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The Complete Wellness Bundle Is Here!!

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I am honored and excited to be a part of such a wonderful community…Wellness Media!! I am also very privileged to have contributed a book I wrote called “A Closer Look At Vitamins and Minerals” towards an e-Bundle organized by Wellness Media that contains over 40 eBooks, e-Courses and bonuses (take a look at the end of this post for a complete list). In my book, I wrote about the most common vitamins and minerals, signs to look out for when your deficient and what foods and herbs contain them.

Although I do make a commission of of any e-Bundle sold through my blog, that is not why I am promoting it. I am not a pushy sales person and not looking to “make a sale” (although that would be nice), so I will only post 2 reminders this week while the sale lasts (May 18-25), after that, it is no longer available.

There are so many wonderful eBooks, e-Courses and bonuses offered here at such a great price, you may be overwhelmed wondering when you’ll find the time to read them, but you don’t have to. I am purchasing an e-bundle because I really wanted a few of the eBooks on the list that some of my favorite bloggers wrote – Katie from Wellness Mamas eBook on Natural Pregnancy (not because I’m pregnant), because I love to read/collect books whether they are hard copies or eBooks on natural health and nutrition. I’m also looking forward to the GAPS Pregnancy eBook – Melanie at Honest Body, Fermented Foods Made Simple – Hannah of Whole Simple Life, No Flour Cracker and Flatbread Cookbook – Lori and Michelle of Purely Twins, to name a few.

Key Points About This Bundle:

  • This bundle includes over 40 ebooks, ecourses, and exclusive meal plans.
  • Valued at over $1,300, the bundle can be purchased for a limited time at the price of $29.97. That’s about 60 cents per ebook and ecourse, or a 97% discount.
  • The bundle will run from May 18-25. It can only be purchased during this time.
  • The topics of the bundle range from health and wellness to nutrition to family life to homemade household and personal care products to natural remedies for common ailments to cookbooks covering breakfast, snacks, dinners, freezer and crockpot meals, desserts, and more.

Take a look at the list below and see if anything catches your eye, if it does, just click on any of the images to take you to Wellness Media where you can purchase your bundle! (At the end of this post includes a detailed list of all eBooks, eCourses and Bonuses!)

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TCWB Bonus Items with TextThe Complete List of e-books and e-Courses and Their Authors:

  • Guide to Natural Cleaning – Katie of Wellness Mama
  • 14 Day Detox Revolution – Dr. Joshua of The Alternative Daily
  • The Art of Gardening – Susan of Learning and Yearning
  • 10 Things to Know About Essential Oils Before You Buy – Adrienne of Whole New Mom
  • The Eczema Cure – Emily of Holistic Squid
  • Food As Medicine – Christa of The Whole Journey
  • My Buttered Life – MadeOn Skin Care
  • The DIY Pantry – Kresha of Nourishing Joy
  • From Your Garden – Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love
  • The Lacto-Fermented Soda Guide – Hannah of Kombucha Kamp
  • Super Food, Super You – Josh of Dr. Axe
  • Your Orchestra of Micronutrients – Mira of Calton Nutrition
  • Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert – Erin of The Humbled Homemaker
  • The Complete Pregnancy Guide – Katie of Wellness Mama
  • The Mamavation Guide to Raising Healthy Families – Leah of Mamavation
  • The GAPS Pregnancy Guide – Melanie of Honest Body
  • Natural Beauty Recipes – Katie of Wellness Mama
  • Salve Made Simple – Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama
  • A Closer Look at Vitamins and Minerals – Audry of A Nutritional Makeover
  • The King’s Medicine – Josh of Dr. Axe
  • Questions to Ask Your Dentist – Will of OraWellness
  • Healing Hashimotos – Dr. Alan of Dr. Christianson
  • Healthier Living Naturally – Christina of Home Remedies for Mom
  • Squeaky Clean Paleo – Karen of Holistically Engineered
  • No Flour Cracker and Flatbread Cookbook – Lori and Michelle of Purely Twins
  • Purely Classic Recipes – Lori and Michelle of Purely Twins
  • Cooking with Coconut Oil – Jennifer of Hybrid Rasta Mama
  • Keeping It Real – Jessica of Delicious Obsessions
  • Keeping Your Cool – Jessica of Delicious Obsessions
  • From Your Freezer to Your Family – Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love
  • Blend – Faith of An Edible Mosaic
  • Grain Free Grab and Go – Hayley of Health Starts in the Kitchen
  • Paleo Treats and Healthy Sweets – Taylor of Crave
  • The Grain Free Snacker – Carol of Ditch the Wheat
  • Toadilly Primal Smoothies – Todd of Primal Toad
  • Just Making Ice Cream – Marillyn of Just Making Noise
  • Fermented Foods Made Simple – Hannah of Whole Simple Life
  • Guide to Making Coconut Flour Breads – Kayla of Radiant Life
  • 52 Healthy Paleo Breakfast Recipes – Caitlin of Grass Fed Girl
  • Easy Paleo Gelatin Treats – Caitlin of Grass Fed Girl
  • Green Smoothies – Hannah of Whole Simple Life
  • Real Food for Rookies – Kelly of The Kitchen Kop
  • Gluten Free Grain Free Baking – Stephanie of Mama and Baby Love

PLUS:

  • 2 Gardening Plans – Colleen of Little Homesteaders
  • 2 Paleo Freezer Menus – Leanne of Saving Dinner
  • 2 Paleo Crockpot Menus – Leanne of Saving Dinner
  • Fermented Foods Made Simple Course – Hannah of Whole Simple Life
  • 4 Weeks of Unprocessed Foods Meal Plan – Hannah of Whole Simple Life

Anyone who purchases the bundle will also receive the following free bonuses:

  • One free bottle of Desiccated Liver with any order from Radiant Life
  • 10% off any order + a free Bass brush from OraWellness
  • Free shipping and coupon code from Earth Runners
  • An entry to win a 14 piece Green Versa Cookware Set from Xtrema
  • 2 months free membership and a $10 gift card to Thrive Market
  • Bonus from Branch Basics
  • Free Beesilk lotion bar from MadeOn

What you will learn from the bundle:

  • How to grow your garden and enjoy the benefits of harvesting your own food
  • How to restock your pantry full of real food staples
  • How to formulate simple and sustainable meal plans
  • The basics of natural parenting habits like cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and toddler nutrition
  • How to naturally cure eczema
  • The lowdown of Hashimotos and how to address it
  • Helpful tips and cautions about essential oils
  • How to make your own natural beauty products
  • How to make your own natural cleaning products
  • The proper way to detox
  • How to promote proper oral health
  • How to enjoy healthy, real food snacks, desserts, and on-the-go meals

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How To Eat Real Food Cheat Sheet

How To Eat Real Foods

This guide goes along with the guide in my last post “Difference Between Real Food Diets”. In general when eating any real foods “diet” wether it’s Paleo, traditional foods or anywhere in between, let this guide serve you in choosing the quality and variety of foods.

I’m always looking for ways to present material and share that is easy and effective, comments/suggestions are welcome 🙂

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Difference Between Real Foods Diets

Real foods diet comparison

I get asked a lot…”what diet is right for me?” So…I have done the best I can in creating an infograph of the 6 most popular Real Food “diet’s” out there.  The idea is not to favor one over the other (what works for one person might not work for another), but rather introduce the similarities.

When someone is “healthy” with no obvious labeled medical diseases, I would suggest a WAPF diet which is basically only eating real foods which means you can eat the same foods you eat now, but they must be converted to healthy ones. What does that mean?? It means you focus on quality – only animal products from wild, pastured, free-range; only dairy from animals that have been raised on pasture and preferably raw; local and seasonal produce from non-GMO seed; clean filtered water; healthy fats such as butter, ghee, coconut oil, palm oil, lard, tallow; fermented foods/probiotics; soaked/sprouted/fermented grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds and real salt (ditch the white table salt). CLICK HERE to find out more.

This list might seem like a lot of work, but through my work I introduce these concepts at an understanding of each person individually. Everyone needs the right approach, I hope this is an approach that speaks to you!!

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Eating Healthy While Traveling – Paleo or Gluten Free Ideas

Paleo and gluten free travel food ideas

This post was written for all my family, friends and those I who are searching the internet for ideas on how to eat healthy while traveling since this conversation is coming up a lot lately and people ask me how I do it. The foods in the picture are staples when traveling for me, I also always bring boiled egg, veggie sticks and a dip – usually a veggie “hummus”. At the end of this post I list ideas for traveling. If I missed any, please let us know what you like to do!

When I travel (and that is something I do a lot), I try to avoid eating out at all costs. When I do, I focus on protein and non starchy vegetables and leave out the rest. That is because most any carbohydrate that you’d find in a restaurant is an unhealthy one loaded with bad oils, bad salt and sugar and most likely will cause fatigue as if jet lag wasn’t enough.

Traveling by car is one of the easiest ways to have control over the food you eat since you can pack a cooler, thermos and larger amounts of liquids and foods. Traveling by airplane within the states is a bit more difficult but not as challenging as international travel, especially with kids – with a flight transfer/layover.

This post is where I give tips on what I do or plan to do as far as food goes, focusing mainly on air travel, but can apply to any form of travel. If you’re interested in ideas on how to manage kids while at the airport, on a plane or transporting through the airport, I have written a post here where you can read about my tips.

Quick Guide to Eating Out:

 If you need to eat at an airport or near one, search online for restaurants in the area or that are located in the airport terminal you will get food from. If possible, look over the menu ahead of time and decide what you will be eating – Not what you want to eat. Then write it down or put it in your phone and when you go to order, you don’t get distracted by all the choices.

PLANNING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS!!

Mexican food, order fajita meat or other grilled meat with grilled veggies over a salad and some guacamole. That way you are safe Paleo wise and gluten-free.

Thai food, they have many gluten free options, the problem with them is the oil, salt and possible MSG, the key is to try to eat fresh salads, soups, and try to stay away from the saucy foods, order grilled vegetables with no sauce. Coconut based sauces are generally safe, but can possibly have unwanted hidden ingredients.

Middle Eastern food has plenty of gluten-free or Paleo options – just don’t eat the bread! Kabobs, kafta, and any grilled meat along with grilled vegetables with a salad of fatoush – minus the toasted brad that comes with it, just ask for it without bread.

Italian Food, stay away from the pasta and focus on a nice grilled fish or grilled meat and vegetables with a salad of lemon and olive oil with a dash of salt.

Indian Food, Tandoori meat and grilled vegetables are best choice, stay away from saucy foods

“American Food”, grilled steak with roasted/grilled veggies and/or a salad with a lemon-olive oil-salt dressing is a good choice meal, hamburger wrapped in lettuce is another option. Pizza is never a good choice, it’s one of the cheaper items in any restaurant so it may be tempting, but stay away – even gluten free options are not good for you.

**There are other ethnic foods out there, the goal is to stay focused, it’s easy to be tempted with all the aromas filling the air. Plan, Plan and Plan!

Bringing Your Own Food:

If you don’t have time to actually prep/cook food, then you could easily buy ready-made foods such as jerky (organic is best), boiled eggs don’t take much time, plantain chips, fruits, veggies, fruit with a thick peel, dates, raw nuts/seeds. This may not seem sustainable to someone who is not used to eating this way, and traveling is not a good time to try and eat “healthy”. In that case, do your best to eat a healthier version of processed foods such as organic foods, Trader Joes has a large selection at a good price.

When it’s time to eat, seek out a bathroom so you can do a quick clean up before/after. I’ve even had to prep my food in a family bathroom when I had multiple little ones so I could keep them contained while I did it, then buckled them in the stroller and went out to eat in the seating area. With little ones, wipes are a necessity as well as large and small ziplocks and plastic bags to either use as a temporary trash bag or to put soiled clothes in until they can be washed.

To see current TSA rules on carry on food items click here. To see carry on liquids click here. 

One thing to keep in mind and understand is that airport employees including TSA are just doing their job. They were trained that way and have set rules and guidelines for passengers. It’s important to know before you go – search the TSA website to fully understand and make your security screening quicker, oh yeah and you can “opt out” of body scans. If you do that, they will bring an employee of the same sex and pat you down. I have never been patted down though, maybe because I have kids, I don’t know? I have only seen the full body scans in the US, not in other countries such as Europe and the Middle East, unless they installed them since I’ve been there.

If your traveling with a stroller, fold it down, it will need to go through the x-ray machine. If you have a laptop, prepare to open it and have it examined.

Another thing is that when you are traveling with kids, you are priority in boarding before economy class so that is a plus when it comes to waiting in line.

Ideas on Foods To Bring With You On A Trip: 

Protein:

  • Sardine in a can
  • Tuna in a can
  • Jerky – homemade or store bought (opt for organic when available with no additives and sugars)
  • Hard boiled eggs

Carbohydrates:

Fats (Homemade preferably):

  • Trail mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits
  • Soaked buckwheat granola
  • Any nuts or seeds (raw or crispy)
  • Olive oil for salad dressing (see sides and extras below)
  • Grass-fed butter (if you like spreading on crackers or muffins)

Veggies:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Cucumbers
  • Any crunchy veggies for dipping
  • Romaine lettuce leaves – kept whole and wrapped in a paper towel before closing in a Ziploc baggie. When it’s time to use them, tear into pieces into a container, top with a protein such as tuna/sardine and sea salt, fresh lemon and olive oil. This won’t last long, so plan to eat that quickly.
  • Olives

Fruits:

  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Avocado whole
  • Any whole fruit such as peach, plum, etc… – just keep it whole and in a hard container so it won’t bruise.
  • Mango cut
  • Pineapple cut
  • Dried fruits; mango, raisins, dates, etc…

Dairy needs to be eaten in 1 day, it spoils fast (you can cook it into your food also):

Dips:

  • Hummus made of garbanzo or “veggie hummus”
  • Greek yogurt plain or with spices
  • Nut/Seed butters such as almond butter or sunflower butter for dipping fruit in
  • Guacamole – as long as you add lime/lemon and keep the seed in it for longer keeping. Un-refrigerated it will spoil pretty quick by the end of the day so plan on eating within 6 hours of making or 2 days if you can keep it cold.
  • Chia seed “pudding” mix chia seeds with water and dried fruit such as raisins and let it sit about 5 minutes before eating (of course you could jazz it up a bit more with vanilla extract and other dried fruits)

Sweets and Treats:

Sides and Extras:

  • Whole lemons
  • Olive oil in a clear plastic carry on container no more than 3oz
  • Sea salt or Himalayan salt in a small container
  • Spices or spice mix – store in a small container with lid if you want to add it to Greek yogurt, salad, or anything else you want to spice before eating.

Drinks:

  • Whole food powdered vitamin or protein to add to wate
  • Herbal tea bags of your choice, I like to bring chamomile and peppermint for relaxing and upset stomachs

Utensils:

  • Empty water bottles
  • Plastic forks, knifes, spoons
  • Disposable (or not) plastic containers with lids for eating out of
  • With kids plastic snack cups or snack size baggies work well for putting nuts and raisins in

Kids 

For kids, they love to “snack”, it’s best to have nuts/seeds/dried fruits on hand and ready to go, possibly in snack sized baggies. Paleo snack crackers are also a great go to snack that can be dipped in paleo “hummus”. As for drinks, I like to bring in empty water bottles and fill them in fountain water – I don’t believe expensive bottled water at the airport is any cleaner. I also like to bring powder packets that I buy from whole foods that has probiotics, veggies, super-foods and other whole foods that add to water for an extra boost of nutrients while traveling.

Kid Snacks & Drinks:

  • Trail mix
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Dried fruits
  • Soaked buckwheat granola with almond milk, coconut milk, or honey Greek yogurt
  • Chia seed “pudding
  • Paleo crackers and dip
  • Whole food powder packets to add to water instead of box juice loaded with sugars
  • Plain old water!

I use travel containers that are already TSA approved so I don’t have to measure out my liquids. You can buy them from any Target or other type store (even super markets carry them) for a few dollars a set. Since I am never alone while traveling, I can bring more carry on. Here is the one I use –

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Traveling With Kids – In An Airplane & At The Airport

Traveling with kids on a plane and in an airport; transporting and entertaining ideas

The following ideas are not limited to an airplane, they can be used in any situation such as in a car, train, bus or even on a cruise. There are a few ways to travel with kids and here are my suggestions/ideas I have either tried myself or have seen others do.

As far as transporting a child/children through an airport, the stroller approach seems to be the best one for travels in the states. However, some international airports such as Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, don’t allow strollers. I have also found out the hard way that the stroller is not always waiting for you on the other side whether because it was lost or you’ll be picking it up with your baggage. In Paris, they do have some sort of strollers that they offer free of charge while you roam the terminal, but that’s after about a mile of walking! While passing through London Heathrow Airport, I have never been given my stroller back until my final destination, although strollers are allowed there. Those are the 2 airports I know most about since I usually fly Air France or Virgin Air. I will definitely update when I have experience with any other airports.

Please share with us your experiences to help out for those searching for unanswered questions.

Strollers best for traveling when you need to take a car seat too:

 

When traveling with more than 1 (you could actually squeeze 3 on this one):

If you have twins, a side by side is not the best option because of it being wide, go for one long in length. This

 

I’ve seen these wagons carted through airports like strollers carrying 2 children, they fold like an accordion. Of course you’d have to keep an eye on them, I’d be afraid of a child standing up and falling out, but I’ve seen many parents using them.

Now that my youngest is 4 and likes to walk by himself, I use my Graco car seat carrier that is also a great idea if your taking a car seat, but I now use it to carry things in it. It also works great if my little one gets tired, he can just climb in it and sit on top of our things.

 

For toddlers ages 3+, a fun way to get through the airport is on a traveling suitcase such as this one.

 

  Trunki Sunny (Orange)  

  

I have made a homemade roller using a rolling backpack, here is my son showing you how it works: (note it must be a durable backpack). The images are bad, I know sorry, I just wanted to give an idea of how he likes to play/ride in/on it. The backpack was half filled with soft items so when he sat half way up the backpack and rested his feet at the edge of the backpack, if you can imagine that?

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Then you could always try the less desirable approach for your arms and let your child ride on YOUR carry on (my kids always loved this but after about 1/4 mile in, my arms and neck would hurt. But is a way to make due with what you already have.

If you click on the photo, you’ll be taken to this families post on luggage riding, very nice.

We zoom in and out of airports pretty effortlessly with our spinner luggage

 

 

For older kids –

Kids who have outgrown a stroller can get tired too. I’ve seen kids in airport terminals riding razor scooters. My concern with that would be that they go only the speed that people are walking around them and be curtious to the other people and watch where they are going. They shouldn’t make it obvious that they are riding one, or become a nuisance so they will ban them from airports.

The plus side is that they are small and can fold nicely.

  

 

Backpack Harnesses

What do you think about harnesses for kids? Before I had kids I was a little judgmental about parents who used them, then I did my first international trip when 2 of my boys were 1&2! I bought harnesses for the trip home after talking with a mother who explained why she had her daughter on a “leash”. I did get some horrified looks from people, but they were probably not parents and I just thought to myself “just imagine how they’d look at me if I had lost one of them!” That is really a call that each parent has to decide, if your thinking about it, buy one and take it for a “spin” somewhere local like in a shopping mall to see how comfortable you feel. They are very inexpensive at around $10-20. The plus side, besides having a handle on your child is the backpack space for kids toys and activities.

   

Transporting Infants:

Another way to carry your little one hands free is by using a wrap around baby carrier up until about age 10 months, depending on the size of the baby. If you are breast feeding that is the best way you can be mobile and discrete.  Throughout my 5 children I have tried the following and loved them all.

 

At The Airport

While waiting in an airport, you can keep kids contained in a few different ways.

For infants up to before crawling, a travel pod works great. It also works great for nap time for about age 2 and smaller, you could lay a blanket (that is strictly used for laying on the floor and store in a gallon size zip lock between uses).

Travel Pod

For crawlers and toddlers this one is great, it is a portable bed and playpen with a 15 second set up. This would be a good investment if you plan on using it many times. Total weight 13 lbs and the good thing about carry on (at least internationally) is that you get 22 lbs carry on and with children most airlines are very accommodating.

 

Entertainment and Keeping Kids Busy

  • This really takes careful planning. It’s best not to let the kids see what you pack unless they are older. If they know what they have, they could get bored faster. I really like Melissa and Doug toys, they are my favorite.
  • No matter what age, a thin floor blanket should be used so your child/children know their boundaries and keeps them off a dirty floor, store it in a gallon size ziploc bag and know which side you used on the floor so you can keep using that side until it’s washed.
  • While waiting in an airport, I try to use electronics as a last resort, but it works and can definitely keep kids occupied, especially older ones who could care less about toys. I have games and videos on my iPhone along with headphones for little kids and ear buds for the older ones that I let the kids play with when it’s getting to that melting point. Of course on the airplane they have access to their own electronic screen where they can watch movies, listen to music and play games. A good book for the older ones is always encouraged.

Babies – anything that they can put in their mouth and is soft, just like any other situation.

Linking Monkey Soft Activity Book - Wild Animals Teether Man Baby Toy

1-2 Years

Depending on what your child likes, this is a hard age to please because they want to roam around and explore. I have found that this age likes to sort things such as the following toys (remember not to pack too heavy or bulky, maybe just one sorting toy. They also like chunky puzzles and books, designed for babies of course (like very thick or cloth) so the pages aren’t easily torn.

Animal Rescue Shape-Sorting Truck Wooden Toy Bird House Shape Sorter Soft Activity Book - Whose Feet?

2-4 Years

Keeping toddlers busy is much easier, but they can get bored fast and want something new. I really like magnet toys and puzzles for them because there is something new to discover that will keep them occupied for hours sometimes. I also like to take activity books that we can do together, favorite reading books with pictures, coloring books and crayons (just 4 colors to keep it simple), cars and a floor mat and homemade play dough although it can get messy sometimes.

Leah Ballerina Magnetic Dress-Up Set Magnetic Car Loader

Dinosaurs Colorblast Book - ON the GO Travel Activity Princess Colorblast Book - ON the GO Travel ActivityTape Activity Book

Color By DotsFarm Cube Puzzle

5+

The good thing about this age is that they can communicate well (usually) and are able to sit still longer. This age will also enjoy the same activities as 2-4 year olds. They might enjoy action figures, barbie dolls, dolls, and bring along some books for reading at their age level, workbooks, water paints, coloring books and any activity that they normally enjoy that is portable. If their are kids who can comprehend board games, that may be something you can all do together to pass the time at an airport, just bring 1 and try to leave the box at home; take it in ziploc baggies if possible.

You could also check out Melissa and Doug’s website for affordable products for older kids, they can help in choosing 🙂

 

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