During a recent bout of warm, springtime weather, I got out for a long overdue walk with my dog, Moe. The cold winter days disrupted my routine of walking on a regular basis and it was time to get back to it!
I have always found walking to be my place of solitude. It gives me the space to think....sort through problems, put certain matters into perspective, and simply appreciate the beautiful world around me.
During this most recent walk it occurred to me that, despite my efforts, I struggle to sit quietly to reflect on life....or plan....or solve problems. I'm one of those people who need to be in motion when thinking deeply about something. I tend to get distracted by unfinished tasks, or projects that are calling my name. When I'm walking all I can do is think. Anything else will simply have to wait, and that's okay. I suppose I hadn't completely recognized my struggle to sit still and think, but something about this walk brought it into focus for me.
For me it's all about making that time to take in the view. To ponder and create new ideas. To nurture my soul. What do you do to nurture your soul? Do you have a favorite place where you go to slow things down and take that special time that's just for you? I'd love to hear about it! Send me a note at email@example.com.
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Bone broth supports gut health and is known to help alleviate digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation or gas, and can even help improve more serious digestion issues like leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
When our digestive system is healthy our immune system is more robust. Poor gut health can lead to small perforations in the intestines, which allows bacteria and viruses to move from our digestive system into the blood stream, and this is one path towards getting sick.
bodies with collagen through our diet is even more effective at reducing wrinkles and cellulite from the inside out!
Bone broth can also help improve sleep, memory and learning, and even reduce symptoms of anxiety through an amino acid call glycine.
And, if that's not enough, bone broth also contains potassium and magnesium, which are electrolytes, often found in sugary sports drinks, and help with recovery after exercise. Even major league sports teams are moving to the natural benefits of bone broth over sugary recovery drinks to support their overall health and recovery after practice and games!
So of course my next natural question was how to make bone broth without it being a huge chore. I was pretty excited to find a very simple slow cooker recipe that is not only super fast (well, at least prep is fast) and easy, but also a great way to use food scraps that have previously gone into my compost pile or trashcan.
I have made two batches so far. It's incredibly easy, and since you can simmer it for as little as 18 hours and as long as 72 hours it's easy to find a good time to strain it without worrying too much about timing.
I have been enjoying a warm mug of bone broth at the end of the day when I get home from work and before dinner. It helps to wind me down for a chill evening with my husband, and serves as a good addition to my afternoon snack so that I'm not likely to snack while cooking dinner.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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I've been talking a lot about Morning Mojo lately as I share the Healthful Living Guidebook with new clients of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, which has made me think about a guest blog that I wrote with Paige a little over a year ago.
Around the same time that I started drinking the morning mojo each day I was also reading a few books that had some consistent thoughts around a few key areas of nutrition
Hydration, Gut Biome Health, and Alkalization
I was noticing a trend in what I was reading, the morning mojo components, and the overall health benefits that I was experiencing. This was the inspiration behind my 3-part guest blog.
Hydration is perhaps the single most important attention you can provide to your body. Our bodies are made up of 2/3 water, and 3/4 of that water is contained within our cells.
Our body relies heavily on being properly hydrated, and starting your day with a big glass of water is an excellent habit to get into. Adding the Morning Mojo to your water provides an extra special benefit.
#2 The Gut Biome:
The microbiome of our gut is incredibly interesting. I was particularly surprised by how the population of bacteria in our gut can influence the kinds of cravings that we have.
When we eat a lot of sugary foods the population of bacteria in our guts is modified to include bacteria that thrive on sugar. Those bacteria will actually send signals to your brain telling it to crave sugar in order to ensure its own survival!
When you eliminate refined sugars from your diet you starve out those bacteria and soon enough you'll experience a reduction in those cravings.
Furthermore, the Morning Mojo feeds the bacteria that craves healthy, whole foods. So starting your day off with a glass of Morning Mojo is a great way to jump start or maintain your efforts in developing healthy, whole food eating habits.
Alkalization refers to the pH of our body. Alkaline is the opposite side of the pH scale from acidic.
When our bodies are at their healthiest it is slightly alkaline. You might be thinking how is that drinking something like lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, both of which are acidic, going to help my body be more alkaline? And it's a good question! Interestingly enough, when we consume acidic foods it actually has the opposite effect INSIDE of our bodies.
Having a slightly alkaline body has interesting benefits on our health including reduction of joint pain, reduction of acid reflux, improved sleep, increased energy, and weight loss!
Download the complete article to read more. I also included a list of some books and articles that you may be interested in reading that provides even more information about this interesting topic.
If you don't care for the ginger you can let it settle to the bottom and infuse into the concentrate. If you prefer you can strain it out a couple of days later and still get most of the benefits of the ginger. Personally, I like to stir it up and make sure that I get some of the ginger in my water, but it's personal preference.
Add the amount of concentrate and ginger that satisfies your taste buds. You can't go wrong if you're incorporating a big glass of water into your morning routine, and I think you'll agree that the addition of Morning Mojo to your morning routine is a great way to give your body an extra dose of mojo that will last throughout the day.
Being hydrated is one of the most important thing you can do for your body.
This short PDF talks about the benefits of drinking water and strategies to drink enough water to hydrate your body
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Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.