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Monday, August 29, 2016

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Soup is on, babe! Can't hardly wait for lunch now. I am going to add the artichokes when it's nearly done for extra protein. #PaleoVegeo #veggienosh #cleaneating #colorfulfood #mamawholewellness #paleonourished #LoveBarbaraChristensen
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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This was my post vlogcast meal. I start the day with golden turmeric... Lovely warm goodness. Then had my lemon water while doing the vlogcast. Then onto juicy organic peaches, yogurt and a green smoothie. All grain free and all Paleo Vegeo approved! 🌿❤️🀘 #PaleoVegeo #lovenature #goodfood #nomnompeaches #paleonourished #joyfood
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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Protein mug brownie... Oh my!! It's almost as good as those double chocolate vegan cookies at Whole Foods. Shared it with my daughter because I really didn't need an entire 9 points to bust through my chocolate craving. I am almost a full week in to this. I was very anti the #smartpoints changes because I am a huge fan of healthy fats. That being said my #adrenals and keto are frenemies... So sad. So I thought I would give the WW plan a go to correct my macros without having to track all the small details. I would love your #paleo #vegan #vegetarian views on #WW if you're further into it than I am. I don't need any #21DF ideas, because I tried that and I am far too yellow all day long. :) Do you vegans and #vegetarians that don't eat tofu (and have nut and seed allergies) feel my pain? Personal nutritional truth. That's what my journey is about. So not a negatively post against that or keto, just not what works for me. Obviously regular paleo wasn't my perfect fit as well. #plantsfordays πŸ’š #PaleoVegeo #lovemyveggies #olympicnosh #LoveBarbaraChristensen #fitjourney
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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nu·tri·tion n(y)o͞oˈtriSH(Ι™)n/ noun the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. "a guide to good nutrition" food; nourishment. "a feeding tube gives her nutrition and water" synonyms: nourishment, nutriment, nutrients, sustenance, food; We need to really try to think about what we are putting into our bodies because as it says, NECESSARY for health!! What sort of #nutrition do you want to increase in your diet? I recommend going for more of the rainbow, rather than starting with focus on elimination of food groups. It is an easier transition.πŸ’š #plantstrong #PaleoVegeo #joyfood #NourishedWarriors #wholefoodlove #mamawholewellness #nourishment
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Veggies, shiitake, broth and garlic makes a lazy mommy happy. #fastdinner #PaleoVegeo #nomnom #mamawholewellness #t30 #food
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

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Women taking #antibiotics for 500 days over a 17 year period double their risk of breast cancer, so what about women that have been eating meat and drinking milk filled with antibiotics? Makes you want to make a change now, doesn't it. #PaleoVegeo #pegan #nourished #foodmatters #LoveBarbaraChristensen #mamawholewellness #t30
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Monday, August 8, 2016

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Lunch plus #mealprep means lunch is all figured out for the week. Green onions, yellow and orange peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and green chickpeas over a nice mix of greens. Mmmm. Once I add my dressing it will be a 5 point #PaleoVegeo lunch. Nom Nom!! #plantstrong
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Holistic Wellness Advocate

Feeling bloated?? 

Bloated? We become bloated from eating foods our body can't handle, from overindulgence the night before, or just from being out of alignment. This come from the knowledge of an ayurvedic practice, and once you get it, it's easy to see what in your daily life is causing you these issues.

Of course bloating is more likely to appear if you are anxious, stressed, or worried. It is all due to Vata imbalance. Any Vata balancing essential oil will help. Try peppermint, orange, rose, cinnamon, and basil. Also every morning before a meal after having a glass of warm water with lemon essential oil, or drink my amazing Kevita Copy Cat Probiotic beverage. It's full of the goodness that really starts your day off in a holistic way. And it tastes delish!! Don't get me wrong, I still buy the Kevita from time to time, but my pocketbook thanks me because if I am going to take a probiotic anyway, why not take it in the yummiest way possible? Thus, no need to go to the store. And it's Non-GMO · Vegan · No Sugar · Gluten-free ... JUST like the culture they use, and at $0.96 per day with a monthly order it's far less than the $2.99 per bottle if I just make it myself.

Kevita Copy Cat Probiotic Beverage I Paleo Vegeo I Vegan Probiotics

Probiotic Beverage Recipe

Lemon Cayenne Cleansing Probiotic Beverage

Ingredients:
16 oz filtered water
1 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 pinches Himalayan Salt
10 drops Lemon Drop Sweet Leaf Stevia
8 drops of Organic Lemon Essential Oil
1 (opened) capsule of of my vegan probiotic

Directions:
Blend and cool overnight and drink in the AM



DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.

How To Select A Healthy Meal Replacement Shake - The Top 10 Paleo Vegetarian Options

GMO Soy is not a Healthy Meal Replacement Shake

So let's start out with I believe to NOT be a healthy Paleo Vegetarian or Vegan meal replacement shake, or really a healthy choice for anyone. GMO or Isolated Soy protein are bad bad bad, and interfere with basic aspects of our own biochemistry. First among them are inhibitors that block trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes needed for protein digestion. They also contain haemagglutinin, which is a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, and goitrogens that depress thyroid function. I know a lot of you have had problems with thyroid that I've worked with. Also gmo-soy protein has one of the highest phytate levels out there, and is run through five different chemically toxic phases of production before it hits your protein shake. Non-GMO pea protein and cold-washed soy and tofu protein is far superior to this in each and every way!

The process that these companies use to deplete the "dangerous" isoflavones from the soy is where they take the soybean slurry material after it's been processed with the solvent, and it's subjected to a centrifuging process to form a liquor that is subsequently pasteurized. Sugars and other small molecular weight components may optionally be removed from the liquor using membrane ultrafiltration or another separation technique to increase the protein content of the soy protein product. The resulting retentate from the membrane ultrafiltration process is subjected to an adsorption process in which isoflavones are removed by adsorption. The resulting isoflavones-depleted soy protein material is-pasteurized and then is optionally spray dried. Take a look at the patent and see why I have only one soy product I have ever recommended... EVER!

Since I know after the holidays a lot of us look for meal replacement shakes I wanted to make sure you have this information. So many people look at a shake and see, WOW... look at all of that protein, and comparably it may look like a better shake. That's not always the case. You need to consider the ingredients. GMO-Soy should not be one of them no matter if you are just vegan or paleo vegan (pegan). If you are going to use a whole foods shake with soy, which soy is on the Whole 30 Vegan shopping list, then make it cold-washed organic, very very minimally processed soy like the Complete Shake which is the shake that I use. I like it because it's just whole foods, and prebiotics, although many may not feel it's "paleo" enough. I drink this shake daily along with a trio of whole foods capsules that I dump into water and drink. Bridging the gap where I need nutrition with my B Vitamin mutations. It's the only soy I will ever recommend. So you've heard it, and we'll move on.

Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I Select A Healthy Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake
Also for you athletes, stay away from sugar because it will inhibit the building of building muscles. Some of these shakes that claim to be healthy have 10 or more grams of sugar (like the Isagenix shake), and yet not one sign of real fruit, just fructose. Fructose can be worse for your insulin resistance than corn syrup is. Shakes that are sweetened with items like stevia, Luo Han Guo, coconut nectar or actual real natural vanilla will make sure your workout is match with the nutrition and not structured by sugar.

My top 10 choices of paleo meal replacement shakes, and why:

For those with any sort of major inability to detoxify, my first choice would be Mediclear SGS. This shake offers "enhanced liver support by adding sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals for effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes". And for those with CFS, Autism, Fibromyalgia, MTHFR... I recommend a shake that will push your body to actually detoxify - maybe even for the first time in your life. Like many of the vegan shakes this one has a sprouted brown rice protein in the mix, and so if you don't tolerate rice, then this may not be the shake for you. It does really detox so make sure you are up to it before you go in for it.

Second up, and a little bit less money would be Pure Green Protein. Non-GMO protein from Pea, Rice, Spirulina and Alfalfa are joined with four free amino acids (Lysine, Methionine, Threonine and Valine). It comes in natural, vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry. It has all of the proteins, and it has amazing bio-availability.

My third favorite meal replacement shake is Shakeology. It has all of the great super food nutrition, digestive support, hormone balancing, and is really tasty.  {Unless you are using the Vegan formula I no longer recommend this after seeing the FAQ below buried deep on their site ... which has now been replaced with just the Vegan Shakeology information. Here is an saved image}

" For those customers who do not want vitamin/mineral fortification, the Shakeology vegan formulas are an option as they are not fortified with added levels of vitamins or minerals."


INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood I Paleo Vegeo I Meal Replacement Shake Fourth up is the undenatured whey products. There is the Action Whey Grass Pastured shake in vanilla or chocolate which is just undenatured whey,MCTs medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, organic sweet whey, natural vanilla flavor, guar gum, sunflower seed lecithin, luo han guo juice concentrate, coconut oil powder and arabinogalactin extract. Boost the glutathione, but not as detoxifying and is vegetarian not vegan. Of course if you want just the undenatured whey and nothing more, get OnlyProtein Undenatured Whey. It is honestly just undenatured whey, nothing more and nothing less. Or if you want a full meal replacement shake go for the INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood. Comes in a triple chocolate brownie.. YUM! 100% Organic. 100% Natural. 100% Delicious! INVIGOR8's comprehensive + complete formula of 8 unique complexes include: Grass-Fed Whey Protein; Hormone-Free Colostrum; Balance of All 3 Essential Omega Fatty Acids from Chia + Flaxseed; Power-packed Greens from Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Chlorella; Plant Based Fiber to Keep Hunger at Bay; Clinically Tested Cognition Enhancers for Laser-Sharp Clarity; Natural Immunity Boosters to Support Your Fast-Paced Life; Restorative Digestive Aids to Increase Uptake of Nutrients; and the Perfect Balance of Dairy-Free Pre-Biotics & Pro-Biotics.

My husband uses plain old non-GMO pea protein. Just unflavored and unexciting. To the point. He's also the guy that just likes to lift heavy stuff, totally functional. It's very easy to digest, and so it makes it a good non-bloating morning shake. He uses the NOW brand most of the time. It's easy to pick up down the street on the way home. But my preference is LA protein if you are looking for a good non-gmo, gluten-free & grain-free vegan protein.  Designs For Health (company that makes PaleoMeal and PurePea) also has a 14 Day Detox Kit. This kit includes:
  • 1 - PaleoCleanse Powder
  • 1 - PurePea Vanilla Powder
  • 1 - Amino-D-Tox 90 capsules
  • 1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules
  • 1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide
  • 1 - Blender bottle
  • 1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials
They've used a combination of carefully selected products and a methodical, step-by-step diet plan in their design in order to introduce people to a healthy cleansing process without having to commit to a longer regimen. It is ideal for those with busy schedules or anyone new to the concept of detoxification.

I also love hemp protein, but I'm one of those that doesn't mind the "green" flavor of it. I do admit I like the dark chocolate hemp protein more than the others, but it's better in a mix of other items, like a big green smoothie. Lots of blueberries and more.

Finally I can't forget the Boku Super Protein. I originally ordered it last year from OpenSky. I love that place, I have gotten coconut charcoal for bbq'ing in the summer, and so many other amazing sustainable items. It's amazing. Check it out of you haven't ever browsed their store. The Boku is made with organic, sprouted bio-fermented, whole grain brown rice protein, organic cranberry protein, organic red dulse, and it does have that very "ricey" texture, but it's got a nice flavor with the maple syrup. Not a good source for after lifting weights though for that very reason.

However I want to end with what I believe is the best Paleo Vegan meal replacement shake, if you can wrap your head around it, and that is the Juice Plus Complete I talked about before. Even Whole 30 says complete soy and tufu is okay. Complete is gluten-free, it's certified non-gmo, and it's just whole foods. It's also why I use the Juice Plus Capsules. They are encapsulated in vegetarian capsules, so I open them and dump the contents into a little warm water and drink them, my husband adds it to his smoothie.

But my daily protein is the Life's Abundance because it is grain-free, vegan, non-gmo and purely made. The best protein shake I have ever had... and as you can see I have tried them all! This protein is ideal for pre or post workouts, first thing in the morning is when I use it, or whenever you need a healthy boost of energy from protein or a quick on-the-go snack like when I know I have to run errands after taking my daughter to swimming.

Healthy Meal Replacement Shake - Especially for the Paleo Vegetarian I Grain Free Protein


It really does have the most amazing taste and texture.. which is unlike any other vegan shake I have seen. With the blender bottles it mixes easily with water into a silky smooth snack. I use it in my coconut yogurt recipe, it can be used in your protein pancakes as an additionally delicious way to increase protein. And of course while so many other protein powders use sunflower oil (high in omega-6 fatty acids) this plant based protein contains non-GMO coconut oil powder, which is a great source of beneficial fatty acids that are easily absorbed. In addition, this health-promoting oil adds to the delicious taste and smooth texture of this blend. Order a sample, and see what you think.

So there you have it... you know the shakes that have rotated through my pantry... usually there is at least one of the above in there.




DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.

How To Select A Healthy Meal Replacement Shake - The Top 10 Paleo Vegetarian Options

GMO Soy is not a Healthy Meal Replacement Shake

So let's start out with I believe to NOT be a healthy Paleo Vegetarian or Vegan meal replacement shake, or really a healthy choice for anyone. GMO or Isolated Soy protein are bad bad bad, and interfere with basic aspects of our own biochemistry. First among them are inhibitors that block trypsin and chymotrypsin, enzymes needed for protein digestion. They also contain haemagglutinin, which is a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, and goitrogens that depress thyroid function. I know a lot of you have had problems with thyroid that I've worked with. Also gmo-soy protein has one of the highest phytate levels out there, and is run through five different chemically toxic phases of production before it hits your protein shake. Non-GMO pea protein and cold-washed soy and tofu protein is far superior to this in each and every way!

The process that these companies use to deplete the "dangerous" isoflavones from the soy is where they take the soybean slurry material after it's been processed with the solvent, and it's subjected to a centrifuging process to form a liquor that is subsequently pasteurized. Sugars and other small molecular weight components may optionally be removed from the liquor using membrane ultrafiltration or another separation technique to increase the protein content of the soy protein product. The resulting retentate from the membrane ultrafiltration process is subjected to an adsorption process in which isoflavones are removed by adsorption. The resulting isoflavones-depleted soy protein material is-pasteurized and then is optionally spray dried. Take a look at the patent and see why I have only one soy product I have ever recommended... EVER!

Since I know after the holidays a lot of us look for meal replacement shakes I wanted to make sure you have this information. So many people look at a shake and see, WOW... look at all of that protein, and comparably it may look like a better shake. That's not always the case. You need to consider the ingredients. GMO-Soy should not be one of them no matter if you are just vegan or paleo vegan (pegan). If you are going to use a whole foods shake with soy, which soy is on the Whole 30 Vegan shopping list, then make it cold-washed organic, very very minimally processed soy like the Complete Shake which is the shake that I use. I like it because it's just whole foods, and prebiotics, although many may not feel it's "paleo" enough. I drink this shake daily along with a trio of whole foods capsules that I dump into water and drink. Bridging the gap where I need nutrition with my B Vitamin mutations. It's the only soy I will ever recommend. So you've heard it, and we'll move on.

Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I Select A Healthy Paleo Vegan or Vegetarian Meal Replacement Shake
Also for you athletes, stay away from sugar because it will inhibit the building of building muscles. Some of these shakes that claim to be healthy have 10 or more grams of sugar (like the Isagenix shake), and yet not one sign of real fruit, just fructose. Fructose can be worse for your insulin resistance than corn syrup is. Shakes that are sweetened with items like stevia, Luo Han Guo, coconut nectar or actual real natural vanilla will make sure your workout is match with the nutrition and not structured by sugar.

My top choices of paleo meal replacement shakes, and why:

For those with any sort of major inability to detoxify, my first choice would be Mediclear SGS. This shake offers "enhanced liver support by adding sulforaphane glucosinolate (SGS) a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals for effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes". And for those with CFS, Autism, Fibromyalgia, MTHFR... I recommend a shake that will push your body to actually detoxify - maybe even for the first time in your life. Like many of the vegan shakes this one has a sprouted brown rice protein in the mix, and so if you don't tolerate rice, then this may not be the shake for you. It does really detox so make sure you are up to it before you go in for it.

Second up, and a little bit less money would be Pure Green Protein. Non-GMO protein from Pea, Rice, Spirulina and Alfalfa are joined with four free amino acids (Lysine, Methionine, Threonine and Valine). It comes in natural, vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry. It has all of the proteins, and it has amazing bio-availability.

My third favorite meal replacement shake is Shakeology. It has all of the great super food nutrition, digestive support, hormone balancing, and is really tasty.  {Unless you are using the Vegan formula I no longer recommend this after seeing the FAQ below buried deep on their site ... which has now been replaced with just the Vegan Shakeology information. Here is an saved image}

" For those customers who do not want vitamin/mineral fortification, the Shakeology vegan formulas are an option as they are not fortified with added levels of vitamins or minerals."


INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood I Paleo Vegeo I Meal Replacement Shake Fourth up is the undenatured whey products. There is the Action Whey Grass Pastured shake in vanilla or chocolate which is just undenatured whey,MCTs medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, organic sweet whey, natural vanilla flavor, guar gum, sunflower seed lecithin, luo han guo juice concentrate, coconut oil powder and arabinogalactin extract. Boost the glutathione, but not as detoxifying and is vegetarian not vegan. Of course if you want just the undenatured whey and nothing more, get OnlyProtein Undenatured Whey. It is honestly just undenatured whey, nothing more and nothing less. Or if you want a full meal replacement shake go for the INVIGOR8 - Nutritional Shake & Organic Superfood. Comes in a triple chocolate brownie.. YUM! 100% Organic. 100% Natural. 100% Delicious! INVIGOR8's comprehensive + complete formula of 8 unique complexes include: Grass-Fed Whey Protein; Hormone-Free Colostrum; Balance of All 3 Essential Omega Fatty Acids from Chia + Flaxseed; Power-packed Greens from Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Alfalfa, Chlorella; Plant Based Fiber to Keep Hunger at Bay; Clinically Tested Cognition Enhancers for Laser-Sharp Clarity; Natural Immunity Boosters to Support Your Fast-Paced Life; Restorative Digestive Aids to Increase Uptake of Nutrients; and the Perfect Balance of Dairy-Free Pre-Biotics & Pro-Biotics.

My husband uses plain old non-GMO pea protein. Just unflavored and unexciting. To the point. He's also the guy that just likes to lift heavy stuff, totally functional. It's very easy to digest, and so it makes it a good non-bloating morning shake. He uses the NOW brand most of the time. It's easy to pick up down the street on the way home. But my preference is LA protein if you are looking for a good non-gmo, gluten-free & grain-free vegan protein.  Designs For Health (company that makes PaleoMeal and PurePea) also has a 14 Day Detox Kit. This kit includes:
  • 1 - PaleoCleanse Powder
  • 1 - PurePea Vanilla Powder
  • 1 - Amino-D-Tox 90 capsules
  • 1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules
  • 1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide
  • 1 - Blender bottle
  • 1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials
They've used a combination of carefully selected products and a methodical, step-by-step diet plan in their design in order to introduce people to a healthy cleansing process without having to commit to a longer regimen. It is ideal for those with busy schedules or anyone new to the concept of detoxification.

I also love hemp protein, but I'm one of those that doesn't mind the "green" flavor of it. I do admit I like the dark chocolate hemp protein more than the others, but it's better in a mix of other items, like a big green smoothie. Lots of blueberries and more.

Finally I can't forget the Boku Super Protein. I originally ordered it last year from OpenSky. I love that place, I have gotten coconut charcoal for bbq'ing in the summer, and so many other amazing sustainable items. It's amazing. Check it out of you haven't ever browsed their store. The Boku is made with organic, sprouted bio-fermented, whole grain brown rice protein, organic cranberry protein, organic red dulse, and it does have that very "ricey" texture, but it's got a nice flavor with the maple syrup. Not a good source for after lifting weights though for that very reason.

However I want to end with what I believe is the best Paleo Vegan meal replacement shake, if you can wrap your head around it, and that is the Juice Plus Complete I talked about before. Even Whole 30 says complete soy and tufu is okay. Complete is gluten-free, it's certified non-gmo, and it's just whole foods. It's also why I use the Juice Plus Capsules. They are encapsulated in vegetarian capsules, so I open them and dump the contents into a little warm water and drink them, my husband adds it to his smoothie.

But my daily protein is the Life's Abundance because it is grain-free, vegan, non-gmo and purely made. The best protein shake I have ever had... and as you can see I have tried them all! This protein is ideal for pre or post workouts, first thing in the morning is when I use it, or whenever you need a healthy boost of energy from protein or a quick on-the-go snack like when I know I have to run errands after taking my daughter to swimming.

Healthy Meal Replacement Shake - Especially for the Paleo Vegetarian I Grain Free Protein


It really does have the most amazing taste and texture.. which is unlike any other vegan shake I have seen. With the blender bottles it mixes easily with water into a silky smooth snack. I use it in my coconut yogurt recipe, it can be used in your protein pancakes as an additionally delicious way to increase protein.

So there you have it... you know the shakes that have rotated through my pantry... usually there is at least one of the above in there.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

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At my house we are addicted to organic cauliflower, and in all of the beautiful colors. It is full of protein, and a good #paleo option to keep us out of the fridge after dinner. But we don't have a no treat policy here. Trying too hard to restrict treats to satisfy your desire for munchies only sets the whole family up for failure. So we generally use this for a good carb/protein solution to keep our noshing at a minimum, and then I like to give my family fresh fruit, with a #vegan whipped cream (non-dairy for my daughter is a must) when they need a treat. Or fresh fruit smoothies or fruit bars. When we eliminate the emotional distress tied to your dietary habits we have a healthier life. #PaleoVegeo #paleonourished
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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Our pear #harvest this morning.... I think I see some Asian Pear #Kombucha in my near future, and some pulpy muffins. πŸ’šπŸ™‚ #PaleoVegeo #wholefoodlove #happiness
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

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Me, #chia seed with minerals and antioxidants, #Saturday... Could it get any better? 🀘 #PaleoVegeo
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Cha Cha Cha Chia ... And Not the Presidential Kind, The Kind For Runners

Chia seeds... you love them or you hate them. Or you grab a fun loving Chia Pet and grow it because it's hysterical and weird. However I am going to share with you how I got started with chia seeds because it's a great story.

So I have a friend that is very much like myself... total multipassionista. She went through this phase where she was all into HIIT kids cardio where you would go out in the front yard and play tag with your kids for twenty minutes and that was cardio. When her kids were little it was a great idea. Even better when you add water into the mix on a hot, hot day!

Chia Seeds For Endurance and Hydration For Paleo Vegan Athletes


This was when she was leaning slowly into a more paleo sort of idea of eating. She also really wanted to run and got the book "Born To Run". The Tarahumara diet is described in some small detail in the book, with repeated mention of two staple items including pinole and chia seeds.

So of course she started making chia seed drinks for energy. I thought... she's crazy. I often think my good friend, Heidi, is crazy before she makes an amazing breakthrough. I am pretty sure she feels exactly the same about me. I think it's why we've been good friends for over a decade.

So the Tarhumara diet included this drink called the iskiate, which is simply water mixed with chia seeds. This combination was thought to give them endurance and hydration for their long journey of running from village to village. And seven years later I have to say I do love the Mamma Chia drinks, but not the $3/pop that it costs to buy it. So I want to share with you my healthy version, costs about a $1 and is my secret energy drink during my workouts. And for your kids, just replacing the sugary/corn syrup laden sports drinks and giving them a natural sports drink that's healthy and costs less (one serving is about 1/2 the cost of the sports drink) is a win win for any parent that I know. As part of efforts to fight our nation's childhood obesity epidemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that kids stick to drinking water, but especially now with the Olympics and Ad placement ... our kids are going to see more and more sports drinks. And they just aren't the best solution.

There was a study done called the 'Omega 3 Chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading' that has shown a combination of half/half Gatorade and chia seeds works just as well as plain Gatorade for training sessions lasting longer than 90 minutes. Yet it offers a larger nutritional boost due to the reduction of sugar and increase of omega-3s. So I thought why wouldn't I just cut the Gatorade out of the solution and use what has to be the best vegan hydration mix out there. I love it, my daughter loves it without the chia seeds, and it's good for us as well!


Paleo Vegeo Chia Seed Workout Drink: 

Just 1 Weight Watchers Smart Point and really filling!! 

Ingredients:
1 scoop LA Minerals & Antioxidants (I used Tropical... yummy!)
2 cup water
3 tsp organic ground chia seeds

Directions:
1.Warm 1 cups of water, put in your mason jar and add 3 tsp of chia seeds.
2. Stir well till the chia seeds are evenly dispersed and start to swell. 
3. Cover and put jar in the refrigerator. Let sit overnight.
4. The next day mix your chia gel with 1 cup of water and a scoop of Minerals & Antioxidants and mix well. 
5. Enjoy!




DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.




Friday, August 5, 2016

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This delicious #greensmoothie is totally #minecraft building approved. I see a smoothie shop being built in the near future in this realm. #minecraftkid #paleonourished #PaleoVegeo
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Amazing Paleo Vegeo Antioxidant Salad Dressing


Really great tip to really boost up your salad dressing is this wow recipe that everyone will love. So simple, vegan and what a great idea! Antioxidants fight the oxidation process, a chemical reaction that can cause damage to many cells in your body. This oxidation can be caused by environmental toxins in your home, in the air, in the pesticides and other chemicals in our everyday lifestyle.

Antioxidants are like an amazing natural detergent for our bodies the scrub out this oxidation, and stop the rusting from the inside out. When we lack enough antioxidants we start to see the damage due to free radicals. Besides nutrient antioxidants you can find them in vitamins A, C and E, and many important minerals. Minerals are essential for so many of our important cellular functions. What I love about having these together is that what is often not talked about is that some essential minerals are required for the body's production of endogenous antioxidants. The most important of these you've heard me talk about before... glutathione. But also ALA (alpha lipoic acid), catalase, SOD (superoxide dismutase) and CoQ10 which I have been talking a lot about with friends of mine.

So if I can sneak more of these good nutrients into my body using non-gmo, vegan sourced support, then why not. I love using this dressing because it just gives your salad an extra oomph. And you can recreate it any way you like.


Antioxidant Salad Dressing

Ingredients:
Dressing:
1 scoop Cherry Minerals & Antioxidants
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ TB balsamic vinegar
¼ tsp mustard or mustard powder
1 lemon, juiced {optional}
Salad:
8 cups mixed salad greens, such as arugula, spinach or lamb’s quarters, etc.
½ cup or more toasted and crumbled pecans or walnuts
add any other vegetables or salad toppings you’d like to add like shredded carrots and quartered artichoke hearts, red onions, tomatoes or more.

Directions:
To make the dressing you can add the ingredients into a mason jar and just shake, which is what I do, or whisk the balsamic vinegar, mineral mix, mustard and olive oil. Finish off by mixing in any other seasoning of choice. Lemon juice will give it a less sweet flavor, and garlic makes it AMAZING... so go with what you love.
Dress the salad with the dressing and serve.

Life's Abundance I Minerals And Antioxidant Salad Dressing


DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

All Of The Important Foods For A Healthy, Joyful Gut

Paleo Vegeo Probiotics I GI Tract WellnessMagnesium, calcium, vitamin D, the B vitamins, essential fatty acids... fiber rich / resistant starch carbs... all of these are important for a healthy gut because they are essential for digestion. Fiber-rich, low starch foods include items like your soaked chia, flax, (Fall favorite) pumpkin, juicy berries, raw greens, cauliflower (my fav plant protein for dinner), broccoli and avocados. 

In addition there are fantastic (and yummy!) healthy carbs that are good for your gut and will help give you energy. These are so good for you, and good resistant starches like sweet potatoes (and white are making a comeback), bananas, figs, squash, nuts, apples (an apple a day), and those whole, plant-based foods. The right food makes your belly strong. As well, vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free and grain-free ‪‎probiotics‬ give you that good bacteria quickly, and the gut bacteria that will powerfully drive your health, well being, and in turn increase your strength, endurance and muscle growth.

I wanted to choose a subject to focus in on this month... so I decided on this one area that impacted my health the most... the gut. Did you know IBS affects 1 in 7 Americans? I was that 1 in 7. I couldn't even make it through a four hour shift of work when I was in my early twenties. It took two long years to get a diagnosis. And that's only because I PUSHED them to figure it out and finally went to a young new doctor with the knowledge of what I was dealing with. Love this House Call with Dr. Hyman (and btw we were all Paleo Vegeo before he was Pegan... but we'll totally invite him to the club any day of the week!)

So start thinking whole foods, start thinking replenishing the good, and start thinking about how you can heal rather than fear food. I know that fear.

As well, if you react badly to probiotics then you're probably dealing with some leaky gut sidelines, and then you may want to ask your GP about using a 
Lactobacillus Plantarum to start with as it's very colon-rific. :) I have no idea how to make colon into a fantastic word. So there you have it. A blog post that will make my husband super uncomfortable to read, and very unlikely to talk about.

Vegan Paleo Probiotic I IBS and Gut Health


DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Instamood I Paleo Vegeo


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My little twist on the #mojochicken... But total #pegan using eggplant, cauliflower (one of my favorite proteins), fresh orange and lemon juice, green verde salsa, garlic and pineapple. Seriously through the roof amazing!! πŸ’š #plantstrong #PaleoVegeo #joyfood #nomnom #eatup #dinnertime #vegan
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Let's talk about Gut-Brain JOY!

Let's talk brain-gut JOY! The probiotic that I love that contains scientifically selected strains to have those happy little ecosystem. Vegan, soy free, gluten free, grain free ... and of course non gmo!



One of the reasons this is a favorite for me is because it contains Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is often not included in your run of the mill probiotic, but is one of the main bacteria in the gut that produces vitamin K and lactase. This probiotic readily colonizes on the walls of the small intestine and creates an unfriendly environment for bad bacteria. It adapts well to the human body because of its human origin and it is acid- and bile-resistant for intestinal survival.

Most of my favorite doctors agree that mood disorders begin with correcting the gut imbalances. The Gut-Brain-Axis is real. So make your microbiome happy, and choose the right products, one that has the right strains and most importantly one that actually can make it through your stomach to reach the essential digestive areas.

Final note, Lactobacillus acidophilus also has been clinically tested to help with a long list of wellness issues and so I have a link to the Mayo to give you more information. Of course I am always available to chat if you wonder if this would be a great nutritional choice for you.

Great Links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4372813/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/acidophilus/evidence/hrb-20058615

http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/why-mood-disorder-treatment-should-begin-with-gut-bacteria

Now personally I have to say that I have used probiotics in the past, but never given them much thought until I got some bad bacteria in a smoothie mix about six months ago. I have a different way of looking at those of you that suffer from acid reflux now than I used to. You don't know until you know, right?

So I suddenly couldn't eat anything without getting horrible, can't sleep, try anything you can burning in my chest. I did the apple cider vinegar, and the baking soda, the all natural gerd chewables, and TUMs... and that means you know I was getting desperate. I can't take the OTC acid reflux pills due to allergic reactions to them from when they were trying to diagnose my IBS when I was in my early 20's. Finally I started on the probiotics, and that was the only thing that gave me relief. And it was funny that all of that depression came back with the bad bacteria. As well afterwards my adrenals started acting up... but that's another story.

I know how digestive problems feel, and I know how amazing if feels when they're gone. WebMD says, "Many people use probiotics to prevent diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by antibiotics. Antibiotics kill "good" (beneficial) bacteria along with the bacteria that cause illness. A decrease in beneficial bacteria may lead to digestive problems. Taking probiotics may help replace the lost beneficial bacteria." So why not give probiotics a try?

Learn a little more through my Increase Your Vitality Receptors training where I really dig into our microbiome at a higher level....


DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.

How To Make Paleo Vegan Coconut Milk or Correcting A Runny Batch

Okay... Here's my secret to how I cured the DIY coconut yogurt that ends up like kefir instead... Don't you hate that?

After it did the full yogurt course in the pressure cooker I stirred in 3 tbsp of my plant based protein and set it in the fridge until the next day. And go figure it worked amazing and is just so much better than the store bought coconut yogurt. I think I am in love because I can't stop talking about it. Recipe is : 2 cans of coconut milk, starter or probiotics, (added after the milk is heated and cooled down to under 110°), use either your low temp stove, the warm feature on the pressure cooker / crock pot and and let it do the bacteria magic for 8 or more hours.

Then stir in your protein powder, pour it all into your containers and put in the fridge to set up. I let mine go over night. FYI I did try adding goat milk powder to another batch to test and it stayed kefir and never set up. So my hubby will drink that batch. Sometimes it's nice to have a carnivore around. 😝 I use the protein powder from my amazing partnership and I get my vegan probiotics from there as well as the grain-free food for my doxie. I wish they were available outside of the US besides to my military friends, but fingers crossed soon we'll see that happen.

Finally... You know I really felt like a dork because I could only ever make kefir. Ta-da... I rock!! 🀘



Pegan Coconut Yogurt Recipe


Ingredients:
 2 cans of Organic Native Forest Coconut Milk
2 capsules of probiotcs
3 tbsp grain-free protein powder

Directions:
1. In pressure cooker brown/saute (low boil) for about 18 minutes total. On the Cook's Companion add 3 minutes to the brown timing.
2. Let cool to about 100 degrees, stir in your probiotics
3. Set your machine to the yogurt setting and put the lid on.
4. When the time is up add the protein powder, mix it in really well and put it in mason jars.
5. Let it set up in the fridge overnight. Simple and delish!

DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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Oh my goodness!!! My coconut yogurt is sooooooo good!!! Made with love and a secret ingredient. πŸ’šπŸ˜€❤️🌿 #LoveBarbaraChristensen #PaleoVegeo #pegan #igfood #nosh #vegan #cleaneating #diy #nomnom #wholefoodlove
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

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Gorgeous #organic joy... Just looking at it makes your smile, right? However ... the biggest food discussions that I see online are about corn, soy and commercially raised cattle. The posts stated that: a) Farmers are responsible and b) that there are hormones in organic meat, too just like in every human. So here we have some stats that I have to share or my head will explode. Most commercial ranchers do not raise pastured animals. In fact Grass Fed doesn't mean the same as Pastured. The hormones in most commercial animals are being injected to make them larger, and not what you find in pastured organic certified smaller ranches. There is a difference And maybe soy is great for animals feed, not that I would feed my animals soy or corn.. And I personally don't agree with that stance at all ... and in fact my dog gets grain-free, soy-free, corn-free food because I feel it's right. ... but that's another story you can learn about by going through my link. Yes originally, soy was used as a pesticide and it is toxic unless processed in fermentation / cold washing. With all of the estrogen mimicking toxins in our daily lives, the extra phyto-estrogen properties of soy is also not a good supplement for our health if we have no desire to clean up our lifestyle. And even this I don't recommend soy when there is a fertility issue not caused by the folic mutation. Not all farmers are responsible caring people. If they were there wouldn't be any market for all of the food documentaries, or the hit books like "In Defense of Food" flying off the shelves. But from my view we live in an overly processed, genetically modified society - and people just need to know what the dangers are, and take that into consideration when eating any foods or using any supplements, period. #PaleoVegeo #joyfood #getnourished
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Monday, August 1, 2016

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This is what he does if I don't feed him before my workout. Seriously. This little guy is so addicted to his food. @zenofbeer thinks there's a hidden ingredient. I say maybe it's just that it's grain free. Or maybe doggy crack. Either way we're hooked on LAs food and if you don't want to eat grain, why should your doodlebug? #doxielife #dogsofinstagram #dachshund #poutythedog #oscarlaweenie #PaleoVegeo
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Instamood I Paleo Vegeo


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Brekkie plus workout, vlogcast, phone calls and now focus time on family... #BOOM that's a #lifeonfire my friend. Monday, I'm on track. #PaleoVegeo #fitmum #joylife #nourished #LoveBarbaraChristensen #holisticpractice #mamawholewellness #letsgetit
Here's a little instamood from my day. Joy, Food, Paleo Vegeo, Vegan joy I hope.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar


Bija Super Brownie Protein Bar for Recovery and on the go snacks
Time for recovery with the yummy nummy flavors of chocolate and nut butter blended together in this brownie-like recovery treat. Making these for the week just in case I get a chocolate craving. I'm coming off a weekend of pure JUNK. This lifestyle isn't about restrictions, it's about balance. When there is that moment you want to celebrate, then do. I was out, enjoying friendships, and family. I feel okay about letting loose. However I also know that my sweet tooth has been triggered, and so this will be my backup. 
Bija Well Super Brownie Protein Bar
Total Time: 1 hr., 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Yield: 4 bars
Ingredients:
• 1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa complex
• 1  1/2  scoop Life's Abundance Protein Powder
• ½ cup hemp nut butter {See Recipe here or Purchase it}
• ½ cup date puree *{See Recipe Below} or Date Lady has a Pure Date Syrup
• ½ cup lightly pulsed coconut flakes (or quinoa flakes or gluten-free rolled oats if you're not sensitive to either) 
Preparation:
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Freeze for at least 90 minutes in an 8″ x 8″ pan.
4. Remove from freezer, cut into 4 squares.
It’s important to know that muscles store glycogen and they use that during hard exercise and that’s why recovery is so important. Research showed that your muscles are most receptive for the effect of insulin in the first two hours after a good workout, and so you need to eat carbs and get that insulin level as high as possible with the kind of food you eat. To raise your insulin levels you need to eat food with a high glycemic index, like oats and dates. The ideal balance between carbohydrates and protein to maximize insulin production yet not slow down the digestion is a ration of four to one. So, you need to add a little bit of protein to your post-training meal.

Date Puree:

Not unlike figs, dates are wonderful for the stomach, bones and blood. They are rich in minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper and manganese, and help to promote bowel regularity. Their complex natural sugar constitution makes them great for energy and will boost your metabolism.
Date puree can also be substituted for 1 cup of sugar in any recipe. To make your puree just 1 cup pitted dates with 1/2 – 1 cup hot water until a thick paste is made.



DISCLAIMER: Barbara Christensen, the owner of this website, is not a medical doctor. The author of this post is not engaged in rendering professional advice or services to the individual reader. 
The ideas, procedures, and suggestions contained within this work are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. All matters regarding your health require medical supervision. I shall not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage allegedly arising from any information or suggestions within this email. You, as someone that has reached out to me as a life coach, are totally and completely responsible for your own health and healthcare. Barbara Christensen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. She also has a partnership with a variety of wellness companies and clicking on any links and making a purchase could result in her making money.