Saturday, December 30, 2017

Chicken with Balsamic Glaze

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Ingredients
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Braggs Liquid Amini (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 chicken breasts or 3.5 lb chicken
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients, except for chicken, in a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  2. Remove a half a cup of marinade and reserve for basting the chicken later.
  3. Place chicken in a large, ziploc bag and pour marinade over the top. Close securely.
  4. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, but up to 24 hours (I found it was delicious when I marinaded it for 30 minutes and 1 hour).
  5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
Optional, but makes this recipe taste even better:
  1. If you bring the reserved marinade up to a boil, let simmer until slightly reduced, it makes a wonderful sauce to go on top of the chicken.

ENJOY!!! I loved this meal with our home made green beans with potatoes and ham and a little fruit on the side!!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Healthy Eating While Traveling Tips!

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Travel!!!

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And we know all about holiday travel – we have family sprinkled all around the country.
Eating healthy at the airport is no easy feat, especially if you’re cranky, jet-lagged, lost, or rushing to the gate to make your flight (story of my life).
1. Skip the jerky and energy bars
It’s tempting to assemble a makeshift meal out of a chocolate chip granola bar, salted trail mix studded with yogurt-covered raisins, and pretzels from the newsstand, but resist the urge to load up on salt and sugar. The added sugar from processed foods can lead to blood sugar spikes and crashes, meaning you’ll be jittery one minute and lethargic the next. Lethargic = making more poor healthy decisions.
2. Keep snacks small
The ideal snack should include a lean protein and a whole grain, fruit, or vegetable. Remember the ideal snack looks like 200 calories. Steer clear of processed food such as chips, baked goods, and candy, and opt instead for items packed with fiber and protein to energize you and help keep you full.
Great snack options – whole fruits, unsweetened dried fruit, plain Greek yogurt, string cheese, sliced veggies, air-popped popcorn with no added salt or butter, unsweetened whole grain dry cereal with low-fat milk, or unsalted nuts.
3. Scan menus for lean proteins and veggies
If you find a restaurant in your terminal, be smart when you order. Avoid anything greasy, fried, or fatty, since these foods are, harder to digest and could lead to GI discomfort, especially with prolonged sitting.
Instead, look for proteins like grilled chicken and fish, salads with vinaigrettes instead of creamy dressings, or whole-grain pasta with red sauce. Other good options are turkey sandwiches loaded with veggies, and scrambled, or hard-boiled eggs, with whole-grain toast.
 4. WATER WATER WATER! 
Skip the liquid calories guys!! Instead of wasting calories on calories that will not help you reach your goals, pick water and add fresh fruits/veggies/herbs that will give it a good taste without taking you off track!
5. Say NO THANK YOU
Please do NOT feel you need say yes and eat all the food around you just to be polite! If you have goals, do not be afraid to say so and ask those around you to help you! Do not give in just because everyone else around you is digging in! Be strong, always keep your goals in mind, and know that temporary satisfactions will only last temporary!! You will live with regret longer if you give in!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

80 Day Obsession Fitness Program Launch!

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80 Day Obsession is a step-by-step fitness and nutrition program designed to simultaneously flatten and tone your abs while lifting and firming your butt. It requires laser-focus on 80 challenging workouts spread over 13 weeks, plus an Eating Plan that’s based on the advanced theory of Timed-Nutrition. Each of the 80 workouts is filmed live, so you get a different experience every day. 80 Day Obsession is not easy, but the results are definitely worth it!

What makes 80 Day Obsession so effective? 
It’s called 80 Day Obsession because to achieve a body transformation like this in only 80 days, you have to be obsessed with the process. Super Trainer Autumn Calabrese spent a year creating just the right workouts—in just the right sequence— to specifically target your abs and glutes from every angle using a variety of equipment, including weights, Beachbody Resistance Loops, and Beachbody Strength Slides. The workouts will also help tone and tighten your legs, arms, chest, back, and shoulders through intense cardio and resistance workouts. With a different routine each day for 80 days, it’s like having Autumn as your personal trainer right there with you. And because you’re going through the entire program in real time with the cast, you have a built-in support system to make sure you succeed. You’ll keep seeing results, and you’ll never get bored! Like we said, the workouts are intense. They run anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, with most averaging 45–60 minutes in length. Even though there’s a modifier, you should know how to lift weights with proper form before beginning this program. Beginners may want to start with 21 Day Fix or Autumn’s 5-day program A Little Obsessed and work their way up to 80 Day Obsession.
Autumn also created a Timed-Nutrition Eating Plan to ensure you’re fueling your body at just the right times to burn fat, build muscle, and keep your energy up. You’ll be eating specific types of foods around your workouts to maximize how your body uses those nutrients. But because she incorporates the portion-control containers, the plan is simple to follow when you commit to meal planning and prepping. Just like committing to your workouts, being prepared with your food is key to getting your best results with this program! Autumn introduces you to the concept of modified Refeed Days. Refeed Days are when you increase your carb intake to refuel your muscles and replenish your body, both physically and mentally. The 80 Day Obsession Eating Plan also incorporates Shakeology and Beachbody Performance supplements for best results.
What makes 80 Day Obsession unique? 
In a first-ever fitness experience from Beachbody, you get 80 unique workouts that are filmed individually so it’s never the same workout twice. You also get to go behind the scenes with Autumn and the cast as they progress through all 80 days in a documentary-style series called Weekly Obsession, so it feels like you’re truly part of the group. And with Autumn’s experience as a fitness trainer and bikini competitor, you can be sure she knows what she’s doing when it comes to sculpting strong abs and a great butt! Combine those with Autumn’s precise Timed-Nutrition Eating Plan, and you’ve got the recipe for an amazing body.
What do I need (equipment)?

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Equipment needed for 80 Day Obsession Weights (light, medium, and heavy depending on your fitness level), Beachbody Resistance Loops, Beachbody Strength Slides, Beachbody Portion-Control Containers, a Beachbody foam roller (optional), and the Beachbody Core Comfort Mat (optional).
Where can you find 80 Day Obsession?
Stream 80 Day Obsession with a Beachbody On Demand membership:
• Stream the 80 Day Obsession workouts from your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or TV.
• Access digital program materials: Starter Guide, Workout Calendar, Eating Plans (including vegan plans), Food Lists, Tracker Sheets, Quick Start Tips and Eating Plan Tips Videos.
• Watch Weekly Obsession videos, where you can go behind the scenes with Autumn and the cast as they go through the program.
• Get unlimited access to hundreds of other proven workouts on Beachbody On Demand, including Autumn’s 5-day introductory program A Little Obsessed. Plus watch the healthy cooking show FIXATE for delicious, portion-controlled recipes.
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What is included?
– 80 Workouts – yes EIGHTY different workouts (including two Active Recovery workouts), filmed in real time, each with a special focus—Legs, Booty, Total Body Core, Cardio Core, AAA (Arms, Abs, A**), Cardio Flow—that run from 30 to 60 minutes. New exercises in each of the 3 phases change in rep patterns, complexity, and intensity to keep you from plateauing, to help you get a complete body transformation.
– Digital Tools Starter Guide – Everything you need to know to get started; how to take your measurements and find your personalized eating plan.
Eating Plan – Eating Plans A complete guide to Timed-Nutrition, plus meal plans for your specific goals (including vegan plans) and instructions on how to use your portion-control containers. You’ll learn when and what to eat around your Workout Block, plus see sample meal ideas.
– 80-Day Workout Calendar – Autumn will be your personal trainer through all 80 days, so just follow her schedule and you’ll be on your way to an amazing, strong body.
– Tracker Sheets – Keep track of your weight and resistance loops selections so you never stop challenging yourself and making progress.
– Weekly Obsession Videos – Go behind the scenes with Autumn and the cast as they share their successes and challenges through the 80 Day Obsession experience. Plus get special tips and advice from Autumn herself. You’ll feel like you’re truly part of the group!
Quick Start Tips and Eating Plan Tips Videos Quick Start Tips video: Autumn gives you quick and simple tips to help you get started on your fitness journey with 80 Day Obsession. Eating Plan Tips video: From Timed-Nutrition to meal prep, Autumn takes you step-by-step through the specially calibrated eating plan to make sure you get results.
Music Playlists -Since the 80 Day Obsession workouts don’t have music, Autumn created her own playlists that you can listen to while you’re working out. You’ll find her playlists under Program Materials on Beachbody On Demand.
If you are wanting to know what kind of results are coming out of this program, here is a little sneak peek from our Coach Beta Test Group!
I am so excited to host our very first test group with the 80 Day Obsession!! We know this program gives amazing results because of our coaches results, but now it’s time for our customers to rock some 80 Day Obsession results!
Fill out the application below for an exclusive spot in my group with my daily coaching, accountability, and support and access to surround yourself around others just like you who are motivated and ready to transform their lives!
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My First Home Birth Experience

Deidra Mangus, first home birth experience, natural birth, natural labor, why have a home birth, healthy pregnancy, fit pregnancy, pregnant fitness coach, Elite Beachbody coach PA, successful online fitness coach, healthy new mom, hospital vs home birth, non medicated birthI have been wanting to do this post, but am just finally getting around to it!!! So if you have followed my journey at all, I have shared that I was going to have my very first HOME BIRTH! It had nothing to do with my OB doctors because I truly did like them a lot! But I really wanted this for the experience.. a peaceful environment, my kids around to be a part of the birth, no pain medication, and to walk and eat even going through the stages of labor!

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Sound crazy?? It may, but now that I have actually experienced it, it was the BEST decision I could have made for us! I know not all births go smooth and home births are not for everyone as medical issues and complications can arise, but I was healthy, had no complications, and felt it was right for us… so we did it!

My due date initially was December 21st. At 36 weeks, we realized (my friend, midwife, and I) that based on my date of conception, my real due date was Dec 9th! This picture was the day before Josiah came!! My boys, myself, and my husband went to church, then a trip to the mall to see Santa!

Deidra Mangus, first home birth experience, natural birth, natural labor, why have a home birth, healthy pregnancy, fit pregnancy, pregnant fitness coach, Elite Beachbody coach PA, successful online fitness coach, healthy new mom, hospital vs home birth, non medicated birthOn Sunday, I was having small contractions all day long, and Monday morning came and my contractions were getting more closer and more regular! I was 3 cm the past week and 60% effaced so I was curious to see if my body was progressing.. since both my previous births, I was induced at 1 cm.  My midwife came and I was 4 cm and we decided Monday was the day!! So my hubby and I did tons of walking and moving to keep things progressing!

My birth plan was all laid out… I had a perfect plan, knowing that there was potential for that plan not to happen… I knew there were chances of complications, so of course, car seat was in car and hospital bag was packed for precaution.

My birth plan– I watched videos, did lessons, and read books on hypo birthing and water births. I learned that I could “breathe the baby out”.  I know people laugh when I say that, but I had all intentions of doing so. I learned how to relax every muscle in my body and I had birth affirmations hung up in my bathroom around my tub that were bible verses that my kids wrote for me. The affirmations were a way of reminding myself of my beautiful kids I already have, and that when I am struggling and in pain, God is my strength and can take away my fears and pain. I wanted candles around my tub with my flowers that my husband and I got on our wedding day from my sister in laws. I also had my Christian playlist on Amazon music so it takes out the commercials and plays all my favorite songs that are positive and relaxing to me.

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I made it to 9 cm like a champ! I was able to walk around, eat and drink, and it really did help me focus on other things than just the pain and contractions. I never in a million years though I would be able to tolerate my body at 9 cm … I mean I remember screaming for an epidural with my first child at 4 cm! So this was a HUGE step for me!

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My kids came home from school when I hit 9.5 cm.. and I thought for sure they were going to miss it, but then things started to slow down a bit. The labor continued….kids played like a normal day… I had a very good friend of mine here with me who know my kids well and she did such a fantastic job at keeping them busy, along with my husband helping and making sure they were cared for! The boys came in the room here and there and we talked a good bit, ate, and then got ready for bed.

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There were moments of being extremely uncomfortable, so I would get back in the pool, focus on my affirmations, breathing, relaxing my muscles throughout my body, and my husband was by my side the entire time.. praying over me and Josiah.

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My midwife was absolutely amazing. She wasn’t just there to pop in and check me and leave again like in a hospital… this is not putting OB doctors down… let’s face it, they have more than one patient at a time and do not have time to stay with one patient! But my midwife was so calm, loving, and empathetic! And she brought another midwife with her so we had extra hands and help if need be which made me feel even better about the experience!

When I made it to 9.5 cm and my contractions started slowing down, we realized Josiah was not moving down at all.. 3 hours later, after doses of Pitocin, I FINALLY made it to 10 cm, but my body still wasn’t doing what it needed. So I did some pushing to help Josiah move down the birth canal. I ended up pushing for 2 hours… and I think the hardest part of this experience is that I had a really bad cough so every time I was told to take a deep breath to push, I would start having coughing spells which prolonged my ability to push down and out. Painful, exhausting, but worth it…..

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Because then this little miracle arrived!!! Although my delivery didn’t happen in the tub like I thought, I still had my home birth and unmedicated that I wanted! I delivered Josiah in squatting position (I am telling you, my practice with squatting totally paid off because my form was pretty good)! The pain of his head coming out was indescribable… then his shoulders… but that 10 seconds of the most severe pain ever experienced brought us together!!

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And who knew you had to birth another baby after the one in your belly…. ya know, the placenta?!? Oh my word.. I thought it was going to be easy… but my placenta was stuck!!! My pelvic floor was extremely tight… maybe from a lot of exercise?? But it was intense.. I had to push for an extra 1 hr and 25 minutes just to get that sucker out!!! I was getting nervous because my midwife was trying as much as possible to get it off without causing any extra bleeding, but it was not budging! Finally, after the 1 hour 25 min, it came out and I could be with my baby boy!!

The next morning comes and its time for the boys to wake up… because of course only my kids sleep through a mother in labor 20 minutes after falling asleep!

The boys were THRILLED to see their new baby brother!!! We have all just been wondering what this little man looks like!!

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And this was their reaction!!!! My youngest Weston who is 5, was pretty in love on the moment he put his eyes on him! He even wanted to give away his brothers Elly blanky to his new brother lol!!

Chase who is our 6 year old, was so proud!!! He wanted to hold him instantly!!! He was so gentle and his loving personality came out and it was just amazing to see!

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rDaddy got the first smile though!! And it was the cutest moment ever .. caught right on camera!! I love watching daddy bond with our new baby boy!! As a blended family, Josiah makes 6 kids total! So seeing him first hand with OUR child together, and as a newborn, is pretty amazing!

And then mommy works from home, so 2 days later, I may have been on a call with the leaders on our team! And Josiah made his special appearance to say hi! I am so thankful to have a business where I work from home and do not have to leave him! I started my fitness business 5 years ago after my 5 year old, so I always went back to being an ER nurse which was my career prior to my fitness business… and I hated to have to leave my kids… So Josiah is our first that I will be home with from the very beginning!! Now let’s hope I can apply my time management skills and put them to good use!!

This whole home birth experience was such a different, but amazing and memorable experience!! I would not have changed a thing and I am so glad I followed my instincts and what I truly wanted, despite being nervous about the pain and outcome. I knew in my heart if I trust and believe, then all things work out for good!

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

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INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, gluten-free as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk- I use fairlife milk)
  • 1/4 cup small chocolate chips (I use soy free, dairy free chocolate chips)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. *(The silicone muffin pans work amazing and do not stick!) In a large bowl, stir together oats, baking powder, seasonings and salt.
  2. Add pumpkin, egg, maple syrup, vanilla extract, milk and add-ins. Stir well to incorporate.
  3. Allow the mixture to set and thicken for about 3-5 minutes before spooning into your muffin pan.
  4. Fill muffin cups almost completely full with batter. Top off with chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes and until the center of each oatmeal muffin is set. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  6. ENJOY!!

 

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

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Mashed potatoes are many people’s weaknesses… so let’s make it a little healthier so you don’t have to feel guilty when indulging into your tasty taters!!
What you need:
– 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 clove of garlic, smashed
– 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
– 1 tbsp reduced far cream cheese
– 1/2 tsp kosher salt
What you need to do:
1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil
2. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat; cook and stir garlic until softened, about 2 minutes. Then remove from heat.
4. Transfer half the cauliflower to a food processor, cover and blend on high.
5. Add remaining cauliflower, blend until creamy.
6. Blend in garlic, parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt and black pepper.
7. Top with chives or paprika (optional).
ENJOY!!!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Prepping For My First Home Birth Experience!!

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At 38 weeks pregnant, I am getting so excited for my very FIRST HOME BIRTH experience!!! So I will tell you now, I am NOT an expert at this, but I am pretty excited and feeling confident with how I have prepped for this!

I have my birth plan, and DO plan on having a water birth! My goal is to be as comfortable as possible, to be able to move around my home and room as needed to control the pain without being confined to a hospital bed or hooked up to medication. Please note, I am NOT putting ANYONE down for choosing hospital route as I did it 2 times with my boys.. and I understand there definitely are circumstances and own choices and preferences which you are totally entitled to! I simply was MISERABLE and between the medication/epidural, I was sick, vomiting, and want a different experience this time around!

So I am going to give you some of my top items/supplies that I am using/will be using to have the best home birth experience possible!!

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MINDSET MATTERS-

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POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FROM THE BIBLE

I want all my kids (2 boys of my own and 3 bonus kids) to be a part of my birth experience.. not necessarily physically being present and watching this all go down, but for me… when I think of them, I relax! So this was a PERFECT way for me to have my mind in the right place during my laboring! My kids picked parts of the scripture that is just perfect for this experience to help me calm my nerves and relax and think of them and of course the Lord! He is what will get me through this no matter how difficult it may be! God made us mommies to be able to deliver and before pain meds were made by man, natural births were the only way to go! These positive affirmations are going to be by my side the whole time!!

Essential Oils

I am not particularly a person who constantly uses essential oils and mixes a bunch to cure everything, but I have used them and see benefits with certain oils.  I have also watched friends experience births using oils that have been successful in helping with relaxing, pain relief, etc., which is why I will be using just a few oils during my birth process! Below I will explain the oils I am using and what each one is used for!

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Essential Oils during Laboring/Birth Process

Peppermint has a cooling effect, so it can be great when mom is hot, sweaty and tired… during PUSHING!

For nausea:

  • Peppermint on the tongue, 1 drop at a time
  • Peppermint in water: You can use this as a diluted sprizter which acts as an anti-nausea agent. Best during transition on a cloth for your face, forehead or chest.

You can also massage into back, hips, and temples — anywhere but your eyes after mixing with carrier oils. Or simply place a small drop on your tongue. For a burst of energy, inhale the aroma.

This can also be used to stimulate mom to pee if she’s having a hard time going by just simply dropping it into the toilet.

Clary Sage

Many find clary sage to be helpful to make contractions stronger.  All you need to do is uncap it, sniff and contractions can get stronger.

Clary sage is also a great option when it comes to minimizing tearing and relieving muscle tension resulting from emotional stress. It reduces your cortisol levels and acts as a natural anti-depressant when applied topically to an acupressure point on the inside of your ankles.

Doulas are a big fan of this essential oil. When applied at the last stages of labor, the mother can really get into a euphoric state.

To use, dilute a few drops and apply on skin over reproductive organs. Or, place a drop on each palm and inhale between contractions.

Note: DO NOT use this unless you’re ready to give birth and have consulted with your doctor.

HELICHRYSUM

It’s commonly used as support for your perineal tissue during your labor and birth.  Application of it ‘down there’ is said to reduce your chances of tearing and trauma due to its natural healing properties.

Frankincense is a calming oil that’s especially useful toward the end of the first stage of labor.

Place a single drop on the center of both of your palms, or rub some onto your lower back and tummy. Besides relieving pain, this essential oil can also help heal a tear after childbirth.

IN ADDITION…..

Ok so you got some of the items I will be using to prep for my labor and delivery, and now I am going to share a little more, but also more necessities for after this little baby boy arrives!!

Don’t mind my sense of humor in my video… I am making this fun and exciting!!

POST BIRTH

Seaweed-

Used to help heal the soft tissue and any tears or abrasions in your perineal area after birth.

To use, simply wet the seaweed with water and apply right at the opening and your mucous membranes where any soft tissue damage could have occurred.

Replace as needed or after you go to the bathroom. Use for a few days or up until 2 weeks after delivery.

Afterbirth Sitzbath by WishGarden Herbs’-

This is an herbal soak made specifically for women post-birth to soothe minor irritations. It is a unique formula of herbs and sea salts that helps to restore delicate tissues after birth, AfterBirth Sitzbath can also be used to support a healthy urinary tract.

TO USE: Soak in soothing sitzbath 1-3 times a day after delivery for up to 2 weeks. Place a handful (approximately 1/3 cup) into a quart of boiling water. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain out herbs and reminaing liquid to warm water in sitzbath tub, available in most pharmacies. Less conveniently, a large bowl, or small tub, may be used instead. Be sure not over-dilute in full bathtub.

 

PADSICLES- 

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After birth, your perineal area will be swollen and painful… so usually at the hospital, they give you those large diaper pads and ice pads to break and feels like your basically wearing apillow right?? NOT comfortable in the least bit!! Not that after birth is comfortable, but if there is something we can do to make it a little better, then lets do it right?!

So these padsicles are literally just pads you use when you are on your menstrual cycle, and you pour witch hazel in them, roll them back up, put them in a ziplock bag (I use gallon bags) and put them in the freezer!!

After you give birth, you can take them out and unwrap them and use them just as you would for a normal pad, and they will cool you off and ease the pain!!  FYI, these will not be solid rock in the freezer as if it were water and ice! So it will fit and shape your body and underwear!

 

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NEXTTT… Let’s talk boobies!!! Guys, not in a bad way!!! God gave us these to feed our babies and keep them healthy!!! Whether or not you decide to breastfeed, that is up to you!! I personally will be

and did with my last 2 boys!! My goal is to make it up to a year!! My first, I breastfed for 8 months, and with my youngest, I only did for 3 and was put on a medication that prevented me from feeding which I was so sad about… so I am on a mission to bond with my little baby boy and breastfeed as long as possible!!

I was told about bamboobies and how comfortable the yoga nursing bras are… so I grabbed myself one, along with the washable nursing pads!! I am so excited to use them as they simply go in the wash and I will not spend a ton of throw away pads where the leakage seeps through!! They also

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have night time pads which will be great to use if baby Josiah decides to sleep throughout the night!

I got the yoga nursing bra and the pads from amazon.com … being a PRIME member does wonders for you when you need things quick!

And you know how when your breastfeeding, the other side usually leaks everywhere and you waste milk? Well, waste no more because these bad boys are supposedly amazing and works like wonders!! I will be using these silicone suctions to save as much milk as possible!!

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Home birth, home birth essentials, first home birth experience, healthy pregnancy, pregnancy essential oils, lavender essential oils, Deidra mangus, successful online fitness coach, elite beachbody coach, natural birth experience, birth affirmations, mindset during labor and delivery  So there you have it!! My top essentials that I am using  and will be using during my first home birth experience! Although I am 38 weeks along right now, I am SO ready to deliver this baby!! I am at the end where I just feel ready… not a bad feeling, but the time is coming!!! So prayers for a healthy delivery and baby are welcome!!

If you have any tips and extra necessities and supplies that helped you with pre-labor, during labor, post labor, and for the baby, throw a comment below so we can all help each other have a wonderful and memorable experience!!

 

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Peppermint Patty Shakeology

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Perfect mix of holiday cheer and chocolate craving buster!

Peppermint Patty Shakeology

Ingredients
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 cup ice
-½ scoop Chocolate Shakeology
-½ scoop Vanilla Shakeology
-½ tsp. pure peppermint extract
-1 tsp. shaved dark chocolate
-Fresh mint leaves for garnish; optional

Instructions

  1. 1 Place almond milk, ice, Shakeology, and extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
  2. 2 Garnish with chocolate and mint leaves (if desired).

 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

No Peek Ketchup Steak

This recipe is perfect in this season of my life – it is simple (barely any prep, 4 ingredients, perfect for a very preggo momma!) and it is great in these chilly months!
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No-Peek Ketchup Steak

What you need:
-1.5 lbs thin cut round steak (trimmed)
-1 cup clean ketchup
-1 cup water
-1 onion
-1 green pepper
What you need to do:
1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Place steak into a 9×13 glass baking dish
3. Top with sliced onion and green pepper
4. In small mixing bowl, mix the water and ketchup.
5. Place ketchup/water mixture on top of the steak, onions and peppers.
6. Cover with foil and cook for 3 hours
No peeking!!! Steak will shred nicely – serve with brown rice/quinoa, or potato!
Enjoy 🙂

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Double Time- Getting FIT at home with the family!

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Did you know you are more likely to success with a fitness routine and also have WAYYY more fun when you are doing it with another person?!? This is exactly why our Super Trainer Tony Horton, who is also the creator of P90X and 22 Minute Hard Corps, created his FIRST partner workout called Double Time!

There is something extra special about this program that gets me excited though!! I love when fitness and a healthy lifestyle is centered around family, and THIS is a perfect opportunity for you to workout with your husband/wife, children, or even friends!! This is a way to keep each other accountable, reach huge fitness and health goals, but have fun and bond at the same time!!!

Even at 33 weeks pregnant, I am able to get in a workout and move without feeling exhausted and overworked!

What is Double Time?
Double Time™ is Tony Horton’s first fitness program that makes living a healthier lifestyle something you can do with another person. You and your spouse, a friend, or your child will take on daily partner workouts and healthy eating for 30 days. Just having that person around is going to give you both motivation to complete the entire program and help you build stronger bonds along the way! After all, studies show that you’re more likely to put in effort and to succeed with a fitness routine when you do it with a partner. Double Time™ is a 30-day program with total-body workouts (all 32 minutes or less) that feel more like play and less like work!

Who’s it for?

  • Any partner pair you can think of! This program is great to do with any family member, such as your spouse, parent, kid (recommended age is 8 and older), or a friend. Great for all fitness levels.
Workout Length: 18-32 minutes, 5 days a week, for 30 days

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What is included with Double Time Challenge Pack?

A 30 Day Supply of Shakeology (superfood health shake with over 70 superfood and natural ingredients) or Daily Sunshine (kids smoothie that is certified organic, gluten, soy, and dairy free)

Annual All Access Membership to Beachbody On Demand, where you can stream your Double Time workouts.

Printed version of Double Time Eating Guide, Start Here Guide and Workout Calendar

Beachbody Buddy Ball- which is essential for double time workouts

Shakeology shaker cup

There is also an option to get the physical DVDS and an extra shaker cup as well for just $20 more.

Check out the Double Time Shakeology Challenge Pack Here

Check out the Double Time & Daily Sunshine Challenge Pack Here

Do you want the physical DVDs??  Here is your option!!!  Double Time DVD Challenge Pack

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I am so excited to host my Double Time Family Challenge group in November! If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the application below!

The requirements are that each participant is committed to participating in the group, completing the 30 day workout calendar, making healthier meals and snacks and replacing 1 meal a day with Daily Sunshine or Shakeology for the duration of the group.

I have been on my own fitness journey for 13 years and for the past 5 years, my kids have been on this healthy lifestyle with me and I am so excited to teach you what we have learned from this journey!

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