Benefits of Dark Chocolate



Health Benefits

  • Lowers Blood Pressure.
  • Makes you happy.
  • Helps in weight loss.
  • Keeps you smart.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Powerful source of antioxidants.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Helps prevent diabetes.

If there is one thing I struggle with is staying away from SWEETS. They are my bread and butter! From ice cream, to cake, to cookies, to pastries. I get cravings just by thinking about it. Since this is obviously something I wanted to change in my diet. I decided to switch all my sweet cravings to just ONE healthy alternative. →DARK CHOCOLATE

Every time I crave something sweet I reach for my dark chocolate stash and start munching. I still haven’t gotten used to the bitter taste & it did take me a while to learn how to replace sweets with dark chocolate, but it definitely takes away those sweet cravings. Not only does Dark Chocolate help with cravings; it also has A LOT of health benefits. In order to benefit from dark chocolate though; dark chocolate needs to be 65%-85% cocoa. Is anyone a fan of dark chocolate? I know I’m still trying to get used to it.

Sun potion 

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Im not a spokesperson for SUN POTION or anything, but I H A V E to share with you guys this awesome product. Ive been using it for some time now and this stuff is awesome ! You can put it in your water, coffee, tea, & smoothies!

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“Sun Potion Transformational Foods is dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs.”

My 2 favorite SUN POTIONS are ASHWAGANDHA and HE SHOU WU. 

ASHWAGANDHA 

  • Tonifies the Immune System. 
  • Inspire vigor and strength.
  • Relieve mental, emotional, & physical stress.
  • Harmonize mind, body, & spirit.

It truly just helps you be at peace all day & helps stress slide right of you. 

 HE SHOU WU 

  • Tonify and Nourish hair, skin, nervous system, sexual center, spirit, & primary essence / life force. 

My hair & skin have changed so much after I started using this. I used to drink HAIRBURST, which was also amazing and helped my hair grow super fast and look healthy and shiny. But this product has helped me radiate everyday. From my nails to skin to hair.  

⇒ Go to their page on the link above and learn all about them / read their products & see which one works for you. They have potions for EVERYTHING. I bought all the ones I could from Thrivemarket. If you guys try this or have tried it already, comment below your experience. I would love to hear how you use it everyday & how it has changed your life. 

 

13 Ways to Drop that Stress  


Hey guys! I hope y’all are having an awesome day. I wanted to talk a little bit about stress today. Lately I’ve been super stressed and I have a lot of thoughts going through my head CONSTANTLY; I have to pay this bill, I have to pick up the dry cleaners, I have to wash clothes, I have to grocery shop, how am I going to pay my bills when my job is cutting hours. And I have way more but the point is I’ve been really stressed. Adult hood can get very stressful and we can forget that stress is something horrible to live with. It can negatively impact your mental & physical health. So I started thinking, how can I lower my stress without having to take a luxurious expensive vacation all the time? How can I stop obsessing about all these things I have to do?

I know people that live life so care free. It’s not like they don’t have responsibilities or do nothing all day. They do get things done but they don’t obsess about them all day. I want to be more like that. Knowing what I need to do, but not stress it until it’s done. I did a little research & found some ways to eliminate stress.

13 Ways to eliminate stress

  1. Do something you enjoy every day.
  2. Don’t sit for more than an hour.
  3. Sleep all you need to not feel tired.
  4. Reduce intake of alcohol, nicotine & caffeine.
  5. Take time to organize your home. Disorganization can make people stressful.
  6. Eat healthy.
  7. Exercise
  8. Declutter
  9. Yoga
  10. Get a massage.
  11. Take a walk.
  12. Take a bath.
  13. Sweat. (Sauna)

Stress can really take a toll in your life and make everything look way worse than what it actually is. Since I gave you a list of how to cope with stress &/or eliminate it. I want to give you a list of UNHEALTHY ways people deal with stress. (You may not notice that these are behaviors you are doing as a result to stress. )

UNHEALTHY Ways to Cope with Stress

  1. Smoking
  2. Eating comfort food/ binge eating.
  3. Withdrawing from family, friends.
  4. Drinking a lot.
  5. Procrastinating.
  6. Sleeping too much.
  7. Using pills or drugs to relax.
  8. Taking it out on other people.

We may not master the carefree life, I know I wont. But trying everyday to relax, mediate, taking a walk. Maybe one day we will get closer to mastering it!  Happy Tuesday everyone !

7 Benefits of houseplants

Not only are plants a great way to decorate the interior of your home as well as the outside. But indoor plants also have a lot of health benefits.

7 Benefits of Houseplants

  • Purifies air
  • Boosts mood
  • Lowers risk of illness
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase feelings of calm
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Sharper focus

10 Fat burning foods !

I know everyone, like me, can have a pretty hard time figuring out what to eat and what not to eat when starting a healthy lifestyle. Below I typed 10 foods you can eat that are part of a healthy diet and also help you stay in shape! YAY! When I started on my healthy lifestyle, fitfam journey, I did SOOO much research on foods, recipes, workouts, right foods, what not to eat, and all that good stuff. There was so much information, I just got overwhelmed by it all. There is nothing I want more than to help you guys in making the right choices when it comes to living the healthy lifestyle you want. That being said, everyone is different and not everyone can eat the same foods as everyone else and expect the same results. Maybe you can’t even eat the foods because you have a sensitivity or are allergic to it. Whatever the case may be, always listen to your body and/or speak to your doctor to find a good meal plan that works for you.

10 Fat Burning Foods

  1. Green Tea
  2. Berries
  3. Almonds
  4. Oatmeal
  5. Egg Whites
  6. Green Veggies
  7. Whole Grains
  8. Peanut Butter
  9. Lentils
  10. WATER (it may not be a food but this is so unbelievably important)!

Detox! You won’t regret it

You may or may not be familiar with cleanses or how the body detoxifies itself. If you are familiar with this subject, that’s great! All I want is for you guys to be aware of everything health. If you are not familiar, then I hope you enjoy learning and reading about your body and how to stay healthy.

Lets help our bodies stay on top of it’s game

Before talking about the complete body cleanse, know that the body actually detoxifies itself.

How does the body detoxify itself?

What is a detox? To clear the body of toxins.

What are toxins? Toxins cause harm to our bodies and they can be anywhere; in the water we drink, in the food we eat, and it can also be in the air we breathe. They can be: highly processed foods and artificial ingredients, pollution in our air and water, pesticides, fertilizers, hormones used in our foods and more. 

  • SKIN let out toxins by sweating.
  • LIVER detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs.
  • LUNGS helps the body get rid of CO2 gas when we breathe out.
  • LARGE INTESTINE transmits the useless waste material from the body.
  • KIDNEYS extract waste from blood and through urination.

Your body is always working on detoxifying itself. It’s our job to help our organs be at their full potential. This involves lifestyle changes, as well as committing to a detox plan for a while. (preferably organic)

4 Ways To Detox Your Body

1. Choose REAL FOOD

2. Drink ALOT of water

3. Exercise

4. Do a Complete Body Detox

These are not all the things you can do to help your body detox itself but its some.

The Complete Body Cleanse

Okay, so lately I’ve been feeling super weird in my stomach. I wanted to do a stomach cleanse but then I started thinking… I would so much rather do the whole deal! Your body goes through a lot without you even realizing it. Since I’ve never done a cleanse and I occasionally eat the “bad foods”, I wanted to give the whole body cleanse a try.

About this specific body cleanse

Lasts for 14 days

All capsules taken in morning and night with 8 ounces of water

Contains: 3 bottles

  1. Cleansing fiber blend.
  2. Non-stimulant laxative with herbal blend to utilize the natural water in your body to help flush toxins away.
  3. Milk Thistle Liver Cleanse to support liver function.

While doing this cleanse I have to drink a lot of water, eat a healthy diet and no intense exercise. (Only yoga)

I can’t wait to try this out and see how I feel! Has anyone ever done a total body cleanse ? I would like to know your experience and how it helped you. !

How to make 2017 great! 


Focus on YOU! Work out more. Go to places you’ve never been before. Cut toxic people out of your life. Be good to your parents. Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Get OUT of bed earlier. Get a massage, (you’ll be surprised how much it helps). Spend less time watching tv. Complain less. Stress less. Don’t skip breakfast. Go for a run. Eat to nourish your body. Drink more water. Set goals you want to accomplish. Spend time with friends. Take a lot of pictures. Take a lot of videos. Do something you’re scared to do. Get something you’ve always wanted. Smile more often. Laugh more often. Read at least 5 books. Feed your intellectual side. Nourish your soul. Sleep more. Don’t worry about what people say. Everyone lives their lives differently, there is no correct way to live your life. JUST BE HAPPY 

I’ve currently just started school again and I’m seriously SO excited ! Graduating is my top achievement right now. Apart from that I’ve been waking up every day for a month and a half now to go to cross fit. I feel so good about my progress. Being healthy has always been a lifestyle of mine but getting back to being FIT is the goal. How would you guys make 2017 great? 

Get a good nights sleep 

So.. I’m horrible at going to sleep early. Most of it has to do with my job, I usually always get out at 11pm or 12am. But I still always strive to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.

Why is sleep so important ? 

When you are trying to be healthy and fit and going crazy in whole foods and working out until you drop at the gym. You HAVE to have a good nights sleep every night. It’s a Big part of being healthy. Just like drinking water ..

I remember I read this in a self magazine. I don’t remember who it was (I’m pretty sure it was a Victoria Secret model ) they asked her; so what is your secret to staying radiant and healthy? She answered, “I sleep a lot and drink a lot of water “. 

After I read that, I kid you not I drowned in water and woke up with so many eye bags because I slept TO MUCH. (I tend to overdue everything)

10 benefits of sleep


 

  1. Better mood
  2. Healthier skin
  3. Better concentration
  4. More energy
  5. Good blood pressure
  6. Less inflammation
  7. Maximum gym performance
  8. Prevents migraines and headaches
  9. Build muscle easier
  10. Improve memory

Sleeping is great! It’s not like we have to motivate ourselves to get sleep.. I understand motivation is needed to stay fit and go to the gym but sleep? Theirs keys to staying healthy and if sleeping is an easy one, just knock that one right out of the list and hit the snooze!

 

How to be Healthy

Healthy isn’t about body image! It’s about being comfortable in your own body as well as not being prone to any diseases because of your body weight. I made a list of things that make me feel healthy through out the day and sometimes when I’m feeling a little lazy or maybe not so fit. I make 2-3 of these happen that day and I’ll start feeling a lot better about myself.

  1. Cardio + weights
  2. Drink lots of water
  3. Get 8 hours of sleep
  4. Eat fruits or fruit smoothie for breakfast
  5. Eat veggies
  6. Smile a lot
  7. Be positive (no negativity) EVER
  8. Eat lots of fish & chicken
  9. Eat chocolate when you want
  10. Set up goals, and achieve them
  11. Love yourself no matter what
  12. Drink green stuff
  13. Drink tea
  14. Drink warm water with lemon
  15. Do yoga
  16. Cover your hair with coco oil
  17. Do what makes you happy
  18. Don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable
  19. Compliment yourself daily
  20. Take a long hot bath
  21. Go running
  22. Get a tan
  23. Avoid processed foods
  24. No grocery shopping on an empty stomach
  25. Wash your hands often
  26. Dont binge
  27. Organize
  28. Read a book
  29. Take deep breaths
  30. Meditate
  31. Listen to your body
  32. Wake up earlier
  33. Go to sleep earlier
  34. Be patient
  35. Don’t go to sleep angry

 

You should try it! What’s your healthy list? Remember your physical wellness is equal to your mental wellness. Never deprive your mind or body of its full potential to be happy and fit! 🙂

Benefits of Lemon Water

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I just love drinking hot water with lemon in the morning and before going to sleep. WATER itself has great health benefits;

  • Helps circulate nutrients in the body.
  • Gives you a healthy glow.
  • Clears your skin.
  • Prevent headaches.
  • Helps with weight loss.

Why should you add lemons to water ?

  • Aids digestion.
  • Flushes out toxins from the body.
  • Helps with bloating.
  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Freshens breath.
  • Helps with weight loss.

Water with lemon can be an alternative for people who really really can’t stand drinking water alone. I have a couple of friends that they can’t in any way drink water because it tastes like nothing to them. Thankfully I’ve never had this problem and I love drinking it. Helps me feel hydrated, energized and I can see a difference in my skin and hair instantly.