15 Minute Work Outs for Busy Women

15 Minute Work Outs for Busy Women When it comes to scheduling exercise into your calendar, it can often time feel like shoving a puzzle piece where it doesn’t fit.

Understanding exercise is crucial and quite necessary, it can feel frustrating to struggle with actually finding the time to fit it in.

If carving out an hour to make it to the gym isn’t feasible, there are plenty of ways to fit in a fast workout that still yields results — wherever you are.

Prioritizing a few days a week at the gym and the rest of your workouts at home sounds a lot more doable, does it not?  Take the pressure off and find what works for you and your schedule with these fast workouts for busy people — 15 minutes or less, wherever you are.

  1. Planking

Planking is a great way to get a lot of exercise done in a short amount of time.  When you assume the plank position, you are working out both your arm and your core muscles. While you will only be doing them for a few minutes at a time, you will see the rapid results with this workout.

  1. Burpees

Burpees work well as a kind of cardiovascular exercise that also tones muscles. If you’re not sure what a burpee is, it’s simple to explain, but not quite as effortless to do!  You will want to get down on the ground as if you are going to do pushups, do one, and get back up and jump in the air.  Repeat this for as many reps as you can.

  1. Lunges & Squats

Lunges and squats are both exercises that are very easy to accomplish, and you can get creative with working them into your day.  You can do squats while you brush your teeth morning and night, lunges around the kitchen while dinner is cooking — anytime you are standing still during the day, fit in some squats or lunges to pass the time.

  1. Sworkit App

There are tons of in-home workout apps to choose from, and Sworkit is one that I use and adore.  Customize your own HIIT workout, even choosing how long you have to fit an exercise in, and you’ll get a fantastic workout you can do in the comfort of your own home, customized just for you.

  1. Stairs 

Whether you have them in your house or somewhere nearby in your neighborhood, using a staircase to get in some great cardio is a fantastic idea. Run up the stairs, walk down, and repeat.

Get in as many reps as you can, and you will have a heart-pounding workout in 15-minutes or less.

So no matter what workout you do, make sure you pick one that you know that you are going stick to.

Working out really can be fun if you find some methods that you actually enjoy, rather than dread.

For example, my absolute favorite type of workout at home is Yoga.  I can choose a 15 minute work out or a 1 hour workout depending on my time.  It also gives me a good stretch after days of squash.

What’s your favorite type of workout?  Comment Below!

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Yeast (Candida) Overgrowth- The Secret Factor Behind Your Health’s Demise

Candida Overgrowth, the secret to your health's demise Is your general health deteriorating for no real reason?

Have you blamed it on stress and bad luck?

Well, fortunately, you might have just found an explanation after all.  Yeast (Candida Overgrowth) may be the reason.

Your exhaustion, stress and gastrointestinal issues may be easily blamed on an issue more common than people think.

Candida albicans
Candida albicans are tiny yeast organisms that exist in high numbers throughout your body, though generally don’t cause you any harm.

In fact, Candida yeast actually assists with digestions and nutrient absorption. When there is an overgrowth of this type of yeast  However, then you can begin to experience less-than-ideal symptoms.

Unbalancing The Scale
Candida yeast thrives in unbalanced environments. Similarly, when your brain notices that your body is out of whack, it acts accordingly.

Yeast overgrowth can affect the entire neurological system with its imbalances.  hich leaves you with severe mood disorders such as dramatic mood swings, anxiety and even depression.

You May Feel Extra Sleepy

One of the most insufferable symptoms of Candida overgrowth is the constant fatigue that people feel.

This fatigue is not simply cured by getting an extra few hours of sleep ojr taking an extra rest.

Instead, it can last longer than six months and will eventually prevent you from completely regular daily tasks.  Leaving you with a cloud of chronic exhaustion, joint pain and overall blood fogginess.

More Than an Upset Stomach

Yeast and other bacteria is found in your gut at all times; since they are partly responsible for nutrient absorption and digestion.

However, an overgrowth of Candida affects the efficiency of the digestive system.

In large numbers, Candida breaks down the walls of the digestive tract, allowing toxins.  Such as acetaldehyde (a known carcinogen) to enter the bloodstream.

Similarly, an overgrowth of Candida can increase the chances of leaky gut syndrome.  Which also allows toxins and partially digestive food particles into the bloodstream.

A Toxic Bod
As a result of leaky gut syndrome, Candida yeast has an effect on the liver. When too many toxins are released into the bloodstream via broken down intestinal walls. The liver must work overtime to cleanse these toxins.

As a result, an overloaded liver cannot do the same high-quality job that a regular-working liver can.  Which results in a high number of toxins floating throughout your body.

The Entire Body
The culmination of stress, gastrointestinal issues and an overburdened liver triggers a negative response in the immune system.

This negative response is reflected as chronic inflammation of the entire body.  Including weight gain, skin rashes, brain fog and eventually, autoimmune disease.

These symptoms are severe enough to cause pain.  Prevent the efficiency of regular daily tasks and cause harm to your body in the long run.

But How Did I Get These Yeast Overgrowths?

There are a few lifestyle factors that affect the growth of Candida yeast. The first cause is a poor diet; diets that are high in sugar, acid, fermented foods and alcohol encourage yeast growth. Yeast thrives in high-sugar and acidic environments.

The overuse or misuse of antibiotics is another cause of the overgrowth of yeast. Some antibiotics, or simply the overuse of antibiotics, clear away “good” yeast and allows Candida yeast to prevail.

It is crucial to use antibiotics as directed.  Perhaps try a more natural remedy for infections in the future to reduce the use of antibiotics.

In addition to antibiotics, oral contraceptives or birth control pills also have an effect on the growth of yeast.

Birth control pills allow for an estrogen dominance throughout the body (which simply means that there is more estrogen than progesterone present in the body).  This stimulates Candida growth in other places besides the gut.

Lastly, Candida growth is encouraged by stress. If your body’s mental health is out of balance and your body is under great stress, then this could result in a Candida yeast overgrowth.

Unfortunately, the imbalance or disturbance in the gut and the rest of your body can affect your brain’s proper capacity. Therefore leaving your body in a constant cycle of stress and yeast growth.

How Can I Prevent Candida Overgrowth?

Though the overgrowth of Candida yeast running rampant in your body may seem severely inconvenient.  There are several ways to reduce the risk of developing an overgrowth.

Consuming probiotics in the form of food or in supplements may help to increase the number of “good bacteria”.  As well as discourage more growth of this “bad” bacteria.

The most important way to decrease the amount of Candida in your body is simply to clean up your diet.

Improving your diet means ridding your meals of acidic foods and beverages.  Consuming lots of green vegetables, consuming less starch and sugar and drinking plenty of water.

Eliminating or reducing alcohol consumption is also largely beneficial to your gut health.

References:

 Is This The Cause Of All Your Health Problems?

5 Signs You’re Suffering From Candida Overgrowth – And What You Can Do About It

10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It

9 Candida Symptoms & 3 Steps To Treat Them

Candida & Oral Contraceptives

Kamut Pasta Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Fresh and Healthy Salad for this Summer

I love eating healthy salads in the summer.  You can make this vegetarian or vegan (by skipping the tuna and feta) and you can choose your choice of healthy oils.

I love getting creative in the kitchen so go ahead and make this your own.  Enjoy this delicious and nutritious perfect summer salad!

What’s needed?

1 Bunch of Kale chopped

1 Tbsp Parsley chopped

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ Tsp pink Himalayan sea salt

1 Tsp Dijon mustard

1 Clove garlic minced

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon

¼ Cup Grape Seed Oil or Olive Oil (or your choice)

2 Cups cooked Kamut Pasta (or your choice)

1 Vine Tomato (or a pint of grape tomatoes halved)

½ Yellow pepper (or your choice)

1/3 Cup diced red onions

1/3 Cup Kalamata Olives (halved)

½ Cup cubed cucumber

½ Cup feta cheese (optional)

To make the Vinaigrette

Whisk together the oil, minced, lemon, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper.  Once mixed thoroughly add in parsley and stir.

Add the remaining veggies, pasta, Tuna (I like Raincoast Global Wild Shipjack Tuna) and (optional) feta cheese into a big bowl.  Poor the vinaigrette on top, toss salad and enjoy!

Want to make it even healthier, add some chia seeds and make it a super-food salad! 

If you really want the flavours to pop, chill for an hour in the fridge first before serving.

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How to make cooking easy all week long

Make cooking for the week a breeze with these simple steps. Leftovers are awesome! Click to learn more! Are you a leftover eater?

I know a lot of people don’t love eating leftovers because they don’t want to eat the same meal twice.

But leftovers don’t have to be the same meal you’ve eaten previously

Leftovers can come from a cooking marathon Sunday, where you whip up your meals for the week in one single cooking session.

Fill your oven with loads of veggies and create separate meals out of them.

For example, roasted vegetables can accompany blackened fish as a side item one meal, can be turned into veggie tacos for another meal, and can turn into a stir-fry for a third meal.

Your time is precious, and batch cooking will work wonders for your healthy eating habits and your schedule.

What gets you out of your head?

Change your mindset with this simple tip, click to find out more! I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that doesn’t struggle with some form of overthinking & not slowing down mentally.

Whether it be the culture we live in, the demands of everyday life, or the constant state of “on” that we have learned to accept as normal… It feels incredibly uncomfortable and almost impossible to slow down mentally and relax.

 

Meditation feels like the tallest mountain, because slowing down your mind, even for a few minutes, feels like an impossibility.

What helps get you out of your head?

Is there something you’ve learned to do to snap out of the mind cycle and relax for a bit?

Starting here is the first step in learning how to move toward meditation. You don’t have to jump in head first to mastering meditation.   Ditch those overwhelmed feelings and let’s learn how to gain more control over where our mind goes first. You can do this slowly everyday.

I like taking time in the morning or before bed to fill my head with new thoughts! Think about “how” YOU want to feel, don’t focus on how you don’t want to feel and start meditating on the good stuff!

Even a few minutes a day of calming our mind, focusing on how we want to feel is a great place to start.

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Cookout food Ideas That Aren’t Hotdogs or Hamburgers

 

How to make a summer cookout food healthy and delicious that everyone will love!

One of the best parts of summertime is gathering outside with your friends and family to enjoy delicious food and conversation.

The fireflies, warm, dewy air and longer days are the perfect equation for gathering to experience the essence of summer.

Cookouts are a staple of summertime, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, you may be left munching on the veggie tray as everyone else fills their plate with hotdogs and coleslaw.

You don’t have to be stuck with just the veggie tray.  There are numerous healthy options to choose from during the summer cookout months, so you there’s no need to be left out of the fun or go home hungry.

Here are a few of my summer cookout food staples…
  1. Veggie Burgers

Whether you make them from scratch or buy them premade, veggie burgers give you that summer BBQ feel, while avoiding the red meat.

These taste great if you put them on a whole grain bun, or even a lettuce wrap if you are gluten sensitive.

Dress it with the typical toppings and condiments, and you won’t even notice the difference.  Delicious!

  1. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

We all love mashed potatoes, but many don’t like the calories or nutrient profiles of potatoes.

You can now get the texture and love of this summertime favorite, for far fewer calories with some mashed cauliflower.

Just add some garlic and olive oil for a delicious flavor profile that mimics the real deal.

  1. Sweet Potato “fries”

The perfect companion for your veggie burger!

Skip the regular french fries and lean towards the healthier option — how about some baked sweet potato ‘fries?’

They have a higher nutrient profile, and since you are baking them, fewer calories!  You can even toss them on the grill for a crispy option to sweet potato fries.

  1. Shish Kabobs

Shish kabobs taste great during the summer.

Adding zucchini, squash, red onion and mushrooms make this a deliciously healthy and easy to hold meal.

If you desire animal protein for your shish kabobs, try tossing some organic chicken or wild caught shrimp in between your veggie layers.

Drizzle your favorite BBQ sauce on, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and healthy meal.

Eating healthy through the summer months does not have to be hard.  With just a few minor adjustments, you can turn pretty much any dish into a delicious and healthy meal without skimping out on the flavor at all!

So give these a try at your next BBQ, you will not be the only one who enjoys these dishes.

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Here’s to an awesome summer!