Cucumbers the Superfood

cucumber
Let’s talk Cucumbers. Also known as Cucumis Sativus and belonging to the melon family.

This superfood, technically a fruit, but most used as a culinary vegetable, in known to be one of the most powerful foods for our body’s overall health.

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, which makes them good for hydrating and cooling the body from the inside out. They also contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folic acid, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc.

Whaaaaaat!!!! Move over multivitamin, and hello cucumber!

Not only is this green giant packed with an array of vitamins, it also has other health and beauty benefits you may not be aware of.

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The Wonders of Cinnamon

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Oh the things you can do with cinnamon. Sprinkle it on apples, add it to oatmeal, add a dash to coffee, cocoa, or tea. Use it in a pie recipe, on toast, or pancakes. Use it as a potpourri or almost anything else you can think of! The list goes on and on.

Actually cinnamon goes far beyond foods, beverages and household aromatherapy. Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices, and has been used in conventional Chinese and Ayruvedic medicines for healing illnesses. Not only is it used to remedy sicknesses, but it can also be used as a DIY to create a natural beauty product.

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Shower Filters Can Improve the Qualtiy of Your Hair

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The weather outside is definitely frightful this winter in Buffalo, NY and it may not feel all that grand where you guys are either.

The frigid temperatures, the blistering winds, and the increased hard water that we’re experiencing is enough to make anyone feel an excessive amount of dry and itchy skin, as well as dry and lifeless hair.

Speaking of which, it seems like the hard water just sort of snuck up on me one day. Recently I even noticed that the hair conditioners I use to wash and condition my hair were not as effective as they had been. Likewise, I went from having no problems detangling my hair to almost not being able to get my fingers through it. I tried everything from deep conditioning, pre-pooing, ACV and black tea rinses…you name it! But my hair was just not responding.

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Achieve Ultimate Health by Revisiting 2014

year in review 2014
Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve all had a safe and wonderful New Years Eve and that the first day of 2015 is starting off beautifully!

Just wanted to share a list of everything I’ve blogged about in 2014. Maybe you were unable to try everything on the list. That’s okay. For your convenience I’ve condensed the full year to one page so you can try these suggestions as you are able,

If you are like me, God is calling you to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporating one or all of these suggestions to your regimen will be a great benefit to your health.

Let’s get started……

 

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Good Tidings of Great Joy

shepherd
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a……
“Ahem!”

And so it was, that, while
they were there (In the City of David), the days were
accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her
firstborn son, and wrapped him
in swaddling clothes, and laid
him in a manger; because there
was no room for them in the inn.

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Fun Family Activities for the Holidays

African American father and mixed race son making Christmas cards

Happy Holidays!

We’re nearing the end of the Surrender Fast holiday blog edition and I hope you’re taking advantage of all the helpful tips (feel free to peruse the other holiday postings at your leisure).

As you know, there’s much to do at this time: house and tree decorating, gifts to wrap, parties to attend, and food to prepare.

And with our plates so full (literally and figuratively, lol) we may forget the importance of time spent with family during this season.

With that said, if you’re looking for some ideas of things to do with the fam this holiday season here’s a few things to get you on your way!

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Budget-Friendly DIY Gifts that They Will Love!

DIY gifts

Happy Holidays!!! With Christmas fast approaching you may be wondering what gifts to give this year.

Have you considered a DIY gift? I know gift cards are easier, but DIY gifts are thoughtful, more budget-friendly and less time-consuming than you might think.

And consider this. After all the gift cards have been used and disposed of they’ll still have your gift to look and cherish for a long time to come.

So, if you’re tired of giving the same old thing and would like to be just a little more creative this year, then look no further.

Lets get started…(click for images and more ideas)

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Tips for Shopping Smart During the Holidays

shopping
Happy Holidays! Isn’t it such a wonderful time of the year?

From the smell of holiday cookies and cakes (Yum!), to the sound of Christmas carols and holiday movies (Yay!) and Christmas being just around the corner who wouldn’t want to give into the temptation of such a joyful and hopeful disposition.

However with that abandoned joy and hope comes the opportunity to give caution to the wind and spend, spend, spend!!!

But before you lose yourself in the euphoria of the season and adopt insanity as your best friend for the next month, remember that there is life after the holidays and what you choose to do today will most certainly affect you tomorrow.

So, before you hit the pavement and open your purse or wallet to whatever blows your way, here are a few tips that will not only help you make sound decisions, but will also have long-term benefits.
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Ordinary is Tempting Until You Win a Dance Contest

dance

I’m the weird family member who doesn’t eat meat and watches her sugar. In my presence they all make excuses for their food choices.

I don’t want to be the food police.

In fact, there are times that I wish I was an ordinary eat-like-the-rest-of-the-world-individual. Quiet as it’s kept, I know that Buffalo wings are tasty and that cheesecake could wash away every care (at least for about 15 minutes, lol).

To be honest, on occasion I contemplate throwing this whole clean eating agenda out the window.

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How to Maintain or Lose Weight this Thanksgiving

thanksgiving weight

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Have you ever considered how many calories you would need to burn after feasting on Thanksgiving?

Well lets start with the obvious. Most of us tend not to think about weight and exercise during the Thanksgiving weekend.

And with all the different foods…turkey, dressing and mac & cheese and desserts like cheesecakes, sweet potato pie, and pumpkin pie, it  can become increasingly impossible to keep track of what we’re taking in.

Studies done by the Calorie Control Council shows that the average turkey dinner with all the trimmings can pack a whopping 3000 calories, not including the additional 1500 calories consumed through snacking, appetizers and little nibbles here and there. All mounting up to a whopping 229 grams of fat!
Sheesh! Right? But don’t worry. Here’s a few tips to help you avoid the battle of the bulge.
Get Active:
  • Plan ahead of time. Create a system or a how to attack the weekend festivities.
  • Eating less and exercising more is the key to averting weight gain during this time.
  • You’re surrounded by family, so make exercising a family activity. Have fun with the added benefits.
Eat Breakfast:
  • Skipping breakfast may seem like the key to preserving the calories; but experts say that eating a small meal can actually help you maintain a level head when making item selections later.
Lighten Up:
  • Instead of wallowing in all of the fat that goes along with the rich ingredients we may use; you can opt for more healthier recipes, that will give you all the satisfaction without the guilt.
Slowly Savor:
  • Eating slower, releasing your fork and having conversations in between each bite, will allow your brain to process that you’re full. 
  • Eating until you’re satisfied, versus until you’re are full, will help you maintain control and save your waistline at the same time.

Lastly, have realistic expectations. Instead of looking to lose weight during the holiday due to all the obstacles we have to face, just try to maintain your weight.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to enjoy yourself and your family!

Here’s To Your Health!!!

Stephanie B. DavisCertified Natural Health Professional

**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**

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