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Get in My Belly

The Ultimate Body Applicator helps to tighten, tone, and firm your trouble spots.. and for many, the biggest trouble spot is the stomach. While using the Applicator, it is in your best interest to drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet. Here is a list of 10 foods that are especially helpful to eat while undergoing your easy, mess-free, apply from home, wrap treatments. These foods will help to bust belly fat, improve digestion, beat bloating, and boost your metabolism.

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Create the Economy of You

More and more people are starting up side jobs to earn additional income. With that being said- I wanted to share this quick read by Kimberly Palmer:

“During the height of the recent recession, with new rounds of layoffs happening weekly, I realized something: The chances of me holding onto my current job for the next thirty-plus years was about as likely as me landing a spot on Survivor and actually winning the million dollars. I needed a back-up plan, or another source of income that would save me if my primary one suddenly fell through.

That back-up plan turned out to be my side-business of selling money planners on Etsy. Soon after I got started, I discovered a whole world of people doing the same thing – launching side-businesses to supplement their income. Not only does it provide greater income – and the incredible satisfaction that comes from creating a product or service that helps people – but it also works as a safety net. If our full-time jobs ever do disappear, our side-businesses are there to catch us.

Given those benefits, it’s no surprise that almost one-third of the freelancers on Elance.com also have full-time jobs, or that over 7 million workers, around 5 percent of the workforce, hold more than one job. Side-gigs are even more popular among young Americans: The Young Entrepreneur Council recently found that one in three millennials have launched one.

After interviewing over 100 side-hustlers, I learned that the successful ones tend to share these three traits:

1. They are intimately familiar with what motivates them, and it’s often something big: A new baby, a layoff, or another major life change. They use it to stay focused during the challenging parts of growing a side-business.

2. They pick side-businesses that leverage their existing skills, resources, contacts, and interests. Their ventures often enhance, rather than conflict, with their full-time jobs.

3. They keep their expenses low, which includes start-up costs. Since you can launch a side-business with very little cash by using existing infrastructure — freelance websites, e-commerce sites, blogging platforms, social media – you can usually get started for less than the cost of a nice lunch.

Building a side-business often starts off as a quest for financial security – but ends with much greater career satisfaction.”

Kimberly Palmer is the author of the new book, “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life,” and senior money editor for U.S. News & World Report, where she writes the popular Alpha Consumer blog. You can also connect with her (and download free worksheets along with pre-order goodies) at bykimberlypalmer.com.

Tighten and Tone Thursday: Legs

As I have been working on building up my legs, today’s Tighten and Tone Thursday topic just felt right. This is a great dumbbell workout you can do from home.

Est time: 1 hour

Home Dumbbell Workout For Legs
Quads Workout
Exercise Sets Reps
Dumbbell Goblet Squat 3-4 8-12
Dumbbell Lunge 3-4 8-12
Dumbbell Step Up 3-4 15-20

See the rest of this workout, courtesy of MuscleandStrength.com

Tighten and Tone Thursday: Pliates

Pilates are an excellent way to tone and sculpt your body. It helps to develop a strong core and back, gain flexibility, lengthen muscles, and more. Here are four basic pilates moves to tighten and tone your body.

 

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Food Pyramid

Read more about this food pyramid.

*Image from Dr. Weil's website.

What in the World is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a polysaccharide (a carbohydrate molecule) that is derived from red seaweed. It is made by boiling the seaweed and extracting the carrageenan. It is often used in conjunction with agar, guar gum, or xanthan gum in foods. It is rampant in processed foods but is also found in many foods branded “organic.”

For over 50 years the food industry has been using carrageenan in foods and, thankfully, the studies go back just as far. Researchers have time and time again proven carrageenan causes allergies, induces inflammation, and leads to a host of health problems. Yet, this emulsifier is still allowed to be added to foods!

Carrageenan is a powerful allergen found to cause anaphylaxis in humans. Researchers actually use carrageenan to produce allergies and inflammation in animals to better study their reactions to pain medication or antihistamines. Because carrageenan is found in baby formulas and other milk products, many people mistake their reaction to carrageenan for a dairy allergy and go on drinking plant-based milk substitutes — which also often contain this allergen as well.

This text is not my own and was taken from the Ark of Wellness blog. 
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Memory Boosting Herbs

Brahmi

Known to improve mental functions such as cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration. Has been used to treat disorders involving anxiety, intellect, and poor memory.

Recent major scientific reviews of the plant suggest that it has prominent action on the central nervous system, where it improves understanding, memory, intellect, and speech, and corrects aberrations of emotions, mood, and personality in an individual. Studies in humans have shown that chronic administration of Brahmi results in improvements in working memory, visual information processing, learning rate and anxiety.

In India, Brahmi is currently recognized as being effective in the treatment of mental illness and epilepsy. In certain parts of India, Brahmi is believed to be an aphrodisiac; in Sri Lanka, under the name of Loonooweella, Brahmi is prescribed for fevers5; in the Philippines, it is used as a diuretic.

Source: http://www.mrsupplement.com.au/brahm

Rosemary

Historically known to improve memory by increasing blood flow to the brain and head, which by extension also helps improve concentration.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041110_rosemary_brain_performace_anti-inflammatory_herbs.html#ixzz2b3ENGCLc

Peppermint

The menthol component in the smell of the peppermint stimulates the hippo campus area of the brain which controls mental clarity and memory. The odor triggers you to wake up and pay attention.

Did you know: Peppermint oil has been used as a natural headache remedy to alleviate the pain.

Source: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/peppermint-health-benefits#ixzz2b3Gt4EUB

Basil

Great in aiding with stress relief and relaxation.

Fit Friday – Rise and Shine

These exercises emphasize light stretching and toning, ideal for mornings when you feel groggy. The workout takes about 15 to 20 minutes and requires a book, bath towel, and wash cloth.

Read more: http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/wake-workout#ixzz2aOqelLJo