Cool Your Body with Food!

Cool your body!

It’s undeniable that we are a natural part of the amazing world around us. Somehow amongst the chaos of life, we’ve become desensitized to how the moon, the air, the sun, and the weather all affect how our body operates. Yet, with intention and focus, we can learn to slow down and notice. 

Noticing these fluctuations in our own natural patterns and cravings can give us the tools we seek to find balance in our body and in our life. A great way to begin to notice is to keep a journal. In this journal, instead of just writing what you did in a day, consider tracking things like how you are feeling, what you are craving, how you slept, and how your digestion is. Watch for swings and fluctuations, odd cravings, and challenges sleeping in connection with the weather, phases of the moon, and seasons. 
What I love most about this is that what happens for me might be different than what happens for you, depending on our unique body, lifestyles, and locations. This is partly why diets don’t work and why no one way of eating is perfect for everyone all the time. 
I live in a warm and dry climate. This is the high plains desert in Colorado. The natural environment is wide open plains, hot and dry weather, and sandy soil. I have noticed that since I live in a community, the ground is treated, sprayed, watered and mowed and it creates a different sort of environment than what is natural for our location. I also notice that what is available – even at the farmer’s market – is not necessarily from our local community since we do not have corn and tomatoes available naturally in early June. If you are planting and growing with the seasons, these foods would not be available until late summer. 
It’s interesting to consider how eating these foods out of season might influence my body’s natural processes. (I’m always thinking about things like this!)
What’s your natural local climate like? What foods are naturally in season where you are? What would you need to include to bring balance into your body and mind? 
There are other considerations as well such as movement, activities, and rest. 
I’ve created a list of foods that are cooling and hydrating for the hot summer months. Refer to this if this is where you are. 


Wishing you a beautiful and happy July! 

XXOO Tammi

The Process of Selling Our Home

It’s been a bit since I’ve updated you on how things are going, so while I had a few moments, I thought I’d pop on to do that. 

We did receive a full price offer for our home. I know that this most often totally depends on the market you are buying or selling in and usually only happens in a market area that is high demand. Colorado has had an enormous growth spurt -topping over 300,000 new residents in less than three years! This great increase has led to a supply and demand based increase in the cost of the homes available. We were excited about this since it puts us in a place to have some equity in our home. (This equity is what we used to purchase our land prior to selling this home.) 

We have an estimated close date of about 6 weeks from now. 

My hubby has always taken care of these processes before, and because his business is bursting at the seams busy, I’ve been put in charge of all the ends that need to be tied regarding both the sale of this home and the purchase of our land. Having already walked through the process of purchasing our property, I’m a little more calm, feeling like I know what to expect. 

Once you say “yes”, there is a flurry of contracts, inspections, property appraisals, work that needs to be done, and packing. For me, this means planning far enough ahead that you get an early start! Half our house is packed and moved into storage already leaving enough to allow us to be comfortable in case we didn’t sell right away. We are feeling a little leery as the last home we sold took a year to sell, so we are in a bit of disbelief that it went so quickly. Pinching ourselves that we are so close to leaping out into our gypsy lifestyle. 

I’ve joked about buying long flowing skirts, big silver hoop earrings, and bringing out my tarot cards to match our new lifestyle. My hubby laughs, but there is a part of his tone that shows he can’t tell if I’m joking or not. (*wink, wink – I just might and have been known to do all sorts of funky and fun things*) 

So, in the big process overall, a few things I’m wanting to keep in mind. 

  1. Big changes like this take time, and it’s okay – trust in the process of it all. 
  2. When the time is right, it will all come together.
  3. Keep your ducks in a row. I do my business taxes every year and always have all of our personal and business numbers and backup in order. It’s important to me and in cases like this you must have it. Things you’ll need include three months of proof of income, last years tax returns (all of it), proof of employment, and things like that. 
  4. I mentioned this earlier but it warrants a repeat – start packing and organizing, and decluttering way before you think you should. It will save you enormous amounts of stress. 

What I’m most looking forward to is the privacy that comes with living in the wide open space, watching the night sky, bird and butterfly watching, watching the sun rise up every single day, hiking, paddle boarding while we stay at the lakes, and teaching my son about the wild world around him. I’m excited to have a much smaller place to care for, and the opening of time and space this will give me for my life. 

I’m feeling blessed. 

The next step is completing a few inspection objection items like replacing the hot water heater, then we will resume packing and crossing our fingers for an on- time closing. In the mean time, we also need to complete getting bids on our house drawing and identifying if we can build the house we drew for a price we can afford. Once we identify that, then we will get official plans done for permits and such. Onward and upward! 

Hoping your summer is phenomenal! xxoo Tammi

Honey Facial Mask – Divine Self-Care

On taking on extreme self-care.

Nature always brings us what we need, and more often than not, we will find what we need in nature… if we just look! Feeling DIVINE and taking EXTREME care of yourself is no exception. 

I turned 45 on the Solstice. 

My birthday always brings me to reflection and considering my next steps. This year, instead of taking on another layer of the world, I’ve decided it’s my year to pull back from pushing outward and upward. I’ve realized that this must be my year for me.

The past many years, I’ve challenged myself to expand in so many ways. I’ve written and published books, grown my business, been asked to and presented with a wide variety of media outlets, created and launched a retail product (Was not on my to do list, really), been certified in all sorts of goodness, and continued to work with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It’s all become a part of me, a part of my daily work and I love it. I have suffered the consequences of caring for so many while juggling my life and I am not where I want to be in my own body. So that said, I am pulling back my energy and placing much more energy into taking extreme care of me this year. 

If you’ve been following my blog, you know then that my family and I are about to embark on a life changing journey as well, as we sell the home we are in and enter tiny house living (castle camper is what I’m calling it) while my husband builds his business as a custom home builder. This also happens to be at the same time I’ve decided I need to step up my personal care regimen. (I’m all about great timing…) So, this will be interesting!

I want to invite you to join me. I’ve created a free group on my Author Facebook page where you can come join in my Daily Divine Self-care tips and tidbits to help you to take on extreme selfcare. You can find this group HERE. Please invite your loved ones, friends, and family. My goal with this group is to spread the health and you can help me do that! 

Today, I am leaning in with a lovely recipe for you to take a few minutes out to care for your skin with my Honey Facial Mask. The mask I’ve blended today contains nature’s ingredients for healthy, supple, glowing skin.

Raw honey is loaded with enzymes, is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It will reduce the appearance of scars and support tissue regeneration.

Plain Yogurt contains lactic acid and will help to dissolve dead skin cells, tighten pores, and offers an anti-aging effect.

Roman Chamomile is great support for acne, allergies, boils, burns, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, insect bites, rashes, sensitive skin, and small wounds. This herb is anti-inflammatory and often used in skin care blends. Chamomile is also known for it’s calming properties. 

Ingredients Needed: 

1 Tablespoon Raw Manuka or Raw Local Honey. 

2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt

2 -4 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil (Optional, click link to purchase)

Mix all ingredients together with a spoon and apply liberally to fresh, clean skin. Massage mask onto your face and neck. Leave on for five to ten minutes and remove with a warm wash cloth. 

If you try my facial, I’d love to hear how it was for you! 

xxoo, Tammi

Magical Medicinal Mushrooms – Alphay Product Review

Ever hear of Lingzhi Mushrooms? I hadn’t either until a friend and fellow Certified Health Coach, Marie Rubbinaccio, sent samples of coffee and tea with this lovely mushroom blended into it. If you know Marie, then you know this product. Marie is not shy about boasting the benefits so I was open to reviewing it when she asked me to. 

It turns out that this wonderful mushroom is known as an anti-aging superfood with benefits that include anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, and antidepressive, to name a few. 

Now, I am a true coffee connoisseur and regularly enjoy herbal tea so I was really excited about giving it a try. Knowing it’s difficult to expect any sort of health miracle in a few short days, I focused most of my efforts on the probability of benefit, palatability, and ease of use. 

Let’s first talk about Alphay. This company is a Direct Network Marketing Company, which means, really that it’s both a product and public business opportunity. This company is Chinese-owned and operated, located in the Jiangsu province of China. Alphay offers a wide variety of products that include a variety of nutritional supplements as well as lifestyle products, tea, and coffee. The company has done its work to achieve USDA Organic certification as well as GMP, Kosher, and meets Californias Prop 65 for heavy metals. 

MomPositive Tip: If you are on medication, it’s important to clear teas and coffees like this with your doc for potential contraindications as these foods are nature’s medicine and may alter how your medication or body works. 

Now, let’s talk about the products I tried.

The first product I tried was the Rich Black Coffee

Ingredients: Arabica coffee, dried mushroom extracts, (Lingzhi (Ganoderma Lucidium), Maitake (Grifiola Frondosa), Shiitake (Lentinus edodes), cordycepes) natural coffee extracts. 

What I loved:

  • It came in a handy little sachet that would be perfect for anyone who is always on the go.
  • All you needed to do was mix it into 4 – 6 ounces of hot water. Also, easy. 
  • It didn’t taste like medicine, which for some reason, I was expecting. 
  • I love that it’s not loaded with a bunch of weird additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors. It’s a whole food based product. this means that it will work synergistically with your body naturally. 

What I didn’t love:

The first and only thing I can say I wasn’t fond of is that the coffee tasted just like instant ground coffee. You know – like instant Maxwell House. It’s bitter and highly acidic. I do hope the company works to improve the coffee quality. It’s not a taste I love. 

The second product I tried was the Royal Blend Tea.

Ingredients: Organic Agaricus Blazei Mushroom, King Oyster Mushroom, Organic Lingzhi Mushroom, Organic Maitake Mushroom, Organic Shiitake Mushroom, Black Tea Leaves

What I loved:

  • Provided in individually sealed sachets
  • Smooth, subtle flavor
  • Whole food based product
  • Included organic mushrooms

There wasn’t a downside to the tea that I could identify. 

Overall, my experience with this product was good. Marie is a great cheerleader for it too and is highly educated in all matters Alphay. If you are curious and want to learn more about these mushroom based products, please contact her directly at: www.getalphay.com/marierubbinaccio

MomPositive Tip: Natural healing with food and herbs of all kinds takes time. When you take supplements created from whole foods, it may take up to 30 days to notice any sort of benefit. Be patient and allow your body the time to heal. 

Want to submit your product for an honest review? I am happy to review all products geared toward the wellness industry. My goal is to highlight products that are natural, organic, eco-friendly, and great for my awesome Mom tribe. For all reviews you are required to submit a sample. To request a review for your product, email me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

To request a review for your product, email me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

Snuggling up to Change

It’s a beautiful day outside as the storm clouds that have hovered over us these past few days finally break and let the sun shine through. I’m tired and feeling a bit of overwhelm and sadness as we get closer to our goal. 

Our adventure continues and while we have our eyes and hearts focused on our goal, the weariness is already setting in. We succeeded in the purchase of the land we were hoping for and our next step is to list our house. In the process of preparing for listing, we are finishing many projects that we started when we moved in and decluttering mass amounts of stuff that we didn’t have time to manage on our last move. I’ve made my way through boxes and boxes of books, memorabilia, and packed up all of my art supplies. I’ve begun to donate mass amounts of clothes that I’ve had since I worked in corporate that I really haven’t a single intention of ever wearing again. I’ve started to identify the differences between “want to keep in storage for two years” and “time to toss” items. Some of this process feels good while some of it brings up a lot of memories and it’s difficult. I do realize that this is okay, that it’s somehow healing and freeing to get rid of things I no longer need or use. 

While I make my way through these activities, I am dwelling. I’m thinking about our intentions, our hopes, our fears, our plans, and our often jumbled ways of taking action. I am thinking about how we deal with change as a family and as individuals. I’m watching as we walk through this, one step at a time. Up to this point, I’ve been incredibly mindful of the energy I am giving this. I am focusing on our vision, smiling and laughing as we walk through all that needs to be done. I’m greeting my family with love and being intentional about setting aside time to live. It’s still not perfect and today, for some reason, it feels heavy. 

It’s difficult to juggle the additional duties, and even more difficult to stay on top of those I do every day. 

Today, I decided I need to reign it in and managed to catch up on some of the house chores, which makes it feel better in here. I’ve opened the blinds, opened to doors and windows, and I might even burn some sage. 

We are snuggling up to our choice for change. Getting comfortable with all of this that is so uncomfortable. We all know it will be difficult, as we’ve done this many times before.

We also know that we’ll be okay. 

 

 

 

Oola for Women, Find Balance in an Unbalanced World Book Review

Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Life change can be difficult, which, if you’ve ever tried to lose weight, increase movement, quit smoking, or alter your everyday life in any way, you have already experienced. 

The truth is that changing anything can often involve a focused re-evaluation of many areas of your life, including but certainly not limited to food, exercise, fresh air, fun, and friends. Oola for Women, Find Balance in an Unbalanced World takes you on this journey. One step at a time, you are led to consider the 7 key areas of your life that impact your health and happiness. According to Oola for Women, these are fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun.

I found this book to be insightful and spent much time reflecting on my own choices, especially those around fitness, friends, family, and fun. For me, these are all areas I’m working on. I was a little worried I’d be in for another long dull reference-book-like read, as I’ve read so many personal development books over the years, but I was sweetly surprised and found myself caught up in the emotion of the transformational personal stories that the 42 women featured in this book have shared. 

The authors, Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl, make taking on life changes exciting and achievable. I am blessed that I get to celebrate balance in many of the 7 key areas and look forward to continuing my own personal journey toward greater alignment using the principles covered in this great read! 

If you are seeking a read that is going to inspire you to take action, this is the book for you! 

GET YOUR BOOK HERE

 

A great read to inspire action!

  **I did not receive monetary compensation for this review and I am not affiliated with Oola in any way. This review is my authentic opinion. You may or may not feel the same. 

Product Review: gomacro Macrobar

Are you on the search for a great pre-workout snack that offers a quick load of energy that doesn’t completely derail your clean eating plan?

Are you a vegan seeking a solid plant-based protein bar to support your energy and muscle building needs?

Perhaps you are, like me, just trying to figure out how to manage healthy snacking when you are squeezing in a workout between hauling your kids from one end of town to the other right at dinner time!

There are so many options for energy bars on the store shelves but a good one has been truly hard to find. 

Most bars are loaded with added preservatives, artificial flavors, and way too much sugar. The bars made from the best ingredients are often mushy and the flavors are not distinct. After many tries and much disappointment, I let go of the idea of a “good” energy bar. Until NOW. I have found one that will have a regular place in my pantry, as this amazing bar company does not disappoint. 

MOMPOSITIVE TIP:

It’s important to realize when opting for an energy bar, no matter what it’s made from, what you are opting to do is to eat carbohydrates for your body to use as energy during an increase in physical activity. If you aren’t using the calories consumed, you’ll store it as fat just like any other food. This is one weight loss mistake I often see my clients make is that instead of a piece of fruit or a few nuts, they opt for a high-calorie energy or protein bar assuming it will satisfy their cravings without sabotaging their weight loss. If you are working hard at losing weight through diet changes, pay close attention to the calorie and sugar content of any bar you choose. 

Energy bars are perfect to use as a pre-workout snack about 1 hour to 30 minutes before working out or as a post workout snack immediately after your workout. They are typically reasonably nutrient dense and loaded with calories. Calories, in and of themselves, are not evil as we are led to believe. Calories are simply the way to measure the available energy in a food for the body. The body prefers to use carbohydrates for energy, thus most bars will have a moderately high carbohydrate content. 

Some details about gomacro Macrobars:

Gomacro is a family owned company. The macrobars are cold pressed, clean, and certified gluten-free, organic, and raw. 

The macrobars are cold pressed, clean, and certified gluten-free, organic, and raw.  

The company focuses on five core principles that they share on the website. 

I was given a shelf unit that included quite a few bars that included various flavors.

Average Calories: 250
Average Grams of Sugar: 10
Average Carbohydrates:34
Protein ranges from 4 grams to 14 grams

What I love about it:

  • Flavor of each bar was amazing. Some were fruit and nut, some were grain, some nut butter. You could taste the berries in the berry bar and the nuts in the nut based bars. They also were well enjoyed by my husband and athlete son! 
  • A variety of options, fruit including apples and berries, nuts and nut butter, chocolate, bananas, granola, and coconut are featured in these bars. You can opt for high protein. 
  • Vegan, using protein options such as nuts and peas.
  • Non-GMO (HIP – HIP HOOOOORRRRYAAAAY!) 
  • Soy-free, soy is a common additive and go to source for food companies, but some studies show that the soy is often processed in such a way that it may cause more harm than good. 
  • Macrobiotic, meaning that it’s balanced in flavor and ingredients. To learn more about this, you can click on their Five Principles tab. 
  • Sustainably sourced, taking care of the little guys and the planet!
  • Long lasting energy. I tried these twice before my workout last week. Usually, after my work out, I’m starving, but the days I opted for a gomacro bar, not only did I have enough steady energy to sustain during my 45 minutes of working out, but I didn’t even think about food until I got home to cook dinner. That was an awesome effect!

What I dislike about it:

  • Some of them are very soft and feel like they might melt on a warm day. I chose to pop mine in the fridge to fix this and it worked!
  • The first ingredient is brown rice syrup, a natural sweetener. Don’t get me wrong, this is definitely a better option than processed white refined sugar, but it’s still sugar. Count your sugar grams, if they are over 24 Grams in the day, this may be added sugars that you don’t need. 

I give these a full MomPositive HooRAH as my all around favorite energy bar! 

If you would like to try them for yourself, you can visit their website at: gomacro.com.

Spiced Honey Facial Mask

 

Stop hiding behind toxic skincare and makeup and let your beautiful soul shine through! 

I love making my own natural skin care and am cautious about using natural makeup when I wear it, which is really not that often. 

My Spiced Honey Facial Mask recipe is super easy to whip together, easy to apply, and if used regularly, you’ll love the results. Cinnamon and nutmeg are potent antimicrobial herbs and should be used with caution. If you experience any discomfort, remove the mask with warm water and follow with coconut oil or a natural moisturizer. 

You can use raw honey by itself or add just one or the other spices to it. It’s free for experimentation! 

Let me know your results!

 

My Sugar Blues Workshop

My journey with sugar isn’t short, and I’m sure yours isn’t either. It seems no-one is exempt from this overly available highly addictive legal drug! It’s found it’s way back into my diet – causing weight gain, inflammation, fatigue, and a feeling of foggy mind. I hate feeling this way, and so it’s high time I kick it back out! 

Tomorrow I am guiding a group of amazing and courageous women through a 15 day sugar detox, and I’m joining them! I’m really looking forward to it because I know that this is the best way to feel like my greatest version of me again. 

When I feel great I know I am a better mentor, a better lover, a better mother, a better friend but I am also better at getting all I want to done and my immune system rocks! 

I’m counting down to beginning in the morning, preparing by being very mindful of where my sugars are sneaking in and cutting down where I feel the biggest sources are. I’m drinking more water, moving more, getting outside more, and making time for a little play. 

While putting together my resources for my group, I found an old workshop recording (all the way back in 2010!) and I thought I’d share it with you! You can find it HERE.

If you listen and want to make shifts but you’ve missed the spring detox – DON’T WORRY. I run these every spring and every fall. If you want to start now, I’d love to discuss with you how I might be able to support you in doing so! Simply contact me at tammihoerner@gmail.com. 

I’m totally ready, are you? 

 

Could a Sugar Detox Help You?

The winds of change are blowing, bringing longer warmer days to Colorado. I am excited that spring is so close and am anxious for long summer walks and time at the park tossing a ball with my son. These are the days I know I’ll remember and cherish. I’m also looking forward to our personal changes this season which are well underway already. We’ve come to an agreement on a five-acre parcel which will work well for our intentions. It’s not far from our current residence and is in an area where we can see a great demand for homes right now. I promise photos once everything feels really solid. (UPDATE: POSTED BELOW!) Probably when we reach closing and own the land.

There are a lot of unknowns yet, a bit of scrambling to find all we need for the loan approval and a lot of brainstorming sessions to identify how best to use the land we’ve chosen. We have our eyes on a camper or two for our tiny house intention and hope to go peek at them this Friday. In the few days its been since we said “yes”, I am already needing a lot of deep breaths, having sleepless nights, and keep asking my angels to help me be patient with this process. There is much to be done, and I need to remember it’s just one step at a time! 

Also happening right now – I’m gearing up for my final 15 Day Sugar Detox this spring which begins on March 15th and I’m so excited for it! Every spring and fall I lead a sugar detox with a small group. This year, I get to offer FB live chats as well as more in-depth information as each year, I add another layer from what I learn from the industry and my clients. Every year the results are more profound and lasting. It’s really inspiring!

You see, sugar wreaks havoc on our body, is highly addictive, and is in almost everything that comes in a package. This makes taking on any sort of healing dietary change very challenging to sustain, leaving many people feeling like massive failures when it comes to diet and weight loss. 

Here are some scary tidbits on sugar that might make you think twice before you take a bite!

  • The newest suggested intake of total sugar (all sugars, both natural sweeteners and processed sweeteners) is – for normal weight men up to 24 grams (6 teaspoons) , for normal weight women up to 20 grams (5 teaspoons), and for kids 12 grams which is only 3 teaspoons. When was the last time you noted how many grams of sugar you were eating in a day? 
  • Anything above the suggested intake will certainly land itself around your belly unless you are burning it in exercise. 
  • Feeling thin and fit but still eating sugar? You are not exempt from the danger! While sugar may not show up in a ring around your gut, it is certainly causing a lot of other challenges in your body! Consumption of sugar is linked to: 
    • Chronic Inflammation
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
    • Fatty Liver
    • Acne
    • Migraines
    • Brain Fog
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Tooth Decay
  • The food industry adds sugar in some form to nearly everything, so it can be very sneaky! Watch for it in juices, coffees, flavored waters, alcohol, bread, cereals, pasta, snack and health bars, the obvious sweets, sauces, and dressings, and it might even be injected into meats. It’s important to read your labels!

This is why I lead my sugar detoxes, as it always seems to find a way in!

For this final spring 15 Day Sugar Detox, I’ll be joining you so we can enjoy this journey together!

Registration for my final spring 15 Day Sugar Detox is open until March 15th at midnight. To learn more and to register, CLICK HERE. Please join us! 

Resources & Additional reading – 

http://www.headpositivemom.com/sugar-the-ins-and-outs-of-it/

http://www.headpositivemom.com/the-carb-conundrum/

http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/wellbeing/the-shocking-truth-about-how-much-sugar-youre-eating

http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guidelines/sugars_intake/en/