How to Manage Daytime Hunger

How to Manage Daytime Hunger

I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.Talk with your health care provider about a diabetes management plan that’s right for you. #GlucernaHungerSmart #CollectiveBias

Since I moved in with my BFF and her diabetic mom I have stopped buying the tempting, quick foods I used to. Now, I’m making the majority of meals and snacks from scratch, carefully choosing ingredients and how I prepare them. One of the hardest things about being diabetic is managing hunger in a way that won’t spike sugar levels but still leave you satisfied. (more…)

Take the Pain out of UTIs with Uricalm + Giveaway

Take the Pain out of UTIs with Uricalm + Giveaway

This post brought to you by Uricalm®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Simple Beautiful Life.

I think I was 12 the first time it happened. I remember crying because it hurt so bad when I used the bathroom. It felt like razor blades were ripping through my bladder. I remember going to the doctor and learning for the first time about urinary tract infections. It was all downhill from there. After a few visits, it was determined I was one of the lucky people with recurring UTIs. 

At first, we thought it was something I was doing; using the wrong soap, not wiping properly.. but turns out sometimes it just happens. In fact, it’s actually pretty common for women to experience recurring UTIs and even some men.

Fact: Up to half of all women will experience a painful UTI in their lifetimes and 20% will experience recurring UTIs. 

Here I am in my mid-thirties and still endure the pain and frustrations that come with urinary tract infections. Thankfully they are not as common as they were in the past, but they still suck. Uricalm sent me (for review purposes) a couple of their products to try: URICALM® MAX and URICALM® Cranberry. You can get a $3.00 coupon at www.uricalm.com

Heads up: You can get a $3.00 coupon at www.uricalm.com

Uricalm® MAX is an OTC medicine used to treat the pain associated with UTIs. It stops the urinary pain, the dreaded burning, and helps decrease the frequent urge to go. Basically, it’s exactly what you want when you have a UTI. The main active ingredient is 99.5 mg of Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride, which is clinically proven and at 199mg per dose this is the most UTI pain medication of this type you can buy over the counter.

I can personally vouch for this and the fast relief it provides. I’m talking, within 15 minutes of taking it fast relief. Luckily you can find it nationwide at most retailers.

Uricalm® Cranberry is a daily cranberry supplement that helps support urinary tract health*. The primary active ingredients in these are cranberries and D-mannose. Both ingredients have been shown (in studies) to help support a healthy urinary tract*. 

Did I mention these are chewable? Don’t worry – they don’t taste bad 🙂 They’re great for those of you who can’t stand to drink cranberry juice, but still want the health benefits that comes from them. You can take this daily.

The next time you experience or think you may experience UTI pain make sure you have Uricalm on hand! Why suffer if you don’t have to?! They’re gluten free and can be found at most national retailers, and with the $3.00 coupon, it is well worth it.

Like with everything in your medicine cabinet, please read and follow all directions before using.

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Leave me a comment sharing your tips on urinary tract health and how you deal with UTIs and you’ll have a chance to win! The winner will receive 1 Uricalm Max + 1 Uricalm Cranberry + coupons!

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Get Fast Relief for Sensitive Teeth with Tom’s of Maine #Reliefin60

Get Fast Relief for Sensitive Teeth with Tom’s of Maine #Reliefin60

Thanks, Tom’s of Maine, for sponsoring this post (opinions and thoughts are mine, as always)

Have you ever heard that saying, “Love is pain”? Well, I love chocolate, and ice cream, and hot tea and they all hurt my teeth. Imagine biting into a piece of chocolate only to have sharp jolts of pain radiate through your mouth. That’s what it is like for me with anything sweet, hot, or cold. When they hit my teeth it kind of feels like I am being electrocuted.

 

When you have sensitive teeth you learn to adjust, avoid, or just suck it up. Take it from me when I say that is no way to live.

If you have sensitive teeth I have some good news that doesn’t involve missing out on your favorite treats. Tom’s of Maine has developed a toothpaste designed to help those of us with sensitive teeth bypass the pain and enjoy our favorite things.

Tom's of Maine #Reliefin60

Fact: More than 40 million people suffer from sensitive teeth, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Tom’s of Maine has a new product that will be a game changer for those who suffer from sensitive teeth. Unlike other toothpaste that only numb the pain, new Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste seals the pathways to sensitive tooth nerves to help block the pain.

#Reliefin60: The best part of Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste is it is fast acting. 60-seconds fast! That’s right folks, this toothpaste offers pain relief within 60 seconds. Just rub the paste on the sensitive tooth (or teeth) and massage for one minute and the pain is gone. I have only used the toothpaste for a weekend and I am already a HUGE fan.

Tom's of Maine Relief in 60

I can’t tell you how great it feels to eat sweets without cringing in pain; and ice cream? Oh my goodness, yessss!!

Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste is the only toothpaste currently available in the US that uses a technology that combines naturally derived arginine and calcium carbonate to help seal out pain. When you use it regularly you can expect long-term pain relief, allowing you to enjoy those things that normally cause pain! I don’t know about you, but I think that is a great reason to celebrate.

Reliefin60

Need more reasons to love Tom’s of Maine? How about these:

  • NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors or preservatives

  • NO animal testing or animal ingredients

  • Fully recyclable packaging through TerraCycle Tom’s of Maine Recycling Program

  • Kosher and halal-certified

  • 10% of Tom’s of Maine’s profits go back to supporting people and the planet

You can find Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Amazon. For just $5.99 you’ll get a 4oz tube of fast and unmeasurable relief.

Treat Rosacea Symptoms with Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel

Treat Rosacea Symptoms with Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel

This post brought to you by Prosacea. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Simple Beautiful Life.

Is your blood pressure high?”

Have you been running/working out?”

Why is your face so red??!”

These are all questions I get on a regular basis. The truth is my blood pressure is good, if not a little low. I rarely run, and give up on a workout before I break a sweat. My face is so red because I have rosacea.

 Rosacea struggle

I got the Dx when I was 12, so I’ve been living with severe rosacea for a pretty long time. My face is always red, to varying degrees. For me, a rosacea flare-up brings on bumps and pustules that leave me heartbroken and ashamed. Not to mention the painful irritation that feels like a horrible sunburn. When you live with a condition that physically changes your appearance it takes its toll on you.

For years, I’ve used layer upon layer of concealer and foundation to try to hide the symptoms of my rosacea. I experiment with new brands, trying to find the ones that won’t worsen my condition or break me out. That’s not as easy as it sounds! What I really need is a product that treats the symptoms, not hides them.

Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel

Prosacea® Medicated Rosacea Gel is a dermatologist recommended, homeopathic formula designed to treat the symptoms of rosacea. It is used to heal rosacea instead of concealing it, which is what we all (rosacea sufferers) wish for! Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel is meant to control redness, bumps, and irritation associated with rosacea, and uses sulfur as the active ingredient. The light, water-based formulation goes on easily, absorbs quickly, and provides a flawless finish under makeup. Aloe also helps soothe dry, reddened skin

Prosacea is the #1 over-the-counter rosacea treatment and has a 90% satisfaction rate from its users. I started out with one application, it is recommended to use it between 1 and 3 times a day. I noticed slight fading after the first use so I decided to try a twice daily application. Unfortunately, I discovered I have a mild sulfur sensitivity and twice daily was a bit too much for me. My dermatologist suggested only using it once, every other day which is what I plan to do. I’m hoping to see some major results as my dermatologist has nothing but good things to say about it!

My dermatologist suggested only using it once, every other day, which is what I plan to do. I’m hoping to see some major results as my Dr. has nothing but good things to say about it!

Rosacea After first use of Prosacea

Rosacea After first use of Prosacea

Rosacea after 4 uses

Rosacea after 4 uses

If you have rosacea, mild or severe, you should definitely give Prosacea a try. It has tons of positive reviews from users which shows me it works. You can find it in the first aid aisle of your local Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and several other retailers nationwide. The best part is it’s only $10, and there is a $3.00 coupon you can download and print at home. Get the coupon here: http://www.Prosacea.com!

Tell me about your rosacea and win!

I’d love to know how you deal with Rosacea. Leave me a comment sharing a personal tip on how you face rosacea (make-up tricks and tips for example). By leaving a comment you’ll be entered in a contest to win a Prosacea care package!

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30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program with Nature Made

30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program with Nature Made

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Have you ever woke up (or been kept awake) with the thought “What am I doing?” Do you ever question the choices you make regarding your health and wellbeing? Do you want to enhance your life and ditch bad habits?

Hopefully, you answered yes to at least one of those questions because then you can understand where I am in life.

There are so many things I want to change in my lifestyle and it gets a little overwhelming at times. When I start to think of all of my bad habits and the poor choices I make I wonder how I could ever tackle all of my goals. It seems impossible which kinda crushes the mood for me. Most of the time when this happens I shrug it off and eat a donut, like my yearning to get healthier just faded away.

I guess the most important thing for changing your lifestyle is actually starting somewhere. That’s what I did when I started on Nature Made’s 30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program.

What is the 30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program

The 30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program is Nature Made‘s effort to encourage us to live our healthiest lives, one good habit at a time. Nature Made is the nation’s #1 best-selling brand of quality vitamins, minerals and supplements** to help support nutritional gaps.

30-Day Healthy Habit Builder Program

When you sign up you’re asked to pick 4 healthy habits to build over 30 days. There are weekly challenges in place to help you keep these habits in your routine. then you complete weekly challenges to make those habits part of your routine. You even get prizes, coupons, and more as you progress towards your goals!

There are prizes, coupons, and more as you progress through the program, ultimately reaching your goals! You’ll also get motivation and tips to meet your specific health goals in addition to being automatically entered to win the grand prize of $5,000**.

Nature Made at Walmart

After I learned about the program I started to wonder which vitamins would be best for me. I’ve always taken an all-in-one vitamin as opposed to a vitamin with a specific purpose. I browsed the huge selection of Nature Made vitamins at Walmart (great prices!) and found one that sounded just perfect!

 Nature Made

A vitamin that helped reduce stress while increasing energy and immune system support. Since I have a vitamin B deficiency, the choice was a no-brainer. I went with the Stress B-Complex and have made it a point to take them a directed (daily).

When I’m feeling lazy, or just need a little boost I head to the Nature Made Daily Boost program for inspiration and help to reach my health goals. I can also get a sneak peek at what other Nature Made fans are doing to stay healthy, which is great motivation!

To help you start making healthy habits here is your chance to win one of 20 $50 Walmart gift cards. *I-C will randomly select 20 winners from all program entries and will handle fulfillment of the winning prizes.

Nature Made Wellness 4

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* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C) 18 YEARS AND OLDER.VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Enter by 3/31/16. Internet access required. 1 Grand Registration Prize (actual value $5,000) and 30 Challenge Prizes (each actual value $250) available to be won. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit HealthyHabitBuilder.com. Sponsor: Pharmavite LLC, 8510 Balboa Blvd. Suite 100, Northridge, CA 91325.

The sponsor of this sweepstakes is Nature Made. WebMD is not related to or responsible for the sweepstakes.

* Based in part on data reported by Nielsen through its Scantrack Service for the Vitamins Category for the 52-week period ending 1/02/2016, for the xAOC Market. Copyright © 2016 Nielsen.Nature Made is the #1 Pharmacist recommended supplement brand in 9 categories**

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Healthier Choices & Changes #StartSmart2016

Healthier Choices & Changes #StartSmart2016

This blog post was sponsored by Coca-Cola but the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Every year I impulsively resolve to lose weight, get healthier, and/or make some other radical change. Every year, by June, I have either forgotten or dismissed those resolutions.

This year I’m trying something a little different to #StartSmart2016. Instead of setting a goal of 20 pounds or 20 miles I decided to start making more health conscious decisions. I figure every time I have set a specific goal for myself I get overwhelmed, this way there’s no timeline and no way to really fail. It was all a matter of finding what needed to change and deciding how to change it.

HEALTHIER CHOICES & CHANGES #STARTSMART2016

I took a look at my life from the outside; I tracked what I was eating and my physical activity for a week to get an idea of where I needed to make changes. I will admit I was a little scared when I looked back at the week. I was eating pretty decently during the day/evening, but when nighttime came I started in on the junk. I also noticed a severe lack of activity. Outside of my cleaning routine and store runs I was spending most of my time sitting down.

My lack of activity and midnight junk food binges were a major concern for me. No way was any of this healthy and I realized just how much I needed to make a change.

The first change I made was the food I bought. I considered cutting out everything that wasn’t 100% healthy but quickly realized that wasn’t going to stop me. Being a strong-willed, determined woman with a convenience store less than 2 miles away meant cheating was easy and expensive. Instead, I chose to pick up snack alternatives that were healthier than what I would normally choose. Here are some of the alternatives (and a cheat sheet for you to print out):

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES CHEAT SHEET

  • Instead of potato chips I bought whole wheat tortillas. I cut them into wedges and bake for 15 minutes (at 350F). They are perfect for dipping and are a healthier alternative to potato chips.
  • Instead of candy, I bought fresh fruits. They satisfy my sweet tooth without being unhealthy. I love slicing up a banana and baking it (at 300F) for 10 minutes. They are crunchy, yummy, and amazing with peanut butter!
  • Instead of ice cream I bought frozen yogurt. I also started freezing fruit (like bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate) for a quick, healthier snack.
  • Instead of soda I bought juice and milk. This might be the hardest change I made; I’m so used to picking up a 20 oz. in the checkout line that I have to watch myself when I’m shopping.
Simply Orange

These are the perfect size for traveling!

Since soda is one of my biggest vices I had to find something that worked for me in order to stay away from it. I have always loved juice so Simply Orange is a great alternative for soda. Another healthier option I’ve started to pick up is Fairlife Milk. What makes this so great is the added protein and reduced fat. That means more energy and fewer calories which are imperative to a healthier lifestyle. It’s also so yummy when you freeze it, making it a great ice cream/milkshake alternative!

I’m excited to start seeing results since I’ve incorporated these changes, but I’m not going to rush or get frustrated when change isn’t instant. I’m going to keep up with a healthy diet and being more active.

I was able to get everything I needed for my lifestyle change at Jewel-Osco, which is an Albertsons subsidiary. When you shop for these products be sure to keep your receipts! Until March 24, 2016, when you purchase Fairlife Milk, Simply Orange juice, or Odwalla Smoothies you can enter for a chance to win 1 of 1000 Misfit Shine Fitness + Sleep Monitors! For more info, visit http://lynk.to/ETJ6U.