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Adaptogens…

Adaptogens…

  You have probably heard of adaptogens but what ARE they?  Do you know why we need them and should have them in our diet every single day?  I ‘sort of’ knew but wanted to understand them better so I could explain them better to […]

Home Business Opportunity

Home Business Opportunity

Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a $4 MILLION multi level marketing company?! If you would like to start your own business under the Beachbody umbrella, contact me today and I’ll get your training started! You’ll never know what you can do until […]

What IS Shakeology?!

What IS Shakeology?!

Watch this brief video & hear it straight from Darin Olien, the creator of Shakeology!

WOW.  I have seen a LOT of posts

WOW.  I have seen a LOT of posts

WOW.  I have seen a LOT of posts recently bashing Beachbody & its coaches.  Kind of a lot of strong feelings & hatred toward us I guess! I do have to laugh when I see posts about how P90X is not a “real” workout.  I […]

KidsBuild Boston

KidsBuild Boston

KidsBuild Boston! We took the boys to an event in Boston on Saturday that was amazing.  It was hosted by BSA (Boston Society of Architecture) and was 100% free. The boys were able to choose any building in a city and then design & create […]

Make Your Own Life Changes!

Make Your Own Life Changes!

Make Your Own Life Changes

 
So many times, I hear people (even myself!) say “I wish…..” (I had a job, I could lose weight, had more money, could go on vacation, had more friends, etc)  Wishes are great when your a kid with a birthday cake but other than that, we all know they are fruitless, right?  If we want something, we have to change our lives to make it happen.  Sometimes changes are hard and sometimes they just take one step.

In 1996, I decided I was sick of hanging around with a bunch of people who were not motivated.  We did the same thing day in & day out.  My boyfriend at the time lived in Florida and we decided to move in together…we just needed to figure out where (since I was in New England).  We chose North Carolina at random and we both packed up and moved.  Just like that.

It didn’t work out ‘quite’ like I had planned, so I packed up & moved 2 years later to a different part of NC because my journey there wasn’t done, just the part with him was.  So I left, just like that.

Two years after that, I had a few amazing new friends, loved the city, loved my job but missed my family.  My adventure in NC was over, so I packed up & moved…just like that.

In 2002, life was getting boring again (do you see a pattern?) so I changed my friends again.  I decided no more bars or doing the same thing every night.  I changed my friends again and my job.  Just like that.   In 2003, I met a boy (again, he was my very first boyfriend when I was 15!) and we got married. Never expected to be married and in RI, but there I was!

In 2006, I had my first son.  Amazing.  Love.  Incredible.  Until my husband went back to work & I was alone with this bundle…who was usually sleeping.  What was I supposed to do with him?  I only had one other friend with a baby.  So, I started a moms group & hoped people would join.  They did!  Over 100 families joined & I made some amazing friends…just like that.

In 2009, I was tired & bored (oops, again?!) I had my second son in 2008 and was just overweight & tired.  I saw an infomercial for P90X and knew I had to have it.  (and I never buy anything from tv…the internet, yes, but never an infomercial!)  It changed my life.  I was a size 12 (on the tight side) and in 90 days I was a size 8 (still a bit tight but 10s were loose).  I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach for the discount & its become my full time job, well, its my full time pay check but part time hours!

I have gone up & down over the past few years with the scale but I know what to do to get back on track.  No more wishing though, no more get quick fixes, no fad diets.  I just know I have to eat healthy, exercise 5-6 times per week, drink water & make it happen. 

No matter what it is that you WANT in your life, you have to MAKE it happen!!!  Go for it! 
 You deserve it!

Beachbody Success Story….Rob

Beachbody Success Story….Rob

Rob’s story really caught my attention…not only because of his dramatic transformation but because my husband has also been a firefighter for 18 years!  While my husband doesn’t eat burgers & fries all the time, he will still indulge on occasion….and I’m not exactly sure […]

derm Exclusive Review…part two…end of 30 days

derm Exclusive Review…part two…end of 30 days

Derm Exclusive Update….30 Day Review   So, I finished my 30 day Derm Exclusive on March 29th but haven’t had a chance to sit down and write my review so here it is! I was hesitant about Derm Exclusive because I don’t generally trust any […]

Catch Up!

Catch Up!

I finally downloaded a bunch of pictures from our homeschool ventures over the past couple of weeks before I got sick!

First, one of Cam’s favorite class is Lego Class.  Its a drop off at a community police center & he gets to hang out with his buddies and build really cool stuff with Legos!

Every Monday, we have Co-op all afternoon.  The boys love it.  The classes are interesting, not too long and they have fun.  This semester, Ryan is in preschool….this week we learned about dinosaurs, which was perfect because he is learning about dinosaurs in his morning preschool too….
 Cameron is in Geography & art.  In art, he learns about the artists’ and they become them for the class & recreate one of their pieces.

They take music together.  Cam isn’t too sure he likes it yet but Ryan is pretty sure he does.  He loves music and the fact that the teacher brought in the theme song to CHiPS (yes, that CHiPS) in for him and “Another One Bites The Dust”, he’s pretty happy there.  They sing, listen to music, dance & do yoga.  I really think its great for them…and I’m the assistant…thankfully, I do not have to sing!   Oh, and I did I mention theres a GIRL….

…..and on Saturday, they had their last hockey practice……this is Ryan, our ham.  C does NOT like to be photographed on skates (even though he’s pretty good!)
Well, that brings us pretty current!  Next up, our trip to the Boston Museum of Science!!!!
100th Day of School

100th Day of School

100th Day of School! Wow!  This month is flying by!  February is such a short month anyway and I really booked us solid this month!  We have had nonstop field trips, classes and appointments!  I can’t remember the last time we just had a day to […]


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You have probably heard of adaptogens but what ARE they?  Do you know why we need them and should have them in our diet every single day?  I ‘sort of’ knew but wanted to understand them better so I could explain them better to my clients.

 

Wikipedia reads:

a·dapt·o·gen
əˈdaptəjən/
noun
plural noun: adaptogens
  1. (in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. 

The basic, 101, explanation is that adaptogens help us….ADAPT and protect our bodies from the toxic effects of stress.  The term adaptogen was coined by the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Health in 1947-referring to a class of herbs & mushrooms that offer heavy-duty support for the body.

Adaptogens have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.  To be an adaptogen, the herbs need to be non-toxic and specifically reduce stress & have broad uses to health.

Adaptogens should be taken every day (whether in pill or powder form) and some recommend taking a week off after using daily for six weeks to let the herbs really take effect in your system.  They are slow acting and can take a few weeks to notice a difference.

Adaptogens do not treat a specific condition but are for anyone looking to boost overall well-being.

Here are the ones I consume every day:

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Ashwaganda:

  • Native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa & the Middle East (also now grown in the US!)
  • One of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing
  • Referred to as “indian ginseng” due to rejuvenating properties
  • Same family as the tomato!
  • Protects immune system
  • Combats effects of stress
  • Improves memory & reaction time
  • Reduces anxiety & depression
  • Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits

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Maca:

  • Grown high in the mountains of South American, mainly in Peru
  • Considered one of the world’s natural “super foods”
  • Member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli & cabbage
  • Consumed for medicinal benefits for thousands of years in Andes Mtns.
  • Has more calcium than milk
  • Increased sexual function, libido, and fertility in both men & women
  • Immune system booster
  • Increased energy, stamina, memory & focus
  • Helps with hormone balance-improve symptoms of PMS & menopause
  • Help decrease levels of anxiety & depression
  • Supports endocrine system & aids regulation of healthy adrenal & thyroid hormone production
  • Helps balance proper levels of cholesterol

*Caution for those with cancer related to the hormones-see professional before taking maca

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Astragalus root:

  • Native to northern & eastern parts of China, as well as Mongolia & Korea
  • Used for centuries as traditional Chinese approach to protect from seasonal ailments like cold & flu
  • Contains antioxidants, which protect cells against damage
  • Supports normal liver activity & helps reduce the effects of toxic overload
  • Offers protective effects against kidney disease
  • May lower blood sugar
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces severity of conditions like arthritis & eczema, has anti-cancer effects, & offers asthma relief
  • Helps reduce free radical damage to arterial walls & heart tissue
  • Anti-aging effect – a component of the Astragalus, called the cycloastragenol, increases the telomerase.  When the telomerase (end portions of DNA) are increased, they increase longevity!
  • Promotes wound healing & reduces scarring (topical use

 

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Maitake mushroom:

  • Native to the mountains of northeastern Japan
  • Means “Dancing mushroom” in Japanese
  • Boosts immune system-increase resistance against sickness & disease, helps body removes cellular wastes and speeds up recovery from tissue damage
  • Helps activate & produce white blood cells called macrophages, which work in the body to ingest & destroy tumor cells (aids chemotherapy & lessens side effects of anti-cancer drugs)
  • Decreases blood glucose levels
  • Helps decrease blood pressure level, lower total cholesterol levels and helps maintain weight which can all help to promote heart health

cordyceps

Cordyceps:

  • Found altitudes over 14,000 feet in the Himalayas, on the Tibetan plateau, and at other high-altitude locations worldwide.
  • Has been used in traditional Chinese & Tibetan medicine since at least the 15th century.
  • A combination of a caterpillar & a fungus – known as “summer grass or winter worm”
  • Discovered when local herders observed that yak, goat & sheep that ate the cordyceps became very strong & stout
  • Helps manage blood sugar levels
  • Approved for the treatment of arrhythmias in China
  • Protects the kidneys (may play a protective told in kidney transplantation)
  • Strengthens immune system & boosts total antioxidant capacity
  • Eastern society has used to enhance libido
  • Improves exercise performance
  • Cancer fighter: has anti tumor activity in various cancers, including lymphoma, melanoma, prostate, breast, liver & colorectal cancers. Combined with other forms of chemo, the cordyceps was toxic to tumor cells but did not affect normal cells at all

 

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Reishi mushroom:

  • Has been used in Asian societies for thousands of years
  • Known as “mushrooms of immortality” & are found growing on plum trees in the wild & original reserved for royalty
  • Promotes longevity by boosting immune system function & preventing abnormal blood vessel formations that can lead to life-threatening cancerous growths
  • Ability to stimulate brain neurons, search and destroy cancer cells & prevents the development of new fat cells in obese individuals
  • Therapeutic effect on neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease, etc
  • Offers protection against numerous diseases and illness, including:  inflammation, liver disease, fatigue, frequent infections, diabetes, skin disorders, anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, food allergies, asthma, etc.

 

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Holy basil (Tulsi):

  •  Native to Southeast Asia
  • Has been worshipped in India as a miraculous medicine for thousands of years
  • High nutritional value, containing vitamins A & C, calcium, zinc, iron & chlorophyll
  • When combined with other ingredients, like lemon juice, or mustard oil, it can help treat most skin irritations including acne, eczema and even ringworm
  • Healing properties from the leaves oil-antibiotic, germicidal, fungicidal & disinfectant
  • Aids respiratory disorders, including bronchitis & asthma-relieves congestion
  • Holy basil’s anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties are the key to its anti-carcinogenic qualities
  • Effective in warding off periodontal pathogens

 

WOW!  That is way more than I ever thought an adaptogen was! I had no idea how many health benefits each one had, and honestly, I only gave a brief overview so I didn’t bore anyone to tears!  There is so much more I could have written about each one!

If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them!

ggmcop@gmail.com
Thanks for reading!

~Gina

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