Well, just one more day til the weekend….wow, this week has flown by for me!  So far, 2010 has been whizzing by!  Today’s insanity accomplishments included changing the sheets on the beds, a major grocery run for fruits & veggies, putting gas in the car and having it washed because it was a filthy beast, crack and all.  And of course, this peanut has been my trusty sidekick through it all.

Young girl smiling in room wearing white zip up jacket

I’m glad you enjoyed my Fruity Vanilla Smoothie action yesterday!

Fruity Vanilla Smoothie in cup

And I loved hearing everyone’s stories about where you live, if you like it, if you can see yourself moving away.  Some of you said you could never move away, and some of you said you’re nomads I’ve got alot in common with all you nomads!   My thoughts are that we only have one go-around, so you may as well try to reside somewhere you enjoy!

Moving on to Today…
Dinner was a raw kale, brock, cauli, and carrot salad.

Green salad with mixed vegetables

Dressed with my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Lidded Jar of Vegan Slaw Dressing
Salad topped with Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Raw Vegan Balls made an appearance for desserts and snacks:   

Vanilla Sunflower Seed Butter Balls!

Vanilla Sunflower Seed Butter Balls

And Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

 Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

These are from my newly organized Balls and Holes Recipes Post!  

Close up of Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

I thought I’d talk today about a few supplements I take.  I know that some people don’t take any supplements, and I am not a huge proponent because I believe we can get most of what we need through our diet But sometimes a little help is needed.  One of the things I supplement with is Magnesium.  I use Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm.

Peter Gillham's Natural Calm container
Label saying Raspberry Lemon Flavor

And yes, it really does calm meIn a matter of minutes.

Label saying Anti stress drink

Here’s what Peter Gillham’s site says:
“Magnesium helps your muscles and nerves function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and also assists in keeping your bones strong. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy.”

I just know that if I am magnesium-depleted, I am a little edgy, I get muscle cramps in my legs, I don’t sleep as well as I wish, my digestion feels a little sluggish, and so whenever I feel this way, I take a few teaspoons of this powder, mix it with water, and I’m all better.  

Supplement Facts on Calm Container
Lid of Calm Container
Inside container

And if I need a quick calming fix, and remember to take it, Bach Flower Rescue Remedy is awesome for calming down frazzled nerves, chaotic energy, and for ratcheting down irritability in a matter of minutes.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy bottle
Up close of bottle of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy

Natural Flower Essences

Active Ingredients in Bach Flower Rescue Remedy

Just a drop or two under your tongueAhhh….much better!

Dropper from Bottle

The other supplement I take is a Multi-Vitamin.  I got into the habit of taking these Rainbow Light Women’s One a Day Vitamins when I was pregnant (and not pre-natal Vitamins as those just exacerbated my morning sickness, and I tried about 10 different brands) but these worked for me.

Rainbow Light Women's One a Day Vitamins

And they still do.  So I take One a Day.

Hand holding on vitamin

I look at these vitamins as “insurance” in case I am not getting enough trace micronutrientsHard to believe, I know, with all the colors of the (raw) rainbow I am eating

Green salad with mixed vegetables

…but hey, just in case, I feel I am covering my bases this way.

I also am a huge, huge, believer in probiotics as I have discussed.

Bottle of PB 8 Probiotics

70% of your immune system is in your gut, not your lungs or respiratory tract like you may think.  So if your gut isn’t healthy, you’re more prone to getting sick, catching illnesses, flu bugs, you name it.  The natural bacteria and flora in your gut are depleted and become imbalanced from things like stress, poor diet, alcohol, environmental pollutants & toxins, antibiotics and tons of other things.

I believe we can all do ourselves a favor and either start eating more fermented foods (go check out my homemade countertop coconut milk kefir or here for fermented action) or by taking a daily probiotic.  I know in the past 4 years I have been religious about taking my probiotics, and I get sick far less despite have a toddler who’s bringin’ home germs left and right.  Not to mention, your elimination pattern and overall GI health will become spot on.  Nuff said.     

These are my go-to Probiotics

Box of ProbioticsClose up of box of probiotics Supplement Facts on back of box of probiotics

 

And you can order all of what I use from iHerb.com
 
 
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If you are not able to make homemade coconut milk vegan kefir on your coutertop
(kefir=a fermented food.  Fermented foods = full of replenishing and “good” bacteria that our bodies need)
(and for those of you concerned with needing a truly dairy-free starter or water grains, check out this post for info

Homemade coconut milk vegan kefir

…but not sure why you can’t, because my kefir recipe only has 3 ingredients in it and you just let it sit out on your countertop!  No work for you!!!  Heather made it, so can you!

Ingredients to make Homemade kefir
The Two Recipe Links are This One and This One.

But if you’re pressed for time and are not getting your fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, or miso in your diet, I cannot say enough good things about probiotics!  Basic acidophilius and bifidus strains of bacterium are generally enough for most people and you can find probiotics with these strains in them at almost any health food store.

Supplement Facts on back of kefir package

Don’t skip your “good” bacteria!

Two probiotic capsules in hand

Yoga Today is an Astavakrasana (8 Angles Pose) Variation

 

 

Woman doing Astavakrasana yoga pose

While I was doing my yoga, so was Skylar.  That’s her downward dog. 

Young girl attempting downward dog yoga pose

And here’s her busting a move to Lady Gaga’s Bad RomanceInfinitely better than Barney tunes!

Young girl dancing to Lady Gaga in room
Young girl smiling in room with white zip up sweatshirt

Happy Day, Happy Little Girl!  Which makes for a very happy mommy!

Up close of face of smiling young girl

Tip of the Day:  My 2 Pounds of Chia Seeds Give Away!!!!

Two pound bag of Chia Seeds

Go Enter for a Chance to Win!!!   Tons of Ways to Enter and the Winner will be Announced Sunday!!! 

Next Tip of the Day & Questions: Use Vitacost.com or iHerb.com for all your supplements, health and beauty items like lotions and body washes, and even protein powders and organic spices.  Their shipping is a flat rate, always fast, great prices, and they are both very reliable companies. 

Do you order things online?  Are you an online shopper?  What do you order and from where?

Do you take supplements?  Why or why not?  What things do you take?  What brands?  Do you feel differently if you skip a day or if you run out and don’t replenish your stash, do you miss your supplements?   I know I do!  Is there something you’d like to start trying or taking?  Fill me in!!!

Stay Tuned For Chocolate…

 

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