Getting Ready!

Anytime we want to change things up, we have to get “our minds right”.  To me this is the most important step!  We have to decide what we want to change, what steps we’re going to take in order to make those changes and what we’re going to do when the “going gets tuff”.

A PLAN is especially important when we want to make changes in our eating habits.  The majority of us love to eat.   Because I’m a Southerner I can attest to the importance of food and tradition and to the “hold” that it often has on us.  A meal is not just a meal, it’s a way we share our day with others whether its cooking together or “fellowshipping” together.  Food is a big part of our lives.  If we are going to make some drastic changes in the way we eat and in the way we view the importance of food then we are going to have to alter our relationship with it.

As I have said in previous posts we have to decide that certain foods are not as important to us as we now think they are.  That may be sugar, flour, dairy, potato chips or whatever holds us hostage.  If we want to be healthier then we need to focus less on certain foods and more on movement and exercise.

If you have never gone through a detox then you can expect to feel deprived.  To most of us giving up certain foods can cause us to feel anxious.   But if you think of 14, 21 or 30 days in comparison to the whole year of 2018, then that time period doesn’t seem so long.  Most of us can do anything for a month.  If you will hang in there for the first week or so, you will begin to feel so much better that you will want to continue to eat “cleaner” after the detox period is over.

Also when you participate in a detox, you are not saying that you will never eat another cupcake or piece of bread ever again.  You are saying that you are willing to get your diet under control in order that you are not always craving things that could be keeping your body from being in its healthiest state.

Sometimes just a few changes will allow you to get off medication, to help lessen any joint or gut pain you may have and to have a newer brighter mental focus.

A cleanse/detox is not easy but it can be a new start for 2018!







Why Collagen?

Years ago I trained department store employees on several different brands of skin care products and why and how to use them.  At that time the use of topical Vitamin C products was just beginning to be talked about.  It wasn’t so much that Vitamin C in and of itself applied to the skin was so beneficial, it was the fact that the addition of Vitamin C in the cream caused the skin to produce more collagen.

We used to describe collagen as the mortar between the bricks of your house.  As your house ages and the mortar begins to deteriorate and fall out, then there is nothing left to hold the bricks together, therefore the house falls down.  Just like a house, as your skin ages it loses collagen, therefore the skin thins, becomes wrinkled and starts to sag.  YIKES!  After we scared all those ladies to death with that “lovely” word picture, we then touted particular skin care products in order to combat that scenario.  Effective!!  That was the first time I heard about the benefits of collagen.

Fast forward to today and there is much talk about collagen.  It is the most abundant form of protein found in the body.  It is found in the bones, skin, tendons and muscles.  Simply put, it helps to hold the body together and provides strength, elasticity and structure. It helps our skin cells to keep renewing and repairing themselves.  Unfortunately, as we age the production of it naturally slows down and we begin to show and feel the effects of that loss.  (Smoking, excessive alcohol use and a high sugar diet also increases the loss.)

Our joints may begin to ache and get stiffer.  Dr. Axe at says collagen acts like grease on a creaky door hinge.  It helps the joint to move more easily and therefore reduces associated pain.  (If you are a runner then you probably know how it feels when your knees are “creaky”).   Our lean muscle mass decreases as we age but the addition of collagen in our diets is one ingredient that can help prevent that.  It helps to strengthen our hair, nails and teeth and it really does help the skin to remain younger looking longer.  It also has benefits for our heart because it encourages our arteries to remain clear of plaque build up.

Sounds great, so how do you increase your collagen intake?   Beef, chicken, fish and eggs are some of the very best foods to add to your diets because they are high in protein.   Bone broths are a much talked about source of collagen.  (Here’s our  basic chicken bone broth recipe.)   There are also some great collagen supplements that can be used in order to meet your daily collagen/protein needs.  I take Dr. Axe’s Multi Collagen Protein.   It contains 5 different types of collagen that are found in beef, chicken, eggs and fish.  (Taking Vitamin C with your collagen supplement will help ensure that the collagen is properly utilized.)  With a little research you will be able to find a brand of supplement that will work for you.

Some people report feeling an increase in their energy levels and seeing a difference in their skin within weeks of adding a collagen supplement. But, in order to be “fair” I recommend that you take a supplement for 3 months before you decide its effectiveness

Added collagen, another great way to combat aging and to be healthy in 2017 and beyond.