The Nutrition and Weight Loss App You Can’t Live Without…

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Losing weight can feel like a endless battle. It’s simple math, but not simple.all about the numbers. If you consume more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you burn more throughout the day than what you consume, you lose weight. Unfortunately, it feels like the former seems to happen at a faster pace than the latter and it’s frustrating!

Let me introduce the incredible app called MyPlate Calorie Counter. Features include the ability to track daily calories, exercise, water consumption and more!

What I found instantly surprising was the number of calories I was consuming on a daily basis…I had no clue and the number can quickly add up.

To start, you create your profile including your height and your weight. You indicate your ideal weight and how quickly you’d like to lose it based on daily caloric intake and exercise activity level and that will determine the number of calories you should consume.

One of the neatest features of this app is that it syncs to my Apple watch. It tracks my exercise activity and calories burned throughout the day. If you have another device to track your fitness activity, you can manually input your exercise information into the app.

I decided to go aggressive and choose the 1200-daily-calorie option. I learned right off the bat, that 1200 calories is not a lot of food. Having simultaneously resumed doing my own personal at-home step class, I realized that I could “buy” calories. The idea is that I stay at a net 1200 calories consumed daily. By burning calories with moderate to heavy exercise, I could eat more healthy food/snacks throughout the day. Talk about motivation to get up and work out several times a week!

Find a workout you enjoy doing so you will look forward to it and mix it up when you find you’re getting a little bored. My at-home gym that includes a step with risers, free weights, a ten pound medicine ball and a yoga ball and mat. Don’t forget to create a playlist that consists of inspiring workout music which is easy to find in your music app.

MyPlate contains a significant number of pre-populated foods from grocery stores, as well as restaurants. If you can’t find the food you’re looking for, it allows you to input your own information.

My goal is to drink about a gallon of water a day, twenty ounces at a time. I don’t feel bloated anymore, seem to be sleeping better and just feel optimistic overall about my daily nutrition and exercise habits.

Happy Healthy Living!

Now for my legal disclaimer since this blog pertains to health, nutrition and exercise: I’m just an ordinary forty-one-year old woman pleased with the exercise and nutrition goals I am achieving and wanted to share the app. I am not a fitness coach, doctor or nutritionist. You should consult with a physician before beginning any exercise program. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on the website. The information contained in our website, blog, guest blogs, e-mails, programs, services, and/or products is for educational and information purposes only, and is made available to you as self-help tools for your own use. In the event that you use the information provided through our website, blog, e-mails, programs, services and/or products, we assume no responsibility and/or liability. Individual results will vary and are not guaranteed. I do not receive compensation for endorsing the MyPlate app.

#weightloss #Nutrition #calories #healthyliving #water

Boost Your Immune System With This Easy Homemade Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Elderberries are a super berry known for boosting the immune system, reduce symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu, contain anti-inflammatory properties and more. They are also high in antioxidants and Vitamin a, great for healthy skin.

My wonderful sister-in-law, Tiffany turned me onto this. She has the best “medicines” for illnesses and a huge heart to help others. In the past when I was sick, she would hop in her car and bring me bone broth and elderberry syrup. Talk about miracle super foods!

To read more about the benefits of elderberries click here.

Ideally, everyone should consume a small dose of this syrup a day-especially during the cold and flu seasons. BUT Elderberry syrup is expensive!

I also recently bought elderberry gummies on Amazon for when I travel and can’t take the syrup.

This homemade elderberry syrup recipe is SO easy to make, delicious and worth the initial investment recommended below to add an immunity boost to your health year round. The recommended dose is located at the bottom of this article.

This is what I purchased to get preserve my syrup and dried elderberries.

Ingredients for Homemade Elderberry Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp dried cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp dried cloves or 1 drop clove essential oil or 4 whole cloves
  • 1 TBSP of fresh ginger or 1 drop ginger essential oil or 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 cup raw honey

Directions:

Ingredients
  • In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the elderberries, water, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, about 35-40 minutes.
  • Allow the liquid to cool and then drain the liquid using a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
  • Gently press all the liquid out of the berries using the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Add the raw honey and mix well.
  • Store in the airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Bring to a boil
Strain ad gently press liquid out of berries
Add honey
Pour into glass airtight container
Store in refrigerator for up tp two months.

Dose:

  • Adults: Take one tablespoon daily
  • Children: Take one teaspoon daily
  • When experiencing an illness coming on or while sick, repeat dose four times daily.

#Elderberrysyrup #Immunity #Boost #Coldseason #fluseason #superfood