Just Toast!

Today I was looking in the pantry trying to figure out the best way to take what I had and give it a new spin. I saw that I had almonds, but they are just plain almonds: no seasonings no ways of making them better, and I starting thinking about how to create this into something new!

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I remembered back when Pam Leveritt came to me and helped me with different techniques to cook food. I remembered she talked about toasting your almonds and how this brings out the flavor. Well, let me just say, she was right!! I took three cups of almonds and placed them on a baking sheet and sprayed the pan with non stick olive oil spray and then split them into three groups. One I left plain, one I sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia and one I sprinkled with sea salt. After reading many sites I decided to toast them in this way: I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. I placed the almonds in the middle of the oven and after five minutes I took them out and turned them. I then put them back into the oven for five to seven more minutes and took them out. The more I read, the more I realized that some people found nuts can be tricky to toast. If you leave them in for too long then they can overcook. You want to cook the nuts until they are a darkened color and it will start to smell nutty. After you turn them, I think it would probably be smart to check them every couple of minutes, just to be sure not to overcook.  I was amazed at the difference that ten minutes made! I liked the plain ones, because toasting really enriched the flavor. The salty ones were wonderful and made a great snack if you are ever craving salt. My favorite ones however were the cinnamon and stevia nuts. They made a sweet savory snack. I am very excited to have this healthy snack around to aid me on my health journey.

Lets Relax

My mother just recently moved into her new house and my favorite feature: the hot tub in the back yard. As I was enjoying it this evening I was thinking to myself, I wish I had an excuse to use this hot tub everyday! Then I thought, why not? We all need more excuses to relax.  So I went to work… In today’s society we are all so rushed that we become stressed out which causes lack of sleep, hormone imbalance, and other things that cause the body harm. Here is what I have come up with:

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From my schooling as a massage therapist, I deduced that a hot tub can be very helpful to your health.First of all, heat has many effects on our body. It increases circulation which helps the body heal itself. Next the heat from the hot tub helps to ease stress levels. Stress does a number of things to your body: headaches, lack of sleep, lowering of the immune system and like I mentioned before hormone imbalance. I researched the effect of the steam of the hot tub and how it effects your health and found that  not only does the steam clear congestion, but it also makes you sweat and the skin is your largest detoxifying organ and through sweating your body releases toxins. So after this wonderful deduction in my head I have come to the conclusion that spending time in the hot tub helps to increase blood flow, ease stress and release toxins. Now we all have a great excuse to find a hot tub and take some time to yourself… Your Welcome!

 

Deadly Mints, Who Knew?

For generations, our family has a little tradition that happens every Sunday while sitting in the church pew.  Inbetween the music and the sermon, it is inevatible someone will ask for mints or gum.  Mom passes the roll of “Certs” breath mints down the row, and we all have a mint.  It has become such a part of our routine, that we think nothing of it.

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This week, I took the new roll of candy, and started to tear off one, when the ingredient list popped up and distracted me from the scripture reading.  Are you kidding?  How could so much bad stuff fit into one tiny little mint!?!  First ingredient, sugar.  When cane sugar isn’t specified, it is probably made from genetically modified (GM) sugar beets that have been doused with Roundup.  Second ingredient, corn syrup, also a genetically modified product, third ingredient, hydrogenated cottonseed oil (also a genetically modified product!), Fourth, natural flavorings, fifth, Soy lecithin (also a genetically modified product.)  Add the yellow and red food coloring to complete what could be the most unhealthy food product I have found in a LONG time.  Hydrogenated oils are associated with heart disease.  Genetically modified foods contain residues of the herbicides sprayed on them, which disrupt our gut health, and are associated by many studies with ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s, and obesity.

 

 

It’s just a little mint, you say?  Why not use a drop of natural cinnamon oil with its beneficial healing properties instead of toxifying your body one mint at a time.  Certs are made by Cadbury, one of the largest consumers of GM sugar beet sugar.  Until commercial farmers take responsibility for health, we must do it ourselves.  I am stocking up on cinnamon oil and who knows, maybe I will have to make my own mints?

 

Moving Forward

I want to take a minute and talk to you about goals. Over the past few weeks I have been consumed with wedding preparations for a good friend of mine who got married this past Saturday. We sat for a few hours and talked about the future, about how if there are no goals, then where are you going? It is vital in anyone’s life to have goals and to know where you are going. This principle can be applied to so many facets of your life. Another important thing about goals is if you set a goal but do not set up a plan to attain that goal, that goal is useless! It is great to know what you want but you have to be prepared and make a way to get there. For years my goal of losing weight seemed impossible because I did not pave a path for me to get there. Now that I have achieved that goal, I take so much pleasure in helping others make goals and plans to reach them. Today I sat down and figured out three goals that I want to attain in the next six months. I also factored how to reach those goals. I want to ask you to take a moment right now and ask yourself this difficult question: What do you want? For many they say, “Oh, that is easy” and will give you the answer that first pops into your head, but truly take a minute and ask yourself, “If I do exactly what I am doing now, will I be where I want to be in five years?” If not, look at your life and your schedule. See where you are spending all your time and figure if it is worth it. Starting making decisions that push you forward. Do not ever settle for less than know is possible, and most importantly DREAM BIG!

New Territory

Today I come to you with a new recipe! I don’t know if you have ever tried sauerkraut, but it.truly is amazing. When buying sauerkraut, make sure to read the label and the only ingredients should be cabbage, salt and water. Sauerkraut is fun to cook with because it puts a sour spin on new dishes.
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Today I made a new recipe and I have to share!

Sauerkraut Chicken
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1 lg Chicken Breast, cubed
1/3 Onion, cubed
1 tap Ginger
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Corriander
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Sauerkraut
1 Tbsp Pepper

In a medium frying pan, put chicken and onion and cook on medium heat until chicken is cooked thoroughly: about 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with Ginger, cayenne pepper, salt and corriander. Add one cup of sauerkraut. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, until hot. Add pepper and enjoy!

I loved the sour of the sauerkraut mixed with the kick of thee cayenne pepper… try it out! I was talking to my mother and she told me that sauerkraut is incredible for our bodies. It replinishes your gut flora which helps your gut absorb nutrients. Try researching food in your free time you will be astonished at what you can find.

Lemons

I have started a new trend with my food. I had a few free moments and started researching the health benefits of different everyday foods. I came across different websites telling of the benefits of lemons and lemon juice. My new trend is I am now squeezing lemon juice on everything. Let me tell you why…

Did you know that lemon juice is high in citric acid and vitamin D which are found in many acne treatments. Experts say that adding vitamin D into your diet promotes healthier looking skin. There are even some acne remedies that you can mix up in your kitchen and they say it will clear it right up!

Did you know that lemon juice can help in the detoxification process? Simply drinking lemon juice and water helps to cleanse your major detoxifying organs like you liver and kidneys.

4.0.1I even read that lemon juice can help with car sickness. Supposedly if you start to feel nauseous suck on a lemon slice and the nausea subsides. I am not sure how much I believe in this one, but I have always struggled with car sickness and if this works my family will be always grateful.

I love that natural foods are designed to help promote your health. If you think about it hundreds of years ago no one had GMO foods or drive through restaurants and they also did not spend as much on healthcare. I know I have said this in the past, but our bodies are machines and what we give our bodies really do make a difference. We were made to eat whole foods and we feel vibrant when we eat clean whole foods. Try it out and you will be amazed. Sometimes the little differences make big differences, and that is why I am now adding lemon juice to just about everything.

 

Sources:

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/

http://www.beliefnet.com/

Redefining Halloween

Halloween is a holiday celebrated by so many and a huge part of the celebration is what? CANDY! Highly processed toxins that have absolutely no business being in our bodies! What do you say this year we redefine what snacks mean? Instead of passing our candy, pass out orange fruit cups with pumpkin faces on them? And instead of keeping candy and junk around the house make banana ghost or clementine pumpkins. Aren’t they adorable?

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Or when you have people over instead of having cookies you could have a fruit tray?

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Being healthy is all about making the small changes and seeing how far they can go! When you have people over do not feed them foods you know are bad for you! Enjoy foods together and who knows, next year they may love your banana ghosts and start a trend in their home. I am ready for the health revolution to sweep across America! Everyday people die from diseases that can be reversed with diet and lifestyle. Start weaving health into your life and make a difference one day at a time