HOMEMADE COLD AND FLU REMEDY: FIRE CIDER

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In my continuous journey to live more holistically, I have become more aware of not only what I ingest through eating, but also through other means. I am more cognizant of what I put on my skin, what I breathe in my home environment and now, also what I take in pharmaceutically. And I am in good company. With the public becoming more aware of the dangers of flu vaccinations (including headaches, immune suppression, neurologic damage and exposure to mercury) now is a great time to seek out and experiment with natural remedies for cold and flu.

While looking for possible remedies, I came across a couple of posts about Fire Water or Fire Cider. After some researching, this is what I found out:

  • Fire Cider is a traditional medicine that has been used for many years for the benefits of increased energy, immune-boosting and toxin removal.
  • The use of ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, lemon and raw apple cider vinegar make it a powerful alkalizing agent as well as anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.
  • Fire Cider increases circulation, which is very warming to the body and great for people who do not tolerate the cold very well. (This one really got my attention. See my post on this HERE.
  • It can be taken prophylactically or as a treatment at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms.

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Stewed Brussels Sprouts

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Easy. Nutritious. Delicious.

I am a veggie lover. Especially green veggies. But somehow, in all my years, I have never managed to have a single brussels sprout pass my lips. It was one of those things that when put on a plate in front of me as a kid, I would just go to bed hungry. Fast forward X amount of years and I finally had my first taste of them about a month ago. Wow! Who knew? These nutrient dense wonders are packed with Vitamins A, C and K and also high in folate and fiber. 1 Cup of brussels sprouts has 56 calories, 4 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Stewing them in tomatoes also adds the additional benefit of lycopene which has been suggested by studies to be associated with decreased risk of cancer, heart disease and age-related eye disorders. So “Eat your Brussels Sprouts,” just like your Mama said…only this time, enjoy them!

Prep Time: 10 min      Cook Time: 35-40 min      Servings: 2- 4

What you’ll need:

BRUSSELS SPROUTS11 lb of brussels sprouts, rinsed and drained

2 C water

1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes

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Are You a Joy Sucker? What’s Your Happy?

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Do you know someone that every time you greet them they give the same response? A mixture of a greeting and a complaint all in the same sentence?

Me: “Hey, good morning! How are you?”
Them: “Oh, I’m here. Hangin’ in there.”
Me: ” Well, that’s a start. I hope you have a good day.”
Them: ” Hmm, me too. But I know it won’t happen like that. I’m just trying to survive.”

When you walk away from this person,  two things are usually true.  First, you instantly feel a drop in your own energy and second, you already know how their day is going to go… exactly like they said it would! Continue reading

Coconut Curry Chickpea Stew

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Nothing beats a warm bowl of stew on a cold day, especially if it spent the day cooking itself and all you have to do is serve it up and chow down! This particular stew is also a nutritional powerhouse which is a Double Win in my book! Full of insoluble fiber and containing nearly 1/3 of the %DV of protein per serving, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) are already satisfaction superstars! Add to that the high %DV of manganese, copper, iron, folate, phosphorus and zinc and we’re talking All-Star, baby! Holding their own are the other main ingredients, garlic and carrots. Garlic has been used for conditions linked to the circulatory system including high cholesterol and high blood pressure and is also a powerful anti-infective agent. Carrots are high in Vitamin A (good for your peepers) and are a good source of Vitamins K and C (helps with blood clotting, supports immune system and healthy teeth and gums). Aside from how good this stew is for you, the taste is also phenomenal! The Indian influences of Curry, Garam Masala and Cayenne will warm you up as much as the heat from the steaming pot itself. Put it in a crockpot, put a lid on it and let the magic happen! Leave a comment below and let me know how much you loved it! Continue reading

How to stay GREEN when everything around you is brown!

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The AWESOMENESS of drinking green juices has been well heralded. The benefits of increased fruit and vegetable intake include increased phytonutrients, increased antioxidants, increased soluble fiber and increased oxygen availability just to name a few. Green juicess make you feel alive and give you an instant energy boost to start the day off right. In warmer climates they can be super cooling and refreshing. And guess what? In colder climates, they are still super cooling, which it turns out, is not so refreshing. On their long list of stellar achievements, green juices have never been called comfort food. That luscious fare that hugs your body and soul from the inside and leaves you feeling warm and happy regardless of the temperature and evidence of the changing season outside. No, sadly, our champion falls short in this arena. Green juice is more like a chest bump than a hug. It pumps you up and gets your adrenaline flowing, but soothing and comforting, it is not. Why, you wonder, do I bring up this ever so slight shortcoming? Why not let it go unsaid and even unnoticed by those who live in warmer climates and who don’t have to experience drinking a green juice after coming in from 30 degree temps or less? I do this because I am a fan…one of their biggest. Continue reading

Holiday Eating Survival Tips

12 Easy Tips for Holiday Eating

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Holidays are a favorite time of the year for many people and there’s no wonder why! The parties, the festive atmosphere, spending time with loved ones, and the delectable dishes and goodies that are never more than a stone’s throw away. But wait! You have adopted a lifestyle based around healthy eating of anti-inflammatory, whole foods and juicing. Or, you’ve at least started to be more mindful of your eating habits and don’t want to fall back into old patterns. How will you ever be able to sit down to a holiday with family and friends who haven’t?

Not to worry! Whether you are preparing the meal or simply an honored guest, there are several strategies that can be employed to navigate holiday tables with ease. Broken down into 3 categories, these 12 tips will empower you to stay in control while enjoying the holidays without stress. Continue reading