Archive for ‘Health’

March 28th, 2011

Bellicon Benefits

I haven’t written about rebounding in awhile. I’ve had a couple of people email me, telling me they were inspired to buy a rebounder. I think rebounding is truly amazing and I would encourage anyone to try it. It’s so fun and it doesn’t feel like a drag to do it.

I came across this video, from the founder of Bellicon, and I feel like it explains so much, that I can’t, about the rebounder! Check it out!

Co-Inventor Philipp von Kunhardt about the bellicon from bellicon usa on Vimeo.

If you want more info click here

January 20th, 2011

Organic Facial Scrub

Going through the beauty aisle can be a daunting thing, especially if you’re looking for something organic and natural. Some people feel like when they go to a health food store, anything they pick up is “safe”. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While yes, there are some great all natural products, others have a long list of ingredients, that you don’t know what they are. Just because something says “natural” on the label, doesn’t mean you get to skip doing your homework and investigate the ingredients.

If one of the ingredients is methlyparaben, or any type of paraben, put it down. This is a common ingredient in beauty products that has harmful effects on your health. Parabens mimic estrogen in the body and can disrupt hormon balance. It’s used a a cheap preservative. A common natural preservative is vitamin E.

This is why I prefer to make my own facial scrubs. It couldn’t be easier and you know exactly what’s in it. You can put as much organic ingredients as you want with out compromise. I really do feel like buying facial scrubs is a waste of money when it’s so easy to make yourself. This is far superior than any scrubs I’ve ever bought. This will keep your skin fresh, renewed and moisturized. I do this once a week.

Organic Sugar Scrub

2 T of organic sugar (not the chunky raw sugar)
1 t organic extra virgin olive oil

Mix the sugar and oil together in a small bowl until the sugar is moist, not soupy.

Take a handful and massage your skin gently. This is best done in the shower.

November 12th, 2010

Fitness Friday With Bellicon!

Whoops! Where has the time gone! I realized I did not do any posts this week, just now! I’ve had a busy week getting some things done before the holidays begin. I always like having a head start. That’s why I have been absent.

I’ve tried to refrain from posting about rebounding every week because it’s hard to see results when you’re looking for them every day.

Since I’ve started rebounding, I’ve done different intensities, and they all seem to be effective. I have noticed that my back is stronger and I have less random sciatic pain. My waist has also come in a noticeable amount, which is surprising, because I’ve always been pretty straight waisted.

I’ve also noticed that my chest is stronger, as if I had been doing chest presses but I’ve only been rebounding.

It’s going great and I’m still loving it and it’s so easy to do. Click “> here for more info

October 22nd, 2010

Fitness Friday With Bellicon

I had to take quite a few days off of rebounding. We spent a long weekend visiting my family in Wisconsin. This was the first time that I would be taking a significant amount of time off from rebounding.

I could tell my body was getting a little stir crazy during my days off. I would describe my feeling as stagnant. As soon as I got home, I did 30 minutes on my Bellicon. I felt amazing after I was done. I had blood running to every part of my body.

As I’ve gotten back to it, I’ve now noticed that my back has shaped up quite a bit. It seems as if my “soft spots” have thinned out and firmed up. This has really been the first physical difference I’ve noticed so far. I’m excited too, because my back has been one of the hardest things to work out.

I’m still amazed at the quality of the Bellicon. It’s so sturdy and quiet. I saw the movie “Jackass” and they had a rebounder, which I think was a Needak. It looked small and they guy that stepped on it didn’t even bounce, just stepped right on to the ground. The Bellicon is much higher up so you’re not going to hit the ground while rebounding. I’m so glad I get to use a Bellicon! If you want to learn a little more about Bellicon, visit their facebook page by clicking here.

October 15th, 2010

FItness Friday With The Bellicon

It’s been two weeks since I’ve started rebounding. It’s been great so far. This week was awesome, because the weather was fantastic and I was able to rebound outside, in the sun.

There were no distractions, which I thought would make it take longer, but it actually flew by. I can’t imagine what my neighbors thought! Being outside, without any height restrictions, I got to bounce higher than normal. I felt my blood flowing like crazy! I put my arms up in the air, above my head, and my hands were pulsing quite strong. It felt great, and I felt so invigorated afterwards.

This week, I also started incorporating arm workouts. As I bounce downward, I raise my arms quickly, like a bird. If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t get a good workout on a rebounder, you’re wrong! My arms were sore the next day, but in a good way. My legs were also sore around my upper thighs, because I did fast “tire jumps”, like football players do, for agility. I must say, this week, I was able to figure out an intense workout regimen.

I normally run for my workouts, but I took September off of running, since my joints were hurting a little bit. I lost a little bit of muscle, but in the two weeks of rebounding, I think I got my muscle back. It amazes me how efficient rebounding is. My back doesn’t hurt, and it does not hurt my joints, at all. This is the only workout I’ve done, that I’ve been able to feel my hips being worked and toned, every time.

I truly believe the only way to tell if your actually losing inches and toning up, is fitting into clothes that are a little snug. I have a pair of jeans that I love, and yes, they are a little snug. They still fit, I would just like them to fit a little looser. Trying these jeans on weekly will be my guide on success! I’ll keep you up to date!

I’ve truly never felt so good, so quick!

October 8th, 2010

Fitness Friday With The Bellicon

It’s been a week since I’ve had the Bellicon Rebounder and I have not been disappointed. I was hopeful when I started looking into rebounding but I did not expect the results I’m getting.

The first day I got it, I set it up, which was so easy, and bounced on it every now and then until I could dedicate a solid 20 minutes. I was baking that day (I know, counter productive!), so there were moments of waiting in which I could bounce. I started with a soft “health bounce” which was surprisingly effective. As a beginner, the health bounce is recommended to start out with, to ease into the motions and rhythm. Basically, it’s just bouncing lightly, without leaving the mat.

Later on, I went for the 20 minutes. It was fun, easy and the time went fast. I jumped high, slow, ran in place, twisted etc. When the 20 minutes were over, I wasn’t tired at all. I felt quit invigorated. A couple of minutes after getting off the rebounder, I felt a very familiar “detox” feeling. It’s sort of like I’m going to be sick. Let’s just say, there was a cleansing process. I felt so much better, and I slept great that night. This also happened for my husband!

Through out the week, I did every day, but one (I took a long walk), 30 minutes. I usually watch a show to pass the time. It goes by so quickly, that it’s hardly a hassle. On the days I run, I usually dread it. There hasn’t been any weight loss (not a goal of mine), but I am hopeful that it is going to target the muscle groups I have a hard time toning. I noticed that on a downward bounce, there is a back-to-hip muscle (external oblique) that was getting worked, which seemed hard to believe. I’m hoping to bounce away my love handles! My legs feel good and tight and my core is strong.

The best benefit, so far, is the energy it brings. Even B has just jumped on it for a few minutes, just to “get his juices flowing”. I’m hoping to get him to depend on bouncing, instead of coffee. When I’ve been a little tired, I start bouncing and I’m wide awake immediately. It’s so refreshing and not intimidating, and doesn’t require a change of clothes.

Something I’ve also noticed, is that, if you bounce lightly after a meal, it speeds up digestion. I hear my stomach gurgling away.

After some research on rebounding, I learned if you have problems with incontinence, rebounding can definitely help. It helps strengthen the pelvic floor.

The first week has been so rewarding and health benefitting. I can’t wait to see what the second week brings.

For videos and more information on rebounding check out

October 1st, 2010

Fitness Friday

I was ducking behind the door when I heard the door bell ring. I hate answering the door, especially if B is not home, which he wasn’t. I heard a vehicle running and luckily the garage door was up so I snuck a peak to see who it was. Sure enough, a white van full of boxes. FEDEX!!! I love FedEx, it’s like Christmas when they come.

I had ordered some supplements, which I knew were coming today, so that’s what I thought I was getting when I opened the door. There was a little lady, with a huge skinny box. She said, “sign here please”. Gladly!

You see, this is the most awesome, hopefully revolutionary, and fun piece of exercise equipment I will ever be able to use. It’s the Bellicon Rebounder. It’s supposed to be the most efficient form of exercise, and much easier on your joints and bones. Who likes to hurt their bones just to exercise? I was also excited to try this, because it helps to stimulate your lymphatic system and drain your body of toxins, through the gentle bounce motion.

I unwrapped the very well packaged rebounder and set it up right away. Set up was a breeze, since I chose the attached legs. I am going to be doing either weekly, or bi-weekly posts on my progress with the Bellicon, so check back! I’m hoping this improves my health, muscles, body, and boost my desire to exercise. How could you not want to exercise on this, IT’S A TRAMPOLINE!

For more information on the Bellicon Rebounder go to there website It’s a great website with information videos and articles.

September 3rd, 2010

I have a 10 year old!!

Towards the end of August, I always wish my cat, Acey May, a Happy Birthday! I don’t know her exact birthday since she was dropped off as a kitten, probably in the field across from my parents house. So, every day in August feels like her birthday to me!

I remember B and I coming home from my high school Powder Puff game, and my mom greeted us outside saying, “There’s a cat stuck under your Dad’s van.” Without thinking, I was under my Dad’s van searching for this cat. I heard the little cries and grabbed for it somewhere around the guts of the van.

I pulled out an oil slicked, gray fuzz-ball, covered in fleas. We took her inside and cleaned her up. I knew I couldn’t get attached because we already had two other cats that wouldn’t care for the new addition. My mom made me promise to try to find her a new home. For about 2 weeks we kept her on the front porch, so she wouldn’t bother my other cats. I found myself out there for hours playing with the adorable baby. I was so tempted to bring her in, but I didn’t want the cat to get too comfortable either, if I was just going to have to give her to someone else.

Needless to say, my begging to my mom worked and I was able to keep her. The minute she was allowed in the house, she made herself at home. She slept in my bed, and followed me everywhere, even in between the shower curtains, on the bathtub ledge, while I took a shower. She was, and still is my best friend.

I did notice, however, that there were these dark dirt-like specks in my bed all the time. I didn’t think too much of it. I would just wash my blankets frequently. Then, I actually saw a tiny brown bug, making it’s way across and in my baby’s nose. I was so grossed out, I immediately gave her a bath and we got her a flea collar and a good flea brush.

She has been the most clean and pristine cat…. until she turned 10!!!!

I was noticing that she had been scratching around her neck, way too much for me to be comfortable with. I grabbed her flea brush and gave her a swipe. Sure enough, FLEAS!!! I was appalled. My perfect, clean cat had fleas for the first time since we had gotten rid of them 10 years ago. I couldn’t understand, until I realized that there had been a couple of new cats that have visited us, from our neighbors.

I knew I had to get down to business to eradicate them.
Here are some flea facts: They need a warm blooded host, such as your pet, because there are lots of warm, furry places to hide and they live off of their blood. Their life cycle is about 20 days from laying eggs, hatching and then dying. They can jump 100x their own height.

I love my cat, I don’t want to put toxic pesticides on her, that she’s just going to lick away. Those products, meant to control fleas on your pet, can do long-term damage, such as liver and kidney damage. No thanks! I have found that the natural approach is the best approach.

The things you need are: a good flea comb, raw organic apple cider vinegar , tea tree oil shampoo, and red cedar oil.

-First, you must comb your pet every day. Get in all the nooks and crannies. This is really the best method of getting rid of them. I do it outside and then squish the flea right away so it can’t jump back on my cat.

-Give them a bath but do not get their head wet. Fleas hate water, and will search for higher, drier ground. Create a sort of soap collar out of some herbal (natural or organic) shampoo. I like Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle. When your pet is all wet, the fleas should jump into the soapy collar and get caught and then you’re able to wash them down the drain. I follow up with TJ’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner mixed with raw, organic, apple cider vinegar (about 3:1). Fleas hate the smell of this stuff so it’s a great defense tool. After they’re out of the water (and their misery!) get a cotton swab soaked in apple cider vinegar and apply it to their ears, repeat with their rear-end, with a new cotton swab (fleas love these warm places).

-Vacuum every day if possible. If any are living in your carpet, you’ll need to suck them and their eggs up. Like I said before, they need a warm host, so if there’s a pet in the house, they are most likely not going to bother with the carpet. You can make an essential oil spray by adding a few drops of red cedar oil to some water, enough to make a pleasant smell. Spray your carpet.

-Brush, Brush, Brush! Everyday, outside. This is the only way to ensure your getting rid of them and their eggs and their poop.

These steps should bring your pet back to scratch-free happiness.

Part of having a wholesome home, is treating your pets with equally wholesome practices. For most people, our pets are our loyal, loving best friends. They are always here for us, so why would you want to surround their small bodies with toxins.

-Be Wholesome


July 15th, 2010

Update: First Physical In Years

I feel like I’m slowly (mentally) being starved.  Not really, but it just seems like that.  B and I made a doctor’s appointment back at the end of May.  Neither one of us has had a physical since… I don’t know when.  I thought it was about time, especially since some of the small aches and pains complaints from B couldn’t be solved with my “magic potion” (apple cider vinegar).

I had started myself on an iodine supplement program and I wanted to find a doctor who was competent with iodine.  My search lead me to a practice two hours away.  I wasn’t thrilled with the drive, but I thought it was probably going to be worth it after I had a phone consult with one of the PA’s.  It seemed like a good fit.

As I was watching the doctor read over my 15 page questionnaire, I was a little nervous with her “all business” demeanor.  After we talked and I had answered questions and asked some of my own, she said she thought I had a leaky gut!  I thought, “Wow, I study every thing, why haven’t I studied this?!”.  She explained why she thought this was, and told me I should limit my consumption of grains.  I told her that I tried going gluten-free before and that it made me sick all the time.  She said that my dependence on other grains was probably causing the digestive issues.

There were several blood tests B and I had done.  After feeling like I was attacked by a vampire, B and I crashed the minute we got home.  Once I woke up, I studied leaky gut  and grain impact, for quite a few hours.  I even watched video diaries of children with autism be completely healed through diet and supplements and environmental detox.  It’s scary what our every day conveniences are doing to the next generation of children.

It seemed so much easier this time, not eating as many grains.  Maybe it was because the doctor B met with told him to watch his carbs, so we were in this together.  Or, maybe it was because I wasn’t trying to keep a tally of slip-ups and I was choosing to just back off on all grains, not eliminating them completely (do you know how depressing that would be!).

After getting over the shock of “what am I going to eat?” and thinking of creative ways to rethink my eating style, I think we’re going to make it!  I made simple changes, like using bib or romaine lettuce instead of burger buns, eating more greens so I feel full, and eating a lot of black beans because they don’t make me feel bad and finding creative ways to use coconut flour for baked goods.  I’ve been eating almost a cup of brown rice a week, which is pretty good for me.

I had, what some call a “wheat belly” before, and now my stomach lays flat.  B has lost quite a few pounds since cutting back and I have also maintained a small weight loss even though I don’t “need” to lose weight.  I don’t feel bloated anymore (which was a constant), much less heartburn,  my skin is much clearer, and my case of eczema that popped up out of nowhere last Easter has completely gone away!  I was freaking out because nothing would make it stop itching and I would scratch so hard I would break the skin and bleed.  I had never had it before and I think it was part of a “health crisis” (when you detoxify your body to the point where everything bad surfaces at one time).  After I started eating less grains, I noticed one day that it was completely gone, and is still gone!

I think this is going to be a life-time commitment,  so I will probably post a lot of recipes that are sans-grain and gluten but not all the time.  As I explore this new world, I hope I can be a guiding light for some who wish to join me.  You know that saying “Nothing taste as good as skinny feels?”  Well, I think it should change to “Nothing grain, tastes as good as not feeling bloated feels!”

Here are my before and after pictures of my shins where the eczema had been.  I took then with my phone, so sorry about the quality, but you get the point.