Happy Leap Day!

Happy birthday to all those who were actually born on February 29!  Enjoy your special day!

I was so glad that I finally took a leap of faith and signed up as a distributor with AdvoCare.  After struggling to get 20 pounds off through diet and exercise (which you must do in order to get healthier), a co-worker introduced me to AdvoCare.  He and his wife had lost a lot of weight together, and looked wonderful.  I used to be hesitant about trying things like this, but I told myself, “What have you got to loose?”, and tried the 24-day challenge.  I am singing AdvoCare’s praises now to everyone I know!  I lost 8 pounds and 11 inches in the 24 days.  I continued to lose weight and inches afterwards (another 6 pounds and 3 inches), too.  I had foot surgery on October 27, so I was unable to do any exercise for six weeks.  I had also celebrated my husband’s birthday, Thanksgiving, wedding anniversary, and Christmas during that time.  I did gain 5 pounds during that time, but I was happy it was only 5!  I went on another 24-day challenge, and this time lost 6 pounds and 8 inches.  I look good, and feel great!

One fact about AdvoCare is that we have an advisory council made up of doctors who do the research and development on the products we have.  Today, I am going to inform you about the AdvoCare Sports Advisory Council.

They include many of the top sports coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, and athletic trainers in the country.  They exchange information on a variety of topics relating to the use of nutritional supplements in the training of athletes and in the rehabilitation of those with athletic injuries.  These experts also consult with AdvoCare on issues relating to current and future product development, helping to ensure that AdvoCare stands for innovation and excellence through products with a competitive edge.

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Last Sunday of the Month Recipe!

Coconut Oil-Basted Roast Turkey

Yield: 6-8 servings

Active Time:  20 minutes

Total Time:  3.5 hours

1 fresh, organic 10-13 pound turkey, cleaned, washed, and patted dry

2 oranges, cut in half

1 lemon, cut in half

6 cloves garlic

2 bunches parsley

2 bunches thyme

2 bunches rosemary

2 bunches sage

2 large yellow onions, sliced into 2 inch pieces

Coconut Oil

Sea salt and pepper

2 teaspoons garlic powder

4 bunches carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

Turkey bone broth (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with 2 orange halves, 1/2 lemon, 3 cloves garlic, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage, and 2 slices onion.  Drizzle cavity with coconut oil. Stuff the neck cavity with 2 cloves garlic and 1/2 lemon.  Stuff sage leaves and 2 cloves garlic underneath skin of breast.  Brush the outside of the turkey with liberal amounts of coconut oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme leaves.  Tie the legs together with string, and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

Place cut carrots, rest of onion, 3 cloves garlic, and remaining herbs and orange in the bottom of a large roasting dish. Toss with coconut oil and salt. Set turkey on top.

Place turkey in oven for 10 minutes, then without opening the door, turn down the temperature to 325 degrees and roast for 30 minutes more.  Baste with juices every 15 minutes, roasting for a total of nearly 3 hours or until the juices run clear when turkey is cut between the leg and the thigh.  If juices run low, baste with turkey bone broth.  Remove from oven and cover with aluminum foil to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

Reserve drippings for gravy if desired.

New Feature

Starting this Sunday, I will be sharing a healthy recipe that is a favorite of mine.  I will be consistent and post  this feature every last Sunday of the month.  Stay tuned and Happy Friday to you!

Dirty Looks

Makeup is supposed to make you look good and enhance your features. What you may find in some of your favorite cosmetics isn’t pretty at all.  Always look for makeup that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals.

 

Cat eyes, pumped-up lashes, a kissable pout, a pinch of peach on bare cheeks is absolutely gorgeous, but many brands of cosmetics contain harmful ingredients that have no business being on your face. The Environmental Working Group warns that many common chemicals in cosmetics are potential allergens, organ system toxins, carcinogens, or endocrine disruptors that alter hormones, metabolism, fertility, and the immune system. Gross!  Ready for a makeup-bag makeover? Watch for these ingredients:

  • Phthalates-found in nail polish and cosmetics with synthetic fragrances–known endocrine disruptors–look for Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), diethyl phthalate (DEP)
  • 1,3-Butadiene–found in foundation–known carcinogen–affects human development and reproductive health
  • BHA & BHT–used as preservatives in various types of makeup–known endocrine disruptors and can be harmful to fish and wildlife and BHA is a probable human carcinogen–found in acne fighting formulas with salicylic acid, salicylate, sodium salicylate, willow extract, tropic acid, trethocanic acid, and butylated hydroxytoluene.
  • Formaldehyde releasers–also used as preservatives in various types of makeup–they activate formaldehyde, which can cause cancer–look out for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine 3-chloroallylo chloride, quarternium-15, bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol), hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Titanium Dioxide–found in pressed and loose powder–when inhaled, this chemical is a possible carcinogen–look for Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and avoid loose powders.
  • Octinoxate–found in lipstick, nail polish, and sunscreen–mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function and reproductive development–look out for Octinoxate, o-methoxycinnamate (OMC), Parsol, Parsol MCX, Parsol MOX, Escalol, 2-ethyylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate (EHMC)–double check ingredients on SPF products
  • Carbon Black–found in eyeliner, mascara, nail polish, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, and foundation–may increase the risk for lung disease and cardiovascular disease–look out for products with Carbon black, D&C Black No. 2, acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black, thermal black
  • Benzophenone–found in nail polish, SPF lip balm, and foundation–can cause cancer and endocrine disruption and harmful to reproductive and developmental health–also toxic to aquatic ecosystems when people swim slathered in SPF products–watch for sunscreens with Phenyl ketone, diphenyl ketone, benzyl benzene, benzyl phenyl

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Diet Sodas

Is anyone addicted to diet soda, where it be Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Pepsi, or Diet Mountain Dew?  I have met a few people who are highly addicted to diet sodas!  I talked to someone last night about doing the 24-day-challenge by AdvoCare, and she was all for it until she found out that she needed to give up her Diet Coke.  This inspired me to do some research on the effects that prolonged use of diet sodas may have on the body.  Here is what I found:

  1. Low bone mineral density-the reason could be that people don’t drink more nutritious drinks like milk and water–instead they substitute that with diet soda.
  2. Type 2 diabetes-diet soda may alter our gut microbes in a way that increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes — at least in some of us.
  3. Stroke-researchers found that people who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have suffered a vascular event, including a stroke.
  4. Weight Gain-A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.
  5. Tooth decay-downing 3 or more diet sodas a day increases your risk for tooth decay, because of the high acidity level.
  6. Depression-drinking 4 or more a day makes you 30% more likely to develop depression
  7. Kidney Disease-Drinking at least 2 per day doubles your risk.
  8. Reproductive Issues-soda bottles and cans typically contain the chemical BPA, which may alter hormones and decrease fertility.
  9. Cancer-some studies label aspartame as a carcinogen, but others indicate that more research needs to be done.

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As for me, I do not really like diet sodas, but I do love coffee.  I used to drink about 4 cups a day, but now only one, because I really do like the taste of coffee.  I drink a glass of Spark Energy in the morning, and during the week, I drink one in the afternoon. I don’t need to do the afternoon one on my days off.  Not only has it made me feel young again, but my mental focus has sharpened a lot!  My favorite flavor is pink lemonade, but I also like the grape and fruit punch.  Everyone has their preferences.  Let me know if you have any questions about AdvoCare Spark Energy.

 

More Scrubs for Glowing Skin!

Relaxing Mineral-Lavender Scrub

This calming scrub will melt away stress, and magnesium-rich Epsom salt helps relieve tight muscles. Choose any of the extra-moisturizing carrier oils below.

2 cups Epsom salt

1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil

20 drops lavender oil(Young Living Essential Oils)

Sea Salt and Lemon Scrub

This sunny, citrusy scrub gives skin a beautiful glow, thanks to the skin-brightening properties of vitamin C.

2 cups coarse sea salt

1 cup olive, almond, or coconut oil

1/4 cup lemon juice

Rosemary-Jojoba Scrub

Epsom salt eases tension, fights inflammation, and sloughs off dead skin. rosemary simulates the circulatory system, invigorating the whole body.

1/4 cup jojoba or olive oil

3/4 cup Epsom salt

1 tablespoon chopped rosemary(dried or fresh)

Energizing Coffee Scrub

Hold on to those used coffee grounds.  The fine, caffeinated granules–when mixed with other natural ingredients–tighten skin and may reduce the appearance of cellulite.

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coffee grounds

1-2 teaspoons olive oil

Mint Scrub

The exhilarating scent of peppermint wakes up the senses, while coconut oil mosturizes.  Try it as an aftershave scrub.

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup coconut oil

20 drops peppermint oil (Young Living Essential Oils)

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

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It’s Glow Time

Winter weather can be harsh on your skin, and it’s hard to fit a spa day in during this time, right after the holidays.  You can make your own skin soothers yourself or get the SYS skin care line from AdvoCare.SYS Skin Care

Here are a few things you can make on your own:

Chocolaty Almond Scrub

Almonds exfoliate and provide moisture, while cocoa gives skin an antioxidant kick.

2 cups almond meal

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup cocoa powder

Soothing Oatmeal Scrub

Oatmeal is good for calming skin, reducing redness, and easing inflammation. Add more oats for a thicker scrub or more oil for an easy-to-spread paste.

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup coconut oil

Shea Body Butter

Restores skin elasticity, fade scars, and heals cuts and burns.

1/2 cup shea butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond oil

25 drops lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil)

Melt shea butter and coconut oil together in a double boiler.  Let the melted mixture cool to room temperature.  Add almond oil and vitamin E oil. Chill in the fridge for about an hour, until it becomes cloudy. Whip into a light, creamy mixture; whip slowly to keep oils from melting.  Add lavender oil and mix until soft peaks form.  This body butter should be smooth and creamy.  Store this moisturizer in a small glass jar, and massage it all over the body morning and night for the softest of skin.

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Spiritual Gifts

I went to church last Sunday, and the sermon was about spiritual gifts.  I have heard sermons like these for the majority of my life, but this one seemed to have made more of an impression on me.A Unique Gift for a Unique Purpose

I belong to a women’s Life Group that meets on Wednesday nights, and our leader had me take a quiz to see what my spiritual gifts are (Gifts Test).  My top five gifts are exhortation, prophecy, pastor/shepherd, discernment, and faith.  I was surprised by one of these gifts, which is pastor/shepherd.  I took a similar test back about 15 years ago, and this was not included, but helper was.  I got to thinking about why.  My conclusion is that when I was younger I was a great helper, but as I got older and matured, I began shepherding people around me, like my children, co-workers, and some family members.

I would like to grow my AdvoCare business and shepherd others who are interested.  I know that God has prepared me for this, and I am ready.

Coconut-Rosemary-Peppermint Shampoo

Quick Tip

Lather, Rinse, Relax

Skip shampoo every other day(or more) to allow natural oils to replenish.

Your shower will be filled with the enticing aroma of rosemary and ultra-cleansing peppermint liquid soap when you wash with this gentle shampoo.  Organic coconut milk, rich in vitamin E, promotes hair growth and soothes the scalp, while jojoba oil hydrattes thirsty locks.

1/4 cup organic coconut milk

1/4 cup peppermint castile liquid soap (Castile Soap)

20 drops rosemary essential oil

1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil

Combine ingredients in a squeeze bottle or jar and shake before every use. Lather from roots to ends for at least 30 seconds, then rinse. Good for up to one month.

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Rosemary-Jojoba Leave-In Conditioner

Pure Jojoba Oil is nutrient rich, versatile, and it rejuvenates and softens skin and hair without leaving an oily residue.

Young Living Essential Oils

Jojoba oil mimics natural oils produced by the body–ideal for nourishing hair the way nature intended.  Vegetable glycerin detangles and smooths.  Rosemary essential oil gives a soothing aroma that lingers all day without empowering.

1 tablespoon jojoba oil

1/2 tablespoon vegetable glycerin

10 drops rosemary essential oil

1/4 cup distilled water

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.  Add more water if hair is fine, less if it’s thick.  Shake well before every use.  Mist hair lightly, avoiding the roots.

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