Speed up a cold recovery with our Megadose Vitamin C drip! The equivalent vitamin C of 1,000 oranges, this drip provides the body with the necessary support to combat this season's toughest cold. #VitaminC#booster#recoveryboost#wellnesswednesdays
Did you know that...
1. Cold viruses can live up to 3 hours on your skin, and as long as 48 hours on a touchable surface (which is why washing your hands often is the first defense)
2. A sneeze can travel up to 6 feet in distance, so if you see someone sick sneezing make sure to keep at least a 6 feet distance in between!
3. It's called a "cold" because according to folktale, a cold can be caught through lengthy exposure to cold weather; hence, the term. Additionally, common cold viruses are also seasonal, particularly during winter and rainy seasons.
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Health warning!! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but did you know the air quality in our homes is usually worse than outside? Yep. True story.
Stop and think. How much time do you spend indoors? Who lives within in your home? I assume your loved ones to include kids and furry friends. When you are sick, not feeling well or simply need to rest, where do you do this? In your home.
One way to improve the health of your family, decrease the likelihood of persistent seasonal allergies or chronic nasal congestion, and even sleep better is to invest in a air purifier.
My two favorite purifiers, are the @intellipure Ultrafine 468 or the @molekuleair. Both of these are more efficient than HEPA filters and actually remove the ultrafine particles such as pollutants, viruses, molds, bacteria, and more from the air and prevent recirculating of these harmful particles.
If you find these posts helpful or want more then double tap. ❤️ ALSO stay tuned as these are the things we address in our Detox My Home Program. Enrollment starting later this month!
As I began to learn about the importance of switching out harmful products to clean ones, learning how or what was bad within my home . . . . I became overwhelmed. So we want to make it easy for you as well as fun! To make sure you don’t miss a step, join our email list so we can get the info to you directly. Link to our website in bio and scroll to the bottom where you can add your email to stay informed.
Here’s a throwback for ya. 🤪
Four years ago, I missed the only percussion ensemble concert I’ve ever missed. I was sooooooo sick. Luckily, the kids were able to perform because of the awesome staff I had working with me & Larry stepped up to conduct them. 😱
It took me 2 weeks to start feeling like myself after being sick with 2 viruses at once. After getting over being sick, Shawn & I started our very first Beachbody program. 💪🏽 Four years later, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I have more energy & I feel amazing! And guess what? I haven’t been sick since! The few times I’ve been a little under the weather, I’ve been able to bounce back quickly. I attribute this to living a healthy lifestyle and drinking my immune boosting superfood shake daily. 😉
I want to pay this forward to YOU. 😊
20 minute workouts you can do anywhere, a nutrition plan that’s easy to follow, healthy recipes, the best superfood shake available, me as your coach, my wellness tribe to support you and access to an exclusive Facebook group with the man who changed my life forever - Shaun T. 🤩
Message me to join me in January to be your healthiest, happiest, best self. 🙌🏽 #wellnesswednesdays#lovelife ❤️ #happyandhealthylife#atxmusic#banddirectorlife#musicianlifestyle#wellnessjourney#healthyisalifestyle#strongisbeautiful
🧘♂️#WellnessWednesday ! Tis’ the season of indulgence! We all love christmas treats, right?! If you don’t gain some body fat % over the holidays, then you’re not doing the holidays correctly.....no judgement here! Enjoy yourself over the holidays, just keep up on all other aspects of wellness. Proper sleep, exercise, hydration, etc, will help mitigate the negative effects of ingesting mass quantities of chocolate🧘♂️
🍫Fortunately, chocolate actually has some prominent health benefits! This likely isn’t news to you. It’s commonly understood that chocolate has antioxidant / cardiovascular health benefits, but how???🍫
🍫Research proves that chocolate improves blood vessel endothelial function. In English: chocolate lowers blood pressure. Cocoa, specifically, contains flavonoids that induce vasodilation (arterial widening), lowering blood pressure. The darker the chocolate, the more flavonoids contained, so don’t be afraid of that 90% cocoa dark chocolate!🍫
🍫Something I found interesting in this article: sugar-free dark chocolate (artificially sweetened) lowered blood pressure significantly more than dark chocolate with natural sugar. Yes, we know that artificial sweeteners come with their own health risks, but in the context of blood pressure, sugar-free dark chocolate was more efficacious!🍫
🍫Enjoy the holiday season, everyone! Go eat some chocolate (not toooooo much), and feel good about it!🍫
🚨TAG SOMEONE WHO LOVES CHOCOLATE!
🗝Faridi Z, et al. Acute dark chocolate and coca ingestion and endothelial function: a randomized controlled crossover trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 88: 58-63. (2008)
I LOVE MY BODY.
That felt pretty good to say. It feels good to shut my inner mean girl up and tell her that I love myself; I love every curve, birthmark, scar, etc. I love parts of me that for years I said I hated. As women (and I’m sure men, too) we grow up looking in the mirror and picking at ourselves for our imperfections. We are our toughest critics, and we don’t spend near enough time loving ourselves.
So I post this vulnerable post and I am telling myself and everyone else that I love my body. I love my thick legs, my stomach, my arms and everything in between.
Am I perfect? No, but what the hell is perfect anyway? My body is in its healthiest, most perfect state it’s ever been in and I’m not finished.
So I’m telling you, right now, whether you have just started your journey, you are months or years in, or maybe you haven’t said “yes” yet, tell yourself how much you love your body. It is the only one you’re going to get. @brookebruce54
"Brenda, do I have to buy all organic to eat healthy?! 😬"
The short answer is no. Here's why 👇🏼😊
If buying organic keeps us from doing eating more whole foods, buying conventional fresh or frozen is better than nothing! 🙌🏼
Ultimately, what matters is that we add in more real, whole foods into our meal routine! Know what I’m sayin’?
With frozen, double check the ingredients to make sure the product only has 1 ingredient! They can be a little sneaky sometimes with adding extra ingredients. 😉
If you're worried about pesticide residue in non-organic produce, you can use the Dirty Dozen guide to get only the most contaminated produce organic, and the rest buy conventional.
The easy peasy way to remember this guide is, if it has skin that we eat, it's best to get organic.
For example, berries, tomatoes, potatoes, leafy greens, apples... you get the idea! 😜 This lessens the chance of pesticide exposure.
If you want to know specifics, look up the EWG Dirty Dozen for the latest on which produce has the most pesticides!
If you have specific questions about organic packaged food, send me a message! 😊
KEEP CALM AND VEG ON, Y'ALL. 😜😂😂
It's mid-humpday and thank God I'm breast feeding right now, because there's nothing I'd love more than to drown in some strong coffee.
But before you down another "cup of fear", try out some of my favorite coffee alternatives below:
1. Warm Lemon Water | Great detox choice that will get your energy going with a nice fresh flavor.
2. Mint Tea | Just like lemon water, the smell and taste of this healing herb isn't just for grandmas.
3. Reishi/Cordycepts Mushroom Tea | This ancient Asian healing 'shroom is finally making it's presence known in the west with companies like @foursigmatic. Try their fun Hot Coco!
4. Green Tea or Matcha | Though still full of caffeine, these mean green teas will help even longest case of "Mondays". 📸: @foursigmatic
Been blogging more than usual this month and more to come. Working on being more brave getting camera out in public more. Also Santa could so bring me a new vlog camera I would be so grateful! (Santa looking for a Canon g7x😉)
Good afternoon Titans! 🤗 Finals are right around the corner and while it's easy to forget about your sexual health it's important that you remember to still get regularly tested! ☆ The CDC reported that only about 12% of the young adult population got tested last year, when 1 in 4 college student have an STI and don't know it! 》》Please find time and get tested! 😉 #WellnessWednesdays#wellnesspost#sexualhealth
Join us this Friday, December 14th for Intuitive Counseling with Kate! 🕯
Connect to your mind, body and spirit during this interactive group session to help create perspective and cultivate a positive outlook on your life. Reflect on the past and focus on what’s next in the future. ✨
To register, please visit: www.centerpointhackettstown.com/events
So, a year ago today I was in an accident in which I was knocked unconscious and I experienced my second concussion (in 3 years).
Whilst I’m infinitely grateful that things were not worse, it unfortunately left me with post concussion syndrome (PCS) which I have then spent most of this year recovering from.
I had never even heard of PCS before so I had no idea how much of an impact it can have or what a wide range of symptoms it causes. I will certainly never forget the frustration of not being able coordinate my hand to write or the inability to form the thoughts or words that I wanted to say.
The many different symptoms (physical and psychological) have been very challenging and have meant that brain health and recovery have been a major focus for me this year.
Fortunately, whilst I had not previously heard of PCS, I have a lot of knowledge that I was able to apply to my recovery and I was able to find out lots of really useful advice and help from various sources, including Brendon Burchard and https://concussionfoundation.org/PCS-resources/what-is-PCS //
The main reason for this post is to help raise awareness of the potential impact of concussions and PCS. I hope that this information is helpful to someone else and I would love to hear about your experiences with this topic? x
Happy Wellness Wednesday! Are you feeling really busy & overwhelmed? It’s that time of year where everyone is running!
On the one hand great to see friends & family at holiday parties & events. On the other hand there’s a lot of extra things to do as we all prepare for the ‘big show’ aka Christmas.
As you’re giving to others, are you giving to yourself? One simple thing you can do is to take 10 deep breaths before you get out of bed. Great way to start your day with a calm mind. Ending your day this way can help release the stress and tension of the day. Lay in bed on your back, eyes closed and as you breathe in through your nose let your rib cage expand & your belly rise. On the exhale let your back side sink into your bed. Take 10 slow breaths- 5 to 7 seconds on each inhale & exhale. Other great ways to practice self care is to take baths, spend quality time with friends & get in a workout or yoga class.
Do you stop practicing self care at this time of year? Ready to get back into the routine? What are your favorite self care tips?
Blueberries are one of the worlds most powerful antioxidants. They help get rid of harmful oxygen deprived free radicals from the human body and thereby may protect us against aging, cancers, degenerative diseases and infections. We love it and so do our kids. #carsoncrossfitnutrition#healthylifestyle#wellnesswednesdays
”It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how strong the man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again. . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails at least fails while daring greatly.”
I challenge you to dare greatly today. Dare to lead others, make a change, improve yourself and go out on a limb.
Tag a friend who you want encourage or support.
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Let the element of water heal your body, did you know that our three-quarters of our body contains water? Discover the healing rhythm of Tibetan Singing bowls which harmonizes and tunes your energy and blood flow!
"I keep doing hours and hours of cardio but I’m not seeing results!"
I hear this from SO many people.
And what happens when you get so fed up doing loads of cardio and not seeing the desired results?🥴
Because why would you continue doing something you don’t love only to not get results?
➳Perhaps it’s time you let go of the belief that cardio is the answer.
Don’t get me wrong..I am not saying that you shouldn’t do any cardio at all. Cardio is great for cardiovascular health and aiding in your fitness journey.
✘All I’m saying is that it is NOT the only answer.✘
You should NOT be walking into the gym and heading straight for the treadmill or elliptical every time you workout. If your goal is to lose fat and gain a more toned body, you need to pick up those weights and spend LESS time on the cardio machines.🏋️♀️
Resistance training actually helps to boost your metabolic rate.🙌
When you increase your metabolic rate, your body will actually burn MORE calories while at complete rest. How cool is that⁉️ Your body will continue to burn calories even after you’ve stopped your workout.
During cardio only workouts your body will actually lose fat AND muscle...as opposed to lifting weights where your body will preserve or build muscle while also shedding fat.
Trust me...you want to keep that muscle on your body! (Don’t worry ladies, you will NOT get bulky! That is a myth that needs to go away. It takes REALLY hard work and dedication and a LOT of food to ever get even close to bulky for us women.)
That muscle will help keep your metabolism up and give you that “toned” look we all want as the fat falls off.
It’s time to leave the cardio section (or at least spend a lot less time there) and make your way toward the weights!
Is this cardio bunny mindset something that you deal with?
The other day I read a great article in @selfmagazine about inclusivity in the health and wellness world. I’ve spoken before on here about privilege and how I hope to create an inclusive space through authenticity and vulnerability- to empower others to find their personal sense of balance, whatever that looks like or whatever that includes. But I know that my platform may not resonate with all individuals, even if they have also experienced orthorexia nervosa. They may not see themselves or their story reflected on my page. I want to better showcase the true individuality of health and wellness on here, so to do so, I’m going to bring back #wellnesswednesdays in which I feature a variety of individuals in this sphere with different culinary, exercise, and overall health backgrounds/approaches, and I’m going to start sharing more user generated content for those who use #straighttothebutze . Overall, I want to be more mindful of different approaches and practices, ones that will truly help empower individuals to discover balance. I’m sharing more about this on the blog, so follow the link to learn more! And as always, reach out if you have any feedback 💕
I WORE “BUSY” AS A BADGE OF HONOR
Just last year I was running myself ragged, trying to do ALL the things and still come up on top. I was a hardcore type A achiever. There wasn't an achievement or certificate I met that I didn't want. I thrived on people congratulating me on my busyness and I was willing to sacrifice myself time and time again to get that feedback.
It wasn't until the moment that my husband and I started fostering that things began to break. My cup wasn't just full, it was overflowing. I now had two little babies to take care of and they didn't care what achievement I was trying to get or how busy I was. Not to mention that my relationships now didn't just fit in the cracks, there were no longer any cracks available.
My anxiety and stress were at their worst and I could feel myself struggling but my pride wouldn't let me ask for help. It wasn't until I had a REAL talk with my husband that I made the decision to leave work and focus mainly on these babies and my family. It worked for a little while but something was still missing.
Until one day I came across a post about wellness and how the core areas of our wellness can dramatically impact us. And I realized that I didn't take care of a single one of them. I was stressed, I was anxious, I'd left my job, and still nothing. So I figured why not. Let's try it.
I got RUTHLESS with my schedule and I got rid of everything on there that I didn't enjoy or didn't serve a purpose. I still wanted to fill the spaces because that's just my nature. But now I was filling it with things that served me like spending time with my husband and foster babies, moving my body, fueling my body with nutrition, participating in activities with the people I love, and even reading more books.
I'm no longer busy for the sake of being busy. Instead my schedule is FULL of all the ways I'm creating the life I want.
So if you're struggling with being busy and the thought of taking care of yourself makes you feel even more overwhelmed, it doesn't have to be that way. I'm living proof that things can be different. If you're ready for a FULL life, send me a message... I would love to help 💕
Happy #wellnesswednesday friends!
Today let's talk about infusions. As in loose-leaf tea infusions. Steeped for several hours or overnight to pull all the minerals from the herbs into the water, tea infusions have been my go-to postpartum. When I first had Nevi I drank lots of red raspberry leaf and nettle. Red raspberry is great for balancing female hormones and nettle is high in iron and many other minerals essential for breastfeeding mamas. These days I have been combining lemon balm and oatstraw for my daily tea infusion. Lemon balm is anti-viral, great for cold and flu season. It is also good for managing anxiety. Oatstraw is also calming and grounding. As soon as I take a sip of it I can feel my muscles relax. .
Infusions are such a fun way to learn about different herbs! I buy mine in bulk at Natural Grocers, but you can also find them at other health food stores or online through places like Mountain Rose Herbs. When I buy new herbs I think about how I am feeling and what I am drawn to. Your body is smart and knows what it needs! .
This teapot has a built in strainer inside of it, which is perfect for infusions. You could also just use a mason jar and put a tea strainer full of herbs in it, cover it with a cloth to steep.
Have you ever made tea infusions? What are your favorite herbs at the moment?