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The Good Life Begins With You

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A month ago, I was not living my best life. I wasn't feeling well. Needless to say, hanging out with an active preschooler was quite challenging. I went to see a doctor about a injury I had received months ago. In addition to tending to my injury, he suggested I also have blood work as it has been nearly 4 years since the previous exam.

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When I went back for results, his question to me was "Don't you feel tired?" I said "Of course, doesn't everyone?" It turns out my chronically low iron levels were taking a toll but I ignored it.  It never occurred to be that being so exhausted I could not move was a problem. Nor the heavy breathing after climbing a flight of stairs or nails so thin they were painfully peeling off right into the skin.

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As moms, we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves even though it should be a priority. How can we take care of others if we are not together? The good life begins with you. Not only do you need to be healthy and well, you're setting a good example for the kids.

I neglected my health quite frequently in the past 4 years because it just wasn't convenient. After that doctor visit, I immediately took action and began taking iron supplements but I also changed my diet in a number of ways including more iron rich foods.

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My biggest change was having breakfast every morning and not just a cup of coffee to "hold me" until lunch. It makes a difference. I've found that drinking smoothies in the morning is a great way to get my day started right and it doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.

My favorite breakfast drink right now includes Carnation Breakfast Essentials that I recently discovered at Walmart.  They're yummy and loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein. I've definitely noticed an increase in energy from where I was a month ago. I can now walk to the playground with V instead of driving the 1/2 mile journey.

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Iron Shake: 1 packet Carnation Breakfast Essentials Vanilla, 1 banana, 1/2 tsp. molasses, 2 figs, 1 cup coconut milk, and ice. Blend and enjoy.

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Because Violet enjoys a good smoothie too. I whipped up a little something for her that's rich in calcium and fiber. It's a great way to switch up her usual oatmeal. She's a big fan of the Charlie & Lola series. They frequently drink "pink milk" so while we're doing some morning reading, she enjoys her special Pink Milk smoothie treat!

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Pink Milk Smoothie: 2T Nestle Nesquik Strawberry, 1/2 cup whole oats, 1 cup milk,  1 banana, and ice. Blend and indulge.

How do you start your good life?
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