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They’re Watching You

They’re Watching You

Who are the special little ones in your life? Kids don’t always do what we say, but they certainly do what we do. Our life is their example. Sign up for the Children’s Health Study

How I Created the Life I Dreamed

How I Created the Life I Dreamed

*And keep creating, and keep dreaming*   I dreamed of traveling. Having a business that would allow me to be with my family, and not be stuck in a cubicle or clock-in. Being financially free to go on the adventures I wanted. It’s pretty cool […]

Uprooted: 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Plant in the Ground

Uprooted: 3 Reasons Why I Don’t Plant in the Ground

image On a Spartan Race  course, I have no hesitations in getting dirty and muddy (hello #GrittyandPretty!) I had no problems getting dirty out on our land and in our garden, BUT I’ve got a clean (2 meanings), new way of gardening, that is boasting big results, and is totally revolutionizing how my family and many communities are growing their own food…AND it doesn’t get dirt stuck under your fingernails.

My family, and thousands of others, have fallen in love with the aeroponic systems called Tower Gardens. In fact my family is actually setting one up in our RV! Whether growing indoors or outside, there is an actual scientific study done on comparing these systems to super soil, created and experimented on by Mississippi University. The Tower Garden reaps these benefits over traditional gardening:

Produce is grown up to 30% faster (and more nutrient-dense)

It uses 90% less water (it reuses the same water till it’s totally absorbed by the plants)

It uses 90% less of the land and resources (soil loses it’s nutrients through several ways in traditional gardening)

We’ve experienced this first hand when we gardened both in the towers and on our land; everything that grew in the towers was more abundant, harvested sooner, and lasted longer. Pests seem to not invade the plants on the Tower Gardens, too. Check out how the systems work in this video:

Vertical Aeroponic Technology: See How Tower Garden® Works

We recently sold 16 acres, with the full intention of growing food on the land. We were introduced to the Tower Garden, and over the course of three summers, we made the decision to solely grow from them (except root vegetables).

Vertical Gardens grow food through aeroponicsThere are so many reasons to love the Tower Garden, but these are MY top three:

1. No Weeds! After melting away each summer in the South Carolina sun, ripping out weeds by the root, I’m so thankful for these Tower Gardens!!! Though my squatting position did improve, what a time and back-saver, these Tower Gardens are for me and my family!

2. Less Pests! How disappointing is it to find your beloved crops, overcome with bugs devouring it! Like I mentioned, we would not use pesticides on our plants, and we lost many a crop to bugs!

3. Portable! This is the perfect garden for military families, or those who move a lot. When it’s time to go, just bring your garden with you! Some HOAs prohibit the use of gardens, so this is a cool way to get around it. I’ve lugged ours around for many presentations and demonstrations. These haven’t been available to truly test their lifetime, but with the food grade plastic, it’s expected at least 15 years. The Tower Garden does have a 5 year warranty.

If you are starting to feel your heart strings growing vertical towards these Tower Gardens, check out more information on our Tower Garden page. Make sure when ready to order, you order your towers from our personal link.

 

5 Achievable Fitness Goals for the New Year

5 Achievable Fitness Goals for the New Year

It’s easy to get out of the habit of exercise and healthy eating during the holiday season—that’s why many people make resolutions to go the gym and eat better. Unfortunately, only 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions. One thing that makes goals more achievable […]

Part 1: Shred10 Meal Planning – Breakfast

Part 1: Shred10 Meal Planning – Breakfast

Happy New Year’s Eve! Tomorrow, Jan 1st is #Shred10 Eve! How will you meal prep for the #Shred10 Challenge? Check out these low maintenance, but highly nutritious, overnight oat recipes for a grab and go breakfast! Overnight Oats #1 Make your Base For all recipes, start […]

3 Harmful Things to Avoid in Your Supplements

3 Harmful Things to Avoid in Your Supplements

 

I’d love to set up a camera to watch people walking into a nutrition or supplement store. It’s like taking your first step ever into New York City, and you don’t know what flashy advertisement to look at first. Now even Facebook has become the new supplement market, with “friends” sharing their products for their multi-level marketing company. How do we decipher through the madness?!

If you have already fallen into the supplement hole, you’re probably on a workout cocktail of pre, post, during, to take on Thursdays at 3pm when it’s raining regimen…do we really need all this stuff? Do we really need all these “healthy” things coursing through our bodies, to perform the best, or help us reach our health goals?

In my expert opinion, we can make this a whole lot simpler and safer. First step, is reading the label of ingredients. If your supplements don’t have an ingredients label (or try to hide it), that should be the first red flag to NOT take it. Supplements are not regulated, so you can’t 100% trust what the label says, is actually in the product. See what safe supplements I recommend. If you’re still fairly loyal to your supps, here are 3 things to definitely look out for:

1. Synthetic Vitamins

Synthetic vitamins are created in a lab, isolating an element to try and imitate a benefit or function of a natural vitamin found in whole food sources, i.e. plants. Synthetic vitamins are usully labeled by their isolated names — ascorbic acid (vitamin C), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and dl-alpha tocopherol acetate (vitamin E) are all examples of synthetics commonly added to vitamins and supplements, including multivitamins.

Synthetic vitamins are fakes. They’re missing substance and most important – synergy! Whole foods naturally contain vitamins that work together in the body, versus serving one purpose. Vitamins in whole foods are also bioavailable, meaning that your body can actually absorb it. Whole foods work FOR your body, and synthetics do things TO your body. I think we’ve got the point, right? Let’s move on.

 

2. Magnesium Stearate

Magnesium stearate is a white, water-insoluble powder. It is an additive that over time, can actually block the absorption of nutrients into your body. Wait, what?! Oh, one more thing, it isn’t derived from magnesium at all. Why do supplement companies use it? It helps their products move through manufacturing equipment easier. Hmmm…one more to go….

 

3. Artificial Colors

Artificial colors are an additive like a dye, pigment or substance, that gives color to a supplement. These coloring agents are toxic! Definitely look out for the commonly used ones like Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake and FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, both of which are potential neurotoxins. Remember those Flintstones vitamins? Yep, those and lots of others, are guilty of harmful and toxic artificial coloring!

Whew. Yuck! I personally recommend getting the nutrients and minerals your body is craving through whole food sources. If your supplement has a nutrition label, legally what the label says, is what’s inside. Also, do we really need to mess with Mother Nature? Check out the whole food supplements I recommend.

Take this knowledge and do some investigating on what you’re putting in your body. You deserve bether health, not crazy stimulants and chemicals with adverse side affects. Be you. Be whole. Do your research.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/039271_vitamins_supplements_magnesium_stearate.html

Healthy Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

Yields 8 servings CROCKPOT CRANBERRY SAUCE Ingredients: 4 cups of fresh cranberries 2 cups of dried cranberries 2 large honeycrisp apples, diced [around 2.5 cups – skin optional] 1 large orange [enough for 1 tsp of zest + 1/2 cup of juice] 6 TBSP honey 1 […]

Coconut Pie Crust Recipe

Coconut Pie Crust Recipe

This holiday, we agree, indulging here and there is pretty enjoyable. Finding ways to save from unhealthy choices, with a substitute that tastes even better, is a win, win, win! Before you bake your favorite pies, give this quick and easy recipe a try! It’s […]

Healthy Living Revolution #TakeitBackTour

Healthy Living Revolution #TakeitBackTour


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