Allergies–Tis the Season…..for You & your Pet!

It appears to be that season-sneezing, watery eyes, stuffed up, and itchy. You really do not get total relief until the first freeze, suffering through the best months or activities of the year. We are not the only ones who suffer from allergies. Our pets also suffer from them. If the symptoms do not go away with the season, it is more then likely a food allergy and their food should be looked at.

Treating anyone of us with over-the-counter meds, for the allergies, wastes money, can make us feel worse, and who knows what those chemicals are really doing to the system??  Try using Essential Oils for allergies–whether it is for yourself or your pet!! Yes, as I have stated, oils can and should be used on your pet and yourself daily! Breathe EO can be for humans and you start out using more in the beginning and then back off as it gets into your system. Not like those OTC drugs that seem to stop working after a period!

For your dog, the Lavender oil is applied daily for seasonal allergies. Cats can also use oils, but need to be diluted about 90%. Everyone benefits from diffusing oils in the house. Inhalation of oils helps with so many issues!

Need advice on this or any other health issues, whether it is you or your pet and using oils–contact me: 920-428-2562. Or drop me a message! You can also go diretly to my website for information or to order:  Happy Oiling!!

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#Vacation and #Weight Gain

I have just returned from a great vacation in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, and yes, it was an all inclusive resort! So there was the temptation of tons of heavy sugary foods and all that alcohol that I normally do not partake in–everywhere!! But this was a vacation from the WI weather and the daily routine of life, not a free-for-all to eating everything in sight. Sure I indulged in those crazy drinks they serve at those places, but only had one a night and switched to something lighter and topped off with tons of water. The fresh vegetables and fruit is where the food is!! Where in WI can we get this fresh stuff at this time of year, and all of the different types? And how about all the fresh fish and made without thick sauces or deep fried?!

Then there are the activities to get involved in or even walking on the beach. Just playing in the waves is a workout. Walking into town or around gives you more of a sense of the culture then taking a taxi. So there is enough exercise and good food on vacation–you may just need to search or choose wisely. Be sure to drink enough water also-we even had a case delivered to our room from the front desk. Doesn’t hurt to ask! Also, if flying, make your own food to take along and eat instead of airline food. Anything goes except meats, fruit, and veggies (across borders). They will sometimes take yogurt away, depends on airport.

I can help with ideas for planning your foods on airline and also foods to eat while on vacation to help you stay the same weight as when you left!! Remember, vacation is not a free pass to eat anything in sight-try samples of heavy stuff and go crazy on healthy foods that are native in that area. Americans tend to eat larger portions and more sugars, so eating ethnically is usually healthier!!DSCN1192DSCN1255DSCN1242DSCN1135

7 SMALL but POWERFULL #DIET #HABITS that could add up to #MAJOR #WEIGHT-LOSS

It is now the month of March….the New Year’s resolution long gone or you never started with one, well, because you know what always happens!  Just the word “diet” and you freak because you have to stop eating all your favorites and change all your habits.  Just making small, consistent changes will be better for a lasting weight loss.  Here are 7 easy steps to get you started.

1. Drink lots of water. Drinking before a meal will help you feel fuller sooner and will eat less.

2. Eat Breakfast Every Day. Healthy grains, fruit, yogurt, and eggs are a good way to start. Stay away from the hash browns, sausage, and cream sauces, which contain many saturated fats.

3. Downsize Your Dish. Studies show you will eat less when you use smaller plates.

4. Trade Up Your Fork.  Crazy as it might seem, having a larger fork, may actually lead you to eat less. Or try eating with your nondominant hand to slow you down.

5. Display Produce. If your fruit and veggies are out in front of you or not stashed in back of fridge, you are more apt to eat them. Less calories and packed with fiber, these are great for snacks!!

6. Snack on Yogurt. Sticking to plain, low-fat or non-fat yogurt, without extra sugar or saturated fat will help you fill up and is a great snack. The added bonus is the probiotics may help you burn fat.

7. Enjoy a Small Treat. Treating yourself to a small treat will not sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Keeping the treats to about 150 calories or less is what to aim for. Two dark chocolate squares or 1/2 cup of ice cream. It is eating the entire bag or container that is the killer!!

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DIET–that nasty four letter word!!

Question I get weekly from people, “what diet do you recommend”?  And my answer is a question back to them, “which diet has worked for you to keep the weight off”?  The blank stare…..what?  Really, no “diet” works because we go back to those nasty bad habits and our cravings we all have, because we are human after all.  So how about changing the way you eat FOREVER!!

Keep a food diary, to start out, and find out what makes YOU feel and look better.  Each person if different and food reacts differently on each and everyone of us.

Eat as naturally as possible by avoiding processed stuff.  Go for those foods that will rot or go bad in a few days/week.

Eat more raw then cooked food and plants then animals-for all those nutrients.

Change your diet slowly! Cut out or change an item a week or slower.  Change is hard for all and forcing it before you are ready will not end well.

Walk 10,000 steps a day or some form of exercise and use common sense!

Simple and basic, but also takes time and practice to change your habits!  Be patient with yourself, allowing your body to rid itself of the chemicals, and you will soon discover what your body needs to run and look amazing.  Ask for help when needed and take each day as it comes!!Yummy salad!Fruit bowl at Sari OrganicsDiet photo

Overweight Pets

We have our dreaded diets and gym time,  and do all we can to stay in shape. What about the family pet?  What are they being fed, and are they being exercised most days?  If you would not put the food in your mouth why would you feed it to your pet?  And having a large yard, so they can run around in, is not a form of exercise!  

It has been proven time and time again that our pets will develop the same diseases we do from the bad foods and lack of exercise! Dr. Becker has an awesome article that talks about this subject.  Click here to read all about it!DSC002732012-03-05_08-02-21_721

The Time is NOW!!

The time is NOW.  Why do you continue to put things that you want to do better yourself and your life?  How many times have you said, “I’ll start on Monday”; “Tomorrow”, “I’ll start at the beginning of the week, month or year”?  Why do we need a future date to create change?  Nothing changes if nothing changes.  If you want to get healthy then start TODAY!  I can give you support and encouragement you need to be successful.

Want a better tomorrow?  Make it a better today!!  Contact me for nutrition, fitness, or yoga tips–why not??badwkout doitdaily it'shard

Smash the DIET mentality!

The idea or concept of being either “on” or “off”  a diet can be so self-defeating.  In the past when I tried dieting, and I tried all kinds of them, one little setback meant I was suddenly “off” my diet.  Then I’d throw in the towel and tell myself I’d start next week or next month.  Not a good idea!!  Think of eating smart as a lifestyle adjustment, and go into it knowing that victories and indulgences are part of life.  If you make good choices 80% of the time, you can loosen the reins a bit the rest of the time.  You won’t feel restricted, or have the mentality of “I can’t have that-ever”!  Even your indulgences will become better choices, because it becomes easier and healthier.Burrito at Sari OrganicsYummy salad!Fruit bowl at Sari Organics

Harvest Tomato Soup

3T. shallots, chopped or 3T. green onions with 1 small clove minced garlic

1/2C. finely grated peeled carrot

1/2C. chopped green pepper

4T. butter or olive oil

1 large can low-sodium chicken broth (divided)

4C. fresh tomatoes, chopped in 1/4inch dice

1/4t. leaf oregano or 3/4t. fresh minced oregano

1/2t. salt

1/4t. pepper

1T. sugar

4T. flour

 

In large deep skillet or large sauce pan, saute shallot, carrot, pepper, in butter/oil until vegetables are tender/crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in 4C. of broth, tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and sugar, bring to boil.

Reduce heat to simmer; cook for about 20 minutes. Whisk together flour and remaining chicken broth. Slowly whisk into tomato mixture. Cook, stirring until mixture thickens, about 2-3 minutes.

***I copied this recipe as it was written-you may follow it as is, but I do omit a few items.

*I do not add sugar, salt, or pepper. There is enough sugar in my carrots and enough flavor in the vegies. I add cilanto and basil to the recipe.  Add any vegies or herbs/spices you desire!!

Also, I use a feta or goat cheese to some hard, crusty bread for dipping.

Can be frozen!!

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Fall Harvest!

Summer is coming to an end, boo, but the veggies and fruits are so plentiful now!! What are you doing to take advantage of all the yumminess out there? There are so many soups, salads, and blender drinks to be made with all the fresh produce.  It is a rainbow of color and goodness for your health and tummy!! If you have no idea what to do with some of your produce or have run out of ideas, ask away!! Using a juicer or blender to make drinks or soups and freeze for later is an excellent way to have the fresh taste of summer in the winter too!!Drinks at Sari OrganicsYummy salad!Fruit bowl at Sari Organics

Hitting your Re-Set button/Vacation time

Here is an “extra” blog from me, while I am re-setting my stress button, aka, on vacation.

Yes, we all love to go all out and eat the junk or crap food while on vacation, but you can stay healthy and “regular” by eating tons of greens and fruits first. All the extra activities will help with burning calories. Not trying any activities? Why not try a class in the area or run down to the hotel fitness center or pool for an hour? You will feel so much better when you get home and not have that extra vacation weight to get off. 

For some extra tips on traveling,;whether for vacation or work; here is an article by my friend Mara. Click hereCopy of DSCN1004 Bali 2011 22DSCN0708!