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Weight Loss at Victory Energy Wellness

pass over those fries sister!!

Ever wonder what’s behind those salty cravings?

Stress

Ever wonder why French fries, potato chips and Cheetos are so appealing when you’re feeling stressed? A new study suggests that elevated levels of salt in the body lower stress hormones and raise levels of oxytocin, a hormone involved in love and other social connections.The research, which was conducted in rats, was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. It found that rats’ response to a stressful situation — being tied down — depended on how much salt they had in their bodies. When restrained, rats with high salt levels showed less activity in their brain’s stress systems, compared with rats with normal salt levels. (More on Time.com: See what a worldwide’s day worth of food looks like)

So step away from those salty fries and treat yourself to a beautiful salad instead.
Today’s Affirmation: “I’m worthy and deserving of other’s time, attention, and love.” 

Women have issues

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when it comes to weight loss.

 

Men vs Women

Men and women typically lose weight at different rates because of physiological disparities. Men’s bodies are usually bigger and contain more muscle, and they build muscle easier than women due to natural male hormones, such as testosterone. Although a woman cannot change her body enough to burn calories equal to those burned by a man, she can encourage her metabolism by increasing muscle mass. Muscle naturally burns more calories than fat, even while at rest. As woman you can increase the size of your muscles and change the fat-to-muscle ratio of your body via diet, exercise and strength training for a leaner look. With more muscle mass throughout your body, you can more easily lose weight.

Muscle Building

If you want to build muscle, you can include any variety of strength training in your regular workout routines. These include exercises using your own body weight such as sit-ups and push-ups, free-weight lifting or machine-weight training. As you build muscle, you tend to start losing weight faster since muscles burn more calories. You can also build certain muscle groups with aerobic exercise, especially lower-body muscles.

Burning Calories

Performing regular cardio, or aerobic, exercise will naturally help you burn calories. You tend to build more lower-body muscle strength with aerobics, such as jogging, hiking, swimming and aerobic dance, but you also use up more energy, which converts to calories burned, while performing aerobics. However, with the right exercise program, women can build sufficient strength and endurance, and they can regularly burn calories to lose weight and keep it off.
source: http://www.livestrong.com/

Natural Lotion Bars Infused With Essential Oils

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Lotion Bar Recipe

Found on wellnessmama.com

These are solid at room temperature like a bar of soap, but when rubbed on the skin, a tiny amount melts and is transferred to the skin, leaving a highly moisturizing and very thin layer.

There are endless variations on this lotion bar recipe too. You could add any mixture of essential oils.

Lotion Bar Ingredients

  • 1 part coconut oil
  • 1 part shea buttercocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part)
  • 1 part beeswax (can add an extra ounce or two if you want a thicker consistency, which leaves less lotion on the skin when used)
  • Optional: Vitamin E oil to preserve. I added 1 tsp vitamin E oil for  this recipe made with 1 cup of each ingredient)

ingredients How to Make Lotion Bars

This recipe can be adjusted to make any quantity that you’d like. I made with 1 part=1 cup so I used 1 cup of coconut oil, 1 cup beeswax and 1/3 cup each of shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter (though I could have used 1 cup of any of the individual ones). I also added about 50 drops of lavender essential oil. I set them in silicon baking cups though any mold or shape would work. The recipe I used made exactly 12 lotion bars.

Lotion Bar Instructions

Combine all ingredients (except essential oils if using) in a double boiler, or a glass bowl over a smaller saucepan with 1 inch of water in it. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this […]

Lab results reveal this truly superior source of probiotics

 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by: Derek Henry

(NaturalNews) People are catching on to the fact that probiotics are an essential requirement for living a healthy life. With over 100 trillion bacteria in the body, the proper balance of these bacteria is paramount to good health. But what is the most superior source of probiotics, and how much better is it than the most popular form of probiotics taken today?

Sauerkraut: the probiotic king

This planet has been graced with a bounty that can help heal all kinds of diseases that are created due to toxins and malnourishment. Understanding how to use these foods properly is a vitally important piece in an overall lifestyle plan, as well as which ones to use in order to solve the most concerning health problems evident today.

If there were one health concern that requires serious attention right now, it would be a damaged digestive system. The “gateway to health” has been seriously abused through antibiotics, prescription drugs, heavy metal intake, processed foods and a lack of fresh, organic produce containing beneficial enzymes and probiotics.

This is where sauerkraut, the probiotic king, reigns supreme. Due to its nutrient- and digestive-friendly content, it is quite possibly the single most important thing one can do for their health on a daily basis.

Some of the nutritive benefits of sauerkraut include:

• Vitamin B1, B6, B9, C and K
• Manganese, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron
• A great source of dietary fiber
• An excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
• Rich in indole-3-carbinol (a known cancer fighter and toxin remover)

Most importantly, sauerkraut is the superior source of LIVE probiotics and enzymes, and due to its pre-digested state […]

OUCH!!

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Protect that skin…naturally

It’s that time of year again

protect yourself and your family this summer from the harmful rays of the sun with this natural alternative made with essential oils (Caution always check the essential oil for photo-toxicity first).

Source www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com 

homemade sunscreen

Studies show that many sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, and oxybenzone to name a few) have toxic properties that are absorbed through the skin and end up circulating in your bloodstream. These are called chemical barrier sunscreens.

 

homemade sunscreen

The ingredients in PHYSICAL barrier sunscreens, on the other hand, are zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide.

These types of sunscreens are considered the safest sunscreens to use, especially when combined with ingredients like the ones in this recipe I found on MakeupAlley.com.

The person who posted it lives in Hawaii and said a lot of surfers there make their own sunscreen similar to this recipe, and she adds that she’s never been burned while using it.

1/4 cup Diaper Rash Cream (I used Desitin Maximum Strength)
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 tablespoon Cocoa Butter
1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon Beeswax
5-10 drops Essential Oil of your choice (Please note above precaution)

Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl set on top of a pan of boiling water and melt all the ingredients together. Allow mixture to cool and then add your favorite essential oil (if desired).  Just make sure to avoid any of the CITRUS essential oils as they are photo-toxic and can actually cause burning. Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.

This recipe […]

Red, White, and Blueberry Pie

Inspired by Pampered Chef

Published 06/30/2014
Red, White, and Blueberry Pie

Take patriotic to the max with this gorgeous pie!

Ingredients

  • 1- 8 inch piecrust, baked
  • 1-1/2 cups light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 3 heaping tablespoons cornstartch
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 squares white chocolate for baking (used for bottom of pie and dipping)
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup thawed whipped topping

Instructions

  1. Rinse Strawberries and carefully pat dry on paper towels. Select 8 uniformly sized strawberries for garnish. Slice each strawberry in half using 3″ paring Knife, leaving stems on each half. Set aside. Hull remaining strawberries and slice.
  2. Melt white chocolate in covered micro-cooker, uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring after each 10 sec. interval until chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip strawberry halves in melted chocolate; place in refrigerate until set.
  3. Scrape remaining melted chocolate over bottom of prepared pie crust, spreading evenly to coat entire bottom and sides of crust. Layer sliced strawberries over bottom of crust and set aside.
  4. In a large heavy bottomed sauce pan, over medium heat, whisk the coconut milk, milk, and cornstarch. Add the white chocolate chips and melt completely stirring constantly.
  5. Beat egg yolks and quickly mix about 1 cup hot pudding mix into the egg yolks to temper. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into the pudding mixture and cook until thickened about 3 minutes. Be sure to stir constantly or your pudding will burn.
  6. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and salted butter. Stir until incorporated.
  7. Let sit about 10 minutes then pour pudding into pie crust. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.

Total time: 30 mins.

Five garden herbs to fight cancer

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by: Dr.Sofiya

(NaturalNews) There are a number of reasons why a person might plant a garden. One of the most popular reasons for doing so is to have fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to use in cooking and at the table. For many people, their thoughts for planting a garden rarely venture beyond their taste buds.

In addition to herbs being added to dishes of all varieties in order to amplify their tastes, they can also be used to fight some of the most prevalent diseases of today. The incidences of cancer continue to rise, leading many people to look at their own behavior and lifestyle to discover if there is anything they could be doing to increase their ability to fight it.

Parsley

Often dismissed as only a garnish by many in the kitchen, parsley is an herb that deserves further exploration. Apigenin is an oil that is contained within parsley. This oil has been shown to prevent the formation of the blood vessels that carry nutrients to cancerous tumors, a process known as angiogenesis.

Dill

Dill contains compound that are beneficial for fighting cancer. Called monoterpenes, these compounds stimulate an enzyme, glutathione-S-transferase. This enzyme is a powerful antioxidant that is particularly effective at targeting different types of carcinogens, especially free radicals. Dill also contains essential oils which are known to stimulate digestive juices, activating bile production helping the intestines function healthily.

Rosemary

This woody-scented herb contains a naturally occurring substance that stops the cancers cells located in tumors from reproducing. These terpenes contain fatty acids that also make the cancerous cells die eventually. Cancer research has shown that it can be used along with some drugs to make […]

TOP 5 SOURCES OF PLANT PROTEIN


By Derek Henry (Natural News)

Good quality sources of protein are widely available, and many of them come from outside the animal kingdom. It’s time to identify the top sources of highly digestible plant protein with the most benefits for your health.

1. Spirulina & Chlorella

Spirulina, Chlorella and the algae family is garnering more and more attention as a superlative superfood that delivers a wide array of nutrients and helps rid our body of heavy metals. What many people don’t know is that it is an exceptional source of vegan protein.

Chlorella alone is commonly cited as 58 percent protein (and at times, up to 75 percent) with a balance of important amino acids, including all the essential ones the body can’t manufacture. When you combine this with an abundance of enzymes, probiotics, and phytonutrients, chlorella becomes a high quality protein source that is easily digestible as well.

2. Hemp

Hemp has no shortage of health benefits, including being the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 (3:1), the most abundant source of EFAs (essential fatty acids), and a rich source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and plant sterols.
Hemp is up to 47 percent protein, and contains 20 amino acids; including the 9 essential amino acids our body cannot produce, making it one of the few plant-based complete protein sources.

3. Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is not a well-known food, but that doesn’t mean it is not powerful. It is considered one of nature’s most complete and balanced foods, with a rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics.

Bee pollen is between 25 to 40 percent protein, and contains 22 amino acids which have five to […]

One of the most toxic beauty products…

Beauty Girl Portrait with Colorful Makeup, Hair and Nail polish

Nail polish can be one of the most toxic beauty products and conventional versions contain a host of harmful chemicals. These chemicals are especially harmful to children and pregnant women.

Problems with Nail Polish:

Nail polishes often include:

  • Toulene- A chemical known to cause reproductive harm and dizziness. It is also found in gasoline and the CDC warns that it can cause central nervous system problems.
  • Formaldehyde- This known carcinogen is found in many nail polishes. It is also used to preserve dead things and when used in lab preparations, there are strict warnings to avoid inhalation or skin contact.
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) -This chemical is banned in Europe and is known to cause reproductive problems, especially in boys. The Environmental working group classifies this chemical as the highest danger level and warns that it can cause organ problems and endocrine disruption.
  • Assorted other chemicals.

Nail polish removers are equally problematic and the fumes are especially harmful.

Are there safe options?

I stay far away from conventional nail polish, but with three daughters, I wanted to find some less-toxic options that they could use occasionally. Many brands claim to be safe and natural but after a lot of research, my daughters and I tested some of the top options that had a safe rating in the Environmental Working Group database.

We had great results with several of the brands we tried and some didn’t work well at all. I’ve shared our top picks below but it is important to note that even these safer options still have some chemicals in them and I wouldn’t use them all the time.

If you’ve been […]

Traveling this summer?

Essential Oils at Victory Energy Wellness

Revive your face on-the-go

with these sent-sational face wipes made with essential oils.

Facial Wipes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tab witch hazel extract
  • 5-8 drops Geranium, Frankincense or Melaleuca essential oil
  • 4 cotton facial pads
  • 1 Tab Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Zip-lock bag or air tight container

Directions

  • Mix essential oils, witch hazel extract, and Fractionated Coconut Oil together
  • Soak cotton pads with mixture in container of choice.
  • Wipe face for a quick refresher or use as a make-up remover.

Come to our free* essential oil class 7 pm today!!

*Please note there will be a small fee for supplies if you choose to make a project.

 

 

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