Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Healthy Living

I love learning!  Tonight I went to a class on healthy living.  Kristen Bowen gave us some great tips to help us feel healthy and how to pass it on to our family.  She suggested that if you wanted your children and husband to be living healthy you make the change yourself first and be the example and encourage but don't nag.

  • Use Celtic Sea Salt--put in in your salt shakers.  But if you feel stressed during the day you can put 1/2 tsp in a glass of water and drink.  This will mineralize your adrenals.  You can do this up to four times a day.  
  • Drink more water--Drink half your weight of water in ounces plus add 25 oz to that.  Example if you weigh 175 pounds you should drink about 112 oz of water a day.  That's a lot.  If you are eating a lot of water rich foods like fruits and vegetables then this could help. I say you better be close to a toilet during the day!
  • Drink a glass of water right when you wake up and then wait a half hour before you eat breakfast.  This will help with your digestion.  
  • If you have a hard time with digestion and pains regular try to not drink while eating your meals.  Drink your water before and after meals. 
  • Exercise everyday.  She recommends rebounding exercise on a mini trampoline helps with your lymph health
  • Neutralize your diet by cutting out white flours and sugars and adding more green leafy vegetables
  • Add more Magnesium in your life.  It's very hard to get enough magnesium through your diet so she recommends doing trans dermal magnesium (foot baths) --I'm still not sure on this one personally because it's pricey and I couldn't see much research on it.  Let me know if you heard of this.
  • Add Chia Seeds to your diet--only get the dark seeds.  --High in fiber, good for digestion, high in Omega 3
  • She soaks the seeds overnight with 1 part seeds and 8 parts water and puts 1/4 cup/person in smoothies.  
  • Stay away from Caffeine and energy drinks.  Energy drinks actually creates holes in your pancreas.  
  • For UTI's use d-mannose.  An alternative way to treat can use with little girls as well

I was really impressed with Kristen and will try to do a few of the things she has suggested.  Kristen Bowen has a blog and a radio show every Saturday Mornings.  Check out her website.


  1. I am so glad you took such thorough notes! I was feeling overwhelmed trying to catch it all. It was certainly an inspiring evening. Great post, thanks for the links.

  2. We drastically changed our eating lifestyle in August. We fell back in to a few of our old habits around Thanksgiving/Christmas. We still aren't completely back, but definitely a lot closer. It's amazing how much better we felt when we were eating so much healthier. Another important tip I think is getting at least 8 hours of sleep. Even when I was getting up to nurse every 3 hours, I still made sure I was going to bed early to get enough 3 hour chunks of sleep. I was able to get up at 5 with no problem in large part to my healthy eating. Good luck! I have a few really good websites I turn to for recipes. Let me know if you want the info!

  3. I would love some good websites for recipes. I'm always looking for good tasting recipes that are healthy!

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  5. I want to know what the websites are too please. I am trying to get my family to eat all the fruits and veggies they will and increase their water intake. Some of them prefer water with lemons and some will drink more if I buy water bottles so they can grab a few on the way out the door. Thanks for the notes and info.


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