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A Smoothie A Day for 30 Days

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Join SuperMom’s A Smoothie A Day – 30 Day Challenge today!

The challenge is to drink one smoothie per day for 30 days.

It is not only a tasty and fun challenge, but it can put your feet on the path to reforming your family’s diet into a healthier one by adding a green smoothie to it. Make no mistake, the kids will love it too!

Sounds good?

The best is to consume a mixture of leafy greens and fruits by creating easy green smoothies but not every smoothie you drink has to be green. If you use veggies, like carrot or red capsicum, without greens, will work just as well. In fact, you can even create a chocolate protein and fruit smoothie. Yum!

We encourage you to think up new recipes based on a delicious green smoothie formula. Blend together a mix of delicious fruit and greens with water in a ratio of 60% fruits to 40% greens. Following this ratio you will arrive at the best tasting, balanced smoothies.

Introducing different leafy greens into your diet, such as spinach, kale, collard greens, dandelion greens, will help you to get the most benefit from this challenge! All those leafy greens assist in providing the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

In my opinion the best is to start your day with a delicious green smoothie, but you can set your smoothie time anyway you like.

Note that the suggested minimum serving size of a smoothie is 500ml.

Feel free to go for more than one smoothie a day.

In order to participate in this challenge you only need a blender and a few ingredients.

The blender doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just operational.

 

Who is it for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to introduce more healthy goodness into their daily diet.

It is for those, who want to feel better,  for those who want to provide the best nutrition for their family, and

for those who realized that food is medicine and want to stay healthy.

 

Who is it NOT for?

I don’t know of any type of person who would not benefit from embarking in this challenge.

However, there might be some people who don’t like changes and won’t change their unhealthy diet one bit.

This challenge is not for them.

 

WARNING! Participating in the 30 Day Smoothie Challenge may result in the following side-effects:

  • losing weight
  • detoxification
  • increased energy
  • improved digestion
  • clearer skin
  • elevated mood

Note that this IS NOT a fad diet or strict detox/cleanse that bans certain foods from your menu however it is not recommended to feel up with candies and chocolate in the rest of the day. I know, you are smarter than that.

I hope to inspire you with this challenge to make little healthy changes to your diet with green smoothies you will enjoy, and want to share with others.

The aspiration is to build a healthier, balanced lifestyle and maintain it for the rest of your life.

Healthy additions, like a delicious green smoothie to your everyday life is likely to reduce cravings for sweets and salty processed foods.

A Smoothie A Day challenge will help you stay motivated and provide you with the recipes, support and inspiration you need to make a healthy change to your life and maintain good health.

 

Sign up for ‘A Smoothie A Day for 30 Days’ challenge and you will receive the following for free:

 

Easy Green Smoothies – E-Book with tips, recipes and more.

Weekly inspirational and support emails

Updates

 

If you have a recipe you would like to share, let me know through my contact form.

If you are on Instagram please be sure to share pictures of your smoothies with #smoothiechallenge and tag @AussieSuperMoms.

 

Help us to spread the word, like us on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Commit to a smoothie a day!  Sign-Up here.

Shop & Save

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I am a big advocate for budgeting, finding deals, and buying at the best price.

I believe in getting all the items you NEED and LOVE without spending too much on them.

I’m intentionally not calling it saving. Saving implies scarcity. Buying at the best price means smart shopping.

Chasing discounts on overpriced items not always equal to less spending. Although the discount can be a huge saving compare to the original price of the item, but still not smart if you can get the same item for an even lower price from a different retailer.

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There are additional things to consider as  well.

How far you have to drive to get that $5 discount?

Are you only going for that one item, or you will do the rest of your shopping in the same store? If you do the rest of your shopping there as well, how the prices of the other items compare to those in a closer shop?

If buying online, will the item still be the best buy after adding the postage amount to it?

There is a lot of buzz about savings, coupons and cashback sites on the internet these days. These ideas may help to achieve the goal of shopping and saving, but they can just as easily lure you into impulse buy territory, and once your are in a shopping mode, you may spend more than you have intended.

When we see that something is 25%, 50% or even 80% off, we feel the urge to grab the bargain even when we could do without it. You must be able to say “NO” to these.

When shopping for my family online, I do a little research on the item first. I like to look around to see the offers of different advertisers.  I find out the selling price from 3 or more different vendors to get a feel for the average price of the product and I buy from the site that has the best price including the postage.

When purchasing online, the additional postage must be taken into account when we are comparing prices and deals as a free shipping offer may make all the difference.

I may or may not use comparing sites, as they are usually get their cut from all of those who they are comparing, and they might exclude some cheaper vendors, who are not paying them. If I really want to get the best price, I do the comparing myself. A lot of times after getting familiar with the online retail prices, I run into a local store, where I can buy the item faster and cheaper. Other times it is cheaper to order something online even with the postage.

As you can see, it’s key to be familiar with the usual prices of offers and to keep our eyes open for the real bargains.

After the forewarning above, let’s see who can benefit from Coupons, Cashback sites and Rewards cards.

Coupons

Coupons can be a great way to save money. You might receive coupons in the mail, or they are printed on the backside of your shopping center docket, printed in the local newspaper.

I love pizza, and even if it is on my restricted food’s list for not being too healthy, we do indulge in it sometimes.

So why not use the Domino’s coupon code?

Here’s where to look for even more coupons online:

allthedeals.com.au is your one-stop-shop for all the online coupons there are in Australia.

Coupons can help to cut back on the prices of things you need and use and they are usually issued quite regularly.

Cashback Sites

I’ve heard lots of my friends who live in the US talk about Ebates and I have found it very intriguing but did not look into it until recently. In my honest opinion it can be great for some, but won’t suit everyone.

Who can benefit from these cashback sites?

These can work for those who frequently shop online such brands as BONDS, Cotton-On Kids, Esprit, Fila, Lacoste etc.

If you do most of your shopping in the local shopping centre, than you are not going to see lot’s of coins rolling back to you.

How does it work?

You shop through the Cash Rewards website and you receive a cash percentage back from the online retailers you purchased from. Note that it’s not an immediate cash back and depending on the retailer’s policy, it can take up to a few weeks  to receive it. However the cashback amount could be as high as 7% of the original purchase amount.

WARNING! Don’t log-in to brows bargains, unless you are very clear on what do you need and the item you intend to buy is listed on your budget for the week. Otherwise you will end up with over the budget expense, and if you used a credit card for the purchase, you can write off most of the cashback rewards as interest payments.

Of all the cashback websites in Australia, Cashback Club offers the highest amount of monies returned, guaranteed. But as I have suggested before, do your homework first and find out what is the average market value of the item you want to buy.

Cashback Club partnered with thousands of retailers offering millions of products and services, meaning you can receive money back on almost anything you purchase online. The number of products and services on offer is growing by the day, as more and more retailers join Australia’s number 1 online shopping cashback website.

The site makes it easy to find a deal that might suit you without having to sieve through hundreds of deals not relevant to you.

Rewards Credit Cards

Rewards credit cards usually have a higher interest rate and a certain interest free period.

If you pay off your outstanding balance each months, meaning, you keep your account interest free, than the reward points for shopping will add up and indeed, will be an extra bonus.

However if you go over your interest free period, and start paying interest on the out-standing balance, the reward points will hardly be enough to offset the interest to be paid on your expenditures.

Shop with an open eye and only buy what you really need. Happy shopping!

 

 

Breast Cancer Causes And Preventation

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I truly feel for every woman who undergone serious treatments due to breast cancer or had an operation due to the likelihood of it. I hate to loose a dear friend or a family member but I see the cancer foundation as an ineffective organisation.

As I was driving my kids home the other day an ad came on the radio.  “Colour or shave your head to show your support for fighting cancer!”

How will my bold or pink or purple head will do anything for any cancer patient?!

All these cancer awareness campaigns only push one message: “no cure for cancer”.

It is false. The cure is within us and I will explain it later.

I decided to write this blog post and share what I know of, what we should be aware of, but the awareness campaigns don’t cover.

If only one person listens and discovers the truth and what can be done about it from this post, I have done more, than most cancer foundation.

I will be very open and if you wholeheartedly believe the mantra that cancer is genetic and nothing can be done about it, this post is not for you.

 

This post is for those who want to know the truth and want to prevent breast cancer. 

 

Let’s start with a simple correlation.

When did the number of people becoming ill with cancer started to raise?

Wasn’t 500 years ago, was it? 200 years ago or less?

It is really a modern disease, in a modern, chemical society.

Not many institutions talking about it but in today’s world we are surrounded with toxic substances and it is almost impossible to avoid these. What is worse, that these toxins pile up in our body and slowly weaken us and damage our healthy cells.

I have read in Dr. Al Sears’s Doctor’s House Call newsletter the following:

“Hormone-disrupting chemicals are among the most toxic substances in the world today. And they’ve permeated almost everything you eat, drink and even touch.

Some chemicals, both natural and man-made, can interfere with our hormonal system.

I’m talking about “estrogen mimickers” like Parabens and Bisphenol A (BPA) that are found in the coatings of food and drinks cans, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic and sports equipment, receipts and even garden hoses.

Mainstream medicine ignores the impact of these dangerous, gender-bending “xenoestrogens.” Yet they are responsible for a vast array of diseases disorders — including:

  • Heart disease in men and women
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Brain fog and memory loss, as a result of a loss of connection between
  • Male impotence
  • Breast cancer”

I’ve stopped using parabens containing shampoos and body-wash in my household over 5 years ago. It is hard to eliminate all those items that are potential dangers, but these are the preventative measures we must do:

“I’m sure you know by now to avoid plastic bottles. They’re made with BPA. And you may already know the basics of avoiding BPA:

    • Look at recycling labels on the bottom of plastic items and avoid items labeled No. 3 and No. 7;

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  • Avoid plastics for cooking and storing. Better to use glass and stainless steel;
  • Buy unwrapped organic fruits and vegetables;
  • Use your own fabric or hemp grocery bags.”

Dr. Al Sears

 

Why Detoxify?

We are already filled with chemicals and it is  important to detoxify ourselves.

“These fake estrogens are not biodegradable, so they are stored in fat cells of the breast tissue. There are around 160 of these estrogen mimics that are involved in breast cancer development.  They are in food, personal hygiene products, household cleaning products, and the environment.” source:

If your estrogen levels are high or just want to get rid of those estrogen mimicking  compounds, the

following dietary supplements are advised by Dr. Al Sears:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid: It stops estrogen damage in cells and protects reproductive organs from excess estrogen. Start with 250 mg a day. But you can take up to 600 mg a day.
  • DIM (Diindolylmethane): You can get this natural estrogen cleanser from cruciferous vegetables, like kale and broccoli. But you can’t eat enough to cleanse your body well enough. So start a 100 mg capsule a day. Two capsules provide as much DIM as a pound of vegetables.
  • Quercetin: This plant flavonoid can directly stop estrogen from forming cancer cells. To detox your body of estrogen, take one 500 mg capsule twice a day.
  • Eugenol: This is an estrogen-lowering compound that helps keep your body from absorbing estrogens, including fake estrogens like BPA. You can get this extract into your diet with herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, dill and Holy basil. A good way to get eugenol through supplementation is by using clove oil. Make sure you use 100% pure clove oil. Dilute just a tiny bit in almond or olive oil. They will help you absorb it better.”

 

But there is more we can do!

Recently I have learnt about a new health-science and anti-aging breakthrough.

It confirms that our body is built to beat cancer and disease in general. Every illness start with a damaged cell. When the damaged cell hasn’t been detected by the body and starts to divide into 2 than into 4 damaged cells etc. we have an organ or a part of the body in a diseased state. We notice it in the form of a symptom, after few months or years.

The breakthrough was the identification of cell signalling molecules,  and the way the body detects, destroys or regenerate damaged cells and yes, it applies to any organ and any part of the body as we are a sum of cells.

It is the key to self healing and it is the key to the maintenance of our health.

Now I’m sure that you would want to do your own research about this and you can learn a lot about the science and the resulting product here. Maybe you are going to be skeptical first. I know, I was. What convinced me is talking to fellow Australian, who got the death sentence and when he heard about the science and started to take the product, everything has changed in his life. Today he is healthy and on a mission to tell the world about this incredible health-science breakthrough.

The perception that “if we can’t see it, and can’t feel it, it does not exist” – can be detrimental when applying it to illness and health. We can’t just go on doing nothing to preserve our health if we want to live a healthy life. In the modern world it takes a constant effort from our part, to take the healthy choice and say no to popular – but unhealthy treats.

It is not enough to pay a visit to the Doctor when something hurts. Prevention is paramount. If you want a long, healthy, full of energy life, do yourself a favor and look into this science.

 

Budgeting For Baby’s Arrival

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I have started to plan for my first baby’s arrival from the first few month of my pregnancy. We were living from paycheck-to-paycheck, and budgeting was a must.

There are a ton of cute and even cuter baby items for sale in the shops and on the internet all the time. I felt it very hard to restrain myself and  just pass by without buying those super sweet baby items. What is essential and what can I live without was a paramount question.

I had to decide what I will be budgeting for and by when I will need these items. I knew I won’t need them until baby comes, but what if baby decides to come 3-4 weeks early? Hind side, it was great to have the essentials in place as it turned out to be very tiring to go out and about with a huge baby belly from 36 weeks on.

Once I was clear what we must have before baby arrives, I looked around to see the price ranges and worked out how much I will have to set aside in the upcoming months. In fact if I have seen an essential item on special, available for a very good price, I bought it 2-3 months before my due date.

I will give you my essentials list in a moment, but let me start with the items you might think of as essentials, but in fact you can be without and you can use that money for more important items.

What items Are unnecessary if you are on a budget?

1. Infant Car-seat with detachable base – it might sound like a great idea and if you are not on a tight budget, you can invest in one. I do not consider it essential as it can be used for a short time. A simple baby-carrier did the job for me, when I took my infant out of the car. Instead of that I got a baby-car seat that can be used from infant to 4 years old.

2. Change-table: I got a chest of drawers with a change-table section on the top, but most of the time I changed my babies on the bed anyways.

3. Baby-monitor: I have never used it and did not miss it either. I have found that as a mother, my ears never sleep, and I woke up to the smallest noise if it came from my children’s bedroom, next to ours.

4. Crib-mobile: a newborn spends most of the time sleeping. Both my daughter and son frequently fall a sleep while feeding. Than I just lay them down in the cot. We didn’t have a crib mobile and I didn’t find it as a missing item.

5. White noise machine: if a baby doesn’t fall a sleep easily, it’s not because of the back ground noise, but because their tummy hurts or they are otherwise uncomfortable. White noise machine will not fix that. On the rare occasions my daughter would not settle, playing music and cradling her worked magic.

6. Wipe-warmer: I didn’t see any need for this item. When the wipe was very cold at winter, I held it in my hand for 20 second to warm it up little. It didn’t need a fancy appliance.

7. Hips of 0000 baby clothes: some blogs say that you need 7-14 sets of baby clothes. Although you might have to change your baby 2-3 times a day, it is impossible to tell in advance how big the baby will be at arrival. Additionally, the babies grow so much within their first few weeks that they need the next size up. Most of the clothes shopping can be done once baby is here and I found it better to buy one size larger bodysuits and jumpsuits than the actual size of the baby . Handy tip, if you are planning to have more babies in the future, buy baby items in gender natural colors and prints as they will not get worn in that short time while their fit, and can be used by multiple babies in the family.

What Are The Essentials?

1. Baby car-seat: it is illegal to carry babies and children in a car without a proper car-seat, and you will need it to take your baby home. There are car-seats you can use from 0-8 years old, which is a bonus, as you don’t need to buy a booster chair later.

2. Baby carrier: I have used BabyBjorn – Original and I loved it as it was comfortable. It has wide solder and back straps which distributes the babies weight evenly on one’s back. Although I have never tried a sling type of baby-carrier, it does not seem to be such design that would be comfortable for both baby and mum.

3. Cot or bassinet. It is very obvious why you need it from day one, so I won’t elaborate on it.

4. At least two unisex cot sheet sets or sheet sets for bassinet. You might find yourself to change the cot sheet 2-3 times a day in the first few months.

5. Cot blankets. You need more than one, in case of an accident, and cold weather.

6. Baby bottle to give baby water, for access breast milk, or formula if no breast milk. I used Phillips Avent Classic Pp Bottle it was easy to clean and wasn’t leaking.

7. Nappies: washable, reusable nappies if you are concerned about the environment, or disposable nappies will be needed from they one. If you choose disposable nappies, the cheapest might not be the best. I have tried several brands and not all worked for us the same. Huggies worked well and surprisingly, the Coles’ Comfy bot’s nappies performed well too, and didn’t cause nappy rush.

8. Pram or Stroller: it is important to take baby out for a walk to the fresh air and mummy needs the walk too. A pram or stroller makes it very easy and enjoyable. Most pram’s have several settings, and can be adjusted lay down the back, if baby falls a sleep.

9. Water-proof mattress cover for the cot mattress is a very handy item. It helps you to keep the mattress clean and dry, one less thing to worry about.

10. Towels and face-washers – these are needed to wash and dry your baby, and the face-washers will be in frequent use during the day after feeds.


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