A Morning Ritual

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Between the chillier days and fighting off germs, I have developed a new morning (and sometimes nightly) routine. It’s the best.

Basically, it’s a power house tea. And it’s my new favorite thing. I simply heat up some water in the tea kettle, squeeze some lemon juice into a mug, add 2 drops of Thieves. I let it all “brew” for a minute or two and keep a spoon near by to give it a stir every so often, to keep the oil from lingering at the top.

Now, hot water with lemon is already great by itself. It’s an awesome way to start the day and jump start your digestive system. But, due to the off and on stuffy nose I have woken up with, I decided to step up my game. Sometimes I even add a splash of fermented apple cider vinegar. You could even take it a step further and add some raw/local honey.

Between this tea, liquid  silver, monitoring my sugar intake (yes, even fruit) and incorporating fermented foods/beverages, I have thus far (knock on wood) kept any signs of sickness away. Neither of us have experienced any cold/flu/cough this wintery season . . . and we hope to keep it that way. Do you have any winter rituals?

PS: We use the nasal spray version of Sovereign Silver. We have found it to produce the best results AND it lasts the longest (= more bang for your buck). I pick it up at Sprouts/Whole Foods for $14 and it lasts a good month if not longer (for preventative measures. If you’re already sick, you may use it up faster).

 

Real Food Meets Real Life

Normally I post our weekly menus and give you a peek into how we eat on the “reg.” Well, sometimes life isn’t very “reg.” This is especially true of the past few days. My whole “real food” journey has been going on for 3 years now and I have had to learn a thing or two about how to make real food work for real life . . . or at least I think I have. Here are a few thoughts  . . .

1. Relax. Stressing out about food is the last thing you need to be doing, especially if your day(s) have been crazy. Cortisol, inflammation, anxiety . . . save yourself the tummy or head ache. While your body is a temple that is to be treated with respect, it is also temporary.

2. Instagram. I have discovered some of my favorite products via Instagram. While I’m not encouraging you to become a phone addict, Instagram has been oh’ so helpful in discovering awesome products and awesome people. I listed some of my favorites below, click on their pic to be taken to their home site.

PALEO TREATS 

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PETE’S PALEO (no, not all of these links are paleo. stay with me)

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BARNEY BUTTER

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EATING EVOLVED

 

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CHAMELEON COLD-BREW

 

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3. Be prepared. This isn’t always doable and that’s okay! However keeping a box of these

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or these!

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on hand is always helpful. If you do have time, put together a bag of almonds and dark chocolate to keep in your glove box or bag . . . I keep oranges and avocados in my swim bag with a plastic knife and spoon. I also maybe keep my favorite salt in a Ziplock bag as well. That’s weird. I know. Jerky or canned tuna is another awesome “convenience food.”

4. The Key Three. Protein. Fat. Carbohydrates. When I’m staying at other people’s homes (as in, right now) I usually make a run to the nearest grocery store and grab one of the following protein sources: ground beef, grass fed hot dogs, rotisserie chicken. AND I grab both avocados and sweet potatoes. Why? They will keep me nourished and require very little preparation.

5. Think on your feet. Today we were “car-less” for a few hours and stranded at a coffee shop. Did I mention we were starving and scones (sadly) just weren’t going to cut it? We found a store nearby and grabbed a package of gluten free salami and helped ourselves to the olive bar. Boom. Bam. Be creative and learn to think on your feet.

6. Liquid Silver

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and Wellness Formula

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If you are experiencing a stressful season, chances are your sleep is a little “off” and if you’re anything like me, a sore throat and scratchy voice is just around the corner. The morning we left AZ, I woke up feeling real sick. These are two “must have-s” to keep on hand. Along with turmeric and ginger tea! Have you heard of Mickey Trescott? She’s real cool. Real cool.