Detox Water · Health Tips · Lifestyle

Vitamin C Deficiency

As I’m sure some of you have seen I’ve been really struggling lately with extreme fatigue. I was very concerned as no Doctor could figure out the reasonings. Rest was their recommendation. Well I’d been resting a TON because I literally couldn’t keep my eyes OPEN. I knew it wasn’t rest as I felt worse than I’d never felt before. Something was wrong.

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TRUST your body. You know what feels normal. After repeated attempts of not being able to find an answer I decided to figure it out myself. I looked up what could possibly be going on (I know.. The internet can be a terrible resource) and after seeing all my symptoms on almost EVERY illness out there I freaked out. But little by little cancelled out each one I knew it couldn’t be.

I finally stumbled upon Vitamin Deficiencies (In the beginning I thought it was an Iron deficiency but it came up normal in lab results) and Vitamin C sounded like it checked ALL of the boxes. Great! I had SCURVY haha! SO I asked my Husband to swing by the store for some Vitamin C tablets on his way home from work so I could try it out. He was sweet and got me Vitamin C AND E because they were BOGO ❥

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Since we’d been to Louisiana in May I’ve been really off the wagon with all of my smoothies, constant fruit, lemon water, etc. To rule out whether it was Vitamin C or not I began taking the vitamins daily and drank nothing but lemon water. After a few weeks I slowly began to feel my energy increasing and my need to rest was dissipating. Then I knew.. I had scurvy! ☠

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It took myself knowing my body well enough to know I wasn’t feeling right and because I wasn’t getting the answers from my Doctors, I had do it myself and I did. I’m still (rarely) having symptoms of the deficiency but I’m slowly getting back to myself and it feels great. Soon I’ll be able to workout regularly again and just feel like myself!

Moral of the story – TRUST your gut feelings and help yourself heal! Also, eat HEALTHY. This has been a wake-up call to get back into my strict Paleo eating. Oh, and DRINK LEMON WATER. IT’S AMAZING! ‎🍋

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Family · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Purely Inspired · Recipes

Purely Inspired No-Bake Chocolate Protein Bites

Although we’re mostly paleo, we definitely have our little treats here and there – Some are still healthy! This time.. We’re doing Chocolate Protein Bites! Lately I’ve been really, really sluggish, exhausted, foggy brained, etc. and needed to create SOMETHING to help me!

So I’ve been skipping coffee in the mornings and having a multivitamin Purely Inspired Organic Greens smoothie instead to try and get as many vitamins and minerals in me as I can and it’s definitely already made a difference. And although Oats aren’t paleo they are beneficial as they absorb slowly in the body, giving you a longer boost of energy so I decided to start making some protein bites to assist in getting my energy levels back up!

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They’re perfect as each batch makes around 12 (Depending on how large you make them!) – So they last for a few days, the kids love them for snacks, they’re perfect for on-the-go and for a MUCH needed energy pick-up.

I’m gonna share this recipe with you as it’s made a huge difference lately and they’re really, REALLY good.. And it’s perfect for the summertime as no-bake is great since it’s already SO hot outside!

Chocolate No-Bake Protein Bites

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After combining in a bowl, place in fridge for around 30 minutes. Then form into balls and enjoy! They last around 5 days in the fridge! Easy peasy!


 

Will be doing this recipe LIVE on Purely Inspired’s FB page tomorrow at 12PM MST! Check it out! I’ll also post on here when I’m done!

 

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Family · Health Tips · Hudson · Lifestyle · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Hey y’all. Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately! Been busy with getting ready for our trip to Louisiana! Hudson and I fly out Friday and I’ve been scrambling to get everything ready!

This last weekend I ate a little gluten because of a party I went to and Mother’s Day! I definitely paid for it, I’m JUST feeling better.. It’s so important, even if you’re stressed, to take care of yourself. It’s keeps your energy levels high and improves your overall mood!! I don’t feel yucky now because I’ve been eating whole foods, drinking tons of water and exercising! It makes a huge difference.. Not only do I feel confident because I like how I look but I also feel GREAT. So eat your whole foods, folks! Drink tons of water and GET UP! Be active! Even if it’s chores around the house or just a little walk! ❤

Health Tips · Paleo · Recipes

Paleo Phở

Yesterday, my Husband and I were craving ramen noodles. The broth, the noodles, the flavors.. We REALLY wanted it. Then we had the crazy idea of winging it and trying our own! Using ingredients we already had at home we started with the broth.

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In a bowl I poured a full container of Organic Vegetable broth and mixed it (to taste) with sea salt, cajun seasoning, cumin, white pepper, ginger and a LITTLE poultry seasoning (If using chicken as your protein). Then added coconut aminos until it tastes like ramen broth!! (Really, you’ll know! ;))

Bring to a boil. While waiting for your broth to boil, spiralize your sweet potatoes into noodles, heat a pan to medium-high with olive oil and throw in noodles. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes (Flipping gently, every minute) AND cook your protein (If wanted) at the same time.

Once done place protein and noodles in a bowl and pour boiling broth over. Allow to sit for 2 minutes to soak and ENJOY!
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Super delicious. SUPER healthy. We LOVED it! It’ll be our sickness food and our “Need a Cheat Day” cure food 😉

Enjoy y’all!

xoxox

Beauty · Health Tips · Lifestyle · Local · Reviews

Bodhi Body Studios

As a Mom (Or any parent that is) you know how exhausting every day can be. FUN. But exhausting.. My body has been really aching lately, my legs and feet in particular. So I was really happy to hear there was a place nearby, Bodhi Body, literally 7 minutes away!! And I’ve never had a massage so with Mother’s Day coming up so fast I decided I was gonna treat myself!

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When I came in I was pleasantly surprised by how adorable and serene their little studio was. I was greeted by my therapist for the session, Kaley; She was so welcoming, sweet and soft spoken (Which really made it a peaceful experience from start to finish) She explained all of the details to me and asked if I would be interested in a new calming THC/CBD lotion. It is a topical, cannabis-infused lotion that only absorbs through the skin to provide localized relief for pain, inflammation and soreness. It smelled amazing and sounded really unique so I was absolutely interested in giving it a go!

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They had so many different options for services. There was aromatherapy, hot stones, herbal balls for Thai Massages and so much more. Definitely will have to be back to try them ALL.

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I was escorted into a very tranquil room that was dark and calming with gorgeous, relaxing music playing on loop. I was already feeling so peaceful.

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Once on the bed I felt completely at ease and was quickly tended to. Kaley (Like all of the other therapists, graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy) was INCREDIBLE. It was so relaxing, the lotion was DIVINE, and Kaley was able to find every trouble spot and make the pain melt away. It was the most relaxed I have ever been in my entire life (I totally drooled a few times and 80% sure I fell asleep at some point)

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As you can see I was VERY comfortable 😉 And red! Which she was a good thing as she was helping me rid my body of toxins.

I am never going to deny myself of this incredible treat ever again. It is SO beneficial and so amazing to have a little “me time”. Thanks SO much to amazing Kaley and Bodhi Body for such an incredible experience – This is perfect for Mother’s Day coming up, y’all! Treat those Mamas! 😉 I will be back and cannot wait for next time – I already wanna go back!

Use promo code SIMPLY here and receive a FREE 30 minutes massage!

xoxox

 

Health Tips · Paleo · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Health Tip – Snacks!

Since today is Thursday, figured I would throw out a quick tip since I missed Wednesday 🙂

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom, are a student or work full-time it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

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When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving! (Especially frozen!!)

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Start with 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Health Tips · Paleo · Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Words of Wisdom Wednesday – Throwback – Defining Healthy

Hello my lovely followers! I got a notification that it’s my 1 year anniversary of starting my blog.. SO exciting!! Didn’t think this blog would go very far but it’s been an amazing experience, I’ve met many amazing people, done amazing things and learned even more about health on my journey to help OTHERS.

So I wanted to do a throwback of my FIRST post ever, because I think it’s a good one and many people didn’t get to see it since it was a whole year ago 😉 So here it goes – Thank you to everyone whose made this blog so rewarding and fun!

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Unfortunately, a lot of people fall for those commercials that claim their foods are made with “natural flavors” or have the most natural ingredients. But in reality they make them the first few ingredients and then add a ton of crap as “preservatives” at the end that makes it unhealthy. Healthy food is WHOLE foods – Real meat, fruits, vegetables. Foods that aren’t processed or come from a freezer.

All my life I had heard “Eating healthy is too expensive” and saw people eat unhealthy thinking that it was true, because.. It had to be right? Or else people wouldn’t be doing it.. And when you go to a fast food place the salad is usually more expensive than the fattening food. So you would assume that it is usually correct that healthy food is pricey.

But when you go into the store you notice that when you cut out all of the frozen food, chips, soda, bread, etc. that your bill really isn’t very high! For instance, my husband went to the grocery store today and found a TON of chicken on sale and came home with around 8 bags of fruits, vegetables and meats and it was only $48! We saved $30 with our King Soopers card. And now we’ll have meats to freeze to keep them from going bad and have food for quite a while!

Don’t believe the hype that you cannot eat healthy due to the price or that some foods are “healthy” because the commercial claims them to have natural ingredients in them. You catch on really quickly that if you want something that may not be a WHOLE food to look at the ingredients. We use coconut sugar, it is made solely from the coconut flower and is a non-refined sugar that the body can process easier. If you look at the ingredients it tells you just that, there aren’t long names that you cannot pronounce.

Foods make a lot of claims, you just need to know the trick to decided which is a gimmick and which is truly good for your body!:)