Hello Healthy Eating - Because eating healthy makes you happy!
Hello there! My name is Cailee. I live a happy, busy life and I'm a 'little bit' obsessed with health and nutrition. I'm gluten, dairy, and soy intolerant, but I still seek to eat a balanced diet... everyday.
“Every moment is a fresh new beginning.” -T.S. Elliot
This post is sponsored by Omega 3 Innovations.
Happy 2019! (How did THAT happen?)
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions this year? If you know me, you know I LOVE new beginnings and fresh starts. But I’m not into quick fixes, diet fads or extremes. No thanks. I prefer to take baby steps towards my goals. While healthy eating has been a huge part of my life for years, I’m always on the hunt for little hints and strategies that could improve my overall health. I always love it when I discover something that makes things better than they were before. It’s especially helpful when dealing with other ‘interesting’ health issues.
I have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal dry, itchy skin. It is constantly changing and often gets worse in the winter. While psoriasis cannot be cured, it can be managed. I practice yoga 4 times per week for my joints and I eat a low inflammatory diet. I use lots of creamy ointments and natural moisturizers and I try to manage my stress as much as possible.
Recently, I’ve decided to try supplements to help with my psoriasis. In fact, at Christmas Eve dinner I was talking with my cousin (a real fitness buff) about fish oil. He’s been taking fish oil daily for the past 3 years and he swears that it aids in recovery and muscle growth. Since I do a lot of yoga, it’s probably about time I tried fish oil. I’ve also heard that the fatty acids found in fish oil help with inflammation and can reduce scaly psoriasis flare-ups. But where do I begin? Shopping for high quality supplements can be tricky!
Cue Omega 3 Innovations. Their fish oil is top quality. Omega Cure is harvested from wild cod caught off the coast of Norway. (I just so happen to be half Norwegian.) Their individual vials are the perfect size! Each vial can be taken with a meal or mixed into a recipe- like a smoothie, gluten free muffins, oats, etc. I know what you’re thinking, “Does it taste like fish??” Honestly, NO. It’s flavored to prevent that yucky fishy taste and that makes such a difference.
The advantages of supplementing with fish oil are seemingly endless! I was just reading an article on Healthline discussing the many potential benefits. Here are just a few. For starters, fish oil can help with various skin disorders (including Psoriasis). It may help reduce inflammation within the body (which is important for autoimmune health). It also promotes heart health. My dad just started supplementing with it because of some heart issues he’s had. Additionally, fish oil can help aid in brain health (Alzheimer’s and ADHD) and some studies have shown that it may also help with depression. Talk about a powerful supplement!
When it comes to dosing, it’s important to talk to your doctor. What I love about Omega Cure is that the fish oil comes in individual doses. If it’s the right dose for you, simply take the whole thing at one time! If you need more or less, you can easily measure out a different portion. It’s so simple!
I’m only at the beginning of my ‘Fish Oil Journey’ but I’m looking forward to some great results. Do you supplement with fish oil? Have you noticed some positive changes? What are some simple ways you’re hoping to improve your health in 2019??
“We don’t need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.” –Carlos Castaneda
Isn’t it funny how much your mindset impacts your life?? Your perception of your circumstances often determines your attitude. And we all know that a bad attitude makes EVERYTHING worse.
Imagine this- you wake up late and run out the door to work. You’ve got no time to make breakfast so you skip it and feel your tummy grumble as you hop in the car. You glance into the mirror and realize just how terrible your hair looks (talk about bed head!). Ugh! You’re swiftly driving to work when someone suddenly cuts you off. You feel frustration and anger building inside you… plus. at this point your starving and you can sense your under-caffeinated self getting grumpy. When you finally pull up to work, all the convenient parking spots are obviously taken. Oh, and naturally it’s raining. At this point, you’re MAD. You walk into work and snap at the first co-worker that cheerfully says “good morning.” Unfortunately, your perception (and the way you respond to all these events) sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Now imagine the exact same situation, but try approaching it with an attitude of gratitude. When you wake up late, you’re thankful for the extra sleep you got and you’re glad that you can still make it to work on time. You glance in that rear view mirror and you’re thankful that you always wear a hair tie on your wrist. When that person cuts you off on the highway, you say a little prayer thanking God that it didn’t result in a car accident. When you get to work and have to park far away, you take it as a sign that you could probably use the extra steps. Plus, the rain is an opportunity to use your bright and cheery umbrella (I keep the cutest one in my car and I swear it makes rainy days better). Then when you see your smiling coworker, you’re reminded of how grateful you are to work with such friendly people. Of course, missing breakfast is never fun, but then you remember the yummy gluten free protein bar you stashed in your purse. You take a deep breath and nibble it peacefully at your desk while you work. You suddenly realize just how good it tastes when you are that hungry! With an attitude of gratitude you can face the exact same situation and yet have a completely different experience!
Gratitude changes EVERYTHING. For the next 30 days (starting June 1st) I’m challenging myself to think of something I’m grateful for every single day. I’ll be sharing my 30 Days of Gratitude on my Instagram stories and I encourage YOU to think of all the things YOU’RE thankful for, too. Let’s see if it doesn’t make a difference in the way YOU respond, but also in the way others respond to YOU.
Happiness is a CHOICE that starts with an attitude of gratitude!