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Only 2 days ago, I was severely sick. I was up all hours of the night vomiting, having night sweats and total body aches. It was so bad! I rarely ever get sick, the last time I remember being sick was a little over a year ago. I think that had more to do with my immune system being vulnerable due to being so sleep-deprived from having a baby. This time, having my toddler puke in my bed at 12 midnight may have had something to do with it…yuck! Today, I am back and feeling strong, thanks to a no sugar, low carb eating plan.
Disease feeds off of sugar and I believe, from personal experience, if you remove the sugars (including fruit sugars) you can kill the viruses. This applies to most viruses. There has been a lot of talk lately about the healing powers of a ketogenic diet in regards to fighting cancer. Thank goodness, I haven’t dealt with anything close to cancer. I also don’t want to minimize the effects of cancer. I feel true sadness for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. I am happy to say, I don’t rely on the flu shot to ward off the flu, I pay strict attention to what I put in my body, including medications.
For medications, I always go with holistic treatments first. As I become more educated on health, I have become more trusting in holistic health care before mainstream Doctors. I view holistic healthcare as preventative medicine, while western Doctors are more about disease management. Very similar reasons as to why I chose Midwives over Doctors. I appreciate the natural method above man-made anything. I don’t want to take a chance with my health and advise all to do your own research instead of taking advice from anyone…even those wearing a white coat. Yay, to feeling healthy in only 2 days!
I love Basis habits game! I really enjoy picking my goals/ habits based on areas I choose to improve, not some general goal of reaching 10, 000 steps a day. As a fitness professional and mother of 2, my goals vary week-to-week.
Goals I’ve chosen:
- Wear it- habit to wear the Basis Band more each day.
- Get more sleep- as a mother of 2, this is a goal based on group effort
- Move it- I knew I would accomplish this goal merely chasing after my 2 kids.
- Don’t be a sitter- I loved seeing how long I sit for at one time…not very long with all the demands of motherhood
- Morning lap- this is the habit that keeps me motivated to create time in the morning for my mommy hour of intense workouts, either weight-training, running, or Yoga.
I really like how Basis habits are fun and easy to understand. When I click on the habit, I receive more specific data, like how many minutes in each zone, how many calories burned, how many steps taken, how many hours I slept and of course the crème de la crème, heart rate.
The best part of having the Basis Band on my wrist is feeling empowered to create a healthier life, like I’m truly in control of creating a healthier me. I feel more in-tune with myself overall and more connected with my mind and body. The data will also be very useful to give realtime feedback to any health professional in the future.
Stay tuned for more updates soon
So happy to own my very own Basis Band. Now I can track my lifestyle and improve areas of my life I was otherwise clueless about. As a mother of 2, and a fitness professional, I am excited to know more on my overall lifestyle habits, especially sleep. I will be blogging soon with updates on my experience using the Basis Band so stay tuned!
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Step 5: Swing the bell up so your arms are in-line with the shoulders. Allow the kettlebell to gain momentum gradually rather than forcing it with your arms.
Step 6: Squat to slow the bell. When you are finished with your set, stop the swinging of the bell by absorbing the momentum of the downswing with your legs. Do this by squatting without reversing direction into the hip thrust. Place the kettlebell on the floor.
*All the work is coming from the hip thrusts and not your arms.
Watch video demo here.
A great piece of equipment to have at home is the popular kettlebell. This space-saving piece of workout equipment allows you to perform multiple exercises to target various areas of your body. One of my favorite kettlebell moves is the swing.
Step 1: Hold the kettlebell with two hands. The bell should be resting in front of your hips, at arm’s length.
Step 2: Take an athletic stance. Your feet should be a few inches wider than your shoulders.
Step 3: Squat to start the kettlebell moving. Squat just low enough to start the bell swinging. Keep your head up and your eyes focused straight ahead. Keep your lower back arched, abs engaged, and push your hips back to initiate the squat.
Step 4: Thrust your hips forward to swing the kettlebell up. Your chest should stay up throughout the swing. You are not using the strength of your arms to lift the bell. Keep your arms relaxed and allow the kettlebell to swing.
Healthy mama= happy mama! When we make time to invest in our own health, we feel so much better inside/out. Mothers are the hardest working people on the planet so it is crucial to give back to one’s self through proper nutrition and exercise. I make sure to cover my basis in all areas of health and wellness. When you give back to yourself, you have more to give to your children and family. Here’s to The Future of Health Now!
p.s. The fabulous photographer was my 7-year-old daughter, who also gave great pose suggestions
This past weekend, I attended a very inspiring conference, SUPERHERO YOU! I had the opportunity to learn from incredible speakers who are definitely game-changers in the world of limitless possibilities. As an added bonus, the attendees were very knowledgable people in all things health and wellness. Feeling ready to live as SuperHero ME!
Jim Kwik, the man behind this amazing conference. Thanks to Jim, I can now read twice as fast
Peter Diamandis is a powerful leader. He is passionate about changing the world’s greatest challenges. Talk about inspiring!
Sekou Andrews, genius spoken word Poet. Reveling the power of words!
Glenn Morshower, reminding us to add more fun into life. A funny man indeed
Want to change your life? Start with your brain. Dr. Amen is the man with the master plan
Tana Amen, the woman behind the man…or beside the man This health rockstar is the wife to Dr. Amen and the driving force behind all things brain-healthy.
Kevin Pearce is the rockstar snowboarder who can dance
Want more FLOW? You have to know…Steven Kotler.
Gina Rudan is my kind of woman! She tells you like it is and doesn’t apologize. I love her confidence:) Gina applauded me, the under 30, for being a “fat brain.” That’s a great thing
Talk about memory, Marilu Henner has an amazing memory where she can remember every detail about her entire life! I’m over-whelmed just thinking about it.
No last name necessary for Wyland, the man behind the blue whale murals.
To sum it all up, SUPERHERO YOU left me walking away more inspired to live my life to the fullest and reach for the stars. We have the potential to be and achieve anything so we must shoot for the moon! What is your dream?
This past weekend, during my yoga teacher training, we went through all the chakras. If you have no understanding of the chakras, you are exactly where I was prior to this past weekend. Let me shed some light on this topic for you…
1st Chakra- Root/ Muladhara
- Color: Red
- Age: Womb- 12 months
- Right to be here
- Trust vs Distrust
- Survival, Grounding, Physical ability
- Body: Adrenals, Legs, Feet, Bones, Intestines
- Gems: Ruby, Garnet, Hematite
- Demons: Obesity, Anorexia, Sciatica, Orthopedic problems, Constipation
2nd Chakra- Belly/ Svadhisthana
- Color: Orange
- Age: 6- 24 months
- Right to feel
- Autonomy vs Shame and Doubt
- Desire, Sexuality, Self-gratification,
- Body: Womb, Genitals, Kidneys, Bladder, Lower back
- Gems: Coral, Carnelian, Yellow Zircon
- Demons: Sexual problems, Urinary trouble, Lower back pain
3rd Chakra- Solar plexus/ Manipura
- Color: Yellow
- Age: 18- 4 years
- Right to act
- Initiative vs Guilt
- Will, Courage, Empowerment
- Body: Pancreas, Adrenals, Digestive
- Gems: Amber, Topaz
- Demons: Shame, Chronic Fatigue, Hypertension
4th Chakra- Heart/ Anahata
- Color: Green
- Age: 4- 12 years
- Right to love
- Industry vs Inferiority
- Love, Peace
- Body: Thymus, Lungs, Heart, Circulation
- Gems: Copper, Emerald, Jade
- Demons: Grief, Playing the victim, Asthma, Coronary
5th Chakra- Throat/ Visuddha
- Color: Bright blue
- Age: 12- 18 years
- Right to speak and be heard
- Identity vs Role confusion/ peer relationships
- Creativity, Expression
- Body: Throat, Thyroid, Ears, Neck
- Gems: Mercury, Turquoise
- Demons: Lies, Isolation, Thyroid issues, Neck and shoulder pain, Indecision
6th Chakra- Third eye/ Ajna
- Color: Purple
- Age: 19- 40 years
- Right to see
- Intimacy vs Isolation/ love relationships
- Body: Pineal, Eyes
- Gems: Silver, Lapis, Quartz
- Demons: Illusion, Diluted, Vision problems, Nightmares, Headaches
7th Chakra- Crown/ Sahasrara
- Color: White or Gold
- Age: 40- 65 years
- Right to know
- Generativity vs Stagnation
- Parenting/ giving your energy to next generation
- Body: Pituitary, CNS
- Gems: Gold, Diamond
- Demons: Attachment, Depression, Alienation, Confusion
After studying the chakras, we were assigned partners and instructed to express what issues we were dealing with in relation to our chakras. I found this assignment especially hard, as my challenges have been with vulnerability and letting people get close to me. I never had these issues prior to my 2 brothers committing suicide but I know death of loved ones changes people in ways we are never prepared for. I’m glad I was given this assignment because I now have a new goal of being more vulnerable and creating close relationships with those I wish to connect with. Who knew chakras would inspire so much?
Because I am ready to give birth in merely 2 weeks, or any day now really, I am preparing my body for my home-birth. I want an intimate, positive birthing experience and for me, that means a home-birth/ water-birth with my closest family and friends. Aiming for a drug-free birth, I am using all alternative methods in hopes of an “easy,” pain-free birth…hence the use of acupuncture and hypnotherapy.
Today was my 1st, of multiple, prenatal acupuncture session. Acupuncture is supposed to better prepare the body for labour and statistics show (and my acupuncturist confirms) women who use acupuncture are better able to cope with birth drug-free and with less interventions, I’ll let you know after I deliver my daughter:) So today, after my daughter was dropped off at private school, I headed to my acupuncture session where I was stuck with 10+ needles in my hands, feet and legs. There was only 1 needle that stung and that one was in my foot, the location that connects to my liver and emotions. My acupuncturist told me her husband refuses to let her poke that spot on him, men and their reluctance to get in touch with their emotions;) After the needles were in place, I had to rest for 25 minutes. The rest was the easy part after raising a highly active 5-year-old and being very pregnant…exhausted I feel to say the least! I head back to the acupuncture clinic weekly until my 2nd daughter is born. I’ll let you know if I feel any changes and if I notice the difference in ease during birth.