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6 Exercises You Can Do Anywhere Using A Resistance Band

Vacation season is among us and that means busy schedules and travel leaving us out of our usual exercise routines. Don’t give up on your fitness goals and don’t get stuck inside at the gym at the hotel. Grab a resistance band that packs away easily in your bag and work up a little sweat in the sunshine!

Bicep Curls

Squats

Shoulder Press

Rear Shoulder Pull

Leg Press

Row

Resistance bands don’t take up much space and can provide a great work out any where you are. Pick up the right weighted one for you, I started with a lightweight one with several repetitions. I picked mine up from ProSource, they have a great selection and great prices.

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Photo Credit: Anthony Machcinski. Check out more of his work here – Photos by Anthony Machcinski. His work is beautiful and each photo has a story behind it.

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12 Benefits of the Sweet Summer Melon Cantaloupe

Who doesn’t love some delicious, sweet melons? Especially on a hot summer day! This has to be one of my favorite things about summertime! 

1.) They have a high water content which provides a refreshing treat.

2.) Cantaloupes contain Vitamin C which is important for a healthy immune system.

3.) Because of their great amounts of fiber, Vitamin C and choline they help support a healthy heart.

4.) Cantaloupes have nutrients that help prevent cancer.

5.) The beta-carotene found in cantaloupes helps aid in healthy skin.

6.) They are a good source of potassium.

7.) The nutrients found in cantaloupes have anti-inflammatory properties.

8.) The high fiber content aids in digestion.

9.) Cantaloupes contain carotenoids which help maintain healthy eyes.

10.) Studies have shown that nutrients found in cantaloupes can improve insulin metabolism.

11.) They help maintain kidney health.

12.) Cantaloupes provide a natural energy boost.

 * Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

12 Powerful Ways Meditation Benefits You

Meditation quiets the mind, opens the heart, and lets the soul speak. It is a place where we can find answers, heal our hearts, souls and minds, and a place where we can find peace away from the chaos of our worlds. 

12 Ways You Benefit from Meditation:

– Helps you with focus and awareness.

– Helps you manage stress and anxiety.

– Increases your energy levels.

– Clears you mind.

– Teaches  patience, discipline, and self-control.

– Can increase your creativity.

– Improves sleep.

– Makes you happier.

– Teaches you how to control your breath.

– Helps you manage pain better.

– Increases self-discovery and self-awareness.

– It strengthens your senses.

Meditation can come in many forms. 

12 Ways I Meditate:

-Sitting still for moments and focusing on only my breath-

-During Yoga-

-Art Journaling-

-Earthing-

-Laying with my crystals placed and listening to meditation music-

-Singing along to my favorite songs-

-Moon Bathing-

-Coloring Mandalas-

-Laying in the grass looking at the sky-

-Guided Meditation Series-

-Mountain Pose in the shower-

-Painting-

14 Reasons You Should Be Going Bananas Every Week

Bananas are an quick and easy go-to snack or addition…I love some in a bowl of cereal! 

Bananas fall onto the Power Foods list for many many reasons:

  • Most commonly known for being high in Potassium –
    • essential for good heart health
    • helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels
    • Potassium also helps you be more mentally alert
  • A great source of fiber (about 3grams per medium banana)
    • helps aid and regulate digestion
  • A calcium rich fruit
  • Low in sodium
  • Low Fat
    • Bananas do contain a type of fat called sterols though, which helps keep blood cholesterol levels controlled by blocking the absorption of dietary cholesterol
  • High in vitamin B-6
    • helps in the production of white blood cells
    • strengthens the nervous system
    • studies have shown it to help in protecting against Type 2 Diabetes
    • helps reduce swelling
    • Aids in weight loss
  • They are high in antioxidants
  • Bananas are high in pectin
    • Pectin helps with digestion and gently removes toxins and heavy metals from the body
  • Contains high levels of trytophan which converts to serotonin (the happy good feeling chemical in our brain)
  • Are high in magnesium
  • Higher in sugar with approx 14-15 grams of sugar per medium banana, but the sugars are of low glycemic value.
  • Contain fructooligosaccharides which act as a natural prebiotic
    • helps maintain good bacteria in our lower intestines
    • supports overall digestive health
  • Are a natural antacid
  • They help restore electrolytes to the body

So to sum it up they are a yummy treat that helps keep your gut healthy, your sugars in check, and give you energy!

Here’s my Grandmother’s Banana Bread Recipe for you to try too : Throwback Thursday Recipe Post – Grandma’s Banana Bread

 

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

9 Reasons I Am In Love With Avocados

With warmer weather in the forecast, Spring finally here, I have been starting to crave those tropical feeling foods. When I was younger, I wouldn’t touch an avocado, fast forward to today and they are one of my favorite foods. Packed with super benefits, tasty, and a great combo to most dishes, avocados have become a staple in my diet.

Avocados are considered a SuperFood because of how high they are in nutrients and studies continue to find new health benefits of it.

Avocados are:

  1. High in healthy fats
  2. Contain no Cholesterol or Sodium
  3. Low in Saturated Fats
  4. High in Fiber
  5. High in Nutrients – Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Potassium (contains more than in a Banana)
  6. Also contain Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), and B3 (Niacin)
  7. Shown to help lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels
  8. High in antioxidants
  9. Some studies show it has anti-swelling properties that can help reduce symptoms of arthritis
  • Avocados are a great addition to salads
  • Make for a great toast
  • Can be an uplifting snack
  • And…well um guac…yum! 

Recipes to Try:

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Avocado Mozza Puffs

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

4 Reasons Salmon is a Top Pick for Dinner

The first fish I ate… Salmon…considered a brain food (oh that’s why I’m so smart!) 

  1. Is a great source of high-quality protein
  2. Contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids which have been proven to protect heart health, lower risk for stroke, improve blood lipid patterns and blood vessel function, and help reduce symptoms of immune and inflammatory disorders
  3. High in Vitamins A, B, B6, D, and Vitamin E (which is a powerful antioxidant)
  4. Also contains Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Phosphorus

Want a quick, tasty and healthy dinner? Check out my Low Cal, Healthy but still Tasty Salmon Recipe!

 

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

6 Sweet, Healthy Benefits of Strawberries

The wonderful red, juicy fruit – the strawberry.

Not only a great sweet treat to beat those cravings but packed with wonderful nutrients. 

A simple, sweet treat recipe:

Ingredients:

– Package of Sugar Free Strawberry Jello

– Fat Free Whipped Cream

– Sliced Strawberries

1.) Prepare jello as directed on box.

2.) Place sliced strawberries in jello mix in bowl.

3.) Allow jello to set as instructed on box.

4.) Scoop into serving dishes and top with whipped cream.

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

13 Health Benefits of the Juicy Grapefruit

A little sweet a little tart, an in between citrus fruit. This fruit is power-packed with healthy goodness!

 

– Super packed with Vitamin C and A!!!

– Boosts the immune system

– Good for the eyes and skin

– Can improve your mood

– Helps maintain a healthy heart

– Assists in healthy bone growth

– Helps beat kidney stones.

– Grapefruit is a natural fat burner and boosts metabolism!

– It’s hydrating! Grapefruits are made up of about 9% water and are packed with electrolytes!

– They’re high in antioxidants!

– Helps reduce cholesterol.

– They’re low in calories!

– May lower the risk of stroke.

Incorporate them into your diet by:

– Layer with avocado spread on whole grain toast with some sea salt sprinkled over.

– Make grapefruit and yogurt popsicles.

– Squeeze your own fresh grapefruit juice.

– Toss them on top of a salad.

– Toss with sliced strawberries, grapes, bananas and sunflower seeds for a simple fruit salad.

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research. 

14 Lovely Health Benefits of the Aphrodisiac Oysters

Oysters are notorious for being a natural aphrodisiac, so much that they lose some of their clout for being a powerful health food. Get your romance on and stay healthy with this wonderful treat. 

1. Boosts metabolic activity.

2. Helps lower cholesterol levels.

3. High in antioxidants.

4. High in protein.

5. Energy boosting.

6. Promotes healthy skin.

7. Mood boosting.

8. Improves brain function.

9. Good for the eyes.

10. Promotes blood circulation.

11. Beneficial for healing wounds.

12. Helps prevent osteoporosis.

13. Strengthens immune system.

 14. Improves heart health. 

Get Cooking with these Oyster Recipes from Food Network.

* Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a medical professional. These are healthy suggestions based solely on personal experiences, personal opinions, and light research.