Love is….

For me to find love, I have gone through many trials in my life, finding out what love is NOT:

Love is not a new toy or something to play with, 

It’s not candy either. 

Love is not chocolate or ice cream, 

Love is not a party.

Love is not a computer. 

Love is not a cat or a dog or a hamster or a bird, 

Love is not a TV or a show on TV.

Love is not a one night stand, or two or three. 

Love is not a family,

Love is not a child or a parent.

Love is not in a book, 

Love is not a hobby.

Love is not material possessions.

Love is not going to be found if you move states or countries, 

Love is not drugs or alcohol, 

Love is not work. 

Love is not pain or agony or depression.

Love is not a big, shiny new car.

Love is not a house.

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Love is not a diamond or precious stone,

Love is not a ring on a finger.

Love is not gambling, 

Love is not money. 

Love is not a new diet,

Love is not exercise, 

Love is not a lean body.

Love is not a love letter, 

Love is not flowers. 

Love is not in another person. 

I have been searching for love all my life, and in all my searching, I have not found it… until now. 

Love will never be found outside of me. It only comes from within. It is in all of us, but has been buried in a mountain of crap, called life. It has been pasted over by ex-lovers, material possessions, and emotions of past experiences. It has been sealed shut with lots of delicious food and good times. 

But if you are so lucky to begin to uncover love from the depths below, you will see that it shines. You will see how it radiates forward in all you do. You will see how it’s all-encompassing. You will see how it fills every crevasse of your body, your life and your soul. You will not be able to contain it. The love is so strong, it has the capability of moving you and all of those around you. It will show in your kindness, your generosity and your gratitude. It will be revealed in everything you do. 

Does your love shine? How have you worked to find love?

 


End of Smoothie Challenge

So I finished 100 smoothies. They were not all original or different smoothies though. I got to about 65 and started duplicating (because some smoothies were so darned good)!! However, I am continuing to do smoothies daily. They really ease digestion of foods and keep things moving. If I eat all day and don’t have any smoothies, my stomach hurts. So I’m going to keep it going and will also add in some juices. I gotta go with what works. ;-)  

I did discover some cool new smoothie straws though! They are stainless steel, therefore are reusable. You can custom order them on Etsy from Mulled mind. I purchased the regular straw diameter, then I got the bigger size, also, for my smoothies. I LOVE them!! No smoothie is complete without a straw! The straws are easy to clean with the brush that comes with them. Just be careful if you use them in the car, not to knock your teeth on the straw while going over bumps! I usually use them at home, so it’s not a problem. Enjoy your smoothies and be eco chic at the same time. ;-) Really cool!

DSC07272I’ll leave you with my FAVORITE smoothie recipe: (this is the one I keep repeating. I love it!)

Mango Maca Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 c. almond milk
  • 3 dates
  • 1 t. maca
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 4-5 c. spinach
  • 2 c. frozen mango or peaches
  • 1 t. spirulina (optional)

Put all in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Makes 4 cups.

ENJOY!! 

 


Homemade Herbal Cough Drops

I made these cough drops for my family because everything I found pre-packaged in the stores had extra sugar, A LOT of extra sugar, not to mention other ingredients to extend shelf life of the cough drops. I knew that I didn’t want these for my kiddos. Especially the extra sugar! Why when you are trying to get well, are they loading you up with extra sugar? Mama always says to keep to liquids when you are sick and it truly helps the body to rest and not have to work so hard to digest and process things in your stomach. If you are busy digesting, your body is not repairing and working to get rid of the virus or bacteria that has invaded your body. 

Here is my herbal cough drop recipe and how to make them yourself. 

Items you will need are:

  • Candy thermometer that reaches at least 310 degrees or ‘hard crack’ state.
  • Candy molds, preferably silicone. This recipe will make about 50 drops, so buy two trays. I tried the hard plastic ones that you can get at the craft store, and you can’t get the cough drops out of them- they don’t work!!
  • Pot to boil ingredients. 
  • Herbs.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. elderberry
  • 1/4 c. echinacea purpurea
  • 1/4 c. chamomile
  • 1/4 c. licorice root* 
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. RAW honey (honey that isn’t raw will burn and leave a burnt taste to your cough drops.)
  • Slippery Elm Bark, optional

In pot add all of the ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool. Strain herbs out. Rinse out pot.

Back in the clean pot, add only 1 cup of the strained herbal liquid. (Keep the remaining liquid, add honey to it to sweeten it and use it for cough syrup & store in your fridge.)

Add the honey.  

Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes- 1 hour, stirring very frequently. After the 30 minute mark, as the water evaporates, it is more likely to burn, and must be stirred constantly until the ‘hard crack’ temperature is achieved (310 degrees). 

This is the beginning of the boil, the boil is loose and there are little bubbles.

This is the beginning of the boil, the boil is loose and there are little bubbles.

 Keep stirring!! 

Bubbles become foamy and thick. Almost to 300 degrees!!

Bubbles become foamy and thick. Almost to 300 degrees!!

Once it reaches 310 degrees, you can pour it into your molds.

Pour into moulds.

Pour into molds.

Put into freezer to cool. 

I leave mine in the freezer,  in the molds until they are ready to use, mainly because I’m lazy, but also because they don’t last long in our house.  

Finished herbal cough drops

Finished herbal cough drops

You can also pop them out of the molds and roll the cough drop in slippery elm powder, then wrap it in parchment or wax paper and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Cough drop coated in slippery elm

Cough drop coated in slippery elm

 

Wrapped cough drop

Wrapped cough drop

A note about the herbs: 

  • Elderberry is an excellent cold and flu herb.
  • Echinacea raises your immunity back up and fights infections.
  • Chamomile relaxes the body, especially good for coughs.
  • Licorice root is a mucilaginous herb that soothes sore throats and soothes the stomach. **Do NOT use licorice if you have high blood pressure.
  • Cinnamon is a great anti-bacterial, viral and will help fight your sickness (not to mention it tastes good too!)

Other herbs that you could consider adding would be:

  • horehound- great if you have any hacking cough you can’t get rid of. It makes the cough productive to get out the virus and mucous. Since it is a strong, bitter herb, it will make the taste a bit more bitter. It isn’t a lot more bitter, but it is noticeable. The cinnamon and honey does a good job covering most of the taste.
  • Mullein is also good for the lungs and will help clear infection out of the lungs. 
  • Lemon Balm will also help to calm and is similar to chamomile. I choose chamomile because of it’s sweetness, but if you don’t have chamomile, lemon balm can be exchanged. 


NAET Allergy Treatments- Has It Been Worth It?

This is an update to my original post: The Game Changer: How Healing Food Allergies Has Changed My Life

Today marks my last NAET treatment, and it’s been 8 months. I have probably done at least 50 NAET treatments, not just for foods that my body wasn’t tolerating, but vitamins and minerals too. It is bitter-sweet finishing this up, and although the NAET Treatments are done, my healing is NOT. 

As I spoke to my acupuncturist this morning, I was wondering a few things:

  • How long does this last?
  • Why do I still feel inflammation in my body from foods I have been treated for?
  • I have been treated for things like peanuts and cashews 2-3 times each, is that normal? Will I need more?
  • Is it possible to have more allergies pop up in the future?

The long and short of it is: the body is always changing. Everyday, every minute, every second, your body is making new cells. You are taking in new things from the air you breathe to the food you eat, so things are bound to change- good or bad. Although the NAET has been done, it’s very personal if it will stick or not. You may need to go back for ‘booster’ treatments. Or possibly, for things that are very stingy like nuts, you may need a whole new treatment for it. I had to go back for cashews and peanuts three times each and I’m still having skin itchiness after eating it. I don’t have a full blown rash, but I feel my skin is itchy. I also sometimes feel that my joints are inflamed and painful after eating some of the foods I’ve been treated for. The bad news is: NAET resets the nervous system, so that it doesn’t create an inflammatory or allergic response for a specific food; but if your gut (just like mine) isn’t healed yet, it’s really ready to just start all over again, causing new allergies to come about. So yes, you can become to allergic to new things or get a new reaction from an old allergy if the gut isn’t healed. Another thing that I thought was interesting, was my acupuncturist said that since food is related to emotions, the changes of stress, emotions or past experiences can trigger an old allergy to come back. So it’s not only the gut that needs healing, but the emotions that need healing from past experiences. Overall, the body, mind and spirit needs a major overhaul, it’s not so simple as just eating a food and then you react to it. For example: eating a food because you feel overwhelmed from the stress, which freaks out the nervous system – then causing an allergic reaction.  

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So, for me- now it’s on to more healing. Trying new things. Here’s what my new plans are:

  • Keep drinking smoothies, and trying to give my digestion a rest to heal.
  • I will also will be adding a huge dose of probiotics. It appears that the kombucha really isn’t enough and isn’t doing what a kefir or sauerkraut would do. Water kefir and raw sauerkraut is much more potent, with more strains of probiotics. 
  • Continue to take digestive enzymes and HCL before my meals to help digest foods.
  • Stay away from possible or past allergens- I don’t want to start more issues until this is healed.
  • Take lots of vitamin A, D, & K
  • Take Glutamine- an amino acid to help heal the gut. I use a product called Glutamed.
  • Take N-Acetyl L-Cysteine- also a gut healer. I put a teaspoon in my smoothies.
  • Take my digestive tea which includes slippery elm and marshmallow root to soothe my gut.
  • Add an oil to my smoothies- coconut, flax or hemp oil are all good. 
  • Take an herbal tincture for inflammation as needed. Mine includes plantain, turmeric and ginger. 

Overall, I’ve learned that you should never put all of your eggs in one basket. To expect just one method to heal me was an under sight on my part. I have taken these steps, but I took for granted that NAET will work forever and there wouldn’t be any problems. Truth is: the body is always changing and thus, I must change too. I AM determined to get my gut healed, therefore my journey continues… 

 P.S. I have added my gut healing items to the Amazon.com widget at the bottom of this article so they are easy to find. 



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100 Smoothie Challenge Update

I’ve made it to my 50th smoothie of my 100 smoothie challenge. Today is day 20 that I’ve been having smoothies and I have to say, I’m feeling well. I thought that I would need three smoothies a day, and for the first week, I did. Now I don’t need so much. I am also drinking teas and water between smoothies.

It’s kind of funny, I drink a cold smoothie, then I’m freezing. I have to heat up a cup of tea or just hot water to warm back up again. I keep trying to find that balance of warm and cold. Ideally, I’d be doing this in the spring or summer, rather than the winter, but I happen to find an opening in my life, where I thought this would be a good thing to tackle. I have to take it as it comes. 

I’m also trying to find a balance between fats, fruits and veggies. If I have too much fruit, I get drowsy; too much fat and I feel nauseous, too much greens and I feel light headed. So I think I have it down- I have a green, fruit smoothie in the morning; then in the evening, I have a coconut based, green smoothie. That seems to be working. I can’t have just a fruit smoothie, as it’s too much sugar. 

For once, in a long time, I can actually digest something without a major belly ache. Even on raw foods, the foods are tough to break down, and many times I would end up in a belly ache. Smoothie-ing my foods seems to really help my digestion. 

I am having teas in-between smoothies not just for warmth, but also for healing. I’m using my digestive tea, to try to heal my gut while I’m giving it a rest. I’m also having some green powders mixed in water to give my body an extra detox boost. 

Although I thought I’d be having three smoothies a day, ending the challenge earlier, I’m ok with doing this longer. I think my digestion really needs the break to heal. I’m even thinking this may be a few month process. I will take it as it comes and see how things go. I really don’t have any definite expectations from this smoothie challenge. I’m just in it… 

As I keep making smoothies, please send me your ideas for smoothies. What kind of smoothie sounds good to you? What kind of food flavors would you like to have in a smoothie? Please send me your ideas!!

For today, I’ll share with you, my son’s favorite:

Caramel Smoothie

  • 1 Thai baby coconut- water and meat or 2 c. almond milk
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 6 dates, pitted (if they are dry, soak them for about 30 minutes & drain)
  • a pinch of himalayan or celtic sea salt
  • 4-5 c. spinach

Blend all in high speed blender & enjoy!!

***Here’s a tip. Find Thai baby coconuts at Asian or Indian food markets. They are much cheaper than Whole Foods or mainstream supermarkets. I found mine at an Asian market for $1.50/ coconut! Whole Foods sells them for $5 each! I just won’t pay $5 for 1 coconut!! 

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