As y’all know, I’m fortunate to travel a lot for work and play, (Check out my recent trips to LA and Austin, Texas!) so I’ve become pretty adept at packing. Today I’m sharing what is always in my carry-on! 1. Jesus Calling: My favorite devotional/the most peace inducing book you’ll ever read. This helps me stay focused on what’s truly important in my life, no matter where I am.
2. Core Health Pack: These little packets are not just in my carry-on, but literally every bag I own. I absolutely do NOT leave the house without them. They have changed my life and I believe that these conveniently packaged probiotics and digestive enzymes are one of the most essential things I do for my health every day.. Read more on those here.
3. Releaf Neck Rest: I have been on the hunt for a good travel neck pillow for YEARS and only found one that I love recently. I was so excited when I tried it on that bought it immediately… and then realized that I was going to have to look like this in public (see below). But… it is so comfortable that I don’t care! This little neck rest has already allowed me to take long interrupted naps on long flights! I’m devoted.
hehehehehehe… but get over your embarrassment because your neck will no longer be snapping forward in the middle of a nap. Nothing makes me more crabby than being woken up that way. I’m sure it would be a great conversation starter on a flight… but I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy napping.
4. Garden of Life Organic Super Seed Whole Food Fiber Bar: It’s rare to find a good healthy snack in the airport, and if you do it’s going to cost you. These are easy to throw in my bag, filling, and are made with raw ingredients like organic fruit, nuts, and sprouted grains with live probiotics! Don’t abandon alllll good health habits when you’re on vacation. 🙂
5. Stevia: You’ve seen me talk about stevia a lot on this blog. (here and here for instance) I’m obsessed with it and also have packets of this in every bag. When you realize what the fake stuff is doing to your body, you’ll make this easy switch too. Coffee and tea just aren’t the same without it! I will absolutely never use another splenda in my life. EW. (You can buy this at any grocery store in the sweetener section.)
It just wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without chocolate, but let’s get serious, I’m me and I’m going to share a healthy chocolate recipe with you guys. The recipe is for raw brownies. Yes, RAW and yes they are good! They have a new product in them that I’m obsessed with called Core Greens, so not only do you get chocolate, but you get tons of hidden healthy alkalizing green nutrients too. (It’s from the makers of the Core Health Pack that I religiously take twice a day.)
“Core Greens contains 14 RAW superfoods that are rich in enzymes and nutrients to alkalinize the body while providing cleansing and healing of our delicate internal eco-system. Each certified organic, RAW ingredient has been hand-selected for its alkalizing properties from the richest soils to maximize the highest nutrient content available.”
By Marisa Pelser, the Raw Trainer
3 cups raw walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 tablespoon raw honey
¼ cup cocoa powder (raw cacao powder is best)
4 teaspoons Core Greens
Combine all the ingredients in a high powered blender like a Vitamix. Pulse, blend and tamp/mix until all the ingredients are finely ground together. Press the mixture into an 8×8 dish and enjoy right away or refrigerate to harden slightly. This recipe makes 16 brownie squares.
I’m also excited to announce that Core Health Products will be represented at the Completing Your Health Puzzle Conference that yours truly will also be speaking at! I attended this conference last year and I can honestly say that it changed my entire life. I learned so many things and am forcing my parents to come up from Texas to hear the various speakers including Dr. Patrick Vickers who works with The Gerson Therapy, Chris Beats Cancer, and my very favorite Shan Stratton owner of Core Health Products and nutritionist to almost every MLB, NFL, and NBA team.
I am beyond excited for today’s post! You all know how passionate I am about health and nutrition and the nutritionist and business person I look up to most has written a post just for my readers! Shan Stratton owns Core Health Products (you may remember me posting about some of my favorite products here and here stay tuned for a giveaway of my favorite product at the bottom of this post!) and is a nutrition consultant to a multitude of professional athletes. I highly encourage anyone who wants to live without disease, lose weight, and/or feel better to read this article. Without further adieu, “Are You Acidic?”
If you are truly what you eat, then what would your body be made of? We like to take that saying a step further and say- You are not what you eat, but what you digest! Regardless of what you eat, your body must take those chewed up pieces of food and slowly break them down into their usable, recognizable forms by way of hydrochloric acid, bile and enzymes. So your juicy quarter pounder smothered in grease from your favorite arches will go through the same arduous digestive process as the hormone free grass-fed filet mignon from greenest pastures of New Zealand. No doubt one is healthier than the other but both will leave you with a sluggish digestive system, metabolism and acidic environment. Spare tire anyone?
Acidity can be balanced by alkalinity. Our bodies need to maintain a pH of 7.365 for homeostasis. The foods and liquids we consume can either support the body’s natural processes or hinder the rebuilding and repairing of cells. This has given way to numerous health drinks, alkaline water systems and the alkaline diet. Who doesn’t want glowing skin, less wrinkles, more energy, slimmer waistline and better digestion? An alkaline diet jump starts your metabolism and aids the body in fighting off disease. Since our bodies are around 70% water, alkaline liquids are the easiest and fastest way to bring the body back in balance. Interesting find- Alkaline foods are also made up of 70% water just like our bodies. Funny how nature has a perfect plan for us but we have stripped, refined, replaced and cooked the life out of it!
Ideally, your everyday diet should consist of 60-80% alkalizing foods and 20-40% acidic foods. Yes, you do still need some acidic foods because they have their benefits too just like blueberries, apple cider vinegar, some meats, etc. It’s all about finding the right balance for you!
Now that your probably regretting all the food you just consumed realizing it is all acidic, let’s get real and honest. If you can turn a 180 and go gung-ho into a raw organic alkaline diet, then more power to you but that’s just not realistic for the 99% of the population! Our bodies go through cycles much like the weather. We crave the cool, fresh foods in the spring/summer and warm, satisfying foods in the fall/winter. Notice the pumpkin fever going on right now? Mmm, my mouth waters just thinking about it! Ok…..all pumpkin daydreaming aside; there is a way to feed your body while not burdening your digestive system and hindering your alkaline/acid balance.
One factor that trumps all that I have written thus far is NOT digesting your food properly is the MOST acid thing you can do to your body. The majority of food consumed today is dead, meaning the life has been processed and cooked out of it. The living sources of raw foods are enzymes, protein molecules that ignite the digestive process in the mouth and stomach. Food must be broken down by enzymes into simpler building blocks or it is useless. For example, proteins into amino acids, carbs into simple sugars, and fat into essential fatty acids. Enzymes are destroyed in the cooking process (temps above 118 degrees), leaving the pancreas to the task of producing enzymes to digest cooked food. There is a limit on the amount of enzymes the body can produce then the pancreas becomes exhausted. Studies have shown that after the age of 30, enzyme production is reduced by 10-15% every 10 years after. Enzymes regulate metabolism so it’s no wonder that about this time everyone thinks their metabolism is starting to slow down! So as the pancreas becomes exhausted, the body then starts to secrete more hydrochloric acid to assist in the breakdown process. The majority of us have cooked foods at every meal and maybe even for snacks too. Acid upon acid upon acid is produced. Did you know the highest growing over the counter medication is antacids? It’s no wonder when we look at what we’re consuming! Can you even watch a whole TV show without seeing a commercial targeted to those with acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn or GERD?
Even though someone struggling with these symptoms will find it easier to pop a pill instead of changing their diet, we have found a more natural way. Plant-based broad spectrum digestive enzymes consumed with a cooked meal provide all the necessary factors needed for complete digestion without burdening the body. Of course, a modification to more alkalizing foods is always a good suggestion as well! Digestive enzyme supplements should always be coupled with pH stabilized probiotics for complete utilization and balancing of our delicate internal ecosystem. Core Health Products was formulated with enzymes as our foundation and we have taken it a step further to make sure all the necessary co-factors are present so each nutrient can be unlocked and utilized for maximum absorption. We have countless testimonials from individuals who have been seen a remarkable change in their digestion, metabolism and energy levels. Try us out or better yet, enter in the drawing for a FREE Core Health Pack (valued over $50)! We guarantee you will see the difference! Enter this weeks giveaway here (there are tons of ways to enter and you can enter every day!): a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Since becoming passionate about health and nutrition in the past couple of years, there are two things that I am certain have helped me maintain my weight, feel more energized, and be healthier overall more than anything else: probiotics and digestive enzymes! (You have seen me talk a little bit about this in my article: 5 Tips For Looking Beautiful From The Inside Out!) The more I learn about the health of the human body, the more I realize that so much of our total health picture is based on what is happening in our colon (an important place – where all nutrients are absorbed… or not, depending on what you’re eating, the order you’re eating your food, and the condition of your colon!) You can be consuming tons of good nutrients, but not absorbing them.
This video from one of my favorite people on the planet, Shan Stratton, who also happens to be the nutritionist for the New York Yankees (ever heard of them? 😉 ) and almost every Major League Baseball team who describes in layman’s terms why and how this concept works (seriously, this is worth watching!):
Probiotics and digestive enzymes break down and utilize the nutrients being consumed. You can buy these products separately, or get them all in one convenient package that is portable and easy to use. I am obsessed with the Core Health Pack which has the highest quality probiotics and all of the enzymes needed to break down starch, protein, and fat. In addition, you will also be getting an antioxidant blend, a fruit and vegetable blend, and an herb blend. If you know me at all, you know that I carry these in every purse and bust them out in any situation where I eat any food that is cooked or processed. Here is a video demonstrating exactly how they work. It actually shows them breaking down real food! Check it out:
I love the Core Health Pack so much that I gifted some to every contestant at the Miss USA pageant along with a discount code for 10% that I’ll share with you! (shhh!) The one time coupon code is: missusa
Last video… I promise! I used to feel so confused about what supplements I needed to be taking and why? This video helps clear up confusion on that subject and explains all of the health benefits you’ll receive from taking the Core Health Pack: