Health & Lifestyle

What’s In Season for August

What's In Season in August

August is a time of year when the fresh fruits and vegetables are at their peak! This is a great time to eat your fill of all the freshness the season has to offer and enjoy all the nutrient rich benefits of a large variety of colorful, fresh food.
I have put together a list for you to pin, share and inspire you!
How would you use some of these? Share with me in the comments and share this post with friends who love good food!

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The Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

Health Benefits of Sweet Cherries

The cherries are in season, so now is a good time to enjoy them, freeze them at their peak to enjoy all winter and to reap the health benefits of this delicious stone fruit!

 

Let’s talk about the benefits of sweet cherries!

 

Some of my favorite benefits of cherries are the compounds that help improve sleep naturally (they contain natural melatonin). If you want the benefit of better sleep, have a serving an hour before bedtime. 

 

Cherries also contain anti-inflammatory properties, and they inhibit oxidative stress. It is always a good idea to eat foods that decrease inflammation in our bodies that can lead to a variety of diseases and health problems, and oxidative stress leads to premature aging and puts you at a higher risk for cancer, neurodegenerative disease and diabetes.

 

The red color of the cherries is from Anthocyanins which are a class of antioxidants that research shows can benefit our bodies in several ways. Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and neuroprotective. Anthocyanins can rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage. The polyphenols in cherries are a boost to heart health and aid in exercise recovery.

 

As with any fruit, stick to reasonable serving sizes.

 

1 Cup of Sweet Cherries has 90 calories, 22 g of carbs and 17 grams of sugars.

 

Sweet Cherries are highly palatable and tasty just as they are. This stone fruit is a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, especially Vitamin C and Potassium. They are wonderful atop a salad, as a snack, chopped up and made into a salsa to go with a meal as a topping, in a breakfast bowl, in a homemade cherry bbq sauce, use them to make homemade popsicles or in broccoli salad. There are so many creative ways to use them as part of a healthy, well balanced diet and the benefits are worth your attention.

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Resistance to Healthy Eating Goals from Family and Friends

 

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Don’t Let Family and Friend’s Resistance of Your Healthy Eating Goals Sabotage You.
I’ve been there. Change is hard no matter what it is. Humans do not like to be uncomfortable, and change disrupts the apple cart.
Psychological analysis of why someone you care about is so upset by what You choose to put in your mouth is written about a lot, but the truth is there is an array of reasons depending on the relationship.
What you eat and how it will make You feel about yourself, your energy, your health, your looks, your vitality, your pain, your future ultimately affects you! 


Food is such a hot button, and it draws the lines between friends and family and cuts loose a slew of judgement and opinions on both sides.


So what are the facts? 


Healthy Eating and choosing foods that support your body and well being will make you:


Less Bloated
Mentally Sharper
More Energetic
Leaner with more Muscle Mass
Create Healthier Cells Going Forward
Give You the best form of Whole Food Nutrients
A Better Chance of Dying of Old Age
Blood Sugar Regulation
Supportive of the Health of the Next Generation through example
Better Mood
Glowing Skin


I’m interested. What have you found to be the biggest challenge socially or with family that keeps you stuck eating food that really doesn’t serve you?

I always love to hear from you!
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Sandra Shields, Health Coach

Today is National Bath Day, Benefits of a Bath

Today is National Bath Day!
There are plenty of reasons to take a bath instead of a shower, and with Posh cleaner beauty products you can indulge yourself with scents that fit your own personal preference. It’s a great feeling to choose your own customized bath essentials and have them on hand for bath days!
Here are eight proven benefits of a bath! I personally don’t need these to motivate me, but it sure is nice to know all the health benefits!

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  1. Improves Heart Health with warm, not too hot, water. (consult a doctor if you have a heart condition)
  2. Helps you breathe easier
  3. Reduces Pain and Inflammation and Calms your Nervous System
  4. Improves Digestion
  5. Helps in the Early Stages of Labor
  6. Increases Blood Flow
  7. Cleanses and Moisturizes Skin, Hair and Eyes
  8. Helps you sleep better
If you like a bath bomb in your bath, Perfectly Posh has 3 Different Fizi 6 packs to choose from: Energizing, Calming or Nourishing.
If you are more of a bath salts person, you can choose from Four: Bubble Up, Muscle Through, Sleepy Sleep or Cold on Hold…
and there are many different lotions, scrubs, body serums and butters to choose from, based on which scents and consistencies appeal to you, after a bath!
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If you are interested in the Perfectly Posh bath products I mentioned, I am a consultant for them, and you can view and shop here:
Also, if you are interested in becoming a consultant for Perfectly Posh and representing cleaner skin and body care products that are fun, lovely and effective cleaner beauty choices, contact me and I would be happy to talk to you about why I love being part of Perfectly Posh!
Have a beautiful day!

Hello June!

Well, Hello June!

This is a month that has so much going for it. The month of graduations, vacations, school ending, wedding season, and blooms and greenery abound! June escorts Summer in. I am quite fond on June!

It is a time of year when there are so many fresh, light and juicy whole food options to choose from. We can take care of our bodies and skin from the inside out. Choose great nutrient dense food to make your skin glow and give you long term energy, then choose the right products for your skin to protect it and keep it fresh.

Here is a roundup of nutrient rich recipes to give you that glow from the inside out, and then further below, my Summer skin care routine!

Good Morning Gorgeous! Smoothie Bowl

Kale Kiwi Green Smoothie

Zucchini Tomato Quiche

Paleo Energy Bars

Chesapeake Crab Cakes

Greek Salad with Grilled Skewered Salmon

Lemon Baked Cod with Cucumber Plum Salsa

Tuna Avocado Egg Wraps with Gremolata and Aioli

Delicate Butter Lettuce Salad with Raspberries, Orange and Almonds

Mango Cashew Chicken Salad

Mermaid Vibes Salad

Blackberry Phyto Blast Salad

Fresh Peach Salsa

Avocado Fries and Dip

Lacinato Kale with Garlic and Almonds

Quick Sauteed Beet Greens with Pecans

Mango Banana Blender Ice Cream

Raw Blueberry Energy Bars

Your skin changes with the seasons, so it’s always a good idea to revamp and address your skin care when you enter a different time of year.

This is what I am using for the Summer. It is ultra nourishing! Never Grow Up is from the Look Natural line of Perfectly Posh.

I feel like this serum is a blast of vitamins for my face! There are so many nutrients in it, and it is lightweight, so it soaks in quickly. This is what a great serum should do! Then I apply Never Grow Up Face Creme after giving the serum a minute or two to soak in. Apply your serum before moisturizer and/or sunscreen. Sunscreen is a must for Summer, and year round is the best.  For my eyes, I am using Prize on the Eyes, and I love Bare It All Micellar Tonic which is a three in one makeup remover, cleanser and moisturizer. I especially like to use it as a toner at the end of the day, so if I miss any traces of makeup, it helps me out, plus adds softness.

So there you have it! Some great tools to start your June off on the right foot! Have a fun and safe month! Do some things you love, and make some of these recipes to keep yourself nourished and feeling your best so you can embrace the season!

*This post has affiliate links in it. I am a Perfectly Posh Consultant which is a naturally based company with some wonderful products to pamper yourself and take care of your skin without parabens, sls, and other unnatural ingredients. Thank you for visiting my blog! It means a lot to me! 🙂

 

 

 

 

DIY Whipped Honey & Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

Whipped Honey and Coconut Oil Facial Cleanser

You can make a gentle cleansing wash for your face that even removes makeup and is good for the most sensitive of skin with just a few ingredients in your kitchen.

Coconut oil is antibacterial, contains vitamin E and nourishing fatty acids and melts away dirt and makeup.

Manuka Honey is used in hospitals for wound care, is naturally healing for the skin and reduces inflammation, redness and irritation.

Avocado Oil also has beneficial properties for the skin including Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamins . It also has sterolins which can boost collagen production and keep your skin supple and soft.

Optional beneficial additions to this face wash recipe is:

Lavender Essential Oil – Acne, Dry Skin, Wrinkles

Frankincense Essential Oil – Large Pores, Lifts and Tightens

Ylang, Ylang Essential Oil – If your skin is irritated or red

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

2 Tablespoons of Manuka Honey (I used this K-16 Factor)

1 Tablespoon of Avocado Oil

Optional Essential Oils:

1 drop of Lavender

1 drop of Ylang Ylang

1 drop of Frankincense

You can use the oils interchangeably or 3 drops of just one kind.

Directions:

Whip the Coconut Oil with a hand held mixer in a bowl for one minute. Then, add in the Manuka Honey and Avocado Oil. Beat until nice and creamy. Finally add in the essential oils if you choose and blend.

Store the face wash in a glass jar.

To Use: Scoop out about a half tablespoon of the face wash and massage it into your face in circular motions to cleanse. Rinse with warm water. Pat your face dry gently. Follow with Serum and Moisturizer.

I recommend this natural serum and facial moisturizer as part of your skin care routine that is full of vitamins and has no artificial fragrances

Never Grow Up Serum and Moisturizer

Never Grwo Up Serum

Never Grow Up Face Creme

Enjoy this wash recipe!

 

Never Grow Up, Well Your Face Anyway!

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What is there to love about Never Grow Up Hydrating Face Creme? Let me tell you why I like it and what’s in it.

Never Grow Up is made up of a hydrating blend of coconut water, shea butter and olive oil (a beauty secret known about by Italian women for years).

That is the base. Into this lovely, nourishing skin creme is added tons of botanical extracts and vitamins that benefit your skin and are anti-aging, brightening and evening of skin tone.
There are no fillers, no petroleum, and no parabens. You won’t find these in Posh products.

This cream has a light natural coconut and vanilla scent! It is a delicious treat for your face, and is part of the Look Natural line! There is also a Never Grow Up Serum!

Here’s to a lovely Monday!

You can find Never Grow Up here where I am a consultant:

https://sandrashields.po.sh

I appreciate you! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or need any help choosing the right products for You.

Also, my VIP Facebook private group is over here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1896152437381796/

Sandra Shields, Health Coach

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