Thursday, April 13, 2017

The benefits of beard oil:

The benefits of beard oil


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Book Review: Natural Hair Brand Miss Jessie





Book Review: Miss Jessie's by Miko Branch




If you have not had the chance to read this book yet it's an absolute must and here's why.
To all my naturalistas and curly girls please join me on my new blog to read my review of  the Miss Jessies's book.https://goodhealthqueen.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-reviewmiss-jessies-by-miko-branch.html




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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Natural Fitabulous Lifestyle Art Corner: Interview with local artist and painter Lynne Mayer

Hi and welcome to Natural Fitabulous world!
I have not blogged in a long while, but I have certainly been very active, living the many healthy tips that I share around here. 
I have not been blogging but I have instead been writing books. I have two published books available on amazon and two coming up soon. My first book is a delightful healthy story that's a must read.


To see more of the fun healthy things I have been up to check my books on Amazon.




A few months ago I had the pleasure of visiting a show at an art gallery in Dalton Georgia where I immediately fell in love with the works of the artist.
Having spent a portion of my childhood in France, I immediately noticed the French flair in some of her works and it added to my interested to know more about her!




I could not interview her for my sole enjoyment and figured that you and others might be inspired by her. I strongly believe in the therapeutic virtues of art, I believe that you don't have to be a professional to appreciate how art can calm, heal, energize, uplift, de-stress, and benefit us mentally and physically!




I pray you will enjoy my conversation with Lynne and be inspired to create more often...


In bold are my questions to Lynne, in red are my additional thoughts on our beautiful time together...

















Painter Lynne Mayer and Author N'nako Goodhealthdiva

How long have you been painting?

I have always liked drawing and painting since I was 8 years old.

I have been creating paintings and selling in galleries for 22 years.



Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

I love finding compositions in Nature for my work and Native American studies.


I certainly share with Lynne a love for nature and I naturally gravitated toward her paintings of leaves, butterflies and her stunning painting of a fish that had all my favorite colors!



What made you decide to become a painter?
There is so much beauty around me that I want to feel a part of it through the process of painting my interpretation of what I am seeing.

What would you say are some health benefits of painting?
It seems the older we get, the more our minds seem to ramble on with thoughts about everything even when we don’t care about thinking. For me painting is a way of stilling the mind by immersing myself into a dream creation of the painting I am foreseeing and focusing on a brush stroke that becomes part of it.
When I sit and paint, it’s like I am in my own little happy world with no other thoughts or cares.


Below is a fun collage of our time at Lynne's Art Show.
She paused by my favorite painting and the gallery owner sneaked behind her and photo bombed our picture.
When she asked to take a picture of my book I assumed she was only taking a picture of a book, so I continue to talk and laugh with our friends around totally oblivious that Lynne was photographing!


Lynne's painting are not just beautiful, they allowed us to create some fun beautiful moments!



How has painting changed the quality of your life?
The process of painting has helped me be in the present more rather than dwelling on the past or fearing the future.

I noticed on some of your painting that you traveled to France before? Why France? What other location have inspired you?
France is the heart of Impressionism. The two trips I took to France were with other painters who wanted to paint the beautiful countryside just like the Impressionists did years ago.
As I mentioned before, I lived a portion of my childhood in France and in Ivory Coast, a French speaking African country.  You will enjoy some beautiful photographs of both places in my book Little Corey and Cousin Nia
I have also enjoyed plein air painting from Tennessee to Maine on trips with fellow artists.


Do you have a favorite painting technique? If yes which one (s)?
In recent years I have come to love many techniques in Encaustic painting.
This is painting with 200 degree colored beeswax much like the Egyptians , Greeks, and Romans did for the artwork in pyramids and bath houses.






What advise would you give anyone interested in pursuing their interest/passion for painting?
Every one should find out what gives them passion for life. Do you find yourself desiring to create in art, enjoying the challenge, and feeling happy from the process?  Then this is your passion and this is what will balance you in everything you do and think.
Even if you choose a career that is very mind analytical, be sure to keep your passion for creating in painting going on a routine basis.
There are many opportunities today to learn techniques in painting and all forms of art without going to college for the instruction.
Sign up for one of the many professional artists with instructional workshops all over the USA and Europe. This will really let you know how you react and feel about your art process.

What are some of your other passions/interests?
I love being outside seeing how things grow in a garden and listening to the wild ducks on our ponds quack remarks to each other.
I love playing with my two dogs and looking into their dreamy faces of love and loyalty. My two cats teach me how to relax and don’t worry so much.
I have returned to bowling in my older age and love being with my team every Wednesday morning.


When I first saw Lynne I could tell that there was more than Art that kept her healthy and sharp.
Like I share a lot throughout this blog and my books, physical and mental health are important to our total well being and we might not love the exact same things and attain our goals the same way, but either it's music, dancing, playing an instrument, drawing or painting, there are simple ways to enjoy life and add beauty to the lives of those around us.





















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Friday, April 10, 2015

Benefits + Recipe of Pineapple and Raspberry Smoothie & Protein Shake




Benefits + Recipe of Pineapple and Raspberry Smoothie


Pineapple Raspberry Smoothie Protein Shake
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I made this simple and yummy treat as a recovery drink after my workout yesterday. We all know that adding protein to every meal is important especially after a workout session. But there is one ingredient I always make sure to add to my smoothies not only because it tastes delicious but mainly because it works wonder for the body. Yes, Pineapple!


A few Benefits of pineapple post workout
Pineapple contains some the following ingredrients:
Bromelain which helps with inflammation
Vitamin C which offers immune System Support
 Vitamin B1 which turns carbohydrate into the energy we need and is important for the proper function of our muscles and the operation of the nervous system.
Vitamin A, Phosphorus and Manganese.


A few Benefits of Raspberry
Low Glycemic Index
Anti-Inflammatory
Aids weight loss and digestion

Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a magnificent healer read more here and see for yourself why and how you could add more of it to your lifestyle.




Ingredients
Protein Powder
Frozen raspberries
Frozen or non Frozen pineapple
Almond Milk
Turmeric just sprinkle a little before you blend
Fresh Mint ( optional)

Combine all ingredients except for the mint.
Blend
Enjoy with some fresh mint!


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NFL BOOK CORNER: Book review of Life is Gift by Tony Bennett

Welcome to the Natural Fitabulous Lifestyle's Book Corner
 
I decided to revive my blogging activities by sharing something I am absolutely passionate about and that is books, especially Memoirs and Biographies.
 
Today I will be sharing about my latest intellectual goody and that is Life is A Gift by Tony Bennett.
 My excitement upon finishing the book last night:
"Wohooo I am done reading this delicious totally awesome amazing stupendous book and I have to tell youuuuuuuu!!!
Oh my! Okay where do I start... The guy marched @ Selma and has been close friend to Belafonte for years.
When I read the book of Dr Martin King sister last year she mentioned the role Belafonte played in their lives. So here I am reading again about this man whose voice I have love sinc...e I was a little girl! Oh I had a crush on him because he was so handsome!
Okay back on track, I was saying... Belafonte invited Benett to walk with them in March 1965. And he shares in the book that amazing story of how all the performers who attended find have a stage to perform so a mortician donated some coffins that were used to create a platform for them.
Don't you just love how reading teach you things from a different facet?
Memoirs reveal things that history books can't and that's one of the many things I love about books. I shared his Selma story with my kids today and we went from discussing Selma to a few other things! Learning never stop and reading is so much fuuuuunnn!!!




Just to show a few of the people mentioned in the book :
 
 
 

Ella and Bennett were very close and lived near each other in California. She was a close family friend to him and his girls.

Amy Winehouse recorded with him her last song before she died 4 months after. The song was a favorite of her dad ' Body and Soul'!

 Louis Armstrong: Benett painted his portrait and Louis teased that he out Rembrandted Rembrant and hang the portrait in his office. When Armstrong home was turned into a museum the portrait was kept in the same location.

SINATRA was his mentor and eventually his best friend. He credits Sinatra to being the one that gave him his big breakthrough because Sinatra's public praises of him gave him a big recognition.Sinatra taught him the importance of supporting the younger generations.

Bennett created an Art sShool in Astoria NY and named it after Sinatra. http://franksinatraschoolofthearts.org/
 
 Throwback from March 28.....
"What are you guys up to?
I'm back from the ranch and it's #datenight with #tonybennett!
Like #princeroyce would say #thatsclassrightthere this guy is not just a legend he is what good music is all about! Oh my and to learn about Duke Ellington (who was one of his close friends) and learn all the rich 'behind the scenes' history of the music industry is just too fascinating!"
 
Now that I am done reading this delicious book I will have to tell you what I absolutely love about it:
 
SEVEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE BOOK
 
1) Reading memoirs gives you facets of historical facts and moments that school books can't ever give.
 
2) I love that he wasn't just a singer but also a painter and is now learning sculpting. This to me shows that being an artist doesn't mean you confine yourself to one form of expression. I love that he would go between painting or singing when one project was too overwhelming.
 
3) I love that I learned some musical and artistic techniques from him. Even though I am not a singer I can appreciate learning more about music.
 
4) I love all his tips and lessons on the importance on being true to yourself. This alone is powerful lesson in itself!
 
5) I loved that BEAUTY matters to him because I too love to see beauty in everything.
 
6) I love learning about other celebrities like Lena Horne, Belafonte that I absolutely love, Louis Armstrong. It is fun to see how they impacted each others.
 
7) I love that he lived long enough, still living, to share his ups and down with so much class and inspiration.
 
I could go on but just read this delightful book for yourself and let me know what you think of it!

What is something inspiring that you read recently? What would you recommend for my next reading selection? Answer me here or on my facebook page!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Quick Meals + Messy Kitchen Cooking with a Really Real Housewife Of...




Yay I am back to blogging!

At least for tonight!

I am skipping my workout, not reading a book, not watching TV (something I rarely do anyway) so I figured that a little blogging after cooking dinner would do wonders for my soul.

To all of you who used to follow my blog, I know I have really been seriously MIA, especially since having my 4th child. But despite my silence, I assure you that all is well.
Having a 4th child five years after my previous pregnancy, has certainly changed my family's dynamics a lot. Thankfully in a positive way but it is nonetheless demanding.

I had started a wellness Facebook page since my having my fourth child and this is where you can catch up on my activities with you are a Facebook user.

I have also recently launched own brand, making organic skincare products mainly and you can learn more about my amazing products on @ N'nako



In addition to that, I have recently launched the N'nako Book Club group on Facebook that you are welcome to join if you are a reader.

Now that I am done catching up some, this blog tonight is just about Foooood yes, food.

I wanted to share my quick meal tonight  so here it is:


I had my 9 years old son help with some of the prepping.
He cut and boiled some potatoes to serve as a side dish.

He also cut the boneless chicken thighs and the orange bell pepper. We picked orange simply because he said he liked the color! lol ( got to do whatever it takes to keep them excited about cooking)

30 minutes after my little sous chef assisted me, I pulled out the mini processor to make a quick mix that would serve as a marinade and flavor my quick dinner.

Once the potatoes were ready I layered them with cheese and baked them for less than 30 minutes.

I decided to pull out the rice cooker to made an additional side dish because my children love rice and looking at that yummy chicken on my stove I new a fresh bed of white rice would do those peppers more justice.

Since I didn't workout today and wasn't planning on eating a big salad plate I simply used a small tortilla to serve me as dinner.

The kids loved their meal, plenty of potatoes left to serve them for lunch during our homeschooling hours.
That delicious chicken will not survive the night but what can I say!
That was a pretty tasty fast and easy meal!




Now, sweeping the kitchen and drying dishes is left to them. Oh yes, I believe in delegating!

Yes I did say drying dishes. I don't use my dishwasher ha ha! If you haven't heard, us "African Be Like"...we don't care much this noisy water guzzling kitchen appliance! Ha ha ha

But despite the fact that my little hard working hands are always in the water, I can still brag of having some soft and pretty hands!

Of couuurse I have a secret!
Of course I will share it with you...
Shea Butter soufflé by N'nako.
I always keep some in my kitchen drawers. That soufflé works wonders on laborious hands and for your body overall.




That same Shea Butter soufflé worked some miracles on all those dark stretch marks I had as a result of my 4 pregnancies.
Sorry a before of after of my waistline would not fit the scope of this blog, we are still focusing on food you know!
But meet me on my page N'nako because I would soon upload a picture on the subject :-)

Alright, so this really real housewife of Tennessee is done blogging for tonight. But I was wondering.
For those of you who don't live in a city that is represented by the Real Housewives Series...what item would you pose with if you were to pretend that you were a Real Housewife?

To all my fellow moms out there, I am eager to know, so if you are ever on Instagram tag me to show me #nnako_goodhealthdiva or post on my Facebook wall

Thanks in advance for sharing and thanks for reading!
I hope to hear from you soon!






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Monday, July 7, 2014

Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair & Skin


Since I grew up in West Africa I have to admit that I have nothing but great things to say about Shea Butter. It's actually the only cosmetic product that I used from the time I was a baby till now.

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