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Why Running a Marathon is NOT Healthy

Why You Should STOP Running Marathons

I used to be a long distance runner. I ran cross country and track in high school. It was no big deal to go run 10 miles on a Saturday morning. When I was pregnant with Aidalyn, I continued to run long distances in my first trimester. This was before I knew how unhealthy it is for your body to run very long distances. 

Why is long distance running so appealing?

Why do we idolize the idea of running long distances for health? It seems like the iconic view of health is a woman running outside along a body of water…. where did this come from? read more

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

Natural Cleaning with Just Water

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Natural Cleaning with Just Water

Safe Cleaning with E-Cloths 

 

Let me start off by saying that I hate cleaning.

I love a clean house, I just don’t like cleaning. If I can find a product that simplifies my cleaning routine and is all natural, I’m sold.

I first heard about these cloths that are able to clean with just water from a friend. These cloths contain fibers of silver that are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.  As you clean with e-cloths, the microfibers collect all the bacteria and germs off the surface . Then, they are able to clean themselves in just a few hours, killing all the bacteria trapped inside. You can use the same cloth for a week without needing to clean it. Less laundry? Again… this product was screaming my name. 

I watched a few you tube videos of moms using these cloths and testing how effective they are with killing bacteria and cleaning. Several videos used a protein swab to show how the ecloth was able to clean raw meat juices from a plate, leaving no trace of proteins behind… with just water!

Click to Watch the You-Tube video here about E-Cloth.  

 This video shows you how good e-cloth is at removing the protein from the surfaces with just water and your e-cloth. 

 

I’m a mom and I am concerned about my two girls being around harsh chemical cleaners. I was making my own cleaners for a while with vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia. This is so much easier! I even was able to use the cloth on my swiffer that I already had to clean the floors. 

Annaleigh is just about to start crawling (she’s at the roll to get everywhere stage). I am getting more and more aware of what is on my floor. I’m not a huge germaphobe, but I’d rather have her not eat dust bunnies for a snack either. 

I bought several of the e-cloths: the shower cloths, the stainless steel cloths, scrubbing clothes, window polish cloths and the universal stone (all natural really deep cleaning cream). I cleaned my whole downstairs in just a few minutes and let Aidalyn help because there are no chemicals. I think dusting with an e-cloth will be the perfect first chore for her. 

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This is what I bought: 

Shower pack, Stainless Steel pack, 4 general purpose cloths, 1 bathroom cloth, 2 window polishing cloths, the universal stone paste, body cloth and more. 

Click here to visit MyEcloth

About E-Cloths

Safe – Chemical Free Cleaning

E-cloths have 480,000 strands per cm squared. This is what allows it to clean so well and be so absorbent. It holds the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval and is recommended by Bosch, Deva, AEG, Electrolux, Miele, De Dietrich, Bristan, Siemens, Baumatic, NEFF, Franke, and Ideal Standard. 

E-cloths are able to remove 99% of bacteria including E-coli and Listeria. Studies show the bacteria stays inside the cloth until it is rinsed. After it is rinsed, the e-cloths reintroduced only 0.01% of bacteria back onto the sterile surface. This shows that only water and e-cloths are needed to clean. 

I used these on my very, very dirty stove. It had burnt on foods and grease spills… It works people! It cleaned it all up with just water and the e-cloth. I used the stainless steel e-cloth and then I finished with a stainless steel polish cloth. 

Saves Money

E-cloths save you money because you no longer need any other products to help you clean. You can also use these in place of paper towels. You only need to wash them about once a week which can also save you money on laundry loads. 

For day to day use, you just rinse the cloth under the faucet with hot water. When you are ready to wash, machine wash with detergent on high heat and a good rinse. Then hang to dry. I cloth diaper, so I wash mine using Charlies Soap. You don’t want to use bleach or fabric softener. If the cloths start losing performance, you can just boil them with water to refresh it. 

Good for the Environment 

No more harsh chemicals, toxins, or fumes being released into the environment. This is great for all houses, but is very important for families with kids. Your babies and kids don’t need be exposed to all the chemicals that are in most cleaning products. When moms clean, the kids are usually not far away. This eliminates the concern about exposing kids to all the bad ingredients in harsh cleaners. It is also safe that they can join on in and help. 

Real Simple Magazine choose E-Cloths for Best Product in 3 Cleaning Categories. 

E-cloth’s scrubber won for best scrubber. Having both a gentle abrasive side for scrubbing and a microfiber side for wiping. It also is curved so it naturally fits in your hand better. 

E-cloth’s microfiber cleaning cloths won for best all around. It was the best at collecting dust, best at cleaning with just water, and best to stand up in the washing machine. They are guaranteed to last up to 300 washes (just remember no bleach, fabric softeners, or dryer sheets).

E-cloth’s mop won for best washable mop. The mop has a large head that can turn in a 360 degree motion. Just use with plain water to clean your floors. You then can toss the microfiber head into the washer when done.  

These were the perfect cleaning solution I was looking for. You can buy your e-cloths here and start cleaning with just water (affiliate link): 

Here is the start of simple and environmentally friendly cleaning! How do you like to clean naturally?  read more

10 Ways to Use Pipettes for Play

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Using Pipettes for Play

I’m always trying to find new ways of letting Aidalyn learn and discover through play. I saw these pipettes at my naturopaths office and thought that they would be so much fun to play with at home. I ordered a huge pack from Amazon and have been having fun learning all the fun ways you can use pipettes for play.

They are a pretty cheap art supply to keep around for when you want to pull out a fun afternoon activity. Today, we gathered some snow and had fun melting it using our pipettes filled with water. You can add food coloring or a little water based paint into the water to make fun colors in the snow too.

It was such a simple activity and Aidalyn played with it for forever without getting bored. read more

New You New Years! Increasing Water

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New You New Years Week One: Increasing Your Water

You made it to the first week of New You New Years!  This week we are going to focus on increasing your water intake. 

Last week we focused on awareness: Being mindful in what you are eating. Thinking about what you are feeding your body is the first step to changing your habits. Did you pick up on anything you need to change already???

During New You New Years, we are going to take baby steps each week so you can be a Trim Healthy Mama!

To increase our water intake, this could include drinking more water, tea, or fruit infused waters. My favorite way to drink tea is in Trim Healthy Mama apple pie sips. These are amazing!! I love them so much during these cold winter months when drinking a cold glass of water isn’t as appealing.

My sister and her husband really like to drink sparkling water.

Another tip is adding a little lemon to water with some stevia – a very simple lemonade! Adding lemon to your water also increases your vitamin C intake, which is great in these winter months for keeping you well and helps detox your liver!  I made some really good pomegranate tea over Thanksgiving and sweetened it with some stevia for a real treat. Fruit infused water is easy to make too!

I really love drinking Greens in my water. It is an easy was to get in 38 superfoods and PLUS increase the water that I need too! I have a Probiotic that have helped a lot as well 🙂

Something I’ve been trying more recently is doing fruit infusions in my water, it adds great taste and is really simple if you use an Infusion Pitcher, here’s the one I prefer!

By drinking more water, you will help your body stay full. Sometimes when we feel the urge to eat, we really are just thirsty. Drinking Water is also good for constipation. Did you know that if you aren’t having a bowel movement at least ONCE a day (and 3x a day is the recommended amount)  then you are constipated??? (cue music: The More you Knooooooooow!)

Summary: New You New Years Week 1: Increase your water!

What are you favorite ways to increase your water? read more

Trim Healthy Stir Fry – Fuel Pull

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Trim Healthy Stir Fry (Fuel Pull)

 

I love Chinese take out… I love Chinese food!

These do not make me a Trim Healthy Mama…

But thankfully my favorite part of Chinese food is the vegetables.

Here is my take on a Better than Take out – or Take out-Fake out Chinese Stir fry.

This Trim Healthy Stir Fry uses glucomannan to thicken it. This is amazing stuff if you haven’t tried it yet. You can read more about glucomannan here. It is a thickener that is gluten free, carb free, and taste free (so you can add it to anything!). You can thicken puddings, soups, or Trim Healthy Sir Fries. 

 

Trim Healthy Stir Fry

 

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Trim Healthy Mama’s For this recipe to be fuel pull, your serving needs to have one teaspoon of coconut oil in it or less. You can omit the coconut oil in the steaming vegetables phase to reduce some fat per serving. If you want this to be an S meal full of healthy fats, then don’t worry about how much coconut oil is in the meal and just enjoy. 

This Post has been linked up to Gwen’s Nest Go check out her newest recipe:

Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake 

Bone Broths – How to Heal Yourself with Soup

 

Bone Broths: How to Heal Yourself With Soup

Your grandmother was on to something when she cooked up a pot of chicken soup when you were sick. There are a ton of healing properties to broths made from bones.

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The Jade Institute writes that bone broths are good for both your kidneys and your liver. Broth can even be beneficial in a detox or a cleanse.

The prolonged cooking of bones in water results in a broth rich in nutritional constituents that promote strength, tonify blood, nourish in times of sickness and rehabilitation, and help to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders.

 

Some Powerful Nutrients of Bone Broths

The cartilage in bone broth is great for joints and arthritis pain. The marrow in the bones is great for your cardiovascular health. Glycine and proline are important amino acids present in bone broth. They are good for “the manufacturing of glucose, enhancing gastric acid secretion, soft tissue and wound healing, healthy connective tissue, effective detoxification by the liver and production of plasma.” Collagen and gelatin are good for wound healing, repair of bones, healing of the gastrointestinal tract, and helps digest the protein you eat.

Eating collagen has shown to decrease appearance of wrinkles and cellulite. read more

The “Foods I will never ever touch” list….

I really liked this post by Alli about her “foods she will never touch”.

I find that there are certain foods that everyone has put on their “do not touch” list. I agree with most of these – and I understand where she is coming from on all of them.

I have a weakness for sushi though! Sushi falls into my 20% leeway – I do stick to Salmon and Tuna – and stay away from crustaceans (crabs and shrimp) because they act like filters in the water and have a lot of impurities in their flesh (definitely not Kosher). We get sushi for special occasions for sure.

With the dried fruit – I do put just a little no sugar added organic raisins in my raw nut trail mix. We never drink anything but water or coffee in our house, so juice isn’t an issue for us. I’ve mentioned my feelings on soy before in my post “Soy – friend or foe.” A substitute mentioned in the Maker’s Diet is Tamari (which is fermented to help reduce the anti-nutrients) and is wheat free.

Pizza is a favorite – we tend to stick to our cauliflower crust pizza to satisfy our pizza flavor cravings. We have stayed away from breads and wheat pretty well for the most part. Thankfully, we made the switch to real butter and coconut oil when we read the Maker’s diet 6 years ago. Also, at that time we eliminated high fructose corn syrup.

We don’t drink milk and cereals have never been something we ate for breakfast – I know a lot of moms reach for cheerios to give to their babies and we have been successful in keeping Aidalyn away from those. We made the switch to almond butter when I was pregnant, so we don’t rely on peanut butter as much. We do still eat beans occasionally in soups and as a side dish – but we soak them for a very long time to help reduce the phytates and lectins. We have greatly reduced our intake of beans and legumes.

I’m going to add milk to my personal list. I really do avoid commercial milk proactively. I don’t want puss from cows in anything I drink besides the growth hormones and antibiotics – much less a food that the majority of people (75%) are sensitive to. Dairy is a mucous forming food as well, so it is best to avoid if you are suffering from any other allergy (You can read more about my post about Milk). We will buy organic whole yogurt occasionally and add berries ourselves. And I’ll add sugar substitutes to the list as well. We avoid all chemically created sugar substitutes and stick to stevia, naturally sweet fruits, and honey.

What are the foods that you avoid?