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Advocare 24-Day Challenge: Join Me?

advocare intro 24 day challengeHello there my friends. Happy March! How are doing with your goals for the year so far?

“Goals? What goals?” you say? Yep. Me too. I am starting my month off with a bang as far as my reading goals, as you may have been reading here on the blog. But honestly, I never set ANY other goals for myself this year. I know. I was busy. I didn’t prioritize it. Sort of like  all the other things, that should do for myself, that sort of go by the wayside as life rushes past. I know you feel me here.

Between eating my face off over the holidays and Super Bowl snacks (Thanksgiving for Football) and finally being sick and only eating Ramen Noodles and cinnamon toast….well, let’s say, I am sick of feeling awful.

Why I need a reset

Since I seem to need a little self-care, I think it’s time for me to address making my health a priority. While I didn’t set any “goals” for fitness or health… I have addressed some things: I got my annual physical, got a mammogram, set up follow-up appointments with specialists for little things, got my teeth cleaned…and now I have decided to stop eating all the food, and finally get myself healthy from the inside, out: My eating and nutrition. To do that, I  need a plan to follow and really more to help with accountability. Some of my friends love Beach Body, or Whole 30 (you can read all about my experience here) and some love eating vegan and clean. I am a balance in all things person, who loves the 80/20 rule of thumb: Eat great 80% of the time, and then the 20% is for letting myself off the hook a bit.

Why I chose Advocare

So full disclosure- I signed on to sell Advocare when I decided to do the challenge. I must tell you this, since the links in this post are affiliate links. But I gotta tell you- your price won’t change.

My background in diets has never been good, but as a lifestyle of eating healthy, I kind of do it automatically at this point- not super gross, and not super clean and strict. The perfect path for me seems to be common sense eating. However, like the approach with Advocare. Whatever, I may miss, the Advocare makes up for. Sort of like an insurance policy that I am getting all the things I need:  My own food, and eating an 80/20 plus working out moderately and taking supplements. Because, I I have decided to take on an Advocare 24-Day Challenge.

Advocare 24-Day Challenge

The reason why I decided to sell these products:

  • I did the 10-Day challenge pre-Christmas, and I felt awesome. My jeans fit without pain or problem buttoning.
  • The 10-Day challenge was so easy- I felt, and my husband felt, like we weren’t even following a plan. We normally eat sort of clean, but not strictly. This plan just put in place a more structured routine to the way we were eating.
  • The discount of course! When you sign up to sell Advocare, you pay either $20 or $60. The Preferred Customer plan for $20, means you get 20% off everything you buy! The Distributor plan (what I am doing) allows me to sell Advocare myself to anyone, anywhere (like here), and then I can get 20-40% off my orders with them…and earn a commission too.

For me, the hardest part of doing a plan like the 24 Day Challenge is…making a plan. So I will be doing a lot of the work for you here on the blog, and showing you everything that I ate for the full 24 days. Not because I know you like to see what I am eating- I am showing you how much food you will eat (they want you to eat frequently!) and this very gentle re-entry of good food into your body and getting rid of some bad habits- like eating all the food off your kids’ plates. echem.

The Advocare supplements are just the support around your good eating. A probiotic, an amino supplement, a fiber boost in the morning, an omega (the good fat- hearth healthy), and  an herbal fiber boost at night. My absolute love is Spark® the amino supplement drink that is my new coffee.

Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Could you be healthy without Advocare? Yes of course! But I love the way I feel and felt when I did my 10-day in December. It is quite honestly amazing that I don’t miss my coffee- but I don’t- not even a little bit. I guess that means I didn’t really need it too much. I look forward to sharing my experience over the next 24 days with you- so stay tuned, and check out all the products just to see what they are about- It’s not all trim and slim there. There are performance products for building muscle, recovery, general wellness and more.

And then check out my site, if you want to join me in the 24-Day or 10-Day Challenge!


I will be posting bits of Advocare eats on Instagram, so you can follow me there if that is where you are! If you bought the Healthy Eating Made Easy course from Jessica Fisher, about half of my dinners are from that protein-packed meal plan! It is a stockpile of recipes that are clean-eating and easy to make for families during the week. Stay tuned and see you here soon!

Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: Book Review

Hey, hey there. I can’t tell you how many of my friends in their 40’s are experiencing thyroid issues. Yes, it is a hormonal crazymaking thing. No it isn’t  just women. Yes, some people need surgery for it. No, not everyone needs surgery- the good news according to this book is that you can heal thy-self.

The book: The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, Hardcover 384 pages.
Author: Aviva Romm
Publisher: Expected publication: January 31, 2017 by HarperOne
Purchase: Amazon, available January 31, 2017, preorder: $17.77

I received this book from Edelweiss in return for honest feedback on the book. Affiliate links in this post.

Now- I must give you a caveat- I have a major problem with books that claim that real diseases can be cured and avoided with diet or self care alone. That seems to me a little patient-shaming ie. it puts the onus on the person with the problem- hey, you have cancer? You must have done something to get it- smoke? of course you have it. Do you eat terribly? Then of course you have diabetes- this kind of blaming thing drives me nuts. I think jumping on a bandwagon of self-cure is dangerous, so I am treading lightly here folks- That said… Let’s move on to my take on this book which outlines some helpful possibilities for hormonal imbalance relief.

Let me start with giving you some info. about the author:

Aviva Romm. She is an M.D. as in board certified family physician- so I like that- she is also an herbalist, midwife, and overall expert in lots of women’s health issues. Right away, I am interested in what she has to say, because she is so well versed and balanced in all areas of her practice- approaching cures from both a medical and also alternative point of view. I can get behind this. Plus she is really well known in her field, having been recognized by Yale earning its Internal Medicine Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service. She was instrumental in creating Yale’s first integrative medicine curriculum and is now a member of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program’s Advisory Board- plus you may know her already from her work with Mark Hyman and Dr. Oz.  So okay-  she’s got the chops.

Her book, the Adrenal Thyroid Revolution, is

a “proven 4-week program to rescue your metabolism, hormones, mind & mood.”

It is outlined as follows:

Part 1: The S.O.S. principle or the root behind all your problems is Survival Overdrive Syndrome, or basically stress in all areas of our lives: environmental, physical, mental, and others.

Part 2: The Solution, outlined in phases:

Reboot Your diet- specific to thyroid issues, so it’s not all what you think!
Reframe How to start sleeping more and stop being so hard on yourself!
Repair Some strategies for getting back to balance.
Recharge What tests to get at the doctor & other questions you need answered.
Replenish A sustainable plan for moving forward.

Each of these topics is addressed in full, as in the underlying issues and how to change them. A full sample menu is provided with each phase, along with supplements recommended. She has medication recommendations for people who need a doctor’s care. After these are covered at length, then the rest of the book has some recipes to put into action, and a plan to work with an integrated physician (someone who combines medicine with alternative approaches).

She includes several inspiring quotes throughout the book, and introducing each chapter, but I just kind of love her introductory Epigraph: When sleeping women wake, mountains move.–Chinese ProverbWhen sleeping women wake, mountains move.

So true. I think empowering ourselves with all options to health is a smart one. We are our own best advocates kind of idea, yes?

My take:

I think I just may put into action this plan of hers. It was worth a read for sure, and I found it informative, and not too preachy.

I particularly found very informative that if you are training for a marathon, adrenal depletion often occurs from the incredible stress on your body. Restoring your body after an event, with a plan like this may be beneficial for these symptoms.

How do you know if you need this book? If you have more energy at night then in the morning, have headaches, rapid heart beat, breakouts of excema or psoriasis, have “foggy” brain, new onset of IBS, new anxiety or depression for no reason, can shake weight no matter the amount of exercise or diet restrictions. These are common adrenal fatigue symptoms. They may be symptoms of a more serious problem, but if you consult your doctor and check out as healthy…this book may offer you a lifeline. In that case, I would highly recommend it.

If you want to try to exhaust all possibilities to relieve symptoms of adrenal-like fatigue, slow metabolism, or otherwise, without medicine…If you have already seen a doctor, and you have borderline adrenal and hormonal imbalance that can possibly be helped with diet and lifestyle changes…If you are open to looking at all methods both medicinal and alternative to health…then this is a book for you. Got it? Great. I am not a doctor. This is just a book review! Aviva Romm also has some social to check out if you are interested: Facebook, Twitter, Website

Buy it on Amazon (affiliate link):

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When Mom Gets Sick: 6 Tips for Keeping It Together

mom is sick- here are 6 good tipsSo…You know the drill. Mom gets sick, the house goes to pot. The laundry piles up, there’s no food in the fridge, and the kids are wearing their underwear for 4 days in a row.

Nope? Not you? Lucky for your family.

For me, this scenario is not spot-on, but it is awfully close! I am just starting to be on the up-swing from what has been a loooong week of germs! I just finished my Z-pack, and about a gallon of DayQuil and Advil combined! Not good. I have had more orange juice this week, than I have probably had for 5 years! Aside from myself, of course, the other 5 people in my house get sick too… Not the worst of which is the twins having a stomach bug, which happens (ALWAYS) in the middle of the night, and also (both times!) from the top bunk! Oy vey.

Not hard to cope with when you are well, but a sick person taking care of other sick people can be super hard.

Here are my top tips (now that I am getting better, I can say this!) for trying your best, when you are feeling your worst:

Don’t put things off.
If you think you will do it later, you might not get the chance. With lots of kids, there is always a chance that things go south- quickly. Pack that lunch at night…you may not get to in the morning, since you were up all night doing laundry from the bunk-beds. Maybe.

Let your kids help.
If you think they can’t do it, they may have to do it anyways, when mom and dad can’t even wake up in time (since they were up all night), or lift their muscles, to do it. Maybe.

Make an emergency “sick” kit, for FOOD.
Stock up on food for the sick-ones: Pedialite, Saltines, Canned or Powdered Soup, Tea, Gatorade. Buy some easy to make food for the well: Mac-N-Cheese, Soup, tortillas, bread, nut-butter. You won’t feel like cooking, and your kids need nourishment that they may need to make themselves. Stock up. Yes!

Stock up on Meds.
If you think you have cold medicine, but it actually expired 3 years ago…don’t take it! I am not a doctor, but I think I can say with confidence that expired meds will either make you sick or not work…either way, I am not willing to take a chance, so toss the old stuff, and stock up when there is a sale on the goods: Cold medicine, adult pain relievers, kid pain relievers, cough syrups, decongestants, cough drops. And it goes without saying, make sure you have a good thermometer. For sure.

Call in sick to work.
If you are coughing, coughing, coughing. No one wants you there anyway. That’s what “sick-days” are for. Stop the martyr act, and stay home. Definitely.

If you are a SAHM… Call in sick to work.
Stop the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning. Stop it. Now. Just rest! Your to-do list will get done. Your family needs you healthy, they don’t need a clean house, and chances are they need to know that they can feed themselves! Let them DO all that work, that you have been training them for! Nothing is more important than your health. Lay back down, and get better already!

I am not ashamed to tell you – okay, maybe a little – that my kids ate frozen chicken nuggets or pasta every night for 8 days straight this past week. Yep. That’s what happens! Something’s gotta give here, moms. And if I can help it, it’s not going to be my sanity or my health. Let’s give ourselves a break, give up the martyr act,  and do the best we can. Yes!