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WHAT'S WITH THESE DETOX BATHS EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT????

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If you haven't tried a detox bath yet then this blog is for YOU! There are SOOOOO many benefits to taking detox baths. Toxins are everywhere no matter how hard to try to avoid them! Detox baths are a great addition to your natural remedy routine but they are also a very powerful tool when you or your little ones are sick! 

Check out this clip from Fox 8 News Cleveland! I was on last month talking about natural cold and flu remedies. 

Ok so what is the deal behind these baths???

Our bodies are equipped with a natural detoxification system, pretty cool right? However sometimes our body needs a little help ridding itself of all the toxins we are exposed to, especially when we are sick. We are surrounded by toxins on a daily basis, from the air we breathe to chemicals in cleaning products and skincare products, even the food we eat. At the first sign of a cold we always do detox baths at our house!  

Detox baths open your pores and removes toxins through the skin, helping your liver get a little break.  Did you know that your skin is your largest organ?? Since your pores are open during a detox bath you should avoid soaps or body washes. When Anya or I take detox baths at home we don't use any soaps or shampoo. If you must use something please make sure it's natural. I suggest NYR ORGANICS BABY if you are looking for a natural product for your little ones. 

BENEFITS:

  • Fights colds quickly
  • Rids your body of toxins
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Reduces stress levels and irritability  
  • Improves focus and alertness (great for kids with ADHD)

I bet you can't wait to jump in the bath now and want to know how to do it?? Lets start with what you'll need! 

INGREDIENTS:

Epsom Salts-We love the Soothe & Sleep for the kids and Relax & Relief for Mike and I. 

Epsom salt is a powerful tool in home remedies, it has so many benefits. Epsom salt contains high levels of magnesium. Did you know that most Americans are deficient in magnesium?? Soaking in epsom salts can increase magnesium levels enough to skip the need for a magnesium supplement. Magnesium deficiencies can be devastating to the human body.

Epsom salts also have great healing properties, they been known to greatly reduce inflammation, and can also help heal the many bumps and bruises our little ones seem to constantly be covered in. 

 I love these CBD bath salts from Clean Remedies! Get yours  HERE

I love these CBD bath salts from Clean Remedies! Get yours HERE

Baking Soda- Baking soda in my bath?!? YES! 

A vast majority of our water supply contains chlorine.  A recent study examined the higher-than-normal cases of asthma among swimmers, and found that it was due to their constant exposure to chlorine. In the 1990s, the EPA recognized that people absorb more chemicals, including chlorine, in their bath and shower water than when drinking water contaminated with the same substances.

Baking soda is very alkaline. You can read why it's important to keep your body at an alkaline state HERE 

Adding baking soda to your bath will help alkanize the water and neutralize the chemicals, including chlorine

 

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is mined from weathered deposits of volcanic ash. When mixed with water, bentonite clay becomes negatively charged,  like a magnet it attracts positively charged metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, bismuth, antimony, and barium. Many heavy metals are classified as cations, which means they carry a positive charge. Bentonite clay is very nutritional and contains components like magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and copper.

Bentonite clay’s properties can also attract viruses and bacteria. One study found that an active ingredient in bentonite clay can have a bactericidal-type effect on the bacteria that cause staph. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV has SO many amazing health benefits! You can learn more about them HERE

Adding ACV into the bathwater can help balance the pH of the body and promote healing and give your kidneys a boost! It's great for anyone suffering from skin issues. 

Essential Oils- I love using lavender and chamomile in our detox baths. I use Neal's Yard Remedies Oils! 100% Pure, Certified Organic, Fair Trade and Cruelty Free! When adding oils to your bath please remember that oil and water DON'T MIX so always mix your oils with your epsom salts or coconut oil BEFORE adding them to the bath! You can learn more about the oils I use HERE

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Now that you have your ingredients it's bath time! 

Fill the bathtub half way with warm water, I like a very hot bath but make sure it's not too hot for your littles!

Add 1/2 Cup ACV to the water, 1/4 Cup Bentonite Clay (make sure to remove any clumps), 1 Cup Baking Soda, 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts for littles 60lb and under, 1 Cup Epsom Salts for kids 60lbs and over and 2 Cups Epsom Salts for adults. Add a few drops of your essential oils (remember to mix them into your salts or coconut oil first). Mix all ingredients together and you are ready to enjoy your bath! 

Anya and I like to listen to calming music during our baths and I often keep her entertained with toys. Take a bath for at least 15-20 minutes. Your pores will open and allow your body extract the toxins first, and then start to absorb the minerals. Make sure children do not drink the water, magnesium has a laxative effect. A detox bath can make you very thirsty so make sure you stay hydrated and offer lots of water to your littles! Since magnesium promotes sleep these baths are great to do before bedtime!

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry Syrup is a potent cold and flu remedy! Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, just a mama on a mission to keep my family healthy so please consult your doctor before taking natural remedies or vitamins!! 

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 Copied from WebMD:

“Elderberry is a plant. The berries are used to make medicine. Do not confuse elderberry with American Elder, Elderflower, or Dwarf Elder.
Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) .
Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating.
Elderberry fruit is also used for making wine and as a food flavoring.”
Elderberry might affect the immune system. Elderberry seems to have activity against viruses including the flu and might reduce inflammation.

This is a study that was done on Elderyberries and the FLU

Uploaded by Fox 8 News Cleveland on 2018-01-16.

Pretty awesome little berries aren't they??

These are the dried Elderberries I use to make my syrup.

If you want a smaller bag try these:

Ok now we are ready make our own Homemade Elderberry Syrup!!! It's really easy and makes your house smell amazing!! It's good for 3-4 weeks in the fridge. We usually use up our whole batch during that time but you can also freeze some for later. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup organic elderberries
  • 2 TBS fresh ginger root
  • 4 Whole cloves
  • 3 Cups water
  • 1 Organic cinnamon stick
  • 2 Chinese star anise
  • 1 Cup honey (we only use local honey. If you can't find local honey use raw honey)

Instructions

  • Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, star anise and cloves (DO NOT ADD HONEY)
  • Bring to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by almost half
  • Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled
  •  Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl
  • Discard the elderberries and spices and let the liquid cool to lukewarm
  • When no longer hot add cup of honey and stir well
  • Once cool pour into a mason jar or glass jar 
  • Store in fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties

We take it daily for immune support, 1 tablespoon for adults and 1/2 teaspoon for the kids. If cold or flu strikes take the normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear. 

These are the Organic Star Anise I use:

If making your own Elderberry Syrup isn't for you try this pre-made brand:

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How to Heal Ear Infections Naturally

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When I had my first two children (now 10 & 12) I blindly gave them antibiotics anytime the doctor prescribed them.  I've learned so much since having them and my 3rd baby (she's 15 months) has yet to have an antibiotic. I've cured her 2 ear infections naturally with Chiropractic care and Garlic Mullein oil! (under the supervision of her pediatrician, who of course wanted to prescribe antibiotics right away! lol)  I do love that our pediatrician respects my choices to always try a natural route first. 

Ear infections are the most common reason parents bring their children to the doctor.  They are also the #1 reason antibiotics are OVER prescribed. 

Ear infections usually occur in the middle ear behind the eardrum. They may be caused by bacteria or by a virus. Doctors often treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. (Antibiotics are strong medicines that kill bacteria and also damage your gut) 

Antibiotics can have side effects.
When children take antibiotics at the first sign of an ear infection, they are more likely to have vomiting, diarrhea, and allergic reactions because of the medicine. Also, antibiotics can disrupt their gut microbiome and cause other problems like diarrhea.

Infants and children sometimes do need antibiotics, but using antibiotics too often can be harmful. Here’s why:

In most cases, antibiotics are NOT needed..

  • They do not work for ear infections caused by viruses.
  • They do not help the pain.
  • Usually, viral infections and many bacterial infections go away on their own in two to three days, especially in children who are over two years old.

Doctors usually can't tell if the ear infection is viral or bacterial so most just prescribe antibiotics for all ear infections. 

Over-use of antibiotics is a problem.
Antibiotics can help drug-resistant bacteria grow. These bacteria are harder to kill. They can cause illnesses that are harder to cure and more costly to treat, which increases the risk of complications and side effects. 

UNDERSTANDING EAR INFECTIONS:

Ear infections can affect the ear canal or the middle ear.

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Acute otitis externa (AOE) is the scientific name for an infection of the ear canal, which is also called swimmer’s ear.

Middle ear infections are called Otitis Media, and there are two types of middle ear infections:

  • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear without pain, pus, fever, or other signs and symptoms of infection.
  • Acute Otitis Media (AOM) occurs when fluid builds up in the middle ear and is often caused by bacteria, but can also be caused by viruses.

How are ear infections treated?

  • AOE is usually treated with antibiotic ear drops.
  • OME usually goes away on its own and does not benefit from antibiotics.
  • AOM may not need antibiotics because the body’s immune system can fight off the infection on its own. 

Watchful Waiting

  • Mild AOM often will get better on its own without antibiotic treatment, so ask your healthcare professional about watchful waiting before they prescribe antibiotics to your child. This means that your provider may wait a few days before deciding whether to prescribe antibiotics, while treating the symptoms of AOM. Watchful waiting gives your child’s own immune system time to fight off the infection first before starting antibiotics. If your child don’t get better in 2–3 days or get worse, your healthcare professional can recommend starting antibiotics.

Chiropractic Care

 Chiropractic adjustments not only strengthen your immune system but also can do wonders for helping ease your child's ear pain. We see our Chiropractor every 2 weeks (more if we are sick). Lymphatic massage is a great way to help the fluid in the ear drain. It's easy and something you can do at home!! 

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In our Facebook group HEALTHY HUSTLERS we have several Chiropractors and Naturopathic Doctors that we love to do calls with on popular topics. Today I did a call with Dr. Kyle Wallner from Michigan Family Wellness on Curing Ear Infections Naturally. 

One product Dr. Wallner recommends is EAR EASE, a device that applies warmth to the ear (see video below).

EAR EASE Ear Ease Pain Reliever, 0.02 Pound
Inventory Management Services- HPC

*IF THE EAR IS DRAINING FLUID DO NOT PUT ANYTHING INTO THE EAR AND SEE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL*

 

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Why I Fired My Boss.

I had someone tell me recently that I "don't have a job". At first I was deeply offended by this comment but then I actually thought about their words.... they were 100% right. I don't have a "job" in fact I hated being an employee.  I hated being stuck somewhere from 9-5, I hated someone else controlling my schedule. I hated feeling guilty if I had to call in sick, or worse if one of my children were sick! 

What I DO have is a LIFESTYLE. I have FREEDOM. I wake up when I want (or should I say when Anya wants) I worked at a "job" until I was 7 months pregnant with Anya. I made the choice to fire my boss and stay home with her.  I am breastfeeding and co-sleeping because I don't have to rush out the door in the morning I don't get stressed out if she's up all night. I have the freedom to nap with her the next day, not sit at my desk chugging coffee struggling to stay awake.

 She's asleep next to me as I'm writing this! 

She's asleep next to me as I'm writing this! 

I work WHEN and WHERE I want to. Some days at my desk, others at the pool or zoo with the kids. I make my schedule. I choose my team of people that I WANT to work with! I get to work and travel with my friends!! I mean seriously, how cool is that?? I'm writing my own book not reading someone else's! 

 This was a "work day" for me last month with one of my girlfriends and our kids!  I create my own goals and deadlines and I don't have a boss I don't like breathing down my neck.

This was a "work day" for me last month with one of my girlfriends and our kids!  I create my own goals and deadlines and I don't have a boss I don't like breathing down my neck.

I never miss a thing with my children, I never have to say "sorry honey mommy has to work". I decide how much money I want to make! I'm not stuck to a salary! Everything I do helps grow MY business not SOMEONE ELSE'S. The baby will be 1 next month and I haven't left her for anything work related yet....that's not for everyone but it is the choice for ME! Do you get to make your own choices like that at work??

 I was being interviewed with the baby on my lap at my kitchen table! 

I was being interviewed with the baby on my lap at my kitchen table! 

So I want to say thank you to the person who pointed out that I don't have a job! You made me remember how lucky I am and how much I love my life! I also want to say thank you to the person who introduced me to Network Marketing and taught me how to take control of my life! Is it always easy? No. But SO worth it! Is working 40 hours (or more) a week easy? No. Is sitting in rush hour easy? No. You have to choose your battles and decide what you truly want out of life!! I choose to control my own destiny, not work my life away for a company then hope that they will take care of me when it's time to retire.  

Next time you are presented with an opportunity LOOK AT IT!! What do you have to lose besides your alarm clock?!!? If you are curious about what I do or where you can start please don't hesitate to reach out!!

 Working from my family's lake house in The Smokey Mountains

Working from my family's lake house in The Smokey Mountains

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The Power of Juicing with Anna in the Raw!!

Mike and I had to pleasure of visiting Chef Anna at her cafe in Downtown Cleveland Good to Go Cafe. Anna is very passionate about what she does and got started after her father died at a young age.  Visit her website at www.annaintheraw.com

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Chef Anna

So what is Cold Pressed Juice??? 

Cold Pressed means that no heat gets near the juice, the motor isn't near the actual juice and keeps the integrity of the juice for at least 72 hours.

When you juice at home it's been exposed to heat (unless you have a industrial juicer like Anna) and therefore must be consumed right away. (withing a half hour) When you juice or make smoothies at home make only enough to consume right away. If you aren't consuming it right away your body processes it like regular sugar.

How can you tell if a juice you are buying in a store is truly cold pressed?? You CAN'T see through cold pressed juice! Most juices in the store are about 50% water!!

What should I use to juice??

When fruit or veggies are about to go that's the best time to use them!!

You don't need pretty produce so visit your local farmers market and have fun and take advantage of sales!! You can eliminate a lot of waste with juicing!

Fruit should be eaten in the morning on an empty stomach or mid morning/afternoon. Fruit takes longer to digest and can cause gas and discomfort.

Read labels and do your homework! Don't be afraid to ask questions and don't trust someone else to do your homework for you, it's your body and your responsibility!

If you aren't a fan of eating greens juicing is a great way to get your daily serving of greens!! Greens are very alkaline and your body needs a balance of alkaline and acidic.

Your body regenerates every 7 years, what you feed your cells is what they are gong to produce. You can literally change anything in your body!

Activated Charcoal is like a magnet and pulls toxins or anything foreign out of your body! Even birth control ladies so be careful taking it if you are on the pill!! Any medicine that your body doesn't recognize.

Did you know that your bad breath in the morning is a combination of gases from your food digesting?!?! Ewwww right! Drinking warm water with half a lemon every morning when you wake up will alkaline your body and add 10 years to your life!

To watch the LIVE interview please visit us on Facebook in our group HEALTHY HUSTLERS and search "Juicing"

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Understanding Nutrition, Call with Dr. Patel

Meet Dr. Pooja Patel DC:

Education

  • Life University, College of Chiropractic Marietta, Ga
  • Degree: Doctor of Chiropractic – 2010-2014

Dr. Patel been serving communities throughout Georgia and Ohio. Dr. Patel has a strong passion to serve the community and educate families. Her vision for Medina is to see families and individuals expressing their optimal potential in life, through regular chiropractic care. Dr. Patel has experience working with all ages from new born infants to senior citizens.

Our mission at Lifetime Family Chiropractic is to educate and serve
northern Ohio using the principles of Chiropractic. We want to reach as many families with the ultimate goal being to lead them to a greater state of health as well as deeper appreciation of God.

http://www.lfcmedina.com/ 

Tip to implement better nutrition:

Write down your top 10 health related goals. Example: 1. Drinking water within 1 hour of waking up and 8 glasses per day 2. Do not shop in the middle isles of the grocery store Write down all 10. Implement only 1. Once you have that 1 down, Then move on to 2. Once you get 1 &2 down, move onto 3

Carbohydrates often get a bad wrap. However carbs alone aren't bad, everyone needs them because carbs are the body's primary source of energy. 

There are 3 types of Carbohydrates:

  1. Sugar
  2. Starches
  3. Fiber

Women should consume 25g of Fiber a day and Men 35-40g. A high fiber diet lowers your risk of cancer and other diseases such as IBS. 

A normal diet should contain 50% Carbs, 20% Protein and 30% Fat. To achieve your weight loss goals you need to figure out your goal weight and keep a food diary. 

 You should consume a colorful diet full of raw fruits and vegetables and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! 

You should consume a colorful diet full of raw fruits and vegetables and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day! 

One of the keys to understanding nutrition is learning how to read food labels

  • Look at the ingredient list first. If the label has a long list of ingredients or words that you can't pronounce its usually highly processed and should be avoided! 
  • Next check the serving size
  • Look at the calorie content
  • Sodium content- you shouldn't consume more then 800mg of Sodium per serving. 
  • Sugars- make sure you learn all the different words for sugar! 

How to count Macronutrients instead of calories:

Macronutrients are carbs, fats, and proteins—the three basic components of every diet. One of the problems with traditional calorie counting is that it doesn’t take into account what you’re eating, just how many calories you take in. You should focus on eating the right thing and it may be more beneficial to focus on macronutrients rather then calories. 

Try one of these Macronutrient calculators:

http://macronutrientcalculator.com/ 

https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/macronutrients_calculator.htm 

Listen to the recorded call with Dr. Patel HERE:  https://fccdl.in/oB32RQnHt

OR watch live in HEALTHY HUSTLERS

We hope you enjoy this series on Nutrition!

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What is Adrenal Fatigue? Call with Dr. Sweetnich

Adrenal fatigue is caused by a poorly working adrenal gland in people who are under mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal glands make hormones.

Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich

Follow Dr. Sweetnich:
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www.facebook.com/drsweetnich

Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich grew up in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While there she completed her internship including a rotation with the Salvation Army.

Dr. Sweetnich focuses on finding the root cause of disease and treats everyone from a personalized and holistic viewpoint. After being diagnosed and successfully treating herself for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) she developed a passion for women's health, including making women aware that there are other options besides the "traditional" medical solution.Dr. Sweetnich also focuses on autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She is an expert in botanical medicine as well as nutritional therapies and is also currently studying to become nutritional IV certified.

In her spare time Dr. Sweetnich coaches softball. She is an avid gym go-er, from spinning classes to kickboxing to good ole fashion lifting heavy weights, she enjoys it all. When not on the field, in the gym, or in the office, you can find her with her husband, daughter, and dog somewhere in the woods!

There are so many factors that can affect your Adrenals. Such as stress, which may be the hardest to control! I mean who doesn't have stress in their lives?! An unhealthy lifestyle, toxins, poor diet and more! 

So what are the signs of Adrenal Fatigue and how do you know if you have it?? Here are a few possible signs:

  • You are excessively tired- You are getting enough sleep but still struggle to get up in the morning or small tasks have become overwhelming.
  •  You crave salt-The reason for salt cravings is low sodium and aldosterone (a steroid hormone) levels in your body.
  • You have a boost of energy in the evening- There’s an energy pattern with AFS— very fatigued in the morning, with more alertness around lunch, a lull in the afternoon, a spike of energy around 6pm and then another wave of fatigue around 9pm.
  • You feel lightheaded if you stand up too fast- Although it's a lesser symptom, This might be attributed to low blood pressure when returning to a standing position.
  • Difficulty dealing with stress-  Long periods of high cortisol from stress can lead to a dip in cortisol due to over stimulation, which makes your body less prepared to deal with stress. This can cause a “burnout” that can decrease your overall tolerance to life events.
  • A weakened immune system causing you to get sick easier- If your cortisol levels drop too low, you can be prone to overreact to pathogens and could end up with inflammation or even auto-immune diseases.

If any of this sounds familiar please feel free to contact Dr. Sweetnich for an appointment: (855) 829-8315

LISTEN TO THE RECORDED CALL HERE:  https://fccdl.in/BUh9T5YZt

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Keys to Healthy Weight Loss with Loriann Mac!!

Loriann Mac has been in the Weight Loss industry for over 30 years. She opened Weight No More in Canton Ohio 11 years ago!  Loriann teaches her clients the right ways to lose weight and keep it off through a healthy lifestyle, diet, exercise and supplements. 

Whether you’ve decided to get in better shape as part of a New Year’s resolution, for summer bathing suit season, lose baby weight after a pregnancy or just boost your normal routine, there’s never a bad time to get fit, shed those last extra pounds and start your journey to a healthier lifestyle.

 You can't out exercise a bad diet! 

You can't out exercise a bad diet! 

Keep in mind:

  • Calories count
  • Portions count
  • Nutrition counts
  • Even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits
  • Strive to develop good habits to last a lifetime

Make sure to eat a colorful diet full of raw fruits and veggies! 

Find an exercise routine that you can continue for the rest of your life.  Find workouts you enjoy doing and schedule them into your day, break them up throughout the day as needed. Pinterest has a ton of great at home workouts if you don't have time to get to the gym, if your home with a baby like me or to use while traveling! Make sure to incorporate strength training into your routine! 

Watch the LIVE video in Healthy Hustlers on Facebook! Go to: HEALTHY HUSTLERS and search "Loriann Mac or Weight Loss"

 

 

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What are Probiotics and why do I need them?? Interview with Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich!

 Did you know that 60-80% of our immune system is found in our gut?!?!

Did you know that 60-80% of our immune system is found in our gut?!?!

We had a great call with Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich about Probiotics. Dr. Sweetnich is very knowledgeable and we learned a lot from her on this topic! Thanks again for doing the call for us!! Here is a little background on Dr. Sweetnich and how to connect with her!

Follow Dr. Sweetnich:
www.modernhealthblog.com
www.facebook.com/drsweetnich

Dr. Jerrica Sweetnich grew up in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from National University of Health Sciences in Chicago, Illinois. While there she completed her internship including a rotation with the Salvation Army. 

Dr. Sweetnich focuses on finding the root cause of disease and treats everyone from a personalized and holistic viewpoint. After being diagnosed and successfully treating herself for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) she developed a passion for women's health, including making women aware that there are other options besides the "traditional" medical solution. Dr. Sweetnich also focuses on autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. She is an expert in botanical medicine as well as nutritional therapies and is also currently studying to become nutritional IV certified. 
 

Our microbiome is made up of of trillions of yeast, bacteria and viruses. We have a 10-1 ratio, we have more bacteria, viruses and yeast then we do cells in our body! Probiotics do so many things for our body like helping us break down food, helping with hormones, they are anti-inflamatory. Everything for your health starts in your gut!  

The best source of both Pre and Probiotics are found in food! Prebiotics serve as food for probiotics and a few of the best sources are berries and bananas (just to name a few). Probiotics balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut and can be found in fermented foods such as Sauerkraut and Kombucha. Contrary to popular belief yogurt is NOT one of the best sources for probiotics (hear why in the live video below). If you aren't getting enough pre and probiotics in your food you can find them in a supplement form. Dr. Sweetnich tells us what to look for when taking them as a supplement in the live video below.  

Dr. Sweetnich put together a store that has all of her favorite companies in one place for our FB group HEALTHY HUSTLERS . She is also giving the group 15% off all orders! In order to get the 15% you just have to let her know when you sign up so she can assign you the discount. Pure Encapsulations, Gaia Herbs, Vital Nutrients are just a few of the brands in there. She be adding more supplements into the store so if there is something you don't see feel free to ask!

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How Gluten can ruin your health!! Interview with Dr. Peiper

Meet our good friend Dr. Howard Peiper!  Pulitzer prize nominee and best selling author of over 12 books!  Dr. Peiper has been practicing medicine for over 4 decades and has been featured on numerous TV shows and radio interviews.  

 Dr. Peiper and his wife Meg! 

Dr. Peiper and his wife Meg! 

Today Dr. Peiper shares his wisdom on Gluten...exactly what is it, where it comes from and why it should be removed from your diet.  Sit back and take some notes; this information is powerful!  Feel free to share this with your friends on social media and have them join Healthy Hustlers!  

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Benefits of Co-Bathing and Breast Milk Baths!!

We don't always bathe with flowers :) This was for our Milk Bath photo shoot! 

I started co bathing with Anya as soon as her umbilical cord fell off. It was a great way for us to have skin to skin time. She LOVES to nurse while we are in the bath. As she has grown she has a blast splashing around and playing in the bath with mama! I cherish our bath time together and love that she always wants to snuggle for the first few minutes we are in there! I had no clue when we started that there were a ton of health benefits as well!

Benefits for baby:

  1. Great bonding experience
  2. Promotes skin to skin contact
  3. Relaxing for baby, keeps them calm during bath time
  4. It's more comfortable and warm then a cold baby bath
  5. Encourages breastfeeding

Benefits for mom:

  1. It's a relaxing way to unwind after a long day
  2. Boosts the hormones that help lactation
  3. Great bonding experience
  4. Stimulates milk letdown
  5. Encourages breastfeeding
  6. It's convenient! We travel a lot and never have to worry about how to bathe her

Tips for successful co bathing:

  • Make sure water temperature is comfortable for baby and not too hot
  • Add enough milk to make the water cloudy
  • Have towels laid out for you and baby
  • I try to bathe her when someone is home to help me get out of the tub
  • If you are home alone have a bouncer or something next to the tub to set baby in after you wrap them in a towel so you can get out
  • If you are worried about the baby being slippery you can use textured gloves (available at bath and body stores)
  • We like to dim the lights and listen to relaxing music
  • I usually add Lavender and Chamomile Roman to the bath to help us both relax and help her sleep (I love this organic line from Europe!)

Breast Milk Baths

When Anya was 2 months old she developed eczema so we started researching Breast Milk baths. I only bathe her 1-2 times a week and a few times a month we add breast milk to our bath. NEVER pump and dump or throw away expired breast milk!!! It can be used in your bath!! Also great if you have high lipase and baby won't drink your stored milk.

 You can take some amazing milk bath photos too!! We took these in our bathroom on an iPhone! 

You can take some amazing milk bath photos too!! We took these in our bathroom on an iPhone! 

Benefits of Breast Milk baths

  1. Clears up eczema and other skin problems
  2. Helps clear up pink eye or blocked tear ducts
  3. Soothes and heals diaper rash
  4. Moisturizes the skin
  5. Heals cuts and scrapes
  6. Helps clear up baby acne

Breast Milk is also great for healing ear infections (placing a few drops inside the ear), clearing up moms acne and rubbing the fatty part of your milk on stretch marks! I'm very into natural remedies and try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible so I'm not going to lie....I've drank my own milk when feeling under the weather! It's natures best nutrition!!

I've it's very important to use coconut oil on the baby after a breast milk bath to seal in the moisture, I usually add Lavender essential oil to help her sleep.

 

 

 

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REALITY TV...No Cell Phones or Internet for 3 days!?! Could you do it??

I wish you all could have seen the look on Mike and the kids faces when I told them that Fox 8 was coming to our house, taking our cells phones and wifi for 3 days and FILMING IT!!! At first they all told me no but I'm a force to be reckoned with! Plus I had already told Melissa Reid that we were in so they didn't have a choice!! haha

 9 year old Kaylee is addicted to YouTube

9 year old Kaylee is addicted to YouTube

Mike does business all over the world from his phone so he was worried that this would be very hard for him. I work from home with our 6 month old and do 90% of my business on social media, I blog and have a team of women who count on me!  We both absolutely dreaded the thought of giving up our phones, in fact it did not hit either of us hard until Melissa actually took our phones and locked them into a safe!!

WATCH PART I:

I think the first morning was the toughest for Mike, He always wakes up early and works on his laptop and phone. He religiously uses apps like skype, FB messenger and whatsapp to talk to people in Asia.  So he just sat there in the dark and did nothing until everyone woke up lol.  I on the other hand shockingly didn't miss my phone as much as I thought I would. It was nice to spend more quality time with each Mike and all our kids!

 18 year old Austin loves Twitter

18 year old Austin loves Twitter

You don't realize how much you use your phone! We had to search for a calculator at one point over the weekend. Mike went to the store and couldn't call me to ask a question about an item on my list. He also had to stop and ask people what time it was several times!! 

 15 year old Lexi has a serious SnapChat addiction

15 year old Lexi has a serious SnapChat addiction

We do in home parties and had one planned the same weekend we agreed to do the show so we had to plan the party and just sit and wait to see who showed up! Normally we would be inviting people on FB and text and would have an idea of who was coming!

WATCH PART II

After it was all said and done it was a great experience and something I challenge every family to try! Set aside one night a week to put your phones down and spend quality time together! Children are only young once and it goes SO fast! Put the screens down and play with them, you won't regret it! 

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Mentoring Series: Jeff Weisberg

This interview will add a COMMA to your check!

I am excited to share a 3 part series "Interview" style with a legend in the direct sales industry and a VERY good friend of mine for nearly 20 years...Jeff Weisberg.  Jeff has made his fortune in direct sales as a single father of two boys. 

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Jeff is a NO excuse, NO bullshit, 1000% ACTION kind of guy.  

Jeff tells it like it is...and his infectious energy and humor makes him a guy everyone in the industry loves to hang out with and learn from when it comes to success.

Listen to part one of the interview...

Brandy and I had an awesome trip to Europe last year. We are pictured here with Jeff and and his beautiful girlfiend Sandra. This picture brings back many of our great memories...we had an AMAZING dinner for my birthday in Frankfurt then we drove into Luxembourg for the next few days. The hotel bar was closed but they opened it up to allow us a bottle to celebrate! Traveling the world with friends is priceless.  

You know what's really neat?  

Jeff and I both have a mutual mentor, Larry Thompson who is the Co-Founder of Herbalife, a $5 BILLION company still today! You can hear Jeff share his name several times in the interview and for good reason, Larry Thompson is the "Mentor to the Millionaires".  Ironically Larry Thompson mentored and worked with my parents in the late 1960's in a company called Bestline.  Bestline was a company where many legends like Larry got their start...people like Jim Rohn, Les Brown and more!  

 

 Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!   

Brandy and I with Larry & Taylor Thompson in San Francisco after business we found time to play!

 

So take Jeff's advice very serious from this call...in fact listen to it again and again if needed before we dive in to the next call on Activity and Leadership.  Jeff is challenging us to make a commitment to personal growth.  

Jeff's CHALLENGE is simple:

"Commit to 15-30 minutes of personal growth everyday" 

  • read a book
  • watch a video on YouTube 
  • read a positive article
  • call one of your mentors

Challenge yourself to do this everyday, starting today! 

-Motivated Mike 

If you want to connect with Jeff Weisberg:  www.daddyworksfromhome.com

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Stop throwing a TIT FIT!!!

Tits, Breasts, Boobs, Jugs, Tata's, Twins... Whatever you call them they are the mother of double standards!!! Take the image below for example: Both pictures show almost the exact same amount of boob but one is acceptable, even used to sell things and one is considered "wrong" or even "disgusting".  Breastfeeding shaming NEEDS to stop!!!! 

 If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

If the picture on the left offends you but the picture on the right doesn't YOU are part of the problem and should be ashamed of yourself!! 

Breastfeeding is the reason we have breasts. PERIOD. It is the reason women were given them and men were not! We do not have them for men to look at, we do not have them to sell things. We have them to feed our babies! Yet so many woman are scorned and treated poorly if they breastfeed their children in public. "Cover up"! "My husband/son etc doesn't need to see that"! "OMG that's gross, can't you do that somewhere else...like the bathroom"?!?! These are just a few of the things that moms hear when they are trying to feed their hungry little one in public. I bet you NONE of the people who say these things to a breastfeeding woman go into Victoria's Secret when they are at the mall and tell them that their displays are disgusting and they should take them down!! So why would they say that to a mother feeding her child?? We need to wake up and STOP shaming moms!!!

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I am currently breastfeeding my 3rd baby! She is 6 months old and EBF. I breastfed my first baby for 12 months and HATED breastfeeding him in public! I felt like I was doing something wrong and should cover up (my ex husband also didn't like me not using a cover in public so I felt like I had to). Have you ever eaten under a blanket?! It is NOT easy!! Not to mention it's hot under there and if the baby unlatches while your milk is letting down you can't see and end up spraying them with milk! When I had my second baby I was a little more adventurous and stopped using the cover but still felt like I was doing something wrong. Now with my third baby I will breastfeed anywhere, anytime and I DARE someone to say something to me.

I woke up a few weeks ago to texts from a friend of mine who has a morning radio show, she wanted to call me on air to talk about breastfeeding in public. You can hear my interview below!

Being a new mom is HARD!!! Babies don't come with an instruction manual and the last thing a new mom needs is to feel ashamed while feeding their baby away from home!! Especially when they are feeding them the way god intended! 

So many new moms tell me that they are scared to breastfeed in public, that they have anxiety over it. THAT IS AWFUL!  No mother should have to feel that way! It makes me happy to hear that I inspire them to not be ashamed to nurse their babies in public! It hurts my heart to hear stories in the news about strangers hassling moms for breastfeeding. To all the mama's out there breastfeeding your babies I want to tell you that I'M PROUD OF YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! I SUPPORT YOU!!! Breastfeeding is beautiful and amazing and making milk is YOUR superpower!!! 

 "Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

"Tree of Life" This picture is from when Anya was only 1 week old. If you want one of these pictures but don't know how to make one please email me for instructions or I'd be happy to create one for you!!! 

 

Breastfeeding is HARD on it's own!! Only you can feed your baby, some breastfed babies (like all 3 of mine) never took a bottle! Your boobs are swollen, painful and they LEAK! Breastfed babies don't sleep through the night as easily as formula fed babies, you have to watch what you eat or drink like when you were pregnant. For those of us who practice extended breastfeeding this all can last for a few years! It's physically demanding and EXHAUSTING!! But SO worth it!!

 

However, we choose to breastfeed because the benefits of breast milk are AMAZING for BOTH mom and baby!!! If you think breastfeeding is wrong or gross then the list below is for you! 

1. A healthier baby
"The incidences of pneumonia, gastrointestinal infections like diarrhea colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies," 

2. Long-term protection, too
Breastfeed your baby and you reduce his risk of developing chronic conditions, such as type I diabetes, celiac disease and Crohn's disease.

3. Stronger bones
Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. "When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently," "So while some bones, particularly those in the spine and hips, may be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy."

4. Lower SIDS risk
Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome by about HALF.

5. Fewer problems with weight
It's more likely that neither of you will become obese if you breastfeed him.

6. A calorie incinerator
You may have heard that nursing burns up to 500 calories a day. And that's almost right. "Breast milk contains 20 calories per ounce. "If you feed your baby 20 ounces a day, that's 400 calories you've swept out of your body."

7. It's good for the earth
Dairy cows, which are raised in part to make infant formula, are a significant contributor to global warming: Their belching, manure and flatulence (really!) spew enormous amounts of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

8. Better healing postdelivery
The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss. Plus, breastfeeding will help your uterus return to its normal size more quickly—at about six weeks postpartum, compared with 10 weeks if you don't breastfeed.

9. Less risk of cancer
Breastfeeding can decrease your baby's risk of some childhood cancers. And you'll have a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer, an often deadly disease that's on the rise. Breast milk has been found to kill over 40 types of cancerous cells!!!!

10. An unmatched feeling of power
It's empowering as a new mother to see your baby grow and thrive on your breast milk alone. Making breast milk truly is a superpower!!! 

11. A custom-made supply
Formula isn't able to change its constitution, but your breast milk morphs to meet your baby's changing needs. Colostrum—the "premilk" that comes in after you deliver—is chock-full of antibodies to protect your newborn baby. It's also higher in protein and lower in sugar than 'full' milk, so even a small amount can hold off your baby's hunger.

When your full milk comes in (usually three to four days after delivery), it is higher in both sugar and volume than colostrum—again, just what your baby requires. He needs a lot of calories and frequent feedings to fuel his rapid growth. Your mature milk is designed to be digested quickly so he'll eat often.

12. A menstruation vacation
Breastfeeding your baby around the clock—no bottles or formula— will delay ovulation, which means delayed menstruation. Breastfeeding causes the release of prolactin, which keeps estrogen and progesterone at bay so ovulation isn't triggered.

Even if you do breastfeed exclusively, your prolactin levels will eventually drop over the course of several months. Many moms who solely nurse will see their periods return between six and eight months after delivery, others don't for a full year.

13. Less time off work
Your baby will be ill less often, so that means fewer sick days for you.

14. It's FREE!
According to La Leche League International, the cost of formula can range anywhere from $134 to $491 per month. That's $1,608 to $5,892 in one year! OMG!! Other then the costs of your pump (which most insurance plans cover) bottles and nursing pads breastfeeding is free! 

15. A great way to learn about your baby
"You have to read your baby's 'satiety cues' a little better, because unlike with a bottle, you can't see how much he's eaten."You have to rely on your own instincts and your baby's behavior to know when your baby is full."

16. There's nothing more convient
Simply pull up your shirt and nurse. Breast milk is always available and always at the right temperature. 

17. Benefits for all
According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, the United States would save about $13 billion per year in medical costs if 90 percent of U.S. families breastfed their newborns for at least six months.

So mamas pull those Tata's out and proudly feed your babies ANYWHERE, ANYTIME YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE!!! 

DID YOU KNOW?? There are actually breastfeeding LAWS in place now to protect us! Each state has their own, I live in Ohio so mine is below! Just google "Breastfeeding Law" and your state.

Public Breastfeeding Law: A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation wherein the mother otherwise is permitted. “Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as in section 4112.01 of the Revised Code.

#FREETHEBOOB

#NORMALIZEBREASTFEEDING

 

*Please note* This blog is ONLY intended to support breastfeeding mothers NOT to offend Formula Feeding mothers. How you feed your baby is YOUR decision. Mom shaming of ANY kind NEEDS to stop!!!

#fedisbest! 

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Direct Sales = Stay at Home Mom's! Meet superstar Taylor Thompson!

I love the thought of having time and financial freedom for my family. Years ago like I'm sure many of you have been I was introduced to direct sales but to be honest, I never took the time to look at or understand the industry.   Recently I learned that there are over 100 Million people globally in direct sales and in 2016 the industry produced nearly 200 BILLION in sales! The best part...82% of the ENTIRE DIRECT SALES INDUSTRY ARE FEMALE!!! WOW!! 

When I met Mike (my man) I learned how his family has been in direct sales since the 1960's! His mom Ruth Lemire is retired from a direct sales company and is STILL earning a substantial multiple six figure RESIDUAL income.  Simply put; every month they earn money based on their efforts from years ago!  His mom started out like everyone else in the industry,  part time to help her family, offer great products, have fun with friends plus earn a little extra money.  She had no idea that she would retire from her little direct sales business one day! 

This was EYE opening and exciting for me to see as a Mom because I now know this industry is for REAL.  One of the best parts is that it's available to anyone!  Seriously anyone can start their own business through direct sales with VERY LITTLE start up money! Some companies are as little as $50 to get started!!

One of my exciting ventures in direct sales recently led me also to meet Taylor Thompson...she is an amazing woman and her success story in direct sales is SO inspiring!!! Taylor made me realize the IF SHE CAN DO IT....I CAN TOO!!!  Raising 3 daughters and starting from scratch, Taylor became a part of her company's prestigious millionaires club!  In the video below she tells me how she would go door to door and hand out her info with her babies in tow! I love that no matter what I am doing I can do it with my 5 month old Anya! I'm wearing her in the video below!

I sat down with Taylor in San Francisco...check it out!  

Taylor Thompson, Brandy Bright and little Anya (part 1)

Yes SHE ROCKS! Don't you feel like you can go out and conquer the world after listening to her?!?!  It's amazing woman like Ruth Lemire and Taylor Thompson that motivate and inspire me because IF THEY CAN DO IT THEN I CAN TOO!!! And guess what?? So can YOU!

So let me share just a few of my TOP REASONS why you must consider Direct Sales...

REASON #1...Time & Financial FREEDOM!  

To wake up when you or your children are done sleeping is priceless! My alarm is 5 months old and wakes me up with a smile every morning!  You can't put a value on being in a position to wake up  when you want, work from home in your pjs and not have to drive through insane traffic to go to a job.  Residual Income is built through your customers!  Residual income pays you every month so over time your check will grow.  Imagine if you joined a company 2 years ago and had $3000 or more a month TODAY from residual income?  How would your life be different right now??  

REASON #2...Travel & Personal Growth!

My first trip out of the country was not only PAID for but it was because of direct sales.  Traveling is life changing, especially when you get to do it with your spouse and your children...and why pay for vacations when you can earn FREE travel!!  

Another thing I LOVE about direct sales is the wonderful people Mike and I meet around the world.  Everyone in this industry is working on bettering their health, wealth and becoming a better person...PERSONAL GROWTH! 

REASON #3...SHARE the products you LOVE!

Think about your favorite products. When you find something new that you love do you tell your friends about it? We all do! Now imagine that every time your friends tried the products you recommended you GOT PAID!!!  That's direct sales!! Seriously that's it! It really is that simple! The key   is to finding the RIGHT direct sales company with TOP RATED products! 

  • products are shipped right to your home
  • no middle man
  • buying them supports another MOM who sold them to you
  • you get paid to talk about products you love
  • they are a tax write off
  • top rated companies have products that can be used with your entire family

I could go on and on!  I love so much about this industry it's hard to sum it all up...but I will leave you with this:  I WISH I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS AMAZING INDUSTRY SOONER!  If you are not yet involved in direct sales you should consider it and explore!  If you are involved - don't keep it a secret because there are MOMS everywhere that need you!

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Got Apple Cider Vinegar? Add HONEY and you will be amazed!

I'm sure you all have heard by now about the buzz surrounding apple cider vinegar, some of you may have it at your house but have no clue what to do with it or the amazing health benefits it carries. If you have it in your kitchen, you are probably used to using it as a cooking ingredient.  Apple cider vinegar has been credited with everything from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to aiding in weight loss and helping to prevent heart disease. It's even been known to help clear up acne when used topically on your skin! 

 Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

Bragg Organic AVC is by far the best! 

Mike and I started our 60 day ACV challenge on 1/1/2017. We mix it with 1 TBS of Raw Organic Honey to help with the strong bitter taste. I won't lie the first day or so it's hard to get down but it does get better and the benefits are SO worth it and the honey REALLY does help!!  

Make sure to use RAW ORGANIC HONEY. Raw honey is a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized sweetener made by bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that's been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey does not get robbed of its incredible nutritional value and health powers. It can help with everything from low energy to sleep problems to seasonal allergies. Switching to  raw honey may even help weight-loss efforts when compared to diets containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup!! 

We go through quite a bit of raw organic honey in our house! We use in on top of plain greek yogurt, to sweeten tea and even in place of sugar when baking! 

Here are just a few in a long list of benefits of adding just one tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet:

1. Helps Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Acid reflux usually results from having too little acid in the stomach. Apple Cider Vinegar is full of antibiotic properties. To improve the acid content of your stomach, drink one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water.

2. Promotes Healthy Cholesterol

Not only does apple cider vinegar support healthy cholesterol, studies have shown that it can protect from arterial damage or oxidation,  which is the main risk of high cholesterol.

3. Can Aid in Healthy Weight Loss

Yep, apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid it contains helps to suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism and reduce water retention — a great combo if you’re looking to lose a few pounds.

4. Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar

Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar has strong anit-glycemic properties that support a healthy blood sugar level. The vinegar actually blocks some of the digestion of starch, preventing it from raising your blood sugar.

5. Has Antioxidant Properties

Apple Cider Vinegar contains many antioxidants to help keep your body healthy and running smoothly, including catechin, gallic acid, caffeic and chlorogenic acids.

6. Improves Nutrient Absorption

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can increase your body’s absorption of important minerals from the food you eat. Adding vinegar to your salad dressing may also help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens!

GET STARTED! Drink daily for 30-60 days!! 

  1. Don’t reach for just any apple cider vinegar on the shelf. Make sure you are buying organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We love Braggs (see link below!)
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon into a glass of warm water. I typically use about 4oz of water so I don't have to drink a ton! lol Add a tablespoon of Raw Organic Honey. Honey is a MUST to mask the taste! (see link below)

Give it a try! What do you have to lose other then weight, health issues, acne or more?! 

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Food Diary- Do you pay attention to what you eat?!?

Do you pay attention to what you actually eat in a day? You might be surprised if you actually wrote it down!! I challenge you all to do a food log for a week! Here is day 1 of mine. I am breastfeeding a 5 month old so some days I'm SOOO HUNGRY!!

We start every morning with a good breakfast. Usually it's some variation of the same thing: eggs, kale or spinach and goat cheese. Every once in awhile we add turkey bacon. I usually will eat some fresh fruit or yogurt as well. 

 Breakfast! 2 Cage Free Organic eggs,  1 cup kale and 1 TBS of Goat Cheese. Cooked in Olive Oil. 

Breakfast! 2 Cage Free Organic eggs,  1 cup kale and 1 TBS of Goat Cheese. Cooked in Olive Oil. 

Every morning I make a "cocktail" of FitLine PowerCocktail, Activize and Collagen Peptides.

-POWERCOCKTAIL has vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and niacin – contribute to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, is rich in vitamin C - contributes to the normal function of the immune system, is rich in vitamin E and C – contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, also rich in selenium – contributes to the normal function of the immune system, has vitamin C which increases iron absorption and NTC which supports optimum nutrient intake.

-ACTIVIZE  OXYPLUS supplies exactly those active substances which our body needs to produce energy. Activize also supports the body in providing the body cells with additional vital substances. It supports energy gain from food (carbohydrate combustion), supplies the body with all B-vitamins for concentration and achievement levels, contains maritime algae powder and has better bio-availability by the exclusive NTC.

My girlfriend who sells skincare told me about these Collagen Peptides and how they've changed her skin. I decided to give them a try and FELL IN LOVE!!! I just ordered my second jar! 

Because I am breastfeeding I snack A LOT! I'm always hungry. Since going gluten free snacking is a little more difficult, especially on the go. I love Kind bars! They are gluten free, low glycemic index, only 5g sugar and 6g protein! 

 Mid-Morning snack

Mid-Morning snack

I try to do a light lunch. Since having the baby I replace my lunch with a FitLine Chocolate meal replacement shake. Sometimes I make a shake and other times I mix it with plain greek yogurt, flax and chia seeds and strawberries like the picture below. It tastes like dessert!! 

Lunch! 1 Cup plain Greek Yogurt, 3 scoops Chocolate ProShape Meal Replacement Shake, 1 TBS Chia Seeds, 1 TBS Flax Seeds, 4-5 Strawberries. YUM! 

I always have a snack between lunch and dinner. This day I had a gluten free strawberry fruit strip from Aldi and a hard boiled egg. 

 Afternoon snack! 1 Hard boiled egg, 1 Strawberry Fruit Strip

Afternoon snack! 1 Hard boiled egg, 1 Strawberry Fruit Strip

We LOVE to juice in our house! We juice 1-2 times a day. Today I juiced once. I made orange, kale, cucumber, apple juice. It's SO good and good for you! I use a Breville Juicer and LOVE it!! 

 4 Oranges, 2 cups Kale, 1/2 Cucumber, 1/2 apple

4 Oranges, 2 cups Kale, 1/2 Cucumber, 1/2 apple

This juicer is AMAZING and only $100!! 

And dinner!!! We eat A LOT of chicken and turkey so tonight I changed it up a bit and bought steak! The kids were so excited. Mike and I don't eat a lot of red meat so we split a filet. I always try to eat more veggies then meat with dinner. 

 1/2 an Organic, Grassfed beef Filet with Spinach and 1 TBS Goat Cheese. Zucchini with Kerry Gold butter, Pink Salt, Turmeric and Garlic. 

1/2 an Organic, Grassfed beef Filet with Spinach and 1 TBS Goat Cheese. Zucchini with Kerry Gold butter, Pink Salt, Turmeric and Garlic. 

I often snack between dinner and bedtime because of breastfeeding. I don't like to eat later in the evening so I try to eat something healthy. Tonight I had an apple and peanut butter.  

 1 apple and 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter. 

1 apple and 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter. 

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Why I chose a natural childbirth after two births with epidurals

 A little about me: I am 35 years old and recently had my 3rd baby. I have two amazing children from my previous marriage. And 4 awesome bonus children...yes, you read that correctly! We have 7 children between the 2 of us!!! 

No matter how you look at it having a baby hurts and it has to come out! If you receive an epidural and it doesn't hurt during it hurts after!! But know that you can go into this with a birth plan and as long as it's a normal, healthy delivery you can control how your baby enters the world!

I had my first baby at 23 years old. Other than some preterm labor issues and anemia I had a fairly easy pregnancy and a perfect delivery. I was put on bed rest at 34 weeks due to preterm labor. My water broke at home at 37 weeks. I received an epidural shortly after arriving at the hospital so I never really felt real labor contractions and I only pushed for a few minutes. He was 6lbs and perfect and I was so in love! To be honest it was exactly what I hoped his birth would be and I wouldn't change a thing.

Things were very different the second time around! My second baby was a surprise, I got pregnant when Maison was 11 months old! I was still breastfeeding him so ladies make sure to get on birth control!!! You most certainly can get pregnant while breastfeeding!!! ....9 months later my little girl Kaylee was born, I was SO excited when I found out I was having a girl. She and Maison are 19 months apart. For quite some time I had 2 in diapers and a husband who was always deployed and we lived in Hawaii so I was alone A LOT!  Kaylee is a sassy, feisty, beautiful 9 year old who came out swinging! Literally!! The nurses called her Rocky because her whole right side was bruised! My pregnancy with her was rough, I had the same preterm labor issues as I did with Maison but this time I also had gestational hypertension and gestational diabetes.

 The day I was induced with Kaylee...Holy belly!! 

The day I was induced with Kaylee...Holy belly!! 

I was induced with Kaylee at 39 weeks because of my blood pressure. I'm not going to lie... being induced SUCKS! Induction is making your body do something that it's not ready to do. The worst part about my labor with Kaylee was the epidural. Apparently the anesthesiologist was having an "off day". He couldn't get my epidural in correctly. I lost count after his EIGHTH attempt...OMG!  I was in labor for 24 hours, it was AWFUL.  Luckily though I only pushed for less than a half hour. She was born 8lbs 12oz...She was HUGE for how little I am!! (5'2 and 110lbs) 

 They say your second childbirth is supposed to be easier but mine was ROUGH! She was a mess, I was a mess and so there are no pictures of us in the hospital or the first few days home.  The first week we were home I had awful spinal headaches from the epidural...I was miserable. I was so excited to have a little girl and yet my labor experience was so horrible this time. I was devastated.  I swore if I ever had another child I would NOT have an epidural and I would be in charge of my body and how my baby entered the world!

Now fast forward almost 9 years. I have 2 children, I've found the most amazing man and have 4 bonus kids. I found out I was pregnant on New Year's Eve. We had just returned home from a road trip to NC with ALL our kids. It was unseasonable warm and we both were covered from head to toe with poison ivy! UGH!  We spent NYE on the couch covered in calamine lotion and no wine because we found out that morning I was pregnant!

My youngest was 8 years old when I found out I was pregnant and with an age gap like that you feel like you are doing this all for the first time! I read every article I could find on pregnancy, labor and delivery (which is why I decided to write this). I read a ton on natural birth and decided that this was the best option for me when it came time to deliver my little girl. I ended up using a lot of what I read during my natural labor but still wasn't prepared for how bad it hurt!!

I had a very healthy pregnancy this time around, it was the first one where I didn't have any preterm labor issues! I also didn't gain as much weight as I did with the first two and no Gestational Diabetes!!  The main thing I did different this time??? I took these amazing nutritional products called FITLINE. They are natural, non-gmo and gluten free. In fact after my Midwife looked at the ingredients she told me that I didn't need to take a prenatel vitamin as long as I was taking the FitLine products. I took them the entire pregnancy, Basics helps you stay regular and fight constipation, which is a super fun part of pregnancy lol. Constipation plus the baby pushing on your insides also leads to Hemorrhoids so anything natural to help in that department was a huge plus! It also has a full serving of fruits and veggies in each packet.   Restorate helped me sleep and sleeping can be oh so fun while pregnant lol it also restored all the minerals my body was losing each day! And Activize is a natural energy product that I used in place of coffee. Not only is it safe for the baby but it provides you both with a ton of nutrients and gives mama energy from B Vitamins...which is desperately needed, especially during your first trimester!! 

 9 months pregnant with Anya, taken a week before she was born.

9 months pregnant with Anya, taken a week before she was born.

I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension again and was monitored weekly the last few months of pregnancy. At my last few appointments my blood pressure was elevated and baby was measuring small so they started talking about inducing me. I DID NOT want to be induced again so I started trying to get her out on my own! Being induced would make my plan for a natural birth much harder. The induction drugs make your contractions stronger than normal and labor tends to be a lot longer. Being my third baby I was praying for a very quick labor! 

 I tried Evening Primrose Oil both orally and vaginally (which did absolutely nothing but make an oily mess lol) I drank gallons of Red Raspberry leaf tea and while it tasted good it didn't put me in labor either, it did make me pee A TON. I walked 2-4 miles a day and swam laps at the YMCA...still nothing. I was 1-2cm dilated but this baby was being stubborn!!  On August 11th I went in for my weekly OB appointment and due to my elevated BP and baby being small (they were estimating her to be around 5lbs) they told me that I was going to be induced TODAY and needed to head to the hospital. OMG I had been trying to kick start labor but this made everything so real! We had to run home and get my hospital bag, take our 9 year old to her friend's house and off to the hospital we went! 

My midwife decided to use Cervidil to induce me as it provided the best chance of me having the natural labor I wanted. Cervidil is a tiny little pill that is inserted vaginally behind your cervix. It ripens the cervix and induces labor. Mine was inserted at 8pm and within a half hour I started to feel mild contractions. When you have a natural labor you aren't confined to a bed on your back like you are with an epidural. You can be up walking around, bouncing on a birthing ball or in a birthing tub which allows gravity to help your body push the baby out. By 10pm the contractions were intense and boy was I bouncing on that birthing ball!

 Still smiling at 10pm

Still smiling at 10pm

As much I researched natural labor I had no clue just how bad it would hurt!!! After about 2 hours bouncing on the ball I decided to go for a walk, after all one of the perks of natural birth is not being stuck on your back with a catheter!  Walking definitely helped her move down but wow I wasn't prepared for how strong my contractions got! I never realized what the rails along the walls in hospitals were for until now! I had to stop and hold on to them with every contraction. We probably walked for an hour before I couldn't take anymore. After my walk I decided to try out the birthing tub for a bit. The hot water helped take the edge off each contraction and relaxed me a bit. While in tub my midwife kept reminding me not to fight the contractions and let my body go with it. This is SO much harder than you would think! When you feel that kind of  pain your first reaction is to tense up! It takes a lot of focus and determination to get through. It definatly helped to see and feel what was happening with my body while in the tub. With some of the contractions fluid and blood would come out. I could SEE that things were progressing...when you are flat on your back and numb you have NO clue what is going on down there! 

 In the tub around 2am

In the tub around 2am

We are now 6 hours into labor and wow were my contractions strong!! I got back in the bed hoping for some rest. This is where things got very intense! Everything I read prior to labor said to go with your contractions and not to fight them, just like my midwife said.... easy right?! Lol She had to remind me of this all night!! The pain was so strong the only way I can think to describe it is your lower half being ripped from your upper body! (Sorry first time mamas no sugar coating here!) Having had an epidural with both prior births I really never felt active labor contractions. I had no idea what I was in for. You have to really be strong and have your mind set on going natural to get through it. You also need a VERY supportive coach and midwife who won't let you give up! Around 3am (so 7 hours into labor) I was ready to give up. I was done. The pain was awful and my cervix just wasn't dilating. Every contraction seemed to get stronger and I told Mike (my coach) and my midwife that I was done and wanted an epidural NOW! They both knew how badly I wanted to do this natural so they started making deals with me. Can you tell I'm a feisty Scorpio?! They would say: it's 3am....let's wait until 3:30am and then we can check you and see how dilated you are. This went on for hours.... I was SO mad at them but they held their ground and kept me strong!

 Getting your cervix checked HURTS while contracting!!! 

Getting your cervix checked HURTS while contracting!!! 

One of the things that helped me get through the most was them counting down the contractions, when one would start they would tell me when I was halfway through it, when it was winding down and then it would be over. It gave me a point of reference....something tangible. The pain is so great that when they didn't do this it felt like the contraction would go on FOREVER!! A few times Mike got distracted by people calling or texting to check on me and would forget to talk me through one. I remember grabbing his shirt at one point and YELLING at him to put down the damn phone and count!!! Not my finest moment but hey, I was pushing a human out of my lady space! lol 

 5:30 am... 1 hour before she was born. I was EXHAUSTED. 

5:30 am... 1 hour before she was born. I was EXHAUSTED. 

At around 5:30am I threw in the towel. I was 10 hours in and stuck at 6cm. I was shaking and exhausted and felt like labor was never going to end. I DEMANDED an epidural. They called the anesthesiologist and I felt defeated. I just couldn't go on any longer. I guess several moms were in labor that morning because it took him 45 minutes to get to me and then even he tried to talk me out of the epidural! Lol I was so tired and just wanted to sleep so I told him to do it. He administered the epidural around 6:30am, about 10 min after he was done I asked why it wasn't working?? My contractions didn't feel any lighter and now I had the urge to push! My midwife checked me and Anya was crowning!!!  OMG!! I pushed for 2 minutes and 11 seconds (we have it on video) and she was FINALLY HERE!!!!

 Meet Anya Grace Lemire. 5lbs 6oz, 19 inches and ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 

Meet Anya Grace Lemire. 5lbs 6oz, 19 inches and ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! 

And guess what....that epidural NEVER really kicked in!!!! I felt everything and in a roundabout way got the natural birth I so desperatly wanted!!

They say that when you feel like you can't go on, when you are ready to give up, that you are SO CLOSE!! And it's true! I went from 6-10cm in a matter of minutes.

 My stubborn little girl was so feisty in my belly that when she came out she had the cord around her neck and a double knot in the cord! 

 

My recovery this time was SO much quicker and easier! I was up walking around right away, it wasn't like that with my other two. A week later I barely felt like I just had a baby. Having a natural birth or choosing to receive an epidural is a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer. Do what your heart tells you and do NOT listen to outside opinions! It's your body and your baby!! I hope this helps some of you with your decision! Good luck mamas!!! 

 

 

 

Get 2017 #BOOMING for You...

“If you want to GROW…you have to GO”   

Mike and I LOVE to set our goals together...we suggest to our kids to do the same...we drive them nuts sometimes because we buy them so many journals!  Take some time to read this summary Mike put together for his partners.  Most importantly, APPLY IT!  

You will be glad you did!  

Brandy

 Maison and Kaylee learning how to set goals at Mohican Lodge New Years weekend with Aunt Karen Lemire! 

Maison and Kaylee learning how to set goals at Mohican Lodge New Years weekend with Aunt Karen Lemire! 

 

I AM ASSUMING YOU WANT TO GO SEE WHAT YOU CAN REALLY DO IN THIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU’RE READING THIS. YOU HAVE THAT INDESCRIBABLE URGE TO LIVE A FULL LIFE OF SUCCESS.  YOU DESIRE TRAVEL AND TO SEE THE WORLD WHICH BY THE WAY IS AMAZING!  YOU YEARN FOR MENTORING OR LEARNING FROM OTHERS WHO CAN HELP YOU.  YOU WANT TO HELP OTHERS SUCCEED AND OFFER WAYS TO HELP THEM FULFILL THEIR DREAMS.  LET ME JUST SAY THAT IF YOU FEEL ANY OF THIS YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND THE KEY IS TO GO. 

When I decided to GO I was young and in my early 20’s but I set a goal to have this amazing network one day that spanned across the world.  I set a goal to have a network of people that were massively successful in all parts of the world.  I still work on these goals every day.  Literally I have lost track of how many cities and countries I have been too but what I have NOT lost track of is the remarkable friends and associates I have across the world.  I can travel to most continents in the world and have a place to stay if needed.  I have friends in cities all over the world that would invite me to dinner and simply catch up.  I say this NOT to impress you yet to “impress upon” you of what you can do. 

HAVING FRIENDS ALL OVER THE WORLD IS AN AMAZING FEELING, YOU FEEL RICH AND WEALTHY IN A VERY UNIQUE WAY. 

Some days I will actually communicate with my network in several different time zones…putting some to bed and saying good morning to others.  Remember “it’s a small world” as a kid?  That’s a true story.

When you decide to GO…you must put too much pressure on the length of time it will take you to get to where you want or need to be.  Don't drive yourself crazy!!!  The reality is that the time will pass anyway so just focus on the little things to get there and you will be surprised when it just starts happening.  It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN. 

Here is a plan to help you GO.  Go for the feelings you have on getting out of the bubble.  Follow this simple plan to EMBRACE those feelings and uncover some of the steps you need to take little by little to GET what you actually want to GO for. 

1.       Invest in you and buy a Journal.  You and your goals are important.  Make it neat, make it something you look forward to writing in… more so for a keepsake.  One day long after you are not physically here anymore your children will read this journal.  It will inspire them.

2.      Map out your simple goals for your life.  Start by listing a category of your life.  Categories like physical, wellness, financial, family, career, pleasure, spiritual, travel, etc.

3.      After each category write down a few things you would like to do, improve or achieve.  There are no right or wrong things to say or do …. just let it come out naturally.  Example might be for financial: “I want to be debt free, I want to eventually buy a beach house for my kids and I.”  If its family, you might say: “I want to be a better parent or spouse.  I want to take my family on vacation. 

4.      Now that you have a good list of categories and some fresh goals it’s time to prioritize.  List a number by the category for its priority.  So list #1 by family and #2 by financial, etc.  This is VERY important so please pay attention to what I am about to say…Your priorities will change monthly so don’t prioritize based on status quo.  Prioritize based on what you need to get laser focused on for that month.  Simply put your family will always be your #1 but if your health is out of whack don’t be afraid to make it #1 for a month.  Change these numbers as things evolve every month to achieve balance. 

5.      Now it’s time to map out your mid and long term plans. This should be a few other pages in your journal.  Simply write a few paragraphs on where you see yourself a year from now.  That would be considered mid-term.  Then consider where you will be 5 years from now and proceed to write your long term goals.  Remember your short term is in the depth of your priorities you have already set in place. 

6.      Get some VISION.  If your dream is to own a BMW or to build a HOME then by all means find an amazing color photo for your key visual goals.  If you set a goal to own that BMW in 2 years, then CUT the picture up in 24 pieces.  Now challenge yourself to work on your monthly goals and at the end of the month you can paste one piece of your goal picture on your goal board.  Watch your goals come alive from monthly activity and actions!

7.      State your goals.  Share them with your friends and family.  Although you may feel reluctant to do so, trust me it will trigger some inner strength when you need it the most. 

8.      Include your spouse and or partner.  Make it fun, motivating and rewarding. 

IF YOU WANT TO GO, YOU HAVE TO START SOMEWHERE. 

THIS BASIC BLUEPRINT WILL GET YOU GOING AND WILL START THE PROCESS.  REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT WILL CHEER YOU ON AND BE YOUR BIGGEST FAN.  WHEN YOU START WORKING ON YOUR PLAN TO GO; YOU WILL FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO HELP YOU.

Decide to get out of the bubble and GO.

Mike

Mike and I bought this journal for 2017...hand made in Italy.  We completed our goals on our way to a Vegas training event for our team in early December giving us time to revise them by the 1st!

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