APPLE CIDER VINEGAR-How it Works

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

We are regular consumers of apple cider vinegar in our household. The organic, unfiltered kind of course, is used frequently in our home, both for homemade salad dressings and as a supplement for aiding in digestion.  There are plenty of reasons to start incorporating Organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet.  To find out more about the medicinal benefits of apple cider vinegar check out my article.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

In my home I usually just throw a salad dressing together with ingredients in my kitchen.  I am paying closer attention to how much I use of each ingredient so I can pass the information on to you.  What I have to share with you is there are no rules, just what you have available and what seasonings you like or need in your recipes.  For a simple homemade Italian dressing, I use a clove or two of garlic (we love garlic around here).  I usually use organic extra virgin olive oil for the omega 3 benefits.  Apple Cider Vinegar (of course) used alone or combined with a little balsamic vinegar or  raw coconut vinegar. Raw coconut vinegar has a milder flavor, less bite to it than Apple Cider Vinegar and contains a variety of healthful nutrients.  You will want to use less oil than vinegar in your recipe.  Add herbs to flavor such as oregano, thyme, basil.  If you are looking for a sweeter version, add raw honey

Other things to add or consider in your dressings:  fresh grated, or finely chopped fresh ginger, turmeric.  Dry mustard adds a tartness. Juice of lemon, lime or orange and their rinds pair nicely.

When I make my dressings I consider the rest of the meal…what flavors are needed to round out the meal and please all the taste buds.  For example, if I make a spicy soup, if I made a salad with it, I would keep the dressing to a sweeter palate.  Remember to have fun, if  your concoction needs some fine tuning then do so, adding a little bit of one seasoning or another until it satisfies your taste buds.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Friday, April 8th, 2016

HOMEMADE-LAUNDRY-DETERGENT-RECIPE– Skip the intro, click and go straight to the recipe!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ever wonder what is in your store bought detergents?  Does the ingredient list on your favorite laundry detergent contain words you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce? Do you have a skin condition or sensitive skin? Is your immune system already compromised?  Many ingredients in modern day cleaning products contain harmful ingredients which are toxic.  Some of us fair better at metabolizing these substances and eliminating them from our body. For a great number of us, these toxins can not be tolerated, especially for those with an already compromised immune system.

Why do they put these ingredients in our products?  Well, as consumers we have formed expectations of how our products should look and feel.  Many ingredients are added merely to thicken a product or provide a healthy lather, and preserve the shelf life of the product. These ingredients don’t always do a thing to make the product work better, just that they look and feel the way we have grown accustomed.  In my opinion, which is really worth squat, using harmful ingredients that are damaging the environment should have never been allowed in the first place.  But this is an entirely different rant.

The bottom line is, there are safer alternatives, but they are more expensive and it comes down to what the consumer will be willing to pay and profits for the company.  Manufactures are looking at inexpensive ways to get the same result, without having to worry about the effects of our health or the future of the environment.

I didn’t know about the EWG website at the time, and was so frustrated trying to find an alternative that cleaned well and had less of a negative impact on the environment, and less toxic to my body.  So, this is when I looked into making my own homemade version.  I am so happy I did!  If you are concerned about the safety of a product, but don’t have the inclination to make your own, here is a link to safer A rated laundry detergent.

http://www.ewg.org/guides/subcategories/47-LaundryDetergentGeneralPurpose?grade=a

*You can use this detergent in the dishwasher, it works beautifully, even here in Vegas with very hard water.  I use vinegar in the rinse cycle, which helps.  But the dishes come out just as clean, if not cleaner, as my previous powder from Seventh Generation.

If you have an interest in making your own detergent, whether it is to save money, reduce chemical exposure to yourself and the environment, or just cause you like making your own stuff,  here is a recipe I use at home in my wash. Clothes smell fresh and come out bright & clean! I was truly amazed and pleasantly surprised at how clean my clothes came out of the washer  Click on the link above for an easy laundry detergent recipe that’s free from harmful chemicals, is kind to the environment, and is easy on your pocketbook.

Photo credit belongs to ©Jose Fuente/dreamstime

 

Bean-Free Zucchini Hummus

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Zucchini Hummus                

What you will need:              

 

Zucchini Hummus

Bean-less Zucchini Hummus

1 cup diced Zucchini

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2-4 cloves garlic (4 makes it VERY garlicky)

1 tbsp cumin

Sea salt to taste

 

Just blend it all together in a food processor or high speed blender and enjoy!  Try dipping carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, or jicama for a nutritious change of pace from pita bread or crackers.

 

OATMEAL-BERRY COBBLER

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Oatmeal Berry Cobbler

OATMEAL-BERRY COBBLER

1 cup uncooked oatmeal

1 Tbsp Coconut sugar

1-2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp butter, ghee or coconut oil

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

½ cup craisins, dried cranberries or raisins (optional)

¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (or not from concentrate version)

 

YOGURT TOPPING

2 cups plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp raw honey

1-2 tsp organic vanilla extract

Mix together oatmeal, coconut sugar, cinnamon and butter until crumbs form.  In baking pan, combine blueberries, raspberries, dried fruit and juice.  Top with the crumb mixture and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.  While the cobbler is baking mix together the yogurt, raw honey, and vanilla extract. When cobbler is done top with yogurt mixture and enjoy!

Immunizations: You Decide

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Chelsea Lynch has compiled information over the past year to provide CDC recommendations for immunization schedules as well as other alternative schedules and choices of immunizations to give your little ones.  A list of ingredients in each vaccine is  provided.  Knowledge is king to help you decide what is right for you and your precious family.  A must read for all those having to decide on whether to immunize or not! Make sure you discuss the vaccines with a Doctor who has read the new 600 page report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  Children with illness or predisposed conditions could have adverse and dangerous side effects and should exercise caution when it comes to the decision of whether to vaccinate or not.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BQOqgpgA_UlkYNmyVeQcgs79RO-m5-85h2TNMcnhqHo/mobilebasic

Are Your Magnesium Levels Causing Your Symptoms?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Magnesium is necessary for 18,000 different functions in the body.  Dr. Osborn simply explains the underlying lifestyle choices that create a magnesium deficiency.  Caffeine, alcohol, chronic stress,  refined carbohydrate diet, and medications deplete magnesium in the diet.  Deficiency of magnesium causes high blood pressure and high cholesterol, hormonal imbalance, & depression.  The medications used to treat these conditions further deplete magnesium levels.  Using a highly absorbable form of  of magnesium can alleviate these conditions without the use of medications when coupled with dietary changes.  If you suspect you have a magnesium deficiency a serum blood testing is not an accurate way to determine whether you need more in your diet or through supplementation.  Have your doctor use a spectra cell test to measure the amount of magnesium in the cells of your body.  I like using Natural Vitality Natural Calm, which comes in powder form you can add to water and tastes great.  I like the raspberry lemon the best, but can use any of the flavors provided.  Dr. Osborn also promotes a brand on his site he endorses.  There are also ways to absorb magnesium from skin applications in the form of gels and sprays and there is always soaking in an Epsom salt bath, which also has the dual benefit of promoting rest and relaxation.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Birke Baehr may only be 11 years old, but he is wise beyond his years!  Listen to his entertaining and passionate message!

http://www.ted.com/talks/birke_baehr_what_s_wrong_with_our_food_system

 

To Vaccinate or Not

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Should you immunize or not?  This question should be discussed on an individual basis with your Dr., but not until he/she has read the 600 page report put out by the Institute of Medicine.(IOM) While accounts of people suffering major health complication following immunizations, how can the government ethically mandate forced immunizations?  It’s necessary to consider environmental aspects, genetics, as well as the current health of an individual when deciding on vaccinating.   Seems to me if you force children to become immunized, you should devise a test to see if the vaccine is safe for each child.   When someone’s health is compromised or they are genetically predisposed , the consequences could be devastating with certain vaccines. Shouldn’t our vaccines be safe for all if strictly imposed?

If you want to skip to the Video click the following link and skip my summary.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/01/more-parents-waking-up-to-vaccine-dangers.aspx

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), summarizes the information in the 600 page report provided by IOM.  The most disturbing part in the report is they don’t know if the diseases being linked to certain vaccines are caused by the vaccine or not.  Some have mistakenly taken this information to assume this means the vaccines are safe and not linked to diseases such as encephalitis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and autism.  Considering all of the vaccinations our children are recommended to get by the time they are 18, shouldn’t we have studies following up on vaccinated and unvaccinated children to see the long term health effects? At this time there is evidence being compiled, although not a through a double blind study, the results from over 7500 sharing their health experiences, suggest the  health of the unvaccinated children are fairing better.

The decision to vaccinate or not should be left in the hands of the parents and doctor who recognizes genetics, illness, environment and diseases leading to possible serious complications from immunizations. Can we come out with a testing method which indicate a predisposed problem with a person handling certain vaccines?

But in the meantime, some parents are choosing to begin immunization when their children are older, picking and choosing the immunizations based on age appropriate need, and not agreeing to combinations of immunizations given all at one time.  A small percentage are choosing not to immunize their children, but how do we know whether those children are being saved from devastating health ramifications?  Easier to acknowledge the benefit of “greater good” when it is not one of your loved ones suffering with brain damage or a chronic health issue. More studies need to be conducted to protect all of the public. Take the time to check out the video and information in the link provided bring to provide clarity on this issue.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/01/more-parents-waking-up-to-vaccine-dangers.aspx

 

Immunizations, The Growing Debate

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

So much information is conflicting and confusing to a parent in the decision to vaccinate your child or not.  We are told it is for the greater good of society as a whole.  But evidence is being compiled in studies of unvaccinated and vaccinated children that is suggesting otherwise.  With many reported side effects, some life-threatening and more life debilitating, how can a parent fathom their child being a victim for “The Greater Good”.  These studies are even suggesting these vaccines, developed to protect ourselves from disease actually hamper immunity, thereby leaving us susceptible to disease and illness.  For more information about diseases linked to immunizations, check out this site.  Stay informed to protect your loved ones and be armed with knowledge to help you choose for yourself!

http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/science-supporting-vaccine-risk/

Here is a trailer to a movie called “The Greater Good” which gives a perspective through lives suffering the side effects of immunizations.

 

 

Underlying Cause for Multiple Diseases

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Please take the time to listen to this Video by Dr. Mark Hyman on the underlying cause for a multitude of diseases.This information can greatly effect the quality of your life and those you love…possibly even save your life!