Subs for Soda

I have loved and tasted the sweet nectar of soda. Its cool refreshing bubbliness. When I tried to diet I would drink the diet stuff knowing it wasn’t any better for me.

When I started Trim Healthy Mama, soda, because of its sugar content was a big no no. Even the diet stuff was off plan because of the chemicals.

I did end up giving up soda BUT I found recipes to replace them! That is what I am going to share here with you today. That is the beautiful thing about THM, they have replacements for just about everything!

The first two recipes are found in the New Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I wouldn’t be sharing these recipes with you if they hadn’t personally made them public. I in no way want to infringe upon their hard work but, because they are so sweet, they willingly make a few of their recipes public. Thank you ladies!

The first is my absolute favorite!

Good Girl Moonshine (non-alcoholic):

I drink this daily and the health benefits are amazing! Its filling and you can make it just about any flavor you want by using extracts (Watkins is my favorite brand). When starting out I suggest using one to two tablespoons of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) but 4 tablespoons is your goal 🙂 Enjoy!

Next is Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Pop. Simple, cold, crisp and refreshing. Pour all the ingredients into your glass and off you go! This recipe is in the New THM cookbook but they posted it on their official Facebook page found here.

Trim pop (FP, Sipper)

1/2 lemon (juice of or 1 Tbsp of lemon concentrate)

1/2 lime (juice of or 1 Tbsp of lime concentrate)

2 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (or sweetener of choice)

12 ounces sparkling water

Ice.

Instructions: Squeeze juice into large glass or jar, add sweetener and stir. Add several large ice cubes, fill with sparkling water, DONE! Cheers to your health and summer!

Variations: If you wanted to make it favored you could add cherry, strawberry or even root-beer extract!

Below are some other suggestions I found on Pinterest. They are not all THM approved but you might find them helpful and satisfying anyway:

4 Waters So Tasty You’ll Want To Skip The Soda! Link here.

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Three Healthy Alternatives to Soda. Link here.

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I hope this helps you kick the soda habit! If you have any other recipes or suggestions please share 🙂

Blessings sweet friends!

What is bulletproof coffee and why you should drink it.

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I talk a lot on the subject of Trim Healthy Mama because it has taught me so much about proper, healthy, healing nutrition.

Bullet proof coffee isn’t founded or created by THM but it is used in the eating plan. Why? Because it contains butter and coconut oil which are super-foods, believe it or not.

Benefits of Butter:

Butter consists of butterfat, trace amounts of milk proteins, and water. It supports colon health and surprisingly enough it basically contains the same substance that mothers produce to nourish their babies. Butter is also rich in antioxidants and conjugated linoleic acids or CLA’s. These fight cancer, build  muscles and boost immunity. I haven’t even began to tell you the other healthy and healing properties contained in butter. Read more from the original THM book on page 51.

WOW! So that fake butter is literally robbing you of all these amazing health boosting, life enriching benefits! Your body needs and craves butter. Don’t be afraid of it, crave this stuff. I know I do.

Lets talk about Coconut oil.

Benefits of Coconut oil as quoted from OrganicFacts.net:

Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

These two ingredients mixed together make a powerful health drink and as weird as it may sound, mixing oil in your coffee actually tastes really good!

Some put it in a blender and whip it up.

Some add a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Some, like me, add a bit of Stevia because we like it sweet!

Some add MCT oil instead of coconut oil because its like coconut oil on steroids.

There are a variety of ways to make bulletproof coffee but as long as you have the butter and oil, you are on the right track.

Don’t just take my word for it! Below are some variations and more info in the health benefits of this metabolize boosting, energy producing, body nourishing drink.

From ruled.me.com ‘Perfect Cup of Bulletproof Coffee.’

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From YogaApproved.com ‘Bulletproof Coffee: Why  You Should Drink It.’

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Sticks and stones.

All of us have had something hurtful said about us. It has cut us deep, it has brought tears, it has made us question who we are. I have been there.

My first reaction is anger, how dare they! That is so rude and uncalled for!

Then comes the pain. Is it true? Why would they say that about me?

Sweet friends, we are human, its okay that the comment hurt. It shows you have a heart, it shows you care.

But you must remember who you are.

Just because someone spoke it about you, doesn’t make it true.

Words do not change who you are, actions do.

Rise above the hurtful comments and prove that you are not the woman they say you are. Return the comment with kindness.

If you let these words get to you they will consume you, making you into someone you don’t want to be.

The only way I have been able to rise above is with prayer. Asking God to help me with the pain and help me become more. To believe His beautiful truths about me, not theirs.

Refuse to let hurtful comments change you.

Give the anger to God. Release the want to get back at them. That is NOT who you are.

Kill them with kindness. Smile, be helpful. Be the first to say hello, demonstrate love.

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Its takes strength to be kind. Its not weakness. The weak prey on the strong. You will rise above.

Hate will not change a single soul. Love is what ignites feelings of change.

You know who you are. Be the strong courageous girl you want to be. Prove by being, by doing.

Their comments are a reflection of what is inside their hearts, And so are yours.

Be sure you are not making hurtful comments of others. Make sure you are not engaging in these hurtful acts. You know how it feels and you know they cant possibly understand the road you have traveled.

They will think things that are untrue and try to exploit you. No matter friends, God knows who you are, you know who you are, the people that really matter know who you are.

Forgive sweet friends. Its the only way to to be free of hate and bitterness. Its the only way to rise above.

Know your worth. Prove them wrong by kindness.

Let them see for themselves, they didn’t know the real you.

A note to my Etsy buyers.

Hello all!

I am new to Etsy but I don’t want that to stop you from purchasing from me! I am dedicated to making items with good quality yarn and accessories. I want to build a strong reputation and I need YOUR help!

I am a stay at home mama of two sweet and energetic little boys!

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I have a dedicated husband who works and supports us,

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but I wanted something to call my own. Something that I could be proud of, that I could build and create all the while making a little extra $$$ on the side.

My Etsy brand Everything Birky, is just that. I plan, I create and have so much fun imagining and even dreaming of the wonderful items I can make to share with you.

I take pride in my products because they are, in a way, part of me. They reflect me, my style and personality. I love wearing items that stand out but are also comfortable.

To feel comfortable and beautiful is my goal in life! Can I get an amen?!

I know the hesitation of purchasing products you cant touch or try on. I do my very best to write out a detailed description but if you have any other questions please feel free to contact on me! Look for the image below on my Etsy page.

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Wanting to Go Back to the 1940’s.

Beauty and Class! One of my favorite eras is the 1940’s. The style and dress of a woman back then was feminine and beautiful. The long curly hair, the red lipstick, the soft flowing dresses and the side hats. What a decade to live in!

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So simple and elegant! It demanded a mans attention but in the most respectable way. Something we are losing this day in age.

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Look at her! She is the image of style and class in my humble opinion. There is no peaking cleavage, their is no provocative pose. I see a woman standing proud to be the woman she is. She knows with a simple look and a polite, soft spoken voice she can get a man to do anything for her. She has nothing to prove. She is a woman. A man can see her worth by the way she holds herself and the intelligent manner in which she speaks. There is no reason to show off. She holds everything a man could want and need. That is how God create us women to be. We hold much power over a man. We are sought after and worshiped. Again, something we are losing in this day in age.

When did we think it okay to act like men? We are now engaging in bar fights and acting like little boys who need to grow up. When women began to lose their femininity the men began to lose their drive. Us women hold much power with out having to fight for it. We don’t need to prove our worth by working as hard as a man. We are what they seek.

God knew exactly what he was doing when He created women. He gave us everything a man yearns for. We are not as physically as a man but why do we want to be? There is power in the meek. We are small delicate creatures but we have a powerful hold over men that can be used for good or evil, like anything.

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Tell me you don’t look at this picture and see a woman who is confident in her sexuality. Tell me that man wouldn’t do anything she would ask of him…

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Ready to get our hands dirty, we did what needed to be done. The war would not have been won if it weren’t for the women at home. They not only put in hard labor and work but they kept a mans heart warm with thoughts of coming back home to a woman he could wrap his arms around.

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A picture from the movie Pear Harbor (one of my favorites). They accurately display the style and can do american attitude in that movie. The men back then were hard working, unafraid to get their hands dirty. They knew women were to be treated with respect and they did so happily to woo a woman into his arms.

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And the hair styles! Oh the hair styles! We were a proud race of women!

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More photos from the movie Pear Harbor. I love the style of their make-up and hair as much as I love their dresses!

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Excuse the langue but I mean really? What happened? When did we begin to lose all our power? We need to be careful least we never get it back.