10 Amazing Benefits to Drinking Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

10 Amazing Benefits to Drinking Hot Lemon Water Every Morning

There are many benefits to drinking this simple and amazing morning beverage. Here are 10 of them: 1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn. 2) Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. 3) Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. 4) Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline. 5) Clears Skin. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. 6) Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. 7) Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. 8) Freshens Breath. Besides fresher breath, lemons have been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis 9) Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. 10) Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. If you...
Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Busy Moms, Hungry Husbands, and Picky Little Eaters

Ten years ago a church wide invitation to participate in a program “Seven Weeks to Health and Wellness” detoured my life forever. I needed change and desired peace in my home considering I prepared four different meals attempting to please my picky eaters and hungry husband. This craziness was causing friction with my man and running me ragged. I signed up for the program, dove in, and intended to drag the family along. My munchkins were five and seven and somewhat persuasive, but my husband deemed me “crazy.” I plunged ahead, “all or nothing”, and my steam ran out quickly. Reality check! I took one step back and discovered change is a process. Instead of dragging my family along, I wanted them to participate and be excited. Stewing over God’s word, I was reminded of the starving Israelites when God sent them manna. They could have thrived on His manna; but they complained and wanted something else. God provided. Another truth surfaced. People are starving all over the world, and my kids were whining because one wanted pizza and the other wanted tacos. I had lost focus and control. Instead of being thankful for food, we are picky complainers. I had allowed this in my home, but things were about to change. I decided to stop letting the kids rule the dinner table. However, I valued their opinions and taste buds. After a family meeting, we began taking action steps – one-step (practical and doable) at a time. If something did not work, I let it go quickly and tried something different. If this sound familiar to you,  I...
How to Read Ingredient Lists for Choosing Healthy Foods

How to Read Ingredient Lists for Choosing Healthy Foods

Have you ever looked at the front of a package and read the words “All-Natural” or “Heart-Healthy,” only to look at the ingredients list and find it is packed with salt, sugar, and chemicals you can’t even pronounce? The front of a food package has one purpose: to make you buy the product. It is not always fact-based and does not indicate the healthiness of the food inside. In order to know what you are truly buying, you need to understand how to read and properly interpret the ingredient list and nutrition information label on food packages. You may be shocked when you begin to discover what’s really in the food you buy! Yet learning this very simple task will help make you an informed consumer. The key to remember is that ingredients are listed from highest to lowest proportions. That is, the first two or three ingredients are the majority of what the food contains. The last few ingredients make up very little of the product. If you want to ensure that you are buying foods that are truly healthy – high-quality, nutritious, unprocessed – then follow the tips below. Quick Overview: Rules for Reading Ingredient Lists 
1. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it/don’t eat it. 2. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity, with the largest quantity of ingredients listed first. 3. Choose foods with less than five ingredients; this means they are minimally processed. 4. Avoid chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors. 5. Avoid sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and trans fats The Details: Choosing Healthy Foods by their Ingredient List Whole Grains...
5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions/DREAMS (recipe included)

5 Tips to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions/DREAMS (recipe included)

Every January 1st, 41 percent of Americans resolve to lose weight or get in shape. (More than half have made this same resolution for five years or more!) In fact, health clubs and gyms see an increase in membership of 25% during the first week of January alone! But by January 30th, 95% of resolutions are dropped and most of us quickly go back to our old habits. What can you do to achieve your health and wellness goals this year? Here are 5 Top Tips for turning your dreams into reality this year: Do it “write.” Studies show that the simple act of writing down your intentions helps your mind and body connect and increases your chances of success. Select no more than three resolutions and write them on a piece of paper. Include specifics along with the “why” that you can measure (i.e. I will lose 10 pounds by March 1st. Why? Because I want to feel great in my jeans and confident in my skin; I will have no more than three “free meals” per week. Why? Because I want to have more energy everyday and feel in control. I will healthy family meals together no less than twice a week. Why? Because I want to be able to spend quality time with my kids and make my life count.) Post your resolutions in a visible place — your bathroom mirror or the dashboard of your car, for example, and say them out loud to yourself each day. Plan ahead. Now that you’ve created your resolutions, plan the specific actions you’ll need to take to achieve...
GLUTEN CONTAINING PRODUCT LIST

GLUTEN CONTAINING PRODUCT LIST

There is great hype about gluten these days and it is for a very good reason. There are many who suffer from gluten sensitivities, gluten allergies and even celiac disease that go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. However, not everyone has gluten issues. I encourage my clients to go gluten-free for 3-4 weeks then slowly incorporate gluten back into their diet for a few days and see how they feel. If they have gluten issues – the majority of them know immediately! If you think you may have gluten issues and you are interested in going gluten-free below is a list of products containing gluten. Be aware gluten-free foods can take many forms these days. Today you can easily find plenty of gluten-free alternatives to many staple foods. These can be anything from gluten-free pizza to gluten-free pop tarts to gluten-free bread to gluten-free cookies. However, as you might guess, not all of these alternatives are necessarily healthy, just because they are gluten-free. Many of these products are laced with unhealthy additives and preservatives.  If you are experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms or you are not sure and want to take the challenge, the products on this page should be avoided. PRINT THIS OUT  & KEEP IN YOUR PURSE! The following grains and starches contain gluten: Wheat Wheat germ Rye Barley Bulgur Couscous Farina Graham flour Kamut Matzo Semolina Spelt Triticale The following foods often contain gluten: malt/malt flavoring soups commercial bullion and broths cold cuts French fries (often dusted with flour before freezing) processed cheese (e.g., Velveeta) mayonnaise ketchup malt vinegar soy sauce and teriyaki sauces salad dressings imitation...