Flamingo VS Billie: Who Makes the Cut?

It’s about time!! Razors designed for women with no “Pink Tax“. It is ridiculous to pay so much for a good razor and now we don’t have to!

Two of the newest entries into the women’s care world are Flamingo and Billie. Flamingo is by Harry’s and is a razor designed specifically for women and their curves. It was created in response to the requests of women who have been using Harry’s razors but needed more. Me, that would be me.

Billie is an independent newcomer whose goal is to provide a razor specifically designed for women and at a lower cost.

One day my girls and I were sitting around talking about shaving and razors, as girls do, and my millennial-aged girls told me about Billie, and I had just discovered Flamingo and the battle was on! I purchased both and for the past month have shaved one leg with Billie and one leg with Flamingo and here’s how it went.

Flamingo

Price: $9.00 – Comes with the handle and one blade

Blades: $9.00 for four

Subscription: No

Review: A while back I had switched to Harry’s razors to save money. I mean really!!! It is ridiculous how much razors cost at the store!!! eh-hem, sorry…The razor made a close shave, but I found it to feel rough and not glide well, so I was very excited to learn that they had created one for women based on feedback from women! The Flamingo has a bit an aloe strip at the top of the blades to help it glide and hydrate. I shave my legs every day and I love the feel of the handle and the head pivot’s better to more easily glide over any curve, and let’s be real ladies – we have them. But…it is still a rougher feel than I’d like to experience and I didn’t feel like the aloe strip did much.

Overall it is a nice razor and at only $9.00 for a box of 4 replacements blades, it is a great deal. Flamingo makes a very smooth shave and still feels pretty good if I skip a day and it did very nicely on my armpits which I have always hated shaving; you know…razor burn, bumps, nicks, uneven shave…armpits are tricky.

Billie

Price: $9.00 – Comes with the handle, two blades and a sweet little magnetic holder

Blades: $9.00 for four

Subscriptions: Yes

Review: The Billie razor comes with an aloe block that fully surrounds the blades and I love it!! I don’t usually use shaving cream, but use a microfiber cloth to exfoliate first and then shave and there is no need to add anything else with the Billie. It has a very smooth shave and close shave too leaving an overall lovely experience in the shower (or wherever you shave). The handle fits well in my hand and isn’t very slippery and the head pivots well for the curvy places.

The Billie is also $9.00 for 4 replacement blades making it also a great deal!

The Champion:

The Billie – not just for millennials! But my girl’s were right.

Had I never used the Billie I would have been totally in love with the Flamingo. It does everything it says it will; It’s expertly designed and is designed for all the curves and places I may want to shave and honestly I like the idea of no subscription. But, every day for a month I’ve shaved one leg with each razor and even had my husband test how my legs felt 😀 and the Flamingo was, sometimes, the tiniest bit smoother. Not always and it was pretty close to call.

Billie started things out nicely by providing a holder and two blades to get you started for the same cost which was pretty nice when you open your first box! I really love how smoothly it glides across my legs, especially the very bony part on my shin.

Part of my test was to use the same blade for a month, Ummm I usually use them waaay longer than that! Then I learned that most companies suggest changing it every 5-10 uses and Billie says every 7 uses! Ummm…ok I’ll be upping my game it seems. I wanted to see how the Billie compared to the Flamingo as the aloe block wore down and in 1 month it still glides just as smoothly and still has plenty of aloe left. The Flamingo feels about the same as it did on day one too.

Subscription?? Well, for me personally I’m going to do it. I love the razor that much and you can schedule your shipment out as far every 3 months. Yeah :/ I’ll probably still use them that too long. If you say you shave every day you will receive 4 blades every month, which is about a blade a week and fits most guidelines. There is also an option for every 2 months. I feel like the subscription will help me do a better job of changing the blades and shoot…I just like it. I feel pampered every morning and I’m worth pampering and I’m easily worth $9.00 every 3 months, heck…I’m worth $9.00 every month even!

I purchased the razors myself and have had no contact with the razor companies, this is completely an independent review.

About the Blogger:

My name is Lisa Burbach and one of my passions is helping people care for, love, and accept themselves for who they were created to be. I enjoy helping people learn that wellness is holistic; includes mind, body, and soul, and how to be mindful of our whole being.  I help people in these areas as a Shaklee Distributor and as a Health Coach, walking with people as they learn to care for themselves inside and out.

Learn more….

#billie #flamingo #razor #pinktax #selfcare #wellness #begoodtoyourself #reviews #review #women #womensproducts

Stewardship: Earth, Body, & Community

According to Wikipedia.org : “Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. The concepts of stewardship can be applied to the environment and nature,[1][2] economics,[3][4] health,[5] property,[6] information,[7] theology,[8] etc.”

A steward is someone who looks after, has responsibility, accountability, and care for the property of others.  A steward is you.  We are each stewards of our planet, our community, or finances, health, the information we pass along, our spiritual life, in our workplaces and more.   We think it is ours, but we are all connected.

In America Stewardship is in direct conflict with our culture, yet people value it leading to a struggle in our hearts and minds.  We are all about “I” and “me” and “my”, yet we develop committees to save the environment, take care of land and animals, create a sound economy….  Somewhere we understand that we have a responsibility towards people and things outside of ourselves, we are stewards.

My challenge to you is to up your game as a steward!  Here are some ways we could be better stewards.  I challenge you to work on these areas for 30 days and see how you feel physically and emotionally at the end.  As we treat others well, look outside of ourselves, and remember kindness we begin to feel better too! Try writing down how you feel today and then again in 30 days.

Be a Steward of the Environment:

  • Reduce, recycle, reuse – Pay attention to  your packaging, try composting, remember your grandparents who saved everything and reused them; try it.  You can go to Pinterest for ideas or try having a neighborhood reuse and create day.
  • Walk more, share a ride
  • Try Meatless Monday
  • Use reusable bags
  • Don’t litter
  • Turn off those lights when you leave a room and turn off your electrical strips at night.
  • Keep reusable cutlery with you and a cup for eating fast food

Be a Steward of your body:

You may think “It is my body and it doesn’t matter”  it does, just ask your friends and families whose hearts are connected to yours.

  • Exercise – this can be any from of movement that you do on a regular basis and makes you happy.  Try frisbee, running, nature walks, yoga, gardening, play outside with your kids.  Just keep moving.
  • Eat well – Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and try using meats as more of a side dish, reverse your plate! Use moderation, portion control.  Don’t vilify foods and remember treats are occasional items, but should be part of your life.

Be a Steward of your mental well being:

  • Spend time with friends
  • Find your purpose
  • Allow yourself to care for others
  • Meditate/pray
  • Talk to someone
  • Don’t be afraid to get help if you need it
  • Laugh – have fun and be silly,

Be a Steward of our community:

  • Property – This should not need to be addressed, but I find people are careless in this regard.If you use it put it back
  • Don’t vandalize – write on desks, etc.
  • If it breaks let someone know, replace it.
  • Pick up your trash and throw it away in the proper receptacles
  • Leave it better than you found it

Be a Steward of Information:

  • Surrounded by accounts of “fake news”,  over embellished news etc. this is a key point for today.T
  • Tell the truth
  • Don’t repeat something unless you have researched it yourself to know if it is true
  • Ask yourself “Why am I sharing this information,  does it help anyone, encourage anyone?”  If it is for the purpose of starting an argument, inciting anger or creating conflict.  Let it go!
  • If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!
  • 3 minutes of negative news can impact your day negatively for up to 6 hours! 

General Stewardship:

  • Pay it forward
  • Be kind, courteous, and helpful
  • Let others go first
  • Mind your manners
  • Say “Please”Say  “Thank you”
  • Don’t interrupt
  • Say “excuse me”
  • Ask permission
  • Don’t steal or lie
  • Don’t use other people’s things without asking
  • Just be nice

To simplify, I’m suggesting that we treat each other, ourselves and the things we interact with, with respect and dignity and as if they are valuable, because they are.  I think we all just needed a reminder, myself included.

We are each stewards, we are responsible for our words and deeds, we are accountable to others and we should responsibly manage our resources, of all kinds, and plan wisely.

Why does it matter?   It isn’t all about you! But in some ways it is; your kindness and actions have the ability to change the world around you and we live in an environment of incredible unhappiness, one of diminishing resources and you and I can make a difference. We are all called to Stewardship.

Lisa is and Independent Shaklee Distributor and received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.   To learn more visit http://yieldingaction.com

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors. Shaklee was Green when Green was just a color! Everything we do has been designed In Harmony with Nature®. Discover our difference.

The Menu

This week’s menu for the week of April 15

By: Purple Carrot – #meatlessmonday

Mexican Socca Pizza with Tomatillo Salsa and Chipotle Corn

30 Minutes

Serves 2

Easy to Moderate

#Vegan #Glutenfree

This is a skillet pizza with a chickpea flour base -No, don’t wrinkle your nose, it’s really good!. This meal is gluten free and packed with protein! Give it a whirl for #meatlessmonday.

By: Pampered Chef

Pampered Chef – Lemon Pasta Chicken Toss

30 Minutes

Serves 6

Easy

I really do like Pampered Chef recipes, they are easy and always look like you worked much harder than you did.  This recipe is no different.  It was a quick and easy but still tasty meal. This calls for pre-made Alfredo, but you could make your own if you like.  We made an exchange though; spinach for broccoli.  You could use either vegetable or add something new.  This dish would be easy to play around with.

By: The Hairy Bikers

Mushroom and Lentil Ragu

1 Hour 15 Minutes

Serves 6-8

Easy to Moderate

#vegetarian

I love the Hairy Bikers! They have great recipes and when I started looking for vegetarian recipes that my meat loving man would enjoy without feeling deprived, they came to the rescue! Learn more about the Hairy Bikers

By: The Food Network and Bobby Flay

Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon – Bobby Flay

55 Minutes

Serves 4

Easy
#fish

I am a Bobby Flay fan! I didn’t realize it at first, but the more I try his recipes the more I want! We try to add fish in at least once a week to up our Omega 3’s and salmon is usually pretty easy to buy and cook. This recipe has a few ingredients that may not be a staple in your home, but I encourage you to branch out and try new things.

By: Olive Garden – No, really…it’s a recipe – we didn’t go out to eat.

Campellini Pomodoro – Vegetarian, but great with chicken or sausage

20 Minutes

Serves 4

Easy

#vegetarian option

This is one of my favorite quick meals.  I like it for its simpleness and full flavor.  This dish is especially good in the summer when you can use fresh tomatoes.  Try using different types of pastas, each one makes the dish taste a little different, but always good.

We like to add cooked Kielbasa or Sweet Italian Sausage and add it to this dish if we are in the mood to “beef it up”.

Your Weekly Menu

Let me do the research for you and you make yummy meals!

BBQ Rice and Veggie Bowl #Meatlessmonday

First start the rice of your choice – follow directions on package. I highly recommend using the Instantpot or electric pressure cooker to save time.

While Rice cooks, prepare the veggies

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 cup corn

1 zucchini large diced

1 poblano pepper finely chopped

 ½ -1  jalapeno pepper, diced

 ¼ cup Red onion, diced

 Cilantro

 1 Tbsp Lime juice

 Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil and add peppers, red onion zucchini and corn and cook until lightly toasted in areas and heated through.  Add lime juice, salt and pepper and cilantro and toss through. 

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

1 cup ketchup

1 tbsp mustard

1 tsp  garlic powder or sauté garlic with onions

1 tsp onion powder or saute fresh onions to taste

1tsp chili powder

1/3 cup molasses

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp chocolate

1 tbsp chipotle pepper w/sauce (more to taste)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Salt & pepper

Heat the vinegar and add in molasses and brown sugar to dissolve, then add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Simmer 5 minutes. Done!  Easy! 

If using fresh onions and garlic sauté them in 1 tbsp olive oil prior to adding vinegar and sweeteners.

Top the rice with veggies and then bbq sauce and enjoy. #meatlessmonday

#vegan #vegetarian

Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Recipe:

1 pound ground chicken

½ cup chopped onion

1-2 cloves garlic

1 Bottle Franks Buffalo Sauce

Lettuce leaves (keep uncut to make small cups)

Blue Cheese and Ranch for toppings (optional)

Sauté the onion until translucent, then add the garlic and sauté about 30 seconds.  Add the chicken and cook until done, no pink.  Once the chicken is done stir in about half of the Buffalo sauce and stir through until heated.  Scoop into lettuce leaves and serve.

Optional, top with blue cheese crumbles before serving. Serve with celery and carrots with Ranch and Blue Cheese dressings. #buffalochicken

Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

CURRIED QUINOA CHICKPEA BURGERS – by The Minimalist Baker

You’ll see her recipes on this blog a lot! We love the Minimalist Baker. Her recipes are simply and yummy.

We make an effort to add several vegetarian nights a week to help us eat more health whole food, plant based, foods. These recipes are so yummy you won’t feel deprived. We don’t. We’ve learned to enjoy these nights as much if not more than meat nights.

#vegan #vegannight

Fish Tacos

Crispy Fish Tacos

with Salsa Verde & Red Cabbage Slaw

By: Blue Apron

We have not tired the Blue Apron service, but have been impressed with the recipes. You will love this recipe. We could drink the salsa verde, or at least lick our bowls!!

#blueapron #fish

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe

By: Ellie Krieger

Homemade and Healthier – you’ll never go back to canned!

My family loves Sloppy Joes, but I hate the idea of using the packets or cans which are loaded with salt and preservatives.  I found this recipe by Ellie Krieger and we love it.  

Note: I leave out the beans – to me that takes away from the Sloppy Joe experience, but if you like it, leave them in.

#makeithealthy #elliekrieger #sloppyjoe

Each week I scour the internet, cookbooks, and magazines, or create my own meals for a weekly menu for our family.  My friends have asked me to share with them, because they don’t have time to figure out what to make for dinner, and I’m sharing with you too!  Each week I find 5 meals I’d like to try, post them here, and save you the trouble! 

I make as many things from scratch as possible, using the freshest, and healthiest ingredients I can find, and sometimes we splurge! I also make my grocery list from this menu and the rule is “If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it”. 

Share your meals on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook  hashtag us #yieldingaction. Check out other recipes and visit my Pinterest pages The Menu & visit Sunday Meals for the splurges – often our Night off!  

Broccoli – What’s in it for me?

Did you know Broccoli is a Superhero?

Broccoli is an amazing superhero of superfoods filled with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients with only a small amount of calories per serving!  You should definitely eat your broccoli!   Broccoli retains the most nutritional value when eaten raw, but if you don’t care for it raw you can lightly steam it and retain much of the goodness!

Trivia

  1. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson planted Broccoli at Monticello in as early as 1767?
  2. The word broccoli comes from the Italian “broccolo” meaning “The flowering crest of cabbage”.
  3. Broccoli was popular in Italy as far back as the 6th century, but was slow reaching the rest of the world.
  4. Broccoli is a good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber!

What’s in it for me?

  1. Potassium , 288 grams of potassium in one cup!  That is a lot.  Potassium,  Helps the heart, kidneys, cells, digestive system, muscles, and regulates flood balance and blood pressure.  Potassium has may help reduce the risk of stroke.
  2. Vitamin C, one cup has 135% of the Daily Value- Good for eye health, cardiovascular health,  repairs and regenerates tissue, decreases LDL, decrease triglycerides, is an antioxidant working against free radicals and may protect against certain types of cancer.  Vitamin C also may help reduce the effects of nitrates in food and aids in the absorption of Iron.
  3. Vitamin A  11-13% DV– Vital in the growth of bone, key for good vision, important for a healthy immune system,  helps our skin and mucus membranes by protecting against bacteria and viruses and is helpful in reproduction.
  4. Lutine -Zeaxanthin –  may help prevent age related Macular Degeneration and cataracts and may help prevent clogging of the arteries of the neck and may help the health of your skin.
  5. Protein –  4 grams.  Protein serves as building blocks for muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, hormones,  and enzymes.  They increases satiety helping us feel more full.
  6. Sulforaphane – An antioxidant, sulforaphane is thought to reduce the risk of breast, bladder, colon and prostate cancer!
  7. Fiber – fiber is an important and necessary part of our diet and most of us don’t get enough. Known as roughage or bulk it is the parts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes that our bodies can’t digest.  We need both soluble and insoluble fiber to be health.  soluble fiber dissolves in water and becomes gel like and helps our glucose levels and cholesterol.  insoluble fiber helps our digestive system move along and bulks up our stool.  fiber helps our bowl movements be regular, lower cholesterol, maintain blood sugar levels, and provide satiety which can help control our weight.

Eating broccoli may help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of certain cancers, is good for the immune system, may improve blood pressure, kidney function, and heart health!  Pile it on!!

Broccoli Ideas

TIPS:

  • When cooking your foods think about food synergy, for example cooking foods rich in vitamin C with iron rich foods helps you increase iron absorption or using healthy fats, such as olive oil with your veggies – just a little, increases fat soluble vitamin absorption. A,D,E,& K.  Plus, a little olive oil increases the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes.
  • Some foods are more nutritious cooked than raw, such as carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers can be more nutritious when cooked, but just the tiniest bit of heat or steam can do the trick.
  • Leave the peels – Most veggies have edible peels with the exception of things like butternut squash, celery root, etc.Adds extra fiberAdds extra flavorTry using Seasonal veggies  
  • Visit your local Farmers Market
  • Use Delivery services like, Produce box
  • Join the “Eat more veggie challenge” at EatingWell.com http://www.eatingwell.com/healthy_cooking/healthy_cooking_101_basics_and_techniques/take_our_eat_more_vegetables_challenge

Healthy Holidays

Or Ban the soft pants

Winter weather has arrived!!! Legging season is here!! Sweatpants, yoga pants, soft pants hooorah!! OK, I’ll admit that I love soft clothes just like everyone else, I mean they are warm and snuggly, and oooh so comfy. BUT well BUTT; friends I am here to be that friend, you know the honest one that is going to say “Friend! You have got to check in with your jeans!”.

When colder weather arrives we often burrow in, exercise less and not only eat more food, but eat less healthy foods. The holiday’s alone knock us out of our routine. Then there are soft pants. It’s fine to wear leggings, sweatpants, workout clothes etc., but when we wear them all the time our weight can creep up and we are less likely to notice since the pants expand with us. Remember to put on jeans, dress pants, work pants, etc. from time to time to help keep it in check. If that button is groaning a bit, it’s time to give the soft pants a break and go for a walk.

As we get older it is harder to watch our waist too, so develop good habits early to help keep waste from your waist. The more fat that shows around the waistline, the more likely it is that excess fat is being stored inside the abdomen. Visceral fat, or “middle fat,” releases health-harming chemicals into the bloodstream that cause premature aging and increase your risk of:

  • Increased Highs (Cholesterol, Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure)
  • Increased Lows (Depression)
  • A Weak Heart
  • Lower Testosterone/Higher Estrogen (for males)
  • Cancer
  • “-Itises”(Colitis, Dermatitis, Arthritis)

Strive for nice number. Women, keep your waist measurement under thirty-five inches;

men, under forty inches. Middle fat is a good news/bad news scenario. The good news

is that while it’s easiest to put on fat around the middle by eating too much or moving

too little, especially as we age, middle fat is also the first to go when you follow a good healthy Lifestyle and eating habits.

During the holidays it can be helpful to keep mindfulness, well…in mind. Try practicing these Principles of Mindful Eating from the Center for Mindful Eating.

The Principles of Mindful Eating

From The Center for Mindful Eating

“Principles of Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment. Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments. Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment. With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.

Mindful Eating Is:

Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your inner wisdom. Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body. Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment. Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

Someone Who Eats Mindfully:

Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food. Accepts that his or her eating experiences are unique. Is an individual who by choice directs his or her attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis. Gains awareness of how he or she can make choices that support health and well-being. Becomes aware of the interconnection of Earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of his or her food choices on those systems. Practices mindfulness to promote balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.”

Mindfulness isn’t only about eating, but about who we are; where we begin and others end. Mindfulness can calm our hearts and minds, lower blood pressure, and contribute to overall health as well as help us learn healthy boundaries. This holiday season remember to take time for yourself, deep breathe, stretch, exercise, eat well, make space for friendships, and be honoring to yourself. AND don’t forget to check in with your jeans.

To develop a plan for eating well and living well during the holidays schedule a coaching session in person or by Zoom.

I received my Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

#holidays #coaching #waste #waist #eating #healthy #wellness #drsearscoach #selfcare #selflove #youmatter #yieldingaction

I really like you being you even if you being you is different from me being me.

Embrace you, no one does it as well as you

Happy Family Health & Fitness Day

Today, September 29th, is National Family Health and Fitness Day, designed to encourage families to be more active together. Our children will model our behavior, part of family fitness is making the effort to be disciplined as parents. Eat well, Exercise, and encourage your kids to do the same.

“The best exercise is the one that you’ll do!”

It’s no secret, exercise is essential to your health! When mixed with the right nutrition, exercise is your best heart medicine. Exercise doesn’t have to mean a full-blown session in the gym, or training for a triathlon. When it comes to heart medicine, “exercise” is really any movement that gets your heart pumping, like walking, dancing or swimming and just playing together.

Movement not only prevents blood vessels from clogging, but can also help re-open vessels that are already clogged. Movement is also the only cholesterol-lowering medication that has no side effects! When we teach our kids to be active we set up a lifestyle of health for them. When we are active with them we also develop closer relationships with them! So unplug and go play.

You might be thinking that you’re too busy, but not so fast! You can easily move every day, no matter where you are.

Here are five simple ways to incorporate movement into your day:

  1. Take a walk together – Try making it a habit to take a family walk around the neighborhood right after dinner before getting into other activties. Save your walk for when your kids get home from school, and take them with you. Let them ride their bike if they can’t keep your pace!
  2. Play in the park – Take some time on the weekend or weeknight and go to the park. Many parks have walking trails and some have bikes available. Bring a ball or frisbee or climb on the monkey bars together. I used to do this with my kids and they loved it, but one time a woman quickly took her child and left because of the “weird” lady climbing on the play equipment at the park. What a shame.
  3. Play Sports Together: If you have older kids, play a game of baseball, basketball or soccer. You can go to the local park or just play in your own backyard!
  4. Park far, far away – Teach your kids to take the extra steps. Say it out loud “Hey guys, remember to move as much as you can to have healthy bodies, today we will walk extra by parking a little farther away. Or Take the steps instead of the elevator. Making it fun and part of life will cause your children to consider it normal.
  5. Do a family exercise video together – There are all kinds of exercises that can be done on home. Try going to Youtube and searching for things like “Family yoga”, “Family exercise” or “Mommy and me exercises”. Or try doing a follow along dance video together.
  6. Set a limit on electronic devices – We are all addicted to our phone, tablets, etc., but these devices are time sucks and lead to inactivity. Try setting limits on how much “electronic time” is allowed each day. My kids had 1 hour total electronic time (TV, XBox, Tablet, etc.) a day, the rest of the time the had to play. Encourage them to go outside and play, to read, play with toys in their room etc. This time is not only good for the bodies, but good for their brains too. Imagination and play are important parts of family health.
  7. Make a Rule: No TV or video games on weekdays or before playing outside for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Plan an Active Family Vacation: For your next family vacation, plan to do something that involves activities like bike riding, hiking, swimming or dancing.
  9. Schedule it: Find a physical activity that your family enjoys doing together and schedule it into your calendars at least once a week. Also encourage and schedule after school play time with other children.

Every bit of movement you can do will support a healthy heart. The suggestions above are ways to increase your movement each day, but in addition, we as parents should be intentional to add exercise into our daily life. Add it to your day timer as an appointment, and let your family know that self care is important.

Whatever you do, remember to have fun!

If you’re ready to move more, but need help getting started, contact me to schedule a consultation – the first step to a healthier you.

Lisa is an Independent Shaklee Distributor and received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

#health #family #wellness #fitness #wellbeing #exercise #play #movement

Simple Healthy Tips

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn 

Starting a new healthy habit can seem daunting. Where do you start? What should you focus your efforts on? Start with these ten tips for healthy habits:

  1. Read food labels. Don’t get bogged down trying to understand every single ingredient. Instead, focus on avoiding high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial colors. If any of these are on the label, look for a healthier option.
  2. For some people it is important to learn to recognize (and avoid) MSG. Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a flavor enhancer used in packaged foods. MSG is listed on food labels under a variety of names including “modified food starch” and “barley malt.” You can download this guide for a list of alternative names for MSG.  This is a debated issue and the main thing is to do your research and know what you’re eating.
  3. Quality is more important than quantity. Rather than counting calories, fat, etc. and worrying about how much you’re eating, focus on eating quality foods that are grown, not manufactured. These foods are naturally high in fiber and protein and are low in sugar and hydrogenated oils. Think Traffic Light Eating!
  4. Eat mindfully. Don’t turn on the TV when you sit down to eat, and try to avoid eating in the car. Use meal time as a way to connect with your family and focus on the food rather than eating with other distractions like TV, computers and phones. 
  5. Go fish! Include more wild caught fish into your diet, especially wild caught salmon. Fish has high levels of omega-3 fat, which is essential for brain health. You can also enjoy tuna, halibut, catfish, rainbow trout, cod, anchovies and sardines. 
  6. Stay hydrated. Begin your day with a tall drink of water. Try to avoid sweetened or artificially colored drinks and opt for water instead.
  7. Become a grazer. Eating smaller meals or snacks more frequently throughout the day will help with digestion and weight control. Think nuts, smoothies and fruits and veggies.
  8. Get a buddy. Starting healthy habits (and keeping them!) is easier when you have a partner to share the journey with you. Enlist the support of a friend or family member for added accountability. Or, you can work with me! 
  9. Pamper yourself. Self-care is more than eating the right food. It’s also about scheduling “me time” and can include things like getting a massage, going for a leisurely walk or schedule a spa day. Take time to do things that you enjoy!
  10. Be realistic. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” Start with a few changes at first and gradually incorporate more healthy habits over time.  

If you’re ready to start making healthier choices, contact me to schedule a consultation – the first step to a healthier you. Want to learn more about the healthy habits you can make? Let’s Get Together!

Peanut Butter Chicken Rice Bowls

Makes: 4-6 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons creamy, organic peanut (or any nut) butter
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • ½ cup 100% apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • hot sauce, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 organic, free-range chicken breasts cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups of veggies, chopped into bite-size pieces (red/yellow bell peppers, broccoli, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, etc.)
  • 1 cup rice (brown or wild) or quinoa, cooked

Preparation

1. Mix together the peanut butter, soy sauce, and apple juice in a small saucepan. Add the lemon juice and hot sauce. 

2. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok and sauté the chicken until just cooked. Remove the chicken and add the vegetables plus the soy sauce. Sauté until the vegetables are cooked, but still firm. 

3. Mix the chicken back in. Serve the chicken and vegetable mixture over rice in bowls.

4. Heat the peanut sauce briefly. Spoon the sauce over each bowl or let each person add their own sauce.

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Raise a L.E.A.N. Shopper

  1. Shop around the outer aisles of the grocery store. That’s where all the fresh, whole and REAL food is located. As you shop, remind your children the importance of Green and Yellow Light foods. 
  2. Play color games and teach your children that the more colorful the veggies, the healthier they are. 
  3. Make a kid shopping list. Let your children help you plan your shopping list and let them find the items in the store!
  4. Try color coding your grocery list; Red, Yellow, Orange. Red for treat items, special occasion foods.  Yellow for whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, lean meats etc. and Green for fruits and veggies.

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Shaklee – Healthier You News Who hasn’t left work late with a growling stomach but little energy to shop and cook? A busy schedule is one of the top reasons why people choose quick takeout meals, which are often calorie-laden and a contributor to expanding waistlines.

How’s Your Gut Health?

Lisa Wright Burbach

As you age (Prime Time), you need to trust your gut. Really. There’s a difference

between good gut feelings and painful ones, such as heart burn, indigestion and

constipation. During the Prime Time time of life, your body’s need for certain nutrients goes up…but, perhaps you’ve noticed, your tolerance for certain foods goes down.

The keys to eating are two words: smaller and slower. But before we can

truly understand why we need to eat differently, it helps to know a little bit more

about why your gut behaves differently as we age.

1. The stomach shrinks. As we age, there is a decrease in what is called

“gastrointestinal reserve.” In other words, our stomach muscle is less stretchable

(can’t hold as much food) and the intestines lose strength (food moves more slowly).

No more bingeing and gorging like a teenager, your gut just can’t take it.

2. Acid refluxes. The muscular valve that keeps the food in your stomach and prevents

it from being regurgitated back into the esophagus becomes weaker. When we eat too

much too fast, we get that “burny” sensation and irritate that sensitive lining of the

esophagus.

3. Digestion slows. As we grow older, our intestinal function, saliva production, and

stomach emptying all slow down.

4. Nutrient absorption slows. The normal folds of the intestine get flatter as we age and decreases the absorption surface, which may cause the intestines to be less able to

absorb nutrients.

5. Garbage disposal weakens. Once your large intestine disposes of waste, any remains toxins from the digestive process head to the backup disposal, your liver. Your liver has a lot of reserve, but as you age its reserve decreases. Too much garbage (junky or excess food) clogs your disposal system.

6. Metabolism slows. As we age, we become calorie storers instead of calorie burners.

Less fuel burned means less food needed.

7. Drink Water. Drinking water helps healthy bowel function by helping dissolve fiber more easily.

8. Prebiotics and Probiotics. Healthy gut bacteria help break down foods and increase the amount of vitamins and minerals we receive from food. Prebiotics are a family of non-digestible, fermentable carbohydrates (soluble dietary fiber) and are not digested or absorbed in the stomach or small intestine, but instead reach the colon intact, where they are fermented and serve as a food source for beneficial probiotic bacteria, such Prebiotics are specific dietary fibers, food ingredients, that are consumed by beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Supplements can provide prebiotics and probiotics. – Shaklee Health Resource

What are we to do? Grazing is on option; small, frequent mini meals, which will keep your body satisfied—neither hungry, nor uncomfortably full. Other options include eating mindfully, choosing more whole food plant based foods that are especially fiber rich, avoiding junk food, and stop eating when you recognize that you are around 80% full.

Many of the negative changes can be avoided through proper nutrition, mindful eating, and healthy Lifestyles. Book an appointment today to learn what steps you can take for better health.

Adapted from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute with permission

Quick Tip

Be kind to your gut as you’re making changes to your diet! Add things gradually and

make the overall adjustment gentler. Your gut will thank you for it!

Check out these Gut Friendly recipes by the BBC!

Video: Health Begins in the Gut

I received my Master Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

My Husband Van, an Environmental Geologist, and I are also Independent Shaklee Distributors and enjoy helping people and the environment. We believe the like Shaklee does that the home should be the safest place you go, and we help you create that safe place.

How’s Your Mental Fitness?

Just as important as keeping your body fit is keeping your mind fit. Meditation, deep

breathing and stillness are a powerful way to move your mind and keep you healthy

and vital. Modern imaging techniques have enabled neurologists to delve inside the

brain and discover that healthful things go on in the mind and body during meditation.

Studies show that meditation:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • boosts the immune system
  • lowers heart rate
  • reduces stress
  • improves healing from heart disease and cancer
  • slows the progression of cancer
  • improves sleep
  • relieves anxiety and depression
  • accelerates weight loss
  • lowers cortisol levels

So how exactly does Meditation affect our brains? Thanks to PET scans and functional

MRIs, we know that during meditation, the left brain literally lights up. Simply put,

meditation shifts the focus of thought from the right brain, where the stress centers

are, to the left brain, which contains the peaceful centers. Meditation seems to protect

the brain from disturbing environmental stimuli and thoughts.

While meditation is an ancient healing tool, it seems especially relevant in modern

times. It can help us unplug from our smartphones and Facebook feeds and tune into

the wiring of our own minds. To get the most out of meditation, remind yourself you

are NOT wasting time or doing nothing.

Try this Taste of Meditation from the Center for Mindful Eating

Ready to learn more? There are still spots available in my upcoming workshop!

Dr Sears Wellness Institute 2018

What is Health?

Quick Tips

Fitter people breathe more deeply and more slowly. Take a moment to focus on how

you breathe—do you breathe deeply and slowly, or are your breaths quick and

shallow? Take a moment each day to focus on your breathing, and practice taking

deeper, slower breaths so you can be sure you’re aerating the tissue in your lungs.

Peachy Mango Bliss Shake

This peachy-mango shake is bursting with flavor. Loaded with the goodness of mangoes and peaches.  This recipe is a great way to enjoy summer.

  • 2 scoops Vanilla Life Energizing Shake ™
  • 1 cup milk of choice (low-fat milk or soy milk are preferred)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 peach
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3-4 mint leaves
  • Ice as desired

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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I received my Master Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

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