HEALTH – OnTimeFeed http://ontimefeed.com Breaking News, Trending Technologies, Health, Sports Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:53:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 https://i2.wp.com/ontimefeed.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/favicon-1.png?fit=32%2C18 HEALTH – OnTimeFeed http://ontimefeed.com 32 32 133358711 Chocolate Slim for weight loss, fat burner drink http://ontimefeed.com/chocolate-slim-for-weight-loss-fat-burner-drink-100/ http://ontimefeed.com/chocolate-slim-for-weight-loss-fat-burner-drink-100/#respond Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:39:34 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/?p=8522 Everyone wants to get back into shape at a certain point. But not everyone succeeds. Extra weight accumulates and does not go away even with serious exercise. A slim figure achieved through dieting is more a myth than reality. And if you want to spend hours at the gym every day, you’ll have to quit […]

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Everyone wants to get back into shape at a certain point. But not everyone succeeds. Extra weight accumulates and does not go away even with serious exercise. A slim figure achieved through dieting is more a myth than reality. And if you want to spend hours at the gym every day, you’ll have to quit your job and destroy your life.

Scientists and doctors are keeping us in the dark, but some facts about the way our body works have been known for decades. Goji berries and Acai berries, for example, have been used for weight loss in Asia for centuries. Chocolate Slim, a unique chocolate product for weight loss, was developed with these ancient recipes in mind. It is probably the most pleasant method of getting back into shape.

What is Chocolate Slim?

Ingredients and lab studies the first thing you consider while choosing a weight loss product is its composition. If a drink or pill contains a multitude of chemical elements, it means you won’t be able to avoid health problems. In the case of Chocolate Slim, everything looks very healthy and simple. The composition is as follows:
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  • Goji berries one of the most effective foods metabolism acceleration. Even in the most advanced cases, the Japanese have always used goji berry extract to treat obesity. It is a natural ingredient with no side effects.
  • Acai berries natural flavor additive and vitality booster. This ingredient is designed to infuse your body with vitamins that are necessary for its normal functioning. It is believed that Acai berries speed up the metabolism.
  • Chia seeds are a highly effective ingredient used in many corners of the world to combat fat deposition. They help the body start burning excess energy on its own, getting rid of unwanted kilograms.
  • Lingzhi mushrooms is another Asian ingredient that has been used for centuries to maintain a woman’s healthy look and beautiful figure.
  • Green coffee bean extract is an additional ingredient used to speed up the metabolism and burn fat faster than through physical activity.
  • Cocoa Apart from the fact that this is a beneficial natural product, cocoa makes the drink taste delicious, turning the process of weight loss into a very enjoyable venture.

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How Chocolate Slim works:

  • First of all, all its components aim to accelerate the metabolism. That is why the calories you consume will be burned, rather than accumulate in the form of excess fat and weight.
  • At the same time, the fat you have already accumulated before, is burned too, thanks to ancient weight loss methods known for centuries. The combination of the ingredients is designed to significantly reduce body weight in 4 weeks.
  • None of the components have any side effects, there is no risk for health, you don’t have to starve or to exercise to death.
  • Your appetite will be significantly reduced. You will also get an energy boost and will be able to lead a more active life. If you follow the recommendations, the result is guaranteed.

 

Summary

Overall, Chocolate Slim is highly recommended for men and women who are looking to lose weight quickly, effectively, and easily. We hope that the cocoa flavanols are still in abundance in their formula as that is what really seems to be the biggest benefit of consuming chocolate, other than how good we all know it can taste!

With this supplement, you can enjoy a delicious chocolate beverage and all of the health benefits that it has to offer. To get started, visit the brand’s website today.

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DIY Honey Face Mask & Wash Recipe http://ontimefeed.com/diy-honey-face-mask-wash-recipe/ http://ontimefeed.com/diy-honey-face-mask-wash-recipe/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 01:39:16 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/diy-honey-face-mask-wash-recipe/ I’ve shared before how I wash my face with oil and how that has been the best skin care routine I’ve ever used. Some readers commented that they still hadn’t found the right combination of oils for their skin type, so I wanted to share another natural face wash I recently found…Honey…Sound strange? So does […]

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I’ve shared before how I wash my face with oil and how that has been the best skin care routine I’ve ever used. Some readers commented that they still hadn’t found the right combination of oils for their skin type, so I wanted to share another natural face wash I recently found…Honey…Sound strange? So does cleansing your face with oil, but it turns out that they are both natural and effective ways to cleanse skin naturally.Honey Face Mask (or Wash)For this method, raw honey must be used. Raw honey has natural anti-bacterial properties and contains enzymes and probiotics that are good for skin. This method can be especially good for acne-prone skin as it doesn’t stop moisture from the skin but does reduce oils and bacteria. (Acne is usually in internal problem though, so it is important to look at diet too!)Honey is gentler than soaps, which strip the skin of beneficial oils, and it gently nourishes skin. I know a local vet w ho has even used raw honey to speed skin healing on animals as it helps reduce bacteria and speed healing while protecting the skin from outside disturbances. This idea appears to have some scientific backing, as there are now medical grade ointments (like this one) that use honey for wound and burn healing in humans.What Kind of HoneyI’ve personally tried two different types of honey for facial cleansing:Both seem to work really well. Manuka honey is considered more cleansing and antibacterial (and has health benefits when used internally) but from what I found, either one works great for skin care (and raw honey is cheaper). I normally use a slightly lesser quality honey for face cleansing than I use with food. As long as a honey is raw and preferably organic, it is great for skin use.I also still use the Oil Cleansing Method daily and I use honey for a mask or second wash if needed. Typically, I wash my face at night with the oil cleansing method since it also removes makeup, and use the honey mask in the morning before showering. I keep a small jar and spoon of honey on my bathroom counter for this purpose….Bonus Ingredients…A friend of mine also recommended adding a tiny bit of vitamin C powder (which is also great for skin) and some essential oils for extra anti-bacterial and acne fighting power.Since then, I’ve been experimenting with variations of this honey face mask and cleanser. Different variations seem to work for different skin types.Personally, I mix a few drops of lavender and frankincense oils in to the honey I keep in my bathroom. I also sometimes add a dash of cinnamon or Vitamin C. Always spot test on the inner arm before putting anything on the face!Try adding:Cinnamon– For oily or inflamed skin, add a tiny amount (less than 1/2 teaspoon) of cinnamon powder to the honey before massaging onto your face. This is too strong for some skin types and may be drying.Lemon– For age spots or dark patches on skin, try lemon. Adding a teaspoon of lemon juice to honey before massaging onto skin helps clean pores and lighten dark spots. Vitamin C powder also works for this.Lavender– To balance skin, try lavender! Add 2 drops of organic lavender essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and massage into skin.How to Honey as a Face MaskWet face with warm water. Place a small amount of honey in your hands (Usually less than a teaspoon is plenty) and rub your hands together. (I use this honey)Massage in to skin in a circular motion to get all areas of the skin.Leave on for 10-15 minutes for deep pore cleansing.Wash off with warm water and pat dry.Enjoy the soft skin!How to Use Honey as a Facial CleanserTo cleanse with honey without doing a face mask, just massage a teaspoon of honey into damp skin using circular movements. Wash well with warm water and pat dry.Have you ever washed your face with an unusual ingredient? Tell me below!

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This grilled chicken salad with pecans and strawberries is the perfect bridge between summer and fall flavors. Bright end-of-summer strawberries mix with warm maple-roasted pecans in this appealing, sweet and savory combination.
Hey hey friends! How’s the week going? We’re just taking it easy over here. It’s my first week back teaching barre!

Back At It
It feels SO GOOD to be back teaching, even though right now I can only do about 10% of class. (No push-ups, planks, or weights for this girl yet.) I spend a lot of the time coaching, and feel like as an instructor, it’s going to be a great way to make sure my cues are very effective: short and to the point. 
I also had my first workout back at the gym: just a slow 30-minute walk to get my legs moving, and it felt great. Baby steps.

I’ve gone a couple of days this week, and it’s certainly been humbling to start my fitness game from scratch. I keep reminding myself that it will be worth it in the long haul to take it super slowly and err on the side of caution. Slow and steady wins the race… even when you really wish you could sprint, pop into an arm balance, and plank your heart out. Patience.

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Salad with Pecans and Strawberries

So for today, I have a kind of new recipe! I mean “kind of” new because it’s a little on the basic side. It’s the kind of salad you see at chain restaurants, or in our case, the restaurant with animatronic dinosaurs everywhere. But there’s a reason: this combo is SO GOOD. It’s packed with fresh produce, and an extremely satisfying mix of flavors and textures. The strawberries and goat cheese pair perfectly with a little garlicky homemade balsamic dressing.

Here’s the how-to if you’d like to give it a try! 
Grilled Chicken Salad with Maple-Roasted Pecans and Strawberries 2017-09-06 22:06:48 Grilled or baked chicken (plain with salt and pepper) Chopped strawberries Dried cranberries Creamy goat cheese 2 cups pecans (I was excited to see South Georgia pecans at the store- they’re amazing!) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar Salt, pepper (and cayenne- optional) to taste 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced Salt and pepper Make the pecans! Preheat oven to 350. Whisk the oil, brown sugar and maple syrup together. Toss the pecans into the mix and coat well. Spread onto a greased baking sheet in an even layer, and season well with salt, pepper and cayenne (if you’re using cayenne). Bake for about 10 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Store any leftover pecans in a covered container. In a bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Assemble the salads: greens, chicken, strawberries, pecans, cranberries, goat cheese. Drizzle with the dressing just before serving. The Fitnessista https://fitnessista.com/

The classic never dies. 

What’s your all-time favorite salad combo? 
Any restaurant meals or salads you like to recreate at home??
xoxo
Gina

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Headline vs. study: Stem cells ‘slow aging’ and ‘rejuvenate’ old hearts http://ontimefeed.com/headline-vs-study-stem-cells-slow-aging-and-rejuvenate-old-hearts/ http://ontimefeed.com/headline-vs-study-stem-cells-slow-aging-and-rejuvenate-old-hearts/#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:17:48 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/headline-vs-study-stem-cells-slow-aging-and-rejuvenate-old-hearts/ Posted By Michael Joyce is a multimedia producer at HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce A 2014 analysis by the Media Insight Project found that about 6 out of 10 Americans admit they did nothing more than scan the headlines in the past week. In this classic photo, President Truman delights over the inaccurate headline. And that’s just the […]

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Michael Joyce is a multimedia producer at HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce

A 2014 analysis by the Media Insight Project found that about 6 out of 10 Americans admit they did nothing more than scan the headlines in the past week.
In this classic photo, President Truman delights over the inaccurate headline.
And that’s just the people that admit it.
Then, last summer, French and American researchers found that nearly 60 percent of links shared on social media had never been clicked open.
If you consider the additive effect of these two studies the message is clear: We are increasingly becoming scanners — not digesters — of news.
That’s what makes this Headline vs Study series so important. Are we satisfied with headlines as hooks and nothing else? Or, should we demand headlines that are more clear than misleading?
Here’s a look at some headlines from August–when stem cell hype predominated.
News STORY report card: 3 of 14 (21%) headlines overstate study evidence (we list two examples below)
Headline: Stem cell brain implants could ‘slow aging and extend life,’ study shows
Study: Very preliminary research, in mice, which suggests that stem cells injected into the hypothalamus (hypothesized to play a role in aging) may help mice live 10 percent longer. Lot’s of presumptions here, especially if you’re extrapolating this to humans.
Our review: Headlines about health benefits are assumed to pertain to humans. This story focused on the potential benefits seen in mice without mentioning the risks inherent in injecting stem cells deep into the brain. Hyped language like “tour de force” and “breakthrough” didn’t sit well with our reviewers–especially given a study group of 20 mice.
Headline: Finding the Right Medication: Gene Test May Help Treat Depression
Study: The headline and story focus on one product, and the study used to support it investigated a totally different gene test. As our reviewers noted: “That’s misleading, since it suggests that the two tests are interchangeable. These are two different products looking at different genetic profiles to make recommendations. It’s like using data from the AT&T cell network to show how great T-Mobile’s coverage is.”
Our review: Depression is common. Side effects from anti-depressant therapies are common. And the trial-and-error approach to finding the best medication can be laborious, expensive, and expose patients to multiple risks. Fine-tuning this with genetic testing holds great appeal. But presenting overtly emotional content at the expense of substantiating evidence is misleading.
News RELEASE report card: 9 of 16 (56%) headlines overstate evidence (we list two examples below)
Headline: Scientists discover biomarkers which could lead to better treatments for CF patients
Study: The news release does well in showing how biomarkers in sweat can help diagnose borderline cases of cystic fibrosis (CF). But it does little to explain how these markers might affect treatment of CF (as the headline promises).
Our review: CF is not curable and life expectancy is shortened. People with CF eagerly await any news on treatment. So writing a headline that implies advances in treatment, when the study actually addresses diagnosis, may do nothing more than offer false hope.
Headline: Cardiac stem cells from young hearts could rejuvenate old hearts, new study shows
Study: Researchers observed physical changes in old rats that were injected with cardiac stem cells from newborn rats. No mention is made of the potential risks. Also, there is no evidence that these physical changes actually render a heart “younger” or would even apply to humans.
Our review: Heart failure is a serious and untreatable disease that many researchers hope might be addressed by stem cells. But, to date, no clinical benefit has been clearly identified in randomized clinical trials. At least this news release did disclose a potential financial conflict of interest between a lead researcher for the study, and the company developing the stem cell treatment in question.
You can find more of our Headline vs. Study series HERE

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How to Stay Safe in a Disaster: Emergency Preparedness List http://ontimefeed.com/how-to-stay-safe-in-a-disaster-emergency-preparedness-list/ http://ontimefeed.com/how-to-stay-safe-in-a-disaster-emergency-preparedness-list/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:36:28 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/how-to-stay-safe-in-a-disaster-emergency-preparedness-list/ If you’ve watched the news or the weather channel lately there has been a huge amount of natural disasters over the past several months. My heart breaks for all of those affected by the tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and all the other storms that have caused so many issues. Some of my family members have lost […]

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If you’ve watched the news or the weather channel lately there has been a huge amount of natural disasters over the past several months. My heart breaks for all of those affected by the tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and all the other storms that have caused so many issues. Some of my family members have lost everything in Houston, Texas, and several close friends have been threatened by the raging wildfires in Montana.I grew up in a hurricane zone so am no stranger to natural disasters. There’s a long-standing story in my family of how my great-great-grandmother rode out a hurricane tied to a tree so she wouldn’t get washed away. My husband grew up in an area with lots of ice storms in the winter and tornados in the spring, so the loss of electricity was always a real possibility for his family as well.For both of us, being prepared for disasters has been a part of our family cultures. When I was young, I remember spending a summer helping relatives remodel their home after a hurricane flooded and destroyed it, and we’ve personally had to deal with fire and water damage, as well as extended loss of electricity at different times in our family’s history.Being Prepared for EmergenciesThe one advantage to our personal experiences with natural disasters is that we have made it a priority to keep an emergency preparedness kit in our home. A recent Facebook post sparked questions about this so I’m sharing my personal list today in hopes that it will help anyone in the path of these natural disasters (or man-made ones as well).September is National Preparedness Month, and mother nature is certainly giving us some serious reminders of why we should all be prepared for emergencies! When disasters hit, we can be without water, electricity, and transportation for days or even weeks. Certainly, we can’t predict every scenario, but having some basic supplies on hand in case of emergencies is always a good idea.I don’t want to spread any undue fear or stress, but having a preparedness plan can help alleviate some of the stress of a disaster in case it hits. Even in a strong thunderstorm, we’ve lost power for up to a day before, and these survival items have been very useful in such cases.Feel free to comment below or reach out to me on social media with any questions or anything that the Wellness Mama community can do to help. Stay safe out there and hugs and prayers to all of you!My Personal Emergency Preparedness ListLast year my husband the outdoorsman (and ever prepared boy scout) decided it would be a good idea to purchase camping and survival gear for our older children, you know, in case the zombie apocalypse happens or if they should ever be stranded all by themselves in the woods. While his list of emergency and preparedness gear might be a little (a lot!) more extreme than mine, there are quite a few excellent suggestions that he put together for our kids.So this year, after all the recent storms and natural disasters, we began discussing what items we should always have on hand in case disaster strikes, and the following list is what our family now keeps around the house for emergencies.This is the list that we used to stock our house for natural disasters. We also rotate through non-perishable food supplies so we always have a stock of canned foods on hand. Many of these items you’ll probably already have on hand, but some are a little less common so may need to be purchased from a reputable source.Water SourcesWater is a top priority in times of natural disasters as the water supply can be contaminated or cut off completely. Disaster preparedness recommendations suggest having at least three days of water per person (and pets) on hand at all times.To prepare for this, we have:Personal Water Filters: Every member of our family has a personal water filter. We all have either a Sawyer Filter or a Life Straw filter. We use these to drink stored water to avoid any bacteria or contaminants in the water. These actually stay in each of our hiking backpacks unless they are needed, as these backpacks are our bags we would grab if we ever had to evacuate quickly.Bathtub Water Storage: We have water bob storage bags in every bathroom. These fit in a bathtub and can be filled up with clean water and sealed. They hold hundreds of gallons of water in big tubs and provide a lot of water.Katadyn portable water filter: This pocket sized military grade filter can help filter gallons of water at a time and easily stores at the top of a closet when not needed.3-Gallon Aqua Bricks: We have several of these stackable aqua bricks to hold water (or food stuffs) in. Each of these holds at least three days of water for each of us.Emergency FoodWe can survive without food a lot longer than we can make it without water, but most of us don’t even have a few days of non-perishable food stored in our homes. If the power goes out, food in the fridge and freezer are only safe for a day or two (check the recommendations for your area), so some non-perishables are a good idea. We usually keep on hand at least a week’s supply of non-perishable canned goods for emergencies. Be Prepared is a company that carries a good supply of non-perishable food items that will store for an extended period of time. While they might not be the healthiest of items, they will keep you alive in an emergency when nothing else is available.Make sure to also have on hand a manual can opener and a camp stove if you want to heat food.Shelter, Heat & Light:Hopefully, in an emergency, your home will still be livable and you will have shelter. It is always good to have a backup plan and a place to evacuate to, but some supplies for shelter and heat are great to have on hand for power outages (especially depending on your location). If you’re in the path of a hurricane or tornado and are at serious risk, please evacuate if recommended and stay safe!If you’re just in an area that is expected to lose power, these supplies may be helpful:Electronics & CommunicationIn an emergency, the power may be out for long periods of time. Cell phone towers can be down as well, but in case they aren’t it is helpful to have ways to charge phones when electricity is down. Other communication sources like radios can also be very helpful for reaching emergency crews. It is recommended to have on hand:Hygiene, Medical & First AidThese items should be in any kind of evacuation bag or kit. In an emergency situation, once things calm down, you’ll wish you had your toothbrush and you’ll need any medications you take regularly. Make sure to have:A month supply of any necessary medications.A bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, soap, deodorant, shampoo and other normal toiletries (and toilet paper).Portable first aid kit, including any natural first aid or remedies you use, and basic first aid supplies.Backpack and Evacuation BagMost of these items can easily fit in a 72-Hour bag (or bug out bag) for each family member. The idea is that this bag stays packed and goes with you if you ever have to evacuate. It should also include a few changes of weather-appropriate clothing. This is a good post on creating these bags, especially for kids.We each have:You can also buy pre-made emergency kits if you don’t want to go to the trouble of building your own bug-out bag.Documents BagIn our safe, we also have all important documents in a waterproof bag that we can grab and put in one of our packs if we ever have to leave quickly. Make sure to have these (or copies of these) ready to go:Birth certificatesPassportsAny necessary health recordsA list of important information for insurance, bank accounts, credit card accounts, etc.Enough cash to survive for a few weeksIf you aren’t in a rush, Kitchen Stewardship has an excellent post with a 20-week plan for creating this kit, but if you’re in the path of an impending storm, just do what you can and stay safe!Do you have supplies ready and an emergency preparedness plan? Please share any tips below!

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the Mickey-est surprise ever – The Fitnessista http://ontimefeed.com/the-mickey-est-surprise-ever-the-fitnessista/ http://ontimefeed.com/the-mickey-est-surprise-ever-the-fitnessista/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:55:55 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/the-mickey-est-surprise-ever-the-fitnessista/ Hi friends! How are you? I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. We took advantage of the Pilot being off work, and everyone feeling better – everyone in our house except yours truly was hit with the 24-hr stomach bug early last week- and took a trip to Orlando. I LOVE that it’s so […]

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Hi friends! How are you? I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. We took advantage of the Pilot being off work, and everyone feeling better – everyone in our house except yours truly was hit with the 24-hr stomach bug early last week- and took a trip to Orlando. I LOVE that it’s so close to us and we’re able to get away for little trips. Orlando has so many amazing spots and I’m definitely looking forward to some quality time there over the next couple of years. 😉 If anything new has opened up that we have to check out, please let me know!

We woke the girls up at 6am on Saturday morning to get into the car for our little adventure. We’d already packed up and loaded the car Friday night -we are definitely doing it this way whenever possible for now on- and all we had to do was wake up the girls and buckle them up in their jammies. When we told them we were headed to Orlando, they both started clapping and cheering. I knew they’d be excited, but the reaction was 100x better than I was expected.

As you guys know, I’m a serious packing procrastinator. I tend to wait until the last minute, and the girls are usually climbing around me asking for snacks while I pack, and we ended up forgetting things. It’s kind of a mess. Packing Friday night was CLUTCH. We were ready so much faster! Since I’d already booked the hotel, dining reservations, and Fast Passes online, the rest of the trip was pure enjoyment. We got into town, headed to the hotel to drop off our luggage, and were on the boat headed to Epcot before 11am. WHAT. 

We rode the Finding Nemo ride and headed to lunch at Akershus, in Norway. When I was researching for our last trip to Orlando, Akershus had the best reviews and seemed to be the fan favorite for character dining. Reservations were totally booked for last time, so I was pumped to snag a noon spot for lunch on our recent trip.

The meal includes interactions with five princesses, plus a photo op with a princess at the entrance. The girls were in heaven. 

The Pilot and I were pretty stoked, too. They had an awesome cocktail and wine menu, and the food was amazing.

(The only time P will let you hold her like a baby: when you’re eating through naptime)
The meal started off with appetizers: cheese, meats, fruit, salad, smoked fish, shrimp, roasted veggies, and bread.

And for my entree, I chose the salmon, which came with fluffy mashed potatoes and roasted broccolini. It was perfect.

For dessert, they brought out a tray of delicious options: chocolate mousse, apple cake, and a traditional Norwegian rice pudding. The ride pudding was our fave. 

While we were eating, Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and Sleeping Beauty all came over to say hello and take photos. The highlight of the meal was when the princesses led the children around the room in a Princess Procession. It was pretty much the cutest thing ever. We will definitely be back. 
After lunch, P crashed out in the stroller, so the Pilot hung out with her while Livi and I went to Turtle Talk with Crush, and then we all went to meet Mickey, Pluto, Goofy, and Minnie.

We rode a couple more rides (<– the new Frozen ride is amazing), watched (and danced to) the mariachis, 

and ate shaved ice from Japan. (If you go to Epcot, this is my absolute favorite thing there. Get the melon flavor! It was just as wonderful as I remembered.)
Food & Wine Festival is going on right now, but we didn’t end up taking advantage of all of the booths since we were so full from lunch. We’ll definitely be back before it’s over, fully prepared with empty stomachs. 😉 
By early evening I was pretty tired -it was definitely the most walking I’d done since my surgery– so we headed back to the hotel for a quick dinner before bed. 
Sunday morning, we slept in (YES) and got brunch at the hotel before heading out for the day. They had PALEO CEREAL on the menu. Disney is a magical place, indeed.

They had fresh green juice, eggs, pastries, oatmeal, omelets, waffles, pancakes, potatoes, bacon… something for everyone in the fam. We looooove a good breakfast buffet.
We had a great day together, and then headed out for an early dinner at T-Rex before hitting the road back to Valdosta. 

(photo source)
This is where I talk about the fact that I’m afraid of dinosaurs. It’s probably not the most common fear, but it’s akin to how some people are afraid of clowns. Imagine if you’re afraid of clowns, and you’re in a giant restaurant of ANIMATRONIC CLOWNS. 
The girls loved it, and it was actually a really cool place. The food was surprisingly good, too. I got the Omnivore salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and balsamic dressing.
+ a prickly pear margarita

And we shared the crazy chocolate dessert with dry ice in the center, because that’s what you have to do in a place like this.
Now we’re back in V-town, and enjoying the rest of our long weekend since the Pilot is off work for one more day. 😉
How was your weekend? What was the highlight? 
Any random phobias?
Have a happy Tuesday and I’ll see ya soon.
xoxo
Gina
Tips for Disney World are here!

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Facts about the new ALS drug Radicava that you’re unlikely to see in news stories http://ontimefeed.com/facts-about-the-new-als-drug-radicava-that-youre-unlikely-to-see-in-news-stories/ http://ontimefeed.com/facts-about-the-new-als-drug-radicava-that-youre-unlikely-to-see-in-news-stories/#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:15:06 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/facts-about-the-new-als-drug-radicava-that-youre-unlikely-to-see-in-news-stories/ Talking to me with the assistance of a speaking valve, Chris Simon made it clear what he thought of Radicava, a newly approved drug for patients who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “It’s more fool’s gold than it is gold,” said Simon, who has ALS and lives in California. He doesn’t plan to take the […]

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Talking to me with the assistance of a speaking valve, Chris Simon made it clear what he thought of Radicava, a newly approved drug for patients who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
“It’s more fool’s gold than it is gold,” said Simon, who has ALS and lives in California. He doesn’t plan to take the drug, especially since he has a friend with ALS who wasn’t helped by it–even though his friend flew to Japan to get the treatment before it was available stateside.
ALS patient Chris Simon
“They’re selling hope,” Simon said of marketing efforts around this drug. These include the company’s website for the drug and public relations efforts, such as this news release that we reviewed that describes Radicava as an “uplifting milestone” offering “new hope,” signaling a “new era” of treatment.
This hopeful framing also has found its way into talking points from ALS patient groups and recent news stories on Radicava–such as this one from Richmond Times-Dispatch and this report from WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Penn. These stories sometimes discuss the cost (~$150,000/year) and the restrictions around prescribing the drug to patients–often casting insurers in a negative light–but stop short of explaining why these restrictions exist.
What you are unlikely to find in most of these stories are viewpoints like Simon’s, yet he is onto something: While Radicava was FDA-approved in May for all ALS patients to help slow disease progression, it will probably only help a small percentage of them–roughly 7% of patients–who fall into a specific set of symptom characteristics.
And of those who do stand to benefit, the improvements are likely to be so modest they’re outweighed by the rigor of receiving infusion therapy–which isn’t easy for anyone, much less for patients who are often immobile and may be on ventilation.
In other words, for most ALS patients, it’s likely to be a mediocre and costly treatment. 
That’s not a headline we want to show ALS patients, but I’d argue that above all else, ALS patients deserve the truth. When measuring their life in months, they deserve a fully informed presentation of the benefits and the drawbacks before starting any treatment, especially one like Radicava. (It will also go long way helping them–and all of us–understand why insurance companies are reluctant to pay for the drug.)
Findings apply to about 7% of patients
To its credit, ABC News came close to cracking open this part of the story. It was the only U.S.-based story I read that discusses how pessimistic some doctors are about the drug. 
Underpinning the FDA’s approval is just one small phase 3 study published in May in Lancet Neurology. In the study of 137 patients, the researchers determined that the drug led to a 33 percent reduction in the rate of decline in physical function among ALS patients.
Yet, this benefit wasn’t found in a general ALS patient population. It was found in a group of Japanese ALS patients who had been diagnosed less than two years and had rapid progression of symptoms.
A previous phase 3 study by the drug maker, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, found no statistically significant benefits for general ALS patients. However, a later analysis of that same data hinted that perhaps the newly diagnosed/rapid onset subset of patients would benefit–and that’s how the Lancet study came about.
As we explain in our review of the ABC News story, it “should have made it very clear that this new study was limited to patients who had a specific type of ALS disease process. In a commentary that accompanied the study, we learn that “less than 7% of patients with ALS would be eligible for enrollment.”
And about the 33 percent reduction in symptoms (among this small subgroup of patients): This was measured using the ALS Functional Rating Scale, with 48 being the best score a patient can get. The group receiving Radicava progressed less slowly on this scale–losing about 5 points–whereas the placebo group lost 7.5 points.
It’s unclear if this difference — 2.5 points on a 48-point scale — actually translates into meaningful improvements that patients themselves will notice, noted Dr. Orla Hardiman, who authored the commentary mentioned above. Hardiman is a clinical professor of neurology at the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience in Ireland, where she is also the director of the National ALS Clinic and Irish ALS Research Group.
Since the FDA approved it for all ALS patients, and not the subgroup of patients most likely to benefit, she said it’s probable that Radicava “will be prescribed by physicians–non ALS experts–who will prescribe it for everybody, and the vast majority of people won’t respond.”
Was the drug ready for approval?
But because there are so few drugs for ALS, some in the field argue that experimental drugs such as this should be made widely available, regardless of the lackluster evidence.
While this may please advocates, this comes at a cost, of course. Radicava is very expensive, requires frequent and intensive IV-infusion therapy, and has known risks like respiratory failure. 
It also could be a setback to ALS research, Hardiman said. Radivaca has potential and research should continue, she said, especially to study potential biomarkers, genomic signatures and other factors that better pinpoint who will benefit most. 
Yet, already she has been turned down for grant funding involving Radicava, because it’s already approved and being used in the U.S. And since the drug is being used too broadly, it may end up looking ineffective, which could further impact future research. 
“I think it’s a pity that it might prevent investment in studies that allow us to find out who really benefits and what the biomarkers are.”

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21 Surprising Uses & Benefits for Health, Beauty and Home http://ontimefeed.com/21-surprising-uses-benefits-for-health-beauty-and-home/ http://ontimefeed.com/21-surprising-uses-benefits-for-health-beauty-and-home/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 21:34:17 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/21-surprising-uses-benefits-for-health-beauty-and-home/ Epsom salt is one of those things I always keep on hand. It is a good source of magnesium (here’s why we love magnesium) and has dozens of household, beauty, and health uses.I often add a bag of epsom salt to my online orders because of it’s many uses, and we keep it in almost every […]

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Epsom salt is one of those things I always keep on hand. It is a good source of magnesium (here’s why we love magnesium) and has dozens of household, beauty, and health uses.I often add a bag of epsom salt to my online orders because of it’s many uses, and we keep it in almost every room of our house for different reasons.What is Epsom Salt?Don’t confuse epsom salt with regular table salt or Himalayan salt (which has many benefits as well). Epsom salt is a magnesium based “salt” rather than a traditional sodium based salt. It is chemically known as magnesium sulfate and is an easy and inexpensive source of magnesium.Research shows that magnesium levels are declining in our food and environment, and many people are likely lacking in this important mineral. Using epsom salt around the house and in beauty treatments is one easy way to improve magnesium levels.Just be careful- as the labels on any epsom salt package will warn you… it is a potent laxative, so this isn’t a supplement you should take internally without a doctor’s recommendation. Instead, this mineral is best absorbed transdermally (through the skin).Uses for Epsom SaltIf you don’t have this magnesium-rich (and inexpensive) household staple in your home, here are  21 of my favorites uses:1. Relaxing Bath SoakEpsom salt has been added to baths as a relaxing soak since it was first discovered at a salty spring in Epsom, England. The high magnesium content makes it a wonderfully relaxing soak.I’m a big fan of using epsom salts as part of my detox bath routine. I also usually add a little epsom salt to my kids’ baths to help them sleep.What to do: Add a cup of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. You can also add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, which adds a lovely scent and helps induce relaxation as well.2. Splinter RemovalThis is an old trick I learned from an elderly relative and we use it all the time. With six kids who love to climb trees and run around barefoot, splinters are a fact of life. Unfortunately, the removal of these splinters used to cause a lot of heartache at our house.Now, I make a strong solution of warm water and epsom salt and let the splinter soak for about 10 minutes. This makes it so much easier to remove (and helps stop the pain too!).What to do: Dissolve 1/3 cup epsom salt in 1 cup of warm/hot water and stir until completely dissolved. Soak the affected finger/toe/body part with the splinter for at least 10 minutes and carefully remove the splinter with tweezers or a sewing needle. Also, use common sense- if the splinter is big, deep, a puncture wound, bleeding or simply won’t come out, visit a doctor.3. Magnesium Foot ScrubOur feet are one of the most over-worked and under-appreciated parts of our bodies. On days that I hike, garden, or work outside for hours,  it’s easy to end up with sore feet and legs, so I love to use this soothing and silkening (is that a word?) magnesium foot scrub.What to do: Find (and print) the full recipe here, but you basically mix up 1 cup of epsom salt or magnesium flakes with some carrier oil and a little Castile soap to make a luxurious foot scrub. It also seems to help with cracked heels if you get those as well.4. Firming Facial WashDid I mention that magnesium can help firm the skin and exfoliate? I add a little epsom salt to my face wash or oil cleansing routine for a soothing and firming boost.What to do: I grind up epsom salt (in the blender or using a mortar and pestle) and add it to my face wash or oil cleansing oil as I massage it into my face. I find this works better than trying to add it to the face wash in the container.5. Body Ache ReliefOnce upon a time I got a bad case of the stomach flu and my body ached all over as it tried to fight it off. I noticed I had some Biofreeze on my counter. The package indicated that this was for “sore and achy muscles” so I decided to give it a try. On all my achy muscles. Turns out, this super-strong muscle relief cream is not designed to be used on the entire body. Instead of achy muscle relief, I got whole-body chills for an hour. Not so fun!Now, I stick to epsom salt baths for body aches and sore muscles and it works like a charm!What to do: Add 2+ cups of epsom salt to a warm/hot bath and soak for 20+ minutes.6. Sea Salt Spray for Thicker HairA hairstylist once used a texturizing salt spray on my hair and I love the body and texture that resulted. I wasn’t willing to spend the $30+ it cost, so I started experimenting with DIY options. Now, I use my beach waves spray most days and combine it with my dry shampoo if I’m not washing my hair that day.What to do: Use this recipe to make a beach waves spray with magnesium. If using dry-shampoo, use it first and comb/brush through hair before spraying with the salt spray.7. Magnesium LotionWe use topical magnesium spray all the time but my kids don’t love the tingly skin feel they get after using it. I don’t love the dry skin that can sometimes result from direct use on the skin. Years ago, I started making this soothing magnesium lotion to solve those problems. Now, this lotion is a daily staple in our house.What to do: Use this recipe to make your own soothing magnesium lotion. If you don’t want to try the DIY, there is also a great brand of pre-made magnesium lotion available here.8. Grow Better VegetablesWhen I was in 4-H years ago (more than I’d like to admit!), we learned that epsom salt can be used to improve a vegetable garden. These days, I add 1 Tablespoon per plant a couple times during the year and it helps plant growth, especially tomatoes.What to do: Sprinkle a Tablespoon of epsom salt around the base of a plant after it has grown to at least 12 inches tall.9. DIY Salt ScrubEpsom salt is a magnesium-rich alternative to salt in salt-scrub recipes. Salt scrubs are traditionally a mixture of salt and an oil like olive oil or almond oil. Epsom salt can easily be used in place of the salt in these recipes for an extra magnesium boost.What to do: Use epsom salt instead of salt in a recipe like this one. Or, just mix 1/2 cup epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive or almond oil and use as an exfoliating scrub in the shower.10. Tile and Grout CleanerWant to clean your tile without a toxic chemical cleaner? Add some epsom salt to some liquid dish soap and scrub away. Just make sure to rinse well since the soap will be slippery!What to do: Mix equal parts liquid dish soap and epsom salt and scrub tile and grout with a brush. For a pre-made option, Bon Ami also works great on cleaning tile and grout without harmful chemicals.11. Foot SoakIf you aren’t in the mood for a full bath but want the magnesium boosting benefits of an epsom salt bath, just soak your feet instead!What to do: Add 1 cup of epsom salt to hot water for a concentrated foot soak. For scent, you can also add up to 5 drops of essential oil of choice.12. Volume Boosting Hair MaskI explained above how I use magnesium as a texturizing spray for thicker hair. It can also be used in the shower to thicken and strengthen hair. I love to add epsom salt to a natural conditioner for a texturizing and strengthening boost for hair.What to do: Mix a natural conditioner (I use this one) with equal parts epsom salt and work into your hair. Leave on for up to 20 minutes. Rinse well and dry for thicker hair! This hair serum also helps thicken hair and I’ve been using castor oil for years to achieve thicker hair and eyelashes.13. Relieve Itchy Skin and Bug BitesWhat can magnesium not do? Epsom salt is also my go-to for relieving itchy skin from bug bites or other reactions.What to do: Dissolve a tablespoon of epsom salt in a cup of water and let it cool. Spritz on bug bites or itchy skin to help calm the itch. A drop of lavender right on a mosquito bite also helps calm the itch. Or add some lavender to the spray.14. Sunburn Relief SprayI’m going to step onto a soap box for just a minute. I think the sun is beneficial in moderation and that in many cases, sunscreen may do more harm than good. That said, every source agrees that sunburn is harmful and we should make every effort to avoid it. For our family, we try to get moderate sun exposure daily, but never enough to burn or turn pink. On the rare occasion when we get too much sun (usually me- Irish skin), I make a soothing spray to calm the pain.What to do: Dissolve 2 tablespoons epsom salt in 1 cup of water and cool. Add 4 drops lavender essential oil  and shake. Spray on skin to calm the pain of a sunburn. Diluted apple cider vinegar also works for this, but the salt spray smells a lot better!15. Get Things MovingThis is one of the on-label uses for epsom salt. Due to its high magnesium content, it is well known for its ability to relieve constipation. I’ve used it this way as part of a liver and gallbladder flush, but some people use it for the relief of occasional constipation.What to do: Follow the package directions for relief of occasional constipation, but check with a doctor first, especially if you have any health problems.16. Healthy House PlantsHouse plants are great for cleaning indoor air and we love to keep them around. Just like garden plants, house plants love a magnesium boost once in a while. Add some epsom salt as part of a regular watering or fertilizing routine for more robust house plants.What to do: Sprinkle a little epsom salt on the soil in a house plant container or add a little epsom salt to the water when watering. A tablespoon is usually plenty for a month or two.17. Say Goodbye to SlugsSalt of any kind, including the epsom variety, is great for deterring slugs. If you’re already using salt in the garden to help improve the soil, this should help deter slugs as well. If not, consider sprinkling some salt around to keep the slugs away.What to do: Sprinkle epsom salt in or around gardens and other areas you don’t want slugs invading to keep them away.18. Beautiful RosesWe can debate forever if a rose by another name would be as sweet, but one thing is sure. Roses love magnesium and adding a little to the soil around a rose bush helps increase growth and blooms.What to do: Sprinkle a tablespoon of epsom salt around a rose bush and water for faster growth. Can be done once a month.19. Headache ReliefThere is quite a bit of evidence that magnesium may help headaches and even migraines when used regularly. Some sources even think that magnesium deficiency may increase the chance of headaches. I’ve noticed that a magnesium bath seems to calm most headaches. When I consume magnesium or use it transdermally, I also don’t seem to get headaches. And my husband swears that the best hangover cure is a long swim in the ocean, which is much higher in magnesium than lakes or swimming pools.What to do: Use any of the methods above to get more magnesium. I also find that magnesium spray and magnesium lotion are especially helpful for headache relief.20. Sleepy KidsWhat parent doesn’t want kids who want to sleep at bedtime? I know I certainly do! Part of our bedtime routine is using magnesium in some way. This may be a bath, lotion, or spray, but it helps our kids fall asleep much quicker and stay asleep longer. Here are some other natural sleep remedies we use, and why we don’t have night lights in their rooms.What to do: Make an epsom salt bath or magnesium lotion massage part of the bedtime routine at your house.21. Garden Soil PrepMagnesium in the soil helps improve plant growth. It can be added during the growing season but we see the best results when we mix it into the soil too.What to do: Add a bag or two of epsom salt to the soil and till in to replenish soil magnesium levels.Epsom Salt: What to Look ForI buy high quality epsom salt online, but you can probably find it in your local grocery or health food store. Just look for one that is USP certified and doesn’t have any added ingredients.How do you use epsom salt? Share your tips below!

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The fat vs. carbs merry-go-round spins again http://ontimefeed.com/the-fat-vs-carbs-merry-go-round-spins-again/ http://ontimefeed.com/the-fat-vs-carbs-merry-go-round-spins-again/#comments Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:53:24 +0000 http://ontimefeed.com/the-fat-vs-carbs-merry-go-round-spins-again/ Posted By Michael Joyce is a multimedia producer at HealthNewsReview.org and tweets as @mlmjoyce Any study focused on fats vs. carbs, heart disease and death, encompassing several countries, and that challenges existing dietary guidelines around the world is bound to generate news coverage — as well as a slew of eye-catching headlines: Low-fat diet could […]

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Any study focused on fats vs. carbs, heart disease and death, encompassing several countries, and that challenges existing dietary guidelines around the world is bound to generate news coverage — as well as a slew of eye-catching headlines:
Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows (The Telegraph)
The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate Has a New Answer (TIME)
Recommended fat intake should increase, Canadian researchers say (CBC)
The study, published in this week’s issue of The Lancet medical journal, uses questionnaires to document the dietary intake for roughly 135,000 people in 18 countries (3 high-income, 11 medium-income, and 4 low-income).
The findings can be summarized as:
HIGH CARB intake (>60% energy intake) was associated with a higher risk of total mortality compared with low carb diets
HIGH FAT intake (~ 35% energy intake) was associated with a lower risk of total mortality
NEITHER HIGH CARB nor HIGH FAT were associated with a risk of cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular deaths.
In threatening death, promising a ‘new answer,’ and recommending a sweeping change in dietary guidelines these headlines are jumping the gun. Badly. Here are two of the major reasons why.
First, this is an observational study (in which cause and effect can’t be established). So headlines like CTV’s — which says that “moderate fat consumption may lower risk of death” — are clearly out of bounds. This study can’t tell us whether changes in fat consumption will cause any change in someone’s risk of dying early. By contrast, STAT did a nice job of calling attention to this limitation and at least mentioning the biases that are common to observational studies.
Second, it’s based on self-reporting of eating habits using food frequency questionnaires (FFQ’s are notoriously unreliable).
But there are some other reasons why journalists should challenge any suggestion that this study warrants an overhaul of our current nutritional guidelines, as suggested by lead investigator Mahshid Dehghan PhD of McMaster University.
Some important considerations missed by most of the coverage
The study authors appropriately mentioned — but very few reporters discussed — the confounding issue of socioeconomic status at play in this international study. It’s well established that those with limited financial resources are less able to afford the higher quality fats, carbohydrates and proteins as those study subjects with more money. Not to mention substantial differences in access to health care, exercise, and health information between vastly different socioeconomic groups. These very real confounding influences make it even more difficult for the study authors to conclusively state that high carbs or low fats were solely responsible for the published results.
Not a single reporter (and I’ll include myself here, since I missed this as well) brought up the fact that, although these results seem impressive at the population level, they are minuscule at the individual level. Larry Husten of the blog CardioBrief caught this and quoted one of the study authors — Andrew Mente PhD of McMaster University — as pointing out:
“The effects are modest effects, in the neighborhood of a 20% reduction in relative risk. So if the annual [absolute] risk of mortality is 1%, it would be reduced to 0.8%. At the individual level it is tiny. And nowhere near what you find for smoking and lung cancer — about 200 times smaller in fact.”
Ethan Weiss MD
A final limitation of the study is that it didn’t document what foods the macronutrients came from. For example, we don’t know if the high-carbohydrate consumers were disproportionately eating refined sugars and grains rather than whole grains — which is quite likely. Nor did the study look at trans fats, which are ubiquitous in the processed foods that are becoming increasingly popular in low and middle income countries. Trans fats are strongly associated with increased risk of heart disease and cardiovascular death.
“I think this study should be seen as hypothesis-generating, provocative, but not result in any sort of large-scale policy changes regarding the absolute daily recommended values for these major macronutrients,” says Ethan Weiss MD, a cardiologist at UC-San Francisco. His other impressions:
“As the authors point out, a lot of the carbohydrate association is driven by Asian countries where diets are rich in cheap, processed carbohydrates. This study does add to existing evidence that excessive carbohydrate consumption (> 60%) is unhealthy; but how that occurs and whether that remains true outside an observational study remains to be determined. So, for my patients I’ll keep saying: ‘eat lots of olive oil and nuts (monounsaturated fats), and limit consumption of processed carbohydrates’.”
Time and time again we see news stories about nutrition being hyped. It’s an area of health care where it’s extremely difficult to design definitive studies and, therefore, make clear-cut conclusions. Even with the significant limitations listed above this is an important study. At the population level it helps identify trends that can guide future controlled studies that may provide more definitive evidence.
But it also serves as a reminder how easy it is for journalists and readers alike to label preliminary findings as definitive. Or, even go so far as to suggest widespread policy changes be made based on very limited data. All the more reason we recommend these 5 Questions Journalists Should Ask when covering nutritional or diet research.
Especially since the fat vs. carbs merry-go-round isn’t going to stop spinning anytime soon.

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Did you know there’s such a thing as a professional organizer? Someone you can just invite into your home to make all your clutter and cleaning problems go away? It’s true! My guest today is Andrea Dekker and her job is helping people simplify and organize their lives.Better yet, she does it in in a way that resonates with real people, real families, and real budgets.Wanted: A Professional Organizer for Real LifeEvery time I deep clean my kids’ rooms I dream of having Andrea around. I’m definitely a planner and am pretty attached to my systems that keep things organized, and my husband is the same way. But if you have kids (and you know I have a few!) you have little disorganizers working against you 24/7. It’s definitely an uphill battle that takes effort every single day.Another professional organizer, Marie Kondo, made quite an impact with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her Konmari method. I like some things about the method but it just didn’t seem realistic for our family of 8 that homeschools (and works from home to boot!).As a wife and mom of 3, Andrea takes a different approach. She’s not a minimalist but she can help you pare down to just the things you use, need, and love. She doesn’t have a magic wand to wave the never-ending laundry and grocery cycle away, but she does have strategies to simplify it.Andrea also doesn’t pretend like she has found “the right way” to run a home. She knows that looks different for everyone and has so many useful tips for figuring out your family’s priorities.In This Episode You’ll Learnthe difference between simplifying and organizingwhich 10-minute daily habit that can change everythinga simple step to cut the mental clutter and make your family’s priorities clearthe power of “no” … and when to use itwhy you don’t have to be a minimalist to have a clean housestrategies to tame the laundry pilehow to write a grocery list in the most efficient way possibleways to deal with the email giant (I’m taking notes on this one especially!)key habits of organized people (and habits of the disorganized)taming paper clutter … including kids’ artworkhow Andrea keeps her car clean all the time (gasp!)the unique opportunities for women today … and some new pressures we facehow to reframe thoughts to stay motivated and fight discouragementand more!Resources We MentionThe Andrea Dekker BlogBook: Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingBook: Holly Pierlot, A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your SoulReal Plans meal planningWM Articles: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe for Girls, Boys, and BabyIf you had a professional organizer for a day, what would you have them tackle? Do you have strategies that work for cutting the clutter? Please share!Special Thanks to Today’s SponsorsToday’s podcast is brought to you by Four Sigmatic. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me mention them before. I have been using and loving and Instagramming their products for years. They have an amazing instant mushroom coffee.I know it sounds weird, but hear me out! It’s not only the best instant coffee I’ve ever tried, it’s also pretty high up on the list of best coffee I’ve tried, period! It’s made with superfood mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, and Chaga mushrooms. And these mushrooms have some big health benefits, plus give you energy and mental clarity without the jitters from traditional coffee.If you aren’t a caffeine person, they also have a variety of mushroom teas and other caffeine-free products. I love them so much that I reached out and they agreed to give a discount to my listeners. So, go to foursigmatic.com/wellnessmama and use the code “WellnessMama” to get 10% off.This episode is sponsored by Kettle and Fire Bone Broth. If you love the benefits of bone broth but don’t love the time it takes to make and how tough it can be to find quality bones to make it, Kettle and Fire is for you! Their bone broth is a regular staple in my kitchen these days, and it was what I used to create the recipes in my new bone broth e-book (releasing later this year).So they use only bones from 100% grass-fed pasture raised cattle that are never given hormones and antibiotics. It’s also unique because they focus on bones that are especially high in collagen, which is one of the healthiest things you can put in your body. You can find them in many Whole Foods on the west coast and you can also order online at Kettleandfire.com/mama.

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