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Blossoming into a Healthier Lifestyle

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3 Healthy Habits

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Health Changes

For me, changing our lifestyle was overwhelming at first – especially since I had waited until extreme measures were necessary. ¬†I hope that isn’t the case for you ūüôā ¬†For those who want to get started on a healthier path, I recommend choosing only one area to change and committing to that for a month.

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Workout with Your Dog

Here are three suggestions:

  1. Drink 2 liters of water when you wake up, before eating or drinking anything else. (Food Matters)
  2. Exercise 20 minutes a day, at least 3 days a week. The energy boost from exercise comes between 11-14 minutes. (Dr. Sue Lawton). ¬†Personally, I’ve found that exercising is most effective in the morning, before other distractions crowd it out;¬†plus¬†it gives me a clearer focus for the day. ¬†Make it a priority and you’ll notice the difference.*
  3. Incorporate 50% fresh food with every meal. (Food Matters). Smoothies are a great way to do this. A veggie tray. Salad. You’ll find a few recipes on our new blog Pinterest also has tons of attractive¬†recipes.

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    The Research

I posted out of order, but this entry is the follow-up to my green living post. Here are a few links on research for those who wanted to learn more. ¬†I’m only including a few links in order to keep it simple:




  • (This is 17-minute webinar by Dr. David Hill, doTERRA’s Chief Medical Advisor. He talks about the effects of omega-3’s for healthy brain and heart function. He particularly¬†discusses¬†the supplementation product that I am currently using for increased energy etc.; email if you’d like to know more about this.)

*You can also incorporate exercise¬†into your daily routine: If you have somewhere to go that is nearby, walk there. ¬†Play tag with your kids or take the dog for a walk. ¬†If you’re married, walking with your spouse is a great way to improve your marriage. (I don’t know about you, but my husband talks more when he’s outside and moving :).

This is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent disease.



Green Living: Not Just a New Trend



After we moved to NYC, many of our lifestyle choices changed. Some people may get the impression that we’ve simply joined in the city’s fads – become a “health fanatic” because it’s the popular thing to do here.

We do buy a significant amount of organic food, make our own nontoxic cleaners, encourage breastfeeding when possible, etc. It’s just a coincidence that we lived in the city when we made certain¬†changes.



For those who have read the last few posts, you know that poor choices regarding both diet and environment nearly destroyed my health. I was 22 yrs old, newly married, and hardly had the energy to clean our 1000 sq ft apartment. It was draining physically, emotionally and spiritually. Would I ever have the energy to be the wife I wanted to be? Exposure to black mold, chemical cleaners, eating only cooked and processed foods, birth control pill Рall of these contributed to my toxic overload.



For us as Christians, it’s more than just a better life. ¬†We seek to know and live by God’s Word. ¬†Jesus said that “to whom much is given, much is required.” ¬†The more we know, the more responsible we are to make appropriate choices. (*see note below*)



After years of health problems, doctor visits, new solutions and research… here is what our family knows**:

  1. Eat Fresh: Our bodies require 50% fresh food (live enzymes) with each meal to benefit from the nutrients. Otherwise our bodies respond to the cooked food as they would to an enemy.
  2. Cut Out Sugar: Sugar has negative side-effects: those who consume sugar age faster, have more difficulty losing weight, tend to have more difficult labors & are more likely to tear at birth. Sugar can also be addictive and feeds candida which can lead to many other problems. (Fatigue, headaches, ear pressure…)
  3. Eliminate Toxins: Chemical cleaners and cosmetics contain ingredients that have been linked to several different cancers.
  4. Rebuild Your System: Live enzymes, nutritional supplementation and probiotics play a significant part in rebuilding the digestive system.
  5. Eat Organic: “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children eat organic whenever possible.” – Dr. Herzog, Board Certified Pediatrician. Exposure to certain pesticides have been linked to significant problems later in life. Higher amounts of pesticides are found in fat¬†(butter, yogurt). Pesticides¬†also soak into several fruits and vegetables – “The Dirty Dozen” – meaning washing the skin will not protect you from consuming multiple pesticides.

Apathy and ignorance nearly destroyed my health and with that, the freedom to serve my family.

No, this isn’t a trend. ¬†It’s a belief system. ¬†It’s a new way of life.



*Note: We certainly can’t control everything about our health; but we are responsible to be faithful with what we can control. ¬†(I’m still working on this‚Ķ.) ¬†For example, we¬†can’t always control how we feel physically or emotionally. I may feel overwhelmed or discouraged, and that is okay‚Ķ but I choose how to¬†handle¬†those feelings. ¬†I can feed those discouraged feelings by focusing on all my¬†problems¬†or I can choose to¬†cultivate a grateful heart for what I have. I can also support my body physically, which in turn will help emotionally.

**For sake of¬†brevity, I’ll cite¬†research in the following post. ¬†For those who are overwhelmed with¬†pursuing a healthier lifestyle, I’ll also share some basic tips to help you get started.

***Nothing in this post or blog is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.***

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Guilt-Free Mango “Ice Cream”

Mango Ice Cream

Mango Ice Cream


I just made this mango “ice cream” for breakfast. ¬†It began as a quick smoothie with what we had on hand, but it turned into a light, creamy mango ice cream! ¬†My two-year-old ate at least half of it! ¬†And it only takes three ingredients! (Well, four if you count the water :))

Mango Ice Cream: the amount it actually made

Mango Ice Cream: the amount it actually made

1. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream. ¬†I used 1/2 a can, maybe a little more (my coconut cream had been in the fridge, leftover from a previous recipe; I think that added to the ice cream texture). ¬†Coconut cream is also great for making dairy-free whipped topping. ūüôā

Trader Joe's Coconut Cream

Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream

2. Half a slice of frozen pineapple (more if you want it sweeter).

3. About 2 Cups of Frozen Mango Cubes.  The Costco near us just started carrying this big bag of organic mango cubes!
IMG_6504Ingredients in Vitamix: note: the vitamin looked fuller the first time. When I took this pic my coconut cream wasn't refrigerated, plus I had no pineapple.

Add these all to the Vitamix (or a high-quality blender) in the order listed, then add 1/4¬†cup of water (just enough to help it blend). I also have raw honey that I got from Trader Joe’s; may add that next time if anyone wanted it sweeter. ¬†I enjoyed the light taste of this though! ¬†Great as a quick, healthy breakfast!

Quick Overview for those who NEED an EXACT Recipe ūüėČ

  • 3/4 cup coconut cream (Best if refrigerated first)
  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes
  • Half Slice of Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Add in the order listed, then blend until creamy and enjoy ūüôā
Toddler Loved It :)  Excuse the "bed-head."

Toddler Loved It ūüôā
Excuse the “bed-head.”

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Blossoming into a Healthier Lifestyle

I’m embarrassed when I remember my diet in high school – and even in the beginning of our marriage … but if you’re struggling to live a healthier lifestyle, then this should give you hope :).

My sister reminded me not long ago that I used to come home from school and grab a piece of white bread to eat. I responded, “Oh that’s gross.” I had completely forgotten! I do remember that if there were Twinkies available (which wasn’t very often in our house), I would go straight for them and eat way too many. In the first few months of our marriage, hamburger helper and Ramen noodles were our staples. (You’d be surprised how many different ways you can cook Ramen noodles!)

It won’t surprise you that I had a lot of health problems during college. More on that later, but my health problems were the catalyst to revamping our lifestyle choices.

Now our two favorite “grocery stores” on Staten Island are Trader Joe’s and Costco. Our staples are fresh fruit/vegetables, coconut milk, smoothies etc. We’re excited about the expanding organic section in Costco!

— Laurelyn Rose