Sep 15, 2020

Fitness Tuesday: Herb Pharm Supplements


       Happy Tuesday!! I had to take off sometime because in all honesty, social media has been getting on my nerves lately. I think it's a variety of things causing the discontent with it. I have a love/hate relationship with the influencer & social media fields in general but, that's life. Anywho, for the last two years, I have been taking supplements outside of all the other medication that I take. I've tried a few different brands but found that Herb Pharm is one of the better ones for liquid herbal extracts. These are the few that I have been using on a regular basis:

Ginger

Ginger helps with your cardio health plus with increasing brain function. I sometimes put ginger in warm water with lemon in the morning. I like the liquid better because it does not leave a grainy texture from not dissolving like powder ginger. Their extract comes from the rhizome of Certified Organic plants. The ginger is harvested when fully mature, shade-dried, then extracted. They use sliced Ginger, as opposed to powdered, which helps it retain its pungent aroma. It is suggested to add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz. of water or juice, 2 to 5 times per day. Best taken between meals.

Relaxing Sleep

-Relaxing Sleep features valerian  along with passionflower prepared from the flowering herb, that consist of the leaf, flower & stem. They suggest that you add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz. of water or juice, 1 hour before bed and again at bedtime. May be taken up to 4 times per day for general relaxation.* Best taken between meals.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle helps with improving your liver function. Their milk thistle comes from dried whole seeds. They use a double-extraction process which creates a more concentrated extract. It is then extracted in small batches with Certified Organic cane alcohol for potency. It is suggested to add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz. of water or juice, 2 to 4 times per day. Best taken between meals.

Ashwagandha

 Ashwagandha can help with endurance & in lowering blood sugar levels. The plant's root is harvested at the peak of readiness, & shade-dried to retain its full color & aroma, then is thoroughly extracted. The herb is revered in Ayurvedic traditions. It is suggested to add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz. of water or juice, 2 or 3 times per day. Best taken between meals.

Turmeric

Tumeric aids in alleviating swelling & inflammation. The whole Turmeric fingers or sliced rhizome is imported from its native regions. They mill whole or sliced rhizomes at the last moment before extraction. The herb has a long history in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Herbalism.
It is suggested that you add 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb to 2 oz. of water or juice, 2 to 5 times per day. Best taken between meals.

I actually have an essential oil & herbal book with different recipes. In the future, I may post a few of the recipes that I've tried from the book. If anyone else out there takes any herbal supplements from other companies, I would love to know about them & why you like them. Until next time, Peace & Blessings all. 

Aug 27, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

   Not sure about anyone else but this has been a weird week. I've been still feeling blah because of my sinus issues. On top of that I've been trying to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night which has been a complete bust. I'm suppose to talk to my doctor again to see what could be causing it. That't the story of my life at this point. Besides that, I've officially got my Reiki & Chakra healing certifications. I'm working on the distance healing certification now. I should have that done by the end of this week. Enough of me rambling, here are some thought from Billy Chapata today:










     Tomorrow, I may post a recipe. If not, I think I'm going to go back to post on Monday. Not sure yet but who knows what will happen in a few hours. Until then, Peace & Blessing, everyone!!

Aug 25, 2020

Fitness Tuesday: Benefits of Napping

     Last week, was a rough one for me. I haven't been sleeping well lately. Part of it is the mattress that I sleep on & the other part is my sinus issue. My dentist told me that some people with sinus problems, sometimes their undereye/ side area hurts. For the last couple of days, that's what has been going on with me. Plus, I just felt blah & didn't feeling like posting anything.


One thing that I'd did more of last week was napping. I know there are people who dislike naps, but this girl isn't one of those people. That's one thing I miss about being a kid: having to take naps during the day. I've always been a big nap person. I usually take a 20-30 minute nap if I take one during the day. Personally, if a take one longer than that, I consider that sleep. Below are benefits, how to nap, & why you should nap from the Mayo Clinic & Sleep.org that any adult can get from taking a nap:

A person should consider taking naps, if they experience:
-Unexpected sleepiness-Fatigue-Sleep loss -Lacking energy
Naps should be limited to 10 to 20 minutes. 20-minute is called stage two nap. This type of nap can enhance motor skills and attention. Napping after 3 p.m. can interfere with nighttime sleep. The optimal hours for napping is between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Blood sugar and energy starts to dip after lunchtime. Napping in a dark room will help falling to sleep faster. Avoid drinking coffee, cokes or anything else with caffeine in the afternoon or evening. Drinking caffeine late in the day can negatively affect your sleep.

Some benefits of napping include:

-Reduced fatigue
-Increased alertness
-Improved mood
-Improved performance
-Quicker reaction time 
-Improved memory

When I finally start working for someone else again, I might take naps during lunch. I use to do that at some of my other jobs that I've had in the past. It gave me the energy to get through the rest of the day. Naps should be a must for companies. That's just my opinion though.

Peace & Blessings!

Aug 13, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy Thursday! This is kinda late but better late than never. I was in the process of trying to order a Bid Day gift for someone going through recruitment at Alabama right now. So, people send flowers & other things along with the Bid Day gifts that they get from the sorority that they join plus people who want to send flowers & such. I know that I'm extra but Bama recruitment is a whole different level of extra. She gets her bid on Sunday so, we'll see where she end up going (fingers crossed, it'll be ADPI). 

Anywho, the quotes for this week are from Billy Chapta's book, Flawers. All the quotes for most of August are going to be from his books. Here are some quotes/thoughts for today:










Tomorrow, I'm posting one of my go-to easy chicken dinner recipes. It's from one of my favorite Southern Living cooks, that I still haven't found from the move almost 3 years ago. I think I shared it a long time ago, but that was years ago so I'm glad to be able to share it again. Peace & Blessings, all!

Aug 12, 2020

Best & worst foods for helping with Sleep

 

   During Covid, I haven't been sleeping as well as I was before. It could be from the mattress, being unemployed, or the stress of everything going on. I usually go to be around 12/12:30 am. I've been trying to get my diet back to normal since it's been crazy, which could be contributing to my lack of sleep. Nearly 70 million Americans are sleep deprived. Since, I'm sure I'm not the only person with sleep & diet problems right now, I wanted to share some of the best & worst foods to eat before bed. All of the information for this is a combination of list from Nutritious life, Cooking LightHealth.com & Eat This, Not That.

Foods to help with better Sleep

Almonds, Walnuts, & Cashews: contain magnesium, which acts like a natural sedative; a small deficiency in magnesium can lead to trouble in the sleep department. 
Apricots: full of vitamin C which can help relieve stress, shown to help your body recover faster from stress.
Asparagus: high in folate; folate has been linked to helping with anxiety & mood.

Bananas: a source of  melatonin (a sleep hormone) that helps to decrease the time it takes to fall asleep, increases sleepiness and may also increase the amount of time you spend asleep. & potassium, which helps normalize heartbeat. 
Cheese: a good source of tryptophan (particularly swiss or cheddar), an amino acid that encourages the release of melatonin.
Nutmeg: improves blood pressure and cholesterol levels; home remedy for cramps and anxiety. 
Tart cherries: loaded with anthocyanins, an antioxidant that lowers inflammation, as well as cholesterol and triglyceride levels; natural source of melatonin.
Oatmeal: contains tryptophan; converts to the sleep controlling hormone, serotonin; one cup provides you with 60 mg of magnesium. 

Some other foods that help with better sleep include: Lentils, Spinach, Legumes, Salmon, & Milk, 


Foods to avoid before bed

High fat foods: unhealthy fats and refined carbs have caused disturbances in the sleep/wake cycle; stimulates the production of acid in the stomach, causing heartburn; disrupt body’s natural circadian rhythms, making you sleeper during the day.
Coffee: contains caffeine is a central nervous stimulant; skip later in the day;
Dark chocolatecontains theobromine, another stimulant that can increase heart rate and sleeplessness; chocolate dark has more than white & milk chocolate; eating a whole bar of chocolate before bed could keep you up due to the caffeine.

Alcohol: causes the quality of sleep through the night to be worse & can cause one to feel groggy; metabolizes quickly in your system, causing you to wake up multiple times during the night; makes snoring worse. 

Spicy Foods: can trigger heartburn; can interrupt sleep by increasing core temperature (core temperature naturally decreases closer to bedtime). 

I've been drinking Calm & using supplement called Relaxing Sleep from Herb Pharm that has helped some. I'll probably share my bedtime routine at some point. Next week,  I'll be sharing some of the other Herb Pharm supplements that I take throughout my day & the benefits of them. Until next time, Peace & Blessings, all.

Aug 7, 2020

Recipe: Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl

     For some reason lately, I've been craving cauliflower rice bowls. I usually go get one at Zoe's but everytime I got ready to go get one, something happens. So, I decided to make one at home. I did a mixture of quinoa & cauliflower rice instead of just the rice by itself. I've been trying to eat better again since I can go to the gym some again. Here is how I made my Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl:

For the base, I used this Success quinoa & a bag of frozen savory garlic cauliflower rice. I boiled the quinoa on the stove for 10 minutes. I cooked the cauliflower rice for 6 minutes in the microwave.

This is what it looked like after I mixed the two together. I did add some brown rice that I had left over too on this day when I made it for lunch & black chia seeds. Other than that, every other time I made it without the brown. 

For the chicken, I used the seasoning that I've been using on all my chicken lately. I bought this at Wal-Mart. They have other flavors as well like Lemon & Oregano.

I usually brine my chicken for 15 minutes but I didn't have time on this day. Before I sprinkle the seasoning on the chicken, I used butter (unsalted, of course but you can use olive also) to cover both sides of the chicken tenders. Once the seasoning was added, I cooked the chicken at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. 

While the chicken was cooking, I diced a small tomato & added to the rice/quinoa mixture.

I diced up a few slices of cucumber, adding them to one side of the bowl.

I then added 1/2  cup of feta cheese to the rice. 


In the middle of the bowl, I added some tzatziki dip I bought at the store.

Once the chicken was done & cooled for 5-6 minutes, I cut up 3 tenders & added that to the last open spot on the bowl. The above is the end result. You can also make this vegetarian by substituting some of the above items. That is it for this week. I think, I finally have gotten down a posting schedule that I like so we'll see how that turns out.

Peace & Blessings. Have a great weekend, all!!



Aug 6, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     The last couple of days, I've been in a funk. I'm somewhat over social media at the moment, hence the lack of post. I've been doing some other activities like meditating more, catching up on reading some & being outside more. I needed a social media break for a minute to figure out some things in my personal & professional life (pertaining to my business plan & such). I think that I have some idea of what I want & need to do in both sometime very soon so, we'll see what happens. This week I'm back with some more quotes from one of my Billy Chapata books. I find that they make you think about how you see yourself & relationships but that's just me. Here are a few for this Thursday:











   
     Tomorrow, I'm actually going to post a recipe for something that I've been eating for the last week. It has become an easy go-to meal that can be made with meat or meatless. Until then, Peace & blessings.

Jul 30, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Posting this week was an epic fail. All my post are ready for the next week though. YAY!!! One post is going to be the books that I read in June & July. Three of the books that I read were from Billy Chapata. If you are into poetry, then I would suggest reading them. There were some good quotes/ thoughts from them so I'm going to share from those for the next few Thursdays. Here are some quotes from one of the books:














Peace & blessings! Have a great Thursday!!

Jul 23, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy Thursday! The days are weird for myself at this point. I wake up between 6:50/7am & go to bed between 12am/1am. In one of the books I read about sleep, it said that as you age you usually need less sleep. Could be that or a number of other things. Story of my life at this point. Going to be short & sweet today. Here are some thoughts for today:














Tomorrow, I'm going to probably share this wine I bought at Sprouts & a cocktail I made out of if. Until then, have a great day. Peace & blessings!!!

Jul 22, 2020

Amazon Finds

  During quaratine, I admit that I've bought a few things. Most of my shopping has been on Amazon since they sale so many things. I'm actually a part of a test group for Amazon where I give my opinion on movies & shows they have in the works. Some of the prices of these items  skyrocked at the beginning of Covid due to people buying all the free weights/dumbbells to workout at home right before everything shut down. The finds are a mixture of products from all areas:


Reusable Produce Bags 

I bought these after a Youtuber I follow talked about them. These have kept any fruit or vegetable I bought fresh longer.  They come in a set of five which was nice. To clean them, you just use regular soap & water. Then, let them air-dry. 


At the gym, it's though to do leg cable exercise with just the handle attachment. I use this when I want to work my outer & inner thigh along with my glutes. The picture is deceiving because it only come as a single, not two. 

These bands, I use most at the house now. I did take to the gym before Covid hit when I would do my ab work there. Now, I use them at home for leg & glutes. They are a better quality than most since they are a thick fabric, not elastic. You will definitely get a workout using them.

This has made mixing my powder supplements so much easier. A RD on IG I follow suggested using this instead of a spoon or fork. For the price, it's a great investment. I use it for mixing other liquid together as well.


FEIYOLD Blue Light Blocking Glasses

I bought these after I accidently sat on my other pair a few months ago. I actually like these better than the original pair I had. You do get two pairs, which is super nice. I alternate between them now. They are great if you work on the computer, watch television, or play on your phone for hours at a time.

Next week, I'll share the clothes that I've gotten from Amazon through their Prime Personal Shopper program that I'm a part of now. Until then, have a great Wednesday. Peace & blessings!!!


Jul 21, 2020

Fitness Tuesday: Supplements I use- FNX Fitness

Since I've been trying to get back into a full workout routine, I've been taking some new supplements for the last few months. FNX fitness is one of the companies that I get my supplements from. They are based here in the USA (Utah to be exact). According to their website, their supplements are formulated to help people endure longer, recover quicker, and build strength faster than others on the market. Below are the main items that I use from them everyday.



     Recharge: I use this about 20-30 minutes before I start working out. This is the preworkout can help with exercise capacity, helps with endurance, & strength improvements.


     Recover: I take this about 10-15 minutes after I've done my ab workout at the end. I usually mix this & the collagen that I take in one glass. This post-workout helps muscles recover faster along with giving it the nutrients needed. Contains electrolytes to help with hydration, reduces lactic acid build up, & helps with increase blood flow.

     Rebalance: I add this to water sometime in the early afternoon (usually around 1 or 2pm). This is their version of super greens. They are efficient energy production, liver detox & gut health, hormone neural & immunity health.


     Rebuild: I actually combine this & the Recharge together preworkout. Creatine has been shown to help in increasing lean muscle mass and strength. It provides additional fuel to the muscles, making it a vital part in  maximal power and strength-based activities.

All of these come in a variety of flavors except the Rebuild that is unflavored. If you are looking for protein, they also have regular & Vegan version to try. I'm planning on trying the Vegan one once I finish the protein that I have. Also, if you are interested in trying any of their products, you can use this code here for 15% off. They are also are Afterpay as well. Afterpay is where you can pay products & where they are broken up into four payments (even though you can pay it off sooner than that). 


Have a great Tuesday. Peace & blessings, everyone!!!

Jul 17, 2020

Review: Betty Crocker No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

     Not going to lie, this Friday has been one of those days. Yesterday afternoon, I had a moment of clarity about some things that have been going on in my life. This clarity has made me realize some things about some of the main relationships in my life that either need to change or that need to be stopped. I've been dealing with one of them since last night/this morning & it has been emotionally draining hence why I don't have a brand new recipe. I will have one next Friday though.


Until then, I wanted to share a product that I reviewed as part of one of the Influencer networks I belong to. I could choose from any Betty Crocker product & I chose to try the No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites. I picked the Birthday Cake & the Cookies & Cream flavors. Below is how to make them. They are super easy & didn't take more than 15 minutes to make.


In the box, come the mix that is the Birthday Cake batter. I emptied that into a clean bowl.


In a different bowl, you combine 8oz softened cream cheese & 1 tbsp of butter. You microwave this until the butter is melted (I did it for 45 seconds). Once the butter is melted, you still the two ingredients together.


 Once the butter & cream cheese are mixed, you add it to the birthday cake mix.


When all three ingredients are mixed together, you get a cookie dough ball.


From the dough you can make 18 bites (or less if you want them larger). I placed them on an baking sheet after they were formed. I then sat them to the side.


After the bites are made, you take the white chocolate chips that were included & melt them in a bowl. I melted these for about 30 seconds or until the chips are completely melted.Once the chips were melted partly, I stirred it to smooth it out. 


Finally, I drizzled the white chocolate on the cookie dough bites. Once all the chocolate was used, I placed them in the fridge until they become hard (it was about 1 hour).


The end result is on top. Between the two, I liked the birthday cake better than the cookies & cream. These are great if you just want a taste of something sweet or for a party.

I'm finally going to play with this handpie maker I have this weekend along with reading & finishing my last courses. Until next week, Peace & blessings, everyone have a great weekend & be safe.