An update

I was surprised to see that it’s been months since my last post. Actually I have several sitting in draft, and haven’t had the time to finish them, so prepare for a bunch of posts to come soon, as I finally complete those posts.

We’ve had an adventure in teeth these last few months and I will be sharing what I’ve learned about natural care and healing of teeth.

I’ve been helping family and friends for years and decided to make it an official business. I am now accepting personal clients for my holistic life coaching business. If you are interested in learning how to live a healthier, happier life, contact me. I’ve added a new client questionnaire on that page as well.
Classes and coaching locally in south Floirda and online.

Some upcoming topics I will discuss:
Natural home Cleaning
Is Iodine the missing link to health?
Natural deodorants
NAET updates
Mercury detox
Physical activities that calm the mind and help you feel centered
Quiz: Could you have parasites? Take this quiz to find out.
Fluoride vs iodine
What is bromide and how it impacts health.

Some upcoming recipes:

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Black Bean Hummus

A twist on traditional hummus, great with raw vegetables

Serves 2-3

1 Cups black beans, drained and rinsed
1 close garlic, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Optional – omit for McDougall Program)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon Tamari (can substitute for 1/2 Tablespoon of Sea Salt)
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Transfer into a bowl and serve. Allow to chill if needed.

Optional:
Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro.
Sprinkle paprika on top prior to serving.
Omit olive oil for a low fat version.

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Gluten free vegan chocolate pancake

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3 cups garbanzo bean flour
2 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup agave nectar, or sweetener of choice
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients on high, or with a hand blender, until smooth and full blended.
Heat a skillet, I use a ceramic Eco nonstick, (if you use this make sure to keep the heat on medium-low.
Pour a ladleful of the batter into the skillet. Cook until the bubbles start to dry, flip and cook until golden brown. Serve hot with pure maple syrup.

Note: when using chocolate chips be aware that they may burn if left too long on the skillet, be sure to flip the pancake in time. I love the chips in it because they melt into a fudge.

Note: for regular cupcakes omit the chocolate chips and double the raisin amount.

Toppings: you can too this the way you would any pancake. My family loves blending fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries with pure maple syrup and putting sliced bananas on.

Instant Bee Sting Relief

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An all natural instant bee sting relief.

Tonight while cleaning in the garage I stepped on a bee.  It was instant heat and pain.  For a moment I had no idea what to do, and then I remembered a few years ago, while on the master cleanse, learning about the many uses of cayenne, one being instant relief from an insect sting.  Not long after I learned about it my friend stepped on a bee in her yard, I got some cayenne out of my car, yes in my Master Cleanse days I would carry cayenne powder on me everywhere I went.  I put some on the sting with a little water and within moments she was fine, no pain, no heat, and she couldn’t feel the stinger either.  She went back to playing with her kids and that was it, the sting was gone.

Coconut oil has lots of medicinal uses and helps keep the cayenne on the skin longer, with water it flakes off when the water dries.  Any oil or even water can be used with instant results.

I’ve used this on my kids a few times,  for mosquito, wasp, bee, and red ant stings.  The red ant sting tends to need the oil and kept on for a while.  Red ant bites are usually on the feet so I cover the whole foot in coconut oil and cayenne and after a few minutes put a sock on it.

How to:

  • lightly rub or spray some coconut oil (or water) around the sting site
  • sprinkle on and rub in cayenne pepper, chili powder should work just as well.  Just sprinkling it on if you can’t touch it should work well too.
  • If concerned about touching the stinger mix some oil or water with cayenne and drip it over the sting site instead of rubbing it in
  • pain relief should be within moments
  • Wash the area with soap and warm water
  • check if there is a stinger in the skin, if so remove the stinger with  tweezers, you can try doing this first, however the pain is usually too much for the person to sit still long enough
  • If the area begins to get swollen or the person starts having breathing problems seek immediate medical attention.
  • Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy that I have in my natural first aid kit.  “It provides soothing relief for swelling, edema, burning & stinging pains. Itchy skin conditions. Use for sunburn, insect bites and stings.” -Elixirs.com   I always use it for bites, and I have heard it is so effective that some people have been able to use it successfully when they did not have an epi-pen available.  Best to use as first aid while you seek medical attention.

The day we put the toys away.

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I feel like I’m about to write some great song lyrics with the title of this post, and while this is no song, the decision to remove 99% of the toys from our house has brought about a somewhat poetic and creative nature in our home.

Between Fall and Winter Birthdays and Holidays our house gets over run with toys by New Years.  Even though this year we chose to keep the celebrations low key they still got way too many toys. The boys fight over toys a lot. My 2 year old always wants what the 6 year old has, and my husband and I all too often have to play referree. My 6 year old has asked for more, everyday he wants to go shopping, for either take out food or toys. It’s what has been the norm the last few months.

Well I for one am tired of it, and when I took a long hard look at our failing budget I knew we had to finally make the changes we have been wanting to for so long.

Yesterday I read this great post that inspired me to finally say good bye to most of the toys. A few weeks ago I cleared out a lot of toys, but the kids still had way too much.

Interestingly enough I have also been discussing our overspending on food and how we will be eating homemade from now on. Both of these decisions have made a difference already.

So yesterday we all went through the toys, each kid got a small box to put whatever toys they wanted to keep, and everything else I either put away, gave away, or put up for sale. I was surprised that neither son filled up his toy box.

I left the books, art supplies, music instrument and computers. The two toy boxes went in the bookcase where they are somewhat out of site, but the boys know where they are.

While tucking my son into bed last night he asked to draw with me in the morning. And so this morning his first words to me “mommy can we draw now?”. Both boys spent most of the day drawing. I have spent most nights cleaning up toys, tonight I get to relax, the house stayed clean!!!!

I did have to remind both boys a few times to clean up and a few times they did it without me asking.

As for the food. My picky eater, the 6 year old, has tried and loved a few new foods. He’s come up with some really creative dishes, and I’ve seen a change with both kids attitudes. They are a bit more calmer, listen more and have become more caring.

2 week update:

It’s amazing how fast new toys and clutter comes into the house.  After attending a birthday party and a friend taking my older son to Playmobile play park, there are party favors and a foam shield now added to the toy box, and many art projects have come home from school and playdates.  I got 2 free bookshelves so now we have one designated for art supplies and projects, the other is all books.  It was nice to be able to finally take all my books out of storage and put them out on the bookshelf. The mess is far less than it was before, most nights there is no toy related cleaning to do, and they boys have an easier time cleaning it up, well sometimes.  They do manage to get some toys out to play with daily, but I found they don’t play with them for very long.  My 2 year old loves emptying the boxes and then putting everything back in, funny enough he’s been resisting cleaning up when I ask him though.  Most of the free time they have is still at the art table, on the rebounder/trampoline, or playing with sports equipment, they both love skateboarding.  They do watch educational videos, and they both have our old (disconnected) iPhones loaded with educational games and videos, and some just for pure fun, and sometimes we play some Wii games together.  I would love to make the screen time more limited, but I’m taking this one step at a time. They still fight over things, but less often, and it’s usually my 2 year old expressing his desire of wanting what my older boy has, thankfully most of that we have 2 of anyway.  All in all it’s been great for us, and we will definitely continue.  Next fall/winter I look forward to my kids getting educational and experiential gifts.

Could my body fat be keeping me healthy?

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This question is not a typical one asked by someone overweight, but I asked and came up with an amazing answer-YES!

For years I have done internal work, clearing out emotions and self judgement. Learning to love myself, and my body. Thank to Maureen Whitehouse’s programs, particularly Food: A Love Story, I have been able to overcome my mental stigmas and issues and embrace myself. I also have learned to listen to my intuition, my inner guidance. Yet with all this I still could not help but wonder if there is a reason, that is actually for my good, that I’m still holding on to this fat?

Healthy, vegetarian and fat doesn’t seem to fit in the same sentence. However I came to realize, not only has the fat kept me healthy, it’s also kept me ALIVE!

Recently I started going to an amazing NAET physician. She muscle tests me for allergens, intolerances, emotions, hormones, anything physically or mentally that my body has a weakness to. Each session I get two -10minute relaxation periods where I make peace with whatever I’m clearing, and get in some meditation time.

During a session to clear my allergy to body fat (yes you read that right!) I got some divine guidance. Since then I’ve gotten more guidance during sessions that have given me a very clear answer to my question. This is what I have come to understand: Fat is how the body stores toxins. When fat is burned, some toxins get released back into the bloodstream.

Through testing I’ve come to learn that I have been exposed to some major and even life threatening viruses, parasites and diseases, all of which have been stored in my body fat. Now that I know, I can do something about it, and that the way to release all of it and keep my health is by following my inner guidance and continuing with NAET.

This morning while I got to take a look at all my flesh and curves, and my immediate though, I love my body, it’s beautiful!

What an exciting journey. I pray we all can come to love our bodies and realize just how perfect they/we are!

Black eyed pea and kidney bean salad

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The great thing about bean salad is you can’t mess it up! Add any ingredients that are appealing to you and some beans you love and you have a delicious, nutritious, protein packed meal!

Here’s a beautiful salad I made for my husband Chris the other day, as I said in my last post, he loves beans, salad, and bean salad!

ingredients
1 can or 2 cups, cooked black eyed peas, drained
1 can or 2 cups, cooked kidney beans, drained
1 large orange tomato (any tomato will do
1 purple tomato (again any tomato will do)
1/4 red onion, diced
8 kale leaves, stalks removed, sliced into thin short strips
1 sweet cubanelle pepper or colored bell pepper, red, orange or yellow pepper (see my note below about green peppers), chopped
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Optional: fresh lemon juice, it will stay fresher with it.

Mix all ingredients and serve.
Store in fridge. With fresh lemon juice it will last approx 7 days.