Protein Shake – Nutty Apple Cinnamon

The Protein Shake

A while back I had learned that changing my diet to a more alkaline diet was beneficial to my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  My inflammation improved, my fatigue improved, and my overall state of well being improved.  When I first made the “switch” it was a bit overwhelming because I felt like all I was doing was preparing food all day and that just wasn’t something I had time for each and every day.  That all changed when I came across the Arbonne 30 Days To Healthy Living Program.  You can read more information on an alkaline diet at this post, Healthy Food For Rheumatoid Arthritis,” as well as this post, “Alkaline Broth for RA.” protein shake

Diet versus Lifestyle 

One of the things I love about this “diet”, (I don’t really like calling it a diet because it is more of a lifestyle change.) is the protein shake or as Arbonne calls them, meal replacement shakes.  In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical since every protein shake I had ever tried in the past tasted awful.  Not these shakes!  The Arbonne meal replacement shake and the Arbonne recovery shakes, (the recovery shakes are for after your workout) are delicious!  One of my favorite go-to’s is the Nutty Apple Cinnamon Shake, O.M.G.!  So Good! (See recipe below)

Meal Replacement Shakes

The Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Program has you eating 4-6 meals a day and 2 of those meals are the meal replacement shakes which makes my mornings quick and easy!  Mornings are busy for me so throwing a few ingredients into my blender and voila, I’m ready to go. Another time of day that works well for me is later in the afternoon, around that 3:00 PM time when I tend to start feeling a little hungry before dinner.protein shake






The Basic Shake ingredients include:

2 scoops of Arbonne Protein plus 1/2 scoop to 1 scoop of Arbonne fiber boost

1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk or water.  I prefer almond milk.  Additionally, I add ice.

Optional to add is 1/2 – 1 scoop of Arbonne Greens Balance, which I do use regularly as I’m not a great greens eater.

Then Mix!

For the Meal replacement shakes you should always a healthy fat, like avocado, a nut butter, raw nuts, flax seeds etc.

You should also always add veggies, like spinach (my favorite go-to), kale, collard greens etc.  Fresh or frozen can be used.

You can then add many different types of fruits to your shake.  Be sure to use low GI fruits in your meal replacement shakes and you can use higher GI fruits in your work out recovery shakes.

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Here is the recipe for one my favorites.

Nutty Apple Cinnamon

2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla Protein Power

1/2 scoop Arbonne Fiber Boost

Healthy Fat


1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 sour green apple, sliced

Ground cinnamon, to taste

1 Tbsp. raw pecans; or slivered/sliced raw almonds.  The pecans are delish in this shake!

Add ice to taste and blend.


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Amazing Benefits of Curcumin

amazing benefits of curcumin

Amazing Benefits of Curcumin


What is Curcumin?

Curcumin is a compound of the root turmeric, which is grown in India and Southeastern Asia, or there is this definition I found on Wiki.  In ground form, is the most common use of the turmeric root, as a spice in food preparation.  Though studies have shown that turmeric has many health benefits, the compound, curcumin is the meat of the health benefits.

Amazing Benefits of Curcumin

Curcumin is said to only be in about 2% of the turmeric root so if you are taking turmeric alone, you will need to take large amounts, in fact, you probably couldn’t get enough of the turmeric in your system!  Health benefits found in the root compound include control of; inflammation, pain, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and skin health, among many others.  Some studies have shown that curcumin even has an anticancer effect!

amazing benefits of curcumin

The Best Way To Get Your Curcumin Dose

The best way to get your amazing benefits of curcumin is in supplement form. There are many companies both online and off that offer curcumin, however, there are things to look for before purchasing.

First and foremost, read the label.  Your curcumin supplement should show that it has a minimum standardized to 95%, curcuminoids, Better yet, a minimum standardized 95%, Tetra-hydro-curcuminoids allows all the active curcumin to enter your bloodstream immediately.

Think of it this way, curcumin is ingested, it must be broken down, this can take a few hours when you ingest a minimum standardized to 95%, curcuminoids supplement.  However, if your supplement has a minimum standardized to 95% Tetra-hydro-curcuminoids, it has already been broken down, therefore, the active curcumin enters your system right away!

The next thing to look for is that your supplement states it is delivered via oil.  Curcumin is fat-soluble and therefore needs a fat-soluble oil to deliver it to your system for quick absorption.  Black cumin seed oil is a good choice since the black cumin seed also supports the immune system.

Finally, your supplement should contain supporting ingredients such as ginger. Ginger has many of the same benefits as curcumin since it is in the same family group as turmeric.  Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, reduces pain and supports the immune system.

My Recommended Supplement

Out of the many curcumin supplements available today, I have found one that hits the mark for me.

Smarter nutrition Curcumin works quickly, for some people; within days or up to 2 weeks.  I began taking this supplement and within a week my rheumatoid symptoms of inflammation and pain dramatically decreased.  Let me know your results of this amazing supplement!





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Alright, it has to be said, the information in this post is not presented by a medical practitioner!  You should always seek medical advice from a trusted health care provider.  Furthermore, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; however, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms.

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Essential Oils For Rheumatoid Arthritis


Essential Oils for rheumatoid arthritis

Essential Oils For Rheumatoid Arthritis


What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis, (RA) is an autoimmune disease.  A healthy immune systems primary job is to search out any harmful bacteria and viruses.  When an infection is present our immune system jumps into action and produces antibodies to fight it off.

When we have RA, our immune system mistakenly thinks we have an infection, and so, the antibodies attack our healthy joints.  This, in turn, causes inflammation, swelling, pain and in the long run, debilitating joint deformation as well as, problems in the circulatory and respiratory systems.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease with no cure at the moment.  The treatment for RA is to slow the progression of the disease with medications, symptom relief, and lifestyle changes. A very important lifestyle change is to keep your body pH level alkaline by following an alkaline diet versus an acidic diet. The use of essential oils can help with that!


essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis


What are Essential Oils?

First off, the link below will explain the scientific definition of essential oils, much better than I ever could.  In short, essential oils are the compounds found in a plant’s leaves, stems, and roots, as well as, other parts of the plant.  The compounds give plants their smells too!  This, in turn, makes them a great choice for aromatherapy.  Essential oils have been used for 1,000’s of years in food preparation, skin care, as well as medicinally.  For example, in treating symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation.

Read the full article, what are Essential Oils?




Essential Oils  For Rheumatoid Arthritis And Their Benefits

There are many essential oils that have been found to help with RA symptoms. Below, I will introduce you to three “ESSENTIAL” oils for rheumatoid arthritis that I find very helpful. Popular essential oils for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers include Basil, Cypress, and Marjoramessential oils for rheumatoid arthritis


  • Basil-   Steam distilling the plants leaves gives us the Basil oil.  Basil is an anti-inflammatory and used often for rheumatism.  Applying topically with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil will prevent skin sensitivities.  Apply Basil to the bottom of the feet, behind the ears and on the ankles.
  • Cypress-   Cypress is an anti-rheumatic.  Steam distilling the plants leaves produce the Cypress oil. Use a carrier oil with the Cypress to the affected area.  Cypress essential oil helps with chronic pain, swelling, and circulation.
  • Marjoram-  Marjoram is calming and soothing. Steam distilling the plant produce the essential oils. Apply Marjoram topically with a carrier oil to the distressed area.


Topical use of pure anti-inflammatory essential oils will support joint health. You can visit my Doterra website to purchase your own essential oils. You can purchase individually or become a rep yourself and enjoy discounted prices.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

This is a must-have book to learn about what essential oils can do for you.




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Alright, it has to be said, the information in this post is not presented by a medical practitioner!  You should always seek medical advice from a trusted health care provider.  Furthermore, there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis; however, there are ways to help alleviate the symptoms.


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Preparing For Disability And How To Do It

Preparing for disability

Preparing For Disability

I never put much thought into preparing for disability.  Sure, I put thought into preparing for retirement, but preparing for disability?  Nope.  Since I have become one of those that need to prepare for disability I have spent some regretful moments in my own thoughts.  “How could I have not thought about this?”  “Am I the only one that never thought of this?”  Again, nope.  I have found that I’m not the only one.  ( I guess right here would be a great spot for an insurance agent that sells disability insurance to place an ad!)

On a side note here, when I say preparing for disability, I am not talking about how to prepare to get disability.  Although, that will also be something I will more than likely need to do.  Medical records, filling out forms, attorney help etc.


Looking At The Numbers

It is a given that once approved for disability you will only be receiving a fraction of your current income.  So how the heck are you supposed to live on that?  For me, it would be impossible at the moment.  I am a 58-year-old single mom of 3.  My 2 oldest kids are in their early 30’s and my youngest just turned 18.  I am self-employed, paid on commission and unfortunately, I am without insurance. (Thank you ObamaCare).  I have made a pretty good income in my career.  However, in the past 10 years, I have had lots of out of pocket expenses for my medical care. I cared for my mom for a short period of time before she passed away from Cancer. Then spent 5 years caring for my dad with Alzheimer’s before he passed.  Not to mention a couple of divorces…

For the past 2 years, I have been thinking seriously about how to survive on disability as my physical body had started to spiral downward with my Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Have you ever had someone say to you, “Why don’t you just go on disability?”  Yep, well, I don’t think it quite works like that.

Fellow RA Warriors

I reached out to some of my fellow RA Warriors and asked if any of them had the same thoughts I did.  Which were, is it even realistic to even consider being able to go on disability and live?  If so, how did you cope with it?  How did you do it?

Many of them said, “I didn’t have a choice.”  “I lost my home, my car and was homeless for a time.”  Some said, “I rely on my kids.” A few said, “I downsized.  I sold everything and live meagerly.”  Unanimously it was agreed that it was and is difficult.

preparing for disability

Preparing For Disability Now

If I have learned anything from my fellow RA Warriors, it is not to wait until you have no choice.  I found an article from that gave some insights for living on a disability allowance.  Downsizing seems to be a key element to get started on how to avoid losing a home, car and relying on your kids.  Although I would care for my mom and dad again without hesitation (if they were still here), I don’t want that for my kids.

We all know there is no cure for RA.  I am happy that I found some ways to relieve the symptoms of my rheumatoid arthritis naturally. I talk about some of these in my post 3 Best Tips For Combating Morning Hand Stiffness With RA and also The Best Healthy Foods For Rheumatoid Arthritis.

I am hopeful that I won’t have to live on a disability allowance but in the meantime, preparing now seems to be the smart way to go.  How have you prepared to live on disability?





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Alkaline Broth To Strengthen Your Immune System

alkaline broth

Alkaline Broth To Strengthen Your Immune System


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Alkaline broth and other alkaline foods are one of the best ways to strengthen your immune system.  By introducing an alkaline diet into your life you will help prevent low energy throughout your day, headaches, colds, flu and anxiety.  Many people will automatically shed unwanted body fat by introducing an alkaline diet into their life.  Foods to fill your plate include; green veggies like kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach, and broccoli.  Lean protein like wild fish, organic chicken or turkey, grass-fed beef, organic tofu, beans, and lentils.  good carbs like brown rice, quinoa, beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, and berries.  Good fat like seeds, nuts, nut butter, nut oils, olive oil, avocado, flax, grapeseed oil and coconut oil.



alkaline broth


Acid Food In your Diet

A diet that is high in acid will cause more fat to accumulate in our body.  Our body stores acid in fat cells.  Many people find that an alkaline diet helps them to shed unwanted fat.  Acidic foods to avoid are; grains, sugar, processed food, dairy, alcohol, coffee, vinegar and soy.



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When I began my alkaline diet plan, my goal was not to lose weight.  My goal was to reduce inflammation caused by the immune system reacting to Rheumatoid Arthritis.  After 2 weeks of switching to the alkaline diet, I began to lose weight automatically!  The inflammation I was experiencing from Rheumatoid arthritis decreased by about 90 percent.  Now that has to make anyone smile!

Alkaline Broth Ingredients

4 quarts spring water

(Add vegetables you like!) Example:

3 medium sweet potatoes, diced

4 carrots, cubed

2 medium onions, chopped

1 small beet, diced

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 bunch parsley, finely chopped

1 bunch kale or other green leafy vegetables

2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

2 bay leaves

1 sheet nori or kombu

Pinch of sage

For a little spice add a hot pepper

This is your alkaline broth so use the vegetables you love!  Be sure to use lots of greens like spinach, kale, and or collards and spice it up the way you like it!

alkaline broth


Wash and scrub all vegetables. Do not peel if organic.

Bring water to a boil. Add vegetables, bring back to a boil, then turn heat down to simmer. Cover the

pot. Simmer the veggies for several hours.

Remove a ⅔ cup of vegetables, blend in a blender, and mix with some broth to make a puree to eat with

meals or mix to thicken other soups/full of fiber. Strain the broth ~ it is alkaline and rich in minerals, especially

potassium, which can be flushed out of the body when taking extra liquids.

Sip broth between meals.

I would love to hear your experience with this alkaline broth.  There are so many recipes out there for alkaline broth, do you have a favorite?

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