Therapeutic Thursday – Full Moon Rituals

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Hi luvs,

Tonight we celebrate the FULL MOON once again!

November’s full moon, the beaver moon also know as the frost moon.

Each full moon for me represents a time to reset, renew and recharge. A time to check in with my mind, body and spirit. A time to set my intentions. A spiritual cleansing if you will.

I also have a set of “full moon rituals” that I like to do that I will share with you.

At the full Moon, the energy builds and builds….there’s an explosive outgoing aspect to it. All of nature grows and is more vital at the full Moon. This surge allows you to take action on behalf of those new Moon intentions you set two week prior. A full Moon ritual might involve taking one solid step, with a symbolic action. And it can be a powerful time to release, cast out, unburden yourself, purge, etc. You celebrate your emergence by stepping out of an old skin, identity, behavior, attitude, relationship. The ritual helps you by marking this inner transformation in a formal way.
A full Moon ritual might involve purification by one of the elements. Most often, it’s fire, and done by casting something you don’t want into the flames. One idea: 1) Write what you’re releasing down on a stick or piece of paper.  2) resolve to let go as you throw it into the fire. 3) Throw the stick or paper  into the fire. This can be done as a group, with everyone sitting around the fire…or in your own private ceremony. Each person can seal their action of letting go by speaking it aloud, If you are alone, write down all that does not serve you anymore on a piece of paper (attitudes, emotions, relationships, people, illness, pain, habits, addictions) whatever you want to release. Go outside and burn the paper under the full moon and give thanks.

Water can be used to cleanse in rituals. Fill a bowl with water , write  down what you  want  to draw into your life on a piece of paper. After you  read it  aloud,  put your hands in the bowl to signify the cleansing of the old, to open to the new.

MEDITATION

If at all possible for this healing meditation, allow yourself to stand or sit barefoot upon the earth in a quiet place bathing yourself directly in the light of the full moon. This is a powerful opportunity to trigger an ongoing purification process of body, mind, emotions and spirit and of Mother Earth and for letting go of all that no longer serves you.
If you cannot do this meditation physically under the light of the full moon, then just imagine with all your senses what it would feel like if you were standing bathed in the light of the full moon.
Breathe deeply, filling your lungs with the cool, crisp evening air, and then exhaling slowly and patiently, feeling worries, stresses and tensions just melting out of the body and mind, as you relax deeper and deeper, take  long, slow deep breaths in and out taking you comfortably into deeper  states of relaxation – Everything else is becoming unimportant and is fading into the background as you connect more and more with the energy of the full moon.

I have so much more to share but I think I will save it for the next full moon!

BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY!

Transformation Tuesday – The Power of Visualization!

Happy Tuesday Luvs,
Todays transformation tool is the power of visualization.

We have two minds — the conscious and the subconscious. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, a former professor of medicine at Stanford University, “the subconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second.” 

Without our even knowing, our subconscious mind is processing things at an astronomical rate. So how can we harness this power and use it to our advantage?

Well, the subconscious mind thinks in images and feelings. This could mean that if you set a goal of earning a certain amount of money or finding your soul mate, you are much more likely to obtain these future goals if you try focusing on the images and feelings associated with them.

It’s important to visualize your goals with images that trigger you in the most physical way possible. You can tell when you’ve found a great image, because you’ll feel the sensation of that excitement in your body.

Whether it’s a tingling feeling like champagne bubbles in your stomach, or the hairs on your arms stand up a bit —  try taking notice of how different images trigger you physiologically when you visualize your goals.

Think of one of your goals right now. Close your eyes and try to imagine different scenarios that could occur if this goal were a reality. Find the images that most excite you in your body and focus on those. If you’re feeling stuck, a great way to get started is to create a vision board.

Skeptical? Well, if you’re looking for scientific evidence before giving this visualization stuff a try, research shows that adding a visual element to our written goals may bring even stronger results.

Adding pictures that represent what you want to come to fruition in your life can make attaining those goals easier than just writing them down. You can make a vision board, by adding the element of guided relaxation to help tune in to your subconscious mind. I find that it helps to try visualizing your ideal life five years from now.

Once you’ve gotten clear on the images that excite you and represent your goals, it’s important to visualize them often in your mind’s eye, to continuously trigger the power of your subconscious.

Every night when you go to sleep, spend about two minutes picturing the images of your future success. If you made a Vision Board, look at it right before bed and again first thing in the morning.

According to Dr. Wayne Dyer, the last two minutes before you fall asleep at night stay in your subconscious mind for up to four hours while you’re sleeping! So this is the best time to do your visualization.

When you imagine your future success, your subconscious mind will draw in people and opportunities to make that future success a reality. So give visualization a try and create the future of your dreams!

Happy Visualizing!

BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY 🙂

SOULful Sunday – Energy of Attraction

Hi luvs,

Oprah and Deepak’s Free 21 day meditation is back!

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Sign up today! It starts on Monday!

Lets meditate together!

BE HEALTHY, BE HAPPY!

 

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Blessings,

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! 🙂