Real Estate, Where Do You Start?

It is coming up on 4 years that my family and I have been in our new home. We bought out first home together as a married couple and bought new construction. Being a first time home buyer was a whirl wind of decisions and delays. But through it all I learned a lot and was so thankful for our amazing Realtor. She was not only a trusted family member but she was on top of every challenge and step in the process.

After going through this process it made me appreciate real estate professionals more for all of the behind the scenes details that they take care of. This was part of my motivation for getting into real estate and becoming a Realtor. I wanted to be that person that people know and trust with doing an amazing job in the process of buying or selling their home.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Try Bone Broth

About a year ago I decided to look into making my own bone broth to help with digestive issues and heard it was good for your overall health.  I found it very easy to make. Now I literally could go through the whole process in my sleep. Most of the time it really does cook while I am sleeping and I wake up to a house smelling of delicious broth. To this day my husband and I both drink broth every morning as a nice start to our day.

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I wanted to share some of the benefits of why bone broth is so great and why you should give it a try!

Reason 1: Improves Digestive Functions– There’s a seemingly endless list of substances today that can cause damage to your gut. Between the pesticides in our food, overuse of antibiotics, and chemicals in processed foods, our gut is under attack more than ever.
Fortunately, the gelatin found in bone broth is fantastic for healing the gut.
Gelatin heals the gut by repairing the intestinal lining and reducing inflammation caused by gut-related disease and food sensitivities.

Reason 2: Boosts Brain Health– We use our brain for so much, but how often do we return the favor by giving it nutrients to thrive? With a healthy brain, you can have a better memory, think more clearly, have stronger willpower, have monk-like focus, and much more. I think it’s safe to say anyone would be happy to have more of these qualities (including myself). Well, it turns out that bone broth has several compounds that can improve your brain’s functioning and mood.
Glycine, for example, is one of the most important inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Simply put, glycine can help cognitive performance, regulates how your brain uses energy, and some studies even suggested that glycine can dilate the micro vessels in the brain. This means glycine can improve circulation in the brain.
Bone broth also contains chondroitin, which is shown to have an important role in regeneration and plasticity in the central nervous system.
In other words, chondroitin can help with learning and memory.

Reason 3: Boosts Immunity- What’s the number one food you crave when you’re feeling under the weather? I bet it’s a warm bowl of chicken soup. And it turns out there’s a real reason behind your chicken soup cravings: it boosts the immune system and soothes the gut.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center were curious if there was any truth behind the immune system and chicken soup connection.
To their surprise, they discovered that the amino acids (building blocks of protein) found in chicken broth could reduce inflammation, improve digestion, and boost the immune system. In other words, bone broth can help you feel better and fight illness.
So it seems there’s a reason your body craves soup when you’re sick after all!

Reason 4: Reduces Joint Pain and Inflammation– The cartilage in your joints (along with some other structures) ensures your joints are well protected.
But this cartilage degrades as we age. Over time, it can cause your bones to scrape up against one another every time you move. And as you could imagine, this causes a considerable amount of pain.
That’s why it’s incredibly important to give your body the materials it needs to repair and maintain your joints.
Bone broth is packed with substances that can help maintain your joints such as Collagen and chondroitin, for example, are some of the building blocks used to construct cartilage.
When you introduce these substances to the body, your joints can heal.
These joint-nurturing substances can make a big difference in your overall joint health and there’s evidence to prove it.

 

Reason 5: Promotes Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails– Collagen is a protein your body uses extensively to keep your skin healthy. Without it, our skin would gradually lose elasticity and its healthy color. In other words, you would look older.
Normally our body can produce enough collagen to keep our skin healthy and wrinkle-free. Well…until our 20th birthday at least.
According to the Scientific American, after the age of 20, our bodies produce “about 1 percent less collagen in the skin each year. As a result, the skin becomes thinner and more fragile with age.
The good news is bone broth is packed with collagen.
And since most of us don’t eat collagen-rich foods, it makes bone broth the perfect remedy for aging skin.

References from https://naturalife.org/nutrition/bone-broth-health-benefits

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What is the Rush?

I have been noticing lately that people’s most famous excuse for not taking care of themselves is that they have no time, or it takes to much time to get results. I am here to say, what is the rush? We all have the same 24 hours which could end at any second, for any one of us, correct?

It’s time to do a couple exercises and become more aware of what your day looks like, how you can improve it for the better and stop rushing!

Start today- grab a small notebook or piece of paper and write down everything you do today and the time spent doing it. For example:

  • woke up at 7 am
  • got the kids up and dressed and fed 7:45 am
  • drove the kids to school 8 am
  • ate a granola bar and some coffee 8 am
  • checked Facebook while in my car waiting in school line 8:30 am

Record as much as you can for a better view of your day! Do not judge, think about what you should or should not be doing, just do what is natural and THEN we will talk 🙂

Now ask yourself these questions.

  1. How much time do you spend taking care of other people daily?
  2. How much quality sleep do you get per night?
  3. How much do you think, plan or prepare what you are eating each day?
  4. How much time do you spend doing chores around the house?
  5. How much time do you spend scrolling on your phone, watching TV or working on the computer?

Ok now answer the 5 questions above again but with actual numbers- you have 24 hours in a day. How many hours are you spending on the 5 activities?

Which of those activities above do you think are time wasters? How many are time embracers?

I believe these are the most important time embracing activities you should focus on each day and how to fit them in.

  1. Sleep– yes, you may need to adjust your schedule, tell your spouse you are going to bed early, use some tools to help calm yourself down and relax at night but it is SO IMPORTANT to get 7-8 hours of REM sleep at night. Improve brain health, prevent disease and improve overall mood and energy levels are all things that will happen when you sleep well.
  2. Nutrition– for YOU and your family. If you take the time to meal plan each weekend for an hour you will SAVE TIME during the week and be eating healthier choices for everyone.
  3. Plan Every Week– Always have a plan and then you will not be totally derailed when you need to adjust because of an appointment, missed bus, sick day or extra school project that has to be done NOW. Anticipate what you can and be ready for changes
  4. Movement- Getting up and moving during your day is very important for your brain and your body. Especially in this day and age when so many of us sit at computers all day long. Add a timer to your day that makes you get up and take a quick walk break every 30 minutes and you will see a huge difference in your mood and energy levels. Once you can fit this in then find 30 minutes every day to really get your heart rate up and you will feel awesome 🙂
  5. Stillness- Taking the time to be still. Meditation, reading a book, a quiet spot in your home just to sit and have some tea. It is important for you to slow down and take a deep breath especially on those days when you think its not possible.
  6. Let Go – As we go through life there are so many things that we have control over. There are also things that we do not have control over. Another little exercise, What are some of those things?
    • You have control over your thoughts, your food, your choices and your actions
    • You have control over your daily schedule and who you are friends with
    • You do not have control of other people’s thoughts, choices or actions
    • You do not have control of Mother Nature

IMG_6433There is another whole aspect of rushing which is the “fast, easy and cheap” mentality. Some people only look for things that make life easier and the faster they can get things done the better. I am here to say uh STOP!  Ever hear the quote ” Great things take time”  “Patience is a virtue”  “Hard work pays off”   I need more people to bring back these actions. Enjoy the process of life, take the time to enjoy it and be proud of the hard work that it takes to make something like you GREAT!

 

Time to Create Change

Change the way you think about foodSo it has been a little while since I wrote anything in here but that is pretty much because I am a person of few words on a normal day, but today is not a normal day. I feel like I could shout this stuff from the roof tops it’s so important!

Food and the way Americans specifically use, abuse and overindulge is a crazy problem. It is making me come out of my shell and say, time to wake up everyone!  For the last couple years as many of you know I have been building my knowledge about health and nutrition and really been experimenting with how things make me feel individually.

A couple things I have come up with is that my skin does not like dairy, my stomach does not like too much gluten, sugar or dairy, and my brain really loves and hates sugar at the same time. So I wanted to go in even deeper to WHY this is happening and what certain foods and chemicals actually do to your body.

So in that journey of trial and error experimenting with foods, listening to podcasts and reading books, I was recommended to read this book “Eat to Live” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and boy has the veil been lifted off my eyes. I was pretty aware of what I was eating anyway, but the idea in America that you must have dairy, animal protein and whole grains in your diet to be healthy is a bunch of BS. Not only do you not need them, but most of the time they are what make you sick! Nevermind all the other s#&* that is in the stores now.  It makes me really sad that a lot of people in America have no idea how to eat healthy because they were either taught wrong, or they are not taught at all.

We are a country of quick fixes and medications that are killing us, and you know how we can stop it? It’s as easy as eating a salad, biting into an apple, peeling a carrot, cooking a squash, stir fry some zucchini, and enjoying some berries.  I know some people literally would die before eating a diet of mostly vegetables and fruit but would you really let it get that far? There is proof that eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes and minimal whole grains will reverse the effects of Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Reduce to risk of stroke and heart attack, and prevent the risk of cancers.

Eating always seems to connect with emotional and social activity in this world. We all eat and then look forward to the next time we eat. We eat when we are sad or happy, celebrating or mourning, you name it, there is food everywhere!  If we all try and take a step back, get through a week of no processed foods and no dairy or animal protein you might be amazed at the results.  I know I was.

After eating only vegetables, fruits and legumes with some starches like sweet potato and whole grain rice, I felt 100% more clear headed, more energetic, less bloated, had less sugar cravings and was satisfied! I did have to go through a withdrawal period of 2-3 days, which included headaches, and a little tiredness but I knew it was going to happen and prepared to get through it. This is a change in the way you see how food interacts with your body, helps it heal,  helps you learn better and helps you manage stress.

The last point I want to make is about the kids. Yes the future of this country! We as parents can no longer sit back and say oh well, my son won’t eat anything but chicken fingers, french fries and treats. That is securing his fate to be a diabetic on his 13th birthday. We need to step up, EDUCATE ourselves and our kids. Bring them into the kitchen, have them cook with us, have them learn about food, have them see, try and taste a variety of foods all the time.  Some will kick and scream at first but if you don’t give up they will get over the withdrawal just like us and start to acquire new tastes. It feels so much better and they will be able to learn, live and THRIVE the way nature intended them to.

I strongly recommend you read the book “Eat to Live” and many more books similar to it. Educating yourself, trying new things to see how you feel and paying it forward by helping other people you know will change lives for the better.

 

A Miraculous Morning? Yes please!

win-the-morning-940x675About 2 months ago I listened to the podcast, “Achieve your Goals with Hal Elrod”. It inspired and intrigued me to think how I could accomplish so much more just by getting up a little earlier each day.

Now, I am the type of person who sleeps wonderfully and enjoys every minute I can get, so the idea of getting up an hour earlier than I do to accomplish some of my activities left me pretty hesitant and nervous that I would fail immediately!

So I prepped, I envisioned, I told myself I could do it, I layed out all my clothes for the morning, got my ipad ready, my water bottle full, every little thing I could think that may derail my morning I took care of!  I went to bed that Sunday night thinking about how awesome the next morning would be, and how much time I will have in the afternoon to spend with my family, dog and outdoors if I get this workout done in the morning.

I woke up at 5:00 am ready to rock! I was excited! That is weird for me, for sure… But I rolled with it, and got up exactly how I pictured and killed it down in that basement and felt amazing!!

So do you know what I did that next night? Yup! Prepped again, told myself it was an awesome day one and it will be an even better day two!  So I have been continuing this everyday during the week for about 2 months. The weekend I wake up earlier than before but not 5:00 am, I am not that crazy!  I also went on a vacation where I did wake up earlier than most people and took a nice walk, but was a little different that my normal morning for obvious reasons.

Why am I telling you about this one extra hour I gained in my day? Well, it has not only saved me some time in the afternoon, but it feels so great to workout in the morning. I thought in the past I really liked my afternoon workouts, but the morning is so peaceful. I am not worried about missing out on anything else going on, I am totally focused and feel that energy boost all day afterwards.

Not only am I getting my workout done in that extra hour but I am also taking a few quiet moments outside (while my dog goes to the bathroom) and drinking a cup of bone broth to keep my gut health in check.  Then while I am in the shower I speak to myself with positive thoughts about the day and how I am going to make it great!

I know this all sound very woo woo to most people as it did to me when I first listened to a couple podcasts but then I said why not? Why not try this and see how I feel? Could this help me be a better version, a more positive version of myself?

If you have ever said any of these things to yourself, you should try changing your morning routine to a Miracle Morning!

  • “I never have time to myself, there is no way I could fit in exercise or meditation!”
  • ” I could never get up any earlier, I already have to leave the house by X “
  • ” I am worn out out by the end of the day and could not think of exercising”
  • ” I need to change something in my life, I am unhappy and tired all the time”
  • ” I want change in my life and need a kickstart in the right direction”

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Why Shakeology?

SHAKEFirst things first… STOP right here and look at the shake you’re currently drinking, I don’t care what it is, BUT check out the ingredient label. If there is SOY, Artificial flavors, or Artificial Sweeteners, it’s time to reconsider.

If you already know you want to get started, skip to the bottom and contact me that you are ready!
So I wanted to share A LOT more about why I am such an advocate of Shakeology but first I want to clear up some common misconceptions…
  • Misconception #1: Shakeology is a PROTEIN Shake. This is 100% false, Shakeology is a nutrient dense MEAL REPLACEMENT.  Shakeology is the equivalent to eating 5 plates of salad! It’s packed full of vitamins, nutrients, superfoods, and more… not just protein
  • Misconception #2: Shakeology is not a WHOLE food. False, it actually is. Shakeology is made up of preserved superfoods. It’s essentially comparable to dried juicing. All of the ingredients are dried out at the perfect temperature so as not to kill the nutritional enzymes, but preserves the ingredients so as not to go rancid in your bag.
  • Misconception #3:  Shakeology is too EXPENSIVE. This is most often the objection I hear, but I want you to take a second and think. If you were to eat a healthy meal, how much would it cost you?! On average it’s usually about $3-7. WELL Shakeology actually breaks down to $4.33 a meal and remember with your shake you are REPLACING a meal you are currently eating, PLUS it’s also covering any additional vitamin you may be taking. Now you’re also getting 30 meals at once, so it’s super simple to deduct from your monthly grocery budget to make it work for your family. Also, try to go and purchase all the bonus superfoods in Shakeology at the grocery store and see how much it runs you… you’ll be surprised at how INEXPENSIVE Shakeology is.
  • Misconception #4:  Shakeology is for WEIGHT LOSS. Again not true!! Yes, Shakeology can aid in weight loss, BUT just about anything that will lower your calories will help with weight loss.  Shakeology is about HEALTH. Because your body is getting the nutrients it needs when drinking shakeology, your body will be able to thrive and you’ll find you do have more energy, fewer cravings and just overall feel better. Weight loss is a byproduct of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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When the Best Idea is to Stop Searching

So I say this for a few different reasons. Living in the world today we have so much information at our fingertips 24/7. This is a blessing and a curse at the same time in my opinion.

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When I hear about the newest type of “diet” to be at your best I look it up. I am always thinking what can I do better, eat better, add to my routine to make my life better BUT then I realize that all that information just clutters my head with stuff and adds confusion to my day. In reality, I should just listen to what my body, my mind and my surroundings are telling me to do.

I just tried the Ketogenic way of eating. It had some great points and I totally understand why it works and is great for your body. I tried it for two weeks and am not going to stick with it. I felt great and was not hungry but in real life with my family eating different foods and snacking, it was really hard for me. Plus how are you supposed to completely get rid of sugars and carbs in your day, every day?! I am a chocoholic, if you give me one piece of dark chocolate at night with my tea, I am a happy camper. If you tell me “never again!” I will eat an entire cake, and the ice cream that goes with it.

I think for me and my family the best way to deal with everything in life is to keep it simple. The foods we eat, the household products we use, the belongings we have, the places we go, the entertainment we choose, all of it! Simple choices that make us feel good is the goal!

I am growing a garden this year big enough to feed the neighborhood! I am so excited for that, and cannot wait to sit in the garden and just relax. Weeding and watching the world around me, that makes me happy! To some that may sound like torture, which means you still have to find that simple happy place that is right for you 🙂

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Having that garden also means that our diets will include all sorts of awesome fresh vegetables! This gets my whole family pumped up! Even my 13 year old is excited to try a cucumber that he watched grow right in the front yard, and you can totally taste the freshness! My goal this year to is keep the garden growing year round. I bought a book that will teach me how. I will read it while I am in my garden 🙂

So I basically need to put my phone down, not worry about all of things I could be doing that might be great ideas for me and just do what I know makes me feel awesome 🙂  If you feel the same, write me a comment! I would love to hear where your simple happy place is in your life!