three times. It will feel great!

2. Let your arms fall beside you and slowly rotate your shoulders forward in a circle. Repeat continuously 10 times. And then do the same thing but rotate your shoulders backwards. It will feel great!

I hope you found these 2 simple exercises helpful. 🙂

Bliss Anti-Stress Formula – Vegan
Cooking With Garlic, Garlic, Garlic TidBits

Roasted Garlic How-To

There are SO many health benefits to garlic. I try to use lots of garlic in my cooking every day.

Roasted Garlic is an easy go-to and easy to make and delightful to eat in a variety of ways. You can smear it on crusty bread or crackers, put it into mashed potatoes, dips, add it to soups and gravies, pasta dishes, etc. The list is endless.

This is one ingredient for cooking that you can get creative with.

Here is the basic How-To to roast up that lovely garlic.

10 heads of medium sized garlic cloves

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Preheat over to 400 degrees F

Arrange the heads of garlic on a baking sheet.

Bake 40 minutes to one hour. When the garlic is soft and squeezable you have met your target for the perfect roasted garlic recipe.

Remove from oven, let cool and it is ready to use. Store any remainder in a small glass container in the refrigerator. I like to reuse glass jars for things like this. They work perfectly.

I would love to hear ways that you incorporate garlic and/or roasted garlic into your cooking?

Have a great day everyone!

Pet Health, Pets

Pet Health Formula

Keeping Our Furry Family Members Healthy

Let’s face it our pets are members of our family and we are living in a world where toxicity levels, stress and industrial pollution are at an all-time high. There has never been a more important time for us and our pets to be taking antioxidents

Benefits

  • Combat free radicals
  • May help maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • May help maintain healthy circulation
  • May help maintain joint flexibility
  • May help promote cardiovascular health
  • May help support visual health/visual acuity
  • Potent free radical scavenger
  • Supports normal blood vessel dilation
  • Supports normal nitric oxide levels
  • Supports normal blood glucose levels
  • Supports normal platelet activity

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Details

A free radical is an atomic structure with an unpaired electron in its outermost shell. These unpaired electrons tend to be highly reactive, resulting in chemical reactions such as oxidation. Because they have one or more unpaired electrons, free radicals are highly unstable. They scavenge the body to grab or donate electrons, causing damage to cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals are naturally occurring; however, air pollution, stress, cigarette smoke and heavy exercising all contribute to the creation of harmful free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative damage. Normally the animal’s body is able to protect itself from the damaging effects of free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if free radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Antioxidants are natural cell protectors, neutralizing free radicals by pairing an electron to the outermost shell of radical oxygen molecules, rendering them harmless. Antioxidants are nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are capable of counteracting the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in bodily tissues. Antioxidants work in two ways: chain breaking and prevention. A chain-breaking antioxidant such as vitamins A, C and E, stabilize free radicals or cause them to decay into harmless atomic structures. A preventative antioxidant prevents the oxidation process by scavenging free radicals.

PetHealth OPC is a food supplement made from a combination of bilberry, grape seed, red wine, pine bark extracts, citrus extract bioflavonoids, and glucosamine, designed to promote health joins and provide a strong antioxidant defense. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are bioflavonoids (complex organic plant compounds) found in fruits, vegetables and certain tree barks that provide exceptional nutritional benefits to your pet’s body. Studies have shown OPCs to be up to 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals. PetHealth OPC Formula with Glucosamine offers a unique, great-tasting powder that is sprinkled over your pet’s regular food. It represents the latest technology available today in naturally based pet food supplements. PetHealth OPC Formula is available in a tasty beef flavor that your pets will love – and you’ll love knowing that you’re doing all you can to help your pets stay healthy and live long, healthy lives. Pets face many of the same issues as humans. Many pet foods are over processed and have little nutritive value. Dogs and cats breathe in the same pollution as we do, inhaling harmful free radicals. Potent antioxidants like OPCs help to strengthen your pet’s free radical defenses. Antioxidants promote cardiovascular health, support healthy visual acuity, promote healthy blood vessel dilation and promote healthy platelet activity.

Your Pets and Joint Health
As pets become older, antioxidants become even more important in the fight against free radicals and their associated effects on cells in joints and other tissues. All animals are at risk for declining joint health. Many factors can affect joint health and the integrity of cartilage, including diet, genetic make-up and activity levels. The cold wintery months can also contribute to a decline in joint comfort. Each animal’s genetic code, for example, can influence the thickness and durability of its cartilage and its overall joint health. Proper nutrition, especially antioxidant supplementation, is critical in maintaining healthy joints. Glucosamine has been shown to promote the retention and normal regeneration of cartilage, support normal movement and flexibility of joints and promote joint comfort.

Ingredients

Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract helps protect cells from free radical damage. Rich in polyphenols, beneficial compounds that have been shown to support normal circulation, grape seed extract can help maintain a healthy circulatory system.

Red Wine Extract
Red wine extract is a potent antioxidant that contains beneficial amounts of resveratrol. Resveratrol can promote normal blood platelet activity and it is believed that it is partially responsible for the cardiovascular health benefits associated with red wine.

Pine Bark Extract
Another strong antioxidant, pine bark extract has been shown to support normal circulation, the immune system and the strength of blood vessel walls.

Bilberry Extract
Bilberry extract is beneficial in promoting strong red blood cells and capillaries, specifically around the eyes and in the retina. Bilberry extract supports the capillaries in the body to help maintain optimal peripheral circulation.

Citrus Bioflavonoids
Citrus bioflavonoids are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and some tree barks. They counter the effects of free radical damage and also promote respiratory health.

Glucosamine
There are numerous European studies showing a clear benefit of glucosamine supplements for promoting joint health. Glucosamine may also support chondrocytes (cartilage cells) in the normal production of healthy new cartilage.

Optimization by Blending
It has been suggested that several antioxidants blended together in moderate amounts may be more effective than high levels of one antioxidant. The blend of antioxidants in PetHealth OPC Formula Powder includes grape seed extract, red wine extract, pine bark extract, bilberry extract and citrus bioflavonoids. These antioxidants contain oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs. Much the same way antioxidants can help optimize a person’s health, they can also be beneficial to our dogs and cats. Antioxidants help fight the damage caused by free radicals. They can also help support immune responses and support normal vaccine recognition in dogs and cats. Young animals can benefit tremendously from antioxidants. Antioxidants can help maintain optimum health in your animal’s gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems, liver, kidneys, eyes and immune system. Another important role of pet antioxidants is their ability to support immune-cell function for dogs and cats in their senior years.

FAQ

What are OPCs?
OPCs, or oligomeric proanthocyanidins, can help reduce free radical damage, support the strength and normal repair of connective tissue, and can support proper enzyme activity. OPCs can also help maintain normal histamine levels. Not limited to being just strong antioxidants, OPCs are also crucial in their role in supporting the circulatory system.

What are antioxidants, and why should I give them to my pets?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that help maintain optimum health by protecting against free radicals. Antioxidants are found in the body naturally as well as in many plants. Even cells that function normally generate large amounts of oxygen free radicals. Free radicals have an unpaired electron, making many of them reactive and destructive. When free radicals roam freely throughout the body unregulated by antioxidants, they can attack various healthy cell structures, including cell membranes, proteins, RNA and DNA. Certain factors in everyday life encourage an increase in the formation of free radicals for humans and pets alike. These factors include the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Each one of these necessities can contain harmful reactants. We need a “neutralizer” in our body to rid our system of these harmful reactants and a strong and effective antioxidant is the best way to fight free radical damage. It is becoming increasingly apparent to veterinarians that antioxidant supplementation could very well provide optimal health support for dogs and cats in a manner similar to that experienced by humans. Both pets and their owners could benefit from a “neutralizer” operating in their systems that fight free radicals. A strong antioxidant is the best way to fight free radicals.

What is a bioflavonoid?
Bioflavonoids are complex organic plant compounds. Plants and fruits differ in colors based on the specific bioflavonoids they contain. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown how bioflavonoids support health. Bioflavonoids and OPCs play a key role in supporting cardiovascular health and maintaining vascular integrity. Bioflavonoids have been shown to support healthy circulation and cell vitality. Normal collagen renewal is promoted, which supports firmness of the skin, joint cartilage and connective tissue.

What is the history of OPCs?
In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier was leading an expedition up the St. Lawrence River. Trapped by bad weather, Cartier and his crew were forced to survive on a ration of salted meat and biscuits. Cartier’s crew began to suffer from severe deficiency of vitamin C and showed symptoms of scurvy. Many crew members died before the surviving members encountered a friendly Native American who saved most of their lives. He told them to make a tea from the bark and needles of the pine tree to cure their malady. They complied and, as a result, Cartier and many crew members survived. Some 400 years later, Professor Jacques Masquelier of the University of Bordeaux, France, read a book by Cartier detailing their expedition. He concluded that pine bark not only contained some vitamin C, but obviously was a good source of bioflavonoids, whose effects are similar to those of vitamin C. Further studies and research revealed that the pine bark contained an array of proanthocyanidins complexes. These compounds were also found in a variety of plants, including grape seeds, cranberries, peanut skin, lemon tree bark and citrus rinds. Masquelier termed the active ingredients of the pine bark “pycnogenols”, which today are referred to in the scientific community as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs.

celery juice, Celery Juice Pulp

Celery Juice Pulp & Potato Soup

The Best Soup Ever!

This morning I was drinking my celery juice and was getting ready to wash my juicer and I thought “Hey, I should make some of my Celery Juice Pulp & Potato Soup”! And it is the perfect day for it, not there is never a perfect day for this delicious soup. But today is rainy here so it makes it extra perfect. 🙂

I have made this soup before and even my 14 year old daughter loves this one so this is a big, big, bonus. I am sure you will too.

After I made the soup I was still working on drinking my celery juice and knew that I should finish that and wait for a bit before I have anything else to eat or drink, but I couldn’t! This soup is that good. I had to try some. And let me tell you my taste buds loved it, but so did my tummy. Seriously, it is the most soothing soup ever!

This soup is tasty, soothing and healing! You just can’t go wrong with this one.

And I will show you step by step how to make it. But first the recipe:

Celery Juice pulp that you have. I had about 14 stalks worth of pulp. If you don’t have celery juice pulp, just chop up about 7 or so stalks of celery.

6 small to medium sized potatoes. I had these to use up.

3 to 4 garlic cloves or more if you love garlic.

1 small onion diced or more if you love onion. I am one of those cooks that says to go with your gut and intuition. We don’t have rules in my kitchen. 🙂

2 veg bouillon cubes. I used organic, non GMO and gluten free. Note: depending on the diet you are following Ex.. Medical Medium perhaps, you could omit these and the soup would still be good with the use of salt and pepper

Salt & Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil. And again depending on your diet you could omit and sautee the garlic and onions in a bit of water.

Okay Let’s Get Started!

My potatoes, onion, garlic, celery juice pulp and my celery juice to sip on while I cook. 🙂

You might notice that my potatoes are on the soft side and look like they are ready to be used up and they are but that is fine for this soup because we will be blending it baby! I don’t waste any food because it is medicine!

6 cups of water and my 2 Vegetable Bouillon cubes
Olive Oil and Lotsa Pepper. I love pepper!

Again depending on your diet you could omit this step entirely and just use water to saute the garlic and onions (not quite the same)

Garlic and onions and EVO and pepper

Can you smell these? Wow. The best smell in the world. Nothing better than garlic and onions cooking together. Cook these just until soft.

Celery Juice Pulp, Potatoes and 2 Veg Bouillon Cubes go into the pot.

Into the pot they go! I like using a big cast iron pot like this one. I use these pots for everything!

6 cups of water for the Celery Juice Pulp Soup

Next is your 6 cups of water. Now you could take your two bouillon cubes and stir them into the water and use hot water before you put in the pot. Probably a better idea than what I did which was to just throw them in the pot. It turned out okay because it was blended at the end, but I could see they hadn’t dissolved after boiling.

Celery Juice Pulp Soup boiling

Get your soup boiling and then slowly boil or simmer it until the potatoes are fork tender. Looking good already though!

The soup is done and potatoes are fork tender.

The soup is done! And didn’t take long at all. And by the way, you can cut your potatoes in any size you want and even leave the skins on if you want. I removed mine because my potatoes were not that fresh.

Now time to head to your Vitamix or blender.

The cooked soup in the Vitamix ready to be blended.
Celery Juice Pulp Soup back in the pot after blending.
My finished product. A delightful bowl of Celery Juice Pulp & Potato Soup

Now I have to say this was one of the best bowls of soup that I have ever had. I very much listen to my body and my body loved this! I intuitively know that the soothing and nutrient dense ingredients in the potatoes are what I need!

If I had to give one word to this soup, it would be SOOTHING. 🙂

I hope that you enJOY!

And here is a link to other ideas for celery juice pulp:

Bromelain, Isotonix Vitamins

Isotonix Bromelain Plus

Bromelain Infographic

Benefits

  • Supports the body’s normal healing process
  • Promotes optimal cell health
  • Supports the body’s normal inflammatory response
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue and recovery repair process
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • May help support normal blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation

Product Classifications

Gluten-Free – The finished product contains no detectable gluten (<10ppm gluten)

No Detectable GMOs – The finished product contains no detectable genetically-modified organisms

Vegan – The product is made without ingredients produced by or derived from animals

Isotonic-Capable Drinkable Supplements – Easy-to-swallow supplements in liquid form are immediately available to the body for absorption

Quality Standards – GMP Operations and Standardized Ingredients

Checked For: Heavy Metals, Microbiological Contaminants, Allergens, Residual Solvents, Potency, Purity and IdentityClick image for larger view

Why Choose Isotonix Bromelain?

Your body needs support on the inside and the outside. That’s why we’ve developed Isotonix Bromelain Plus: to help support your body, letting you take action to help your body face what life puts in front of you.* With its unique combination of bromelain, white willow bark and protease, Isotonix Bromelain Plus promotes your body’s immune system and inflammatory response, helping support the body’s normal ability to heal itself on a cellular and muscular level.* Inside our bodies, certain cells normally detected by the immune system “disguise” themselves from the immune system using a protein layering as a shield. Thanks to its unique formula, Isotonix Bromelain Plus helps support your body’s ability to engage in “cellular house cleaning,” breaking down that protein layer to support your immune system, offering superior cellular protection.*

Isotonix Bromelain Plus also works synergistically with the body’s own repair system, promoting the body’s normal healing process.* Isotonix Bromelain Plus also supports your body’s normal inflammatory response, and normal tissue recovery and repair. It also has the potential to support the body’s healthy inflammatory response, providing beneficial enzymes that help support your tissue health.* Most competitor products containing bromelain don’t match what you’ll find in Isotonix Bromelain Plus, nor do they contain the complementary ingredient white willow bark. In addition, Isotonix Bromelain Plus delivers these ingredients in an isotonic form, meaning you’re getting a fast-absorbing, superior delivered product that works quickly and effectively.* Support your body in facing what life puts in its way. Isotonix Bromelain Plus is for everybody, every day.*

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Isotonix Delivery System

Isotonix – the World’s Most Advanced Nutraceuticals
Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.

Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.Click image for larger view

Ingredients

Bromelain 544 mg
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the stems of pineapples. It is distinct from the bromelain found in the pineapple fruit. Bromelain is used as a meat tenderizer in one application, but has other mechanisms that support various aspects of health.* As a mixture of proteases, bromelain has been used by Europeans for many years for its support of normal inflammatory response. Its components work to help support the body’s normal inflammatory response and support the healing process. This is important for healthy joint function and adequate tissue repair, which supports the body’s normal recovery process. Because these proteases can interfere with parts of the inflammatory cascade, supplementation may help to promote normal recovery after intense exercise.* Bromelain has been extensively studied, both in experimental models and clinical studies, for its effects on the inflammatory response. Research also shows that bromelain may help support healthy blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation, promoting healthy circulation. It also supports normal levels of fibrin in the blood, which promotes normal healing.* Another study provided support of bromelain for promoting overall general well-being, along with support of comfort and physical function. There is also support for its role in promoting healthy cells. Bromelain also works to digest protein, but when taken on an empty stomach, it is not used as a digestive enzyme, but provides systemic effects throughout the body.*

White Willow Bark 100 mg
White willow bark is the bark of the salix tree which is native to Europe and Asia. Its name comes from the color of the leaves, which are covered with white hairs. White willow bark has been traditionally used for many years, dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians who used it for its health properties.* Willow bark constituents include flavonoids, tannins and salicylates. The active constituent of willow bark is thought to be salicin. In the body, salicin is metabolized to salicyl alcohol and then to salicylic acid. White willow bark has been shown to support normal blood platelet aggregation and promote healthy blood flow.*

Protease 70 mg
Proteases are proteolytic enzymes that work to break specific peptide bonds or break down a complete peptide to amino acids. Oral proteases taken on an empty stomach are absorbed and carried into the bloodstream where they work to help maintain healthy cellular proteins. As systemic enzymes, proteases support the body’s normal recovery process.* Combined with bromelain and white willow bark, the proteases help promote the body’s normal inflammatory process and support normal healing.*

FAQs

Who should take Isotonix Bromelain Plus?
Isotonix Bromelain Plus is formulated for everyone, every day. Its unique combination of benefits – supporting the body’s normal ability to repair itself, promoting the body’s normal healing process, promoting optimal cell health and more – make it ideally suited for adults looking to keep their bodies healthy and to help support the body’s ability to deal with the wear and tear of everyday life.*

How do you take Isotonix Bromelain Plus?
As the directions suggest, pour 3 level, white bottle capfuls of powder into a cup. Add 6 fl. oz./180 mL (line on the overcap indicates 2 fl. oz./60ml) of water and stir. As a dietary supplement, take once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Maximum absorption occurs when taken on an empty stomach. This product is isotonic only if the specified amounts of powder and water are used. Do not take with food.

Where does bromelain come from?
Bromelain is found in every part of the pineapple, although it is most plentiful in the stem. Most commercially-grown pineapple is sliced, canned or juiced. The remains are rich with this substance, which is then extracted. Originally used as a meat tenderizer because of its ability to break down proteins, research now shows that powdered bromelain promotes health.*

How does bromelain work to support cell health?
Some cells in the body “disguise” themselves from the immune system by using a protein layering as a shield. Protease enzymes like bromelain help support your immune system in detecting these cells. These enzymes help support your body’s ability to engage in a so-called “cellular house cleaning” important to the maintenance of cellular health.*

I am a very active individual. How does Isotonix Bromelain Plus support my body’s normal ability to repair and heal?
Physical activities such as sports, jogging, weight training, aerobics, and martial arts can cause mechanical stress to connective tissues or the normal buildup of pro-oxidants. Isotonix Bromelain Plus is a concentrated blend of powerful protease enzymes designed to support a healthy inflammatory response, and the normal tissue and recovery repair process. This process promotes your body’s normal healing process and keep up your daily regimen.*

Should I take Isotonix Bromelain Plus with Isotonix Peak Performance Blend?
Isotonix Bromelain Plus and Isotonix Peak performance Blend complement each other nicely. Isotonix Peak Performance Blend will help support your joint function and mobility, as well as the body’s normal repair and healing process.* Isotonix Bromelain Plus supports your healthy inflammatory response and normal healing and tissue and recovery repair process. In addition, it supports cellular health and your immune system, providing another layer of protection.*

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Micronutrients, Nutrient Managment, Supplementation, Supplements

Think About Your Future Health! This is KEY!

A picture of vegetables and a spoonful of supplements with a quote by Maggie “Supplementing your diet with high quality supplements if more for your future health. This is the key many people miss.

A Pot Boiling

Have you ever watched a pot of water boiling?

A pot of water on the stove just starting to boil.

When you boil a pot of water it seems to take forever doesn’t it? Until it doesn’t. Once that pot starts to boil, look out, it is boiling and boiling hot!

Our health can be like that. We coast along and everything seems fine, until it’s not. Things don’t just happen. They build up over time, especially nutrient deficiencies and their repercussions.

It our modern society, it is nearly impossible to get all of the nutrients from our food no matter how well we eat. Not to mention, all of the pathogens and toxins we must combat along the way. These also rob nutrients from our bodies! Medications rob nutrients from our bodies. Stress robs nutrients from our bodies.

I have talked to many people throughout the years who when seeming to be on the top of their health game, have expressed things like “Oh I don’t need to supplement, my doctor says I have the blood of a 20 year.” And similar phrases.

Well one thing we know is that life progresses and and in this world we live in now, there are more stressors, pathogens and viruses, popping up all the time, and the game changes.

One of the most important things we can do is to prepare now for our future. We don’t want to wait until that pot is boiling.

What we can do is supply our body with nutrients now. We can support our bodies and minds by supplying nutrients to allow them to function better now and to lay the groundwork for a healthier tomorrow.

Just something to think about. And please reach out and let me help you determine the best place to start on this journey or allow me to make recommendations to help you fill in any gaps that you think are missing in your preventative health plan. I would love to help

Your Amazing Life

Take Time For Coziness

Cozy = giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Taking time to be cozy is more than just enJOYable, it is very good for your health.

Anytime that you can calm the mind and rest the body, you are doing wonders for your health.

Being cozy helps to soothe the soul, ease the stress on the adrenal glands (fight or flight is turned off), calms the mind, lets the body rest, and so much more.

But do we really need an excuse to be cozy? No!

I hope that you take time to make coziness a priority.

Ideas For Coziness

. use a heating pad anytime of the day (I have one on my body right now)

. a hot cup of tea or cocoa

. a soft comfy blanket

. a fire or even a video of a crackling fire

. candles

. beautiful smells like cinnamon and spices that warm the heart and soul (make sure these are not toxic scents but natural)

. a good book

. a nap

. a kiss on the cheek

. what are your favorite cozy ideas?

I’d love to hear them! And I hope you have many cozy moments in your life my friends… many … many…. with more to come.

Lowering Toxicity, Maggie's Recommendations, Non-Toxic

Alternative to Toxic Shaving Cream

Avoiding Toxicity

We are amidst an epidemic of chronic diseases, and evidence continues to mount that synthetic chemicals contribute to these preventable conditions.

Dr. Leo Trasande, MD, NYU

Avoiding Toxic Exposure

One of the ways to avoid toxicity and things that are harmful to our bodies is to use safe and non-toxic products.

Today I am talking about shaving cream. I am not even going to bother writing out all of the potential harmful potential ingredients etc. but will keep this simple.

If you Google “Dangers of Shaving Cream” you will find lots of info and most importantly you will see that government sites have it listed in their poison control section! That alone speaks volumes.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and is really like a big sponge so we need to be very careful what we put on it and at the same time, what we breath into the body.

I have written a blog post about this in the past and you can read it here:

In my wellness practice as a Nutritionist and Coach, I see more and more people suffering from toxicity and the reprecussions from the toxic world that we are living in.

It is VERY important that we start to immediately lower our toxic load and by switching out your shaving cream, you can assist with lowering the load immediately.

I am a person who loves to shave my legs every time I have a bath or shower. It is just my thing that I like to do. I am going to share with you what I use and what I love!

It was actually made for babies and kids but hey I like to baby myself so it works for me.

DNA Foaming Wash & Shampoo

So here are the goods on this:

Details

DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo is a natural, gentle, non-toxic body cleanser specially formulated for your baby’s delicate skin and hair. Suitable for newborn use.

Ingredients

Gentle Surfactants
Surfactants are cleansing ingredients that help clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. Many surfactants can be harsh on the skin, resulting in mild irritation. The cleansing surfactants in DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo are derived from coconut oil, and are gentler than many of the surfactants found in other shampoos and body washes. Panthenol Panthenol is an analog to vitamin B5 and can be converted to vitamin B5 in the skin. In cosmetics, it is classified as both a skin and hair conditioning. Panthenol has been reported to bind to hair and act as a humectant, helping to moisturize and condition the hair.

Anyhow, I hope you found this helpful and if you want to lower your toxic load or help those that you love, lower their toxic load, why not baby them or yourself and try this out. 

It really is delightful to use and it works perfectly as a foaming agent to shave with.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunshine

What I Love Doing With My Masks

Disinfecting

I love washing my masks and then hanging them out on the clothes line to dry.

Not only does the sun and the fresh help to disinfect them, but it makes them smell amazing!

I love putting my mask on after they have been hanging outside and the smell is so awesome. It is like smelling fresh crisp sheets!

It sure makes the experience a whole lot more pleasurable. 🙂

Have a great day everyone!