Allergies And Weight Gain

Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here to learn how to workout indoors while it’s raining outside.When it comes to Environmental allergies you wouldn’t think it could cause weight gain. I am here to tell you that it is possible if you suffer from some common allergies. Today I talk about my top 3 Allergies that might cause you or someone you know weight gain.

 DISCLAIMER: If you think you may have food allergies please talk to your doctor and get an allergy test done. I know some doctors do *food allergy testing and some will give you a referral to an allergist.

 Gluten Sensitivity IS NOT AN ALLERGY!

 Gluten sensitivity or intolerance also is known as (NCGS) (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity) is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Symptoms vary widely and can include gastrointestinal problems, joint pain, fatigue and depression. The same symptoms are associated with celiac disease, so it’s important to get the correct diagnosis.

I have a few Gluten Free related posts coming really soon this month so make sure to keep an eye out because I will be discussing the difference between celiac and non-celiac a bit deeper.

I also have a few posts coming up for all of my followers that are or may know someone that suffers from food allergies or sensitivities I will be giving tips, tricks, and recipes.


Type B Food Allergies

Craving and overeating particular foods may be the sign of a Type B food allergy. While a Type A food allergy will cause an immediate, often dangerous, physiological reaction, such as the anaphylactic response often generated by allergen exposure in people with shellfish ( I am deadly allergic to shellfish) I have to make sure I stay away from it at all costs. or peanut allergies, Type B food sensitivities can cause more long-term, delayed reactions, including weight gain, fatigue, and aching joints. Delayed food allergies may not cause an inflammatory response until three days after ingestion, and continuing to eat the triggering food can cause cumulative effects. Current food allergy testing techniques can help identify many Type B food allergies, as can eliminating foods one by one from the diet for an extended period of time. 


Hay Fever

Common hay fever, pollen, dust, and pet dander allergies can make you fat—not because the allergies themselves cause weight gain but rather due to the over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines commonly used to treat the itchy red eyes and runny noses that characterize these allergies. Chronic use of antihistamines increase the appetite and particularly create cravings for carbohydrates. Antihistamines are so effective at increasing hunger that they are prescribed to anorexic patients as an appetite stimulant. If ongoing daily allergies require you to engage in chronic antihistamine treatment, consult your doctor regarding potential alternative treatments with lower weight-gain effects.


Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity, or grain allergy, in its most severe form comprises celiac disease, which creates serious health impacts, including unintended weight loss, and requires lifelong abstention from wheat, rye and barley products. However, only a small percentage of people with gluten sensitivity demonstrate this classic clinical presentation, many more individuals with gluten sensitivity have episodic stomach cramping, bloating and weight gain (that’s me). Fatigue and joint pain are also related to gluten sensitivity and can lead to additional weight gain by discouraging vigorous physical activity.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section. If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

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The Best New Year’s Resolutions

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

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It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year and start planning how you can become a healthier you in 2019. We’re not just talking about the first two weeks of January, either. Year after year, countless positive resolutions are made, but by the end of the month, they may no longer be at the forefront of your mind—because, well, life.

Oftentimes, resolutions die out after the first few weeks in the new year because they’re simply not sustainable. Start thinking of your New Year’s resolutions as a lifestyle change, not a crash-course diet. We asked doctors to share resolutions that they and their colleagues would consider the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for long-lasting results in 2019. Also, be sure to check out the simple, healthy habits you can change for 2019 to maximize your healthy results!

Make A Plan That You’ll Stick To Throughout The Whole Year

Don’t plan to do everything in January and don’t pick behaviors that are nebulous like ‘I’m gonna start working out more. Instead, create a plan and add behaviors, as needed, in stages throughout the year. Habits take time to form and you may feel overwhelmed, or coerced if you overload yourself. Start with one, get comfortable with it, and then add another.


Start Making Exercise Fun So You Actually Do It

Move your body. I don’t care if you walk halfway around the block or if you get on the bicycle and bike 50 miles, or go to the gym—you’ve got to keep your body moving. You either move it or lose it.

For exercise, do things that are fun. Meanwhile, schedule these to be done with a friend, so that you actually show up. For example, walking in the park and shopping are good exercises.


Seek Out Healthful Foods That You’ll Actually Want To Eat

Find healthy whole foods that you enjoy adding into your diet, instead of cutting out things you enjoy. For example, resolve to add a handful of berries to your breakfast every morning. The antioxidants have multiple health benefits. Instead of cutting things out, substitute one pleasurable thing for another. Soda and fruit juices each have three-quarters of a teaspoon of sugar per ounce, and neither is healthy. Instead, substitute with tea and sweeten with Stevia. Or add in vegetable juices.


Practice Mindfulness In Every Facet Of Your Life

Mindfulness in our behavior will go a long way in helping us achieve our goals. Mindful eating will automatically find us gravitating to health-promoting food—savoring each bite will slow down the speed with which we eat and cut down portion size. Being mindful of physical activities that are enjoyable will let us meet our fitness goals without the sensation of torture. If extended to all aspects of the day, mindfulness makes life more complete. We may just stop saying, Where did the last year go?


Stay Hydrated Throughout The Day

Drink More Water! I usually recommend four 16 ounce bottles of water consumption daily for my patients. It helps to flush the urinary tract of bacteria and also prevents stone formation. First line therapy in UTI prevention is hydration and the most common cause of kidney stones is having concentrated urine, so please drink up in 2019.

 


Limit Red Meat Consumption To Once A Week

It’s not just the fat in red meat, it’s the chemicals in red meat that increase the incidence of certain cancers. Stop eating red meat more than once a week.


Make An Effort To Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress produces chemicals in your brain which damage every organ in your body and it impairs your immune system. For a healthy immune system, keep your stress levels low. For low-stress levels, exercise daily.


Start Eating Foods In This Order For Better Digestion And Nutrient Absorption

The order of your food intake may also be of benefit in your efforts to get healthy. As you strive to establish good habits, you may find it does your gut good to eat in this order:
 1. Start each meal with fibrous carbs such as a salad, mixed vegetables, etc. 2. After you have consumed about 1⁄2 of your fibrous carbs, start eating your proteins and fats (meat portion of the meal) along with the rest of your fibrous carbohydrates. 3. Then slowly start on healthy carbohydrates, such as quinoa or amaranth. 4. Add jalapenos, habanero, and cayenne peppers to your meal. These all contain capsaicin (gives peppers their “kick”), a chemical shown to help increase metabolism.


Get Tested For Food Sensitivities So That You Can Eliminate Discomfort And Become More Energized

Ninety-five percent of Americans suffer from food sensitivities, yet they’re among the most commonly under-diagnosed areas of clinical medicine. This is because unlike food allergies, food sensitivities are usually limited to digestive problems (like bloating, inflammation, lethargy) and the symptoms don’t always show up immediately, making it even harder to pinpoint which ingredients are upsetting your body.

When I finally decided to get tested for food sensitivities It was one the best and scariest decisions I have ever made (at that time). I found out from taking a food intolerance/sensitivity food test that my body reacted to so many different types of food. I recommend everyone to take a food intolerance/sensitivity test. You’ll be surprised at what the test may say.


Don’t Let Your Resolutions Consume You

Don’t let resolutions become chains. Instead, take them somewhat lightly. Yes, stick to them as much as possible, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You need to find the balance that works. After all, these changes are supposed to make your life better and not worse, right?


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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Christmas Foods That Have Common Food Allergies

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 17! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 16 Days of #Blogmas

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If you have food allergies, you know allergens hideout where you’d least expect them (peanut butter can be in chili; wheat in soy sauce). But for the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, the holidays pose a particular challenge From homemade jams and cookie swaps to office parties and holiday dinners, there are more opportunities to accidentally eat the wrong thing and have an allergic reaction, which can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation.

Trust me I know Holidays can be tricky for anyone with food allergies. You are often not in charge of the food, because you’re eating out or at someone else’s home.

On top of that, you’re exposed to dishes you don’t usually have. Bread pudding? Bûche de Noël? You may wonder: What is in those things? Even if a food doesn’t contain ingredients you are allergic to, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. While many restaurants have procedures for separating cooking utensils and cooking spaces to prevent cross-contact, home cooks tend to not think about whether a cutting board or cookie cutter contained a food allergen prior to re-using it.

To stay safe, consider hosting, so you control the food. Or, bring your own food to gatherings. And don’t forget to check labels, even if it means digging through your host’s trash. By FDA law, if a packaged food contains one of the top eight most common allergens—peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, or soy—that ingredient must be listed in plain English on the label (for instance, it will say “milk” not “whey”). Still, companies are under no obligation to tell you if a food could have had cross-contact with a top eight allergen; to find out, you have to contact the companies. Here are some unexpected foods that may contain the most common allergens, so you can eat, drink, and stay safe. And remember, Always bring your EpiPen with you.

Hot Chocolate

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soy, Egg, Wheat

Before you warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa, check to make sure you know what’s in it. Chocolate, in general, is dicey for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, because they tend to be in chocolate or made on the same factory lines with it. Also, consider the topping: If your winter drink is underneath a bed of marshmallows, you know there’s egg white in it. (Eggs are also used in some homemade hot cocoa recipes, FYI.) Better bet: Have hot cocoa at home where you can carefully read the package.


Iced Sugar Cookies

 

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Egg, Nuts

Did you know royal icing—the hard glaze on top of many Christmas cookies—is made from egg whites, and it sometimes contains milk, too? Cookies also generally pack wheat, and they can contain finely ground nuts hidden in the dough, that is why I  advise caution around baked goods outside of your own home. Steer clear of foods you would otherwise assume are safe if they are homemade unless you know all of the ingredients and how the person prepared it.


Holidays Breads

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Soy

Breads are another danger zone for people with food allergies. Of course, there’s wheat, but that’s not all you’ll find in that hunk of carbs. Festive, special occasion breads may be studded with walnuts, pecans, or other nuts. Some loaves are made with milk or buttermilk. And if you see a shiny coating on bread, you know it was brushed with an egg wash glaze. Meanwhile, commercial loaves tend to contain soy, in the form of soy flour or a stabilizer to extend shelf life.


Worcestershire Sauce and Other Sauces

Worcestershire sauce

 

Watch out for: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

This classic sauce is made with anchovies, but it can also contain shellfish. Salad dressings and dips tend to be the place where fish and shellfish are inadvertently hiding out. (Incidentally, shellfish allergies are on the rise in adults, according to 2017 research.) Sauces, in general, require extra vigilance, especially at someone else’s home or a restaurant, because you can’t tell what is in them.


Restaurant Steak

Asparagus, Steak, Veal Steak, Veal, Meat

Watch out for: Milk, Soy

You’d think a steak would be safe for those with a milk allergy, but that juicy porterhouse or New York strip may have butter in it. That’s because back in the kitchen, chefs often melt a hunk of butter on top to make it extra tasty. The other potential pitfall is soy because some chefs glaze a steak in an Asian-style marinade. Be sure to tell your server about all allergies and ask them to ensure you get your beef without oil, butter, or marinade.


Gingerbread Houses

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Whether it’s a kit you make yourself or a ready-made creation you pick up from the bakery, gingerbread houses spell trouble for many kids with food allergies. Both the cookie walls and the candy decorations may harbor wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, and soy. If you’re crafty, the safest bet is to make it yourself and decorate with safe items (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.) The good news is there are a growing number of nut-free and gluten-free bakeries, so kids with food allergies don’t have to miss out on the holiday fun.


Cocktails

Cocktail cheers

Watch out for: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Shellfish

Don’t let down your guard at the bar. Vodka is made from fermented grains, which means it can contain wheat or soy (as well as corn, a less common allergen). And did you know that trendy vodkas are sometimes infused with peanuts and various tree nuts? Or that many gins are flavored with almonds? Also be alert for frothy cocktails, which often get their bubbles from egg whites, as well as ones mixed with liqueurs such as Frangelico (made from hazelnuts), Amaretto (almond liqueur, though it often gets its flavor from peach pits and not nuts), and Nocello (walnut liqueur).


Seafood and Fish

Salmon, Dish, Food, Meal, Fish, Seafood

 

Watch out for: Milk

You know to avoid seafood if you’re allergic, of course. But even people with milk allergies have to be careful when ordering the salmon or shrimp scampi out. Sometimes fish and shellfish are dipped in milk to help with the fishy smell.  It’s mainly restaurants that are guilty of this, but some fish markets do it, too. How can you be sure? Do your research and make sure you’re buying from a market that doesn’t de-stink their catch of the day.


Rugelach

Cinnamon rugelach

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Nuts

You might expect these cookies to have wheat, but they often also have milk (in the form of sour cream or cream cheese, as well as butter), eggs, and a layer of walnuts or other tree nuts. Also, watch out for marzipan on the Hanukkah or Christmas table—it is almond paste.


Caponata

Eggplant caponara

 

Watch out for: Shellfish, Fish

This Sicilian ratatouille-like appetizer made with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes sometimes serves up a surprising ingredient: anchovies or other forms of seafood. And if you buy a jarred, imported-from-Italy version, keep in mind that imported foods are not subject to the FDA law. That means you can’t necessarily trust the label to keep you safe.


Latkes

Potato latkes

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Warning if you have peanut or soy allergies—this Hanukkah favorite is sometimes fried in peanut or oil. Soy can also sneak in when latkes are made with teriyaki sauce. And while potato latkes are not likely to be made with tree nuts, some recipes call for almond flour, so always ask the chef. Latkes generally contain egg, too, though you can find egg-free recipes online.


Asian takeout

Chinese noodles takeout

 

Watch out for: Peanuts, tree, nuts, soy, wheat, egg, milk, shellfish, fish

All partied out and ready to order in? Be super careful with Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. You may encounter top eight allergens, as well as sesame, which is the ninth most common allergen (just behind soy). Thai and Indian joints thicken dishes with a paste derived from cashews or other nuts. It depends on your own comfort level and past history of reactions, but some people with food allergies steer clear entirely. Other people order only from trusted restaurants that take food allergy seriously.


Eggnog

Holiday eggnog

 

Watch out for: Milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts

OK, so you’d expect egg and milk warnings for this holiday staple. But those with peanut and tree nut allergies should also be careful, particularly with store-bought eggnog, because there’s a cross-contact risk. And if there’s booze in that eggnog, you could get exposed to tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergenic ingredients that way. What about that nutmeg sprinkled on top? It’s not a nut, so it shouldn’t bother you—unless you’re allergic to it.


Bûche de Noël

Buche de noel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy

Alas, that beautiful French chocolate cake may look heavenly, but it’s got some bad ingredients if you have food allergies: milk, tree nuts like hazelnuts or almond paste, eggs and wheat, and possibly soy if it’s from a commercial bakery (soy is sometimes used as a flour and a stabilizer in packaged breads and baked goods). And anything with tree nuts has a possibility of cross-contact with peanuts. Think of it this way: Passing it up saves you about a zillion calories.


Hot pretzels

Soft pretzel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg

Tempted by the hot pretzels at sporting events, the circus, and holiday vendors? If you have an egg allergy in the family, stay away. Pretzels may be dipped in egg before being dipped in salt. And any snacks from vendor carts are risky to all people with food allergies, due to the chances of cross-contact with other ingredients.


Deli Meats

Deli turkey

 

Watch out for: Tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy

Sure, that antipasto spread of deli meats or Italian combo sandwiches look tempting, but be careful if you’re allergic to pistachios, milk, or soy. That’s because deli meats can contain any of those allergens. Mortadella is an Italian pork that is sometimes made with pistachios. And soy is used in filler in some processed meats. And because the same meat slicer is used for cheeses, even a plain piece of sliced ham isn’t safe if you have a milk allergy. Fortunately, there are packaged cold cuts free of allergens (check labels).


Beer and Ale

Beer mugs table

 

Watch out for: Wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

Allergic to wheat? You know to skip wheat beers, naturally, but even a barley-based brew can be a problem due to cross-contamination and cross-reactivity among grains. Surprisingly, some microbrews are infused with peanuts and tree nuts (in restaurants, avoid anything advertised as having a nutty taste). And some malt beverages even contain soy, so it’s buyer beware.


Coffee Drinks

Latte

 

Watch out for: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, egg

Another drink to avoid if you have an egg allergy: frothy coffee concoctions. These products also sometimes rely on egg whites to create a frothy topping. Lattes and the like are also a potential hazard for those with peanut or tree nut allergies because nut-flavored flavored coffees and syrups introduce a cross-contamination risk.


Wreaths

Holiday wreath

 

Watch out for: wheat

Surprisingly, “non-food items are the biggest issue for wheat-allergic patients. Wheat derivatives are found in wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations, as well as soaps and cosmetics, and can cause a reaction when they touch the skin of someone who is allergic. Play-Doh also contains wheat and may trigger a reaction if it comes in contact with skin or if a child with an allergy puts it in their mouth (as little kids tend to do with everything). Non-food items don’t have to abide by FDA labeling rules , so it’s important to be alert to the kind of products wheat lurks in.


A Crackling Fire

Crackling fire with holiday socks

 

Watch out for: peanut, tree nuts, and seeds

Engineered fireplace logs are not a food, but they’re still bad news for some people with food allergies. The reason: They can get their crackle and pop from the shells of seeds and nuts. While not everyone with nut and seed allergies reacts to this type of environmental exposure, some people do. Bottom line: Skip the fire with sound effects and instead snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace, or one made from pure old-fashioned logs.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching you can contact me my from all of my links the I left below.

Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Why You Will Be Seeing Teal Pumpkins This Year

There’s a Reason Why You’re Seeing Teal Pumpkins This Halloween

If you notice a teal pumpkin outside your neighbors’ front doors this Halloween, chances are that it’s not just a decor statement. The Teal Pumpkin Project, a movement dedicated to raising food allergy awareness and helping kids with allergies trick-or-treat safely, is sweeping the 50 states. The project encourages people to offer non-food treats such as beaded bracelets, pocket-sized toys, fun stationery, and other candy alternatives to help trick-or-treaters with food allergies get all the benefits of trick-or-treating without worrying about an allergy.

 For a little more information about food allergies, you can go to Final Thoughts to learn a little more about the top 8 allergens.


Why is the Teal Pumpkin Project important?

About 1 in 13 children suffer from a food allergy in the U.S.—and approximately 30 percent of those kids are allergic to more than one food. And aside from crustacean shellfish and fish, the other six major food allergens include soy, milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat—ingredients found in most candy and chocolate bars.

The effort isn’t only aimed toward kids with food allergies. Children suffering from food intolerances, Celiac disease, and those who require other dietary restrictions can also benefit from the Teal Pumpkin Project. Plus, offering non-food goodies can also help your kids cut back on the three-cups’-worth of sugar usually consumed on Halloween.


How can you participate?

Teal pumpkin project on front porch

The project encourages people to participate by placing a teal-colored pumpkin outside their stoop (teal is the official color of food allergy awareness). If you want to participate but don’t have time to paint a pumpkin blue, FARE offers folks a free printout that you can hang by your front door. Adding your home address to FARE’s interactive map can also help trick-or-treaters with food allergies find your home. Make teal the new orange this season by spreading the word to friends, family, and neighbors to help make Halloween inclusive for all!



Final Thoughts

I am someone who Is well Into adulthood and suffers from food allergies and Intolerances. The Teal Pumpkin Project is something that I love and support because not only do kids suffer from food allergies and intolerances so does adults. I’m well past my trick or treating days but I do feel like I miss out on certain Halloween festivities because of my food allergies. Last year I met so many kids in my neighborhood who went trick or treating and got candy just so they could feel included. 

Even though I won’t be home this year to give out candy I will have my teal pumpkin out front to represent all the kids who suffer from allergies. Here is a link to a company that I support and love Click Here

To buy and support an allergy-friendly company. No Whey Chocolate Is 100% Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free, No Artificial Colors Or Flavors,  Free of the top 8 allergens (The Big 8 include Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat and Soy.) No Whey Chocolate Is a bit expensive but for a peace of mind for myself and for the trick or treating kids I rather spend that money knowing that I’ll be safe and that those kids who have food allergies or intolerances will be safe eating allergy safe candy. You should think about doing the same.  

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Keto Pizza Sauce

This Is an easy no-cook (just a few minutes to heat through) pizza sauce. This sauce has no sugar, no dairy and It’s Gluten Free. If you want to make this Into a “pasta” sauce all you have to do Is change the seasonings and add some type of “milk” to make It thicker If you like your sauce on the thicker side. I like my sauce thin so I add NO liquid at all.

I decided I would post this recipe because It’s for anyone who Is low carb and Keto and this sauce Is just too good not to share with all of you. The one thing I set out to do with being Keto Is that I want to show all of you (my lovely subscribers) that spending hours In the kitchen making homemade Sunday sauce Is the thing of the past.

You probably remember that any sauce you buy Is loaded with garlic, onions, and herbs and the taste still didn’t seem right. The recipe I came up with Is a combo of two different recipes to make this very tasty pizza sauce. This recipe can get but Into a high powered blender! I honestly never made sauce before going, Keto. Did I mention that this recipe Is also vegan and allergy friendly? Sorry If you have any allergies to the Ingredients In the picture. I made this sauce according to my food allergies and dietry needs.

                      The Stuff I Used For The Recipe

The seasonings you see are the ones I chose to use for this recipe. You can always change the seasonings according to your taste or preference. 

Ingredients

1 28 oz. can of Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes ( Or just peeled tomatoes)

1 Dash of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning ( Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder ( Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Seasoning Salt (Or to taste)

2 Tbsp of Garlic Seasoning (Or to taste)

1 Medium red onion (roughly chopped) (Optional)

With the Ingredients above EVERYTHING can be made to your specific taste. I personally like Garlic so I don’t mind the Garlic taste.

                             Directions

In your food processor blend the red onions until slightly mushy. Now In your blender add EVERYTHING! Blend until all the Ingredients are well combined. (OPTIONAL) If you want you can heat the pizza sauce over medium-low heat until bubbly. 

And that Is It. You now have yourself the perfect pizza sauce. I paired this recipe with a homemade pizza dip (I’ll post the recipe soon!) 

   What It Should Look Like When It’s Done

It should look like this If you decided to heat It up

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Keep an eye out because I will be posting more Keto, Allergy Friendly, and Gluten Free recipes. I’m In the test kitchen phase now and as each recipe turns successful I will share It you my lovely subscribers. 

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Yesterday’s Post (Keto Mousse) 

Keto Mousse

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Pruvit Keto Reboot Day 1

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned a few things but the two main things I mentioned was that 1) what Keto Is and how It can be beneficial to overall health and 2) The Keto Reboot by Pruvit. In today’s post, I will give you a rundown on how I am feeling and If I would do It again.

DISCLAIMER: ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL FOR ANY ADVICE ON DETOXES AND THE KETOGENIC LIFESTYLE. Just like with any lifestyle changing If you feel unwell for a longer period of time don’t hesitate to call your doctor. Any advice I give In these type posts are mine and before I give any advice I do TONS of research and I talk to people knowledgeable In that area before I post facts. And like always thank you for reading my posts.

I mentioned yesterday how I am doing the Pruvit 60 hour Keto Reboot. I’m not going to bore you with all of that Infor. If you want to read yesterday’s post It’s a rundown on what Pruvit Keto reboot Is and I explain the Ketogenic “diet”. I will link It below If you want to check It out. Ths post will start from last night when I started It and It will go to tonight.

I started the Reboot 11:30 pm last night (Sunday). I started off by taking the Capsules//OS and I drank the Keto Kalm. I tried the flavor Caramel Apple and let me tell you that tea was VERY sweet I diluted It some and It was still sweet but tolerable. I kid you not.. not even 10 minutes of taking the capsules and taking a few sips of the tea I was already In the bathroom. I sipped on the tea for a little bit and when that tea kicked In I was knocked out until around 11:30 this morning.

11:30 am I got up and I made my first drink of the day and that was the Keto //OS Max In raspberry lemonade. That flavor Is AMAZING! It wasn’t sweet and It tasted like I was drinking a raspberry lemonade. I then took 2 Capsules. Since I am technically 4 1/2 hrs behind the original start of It (8pm) I just redid the schedule to still get the same benefits just has to fit around me.

2-2:30 pm I had my first “meal” of the day. Like I mentioned In yesterdays post due to food allergies I had to switch the flavor from Keto Thyme to Just the Salted Caramel. I lightly heated up my tea kettle and then I poured 12oz of water into a mug and added the bone broth. The bone broth smelled and tasted like salted caramel popcorn. I sipped on It for 20 minutes and It filled me up.

While I waited for the time It was to drink my final Keto Max raspberry lemonade drink I made myself a medium cup of just plain black coffee. My sister Is a pruvit promoter and she told me It was ok to drink black coffee If I felt like I needed the extra pick me up. Around 4:30 I felt that I needed the pick me up so I made myself a medium cup of black coffee and I sipped on that until It was time for the Keto Max.

6pm I made my final Keto Max. Again It was delicious and still, It did not disappoint.

8pm I made another bone broth. I chose to “eat” It like a soup. Again It was filling and It did not disappoint.

11:30pm I again took the final capsules for the day and made the chocolate Keto Kalm tea. The tea Is again sweet but It tasted like hot chocolate so I didn’t mind It.

Overall I am feeling really good. I’m not hungry at all. I did Intermittent fasting In the past so I believe that’s why I’m not feeling hungry. I don’t have any detox symptoms besides using the bathroom. My energy is up and I’m feeling lighter and great. I know It’s only day 1 but tomorrow Is Tuesday and It’s the last day that I am fasting. Not once did I feel like I needed to eat or even wanted to eat. I believe that If I make through today (Monday) than I can finish this Reboot strong. I did take before picture. And when the Reboot Is done I will take an after photo. Depends on how I feel showing the Interwebs my stomach I may or may not post It.

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Pruvit Keto Reboot

As the title suggests I will be doing the 60 hour Keto Reboot. The good thing Is that I won’t be doing It alone my sister will be doing It with me. My sister recently became a pruvit promoter I will be posting her link below this post.  She told me she bought two kits one for me and one for her. I have done a detox before I did a 72-hour detox a few years ago but the thing with that was that I was allowed to eat 1 VERY small meal at night before bed. I did lose some weight mainly because I was always In the bathroom.

As the Title has the word Keto In It this will be a lengthy post. I promise you It won’t disappoint.  I will be posting pictures of what the Keto Reboot looks like. I had to change some Items out due to food allergies.

This Pruvit Keto Reboot Isn’t a “detox” It reboots your entire system. In short, It’s designed to reprogram your body to use your fat as energy and ketones Instead of sugar as fuel. This Reboot Is designed to get your body ready for the Ketogenic diet or lifestyle depending on how long you plan on staying In Keto. You’ll Increase your Ketophagy ( Natural cellular detoxification process that recycles and repairs cells through Keto).

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL WITH ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE KETO REBOOT OR ABOUT THE KETO DIET/LIFESTYLE. WHAT MAY WORK FOR ME MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU. ANY ADVICE I GIVE IN THIS POST IS BASED ON MY EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND WHAT I HAVE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY.

Okay here Is the thing. I know what you are thinking what the heck Is keto?  The Keto diet Is High Fat roughly around 70-80%, No carbs or as little as possible, and moderate protein. Like I mentioned above Keto Is designed to reset your body. Here Is how It works. Keto works by changing the way the body turns food into energy. Typically, during digestion, we break down carbohydrates — like those found in the verboten foods above — into molecules of fructose, galactose, and glucose, the last of which serves as the body’s primary source of energy. When the body can’t draw it from carbohydrates — either because they’ve been cut out of the diet or because a person hasn’t eaten for a long time — it looks for other forms of energy. The keto diet deliberately places the body in a state of ketosis, where fat is released from cells and turned into ketones, the body’s plan B for energy production. So as long as you stay In ketosis your body will continue to use fat.

When you first go, Keto, you will most likely go through a detox period. Depending on how your diet was before you went Keto depends on If you will have a smooth transition or a rough one In the beginning. I remember when I vegan I went through one hell of a detox. My diet before going vegan was hot pockets, fast food, regular soda, junk food and no exercise. So naturally, when I started giving my body what It craved I went through a detox period. I did lose some weight but I don’t think It was because I went Vegan I think It was because I went through a detox.

Just like for some people who go Vegan they do It for weight loss. This goes for Keto. If you think about It keto Is very similar to the Atkins diet that was popular many years ago. As for the rocky start, you might have brain fog, tiredness, and soreness. These symptoms are natural as your body Is detoxing and your body Is getting used to burning fat as energy Instead of carbs. Your body should detox for a few days and once your done detoxing your body should start feeling more and more normal over time. If you still feel off after 2-3 weeks go and talk to your doctor to make sure nothing serious Is wrong.

The Keto diet Isn’t for everybody. If you had a history of an eating disorder than this Isn’t for you. It’s so restrictive that It can mess with your daily interactions with food and a person’s relationship with food. Again always talk with your medical professional.

Now that you understand what Keto Is and why It Is so beneficial I am now going to talk about the Keto Reboot. The Keto Reboot Is a 60 Hour bone broth fast. It starts every 3rd Sunday of the month. Pictured blow Is what the Keto Reboot comes with.

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This next picture Is what the contents of the box look like.

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This next picture shows each product flavor.

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I did take a picture of the Ingredients for each product pictured above but It didn’t come out right and I forgot to fix It.

What I pictured Isn’t what comes with the Reboot Itself. As you probably read the box It comes with Keto Kalm (2 chocolate 1 Caramel Apple), 4 Better Broth ( 2 Keto Thyme and 2 Salted Caramel), 4 Keto//OS Max (2 Caffeine and 2 Caffeine free Raspberry Lemonade), and 10 Signal//OS Capsules. You get all of this for $79.00+ $9 for ground shipping.

Like I mentioned I had to switch some Items out due to food allergies. I have 4 regular (caffeine max) because my sister can’t handle the caffeine (roughly 90mg) and she doesn’t drink tea so she gave me all of her Keto Kalm. As for the bone broth. The keto Thyme has chicken In It and due to food allergies, I can’t have chicken so my sister gave me all of her Salted Caramel and I gave her all of my Keto Thyme.

My sister asked her friend who Is familiar with the Reboot and she said It’s okay to switch anything out that you can’t have. For the Signal//OS Capsules If you have a mushroom allergy, It’s okay not to take the pills. Also If you don’t like drinking tea It’s okay to not drink the tea. The tea Is designed to relax your mind and body before bed so you can get a more restful sleep and also while you sleep It helps the Ketones do their thing so you can get optimal results.

The Keto Reboot starts every 3rd Sunday of the month. Sunday you will eat normally. and at 8pm It starts. Here Is the thing depending on your schedule you can start It. For me, I don’t go to bed until 1-2 so I’ll stop eating at 10 pm and around midnight I’ll drink the Keto Kalm.

The schedule I am about to give Is the schedule that they prefer you to follow. I don’t follow the schedule because I go to bed late and I wake up late. But upon me waking up I will make the raspberry Keto//OS max. Then maybe around 2 I will take the Capsules. Around 4 I will have the Keto Broth (Salted Caramel). Then around 5, I will drink another Keto//OS max. I know 180 mg of caffeine may seem like a lot. But for me, It Is not. Then around 8 or 9, I will have another Salted Caramel Bone Broth. And finally around 11 I will drink the Keto Kalm and take the capsules.

The schedule I mentioned above Is the schedule I will follow for the entire reboot. I know It will be hard going without food but for me, It shouldn’t be a problem (hopefully) because I did Intermittent fasting and I went almost 16 hours a day without food. So hopefully I will survive. My sister has NEVER done a detox before. She Is excited and nervous. She also Is saying that she won’t last a whole day without food. But she Is looking forward to losing the bloat and water weight as am I.

There Is a 3 day period where you have to slowly ease back Into food. You are allowed to do LIGHT exercises like yoga or light stretches. Make sure you get In plenty of water. I know duh right?

And to finish off this post I’m going to list symptoms you may experience during the Keto Reboot.

Oily Skin~ Is probably the first thing you’ll notice don’t worry It’s toxins leaving your body

Headaches~I know during detoxes I experience headaches mainly due to the lack of caffeine. If you drink high amounts of caffeine or eat tons of sugar you will most likely experience headaches.

Sweat~If you sweat don’t worry Sweat helps your organs to engage in eliminating toxins.

Cold~Your body Is conserving energy because It realizes something Is going on.

Emotional~ It could be because your liver Is detoxing and that Is a side effect of a liver detox or maybe because you can’t eat.

Euphoria~ Once you come close to the end of the reboot and your body Is now burning fat Instead of sugar you might feel strong and motivated.

There are a lot more symptoms you could have but the ones I mentioned are the most common ones and ones I’ve experienced In the past.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Dogs

In yesterday’s post, I briefly mentioned that I give my dogs ACV every other day for overall health. I also mentioned that my next post would be dedicated to apple cider vinegar and the benefits It has for our dog friends. It wasn’t until recently when I asked a friend for advice On why my dogs weren’t pooing he told me I should give them. My friend mentioned apple cider vinegar (ACV) because It helps with any constipation the dog may have. And I admit my dogs had more cheese and people food (dog-friendly people food) than normal. I cut out cheese, held back on the treats per my friends’ advice and I gave my Pitbull 2 cap fulls and my Beabull 1 cap full of ACV and by the next morning, they were back to regular.

DISCLAIMER: I just want to mention what I do for my dogs doesn’t mean you have to do the same. We as dog parents know what’s best for our men/woman’s best friend. Over the last couple of years, I have researched all things related to dog health and how to help cure something naturally. My dogs go to the vet for their once a year check up sometimes more If I feel something Is seriously wrong and they are In good health. I am what you call an overprotective dog mom that Is one of those women who spends unnecessarily on things that my dogs don’t even like. Please don’t feel the need to do what I do for my dogs. What I do for my dogs have been researched and talked about with their vet and my friend who knows a thing or two about animals. If you want to add anything to your dogs’ diet you can do so at any age but ALWAYS and I can’t stress this enough ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR VET ABOUT CHANGING YOUR DOGS DIET! AND ALWAYS SPEAK UP TO THE VET YOUR VET WON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP YOUR DOG IF YOU DON’T TELL HIM/HER WHAT IS WRONG AND TALK ABOUT ANY CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE BE THE ADVOCATE FOR YOUR DOG SINCE YOUR DOG CAN’T PHYSICALLY SPEAK!

Okay so ACV has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Mainly It was for why humans should take one shot of ACV each morning. The benefits of taking a shot of ACV Is one of those what do I have to lose type things. I love ACV over white vinegar so I always have a bottle In my home. Before I took my daily shot of ACV I did my research. And research showed me that It’s worthy to add to my daily morning routine. The same benefits It has for humans It has for dogs.

ACV Is also gaining popularity for dogs. ACV has been around for thousands of years and Is commonly used for home remedies. ACV Is cheap. The one I get Is by Bragg. Here Is a link to the one I use for myself and my dogs. I buy mine from Walmart for $6.00. http://bragg.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

One thing Is to make sure that the ACV you get Is Unfiltered and Organic. The link I provided Is the company I get from Walmart here Is another link for ACV that you can also buy from Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Organic-Raw-Unfiltered-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-32-fl-oz/54891542 I’ve used the Walmart brand before and It’s not bad I just like what I like.

It’s easy to see what people think ACV Is a “cure-all”. I admit before I started taking an ACV shot I felt bloated and kinda sluggish. Since taking one shot of ACV every day I started feeling less bloated and “regular” If I thought I was regular before well I was wrong. ACV has simple Ingredients that you don’t have to worry about any nasty Ingredients or additives.

If you are reading this and you made It this far then chances are If you look In your cabinet you will find ACV In your cabinet.

Apple cider vinegar is brewed using yeast and bacteria to turn the sugars in apple juice into alcohol, and then into acetic acid.

Acetic acid is the pungent sour taste we think of as “vinegary”.

Then manufacture goes in one of two directions: either the vinegar is filtered and pasteurized (this is the stuff we usually find in grocery stores), or it’s left raw: unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Raw cider vinegar is often advertised as still containing the “mother”.

Mother of vinegar is a cobweb-like substance formed of yeast and bacteria from the fermentation process, and small quantities of cellulose and proteins.

It gives vinegar a cloudy appearance, and according to manufacturers who promote apple cider vinegar as a health supplement, it’s the best bit.

  1. Ear Infections? I personally haven’t tried this on my dog but my friend did do this to me when I had an ear Infection last year. The Instructions I’m giving Is what he did to me and when I researched It Is also what you would do If your dog suffers from ear Infections.
  1. Make a mixture of equal parts distilled water and apple cider vinegar.
  2. Soak cotton balls in the mixture.
  3. Swab your ear(s) depending If you have an Infection In both ears. Going only as far as you can see, Until the cotton ball comes out clean
  4. Dry the ear with a clean cotton pad or cotton ball, as damp ears are associated with ear irritation and infections.
  5. Always check your dogs’ ears before using ACV to make sure your dogs’ ears aren’t raw. DO NOT DO IF YOUR DOGS EARS ARE RAW!

2. Does your dog suffer from Itchy skin? My Pitbull during his summer allergies always has Itchy skin and I started giving him what Is called an ACV rinse or wash. Here are the Instructions.

  1. Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water to make a post-bath rinse.
  2. Bathe your dog as usual and, after thoroughly rinsing the shampoo from your dog’s coat, pour the ACV mixture over your dog, carefully avoiding his eyes.
  3. Do not rinse; towel dry your dog until damp and then let dry naturally.
  4. Another option is misting diluted or undiluted ACV onto your dog’s fur immediately before brushing to help give his coat a beautiful, healthy shine.

3. Does your dog have Irritated paws? I don’t personally do this for my Pitbull because I currently use something else and once that’s done I’ll do this. If you are Interested In doing this for your dog here Is how to do It.

  1. Mix two parts water and one part apple cider vinegar in a large bowl or bathtub.
  2. Soak the irritated paws for up to five minutes each.
  3. Don’t rinse, but do ensure you thoroughly dry your dog’s paws after soaking

4. Treat hot spots with ACV. Hot spots are places that your dog licks and scratches excessively. My Pitbull suffers from hot spots during the spring and summer because he has sensitive skin. You can treat hot spots with ACV but first what I do Is I treat his hot spots with hot spot treatment here Is the link for what I use. I get mine from my local pet store for way more than I care to admit. So I found you the same thing I use just 1000 times cheaper.

https://www.chewy.com/naturvet-aller-911-allergy-aid-anti/dp/45284?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=NaturVet&utm_term=&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5LbWBRDCARIsALAbcOeeGpFPXOOYZwjx6Bdn7watGymInk577zSLjAmUmlY1AR6Of8Q04tkaAvl1EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

After I start with the anti-lick I wait for his paws to heal up then I use ACV to help his paws along the rest of the way. Here Is what I do.

  1. Mix one part water to one part ACV in a medium bowl or container.
  2. Dip a sponge or cotton ball into the mixture, ensuring it’s fully saturated.
  3. Sponge or dab the mixture onto the affected area on your dog.
  4. Reapply daily as needed until the affected area has shown improvement.
  5. Never apply ACV to open wounds or extremely raw skin.

5. ACV can help with your dogs’ joints. I personally don’t give my dogs ACV for this particular reason but since I still give It to them It still benefits them. To keep my dogs’ joints young and youthful I give them CBD oil. If you want to give your dog an ACV compress here Is how you do it.

  1. Warm a small portion of undiluted ACV in the microwave.
  2. Soak a compress or folded washcloth in the mixture until saturated.
  3. Apply the compress directly to the dog’s joints.

ACV can also help If your dog suffers from arthritis. Like I mentioned before I add 1 cap full In my Beabulls water and 2 cap fulls for my Pitbull. I do this every other day or whenever I remember to grab It from the kitchen. So they get It at least 4-5 times a week. My dogs reacted well to It and they have no problem drinking their water with the ACV added In. If your dog doesn’t drink the water that you added ACV to It always have another bowl of plain water so that way your dog won’t get dehydrated.

6. This Is the main reason why I give my dogs ACV and It’s for digestion. I also mentioned this a few times already that my dogs suffered from constipation. My friend told me to add ACV and by the next morning, they were back to normal. I’ve mentioned this already but just Incase you missed It for my Beabull I add 1 cap full and for my Pitbull, I had 2 cap fulls every other day. You can add It to your dogs’ food. But I know my dogs and I know they wouldn’t eat their food If I added ACV so I add It To their water.

7. Help with your dogs’ dandruff. I honestly never thought of using ACV for dandruff. I always reach for the burts bees oatmeal shampoo I have for the dogs. If you’re Interested In doing this here Is how you do It.

  1. Bathe your dog, as usual, rinsing well.
  2. Pour undiluted ACV directly onto your dog’s fur.
  3. Thoroughly distribute ACV throughout the fur by massaging lightly with a dog grooming glove.
  4. Rinse well once again to remove all traces of ACV.

8. Helps with UTI.

  1. Mix the suggested portion of ACV into your dog’s food or water bowl daily.
  2. Suggested dosage for treating UTIs is:
    • 1 teaspoon for small dogs (under 30 lbs.)
    • 1 tablespoon for medium dogs (30 to 80 lbs.)
    • 2 tablespoons for large dogs (more than 80 lbs.)
  3. Add the ACV directly to your dog’s water dish or sprinkle over or mix with food.
  4. Provide an alternate water dish without ACV when mixing with water in case your dog drinks less due to the addition of ACV in the other dish.

There are TONS more benefits of adding ACV to your dogs routine. Please, no rude comments your comment will be deleted and you will be blocked. I only write about positivity and helpful Information. If you are curious how to get your dog(s) started with ACV to their diet feel free to comment or message me on any links that I provide and I will more than happy to help you.

There are no affiliate links and everything mentioned In today’s post I paid with my own money.

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CBD (Hemp) Oil for Pets

Today I will be talking about something that to some might be quite controversial. Today’s post Is about CBD oil for your pets and what benefits It has for your pets. I will talk about what CBD oil Is and what benefits are for your pets for long-term health. At the end of this post, I will be posting 3 pictures of the brand of CBD oil I use for my dogs. It’s 100% Organic,Non-GMO, Gluten- Free, All natural& Organic Hemp Oil.  I paid $37.00 with no tax For 1 fluid oz. Of product. And that Is a 30 day supply for 1 single dog. I have 2 dogs that I use It for and my sister uses It for 2 of her cats. Let’s just say the bottle Is almost empty.

DISCLAIMER: CBD Oil may not be for every pet. Obviously, check with your vet and do your own research. I did my own research Into It and I felt comfortable buying It. Please, no rude comments I will delete your comment and you will be blocked. I’m here to give my opinion on It and why I think you should add It to your pets vitamin routine.

The first thing I am going to mention Is what CBD Oil Is.

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. Researchers have been looking at the potential therapeutic uses of CBD.

Oils that contain concentrations of CBD are known as CBD oils. The concentration and uses of different oils vary.

what I mentioned above Is simple and straight to the point of what It Is. If you want a more scientific compound you can always google It? Or I can just put It here but I won’t since the post would be super long. Here Is a link explaining what CBD Is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol

The next thing when researching CBD oil Is It Marijuana? And the answer to that Is no and here Is what I found.

Until recently, the most well-known compound in cannabis was delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the most active ingredient in marijuana.

Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but the compounds have different effects.

THC is well-known for the mind-altering “high” it produces when broken down by heat and introduced into the body, such as when smoking the plant or cooking it into foods.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it does not change the state of mind of the person who uses it. However, it does appear to produce significant changes in the body and has been found to have medical benefits.

Most of the CBD used medicinally is found in the least processed form of the cannabis plant, known as hemp.

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, but they are very different.

Over the years, marijuana farmers have selectively bred their plants to be very high in THC and other compounds that interested them, either for a smell or an effect they had on the plant’s flowers.

On the other hand, hemp farmers have not tended to modify the plant. It is these hemp plants that are used to create CBD oil.

So for me, I felt comfortable In that Info and I went ahead to research the benefits what CBD oil for dogs.  I do get laughed at or questioned what I do something for my dogs. Recently I started adding 2 Tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar every other day to my dog’s water. I won’t talk about that today that Itself deserves It own post because there are TONS of benefits to giving your pets ACV. I will give 1 reason and the reason that I started giving my dogs ACV Is that they both where suffering from constipation and I was looking for a more natural way to cure It. My friend came over and explained to me how much to give them and when to give It to them. I did and let me tell you by the very next afternoon they were back to normal.

So here Is the part that most of you scrolled to or have been waiting to read and that Is what are the freaking benefits of CBD oil for your dogs. There are benefits for cats as well but since I only personally own dogs the benefits are for dogs unless I state otherwise.

Here are some testimonials I found while doing research.

A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back …

A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved

  1. CBD oil reduces anxiety In dogs and can help with separation problems. My Beabull has both. When I take my Pitbull for a walk or a trip to the vet without him he barks like almost yelling. Now when I give him his daily dose he Is calm and playful not anxious when I leave without. I am working with him to be my emotional support dog so hopefully, with training and CBD oil, he’ll be ready full the public full time.

2. CBD and other substances found in hemp and cannabis have been found to have an anti-tumor effect. CBD has even been shown to stop cancer cells from growing and increased tumor cell death.

1.CBD helps the immune system’s killer cells to cause cancer cell death.

2.CBD kills cancer cells by blocking their ability to produce energy.

3.CBD’s anti-tumor properties slow and inhibit glioma cell growth.

4.CBD can help increase the efficacy of conventional cancer treatment

Those benefits do the same for humans. Who wouldn’t want to prevent cancer cells from growing or stop cancer all together?

3. CBD oil can prevent Seizures Epilsey It’s estimated that up to 5% of dogs suffer from seizures. Most dogs with seizures are put on drugs such as phenobarbital and potassium bromide. While they may help control the seizures, they can be extremely harmful to your dog’s liver and other organs. And the drugs don’t work in all cases.

CBD has been shown to work well in drug-resistant epilepsy. In one study, 7 of 8 patients with epilepsy that was resistant to drugs saw a definite improvement within 4 to 5 months of taking CBD.

4. It helps relieve pain. If your dog suffers from arthritis or If your dog got Injured or just had surgery CBD oil can naturally help relieve the pain without you having to give your pet pain medication. Honestly, I wish I knew CBD oil was a thing last summer when my Pitbull had surgery. I felt so bad giving him pain medication that he didn’t even want. If I knew about CBD I would’ve gladly spent the money.

5. Helps with appetite. When a dog loses their appetite, it can be hard to know the reason why. Majority of the time, however, they lose it due to nausea. As a human, we won’t eat when we feel like that unless we take something to alleviate the digestive issue and receive pain relief. CBD can do this for your pet. Again If I knew about CBD I would’ve gotten this sooner for my dogs because like I said when my Pitbull had surgery he lost his appetite and I had to entice him to eat.

6. Helps with cardiovascular and other diseases. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Autoimmune Disease, Neurodegenerative Disease, and Cardiovascular Disease.

7. Can help prevent/Treat Diabetes. I have a Beabull he Is a mix of Beagle/ English Bulldog with those 2 breeds he Is prone to diabetes. I give my 2 dogs a relatively healthy diet with organic fruits, veggies and good herbs like turmeric, parsley, basil, Himalayan sea salt, chia seeds, hemp seeds and cinnamon. I’m very fortunate that because of the things I do for them that they are healthy at almost 8 years old.

8.Helps with allergies. I don’t know about your dog(s) but my dogs suffer from seasonal allergies. My Beabull Isn’t as bad just some runny eyes and sneezing. My Pitbull, however, SUFFERS BAD! His chest gets red, he breaks out in hives, he licks his paws raw, he sneezes and you know what seasonal allergies bring. I can treat him for his allergies but CBD oil can help more by calming him so he won’t be focused on his itching and uncomfortableness.

9.Sleep. I don’t give CBD oil for my dogs to sleep because they know once I go to bed the come with me and they fall to sleep with me. I give 1 daily dose of CBD oil usually midday and It calms both dogs down for the rest of the day. I am able to take my Beabull for a walk and not have him chase every car or bird he sees and I can walk my Pitbull with or without CBD. I mainly give my Pitbull CBD for preventative health. Like I said I’m VERY fortunate that they are healthy.

10. Training. I mentioned earlier that I am training my Beabull to be my Emotional Support dog. So when I give him his CBD oil It calms him and we can work on whatever training Is on the schedule for that day.

11. Supplement. I give my dogs CBD oil for preventative health. It’s part of their daily routine with other beneficial things they get besides daily exercise and healthy treats.

12. No Side Effects. This Is the best part. If you follow the bottles Instructions there shouldn’t be any side effects unless If you give your dog too much. If you suspect that you did PLEASE call your vet right away. My dogs haven’t had any side effects because when I give them their drop I make sure It’s a drop sometimes a little more may drip off the applicator but that’s fine.

 I am all for Improving my pet’s overall health. If It’s going to benefit them and after some research, I approve and talking to a friend I’ll go out and buy It. I don’t want you to feel like you have to buy CBD oil for your dog after reading this. If your vet says that your dog Is In good health than don’t worry about It. I don’t listen to my vet very often (unless necessary) and I go with my doggie mom Instincts and I buy what I feel Is best for my dogs. I’ll admit I spend too much money on Items for my dogs that just went to waste. And I also want to say please talk to your vet, do your research and be your dog’s advocate. The vet can’t help you If you don’t tell Him/Her your concerns. I’m very fortunate that the vet my dogs see are very knowledgeable In all areas even veganism for dogs even though he disagreed with me (my dogs are no longer vegan) I did It anyway and they thrived until my Beabull became allergic to something and switched their food.
Here are 3 pictures of the CBD oil I buy for my Dogs and I guess also now my sisters’ cats. It’s $37.00 out of pocket. The CBD oil Is by the brand ests (earth science tech)

Here Is a link to the CBD oil I buy the prices online Is higher than what I pay In person at my natural foods store.

https://earthsciencetech.com/product/pre-order-ships-2-13-18-1-ounce-strawberry-unfiltered-high-grade-hemp-pet-cbd-250mg-cbd-oil/

I do hope you stick around as I put out sometimes shitty content (SOMETIMES) other times I mean to post educational, Informative things than I just don’t. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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