Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cheese Crisps

Super easy, super delicious carb free snack!

Hard cheese such as  Parmesan cheese (real, not powdered stuff)
Pine Nuts (chopped)
Seasoning (I used 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joes)
*next time I will try garlic & basil!

1. Place small piles of cheese on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

2. Sprinkle pine nuts & seasoning on top. 
3. Bake for 8 minutes at 400 degrees.

4. Place in cooling rack & try not to eat them too fast! LoL

note: be sure to use parchment paper the cheese will stick to foil or the pan even if you use cooking spray.

Try these & be sure to let me know what you think :-)

Have a wonderful day,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Why I partnered with Dr. Mom

Dr. MomEcoNetwork
Mystery Diagnosis Support

My family made the decision to partner with a Network of Moms who like myself were struggling to keep my family healthy.

My oldest son was suffering from ADHD and was diagnosed with Aspergers (Autism). We have seen multiple specialist who ultimately would prescribe him medication to help with the hyper activity, which eventually gave him insomnia. Because of the insomnia the specialist wanted to prescribe him sleeping pills.

Both of my children were suffering from asthma and allergies and would have seasonal eczema.

I myself had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto's (thyroid disease), I too suffered from asthma & allergies. On a more personal note, my body and mind were a mess. I was morbidly obese and always was irritable and basically felt like I was in a mental fog all the time. Doctors would tell me to not eat as much, workout more...take some diet pills! 
Basically I felt like they were telling me there was nothing they could do to help.

Honestly there wasn't anything they could do, I had to do it for myself!

This desperation led me down a path of further destruction into weight loss surgery. 
You can read more about that here.

After multiple emergency room visits and what seemed like endless amounts of prescription drugs, 
I realized, conventional medicine was not working for my family.

I did my research and what kept popping up was the nutritional component of health. 

It really was a no brainer, we are what we eat and what we expose ourselves to. 
The problem for me was that I had no idea where to start.

One of the best things about joining The Dr.MoM Network is the support, resource and weekly webinars. 
To Join the group go HERE
At first I logged on weekly to hear what they were talking about and learned so much about why we were so sick all the time. 
More importantly I learned of simple things I could do to make improvements, baby steps to health!
Joining this group is completely FREE! 
(This was important since we are declaring a War on Debt to be debt & mortgage free in just a few years!)

Because I am a Mom, I started with the main ailment both my children suffered from, Asthma. 
I was reading more and more about toxins in the household cleaners and how they could trigger asthma, allergies and even weight gain. 

I decided to swap out my toxic cleaners (the stuff you buy at the stores) for non toxic cleaners, 
you can learn about the brand we use here.

This is when I met Founder and creator of Dr. Mom ECO Network!

Lisa is such a warm hearted person, never pushing me to purchase anything, 
she would just recommend things to me to try & insisted that anything I tried and was unhappy with I could stop trying and get a full refund.
(that was music to my ears, we had already spend an obscene amount on prescription drugs with no type of refund offered)

She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 3! 
I could not believe how well she looked and how active she was. 
I thought I have no idea what she is doing but I want to do it too!

She introduced me to the idea that not all vitamins are created equal and the reasons why we need nutritional supplements.
(i.e., food depleted of nutrients, daily stress & added chemicals/toxins to food supply)

She also taught me about toxins in everyday household cleaners and even in our food supply.
As a certified trainer for the State of Maryland she is an awesome trainer with tons of information.

In just 6 short months of following her recommendations, we were all asthma free, allergy free and eczema free.

Because we took out many toxins and replaced with non toxic brands,
we began noticing improvements with my oldest son who was diagnosed with ADHD/Aspergers. 
(The sun began to shine once again!!)
His symptoms started to be more manageable. 
I am proud to say he has been medication free for over 2 years!

Another "side effect" is that I have lost weight, 
my husband is more fit, 
my children overall are healthy (never sick anymore)
and my relationships are much more enjoyable 
(I think my emotional status is better too!)

Now you are probably wondering 
What is Dr. Mom Eco Network?
It is a support group of moms to help
you find the missing puzzle pieces
for your child and you

E C O stands for....

E - Environment, How does the environment play a role in our health?
C - Choices, What choices do we have for our children?
O- Optimal Nutrition, Nutrition and how it plays a role in our health

This network will help you or your family with resources and support. 

Basically Lisa and Dr. Mom has completely changed my life for the better!
(I'm giving Lisa a BIG virtual HUG!)

If you or a loved one is suffering from ailments that you feel conventional medicine is not helping to "cure", if you want a better life, if you need to take control of your weight or just want to be fit & feel better, 
contact Dr. Mom ECO Network NOW!
Go Here to learn more

We have found that missing puzzle piece with Dr.MoM

Because we were so impressed with Dr. Mom we made the decision to partner with them to be a local Dr.Mom Partner. 

What does this mean?
It means that I am part of a support group that helps families. 
I help families by hosting "Healthy Moms" webinars and finding resources to share with others. 
Most of all we help support each other. There is an emotional component to raising children especially if they are suffering from some ailment that is undiagnosed or wrongfully diagnosed.

Another aspect of partnering with Dr. Mom is the fact that I have learned how I could be a stay at home mom and earn income if I wanted. I know there are many Moms out there that would love to raise their children and contribute to the household income.
Because I love my full time career (Child Daycare), I decided to continue doing both.
I chose to continue with my full time job and partner with Dr. Mom part time. 

Helping others to live DEBT FREE!
We are paying off debt and reaching our goal of being completely debt & mortgage FREE in a few years. 
Dr. Mom also offers training and resources on how to change the day we view money, earning money and paying off debt once and for all!

 Dr. Mom has:
-Helped to make me and my entire family healthy
-Helped me earn more income
-Offerred me an opportunity to be a stay at home mom
-Connected me with other parents who understand the trails we are going through
-Showed me where to go for resources in my community

All this for FREE!
I hope this helps some of you out there to know there are others going through the same thing and there is REAL help.

Have a great Day,

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ah-Choo! Here comes Fall!

(Our handsome guys {Aiden & Camryn} at the wedding)

The power of Alfalfa Complex

Our recent trip back to Massachusetts for my sisters wedding (post coming soon!) had us all coughing, sneezing with runny noses! 

Yup, Fall is brewing in New England. 
Last week I posted about how to combat a cold naturally. 
One of the components of that remedy is Alfalfa. I thought "why not highlight the benefits?"

Research has shown the benefits of alfalfa are numerous. This is because of the many nutrients found in alfalfa. Just take a look at all the vitamins and minerals found in the alfalfa plant:

Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Niacin B3
Pantothenic Acid B5
Pyridoxine B6
Folic Acid B9
Cobalamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K

Facts about alfalfa:
- Used by chinese medicine since the 6th century
- A perennial plant, often given to livestock and horses to make them stronger
- Made it's American appearance in 1736 and noted for use to ease digestion
- Native Americans used the seeds in their diets
- Paste made from the seeds is known to ease the pain of bites or stings or boils.
- Has been used by nursing mothers to stimulate the flow of milk

A 12 month study conducted by researchers from Osaka Kosei-Nenkin Hospital in Osaka, Japan proves that Alfalfa has improved liver & kidney function and also reduces: the bad cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke.

Personally, Alfalfa has improved my seasonal allergies. 
I have not taken any prescription or over the counter allergy meds in 3 years!

There are many alfalfa supplements on the market, however we only trust Shaklee. The main reason is because of all the testing Shaklee performs on many stages of the processing of every single product. The test at the farm, at the factory and the finished product. Shaklee has been known to stop the processing and distribution of products due to quality control. Keep i mind that it is not the FDA/Government telling them to do so. In fact the FDA/Government has never had to demand that Shaklee stop processing or distribution on any product, ever!

Don't believe me? 
Call the company contact info on any of the bottles you find at your local stores and request proof that: 
1. the product is exactly what is on the label (many companies either add other stuff or omit what is stated on the bottle)
2. written proof of any research clinical or medical done on this very product contained in the bottle
3. written documentation stating the safety and liability of the product contained within the bottle.
4. And just for kicks, as just how many medical journals they have been published in? Then let them know Shaklee has been in about 100!!!

Honestly, I usually don't make is very much past question #1 before they either hang up or start getting upset and loud ;(

At about .50 cents per day, Shaklee's Alfalfa Complex packs a big bang for your (half) buck! 

By the way, within 30 minutes of taking the Alfalfa, our symptoms went away every time!
Have you tried combating allergies naturally?

Have a great day,

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Start the School Year Healthy

Natural Cold Remedy

At the end of the 2nd week of school my 1st grader started sneezing and sniffling. 
Most folks would just call it a common cold.

Labeling a cold as “common” doesn’t take the nastiness out of it.

If people had a better understanding about their health, perhaps it wouldn’t be common at all. 

A cold can be as mild as a simple nose drip, to being a full fledged body and mind experience that puts you in bed for days. 
It should be known as the “inconvenient” cold. 
The symptoms are numerous (cough, sore throat, congestion, aches) but the cause is a weak immune system of our own making when we don’t sleep, don’t eat right, and take on more than we can handle. 

RECIPE For Colds
(NO more cold syrups or decongestants)
1 Zinc
*Honey to sweeten

Crush together, add honey and put into cup of hot water to dissolve (make into yummy, warm drink)

You may be thinking, NO way will my kids drink this...guess what? it smells and tastes minty because the Alfalfa is blended with mint for better digestion and absorption! 

This works great on folks of all ages, I have used this in the past when I wake up in the middle of allergy season stuffed up.

NO LIE, within 30 minutes my head is clear!

You may be wondering, What makes these "pills" different than others?

Shaklee Corporation uses only the finest ingredients, take alfalfa for example. 

It is grown in California, ensuring a wide range of nutrients, including calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, as well as chlorophyll, bioflavonoids, trace minerals, and vitamins.  

The plants are deeply rooted, 20 feet or more, and are mature plants at 5 to 7 years old.

*Each serving provides 300 mg of calcium, about as much as in a glass of milk
Contains no fungicides, bacteriocides, 
No synthetic hormones, growth regulators, 
No chemicals
Natural source of alfalfa

Take a close look at the Children's Multivitamin, 
it is the only Vitamin for children in the WORLD that contains LACTOFERRIN (protein found in mothers milk), 
this helps build a healthy immune system, has antibacterial & anti fungal functions and helps build stung bones! 

NO other company can make these same claims.

To keep germs at bay, we also use Basic G {GERMS} to clean & sanitize.

*kills more than bleach & is safe*

We mix just 1/2 TSP with 16 oz water.
This stuff lasts us about a year! 
Spray it anywhere that can be wet. 

We use it on:
Counter tops
Door Knobs
Light Switches
Diaper Changing Area

Now that you are prepared to tackle those pesky germs and “inconvenient” colds, 


Have a great start to the school year :-)