All posts tagged: wednesday

Wellness Wednesday: Your New Favorite Baking Ingredient

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are enjoying your week and continuing to get things accomplished so you are closer to a care-free holiday weekend. I am concentrating on work and continuing to tackle my Pilates teacher training hours while also giving some of my attention to MSF projects, all exciting stuff I can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I want to talk about the ingredient highlighted this week on Wellness Wednesday. I’m always searching for interesting trends in the health and wellness space and this is one that fascinated me. There has been a lot done in the past with the coffee plant. Green coffee beans were found to be helpful with metabolism so you started seeing them in weight-loss products. Coffee grounds applied to the skin helped with circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite (see more here) so they were included in lotions and scrubs, and now there are studies out that show the benefits of using coffee flour instead of the common varieties we are used to (oat, white, wheat, …

Wellness Wednesday: Cuckoo For Coconuts

Coconut oil has been all the rage. While the health benefits and versatility of what it can do are impressive, I feel like it’s been done…we know it’s amazing and we understand what it can do for us. Seeing it everywhere made me think of where it comes from and if in fact the fruit itself is as impressive as the oil and water we see lining the shelves. After reading all about the coconut fruit, I found it to be just as fascinating as the counterparts we know and love. So here it is, my list of benefits I found useful and interesting about the coconut as a whole. Top 5 Benefits of Coconuts Minerals-consuming a cup of shredded coconut gives us a high % of our daily recommended servings of minerals manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Fiber-(this one surprised me) raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber! One cup of shredded coconut meat equals 7 grams of fiber which can help lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in our bloodstream. Immunity boost-fats …

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info. It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations. Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today. Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, …

Wellness Wednesday: Yes, they’re REAL

There are so many smoke and mirrors these days it’s hard to keep things straight on what is authentic and what is enhanced. I am not against anyone doing something that makes them feel better or gives them more confidence but I am ALL for trying things the natural way first. Before my wedding I was frantic about getting the healthiest hair, toned arms, white teeth and long eyelashes. Because lets face it, there is nothing more feminine and pretty than long beautiful lashes. I never tried eyelash extensions and was never a big fan of the glue-on false eyelashes so I turned to Latisse to help the process along before my big day. I have to say it totally worked and my already pretty long eyelashes were extremely long and full, giving me the look I was going for. The thing about Latisse though is it isn’t natural, and it worried me to continue using something so artificial. Putting it on your eyes everyday/weekly seemed intense, especially with so many unknowns. So I started experimenting …

Wellness Wednesday: Egg-tastic Natural Dyes

Spring is in the air and to get in the festive spirit I’ve been thinking of ways to brighten up the house, changing the décor to cheerful and lighter colors/fabrics and of course preparing fun recipes for the upcoming holiday I’ll be celebrating with the fam. When I think of Spring I think of bunnies, flowers and of course coloring eggs. However, using toxic dye to color these eggs brings the light springtime music in my head to an abrupt- screeching halt. I started thinking of ways to naturally dye eggs and got the idea from my toothbrush one morning. I usually follow my turmeric-apple cider vinegar water with brushing so the bristles on my brush have turned a bright yellow from the natural dye in turmeric. Hence the idea was born to try and find things I had on hand that would tint the shell of my eggs fun colors. Below I included a simple recipe for the three colors I found that worked really well. Have fun with it and you could even try …

Wellness Wednesday: Everyone Does It, So Lets Talk About It

Today’s post can be viewed as a little TMI for some, but I’ve had enough friends ask my opinion on the subject to feel it’s a topic many can relate to. What’s the healthiest, most effective form of hair removal? Am I an expert? Not really. But I do have years of experience trying different methods and feel this familiarity has me well-read on the topic enough to give an educated opinion. I will try to keep it simple, even though this can be a complex topic with many points of view. I’ve listed the top ways of hair removal below and my pros and cons for each so you can decide what’s best for you. Hair removal cream: Pros-inexpensive, can be done at home, straightforward concept, minimum pain Cons-inconsistent, can cause rashes or skin irritations (if directions are not followed carefully), a lot of keep-up, precision is difficult to achieve Tweezing: Pros-gets the entire hair follicle (if done properly) so hair grows back slower, can be precise, inexpensive, can be done at home Cons-time, …

Wellness Wednesday: Top 5 Benefits of Vinegar

I’m not sure when I started, although I’m confident to say I’ve been doing it for at least two years. A shot of vinegar in my morning lemon water and dousing veggies or salad with the tangy goodness any chance I get. Vinegar can be an acquired taste and something you need to get used to (especially if you are not familiar with it’s assertive flavor) but I urge you to get on board…like now. Browse Pinterest, Google, or ask any relative and you are sure to find home remedies and claims of its intense healing or cleaning powers. Personally, I began to use it because I read somewhere it fights inflammation. I continued to have it in my daily water and put it on most everything after I researched the benefits further. No need for you to do that because as always I made it simple and am giving you the best ones I found, straight up no chaser. Top 5 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Nutrient absorption-acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can …