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Want to LOSE WEIGHT? Boost Your Metabolism, here’s how…

What if you want to lose weight, but CAN’T?

It may be as simple as learning your body’s needs, and a new perspective. Some people try starving themselves, resistance, punishing themselves, or fad diets, yet all have the same results–failure. So if you’re starting to think you just can’t lose weight, maybe it’s not your body that’s the problem at all, and the fix might even be very simple.

You’ve heard it from us before, what you put IN your body, ON your body, and IN your mind can make or break you. When you look at your body through a new lens, not as the “enemy” but as an incredible divine creation that cares for you constantly, with every single breath, it’s easier to see your body as your valued friend. When we see our body through appreciation and gratitude, we naturally want to care for it, rather than to punish it, and that emotional transition can be essential in helping us to truly “care” for our body in a whole new way.

A grateful

heart

is a magnet

for miracles

As for what we put IN our bodies, did you know that:

if you want to lose weight, one of the best things you can do is to boost your metabolism, it can make all the difference in the world.

Here’s why:

Your body’s metabolism controls how fast and efficiently the calories you eat are burned. Increasing your metabolism, even just a little, can help you burn calories even at rest.

Here are the food & ingredient super stars that can boost your metabolism:

  1. Add catechins. Hmph, what are THOSE? They are ingredients that will fire up your metabolism quickly. Catechins are helpful molecules that have been shown to aid in body fat reduction and metabolism increases. The best sources of catechins are Green tea (warm, not hot or cold) Black tea (but not quite as many as found in green tea), blackberries AND dark chocolate. It also contains some caffeine, which has thermogenic properties-which helps increase the heat inside your body’s metabolic systems, making it easier to ignite more calories. While it’s not a good idea to go wild with candy bars for this small boost, you may want to use a small piece of dark chocolate for a dessert instead of something else.
  2. Fiber – Adding fiber to your diet is another way you can get your metabolism back on track. Fiber helps speed up the digestion process, which may give your calorie burning a little more oomph. You can get your daily fiber intake from adding sorghum, quinoa, flax, and barley. Here’s a super yummy one you may want to do–here’s one you’ll love, try making some sorghum flour based cookies with Just Cookie Dough from hamptoncreek. Mmmm.
  3. Water. We all know this, but it really is important to constantly drink water throughout your day. Cold water especially has been linked to a slight increase in your body’s ability to burn extra calories. Essentially, your body needs to work to regulate the temperature of the water so that it matches your body’s core temperature. If you drink plenty of water throughout the day, and especially right before meals, this can help shave off a few more calories.
  4. Calcium – Some studies have found evidence showing that people who aren’t getting enough calcium in their diet have slower metabolisms. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of this essential nutrient. Try more green leafy vegetables, including spring greens, cabbage, swede, rocket, watercress, kale, broccoli and parsley.
  5. Vitamin D – for another small boost in your calorie burning, try foods that are rich in vitamin D. One natural sources of Vitamin D are fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, and wild salmon–which we favor the most as it is so rich in Omega 3 fatty acids as well ). Other great natural sources of Vit D include orange juice, and organic beef liver and organic egg yolks.  Vitamin D helps keep your muscles strong and healthy, which is a key factor in burning calories more efficiently. It has also been shown to help keep your immune system at its peak, which may prevent or reduce your frequency of getting sick, and has even been shown to be effective in fighting depression.
  6. Grilled Organic Chicken – Eating plenty of protein has also been shown to help keep your metabolism working at its best. Protein is able to fuel your muscle fibers and contributes to the amount of lean mass you have. With more lean mass as part of your body’s composition, you are able to maximize your calorie burning. Protein sources like skinless grilled chicken breast are a great way to feel satisfied without adding too many calories to your plate.
  7. Spinach – it’s also important to make sure you get enough iron in your diet in order to help your muscles be more efficient. Iron contributes to the delivery of oxygen to your muscles. This process is essential if you want to burn fat when you’re cutting back on your calories. One of the tastiest sources of iron is spinach. A mixed salad that swaps spinach for lettuce can be an easy way to add this nutrient to your plate.

We’ll discuss this more and continue sharing more tips, but our goal is to help you celebrate the beauty of that miraculous body that you have. Embrace how wonderful it is and care for it because you are grateful, and watch how much better you can start to feel right away.

In that mindset, we challenge you to add these metabolism boosting foods and ingredients to your diet immediately and at the same time, watch and celebrate the changes you will start to see. Improving your body’s ability to burn fat is a successful way to lose weight in the right way.

Probably the greatest thing about changing your perspective is that you’ll naturally want to change your diet, and will quickly see that you don’t have to work as hard to get the results you’d like.

Let us know your thoughts, victories, realizations, and how grateful you are for that spectacular gift (your body) that you have been blessed with. We love you and are cheering you on all the way.

We honor the Divinity within you and wish you the very best in this and every endeavor in your life!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

DIY Body Scrub Recipe – Calming Lavender

I think it’s just one of those days to do some pampering! So I thought I’d share an easy DIY body scrub that I’m sure you’re going to love.  It’s soothing, calming, and a perfect way to indulge in your day as you watch your skin glow happily. AND it seriously only takes about 3 minutes to make!!!DIY SOOTHING LAVENDAR BODY SCRUB SUPER EASY & AMAZING FOR SOFTER, SMOOTHER, MORE GLOWING SKIN, NATURALLY

Just be calm,

relax,

and drink in the

goodness all around you.

and suddenly,

life begins to change.

If you like this recipe, you’re in luck, because not only do we have a LOT more DIY recipes on this site, but we are also putting the finishing touches on a DIY Skin & Personal Care Beauty book. AND we will also be releasing a DIY course as well too, using all kinds of tricks I learned, working with a cosmetic chemist for years, who focused on natural and safe products. So stay tuned, we’ve got a LOT more coming!

calming lavender diy body scrub recipe

1/2 cup fine epsom salt

1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil

12 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

5 drops roman chamomile essential oil

Mix together and store in a 4 oz. glass jar with lid. 

That’s all there is to it. I put affiliate links to the ingredients and products I use and trust, but here are a couple more important things to know. I actually didn’t put extra virgin olive oil because I’m guessing you have it. But if you don’t here are the things to know before you buy it. It should be in a dark glass container, no larger than 13 oz. And make sure it’s cold pressed and from just one farm. Hmmm, maybe I should give you a link after all, because a great deal of EVOO’s are tainted and diluted, or poured into plastic containers and we do have grave concerns over many of them. So yeah, here is a link to some organic extra virgin olive oil that we trust.

Because essential oils are highly concentrated, we feel it’s wise to use only 100% Organic Essential Oils whenever possible. I’ve added links above.

ALSO, whenever you use essential oils in a recipe, make sure to store them in glass containers as they will break down plastic and cause a leaching of harmful ingredients, such as bisphenol (BPA  & BPS)…so in case you don’t have any glass containers, here are some we like:

mini lip gloss glass jars with lids

small glass jars with hinge lids

3 oz. glass jars with hinge lids

8 oz. glass jars with lids

We hope that helps, and we hope you LOVE this DIY body scrub recipe, intended to calm and soothe the body and the soul. Enjoy, indulge, and we want you to know that we truly honor the divinity within you.

Comment and let us know your thoughts, and how you like it. We LOVE you, and love hearing from you!

Namaste

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Tampons and Condoms – Natural Alternatives

Natural Condoms

tampons and condoms – natural alternatives

Okay, yeah, it is a little bit awkward to discuss the topic of tampons and condoms on a public forum, but it’s actually a great question that we’ve been asked about a lot, people wanting to know if any safe, natural condoms exist.

We love that you care about what’s going on or in your body in any way whatsoever, so we’re happy to tackle this issue.

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a true

love story

never

ends

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The truth is, this is a tricky subject, because there is really a tradeoff that you need to consider with tampons and condoms. Most tampons and condoms are chemically produced, which we don’t feel is safe and believe could be potentially very hazardous.

So when it comes to condoms, the best natural alternative is natural membrane condoms. We feel they are a much safer alternative, and can be very effective, but if you’re concerned about animal rights, it could be an alternative you’re not going to feel good about. In that case we would recommend doing extensive research to find other safe and natural alternatives.

But if anyone has any feedback or advice on this, please feel free to share. In the mean time, here are some natural condoms that appear to be very safe and come highly recommended…

NATURAL LAMB

Hopefully this topic has made you stop and think about the safety of products we commonly use.  If so, here is another post you may be interested in as well:

ARE TAMPONS SAFE?

Here’s a great little video Tiffany posted to help you think about how safe tampons really are…watch it and get a good laugh, but please comment with your thoughts too. In fact, if you look at this video on youtube, you’ll see some very insightful comments as well! 🙂

Natural lubricants we like too

Oh, and while we’re on the subject, we recently were asked about natural lubricants, so we thought we’d share some affiliate links to our very top natural lubricant picks as well:

Natural Personal Water Based Lubricant  – if used with condoms, water based lubricants are recommended, as they are less likely to interfere with condom effectiveness

Yes Personal Lubricant, Oil based

Viamix Organic Glide

We actually love the fact that we are finding better options for just about everything in our lives, and tampons and condoms are no exception  – it’s super important to think about what we’re putting in and on our bodies, and that when it comes to tampons and condoms – natural alternatives are available–yay!

We also love your interest and desire to stay safe and to do all that you can to preserve your health.

You guys are the best,

Please COMMENT and share your insights, ?’s and wisdom!

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

Feet So Soft Balm DIY recipe

DIY balm lotion recipeToo often we underestimate

the power of a touch, 

a smile, a kind word,

a listening ear,

an honest compliment,

or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have

the potential to

turn a life around.

– Leo Buscaglia

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Remember those baby soft feet, awe. So where did they go? 🙂 Oh well, never mind that, let’s get those baby soft feet back, naturally!

Here is a wonderful remedy that is easy to whip together, and oh, so worth it.

Feet So Soft Balm, DIY recipe

Using a double boiler, mix the ingredients together in the top pan of the double boiler until melted, then remove and stir until it starts to cool.  It will turn a creamy yellow.  As the mixture is thickening, add it to a container an let it stand about a half hour.

Feet So Soft Balm, DIY recipe, Best natural recipe yet for dry, cracked feet and heels.

Easy DIY balm lotion recipe

How to use:

Use at least once per day. At night, generously smooth onto feet, then apply thin cotton socks over the feet. Keep on all night. Take off the socks in the morning and get ready to set out and strut those beautiful baby soft feet.

Try it out, and let us know how you love it!! You guys are the BEST! 

xo

Laurie & Tiffany

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FITNESS GOALS & Inspiration

I recently shot a little interview with our youtube friend, Julie G. We met her years ago at IMATS and adore her. In fact, she used to have this posted on her channel, which we love: #1 Beauty Tip, SMILE! And she couldn’t be more right… so for fun, here is that quick little video we shot to help with your FITNESS GOALS & Inspiration…

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Comment below and let us know how you’re doing with your FITNESS GOALS! What you did today or plan to do today to be more fit!!! We’re excited to hear! xox Laurie & Tiffany

Natural Remedies for Dry Hands

Natural Remedies for Dry Hands

Natural Remedies for dry hands

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We get asked for recommendations all of the time and we love to share. So for those of our loves out there who are struggling and want some natural remedies for dry hands, this is a post your hands are going to love! So let’s go…

One of the first things we’d recommend is to switch out all of your soaps and shampoos with any type of sulphates or fragrance.  Most commercial soaps also tend to be extremely drying too. Those strip the natural oils and can cause dryness and irritation.

We actually pack around purse size bottles of “safe” soap everywhere we go, so we never need to use those industrial strength chemically laden soaps lurking everywhere.

Here are some other natural soaps we feel are great safe options:

  1. Olive Oil Soap
  2. Shea Butter Based Soap
  3. Herbal Soap
  4. Sea Salt Soap

And remember that water itself is very drying, so right after you wash, quickly hydrate with a safe hydrator as soon as you can.

Look for lubricating moisture creams that are free of petroleum, fragrance, and paraben.  Some wonderful hydrators include shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and vegetable glycerine.

Natural Moisture Creams we love:

  1. Naked Bee
  2. Weleda
  3. Olive Essence
  4. Burts Bees
  5. Hand & Cuticle Healing Salve

Also, did you know that you can wash your hands with pure coconut oil?  Seems weird, but it’s true.  It’s an emoliant, and lifts the impurities from the skin.  Just apply it by rubbing it all over. Remove with a dry cloth. And btw, no water needed. 🙂

One more thing – make sure you are getting 2 tablespoons of Healthy Fats in your diet every day!

Here is a video you might like a billion uses for coconut oil  Be sure to read all of the comments, which are also loaded with tons of great tips!

Words of warning…if your problem continues to persist, you could be fighting some dermatitis or eczema which might be an outward sign of food allergies or intolerances and may need medical attention.

Please comment below, share the love, and come back for more fun anytime!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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BODY WRAPS, How To…

itWorks BODY WRAPS how to apply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve been asked about these A LOT and have tried all kinds of natural body wraps on ourselves and many other people. Here is one of the many that we did, and here is what we are willing to share….

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Hi cutiepies!!!

Yes we are going to talk about BODY WRAPS, How to apply them.

But first, how are you doing on our little fitness quest?!!! We are both coming along, and have some more fun in store. But let us know if we can help you in anyway. We are your biggest fans!! 🙂

So this video is dedicated to all of you cuties who have asked us how to apply body wraps. We’ll have a DIY coming as well, but this is by far the best natural body wrap we’ve found, so we wanted to start with this one.
We also set up a wholesale account so you can get the same wholesale pricing we get on the body wraps or any of their other products, which we really love (just make sure to set up their loyal customer option for wholesale pricing)
Please let us know if you have any questions, we are happy to help. With this company, 1 full treatment consists of 4 wraps. And because the formula continues working for a full 72 hours, you need to wait at least 72 hours before applying another wrap. Also, be sure to take pictures before/after & after 72 hours for the best results!!!
Have fun!!!

love you guys!

xo

Tiffany & Laurie

BODY WRAPS (For wholesale pricing, sign up for the “Loyal Customer” option!)
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Our Personal FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS Journey

Our Personal FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY! See our goals and we’d love to hear yours–let’s do this together!!!

Hi cutiepies!!!!
We’re ready to put ourselves on the line (ok, our health) and that “line” is to be even more healthy! But we will be sharing EVERYTHING with you, the good, the bad, and the ugly! We’re super excited and are going to share our personal fitness & weight loss journey!!
We’ll share our goals and make commitments to lose weight, tone up, build muscle, and get in better shape!!!

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Our bodies are

incredible creations

life becomes amazing

when we learn to love

the skin we’re in!

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After a long and busy winter, we are ready and hope that you are too.
We’ll be posting here, and on youtube videos and all of our social, so subscribe to both to stay with us in all of our ventures along the way.
Will we make it? We HOPE!! Please share your goals, trials, triumphs, everything as well. We LOVE hearing from you! And we hope you’ll be there by our sides, cheering and helping us along as we cheer and help right back!
We love you guys!
Let’s get healthier together!!!!

ps. we will be posting everything on our blog & social so be sure to subscribe to us here and everywhere so you won’t miss a thing!! PLUS we’ve just revamped our entire website, so let us know how you like it or how we could make it even better for you!! Enjoy more fun tutorials, recipes, tips and tricks to keep you youthful and beautiful naturally!

Knock yourself out!!! xo

Personal FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS Journey

Please comment and let us know your thoughts, every single one of them, lol!!

xox

Laurie & Tiffany

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