Take Charge of Your Health with The Whole30 Challenge

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Did you resolve to eat healthier in the New Year, only to find yourself falling back into the same old eating patterns after trying to make healthy changes?

I’ll be honest, for years I struggled to eat healthy, because frankly, I wasn’t sure what “eating healthy” really meant. I simply had no clue as to what foods would help to nourish my body and which foods might be creating setbacks in my health.

It wasn’t until I became very ill with two autoimmune conditions that I began to realize that taking care of myself by eating healthier was the key to not only helping my body to heal, but it’s also been the secret to enhancing my overall well-being – in other words, improving my mood and energy levels too!

Whole30 to the rescue …

If I would have known back then what I know now, I immediately would have taken The Whole30 Challenge. The reason I say this is because after two rounds of Whole30, I’m absolutely convinced that this free nutritional program can help people to discover improved health by helping them to begin the process of discovering which foods are beneficial and which foods may be contributing to poor health.

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What is Whole30? And why take the 30-day challenge?

The Whole30 Program is a free, nutrient-dense, elimination diet that can help you jump start your health and get started (or make better progress) on your healthy living journey. That’s because Whole30 shows you how to nourish your body with pure real foods while eliminating the most common problematic (and typically less nutrient-dense) foods. It’s a great way to detox from processed foods and also from potential food allergens that you may not even know you’re sensitive to.

And for those of you, like me, who may be suffering from chronic health issues – or suspect that food allergies or sensitivities may be impacting your health – taking The Whole30 Challenge can truly be life-changing!

In a nutshell, Whole30 can help you to:

  • Nourish your body with whole nutrient-dense foods in order to facilitate improved health and well-being;
  • Eliminate sugar addiction and other unhealthy eating patterns; and
  • Help you to begin to identify potentially problematic foods that may be sabotaging your health.

One of the biggest reasons I recommend The Whole30 Program is because it’s based on a real food lifestyle that aims at helping individuals to develop a personalized approach to their diet. It isn’t a one-diet-fits-all program. Instead Whole30 helps you to discover what foods work best for your body and which foods do not based on your unique body and health issues.

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By taking The Whole30 Challenge twice now, I’ve discovered several food groups that are problematic for me personally. As a result, this invaluable knowledge has helped me to experience a significant improvement in my health and wellness.

In addition, I’ve not only witnessed amazing changes with my own personal health, I’ve heard countless testimonies from reader-friends (who’ve taken The Whole30 Challenge with me) about how this program has impacted their health for the better too. But don’t just take my word for it. I encourage you to read the success stories of countless individuals with a wide variety of health issues who’ve successfully completed the Whole30 program with amazing results.

Of course, even with all of the positive changes that often result from Whole30, it goes without saying that you should always work with a medical professional to address any health concerns. As much as I believe in being proactive about your own health, it’s not wise to do it alone. Having a trusted healthcare professional to partner with you is key to ensuring good health, and the early diagnosis of serious medical conditions.

Helpful free resources to make your Whole30 journey easy and delicious!

Another thing I love about Whole30 is that it’s free! That’s right, free. You can find everything you need to know about the program on the Whole30 website.

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Of course, the book “It Starts With Food”  is an incredible resource that I highly recommend, but you don’t have to purchase it to achieve success on Whole30. And just so you know, I don’t receive any form of reimbursement for recommending the Whole30 program. I’m just one of thousands of people who’ve experienced the benefits of Whole30 and want to help others – particularly those struggling with health issues – to discover this life-changing program.

In fact, I’m such a huge proponent, I’ve created a wealth of free Whole30 resources and support to make it even easier for individuals and families to take The Whole30 Challenge. So if you’re interested in seeing what Whole30 can do for you, then please know I’m here to help!

Here are just a few of the free resources I’ve created to help make your Whole30 journey easier and tastier too!

  • Quick Start Guide to Whole30 – In my comprehensive DAY ZERO: Getting Ready for Whole30 post, you’ll learn: How to get ready for your 30-day healthy living journey; tips for stocking your pantry for quick Whole30 meals, and find lots of encouragement and helpful tips to ensure your success.
  • Free Whole30 Meal Plans & Recipes – I’ve also created lots of delicious Whole30-compliant recipes that make following the program easy and delicious. But even more exciting … I’ve put together a series of free Whole30 meal plans to make it even easier to complete the program! Each free Whole30 Meal Plan Kit features family-friendly Whole30-compliant meals, a shopping list and prep-ahead tasks that make getting a healthy meal on the table a snap.

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Discover what “eating healthy” means for YOU!

Back to that New Year’s resolution thing … if you’ve been struggling to find the right diet to address your own personal health concerns, then I encourage you to take a little time to check out The Whole30 Program.

With Whole30, you’ll not only learn how to nourish your body with wholesome real foods, but also begin the journey of discovering what foods may be creating setbacks in your health, and the health of your family members. That’s why I’m such a big fan of Whole30 and have made it my mission to help as many people as possible to discover this life-changing program.

Have you taken The Whole30 Challenge? What’s your experience been? We’d love to hear your story too!

Please note: I am not a healthcare professional, therefore this post is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. As noted in the article above, I highly recommend partnering with a trusted healthcare professional to address any health concerns.

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3 Simple and Healthy At-Home Date Nights

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By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer

After years of marriage, date nights have the potential to become a bit humdrum. Especially when a husband and wife are tired from the busyness of daily life – of if they’re spending most at-home hours as dad and mom – date nights may even be pushed aside.

Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to wait for dates until there’s a break in schedules. But sometimes a break doesn’t come for months. In some hectic seasons, my husband and I have gone for a couple months without dates, yet during other times – with children, no less! – we’ve had at least one date a week, if not more. We know what it’s like to have plenty and be in want.

We also know about our tendency to get in a dating rut. Since we both love food, eating out tends to be a given on date night. We’re apt to choose a restaurant we love over planning some sort of activity together. We’ve tried dinner and a show (whether live theater or a movie) but dinner is always my favorite part – mainly because we can talk with each other and catch up.

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Maybe it’s because it’s so very easy to splurge on completely unhealthy meals when eating in restaurants, or maybe it’s because of our daily busyness, but we actually prefer date nights at home.

(Don’t get me wrong – we welcome time out on our own, too. We’ve actually found a fantastic weekly date solution this year – since we serve at church in other capacities, we have an hour and  a half completely to ourselves while both of our children are in Awana. It’s perfect timing for dinner out and a little shopping.)

At-home dating

It’s nice to be cozy in our home. We may have movie nights or Downton Abbey nights, but our preferred at-home date nights involve appetizers and board games.

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Since my husband and I both love to cook, some of our favorite at-home date nights are ones where we both cook a leisurely dinner together. Our kids may be away with their grandparents on these nights – or, if we can get the kids to bed early, we can have a late dinner with just the two of us.

Our 3 favorite at-home date night menus

Pizza night

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If we’re planning on a movie night, making pizza together is fun. (I love the simplicity and speed of Bobby Flay’s homemade pizza dough. When we’re short on time, we skip the hour-long rising period and the pizza dough turns out fine.) We can add any kind of toppings we like – which can be both adventurous and fun.

Sushi night

After my husband got a sushi kit for his birthday one year, we started making sushi together – and love it.

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The process is a long one, so we plan on spending a lot of time in the kitchen talking and listening to music. We haven’t attempted creating it with raw fish; typically we make California rolls, or will cook shrimp and make our own creations with plenty of fresh veggies.

Fondue it!

When my husband and I were dating, I resurrected my parents’ old pumpkin-colored electric fondue set. It was retro, but in a way, it was romantic. (By candlelight we couldn’t see the dated colors.)

We used that old fondue pot through our dating and engagement until it finally bit the dust. We quickly replaced it with a new stainless steel electric fondue pot in our newlywed years.

Fondue became our favorite kind of date.

Friday nights became Fondue Fridays as we enjoyed for a simple but delicious date idea. Our favorite part? We could sit and enjoy our conversation while we waited for our food to cook.

Once we had babies our fondue pot was stowed away for a few years – but in the past year I’ve brought it back for at-home date nights. We’ve even introduced our children to fonduing and they’re old enough to be patient while their food cooks.

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Fondue For You

Many people may think of cheese, chocolate or even oil fondue. But my husband and I enjoy broth fondue. Here’s our typical fondue fare:

Ingredients

  • Broth (or water with bouillion)
  • Steak (cubed into bite-size pieces), shrimp, or a firm fish (cubed)
  • Chunks of fresh vegetables (We prefer bell peppers, onions and mushrooms.)

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Method

  • Heat broth in fondue pot until the broth is steaming hot.
  • Spear protein and veggies together on a fondue skewer. Immerse in the hot broth.
  • Simmer for a few minutes, then remove.
  • Carefully remove the cooked food from the skewer with your fork. Enjoy!

Note: You may want to keep a large, slotted spoon nearby as a “search and rescue spoon” for lost vegetables.

You can get all fancy with homemade dipping sauces, but the fondue also is delicious without any extra sauces.

What are your favorite ideas for simple and healthy at-home date nights?

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How I (Finally) Had A Natural Childbirth

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By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer

I just had my third baby, and I (finally) had a natural childbirth. Induced and with Pitocin, even. Virtual high-five, anyone??

This was not easy, but I had planned it for a long time. I had horrific experiences with my two prior births. There was the emotional disconnection and fallout of the medicated births, but I also had spinal headaches with both of my sons. Talk about starting your newborn days out wrong! A week-long migraine is NOT the way to go!

I knew going into my daughter’s birth that I wanted it to be different. Even though I have a pretty low pain tolerance (in other words, I’m a big fat wimp) I KNEW that I did not want those headaches, and I wanted to start off on a better foot. I kept telling myself, “As long as I don’t get induced and don’t have Pitocin contractions, I can do it.”

Turns out, I did have Pitocin, but I still did it without any medicine! You can read about my birth story here, but here are some specific things I helped me achieve my goal of a natural childbirth:

  • The first may seen obvious, but the number one factor was to have a clear, definite picture of WHY I wanted a natural birth. For me, as I said, it was remembering the pain of the spinal headaches! I knew that an epidural was merely a temporary fix in my pain. I kept this idea in the forefront of my head during my pregnancy and then during the actual birth. I knew why I was doing what I was doing, and that an epidural was not the easy way out.
  • My second great decision was to have a doula.  I think you could avoid this if you were very versed in pain management techniques and positioning. For me, however, this was not an area that I felt comfortable with. I wanted a doula less for emotional support and more for practical, hands-on help. She was great. I felt more comfortable just knowing that someone “wise” was in the room. If we were making a decision, we had another voice whom we trusted. She used pressure points to relieve pain and guided me through various positions which I believe greatly expedited the labor.
  • Staying in shape during pregnancy also helped. My first childbirth, I was SHOCKED at how physically demanding it was. Actual labor, you know? I guess I was a little naive. The third time, I used my favorite workout videos to practice good breathing and stay in shape, and I have no doubt that this was very helpful.
  • Measured breathing is another. I used deep yoga breathing to relax during contractions. During my former births, I was tense, and this intensified my worry and pain. When I felt a contraction coming, I purposely relaxed my entire body, and breathed very slowly.
  • Drink, and a little food. I know eating during labor is controversial, and I hoped to avoid it. I have low blood sugar and at one point the nurse smuggled me in some saltine crackers, which I was insanely grateful for. I also used Stephanie’s LaborAid, some smoothie-type drinks, and Emergen-C. Because I burn so many calories, it was important for me to be proactive and have things on-hand that could give me energy.
  • On a related note, I ate a huge meal the night before. I was induced, so I had the luxury (sort of) of knowing when I would be in labor. I ate a lot (I guess you could say “carbo-loaded”) the night before.
  • Laboring in my own clothes was another big one. I had planned for my third to have a hospital birth, and when it dawned on me that I didn’t have to wear that yucky, horrible hospital robe, it was such a relief! I bought my own robe and it made me much more comfortable, and confident.
  • I also appreciated not being hooked up to the IV or having constant monitoring. I allowed them to install a port in my arm, but did not remain hooked up for a constant IV. I got on the monitor every so often to check on my daughter, but not constantly as they did with my other births. It was such a blessing to move around!
  • Finally, I am grateful for my faith. This is not a trite add-on. I cannot write this post honestly without mentioning my faith, because there was a definite moment (you can read about here) when I knew I could not do this thing on my own strength. We prayed together to ask the Lord for His strength, and He provided.

If you had a natural childbirth, what was the biggest help?

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

[Love Looks Like] 2:07 a.m. @ Sarah Bessey

Maybe Variety isn’t the Spice of Life @ Be More With Less

Easy Ham and Egg Breakfast Bowls – a Quick and Filling Breakfast To-Go! @ Heavenly Homemakers

The Key to Finding a Peace that Passes All Understanding @ A Holy Experience

I made a complete list of all the good things that happen to you when you compare your success to someone else’s. @ John Acuff

Paleo Zuppa Toscana @ Tastes of Lizzy T’s

Dear Mom in the Tunnel @ Red and Honey

Dwell in Unity @ Love God Greatly

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Why I Quit Drinking So Much Water

 

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By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

It all started on Facebook.

One day, as I was reading through my newsfeed, I came across a conversation about drinking 100 ounces of water every day.

The conversation talked about all the benefits of drinking 100 ounces of water. Everyone in the conversation claimed better health, successful weight loss, and radiant skin. All the comments were positive and there were exclamations of how adding 100 ounces of water to their day was life changing.

These comments were made by friends of mine, so there had to be some truth to what they were saying, didn’t there? After all, we all know that drinking more water can boost your health.

And if it’s on Facebook, it has to be true, right? *wink*

After reading this newsfeed thread, I decided this was going to be it. This was going to be the healthy habit I would adopt for 2015.

So I set out to drink 100 ounces of water every day. I set myself up for success with my favorite trick, and I made a batch of Rainbow Citrus Water.

 

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Day 1

I sipped on water throughout the day. Since I normally drink coffee or tea, I find I really like the taste of water again. It’s so refreshing. I find myself wondering why I don’t reach for a glass of water more often.

Up to this point, my daily beverage consumption looked like this:

  • 2 cups of coffee in the a.m.
  • If I exercise in the morning, I drink another cup of coffee after exercise.
  • At lunch I don’t bother with a drink at all.
  • About 3 to 4 in the afternoon, I brew a cup of herbal tea.
  • At dinner I may drink some water. Otherwise, that cup of tea in the afternoon is the last thing I drink.

There is no doubt that adding water to my diet is a good thing.

Day 2

I decide to drink two glasses of water one right after the other in hopes that I diminish the number of trips I need to take to the restroom.

I knew that drinking more water would necessitate more trips to the restroom, but sheesh! This is ridiculous!

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Day 3

The numerous trips I’m taking to the bathroom have me wondering if I should be limiting the number of squares of toilet paper I’m using each trip. At this rate, my water consumption is going to necessitate an extra Costco size pack of toilet paper.

Discouragement is starting to take over. I feel like I’m having to arrange my whole day around knowing where a restroom is and trying to limit the times I drink my water to periods where I will be home.

Day 4

First day of feeling success. Drinking water is becoming a habit. When we made a family trip to Starbucks, I skipped the coffee. I brought my reusable water cup and had them fill it up for me.

Not only did they fill my water bottle, but they gave me a $0.10 discount for bringing my own cup. It’s like they paid me to drink my water. Happiness in a small victory.

Day 5

I can’t do it. There is too much on my plate today. I know that drinking 100 ounces of water will lead to too many restroom breaks and I simply don’t have the time.

I don’t want to quit just 5 days in, so I drink about 32 ounces of water that night.

Big mistake. After 2 middle of the night restroom runs, I decide I need to set a time after which it is impractical to drink any more water. I decide 6 p.m. is it. If I can’t drink all my water before 6 p.m., I won’t reach my daily goal.

Day 6 -9

These days all look the same. I try to figure out how I am going to schedule my day so I can drink my water and have a restroom available to me. Nothing up to this point has struck the right balance.

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Day 10

I’m a quitter. This doesn’t make sense for my life at all. I can’t drink this much and be productive. It’s not working.

It takes me 10 days before I start to research – why 100 ounces of water? Why was that a magic number?

You know what? It’s not a magic number. In fact, I can’t figure out why it is a number at all. When you read how drinking more water can boost your health, you find the formula for drinking the right amount of water.

The healthy amount of water you should be drinking is one-half your body weight.

For me, that means my correct amount of water is only 72 ounces of water a day. That is a HUGE difference from the 100 ounces that all my friends were drinking.

Based on this information, I made a new healthy goal.

Drink. More. Water. Period.

I simply wasn’t drinking enough water and was definitely drinking too much coffee.

I’ve adjusted my healthy goals. Now, it’s simply to add more water to my day. I’m adding a glass of water before I eat lunch and a glass of water before I eat dinner. I’ve also stopped drinking coffee after I exercise and have added a large bottle of water instead. I love cucumber mint water, so I’m no longer saving making a batch for special occasions. Every day is special.

I’d love to know: How much water do you drink each day? Do you find it is a struggle to reach for water like I do?

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Homemaker’s Friend Giveaway: Win 1 of 10 Daily Planners!

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If getting organized was one of the goals you put on your resolution list for the new year, we’ve got a great giveaway for you today! The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner is a wonderful assistant for any homemaker. The weekly two-page spread is easy to use and its flexibility makes it a favorite planner for the unpredictable life of a mom. There is a designated section for task lists, projects and events, information and perforated grocery lists, all printed on beautiful pages with inspirational Bible verses to encourage you throughout your days.

Today we’re giving away ten 2015 Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planners!

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In designing the Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner, Sue Hooley’s goal was to publish an uncomplicated, guilt-free planner to help women/moms to simplify their lives. She has achieved this goal in a beautiful format that simplifies the process of planning your day.

As an added bonus, Sue has offered Keeper of the Home readers a discount of 40% off the regular price of the planners, bringing them to just $9.99 each! Click here to pick up your own copy of this amazing organizational tool!

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9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House!

9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House! {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer

If you had to guess off the top of your head, how many cleaning products would you say you have in your house right now? You probably have a couple in the kitchen, several in the bathroom, several more multipurpose cleaners for around the house, and a few specialized products for tough jobs. It’s a lot, right?

What if I told you that you can clean your home from top to bottom with just a few simple ingredients — some of which you probably already have on hand? Would you be curious?

Maybe you’ve made a commitment to remove toxins from your home this year, or you have a goal of saving money by making your own homemade products. One of the best ways to get toxins out of your home and save money at the same time is to make your own homemade non-toxic cleaners. By keeping just a few ingredients on hand, you can make all the different cleaners you would need to clean your entire home.

These ingredients are simple yet powerful multipurpose cleaners. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to get started. If you don’t already have some of these things at home, put them on your grocery list and make sure to stock up the next time your at the store. Then you’ll be prepared to tackle any cleaning challenge around your home!

Ingredient List

These nine ingredients can be combined in endless ways to create effective cleaners for your home.

9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House! {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

Homemade Multipurpose Cleaner

You’ll probably want to start by making a homemade multipurpose cleaner. My favorite is a spray bottle filled with water, several squirts of Castile soap, and 10-12 drops of tea tree oil. You could also use dish soap in place of Castile soap. I use this for pretty much all of my basic cleaning around my house – kitchen, floors, bathroom, dusting, and general cleaning. I love it.

Homemade Disinfecting Wipes

You can also use the multipurpose cleaner to make homemade disinfecting wipes. Just cut some old t-shirts or other soft cloth into squares, place them in a reusable container, and pour the solution over the wipes. These are great for quickly cleaning up small messes, or to give to kids so they can help you clean!

Glass Cleaner

Some people like to use vinegar and water for a window and mirror cleaner, but I’ve found that rubbing alcohol works the best for a streak free clean. I keep mine in the original bottle and just add a spray nozzle to the top. *Note: Remember that rubbing alcohol is extremely flammable so please do not ever use around an open flame! 

One you have these basic homemade cleaners on hand, you can move on to making more specific cleaners for different areas of your home or deeper cleaning projects.

Kitchen

Bathroom

9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House! {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

Around the House

 Going Deeper with Green Cleaning

Learn more about using vinegar for naturally cleaning your home and why it may not be the best option. Also, make sure you’re not committing the common green cleaning mistake of mixing vinegar and castile soap together in recipes.

9 Simple Ingredients That Will Clean Your Entire House! {KeeperOfTheHome.org}

Now you have everything you need to get started with green and natural cleaning all around your home! It might not making cleaning fun, but when you use these nine simple ingredients you can be confident you’re not exposing your family to toxic and harmful ingredients!

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What is your favorite natural, homemade cleaner you use around your home? 

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

Learning how to tell someone “no.” @ John Acuff

When Friendship Has You @ (in)courage

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Tarragon and Mustard Cream Sauce @ The Nourished Kitchen

25 Meaningful Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less @ Be More With Less

7 Tips for Healthy Living on a Budget @ Chris Kresser

Coconut Custard Recipe @ Mommypotamus

The Power of the Dinner Table @ SheLoves Magazine

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