Supplements That Make a Difference

Supplements That Make a Difference

As I am getting older, I have been intrigued to take vitamins and supplements to improve my overall health.  I have noticed that my body is requiring extra nutrients that I may not be consuming on the daily with my hectic schedule. I was recommended Hum Vitamins and a couple of others that have great feedback. I decided to give them a try. I took supplements for 2 months straight and let me tell you I feel great!

Hum Nutrition

After reading the rave reviews online and eye-catching bottles, I decided to give them a try.  For starters, you are assigned a nutritionist and take a quiz to figure out what are the best supplements for you. I was suggested 4 different supplements and was offered a 15% discount for buying 3.  Their prices are comparable to others supplements in the market. I like the convenience of changing out my supplements to fit my current needs and having them delivered. They are offering a $10 discount if you use 23CB0A.

Big Chill- Rhodiola rosea root extract

Claims to help you cope with and remove the signs of stress. I was skeptical about this one, how can a little pill help with stress?  I took it for a month and during stressful events I felt levelheaded and not frazzled or irked.  I decided to not use it for a month thinking the other supplements were giving me the benefits and I was WRONG!   During the month of not using it I reverted to feeling anxious during stressful events.  I have this one on auto ship and highly recommend it.

Moody Bird- Dong quai & chaste berry

Claims to help maintain healthy hormonal balance and alleviate symptoms of PMS.  I have suffered from a hormonal imbalance and during a menstrual cycle my cramps have been intense. I noticed that this helps minimize my cramps to one day vs three, with minor discomfort.  The color of my flow was very bright and overall improved.  It did not lessen the length of time of my flow. 

Daily Cleanse- Green algae & detox herbs

Claims to help clear your skin and body from toxins.  I have had acne from my teens to adult hood.  I feel that this supplement in conjunction with juicing three times a week to aid in the detox of my liver has minimized my breakouts.

Turn back Time- Polypodium Leucotomos, Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Green Tea extract, Turmeric Extract & Lutein

Claims to provide UV damage control and age defying skin cell protection.  I have noticed that my small wrinkles are at bay and have decided to skip Botox for now. I do wear sunscreen and a hat to protect myself from the sun.

Organic Ashwagandha- referred to as Indian ginseng

Fortifies the adrenal function, energy and stress levels.  This is my new favorite!  I have had issues trying to quiet my mind and have restful sleep.  My mind races with things I need to accomplish for the week, which results to tossing and turning for hours.  I take this supplement one hour prior to bed and my mind has finally quiet down and given me restful sleep. 

Krill Oil- source of omega 3

Claims to reduce high triglyceride levels, relieving rheumatoid arthritis, relieving dry eye symptoms, and support brain function.  Studies have claimed that krill oil may be superior to fish oil.  I love that this does not have a fishy after taste and the pill is a small soft gel.  I have not noticed any changes while taking this but will continue to take it for now.

A Girl’s Guide To Craft Beer

A Girl’s Guide To Craft Beer

Do you have that friend that you can bank on having a good time?  Let me introduce you to my friend Megan!  We have been friends for over 10 years and counting.  Megan is my go-to for fun, good food and drink recommendations.  She enjoys strong tasty drinks and laughs.  Megan has shared four of her favorite craft beers and mead for any gal to venture. Cheers!

Modern Times Dragon Mask


Strongest in alcohol, this tasty beer is aged in maple bourbon barrels for 18 and 24 months.  Carrying notes of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and maple, this is great to sip as an after-dessert drink.

6oz- 22oz

ABV 13.9%

VEGAN

BEER STYLE- American Imperial Stout

BEER TYPE-Dark Lager

BODY -Strong full bodied 

TASTE -Slight maple sweetness

Modern Times Starbelt


Less carbonation than some, this a hoppy refreshing Heidelberg Pilsner. It evokes notes of lime zest, lemon peel, and orange.  Great to pair with seafood or when having a BBQ.

4pk-16 oz

ABV 5.2%

VEGAN

BEER STYLE- German Pilsner

BEER TYPE- Hoppy Lager

BODY- Light

TASTE-  Mild easy to drink

Homage Brewing Dark Fantasy


Like a stout this is made from roasted malts. Pairs well with smoked meats, bratwurst and tri-tip

4pk

ABV  5%

BEER STYLE- German Schwarzbier

BEER TYPE- Dark Lager  

BODY –  Medium body

TASTE – Moderate to high bitterness

Modern Times Ice Pilsner with Lime and Sea Salt


Hopped with Czech Saaz (gives aromatic additions) and Australian Summer hops packs flavor. Great to drink cold on a hot day or lounging by the pool.

6pk- 12oz Cans

ABV   4.8%

VEGAN

BEER STYLE- German Pilsner

BEER TYPE- Light Lager

BODY- Light-bodied

TASTE- Refreshing, Toasty, Crisp

Honey Pot Meadery Rubus Cube


Raspberries, vanilla and meadowfoam honey (light marshmallow flavor) make this a rich pleasing dessert drink. A little can go a long way, this is great to enjoy with friends or on a dinner date.

6oz bottle

ABV 12.9%

STYLE- Dessert Mead

TYPE – Honey wine

BODY – Strong full bodied

TASTE- Tart yet sweet

ORANGETHEORY CHANGED MY BODY

ORANGETHEORY CHANGED MY BODY

I got to admit I was hesitant on trying out Orangetheory, it seemed intimidating to work out with a group of people knowing I was not in the best shape. My usual fitness routine was attending Zumba and organized classes at 24-hour fitness.  After having my second child I was not seeing the results I use to and I decided to try out Orangetheory’s complimentary class.  Wow! I was ignited, the music was on point and members were hyping one another.  I burned 500 calories in one hour and felt exhilarated, sign me up!  


PHOTO TAKEN ONE YEAR APART

What Is Orangetheory?

It is a one-hour group fitness workout that includes both cardio and strength training. The workouts are different every day, and a coach guides you throughout the entire workout. 

Their websites states, their workouts are based on the EPOC system “Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption.” One hour work out is designed to produce 12 minutes or more of intensities at 84% or higher. A “afterburn” effect is produced for an increased metabolic rate up to 36 hours after the workout.

Their workouts are based on endurance, strength and power.  It is important to wear a heart monitor which you can purchase at the studio to track your data for every workout.  Each member’s heart rate will be displayed on television screens showing how many calories everybody is burning and what color zone each person is at.  

There are five color zones:

  • Grey- resting phase
  • Green- 71-83% base pace, comfortable
  • Orange- 84-91% push pace, uncomfortable but doable
  • Red- 92% all-out effort (you are out of breath)

When your heart rate gets to the orange and red zones combined you start accumulating “splat points.” Your goal is to get 12 or more splat points which equals 12 minutes spent in those zones.

SAMPLE OF MY AFTER CLASS STATS

Working Out 

Classes are offered through their mobile app and you must sign up in order to attend.  They have several different coaches that teach different time slots.  The early riser class starts at 5am and for the late-night crew last class is at 8:15pm.  The workouts are broken into two or three groups depending on the class size. One group will start on the treadmills and another group will start on the water rowers. These two groups are doing the guided cardio portion of the class.   The last group or portion of the class is the strength training room.  The coaches will demonstrate the workouts and television monitors display the exercises and rep range.  The floor exercises use free weights, resistance bands, benches, trx straps and ab dolly.  It may seem intimidating at first, but the coaches do a great job modifying exercises to fit anyone’s current physical conditions. I would recommend trying the free class.