Avoid the Stomach Bug This Winter by Doing One Simple Thing

Avoid the Stomach Bug This Winter

We are heading into the middle of winter—the heart of flu season.  And as any mother with school-age children, I worry about all the germs that they are around and bringing them back home and getting everyone sick.

As a teacher myself, I know what it is like in a classroom.  Kids sneezing into their hand, instead of their elbow, or worse yet, not covering their sneeze at all.  Seeing a student use a tissue to blow their nose and wondering to myself what might have missed the tissue and be left on their hands… I could go on and on with the stories… I was fortunate enough though to have a sink in the classroom and would send those little sweethearts right over to wash their hands—every time I saw one of these incidents occur.

I’m not a germaphobe or anything, but I just really, really don’t like to get sick.  I especially don’t like for my kids to be sick.  Nothing worse than having to take care of a miserable, sick child and being helpless to make them feel better.

Luckily for our family, we have not encountered the stomach bug for a few years now.  Last winter, only one of my three boys was sick when we thought he had strep throat (even that turned out to be negative), but none of us encountered the flu or stomach bug… Can I get a “hallelujah” for that?!  And so far this winter, we have been fortunate to, even though I have heard and seen that it is going around.  Yes, even though I am not teaching now, I still volunteer at the school and got to experience a child vomiting just a few feet away from me.  And on my preschool son’s field trip a little girl got sick right in the middle of all the fun.  So I know those germs are going around.

I have felt pretty fortunate that it hasn’t hit our house lately—didn’t know why we had lucked out, but hey, you never look a gift horse in the mouth right?!  So I’ve just been thankful.


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Then, I read an article that talked about how grape juice can actually stop the stomach bug.  Weird but true, I guess.  I’m no scientist, so I can’t really back that up one way or the other.  However, it got me thinking…

Just over a year ago, my family had started taking whole food supplements—just because I wanted to do something “heathy” for my family.  I try to make nutritious and healthy meals, but I know we fall short, so this was just a way for us to bridge that gap in our diets.  There are three varieties that we take—Garden, Orchard, and a Vineyard Blend—my husband and I take the capsules and the kids take the chewable gummies—which actually taste good!  Now, they are all packed with goodness because these are whole foods that have just been dehydrated, so we are getting all the vitamins and minerals directly from the source.  But it is the vineyard ones that came to mind for me after finding out about the goodness of grape juice.  I knew it had lots of good antioxidants and immune boosters in it, but I went back and read the ingredients and confirmed that it had concord grape in it.  So for over a year now, we have been flooding our bodies every day with that extra boost of goodness—one that seems to have had an impact on our immune systems and fighting off the stomach bug!


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After reading that article, I am definitely going to make sure we get our vineyard goodness in everyday… plus there are so many other good vitamins from plants that we wouldn’t get otherwise… I mean, when was the last time you ate black currant, elderberry, pomegranate, or artichoke??  Confirmation for me that the steps that we have taken toward a healthy lifestyle have been worth it!


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The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

The One Sure Way to Get Kids to Eat Veggies

Broccoli?!  Yuck!!

If you are a parent, chances are you have heard this from your toddler at dinner time.  It is literally a daily struggle.  And it lasts for quite some time…  I’m sure that many of you are thinking, “My kids are teenagers and they still don’t eat their vegetables.”  So, as parents, we all know that getting proper nutrition into our kids is not easy.

I have tried nearly everything to get my toddler to eat his fruits and veggies—yes, he is even a picky eater when it comes to fruit—except for bananas—he loves those!  But there comes a time when you get sick of having to devote so much time and energy into threatening to take away a favorite toy or TV show and just want your child to eat what you put on their plate without a fight.

So, at this point, there are a couple of options that you have—and both of these options include utilizing your ninja skills as a parent to skillfully hide the fruits and veggies so your child won’t even know that they are eating something healthy.

Yes, I am saying that you must deceive your children and trick them into eating their broccoli.  There literally is no other way.

If you are creative with your cooking, you may be able to come up with some great ways to hide veggies in all sorts of meals, snacks, even desserts.  If you need a few ideas, you can check out my recipes for:


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Sweet Potato & Banana Cookies

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Very Berry Yogurt Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie5 Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies


For even more recipe ideas on how to hide those veggies in meals, snacks, and desserts, check out 100 Ways Kids Will Actually Eat Vegetables.  To give you a little taste of what Paula has shared in her post at Beauty Through Imperfection, here are some of the “Dinners with Sneaky Vegetables” that you might want to try:


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But sometimes all the shrewd vegetable-hiding in the world won’t get your kids to eat a well-balanced diet.  Sometimes your kids will still insist on eating only pizza, grilled cheese, and Fruit Loops.  Yes, I know from experience that this is the case.  My four-year-old literally will only eat pizza, grilled cheese, Fruit Loops, macaroni and cheese, and the occasional banana and yogurt.  So clearly, he is not getting the fruits and vegetables in his diet that he needs.  Of course, that doesn’t stop me from putting broccoli, green beans, carrots, apples, and strawberries on his plate—I’m hopeful that one day he will actually try them!—but until he becomes a less picky eater, I have figured out a great way to sneak fruits and vegetables into his diet—and he loves it!


What’s my secret?  Juice Plus+ Chewables for kids.


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Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are different than the typical gummy vitamins for kids.  First of all, these aren’t vitamins at all.  They are whole food supplements.  So what does that mean?  Well, these gummy chewables are made from 20 dehydrated fruits and vegetables and formed using fruit pectin—not gelatin.  And the sweeteners are all natual—tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup.  It is also a plus that they contain no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.  The Juice Plus+ Orchard and Garden Blend Chewables are also gluten free and 100% vegetarian.



Two of each of these chewables every day for my kids and I know that they are getting hundreds of vitamins and minerals from the all-natural source!  While these are not meant to be a substitute for healthy eating, it sure can help bridge the gap for picky-eaters.

The Garden Chewables are made from dehydrated:

  • carrot
  • parsley
  • beet
  • garlic
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • spinach
  • cabbage
  • kale
  • oat bran
  • rice bran

The Orchard Chewables are made from dehydrated:

  • apple
  • peach
  • cranberry
  • orange
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • date
  • acerola cherry
  • beet
  • prune


Even though my two older children are good eaters and will eat their fruits and vegetables, they don’t get the spectrum of fruits and vegetables in their diets that they should.  I mean, did your kids eat beets, prunes, kale, and broccoli today?  I know mine didn’t.  In fact, those aren’t things that I normally get in my own diet, so my husband and I take the capsules for adults…


Picky eater?  Problem solved.


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New Year, New You: Transformation, Not Resolution

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Have you made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier, eat better, or lose weight?  You are not alone.  Nearly 40% of all New Year’s Resolutions that are made are related to making healthier choices.  Did you also know that less than 8% of people will actually carry through with their resolutions in a meaningful way?  Of course, we all know how it goes, everyone is excited to commit to a new path on January 1 and by January 15, most have already slipped away from their new goals…


So this year, try something different.  Don’t make a resolution.


Decide to make a transformation in your life.


So let’s look at the difference.  A resolution is the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict or problem; the act of resolving something.  A transformation is a complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.


I don’t want to just find the answer or solution.  I want to implement the solution to get results.  Knowing and doing are two entirely different things.  Perhaps, that’s why so many resolutions fail.  People simply know what to do, but don’t know how to implement it or maybe aim for too many changes, or changes that they can’t live with and set themselves up for failure.


We know that cutting out sugar and caffeine and gluten from our diets would make us healthier.  But how many people can really drop all of those things from their lives “cold-turkey” and actually stick with it.  Probably not many.  I know that I would never be able to do that.  Maybe for a few days, but probably not for the long term.  Because those are lifestyle changes that I wouldn’t want to keep.


That is exactly why this year I am not making a resolution to “lose weight” or “get healthy.”  This year, I am deciding to transform what I am doing, by adding in simple changes that I can make—that I know I can live with—and will actually continue doing.  It has to be a lifestyle change, not just being able to withstand a few days or weeks of deprivation to on a quest to obtain a magical overnight result.


Here are 5 changes that I have made, and consistently been able to live with and make a part of my lifestyle.  If you are looking to get on the path to a healthier lifestyle, these changes may be a good starting place for you as well.


Activity Tracker This summer, I bought an activity tracker to monitor how much—or how little—I am moving during the day.  Sometimes, it is amazing how active I am, and other days, it is a daunting wake-up call to get moving.  It is amazing How My Activity Tracker Has Changed My Life.  My goal is to get at least 7000 steps each day, which equals 3.5 miles.  At this rate, I will walk nearly 1300 miles during the course of a year.  Maybe you are just starting out and have a goal of 5000 steps per day, or maybe you already hit 7000 steps per day, then you can add a couple thousand to that… regardless of where you are at with your activity, you can make an effort to be more active and burn additional calories.  Here is a conversion chart to help you figure out how many miles you are currently walking and how many you want to set for a goal. Smoothie with a Whole Food Boost | Money Savvy Living Replace A Meal I really have never been a breakfast eater.  I am just not ready for a big meal first thing in the day.  So for me, a smoothie is a great option.  Now, over the years, I have tried many smoothies and some have a metallic after-taste or a are chalky—and if I don’t like the way it tastes, or it gives me a headache, I won’t stick with it—and I will end up just skipping breakfast altogether.  And when I skip breakfast, I am so hungry by the time lunch rolls around, I either eat something that is fast and convenient (not at all healthy) or even over-eat because I have waited too long—am I the only one with this problem or is this familiar to you too?  That is why I am so glad that I found Juice Plus+ Complete.  It is a whole food, plant-based protein shake, with no artificial fillers, preservatives, or colors, it’s gluten free—and best of all, it actually tastes good.  This one works well with my body and I have been able to keep this habit as a part of my daily routine.  This was just one of the things that I have been doing that kept me from gaining weight through the holidays and I have actually lost five pounds…  

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Take a Whole Food Supplement

While I have taken different herbs and vitamins over the years, I added a whole food supplement into the mix.  I had tried them before, but this time, I consistently have taken them… and noticed a difference.  The first thing that I noticed was more energy—I wasn’t as tired in the mornings.  I also noticed that I wasn’t snacking as much.  I felt satisfied after eating a meal.  Before starting these, I felt that my body was always craving something, but I didn’t know what… so I’d grab some crackers or chips to fill the void—and that was just extra calories and fat—and it never curbed that feeling.  Lastly, this was not something that I noticed, but my hairstylist pointed it out when I went in for a haircut (and highlights)—she mentioned how fast my hair was growing and said it was so much faster than most other people—and she had never noticed this (or said anything) before.  Hmmmm, maybe it was this supplement… giving my body extra vitamins and nutrients that I didn’t have before…

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Drink More Water

I have always been aware of drinking a lot of water, but I noticed that when taking these supplements, I made myself drink an entire cup of water each time I took these throughout the day—in additional to the amount of water that I was already drinking.  Drink more water. This may be the easiest thing that you can do to improve your health. Simply. Drink. Water. There are several health benefits of drinking water, including:

  • Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids
  • Water Can Help Control Calories
  • Water Helps Energize Muscles
  • Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good
  • Water Helps Your Kidneys
  • Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function

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Cut Down on Soda and Sugar

Just think of all the extra sugar and calories that you are consuming when you drink a can of pop. Not only are there health problems associated with drinking soda, such as a link to obesity, kidney damage, certain cancers, and even elevated blood pressure, but studies have also shown that you can actually lose weight when you do nothing else besides stop drinking soda.


Are you ready to transform?  Or are you just going to ease away from your New Year’s resolution in a couple of weeks?  Are you ready to make this year different?


#OneSimpleChange #6WT


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SlimQuick Pure: A Review

SlimQuick Pure

Recently, I worked with SlimQuick Pure to test their new SlimQuick Pure Gummies for a month. The company describes the product as being able to help you lose 3 times the weight over a 13 week period (keep in mind, I only used the product for a month for the purposes of this review). The product is supposed to help you lose up to 25 pounds in 13 weeks.

Here are my results: 3 pounds in 4 weeks, that have since stayed off after finishing the product trial a few weeks ago.

I am not sure that I would have reached the 25 pound mark in 13 weeks, but I wasn’t trying to lose 25 pounds anyways. I didn’t really change anything in my diet or exercise routine: I do try to eat healthy though and exercise about 3 days a week. So, I feel like it did give me a bit of a boost during that time.

All said and done, I liked the taste of the gummies, the product was easy to use, and I feel like I did see better results than if I had not taken it during that same time period.

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Savings on SLIMQUICK Pure



We are well into the New Year now and we know that about 2/3 of all resolutions made have to do with either losing weight or getting a better handle on finances.  If you are one that is looking to lose weight, I have come across SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.  They are currently offering, for a limited time, a $5 coupon on SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies.

Here are some product highlights:
Lose 3X the Weight*
With Bio Pure Green TeaTM
Stimulant Free
Amazing Mixed Berry Flavor

SLIMQUICK Pure Extra Strength Gummies are sweet and juicy mixed berry flavored and are all-natural and free of artificial colors. In fact, they are such a treat you won’t believe they are actually helping you lose weight! SLIMQUICK Pure is a ground-breaking formula that’s designed to help women lose 3 time the weight in 13 weeks. It’s exclusive natural extract is so potent, it makes SLIMQUICK Pure the most effective female weight loss supplement.

SLIMQUICK Pure has isolated the fat burning components in green tea that speed up your metabolism better than any unhealthy chemical ingredient. SLIMQUICK Pure with BioPure Green Tea allows for three times the absorption of fat burning agents called catechins, and you can lose three times the weight. Guaranteed. That’s right, lose weight or your money back.


Ok, I have to admit that after the holidays, I am definitely looking to lose about 10 pounds.  Stay tuned for my follow-up review of this product and for my personal results!

*A clinical study has shown that overweight women using SLIMQUICK Pure’s key ingredient, along with a 1350 calorie diet, lost 25 pounds vs. 8 pounds with diet alone in just 13 weeks. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.


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