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Nine Tips For Surviving the Holiday Season Without Gaining Weight

Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the holiday gauntlet of family dinners, gatherings with friends, office parties, shopping, decorating and travel is about to begin. The holiday gatherings tempt us with a dizzying array of treats and all the holiday preparations leave us tired and short on time for exercise and sleep. All this adds up for the perfect storm to pack on pounds leaving you feeling bloated, tired and cranky by New Year Eve. Then the crazy talk starts with New Year’s resolutions like – “I’m never eating chocolate again!” Not fun. I don’t know about you, but a world without chocolate is not a world I want to live in. Let’s make this holiday season different. Read More

Why You Should Dry Skin Brush and How to Do It

What is the largest organ in the human body and releases over a third of the toxins in our body? It’s your skin. Dry skin brushing is an effective daily practice to help the body remove harmful toxins, not to mention it exfoliates and softens your skin. 

When you dry skin brush, you’re massaging and helping your lymphatic system cleanse itself.  You pull waste from your body as well as remove any lingering toxins from soap, environmental factors, lotions, deodorant, and other things to help improve skin health. 

What’s so great about skin brushing is that it only takes about 5 minutes a day, so you can easily fit it into your busy morning routine and see great benefits! Some of the benefits include:

-          Exfoliates

-          Stimulated lymphatic system

-          Reduces or eliminates cellulite

-          Unclogs pores

So if your summer tan has faded into dry, flaky skin, here are eight simple steps and tips for you to follow to help you get started with dry skin brushing:

  1. Get a long-handled, non-synthetic soft bristle brush similar to this.
  2. Remove your clothes and stand on a towel or in the bathtub or shower. 
  3. Gently brush your arms and legs upward in the direction towards your heart and use a circular motion on your stomach, hips and thighs.
  4. You'll want to brush several times in the same area, overlapping your strokes as you continue.
  5. Be gentle on sensitive areas, such as your chest and neck.
  6. It’s normal for your skin to get a little red and tingly, this goes away.
  7. Once you have your whole body brushed, hop into the shower.
  8. When you're done with your shower, massage some moisturizing oil into your damp skin, pat dry and you're ready to go!  I love Shea Moisture products, which are highly rated by  I especially love their Raw Shea Baby Oil Rub
Continue this practice daily and your skin will be soft and smooth.  Remember to rinse your brush with warm soapy water and let it air dry on the counter after each use. And that’s it! 

This is one of the many ways we supplement our detox in the Nancy Be Well 2015 Fall Detox.  Get the details here.  Registration ends October 15 so sign up now.

Clean Eating vs. Diets - Why Diets Don’t Work

The diet book titles and magazine headlines are so promising: “Lose 14 pounds in 14 days!" or “Slim and Sexy in 2 weeks.” So for two intense weeks, you buckle down, follow a strict, low-fat/low calorie eating plan and workout faithfully every day. You lose some weight, but only for a short period of time. The super strict, low calorie eating plan and intense workout schedule aren’t sustainable so you gain all the weight back and then some. The truth of the matter is DIETS DON’T WORK because they can’t give you long-term, sustainable weight or fat loss. Read More

Colonoscopy: Seriously, It's No Big Deal!

ColonoscopyMarch is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the US? That is crazy, especially considering it’s one of the most preventable cancers there is. Screening helps find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment is most effective.

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Try a Spring Cleanse to Shed the Winter Weight

SpringCleanseFlowersSpring is finally here!  After a long winter of heavy comfort foods, it seems like everyone is either talking about or doing a detox or cleanse. So what exactly is a cleanse and why should you try it?   

What is a cleanse?
Cleanses are typically done two to four times a year, usually at the start of every season. Inflammatory foods like sugar, alcohol, caffeine, wheat, dairy and processed foods are eliminated from your diet for anywhere from 3 to 21 days. The cleanse acts as a reset for your body by giving your digestive system a break and flushing out accumulated  toxin. These toxins include everything from the pesticides, additives and hormones in the foods you eat to the toxic chemicals in the health and beauty aids you put on your skin and the cleaning products you use around the the house. 

A cleanse is a great way to kick start a weight loss program. It can also help reduce bloating, increase energy, reduce cravings, improve digestive issues and most importantly, help transition you into a sustainable, more healthy way of eating. 

Most people associate a cleanse or detox with deprivation –  fasting, hunger pangs, all liquid diet, taking lots of supplements, feeling weak, sick and tired and being shackled to the bathroom. But it doesn’t have to be that way!  A whole food cleanse emphasizes eating fresh, organic foods with an emphasis on non-starchy vegetables and lean protein.  

Here are three simple steps you can follow to start detoxing today:    

Hydrate:  Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. It sounds like a lot but it's easier than you think. Start your day by drinking a large glass of water immediately upon rising. Carry a large water bottle and commit to filling it up at least 3 times during the day. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, add a few slices of lemon, lime, orange or cucumber to your water for a light, refreshing flavor boost or try some caffeine-free herbal teas.

Eat your veggies:  Start your lunch and dinner with a large salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing.  Not only are salads detoxifying, full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, they also help fill you up and guarantee that you eat less of the other less healthy foods.  For tips on getting more fruits and veggies in your diet, read my guest blog post  called “Simple Tips o get your 9 servings of fruits and veggies each day” on Fitlife.TV

Kick processed foods to the curb!  No more meals in a bag or box with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Do some batch cooking and food prep on the weekend so you have quick and healthy options during the week. You don't need to be a gourmet cook. Keep is simple: A big pot of chili or soup will last several days in the fridge. Grill up a bunch of boneless chicken breast. Make a huge salad that can be enjoyed over several meals and days.

Start with these three changes, and you’ll begin feeling lighter and more energized. Remember: Small, incremental changes really do add up to big health gains.

Get These Common Cooking Oils Out of Your Kitchen and Use These Instead

Store-Cooking-Oil-Step-3-1024x683_SourceWikiHouse_v2Fats are an important part of a healthy diet. They provide and store energy, move fat soluble vitamins around the body to where they are needed and provide essential fatty acids that cannot be produced by the body but are required for growth, cell function and hormone production.

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Simple Tips To Get Your 9 Servings Of Fruits and Veggies Each Day

Young-woman-with-salad7_SourceMedicalCenterofPlano_2You hear it all the time – Eat more fruits and vegetables! Why? Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense foods around. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all the good things you need for vibrant health.

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2 Common Excuses That Are Hindering Your Weight Loss Efforts

WeightlossExcuses_SourceCaringOnline_2So, how are you doing with that New Year’s Resolution to finally lose weight? Um…  yea… me too. It always starts the same way doesn’t it?

You have your healthy meal plan in hand, you purge your kitchen of all processed foods and stock up on fruits, veggies, lean protein and some healthy snacks.

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7 Steps to Creating a Morning Wellness Routine

How you start your day is a good gauge as to how the rest of your day will go. If you wait until the last possible minute to get up and end up running around the house with your hair on fire, you’re setting yourself up for a whole lot of stress, fatigue and unnecessary inflammation, which is the root cause of all disease. 

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Fascination with Procrastination

It’s taken me a while to get this blog written and posted, but I’ve been very busy. My sock drawer needed reorganizing, I had to pick the dead leaves off my house plants, organize the stack of unread books on my night stand, pick the lint off an old sweater. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? Read More