With this month’s theme about “Shedding”, the balanced rocks pic couldn’t depict the “magic pill” or “secret” for creating the change for “shedding” more than anything else I could think of. I just read a great article in this past month of Paleo Magazine about designing workouts if weight loss is the primary goal, written by the owner of a personal trainer facility in California…..and the response was….”Avoid selecting exercises based on a weight-loss goal, because the vast majority of weight loss is actually achieved in the kitchen!” I loved it! He went on to recommend “doing the workouts that you enjoy the most; this approach will be more likely to motivate you to do them regularly, and consistency of habits is key when it comes to health.” Wow….so you have heard it from a fitness expert to me, the nutritionist/wellness coach.
The balancing of the rocks made me think of the whole process in general; we need balance in all aspects of our health and wellness. To focus on just losing weight without looking at food, sleep, exercise, spirit, emotions and the physical body; losing weight isn’t going to happen. We also need to get accountable for all of these areas as well; we can’t blame anything outside of each of these areas until we have really explored and spent time cleaning things up…..did I hear spring cleaning?
Willingness to change is important as well; we need some action in order for change to occur. I hear stories that keep people from creating the change that they want in their lives and they typically don’t even hear what they are saying. This awareness alone can be life changing in many ways!
To elaborate on each of these areas a little further:
Food: Are the the foods clean, nutritious? What are your portions? Are you digesting well? Eliminating? Processed Foods? Supplements to the diet? Are they geared for what your body needs? Minerals? Nourishing Wellness takes you on a very informative journey with food and creates a supplement program that is specific to what your body needs.
Sleep: This is a vicious cycle and if you are not sleeping, you are not healing or repairing and that goes on every day, month after month, year after year; not even taking into account when burning the candle at both ends….how do we expect our bodies to function with just this one aspect? Adrenal burnout?
Exercise: Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, it should be enjoyed and we don’t have to be a gym rat in order to get good exercise in your life. The other question, are you getting any exercise?
Spirit: Do you take time out of your busy schedule? Maybe to meditate, journal or just be? Have you created roadblocks to your own desires? Have you settled in an area that needs to change?
Emotions: I can’t tell you how many times that I hear how stressed everyone is; why? Why is that ok? What is stressing you out? How about awareness to stress or other emotions? Both myself and Jamie are Emotional Empowerment Coaches.
Physical: Are there symptoms that you are ignoring? Shutting them down, covering them up? Medications? Over -the-counter products, medications? Many products and/or medications can actually deplete our body. What’s going on underneath all those symptoms? Hint….this is where Nourishing Wellness shines with going down the “rabbit hole” of one’s symptoms; getting to the core of the problems. Get support with finding out what is truly going on.
I call all of this “getting back to basics”. I am not perfect by any means and I don’t live in a bubble, I fall off or get out of whack just like everyone else, but when I do….I know what I need to do. I invite you as well, to look at each of these areas. Give Nourishing Wellness a call to help you, guide you and support your journey to a better you. The time is now, the wait is over to start shedding your weight!
It is a powerful, comfortable, safe and very effective way to detoxify and tone the entire body! Near infrared sauna helps to remove toxic metals, toxic chemicals, and many chronic infections. It also relaxes the nervous system, dramatically improves circulation, hydration and oxygenation, gently tones the muscles, and has many other subtle benefits as well.
- Pain relief
- Boosts the immune system
- Stress reduction and mood elevation
- Beautifies the skin and diminishes cellulite
Infrared penetrates the skin, adding another dimension to the sauna experience and enhancing detoxification. They also operate at much cooler temperatures than traditional saunas, so they are more comfortable for some people. Near infrared light saunas have many advantages over far infrared saunas including:
- They use reddish infrared heat lamps as their heat source. They have a better frequency range.
- The sauna operates at a lower temperature, so it is more comfortable, requires less pre-heating that saves time, and they use about 30% less electricity than a far infrared unit.
- The rays penetrate the skin about twice as deeply as a far infrared sauna because the power source is concentrated on one wall (like Nourishing Wellness’s)
- They do not emit additional harmful electromagnetic fields
- They are also the only type in which you can easily focus the infrared rays on a part of the body such as the sinuses, the liver, a shoulder or elsewhere
- Rotating every few minutes moves the blood around the body even more
When beginning to incorporate near infrared sauna, don’t overdo the length of session or number of sessions.
Near infrared sauna available at Nourishing Wellness!
This easy, quick and healthy cinnamon coffee cake is enjoyable for breakfast or as a snack to enjoy anytime of the day. My husband enjoys this after dinner as his dessert. The flavor is phenomenal and it’s gluten free! This recipe includes coconut oil…we love coconut oil—it is a versatile and healthy fat! It boosts immunity, improves memory, prevents heart disease, and more. This recipe also includes cinnamon, which who doesn’t love cinnamon..besides its distinctly sweet and warming taste, cinnamon also aids in support for healthy digestion, anti-inflammatory properties as well as having a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Enjoy!
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 3 large eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- Grease a 9 inch round cake pan (I use a glass pie dish) with coconut oil and dust with almond flour
- In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
- Pulse in coconut oil, honey, and eggs
- Spread the batter into prepared baking dish
- To make topping, combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sliced almonds in a small bowl
- Sprinkle topping over cake batter
- Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes
- Cool and serve
Recipe from https://elanaspantry.com/cinnamon-coffee-cake/
When we think of babies first foods to introduce, we often think of rice and cereals. But a wonderful food that not only contains a handful of nutrients but is also a food we all should be consuming daily is egg yolks. Egg yolks are rich in choline, cholesterol and other brain-nourishing substances that are great to introduce to your baby between four and six months. Cholesterol is vital for the insulation of the nerves in the brain and the entire central nervous system. Since the brain is so dependent on cholesterol, it is especially vital during this time when brain growth and neural connections are taking place. Choline in another critical nutrient for brain development. The best choice of eggs are those from pasture-fed hens since they will contain higher levels of DHA. Also, try to obtain eggs that are not only pasture-fed but not fed soy! Grass-fed yolks are rich sources of vitamins A, D, iron and folic acid. You may be wondering, why not give the egg white to baby? The egg white is the portion that is most difficult to digest and most often causes allergic reactions, so wait on the egg white till after age one. The best way to prepare an egg yolk for baby is to fill a pot with water and bring the water to a boil. You want enough water to cover the egg with some to go over. Once the water is boiling, add the egg and set the timer for 4 minutes. After the 4 minutes, drain the water and cool the egg off with cold water. You will then peel the egg and get to the egg yolk. You want the egg yolk to be soft and runny. After putting the egg yolk in a bowl, add a little grated frozen chicken, turkey or duck liver to the egg yolk. My family enjoys breakfast with egg yolks each morning. Enjoy!
To find pasture-fed, soy free eggs near you visit: https://www.westonaprice.org/
I have been working with Sara for approximately six months and have been amazed at the results. She is very systematic in learning your eating habits and how they affect your every day life.
She has suggested several things to do to counteract issues that I have had with my body. She has been correct at least 90% of the time. One of her suggestions based on testing, was to get more healthy fats into my body. This has helped stop cravings for junk food, allows me to feel full, which has made me feel soooooo much better!! Not bad for someone that only knows me by electronically testing my body’s interaction to different compounds and simple questioning.
If you have an ailment or you just want to feel better, I would strongly suggest you contact Sara and her team.
I am sure you are wondering, why give babies fish oil as well as who gives their baby fish oil? Well, I do. I, myself, took fish oil throughout my whole pregnancy and prior to as well as currently. I also then started giving it to my son when he was 4-months-old. I started to give it to my son is because cod liver oil helps promote a strong immune system and a robust cognition. Especially with an all-time high, horrible flu season, all the more we should be giving our babies and children fish oil to help their immune system stay protected and healthy. We instead resort to the flu-vaccine or vitamin C or heck, even essential oils to help protect us, but those aren’t going to do the trick or get to the “core” of the immune system. In fact, until the end of the Second World War, cod liver oil served as the number one supplement for everyone! The population was urged to take cod liver oil in order to protect themselves from infectious disease and ensure strong bones and teeth. Cod liver oil is naturally, perfectly designed with the right ratios of Vitamin A and D which is crucial for the immune health. Also, the fatty acids in the oil help these fat-soluble vitamins to be absorbed by the body. Cod liver oil is an insurance policy for children. Start with ¼ to ½ teaspoon at 4 months and then doubling the amount at six to eight months. You must use a clean source of fish oil. Many brands are highly processed and often use synthetic vitamins. Also, the source of fish is important as it can contain high amount of mercury and other toxins. Here at Nourishing Wellness we carry a variety of clean sourced fish oils that you and your family can enjoy!
OVEN BAKED BEET CHIPS RECIPE
12 Beets (Red, Golden or Mixed)
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil or Duck Fat
2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Scrub the beets well with a veggie brush and cut off the tops.
- Use a mandolin slicer to slice the beets paper thin (1/16″). When the beet slices are this thin, there is no need to peel them first. Hold the root end while dragging the beets across the mandolin and watch your fingertips closely.
- Place the beet slices in a large bowl and pour the oil and the salt over the top and toss well. Let the beets sit in the oil and salt until they release their natural juices, about 15-20 minutes. This is what allows them to retain a better shape and color.
- Toss the beets again, then drain off the liquid. Lay the slices out in a single layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 45-60 minutes until crisp, but not brown. Test after 45 minutes and only bake longer if necessary. Remove the beet chips from the oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container.