If you’ve been through a difficult time — I mean a really rough time like a divorce, a family death, loss of a job, prolonged illness, serious illness in a family member — you know that it’s not just emotionally difficult. It’s actually physically exhausting. Why is that? Your body is brilliantly designed to deal with sudden emergencies. When you detect a threat to your safety, your adrenal glands secrete hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that make your body instantly ready to fight the threat or flee from it. You burn off the energy, escape the threat, and go back to feeling fine. But what happens when your body detects a threat every day? Several times a day? Or almost all the time? This is beyond what your body is designed to handle. Going through an extremely stressful time (or living a too-stressful life) takes a toll on your body and your … Read More
Drinking ________________ every day guarantees: A flush of all bodily systems More energy Better digestion More efficient digestion Better sleep Faster metabolism Lower calorie intake Ready to guess what it is? You’re right — it’s good old water! But I’m going to do you one better. What if I told you that you could make your water — Taste better Provide vitamins and minerals Boost your metabolism With one easy step? That step is INFUSED WATER. Just add sliced fruits or vegetables to a big container of water and sip all throughout the day. You’ll find yourself more energetic, healthier, possibly thinner, and more beautiful. All of the following varieties will boost your metabolism. Citrus-fruit water Add some citrus to your water and speed up your fat-burning machine. Lemons, limes, and oranges are a great source of vitamin C. The citrus-infused water goes directly into your system and burns fat on a cellular level. Loading … Read More
I have been eating mostly raw for quite some time now. This lifestyle choice has definitely benefited my health and life. However, over the years, I have taken on a more mainstream lifestyle, which I call Naked. It is the avoidance or discerning use of what I call the “Know No’s”: No dairy No meat No sugar No wheat No caffeine No alcohol I still eat a substantially raw-food diet: an Almond-Milk Smoothie for breakfast, a Green Juice and salad for lunch, and usually salad or soup (not raw) for dinner. I also make wonderful vegetable dishes with brown rice, quinoa, and various grain pastas, sprouted-grain breads, and wraps. On my raw journey, however, I have found that there are several foods that are not great raw. Here is a list of foods I prefer to eat cooked: Mushrooms Many types of mushrooms are toxic. The cultivated varieties are relatively safe, but I wouldn’t … Read More
Papaya is a staple in my home. In fact I eat it so much that I even blend smoothies with the papaya seeds because they are potent anti-inflammatory and add a bit of crunch. Are you wincing? Surprisingly, I have had many people tell me they don’t appreciate the flavor of papaya, claiming the taste is similar to dirty feet and tobacco. I’m not sure what kind of papaya they are eating, and I’m certainly concerned about their dirty feet and tobacco consumption. But when it comes to papaya, all I taste is delicate sweetness. We rarely eat papaya in the U.S. It’s found in the occasional tropical salad, but it’s not something we usually search out to eat like more popular fruits — berries, banana, and pineapple. But we should eat more papaya, whether we like it or not. Papayas are yellow tropical fruits with yellow to red flesh and black seeds. … Read More
We hear a lot about vitamins, but did you know that minerals are just as important? In fact, vitamins can’t get where they need to be in your body without minerals. Because of modern farming methods, soil is so stripped of minerals that we aren’t getting enough through our diet and we are all coming up deficient, which can lead to a variety of poorly functioning bodily systems. One extremely important mineral is magnesium. Magnesium is involved in a number of cellular functions so its effects are widespread. Magnesium is — Crucial for muscle function. It is this mineral that enables muscles to relax. That is why it is used to stop premature labor and is found in so many sleep-inducing supplements. Essential for brain and cardiac function. Important for bone health. Magnesium helps your body absorb calcium and it is needed, along with silica and vitamins D and K, for optimum bone health. 10 signs that … Read More
I have known about “oil pulling” for some time now. I have tried it from time to time but never consistently as I have found it hard to maintain. Having an oily substance swishing around in your mouth for nearly 20 minutes isn’t as easy as it seems. But since this ancient Ayurvedic practice is making it back into the mainstream, it’s time for me to give it a whirl again. I am using coconut oil this time. In the past I have used other oils, specifically sesame oil, and I can’t recall much change or benefit, but remember — consistency is where you will see the difference. Modern naturopathic practitioners are now recommending this ancient Ayurvedic health practice to their patients as a powerful detoxification and healing tool.Here are some of the benefits that are claimed from oil pulling: • Overall strengthening of teeth, gums and jaw • Plaque prevention … Read More
Summertime Balsamic Salad Balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite flavors. Making your own dressing is the simplest thing and tastes so much better than store bought. I whipped this up from ingredients I had available in my kitchen, I wanted something special to drizzle on my fresh summertime produce. This hearty salad can be served as a side or eaten as a meal. Ingredients 1 head lettuce of your choice, torn into bite size pieces (I used Romaine) 1 orange bell pepper, cut into slices 2 persian cucumbers, sliced 3 green onions, cut into small pieces 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into small pieces Arrange produce in large bowl and toss with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately and enjoy! Balsamic Dressing Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 balsamic dressing 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon sea salt Place all ingredients into blender on high … Read More
This bright and tart dressing is pretty to look at and perfect on Kale. This will be a favorite at any BBQ or potluck you have this summer. Ingredients 1 bunch of dinosaur kale, chiffonaded 1 pear, sliced a handle full of green grapes, cut in half Arrange produce on plate and drizzle with raspberry dressing. Enjoy! Raspberry Dressing Ingredients 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 3/4 cup Olive Oil 1/2 cup frozen rasberries 3 tablespoons Raw honey 3 leaves of fresh basil 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.
This soup is a perfect way to beat the summertime heat. It’s a little bit creamy, a little bit spicy, and a little bit sweet. Not only are melons are hydrating, they are great for the skin. Ingredients 1 medium cantaloupe, cut into 1 inch cubes (approximately 6 cups) 3/4 cups thick coconut milk 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil 2-3 teaspoons fresh chopped jalapenos (add more for if you like spice) 1 teaspoon sea salt Directions Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth, but not too long. You want a soup texture and consistency. Taste and adjust salt, jalapenos, and lime juice as desired. Chill for about 4 hours before serving.
Coconut Lemonade Refreshing and a must for 4th of July weekend. A little bit of sweet, some tang and a zing…. Zippy coconut lemonade. Coconut sugar is a low glycemic sweetener that adds a caramel color and sweetness to this summertime drink. The added spice from the cloves gives it a little complexity. Cloves are a proven anti-inflammatory that also sooths digestion. Ingredients 2 ½ cups water ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice ¾ cups coconut palm sugar 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves lemon slices and mint leaves to garnish Directions Mix water, lemon juice, sugar, and cloves in a pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.