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Bullying: Lessening the Harm to Your Child

*** This post is a sponsored conversation brought to you by my friends from Baptist Health South Florida.

Bullying: Lessening the Harm to Your Child

Many of you may or may not know that I was formerly a high school physical education teacher. I have a Masters Degree in K-12 Physical Education and spent many service hours observing school children of all ages  in the gymnasium and on the playground. So children’s issues are always  on the forefront of my mind. Especially as the hubs and I are getting more and more serious about creating our own family. Many of you most likely saw this video of Keaton Jones, the young boy being bullied at school. If you made it through without bawling your eyes out…congratulations! I got about 30 seconds in before my heart literally shattered into smithereens. I am sure we have all been in a place where we got bullied, and if you haven’t, then you are one of the lucky ones. With the onset of social media cyberbullying is at an all-time  high and can happen to anyone at any age. Giving children or adults little to nowhere to go. Bullying can have detrimental effects on the health and wellness of a child and when my friends from Baptist Health South Florida brought up this topic I was all about wanting to share the knowledge with all of you!

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Does Apple Cider Vinegar Truly Have Health Benefits?

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox

Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted as a miracle tonic everywhere from Instagram to Good Morning America! I actually drink it every morning to help me detox and hydrate my cells and truly feel “off” when I miss my morning drink. After chugging the mixture shown above my belly settles and I feel ready to take on the day. I also use it to make a simple salad dressing of ACV, honey, mustard and olive oil. It is tangy, slightly sweet and goes with just about any greens you like. I have seen it used as a toner, hair clarifier, a weightless product and like most vinegars ACV has strong anti bacterial properties and can be used to clean wounds or make a homemade cleaning solution.

Like coconut oil, the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar seem to be shouted from the rooftops. The benefits seem endless, but there is honestly not a ton of real hard SCIENCE to back up all of the hype. If I am being honest I love using apple cider vinegar, but learned my lesson the hard way by taking a shot of it which in turn made me immediately bring up my breakfast. I have yet to try it as a toner, but like I said before, I literally have a health tonic of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper every morning and it makes me feel like a new human!  I travel with a mixture of it to add to water on my travels, and It is the one thing that works to truly kickstart my day. It will be a mainstay for years to come. The lemon helps to detox and the cayenne pepper revs the metabolism. Most days, I focus on making my gut feel as relaxed and happy as possible and this tonic is my go-to every. single. day.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I wanted to share a little bit of the science behind Apple Cider Vinegar from my friends from Baptist Health South Florida. The article states that the science has proven: “Apple cider vinegar’s effect on the digestion of starch may prove beneficial to diabetes patients and explain the weight loss that has been credited to ACV.” According to a study completed by the University of Arizona, apple cider vinegar has positive effects on those individuals deemed pre-diabetic and those with type 2 diabetes. The study found that a chemical compound found in ACV and other vinegars known as acetic acid helps to decrease the amount of insulin released when consuming starchy vegetables.

When connecting ACV to weight loss the article also states: “this effect of vinegar on insulin production could also prove beneficial to people without insulin sensitivity. “The acetic acid in vinegar limits the absorption of carbohydrates by our bodies,” she said. “That means fewer calories are being consumed and some weight loss may occur.” If you are on medication for diabetes and taking apple cider vinegar make sure to check with your doctor as you may need to lessen your dose of insulin. For more on benefits and other ways to use apple cider vinegar check out this post from Baptist Health South Florida.

Join me in Taking the 21 Day Apple Cider Vinegar Challenge!

If you want to kick-start your day on a healthy note, hydrate your cells and rev your metabolism then I would LOVE for you to take the 21-Day challenge! It takes that long to build a habit and if you focus on doing something healthy for your body first thing in the morning you will continue to put your health first throughout your day!

***This has been a sponsored conversation brought to you by Baptist Health South Florida.




6 Ways to Get Your Man to Eat Healthy Without Him Knowing

My husband is an Ohio guy through and through. He loves meat and potatoes and has little to no concept of portion control. If you would have told me four years ago  last year that he would be eating quinoa, kale and black bean burgers I would have thought you were N-U-T-S. These days, he still likes to indulge, but he is  more dedicated to his health and wellness than ever before and I could not be more proud!

Today, I have six tips to help get your man living a healthier lifestyle…Without him really knowing it.

Pre-Make a Healthy Breakfast or Keep a Fruit Bowl Front and Center: I love making overnight oats or breakfast burritos that Cory can warm up or eat on-the-go. If he has healthy options available to him first thing in the morning he is more likely to make healthier decisions throughout the day.

Lighten Up his Favorites: Does he like fried buffalo wings? Yea mine too! Opt for lighter options that still have the same flair. For example: Grill a chicken breast, slather it in buffalo sauce and top it with diced celery, red onion and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles.

Just Add Bacon: Think salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy and savory when you create a dish and your man will never be dissappointed!  If I am making a kale salad with avocado, mango, red, onion, quinoa and pumpkin seeds; a sprinkle of bacon takes this salad from good to great with the added salty crunch! If you tell your man it has bacon in it. I guarantee they will go back for more.

Send Him Articles Here and There: I could not get Cory to even think of quitting soda for the longest time. I would explain how bad it was for him and how diet soda was even worse for his body. He was addicted and I had to give up! That was until he read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the health hazards of soda. he quit cold turkey that day! Let’s face it. Some of the stuff we say is fluff, but if there is hard evidence from a publication he knows and loves. There is no more denying it!

Take Him to Your Favorite Local Healthy Spot: Miami Squeeze is a local dive juice and health food spot here in North Miami. I love going there during the week for a veggie wrap, grain bowl or a ginger shot. Cory used to come with me reluctantly and order the only unhealthy thing on the menu….a chicken or tuna melt. Now, he gets a large ginger shot and a vegetarian platter or Wrap Me Wrap (a mediterranean wrap). The waiter even knew his order yesterday before he said it! He now goes there right after the gym and is making healthier choices every day! (I am one proud wifey)

Positive Reinforcement: It may sound silly, but telling your man you appreciate them making an effort or that they look  “hot” when they drop a few lbs. really helps makes all the difference!  We feel good when they tell us we are beautiful; so why not place the shoe on the other foot?!

If you have any more tips to add make sure to write them below!