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My Approach To Healthy Aging


I am now 40, and have been thinking about what Healthy Aging means to me.

Most of you know I am a 2-time cancer survivor, so you know I do not regret growing older, as it is a privilege denied to many. 

I personally think healthy aging begins with this recognition, that life is precious and each day is a gift. Being thankful, having a positive attitude and reacting well to stress are keys to keeping your heart, body & even face from aging too quickly.

I find I’m pretty good at the thankful part, and I’m working really hard at the de-stressing part! I want to live slow in my spirit even if life is spiraling around me. I know this is possible and I have seen most of my personal growth happen in times of hardship.

I want to age gracefully & thankfully, but that does not mean I won’t do what it takes to care for this body of mine and fight hard for health, because years are a gift.

I  reminded myself of this very thing recently, when I was getting ready for bed and happened to look a little closer in the mirror while brushing my teeth, and for the first time saw what appear to be WHITE hair growing in! It was a very strange feeling to see the evidence of age, and I looked at this evidence in a bit of wonder and realization that I am not 20 anymore. Life sure goes by fast and must be embraced.

I want to continue to hold every moment, and feel my best while doing it.  I want to age gracefully, while being proactive to age healthfully!  I want to continue to search out the most cutting- edge ways stay healthy.

Below I list 7 Simple Keys to Healthy Aging and tell you about an amazing new anti-oxidant that I have been taking.


7 Simple Keys Healthy Aging



Sleep is a must! Chronic lack of sleep negatively affects the brain’s function and speeds up the aging process. Aim for 7-9 hours a night.


Stay hydrated and don’t drink your calories! It is really hard to find anything other than water that does not contain sugar, artificial sweeteners or colors, and calories. Water and one cup of black coffee a day are my go-to daily drinks. I do enjoy getting nutrition from green smoothies and very occasionally I will treat myself to a latte.

Eat the Rainbow

We all know fruit and vegetables are great for the body. Keeping track of the colors of plant food  eaten throughout the day is a fun way to stay focused on eating a variety of nutrients.


Staying social is so important to healthy aging. We were made for relationship. I am so thankful for the people in my life and work hard to nurture my close friendships.


Take a daily walk.  Walking has become my favorite form of exercise. I love listening to podcasts or blab away or listen to a friend on my Voxer app.


Chronic stress can be very aging. Maintaining a positive attitude is really key to aging in a healthy way. Remember, age is a means to wisdom not a means to helplessness or uselessness.


I take several and try hard to stay up on the latest, most cutting- edge supplements. Something that I had not tried was an anti-oxidant supplement, until recently when I got to review the product MitoQ.


MitoQ For Healthy Aging

MitoQ (pronounced My-toe-Q) is a brand new type of antioxidant called a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant, that has potential to slow the aging process, and help you live a longer and healthier life. This exciting new supplement and skin care serum was developed in New Zealand at the University of Otago, Dunedin. MitoQ is backed by over a decade of scientific research and over $50 million in R&D to bring it to the market!

Every cell in your body is powered by tiny organelles called mitochondria– also known as your cellular batteries. Mitochondria convert the food we eat and oxygen we breathe into the energy our cells need to keep our organs functioning optimally and our bodies healthy.

Mitochondria– the powerhouses of the cell. They are responsible for producing 90% of the body’s energy. As we get older, mitochondrial function declines. Over 200 conditions are known to be connected to poor mitochondrial health.

Aging = increased free radicals.  Mitochondria is less effective & we have less Co-Q10 in our mitochondria to fight free radicals that leak into the cells, and damage the cell processes.  Many diseases are related to this free radical damage & lower levels of anti-oxidants. CO-10 are the Mitochondria’s own powerful anti-oxidants that protect them from free radical damage.

MitoQ is a patented antioxidant compound that, for the first time ever, & unlike other CO-Q10 supplements, is able to actually penetrate the mitochondria in our cells, reducing free radical damage and restoring mitochondrial function to a level that improves your cells’ vitality. This enables your cells to fight the causes of ill-health and aging, and has the potential restore more youthful energy levels to your skin and other major organs.


My Experience With MitoQ

I have without a doubt noticed a difference in my energy levels while taking MitoQ, and I find myself looking forward to taking it every morning, especially after I educated myself on the product and learned what exactly it can do for my body. I can’t help but think of several loved ones that I would like to get on this powerful antioxidant to help them feel more energized, too.

I also tried the amazing MitoQ Anti-aging Serum and I love it. I’m going on week 3 and I feel like my skin looks fresh & healthy. It feels softer and the texture is more smooth. The serum is wonderful and the beautiful bottle it comes in is an added bonus.

{See more Customer Stories}


Props For MitoQ

MitoQ has recently been invited to participate in the USA’s prestigious National Institute of Aging’s (NIA) Interventions Testing Program (ITP) – an internationally renowned anti-aging testing program funded by the US Government, and, has been selected as Product of the Year, by ‘Truth In Aging’ for the second year running!

MitoQ’s selection in the NIA program validates a decade long international research effort and supports scientists’ claims that MitoQ has significant potential to reverse or decelerate the aging process. Their theory of aging suggests that mitochondria (our body’s cellular batteries) are integral to the aging process. Because MitoQ is such an effective supplement in optimizing mitochondrial function, it is the perfect supplement to test this theory.


MitoQ Growth

MitoQ has recently launched three new supplement products targeting specific health conditions. The new products include:

MitoQ Heart — supports heart and circulatory health, healthy blood pressure and heart rate

MitoQ Blood Sugar — supports natural sugar metabolism, healthy insulin levels, weight management and organ health

MitoQ Liver — supports liver function and detoxification


Coupon Code

Are you interested the MitoQ products? If so, I’d like to offer you a discount to purchase online. Please enter the code FAB20 at checkout to receive 20% discount on your first purchase.


See It For Yourself

A video on MitoQ Anti-ageing Serum was tested. See the results.

Watch MitoQ Trial on SUNDAY SHOW by TV ONE 

See it all in action– “Restore Mitochondrial Function and Cellular Health with MitoQ”

An AMAZING testimonial — Nick Allen’s Amazing Story

A Free Ebook –> “Why Mitochondria Are Important to Our Health” and how they influence the speed at which we age.



What about you?

Would you be interested in this awesome breakthrough anti-oxidant?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MitoQ. The opinions and text are all mine.

HEALTH/ Nutrition

The Easiest Way To Get Your Probiotics


With 2 teenage girls and one preteen girl, I find myself in a season of life that just feels busy! As much as I try to slow and simplify life, their active lives make my life quite active, too! My Teagan will start driving next year which should help a bit, but in the meantime, I’ve been trying to find simple, daily routines to keep myself in the best health so that I can keep up with my girls!

You all know that I am a 2 time cancer survivor and how important health and immunity is to me. To keep taking care of myself in the middle of teenage busyness has been a goal, and one that I find I can only reach by having simple daily routines.

One of those routines is to make sure I am getting my probiotics. There are several ways to do this, but by far my favorite, most easy & simple way for me to do it is by taking Culturelle® Health & Wellness. I take one every night before I go to bed.


The probiotic in Culturelle works in the digestive tract to help keep the immune system healthy.

*with just one capsule per day, the immune system is provided with a clinical strength serving of 100% Lactobacillus GG containing 15 billion active cultures

​* the probiotic in Culturelle helps your digestive system work better

*its probiotic restores the natural balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract where 70% of the immune system is found

*Culturelle has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

*it uses easy -to-open packaging and is an easy-to-swallow capsule –which I appreciate!


It is my immune support made simple.

If you want to purchase Culturelle Health & Wellness, make sure to visit their store locator and click here for an awesome coupon to take along with you.


Add Culturelle Health and Wellness Probiotic to your daily routine with 100% Lactobacillus GG to support your immune system and keep you healthy, so you can be 100% you all day, every day. It’s Immune Support Made Simple.*

With the seal of approval from Good Housekeeping, you can trust the daily intake of the probiotic in Culturelle Health & Wellness to support a healthy immune system.*  Visit Culturelle’s website for more information.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

††Based on the number of Lactobacillus GG clinical studies, as of August 2014

Official Rules

Culturelle Probiotics sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

Healthy Eating/ How-Tos/ Nutrition/ RECIPES

How To Fill Up With Nutrition To Leave Less Room For Junk

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Do you feel it?  Do you feel the New Year coming?

Our Christmas celebrations just started this evening, and let me tell you…my family can COOK!  We celebrated with my Mom’s side of the family & we partied pot-luck style.  I am sitting here feeling full and happy—and ready for the New Year.

I’m ready for the fresh start that the New Year brings–especially in the area of health.

You all know I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, but every year without fail, by the end of the year and all the holiday celebrations, I have let my MOST healthy habits slip a bit.  I still am eating pretty clean and healthy, but I feel off-balance.  I am not paying as much attention as I typically would to getting the nutrients I need and making sure my diet is balanced.  There are days when I have too many carbs, other days I wonder if I had enough protein, & getting those superfood and greens in happen some days, but some days not.

Usually I would wait until the New Year to evaluate where I am at and be more mindful of my health, but not this year!  I’m starting NOW!  This does not mean I can’t enjoy the holidays and all the great food it brings, but it does mean that I want to be purposeful about getting all the good, nutritional stuff in my body FIRST so that the not-so-good-for-me stuff does not affect me as much. If I am full of nutrition, I have less room for the junk.


Here are some of the best ways I have found to fill up with nutrition:


1. Start with a smoothie.

I know, I know. You have heard it a million times…but there is a reason why smoothies are so popular.  They are so versatile and such an easy way to get fiber, protein, superfood, greens, veggies & fruits into the body.  They are also really appealing to eat in the morning or as a snack, which are 2 times of the day that it really counts to fill yourself full of nutrition.  I am excited to share with you a new favorite product calledthat I have been using in my smoothies…keep reading!


2. Make SURE you are getting enough protein.

We eat a lot of plants in our family, and even did quite a long stint with going vegetarian as a family.  We have recently added a bit of animal protein back into our diet, as I found it pretty hard to get my kids to eat enough plant protein, but it is only a couple of times a week and I am very picky about where the meat comes from.   I have made friends with our local farmers to get that good, grass-fed, organic meat.  BUT plant protein is still my first choice, so we still eat lots of beans, quinoa, greens and use plant protein powder in our smoothies.

That new favorite product I mentioned above?  It is called and I am super excited about it. I was instantly drown to this product when I read that one of the main ingredients is plant protein from pumpkin seeds!  I am familiar with whey protein, soy protein & pea protein–but this was the first time I have heard of pumpkin seed protein in a protein shake product.  It made me excited because I know how stinkin’ healthy pumpkin seeds are for you, and I have been trying to find ways to incorporate their goodness into our diet.

I will tell you more about below.


3. Make carbs count.

If you are going to eat carbs, make sure they count by being whole grains & full of fiber.  The fiber will slow down the digestions of the carbs, which in turn keeps the blood sugar stable.  Carbs are needed for fuel and energy, but they should not make up the bulk of your meals.  If the majority of your plate is white or yellow with pasta, bread, mac n cheese, white rice; then some changes need to happen.  This is what was happening in my family when we ate vegetarian.  I found that we were unbalanced and eating too many carbs.  Some carbs are good and needed, but make them count by making sure they contain fiber.


4. Drink your fill of water before indulging in other drinks.

Lets face it. The holidays are full of calories, so a great way to cut empty calories is by being mindful of your liquids.  Holidays bring egg nog, amaretto coffee, hot cider, hot cocoa, and all kinds of fun, festive drinks.  Go ahead and indulge, but drink a nice big glass of water before you do.  The water will fill you up and you will be satisfied with sipping more slowly on all those empty calorie drinks, and you will go for refills a bit less often.


5. Eat breakfast

It’s a given.  If you eat a good balance breakfast, you will not be as hungry and over indulge the rest of the day.  You will find that your concentration will be so much better if you start out the day with good nutrition.


6. Eat plants. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Plant food is full of phytonutrients & antioxidants–all those amazing things that snuff out inflammation in our bodies and protect us from disease.  Plant food is filling, so if you are getting your share of plants, you will be full and less likely to overindulge.  That fried onion topped green bean casserole? It does not count! Watch for those recipes that add junk on top of your veggies & avoid them or take a smaller serving. If there is a raw vegetable platter and dip at those holiday parties, have some dip–but dip dainty–don’t scoop!

A quick nut tip: Did you know that if you have a palm-full of almonds 20 minutes before a meal, that it will curb your appetite and you will in turn eat much less?  It is a great trick.  I often grab a handful while I am making dinner.


7. Take a Multi-Vitamin.

I know little pills can in no way do what plant food can do, but I do believe they are a great ‘fall-back’ or a ‘just -in- case’ you didn’t get all of the vitamins and minerals you might need through food during the day.  I am learning more and more just how important certain minerals are for digestion & brain health & energy & clear skin & shiny hair &…well…the list goes on and on!  Just one deficiency in one type of vitamin or mineral can really throw one’s health off.



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Aloha Protein Powder

A protein smoothie is a great way to accomplish a lot of the tips above, all in one swoop.

I have tried many, many types of protein powders and have even reviewed some here on the blog, and let me just say, they keep getting better and better! has for sure given protein powder a powerful improvement, and after using it for the last couple of weeks, I personally won’t have to look any further for a protein powder. It is by far my favorite. It tastes amazing.

It is a plant-based protein and uses superfood components.  It is made with organically grown and wild-harvested ingredients and is tested far beyond government regulations. It made responsibly both socially and ecologically.

The nutrients in the powder are made with whole foods, and has a complete amino acid profile, with no added chemical amino acids, vitamins or minerals.  Each serving provides 18 grams of plant-based protein!  It has no sugars & no fillers which is super important to me, especially the filler part.  I cannot stand buying a protein powder and later learning that most of my money went towards fillers!

The plant protein comes from Sacha Inchi Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds & Peas.  I like that!

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Let me just list the ingredients for the Vanilla Protein Powder and see if you are as impressed as I am:


Sacha Inchi Seed Protein, Pumpkin Seed Protein, Pea Protein, Coconut Water, Coconut Cream, Coconut Sugar, Apple Juice, Wild-Harvested Vanilla, Madagascar Cinnamon, Sunflower Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Hawaiian Pink Salt, Monk Fruit Extract

That ingredient list makes me very happy.  Short, sweet, recognizable & quality ingredients.

The Chocolate Protein Powder ingredients are just as impressive, and uses fair-trade cacao.  The chocolate is my favorite. When I tasted the powder for the first time, what hit me what that it did not have an after-taste or a weird texture.  I am hooked.

My favorite flavor is the chocolate.  My favorite way to use it is by blending it with almond milk & adding a spoonful of peanut butter.  OH. MY. YUM.

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The Aloha website has a ton of recipe ideas if you want to get more creative with the powder.

Would you like to try it out for yourself?  Do what I did and .  The trial is 14 days with the benefits of becoming auto-enrolled into the monthly subscription –while supplies last.  You will pay a small bit for shipping, but I am telling you…it is well worth it!

You can also follow Aloha on:

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Google+ //


Are you in the habit of drinking smoothies?

What time of day do you drink yours?


HEALTH/ Nutrition

Symptoms Of Low Vitamin D Levels + A Vitamin Giveaway



Do you take a vitamin D3 supplement?

If not, you should.

This supplement is so important that it is the only vitamin my Oncologist has strongly urged me to take.  She checks my levels a couple of times a year & makes sure she asks me at every visit if I am faithfully taking it. Once I understood why, I am so thankful she does!

A meta-analysis of five studies published in the March 2014 issue of Anticancer Research found that patients diagnosed with breast cancer who had high vitamin D levels were twice as likely to survive compared to women with low levels.

Vitamin D has a number of anticancer effects, including the promotion of cancer cell death, known as apoptosis, and the inhibition of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor).

According to Dr. Garland, Professor at the San Diego School of Medicine:

“As long as vitamin D receptors were present, tumor growth was prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.”

From Dr. Mercola’s site:

The researchers urge physicians to make vitamin D monitoring and optimization part of standard breast cancer care, and recommend that breast cancer patients should restore their vitamin D levels to a normal range of 30-80 ng/ml. According to the featured findings, you need at least 30 ng/ml of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) to prevent cancer from spreading. That said, other research suggests you’d be better off with levels as high as 80 ng/ml.

Um…HELLO!  Thank goodness my Oncologist is up on the latest research and takes such good care of me.  I finally have my levels up to about 70 ng/ml.  It took over a year of taking 10,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 to get my levels up.  Now that I am at a level she is comfortable with, she has me taking 5,000 IU’s a day to maintain my Vitamin D3 level.

So…you don’t have an Oncologist?  That is AMAZING news for that means you have not been touched by cancer, but please keep reading as supplementation of vitamin D is important for most of the population!

Did you know 75% of people are deficient in Vitamin D?  It is true.  Unless you are a sun worshipper with most of your skin regularly exposed to the sun at least 15-20 minutes a day, then you are probably part of that 75%.


Symptoms of Low Vitamin D3 Levels:

What are the symptoms of low Vitamin D levels?

  • Fatigue & low energy
  • Trouble sleeping or trouble staying awake
  • A weak immune system, with more infections and colds
  • Weak bones
  • Poor dental health & excess tooth decay
  • Hypertension

Vitamin D3 almost seems too good to be true, as it is also extremely important for:

  • Heart Health
  • Prostate Health
  • Breast Health
  • Colon Health

So have I convinced you to take this very important supplement?

If so, I must share with you a brand that is now my favorite.


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Why Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 Softgels Rock:

Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 Softgels are by far my new fav.  Here is why:

~It comes in 5,000 IU’s.  This is the dose I am using to maintain my levels and it is SO convenient to take just one small soft gel.  Before finding Vita Optimum, I was taking 5-10 soft gels of 1,000 IU’s and it was a handful!

~The very reasonably priced bottle contains 360 soft gels. That is a years worth of Vitamin D3 in ONE bottle.  You all know I’m all about living simply and efficiently, so this makes me very happy.  Buy once, ship once. One bottle, less waste.

~It comes nestled in an easy-to-swallow, small soft gel, filled with ORGANIC Extra Virgin Olive oil.  This was a huge selling point for me.  I’m quite over supplements that come swimming in genetically modified soybean oil!  Yep. Over it.

~Speaking of genetically modified, Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 soft gels are GMO Free.

~They are made in the good ol’ USA, in facilities that pass FDA regulations and are 3rd-party tested.

~They DO NOT contain: artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, starch, yeast, peanuts, soy, milk, lactose, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.  Whew!  What more can we ask for?

~Last but not least, Vita Optimum offers a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed and a No Questions Asked Refund Policy.  There is no expiration on this offer, which means that any time you or I feel the product does not deliver what we expect, we can ask for a refund.  I  know for me, after trying the product, this will not be necessary…but impressive just the same.


*The information on this blog is not medical advice nor should it be treated as such or used in place of the advice of a physician or other medical professional or specialist. Please always consult with a physician or other qualified health care provider.

HEALTH/ Healthy Eating/ How-Tos/ Nutrition/ RECIPES/ Uncategorized

11 After-Holiday Health Motivations To Get Back On Track


I don’t know about you, but it seems like after every holiday I am so very eager to get back to clean eating and taking care of my body.

Holidays are great for living in the moment and enjoying food, fellowship, friends and family. We eat differently during the holidays than we do everyday, and in our family that is ok as they are the perfect place for enjoying treats we don’t indulge in very often.

Today is the 5th of July and we had a great 4th of July celebration, but boy did I come home last night not feeling very well! I woke up with a sugar hangover and a bit of gall bladder pain which happens every time I have too many fatty foods.

Time to get my eating habits back to normal and get my body moving & feeling better!

To motivate myself, I go straight to my Health Tips Board on Pinterest.

Here are a few, some from New Nostalgia and some from other sites, that are getting me back on my familiar healthy living wagon. Enjoy & be inspired!


1. Use thirst to boost nutrition

How To Make Blueberry Iced Tea In 5 Minutes | New Nostalgia

Keep it in the refrigerator & drink copious amounts for health!

Iced Tangerine Mint Green Tea | New Nostalgia

Dr. Oz recipe to speed up metabolism.

5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning | New Nostalgia

The most simple and delicious way to be healthy.

Best Lemon Water Bottles | New Nostalgia

I use mine daily & could not live without it!

10 Reasons To Drink More Water | The Berry

Nothing like an infographic to motivate me!



2. Incorporate Superfoods in the diet.

Top Superfoods | Health Nutrition

So many amazing benefits to these foods!

Favorite Superfood Breakfast | New Nostalgia

A favorite breakfast of mine.  Great way to get plant protein, fiber and ALA Omega’s.

13 Ways To Eat Chia | New Nostalgia

Chia is awesome. Just sayin’.


3. Get greens daily!

Favorite Cheezy Kale Chips | New Nostalgia

I eat these several times a week.  They. Are. So Addicting.

The Awesomeness Of Kale | NEM Blog

It is fun to see WHY it is so good to get kale into the diet.

Ziplock Freezer Smoothie Packs | New Nostalgia

An amazing way to speed up the daily green smoothie process.



4. Choose Plant Protein Over Animal Protein

12 Favorite Food Sources Of Protein + 39 Plant Based Recipes | New Nostalgia


5. Eat the rainbow

Easy Way To Eat Your Vegetables All Week | New Nostalgia

If they are washed, cut, cold & stored in a way that is easy to grab, you and your family will eat them!

Vitamins Through Food  | Tan & Toned

I find it super motivating to read what vitamins are in certain foods.

Nutritarian Way Of Eating | New Nostalgia

An ideal way to eat.



6. Natural sweeteners only.

Date Paste – A Raw Food Sweetener | New Nostalgia

This date paste is so delicious.  It has a caramel flavor & is great on oatmeal or evening swirled into tea.

Other natural sweetener ideas?  Stevia, honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar.



7. Healthy fats only.

The Amazing Benefits Of Coconut Oil -Topical and in Recipes | New Nostalgia

No more crap fats that hurt my gall bladder.  Coconut oil is where it is at!

Treating A Gall Bladder Attack Naturally | New Nostalgia

I will be visiting this post as I still feel tender there today.



8. Move my body.

Yoga Sequence | Source Unknown

Yoga stretching makes the body feel wonderful in the morning.  I am on cancer meds that make my joint hurt.  Yoga is key to get me feeling young again!

Walk Your Way To Better Health | Real Simple

It is so reassuring that walking is amazing for you.  I am not a runner due to the joint pain I mentioned above.  I love to take my earbuds, stick my favorite podcast into my ears, and walk the neighborhood.  Look at all the goodness a simple walk brings!


The Anatomy Of A Walk  | The Gym

Daily Workout  |  Roses Inspire

Click through to see a great way to do a quick at-home workout each day.  Print and hang in where you will see it often.


9. Remember supplements daily.

My Favorite Vitamin Strip | New Nostalgia

I can’t tell you how much I love my Shaklee!  I took these supplements all through cancer treatment and surgeries.  I know they are key to helping me heal and feel my best.  Added perk?  My nails grow so long and strong when I am taking them faithfully.

Best Vitamins For Kids | New Nostalgia

There is nothing better than knowing my kids are getting quality supplements.  These are our favorite brand.  No nasty fillers, artificial colors or sweeteners.


10. Practice detox tips.

5 Reasons To Dry Brush Your Skin | New Nostalgia

Takes minutes, feels great, exfoliates & gets the lymph system moving at the same time.  Do before every shower.

Benefits Of Rebounding | Extreme Health Radio

Who knew a simple rebounder could be so powerful? I guess Richard Simmons knows best after all.

Detox Green Smoothie | New Nostalgia

So fresh tasting.  My digestion is never better than when I am drinking green smoothies on a regular basis.

11. Review Food Rules.

19 Favorite Food Rules | New Nostalgia

These are a great go-to as a quick reminder of ideal eating.


What about you? How do you do during the holidays? Have any tips for getting motivated to get back on the healthy wagon?

HEALTH/ Nutrition

What You Should Know About Vitamin D

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by Sharon Porter  {Health & Wellness Contributor}

I was sitting at a conference a little while ago listening to a chiropractor, Dr. Richard Brouse, and he gave about an hour and a half lecture on the benefits of Vitamin D3! An hour and a half!!! I never knew!

Vitamin D is proving to be essential to good health. We have become obsessed with sunscreen in order to protect against skin cancer, however, in doing so we have gone in the opposite extreme and severely limited our natural production of Vitamin D from the sun. The results are devastating!

Here’s a quote from an article from the US News & World Report  – “U.S.News got in touch with Robyn Lucas, an epidemiologist at Australian National University who led a study published in the February issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Her finding: Far more lives are lost to diseases caused by a lack of sunlight than to those caused by too much.”

The good news is that you are able to get adequate levels of Vitamin D. If you live north of Atlanta in the U.S., you will need to find a quality supplement during the winter months to make sure that your levels are adequate. During the summer time, spend at least 10 minutes every day outside in the wonderful sunshine – without sunscreen.

A few reasons why this is important:

“The sunshine vitamin may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. What’s more, sunlight has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system.” (US News & World Report)

Here is a great article on Vitamin D from Shaklee – with whom I’m a distributor. It will help you decide if you are getting enough vitamin D. Shaklee is an amazing product & I believe they have the highest quality supplements on the market!

If you are taking any supplements, make sure you do your research on the company to make sure that you are getting all that you need, want, & are paying for.  Too many people are paying for cheap fillers in non-quality vitamins without knowing it.

Some questions to look for answers to on that search are:

Where do they get their ingredients? What is the purity of those ingredients?

Do they allow contaminants?

What quality control tests do they do?

Do they have scientific proof that their products actually do what they are supposed to?

If you want to skip the research, know that both Amy and I adore our Shaklee vitamins and would be happy to help you find what you need.  You can reach me with questions at or place an order here.

Know Your Vitamin D Levels:

Last, I strongly encourage you to find out your Vitamin D levels on your next visit to your doctor. When they draw blood and are testing for different things, ask them to please find out your Vitamin D levels. From there, you will know what you need to do to have the levels that are appropriate for you.

 Here are Vitamin D recommendation from Dr. OZ & Rozen.

To your sunshine!




Hey Ya’ll…Amy here.

I am so happy to have Sharon here on the blog sharing her Health & Wellness tips with us.  She will be contributing occasionally.  We will get her full bio up soon and will let you know when we do.  Sharon has been a heart friend of mine for over 17 years.  She is the one who traveled to care for me for the week after my mastectomy and has so much health knowledge and wisdom. We are super lucky to have her willing to share it here with us!

I can’t stress the importance of this post.  Vitamin D is a KEY supplement that I take.  It is one of my personal top 3 supplements, and the first supplement my Oncologist tested me for and continues to test me for.  She knows the importance of it in my cancer battle and encourages me to take it


Shaklee Vitamin D3 Post AdShaklee Vitamin D-3 is my vitamin of choice.  I have watched my levels go up and stay up, and I know my health is better for it. 


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