Health Benefits of Ginger

When I first found out about ginger, and all of its’ magical healing properties, I went on a ginger kick. And then somewhere amidst the busyness of life, I forgot all about it. But I was reminded of how delightful it is when I had this delicious little package arrive at my door recently.

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Gingerona is an all natural drink that contains only four ingredients: water, ginger, lime, and mint. (If I haven’t told you already, I’m kind of obsessed with mint.) The two of them together…that’s a love affair in a cup! Here’s all the reasons why ginger is sooo good for your body.

Relieves joint pain. Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that have been found to relieve joint pain.

Alleviates nausea. Ginger has been shown to be very useful in reducing nausea. Take it from me, I know! See FMF.

Helps you absorb nutrients. Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

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Reduces Pain and Inflammation. Ginger contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances known and is a natural powerful painkiller.

Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells. Ginger powder induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Strengthens the Immune System Ginger helps improve the immune system.

Relieves Morning Sickness. Ginger has demonstrated a success rate of 75% in relieving morning sickness.

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Fights Common Respiratory Problems. Ginger is a natural expectorant that aids in loosening up phlegm in the lungs.

Helps Prevent and Fight Cold & Flu. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu. The University of Maryland Medical Center says to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep 2 tbsp. of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water, two to three times a day.

Helps Regulate Normal Blood Circulation. Ginger contains chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help to improve blood flow.

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Remedies Motion Sickness. Ginger is a known effective remedy for nausea associated with motion sickness.

Helps Prevent Colon Cancer. A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Natural Anti-infammatory. Ginger reduces inflammation, similar to the way aspirin and ibuprofen works.

The information for this post was sourced from WebMD.com, WHfoods.com, Lifehack.org, and Medicalnewstoday.com.

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Yoga and the Saints

Hello lovely. It’s been a long time. Too long.

I’ve been gone but I’m so happy to be back.

And I couldn’t wait to tell you about the coolest yoga class I’ve ever taken. It’s a yoga speakeasy. What’s a yoga speakeasy, you say?

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It’s a yoga class held every month in a different location throughout the city.

This Speakeasy was at the New Orleans Saints practice facility.

It was OMazing.

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Free to Be yoga studio teaches the Speakeasy class series.

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The energy in there was really something special.

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We sent our intentions to the football Gods to give us a win, but they must not have heard us, because we suffered an awful loss that game.

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Ohhh well. Namaste.

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The next Yoga Speakeasy will be this Sunday at the lovely Longue Vue House and Gardens.

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Why New Orleans Could Become a Leader in Healthcare

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Happy Friday everybody! It’s been a whirlwind of a week for me! What about you?

I’ve been working hard the past few weeks on a story that I am SO excited about!

What is New Orleans known for?

Po-boys, parties, parades. It’s known for many things, and health is not one of them.

But a lot of new, and exciting things are happening in the city, and local leaders think that could soon change.

Find out why they believe the city of good times could become a leader in healthcare.

Entrepreneurs take part in changing healthcare landscape in New Orleans

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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A Little Help to Keep Me Healthy

summer As seen on Nolavie….

This week, while I was searching for inspiration to write my column, I found it in the most unexpected way. While I had originally intended to write about one of my many adventures at the doctor and the “red carpet moment” I recently had there, my writing path took a turn just as I was drumming up the introduction. I’ll save that other story for another day. Instead, I’ll tell you about how I was inspired to write by a simple and kind gesture.

Have you ever gotten home from work and felt so exhausted that you couldn’t imagine doing anything other than sprawling across the couch? No cooking dinner, no exercising, no talking. Just laying.

This week, I had one of those days. And let’s be honest here. I have them often. I made it home from work at about 7 p.m. and quickly scarfed down dinner (that was thankfully prepared by my mom) so that I could set out to do what I needed to do. I just needed to sit down for a few minutes. Well, you know how that goes.

I needed to go for my evening run and I needed to write this column. And truthfully, I didn’t feel like doing either. (I’m sure my editors will love that.) Half of my brain was trying to get my body to respond and get up, while the other half was trying to flesh out my story idea. But it wasn’t long before my body sunk sideways across the couch in my parents’ living room. “Help,” I mumbled, partially to myself, halfway hoping I’d be hit with a stroke of instant energy by some invincible energy gods. I sunk my head face down in defeat.

I didn’t know how I was going to pull it off, my body was feeling the impact of several unrestful nights of sleep.

Unexpectedly, I peered up, and saw my brother standing in front of me. He reached out his hand, and said, “Come on, the hardest part is getting up.” He gently pulled me up to my feet. It wasn’t the playful demeanor you would expect from an older brother. It was simple, kind gesture, but it was beautiful and filled me with so much gratitude that I felt compelled to write about it. Because sometimes we can overlook the power of a kind and simple gesture. And it was just what I needed — someone to give me a hand, and, quite literally, help lift me up.

So, I mustered all my strength, laced up my shoes and hit the ground running. Then, I sat down to write.

I won’t pretend that staying committed to my health is easy. In fact, it’s often difficult. It takes a lot of work and discipline. And although I am fiercely passionate about it, I don’t always love it. I want to live wrecklessly. Sometimes I want to quit altogether. Other times I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility that comes with managing a chronic illness. It is exhausting to have to be constantly cautious with my body, being vigilant about what I eat, how much sleep I get, managing my stress — which are all factors that directly impact my health. Sometimes, I just want to say “screw it,” drink 3, 4, 5 cocktails, sit on the couch with a big bag of Zapp’s chips and a 16oz can of Coke and feel guilty about none of it — there, I said it!

But you know what, that’s okay. As long as I get back on track.  I can’t always do it on my own. Sometimes I need, we all need, that helping hand to reach down and pull us up.

As Summer winds down, fall rolls in and winter slowly unfolds (New Orleans style, of course, with temperatures plummeting to 50 degrees), it gets so much harder to stay active and stick to healthy habits. So, maybe you’ve been thinking about taking a class, or joining a running group or a gym. Perhaps you’ve thought about starting a schedule to walk around your neighborhood or the park. Maybe you plan to cut back on fried foods. Drink more water. Get to sleep earlier. Try yoga. Take the stairs. Whatever it may be, you don’t have to do it on your own. I’m reaching out my hand to pull you up.

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What’s The Big Idea?

Hello everybody!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Is the summer really over?! Say it ain’t so! (Even though it doesn’t feel like it here in New Orleans) I always get a certain sadness each year when the summer comes to an end, but then September rolls around, and I get excited for the fall…my second favorite season!

I know I’ve been a little quiet on the blog as of late. Please pardon my absence. I promise I haven’t been lounging at the pool or being a beach bum. I wish! I’ve been working away like a busy bee over here.

I got a big girl job…yay! Now my siblings can stop calling me the “busiest unemployed girl they know.”

I am very excited to share with you that I joined The Idea Village as an in-house reporter, writing and blogging about entrepreneurship in New Orleans.

The Idea Village is a stellar non-profit whose mission is to support entrepreneurs and startups in New Orleans. I like to say it’s a small team doing BIG work. Why am I so excited to join The Idea Village? Because this team is dedicated to helping people in New Orleans fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams…and I am ALL about chasing dreams and pursuing passions. What better place to do that than in my home town?

I am especially excited as I feel that I have a unique opportunity to be a part of something very special here, and use my experience and passion for writing to make an impact.

Now for a little fun..

We kicked off the entrepreneur season with Entrepalooza. And afterwards, it was time for our team photo. You know how hard it is to round people up for a group picture!

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Wait a minute…

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Almost…

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Closer…

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There it is!

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And then of course, I insisted that we have an impromptu photo shoot.

These are the Awesome gals I work with on my team! Cameron is a marketing genius, and Rhea, is a social media maven.

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And that’s our fearless leader, Tim, floating away with one of his crazy ideas. We loove crazy ideas, in case you couldn’t tell :)

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It’s such an exciting time to be in the city and watch all of the innovation happen here.

I’ll still be blogging and keeping you up to date on healthy living in NOLA too! Now we just have to make sure we don’t kick those #healthysummer habits to the curb for fall!

Do you have a crazy idea? I’d love to hear all about it!

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My Five Favorite Healthy & Fast Food Spots in New Orleans

Hi everybody! If you’re looking for some good, healthy eats this weekend, check out my five favorite “fast-food” healthy spots on Nolavie.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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West Elm New Orleans & Why We Love Local

Hello everybody! I hope your week is off to a great start! Can I tell you what I’m sooo excited about? We just got a brand new West Elm in New Orleans! I first discovered West Elm when I lived in Atlanta. I spent a lot of time roaming around there and at the mall before I made friends. That’s not weird, right?!

Lovely Juley of the fab Upperlyne invited me to the grand opening, and it was a big, fun party! She collaborated with West Elm to do a makeover of her home office, which I can’t wait to see!

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Lovely Juley of the fab Upperlyne invited me to the grand opening, and it was a big, fun party! She collaborated with West Elm to do a makeover of her home office, which I can’t wait to see!

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I really love this concept that West Elm has embraced because I think both the company and the local artists both benefit by giving local artists the opportunity to display their work inside of a nationally recognized brand. Brilliant marketing!

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The new store is so cozy and it’s jam packed with so many goodies. I spent most of the night admiring all of the gems and dreaming up my future home.

Shout out to West Elm for supporting the locals! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship J

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Lululemon Design Meeting in New Orleans

Hello everyone, I hope your week is going great!

I am catching up on blog posts this week to tell you about some of the neat events that I had a chance to attend over the past few weeks.

First up, Lululemon invited me to a design meeting a couple of weeks ago with, Annika, one of their designers who is based in their headquarters in Vancouver. She was in town to find out how we keep cool while we stay fit during the summer heat in New Orleans. How do we do that?!

The meeting started with a ridiculously good meal catered by Baru. My mouth is still watering for the ceviche.

We chatted and got to know one another while we chowed down.

And we might have popped a little bit of bubbly in the store :)

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We talked about our experiences with health and shared some of our favorite fitness products.

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It kind of felt like a girls night in that just happened to be at Lululemon. It was so cool to meet an awesome bunch of ladies who are all passionate about healthy living.

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I really dig the way Lululemon is out engaging with their community and clients. I can’t wait to see what they take away from the meeting, and what they come up with next!

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Iconic: Healthy & Homegrown

I’ve been on a mission this past year to gain weight, and find healthy ways to do it. I’ve been experimenting with different protein sources, and after a year, I finally found one that I love. Yay! And the best part is, I found it right here at home!

Iconic, a healthy lifestyle beverage, was created in New Orleans with the help of Eat Fit NOLA’s Registered Dietician, Molly Kimball, who I interviewed a while back. She rocks!

Here’s why I love Iconic:

  • all natural
  • lactose free
  • soy free
  • source of Vitamin B12
  • contains no artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors

I’ve had trouble finding a protein drink that works for me, because the medicine that I take to manage my illness makes me lactose intolerant, and it also prevents my body from absorbing many of the vitamins and nutrients we get from food, including B12. So you can see why I’m so excited about Iconic!

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I mixed my chocolate truffle in the blender with bananas and ice, and it was a real treat! I’ve also heard that it’s really yummy with iced coffee. Maybe I’ll try that next since iced coffee is my current obsession.

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Yesterday, I was running around all day, and I didn’t have time to pack my lunch, so I grabbed an Iconic on my way out of the door, and it was the perfect pre-workout snack. And I just love it, because I know that every time I have one, I’m supporting a local business. And you know we love our locals :)

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Have you tried any protein drinks that you love? If so, please let me know! I’m always looking for new ones to try.

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Au Natural Tanning Lotion

I have the fairest skin in my family. When I was younger, my siblings told me that my mom had an affair with the milkman, and I was their lovechild. I believed them. I once demanded to see a copy of my birth certificate. True story.

My sisters, with their olive complexions, still tease me about my pale skin. Not fair!

So when a friend told me about Eco Tan, a natural tanning lotion, I said, Oh Yeaah!

While I refuse to sit under a tanning bed to get a summer glow, I will gladly experiment with some natural beauty products.

First, I did my research, as always.

I like to read the back story on how products and businesses are conceived and brought to life. The creator of Eco Tan, Sonya Driver, a native Aussie, was searching for a healthier way to tan after her sister was diagnosed with melanoma. She tried self-tanners, but she wanted something that was natural and harmless to her body. So, she created her own.

 

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I tried the Invisible tan, and applied it twice before I went to bed, because you have to leave it in for eight hours. It doesn’t stain your sheets, so no need to worry about that. But you have to be sure to spread it evenly all over your body, otherwise you’ll end up with streaks.

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I also used the Extreme Exfoliant Glove which I love! I have been wanting to try a full-body exfoliator, so this was perfect. It’s best to exfoliate before and after using the moisturizer.

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The ingredients in Eco Tan:

• Chamomile Flower Extract
• Avocado Oil
• Honeysuckle Flower Extract
• Rose Geranium Oil
• Grapeskin Extract
• Cacao
• Aloe Vera
• Glycerin
• Lecith

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It doesn’t contain any synthetics or GMO’s, and the color is derived from cacao. I also love that it says, “no hidden nasties” That means no bad stuff.

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I haven’t been able to bathe in the sun as much as I would like to so far this summer, so, I am adding this to my list of summer favorites! Take that, sistas!

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