New Dietary Changes – My Keto Journey

New Dietary Changes – My Keto Journey

My Ketogenic Beginnings

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Hi Everyone!  It has been awhile since I have written a post yet there are reasons why.  The main contender –  DIETARY CHANGES.  Today, I am coming out of the closet.  Now, keep in mind, this has been a personal decision based on my own body, mind and soul needs.  I ask that you read with an open mind – No judgement  or criticism. 

Back in early Summer, I was experiencing some “walls” with my health.   I was consuming daily green smoothies, juicing, lots of veggies, gluten-free grains, raw salads and dried fruits.  I was eating HEALTHY, right?   I wasn’t feeling as good as I used to.  My energy was lacking,  hair had been thinning again, mental fog, blood sugar was eradicate throughout the day, gained 8 pounds, dry skin,  and the main culprit of all – Digestive issues.  My digestive issues have gotten better over the years with healthy eating but I had never gotten to the core of it.  I have chipped away A LOT of layers relating to it.  My GUT has been speaking to me for some time now and I have been listening.   My diet wasn’t  working, and I owed it to myself to open my mind.  To let go of dietary dogma and teachings I had filled my head with.  To do something different. 

Around that time, Robin, a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with diabetes.   She decided that she was going to approach this diagnosis by healing herself through food, not pharmaceuticals.  She is an inspirational and amazing woman.  I have seen her transform her weight, her blood sugar readings, cholesterol profile and attitude on life with implementing a Ketogenic lifestyle – for the BETTER.  Ketogenic diet is adopting a higher-fat, moderate protein, lower-carb eating style. My intuition was nudging me constantly during this time.  I researched a whole weekend on the subject before I decided to do a 30-day experiment implementing a nutritionally balanced KETO lifestyle and see what happened. I created my own food journal and documented the 30 days. I cut out high carb, grain based foods.    I am eating lots of healthy fats (coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, avocado oil, olive oil, avocados, olives and yes, even bacon fat).  I am eating meat – grass fed, quality meat.   The results have been fantastic!

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It is a way of eating which aims to induce nutritional ketosis (a metabolic state where you burn fats instead of sugar) by restricting carbohydrate intake and balancing daily amounts of fat and protein. A Ketogenic diet is NOT a high protein diet.   It is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet.  Too much protein has anti-ketogenic effects because too much protein turns into sugar in the blood.   We are taught that glucose (carbohydrates) is the main source of energy in the body, but when we withdraw it, our body stimulates a genetic program called ketosis. In ketosis,  the body uses fats instead of glucose for fuel. That means both dietary fats and stored body fats are burned. Yay!   Ketones are small molecules used as a source of energy in a state of ketosis.  The ketogenic diet is an effective weight loss tool and has been shown to improve several health conditions such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy,  diabetes, minimizing the symptoms of heartburn, GERD, irritable bowel and even cancer.  Healthy cells can use ketones for energy, but cancer cells cannot and they literally starve to death.

You can read more from the experts( they explain it so much better than I can):

1) KETOGENIC DIET FAQ – from Vivica at The Nourished Caveman.  Vivica has a “Carbohydrate Intolerance” test that I suggest you fill out.  You will be amazed – I was.  I’m intolerant to certain carbs and now understand why I reacted the way I did upon eating them (or shortly thereafter).  I was a high-carb-whore.  Yet feeling pretty low.  Not anymore!!

2) Practical Guide to Keto & Paleo Diet for Optimal Health and Long-Term Weight Loss –  from Martina at The Keto Diet.

3) A Guide to the Keto Diet – from Craig at Ruled.me

4) Athletes and Low Carb – from Maria at Keto Adapted

5) Ketogenic Diet FAQ – from Craig at Ruled.me

6) 10 (scientifically proven) Reasons Why I’m Not Scared of Eating Fat – from Leanne at Healthful Pursuit.  Fat is NOT to be feared. My body has been THRIVING since including it into my diet.

 

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The best books for scientific research and practical application :

* The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable – by Jeff Volek and Stephen Finney.

* The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance – by Jeff Volek and Stephen Finney

* 30-day Meal Plan + Complete Guide for Lasting Weight Loss and Lifelong Health with “The Keto Beginning” – Leanne at Healthful Pursuit has a wonderful book here – I highly recommend it.

 

What Do I Eat?

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I eat very well and never feel starved.  Actually, I eat less now that I am meeting my macro-nutrients daily.  I eat grass-fed, organic meat (I find on sale and stock up – my local grocery store and Costco are my go-to sources), uncured bacon (no nitrtates or chemicals), wild-caught salmon, lamb, organic chicken, sardines.  Keep in mind, these are small portions at a meal.  

I have larger portions of leafy greens, salads, most veggies above ground which are sauteed or baked in healthy fats (butter, coconut oil or bacon grease).  This includes broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, swiss chard, kale, spinach, lettuces, fresh herbs, onion, garlic, cucumber, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, sweet pepper, some fall squash and celery just to name a few.  See – I’m getting plenty of healthy veggies in.

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Oils/ fats from Almond Butter, Avocado Oil, Butter, GheeMCT oil,  Cocoa Butter,  Coconut Oil,  Fish Oil (cod liver),  Lard,  Mayonnaise – homemade, of course and extra-virgin Olive Oil. 

I continue to use nuts and seeds such as chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, almond, macadamia, sesame and hemp seeds.  I also use some green powders in my treats, smoothies and puddings.  Yes, I have had to ditch most of my smoothie recipes (high carb ingredients) and start from scratch.  I have created some wonderful low carb, high protein ones that digest easily without bloating, gas and the all the other unlikely candidates of a meal that is too hard to digest. 

Fruits are now lemon, limes, avocado, raspberry and blueberries.  Only a few times a week – as I am monitoring how I react to it right now.

Baking low-carb (gluten-free) has been a new adventure and I find it so much easier and cheaper.  I use almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium seed husk, protein powder, flax seed meal and others to create wonderful recipes that I feel so good eating. 

I will be doing a post in the near future of how to stock a Ketogenic kitchen.  Overall, I am spending less on groceries than I was before.  We aren’t eating as much because we are satiated with less food.  Oh, BTW, Scott has been on this lifestyle too and he is loving it and reaping benefits as well.  I am blessed to have a spouse that is open to trying new things.  His needs are a bit different than mine, but we are both learning from it.  

 

The Results Are IN!

I know you’re ready for this part!  You want to know what my findings were, what changed for me, what happened – “Tell me more, tell me more” (as I’m singing the Grease song in my head).  My body was depleted in healthy fats, moderate protein and too amped up on carbohydrates – no matter how “healthy” they were.  As of to date, December 11, 2014,  I’ve been implementing a medicinal, nutritional keto lifestyle and I’m LOVING it.    My body is humming with delight and purrs when I eat this way.    Of course, I will continue to listen to my body for what it needs. 

Here are my results/ experiences/ findings:

1) My energy levels are stable and I have more energy.  The first week was rough – detoxing with Keto flu.  Basically, as your body is switching from glucose to ketones as its main source of energy, your body will continue to burn the last stores of glycogen.  Depleting one reserve and getting set up for another.  Drink lots of water, bone broth, rest and make sure that you are eating fresh vegetables alongside the fats and proteins of your keto diet.  Green vegetables are full of iron, potassium, and manganese which are vital to keeping your energy levels consistent.  As time passes, you will see all of the side effects of “keto flu” magically vanish. Your body will no longer be going to glucose as the main source of energy, and your system has built enough enzymes to utilize the ketones. I experience no more crashing – no more blood sugar roller-coaster rides.  I am no longer obsessed by food. How freeing!!

2) Healed my digestive system – Yes, REALLY!  Within the first week, I noticed and felt the shift.  My stomach is no longer bloated upon or after eating, no more gas and grumbles.  At first,  I was concerned with eating meat and that my digestion couldn’t handle it so well – my past experiences.  I was constipated the first two weeks till my body adjusted and transitioned to the different fuel I was taking in.  After the second week, something shifted and I have been regular and pooping like a champ.  You don’t know how exciting this is for a woman who has always had problems in this area.  It is so freeing – literally, no pun intended.

3) Reduced inflammation in joints.  My joints are healing. I no longer ache and creak when bending or squatting.  My body is oiled and lubed from the inside – out.

4) Eliminated sugar and carb cravings.  This coming from a sugar addict many years ago.  My body is satiated with healthy fats and proteins and low carb choices.  I enjoy the occasional “treats”.   Yet they are in the form of high fat/ low carb ratio.  They are decadent using my favorite natural sweetener - NuNaturals liquid stevia

5) Weight loss.  It literally melted right off the first two weeks without much exercise.  I was amazed.  My body is reshaping without muscle loss.  My goal is tap into old fat stores on certain areas of my body – we’ll see. 

6) Skin and hair.  Can I say BEAUTIFUL.  My skin looks amazing – it is radiant, hydrated, smoother and younger looking already.  My hair has gotten thicker and is more lustrous and shiny.

7) Warts on my right hand that I have had for years are starting to fall off.  I had one large wart on my palm that has been there for over 10 years (and growing). About 3 weeks in I noticed it was itching and then three days later, it fell off.  New skin below and it is healing naturally.  Like I mentioned in the beginning, cancer and viruses can not survive in a body that is low in sugars, carbohydrates and glucose.  I essentially am starving the wart virus in my body.  The older warts have gone first and the newer ones are slowly changing.  I’m sure they are on their way out soon.  Again, I am amazed!

8) I feel grounded and balanced.  My body is receiving the nutrients and substances that it needed.  I feel the fat/ oils being extremely soothing in my body.  I am less anxious and stressed. 

9) Sharper mental focus and clarity.   Ketones aren’t just fuel for our body, but they are also great for our brain. They provide a foundation to help repair damaged neurons and membranes. This is why a high fat/low carb diet is recommended for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Type 3 Diabetes and seizures.  Healthy fats are extremely important and necessary for brain function. 

10) I’m WARMER!  I’ve always been cold natured.  Cold hands and feet.  I’m great to cuddle with in the summer but not so much in the winter.  My body temperature is regulating itself with this way of eating.  This applies to the thyroid and hormones.  All of which, for me, were a bit out of whack. 

These are just some of the results that I have been experiencing.  I am learning more about this lifestyle and enjoying the journey of it so far.   I have learned even more about myself physically, emotionally and have gained a greater intuitive awareness of myself.  I learn what works for me and what doesn’t.   I  have approached it with the mindset of FUN.   Remember, YOU are unique and what may work for someone might not for you.  Learn to flow, adapt and substitute where you can.  That’s the fun part.  Learning and connecting with yourself in a deeper way.  

I hope you understand that this was a difficult decision for me in the beginning – even considering it.  Yet, I had to step aside, get out of my head and listen to my body and heart.  What was best for ME.  Facing the fact that what I was doing was no longer serving me and to be OPEN minded to alternative routes.  In doing this, I have learned more compassion, let go of perfectionism and non-judgment of myself.  When you work on your inner world, it flows out into your outer world – which it has also.   Never bash or judge someone else’s decisions.  That is the ego and old dogma’s stepping in.    I am so glad I listened to my body, my heart and my intuition!  I am THRIVING this way.  

 I had to be authentic about what I am now choosing to do for MY health.  I hope something here inspires you to LISTEN to your body and intuition.  I see it as a radio channel.  I wasn’t tuning in properly and had lots of static and noise.  Once, I decided to commit and allow the guidance to show itself, that radio channel came in loud, crisp and clear.  Just keep tuned in to YOUR channel and make adjustments along the way. 

I highly recommend these sites for AMAZING recipes and information:

The Nourished Caveman

Healthful Pursuit

Keto Adapted

Ruled.Me

KetoDietApp.com

Check me out on PINTREST for more of my favorite recipe links.

Thank you for your time reading this post. 

I’ll be sharing some tips, recipes and thoughts every now and then regarding this lifestyle change. 

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May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ 8 Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation.. and Free Ourselves From It - Oh my gosh, I have experienced THIS before.  I know you have too.  Having awareness around this is a powerful tool to empower and free yourself.  When you start healing emotional wounds and nurturing yourself – your TRUE self – you get to a point where you don’t allow this in your life any longer.  It’s very cool.

♥ Apple Cider Vinegar – One Of The Most Powerful Health Tonics In Your Kitchen – I LOVE this liquid elixir.  I put a TB. of it in my warm water every morning and drink first thing.   I like to drink some before going to bed too.  It is excellent in homemade dressings and much more.  RAW apple cider vinegar with “the mother” is the kind you want.  I like Bragg’s variety.

♥ Why We ALL Have Psychic Powers: How Thought Premonitions & Telepathy are More Common Than We Thought

♥The Disease of Being Busy  – This is beautiful.  I feel this way when connecting with others either by phone, email, and in person.   I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment.  Stop and think about this.  It is important to the core of our souls. 

 

♥ 5 Spiritual Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog – Animals are amazing!  I have learned SO MUCH from the ones that have blessed my life over the years.  I am currently gracious for the three dogs and one cat (furry kids) that I get to share life with.  They with me and me with them.  Each day, when I stop and observe them with awareness and love – wow! 

♥ Eat Butter, Lose Weight – I have been incorporating more healthy fats into my diet and ghee is right up there with my favorite.  This is the one I use. 

♥  Perpetual Soup: The Easiest Bone Broth You’ll Make – I am making a huge pot of bone broth right at this very moment.  My body is requiring different nutritional requirements right now and this healing bone broth is part of my dietary regimen right now.  I add 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar (this helps to extract the nutrients from the bones) along with vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, parsley). 

♥ Karina’s Crustless Quiche with Roasted Vegetables Recipe - This hearty warming dish looks perfect for a cold weekend meal.  It’s on my list to make.  YUM!!  I will substitute full fat coconut milk for the light cream.

♥ Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists – How interesting!  I know that I have felt better since taking probiotics regularly.  I take 2 capsules in the a.m and 2 before retiring to bed.  I alternate between Jarrow-Dophilus EPS and Health Force Friendly Force Probiotics.  Top quality!

 

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Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

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Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ Self-Love: Part 1, The Body -  This post by Raechel from .rebel grrrl living is amazing.  I could relate to a lot of it.  Very refreshing and inspiring. 

♥ How to Tuck Non-Skinny Jeans into Boots – Easy.

♥ Double The Layers, Half The Frump – This is GREAT!

♥ DIY Boot Warmer Cuffs – Brilliant!  You can also take an old pair of socks and cut out the toes to make your own boot sock cuffs. 

♥ The Ultimate Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up – These are wonderful!  So many winners.

♥ A Vata-Pacifying Routine for Fall - Oh yeah!  Take note.

♥ Heroine’s Journey – Holy Wow!  This is amazing and I can so relate.  I know that many of you can too. 

♥ Inside Out Change – Beautiful, intuitive astrological insight for November from Sarah Varcas.

Easy 5 Min Quinoa Breakfast Bowl + Taking the Pressure Off A “Perfect Diet” – Go easy on yourself!  I made this for breakfast this morning (with scrambled eggs) and topped with fresh chopped green onions – oh how DELICIOUS!  Thanks Linda!

♥ The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening – I agree.  Nature is incredibly healing and a source of true soul connecting. So “Go get your NATURE ON.” 

♥  Blender Girl Smoothies app – The Blender Girl (Aka Tess Masters) AWESOME smoothies app launched a couple of weeks ago in the app store. It is available for iPhone and iPad for $4.99.  Her Smoothies App rocks!  It has 100 healthy smoothie recipes and a full smoothie-making glossary. I had the honor of being a tester and I assure you – it is a must for any smoothie aficionado or even a beginner. 

♥ What Is Ashwagandha? – One of my favorite tonic herbs. Check out my tonic drink recipes HERE.

♥ I’ve Found My Path, But Wait! Where Did Everyone Go? – Yep!  Been there!  Still there.  It is ever evolving and changing as you do.  I say it is a cool experience and opportunity during your journey and evolution of growth and healing. 

 

 

“Transitions are a part of life, allowing for perpetual renewal. When you experience the end of one chapter, allow yourself to feel the emotions of loss and rebirth. A bud gives way to a new flower, which surrenders to the fruit, which gives rise to a seed, which yields a new sprout. Even as you ride the roller coaster, embrace the centered internal reference of the ever-present witness.”
~David Simon

  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!

Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ Ritusandhi : The “Joining” of Seasons – It’s that time of year.  Transitioning from one season to the other.  Fantastic information from the sassy MonicaB on the transition of seasons and what to do for our speciifc dosha.

♥ How to Make Your Own Natural Liquid Hand Soap – LOVE this simple DIY recipe for Natural hand soap from One Green Planet!  I like using lavendar, ylang ylang and grapefruit essential oils in my mix.  Play around to create your own blend. 

♥ Freeing Ourselves from the Trap of Unworthiness.-  Great article by Brandon Gilbert!   He is the master herb guy at Hyperion Herbs – one of my favorite Chinese herb sources. 

♥ How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice –  This is by far the easiest and best way to cook brown rice that I have found.  Comes out perfect every time.  I use this technique for basmati rice too.

♥ 8 Kettlebell Exercises That’ll Sculpt Your Entire Body – I love kettlebells!  I go through spells of using them, as I do with most of my exercise regimen – I like variety and go with the seasons.  This has a good demonstration video of the exercises involved.  Kettlebells work!  You will FEEL it the next day (or so) but your body will respond quickly.  Mine always does.  You can get kettlebells at local Walmart if you are interested in trying them out.  Most sport stores have them too.  Have fun (but be careful).

♥ October 2014 Monthly Forecast - Sounds exciting! 

♥ Five Spices to Rock your Digestive World – These spices are fantastic for overall health but definitely for ones digestive system.  As always though, work on the core of your digestive issues (ex. candida, gluten sensitivity, dairy intolerance, etc.) and these spices are just companions to ones health. 

♥ Nutritional Healing and the Art of the Cleanse – Seasonal changes are a great time to do a re-boot for our systems.  I’ll be doing one in a few weeks.  It makes such a difference for the body, mind and spirit.

♥ Pick Powerful Health Benefits at the Pumpkin Patch!

 ♥ One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread – This banana bread is AWESOME!  One of the best recipes! .  I used NuNaturals Vanila liquid stevia instead of the honey.  Please give this one a go – you’ll be happy you did.

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 Have a great weekend!

 

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Kibby

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

Products I’m LOVING

I’ve got a list of fantastic products that I have been using for quite some time (from a few months to a few years).  I figured I would pick a few every so often and share them with you.   These are tried and true in my book.  With these items, the quality is unsurpassed and the results speak for themselves.   Here is the first lineup of products that I use daily (even twice a day) for beauty and health inside and out.

 

VITALERBS

 

I discovered this amazing product back in the days when I took my herbalist degree through The School of Natural Healing (1998).  A synergistic blend of popular whole nutritional food for the body and nutrient dense herbs has been created into Vitalerbs.    This is the way nature intended for us to acquire our vitamins and minerals – from whole foods and herbs – the way our bodies recognize and assimilate these nutrients not from synthetic, processed or fake ingredients.   Scott and I take these daily with great results.  I feel energized, awake, aware without any jitters or stimulant effects yet at the same time with a grounded, balanced and focused response.  My body says “YES, I like these!”  Where the diet may fall short here and there, Vitalerbs fill that gap. 

I went on a 9 mile bike ride yesterday and prior to leaving the house, I popped 4 of these capsules and rode with ease like never before. 

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Scott and Kibby at Jack Rabbit trails in Hayesville, NC

I had great stamina and endurance (which is not always the case in my riding) and could have gone more but the weather became inclement so it didn’t happen.  I take these prior to my outdoor yard work or even just hanging out and not doing anything for the day – it is what the body needs daily – nutrients to do its work, repair, regeneration and healing.  This herbal/food blend gives my body just that.  I’ve tried many products but this is THE ONE I keep coming back to and feel the best with.  My Vitamix and Vitalerbs will always be by my side for overall health.


To increase the potency of Vitalerbs, Jurassic Green™ (which consist of alfalfa, barley, and Kamut grass) has been added to the formula. These three ingredients are organically grown in nutrient dense soil, harvested at peak times, juiced, and instantly flash dried using a new process that keeps the temperature below 90 degrees, retaining live the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes needed for good health.

So instead of taking a dead, fractionated vitamin that your body treats as waste – Take an all natural 100% whole vitamin and mineral food that will help you reach optimum health. Take Vitalerbs.  We do and never will be without them.  I buy mine for the best price at iHerb.com HERE.  * Use my coupon code KUG541 for a discount on 1st time purchases.*

 Ingredients:

Organic, flash dried Alfalfa
Barley and Wheat Grass (Jurassic Green™)
Organic Dandelion
Kelp
Organic Purple Dulse
Spirulina
Irish Moss
Rose Hips
Beet root
Nutritional Yeast
Organic Cayenne fruit
Blue Violet
Oatstraw
Carrot juice
Organic Ginger

Dosages:

Take 2-6 capsules 2 times daily.  Sometimes I take 4 in the morning and that is all I need for the day.

This combination provides the following vitamins and minerals in whole food quantities:
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C.), Bioflavonoids (Vit. P), Biotin (Vit. H), Calcium, Carotene (Vit A), Choline, Pantothanic acid, Chromium, Cobalamin (Vit. B6), Cobalt, Copper, Fiber, Flourine, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Linoleic Acid (Vit. F), Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin (Vit. B3), Paba, Pangamic Acid (Vit. B15), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Phosphorus, Potassuirn, Protein (RNA), Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Riboflaavin (Vit. B2), Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Thiamine (Vit. Bl), Tin, Trace Minerals, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that nature knows we need.

All of Dr. Christopher’s products are top-notch in quality ingredients (mostly organic), reliable and effective.  I have used many of them over the years with great results depending on what was needed.  I highly recommend them!  Check out this site for all his formulas and further information.  Again, iHerb.com has the best prices.  Herbs are food and the body recognizes them to nurture and heal the body. 

 

SKINNY & Co. COCONUT OIL

Skinny Coconut Oil 16.9oz Virgin

 Several months ago, Emily from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil contacted me to see if I wanted to try a few small jars of their coconut oil.  I immediately researched the company and product before agreeing to test (that’s what I do!)  Upon exploration of their site and product, I gladly agreed to try out Skinny Coconut Oil.  I have been using coconut oil for years. I know all coconut oils aren’t created equal, but this one is very impressive.  I took my time comparing and trying out this oil to my other one.  When I put a small amount on my face, I immediately noticed the difference.  My skin absorbed the oil (drank it in, rather) and radiated a glow.  It was fed!  Other coconut oils I’ve used seem to hang around on the skin with a coating (which is nice) but this oil was different (better!) 

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is a small batch coconut oil made with a Nutralock System™. Unlike most coconut oils available on the market, Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is never heated above room temperature and goes through a slow manufacturing process to ensure their quality remains the best on the market. This process  takes about 3x as long as other processes used and requires about double the coconuts needed to fill their jars.  Yet the difference is noted upon smell, taste and feel.  QUALITY, baby!  I love it!!

Coconut Oil is known to (and I experience these results with consistent use):

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves Brain clarity
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Stabilizes hormones
  • Increases energy and endurance during a workout – 1 TB. prior to activity (that’s the way I do it)
  • Improves muscle building after training/workout and reduces recovery time – add to post-workout smoothie or 1 TB. by mouth are just a few ways to get it in (herb teas, hot tonics are great sources for this coconut oil too!)

 

Skinny Coconut Oil

Learn more about this wonderful Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil HERE.  Thank you Emily for expanding my horizons with your coconut oil.  I’m enjoying some right now in a hot tonic as I type this post.  YUM!

 

ORALIVE TOOTHPASTE

A friend turned me on to this natural toothpaste – Oralive – from Ascended Health when I was telling her about my concerns with tender gums, a tooth that was causing me concern (flaking, smell, pain – not good!), etc.  Extra-strength Oralive is a paste that is made with high quality, impressive essential oils, tissue regeneration factors and Amazon herbs, designed  with the beliefs of helping the body:

- Quell severe gum pain
– Stop gum bleeding
– Inhibit infections deep within the gums

I figured it was more economical to invest in this and give it a try than to go to a dentist. I was thinking pain and seeing big dollar signs.  The testimonials were quite impressive and I decided to go for it.   I ordered, received quickly and immediately put it to use.   Holy WOW!  I’m so glad I did.  Within a day of using this product, my gums stopped swelling, redness was gone and they looked and felt normal.  Within a week, the “wonky” tooth stopped emitting odors, stopped flaking, stopped aching and felt normal.  Could this really be?!  I have used this paste daily for about 3 months now.  I recently visited a new dentist (one of my best friends – how about that!) and she did x-rays, full cleaning and close inspection to that funky tooth.  All was normal and looked great.  She was impressed with how well my teeth and mouth looked.  I tell you, honestly, it sure didn’t feel that way a few months ago.  My gums were healthy and the “gum test” warranted low numbers (the one where they poke your gums with a sharp instrument).  My numbers from my last dental cleaning from 2 years ago (I know!) were higher – which resonates to periodontal/gum disease.   Using Oralive was the only thing I did differently for the issue.  Not any more!   Scott has been seeing and feeling positive results with usage also.  I am sold and will keep this stuff in our cabinet for usage as long as it is made.    Learn more about it HERE.  I also LOVE their “I AM BEAUTIFUL” Skin oil.  Have had great results with this product too. 

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Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

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Well, hi there Sunshine!  It’s hard to believe it is already September.  I hope you all had a great summer.  I did.  It’s been interesting though.  I have had several lessons in what to let go and allow in life.  I have learned to let go of old thought patterns, mind sets and behavioral patterns that go back to childhood (that s*it gets ingrained early!), what I don’t want in my life, what doesn’t serve me anymore, people that are not healthy to be around and more.  Upon all that awakening and embracing the courage to face it all and DO IT – BEST THING EVER!  I have felt such freedom and joy since all that came up for me to see.  After saying NO to things, people, situations and thoughts, I have had such beautiful energy to replace it.  I had to clean out the muck that was holding me back for the next level of GREAT to get through.  It’s not that the energy didn’t want to come in, it just couldn’t till I faced the other stuff and did something about it.  That’s how it works.

“Dig within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you will ever dig.”  -Marcus Aurelius

So, enough of that for now (let me know if you want more – cause you know I’ll share it if you want it) and let’s get to that strawberry recipe I lured you into this post with.  I was at the local farmers market this past Saturday morning and one of my favorite farmers (local family who doesn’t spray pesticides or use chemical on anything) had some hydroponic organic strawberries. 

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He’s had these little beauties all season.  They are AMAZING.  As I was picking up some items amongst the booth, those strawberries were teasing me with their sweet intoxicating aroma.  I kept looking over at them and they were beckoning me.  The price was right and a joyful container came home with me.   When I got to the house, it was time for breakfast, so I made up some gluten-free oatmeal and added some chopped strawberries and dates to the finished product and WOW!  Delicious!  I had plenty of strawberries left over and I was contemplating on what else to do with them.  Well, like I said at the beginning of the post that it is hard to believe it’s September already.  It is still hot and humid here in North Georgia right now.  Then I immediately saw in my head what to make with those scrumptious strawberries. 

Strawberry ‘N Cream Ice Cream! 

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When I was a kid, I stayed with my grandmother for two weeks in Atlanta during the summer and she would always make THE BEST strawberry ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream churns during those visits.  We had to wait hours for it to finish but MY GOD it was so worth it.  I wanted to re-create that taste, consistency and texture as best I could in a healthier version.  I think I got it.  You could substitute peaches, blueberries, raspberries and such for the fruit portion and it will make a stellar ice cream.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  Let’s get to that recipe for heavens sake.

 

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY 'N CREAM Ice Cream
A creamy dreamy strawberry ice cream reminiscent of the old fashioned style.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk (organic if you can)
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nut/seed milk of choice (I used homemade almond milk) or use more coconut milk for a nut-free version
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder OR 1 TB. vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup - Grade B (more for personal taste) - see notes below for substitution
  5. pinch of pink himalayan salt - to bring out the flavors
  6. 1 to 2 cups organic strawberries (I opted for 2 cups b/c I like a rich strawberry flavor)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (about 10 or so seconds). Taste and tweak flavors to your liking.
  2. Pour into a container (I used a glass measuring cup) and chill in fridge prior to adding to ice cream maker. It works more efficiently this way. Also, you can make this part ahead of time and have it ready for adding to machine at any time of the day.
  3. Pour chilled mixture into prepared ice cream maker.
  4. Churn for 30 minutes (or according to ice cream maker instructions).
  5. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). See notes below for leftovers.
Notes
  1. 1. Any leftovers can be put into a freezer-proof container for later enjoyment. Keep in mind that the container will need to pulled out prior to eating for thawing (it hardens) - a good 20 minutes.
  2. 2. You could use liquid stevia as a sweet substitute - 1 dropperful (15-20 drops to taste)
  3. 3. You can also make this without an ice cream maker. After blending ingredients till smooth and creamy. Pour into a freezer-proof container and put into freezer. Every 20 minutes, stir. do this till you have the consistency you want - normally an hour or so.
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Chilled strawberry cream mixture ready for ice cream maker

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Kibby

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

NuNaturals Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

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This post is a short and sweet one.  Thank  you to everyone who participated in the NuNaturals Stevia giveaway this week.  You know if I could gift these goodies to each and every one of you, I would. 

The four winners for the NuNaturals Stevia goodie box are as follows:

  1. Jordan Dunne
  2. Raechel
  3. Robin Miller
  4. Becca F.

Congratulations, ladies! 

 Thanks again, everyone! 

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

 

♥ 10 Incredible Uses for Epsom Salt in the Garden – Fantastic tips!  I learned some new ways for epsom salts in my garden.  I love taking hot baths with these salts for detoxing and cleansing.

♥ East vs West –  LOVE this information from Monica Bloom. 

♥ Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World –  This is a place with BEING – finding that inner peace, freedom and joy.

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

♥ Hair Health (and Hair Loss) Explained – AWESOME post by Kimberly Snyder. 

♥ The Practice of ListeningConscious listening conveys respect for the source of information (person) by being fully present ,alert and creating a welcome space for interaction as opposed to closed listening where one is rehearsing answers or imposing one’s opinion already while the sounds are coming in.  We’ve all been guilty of it.  It just takes awareness and learning to step back and be there for the person (ourselves included).

♥ 6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home – Fantastic article.  

6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home

♥ 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome – I’ve looked into these before, but this one is AMAZING!  This will be our next future home.  We’ve always wanted to do one,   Growing your own food is a perk with this house.  Better start saving, huh!  

♥ Learn Stomach Pulling for Superior Digestion in 4 Minutes a Day – More great information from Dr. John Douillard.

♥ The Metabolic Power of Pleasure – Interesting!

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure
The Metabolic Power of Pleasure

♥  Do You Know What Element You Are? – My gorgeous, sweet friend, Rhiannon Griffiths, has debuted her BRAND NEW FREE Ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life.   This is a wonderful book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I hope you do too!

BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf
BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf

 


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Kibby

 

Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty) Ice Cream

PLUS

NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

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I have a treat for you all today!  I mentioned several weeks ago in a post that I had a SWEET giveaway coming up for you and boy IS IT!    One of my favorite stevia companies, NuNaturals, sent me a pretty sweet (no pun intended) gift box full of stevia products to sample.  I love all of them!  I have been a huge NuNaturals fan and user for about 4 years now and when I say they are the real deal – they are!  They have a few new products in their lineup (which are all stellar in my opinion) and one of my favorites is the COCOA MINT SYRUP.  Oh, my!  This is heaven!  A sweet Chocolatey-minty syrup with the finest Peppermint oil available grown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  I’ve used it in smoothies, tonics, desserts, hot chocolate drinks and eaten it by the spoonful.  YUMMY!

It is HOT here in North Georgia right now and I wanted to use it in something to take off that edge.  Ice cream!!!  But not just any ice cream.  I wanted something light, cooling and decadent.  Cocoa Mint syrup to the rescue!  The mint is cooling to the body and the syrup overall is light yet decadent.   It reminds me of a peppermint patty.  This is a very easy, basic vegan ice cream recipe that you can whip up in a blender and process in an inexpensive ice cream maker.  It is seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had and healthy too. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the upset tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  It doesn’t last long in this house. 

 

and seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty)Vegan Ice Cream

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (a few seconds). Pour into prepared ice cream maker. Churn for 30 minutes. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). 

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NOW it’s time for that GIVEAWAY I mentioned earlier.

Ron at NuNaturals (who is such a sweet, fantastic guy) offered to host a wonderful giveaway to 4 winners for the following items:

  • 1 bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid
  • 50 pkt box of  NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets
  • 1  bottle of NEW COCOA SYRUP
  • a bottle of the NEW SIMPLE SYRUP
  • PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT! 

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Rules and Regulations for Giveaway

* Contest is open to WORLDWIDE audience.

* NuNaturals CAN NOT SHIP TO P O BOXES – Only physical addresses.

*  To ENTER, “LIKE” NuNaturals Facebook Page AND leave a comment below how you  might use some of these items if you won. 

*  Contest ends Thursday night (August 7th) and  I will be announcing the winner on Friday, August 8th.

*  Look forward to hearing from you and let the entries begin.  Good luck everyone!! ♥

*  In the meantime, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on at NuNaturals website :  www.nunaturals.com .   When you get to the checkout page, just enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1214  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014.   Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.

 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

I would like to introduce to you Lisa Reinhardt, who is a green smoothie enthusiast at Green-Smoothie-Recipes.net.  Lisa has a fantastic website dedicated to green smoothies, health, balance, family and more.  I wrote a post for her website -Why Green Smoothies Are GREAT For You! – please check it out. and now it is my turn to share a post she wrote for all you.  Enjoy!

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Grow Your Own

 

It is summer time.  Summer can be a time of travel, parties and fun outside.  It can also be a time to intentionally slow down, regroup, and open-up.  My life for one is ruled by the school year, the busy calendars my kids are developing and my obligations to work and life in general.  In my coaching practice with other parents, I always start in the same place.  I want to grow their awareness on what is working now for them in their lives and what support systems or people are in place.  Some people in the coaching industry call this “self-care”.  I have come to prefer to call it “self-renewal”.  

 

What does this have to do smoothies and summer?  Well, a lot actually.  As humans (whether or not we are parents) we all share some basic needs like food, water, shelter, clothes, and transportation.  But, we also have a need to belong.  We want to feel like we are part of a group.  We are social animals.  There is nothing like a little gardening to bring us together, to help us remember our place in this world and to expand our capacity for gratitude.

 

Several years ago, when I was studying to become a coach and thinking about these things, I decided that building and planting a garden would be a great benefit for me and my family. It would give our family something productive to do together.  And, in order to garden effectively, one needs to slow down and be willing to get dirty.  My garden started out as a experiment.  I was curious to see if it would work or evolve.  Over the years it has moved from my experiment, to a family project to a source of good food.

 

We have figured out both what grows well and what we like to eat and can use.  So now, my family can participate in the entire cycle of the plant: seed to smoothie.  How cool is that?

 

The reason I am writing on this topic is that it has just recently occurred to me that this little experiment of mine has truly become a big part of our family.  It serves some of our basic needs by providing us with nourishing food, but it also builds the community of our family by having us slow down and work together.  In this way, the work of the garden has grown into a familial “self-renewal” practice of its own.

 

Now, for practical purposes our little garden does not grow enough food to make our smoothies all year round, but it does give us green throughout our growing season.

 

I am grateful to have been able to create a garden that can nourish me and my family in more ways than one.  My children can appreciate where the vegetables come from, and we the parents can slow down and get our hands dirty.  

 

Then there is a the harvest.  A harvest is the result of time.  It is the result of planting the right seeds at the right time and meeting their needs with warmth, light, water and soil.  The harvest only comes when I am diligent in my care of the plants in protecting them from animals and weeds.  Even after all my efforts, I know that much of the process is beyond my control.  The harvest can feel like a miracle.  Sometimes, the harvest can feel like me or like us.

 

So slow down.  Plant a garden, even if it is as small as mine.  Take care of it and be humbled as you grow a little of your own food.  Allow yourself to become more connected to other people and to nature in the process.  Then when all goes well, you use your bounty for one of your creations, smile.   

 

I have found that a smoothie made with the spinach grown in my backyard is much tastier than nearly every other kind.  The truth is that drinking smoothies, slows our pace.  One cannot consume a smoothie too quickly.  I think growing a garden takes that pacing full circle.  Go grown your own.

 

Peace.

Lisa

 

Lisa Reinhardt is a certified parent coach at TheParentJourney.net and a green smoothie enthusiast at Green-Smoothie-Recipes.net.  She transforms families through a holistic approach.

 

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