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Food For Your Hormones


I remember all to clearly, 20 years ago, when I though 20 years was far, far away. Where did the time go? It's finally here. Those 20 years have come and gone, and I'm 43 dealing with all the issues that my mother and grandmother dealt with at my age, hormonal changes.  

Hormones influence just about every physiological response in our body including, the menstrual cycle, the reproductive system, our flight/fright response and metabolism. They are our body's chemical messengers, and can be both harmful and beneficial. So, it's especially important for every woman to know the type of foods she should consume and the types to avoid in order to obtain optimal hormonal balance and function. 

The right foods will provide your cells with the fuel it needs to make energy in order to do your body's work. The result?  Healthier hormonal secretions, and a more energized and invigorated you. Conversely, the wrong foods will cause your cells to produce more toxins and less energy, which will result in less hormone production. 

Boost your nutrition with a clean diet that balances your sugar levels. Fluctuating sugar and insulin can be quite damaging to the body. Eat several meals per day to keep your sugar levels normal and your insulin from spiking.

There are always clean, healthy, supportive foods for everyone, regardless of your eating style. 

Foods that support hormonal health

Phytoestrogens: Though estrogen cannot be obtained from food, plant foods contains phytoestrogens, which has isoflavones, a weak form of estrogen. Find your supply of phytoestrogen in soy beans, tofu, flaxseed, soy nuts and whole grains.

Dark Chocolate

Protein: Buckwheat, Quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts, soy, egg whites, fish (wild caught), chicken

Healthy fats: Avocados, Ghee, Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive oil, pressed seed oils

 Herbes & Spices: cinnamon, tumeric, cumin, thyme, ginger, garlic

♦ Fiber: dark green leafy and colorful veggies, and fruits in moderation.    

Foods that sabotage hormonal health 

Vegetable oils

processed foods



Satuated fats

Hormonal imbalances affects women from adolescence through menopause. Help yourself and your situation by being proactive. Be consistent with your good, clean, balanced diet. In addition, practice other lifestyle habits like exercise and prayer, meditation, yoga, and other activities that will bring balance to your hormonal activity. 

Lots of Love & Self-care



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Mexican Breakfast of champions!


When we run businesses, raise families, target deadlines and aspire to achieve big goals, our bodies often become unwilling victims of our minds' pursuits.  Let's face it, so many of us as women entrepreneurs are blazing trails in our professional lives, but overweight and undernourished in our bodies. It can be difficult to find time to cook food instead of grabbing fast food; to research nutrient-dense ingredients instead of going with what we know; to turn our commitments for more exercise into our daily reality. It is tough, but we are compromising quality of life for quick-fixes, and that is neither physically nor emotionally sustainable.

So, what's a busy woman entrepreneur on the rise to do?

For starters, she can quell her sweet tooth with healthier options, and use that as a segue into healthier habits. Satisfying your sweet tooth without eating unhealthy food is absolutely possible with a bit of creativity when it comes to spending time in the kitchen. If you are an avid cinnamon lover and you want to create a delicious, healthy dessert, there are plenty of options available that are simple and scrumptious. Use the following recipe to capitalize on one particular benefit of Cinnamon--the taste!

Apple Oatmeal

Enjoy cinnamon and apples? Creating your own apple oatmeal can be done for a healthy and satisfying meal. Cut and shred 2 apples, ridding the core. Heat a saucepan and add 1 cup of steel-cut oats, stirring until toasted, which will be approximately 2 minutes. Add water and the apples you have shredded, allowing the mixture to come to a boil. Once the oatmeal has boiled, allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently as it simmers.

Cut two additional apples and stir them into the oat mixture after it has simmered for about 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt for added flavor. Stir the mixture together and allow it to simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes. Once the oatmeal is thick, hot and mixed together after 15 to 20 minutes you can then serve the result in 4 separate servings. For added flavor, top the oatmeal with 3/4 teaspoon of brown sugar and a couple of tablespoons of flavored yogurt of your choice.

Granola With Cinnamon

When you are craving a delicious granola that includes a spicy cinnamon taste, try make your own from scratch. For this granola recipe you will need:

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup raw, unsalted pepitas
6 tablespoons of canola oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a roasting pan with parchment paper. Mix walnuts, almonds, pepitas and oats in a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla, salt, honey, cinnamon, oil and maple syrup in a separate bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats and nuts you have prepared and toss. Spread the mixture over the lined pan.

Bake the mixture for approximately 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until browned and lightly golden on top. Stir the mixture each 15 minutes to evenly cook the granola throughout while giving each part of the granola a brown and golden appearance. Allow the mixture to cool completely before serving.

You can serve your freshly-prepared homemade granola in a bowl along with cold milk, topped with your favorite fruit or even in a custom yogurt parfait.

Getting creative in the kitchen doesn't have to take away from the time you spend nurturing your business. Plus, it's a great way to embrace work-life harmony by testing your creative (culinary) boundaries and ramping up on your health! Introduce delicious foods with cinnamon without worrying about processed foods and excessive sugar that can cause health problems. Being smart and making the most out of your dessert recipes will allow you to enjoy delicious foods without sacrificing your health.
Akilah Richards is a Certified Family Life Educator who believes in the power of informed decisions, both in the kitchen and in the conference room, and encourages people to educate themselves on the taste benefit of Cinnamon, and other life-affirming foods, as part of a commitment to holistic health and wellness. Companies like Prograde Nutrition may prove to be helpful resources in affirming that commitment.  

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Does Eating Rigt=Weight Loss?

Does Eating Right = Weight Loss?


Yes it does.  But the only catch is, knowing what eating right is.  And trust me it is not what we have been taught.  Such things, as soy, pork, nuts, sport drinks, diet sodas, low calories foods, and fat free foods, are not the foods and drinks for eating right.  Your body, as I have stated before, is not made of chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors and flavorings, these things should be avoided. I read the status of a young woman on facebook several weeks ago.  Saying that she eats right, but still can't lose weight.  And she mentioned how frustrating it was for her to try so hard and still not be able to lose weight.  Well I wanted to make a comment, but I opted to write an article instead.  Because I realized that it was more than just this young woman out there having this problem.  As the saying goes, it is not your fault, but it is your problem.  And unfortunately a lot of us fit in this category of problems, problems, problems.  When you are unable to fix a problem, it means that you have reached the limit of your knowledge in that area.  And it is up to you to seek and find the solution to your problem(s).  Running into this invisible wall on your weight loss journey, can really take the wind out of your sail.  Doubt, frustion, the loss of will-power are fast eroding the core of your desire.   It makes you question yourself...why is it not, working?  It's not working, because there are food items in your diet that does not allow you to lose weight.  And if you are extremely over weight you may be exercising, when you should be stretching.  Whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, plenty of good water, coconut water, fish, and chicken,


minus the sugars, breads, alcoholic drinks, smoking, potatoes, and hard to digest meats, is the only way that the weight will began to shed.  Despite popular belief, you can't lose weight eating what you want.  There has to be a letting go, a cutting lose, never to return again of certain items, and foods from your life.  You should never try to obtain weight loss by taking chemicals.  Once you stop taking the chemicals the weight will return with an attitude, meaning more of it and quickly.  You have to change those habits, and those foods.  So, the young woman's problem is still with what she is eating and her exercising program.

The difference between exercising and stretching, is that exercising is mostly for cardio, and stretching is for toning, improving circulation of blood through all organs of the body, strength building of your core, and rapid weight loss.



The next time that you are comfronted with a problem.  Just seek more information in the area, and keep reaching for success.  Remember, success is not on a earthly plane.  You have to reach up to touch the stars.

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Micore Intl Launch Sunday 17 Mar 2013

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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

{Week 5} Sweet Almond Oil (INCI: Prunus Amygdalus)


Sweet Almond Oil is extracted from the delicate, white flowers of the almond tree.  A native of the Middle East, this nutty gem is a relative of the peach tree. 

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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream. What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

Week 1- Rice Bran Oil (INCI: Oryza Sativa)

Originating in the Japanese culture, rice bran oil is suitable for healthy cooking methods. The American Heart Association recommends rice bran oil, because of its ability to lower LDL cholesterol.

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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

{Week 3} Grapeseed Oil (INCI: Vitis Vinifera)


Grapeseed oil is extracted from grape seeds, often from those already used to make wine.  European healers used grapeseed oil to cure several diseases.





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A large percentage of ingredients in bath & body care are transdermal. Overtime, those ingredients will enter into the bloodstream.  What's In It? Series is a 5-week series informing you of the ingredients used in our recipes. Helping women (and their families) to live good, feel good, and smell good wholesomely.

{Week 2} Castor Seed Oil (INCI: Ricinus Communis)

Native to India, castor oil has superb medicinal benefits, and is best known for treating gastrointestinal problems (used as a laxative).  Castor oil can be used to alleviate skin infectionscleanse the face,  remove skin growths (moles & skin tags), and cure inflammations.  



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Everywhere you go these days, the mental health of our community seems to be a primary subject and concern. We have finally come to grips with the fact that not all of our problems are financial and social. Some of our problems are borne of unspoken misery and unresolved pain.


That’s why I published a book earlier this year filled with healthy living tips for the mind, body and soul. “Broken In Plain Sight” provides a perfectly crafted fictional, highly imaginative platform that proves that love is the common denominator to vibrancy and healing. The novel-like feel works to illustrate the underlying reasons for unhealthy lifestyle habits and offers practical and innovative solutions for living healthier.  In its fictional, diet-guide like format, the book exposes the struggles, secrets, and corruption within an African American family and their journey to find love, truth, and healing.


Now, six months later, my new book, “Broken In Plain Sight”, has been nominated to receive The Henri at The 2012 Christian Literary Awards in November 2012. See for yourself why it was nominated and purchase your copy today. In order to take home this prestigious award, I need your vote! If you liked my book, I would greatly appreciate if you would take a minute and vote for it.


Just visit You’ll need to create an account, then after receiving your password, you’ll need to “Login” and follow the prompts which include clicking “2012 AWARDS” and selecting READER'S CHOICE to CAST YOUR VOTE for “Broken In Plain Sight” in the Fiction Category.  Voting will close on September 30th. Please tell your family and friends to vote!!!


Broken in Plain Sight is engaging, entertaining and enlightening. It’s available at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles as well as Kindle and Nook. Too many of us are broken in plain sight and don’t have to be!


Thank you in advance your support and vote!!!



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Where is your energy?

Many women are proud to be muti-taskers. We rise early in the morning and go back to bed late at night. And being tired and  maybe  a little dragging though out the day seems normal. we have learned to live with it.

Suppose you don't have to live with it? Suppose  you can have the emery to run up the stairs even after 11 pm?

No it does not come in a bottle and no need to pull  out your sneakers. It is the easy thing to do because you are doing it...well  kinda.

Your home is 10 times more polluted then outside and the great news you have complete control to change it.

Here is a  tips that you can start today to get back that youthful energy and get even more done in a day


1. Eliminate Bottled water: The  EWG ( Environmental Working Group ) states

Unlike tap water, where consumers are provided with test results every year, the bottled water industry is not required to disclose the results of any contaminant testing that it conducts.

Unlike public water utilities, bottled water companies are not required to notify their customers of the occurrence of contaminants in the water, or, in most states, to tell their customers where the water comes from, how and if it is purified, and if it is merely bottled tap water

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Are you a desk potato?





Working from home is great!

 I do not miss the hours spending in traffic but I notice I spend a lot of hours sitting in from of my computer. I have even gained a few pounds which surprised me because I was not snacking or eating more than usual. But I figured out I was a desk potato!




Sometimes I was in front of the computer from the time my husband left early in the morning until he showed back up in the evening only taking quick bathroom breaks or a short lunch.



So I took a few steps to make a change:

  1. I started a 30 minute exercise routine in the morning
  2.  I make sure that I get up a stretch  every 2 hours for about 10 minutes
  3. When on a call I walk around if I do not need the computer.


So if you think that you are becoming a spud just try these simple steps and get moving.

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#12DaysofFaith Christmas Giveaway: Day 1

enliven.jpg?width=125December 9:  Giveaway Day #1

We’re kicking off the contest off with a $10 Coupon for enliven Yogurt(available at Walmart). enLiven is a new delicious, 99% fat free yogurt enhanced with GanedenBC30 probiotics. enLiven is a great way to start your day — or simply enjoy it anytime as a healthy snack.  Click Here to Enter this Contest. 

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Don't forget to sign up for the webinar for next Sunday that starts the Health Education week with Nature Sunshine. Come to the LIVE webinar to learn all the details and learn how to heal naturally with herbs. Register TODAY!!!

Learn how you can be a part of a FULL week of education from different health experts.

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A Great Way to Build Your Business

10744065099?profile=originalHi.  Did you know that giving away free gifts is a great way to build your list? 

For more information, click here to join the Healthy Wealthy Wise giveaway now.  It's easy and it's free.

Or, if you prefer, just click here to download your free gifts, including my 3-Step Formula for success. 


I am very honoured to be a part of this giveaway. 


Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Gifts will be open only for a VERY LIMITED TIME from June 9th to June 30th, 2011. When you go there you’ll find a multitude of products – all FREE – provided by Health, Fitness, Wellness and Marketing experts from all over the world.


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How Health Brings Wealth

Have you ever thought of this concept? That maybe by having a healthy lifestyle you can actually make a substantial living? You could experience freedom and create your own retirement plan? You could be at home with your kids more and make decisions on whether you want to work or not? If you said "yes" to anything above, then there is a way to help you.


I have discovered a company that has not only laid the foundation for an opportunity

that would span the spectrum of wellness but actually has a great line of products. These products contain antioxident properties good for streghthening the immune system, supporting cartilage and joint funtion, promoting a healthy respitory system, and make you look good too!


But it’s not just this product that can benefit your health and life but it can also benefit your income. Offering a lucrative compensation plan, this company is second to none in helping others build a successful business. Whether it is part time or full time. The bottom line is your not selling a product; you’re building an empire.


I work with a team of dynamic individuals who have the passion, proof, and resources to build a team of successful business owners. All you have to do is, get started. Stop questioning yourself and procrastinating. Research shows that the main reason why most people do not start a business(or do things to better themselves) is due to fear of failure. Well , let me tell you now, there are going to be times in your life when you fail. It's inevitable, because we're human. The difference between you and others that fail SHOULD be that you get back up and try again. That’s evidence of a true and successful “go-getter”. If you don't believe me, read the biographies of "go getters" like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Robert Kiyosaki, and Carlos Slim Helu. So, if you’re ready to change your life-story then let us help you!


Click here for more information => I’m Ready For Change



Tamara Garrison-Thomas

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Health, Wellness, Free Giveaways

10744065099?profile=originalI wanted to let you know today about a Health and Wellness site that will allow you to download 100’s of self help gifts. And the best part is that it is absolutely FREE!

Just click here to download your free gifts, including my 3-Step Formula for success. 


I am very honoured to be a part of this giveaway. 

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Gifts will be open only for a VERY LIMITED TIME from June 9th to June 30th, 2011. When you go there you’ll find a multitude of products – all FREE – provided by Health, Fitness, Wellness and Marketing experts from all over the world. 

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What is the difference between a franchise and network marketing business model? I meet a lot of people who are not sure of the differences, but if you plan on becoming a business owner you should be knowledgeable of different business models.


A franchise is the right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market it's products or services in a specific territory ( In other words, you (franchisee) would be a third party owner of an already established company (franchiser). You would be given access to the trademarked goods, advertising and marketing methods, and services of a company. You would be given certain territories and continuous training to maintain the franchise. Some franchises need actual buildings or locations and products like a Starbucks or Subway. Others might just provide the material to get started like an interior design franchise that would give you all of your swatches. In exchange for these perks, you would pay a percentage of your gross income and fees to the company. The start up fees of a franchise can range from $8,000 to millions of dollars.

The advantages of owning a franchise is that the company will provide you with all the materials you need to get started. Including logo use, uniforms, and interior furniture and design. You also have support from the company to make your business successful.

The disadvantages of owning a franchise are that you have to be in a location or territory chosen by the franchiser. Therefore, you will work long hours concentrating on the success of your business. If you don't work, you do not make money. But for those who are passionate, it is worth it. You also have restrictions on how your business is operated and have to take inventory on all of the products brought into the store. There is training available, but you have to adhere closely to the policies. Another disadvantage is that you have to pay the franchiser a percentage of the stores sales. You do not get to keep all of the money you make.

Network Marketing

Also known as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is a business model in which an independent contractor is compensated for their personal sales and the sales of others they ask to join their team, creating a residual income (residual means continuous). A legit network marketing business is established to help advertise or MARKET a product. Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising for television, radio, or through ads, a company offers the product to independent distributors or contractors that do the advertising for them. Therefore the millions of dollars that would have gone into the advertising would go directly to the sales force. As an independent contractor, you also get paid for building teams of people that are doing the same thing you are. Because you are marketing a product you usually have to purchase product monthly to have it on hand for your use and as samples. Start-up fees are very minimal ranging from free to $500.

The advantages of a network marketing business are that anyone can do it. Because the start-up fees are so minimal, anyone can learn to operate the business. You also receive everything you need to start including training. The training can help develop business knowledge and for some build self-confidence. As an independent contractor the only money or fees you are paying to the company is the product you order monthly. Otherwise you get to keep all of your earning income. Another advantage is that you do not have to have a location or territory. You can run your business from anywhere. You also have total control of your working hours. Most people start out running their business part-time, but once they see the fruits-of-their-labor, decide to go full time.

One disadvantage of owning a network marketing business is the turn-around time on seeing an income. Robert Kyosaki said "The reason most people do not reach the top is simply because they quit too soon". A lot of people assume they can start making money overnight but do not realize it takes time to build an empire. Another disadvantage of network marketing is the negative perception that the business model is a "pyramid scheme". A "pyramid scheme" is when someone invests in a company and sees no results: No product, no income, no training, and no owner. If you have found interest in a company that does not have easy access to the creators or has no clear policy on how you build a business or a cancellation policy but want you to pay, then yes, it's a pyramid scheme. All the money is going to someone at the top (hence the "pyramid"), and they are laughing all the way to the bank. A legit network marketing business would have all of these things and more accessible to anyone interested in hearing about their products.  

So as you can see there are pros and cons to both business models, you just need to decide which one is best for you. I decided network marketing was the best option for me. My team prides themselves on helping people and educating them on how health can build wealth. What type of business model is best for you? It's never to late to find one. We can help you find the one that's best for you. Contact us today!

Tamara Garrison-Thomas

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