Sugar Detox: What About Fruit?

Sugar Detox: What About Fruit?

*I am not a medial professional. If you have health concerns, before making any changes, please consult a physician.

Sugar detoxes are becoming more and more popular, but one big question a lot of people have when starting their detox is: “What about fruit?” We all know fruit has sugars, so naturally our panic alarm goes off in our head. There is tons of talk these days about the damage that fructose can do to your health and fructose is in fruits. That’s a pretty scary thought. If you are supposed to avoid fructose, does this include fruit? We grew up learning how great fruit is for us…so shouldn’t it still be included in our diet?

Many people have different theories on this. I don’t know about you but personally, I love hearing evidence backed up through serious scientific studies. So I’m going to break down a few different sugar studies that have been done specifically to determine whether or not fruit is a sugar we should keep or kick to the curb.

Home Gym: 5 Equipment Options for Any Size Home

Home Gym: 5 Equipment Options for Any Size Home Gym

I am a big gym goer although my consistency these last few years has been anything but impressive. As much as I love all the options and classes that the gym has to offer the truth is, sometimes I just can’t make it there in a day. When that happens I like knowing that I have some options at home to fall back on. Going through the process of downsizing, living a more minimalism style life and getting in gear with our finances has made me very aware of the importance of exercise outside of the gym. The truth is, gym memberships can be expensive and not doable for every house hold. At the same time, not every household has a spare room with ample space for a treadmill and weights. That’s why I cam up with the perfect home gym for any size house.

How to Avoid Getting Sick when Traveling

How to Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling

travel sick on vacation traveler's diarrhea not get sick on vacation all inclusive food poisoning sun poisoning bacteria in foodMy husband Tom and I recently got back from a trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. When we met neither of us had traveled out of the US. Scratch that, I went to Canada for one night when I as 18 and I was strip searched before entering the country. I guess we just looked like a bunch of punks ready to cause trouble. I never left the hotel room. Needless to say, I wasn’t in a big hurry to travel outside the US after that. Tom had barely traveled out of Minnesota when I met him. So 9 years ago when we married we had no idea how to travel let alone how to avoid getting sick when traveling. Well, after 3 all inclusive tropical resorts, we are now able to give you our two cents.

We made it through our first trip unscathed, the second and third, not so much. Tom was the first one to bite the dust during our second stay in Riviera Maya, Mexico but we both were doomed this round in Punta Cana. The not-so-hot part was that we were eating fruit for breakfast, chicken and veggies for lunch and dinner and steering clear of all fat, fried or sugar filled foods. It seemed pretty unfair that I was being punished for eating smart on vacation. Naturally, I took to the web as soon as we got home. I needed some serious answers and I found them.

So, if you are planning a trip anytime soon you may want to give these pre-cautions a quick browse. Here are all the potential reasons you may find yourself sick on vacation.

Anger Management: Embrace it or let it go?

Anger Management: Embrace it or let it go?

Anger seems to be everywhere these days. Truthfully, anger has been everywhere for as long as history books go back, including the Bible. It’s really nothing new. But where does it come from? What causes anger and what can we do to prevent it from turning into catastrophe? A big debate with anger management is whether or not to embrace it or simply let it go. Neither of those things come as easily as people hope, so more often than not people are completely giving into their anger and allowing it to turn into a state of hate. Hate is getting us into too much trouble these days. It can be really hard to determine what we as individuals can do, and the truth is, it all has to start with us. No matter how much we want to impact or change the world around us, inevitably we have got to begin with our own person.

What is anger?

anger management embrace anger let go of anger how to handle stress how to handle angerAnger is a sensation that we feel when something happens that we deem unpleasant or unfair. This could be a wide variety of things. Something as little as a person at the supermarket cutting in front of us in line or as big as finding out a loved one has cancer. Anger arises in us from a deep sense of dissatisfaction or discontentment.

We have all felt anger in some form or another. I know when I was younger, if I had a bad day, I would come home shove my face deep into a pillow and scream at the top of my lungs. I just had to find a way to get it out. Now that I’m older, I manage my anger in a whole different way. Thanks to the help and guidance of many experts on the topic, I have taken the time to truly understand my anger and how to effectively deal with it before it gets out of control. No, I haven’t keyed an ex boyfriends car or made threatening phone calls, but I have been known to passive aggressively flush all the toilets in the house when my husband was taking a shower. What can I say, I’m a work in progress. Aren’t we all, after all? So, let me share a bit about what I’ve learned about anger so far.

How to Prevent and Reverse Wrinkles

How to Prevent and Reverse Wrinkles

After my post on collagen powder, I had some follow up questions from people in regards to wrinkles. Leading up to 30 I started noticing more and more the damage that has been done to my skin over the last 3 decades. In the last year I have started getting more serious about my skin and what it takes to prevent the aging process from speeding up. So here are some of the best ways to prevent and reverse wrinkles.

Avoid too much sun

healthy skin wrinkle reducer wrinkle prevention how to prevent wrinkles wrinkle reducer how to reduce wrinklesIt’s really no secret these days that too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging. This can be super stressful with all the new research saying that sunscreen is no good or may be even increasing skin cancer. I definitely can’t say for sure whether or not sunscreen is highly beneficial or highly damaging; but there are still some things I can say for sure. Twenty minutes of sun time a day is recommended to get your daily vitamin D intake. Anything beyond that is when you start opening yourself and your skin up to damage.

The good news is there are other ways to stay outside and avoid the sun:

  1. Good old fashioned shade- You can still get the benefits of the sun while avoiding the not-so-good if you just manage to stick to the shade.
  2. Super cute hats- This has been my new personal way to avoid too much sun exposure on my face. I used to be totally into hats in high school, and now I actually have a reason (beyond style) to stock up on them again.
  3. Fabulous shades- Prevent damage to the skin around your eyes and prevent squinting by getting yourself some sunglasses.

Collagen

As I said earlier, I did a post all about the benefits of drinking collagen powder. Since collagen production slows down with aging, you can fight back by keeping collagen in your diet. Collagen is abundant in bone, marrow and cartilage in animals. This is a main reason why making things like bone broth are on the rise. With the rise in boneless products, people’s natural collagen consumption has gone down. So you can start ordering your wings with bones, buy or make your own bone broth, or just toss a  scoop of collagen powder into your morning smoothie. There are also a ton of collagen boosting creams on the market. Thrive Market is a great place to get both collagen supplements and bone broth. Click Here to get 25% off plus FREE shipping on your Thrive Market order.

No smoking

Yes, we have all heard how smoking can cause cancer, damage lungs, ruin your mouth, give bad breath and stinky clothes, but studies have also shown it can do immense damage to your skin. When taking identical twins with the same diet, same job and hours, the one who had a habit of smoking had significantly worse skin damage. So, just another friendly reason to avoid the stink sticks and just enjoy good ‘ol fashioned clean air.

Clean Eating

healthy skin wrinkle reducer wrinkle prevention how to prevent wrinkles wrinkle reducer how to reduce wrinklesNaturally, I couldn’t finish up a post without reminding you that a healthy diet is crucial to keeping the quality of your skin up. Making sure you are eating loads of leafy greens and veggies every day as well as getting your required amounts of water (about 15 cups a day) is the best way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside out.

Things like processed foods, excess salt, dairy and sugars are known to do the most damage to our biggest organ as well as the rest of our bodies. So, like always, finding small ways to improve your diet every day, will be highly beneficial to every part of your body including your beautiful skin.

Too Many Drinks

Water is all the rage and something you should be highly consuming. The same can’t be said for other drinks like soda pop and alcohol. Both are known to dry out your skin and speed up the aging process. If you are a big alcohol drinker, work to cutting back and try to keep drinks between 1 and 2 a week. For those of you who struggle with soda, there are a ton of great new cleaner options on the market. I’ve gotten together some of my favorites.

Exfoliate

Taking time each day to scrub away dead skin, old dirt and oil is the best way to give yourself a quick boost. There are a ton of great exfoliating face scrubs on the market, but I personally make my own. A simple combination of 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 organic sugar is all I use to scrub away the old skin and help keep my skin silky soft at the same time.

Wrinkle Creams

I do as much as I can on my own without the help of chemicals or other expensive procedures like red light therapy. But, I’m going to level with you, I got particularly stressed out about my forehead wrinkles one day, caved and ordered a cream called Needles No More off Amazon. While I don’t recommend these quick fixes filled with chemicals, for those of you looking for a boost of help with your heavy wrinkled areas, this one definitely showed instant improvement. Within a few days I could feel a difference in the smoothness of the skin on my forehead. I used it for a month and saw huge improvements in how deep my wrinkles went on my forehead. 

Embrace it.

healthy skin wrinkle reducer wrinkle prevention how to prevent wrinkles wrinkle reducer how to reduce wrinklesAt the end of the day, you are definitely not in trouble when it comes to avoiding the aging process. You have no worries because aging is inevitable. You will age. Do what you can to embrace this and it will actually make the aging process easier on your mind and body. Holding the stress of aging in your body can cause damage to your body both inside and out. Carrying this kind of tension is absolutely pointless because at the end of the day there is nothing you can do to change the fact that you will still be a day older tomorrow. 

While I personally struggle with the wrinkles in the mirror, I would never want to turn back the clock 10 years. Let’s be honest, 10 years ago I was a crazy, unorganized selfish girl. The last 10 years have been used to learn, grow, live and mature. Why not continue on for the next 30 years? In fact science has shown that mentally people over 60 are happier than those who are younger.

Living a life with less stress and more joy will actually help you ultimately live longer and that’s really what it’s all about. Just think, we’ll all get to that point where we are so covered in wrinkles that we are once again seen as absolutely adorable. May as well be happy when you get to that point too.

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