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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Collagen Is The Best Kept Secret To Running When You Are Older

Want to know my secret to running when you are over 50?

                        I received samples of collagen products from Neocell.

  I am always amazed at the fact that I am still running at my age. The even more amazing part is that I have no aches or pains after I run. I hear plenty from my friends over 50 who are no longer able to run as they have knee problems or other body aches. Many of my older friends who used to run are now walking for exercise. If you are a runner and want to keep running as you get older, then start taking a collagen supplement. I discovered the benefits of collagen three years ago when I had a running injury. This injury was not due to old age but rather me overtraining and wearing the wrong shoes. I have since learned the lesson about not buying cheap running shoes and how collagen can keep my joints healthy to prevent running injuries.


  Three years ago as my body was healing, I discovered the collagen is great for the joints. Collagen keeps joint cartilage healthy and allows me to keep running. Since collagen is a protein it also helps repair muscles after running. While running is fun, it can also put a strain on my older knees so taking collagen repairs the cartilage in my knees. Once in while I hear my knees clicking so I up my collagen and in a couple of days I no hear the knee clicking.

A delicious way to get my collagen

  There are many collagen products out there but one of my favorite ways to get my daily collagen is a delicious pineapple chew. I call these joint bursts my "joint candy!" These yummy chews also have turmeric in them which is another great supplement for us older runners.


  As we age our we tend to lose bone mass and recent studies have shown that collagen helps with bone mass. So it is a win/win for me to take a collagen supplement for my joints and bones.

Collagen is also my beauty secret

 There are different types of collagen in our body so it only makes sense to have different supplements.  I enjoy a delicious chew for my joints and another delicious chew for my skin. Did you know that our skin has collagen in it? When you give your skin some extra collagen it can rebuild and look nicer. Both of these delicious chews also have hyaluronic acid in them and that equals wonderful hydration. I think of hyaluronic acid as a drink for my skin as it has awesome hydration powers.

Check out more about these delicious collagen supplements as well as other ways to supplement with collagen.

Are you a runner?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Oil Pulling Made Easy And Delicious With GuruNanda

Have you tried oil pulling?

       I received a sample of pulling oil.

  Most people have never heard of oil pulling. I found out about oil pulling about a year ago when I discovered a small blister-like bump on my upper gum line. Having had way too much dental work, I was afraid to go to the dentist so I turned to the internet. At first, I thought the small bump on my gums could be an abscess but I since I had no pain or fever, I ruled that out. So I decided to try a natural remedy to try to eliminate the small blister in my mouth. I felt safe trying a home remedy as I had a dental cleaning scheduled later that month. The home remedy that I discovered and tried was called oil pulling. This natural remedy involved swishing coconut oil in your mouth for a period of time as the oil was to pull out toxins. So my thinking was if this bump in my mouth was caused by bacteria than the oil pulling may help. Now, the technique of oil pulling has been around for a long time. In fact, this oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine [a traditional Indian system] that dates back 3,000 years. Also, I was using coconut oil so how could that hurt me?  I don't quite remember if the oil pulling or just time took care of the small bump in my mouth. All I remember is the nasty taste of swishing coconut oil as I recall I had to swish it for up to 20 minutes. I don't think I was able to swish it for more than five minutes as the taste of coconut oil was not appealing to me.

Better tasting oil means longer swishing!

  I decided to give oil pulling another chance when I discovered a Pulling Oil that had a better taste. The pulling oil that I am now using is quite refreshing as it has a nice minty taste so I am able to swish this oil in my mouth way longer. I usually take a swig of the pulling oil as I wash my face and other bedtime activities. Sometimes I will swish the oil in my mouth as I take my shower.

Why do I do oil pulling?

 I try to do oil pulling at least once a week as it is a great way to pull the bacteria and plaque out of my mouth so I can prevent gum problems. After my husband had to get dentures from gingivitis, I am very proactive about dental care. The oil is supposed to make the bacteria and plaque stick to it and coconut oil has bacteria-fighting benefits.

GURUNANDA® Pulling Oil is 100% organic, alcohol-free and contains no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.

How to oil pull

  Oil pulling is simple to do. You simply take some of the oil and swish it in your mouth for 2-20 minutes, the longer the better to draw out more gunk from your teeth. Then you spit the oil out and brush your teeth. It is so much easier to do oil pulling when the oil has a nice taste to it. The natural oil that I use is made from a combination of pure sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. The peppermint oil makes a big difference in how long I can keep the oil in my mouth. I find that I can do the gentle swishing when I am focusing on something else like showing or washing my face.

Oil pulling gives me a fresh mouth

  I am amazed at how fresh and clean my mouth feels after I swish the oil in my mouth. The oil starts out almost clear but when I spit it into the sink it is quite thick and cloudy. To find out more about the benefits of oil pulling, click out the below link.


Would you try oil pulling?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Salted Chocolate Protein Donut Holes

Check out this healthier donut recipe

        I only eat donuts a couple times a year as they are a fried food item and I feel fried foods are not good for healthy eating. So when I discovered that I could make a healthier version of donuts that were baked and not fried, I just had to try them. I do love the taste of a chocolate glazed cake donut and these bite-sized donut holes are a wonderful guilt-free treat. These chocolate donut holes have the taste texture as a cake donut and the flavor is so amazing. Trust me you can't taste the pumpkin. These chocolate gems have protein and vitamin A. Can your fried donut say that? I like that these donuts are dairy-free and gluten-free. I am sure you can probably make them vegan by using an egg substitute but they may not have the same texture. If you have a donut pan than you can make these into donuts instead of donut holes. I do not have a donut pan so I made donut holes and the smaller size means that I will eat less. Since I have been eating a healthier diet, I find that I am satisfied with smaller portions of sweets. You have to make these!

So rich and so much chocolate flavor!

I made two different sizes of the donut holes

  I used a mini muffin pan and a brownie bite pan so I could see which one worked best. I loved the size of the mini muffin pan best. If you have a donut pan, you could use that too. If all you have is a muffin pan, then go ahead and use that pan, you may need to add extra cooking time. Whatever pan you use, make sure to fill the sections up to the top as these donuts do not rise.

Bite-size and guilt-free!

I used my favorite vegan protein powder in this recipe so it was dairy-free. This delicious chocolate protein powder is also fermented also that means my family is getting so probiotics too. I also love this brand because it is a lead-free plant-based protein powder, unlike many other brands.

After my family and I enjoyed these delightful treats, I had plenty for later. The batter filled up both of the pans that I used.

Plenty to share!

Salted Chocolate Protein Donut Holes

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)
3/4 cup sugar
3 scoops Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins, chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pink salt (extra for sprinkling some on top before baking)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2  tablespoons sugar
2  tablespoon cashew or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. In a bowl, combine your wet ingredients and whisk thoroughly.
3. Add in your dry ingredients and combine.
4. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, add batter into your greased mini muffin pan and then sprinkle pink salt on top. Salt always brings out an amazing flavor to chocolate.
5. Bake at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes or until they  spring back when lightly touched
6. Let cool, and the donuts will lower to a normal size before you pop them out!
7. After cooled, drizzle your glaze on top and store in the fridge. For more flavor sprinkle with more salt and sugar crystals.
Glaze directions:
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and let sit to thicken.
Drizzle on donuts after they have cooled as the coconut oil will want to melt right into the warm donut.

Friday, August 10, 2018

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