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Could You…Should You..Live Without Your Microwave?!

My husband and I rarely use our microwave anymore… However, we do use it on occasions maybe to melt butter, coconut oil, or zap something because we are in a hurry, or just don’t want to get the pans out!  Our microwave is starting to act up…could we live without it?  Read the following article on the safety of microwaves!

http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/why-we-should-all-get-rid-of-our-microwave-ovens/

Hans Hertel, a Swiss researcher, states: “There are no atoms, molecules or cells of any organic system able to withstand such a violent, destructive power for any extended period of time, not even in the low energy range of milliwatts… This is how microwave cooking heat is generated – friction from this violence in water molecules. Structures of molecules are torn apart, molecules are forcefully deformed (called structural isomerism) and thus become impaired in quality.”

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Could you live without YOUR microwave?

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Prebiotics..Probiotics…What’s the difference????

The difference is……

Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help keep your digestive system healthy by controlling growth of harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are food for probiotics. The primary benefit of probiotics and prebiotics appears to be helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.

To help maintain healthy level of prebiotics, you can feed them with the foods you eat. Foods rich in prebiotics include asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrition-vitamins-11/probioticschicory-2-high1

Probiotic or beneficial (“good”) intestinal bacteria promote health, discourage the growth of disease-causing (“bad”) bacteria and pathogenic fungi, and improve the balance of microbes which normally inhabit our intestines. Many beneficial bacteria transform naturally occurring sugars, especially lactose, into lactic acid, promoting a more balanced and stable intestinal environment. As one of the most abundant sources of lactose is milk, these beneficial bacteria have been used for thousands of years to produce yogurt, cheese, and fermented milks. Both science and folklore support healthful roles for these foods.

Probiotic supplements can be confusing… choose one with 5 billion beneficial “probiotic” bacteria for a healthy digestive system ..

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A wonderful way to get your prebiotics is with SmatMix which includes the amazing botanical superfood..Moringa!

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Are You Still Using White Flour?

Here are 5 reasons why you should try to avoid it:  http://www.fhfn.org/five-shocking-facts-about-white-flour/

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Let’s Make Some Alkaline Water!

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How to make alkaline water

The water is alkaline when its pH value is adjusted so that it is about 8 or 9, which is a base.
The following is a simple way to achieve an alkaline effect on your body:
You will need:
1 jar of water (2 liters), clean filtered water (if only tap water is available for you, then you should use it)
1 organic lemon, washed, cut into eight pieces
1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt (available in health food stores)
Preparation:
Fill the jar with the water, add the lemon slices (do not squeeze them!)
Then add 1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt, cover it and let it sit during the night (8-12 hours) at room temperature.
Wake up and drink three glasses of this water before anything else for the best alkaline balance in your body.
Try this tomorrow and your body will thank you!

Visit The Healthy Food Place for more info!

If you are not into making your own alkaline water…you can find high alkaline bottled water at the market!  I found these at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts!

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Make sure to drink an adequate amount of water each day….  Rule of thumb, 1/2 your weight in ounces each day, of course depending on weather and exercise!  There are a lot of different ideas on how much water you should drink.  You need to listen to your body, and do what’s right for you! Or check out the Hydration Calculator! Your pee should be a very light clear yellow! Cheers!  #Food 4 Thought 🙂

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What Are Alkaline Foods You Ask?

What are Alkaline Foods?

An alkaline diet emphasizes alkaline foods such as whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density. Healthy Alkaline Diet Foods involve the ideal balance between acidifying and alkalizing foods.

The body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. The body is capable of maintaining an acid-alkaline balance provided that the organs are functioning properly, that a well-balanced alkaline diet is being consumed, and that other acid-producing factors, such as tobacco use, are avoided.  This info is from The AAA Diet!

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Here is a list of Alkaline Foods, especially High Alkaline Foods:

Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

It’s easier when you know which foods help your body stay get to and stay in an alkaline state. A general rule of thumb is that you can eat these foods without worrying about any acidic effect they’ll have, although some are more alkaline than others. It isn’t necessary to eat only alkaline foods in order to get body’s pH levels to be alkaline, and a certain percentage of foods can be acidic, but it’s best if they’re natural, whole foods like fruits.

74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body

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Choose The Best Tea For Your Blood Type

Anyone for a cup of tea!  Try picking one that is good for your Blood Type!  

http://www.healthyfoodhouse.com/blood-type-teas-choose-the-best-tea-for-your-blood-type/

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Oil Pulling…..What The Heck Is It!!

I heard about Oil Pulling over a year ago, and I admit it… I now do this just about every morning!  TMI you say…well, if you gain some benefits, then it was worth sharing!  Sometimes I put a drop of Améo Tea Tree Oil or Peppermint in it too!!!  Check out the following… http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/oil-pulling-research-finally-reveals-thought-along.htmloilpulling… you may want to start this ritual too!!  I also do it while I’m in the shower.. don’t spit it out down the sink.. your plumber won’t be happy!

BTW….that is not my mouth!  ;))

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Stick Out Your Tongue and Say AWWWWW!

What is your #tongue trying to tell you?

Check out the following from The Family Health Freedom Network!

http://www.fhfn.org/what-your-tongue-color-and-shape-says-about-your-health/

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Luscious Lemon Cupcakes

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday!  She loves it when I bake her birthday goodies.  I, myself, am not a dessert eater…but do love to create at times! In a #pinch, and not really wanting to take the time to come up with a recipe,  I found myself in the #baking aisle at the market checking out all of the boxed mixes…however, not loving the preservatives, etc. that they contain.. one caught my eye…  Immaculate, Naturally Delicious, Yellow Cake SCRATCH Baking Mix!  So I came up with a plan!!  I decided to replace a few of the baking ingredients with lemon and coconut oil!

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The recipe called for 3/4 cup of milk… I replaced it with 3/4 cup of freshley squeezed lemon juice..My dad grows the best lemons!

Then…instead of the 3/4 cup of butter, I used 3/4 cup of organic virgin coconut oil..

And of course the 4 eggs I used were Free Range Organic..

I then #zested the lemon rinds and added that to the mix!

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I used the mini baking cups…I feel that that is a perfect size for people to taste…

I preheated the oven to 325*.

I baked them between 15 and 18 minutes.  Make sure to check centers with a toothpick!

I refrigerated them until the next day when I had time to frost them!  I topped them with a Cream Cheese frosting!

I must say…they were a hit!  YAY!IMG_4864

IMG_4865If you would like the recipe I used for the frosting…feel free to email me!

I hope you enjoy them!!

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Fight Inflammation with this Yummy Smoothie!

Heal inflammation from the inside out!  Inflammation creates havoc in your system, and can cause all kinds of issues!  Try this  smoothie, and attack that inflammation!!

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Anti inflammatory smoothie

1 cup berries of your choice (such as blueberries, raspberries, cranberries)
1 compressed cup of leafy greens of your choice (such as kale, spinach)
2 inch (5 cm) piece of ginger
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
1 teaspoon, or more, of fresh chia seeds
Green tea
A little bit of honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (if needed)

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender (add green tea according to your desired consistency). Drink immediately to enjoy the most nutritional benefits.

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/ultimate-anti-inflammatory-smoothie/?sce

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