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One of the goals for the members in the RUBY Health and Wellness Center is to share ideas and tips for healthy living. This can include physical health - ideas to help us all take good care of ourselves, mental health - ways to focus on the positive, peaceful, and uplifting aspects of life, and spiritual health - tell us how you maintain a positive spiritual connection with God and with the other people in your life. We can learn from one another, and offer words of encouragement and support along the way!

What are you doing today to take care of yourself?
May 15th 2017



May 11th 2017

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, people sitting and childImage may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, wedding and suitSo here is a little transformation to share with you. Those of you have known me longer in life will remember what I looked like in my youth. Anyway, I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and I didn't have to worry a bit about gaining weight. It was awesome! I had a baby at 19 and bounced right back to my pre-baby weight/size.

I had a baby at 21 and I bounced back just like I did with baby number 1. I was that girl that you hated. Until I had baby number 3. Then I became the one who hated the girls I used to be.

Right before I got pregnant with baby number 3 I found out I had a thyroid issue.... hence the never gaining any weight and eating whatever I wanted. Once I started taking medicine for the thyroid I started gaining weight. Once I had baby number 3, I did not bounce back.... not. even. close! I was actually devastated.

I had zero clothes that fit me and I was very sad. I didn't let it get to me too much, but deep down, I started hating how I looked. That started nearly 8 years ago (our Liesl Sue will be 8 in November!). Ever since then I've just slowly allowed myself to slip away, physically. And I avoided the camera as much as possible.

Well not anymore! When I was pregnant with baby number 7, I found out I had Image may contain: 4 people, indoorGestational Diabetes. This forced me to start paying attention to what I was eating and my health. Since giving birth 7 weeks ago (holy moly! Where did the last 7 weeks go?!) I have found out that I do not have type 2 diabetes but that I my A1c number is in the pre-diabetes range. I don't want to have diabetes and I want to be healthy. I want to feel good about myself. So I'm making changes. By no means do I expect to ever be a size 1 or 2 like I used to be! But just to be healthy and fee amazing. And to not hide from the camera, no more!

So that is why I am eating healthier and exercising, every day!

**Edited to add: after Liesl was born (#3) my thyroid actually worked itself out and I no longer have a thyroid issue.**


May 11th 2017

Thanks Momma Suz - I'll need to get some of my experiences posted here, too. I think that having a bit of support and encouragement, along with a place to ask questions, will be helpful to any one who wants to get, and stay, healthy.

May 11th 2017

How B Vitamins Help You Lose Weight.

Vitamin B can help you lose weight but only when all forms of vitamin B are taken together. There are eight B-vitamins, which include thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12). The B-group vitamins are found in many foods, they are water-soluble and delicate. Extended cooking, food processing and alcohol can destroy or reduce the availability of many of these vitamins. Most of these vitamins canít be made by the body and have to be consumed regularly as part of a well-balanced diet. The vitamin B complex specifically helps with weight loss because it breaks down fats, proteins and carbohydrates by restoring proper digestion. A healthy digestion system rids your body of toxins that can slow down functions that could inhibit weight loss. All these B-vitamins keep your metabolism running smoothly and ensure a healthy thyroid, so any deficiencies in these can affect thyroid function and consequently affect metabolism.

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine)
Thiamine is also known as vitamin B1. The water-soluble vitamin that is required for the proper metabolism of starch and sugar in order to provide energy to the body. Thiamine also plays an integral role in nerve function. B1 also helps the heart and other muscles function properly.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin is involved in energy metabolism and helps the thyroid function properly. Vitamin B2 aids in weight loss by releasing the unused energy in the body and preventing unused energy from turning into fat. Vitamin B2 is crucial for the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. People who exercise daily are usually low in B2.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
B3 support healthy carbohydrate metabolism. The water-soluble vitamin Niacin is essential for the body to convert carbohydrates, fat and alcohol into energy. Vitamin B3 aids in the normal maintenance of thyroid hormone production. It helps maintain skin health and supports the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. B3 is also a component of the glucose tolerance factor which is released every time your blood sugar rises. Niacin is usually not lost during the cooking process, unlike most other B group vitamins. The severe lack of Niacin can be a contributing factor for obesity.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B5 plays an important role in weight loss. Vitamin B5 is involved in energy production and helps to control fat metabolism. Pantothenic acid is needed to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol as well as produce red blood cells and steroid hormones. Vitamin B5 also aids in digestion and helps break down fat and carbohydrates, thus giving more energy and boosting one's metabolism, which also helps with weight loss.

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Pyridoxine plays an integral role in the metabolism of fats, particularly fatty acids which are unsaturated and help to supply fuel to cells, which are then able to burn energy. Vitamin B6 helps with the regulation and production of thyroid hormones. B6 is also required for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Vitamin B6 helps the pancreas produce enzymes that aid indigestion. Proper digestion will make one feel full longer, thus resulting in weight loss.

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Vitamin B7 is needed for energy metabolism, fat synthesis, amino acid metabolism and glycogen synthesis. Biotin improves blood-sugar control. People who exercise often have an increased need for biotin for several reasons: Increased metabolism resulting in the loss of this vitamin in urine or sweat, need for tissue repair and maintenance.

Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Vitamin B9 helps the body convert the food you eat into glucose, which your body uses for energy. Folate can help protect against heart disease, age-related hearing loss, macular degeneration and depression. It also plays a role in nervous system function and is vital for the development of a fetus' neural tube. What it doesn't do, however, is affect weight loss. Deficiency in vitamin B9 can result in symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, anemia, diarrhea, weakness, weight loss, malnutrition, headache, mood swing, insomnia, breathing difficulty, heart palpitations, paranoia and memory problems. A chronic vitamin B9 deficiency can lead to a condition called megaloblastic anemia may develop. Sufficient intake of vitamin B9 will help to prevent these symptoms.

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Vitamin B12 usually gets the most attention for helping boost energy levels and with losing weight. Vitamin B12 supports red blood cell formation in the body. It will also assist in the removal of toxins and free radicals produced from oxygen metabolism. B12 also affects the synthesis of fatty acids and the production of energy. B12 is necessary for digestion, protein synthesis, absorption of foods, and the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. Athletes and fitness devotees may have low B12 due to the demand for this vitamin to repair damaged blood cells and injured muscle tissue; and to carry more oxygen in the blood while exercising.

The combined action of these vitamins aids weight loss by allowing the body to properly metabolize and process the foods you eat. Many studies show how effective vitamins B are for weight loss so eat your B vitamins buy consuming fresh organic whole foods or take a high quality full spectrum B supplement like B Lite.

You can find more about BLite by going to my website and reading there. You can also sign up to be a brand fan fo FREE and save $5 per bottle on your high quality B Vitamins! These are the vitamins that started teaching me how your body needs quality, not fillers, to function properly!


May 10th 2017

Hello everyone and thank you, I'm glad to be part of this group too !


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