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A.M. Smoothie with Omega-3 fatty acids

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

 

 

My Breakfast Smoothie consists of 6 small clumps of frozen organic broccoli , 2 large leaves of organic kale,  protein powder, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal, 1 cup of Silk’s Almond Milk, Non GMO (first time I’ve tried this brand), I like it, ice, 2 oz mangosteen, 1/2 cup green tea.

I like making different smoothies all the time, this is one that I like the most.

The nutritional benefits from the  broccoli & kale, and the Omega-3 fatty acids from 2 tbs of Flax Seed Meal which equals = 2400 mg of Omega 3’s is awesome.   It was one of the best smoothies I have ever made and it was quick!

“One of the consequences of general unawareness of the body’s healing system is that too many people lack confidence in their own innate abilities to deal with common heath problems. Instead of relying on the wisdom of their bodies, they seek the attention of health-care professionals and vastly overuse medical services.” Dr Andrew Weil

The Importance of Omega 3’s has been studied and here is some of the research that is extremely helpful in educating ourselves on how to maintain a healthy body.

“Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”

Source: Omega-3 fatty acids http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm#ixzz2Wae9cO6A
University of Maryland Medical Center
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Now that we have jogged our memories on just how important Omega-3 fatty acids are in our daily diets and why they are so vital for optimal health we can start using them daily in smoothies.  The rest of the article from The University of Maryland is excellent.

“Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.”

 

 

 

SummerCooking#EssentialOils#Chicken Chili Recipe

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Cooking with essential oils is rather easy, it is a way  to add  a bit of spice to your own recipes.  There are a few tips to using essential oils in your cooking.

The amount to use, start with one drop, add more to taste.  The only exception to this rule is oregano, put a toothpick in the essential oil and stir that into your sauce or other recipe. Oregano is a very hot and potent oil and needs to be used to taste.

The ideal time to add essential oils in your cooking is at the end or when the food has been cooking for a while.  If you use it at the beginning of your cooking you may need to add more because some of the oil will evaporate during cooking.

I add Therapeutic Grade “Essential Oils to my summer dishes. They will enhance everything, from upgrading your culinary creations, to creating an inviting aromatic atmosphere.”

The Aromatic Influence of Basil is that it helps maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.

Basil is valued for its restorative and calming properties, basil can sooth sore muscles and joints, to ease breathing, and as a cooling agent for the skin.

Chicken Chili Ingredients:

  • 3 chopped yellow onions (1 1/2- 2 recommended)
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for chicken
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 tsp. salt, plus more for chicken
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
  • 5 drops Basil Essential Oil
  • 4 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Cook the onions in the olive oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor (don’t pulse for too long if using a processor-doing it in by hand is recommended). Add tomatoes and basil oil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast chicken for 30 to 35 minutes until cooked. After letting it cool for a few minutes, remove bone and skin and shred or cut into chunks. Add chicken to the chili and simmer for another 20 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

Basil has a warm, spicy, yet herbal aroma known to enhance memory function while reducing stress and tension. Basil provides restorative benefits to both the mind and body due to its high linalool content, making it an ideal application for sore muscles and joints and to reduce tension when applied to the temples and back of the neck. Basil is commonly used in cooking to add a fresh, herbal flavor to meats, pastas, and entrée dishes, but it is also cooling to the skin and can be used to soothe minor irritations. When diffused, Basil helps promote clear breathing and healthy respiratory function while sharpening focus and lessening stress. USES • Diffuse to sharpen focus while studying or reading. • Apply to minor skin irritations. For sensitive skin, dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. • Apply to fatigued or sore muscles and joints. • Diffuse or apply topically to promote clear breathing.

Medicinal Properties In Essential Oils

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ancient literature shows that the Egyptians were masters at blending aromatic oils, they may have been the first people to discover the healing properties in the plants that produce essential oils.

In 1922 when King Tut’s tomb was opened, they discovered an abundance of alabaster jars that were filled with about 100 gallons of essential oils.

“The Ebers Papyrus medical scroll reveals that Egyptian healers had a remarkably high success rate, treating as many as eighty-one diseases using oils of frankincense, cinnamon, myrrh, rosemary, galbanum, hyssop, cassia, and spikenard often mixed with honey.”  As doctor James L. Geiger, the oil/MD talks about in his book ” Your Doctor’s Natural Guide To A Longer, Healthier Life.”  The Sweet Smell of Success

How are essential oils being integrated into modern medicine to improve patient care?

The chemistry behind therapeutic grade essential oils is being examined by the medical community. Essential oils as Dr. Geiger explained to me “are very versatile, one oil can simultaneously enhance the cellular immune system (increases lymphocytes)  while eradicating infectious organisms.”

A wellness project that was broadcast by  Fox News reported on the study that was done at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee. The medical center studied essential oils to see what affect they would have in their emergency room.

The study was done to help decrease stress and help increase energy. They ran the study by placing aromatherapy diffusers around the emergency room, and diffusing them.

The results surprised many of the 100 emergency room staff.

Before the study 41% of the emergency room staff were stressed at work, after diffusing the oils only 3% were stressed at work.

Prior to the study 60% of the emergency room staff were frustrated at work, after the diffusing of the essential oils only 6% were frustrated.

After observing closely the dramatic results from studies using essential oils, many health care providers and medical facilities are looking into how they might integrate essential oils into their private practices and their hospital settings.

Improvement for the work environment and to promote patient care outcomes should be in my opinion a necessary goal of all medical practices.

Wellness institutes like  California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Ca are offering essential oil aromatherapy as a complimentary medicine approach in their overall medical plan.

A doctor I know has integrated essential oils into his practice, he uses the essential oil of Ginger on his patients in the operating room to avoid post surgery nausea and vomiting.  Dr. James L. Geiger, in his latest book The Sweet Smell of Success “Your Doctor’s Natural Guide to a Longer Healthier Life”, explains the scientific validity of using essential oils as an integrative therapy.

It is my passion to continue educating myself and others on the uses for therapeutic grade essential oils.

 

 

Introducing the Systems of Our Bodies and How We Can Keep Them Healthy

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Health and Wellness in the 21st Century can be your number one priority for healthy aging, here I will remind you about the systems of the body, what they are, how they work and how to keep them running strong, healthy and vibrant.

* Circulatory system: pumping and channeling blood to and from the body and lungs with heart, blood and blood vessels.

How to Strengthen the Circulatory System. http://www.ehow.com/how_2125841_strengthen-circulatory-system.html

* Digestive system: digestion and processing food with salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, rectum and anus.

Foods for a Healthy Digestive System. http://www.foods4health.info/2011/05/foods-for-healthy-digestive-system.html

* Endocrine system: communication within the body using hormones made by endocrine glands such as the hypothalamus, pituitary or pituitary gland, pineal body orpineal gland, thyroid, parathyroids and adrenals, i.e., adrenal glands.;)

Understanding the Endocrine System.    http://commonsensehealth.com/Health-Conditions/Endocrine_System_Diagram_for_Understanding_Hormones.shtml

* Integumentary system: skin, hair and nails.

How to Keep the Integumentary System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/156574-how-to-keep-the-integumentary-system-healthy/

* Lymphatic system: structures involved in the transfer of lymph between tissues and the blood stream, the lymph and the nodes and vessels that transport it including the Immune system: defending against disease-causing agents with leukocytes, tonsils, adenoids, thymus and spleen.

Learn About a Healthy Lymphatic System. http://www.naturalnews.com/026500_lymphatic_system_health_massage.html

* Muscular system: movement with muscles.

How to Maintain a Strong Muscular System.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/105707-maintain-muscular-system/

* Nervous system: collecting, transferring and processing information with brain,spinal cord, peripheral nerves and nerves.

Healing Foods for the Nervous System. http://www.healingfoodreference.com/nervous_system.html

* Reproductive system: the sex organs, such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina, mammary glands, testes, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

For Men: http://www.ehow.com/how_5458748_keep-male-reproductive-system-healthy.html

For Women: http://www.ehow.com/how_2076825_care-female-reproductive-system.html

* Respiratory system: the organs used for breathing, the pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs and diaphragm.

How to Keep your Respiratory System Healthy. http://www.livestrong.com/article/352871-how-to-keep-my-respiratory-system-healthy/

* Skeletal system: structural support and protection with bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

How to keep your Skeletal System Strong.  http://www.ehow.com/how_5104518_keep-skeletal-system-healthy.html

* Urinary system: kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra involved in fluid balance, electrolyte balance and excretion of urine.”

Ways to Keep the Urinary System Healthy.   http://www.livestrong.com/article/104279-keep-urinary-system/

The 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan…As Seen on the Dr. Oz Show

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The 24-Hour Anti-Aging Plan as seen on the Dr. Oz Show was fantastic so I wanted to share some of it with you. Here are 5 basic steps that you can change now and see results now.

Russ Greenfield, MD…Integrative Medicine Specialist was on the Dr. Oz Show to help explain why these changes work. These are small changes that you can start today.

5 Missions To Stop Aging

1 Wipe Out Wrinkles

Cut down on sugar. Replace it with products that do not contain added sugar. Take the supplement GTF chromium it is an important trace mineral that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Why is this important? Because sugar breaks down collegian.

2 Cut Off Cancer Cells

In order to try and stop cancer cells from growing deadly,  we need to cut off their blood supply, a process called anti-angiogenesis. Certain foods, particularly brightly colored fruits, contain substances with anti-angiogenic properties.

Try eating the Anti-Cancer Fruit Salad  made with papaya, blackberries and nutmeg at lunchtime everyday. All three of these foods help prevent blood vessels from nourishing cancer cells.

3. Eliminate Exhaustion

This isn’t a lack of sleep exhaustion, they are talking about cellular exhaustion. To eliminate cellular exhaustion, try astragalus, a medicinal Chinese plant shown to help rebuild genes by boosting the enzyme telomerase.

Understanding what telomere is.

Exercise everyday because regular exercise boosts energy levels. Researchers say nearly every group studied — from healthy adults, to cancer patients, and those with chronic conditions including diabetes and heart disease — benefited from exercise.

4. Defeat Dementia

To keep your brain active and free from disease we need to get rid of plaque.  We do that by eating an anti inflammatory diet.  Dr. Andrew Weil is an expert in health and wellness and here are his tips for eating an anti inflammatory diet.

As well as an anti inflammatory diet, eliminate nitrates, and take an Acetyl-L-Carnitine & Alpha-Lipoic Acid Supplement. High levels of anti oxidant production is also found in my product Vemma. Vemma Is The World’s Most Powerful Liquid Antioxidant.

5. Go To Bed

Enough sleep is critical to living a long life.  A comment that Dr. Weil mentioned in one of his articles was the less people sleep the more likely they are to become obese.

Five Take Charge Easy Steps can change your life as Dr. Oz and Dr. Greenfield mention in the 24 Hour Anti Aging Plan.

Uncle Sam’s High Fiber Cereal

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I like to write about health and wellness along with suggesting different ways that we can get more energy, stay active, get healthier all the while we are enjoying our healthy aging journey.

It’s pretty simple to eat healthy.  It just takes organizing and planning healthy meals for the week.

I’m sure you have heard over and over again the importance of a high fiber diet.

This is a very healthy way to start your day, add some veggie juice, some protein and your good to go.

I don’t enjoy cereal every morning but I have found “Uncle Sam’s” cereal to be enjoyable a couple of times a week.

Uncle Sam’s Original has only 1 gram of sugar with 7 grams of protein along with 10 grams of fiber in 3/4 cup.  That’s fantastic.  We need at least 35-45 grams and some suggest as much as 60 grams of fiber per day.

I like to mix Uncle Sam’s with Raisins and sometimes I add chopped walnuts, and blueberries.

I saw one recipe that had a parfait glass with layers of berries, Uncle Sam’s, and vanilla nonfat yogurt.

Other additions to your bowl of “Uncle Sam’s might be:

Fresh mango, bananas, black berries & strawberries or any other fruit that you enjoy.

If you add 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and almonds it would add another 5 grams of protein for a total of 12 grams per 3/4 cup to 1 cup of cereal

The reason to eat Uncle Sam’s high fiber cereal is because it is loaded with flax seeds too, it could be part of your daily source of omega-3 fatty acids which cannot be made by the body and must be provided by your diet.

Uncle Sam’s is a suggestion in the South Beach Diet Plan as the high fiber cereal to eat. It recommends it because it is low sugar content and high fiber.

Uncle Sam’s has been around since 1908.  I’m glad I found it now because it really is a delicious and super nutrition breakfast cereal.

My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

No matter if it’s winter, spring or summer “My Chicken Soup For the Soul Recipe” is delicious and nutritious.  I love making this soup, it’s easy and I know that I will have a healthy meal waiting for my family for either dinner, lunch or an after school snack.  This will last in the refrigerator for at least 7 days.

8 quart stock pot

8 to 10 cups of filtered water (start with 8 add more after grains have cooked if needed)

2 containers of 32 oz organic chicken broth

12 oz (1/2 jar) blended to a puree of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Basil Marinara

2 Tbsp of  “Better Than Bouillon” Vegetable Base

1/2 cup organic Red Quinoa (uncooked)

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Pearl Barley (uncooked)

1 cup of millet (uncooked)

6 to 8 stalks of celery (more if you like) cut up in small pieces

1/2 bag baby carrots cut up in small pieces (more if you like)

2 Tbsp of organic olive oil

6 -half organic boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in small pieces)

(You can use less chicken and more veggies to this recipe if you like, it’s yummy either way)

Seasonings: Salt & Spike to taste

Directions:

Saute cut up pieces of chicken in organic olive oil until cooked

Add water, chicken broth and bouillon

Add remaining ingredients and cook on low until veggies and grains are done.

The great thing about this soup is that you can eat it after the grains and veggies are done or you can cook it for up to  2-3 hours on low, and it’s even better the second day.

Refrigerate in pot after the pot has cooled to room temperature.

Other ingredients that I’ve used:

Cut up zucchini, fresh cut up green beans, brown rice.

Healthy Aging for Women and Men with Essential Oils

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I do promote Essential Oils for Healthy Aging because I have seen the results in myself, my family and friends.

Dr. James Geiger the oilMD offers in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” guidance for the use of “Medical Aromatherapy in the 21st Century”.

“Essential oils are extracted oils from plants that give off aromatic and fragrant smells, they also act to normalize and regulate the systems of the body.”

“Essential oil phytomolecules impact intra-cellular synthesis pathways. Embodied in the chemical constituents found in these plant distillates are the energy and informational building blocks that produce complex emotional and intricate physiological effects in humans and animals.”

“Food is medicine. The FDA classifies essential oils as food. Learning the art and the science of aromatherapy is one avenue to increase health in this revolution of wellness.”

Essential oils are noted for their medicinal properties that  are exceedingly high in ORAC value (oxygen radical absorption capacity) to scavage free radicals associated with disease and aging.

Free radicals are harmful to the body. The human body is composed of many different types of cells.  Free radicals hurt these cells.

In brief “free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

“Essential oils have crossover properties in clinical areas, for instance, oils of ginger, helichrysum and frankincense are true dual inhibitors of inflammation.”

“Since virtually all pain is due to inflammation, it is particularly dangerous when that inflammation in the human body is stealth enough that it does not cause pain. Because silent inflammation in the human body mostly means silent damage.” In my opinion this could mean silent disease.

In closing I would like to encourage you to make yourself your number one priority on a daily basis and use Essential oils and Essential nutrition. It is extremely important for healthy aging.

The Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil for Women

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here’s the perfect gift for your lady any time of year.

Learning about the essential oil of Jasmine may be the perfect gift for your loved one.

The Well Balanced Lady with its wonderful qualities for women has in it the essential oil of Jasmine along with other unique oils from the oilMD.

The Well Balanced Lady will relieve you of your hot flashes and it offers along with that a feeling of all over balance when used throughout your day.

Let me tell you the benefits of Jasmine as talked about in Organic Facts.

“The health benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti depressant, anti septic, aphrodisiac, anti spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactogogue, emenagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine.”

Each of these benefits from Jasmine suit women perfectly because as women we want to take care of ourselves and our families, the benefits of this essential alone can contribute to keeping our families healthy, as much as healthy eating, and exercise.

Let me begin describing the benefits of Jasmine:

Aphrodisiac

Anti depressant

Anti spasmodic/asthma symptoms

Calms your body from the stress of daily living

Sedative

Facilitates and eases birth/ reduces labor pains

Lactating mothers benefit by it’s ability to increase milk production

Relieves pain from menses

Peri-Menopause and Menopause

Uterine Health

Dry skin treatment

Helps you sleep better

Cold relief by helping as an expectorant, it reduces phlegm in the nasal and respiratory tracts.

Scars from acne or wounds, it helps fade of them

Antiseptic & disinfectant, it has bactericidal, viral, germicidal, and fungicidal properties.

Just imagine all these wonderful benefits from the essential oil of Jasmine, as Dr Geiger mentions in his book “The Sweet Smell of Success” essential oils promote wellness through nature.

Essential oils diluted with jojoba oil in 10% solution of essential oils are great used as a perfume or mixed with a quality body lotion.  Uses for essential oils in your home range from cleaning with antibacterial oils to a romantic massage.

***Spring is here and summer is just around the corner.  Try making large pots of Jasmine Green Tea.  Let the water boil then add in one tea bag per cup. Turn water off put lid on pot, steep.  Let the tea cool to room temperature before putting it into small containers, then refrigerate.  Add lime or lemon.  These two teas are so good together plus nutritious, delicious,  and a cool and refreshing drink.

I use a 4 qt or 8 qt pot and add both green tea and jasmine tea.This is also an excellent way to have antioxidant protection along with all the wonderful benefits of jasmine.

To learn more about the use of essential oils go to www.mydoTerra.com/oilmd.com


The “Wellness Revolution”

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The “Wellness Revolution” many of us may say, finally how come it took so long? I personally have been waiting since the late 60’s.

I am inspired to get as much knowledge as possible to those that are interested in health and wellness. We specifically want to educate about essential juices and essential oils. The oilMD in his book Health Secrets shares the importance of these two essentials for your life. http://www.oilmd.com/ In my opinion they are a daily requirement for healthy living which corresponds to healthy aging. Isn’t this what everyone is looking for, the fountain of youth?

The term anti-aging isn’t true, there isn’t one of us who can say that we aren’t aging. The term that I like to repeat when I educate is healthy aging. Healthy Aging focuses on the whole person, what I mean by that is it is important to realize that we are all aging, yes there is botox and plastic surgery available so that we can look younger, that’s wonderful, but to focus too much on aging in a negative way can create negative energy.

A couple of years ago I was in a seminar with Les Brown.
As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life, and one that he is helping others apply to their lives.

One of the messages that I heard him speak about was “How To Make Yourself Your # 1 Priority.

This had a great impact on my life. So much so that I think I’ve shared it since then probably a dozen or more times.

The plain and simple is that we do need to make ourselves our #1 priority everyday with eating properly, making time to exercise and definitely we need to keep a positive mental attitude with a heart of gratitude