Travel Tips To Pack Light With Ease Every Time

Love to travel, hate to pack? Check out these packing tips, videos and health and beauty packing multitaskers you must consider for your next travel adventure to save time, money and room in your suitcase!
I despise packing for a trip.  To be precise, I despise it immensely.  I loathe every last detail so much I am ashamed to admit, a few times, I considered canceling my trip just because I didn't want to pack for it. And if you knew how much I enjoy seeing new places and how I feel it is part of living a healthy lifestyle, you would understand it's an issue!

And, to make it even more tragic, I think I passed my "hate packing gene" to one of my daughters. One time before we left for a trip when we had an early flight to catch, I opened her bedroom door to remind her of the time. There, I found her throwing her entire closet in a suitcase just because - you guessed it - she hates to pack and had procrastinated and left the packing task to the very last possible moment!

So, if you are in the "despise packing camp" like me and my daughter, I have a packing strategy to make it a little more bearable. Come see how I lessen the pain with a few travel multitaskers, a bag I always have packed ready-to-go as well as lots of packing hints from other travel masters that could help you, too! And, of course, I do hope you will add your packing and travel ideas in the comments as well!

5 Health And Beauty Multitaskers To Travel Light

Despite my shuddering at the thought of packing, I know travel is necessary to connect with those I care about. learn new things and to stimulate my mind (all part of creating that healthy lifestyle!).

One trick I implement is creating travel size containers (see my favorites in the next section) of items that can multi-task and save room in my bag. And I always refill them each time upon my return from my trip so that they are ready for the next dreaded packing task. (Check! One less thing to pack!) And, believe it or not and as strange as it sounds, five of them are food items that can be used for some effective home remedies, too. Here they are and how and why I use them:

1.  Baking soda

It is inexpensive, and I can use it as a facial skin exfoliator, toothpaste, bee sting remedy and more. I am not the only one that uses it a lot as here are 31 other uses for baking soda as well!

2.  Coconut oil

I use it as a body moisturizer, eye makeup remover, hair conditioner (on the tips if needed on the beach), and lip moisturizer before bed. I use this on my carry-on for long flights, too;

Don't miss this:  What to pack in that carry-on to make your time in the air feel just like home!

Save time, money and room in your suitcase with these health and beauty multitaskers to pack for your next trip! Check out other pro packing tips, videos and more to make the most of your next travel adventure!

3.  Raw honey

Raw honey is best over the processed variety and here's why. You can sweeten your tea and wash your face. This is the method I have used.

4.  Lemon

I throw a few lemons in my bag to make my morning lemon waterand if I am going to the beach, sometimes my daughters and I rub it in our hair to lighten.

Don't miss this: You won't believe all the great things you can do with those citrus peels!

5.  Pink salt

I wrote about how this is the hands down, much healthier salt to use for cooking but I can also use it as a body scrub (mixed in with a bit of my coconut oil) and a scratchy throat elixir for me, my family or anyone I am traveling with at the time.

Create A Ready-To-Go Travel Bag

Having a makeup/toiletries bag ready to go at a moments notice really lessens my stress load in packing!  Taking the time to set it up once and never again, with the exception of a few updates and refills here and there, makes me a whole lot more excited for my next travel adventure knowing part of my packing is already done! 

Here are a few items that are really useful to create your ready-to-go makeup/toiletries bag in a snap:

Save time, money and room in your suitcase by creating your ready-to-go travel bag for your next travel adventure! Packing videos, pro tips and more right here to make your next trip smooth and easy!

1.  I have tried a lot of make-up/toiletries travel bags and have learned you need one that you don't have to dig through or even half empty out to find things to save a whole lot of time getting dressed. This drawstring functional travel makeup bag can easily keep you organized!  It is roomy, easy to find things in and I love all the sections and the extra pockets. You can throw it in the washer after each trip, too! Great price and cute colors.

2.  There are never enough mirrors when traveling (especially with daughters!), so a light-weight, travel make-up mirror is a life-saver.  If I am not using it, my daughters are!

3.  All those beauty multitaskers I talked about in the above section as well as your shampoo, soap, etc. fit so well in these leak-proof, BPA-free and TSA approved bottles.  They have a lot of extra features, are well-rated and they can be labeled, too, which I really appreciate.  (Before I had labeled bottles, I used conditioner on my hair as shampoo more times than I'd like to admit! ) 

Stress-saving tip: Just make sure to refill your bottles soon after your return home so your travel bottles are ready for next time!

4.  I purchased an inexpensive, well-rated extra make-up brush set like this one to keep in my travel bag leaving my other nicer set at home.  That way I never forget a brush and never leave my better ones in a hotel bathroom! Plus, these are smaller and take up much less space.

5.  This plug adapter takes up so little room, that I just keep it in my bag for international trips if I am lucky enough to plan one.  It is well-rated and works great!

6.  Another task I am not particularly fond of is ironing.  I rarely iron anything before I pack it anymore because it is just so wrinkled by the time I arrive. But, this travel steamer is great to quickly make you look presentable and wrinkle-free.

Love to travel, hate to pack? Check out these packing tips, videos and health and beauty packing multitaskers you must consider for your next travel adventure to save time, money and room in your suitcase!

8 Other Expert Packing Hints, Travel Links & Travel Tips

There are some real pros out there with some amazing packing hints I don't want you to miss! Tap here for major ideas as well as a few other words I have about travel mixed in below:

1.  Oh my! This guy is a packing ninja and takes only 15 minutes to do it.

2.  International traveling takes a bit more thought. Here are important things to consider.

3.  Make your travel dreams a reality with this step-by-step plan to get you there . . . even if it seems impossible financially or logistically!

4.  Squeeze the most out of your travel adventure with these methods.

5.  You can't miss this fun and really helpful video on packing tips!

6.  How and why traveling can enhance your health!

7.  I don't think I could manage this, but I sure do admire those that do: pack for a month in a carry-on.

8.  Get every last detail here on packing lightly.

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Please share any packing suggestions, tips or let us in on your secret on how you psyche yourself to prepare for your travel adventures! After all, I need all the help I can get!

This post previously appeared at THM but has been greatly expanded and updated.

Secrets To Create Great Abs and Amazing Health

Stressing over the number on the weight scale? Well, get this! That number actually may not be as important to your health than the size of your tummy! Yes, studies say even skinny people with a BMI (body mass index) in the normal range could still be in the red zone, depending on the shape of their mid-section.

You see, the fat that lies just below your skin (not that we want to, but the kind you can grab with your hands) is called subcutaneous fat. In your belly, it’s called visceral fat because it builds up in the spaces between and around your viscera -- internal organs like your stomach and intestines. And, fat build up there -- not a good thing!  Keep reading to find out why that is so and find some exact steps to take to get rid of it that don't just involve exercise and diet.

Why Belly Fat Is Especially Dangerous To Our Health

Here are some reasons why we really need to pay attention to that spare tire that could be forming:

  • This visceral fat is a different animal as the fat in your middle makes toxins that affect the way your body works.  Those toxins include chemicals called cytokines that doctors say boost your chances of heart disease and make your body less sensitive to insulin, which can bring on diabetes.
  • Cytokines also cause long-term inflammation, our bodily enemy as this can lead to certain cancers of the colon, esophagus, and pancreas.
  • Scientists think cancer is caused by cell mutations as they divide. Fat in your abdomen may spur on hormones that prompt cell division.  More cell division means more opportunities for cell mutations, which means more cancer risk.

Tight abs can help you look great, but did you know it can keep away cancer, diabetes and heart disease, too? Find tips here to get your flattest abs and learn a few other ways it can make a BIG impact on other parts of your life, too!

3 Ways Creating Strong Abs Can Make Your Everyday Life Much Better

Besides not wanting to be a toxin-making machine creating possible disease and looking good in your clothes, here are some other reasons creating a strong core can make a big difference in your everyday life:

1.  Strong core. Stronger back. Less pain. Better mood.

Back pain can really get in the way of living life and make us cranky! And, a lot of back pain is related to weak muscles in your trunk. Thus, working on strengthening that midsection can help resolve many back issues. The muscles in your core weave throughout your torso and attach to your spine. Consequently, when ab muscles are weak, it creates some strain on the spine.

Don't miss this:  A list of other tips to keep your back strong and nimble.

2.  Trim tummy. Better sleep. More energy.

Belly fat can bring on chronic, loud snoring and maybe even sleep apnea. People who have sleep apnea literally stop breathing for a few seconds to even more than a minute sometimes all night long greatly disrupting sleep. Who wouldn't feel exhausted after a night like that? But, losing weight can often help remedy the problem so you can get a better night's sleep and, of course, more air!

Don't miss this:  Why and how cherries can be a smart snack for better sleep.

3.  Flat stomach. Protection from injury. More free time.

Who wants to spend their time on crutches with a sprain, at doctors' offices or worse on the operating table for a repair.  No one. A flat, strong, stomach can help protect you from injury.  Unlike any other muscles in your body, a strong core affects the functioning of the entire body and how it moves. Whether you garden, hike, run marathons or chase kids all day, the stronger the abs, the better protected you are from injuring yourself.

How To Successfully Create A Flatter Stomach and Much Healthier Body

Regular exercise and healthy food choices are fundamental to create a flat and strong core (as well as optimal health overall!), but here are some essential tweaks to creating success with that critical goal in mind:

1.  Eat well and don't starve yourself!

Going around hungry all the time isn't fun! And, if you think it helps lessen belly fat, scientists would tell you are wrong.  Eating enough food (yes, of course, healthy whole food choices!) keeps your body from experiencing hormone imbalances.  Eating too few calories reduces the amount of the fat-burning hormone leptin in your body, which will slow down weight loss.

Don't miss this:  None of these nutrient-dense foods will add inches to your waistline!

2. Stand tall and ready.

I am the Mom always on my daughters to watch their posture and I must say, they get compliments on their good posture! Not only do you appear more confident and positive, having good posture takes 5 pounds off! And carrying yourself all day strong and tall without slumping is much better for your back and keeps your abs strong, too.

Your weight may not be nearly as important to your health than the size of your tummy, studies say. Click here for top tips you may not have heard yet to get great abs to help you keep away cancer, diabetes and heart disease and look great in your clothes, too!

3.  Create smart exercise routines that don't hog your day!

Don't get me wrong, that ab routine can help define muscles, but cardio for overall weight loss is important too, to show the definition.  Shorter cardio workouts that use high-intensity interval training is showing more effective for fighting belly fat, too.

Don't miss this:  Check out this 25-minute interval training routine I have been doing lately at home that doesn't hurt my knees!

4. Take time to unwind.

A constant high level of stress can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which can increase the amount of tummy fat.  For a flatter stomach and so many other reasons, find a few ways that lessen your stress today.

Don't miss this:  For many, it is hard to know how to unwind.  I have 25 ways that may help you destress successfully right here.

5.  Don't drink your calories.

Opt out of the sugary drink habit. There are many better options than choosing drinks that have calories and that can cause weight gain around the middle.  Clean water is always a great way to hydrate and support your body, but if you don't like the taste of water much, add citrus or a sprig of fresh herbs to liven it up.  Your taste buds will adjust to the lack of sweetness! My husband, an avid tea drinker, slowly learned to delete the sugar he adds to his tea and now he adds none and hates the taste of sugary tea. If he can do it, you can!

Don't miss this:  Here are some of my family's favorite toxin-free water bottles we use to stay well hydrated on the go.

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Host Your Best Barbecue . . . the Healthy Way!

Before you fire up your grill, learn here the easy steps to take to wipe away cancer-causing, toxic compounds that can form on your food when you grill.  Get healthy recipes and top grilling tools to host your next barbecue -- the healthy way!

Fire up the grill, get those coals glowing. gather around the Barbie.  It is a favorite summer activity for many cultures -- grilling with friends and family!  There are endless cookbooks and even numerous TV competitions dedicated to this method of cooking.  But the TV hosts don’t mention that many studies have discovered cancer-causing compounds can be created when grilling those foods.

I certainly do not want to throw water on a favorite social past time and I don't plan to! Instead,  I have for you a few small measures you can take to counteract what science has been telling us about the bad effects of grilling our foods. Come take a look and get on with hosting your best barbecue -- the healthy way!

Why Grilling Can Be Bad For Your Health

Here is a bit more about what the studies about grilling are telling us:

  • Grilling and pan frying can cause the harmful cancer-causing chemicals heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to form when meats like beef, pork, fish or poultry are cooked using high-temperature methods.
  • These compounds are the same as those found in cigarette smoke.  And we already know how unhealthy that is.
  • The formation of HCAs and PAHs varies by meat type, cooking method, and how long the food has been grilled or cooked.  Meats cooked at high temperatures, especially above 300ºF (as in grilling or pan frying), or that are cooked for a long time tend to form more HCAs. 

8 Easy Tips To Grill The Healthy Way

So, that was the bad news.  Here is the good news! There are remedies that can interfere or derail this HCA and PAH formation.  And here are some simple ways to do just that:

1.  Give it a soak.

Adding several antioxidant-rich foods to marinades counteracts those DNA damaging compounds nicely.  Reach for foods like these when grilling:

  • Add spices to your dishes such as turmeric, garlic and sage when creating a marinade.  
  • Fresh herbs like rosemary and parsley are strong counterparts.  
  • Yogurt and olive oil make great bases for effective marinades as well as wine and especially beer and stout ale.   
  • Fresh fruit such as grapes, cherries, prunes, blackberries and blueberries are great antioxidants to add as well.

Don't miss this: Tap here for a great tip on how to use that antioxidant, inflammation-fighting spice, turmeric, the right way to get all those amazing health benefits!

2.  Add Vitamin E.

Some studies have shown 400 I.U. from a vitamin E capsule rubbed in the meat can counteract HCA and PHA formation.

3. Turn down the flame.

Grilling low and slow is the best method to create lower levels of char.

Before you fire up your grill, learn here the easy steps to take to wipe away cancer-causing, toxic compounds that can form on your food when you grill.  Get healthy recipes and top grilling tools to host your next barbecue -- the healthy way!

4.  Flip often.  

Turn the meat over often to avoid too much charring.

5. Include lots of fruits and vegetables!

Those wonderful colorful veggies offer a free pass. There is no HCA and PHA formation when grilling vegetables. Serving some fruits like apples or pineapple alongside the grilled items can counterbalance the harmful compounds, too. 

Don't miss this:  You should try some of these healthy vegetable recipes.

6.  Choose foods wisely.

Skinless chicken creates 50 percent less risk of HCA and PHA formation. Fish and seafood tend to form much lower levels of cancerous compounds as well.

7.  What you drink can help, too.

Go ahead and tip your glass for a few suds as stout ale has been shown to be a most effective neutralizer of HCAs in red meat.  Green tea is the non-alcoholic beverage of choice with grilled items as well. They both make great marinades as well for taste and to reduce the dangerous compounds from forming.

Don't miss this:  Lots of ideas for hundreds of healthy drink ideas at your fingertips!

8.  Choose natural charcoal.

Avoid self-lighting charcoal and lighter fluid as they contain harmful petroleum products which can be absorbed into what you are grilling.

Don't miss this:  Follow my Pinterest board completely dedicated to healthy grilling!

Top Tools To Create Your Perfectly Healthy Barbecue

Create that perfectly healthy barbecue for your family and friends with tools like these that I have round-up for you.  See if any of these items I have linked to can set the scene for your best outdoor time:

Before you fire up your grill, learn here the easy steps to take to wipe away cancer-causing, toxic compounds that can form on your food when you grill.  Get healthy recipes and top grilling tools to host your next barbecue -- the healthy way!

1.  Mini Lantern Set: Can't have a party without festive lighting.  These strands are adorable and great for an outdoor barbecue to liven things up!

2.  Silicone Grill Brush:  Gotta use one of these to baste those tasty and healthy marinades on your foods!

3.  Quilted Hammock:  Your friends and family will love you for setting up a comfortable hammock like this one. It screams summer outdoors and fun times!

4.  Natural Charcoal:  No chemicals here to add toxicity to your beautiful healthy meals!

5.  Drink Dispenser:  Let everyone serve themselves with a great drink dispenser for that tasty green tea sangria (recipe below!).

6.  Grill pan:  Throw those critical veggies in here to keep it easy and not let them fall through the grates!

Two Healthy Barbecue Recipes

Here are a two favorite simple healthy recipes that you could serve at your next barbecue with a lot less worry over those unwelcome toxic, cancer-causing guests forming on your platter:

1.  Green Tea Sangria (Non-Alcoholic)

  • 7 green tea bags
  • 7 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups blackberries, blueberries and pitted cherries combined
  • 1 green apple sliced
  • optional:  2 tablespoons or so of maple syrup or raw honey 
  • fresh mint

Now Do This
  • Place tea bags in pitcher or container that can tolerate almost boiling water.
  • Boil the water just under the boil and pour over tea bags to steep for 5 - 10 minutes.
  • While tea is steeping, slice apple and rinse berries and cherry pieces.
  • Remove tea bags after the tea is reached desired strength.
  • Add fruit and maple syrup or honey, if using.
  • Stir and allow to cool and for flavors to mesh.
  • Serve over ice and garnish with sprigs of mint.

2.  Grilled Chicken with Spiced Yogurt

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless organic chicken thighs
  • 1.5 cups organic plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 small cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • few bits of lemon peel grated
  • 1/4 cup minced, fresh parsley

Now Do This
  • Combine yogurt with turmeric, cumin, garlic, oregano, rosemary, lemon juice and lemon peel.
  • Stir well to make the marinade.
  • Set aside half of mixture for sauce and refrigerate in a glass container.
  • Cover chicken pieces well with remaining marinade and refrigerate for at least a few hours but overnight is better.
  • Grill chicken until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Cover and let it rest for five minutes.
  • Sprinkle with minced parsley.
  • Serve with extra set-aside marinade as dipping sauce.
Serve with steamed rice of choice and some grilled tomatoes and zucchini.

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Jump in! Do you have a favorite healthy grilling recipe to share? Please do and provide a link in the comments!

Top Expert Tips And Tools To Clean Your Air Indoors And Out

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and everyone is smiling! Nothing beats time outdoors on a perfect weather day. It is spirit lifting at its very best! But, not to add a bit of, well . . .  rain to the equation, the air we breathe during those spirit-enhancing outdoor pursuits can sometimes, depending on where you are, not be so health-promoting! And, that goes for the indoor air we breathe too! But, let me assure you, there are easy solutions to help out. Read further for great tips to do today to counteract this issue from an innovative air quality expert.

Food Rules: Simple Guidelines To Eating Healthy

Here is help to keep your healthy eating plan simplified with these easy to remember, practical food guidelines to make your best food choices and meal plans for your family to eat right! Come find easy food rules for healthy eating that may help you feel and look your best.

When one of my daughters was diagnosed with multiple food allergies many years ago, our family became well acquainted with the enormous place food holds.  Food rules.  It dictates a lot.  Even our social lives can be altered as most celebrations are centered around food.

After the news, our lives took a major new focus. There were many extra precautions, extra preparations, so much to learn, many to educate and so many worries!  And, at the time, we may not have known it, but it was the spark plug to a more aware path.  Although the 13 foods she was allergic to and not allowed to eat were ingredients in basically all the other foods on the store shelves, leaving very few easy choices, what seemed like a crisis turned into a catalyst.

It was a time of condensed learning. In fact, it was learning on speed dial because we had no other choice than to scrutinize every food label, teach ourselves to administer needles and teach many others to as well! But, one huge advantage of having to focus so intently on food is that it we became better schooled and certainly more cognizant of the effects food has on our bodies - the good and the not so good.  Thus, food rules,  Yes, it does. It has quite the impact. Come find some simplified rules for healthy eating that resulted from our experience examining food so closely that may help you feel and look your best, too!

 10 Simplified Healthy Eating Rules I Live By

The food we consume is one element to leading a healthy lifestyle.  The information on those food choices can overwhelm, though, does it not? What diets to follow, what foods to stay away from, which ones to include and how to best prepare it.  So, for me, I like to keep it simple and pared down.  I have a few parameters I like to stay within most of the time when it comes to food choices, menu planning and what I keep in our kitchen for the family to eat.  I thought these food guidelines may help you and your family, too:

1.  Eat lots of plants and seeds.

The studies say the same thing - eat a plant based diet and the benefits are numerous:  improved blood pressure, decreased risk of heart disease, lowered cholesterol, better weight control, lower cancer rates, better moods, nicer skin, slower aging, etc. Yes, I want all that! How about you?

Don't miss this: I have a great anti-aging plan to keep you looking, feeling and acting vibrant!

2.  Choose nutrient-dense plants have lots of shades of green and other bright colors and consume a variety of them.

The green in a plant usually indicates chlorophyll - a life sustainer.  The many other colors present in fruits and vegetables indicate the different antioxidant phytochemicals they contain. Many of these chemicals help protect us against various diseases, but each in a different way. So, a variety is key. Each time I shop for vegetables and fruits, I make sure to mix it up from the last time I shopped to ensure a variety is eaten.

Don't miss this:  Here are some healthy and wonderful green salads to prepare easily at your house tonight!

3.  Avoid foods that have sugar listed as the first three ingredients.

I steer away from foods in boxes and cans most of the time, but if I do consume them, if sugar or a form of it is listed early on, then it probably contains a lot of sugar and too much of it.

Here is help to keep your healthy eating plan simplified with these easy to remember, practical food guidelines to make your best food choices and meal plans for your family to eat right! Come find easy food rules for healthy eating that may help you feel and look your best.

4. Do not consume any artificial sweeteners.

 I just stay far, far away from the fake stuff.  More chemicals.  Besides, they give me a headache.  That can't be good.

Don't miss this:  Chewing gum is loaded with chemicals and artificial sweeteners. Find other simple alternatives to keep your breath its freshest.

5.  Keep it whole.

Half, or more than half actually, of the preservatives in some canned and boxed foods I have no idea how to pronounce or can keep track of the studies on them (as the information on them always seems to change).  Thus, I just stay away from them generally speaking.  Food closest to its most natural state is best.  Our bodies then know what to do with it. I feel a whole (note the pun!) lot better when I eat this way, too!

6.  Eat when hungry and stop when full.

Gluttony,  It is one of the seven sins, after all.

Don't miss this: Here is how thin people stay that way.

7.  Enjoy a treat, but make it occasional.

When you decide to indulge, go ahead and enjoy every last bite of it. No guilt, what. so. ever!  But keep it to every now and then.

Don't miss this: Here are loads of healthy treats to satisfy that hankering for something kinda naughty!

8.  Do not eat out too much.

Love to cook; hate the dishes. But if you eat out a lot, you really can't account for everything that is going in your mouth.  If you prepare it, you know what is really there and what went in to make it.

Don't miss this: I have lots and lots of easy, healthy, yummy dinner ideas covered for you right here.

9.  Go organic.

Some foods have lower levels of pesticide than others, and it is not always possible to find organic foods or afford it.  Further, when eating out, it is really difficult.  But, when you can, choose it.

10.  Do not preach.

By all means, provide a good example to others and share information, if interest is there.  But, if you go too academic on others about food, your wanting to help them has been negated.  You could create a negative impression when you really want to encourage them to eat healthier.  Be gentle, everyone!

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So, tell me, is my way, your way?  What are your guidelines when it comes to food?  I'd love to know!

How To Create Your Healthiest, Whitest, Most Sparkling Smile!

This post is brought to you by Tom's of Maine. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Health-Minded.

There is nothing like a warm smile upon meeting someone new. It raises spirits all around - the one giving the smile as well as the one receiving it. But to keep it looking good and actually something to smile about, stepping up your oral hygiene routine could play a crucial role.

It is true that how you care for your teeth and gums can create a sparkling smile that anyone would want to see, but that is certainly not all it can do for you! Your dental routine, or lack of one, may even determine your risk for other serious diseases. Keep reading to see what the latest research is saying on that as well as lots of tips (you may not have heard of) to care for your teeth the best way.

The Link Between Your Oral Hygiene and Potential Cancer,  Heart Disease, and More

It may sound like a far reach to think that how you take care of your teeth and gums could affect cancer or heart disease risk as well as diabetes and other diseases. But, according to some latest studies, it could be so. Here are some of the latest findings on how you choose to take care of your teeth and gums may affect your overall health:

  • Inflammation that starts in the mouth seems to weaken the body’s ability to control blood sugar and play a role in diabetes.

Don't miss this:  Sleep has a lot to do with heart health, too. Find here just how many hours sleep can help you keep your heart beating strong

Easy Health Tip: Best Cooking Oils For Your Kitchen

Don't misunderstand.  I love olive oil like the rest of you!  But, many, many other wonderful and healthy cooking oils abound. And they are just waiting for the pour, the drizzle or the saute to bring great flavor and great health!

Follow below to learn which cooking oils you want to include in your kitchen and why, which oils are best to heat with for important health reasons (and which are not!), which oils have the healthiest fat profile and lots more to help you stock your healthy kitchen the best way!

Learn an easy health tip here about which healthy and delicious cooking oils you want to include in your kitchen and why! Find which ones to stay away from, which oils have the healthiest fat profile and great taste and lots more to help you stock your healthy kitchen the best way!

Top Plan To Ace Your Big Event + Product Discount

Big event soon? Interview, presentation, big party? To make it go smashingly well, follow this plan the night before to stay on your game and be extra alert and sharp to make your big day a surmountable success!

Important client meeting or presentation coming up? Just landed a big interview perhaps? Or, are you hosting a special event anytime soon? Those big days that we really, really want to go smashingly well really do call for a bit of extra effort to show our best side.

A plan to help us stay on our game and be extra alert, present and sharp is in order!  See if a healthy plan like the one below to follow the evening before your big day can help you achieve surmountable success!

Effective and Quick Evening Plan to Get Ready For A Big Event

Feeling calm, yet energized, alert and confident will certainly help you ace your big day. How could it not? Here is an effective plan full of healthy steps to follow the evening before the event as well as some products that can assist you to present your best side the next day and create the roaring success you want and deserve:

1.  Set your alarm 15 - 20 minutes earlier.  

No need to rush about that day! Give yourself a bit of extra time for any hiccups that may occur the next morning and that could potentially frazzle you.

2.  Prepare a breakfast that will make you feel great and support your brain! 

Set up everything the night before to easily assemble a healthy breakfast.  Read on to find some food items to include to make you calm and alert at the same time.

Here are two drinks you may want to consider to prepare for an intense and demanding day when you want to be on top of your game and fast on your feet:
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  • Matcha tea provides a nice steady stream of energy and the intense color will certainly brighten your morning.  Here is how to make matcha tea, but I swirl mine in a smoothie.
  • Protein is important to keep you feeling full and alert all morning! If you are pressed for time, you can easily include protein like a hard boiled egg you make the night before or some plain, organic Greek yogurt with berries and a drizzle of raw honey. Add a generous handful of nuts for a fast, filling breakfast and a healthy dose of fats, too.  Smoothies are a great choice with a tablespoon of healthy nut butter added, as well.
Don't miss this:  Here are a few other key foods to calm your mind that you should try.

Big event soon? Interview, presentation, big party? To make it go smashingly well, follow this plan the night before to stay on your game and be extra alert and sharp to make your big day a surmountable success!

3.  Choose a soothing or energizing playlist or radio station.

Depending on what kind of mood you want to instill in yourself the next day, set up a listen to play during your commute to the event as well as at home getting ready. Steer away from news programming.  It is hardly light these days!

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4.  Get it together!

Follow these steps to get organized and make the morning go so, so smoothly:
  • It is not a good day to try a new cosmetic or skin routine in case you react adversely.  Keep your beauty routine to the familiar and save any new products for another day.
  • Assemble anything you need to bring along for your big day (including a travel umbrella if rain is called for). Ensure you have needed cash for parking or subway cards.  Slip in an easy, non-stain producing healthy snack to pack and some water to bring along.

5.  Tape a positive message or affirmation to your bathroom mirror for the big day! 

Let that positive message be one of the first things you see when you awaken!  The next morning, say it aloud. let it sink in and bath in positivity!

6.  Create a good night's rest with these steps:

  • Skip the alcohol the day before as it can disrupt your sleep later.  Instead hydrate really well to avoid dehydration and sleep disturbances because of it.  
  • Do not partake in any big decision making or conversations the night before your big day as they could affect your sleep.  Tell your family and friends to please shelve any inquiries or problem-solving, if possible, to after the event when you are celebrating your amazing success. 
  • Do not use sleeping aids.  They can make you groggy the next day - not what you want on your big day! Instead consider an herbal pillow spray like this one that I love that soothes you to sleep and has no side effects.
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7.  Consider meditation or prayer.

Meditation and prayer can clear your mind and help you dig deeper to find purpose in the next day's event.  You may want to repeat this in the morning, too!


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Do you follow any special routines or use certain products the night before your big or special days? Please add your ideas in the comments.

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