D’Vida Pre-Made Low Calorie Smoothie Packets

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I’m 35 weeks pregnant now and trying my best to keep eating healthy even though I feel like sitting and eating a bowl of popcorn and a gallon of ice cream for dinner.

I recently discovered D’Vida pre-made smoothie packets and I’m so glad I did. I have a quick, go-to option when I don’t feel like making lunch. I can just throw a packet in the blender with ice, water and blend. DONE! What a healthy, on-the-go nutritious snack alternative or meal replacement!

The d’Vida sachets begin with a proprietary, LOW-GI smoothie base, with all-natural ingredients and only the freshest fruits and vegetables. All products are non-GMO, GLUTEN FREE and act as an excellent source of FIBER & PROTEIN! The packets are packed with +15g of Whey Protein to help support lean muscle recovery and growth.

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Four Delicious Flavors:

  • - VidaPUMP (Banana + Peanut Butter)
  • - VidaGREEN (Cucumber + Kale + Green Apple + Spinach)
  • - VideBOOST(Pineapple + Coconut)
  • - VidaSLIM (Strawberry + Banana)

Today I tried out the VidaPUMP (banana and peanut butter flavor) with frozen strawberries, almond milk and a little plain yogurt. (See picture above!) It was absolutely delicious!!! Not only that, I was surprised how long I went before getting hungry. Being pregnant, I feel like eating every hour just about. I didn’t get hungry for over three hours after finishing my smoothie. Definitely a huge bonus in my book so I’m a huge fan of D’Vida Smoothies now.

They are currently available for purchase at d’Vida Health Bars in NYC and soon to be available online!

Bashing Other Moms – Yay or Nay?

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Img Source: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/27/fit-mom-maria-kang-banned-from-facebook-over-obesity-comments/

HuffPost Parents hits the nail on the head with their latest article What’s Your Excuse for Bashing Other Moms?.

I guess I live under a rock and I hadn’t noticed that once again, the beautiful fitness guru and mother to three, Maria Kang was getting flack again for… *gasp* being herself.

So here is my two cents on the issue. I think Maria is the bomb.

In my honest opinion… the only reason why ANYBODY wouldn’t like her and would choose to hate on her is simply because of their own guilt. I’m not saying that her lifestyle and fitness level is “right for everyone” but don’t we all want to be healthy? Don’t we all want to strive to do what’s best?

I can see where her claim to “not making excuses” and taking time to take care of herself could definitely make other moms feel bad about themselves because they either like to make excuses of why they can’t look like her and get back into shape OR they are already so overwhelmed in life that they don’t even want to think about how they SHOULD be taking care of themselves. I get it! I’m a mom! I’m 7 months pregnant! Do I want to be thinking about exercising and staying in shape while I’m having a hard time keeping up with my two children, homeschooling them and making my business continue to run smoothly?! NO! I’m having trouble even peeling my ass out of the bed in the morning to start another day!!!! Does that mean that I hate Maria Kang for looking great after having three kids, running her own business and staying fit and healthy at the same time? Of course not! I look to her for inspiration!!!

Shouldn’t we all????

Why is it that we want to condemn those who “do better” than us? Ridiculing others and putting them down doesn’t bring them down to our level, it just makes us look worse and feel worse. Why is that our human nature though? I mean, I feel like we think it’s corny and sappy to be “cheering each other on” as moms. Why is that? Why can’t everyone just BE NICE OR SHUTUP?!

What do you think about bashing other moms?

 

Dietary Supplement to Lose Weight, Get More Energy and Clear Acne?!

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A simple dietary supplement that claims to help you lose weight, boost your energy and clear up acne? What tha?!! Sounds like snake oil, right?

Here is a tid-bit about the so-called miracle product…

This revolutionary alkalizing system, purifies water, boosts your energy, stimulates weight loss, kills the acidity in any beverage, and clears acne. With an alkaline level of 9.9, a few drops of Smooth 8 naturally neutralizes the acidity of any beverage — water (bottled or tap), coffee, tea, juice, soda, wine or liquor — stimulating detoxification and weight loss while adding powerful antioxidants and restoring the body’s natural pH balance. Boosting energy is a natural result of detoxification.

Acidic diets have been linked to obesity, cancer, diabetes and arthritis. Stored body fat is the body’s natural defense to protect against the acid affecting organs. With no chemicals, synthetic additives or preservatives, Smooth 8 Cleansing Water neutralizes the acids, reducing fat storage and resulting in weight loss, increased energy, mental clarity and smoother skin.

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. It’s completely tasteless being that it’s only ingredients are ionized water, potassium, and magnesium. For someone like me, this isn’t a must-have product because I already drink plenty of ionized water, plus I have potassium in one of my daily supplements and my children and I take regular magnesium baths.

For someone less “crunchy” and health-conscious than myself, this would be an excellent product though! No fuss, no muss, just put a few drops in your water or whatever beverage you are drinking. Definitely a low-maintenance, easy way to incorporate these health benefits into your busy lifestyle.

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According to Dr. Robert O. Young, the author of The pH Miracle for Weight loss, acidity in the body is one of the biggest causes of obesity. Smooth 8 kills harmful bacteria, yeast and other pathogens including e coli and salmonella. Put 20 drops in water for any food you want to clean as well as in your drinking water – far safer than chlorine and ammonia in most drinking water!

Watch the video and see what you think…

Not only is body acidity known to be a leading cause of obesity, it can contribute to cancer as well. Cancer has a much harder time growing and producing in an alkaline environment. I’m sure Smooth 8 doesn’t want to claim to help prevent cancer, but in reality, they could since decreasing the acidity level in your body would most definitely help.

A one-ounce 600-drop bottle of Smooth 8 is only $19.95. Daily care suggests 10-20 drops per beverage, up to 60 drops per day. This means, ideally you would need at least 1 bottle per month, no more than 2 bottles per month.

Interested? Smooth 8 can be purchased at Smooth8.com

 

Do you think it’s worth trying? Do you think you could benefit from a product like this? Let me know your thoughts!

How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young and Beautiful

It’s a cruel fact of life that we can’t stay young forever. While most people accept that sooner or later they have to grow older, that doesn’t mean that their skin has to look older too. In fact, I’m always looking for ways to help my skin look full, youthful and healthy for as long as possible. Although I use a lot of great products to do this, from day creams with sun protection, night creams and whitening lotions for those stubborn spots of discoloration, there are ways that you can keep your skin looking young from the inside out.

In a perfect world, there’d be no temptation; no sugar, no alcohol, and we’d all get at least eight hours of hours sleep each night. Life as a busy mom of two doesn’t always run as smoothly as all that, however, and the late nights, early starts and sweet temptations can cause unsightly blemishes and even a few fine lines.

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So, what can we do about this? One of the easiest ways I found to help my skin look good was to start drinking more water. I know that this sounds as if it’s a really simple solution to an ongoing problem, and it can really be that easy. By upping your water intake, you can flush out toxins and keep your skin looking clear and blemish free. Also, when you drink more water, you’re less inclined to reach for a can of diet soda, which is full of sugar and other assorted chemicals that can wreak havoc on your skin. You’ll also be less likely to snack during the day, so you can even trim a few pounds off of your frame in the process!

However, no matter how much water you drink, some skin issues, such as skin tone, won’t be entirely cleared, and you’ll need some extra help to correct them. Skin issues such as acne and discoloration can be pretty stubborn. If you have adult acne (and if you do, you have my deepest sympathy, for it’s not very nice) then make sure you are using the correct products or medications for your skin, to help stop it being so reactive. If you have a few discolorations, such as dark spots or blemishes, which I’ve also suffered from, whitening lotions can really help to make them less noticeable. I highly recommend shopping around for this type of product. It can work wonders on those unsightly marks, and some products have been specially created for aging skin and the issues it can face.

Remember, growing old is a fact of life, but you can cheat a little while you age gracefully. Look into what options are available to you, and see what you can do to help your skin. Remember, it could be as easy as reaching for a bottle of water!

Image by Ana Ulin, used under Creative Commons license.

 

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5 Must-Haves For Surviving The Fall & Winter Season

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I’ve finally accepted that Summer is over and Fall is here. Yup, I literally had to wait until I had bare trees in my yard to accept this whole “autumn” thing. It’s my least favorite time of year (except for the one week that the fall foliage is gorgeous here in New Hampshire). For me, summer living is easy. Come Fall though, I have a hard time functioning and keeping up. I don’t feel like exercising anymore, I don’t feel like eating healthy things like salads and I start packing on the carbs with apple cider donuts and homemade breads and I don’t feel like waking up in the morning because it’s still dark out when I want to get up!

So I put together a list of my 5 favorite things that help me get through the Fall and Winter season in hopes that it might help some of you to make it through the next few months too!

 

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Back To School or Back To Bootcamp?

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Back to school doesn’t just mean a new routine for your children. If you are a stay at home mom, then back to school means for more time to concentrate on YOU! FINALLY!

Even if it’s a brief break between the school bus pick-up and your drive to work or you get to squeeze in time before bed, all you need is 4 minutes with Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits!

If you are like most moms, you feel guilty taking time to concentrate on yourself. Well… DON’T. If you don’t feel good, how can you take care of everyone else? “Me Time” is so important for moms and seriously, you can’t feel guilty about taking 4 minutes on yourself.

Mama Mio’s Bootcamp systems are designed to tone the body and your skin with minimal commitment (just 4 minutes a day) and in 30 days, you will feel (and look) like a new mom!

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Bootcamp for Butts:

    Exfoliate, tighten and tone with Mama Mio’s OMega Body Buff, Skin Tight and Shrink-to-fit to insure a great outcome.

Bootcamp for Arms:

    OMega Body Buff exfoliates, Skin Tight lifts sagging skin and tricep and shoulder exercises give you the right to bare arms.

Bootcamp for Boobs:

    By applying Mama Mio’s Boob Tube and Skin Tight daily, along with a short bust-perking program, you’re sure to get results!

 

Doubting what a kit can do for you in 30 days? Check out my results here with before and after pictures! The Bootcamp for Butts Kit is amazing!

Mama Mio’s Bootcamp Kits retail for $75 to $99 and can be purchased at www.MamaMio.com

Get Outside and Go Hiking This Summer!

Exercise is important to good health and general well-being, so it is never too late to begin a regular routine. The more active you are the more energy you expend in the form of calories. If your aim is to lose weight, expending more calories than you take in from eating is an important step in weight loss; unless you’re already very active, anyone will benefit from an increase in their exercise level. One of the best in terms of initial cost, variable levels of exertion and overall benefit, hiking is one of the best exercises for people.

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The first step in preparing for hiking as an aerobic activity is making sure you have the right gear. Hiking is an outdoor activity and your feet should be adequately prepared for walking on uneven ground over natural landscapes. A good pair of walking shoes or even a pair of hiking boots from a reputable dealer like theclymb.com is necessary for proper protection. Quality and more importantly comfort are the main factors in choosing your hiking footwear. In making the footwear choices, you should consider what sort of hiking trips you’re going to be making.

For a beginner, it is best to start off slowly; choose even paths with gentle inclines and clearly marked trails. Local parks often have walking tracks that provide the interesting sights of nature while also providing a clean and accessible path to follow. After you have decided what sort of footwear you will need, you should give them adequate break-in time. It is not advisable to wear a pair of hiking shoes or boots directly from the box to the outdoors. If the product description does not give a clear idea, ask a sales representative or phone the shoe or boot manufacturer.

With your new footwear in hand and your hiking path chosen, it is time to consider anything else you might need, like natural fiber socks, a plastic reusable water-bottle for proper hydration, sunscreen, a backpack to carry with if you plan to be outdoors for long periods, and even a walking stick. If you’re new, don’t forget to pace yourself! Injuries from being improperly prepared will derail an exercise program before it has begun.

Don’t forget to join theclymb.com to get all the gear you need at up to 70% off retail price! I just joined and I am amazed at what a huge selection they have. Can’t wait to get some new running sneakers…

 

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