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Where do I begin you ask? Begin by asking yourself, “How Do I Feel?” bloated, fatigued, stomach pain, depression,muscle cramps, joint pain, irritability or perhaps a general “off” feeling? True Celiac disease can be life threatening if left untreated. Celiac can also starve your body of the nutrients you are taking in from a lack of absorption, leaving you to lose weight (not always a good thing), weak, exhausted and could cause foul smelling oily or fatty greyish stools.
Next, take a look at your family history and start asking your family members if they have ever been tested for any Gluten issues. Also, keep in mind, if they don’t have an issue, you may still develop Gluten Intolerance/Sensitivity.
Next, take your health into your hands and get tested if you suffer from any of the following:
- Autoimmune Disease – this covers a wide variety: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc..
- Chronic Intestinal Problems
- Sleep Apnea
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Anemia
- Migraine Headaches
- Hypothyroid – Low thyroid
- ADD or ADHD
- Restless Legs Syndrome
This is not even a complete list…
What can you do if you think you might have a gluten issue? Get tested!
How do they test for Celiac?
- A series of blood tests
- Endoscopy and Intestinal Biopsy
- Some people have a skin rash called Dermatitis Herpetiformis which is indicative of Celiac
How do they test for Intolerance/Sensitivity?
- Saliva Tube test – that worked for me!
- Cheek Swabbing
- Elimination Diet
Symptoms can show as, but not limited to: bloating, pain or discomfort in the abdomen, fatigue, lethargic after a meal, and diarrhea. These are just a few of the common symptoms.
What foods contain gluten? Some of the Foods that contain Gluten are:
Wheat, Barley, Rye, Couscous, Semolina, Pastas, Bagels, Pastries, Crackers, Flour, Cookies, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Bread Crumbs, Croutons, Pizza, Tortillas, etc… The list goes on and on. Take the time to know what you’re eating. Gluten hides in many foods.
YOU CAN LIVE A HAPPY & HEALTHY LIFE WITH CELIAC OR A GLUTEN INTOLERANCE!
As always, just because you exhibit any symptom or dis-ease does not automatically make you Gluten Intolerant or give you a case of Celiac. Get the facts before you react and remember to listen to your body! Having the correct diagnosis and information helps you live fully and allows you to create meals and a health plan that works to alleviate your discomfort and allows your body to thrive!
Do you feel bothered by a painful feeling from the burning sensation in your esophagus and/or stomach from acid indigestion and often pop an antacid to give yourself relief?
Whether it’s a chew or a pill, over the counter or prescription, you are creating a pattern of suppressing the acids that your body needs for healthy digestion. Chronic users are constantly on the merry go round, knowing they are going to eat, experience acid indigestion and take an antacid. Many people take them several times a day, exceeding the “recommended dosage” and thinking these are harmless.
Well, they are not harmless. Quite often, you don’t have an overproduction of acid, you have an underproduction of stomach acids, which essentially causes starvation in your body as the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins etc. that are necessary to keep your gut healthy and digesting properly, cannot do their job because they are halted to a STOP by an ANT-ACID!
The word Antacid translates – Anti – against, opposite of. When referring to your stomach acids it’s saying against acids.
Some symptoms of low stomach acids: burning immediately after eating; burping, bloating, feeling full after a small quantity of food, peeling fingernails, hair loss, gas in the upper abdomen. Low stomach acid has been associated with eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, weak adrenals, rosacea, chronic hepatitis and thyroid issues and more.
If you are chronic, get tested for low stomach acid (HYPOCHLORHYDRIA) and don’t forget “Be Your Own Doctor”. Ask questions, investigate and take control of your health!
To find out more, check out a book called “Why Stomach Acid is Good for You” by Johnathan V. Wright M.D and Lane Lenard, Ph.D. You just may be surprised you are not suffering from acid reflux, acid indigestion and heartburn after all.
If you are like many people who do not want the added pressures of having to keep your indoor plants alive, watered and loved, you need to read this and see why YOU should have live plants in your home. Yes, Yes, Yes! Live Plants ROCK!
Let’s take a look at the benefits of having live plants and your health. Research shows Live Plants Provide:
—Nature is your friend – Being in Nature and around Nature induces peacefulness & connects one to man and enhances spiritual connectedness
–Increases oxygenation & purifies your environment
–Helps to removes indoor environmental toxin
–Helps to neutralize indoor odors
According to “Psychology Today” and their research, Live Plants lower levels of Stress, Increase attentiveness, decrease High Blood Pressure, brightens your space which makes you feel happier and gives you a better spatial perception, Improve reaction times, Improve attendance to school and work.
Their studies used the following house plants consistently:
—The Golden Pothos, Shown Above (Epipremnum aureum)
–Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
–Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema sp.)
Other plants that were used as well:
–Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata)
–Peace Lilly (spathiphyllum starlight)
As with all indoor plants, make sure that what’s good for your environment is not poisonous to your pets and small children.
Various studies have been done and some of the findings underway are very interesting! Plants are smart!
–5 Ninth Grades students from Denmark have peaked the interest of scientists due to the results of their school experiment: Seeds will not sprout and Plants will not grow next to Cellular Radiation and WIFI was the conclusion. Read More here: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/blogs/student-science-experiment-finds-plants-wont-grow-near-wi-fi-router
–Denmark Researchers found that Hospital Patients had lower levels of anxiety during recovery and in their rooms in general just by having live plants in their surroundings.
–Studies done on extrasensory perceptions of plants have shown that plants are telepathic and can anticipate when you are coming at them with scissors to trim their leaves, leaving them with anxiety and sending messages to other plants; Acacia trees release a gas when eaten by an animal, they convey a message to other trees nearby warning them. Within moments the trees release a toxin and the leaves become poisonous, so the animal only grazes for a brief time so as not to become poisoned.
These are just a few examples of the brilliance plants/trees contain. To learn more about plants and sensory perception and their relation to man, there’s an old book called “The Secret Life of Plants” by Peter Thompson and Christopher Bird. Very Interesting!!
In addition, studies have also shown that there is something to be said for the caring of live plants. PLants make one feel cheery, they are helping to release the endorphins in the caregivers body. It’s a small gesture and yet so effective and proven by science to improve your well- being. FYI: Not only do I water my plants and love it, (sometimes too much) but , you got it! I also talk to them and clean their leaves every blue moon. I have plants in almost every room!!
Gratitude not Attitude is really a philosophy that when practiced, reminds you that everything you need, you already have. This is not to negate that there are basics we need in this world to survive, it’s to help you see that what you seek, is available in a variety of ways to you and perhaps what you need doesn’t show up in the form in which you’ve expected.
When you enjoy what you are surrounded by, you do not wish for more. You delight in what is right in front of you. You live in the moment and feel the joy of the people around you or perhaps you are a better friend, better human in the world.
The best recipe for Gratitude, not Attitude is:
- Stop right where you are
- Breathe in all the positives
- Appreciate the people in your life, past and present
- Share your wisdom
- Smile and be kind daily and remember your focus is being grateful for each opportunity that arrives
I like to begin my day with meditation. I use the first 5-10 min. or so to focus on gratitude. I do not wish for things I do not have, or didn’t get or want but I cannot have them. I focus on the love I do have, the people in my life who are blessings, my son, my dog, my home, and creature comforts that make my life easier. I focus on a mantra I created for myself, honoring loving, gratitude I feel.
It’s not to say that I don’t have heartaches or challenges or obstacles that need to be overcome, it’s to say that I am not focusing on what I cannot change, however I am appreciating the positives, now.
Each night before you go to sleep, write down a few things you were grateful for throughout your day. It can be as simple as being in gratitude to the person who asked “How are you today” to you having the opportunity to open a door for someone. Daily Kindnesses. It can be your child’s laugh or funny story, it can be a moment in nature that caught your eye and captured your heart. The point is, reflect, feel and write.
These are just a few of the A’s that I love so much! Each A is a gift to my Palette and makes me oh so happy knowing that some of the seriously nutritious foods I eat begin with the very first letter in our Alphabet!
Almonds– A handful a day helps you receive about of quarter of your daily nutrients like calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, selenium and they are high in fiber. Don’t be concerned about the percentage of fat when label checking, almonds contain mostly healthy fat, the unsaturated kinds. They have been rumored to be good for your heart due to the Vitamin E content and good for your colon. It’s also been mentioned that Almonds help give you a flat tummy! With those kinds of rumors, I think a handful a day is a good decision.
Apples– When you were growing up, maybe your mother said: An Apple a day, keeps the Doctor away. She may have been right! Apples contain Pectin and Pectin is a fiber source that helps to reduce your cholesterol and keeps your colon working regularly. Apples also have a small amount of Vitamin C and Potassium. Plus, they are yummy and help to fill your tummy as a great mid-morning or afternoon snack! *Apple skin is really good for you, however, the skin holds the pesticides, so make sure to use a good fruit wash or use the one recommended above.*Also, if you Juice your apples, you can actually include the seeds!
Asparagus -A is for Aphrodisiac! Asparagus is a known libido booster!! Aside from it’s sexy qualities, it also contains Folate which is vital for helping to have healthy babies and proper functioning nervous systems. When paired with B12 is great for cognitive brain function and can help stave off aging brain symptoms. Asparagus helps keep your Blood Pressure low, helps to prevent kidney stones and is an alkaline food which is necessary to keep your body in a healthy balance. It’s loaded with antioxidants which as we know are important for fighting free radicals and may help to prevent cancer. Personally, for the Libido portion alone, this vegetable just got a little more attractive!
Avocado – Avocado how we love you so! If you want healthy fats, this is a rich, creamy go to!! This tough skinned Fruit, yes, Fruit, is loaded with Oleic Acid which has been known to help prevent breast cancer, plus with other cancer fighting compounds it’s been known to reduce, prostate and oral cancer as well. The Carotoid Luten in Avocados is great for your eyes and Avocados contain 13 of the most important vitamins (A,B, C, D and K, etc.) your body needs. The next time you’re worried about fat content, just remember, this is the Healthy fat and if you have to choose between Cookies, Chips or an Avocado, go for the Avo! You just need a pinch of salt, pepper and a spoon!
Who was Rumi and why should we take to heart what he offers in words?
Rumi was a Passionate, Persian, Mystic and Theologian who in the 13th Century (Medieval times) spoke words of his love of God and the distance between them. His writings have been translated through time and are considered spiritual and poetic throughout the world as he speaks the language of love.
When you lose all sense of self
the bonds of a thousand chains will vanish.
Lose yourself completely,
return to the root of the root
of your own soul ~
His poems not only can be related to ones relationship with God, Spirit, Source, whatever you choose or not choose to personalize, but his words are works that speak to the heart of man. They are words of longing for your love, for your souls fire and words to express how deeply your passions entwine with another.
The reason I am posting this is because I believe we are longing to belong in the arms of a beloved, to ourselves. Whether it be spiritual, physical world, or self fulfilled, we are longing to be deeply loved and the first step to loving another person or spirit or God, or whatever you feel, is knowing that we can love ourselves deserving, without longing and suffering. To love ourselves in this way first, to know you are enough and to focus on your loving aspects and what you have to offer can then become a beautiful marriage to Rumi’s words. Rumi’s words speak to each individual in a variety of ways and to apply such loving letters to yourself is to know you are embraced by love all around you. Your beloved is you and all that you are. Your beloved is your faith. Your beloved is your family. Your beloved are your friends, all humans, animals, nature, earth, sky, north, south, east, west. Your beloved is that which is to be-loved by your hearts deepest desires, your soul.
*Self Care Mantra – I will Be-Loved from myself, as I am Love*
Spaghetti is one of my favorite Italian dishes! Sometimes I like to play with the recipes and add a little fire to the sauce to really give it a different feel.
1 Tblspn Butter or Tblsn Coconut Oil
1 Yellow Onion or Vivaldi if you can find them – finely diced
2 Garlic Cloves – Minced
4-5 Roma Tomatoes – diced
4 Crimini Mushrooms – Sliced Thin
4 Button Mushroom – Sliced Thin
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes – add more if you like more fire
1/4 cup heavy cream
Sea Salt & Pepper
Few Basil Leaves- Chopped
Bay Leaf if you like a sweetness in your sauce
Heat pan with Butter or Oil
Add Onion, Saute for a few minutes until soft
Add Garlic and saute for a minute more
Add Tomatoes, fresh and canned, mushrooms, olives, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt and pepper to taste, add bay leaf
Bring to a boil, then simmer for a few hours or at least one uncovered
Add heavy cream on simmer, mix well
Add a little fresh Basil on top and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan Cheese!
*Oh and hey, Don’t forget to make your spaghetti noodles about 15 minutes before done. Salt your water while water is heating up to a rolling boil. Add your noodles, turn down flame to medium high-ish – separate noodles with a fork and wait alloted time on package!
You may add any meat that lights your fire! We are meatless in this recipe!
Voila! Enjoy with a salad, french bread and a nice glass of Cabarnet!
What can Lemon Juice and Warm Water do for you?
Well for starters drinking it in the morning will help your body get going. By get going, I mean it alerts and awakens your lymph system, digestive system and the smell of lemon makes one feel refreshed.
Lemons naturally assist in hydration and staying hydrated helps you to avoid, adrenal fatigue (which I am working with right now). When your body is seriously lagging and is in a state of chronic dehydration, your adrenals cannot do their best to control your cortisol levels, which manages how you manage stress. These two little glands are vital to keeping your body and mind in a top functioning state.
Lemons contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant, which helps to boost your immune system and keep your skin clear as it assists in ridding your body of toxins.
Lemons are an Alkaline Food which means they are not acidic. One would think they are acidic because they are a citrus fruit, however they are an Alkaline which is needed to keep the body healthy and balanced. Too much acidity knocks your body into a state of panic and it has to work overtime to fight off infections and illness of all kinds.
The Vibrant and Tangy Lemon is not to be overlooked! Enjoy!
Need a natural and simple pesticide wash for your fruits and veggies?
To make a simple wash, get a spray bottle — fill it half way with distilled white vinegar and the other half with water. Shake it up and spray your fruits and vegetables and rinse with warm water. For a more potent version, just add juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Mix well!
This wash can be used as a spray and scrub and other times as a soak for produce like grapes, cherries and apples that have skin with vital nutrients and enzymes.
What are the top pesticide laden produce items around?
Berries; Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
Sweet Bell Peppers
Just remember if you cannot buy Organic, regularly clean your fruits and veggies. I use the simple spray even on the Organic produce and the more advanced one if I purchase non-organic, which is uber rare, but it has happened like 1x a year.
Happy Produce Cleaning!
OREGANO OIL, did I just fall off the Oregano Truck? Why hadn’t I heard about this wonder oil before? A few summers back a friend of mine told me about Oregano Oil and how it is an immune system strengthener and that it was also good for several other healthy benefits, skin, etc. So, being who I am, I went home and looked it up immediately, started talking to other people who had used this fragrant oil as well and I began to comprise a list of the pros and cons. Let’s get started –
Oregano Oil was used by Ancient Greeks, as well as some others. However, they were one of the first. The Greeks saw the medicinal value this oil had and how it affected their health. It was used as an anti-fungal, pain reliever, anti-bacterial, an inflammation reducer and it was known to successfully fight infections, which I imagine with all their fighting, they needed a good natural remedy!
Hippocrates used Oregano as an Antiseptic, Respiratory Cure and Stomach Ailments. Hippocrates said “Let Food be thy Medicine and Let Medicine be thy Food”. I think they were onto something!!
This herb is closely related to the Marjoram herb and is also known as wild Marjoram.
Skin Issues -This oil helped to keep my Roseaca under control due to it’s ability to knock out organisms that were hard at work causing flare ups. I used this topically as well as in my tea. Once again, 2 drops was sufficient. Always read the instructions on the bottle as some tinctures recommend mixing with an oil. This works great as well for skin infections and itchy skin.
Digestive Issues – Destroys organisms that supply fuel for tummy troubles. I used 2 drops in some warm water with lemon or with tea for a calm and properly digesting system. Oregano Oil contains large properties of Thymol and Carvacrol. These relax your digestive system.
Immune System – Strengthens your system and since it’s working on your gut simultaneously, you are automatically improving your health. Your gut is the tell all of your health and your immune system. When your body is keeping mucous and your sinuses are feeling congested, try Oregano Oil for 3-5 days and notice a breathing difference. Same for your lungs, feeling congested, a few drops in juice, tea, water, and voila! you should begin feeling better!
Ladies! Oregano Oil has been said to reduce the bodies ability to absorb iron. This caught my eye and immediately as many women are low in iron to begin with. So, if you are using this oil on a regular basis, you may want to take an iron supplement. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT USE OREGANO OIL. PREGNANT MOMMIES NEED IRON!
Some people have allergies to Oregano, Thyme, Mints and Basil. These are all in the same family and could trigger an allergic reaction you didn’t count on! So, avoid!! You may want to avoid Marjoram too!
I really like some Essential Oils’ Oregano and one you can buy at the market called P73. As with any herb, oil, supplement, if you are not sure if its right for you, talk to a Naturopath or Holistic Dr. and get another opinion.
Posted on February 26, 2014
Your Pet Is Good For Your Soul
I caught myself saying this to my Dog one day, “you’re not boyfriend, you’re my Dog” as he licked my face while I was looking for food on the bottom shelf in the pantry.
What does that mean exactly you ask? I don’t know really. It made me think. I guess it means that he fills a need for expression. It means that my generously loving and loyal dog that follows me around, protects me, listens to all woes, all my happy moments, shares in movie watching, music listening and sing alongs, hears every conversation I have on the phone, seems to enjoy everything I cook and loves to walk, likes to see some people, recluse it up a bit, sits quietly while I pretend I’m OK at expressing some form of artistic styling known as Art that perhaps a 1st grader painted, is lonely when I leave the house, always happy to see me when I get back, couldn’t eat dinner without me, enjoys when I have women friends over but not men so much, loves when I pet him, when I give him Reiki and loves when I kiss his furry little skull. He could be my boyfriend, but the co-dependent type that’s hard to say no to because he so cute, hogs the bed with cuteness and really is a sweetheart. But he’s also jealous of my time, high maintenance and it’s often like caring for a toddler.
There are circumstances when the affection of an animal saves peoples spirits and keeps them from feeling too lonely, depressed and they provide many with comfort and someone to talk with and have as a presence around their home. Elderly people often have pets just for that reason. A dog or cat for that matter, although far more independent and borderline snobbish, while they are no replacement for human affection for more than 5 obvious reasons, must be celebrated! Our furry, unconditional loving companions are like children who need caring and nurturing and love to thrive. We as humans, love to love.
So Cheers and Blessings all day long to these warm and loving friends and just remember, Love is Love, but grown up human love is the kind of love you can share without your clothes on!
Posted on June 5, 2014
When my son needs energy, and I mean the type of energy that pushes you through into the night, as he’s a teenager who has been working 13 hour days, socializing at night, graduating and functioning on limited resources, I give him this!
1 cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Tablespoon Honey Peanut Butter or Almont Butter
1 Wheatgrass shot
1 Handful Spinach
1 Teaspoon Local Bee Pollen
1 Dropper of Adrenal Support Tincture
1 Teaspoon Maca Powder
4-5 ice cubes
1/2 cup – 1 cup filtered / spring water
Pop in the high speed blender and vroom vroom! Pour in a glass and enjoy!
~Easy as can be and loaded with Omega 3’s and Fiber ~
1 Eight ounce Glass of Water, spring or filtered
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/2 Juice from a lime
*some people enjoy a splash of cranberry as well – Just take a handful of cranberries and blend, crush and squeeze the juice or juice them to add a little punch!
The Chia Seed provides you with plenty of Omega 3’s, Omega 6’s, and 5 Grams of Fiber. All important to maintaining a healthy balance in your body.
The Lime is a wonderful source of Vitamin C which of course helps to keep your Immune System STRONG! Also, the lime has been studied for it’s cancer fighting powers as well! This is an alkaline fruit.
*Cranberries are known for their protection against Urinary Tract Infections, also contain Vitamin C and being studies continuously for their healing properties in the stomach lining and urinary tract. These are an acidic fruit.