HealthFood Friday – Support Your Local Farmers

Happy Friday luvs,

This morning I woke up early and headed out to my local Farmers Market.

I bought some organic beets, spinach, nectarines, peaches, plums, oranges, dried apricots and also some mung and radish sprouts to add to my salads.

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I will be doing a post about sprouts soon and all the amazing health benefits you get from them.

And of course I couldn’t leave without buying some beautiful sunflowers…they look amazing on my altar.

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I love going to farmers markets, not only because I’m supporting my local farmers but also I love the energy and sense of community you get when you’re there. The kids running around doing school projects and interviewing the farmers, seeing them eat healthy and being happy puts a smile on my face for our  future generations.

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When you buy organic, you help keep the earth’s air and water free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers. You help support small entrepreneurial farmers who are committed to building the living soils of their farm. You help make the commitment to renewal that sustains the earth’s  ability to nurture life. WE make a conscious choice to eat well and to treat the earth well.

By supporting local organic farmers you can:

  • reduce the use of fossil fuels
  • get to know your local growers
  • enhance local food systems
  • build strong local economies
  • enjoy fresh, healthy food

 

Join a CSA

Get your food in a box on a weekly basis from local farmers.  You usually get an assortment of veggies, fruit, eggs, dairy, and bread that are constantly changing with the seasons. Plus you get to meet the growers and other people in your community.

            Find a CSA near you.

View more listings of CSA’s throughout the U.S.     

Consider sponsoring someone who can’t afford it to receive CSA harvests. Is there a link for this or should it say “Ask your local CSA provider how they can make this happen”

 

Shop at Your Local Farmers Market

Farmers markets often sell food from small, local, organic farms and are fun, lively events. Find a farmers market near you.

Buy Local and Organic as Much as Possible

Some grocery stores sell produce from local farmers, however, because it’s often cheaper and easier to go through big distributors who are subsidized by the government, our food is often shipped from hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away even when the same products are being grown right down the road.  To show your support for local farms, buy local and organic as much as possible and voice your concern to managers at stores when options are limited.

Get the Center for Food Safety’s Non-GMO Shopping guide. You can download a hard-copy of the guide on their website or get the Free Mobile App.

 

Therapeutic Thursday – Oil Pulling

Hi luvs.

I’ve been on this oil pulling journey off and on for a few years, and I really like the results.

It’s now become part of my daily routine, and I love the way my mouth feels afterwards!

My personal experience is  increased oral health  and whiter teeth.

If you are curious to try it, check out  all the health benefits of this  ancient Ayurvedic remedy below.

Be Healthy, Be Happy 🙂

Oil Pulling - The Habit That Can Transform Your Health

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.

How To Oil Pull

Other oils such as extra virgin cold pressed  coconut, sunflower and olive oil have been used, although sesame oil is considered one of the best oils for this practice. 

In the morning, before breakfast on an empty stomach you take one tablespoon of oil in the mouth but do not swallow it. Move Oil Slowly in the mouth as rinsing or swishing ‘ for fifteen to twenty minutes. This process makes oil thoroughly mixed with saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. The oil must not be swallowed, for it has become toxic. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. It is then spit from the mouth , the oral cavity must be thoroughly rinsed and mouth must be washed thoroughly.

Spit oil into the trash can or toilet,  don’t spit into the sink!  It can clog, do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, and toxins  that are now not in the mouth!

Rinse well with warm water or warm salt water, I swish a few times with warm  salt water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth.

Brush teeth well.

The oil pulling /swishing is done best before breakfast. To accelerate the healing process, it can be repeated three times a day, but always before meals on an empty stomach.

What Does Oil Pulling Do?

Multiple scientific studies show the efficacy of oil pulling therapy. One study shows that oil pulling with sesame oil can boost overall oral health. Specifically, using sesame oil as an oral health agent helps to reduce the amount of S. mutans (germ) count in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva. Scientists believe that the lipids in the oil both pull out bacteria, as well as stop bacterial from sticking to the walls of the oral cavity.

Oil pulling may also increase saponification in the mouth, creating a soapy environment that cleanses the mouth as vegetable fat is an emulsifier by nature. Most interesting is perhaps the ability of oil to cleanse out harmful bacteria, as well as reduce fungal overgrowth. These oils also possibly help in cellular restructuring, and are related to the proper functioning of the lymph nodes and other internal organs.

 Other possible benefits of oil pulling for oral health include:

  • Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws
  • Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis
  • Prevention for bad breath
  • Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
  • Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat
  • Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness in the jaw area

 

Benefits Beyond the Mouth?

Ancient Ayurvedic health practitioners believed that oil pulling could reduce more than just diseases of the mouth and throat. Today, many holistic practitioners tout its use for a variety of health concerns.

It is believed that these oils help the lymphatic system of the body as harmful bacteria are removed and beneficial microflora are given with a healthy environment to flourish. Because of this holistic perspective, oil pulling has been used as a preventative health measure for many other conditions.

Other possible benefits of oil pulling for overall health include:

  • Migraine headache relief
  • Correcting hormone imbalances
  • Reducing inflammation of arthritis
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • May reduce symptoms of bronchitis
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • May help reduce sinus congestion
  • Some people report improved vision
  • Helps reduce insomnia
  • Reduced hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing pain
  • Reduces the symptoms of allergies
  • Helps detoxify the body of harmful metals and organisms

 

Scientific Studies on Sesame Oil and Oil Pulling

Sesame oil is particularly high in the antioxidantssesamol, sesamin, and sesamolin. It also holds a high concentration of Vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These antioxidants have been found to stop the absorption of negative forms of cholesterol in the liver. Multiple studies have shown the antibacterial capacities of sesame oil. These studies support the use of oil pulling in the prevention of dental cavities and gingivitis.

A 2007 study looking into the effect of oil pulling (with sunflower oil) on plaque and gingivitis on oral soft and hard tissues. Results found that after 45 days of oil pulling, subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in gingivitis.

Another study, conducted in 2008 found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in the mouth, and an overall marked reduction in susceptibility dental cavities. The antibacterial activity of sesame oil was also studied and found to have an effect on the Streptococcus mutans in the mouth.

In fact, these studies showed an overall reduction of bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants, and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% in average reduction in oral bacteria. Moreover, half of all participants in this case study showed a drastic reduction in susceptibility to dental caries.

 

 

 

 

Transformation Tuesday – You Can Heal Your Life

Hello Luvs.

Please enjoy this wonderful tool of transformation!

Food For thought.

Knowledge is power!

Thoughts are energy!

Change your thoughts, change your life!

And if you haven’t read Louise L. Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life” get yourself a copy soon. It’s a jewel to add to your book collection!  http://www.amazon.com/You-Can-Heal-Your-Life/dp/0937611018

Watch this film with an open heart and open mind!

And remember…

BE HEALTHY , BE HAPPY!! 🙂

 

 

HealthFood Friday – Health Benefits – Acai Berries

12 Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berry Benefits

There are numerous healthy berries that would be a great addition to your diet. The acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find.

Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. An exotic relative of the blueberry and cranberry, research has shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to support in the prevention of diseases associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits.

1. Heart Health

Similar to red wine, research shows that acai berries are extremely high in anthocyanins, a form of plant antioxidant associated with the ability to lower cholesterol levels in the blood stream. They are also rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells. It does this by preventing blood clots, improving overall blood circulation, and relaxing the blood vessels.

2. Resistant to Harmful Organisms

Scientists from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro have shown that consuming acai extract may help fight harmful organisms. However, I recommend Oregano Oil for this task.

3. Aids in Weight Loss

Known by nutritionists as a super-food, acai may help us not only lose weight, but maintain a healthy weight. One interesting study from the National Institutes of Aging found that pulp from the acai berry had the ability to reduce the negative effects of a high-fat diet in laboratory studies on flies.

4. Promotes Skin Health

Currently, many modern beauty products are carrying acai oil, again due to the oil’s high antioxidant content. What is more, acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run. Taken internally, the berries can also give your skin a healthier glow. In fact,
Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions.

5. Helps with Digestive Upset

Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal function. The berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body and are a well-known traditional source of dietary fiber. Of course, there are many other high fiber foods that can do the same thing, including many other types of berries.

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6. Reduces Irritation

Acai berries contain properties may prevent the typical irritation associated with respiratory distress.

7. Improved Cellular Health

On a general level, the anthocyanins found in acai play a role in our cellular protection system, helping to keep cells strong against the invasion of free radicals.

8. May Help Fight Cancer

Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an immune-system-boosting combination that has been shown to suppress the growth of cancer. One study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that polyphenolic compounds extracted from acai reduced cancer cell proliferation by 56-86%. It is thought that acai’s phytochemcials can stop the process of carcinogenesis on a molecular level, killing off tumorous cells before they multiply. Acai berries are not a cure for cancer; but hopefully more research will examine their benefits and potential role in the fight.

9. Anti-Aging Effects

Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage. In fact, the berries are one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.

10. Energy Boost

Due its overall health benefits, taking acai extract can lead to an increased overall level of energy and stamina, and may aid to combat fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever you need a boost, simply eat a handful of berries and you will be ready to go in no time!

11. Better Sex

This famous red berry has also been linked to overall increased blood circulation in the human body, a phenomenon that may contribute to a boost in sex drive, especially for men.

12. Improves Mental Function

Preliminary research studies show that acai may prevent mental imbalance in menopausal women.

Buy organically-certified Acai. Not only are they safer, but taste better too. If you can’t find acai berries, another good source of antioxidant fruits are goji berries.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

HealthFood Friday – Yummy Acai Bowl

Hi Luvs!,

I just started getting into eating and making these amazing Acai bowls for breakfast, dessert or a snack in between meals.

It’s also a  great alternative to the same old basic breakfast fare.

Here’s some History about Acai Bowls as well as my recipe below.

Modern History of the Acai Bowl

“Where’d you get that acai bowl?”

In the early 1970′s,  frozen acai pulp began to travel from the Amazon to northern Brazilian cities.  In the 80′s,  it was legendary Brazilian Jujitsu founder Carlos Gracie who likely popularized the acai bowl (frozen acai pulp blended with banana) in southern cities like Rio de Janiero.  Gracie established his own brand of diet called the Gracie Diet which sought to maximize the performance of his fighters.  A center piece of it was the acai bowl.  You might imagine for a moment, his rough, tough, and buff students hanging out in Rio near the beach, eating an acai bowl on a hot summer day.  More than a few impressed passerby’s likely remarked, “what are they eating?” with the hopes of manifesting similar physiques, bite by delicious bite.  Sorry people,  acai is very good for you,  but not capable of creating miracle health breakthroughs.  Aside from an organic acai bowl everyday,  it will take some sweat and effort.

As time went on Brazilian surfers and fitness enthusiasts began to partake in the acai bowl trend through the 90′s.  In the 2000′s organic acai pulp first boarded a flight to the USA- the party was only just beginning.  Hawaii and Southern California became the first places where the acai bowls really found a home.  It was popularized by surfers who sought a tasty and healthy after session pick-me-up.  Imagine eating cool organic acai topped with fesh banana after a mid-morning, scorching session:  heavenly.   Acai bowls can now be found all over Hawaii and Southern California, where they have become a staple, and beyond.  Cafes like Banzai Bowls in Southern California and Basik Acai  in Kona, HI are dedicated to serving ultra premium and contemporary acai bowls.

MY ACAI BOWL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

Bowl:

  • 2 Sambazon Smoothie Packs or 1 heaping tbsp of organic Acai powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 mango (or 1/4-1/2 C frozen mango)
  • 1 small knob of ginger
  • 1 C coconut water

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 C berries of your choice
  • 1 tsp of cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp of hemp heart seeds
 ** You can add other fruit or coconut flakes..etc

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend ingredients until smooth
  2. Top with toppings
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Enjoy!
BE HEALTHY
BE HAPPY 🙂

Transformation Tuesday – Dealing with Fear

Hi luvs,

Happy Transformation Tuesday!

This is the day I share my tools of transformation with you. These are all things that I use in my life to help transform me into the highest version of self. Mind, Body and Spirit!

FEAR

FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL!

I say this over and over to myself to remind me of what FEAR really is.

I deal with FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL frequently.

FEAR of Judgement, FEAR of not being good enough, FEAR of being good enough, FEAR of failing.

And what comes with that?

RESISTANCE, LOW ENERGY, LOW VIBRATION, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, etc…

Yes, I’ve had it all and it’s an everyday process to stay in the allowing.

What helps me is reminders of gratitude and appreciation  for what is! I have no reason to FEAR! I have soooo much to be GRATEFUL for!

I don’t wake up everyday feeling HEALTHY and HAPPY… I really don’t…but I get to choose my experience and I choose HAPPINESS!

Affirmations, Meditation, Prayer, Crystal healing, Chanting, Books, Journaling, Audiobooks, and lectures as well as many other things I will share with you are my tools of transformation.

That being said …

I hope you enjoy the video below with Esther and Abraham  Hicks.

BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY 🙂

HealthFood Friday – Banana Kale Protein Pancakes

Hi Luvs!

I know this post is late today, but it’s never to late for PANCAKES!

Especially HEALTHY ones!

Make them tonight or whip up a batch for saturday morning!

3 simple ingredients!

1 Banana

2 Eggs

1 cup of Kale

You can also add in a dash of cinnamon and vanilla if you like!

Mix all ingredients in your blender and pour into heated skillet.

I like to use a little coconut oil in the pan. Eat them plain or with some organic maple syrup, or you can do what I did and cut up some organic strawberries and top with a dollop of cashew butter!

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BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY! 🙂

 

 

Transformation Tuesday – Unified Field Meditation

I find meditation in the morning or at night helps to keep me balanced in life. I also like to keep a gratitude journal with a daily list of 10 different things I am grateful for each day. Doing all this puts my mind in a  healthy, happy place! 🙂

This guided meditation by Iyanla Vanzant is one of my favs!

Enjoy and happy meditating!

Note** Let the meditation download fully before beginning .

Unified Field Meditation – YouTube.

MOTIVATION MONDAY FITSPIRATION – MS DANNIEE

Check out  Motivation Monday’s Fitspiration Beauty!  Ms. Danniee!

A Queen who’s outer light matches the inner. A fit mom, trainer and creative spirit!

Her t-shirt line is dope with an inspirational message, who doesn’t love that?   http://queenslift.bigcartel.com

Also check out her workout videos with her daughter, soooo cute!

http://Instagram.com/msdanniee

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Thankful Challenge

 

 

Happy Soulful Sunday luvs,

This week I was challenged  by my friend Tammy Alvarez to join in on a “Thankful Challenge”

For 5 days you write down 3 things you’re grateful for. I actually keep a Gratitude journal and write 10 things I am grateful for every night before I go to bed. So this would be easy for me, EXCEPT … I’ve never shared! Until now, so here I am on the last day and I would like to share my thankful list with you.

I also challenge anyone who would like to share their list as well!

In light, In love and In Gratitude!

I am Thankful!

1. Health

I am so thankful for my good health, to be able to breathe air into my lungs yet another day is such a privilege!  To experience love, and creativity, to connect, build and master this thing  called  life is such a blessing!  life is a blessing! To see, touch, taste ,smell and feel all this earth has to offer me  fills me with so much gratitude. Health is wealth! Without it nothing else matters! Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit!

2. Relationships

I am so grateful for all my relationships in my life…The good, the bad and the ugly, because they have all taught me a great deal about myself…How to love unconditionally, how to love self, how to be selfless, how to laugh, how to cry, how to let go, how to have fun, how to live in the moment, how to be alone, how to be balanced, how to be strong and the list goes on. life lessons for sure and it’s not over yet…each day I am expanding, evolving and  learning  something new everyday and I am so grateful for every lesson!

3.

I AM Consciousness

I am thankful that I am creating my own reality, and that I have the power to do so. That all I AM resides already within. That I can move past any obstacles that life brings me, That I AM able to live in this moment, and step into an abundance mindset where I can manifest my true potential and master my greatness, and most of all I AM thankful that I can connect with so many  beautiful kindred spirits like yourself!

On my path..I am Thankful

BE Healthy! BE Happy!

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