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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Saturday, November 4, 2017

2B Mindset New Weight-Loss Program

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Now you can win the weight loss battle once and for all! The 2B Mindset is designed to help you lose weight happily so you can keep it off for good-without ever depriving yourself, counting calories, or even having to exercise until you’re ready!  Created by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein, the 2B Mindset is a practical, simple weight loss solution that Ilana herself used to lose 100 pounds after years of obesity and yo-yo dieting. With Ilana’s advice and real-world experience on your side-including her meal and food prep ideas, even tips for conquering emotional eating-you’ll have all the tools you need to live your life, eat food you love…and still lose weight. Launching 2018!

Who is Ilana Muhlstein, R.D. Nutritionist?
Ilana Muhlstein is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist-the highest standard in the field of nutrition. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Maryland, sits on the prestigious Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, and leads the Bruin Health Improvement Program at UCLA.

While most kids dream of becoming pop stars or famous athletes, Ilana’s early inspirations were the knowledgeable Registered Dietitians that she’d met every summer at fat camp. Once she finally had the chance to become one herself, she never hesitated. Using everything she learned, she was able to personally lose 100 pounds. She’s built a thriving private practice in Beverly Hills, and has helped hundreds of people lose weight happily-and keep it off. Now she’s revealing all of her tried and true weight-loss secrets with the launch of The 2B Mindset program.

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What Ilana says about her innovative approach:
 
You see, I’ve always loved food and I love to eat large portions. What I needed was a diet that would let me eat and feel satisfied, while still helping me lose weight. There was no diet on the market like that…so I decided to create it myself. I not only invented a solution to solve my own weight problem, so I could lose 100 lbs, I made it my career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist—so I could help anyone lose weight happily and learn how to keep it off for good—and still go on living my life and enjoying the foods I love.
My mission is to help millions of people just like you win the weight-loss battle—and better yet, end the war forever. The system I created is a healthy approach to eating that lets you feel full and satisfied, while arming you with proven strategies that will help you co-exist with food in real-world situations, satisfy cravings, and anticipate setbacks before they happen — so you can WIN the weight-loss struggle every single time.
That’s why I say it’s not a diet. It’s a mindset.
But make no mistake, the 2B Mindset can help you lose weight—happily—without feeling deprived or hungry, without counting calories or cutting out whole food groups. It addresses the #1 issue with weight loss and weight management —food. Exercise is critical for living a healthy, functional life —but as they say, abs are made in the kitchen — and that’s the problem I designed the 2B Mindset to solve.
Best of all, I’ll reveal the one daily habit — so simple and powerful — that it will put you in an INSTANT weight-loss mode, whenever you try it. (You’ll need to plug into the complete 2B Mindset program to get that one!)
With the 2B Mindset, you’ll live your life, you’ll eat food the way YOU like it, and you’ll go to every party, and go out to dinner with confidence, instead of feeling tension and anxiety that you’re about to derail your weight-loss progress. In fact, once you learn the 2B MIndset, those situations can actually CONTRIBUTE to your weight-loss progress. Because, with the 2B Mindset, you’ll finally be in total control of food and your body, and you’ll have all the tools you need to reach your weight-loss goals while living a full, rich, satisfying life.
I’ll teach you the purpose of the foods we eat and when and how to enjoy them for maximum weight lossI’ll share dozens of my personal recipes for healthy meals that taste so good you won’t believe how much you can eat — even my husband and daughter love them! And I’ll lay out all the techniques I used to lose 100 pounds — and my private practice clients have used to lose the weight and help keep it off.
Most importantly, I’ll help you shift your mindset, because a positive mindset means positive/healthy weight loss, with no more emotional eating, no more mindless snacking, and no more punishing yourself for eating food you love.
With the 2B Mindset I have just one goal — to make losing weight simple, enjoyable, and sustainable. You really can lose weight and be happy for the rest of your life! Just imagine that! I’m helping more than 100 clients and Team Beachbody Coaches experience that joy and freedom right this minute… and now it’s your turn.
Once you master the 2B Mindset, it’s yours for life. Losing the weight and keeping it off will be second nature—it will be your new reality—and food will forever remain an enjoyable part of your life. Believe me, it’s easy to lose weight when you’re feeling full and satisfied every day.
2B Mindset is for people who:

  • Want to lose weight, but don’t like to exercise
  • Do exercise but struggle with their nutrition and do not see the weight loss results they want
  • Cannot exercise due to injury/illness, but want to lose (or maintain) weight through better eating habits
  • Love food, love to eat big portions, and feel full
  • Are tired of yo-yo dieting, but want to maintain their lifestyle
  • Want an easy-to-follow way to lose weight without strict rules, like cutting food groups, counting calories, or eating small portions
  • Want to be free from obsessing about food and feeling overwhelmed by food choices

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