High Protein Brownies

I don’t know about you… but I have a weakness for brownies.

I mean… come on.

Warm, melt-y Chocolate… Who wouldn’t want to eat that!?!

With fall approaching, I really wanted to get in the kitchen and make some brownies for the whole family to enjoy. Because I want my girls to learn some healthy recipes and tips, I thought this would be a great recipe to try!

After a morning playing at the Children’s Museum, we could all go for a great snack. I loved that this was easy (not many ingredients) and they girls loved helping me mix in everything with my stand mixer.

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How we Saved 60% on our Health Insurance

Health Insurance is one of those things that I never really gave much thought to. For our entire marriage Adam had worked for large fortune 500 Type companies and we had comparatively affordable Group Insurance Plans.

When we started our own independent business, it was just a side thing and we still weren’t thinking about insurance.

Then our home business was generating more monthly income than Adam’s day job, we realized that going independent meant we needed to find our own health insurance!

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20 Healthy Halloween Treats

Growing up, my family never really celebrated a traditional “Halloween.” We lived out in the country, so we never had trick-o-treaters come by for treats. But what we did do was a church Fall Festival with costumes and candy. Of course, as a kid – that sounded pretty awesome!!

Now as a mom, I have two girls who LOVE dressing up and of course they love candy too… but I’m a healthy mom – so I always feel guilty giving my kids candy. So I thought, what are some healthy ways to have fun this Halloween and make sure that sugar isn’t the main show.

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Foods That Cleanse

5 Tips to Lose Belly Fat

All of us carry our weight differently.

I know that for me, I tend to gain weight below my waist first… but then slowly my waistline starts expanding too.

Before kids, I had a smaller waist… and when I was at the end of my first pregnancy at that whale-ish stage, haha, I remember thinking… “Will I ever have a waist again!?!”

Because I developed diastasis recti with my first pregnancy (a gap between the abdomen muscles), I was limited to the exercises I could do to flatten my stomach. Then, with my second pregnancy my diastsis got worse… ouch!

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5 Ways to Reduce Cellulite

Have you ever thought… I wish that I could smooth out this cellulite?

I hear from so many women (including myself) who would love a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is something that affects almost every woman I know – from young and old – fit to overweight. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate. I wanted to do a little research to find some of the BEST tips to help us women look and feel our best.

So to start, we need to find out what is it that causes cellulite?

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6 Ways Matcha Green Tea can help you

Have you heard of Matcha Green Tea?

Matcha Green Tea has grown in popularity over the past few years. Matcha Green Tea is pretty unique because it is only grown in Japan (green tea is grown outside of Japan as well). It is a traditional tea that was consumed by Monks to improve mental clarity. One Cup of Matcha Green Tea has 10 times the nutritional value of one cup of regular green tea.

Why should you Drink Matcha Green Tea?

Natural Detox

Because Matcha tea is high in chlorophyll, it is a great way to detox naturally. Natural detox is a great way to keep our liver healthy and working properly. You should always try to avoid toxins in our environment and foods, but you just can’t avoid everything. I really like a gentle daily detox to help.

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How to Have Your Best Autumn Ever

Autumn is my favorite time of year!

I love the cooler nights, the changing leaves, the special traditions… There are so many things to love about fall.

But there are lots of things that I don’t like about this time of year.

More people feeling sick.

More people stressed out about the holidays.

More people worried about gaining those unwanted pounds.

How can you enjoy fall if you are sick, tired, and stressed? 

Since I love helping people feel their best and live longer… I created a special Facebook Event for this whole week to give some extra LIVE videos to help you have Your Best Autumn Ever!!

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How to Have a Stress Free Holiday

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… or is it???

As reported in a recent survey by Think Finance, Forty-five percent of Americans would prefer to skip Christmas… so what does that say about the Happiest Time of the Year? Have you ever wanted to skip Christmas??

Most people I talk to start dealing with stress around the holidays even if they aren’t normally stressed – According to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Here are the Top 11 Things people Stress about During the Holidays:

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Transformation Tuesday: How Julie Lost 30 Pounds

One of the BEST things about having a health and wellness business is the AMAZING stories we get to hear from our customers and team members. A passion of mine has always been helping people feel their best. When I first met Julie and heard some of her story, I just knew that I had to share it with you. I know it will be just as inspiring for you as it was for me.
From Julie:
In 2013 I had a disc rupture in my lower back that sent me into emergency spinal surgery. I was off work for several weeks, then finally recovered and it happened again just 2 weeks after being back to work. In total I have had 3 surgeries and multiple injections and prescriptions spanning 2 years. I’ve been on pain medication and steroids for inflammation and had many sleepless nights. I also gained so much weight because of lack of mobility and the pain was a daily struggle. I worked in the surgical department at a nearby hospital and my personal surgeon told me I wouldn’t get better until I was off my feet. That my job was only making the problem worse and I wouldn’t heal standing on my feet for hours on end, lifting patients and heavy equipment day after day. I loved my job and I loved helping people but the pain was unbearable most days. All of the pain and frustration led me to a really dark place in my life I was irritable and no fun to be around. I was a horrible wife and did not have my best days as a mother either. Even sitting on the floor playing legos was unthinkable. I shut out people I cared about and threw a giant pitty-party for myself.
The weight gain frankly just made me sad.
Every picture of myself was cropped from the waist down because I couldn’t stand to see just how big I had gotten. Some people say it wasn’t noticeable (I think they are just being polite). For me, I had always been a small framed girl, so this was really hard to swallow. In 2015, I decided I couldn’t continue this cycle of being over-weight and tired and weak. I couldn’t work out because I was tired and I was over-weight because I didn’t work out and I was weak and not helping the pain because I was over-weight. I decided I had to do something.
So for an entire year I was like a yo-yo.
I’d lose the weight and put it back on and I would eat right for a while and then I would cave…. so began another vicious cycle. At the end of this year I became very ill and had to have another surgery. This sent me back to the pain meds and the weight gain. And I was sad again for months I just figured.. “Well I am 43 years old and the mother of 2 boys, maybe this is just how it is…”

I was Ready for a Change

Early in 2016 (3 Years after the incident), I was done feeling sorry for myself

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