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The Easiest Two Day Cleanse

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can just feel that I need to cleanse.

 

Maybe it is after a vacation, a holiday, or just a crazy week when you didn’t eat as well as you should… but then you are left blah. It may also lead to us having trouble losing weight.

 

All these signs are our body telling us that WE NEED TO DETOX!!!

 

Here are 9 SIGNS Your Body Needs to DETOX:

– Skin breakouts
– Bloating/stomach pains
– Trouble sleeping
– Constipation
– Headaches
– Fatigue/low energy levels
– Irritability
– Congestion/mucus feels like a cold read more

3 Lies the Health Experts told us About Fat

We were lied to…

 

“Health” experts told us over and over that FAT was bad. Eating Fat was making us fat… but that was a BIG FAT LIE!

 

Three Lies We Have Been Told

  • Fats Are Unhealthy
  • Fats Make You Gain Weight
  • Fats Give You High Cholesterol

 

Truth: Fat Keeps Us Healthy

Every cell in your body is covered in fat. It is needed for hormones, for nerves, for your brain to function. It is also key for a healthy metabolism. You also need fat to absorb fat soluble vitamins.

It is an Excellent Source of Vitamin A. Grass-fed butter has even more vitamin A than regular butter thanks to the cow’s grass eating diet. By consuming grass-fed butter, you directly increase your intake of butyric acid, which science has shown can decrease inflammation. Conjugated linoleic acid are found in high amounts in grassfed butter! Arachidonic Acid serves as a precursor to leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and thromboxanes, collectively known as eicosanoids which are important for immunity and immune response.

All these are great for keeping us healthy and all found in healthy fat sources!

 

Truth: Fat Helps us Lose Weight

MCTs (Medium-Chain Triglycerides) have been show to help suppress appetites which is great if you deal with cravings or are trying to lose weight. The MCTs found in butter (and coconut oil) are able to be converted immediately into fuel for your body’s muscles and organs.

 

Truth: Fat Helps Lower Your Cholesterol

Grassfed Butter is Rich in Vital Cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed for healthy cellular function. It’s also required to make key hormones and vital to brain and nervous system development and function.

It’s actually Great for your heart! In the study, margarine intake increased the risk of coronary heart disease, but butter intake was not at all associated with coronary heart disease occurrence.

 

 

Not All Fat is Created Equal

 

Trans fats are bad – that is true! 

Most trans fats are formed through an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which causes the oil to become solid at room temperature. This partially hydrogenated oil is less likely to spoil, so foods made with it have a longer shelf life.

It is found in so many of our foods:

  • Baked Foods
  • Margarine
  • Snacks
  • Fried Foods

 

 

But what fats are we supposed to be eating? 

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT oils, saturated fats like grassfed butter, coconut oil) are GOOD FOR YOU! 

MCTs are the fastest metabolized energy, they help you focus, they keep you full longer.

Medium-Chain Triglycerides have some amazing benefits:

  • Easy to Digest and Used for Quick Energy
  • Fuel for your Brain
  • Help you Stay Full
  • Help you Absorb Fat soluble vitamins
  • Boost Your metabolism
  • Help you think more clearly
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    Treating Mastitis Naturally

    Treating Mastitis Naturally

    Mastitis can be scary to a breastfeeding mama. 

    The painful and inflamed breast. The chills. The fever.

    I have had full blow mastitis 3 times now! I had it both after the first few days after childbirth and now today…

    What causes mastitis?

    Mastitis is usually caused by a clogged milk duct that isn’t draining properly. Mastitis can come when you are not resting enough or drinking enough water – Hello, Holidays!

    This time it developed from a milk bleb – a clog right on the nipple. I noticed a slightly painful white dot on my nipple about 2 weeks ago, but I thought it honestly went away… Until last night.

    Last night when I went to bed, I noticed my breast was tender. I tried to compress my breast to get any milk flowing, didn’t make much progress so I just went to sleep. I had trouble getting comfortable because it was tender.

    I had a lot of trouble sleeping and finally got up at 3 am. I was feeling light-headed walking to the bathroom and almost passed out when I was trying to put in my contacts. I had to wake my husband so he could help me get some meds and vitamins, plus see what my temperature was.

    We have a forehead scanning thermometer and it read 102.0 and 105.0… who knows.

    I had a fever!

    I couldn’t sit up in bed without getting light-headed. It was already serious.Sick Mom

    I immediately took 2 Tylenol gel caps (which I NEVER do!), but I kept thinking… If I can’t take care of myself, who is going to take care of my babies?

    I also took garlic tablets, vitamin C, and lecithin (a fat emulsifier to help break up any fat in the clog). The vitamins are immune boosters and should help fight off any infection.

    Then I nursed, expressed milk, and nursed some more.

    I stayed in bed until 9:30, then felt like I was at least well enough to come downstairs.

    I fixed myself a large glass of echinacea tea, also full of antioxidants and immune boosting properties. I also took probiotics and cod liver oil.

    I continued taking the vitamins and nursed more often to help keep the milk moving and clear any infection.

    The Keys to Treating Mastitis:

    1) Catch it early! 

    Mastitis is an infection that can get out of control quickly. As soon as you notice a clog, be proactive about trying to get it cleared before it escalates into Mastitis.

    2) Take your vitamins! 

    Focus on vitamins to strengthen your immune system. I took garlic, echinacea, and vitamin C. These will help you fight off the infection – or prevent one from happening if you catch it early.

    3) Use hot compresses. 

    Hot compresses open up the ducts and pores on your breast and help you clear the clog and drain the breast more effectively. You can even take a hot shower and use the warm water to help while massaging the clog.

    4) Nurse, Nurse, Nurse

    Keep that milk flowing! Babies are the most effective at draining the breast. You can also use a pump to help get any extra milk out between feedings. Also, when you nurse, remember to change the baby’s position each time (or even during the feeding). I always found that nursing while hovering over the baby laying on a bed was the fastest way to clear a clog (looks funny though!).

    5) Rest

    Mastitis usually happens because you aren’t resting enough. You need to take a break and stay at home while you heal. Also drink plenty of water and recuperate.

    I hope you never have to deal with mastitis. It is not fun to have to deal with. Thankfully with these tips, you should be able to clear it up quickly and be back to normal. 

    If you don’t find relief in a few hours, you may need to call your doctor.  read more

    Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

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     Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salad

    It is no stretch of the imagination to say that we LOVE Mexican food. I could eat it every week and it would not get old. I craved so much Mexican food while I was pregnant with both of my girls. When I was dealing with Gestational Diabetes, I had to be very careful of not indulging in the rice, beans, and tortillas. These Easy Baked Chicken Fajita Salads became a staple meal for us.

    I saw several recipes floating around Pinterest before I decided to make it myself and tweak it into my own recipe. These are quite healthy too. Garlic and Cayenne are wonderful spices for your health and help you detox.

    Easy Baked Chicken Fajitas are the perfect meal for throwing in the pan and it being no fuss. I am all about easy and simple recipes that are easy clean up as well. You can have dinner ready in 30 minutes. What more could you want?

    You also get a good helping of fresh, tasty vegetables that are full of flavor and vitamins for your family. 

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    10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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    10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

    Are you pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant soon? Today I’m writing at Day 2 Day Joys about 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy.

    I have been blessed to have 2 relatively easy pregnancies. I did deal with gestational diabetes, but I was able to manage my blood sugar naturally. Check out my book about How to Control Gestational Diabetes Naturally. 

    Being healthy is the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. If you are already deficient in vitamins, pregnancy will only make it worse. This is the time to focus on your health and your baby’s health.

    Read more about 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy here. 

     

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    Apple Night Night Gummies Recipe

    You know that every parents struggles at some point to get their kiddos off to bed… what if there was a reason they had trouble calming down at night?

    I started doing some research and found that magnesium was a mineral that could help all of us get better rest at night – naturally!

    I also learned that magnesium was one of those minerals that was really common to be deficient in. I actually was deficient myself!

    So I started thinking about ways to help my kids get in more magnesium each day and these apple gummies were a really easy thing to try! read more

    Apple Oatmeal Cream Pie

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    Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies

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    Oatmeal Cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. I love oatmeal cookies and cream together. These Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies are the prefect combination of both flavor and health benefits.

    Apples are full of vitamins and minerals. They add a natural sweetness to the cookie as well.

    Oatmeal is a great food for fiber as well as for your heart. read more

    Vitamins For Kids

    Aidalyn's Vitamins

    Vitamins I added in the smoothie