My beautiful mother-in-law…

I want to share a little history about how my journey of right eating and healthy living began by honoring a very special lady that is dear to my heart…
Eighteen years ago, my life forever changed when I met my soon to be mother-n-law, Janice Eleton.  Janice introduced me to healthy eating and a natural way of living.  She greatly influenced my life…in many ways.  Because of her encouragement, I became very passionate about studying nutrition and health.  Here is a photo of the two of us from 1997. I miss her greatly.

My beautiful mother-in-law.

 

“IceCreamless” Strawberry Shake

Chanler went into the kitchen to whip up my famous Organic Strawberry “IceCreamless” Milkshake that we like to make for a special treat, (Like Mother, Like Daughter).

Here are the ingredients:
Frozen Organic Strawberries
Organic Almond Milk
Organic Vanilla Extract
Stevia

*OPTIONAL (healthier versions from my local supermarket)
Whip Cream
Organic Chocolate Drizzle

Try it sometime, (Get ready for lots of happy faces).
🙂

"IceCreamless" Strawberry Shake.

 

Eye-Shadow

One of the questions I get asked often is about the makeup products I use. Let’s jump right in! A few years ago, one of my eyelids become very inflamed and irritated. My doctor told me that I may be having allergic reactions to the makeup I was using. By the process of elimination, I soon realized the synthetic chemicals in my eye-shadow was the source of my problem. I immediately began searching for natural alternatives to all of my makeup. I tried out several brands and actually found some that I like. And, if you’d like to try another approach to your makeup, hang with me here. Don’t get overwhelmed, we’ll take ZuZu Luxe Eye-Shadow.baby steps in the right direction. Since I mentioned it earlier, let’s just talk eye-shadow today. Here’s my favorite, it’s called ZuZu Luxe…made by Gabriel Cosmetics. It is derived from 100% all-natural ingredients and is paraben, lead & gluten free. ZuZu Luxe can be found in most healthy supermarkets, (such as Earth Fare & Whole-foods). Or, you can always find it online.
Well, there ya go. Let me know if you make the switch, to this one or another brand. Let me know what you think.
Happy and healthy living,
Christina

 

Stevia vs. Sugar

About fifteen years ago I realized I was constantly feeling tired and run down. I generally felt bad most of the time. By trial and error I soon discovered that what I was eating was greatly effecting the way I was feeling. I began studying health and nutrition and soon realized that in my case, sugar was one of the big culprits. It was wreaking havoc on my immune system.
Since I have greatly reduced my sugar intake, I now feel so much better! Whether you’re goal is losing weight or just a boost in overall health, eliminating sugar is a big step in the right direction.
Ok, I know you’re probably asking, “What in the world am I going to replace it with in my favorite recipes? Splenda? Saccharin? Aspartame?” My answer is no, no, no to those questions, (another topic for another day). But all is not lost and there’s an even better, healthier alternative…Stevia. Stevia extract comes from the plant, Rebiana, (an all-natural herb…designed by God Himself). 🙂
I use it for everything…baking muffins, cookies, pies, sweet tea, breads, etc…anywhere there’s a need for sugar. By the way, it doesn’t raise your blood sugar level, (great for diabetics). Several years back, you could only find Stevia in health food stores. Great news, Walmart now carries it, (that’s where I buy ours and it’s much cheaper). I buy the big bags for recipes and little packets for “on the go”…….(use with your coffee and add to unsweetened tea when you go out). Some folks say they can tell the difference in Stevia and sugar as far as taste goes. But the difference is very subtle, (but it pales in comparison to the health benefits after making the switch).
I greatly hope I have helped and informed somebody today.
Here’s to being a healthier you!
Christina