Operation: Kill All The Germs!

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This is the face of a 4 year old who thought it would be a good idea to stick his mouth on a public door handle 🙈🤢

It was the same week I got texts from 4 different friends asking what natural remedies work for kiddos Strep Throat or Hand, Foot and Mouth…so with all that going around I figured we were doomed!! 😷

I went into “Operation: Kill all the Germs” and used some things I know naturally strengthen the immune system…and NO SICKNESS!!! Considering we both have autoimmune issues and used to get sick monthly, it was some serious proof that natural prevention does work!! We’ve both gone 5 months now with no illnesses (and no doctor visits, meds, co pays or missing out on life!) 🙌🎉🙏

If you’re tired of the back to school germs already, there are ways to protect your kiddos and your family 💕 You don’t have to just “deal with it” when it comes to illness, because feeling helpless as a mom stinks 🙈Just let me know & I can type up what all we used and how, if that would be helpful 👍

PS I waited 3 weeks to make this post, just to be sure I didn’t jinx it 😂🤣😂

Transformation – Annie P.

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“I know how to shop and cook for healthy things my family will actually eat…and it doesn’t take a ton of time or cost any more than what I used to spend on junk food!” 🥗🥙🥘🍳🍎

I’m so proud of this girl, it’s amazing to see how she has really changed her life (and her entire family’s lives!) for the better 💕

I met Annie right after she was diagnosed with a major digestive disease, and she wanted to start eating a little better to prevent things from getting worse (and get off her meds 🙌). She knew intuitively that one issue will lead to another, and didn’t want to start down that path, especially when she is only in her 20s and has two young kids!

Over the last 6 months, I’ve had the joy of working with her on taking one small step at a time as her health coach. We’ve
🍎Grocery shopped together
🥙Gone out to eat (good excuse for a girls’ night!)
🧘‍♀️Taken yoga classes
🥪Gone through her kitchen and talked about healthy food swaps that her kids would still enjoy 😉

And wow, has she really soared!! She‘s
👉Gotten off multiple meds
👉Started sleeping better and has more energy
👉Helped her family eat healthier, and actually enjoy it
👉Learned how to read food labels and pick healthier options at the store

“My son asked for carrots the other night before bed. Carrots!! 🥕 And for breakfast my daughter, will eat whole grain waffles, eggs and fruit instead of sugary cereal. 🙌

My husband is pretty exciting I’m actually cooking now too! Nothing fancy, but I have a good rotation of about 10 meals I’ve learned to make that everyone loves, and doesn’t always realize are healthy (fajitas, tacos, crock pot chicken, etc.)”

If you’ve seen changes like this in your own life, you know what a big deal they can be so please show Annie some love below 💕 Or if you’re looking to get where she is, but just need some helping getting started, reach out cause I’m here for you! I’ll help you learn at your own pace, go shopping at the store with you, come cook with you in your home … and have fun in the process!!! 😍 #healthcoachingrocks

Does Your Vitamin Make A Difference?

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This baby is officially half-baked 💕🤰🏼👶🏼 #20weeks Though I think you never quite stop holding your breath until they are in your arms, right mamas? 😉 #letgoletgod

I’ve had a few questions about which prenatal vitamin I take … I switched to whole-foods based vitamins right around the time I got pregnant, and they are working better than any vitamin (regular or prenatal) that I’ve tried 😍😍😍

Whole foods are better absorbed than lab created synthetic vitamins, and you can feel the difference within a few days! My energy, stress levels and memory are SO much better now, even with #babybrain and hormones, that’s really saying something 😂🙌If you have questions about vitamins, just comment below and I’d be glad to help you out. 

PS I saw this shadow and it was too funny to pass up… baby bump selfie with our pumpkin family 😂🎃

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins (or Cupcakes?) & 3 Ingredient Frosting

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If you can guess the 3 ingredients in the frosting without looking, you can come have one 😉

Hint: There’s no refined sugar, dairy, gluten or eggs in the cupcakes or the frosting!

*Technically this a pumpkin muffin recipe, from the 50 page digital recipe book I give all my health coaching clients and group members 💕But put a little frosting on there, and you can call anything a cupcake 😂🤣😂

I’m a little excited because I feel like this means fall is here!! 🍁But we are still picking veggies from the garden too 😂🍅🥒 What are we going to do with all these tomatoes?! I’ve made sauce and salsa so far, but I keep things that are simple and refuse to peeling tomatoes lol!

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Transformation – Krissy H.

Cooking is always more fun with friends 💕

And the best part? 6 months ago it was frozen pizza and Stouffer’s lasagna most nights, but now Krissy can cook with the best of them and is totally teaching me some things!!! 🥘🥗🌮🌯🍗🍳🍎 

Her main goal when we started her Health Coaching sessions was to make quick but healthy meals for herself and her family. That way they get sick less often, and she can have the energy and good quality sleep that are PRICELESS as a mom 😍😴🙌

Especially because Krissy is a busy mom raising 3 little girls, working the family business and taking care of their horse farm … which was leaving her little time for cooking, and at the mercy of choices made out of convenience that weren’t leaving her feeling very well in the end. 🙈#beentheredonethat

So we came up with a game plan to work up to a better meal routine over time, because small steps that are more manageable really add up over time 👍! We went grocery shopping, learned how to decode food labels, researched recipes, came up with ideas for picky eaters and even looked at how foods impact our immune function ❤️ 
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Now she is ready to fly on her own, because she’s built solid basic habits and has the knowledge to help make healthy living easier, even when life gets crazy 😉 I am SO proud of you girl, you have truly transformed your family’s future and you deserve every ounce of energy you have gained! 💃

And I have to show off this awesome under-the-counter spice rack she made! 😍 Mason jar lids that are attached to the cupboard, so you just unscrew the bottom of the jar to get your spices! 🎉


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PS If having more energy to truly live and enjoy your life is a priority, we should chat! Just click the “Contact” tab – I do virtual sessions too 💕

Pineapple Dijon Chicken

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The marinade works so fast because of the acid in the pineapple juice & apple cider vinegar, so it’s my “I didn’t plan anything for dinner, and I need something quick & healthy that will also be good leftover later in the week” meal 🙌Just add a little rice or potatoes and some frozen veggies!

It’s also one of my favorites out of all the 50+ pages of family-friendly recipes I give to my health coaching clients. They’ve all been tasted and approved by my family first, no Pinterest fails allowed 😂🚫🙌

🍍PINEAPPLE DIJON CHICKEN 🍍

Serves 8 (approx. 3/4 cup each)

INGREDIENTS:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp dijon mustard
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
1 can pineapple rings/slices (save the juice!)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pound out chicken breasts and then poke holes in it with a fork on both sides.
2. Place chicken in a glass container or cake pan.
3. Whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, salt and 4 Tbsp pineapple juice.
4. Pour over chicken and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
5. GRILL METHOD: Grill chicken for approximately 15-20 minutes over medium high heat.
6. OVEN METHOD: Bake in oven-safe dish sprayed with a bit of olive oil for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
6. Grill pineapple for 15 minutes or place on top of chicken in the oven for entire baking time.
7. Baste chicken with extra pineapple juice while it’s cooking.

Does anyone else prefer pineapple grilled vs. raw?! It doesn’t leave that funky aftertaste in your mouth!! 🍍

Natural Ant & Bug Repellent

fullsizeoutput_6ea9So this is kinda gross, but our kitchen was being invaded by ants!! 🐜🐜🐜 Anyone else have an issue with this in the summer?

I didn’t want to spray chemicals near our food 🍏🍒🥒🌮 or in the house where it could get on my son’s skin (or any of our skin really!) Poison to bugs is still poison to us, just on a smaller scale…but it all adds up over time 🙈 Most insecticides kill bugs by poking holes in their stomachs, so it make sense the same thing can happen to us. No wonder we all have so many gut health/allergy/anxiety issues!!

I cut some cotton pads into quarters, then put 1 drop each of pure lemon, peppermint and clove oils on them. After scattering them around the kitchen, we haven’t seen an ant for days!! 🎉🎉🎉 

Have you tried any natural remedies that worked even better than you expected?