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7 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue

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Do you seem to be consistently tired?

My first piece of advice is to see your Doctor. You should have blood work run to ensure it is not something severe. If, after doing so and he/she says nothing is wrong, my next suggestion is to go all-natural. While the temptation may hit you to buy energy drinks… Don’t!

The ingredients in many of them will do you no good. Most may give you an immediate burst of energy, but the crash afterwards can be harsh.

Just follow along and use any, or all of these 7 natural ways to battle fatigue.

#1 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Go For A Walk Or Jog

This absolutely has to be the top tip. Often, fatigue hits us because we are sitting at a desk, on the couch or just doing a few things around the house.

By getting out and doing some exercise, you are working the organs like your heart and lungs and this will increase oxygen and blood flow which in turn, gives you more energy.

#2 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Take A Close Look At Your Sleeping Patterns

This is easily a top reason people feel fatigued all the time. There are various factors such as:

  • too much light in your sleeping area,
  • an uncomfortable mattress and/or pillow,
  • too much noise,
  • and sleeping at inconsistent times or getting too little of sleep.

Some of these factors are not within your control but there are ways you can battle them. If there is too much light entering your sleeping area, you may try dark curtains.

Investing in a high quality mattress and pillow is just plain wise.

Let’s say you live in an apartment in Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. You are hearing cars and people throughout the night. Earplugs may be the answer to this problem.

And by all means, set a regular sleep schedule where you go to bed and arise at consistent times. We need 7 – 8 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

#3 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Make Waking A Stretch

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How do you awaken each day? Is it with stress and rushed?

I suggest you set that alarm 10 to 15 minutes earlier and begin the day with some simple stretching. Stretch your arms, legs, neck, back and shoulders. This gets blood flowing and will relieve any tension and stressed areas.

You WILL notice an improvement in how you feel throughout the day with this simple technique.

#4 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Potato Juice

You may think I am a little loco here, but it works…

Take 1 medium sized potato with the peeling still on. Cut it in chunks and put the chunks in 1 ½ cups of water. Now cut ½ of a lemon in smaller chunks and add to the mixture.

Soak this concoction overnight and after your morning stretch, simply pour the liquid (without the chunks) into a glass. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well.

Now drink it… Drink it all!

The potassium from the potato and the vitamin C from the lemon will give you superpowers.

#5 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Add Adaptogenic Herbs To Your Diet

There are certain herbs that will help your body overcome stress and tension which will ultimately win the war against fatigue.

Try adding these natural herbs to your diet in various recipes:

  • ginseng
  • ashwagandha
  • rhodiola
  • and holy basil

These herbs have a calming effect and help you focus on the important stuff.

#6 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Licorice Root

Getting licorice root in pill or extract and taking it on a regular basis will help your adrenal glands produce adequate supplies of cortisol which plays a huge role in your body’s reaction to stress.

If the body’s stress is controlled, you will be less fatigued.

#7 Natural Ways To Battle Fatigue: Copy Popeye

Did you watch the cartoon Popeye?

Believe it or not, there is truth behind how spinach can give you power like Popeye the Sailor Man!

Spinach is rich in iron and will boost your red cell count.

Here’s a suggestion… Keep a bag of raw spinach leaves and every so often, just chew one down… Add come nuts like almonds or walnuts to them for a delicious snack.

Conclusion

Remember what I said at the start of this post… If you are feeling overwhelming fatigue, first and foremost, see your Doctor. And, if all seems well but you are still feeling tired a lot, use these natural ways because they do work.

If you need more help with overcoming fatigue, losing weight or any other wellness issue in your life, feel free to contact me and we can work out a plan for you.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

6 Healthy Lifestyle Choices That Can Help You Smile

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While there are some things not in our control, living healthy IS within the controllable circle. Everyday we make choices that can help or harm our overall health and well being.

I do believe that in some cases, we, as humans, are like a stray dog who sees something to eat on the other side of the road and dashes in front of a speeding car to get to the other side…

We are so focused on one objective that we do not consider the consequences of our methods to reach that objective.

Choices!!!

In this post, I am going to share 6 healthy lifestyle choices that will keep you from running out in front of a speeding vehicle but will still allow you to “cross the road.” Choices that will help you smile and enjoy your life.

#1 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: A Personalized Health Plan

Every person on this planet is different. One health and diet plan make work great for Jim but not for Joe. One exercise strategy may be fabulous for Annie but is actually dangerous for Susan.

We need to use a personalized, customized health, diet and exercise plan that considers many factors:

  • location
  • age
  • gender
  • activity level
  • height
  • weight
  • etc…

And the other fact is, not every person is able to design their own plan. We all have talents in various areas… While I would never cut it as a CPA, an accountant probably would not have the ability to lay out a complete weight loss plan for a person based on the above factors.

So do you need a plan? I can help!

Let’s get you set up with a customized plan… Just contact me by clicking here. You will have my phone, email or just simply fill out the form.

#2 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Enjoy The Meal… Social

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Life has become like a speeding freight train for many people. Hurry, hurry, hurry… Eat that broccoli because we have to go!

Many families have veered away from the days when we sat down as a family and enjoyed a finely cooked meal.

It is time to find those days again!

When we enjoy the meal and the discussions at the dinner table, stress is lower and our health is better.

You CAN do it… Get your loved ones in on the “Let’s eat and talk together.”

#3 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Positivity

My grammar checker tells me that isn’t a word… It is now… Positivity!

There is ample research that shows people who maintain a positive attitude no matter what they are surrounded by are healthier.

Make a conscious decision to stay positive. Stay clear of negative influences. Check your words and attitude at all times and you will smile and laugh more.

Positivity = Healthy lifestyle.

#4 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Keep Moving

It has been the Tara Christopher tagline for quite some time… Keep On Movin!

It may seem like you do, but I bet you could find ways to get up, get out and move more.

I love technology but technology has also made non-movement easier. As a result, there is more obesity and health problems.

Instead of using the remote, get up and change the channel yourself. Tell your Alexa to put you in check when you ask her to turn on the lights…

Hi Mr Jones, this is Alexa; what can I do for you?”

Alexa, please turn on the kitchen light so I can get some cake.”

Mr Jones, please forgive me but NO! Do it yourself because you have to keep moving if you are going to eat chocolate cake.”

Now admit it, you are laughing aren’t you?

Keep On Movin!

#5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Drink More H2O

A high percentage of humans do not drink enough water. They instead reach for soda, coffee or other flavored drinks.

We need water and just because those other drinks have water in them, they don’t count. The sugar and other chemicals take away from the benefits the pure water give to your body.

My suggestion is, carry 2 bottles of water with you and make a choice to drink from them at regular intervals. Throughout the day, try to drink at least 6 of those bottles.

#6 Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Try Some Varieties

There are superfoods in every culture on this Earth.

I challenge you to try some fruits or vegetables you have never tried. Just do a search online on how to prepare or eat them.

  • Plantains
  • Guava
  • Long beans
  • Cherimoya
  • Pummelo
  • Karela
  • Etc…

Don’t know what any of these are? Google it!

We can get so many other nutrients for our bodies just by trying other superfoods.

Conclusion

Now I will say I could keep going and going but there is no sense in overwhelming you.

Start with these 6 healthy lifestyle choices and I will be back with more in a future post.

As a matter of fact, follow me on Facebook so you will know when the next post comes out.

And by all means, if you are ready to get healthy and need a coach, scroll up and click contact and I will help you!

Thanks for visiting and please share this with others. Let’s all get healthy together and Just Keep Movin!

7 Tips On Losing Pregnancy Weight

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We love those adorable, cuddly babies, but when we look in the mirror and see weight that came from 9 months of carrying that precious child in our belly, it can take our emotions into overdrive.

You CAN lose that weight!

I am here to help!

Here are 7 tips on losing pregnancy weight.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #1: Say No To Weight Loss Pills And Crash Diets

Your body needs to heal and recover from the stresses of child birth. You need proper nutrition. And, while the temptation of jumping on quick weight loss pills or a crash diet that ensures fast weight loss is there, it isn’t the healthy way.

It takes time!

If you will simply reduce your calorie intake by 4 – 500 per day, and exercising, you will start losing those pounds.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #2: Just Get Up, Get Out And Get Moving

Too often new mothers fall into a depressed state and just lie around until it is time to feed the baby.

Don’t!

You will lose those pounds if you just get up and go outside with baby. Take a stroll, do some gardening, etc…

If you keep moving, you will burn calories and lose some of that weight.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #3: Eat Foods High In…

  • Omega 3’s
  • Calcium
  • and Protein

You need all of these to get back what pregnancy depleted you of.

Fish is a great source of Omega 3’s. Milk and yogurt is the place to get your calcium intake. Lean meat (grass fed), chicken and beans are an excellent source for the protein your body needs.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #4: Dance

Sometimes the weather makes it difficult to get outside, so why not put baby in his/her bouncy seat and let them watch you as you put on your favorite dance music and start “getting your dance mack on?”

Dancing is an excellent way to burn calories and baby will love watching you get your groove on.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #5: Stay Clear Of Processed Foods

Many of those packaged foods are loaded with stuff we should not put in our bodies. Stick with whole foods and you will be much better off.

Most of the processed foods have hydrogenated fats that can clog your arteries and cause heart issues. Plus, many of them are high in sugars which we know is not good when trying to lose weight.

Losing Pregnancy Weight #6: Drink Plenty Of Liquids

Sometimes we get the sense we are hungry when actually, all we need is some water. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water per day. This will help you feel full and it will also flush unwanted toxins from your body. The water will also help your metabolism stay active which causes weight loss.

It also helps to add other liquids…

  • Fruit smoothies
  • Soups
  • And even a cup of coffee can be okay
  • Fresh fruit in a protein shake in the morning

Losing Pregnancy Weight #7: If Possible, Breastfeed

Science has shown where breastfeeding is actually a great support in Mom’s weight loss. It reduces the size of the uterus.

One study of just under 5,000 new mothers found those who breastfeed lost an average of 3.7 pounds more weight than non-breastfeeding women in 6 months time.

Breastfeeding also has many other benefits:

  • It provides all the nutrients a baby needs for healthy growth.
  • Breastfeeding builds baby’s immune system.
  • It lowers the risk of disease in newborns.
  • And, it also lowers the risks of disease in Mothers.

Conclusion

Don’t allow postpartum depression to control you!

Keep moving and those pounds will slip away. Also, you may want to network with other new moms. Help each other… Form a group… Exercise together.

And lastly, I am here for you… I have “been there and done that.” Sure, my kids are grown now, but I remember… How could I ever forget?

So feel free to contact me and we can make a plan to get those pregnancy pounds off.

And one last thing… Give baby a hug and kiss from Tara. Children are amazing!

All my love!

Marijuana – The Pros and Cons

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Times have changed!

In days past, there were people who spent many years in prison because they had a little bit of marijuana on them.

Now in 2018, you can go to any one of 9 States and purchase legal marijuana to ingest or smoke. And medical marijuana is legal in 29 States.

But we ask, is this a good thing or bad? There are arguments on both sides, but it seems the biggest majority are for legal marijuana.

So today, I have decided to take the middle ground and give you pros and cons of marijuana:

  • ganja
  • reefer
  • pot
  • mary jane
  • etc…

Marijuana Con – Slow Down

Studies have shown that the use of marijuana slows down and hinders motor functions in humans. This results in lost production, auto accidents, and more.

Marijuana Pro – Creativity

While not a proven fact, many people believe that using marijuana does open up the creative side of the human brain. And from what I have witnessed, it does help people think outside the box. There have been some amazing art pieces and writings created from “high” people.

Marijuana Con – Possible Anxiety

Depending on the strain, some users could experience mild to severe anxiety. Some have even gone to emergency rooms with thoughts they were having a heart attack.

Marijuana Pro – Bonding

Marijuana is a great way for people to bond. Especially for introverts who have difficulty talking with others, marijuana can open their inhibitions and allow them to be a part of society.

Marijuana Con – Mentally Addictive

While it is shown that marijuana does not have addictive effects physically, it has been shown that many become mentally addictive. And like anything, if your mental faculties say that you must have it, there is a problem.

Marijuana Pro – A Safe Alternative To Painkillers

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Daily, people are overdosing on opioids. It has become a national epidemic. They believe they need them for pain, but many are discovering that marijuana can take pain away too. And there is really no chance of overdosing on marijuana.

Be sure to read this to the end because I will tell you how you can have the same pain killing system that is found in marijuana without having to drive to a State where pot is legal.

Marijuana Con – Smoking Marijuana Causes Worse Effects To Your Lungs Than Cigarettes

Studies have found that marijuana smoke puts a lot more tar in your lungs than does cigarettes.

It is probably best to keep from smoking anything.

Marijuana Pro – Weight Management

Maybe you have watched the Cheech & Chong movies where they smoke a bunch of pot and start eating everything in sight.

But a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that regular pot users actually maintain healthy weight on average. Heck, Cheech & Chong were not fat were they?

The study also shows that marijuana user’s insulin levels maintained a healthy balance.

Marijuana Con – Short Term Memory Loss

There has been study after study that shows marijuana users suffer from short term memory loss.

This can cause major problems in the work and school environment.

Marijuana Pro – Stress Relief

For mature people who are facing a lot of stress in their career and at home, marijuana can allow them to feel like a kid again. They can let go and enjoy some time with no stress.

Conclusion

So how do you feel about legal grass?

Have you ever smoked it or still do?

For those of you who have pains and aches and have considered marijuana but are too apprehensive to go against the Federal Government who still says marijuana is illegal, there is a substance made that uses the pain erasing benefits of marijuana without the ingredient that gets you high.

And it is legal!

It’s called CBD Oil and I know where you can try it at a 50% discount for the first time. Just click here to get CBD Hemp Oil at 50% off and take the pain away.

Thanks for stopping by and leave your questions and comments below.

7 Great Ways To Maintain Healthy, Or Lower Blood Pressure

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The amount of people being seen in emergency rooms daily or even worse, in morgues from heart attacks is astronomical.

And if we were to examine these people’s medical charts before the heart attack, we would probably find a large percentage suffered from high blood pressure.

Simply defined, high blood pressure is when the heart has to pump harder to deliver blood from the arteries to various parts of the body.

When measured, there are 2 numbers given. The top number is the pressure when the heart contracts and the bottom number is when the heart relaxes. Normal blood pressure is 120/80.

Statistics show that around 1 in 5 humans has high blood pressure.

But there are natural ways to lower your blood pressure and maintain it in a healthy state. I am going to give you 7 ways to do so.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #1: Walk

Yep, walk!

Just get up, out and walk!

So many people have chosen to drive the car or ride a train or bus, just to sit in an office chair for hours and then go home and sit on the couch.

It is no wonder that blood pressure is elevated.

Just make a point of walking more and your heart will benefit greatly.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #2: More Omegas

The Omegas found in fish and fish oils are great for maintaining a normal blood pressure. But so many people do not eat enough fish to get these Omegas.

But, there are many supplements available to help you get the recommended daily allowance of Omegas.

One of my favorites is Blu-Lina Organic Spirulina. Not only does this water plant provide you with Omegas, there are other nutritional needs too. You can get the Blu-Lina Spirulina here.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #3: Deep Breathing

Simple morning and evening deep breathing exercises are an excellent way to both lower high blood pressure and keep it maintained at a safe level.

Each morning for 5 minutes just breath deeply in and expand your gut. Now exhale slowly and release all the stress. Use an egg timer and keep doing it for the 5 minutes.

Do the same formula in the evening.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #4: Eat More Garlic

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Not only will garlic keep those dreaded vampires away, studies also show that it is a great spice for lower blood pressure.

Garlic increases nitric oxide in our bodies which creates a relaxation for blood vessels. This allows them to dilate and more blood flows through lowering blood pressure.

So add some more garlic to your dishes.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #5: Lower Your Salt Intake

It has been scientifically proven that less salt means lower blood pressure.

Tempted to sprinkle salt on that food? Try adding some other spices that do not contain salt.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #6: Drink Coconut Water

I’m not telling you to make a trip to the Caribbean just to get your blood pressure down. You can find coconut water at many health stores and even some grocery stores. But do read the ingredients. Some of them are no different than soda pop with a bunch of sugar added.

Look for true, organic coconut water and the potassium in it will help to level the sodium content in your system and helps maintain a level blood pressure reading.

Maintain Or Lower Blood Pressure Way #7: Less Alcohol

Alcohol and high blood pressure are directly related.

And while a small portion of alcohol can actually be good for you, we ask, what is a small portion?

Experts say that 1 alcoholic beverage for women per day and 2 for men is in the range of small.

Conclusion

There are many other ways to lower blood pressure… Grapefruit and Passion fruit juices are both known to help.

I will probably write more at a later time, but for now, use these and get that blood pressure at an optimum level.

If you have any questions, post them below.

Now I must say… Just Keep On Movin!