A little sleep does the body wonders!!

When I was on medication I never ever struggled to sleep. It would seem like I had just laid down my head and the alarm clock would be going off. Such a sound sleep. After weaning off meds, being med free and getting healthier I still felt I was getting plenty of rest until kiddies came along and then rest well that is that?

So once my sleep (the little I got) began to dwindle I started looking for natural ways to enable my body to get sleep. I worked out, was taking vitamins yet changing my eating habits but still did not seem to get the rest I needed. Eliminated caffeine and any other stimulants before bed then completely. Yet I would still wake up.

What I had not considered was what minerals were missing in my diet. So as I continued to search I came upon calcium and magnesium powder. Now separately calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body. It required for vascular contraction, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion, though less than 1% of total body calcium is needed to support these critical metabolic functions Magnesium on the other hand is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA. It is also considered the relaxation mineral. Now balance both of these minerals and they can provide a wonderful nights sleep.

When I came upon a product that had the benefits of both I thought I would give it a try. Its called “Natural Calm Plus Calcium” Magnesium-Calcium Powder. And after my first night I was pleasantly surprised it actually worked. It was such a relief and there was no side effects. And it is gluten-free so no additives!! So if you are looking for a natural way to sleep like a baby it is a great place to start. You can find it at Goodness Me, SuperStore and most health food stores. So until I write again….

keep calm and sleep on

A little time away…

Well it has been a while since I last visited my blog. Well I am back and happy to jump back in a join the world of words. While away so many changes so there will be plenty to share. So I am back and looking forward to letting my fingers do the talking!

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It was so much more than baby weight!

When I was pregnant  with my first child I started out at 160 pounds, by her birth I was 220 pounds. Since unlike elephants we are not pregnant for years before we give birth, that was a heck of a lot of weight in a short period of time. I had watched what I ate, exercised everyday plus walked our dog daily. I did not look how I thought I would. I had pictured a baby bump some water weight but not to be swollen to the point my creases had creases.

The only thing I had done differently was I had added milk although lactose free back into my diet, as well cheese and yogurt. Hey I was building a baby, calcium was important, I drank lactose free milk because at the time all I knew was I had lactose intolerance.

After her delivery I could not lose the weight. As I have mentioned before I worked out daily, walked the dog daily and still the lowest I got was 205. I got pregnant again and by delivery date I had gone up to 260 pounds. I was discouraged, but knew there was something wrong and had to figure it out.

Last January is when things began to shift. I got off medication that I did not need and things began to shift. In June I began the diet elimination and the weight began to come off. So as we stand today I am down 70 pounds! WoooHoooo!!! It has taken me 3.5 years to get below 200 pounds. Not because I didn’t exercise, or watch what I ate but because of medication and allergies. That is so HUGE!!

For years I had been beating myself up because I was not seeing any results. Thank goodness I am a fighter, pair that with prayer and determination, well I am so thankful to not have given up! I still have a ways to go but I am over half way there and so very thankful!!

So if you can’t lose the weight, you are watching what you eat, I strongly encourage you to look at the possibilities of allergies, sensitivities and intolerance’s. There is no way I am the only one experiencing this and I am here to tell you to never give up!!!!

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(Taken Fall 2012 – my reasons for Food Fueled)