Nature’s Relaxation Therapy

I know we’ve heard many times before that stress kills. In these days we are overwhelmed day in and out by so many external things outside of our control and also internal thoughts, fears, doubts, insecurities and more. Our faith can be shaken by the least of things, not to mention tragedy and problems that seem too enormous to bear. Well I hope to give some relaxation tips that work for me as well as natural ways such as herbs and minerals to help decrease stress and help you to relax.

Before we get into herbs and minerals, let’s talk about some simple things that can be done to decrease stress or to relax better. The following is a list of some of my personal favorites that work every time for me:

  • Meditation on the Word of The Most High: this one is of the utmost importance. I have a few favorites passages that comfort me, some of them from my youth that I saw my parents and Grandmother recite or read in times of trouble or stress.

Psalm 23 The Most High’s Prayer and Psalm 91 about messengers guarding those that are His in all our ways. This also helps us to let go and to submit to His will. Don’t trouble ourselves with things out of our control once we’ve done all that He has shown us to do.

  • Find a special place that you can go in or outside of your home that’s quiet and peaceful, even if it’s just 15-30 minutes and do one of your favorite things…..reading, walking, looking at nature, yoga, exercising, drinking a cup of tea, etc.
  • Make a list of the things that are stressing you whether it is a “TO DO” List or things you want to change and attack that list one day at a time. Give a time limit of how much time per day you will focus on those things and put the list away after each time out of sight.
  • Have a support group of family and/or friends that you can share things with. Don’t dump on them but from time to time it’s okay to let those closest to you know about your toughest problems. Who knows, they may have a healthy solution. Make sure these are trustworthy people and let their lives be the testimony for this.
  • Don’t take on other peoples’ stress!!!!! I can not stress this enough (no pun intended). If you can’t help someone, be there as a true friend to listen but it’s not your problem to solve. If there is something you can do to HELP, by all means, help but don’t make it your issue to solve.

Now that we have discussed those things, how about some info on natural herbs and minerals to reduce stress and relax. This video shares some great ideas but there are so many more. Hopefully this will get you started into searching for something that fits your lifestyle and preferences.

My favorites are Valerian Root as a tea or drops and Magnesium taken as a capsule. Lavender drops or Lemon Grass drops near your pillow works very well for a deep sleep. They are both relatively inexpensive and easy to find in your local pharmacy or health care store. As always, speak to your health care provider before adding any supplement to your diet.

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Amazing Health Benefits from an Underutilized Fiber Source

There are many sources of fiber that I have posted over the years such as Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds just to name a few; however, there is one in particular that seems to be resurfacing and gaining popularity. This potent source of fiber and also dense in nutrients is none other than Wheat Germ. It’s extremely economical, readily available and so easy to use and incorporate in our daily diets, no matter what your lifestyle. Take a look at this short video to see the amazing health benefits of Wheat Germ.

  • Supports Pregnancy
  • Boosts Muscle Health
  • Increases Athletic Performance
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Diabetes
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Improves Cellular Metabolism

 Research states that for every 1,000 calories of food we eat, we need 14 grams of fiber, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each tablespoon of wheat germ contains about 2 grams of fiber. You should start slow at a tablespoon per day. I recently started including it in my smoothie, salads, pasta and other savory meals. I barely taste it if at all. This fiber combined with your daily intake of fruits and veggies will surely be a health booster. It is a great detox for the intestinal system.

I hope you’ll give this natural and easy to use little fiber a try!!!

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Super Easy Way to Alternatively Detox

Suffer from occasional or routine bleeding of the gums? How about really bad morning breath? Can you stand to improve on your dental health and hygiene or looking for an easy way to detox and help to boost your immune system?

There are so many benefits to oil pulling. It’s one of the best kept secrets in health care. Let’s look at the below video to get a glimpse of just a few of the many benefits.

Tips to using this amazing alternative detox:

  • Make sure you choose an organic and cold-pressed oil such as olive oil, coconut oil or sesame seed oil.
  • Of course oil can stain clothing and other cloth items so be careful when you are using it that it doesn’t spill.
  • Swish a tablespoon around in your mouth first thing in the morning before drinking or eating for about 7-20 minutes. This can be while you are showering or whatever you choose. DO NOT SWALLOW the liquid after swishing! You will be ingesting all of the bacteria and toxins and putting them right back into your system.😝😝😝
  • Spit the liquid out in your trash or the toilet so as not to clog up your sink. Very important!
  • Rinse with warm water or warm salt water afterwards.
  • You can now get on with your other oral hygiene routine and enjoy fresh breath and a much cleaner mouth👩🏿‍🦱
  • It’s recommended to do this daily initially then you can decrease the amount as you begin to see the results that you want. Some decrease to a few times a week after a few months but pay attention to how your body responds.

Other amazing benefits to this alternative detox:

Keep in mind that oil pulling is not going to prevent metabolic diseases directly, however, if you prevent toxins and harmful bacteria from settling in the body, you may start understanding how this detox method may help to prevent a number of disease states. There is a great connection between mouth health and physical health. Let’s take a look at diseases that can be prevented:

  • Increases your energy by buying more time for your immune system to do it’s job in other areas because it won’t need to take care of the toxins you’re ridding in the mouth
  • Reduces headaches, migraines by getting rid of toxins that cause these
  • Clearer skin: the toxins must come out and often comes out through our skin, our biggest organ
  • Whiter teeth! Whiter teeth! Whiter teeth! Need I say it again?
  • Heart & Cardiovascular Disease: Gum disease/inflammation is a glimpse of what may be going on in the blood vessels, possibly decreasing blood flow thus increasing blood pressure. It also can increase your chances of fatty plaque forming and breaking off thus causing a heart attack or stroke.
  • Diabetes: inflammation that begins in the mouth can decrease the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar.
  • Oral health and pregnancy: low birth weight has been reviewed
  • Oral health & osteoporosis: researchers are studying the theory of inflammation triggered by periodontitis being able to weaken the bone in other parts of the body.
  • Lung Disease: Periodontal Disease can make COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) & Pneumonia worse by increasing the amount of bacteria that’s in our lungs.

I really hope you are starting to get the picture that by taking care of our teeth, gums and overall oral health may lead to our overall physical health.

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A Little Goes a Long Way

Recently there are some foods that have been shown to have been overlooked as powerful and potent sources of not only nutrition, but also for their healing properties and protection from disease. Some are even being proven to help to prolong life, preventing ailments from heart attack and stroke risk to promoting brain health and diabetes. They are relatively inexpensive and so easy to incorporate into our daily lives. Let’s take a look at 8 amazing seeds that demonstrate great benefits for our health.

Here is just one way in which to use these amazing seeds😋🥞 More recipe posts to come!

My recipe for Flaxseed Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of Flaxseeds (a substitute for eggs)
  • About 1&1/2-2 cups of a plant based drink (coconut milk, almond milk, whatever your choice)
  • A sweetener such as unsweetened applesauce (1/2 cup)
  • A few tablespoons of brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil (or optional cooking oil of your choosing)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid vanilla flavoring
  • About 2-2&1/2 cups of flour (healthy options: spelt mixed with whole wheat and can even mix in a bit of self-rising flour for baking in equal parts). Note that spelt flour will make for very light pancakes and will take more in the recipe. Whole wheat flour will make the pancake heavier so use sparingly.
  • Generally makes about 8-9 pancakes

Directions:

  • Start by grinding up your flaxseeds in a blender (generally takes about 30 seconds).
  • Place them into a medium mixing bowl and add your plant based drink. Allow a few minutes to soak a bit.
  • Add in brown sugar and applesauce and whisk in until consistent mixture (if you don’t have a whisk a fork works just fine)
  • Add your cooking oil, vanilla, baking soda and baking powder and whisk in as well.
  • Begin to add your flour (if you can sift it in to prevent lumping it’s better)……adding little by little as you whisk in or with your hand mixer until you have a consistent mixture. Shouldn’t be too runny so you may add flour as needed to reach a pancake batter consistency. Hint: It should pour slowly from a spoon/ladle.
  • At this point if you would like to add some fruit such as blueberries or strawberries, feel free to do so.
  • Heat your large frying pan on medium heat and add a few tablespoons of your choice of cooking oil. After a few minutes the pan should be heated enough to begin cooking your pancakes. When you see bubbles forming around the outer edges and a bit towards the middle it’s time to flip them. Generally after a minute or two on the second side they are ready to retrieve, cooking 1-2 at a time.
  • Serve as above with preserves, honey, or if you so desire maple syrup but in order to keep it more healthy the first two options are best.

Comment back if you tried the recipe and how you enjoyed it (or not 😉), or if you have a spin that you put on it that we can all benefit from. The point is, enjoy exploring healthy ways of cooking and share this with others.

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Top Foods That Repair DNA

Why is DNA Repair so very crucial? How much does our diet and environmental exposure have to do with it? Watch this short video to put it in better perspective why this is so vital to our lives.

About 1/2 of DNA function is genetically determined and the rest is may be controlled by environment and lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, etc. On average we experience about 800 incidents of DNA damage per hour (about 19,200 per day). If not repaired, this can cause cancer and other ailments.

So let’s dive into this list of top foods that repair DNA:

Greek Yogurt:

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Although not a fruit or vegetable, supports neurological function, helps with formation of new DNA and red bloods cells and helps the gut to be healthy.

Cruciferous Vegetables:

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Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, watercress, spinach, brussel spouts, horse radish all contain glucosinolate. Glucosinolates are sulfur- and nitrogen-containing compounds found in many plants and vegetables and are derived from amino acids and glucose.  These foods are natural histamine blockers and provide protection from serious diseases such as a variety of cancers and heart attack. They are also loaded with isothiocyanates which reduce the activation and the detox of cancer causing substances as well as decrease oxidative stress.

Fish

Fish is loaded with Omega 3, especially Salmon and Tuna. It’s loaded with long-chain Omega-3 EPA & DHA which is a necessity for our neurological and cardiological health. Studies have been done that show with higher levels of these substances there is less DNA damage that occurs.

Berries

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Berries are high in anti-oxidants which has been shown to help to battle cardiovascular diseases, help prevent cancer, and treat Alzheimer’s Disease. They prevent free radical damage which is the cause of many chronic diseases.

Green Tea

Green Tea has several mechanisms to prevent cancer and shut down a key molecule that plays a role in cancer development. It has powerful anti-oxidant properties as well. Some of it’s benefits are due to polyphenols. These are micronutrients that are naturally occurring in plants.

Avacados

This plant food is rich in phytochemicals and high in oleic acid, lutein, xeoxanthine among other great things. Oleoic acid is a type of fatty acid that switches off cancer causing genes. It’s rich in potassium, an assortment of B vitamins as well as folate and vitamin C. Folate is so important that it is crucial to our development in the womb in the first few months of pregnancy. Also Avacado is rich in magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, copper, iron, zinc and vitamin E. It’s a SUPERFOOD!

Dark Chocolate

This food is rich in fiber, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, copper and zinc. Like avacado, it’s also rich in oleic, stearic and palmitic acids (similar to olive oil in their health benefits). It’s a power source of antioxidants, increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure, raises HDL (the good cholesterol) and lowers oxidized LDL. The flavanols in dark chocolate can help to reduce insulin resistance as well. There have also been studies that show that it can prevent heart disease risk and improve brain function. Here is a link to choosing a healthy dark chocolate:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dark-chocolate-buyers-guide#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

Citrus Fruits and Vegetables

In addition to their many vitamins and minerals they also contain phytonutrients, folate and the water soluble vitamins act as coenzymes which are involved in so many biological processes in the body such as DNA repair and growth of new cells. How does this work? In addition to the phytonutrients, there are multiple mechanisms in which fruits and vegetables help us: they are vehicles for antioxidants, they may boost our enzymes responsible for detoxification, modulate gene expression!!!!

Tofu

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Tofu protects DNA and the white blood cells (extremely important to our immune systems) from damage.
It’s rich in protein and other healthy nutrients. Eating tofu may protect against a variety of health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and more. It’s also extremely versatile, however, make sure that the serving is no more than 2 ounces and choose an organic and fermented source for maximum health benefits.

Tumeric and Curcumin

Both of these possess detoxifying enzymes and are very strong against fighting inflammation in the body. They prevent DNA damage and help with it’s repair. They decrease mutations and tumor formations as well. There are so many studies that show many more benefits. See my post on the healthy benefits of tumeric below:

Nuts

Of the nuts, pistachios, almonds and walnuts rank very high. These are rich in the healthy fats, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium and protein. Brazil nuts are being studied in how they may prevent oxidative DNA damage in Type 2 Diabetes and Pistachios have been shown to reduce the rise of blood sugar after a meal. Nuts are anti-inflammatory and overall help to lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts may actually have a beneficial effect on the brain.

Keep in mind that this is not at all a conclusive list. There are so many other foods that I could go on and on. This is just to get you started in doing your own research. Now it’s up to you to get started on preventing your DNA damage and repairing it by incorporating healthier lifestyle choices and eating habits.

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Ancient Super Food Beyond Belief

If you had the ability to use a simple food that provided calories, protein, low in sugar and carbs and loaded with nutrients and minerals for you and your family and not to forget to mention, ease of use, would you incorporate it into your daily diet?

What if I told you that African countries have been using it for centuries, cultivating it, and with the knowledge of it’s nutritional and healing benefits for the body? This super food is none other than Spirulina. I heard of it many years ago but was slow to research it. I have been using it for the past few years for it’s healing properties for me and my family; however, lately in taking a second look at it, I have become even more impressed. We put a few tablespoons in each batch of green and fruit juice that is made for the household every few days. The past month or so has been extremely busy for me and in not being able to keep up on preparing the batches of juice for the entire household, I began to have a day or two in which I missed out on the cup or two a day of this natural juice (with the Spirulina in it).

About a week ago, I started to have involuntary muscle twitching in my forehead, mainly at night and at rest. Needless to say, this was very unsettling. Other than stress and working more hours, I couldn’t think of anything else that had changed in my daily routine. I was still exercising at least every other day, my diet had not changed and I was still taking the same supplements of vitamin D, Zinc, Probiotics with Cranberry, Vinegar & water, Magnesium with B6 and my Black Seed Oil; then after being without our precious green-fruit juice yet again for a few days in a row, and restarting it this past Wednesday, it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn’t had the muscle twitching in my forehead any more!!! I started looking into the reason for muscle twitches other than stress and lack of rest and discovered that it could also come from simple mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Take a look at what this super food provides, keeping in mind that a teaspoon is roughly 8-10 grams.

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10 evidence based benefits seen in the below video such as: strong antioxidant, lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, raises good cholesterol, may have anti-cancer properties, reduces blood pressure (from nitrous oxide), improves muscle strength just to name a few things.

Only time will tell if I am correct in my assessment, however, getting back to my story of taking a second and closer look at this amazing food, I wanted to share some new things that I’ve discovered about how African countries have been benefiting from this source of nutrition as a staple part of their diets and as a great way to sustain their communities and countries. On one hand, I am happy that it is easily available now all over the world but at the same time it’s upsetting that once again, the greedy corporations, some that mean only to capitalize have taken advantage of the knowledge and kindness of indigenous people…….and that’s an entirely different story that I won’t be getting into at this time. 😠😠😠

Take a look at a few examples in the below videos. One video shows the amazing results from a project that occurred in 1989 that changed everything for a village.

The following video shows what happened when knowledge was shared from Africans that have used Spirulina for centuries, the Kanembu Women who cultivated it and the Lake Chad Project. Airing the video footage led to the Petroleum Company filing a patent on their artificial way of culturing Spirulina. Earthrise in California began production in 1983, claiming to be the first US production farm. As you will see in the above video, this was already done on a small scale in a few places outside of the US and grew to be 100’s of farms. The efforts of the pioneers in the above video were for the purpose of first and foremost helping countries that had become crippled by malnutrition and financial devastation that often comes from outside interference including invasion and destabilization of their way of life and culture.

I really hope that you will take a look at this nutritional super food source and start with your home and share the knowledge. You never know how this teaspoon a day can help prevent disease and heal someone else.

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Want to Improve Memory, Concentration, Prevent Alzheimer’s?

How many times have you headed to another room with the intention to retrieve or do something, arrive and then can’t remember what you came there for? Ever been frustrated because you’re so overwhelmed with tasks that you can’t seem to organize your thoughts in order to get started? Problems remembering where you placed your keys? We’ll sit tight, help is on the way!

I am very passionate about brain health because after all, the thing that makes us who we are, our thoughts, our character, our personality all are mostly shaped by how we process things and our memory. We are all unique individuals because of our experiences, talents and beliefs. We lose our minds and we’ve lost self. As a youth I can remember not getting the opportunity to know my Great Grandmother. She passed away at the age of 88 but truthfully had been gone for years due to what they used to call senility but now we would say Alzheimer’s Disease. Here are a few videos I’d like to share about preventing loss of brain function and even aiding in the health of our brains.

Dr. Neal Barnard’s Research Summary (left) and the USDA’s compromise to the Pyramid (right).

This is a short summary that I have researched and try to incorporate into my regular diet and lifestyle:

  • Nuts which are rich in vitamin E such as almonds which provides antioxidants to destroy free radicals that kill our brain cells. Walnuts which are high in DHA (a form of Omega 3 Fatty Acids) have been shown to decrease brain fog. Vitamin E from food sources such as these have been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease as well. Just a handful a day is required.
  • Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil which are all high in antioxidants, nature’s assassins for free radical damage that kills cells in our bodies and can also lead to cancer. Foods rich in vitamin C such as fruits and veggies help to combat free radicals as well. The Super Fruit in this category are those rich in color such as blueberries for example.
  • Supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba, Magnesium, Ginseng and Essential Oils such as Rose Mary as well as the herb sage help to fight off inflammation and free radicals. Rose Mary and Sage herbs prevent Alzheimer’s and increase blood flow to the brain. Sage helps to boost memory recall and MORE! See the below video.
  • Fish high in Omega- 3 Fatty Acids (the brain is made of mostly fat- 60%). These fats are linked to memory and learning. Baked or boiled Salmon, Sardine, Tuna, Atlantic Mackerel, Cod, and Lake Trout are great sources of Omega-3.
  • Green Tea is a great anti-oxidant and increases alertness and mood. It is said that coffee has the same effect but it is acidic and may not be the best for body pH
  • Eggs- Can’t keep enough of these in our home. We mainly eat them boiled so that they make easy to go meals and can be prepared ahead of time with little effort. They are an excellent source of B6, B12, Folate and Choline, which are extremely important for memory, mood and mental decline.
  • AVOID fried foods with saturated and trans fats!!!!!!!! These are extremely damaging to our brains.
  • Avoid supplementing with iron unless it is recommended by your health care professional. Too much iron and copper can be very damaging to the brain also. Even with our cast iron cooking pots and pans, don’t use them daily.
  • Exercise– 40 minutes of vigorous walking three times a week
  • SLEEP at least 7 hours
  • Decrease stress to keep cortisol levels in check (as we have spoken about a high cortisol level is linked to so many diseases. You may call it meditation but I call it our Spirituality. I believe with my whole being in the Creator of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob that He is in control of all and without Him, I have nothing.

Bottom Line:

“The key to a healthy life is having a healthy mind.” ~ Richard Davidson

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Two Month Follow-up-My Personal Testimony of Healing from a Simple Mineral

It’s been about two months now since I started using a simple mineral in the effort of getting rid of a hard lump on the base of my right hand. After visiting a physician and having an Xray as well as Sonogram done on my hand and then going back to my general physician, there was still no answer except, ”It’s a lump”. In my frustration to have a diagnosis, I turned to an orthopedic doctor who actually could care less about follow-up with his patients. If left me feeling like if I was going to find answers, I had to begin looking more diligently for myself.

The lump was not getting any larger and at the time, vinegar water, Blackseed Oil and using fresh lemon juice in my daily cup of green tea seemed to be keeping the growth down. I was still having occasional throbbing and pain, especially in times of stress, as if it was responding to the stress.

That’s when I started hearing more about Magnesium for calcium and other mineral deposits in the body in areas of bone that could manifest like the lump I was experiencing. It could have very well been that I had an imbalance of calcium and vitamin D and not enough magnesium present, causing these mineral deposits on bone. Take a look at this video and the before and after pictures of my right hand as compared to the left and decide for yourself.

Baseline

Two Months Later

So far, I feel very little discomfort and I would say the lump is about 95% gone! I will continue to use magnesium to dissolve the lump 100% and also for it’s other benefits that you heard in the above video. I would still encourage anyone who believes that they suffer from mineral deposits in the body, an imbalance in calcium or if you are deficient in vitamin D, speak with your doctor and ask if it is wise to give it a try.

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Journey to Wellness: Turning Back the Clock Part 3- Cut Out Sugar!

We are naturally always seeking how to arrest ageing and disease. How do we look and feel the way we felt in our youth? The conclusion most of us come to is that it’s no mystery; there is no easy fix. It takes stating your goals, deciding that you are going to do it and sticking to the plan (possessing the motivation to keep going). If you are new to my blog or haven’t read parts 1 & part 2 of this series, please check them out. I hope you find all three of these posts helpful.

Refined & Unnatural Sugar- We must cut it out!!!

Sugar is slowly but surely killing us. It’s been said that it’s a drug. Very addictive and deadly. If we seek ways to cut down on this drug, we will naturally be and feel more youthful and lose weight so we can look more youthful as well.

So here are my top 9 tips on weight loss, starting with cutting out sugar:

  • Number One: Lower the glycemic index. This is how fast sugar is absorbed into the cells. Some foods absorb very quickly (high glycemic index) and some slower (low glycemic index). If you’ve ever been low on energy and have eaten a piece of candy or donut mostly made of sugar, you may have noticed that the energy didn’t last long. These foods have a high glycemic index, thus are not healthy and in fact drive us to crave more sugar and be hungry. Simply not enough nutritional value to sustain us.
  • Number Two: Stay hydrated! Keep the kidneys flushing that sugar and toxins out. If you add lemons to your water is is a sure way to enhance this process and your kidneys as well as your body will thank you. It promotes a healthy pH in the body and contributes to the production of collagen in the body from the vitamin C in lemons, which in turn helps to decrease ageing.
  • Number Three: Portion Control– Oh boy……this is where I’m going to lose a lot of people. How many times have I heard in my youth, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach”? This well known phrase was often said to me or my younger family members from an elder. Some of us are guilty of trying to stretch our stomachs to the size that is needed in order to consume the amount of food that we desire. If you have a waistline bigger than 35 (women) and bigger than 40 (men), it is within your best interest to begin making changes right away. Try cutting your portion sizes of what you eat to half. Make the calories count with foods packed with nutrition. You don’t have to compromise on taste either.
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  • Number Four: Movement is extremely important. Do not under estimate the impact of walking, house chores that cause some exertion, moderate exercise at least 3 times a week and elevating our heart rate in exercise. Find the right fit for you whether it be boxing, bicycling, walking, swimming, aerobics, dancing, yoga and so on.
  • Number Five: Control your stress levels. There are so many options on how to achieve this. Exercise in whatever form you desire is one of them, Meditation, Hobbies, Spirituality. We must let go and let the Almighty handle whatever we can not change and learn to deal with matters that we can control. Cortisol must be kept at a healthy level or it will cause high blood pressure and weight gain just to name a few.
  • Number Six: Crucial! Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per NIGHT. Notice I stated at night because we are naturally not to be up and moving at night but asleep. Our circadian rhythm dictates that we sleep at night and this is when the body resets and repairs DNA. If we get the proper amount of sleep at the proper amount of time, it promotes growth hormone. Growth hormone helps in maintaining our youth.
  • Number Seven: Use Supplements and Minerals that help with blood sugar control. There are so many options, just to name a few: chromium, magnesium, cinnamon, ACV (apple cider vinegar) and Black Seed Oil (Nigella Oil). These naturally help with metabolism and you will see tremendous results. Find one that fits your life style.
  • Number Eight: Laughter is a must. Be happy despite what is going on in your life. Did you know that laughter releases the happy neurotransmitter, dopamine, in the brain. According to some researchers, when we laugh and dopamine is released it serves as a reward for the brain and brings about a sense of euphoria. This causes us to become more motivated. Can you see how this would also help inadvertently to decrease stress and help to keep us on track with our goals?
  • Number Nine: Push the reset button. The only ones holding us back are ourselves. We may be suffering from depression, guilt, shame, fear, disappointment, addiction. Break those chains and push that reset button. If you’ve gone to the Heavenly Father and asked for forgiveness for anything you’ve fallen short in and to those who you may have offended, don’t hold on to those feelings……LET THEM GO!

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Powerful Fiber Source for Weight Loss

You all probably remember the famous “Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia”.  How many of us grew those chia plants back in the day and had no idea what it was?  Well, I have just become a user of these cool little seeds.  Top 8 reasons why to incorporate Chia Seeds into your daily diet:

  • One big reason is you get a lot for doing so little.  Chia seeds are packed with so many nutrients and very few calories.  They contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of Omega-3s out of the 9 grams of fat, 18% of the recommended daily allowance of Calcium (RDA), 30% of the RDA of Manganese, 27% of the RDA of Phosphorus, a generous amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3/Niacin, Potassium, Vitamin B1/Thiamine and Vitamin B2.
    • In just 1 ounce, you get a power-packed 137 calories (this is just 2 tablespoons).  Since a lot of these calories are fiber and may not be used by the body, these ends up being about 101 calories per ounce.  Chia seeds are usually grown organically and considered a “whole grain” food.  They are non-GMO and also gluten free without any manipulation.
  • Chia seeds have been found to have a high amount of anti-oxidants
  • As mentioned earlier, almost all of the calories are from fiber.  Since fiber won’t raise your blood sugar level, eating chia seeds doesn’t require so much usage of insulin because only a small percentage is actual carbs.  Fiber absorbs a lot of water and eating these seeds in other foods and drinks will “fill you up” so to speak.  This may lead to you eating fewer calories, thus, it may help in weight loss.
  • Chia seeds are high in protein which helps to keep you full and suppress apetite!
  • They are high in Omega-3-Fatty acids
  • May reduce your risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes
  • They contain nutrients that are healthy for bones.  This is important to me since I made a decision not to drink or give cow milk to my family.  I wanted another source of calcium and phosphorus.  These nutrients also include magnesium and protein in which Chia seeds contain a great amount.
  • These little seeds may cause improvement in Type 2 Diabetes patients due to their ability to significantly lower blood pressure and a marker for inflammation.

I hope you will give these little seeds a try, but before doing so, just consider that it is best taken in small amounts like an ounce or so mixed in with other food and drink.  Also, please consult your healthcare provider before introducing anything new.  This just keeps them in the loop and helps you to be safer!

Also check out this video that summarizes the above post. There are so many recipes making use of this small seed. Have fun exploring all the ways you can use it!

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