At-Home Spa Day

 

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Because of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, and excess packaging that come along with many of my personal care products, I decided that using foods and herbs straight from nature is an easy way to create some of the best beauty products.  When you use fresh and natural products, you are helping both your body and the planet.  Fresh fruits, homegrown herbs, and refreshing scents made up the at-home beauty products that I created. 

I recently invited one of my best friends, Eva Rumble, who is also my VP of Marketing, and her two daughters to come to my house for an At-Home Spa Day with me and my two girls.  Our daughters get along so well, and we had a blast pampering ourselves and teaching our girls about natural beauty.  Not only is this an excellent way to connect with friends, but it is also a budget-friendly, hands-on experience that everyone learns from.  Plus, I get to spend quality time with my girls.  We had such a fun time at our mommy/daughter “spa day.”  
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Top 3 Foods That Flunk Your Age

 

When it comes to aging, you really are what you eat!  It’s summertime and many of us are using sunscreen to protect ourselves from UVA and UVB rays that not only damage our skin, but can also age our skin.  But, did you know that there are foods that can age your body just as much as too much sun exposure?

 Take my 30 Day Anti-Aging Challenge below after you read about aging foods vs. anti-aging foods.

The Top 3 Foods that Flunk Your Age and get an F- grade are: Fast Foods, Fake Foods and Fried Foods.

Whopper hamburger1.  Fast foods: ex. Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries, Icy Coke, Thick Shakes, Sundaes, and Apple Pie.  Most all fast food contains excess t rans fats that make skin look stiff and inflexible, and ultimately, wrinkled.  Trans fats also age you on the inside.  They increase your risk of heart disease and stroke and are linked to higher risks of developing Type 2 diabetes.  The Institute of Medicine determined that there is NO safe consumption of trans fatty acids.

 

Hot Dogs in packages2.  Fake foods: ex. Hot Dogs and Deli Cold Cuts….”Don’t make it your way!” at Subway:  Sulfites that preserve processed and fake meats are pro-inflammatory and can cause rosacea and make skin look pasty and jaundiced colored.  Processed meats are usually high in saturated fats and have nitrates in them.  Both of those can lead to inflammation.  *Remember, we always want to nourish our bodies with ANTI-inflammatory foods, not pro-inflammatory foods.

MarshmallowsOther Fake foods that age our bodies:  Bottled lemonade and sugary beverages like soda, processed foods in boxes, cans and freezer bags, corn dogs, cotton candy, candy apples, cheese puffs, and marshmallows for smores.  Many of these items contain high amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes.  Sugar, which is linked to inflammation, aids in wrinkle production, but it also affects your overall health because it is tied to heart disease and diabetes.

Fried chicken3.  Fried foods: ex. Fried Chicken, Potato Chips and French Fries.  These foods contain trans fats that clog and stiffen the arteries and small blood vessels and make skin look old.  Anything that’s deep-fried in oil can add to inflammation throughout your body.  Trans fats raise LDL “bad” cholesterol and lower HDL “good” cholesterol.  When reading food labels, avoid products that include “partially hydrogenated oils” and “vegetable shortening.”

French Fries from McD'sThese foods do not “pass” when it comes to nourishing our bodies.  They “fail” our bodies and age us faster, and they are abundant during the summertime at cookouts, barbecues, camp outs, pool parties and at the beach.  This season, you’ll find lots of food trucks and food vendors serving many of these “F-“ foods, too.

The GOOD NEWS is that there are some incredible A+ Anti-Aging foods that are anti-inflammatory, that keep us looking younger and help to slow the aging process.

1.  Hydrating water:  Clean, filtered water.  How much easier can it be?  I love adding citrus (lemons, limes and oranges) and fresh herbs (mint, basil) and even cucumbers in my filtered water for a naturally sweet and beautifully flavored hydration drink.  I feel like I am at the spa when I drink this water!  Water detoxifies and hydrates your skin.  It helps your liver clean out impurities in your body and therefore, cleans out your skin.  Be sure to drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces of water every day.  Get creative here!  I’ve even added berries to my water, and the flavor is amazing!

My favorite water purifier is Shaklee’s Get Clean Water System because it reduces 56 contaminants, including lead, for great tasting clean water.

Wildtree Organic Coconut Oil2.  Coconut Oil:

  • Rich in medium chain fatty acids which are smaller and easily digested. It is immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat. Stimulates our metabolisms and aids in the right kind of weight loss.
  • Contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties at help skin heal, plus it is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that make our skin healthier and more supple.
  • It’s a natural moisturizer to prevent dryness that is often caused by vitamin deficiencies (or too much sugar).
  • The emollient in coconut oil reduces wrinkling and makes skin softer.
  • Can eliminate free radicals that age skin. Great for hair and nails, too by adding moisture and antioxidants/vitamins that they are lacking.  
  • Is a natural antiseptic that prevents bacteria from damaging your skin and causing wrinkles.  
  • Removes dead skin cells and helps with elasticity of skin.

WildTree just came out with an Organic Coconut Oil that retails around $9 per container, and my friend Jenny Paquette can answer any questions you have about it: mywildtree.com/eatwild

NeriumAD_Day-and-Night-Cream-706x1024NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment Creams: A friend of mine, Liz Panepinto, recently introduced me to this skincare line that is rooted in nature, science and high-impact ingredients. The day and night creams have powerful antioxidant properties that help reduce signs of aging. I like this line because it is a plant-based cream and is gluten free and paraben free. I love finding skin care products that are more pure than many of the skin care products that promise to keep you looking younger, but contain harmful ingredients.

Another interesting face is that NeriumAD was originally developed as a natural cure for skin cancer, but was then recognized for fixing wrinkles, fine lines, enlarged pores, brown spots and sun damage. You can find out more about Nerium AD here: www.lpanepinto.nerium.com.  Contact Liz with any questions: fwm.elizabeth@gmail.com.

3.  Superfoods, Resveratrol and Black Tea/Green Tea:

superfoodsBy now, most all of you have heard about Superfoods.  I have my top 10 favorite superfoods, but there are at least 50 available to us.  Superfoods are foods with purpose that nourish our bodies.  They are nutrient dense, hard-working foods that are full of antioxidants and support our organs and immune systems.  This makes them anti-aging, plus you will feel younger eating them!

For ex. Blueberries not only have flavonoids that are excellent for memory, but they also have a high water content that makes them hydrating to your skin and to your cells. Plus, they are anti-inflammatory.

Here are my top 10 favorite superfoods:
Blueberries
Goji Berries
Flaxseeds
Beans
Avocados
Spinach
Pistachios
Bell Peppers
Dark Chocolate
Pumpkin

 
Vivix bottleWhat is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is polyphenol that has antioxidant properties which protect the body against the kind of damage that is linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease.  Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and in red wine, but other sources include peanuts and berries.  It helps reduce inflammation.

One really great source of resveratrol is Vivix from Shaklee.  Only Vivix contains both resveratrol and a proprietary phytonutrient blend.  This patented phytonutrient blend harnesses the powerful antioxidant properties of rare muscadine grapes and has been shown to be 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging.

Check out this video that explains how Vivix works: http://content.shaklee.com/shaklee/video/player.php?video=Vivix

Numi Organic Tea Emperor blendBlack tea and green tea
Black and green teas contain polyphenols that are plant-based nutrients with antioxidant benefits to help protect against cellular aging.  I have to tell you about my favorite Black Tea!  It’s called Numi Organic Tea.  Not only is it Non-GMO, but the taste is unbelievable.  I usually steep my Numi Emperors Puera tea and then add a little almond milk and a few drops of vanilla stevia.  This tea is so comforting!

 
Take my 30 Day Anti-Aging Challenge!
I challenge you today to do a self-motivated, anti-aging challenge for 30 days by swapping out the foods I mentioned above. All you need is a camera phone and a journal. Start whenever you are ready. Use the information in this blog to choose healthy, anti-aging food choices. Journal how your skin, hair and nails look and how much energy you have. Take a “selfie” each time you journal so you can capture how you are progressing. Share this with those you love and encourage them to try this challenge. SHARE your progress with me on my Facebook page (360yourlife), in the comments below, or email me at brooke@360yourlife.com.

I can’t wait to hear from you and to see your progress!

Other great resources to learn from:
Understanding Cellular Aging
How Fast Are You Aging?
Slow Your Aging

Unjunk After Sports Snacks

If you have kids that play sports, then you are probably faced with bringing snacks to the game for your little ones or taking turns for the entire group.  I want to make you aware of some harmful ingredients that you may not realize are having an adverse effect on our children instead of FUELING them pre-game or post-game.  This truly hits home for me because I have two daughters that are 6 and 9 that play sports, and we’re faced with these typical snacks on a weekly basis.  [Read more...]

Spring Clean Your Mind and Body

After the holidays, we all get on a kick to get healthy, but many of us fall off the wagon. 92% of all New Years Resolutions fail, but that may be because we are not setting intentions for our health goals.  We all want to be healthy, but are you truly defining the real reason(s) that you want to get healthy?

Here are some tips that I want you to think about when setting your health goals:

1.) Know your purpose.  Why do you want to get healthy?  Do you have kids, or are you trying to have kids?  Do you want to see them walk the stairs at graduation and to see their children grow?  Or, do you just want to walk around the grocery store without your joints hurting?  Have a reason for why you want to get healthy.  I always say have a “Why That Makes You Cry.” [Read more...]

Healthy Food Replacements

Did you know that you can replace your everyday ingredients with healthier options? When I first started to cook and bake in a healthier way, I was extremely overwhelmed! However, I started having so much fun when I realized how easy it was to take a traditional recipe and replace a few ingredients, and soon my recipe was a really healthy, delicious one! :) I searched for whole foods and more “real food” ingredients to use in place of ingredients that I didn’t want to feed my family.  I wanted to use super foods and foods with more nutrients that would have a bigger impact on my family’s health. [Read more...]

Powerful pantry swap outs for 2014

Make these simple, healthy changes to your pantry staples that will have a huge impact on your health in 2014!

It’s that time of year when we all evaluate our yearly goals and resolutions. Many of us plan to re-organize our homes, start new workout programs, or to eat healthier and lose weight. According to recent surveys, most parents resolve to give their families a healthier diet in the New Year. One of the main areas that I like to focus on when it comes to eating healthier is the kitchen pantry. Today, I want to highlight how to replace the foods in our pantries that bulk up our bodies and cause us to feel bloated: flours, sugars, pastas and oils.

***All of these healthy replacements are gluten-free and low glycemic, and they are derived from natural sources. [Read more...]

How to Build a Natural Medicine Cabinet

 

Natural Medicine Cabinet Seminar

Natural Medicine Cabinet Seminar

This week, I had the privilege of speaking to some amazing women at The Coffeehouse Lake Norman about how to revamp their medicine cabinets to create a Natural Medicine Cabinet. We had some great, very open health discussions, and I was thrilled to share that Shaklee supplements are not only pure and from the Earth, but also that they have proven results.  See The Landmark Study for vital information on why millions trust Shaklee to build health in their bodies.
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Natural Beauty Products for Girls

Sparklehearts Co-Founder, Darcy McMahon with Brooke at the Natural Products Expo East

Sparklehearts Co-Founder, Darcy McMahon with Brooke at the Natural Products Expo East

I only want my girls to use the cleanest, most natural beauty products, and they are not always easy to find.  This year at the Natural Products Expo, I met Darcy McMahon, co-founder of Sparklehearts, an all natural make up, bath and beauty products company.  I LOVE Sparkleheart’s safe, non-chemical, and non-toxic deodorants, bath bubbles, shampoos/conditioners, detanglers, body lotions, and gift sets for young girls! [Read more...]

Tree Hugger All Natural Bubble Gum

Tree Hugger Gum held by Riley Reagan

My girls and their Tree Hugger Bubble Gum!

My girls love to chew bubble gum, but it is hard to find a brand that I feel OK about.  When I attended the Natural Products Expo East last month, I found a great All Natural Bubble Gum that contains NO artificial colors, flavors, BHT, or preservatives.  Plus, it’s gluten free, nut free and dairy free!  Tree Hugger All Natural Bubble Gum comes in several different flavors:  tangerine, bubble gum, lemon-lime, orange, berry, pomegranate, lemonade, wildberry, and watermelon.  There are so many to choose from! [Read more...]

Macadamia Mahi Mahi

We love Wild Mahi Mahi in our home, so I am always trying new recipes to change it up and have some variety.  My girls love helping me with this recipe, and it only takes about 5-10 minutes of prep time!  When I started having my girls (ages 5 and 8) help me with dinner, I noticed it was so much easier to get them to be excited about dinner.  They talk about how much they LOVE what “they” help to make!  Try it!  I promise you will have great success.

Costco carries Wild Caught Mahi Mahi that is:

  • Wild Pacific Mahi-Mahi
  • Boneless, skinless
  • Center cut portions, 4-8 oz each
  • Individually vacuum-packed & quick frozen
  • Kept frozen
  • 3 lb resealable bag

Macadamia Mahi Mahi
**I also wanted to share some "real" photos of what went down in my kitchen with my girls helping. I hope this will inspire you to try this with your kids, too! Let me know if you try it! :)
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Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Wild Caught Mahi Mahi fillets
  2. 1 cup of Macadamia nuts, chopped (We used a hand held chopper that my 5 year old, Riley, loves to help with.)
  3. 1 cup of coconut milk (We use Native Forest Coconut Milk because the can is BPA free.)
  4. 1/4 tsp. of sea salt
  5. 1/4 tsp. of pepper
  6. Coconut oil to coat baking dish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sprinkle the fish with the salt and pepper first.
  3. Have a 13 X 9 baking dish lightly coated with coconut oil and ready to place the fish on.
  4. Pour the macadamia nuts in one bowl and milk in another bowl.
  5. Dip one side of the fish in the milk, the dip it in the nuts and place in the dish. Complete steps for all 4 Mahi Mahi filets.
  6. Bake fish for 20 minutes.
Brooke Thomas 360 Your Life™ http://360yourlife.com/
 

 

Mahi Mahi Fish collage - Riley chopping nuts

My 5 year old feels so proud chopping anything!
Here, she is chopping the macadamia nuts in our hand chopper.

Mahi Mahi Fish collage - Reagan holding fish

 My 8 year old is dipping the fish in the coconut milk and then in the macadamia nuts!

Mahi Mahi Fish collage - Reagan prep fish

Dinner was accomplished!

We were all ready, and guess what?  It was so easy and quick that we never felt like we were “slaving away in the kitchen”.

This is a great Mother/Child activity that will make them feel excited about preparing dinner with you!


Should I Go Gluten-Free?

Gluten-Free is such a hot topic these days that it can be confusing as to whether you actually NEED to go gluten-free or not. Hopefully this blog post can answer some of the questions that you may have about gluten and eating gluten-free.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.

Why eat Gluten Free?

The most common reason would be if you or someone you know is suffering from Celiac Disease. Another reason to go gluten free would be the fact that glutinous grains can cause inflammation. Inflammation can lead to disease, illness, and promotion of cancer growth. Many people experience stomach ache or bloating after eating gluten – this is often caused by the immediate inflammation. [Read more...]

Staying Healthy on the Fly

Eating on the road does not have to drag you down. So many times we can get bogged down with the food that we choose to eat on the road or while traveling. Preparation is key! Here are some tips to stay healthy while you travel:travel1

1) Always travel with food. If you are a “snacker” and like to have food while you travel, do not wait until you are starving and grab the junk food at the airport, gas station, or fast food restaurant – pack food to have in those situations.

My Favorite Travel Foods:

  • Nuts and Seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Shaklee meal and snack bars
  • Dried fruit (apricots, banana chips, cranberries)
  • Whole fruit (apples, oranges, bananas)
  • Dark Chocolate Chips

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Got Hemp?

hemp-crop-close-photoWhen you hear the word hemp you probably think of hippies and even those hemp necklaces that were popular back in the 90s. However, hemp is an excellent source of nutrients and is becoming more popular as we learn more about its nutritious punch. Hemp seeds can be used in cereals, salads, baked goods, smoothies, and even to make dairy-free milk. While the products are made from the seeds of the same Cannabis sativa L plant that produces marijuana, they do not contain any THC – the psychoactive element of marijuana. [Read more...]

Nature’s Clues to Nutrition

 

 

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Nature gives us the biggest clues when it comes to using nutrition for optimal health. Food can be healing and nourishing to our bodies. It is truly amazing when you look at certain foods and see how they resemble our body parts. I am thrilled to share this with you because when I discovered this, it made choosing a healthy life more simple and exciting! [Read more...]

Reduce Skin Cancer Risk with Edible Sunscreen & Vitamin D

 

Did you know that the foods you eat on a daily basis could be playing a major role in how quickly your skin gets damaged by the sun? I had no idea before I was diagnosed with Melanoma that my diet could be attributing to how I was being affected by the sun (Read more about my story)! Antioxidants and the pigments that give fruits and vegetables their color help prevent sun damage to skin cells. Plants have to protect themselves from UV rays, just like we do, and they use color pigments from carotenoids as a sunscreen. When we eat a variety of fruits and veggies, the pigments act as antioxidants and help protect us from UV rays in the same way they protect the plants. When we consume diets rich in carotenoids from natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, we become healthier and have a much lower chance of chronic illnesses. [Read more...]

A Mom 9 Years “Post- Melanoma” Living Healthy and Helping Others

Hearing the words, “you have stage 3 cancer,” during the first trimester of my first pregnancy at 26 years old completely shifted my entire life. I thought I lived an extremely healthy life and I looked “healthy”. How did I have cancer? From the moment I heard the word “Cancer” I went into complete shock and disbelief. I had a few options: Surgery without anesthetic (due to the pregnancy), Chemotherapy and most likely lose the baby, or wait it out and hope it doesn’t spread to the baby and take over my body and get worse. These are very scary options no matter how old you are or who you are. I knew the right choice was surgery. My life would never be the same once I experienced the pain of surgery along with 50 stitches without anesthetic. However, I will always be thankful that the cancer was removed and the experience stirred a strong passion and desire within me to pursue what building health in my body really means. [Read more...]

Tips for a Happy, Healthy 4th of July (and Summer)!

Ahhh…summer time! A time of relaxation, quality time with your family, traveling, enjoying the sunshine, and sharing moments with friends. This is a great opportunity for helping your family get healthy, too! The farmers markets are blooming, the vegetables are abundant! Grilling vegetables, making fruit salads and experimenting with new veggies are all ways you can encourage your community to eat real foods this summer. So, invite those neighbors over and show them that real food is the best! [Read more...]

Power Pregnancy Foods

 

Expectant mothers need many vitamins and nutrients throughout the entire pregnancy to support the baby’s development and to sustain the changes that the mother endures too. I understand the “grab-n-go” lifestyle doesn’t go away just because you’re pregnant, so I wanted to give busy pregnant mom’s some foods that are healthy AND easy. Many of the foods listed below contain high amounts of protein, folic acid, and good fat which are all essential for the baby’s development, especially brain and nervous system development. Also, as the uterus grows, the back, abdominal, and hip muscles are forced to stretch in new ways, so the mother needs to be sure to get adequate protein to help the muscles repair and heal. [Read more...]

Stop Allergies Naturally

Seasonal allergies are flaring up all over the country – especially here in the Carolinas where we live. People are constantly asking me what they can do to treat their symptoms. That’s just it, don’t just treat the symptoms…get to the root! Over-the-counter medications only provide temporary relief and don’t help eliminate the allergen. While itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny nose can drive a sane person crazy, those symptoms are just the result of a deeper issue. [Read more...]

Hot or Cold Breakfast Seed Cereal

Hot or Cold Breakfast Seed Cereal
This trio of seeds if full of plant based protein, fiber, and ALA Omegas.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  2. 1 tbsp Buckwheat groats
  3. 1 tbsp Hemp seeds (I use Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts)
  4. 6 tbsp Almond or Coconut Milk
  5. Optional: Honey, stevia, or fruit to sweeten
Instructions
  1. To enjoy cold: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. To enjoy hot: Heat milk on stovetop. Transfer milk to bowl while hot and add seeds. Mix well.
Notes
  1. Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Heart Healthy
Brooke Thomas 360 Your Life™ http://360yourlife.com/

Small Changes, Big Impact

Earth Day reminds us of our responsibility to take care of the environment that has been given to us. Going green is not only good for the planet, it’s good for your health too. Most people have a misconception that “eco-friendly” means expensive. However, the examples below will actually SAVE you money in the long run! We all want that, right?

 

Here are a few small changes that you can start making:

1)      Lower the thermostat in your home by 2 degrees.

2)      Buy a reusable BPA water bottle and refill it with filtered water instead of buying bottled water. (I recommend Shaklee Get Clean Water pitcher. It’s the only purifying pitcher that gets lead out of water. It filters more than 5,000 8 oz. glasses and saves more than 2,400 plastic bottles from the landfill).

3)      Switch the light bulbs in your home to compact fluorescent bulbs.

4)      Carpool! Save gas money by splitting it with friends and reduce the amount of pollution going into the air. Even better….ride your bike or walk to work or to the grocery store if it’s close enough to your home.

5)      Wash 2 fewer loads of clothes and one fewer load of dishes a week and save up to 4,500 gallons of water per year.

6)      A leaky toilet can waste up to 73,000 gallons of water a year. Repair your toilet and save on your water bill and 1,000 of gallons of water.

7)      Use Shaklee Basic H for all-purpose, non-toxic and safe cleaning of windows, mirrors, degreasing, floors, tubs, showers, bathrooms, you name it! It comes in a 16 oz  bottle of concentrate and creates 48 gallons of safe, powerful cleaner. Just one bottle is $12.15 and is the equivalent of 5,824 bottles of 26oz Windex.

8)      Use reusable plastic containers for packing lunches and snacks instead of disposable plastic bags.

9)      Unplug appliances and electronics if you are not using them.

10) Recycle your junk mail and old magazines.

 

7 Super Easy Swap-Outs

One of the many things I love to share about living a healthier life is that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods! I love finding great alternatives to the food that may not be the best for me, but I LOVE to eat! So, I decided to share with you my top 7 Super Easy Swap-Outs! Summer is coming, so this is the perfect time to slim down and get serious about bathing suit season and just living a healthier life! Enjoy these foods and let me know how you like them!

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10 Stress Busting Foods

 

It’s really tempting to turn to typical comfort foods during times of stress, but those comfort foods will do just the opposite of helping you fight stress. Heavy, fatty foods will drag you down and leave you feeling tired. The foods below are my top 10 foods to  keep you on a healthy journey and will help you beat stress! Remember that during stressful times, real whole foods and exercise are always a quick way to reduce stress. [Read more...]

Stress & Inflammation

We all get stressed out, right? Stress is natural. It’s our body’s reaction to any change in your environment, your body, or your thoughts that requires an adjustment or response. Our body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional response. Believe it or not, stress CAN be positive when it keeps us alert. However, when a person continues to face challenges without any relief or relaxation, the stress becomes negative. Did you know that stress can actually cause inflammation in our body? I often talk about foods that cause inflammation and trying to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet, but stressful circumstances could be a cause as well. Negative stress and inflammation can lead to a number of symptoms including chronic diseases, weight gain, headaches, increased blood pressure, chest pain, upset stomach, and sleeping disorders.

A study out of Ohio University found that dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body. During the study, participants were asked to meditate on a stressful event and while doing so, their levels of C-reactive protein rose. C-reactive protein is a marker of tissue inflammation and primarily produced by the liver as part of the immune system’s initial inflammatory response. It is commonly used as a clinical marker to determine if a patient has an infection because it rises in response to traumas, injuries or infections in the body.

We are bound to be exposed to stress, but we are able to try different ways to manage it. Personally, I constantly stay in a very busy pace that often leads to stress. I try not to allow that stress to creep up and take over, but when it does, I can feel it all over my body.  Below are some tips to help you manage stress.

*Exercise regularly. Your body is able to fight stress (and everything else) when it is in good shape. Yoga is my favorite exercise to beat stress. One hour of yoga allows me to use my body to focus.

*Go outside. Take a walk, go for a hike, go fishing, or take your kids to the park. Nature is calming and fresh air will help you clear your mind.

*Read a book that allows you to grow and find peace.

*Accept that there are events and situations that you cannot control.

*Manage your time. Being in a rush will stress anyone out, so set your watch a few minutes ahead of time. Use a calendar or planner to plan out your days.

*Get enough sleep.  Make sure your sleep environment is working for you and turn off the tv, computer, and telephone to avoid distractions.

*Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Avoid heavy, fatty, and fried foods that weigh you down.

*Learn to say “No!” when you’ve already got enough on your plate at work or home.

*Take a break and do something that you enjoy.

*Talk to your friends and family about what is bothering you. Just get it out! They’re there to support you.

*Limit your alcohol use.

 

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/257665.php

Avoiding BPA in Canned Food Items

Often while I’m grocery shopping or doing pantry makeovers with clients, they are taken back when I bring up BPA in cans. While they believe that they are doing good by having canned vegetables or canned black beans, they are shocked when I inform them about the harmful effects of BPA that is often found in many canned items…even organic.

What is BPA?

BPA stands for bisphenol A.  It is an industrial chemical that is used to make certain plastics and resins. It is often used and found in water bottles, baby bottles, cups, toys, food cans, baby formula cans, bottle tops, water supply lines, dental sealants, and thermal paper products (cash register receipts). [Read more...]