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Coming Soon…..

Hi Everybody!  Happy  Sunday!

I did it!  I filed for an LLC this last week!  As soon as I hear back I’ll be updating this website with a section for you to shop from!  I can’t wait to officially get started!

Make sure to check in often as I will be stocking new inventory soon!

Inventory will consist of:

Bar Soaps, Liquid Soaps, Lotions, Body butters, Lip Balms, Salves, Ointments, Hand Sanitizer and more!

Drop me a line and tell me what your favorite scents are and I’ll see what I can do to make sure it’s part of my inventory!  Let me know soon though because I will be ordering supplies shortly!  You can comment here on my blog, on Facebook, or you can email me at:  TriquetraApothecaryEtc@gmail.com

Have a Happy Healthy Fantabulous Day!!! 😀

 

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Read your ingredient labels!!!

Happy Wednesday y’all!

Yesterday I was perusing a catalog a friend gave me to check out, because it was full of organic products.  I was soooo excited to try a new product……for about a minute, unfortunately.  When I went online to check the ingredients, check out the prices and all the products they carry, my happy bubble was quickly burst.  Now, not alllll the products are what I personally consider unhealthy, but I was shocked at how many were full of unnecessary ingredients!!!  Since when do you need to have sugar in lemon pepper?  REALLY!  There were quite a few things that had sugar or a derivative of sugar or even both that sooooo didn’t need them!  Many of them had maltodextrin listed, which is not only a derivative of sugar, but is also a GMO, and is generally used as a filler.  A lot of the time, for many many people, when they eat products that contain sugar, they begin to crave products with sugar, therefore they buy more of that product, so does that mean they put sugar in it just so you’ll get addicted and buy more?  Who knows, it’s just a thought.  The moral of the story is that just because it’s organic does not necessarily mean it’s good for you.  It means no pesticides were used.  If it says “natural flavors”, put it down, if it says maltodextrin or anything that ends in “ose” (fructose, sucrose, dextrose), put it down, and as far as I’m concerned, at least 99.9% of the time, if it’s not a dessert, it does NOT need sugar in it of any kind!!  So if you really want to use healthier products, please, please, pllllllease read your labels!  You do not need all that garbage in there!  Ok, off my soap box.  😀

Thank you for taking the time to read this hopefully helpful rant!

Until next time, I hope you have a very happy healthy day!  😀

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Benefits of Almond Oil

Hey everybody!  Happy Friday!!!

I just read this blog and thought I’d share it with you!  It has great info about the benefits of Almond Oil!  Check it out!!!

“Carrier oils provide the backbone for many DIY creations. Choosing one that suits you best may seem intimidating, but I promise it’s worth the effort. The right carrier can make the difference between a newly made product that is good and one that is AMAZING. We’ve done a few posts previously on the benefits of various carrier oils, which you can find here:

This time we thought we could focus on the benefits of just Almond oil, as well as provide a few ideas for how you can make the most of the various uses for Almond oil. We all know how important it is to choose a carrier oil that is suitable for your skin type. Almond oil can be a wonderful choice for nearly everyone, making it the perfect option for those who want a great multi-purpose carrier to use in their projects and for blending. Almond oil is a light carrier oil that absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. This spotlight (below) can be clicked and printed so you can add it to your essential oil binder!”

Please click the link below to continue reading…………  😀

Source: Benefits of Almond Oil

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day!  😀

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Sucralose…..good? or bad?

Happy Monday everybody!

Soooo, we all know that Sucralose is man made, but did you know that it’s another name for Splenda?  It’s produced by chlorinating sucrose, which is plain old white table sugar.  So basically it’s just chlorinated sugar, which is a chlorocarbon, and chlorocarbons are poisonous.  Even though our bodies do a great job of detoxing most things, it can still build up over time, which can be detrimental to our health.

The government says that it is safe and 98% pure, but that leaves us with 2%.  What is in that 2%?  Well, according to an article I found ( https://www.downtoearth.org/articles/2009-03/68/sucralose-dangerous-sugar-substitute ), it contains things like lead, arsenic, methanol, and many other dangerous things.

Side effects of consumption of sucralose have been reported by many:

  • dizziness
  • migraines/headaches
  • bloating
  • rashes
  • tinnitus
  • acne
  • respiratory issues
  • joint pain/aching

and this is just SOME of the many side effects.

I try very hard to limit the consumption of processed foods, but on occasion, it does happen.  I try to be a careful and thorough label reader and buy the healthiest choice that I can.  If I can’t find one, and/or cannot make it from scratch, it generally just doesn’t get purchased.  What about eating out?  Just try to make informed healthy choices.  No croutons, oil/vinegar dressing on the side or a dressing you KNOW doesn’t have any of the dreaded and possible hidden additives, steamed veggies, nothing fried, no bread.  No sodas, no sweetened tea.  I know, I know, I can hear you from here!  Sweet tea is a staple here, but I order it unsweetened and carry my own stevia with me for sweetening.  You can  too.  I know, I’m no fun.  ha Your body will thank you for it, if you’re diligent in your choices.

If you’d like to learn more about the dangers of sucralose and other artificial sweeteners, here are several websites for you to peruse:

You can also read my previous blog about sugar, sugar substitutes and natural alternatives for more information:

Are there other choices besides refined white sugar and artificial sweeteners?

I hope I have given you all something to think about.  Over the last few years I have seen soooo much in the health industry that just scares the dickens out of me.  Doctors prescribe meds for the side effects of other meds and then you start seeing even more side effects and the next thing you know you have a new disease or even worse, you’re dead.  Did THAT get your attention?  I hope it did.  Please, please, PLEASE think before you eat and/or drink anything!  Do you really need that man made chemically filled food/drink that could possibly, eventually, even kill you?  Think about it…………..TRY to start making better choices.  Baby steps will get you there.  Yes you CAN do it, if you really want to.  The next time you eat/drink something, I hope you’ll remember reading this and remember to make a healthier choice. Thank you for listening to my rant for today!

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Juice Cleanse/Detox

Happy Day after Valentine’s Day everybody!

Sorry I’ve been such an absent blogger.  I will try to be better this year!

To start off the year, I’ve decided to do a juice cleanse/detox.  I’ve written before about Detoxifying the body a couple of years ago.

Here’s the link to refresh your memory:  My personal opinion of body detoxification and stuff…

Anyway, if you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ll know that I had to have major back surgery in 2014, and then I had my sacroiliac joint fused in 2015.  Between not being able to exercise properly, having all those toxins put into my body (anesthesia, medication, etc.), it has really done a number on me.  Enough so that I’ve been back on blood pressure meds for almost a year.  Well, I’ve had enough and I want off the chemical meds and get my body back on its proper journey to being the healthiest it can be.

That’s where the Juice Cleanse/Detox comes in.

There are lots of benefits of doing cleanses/detoxes, and the one I have chosen to do is also a fast from solid food.  You can do this for a day, a week, or longer.  I do NOT recommend doing more than a few days unless you are VERY familiar with fasting.  I DO recommend following directions TO…..THE…..LETTER!  Ok, now that we have THAT out of the way.  Some of the benefits of doing the one I have chosen include:

* the huge influx of healthy nutrition/vitamins from the fresh squeezed fruits and veggies.

*giving your digestive system a break, which your body will thank you for.

*doing a cleanse of this type is cellular, not just your tummy/colon.  It’s everything.

*You COULD actually lose a few pounds, which is always a plus in my book. 🙂

*Helps do away with cravings and promotes will power to say no!

There can be side effects from doing fasts/cleanses/detoxes, and can be different in everyone.  A few are:  light headed, acne, diarrhea, muscle aches and pains…..just pay attention to your body.  Make sure to always ALWAYS drink lots of water!

These are just a few of the many great reasons for giving it a shot.  I tried 2 days last week as a sample, to see if I could actually do it, and I started a 5 day today.  I had fresh juice delivered this morning, and they’ll deliver more fresh juice on Thursday.  If this week goes well, I’ll do more from time to time.

As always, I’m here to help, so if you have questions, just send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

Until next time……Have a Happy Healthy Day!!!!! 😀

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Hmmmm, the power of fucoidan……(it’s seaweed)

Happy Monday y’all!

If you don’t know what fucoidan is, you really need to learn about it. Check out www.poweroffucoidan.com If you don’t already know what fucoidan is, you really need to learn about it. It’s quite amazing!  I studied about it while I was working on my MH, NC and HHP certifications (natural health/nutrition), and in the last month or so have learned even more. I invite you to read about it for yourself at the above link. It’s extremely healthy and if you go over to pubmed.gov and type fucoidan in the search, you will find over 1200 independent studies that have been done on it. I have heard some amazing testimonies about what it has done for people, and I’ve read a lot of personal testimonies too.  Even my cousin and her family have benefitted from it.  They are OFF of over 50 medications since they started Limu (fucoidan product).  Though I cannot say absolutely that it’ll ever cure anything or that I can even promise that it will help you in any way, after reading and studying about it myself, I would have to say that you just never know what could happen, just like any other vitamin/supplement you take, so I’m personally giving it a go! Wanna join me?  If you like it, you can also earn free product!  It’s called 3 for free.  You find 3 others that want to buy the product OR 3 others that want do the incredible business opportunity, then you can earn your product for free!  How do ya like them apples?  So, if you’re enticed and would like to try it for yourself, just go on over to www.limulisa.iamlimu.com  and either choose to be a customer and buy, be a customer and share (to get free products) or start your own home based business and be a promoter and still earn free products annnnd have the opportunity to drive your own FREE BMW and earn weekly commissions and even some great bonus’ too!  13 ways to get paid (totally spoiled is more like it!)?  Really?  Yep!  The business is like NONE I’ve ever seen before, and believe me I’ve see a load of them……got questions?  Just ask!  🙂

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!!!!! :o)

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Made it through week ONE!

Haaaaappy Friday y’all!

The weekend is upon us!  Yea!

I made it through my first 5 days of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and I’m realllly sore, so I know I must be doing something right!  Right? It’s a 90 day program so I know I have quite a ways to go, but getting through the first week is a huge accomplishment to keep me going!  It’s been 9 months since my back surgery (gonna take a while to get those back/ab muscles working properly, but I’m ready!) and I’m soooo ready to get back in shape! Now, to get my eating under control……………………

Here is some really great info from Vani over at Foodbabe.com about some ingredients we really should be avoiding in our diets (READ YOUR LABELS PEOPLE!), so make sure you go over and read about it here: 5 Ingredients That Should Have Never Been Approved By The FDA – Are You Eating Them?

I’m off to study for a while!  That’s 3 days of studies this week!  YEA!!!!!  I am determined to finish my degrees too!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day!  :o)

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McDonald’s serves WHAT in London?! The outrageous double standard in fast food.

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Here is another fabulous article from our awesome Vani and her Foodbabe.com army!

After reading the article you are going to be surprised and appalled! I know I was! Well, I wasn’t really surprised, but am totally appalled! I’m so glad we have someone like Vani and her army working hard to help us eat better ingredients and better foods!

Thanks Vani!

“McDonald’s serves WHAT in London?! The outrageous double standard in fast food.” Here is the link to the article: http://foodbabe.com/2014/09/30/mcdonalds-serves-what-in-london-the-outrageous-double-standard-in-fast-food/

The pics below are from the Foodbabe.com website:
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Multiple Awards Nominations!

Happy Tuesday y’all!

In the last week while I’ve been away I’ve had some wonderful people nominate me for blogging awards! You guys have truly made me feel honored and I really don’t know what to say, other than thank you so very very much for including me in your nomination lists. I’m not very good with words. I know what I want to say but can’t ever put it into actual words. Soooooo {{{{{hugs}}}}} for all of you!!!!!

I’ll start with the Lighthouse Award from Kim at alwaysthinkingimfat Thank you Kim! If you haven’t read Kim’s blog, make sure you stop by and visit! She’s got such a wonderful way with words! She’s encouraging, inspirational, makes you smile and well, go read her blog and see for yourself, you’ll love her too!

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Instructions:

1.Display the award certificate on the blog

2. Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.

3. Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

4. Share three ways that you like to help other people

Three ways I like to help people:

1. I like to help others by doing my best to be supportive.
2. I like to help others by doing my best to be encouraging.
3. I like to help others by teaching them about proper nutrition in hopes of helping them reach their goals, whether it’s to lose weight or just to eat healthy.

My nominations are:
1. Ups and Downs
2. Stepping out in pain
3. I run in the rain
4. Healthy Masters
5. Random musings from a type-a workaholic
6. Stamped with a heart
7. Saving my life: Breaking the yo-yo
8. Weight2lose2013

I know some of you may have already received this award, so no worries on doing another round. 🙂

My next award I received previously but none the less am very honored to have been nominated again by two other wonderful bloggers Ups and downs, and Saving my life: breaking the yo-yo. If you haven’t read their blogs, make sure you stop by, you’ll love reading them as much as I do! 😀

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You can read about the sunshine award here. I won’t nominate for this award this time since I did it recently, but am very thankful for another nomination! 😀

My third nomination is from Rob at Weight2lose2013 It’s for the Dragon Loyalty Award. If you aren’t familiar with Rob’s blog, you’re really missing out, so make sure you go and read it! Thank you Rob!!! 🙂

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The rules for Dragon’s Loyalty Award are:

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3 You must share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you.
4 Nominate up to 15 bloggers for Dragon’s Loyalty Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5 Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

Here are 7 things you may, or may not know about me.

1. I’m really not very good at putting things into words.
2. I hate clutter.
3. I made good grades throughout school and since I’ve gone back to school I’ve only made one “B”, the rest have been “A’s”.
4. I love the smell of new tires…..yes, I’m know I’m weird.
5. I really don’t like to exercise, but I do it anyway. 🙂
6. I have pet several wild animals. (coyote, rock marmot, deer, cottontails, chipmunks…and a mountain lion that was being raised in captivity) – can you tell I love animals???
7. I don’t like cars, I like lifted Jeeps/Trucks.

Okay, now for my nominations:
1. Random musings from a type-a workaholic
2. Stepping out in pain
3. I run in the rain
4. Stamped with a heart
5. Healthy masters
6. Ups and downs
7.
Saving my life: Breaking the yo-yo

Thank you for nominating me for these awards everybody! I have met some wonderful people since I started blogging a few months ago, and am so grateful! And a BIG Thank you to all of you that read my blog too!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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Today is the 1st day of our challenge!

Happy Thursday y’all! And Happy 1st Day of May!!!!! 😀

Well, if you read the post from yesterday you will know that I suggested that we have a challenge for the month of May. It doesn’t matter if your goal is something to do with nutrition or fitness, it just has to be something healthy that is realistic. It’s not too late to join us, so if you want to be a part of the challenge, just let me know! We’d love to have you! Having others to be accountable to can make a huge difference in reaching your goals, so what are you waiting for?

Here are the goals for those that have decided to join the challenge so far:

1. My goal is to walk at least 1/2 way to the end of the road every day that the weather permits and to drink a minimum of 32 oz. of water every day. ( For those of you that don’t know – I recently had major surgery and am grounded from exercise for the next few months.)

2. Charlotte at I Run In The Rain is going to run 20 miles or more a week. (Go Charlotte!)

3. Rob at Weight2lose2013 is planning to lose 5 lbs. by eating clean and giving up wine for the month. He is also doing a HIIT challenge with Staci at Simply Fit Inside and Out which is a great addition to his goal here! I think there is a huge chance you’re going to surpass your goal Rob!

4. Melissa at HealthyMasters has been needing some “me” time. Her goal is to walk around her neighborhood, with no phone, just music, and allow herself some time to reflect each day. She says that this will no only help her to get some exercise but also will give her some time for personal growth and meditation. Awesome goal Melissa! 😀

5. Janey at Cupid or Cats hasn’t chosen a goal yet, but is going to join us too! Welcome Janey! 😀

6. Julie at Random Musings from a Type-A Workaholic is re-committing to lifting three times per week, with a secondary goal of being able to deadlift 1.5 times her body weight by June 1. Awesome goals! 😀

7. Hey everybody, help me welcome Cynthia to our challenge! Cynthia has a blog too! Yay! Make sure you go and visit her blog at Ups and Downs, Adventures with weight loss Her goal is to lose 5 pounds this month! She is having some issues with her hip, so she’s going to work on eating clean! 😀

8. Also, please welcome Lauren who has also asked to join our challenge! She is a fellow blogger that can be found at laurenbeccax. She too has a goal of losing 5 pounds this month! Her plan is to do this by eating clean! 😀

9. Kim from Always thinking I’m fat plans to drink more water (64 oz) and wants to start taking a long walk consisting of a couple miles or so once or twice a week! Go Kim! 🙂

10. Naina from The Honest Doctor has a goal of 64 oz. of water daily! Welcome Naina! 😀

It is never too late to start becoming healthier, or more fit, so just think of a healthy goal, let me know what it is and I’ll add you to our team! Once a day, or at least once a week, drop in and let us know how you’re doing with your goals. I will write a post every week with everyone’s progress for that week. If you’re stumbling with your goal, just let us know and we’ll all be here for you! Every day is a new day, so what are you waiting for? Can you imagine how you could achieve by the end of the month? I heard this years ago, and have never forgotten it…………….IF YOU CAN SEE IT, AND YOU BELIEVE IT, THEN YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!!!!! So, visual your goals, stay conscious of them at all times, have faith that you CAN do it, and you WILL!

If you are looking for a new workout, check out all the awesome workouts available at www.beachbodycoach.com/coachlisamacy there are 10 minute workouts, 25 minutes, 30 minutes and an hour or more. They range from Tai Chi to super SUPER intense (P90X – Bodybeast – etc…). If you DO decide you would like one of these workouts, a little note….. P90X3 and Turbo Fire Challenge Packs are on sale this month!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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Exercise/Workout Accountability

Happy Hump Day! Woot Woot! (Still love that camel commercial! 😀 )

It’s that time of year that everyone is really thinking hard about exercise/working out. It’s getting sunny and warm and we all want to be in good shape and look great by summer, right? I know I do, but I’m sort of sidelined and not allowed to do much but that’s ok, I have a plan! (I’ll tell you about it shortly) I’ve noticed that a lot of my blogging friends are exercising, watching what they eat, and talking about it in their blogs. One of the Beachbody groups I am a part of is having a challenge starting May 1st so I started thinking we should have here in the blogging world too? You wouldn’t necessarily have to blog about it every day, but maybe put a blurb at the top/bottom of your blog, whenever you blog, to let all your blog buddies know that you DID reach your goal for the day/week. We could post what our goal for the month is. It doesn’t have to be exercise, it could just be a new healthy choice you’re trying to make into a habit, like more water or a piece of fruit or a salad each day. Just be realistic so that you have a better chance of reaching your goal for the month. If you surpass it great (which is what I’m going to try to do).

My goal for May is to get back to my daily water intake pre-surgery by setting a goal of 32 oz. a day (I was drinking at least 64 oz. a day if not more, now I’m lucky to get 8 oz.), and to try and walk at least 1/2 way to the end of the road (I will try to reach the end, but I’ll be happy if I can do 1/2). I may not be able to post every day, but when I do, I’ll catch you up on if I made my goals from each day that I didn’t post. I feel like if I HAVE to tell someone that I did it, I have more of a chance of actually doing it.

What do you think? Do you want to join me? If you do, let me know what your goal is sometime today and I’ll write a post on it tomorrow so that we all know who is participating, and if you want I can do weekly updates so we all know how we’re doing. What are you thoughts? Are you in?

My hubby and I ran errands pretty much most of yesterday and I wayyyyyy overdid it in the walking category, and I’m really hurting today and strangely enough my back is swollen, so I’m off to lay down and work on my studies (starting a final exam today – wish me luck please 🙂 ).

Until next time! Have a happy healthy day! :o)

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What The Heck Is Miso? + Miso Soup Recipe

Happy Monday y’all!

Here is some information about Miso and a recipe from Vani at Foodbabe.com

What The Heck Is Miso? + Miso Soup Recipe.

Miso is used in many Asian dishes. It’s a paste made from soybeans that can be used to make soup, sauces, dressings….use your imagination, I’m sure you’ll think of some other great ways to utilize it in your meals! There is also one made from chickpeas in case of soybean allergy! Make sure to research the brands carried in your area because some may contain MSG’s or other hidden dangers including GMO’s. Also, don’t forget to ALWAYS buy organic!

Here are a couple of links with more information about Miso and some recipes too!

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-and-uses-for-miso.html

Today is short and sweet, but I wanted to share this wonderful info about Miso! It’s so very yummy!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)