Friday, October 23, 2015

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • olive oil
  • sea salt (optional)
  • herbs or spices (optional)--ideas are pepper, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, basil, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, etc. Be creative! 
Preheat oven to 400° F. Slice sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch thick rounds. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and/or other herbs or spices. Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes (depending on desired crispness). Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Health Benefits of Eating Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Unfiltered)

  1. Suppresses appetite.
  2. Increases metabolism.
  3. Reduces water retention.
  4. Increases insulin sensitivity.
  5. Helps keep blood sugar levels balanced.
  6. Soothes sore throats.
  7. Prevents indigestion.
  8. Soothes tummy troubles.
  9. Helps with sinus drainage.
  10. Boosts energy.
  11. Fights bad breath.
  12. Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  13. May lower cholesterol.
  14. May lower triglyceride levels.
  15. May help fight cancer.


Friday, October 16, 2015

Lift: The Power of Service

Our own soul is healed as we reach outward and lift others.

See how this happened with an inspiring group of men who serve their neighbor every night with no end in sight.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

You Never Know How Much Good You Do

When your days feel like this, just remember that you're doing a lot more good than you realize. Keep it up!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Banana Nut Milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp nut butter or 28 grams raw nuts
Blend ingredients on high until smooth.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Why Toxins Are an Issue

Are you ready for a little quiz? I think you'll be surprised at some of the facts I share...

Q How many toxic chemicals are banned in Europe? And how many in the U.S.?
A Europe bans more than 1300 harmful chemicals from personal care products. (EU Cosmetic Directive 2013) The U. S. bans 11. (FDA, 2015, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics)  Manufacturers must clean up their products to export to European standards, but they can leave in these harmful chemicals for us.

Q What do you think is our largest organ?
A Our skin!

Q What do you think happens to toxic products you put on your skin?
A They go through the skin and absorb into the bloodstream. Think of drug delivery systems, like a nicotine patch or estrogen patch. According to Dr. Samuel Epstein, Former Head of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, "It's more dangerous to put a product on your skin than to eat it." That's because our bodies detoxify what we eat. Our skin does not.

Q How many chemicals is the average woman exposed to before she leaves home in the morning?
A 168. (EWG--Environmental Working Group) Think of your morning routine--soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, moisturizer, makeup, etc.

And to help make you more aware of what these toxins are contributing to, here are some interesting statistics.

  • Over 200 chemicals have been found in babies' cord blood, many of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system, cause cancer and/or cause birth defects and abnormal development. (EWG, 2009)
  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. (American Cancer Society, 2015 Facts & Figures)
  • 1 in 68 U.S. Children (1 in 42 boys) have been identified with autism spectrum disorder--that's up from 1 in 88 in 2012. (CDC, 2014)
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and that's projected to increase to nearly 7.1 million by 2025. (2014 Alzheimer's Disease Facts & Figures)

 Shop quality products without harmful chemicals.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Health Benefits of Apples

  1. Curb a variety of cancers.
  2. Improve neurological health.
  3. Fight Alzheimer's and other effects of brain aging.
  4. Protect against Parkinson's.
  5. Decrease risk of diabetes.
  6. Reduce bad cholesterol.
  7. Fight plaque buildup in arteries.
  8. Prevent gallstones.
  9. Help beat diarrhea and constipation
  10. Boost your immune system
  11. Reduce risk of stroke.
  12. Helps heal respiratory issues.
  13. Lower risk of asthma.
  14. Provide anti-inflammatory benefits to cardiovascular system.
  15. Slow down carbohydrate absorption.
  16. Useful in treating anemia.
  17. Improve function of beneficial bacteria in large intestine.
  18. Improve insulin effectiveness.
  19. Prevent macular degeneration.
  20. Improve eyesight.
  21. High in antioxidants.
  22. Keep you feeling full longer.
  23. Speed up metabolism.
  24. Increase muscle.
  25. Increase brown fat.
  26. Reduce inflammatory conditions like arthritis and gout.
  27. Keep skin looking younger.
  28. Give you vigor and vitality.
  29. Detoxify the body.
Granny Smith variety are especially good for you.