It’s allergy season again… Learn how you can fight allergies naturally.

The warmer months are my favorite.

I say it all the time.

I’m solar powered.

I need the sunshine to function physically and mentally.

But I know so many people that struggle with allergies when the weather starts to turn nice.

When I first was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I suffered from allergies for the first time in my life.

If you know anything about this illness, it makes you body react to everything.

I had never in my life had allergies like this before.

I even became allergic to the antibiotics that were being used to treat me.

This is why I have moved into the holistic and nutrition based route to improving my health.

I am not on ANY prescription medications any more.

You can learn more about  has helped me HERE.

There are several foods and supplements that can help build your immune system and help your body fight off seasonal allergies.

Pineapple is one of my favorite foods and it’s great to help your body protect itself.

It contains and enzyme that is anti-inflammatory. It can help reduce swelling in the nasal cavity.

Some of my favorite ways to eat it include fresh with some yogurt, grilled or even in a fruit salad.

Turmeric is a supplement that has tons of benefits.

This also contains a compound that is anti-inflammatory.

It has some other great benefits including inhibiting the release of histamine (just like an allergy medicine does), and can increase nasal air flow (making it easier to breathe).

I have a couple different supplements that I use with this herb in it.

Local honey is another powerhouse that helps your body.

The idea behind this is that you need to find local honey at the beginning of allergy season.

They say that eating honey everyday will help your body develop fight the allergens.

Like the others, honey is also another great anti-inflammatory.

You can drink your honey in warm water in the morning. Eat a spoonful by itself, or even drizzle some on your favorite yogurt.

Give these a try and see what you think!

For more tips and ideas to help you on your health journey, I have a newsletter and starter kit just for you. Get it here.

Taking care of your health now means that you can do the things you love in the future.

When I was in college, I worked three jobs and took the max amount of credits allowed at the time (21 credits).

I was always going non stop.

Sometimes I would go two and three days without sleeping.

Now that I am about to turn 32…

I am starting to feel the weight of the activities that I do.

It’s harder for me to go a couple days without sleep.

Sometimes I am just so exhausted that I go to bed as soon as I bring the horses in for the night.

But I love all the things that I do.

I don’t want to stop doing any of it.

Can you relate?

When I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I began to understand why I felt that everyday was such a struggle.

That’s when I started learning about how clean eating could help me.

I started traveling out of state to see a holistic practitioner in Georgia.

They ran some tests and explained how a poor diet could be making my health even worse because my body couldn’t fight back when it was fueled by junk.

I began doing a ton of research.

I found this community of people who were going through the same struggles as me.

They struggled with energy.

They struggled with weightloss.

They struggled with joint pain.

They struggled with skin problems.

Since beginning my clean eating journey, my health has become so much better.

I invite you to come learn more with me about what clean eating can do for you.

Check out this video and see what you think.

You don’t have to make drastic changes.

But small changes everyday can help you create bigger success than if you were doing nothing.

If you want to learn more about the 30 day challenge, I have a whole page in this blog with information. You can take a look HERE.

I challenge you to pick on thing that you can change about your diet.

Maybe you could cut out soda.

Maybe you could cut out sugar.

Maybe you could drink more water.

See what this small change can do for you over the course of 30 or more days.

You may be surprised!

PS

I have a free newsletter where I share tips and things to help you with your health goals.

You can check it out HERE.

Why you need to be clear on what you want to achieve

When you work on you health goals…

Whether you are trying to fit in those skinny jeans, or get those abs that you always wanted…

Have you noticed it’s hard to stay motivated for a long time?

When the goals you have require a drastic change, it’s harder to stick with them.

There are smaller results that you notice more quickly like getting more energy or less joint pain.

It’s important to gain focus and clarity on what you are working towards and acknowledge that there are smaller results that will prove you are on the path to success.

It’s so easy to let the excuses get in the way.

It’s so easy to go back into the routines that you are used to.

But by being focused and getting clear on what you want to achieve, you can keep the negative thoughts at bay.

The more clear you are about the milestones that you are working on to get to your goal, the more you can motivate yourself.

Celebrating those small wins can make all the difference in you working harder or giving up on yourself.

Choose to keep going.

Choose to work on becoming a better version of yourself.

You can do it.

You just need to be focused.

 

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How to stay motivated in your exercise routine.

I think that many people struggle withe exercise because they do not have a routine that they enjoy.

If your exercise feels more like work, it’s time to figure out some activities that you enjoy doing and can do several times a week.

Personally I am not someone who uses a gym…

I do have some equipment at my house including a stair stepper and a treadmill.

These get used on rainy days or when I work late.

I prefer to be in the sunlight and get some fresh air.

I love taking the dogs hiking or even just for a walk.

I love riding the horses.

Barn chores are definitely an exercise on their own. I usually throw on an audio book or a podcast and just clean away.

Yoga is another of my favorites!

What are some things that you enjoy doing?

There are so many things out there that you can do!

Swimming, yoga, walking, running, bicycling, rollerskating, ice skating…or maybe you are someone who is better with a gym or gym equipment.

You can even get some inexpensive gym equipment that fits in your home. Check out some of the different sporting goods stores or even online.

Find something that you can enjoy, and you will find time to do it.

How to make green juice: easy tips and recipes

How to make green juice??

What is this weird trend that is taking the world by storm?

It’s very simple.

It’s an easy way to add vegetables and even some fruits to your diet!

It is so much easier to get junk food when you are on the go through your busy day!

Many people take vitamins to help them get some of the nutrition that they are missing…

but it’s not the same as real food!

Green juice is an easy way to get your vitamins, minerals and fiber (if you do not drain it).

Here are some recipes that you can try:

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I have some tips to help you make preparation a little easier.

  1. Cut up your servings ahead of time and put them in baggies. That way you can just throw the serving into your blender. I use the fruit ninja because it’s quick and easy clean up.
  2. I found that storing your produce in the freezer makes them break up easier when you stick them in the blender….so you don’t under up with the bigger chunks and pieces.
  3. Also, adding some crushed ice makes you drink into a nice refreshing smoothie!
  4. Adding Alkaline water has even more benefits for your health including providing you with magnesium and other electrolytes.
  5. Pick fruits and veggies that you like!
  6. Adding some strawberries or raspberries can sweeten up your drink naturally without adding sugar.

Along with blending and crushing my own produce, I have an easy on the go green powder that allows me to speed up my metabolism and get rid of the junk that has built up in my body.

Adding a packet of this powder to water or into tea everyday has given me more energy and even helped me slim down my waist.

You can find my favorite green powder HERE.

Remember to feed your body right so that it can work properly.

Junk in equals junk out!

Until next time!

Brooke

PS..

Don’t forget to get your Healthy Living Starter kit with a weeks worth of recipes to help you speed up your metabolism!

How to get your energy back

There are only 24 hours in a day.

I have enough demands in my life…I don’t need low energy and fatigue to take over and control everything I do.

Having a autoimmune condition can take me down hard some days.

Before I knew what was going on…

I would struggle just to even make it through a work day.

There were days where I would go out to my car and sleep my entire lunch away.

There were days where that wasn’t enough and I just had to give up and go home.

Maybe you have never had fatigue that badly…

Maybe you have…

Either way…

It’s time to fight fatigue of all levels.

There are several foods and supplements that can help with this. Better nutrition magazine talks about some of them in their Nourish and Heal articles.

  • Eggs are a great source of protein and help the increase the brains production of certain chemicals and hormones that promote alertness and improve reaction time.
  • Celery is high in water. This prevents dehydration which can cause extreme tiredness.
  • Peanut butter is high in amino acids that help with the neurotransmitters. According to Better Nutrition magazine, studies have shown that people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome can greatly benefit from this wholesome food because of the b-vitamins, amino acids, and magnesium.
  • Green tea is another great way to improve symptoms of autoimmune disorders, boost energy, and improve alertness.

Powdered and liquid vitamins have also really helped me get through my day and help me stay alert and focused.

Check out my favorite powdered vitamins HERE.

These fizz sticks are jam pack with energizing B vitamins, Ginseng and CoQ10 to help your body function properly.

I take one in the morning with my tea and one in the afternoon to give me a boost.

Since I started using fizz sticks, it’s easier for me to stay awake and alert through my day.

Remember that your body needs proper nutrition for it to function properly.

Feeding your self properly can help you fight illness, fatigue, and get through your day without crashing.

Give some of these foods a try and see how they help you!

Don’t forget you can also get my free Healthy Living Starter Kit to get you on the right track. Get it here.

Until next time!

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An earlier dinnertime can help you lose weight and sleep better.

When I think of weight loss…

Exercise and changes in the types of food that I eat are two things that come into my mind.

But this week I actually found two different sources that say eating late can cause weight gain, bloating and other issues.

In Women’s Health magazine there is an advice article written by the senior  editor, Marissa Gainsburg.

In the article she explains what happened when she began eating dinner at least two hours before she went to bed.

She tends to exercise at night, so she had to make some changes to her schedule.

But, when she began eating dinner earlier she was surprised!

  • She felt less groggy in the mornings
  • She says her tummy was flatter
  • She even lost three pounds!

All this happened just from eating dinner earlier than she normally does!

In the book, The Bloat Cure…

There is a chapter dedicated to eating dinner earlier.

In the chapter, it says that your stomach contractions follow the light and dark cycles.

The book explains that your digestive muscles slow down at night, which can cause you to feel bloated and sleepy (especially if you eat a big meal).

If you want to feel more energized and less bloated, this is a simple change that can have a big impact!

Digestion is important for you to absorb the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

To make sure that your body is working well, some other things you can do include:

  • Drink more water
  • Eat fiber packed foods
  • Get your probiotics

Probiotics are so important to keep your gut in balance and working properly.

They are another great way to help you reduce bloating, especially if you tend to have food intolerance’s like I do!

Check out my favorite probiotic HERE.

I drink it every morning with some water to make sure that I am hydrated after a long night of peaceful sleep.

If you are looking for some help to get you started on your health goals, make sure you get your free Healthy Living Starter kit to get you going with some simple steps.

Until next time!

Brooke

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Your thoughts are powerful. This is how you can attract more positive energy in your life.

Many times the excuses that we have in our heads are coming from the negative thoughts that we are thinking.

Your thoughts are gold.

You need to guard them carefully.

Just like feeding your body well helps it function properly, you also need to be feeding your mind well.

I’m a personal development junkie.

I have been that way for as long as I can remember.

But it took me a while to realize that I needed to believe the things that I was learning.

Your thoughts are affected by the people around you, what you read, what you listen to and your emotions.

I went through a tough spot in life where people were trying to keep me down.

They said that what I was doing wouldn’t get me anywhere and wouldn’t amount to anything.

They were saying this about things that I love.

I realized that if the people in my life couldn’t accept me for who I am, then I needed to find better people to surround myself with.

I didn’t want to stay miserable and question myself all the time.

I wanted to feel whole and I knew that what I was doing would lead to better things if I just stuck it out.

So what did I do to help me break free from the negative self talk that I had developed?

I found 5 friends who understood and were on the same mission as me.

I distanced myself from the people who were bringing me down.

I started writing in a journal at least 4-5 times a week for 10 minutes a day.

I focused more on Yoga and meditation.

I have learned that I love meditation and that it helps me clear my head and focus even when I’m under stress.

I found some great meditation audios on YouTube and an app called Audible.

There are even guided meditations to help you stay focused and relaxed.

Fresh air and some exercise is another great way to help you collect your thoughts.

Just taking a walk for half an hour can help release endorphins to reduce stress and anxiety.

I have a back road that I love to take the dogs walking on just so we can watch the birds and the deer.

I also found a supplement that helps me stay relaxed and focused.

This stick is easy for on the go and has a fresh crisp flavor.

You can check out my mind help HERE.

Remember that you are made for more my friend. Make choices that will bring you up and help you grow.

Oh!

PS.

If you have some health goals you want to work on, I created a free starter kit to help you. Complete with recipes, journal and info. Get yours HERE.

Until next time!

Brooke

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Your exercise doesn’t have to be fancy

So many people get wrapped up in wanting to go to the gym so they can work out.

I feel that we forget there are easy…and even less expensive ways to get some exercise.

In college I was pretty active, but there was just something so attractive about getting some friends together to go hang out at the gym.

We would pair up and go pick the equipment that we wanted to use, and chat away the time.

After college I was so wrapped up in farm work and unloading dog food for a pet store that I worked for…going to the gym wasn’t really necessary for several reasons.

The lifestyle that I have today tends to still be pretty active, but I have some home workout routines that I love.

I have become a huge fan of yoga, the stair stepper, and when the weather is bad I have a treadmill.

With the horses and dogs though, I tend to get plenty of cardio and some weightlifting right in my own backyard.

When my dog Sarah was younger we used to go for a 3-5 mile run everyday.

After she hurt her leg, and then I became sick, this just wasn’t possible any more though.

One of the things that I have always been fond of is walking/hiking.

Even when I’m not really feeling super energetic, just getting out in the fresh air to walk with the dogs is such an easy way to recharge.

We drive about five minutes up the road to a small church parking lot, park the car and then we are on our way for an hour adventure.

Walking in general is great for your heart, lungs, bones, joints and even your mind.

Prevention magazine sent me a free issue, and one of the articles in it was about the benefits of walking for weight loss.

In the article they tell you that walking as little as 30 minutes a day can help you with weight loss and tone your abs and legs.

There are even things that you can do to help your body get more from your walk including mixing in faster walking spurts to increase your heart rate.

So if you are working towards your summer goals for the bikini that you want to wear, start getting in your steps everyday.

Remember that meeting your health goals takes time, but just think of how you will feel when you achieve them!

Ps

Don’t forget that you can get your free Healthy Living Starter kit to help you with your goals. You can GET IT HERE.

Until next time!

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Bloating…the most uncomfortable thing ever…

Have you ever noticed that when you try to take better care of your body, gross and uncomfortable things happen.

I guess you just have to take the bad with the good.

One of my least favorite things is bloating.

It can be triggered by stress, food, dehydration, lack of vitamins….PMS (ugh), and so many other different things.

Bloating is something that I fight with specifically one time a month, although there are some months where it feels like a constant battle.

Some ways that I have found to fight it include:

  • Drinking as much water as possible
  • Cutting out the salt…because not only do I crave sugar, I also crave salty foods.
  • Eating more carrots, watermelon and celery tends to also help me as well

…Probiotics are also another way that fights bloating and I love this because they tend to be fast acting  compared to the other methods that I use. Check out my favorite probiotic here.

I love this specific one because not only does it have the good bacteria that helps your gut, but there are also digestive enzymes and botanicals that help to comfort your insides and make digestion easier.

I was at the Dollar Tree yesterday and I found this book called The Bloat Cure by Robynne Chutkan.

There is a lot of information about gut health, what it does for you and how to improve it.

If you have signed up for my Healthy Living Stater kit, I will be sharing info from this book with you and sharing simple changes you can make each day to improve your health even with a busy schedule.

If you still need to get your starter kit, CLICK HERE.

I’m looking forward to helping you get a jump start on your confidence for a summer at the beach.

Until next time!

Brooke

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