Health & Wellness, Reviews

Wellness Wednesdays: Let’s Talk About Our Digestive Health

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Advanced Probiotics

Hello and happy Wednesday, Everyone! As part of my ongoing Wellness Wednesdays series, I am trying (and learning about) new things relating to overall health and wellness. Today I want to chat about digestive health. More specifically, I want to introduce you to Advanced Probiotics, by Number One Nutrition, which aims to support your health.

Advanced Probiotic

“Being healthy and happy about your body is a matter of choice.”

Advanced Probiotic Supplements

So, what exactly are probiotics?! They are the good bacteria who perform are pretty important to our immune, metabolic, and digestive systems. More specifically, they produce the enzymes that break down what we eat during the day, regulate vitamins intake, and convert sugars to the essential nutrients that our bodies need. Here’s a little known (or maybe it’s widely known to everyone but me) fact: Our GI is home to 80% of our immune system. 80%, folks, 80%…woah, right?! There are a number of ways that taking a probiotic supplement can help promote overall health.

Probiotic Supplements:

  • Improve your digestive health
  • Balance your intestinal flora
  • Improve your mood (praise you 8lb, 6oz baby Jesus)
  • Break down allergy causing proteins
  • Accelerate fat loss

I started noticing a significant amount of bloat after gluten heavy meals after the birth of my daughter three years ago and even though it’s not a major issue that impacts my day to day life, nobody wants to be bloated (am I right or am I right?!). Since starting the daily probiotics, I’ve noticed less bloat when I eat gluten (more garlic bread for me! SCORE! Just kidding….but not really).

Advanced Probiotic

If you’re interested in exploring how probiotics can help promote your health, I encourage you to check out Number One Nutrition online. Their Advanced Probiotics can be purchased anytime on Amazon.

Tell me, what are you doing this Wednesday for your health?!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Daily Life, Health & Wellness, Pictures

The Week of The Broken Toe (Warning: Graphic Pictures)

We took a vacation this past week to Jekyll Island, Georgia for the husband’s family reunion. I hadn’t been to the shore in over a decade and C got to experience the sand and water for the first time in her life. It was a great adventure. As it goes with any journey it was not without its bump in the road which, in my case, happened to be an assumed broken toe on our first day in town. I dropped my camera directly on it. OUCH. It split open part of the top of my middle toe. At first I thought that’s the only damage that it did…I was wrong. Come morning on day two, it was pretty obvious the toe was broken.

When I first started taking pictures, it was really just for reference so that I could see progress from one day to the next but I decided to share with anyone who’s curious about what a broken toe looks like. I hope none of you have had the misfortune of breaking a bone, it’s not fun.

Day #2:

I woke up that morning with a throbbing, painful toe. Thankfully my in-laws carry around a mini pharmacy when they travel so I was able to score some Tylenol from them. I know there’s not much that can be done for a broken toe and since we were more than a thousand miles away from home, the prospect of going to an urgent care out of network didn’t seem all that appealing. I found the smallest little grocery store (the only one on the island) to buy some medical tape:

Like any former Girl Scout would do, I decided to buddy tape it to the next toe over:


Day #4:


Day #8 (today):

Even though it’s nowhere near back to normal, it’s definitely looking (and feeling) better with each passing day. I’d planned to start (/restart) the Couch-To-5K program this week but I may put that off until Monday just to give myself a little more time to heal. I’m planning to run/walk/jog (some combination of that) my first 5k since C was born in December. My goal is to complete one a month. Not only are these races/events a great way to participate in charity but they also keep me accountable for regular exercise, something I’ve been lacking lately.

I’m planning to do a blog series on the Couch-To-5K once I get started so stay tuned for that…

Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, Parenting

October 15th: National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I didn’t want today to pass without saying something about the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This month, this day in particular, honors the children mothers will only ever hold in their hearts. Until I had a pregnancy loss of my own in 2009, I had no idea how many women were impacted by miscarriage (and stillbirth) yet it’s something most people don’t talk about. I thought I’d share my story…if you feel inclined to share yours, feel free in the comments.

My husband and I were completely surprised (and elated) to discover we were pregnant in 2009 with an estimated due date of June 6th 2010. We’d just moved into our first home that July and were both settled into jobs we loved. Life was great. We had an ultrasound and announced our pregnancy just after, running under the assumption that everything was going to be just fine. It wasn’t until November 2009 that we found out that we lost the baby. It was a pretty devastating blow to us. It was painful and it was difficult. I remember hearing comments about how it was “God’s Will” or “When you’re ready to be a mommy, God will grant you a baby” and a whole slew of really insensitive remarks by people who didn’t know what else to say other than to try to find some sort of reason for our loss. Here’s the thing about life: sometimes it sucks. Bad things happen…for no reason at all. Less is more. Sometimes a simple, “I’m sorry, let me know if you need anything” or “I’m thinking about you” means the most.

We were given the all clear to start trying again at the end of December and so we started trying immediately thereafter. By April, we still hadn’t gotten pregnant. We took a trip to Disney World with my mom, brother, and my niece who was three years old at the time. On the final day there, we went to Magic Kingdom (just the two of us) and ended up by Cinderella’s “Magic Wishing Well”. We both threw in two pennies and made the same wish…for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

I’m not saying that our wish helped facilitate our pregnancy with C but it does stick with us as a memorable moment in our lives…it was the moment we decided to stop worrying so much about it and let the universe run its course. It did.

We found out that we were pregnant with C on June 22, 2010 and discovered that we’d gotten pregnant with her the same weekend we would have been due with the pregnancy we’d lost. I can’t tell you the number of times I checked for blood in the bathroom and the number of night’s I worried that something might happen with my pregnancy. It didn’t and I have an amazing, incredible, wonderful little girl to show for it.

Today, we’re on the tail end of our vacation back East and we’re spending the night in Orlando, Florida. We spent some time this evening venturing around Downtown Disney. While we were there, I saw some beautiful Disney earings with C’s birth stone (February). I knew I had to have them. How fitting that we were here today, at Disney, which will always hold a very special place in our hearts.

It was where we wished upon a star.

I will never know what our first child would have been like had he or she been born but I am beyond grateful to have C in my life. I learned something through our loss: never take life, no matter how short, for granted and love, always, no matter what.