TRUE LOVE just is....it’s love before first sight, it never goes away, it transcends time, it exists within us, as a gift from God. Baby boy you are here with us, and even though I’m the only one who feels you every day, moving and grooving, extending your hand and foot in my womb to touch my hand, the rest of your family already loves you more than can be imagined and can’t wait to feel you in their arms too.
This is love before first sight....you are true love.
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I began a new weekly ritual several months ago to incorporate relaxing warm baths into my self-care routine! During this pregnancy after a busy week, it has been quite therapeutic and beneficial to my health.
The body goes through so many physical changes, and in the 3rd trimester, muscles experience more tension, ligaments stretch, and your joints or back may strain to support that beautiful life being created inside. Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath is a great holistic way of calming the body, because of the anti-inflammatory properties of magnesium that get absorbed. I like to also add my essential Lavender oil into the bath too, burn a soy-based candle to help set the mood, and sometimes play nature music in the background, or a hypnotherapy meditation session to ease the mind. The best part is just how it makes me feel lighter from the day, as the water floats up my heavy womb, instead of the pulling sensation of gravity. Afterwards, my mind and body feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Did you know a study showed soaking in hot baths for an hour may also reduce blood sugar levels and burn over 100 calories? Nice huh!? Definitely exercise caution though with how hot the water temperature is, if you're pregnant or have underlying health conditions. What are some of your favorite self-care rituals?
Immune Support. Where do you get yours? Now more than ever it’s critical we focus on this....It’s what makes our bodies more resistant during this uncertain time we’re experiencing together!
With many aspects of life on pause, our typical ‘rat race’ has turned into a ‘pursuit of balance’.....the events of the past month force us to spend more time going back to basics.
Some questions we should ask ourselves...
Do I need to calm my nervous system? 😖
Negative stress increases our cortisol hormone which suppresses our immunity, so we need to find strategies that help us relax and ground our mind.
Do I need more sleep? 😴
Lack of sleep reduces T-cell activity which weakens our immune system.
Do I get enough sun? ☀️
Low levels of Vitamin D has been determined to be one of the main reasons for respiratory problems. We only need 15 min of daily sun for the body to make enough Vitamin D to produce antibodies, so get out there!
Do I eat a variety of produce? 🍒🥦🍓🥕
Thousands of micronutrients exist in whole fruits and veggies....a daily multivitamin that only contains 13 essential vitamins does not compare. If you struggle in this area or your grocery store lacks fresh produce lately, you can benefit from Juice Plus, like my family has for 5 years. Independent clinical research shows these powerful plant concentrates support the function of our immune system! Let’s take healthy back.
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Four and a 1/2 years ago I was looking for a way to add more nutrition into my family’s diet. I thought about juicing but it was an involved process and expensive. I tried other green juice powders that dissolved conveniently in water, but tasted like grass! I’ve always been health conscious; my husband and I enjoy cooking clean recipes from scratch, we minimize eating processed foods and avoid traditional fast food. I nursed both my babies a total of 16 months to give them a good foundation, so we we’re healthy enough….so I thought.
My son began to get chronic monthly ear infections when he started school at 18 months old. This continued for 6 months, requiring antibiotics to kill the infection, which also killed healthy gut bacteria weakening his immune support. It was a vicious cycle and I had enough. I didn’t want him going thru that anymore so we looked into options and reluctantly decided to get him ear tubes to help prevent fluid backing up in his ears when he got sick. Those did help to prevent a cold turning into an ear infection, but I wanted to also focus on strengthening his immune system to prevent the cold in the first place. That was around the time Juice Plus came into our lives, and without expectations we started taking it daily. I figured it’s whole foods and good for us anyway, so it couldn't hurt to try.
Over 4 years later, he has not had a single ear infection since (only needed antibiotics once when he caught strep) his ear tubes fell out after a year, and never needed additional surgery (whereas some kids need them reinserted and still get infections with tubes). All of us RARELY catch colds and when we do, we fight them in days instead of weeks. No prescriptions needed, just some TLC and faithful home remedies to let our immune system do it’s job to fight it.
Since flooding our body with all these fruits and veggies, my husband and I have consistent energy and clearer minds to keep up with our busy lives. I haven’t loss my voice in years, when previously in my 20s and early 30s, I would get laryngitis annually My hair grows above average, my vision has improved year over year (I no longer wear contacts daily!) My son is so regular now, where in the past foods such as dairy or chocolate constipated him (TMI?) Since eating his Juice Plus gummies, he goes at least once daily….multiple times on weekends! We are so grateful and will eat Juice Plus for the rest of our lives because we know it’s doing amazing things in our body. One simple change...leads to many.
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Loving my Warby Parkers!!! I realized I only wore them a handful of times so far since I bought them in June. Amazing that 1 year shy of 40 😫🤫 my vision is better than it was at 30!!!
Don’t believe it? Neither did my eye doctor at first 😳 Check out these fun number facts! 🔢
4 - the # of years my contact prescription decreased and vision has been improving 🙌🏻
4 - the # of years I’ve been eating concentrated plant powders in capsules 🌱
30 - the amount of different kinds of fruits and vegetables I eat every day 🍎🍓🥦🍊🥒
3,5,6,7,& 9 - the variety of plant-based Omega oil types I eat every day (no fishy burpies 🐠)
11 - the # of months ago I stopped wearing contact lenses
So I bought myself these adorable, fun glasses since I no longer need contacts! They are my “just in case” emergency spectacles to sharpen up things during those foggy, nighttime drives to new places! (and have to read signs! 🤓) Or when my secret identity decides to take over 🤪
The best part....Warby Parker donated a free pair of glasses to someone in need.
Feels. So. Good.
#takehealthyback #giveback #plantpower #foodheals #reduceinflammation #eyehealth
#omegas #feelinggrateful #warbyparker
Balance, Authenticity, Truth, Love, Healing, Embracing, Solutions, Sacrifice, Purpose. These principles drive me daily.