Don't stick me, bro!

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Sorry doc, if you think it’s a “good idea” to jab poison in my arm made by a corporation that ONLY profits if I get sick, you shouldn’t be making decisions on my health!

You Are What You Meat!

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“So, let me get this straight.  If your adding estrogen, growth hormones, and antibiotics to their feed helps fatten up your cows, why wouldn’t it also fatten up the folks who eat the meat?”

 

We are what we eat!  You can get delicious grass fed, hormone – free, antibiotic – free meat at your local farmer’s market.  You can even talk to the farmer!!!!

EPA Reverses Stance On Fluoride

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EPA ADMITS THAT FLUORIDE IS HARMFUL

So when we say it’s a conspiracy, no one listens… but when the EPA finally acknowledges that we were right all along, what do you have to say??

>> Conspiracies and Underground News: A Truther’s Movement << READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/02/22/epa-reverses-fluoride/#ixzz2TNKnuBsx

The wonder of bananas!

534804_290728761059522_1459491702_nThis write up is reposted without permission from: https://www.facebook.com/Factsgallery?group_id=0

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

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A Truth About Olive Oil We Should All Know

Our family uses olive oil to cook EVERY DAY – sounds like we need to change our habits!  What oils do you use in the kitchen?  Check out this article by Collective-Evolution.com!olive-300x199

Olive oil has been around for thousands of years, in fact, olives are one of the oldest known foods. While there is a lot of information on the subject, it is no doubt that the oil extracted from olives is an extremely healthy oil. In fact it is safe to say that it is one of the healthiest oils that is available to us today. With its array of benefits including: anti-inflammatory properties, cardiovascular, digestive health, bone health, eyesight, anti cancer and many more benefits, olive oil truly is an incredible super food!

Most people are aware of the amazing benefits that olive oil provides, but the majority of people are not aware of the adverse properties that the olive oil contains when it is heated. When heated, even at extremely low temperatures all the amazing enzymes and health benefits that the oil contains are destroyed, and in turn the oil itself transforms into a trans fat. This is of the worst types of fats to consume including animal fats. Man made trans fats can increase your ‘bad’ cholesterol and decrease your ‘good’ cholesterol.

Even heating olive oil at a very low temperature causes this oil to transform into this unhealthy, rancid state. Olive oil is better left alone, the way it is, at room temperature. Olive oil is excellent for making salad dressings, using as a dip for bread, and you can even drizzle it over your favorite cooked dishes for that divine, distinctive flavor.

Read the full article here!  (it goes on to suggest coconut oil as a replacement for olive oil in the kitchen!)

No 'Poo Update: Seven+ Months

Today is April 6th, I started my No ‘Poo experience on August 25th of last year and am pleased to report fantastic success!

At first I experienced many obstacles.  I had trouble getting my hair to feel clean, and experienced the usual “grease” factor that comes during the initial month of No ‘Poo.

I found that sprinkling the baking soda straight on my hair while it was dry really helped me to get the areas that we staying perpetually greasy – the roots and the back of my head. I’d then mix baking soda and water and use that as my wash, followed by diluted apple cider vinegar.

The truth is, I found that using way more baking soda in the initial months was helpful in getting a good clean.  I have since reduced the amount I use.

Now that I’m so far along in the process I only wash my hair 1-2 times per week.  Now I just sprinkle it on dry, rub it in with a little water when I get in the shower, rinse, then add diluted ACV as a conditioner.  About one a week I skip the baking soda and only use ACV.

My hair has been washed three times in the past 7.5 months.  Once when I got it cut (the following cuts I told the hair dresser about my No ‘Poo experiment and she said it was going really well and didn’t wash it for me!).  Once when I did a float in an isolation tank before a massage, they have you wash your body and hair with baby shampoo.  Then again right before I gave a speech and was out of BS and ACV (I used baby shampoo again).   I did not find these washes hinder my experiment.

Update: found a better pic – from just a week or so before the birth! You can see its shiny and healthy!!! The next two aren’t that great- one is wind blown the other is pulled up!

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Below is a pic from our maternity photo shoot in February (Thanks to www.knotsandtotsphotography.com)

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Below is a photo from this week at our newborn session (by www.knotsandtotsphotography.com).  My hair is up, so the above pic is a better representation 😀

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Othere posts about my No ‘Poo Experience here:

Going No ‘Poo, http://www.sovereignliving.tv/going-no-poo/

Update on my No’Poo Experience, http://www.sovereignliving.tv/update-on-my-no-poo-experience/

The swimming yogi in me

A few weeks ago John and I went to the YMCA to get a membership.  In part due to the encouragement of our midwife and in part because my body simply needs the exercise right now. I have been participating in yoga once a week and swimming once or twice a week.

The truth is, I thought I was about to die after swimming my first three laps.  My arms were tingling and my chest on fire from the workout. I pushed through the burn and was able to accomplish a total of 10 laps in their Olympic sized pool.  This is now my minimum each time I go and I look forward to raising the bar once my body gets used to the work out.

This week I decided to spend one of my pool session with Aliana, our 14 month old, in the 4 foot pool.  This proved a totally different but totally intense workout.  I moved her from side to side, up and down as I paced back and forth in the pool.  I walked forward, backward, side ways and marched.

By the time I was reaching exhaustion she still wanted to swim!  Ali leaned to kick her feet and splash her hands as if she were swimming.  It was a great bonding experience and workout at the same time!

Now, I do try to do yoga stretches on a daily bases at home, but there is nothing better than being child free and zoned into your own body for an hour.  I have participated in the “gentle yoga” and “prenatal yoga” classes and feel great after each.  Next week I am taking Aliana to a mommy and me yoga class to see how she does.

So far she has not taken well to the childcare facility.  We’ve never left her anywhere and the one time John tried to leave her so he could work in the lobby she panicked.  With that being said, my yoga classes are a family affair and John is spending time with the baby in the daycare to get her used to it.  Hopefully she’ll start to see it as a fun safe place and won’t mind an hour to enjoy other toddlers!

I can already see and feel a difference in my body.  My pregnant belly feels more firm and fit, my chronic pregnancy back aches are starting to wane, and I have been sleeping much more soundly at night.

Its has been a really long time since I’ve engaged in any sort of regular physical activity , so I wanted to share my so-far-so-good experience with you and keep you posted as I journey toward true physical health.

What do you do to get exercise every week?

Much love,

Catherine

DIY Fluoride Free Natural Toothpaste

I recently came across this recipe for homemade toothpaste.  Give it a try and tell us what you think!

Related: http://www.sovereignliving.tv/simple-home-toothachedental-caries-remedy/

Homemade Toothpaste

  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbps. baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. calcium magnesium powder (optional)
  • 2 Tbps. xylitol or green stevia powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp. real sea salt (optional)
  • 5 -10 drops essential oil (I use peppermint) or several drops ouzo, sambuca, and such.
  • 5 – 10 drops trace minerals (Colloidal Silver)

Source: http://ybertaud9.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/diy-fluoride-free-natural-toothpaste/

 

Six Super Spices.

Dried rep pepper, nutmeg, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger all have the potential to help your body heal or find relief!  See the image above for details on each!