Staying Healthy During The Winter

Winter is the time of year most people get sick. Especially kids that are in school. And then they bring home those germs, and your whole family gets sick. This was my house last year. We basically spent the whole month of December with at least one person being sick. Christmas Day, we had four out of five people in our house sick! After that experience, I began to look into ways to stay healthy during the winter. As a personal trainer and sports nutritionist, I would much prefer to prevent sickness before it happens, and I learned a lot of great tips.

Staying Healthy During The Winter

Staying healthy during the winter

If your kids are young and in school or daycare, you especially are at a higher risk of having germs in your home. Have you ever been around a bunch of young kids? One sneezes and doesn’t cover their mouth, those germs get on toys, and all the other kids touch them. My oldest is 6 and every time he coughs I insist he covers his mouth, yet he still forgets. It’s just part of being a kid, they don’t think about germs…..until they are sick! I try and teach them from the start to cover your mouth and then immediately wash hands, but it’s especially hard for them when they are at school. Plus with many schools have only a certain amount of days kids can be out, parents end up sending them to school even when they are sick. It’s hard to keep everyone health and learn at the same time.

 

Staying healthy during the winterStaying healthy during the winter is especially hard when you have more than one child as kids share those germs so quickly! As soon as one gets sick, it’s usually only a matter of time before they pass it on. Prevention is key, and there is a lot you can do the stop the sickness before it begins.

 

  1. Drink Plenty of Water. Stay hydrated as it helps flush out toxins, but can also break up mucus when you get a cold. Getting kids to drink water can be hard, so sometimes I put some fruit in theirs to make it fun. I personally struggle with drinking water when it’s cold so I do a lot of hot tea.
  2. Exercise. Not only does it boost your mood, but it also reduces stress which weakens your immune system. Its hard to exercise during the winter, so do a fun dance party with your kids. Or make a fun obstacle course inside. You have tons of great ways to move your body as a family.
  3. Vitamins. Many people think they get enough vitamins from their food, but the truth is our soil is depleted so we don’t receive enough vitamins. Make sure your family all takes a good multi vitamin. NOT generic store brands as those do more harm than good and usually have a less than 10% absorption rate. My family uses vitamins with a 85% or higher absorption rate and you can get them here
  4. Clean Your Hands. Germs are everywhere, so don’t forget to wash your hands! Just plain soap and water does the job. Using antibacterial soaps is NOT a good idea as many of those actually kill the good bacteria your body needs to fight the germs.
  5. Air Out Your Home. Did you know that when you spray that bathroom cleaner that gives you a migraine, it can linger in your home for up to a year?!?! That means you and your family are constantly breathing in those fumes. Yuck, yuck, yuck! Open your windows and air our your home. You can also get plants that detoxify your air like the Boston Fern or the Peace Lily.
  6. Boost Your Immune System. A healthy immune system can really help you from not getting sick. Eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low in sugar. I personally use an essential oil blend that boosts your immune system and it has worked WONDERS for my kids! I get it HERE
  7. Sleep. This is something that you need to stay healthy. The average person doesn’t get enough sleep and that is when your body recharges itself. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. More for kids as their little bodies require more rest than we do! Rest is best for a healthy life.
  8. Have A Healthy Gut. Your gut is extremly important for health and having a good immune system. If you aren’t taking a probiotic, get a good one!! I love mine, but for kids you can also do yogurt instead. Gut healthy is very important so make sure to not forget that part.
  9. Kick Out The Toxic Cleaners. Did you know ammonia is the number one cause of respiratory problems? How about the fact that asthma has risen by over 100% in the last 20 years. Toss out those nasty cleaners that are in fact banned in many other countries because of the damage they do to our health!! Go toxin free, it’s very easy to do and you will actually save money each month. Here is an easy way to kick out the toxins.
  10. Reduce Stress. This is a hard one, but stress opens your body up to sickness so keep it as far away as you can. Find fun things to do, laugh as much as you can, and spend time with the people you love. Stress is part of life, but there are many ways to reduce it such as yoga, relaxing with a good book, and essential oils.

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Staying healthy during the winter is hard to do, but with these tips it will be much easier for you. Remember these steps and have your healthiest winter yet!

 

Dana

Exercise For Better Health

Exercise For Better Health

Most people think that if you exercise, you are automatically trying to lose weight. They think it’s all about the way you want to look, or the number on the scale….but for many of us, exercise holds a much deeper meaning. Sure having a healthy weight is important for your overall health. Yet sometimes exercise holds a different purposes.!

For me, exercise is about strength. It’s about choice. It’s about control. It’s about a fight I won’t give up on. It’s about me being selfish, and taking care of me!!!

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Ten years ago, exercise to me meant looking good in my clothes and a number on a scale. I didn’t know any other importance, nor did I care. After my first child was born….things changed! I wanted to be healthy for him, and no longer just for me. I wanted to teach him the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Fast forward a few years and I’m now the proud mom of 3, and again why I exercise has changed. Now it’s not about the number on the scale, but fighting back. A few months ago I began having a ton of health problems and was eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disease along with a few other health disorders. Exercise became my way to cope. To still feel strong, to not feel stressed and overwhelmed. To have control over how I feel….even if for a few minutes!

To some, exercise is about weight loss, but to others like me, it’s about fighting for our health. Exercise releases endorphin’s which makes you happy. Exercise can help you feel less depressed. Exercise can help you build a stronger body. Exercise can help boost your immune system. Exercise has so many great benefits and the number on the scale is not what truly matters at the end of the day, but your overall health and how you feel.

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Exercise for YOU, not for the number on the scale or for what other people think.  The truth is, exercise is needed for a healthy life not just for weight loss. Did you know exercise helps with…

  • Heart Disease
  • Stress
  • Blood Pressure
  • Boosting Your Immune System
  • Strong Bones
  • Self Esteem
  • Prevents Cognitive Decline
  • Helps With Insomnia

Just to name a few! Go find a fun way to exercise, and do it for better health!

Dana

Monday Musings

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Monday Musings again, and with how busy October has been, I thought this was the PERFECT time!! For those new to my blog, Monday Musings are just basically a time where I share what has been going on, address any emails/messages I received, and offer a few tips! Basically it’s a good time to drink coffee and be amused for a few minutes before the madness of your week begins haha.

Monday Musings

monday musings

My October has been CRAZY so it’s nice to take a minute for a Monday Musings! My kids had 10 days off at the beginning of the month and that was so much fun! September was a really bad month for me health wise, and I got really discouraged by the constant problems I was facing. I made the decision that no matter what happened, I was going to work on having a better attitude and trying to be thankful as it can ALWAYS be worse! With that in mind, I knew I wanted to do lots of fun activities on my kids Fall Break. The fact I’m able to do that is due to working from home!! Every time they have a day off, I get to be with them instead of calling into a boss!! We were able to go to Disney On Ice, take a trip up to the Mountains to visit my grandparents, go to some Pumpkin Patches, and visit a few parks. It was just the fun I needed and I’m so blessed I get to do these fun activities with my kids!!!

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And then the craziness resumed haha. But isn’t that normal life?!?! I’ve had critters in my car, 5 different doctor visits, a rush to a cardiologist, and the usual balance of being a Mom and building a business!

 

Now onto business….This week marks the LAST LAST LAST chance to sign up for our Christmas Catalog! Due to popular request, I extended it til the end of the month, but that’s the best I can do. Don’t miss out and grab your spot now!

  • I am now accepting guest bloggers!!!! If you have a topic you would like to blog about and be featured here, please send me an EMAIL
  • Every week in November we will be featuring one work from home Mom! If you, or someone you know is an amazing Mom Boss, EMAIL to get them featured!!
  • This Holiday Season, I encourage everyone to shop as much as they can from small business owners! Our Christmas Catalog will make that easier for you, make sure to sign up HERE to receive our newsletter to get it faster!

 

Coming up on the blog….5 things I wish I knew before working from home! When I first started working from home, I did EVERYTHING wrong! But that’s ok as it’s a learning process! I’ll share what I did wrong, how I learned to do things right, and how now I’m able to make a full time income….even after quitting for awhile.

 

Don’t forget to check out a few of our great blog articles we’ve shared over the past few weeks! Remember, if you have a topic you would like discussed, feel free to contact us!

 

15 Ways To Earn Some Christmas Cash

5 Easy And Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Kids

Data Entry Jobs

How To Grow Your Contact List

Income Earning Without A Job

 

Have a wonderful week!

Dana

Income Earning Without A Job

Income Earning Without A Job

Trying to find a way to earn an income from home can be hard! Many jobs required you to work set hours and be on the phone, and that just does not work with the busy schedule of a Mom! I don’t know about you, but the moment I get on the phone, my kids go crazy!! When I started looking for a job and found customer service ones that required you to be on the phone 8 hours a day….I knew that would NOT work for me!! And that doesn’t work for most people, so here I will show you how income earning without a job.

income earning without a job

I decided I needed a job where I only had to work when my kids were asleep, because having a babysitter for them defeated the purpose of me working from home. But let me tell you, it can be extremely hard to find a job where you only work 2-3 hours a day Mon-Friday haha. I found a “job” that is perfect for me, but I want to show you that you have tons of great options on income earning without a job.

Listed below is over 25 options to make an income from home. Now, these are not jobs per say in that you work set hours, every day and earn a paycheck. Unfortunately for a set paycheck, you do need to look into customer service. But these are a good option to still earn an income! Most are jobs where you get paid for the tasks you do. Do more tasks, make more money! Some are transcribing documents, some are writing jobs, some are data entry jobs.

 

These are a good option if you are looking for income earning without a job.

1-888 Type It Up

Casting Words Workers

Babble Type

AccuTran Global

3 Play Media

Focus Forward

Daily Transcription

Crowd Surf 

Amazon Mechanical Turk

GMR Transcription

Literably

Net Transcripts

Scribie

Tigerfish

Transcribe

Transcribe Me

Verbale Ink

Way With Words

Blogmutt

Copypress

Crowd Content

Online Writing Jobs

Pure Content

Scripted

Smart Brief

Text Broker

Dana