>U Mom Knows Best: February 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

How To Make Focaccia Bread Flowers

Use food ingredients to turn bread dough into art

 Several weeks ago I saw a photo on Facebook that was so fascinating to look at. It was a photo of focaccia bread with flowers on it. Someone had used food ingredients to make beautiful flowers on the bread dough. When the pizza dough was baked the flowers make for focaccia that was a work of art. I knew right away that I had to make this pretty bread and add it to my collection of homemade bread recipes. It was so cool to see that someone had used their talent to turn a piece of bread into a work of art. It was simply too pretty to eat but the amazing thing is one could eat the focaccia bread flower design.

  I have made focaccia several times and my favorite focaccia recipe is this Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia. Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. This pizza type bread is so easy to make and the toppings always look so good, maybe because there is no cheese covering them up. Just like pizza, the toppings that can be added to the homemade dough are many. I like to think of pizza crust like a canvas for the ingredients. The ingredients are the art supplies.

  So I went to the grocery store and headed to the produce section to get my focaccia art supples. I wanted my bread art to have many colors on it so I selected some colorful vegetables for my focaccia bread art. I chose cherry tomatoes for the flowers and green onions for the flower stems. Then I saw the colorful bell peppers and selected peppers in red, orange, and yellow. Green peppers would be a nice art ingredient also but I don't like the taste of green bell peppers. Then I saw the red onions and I knew that color would look good on my bread dough art.

 I then grabbed a couple cans of a variety of olives as I love olives on a pizza. I selected black olives, green olives, and kalamata olives.  I did not have to buy rosemary as I have a rosemary bush in my yard. The rosemary and the red onions would be so pretty for the flower stems. Other ingredients that would be good for the pizza art supplies would be spinach leaves, fresh basil leaves, and fresh oregano. Just think of ingredients that you like on pizza and use those to draw your design on your homemade focaccia dough.  If you like meat then you could use pepperoni.

 To make food art on a focaccia crust, you need pizza dough. Check out my recipe for Fourth Of July Red, White & Blue Flag Pizza as this recipe includes my homemade pizza dough recipe. You can also find the recipe for focaccia dough from my recipe for Rosemary and Caramelized Onion Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia. Once your homemade bread dough is ready, spread it out on a cookie sheet. You could use a round pizza stone if you prefer, the dough canvas shape is your choice. You can use your hands or a rolling pin to shape the focaccia dough into the pan. I like to roll the homemade dough with a rolling pin to help it spread out a bit and then I use my hands to further shape the dough. The homemade dough is your canvas for your food ingredients art supplies.

Once you have your dough shaped, the fun begins. Grab a cutting board and start slicing your food art ingredients. I sliced the cherry tomatoes in half and then slice a bit off the end of that tomato piece so it had a flat bottom. I then pushed the tomato slices into the dough. For the flower stems, I thinly sliced the green onions. I used scissors to cut sprigs of rosemary to further add to the flower stems. Make to press the food pieces into the dough as you decorate your pizza dough canvas.

 I used the pepper and onion slices to add some color to my focaccia recipe. I chose to thinly slice the onions and pepper slices. The olives were sliced in half also and I placed some near the tomato flowers. What I loved about making this focaccia bread was how it allowed me to be creative with the ingredients. It was like painting a picture with food and I had so much fun. This is your canvas and you can decorate any way you like. Have fun with the food and paint a pretty picture with them.

 After you place all the toppings on the dough, I recommend brushing some olive oil over the toppings. I did not brush olive oil over my toppings and some of them dried out while the focaccia was being baked. So the olive oil will keep the pizza toppings moist. A sprinkling of sea salt over the uncooked dough adds amazing flavor to your focaccia bread art. Then bake your work of food art for 20 minutes at 400F or until the dough turns light brown. To get the full instructions to make this focaccia bread flower that is a work of art, click HERE!

If you enjoy pizza then you will like these other pizza recipes

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If you make a focaccia bread flower work of art, I would love to see it. Please post a picture here or tag @momknowsbest15 on social media.

Friday, February 21, 2020

How I Manage My Asthma Naturally Without Prescription Medication

Discovering natural ways to manage my breathing problems

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 For many years, I had no idea that I even had asthma. I just thought that having a cough was part of my seasonal allergies. As long as I took two different allergy medications, for the most part, my chronic cough was under control. I did not even consider that my annoying cough cough could be related to asthma as I did not have any wheezing. The fact that my daughter and my youngest son had been diagnosed with asthma did not make any difference, I just told myself that coughing was a seasonal allergy thing. Sure I also tended to cough when I was around smoke, dust, mold, and chemical fragrances but it never occurred to me that I had asthma. I thought I was just sensitive to these environmental triggers. I did not even consider that I had exercise-induced asthma or allergy-induced asthma.

Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the airways leading to the lungs to become inflamed.

 My thinking started to change about having asthma about 2 years ago when I started having breathing problems when I exercise. I, at first, I thought that getting older was the cause of my breathing problems. So I went from running to walking for exercise and I still was coughing up a lung so I began to question~ Could I have asthma? I even thought about making a doctor's appointment.

 As with other chronic conditions, a person’s asthma will flare from time to time, usually as a result of exposure to a trigger. Triggers can vary between people but could include exercise, smoke, or particular allergens

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My asthma was exercise-related

  Since my severe breathing and coughing only occurred when I exercise, I put off making a doctor appointment. Then 2 months later my coughing got worse and I at first thought that I had a cold since it was January. A month later I could not even talk without having a coughing attack and I was coughing up a lot of mucus. My sleep was suffering too and I had to sleep sitting up. I began to think that maybe I did have asthma but I still had no wheezing symptoms. I even tried my son's inhaler when I was having a bad coughing episode. I knew that I had to make a doctor's appointment but I put it off as I did not like the idea of having to take prescription asthma medication.

My answer to my problem was revealed to me

  It was through a powerful prayer session at church that God revealed to me that dairy was the cause of my out of controlled asthmatic coughing. I looked back at my diet and realized that I started drinking a whey-based protein powder around the same time my asthma symptoms got worse. I was also eating cheese every day. So I eliminated all dairy from my diet and within three weeks, my chronic coughing stopped. I still had my doubts but a food allergy blood test confirmed that I had a dairy allergy. I had been sensitive to dairy my whole life but I thought it was a lactose issue. Once I accepted that I was allergic to milk and dairy, I began to notice some other changes. After eliminating dairy from my diet, even my occasional sleep apnea episodes went away and I was able to sleep on my back without waking up gasping for air.

Elimination of dairy helped my asthma symptoms

  Eliminating dairy from my diet helped me manage my asthmatic symptoms but I still had other asthma triggers like smoke, dust, mold, and chemicals. So I clear my house of all toxic chemicals and started using products that were scented with natural fragrances like essential oils. I did a spring cleaning of toxic fragrances. I started using an efficient high-quality air purifier and sulfate-free hair care products that were allergy-friendly as I was on a mission to make my house free of allergens that were triggering my asthma. I even avoided the gym when they were cleaning.

I could not eliminate all my asthma triggers 

 Eliminating all my asthma triggers was not possible unless I wanted to live in a plastic bubble. I still had asthma flare-ups from the accidental ingestion of dairy products when I ate out at restaurants or at a friend's house. I had to learn to be that annoying person who had to special order my food. I could not avoid chemicals outside the house that would make me have an asthma attack. So I carried essential oils in my purse that helped open my airways. The essential oil blend that helps me open up my airways and expel the mucus is one that has menthol and peppermint in it. I also discovered an amazing herbal product that cleared the mucus from my lungs quickly.

 It was at the last health conference that I experienced an asthma attack while in the expo hall. Something was in the room that triggered me to have an uncontrollable cough along with voice hoarseness. I was in front of the Ridgecrest Herbal display and I notice their samples of ClearLungs. I asked the Ridgecrest representative about the ClearLung sample and he encouraged me to try it. The sample that I tried was the ClearLungs liquid and within 15 minutes, I started coughing up some mucus and I could feel my ears draining. After I cough up the mucus, my voice was no longer hoarse and I stopped coughing. I, of course, asked for samples of the ClearLungs capsules to take home with me.

 I was glad that I had brought home some samples of the ClearLungs from that conference. The next time I had an asthmatic cough from accidentally ingesting some soy protein (another food allergy that I have) and I was struggling with my breathing, I was glad that I was able to use my ClearLungs. While I was waiting for the ClearLungs to work, I took deep breaths of my essential oils. The essential oils helped some but I still felt like I was breathing through a straw. It took the ClearLungs about 15 minutes to kick in. Then my lungs were able to expel the mucus and I was able to take deep breaths. That night, I had no trouble sleeping as I did not experience anymore coughing.

  In the past when I did not use ClearLungs, I would have to head to the gym to lift weights to clear the mucus from my lungs or I would cough all night.  Exercise helps with my asthma but it can be difficult to exercise with asthma. Check out my 10 tips for exercising with asthma. ClearLungs helps me clear the asthma mucus from my lungs and I will also use it before I exercise.

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 ClearLungs helps me manage my asthma naturally without having to use prescription medicine. I had to stock up on this amazing herbal formula and I was glad that Ridgecrest Herbals sent me some samples. I love all the extras that they sent me with my order. I also love that Ridgecrest Herbals has some amazing deals like buy three get one free and 25% off for the months of February and March.  I have a better deal for my readers when they shop at Ridgecrest Herbals.

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Diet, exercise, and ClearLungs help me manage my asthma

 Managing my asthma can be challenging at times as I can not avoid all my asthma triggers. I try my best to avoid foods that trigger my asthma symptoms, like dairy, soy, and mushrooms. Eating out can be a challenge with food allergies but I always alert the server of my allergies. I also visit restaurants that are allergy-friendly, I love the places that have online allergy resources. I make homemade dairy-free desserts and cook without dairy for all my meals. I exercise daily as exercise helps keep my lungs free of asthma mucus. I do my best to avoid environmental asthma triggers like chemical fragrances and smoke. I use ClearLungs on a daily basis to support my breathing. When I start having an asthma flare-up, I am glad that I can take additional ClearLungs to help me breathe better as I do not have to worry about nasty side effects. I am glad that I discovered a herbal formula that helps me manage my asthma symptoms.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Plant-Based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Chocolatey plant-based no-bake brownies that are secretly healthy~ too good to be true~ so fudgy!

 I have a sweet tooth that has to be tamed. While I have no problem with occasionally enjoying sweets, I prefer to eat healthy treats that are lower sugar as my body feels better with healthy food. I am already making most of my sweet treats as I have to avoid dairy due to a dairy allergy. So my thinking is might as well make my sweet treats healthy and guilt-free. That way I can enjoy my treats and not have to worry about my food choices.  So I am glad that I discovered these no-bake salted chocolate brownies. They are so easy to make and these brownies are made with healthy wholesome ingredients.

Perfect for so many meal plans

These rich gooey chocolate squares can be enjoyed on so many food plans as these no-bake brownies are

  • Made without refined sugar
  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-free
  • Grain-free
  • Raw
  • Dairy-free
  • Plant-based
  • High protein
  • Healthy ingredients
They look and taste like brownies

 These rich chocolate no-bake brownies look and taste too good to be a healthy treat. The chocolate sweet treats taste like brownies and have a fudge-like texture. They say an important part of food tasting good is how the food looks, so your mind will try to make you think that these delicious treats are loaded with sugar but they are secretly healthy. Your friends and family will be surprised that these gooey chocolate treats are made with dates and nuts. The cocoa powder is the secret ingredient for the intense chocolate flavor.

Dates, walnuts, and cocoa powder blended into pure delight!

 The no-bake raw plant-based brownies have the chewy texture like a brownie so your mouth will be happy after the first bite. The chocolate frosting is what makes these vegan brownies taste so good. So make sure to spread the gluten-free brownies with the gooey chocolate frosting and then sprinkle a bit of salt on top. Salt and chocolate just were made for each other. A sprinkle of coarse salt just brings out an amazing intense chocolate flavor.

Looking for a Keto-friendly cookie?

Check out my recipe for Keto Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies

Satisfy your chocolate cravings

 The no-bake dairy-free brownies will satisfy your sweet tooth and chocolate cravings and are the perfect treat for healthy meal plans. I like to make these chocolate treats for healthy after-school snacks for my kids. These no-bake treats can be stored out of the fridge for several days so they are the perfect healthy treat to send to your kids at college.

Freezer friendly no bake brownies

 These moist brownies freeze well too and can be stored in the freezer for 3 months. So I make sure to stash some of the healthy brownies in my freezer so I can enjoy one when I am craving chocolate. So I always have brownies when I want a sweet treat that is healthy. The healthy no bake brownies can be enjoyed straight from the freezer but they taste best if you allow them to thaw for 20-30 minutes.

Make different flavors of the no bake brownies

 These no-bake brownies can be made with different flavors. You could add a couple of tablespoons of peanut or almond butter to the raw brownie dough for a chocolate peanut butter taste. You could omit the cocoa powder and substitute peanut butter powder for a peanut butter bar. Another idea is to add a couple tablespoons of peanut butter powder to the chocolate frosting for an amazing chocolate peanut butter frosting. Instead of the sprinkling of salt, top the brownies with walnut halves or chocolate chips.

 The recipe is super easy and fast to make. You need to make the recipe. I would love to see your pictures. Tag me on Facebook or Instagram @momknowsbest15

Helpful hints

 I recommend using a food processor to mix the brownie ingredients together. I used my high-speed blender and it took a long time for the ingredients to mix up as they got stuck way too many times. It does take about 3-5 minutes for the walnuts and dates to blend together with the cocoa powder so be patient. Also, it may seem that brownie dough may need more water when you are blending it in the food processor, but don't add more. Just keep mixing and the mixture will get smooth.

Line the brownie pan with parchment paper or wax paper that is bigger than the pan. Then fold the paper over the brownie dough and press on the paper to mold the brownie dough to fit the pan. The paper will also help you get the sticky, gooey brownies out of the pan. Frost the brownies after you place the brownie square on a plate. After frosting the brownies, wait a couple minutes for the chocolate frosting to set before cutting the brownies into squares. Cut the brownies slowly as they will be gooey but they will hold their shape.

Check out my other brownie recipes:

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Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 16
Ooey gooey, chocolatey unbaked brownies that are secretly healthy


brownie dough
  • 2½ cups loosely packed pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
chocolate frosting
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons  melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse salt for sprinkling


How to cook Plant-based Healthy No Bake Salted Chocolate Brownies

  1. Combine the ingredients for the brownie dough in a food processor.
  2. Process until completely smooth, scraping down as needed. Don't worry if it seems dry, it will be fine so don't add extra water.
  3. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan, or line the pan with parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the brownie dough to pan and press very firmly until dough is evenly distributed in the pan.
  5. Then make the chocolate frosting and spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. 
  6. Refrigerate brownies for at least 2 hours, to set. 
  7. Leftovers can stay covered at room temperature for a day, or up to 2 weeks in the fridge,
chocolate frosting
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients, except coarse salt.
  2. Stir until mixture forms a paste (this is the frosting).
  3.  Spread evenly over dough in the baking pan. Lightly sprinkle the coarse salt over the brownies.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Healthy Snacking For Your Sweet Tooth With DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose

This post is sponsored: I have partnered with The Brand Connection and Allulose to bring you this post, all opinions are my own

 You work hard at this healthy thing as you know that a healthy body feels amazing. Your new normal is nourishing your body with food that keeps it at its best. You discovered that exercise is a good thing and bodies are made to move. You might even enjoy when your body is in motion. This new healthy lifestyle is beginning to grow on you but it can still be hard when you crave your favorite sweet treats that you gave up on your journey to better health.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose

  For the most part, I follow a healthy diet and I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar that I consume. The problem is, I have a sweet tooth and still want to enjoy treats like cookies and ice cream. I do good all day eating my healthy fruits and veggies. I get myself to the gym for my daily cardio workout and of course, I feel amazing. Then nighttime strikes and I start craving something sweet. It can be hard to hush that craving when I just want a bowl of ice cream. Does this sound like you? I am happy to let you know that you can be healthy and still have a sweet treat. You can have a dish of ice cream and still stick to your healthy lifestyle.

 I discovered a delicious ice cream that is sweetened with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose and it can be enjoyed on most healthy food plans.  DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose is a non-artificial sweetening ingredient that has the same sweet taste and texture as sugar but it has 90% fewer calories. The best part is it sweetens ice cream with no unpleasant aftertaste and doesn't increase insulin levels. So you can have that dish of creamy ice cream and not worry about going over your carb count. You can treat yourself to chocolate ice cream in your favorite bowl and not stress out about not being committed to your healthy body.

Allulose is a rare sugar found in nature in very small quantities in certain fruits such as figs and raisins. 

 DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose is a healthy low-calorie sugar alternative that can be enjoyed by healthy people or individuals with type 2 diabetes. This low-calorie sweetener gives your favorite foods a sweet taste without raising your blood glucose levels and it is also Non-GMO Project Verified. So give DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose a chance as you have nothing to lose but calories.

Sweetie® is a low-fat ice cream with reduced sugar-containing less than 2 grams of fat, and 7 grams or less of sugar per ½ cup serving.

 The discovery of this guilt-free ice cream is awesome news for those who follow the keto diet or need to reduce their sugar intake. Now, this is not a boring container of low-fat ice cream. This is a creamy ice cream that has amazing flavor.  Sweetie®  ice cream is available in delicious exciting flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Mango Passionfruit, Coffee and Blueberries ‘n’ Cream. My boys could not wait to indulge in a dish of ice cream. The boys had a hard time deciding which yummy flavor to try first. The chocolate Sweetie ice cream won as they love chocolate ice cream. My whole family enjoyed this ice cream, even my husband. My family did not even realize that it had less sugar. For now, this keto lover's ice cream is only available at a number of stores and creameries throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont but it can be purchased online. Yes, you can get ice cream delivered to your doorstep!  Click here to learn more www.SweetieIceCream.com

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Fall in Love with Less Sugar

 Less sugar and carbs is a good thing for many of the healthy meal plans. So DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose can be enjoyed by those who follow the keto meal plan or who have to count carbs. Your sweet tooth can be satisfied without the worries of your insulin levels being raised. This unique rare sugar is found in nature in fruits like figs and raisins. This delicious ice cream is just one of the many guilt-free sweet treats that are made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose. Visit the DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose website to learn about other products made with this sweetener.

 My husband and kids tried the chocolate ice cream sweetened with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose and they loved the taste. My husband, who claims that he can tell when something is made with a different type of sweetener, did not notice that this rich creamy ice cream was made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose. He said the ice cream tasted good and had no bad aftertaste. husband loved the rich chocolate taste and that the ice cream was made with real milk.  My The boys ate their dish of ice cream and licked their bowls clean. Of course, they all wanted more ice cream. The next day the boys asked if we could have ice cream for dessert.

Facts about DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose 

 + The ingredient Allulose does count as a carb so it is not 100% carb-free. So if you need help calculating the total number of carbs in all the sweet foods made with DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose- Click HERE 
+ Clinical Studies have shown that Allulose does not significantly raise blood glucose or insulin levels, and it has been deemed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA, making it a healthy alternative to use in place of sugar.
+ Thanks to a decision by the FDA, Allulose is now exempt from being labeled as “Sugars” and “Added Sugars” on labels in the USA. 

Discover more about DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose 

 Now that you know about this delicious sweet treat that can be enjoyed by those who follow a healthy lifestyle you need to head to DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose Facebook page so you can get updates about new products and special offers. 

  Thanks to DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose and Sweetie ice cream lovers around the world can indulge without the guilt and without sacrificing flavor and creamy texture. Ice cream lovers can enjoy a dish of rich creamy ice cream and still follow their healthy meal plans.  My family can enjoy dessert more often and I don't have to worry about them eating too much sugar. 

Love ice cream but hate the calories that come with it? Look for Sweetie Ice Cream made with Dolcia Prima Allulose. With a fraction of the calories of sucrose, Dolcia Prima Allulose gives Sweetie® Ice Cream the clean, sweet taste and texture you desire – as previously only sugar could do.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Zoku Neat Stack Giveaway

 Storing food has never been so easy!

 I received a Neat Stack to facilitate this post but opinions are my own

 I like things organized in my kitchen. One of the places that I have been working on is my food storage and how I store leftovers in the fridge. I like leftovers as it means that I don't have to cook the next day or my family has food to pack for their lunch the next day. So when I cook, I make extra food for other meals for my family.

  Over the years I have collected a huge amount of food storage containers for the purpose of storing food for leftovers and packed lunches. I have also bought many different styles of plastic containers to help with food storage. Most of these plastic containers have not lasted that long as they were cheap and the ones that survived are stored in a cabinet that is quite messy. My husband says that my food storage container cabinet is out of control! I agree that my plasticware cabinet is out of control and I need help!

Take back your cabinet space 

   So I decided to do something about my plastic food storage cabinet, the one that has lids falling out everywhere. The cabinet where the kids just toss the containers into when they unload the dishwasher. The cabinet that I am afraid to open. Do you have a cabinet that is overflowing with plastic dishes? Maybe it is time to take back your cabinet space.

The other day I decided to tackle the plastic dish cabinet, the one with way too many plastic bowls with mismatched lids. I tossed out all the plastic leftover containers that were missing lids and donated the containers that I no longer used. My days of a messy cabinet were over and I decided to give the Zoku Neat Stack a chance with my food and leftovers.

  I took back my cabinet space with Zoku's brilliantly designed Neat Stack™ Collection of nesting food storage containers. These food containers not only look great in my kitchen but also have some unique features that I am hoping will end my food storage nightmare. I love how the food containers stack so neatly with the lids so I can easily find the right lid for the container. The containers come in four sizes and have color-coded bands on them that indicate the size. The lids latch so easily and are even watertight!

If my family uses the containers for their packed lunches, the lids have a place for a universal Neat Stack™ freezer pack that fits each of the 3, 4, and 5-cup containers so their food stays cold until lunchtime. Check out the other great features of the 11-piece Neat Stack containers.

The Neat Stack™ Collection features:

Color-Coded Bands to help you quickly find the size you need

Leak-Proof Lids that seal tightly for maximum confidence

Multi-functional Neat Stack™ Freezer Packs that either snap under or nest on top of lids

Constructed of microwave safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe premium materials

BPA and phthalate-free

Would you like to own an 11-piece Zoku Neat Stack? 

  If you are ready to take back your cabinet space then you should get these awesome food storage containers. Head on over to https://www.zokuhome.com/ and take a look at all the unique food storage containers. Then come back here and tell me which food container that you would love to own.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Natural Ways To Treat Menopause Symptoms With NeuEve

Discover a natural non-hormonal way to treat menopause and perimenopause symptoms.

Sponsored post: I received a sample to facilitate this post.

 When people talk about the change of life that women go through you mostly hear about hot flashes. Maybe that is the most annoying symptom that we ladies experience when are hormones start messing with our bodies. Hot flashes are just one of many bothersome symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Trust me, there are way more symptoms that most ladies have no clue about the many different menopause symptoms until they start experiencing them. Ladies can have no clue about what can happen to their body when their hormones start changing and they start to enter that season of their life.

 One of the first symptoms that started bothering me when I turned 50 was vaginal dryness. I know this is a topic that no one really talks about. Sometimes we ladies don't even discuss this with our husband as it can be an embarrassing topic to bring up in the bedroom. So if you are a guy and are reading this, don't leave but take this opportunity to learn about a reason why your wife may be saying "not tonight dear, I have a headache." Being dry in the vagina affects so many ladies and we just learn to live with it. When we have fun in the bedroom, we may reach for those messy, sticky love oils but those don't help beyond the moment. I don't know about you but those love potions that my husband likes using to make the magic happen always make my sensitive skin burn. So I always have to run to the shower afterward to wash up down there.

A simple vaginal moisturizer may be the answer  

 I am glad that I discovered a natural product that is helping with the vaginal atrophy that I am experiencing. NeuEve is a vaginal moisturizer that is made from 100% natural ingredients. The natural ingredients in this female moisturizer for dryness and atrophy are 100% food grade. So I did not have to worry about breaking out in some weird rash down there or being sore from my sensitive skin issue.

NeuEve is gluten-free, hormone-free and estrogen-free. NeuEve does NOT contain any boric acid, petrochemicals, parabens, BHT, T.E.A, M.E.A, urea, glycols, PEG's, etc. NeuEve has never been tested on animals and does not contain any animal products.

  I tried out two different products from NeuEve and they were so simple to use. I was happy to learn that a woman gynecologist invented the cream and suppositories. Who better to make a product than someone who is a lady and has knowledge about the female organs. The products had no side effects. Ok, there were side effects but they were good side effects that made a difference in having fun with my husband. I no longer had dryness down there so I no longer had any pain.

 My husband was surprised that I wanted to have some bedroom fun. The best part was I did not need to reach for any lubricants. This natural organic moisturizer did not leave me itching afterward so I did not feel the need to clean up right away. One application can last 3-8 days depending on the formula that you buy. NeuEve also makes a cream that helps relieve vulvar dryness, itching, and burning. So if my husband does apply some type of love potion on me, this cream helps after the fun. This cream can also be used daily as a vagina moisturizer. I really liked that this cream was not greasy nor did it have any scent to it.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Benefits of Weightlifting For Older Ladies

How would you like to slow down the aging process?

  I used to not like lifting weights and always thought that I had no need for it. My daily fast walks with the kids were plenty of exercises to keep my heart healthy. I always thought weightlifting was only for those who wanted big muscles on their arms. So I never made time for any upper body strength training as my arms looked just fine to me.

Research has shown that exercise can slow down the physiological aging clock. That’s right, working out can keep you young.

  So while the kids were young, I just made time for fast cardio walks to keep my body healthy and in shape. I mean as a stay at home mom of five who has time for exercise that includes lifting weights? Not me as I barely had time to sit down. Well, that thinking all changed when I hit the big 50! My arms started to get droopy. My in shape arms started to sag and look like bingo arms( a term used by my middle son, who was a teenager at the time.) The sad truth was my son was right and my arms were losing muscle mass. So I decided that what my flabby arms needed was some more cardio. So I took up running again to see if it could help with my middle age arms. I also notice my belly getting wiggly despite my weight staying the same.

According to the American Council on Exercise, “Between the ages of 30 and 80, sedentary adults can experience as much as 30 to 40 percent loss of muscular strength as a result of reduced levels of muscle mass.”

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Forty minutes a day to feel amazing all-day

 So I thought that all my body needed was running. I like running as it allows me to get my exercise time in quickly. My motto is 40 minutes a day/ five days a week of cardio exercise is so worth having my body feel good all day- so I make the time. A year later, I realized that my arms needed more than cardio exercise. It was at a health conference that year during a yoga session that I decided to do something about my arms. My athletic body was struggling with the yoga moves and I could not support my body with my arms. 

The important benefits of strength training after 50 include:
 Builds muscle mass Strength is good for picking yourself up after a fall
 Builds bone density Bones take longer to heal as we age
 Decreases body fat  Too much body fat isn’t ideal for you at any age
 Lowers the risk of chronic disease Like arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, back pain 
 Improves mental health Strength training has been shown to improve your mood

A pull-up bar was the answer to stronger arms

  My middle son just bought a pull-up bar and the only place that he could use the bar was in the kitchen on the laundry room door. So I decided that I wanted stronger arms and I was going to use that pull-up bar daily while I was waiting for my coffee to heat up in the microwave. I watched my son use the pull-up bar with ease as he did 20 pullups. I could not even do one pullup, so I just grabbed the bars and hung from them. At first, I was only able to hang for 30 seconds but gradually I increased my time. 

  Pink five-pound kettlebells and a body scan

  I later bought some pink 5-pound kettlebells and used those for arm exercises a couple days a week. When my husband's work offered a health insurance plan with a free gym membership, I decided to start using weightlifting machines. I started to notice that my arms were looking better and they had more strength. When I attended another fitness conference later that year, I was able to do yoga as my arms were strong. Another fitness conference a year later after I had a body scan, and with the help of watching my son lift weights, I decided to challenge my body to 6 months of weight lifting with free weights. I wanted to see what my now 54-year-old body was capable of. Some people play video games but I love taking my body to the limits. After 6 months of lifting weights 3 days a week, I was amazed at how strong my body was. My arms had toned muscles and my stomach for the first time in my life had curves. Check out my before and after body photos here.

Lifting weights can benefit peri-menopause and menopause

  I think people may think that I am addicted to exercise and weight lifting. Well, I am addicted to the amazing benefits that I get from lifting weights. I think that I am going through that so-called change of life called peri-menopause but I am not sure as I have had no symptoms other than having my period only three times in the last year. I am 54 years young and have not experienced any hot flashes. I did think that maybe last summer, I had a hot flash but it was just a hot day. I did start taking black maca for my hormones to be on the safe side but I was just fine on the days that I forgot to take my maca supplement.

Really hitting it hard in the gym helps prevent these symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. Strength training decreases body fat, increases muscle mass, and optimizes hormones.- Read more here

Weight lifting allows you to eat more

 Another benefit of lifting weights is I have had no weight gain. I think that I look better than I did 30 years ago. Doing regular strength training exercises builds muscle and muscle burns more calories than fat. According to WebMD,  muscle tissue burns more calories -- even when you're at rest -- than body fat. 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories.

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Strength training can be done at home

 There are so many ways to strengthen your muscles and you don't even need a gym membership. Nor do you need a whole lot of time. Exercise does not have to be complicated as it is about moving your body. Some people like to make excuses about not having time to work out or they see fitness as a chore. Once you start making fitness a priority in your life, just like brushing your teeth, you will discover how amazing it makes you feel. You plan other things into your week so plan fitness and weight training into your schedule. There are ways to sneak exercise into your day. You should aim for 2-3 days of lifting weights. You can do your weight lifting with machines or at home with some 5-pound weights. You can even strengthen your muscles without weights with exercises like push-ups. Some people love the strong muscles that they get from online yoga classesKeep reading to discover resources for muscle exercises that you can do at home.

Tip: Exercising three days a week for 30 minutes keeps your body healthy. For weight loss do five days for 45 minutes each time.

Combine cardio and strength training 

 If you are short on time, there are many fitness routines that combine cardio and strength training together. Cross fit is one example and my favorite way is through a HIIT workout. I like practicing my high-intensity interval training at the gym on a cardio machine like a piece of elliptical equipment. I will work out a fast speed for 1-2 minutes then I will slow down for 30 seconds while increasing the intensity on the machine. I keep alternating fast and slow for 40 minutes and my body gets a great muscle workout. On days that I go running and want to include muscle strengthening exercises for my legs, I find some hills to run up.

You should aim for 2-3 days of lifting weights for strong muscles and 3-5 days of cardio exercises for a healthy heart

My weekly workout routine

 I am one of those crazy people who love to exercise. My husband, on the other hand, exercises for the benefit of a healthy heart. My weekly exercise routine is 5 days of cardio exercise like running, fast walking, or on the elliptical at the gym. Then I include 3 days of lifting weights for 30 minutes when I meet my husband at the gym. I usually do my cardio exercises in the morning as it leaves me feeling amazing for the rest of the day. Then my weight muscle training is at night as my husband likes to go to the gym after work.  There really isn't a better time to workout or an exercise that is better than another. You figure out what form of exercise that is the best for you. The important thing is to get your heart rate up and challenge those muscles.

Links to check out for muscle strength exercises

  I included some links that show some examples of weightlifting exercises that you can do at home or at the gym. These exercises are ones will help your muscles get stronger. Just keep in mind that it is not about how heavy the weight is but rather lifting the weight that challenges your muscles. So if you can only lift 3 pounds then do your repetition at that weight. Start with 2 sets of repetitions of 10. Increase the weights and sets of repetitions as you get stronger. It took me 6 months to get to what works for me and I do 5 sets of reps of 10 for each arm exercise. I like to have variety in my strength training so some days I use 6 weightlifting machines at the gym and other days I lift the free weights. On days that I can't get to the gym, I will do some push-ups and arm exercises with my 5-pound pink kettlebells.



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