How do you know the best time to launch toward your purpose and passion?

Timing is one of the keys to purpose and manifesting your dreams.

All these feelings are bubbling up inside, how do you know which one to take? And furthermore, how do I know it will work?

Valid questions, but you don’t have to have all the answers right now. No one ever does.

Having a clear vision is the end of the path, and being that it is the end, it will point to clues and checkpoints along the way. In a way your problem and vision, already contains the solution.

You’ve done all your research and the checkpoints are clear, but how do you know that all the pieces will fall into place?

While no one knows that, you will find that you have a light internally that knows the way. This light is often activated when someone has come upon their purpose or mission in life. This sparks the spirit in a way that allows you to just know that it’s what you have to do.

Yes that’s good and all, but how will you know when external things are lining up with your inner feelings at the perfect time?

In this post, we will cover the internal and external signs that your purpose is near and the time is to act now.

  1. You will be clear on action

You will have done all of your research and you are clear on your first 3 steps to springboard you to getting started on your dream. This does not mean that you will not be uncertain and know each step of the process exactly, but it means that you will the know the general framework of the stages you need to go through.

This action you can feel in your bones is the right one and your intuition will be on fire telling you that you need to start. Taking this step will not only satisfy your inner drive and desire, but will also give you peace because you will be taking a step to become the architect of your life.

 

  1. You will feel relaxed, yet anxious

You will just feel that your destiny is at hand. It is apparent internally that you are on the right path and stepping into this next chapter will take you to the higher mountain you seek. Although you might be a little uncertain about the outcome, you just know In your spirit you have to try.

You are aware still that bad things could happen, and you acknowledge this, but it does not scare you. You will feel that what’s meant to happen will happen and if it crashes, at least you would be happy you tried to achieve your dream.

  1. Your dream will be realer than ever before

You’re dreaming about it, you’re writing it down, and you’re planning what you’ll do once you get your dream. In a lot of ways, this amazing reality is much more real than your current one because it allows you to be all of who you are. You find yourself having trouble keeping them separate sometimes. But because this dream allows you so much joy, that joy bleeds into everything else you do.

Even if your dream has not manifested yet, you will already feel like you are there. This is something most often associated with “The Law of Attraction.” It is a sign that your manifestation is close because your spirit can feel you finishing your quest while you are still on the journey.

  1. You develop clarity in all areas of your life

As you are taking action to move towards your next step, you will be able to see through your present with new eyes. From your new perspective of possibilities, peace, and calmness, you will approach everything in your life in that fashion. New solutions will begin to just come to you from every portion of your life, and your life will become easier and less abrasive to you because of your newfound purpose and peace.

Things that you couldn’t navigate before or that caused your great pain will no longer put you in a state of pain and irritation that it used to. Things will feel much smoother. Circumstances around you will either just work out, or fade to the background as you move to your new future.

 

  1. You know you do not want to regret not trying

The urge within you will be so great that it almost transcends time. You see where you are, where you’ve been, and your possibilities for the future. You no longer can imagine your future not fulfilling your purpose. It is not necessarily painful without it, but you just know that you will not be able to become your full self without achieving this dream. It is like it is the core of your existence and you cannot see yourself being apart from it.

You just know that you will not be able to move forward and flourish in your life without this dream being a part of your reality and mission. It will power you past any obstacles, mental barriers, or internal fears to stop what you know is a part of you.

 

Conclusion

Knowing when it is your time is the essence of having all things align in your favor. This knowing stems from the inside and is the light that will guide you along the path when all other lights go out. This knowing will give you the knowledge of where to look for information, which course to take, which people to trust, and most importantly manifesting your internal mission of happiness.

You have the vision, the knowing will gladly supply the way.

When the timing is right for your purpose, you will feel it I assure you.

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Much love and light to you.

The 6 part process to transform you into an independent, self-sufficient, and self-reliant person

Most people live as a passive, unwilling victim of their circumstances and their “Story.”
While no one is invalidating the truth of where they are coming from, these beliefs have bad after affects that impede them living in their power and freeing themselves from the red tape.

Yea, they say, easier said than done.
But done is the simplest part honestly.
Doing the inner work might seem like a maze and a labyrinth of sinkholes and pain from unresolved issues. But it doesn’t have to be.
There might be pain, but it’s ok because healing the wounds is the only way to move past the chains of your surroundings and yourself.
Below you will learn 6 simple methods that together will free you to become your own self sufficient and independence person.

1. Determine the why’s of your beliefs

Think of the age old question “Tell me a little bit about yourself?” This question is so loaded because it tries to condense your intricacies into smaller phrases, words and statements. You yourself know you are so much more than just those words because you know why you say those things. This same space is powerful to do the necessary introspection that produces independent thinking.
What do you “believe” about the nature of yourself, and the world around you? And more importantly, why do you believe those things? Acknowledging this will free you from being in a reactive state, swayed by dogma, or taken advantage of. The clarity of this with yourself will make you a powerful self sufficient person that can overcome any obstacle or problem and make good decisions.

2. Clean up inner emotions and outer emotions for mental clarity.

We have this horrible stigma in Western Society that emotions are bad. While sometimes moods can be problem some, emotions are not the root of all evil. Where did this idea even come from? After all we are emotional creatures and it is within our nature.
I think most would agree that emotions are not the problem, but resulting emotional imbalances from the past is the real problems. Most insane emotions are trickle-downs from other unresolved issues. Coughing down this issues puts you into an emotional survival mode to cover up the issue and over time begins to control you. You become a slave to your triggers, fears, and past experiences.
To achieve independence from allowing the past to control you is to approach the touchy situation with a sense of neutrality, as if you were telling someone else. This way may be painful and it will resurface; let it do so and validate your own feelings. By stating the facts and validating your feelings you have realized your true power and are no longer a victim. Both parts of you are at peace: your logic and your emotion. From this balanced place, you have the power to allow that past situation to not snowball and derail your life and future.

3. Determine the obstacles that you back. Be honest and don’t sugar coat.

So many people feel like they have no idea what they want to do. Most times this is because they are so disconnected from themselves that they have no idea how to tell what their soul is drawn to. This is perfectly ok. Just start from wherever you are and think and do things that make you deeply happy. Do this a lot, knowing and practicing the feeling of genuine happiness will open internal doors within you to reveal your passions and make the path clear.
While you’re doing this peacefully without judgement regularly, you will intuitively know what steps are necessary to do some of your wants and dreams. What is stopping you from doing those things? are your barriers external or internal?
Understanding and seeing your internal and external barriers is not about knocking them down, it is about realizing that they never existed. This ability to see around internal and external obstacles is key to being an independent person who can fully be who they are and understand their purpose and true joy. This puts you in the drivers seat of your life. Moving past barriers internally will make you a whizz at moving the external barriers that approach you along the way to your passion and path. You will be an unstoppable force.

4. Decide their own version of the truth they stand on and approach the world with.

In an endless ocean of information and opinions, what you pay attention to says a lot about you. Of the information you consume, do you consume the information to tell you what to think, or to use it to form your own opinion?
Figuring out what you believe separate from external stimuli is the very meaning of independence. It allows you to plot your own course and decide the direction of your energy and your place in the universe.

5. Understand finances where they are now, and where they want to be

Money is a real thing. I understand that some people don’t care about it, and it is good not to be attached to it…… but it’s not healthy to pretend it’s not there. Finances is a part of life, and understanding yours will fix a lot of your uncertainty.
Taking a step into financial literacy will put you in the drivers seat of life and illuminate the path of self sufficiency. You want to live your life on your own terms internally and externally as well. Be a slave to nothing.
Determine what you can do to make money enough to the things you want. Remember that money is not the goal, the way you want to feel is. Money is owned by you it does not own you.
Financial honestly and literacy one of the keys to seeing internal and external independence. The sooner you start, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.

6. Becoming of self aware of the present moment

Of the past, present, or future, which holds your power now? The present. Your power is within the present, and this also can control your future. The actions and decisions you make today change your world forever to affect your past and future. This is powerful and is the key to taking action to become your own person.
So many people are controlled by what they think their future would be, or what their past was. Yes those may be real, but neither of those are within your power right now. Be in your power!
Become independent and a soaring star by taking responsibility for your present, not to change your views of the past, not just for your future, but also for the pleasure and power of this moment.
This way you become free from hypothetical what-ifs, overthinking, and made-up obstacles.

Conclusion

Becoming independent is the only way to free yourself period.
This does not mean not relying on other people for somethings. It just means that at the end of the day you are the only one that holds the present and future keys to your life and your story.
Great pleasure and responsibility wait at the door of your self-reliance independence.

Much love and light to you.

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The 4 essential steps to defining your personal truth, finding positivity, and individual identity

So many people feel lost because they feel like they don’t know who they are.
Lost in a sea of stimuli, how do you construct the identity that gives you a springboard into a life and experiences that are customized to you?

You find yourself through the seeking of peace, gratitude, and internal analysis introspection. Notice I didn’t imply anything about conclusions or judgments. The reason I did this, is because clarity will come to you and it will not be ambiguous.

The steps below will allow you to find and gather the blocks that can allow you to begin to define you as a unique being. Through finding your uniqueness you will own your own freedom, independence, and passion that will give you the meaning you search for.

You must approach all of this as a judgement free zone.

Let’s begin.

Find things that make bring you joy

Taking little moments to bring joy to your life draws a map to passion and purpose. In addition to that, it plugs you into your true power because it brings you fully and unrestrictedly into the present moment. The complete immersion into the present moment unlocks hidden clarity and release that allows you to become all of who you are.
During this process as more joy flows through you, take a seat and observe who you are in this moment. How does it feel? What thoughts do you have? Take silent note of the process of your getting there, and hone in on that feeling of that joy state. Both of these are critical to how your internally and externally define your identity.

Find things that activate gratitude

Joy and gratitude are defiantly linked and work together, but they are not necessarily the same thing. Gratitude is a frequency that is powerfully linked with relaxation, release, and flowing. When you are in this state you unknowingly become who you are in a more existential, selfless, blissful state. The kind of “peace that passes all understanding” is defiantly a component of being in a state of gratitude.
Gratitude activates a flow state which allows you to be more at peace to activate those feelings, actions, and emotions that you find holding to yourself. Internal and external barriers start to vanish and the feelings and emotions of who you are begin to step forward with no shame or judgment.

Gratitude for who you have always been:

What thoughts, ideas, and actions come to you without any personal restriction or judgements? Think of how your life has gone so far, and of how it is now? Aside from the external forces that were there, what feelings and thoughts did you constantly have and why? Identifying these patterns and trends is key to understanding your identity over time as a separate whole from the things swirling around you throughout your life. This construct of who you have been is important to your life journey, but who you are now and in this moment, is your true identity.

Gratitude for who you are now:

In addition to providing the best takeoff for introspection into who you are, gratitude is also great for giving identity to who you are now and in the future. Yes, you have always been “who you are,” but the present is the cutting edge between past, present, and future. From the duality that makes you a conscious being, you can always change who you are, and more importantly how you reflect who you are to the world. Gratitude immerses you in the present and helps you decide who you want to be now.
Gratitude can illuminate the things that you are grateful for as well as the things that matter to you. The things that matter to you are clues to the places where your heart truly lies and finds its joy. From gratitude in the present moment, you can see the things that define who you are in this moment. This identity is a great jumping place to start from to move forward in a direction that resonates with your heart and soul.

Find out how you approach the world around you

How you interact and approach the world around you is an important component of how you identity yourself because it addresses the relationship between self and “outside” of self. Yes your connection to source is individual and you have individual control of your energy, but you cannot deny that we are all together in one reality and energy field. This field is made of all of us and how you plug into it says a lot about you. Do you look at things around you to tell you who you are, or do you internally decide? Most people find that they are a mixture of both, and that is very ok.

By determining how you relate to the world around you, you can begin to draw conclusions of your values and character and from there how you choose to express those energies into your reality and world. You will begin to demystify the essence of you and how you choose to transform that essence into something the world around you can see and experience with you. This is the beginnings of living your passion by showing others their own joy and passion. How you choose to use your energy and power is a dynamic portion of who you are as an independent conscious person in the world.

Find what things you find yourself thinking about a lot

Thoughts do not define you, but they make a big impact on views of yourself and the environment around you. This one will involve some introspection, but is essential to understanding the internal structures that make up your identity. As Earl Nightengale said “We become what we think about.”
As you begin to take in this wonderful journey of becoming yourself, take a neutral observation of yourself in daily life. What thoughts are randomly running through your mind all day? Take silent note of what these thought are directly about, but pay just as much attention to the energy and internal conclusions about those thoughts. Collectively think about what umbrellas of meanings those thoughts fall under. Are the thoughts about having transcendental experiences such as helping others, about writing music, or about drawing art work? Are they about all those obstacles you think you have in your life such as your parents, money, that mean person at your job, all the things out of your control?
These thoughts control your actions and choices in the world. Don’t worry if it reveals your constant pain and negativity. There is no power in judgment and pain, only in clarity and solution. Your thoughts are not you, they are a function of you and can be leveraged you our benefit.
By acknowledging what you think about, it will become clear how it relates to who you and how you define yourself. And most of all, if you don’t like something, or you have thoughts that give you pain, just step outside yourself and move to other less painful thoughts. That may sound counterproductive, but it is the only way to remove the negative blockages that can prevent you from fostering the pure thoughts and feelings from the essence of who you are.

Conclusion

Identity does not construct you as a separate being all alone, but identifies you as a unique influential component to the universal puzzle.

By becoming the whole and all of who you are, you become unlock the door to yourself and the freedom to truly be a part of the world around you.

Use the construction of your identity as the springboard into you passionate, fruitful, future.

Much love and light to you.

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Why should you even care about healthy snacking? Does it really matter?

Introduction

Do we really have to give a crap about healthy snacking? It’s just a snack right?

No hun, I wish it were that easy.

You’re snacking much more than you think you are. Just to test this, make a list of all of the foods you ate yesterday, no amounts, just what you ate. It’s probably a bigger list than you thought. I know mine is.

No reason to crucify yourself though. Honestly, its ok. Forgive yourself.

It is only natural for you to want a small bit of food between larger meals, and you don’t have to punish yourself and not eat anything as some people say.

Replacing ready made convenient, and usually unhealthier, snacks for healthier ones may seem unnecessary….. but it totally is.

In this post you’ll understand why healthy snacking is important, and how to determine “healthy” snacking from the endless pool of food at your fingertips.

 

Why does healthy snacking matter?

There’s not much thought to quantity

When you’re binge watching your favorite TV show on Netflix, do you really measure how much Popcorn or Tortilla Chips you’re eating while it’s on? Probably not.

When snacking there’s a sort of mindless eating that takes over. It’s nothing to crucify yourself over, it’s just a result of multitasking a lot. Totally normal.

But this very reason is why healthy snacking is so important. You want to have good things that you can put in your body with no guilty conscience.

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Convenience

Another reason why they are so important is convenience. If they’re easy to get to and eat, you’re going to eat them more often than not.

Why do people buy so many unhealthy chips and snacks you ask? Because they are conveniently put everywhere. Every grocery store counter, every vending machine, every gas station counter, every department store counter, and the list goes on.

If people are just looking for a little munch, they’re going to grab the first tasty thing they can get their hands on. Not necessarily the best thing.

Healthy snacking is important because snacks are the most convenient thing you reach for when needing in a quick munch. Which I’m sure is more often than you’d like to admit.

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It affects all your meals throughout the day

You ever had that time when you ate something early in the day that didn’t agree with your stomach and it messed up all your food for the rest of the day? Same basic principle.

When you eat snacks that are particularly high in poly-saturated fats, salts, and refined sugars, it puts your body in an imbalance. From that imbalance, your body is forced to carry on with as normal and somehow make-up for the imbalance.

Later you start feeling “random” cravings, fatigue, indigestion, and headaches. In order to solve this problem, you eat things that your body believes will adjust the imbalances. The next foods your eat, depending on what they are, may relieve some of the problem, but it doesn’t fix the original imbalance; it only puts a band aid on it.

Don’t get me wrong there are foods that fix the imbalances immediately. But let’s be real. Nine times out ten the food cravings that following unhealthy snacks won’t be able to do so.

Yes…. one bad choice can set you up for further failure in the end.

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How do I determine if its “healthy?”

That’s fine but how do you choose your ‘right’ snack?

The facts that rule the verdict on weather a food is healthy or not most often depend on a balance between nutrients vs harmful components. Most often with snacks specifically, they have an above average sugar content, or salt content, in comparison to the nutrition and caloric density the food can provide.

A “healthy” snack is one that:

  • consists mainly of whole ingredients
  • satisfying but not overly heavy
  • no extreme salt
  • no extreme refined sugar
  • no dangerous additives
  • not overly expensive

Check out my earlier post on snacks can you eat at bedtime without guilt here.

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What do I gain from healthier snacking?

Prevents Overeating

Snacking on healthier foods throughout the day means your body’s nutritional composition can remain much more balanced. Because of this your body will not seek to overcompensate for those nutrients it is lacking through eating a larger amount of food.

Here are 6 Easy 3 Ingredient snack recipes. This video is from Caitlin Shoemaker.

 

Keeps blood sugar and energy levels steady

Blood sugar is the key to maintaining energy levels throughout the day. Utilizing healthier snacks systematically to keep blood sugar levels even is not only tasty and satisfying, but it helps you from hitting that wall of tiredness in the middle of the day.

Here are 12 foods to stabilize blood sugar in this blog post from Dr. Jockers here.

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Helps give energy boosts for physical activity

When it’s time to work out, you look at your tennis shoes in the corner and it seems as if they induce your already fatigued body even more.

Honestly, this is completely understandable with how full our lives, minds, and schedules are nowadays.

Combat this through consuming a tasty, nutritious snack to give you the power to complete you workout program.

Here are some Easy-to-make Pre-workout snacks in a video by Tasty on YouTube.

 

Conclusion

The key to healthy snacking is working with your body and lifestyle to make the best choices for you all around; a balanced realistic approach. Yes you could be told what to do, but that doesn’t help you adjust things to your individual lifestyle.

From this post you now know why healthy snacking even matters and how you can systematically snack for your overall health.

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Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

 

If you like this post, check out: Satisfying alternatives to fried food cravings. The crunch, the salt, and the sugar.

And, you can check out: Stop Your mayday sugar cravings with these 8 delicious foods

If you have a bedtime craving: What snacks can you eat at night before bed without feeling guilt?

What snacks can you eat at bedtime without feeling guilt or disturbing your sleep?

Introduction

You’re not alone I promise. For most people, winding down and relaxing in the evening usually means some type of food.

It’s ok. It’s normal.

You don’t want something super heavy, or huge, but just enough to satisfy the twinge of hunger you feel.

Often times these types of snacks consist of anything you can get your hands on super fast. Which unfortunately most times is store-bought snacks with a plethora of additives and unhealthy components.

But can you argue with their convenience just before bed? Nope. But you can make a compromise that you and your wallet will like.

Making healthy bulk snacks at one time throughout the week will not only save a lot of money, but will help ease your anxiety about healthy eating and encourage you to journey forth.

A lot of people warn against eating at night because it disrupts your body’s sleep cycle. And honestly I cannot argue with this fact.

But if the snack is healthier it is much less likely to disturb sleep and instead will just fuel the body’s natural rest and rejuvenation procedures.

Yea…. but how do you even make that judgement?

Lets break it down to its most basic form so the logic is completely transparent.

Lets go!

What makes a snack “healthy”?

The facts that rule the verdict on weather a food is healthy or not most often depend on a balance between nutrients vs harmful components. Most often with snacks specifically it has an above average sugar content, or salt content, in comparison to the nutrition and caloric density the food can provide.

But the thing is that the facts don’t always satisfy the craving and they certainly don’t always taste good.

Healthy snacking can still be delicious snacking. And although they are available in the store, honestly……. some are not very wallet friendly.

A “healthy” snack is one that:

  • consists mainly of whole ingredients
  • satisfying but not overly heavy
  • no extreme salt
  • no extreme refined sugar
  • no dangerous additives
  • not overly expensive
  • tastes good.

You might have think I ruled out everything. But Alas, I have not!

The key to healthy affordable snacking is getting out ahead of it.

You cannot help the fact that you are human and occasionally want to engorge on a savory snackable food. It is only natural. But how can your homemade healthy snack compete with the convenience of packaged ones?

Making large bulk amounts of healthy snacks at one time and eating them throughout the week is not only extremely affordable, but also very convenient just like the less healthy alternatives are. Problem solved.

All of the snacks I have below can be prepared ahead of time so your rummaging through the kitchen at all hours can be yummy and exciting.

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What’s good in food at night?

At night your body rejuvenates and resets itself. This means any food you eat should encourage and fuel the detoxication and renewal of your body at night.

There are three ways I categorize:

Digestive Cleansing:

These foods are great at light digestion that will not disturb your rest. Usually these type of foods are more fibrous, stocky, and more satisfying. In addition to that, they are great for intestinal digestive health.

Nutrients/Antioxidants:

These food are the ones that are nutritionally good for your body and your palette at the same time. They provide your body with the nutrition necessary to not only repair daily damage, but also give you energy upon waking the next morning.

Enhancing sleep:

These foods naturally relax the body and induce a deeper, more restful, and peaceful sleep. These are the comfort type foods.

Now this is enough theory for you. Lets get into the tasty tangibles!

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4 Delicious Healthy Bedtime Snacks

Nutrients/Antioxidants

  • Craisins +Raisins

The abundance of nutrients from these foods comes from their hydrated counterparts from which time enhances their sweetness and deliciousness. These are such great snacks because you can buy them in large amounts and they are immediate, convenient, and super portable. They may be little, but trust and believe they are mighty.

What I have began doing recently is getting a large bag of craisins and raisins and mixing them together in one bowl. After that if I grab a handful as needed, or even grab a small bowl of them as I sit down and watch my Netflix shows.

And lemme tell you, no guilt with these babies. No matter how many you eat you never feel like crap.

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  • Tortilla Chips

Honestly, these are perfect for that mid evening snack to snuggle up with as well as a great fun midday crunchy snack. To help spending money, I strongly suggest buying a bag of Corn Tortillas, seasoning them, and baking them in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

These are particularly healthy through giving your body a great supply of Vitamin B-3, which is great for metabolism. This means that eating this before your sleep can help fuel your body to more easily energize energy with the foods you eat the next day.

They are crunchy goodness which you can gorge on to your heart’s content. Believe me I do all the time. Here’s a great recipe from Mexican Pleasure here.

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Digestive Cleaning

  • Dried, or fresh, Fruit Blend

Most any dried and fresh fruits help relax and rejuvenate the body and are great at providing the body with a high amount of fiber as well as reducing indigestion and constipation. This is perfect at night to set your body up for digestive system success for the next coming day.

Doing these blends yourself will definitely get you a lot more food for your money. It costs more upfront yes, but it lasts so much longer than your could ever would think it would. My personal dried blend consists of raisins, raisins, dried mango, and chopped dates. and I put them in a large bag together and grab as needed throughout the week. For my fresh blend, I do mandarin oranges, apples, bananas, raspberries, and strawberries. This I usually put into a large glass/plastic bowl that I can put in the refrigerator and grab as craved. This combo has the stockiness and sweetness that is a good topping to the evening.

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Enhancing Sleep

  • Dark Chocolate Kisses

Dark chocolate is not only everything but it also has high amounts of magnesium. Not only is that vitamin great for body energy production, but is also phenomenal for helping the body maintain and regulate its circadian rhythm. This is particularly important to not only for body relaxation and general homeostasis, but also your body’s sleeping schedule specifically. The maintenance of this rhythm is critical to the quality of the sleep you actually get.

You can get a dark chocolate bar, preferably one of quality, and eat small square 2-3 times a day. Not only is bittersweet delicious, will help your satisfy sugar craving, but it will also improve brain function and alertness for the next coming day. Orr, you can make it yourself. It’s cheaper and you can make more. Here is  great recipe from Make Healthy Easy here.

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Conclusion

These snacks are not only magically delicious, but they are great for promoting the body’s rejuvenation and cleansing processes that occur during sleep.

You no longer have to feel bad about a little hunger or a little sweet craving before bed. You can just use it as an excuse to give your body the extra kick it needs during sleep time.

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Free yourself of constant intense sugar cravings at night, after meals, and throughout the day

Introduction

You feel it…. I know you do.

That 9:00PM craving for that ‘sweet sugary goodnesssss.’ In the Charlie the Unicorn voice and everything.

I feel you. It feels like lawn mower driving you to whatever you think will satisfy your desire and you cannot be stopped.

These emergency sugar episodes may seem innocent and small at first, but they grows over time into a massive problem. Over time, and not even that much, your body can begin suffering from an accumulation of refined sugars and internal inflammation from prepackaged sugary junk foods.

Below I have compiled a list of mostly sweet foods that will not only satisfy the sweet cravings with healthy alternatives, but more importantly stop the mayday random sugar cravings that can single handedly derail your health.

  • Dark Chocolate

Chocolate helps to curb sugar cravings through giving the cravings what they want: an increased level of dopamine and serotonin production in the brain. Several studies have shown that low amounts of dopamine and serotonin in the brain are linked with non stop cravings for refined sugars and unhealthy fats. This means that is dark chocolate consumption has immediate results for cravings, and also is a long term solution to cravings once and for all.

  • Sweet Potatoes

This versatile vegetable has a unique sweet flavor that is powerful enough to drive any dinner or dessert dish into delicious heaven. Not only are you going to feel satisfied because it is naturally sweet, but also the vitamins and nutrients are going to keep the dopamine and serration levels in your brain higher, greatly decreasing the frequency for random ravenous sugar cravings.

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Sweet Potato Vegan Cheesecake

  • Chia Seeds

This food is a superfood that provides your body with a variety of nutritious compounds, and also loads of fiber in each serving. The high fiber within this food is great at keeping the body’s digestive system fuller, satisfied longer, and less likely to take dips and spikes in blood sugar. Less hunger combined with less blood sugar changes makes for far less sugar cravings.

Orange Macaroon Vegan Chia Seed Pudding

  • Dates

This fruit in its natural form is just a sweet as most desserts are. Snacking on this raw fruit will not only quench the sweet tooth craving, but also provide you with a wealth of antioxidants and vitamins to balance your body’s hormone production and digestive balance. Simultaneously, the fiber, potassium and iron in this food will give you the sudden burst of energy that usually accompanies a remedied sugar craving.

Vegan Date & Oat Truffles

Vegan Date Bars

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  • Peppermint Tea

This tea is one that immediately relaxes that body and takes that “edge off” of intense random sugar cravings. In addition to that, aromatic therapy with this tea has been shown to help to fight sugar cravings, indigestion, and other nagging symptoms part of the sugar withdrawal process such as rollercoaster amounts of dopamine and serotonin in the brain.

How to Make Peppermint Tea 5 Different Ways

  • Spirulina

Like chia seeds, this food is also considered a phenomenal superfood, just a little less popular. Other than the host of nutrients that balance brain hormones and circulatory system, this food also has an abundance of energy giving amino acids such as tyrosine. This amino acid is a building block protein that causes the brain to produce dopamine and a similar hormone, norepinephrine. High amounts of this amino acid have proven to provide the same chemical brain reaction that causes your body to crave a sugar “high.”

Creamy Dill Sauce w/ Spirulina

Chocolate Spirulina Superfood Energy Bites

 

  • Berries

These have the same sweet taste, but being that they are natural sugars accompanied by lots of fiber they do not give your body the horrible effects that a normal sugar craving would. The high amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories also promote balance within the body so that if you do have a sweet craving, it won’t be for artificial sugars but will most likely be for more berries and fruits of the same variety. Better health all around 😊

Berry-Oatmeal Bake

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Other items that will help reduce sugar cravings:

The Smoothie Diet: 21 Day Rapid Weight Loss Program

Stopping sugar cravings can feel like an endless uphill battle with no rewards. So many programs are healthy, but you feel like crap throughout them until the end. With this program, while provides all the expected results, unlike other programs it actually focuses on feeling good throughout. Have a look here to just to read a little more about it’s amazing results and wonderful reviews.

Backyard Healing Herbs

If you want to fight sugar cravings, increase overall health and herbal knowledge is your thing, you found your match in this priceless book. Compiled of over 18 years of holistic health and counselor experience from the author, this book gives a comprehensive use guide to simple, resilient, low maintenance, and easily cultivatable plants that can be grown in your own backyard and skyrocket your health. Read more here to learn more and see how you can take your health into your own hands even further.

Healing Beverages E-Book

Sugary drinks are almost the brunt of sugar cravings. If you could drink items that reduce sugary drink cravings specifically, half the battle would already be won. This particular book is a comprehensive compilation of herbal beverages that invigorate the body to inwardly heal internal body systems such as the circulatory, lymphatic, and endocrine system. This is important because balance reduces the frequency of craving that soda, artificial fruit punch, or sugary “health” drinks. *you know who I’m talking about* Honestly this one is an amazing read with some killer bonuses with it, check it out here and you won’t be sorry.

Conclusion

You don’t have to cut sweet food from your diet all together, just adding natural fruit and vegetable sugars, and the need for artificial and refined ones will disappear. This type of approach will not only provide you with more satisfaction immediately, but over time is sure to decrease ravenous cravings for unhealthy sugars by satisfying the urge without them. Classic Jedi body-food-mind trick. Works every time. 😊

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Use these 10 foods to solve daytime sleepiness by getting deep quality sleep

Introduction

Sometimes you feel like a zombie when you get up. You slug through the day, attempting to keep your energy and comprehension up from a lost battle waged the night before. We all know sleep is essential to all energy, health, and productivity, but we fail to understand that the quality is just as equally important as the quantity of sleep. Here below I have compiled a simple list of 10 delicious fruits and snacks that can be added to any diet or lifestyle to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep equally.

  • Almonds

Almonds have some of the highest magnesium concentrations in almost any food, putting it first on this list. High amounts of magnesium are essential to the production of key hormones that cause sleep such as melatonin. That makes these nuts a perfect small bedtime snack that not only satisfies your cravings, but also helps you sleep faster and more soundly.

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  • Asparagus

These vegetables have within them a special nutrient called folate which is directly linked with hormones that regulate mood, relaxation, and emotion. The abundance of folate gives this food the ability to contribute to the body’s relaxation reflected in the circulatory and nervous system; this means that it helps the body effectively relax for higher quality sleep.

  • Cherries

This power food has 4 chemicals that directly contribute to sleep quality and duration. The melatonin, tryptophan, potassium, and serotonin work together as a powerful relaxation force that promotes better quality deeper rest. Also within this food, the anti-inflammatory properties from the antioxidants have shown in studies to contribute to more muscular rejuvenation during sleep and better cognitive processes up waking.

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  • Chamomile Tea

Alternative medicine practitioners and standard medical physicians have been citing this tea as an effective treatment for those who have trouble falling asleep. In this tea there is a unique flavonoid compound called apigenin that is believed to cause the brain to activate the nerve receptors that induce sleep. In addition to that, the glycine present also encourages the body’s nerves and muscles to relax which greatly increase the chance of going into a sleep state.

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  • Prunes

Dried plums are not only sweet, healthy, and delicious, but they also contain another 3 part chemical powerhouse specifically designed to encourage more high quality sleep: vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium. All of these are essential to the body’s natural production of the sleep hormone melatonin making this fruit a great one to eat to go to sleep faster.

  • Bananas

This food, like the cherries above, has melatonin already prepared in it making it perfect for a repetitive evening routine for better sleep. Also this fruit has potassium, which regulates heartbeat and body homeostasis; this makes it easier for the body to be in a relaxed for better muscular rest and rejuvenation during sleep.

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  • Hummus

The Chickpeas that make up hummus are high in tryptophan, folate, and B6, which were all mentioned earlier as being direct lines to the body’s natural production of melatonin and serotonin. Experts recommend Hummus as being a great snack around 1 hour before bed so it still does its job, but does not directly interfere with sleep.

Here’s a recipe for it you can use an hour before bed:

Hummus for a better night’s sleep

  • Walnuts

Like others above, walnuts have a high amount of melatonin in them, making them recommended by doctors as a before bed snack to induce sleep quicker. Also the anti-inflammatory properties from the healthy fats help to relax the body into a sleep state. If you don’t like the nuts by themselves, like me, you can mix them in with cashews, almonds, or my personal favorite: craisins.

  • Oatmeal

High melatonin alert here! The high melatonin amounts in this food naturally relax your body, and when combined with the antioxidants and nutrients present in oatmeal, it causes your body to rejuvenate and relax without issue. You might be used to eating them for breakfast, but you can also eat this food at night with sweet dessert recipes and parfaits with fresh fruit and natural sweeteners. They will knock your socks off!

Here are a few recipes here:

16 Oatmeal Dessert Recipes That Satisfy    

Quick Oat Desserts 

  • Kiwis

In 2013 a study at Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University took place on Kiwi’s influence on sleep duration and quality. This study concluded that eating Kiwis continuously improved sleep quality and duration exponentially, so much so that it was cited thereafter as a ‘sleep superfood’. That being said, try to eat Kiwis continuously to reap the benefits. You don’t have to eat them just before bed all time, but at least keep it in your diet consistently for better sleep. As well as the amazing taste. 😊

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Conclusion

With the 10 foods above, you can improve your sleep without expensive pills or any other unnaturally cultivated methods. Other than the better sleep, the next best thing about these foods is their amazing taste just before bed. You will be looking forward to 2nd dessert with these foods. 😊

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Break the trend of itchy, rough, dry skin with these 8 delicious foods and cookbooks

Introduction

How much do you spend on moisturizers and toners annually? Most of us probably don’t even want to acknowledge that number. By continuous nonhealthy eating, we are unknowingly programming our skin to need more products to normalize and fix all of the issues stemming from our diet. The truth is, outside reflects inside; the better you eat, the better you feel, and the more radiant, moisturized, and vibrant you look. In this post we will tackle skin dryness specifically with 8 foods you can eat to reduce it over time. Also, at the end there are 3 recommended natural remedy and recipe books that can help you get a running start with a complete natural self-sustaining skin care routine.

  • Nuts

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids present in these foods contribute to skin’s ability to renew cells and strengthen cell walls so that moisture cannot escape easily. Vitamin E specifically also works with skin to create collagen and to protect skin from sun damage, an often direct cause of skin dryness and damage.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Trail Mix
  2. Sprinkle in Salads
  3. Nut snack bags/tins
  • Cruciferous Greens

The massive power of antioxidants within these greens blasts away free radicals and increases skins immunity. By doing this the skin can brighten, seal itself, and hold moisture better; decreasing the frequency of dry patches and cracking.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Salads
  2. Pasta Salads
  3. Green Cole Slaw
  • Citrus Fruit

Vitamin C is key in skin elasticity and collagen production. In these fruits, not only is a lot of Vitamin C present, but there is also an abundance of antioxidants. These antioxidants remove toxins and blockages in the skin, allowing skin to heal and become more smooth and resilient. This internal health causes skin to maintain moisture and brighten over time.

Great ways to eat:

  1. Slices in Salads
  2. Slices with breakfast
  3. Citrus juices (natural, organic, and not pumped with sugar)
  • Oatmeal

The abundance of fiber solidifies its place on this list. Fiber is phenomenal at getting the body to properly rectify imbalance issues within different body systems, and skin health is no exception. By supercharging and cleaning the large and small intestine, the body can better filter out toxins and bacteria that attack the skin that cause it do become dry and unclear.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Morning breakfast
  2. Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  3. Overnight Oats
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  • Cucumbers

High quantities of Vitamin A and Vitamin C are key agents in fighting skin dryness by encouraging cell rejuvenation and smoothness. Also this food has almost the highest water content of any solid food. The high water content in this food will hydrate the body consistently also, making skin more moisturized.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Plain in slices
  2. Sliced Sprinkled with salt
  3. Sliced into a salad
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  • Carrots

Once again Vitamin C saves the day with this one. Vitamin C, as we spoke about above is key in collagen production, and it is super abundant in this food. More collagen production equals more moisture retention and the ability for skin to receive moisture from lotions, oils, etc. Fibroblasts, which are cell types responsible for skin resilience, have been shown to greatly increase with the ingestion of Carrots.

Great ways to eat this:

  1. Moroccan Raw Carrot Salad
  2. Carrot Chips   
  3. Glazed Carrot 
  • Avocado

This food is a power blend of healthy fats, protein, and vitamins that we get enough of. 😊 Not only are the fats great, but the proteins present in this food do a great amount of help in cell rejuvenation and providing the body with building blocks to make its own natural moisturizing agents.

Great Ways to Eat this:

  1. Avocade Ceasar Salad
  2. Spread on Toast       
  3. Avocado Hummus    
  • Sweet Potato

This tasty versatile food has lots of Beta Carotene, a component of Vitamin A, which is key in preventing skin dryness and damage. After eating this wonder-food consistently, even for days, in several studies it has made skin more supple, more radiant, and more firm; all characteristics of skin that is well moisturized and healthy.

Great ways to Eat:

  1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes        
  2. Sweet Potato Fries   
  3. Vegan Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese
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Dedicated Cookbooks

If you’re looking for specific diet plan, or set of more consistent recipes you can try these cookbooks below:

Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin

This book provides long term solutions in an easily digestible format! The comprehensive knowledge in this book in readable and not overwhelming, it can virtually work for anyone. It not only improves the look and feel of skin, but also does wonders for increasing your overall health. It’s great for detoxifying the body specifically, even though its not for that. Two birds, meet your one stone.

Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book

For the herbonauts like me, yes I made up that word, this book is gold. This book is a very detailed encyclopedia-like resource that is filled to the brim with natural herbal recipes and remedies. This is definitely a ‘from scratch’ type of book. This timeless reference book can be used to create herbal recipes for every part of your skin care routine that you can make in bulk and share with your friends and family. This completely lives up to the massively good reputation of Herbal Academy.

Eat Beautiful: Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out: A Cookbook

This particular book is written by a former makeup artist, so you can expect this perspective to be a must-read one. Offered in this book are whole natural ingredients that can revolutionize the health of your skin, as well as your entire body. Recommended and vouched for by business mogul superstar Victoria Beckham, this book is a bestseller and an invaluable resource to any natural health collection.

Conclusion

With the 8 foods listed above, and the book recipe references, you can simply eat your way to radiant, moisturized, and firm skin without breaking your wallet.

Conscious and Natural balms, scrubs, and lipsticks to solve dry cracked, and chapped lips

Introduction:

Lips are a key part of anyone’s look, weather they are tying or not.

Most people view their lips as something they only care about when cracked or dry, but this will only product a cycle of band-aiding the problem without finding a permanent solution.

A contributor to the problem most times is that the products they use for moisture, or for makeup, are harming their lip skin tenfold for the amount of perceived ‘good’ they do.

Now this is not new information I know. And I’m sure some people would like to use more natural lip products, but they see it as too much or a hassle and/or a cost.

Long term natural lip care is not a huge ordeal or time consuming task. Like anything else, you just have to come up with a regimen that works for your lifestyle.

With lots of space for personal preference and wiggle room, the perfect regimen consists of three parts.

  1. A Fresh Start

Lip scrubs are important in the health of your lips because they eliminate dead skin, buildup, and bacteria from settling on the lips. By removing these, your lips can be softer, move even, and accept moisture better.

2. Moisturize

Balms keep your lips moisturized and soft throughout the day. These are important because they keep the lip skin from becoming dry and cracked due to environmental conditions and time in general. Because lip skin is so thin and fragile, it looses moisture frequently making this truly the backbone of you lip care regimen.

3. Showing Off

Lipstick for everyday-wear or special occasions is something important to a lot of people, and is always a healthy option to have if you like it.

There is a common misconception that even though the ingredients in most lip products are bad for you, it’s a necessary evil because something naturally made could never look that finished.

This is false.

To combat this, not only will all the DIY products work just as good if not better, the last section of this post will share two lipstick recipes that look will give you a polished matte look like it came from a department store.

The post is broken down into the three parts referenced above, each with recipes to get you started ASAP.

Lets get started! <3

  • A Fresh Start with 10 Lip scrub Recipes:

Application:

When applying Lip Scrubs, spread each combined solution gently over both of the lips in a circular motion over your entire lips pressing only slightly, so as not to scratch your lips. After spreading it evenly, leave on for a minute or two untouched. Following that, get lukewarm water and gently wipe the scrub from your lips. Immediately apply your favorite natural lip balm.

Check out the following recipes that you can make from ingredients you probably already have.

Directions: Just mix the blend together to the consistency you prefer.

For holders for these, I find the best containers are here. They’re cheap and durable.

  1. Orange Sugar Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tsp Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 4 tbsp Sugar, 6 Drops Orange Essential Oil.

  • Lemon Vanilla Sugar

Ingredients: 5 drops Lemon juice, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Honey

  • Lavender Coconut Sugar

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar, 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice), 1 Tsp Coconut Oil

  • Lemon Olive Sugar Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 6 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

  • Gingerbread Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Brown Sugar, ¼ tsp Nutmeg, ¼ Cinnamon, 1 tsp Ginger

  • Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 2 Coconut Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 ½ Brown Sugar, 1 tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

  • Olive Rainbow Lavender Scrub

Ingredients: 5 tablespoons Sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons Olive Oil, Cotton Candy flavor powder (from your baking aisle or here), pink food coloring (from your baking aisle or here)

  • Shea Lavender Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Shea Butter, 2-3 Tbsp Sugar, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 3-5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  • Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: ¼ cup Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Oil, 1 tsp Honey, 1 tsp Olive oil

  • Jojoba Mint Lip Scrub

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tbsp Sugar, 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

  • Moisturize with 10 Lip Balm Recipes:

Keep in mind, that for anything with Beeswax in it, you will have to heat up to blend properly. Everything else your can put in a blender if you like, of you can just mix at room temperature.

As for containers, you can use the same containers as used above for the scrub here.

1. Lime Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 2 tsp Cocoa Butter, 2 tsp Almond Oil, 8 drops of Lime Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

2. DIY Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tablespoon Beeswax Pellets (natural food store or here), 1 teaspoon Sweet Almond Oil, 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

3. Grapefruit Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Castor Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, ½ tsp Grapefruit Essential Oil (natural food store or here)

4. Lavender Mint Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Beeswax Pellets, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

5. Maple Shea Butter Balm

Ingredients: 1 tbsp Maple Syrup, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp coconut oil, ½ tsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Lavender Essential Oil

6. Citrus Shea Butter Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tbsp Olive Oil, 6-8 drops Lemon or Orange Essential Oil, 2 tsp Shea Butter

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7. Almond Mint Balm

Ingredients: 2 tbsp grated Beeswax, 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cocoa Powder, 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

8. Honey Vanilla Lip Balm

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp Shea Butter, 7 Drops Vanilla Extract, 1 tbsp Honey, 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

9. Raspberry Lip Balm

Ingredients: 4 frozen Raspberries (ground in a coffee grinder), 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 Tbsp Shea Butter

10. Peppermint Lip Balm

Ingredients: 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tbsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

sticks and powder
  • Show off with 2 DIY Lipstick Recipes:

Why? You might be asking this.

That is understandable. If you’re already doing something so good for your lips, some regular lipstick won’t hurt anything.

That’s actually wrong.

Th additives in store-bought lipsticks are constantly working to undermine all the hard work you have done in the first two steps. Plus those chemicals not only hurt your lips, but are also absorbed into your skin and body.

*cue Mutumbo’s “not in my house”*

By making your own lipsticks, you can continue down the same path of healthy soft luscious lips already started, and you can also get far less toxins, such as Lead and Phthalates, absorbed into your skin and mouth.

For application and use, you can get really good lipstick tubes here. It has really good reviews.

  • Recipe 1

½ tsp Jojoba Oil, 1 tsp Candelilla Wax (vegan alternative to beeswax here), 1 ½ tsp Grapeseed Oil, ¼ tsp Mica-Mica (natural food store or here), ½ tsp Rice Flour (local grocery store or here), 5 tsp Shea Butter

  • Recipe 2

Ingredients: Beetroot powder (for color, here), 5-6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil, 1/8 tsp Mica-Mica Powder, 1/8 tsp Iron Oxide (carrier for the color here), 1tsp Shea Butter, 1 tsp Beeswax pellets, 1 tsp Olive Oil

Directions: For both of these recipes, your will need to heat the wax, Beeswax or Candelilla Oil, and butters together on low heat. If you want coloring, add the coloring in last. Following that, for shape your can pour it into a lipstick mold, you can find those here. You can find these on Amazon for cheap for 3 in a pack. Put molds in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and take lipsticks out of mold to deposit them into Lipstick holders. A great one is here.

Conclusion:

By learning to take care of your lips long term, you can have the lips you always dreamed of without sacrificing your overall health and wellbeing.

Try any of these recipes and comment below on how it went. I love to hear from you all, it really brightens my day.

Much love and happiness to you all 😊

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Try 9 ways to release chronic muscle tension and stiffness in lower and upper back

Introduction

So much sitting! Not to mention all of the other issues that cause back problems to plague us so. You constantly find yourself having to twist and crack your back when it feels strange and tight throughout the day. To make it worse, often your back just seizes up into this ball of painful tension. In this post, I have compiled eight remedies you can use consistently use to relieve back tension immediately and over the long term.

  • Yoga

Due to the slowness, steadiness and therapeutic qualities of Yoga, it is great for long term management of back tension and pain. Because of the lengthening and the soothing of muscles that characterize this practice, here muscles have ample chance to relax as well as strengthen over time. Doing Yoga for back pain not only manages painful symptoms immediately, but also helps lessen the intensity and frequency of the tension over time.

Everyday Health teaches the best Yoga poses to soothe back pain here.

Yoga Journal also teaches 16 Poses to Ease Back pain here.

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  • Spices

Yall already know that Turmeric and Garlic are superfoods in mine and everybody’s book. And here they are again, like Tony Stark, to save the day. Turmeric is great for inflammation and tension within the body. The curcumin and other nutrients help relax muscle tension immediately and reduce unnecessary contraction usually for a day or so. Ginger also does this too, but Ginger works further with the hormones in the body that cause you to feel pain; this means it will help take the edge off the tension immediately.

Try out these Turmeric Remedies for back pain here.

Also check out these Ginger remedies for back pain here.

 

  • Epsom Salt

This salt is the muscular ELIXER!!! This salt is phenomenal and is recommended by medical practitioners around the world as a remedy for muscle tension, soreness, and tiredness. Likely if you have back tension, you are suffering from all three to some degree. My favorite way to use this salt is to put 1 Cup of Epsom Salt in a warm/hot bath. This way the Epsom Salt can do its own magic, while being enhanced by the warm water, which is already relaxing your muscles. If you don’t have time to take a bath, another way is to get Epsom Salt Pain relief gels. This may seem sketchy but they really work. Trust me.

An article for using Epsom Salt specifically for Back pain is here.

  • Heat Application

Compounding on what was said above, heat greatly relaxes muscle tension. This is so much so that they have heat packs designed for the lower back pain for this very reason. These can used to manage symptoms overtime by being put on every evening to relax muscles at the end of a long grueling day. That is a great solution for some, but it’s not my personal cup of tea. My favorite heat trick is soaking in hot water in a tub, usually for about 25-30 minutes. After doing that, my back and legs feel refreshed and rejuvenated. There is little to no pain/tension for 1-2 days of regular activity.

Learn to use heating pads for back pain management here.

How to take baths for pain management is explained here.

  • Aquatic Exercise

This type of exercise deserves so much more credit. It is great for muscles and joints that are damaged, overstrained, or overworked. Studies have proven that aquatic exercise helps strengthen and develop muscles while they are relaxed, causing very little strain or stress to any part of the body. Simple exercises such as Lunges, Water Kicks, and Sideways Walking are great at getting back muscles used in new ways; this increases their flexibility, durability, and elasticity. Doing these exercises continuously while the muscles are relaxed will make everyday activity easier, giving you significantly less  back tension.

Specific aquatic exercises that may will help your back can be found here.

  • Digestive Health

You wouldn’t think they are connected, but they are. The better your digestive health, the less stress and tension occur in the abdominal area. Because the abdominal muscles extending around your body, not just in the front, indigestion and digestive issues can directly affect the internal muscles in the back. Intestinal health through a healthy diet and lifestyle allows that entire area to stay relaxed and not hold tension that begins from intestinal difficulties and issues. So in short: make sure you eat healthy so digestive issues do not attribute to back muscular tension and/or inflammation.

Simple easy general tips to improve digestion can be found in this article here.

  • Consistent Quality Sleep

A consistent lack of sleep in studies has shown to be a significant contributor to continuous inflammation and pain throughout the body. By getting better sleep, muscles relax and can adequately and properly drain muscle fluid. From this, throughout the day, muscles hold less tension and do not inflame as readily as they would otherwise. Giving the body ample time to rest muscles and release in sleep can help day to day activities tremendously. Also notice the term quality. In this sense quality means: in a relaxed position, without much direct light, and preferably sleeping on the left side of your body.

Tips to improve sleep can be found in this straightforward article here.

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  • Foam Roller

This is a great way to provide immediate relief for pain. For those who need assistance stretching due to mobility issues or other reasons, this is a great method that combines stretching with muscular massaging. This apparatus also really helps you also with nerve issues that often accompany back pain and tension. I firmly believe that if you have the funds, you should invest in one.

Foam Roller exercises to specifically help back pain are found in this article here.

Conclusion

With these 8 activities and remedies you can cheaply and effectively manage and eliminate the annoying back tension and pain. Consistency with any one, or all of the activities above, will bring you results that will blow your mind, just as they did mine. 😊

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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Rid yourself of puffy and tired under-eye circles with 10 super quick cheap DIYs

Introduction

The importance of eyes cannot be understated. Not only are they the windows to the soul, but they are also “the nipples of the face”- as Gypsies would say. They are where people truly communicate and is one of the first things people notice about your face. 

And furthermore, if you have them from working hard, you should not be ashamed of them. Too long have a been on top of you game but still plagued with puffy, tired, gray and purple under eye bags. No more!

This post is a conglomeration of remedies I have discovered and used over the years to help me drop my under-eye bags. None of these remedies require a lot of time or extra prep, and all except one works almost instantaneously.

Following the 10 remedies, I have included three tips for everyday life that will brighten skin, renew cells, and encourage collagen production, elasticity, and moisture retention. As the cherry on top. 🙂 

Remedies:

  • Baking Soda

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Tablespoon of warm water (Optional chamomile tea)
  2. 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda

Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl, making a paste. Apply this paste directly to the face through spreading underneath the eyes with a spoon. Once spread under both eyes, leave to dry for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off the paste gently with a mildly wet cloth.

  • Coconut Oil Massage

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ palm amount of solid Coconut Oil

Directions: Rub the oil gently into your hands to warm it up and turn it more liquid. Rub the oil under your eyes and along the cheekbones gently. Try to make sure as much of the oil is in that area as possible. Following that, make your hands into fists and take your front knuckles and line them up along the sides of your nose. From there rotate both hands outward and slide them with an average pressure up the cheekbones all the way to the hairline. Repeat 5-6 times.

This technique is a part of facial yoga. This practice not only ensures the coconut oil penetrates skin to improve the elasticity and brightness, but also helps facial drainage and bloating by reducing the probability of continued under eye puffiness.

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  • Cold Spoons

Ingredients:

  1. 2 regular dinner spoons

Directions: Put two metal spoons into the refrigerator until they get very cold, but not so they are ridiculously uncomfortable. When ready, pull out the spoons and put the back of the spoon over both of your eyes gently. Leave the cold spoons on your eyes for 7-10 minutes.

  • Cucumbers

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ – ½ of a cucumber

Directions: This one can be prepared on the spot or in advance, it just depends on weather you put your cucumbers into the refrigerator or not, because I do. Place chilled cucumber slices over the closed eye and leave on for 10 minutes. After that time, wipe under-eye area gently and rinse eyes if necessary.

  • Teabags

Ingredients:

  1. 2 Chamomile Teabags (optional Green Teabags)
  2. Shallow bowl of water

Directions: Soak the Teabags in water for 4-6 minutes; just enough time to activate the herbs within the teabag. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the Teabag and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Milk Pads

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow bowl of ice cold milk
  2. 2 Cotton Balls (optional cotton pads)

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in milk until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Potato Juice

Ingredients:

  1. ¼ Cold Potato
  2. 1 Handheld Vegetable Grater
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Grate 2 Tablespoons worth of cold potatoes. Because the potatoes are cold, they will easily make juice, and that’s what we need. With the grated pieces, smash them a little more to get more juice from them. After that soak the cotton pads with the juice from the grated potatoes. Apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Afterwards gently lift them off and rinse eyes gently.

  • Almond Oil

Ingredients:

  1. Bottle of Almond oil

Directions: Pour from the bottle enough to fill the pad of finger, and rub it gently to your under-eye area. Repeat on both sides; 1 finger-pad per eye. It is best to apply this one at night so that is can fully absorb into skin undisturbed, but you can do it at any time, as long as its on for at least an hour. After time is done, gently rinse off area with cold water.

  • Tomato Lemon Combo

Ingredients:

  1. 1Tablespoon Tomato Juice
  2. ½ teaspoon Lemon Juice
  3. Cotton Pads

Directions: Mix the above ingredients together in a bowl. Dip the cotton pads into the solution to soak, and then apply to eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

  • Rose Water

Ingredients:

  1. Shallow dish of Rose Water
  2. Cotton Pads

Directions: Dip the cotton balls in the bowl of Rose Water until they are completely soaked. Squeeze most of the wetness out of the pad and place over the eyes for 10 minutes. Gently lift them off after the time period and gently pat dry the under eye area.

3 Tips on stopping under-eye bags

  • You are not cleaning a floor!

When you are removing your makeup, do not scrub your skin like you are trying to scrub a dish or a floor. Treating your skin that way not only stretches it out, but it also prevents your skin from retaining moisture and buoyancy. Be careful with yourself; remove makeup and dirt gently and with care.

  • Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a powerhouse of skin health. It’s most notable pillars are natural moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream, makeup remover, and antibacterial protection. The best way to continually reap the benefits from this oil is to put it onto your skin every morning or every night. Although it is a runny oil of average thickness, it can definitely be used for all skin types. For those who find it a bit uncomfortable, gauge the amount of oil you need so it does not run, make you hot, or otherwise bother you.

  • Lymphatic Face Massage

These provide amazing effects for your both externally and internally. Doing Lymphatic facial massages improves your skin through pressing out toxins out and free radicals, making skin smoother, making skin less prone to wrinkles, and increasing collagen production. Also it inspires skin to rejuvenate itself faster, giving your skin a natural fresh glow immediately after doing it as well as long term.

Conclusion

There is no need to go on a wing and prayer buying expensive eye creams and facial solutions and hoping they work but not put toxic chemicals into your body. With the techniques above, you can rest assured you can brighten and banish you under-eye bags in minutes a day, with natural and cheap products you already have.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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Solve and manage carpel tunnel, hand tendon, and wrist pain with this easy 3 Tier System

Introduction

Hands are probably the most underappreciated and overused body part in today’s society. We use them 24/7 at this point far more than we use our feet considering more automation, computer jobs, and not to mention our phone use.

More and more people are silently suffering with painful hand tendons, thumb pain, sore wrists, and forearm pain. And all of these problems later develop into full blown carpel tunnel, which sometimes requires surgery to fix.

In this post I have put together 3 tier system that I myself use to manage my hand pain a fatigue from day to day typing, phone use, cooking, etc.

  • Tier 1- Exercise
  • Tier 2- Foods to eat
  • Tier 3- Remedies

3 Exercises

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These exercises should be done at least once a day everyday, but if you would like to do them more, feel free.

  • Rubber band – Remember with this one you just want to GENTLY challenge and warm up your muscles.
    • Bring your fingertips together in front of your hand
    • Place a rubber band or elastic around the tips of your fingers (choose a Rubber band that isn’t too thick, or too hard to stretch. You do not want to continue to strain)
    • Try to open your fingers until the space between them is around a tennis ball size and hold for 6 Seconds.
    •  Bring your fingers back together slowly and rest
    • Repeat this 10 times per hand.
  • Hand/finger glide– With this one, control and mindfulness is the name of the game.
    • Make a fist with your hand
    • Allow the fingers to uncurl and the finger pads be flat against the palm
    • Drag all the fingers mindfully and deliberately along their natural path until they are straight up in a stop sigh format.
    • Gently roll the fingers back down to where the pads are flat along the palm.
    • Release the hand to its natural position for rest and reset
    • Shake it out.
    • Repeat 5- 7 times each hand.

This can be done with both hands at the same, but for mindfulness and deliberateness, I would recommend 1 hand at a time.

  • Wrist Extension– The goal of this is to stretch your forearm, another source for hand and wrist pain.
    • Hold your arm out with the hand bent down and the palm facing towards you on the bottom side.
    • With the opposite hand, gently full back towards you back on the fingers/top of the other hand until you feel a stretch in your forearm muscles.
    • Hold there for 4-6 seconds.
    • Fold the hand at the end of the extended arm upward so your palm is facing out from you.
    • Do the same as earlier. With the opposite hand, gently full back towards you back on the fingers/top of the other hand until you feel a stretch in your forearm muscles.
    • Hold that stretch for 4-5 seconds
    • Do 2-3 Wrist circles with extended arm. Rest and let it fall naturally
    • Repeat with the other arm.

Do this exercise on both arms, whenever you feel your own discretion regarding your forearm tension.

5 Foods

  • Avocado

These are powerhouses of Omega 3 fatty amino acids as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. This means they help reduce muscular swelling at the back top of your hands because of overstrain. The fatty acids aid in keeping joints lubricated and cartilage healthy, therefore reducing pain greatly.

  • Curcumin (Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper, Red Chili Peppers)
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Several studies over the years have shown that Curcumin was a significantly strong pain killer, not just because it reduces inflammation, which it does, but it also helps regulate pain receptors and signals within the body. This is perfect for someone who is doing a lot of typing everyday by helping swelling as well as pain and strain equally.

  • Ginger

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory but in its own unique way; it works intimately with hormones that produce pain. Working within the endocrine system allows it to inhibit the transmission of hormones that create chronic inflammation within the body such as arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase, prostaglandin and leukotriene biosynthesis. These key inflammatory agents are common in arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions.

  • Cashews
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These Nuts not only have an abundance of Omega 3 acids to help with joint health and mobility, but Cashews have special characteristics that make it stand out amount the competition. Cashews have an extremely high copper and magnesium content, making them great at encouraging the body’s natural rejuvenation of joint cartilage as well as bone density issues.

  • Berries

An often overlooked result of joint pain and strain, especially in hands, is the bone health problem that often results soon after. The abundance of Carotenoids in berries such as Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries, are great for bone health and resilience as well as strengthening bone joints. These two together will make your hands not only stronger, but suffer even less at the hands of overuse.

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3 Remedies

These remedies can be done once a week for mild pain, but for more severe pain I suggest doing at lease one of these remedies twice a week. That way, your muscles will have a chance to reset and relax often, giving less strain and less pain.

  • Epsom Salt Soak

This one is my particular favorite because Epsom Salt is great for reducing inflammation within joints as well as the muscle fibers.

  • 3/4th Epsom Salt
  • Basin with warm/hot water (at your discretion of course)

Directions: Put 3/4th Cup Epsom Salt into a bucket/basin. Run water into the basin and gently stir the water until it gets to the right level.

*This is so that it mixes in and dissolves into the water as fast as possible.*

Right level= height where you can put your hands and wrists into the water without it running over the edges.

  • Coconut Oil Massage

Coconut Oil is backed-up by thousands of massage therapists as being the best oil for massages hands down. It is unmatched in its ability to relax muscles, relieve muscle tension, and long term improve blood circulation within the body. A great after effect of this massage is moisturized and ageless hands perfect for framing your newest manicure.

Directions: Take ½ Teaspoon of solid Coconut Oil and rub it in between palms just to warm it up and begin to melt it.

  1. One hand at a time, massage the back of each hand by rubbing the heel of the palm of one hand on the back of the opposite hand while the massaged hand is stretching its fingers in and out.
  2. Take the thumb of one hand and rub it up and down the muscular line of each finger along the back of the hand. While this is being done, do individual finger bends.
  3. Do finger lifts on a flat surface with one hand while the back of the hand and thumb are being massaged horizontally by the other hand.
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  • Peppermint Massage

Peppermint is a particularly invigorating oil that not only rejuvenates the body, but also the mind through a clearness and refreshing, soothing feeling. The menthol in this oil that gives it is magical powers has made it a reliable and well known treatment for sore muscles and excessive joint pain. You can either make this massage oil for one time use, or you can make a bulk supply and use it needed; just use the same proportions as below if you like the second option.

  1. 4 drops peppermint
  2. 2 drops Marjoram oil or Lavender Oil (optional)
  3. 1Tsp Olive Oil (carrier oil as well as Vitamin E powerhouse)

Conclusion

With this 3 Tier System of exercise, food, and DIY remedies, I hope you will able to manage your hand pain and fatigue. My greatest hope is that someone can save themselves from Carpel Tunnel or any other serious long term issues by doing the simple steps above.

Much love, peace, and happiness. 😊

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