What Do You Know About Keto?

What do you know about ketones and/or ketosis? I want to hear what your take is on the keto lifestyle, diet itself, and/or your questions regarding ketones and ketosis.

Why do you like the Keto lifestyle? Is it because it’s so easy to follow? Maybe not. Are you tired of counting macros? I am!

Is it that you have endless recipes and meal plans to follow? Um, no. If you’re like me, you are always on the hunt for something creative to eat besides the same old eggs, bacon, or salad options.

Do you know how to get into ketosis? Maybe, maybe not. It’s harder for some than others. Are you strict? Do you have good willpower to overcome your cravings? Some days, yes, somedays, not so much. Tell me your experiences.

Do you love bulletproof coffee as much as I do? What if I told you there’s a way to drink it and save your butter for your veggies, stop buying coconut oil by the gallon, and still have all the benefits of both?

Delicious coffee creamer with everything you need

Then there are the ketones drinks you simply blend with ice and water that taste super yummy, put you in instant ketosis, give you all-day energy, focus, and fat-burning mode. They are called Keto/Nat and come in several different flavors, one is surely going to please you!

Let me tell you again, if you haven’t seen my earlier posts, about these fabulous products I’m using (Actually I made the mistake of running out but they are coming soon)!! There is one you add to your coffee called Keto Crème that tastes delish, adds the necessary fats, calories, is low carb, and provides focus and energy.

Therapeutic ketones in a delicious drink form

Ask me for a 5 or 10 day sample here and let’s start you on your journey for better health! I want you to reach your goals, whether it’s that bikini body, more energy to work out, better focus throughout your day, or just developing lean muscles.

My team and I can answer any or all of your questions regarding what the products can do for you, which groups to join and get great tasting recipes, what to do if you too want to become a promoter or just a customer.

Just so you know though, promoters can earn 22% off future products, so if you love your samples as much as I did, you don’t ever want to run out (like I did, lol)!! Let’s get you fired up about Keto again, find your passion, give you energy to move and more!

Watch the Experience Keto video right here and tell me what you think. You don’t even have to be religious about the keto diet, the products just enhance it if you do!

Message me here or privately, give me a call, find me on Facebook or Instagram and let’s get you going so you can live your best life! I am lucky enough to have found these products and I want to Pruvit to you they work!

My Take on Frankincense Essential Oil

Although I’ve blogged about this before, my discussion on Frankincense was on my old blog and this essential oil is worthy of a revisit anyway. This oil is my favorite of all the essential oils I’ve tried and that is why it’s featured first on essential oils week.

Frankincense in pure form before processing into essential oil

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most powerful of the essential oils, some claim it even cures cancer! I use it for prevention, energy, clarity and concentration. It is the way I start most every day, a drop of this and Lemon in my water which I then sip on throughout the day, it wakes me up and gives me a pep in my step.

Essential oils such as Frankincense can be used in this way, or diffused in a diffuser or inhaled straight from the bottle. It can also be used topically with a little carrier oil like almond, coconut or jojoba and rubbed on age spots to lighten them, or the forehead to help with concentration.

Essential oils pass through the skin, making them transdermal, where they then enter the circulatory system and cells. This is what makes them so powerful and some compounds in essential oils have such small molecules, they can pass through the blood-brain barrier.

In addition, healing through the olfactory system is what is known as aromatherapy and therefore simply diffusing certain essential oils can help speed up getting over a cold or prevent it in the first place.

 Frankincense is one such oil. It is one of the ancient oils the wise men brought to Jesus as a gift along with Myrrh.

The highest quality essential oils are Organic, Therapeutic Grade Essential, 100% Pure oils and you want to make sure you buy from trusted brands recommended by your doctor or aromatherapist.

I’m not allowed to go into brands I like here, but honestly, I have tried several different brands I know to be trustworthy and I have my favorite in all of them.

Because they are quality, they cost more, but you can’t take chances with your health, so buy from the best. I have personally had such a good experience using mine, I have come close to a panic when I run out!

When I first started using them 2 or 3 years ago, I did so to gain better health and help me in my weight loss efforts. Frankincense and Lemon EOs are my magic bullet, I don’t want to be without them.

More pep in my step meant I could exercise again, plus the added benefit of elevated mood, reduction of inflammation,  and getting over my depression meant I was able to get off my antidepressants. (Don’t worry, my doctors approved.)

Speaking of doctors,  Dr. Axe has a great book that is one of my go-to publications for info on EOs called The Kings Medicine Cabinet, which is where some of this info presented here today came from.

Along with a plethora of great information and history on essential oils, there are handy reference charts that show which oils are applied topically, whether or not you need a carrier oil and which ones are safe for internal use.

I can’t copy from the book, however, it is a free download and if you can’t get it,  email me and I’ll forward you a copy.

If you could have an oil with so many benefits to have in your arsenal, this would be my top choice. I do hope this inspires you to give it a try because really, it can only help.

Even if you don’t want to be as brave as me, get yourself a good diffuser, they are sold in most health food store and online, and some quality Frankincense, and tell me if in a few days, you don’t notice a difference in your mood, energy and spiritual awareness.

Also, please educate yourself by grabbing a copy of the book-I can suggest other resources as well, and let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you.

VitaCup Vitamin Infused Coffee-My Review

My sample turned out to be a 16ct box!!

I received my sample of Genius blend from VitaCup in the mail yesterday and all I can say is Wow!! VitaCup is vitamin infused coffee that really delivers on it’s promises. Let me explain:

First of all, it has MCT infused in it, so it promises energy and focus-which it delivered! My eyes were opened instantly and my brain fog was lifted!

MCT oil is a type of fat found in various oils and dairy products like coconut oil and butter. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, these carbon atoms (6-12) are processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides. They go straight from the gut to the liver where they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

MCT is used by people who want to lose weight, or increase their energy and focus during a workout. Others claim it aids in thinking and may help with certain forms of dementia.

Enlarge to read better all the vitamins infused into this coffee!

VitaCup coffee infuses this oil plus lots of vitamins like D3, B1, B5, B9, B6, and B12 for an energy boosting, metabolism supported cuppa joe to get your morning started with a kick!

Also included in the Genius blend are cinnamon and turmeric spices which are natural antioxidants that support heart health and are anti-inflammatory.

Just think, all you do is drink a cup of coffee in the morning as usual, and now your mood is lifted, you can focus on daily tasks, go workout with more energy, and the coffee tasted delicious as well!

Now, it is totally acceptable to jazz up your cup as you normally do if your thing is to add butter and sweetener (and maybe a splash of pure vanilla extract) like I do in the morning. That’s just how I roll.

Do try their coffee and tell me how you like it. Go to their website, (VitaCup) get a possible 20% discount when you sign up, log in and spin the wheel! Leave a Facebook review and earn points for future discounts. Every time you buy, you earn points once you’re registered on the site.

In addition, there are several varieties to choose from, Beauty Blend, Breakfast Blend and more! All have the vitamins you need for a fabulous start to your day already blended in a great-tasting cup of coffee.

The pods are responsibly designed to be recyclable, soy free, gluten free, BPA free, and made in the USA. What could be better than that??

PS: I got my sample on a Facebook promotion, so watch for that! It cost me $3.99 and they were nice enough to send a 16ct box! That is way more than 20% off.

(I got no financial compensation from this review)

Day 31-Products Week-Just the Facts on Flax & Chia

I’m going to be honest here, I don’t remember my flax and chia everyday.  I really should get back in the habit because I’m missing out on some fabulous benefits. Lately, I find myself only adding them to my smoothies, when there are so many other ways to use them. What are the facts on flax you ask? First of all, flax is more digestible if you use the ground version. Besides, whole seeds don’t release the nutrients properly.

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Flax is a superb source of omega 3 fatty acids, only fish oil can beat it! Omega 3’s are what fight inflammation in the body, so as you can imagine, getting in your diet helps prevent a plethora of problems including heart disease, diabetes and many more. Consuming flax can help prevent osteoporosis and menopausal symptoms as well. Omega 3’s also have been proven to reduce the risk of many types of cancer and  the eye disease macular degeneration.

The high fiber content of flax also helps your digestive tract, keeps your heart healthy and helps maintain normal blood sugar in diabetics. It provides both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, the first being good for the tummy and the latter helping out the heart. The healthier your digestive tract is, the lower the risk for colon cancer, a reason to make it a big part of your diet.

Its an immune booster, dynamic for dieters (since it keeps your stomach full) and some say the lignans found in flax actually help level out your hormones and assist in reproductive health.Flax consumption also makes for beautiful skin and strong bones, due to the abundance of vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, potassium and iron.

Flax tastes slightly nutty and provides texture in baked goods and smoothies. You can even use it as an egg replacement by mixing 1 tbsp of flax with 2.5 tbsp of water. I have done it, and it works! Mix it in oatmeal, yogurt, salads and even ice cream without changing the taste. Bake it into cookies, muffins and bread and reap all the benefits without noticing.

Now let’s chat a bit about chia seeds. You know them as what makes chia pets grow, but they are really a nutrition powerhouse. Use them in many of the same ways as flax, but what most people don’t know is to make a thickener for puddings and smoothies, mix chia seeds with water and make gel. 1tbsp chia seeds to 2 tbsp water in a small container overnight and you’ll have about 1 1/2 tbsp of gel to work with.

Chia seeds are also high in fiber and omega 3’s and are great for providing a boost of energy. If you’re dragging by lunch, toss some on your favorite salad or add em to your smoothie and you will feel it in no time. I have personally put them to the test! My problem is remembering to use them because I naturally reach for the flax first. I keep it in the freezer with my other smoothie ingredients like unsweetened coconut flakes and fruits. The chia seeds are in the cabinet next to the dark cocoa powder and coconut  palm sugar, so they get used less. My BAD! This little pep talk has me convinced I need to utilize them more frequently and practice what I preach. Just being honest here.

Not a milk drinker? Eat chia seeds, since they are high in calcium. Need more fiber? Eat chia seeds, since a one ounce serving provides 11 grams of dietary fiber. Want stronger bones and teeth? Again, chia is the answer because of all the manganese and phosphorus the tiny seeds provide. High protein means they are great for vegetarians, one ounce gives you 4.4 grams worth! Lower LDL and triglycerides means they are also good for the heart.

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However you choose to use them, do try these amazing seeds and watch your health improve. I plan on adding them to more foods myself, I’ve been slack-a-lackin for too long! Now that vacation is over, I’ll get back on track by sprinkling them in my Greek yogurt, or adding them to salads for a little extra crunch. I haven’t had a baked good in quite awhile either, I can mix both seeds in the batter next time I make some plantain and sweet potato waffles, yum! Makes me want to woop out the almond and coconut flour and get busy, alas, it’s almost bedtime. Maybe tomorrow, if I find some time. See you then on the patio! 

 

What's the Best Essential Oil-Frankincense

This post is taken from my blog on Kimmy’s patio dated 8/15/16. It has been modified.

Frankincense is one of the oldest and most powerful of the essential oils, some claiming it even cures cancer! I use it for prevention, energy, clarity and concentration. It is the way I start most every day, a drop of this and one of lemon in my water, which I then sip on throughout the day, wakes me up and gives me a pep in my step.

Essential oils such as frankincense can be used in this way, inhaled straight from the bottle or diffused in a diffuser. It can also be used topically with a carrier oil such as almond, fractionated coconut, or jojoba and rubbed on age spots and scars to lighten them, or the forehead and neck to help with concentration and promote spiritual awareness. Essential oils pass through the skin making them transdermal, where they can then enter into the circulatory system and cells. This is what makes them so powerful and some compounds in essential oils have such small molecules, they can pass through the blood-brain barrier. In addition, healing through the olfactory system is what is known as aromatherapy and therefore simply diffusing certain essential oils can help speed up getting over a cold or prevent one in the first place. Frankincense is one such oil. It is one of the ancient oils the wise men brought to Jesus as a gift along with Myrrh.

The highest quality essential oils are Certified Therapeutic Pure Grade Essential oils and one should make sure they buy from trusted brands recommended by their doctor or aromatherapist. I’m not allowed to go into brands I like here, but honestly, I have tried several different brands I know to be trustworthy and I have my favorite among each of them.Because they are quality, they cost more, depending on the oil and which company makes them, but you can’t take chances with your health, so buy the best. I have personally had such good luck with mine, I come close to panic when I run out!

When I first started using them 2 or 3 years ago, I did so to improve my health and aid in my weight loss efforts. Frankincense and lemon are my magic bullets, I don’t want to be without them. More energy meant that I could increase my exercise, and they also provided added benefits like elevated mood, reduction of inflammation, and getting over my depression meant that I could wean myself off my anti-depressants, which I did with my doctor’s approval.

Speaking of doctors, Dr Axe has a great book that is my go-to for all things essential oils called The King’s Medicine Cabinet, which I borrowed some of the material presented here on this post. It is a free download and has an abundant amount of helpful information, reference charts and history on essential oils.

If you could have an oil with so many benefits in your arsenal, this would be my top choice.  No matter how you choose to use it, internally (upon approval from your doctor of course), topically, or with a diffuser, do try this wonderful powerhouse of an essential oil and let me know if you don’t enjoy an increase in energy, better mood, and heightened spiritual awareness. Pm me for brand names I recommend or stores where you can find good quality essential oils. Please educate yourself with Dr. Axe’s book and other resources I would be happy to suggest.