Monday, September 24, 2018

Vitamix makes dietary fiber accessible

Low-income individuals and minority populations in the US often struggle with dental issues. I happen to fit into both of these categories because I rely on Medicaid and I am a member of the largest minority group in the world – people with disabilities.

This blog post isn’t about political debate, policy scrutiny, or solving the national oral healthcare crisis though. Instead, it is about using the right tools to help maintain a healthy diet despite dental and socioeconomic challenges.
My teeth are very fragile because of a connective tissue disorder called, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Several have broken beyond repair and have had to be removed. Therefore, foods that are commonly associated with a healthy diet, including granola, carrot sticks, and nuts are not viable options for me.

Instead of abandoning my healthy diet goals and resigning myself to a diet of pudding and mashed potatoes, I bought a Vitamix. It took me a long time to save up for my Vitamix but it was worth it because it helps me maintain variety and nutritional sufficiency in my diet by blending all the fruits and vegetables I love into a perfect texture.

Smoothies, soups, and hummus are among my favorite foods to make with my Vitamix. With sniffle season right around the corner, I like to take preventative measures and put a little extra vitamin C in my diet. Oranges are among my favorite foods that are high in vitamin C but I have a hard time chewing their fibrous membrane. Thanks to my Vitamix and a friend who is tall enough to put things in the Vitamix, all that delicious, fibrous, vitamin C is accessible to me!
I hope you enjoy my Extreme Orange Smoothie recipe & video below. If you are unable to juggle your smoothie ingredients like The Amazing Flec, it will still taste fantastic! For the best texture results, add the ingredients as listed.

Extreme Orange Smoothie recipe & video
1 cup almond milk
¼ cup grated carrot
1 frozen banana broken into pieces
3 peeled oranges
1 tsp ground chia seeds
dash of Cinnamon

Start out on low and work your way up to high. Let it blend for about a minute. Enjoy!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hot video included

Natural health pioneer, Dr. John Christopher, described cayenne as one of the most beneficial yet misunderstood of all the healing herbs. While it is technically a fruit, for therapeutic purposes physicians and herbalists generally regard cayenne as an herb. Two of it its more notable attributes is the effect it has on the circulatory system and the digestive system.

I have taken cayenne as a supplement every day for the past 15 years and it as proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. As a person with a connective tissue disorder who is also a full-time wheelchair-user, I am at risk for heart and digestive issues. However, I truly believe that regardless of any diagnosis there is always room for improvement. 

Safety Tip: 
Only take cayenne as a supplement on a full stomach.  

Is it hot in here or is it the cayenne?
Prior to incorporating cayenne into my daily health regimen, I suffered from multiple health issues. Any exertion of energy would quickly leave me short of breath, sweaty, and cause an uncomfortably rapid heartbeat. I was also very overweight and regularly had painfully swollen feet and legs.

After taking cayenne every day for about a year, I noticed that my body had changed. I was able to increase my physical activity without experiencing any labored breathing or profuse sweating. Plus, any swelling I had in my lower extremities was gone.
Always wear protection!
Also, cayenne is a stimulant. It stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid to improve digestion and it stimulates the peristalsis to improve bowel elimination. My body was finally able to digest, assimilate, and eliminate effectively, helping me to maintain a healthy weight. Without a doubt in my mind, cayenne improved the health of my circulatory system and my digestive system.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Straw ban solution found in PLANTS!

Please excuse my excitement but as an herbalist, it makes me downright giddy when the answer to a global crisis is (insert drum roll here) PLANTS! 

As you may have heard, a straw ban is sweeping the nation and causing a great deal of controversy between able-bodied people concerned about the environment and people with disabilities concerned about dying of dehydration. 

This may seem like a dramatic description of the straw ban controversy but it’s exactly the way some people feel and everyone’s concerns are valid.

Instead of arguing about whose needs are more important, let’s show compassion toward people with disabilities and the environment at the same time by replacing all plastic straws with a comparable, compostable alternative.

There is no debate about the importance of finding eco-friendly alternatives to single use plastic products that will spend more time in the oceans or landfills instead of actually serving a purpose. There is also no debate about the medical necessity of straws for some individuals with disabilities who would otherwise be unable to get a drink.

These truths should not be fuel for controversy. Instead, they should inspire problem-solving innovation. As a society, we need to spend less time arguing about the challenges we face and more time working together to find solutions. That is how true progress comes into fruition.

Thanks to an eco-friendly company called Repurpose, the type of straws needed to resolve this straw ban crisis are already in existence and can easily be purchased, used, and composted! Repurpose offers a variety of plates, cups, and eating utensils too…all made of plants. Plus, this product is gluten-free!

It was important for me to review these straws myself before recommending them to you, to Starbucks, and to
all the other establishments that are discontinuing the use of plastic straws. I always keep a stash in my kitchen because I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which means I am high risk for breaking bones. Regardless which bone is broken, lifting a beverage can cause a great deal of pain or further injury.

For consumers looking to buy Repurpose straws made from
plants for personal use, they can be purchased through Thrive Market and will be delivered right to your door. For restaurants and other forward-thinking establishments seeking Repurpose straws to accommodate patrons with disabilities, their contact information can be found under the video below.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Deck My Lady Balls (VIDEO & recipe)

Tis' the season of indulgence! For those of us who generally adhere to a healthy plant-based diet, indulging on fatty and sugary snacks often leads to bloated, gassy, lethargic regret...with zits! Yuk!

Instead of suffering for the sake of tradition, here is a tasty, creamy, chocolatey gem that's packed full of energy to introduce to your friends and family this holiday season! This mouth-watering snack is so delicious, nobody will believe it's healthy. It's organic, vegan, non-GMO, requires zero cooking, and only takes minutes to prepare. The decadent treat I'm talking about is something I like to call...Lady Balls. Yum!

You can order all the amazing ingredients you'll need to make your own Lady Balls at Thrive Market and they will be delivered to your door! To learn how to make Lady Balls, simply watch the instructional video below. Happy holidays!

For a complete list of ingredients, scroll past video.


  • 1 5.4 fl oz can of Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate flavored hemp protein powder
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil, melted 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Periods are going to happen

Some of you may find this subject a little uncomfortable. Get over it. Women’s health, including menstruation, is something everyone should be concerned about. Are the women in your life having a safe menstrual experience? Most feminine hygiene products are made with toxic chemicals that are easily absorbed through the delicate tissues of the lady parts.

In the lighthearted video below, I share my personal views on the subject and provide advice on a safe alternative.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Top 5 Reasons I’m a Thrive Market Fan

For about  year now, I have been a Thrive Market member. After enjoying the benefits of being a member for only a few months, I became an affiliate. If you are a regular Reader, then you know there are few products and services that I promote on my blog. Unless I have personally tried a product or service, I don't feel right suggesting that my Readers try it. With that said, I believe Thrive Market is a fantastic and innovative company that my Readers could benefit from. Here are a few reasons why...

1. As a wheelchair-user who is also small statured, it is impossible for me to see all the items on the shelves at the grocery store. Sometimes the labels on the shelves are helpful but only to a degree. Thrive Market offers a much more relaxed shopping experience for me by allowing me to do my grocery shopping online where everything is accessible.

2. Thrive Market holds the same values as I do when it comes to food. They only offer the brands that I trust. That means I don’t always have to read every single ingredient on every food item I purchase because I already know it meets my standards. That gives me more time to eat healthy snacks while I watch Netflix!

3. The masterminds behind Thrive Market are generous. In addition to offering healthy foods at a much lower price than most health food stores, they also give one free membership to a low-income family for every paid membership. That really means a lot to me personally because I was raised in a single-parent household and I remember how hard it was for my mother to provide healthy food for us.

4. Like many companies, Thrive Market has a blog on their website and it is exceptionally informative. They blog about recipes, self-care, and social issues. For example, they recently shared this petition on their blog to ask the USDA to allow low-income families to use their government funded food cards on the internet so they can have access to healthy foods.

5. Have you ever tried pushing or driving a wheelchair while carrying a bag of groceries? It just might meet the criteria to be considered an Olympic event. All jokes aside, it is a real challenge for many people with disabilities and seniors to physically get their groceries home from the store. Having my healthy foods delivered right to my door makes my life a little less challenging and I appreciate that.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Free Jar of Avocado Oil Mayo, Just for You!

Where would tuna salad be without mayonnaise and relish to hold it together? What’s a burger without that creamy special sauce? Instead of sticking with the conventional, mass-produced stuff made with sugar and unhealthy oils, opt for something better—Primal Kitchen’s Paleo-friendly mayonnaise, made from avocado oil. And don’t just take our word for it—try it for free. Because we’re such big fans of this mayonnaise, we are giving away thousands of full-sized jars of Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo! Claim yours today!

Most conventional mayos are made from unhealthy canola and soybean oils, added sugars, and preservatives to “improve taste.” Primal Kitchen Mayonnaise, on the other hand, is made from avocado oil—a heart-healthy oil that is about 70 percent monounsaturated fats. These “good fats” help the body regulate cholesterol levels, as well as increase the absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients. That’s why Primal Mayo is the holy grail of condiments—every dollop of this mayo is so good for you that you can use it lavishly to upgrade the flavor (and nutrition!) of your meal.

Here are just a few of the things that make Primal Kitchen Mayo so special:
  • It’s the only mayo in existence made from nutrient-dense avocado oil
  • Made from cage-free organic eggs and egg yolks
  • Made from vinegar from non-GMO beets
  • Locally produced in Southern California
  • Completely free of dairy, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and gluten
  • Compatible with gluten-free and low-carb diets of all kinds
  • Made from only five of the highest quality ingredients—and you can pronounce all of them

Plus, this avocado oil mayonnaise is incredibly versatile. It’s absolutely delicious in everything from homemade ranch or ceasar dressing, to tuna or chicken salads, to fresh dips and sauces.

Not an avocado oil convert yet? Well, you’re in luck, because Thrive Market is offering all first-time members a FREE jar of Primal Kitchen’s Paleo-friendly avocado oil mayonnaise! All you have to do is pay the $1.95 shipping fee. Claim your free gift today before they’re gone! This offer applies to new members only, but existing members can also get a free jar when they make a purchase of $50 or more on Thrive!