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Bring the Spa Experience Home in Delight

If you ever come to our home, you may be delighted to try a new colorful beverage. “Spa Water” . I love going to spas when I travel or pretty much anytime. I work hard and play hard and with 3 energetic kids and a wild puppy on board now, I need “Me Time.”

I am always so happy to see that clear, beautiful drink dispenser filled with purified water, lots of ice and some unique combo of veggies, fruit or herbs.

So I bring this luxury into our home most days especially summer days. The kids love it too. I’m in detox mode so today I made an amazing new Spa Water. It’s pretty and refreshing.

Yummy Bikini Time Coming Detox Spa Water

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-Purified Water ( Yes, get those toxins out so your body is not stressed even more- I use the Get Clean Pitcher)

-Organic Grapefruit

-Organic Lemon

-Organic Lime

-Organic Cucumbers

-Organic Fresh Mint Sprigs

-Organic Grated Ginger

Lots of Ice ( Use Purified if possible)

Drink all day long. I notice this one gives me energy, keeps my appetite and sugar cravings down, reduces bloating and I love the flavor. Cheers! Enjoy! 

 

 

Confessions lead me to…

Dine at any fine restaurant and this is the first question…still or sparkling. Confession… I usually go with sparkling. I am a big water drinker. I love making spa water for my family on most days. I drink the most purified water that I can. Trust me, I’ve done the research and all filters are not created equal. We use the best in our home!  Another confession…I was a huge Diet Coke drinker many years ago. THEN…because I was having terrible migraines, my doctor discovered that I had aspartame poisoning. I was completely shocked. Google it. It’s bad! I went home and cleaned the drains with it.

waterdrinkingSo, I switched to sparkling water. It’s not that bad for you but, I was drinking a lot of it to replace the Diet Coke. Recently, I have noticed my belly not flat and some unexplained reason clothes not fitting right. I had a bio-feedback scan done and it was showing stress on my kidneys.

After researching causes for both, I discovered having an excess of sparkling waters can cause a few things that very were interesting. First it stresses the kidneys.  Healthy purified water flushes the kidneys of toxins and carbon dioxide actually stresses the kidneys. Naturally it’s only found in the respiratory system so it is harder to remove from the kidneys.

Second, it makes the body more acidic which can hurt weight loss efforts. Neutral pH is 7.0. Carbonated water is 5.6-6.0 which lowers the body’s pH. A healthy range is around 7.35 to 7.45.  This is important to remember when eating, drinking and taking supplements. The last thing is that it causes bloating. It’s a gas so this makes sense. And it can cause bloating for days. If thou have a special event, I’d cut all carbonation out of your diet at least until after the event.

So really the healthiest choice is properly filtered flat water. Moderation of course is the key. So a sparking water once in a while is fine. I will definitely be having is as a treat and not as a daily beverage more than once a day.

Hydrate…hydrate… hydrate…after all we approximately 60% water, approximately 92% of our brain is water, our bones are about 22% water.  CHEERS!

 

 

 

Why is Dreaming important?

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“Goals may give focus, but dreams gives

power.”-John Maxwell

 

Goal setting is extremely important whether it be health goals or business goals. The basics of goal setting is having a S.M.A.R.T. plan. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have a time frame. This sounds pretty easy in theory. The truth is without knowing “why” you want to achieve your goal or what your “dream” is, the motivation wears off and the possibility of achieving your goal diminishes as well.

 

I have use vision boards, vision apps, vision videos and they all can work. The key for me was to keep it in front of me especially on those tough days when I felt like giving up on my goal.

 

Then develop your vision or dream. It’s important to create the feeling of already having it using your senses. I close my eyes and I picture my dream in color and in motion and I can hear the sounds in the picture and I can smell the scents around me and I will go as far as walking around and touching things in my vision or imagine tasting food or drinks. When I make my vision videos, I grab a favorite song that really embeds this feeling into me that will move me into action.

 

Go Dream!

 

My Sexy Double V’s for Vitality and Vigor…

So I call these my Double V’s.

I couldn’t believe it when I saw the transformation of how I felt and looked just by adding these two items into my daily routine. I just had my 3 baby this past year and look and feel better than ever.

SO what is in my magic mix...that gives me vigor, vitality, and creates a totally sexy me from the inside and out. The bottle on the right is vinegar. Ewww…right? Only for half of a second. I take a tablespoon diluted in 1/4 cup of water, chug it before each meal and a quick chase with a sip of water. Drink this one shot style. If you sip it, you will not do it. Trust me.  So you may be asking…why on each would anyone drink this?

First off it has to be the Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) to get the health benefits. It is known to possibly relieve heartburn when drank before meals by increasing the alkalinity of the body and helps with digestion. Some claim that it stabilizes blood sugar too. I just know that when I take it, I feel great and as a side benefit I lose a few pounds.

*Note: some people like taking 2 Tblsp diluted in water in morning if it’s going to be one of those very busy days and they can’t bring their ACV with them.

That deep red, gorgeous bottle on the right is my Vivix. It’s an elixir that slows down the aging process. It is loaded with antioxidants which we need. Some of my clients that are on it have told me that it increases their libido, noticed energy and stamina, and even some weight loss. Even thou, Vivix works to slow down aging, these side benefits are great. For me it is insurance to stay looking and feeling younger longer. And I too have experienced all of those lovely side benefits. I call it my “Teenager Juice”-it really makes me feel like in a vibrant, healthy teen. SO much energy!

So these are my Double V’s! I simply must have them every day. If you want to read the research check out this link Vivix Info

 

Gluten Free Tomato Onion Basil Pizza Recipe…Delicious!

 

In the last 7 months, 3 members of our family have found out that we have gluten allergies and sensitivities.  This has opened up my world to “gluten-free” living and awareness.  Luckily there are a few companies that offer good options for eating but I prefer to make things homemade when possible. I am an avid bread, dough maker so having to make breads and doughs and bake without my wheat flour and gluten has been a bit challenging. I am learning and still experimenting. I will continue to share some yummy options for this.  Removing gluten has become easier as time goes on. And our tummies are feeling better. My husband had so much sensitivity that he could barely walk to to severe inflammation in his joints and body. Over 6 weeks, 20 pounds of inflammation left his body. And he feels great and can walk without pain. With one out of every 3 people now with gluten issues, it may be worth an food allergy test if you are having health issues that are not being addressed.

Homemade Gluten Free Basil Tomato Onion Pizza

 

 Gluten-Free Pizza/Flatbread Crust

 

  • 3 cups gluten free flour blend
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 ½ Cup warm water(110 degrees-to activate yeast)
  • 3 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

 

Mix  yeast, water and only 1 Tbsp sugar at first for at least 5 minutes to activiate.  Mix rest of dry ingredients then add in olive oil to yeast mixture.

 

I use a baking pizza stone and sprinkle corn meal on bottom if you like.

 

Work dough so that it stretches out thin(May be a bit sticky, spray hands and work surface with cooking spray if you need to).  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

While baking, I make the homemade pizza sauce.

 

Pizza Sauce

 

  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp raw sugar
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Basil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Mix. It makes enough for future pizzas. I store left overs in refrigerator.

 

When crust comes out. Brush with additional olive oil. Spread sauce on. Sprinkle shredded cheese (mozzarella). Add fresh sliced organic tomatoes, sliced onions, fresh basil, and top with sliced fresh mozzarella balls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake another 30 minutes or until it looks done. *I use organic ingredients whenever I can.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

A lesson to listen and go at your own pace…

Fitness is important to me and as a mother of three, I want my children to learn the importance of health.  I lead by example and understand the importance of emotional health and how that can even affect our physical health.

I was blessed enough this year to finally coach a girl’s program called Girls on the Run.  It’s a program that is designed for girls that are in 3rd through 5th grade.  Their mission is :  We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

As a coach, we go through training and they tell us that we will experience personal growth and learn more about ourselves in the program.  It was an extremely rewarding year. I was able to share the coaching responsibilities with two fellow coaches and we had fifteen girls in the program.

We work together in the topics each week and then incorporate physical exercise and stretching  also.  We finish out the year with running a 5K in a group of around 13,000.   Before the final run, we have a practice run.  The range of girls in their confidence level varied greatly.  The exciting lesson we reminded the girls was to listen to their own bodies and pace themselves.

This is a great lesson for us to take with us in life as adults too.

So no matter where you are at in your journey to being healthier, remember to listen to your body and pace yourself.

 

 

Eating & Drinking Raw Can Be Sexy & Fun…Citrus Sparkler

I love eating. I am what diet or food experts classify as a “sensual eater.” I never realized this until a year or so ago. I really enjoy the entire experience of eating. The ingredients must be first class and real. I’ve never really cared for artificial colors, sweeteners, and prefer my food to explode with goodness.

My friends and family actually tease me a bit about my “presentation”. I love to use china daily and enjoy tablescaping to make the entire dining experience enjoyable. I think tiny touches like china, crystal, pretty and interesting serving dishes, real linens, flowers and candles can turn a meal or snack into an experience.

I’m not afraid to use butter and sugar at times either. Everything in moderation. Lately I have been putting a great more time back into eating “raw, organic” everything. I have to admit I started getting a bit intimidated and bored. So I incorporated the same techniques into my raw recipes.

Even more so, I have been creating “sexy” and delicious beverages and foods from appetizers to desserts.

Today I had a big craving for a carbonated sweet drink. Since a rarely to never have soda, I had to create  one to satisfy my thirsty craving.  So I’m going to share my fun creation which I can “Citrus Sparkler.”

 

“Citrus Sparkler”

    1/2 juiced fresh organic orange

1/2 juiced fresh organic lemon

8 oz sparkling mineral water

2-4 drops of Stevia (optional)

Fill a pretty glass with ice, pour mixed beverage in glass.

Garnish with slice of orange and a slice of lemon.

Enjoy slowly.

Running Yourself to a Healthy Weight

The race to the finish line sounds like the approach that many take in their
weight-loss journey. As a runner throughout the years, I have realized that
weight loss is more like a cross country race. It is a journey to be enjoyed,
properly paced, and to have a realistic goal which is also challenging.

Many people as they decide to lose weight (again), they usually set goals that are unrealistic because the time frame is too short for healthy long-term weight loss. Researching healthy weight loss goals for your specific age, sex, and personal health will give you more realistic and achievable personal goals that are tailored to you.

Looking at healthy and natural approaches will be a way for you to work towards your goals and “pace yourself” accordingly. A great runner always “paces” himself in order to maximize his efforts while keeping the end result in mind.

By having a realistic goal, it means having a realistic timeframe. Too fast of weight loss can result in cycle dieting where more weight and more fat return and works against you.  Too slow of weight loss may mean that you are not  challenging yourself enough to make those healthy choices through diet and exercise. Too slow of weight loss usually results in frustration and lose of seeing the end result and can sabotage you ever achieving your healthy weight.

It helps to have a team in place and a coach to guide you, encourage you and even push you to achieve your best.  Your team is your circle of friends and family that truly encourage you.  Your coach can be a personal trainer, health coach or weight loss coach that will help you stay accountable and on track.  These two things along with your commitment to yourself with lead you to finish your personal race and to realize that you still have to keep running with your new healthy habits to ensure long term success.

There is also your psychology that can lead you to succeed or fail. Understanding some of the subconscious beliefs that you have about your weight, food and exercise will shape your behavior.  Find a way to understand your belief system and how it has affected your weight throughout the years. Utilize counseling or personal meditation time to do this. A great starting point to uncover these issues is reading What’s Eating You.  A personal coach can help you uncover even more if you need help with that. Once you have beliefs that will support your race, you will be able to enjoy your journey, pace yourself properly and have realistic and achievable goals which will lead you to long-term success.

The Ripple Effect of Teamwork

TEAM PRIDE!

As principal, I have never received an e-mail like this before!
As I read the words from the Cross Country Coach at
nearby St. Colette, I admit that tears came to my eyes with
an overwhelming sense of pride. Our coach and cross
country team truly served as the “hands and feet of Jesus,”
and represented what it truly mean to be a Christian athlete!
As the Cross Country coach for St. Colette School in Rolling
Meadows, I’d like to bring to your attention a behavior I
observed from the Holy Family Academy Cross Country
team and coach [parent Ian Norman and “Coach L”] at
this week’s meet in Clark Park, hosted by Queen of the
Rosary.

Here’s the story

Saint Colette School, although

small, does its best to field a team and give all students the

opportunity to perform in the field of sports. Not just the

athletically gifted and not just the fastest runners. So

our Boys’ Varsity Team is a mixed set of talents. While we

had two of our runners place in the top 5 for this race, one

of our runners was also the last to cross the finish line . . .

over 10 minutes behind the lead runner.

After all the other runners had crossed the finish line, we all

realized that one runner from St. Colette School was still

somewhere out there, probably walking the last leg of

the two-mile course. Somewhat concerned that he just

gave up, I waited at the finish line hoping that our last

runner would finally show up and have some pride that he at

least finished the race. Along with the timing official, our

athletic director, and several other concerned parents, we

waited . . . and waited at the finish line . . . for our last

runner to come over the hill and finish his race.

Just as we were about to give up, finally, we saw a mob of runners from

Holy Family, including the coach, come over the hill

surrounding the last runner . . . and encouraging him on to

the finish line. When the other schools saw this, they joined

in and by the time the last runner crossed the line, there

were dozens of runners jogging along side and cheering

him on. While I was proud of our runner for not giving up …

I was even more proud of the sportsmanship of Holy Family

Academy’s team and coach who brought the last runner in … and made him feel good about his race.

 

Throughout my many years as a parent and coach of sports

teams, I know that teams like this don’t just happen. Teams

like this learn sportsmanship from their school and from their

coaches. Your team set a new benchmark for

sportsmanship that day, one that made us all feel proud of

the values and attitude learned in Catholic Schools.

My best wishes to your school, your teams and your

coaches in all their future adventures. It’s a pleasure

to play with teams and coaches like yours. They are all

winners!

Weight Loss~A la carte…Burn calories while relaxing

Fall in love with this additional way to not only help you consistently maintain a healthy weight, but also experience the many additional side benefits as well.  Three years ago I was in a pretty bad accident, my doctor sent me to start receiving far infrared sauna treatments as many times a week as I possibly could. He explained that the sun naturally produces these rays as well. The sauna was an easy way to harness the power of these wonderful healing rays.

Infrared is the band which we perceive as heat. The neat thing is that the rays will heat your body through a process called conversion.  Infrared rays penetrated the body and give a deep heating effect without stressing our heart.

We benefit in many ways from this. Because it penetrates 1 ½ inches, it is healing to muscles and injuries.  Our bodies perspire and release toxins, discharge waste products and shed old skin cells leaving us healthier inside and outside.  Our heart becomes stimulated and our circulation increases.  This also causes cardiovascular conditioning and burns calories, up to 600 in a 30 minute session.

As an addition to any wellness program, the contribution of the far infrared sauna treatments definitely is worth it. I see it definitely two-fold, the fact that bodies need to detoxify sometimes in order to release some of that stubborn fat and the caloric burn which has metabolic benefit will definitely add to your health, wellness, and weight management.