Healthy Living and Immunity

Howdy,

Are you ready for winter?  I personally love the winter months, but nobody enjoys the sniffles or the flu!  We have learned ways to add healthy living to our everyday life by foods that you can add or omit in your kitchen.  Come join us as we share what has worked for us to build our immune system and to stop the cycle of the Winter Blues!  Enjoy the chilly air with a warm cup of tea and come join our community on Friday, December 2 at 6:30 pm at La Madeline at Lakeline.   We will open a FB event to share our notes, but don’t miss our live event!  RSVP by Wed, Nov 30, Bring a Friend, and Bring a Healthy Holiday Recipe to share and earn 3 entries in our free raffle!  Make a Juice Plus purchase at the event and earn a free gift from our team!  Let me know, if you want an invite.

Jennifer Hayes

850-375-4115

https://www.facebook.com/events/176196496178867/?ti=icl

 

Warm the Soul with Homemade Soup

Our children have a love for soup, which is sad when you are gluten and dairy free. It seems impossible to find soup in restaurants that are both gluten and dairy free.  My kids fell in love with Jason’s Deli Tomato Basil Soup, but when we tested our little Dillon for food allergies and couldn’t feed him dairy, his little heart was broken.  This soup was a creation to replace the one he loved.

I updated my own recipe and you could of course sub the coconut milk with raw milk.  I hope you enjoy!

Tomato Basil Soup

Recipes and Events for the Holidays!

Preparing for the Holidays?  Preparing for the Holidays for my family means having recipes that won’t derail our lifestyle.  We are facing another holiday season with yet another allergy that is common in holiday baking – eggs.  EEEK!!  My kids are so excited when they are invited to a party or a play date, but making sure that we have safe foods for our family means I need to be prepared.  I created and added a few new recipes to my page to share with you.  Carrot Spice Cake balls were a treat that was created, because our family was invited to a birthday party!  Vegetable Curry was a result of me craving more veggies and less bison, as much as our family loves that!  I also added the Coconut Ice Cream Recipe that was served at our last event!   I hope your family enjoys these as much as we do!

Be on the look out for upcoming events.  We are hosting Winter Blues, Healthy Baking for the Holidays, Wine and Wellness, and Thankful for Health and Wellness.  Winter Blues will be focused on filling your arsenal with essentials to boost your families’ immune system.  Healthy Baking is hosting our guest speaker, Karen Morgan, Owner of Blackbird Bakery.  She will demo her favorite healthy/allergy friendly recipes and will be bringing her favorite blends Buy 2 Get 1 FREE at the event only!  Wine and Wellness will be a night of relaxing and sharing simple ways to relax in your home with safe beauty and health products!  Thankful for Health and Wellness I will be speaking at Dr. Jeannique Norbet’s Chiropractic Customer Appreciation Event and sharing my story, treats and healthy living gifts.

This fall I’m inviting you to come to one or all of our live events!  I will have our Fall Incentives at the live events.  Buy a Juice Plus Capsule for yourself and get a free $40-50 Beauty Counter and Essentials Products of your choosing!  First come first serve.  15 free gifts are remaining.

Contact me, if you would like more information about any of our events.

Thanks for reading!

 

Jennifer Hayes

850-375-4115 Cell

Healthy Baking for the Holidays

Do you feel like healthy eating and the sincerest intentions begin with the new year only to be derailed as the year grows older?  How about the Holidays?  With so many socials, parties, holiday events coming up, I thought it was important to address the difference between a “diet” and a “lifestyle”.

First, knowing your reason for choosing the foods you eat is the crux of any healthy lifestyle.  I believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.” (I Cor. 6:19).

What does it mean to honor our bodies?  I believe that what we ingest and what we put on our bodies do have a physical impact on your health.  In the case of my family and myself, there are foods that destroy the lining of our gut.  I began our search for a healthy diet many years prior to our physical diagnosis, but permanently letting go of first gluten, then processed dairy, eggs, artificial dyes, processed sugar, etc, have each been a spiritual growth for me.  I had to choose if I was going to be angry and wallow in self-pity or to accept this body God gave me and be thankful for the variety of foods He has created.  It was easy for me to say “no” to myself, but saying “no” to my children was a much bigger challenge and continues to be.  If you want to explore a greater depth to your own perspective, I encourage you to read “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst.

If you have come along on your journey and have decided that removing foods that God never designed us to eat in the first place is a “lifestyle” and not just a temporary “diet,”  you might find yourself in a hard place when social events or holidays come into place.  Not only do you have to plan for your family, but sometimes it is imposing on family and friends.  In order for our family to eliminate so many foods, we either don’t participate in events, I bring my own food or the hosts accommodates our family’s needs.  This can bring challenges to relationships.  I have not always been successful in showing my gratitude to gracious hosts/hostesses.  God continues to stretch me.

Lastly, I’m writing this to share with you that God’s food doesn’t have to taste poorly. I continue to stretch my own experience in the kitchen to find healthy desserts that use God’s natural sugars (ie honey, maple syrup, raw cane sugar).  We will be hosting a Healthy Baking for the Holidays Event in November to share recipes and to inspire you to try something new!  Let this be a lifestyle and hang onto your own limitations trusting that God has a reason to use you as an inspiration for someone else.

Upcoming Dinner Event: Essentials to Gut Health

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So what is the big deal about Gut Health? Did you know that Gut health can impact your skin/hair health, energy, absorption of nutrients, weight loss, hormones, sleep patterns, mood swings, youth, vitality and so much more?

Many of us have discussed the importance of a healthy gut, but we will share recipes that can help improve your lifestyle while addressing how you can make simple changes to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

We will be sharing information on prebiotic and probiotic foods, learning how to shop in a world of confusing lables, and learning techniques to add whole foods to our diets.

Menu:

  • Kombucha
  • Pulled BBQ Bison Served on Gluten Free Bread and Cucumbers
  • Curry Bison and Vegetables Served with Rice
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Cauliflower
  • Bone Broth
  • Frozen Coconut Ice Cream

    Cost: $25 per person or bring a friend and pay $40. This is an open guest list, but will need prior RSVP and payment through paypal. You can pay via my cell phone: 850-375-4115.

    We will have a free raffle. I will share gate code specifics when you RSVP.  Please Click Here for Facebook Event.

Sea Salt or Table Salt?

Let me just say that I personally can vouch for what happens when you become Hyponatremia or commonly referred to water intoxication.  We have heard for years the negative effects of “table salt” and have been encouraged to drink more water.  I’m all for drinking water, but because I read an article on water intoxication about 15 years ago may have saved my life.

Let me take you back to my personal story, 12 years ago.  My husband and I went to Jackson, WY to backpack the mountains for a few days. We packed our food, tent, clothes, etc.  I was a newbie to say the least and didn’t understand the importance of proper electrolyte balance.  After a couple of days of only drinking water and hiking/sweating, my body slowly started depleting the sodium balance.  I started to begin noticing fatigue (which you might accredit the pack and hiking as I did), but there was more to just the normal fatigue.  I went into a mental fog and stumbled and fell a couple of times.  It started to drizzle, then rain and then more rain and I was becoming more and more disoriented.

We finally made camp and my hubby quickly assembled our tent in pouring down rain.  EVERYTHING we were carrying was soaking wet.  By now, I’m freezing and really disoriented and confused.  Shortly after setting up tent, I tried to eat some food, which I quickly threw up.  I began to go into muscular convulsions, contracting all of my core for about 30 seconds and then stop.  I would cycle through this “convulsing/muscular contractions” every 5 minutes or so.  This went on for about an hour, when I started to worry that the night was coming upon us and I was not able to walk, eat or sleep. I kept thinking I’m depleted in fluids and need to drink more water.  Every time I drank, I vomited more.  This became so severe, that my husband really thought I was going to die.  At some point, I was worried myself, but was more worried about the point it would travel to my brain that I wouldn’t know what was going on.  I started to categorize the articles in my mind of foods, water, electrolyte imbalance and I remembered reading an article about the symptoms of water intoxication.  I quickly dug through my pack and found a packet of Gatorade powder and dump the packet in my mouth without water.  I instantly stopped the muscle convulsions and slept for 6 hours solid.

All that to say, it is important to remember that electrolyte imbalances can be life threatening.  I’m not a personal fan of Gatorade, but finding a good source of electrolytes is important.  Himalayan Sea Salt is one of them.  There are many homemade electrolyte drinks that you can make for your family as well.

I go back to baseball days where we snacked on sunflower seeds and lemonade.  You might want to consider thinking of what is actually in the sports drinks before you think they are a healthy option for your family.  Making your own, replacing table salt with Himalayan Salt, adding more whole fruit is something I would highly encourage.

My favorite drink is Cherry Water or Strawberry Lemon Water in my recipes.

 

Is Bison Meat the Newer, Healthier Beef?

Dr. Axe wrote a great article on the reasons of why Bison is great! Is Bison Meat the Newer, Healthier Beef?

Here are some additional charts to compare bison to other types of meat.  I always look for 100 percent grass fed labels, if you are limited to choosing bison in a market. Ideally, find a rancher that you trust and know their methodology.  If you are looking for more information about wholesale bison, feel free to contact me.

To find recipes on cooking bison, follow the recipe link.  Always remember that the leaner the meat is, the tougher it maybe.  Tenderizing Bison is key to great tasting steaks.  100 percent grass fed does taste better than a grain fed meat, but often still requires marinating with red wine or your preferred alcohol or apple cider vinegar.  Longer cooking time with lower temperature (200-250 degrees) is ideal in cooking a bison stew, pulled bison, or roasts.

Bison Comparison Chart

EWG – Environmental Work Group

Why do I support the EWG?  They are a third party group that rates personal products, household toxins, foods, etc and rate the toxicity level every item.  I have spent years looking for safe and effective products for my family trying to reduce neurotoxins and allergens that we are exposed to.  The EWG is a wealth of knowledge and has rated these products already.  I would love to discuss with you further the products are family loves.  Beauty Counter entire product line has a rating of 0-2, which is ideal and has provided safe and effective products.  EWG also has a Healthy Living App that will scan products in the store to make your next shopping trip more effective!

EWG and Personal Products

Sugar and the Dangers

This is a great article to why it is important to teach your children about sugar.  Sugar is lurking behind many labels with dozens of different names.  It is true that there are healthier alternatives to sugar and the rawest form is critical. Furthermore, our country is over inundated with sugar and it is time to think about the impacts it is having on our health: obesity, behavior, diabetes, sleeping patters, just to name a few.  This is a great read!

Teach your Children about Sugar

Bison or Beef

I’ve been often asked the difference between Bison or Beef and why we choose Bison.  I look at many factors when choosing meat for my family.  First, Bison is less processed and handled than beef on a average basis.  Second, Bison is also higher in protein with lower fat content.  Third, it is also important to find a “100 percent grass-fed” bison and not just “grass-fed”.  Legally, a rancher has the last 90 days prior to slaughter to move a grass-fed bison to a feedlot unless the label reads 100 percent grass-fed.  The grain feeding will fatten a buffalo and provide more profit, but will decrease the quality of meat.  Fourth, Bison should not be pumped with steroids and hormones.  If the bison are treated as wild game and raised to eat the way God intended them to eat, this is a healthier choice for our family.

We buy are bison as a complete animal and process and store throughout the year.  If you would like to order buffalo or sample cuts, we can point you in the right direction.  Send me an email or text with your information and I will follow up with you.

 

Bison or Beef