Tag: Health

Managing Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol Even Without Medication

Many suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. All or just one of these factors can result in being overweight.

But what is a safe and great way to lose weight while dealing with some of these health issues?

We are delighted to announce that you can learn all about these specific issues and the program called Zero Excuse Go that can help you lose the weight and keep it off too.

Event Information

Join Dr. Stotland, professor at McGill University and his team at Zero Excuse Go in their next teleconference online on October 9th from 7 PM to 7:30 PM.

In this session they will highlight how to better manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol in overweight patients, even without medication. They will also talk about Zero Excuse Go revolutionary technology that will transform weight loss programs forever.

You will also be given an opportunity to hear testimonials of some of their patients who lost a significant amount of weight while following Zero Excuse Go’s program. Then they will have a demo of their weight loss technology and a Q&A period.

Sounds like an online session that can benefit many who are suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

If you want to lose weight and be in better health, click the link to register and for more info on the event. Make sure

If you would like to join their private and free Facebook page click on this link, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZeroExcuseGO/. Their health professionals are there to offer weight loss motivation and advice.

 *This is a sponsored post. Momma Braga was compensated for writing and posting this article.


Raising the Bar on Family Health

As a mom or dad, we are always concern with our families health and we always try our very best to keep everyone healthy.

This is why I was so excited to be introduced to the Toothbrush Shield by IntelliDent. In all honesty it only came to my realization that we didn’t protect our toothbrushes that we use daily from all the germs that can be found in the bathroom. I also didn’t know why I never thought of protecting our toothbrushes before but I am thrilled to know that there is a product that is available to shield the germs away.

The IntelliDent Toothbrush Shields comes in a package of 10 and each one is disposable and effective up to seven days. It is extremely easy to use and keeps the germs away. The shields also work great for every toothbrush, including for the little ones. So this is a great family friendly product!


IntelliDent is a unique product as its breathable, quick-drying fabric wicks moisture away from the bristles (or dental device) acting like a surgical mask. Compared to traditional methods for covering toothbrushes and dental devices, IntelliDent provides “Protection by Prevention.”

IntelliDent products are patented and proven. They are 99.9% effective barrier and they are laboratory tested! Benefits are that they are convenient and it’s an affordable solution. It prevents bacteria from growing or landing on your brush.


So how was this product idea born? Well, I had a chance to ask IntelliDent themselves.

After Susan’s (President of IntelliDent) husband passed away, she was faced with raising and supporting her two children on her own. She put her past business and professional acumen back to work and spent endless hours of trial and error developing a product, but it would be an important question posed by her father on a family visit that would change her life forever, “Don’t you just hate when you don’t know what to do with your toothbrush when you travel?” That was the moment it all came together that the traditional methods of caring for your toothbrush were not acceptable….Working with similar material for an unrelated product, her father’s question would be the basis of her inventing the patented IntelliDent Toothbrush Shield™.

What an empowering story of a woman who changed her life to help other families stay healthy! This story just made me love this product even more!

So why purchase the Toothbrush Shield? Reason is simple! It is a pro-active measure to keep yourself and your entire family healthy.

Did you know that your toothbrush is a lightning rod for germs, so using a toothbrush shield just makes sense!

This product can be purchased in select Walmart stores and in all Rite Aid Stores in the USA. Currently this product is not available in retail in other countries but it is available online at the following: Drugstore.com; Walmart.com; Walgreens.com.

Feel free to follow them on social media as well:

Twitter: @IntelliDent1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IntelliDent-169058566481766/

We have been loving the toothbrush shields and each one of us has it on their toothbrushes. It is so refreshing to know that when I remove the shield from our toothbrushes, it is germ free! It is also great for travelling with!


IntelliDent states, Simple Solution For Raising The Bar on Family Health!!” I couldn’t agree more!

We give it 5 smiles out of 5!

Until next time….Happy Parenting!

–      Momma Braga


Motivated Mom on a Healthy Mission

Being a mom, we tend to forget about ourselves as we are always busy taking care of others and ensuring that everyone else is ok. So it can be difficult for us to find the time to take care of ourselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the process.

This is why my “Mom of the Month” goes to Michelle who is a coach with BeachBody.

Michelle is in her 30’s who juggles a lot on her plate. Michelle works full time as a retail manager, is a wife, mother to a 4 year old daughter and in her spare time is a coach for Beachbody. This Torontonian also loves to sing and to dance but admits she is not very good at either one. She also loves to workout, especially with choreographed routines.


I got a chance to catch up with this busy mom to find out more about her mission to motivate others for a healthier life.

1. What is BeachBody and what does it do?

Beachbody is the #1 home workout provider with amazing programs such as P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity and 21 Day Fix. It offers accessible ways for everyday people to get fit, have fun and change their lives. By being a Beachbody coach, I am an extension of the company as I have used many of these programs and have seen great success. You want to lose weight but hate burpees, like me? We’ve got a program for that. Love to dance, like me? We’ve got a program for that too. You want to workout in a puddle of your own sweat while cursing at the trainer on the TV, we can offer you that. Beachbody isn’t for everyone but there is a program for every type of goal, fitness level, interest, etc. And don’t forget about shakeology. It’s like liquid gold. It packs all my nutrients in one scoop which is great for someone like me who forgets to take their vitamins.

2. When did you start your hobby business?

I finally decided to sign up to become a coach just over two months ago. I have been using their programs and products since 2008 but have never made the decision to be a coach. Under great guidance and support over the past few years from my own personal coach and others I have met along the way, I finally decided to do it.

3. What inspired you to start this venture?

It’s not about the money for me. Sure, it does not hurt, but it’s more about helping people. I love making people’s days. I do it every day at work, and wanted to inspire people the way I was inspired. I am not perfect. I don’t always eat 80% healthy, 20% not, I’m not good with meal prep and I hate burpees but….I am a compassionate, realistic working mother who is making the time to get her health together. I have always been chubby and looking back at pics from my early 20’s, I was a lot heavier than I remembered. I have yo-yo’d a lot. I lost a lot of weight with BeachBody’s Turbo Jam from 2008 to 2011 before I became pregnant with my daughter. My energy levels dropped, my nausea and appetite increased and I ate myself into a 70 pound weight gain. I made excuses after her birth and didn’t bother to take the weight off until 2013 and ever since then I’ve worked out and came into my own. I hope to share my story and reach out to those looking for help in getting on the right healthy path.

4. What do you hope to accomplish through your business?

I want to help people find their motivation, be their support and hold them accountable as it’s so difficult to do this on your own, which I’m sure is one of the reasons as to why Beachbody introduced coaches into their programs. I hope to be able to reach out to people, inspire them in some way and build new relationships and friendships. Through my personal workout groups, I have forged bonds with women who would otherwise be strangers. We support and encourage, and offer friendship, guidance and sometimes a good kick in the butt. We laugh, we cry and we sweat. I want to be able to offer that to so many people out there.

5. How do you stay motivated to get and stay fit?

There are many motivators, some better than others. Obviously family is my number one. Everything I do is for them, I want to be there for my daughter every step of the way, be with my husband until we are in the 100’s and show them all about a healthier lifestyle. Health is a huge one. Being fit keeps me out of harm’s way so to speak. Also, it is a little superficial if I’m completely honest but I want to feel good in what I wear. It’s not necessarily about looking good because I can be 15 pounds overweight but if I’m killing my workouts, eating 80/20 and feeling confident, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve always compared myself to others, and have been picked on for my weight a lot, which can be very damaging, and unfortunately that doesn’t always go away. So staying fit and feeling confident helps to fight those old demons.

6. As a busy working mom, how do you find the time and balance it all?

It is all about priorities for me. Family, work, health, faith, personal development, friendship, these are all my priorities. When something is of great importance to you, you will find the time to give it the attention it needs. I love fitness and I love social media, so I schedule my life around getting it done. I have mad respect for those who can get their behinds to a gym to do their workouts, but I would never find the motivation in that, so I pick programs and workouts that I can stick to, motivate me and inspire me to make the time. My life is all about balance now, making sure that my career and family are taken care of, and taking the time I need to take care of myself and my health.

7. For the everyday mom, what tips would you give them to help them start the path to fitness?

Honestly. First thing for me and the first step is setting a goal. An attainable goal with a specific timeline and work from there. Such as, “I want to lose 20 pounds in 6 months.” How can you get to that goal? Will it be by increasing activity, or making a dietary lifestyle change? Who can help me, support me, challenge me, hold me accountable and motivate me to stick to it? What does success look like?

I’m no expert but I know having a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Sensitive) for me, written down is a great way to start. It won’t be easy or free, but anyone can start, it just takes that first step.

8. How can people connect with you?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MotivatedMamaMichelle
Twitter: @misha_57
Instagram: @coach_turbomisha

Website: http://www.teambeachbody.com/en_CA/member/sn/turbomisha
Email: coachturbomisha@gmail.com

Michelle’s journey to a better and healthier lifestyle is a true inspiration. Her drive and mission to help others is amazing even with her busy schedule. This is why this mom is our “Mom of the Month” on Momma Braga.

Michelle states, “No matter how you plan to achieve your goals, just stick to it. It can be rough and discouraging but everything you do, is in the right direction.”

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact Michelle using one of the social media platforms mentioned above.

“I feel it’s my calling and what I’m meant to do…..help people”, says Michelle. I couldn’t agree more with you Michelle and I wish you continued success!

You have already motivated this momma and now I am off for a walk! 😉

Special thank you to Michelle for taking the time to contribute to this piece.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

Through Sickness and Health: Life with a spouse with liver disease

My husband, Mike and I met through mutal friends and were together for seven years before we got married. The two of us never thought that our wedding vows would be put to the test early in our life together.

When we  first met in 2000, I noticed that Mike was often hunched over and in apparent pain. He told me that he had abdominal pains since he was a child and that doctors had said that it  could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) but he still needed more tests to confirm it. In the meantime, the pain was getting worse and we knew that it had to be something more serious. In 2002, blood results showed that Mike’s billirubin was high and his ceruloplasmin was low and he was  immediately referred to a liver specialist for further testing.  After an eye examination, urine test, blood work and a liver biopsy, Mike was finally diagnosed at the age of 22 with Wilson disease.

We had never even heard of it before, so the first thing I did was a lot of research to find out what to expect and how this diagnosis might affect us both.

Wilson disease is a hereditary disease in which excessive amounts of copper accumulate in the body. The overload of copper has a toxic effect on several organs in the body – copper is first stored in the liver and once storage capacity is exhausted, copper can accumulate in the brain and cornea of the eye. If left untreated, Wilson disease can be fatal. Once the toxic copper is removed from the body, the patient must take action to prevent reaccumulation of copper in the body.

We both learned quickly that living with Wilson disease meant making significant lifestyle changes. One crucial change was in our eating habits.

There are so many restrictions such as no fried food, spicy food, pork, mushrooms or chocolate just to name a few. It can make it difficult when dining out with friends.

Eating certain foods can cause Mike to experience painful side effects so I have learned how to recognize when he was in pain and offer as much support as possible – whatever form that support might take. It might just mean staying by his side or simply making a cup of tea. Mike is always very appreciative of the care and attention.

Another ongoing challenge is both the physical and psychological changes that can occur with Wilson disease. In times of stress, Mike’s mood swings tested our coping skills. We’ve found that open communication is the best way of dealing with these situations. By understanding what he’s going through, I know not to take things personally. This has helped reduce some of the stress.

When your spouse has liver disease, the pledge to see each other “through sickness and health” takes on new meaning. Learning how the disease affects Mike has allowed me to cope and help him cope in the most positive way. We refused to let Wilson disease be a barrier in our relationship. We don’t look at it as a disease but a lifestyle change for a better life.

Knowing what it’s like to live with liver disease day-in and day-out, we are committed to doing what we can to support others through the Canadian Liver Foundation. We believe the work of the Canadian Liver Foundation is essential for our community  not only do they fund important research projects, but they also provide great tools for people to use to better educate themselves on liver diseases and how some can be prevented.

We are proud to state that the Canadian Liver Foundation supported the research that eventually led to the discovery of the Wilson disease gene. Moving forward, more research is needed to find better treatments and hopefully a cure.

Our livers are so important and we need to protect it the best way we can. Let’s stay healthy!

– Momma Braga