7/28/2014

Being an Unhealthy-Healthy Eater Part I

Gentle Reader,

You may be asking yourself, “Katie, I’ve never heard of an unhealthy-healthy eater. I think you’re making it up!” You are correct. More than likely there is a formal or more widely-known term for what I’m about to discuss, but I am either unable to find it or too lazy to find it (i.e., both).

We all know what “healthy” means when it comes to diet and eating habits. Lots of protein! Fruits! Vegetables! Watch the carbs! Cut out extra sugar! Whole grains! Water! Don’t eat too much! Moderation and variety or death!

We also know what “unhealthy” means: too fatty, too processed, too many calories for too little nutrition, too salty, too much, too little, too anything.

Therefore, I define an unhealthy-healthy eater as a person who has unhealthy habits when eating healthy food. I am one of these people. Hi, my name is Katie, and I’m an Unhealthy-Healthy Eater. Hi, Katie.

You may be thinking, “Well if you know it’s a bad thing, change it!” Unfortunately for me, it’s not so simple.

Let me start out by saying that I have ZERO external factors that prevent me from eating well. I have access to a grocery store that carries everything I’ll ever need. I have enough money to afford quality foods. I have the appliances required to keep, store, and prepare said food. No problem, Bob.

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My inability to be a healthy eater comes from the inside. Yes, gentle readers, my very soul cannot handle the enormity of consuming another living being.

NO, no no, just kidding. I wish it was only so ridiculous. Alas, my eating problems come from indigestion. And no, I’m not talking about heartburn or GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease), or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or any other common digestive disorder that can be wham-bam-thankyouma’am neatly defined and treated with an OTC (over the counter) medication or homeopathic remedy. Nope, I’m talking about an unpredictable mystery illness that results in abdominal pain of Chestburster proportions and a myriad of distressing symptoms with disgusting responses.

I’ll post about my physical experience (maybe someone Googling his/her symptoms will find it!) later, along with the psychological impact and other implications. For now, here’s a quick rundown: I avoid certain foods due to digestive issues. It’s bad to cut out food groups completely. Even if I did eat the foods that give me issues, I wouldn’t be able to digest them anyway. What’s a girl to do? Do I just give up and not eat particular foods and not even give my body the chance to absorb the nutrients it needs? Or do I give it a go, suffer for it, and still not get the nutrition I need?

Usually I go for the former. I wimp out. My diet is boring. My nutrition sucks. I take a medication that helps me better digest food. Actually, I take pancreatic enzymes that are derived from a pig's pancreas. Yes, I am part pig. I absorb pig powers. Fear me *oink*. However, there's nothing quite like all-natural, human pancreas juices, so it's not a miracle worker. I'll take what I can get.

I eat the same things everyday. Greek yogurt, granola, applesauce, protein drink mixed with fruit juice, protein bars, and a whole lot of fruits & vegetables.

See, it certainly sounds healthy, but holy nutritional deficit, Batman! This is a lot better than how I was in the months before my gallbladder was removed (another long story). Every meal was one bowl of cereal. Every. Meal. I consider my current diet a massive improvement. However, even sticking to "safe" foods isn't a guarantee that I won't have symptoms. My digestive system has a mind of its own.

To Be Continued!

Are you an unhealthy-healthy eater? What good habits do you have, or what bad habits should you change? Do you have digestive problems? How do you combat them?

7/12/2014

#Giveaway: #Win an Amazon eGift Card!

I'm running my first giveaway, yay! Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card by helping me build my social media presence and by voting for my photo on Facebook. Use the Rafflecopter below! If you have any questions, tweet me or post on my FB profile.



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7/11/2014

Giveaway: Coach Handbag Ends 08/10

Yet another awesome giveaway! Follow me on Twitter @katiecontests for an entry!

Summer Coach Handbag Event

Summer COACH Handbag Giveaway Event

Enter to #Win a $358 COACH PARK SIGNATURE HOBO Handbag This giveaway is sponsored by MyPoshMedia and PoshonaBudget.com Co-Hosts: Freebies Codes Coupons and Deals | MidLife Parenting| Dividing by Zero | Heartbeats~ Soul Stains | Barbara's Beat | Here We Go Again Ready | Plus Size Posh (coming soon)
About this handbag: Features COACH Signature fabric with leather trim with Zip-top closure. Inside features full fabric lining zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets. There is also a longer strap for shoulder or crossbody wear Apprx 14 3/4" (L) x 13" (H) x 3" (W) COLOR: SILVER/KHAKI/MAHOGANY

Are you a handbag lover?

If you were to win this, would you keep it or give it to someone as a gift? One winner will with the handbag featured in this giveaway. Good luck! This giveaway is open to the US and CA. It ends on 8/10 Disclosure/Disclaimer: This site or any other site associated with this event has in no way been compensated for the preceding information. This giveaway is valid where allowed by law, open to anyone in the United States who is over 18 years of age. One winner will be randomly selected on 8/11/14, notified via email, and will have until 8/13/14 to reply. If there is no reply another winner will be randomly selected.

6/29/2014

Giveaway: Summertime Fun

Welcome to what promises to be one of the hottest giveaways of the summer! This is the Summertime Fun Giveaway hosted by Life in a House of Testosterone and Friends! Get ready to have some fun, because we're taking celebrating summer to a whole new level this year with over $1,800 in prizes to be won thanks to some last minute contributions to our prize packages! You can view a complete list with photographs of the prize packages here. summertime fun giveaway

Hosted by:

Life in a House of Testosterone

Co-Hosted by:

Barbara's Beat | BloggieAway | Deliciously Savvy | Dividing by Zero | Heartbeats ~Soul Stains

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I want to take a moment to thank our absolutely wonderful list of sponsors that are participating in this event!

The Summertime Fun Giveaway is giving you 3 CHANCES TO WIN with three prize packages up for grabs! In order to save you from scrolling continuously, each of the prizes being awarded are linked directly to their product page. They are as follows:

Grand Prize Package

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The Grand Prize Package Contains Prizes Worth Over $724.00

2nd Place Package

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The Second Place Prize Package Contains Prizes Worth Over $573.00

3rd Place Package

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The 3rd Place Prize Package Contains Prizes Worth Over $428.00

Special Offers and Discounts

Several of our sponsors have been generous enough to offer discount coupons to our readers who may wish to make a purchase during the giveaway event. This information is listed below.

LaBella Baskets

LaBella BasketsLaBella Baskets offers a LBB membership for $9.95 per year. Once you purchase a LBB membership, you will be sent an email with your login information. You then receive your very own discount website so when you are ready to purchase gifts, you receive a 20% off discount on each gift you purchase without having to worry about keeping track of a discount code! Click here to grab a LBB membership! In addition, LaBella Baskets offers a Candle of the Month Club Membership for $19.99 per month. After your first purchase, you will be able to choose which candles you want each month, with 32 scents to choose from! Click here to purchase a Candle of the Month Club membership! With both of these membership options, there is no expiration date and you can cancel your membership at any time!

Bag A Book

BagabookOur friends at Bag A Book have generously offered to provide our readers with a 20% off discount for any item on their website. Just use discount code SFS20 when you check out. This discount code expires 12/31/2014. Six months of incredible savings! Thanks Bag A Book!

NeoCell

iHerb.comNeoCell has generously offered to provide a savings code for their sister site - iHerb.com. Use code CIP001 to receive a discount between $5.00 and $10.00 if you are a new customer to iHerb.com.

Trillium Organics

Trillium OrganicsTrillium Organics is offering our readers a 10% off discount from July 1 to July 30 on your order. Just use coupon code SUMMER10 at checkout! In addition, Trillium is holding a giveaway on their website for a FULL YEAR'S SUPPLY OF TRILLIUM ORGANICS! On 12/1/2014, one lucky winner will be chosen to receive 6 jars of Organic Body Polish, 6 bottles of Organic Body Soap, 3 jars of Organic Body Butter, 3 bottles of Organic Body Oil, 3 jars of Organic Soaking Salt, and 3 bottles of Organic Perfume! All you need to do is click here to enter and be sure to sign up for the Trillium Organics newsletter to ensure you're notified if you win!

StainRx

StainRxStainRx is an effective stain remover that attacks stains on a molecular level with no peroxide, chlorine bleach, or phosphates. Now thru 8/1/2014, use discount code GoldBros to receive 10% off your order. StainRx is pH neutral and will not adversely affect colorfast washable fabrics. StainRx removes many tough (and even old) stains, while keeping colors vibrant and whites whiter without oxidizing agents!

Creamed. Gourmet Body Treats

creamed gourmet body treatsHomemade soaps from Creamed Gourmet Body Treats are formulated with high quality base oils, then once the lye is neutralized, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter and Avocado Oil are added. Creamed Gourmet Body Treats is offering 10% off your purchase through 7/30 when you use coupon code LIAHSOAP. Visit the shop today and check out the wonderful homemade treats in store for you!

Jewelry in Candles

jewelry in candlesThere's nothing quite so satisfying as enjoying your favorite scent and finding a hidden surprise in your candle, which is exactly what Jewelry in Candles offers you! For the month of July, you can use discount code Hot4Jic to receive 20% off your order or if you're feeling patriotic, use discount code Freedom and receive 25% off your total order. So get your beautiful scents and hidden jewelry now! Offer ends 7/31/2014.

Giveaway Information

This giveaway is open to entrants residing in the Continental United States, age 18 and older. There are quite a few entries that can be earned during this giveaway so please take care to follow instructions for each entry carefully. Three winners will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and entries verified. If you did not leave the proper information for us to verify the random entry chosen, another entry will be drawn.

Once all three entries have been drawn and verified, you will receive an email at the email address you listed on the mailing information form. You will have until midnight EST on Friday, July 18, 2014 to respond to that email. If you do not respond within the allotted time frame, another winner will be chosen.

Sponsors will be responsible for shipping out your winning prize package items to you directly.

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Disclosure: Life in a House of Testosterone organized this event. As a participating blogger, I received no compensation for promoting this event. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with any social media network or with the Rafflecopter giveaway system. Prize shipment will be coordinated by Life in a House of Testosterone and the sponsors of this event. Should you have any questions at all, please contact kim@lifeinahouseoftestosterone.com directly.

6/28/2014

Giveaway Announcement/Blogger Opp: Back to School in Style Event

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Back to School in Style Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

10 Winners each receiving a $100 Gift Card

Event dates: 7/21 - 8/4

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents.

SIGN-UP HERE


Giveaway Announcement/Blogger Opp: The Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event

Signups are now open for 

The Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event

Organized by Michelle @ Failing Perfect

 

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 Signups Close at 8 PM EST on August 11th.

Event will take place August 15th - August 30th.

Open to residents of the United States.

One winner takes all: Amazon Kindle Fire HD, $100 Target Gift Card, Backpack full of school supplies, plus more.

Free Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest Link for posting giveaway. Must promote 3x weekly on social media accounts.

Additional links, host pages, co-host spots are available.

SIGN UP HERE

6/21/2014

Giveaway Announcement/Blogger Opp: Summer Coach Handbag Event

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Blogger Giveaway Event Sign Up- Summer Coach Handbag Event 7/13-8/10

Join me and Poshonabudget.com for a Summer Coach Handbag Event 7/13-8/10 Sign ups End 7/10 FREE Links Available. Cohosts $10 for 4 links plus site is mentioned in post. This is a great opportunity. What would you do with new COACH handbag? Sign up/information

Giveaway Announcement/Blogger Opp: Summertime Fun

We are excitedly gearing up for our Summertime Fun Giveaway hosted by Life in a House of Testosterone from July 1, 2014 to July 15, 2014 - and we want YOU to be a part of the exciting fun! We are looking for BLOGGERS and SPONSORS who would like to participate in our event.

We currently have a great group of bloggers signed up to promote the event and share with their fans via their blogs and social media, and we want YOU to join us!

Sponsors - if you have a product that you would love to provide to be included in the prize package in exchange for 2 weeks of FREE ADVERTISING - we want YOU too!

Check each of the respective sections below that apply to you for more information and links to sign up!

BLOGGERS INFORMATION

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Choose two free links if you sign up to participate in this blogger opp! You can choose Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram as your free links with the announcement post GRAB IT HERE. If you do not wish to post the announcement, you can submit the $5 waiver fee via PayPal.

This giveaway will run from July 1, 2014 to July 15, 2014. Signups close on 6/25. Giveaway open to Continental United States.

Co-Host spots are available for $5 and include 5 links (no Google+ links please) in addition to the 2 free links for 7 links total. Links available for co-hosts are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Newsletter Subscription, Instagram, Bloglovin, Picket Fence, or Networked Blogs.

Extra links can be purchased for $1.00 each, up to 3 additional links.

Payments should be sent via PayPal to admin@lifeinahouseoftestosterone.com and if you have any questions about this event, please email kimatliah@gmail.com directly. Thank you for helping to promote this event!

Sign up for to help promote this event by CLICKING HERE!

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SPONSORS INFORMATION

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As of today's publication, we have a great group of active bloggers signed up to help promote this event. What that means to YOU is 14 days of free advertising with a reach of over 550,000 subscribers! More bloggers are signing up to promote the event each day - and we want to make this giveaway the best of the summer!

We need YOU to help us make it the best possible event! If you have a product or a client who is looking to break into the market and the blogging world in a BIG way - participate in our event by offering a product to include in one, two or all three prize packages that we will be giving away!

In exchange, your product and company will be highlighted in the giveaway's prize description (see this post for an example) and your website will also be linked to the description along with any reviews that we may have done on your product in the past or in the time period leading up to this giveaway. We are always happy to work with our sponsors to promote their products! Bloggers are asked to promote the event at least 3x per week and Life in a House of Testosterone will be promoting daily on various social media sites and talking about the prizes being offered in the giveaway.

Sponsors are asked to please complete the form here as it will streamline our organization of the products to ensure that we have your contact information and everything we need in order to promote your brand! We are EXCITED to work with you!

Winners will be chosen on July 16 when the event has ended. Winning entries will be verified and then the winner will be notified via email and social media that they have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize. Once the winner has responded, their information will immediately be forwarded to the sponsor for shipment of the product offered. In the event the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen, verified and notified.

Let’s welcome summer in with a BANG!

6/03/2014

Giveaway: Xbox One


Hosted by:
NYSavingSpecials

Co-hosted by:
Barbara's BeatMOMenvy BlogArmy Wife to Suburban LifeMomStart and Simply Sherryl

Come and join us in this great giveaway
You can be the lucky winner 




xBox One



June 2  To June 16 11:59pm EST.

Valid only in the Continental United States.
Void where prohibited

18 years or older to enter/only 1 entrant per household
Winner is chosen through random.org

All entries are optional.

All winning entries will be verified.


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DisclaimerKatie's Contests is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com. This blog, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network is not associated with this giveaway.

5/20/2014

Giveaway: Origin Studio Wallet Week 4

The Go Mamas Welcomes you to the 
Origin Studio Wallet Giveaway 

Sponsored by: Origin Studios
Hosted by: The Go Mamas
Cohosted by: Barbara's Beat

http://www.originstudio.com/

The GO Mamas have a wonderful, exciting opportunity with Origin Studios, just for our blog, they are giving away 2 wallets per week, for 5 weeks to our readers! WOOT WOOT! That means that you get to try 5 times to win 2 awesomely designed ecofriendly wallets of your choice!



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The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available.


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A special thank you goes out to our Sponsor and Co-Hosts. 
Please kindly visit their pages above.

 We at The Go Mamas support the handmade and small business community, and promote the importance of buying handmade goods. We hope you will also!

Read More about Origin Studio Wallets in The Go Mamas Origin Studio Wallet Review

Giveaway Details:

Open to US residents
Giveaway (Week 4): 05/21/14 - 05/28/14

The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available. 
Click the link below for your opportunity to win TWO (2) Origin Studio Wallets
Enter the giveaway on the form below



Remember that ALL entries are optional and each entry only increases your chance of winning. You are under no obligation to enter this giveaway.

Disclosure: This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any of their affiliates. The Go Mamas may have received the products mentioned above for their honest opinion. Participating bloggers received no compensation for this publication. The opinions expressed by The Go Mamas are their own, and may differ from yours or this blog's. The Sponsor listed above is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment.

5/09/2014

Origin Studio Wallet Giveaway Week 3

The Go Mamas Welcomes you to the 
Origin Studio Wallet Giveaway 

Sponsored by: Origin Studios
Hosted by: The Go Mamas
Cohosted by: Barbara's Beat

http://www.originstudio.com/

The GO Mamas have a wonderful, exciting opportunity with Origin Studios, just for our blog, they are giving away 2 wallets per week, for 5 weeks to our readers! WOOT WOOT!

That means that you get to try 5 times to win 2 awesomely designed ecofriendly wallets of your choice!



http://www.originstudio.com/


The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available.


http://barbarasbeat.blogspot.com/http://originstudios.com

A special thank you goes out to our Sponsor and Co-Hosts. 
Please kindly visit their pages above.

 We at The Go Mamas support the handmade and small business community, and promote the importance of buying handmade goods. We hope you will also!

Read More about Origin Studio Wallets in The Go Mamas Origin Studio Wallet Review

Giveaway Details:

Open to US residents
Giveaway (Week 2): 05/07/14 - 05/14/14

The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available. 
Click the link below for your opportunity to win TWO (2) Origin Studio Wallets
Enter the giveaway on the form below


Remember that ALL entries are optional and each entry only increases your chance of winning. You are under no obligation to enter this giveaway.

Disclosure: This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any of their affiliates. The Go Mamas may have received the products mentioned above for their honest opinion. Participating bloggers received no compensation for this publication. The opinions expressed by The Go Mamas are their own, and may differ from yours or this blog's. The Sponsor listed above is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment.

Mother's Day Giveaway: KitchenAid 4.5qt Mixer

A great Mother's Day gift! Find me under Twitter as @katiecontests.


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Come and join us in this great giveaway

You can be the lucky winner for
a

KitchenAid KSM75SL 4.5 Qt. Classic Plus Stand Mixer, Color silver


Dates:
May 9 12:01am EST. To May 23 11:59pm  EST.

Valid only in the Continental United States
Void where prohibited

18 years or older to enter/only 1 entrant per household

 Winner is chosen through random.org

All entries are optional.
All winning entries will be verified.
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Disclaimer: Katie's Contests is not responsible for the awarding of the prize.  If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com.  This blog, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network is not associated with this giveaway.

5/01/2014

NYSavingSpecials Mega Giveaway

Yet another giveaway! Find me under Twitter 2 as @katiecontests.

Sponsored By:
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Come and join us in this great giveaway!
You can be the lucky winner of one of these packages.
We will have 5 winners. Each package has a different value. Total prizes are valued at$1,673.26
 
#1 Package Value $560.67
Oka-B pair of shoes (Spring Collection) up to $45
Willamy Collection Bracelet up to $115.00
Baby Nari $79.99
Mimo Monitors 710S $139.99
#2 Package Value$427.94
Oransi Robby Wash ball ($32.95) and an Oransi Fridge Air Purifier ($44) prize pack
Smartsilk $130 pair of standard pillows
24/7 frenzy $50 Gift Certificate
Glass Dharma $25.00 Gift Certificate
Kidz Can Designfree pendant, valued at $129.99
 
#3 Packages Value$318.95
24/7 frenzy $50 Gift Certificate
Cryoow Doll US$ 149
#4 Package Value $220.70
24/7 frenzy $50 Gift Certificate
Bullet Designs 40 Caliber Fire & Ice Collection: Earrings, Necklace and Ring 64.85
Oka-B pair of shoes (Spring Collection) up to $45
Build-A-Bear $25 Gift Card
#5 Package Value$145
Undercover Mama $30.00 voucher (this essentially covers the cost of 1 shirt and shipping)
California Delicious $75 gift card
Frecklebox $40 Electronic Gift Certificate
Dates:
May 1 12:01am EST. To May 22 11:59pm EST.
Valid only in the Continental United States.
Void where prohibited
18 years or older to enter/only 1 entrant per household
Winner is chosen through random.org
All entries are optional.
All winning entries will be verified.
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Disclaimer: Katie's Contests is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email the host at nysavingspecials@gmail.com. This blog, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media network is not associated with this giveaway.

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