DIY Body Butter-Great for Winter Skin

We are well into the winter months with many more to go. (Yuck) And as we all know, the winter months are typically the harshest on our skin. The cold weather and constant hand washing can lead to dry, cracked and flaky skin.

Do you like DIY recipes? Here is a quick, easy and chemical free recipe that only takes a few ingredients and you can whip it up in no time.  Even if you are not a DIYer, you will still want to give this one a try. You’ll be happy you did.

DIY Whipped Body Butter
• 3/4 cup grated cocoa butter
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup shea butter
• 1/2 cup almond or jojoba oil
• 3-5 drops of Tangerine, Peppermint, or any another essential oil
Melt the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter in a double boiler. When melted completely, stir in almond oil and essential oil until combined. Chill in refrigerator until slightly hardened, about 30 minutes. Whip with mixer until smooth and creamy, about 5-10 minutes, then store in glass jar.
 

Merry Christmas to ALL!!

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Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas to everyone!  And have a wonderful holiday.  We want 2017 to be the best year for all of you!  I know for our company, it is going in the right direction and that we are going to be offering our clients even more programs than ever.

We want to see everyone to be successful in every aspect of their lives.  We know that is a lot to ask, but we believe in our hearts that it can be done.  Food can be the hardest challenge to achieve, but it is a journey!  As I have told most of you this already!  Every small thing that is improved upon, is going to be one step closer to that goal.

So, our request for all of you, is to set a specific goal that can be achieved, not just a resolution that can be broken.

Here is to drinkall of you, wishing you good health and longevity!

Darci

 

Smoothie Bowls

Are you looking for a breakfast alternative for yourself or your kids?

Move over yogurt parfaits, smoothie bowls are the healthy food world’s new breakfast. Smoothie bowls have become the biggest new breakfast trend that packs in a ton of nutrients in one bowl. All you need is a blender and 5 minutes. With endless ingredient options, you can mix up one every day of the week and never eat the same thing twice.

Below is an easy to follow list to get you started on whipping up a bowl of nutrient-dense deliciousness.

 

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Avoid The Holiday Binge

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The holidays are upon us and it’s inevitable that we will be tempted to indulge in a few of our favorite treats. But without proper planning, overindulging  is a surefire way to sabotage your weight loss or throw any healthy eating plan off kilter. Follow these few steps to help keep your waistline and weight in check over this holiday season.

Don’t skip meals Skipping meals or “saving calories” for an event later only sets you up to eat more than you should. Stay on track by eating a balanced diet everyday. Include a healthy breakfast that contains a

Pick Protein Choose foods like turkey or roasted chicken.Or opt for animal free proteins like lentils, quinoa or beans. Higher protein diets are associated with greater satiety, which help to maintain a healthy weight.

Hydrate Drink water. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day not only helps fill you up, but you avoid filling up on sugary, calorie laden sodas and empty calories found in liquor.

Ditch the added Sugar Stick to sugar in it’s natural form-fruits, vegetables and grains. When going for the sugary desserts of pies, cookies and cakes, choose a small taste of the things that you are truly craving, rather than piling up a plate full just because it’s there.

Sneak in the Vegetables Add veggies to sandwiches and casseroles. Puree vegetables and add to baked goods, casseroles, soups and dips. Or just load up your plate with raw veggies to munch on. The bonus is they are low in calories and full of fiber.

Stay on the Move Although exercise doesn’t compensate for overeating, staying on a regular work out schedule will help stabilize weight and gives you a psychological boost.

Get Plenty of Sleep Seven to 8 hours of sleep every night is most desirable. Trying to function on 5 or less hours of sleep leaves you feeling not only groggy, but lowers your leptin levels. Leptin is a hormone that controls how full you feel. People who are sleep deprived also have higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates the appetite. When you’re exhausted, you feel more hungry and less satisfied after meals. This in itself is one sure way to sabotage your diet and gain weight.

Say NO It’s ok to say NO. It’s ok to be a picky eater. Just because it’s offered, doesn’t mean you need to partake. And when enjoying company, pick a spot away from the food table to avoid picking and sneaking too many nibbles.

Remain Positive If you have a bad day, don’t stress about it or feel like you’ve sabotaged your entire diet. There’s no need to go off the deep end…”I ate horrible, so what’s the point?” Stay focused and get back on track the next day.

 

Healing Benefits of Bone Broth Protein

The saying, “eat some chicken noodle soup, it will make you feel better”, goes a long way when it comes to the healing support of bone broth. Bone broth has many benefits that you may not be aware of. It is rich in minerals that help support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, gluatamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals the gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation. It aids in the healing of IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and acid reflux symptoms.  In addition, collagen supports healthy skin and can reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The gelatin (inside the collagen) can help people to overcome food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies.

Bone broth contains 19 easy to absorb amino acids and contains minerals including potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium.

What does bone broth do?

  • Heals and seals the gut-Glutamine protects the gut lining, while improving metabolism and building muscle
  • Protect your joints and helps you look younger- Proline helps to regenerate cartlidge, heal joints and reduce cellulite.
  • Sleep better/feel better- Glycine detoxifies the cells and improves brain function
  • Improve immune system-Arginine is necessary for immune function and wound healing
  • Promote stronger bones-phosphorus, magnesium, calcium
  • Provide more energy-Bone broth is nutrient dense, easy to digest and boosts in healing. More energy results in positive healing affects.

Consuming bone broth protein on a regular basis can provide so many positive benefits while healing the gut and detoxify cells, the gut and liver.

Ask us today how to get started on the right track to healing your gut and improving your health.

Bone Broth Blueberry Protein Shake

12 ounces coconut or almond milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1 scoop of pure bone broth protein

Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth, adding additional nut milk and ice to blend as necessary.

*More bone broth proteins recipes to come.

Information via https://draxe.com/

Exciting*NEW* SHAPE friendly recipes

Are you getting bored of the same ‘ole boring chicken and burgers with little flavor? Are you at a loss for dinner ideas that your whole family will love? Well, look no further.  We’re here to help bring back the excitement to your dinner table with some new ideas and flavors. Our office is excited to announce that we will be offering a variety of Wildtree products to our clients.

On September 27th, we hosted a small Wildtree event that was a big hit for our clients.  We provided a SHAPE approved taco salad, a variety of veggies and SHAPE approved dips. At the end, each person was able to prepare their own chicken meal with spices to take home. If your family is anything like mine, the last thing they want to hear is that we are having chicken for dinner…again. I made the chicken I prepared from Wildtree the next night and my family loved it.  Even my kids.

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On Tuesday, November 15th, we’ll be bringing back our Wildtree rep to help you prepare not just one, but TEN different SHAPE friendly recipes. We will be providing several recipes and you can mix and match your proteins. Choose from chicken, beef, shrimp, fish, etc. The only thing you will need to bring are your cut up veggies of choice. (More details to come on the preparation and cost).

If you are interested, please contact our office at (810)588-2324 or leave your name and contact info with us at your next appointment.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

There’s something we all probably have in our pantries, but are unaware of all the amazing benefits. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been around for…well, a very long time. But what’s it good for, you ask? The smell may be less than desirable, but ACV has so many amazing health benefits. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which has the ability to kill dangerous “bad” bacteria, while at the same time, to foster the growth of beneficial “good” bacteria in the gut. Most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment ACV creates, so it essentially can act as a natural antibiotic. Some of the popular benefits include reducing blood sugar levels, alleviating acid reflux, sinus infections, ease sore throats, reduce allergies and candida overgrowth. See the list(s) below for some other amazing benefits and ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet. One great way could be adding in a detox drink first thing in the morning.

Morning Detox:  1 cup warm water, 2TBS apple cider vinegar, 2TBS lemon juice, 1TBS raw honey, 1tsp cinnamon, dash of cayenne

When purchasing apple cider vinegar, look for organic brands, such as Bragg’s with the word, “mother” on it. The mother contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a merky, cob-web like appearance, but makes the product so powerful.

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Some Common Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Sources: drjockers.com , guthealthproject.com

Food Prep Survey, ANYONE?

Fruit, Vegetable & Lean Meat Diet

We are thinking of incorporating a food prep classes once a month in our office to help all of you that are on the shape program with meal prep ideas that will make your life more simple.

We are thinking of having our first class on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 6:30 at night.

Right now, just wanted to get a vote of who would be interested in this class.  It is using organic herbs and foods that should cut down the prep of your normal every day of how many hours do I have to spend in the kitchen to make a healthy meal.

Please email at ask@nourishingwayscenter.com if you are interested in this.  There will be more details coming up as we see if there is a spark in your eye….

It will be using Wildtree products as well.  YUM!!

Nine Signs you may have a leaky gut

Leaky gut is basically your intestines are like a sponge that leaks toxins into the blood stream which your body will react to in a negative way to fight that toxin.

What causes leaky gut?

The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well. The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.

if you suffer from any of the following conditions, it’s likely that you have a leaky gut:

9 Signs You Have a Leaky Gut

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

2. Seasonal allergies or asthma.

3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune issue such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis..

5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.

6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.

7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.

8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.

9. Food allergies or food intolerances.

How do you heal a leaky gut?

I typically will have clients do a comprehensive elimination diet, which removes the toxic and inflammatory foods for a certain period of time. In addition, I have them follow a 4R program to heal their gut. The 4R program is as follows.

1. Remove.

Remove icky foods. The goal is to get rid of things that negatively affect the environment of the GI tract, such as inflammatory and toxic foods, and intestinal infections.

2. Replace.

Replace the good. Add back the essential ingredients for proper digestion and absorption, such as enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids.

3. Reinoculate.

It’s critical to restore beneficial bacteria to reestablish a healthy balance of good bacteria.

4. Repair.

It’s essential to provide the necessary nutrients to help the gut repair itself. One of my favorite supplements is L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps to rejuvenate the lining of the gut wall. I will other products depending on the individual’s situation.

Goji Berries-Superfood

Goji berries have been around for a very long time.  They can aid in meditation by adding them to hot water and steeping them.  These are probably one of the best dried fruits out there.  There are 3 reasons they stand out from other dried fruits.  They are higher in protein of 4 grams.  They have 3 grams of fiber and high in the antioxidant category.  They have an ORAC value of 3290 which means high in antioxidants.

Some health benefits are:

  • Great for brain health, ie depression and anxiety issues.
  • Imrove bowel function
  • Increase energy
  • Anti-tumor effect for skin cancer
  • Helps detox the liver
  • Increases fertility by increasing ovulation.
  • Heart healthy

These are just a few health benefits.   They taste like they have a licorice taste as well. So, if you haven’t tried them yet, what are you waiting for?  Try looking for them in your bulk section for a cheaper price.