The Nothin But Bar is…. nothing but…. organic oats, coconut, almonds, organic honey and sugar, seeds and chocolate. Gluten free, egg free and dairy free. I bought my first bar at Coffee Bean and I have been hooked ever since. The fresh healthy taste can’t be beat! Now mind you…. these are not low calorie snacks… but if you need that late afternoon chocolate fix…. these bars are the healthiest choice out there.
Pistachios for…. ErectileDysfunction? YES! In a Turkish study carried out at the Ataturk Teaching and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey….. it was found that eating 3.5 ounces of pistachios daily for 3 weeks….. helped with a man’s ability to get an erection. Published in The International Journal of Impotence Research2, pleasure, sexual desire and satisfaction were measured and the results were pretty astounding.
An amazing choice for heart health…. research supports the power of this little nut and the health of blood vessels. Eating a calorie controlled amount of “the love nut” can support healthy cholesterol levels and heart health. Pistachios have more antioxidants per 100 grams than blueberries, garlic, blackberries and pomegranates. A typical one ounce serving contains 160 calories and research shows that the shelling process slows consumption rate…. allowing us to feel fuller more easily.
The ED tests were done with men between the ages of 38 and 59, all with erectile dysfunction and everyone one of them saw improvements in measures of erectile function and sexual satisfaction. Showing that this little green nut truly is “The Love Nut!!” and a GREAT choice for everyone (especially men) to eat on a daily basis!
I was at an event not too long ago and was speaking with a man who had the most magnificent skin. Plump, hydrated, dewy, glowing are just a few words that described his skin. His secrets weapon? An avocado a day! Well I put it to the test…. and low and behold…. My skin after day two actually started looking so much better…. Hydrated, clear and glowing. What other benefits does this magical fruit hold? Read on My Most Beautiful Peeps…..
There are so many reasons to start eating one (or even a half) raw avocado a day…. and start on the “Avocado a Day Journey” with me to see if they work as well for you… as they did for myself…. and Derek!
In the health and beauty world these days…. the big “buzz” word…. COCONUT. Good for everything that ails you and then some. This article was originally supposed to be about the health benefits of drinking coconut water (hence the photos). But then my daughter’s friend walked into my home…. and hold the presses! Jaina I think you know who I am talking about.
This fabulous little actress…. who normally has amazing skin…. walked into my home a couple of weeks ago with skin that was mind glowingly fabulous. When I say the word “GLOWING” that’s an understatement. I squealed with delight…. and begged for her secrets. No secrets here…. on a daily basis, Jaina is using dabs of coconut oil on her face and neck…. all while watching her skin go from fabulous…. to ridiculously fabulous! I went and grabbed a jar so fast my head was spinning. I won’t bore you with details… Except that facts:
There you go My Most Beautiful Peeps…. Trust me on this one…. we all want skin like Jaina!!
P.S.The ingredients in coconut water are more effective at hydrating the human body…. than those of any sport or energy drink. During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity…. the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass…. unlike a sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively!!
My new favorite coconut water if I can’t get it straight from the coconut? Harmless Harvest!
It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root of all evils in our bodies. Most disease starts with inflammation…. and ending inflammation will not only help us internally…. but it will help us externally. Skin…. our largest organ. Inflammation ages us, causes wrinkles and causes a host of other skin issues. We have 6 inflammation fighters that are a must for improving our skin in 2015!!
Nearly a perfect food! Packed with plant based protein, detoxing fibre and slow released carbohydrates…. chickpeas are a KEY anti-inflammatory food and also help to control blood sugars. Throw on salads, mash into a dip or sandwich spread, stir into soups or just roast and
Studies have shown that olive oil prevents the production of pro-inflammatory COX 1 and COX 2 enzymes… the same way NSAID’ (IBUPROFENS) work! Cook with and use olive oil on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!!
Root Vegetables re a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help fight inflammation. Carrots, Beets, Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Ginger and Parsnips are ALL great inflammation fighters! Try to add root vegetables to your diet daily.
For 4000 years, Elderflower has been cultivated by man…. and natural healers have relied upon it to treat allergies, asthma and a host of other illnesses. Along with it’s healing properties…. Elderflower Tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory that should be added into our diets daily.
Garlic has been called the perfect food because of it’s many benefits! Add in anti-inflammatory properties… and garlic is a great choice to add into our diets daily!
Cure to inflammation by Laura Dunn
LAUGHTER!!…. MY FAVORITE anti-inflammitory!!
Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
My Beautiful Ladies and Gents…. Welcome to the Christmas Holiday Season 2014! Let’s talk Health and Cookies….. all in the same breath. The GingerBread Man or Woman…. is a most healthy cookie with special powers that we can make at home. Now with the small amount of fresh ginger we are using for our gingerbread cookies is minimal…. but it’s still fresh ginger…. and it still has some serious benefits. Let me share just 4 of the many benefits of the fresh ginger we will be using in our GingerBread People Recipe.
1* Fresh Ginger has Immunity Boosting properties. 2* Helps protect against Colon Cancer. 3* This is a HUGE one…. Ginger contains very very powerful ANTI-INFLAMMATORY compounds. 4* It’s a safe and effective relief of nausea and vomiting (especially during pregnancy).
Okay Beautiful Peeps…. Let’s create!! One of our favorite recipes comes from Martha Stewart…..
Happy Healthy Holiday Season!!
P.S…I have a little useless but FUN GingerBread Trivia…..
* The Largest GingerBread Man ever made….. 20 Feet Tall and weighed 1,308 Pounds! WOW!!
* The GingerBread Man has his own fairy tale… Run run as fast as you can….
* GINGY…. THE zAnY Shrek GingerBread Man
* CandyLand? Yes Peeps…. GingerBread Men rule this game!
* The Nutcracker Ballet has a whole army of GingerBread men that help defeat the evil Mouse King!
YAY!! It’s official!!! The Holiday Party Season is here! With so many parties…. and so many cocktail choices….. let’s drink safe and smart this holiday season. Champagne…. festive, sexy and usually the number one hostess cocktail choice for holiday parties. But is it the best drink for us? No. Champagne contains acetaldehyde…. a by product of the fermentation process…. which causes some serious hangover symptoms. Headache, nausea and body aches.
According to Wilkie Wilson, Ph.D., professor of prevention at the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University….. sipping cocktails made with clear alcohol…. tequila, vodka or gin…. is a much better choice. Stay away from the sugary mixers which can also cause those nasty hangover symptoms.
We have 5 spices here that are usually used in Thanksgiving cooking. Little did I know that these 5 have great benefits….. so it would do all of our bodies good to make sure we go heavy on the spices this coming Thursday. Let’s find out exactly what those benefits are…..
As of late…. there has been quite a bit insanity going on in my life. I read about this ages old remedy to help clear chaos from our lives and home a couple of days ago….. and decided that it was time to implement….. ASAP! I followed the directions and within 24 hours there is a new found peace within my home. I must say…. I am feeling so much better. In my mind? Not sure…. but anything to help bring calm into our lives is worth trying….
*Fill the glass or crystal bowl 3/4 up with the distilled/spring water
*Peel each of the 9 oranges and put into bowl
*Soak 24 hours
Take the orange water and fill a clean spray bottle. Starting at your front door….. Clockwise….start spraying the perimeter of the interior of your home. Getting every nook and cranny. I sprayed the water everywhere on all of my floor surfaces without an issue…. no staining. Now mind you I only sprayed a very fine mist…. but none the less… no issues.
24 Hours later…. Peace, Calm and Happiness
P.S…. Side Note: One of my very best friend’s mother…. is a sage of sorts…. A very, very wise woman. Mama Madge recommends splashing pure rose water at the exterior of your front door. The rose water is said to remove any negative energy from your home and not allow any negativity in. Thank you Mama Madge and Grace for your advice and wisdom!!
While in New Zealand a couple of years ago…. I learned of a unique and natural healing nectar. While visiting the Island of Great Mercury, New Zealand…. I burned my hand on a pizza oven. Our host Michael Fay, grabbed a bucket of suspicious looking goo…. and preceded to rub the goo on my burn. The goo? Raw fresh Manuka Honey…. A “mono-floral” honey…. meaning it is predominately made by bees that interact with just one species of flower…. the delicate small flower of the Manuka tree that is native to the shores of New Zealand. Within 24 hours my nasty burn was almost miraculously healed…. and it was nothing short of a miracle.
Every jar of Manuka honey bears UMF….. Unique Manuka Factor….. a scale that identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency. A UMF of 10 plus is the minimum requirement to gain the UMF rating. Optimal levels are 10 plus to 15 plus.
Last but not least…. Manuka honey is amazing for a short term energy boost. Slather on toast or spill into tea or coffee for an amazing energy source.