Easy-to-Care-For Houseplants

that Regenerate the Air in Your Home

Having plants inside your home not only adds a bit of warmth and hominess to your space, but it can also provide purer air. NASA conducted a study about houseplants and found that quite a few of them do more than just look good in the corner — they can purify the air, as well.
So, let’s get personal. Do you have a green thumb or a brown thumb?

Ideally, putting a houseplant in every room is a great idea, but some are better than others — especially if you’re the sort that has a brown thumb. Here are houseplants that will help keep your air clean and are easy as pie to care for.

Red-Edged Dracaena
This plant is so low-maintenance, it’s perfect for people that have trouble taking care of things. It takes very little work on your part to keep it thriving. Simply place it in an area that gets indirect sunlight, and make sure the soil is slightly moist. In return, it will remove formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene from your home. It can be toxic to pets, so either keep it out of reach of any fur babies or choose another houseplant from the list.

Snake Plant
Sometimes called ‘Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,’ this easy-going houseplant can absorb the same toxins as the red-edged dracaena, plus nitrogen oxide. It’s able to handle life with little light exposure for long periods. It does need bright light though, but overwatering it is a bad thing. Again, keep pets away from it.

English Ivy
Another great filterer of airborne toxins is English Ivy. It can even reduce mold in your home, and it’s ideal for humid climates. It only requires a constant temperature, direct sunlight, and generous water to thrive.

Peace Lily
One of the easiest to care for plants around is the Peace Lily. It needs little water and light, ideal for those that travel often or tend to be forgetful. Add it to a dark corner of your home and water it once weekly and you’re all set. This isn’t a great choice though if you have curious children or pets. It can be slightly toxic when ingested.

Barberton Daisy
Want beautiful flowers and pure air? This is the houseplant for you. It’s generally used outdoors, but it is a great plant to have in your home if you can care for it. Put it in a sunny place with plenty of water and make sure the soil is well-drained. It can handle fluctuating temperatures, making it ideal for any climate.

Florist’s Chrysanthemum
This popular perennial loves direct sunlight and needs a medium amount of water to thrive. You’ll get pretty blooms that cleanse your air and will get you many compliments from visitors. If you’re a pet owner though, you should never keep it around. It is extremely poisonous for cats and dogs.

For a list of nontoxic houseplants for you pet-owners, here are some great safe options:
– Calathea rattlesnake
– Spider plant
– Money tree
– Boston fern
– Cast iron plant
– Parlor palm

Houseplants can provide a symbiotic relationship. Choose the one that’s right for your home and let fresh air flourish.

Did you know the EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases a list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” produce each year?

This list is called the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 — and it is absolutely helpful to know when buying your fruits and veggies.  The gist of this list is to let you in on the most important foods to choose on the “organic” aisle, and the ones you can buy without the organic label.

The 2019 “Dirty Dozen” include:

Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Apples, Peaches, Tomatoes, Celery, Grapes, Nectarines, Pears, Cherries, Potatoes.

This means focus on purchasing these “Dirty Dozen” items organic.

The “Clean 15” this year includes :

Eggplant, Kiwi, Cabbage, Pineapples, Asparagus, Onions, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Sweet Peas, Papaya, Cantaloupe, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Cauliflower, Honeydew Melon.

These items have the lowest amount of pesticides, so if needed, you can skip the organic label on these.

When there’s no time to head to the gym, fitting in a short and effective at home workout is a great alternative.

Each move will be done 3x — do your move for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 3x.  Move on to next move.

Welcome to Spring HIIT Workout:

– Butt Kicks

– Arm Circles

– Jumping Jacks

– Sit Ups

– Mountain Climbers

Natural Ways to Help Spring Allergies

The daffodils are springing from the ground, and the sunshine is feeling a bit warmer with each passing day. Depending on where you live, you might even already be getting a touch of spring fever in the form of seasonal allergies.

Here come itchy, watery eyes and relentless bouts of sneezing. Do you suffer from spring allergies? Leave me a comment below if you dread the pollen. I do!!!

Need some relief but don’t want to be doped up on medication? I don’t blame you a bit. Here are some natural ways to get spring allergy relief.

1. Try butterbur
There’s nothing buttery about this plant, except that in the olden days, it was used to wrap butter. The extracts are great for relieving fever, nasal allergies, and headaches, working like an antihistamine without making you drowsy. You can drink it as a tea or take it in tablets.

2. Or stinging nettle leaf
Here’s another plant that has its roots in the olden days. Stinging nettle reduces the histamines in your body, making it a wonderful way to combat spring allergies. You can take it in the form of hot tea or capsules to relieve allergy discomfort.

3. Make an ACV drink
Apple cider vinegar benefits your overall health in so many ways. It’s excellent for adding probiotics to your gut which may play a role in keeping seasonal spring allergies at bay. Just add a capful of it to your water every morning as an ounce of prevention or for relief, and be sure to use the kind that says “with the mother” on the bottle.

4. Get more probiotics
Stuffy noses from allergies are a pain, but you can get some sweet relief with more probiotics. Take your probiotics daily for your best health and balance of immunity. You can take these in capsule form, while also trying probiotic rich foods like apple cider vinegar, kimchi, pickles, and sauerkraut, to name a few.

5. Make things steamy
If you don’t have a gym membership or access to a steam room, use your shower to help get you some allergy relief — the steam will clear out your sinuses. If you’re prone to allergies in the spring, it’s best you shower as soon as you get home and change your clothes immediately to get rid of the pollen from outdoors.

6. Use essential oils
Essential oil not only smells invigorating, but some can also help reduce inflammation. Some of my favorite essential oils to use during the spring are lemon, lavender, and peppermint. You can use a diffuser to let it waft around your space or rub some of it directly on your chest to help you breathe better.

7. Eat spicy food
Eating spicy foods can help keep your sinuses clear and get any pollen that may have accumulated out. Make sure to add plenty of onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, and chilis to your recipes this season to keep your nasal passages open.

Do you have any special tips for combating spring allergies that I haven’t talked about today? I’d love to hear any tricks you have up your sleeve, so drop them in the comments below!

Do you slow down long enough to eat breakfast in the mornings?

From what I’ve noticed, people are split down the middle about breakfast.

Whether it’s a quick smoothie, a hearty warm breakfast, or a slice of avocado toast — breakfast can be absolutely simple, satiating and quick.

Here are some of my favorite healthy breakfast ideas:

–  a Smoothie

–  Egg Casserole

–  Toast with peanut butter and fruit

So, are you a breakfast eater or skipper?

 

Here are some guides that you should check out: Breakfast Recipes and Quick Breakfast Ideas.

How much of your food is homecooked?

Aim for 75% of the food you consume to be cooked at home.  Knowing precisely what ingredients are going into your meals, and the quality of your food, is crucial to your health — and if we’re being honest here, homecooked food just simply tastes better.

Let’s start a thread for dinner inspiration tonight… post what you’re having for dinner in the comments below!

 

 

Have you heard of the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index is a method of assigning a number to carbohydrate-containing foods according to how much each food increases blood sugar levels.

There are three categories that food is placed in:

  • Low GI (55 or less) – Choose these most often
  • Medium GI (56-69) – Choose these less often
  • High GI (70 or more) – Choose these least often

Regulating your blood sugar is important, even if you don’t suffer from blood sugar troubles.

Here are some examples of foods that fall within these categories:

Low GI foods: apples, bananas, strawberries, carrots, chickpeas, cashews.

High GI foods: watermelon, potato, cereals, white bread, white rice.

Highly processed foods fall on the High GI list, and a great place to start is avoiding highly processed foods.  Have you found it difficult to kick the processed foods?  What’s been the hardest to ditch for you?

 

How to Prioritize What’s Really Important in Your Busy Life

How often do you feel like you could use 10 more hours in a day just to get through your to-do list? I know that feeling of spinning your wheels, not knowing how you’ll get it all done, and ultimately riding this stress-induced rush to the finish line each day. It’s exhausting, and it’s not good for us in any way — mentally, physically, or emotionally.

Learning some actionable tips for productivity and prioritizing has helped tremendously, and I want to share some of those tips with you today in hopes it’ll help you, also.

Here is how you can take power back out of the chaos of your day-to-day with prioritization.

1. Start by organizing
Clearing away the clutter from your personal spaces in life is the first thing to do. Clean up your desk at work, your home, your car, and wherever you see physical chaos. You’ll feel immediately calmed when your surroundings aren’t out of control.

2. Make a list that works for you
We all have different ways of making lists that speak to us. Some people love writing them out on paper while others love making digital lists on their phone or computer. Choose your favorite style and list everything that comes to your mind that you need to do. Then, organize that list by short-term items and then long-term items.

3. Set urgency and time limits for your listed items
Next, you’ll have to determine what MUST be done urgently. This is the hard one, for all of it seems essential. Rank them in terms of what absolutely can’t wait, like that report for your boss that needs to be ready for the morning meeting or calling your best friend back to catch up. Adding urgency and timelines makes it easier to get to everything you need to do.

4. Free your brain
Part of what’s stressing you out with trying to complete everything is that you’re leaving it to your brain to do all the remembering about every last detail. Give yourself a break and schedule it into your planner. For example, instead of making yourself try to remember to order the cake for your daughter’s birthday and send the invites, set those things on your schedule so you can free your mind to work on challenges that require problem-solving, not reminding.

5. Push out 5-minute items first
Sometimes, there are things on our schedules that literally take 5 minutes of our time. Just crush it out first, and then you won’t have it on your schedule anymore. The relief it brings is worth it too, plus when you take those 5 minutes and get it done, it feels like you have more time on your hands for those more significant things. Crossing things off of your list psychologically motivates you to keep going, so start with those small tasks and start the snowball effect.

6. Make it a routine
The hardest part is really getting started. Make prioritizing your schedule a habit. There are certain things you must do every day and week, so get them on the schedule at a particular time. For example, responding to messages from clients. Pick a time to do it in the morning, crank out your responses and then set one more time to handle later inquiries. This way, you’ll be getting your projects done without continually being interrupted.

By adding prioritization into your life, you’ll feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. What needs to be prioritized the most in your life right now? Drop a comment below and tell me what’s weighing you down.

Where do you go to find your recipes?

Are you a sift-through-the-cookbook-section kind of person?

Or on the scroll-through-Pinterest-boards-until-something-looks-delicious side of the fence?

I always find it interesting to hear how others do it in the kitchen, so let me know what camp you’re in!

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a term applied to symptoms that aren’t specific, which can include fatigue, anxiousness, body aches, poor sleep, and even digestive irregularities.  The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing the stress hormone cortisol — and chronic stress depletes your adrenal glands by making them work overtime.

The theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the demands of chronic stress and as a result, they can’t produce quite enough of the hormones you need to regulate and balance your hormones.

Cleaning up your diet, improving your sleep, watching your caffeine intake and adding in meditation to help reduce stress are just a few ways to prevent adrenal fatigue.  If you feel you’re suffering from this, please see your licensed medical professional.