Top 7 Natural Health Remedies

Cold and flu season is in full swing! And sometimes, no matter how careful or healthy you are, you can get sick. It’s okay. It happens. The winter and spring can be especially tough when it can sometimes be 70 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next.

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Believe it or not, both Elyse and I have asthma. I have practically grown out of it, but Elyse hasn’t been so lucky. To top it off, she is allergic to all kinds of trees and animals, so we understand how frustrating it can be to get sick and not feel 100%. And in case you were wondering, yes, Elyse is allergic to our cat, but a.) she did not care, and b.) she has thankfully gotten used to Jovie after quite an eventful adjustment period!

Now, when it comes to aiding ailments, Elyse and I are by no means opposed to taking medication.  We know that sometimes we may need more than a natural remedy.  However, if we can avoid taking pills and opt for something natural, then we always try that first! Here are some at home items that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help prevent and aid ailments:

  • Tea! This is an easy one. Tea, especially green tea, can be hugely beneficial for you! Not only does it aid in increasing your metabolic rate to help you burn fat faster, but it can also help prevent certain diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, lower cholesterol, and reduce/relieve allergy symptoms!

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  • Raw local honey.  Not only is honey a great natural sweetener for foods and smoothies, but it can also aid in medical symptoms as well. Buy honey that is local to your area because it can help your body adjust to your environment and allergens (this is one Elyse lives by to help with her allergies).  Honey can also sooth sore throats, help to improve your skin, and provide you with antioxidants to help fight off diseases.
  • Ginger. If you are feeling nauseated, ginger is your friend! If you experience a lot of motion sickness or are starting to feel sick, then taking ginger capsules is best, but you can always mix some fresh ginger up in warm tea too. Or, if you think you are getting a head cold, taking ginger juice shots can be a great way to help you fight off a cold too.
  • Feverfew/Magnesium.  Suffer from migraines? You’re not alone! There are multiple medications out there that can aid in migraines or help to prevent them, but often times it takes multiple doctors visits and multiple different pills to find the right concoction. If you have something that works, then by all means stick with it! However, if you want to try a natural route, try a daily regimen of magnesium or feverfew as a preventive medication.  You can often find these in capsule form in the supplement/health section of your local market.
  • Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be great for flavoring a smoothie, but it is also another natural way to soothe a migraine or headache! Just rub a few drops of peppermint oil onto your temples or forehead (or wherever your head may be throbbing), lay down, and let the oil get to work! The oil creates a cooling sensation, almost like icy hot or biofreeze, so be careful, you do not need much!
  • St. John’s Wort. Feeling anxious? Having trouble sleeping? Then try some St. John’s Wort.  This natural wonder contains melatonin that will help you sleep, but also help to improve your body’s own naturally occurring melatonin.  For best results, try taking a capsule daily.

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  • Aloe Vera.  The Aloe vera plant may be a giant, scary, it’s-going-to-overtake-your-house, looking plant, but it can be a savior. If you have a bad burn, itchy skin irritation, or minor cuts and scrapes, then cut off a piece of aloe vera, chill it in the fridge (this is optional, but helps to soothe more), and rub the aloe gel directly onto your skin.

There are plenty of other natural health remedies out there, and these only just begin to scratch the surface! However, please always be sure to consult with your physician first before trying to treat yourself and/or if your symptoms persist.

What are some of your favorite at-home remedies that you like to try? Comment below and let us know!

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Both of my ladies are fighting off colds!

Exercise vs. Nutrition: Which is More Important?

Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, maintain your weight, or just try to be healthier overall, both exercise and nutrition play a role. However, the roles they each play are not exactly equal!

We all know (or have been) the person who works out at the gym constantly, but doesn’t see much, if any, results.  This is because when it comes to healthy living, and especially if you are trying to attain or maintain a healthy weight, about 75% comes from proper nutrition, and only 25% comes from exercise. So when a person works really hard at the gym, but then goes home and does not eat clean, that person will not see the results that he or she could really attain.

“You can’t out exercise a bad diet”

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Now, we do not want you to think that exercise is useless, because it definitely is not! We understand and appreciate that for many, exercising is the catalyst that gets people to start thinking about their nutrition.  But you definitely want to think about what it is that you are really putting into your body.  If you were to only eat clean and not workout, you would actually be able to maintain a healthier weight and lifestyle compared to someone who only worked out!

Since we ourselves promote an overall healthy lifestyle, we of course believe that you should complement your nutrition with exercise (both cardio and weight resistance trainings), because when you eat clean, you are able to reveal all of the hard work that you have been putting in through exercise!

Want to complement your workouts with proper nutrition and great recipes? Join our Lifetime Plan here and receive a nutrition break down, when to eat, what to eat, weekly meal plan options, and hundreds of clean recipes to choose from (including dessert)!

 

#TransformationTuesday: Amy’s Weight Loss Story

Amy is a working mom with a toddler at home.  Her and her husband started with our Four Week Guide and are now members of our Burnin’ Meal and Workout Lifetime Guide! When we received photos of their progression after just 4 weeks, we were floored! Check out Amy’s story below (don’t worry, her husband’s story will be coming soon):

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As a former massage therapist, I would always encourage clients to tend to their own health so that they can be dedicated to others without becoming stressed, sick, or depleted. But, sometimes it’s hardest to take care your own advice! This lesson especially hit home when I became a mom. Now, there never seems to be enough time in the day!

When I found out about Fairburn It Off I leapt at the chance to sign my husband and myself up! We had tried clean eating before, but we were having a hard time breaking some of our “bad food habits”. Without structure, we were just trying our best day-by-day.

The first week, or so, was the toughest.  Our appetites were out-of-whack with the new patterns of eating, and we essentially detoxed from our old poor diet. After the initial adjustments and gaining new habits, we realized that our cravings were diminished and our appetites were stable. We actually find ourselves reaching for (and enjoying!) healthy snacks and other healthier alternatives now!

We still live our lives: running our business, working on side projects, keeping up with our house, and raising our energetic two-year old. There were a million times we could have quit, or given up on our goals- life can get crazy around here! Instead, we focus on doing the very best we can each day, and making the best choices at every meal/snack time.

I am not always “perfect” with following the guide and things do not always go perfectly to plan, but I can feel the positive changes our lifestyle is already having, which has encouraged us to be better and better.

Finding new restaurants with menus that support our goals make our rare evenings out a total win/win. Using family time to stay active now leads to amazing quality-time enjoying the outdoors hiking or walking with our son. Rather than letting my role at home and work conflict with being healthy, I make working out a game that my toddler can join in on: Now, he begs to “dance” and “do yoga”!

I noticed a lot of positive changes in just the first month (I didn’t have a single blemish the entire time!), and we each lost more weight than we thought we would. I lost 7 lbs and my husband lost 14 lbs! The scale is not our reason for doing this, but it is wonderful motivation to see that number drop while we feel stronger and healthier! The road for me has been a long one, but I am so grateful for the support of fun, healthy people, like David and Elyse. They are real people who truly care about helping others get healthy.

We are so happy to be Fairburn It Off members! The recipes are great, and I love the way the plan lays everything out so simply. From grocery shopping to meal prep and timing – it is fool-proof! Having workouts and challenges included for each day make it easy to stay on track, and we are excited to continue this journey!

Want to follow Amy and start your health journey? It’s never too late! Get a jumpstart this holiday season and sign up to become a member here! You WILL be our next success story! 

 

Why We Don’t Count Calories…

…And don’t want you to either!

Picture this: You’re in the grocery store deciding on which product to buy.  The same product is made by a few different companies, so you immediately look at the labels to see how many calories are in each product.  One has 100 calories, the other 110 calories, and the third has 120.  You choose the 100 calorie product because less calories means it’s healthier right? Not exactly!

Sure, there are plenty of things out there that have little to no calories that are excellent for you – i.e. carrots, celery, blueberries, leafy greens, etc. – but there are also plenty of lower calorie items out there that are not as good for you! For example, let’s say you have a 100 calorie pack of mini crackers and a banana that has roughly 120 calories. Just going off of calories, the snack pack seems healthier.  However, when you look at the label of the snack pack, you’ll see a lot of sodium, artificial sweeteners, and loads of other ingredients that no one can pronounce! This is why we do not like counting calories or only looking at calories on labels.  It can be very deceiving! Especially when foods like avocados, which are so great for you, are around 235 calories!

We know it’s hard to not look at calories, and we don’t want you to go to the other extreme and eat thousands of calories every day either. However, that’s why we take the guess work out for you.  With our plans, you not only receive recipes and workouts, but a real look into nutrition, shopping lists, meal plans, what to eat, when to eat, and more!

Ready to take the next step? Become a member today and get ready to Fairburn it Off!

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You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

There are so many diets and programs out there that tell you to not eat any carbs, that chocolate is the devil, that you must count every calorie, and that absolutely no alcohol is allowed! We understand and recognize that many people have been able to kickstart their health journeys with these programs, which is always an excellent thing, but the problem is that many of these diets tend to be short-term fixes and are more difficult to sustain.

We have actually done A LOT of fad diets!  We would see changes in the beginning, but then after some time, we would end up binging and feeling awful because we had been depriving ourselves.  However, the blessing of doing these diets is that they motivated us that much more to create a sustainable lifestyle plan that not only we could get on board with, but that others could enjoy as well!

We actually hate the word “diet” because although a diet can mean a way of eating, it has a negative connotation that you are cutting back on eating! Even our friends and family members will say, “why are you dieting, you guys are skinny”?  Our response to them is, “why does the fact that we are eating a piece of salmon have to mean we are on a diet?”  We don’t ever want you to view our plan as a temporary fix.  We want to help motivate you to make an overall lifestyle change and to be able to sustain those changes.  Whether that means you want to lose weight, gain weight, tone, lose baby weight, have healthier skin and hair, feel happy, improve emotional health, etc., we want to help you get there!

The best part? We don’t cut out carbs, we don’t think chocolate is the devil, we don’t count calories, and we don’t cut out alcohol.  Does that mean that we shove our face with these things all day every day? Of course not! But after trying so many different diets and ways of eating, we finally just started cutting out processed foods, eating more natural fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.  Oh, and we now enjoy a glass of wine or two every week and even break off some dark chocolate or bake up some treats.  Since we do not cut any of these items out completely, we do not feel deprived and never feel like we need to hoard treats when we get them. In fact, you may be surprised how much you actually get to eat on our plan! It’s not about eating as little as possible. It’s about eating whole and delicious foods and knowing what and when to eat! So check out our plans here – you’ll find that we have a cake recipe that you can bake and eat too!