Monday, December 14, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Cold and Flu Elixir
Friday, November 6, 2020
Joy and Fulfillment
The very core of a persons foundation for joy & fulfillment is set by what encompasses their first experiences. When taking my child to experience things like for example a Museum, I noticed that the Museum in itself is not the focus of the experience but rather the snacks & gift store purchases. When I take my daughter to an experience, she eats snacks in the car on the way & when we get to where we are going what we are seeing, learning, touching, viewing and the people we meet are the joy and the fulfillment within the experience.
To see that birthday’s & holidays at school & how people define joy all mean unhealthy food, drinks & candy that are horrible for a persons health, it makes me step back & evaluate the possibility of how important it is for us as parents to treat the focus of an experience to be about the festivities, dancing, singing, being silly or just the exploration & what unfolds being what joy is derived from instead of the connotation that unhealthy choices in a new environment for another reason are what joy is based on because you can’t achieve fulfillment within that.
Could shifting the mentality & focus help make it easier for people to create a life of balance & fulfillment because from their very core foundation they were directed to focus on actually being present in the moment & finding joy in singular things as they are. Dancing & singing with your friends at a birthday party without holding a drink or food in your hand but actually just enjoying it as it is. Do we contribute to the likelihood of unhealthy lifestyles as adults by the focus we put on the external unhealthy additions to simple moments.
I’m not saying delish treats and cocktail splurges aren’t fun additions to a birthday party, I just wonder how different society would be if we tweaked the focus of how we achieve joy & fulfillment. My intention is to set the foundation for my child not to focus on unhealthy choices but be happy in the present moment, not needing anything as a co dependent to achieve fulfillment & joy by giving her the foundation to easily achieve joy & fulfillment in each singular present moment of life, experiences & celebrations.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Raw Chocolate Truffles
Raw Chocolate Truffles:
8 Medjool Dates (add more if needed)
3 tbsp @navitasnaturals Cacao Powder
2 tbsp Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 drop of Pure Lemon Extract
1. Blend ingredients in food processor until it forms a log.
2. Form into balls
3. Roll balls in Hemp Heart, Coconut Shreds or Cacao Nibs!
Rich and chocolatey delicious!
This delicious recipe has 6 ingredients and packed full of nutrients, vitamins and essential minerals. It may taste like a delicious treat but it feeds your body fast using energy nutrition!
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Top Dangerous Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products
1. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents — research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and facial cleansers.
2. Phthalates and Parabens
Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have demonstrated themselves to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.
3. FD&C Color Pigments
Most FD&C color pigments are made from coal tar and studies show that almost all of them are carcinogenic. Many of these pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation, or even oxygen depletion in the blood. FD&C Red #4 is no longer available for use in foods because of a known threat to the adrenal glands and urinary bladder.
“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products.
5. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
These are formaldehyde donors, which means that they are derivatives of the formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. Remember dissecting frogs in school? These chemicals are linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and can trigger asthma. They can weaken the immune system, and, surprise surprise, cause cancer. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants and nail polish.
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.
7. Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.
8. Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like saran wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing and excreting. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil – and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin.
9. PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEG’s are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
10. Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste and deodorant. Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use! Direct contact can cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!!
11. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea and many other ailments.
A synthetic antibacterial ingredient that has been compared to Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide, highly toxic to any living organism. It is also classified as a chlorophenol. In other words, it is in a cancer causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility and may foster birth defects. Triclosan has been linked to paralysis, suppression of the immune system, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. It is widely used in antibacterial cleansers, toothpaste, and household products.
Talc has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, baby and adult powders and foundation.
Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin breathing and excreting.
I know it may seem like nothing is safe out on the market from our foods to our beauty products but the more we educate ourselves on what to look for and start buying from responsible companies that make products that aren't harmful, the less we will see of the products that contain these ingredients. We have all been blind to what was going into our favorite products and now that we know what the true consequence is to our health we can make educated decisions about what products are safe to use!
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Ginger Veggie Roll
Monday, October 12, 2020
The 80/20 Split for a Healthy Life
Eat in Abundance:
Eat to your hearts content. Your nutrition should be filled with bountiful amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains that feed your body the vitamins, nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals, essential oils and carbohydrates it needs to function in good health and prevent diseases while maintaining a healthy body weight! (Grains After 4 is for the Raw until 4pm Lifestyle)
Theses foods lower your risk for heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and Cancer. They boost the immune system, create digestive health, provide natural energy to the body, improve skin health, improve vision health, oral health and mental functions. *
(This is an excerpt from "Eat Well Live Well: Transitioning to an Unprocessed Lifestyle) Available on Amazon :
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Plantbased Sweet Hot and Sour Soup
Friday, October 2, 2020
5 Essential Daily Habits
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Fine. I’ll say it... I’m a Jewish mother
I never questioned or understood the reason why my mother told me about every relative and their story repeatedly. She loved telling me the stories of her childhood with ridiculously hilarious truths about relatives and the stories that her grand parents told her. I know them well. Stories about Rifka Rukal, her grandmothers laugh and Tantasura ,who infamously Burped a lot at Sunday bbq’s. Names not like any names I ever heard at school or on tv. Stories about all her aunts and uncles and cousins getting together for every occasion and their family traditions, grudges and business doings. The stories of success, the rumors, how each person was and all the seedy details. The struggles of having Grand parents who spoke Yiddish and the funny sayings. I loved it when my mom and I would go through her family albums and it felt like I knew these people and wanted to carry on their traditions.
It wasn’t until out of curiosity at the beginning of the 2020 race war that I looked up the statistics of hate crimes and crime data that I understood why Jewish mothers are the way they are and how important it was for my daughter for me to be a Jewish mother.
I have been preaching and living a lifestyle of individualism. I believe that each person should believe in themselves above all else. That develops a narrative of love. It takes work to love yourself. If you would have asked me in March 2020 how I felt about religion I would have told you that I do not believe in organized religion. My perspective was true to form about being an individual and praying to yourself to be the best person you can be.
I never wanted to send my daughter to a religious school but when it came time to tour pre schools I did want to see what a Judaic pre school would be like. Out of all the schools we toured she didn’t want to leave the Judaic School. What’s the harm I thought, she’ll learn the basics of her heritage and the schools curriculum and dietary guidelines are all inline with the environment I want her in but that doesn’t mean we have to practice devout religion at home. It’s about education and I know she’s getting the best possible education.
At the beginning of the George Floyd riots, I started to study hate crime statistics and crime data. What I was learning was unbelievable to me. Jaw dropping to be honest because what I thought going into my research was completely the opposite of what I discovered and suddenly I learned the truth and meaning behind why the role of story teller explains why the Jewish people always succeed in the end. When you know your history you learn how not to repeat it. You grow and evolve, and it taught me how there is an unspoken bond amongst the Jewish community that’s focus is education and history which as a child growing up, I never truly understood.
I did love that I was raised to question everything because by questioning narratives and doing my own research as an individual I’m rooted in education, factual data and history instead of emotional and triggered.
Knowing the true statistics about race relations and the history of change is how we as individuals grow.
Teaching our children Proper eating habits and manners is important but as a Jew our own lineage and the history of hate against Jews is the most important role of a Jewish mother. To assure your child is educated and succeeds in a role that not only provides for your family and your community but serves it as well. While the jokes may be about every Jewish mother wanting a doctor or lawyer for their daughter or for their sons to be one, the truth is who contributed the most to helping people and these are the roles Jewish mothers want their children to have. The part that it was about money always made me feel Bad about being a Jew, like there was something wrong with that when there was something wrong with the narrative anti Semitic people gave to it. I never wanted to be referred to as a Jew until I became a mother and I learned that 67% of hate crimes in US are against Jews and this whole time I thought it was against minorities.
The truth is that above all the hate in this world is the universal hate for Jews which means whether I like it or not, I have an obligation to my mother, my family history, my daughter and the Jews who have died before me to continue the unspoken bond of Jews to educate my daughter and protect her from the world of hate against her simply because of her blood line by educating her about Judaism.
As I watch the world circle in hate a shinning light has come down on the Jews in the form of a President with an unwavering devotion to creating peace for the Jews, Israel and the Middle East and for this alone, I have to assume the honor and role of being a Jewish mother. I tell my daughter the stories of her family like this one written by my great grandfather about what my family went through in Poland so I never let anyone tell me now is not the time to mention the Anti Semitism rooted in today’s movements because now and always is the right time to say something....
And this story is why I will never stay silent!
Vegan Pizza Dough
Vegan Pizza Dough
1 cup warm water
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon granulated coconut sugar
3 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil
Step 1: In a measuring cup, place warm water. The water should be warm to the touch making sure it's not too hot because hot water will kill the yeast; and water that is too cold will not activate it. Pour the yeast into the water, add sugar, and stir until both ingredients dissolve and a beige mixture results. Let stand for 5 minutes, until a thin layer of creamy foam covers surface, which indicates that the yeast is effective. Tip: If bubbles/foam have not formed within 5 minutes, start over with a new package of yeast
Step 2: Combine 3 cups flour with sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and pour in your yeast mixture and coconut oil. Using a spoon, stir flour into well, blending well to get rid of any lumps. Next, place dough onto a lightly floured surface. Dust your hands with flour and knead gently. Turn and repeat until the dough is silky and elastic (less than 5 minutes) Add a little Coconut oil to your hands if the dough is too dry. Tip: if you knead too much it overdevelops the gluten in the flour and results in a tough crust..
Step 3: Form dough into a ball and lightly coat with coconut oil. (Less than a teaspoon) Place dough back in mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and drape a kitchen cloth over top..
Let the dough rise in a place warm place (68 to 72 degrees) until it has doubled in size (about 1 to 2 hours). When the dough is ready, punch it down using your fist, to eliminate the air bubbles..
This recipe will make:
One (1) 15 to 16 inch pizza
Divide dough in half; two (2) 12 inch pizzas two (2) 9 inch deep-dish pizzas..
Divide dough into 4 to 6 equal portions. Four (4) to six (6) 9 inch individuals..
Dough can be kept refrigerated for up to 36 hours or sealed and froze for up to a month.
Tip: Let chilled dough come to room temperature before shaping..
Baking: Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees for 30 minutes prior to baking. Pizzas should take between 10-15 minutes to bake
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Why not? Most people turn their nose up to therapy because the connotation that comes with the word therapy is that there is something terribly wrong with that person when the reality is there is something magical that happens to a person who seeks and utilizes the life tools therapy offers a person. I became overweight as a child because I didn’t have the tools to deal with emotional abuse. I’m so thankful for therapy because it gave me the tools I needed to deal with my own issues but also deal with others who don’t have the tools to deal with theirs.
What most people don’t realize is that their insurance will cover therapy and there are millions of places that provide free mental health services as well and there is no reason for people not to take advantage of this especially because of how important mental health is to our complete wellness.
The majority of people who are overweight are that way because of emotional issues that they have not addressed. Being overweight is the gateway to diseases just the same as alcohol is to drug use. Imagine how many addicts, overweight people and emotionally unstable people could be helped if they sought out the tools to help them live in reality instead of needing crutches to coup. The unhealthy things people do are the staples that keep the issues from coming to the surface so they can sort them out and live in a healthy mental state.
When my mother was dying and my holistic approach was rejected with ridicule, I realized there were still some issues from my childhood that needed to be addressed. I didn’t want there to be anything but love surrounding my mothers memory so I insisted we go to therapy and our relationship on earth ended with nothing but love between us with all of our issues sorted and resolved. Peace of mind opens us up to use our time for positive things that accelerate the joy in our lives.
Being a parent is mentally challenging as it is but when you add in the outside judgements from family, friends and other parents, it can produce some very unhealthy behaviors. There are so many different ways to parent and so many issues materialize through the issues that parents have that they haven’t addressed and the lifestyles they live. If the goal of parenting is to create a little human that develops into a healthy well balanced happy person who contributes a positive to this world then therapy should be a part of it because if we truly want to evolve then we stop the generational mental health issues and get professional guidance not because there is something terribly wrong but because we don’t want there to be. There are so many people whose lives are destroyed by childhood trauma and I truly believe that if people start utilizing mental health services for “courses” in treatment throughout all the stages of life we as a society will mentally evolve which is truly how we will change the world. When we truly balance mind, body and soul, we become positive energy. Imagine how everyone being in balance like that would change the energy of the world in a positive direction.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Recipe: Fighting Fatigue Juice
2 Green Apples
1 c Spinach
Best cold pressed but can be blended Fighting Fatigue Juice will give you Wings without giving you a heart attack and a halo! This juice will truly lift you up on a cellular level! The high levels of beta carotene, iron and antioxidants in this juice with repair, rejuvenate and energize your cells helping your body fight fatigue and giving you a mental and physical pep to your step.
You’ll feel your cells devour this juice as you drink it but after a week of incorporating this into your nutrition you’ll feel like a completely different person with your energy levels rapidly increasing! So get this juice into your routine if you’re fighting fatigue and give your body the healthiest way to fight back, feed your body the nutrition it needs and create positive energy in your body.