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Healthy Meal Planning Bundle

HMPB Facebook BannerHow perfect is this bundle for my 2019 One-Word Goal of ORGANIZE? Eating healthy isn’t something that you are able to do if you aren’t organized! I mean really, there’s the planning, the ingredient shopping, the preparation all before you can sit down and enjoy a lovely, healthy meal!

This year’s Healthy Meal Planning bundle is just $37 for all breakfast, lunch, dinner, and side recipes and just $10 more for the drink and breakfast recipes. Just look at the list of recipes!

Recipes

Baked Goods (87 recipes)
Breakfast (124 recipes)
Dinner: Celebrations & Holiday Meals (54 recipes)
Dinner: Everyday (93 recipes)
Dinner: Freezer Meals (65 recipes)
Dinner: One-Dish Wonders (72 recipes)
Dinner: Quick & Easy (85 recipes)
Dinner: Slow Cooker / Instant Pot (96 recipes)
Light Meals (76 recipes)
Salads & Sides (122 recipes)
Snacks (97 recipes)
Soups (101 recipes)
Beverages (75 recipes)
Desserts (127 recipes)

But that’s not all. This $1,038 value bundle also includes 30+ ready-to-use meal plans with shopping lists and prep notes. Some of the meal planners are specifically geared for busy moms, breastfeeding moms, gluten-free, instapot, seasonal, camping, vegetarian, slow cooker, short on time, and company’s coming!

And there’s more! The bundle also includes 5 ecourses, 5 ebooks, and 4 printable packs and workbooks all designed to help you eat healthier this year!


Get your bundle now!

Available only January 2 until January 7 so don’t wait!

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Healthy Living and Herbs & Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle Flash Sale

By now you probably know that I love these Ultimate Bundles sets. Earlier in the year, I shared both the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle (34 products worth $567.48 including 22 eBooks, 4 eCourses, 6 printable packs, and 2 membership sites) and the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (96 products worth $2,235.92 with 62 eBooks, 12 printable packs & workbooks, 30 eCourses and 2 membership sites). If you missed it, you have one more chance to get these amazing bundles. Today and tomorrow (December 27 and 28) there is a Flash Sale on both bundles. Furthermore, if you buy one bundle, you can get the other for just $15! Just take a look at all this amazing stuff you get!

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018
Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle

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I’ve been enjoying my Ultimate Bundles for months now and can’t wait to see what bundles will be available in 2019. So don’t wait and pick up one or both Flash Sale bundles today!

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Tiene azucar? — Diabetes in Mexico

Tiene azucar? (Do you have sugar?) is the local way to ask if you have diabetes. It’s not uncommon to see people who have had their feet or legs cut off because of complications with diabetes. The lady who talked to herself on the way to La Yacata had untreated diabetes. She died of a diabetic coma a few years ago at the age of 45. When my son was in elementary, parents were required to attend a workshop on how to diagnose diabetes in our children. We were to look for a purplish ring around their necks that looks like mugre (dirt) but that doesn’t wash off. 

According to the World Health Organization, diabetes is the number one cause of death with nearly 80,000 deaths per year. Mexicans with diabetes die on average younger, at 57 years, compared to the overall age of 69. Early death is not the only side effect. Diabetes can cause strokes, kidney failure, foot ulcers, nerve damage, and blindness.  By 2050, health care practitioners estimate that half of the population of Mexico will have diabetes.

One factor in developing Type 2 diabetes is lifestyle choices. Over the past 40 years, Mexicans have gotten fat. Soda consumption is out of control with an average of more than 176 liters per person per year. It’s hard to find a meal not accompanied by a coke, “la chispa de la vida.” Even breakfast might be served as a bolillo de trigo (wheat bun) and coke. In most areas, a can of soda is cheaper than a bottle of water. High alcohol consumption is another factor in the high sugar diet so popular these days, sugar tax be damned.

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You are what you eat!

The diet has changed as well. Moving from a predominantly plant-based diet based around corn, the average Mexican now consumes more than double the amount of meat consumed in 1960. Carnitas (fried pork) stands can be found on nearly every corner.

In addition to poor diet, Mexicans have become less active overall. Children don’t run and frolic outdoors, but instead huddle in corners playing hour after hour on their cell phones, tablets, and Xboxes leading to a rise in childhood obesity and early onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Of course, it’s not all in the diet. Mexicans also have a genetic predisposition towards developing Type 2 diabetes which compounds the problem.

And the prevalence of this disease places a burden on the healthcare system currently in place. Estimates average more than $700 USD per year per person out of pocket expenses for diabetes maintenance (insulin injections, test strips, pills) and that doesn’t include the cost of dialysis and kidney transplants that are services also not covered under Seguro Popular. Since minimum wage is still under $5.00 USD per day, this is a huge expense for many families

More education about the prevention and management of diabetes is needed. The general idea I hear is that we all die from something, we might as well die fat and happy. And you can bet, their death will be celebrated in grand style, carnitas (fried pork) and coke all around at the velorio and novena perpetuating the cycle.

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On Being an Herbal Academy Affiliate

Herbal Academy Courses

I’ve tried several affiliate programs and most have not been worth the effort. However, the Herbal Academy Affiliate program has been one that I would recommend if your niche contains herb lovers, homesteaders or tree huggers.

Commission payments are sent out the first full week of every month with an outstanding balance of $50 or more by Paypal. I make a 15% commission on every referral. I get 35% off Herbal Academy’s Online Programs and Herbalist Packages and sometimes I even get to take a course for FREE in exchange for a blog post, There are banners and images galore to make promoting easy. And finally, the courses are of the highest quality which makes it easy for me to rave about.

You can read the Affiliate Terms and Agreements here.

I’ve taken several of Herbal Academy’s courses myself.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!My review of the Botany and Wildcrafting Course is here.Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course My review of the Herbal Self-care for Stress Management Course is here.The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy My review of the Herbal Fermentation is here.

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists

Herbal Academy also sponsors the membership only herbal online library The Herbarium. There you can find articles, downloads, video, podcasts, monographs, and an herbal bookshelf designed to add to your herbal knowledge. They have also begun a new series of intensive workshops concentrating on herbal treatment for specific conditions. The first course is called Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus.
Herbs for ADHD Intensive enrolling thru October, 21st

But that’s not all! Herbal Academy also has its own store choked full of fun and useful herbal products. My personal favorites are the Materia Medica Journal and the Herbal Starter Kit.A complete Herbal Starter Kit by Herbal Academy

Goods Shop by Herbal Academy – botanically inspired products

So really, what’s not to love about being an Herbal Academy Affiliate?

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