Before and After: What Plant Based Supplements Did For Me ๐ŸŒฑโ˜บ๏ธ


I used to take several OTC medications. Just to give you an idea here is a picture of  what I used to take:

Today I took a hard look at what I WAS doing to my body. Masking symptoms and not treating the root cause. I thought all these were safe, I thought they were helping, I thought I was taking care of myself and being responsible taking these. Today I looked into what they were actually doing: (according to Web MD) 

Ib Profin- increased risk of heart attack and stroke, side effects include: heartburn, nausea, constipation, bloating, gas, diarrhea
Zantac-increased risk of heart attack and stroke, side effects include: headache, insomnia, nausea, inflammation 
Zyrtec- side effects include: drowsinesss, dry mouth upset stomach
Aspirin- increased risk of bleeding stroke. Side effects include: ulcers, abdominal pain ulcers, upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, excess bleeding

Sleeping pills- increased risk of mood changes, seizures, irregular heartbeat, side effects include: dizziness stomach problems blurred vision dry mouth.

Even with all these, I still didn’t sleep well. I still had mild allergy symptoms. I got sick often especially stomach bugs and sinus infections. I also had a lot of stress related anxiety, brain fog, low energy, and moodiness. 

I took a risk based on a friends recommendation and decided to try Plexus. Here is what I take now:

This is the Plexus TriPlex + multivitamin 
๐ŸŒฑPlant Based

๐ŸŒฑ non GMO 

๐ŸŒฑ formulated for better absorption 

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰NO side effects ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

When I focused on healing my gut, I realized it was the thread that connected so many of my issues. It didn’t happen overnight it takes timeto heal broken systems. The first thing I noticed was I was sleeping better, no need for sleep aides. Then I noticed less pain and inflammation. No need for IB Profin, no swelling. That was HUGE I had taken IB Profin every day. 

I started craving more water and my blood pressure regulated no need for aspirin. My digestion regulated and I didn’t have heart burn or stomach issues anymore. 

Alongside these results I noticed I woke up without my usual stuffy nose and watery eyes, so I didn’t need allergy pills. Unexpectedly I realized I was feeling less stress and anxiety. I also felt generally happier. I had much more energy and didn’t need coffee. I didn’t get sick, no sinus infections, no stomach bugs, no nasty man colds. 

When you allow your body to purge the things that don’t belong and restore it with a healthy micro-biome. You get all these benefits. 
90% of Your serotonin is produced in your gut. 80% of Your immune system is in Your gut. I made one shift, I took the risk and committed to taking these for one month. And I haven’t looked back since. 

More then that I believe everyone can benefit from these products. Message me with your questions, I am an open book I will be real with you about what I’ve learned and how I can help. 

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P96 chocolate peanut butter pancakes.ย 


#proteinpacked #pancakeoftheday #breakfastlove 

Ok they are not pretty. But I blame myself for my lame pancake flipping abilities. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

This takes about 3 minutes to make and is so good. -a friend posted the recipe but with the P96 vanilla protein powder and it looked sooo good! I was down to only the chocolate powder and thought why not? 


Mix one packet of P96, plus one egg, on tsp of baking powder and two tbsp of water. Makes two smallish pancakes or one big daddy giant one. -or one waffle. (As previously noted, I have unfortunate flipping abilities so I went for two smaller ones) 

Then I went a little nuts and added peanut butter and real maple syrup. (I know that’s a lot of sugar.. but it’s also a LOT of protein, and remember I’m eating for 3 here!) 

Here’s the stats on the protein of you’re interested: 

The end result was tasty, but I really think it would be better with the vanilla powder, so one More thing to add to my next order! 

What are your favorite ways to use protein powder? 
Want to try P96? Order yours here! 

http://shopmyplexus.com/christysandwell/ 

Tater tot casserole and family reunion :)ย 

#churchpicnicpotluck #Goodeats 


So every year the first Sunday in August is the Sandwell/Snodgrass family reunion. And maybe the most epic church picnic pot luck event of the year. ๐Ÿ˜‹ This year I had to miss out. (We’re in the home stretch of this twin pregnancy and Sunday’s are my rest day I really try to lay down for most of the day to let my body recover and recharge for the next week) -so Rob went without me. 

However I was totally in the mood for some classic pot luck casserole, so I made a quick tater tot casserole. We make a slightly spicy version but there are roughly a million versions of this casserole on Pinterest each more bubbly and cheese filled then the last. 

Here’s whatcha need:

1 lb ground beef

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

1 red onion 

Several jalapeรฑo’s (choose how many you want) 

1 small pkg of shredded pepper jack cheese

6 tbsp of butter

2-4 tbsp flour (I’ve never measured) 

1 cup sour cream

Hot sauce of your choice

Worstershire sauce

Frozen tater tots

-preheat your oven to 425, and then set to work browning your beef. I dice the veggies while the meat browns, then I add a few splashes of hot sauce and worstershire sauce before I remove the beef from the pan. Then I add the veg with a couple tbsp’s of butter until they get soft. Then melt the rest of the butter and add the flour stir it in and then add the sour cream, and it turns into a gravy (more hot sauce if you want here) The meat gets added back in and then it all goes in a casserole dish together.

Top this mixture with pepper jack cheese and then line the top with frozen tater tots. Pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes until the tots are browned and the cheese is bubbly and I promise you’ll never bring home leftovers. 

Speaking of leftovers…


My hubby brought me home an entire plate of desserts from the reunion! (He knows it’s my favorite part โค ) 

Now I will for sure not be able to move for the rest of the day! 

What is your favorite potluck dish?? 

Plexus Body Cream Review

#stuffIlove #csandwellinvestigates 

Before I became a Plexus ambassador my eye was on this body cream. It just kept appearing in my Pinterest feed. I was interested in it for a few reasons:
 1. It is advertised to have a skin tightening benefit. (Currently I’m pregnant with twins and thought this could be beneficial for my skin postpartum) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
2. It contains Spirulina. (A supplement I already take daily bc of the many benefits it offers) but for skin it helps detoxify, tighten, and even out skin tone, treats dark circles and fights the signs of aging. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
3. It contains activated charcoal, which is supposed to even out skin tone and draw out impurities, as well as minimize pores and treat ache ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
So I’ve been using it on my face after I remove my make up for about 2 weeks. (During pregnancy my face tends to get red and puffy. -Not. Cute.) here are my results: 

Left=before Right=after

These pictures don’t reflect an incredible change but there is definitely a reduction of the redness that was present in my cheeks and a real difference with tightening up around my jaw line. (Remember this is only -2- weeks of use and I’m 33 weeks pregnant so each week = weight gain, so seeing any slimming in my face is welcome!)

It’s not dramatic, but encouraging enough to keep using. -I’ve tried a lot of face creams over the years and can honestly say I’ve never seen a visible difference especially in such a small time frame. I have hope that with more time it will lighten the darker spots around my eyes. And I’m very hopeful it will help tighten the skin after babies, if I’m brave enough I will take before and after pics of that too ๐Ÿ˜ฌ make up free pics are bold enough for today ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall I like this product, and would recommend it. It’s not at all greasy or heavy feeling, and a little goes a long way. Definitely seeing results already!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ‰
If you’d like more info or would like to order some for yourself send me a message and I will be happy to help you get started! 

Beef and broccoli #sandwellsupper


#Suppatime #Beefandbroccoli 

Sometimes you want Chinese drive through. 

But.. you’re don’t want to leave your house. 

This recipe was born out of fridge leftovers and laziness. #truth
Ok, I usually use flank steak for this but there may be better options out there, tbh I don’t really know anything about cuts of beef. 
So here’s what ya need:
Flank steak 
Grape seed oil (just my Preference) 

Minced garlic 

Soy sauce

Broccoli

Green onions

Rice/or Raman 

Chicken broth (or beef or veggie)

Cashews (optional)

Directions: 

Cut up the flank steak into thin strips
Heat a small amount of oil and maybe a teaspoon of garlic on med heat in a saucepan.

Add beef sprinkle soy sauce (sometimes I use worchester sauce) and cook until browned. (I have a small saucepan sometimes I do this in batches) 

While the steak is browning heat up chicken broth in a small pot and make your rice or Raman according to package directions (rice is naturally gluten free, but I prefer good old Raman in this dish, but, -toss that msg sodium filled “flavor packet” directly in the trash) 
Once the meat is all browned, remove the meat from pan (I have a deep casserole dish we usually use for this but a bowl would work too) 
Then if the pan is dry I add more grape seed oil/ soy sauce and toss in the broccoli (toss to coat) I let it steam until it brightens in color and softens a bit. Then add it to the beef mixture. Last if your Raman is done cooking pour it all of it (chicken broth included)over the beef and broccoli and stir to mix. Top with diced green onions for extra crunch, or cashews if you’re into that. 
This is a great easy winter meal bc it’s so brothy and meaty but we have actually been eating it a lot this summer. I think bc it’s flavorful and doesn’t take much effort and a little really fills you up. -I also love any recipe that doesn’t involve turning on my oven if it’s 90+ degrees outside. 
What are your favorite Raman recipes? Anyone else making imitation Chinese take-out out there?

Sweet paleo scramble

  
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and modified it according to what I had on hand. Sometimes you just need something sweet and warm and bready. (Is bready a word? Eh)

So here’s what you need:

One mashed banana

One egg

Two egg whites

One tsp honey

Sprinkle of cinnamon 

Two tablespoons of unsweetened ground coconut

Then spray a little coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and scramble this like eggs. 

Then it’s time to junk it up.(or be a healthy person and enjoy this as is, -pfff)

I turn to this which I keep in my pantry  

 
It’s full of things that turn health food into junk food. Cacao nibs, walnuts, coconut, craisins etc. 

I choose a little bit of shredded coconut and some chunky peanut butter which melted in. Yum. This was exactly what I needed today. Enjoy!

Smashed potatoes (not mashed)ย 

  
So the other day I was cooking some fish 

(This fish to be exact) 

  
I really love the interesting flavors I find at our fish counter, this was tilapia coated with some kind of tex-mex breading, sounds weird but it was amazing. 

Anyway it needed a side dish and our pantry was sparse. I preheated the oven to 400 and I found a few red potatoes cut them into 2-3 pieces and put them in a pot of water and set to boil. I let them go until they were nearly tender enough to cut with a fork, then I pulled them out with tongs, placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then smashed them with the bottom of a cup.  In a measuring cup I melted several tablespoons of butter added a healthy amount of minced garlic and cilantro leaves and poured it over top. Season with salt and pepper and popped them in the oven for 20. These went great together. Easy and filling. 

Guacamole Jalapeรฑo turkey burger

  So for lunch I got this idea for guacamole, jalapeรฑo turkey burgers. So here’s what went in: 

*disclaimer this is one of those no measure/use up your leftover recipes 

1 lb lean ground turkey

-all the leftover guac (a lot maybe 3/4 a cup)

-two handfuls of diced jalepeno

-leftover red onion bits

-1/4 cup of almond meal

*house seasoning 

Smoosh it all together and form into patties.

Now I took me a while to figure out how to cook this. I started with the Forman grill, total fail. It’s just too wet so it sticks to the grill plates and rips apart when you open it. 

Then I tried browning in a pan of with coconut oil. 

Held together better but started to burn before the middle was done. 

So, brown the outside in a pan then bake in the oven to finish them. -I was trying to make a quick easy lunch and it kind of turned into a whole thing. But it was totally worth it, I ate these with fresh salsa on top and wanted to eat all of them but made myself stop so Rob could try them. 

Anyway not as quick as I hoped but next time will go faster and there will def be a next time! 

Oh crap it’s supper time.ย 

So today was an exciting day at the Sandwell’s. Rob had to go in extra early and also was going to have to stay late. Knowing it would be a stressful day I got up with him. (In my mind I think I’ll be super helpful like June Cleaver in reality I will shuffle to the coffee pot and press “brew”) So Rob is getting ready and I’m trying to function and then we notice our bathtub is full of silt.  

Old houses in our town have this problem the tree roots grow into the water pipes and back our front yard into our bathtub. 

Awesome. 

Then I heard Jax coughing, that terrible croupy rattle cough.

Wonderful. 

So I spent my day calling the landlord and the plumber and the pediatrician, then cleaning the front yard out of the bathtub and then I realize it’s 7 and Rob is going to be home any time. 

Crap.

Even with my crazy day I know Rob’s day was harder and coming home to supper made always helps. 

I needed fast easy “man food” I had no plan, no time, and no imagination. So I melted some butter in a pan, added frozen breakfast potatoes. (Yup) found a kielbasa sausage in the fridge, cut it up, added a green pepper, a red onion, a heap of minced garlic and some everyday seasoning. I assume when Rob gets here he’ll toss in jalapeรฑos and a dash of tobacco. 

  
Our lives will not be changed. But our bellies will be full. 

(And I burned it a little) 

  
Cheers! 

Big Nasty Breakfast.ย 

  
Sometimes you need a big nasty breakfast. 

Rob and I frequent a local breakfast pub and this is my version of one of my favorite dishes there. At the pub this dish is called the north sider. (The north side of town is kind of trashy here.. And so is this!) 
It’s ground beef, eggs, onion, and pickles. 

-I know. Judge away. It’s a burger mixed with scrambled eggs. And it’s awesome. You’re welcome.