New Health Blog– Shot of Green

Top of the mornin’ to ya,

I have very exciting news (well for me at least) and I hope some of you will be just as excited as well.  I’ve created a blog about something I’m very passionate about– health and clean eating.

If you or anyone you know would be interested please be sure to check it out:

Shot of Green — My Journey to Healthy Living

 

Danke!

 

Xoxo –Glitteredscrubs

 

P.s. I will be updating on this blog soon, I have pictures ready just need to get posting.

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New Years Resolution– All About Health

Here I am blogging once again after midnight but this idea has been floating around in my noggin for a while now. New Years is around the corner and everyone is talking about their resolutions. Top 5 resolutions I’ve heard are losing weight, saving money, losing weight, quit drinking/smoking, and eating out less (to lose weight). I see a trend.

I have to admit I would like to lose some weight but that is not my priority this year. Weight is just a number. While it does matter its more important to see how healthy I am. I can weigh 100 pounds but if I’m having a Big Mac everyday and consider cleaning the snow off my car as adequate exercise I’ll still have problems. During my years in nursing school I have finally understood the importance of a healthy diet, lifestyle, and mental health. I’ve also first hand witnessed why its so important with every patient I’ve had including myself.

So my New Years resolution is to BE HEALTHY.

Being Healthy- My definition:

  • Not eating out more than once every 2 weeks. 
  • Eating healthy portioned meals
  • No frozen meals, minimal canned items, and healthy bread
  • More veggies & less meat
  • Getting regular check-ups
  • Cleansing my system out— I explain how I do this further down.
  • Exercising- gym or home workouts 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes each time
  • Cutting down on pop and drinking more water
  • Getting sleep of 7-8 hours every night- within 1-2 hours of a set bed time.
  • De-stressing — yoga, calm time alone, reading, etc
  • Preventive & holistic treatment methods

I plan to make gradual changes. If I honestly decided that starting 1st of January I need to start doing all of this, I will have failed on one or all of these counts by the end of the week. We are creatures of habit, changes need to be brought in gradually and one or two things at a time. That doesn’t mean I can’t make conscious decisions to try and grab water before I grab that coke can right away. I just don’t want to cold turkey everything because I will be setting myself up for failure.

Health has different meanings to different people. It is a level of functioning based on mind and body. I want to be healthy enough  to have controlled blood reports of anemia and amongst other things. I want to be healthy enough to run without my asthma interfering. I want to be healthy enough to feel good about my body inside and out. I want to be healthy enough mentally to face and concur my problems without it taking a toll of me. I want to be healthy.

One of the things I have started already is trying to get back into the habit of juicing to cleanse out my system, be nutritious, and heal my body. My favorite juice recipe is The Mean Green from the Joe Cross’s documentary movie Dead, Sick, and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t watched this I would highly recommend it. Its available on Netflix and Hulu. As gross as it looks and sounds the juice actually tastes pretty okay.

The recipe for the Mean Green Juice is:

  1. 1 bulk of Kale
  2. 4 stalks of Celery
  3. 1 Cucumber
  4. 2 Granny Smith Apples
  5. 1/2 Lemon
  6. Ginger Root (approx 1 inch)

Below I have pictures the ingredients and what the juice looks like. The 3rd juice picture is another recipe I like (super yummy) of Spinach and Mango’s.

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Herb order
To have a healthier juicing experience I like adding flax seeds in my juice but I’ve had trouble with the whole seeds I have. So I went bought some flax seed oil and a few extra health items on iherb.com. In my house we try to use more natural and holistic methods to prevent and treat any minor problems. So I pre bought some cough syrup with zinc because at one point some one in my house is going to need it. I also got natural ear drops since I get ear aches easily and Chicago’s cold weather takes a toll. Then I got some yummy apricots for myself and tore into the bag before I could picture it as a healthy snack.

If you haven’t heard of iherb (I am little addicted to that website) it offers supplements & healthy products (food, beauty & cleaning) at a low price.

Iherb has a discount code for first time users. My referral code for the discount is RIM717 which gives a discount of $10 off 40 or more purchase and free shipping. Or $5 off orders of less than $40.

These are the small steps I have taken in a effort to be healthier. There are so many small details that will make a difference. This week I have yet to go to bed without taking off my make-up and moisturizing. My first small step in having healthy skin.

What do you do to be healthy? Do have any new years resolutions? Want more juicing recipes? Want to learn about the health benefits in details for something, let me know.

My First Naturebox – Chow Down Time

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Yes, I know another subscription box service. BUT my justification (because I always have one) is that its HEALTHY snacks. This is something I would buy anyway when I go shopping so this saves me the ordeal of finding them and buying them. Because let me be honest when I don’t have the healthy snacks available and I’m out or hunggray I will hit that vending machine or scour my house for food/snacks.

This subscription box cost me approx $11 for my first month with the code NAPA40, which offers you 40% off the purchase. The regular retail price for this box is 19.95 a month including shipping. The box I have pictured is the November or December box which I received this morning.

Naturebox:

Each month, your box will include 15 to 20 servings across 4 to 6 different NatureBox snacks. We take pride in picking the healthiest and most delicious snacks for you to enjoy. You can trust that our products will be made from the most wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all. Everything you eat from us will abide by our strict quality standards.

These snacks have no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, trans fat, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavor or colors.

The December box contained:

1) Carrot chips        2) Garlic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds     3) Cinnamon Spiced Granola

4) Chipotle Maple Almonds        5) Country Ranch Chickpeas

I have already opened up my ranch chickpeas which I was really surprised that I like since I’m not a fan of ranch.  The almonds I’m half way through the bag which I had to steal away from my mother because she got her hands on them.

**This box was bought with my own money & I was not reimbursed for my post**

November Empties & Skincare Routine

Pizza face, acne girl, dot-to-dot, greaser have all been names that i’ve heard as a teen and in my early twenties. Over the last few years I’ve cleaned up my diet & skin care routine. I’ve probably tried every product on the market to help since I’ve been 13 years old. I finally got it right during my last few years of college.

So I’ve stuck with what works and I buy these in multiples when I do.

I actually ran out of all these within the month, which just screams for a blog post to me 🙂

Facewash: Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser, I get this at Sephora but many sites and stores have this available. My area constantly runs out of it, I have to call in to set one aside for me, or order online. This smells… well botanical and a tad bit like licorice.

Toner: Body Shop’s Vitamin E Toner, to cleanse out the dirt & any makeup traces I have left. This is a hydrating toner and despite having oily skin this works wonders.

Moisturizer: Body Shop’s Vitamin E with SPF 15. I LOVE THIS! This moisturizer is perfect for the cold Chicago winters without over doing it for my oily skin. The perk being that it has SPF which I am horrible at applying.

Vitamin E is known for its antioxidants properties which can slow the aging process, heal acne and scars, help overall damaged skin, and prevent from further damage.

The moisturizer is ridiculously hard to get, they are currently out of stock in stores and online but expect stock soon. So glad I have one last tube left. Though I have been regularly stalking their website to grab the toner & moisturizer. It is a little pricey at 18.00 for a small tube but they have great deals of buying 2 & 2 free.

As I mentioned I don’t just externally take care of my skin, I internally make sure to keep my body and thus my skin healthy.
1) WATER- Its true, water is your skins best friend. Hydration, hydration, hydration.
2) Skin healthy foods such as avocados, nuts, fruits, plenty of veggies, lentils, & salmon fish. All these foods provide great nutrients & antioxidants to keep not only my skin looking great but my body feeling great as well.
3) Stress reduction- take a breather. I read, blog, exercise or do yoga to unwind for the day. This only takes 10-30 minutes of my day and makes my body, skin, and mind feel and look younger.
4) Sleep, catching some ZzZz’s every night within 2 hours of my normal bed time and getting 7-8 hours EVERY night. Turns out those all nighters for school were a bad idea in more than one way.

It took me years of trials and some wisdom from nursing school to nail into my head that every aspect is important.

Any beauty secrets, tips, or words of wisdom to share? Tell me, I’d love to hear!