I’ve been fighting
the flu a cold, all week. Everyone I know, and their brother, and everyone at the kids’ school has been passing around sickness, so I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised when I woke up with a sore throat. The first day it came on, it was progressing really fast and I was like, “I CANNOT GET SICK!” So, I sprang into action…
I have a list of healthy foods that I take regularly and I haven’t gotten sick in years. (I’ll walk through each of them in today’s video).
So, I doubled up #1 and #4 and I also went to a favorite local juice spot here in Vegas called “The Juice Standard” every day and got a “flu shot”.
..Look, I’m gonna be honest with you.. I’m no stranger to throwing back some shots, but this was definitely the most hardcore.
That drink, along with my normal sickness-fighting routine, kept me from getting full-blown sick. My symptoms died down after the first day and I spent the rest of the week with a little bit of a weak voice and a mildly sore throat.
I’m considering that a win.
My List of Healthy Foods- 5 things I CANNOT Live Without – Video Transcription
Hello, happy Friday! I’m Danielle Ford, the founder of Young Moms Club, where young moms go to empower themselves and design their perfect lives.
In this video, I’m going to share with you my list of healthy foods, well the five foods that I cannot live without. Ok so just a disclaimer, I am not a health professional, I am not a health coach but I love studying about health and fitness, all that stuff and me personally, these are the 5 things that are pretty uncommon, that a lot of people don’t really know about but when I learned about them and I started using them, they all seriously changed my life and so I’ll start, I’ll explain each one individually and why I love it OK?
So first on my list of healthy foods that I cannot live without is apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is terrible, it’s so disgusting, I hate it, like, It’s so disgusting. But I love the effects of it. So, people use it in different ways. I just drink it pretty straight up. You can use it as a salad dressing but I just pour like a tablespoon or a little teaspoon maybe into cold water and dilute it and just chug it with my nose plugged and it’s so terrible. It smells terrible and I dropped a whole bottle one time and it went all over my kitchen and the house smelled horrible for like a week, it’s disgusting. But apple cider vinegar balances out your ph levels and if you can balance out your ph levels then there’s no way to get sick. So its awesome for that. There’s also lots of other ways you can use it. You can use it as a toner for your skin, you can put it in your bath, it smells terrible though so I don’t really do that very often but it gives you.. the biggest perk for me at least is that it gives you instant energy so before I do like a workout session or just like waking up in the morning to kinda get my system going, I drink like some water and some apple cider vinegar. And I probably have it like three times a day if I can remember to. So that is my first health food that I cannot live without.
Now, my second health food that I live by is quinoa.
It’s pronounced keen-wah, not quin-o-uh like I used to call it, it is quinoa and this is basically a grain and it’s gluten free so its not like rice, it’s.. let me think, it’s used by, I think the Incas, you know, hundreds of years ago, whatever, they used to only give quinoa to the biggest, strongest warriors. They would save it. They only had so much and they would save it for the men that were going into battle to give them lots of energy. So in that grain, there’s tons of, actually there’s tons of antioxidants, you know like blueberries and fruits have, which are not usually found in grains like that but there’s a ton of protein, fiber, all sorts of nutrients. Again it fills you up and gives you lots of energy, so I like to cook the whole package and I’ll cook and it’s just a 2:1 ratio so if you have 2 cups of quinoa then you need 4 cups of water, boil it, it’s just like rice, it’s delicious, you can just eat it by itself, sometimes I put some butter in it, crushed red pepper, mix it, sometimes I’ll just store it in my fridge. It’ll last like a few days and then I’ll just cook up some veggies, grill them, whatever. And just like mix it all together and eat the quinoa with it. It’s so good for you and it fills you up and is a good starch without being too heavy. So that’s number 2 on my list, quinoa.
Number 3 on my list is coconut oil.
I love coconut oil and I actually did an entire video on coconut oil and why its my number one beauty secret, but I’m not really talking about it as a beauty product today, but as a health product. So, I use it to cook with, instead of olive oil, which I still use olive oil sometimes but instead of olive oil, definitely instead of other vegetable oils, I use it to cook with. You can use it as a spread like butter, you can just eat it itself. It’s a really healthy fat, you know, fat is good for you, it’s good for your brain and all this stuff, it’s a really healthy, healthy fat. I use it for myself for oil pulling. And I’ll put it in my mouth and swoosh it around for ten to 20 minutes and it pulls out all the toxins in your mouth, helps your gums, your teeth, everything. And then you spit it out because you don’t want to swallow after you’ve pulled all the toxins. So, if you’re going to eat it, just eat it. If you’re gonna pull, spit it out. I give it to my dog, it’s really good for animals and their hair and skin. It’s good for our hair and skin. It helps from the inside out. So, coconut oil is a huge staple, and if you want to know how to use it as a beauty product, I’ll post that right here. And it’s my favorite beauty product as well.
Now number 4 is kale and I probably shouldn’t show you this kale because it’s gross.
I bought it like a week ago and I’m gonna throw it out after this but I’ve been gone from my house for a couple days and I’m leaving again in a couple hours for New Year’s Eve, but this is very wilty. Usually its much more crisp and brighter green. But this is kale and I use kale in three different ways, one is I juice it and I did a whole video on juicing and specifically how to get energy from juicing, so I’ll put that right here if you want to watch that but I just with kale. Kale is usually super, super green and the more green a vegetable is the more chlorophyll it has and chlorophyll is what gives plants life and then when you ingest it it gives you life, so it helps regenerate cells, and all that stuff and all that healthy stuff that green vegetables do. It’s full of antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, blah blah blah. Kale is a super, super food so besides juicing it, I’ll make a salad either with just kale or add it into a salad. Do some apple cider vinegar on top, some tomatoes whatever. You can just eat it straight, it’s good and then the third thing that I do, the third thing that I love it to make kale chips. They are bomb.com. So, I might do a video on that separately. Note to self: make a video on kale chips. But basically you just tear the kale leaves into little pieces, wash it first, obviously. Dry them, toss it with some coconut oil, some sea salt, toss it all together and then just bake in the oven and they come out crispy, delicious, like chips but really good for you. So if we’re watching a movie or something like that, I love to eat kale chips and you can store them for a few days. So kale is my fourth health tip.
And my fifth favorite health food is maca.
Now this is maca powder, it’s a superfood. So maca is a root. I’m pretty sure it’s from the.. oh Peru. It’s from Peru. it’s a Peruvian root and it’s amazing. You only need a little bit. Too much of it can actually have side effects but you only need a tiny bit. A lot of people use it in different ways like sprinkling it on different food, blending it in juices and smoothies, and all that but I’m like, lazy.. so I do it like, twice a day. Once or twice a day, no more than that. But I’ll put it in with almond milk, mix it up, it kind of is a little chunky but I don’t care, I just chug the whole thing. Maca root is really good for stress. It’s really good for mood balancing, any type of depression issues, mood stability, especially when you’re on your period or any type of menopause symptoms, it really helps balance those hormones. Again, full of nutrients, vitamin b, vitamin c, all that stuff, and there’s other things, too. I can’t think of them right now but it’s mostly for energy and for mood stability. So, I love those 5 things.
That is my list of healthy foods, if you have any other questions about those, let me know.
I’ll try to add some links below on the blog to where you can find those, besides the kale, you can find kale like, anywhere. You so if you want to try those out, let me know how they work for you. I do a lot of other weird health type stuff but those are my five staples.
Ok, so that’s all for today. Thank you for watching. If you liked this video then please click Like, and Subscribe on YouTube and if you’re not part of the club, then head over to YoungMomsClub.com, enter your email and I will send you a Free ebook, connect with you one on one and send you more of these videos. Ok, thanks for watching and have a great day. See you next week! <3 Danielle
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