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The Undiscovered Healing Powers Of Fruits And Vegetables

10 Dic

Long gone are the days when we didn’t have to pay much mind to what we ate. The world has changed; we’re more vulnerable than ever before. Now food is everything when it comes to survival.

It matters what we eat. In a lifetime, the average person eats about 80,000 meals. That sounds like a lot—until you break it down. How many meals have you eaten that have been predominantly made up of fruits and vegetables?

Usually, fresh plant foods are more like a garnish—a banana sliced over morning cereal, or a side salad with steak at dinner.

If you’ve already eaten 40,000 of your 80,000 meals, and they were lacking in fresh plant foods, you have some making up to do. Make what’s left of your 80,000 meals count.

Paying attention to what you eat can have benefits beyond imagination. You’ve no doubt heard the expression “food as medicine.” That’s part of it. As the world advances, so does disease. If we want to stave off illness, we must be proactive and embrace the medicinal power of the Holy Four food groups.

The Holy Four are the four groups of healing foods I feature in my book Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables – Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices, and Wild Foods. I share the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of more than 50 foods and illuminate the unique, powerful, and surprising properties of each that can help us recover our health, move forward and thrive.

The Holy Four food groups are more sacred and powerful than we can even comprehend. Because they grow from the earth and are showered by the sun and sky, enduring out in the elements day after day as they form, they are intimately connected to the holy forces of nature.

They don’t just contain the building-block nutrients that we need to function. They contain intelligence from the Earthly Mother and the heavens that we desperately need about how to adapt.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to stop eating everything else. No matter what type of diet works for you, adding more of the Holy Four to your daily rotation can change your life.

What makes the Holy Four so valuable isn’t just what’s in them; it’s also what’s on them. A special probiotic film covers the leaves and skins of fruits and vegetables. I call these probiotics elevated biotics, or elevated microorganisms because they cover the above-ground surfaces of raw, unwashed (or lightly rinsed) plant foods.

Unlike factory-produced probiotics and soil-borne organisms, elevated biotics are able to survive your digestive process and make it to your ileum, the final section of your small intestinal tract that creates the vitamin B₁₂ critical to your body’s functioning. Be selective about what produce you eat without washing; the best sources are your own organic garden, sprouts on your countertop, or a local organic farmer you trust.

If you have a wax-covered, conventionally grown apple from the grocery store, you definitely want to scrub it before eating. It’s not a good source of elevated biotics anyway because the wax and pesticides used in the growing process have already interfered with the natural film of beneficial microorganisms.

If on the other hand, you have a piece of chemical-free, contaminant-free produce you’d like to eat but it has visible dirt on it, a light rinse with plain water is usually fine—the elevated biotic film should stay intact (after all, the microorganisms survive rainfall). Use your instincts about what is safe to eat unwashed.

Historically, it was the norm to eat fruits, vegetables, and herbs fresh-picked from the field, garden, or wild, so people were getting higher levels of elevated biotics. It’s part of why brain issues, digestive disturbances, autoimmune disease, and so many other chronic illnesses were much less common in previous eras.

Even though earlier generations had less access to fresh food in the winter months than we do now, the steady supply of elevated biotics in their diets from spring through fall carried them through when these vital microorganisms were scarce.

Today, packaged foods and the fast pace of life have distracted us from getting elevated-biotic-rich foods. Almost anyone reading this is likely to be deficient in B₁₂ —even if your B₁₂ levels are normal or high on your blood tests.

Normal to high readings of B₁₂ does not mean that the B₁₂ is actually making a difference in someone’s health, because the vitamin may not be in its most usable, bioactive form, and therefore the organs may not be absorbing it.

It’s the way of the world right now. One reason to address that B₁₂ deficiency (by getting more elevated biotics) is that B₁₂ keeps homocysteine levels down, which translates to less inflammation in the body. Plus, the B₁₂ specifically produced by elevated biotics is vital to brain health, because it fortifies our neurotransmitters, boosting mental function and keeping depression at bay.

Without B₁₂, we die. It’s that critical. It’s like B₁₂ is a dam that holds back a massive reservoir of polluted water (the Unforgiving Four – radiation, toxic heavy metals, the viral explosion, and DDT) that would flood the town (your body) and threaten life.

When you have plenty of B₁₂ in your diet, it makes that dam strong, so that the Unforgiving Four we can’t help but encounter can’t do us harm. Instead, they’re held at bay, so that on the other side of B₁₂‘s dam, critical processes can be accomplished, including the building of your immune system, the maintenance of your organs, and the recovery of your mental and emotional state from traumas big and small.

Which means that the elevated biotics responsible for producing B₁₂ in our bodies make all the difference in adapting to our modern times. In so many ways, these friendly microorganisms lift us up and fill us with life. They’re a major part of why the Holy Four are, in fact, holy.

B₁₂ SHOTS

Many people are curious about whether or not they should get vitamin B₁₂ shots. The truth is that B₁₂ shots do not usually have the right variety of B₁₂ for them to be beneficial. Plus, B₁₂ has to be taken orally to be effective. When we take oral B₁₂, it gets absorbed into the digestive system, where it’s “tagged” and made active and bioavailable, so that when it enters the bloodstream, it’s in a form that our nerves and organs accept. When the vitamin is injected, it bypasses this process, so the shots aren’t as effective as oral B₁₂ supplementation. The best kind to look for is a high-quality adenosylcobalamin-methylcobalamin blend. And of course, as I just mentioned, eating foods with elevated biotics on them helps your body create its own B₁₂.

My book, Life-Changing Foods, is full of suggestions for delicious ways to add B₁₂ rich foods to your repertoire.

Recipe: Parsley Tabbouleh

This salad is the perfect addition to a big meal eaten around the table with family and friends. It pairs perfectly with hummus and a platter of roasted cauliflower. Traditionally, tabbouleh is eaten inside tender lettuce leaves. Serve it in a huge bowl and use your hands to scoop it up with lettuce cups. Enjoy the tradition of gathering together around this beautiful meal.

¼ cup almonds

4 cups parsley, tightly packed

¹⁄8 cup mint, loosely packed

2 cups quartered tomatoes

2 cups quartered cucumber

½ cup chopped red onion

¼ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon olive oil

½ lemon, juiced

Pulse ¼ cup almonds in a food processor until roughly chopped. Set aside.

Place 4 cups parsley in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until chopped and well combined. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add in the parsley and almonds and mix together. Serve and enjoy!

 

Anthony William, the one and only Medical Medium®, has a rare gift. He’s able to hear a high-level spirit he refers to simply as Spirit as clearly as if they were in the room together. Spirit provides him with extraordinarily accurate healing information that’s ahead of its time.

 

Grape Slushy From Life-Changing Foods

 

La piel y sus conflictos emocionales.

26 Nov

La epidermis, la capa más externa de la piel, cumple una función de relación, por lo que estaremos hablando de conflictos emocionales que tengan relación directa con separación/contacto. Pues será lo mismo estar separado del contacto que quiero, a que reciba un contacto que no quiero.

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La dermis, esta capa más profunda, tiene una función principal de protección, en este caso hablaremos de conflictos directamente relacionados con ataques a la integridad.
Tendremos siempre en cuenta la información de la parte del cuerpo donde aparece la sintomatología:
En la cabeza: función paterna (real o simbólica), intelectual y mental.
En los párpados: conflicto visual algo que no quería ver.
En la boca: el conflicto relacionado con besar o expresar palabras muy específicas (función biológica de los labios).
En el oído: que oigo que no deseo oír que desearía oír.
En la nariz: es algo sexual o algo que huele mal, huelo el peligro.
En el pecho: espacio vital y libertad, sacar pecho, mostrarme.
En los hombros: las responsabilidades, las cargas, obligaciones.
En las nalgas: tonalidad sexual.
En la cara: es un conjunto estético, mi imagen, la imagen que muestro.
En el codo: trabajo, hincar los codos (estudiar), no me abrazan, apartar a alguien.
En la mano: función paterna y habilidad manual trabajo.
En el pie: función materna.
Con esto decir, que si aquí simplemente daré unas pinceladas generales, si alguna parte del texto te resuena y te ayuda a comprender la información que tu cuerpo te está mostrando, actúa en coherencia al respecto (sentir, pensar y hacer lo mismo).

PIEL: LA EPIDERMIS

La epidermis es capa más externa de la piel donde se produce el contacto, la relación. También tiene función protectora. Nos habla de conflictos de separación.
Sentido biológico: La epidermis nos proporciona el contacto físico con nuestro exterior. El tacto, el contacto y las primeras lecturas que serán leídas por las terminaciones nerviosas en la dermis. Permite el paso de la cantidad adecuada de luz, e impide el paso de los elementos patógenos. La ulceración aumenta la superficie de contacto. Seguidamente se produce una reducción de la sensibilidad, de esa manera sentimos cada vez menos la pérdida del contacto. El ser humano debe de sentir el contacto para poder estructurarse correctamente.
Conflictos de separación: Perdida del contacto corporal. Pérdida de contacto con la madre, la familia, el clan, los amigos… En el reino animal un conflicto de pérdida de contacto con el clan, manada o grupo es muy peligroso y generalmente mortal. Al quedar solo puedes ser atrapado y comido por los depredadores. Puede haber muchas creencias asociadas: si soy tocado existo si no soy tocado no existo.
ECCEMA
Un eccema es una inflamación aguda o crónica de la piel causada por eritemas, exudaciones, costras, etc. Produce ardor en la zona.
Sentido biológico: La inflamación se produce para reparar el tejido epidérmico tras una ulceración (generalmente microulceraciones que no dan sintomatología). La ulceración se produjo en la fase de estrés activo, para aumentar la superficie y reducir la sensibilidad al contacto. El ser humano debe de sentir el contacto para poder estructurarse correctamente.
Conflicto de separación (de una persona, animal u objeto) Sentimiento de distanciamiento, de muerte simbólica…. Miedo a quedarse solo. La piel es falta de contacto.
El Eczema siempre es un conflicto de separación, muchas veces no entendemos el proceso y se puede confundir con una alergia.

Psoriasis
Dermatosis que provoca irritación y enrojecimiento de la piel, con escamas de color blanco y plateado.
Conflicto de separación. Es un conflicto de sentirse separado de sí mismo, de su identidad, más un conflicto de contacto obligado. “No puedo ser yo, y además debo permanecer con…”. O un conflicto de dobles separaciones; o muchas veces se encuentra que, debido a una separación, se produce otra separación; por ejemplo, separación de la madre, por causa del padre: fallece o desaparece, la madre no puede atender a los hijos y se separa de ellos por supervivencia.
Sentido biológico: Protección de una doble separación. La piel se vuelve una coraza protectora, por lo tanto hay un miedo a ser heridos. Debemos sentir el contacto para estructurarnos bien en la vida, y no lo sentimos (separación). En el reino animal, la pérdida de contacto suele acarrear consecuencias mortales (cuando un cachorro se separa de la manada, probablemente muera), es un conflicto biológicamente muy importante.
Para que se produzca la psoriasis son necesarios como mínimo dos conflictos, uno activo y otro en fase de curación (dos sucesos distintos). En estos casos aparecen las placas de psoriasis. Conflicto con el padre (en contacto con el sol la psoriasis mejora). Es la protección del padre que no he tenido y me hubiese gustado tener alguna vez.
También puede interpretarse como la sensación de sentir que hay dos personas en nuestro entorno afectivo que tienen una doble separación.
Doble conflicto: Conflicto de protección (“siento que me agreden”) junto con un conflicto de separación (“estoy separado de…”). “Para que no me agredan más, voy a separarme de alguien”. “¡Papá necesito que me abraces!”.
VERRUGA
Situaciones de separación con una tonalidad de suciedad, vergüenza,
remordimiento. Implica un
conflicto de vergüenza, mancilla, de no poder tocar o recibir, gesto execrable, reprochable, repugnante. Tonalidad de remordimiento. Dependiendo de la localización se podrá determinar el tipo de conflicto, teniendo en cuenta el significado de la localización.
ACNÉ

Aparición de comedones (granos) debido a una afección dermatológica que afecta a las glándulas sebáceas de la epidermis (piel). Conflicto de identidad, desvalorización estética y suciedad.
Sentido biológico: Relacionado con una carencia de autoestima. Va asociado a los folículos pilosos y las glándulas sebáceas de la piel y a la aparición de la hormona masculina “testosterona”. Mi sudor, mi olor, mi identidad. La no aceptación de esa identidad en esa parte del cuerpo.
Conflicto de identidad: Conflicto estético y desvalorización estética, conflicto del espejo.
Conflicto de suciedad. (Ejemplos: Cambio de nombre del DNI o recibir un insulto por mi cara) Posible conflicto de rechazo estético en el proyecto sentido: desvalorización estética de la madre hacia ella misma o hacia el bebé.
Acné en la cara: “Rechazo de uno mismo, desvalorización en relación a mi imagen”. Personas que se sienten feas, demasiado gordas, o demasiado delgadas…
Acné en la parte alta de la espalda y los hombros: Conflicto de falta de apoyo, (ahí es donde tocamos a alguien cuando queremos apoyarles). Soportamos demasiadas responsabilidades, obligaciones o compromisos que acepto por temor a ser rechazado.
Acné en el pecho: Conflicto con el espacio vital. “Me rechazo porqué soy tímido y no ocupo mi lugar”.
Puede haber un conflicto de miedo a la sexualidad (en la parte estética). Resentir sexual: “Muestro mis hormonas, muestro que puedo tener relaciones sexuales”. Es tomado como una necesidad, pues en el fondo no confiamos en poder tenerlas.
Acné rosetón: “Debo eliminar de mi rostro (de mi imagen) aquello que es peligroso para mí (por ejemplo, en el caso de un adolescente con un rostro muy femenino).
Debemos tener en cuenta que si se hace un tratamiento y mejora, en la fase de reparación se produce una inflamación. Se está curando el acné, pero la apariencia es peor, entonces entramos en un bucle en el que volvemos a desvalorizarnos por nuestra imagen. Esto es un conflicto reprogramante.
Acné en la adolescencia: Suele darse en los cambios hormonales de la adolescencia y va asociado al folículo piloso y la glándula sebácea, así como a la aparición de la “testosterona”. La no aceptación de las nuevas hormonas y sus connotaciones sexuales (por un programa de rechazo, miedo o peligro) pone en marcha un mecanismo en el que considerando esas “sustancias” como algo ofensivo, se pretende una reparación. La solución pasa por el deseo de mantener a la gente apartada, por miedo a ser herido. También puede interpretarse como la necesidad de mostrar a través de la piel, que mis hormonas están preparadas para tener sexo.

Conflicto de mancha sexual. Es la atracción y el miedo al instinto recién despertado de la sexualidad. Conflicto de no aceptación de uno mismo.
 El adolescente resiente que si se hace mayor, tendrá más responsabilidades, motivo por el cual desea no crecer.
VITÍLIGO
Ausencia total o parcial de melanocitos en la piel. La piel se emblanquece. Conflicto de mancha (falta de luz). Conflicto de separación.
Sentido biológico: El sentido del vitíligo es permitir una mayor entrada de luz solar a través de la piel. De forma natural lo observamos en las regiones con poca luz solar o con luz solar débil, en las que la piel de sus habitantes es más blanca.
Conflicto de suciedad, de mancha. Conflicto de falta luz, falta de padre o de función paterna.
Miedo a la mancha y que avance, hay que limpiarla. “vengo a limpiar una importante mancha de mi familia”.
Conflicto de verse sucio en el interior, “deseo matar a todo el mundo y a mí mismo”. Conflicto de separación brutal, horrible, de un ser querido, o muy apreciado. Ejemplo: “Tu padre sufre un accidente en moto y el cerebro es aplastado”.
”Me vuelvo transparente para así pasar desapercibido”. “Quiero que mi padre vea mi interior”. “No existo para mi madre, soy transparente”.

CÁNCER de PIEL
El melanoma se forma en los melanocitos (células que producen el pigmento). El cáncer de células basales se forma en el interior de la epidermis. El carcinoma de células escamosas se forma en la superficie de la piel. El carcinoma neuroendocrino se forma en las células neuroendocrinas.
El sentido biológico varía según la parte de la piel afectada:
En la dermis es la protección: “Genero más dermis para protegerme del exterior”. En hipodermis es la desvalorización: “destruyo tejido endodérmico para regenerarlo mejor y así volver a valorarme”.
En la hipodermis, los conflictos biológicos se refieren a desvalorización estética en relación al significado de la parte del cuerpo afectada.
En la epidermis es el contacto y la separación: Al ulcerarse, ampliamos la superficie de contacto para reparar una separación (pérdida de contacto) o en fase de reparación, se reduce la sensibilidad cutánea y como resultado la persona siente cada vez menos el contacto que no deseaba. En el reino animal un conflicto de pérdida de contacto es generalmente mortal. Conflicto de separación: Perdida del contacto corporal.
PIEL: LA DERMIS

Capa intermedia de la piel. Tiene función protectora y además nutre a la epidermis y contiene las glándulas sudoríparas.
Conflicto de protección. Conflicto de atentado a la integridad con mancha.
Sentido biológico: Básicamente esta capa cumple la función de protección y nace del mesodermo antiguo. Es hasta treinta veces más gruesa que la epidermis, y en los animales equivaldría a la protección de cuero. También contiene los folículos pilosos y las glándulas sebáceas y sudoríparas (pelos y sudor), y se encarga de nutrir la epidermis. Tiene funciones de regulación térmica y de las funciones sensitivas.
MELANOMA
Nombre genérico de los tumores melánicos. Conflicto de mancha, protección y de suciedad.
Sentido biológico: La función del melanoma es protección pero en una tonalidad y grado fuerte, sentimiento de mancha.
Conflicto: Se presenta en la fase activa de los conflictos biológicos de ataque a la integridad de la dermis percibido como real (rayos UV, congelamiento, etc.) o simbólica (difamación, injurias, insultos). Resentimientos del tipo: “me siento sucio, manchado, mancillado o desfigurado física o moralmente”; “me protejo de los rayos del sol (padre)”; “me protejo de la mirada del padre” (real o simbólico), “me protejo de una mirada sucia…”.
Conflicto de separación con mancha, es un conflicto de sentirse (o estar) desfigurado. Por ejemplo: tras amputación de una mama. Sería un conflicto de mancillamiento en sentido figurado. “Me han hecho algo sucio me han ensuciado.” “He perdido mi integridad”.
También hay otros tipos de melanomas, como el que aparece durante el embarazo. Aquí existe un conflicto de sentirse sucio o quererse proteger de las miradas, etc. Cuando aparece está en fase de conflicto activo, tenemos el estrés delante.
LUNAR/NEVUS
Son pequeñas manchas, a menudo con cierto relieve, que se desarrollan a partir de las células responsables de la pigmentación cutánea, los melanocitos. Posible resultado de la cicatrización de un conflicto de ataque a la integridad. Su origen puede ser transgeneracional y proyecto sentido, pues en muchas ocasiones son de nacimiento.
HERPES ZOSTER
Solución de un conflicto de profundo ataque, vivido con mancillamiento, difamación, sentirse sucio, vergüenza y separación. Es como un melanoma que al producirse en la capa profunda de la dermis, donde no hay melanocitos, se presenta sin pigmentar. Desde la perspectiva de la Nueva Medicina Germánica (NMG), no es viral. En los casos en donde aparece verdaderamente un virus implica que se dan situaciones en las que se añade un conflicto de separación. También hay que tener en cuenta que esto es posible ya que en conflicto activo de separación, la epidermis se ulcera y favorece que brote a través de ella el crecimiento producido en la dermis. Ante este conflicto de separación y la presencia de virus se produce un dolor intenso. Puede entonces aparecer otro conflicto de separación. Sería quererse separar del dolor y activa virus presentes en la epidermis, y el dolor aumenta considerablemente. Hay que buscar conflictos de separación con un sentimiento de suciedad muy profundo, de atentado contra la integridad, noción de contacto no deseado.
HONGOS EN LA PIEL
Su presencia se corresponde con la fase de reparación de un conflicto de ataque a la integridad, con una connotación de duelo, muerte o fin. Debido al pequeño espesor de la epidermis, se manifiesta a través de ella.

Somos responsables de nuestra propia vida, desde la Bioneuroemoción® no se sana a nadie, simplemente se acompaña a la persona a que tome conciencia y retome la responsabilidad emocional de su vida, dejando atrás los papeles de víctima y culpable, comprendiendo sus experiencias y trascendiendo los juicios.
Recordar que esta metodología humanística no sustituye ningún tipo de tratamiento, sino que es totalmente complementaria y no interfiere con ninguna terapia.
Gracias a todos los especialistas que han dedicado y dedican su vida a investigación, gracias a los cuales podemos compartir esta información sacada de sus textos y enseñanzas: Enric Corbera, Christian Fleche, Hamer, Salomon Sellam, Christian Beyer, Enrique Bouron, Lisa Bourbeau, Louis Hay o Alejandro Jodorowsky entre muchos otros.
Mireya Larruskain
Acompañante en Bioneuroemoción® Docente de Enric Corbera Institute

4 Wonderful Healing Benefits Of Bone Broth

12 Sep

Traditional foods are the ones that satisfy us at the deepest level of our being because they connect us back to family history, Mother Earth, and the building blocks that fuel our physical bodies and nourish our minds. Bone broth is a simple, time-tested traditional food with major health and mood benefits. It is based on ancient wisdom, but it is also the latest trend too. Celebrities are raving about bone broth as a better alternative to Botox and a bone-healing miracle. No wonder it’s being called the new green juice!

Here are 4 healing benefits of bone broth that your body, wallet, and the planet will love:
1. Bioavailable Collagen – This is the health and beauty star that makes bone broth a unique healing food. Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein. Collagen supports, strengthens, cushions, provides structure, and holds the body together like glue. In bone broth, the collagen has been broken down into gelatin, which is easily digested and assimilated into the body. This can be very helpful for sufferers of leaky gut. And your skin, hair, teeth, nails, bones, joints, and organs will love it too!

2. Bioavailable Nutrients – Bone broth contains easily digested amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Consuming the broth is a gentle way to get important nutrients into your body.

3. Less Waste – Better for Your Wallet and the Planet – Bones, vegetable scraps and water can make a delicious bone broth. In this way, you turn what was destined for the trash into a tasty, nutrient-dense food source.

4. Healing Flavor Enhancer – Bone broth has been used for hundreds of years as a gourmet flavor enhancer. Chefs call it liquid gold because it adds rich flavor to many foods. It’s delicious on its own or can be used as a flavor base for soups, sauces, stews, breads and grains! It is a beautiful and versatile way to let food be your delicious medicine.

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Here’s a super simple bone broth recipe:
Ingredients

• 1 pound oxtail bones
• 1 pound marrowbones
• 1 beef knuckle bone or 1 split pig’s food
• 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Instructions

• Put bones and skin into a large stockpot. (While it’s not necessary, some people like to roast the bones first at 350° F, then add to your stockpot.)
• Add filtered water to cover by about an inch or two.
• Add apple cider vinegar.
• Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a very low simmer. Simmer for 24 to 48 hours. (You can remove from stove, refrigerate overnight, and start again the next day if you prefer.)
• Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. You can then remove the meat from the oxtail bones and set it aside for pate or other recipes.
• Allow the broth to cool and ladle into wide mouth Ball jars (fill only 2/3 of the jar if you plan on freezing the broth).
• Refrigerate or freeze. When ready to use, remove the fat cap that has risen to the top (you can discard the fat cap or save it for cooking). The broth will last in your refrigerator for up to 6 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Heather Dane is a certified health coach and 21st century medicine woman specializing in resolving chronic health conditions, addictions and out-of-balance lifestyles.

10 Great Things To Eat During Your Menstrual Cycle.

5 Sep

During your menstrual cycle we need extra self-care, self-love and nourishment as our body is going through a shedding process and also losing a lot of iron through the blood. The foods on this list are extremely nutrient rich, high in iron, vitamins and magnesium that nourish our body and in particular focus on strengthening and healing for our ovaries, brain, mood and other female parts.

I have also included some recipes from my new book “10-Minute Recipes” which comes out in October. These recipes are life-savers for when we live busy lifestyles but still want to be able to take care of our health – enjoy!

1. Cacao

Real chocolate made with cacao is so high in magnesium that it relaxes our muscles and our mood. Even just the thought of knowing we are about to eat chocolate can relax us and put us in a good mood. Chocolate is not bad for us, cacao comes straight from nature and is so nourishing for the body, but you want to make sure you have chocolate that is made without refined white sugar, dairy, soy and preservatives as those harsh toxins can throw the hormones off balance and do not help the body, they just cause it to work overtime digesting it out of the system. During our cycle we want to get the nutrients like magnesium without making the body have to work hard for it.

Raw Three-Ingredient Chocolate Balls

This recipe is made with just three ingredients, so it will be easy for you to remember how to make it for the rest of your life. Making healthy chocolate is easier than you may think. This is one of the most popular recipes I offer. This chocolate can stay fresh in the fridge for 14 days and in the freezer for three months.

Total time: 10 minutes
Makes 12 balls

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup nut meal (finely ground almonds or other nuts)
¼ cup cacao powder
3 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey

ACTIONS:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then roll mixture into 1-inch balls with your hands. If dough sticks to hands, add more nut meal. If dough is too dry, add a little water.

TIPS:
Roll them in coconut!

Add ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract for enhanced flavor.
You can use this mixture to make brownies (just make square forms) or a dessert pie (simply press into a pie plate with your fingertips).

These are ready to eat now, but can also be stored in the fridge or freezer for a different texture.

VARIATIONS:

Chocolate-Vanilla Balls: Add ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Salty Chocolate Balls: Add ¼ teaspoon salt.
Calories: 106 | Total fat: 7g | Carbohydrate: 13g | Dietary Fiber: 4g | Protein: 4g
2. TigerNuts

We need to make sure we are getting high amounts of iron during this time as we are shedding a lot of blood. Foods high in iron like TigerNuts are a great source! TigerNuts actually have the same amount of iron as read meat, however they are a vegetable root, not a nut, so they are light on the body, and most of us need to consume more vegetables anyway! You can eat TigerNuts straight from the bag, or soak them and add to cereal, or use the TigerNut Flour in baking, and you can also blend the nuts with water to make a refreshing TigerNut Milk!

Chocolate TigerNut Milk Shake

Total time: 5 minutes
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup water
¼ cup TigerNuts
2 teaspoons cacao powder
4 seedless dates (or 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup)
½ cup ice

ACTION:
Put all ingredients in the blender and mix until well combined. Drink.

TIPS:
Add a dash salt, for enhanced flavor.
Calories: 361 | Total Fat: 17.7g | Carbohydrate: 38.8g | Dietary Fiber: 7.7g | Protein: 8.5g

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3. Figs

Figs contain a wealth of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium and potassium (good for the brain). I also learned from the indigenous people that we should eat foods in nature that look like the particular organs are are wanting to treat, and so when we cut open a fig it literally looks like our ovaries.When you are eating a fig imagine the nutritional benefits are going straight to your ovaries and helping your cycle be as pleasant as possible.

4. Smoothies

Smoothies are so lush, energizing, refreshing, packed with nutrition and plus can make us feel like a true goddess at one of our most challenging times of the month! You can literally put anything you want into a smoothie! Here is one of my fav go-to recipes when I am having my monthly cycle.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie Bowl
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries)
¾ cup water
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon raw honey

Toppings:
1 teaspoon bee pollen
2 teaspoons hemp seeds
1 tablespoon roasted chopped almonds
½ tablespoon roasted chopped hazelnuts
1 tablespoon fresh blueberries
4 strawberries sliced
Sprinkle of blue-green algae

ACTIONS:

Blend all the smoothie ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into bowls and then add the toppings.
Calories: 400 | Total Fat: 21.6g | Carbohydrate: 43.4g | Dietary Fiber: 12.8g | Protein: 13.5g

5. Dates

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. We often crave more sugar during our cycle because we need more energy to release everything, and so it’s important we eat clean nourishing sweets like dates which is a pure natural sugar and a good source of energy and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

6. Avocados

Instead of eating “bad” fats that damage our health and body, go for clean nourishing fats like an avocado! I often eat a whole avocado as a snack or for lunch. We all need fats to survive and without them we deprive our brain of essential monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

7. Organic Coffee

Caffeine can help with our mood during the cycle! Coffee beans is a beautiful natural plant that comes straight from nature and has a lot of benefits. Just make sure it is organic, and use organic milk with it if you need milk, or opt for almond milk or TigerNut Milk. Stay away from refined white sugar and sweeten your coffee with coconut sugar, honey or maple syrup instead!

8. Potatoes

Did you know potatoes are extremely high in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system?! No wonder we crave them! They are also grounding which can really help during our cycle and we need our immune system to be as strong as possible. I love to boil them and add some coconut oil and Real Salt on top, or slice them and make French Fries!

Basic 10-Minute French Fries

Did you know that potatoes are high in vitamin C? This makes them immune boosting. As root vegetables they have grounding properties. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress, potatoes can help provide relief for the mind. Fry the potatoes in coconut oil because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil and creates buttery French fries.

But you don’t have to be depressed to love French Fries. They’re a classic mouthwatering salty and savory comfort food with excellent mouth-feel. Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle! No need to beat yourself up when you eat them.

Total time: 10 minutes
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

2 small to medium potatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
Salt, to taste

ACTIONS:

Add the coconut oil to a pan and heat on high.
As the oil is heating, wash the potatoes and then cut them into thin to medium strips. (If you cut them too big, they will take longer to cook.)
Add the potatoes to the oil and let cook for 4½ minutes, and then flip them over. They should have a golden brown side. Cook for another 4½ minutes and then turn off the heat.

Season with salt.

TIP:

Use a spiralizer to make fun “Curly Wurly Fries”

VARIATIONS:

Chipotle Fries: Add a dash of cayenne and 1 teaspoon chipotle powder to fries before cooking.
Garlic Fries: Add 2 teaspoons garlic powder to fries before cooking.
Cheese Fries: Add 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast to fries before cooking.
Lemon Herb French Fries: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons tigernut flour or almond flour and 1–2 teaspoons thyme over fries before cooking.
Squeeze juice of 1 lemon over finished fries.

Calories: 754 | Total Fat: 55g | Carbohydrate: 68g | Dietary Fiber: 8g | Protein: 7g

9. Apples

Apples are nature’s candy, so pure straight from nature. The more whole foods we can eat the better, so when you are craving something sweet go for an apple first. Even if you make a deal with yourself to have an apple first and then a raw chocolate brownie afterwards. Apples also contain immune boosting vitamins.

10. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a natural pain remedy, so if you are experiencing pain during your cycle incorporate fresh ginger in your juices when you make them, in smoothies, in cooking and in tea which is my favorite way to get ginger. In fact I am drinking a Chilled Ginger Tea which I made last night and was kept in the fridge until I just pulled it out. It is very refreshing, and it reduces inflammation and bloating.

Ginger Tea

Total time: 10 minutes
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups water
2-inch piece of ginger, diced

ACTIONS:

Add all the ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil for five minutes.
Strain the liquid as you pour it into a mug, then serve.
Calories: 2 | Total Fat: 0g | Carbohydrate: 0g | Dietary Fiber: 0g | Protein: 0g

Liana Werner-Gray is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many health conditions through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. Liana teaches raw food and cooking classes around the world and has fed many people good-tasting, healthy foods and drinks.

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How Worrying Can Make You Fat

4 Mar

You think you want to lose weight more than anything? You think you would do anything to be slimmer? You probably already have all of the information you need to do this. So what’s stopping you? Or what stops you once you’ve started?

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Every day of my working life, I meet people who eat too much. They know they do, but they can’t seem to stop. Sometimes it is nutritious food, sometimes it’s not, but, whatever the case, they know they would be much better off if they ate less or chose better- quality food.

Often these people are seeing me because they want to lose weight and they are precious, intelligent people who don’t understand why they do what they do.

These people know what to eat and what not to eat to lose weight, yet they don’t do it, even though they truly believe that they are desperate to lose weight. There is a really big difference between eating two squares of chocolate and eating the entire block, between one cookie with a cup of tea in the evening and eating a dozen.

We all know that eating too much makes us feel full and uncomfortable, but, worse, it usually drives us to say very unkind things to ourselves such as, “I’m so useless, I have no willpower,” and we go to bed feeling guilty and sad and believing we will never be able to change. The belief that things are permanent is very destructive.

So what might be going on for someone who, even with good intentions, just can’t stop eating?

Besides elevated levels of cortisol (the hormone which regulates changes in your body) due to long-term stress, there may be other biochemical factors involved such as low progesterone, poor thyroid function, or blood sugar that surges and plummets.

There are also likely to be emotional factors and core beliefs they probably aren’t even aware of, something I guide participants to explore thoroughly at my weekend events. Witnessing their “a-ha” moments is an honour.

One of the most wonderful and helpful statements my mother ever made was, “Don’t worry about something until it’s a problem.” If it becomes a problem, then you can face it, but worrying about something that truly may never happen only serves to hurt you.

As we now know, stress, whether it is real or perceived, may promote the production of excess cortisol. The ripple effect of a worry can very slowly and subtly change your metabolism to one of fat storage and a headspace of sadness and withdrawal. And it’s the chemical signals of your body that are driving this.

The beautiful piece of wisdom is useful to remember and act on, especially if you are a worrier:

‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.’

The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Dr Libby’s three tips to reduce stress

 

Dr Libby Weaver is an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker. Armed with abundant knowledge, scientific research and a natural ability to break down even the most complex of concepts into layman’s terms, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness. Her holistic approach and unique form of education are embraced by audiences across the world.

HOW MUCH WALKING YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT

3 Sep

One of the harmless forms of exercise nowadays is walking. You can lose one pound per week or more, dependent on how often you walk. Only with walking you can lose more than 20 pounds in five months without going at the gym or going on a diet.

You can ton your muscles and improve your health while shedding pounds and inches from your body. You will love this easy and beneficial exercise routine once you learn how to implement the principles of walking to lose weight into your life.

How to Lose Weight by Walking

Number of calories that can be burn with walking depends on your body weight and walking place. Normally if you walk with speed of 4 miles per hour (regular speed) you can burn around 400 calories per hour.

But you don’t need to go only 4 miles a day. For example, if you walk plus 3 miles, you can burn extra 300 calories per day. Also you can walk a shorter distance, just combine it with your schedule. There is a device called pedometer to help you to burn some extra calories while walking and doing your daily plan.

Pedometers and Weight Loss

If you are attempting to get in shape with walking, one of the best things that you can do to help to increase the chances for your efforts is to go out and purchase a quality pedometer or a wrist band that can track your everyday exercises.

Pedometer is a useful gadget that you place to your outfit close to your hip region. It is light weight and has a lot of features. The important feature is checking the quantity of steps you take amid your workout or through your whole day.

If you want to find out how many miles you need to lose extra pounds, you have to figure out how many you are currently covering. Like this, you will see how much you have to expand your steps, or distance every day to see bettering in the number on the scale.

So, if you take 8,000 steps with your current routine and daily habits and are keeping weight, the quantity of steps that you have to expand your daily distance to get thinner is just an issue of math; expanding your mileage as per the quantity of calories you need to burn (more details on that below).

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How Many Steps To Take to Lose Weight?

An average person needs to take about 2.000 steps in the average mile to lose weight. For one mile – 100 calories can be burn. The pedometer will keep track of your steps, how many calories you burn and how many miles you walk daily. Also it is a big help if you don’t have to workout. You can simply add steps to your daily routine.

1 Mile = 2.000 steps and 100 calories burned

1 Pound = 3.500 calories

Loss 1 Pound weight per week = 500 calories daily.

You need to take 10.000 steps daily to lose 1 pound per week.

Here are some ideas how to fit the walking in your busy day if 10,000 steps sound a lot (you don’t need to start from 10,000 steps. Start slowly – just you will lose less weight)

Get off the bus and walk the rest of the way to work or to home.

Park the car far away from your destination and walk the distance.

You can walk to the station instead of taking bus or car.

Don’t use lift, take the stairs instead

Walk the children to school.

You can keep track or the number of pounds you lost or how many calories you burned, depending what kind of pedometer you have. This data helps you stay informed regarding your advancement by giving you a reasonable picture of what you have physically accomplished amid your walk.

Because of the critical elements recorded you will want to buy a decent quality pedometer (like this one) to guarantee each step is checked. As indicated by the American Medical Association, wearing a pedometer is crucial to long haul weight control and effective weight reduction

How to Keep it Interesting

Keep your routine interesting and switch thing around, because walking the same old track can be boring.

Walk outside at different areas, parks, neighborhoods, or listen some music to enjoy, motivate and energize you to finish the daily walking.

Don’t stop with your daily walk because of cold winter weather. Buy a treadmill and put it in front of a television or window. You can enjoy in nature with looking through windows during walking, or savor every minute of your favorite show in front of television.

You can invite friend or a family moment to join you. Even if they walk with you once in a week, it is still good way to mix up your daily routine. You can be bored with same old routine, even if you are dedicate walker. Don’t let this happen to you.

Switch up your routine and keep in interesting as much as you like.

Walking Style

We all know how to walk and have been doing so since we were a little kid. And throughout the years bad stance and habits may have made you to have less desirable walking standards.

When you are walking for exercise you will focus your eyes about 100 feet toward, keep your chin up, squeeze your glutes and pull in your abdomen towards your spine. This walking style can help you to achieve the maximum from your workout.

How Often to Walk

Before starting with this daily routine you will have to consult your primary physician to be sure you are healthy to participate in the activity When you get the approval from the physician, you will need to start walking three days per week for 15 to 20 minutes. Then you will increase the frequency until you are walking 30 to 60 minutes for one day, every day of the week.

You will be happy to know that this exercise is the best things you can do to lose weight. It is also one of the3 things you can do to lose 88 pounds in one year without a diet.

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Is Your Anxiety Making You Fat? Take The Stress Test

21 May

Stress can have cascading effects throughout the body. Experts have documented what high cortisol levels can lead to: You might not sleep well, so you’ll be tired during the day. Your sex drive may suffer. Your immune system may also be kaput.

One of the biggest clues to your cortisol levels might be the size of your waist. Elevated levels of the stress hormone can make you crave unhealthy foods and gain weight—especially in your belly.

How stressed are you? Take the Stress Test from my new book, Stubborn Fat Gone You can also print out this test here.

 

Generally, how are your sleeping habits?

1. I do not sleep well.

2. I am sleeping okay.
3. I sleep very well.

How do you feel when you wake up?
1. I am usually still tired.
2. l feel okay.
3. I wake up energized.

Are you experiencing weight gains or fluctuations?
1. I am gaining weight, especially around my belly.
2. My weight is consistent, though higher than I’d like.
3. I am at, or steadily working toward, a healthy weight.

How often do you get sick?
1. All the time!
2. I fall ill a few times a year.
3. I am rarely sick.

Do you experience food cravings?
1. I often give in to cravings for junk foods.
2. My cravings for unhealthy foods are balanced.
3. I satisfy my body’s cravings with healthy foods.

How often do you experience backaches and headaches?
1. I often suffer from them.
2. I get an occasional headache or backache.
3. I rarely have a headache or backache.

How is your sex drive?
1. It is very low or nonexistent.
2. It is okay, but could be better.
3. I am satisfied with my sex drive.

How often does your gut act up?
1. My gut often troubles me.
2. I sometimes experience digestive upsets.
3. I have a healthy digestive system that doesn’t act up.

How are your levels of anxiety?
1. I often feel anxious.
2. I occasionally feel anxious.
3. I am content and rarely anxious.

How would you describe your general moods?
1. I feel blue pretty often.
2. I am doing okay.
3. I generally feel happy.

Each answer is worth the number of points to its left. Tally up your points, and gauge your stress level on the following scale:
26–30 points: You are doing pretty well and experience low levels of stress.
20–25 points: You are dealing with a moderate amount of stress.
10–19 points: You are suffering from a high buildup of stress.

To eliminate the most stubborn fat, reduce your stress and cortisol levels, and help get your life back, let’s start with the first component of my program in my book Stubborn Fat Gone!: “Think Fit”

Take a moment to think about the words you say to your children, your spouse, your parents, your friends. You undoubtedly tell them things like, “You can do it!” “You’re fabulous!” and “I love you!” And I’ll bet you’re usually courteous, kind, and pleasant even to strangers in line at the grocery store.

Quick self-test: Have you honestly said these sorts of things to yourself recently? Probably not. And that’s the secret saboteur that’s been holding you back in your health goals! You may have been eating the right foods. You may have even been exercising and minimizing your vegging-out time on the couch. But you likely haven’t given a thought to your thoughts.

Positive, supportive statements to yourself are known as affirmations. They really do turn everything around on a biological level. It’s hard to keep yourself in a negative, stressed mind-set when you’re saying “I love you” or “You can do it!” Optimistic thoughts raise your levels of the hormone serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that brings you feelings of calm and happiness. Research from Carnegie Mellon University confirms that having good thoughts to remember throughout the day improves a person’s ability to recover from stress. The results of one study showed that people under high pressure had impaired problem-solving skills; however, concentrating on a positive thought helped them break down the situation and focus on the issue at hand, thereby reducing stress.

In a 2009 study published in Health Psychology, the journal of the APA, researchers studied sympathetic nervous system responses to stress. They found that subjects who repeated self-affirmations were shielded from the effects of chronic stress. Researchers noted that the protective quality was actually strongest for those deemed the “most psychologically vulnerable.” And Geoffrey L. Cohen at Yale University argues that affirming activities, such as repeating positive statements, remind people of “who they are” and trigger a defensive mechanism in the brain that renders stressful situations less threatening. All in all, when you change the words you say to yourself to be more positive, it can significantly reduce the amount of stress you are under and reduce side effects such as increased cortisol and belly fat.

Now, where I get really excited is hearing that positive thoughts have also been proven to reduce carb cravings and bingeing, which can be a big saboteur of many eating plans. This is why, “Think Fit” is the missing key to making my plan work long-term, until it becomes a lifestyle. Increasing your serotonin levels with “Think Fit” helps with impulsivity, appetite, and food cravings. Carbohydrates help raise serotonin, so when your levels are low for whatever reason, your body looks for ways to fix that problem. It knows that eating sugar and carbs is one of the easiest, though fleeting, ways to do so. That’s why the cravings kick in.

However, a study done by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health found that when people focus on future positive events, an area of their brain activates that triggers serotonin production. So instead of turning to carbs to raise your serotonin, you can simply make daily affirmations, “Think Fit”, part of your life. This will naturally increase your serotonin and reduce your carb cravings, while also decreasing your cortisol levels and feelings of stress!

Stubborn Fat Gone with Jorge Cruise

A note from Jorge –
It is very important to stay motivated. What’s the trick? You need to get clear on your goal and why you are doing this in the first place. Too many people I work with know what they don’t want, but they have no clue what they do want. They might know that they don’t want to be fat, that they don’t want to live like this any more. But to ensure success and stay motivated through out your weight loss experience you must know, with absolute clarity, what it is that you do want. In order for you to hit the bull’s eye, you must have a clear identifiable target.