Rise and Shine with Carly Clegg

By: Carly Clegg
By: Carly Clegg

College Station, TX
Carly Cares:

Feel free to leave me a comment! I may not be Oprah Winfrey, or have the fashion sense of Elle Woods, but I care about YOU and have so much to share with you when it comes to loving yourself-especially since Jesus loved you first! Enjoy these tips and suggestions to make your Friday even better!

Food for thought:

Recently, I have become intrigued with the gluten-free diet and all that it entails- so I’d like to share with you things that I’ve learned along the way of my research.

A gluten-free diet has become a popular trend in recent months, and some may even consider it to be a “fad.” Gluten-free products are starting to line the shelves at grocery stores, but most people are still in the dark when it comes to the health benefits of a gluten-free diet.

Gluten is basically a special type of protein that is found in foods such as cereals, certain grains, and wheat. One of the main purposes of gluten is to keep the elasticity intact in foods during the fermentation phase of food production. Gluten makes bread “chewy,” and prevents other foods from having a sticky, doughy-like texture.

Going gluten-free means saying no to many common and nutritious foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten also shows up in many whole grain foods related to wheat, including bulgur, farro, kamut, spelt, and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye).

The basis of a healthy gluten-free diet, as with any diet, should be natural foods. Lean meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy products are all safe for people with celiac disease. Grains that don’t contain gluten, such as quinoa and amaranth, are another healthy option. More and more products are being made with such grains, from breads and breakfast cereals to pastas.

“Eliminating gluten, and eating a gluten-free diet can help reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other health-related conditions, like diabetes, if you have a gluten intolerance,” says Christy. “A gluten-free diet can also help your body ward off viruses and germs, just because many of the foods you eat will be full of antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.”

Gluten-Free Can Be Healthy, Just be Cautious.

Stay healthy my friends!

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Coffee with Carly:

‘Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee’  if you want to meet me for a warm cup of joe I’m always ready for a good conversation! For this Friday, since you’ve been the superhero of your life, revive your body and become purify your blood with Red Clover tea.

Remember how I’m on an herbal tea kick?

Ever had one of those huge, deep, under-the-skin pimples that feel more like a tumor than a zit? The ones that make part of your face look swollen, hurt like heck and are almost impossible to conceal? Red Clover tea caught my eye when I was researching supplements for skin care. Lately, my skin has been on a breakout marathon. Each morning and night I have spotted new inflammations in my skin and I have HAD it y’all. My skin has a mind and story of its own for the past 8 years. With scars, redness, inflammation, and white heads galore I have been desperate to rid myself of pimples and acne once and for all!

You’ll be happy to know, that when being gentle to your skin through thick and thin (for those ladies and gents who have barely there pores) the red clover acne treatment is the best and easiest thing you can give to your body. All the toxins will get out of your body thanks to red clover's vitamins B, C, E, calcium, lecithin, iron, and other countless important things in it.

Not only is Red Clover tea said to help with acne due to its liver cleaning/clearing magic-and blood purifying miracles-ridding of all toxins in the body, but below I have given you multiple other remedies the Red Clover tea cures as well:

Red clover's constituents are thought to stimulate the immune system.

Red clover has also been used to treat coughs and respiratory system congestion, because it also contains resin. Resinous substances in plants have expectorating, warming, and antimicrobial action.

WARNING: Red clover also contains the blood-thinning substance coumarin.

Red Clover also comes in a pill form supplement for men and women on a whim! I got my Red Clover at HEB.

If you need a skin blog pick-me-up go to the Beauty Gypsy’s blog HERE.

Today's Fun Jam:

Since Easter just passed, for this week’s Fun Jam I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Christian artists, Kari Jobe. Last summer, I went through a very emotional season-I was defeated, I was broken, alone, and needed strength more than any other time in my life. Kari Jobe’s heart and lyrics lifted me up daily, and with her ministry and music I was able to see God’s love for me even in times of (almost) utter depression and sadness. Know that you are never alone in Christ. Here is the song that spoke to me the most- ‘You are For Me.’

So faithful
So constant
So loving and so true
So powerful in all You do

You fill me
You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to You

I know that You are for me
I know that You are for me
I know that You will never
Forsake me in my weaknesses
I know that You have come now
Even if to write upon my heart
To remind me who You are

So patient
So gracious
So merciful and true
So wonderful in all You do

You fill me
You see me
You know my every move
You love for me to sing to You

Keep dancing.

Today’s Book:

So far I’ve given you recommendations for ‘Redeeming Love’ by Francine Rivers, ‘Captivating’ and ‘Wild at Heart’ by John and Stasi Eldredge, ‘Crazy Love’ by Fancis Chan, and ‘Youth Aflame’ by Winkie Pratney, start writing your own story by journaling, Alyssa Bethke and Lindsay Moreau’s blog, ‘Love Does’ by Bob Goff, and ‘Jesus Calling’ by Sarah Young -all of these are preparing you to open your heart and mind to a better life with Jesus! Not only do they challenge you to look at a perspective beyond the norm in which you’ve created for yourself, they also encourage you to delve into the possibilities of letting go and letting God-in all aspects of your life.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ has graced the hands of many readers out there and is soon to come out in theaters. The Fault in Our Stars is on MSN’s top 8 list of books to read before seeing the film.
As I went home this weekend for Easter, I noticed my mom (outside asleep in the shade) holding John Green’s moving piece, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. Just a few chapters in, she remarked on the emotional novel as one of the best she’s ever read.

Here is a brief summary of the plot thanks to Wikipedia: The story takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, where sixteen year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster reluctantly attends a cancer patients' support group at her mother’s behest. Because of her cancer, she uses a portable oxygen tank to breathe properly. In one of the meetings she catches the eye of a teenage boy, and through the course of the meeting she learns the boy’s name is Augustus Waters. He's there to support their mutual friend, Isaac. Isaac had a tumor in one eye that he had removed, and now he has to have his other eye taken out as well. After the meeting ends, Augustus approaches Hazel and tells her she looks like Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta. He invites Hazel to his house to watch the movie, and while hanging out, the two discuss their experiences with cancer. Hazel reveals she has thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. Augustus had osteosarcoma, but he is now cancer free after having his leg amputated.

I have yet to read it, but with outstanding reviews from family and friends and the New York Times I am anxious to get my hands on ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’

The film is planned to be released on June 6, 2014.

Today’s Verse:

With Easter Sunday just behind us -it’s important for us to continue to remember how much Jesus loves us day by day. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday Service, we are constantly reminded of Jesus’ crucifixion that ultimately brought us eternal life…but what I want to challenge you with today, is to be in that constant remembrance and trust in God’s love and faithfulness. Jesus rose again on the 3rd day and that is exactly why we have “hope and a future,” it’s why we know He will “never leave us nor forsake us” and because “He is not here, He is Risen,” our spirits will get to live in “paradise.”

I hope you never forget the amount of love Jesus has for you-He is for YOU friends, always has-always will be.

This verse might be the most popular one in the book-but here’s a scripture that encourages you of Jesus’ purpose of being on this earth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.

Keep looking up friends!

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns embrace your feelings and let me know below and let’s chat!

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