Are You Afraid of Commitment?

Hello Friends!

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Carrots or Cake for Matt?

Here’s the deal. We have two more major celebration this year.  One is Daniela’s husband Matt’s birthday – Whoo hoo Matt!, the other is New Year’s Eve.  We promise no guilt trips so enjoy New Year’s Eve with family, friends and libations!

What we do want to focus on today are the most popular resolutions that most of you will be making this year and learn how to set your goal so you can stay committed to achieving it.

  •  Lose weight
  • Eat better
  • Exercise more

Let’s be honest with ourselves, haven’t we all embarked on one if not all three goals at some point?  How many of us have been successful at reaching or maintaining those goals?  Both Daniela and I know from first hand experience the mental and physical challenges associated with those three specific goals and will share our experiences and knowledge with you to stay committed and meet your goals.

Some of you have heard of the phrase “paralysis by analysis”.  We really believe that TOO MUCH information and taking on TOO MANY changes at once can be detrimental to getting started and following through.  Although we could provide inordinate amounts of  information we want to dole it out in reasonable portions so that you can have a taste of success, enjoy the process and reach whatever goal you have set out for yourself.

Phase One:  Determine Your Goal

Preparation begins with determining a goal.  Make your goal specific, realistic and measurable.  Being realistic includes not only the goal itself but the time it takes to achieve it!

 Example:

My goal is to lose 10 pounds through eliminating processed foods and sugar from my diet for 6 weeks.   I will commit to 30 minutes of walking three times per week rain or shine.

We want to be specific but not so specific that we get tied down in the details.  One of the biggest secrets of achieving a goal is GETTING STARTED.  No matter how small of step you take towards starting towards your goal it’s a start!

If you do falter let’s say you can’t pass up that incredible dessert that is on the specials board.  That’s okay.  Just don’t use the excuse that everyone else does and say “oh well, it’s paid for, might as well eat the whole thing.”  We all need to learn how work through the temptations and learn to view them as choices and move past them.

Speaking of getting started, here are some suggestions for you to get started off on the right foot in 2013.  All of the suggestions below can help you reach your goals of losing weight, eating better (cleaner) and incorporating more activity into your busy life.  The good news is that suggestions below are easy to implement and if taken one at a time, they WILL become permanent healthy changes in your life!

  1. Organic and Natural vs. Processed
  2. Detoxification
  3. Be a busy body

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Before you get started for a detox you need to prepare for the event.  For most of us we have years if not decades of average to poor eating habits along with chemical and toxin overload through the environment.  So what you have is this.  Pollution of our bodies on the inside AND the outside.  A critical step is stop adding to the pollution.  We do this by eating clean.   Eating clean is involves three easy steps:

  1. Eat organic and local – Organic ensures that the food is non-GMO and free of hazardous pesticides and herbicides.  Many farmers cannot afford “organic” certification.  That’s okay as long as you know their growing practices and they are growing their produce in a clean non-toxic manner and using heirloom or non-GMO seed.
  2. Avoid processed foods – We know and understand convenience.   However most processed foods including organic ones are filled with sugar, flour and other fillers that are lacking nutrition, enzymes and other healthful benefits.  Do yourself and your purse a favor and pack your own snacks, water bottles etc.
  3. Avoid synthetic chemicals and additives – Eating organic foods in their natural state will help your body heal itself by reducing the amount of free radicals in your body.  Although our bodies create free radicals naturally through the aging process we add to that total with chemicals, herbicides and other contaminants.

Detoxification

There are several ways to detox and just as many products on the market that claim to the best most thorough job etc.  Although something is better than nothing, if you continue to add junk to your body a detox will only help slightly and you may not feel or experience a difference at all.  This is why we strongly suggest the OH Detox as it incorporates the eating changes listed above along with supplements that will have lasting change if implemented properly.  The best part of the OH Detox is that if it is followed to a “T”, the results are remarkable.  If you choose to follow “most” of it you can still feel a change and the benefits to your body are great.

Be a Busy Body

We don’t mean this in the traditional sense.:)  We mean this by keeping active whether physically or mentally.  Most people are mindless eaters.  Examples of mindless eating include eating in front of the television, while driving in the car or snacking at the computer. Instead find other activities to occupy your time that require your hands, mind and body to be at work.  A great example would be tennis.  Regardless of your level of play it’s pretty much impossible to “snack” and play tennis at the same time.  Taking a brisk walk and trying to drink a latte at the same time is a recipe for going to the dry cleaner.  You get the idea.  Get active and avoid the mindless eating.

So let’s pick one area to work on and go for it!  Donna will be starting the OH Detox  on January 1st and will be posting results along the way!  If you would like to do the OH Detox with us and receive a weekly update make sure to sign up for the newsletter on the right hand side of the blog.

Have a great 2013!  We look forward to providing you the support and products you need to reach your health goals!

Love and hugs,

Donna and Daniela

 

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Awesome Holiday Treats!

Hello Friends,

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is around the corner and that a new year is almost upon us!  We know that the holiday party scene is in full swing and that it’s difficult to not over indulge on almost every level.  Between great wine, fabulous food and traditional holiday treats it’s a battlefield.

We wanted to give you a couple of recipes for truly tasty holiday snacks that won’t make you regret the night before.  They also make a lovely hostess gift or holiday treat for gift giving.

Using fresh and organic ingredients are what makes these “treats” guilt-free yet oh so satisfying.  Place them on pretty dish for a party or in a clear jar or cellophane bag tied with ribbon for a gift.

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  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon maple sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, toss the cashews, walnuts and almonds with the oil, rosemary, sugar, salt and cayenne. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through baking, until golden. Let the nuts cool completely, then mix with the cranberries and serve.

*Super easy version – Buy one pound of the Organic Housewives Maple Glazed Mixed nuts and blend with a 4 oz container of dried cranberries.  Place in a clear glass jar tied with ribbon for an easy hostess gift!

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  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves (6 ounces)
  • 9 ounces of chopped dark chocolate (3 Theo Chocolate Bars)
  • 1/2 cup of toasted coconut (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Let cool, then coarsely chop.

  •  Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. In a glass bowl, heat two-thirds of the chocolate in a microwave oven at high power in 30-second bursts until just melted. Stir until smooth. Add the remaining chocolate and stir until melted. Stir in the walnuts until coated. Scrape the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the chocolate and refrigerate for 10 minutes, or until firm enough to cut. Note:  Don’t wait too long or the bark will shatter when you try to cut it.
  • Cut the bark into 48 pieces (6 rows by 8 rows) and transfer to a plate. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Enjoy the treats!

Love and Hugs,

Donna and Daniela

All of the organic nuts, chocolate, oil and coconut can be found at: www.organichousewives.com or Oconee Interiors – 109 Harmony Crossing, Suite 2. Eatonton, GA 31024  

Tips for Boosting Your Immune System – Naturally

Hello Friends!

Hoping that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and were able to enjoy family and friends.  To all of our Georgia fans we wish Coach Richt and his team best of luck against Alabama today!

Just wanted to provide a few helpful hints in keeping yourself healthy through the holiday season.  With more time spent indoors and the ease at which germs spread at school it’s vitally important to take extra care of yourself.

With shorter days and colder weather, wintertime is when most people become vitamin D deficient especially those of us in a more northern climate.  We typically enjoy enough during the summer months when the days are longer and we spend more time in sunny conditions.  Below are a few tips to activating and increasing your immune function all winter long.

  • Taking a daily vitamin D3 supplement delivering at least 4,000 IUs during this Vitamin d3time can be quite helpful.  Enjoy being outside on sunny days as often as you can.Vitamin D3 is made by humans when skin is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from sunlight.  Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, thereby helping bones and teeth stay strong and healthy. There is also evidence that vitamin D may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of certain cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and obesity.
  • Consuming fresh ginger during the winter months is also an excellent immune-ginger imageboosting strategy. Ginger boosts circulation, enhances immune function and is tasty too! Try taking some fresh ginger slices (2-3) and steeping with hot water to make your own ginger tea.
  • Get plenty of sleep! Sleep deprivation is one of the primary causes of immune suppression. With holiday commitments, kid’s basketball games and family visits sleep is often sacrificed.

Have you pushed the limits? 

Are you already starting to bear symptoms of being run down or the nagging sore throat?  Then you many want to consider Silver 100.  Silver ions have been shown to help rid the body of toxins and kill viruses and bacteria that attack us when we are run-down.

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What is Silver 100?

Silver 100™ Ionic Silver Complex with Opti-Silver™ is the state-of-the-art technology for delivering silver ions to the body. It has gained the reputation for being the leading-edge product in the field by health professionals, retailers and users.
All silver products used internally by humans, whether called ionic silver, colloidal silver, or any other name, function by doing one thing and one thing only: carrying stabilized silver ions into the body and then releasing them as active ions once in the system, where they can provide any potential bioactive benefits. Opti-Silver simply does this with far more efficiency than any other product in existence.

Colloidal silver is good but is very limited
While colloidal silver can work remarkably well, it only provides a fraction of the potential that ionic silver offers. The problem with colloidal silver is that only a small portion of the silver is ionic, and only a small portion of that is ever released in the body as bioactive ions.

Silver 100™ with Opti-Silver™ is far more efficient than all other forms of silver
It is designed to overcome all the limitations of colloidal silver and all other forms of silver. Silver 100™ is designed to release the silver ions, only after being absorbed well into the system. It is designed to deliver all of its silver as ions.

Helping the body detoxify

Using Silver 100™ may result in increasing the body’s need to eliminate dead germs. Drinking plenty of water, and eating lightly, will facilitate the detoxification process. If a chronic or severe condition exists, or if you have a compromised elimination system, chronic respiratory congestion or especially asthma, detoxification might become more of an issue, in which case you should start with as little as 1-2 drops, or 1 spray, of Silver 100™ per day and gradually increase it at a comfortable rate according to your body’s reactions.

You can find Using Silver 100™ online at www.organichousewives.com OR

Oconee Interiors at: 109 Harmony Crossing, # 2, Eatonton, GA 31024

P. 706-484-0303 Located in

The Village at Harmony Crossing

Enjoy your Saturday and GO DAWGS!!!

Love and hugs,

Donna and Daniela