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    How I Lost Weight By Slimming Down My Mindset

    As we get older, weight loss gets harder and harder. But it's totally doable as is evidenced by the pants that now slide over my hips with ease. Want to know how I lost weight? Read on.

    So, my old slacks fit me again.  Can we just have a moment of silence for this major accomplishment?  These weren’t even normal slacks. They were the ones with the zipper on the side and they actually slid all the way over my hips.  I did the most uncoordinated happy dance in the mirror and it felt great to make some major progress. The common question is how I lost weight. I didn’t starve myself or purchase any frivolous products that promote weight loss.  It all started with a major change in my mindset first and putting in the work for myself and no one else.

    As we get older, weight loss gets harder and harder. But it's totally doable as is evidenced by the pants that now slide over my hips with ease. Want to know how I lost weight? Read on.

    Learning To Accept

    Over the years, I struggled with accepting my body for what it was and what it was slowly becoming.  Between health issues, child birth, and the scrapes and scars that reveal my life’s story, it became overwhelmingly difficult to fall in love with my personal beauty.  I didn’t have the confidence to boldly proclaim that I accepted who I was inside and out.

    I struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle for myself.  As a result, I lost several pounds to the point of looking and feeling very sick.  I also gained several pounds while emotional eating through bouts of depression and stress.  I was a complete mess. For years I watched other people’s health journeys while not even making my own conscious decisions.  I spent so much time scrolling timelines wishing I could wear someone else’s shoes that I didn’t even know my own size.

    Changing My Mindset

    Drinking flat tummy tea or wrapping my stomach up for 45 minutes just didn’t seem realistic to me.  I eventually learned that I had to do what was best for me and I mean that in every way. My decisions didn’t have to be difficult or conflicting, but just true to who I was as a person.

    How I Lost Weight

    I changed my way of thinking and became more intentional about the way I live my life.  I’m now to the point that my only goal is to just be healthy. That’s it. No matter what it may look like to others, that’s my goal and I’m sticking to it. So, I pace myself and do what I can when I can for Me…no one else.

    I listen to my body. I don’t over exude myself past my limits. I don’t confine my beauty or self-worth to a scale or the latest weight loss trends.  I do what is best for Erin and I’ve found this way to be most effective. I love who I’ve become from every angle and that to me is the healthiest place I could be in.

    Have you won the battle with weight-loss? What tips do you have?

    How To Beat Food Intolerance Without Losing Your Appetite

    Food intolerance is very different than having a food allergy. While they are very different, paying attention to foods that fall into both categories for you is very important and Pinnertest can help in identifying those intolerances from the comforts of your own home. Read more here.
    Food intolerance is an important aspect of our health not getting enough attention. I’ve partnered with Pinnertest to share my experience with food intolerance testing in this sponsored post.

    I’ve dedicated this year to becoming the best version of myself yet and I’ve started off on the right foot. I’m learning how to manage stress in a healthy way. Business is going well. I’m managing the kids better than before. And I’m prioritizing my health.

    This last piece is huge for me.

    I typically will put everyone else’s health before mine with the thought of, “As long as they’re taken care of, I’m taken care of.” Writing this out sounds just as foolish as it should. Making sure I’m doing whats best for me enables me to care for others–not the other way around. A major facet of this is what I eat. This is actually something that I spoke on during my keynote panel this year at Shiftcon.

    Food intolerance is very different than having a food allergy. While they are very different, paying attention to foods that fall into both categories for you is very important and Pinnertest can help in identifying those intolerances from the comforts of your own home. Read more here.

    We are what we eat, so what is my diet saying about me?

    If I’m being completely honest, I normally LOVE to follow the trends on diets and stuff. I was big into juicing and green smoothies and paleo and veganism but this year I was talking to my friend Brittany and we were basically saying the same thing: We’re tired of following these trends and diets but not know if they’re actually good for US. Sure, everyone and their mother’s are out here consuming all the green smoothies while chomping on gluten-free muffins and GMO-free lemonade but is it what really good for THEM?

    This is what I started my year out wanting to know so that the work that I thought I was doing in cleaning up my diet wasn’t actually counter productive to my goals. While my goals are pretty much always to lose weight, but they also include adopting a lifestyle that I can maintain.

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    Food Intolerance Vs Food Allergies

    How crazy would it be if I was over here making all these kale smoothies and stuff BUT I HAD A FOOD INTOLERANCE FOR KALE!?! I would be pretty upset, honestly. Or even worse, if I was allergic to it. Did you know that there’s a difference between food intolerance and allergies?

    Food intolerance occurs when our bodies cannot properly digest and convert the foods we eat into the necessary nutrients that fuel our systems.
    More simply, food intolerance occurs when you eat something but it fails to be properly broken down in the intestines. The main reason for this failure (maldigestion) is due to a lack of digestive enzymes– it’s their job to break down food molecules so that they can be properly absorbed into the bloodstream.

    A food intolerances and a food allergy can sometimes have similar symptoms, but the way they react with your body is very different.
    The main difference between an intolerance and an allergy is that an allergy will manifest itself almost immediately after inhalation or consumption of a particular substance. Food intolerances, on the other hand, are more deceptive. Depending on the individual, symptoms might arrive anywhere between a couple hours to a couple days.

    –www.pinnertest.com

    Most people know about food allergies because many of them can lead to death. Tests are normally run by the doctors and in some more extreme cases, shots are given in increments to help to deal with said allergies. But did you know that there’s a test for food intolerance as well?

    Food intolerance is very different than having a food allergy. While they are very different, paying attention to foods that fall into both categories for you is very important and Pinnertest can help in identifying those intolerances from the comforts of your own home. Read more here.

    Testing For Food Intolerance

    In order to find out if your body had an intolerance for a food, you used to have to use an elimination process. With this, you basically eliminate everything from your diet and slowly add things back in noting how it makes your body feel. This requires lots of time, effort, planning and journaling. This method is still used by many. But there’s actually a simple blood test that you can do at home that will also give you results. Yes, this means that you have to prick your own finger and send it in but I swear it’s super easy.

    Food intolerance is very different than having a food allergy. While they are very different, paying attention to foods that fall into both categories for you is very important and Pinnertest can help in identifying those intolerances from the comforts of your own home. Read more here. J

    Pinnertest

    Pinnertest is a company that tests for food intolerance in the comforts of your own home.

    Pinnertest utilizes advanced IgG (FC Fragment Specific), Antigen, Antiserum, Control tests to determine an individual’s food sensitivities.

    So for those that are like me and don’t exactly understand that this means, here it is in layman’s terms: they take 2 drops of your blood and are able to test it against 200 food samples to see what you may have an intolerance for. It’s super easy and took me under 5 minutes to get myself set up, pricked and shipped out. My results came back in about 4 days.

    So what do I have a food intolerance for? Cow milk, Soybeans, and corn. That’s it.

    Do you know how comforting it is to know that I don’t have to cut out things like black beans or nuts or different spices??? I am so relieved!

    Why Food Intolerance Matters

    Did you know that food intolerance have been linked to weight-gain, weakened immune system (hello flu-season!), depletion in our serotonin production (this hormone is responsible for maintaining mood balance, social behavior, libido, memory, and digestive health), increases in cravings for carbs and sugars, gastrointestinal problems, brain fog, joint pain, acne and chronic fatigue. I’ve never heard of anyone saying that they want to deal with any of these things.

    Interested in finding out more about your own food intolerance?

    Get tested by Pinnertest today and find out what you should, and shouldn’t be, eating! Use coupon code “THECRUNCHYMOMMY” for $60 off!

    Food intolerance is very different than having a food allergy. While they are very different, paying attention to foods that fall into both categories for you is very important and Pinnertest can help in identifying those intolerances from the comforts of your own home. Read more here.

    What To Expect For Your Toddler’s First Trip To The Dentist

    Your toddler's first trip to the dentist can be a scary one if this is your first child. I interviewed our dentist to help prepare other parents with info!

    I’ve always hated going to the dentist. The dentist was a scary place filled with cold, silver things that looked like they were ready to harm me at any given moment. The dentist wasn’t overly warm—they were there to look at my pearly whites, give criticism, and move on with a fwap of their sterile, white jackets. The dentist was always the most uninviting and intimidating place in the world to me. Becoming a mother, none of this has changed for me but I wanted something different for my girls—which is why I chose Dentistry For Children (D4C) to be our dentist. One of the things that I felt so unprepared for was my toddler’s first trip to the dentist.

    Naturally, this was with mini. I remember picking her up from school and them sending her home with some “intro to pediatric dentistry” pamphlets for another dentist that was close to her school. It was a nice enough dentist but not nice enough to quell my own fears that I was working hard not to pass on to mini. I got a recommendation from a friend of mine who has 2 kids and both loved going to their dentist. Their recommendation was D4C and we haven’t looked back since.

    Your Toddler’s First Trip To The Dentist

    Guys, when I walked in the first time I was pretty scared for mini because I didn’t know what to expect. I had just had a crown done on my teeth and was FINALLY getting over that pain. I’m actually a still a little scarred but that’s another story for another day. But I felt a little like Corky Romany when he was behind the podium frantically waiting for questions to be asked (if you haven’t seen the movie, you should, it’s hilarious). I don’t want you guys to feel like I did when you take your babes to the dentist so some of my friends and readers submitted questions for me to ask our dentist to prepare you!

    Your toddler's first trip to the dentist can be a scary one if this is your first child. I interviewed our dentist to help prepare other parents with info!

    Interview With The Dentist

    I got a chance to have some one-on-one time with our dentist Dr. Lisa Shilman. We’ve seen her for almost 3 years now and I love going to her! So here are the questions that were asked that Dr. Lisa answered:

    At what age should children first see the dentist?

    The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in as early as one in order to establish a relationship with the dentist. Check=ups are completed–no pathology or x-rays happen. Parents are educated on diet, brushing and habits to keep teeth heal

    thy. The follow-ups are dependent upon what the dentist finds.

    So is all candy really terrible for their teeth?

    No lollipops and definitely no gummies. The amount of time that teeth are exposed to the candy, sugars and acids are what do the damage. Dark chocolate is great!

    So what’s the deal with fluoride? What are the best ways to get it with the littles?

    Fluoride is needed in toothpaste for sure. When they are young and can’t spit, rubbing it on their teeth and then wiping it off is effective as well. Drinking and cooking with tap water that has fluoride in it is good as well. Giving children the baby water with fluoride added to it is another option. 

    Is there a correlation between breast feeding and tooth decay?

    Breastfeeding alone doesn’t cause tooth decay and neither does breast milk. But breast milk can contribute to tooth decay after adding other things to a child’s diet. If your baby is still night feeding, wipe or brush after nursing. This really only becomes an issue after the age of 1. 

    When can we stop supervising the kids brushing their teeth?

    Normally between the ages of 6-8. Disclosing solutions (the ones that show tarter still on teeth) that can be found at the drug store are also a big help. 

    Teeth grinding, is this an issue to be concerned about?

    Teeth grinding isn’t an issue for baby teeth. It’s only an issue if there’s pain. Once permanent teeth come in, grinding will normally stop. But no mouth guard is needed until the jaw is completely grown. 

    Any recommendations on tooth brushes?

    No, not really. Just make sure that they have a small toothbrush head so that you can navigate their mouths, soft bristles and never use hard bristles–even as adults. 

    Are there any alternatives to fluoride for those that don’t like to use it?

    Fluoride is big in preventing and repairing cavities but there is something called calcium phosphate that is a paste that can also be effective. It’s called MiPaste and can be found at most dentist offices. But it’s important to note that it’s derived from milk. 

    Any tips on getting kids to brush more regularly?

    Add it to the calendar or schedule it. There are apps that can be used to remind them. There are toothbrushes like Sonicare Smart Tooth Brush and Oral-B that have timers for 2 minutes and corresponding apps that let you know when they’ve brushed. Let your kids choose their toothbrushes and toothpaste. Set up a rewards system with a chart–if they get 60 stickers in 30 days they earn something special. 

    I love how you have this total child care mentality when it comes to them. Is this just your attitude or is this something that is the culture at D4C?

    This is definitely my mentality but it’s also something that is taught at Dentistry 4 Children. Pediatric dentists are in school for longer than other dentists. We have to learn different things because kids are different than adults. 

    Your toddler's first trip to the dentist can be a scary one if this is your first child. I interviewed our dentist to help prepare other parents with info!

    Why I Chose D4C

    When I walked in for mini’s first appointment, there was a big tree house and video games that greeted us. It was awesome! Then the staff has consistently been incredibly friendly and kind and patient. The culture when you walk in is everything. The people are amazing and you can’t help but to be excited about the appointment. And they honor your time. I’ve never waited more than 5 minutes for my appointment!

    Abc’s First Visit to the Dentist!!!

    Abc had her very first visit to the dentist and I caught it on Snapchat! Check it out here:

    Listen, if you haven’t scheduled your child’s appointment with D4C yet, you need to do so stat! And tell them I sent you!

    7 Healthy Benefits to Your Pumpkin Addiction

    As the world celebrates their pumpkin addition, I'm here to give you the 7 reasons why you should hop on the pumpkin bandwagon!

    As soon as summer bids us adieu, in comes pumpkin season. Up until last year, I honestly didn’t get the appeal behind everyone’s love of what was once only used for pies and Halloween décor. But last year I fell in love with a pumpkin and this year as the season rolled around again, I figured there HAS to be some health appeal to these rotund gourds. And there is.

    In fact, pumpkins are really quite good for your health. As in I can justify admitting to using a pumpkin base sauce for pasta instead of tomato it’s so healthy. So while my husband angrily devours the deliciousness of my recent gourmet pumpkin additions, I can say, “It’s for your health!”

    As the world celebrates their pumpkin addition, I'm here to give you the 7 reasons why you should hop on the pumpkin bandwagon!

    7 Healthy Benefits to Your Pumpkin Addiction

    1. Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamin A. What’s that good for? Vision. They say to eat more carrots to take care of your eyes but pumpkins are a quality source!
    2. They are one of the best sources for beta-carotene.
    3. The potassium in pumpkins has been linked to positively affecting high blood pressure.
    4. Pumpkin puree can be used as a replacement for butter or oil in baking recipes.
    5. Lowers risks involved with prostate and colon cancers specifically.
    6. Increases fertility in women because of the plant-based iron.
    7. It boosts your immunity because of the beta-carotene and vitamin C.

    Delicious Ways to Feed Your Pumpkin Addiction

    I’m not ready to be a self-proclaimed pumpkin lover just yet but I have found some rather tasty options out there that really make the tummy’s of my family and I happy.

    Trader Joe’s

    Friends, don’t judge me based on how much pumpkin I’ve bought from here.

    Pumpkin Spice Medium Roast Coffee – this is literally my favorite coffee ever.

    Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn with Pumpkin Seeds & Walnuts – OMG soooooo delicious!!!

    Pumpkin O’s Cereal – the hubs even loves this

    This Pumpkin Walks Into A Bar – the name of this cereal bar makes me laugh everytime.

    Sprouts

    You guys know Sprouts Farmers Market is bae. The only pumpkin product I’ve gotten from there has been the truly divine Pumpkin Apple Cider.

    Fresh Market

    They’re pricey and I probably won’t go back—unless it’s to buy more of the Pumpkin Pasta Sauce.

    My husband is in major judgement mode over the recent development of me using pumpkin for all sorts of thing but I think he’s most upset because he’s secretly really enjoying it! Up your pumpkin intake for your health and don’t hide your pumpkin addiction—embrace it freely!

    What’s your favorite way to feed your pumpkin addiction?

    Detox 101: The Basics of Detoxing Your Body

    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don't know how to do one or if it's time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    Depending on what kind of crowd you roll with, detoxing can be popular with you or something new but either way, it’s not a new concept. People have been detoxing their bodies for years and for most, it’s a necessary—and sometimes evil—time. I love detoxing though. The first one that I did was when I was in high school. We fasted on apples and oranges during the end of the year. It was hard and required discipline but I made it the week successfully! Since then, I’ve truly loved the detox process.

    My Detox Testimony

    As I’ve shared here before, I struggle with a disorder called Hidradenitis Supportiva. There’s no cure and the only way to deal with it is through surgery, antibiotics, and other holistic means. I’ve found that through detoxing, I have less flare ups. I’ve tried all the detox methods that I’m discussing here and, while I prefer some over others, I’ve experienced success with all of them.

    So what does success look like for me? No flare ups, clear skin, weight loss, and improved digestive functionality (that’s adult code for regular pooping). Weight-loss has been a side effect as well since after the detox my digestive system is running in tip top shape.

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    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don’t know how to do one or if it’s time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    How To Tell If You Need To Detox

    Are you more tired than normal? Is coffee not doing it for you anymore? Are you experiencing more breakouts? Have a lot of mucous building up? Not feeling so well?

    These are all signs that it may be time for you to detox. A detox when seasons change help to prevent sickness and reactions to allergies as they allow your body the time it needs to build up its immunity. It rids your body of unnecessary mucous and toxins that can lead to you becoming sick and more tired.

    Methods of Internal Detoxing

    These are all methods that I’ve tried myself and have gotten some kind of success with.

    The Master Cleanse Diet

    This is also known as The Lemonade Diet. This was big in the early 2000’s and the Hollywood stars would swear by it to lose weight. It’s called the lemonade diet because for a minimum of 10 days you drink nothing but a drink that’s made with cayenne pepper, lemons, distilled water, and grade B Maple syrup. This is a hard cleanse but incredibly effective. I’ve done this a couple of times in my lifetime and each yielded great results. By the end I felt lighter, more energized, and ready to make positive changes in my life.

    Green Smoothie Cleanse

    This was made popular a couple of years ago as well. This is another 10-Day cleanse where you consume green smoothies with a variety of different recipes as well as teas that will aid in elimination. This one I liked because I love smoothies. I did find it to be effective but not as much as the Master Cleanse.

    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don't know how to do one or if it's time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    Juicing

    Juicing is probably my favorite. I did a 60-day juice cleanse for my 30th birthday that was truly phenomenal. I don’t mean juices in the sense of apples and all the delicious fruits. I mean juicing things like fennel, spinach, kale, ginger, and other veggies that are nutrient dense. Green juices have become a favorite of mine after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. I have the juicer from this documentary and I love the fact that I can use the pulp to create casseroles and quiches.

    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don't know how to do one or if it's time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    Equinox Cleanse

    This one is NOT popular at all. The only way I know about this is because an elder of mine had us do this my first year of college and this worked like a charm. It’s a 1-week cleanse where during the day you eat 3 apples and a handful of green grapes. Throughout the day you have 1 salad made with mustard greens, leeks, and lemon juice. This was the hardest cleans that I’ve ever done but it was so necessary. After the first day I was releasing mucous and I was one of the only ones in my dorm not to get sick that winter.

    Additional Information on Internal Detoxing

    People can sometimes find going on a detox daunting and it can be! Start off slow with 1-2 days at a time to see how you feel after that before making a commitment of a week or more. Understand that these methods aren’t for everyone! Some additional daily things you can do to detoxify your body are:

    • Drink hot water with lemon in it every morning
    • Take a tablespoon of Cider Vinegar

    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don't know how to do one or if it's time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    • Add turmeric to your food
    • Eat clean
    • Detox teas

    When detoxing, make sure that you choose fresh and organic items to use.

    Methods of External Detoxing

    For some, it’s just too hard to do an internal cleanse but that doesn’t mean you can’t detox your body!

    Detox Bath

    Mix Epsom Salt, Lavender EO, and some Tea Tree EO and soak in a nice, warm bath.

    Deodorant Detox

    Do you know how bad the normal deodorant is for your body? That’s another post for another day but as someone who struggles with infections, this is one of my favorite products. You can snag some of this here along with some of the deodorant detox soap. This works better than regular deodorant and is better for your body too.

    Doing a full body detox at least once a year is great for your health. Don't know how to do one or if it's time? Read on for more details on detoxing.

    Dry Brushing

    This is more of an exfoliator but it’s helped my skin so I figured I would share! Make sure that you’re using an all-natural body brush. You brush the skin lightly while it’s dry prior to bathing. This leaves your skin way softer than pre-brushing and helps to remove the surface level toxins.

    I love the way that my body feels after a good internal or external detox!

    Are you into detoxifying your body? What methods do you use?

    **Please note that I’m not a doctor and you should consult a doctor for any medically related issues you may have. This is based on my opinion and results.**

    Motion Sickness: The Fun Killer

    Most people brush motion sickness of as just a mild inconvenience unless you have to deal with it. Dramamine® feels our pain and has a new product to help!
    This post was sponsored by Dramamine® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are my own.

    I’ve always been jealous of my brother’s ability to read while we were road-tripping as kids. Growing up, road trips were big for us. As a family of four with parents that loved to travel, it was just more cost effective to drive than fly. Plus, my mom always managed to have the most awesome surprises for us as we traveled.

    Growing Up With Motion Sickness

    I can still remember it like it was yesterday: My mom would wake us up at around 5 am telling us we were going on an adventure! Naturally, I was excited–I mean, what kid doesn’t like an adventure, right? But there was always apart of me that was so leery of these trips. Not because I didn’t want to go but because I would get motion sick and would have to have some time to recover when we arrived wherever our surprise destination was.

    My mom used to tease me that I knew the insides of every bathroom on every highway because we always had to stop. My upset stomach, headache and nausea was always the culprit. And it sucked. Big time. I hated the stigma that came along with motion sickness and always being bored in the car. Not that we had portable DVD players to watch movies in my younger days but I was an avid reader and hated that I couldn’t lose myself in a book as my mom whisked us off to our new destination.

    I was bored. Sick. And just miserable.

    I Didn’t Grow Out Of It

    And you know what? I didn’t grow out of it! Just like I was puking on my first Disney cruise, I was doing the same thing on a gambling cruise in South Caroline. Only differences were: 1. I was pregnant, and; 2. I missed–in a major way. I walked out of the bathroom and had somehow managed to even scar myself with the damage I had done in there. Terrible… Just terrible.

    Most people brush motion sickness of as just a mild inconvenience unless you have to deal with it. Dramamine® feels our pain and has a new product to help!

    My brother and I… He could read an entire series in the car while I just looked. Out the window. Bored.

    Being someone who prefers more natural remedies, I’ve tried the gambit of ginger solutions: ginger chews from Whole Foods, Yogi Tea’s Ginger Tea (which now brings back not so fond memories) and of course, ginger ale. I’ve tried saltines. Sea bands. You name it, I tried it and nothing worked until now.

    Most people brush motion sickness of as just a mild inconvenience unless you have to deal with it. Dramamine® feels our pain and has a new product to help!

    Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals

    Dramamine® is a VERY familiar brand for me. On a cruise for my family reunion I took it and it worked–but I fell asleep! I’ve been sharing how I’ve been roadtripping more this summer and I’ve been able to do it with the help of these new Dramamine® NoDrowsywy naturals. I’ve even been able to read an entire library book (which was really good and highly recommend) while I was a passenger in the car.

    Most people brush motion sickness of as just a mild inconvenience unless you have to deal with it. Dramamine® feels our pain and has a new product to help!

    So what kind of magic is in here to make it work, right? Ginger. Yes, ginger but not just any ginger. This is a clinically-tested dosage that’s different that what you find in teas, chews, and Ginger-Ale. And since it’s made with one of my all time favorite natural remedies, you can take it daily as needed! So yes, that means no more missing out on great reads, enticing movies, and making pretend the sights are that interesting you can’t look away. No more keeping a basket in the car equipped with paper towels, mouth wash, saltines, gum and water.

    Most people brush motion sickness of as just a mild inconvenience unless you have to deal with it. Dramamine® feels our pain and has a new product to help!

    Now you can enjoy those road trips!!! I know I plan to! Oh I even have a coupon for you to try these out!

    Have you ever suffered with motion sickness? What remedies have you used?

    4 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism Now

    As we get older & experience this thing called life, it can take a toll on our metabolism which isn't the greatest when trying to lose weight-but no more! These 4 tips will rev your metabolism IMMEDIATELY.

     

    Between babies and my poor eating habits, my metabolism has hit a slump. It’s no secret that my goal out here is to lose weight and be able to survive a zombie apocalypse–weight loss being the primary goal ha! I met with a nutritionist at Life Time that gave me some pretty simple changes that resulted in a 5lb weight loss within 1 week–and no, it wasn’t water weight.

    As we get older & experience this thing called life, it can take a toll on our metabolism which isn't the greatest when trying to lose weight-but no more! Check out these tips that caused me to lose 5lbs in one week!

    4 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

    1. Drink half your body weight in water daily.

    This one was something that I knew anyway. Most days I get a gallon in but water is so important for the weight loss journey. Hydration–especially in the summer–is crucial since your body will need to replace all the water it loses while working out. Get your water in and it’ll help get that weight out.

    Water intake goal: 1 gallon. The Hulk and Batman said they would help me. By any means necessary right?

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    2. Set up alarms to remind you to eat.

    Working at home can sometimes throw your entire schedule off. You don’t have co-workers around eating or drinking reminding you it’s time to do so as well. There have been days where I went from 4:30am until 2pm without eating simply because I had forgotten. Set alarm with 4 hour increments reminding you to eat something.

    3. Eat clean.

    Yes, I said it as well. Eating clean is like everyone’s go-to statement when it comes to healthy eating. What does it mean? It means eat unprocessed or minimally processed foods. So things that need to be refrigerated and that can be found on the perimeter of the store at farmers markets. And no, it’s not expensive. And yes, it is rather delicious.

    Confession: I love raw string beans. I think they taste so good in their perfect, raw state!!! And yes, Hulk is still making me drink my water.

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    4. Keep snacks handy and already portioned out.

    Fresh fruits, nuts, trailmixes, etc are all things that would be perfect for you to keep within an arms reach. Protein shakes are excellent for recovery and to have along with some hummus and veggies. The important thing here is to keep it convenient. Not everyone has the time to stop and prepare a snack (because eating clean does require preparation) so it’s good to just prepare them all at once so they’re ready to go.

    Hopping on the road for my day trip in this beautiful @mazdausa 6. Got all the important things: protein shake, water, healthy snacks.

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    While these aren’t the only things that you can do to rev your metabolism and get it burning fat, these are 4 things that can get you started.

    What tips would you include here?


    60-Day Challenge Update

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Going into week 6 I’m feeling great. Since the last weigh-in, I dropped 5lbs and I’m really happy that the scale is moving. I’m down over 5% body fat and am incredibly proud of myself. This heat is stifling me and it’s hard to go to the gym and sweat when I walk outside and continue the sweating. I made a bet with my cousin that we could swim 450 laps this month and I’ve yet to hop in the water so I’ll be working on that for the rest of the month.

    I did a “Try It Tuesday” with Ceddy and the crew this week and it burned a lot of calories which I loved so much. And guess who’s going to be leading her own??? If you’re guess is me, that’s right! So stay tuned for when I announce that date!!!


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    10 Practical Tips To Achieve Fitness Goals Now

    Keeping your fitness goals can be difficult if you've had some hiccups along the way. Here are 10 tips to getting back and staying on track with them.

    Every year the masses set these really awesome and pretty realistic fitness goals that include losing weight or changing their lifestyle to one that’s more healthy than what they have now. And then the middle of the year comes and the gyms aren’t as busy or you just aren’t as motivated. It happens to most of us–myself included. The middle of the year is literally around the corner and it’s a perfect time to reassess where you are now and where you want to be so that you can develop a plan to bridge that gap.

    fitKeeping your fitness goals can be difficult if you've had some hiccups along the way. Here are 10 tips to getting back and staying on track with them.

    10 Tips to Keeping Your Fitness Goals

    1. Schedule out a week of workouts on Sunday

    Make sure that you decide whether you’re working out in the morning, midday, evening and check the weather. All these will determine what workout gear you’ll need.

    2. Pick out your clothes the night before

    If you’re working out in the morning, put your clothes on the nightstand or in the bathroom so that’s one less thing you have to do when you wake up. If you’re not stopping home prior to your sparkle session, make sure everything you need is packed in your gym bag and you put it in the car.

    3. Meal plan and grocery shop

    This is huge. I know I’m no the only one thinking of my next meal–especially when I workout consistently. Keep those healthy snacks readily accessible so you don’t grab something that will derail you.

    4. Plan out your water intake

    It’s ok to have preferences. Do you like drinking from the huge gallon jug? Are straws your thing? Ice water? Doesn’t matter. Make sure that you know how you like to get your water in and plan for it.

    5. Plan your workouts

    One of my favorite things about Life Time is that they have apps for this. If you want to stay home and workout, you can follow one of their videos. If you want to take a class, it syncs with your calendar. And it helps you track your workouts completed too so you know which muscles need some time to relax.

    Keeping your fitness goals can be difficult if you've had some hiccups along the way. Here are 10 tips to getting back and staying on track with them.

    6. Have a workout buddy

    Whether this person goes to the gym with you or not, have someone that you share your workouts with that’s going to hold you accountable to them and your goals.

    7. Plan to relax

    Yes, that’s right. Relax. Rest. This time is crucial for muscle recovery and development. So often we hear about everyone in “Beast Mode”. Well, if you don’t relax and repair those muscles won’t be ready for the zombie apocalypse. My favorite way to recover is in the sauna and steam room. At Life Time, our steam room smells like eucalyptus and when you leave, you feel like you’ve had spa treatment!

    8. Mix it up

    Are you training for a marathon? Snag a spin class or go for a swim. Training for a fitness competition? Get some yoga in there. People get burnt out when things aren’t fun or interesting. Be sure to have more than 2 things you do!

    9. Join a group

    One of my favorite tools is my FitBit. The app has great competitions which has really helped me up my activity level and they have a couple of different apps that you can earn money by hitting your steps goals too!

    10. Get help when needed

    Not losing weight like you want to? Arms still not strong? Ask for help. I’m an ex-jock and having 2 babies has really made my body crazy. When I wasn’t losing weight, I got help from my personal trainer Cedric who told me about the assessments that Life Time offers. I learned a lot about the relationship of heart rate and weight loss that has helped me drop some poundage! But don’t get discouraged–get help!


    60-Day Challenge Update

    The Good… The Bad… The Ugly…

    Ok, so I haven’t weighed-in yet. Womp. Womp. I know. But I’m finishing up the DTOX program and here’s what I have to say about it: It works. So I shared on Facebook  when I drank my first shake which was pretty gross. I think chia seeds made for a yucky taste. The day I started the DTOX my body went through a shock. Like I was in the bed and couldn’t move or anything. I felt horrible! But since then, I’ve had waaaaaay more energy and have stopped making the shakes with the chia seeds lol.

    My consistency at the gym isn’t where I would like it to be though last week I did work out 5 days which I was pretty stoked about though I didn’t hit 10k steps on any of those days which tells me that though it’s great I’m working out, I need to be more active period.

    Week 3

    This begins the third week of the challenge. While it’s too late to join me in it, I’ll still be sharing what’s going on with it! We’re focusing on cardio and how to burn fat–just what I need! So naturally my focus is on getting some more cardio training in. Check out the recipes of the week and great workouts too. 

    Living with Hidradenitis Supportiva

    On the scale of skin disorders to have, there are worse ones than hidradenitis supportiva so sometimes I feel ridiculous for even feeling some kind of way about having it. But then there are times like yesterday when I couldn’t walk without the tears escaping from my eyes as I pressed to think happy thoughts unsuccessfully. It’s hard to mother or wife when you’re in so much pain doing normal things like sitting, walking, bending over, cooking but still need to function.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    Photo Credit: Hidradenitis Supportiva FB Group

    What Is Hidradenitis Supportiva?

    In short, they’re lumps that form under the skin in areas where skin rubs together–under the arms, groin area, butt. The longer, non-MayoClinic definition from personal experience is they are a network of cystic bumps under the skin that are in the areas where the skin rubs together. They often become painfully infected. Some say that they’re infected hair follicles, others have no clue as of what causes them but there are often a network of tubes that can constantly feed the lumps under the skin. When infection occurs, pain arises. If you have it, it will normally showing around puberty.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    My Personal Journey

    When I was 13, I noticed I kept getting these bumps in my groin area that made it really painful for me to wear my swimsuits. At the time, I was a competitive swimmer so swimsuits were my life. I would go to the doctor, they would prescribe an antibiotic and I would leave. When I was a senior in high school, I had a minor surgery where they removed one just to make sure it wasn’t cancerous–it wasn’t. Then they gave me a cortizone shot in the cyst. This was an unimaginable pain but it was years before the next ones returned.

    Cut to when I was 25. I had a surgery where they removed ALL of the cysts and their networks. After being diagnosed by a dermatologist, we decided this was the best route since this network of tubes had been growing for over 10 years and I was tired of the pain. The surgery was a mix of the best and worst decision for this. They put me under and when they brought me back, he said that it was more extensive then they had thought but they’d gotten it all. There were more little vessels under my arms with wasn’t what they had expected. But they were gone. Finally. But the healing? This was the hardest thing in the world for me. I would literally sit and cry for hours because of the pain. Take a pain pill right? They made me so sick so I chose the pain.

    After I healed, they were gone for maybe a year before I encountered my first one back during pregnancy with mini. It was depressing. I was already low because I was single and pregnant but then this too? It was a lot for just all of me to be in so much pain. Since then, I’ve gotten them sporadically but I was able to track how often they came back based upon my diet, stress levels, and water intake. But they are painful. Very painful and an inconvenience. It’s hard to explain to someone that you can’t walk when you haven’t been injured and can’t really explain the depth of your pain to someone. It’s hard to see your baby cry because you’ve yelped out of pain because of an untimely hug or jump in your lap. It’s tough to see your child wince when they see the scars on your body not from carrying them, but from something that’s uncontrollable.

    Hidradenitis supportiva is not the most common skin disease in the world but as someone who has it, it's painful. Here's what I've learned in 20 years.

    Photo Credit: Hidradenitis Supportiva FB Group

    Natural Ways of Healing Your Body

    I’m not going to lie, it’s tough to have an ailment that they don’t really know the cause of and then to just be in so much pain is hard. It’s very hard. But I learned that though there’s a lot that I can’t control, there are some things I can control and that helps a lot.

    Clean Eating

    I know. Everyone is ALL about clean eating for weight-loss. It works. But clean eating is also really important for taking care of your body and helping it to regenerate itself. If you have a chance to watch “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” I totally recommend it. It’s on Netflix so check it out one evening. After having a conversation with a fellow mother and hearing how she plans eating out certain days a week. At the time I thought this was genius! There’s nothing like taking some of the hours I spend in the kitchen off my shoulders! While it’s a temporary weight off my shoulders, being on my 2nd day in pain tells me it wasn’t worth it.

    Salt Soaks

    One of the ways to bring both comfort and cleansing to my skin is with salt soaks. Depending on how much pain I’m in and the location of the inflammation, sitting in an Epsom salt bath or just doing warm compresses with the salt will help with pain management and bringing the infected area to a head.

    Goldenseal

    I learned in my teens that Goldenseal is one of nature’s antibiotics. Instead of going to the doctor, I would just start taking some of these as soon as I could feel the onset of one. Depending on the dosage and timing, I could catch it before it got out of hand.

    Focus on the Positives

    So this seems like it’s self-explanatory but it’s not. I’ve had one of these infections for a week and I was incredibly depressed. When you’re in pain for an unknown amount of time, it does something to your psyche. Trying to do the normal things like hug or shower or lay or breathe and it result in pain is just hard. During these times it’s really important to focus on good things

    Go to the Doctor

    Yes, this is probably my last result. Right after I had abc I had a really bad one. Like really bad. And trying to care for a newborn while in that much pain was something I just couldn’t handle. So I went to urgent care and I had it drained. I’ve had 2 pain-med free births and this pain right here? I almost passed out. If it wasn’t for my little beauty being strapped to me I may have lost it. Some tears went un-caught but they “packed” it (they took a bunch of tape looking stuff that was soaked in an antibiotic and put it in the huge hole that was in my leg) then sent me on my way telling me I couldn’t sweat. I had to come back in a couple days to have the packing removed but because it was so bad, they repacked it and sent me on my way. It healed pretty nicely but alas, I just had another one.

    While there will more than likely never be a cure and all of this affected by this disease will just have to continue, it’s comforting knowing that throughout the almost 20 years of dealing with it, I’ve found some remedies that work and a community that knows intimately what I am dealing with on the daily.

    4 Tips to Detoxify Your Body

    Detoxifying your body is an important process. If you don't pay attention to the signs your body needs some freshening up, it could lead to longer term issues. Here are 4 tips to detoxify your body today: www.thecrunchymommy.com

    Signs It Might Be Time To Detoxify

    If you feel down and tired all the time, something that obviously results in a reduced mood and productivity levels that drop below the line that allows you to make it work. If you have been having health issues for a while now, then you may need to consider your body could be suffering a toxin overload. Do you feel you are challenged to stay awake even on the best of days, or losing weight when you are trying to real hard? Well if that is the case then you will need to make your home free of toxins as well as flushing your body of their presence as well.

    Detoxifying your body is an important process. If you don't pay attention to the signs your body needs some freshening up, it could lead to longer term issues. Here are 4 tips to detoxify your body today: www.thecrunchymommy.com

    4 Tips to Detoxify Your Body

    This can be one amazing time to take care of both yourself and your home to reduce toxins everywhere, dealing with carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning as well as diet and exercise:

     Detoxification has been around for many years, if not even centuries. No matter what the difference is in techniques or location around the world, chances are you have seen this type of thing in action as time has moved on. This will give you a chance to purify yourself of any toxins, but you need to start somewhere. Dieting will really help, especially when you work on it with a corresponding exercise done on a regular basis. Eliminating diet toxins will be a long-term effort, so you will need to turn it into something of a habit at all times.

     With food detox you can help remove the toxins from your organs and environment. Although there are natural reactions that occur with dieting, you can still make some more positive lifestyle changes if you handle the process with care. Fasting is one way you can have a short term flush of your system with fairly innocent habits, but you will need to take care of this and do it less often as it will be taxing at first.

     You need to focus on cleaning the toxins out of your diet as best as possible, this will mean handling the removal of refined sugar, as much of saturated fat as you can and so much more. These will affect your metabolism in a negative way, so you will need to take care of removing them as best as you can if you want solid results. You should also stay away from any stressful situations, working on meditation and other ways you can calm yourself, cleaning the body in the process.

     Eating plenty of fiber for your diet, one that comes from organic vegetables, fruits and other sources of food that would let you work on it is one way of doing this. You can and should also do your best to stay hydrated, as this also contributes to toxin retaining. Staying properly hydrated means you will have a chance to flush the toxins from your body. You also need to get enough sleep, as this will be just as important as cleaning up your diet.

    Detoxifying your body is an important process. If you don't pay attention to the signs your body needs some freshening up, it could lead to longer term issues. Here are 4 tips to detoxify your body today: www.thecrunchymommy.com

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    Keeping your environment and body clean are both key ways of making a detox last.

    How do you detoxify your body?

    Ella Andrews is blogger, mother and housewife, who has great flair for home decoration and home remodeling projects. She is cont