The Holistic Mama

How I Started My Health Journey & What I Learned This Week

September 12, 2014 by Roxanne | No Comments | Filed in Holistic Lifestyle

what i learned this week

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 resourse 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

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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 ingrediends 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

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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

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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?

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Soy is NOT a Health Food (With One Exception)

September 11, 2014 by Roxanne | 8 Comments | Filed in Nutrition

soy is not a health food

As of 2007, 85% of Americans believed that soy products were healthy. I’m about to share with you why I believe that 85% of Americans are wrong.

Just like many other nutrition lies, the belief that unfermented soy products are healthy, stems from really persuasive marketing. Soy supporters like to cite the fact that Asian cultures have been thriving on soy for centuries but what they fail to mention is the quantity and quality of soy in their diet – which is the most important point. The traditional Asian diet includes a small amount of whole non-GMO (91% of US grown soy is genetically modified) and fermented soy foods. The modern western diet uses soy very differently. It is a processed version of the soybean that is separated into protein and oil and then used in large amounts of processed soy products. A very different story.

Possible Health Problems Linked to Processed Soy Consumption

The long list of health issues with links to soy consumption is much higher then you would imagine. In doing my research for this post, I was actually shocked as to how much came up – it’s a lot. These are only a handful of the problems that may be a result of soy consumption.

Hormone Disruption

Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women. This study suggests that pregnant women who consume processed soy may have an increased risk that female off-spring will develop breast cancer.

Thyroid Function

Soy contains goitrogens. Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function. This could lead to hypothyroidism and may cause thyroid cancer. In infants, consumption of soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.

Heavy Metal Exposure

Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese. Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk. This study also found high levels of cadmium in soy formula and soy containing baby foods.

Growth Problems in Children

High levels of phytic acid in soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid in soy is not neutralized by ordinary preparation methods such as soaking, sprouting and long, slow cooking. High phytate diets have caused growth problems in children.

Soy Products to Avoid at All Costs

  • Soy milk
  • Soy protein isolate (protein powders)
  • Soy infant formula
  • Soy “meat”
  • Soy “cheese”
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein (TVP)
  • Soybean Oil
  • Tofu

Soy Products that are Good for you (this is the one exception)

Fermented soy products are the ONLY soy products that should ever be consumed.

  • Soy Sauce, properly prepared soy sauce is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be weary of artifical imposters
  • Tempeh, fermented soybean cake with a firm texture
  • Miso, fermented soybean paste
  • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture

Fermented soy is one of the best sources of vitamin K2, which is the reason why these foods are so healthy. Vitamin K2 works together with Vitamin D for optimal wellness – this is why we often see them together in one supplement like Vitamin D3K2. The amount of vitamin K2 in fermented soy is higher then any other food sources, even leafy greens.

Other then the above mentioned fermented soy products, there is no significant data that I’ve seen that supports the claim that soy is a health food. The FDA says that consuming 25 grams of soy protein daily reduces your risk of heart disease yet even the American Heart Association no longer supports the health claims about soy endorsed by the U.S. government.

More Help Getting Away from Soy

There is a lot to learn on this topic. Even Health Coaches and Nutrition professionals are still learning more and more about the dangers of this food. Eliminating processed soy products from your diet is easy to do when you change to a real food lifestyle. The less boxed, packaged, and processed convenience foods you consume, the less soy will be in your diet. This is just one of the many many benefits to making the switch to a real food diet. My 7 Day Real Food Challenge is a way to get your feet wet and give this type of diet a try. More delicious real food recipes that I enjoy can be found in Allergy-Free Cooking by Wardeh Harmon and Well Fed 2: Paleo Recipes for People Who Like to Eat by Melissa Joulwan.

Do you eat unfermented soy products? Will you reconsider that now? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


Take Charge of Your Health Now

September 10, 2014 by Roxanne | 6 Comments | Filed in Holistic Lifestyle

Yes, it’s true. I am giving away a no-cost 30-minute real food phone strategy session. Keep reading to find out how…

Today I have something fun and exciting to share with you. For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter you already know that my 7 Day Real Food Challenge was selected to be part of an exclusive bundle sale called The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Here is why I am excited about this sale. This is not just any bundle sale that packs in a ton of stuff you’ll never use, it’s a sale that could actually help you achieve your health goals. The purpose of this bundle is to create change and health transformations for the people who buy it – not to cram a bunch of useless stuff into a package and say there are “X” amount of books or a certain $$ amount of stuff you can get. It’s so much more then that.

We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing all we can to prevent serious diseases.

But it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the masses of healthy living advice out there – to the point where we’re frozen into complete inaction instead!

That’s where The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes in. For the ridiculously low price of just $29.97 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of $1,030.

The bundle contains a wealth of information from the very finest healthy living writers out there – but there’s no risk of getting overwhelmed! A useful Getting Started Guide is included with your purchase, which will help you identify the most valuable resources for your specific health priorities.

The Ultimate Bundles team has done all the hard work for you – finding the top experts across a number of healthy living fields and combining their products into one essential collection. If you want to take control of your health, there’s no better way to start!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59pm EST on Monday, September 15.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 30,000 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s health, you’ll get your money back in full! Click here for more info or to buy now.

As if this great collection of eBooks and eCourses wasn’t enough, the Ultimate Bundles team has also partnered with 10 fantastic companies who’ve each agreed to give a special bonus to every buyer. The bonuses have a total value of over $200 – more than 5 times the price of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle itself!

The bonuses include free goodies aplenty: a bottle of Healthy Mouth Blend from OraWellness, a baltic amber bracelet from Sweetbottoms Boutique, and a starter culture from Cultures For Health. You’ll also get gift sets from Made On Skin Care Products and Homegrown Collective.

There are virtual goodies, too – a 4-month membership to and a 3-month premium membership to meal planning service Tradishen. And as if all that weren’t enough, there are also $15 gift certificates for, and Trilight Health. There is a nominal shipping charge for many of the bonuses, based on each company’s standard shipping rates, and is usually $3-5.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, September 10 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, September 15

What? 73 eBooks and 7 audio & eCourses, PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth $1030, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

We think there’s something here for everyone, and don’t forget… our Getting Started Guide will show you exactly which resources cover the topics and health concerns that matter most to you!

We know you’re eager to see exactly what’s included in this bundle, so head on over to the website, where you can see the full list of eBooks, eCourses, and bonus offers.

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

I’m also adding in a few of my own bonuses to anyone who purchases this bundle from me!

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 *To redeem the bonuses, simply e-mail a copy of your receipt to me at Roxanne {at} theholisticmama {dot} com

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 7 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, September 10th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, September 15th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post, if you click them and make a purchase I will earn a small commission and for that I thank you because that is how I can keep this site running. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

No purchase necessary to enter the two giveaways for the 7 day real food challenge workbook and the 30 min call with me. Enter here.

What eBook or eCourse are you most excited about trying in this bundle sale? Please share in the comments of this post!

Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting!


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