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I am passionate about healthy living, healthy eating, organic gardening, and having fun along the way. My approach to healing focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit.

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.

 

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
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 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com.  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

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Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Oil-Pulling, You Ask? – Love, Love, LOVE MonicaB and her straight forward, sassy, fun, knowledgeable approach.  She covers and explains oil-pulling and the basics that I haven’t seen before.  Love learning new things.  Ayurveda rocks!

♥ Spring Yoga Poses for Your Summer Bikini Body – Awesome poses for getting into shape utilizing strengthening yoga poses.  Give it a try.  I’ll be adding some of these poses to my daily yoga practice.

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part I - Awesome article from John Douillard!

♥ What’s Missing in Your “Healthy” Diet? Part II: Why More Fats – Continuation of part 1 from above.

♥ I Stopped Being Vegan & The World Kept Spinning – Yes, it’s OK.  I’ve been there. I’ve shifted my eating to include some organic eggs, organic chicken on occasion and ghee (along with plant-based wholefoods) in my diet and I am thriving .  I got caught up in my mind and didn’t listen to my body for awhile.  Listen to your body, your cravings – your body is talking to you.  You are still a wonderful, amazing person regardless of how and  what you eat. It is loving and nurturing yourself that is key.

♥ Ayurvedic Secrets for Daily Well-Being – More great information on oil pulling and some other practices utilizing sesame oil for over-all health and well-being Ayurveda style.

♥ Liberation Awaits – Wonderful astrological insight from Sarah Varcas.

♥ 10 Tips for Finding Balance in Your Yoga Practice – Love this!

♥ A Few Things You Don’t Want To Hear About Self-Help – Great insight about self-help books from Katie. 

♥ 5 Reasons This Quick Workout Will Get You In Better Shape Than Cardio – Less really is more.

♥ What Should I Eat? A Guide to Intuitive Eating – Great article!

 

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Review of The Colorado Cleanse Detox

Review of The Colorado Cleanse Detox

The Colorado Cleanse Detox

Oh, how good it is to be back to the blog.  I have missed you!  I have to be honest with you all that I totally enjoyed my time away and indulged in some great time really LIVING.  I discovered how I was not Living in several areas of my life. I saw that I had a pattern of spending too much time online. A good bit of it was what I call “time wasters”.  I have scaled it down to spending no more than 15 minutes a day on Facebook, email, and probably once a week doing research I like to do.   I discovered the joy of simplicity, quiet, solitude and time with myself working on old mindsets, emotional issues, spending more time outside, away from technology, quality time with Scott and dogs, working on projects that I had put aside (procrastinated) for awhile, decluttering, organizing and so much more. It was fun, enlightening and freeing.

So, I guess you want to know how The Colorado Cleanse Detox went and my feedback on it.  It was AWESOME!  This was the best detox and cleanse experience that I have ever had. I re-programmed my mind and body about food and exercise and found FREEDOM and JOY.  The results were immediate – within a few days. I was ready to shed “the old” and “allow the new”. 

Several weeks ago, The Colorado Cleanse Detox kept showing up to me within a few days time and I knew it was a sign to look into.  I had been reading John Douillard’s The 3-Season Diet a few weeks prior and had started to implement some of the principles into my daily regimen.  I was digging it!  My body was digging it too!  So, it just felt natural to flow into his Detox/Cleanse program.

Why did I do this cleanse?  Well, for one I had put on some winter weight.  I had put on enough (5-8 lbs.) that I was down to one pair of jeans that fit and they were getting too tight.  It was either do something about the extra weight or purchase new clothes, which was not in the budget. I also felt tired and sluggish, felt “watery” -  when I poked my side, it sprung back like a water balloon (my whole body felt that way – not good!), gathering more cellulite on my thighs (uggh!), felt my eating regimen was not servicing me any longer, I needed a consistent exercise routine that I loved and enjoyed, and my digestion needed rebooting and rekindling – that (agni) fire was burning low.  I had excess mucus building up in my body. My colon was sluggish (you wanted to know!) My body was talking to me and I was ready to listen and nurture it. 

Spring is the perfect time to cleanse the body and mind.  The body naturally wants to cleanse and replenish season to season. The Colorado Cleanse is a 14 day Ayurvedic Detox and Digestive Rejuvenation program designed to reset your body’s ability to burn fat, stimulate the lymphatic system, cleanse the liver, stimulate bile and reboot the digestive system.  In Ayurveda, the first and most important aspect of detoxification is to evaluate the lymphatic system’s ability to rid your body of toxic waste (physical and emotional).  When your system is functioning properly, toxins are drained off your colon and processed through 500 lymph nodes.  They are then neutralized by white blood cells and eliminated.  If your lymphatic system is compromised by stress or poor digestion (mine was!), then your body is at risk from toxic exposure.  Some signs that you are in need of detoxification due to a sluggish lymphatic system are:

  • Itching, skin rashes or hives
  • Swelling of hands and feet
  • Breast tenderness or swelling during menstruation
  • Allergies
  • Achy feet in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Cellulite
  • Sore throats
  • Chronic cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry, thin and wrinkled skin
  • Tiredness
  • Bloating around the abdomen

The 3 phases of the Colorado Cleanse

(Excerpt taken from Colorado Cleanse ebook):

“The Colorado Cleanse is a unique detox and digestive reset program that operates in three phases.

Phase 1 is a 4-day Pre-Cleanse in which we will prime the digestive tract by scrubbing it out with supportive herbs and a high-fiber, low-fat diet. This will also thin the bile, which will help decongest the liver and pancreatic ducts, which become congested over time. We’ll also be opening up the detox channels and getting them cleared and ready to move toxins in Phase 2. Think of this phase as pushing back the curtains, opening the windows wide, and getting ready to do some deep cleaning.

Phase 2 is the Main Cleanse, which lasts 7 days. This is when we get into fat metabolism – the mechanism by which we will coax toxins out of the fat cells and into the colon for elimination.  During this phase, we again boost liver and gallbladder function and continue to reset all aspects of digestion and elimination. The main cleanse will support healthy lymphatic flow, balanced blood sugar and reset your ability to burn fat-soluble toxins long after the cleanse is over.

In Phase 3, once the digestive tract is cleaned out and reset, we’ll focus on stoking and resetting the digestive fire. This phase is also your antidote to the binge-after-fasting phenomenon. It’s so easy to come off a cleanse only to indulge in hard-to-digest toxic foods again, which can make you feel worse than when you started. Phase 3 is a Post-Cleanse designed to make sure that your re-entry into non-cleanse eating isn’t a shock to you or your digestion.”

In regards to food, I didn’t feel deprived at all, actually I felt so nourished.  My body, lymphatic system, digestion and organs were able to re-align, re-balance and re-boot.  They are functioning better than they have in a long time.  I am able to eat things that I hadn’t been able to for many years (example: beans).  Beans used to be my nemesis.  We didn’t co-exist very well with all the gas, bloating and burping. Not anymore!  We are buds now and I am loving the taste, texture and variety they offer in my diet now.  The recipes offered in this cleanse are simple but wonderful.  Utilizing whole foods!

I was also able to reprogram my mindset I had about food combining.  I noticed some of the recipes were offering different options than what I was used to and I reacted with “What! Can I do that?”  I was concerned that I would get bloated, gassy and constipated. So I had a conversation with myself before starting the cleanse that “I would put everything I had learned, applied and read in the past few years to the side and joyously delve into this cleanse with an open mind and heart.” Give it a try and see what happens.  I set the intention that my body would respond well to the food and it did.  No gas, bloating or indigestion.   I digested my food well and had good movements the next day in the bathroom.  I had been ready for a change and here it was. 

Another thing that I used to do was graze all day with eating.  Eating small meals and snacking on this and that every 2 to 3 hours.  Read more about The Dangers of Frequent Eating.  My body knew it wasn’t right for me, but my mind hadn’t gotten on board yet.  In the past, this regimen worked well for me when I was not well with low blood sugar and compromised gall bladder and liver issues.  Upon changing my diet and lifestyle over 3 1/2 years ago, my body has healed and changed in many ways.  Yet, I wasn’t feeling the same great way I used to when eating this way. I knew something needed to change but wasn’t sure what it was.  A change was definitely in store.  A change for the better. That change was in the form of eating 3 meals per day.

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Kitchari – Healing Stew

The Colorado Cleanse emphasizes eating 3 meals a day – this is a basic Ayurvedic principle.  I read it and knew it, but hadn’t applied it personally on a daily protocol.  A few days into the cleanse and I knew it was the answer for me.  My body, mind and digestion were so happy and free.  I learned the value of eating meals, not snacks.  By eating 3 meals per day, it re-educates your body to burn fat.  My body learned to burn stored fat between meals and especially overnight where fat cells stop clinging for dear life to the nearest calorie.  I was able to stop the body and the brain’s belief that I have switched to a pattern of deprivation. Deprivation and diet restrictions create mega sized hunger pains. Yet hunger has no place in this plan.  Hunger is stressful.  This plan was nourishing, peaceful and balanced.  Eating three meals a day will quickly turn your body into a well-oiled fat-burning machine. 

These 3 meals are to be eaten sitting down, in a calm, relaxing environment, chewing food slowly and being present with the food – the smells, the texture, the taste and the allure of it. While eating, I did not allow myself reading, phone, computer, or distractions from my eating experience.  By removing distractions from the eating experience, it helps you slow down while eating, which results in achieving greater satisfaction from smaller quantities of food. 

Mindful eating is a proven tool against weight gain.  Also, when you’re scarfing down lunch and dinner quickly, it’s usually a way of swallowing a lot of stress.  If your meal is tasteless and lands in your stomach in three loads, the digestive system doesn’t stand a chance.

“Where the mind goes, the body follows – Be mindful in eating.”

 For those who think this silence sounds impossible, just listen to some soothing music.  I would listen to calming music or to the birds outside chirping and singing away as I ate.  The first day was a little weird doing this at the first two meals.  At dinner, it was natural to me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It became a special ritual preparing the foods and looking forward to the time together. 

I took the same principle of this mindful,nurturing ritual with the exercise, self-care, meditation, deep breathing and emotional work that is suggested during the 14 days of the cleanse.  I’ve done it sporadically in the past, but doing it daily sets a pattern or habit.  It was like exercising a muscle that gets attention once in a while.  With daily use, it was strengthening, firming up and becoming a foundation in my day.  I now practice all of these activities each and every day.  I enjoy them so much and reap the benefits on a body, mind and spirit level that they have become as natural as brushing my teeth and getting dressed.  I allot the time for each one – 10 minutes here, 10 minutes there and I feel centered and grounded.

I now get up early every morning and spend 40 minutes doing a home yoga practice.  I LOVE it!  I was never one to exercise in the morning.  It was usually in the afternoon a few days a week.  I am hooked.  According to Ayurveda, from sunrise, 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. is kapha time, a time for exercising and moving.  It is the best time to burn fat and boost metabolism.  That’s an incentive right there! My body started shaping up before my eyes the first week of doing yoga every morning.  I have more strength, better endurance, better stability with each and every day of practice.  It will just get better I’m sure. I like practicing alone right now because it has allowed me to get in touch and in tune with my body on a level that I had never allowed myself before.  I practice nasal breathing during yoga and my other exercise activities (walking, rebounding) and it has taken my lymphatic system, weight loss and oxygen intake to a whole new level.  I am experiencing improvement in mood, energy and sleep with this type of breathing.  I feel calmer, grounded and balanced.  

A few days into the cleanse, I think it was about the 5th day, I started to feel a bit tired and weak.  I was working outdoors more and needed to up my food intake.  I was also detoxing on a deeper level and needed a bit more rest while this was going on.  I supplied my body with extra food and nourishment while nurturing it with more hot epsom salt baths every night along with more rest and relaxation when needed.  My mind wanted me TO DO things, while my spirit said, “Relax and heal.”  I listened to that voice of reason.  Within a few days, my energy level was back up and I was feeling better than normal.  I’ve lost the extra weight with ease while eating amazing nutritious food. I now have more energy, a clearer mind, a clearer complexion (Wow! It’s nice), clearer eyes (that’s liver cleansing for you), sleep better, poop better, digest my food and emotions better and I am still seeing gradual results. My cellulite is gradually disappearing. Woo hoo!

John Douillard has a FREE ebook – Short Home Cleansethat you can easily download and do a short version of the 14 day protocol.  I highly recommend going for the 14 day one if you can.  It is much more in depth with all the great recipes and information.  Read more here: Spring Cleansing: A Requirement for Optimal Health.

My birthday is this Saturday, April 12th, and I will be turning 44 years old.  Having completed this cleanse, I feel like I am in my 30′s.  Rejuvenated, re-aligned, re-booted and back on track.  I always say, with this journey of growth on a mind, body, spirit level that I am getting younger every day.  Sometimes, we all need reminders, inspiration and guidance to get back on track or find a new way to thrive and find ourselves.  I feel blessed and grateful to have found this deeper understanding of Ayurveda in my life.

Overall, I am very pleased with The Colorado Cleanse and will be doing it again with each seasonal change.  It has instilled some wonderful practices in my daily life that bring me joy, peace and freedom. If you are interested in this cleanse and have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’d be happy to assist.

I’ll be doing some more posts in the near future on some of the tips, recipes and practices I am applying everyday from this cleanse.  You’ll love it!

I am Glad to be back!

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Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk

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I was walking up the pathway to the front of the house yesterday and noticed all the fresh blooming violets in the garden beds and along the rock borders.  How beautiful!  Spring is really here! The common wild Violet is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. There are dozens of species of Violet, in various colors that include blue, purple, white, and yellow. I immediately thought to gather these gorgeous little leaves and flowers and put into a salad for dinner.

Yep! I go around the yard picking and gathering weeds and herbs to incorporate in our meals and diet.  With the cold, harsh winter we had, I am so excited that Spring is here offering up fresh food for the picking. This is better than anything that you can purchase in the grocery stores or farmers market right now.  When your food is FRESH, nothing is better. The nutrients are so potent.  Your body takes in the life force of the plant and in turn, feeds and raises your energy.  I always give thanks to the plants I harvest for their gift and offering.

The most IMPORTANT thing to remember that if you’re going to start eating violets (or anything for that matter), please make sure wherever you harvest them, they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals or by the family dog.

Violet leaves and flowers are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C.   Both of these important vitamins are associated with increased immune function and wound healing.  Violet roots reach way down into moist spring soil and pull up vital nutrients and minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. The leaves become little green vitamin tablets – a phytonutrient powerhouse. The leaves are tasty both raw and cooked. The flowers are edible, sweet and tangy, and make a gorgeous garnish on salads, smoothies and desserts.  The leaves have a mucilaginous (slippery) quality when chewed and apparently can be used to thicken soups and stews.

Violet is a gentle but potent medicinal remedy.  Violet is a strong blood purifier.  Violet leaves have been used throughout the centuries as a soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory demulcent. Violet also supports the immune system, helping to clear infections of all kinds. They can be a very effective first aid remedy for hot, inflamed conditions of the skin. Simply chew up a fresh leaf and place it on the effected area. A remedy gentle enough for use with children, violet can also be used to soothe hot irritating coughs or headaches. Just make a hot tea of the leaves and sip slowly.

Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors and cancers, specifically those in the breasts. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice. They are also helpful in clearing up other growths and lumps such as cysts, mastitis, and fibrocystic breasts.  Susan Weed’s excellent book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! details the use of violet for various breast conditions.  Violet is also a  gentle lymphatic tonic, aiding the body in removing waste products from the bloodstream.

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Violet propagates itself by seed and throwing out scions, or runners, from the main plant each summer after flowering, and these in turn send out roots and become new plants, a process that renders it independent of seed.

I like to add a handful of violet leaves to fresh salads for a vitamin boost.  Take a bowl and scissors and go out into your yard (or a neighbor’s – with their permission, of course and NO chemicals) and begin harvesting fresh cut greens for a salad.   Other amazing wild herbs and greens coming up right now are yard onions, dandelions, chickweed, plantain – just to name a few.  Mother Nature is saying “Come and get it folks!”  She is providing food to assist us with the changing of seasons.  Bitter, astringent, chlorophyll rich greens that will help us reduce excess water in the body, cleanse, detoxify, boost immune system, purify the blood, and so much more.

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Salad last night consisted of fresh violet leaves, organic baby spinach, yellow and red bell peppers, hemp seeds, fresh sprouts, scallions with a creamy hemp seed dressing.  It was wonderful!

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Another fantastic use for these bountiful greens is to use in smoothies. I made up this low-glycemic Spring green smoothie this morning with produce that is IN SEASON.

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Spring Violet Smoothie
Serves 2
A light, nutrition packed smoothie filled with Spring's freshly emerging harvest that is low in fruit sugar, high alkaline and rich in healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small organic pear
  2. 1 small organic granny smith apple
  3. 1/2 lemon, peeled
  4. 1/2 cup organic parsley leaves
  5. 4 cups organic spinach, kale, swiss chard (or combination of all)
  6. 1/2 cup fresh violet leaves (toss in some flowers too!)
  7. 1/2 avocado
  8. 2 cups water
  9. sweetener of choice ( I used raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Add toppings of choice - I used fresh, local bee pollen and a few violet flowers (eat them first). Enjoy!
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Violets are bountiful right now freshly emerging with vibrant green leaves that are probably right next to your door and in your yard.  Seek them out and you will be rewarded delightfully with nutrition and healing medicine straight from Mother Nature herself.

Get your SPRING greens on!

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Spring Cleanse Holiday

Spring Cleanse Holiday

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that I made a decision last night to take a 2 week holiday from blogging and social media.  Why you ask?  I am 4 days in on a 2 week “Mind-Body cleanse” and feel a need to step away  from outside stimulation.  So I can go deeper. I am focusing on ME – the physical, emotional, mental.  I am LISTENING to my body what it needs, wants, and is willing to let go of.  I am having conversations with my ego to set some new boundaries, rules and limitations on what is no longer acceptable and what is going to be different.  I am integrating some new concepts, regimens and having fun with it all.  I am so excited and into this.  My body has been speaking to me for some time and I am listening and doing something about it. I have been experiencing some symptoms of lymphatic and liver congestion. It’s time to do something about it!

I am doing Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse (home version) if you are curious and interested.  This is a detox and digestion boot camp. This cleanse has the added benefit of detoxifying not only your fat cells but your liver and lymphatic system which is where the waste from the fat cells try to go when being detoxified. It is a deep cellular detox and boy am I ready for it.

I purchased the eBook on his website for $9.95.  The book alone is so worth it.  I already had the ghee, kitchari ingredients, sesame oil for body massaging and some of the herbs to be taken before and after every meal.  I did purchase some of the herbal products that I didn’t have.  I am doing this program full tilt to reap the best results.  You can read more about the details here .  

Like I said, I am 4 days in and am seeing and feeling great results already.  The food is AMAZING!  I made a conscious decision to forgo raw cacao, fruit smoothies, herbal tonics, stevia, etc. and do this cleanse according to Dr. John’s Ayurvedic protocol that he has had fantastic results personally and with his thousands of clients that have participated in this regimen. I thought it would be hard, but it wasn’t.  I made up my mind to do it and told it that it would be easy.  When I set my mind to something, it happens.  Yet, here I’m only 4 days in, we’ll see if that still holds true throughout.  I am keeping a daily journal to monitor my results, feelings, cravings (if any), energy level, exercise regimen, etc.

We just went into Kapha season (March – June) which is the PERFECT time to do a Spring cleanse for the body and mind.  During the winter (Vata season) we eat heavier foods to insulate and stay warm.  Sleep more.  You know, that hibernation thing.  Well, come Spring, it is time to change things up and start moving more, transitioning foods to the more seasonal fare available, rising earlier and more.  Learn more about Kapha season here

I am exercising in the morning (which I NEVER did!) before 10 a.m. and I love it. There is a great reason why to do so!

If you want to learn more about this concept of eating and living according to the seasons, check out Dr. John Douillard’s book The 3 Season Diet.  I got a copy through my local library.   I plan on purchasing my own copy when I find a good deal somewhere.  This seasonal approach makes so much sense to me and is exactly what I have been leaning towards intuitively.  Now, I have a better understanding and guidance to this.

So, if you want to contact me in any way, feel free to do so via email.  I will be checking that once daily but keeping everything else down to a bare minimum. I am always available to you if you need me. I will miss you but I will be back to report on how it all goes, results and feedback.

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Preparing For What You Want – Wow!  Just WOW!  Take the 19 minutes and watch this – REALLY LISTEN TO THE WORDS deeply. This is the core of Law of Attraction compliments of Abraham-Hicks.  This segment helped me understand even deeper the importance of “the grid filling-in”.   A section of the video:  ”We’re talking about preparing yourself vibrationally — which means you’ve got to get off the specifics and stay general, because as long as you’re talking about specifics, you’re going to activate things that don’t allow things to unfold smoothly.”  Apply the feelings to anything in your life and watch it unfold. Enjoy and feel your energy vibration soar while watching it. I will be taking this into every day living.

♥ Ground Yourself and Improve Wellness with Earthing – This practice has been around and used for thousands of years.  It just now has a name associated with it.  Grounding or Earthing.  Learn more about this simple application that does wonders for the body.  We are energetic beings and Nature is energetic too.  We can balance one another with this interaction and connection.  Enjoy!

♥ Lessons from Hiking: 5 Ways to Live with Less Stress and More Joy – Nature is the grandest teacher.   How we choose to learn is up to us.  Walking and hiking are some of my favorite ways to move my body and soul.  During these times I tap into more awareness with myself, my surroundings and life.  Listen to the whispers of the wind, she just might be telling you something important.

♥ Why the Importance of Meditation Isn’t What You Gain, but What You… – Great insight on the benefits of meditation.  Just sit down, close your eyes, relax however is best for you (sitting up, reclined, laying down – inside your home or outside in nature) and let it flow.  It’s not hard.  Just stop for at least 15 minutes a day and go within.  It has become a cherished part of my day to ZEN.

♥ How to Transform Negative Thoughts with Mindfulness Meditation – Here’s another meditation article that is even BETTER. Again, this is where getting out of our heads, our minds, away from distractions that we can see, feel, hear, sense these poopy thoughts rolling around in our heads.  Once you start noticing them, catching on to their gig and dance, you can  stop them in their tracks and re-direct the thoughts into more positive ones.  I’ve been working on YEARS of negative thoughts about myself and have come a long way.  Still more to go, but that’s part of the beauty of our individual journey – growth and self-worth. 

♥ What’s this Pink in the Sink? – This is an eye opening post from Nearly Natural Momma about the pink residue in the sink or bath tub.  I have well water and had no idea.  I clean with DIY natural essential oil based cleaners and will be tackling this little pink monster more often knowing what it is now.  YIKES!

♥ GOT A CASE OF THE NOT ENOUGH’S?: HOW TO CREATE AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET – I think we all can use a reminder on this issue.  Love yourself just as you are right now. Be grateful for your life, just as it is now.

♥ 5 Addictive Types Of Stress + How To Kick The Habit – I totally agree with this article.  LET IT GO! When you do, there is such freedom and peace in ones life.

♥ One Minute Meditation – I’ve started doing this nasal breathing meditation and WOW! it does wonders at calming the mind, the central nervous system and bringing peace and clarity into awareness.  Give it a go!

♥ HAPPY Kapha Season! – It’s here!  Kapha season is in full bloom and I highly recommend you go on over to my girl, Monica B’s website to DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE KAPHA SEASONAL BLOOM HERE and learn more about how to transition gracefully into Spring with ease.  Monica put a seriously cool music playlist together to get your groove thing on and shake that booty.  Enjoy!

♥ Oil Cleansing for Balancing Skin - Great article on oil cleansing by Jenni Raincloud.  I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for over a year now and LOVE it.  My skin looks and feels great. It is economical and better than anything out on the market.  I add lavender, lemon, and frankincense essential oils to my mix.

♥ Try This Black Oil for Natural Teeth Whitening (It Really Works!) – This looks GREAT!  I can’t wait to try it. 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ March Forecast 2014 – Astrological theme for March is COMMITMENT.  Where are you committed to letting things go?  Where are you committed to being open and receptive in life?  What are you willing to manifest and go after? A powerful month, indeed!

♥ When You Feel Down or Stuck: How to Effectively Be What You’re Not – This can be an effective tool when stuck in a rut, feeling funky or depressed.  I’ve done something similar at times and it does work.  It shifts the mindset and one can become more proactive in life and situations. 

♥ A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY – Amen, sister Claire!  I totally agree!  I’ve been upping my self-care practice on several levels and this is one area that I have finally been “getting” with myself. I have been shifting my mindset around my body image and sending it more love, compassion and appreciation.   It has been freeing on many levels and I still have to catch those ugly thoughts that pop in, but I am LOVING myself more (bumps, scars, cellulite, the good bits, strengths, etc.) It’s ME and I love it!  Enjoy this read and be inspired to YOUR own amazing body.

♥ Pre-Order The Blender Girl Cookbook – Tess Masters AKA The Blender Girl is having her biggest giveaway event ever! From March 1st to April 11th Tess is offering 42 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS to celebrate the April 8th release of her new cookbook The Blender Girl. Every day there will be a winner!  I was fortunate to be one of Tess’ recipe tasters for the book and believe me, THIS IS ONE BOOK YOU WANT!  If you’re looking for easy healthy foods to include in your lifestyle (no matter how you eat) there is something for everyone.  

♥ 10 Simple DIY Serums For Every Skin Type! – This is a great basic tutorial from Jenni Raincloud on how to create your own essential oil serum.  I’ve been using one for several months that I created using rose hip oil as a base along with frankincense, lavendar, lemon and carrot seed oil.  It is GREAT!  Have fun concocting your own blend for your skin.

♥ 6 Best Vegetables for Green Smoothies -  Great suggestions. I like mixing it up with beet greens, organic spinach, kale, swiss chard, herbs such as mint, cilantro, basil and weeds such as dandelion greens, chickweed and purslane.  Check out my Purslane – Superfood Weed and Smoothie Recipe.

♥ Countless Uses for Coconut Oil – The Simple, the Strange, and the Downright Odd – Fantastic article on the many beneficial ways to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regimen, household cleaning, cooking and so much more.  I learned some new tricks and tips.  I ADORE coconut oil.

♥ The Power of Silence: 8 Ways It Will Improve Your Life – By practicing times of silence, it has been immensely helpful, healing, inspiring and brought clarity into my life on a deeper level.  I try to practice silence at least once a day – it is my self nurturing time and I find it so delicious and special.

♥ Raw Kale Ceasar Salad with Almond Crusted Paleo Chicken – This looks heavenly!  I think I’ll try it this weekend.  Thank you Linda Wagner for another beautiful recipe.

 
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Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Ellovi Body Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

I am a huge supporter and fan of natural skincare, makeup and body care. During the beginning of my journey of healing, dietary and lifestyle changes, I went to great lengths researching and educating myself about eating well and taking care of my body (I still do). After awhile, I decided to address skincare. I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source) Pretty scarey, right!?

It means the choices we make today are going to have a real impact on the way we’re going to live our lives tomorrow, especially with these kinds of products that we use daily, over 10 to 30 years or our whole lives. So even though it’s a small quantity of use, it’s chronic exposure. And that is all it takes.

Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? 

Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free?

ABSOLUTELY!

I was recently contacted by Kelly Winterhalter, founder of Ellovi, to sample and review her natural body butter. She mentioned there were only 6 ingredients in the product. I did a quick review of the website and I said “Yes, please!” ~ Hands clapping in excitement ~ 

Ellovi is a company founded on the grounds of integrity, ethics and offering the finest quality ingredients from around the world in a single product that TRULY delivers.  They are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants.  My kind of company! Over the years, I have tried many organic, natural, eco-friendly products and Ellovi body butter is one of many that I can honestly claim THIS IS IT! 

Ellovi Body Butter is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients. 

From the Ellovi website:

What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated, can’t evaporate like other moisturizers, and we don’t need preservatives. Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes your skin better from the inside out. Even after washing your hands or bathing, Butter will keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.

This is all true!  I can usually moisturize after a shower and the next day or so upon cleaning again will need to re-apply.  I don’t have to do this with Ellovi Butter. My skin stays hydrated and happy.  I have used it all over my body – head to toe (elbows, hands, legs, face, feet, hair).  Yes, hair! I have used a small amount and rubbed into my palms and applied by gently squeezing to the ends of my hair (before drying or after, as needed).  Great moisturizer and leaves a healthy sheen to hair.  Oh, yeah, it’s also a nice personal lubricant.  Say no more.

I use this luxurious butter on my face as a moisturizer, around my eyes and it doesn’t clog my skin (mine is sensitive) and give me pimples.  My skin looks fresher and clearer.   It has actually started to heal some old scars on my face and body.  Woohoo! 

Ellovi body butter is also safe to use on pets.  It helped clear up a rash on my dog, Meg’s back in just a day.  Score!

You don’t need to use a lot of it, unlike many body butters.  So a little goes a long way and the jar will last longer than most other butters.  It spreads nicely and evenly. It is ultra hydrating and light.  It isn’t greasy or heavy like many other butters.  Ellovi has a fresh light scent – ever so subtle – so it won’t interfere with anything else you are wearing or great for sensitive folks like me. 

So what are the 6 wonderful ingredients (all wildly harvested):

  • Macadamia Nut – Full of youth enhancing fatty acids that are naturally present in young skin
  • Coconut – Provides proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that revitalize skin
  • Marula – Used in Africa for thousands of years as an anti-aging regimen
  • Hemp Seed – Loaded with antioxidants that cleanse skin of environmental toxins
  • Shea – Considered sacred by ancient African natives for its natural healing powers

Ellovi body butter is an all-in-one product for skin, hair and body.  I LOVE it and hope you take the opportunity to try it out for yourself.  Packaging was beautiful, simple and the jars are reusable.  Oh yeah, FREE SHIPPING! 

Just as I teach and promote with education of food – The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients.  Check your skin care products at www.ewg.org/skindeep to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Simplify, baby!  Again, my philosophy -  if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.  Either purchase from reputable companies such as Ellovi or make them yourself (DIY).  I do both!

Thank you Kelly for offering me the opportunity to try your body butter.  You’ve got a new customer and I look forward to trying your Lip Butter soon – luxury on the lips!  Kelly is a real sweetheart and feel free to contact her with any questions at Ellovi.com.

I was not paid for this review. This was purely an honest assessment about a product that I feel passionately about and use myself.  I wanted to share with you!

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via Full Spectrum Healing

♥ Canola oil: The #1 Hidden Health Danger at the Prepared Food Bar -  Whenever I eat out (not often) and it happens to be at a Whole Foods bar, I always read the ingredient list of the prepared items and if I see “canola oil”, I sigh and keep moving on reading the next ingredient card till I find something that works for me.

♥ NEW MOON in Pisces March 1, 2014 – Astral insights from Mystic Mamma.  I’ve been feeling a lot of the shifts already.  Several lessons and gifts imparted.  Be patient, compassionate and gentle with yourselves (especially others).  Go with the flow and hang out with your Spirti/Soul for guidance along the way.

♥ How to Start a (Mostly) Raw Diet Without Shocking Your Taste Buds – A great article from Kimberly Snyder about how to transition and incorporate more raw foods into your diet without shocking your body or taste buds. 

♥ How To Use Grounding To Deepen Your Connection To Earth, Yourself, and Others  – I couldn’t agree with this article MORE!  I have been wanting to write a post on this very subject – and I may just still yet. Enjoy!

♥ The Power of DIY Self-Care: A Directory of Recipes & Treatments – Some great DIY self-care recipes!  I am going to start a new notebook with sections that cater to hair, body, face, and shower/bath.  I’ve got a nice compilation of recipes that I make and use and always open to trying new ones.  The “tried and true” are kept in the notebook.  I do this with kitchen recipes.  I will try many, but the “winners” make it into the notebook for return visits on the menu plan. 

♥ Homemade Coconut Flour – I do this all the time and this post shows you how to do it simply.  So easy to make and nothing goes to waste.  I love making my own coconut milk (and Scott loves it in his morning coffee). It is great to use in smoothies, tonics, desserts, soups and more.  The leftover flour is great for many recipes and I will sometimes add the leftover pulp from milk to the dog’s food bowls.  So good and healthy for them. 

♥ New Moon Update 3-1-14 – The New Moon is always the time to reset our intentions and begin anew.

♥ Indulge your Chocolate Fantasies with Raw Cacao Powder – Jenny Travens from SuperFoodLiving.com has a great article on my beloved raw cacao.  You can read my article devoted to this friendly superfood The Difference Between CACAO and COCOA Powder.  Jenny has some great and FREE information about superfoods that I suggest you check out. I love learning more about the benefits of superfoods

♥ Ginger Detox Shot – Linda Wagner brings us another goodie! Oh, this is for the brave of heart!  It is intense, but OH SO WORTH IT!  The ingredients pack a powerful punch and act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, antioxidant, lymph system cleanser and more.  I love doing these shots! 

♥ I Was A Raw Vegan For More Than 3 Years Because I Was Insane – This is an interesting article.  I have to agree with the writer, Sami G, that we are all biochemically different and what works for me might not work for you and vice versa.  What works for us will be different at different stages in our life, our activity level, our emotional level, the seasons, etc. It varies day to day.  Appreciate, love, and enjoy every bite of your food.  The point is to have a healthy relationship with food.  Make the best choices for yourself and family and don’t fall into guilt, shame or unworthiness based on what others are doing.  Learn to be open, compassionate and non-judgmental of others – but especially with yourself.  Check out this article by Sami G : Speak Your Truth,  Forgive and Move On.

♥ The Helpfulness of Structure: An Un-Diet Update – Great article by Marlena Torres from Health Through Indulgence.  Enjoy!

♥ The Miracle of Lymph – Fantastic post by Dr. John Douillard regarding the lymphatic system, how it works, signs of a sluggish or stagnant lymph system and more.  I learned even more about this system in this article.  Check out my posts on ways to get your lymph system flowing again: Rebounding 101 and The correct way to skin brush.  Also, another reminder to reduce and  find healthy ways to manage stress in one’s life. 

♥ You’ve ditched the pill…now you’re losing your hair?! - Fantastic article regarding hormone imbalance.  It could be due to coming off the Pill or stress, which affects our hormones and thyroid immensely.  I love the suggestions.  I include many of them in my own diet. I have experienced hormone imbalance and you can check out my post How I Have Been Balancing My Hormones – NATURALLY and my herbal Happy Hormone Tonic.

 
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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

via Mentor’s Channel

♥ Chocolate Mint Love Butter: Homemade Personal Lubricant Recipe – This is great!

♥ Health Benefits of Dates – I ADORE dates (especially medjool dates)!  Learn all the amazing health benefits of these sweet little gems.  Remember to eat in moderation though.  I eat 1 – 3 a day (mostly in smoothies and tonics).

♥ The Best and Worse: Protein and Nutrition Bars – Awesome article on what protein/energy bars are out on the market and what people might think are considered “good”, “healthy”,”clean”, etc.  You would be surprised once reading the ingredients.  Most are junk!!  If interested, check out my Raw Chocolate Protein Energy Bars.  It is what I make for my family and friends.  Scott and I eat them weekly.  

Ghee in my Coffee?-   MonicaB has a great video showing why and how to add ghee to your coffee – HELLO Vata’s and Pitta’s.  I love adding ghee to my herbal tonics.  Learn more about ghee here.  Ghee ROCKS!!!  I think I prefer it over coconut oil.  Oh, I just said that out loud. I utilize both in my house and on my body.

♥ Great ExpectationsA topic that many of us can relate to.  Thank you Kimberley for sharing your thoughts and honesty.  By saying NO to things that don’t resonate with you, stretch you beyond measure, out of habit, etc. is the most self nurturing act of love.

via Mentor’s Channel

♥ The Covert Coffee Enema – I know I have talked about enemas here on the blog before and I especially like coffee enemas.  They are quite amazing.  Lauren at The Holy Kale did a smashing post on this “sshhh” topic.  This subject really needs more exposure to the masses who would benefit highly by it.  I know I have and still do when needed. 

♥ Coconut Vanilla Chia Superfood Pudding + How to Get Started With Superfoods – Fantastic superfood article AND recipe by my girl, Linda Wagner!  I am a huge superfood fan too. I don’t go a day without using at least one in a meal.  Morning smoothies always have cacao nibs and fresh local bee pollen on top.   My daily herbal tonics always have hemp seeds in it.  Superfoods are nutrient dense and a little goes a long way on the full spectrum of health.  Check out my Energizing Strawberry Cream Chia Pudding.  Thanks for this informative post, Linda!

♥ Create Good Feng Shui in Your Kitchen – I apply fen shui in my house but especially in the kitchen. It really does make a difference!

♥ The Number One Ingredient to Avoid – Do you know what it is?  I thought I did and I was wrong.  The answer is one that I have dealt with in the past.  Don’t let it sabotage your healthy lifestyle.  It is supposed to be fun, intriguing, joyous and personal.

♥ Spirulina Sunflower Seed Pate/Spread – This simple pate/spread from The Wellness Warrior site is AMAZING!  I just made it and I am hooked.  I could sit and eat the whole thing – but I wouldn’t. Healthy ingredients packed with some superfoods – my kind of recipe.  Give it a go – you will be very pleased.

 

 

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