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Harvest Moon, New Look :)

Hi Everybody!

Happy Harvest Moon!  To celebrate, I thought instead of doing what I shoulllld be doing today (studying) I’d update my blog!  I know, I know, 30 lashes for me!   I study 5-7 hours a day, so a break is nice, though that does mean I have to crack down tomorrow to catch up, but that’s ok.  Blame it on Mercury Retrograde…..  🙂

Also, to celebrate the full moon  , I’m making a gem elixir.  I’ve never done it before, but it is part of my CCH (Certified Crystal Healer) certification classes, so I’m trying it out!  Don’t know what that is?  Well, here are a couple of recipes from my CCH’s website:

http://hibiscusmooncrystalacademy.com/gem-elixirs/

Try it out, you may be surprised!  I can’t wait!  My gem elixir is currently sitting out for a few hours under the full moon soaking up extra energy.  🙂

And if you want to read more about tonight’s Harvest Moon, check it out here:  http://www.sun-gazing.com/rare-lunar-eclipse-pisces-prepare-huge-energy-shift-night-september-16-2016/

Okay, back to work!

Unnnntil next time, have a Happy Healthy Day!!! 😀

PS:  If you haven’t checked out my “A Little About Me” page in a while, it’s been updated!  🙂

 

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Homemade electrolyte drinks

Happy Sunday everybody!

I just ran across a really great set of recipes for making your own electrolyte drinks at Vitacost.com. Vitacost not only has a lot of different brands of vitamins/supplements, they also offer loads of other natural products and even recipes!

Anyway, here is an article listing 3 recipes for electrolyte drinks that you might enjoy trying. Electrolytes help to do a couple of different things in your body, like to regulate fluid levels and blood pH; electrolytes also help in muscle and nerve function; and are also used for maintenance and repair of body tissues.

This information and more is found here:

Electrolyte info and recipes

I hope you have an awesome Sunday!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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What The Heck Is Miso? + Miso Soup Recipe

Happy Monday y’all!

Here is some information about Miso and a recipe from Vani at Foodbabe.com

What The Heck Is Miso? + Miso Soup Recipe.

Miso is used in many Asian dishes. It’s a paste made from soybeans that can be used to make soup, sauces, dressings….use your imagination, I’m sure you’ll think of some other great ways to utilize it in your meals! There is also one made from chickpeas in case of soybean allergy! Make sure to research the brands carried in your area because some may contain MSG’s or other hidden dangers including GMO’s. Also, don’t forget to ALWAYS buy organic!

Here are a couple of links with more information about Miso and some recipes too!

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-and-uses-for-miso.html

Today is short and sweet, but I wanted to share this wonderful info about Miso! It’s so very yummy!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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Crockpot Chicken Recipe! :o)

Happy Tuesday y’all! 😀

Yep, I said y’all!  My Texas is showin’!  ha

A friend shared a recipe on Facebook and the idea sounded awesome, but I completely changed it other than a couple of ingredients because I had another idea and totally different direction to go with it.  Hope you like it and I hope we do too!  I’ve never made it and I don’t measure, so we’ll see……

4 chicken breasts cut into small pieces

1 can organic black beans

about a cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 entire box of organic broth (I used vegetable broth)

2 small cans diced organic Muir Glen tomatoes

2 huge cans crushed organic Muir Glen tomatoes

chopped garlic to your liking

1 can diced green chilis

about a tablespoon of basil

salt to taste

about a tablespoon of parsley just because

Put all of this in the crockpot and stir, cook until done (I’m going for at least 4- 4 1/2 hours)

In about 3 hours cook up some organic brown rice or rice of your choosing

break out the cheddar cheese (we use Tillamook Sharp Cheddar) and shred

My hubby will probably want parmesan too

Tortillas of your choice (or they might even be good in wonton, seaweed or eggroll wrappers!)

Take a tortilla, put a little rice on it, put some of the chicken concoction on it, add some cheese, roll up and enjoy!

That’s how I make things in my house.  I just think of something that sounds yummy and go for it.  I hope it’s good!  We’ll probably have a salad before hand to get our veggies in too.  If you don’t use the cheese and you go for gluten free rice/tortillas I think this would work as a gluten free recipe too.

If you make it, let me know what you think! 😀  If you change something, let me know that too, I might want to try your way! 😀

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day! :0)

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Superbowl Sunday 2014 recipes……….

Happy Thursday Everybody!

So, are you a football fan? Do you watch the Superbowl? Are you trying to figure out what to do about eating healthier snacks that day?

Let’s see if we can figure out a few things that you might like…….

I found these three awesome recipes on Foodbabe.com:

 

Food Babe’s Creamy Kale and Artichoke Dip

( http://foodbabe.com/2014/01/27/creamy-kale-and-artichoke-dip-with-homemade-chips/ )

Serves: 8
Ingredients
• 1 bag of frozen artichoke hearts thawed and chopped
• 4 cups of finely chopped kale, spinach, swiss chard or collards
• 1 garlic clove minced
• 1/8 tsp fresh nutmeg
• 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp fresh black pepper
• 1 cup organic sour cream (or 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 greek yogurt)
• 3 tbsp organic mayo (optional – but really kicks this recipe into high gear)
• 3 tbs raw parmesan or manchego cheese, plus more for top
• coconut oil for greasing
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and place into a medium sized baking dish (greased with
coconut oil)
3. Top with additional cheese if desired
4. Bake for approximately 30-45 mins covered
5. Remove from oven, and let sit for at least 5 mins before serving with homemade pita or tortilla chips
Notes
Please choose all organic ingredients if possible.

 

 

Food Babe’s Brown Rice Vegetable Spring Rolls

( http://foodbabe.com/2013/03/17/brown-rice-vegetable-spring-rolls/ )

Prep time
10 mins

Cook time
10 mins

Total time
20 mins

Serves: 3-6

Ingredients
•6 brown rice spring roll wrappers
•2 carrots thinly sliced
•1 red pepper thinly sliced
•1 avocado cut into strips
•1 cup mint leaves
•Dipping Sauce:
•1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
•1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
•2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
•1 tbsp ginger minced
•2 tbsp lime juice
•1 clove garlic minced
•1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
•2 tbsp nama shoyu or tamari
•2 spring onions chopped

Instructions
1.Dip one brown rice wrapper into big bowl of warm water for at least 5 seconds
2.Place wrapper on cutting board and add slices of carrot, red pepper, 4 mint leaves, and avocado
3.Fold two opposite sides of wrapper first and then roll tightly
4.Cut roll in half
5.Repeat these steps to continue making more rolls
6.To make sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir
7.Serve rolls with dipping sauce and enjoy!

Notes

***Please use all organic ingredients if possible***

 

 

Food Babe’s Pizza is a Vegetable Pizza

( http://foodbabe.com/2012/02/03/pizza-is-really-a-vegetable/ )

Prep time
5 mins

Cook time
10 mins

Total time
15 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients
•1 Ezekiel sprouted wheat tortilla
•4 tablespoons of tomato/pizza sauce
•1 garlic clove minced
•1/4 cup onions chopped
•1/4 cup green peppers chopped
•1/4 cup broccoli chopped
•5 black olives sliced
•1 ounce of organic mozzarella cheese (Optional)
•1/2 ounce of raw parmesan cheese (Optional)
•crushed red pepper for sprinkling

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2.Place thawed tortilla on large pan and place in oven – 3-4 mins to allow crust to harden a bit
3.Once tortilla has started to slightly crisp on edges, remove from oven
4.Place sauce and garlic on crust first
5.Then top with suggested toppings or other toppings, being careful not to overload the crust
6.Next place cheese on top (Optional)
7.Cook for 10 mins or until cheese is bubbly

Notes

Enjoy with a big green salad. ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***

 

 

If you can’t find some of the ingredients, just substitute the best you can with the healthiest option available.  I think these three would be pretty good for Super Bowl Sunday!  What do you think?

Do you have a healthy recipe that you think would be great to share?  Put it in the comments section, or send me an email and I’ll post it!

Until next time!  Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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Do you have eczema? Then you NEED to see this!

Happy Thursday everybody!

Yesterday I saw an article about a study: “Scientists conduct clinical trial to determine silk clothing for treatment of eczema” ( http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140106/Scientists-conduct-clinical-trial-to-determine-silk-clothing-for-treatment-of-eczema.aspx ) and I was completely and utterly appalled! Really, you think silk is going to “treat” eczema? Really? Come on now. Eczema shows up on the outside, but it starts from the inside, just like every other disease…..

In my several years of studies, if I have learned anything, it’s this…..changing your diet is the BEST way to fight disease. Don’t believe me? There are many books out there that prove it, and there are people that have literally done it!

There are many books…..”Healing with Whole Foods”, but Paul Pitchford is my absolute favorite, so start with that one. “Eat to Live”, by Dr. Joel Fuhrman is my other favorite. So there are two for you to start with. 🙂

I have even found a human for you, named Abby! 🙂 I want you to read her story of how changing her diet has helped her to overcome severe eczema…..complete with pictures and links.

This is Abby now:
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This is Abby before:
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Now if you have eczema, you know how she felt, but if you’ve never known someone with eczema, you can only imagine what they have to deal with day to day! There are more pics on her website that you should see too, so make sure you go there: http://www.primephysiquenutrition.com/how-i-overcame-severe-eczema-when-doctors-said-there-was-no-cure/

Doctors told Abby they had never seen a case of eczema that was as bad as hers, and that it couldn’t be cured. She tried every “conventional” treatment she could find, and nothing worked. This is when her research led her to the discovery that changing her diet was going to change her life. This all started with a trip to a Naturopath, who put her on the path to wellness. She not only changed her life, she has become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Expert & Eczema Specialist. She is now paying it forward by helping others overcome their own eczema problems.

Please visit Abby’s website and don’t hesitate to ask her if she can help you too!

Abby also has an area on her site specifically about certain products and eczema, so don’t miss this valuable information: http://www.primephysiquenutrition.com/eczema/

Abby also shares some recipes: http://www.primephysiquenutrition.com/category/recipes/ I’m looking forward to trying some of them myself! 🙂

Way to go Abby! I’m so proud of you for choosing to help others in their search to not only get rid of eczema, but better their health with nutrition!

Until next time! Have a Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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My personal opinion of body detoxification and stuff…

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

The first thing I think about on Wednesdays is that silly camel commercial! Love that camel! Now he’s in the movie theater eating popcorn too! THAT is hilarious! If you haven’t seen it, you probably will the next time you go to the movies. 🙂

Have you ever done a full body detoxification? Have you ever even heard of doing a full body detoxification? Do you know why you should do one? Well, let me try to give you a little insight into this from my perspective.

Ask yourself these questions…..have you ever taken medication? Do you eat processed foods? Do you drink? Do you use chemical laden body products? How about chemical laden household products? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you most assuredly could use a detoxification. Our bodies were not made for all this stuff, and over the years it builds up and keeps building up, so the process of getting rid of toxins gets overwhelmed and not only can’t keep up, it pretty much quits because it just can’t get rid of them all. This is only part of the reason why we have allergies, diseases, obesity, etc.

When I first started my studies in 2008 I answered yes to almost every question on the much longer list than the ones I just asked you. I chose to do a 120 day, full body detox. It was very VERY hard, but I was determined and I did it. That’s when my eating habits started changing and lots of baby steps later I no longer use chemical laden products on me or in my home. Fast forward two years later, I was 60 lbs lighter, off all my prescriptions (blood pressure, acid reflux, most allergy/asthma stuff), eating little to no processed foods and feel so much better! I was eating better and exercising 3-5 days a week. Fast forward 6 years later (now). I gained back some of the weight, which I’m working on now, but I still eat little to no processed foods, nor take prescriptions on a regular basis. No bp problems, once in a while I eat something to cause an acid flare up, but I know how to calm it with natural things (kefir, digestive enzymes, probiotics, aloe – lots of ways to do it! 🙂 ), and only need my inhaler a couple times a week when I do cardio (and I work out 6 days week), and I blame that on being in Wyoming. I hadn’t needed an inhaler in over 20 years until I spent three months there during fire, and dust (I think the dust is year round when there is no snow), season last summer. UGH!

My point is that all the toxins in your body NEED to come out if you want to be in good health! If you do a detox the benefits can extremely beneficial to you. I even lost my cravings for sweets and THAT is amazing! I’m one of those weirdoes that could have sat down with a can of frosting and a spoon and eat the whole thing. Well, I’m happy to say I haven’t done that in 6 years! WOOHOO! I don’t really care about sweets at all anymore. Usually just a little something on my birthday and I’m a happy camper for the year. I actually thought I’d get some candy to snack on a few weeks ago for my hubby and me, and it made me nauseous. REALLY! After you lose the craving for it and don’t eat it for a while, you really just don’t want it and your body reminds you that IT doesn’t want it either. 🙂 I lost weight, I’m off meds, I lost cravings, I feel better, I truly AM healthier! And happier too! I feel that I’m on my way to the healthiest and fittest I’ve ever been and hope that once I reach my goals that I can maintain it. I’m not a spring chicken, but I’m not old either, so to me it’ll never be too late to work on being the healthiest I can be. It takes a lot of work and you really have to want it, but it can be done. I have an awesome support group to keep me inspired and motivated (family, friends, all of YOU, and my awesome Beachbody family!).

There are lots of detox programs out there to choose from, should you decide to do one. I highly suggest researching each one you may be thinking about and pick what you think will work for you.  If you have questions, please feel free to ask.  I’m always happy to help!

Until next time! Have a very Happy Healthy Day! :o)

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What kind of sugar should you use to bake with?

Here is another great article from Vani at foodbabe.com about what kind of sugar is great to bake with. This one is for an oatmeal cookie that looks deeeelicious! I will be adding this recipe to my recipe box too! Make sure you let me know your thoughts on these if you make them. Like I said, I don’t bake often, so it’ll be a while before I try them, but rest assured I WILL be trying both recipes! YUMMY!

http://foodbabe.com/2013/04/18/does-your-cookie-need-all-that-sugar/