Health & Wellness Series Intro

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Do you have the guts to be healthy?  I am not talking about bravery here.  What is happening inside your gut can determine your overall health.  80% of your immune system is in your colon, your “gut”.  Candida spread like wild fire and took up camp in my body making me so sick I could barley walk to my mailbox without getting winded. You can read more about my story and what I did to lose weight and regain my health HERE.

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“Yeast-Fungi contributes to more pain, disease and disability than any other health condition.  The general public unwittingly digests foods and prescription medication without realizing the harmful effects to their bodies.”  ……Douglas M. Cox, D.C. D.A.B.C.O

candida in colon

This is what it looks like in your colon.

What is the so-called “yeast”?  It is called Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans is a fungus that is normally present in the colon.  The fungus also can travel through the blood stream and affect any part of your body.  Symptoms of brain fog and fatigue are typical symptoms of overgrowth but there are several more I will list below.  Most people have it and don’t even know it.  Feeling tired is NOT NORMAL! For some reason the people that feel great and have tons of energy seem to be “not normal” when in fact that is how we are supposed to feel.

Here are some typical symptoms of an overgrowth:

  • Fatigue!
  • Brain fog and poor memory
  • Food and chemical sensitivities
  • Feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, feeling “blue”
  • A.D.D & A.D.H.D
  • Palpitations
  • Irregular bowels
  • Chronic flatulence
  • IBS/Heartburn/GERD
  • Acne/Eczema
  • Eye fatigue, spots in front of eyes, burning or tearing eyes
  • Ringing in the ears or ears that constantly itch
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent vaginal yeast infections, persistent vaginal  itching
  • Headaches
  • Irregular menstruation, PMS

I am sure you are wondering why this is all the sudden an epidemic and how can ALL these issues be linked to it.  Stick with me here.  I have learned so much over my last 6 years of research, trial and error along with what my doctor taught me, and I will share it all with you.  Just can’t cram it all into one post or you would be here for weeks reading.   To sum it up,  Candida confuses your immune system causing it to go auto-immune.   Check out this article to learn more.      

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Stay tuned for my next post: How does this happen?  Where did it come from?

sugar enemy

Wellness Tip #1  CUT SUGAR!!  You must cut sugar.  Sugar is food for Candida and Cancer.  I did it cold turkey but my husband needed help so he used Plexus Slim to help cut his cravings. The man can eat 3 pieces of pie at lunch!  He is lean and fit but can put away a cake in a day.  Candida loves sugar.  Cut it from your diet unless you want to feed the beast!

10 School Lunches in 15 minutes *Repost*

Two of my kids take their lunch to school every day and EVERY morning I make them.  Well now that does not make much sense does it?  I make all our dinners at once, why am I making 2 lunches every morning???

I spent 15 minutes and here is what I have ready for the rest of the week.

6 ham & cheese sandwiches
4 PB & J sandwiches
9 baggies of sliced oranges
10 baggies of grapes
10 cheese sticks
10 prepackaged bags of pretzels

Here is how I did it in 15 minutes-

I got out 10 baggies and 10 pieces of bread
then layered with sliced ham & cheese.  Spread PB on 4 slices.
I put jelly on the second slice for the PB & J.  Topped the ham & cheese with bread. Zipped up the bags.
Line them up in a plastic container.  (This is a clear shoe box)
Sliced oranges into half moons.  Plucked grapes off stems and bagged both in zipper bags.
The cheese comes individually wrapped so no prep there.
I am keeping everything in the refrigerator but the sandwiches can be frozen.
We have extra mustard and mayo packets from fast food places that I toss in if they want it.
Pretzels came individually packaged.
My kids like water in their lunches so I keep small water bottles on hand.
Ahhhh.  Isn’t she beautiful?  I am so excited, I may get to sleep an extra 5 minutes or maybe I will put on real clothes to take the kids to school instead of my pajamas! LOL!
This could all be tossed in a crisper drawer for easy reach for little ones.

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

WE LOVE TACOS!!  Really I mean, I could eat them every day.  My kids love them and they are so easy to make.  This recipe is one of our favorites using a beef roast and your slow cooker.  Dump all ingredients in the slow cooker and walk away.  After work you will have about 5 minutes of dinner prep time.  That’s it!  Easy!  Faster than the drive thru!

slow cooked shredded beef tacos


2 lb beef roast (any cut you like)

1 C. frozen chopped onion

1 T chili powder

1 T dried oregano

1 t minced garlic

4 oz can diced green chilies

14 oz can diced tomatoes


To Cook:

Place first 7 ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Shred meat with 2 forks and serve on flour tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado and sour cream if desired. 

Jalepeno Steak

Steak + Jalepenos = YUM!!

I think this is a marriage made for even a concrete cowboy.   Good ole steak with a  spicy twist.    We LOVE this recipe!  Double, triple or quadruple it and freeze for easy steak dinners in the weeks ahead.  OH my yes!  I think we will be adding this to our Memorial Day recipes. 

grilled jalepeno steak

Jalapeno Steak
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin
  2. 4 jalapenos
  3. 1 tsp minced garlic
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 1/4 cup lime juice
  6. 1 tbsp dried oregano
To Assemble
  1. Chop jalapenos (omit seeds for less spice) and garlic.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large zipper bag.
  3. Zip and mix around.
  4. Let steak marinate. 2-24 hours.
To Cook
  1. Grill steak on indoor grill 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
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7 Lucky Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Thirsty Thursday by Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com

It’s that time again! Another Thirsty Thursday with Brooke!

Today I bring you…

7LuckyDrinks7 of the luckiest drinks from the blogesphere.



green milk for st patrick's day2

I’ve mentioned before that I also write at CookedWithLoveByMom.Com, one of our contributors Holly from Our Holly Days shared her secret to getting her kiddos to guzzle drink their milk, at least on St. Patty’s day. Her green milk recipe is definitely something I will do when my little Polkadot realizes her drinks are different colors.


Mmmmm. I’m a huge fan of the morning smoothie and THIS smoothie from Will Cook For Friends sounds divine! Honeydew and Mint… So refreshing.


Who doesn’t love sherbet floats? Yeah, parties, baby showers, weddings… make a whole sherbet punch bowl for me. I’ll drink the whole thing! THESE Lime Sherbet Floats from Home Cooking Memories are sure to satisfy my sherbet punch cravings on St. Patrick’s Day.

shamrock juice

How adorable are THESE Shamrock Juice drinks from Creative Juice? I’m going to have to get a shamrock cookie cutter ASAP!


See earlier comments about my sherbet punch fascination… Another Shamrock Punch to curb those cravings, this one from Passion For Savings.

Shamrock Shake

What drew me in was no doubt the Thin Mints, (Hello Girl Scout Cookie season! The only solicitors I actually WELCOME to my door.) What kept me there was the liquor… This Shamrock Shake recipe from Smells Like Home  is sure to kick off your party!


Did somebody say Sangria? Wellllll yes! This Rainbow Sangria from The Taylor House is sure to impress  any wino you may have over for festivities.


So there they are… The 7 luckiest drinks to kick off your St. Patrick’s Day! From beginning to end, kid friendly and adult only, they’re all here! Hope you enjoy!

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Thirsty Thursday: Cherry Vanilla Lime Sprite

Thirsty Thursday by Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com


Thirsty Thursday: Cherry Vanilla Lime Sprite by Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com

A Cherry Vanilla Lime Sprite is a staple of my childhood. I have many memories of time spent with my Mom driving into a Sonic on summer night just to get our special treat. You must order it exactly as I’ve said, “Cherry Vanilla Lime Sprite”. This is not to be confused with a cherry vanilla limeade, trust me on this one.

Or you can forgo the possible mishap with the carhop and just make one yourself!

What you need:

*2 Tablespoons Cherry Juice (I use the juice from the cherry jar, could also use Cherry Grenadine)

*1 & 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

*2-3 Fresh Lime Wedges


To Make:

*Fill a glass with ice, pour in first two ingredients and then squeeze in the fresh lime juice.

*Pour in Sprite to fill the glass.

*Serve and enjoy!

Thirsty Thursday: Cherry Vanilla Lime Sprite by Brooke @5Dinners1Hour.Com

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Thirsty Thursday with Brooke: Apple Pie Moonshine

Thirsty Thursday by Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com

Today’s Thirsty Thursday recipe is another southern classic… Moonshine. This kind doesn’t involve a bathtub or a backwoods distillery though! ;-) My mom started making this a couple years ago and has continued to make it and we continue to drink it up.

Apple Pie Moonshine Recipe from Brooke, Thirsty Thursdays @

Whatcha Need:

1 Gallon of Apple Juice

4 Sticks of Cinnamon

1 TBS Apple Pie Spice

1/4 Cup Honey

750 mL Southern Comfort


To Make:

Remove 750 mL (1/5 th) of the Apple Juice from the gallon jug.

Add Cinnamon, Apple Pie Spice, and Honey to the container of Apple Juice.

Refrigerate and shake 2-3 times daily for 5-7 days.

After a week add in Southern Comfort. Serve cold.


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Thirsty Thursday with Brooke: Perfect Sweet Tea

Hi y’all! I’m Brooke the newest contributor to 5 Dinners in 1 Hour.

Thirsty Thursdays with Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com

A little about me: I’m a mid 20′s first time mom to one sweet little girl who I like to call Polkadot. I’m married to my best friend and soul mate G. Together the three of us live in the DFW metroplex of Texas. I have a personal blog where I talk about life as a new mom, arts, crafts, books to read, etc. at TwoTexasGals.Com, along with my Aunt Sarah. Over at CookedWithLoveByMom.Com I contribute on-the-go family meals. After you’re through searching 5 Dinners in 1 Hour take a gander over at Cooked With Love for some more recipe inspiration!

At 5 Dinners in 1 Hour I will be started a new series I like to call

ThirstyThursday by Brooke at 5Dinners1Hour.Com

Since I’m from the great state of Texas I would like to start off with a southern classic, Sweet Tea.

The Perfect Sweet Tea #ThirstyThursday #5Dinners1Hour

To Make:

Simply add 4 regular size tea bags (or 2 Family Size) to your coffee pot.

Let brew with 12 Cups of Water.

In a large pitcher add 1 1/2 Cup of Sugar.

Add tea and stir ’till the sugar is dissolved.

Add water to the brim and stir again.

Garnish with lemon and serve cold or over ice. Enjoy!

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