November 12, 2019

What’s Your Type?

Posted in Devotional, health and wellness tagged , , , , , at 6:20 am by Broken & Brave

Just breathe. Just relax. Rest. Don’t you know proper rest is essential for proper recovery and immune health? All statements you may have heard before.

Our Parasympathetic Nervous System is our bodies way of regulating involuntary activities. It is a part of the Autonomic Nervous System and it tells our body what to do without our having to think about it. It just happens automatically. It says such things as “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed”. This is because it is the system that tells us to relax and take it easy and it is also the system that stimulates sexual arousal.

The other part of the Autonomic System is the Sympathetic Nervous System. This system tells us to do the opposite. It’s a sort of “fight or flight” system.

Did you know that each individual can be prone to dependence on one or the other? It’s true. Individuals who have an ectomorphic body type (type I) tend to be more Sympathetic NS dependent giving them a long linear frame and ability to burn body fat and calories extremely well, sometimes too well. Endomorphic body types (type O) tend to store body fat, be more sedentary and struggle with a constant desire for food. These individuals tend to be Parasympathetic System (PNS) dominant. Those mesomorph (type V) body types tend to balance in the middle of the two systems and tend to posses a muscular frame and athletic build.

So have you determined which type you are?

We all have a type we wish we had or are drawn to. We all fit into one of these categories of types of body structures. But can I draw your attention to something deeper this morning?

Did you know you are God’s type?

We live in a world that is ever increasing in shallow and superficial focus and desires. We somewhere along the way strayed away from deeper things, stronger faith, healthy self image (because we weren’t all that entirely focused on our image to begin with). We once had plain and humble confidence in a Creator who created us to add value to the world around us, demonstrate gratitude and confidence in knowing all of life, well it isn’t about you, and that’s a good thing. How empty would life truly be if we knew we were only here for ourselves? I don’t know how many would truly enjoy lasting joy and edification with that sort of reality. Material success can be accomplished in this manner, but I’m not so sure the inside a heart of a man or woman could ever be content with this. There would always be a need for more. There would always be a lack of satisfaction.

So with all of that—don’t forget. God created you.

Heaven selected every detail about you, whether you are content with it or not. He likes the shape of your eyes, your body size and shape, your smile, your laugh and He cares about every aspect of you—even whether or not you can dance! He likes it all, every detail about you right down to every cell and system in your body. He designed you with great detail.

So if our bodies have such intricate design, don’t you think there was in fact a higher power who designed it? Seems all a little to advanced to be by chance, wouldn’t you agree? I know it takes faith to believe in God. But He believes in you after all. I am praying today He gives you an ounce of proof to prove to you how genuine His Love is for you. Trust me, an ounce of Him is all it will take for your heart to agree. That’s how rich and satisfying His Love truly is.

So whatever your type, even type O who may be on a diet right now, eat and drink deeply of Faith. It will satisfy and satiate, and man, you will feel great!

I pray Bold and Bountiful blessings over you today! ~Nicole

“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

1 Corinthians 15:44

November 4, 2019

Drink Up!

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , at 3:38 pm by Broken & Brave

Dehydration—an abnormal loss of water from the body, especially from illness or physical exertion.

We all know what it is, but how can we create strategies to overcome chronic battles with it?

It’s very common in my industry, fitness and wellness, to encounter people who are chronically dehydrated. There are a variety of contributing factors. So if you find yourself dehydrated take note of this check list and assess!

Possible reasons for dehydration:

•you consume too much caffeine or energy drinks.

•you choose high calorie drinks instead of water (this could include the caffeine category if you are frequenting coffee houses for designer coffees)

•you are consuming too much alcohol.

How did you do?

Your body requires proper fluid balance for your body to function well. Often times people misinterpret their feeling of dehydration as hunger and they eat instead of drink.

How do I fix it?

•Keep a fluids journal and track your intake of water, caffeine, caloric drinks and alcohol.

•Keep a large bottle of water with you at all times. This is called a “water trigger” because it will be a visual reminder to drink.

•Drink two cups of water with every meal.

•Supplement your diet with a quality rehydration beverage full of electrolytes and antioxidants.

You will notice some positive changes in both how you look and feel when you receive adequate water. Your skin will be radiant and possibly clear blemishes. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the two ways we eliminate waste. You may notice you feel less fatigued and have more energy. Also, drinking water may assist in weight loss.

So go ahead, drink up! Just make sure it’s water in your cup! The benefits will overflow in your health and possibly your waistline!

Eat well, live strong!

~Nicole

Hydration beverage I use:

IDLife Hydrate

IDLife Hydrate is a superior sports powder mix packed with vitamins, electrolytes and coconut water to fuel your body and help keep you hydrated throughout the day.*

 https://nextlevelteam.idlife.com/hydrate

**I appreciate your confidence in my recommendation. Because I like hydrate so much, I distribute it and will receive a commission if you should order. So thank you! I adore helping others look and feel their best.

November 1, 2019

Intentional Living

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Tim. 4:8

Sometimes in life we’ve got to make a hard pivot! Click the link for encouragement toward healthy pivots toward better health, wellness & relationships.

Be inspired! ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/body/intentional-living/

October 24, 2019

Collagen

Posted in health and wellness, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:32 am by Broken & Brave

Atherosclerosis or ‘Hardening of the arteries’ is an inflammatory problem of the vasculature where lipids are oxidized in the vascular wall. This leads to loss of function, potential occlusion of the artery or plaque rupture & thrombosis.
High cholesterol diets can promote these events. In this study a STATIN was compared to the red carotenoid, astaxanthin, as well as lycopene. Astaxanthin was very effective, in limiting the inflammation, as well as vascular damage and lowered lipid levels in the blood.
Dietary intake is limited for astaxanthin: it is normally found in salmon but at low levels. So here is a classic case for dietary supplementation to take advantage of the remarkable benefits.” 
Dr. Mark Miller 

*no medical or curative claims, just good Science and good nutrition.

Nextlevelcoach.com

Exercise, eating healthy, Whole Foods and drinking plenty of water are key foundations to youthful and vibrant skin that can endure and last. As we age collagen begins to break down…we lose about 1% a year. Yikes! But we can take it all in stride and protect our collagen structure with quality supplementation. Many brands in the market, but I have chosen the recommendation of my friend Dr. Stanley Dudrick. Dr. Dudrick is recognized as one of the top 50 most influential physicians in American history. Dr. Dudrick invented TPN (intravenous nutrition), life flight and has researched collagen for many years. According to him, our entire body has a collagen skeleton. We often think of our skin for collagen, but all of you is collagen! So what better way to protect it than by practicing the basics and adding a quality supplement.

My choice, Dr. Dudrick’s choice, is Glow from AdvoCare. Click the link and check it out! Let me know how you like it!

Nicole

https://www.advocare.com/9507230/store/product/w3031-advocare-glow-skin

**I am compensated for any sales made from this link and I am a believer in this product!**

October 19, 2019

Broken Places Make Us Brave

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 7:40 am by Broken & Brave

Got Some Goals?

So every goal you have ever set for your health and fitness or every other aspect of your life–it’s not too late. It’s not forsaken, it’s not beyond you or behind you. He is still with you and if you keep going–so will He!

You have been forged from the Rock.

You MIGHT as well be granite because you are ROCK SOLID !

God is Intentional about your Redemption.  I think that’s pretty incredible. ~Nicole

“You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.” John 13:13

http://brokenandbrave.com/uncategorized/broken-places-make-us-brave/

September 29, 2019

Robust

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:41 am by Broken & Brave

It takes grapes to make wine.

Gorgeous grapes that need to be crushed in order for their boldest flavor to come out.

Is life leaving you crushed?

Continue on with the link to read about my wine making friend…

~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/robust/

September 26, 2019

Fall Fitness Game On!

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , at 1:17 pm by Broken & Brave

Head into fall with your mind right! 21 exercise benefits as well as a few of my favorite supplements to give you the performance edge on your wellness goals!

Head into fall GAME STRONG!

I know you can do this! ~Nicole

http://eepurl.com/gED4AD

September 20, 2019

Sculpted

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:29 am by Broken & Brave

Never get so caught up in who you think you aren’t that you forget who you are.

You are significant and can do all etched within your heart to do.♥️

Click the link for a short blog post on the Constance of care extended toward you every day.

Be encouraged!

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/sculpted-2/

August 28, 2019

Health & Wellness

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , at 9:34 pm by Broken & Brave

Benefits of Supplementing with BCAA’s

Supplementing with Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) has shown 5 strong benefits.

1. Increases testosterone and reduces cortisol. This creates a quality hormonal environment.

2. Inhibitor of Catabolism. Catabolism is “breaking down”, in this case, prevents the breaking down of muscle. Research shows we cannibalize a certain amount of muscle tissue during exercise. BCAA’s work like shrink wrap on your muscle inhibiting this process and telling the body to utilize body fat for energy.

3. Reduces fat and stimulates muscle growth. BCAA’s basically take energy from fat instead of muscles (mentioned in 2).

4. BCAA’s decrease muscle damage or Inflammation caused by high intensity training.

5. BCAA’s are beneficial for the enhancement and growth of muscle.

You may not be looking to build lots of muscle, but even ladies need muscle tone. Quality muscle tone will burn more calories (which also means you can consume more calories without a calorie surplus), and it will give you a lean and sculpted look. 

Ive been using the ID Life Lean, BCAA’s and it has enhanced my fat burning! I am loving it!

Supplements are not a substitute for quality calories/nutrition. However, they can give a critical edge to reaching your health, wellness and fitness goals. Eat well, live strong. ~Nicole

https://nextlevelteam.idlife.com/shop/products/lean-jar?taxon_id=67

(Should you order any Lean I will be compensated a commission.)

July 23, 2019

Fueled

Posted in health and wellness tagged , , , , , , , , at 5:27 am by Broken & Brave

What will you eat today?

Food is fuel, well it’s actually so much more, but here’s what I know. How you fuel decides how you feel. Make good decisions today. Mind, Body, Soul…it’s all connected. Balance living makes you whole!

When you realize Heaven is decided upon you, you understand that others are captivated by you, too, and want you around for a long time. Read my short blog piece for better health and living. ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/fueled-whats-in-your-tank/

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