Best Shiatsu Thai Massage Mat with free shipping!

Check out the Shiatsu Thai Massage Mats here. (click pic)

Check out the best Shiatsu Thai Massage Mats here. (click pic)

We’ve all had some sort of massage in our life; whether it be by a professional or a loved one trying to help us release tension and stress.  I’ve recently learned about Shiatsu and Thai massages, they are a bit different from the traditional, here’s how.

Thai massage focuses on stretching techniques with a goal to improve flexibility and range of motion, where Shiatsu massage places more attention to applying pressure on what would be considered acupuncture points.  Both take place on a mat, such as the one above, with a therapist; which results in a relaxing energizing treatment.

Thai massage has also been called ‘yoga for lazy people’ because some of the same poses are applied but you don’t have to do anything except enjoy the feeling.  The ultimate goal is to improve flexibility and range of motion so finding the proper mat, just like in yoga, to perform or receive Shiatsu and Thai massages is essential, and we’ve found the best one.

This Shiatsu Thai massage mat is the best quality studio size mat available today!  It’s made of untreated cotton batting and natural cotton canvas, 3 inches deep for incredible comfort, made to order and ships for free.  Wide enough for both practitioner and client to stretch out with ample space, yet also portable with carrying straps.  Who could ask for more?

The best Shiatsu Thai massage mat comes in two sizes, 66″x80″ and 54″x80″ and can be ordered with a washable cover with your choice of colors, or without, it’s up to you.

Check out the best Shiatsu Thai massage mat in 66″x80″ here.

Check out the best Shiatsu Thai massage mat in 54″x80″ here.


Learn how to burn off Thanksgiving dinner, fast!

Enjoy Thanksgiving! Know how to burn off what you take in!!

Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner! Indulge. But always have a plan to get back on track the next day.

We all know that Thanksgiving dinner is jam-packed with so many delicious foods that it’s nearly impossible to not overindulge.  But did you know that the average American eats over 4500 calories on this one day alone?

As you know, if you read my blog, I believe indulging is perfectly ok, life is too short not to eat the foods that you love, especially on a day such as Thanksgiving.  But I also believe that having a plan to get back on track and learn ways to burn off those extra calories is only going to make you feel better, even while you’re indulging.

So I thought it would be great for you to have an idea of what that looks like on average.  This is an estimate of course because everybody makes their holiday food differently, but just to get an idea, here are some traditional Thanksgiving Day foods, the calories they contain on average and what exercises you have to do to burn them off.

Pumpkin Pie-1 slice=320 calores; burn off all of those with a 40-minute jog

Turkey-about 2 slices=240 calories; burn them off with an hour long walk

Stuffing-about 1/2 cup=150 calories; burn those off with a 20-minute bike ride

Mashed potatoes-2/3 cup=160 calories; burn them off with an 18-minute jog

Green Bean Casserole-1/2 cup=100 calories; burn off easily with a 30-minute walk

Sweet Potato Casserole-1/2 cup=190 calories; burn off with a 28-minute bike ride

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What are probiotics? How your gut can affect your physical & mental health

Talk to your doctor about what type of probiotics is right for you.

Talk to your doctor about what type of probiotics is right for you as there are many to choose from.

It’s all I hear lately in the news, from my doctor, even my mom is reminding me that if my gut (or digestive tract) is off, so is my health.  The fact is, gut health has a direct affect on our physical and mental well-being.  Did you know that 80% of our serotonin, the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy, is produced by our healthy bacteria in our gut?

The defintition of probiotics, according to The World Health Organization is “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”  The host being you.

A simplier answer to the what are probiotics question is; it’s live bacteria and yeasts that are very good for your health and digestive system.  Bacteria can be a scary word, but our bodies are full of both good and bad.

Probiotics are considered to be the good bacteria because they maintain overall health.  They are naturally found in your body, but can also be supplemented into your diet through pill-form and certain foods.

When you have a healthier balance of bacteria in your body, good and bad, your overall health will improve.  I started taking probiotics (pill form) over a month ago and some pretty amazing things have happened to me, one of which is I fought off a cold within 1 day, when in the past I would have been sick for a week or longer.

Here are the top 5 benefits of probiotic health.

Probiotics have a direct affect on our mental health, when they’re off, anxiety, depression and irritability can occur.

Probiotics play a roll in brain health also, could be the cause of cognitive issues and headaches.

Probiotics fight cancers, colds, the flu, viruses and constipation.

Probiotics are responsible for up to 80% of our immune system, stimulating and strengthening it.

Probiotics kill antibiotics resistant bacteria; which can be produced overtime.

As always, I am not promoting any particular brand of supplements or medical advice, there are different types to take depending on your needs, so please talk to your doctor about probiotics today.

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10 best healthy foods to eat; especially for women who workout

Healthy jalapeno poppers; learn how to make them


10 Best foods to eat; especially for women who workout

See More Healthy Flavor Ingredients Here

See More Healthy Flavor Ingredients Here

Did you know that when it comes to weight loss, what you eat actually matters more than the exercise you choose to do? You can undo any workout, no matter how tough, by making poor food choices. Exercise keeps the body healthy and helps to burn calories for sure, but knowing what foods properly fuel your body is extremely important also.

Here are the 10 best foods to eat, especially for women who workout:

Learn about 5 other healthy foods here.

Learn about 5 other healthy foods here.

Blueberries are an antioxidant that not only works to keep you healthy and fight off illnesses, it’s also known to prevent mental and physical aging.

IMG_4200Broccoli is packed with vitamin A and D. It’s also one of the only vegetables that contains calcium; just in case you’re dairy-free. It’s also been known to decrease breast cancer risk.

aavacodoAvocados contain a large amount of protein so they’re the perfect replacement for meat. They fight belly fat, are rich in potassium, magnesium and lots of vitamins.

Olive Oil has been known to be a healthy choice for centuries because of its heart healthy benefits. Always choose olive oil over any other oil.

Sweet Potatoes are not only the most nutritious food you can buy in the produce aisle, they are another cancer fighting food full of antioxidants and potassium.

Learn More About This Whole Food: The Mighty Mushroom Here

Learn More About This Whole Food: The Mighty Mushroom Here

Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods, learn more about them here, because they’re full of antioxidants and can reduce the risk of breast cancer by over 60%! Plus, mushrooms are just absolutely delicious!

anutsAlmonds are top on the list of nuts you should be eating everyday! Everyone should be eating at least 1oz, about a palm full of nuts each day to keep weight off. Learn all about the benefits of eating nuts here.

Red Beans fight fat! Isn’t that all that you need to know? They are also a protein so they’ll keep you feeling full long after you eat them. Red beans contain antioxidants, fiber and folate; they are one terrific food!

Salmon has been known for some time to be one of the healthiest foods you can eat because it’s full of protein, vitamin D and omega-3; which is heart healthy and can also improve mood. Choose wild over farmed salmon always.

Bananas contain potassium, they’re packed with it actually, that’s why it’s one of the best foods you can eat especially after a workout. Why? Because potassium reduces muscle cramping, replaces fluid loss and gives you a boost of energy.

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Jalapeno Poppers; learn how to make the ultimate football food a healthy way

Healthier option; baked jalepeno poppers, yum!

Healthier option; baked jalepeno poppers, yum!

Pull these out of the oven at your next football party and wow your crowd!  This is an ultimate football food recipe that is not only delicious, it’s a healthier option, baked jalapeno poppers.  As you know, I am a big believer in the 80/20 rule; eating clean 80% of the time and whatever you want the other 20%.  Best part about this recipe is this version of jalapeno poppers tastes even better than the fried version without all the guilt.  Jalapeno poppers, learn how to make the ultimate football food the healthy way.


12 jalapenos, halved & seeded, all of the insides removed

1 block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese at room temperature

1 cup of grated extra sharp cheddar cheese

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne (or less if you don’t like too spicy)

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons of milk

1 cup of panko crumbs (or fine breadcrumbs)

½ cup flour

Seasoning Mixture Ingredients:

2 ½ tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease a cookie sheet & set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the room temperature 1/3 less fat cream cheese, grated extra sharp cheddar, cumin and cayenne.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk and 2 teaspoons of the seasoning mixture.

In a shallow bowl, mix the panko crumbs and 4 teaspoons of the seasoning mixture.

In a last dish, combine the flour and remaining seasoning mixture.

Now, start with your first cleaned jalapeno half, spread and fill with the cream cheese mixture, then one at a time, dredge through the flour, dip into the egg mixture and finally press into the panko crumbs, carefully coating each one.  Try to cover as much of the pepper as possible, top and bottom, then place on cookie sheet, cheese side up.  Repeat until all of the peppers are full and covered.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cheese filling is bubbly and golden brown.  When finished, plate and serve with your dip of choice.  My favorite dip for the jalapeno poppers is sour cream mixed with some spicy sause.  You could also serve with a healthy blue cheese dressing, so good!  Hope you enjoy!!

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Introducing the new fitness system to keep weight off for good: D28 For Life

D28We’ve all learned this the hard way, diets don’t work because nothing short-term is going to keep you slim and trim long-term. It’s that simple. So what do you do? You find a lifestyle program that can be easily integrated into you life.  Introducing the new fitness system to lose weight and keep it off for good…D28 For Life!

Are you ready to integrate D28 For Life into your life? This is a fitness program like no other because the creator, Robert Brace is impactful, well educated in his trade and has taken the time, 20 years in fact, to perfect D28 before releasing it to the public.

Robert Brace’s D28 for Life program offers motivation, exercise strategies and eating strategies, not just for the short-term; as most diet-type plans do, but instead, for life. He offers the confidence, motivation and skills to maintain your weight-loss success for good.

Brace was a renowned professional ballet dancer who became a life coach and celebrity fitness trainer. The New York Daily News named him “New York’s Top Fitness Guru” and “Top Celebrity Trainer” by Bloomberg Business Week. You may have seen him on shows like Good Morning America and The View or in magazines like Shape or Self.

Robert Brace’s motto is “Failure if NOT an option.” With that mindset, his successful way of life system has been showcased on Food Network, The View and Good Morning America.

Brace’s belief is with the right kind of motivation, you can transform your life and asks you to give him 28-days to prove it. Once you get through D28 For Life, you’ll have the strategies to maintain that transformation for good.

I think this program is worth looking into and right now Robert Brace is offering the 28-day challenge to try risk free.  Try it and if you don’t like or get the results you’d hoped for, return it and never be charged for the products, you’ll only have to pay the return postage.  Learn more about the D28 For Life Fitness program here.


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I LOVE BACON! Why you can eat it even though it causes cancer


If you’re going to choose to eat red meat, at least be sure it’s free from antibiotics, hormones & has been fed a vegetarian diet; that’s essential.

By now, you must have heard the news that came out this week and I don’t want to beat a dead horse but, bacon causes cancer.  The research is confirming that bacon causes cancer and also numerous processed meats such as sausage and pork, in addtion to red meat also pose the health risk.

The public backlash from the breaking news, because of our love of bacon and meat as a nation, has been incredible.  The truth is, even though I live a healthy lifestyle focused on clean eating and exercise, I LOVE BACON!  I don’t know many people who don’t.  So here is why you can eat bacon even though it causes cancer.

The news that came out this week confirming that bacon and processed meats do cause cancer is not surprising.  There has been years of talk and research that linked these types of foods to cancer, yet we kept eating it.  Now, with the absolute defined decision backed up by extensive studies that bacon can make us sick, what do we do?

Honestly, it’s quite simple, and it’s just like anything else that we talk about here, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.  You can eat bacon, you can eat pork, you can eat anything that you want, you just CAN’T eat it everyday.  In my humble opinion, eating anything, outside of vegetables, everyday, isn’t wise.  Most doctors have told their patients that it’s ok to eat red meat a couple times per month (the “naked” version of course), but to focus your diet on low fat proteins, such as fish or chicken (antibiotic-free, vegetarian-fed of course) and vegetables.

I personally follow the 80/20 rule because I love food so much and I think life should include all of the things that we love.  80% of my diet is clean and 20% is anything that I want.  This has worked well for me, my health is exceptionally good and I’ve never felt better.  The whole point of this post is to say, don’t panic, talk to your doctor about the processed and red meat research and work out a plan that’s good for your health.

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Introducing Perfectly Free Frozen Treats: delicious low calorie non-dairy bites

aperfbackyardAnother healthy food discovery that I just had to share with you!  Perfectly Free frozen treats by Incredible Innovations came to me at the perfect time! After weeks of intestinal pain and discomfort, I visited my doctor and she recommended I stop eating dairy for two weeks to test and see if that particular food group was the possible cause of my pain. I left my doctor’s office thinking, what am I going to do?

In all honestly, I have a serious sweet tooth, I love dessert, especially ice cream or some type of a frozen treat after dinner, or any meal for that matter, but for now I could no longer eat dairy, and possibly for good. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through the next two weeks or the rest of my life?

I decided to stop by my local grocery store on a hopeful mission of finding something tasty in the frozen food aisle to satisfy my cravings. As I made my way down the long aisle of very few options, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Perfectly Free allergy-friendly non-dairy bites. These special treats were available in four great flavors, blueberry & vanilla, cherry & vanilla, salted caramel & vanilla and cocoa & vanilla, all made with a creamy core enrobed in flavor. aperfaisleAs I read the details on the side of the box I was thrilled to learn that Perfectly Free frozen treats are free from diary, among many other things including gluten and soy, so they were the perfect choice for me. Plus, they are only 35 calories or less; which is just another perk; so I bought two boxes of them and hurried home to taste these very special creations. aperfect1The salted caramel & vanilla was my first choice to try because I love anything salty and sweet, and they certainly did not disappoint. The melt in your mouth tasty bites were delightful, so much so I couldn’t wait to have another and share them with my husband. Next was cocoa & vanilla; which are just as delicious and heavenly. The tasty chocolate outer shell melted in my mouth as the creamy vanilla center made it the perfect combination.  I quickly realized that my dreams had been answered; it turns out I didn’t need to eat dairy to satisfy my cravings with the discovery of Perfectly Free non-dairy bites. aperfdetailWhether you or a member of your family has any type of food allergy or are just looking for a guilt free healthy dessert option or mid-day snack, Perfectly Free snacks by Incredible Innovations is the perfect choice. They are new to the market in select grocers like Star Market, Big Y, Donelan’s, Crosby’s Marketplace and Market Basket. Just enter your zip code on their website to find a store near you. Here’s a direct link to their site here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Incredible Innovations®. The opinions and text are all mine.