Years ago when I first learned about how the USDA’s food pyramid guidelines were created based on making money for certain types of crops and not based on optimal health for the American people, I was furious. Good nutrition is actually pretty simple but public nutrition policy is heavily dictated by a corporate agenda to maximize profits. I heard those words and my jaw dropped. It was the first time I fully understood the statement – Question what you are told.
New Year’s Eve isn’t even here yet and I’m already starting to put effort towards my 2015 goals. In fact, I’ve been working on my goals and plans for a couple of months now. 2015 is going to be a good year.
When I first started working on my health 7 years ago, my new years’ resolutions were usually health related. One year it was to quit dairy, one year it was no more sugar, and one year it was cutting the cord on my caffeine habit. These days my goals are more business related because my health is in a good place (except my reoccurring goal of getting in some more yoga).
Rewind back to January of 2014 — you likely made plans back then for yourself. You perhaps even took up some new year’s resolutions.
You likely vowed to improve and transform yourself… to be in better health, to be in better shape, to live a longer life.
Fast-forward back to the present and tell me this: Are you where you wanted to be?
If you are not, don’t be discouraged! I’ve been there many times myself! Don’t feel like you’ve failed or fallen short. Don’t feel like the mountain is too hard to climb.
Most of all, don’t pack it in. Not yet.
I have shared my story with you before. Over the last 7-8 years I’ve made dramatic changes to my eating habits, health choices, and lifestyle and the results of those changes completely changed my life. I went from an unhappy, unfulfilled person who struggled with health concerns I didn’t even know should be concerning – to a much healthier version of myself who gets to have a satisfying and fun wellness career.
Here is a short video of my telling my story…
What was the thing that got me moving on this transformation? Information. Plain and simple. Before I started making changes I had no idea about all the things I write about today. Most of these things – real food, toxic mattresses, crappy beauty products – was not even on my radar until I started learning and reading about health and wellness.
I know all of this stuff is really overwhelming at times – you might be thinking – where the heck do I start??? For me, taking courses and reading books started my journey and that’s what I encourage you to do.
Even this week I’ve learned a few new things in the area of healthy living. That’s the key – never stop learning and reading. I have been spending my free time this week really getting into a handful of the resources that are included in The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle that is going on now through September 15th (which includes my 7 Day Real Food Challenge). I almost can’t believe how little this library of resources costs for what I learned from it. I probably should be embarrassed to admit this but I’ve spent well over $20,000+ on wellness education in the past 7-8 years (and that number is growing by the day because I read so much and take so many courses). To get yourself started on your healthy living journey for $29 (or $39 for kindle version) is, quite honestly, extremely cheap.
Even for someone like me who has been in this world of health and nutrition for a long time – I still got value out of it. The reason for that is because I went through the list of resources and broke it down into a handful of items that really got me excited and read them. The amount of information in this bundle is huge and it might even seem like too much. The reality of it is that not all of it might be what you are looking for – maybe you don’t give a hoot about yoga or you will never give a thought to backyard chickens – but you’ve been itching to learn about essential oils and to finally give up junk food – then I encourage you to purchase this bundle. Pick a few things you want to really dive into and go for it.
On the topic of essential oils…there is one thing in this bundle that has really stood out to me. There is an eCourse from Vintage Remedies on Essential Oils that is so cool. I’ve only started to go through it and I am already impressed. It’s a nice unbiased resource to learn about essential oils and their uses. This course normally sells for $95 – yes $95…and the cost of this bundle is $29.97. This alone is well worth the purchase!!
To be clear, I’m not promoting this bundle sale because there are X amount of books in it or X amount of $$’s in bonuses, I’m promoting it because I truly believe it can help you if you put in the time and effort to use it. I’ve taken courses with less information then this collection contains for well over 5X the price of this bundle, no joke.
Here is a sample of some of the things I learned this week from using the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle…
A New Recipe for Granola Bars My Kids Love
I discovered this recipe while reading 42 Days to Fit, an eBook and exercise program designed for busy Moms. It was super fast to make and I already had all the ingredients in the house (I did add raisins to the recipe at my daughters request).
I’ll share something funny about this too…I picked that book to read because I know that exercise is the area of healthy living that I am just not good about. I know I need to work on that and get myself in a routine of doing it. Cooking, now that comes easy to me, because I love it. Leave it to me to read a book with the intention to do the working out part of it and end up making granola bars, go figure.
How to Make Fermented Chicken Feed
I am a newbie at chicken raising (I’ve only had chickens for 6 months) so I was really excited to read Oh Lardy’s Guide to Backyard Chickens. I really learned a lot about the basics of chicken raising in this eBook. I had never heard about fermented chicken feed before and the book says that its more appealing to the chickens and it gives them lots of healthy enzymes to digest the nutrients better – therefore getting all this goodness into my eggs. So I tried it. So far, my girls seem to love it!
There is so Much More to Lemon Essential Oil Then I Realized
The eCourse in this sale provided by Vintage Remedies has so much information on essential oils. The thing I really love is that they look at many different approaches to the use of essential oils ranging from scientific information to traditional uses from history. This is so different from what we are used to hearing about essential oils which is primarily anecdotal testimonials – which I also value – but its nice to hear more then that.
I am taking my time to go through this course and really get all the information soaked into my brain. In the first module, I learned that lemon oil is frequently used in aromatherapy to improve cognitive performance and to calm anxiety. This week has been hectic for me – my daughter is back in school, and my husband and I are both working more then ever. Guess what essential oil has been in my diffuser all week?
More to Come
I am not even close to being finished with just the hand picked resources I decided to try first and I can’t wait to get through them. There is seriously endless amount of stuff you can learn from this bundle – and the cool thing is that everyone gets something different out of it. It’s all about where you are in your journey and what you are excited about right now.
What resource are you most excited about in this bundle?
It’s summertime – and that means its barbecue season. The traditional supermarket hamburgers and hot dogs are out (it’s sooo last season)! Clean meat is in.
You are not alone. Millions of Americans have been suffering from bad meat decisions. Hooked on hot dogs full of steroids and chemicals, you’ve been chowing down at barbeques and trying to quiet the guilt (and likely indigestion) in your stomach.
Abscorbic acid? sodium diacetate? Let’s be frank, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you definitely shouldn’t be eating it. That’s why Applegate is staging a Wienervention.
An Applegate Wienervention is the first step to a cleaner wiener with simple ingredients – just beef, water, salt, and spices. By choosing Applegate hot dogs, you can release yourself from hot dog remorse.
I received my clean hot dog kit from Applegate a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed everything. It included gluten-free buns from Rudi’s which is one of my favorite brands of gluten-free bread products. They really do taste like the real thing. Hot dogs have been a no-no for me and my family because the conventional hot dog brands do not live up to my “clean eating” standards but Applegate has changed that…
Applegate gives us “real foodies” the chance to have a hot dog once in a while and not feel guilty about it.
For the last 7 years I’ve been eating clean. Until I discovered applegate products I completely gave up on hot dogs and cold cuts. It’s great to now have the option to eat these foods from time to time and share them with my family without having to worry about giving them harmful chemicals and processed garbage. I have to admit, it actually feels a little liberating!
Applegate has generously offered to send a kit to one of my readers! The winner of this kit has the opportunity to share these clean hot dogs with their friends and share the reasons WHY to choose a BETTER hot dog. It’s an opporuntity to start the conversation around eating better quality foods without totally giving up on a family favorite.
Are you ready to talk to your family about clean eating? Cook up some Applegate hot dogs and talk about it! Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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