Sunday, December 27, 2015

Breakfast goes bananas over Coconut Cream

One of the products I raved about in the Thrive Market haul /review video I posted last week was organic Coconut Cream by Native Forest. 

There is no shortage of recipes that Coconut Cream can be used in but this is my current favorite that I like to make for breakfast. It is super easy to whip up and leaves plenty of room for creativity!

Breakfast goes bananas over Coconut Cream

NOTE: Put your can of Coconut Cream in the refrigerator the night before you intend to make this recipe. It helps the coconut fat solidify and makes it easier to use and more fun to eat! One can makes enough cream for two to three servings.
  • All the yummy cream will solidify and rise to the top of the can. So, turn your can of Coconut Cream upside down and open the bottom. 
  • Then pour off the the liquid off into a glass. This can be added to smoothies later.
  • Take a spoon and scoop out all the coconut cream solids into a bowl.
  • Add 1tsp of raw honey (to keep it vegan, use sugar or other sweetener instead.)
  • Then, whip the cream and honey together. You can use a wire whisk or an electric mixer. Whatever tool you decide to use, just make sure you whip it good! The consistency will be like a heavy cream instead of Cool Whip. Set aside.
  • Slice a banana and arrange on your plate or in your bowl. It's your breakfast. Eat it however you want!
  • Then, scoop your coconut cream on top of the banana slices.
  • Optional: Sprinkle a dash of Maca Root or cacao powder on top.
  • Store any remaining cream in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Get creative and share your results below!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Food should be made out of food

Grocery shopping has finally become enjoyable and easy for me, thanks to Thrive Market.

This online health food store is structured like Costco and Sam's Club, in which there is an annual membership fee. It is absolutely worth it because the savings throughout the year can't be beat!

After being a satisfied Thrive Market shopper for the past few months, I have decided to become an affiliate member. That means, every time someone joins Thrive Market via this blog or one of my Tweets, I earn $25...hmmm, I wonder how many bags of hot fries that would buy...

The video below was intended to simply inform viewers about the many perks of shopping at Thrive Market. However, when my assistant got involved it turned into a comedy sketch. I hope you enjoy and let me know if you want us to make more!



Special thanks to:
Alternative Noise Productions for making this awesome video and Classy Little Fashions Foundation for providing my classy wardrobe.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thrive Market - Cat Approved!


Thrive Market is an environmentally responsible and sustainable business. All packaging, boxes and inserts are made from recycled paper and are recyclable. Thrive Market is committed to supporting other sustainable businesses by working with eco-friendly vendors and suppliers who share our values. Thrive Market is 100% carbon neutral through carbonfund.org. This certification covers national shipping, packaging materials, warehouse utilizes and the commutes of Thrive employees. 

As you can see, cats are big fans of Thrive Markets packaging as well! Sign up for your 30-day trial membership today and save money on wholesome products for the whole family...even the cat!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Colon Hydrotherapy - part one

Recently, I had my first Colon Hydrotherapy session. It was life changing in a most positive way. Learning about different holistic wellness modalities is a passion of mine and I love to share with others, to support them on their holistic paths. In this two-part posting, I will share the following details of my Colon Hydrotherapy experience.

In part one, I will explain:
  • Why I decided to try Colon Hydrotherapy
  • Why I chose Total Body Image in northeast Ohio
  • How a Colon Hydrotherapy session is performed

The three main reasons I have incorporated Colon Hydrotherapy into my wellness routine.

Statistics – According to the Center for Disease Control, colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the United States. This type of cancer does not discriminate based on gender like some cancers do. Both men and women are equally at risk for developing this potentially fatal yet preventable illness.

Sage Wisdom – Native Americans have historically been known to use a combination of herbs, fasting, and sweating to remove toxins that build up within the body. One of my most trusted gurus of natural health, Dr. John Christopher, looked up to them and adopted their belief that the colon needed to be kept clean to prevent disease.

Then he met John Harvey Kellogg, who ran the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan. Kellogg taught him the medicinal value of hydrotherapy, in its many forms.

Christopher went on to establish The School of Natural Healing in 1953, where he pulled all of this sage wisdom together to share with his students…including me. The school is still thriving today and is where I earned my first Herbalist certification many years ago.

Sedentary Lifestyle – Activities such as standing, walking, and climbing stairs all stimulate the digestive system and play a vital role in healthy elimination of the bowels. The body is designed to move and when there is lack of movement is when issues can easily arise.

However, a full-time wheelchair-user with a very short and compressed stature like me can’t engage in these types of physical activities. My body responds much better to natural remedies than pharmaceutical drugs so; I decided to take a holistic approach to managing my colon health instead of relying on stool softeners and laxatives.

Since I have been on this holistic path, I have successfully maintained healthy bowel function with:
  • Exercise that is appropriate for my mobility level
  • Balanced Diet
  • Proper water intake
  • Eliminative herbs

Then I entered my 40’s… My bowel movements seemed a bit less complete and less frequent than they used to be. This indicated to me that my body’s needs had changed; therefore, I needed to find a new modality to support these changes.

Total Body Image

I have known about Colon Hydrotherapy for years but I didn’t know if it was a safe option for my body because of my connective tissue disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Now, after having my first session, I realize that part of the reason for my previous apprehension was because I did not fully understand the process.

Renee Bolz, Colon Hydrotherapist and Owner of Total Body Image, took the time to explain to me how a Colon Hydrotherapy session is performed. She also explained that she never had a client as small as me before and I truly appreciate that degree of honesty (I’m 31 inches and weigh 38 lbs). Before making a commitment to go through with the procedure, she even allowed me to do a ‘dry-run’ to see if the bed was safe and comfortable for me to lie on. This is the kind of customer service that gets my business!

How it works

In image one, you will see the type of bed I lied on for my treatment. The wedge pillow can move forward or backward for comfort and support. I had it moved forward quite a bit. The triangular open slot in the middle aligns with a client’s genital area.

IMAGE ONE
Typically, the client’s feet would rest at the top of the rise, opposite the wedge pillow. My legs are far too short for that so, I planted one foot on other side of the slot. This put me in a bit of a squatting position, which I believe was helpful.

Within the triangular open slot on the bed is a small tube. This is where people’s imaginations go wild (including mine) and they envision something between a shop vac and a power washer being inserted in their anus. That is most definitely not the case. The tube is very thin, like a pencil. The Colon Hydrotherapist applies some personal lubricant to the tube for easier insertion. It only goes into the anus 1.5 inches.

As soon as I made myself comfortable on the bed, with the tube inserted, it was time to turn the machine on! Referring to image one again, you will see the on/off buttons are directly above the grab bar.

The tall, upright portion of the system includes the water tank. I like that there is a window where the tank is so that I could watch the water level go down as I used it. Also, there is a mirror angled so that I could view the water and waste as it exited my body. The warm water flow is very gentle. Gravity does most of the work.
IMAGE TWO
It was a surprisingly comfortable experience in all. Image two is one of the therapy rooms at Total Body Image in northeast Ohio. As you can see, it is a very private and serene environment with towels for covering up during a treatment.

In part two, you can look forward to:
  • How Colon Hydrotherapy effected my body
  • How to find a qualified Colon Hydrotherapist near you
  • More photos



Monday, December 14, 2015

THE SMART WAY TO SAVE MONEY ON HEALTHY FOOD

In a world where drive-thru hamburger joints and $1 pizza slices outnumber farmers markets and grocery stores, eating healthy can be a challenge. Even when you make up your mind to resist deep-fried temptations and go for a salad, you too often end up in sticker-shock. 
Trust me, I know how this goes — I’ve been that person in shock
at checkout. A small bag of jerky shouldn’t cost 7 times the cost of french fries – and luckily I’ve discovered a new online marketplace that combats this trend. Thrive Market, a recently launched website, sells the wholesome, healthy food I love at wholesale prices everyone can afford.

The company’s merchandising team works directly with brands to purchase natural, healthy foods and products at wholesale prices. These prices are typically 25 to 50 percent lower than what the same products sell for in brick and mortar stores, and even traditional online retailers. I know I’ve found some amazing deals on Thrive Market — like this Nutiva coconut oil that I saved more than $6 on!

Instead of adding on the typical retail markup, Thrive Market passes the savings on to their customers. All of the products Thrive Market offers are sold at true wholesale prices. They’re really looking out for the average shopper!

These products aren’t subpar or knockoff brands, either — Thrive Market carries many of the same brands I shop for at the natural foods store in my neighborhood. You can find products to to fit your needs on the site and they have a robust Paleo and grain-free section, to boot.
The site includes the option to “shop by” special dietary needs and certifications. You can filter the catalog by values including certified organic, non-GMO, hypoallergenic, raw and many more.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

March Against Monsanto - Cleveland

Hello there and thank you for stopping by. 

Today was a very exciting day because health activists all over the globe spoke out against GMOs and their lack of proper labeling. It was my privilege to be a guest speaker at the MAM demonstration in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Below is a video of #MAMCLE, followed by the full text of my speech. Let me know what you think!



Thank you for having me here today. While most of my credentials are related to diet and nutrition, I’m going to be speaking from a more political strategy angle today.

When we look at the growing list of countries that are refusing to allow Monsanto seed to be planted in their soil, it can seem like a victory for those of us who have a greater awareness about the negative impact Monsanto is having on our environment.

Yet, it is imperative that we do our own research and read between the lines so that we do not fall victim to irresponsible media claims. Just because a country bans Monsanto’s round-up ready seeds, it is not a victory if these countries are simply buying toxic seeds from another equally dangerous corporation.

Currently, over 30 Ohio Farmers are suing a Swiss agrochemical company called, Syngenta for selling them substandard GMO corn seed before it was approved. The allegations also state that because corn cross-pollinates; all of the corn grown right here in Ohio has been contaminated.

Do you find it acceptable that Switzerland would restrict the use of GMO crops in their own country, while profiting from selling GMO seed to our Ohio Farmers?

We need to recognize that Monsanto is not alone anymore. Not only are there other corporations committing similar crimes against humanity with their tainted seeds but they are also influencing our legislators.
Last year alone, Monsanto donated more than three hundred thousand dollars to various politicians - both Republican and Democrat.
The GMO producing super powers have gained so much momentum that there is only one way to peacefully stop them. We have to stop giving them our money. The only way we are going to know if we are giving them our money, is if GMOs are labeled.

Only then will we truly have the freedom of choice.

The United States is supposed to be “the land of the free.” We have the freedom to practice any religion, without fear of being burned at the stake. We have the freedom to be here today and express our feelings about Monsanto, our government, and other governments, without fear of any legal ramifications. However, we do not have the freedom to know what we are eating!

Does that make you angry?

Come on Cleveland. You've got more passion than that. This is not a time for apathy. Allow me to rephrase my question. You - American citizens who work every day, pay taxes, and vote, do not have the right to know if the food you are feeding your children is toxic or not.

DOES THAT MAKE YOU ANGRY?

Good. Now harness that passion and do something about it.

First, events like March Against Monsanto provide excellent opportunities to meet other like-minded people. Look around. Do you see anyone who you do not know? Before you leave here today, I want you to introduce yourself to the awesome people here whom you do not yet know. Exchange email addresses, friend each other on Facebook – make a personal connection to other people who are here. We will not win our freedom to know what is in our food if we do not work together.

Second, do not wait for the next March Against Monsanto to communicate with each other. There is more communication technology available today than ever in history. Put it to good use and talk to each other on a regular basis. Find out what skills each person has to bring to the table and organize yourselves accordingly.

Third, get to know your politicians. Email them. Call them. Invite them out for coffee with you and your fellow activists to discuss why you believe GMO’s should be labeled. Discuss with them the facts about GMO’s and address the lack of facts. Make your politicians aware that Monsanto and other GMO agribusinesses are experimenting on their families too by withholding information about which foods contain GMOs.

When we vote, we are hiring politicians. They are our employees. It is our responsibility to educate them about what is important to us. It is their responsibility to make decisions that reflect what we hired them to do. We are two years away from the next Presidential election. Whomever you choose to vote for, make sure he or she knows that we want labels on GMOs.


Thank you.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jane’s Any Time Oatmeal Bars

Hello lovely Readers! You are going to enjoy this original recipe so much that you will forget you are upset that it took me too long to post it!
Aside of the fact that Auntie Jane’s Any Time Oatmeal Bars are loaded to the max with fiber, protein, and other essential vitamins, they are nearly impossible to get tired of because the recipe allows for a great deal of flexibility. 

At our house we eat them cold or warmed up for breakfast, dessert, and late night snacks. Stored in the refrigerator they can last up to ten days. I’m really not sure if they would hold up any longer because the pan is always empty by the tenth day.

The brands featured on this page are the brands I actually use. Enjoy and share the vegan, gluten-free, yummy possibilities! 



Jane’s Any Time Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

· 6 cups quick-cooking gluten-free oats

· 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

· 1 teaspoon baking soda

· 1 Tablespoon maca root powder

· ¼ teaspoon molasses

· 2 cups non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, hemp etc)

· 1 cup grapeseed oil (or melted coconut oil)

· 1 cup of 100% natural apple sauce (or 3 to 4 mashed, very ripe bananas)

· 1 cup chia gel

Optional Ingredients: (to play it safe for your first batch, only pick two optional ingredients…my favorite is chocolate chip and cashew butter…or maybe maple walnut)

· ½ cup sugar or maple syrup

· 1 cup dark chocolate chips

· ½ to 1 cup dried fruit in small pieces

· ½ to 1 cup nut butter (cashew, peanut, almond etc)

· ½ to 1 cup nut pieces

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients in the order they are listed, mixing periodically with a sturdy utensil. Pour into greased 9X13 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes or until set. Let cool completely before cutting and it will stay formed and manageable. However, I don’t have that much restraint so I dig into it while it’s still a hot gooey, tasty mess!

Have fun with this recipe and please share any new variations with the rest of us!