moms blurred out cardamom“For all the Cardamoms, soccer moms, career moms, foster moms, and stay-at-home moms–you are all SUPER moms, and it’s your day! Hope all you mothers out there enjoyed a great day today!” Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope the first thing that came to your mind of “What do you value?”…..was YOU! It’s hard sometimes to put ourselves at the top of the list; especially if you’re a mother. It seems we get pulled in ninety different directions and our needs end up being at the bottom of the list. It can be exhausting both physically and emotionally! You have to make sure you take time for you or you will eventually get worn down and this can cause havoc on your health!! Your family needs you healthy and well!! Value…..YOU!

I’m sure many of you can relate to this… it seems this time of year that life is crazy and going at warp speed. The month of May alone is wild!  You probably have some of the same pressures of:  projects due, graduation parties, wedding and baby showers, school functions, and after school sports. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. This busy and stressful schedule can be very hard on our bodies and our health. We all need balance to make our lives less hectic.

You must value your body enough to make a conscience decision to actually put your health first. After I listened to, How Not To Die, on Audible, I have tried to make an effort to incorporate the list of the top 12 foods we should eat each day, according to Dr. Michael Greger. He refers to these items as the “daily dozen” and he includes how many servings of each we should be eating too! He states that “people don’t die of old age but most commonly from heart attacks. Most heart attacks are preventable if you switch to a more plant based diet.”

I am including this list for you from the book How Not to Die to check your daily eating habits and see if you can incorporate them into your diet. Check out the book on Audible too! I learned so much from listening to it!

daily dozen

Do you make it a daily habit to eat like this now? Did you notice there are no spots for meat in the daily dozen? Post this list on your fridge and see how closely you can come  to eating these food items from each day.

Dr. Greger also mentions that we should all be walking about 10,000 steps a day plus lifting weights and doing some cardio. He feels like 90 minutes of exercise on a daily basis is what we need. That’s a little hard to swallow being that I walk all day, never sit at my desk, and I have to make an effort to come home and walk for about and hour to get my total steps up to 10,000.

If you are someone that sits behind a desk all day, you better pick up the pace and get moving! You really need to make an effort to walk around the office. Bring your tennis shoes to work and take a lap or two around the parking lot at lunch!

Now I mentioned that we all need balance in our lives. I have a great oil company that makes a blend of essential oils known as the grounding blend. It has a warm, woody aroma and it creates a sense of calm and wellbeing. They blend Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil too. This oil promotes tranquility and relaxation.

Spruce, which is in the grounding blend, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.” You should try it. I like to rub it on my feet in the morning after I shower. Just a couple drops on each foot and it does help me feel in a state of balance throughout the day! Give it a try!!

If you are interested in this great “grounding blend,” please let me know and I can hook you up! Remember if you need any diffusers I have them for you! Diffusing the oil is another way of getting a treatment. This grounding blend is also a great oil to diffuse if you feel like you need some peace and calmness in your life! Let me know if I can help you!!

Until next week, be kind to someone out there!

cropped-Screen-Shot-2016-01-18-at-8.49.40-PM-300x300Naturally, Lisa


P.S. Keep rounding up your clothes for Servamillion. Check out the website for drop off spots near you! Each bag full of clothes is worth 55 meals to folks in Africa. I’ve already cleaned out 3 bags!!

  1. Paul Harney
    May 09, 2016

    Great post Lisa and Happy belated Mothers Day. I wasn’t familiar with Dr Greger’s and really like some of his ideas. Thx.

      May 16, 2016

      Thanks Paul! Dr. Greger’s books is really a worthwhile read or listen. I listen while I have been driving to NC. 2 birds with 1 stone!