Stop putting your goals on the back-burner!

Meeting your goals is all about taking action💯

One step at a time you can move forward…

But you have to take that first step.

When I started my health journey I was so worn out and frustrated.

I felt like the world had given up on me.

No one had answers as to why I could not stay awake, everything hurt and I could barely even eat. I felt like I had been run over by a truck.

Doing the same things everyday got me no where.

Then I learned about holistic healthcare and nutrition.

I found my way out.

✅I have more energy

✅I can do the things I love again like hiking and riding the horses

✅The brain fog is gone

✅I’m feeling so much better

Through the clean eating challenge I have been helping people find who they are and enjoy life again.

If you have been struggling and looking for answers…

If you just want to lose some weight and feel better physically and mentally….

Let’s chat and see how I can help👉 https://m.me/brookeoakeshealth

One change could be all you need to get your health on track.

#youaremadeformore

Holiday Temptations

Do you feel like during the holidays that everyone feels the need to bake all sorts of goodies?

Each treat is so pretty and you just want to try it because you feel that it is expected of you…and everyone else is eating it as well!

You have three choices….

  • One is that you can eat it and be mad at yourself later.
  • One is that you could eat half of the serving that was offered….but you still feel guilty later.
  • Or you could just say no. Did you know that this is acceptable?

Why is it that you find it so hard to say no? This is not only with food, but also whenever someone asks you to do something.

The word “NO” makes us feel like we are doing something wrong.

In reality you are doing something RIGHT!

I read this book called “Breaking Your Own Rules” by Jill Flynn with several co-authors. It is hard for women especially to say no to anything.

In reality you are standing up for yourself, preventing overwhelm, and helping your mental health.

Do you realize how important this little work is to your mental health and well-being?!

Peer pressure all to often controls what we do.

When you are placed in a situation where you know that you will be frustrated or overwhelmed after the event, step back and remember that you matter too.

Is it really going to matter to the other person after the fact if you said no? Maybe…

Will they shun you forever? Probably not…

So if you are working on your health goals through the holidays, remember that it’s OK to say “NO”. Other people are capable of eating the treats for you.

Your mind matters. Remember self care this holiday season!

Until next time 🙂

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What happened in my first clean eating challenge!

I know I didn’t cover my first challenge as often as I had wanted to in the beginning.

There are some great changes that came out of it though.

When I first started the challenge, my goal was to eliminate the sugar cravings and reduce stress eating.

I am a horrible stress eater. Sometimes the cravings are for chocolate, sometimes for salt, and sometimes just for something super crunchy.

I didn’t really notice much until just into my second week.

Normally around 3-4pm is when my cravings kick in.

In the middle of my second week, I realized that I hadn’t eaten the chocolate hummus that was in my fridge. I had bought it specifically for my cravings as a healthier option.

I had been drinking my fizzy stick as I was getting ready to take the dogs for a walk.

The fizzy sticks had taken place of the stress eating that would normally happen. Since these little gems are jam packed with vitamins and minerals, they were giving me the energy I needed to keep going without coffee.

When you give yourself good nutrition, there are so many amazing benefits!

Not only did I see a change in my eating and cravings, but I also had some visible effects on my body.

I had taken some measurements before the challenge…I should probably invest in a scale, but I don’t have one.

Before the challenge I was a size three with the following measurements:

  • Butt – 37 inches
  • Middle of my waist- 28 inches
  • Bust- 36.5 inches

After the challenge I am still a size three…but with some changes:

  • Butt- 37 inches
  • Middle of my waist- 27.5 inches
  • Bust- 36 inches

That’s pretty cool, especially since I didn’t add any strenuous exercise into it!

My skin also has it’s own changes!

I tend to get some acne on my forehead…it’s gone! I’m not someone who likes to wear makeup on my face, so everyone would always see when I’m having a breakout.

Now they get to see me without makeup…and without the acne!

After Thanksgiving I will be starting my second clean eating challenge.

My plan is to update you once a week on my progress.

If you want to take it with me, click here to contact me…or you can get started with the link on the side.

Until next time!

Day 14 of the clean eating challenge

I probably should have done more coverage over the past two weeks, but I wasn’t sure that there was enough to talk about at the time…

I am almost 2 weeks into the clean eating challenge now 🙌🏻

I had some trouble in the beginning as everyone does when they start changing their diet or introducing new supplements. I was a little bloated and my stomach just wasn’t cooperating.

I doubled up on my probiotics for a couple days and this definitely solved the problem! Things are back to normal again.

Because of all the antibiotics that I was taking for almost a year, my gut health is not the best.

I’m on my way to making it much better though!

Things that I have noticed so far…

I’m not snacking as much through the day

I’m drinking more water

I’m not as groggy when I wake up

My skin is clearing up in problem areas

Many health conditions are created or even made worse when your gut isn’t functioning properly.

I know clean eating sounds like a difficult thing to do.

Making gradual changes to your diet can make the transition easier. I was told that in the beginning to adjust 1-2 of my meals per day.

As time goes on, I have found that I’m not craving the sweets and snack that I was. This is because of the good nutrition going in and the build up of bad stuff being removed.

What’s holding you back from feeling better in your own skin?

Doubt is the thief of joy.

Let’s talk about how the 30 day clean eating challenge can transform your health and empower you to be your best🧚‍♀️

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Day 2 Clean eating challenge

Day 2 of the clean eating challenge 💖

We had a busy day of cleaning and barn chores.

It was so sunny and nice today! The dogs and I went on a three mile walk to reward ourselves for a productive morning.

I also got some pony time in and rode moose for a couple hours.

I was a little tired… but my fizzy sticks helped me get through the rest of my day ☀️ Now it’s time to enjoy the night!

What’s great about this challenge is that I love the people I am doing it with.

We each have things going on in our lives, but we are here for each other.

Keep the motivation flowing and always surround yourself with people who will support you💯

You will never see results unless you take the first step to get you there.🧚‍♀️

Day 1 Clean Eating challenge

If I want to be able to take care of those that matter to me, I need to take care of myself first!💯

whether you have children, or animals, or needy spouses… They all count on you to be there for them.☀️

I don’t want my health today to be what keeps me from caring for them or doing the things I love!🙄

So yesterday marks day one of my clean eating challenge!🧚‍♀️

even with the busy schedule there are ways to fit in healthy eating.

👉 Premade meals

👉 easy to make shakes

👉 water is your best friend

And if you think it’s too much work just remind yourself what it would be like to not have pain or if you could lose those inches that just won’t go away.

I will share with you my journey over the next month and if you feel like you want to tagalong just let me know! 💖

It’s time to recharge before the holidays!

☀️I am so excited☀️

On Monday I am starting a 30-day clean eating challenge with some friends😍

We got together and decided that we want to be able to enjoy the holidays without our health getting in the way.

There were many holidays where I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with the hustle and bustle. I didn’t want to spend time cooking for everyone because I wanted to sleep.

There were even days where I regretted the foods I ate because I felt so uncomfortable after it all.

Some of you may or may not know that I have been battling an autoimmune disorder😔

👉Joint pain
👉Fatigue
👉Brain fog
👉Stomach problems
👉Skin problems

For the next 30 days I will be eating clean and eliminating certain foods to improve my health.

I am so excited to see how much better I can feel!

I have been slowly getting my energy, muscle tone and stamina back to where it was before I was sick…but there are still days that I just struggle.

Now I will be working on cutting out the junk from my diet.

Certain foods can

😳make you gain weight
😳make you feel bloated
😳prevent you from fighting colds or the flu!

I’m looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the holidays and not worry about missing anything because I’m in bed sick.

This challenge is not about starving yourself, or eating foods that you hate. It’s about making smart choices and focusing on fueling your body with the nutrition it needs.

I know my girl Sara loves our time together and I plan on enjoying everyday.

I love hiking with her. I love going on long rides with the horses. I want to enjoy the things that I love.

Come watch us on our journey and let me know if you want to tag along 💖

 

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Essential oils are a great way to relax

As the cooler weather comes in I love to bake!…Sorry guys, these are not cupcakes though😉

These are my own homemade shower steamers.🧚‍♀️ You can add whatever essential oils you want to give you an energized feeling or even help you relax.

These ones are made for a sleepy and relaxing effect. 😴

Super quick an easy to make in only half an hour with much less clean up than cupcakes…plus the house smells sooo good!💖

PS

If you are looking for some essential oils that are good quality and very fragrant take a look here.

Halloween is not far now!

Boo!

Halloween is right around the corner, so I wanted to share a few tricks and treats to help you scare away those Halloween cravings!

I know it can be hard to stick to your goals during the holiday season.

TRICK: KEEP A JOURNAL

It can be helpful yo track your food intake. This will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss goals. Journaling your intake can help keep you focused on WHY you made these goals in the first place and keep you focused on them. I recommend using an app or special notebook to help making the tracking even easier.

TREAT: PROTEIN POWDER COOKIE DOUGH

Thought you couldn’t enjoy some cookie dough AND achieve your weight loss goals? Think again.

This Healthy Protein Powder Cookie Dough recipe requires only 5 ingredients and is gluten free, paleo/vegan friendly and ready in just 5 minutes!

Ingredients:

1 Packet of Arbonne protein in vanilla

1 Tbsp coconut flour

Pinch of sea salt

2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional but recommended)

1/4 tsp Butter extract (optional but recommended)

1/2 Tbsp Dairy-free mini chocolate chips

Preparation:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the Sustain protein, coconut flour and sea salt.
  • Add in the applesauce, almond milk and butter extract. Stir until fluffy and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • ENJOY right away, or chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes! (This cookie dough is best served immediately as it does dry out quickly)

TRICK: CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES

Losing weight is hard, but especially so during the holiday season.

All the more reason to celebrate all your successes to help keep you motivated. Get a friend to join you in the journey!

Don’t forget to celebrate not only scale changes, but also behavioral changes. For example, if you met your goal of drinking enough water for the week, plan a fun night out or participate in an activity in your community.

TREAT: SPOOKY FRUIT BASKET

Transform your fruit basket (with the help of Everyday Health) into an arrangement of spooky treats for a sweet snack—minus the scary sugar. Kids can get creative in the kitchen with this super-easy, no baking-required recipe!

All you’ll need is a few clementines, bananas, a nontoxic marker, regular chocolate chips and mini dark chocolate chips

Directions: Let your kids get creative with an unpeeled clementine. Your little monsters can design their own pumpkin faces using a nontoxic marker while you peel bananas. After peeling, cut the bananas in half crosswise. Have your kids press two mini dark chocolate chips into the side of the banana for eyes and a regular-size chocolate chip for a ghost mouth, then arrange your scary creations into an eye-catching Halloween treat to share with friends.

All of these are quick and easy tips to help you stay successful on your journey through the holidays!

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Be safe and enjoy yourself!

How much coffee do you drink?

I know many people who have a morning ritual that involves a cup, or even an entire pot of coffee. I used to be one of those people who would drink an entire pot.

May be you drink it for energy.

Maybe you drink it out of habit

Maybe you drink it because you just love the taste.

I was one of those people who used to drink coffee for energy. I was working non stop from 4am to 10pm between my full time job and the horse farm. I didn’t have time to be tired.

Can you relate? Sometimes there is just no time to slow down. This can hurt you physically and mentally though. It becomes a cycle that is hard to break.

Not to mention that coffee can cause your body to be more acidic and make certain illnesses worse if you drink a lot of it. Coffee can actually cause arthritis type conditions to flare up. There’s research that goes both ways on this though of course.

What can you do to make it better?

  • Make time for yourself- doing something that you like can help you destress and unwind.
  • Prioritize what is important- if it’s not important you don’t need to get it done right now.
  • Try not to rely on too much of our favorite morning beverage to keep us going through the day- it can contribute to some health problems that cause fatigue.

I have noticed that since I started my health journey, it has become much easier to cut down on the amount of coffee that I drink. Not only am I not as tired, but I don’t crave it like I used to…. by the way I found out the other day that craving coffee can actually mean that you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency.

You need to check out these fizzy sticks! They have really helped me get my energy back.

Before I started using these products, I was taking things that would treat the symptoms that I was experiencing. As time has gone on though, I don’t need to do this any more. Healing yourself from the inside out helps you so much more in the long term. Why would you choose to use  a short term quick fix?

It’s not even like it’s something that I have to take all day long. Just one stick a day and I’m good to go.

I don’t have that caffeine crash any more. I’m not as hungry throughout the day. I also don’t get that feeling that I just need to take an afternoon nap as much any more. Those used to be a regular thing on my schedule, lol.

Coffee tastes amazing and it does give a little sunshine to the day. But what if you could actually have more energy while feeling better over time?

Between having more energy and my continued fat melting success, I have been pretty happy.

Until next time!

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