Fad Friday! 5 HTP

I first heard about 5 HTP in January on the Dr. Oz show (you can check out the episode here: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/best-natural-appetite-suppressant-pt-1).  5 HTP is a natural hormone that is produced by our bodies.  It makes serotonin in our brains which helps us feel fuller.  So in short it’s a natural appetite suppressant, but it also heightens your mood, which is always a plus!  On the Dr. Oz show he talks a little bit about why it helps curb your appetite. Basically when we are over eating its due to many reasons relating mostly to stress, hormones, boredom, ect. I know I eat more when I’m stressed, if my kids are making me crazy, or I don’t know where to start with my overwhelming pile of homework, I head straight to the kitchen to get my sugar fix.  That ladies and gentlemen is the reason I’m about 20 pounds more than I want to weigh right now!  So when you take 5 HTP it makes serotonin in your brain, which then increases your mood, lowers your stress, and makes you feel more full.  In turn you eat less, your stomach shrinks, and your loss weight!!

But does it really work and is it Safe?

Like I said earlier, it’s natural, so as far as Dr. Oz and the other doctors that were saying on the show, it’s very safe.  They also seemed to think it worked great, however they did say it was slow weight loss. This is not the fad diet you want if you are trying to lose 5 pounds a week.  But with that being said, when it is slow weight loss it ends up being safer and most likely more permanent.  SO now to my experience: I didn’t see any difference when I used it, I did buy the store brand. . .so that might have been the problem, and I also was using it with raspberry ketones, which I also heard about on Dr. Oz.  Maybe that had some sort of counter effect?  5 HTP seems so legit, and Dr. Oz endorsed it, so it makes me bummed out that it didn’t do anything for me, so I bought some more, this time I bought the Nature Made brand( they were only $9, worth a second try) and I’m only going to take the 5 HTP, and see if I have different this time

I will post more about my second go around with a more legit brand, and following the instructions better.  But for now if you’re thinking about taking 5 HTP, DON’T BUY THE STORE BRAND!

If anyone else has tried 5 HTP leave your experience, tips, and opinion on the product!


THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES! – but lets be honest we’re getting skinny for the guys

CAKE!The saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” has never really made sense to me, however I figured out that the saying “You can’t eat your cake and be skinny too” is completely true, and if you’ve never heard that saying its cause I made it up, but doesn’t it make so much more sense than the more well known one?

I’m starting this blog because being healthy and looking good are both very important to me, the hard part is actually living healthfully, and I want to share my own – as well as others, tips and tricks for making healthy living easier for busy moms like myself, and so many others out there just like me.

I haven’t always been and still am not living as healthy as I know I should be. I’m just like most every other mom out there; I occasionally make my kids fast unhealthy meals (hot dogs, frozen pizza, pop tarts ect.), and of course I eat their leftovers (don’t pretend like you don’t), and some days I wonder why I ever fight with my kids, well mostly my son (4 yr.) about eating anything green . . . or really anything of good nutritional value for that matter.  All of these things we do as moms can make it hard to develop/maintain healthy habits for ourselves, as well as our children . . . which is one of the best things we can do for them, as their parent, and ourselves. . . cause remember ladies: we need to take care of ourselves too!!! Although we seem to forget that sometimes.  Please share your own good ideas, tips, tricks, and comments!!