Tag Archives: health


When Life Throws You Lemons And The “C” Word…

First, DO NOT… I REPEAT… DO NOT listen to anyone who tells you to make lemonade and soak in it.


Why would you ever want to ingest something causing you pain! I do however suggest making the lemonade and giving some to an annoying neighbor, or maybe an evil rumor regurgitating housewife… On second thought, don’t even make the lemonade.

I was thrown slammed by lemons yesterday. As I sat in the passenger seat of my car, I got “the call.” Typically, I dread phone calls from my doctor, but I thought this one would be fine. I mean really, the day before the worst ailment I could have had (clearly not inflicted by my dancing) was a kidney stone or UTI. I even cracked a smile before I picked up the call.

The Call. The first few seconds were perfect. “Hi Mrs. C, it’s (insert doctors name here). I have your results and you do not have a UTI…” WHOOPIE! NO UTI! “… but … I am a little concerned and would like to have you in for an ultrasound as soon as possible. Your problems could be due to a MASS in your kidney.”


While my anxiety rose (not slow and steady I might add), hundreds of questions were flooding my mind.  Finally, I blurted it out…


She responded with a “yes, we cannot rule that out, but that is why we are going to do an ultrasound.”

Where the HELL did my Kidney stones go? I wanted them back! I wanted to BEG HER TO GIVE ME MY STONES BACK!!!  Breathe… I knew I had to breathe… so I did (though it like breathing during an asthma attack).

Without even knowing whether my problem is minor or very serious, it think I saw my life flashing before me and my outlook was vastly different from moments before “the call”. It’s amazing how “ONE SINGLE WORD CAN CHANGE YOU COMPLETELY”. I was ANGRY, SCARED, SAD, WORRIED, ANGRY, ANGRY AND EVEN MORE ANGRY! ANGER was the one emotion I couldn’t let go of. Some of my anger was selfish. What if it was Cancer? What if I was not going to be ok? How could anyone allow this happen to my CHILDREN? They didn’t deserve it! The rush of emotions was maddening!

Then… I woke up. For all I know, it isn’t cancer. It could still be a kidney stone. It could be anything! I let “something” that may be “absolutely nothing” take over my world… and it all started with one word that began with the letter “C.”

So, until my ultrasound sheds more light on my internal issues, I am going to focus on a word that doesn’t equate to an emotional state of rage, rather something a little more powerful… “FAITH.”

I am still scared and I hope my appointment goes well.  Regardless though, I have faith that everything is going to be ok.


ELEVATE | 2014

Posted in Centered, Elevate, Family | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

An $800 Giveaway And A Free Personalized Online Health Assessment

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUTRILITE®.

I never used to like the word supplement.  It always made me think of lack. My outlook changed once my children were born.  I wanted my children to be healthy and live organic lives.  I realized that if I wanted to meet this, a change of lifestyle was necessary for me as well.  As my daughters grew up, they would be watching my every move.  If I lived an unhealthy lifestyle, it was likely they would too.

I started to research ways to achieve optimal health without the use of supplements.  The amount of information available was shocking!  There were “experts” from so many fields giving their own interpretations on the best way to live a healthy life.  Some claimed that diets high in protein were the key, others claimed that a raw food diet was the best way to eat.  From various views on dairy intake to using sugar substitutes rather than the real thing, my head was spinning and the moment it stopped, I was back at square one.

Instead of allowing the “experts” views to make my decisions for me, I decided to follow my own lead.  I am a vegetarian, so really wanted to find plant based supplements.  Unfortunately, I was not sure of what my body was lacking, or how to go about finding the right types of supplements.  Finding the NUTRILITE® Supplement Recommender, was one of the best things that happened to me for a few reasons.  The Supplement Recommender is a scientifically based tool that tailors options for supplementation specifically for you.  The tool was so easy to use and made it easy for me to decide the best supplements for me, based on my personal lifestyle.  After filling out a brief questionnaire, I was not only shown a list of NUTRILITE® Supplements that were good for me, the Recommender even told me why I needed each one.

Lucky for you, I am offering a chance for you to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway!  One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a MyPack Supplement Pack. This prize is valued at $800.00 and includes men’s and women’s pack, perfect pack, heart health, immunity health, bone health and healthy aging supplements.

The giveaway will run from December 2 at midnight EST to December 9 at midnight EST.

Supp_Rec_Mobile_Devices 2

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUTRILITE®.

Take charge of your health and get your Supplement Recommender Results here: Amway.com/SupplementRecommender.
Tracking Pixel

Posted in Giveaways | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The Sustainable Diet

There is nothing worse than starting a new health/diet plan and not being able to sustain it… Thus, the problem with most diets today.  After making the decision to get back on my health kick, I began to research the “supposed best” diet plans.  Weighing all of my options, I realized that many of the healthy/diet plans were too extreme for me.

I was most intrigued by the Raw Food diet because of its benefits but did not think that I could do it full-time.  I am a mother, a social butterfly, a lover of restaurants and tasty food and constantly on the go.  That said, here were my options:

  1. Hire a full-time cook for my household so that I could benefit fully from the Raw Food diet… or…
  2. Start the 80/20 Rule… I chose… drum roll please…

THE 80/20 RULE!

What is the 80/20 Rule?  It’s the only sustainable diet for me!  I want to be healthy!  I want to look as young as I can as long as I can!  I want to stay away from additives in my food!  I want to be as natural as possible!  I ALSO WANT TO KEEP DOING THINGS I LOVE TO DO WITHOUT FEELING STUCK!  Thus, the 80/20 Rule!

So here’s the deal: I eat Raw 80% of the time (some days it’s 100%).  The 20%, I leave for the occasional dinner outing or event with my kids.  Get this… I even eat cake at birthday parties!!!  Whoa!  Hey now, this diet may not be for everyone but the reality is, I live in REALITY!  I know what is going to work for me and what isn’t.  By having a diet/health plan that works for me, I am confident that I can continue this for life.  Below, I included a lovely raw food pyramid.  You can see many fantastic and tasty treats I can eat daily!

 photo e6123f3d-90cc-4acc-aa3e-fa1d56b483cc_zpscdbd8d9c.jpg

Posted in Daily Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A blender – a smoothie – and a sport bottle

Announcing (or pronouncing as my daughter would say)… the Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender

What can I say?  This little contraption is ahh-mazing!  By the way, it works (no, really, I mean it This highly toned/tuned machine actually works well)… and… you can get it for only $29.99!  Just for you, I am including my favorite smoothie recipe:

My favorite blended healthy beverage (that won’t pack on the extra poundage)!

 photo ccb34a01-14d1-49f7-8d0c-698c0b71aeea_zps33d285bb.jpg

In a blender, blend the banana, blueberries, strawberries, ice, orange juice, and yogurt until smooth.  Now drink it, lick your lips and enjoy!

Posted in Gifts, Impulse Buy, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Dairy free diet… baby steps

 photo 42e205aa-30ca-4e56-a5a2-8f7d9974db41_zps5d9d19ab.jpg

Day One Of Our Dairy Free Diet… Supplement milk with Almond Milk.

Recent events have made me re-think the way my household eats.  Ever since my first pregnancy, I have been conscious of the way my family and I eat.  It seems like every time I think I am making a healthy choice though, the media proves me wrong and some article appears out of nowhere negating what I thought was the “right” type of food for us.

Now for the dairy controversy… I was born in India.  The first few years of my life were spent there.  My mother and father were born and raised predominantly in India.  Milk was considered one of the most important aspects of our diet.  We now live in the US.  My mother still swears by milk.  My daughters love milk.  In fact, my eldest only likes to drink 2 things… milk and water.  Unfortunately, milk is not the same “milk” as the milk my mother, father and I had in India.  I mean seriously… cows roam the streets in India.  Their milk is practically extracted in front of your face, then funneled directly into a glass bottle and left on your doorstep.  Ok, so maybe that is a slight exaggeration but not far from the truth.

 photo a9cc470d-5504-470d-af9d-307d528ab568_zps5edb8a74.jpg

For years, I have heard countless people tell me how bad dairy is for you.  I have read mounds of literature that states the same.  Just recently, someone mentioned that aspartame is now allowed in milk… arghhhh!  What is a girl to do???  Well, for starters, slow down the families dairy intake…

Today, Day One Of Our Dairy Free Diet… Supplement milk with Almond Milk.  The results: Talia (The Milk Worshiper) – LOVED IT!  Julia (The I’d Rather Drink Water) – Major Dislike!  The Final Consensus: Slowly wean Julia off the milk by adding a bit of Almond Milk to her regular milk… then a bit more… and a bit more… Baby steps just like making the switch to real milk when they were tots!

… I only wish I wasn’t craving a cold glass of milk now…

Posted in Family, Mom | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The Plan – Health

Book of the Week – The Plan
Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat–and Lose Weight Fast

Who would have thought that everything we have been taught about healthy eating could be the very reason our bodies are not responding the way we expect them to?  Just when you think you know how to eat, and the best foods to consume to lose weight, a book like The Plan comes along and changes everything.

In this revolutionary book, cutting-edge nutrition expert Lyn-Genet Recitas reveals the surprising truth behind what actually makes people pack on the pounds. Carbs and portion sizes, it turns out, are not the problem. Foods that are revered by traditional weight loss programs, such as turkey, eggs, cauliflower, beans, and tomatoes, may be healthy in a vacuum, but when combined with each person’s unique chemistry, they can cause a toxic reaction that triggers weight gain, premature aging, inflammation, and a host of health problems including constipation, migraines, joint pain, and depression.

The Plan is not a diet. It is a way of changing how you eat–for life. And that is why it works. And as promised, I didn’t have to give up baking: I still eat sweets!” -Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief, More Magazine

Posted in Bookworm, Women | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment