Natural Skin Care

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I’m a firm believer that the products we put ON our bodies, are as important as what we put in our bodies.

Many cosmetic products products contain irritants, carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. I say go as natural as possible to avoid any problems.

Instead of lotions that are mostly chemicals, consider trying something as simple as coconut oil, almond oil or shea butter. (Choose organic if at all possible.) These items are so moisturizing. Coconut oil is my personal favorite – it’s light and absorbs quickly.
I like to add essential oils to mine, not only for the aroma, but also for the therapeutic effect. Lavender oil is a go to for many reasons – it’s soothing to irritated skin (bug bites, burns, etc) and helps soothe and can help you sleep. I’ve been using lavender oil with my kids since they were babies – just a drop on their pillow at bedtime.

Make sure when you purchase essential oils, that you buy from a reputable company. Quality counts. You want to look for 100% pure, therapeutic grade, organic essential oils that have not been diluted.

I was recently sent a sample of Lavender EO from GoPure Naturals. I’m really happy with the quality of this oil. And I think it;s one of the best values around – $17.95 for a 4oz bottle on Amazon.

I brought it to my yoga studio to add to the diffuser, and it was a hit with the entire class.

The company also sells a few other EO’s as well as natural skin care products. This is a small, family owned business – which is exactly what I like to support when possible.

I hope they offer more EO varieties in the future – I personally would love to see some blends.
Check them out, and let me know what you think.: http://www.gopurenaturals.com/

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls

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These peanut butter balls are a much healthier alternative to your traditional “buckeyes.” Easy to make and delcious, I’m sure these will become a favorite treat in your home.

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Butter Filling:

  • ¾ cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter (crunchy or creamy will work)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/3 – 1/2  cup *coconut flour
  • pinch of sea salt

*Coconut Flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. It is very high in fiber, low in digestible carbohydrates, a good source of protein and gluten free.

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 8 oz. dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey and salt.
  2. Add in the coconut flour gradually, a tablespoon at a time until a soft “dough” forms.
  3. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto a pan lined with wax paper. (Roll with your hands to make them smooth, if you like.) Place the balls in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Melt the chocolate together with the coconut oil.
  5. Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer, and dip each one into the melted chocolate mixture, coating each one thoroughly. Return the chocolate-covered balls to the wax paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow chocolate to set.

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Make Your Own Vitamin Water!

Did you know that a bottle of Vitamin Water contains over EIGHT teaspoons of SUGAR per bottle?

May people like drinking flavored drinks and may think Vitamin Water is a healthier choice than soda – however, the bottled brand Vitaminwater, owned by Glacéau, a privately owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola company, is unhealthy – to say the least.

Make your OWN vitamin water at home! It’s delicious, refreshing, and way healthier.

There’s no need for sweeteners or chemicals. These waters are delicious and are a great alternative to lemonade or or other sweetened drinks. The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment.  Make sure you use filtered water and organic produce and herbs for these recipes.

 

Cucumber Water

  •  1 Qt of water
  • 2 Kirby cucumbers, sliced very thin
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • mint sprigs

 

Pineapple Water

  • 1 Qt water
  • ¼ pineapple, sliced into thin wedges
  • Mint sprigs

 

Melon Water

  • 1 Qt water
  • 2 c thin wedges of watermelon, honeydew or cantaloupe
  • 1 lime, sliced very thin
  • Basil leaves (optional)

 

Watermelon Rosemary

  • 1 Qt water
  • 2 c watermelon, sliced
  • Rosemary sprigs

 

Berry Lime Water

  • 1 Qt water
  • 2 c raspberries or blackberries (or both!)
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • mint or sage sprigs

 

Citrus Water

  • 1 Qt water 1 or 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced

 

Preparation:

Place the ingredients in a glass jar or pitcher. Allow the mixture to sit, refrigerated, for at least 5 hours before serving. These waters are at their best within 24 hours, but will hold for about 2-3 days if covered and refrigerated

Each recipe makes 3-4 servings.

 

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We Have a Right to Know What is in Our Food

The Committee for the Right to Know is a grassroots coalition of consumer, public health, environmental organizations, and food companies in California that is seeking the labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).

On November 9, 2011, the coalition submitted the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act to the State Attorney General for title and summary, prior to circulation as an initiative measure for the November 2012 election.

What Are We Eating?

Fact: GMO’s have not been proven safe, and the long-term health risks on humans of genetically modified foods have not been adequately investigated.

We have a Right to Know What’s in our Food

A genetically engineered food is a plant or meat product that has had its DNA artificially altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses, or bacteria, in order to produce foreign compounds in that food. This type of genetic alteration is not found in nature, and is experimental. The correct scientific term is “transgenics,” and is also often referred to as (GE) genetically engineered.
Example: Genetically Modified corn has been engineered in a laboratory to produce pesticides in its own tissue. GMO Corn is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency as an Insecticide, but is sold unlabeled. [EPA Pesticides]

The Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Are Unclear

Unlike the strict safety evaluations required for the approval of new drugs, the safety of genetically engineered foods for human consumption is not adequately tested.
There have been NO long-term studies conducted on the safety of genetically engineered foods on humans.

The issue of GM food safety was first discussed at a meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and biotech representatives in 1990. The “substantial equivalence” concept was proposed in early 1996. The adoption of the concept of substantial equivalence allowed permission to market and sell new foods without any safety or toxicology tests as long as they were not too different in chemical composition to foods already on the market. [FDA GRAS proposal] To decide if a modified product is substantially equivalent, the product is tested by the manufacturer for unexpected changes in a limited set of variables such as toxins, nutrients or allergens that are known to be present in the unmodified food. If these tests show no significant difference between the modified and unmodified products, then no further food safety testing is required.

Please follow this link to learn more and to find out where to sign the *petition: http://www.labelgmos.org/?recruiter_id=9277
*signatures must be gathered in person
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Hungry for Change – a MUST See

 

This inspiring film will change your diet, your health…your LIFE!

Hungry for Change, the sequel to the popular documentary Food Matters, continues the story about how you can create vibrant health, abundant energy, and achieve your ideal body weight without dieting.

Leading medical experts explain the reasons you crave certain foods, and how the food industry has secretly engineered foods to be addictive, as well as what you can do to eliminate food cravings once and for all.

Food additives, such as artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG, can lead you down a path of food addiction, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, while increasing your risk for chronic disease.

You can escape the diet trap and optimize your health naturally by gradually replacing processed “faux-food” with organic, nutrient-dense real foods, and other lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and proactively reducing your daily stress.

More info here: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/

I highly recommend watching this documentary and if haven’t see their previous one, “Food Matters” then definitely add it to your list as well. They are both enlightening, informating and inspiring films.

* I am in no way affiliated with this documentary or it’s producers – I just like to pass on info that I feel will empower and educate people, helping you create optimum health and well being.

 

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