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October 2014

Healthy FAT fudge

Here are some photos from our Halloween party. Adam and I dressed up 80’s style. Adam had an awesome mullet and even did the “worm” for everyone. I was totally impressed! We had a dance at our church and all dressed up for my birthday. Did I mention that I am now 37? Time seems to just fly by. I had a fantastic birthday at Lagoon for Frightmares on Saturday and partied all night with my friends and hubby at the dance on Friday. I will share a few photos here. I had to share the one of me eating sardines for my dinner while watching the Zombie show. I am seriously amazed that I am actually really liking them and love how convenient they are to travel with. Anyways, we had some of our closest friends come down and spend the weekend with us, which made it even more special for me.

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Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought I would share with you a wonderful recipe for the sweet tooth and all the holiday JUNK that will be coming around constantly for the next few months.

I realize I am addicted to sugar and have really been working on it this past year. Adding good fats into my diet everyday has been truly the key to not craving sweets so often and changing myself to more of a fat burner than a sugar burner. I still love to have my own treats and make them at home. I think it helps me not feel deprived when everyone else is eating all the treats that are surrounding us, even though they really never tempt me. I don’t like how they make me feel and I just know more so I feel like that knowledge is power. I believe that a treat can even be an amazingly way to eat healing herbs and super foods. This recipe qualifies for that and I made it up today. It was fantastic and very rich. You only can eat a few pieces, which says a lot coming from me. I used my silicone trays, but you could use ice cube trays or even just pour in a 8×8 glass pan and cut squares out.

1 cup almond butter. You could use any nut butter or even Tahini would work great
1 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 Tbs Maca powder
1 Tbs tumeric
1 little pinch of cayenne (optional)
2 Tbs of raw honey
5-10 drops of liquid stevia, vanilla cream is what I used today
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup of cocoa

Melt all your ingredients together on low heat over the stove. You really just need everything melted together and mixed well. Pour into your silicone trays or pan and place in freezer. Be patient because it takes a few hours to get all the way firm. This is serious good fats for you, with very little sugar. You could totally play around with this recipe. Coconut cream would make it creamier, you can add peppermint oil and make it mint chocolate fudge. Possibilities are endless. This will be my treat for Halloween tomorrow. Happy Halloween!

Sour Gummy Vitamin Candies

Try making your own gummy vitamins for your kids and yourself. We tried this out a few days ago and my kids LOVED them. I also thought they were pretty good to snack on. Angie, you probably remember that I LOVED gummy candy growing up and I always put them in the freezer before I snacked on them. I especially loved the ones covered with sugar. Well, these are just as good, if not 100% better since you don’t have to worry about any toxic ingredients that are in them. They take about 5 minutes to make and only four ingredients.

6 Tbs Grass fed Gelatin
2/3 cup lemon or lime Juice
6 TBS Raw Honey
2-3 drops lemon or wild orange essential oils

Just whisk together and then put on stove and heat until warm and completely mixed together. Pour into silicon molds and put in freezer for 5-10 minutes. After that you can store them in the fridge for 2 weeks. They also are great in lunches.

Homemade Toothpaste

I am a registered Dental Hygienist. I have been practicing for 15 years now. I currently just work on Tuesday for an amazingly kind and thorough dentist. His name is Brandon Robison and our office is called Robison Dental. So, this post is going to be controversal, especially to those I went to school with and work with. I relate it to a doctor or nurse who all they learned in school was what type of medication is used to treat what problem. Well I learned was the Flouride was and is necessary to have healthy teeth and no cavities. Over the last five years as I have read and re-read studies, all condradicting each other from the integrative medical perspective and then the ADA’s perspective. If I have learned anything over the last few years, it is to be open minded and also just to try it out and see for myself. So this is my experiment. As we are slowly changing all of our beauty products out for natural, nourishing replacements, I am ready to try the same thing with toothpaste. Call me crazy, but what I have read just makes sense to give it a try. I am going to post here a recipe from the internet that I am going to make and use. I will even show you a quick video.

I have always used a floride toothpast, and the last few years have used a more natural floride toothpaste like Tom’s. Even though these toothpaste did provide more natural ingredients, there were still some ingredients like Glycerine that were in every brand I could find. Glycerine prohibits the update of minerals into the tooth which I will explain more below. I have read study after study about Fluoride these last few months and I think it is time for me to test this fluoride theory out.

Just so you know where we are coming from. All four of my kids have had check ups every 6 months since they were two years old. We haven’t ever had a cavity in any of our children. They have always had fluoride treatments with a varnish fluoride every 6 months at their cleaning. At our last apt the dentist said that Isaac has a very small cavity starting in one of his babyteeth, but should be losing the tooth anyday now so we aren’t going to fill it. All the other kids are cavity free. They will be using this home made toothpaste as well as Adam and I. Adam and I both have a mouth full of fillings. I never had many cavities as a child until I started to drink Mountain Dew in 6-7th grade. I had about 12 cavities that were starting after that year. It ruined my teeth. In 8th grade I had a basketball coach tell me how bad soda was for you and I never had one again and is still true to this day. Most of the cavities slowed down, but I still got cavities all through college. In the last five years, I have had two small cavities. One on my molar after I had my last child and then again about 6 months ago. I still seem to get cavities often even though I floss every night and minimize my sugar intake. I also am very diligent with eating whole foods and taking supplements. Adam is about the same. He has some crowns and root canals in his mouth and still gets the occasional little cavity here and there but also flosses everyday along with good brushing habits. This is another reason why I am so curious about trying something different. I have ALWAYS used fluoride and ALWAYS had cavities. I know more is at fault than fluoride, but I am curious to see what changes I can make and what the outcome will be. I will keep you updated on our next few check ups and see how things look. I don’t brush my kids teeth for them, except to help Mya, and I don’t floss them. They do brush morning and night but that’s about it.

Here are the reasons why I think this is worth giving a try. I have read this over and over from many different sources and I believe in why the ingredients are not good for us.

Fluoride

Most commercial toothpastes – even many of the “natural” ones – contain fluoride. Unfortunately, a Harvard study recently linked fluoride to lowered IQ in children, while additional research has associated it with weakened bones, thyroid suppression, lowered metabolic function and dementia. (source 1, source 2, source 3)

Is it possible to remain cavity-free without fluoride? Great question. According to Dr. Hardy Limeback, DDS, PhD, who has served as head of the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto and president of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, “You can get perfectly healthy teeth with resistant enamel without having any kind of fluoride exposure.” (source)

Glycerin

Glycerin is used in almost all toothpastes because it helps create a pasty texture and prevents it from drying out. Though it’s non-toxic and I love to use it in homemade beauty formulas, glycerin is not something I want in my mouth. Why? Because it coats the teeth in a way that prevents normal tooth remineralization. Though most of us were raised to believe that minerals cannot be returned to the structure of the tooth itself, there is good data suggesting that it can. If the concept of remineralization is new to you, I recommend you check out this post from Wellness Mama.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

SLS is a foaming agent and detergent that is commonly used in toothpaste, shampoo, and other products used to do things like, um, degrease car engines. Why should we avoid it? Though some people have concerns that it may be an estrogen mimicker, I’d say the most obvious and substantiated reason is that it increases gum inflammation and mouth ulcers. According to a study conducted the Department of Oral Surgery & Oral Medicine in Oslo, Norway, individuals who used a toothpaste containing SLS suffered from more ulcers (canker sores) than those who used an SLS-free toothpaste. (source)

Titanium Dioxide

Used to make toothpaste look white, titanium dioxide is sometimes used in it’s nano-particle form. (source) It’s also used in salad dressings for the same reason, and I wrote here about why that might be a problem.

So What Do I Use Instead?
The great thing about ditching toothpaste is that there’s no “right” way to replace it. Many things, like tooth soap and even coconut oil will work, but after a lot of experimentation I concluded that the recipe below works best for my family. Here’s a breakdown of what each ingredient does:

Bentonite Clay

Yes, I’m talking about the stuff I wash my hair with. Bentonite clay is a gentle cleanser that is rich in minerals which support tooth remineralization. It’s detoxifiying properties help freshen breath and fight gum disease, while it’s adsorptive properties help remove stains from teeth. (See Activated Charcoal for more about adsorption)

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a mild abrasive tooth polish that helps mechanically remove stains while other ingredients such as clay and activated charcoal draw them out. It also helps freshen breath.

Sea Salt

Unrefined sea salts such as this one and this one contain 60+ trace minerals that aid in tooth remineralization. Salt is also highly antiseptic, which helps keep bacteria in check.

Herb & Spices

Spices and herbs such as clove powder, ground cinnamon, and ground mint add flavoring, but they also have astringent properties that support gum health.

Stevia

The whole herb form of stevia is used in this recipe as a sweetener. My kids like the flavor so much they actually refuse to spit when they brush their teeth. Of course, that’s okay with me because all the ingredients are edible.

Activated Charcoal

As I wrote here, “Activated charcoal – also called activated carbon – is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and either calcium chloride or zinc chloride. It was used medicinally by both Hippocrates and the ancient Egyptians, and it is still the poison remedy of choice in modern day emergency rooms. Why? Because it’s highly adsorptive, which in plain English means it attracts substances to its surface like a magnet. Like absorptive substances which work like a sponge, adsorptive materials bind with certain compounds and prevent our bodies from using them.

Fortunately for us, activated charcoal is a bit particular about what it locks onto. It’s not interested in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and other compounds you probably want to hang onto (including your tooth enamel). It does, however, happen to like tannins – the compounds found in coffee, tea (even herbal tea), blueberries, wine and spices like cinnamon that stain our teeth. As a bonus, activated charcoal also balances the mouth’s pH and is even considered beneficial enough to be used in some tooth re-mineralization formulas.”

Homemade Tooth Powder Recipe
Note: Feel free to add or adjust ingredients based on your needs. For example, if you have very sensitive teeth you might want to skip the baking soda and salt at first, or if you want to focus on removing stains add a little more activated charcoal.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons bentonite clay (You don’t need an expensive brand – something like this will work well)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons finely ground unrefined sea salt (I use this brand and this brand)
½ teaspoons clove powder (where to buy organic clove powder)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (where to buy organic cinnamon)
1 ½ teaspoons ground peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves or 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil*
1 ½ teaspoons unrefined stevia powder – optional (find it here)
¾ teaspoons activated charcoal – optional (I open up about 4 capsules of this brand to add in)
* If you don’t have peppermint leaves, just grind some peppermint tea in a coffee grinder. Voila!

Directions

Using a stainless steel or plastic spoon, mix all ingredients in a clean glass jar. To use, add a little to a wet toothbrush and brush as normal.

Cancer Webinar by Dr. Majors

This weekend I listened to a wellness summit put on by Dr. Josh Axe. It was really informative and I loved learning all the different ways we can bring wellness into our lives. One of the speakers really stuck out because, he has cancer. He was given 4 weeks to live and now it has been 4 years that he has been fighting and changing how his body gets well. I think about my sister everyday and anything that I can possible share with her or any of you that have cancer or have a love one that has cancer that I think it is worth posting here. I know everyone has their own stories and experiences, but we can all learn from each other and maybe do things differently because they feel right to your soul when you learn about them. I wish I could post the exact talk I heard, but since I can not I did find one on YouTube by Dr. Majors. It is worth it to listen to his story and hear how he is living with cancer and beating it!

Cashew Milk

So I made a video and just when I was about finished, my phone rang. So, this automatically stops the video and cuts me off. Instead of re-doing the video, I will just sum up the details of roasting tomatoes on here.

one cup of cashews- soak for at least 4 hours in filtered water
Drain and rinse
add 4 cups of filtered water
add vanilla stevia drops or 1 tbs pure maple syrup or 1 tbs raw honey- blend and enjoy!

If your picky, strain before pouring into glass pitcher and keeping in fridge

Cashew milk is a great, easy alternative to making almond milk or another nut or seed milk. You don’t have to strain or use a nut bag like you do with almond milk. There will be just a little grit, but definitely not a necessary step, unless this bugs you. It only takes a second to pour your blender full of creamy cashew milk through a metal strainer and into a glass container for your fridge. Just to clarify when someone is new to using these milk alternatives. Most of the time, you are not going to want to just pour a glass of these milks and drink them up. It isn’t the same as raw dairy and has a different flavor, but they work amazing in any recipe that calls for cows milk. They also are great in granola’s or to dip your healthy cookies into. Be open to trying new things and letting your taste buds change. This has happened to me over and over again with things that I never thought I would like and am now loving!!!

I also just give you a quick and easy way to use up some of the awesome tomatoes that are in season right now. This is the way my family uses and eats all our tomatoes. They are amazing but you have to be patient. It takes a good couple of hours, roasting them at 350 in the oven. If you turn your heat higher, just watch them after about 45-60 minutes. They can burn pretty quick once the liquid is gone. If there is too much steam from the water in the tomatoes, then sometimes I roll up a towel and crack the oven door open a little with the towel so the steam can escape. This speeds up the process a little because it dries them out quicker. It is basically like making your own sun dried tomatoes.

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Slice tomatoes and place on a large cookie sheet.
drizzle avocado, coconut, or bacon grease over tomatoes. (you want a high heat cooking oil-never use vegetable or canola oil-these cause major inflammation in the body)
sprinkle a great sea salt. I like Real Salt or Hymilian salt.
Basil or any Italian herb is also awesome to sprinkle on your tomatoes.

Cook in oven, I do 350 for a few hours. Just set it in and set your timer and forget about it. After a few hours, you have to just keep checking them until there is no more liquid on your cookie sheet and they are pretty dried out without burning. They still taste great if you want to try them a little before they are dried out. It takes some patience to wait for these beauties. We all just eat these off the cookie sheet like candy. Then I store the rest in the fridge and add to any meal we are eating. They are just full of flavor.

Angie,

I LOVE you and am thinking and praying for you everyday. Please don’t do too much or over stress your body. This is the time for healing. I know how ambitious you are!! I have some great yoga videos and tips that I will share in the next few days. I believe yoga can be very healing to our body so if you haven’t tried it, now is the time. Your amazing and our bodies are absolutely meant to be able to heal themselves if it’s God’s will and we do our part. Have a fantastic weekend!!

Turmeric Chocolate Maca Smoothie

There are so many Superfoods you can sneak into a smoothie and it still taste amazing if you use the right combos and tricks. Another wonderful thing about doing a smoothie in the morning hours is your starting out your day with plants, super foods, good fats, healthy protein, fiber, and NO sugars. You can’t beat that. It is seriously my favorite breakfast because I love how I feel throughout the day. I have engergy, don’t crave sugar, and stay regular with amazing—poops. Yes, I just said that. Remember how important that part is. If you don’t have amazing poops, focus on fibers like flax, chia, sprouted nuts and seeds. There is nothing better for getting all the toxins out and feeling lighter.

This morning I actually started my day with one quart of water, with 1 tsp of Himalayan sea salt, and greensmoothiegirl mineral drops. Then I went and played basketball at 6:00 am with my lady friends. It’s my favorite workout of the week. I got home and got my kids off to school. I then had one cup of warm bone broth that taste wonderful, like a chicken broth. On Fridays I try and sit in my sauna for 30 minutes and sweat like a banshee while Mya tears our house apart. It is worth the clean up for my sweat and relaxation time. I then did errands and shopping for a few hours and at about 11:00 I had my smoothie.

I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting or basically eating the same amount of calories, but in an 8 hour window. It’s only been two weeks, so time will tell. For now, unless my body is telling me I am really hungry before 11:00 am, I am just waiting until then and doing my smoothie or a very large salad to start my day. I still have bone broth or herbal teas in the morning. You can also add a little healthy fat into your liquids to help you get through the morning if your interested in trying this. There is very different opinions on IF especially with women. It can be stressful for the body to fast so you have to do your own research on this and make sure your metabolism and hormones are on point first before you try this. There are some research and studies being done with intermmittent fasting and cancer that are interesting. I am still gathering different opinions and data and trying it out, which is really the best way to decide if its right for you. It’s not about weigh loss, but about healing and a lot of healing happens during intermittent fasting. It gives your body a break from digestion, if you add coconut oil during your fast it can help heal the gut. It calms down Ghrelin (hunger hormone) and resets your system. It takes about three days for it to tame this hunger hormone. So by the fourth day, you don’t think about food all morning. Maybe something to look into if your up for it. I’ll keep you posted on my experiment with this.

I also mentioned in my video that I was listening to a wellness summit podcast about cancer by Sayer Ji. He has a book out called The Cancer Killers. Angie, you should check it out. Sayer Ji said the the top five foods for killing cancer are:

1. Black cumin seeds
2. Garlic- (If you make your own salad dressing with raw garlic, this is an easy one to get in everyday)
3. Raw or Manuka Honey
4. Frankincense oil
5. Turmeric or curcumin

This smoothie is focused on Tumeric

Recipe by Denise Christian

2 cups filtered water
1/2 cup coconut or unsweetened almond milk
1-2 cups of greens-I used one stalk of organic celery, one organic cucumber, I large bunch of frozen saute’d kale in coconut oil, small handful of cilantro
1 scoop of Maca Powder
1 scoop of fiber. I used Garden of Life super seed fiber but you can use chia seeds or ground flax seeds
2 small scoops of upgraded chocolate powder or any raw cocoa powder
1 TBS upgraded brain octane oil, mtc oil or coconut oil
2 scoops your favorite protein powder-make sure it is clean. I used JJ Virgin’s chocolate shake protein powder (delish!!)
Sweet Leaf English Toffee Stevia drops- I just add and then taste to see how much I need.

I always blend all the greens and liquid first, then add my powders and blend, then ice and my protein powder and just blend until all mixed together. Taste before you pour it out. You can always add more Stevia, frozen berries, more chocolate powder or more coconut milk. You want it to taste good and it should. I really enjoy mine. It is so satisfying and honestly taste like a treat. I am a chocolate lover so this always makes my mouth water.

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