5 Easy Ways To Detox

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Whether you’re “as healthy as a horse” or dealing with chronic illness, detoxing is essential in helping the body get rid of harmful toxins.

Before getting Lyme disease I’d heard the term “detox” thrown around once or twice. But once I became chronically ill, detoxing quickly became a necessity in my ongoing journey back to health.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help your body get rid of harmful toxins.

5 Easy Ways To Detox:

1. Drink lots of water with lemon. It’s great to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but drinking at least 2 liters a day is even better!

Water helps to flush toxins out of the body. Lemons can help support the immune system and stimulate the liver to help remove toxins.

2. Dry brush your skin before showering. This helps shed dead skin, encourages blood circulation and assists with lymph drainage. You can buy a dry skin brush on Amazon for very little money. This is the one I have and it works great!

3. Sweat the toxins out of your body by taking a hot bath, sitting in a sauna, or exercising hard enough to break a good sweat. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and I love it.

4. Eat a variety of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Nourish your body with whole foods.

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5. Emphasize the positive. We all have those days (or weeks) when we don’t feel our best or feel exhausted from a busy schedule. I’ve found that if I look for things that I’m grateful for throughout the day it changes my perspective and can help me cope with potentially stressful situations.

There are several other ways to detox, but hopefully this will give you some things to think about and try. I hope you find this list helpful!

I’d love to hear what works well for you! Please share in the comment section below.

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Kansas City Royals Win The World Series!

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Woo hoo! The Kansas City Royals take the World Series, 4 games to 1!

kansas city royalsChildhood Memories of the Kansas City Royals

I grew up cheering them on. Fast-pitch softball was my favorite sport. The Royals were my favorite baseball team and my favorite player was George Brett!

I remember being excited as a girl when our parents took us to a Royals game. I couldn’t wait to watch Brett hit homers and rule on 3rd. Unfortunately he had broken his toe running from his kitchen to his living room and was out for the game. Talk about a major disappointment! But despite Brett being out that game it was still fun. 🙂

This year, David (my husband) and I were able to catch Game 2 of the playoffs against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman. The pulse of KC beat strong and the Royals didn’t disappoint.

Congrats to the KC Royals!

Thanks for making this season the best one yet. Can’t wait for next year!

Do you have a favorite team, player, or sport you love to watch? I’d love for you to share about it!

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My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes

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One of the foods I’ve missed since becoming gluten-free is pancakes. I tried different gluten-free flours, but had

trouble finding one that tasted close enough to the real thing, until I discovered how easy it is to make oat flour. To me, the flavor it gives the pancakes is delicious and the texture is pleasant, although a little heartier in these gluten-free protein pancakes.

Protein Powder Pancakes

If you want to try making your own gluten-free oat flour, first make sure that your oats are gluten-free. Some are packaged in factories along wheat products and can get contaminated with wheat. Simply put a cup or two of old-fashioned oats in your blender, press start and watch the magic happen!  Now, when I’m making a recipe that calls for all-purpose or wheat flour, I use the GF oat flour instead.

This is the recipe I use to make my protein powder pancake mix. I store it in a Mason jar and make a new batch and refill the jar when I’m getting low.

I like to add chopped apples and cinnamon or blueberries or pecans to the batter. Typically, I fry them in coconut oil and top them with butter or 81 Uses For Coconut Oil, syrup, and sometimes peanut butter (yummy!).

Our kids sometimes groan when they find out something I’m serving is gluten-free, but not these Protein Powder Pancakes. They eat them right up. I hope you enjoy!

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5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein

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Whey protein powder packs a nutritional punch and has many health benefits.

When you are purchasing it, I recommend checking the list of ingredients to make sure it is not full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, or ingredients you don’t recognize. If in doubt, you might want to look any unknown ingredients up on the internet.

Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients, the better. Also, try to look for whey protein concentrate because it’s usually both more nutritious and affordable.

Pictured below is the protein powder my husband and I are using currently. We’ve tried several, but so far, this one tastes the best (in my humble opinion), and the vanilla flavor is easy to mix with many other add-ins, such as fruits, nuts, etc.

Whey powder can be a great addition to your diet, whether you’re trying to lose weight, or gain muscle.

5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein

  1. Whey is a great source of high-quality protein, is quickly absorbed and full of the amino acids our bodies need to work optimally.
  2. Long-term consumption of whey protein may lower cholesterol levels.
  3. It’s filling, which can cut hunger, something that is especially beneficial when trying to lose weight.
  4. Whey protein may lower blood pressure, and help control type 2 diabetes when taken along with a high-carbohydrate meal.
  5. It can help reduce inflammation in the body, a risk factor for many conditions.

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Along with the many benefits of whey protein, it’s easy to blend into a variety of different foods, such as pancakes, muffins, oatmeal, cereal, cookies and yogurt.

Also, you may want to try my recipes for My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake and My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes.

Please let me know how you like to eat your whey protein in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!

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My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

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My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

In recent years I’ve tried all kinds of things in my protein shake including–blueberries, kale (yes, I said kale), spinach (seriously?), celery, strawberries, chia seeds, oatmeal, avocado, pineapple, raw coconut, peanut butter and, my personal favorite… chocolate.

I’ve added in maca powder, raw organic greens, liquid multivitamins, flaxseed and hemp seed to boost nutrition and health.

I’ve also used cow’s milk, water, almond milk and coconut milk, but I always come back to my simple, tried and true peanut butter protein shake.

Here’s the recipe…don’t blink or you might miss it. It’s so simple!

My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake

My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake


  • 1 cup protein powder, your favorite brand, (I use vanilla, but chocolate would be yummy too)
  • 1/2 to 1 banana
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup of milk (Any kind will do. I like coconut milk.)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut butter


  1. Put everything in Nutribullet or other type of mixer and mix it all up until it's smooth and creamy.

This is perfect as a meal replacement or post-workout protein shake. If you try it, let me know what you think. I’d love to hear some of your favorite shake recipes too!

For more about whey protein powder you may want to check out 5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein Powder.

protein shakeWhat about you? Do you have a favorite recipe using whey protein?

Please leave a comment below and let me know how you like to eat whey protein powder.

Here is a link to our favorite protein powder, Premier Protein Whey Powder, Vanilla Milkshake. It is gluten-free, has 30 grams of whey protein per serving and has no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavorings.

There are so many more ways to incorporate protein powder into your diet, including this recipe for My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes.

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5 Essential Reasons To Detox

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What is Detoxification?

Detoxification, or detox, takes place when toxins are removed from the body.

Toxins include:

  • pollution
  • pesticides and preservatives in the foods we eat
  • second-hand cigarette smoke
  • bad bacteria
  • chronic infections
  • stress
  • negative thought patterns.

Due to the many  harmful effects of the toxins, there are several reasons to detox.

detoxFive Reasons to Detox

  1. It helps prevent disease, and can reverse disease processes.
  2. Results in more energy, and an improved sense of well-being.
  3. Weight Loss–Toxins like to hide in fat cells. More body fat leads to a higher toxic load on the body, which often leads to disease.
  4. Increased health and efficiency of the digestive system.
  5. It can help bodily organs and systems work better and more efficiently.

Due to chronic illness, I’ve become more aware of toxins in the foods we eat, the air we breathe and the cleaning and beauty products we use. I believe detoxification can benefit anyone, healthy or otherwise.

You might like to check out 5 Easy Ways to Detox. Hopefully you’ll find some new ideas that help you too!

Do you detox? What would you add to this list? Please share below!

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