How to Loose Weight Naturally

Drink Water
Yes - drink more water and only water if you can!  Most people know that the body needs water for hydration and optimum functioning of organs, but it also promotes weight loss. One way to consume fewer calories is to drink a full glass of water before every meal and snack. Drinking water before a meal will cause a person's stomach to feel full quicker, therefore causing them to eat less.  Water also flushes out those pesky toxins that are in the environment and food we eat everyday.

Eat Less Carbs
This is one of the hardest habits for most people to kick.  Most of us love bread, pasta, potatoes, ect.  Which is fine in moderation but not at every meal.  Try to replace those carbs with smaller portions of protein like lean meats and fish and pair them with fruits and veggies at every meal if you can.  If your going to eat carbs, eat them in the morning so you have the rest of the day to burn them off.  Yes carbohydrates convert to sugar and then fat.  No it doesn't matter if that bread is organic and glueten free :)  It's a fact that carbs convert to sugar and sugar converts to fat - whether it's organic or not.  So if you can limit them as much as possible, it's the best way to loose that extra weight fast!

Eat More Fruits and Veggies
This is a no brainer right?!  Well some people have problems eating healthy foods.  But it's the best secret to loosing weight.  Fruits and veggies are nutrient dense. This means that for their weight, most produce is low in calories; so you can eat a lot more when your diet is rich in veggies and fruits - and still not consume a whole lot of calories.  Remember, all produce, from a juicy apple to a crisp romaine is packed with water and fiber.  Which means their low in calories and make you feel fuller longer.

Consume Coconut oil
Coconut Oil is very effective in reducing and maintaining weight.  It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems.  It increases your metabolism by removing stress on the pancreases, which burns more energy and helps overweight people loose weight.  This is why people living in tropical coastal areas who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil and are much slimmer and healthier compared to other countries.  Make sure you buy Organic Virigin Coconut Oil, otherwise you'll loose all the important beneficial nutrients.  You want to also ensure it is USDA organic certified, because that means it has the highest quality organic certification, so it's 100% organic, natural and safe.

Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol which is what we want to avoid.

Research shows significant weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).  To add ACV to your daily routine and assist with weight loss, add 2 tsp. - 1 tbsp. of Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day.  If you don't like the taste, add some frozen fruit with Sweetleaf Stevia or a natural water enhancer like Skinny Girl Blueberry Acai  droplets into water.  I promise you won't taste it.

Walk More
Walking is easy, free and very effective!  You can go outside and walk anywhere you want to and what a bonus to get that Vitamin D3 if the sun is out.  Walking on a trail or up and down hill challenges your balance, which ups your overall calories by up to 82 percent!  Brisk walking at 3 to 4 mph gets you into a moderate intensity workout zone, which is the minimum for a decent workout not only to lose weight but to increase cardiovascular fitness. Walking at 4.7 mph burns as many calories as jogging.


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Gardener's Dream Bath & Body by Aroma Crystal Therapy


Aroma Crystal Therapy is a Canadian company producing all-natural bath and body products that offer aroma and vibrational therapy qualities. Their Gardener’s Dream product line is made of pure essential oils, herbs, earth, natural extracts and semi-precious crystals. All of the products are 100% natural and free of parabens and Sodium Lauryl Sulfates. After a fairly recent rebranding, Gardener’s Dream products are also packaged in BPA free tubes with no phthalates. Aroma Crystal Therapy is Leaping Bunny certified which means they are animal friendly and cruelty free.

Gardener’s Dream ingredients are environmentally friendly and offer various health benefits starting from moisturizing skin and going all the way to serious medicinal properties.  Here are the active ingredients.

  • Lavender - Antiseptic, excellent cleanser and effective for all skin types.
  • Peppermint - Refreshing skin tonic, good for skin disorders.
  • Rosemary - Natural astringent, stimulates circulation and helps reduce acne inflammation.
  • Cinnamon - Helps prevent infections and reduce inflammation.
  • Eucalyptus - Helps clear congestion, infections and acne.
  • Green Tea - Antioxidant and protective, promotes elasticity, reduces inflammation, treats acne, and helps inhibit formation of freckles and dark spots.
  • Aloe Vera - Powerful healing agent that supports skin cell regeneration and can help moisturize dry skin.
  • Arnica - A natural herbal extract effective for relief of joint pains, inflammation and bruises.


Gardener’s Dream Cream

Gardner’s Dream Cream is the ultimate remedy for many skin issues. This product has won over 30 National Awards of Excellence including “Product of the Year”, “Best Body & Skin Care Product” and “Best Aromatherapy Product”. It has a rich buttery texture that absorbs quickly into the skin without making it oily. After using it your skin is left with a refreshed silky feeling. Dream Cream can help to relieve skin rashes, itchiness and pain, minor burns as well as muscle and tendon conditions such as: back and joint pain, tendonitis, muscle soreness, fibromyalgia and various sports injuries. Gardener’s Dream Cream’s Signature Scent is a unique blend of lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon and peppermint which provides a soothing effect and is perfect for massage.

Gardener’s Dream Lotion

Gardner’s Dream Lotion is inspired from the original Dream Cream. This perfect after-shower moisturizer has a light creamy texture that leaves skin smooth and silky for the entire day. Its zingy aroma has refreshing and energizing effect.

Gardener’s Dream Moisturizer

This is a perfect day-time facial and body moisturizer. The Gardener’s Dream Moisturizer has a very light texture that absorbs quickly and makes a great base for make-up. It gives a long lasting feeling of hydration while Sweet Orange extract improves complexion. Active lavender and palmarosa essential oils help to reduce wrinkles and regenerate skin. 

Gardener’s Dream Ohm

A rich, all natural facial moisturizer that relieves dry skin, improves dark circles and protects and promotes a youthful complexion. Gardener’s Dream Ohm has a high concentration of carrot seed oil that stimulates blood circulation, enhances skin tone and elasticity. Ohm also has medicinal effects and may sooth dermatitis, eczema and rashes. This rich facial cream is water soluble for lighter applications, making a little bit go a long way!

Gardener’s Dream Body Wash

Its gentle cleansing formula, free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, makes Gardener’s Dream Body Wash good for both facial and body care. This revitalizing body wash is perfect for all skin types, including combination skin. It has an uplifting lemongrass aroma that is perfect for a morning awakening or refreshing shower any time. Its active ingredients reduce skin imperfections and offer antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral effects.

Gardener’s Dream Body Scrub

A luxuriant finely ground body scrub that is perfect for gentle exfoliation. The original scrub was inspired by Gardener’s Dream Cream Signature Scent and now also comes in a refreshing Citrus Scent. Finely ground, hypoallergenic pumice stone helps remove old skin, while polishing the healthy skin below. This revitalizing body scrub leaves you with a refreshed feeling and is the perfect addition to your shower routine.

Gardener’s Dream Lip Saver

This gentle and soothing lip balm has a coconut oil base with the addition of herbal extracts and vitamin E. It has strong moisturizing and healing properties. It keeps lips healthy and hydrated through cold winters and hot summers. The Lip Saver is perfect for both day and night time use. Gardener’s Dream Lip Saver is free of menthol, silicone, salicylic acid and fragrance.


If you are beauty lover with a strong stance on locally made, all-natural and cruelty-free products, Gardener’s Dream skin care line might be just right for you. The products are available online on Aroma Crystal Therapy website: https://www.aromacrystal.com/store/home. All orders over $100 receive free shipping to US and Canada.


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Guest Post & Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe

Interested in a simple easy way to improve your health and nutrition?  Juicing and making smoothies are a great way to get your daily nutrition in and create a healthy, delicious drink at the same time.  It's also an awesome way to get the kids to try new things and get their daily intake of healthy fruits and / or veggies.  Here's a great guest post and mango banana smoothie recipe from Chris Wimmer from HealthSmartLiving.com.

Benefits of Mango
Sometimes when something tastes so good you think it can’t possibly healthy. A good example of this is the Mango. They are a delicious rich fruit but don’t let the decedent taste fool you. Mangoes have been linked to several major health benefits.  They prevent cancer by supplying you antioxidants (quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, and gallic acid), lowers cholesterol because its rich in pectin, fiber, and vitamin C and boost your immune system with mega doses of vitamin A, C, and carotenoids.

Benefits to Smoothies
There are many great benefits to smoothies but my two personal favorites are improved hydration and the perfect on the go breakfast. Dehydration comes in variations and is often overlooked as the root cause of common symptoms. These symptoms include dry skin, headaches, constipation, dizziness, and sleepiness. We are especially at risk for dehydration in the summer so this is also the perfect time of year to enjoy smoothies as a smoothie contains a high percentage of water.

Breakfast on the go
Smoothies are way better than grabbing those convenience bars or (gasp) donut. With very little planning a smoothie can be whipped up as fast as a cup of coffee and enjoyed just as easily on the morning commute. The big difference is the smoothie will give you a power punching boost vs. most other ‘convenient’ breakfast options.

Ingredients
• 1 cup of peeled organic mango (cubed)
• 3/4 cup ripe organic banana (sliced)
• 2/3 cup organic fat-free milk.  You can use (Flax Seed milk or Almond milk as alternatives)
• 1 teaspoon organic, raw honey
• 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Directions
Place mango cubes on a tray and put in the freezer for 1 hour. Cubes should be firm not rocks. Place frozen mango and the remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.  Enjoy!


Author Bio: Chris Wimmer writes and blogs at HealthSmartLiving.com about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your health.


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