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How to be an Inspiration

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The word inspiration is defined by something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what you do or create. As a Christian when I think about inspiration my first thought is about Christ. That is my source of inspiration. The price he paid so that our sins can be forgiven is something that makes me want to strive everyday to do and live better. But what about us? Can we also serve as a form of inspiration to others?

Absolutely!

If God is love then we most certainly can share and spread that love. For starters being an inspiration a lot of times is more about your actions than your words. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. How many times have you heard the word hypocrite being thrown around whenever someone’s actions didn’t line up with what they had to say.

If you are a believer in Christ then you are a walking reflection of him.

Share from your own experience. Your personal triumphs can inspire others to take action. I have learned some valuable lessons over the years. The main thing is that the only real security comes from God above. Not people or material goods. The things of this world are only temporary. The purpose of this platform was to share my experiences in the hope of inspiring others. The same goes for you. You may be the only one that can touch someone with your inspiring message. We all have a unique story to tell.

 

Being vulnerable is a big key to sharing your story. I’ve talked to so many people who have lived an incredible life and have great life experiences but don’t want to share them for fear of what other might think. I understand completely what that feels like because I once shared those same fears and anxieties before I started this blog. I was worried and scared about how others might view me. But you know what? I’m glad I decided to go against my fears because in a short amount of time I have been able to inspire others 🙂

Most of all be caring! I talked about sharing the love of God which means having compassion in your heart for those around you.

Let me end this post with some of my favorite inspirational quotes and scriptures.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope- Romans 15:13

 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for- Jeremiah 29:11

 

Truly truly, I say to you whoever believes has eternal life- John 6:47

 

If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it change your attitude– Maya Angelou

 

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.- Oprah Winfrey

 

In every crisis there is a message. Crises are nature’s way of forcing change- breaking down old structures, shaking loose negative habits so that something new and better can take their place- Susan L. Taylor

 

God bless you all!

 

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The Dirty Dozen Organic or Not

Blog, Health

The term organic is becoming widely more mainstream as now even stores like Walmart are providing more organic options. I recommend buying from farmers markets or local farmers more often than not but if you must shop at your local grocery store try and buy organic whenever possible. Organic food contain less pesticides and other non-natural substances especially GMO(genetically modified). One of the main issues I find when speaking to people about clean eating is the fact that eating healthy costs more. Yes organic food can be a tad more pricey than regular but you also have to consider your health not just the price. There are ways to avoid the hefty price tag but still get the best bang for your buck. The below lists fruits & veggies that should be organic and also a list that is okay to buy standard.

 

 

Dirty Dozen

Apples

Bell Peppers

Celery

Nectarines

Strawberries

Cherries

Kale

Lettuce

Grapes

Carrots

Pears

Peaches

 

Clean 15

Avocado

Sweet Corn

Pineapple

Mango

Asparagus

Sweet Peas

Kiwi

Cabbage

Eggplant

Papaya

Watermelon

Broccoli

Tomato

Sweet Potato

Onions

 

 

God Bless you all and cheers to your journey to health!

 

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Make Your Own Vitamin Infused Water

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Infusing water with fruits and herbs creates a wonderful drink filled with flavor and nutrients. These are great to make all year round. This is also a perfect way to get kids to drink more water. Infusing water simple involves steeping fruits, veggies, and or herbs until all the flavors blend together.
 
 
I love drinking infused water after a workout or during the warmer months to hydrate my body. Plus they are incredible easy to make , so why not try it! Watch the below video to learn how I make my fruit infused water. 
 
 
MY FAVORITE BLENDS:
Cucumber & mint
Apple & cinnamon sticks
Kiwi, Raspberry, Peach
Cucumber, Lime, Lemon
White Peaches & Apples
Strawberry, Blackberries, Blueberries, Mint
Strawberry & Orange
Pineapples, Papayas, Lemons, Sage Leaves
Blueberries & Pomegranate Seeds 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lemon-Honey Sugar Scrub

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This is a great all natural sugar scrub featuring my favorite type of sugar to eat and use in my natural beauty treatments….Coconut Sugar! Coconut Sugar is gentle enough for a facial scrub and also contains great antioxidants. The raw honey contained in this recipe is great for those who suffer from acne as it is antibacterial. I also add in a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil because it helps fade dark spots and even the skin complexion.

10 Essential Healthy Living Tips

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Eating healthy and staying that way can be a bit of a challenge especially if you are a beginner. The following are some tips that I’ve learned along the way in my journey to better health. I hope you will find these helpful.

 

 

Drink More Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated. So be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of spring of mineral water. Eat lots of water rich fruits and vegetables as they are a good source of hydration because the water in plant cells are better absorbed by the body. Your body is 70% water so drinking more will help flush toxins from the body.

 

Don’t Skip Meals

Skipping meals throws off your metabolism aiding in fat and weight gain. Always eat when you are hungry especially breakfast. Studies show that eating a complete breakfast with essential healthy nutrients helps you concentrate regulates your blood sugar, giving you energy throughout the day. Don’t be fooled to thinking that by not eating you are losing weight because your body will actually hold on to the fat as storage instead of eliminating it.

 

Don’t Eat Fried Foods

Bake, broil, or grill foods and make sure your meats don’t burn. Burning meat and oils cooked at extreme high temperatures creates trans-fat which in turn leads to higher cholesterol and increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes.

 

Avoid Crash Diets

Put simply diets don’t work as most people gain the weight right back. All of these diet crazes can actually damage your health and good looks. Instead focus on maintain healthy eating as a lifestyle. I follow the 80/20 rule. Eat good whole foods at least 80% or more of the time, while occasionally allowing for snacks or sweet treat meals.

 

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibers to help support all functions of the body. Colorful fruits and veggies provide more antioxidants than pale-colored ones. Try to eat at least two different vegetables with lunch and dinner every day.

 

Stay away from Hydrogenated Fats

Hydrogenated fats may increase free radicals in the body. Instead add healthy oils rich in anti-inflammatory omega-6 essential fatty acids to your diet and eliminate all processed fats and oils from your meals. Good options for cooking are olive oil, grapeseed, and coconut oil as a replacement for butter.

 

 

Eat More Fiber

Roughage from fiber rich foods is crucial for healthy complexion and a flat tummy. Fiber binds to toxins and helps eliminate them from the body before they can harm your vital organs. This also takes the stress off your liver which is the main organ for detoxification. Try adding food like oatmeal, dried beans, peas, carrots, broccoli, artichokes, apples, oranges and whole grains.

 

Cut down on Sugar

Sugar speeds up the aging process and also leads to more fat storage and weight gain. Replace sugar with stevia or raw honey. Replace simple carbs with complex carbs. Beware of “diet drinks” as they are not a healthy option either. They are loaded with artificial sweeteners that can disrupt your health. Dilute fruit juices as well as they can contain added sugars.

 

Avoid heavily Processed foods

Foods that say “enriched”, most frozen, canned, or boxed foods. These are filled with stabilizers, preservatives, and other synthetic junk. The damage it does on your healthy and weight are enormous. A good rule is to eat less of anything with a “shelf life”. Even though they can last longer on the shelf doesn’t mean that they are beneficial to your body.

 

Don’t Get Discouraged

It can be a little intimidating to change your eating habits so don’t feel like you have to make this change overnight. Start by slowly eliminating the bad food from your diet and replacing them with beneficial options. Be kind to yourself. Eating healthy will not become a habit if you look at it as a burden. Your body will thank you!

 

 

 

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