Centered Sunday

Centered Sunday

Hi guys!

Sundays are a great day to rest and become centered for the following week. I really enjoy getting organized, reading, taking a bath and doing an extra long meditation session on Sundays. I have decided to add a quote to a photo I have taken and post them every Sunday as  part of my new blog segment Centered Sunday.

Happy Sunday.


Lou la Belle Photography

Always be grateful friends.

Water Fasting

Water Fasting

Recently, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Healthy Moms Podcast, and came across an episode that talked about water fasting.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I am familiar with fasting as it is something I do for religious purposes once a month. Water fasting was a  new term to me. I had never thought about fasting for health until listening to Dr Daniel Pompa on this podcast. Down the rabbit hole I went and for weeks studied and read about short and long-term water fasting. Here is some of the interesting information I found out about water fasting.

What is water fasting?

Well to put it simply, water fasting it a type of fasting in which a person only consumes water. These fasts may last a few hours or a few days.


Reasons to Fast:

 Insulin Control

Fasting is the very best way to control insulin and glucose.  All foods raise insulin so the most effective way to reduce insulin is to avoid food. Regular fasting, in addition to lowering insulin, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.


While in a fasting state, the body will switch over to autophagy. Autophagy  of ‘self-eating’ is a process by which the body removes cellular debris. When you have abnormal cells in your body,  they are unable to adapt in a fasting state and your body actually eats the abnormal cells. There are studies in which fasting has actually shrunk tumors and erased skin tags. These results are usually seen in fasts that last longer then four days.

Hormone Sensitivity

Hormone sensitivity also occurs during a fast. During a fast, as your body cleans itself, it helps your hormones become more receptive.

Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting as well as long water fasts have proven to help your body become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner. Many studies are showing intermittent fasting is a great way to lose weight.

Human Growth Hormone.

Human Growth Hormone or HCH is a hormone that  stimulates cell growth and regeneration. HGH levels skyrocket during a fast. HCH can help with weight loss as well as muscle gain.

Other Reasons to Fast

  1. Stimulates brain function (bye-bye brain fog)
  2. Detoxifies the body
  3. Improves longevity
  4. Boosts the immune system
  5. Rejuvenate skin

Water fasting is something I have decided to incorporate into my own life. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease three years ago, I have been looking for ways to help improve my thyroid function as well as heal my body over all. I actually just finished a four-day water fast! I will tell you guys all about it in a post tomorrow!



The Friday Five : Five Podcasts You Need in Your Life

The Friday Five : Five Podcasts You Need in Your Life

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great week! One of my new favorite habits that has helped me become more productive has been to listen to podcasts while I clean, fold laundry, organize, etc. I honestly find myself wanting to do these things around the house if I know I have a new podcast to listen to. I decided to share my top five favorite podcasts with you today. My podcast subscriptions are a lot like my iTunes downloads, rap to country and everything in between.


My Favorite Murder


Okay I this one sounds weird. This is my absolute most favorite podcast in the world! I love true crime and I love comedy and this podcast has combined these two unlikely genres. I laugh until I cry pretty much every time I listen to this. Give it to try.. I know you will love it! {disclaimer:  they swear a lot so if that isn’t your thing, skip this podcast}

Healthy Moms Podcast


Health and nutrition have always been a huge interest for me. Now that I have children, I am constantly trying to learn as much as I can to try to keep my family healthy.  I love the format of this podcast and the way the information is presented.


Better Than Happy { Bold New Mom}


This podcast has changed names a few times but the adorable host Jodi Moore keeps me coming back week after week. She is a life coach who has an arsenal of tools and tips that are easy to implement into your daily life. This podcast is very empowering and uplifting.


Someone Knows Something


My love for true crime continues with this podcast. This podcast is a narrative of a criminal cold case.  This podcast is very well produced and the reporting is very detailed without being boring. Each season is one case spread out over several episodes.


The Love Love Love


Probably the most raw podcast I have listened to. The very first episode,  Yan Palmer interviews her ex-husband about the dissolution of their marriage. Her raw emotion and ability to have such an honest conversation so publicly captured my heart.  The Love Love Love talks about different love stories and is purely magical.

I hope you guys enjoy these podcasts. I am always looking for new ones to check out so comment and let me know what your favorite podcasts are.