Winter calls for hearty vegetables like butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrot. They may contain the most sugar out of many vegetables, but they definitely have a comforting quality and are complex carbohydrates. From juicing, roasting, side dishes and soups, these winter squashes and seasonal veggies provide protection from those winter colds! Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants and a fresh punch of ginger and lemon – this is a fantastic, natural way to keep those pesky illnesses away! Plus, you can’t beat the gorgeous colors that this juice creates. Thank you god for these beautiful, healing foods!
Is dairy “bad”? No. Is a majority of the dairy in the US highly processed? Yes.
First, we are the only mammal past birth that consumes dairy – by the time we’re out of infancy we lose the ability to digest lactose because the body does not create lactase (the enzyme that breaks down dairy) anymore. Ever wonder why your stomach hurts afterwards? You may have lactose intolerance which is extremely common. I understand why people use Lactaid or other lactose digesting enzymes, but clearly your body is not liking dairy. Those pills are just a cover up for what your body is rejecting, naturally.
The milk/yogurt/cheese is a who can get the grocery store shelves the fastest game. We pump our cows with steroids, antibiotics, grain and chemicals in order for them to produce more milk faster, we lab create genetically modified yeast and enzymes from GMO corn in order to reduce the “aging” time of cheese, then we pasteurize the hell out of the milk and send cows to the electric chair. Remember how we talked about how powerful the mind is? Think of a cramped cow that feels horrible eating grain and corn vs. grass, is loaded with chemicals, heading towards an electrified death. There’s no way that cow is happy.
Next – the calcium debate…we actually have to add several things back into the milk that we take out in order to pasteurize/heat and sterilize the milk. We must fortify after we strip it. Many would argue that we don’t get enough calcium if we’re not drinking milk – however, milk has another issue – when it’s metabolized in the body it is acid forming. Calcium is an excellent stabilizer for acidity…and guess where that comes from? Your bones. Drinking more milk may actually contribute to osteoporosis.
Milk was designed for a baby calf that weighs around 100 lbs. at birth and is supposed to rapidly grown to 8x’s it’s body weight by the time it stops drinking its mother’s milk. Whoa – I don’t know about you but I’m not trying to add 8x’s my body weight to my frame any time soon. Milk was made for baby calves, not humans.
The alternatives I use are almond milk, coconut milk, cheeses made with almonds, cashews, nutritional yeast, etc. In my opinion, it’s not worth it to consume dairy. If you can obtain fresh, unpasteurized dairy it’s possible that it may have some health benefits – I however, have never had fresh cow’s or goat milk.
My milk mustache will be from homemade almond milk!
Do you have a vision for what you want your life to look like?
Do you want to lose weight, be more confident, be on ABC, land a new job, get that promotion or be able to run a marathon? Have you envisioned your goals and dreams? What is it that you want to do?
When you have a vision, God can help it come to pass. But as it says in proverbs 29:18, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” Why is that? It’s because without a driving force or goal we don’t have any direction. Personally, I was religious with my half marathon training schedule because I knew the race was coming up. I saw myself crossing the finish line and I had 12 weeks to train for it. I was sure not to miss a day so I could do my best come race time. However – when I don’t have a race I hit that snooze button a whole lot easier! I don’t have a finish line to cross.
Have you ever written something down or had something constantly on your mind that came to pass? What about when you’re thinking about someone and then they call you minutes later? The mind is extremely powerful and we can tap into it even when we’re not conscious of it. But how?
You write down your goals and dreams – no dream is too big. Want to feed millions or buy a yacht? Everyone is different!
Create a vision board or have something nearby that constantly reminds you of what you want to accomplish – maybe it’s a small model of the boat, or a picture of a child you’ve helped… or maybe it’s a race medal, finish line, or a picture of yourself when you were at your desired weight. Believe in the beauty of your dreams and remind yourself constantly what you’re going to achieve.
Ever heard the saying, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?”
Social situations and the people that surround us help shape our lives. Are you setting yourself up for success by how you live your everyday life? Do you have people around you that are on the same healthy mission as you and are supportive of your efforts? It’s hard to choose salad when someone brings in pizza everyday or has a candy bowl sitting near your desk. We are all human! We constantly seek pleasure and convenience, it’s absolutely human nature.
Change your environment, change your life.
Have a candy bowl? Fill it with apples or nuts. Have a snarky co-worker that is pissed the candy moved? Get them a little bowl to enjoy it for themselves – kill them with kindness. This is your choice and even though it may not please everyone, you’re setting yourself up for success. Always have a soda at lunch? Try replacing it with La Croix or another sparkling water.
Small changes can absolutely make a big impact. Don’t think any decision is too small – take the stairs instead of the elevator and try to get up at least 2 times per hour from your desk.
What is your environment like? Are there some things you can change to make healthier decisions on a daily basis?
Even though Ulcerative Colitis is a disease that begins in the gut, I truly believe as Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut.” Disease and illness can manifest itself in many different ways: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, allergies, etc. So, while my disease began and ended when I healed my gut – just because you’re not having tummy trouble does not mean that your gut is healthy.
Here’s your complimentary access to over 35 professionals talking about the very subject. Doctors led me to believe that I had no control over my illness, but studies are showing that we have control of 75% of our gene expression. You can read more about this topic by researching “epigenetics.” The environment, the food we eat, the toxins and chemicals we’re all exposed to play a large part in our daily ailments and diseases. Here’s the opportunity to take back your health. And it’s free.. can’t beat that!
I frequently get asked about mine, so I figured I would do a post! I’ve tried the lash extensions…but it took about 3 hours and they put about 100 lashes on each eye. While it was nice to relax I don’t have that kind of time or $! The refills were every two weeks and about an hour or more in the chair. While they were glamorous, I ended up yanking them all off and my eyelashes took a little while to grow back. They itched and were hard to get makeup off of them. The only other time I could imagine having them is pregnant or after just having a baby where you want to look glamorous but don’t have the time to spend putting makeup on.
Here are the lashes I use:
They’re my absolute favorite!
I used to use Duo, but I got word that it has formaldehyde in it so I searched for a non-toxic glue for my lids. I use Georgie Beauty’s lash glue. It’s $8 and free shipping #win
False lashes will last about a month depending on wear – no sob sessions here! If you do cry, peel them off 😉 Otherwise, peel the bit of glue off and re-use them. I usually trim mine a tad bit with nail clippers and store them in the little plastic case they come in.
1. Apply eyeliner
2. Apply mascara
3. Apply concealer around eyes, etc.
4. Apply the lashes
5. Pat with black eye shadow to set the lashes
6. Finish up the rest of your moisturizing/makeup routine
I hope you have a happy & fabulous holiday season!
As human beings we’re hard-wired to seek pleasure, and during this time of abundance it’s hard for us to hold back. I totally understand this as I have seen more cookies, cakes, candies, sweet fruit, nuts, and chocolate in the break room every single day. The gift baskets multiply and every night turns into a celebration. We celebrate with food, we like sweet treats and foods that taste good and they’re really hard to resist.
So, my advice is don’t resist. Have a piece of decadent chocolate or sip on some homemade eggnog – yes, enjoy it! My only other piece of advice is to eat it mindfully – with the least amount of distraction. Those leftover Christmas cookies? Don’t take them in the car with you for a quick breakfast. If you want to enjoy one, sit down with it, recall the memories that those little snowball cookies make you think of and taste the powdered sugar on your tongue and the flakiness of the shortbread. YUM. Chances are, when you’re engaged in what you’re doing and dialed in to the experience of one food/treat/etc., you won’t feel the urge to overeat.
Understand that the opposite of resistance is bingeing – the more you try to resist the more natural tendency you will have to overeat something.
Why is the dieting industry booming, yet we’re all still struggling with our weight?
How can one possibly write one book and claim that the plan will work for you? While one person may do well with eggplant, I have a horrible reaction to it. Clearly, any diet with an emphasis on eggplant wouldn’t be right for me. Many people are also sensitive to whey, but it’s what 85% of the protein powders out there are made out of. “Eat more protein” they say – but which one…do you know if your body would do better with hemp, pea, soy, or whey?
When it comes to holistic health there is no one size fits all. You are a unique human being, one with unique intolerances. Yes – even if you have an identical twin, you may have completely different digestive systems.
Sensitivities are very hard to determine on your own without elimination and careful, systematic reintroduction. We typically eat such a wide variety of foods and with a reaction that may be delayed for 72 hours, it becomes challenging to pinpoint potential sensitivities. The issue with intolerance and sensitivity is that your body may be using up your immune system power to fight the foods you’re eating and cause chronic inflammation (in my case, autoimmunity, leaky gut, and systemic inflammation). It’s hard to fight off a cold if you’re fighting off the banana you just ate two days ago! The ALCAT test is a way to receive results online within 5 days that will list the foods that you personally are sensitive to – ranking them by severe, mild, moderate, and non-reactive.
When you’re eating healthy but aren’t getting the results you want – it can be discouraging. Why not pull back the curtain and get to see what’s really going on.
When healing from UC – I found that I was extremely intolerant to wheat, gluten, rye, yeast, and barley. By eliminating these foods for 4 months I had a drastic turn-around with my health and lost 35lbs. It is absolutely amazing to find what works best for you without all the trial and error. I plan on retesting again soon – but here were some other unsuspecting culprits that showed up: apple, beef, egg (whole), malt, orange, banana, carrot, gluten, milk (cow), pea (green), spinach, barley, clam, lamb, mustard, peanuts, walnut, lima bean, cocoa, lobster, olive, and black pepper.
Even if I was following Paleo to a T… I would still have issues with mild inflammation if I consumed an egg-white omelet, a banana cocoa smoothie, had a handful of walnuts, and had lobster with a side of carrots and lima beans for dinner.
This is SO exciting – I can’t wait for you to have the knowledge and the power to change your life!!
I was super sick last weekend and all I wanted was soup and saltine crackers 🙂 I haven’t had wheat or gluten in 2 1/2 years, so the saltines weren’t really an option – although I did realize how strong my emotional pull was towards that particular memory and food.
Turmeric and chicken broth (gelatin) are cold fighting superfoods along with garlic and onion. Since this recipe doesn’t require a lot of hands on time I knew it would be perfect since I didn’t have a lot of energy to stand over it.
I hope that you make it through the season without being sick! And can enjoy this soup while you bring in the beautiful fall weather and temperatures. We are having such a beautiful day here in Texas and I’m excited for what’s to come. We are so blessed!