Feed Your Hair: 5 Best Foods For Your Hair

You are what you eat.

That is a very true saying.

And think about it…

If you eat healthy foods, you will feel vibrant and healthy.

And if you eat unhealthy junk foods, you will feel run-down and unhealthy.

So, it’s a no-brainer…

We know we need to eat healthy foods to FEEL healthy on the INSIDE.

But what about on the OUTSIDE?

Did you know that what you eat affects not just your body internally… 

But it also impacts the way you look externally?

There are hundreds of studies on this specific to all areas of your physical appearance.

But, for today, I am going to focus on one aspect…

Your Hair.

There are several foods that are beneficial for your hair quality that also provide nutrition. 

Your hair is such an integral part of your everyday appearance, so we want to take care of it just like anything else on or in our body – Whether it be promoting hair growth, softer hair, less split ends,  or even fuller hair. 

Having a healthy balanced diet is crucial for overall hair health.

I have always had a love-hate relationship with my hair… I tried so many products to help tame my frizz, split ends, and just make it “look” healthier.

Until I realized… 

What if I ate foods that have nutritional value to support my hair health?

Once I put that theory to the test, my hair started feeling so much healthier.


Now as some of you know, I struggled with hair loss issues (which you can read about here)…

Through the creation of Complete Collagen+

I was able to give an extra boost to feed my hair what it craves.

So between that and these everyday foods I have listed below, I finally have the hair I have ALWAYS wanted!

Without further ado, let me tell you of some foods that you too can eat to support healthy hair! 

5 Best Foods For Healthy Hair

Fish & Other Omega 3 Rich Foods

Salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are all JAM PACKED with healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that our body needs and loves – Both internally and externally! Our body cannot create these fats themselves, so we have to rely on getting them through our diet.

Aside from fish, omega-3s can also be found in other sources such as avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Omega-3s can help protect you from disease, but your body also needs them to grow hair and keep it shiny and full. 

Omega-3s are found in the cells that line our scalp and also provide the oils that keep our scalps and hair hydrated. 

Vitamin C Enriched Fruits

Vitamin C is something we need for so many reasons for our body to function as it’s best, but it is also something important for our hair too. Vitamin C helps with the production of collagen in our body which in turn helps strengthen our capillaries that supply the hair shafts.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition, Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Some great fruit sources of Vitamin C include:

  • Blueberries
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Guava

Spinach & Other Dark Green Leafy Veggies

Spinach, kale and other dark green leafy vegetables come with so many amazing nutritional values. They have a plethora of vitamin A, iron, beta-carotene, folate AND vitamin C All which work together synergistically to help maintain a healthy scalp and help keep our hair moisturized to prevent breakage.

Spinach also contains Vitamin E, which is widely known to assist with hair health. Vitamin E is known to help support a healthy scalp and hair due to its antioxidant effects. The vitamin’s antioxidant properties help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that cause hair follicle cells in our scalp to break down. 

Eggs

Eggs are delicious and are so versatile! There are so many ways to eat them… Whether it be deviled eggs, over easy eggs, an omelet, or even just some good old scrambled eggs. Not to mention, the benefits of eggs are endless!

Eggs are rich in a specific B Vitamin called Biotin which is essential for helping your hair grow. In fact, a vitamin deficiency of biotin can actually result in hair loss! 

Eggs also contain Vitamin E and A, which are great for hair growth as well as overall healthy hair.

Another great source of Biotin is Avocado. So, maybe try some avocado slices with your eggs!

So we know EATING eggs is beneficial for hair…

But, as an added bonus… 

Did you know that APPLYING egg yolk to your hair can also do wonders?

Egg yolk is widely known to actually help your hair grow faster by applying the yolk right to your scalp! By doing so, you are infusing the root of your hair with the vitamins in the yolk. Which means that new hair can grow out stronger, be less prone to breakage, and can even prevent shedding. When your hair doesn’t shed or fall out as much, it is becoming fuller!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a delicious and seriously underrated food. They taste great baked with just a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper – and they also come with a ton of nutritional value! They are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E as well as iron, copper, potassium, magnesium and the powerful antioxidant – beta-carotene.

Beta-carotene is known to assist in cell growth, can prevent hair thinning, and can even reduce dullness in hair by bringing back that shine.

Beta-carotene can also be found in other orange veggies like carrots and pumpkin.

Our body naturally turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which helps protect against dull and dried out hair. It also promotes the glands in our scalp to make a fluid called “sebum,” which keeps our hair from drying out. 

There you have it!

5 DELICIOUS foods that can bring back life to your hair! 

So next time you hit the farmer’s market or supermarket, be sure to grab some of these foods and give your hair some nutrition too!

Resources

https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-best-vitamin-for-hair-growth

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5315033/

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/

https://www.healthline.com/health/biotin-hair-growth#research

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6 Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

Ah, weight loss. Something so many of us struggle with.

Why is it that it seems so easy for us to gain weight… 

But when we want to lose it, it sticks around like glue!?

You’ve probably heard the tired phase: “With proper exercise and diet, you can lose weight.”

While that may be true, many of us are missing another key factor…

Did you know that the foods we eat can actually HELP us lose weight?

You read that right!

There are actually foods out there that work to boost your metabolism!

And let me tell you, there are some delicious foods out there that not only taste great – but they can boost your metabolism too!

Let’s have a look…

6 Foods To Boost Your Metabolism

1) Cacao

Starting with my favorite… Cacao! Cacao is a powerful superfood that can really BOOST your metabolism! 

Seems almost too good to be true, right? But it’s true!

The monounsaturated fats found in cacao have been known to boost the metabolism which stimulates the body to burn calories faster. Studies have proved that chocolate affects the way our body synthesizes fatty acids and reduces the absorption of fats and carbohydrates. Studies have also found that cacao helps to regulate energy use and metabolism while ALSO increasing feelings of fullness.

Cacao is also rich in phytonutrients and low in fat and sugar, so the calories we get from cocoa powder will be packed with healthy chemicals! In fact, my absolute FAVORITE cacao powder is this one. It’s loaded with nutrients and is low in sugar and additives. Plus it tastes delicious and can be used in all kinds of healthy chocolate recipes like, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, mochas, and much more!

Also, you may be wondering, what is the difference between cacao and cocoa… 

Well, they both come from the same plant – the cacao tree – which is native to South America. Once the cacao beans are harvested from the cacao tree, what happens next determines whether it’s considered cacao or cocoa.

To make cocoa: the beans are roasted, ground, and highly processed (additional ingredients are added such as sugar, corn syrup, dairy, artificial flavoring, and hydrogenated oils). This process causes the cacao beans to lose a significant amount of its nutritional value. 

To make cacao: the beans are simply fermented and dried (or occasionally heated at a low temperature) which allows the bean to maintain significantly more nutritional value. This form is a great source of antioxidants as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.

It’s a no brainer. When searching for a decadent metabolism-boosting superfood, cacao is the way to go!  

2) Fruit

It must be noted that NOT ALL FRUITS contain metabolism-boosting properties… 

However, there are certain fruits that are known to help boost your metabolism!

Those fruits include:

  • Melons: Melons, such as Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Honeydew, contain potassium, which helps create glycogen. Glycogen is a substance produced by the liver that helps burn calories in the body.
  • Apricots: Small but mighty, they are packed with all-important iron! Low iron can slow down metabolism. So these fruits being jammed full of iron can help quicken up your metabolism. In fact, just two to three fresh apricots per day can supply us almost 20% of your daily need for iron! That is pretty impressive, right?
  • Avocado: Avocado is high in healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which allows us to feel more full. A study published in November 2013 in Nutrition Journal found that adding just half an avocado at lunch may help overweight people feel more satisfied and reduce their desire to eat in the hours following a meal.
  • Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We have all heard that saying, but it really is true! Apples are high in fiber and contain vitamin C. They also contain vitamin B, which helps the body turn protein, fat, and carbs into energy. As well as vitamin K, which metabolizes protein and keeps our blood flowing. Apples also contain pectin; when pectin binds with water in your body, it limits the amount of fat the cells of your body can absorb. That can help reduce the amount of visceral fat (aka belly fat) your body has.

3) Chili & Cayenne Peppers

Calling all spicy fans! Chili peppers contain a chemical called Capsaicin, which has been found to help boost metabolism by increasing the number calories and fat the body burns. A review of 20 research studies reports that capsaicin can help your body burn around 50 extra calories per day.

It does this through a process called diet-induced thermogenesis, which causes an increase in your metabolism.

However-spicy foods are not for everyone so don’t overdo it on the spices if you are not a spicy food lover! Spicy foods can also cause heartburn and make you feel a tad uncomfortable… So, if you want to give the pepper a try, please do so cautiously and in small amounts!

4) Water

Water does so much for us – it is no wonder it can also help our metabolism!

Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 liters) of water increases resting metabolism by 10–30% for about an hour. This can be even greater if if its COLD water as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature

Water is also something that helps fill us up. Studies show that drinking water a half an hour before you eat can help you eat less.

5) Protein-Rich Foods

Protein is said to be one of the best nutrients for weight loss.

It can help boost metabolism and has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating.

Protein rich foods include:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and Seeds

These foods work to boost metabolism as they require our body to use more energy to digest them than other foods. This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF). The TEF refers to the number of calories that your body needs to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meals.

Studies have shown that protein-rich foods increase TEF the most individuals. As they can increase your metabolic rate by 15-30%, compared to 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats.

Another study found that individuals were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet.

So, try incorporating more protein into your diet and see what this powerful nutrient can do you for you!

6) Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has grown in popularity over the years! People are using it topically for their skin and hair, using it for cooking and adding it to their everyday meals.

But no matter how you use it, there is no denying the benefits that come with it!

Coconut oil is high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Once MCTs are absorbed, they go directly to our liver to be turned into energy. This makes them less likely to be stored as fat.

Studies have shown that MCTs can increase metabolic rate more than longer-chain fats.

Some of the fatty acids in coconut oil can also work to reduce appetite and increase fat burning, which in turn can help us lose weight. One study found that the long-term consumption of MCT oil may help you burn more calories than a diet that’s heavier in long chain fatty acids, like olive oil, soybean oil, or avocado oil.

When your cells use MCTs instead of glucose for fuel, the body’s metabolism is boosted for up to 24 hours. And speaking of MCTs… Collagen is also a GREAT source of MCTs – especially Complete Collagen+.

With 3000mg of MCTs per tbsp, adding this delectable caramel collagen to your everyday routine can help with your metabolism and have you feeling great both inside and out!

I encourage you to add some of these everyday foods to your food repertoire and see how they can help to boost your metabolism! Stay healthy my friends! 

Resources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15850966/

https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-12-155

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22634197/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14671205/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16400055/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12532160/

Yoga for the Body & Mind

Yoga. Perhaps you’ve heard of it or even tried it…

But one thing is for sure… 

Yoga is an incredibly popular form of exercise for the body AND mind.

Yoga is a well known and ancient practice that focuses on breathing, flexibility and strength – all of which work to boost our mental and physical wellbeing.

Yoga is said to have been around for over 5,000 years, originating in India. Although yoga began in religious and spiritual traditions, it quickly spread around the world eventually heading west in the 1800s and has been widely recognized ever since. 

Now, fast forward to 2021. Yoga is incredibly popular all around the world for its health benefits and it’s diversity of practice!

It is used in all walks of life, including: schools, health clubs, spiritual and religious temples, and in the comfort of home. There is even yoga therapy, which is designed to help some individuals after surgery or if suffering from a chronic illness.

No matter how you practice yoga, there is no denying the benefits that can come with it.

Have you ever tried a downward dog? Sure – it looks easy enough – but holding that position for longer than 2 minutes can be quite the workout!

But yoga goes above just helping our bodies… It helps us mentally and spiritually as well.

So for those of you already practicing yoga or just dipping your toes into the idea of trying it, here is some great information for you. 

If you were on the fence about trying it before… the benefits may sway you to grab a yoga mat and feel the benefits for yourself!

What Can Yoga Do For You?


Relaxation & Stress Relief

One of the main attractions of yoga is how relaxed you are likely to feel after it.

When we feel stressed, our tension is stored in our body making it feel tight and even causing pain.

Yoga incorporates a lot of stretching, which works to release tension from high problem areas like our hips, shoulders, and lower back. 

Yoga also uses a lot of different breathing techniques which allows you to focus on your breathing, and focus less on what may be troubling you. It also allows you to become more aware of your breathing which is useful for everyday life, especially in a stressful situation. By learning to focus deeply on each inhale and exhale to the exclusion of negative thoughts, this allows you to clear the mind (not just during yoga, but even everyday life).

In many yoga classes, the session will end with 1 particular pose:

The Corpse Pose (Savasana

This pose has you lie down with your limbs gently stretched out, away from the body, with your palms facing up. The goal is to try to clear your mind while breathing deeply, while holding this pose for 5-15 minutes.

I find this pose particularly great for clearing my mind. And since I have to hold it for 5 minutes or more, I am really focusing on the pose and my breathing. And within 1 minute, I am so entwined in the pose that every other thought I had melted away.

After practicing yoga, your body should feel more relaxed and your mind a little less empty. The racing thoughts should be pushed aside from the relaxation and you will likely have much more energy.

Now granted, the first time you do yoga you may not have more energy immediately as your body is adapting to the stretching and posing. In fact, you may be a bit sore the next day as you’re activating muscles you forgot existed! But once you get the hang of it, your body and mind will feel amazing!

Heart Support

Yoga can also improve your heart health by increasing your circulation and blood flow.

Yoga can also help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels, as well as the heart rate – all of which can add up to a lower risk of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease.

Improve Sleep Quality


Another great benefit of yoga is that it is likely to improve your sleep as well.

When we exert energy and exercise, our bodies need rest.

The more we exert, the more rest we need and more tired we can become at the end of the day. In addition to that, the state of mindfulness that yoga provides can help increase melatonin levels and reduce nighttime sleep disturbances. The breathing awareness and regulation used for a relaxation technique during yoga can also work to induce a better sleep.

Yoga can also come with a lot of other great benefits for us.

Such as:

  • Increased flexibility in muscles, strength, and tone
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Supported metabolism
  • Improved weight loss

If you are looking for an exercise regime that is tailored to body and mind, yoga is a great place to start!

And with the digital age we live in, there are so many options available to get started. Watch a tutorial online for some basics and see if it is right for you!

I LOVE yoga and all that it does for me! I hope it does the same for you!

Stay Healthy Friends!

The Truth About Collagen For Men

A common misconception about collagen is that it is just intended for women.

And not just collagen, but any type of beauty product for that matter…

But the truth is… Men need collagen too!

And it’s safe to say that we all (both women and men) want to look and feel our best each and every day. Right?

So, for the guys out there… 

If you are looking at Complete Collagen+ and wondering, “Can this help me too?”

The answer is…

YES!

Complete Collagen+ worked absolute wonders for me (check out my story here)… but that doesn’t mean it is just meant for women…

We can ALL benefit from such an amazing product.

WHY?

Because all the exceptional ingredients within the product itself deliver noticeable results (keep reading on to learn why each component is so important).

In fact, my husband Scott drinks it every morning in his coffee, and he LOVES it! 

So gentlemen… Fear not.

You too can enjoy your daily dose of this delicious anti-aging caramel and reap the benefits – just like my husband and I do!

But let’s get into just HOW this product can benefit all of the MEN out there too!

Benefits of Collagen

Collagen is a key component for

healthy hair, skin, and nails.

And boasts internal benefits like more energy and flexible joints. 

These positive results can be enjoyed by both men and women!

But, let’s focus on hair here for a moment… As hair loss is a fear for many… especially men! 

A 2014 survey by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, saw that approximately 35 million men in the United States suffer from some form of hair loss while approximately 21 million women are affected by hair loss.

Furthermore, the American Hair Loss Association says that by the age of 35, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss… And by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair.

Collagen levels in our body decline as we age and can also decline due to poor habits like excessive alcohol or tobacco use, too much sun exposure, and even excessive intake of sugar. 

When we lose collagen in our bodies, it can lead to hair loss. 

You see, collagen is a protein that holds the dermal layer of our hair and the follicles together, which in turn keeps our hair strong and healthy.

But, when our collagen production reduces, our hair follicles become brittle. And when the dermal layers get dried up, it can result in hair loss.

It’s clear that hair loss is a valid concern for both men and women. And, collagen is an integral part of having strong and healthy hair.

If you notice a bit of hair in the drain in your shower or some thinning beginning to show, it might be a good idea to start supplementing with collagen. Nip that hair loss in the bud before it takes over fully!

Of course, collagen can work wonders for us beyond our hair line….

Collagen can also give us energy

and can even help with muscle mass.

There are ample amounts of amino acids in collagen – such as glycine, glutamine, and arginine – which play an important role in supporting a healthy metabolism and muscle mass. 

Collagen also works to keep the central nervous system healthy which can help us with our energy levels. More energy means more gusto! And we all want that.

Collagen also helps with joint support.

Collagen can work as an important factor in building, repairing and also maintaining the cartilage in our joints. 

If you have regular wear and tear, work out a lot, or just have a very active lifestyle; some of your cartilage could be worn or damaged. 

This can be problematic as our joints rely on the cushioning that the surrounding tissue and cartilage provide. Once the cartilage is damaged, you begin to get joint discomfort and in some cases morning stiffness (which can make it very difficult to get out of bed in the morning).

Collagen helps support the tissue and cartilage that make our joints work smoothly and move effortlessly.  

You might be thinking, “I don’t have joint discomfort.”

Well if you are fortunate enough to experience zero discomfort in your joints… Consider yourself lucky! 

But, the truth is, with time your cartilage will wear. Taking collagen as a preventative measure can help avoid that in the future.

So, for the men reading this… it’s clear that collagen is beneficial for you too!

More Anti-Aging Ingredients

Not only is Complete Collagen+ full of collagen… But it also has other super beneficial ingredients like MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), Algal DHA (Omega 3 Fatty Acids), and Vitamin E.

All of these ingredients combined make for a product that both men and women can enjoy to look and feel their best.

What Are You Waiting For?

Try Complete Collagen+ today.

My husband and I enjoy Complete Collagen+ together every morning! We are living proof that women AND men can enjoy delicious caramel collagen in their coffee each day – striving to always look and feel our best.

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7 Tips to Live a Long & Healthy Life

We all want to live a long and healthy life. However, some everyday bad habits can get in the way… 

Just know that you’re not totally to blame (and you’re not alone)!

Life is busy and we don’t always feel like we have the time to take care of ourselves the way we should. But, when we neglect ourselves, we neglect our overall well beingWhich can do a number on our bodies, both mentally and physically.

Being healthy doesn’t just happen overnight. We do have to put in some leg work to be healthy, especially if we want a long and healthy life ahead of us. And it goes beyond just eating right and exercising. It also means taking care of our mind and body as a whole.

I know I want a long life ahead of me! Life truly is a blessing and has so much to offer. 

I personally follow these everyday 7 tips to guide me on the path to a long and healthy life. Take a moment to check them out.


7 Tips for a Long and Healthy Life

1. Quit Smoking

One of the worst things we can do to our body is smoke. It can come with some very negative effects like asthma, lung and heart disease, cancer and more.

And of course, quitting is easier said than done. Cigarette smoking is actually one of the leading causes of preventable disease and death in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. 

If you want to quit smoking and you do need some help, speak with your doctor or naturopath to see what options are available to help you. It doesn’t have to be ‘cold turkey’ – reach out to your health provider if you need assistance.

2. Eat Well

Eating a well balanced diet is essential to a healthy life. What we put into our bodies is what fuels our existence. We need to make sure we are giving our body what it needs on a regular basis so it can function at its best. Sweets and other sugary foods should be limited as well as processed foods like potato chips and french fries. While they taste great, they can do a number on our bodies (and they can be highly addictive).

A balanced diet includes foods from five groups and each category fulfills your nutritional needs. 

The 5 Essential Food Groups:

  • Vegetables – There are five subgroups of vegetables that are rich in nutritional value, including: leafy greens (kale, lettuce, cabbage, etc), red or orange vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, beets, and radishes), starchy vegetables (potatoes and sweet potatoes), legumes (beans, peas, and edamame) and other vegetables (such as eggplant or zucchini). The USDA recommends that we eat vegetables from each of the five subgroups every week. More food guidelines can be found here! 
  • Fruits Eating whole fruits is vital (think bananas, apples, berries, melons, etc). A bowl of fresh fruit a day is recommended.
  • Grains Similar to veggies, grains have subgroups as well: whole grains and refined grains. At least half of the grains that a person eats daily should be whole grains, such as quinoa, oats and rice. However, I personally eat primarily whole grains as they are less processed and have more nutritional value. Refined grains are found in things like breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries (which usually have lots of hidden sugars and other processed ingredients).
  • ProteinSome great protein sources include beef, poultry, pork, and fish. Now, if you are a vegetarian or vegan – fear not! There are some other great sources of protein such as Tofu and a variety of legumes.
  • Dairy The USDA recommends consuming low-fat versions whenever possible. Some low fat dairy and soy includes: cottage cheese or ricotta, low fat milk and yogurt. Now this can be troublesome for those that are lactose intolerant… but there are alternatives available such as low-lactose or lactose-free products. Or choose soy-based sources of calcium and other nutrients.

Ensuring we are eating from these 5 essential food groups daily will give our bodies the nutrition our body needs and craves.

3. Get Restful Sleep

Sleep is another crucial part of a healthy life. Adults typically need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to feel rested and allow our body time to recharge. Although we “need” 7 to 8 hours sleep, most of us are lucky to get between 5 to 6 hours. 

Why? Because life is stressful, busy, and chaotic at times. It can be hard for us to shut off our mind to get the sleep we need.

Tips for Restful Sleep:

  • Turn off all electronics When I go to bed, I turn off my TV, phone, laptop – anything and everything I can deem a distraction and an emitted of blue light (which can impact your circadian rhythms). 
  • Listen to calming sounds before bed When I lay down in bed to unwind, I listen to crashing waves on the beach. It helps soothe my mind and puts me right to sleep! 
  • Avoid drinking my coffee after 5pm – Ideally anything with caffeine should be avoided at least 5-6 hours before bed. 
  • Sleep in a very dark room – Any form of light coming in disrupts my sleep. If you are the same way, I would recommend room darkening curtains and try to avoid turning on a light for any nighttime bathroom breaks.

When I feel like I had a good night’s rest, I feel like a whole new person the next day! I am full of energy and my mood is always so much better.

4. Hydrate

Water is key to so much in life. Staying hydrated and drinking around 8 glasses of water a day can go a long way.  

When we sweat, we need water to replenish the lost fluid from sweat or we can feel fatigued and drained. We also need water for a healthy digestive system as it helps digest our food for us and get rid of waste.

Plus, it can help us stay full which can be beneficial if you are looking to shed a few extra pounds. Drinking water not only keeps us hydrated and feeds our cells, but drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you feel full faster (so you actually end up eating less). 

5. Avoid Negative People

Negativity can be toxic. And when we are exposed to a lot of negativity, it can affect our overall mood and mindset. Try to surround yourself with positivity and positive people. Someone once told me a “bad mood can be contagious.” I find this to be very true! If I am with someone who is always in a bad mood, I start to feel the same way.

When we have negative emotions it can actually affect our bodies. Negative attitudes and feelings can create chronic stress, which upsets the body’s hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the immune system.

Doctors have actually found that people with high levels of negativity are more likely to suffer from degenerative brain diseases, cardiovascular problems, digestive issues, and recover from illnesses much slower than those with a positive mindset.

So being surrounded by positivity is actually much healthier for you! Life is short – We should embrace and love every moment of it!

6. Prioritize Self Care

You are the most important part of your life. You make your life what it is. Taking care of yourself by eating well and exercising is one thing… But taking care of your MIND is just as important.

Make sure you take time for yourself and do things you love. Try to find one thing each day you love doing and do it! Whether it be a peaceful walk with your dog, 30 minutes of yoga, a hot bath with your favorite candles – whatever your heart desires – do it for you!

A happy mind is a happy body. We need to feel inner peace with ourselves and our lives. And that starts with you. Don’t over work yourself and make sure to take time for yourself each day. We all need our alone time to regain ourselves and to have some peace. If you can’t do it daily, try to set a self care time at least 3-4 days a week if you can!

Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit your good feelings to others. You cannot give to others what you don’t have yourself. So take care of you!

7. Supplement

No matter how hard we try, sometimes we need a little helping hand in the way of nutrition. If you find that your body just isn’t getting the nutrients you need, looking into a supplement may be a good fit for you. Whether it be a multivitamin or something like vitamin B12, adding a supplement to your repertoire is a good idea.

My B12 levels can get a little low sometimes which leads to things like fatigue, brain fog, and mood swings. So, I take B12 daily to ensure my body is getting the daily intake it needs. In fact, the one I love most is PuraTHRIVE’s micelle liposomal B12 which has superb absorption (compared to capsules) and tastes delicious.

I also use collagen, which is great for both my inner and outer body. Since I live on a farm, I have a HUGE vegetable… And that means being crouched down a lot during the day and using muscles I sometimes forget I have (I am sure you can relate after a day of yard work). 

Collagen is a lifesaver for me! I use it daily to help my joints feel their best and to avoid discomfort after working in the garden or daily exercise. Plus, it also does wonders for my hair, skin, and nails (check out my story here on how collagen changed my life). It is one of the first things I grab in the morning when I wake up. Plus it tastes like caramel which makes taking it that much easier when it tastes SO GOOD!

Find out more about Collagen and how it can benefit you here!


There you have it friends, some easy ways to get you on a path to a long and healthy life.

Stay healthy and happy!

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DIY Avocado Face Mask

Life is busy. I can vouch for that! Balancing work life, married life, being a dog mom, working on my little farm – and not to mention a baby on the way! Trust me… I GET IT! I feel you! Life is crazy sometimes.

But we have to take time for the little things. Especially to take care of ourselves. And sometimes that means….

OUR SKIN.

The first thing we tend to notice about not just ourselves – but other people is – their face. Our faces are front and center. Exposed and vulnerable!

But, we should feel good about that!

All faces are different. Different colors, shapes, all unique in their own way.
Some have freckles – some have laugh lines – some have hair…

There are 2 things our faces all have in common…

The first being ALL FACES ARE BEAUTIFUL!

The second is ALL FACES HAVE SKIN!

Now granted all skin is different – the one thing it has in common – is that it craves moisture!

I know with my busy schedule it can get super difficult to make it to a spa for a facial or for a true pamper session. But that doesn’t mean I can do one in the comfort of my own home!

I want to give you the details on what I do at home so you can get that pampered skin you deserve while in the comfort of your home… and maybe even in your jammies!

Let’s get started.


One of my FAVORITE go to’s is what I like to call my “Guac Mask”… it may sound silly… But it works.

AND the best part is…

It has only 4 ingredients!

And you I am sure you guessed the main ingredient is AVOCADOS!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of Vitamin E (the oil if you can- even if you have capsules- you can open them up and use the oil inside)
  • 1 drop of Argan Oil 
  • ¼  cup of avocado oil
  • PLUS ½ of an avocado

Blend all of these ingredients until they have a thick paste like consistency. You will notice the avocado does become quite guac like! Apply to your face evenly until it has completely dried to your face. Gently remove it with a washcloth and VIOLA!  You can then of course follow up with your regular moisturizer that you would typically use.


Why this works.


These 4 ingredients work as little mini powerhouses for your skin – each providing your skin with their own benefits.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is known to be effective in reducing UV damage reduction in skin. And when vitamin E is applied topically, it can help nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.

Argan oil packs quite a punch for our skin! It is known to protect it from sun damage, moisturize it, assist with acne, anti aging effects and so much more!

Then there is the avocado. Avocado contains beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, AND vitamins A, D, and E. All of these nutrients work to help moisturize and protect our skin from damaging UV rays while increasing collagen metabolism (which is essential for keeping our skin tight, nourished and even prevent fine lines and wrinkles)!

So what are you waiting for? Grab these 4 ingredients and let the benefits just SOAK in!