Natural Thyroid Tips, Connecting to Leptin

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Natural Thyroid Tips, Connecting to Leptin

Protein (as in real food protein and not powder) in the morning within 30 minutes of waking up can increase your leptin sensitivity which helps set your circadian rhythm.

Magnesium moves the leptin into the cell.

Leptin determines how efficiently your body burns fat.

What is a circadian rhythm?
It simply determines how much energy you have in the morning and how deeply you sleep at night.

Strengthening circadian rhythm is a powerful tool to boost thyroid function.

You are unique in how your body functions. No one can tell you if morning protein consumption is the right path.

Every individual is different.

I call it “becoming your own boss.” I can’t tell you, your Functional Medicine Doctor can’t tell you, and it may be different for your best friend.

Only through discovery and action will you know if this is a good fit for you.

-It is more accurate than any test.

-it can only be accessed through real-life experience.

-It is time for you to take your power back.

Keep it simple. Take protein in the morning for 30 days and evaluate how you feel at the end.
BAM, you now have knowledge.

If it works, continue. If it does not, remember to leave no stone unturned in becoming the best version of you.

If this does help you experience better energy and sleeping patterns make sure not to get stuck in a rut. Among clients, I see it usually take about 6 months of concentrated effort to build that leptin sensitivity that really boosts thyroid function.
Can we talk about the process that happens when it does not work?
Don’t get discouraged. Celebrate the fact you know for sure your leptin is not responding to this. The longer you walk away from creating health when things do not work the longer it will take you to get there.
One of the reasons it does not work for people is that they do not have the magnesium levels to move the leptin into the cell.

Healthy Fat Verses Plastic Fat

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Healthy Fat Versus Plastic Fat

Let’s talk healthy fat versus plastic fats. Which one do we want and what do they do?

Once you have a visual of what plastic fats do in your body it makes it easier to make sure it is a healthy fat going into your mouth.

First, let’s talk about how plastic fats even came to be. It all started in the ’20s. Food manufacturers needed something to prolong the shelf life of food. The very first trans fat to be on the market was Crisco in 1911 by Proctor and Gamble. I grew up eating pies that my mom always used Crisco for the flakiest crust ever. Which is one of the reasons so many have a hard time sticking to better food choices. We have memories and associations with that flaky pie crust.

Did Your Mom Use Crisco for Pie Crust?

How is trans fat even made? Trans fats are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Most trans fats in processed food are called  “partially hydrogenated oils.” The upside for companies is that it creates a longer shelf life for the food. The downside to using them is what is walking you away from being healthy. So can we talk about it? My goal is simple. to get you thinking about what you are putting in your mouth.

My goal is to help you make better (not perfect) food choices

Better but not perfect. You do not have to eat 100% perfect to create better health. That is a broken mentality that unhealthy people hold strongly. If that is you just let it go as of this moment.

Back to the point, please

Plastic fats in your body are breaking down all the areas that so many people struggle with. let’s get right to the cellular level so you can visualize the process.

Plastic Fats break stop your cells from working properly

When it is time for your body to produce a new cell it needs materials. Ideally, you are eating healthy fats. If so your body uses those fats to create the cell wall. The cell wall holds the voltage for your cell. This voltage determines the ATP energy right in the middle of the cell.

We Have a Problem Using Old Material For New Cells

Your cell went to create a new cell but you just ate that microwave popcorn. Did you know it was soaked in trans fats?  Or that can of frosting you just ate by the spoonful. So many packaged foods have plastic fats. They do not even have to list them in the ingredients if the per serving falls under a certain percentage.


Many companies change the serving size to keep this from being listed.

So your body needed the new cells but it had to pull from the plastic fat. When the cell has plastic fat for the cell wall it does not send out the communication to other cells. Once the cell becomes hungry your body responds and sends the cell glucose and insulin but the cell made with plastic trans fats cannot receive the glucose and insulin. It cannot penetrate the wall of the cell.  So the cell sends the signal again that it is hungry. The body sends more glucose and insulin. Eventually, the cell is flooded with insulin and glucose that cannot go into the cell because of the plastic wall.

So the glucose gets stored as fat and the insulin washing through your body creates type Insulin resistance that leads to Type 2 Diabetes. Do you see the problem with a plastic cell wall? It is almost as bad as plastic shoes!! Wait, perspective, it is worse than plastic shoes. I know, I know, not much is worse than plastic shoes.

Your Brain on Plastic Fats

Your brain needs fat to function. When plastic fats are available your brain is not able to uptake crucial neurotransmitters like serotonin. Causing depression issues because of that cell wall having to be made from plastic fat.

All or Nothing

So is there a difference from natural trans fats compared to man-made trans fats? Yes, your body is able to produce a healthy cell with a natural trans fat found in the following so make sure not to throw out all of them. natural versus synthetic is different.

Healthy Fats




coconut oil


extra virgin olive oil


mct oil

dark chocolate

full fat dairy

Which is your favorite from the above list?

Remember not all the foods listed will be a good fit for everyone.

Synthetic Trans Fats







microwave popcorn

cream filled candies


fried fast food

 frozen pizzas

bottled salad dressings

 Making sure you are eating healthy fats is crucial for this journey of health.

The Dangers Of 5G

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The Dangers Of 5G 

Do you ever worry about the danger of 5G?

It is an area that seems to polarize people. You either get a roll of the eyes or a passionate response of the dangers of the new technology that is starting to roll out.

So Which side are you on?

After watching the difference in my Core7 group on their sleeping patterns just by turning off the wifi at night I am convinced that it is something we must be taking seriously.

5 Simple Steps To Protect Yourself From 5G

  1. get your phone out of your back pocket
  2. put your laptop on a table and start calling it a tabletop instead of a laptop
  3. wear blue light blocking glasses (I think this company makes some super cute ones)
  4. sit further away from your screen, 24 inches is shown to be best
  5. turn your phone to airplane mode as often as possible

Did you know that the blue light from computers is just a step down form ultraviolet rays? We know those rays are not good for us but are we protecting ourselves from the blue rays generated from all the screen time?

Firefighters Do Not Want 5g

In response to complaints from fire fighters subjected to 5G antennas, the International Association of Fire Fighters has gone on record as opposing “the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity…is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.”

Melatonin Is Crucial

One of the first things to understand about 5G is that is changes the way our body produces melatonin. Melatonin determines the value and quality of our sleep. Without restorative sleep we have higher levels of cortisol. With higher levels of cortisol we leak our magnesium. We leak our magnesium and we weaken the foundation that everything is built on.


TedX On 5G

Wireless Wake Up Call

A Study on 5G and Your Pineal Gland That Produces Melatonin

So tell me, do you do anything to offset the EMF’s you are exposed to. I realized that I want to be considered an EMF Advocate. Lauren in our Core7 group actually bought smart meter guards for all of the homes connected to her home. Brilliant move Lauren. Do you have a smart meter?

Leave a comment below and let’s talk.

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

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Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Do you love soup? They are comforting, warm and just such a cozy up and slow down kind of food.

This specific soup is one of those recipes that you can make super fast and get good flavor or take some time and get amazing knock your socks off kind of flavor. We do both.


4 cups of beef broth. This is where you can go fast and use a box or go slow and make your own.

5 large red onions sliced

1/2 stick of butter

3 Tablespoons of the best olive oil you can get your hands on

1 cup of  marsala cooking wine

or use the following three ingredients

The non alcohol version is made by the following three ingredients being mixed together.

1 cup white grape juice

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

1 tablespoon  vanilla

Mixed together in place of the marsala

2 tsp minced thyme

Five cloves of garlic sliced

Dried out french bread sliced (usually two slices per person) Because everyone needs two bowls of this soup.

Provolone cheese sliced. One slice for every bowl served.

Take sliced onions, simmer with butter and olive oil until caramelized. The more time you take caramelizing these onions the better it will taste. Sometimes life comes at you fast though and you need to go quick. it will still taste delish.

Add chopped garlic and cook for an additional three-four minutes.

Add thyme

Pour in the cooking wine and let simmer on low heat for five minutes.

Pour in beef broth.

Let simmer on low for 30 minutes.

Divide in oven proof bowls and then top with bread and a slice of cheese.

Broil until cheese is bubbly. This can turn fast so keep any eye on it.





Best Apps 2018

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Best Apps 2018


Do you run your life from your phone?

These are the apps I go to over and over.


The following are in no particular order.

TED: I am a TED junkie. I love the information and listen daily. This app will put talks in my feed I would not have normally chosen and I have found some nuggets.

Forrest: This app grows tress when you are not staying on task on your phone. I truly have grown a forrest but it helps me get back on track.

Simple Habit: Meditation made easy for busy people.

Plant Nanny: No mocking me. This pone helps me stay hydrated and I am not telling you how many plants I maintain.

Free Flow: One of the few games I will let my grandkids play on my phone. Helps build visual spacing and improve brain function.

Canva:I gave up trying to master photoshop and use canva. More limited but I can navigate it.

Zappos: Shoes people. I love shoes.

Unfold:My favorite app for templates for instagram stories.

Plann: Best way to plan a blog like post for instagram and see what it will look like visually.

Breethe: Sometimes there are so many ideas running through my brain and I need help calming it down.

FavorEats: Download your recipes from pinterest and actually use them.

Chefling: Gives you ideas as to what you can cook with what you have in your pantry.

Time Hop: It gives you pictures of the previous year. We love this one.

Google Keep: This is a daily use app. Think of it like a post it note for your phone.

Happy Color: A little spot of creativity in the middle of the day.

So now I have told you mine share yours? Leave a comment below with your favorite app.

Pear Pomegranate Clafoutis Recipe

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Pear Pomegranate Clafoutis Recipe

Seriously healthy enough to eat for breakfast and so simple to make.

Does it get any better? My family celebrates Thanksgiving a week early so that we can prep for our annual Calm Black Friday event. This is the perfect time of year to serve this dessert that has been enjoyed by all.

Pear Pomegranate Clafoutis Recipe


4 eggs

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup or agave if you must but agave is so processed.

1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut milk (the coconut milk is from a can–no the drinking coconut)

If using coconut milk it really changes the flavor profile but if you need it to be dairy free use it.

1/2 cup of melted butter (dairy free version use 1/4 cup of applesauce)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of blanched almond flour. The only kind that works in this recipe is Honeyville.

Trust me on this one and  do not use the stuff you buy in the grocery store.

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 large pears peeled and sliced


Butter a nine inch pie pan. I use a stoneware pie pan with a fluted edge.

Whisk together the honey, eggs, cream butter and vanilla.

In another bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.

Whisk the contents of both bowls together.

Lay the pears in the pie pan and pour the combined bowls over the top.

Cook for 45-55 minutes at 325 degrees.

As it cooks this will create the consistency of something between a cake and a custard. The fruit rises to the top and it is just beautiful. We like to let it cool and then sprinkle fresh pomegranates  seeds on it.


Calm Black Friday 2018

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Calm Black Friday 2018

It is here. It is almost here.

Check out our Facebook Event for Calm Black Friday this year. Daily giveaways to help us get the word out will be happening.

We need to explain about Living the Good Life and how Calm Black Friday came to be.

12 bottles of lotion around my kitchen table.

12 bottles and it took me two batches to make that many.

Friends told their friends  and they came and bought them.

The next year I tripled the batch and they came and bought them.

The next year I made lotion for  weeks in advance. I sold out of lotion.

The next year we rented a booth and I prepped for a month to have enough lotion. My kids worked along beside me and it paid for Christmas presents for them. All of them wanted ipods that year and we were still  financially not caught up from my health crash. The money helped put those ipods under the tree.

We moved into a retail space.

Friends told their friends.

We needed a warehouse.

We rented a warehouse.

We outgrew the warehouse.

Warehouse Moving AGAIN

We moved to a new warehouse with a loading dock to accommodate the pallets of raw materials we needed to create product.

Fast forward to our new retail space with our warehouse attached. Insert a hooray!

953 West 700 North Suite 104 Logan Utah

Calm Black Friday is now a way for me to show gratitude to the community for being a part of this journey we call Living the Good Life.

During one of those first black Friday’s we had a problem.

Women pushed each other to grab the last bottle of product.

Not Cool

So we really emphasize the Calm in Black Friday. The lotion is now made in 300 bottle lotion batches and each scent will have numerous production runs. I am clueless how to make the lotion as my daughter Meghan runs her Team at the warehouse and runs the wholesale division and product development  at Living the Good Life Naturally.

My husband Morgan loves talking with everyone and serves healthy hot chocolate every year. He actually flew in to serve it this year. He is a tradition man and  loves meeting up with people who show up every year for our party. So we have learned a few things along the way and our goal is to always make it better each year. So here goes for this year.

Online and retail will happen very differently.


Starts at 6 AM MST Friday November 23rd.

Those on our newsletter will receive some specials that no one else does.

This sale is while supplies last.

We will run out of product. Our goal is to produce enough but we can already tell.

Shipping will be FREE for orders over 30.00.

Almost EVERYTHING will be on sale.

The best pricing on magnesium all year long.

The best pricing on our bath and body products all year long.

A gift from me to you  in every box. Imagine me saying thank you while you and I sit and sip something nutritious and delicious with you.

Randomly throughout the day  numerous online orders will receive a free jug of magnesium or a 50.00 gift bag full of some of my favorite things. These will be picked at random and you will not know you are receiving it until it shows up on your doorstep. 20 winners will be chosen.

Shipping does take longer than usual to get everything to you wrapped and arriving safely.

Retail Location

953 West 700 North  Suite 104 Logan, Utah


Doors open Friday morning at 10:00 AM

Everyone will receive an armband.

This armband will put you in a group that prizes will be drawn. Spreading the magnesium love to the entire line instead of the first ten people in line.

Healthy Hot Chocolate will be served.

My favorite healthy marshmallow recipe will be put in all bags.

Gifts will be given out.

Drawings will happen throughout our sale.

Magnesium will be given away.

50 dollar gift bags will be given away.

Products from Moonbeam Apparel, Glo-Mobile Tanning, Leather Love by Amy, Huckleberry Paper and Gigi Cupcakes.

Olivia Lindhardt will be serenading us with Christmas Music.

Morgan will serve healthy hot chocolate.

The Giving Tree

We love everything that the Little Lamb’s Foundation does for foster care children. So you will be able to purchase a tag from our giving tree that will go straight to Little Lamb’s.

Team Good Life will then sleep.



Magnesium During Pregnancy

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Should we call these quick questions of the day? Here’s a question that came in today about magnesium: Is it safe to use while I’m pregnant? Oh my goodness, yes! So let’s talk a little bit about magnesium and pregnancy and what it does for the baby.

As the baby comes down the birth canal, that head needs to tuck in to make that transition. How far it can tuck in depends on the levels of mom’s magnesium that she can give to the baby. Acid reflux in a baby was magnesium deficiency in the Mama. A healthy liver in a baby is directly related to magnesium levels in the Momma.

So when we take a pregnant woman and she soaks, we’re getting 2-for-1! We are getting magnesium levels up in mom, and we’re getting magnesium levels up in the baby. It is absolutely critical to go into that labor and delivery with cell saturation because when you do, your body is able to relax and have an easier transition to bring that baby into this world.

Is magnesium ok for pregnant Mamas? Yes! Is it mandatory? Yes, and my goal is to just keep talking about it from the top of the mountains so that everybody knows how important magnesium really is. Not just for children, not just for moms, but especially for pregnant moms.

16 Lessons Learned After 16 Years of Business

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16 years ago today I was making a bar of soap for the first time. Never realizing what it would lead too. It has not been all sunshine and roses though so I wanted to share what I have learned.


  1. It always comes down to relationships
  2. Surround yourself with people who are smart
  3. Sometimes you have to end a relationship, end it with dignity and keep their name safe
  4. Step away from dreaming and take action
  5. Some people will not understand your dream. They think it will diminish their dream. Determine how often you hang out with that kind of person
  6. Focus on the things you do best and hire out everything else
  7. Always be open to learning
  8. Create systems and write them down.
  9. Know your numbers, repeat. Know your numbers.
  10. Celebrate every step of growth no matter how small
  11. Keep writing thank you notes no matter how busy you are
  12. Ask better questions
  13. Stop comparing yourself to others, run your own race
  14. Kindness counts
  15. It never happens as fast as you think it will, don’t stop five minutes before your miracle happens
  16. Don’t let it consume you, take a break and live a life filled with deep connection. Those are the moments that will bring the greatest insight to tap you into your inspiration to make the world a better place