Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How to Stay Healthy

Hello!  How have you been?  I hope marvelous!!  I have nothing to complain about.  Life is good and Jesus is awesome!  :-)

With the way sickness has been rampant this winter, I thought I would write an article on how to stay healthy.  Most of these points are pretty obvious, but still need to be stated.

Rest
How many of you do not get enough rest?  This is the foundation to a healthy body.  The way God made these bodies, is that they need rest in order to stay healthy.  How many hours of sleep are you getting?  If that number is below 7 or 8, you need to make some life changes.  Turn off that T.V., stop scrolling through Facebook, or put down that book.  You cannot function, your brain cannot function without sleep.  Think about this.  Please.

Food
Eat your fruits and vegetables.  Remember half of your meal needs to be fruits and vegetables in order for your body to properly digest the food you are eating.  Can we do this 3 meals a day?  Maybe not.  But strive.  Add more fruits and vegetables to your day.  If we ate more fruits and vegetables we wouldn't have room for all of that junk food.

Sugar
Sugar is POISON!!  No kidding.  I really believe Satan either created sugar or gave a human the idea to create sugar.  I hate sugar.  HATE.  If we could all eat it in moderation, that would be GREAT!  But most of us cannot.  If you haven't watched the documentary "FED Up", I highly recommend you buy it or rent it.  It outs the sugar industry and is one of the best documentaries I have watched.  Sugar compromises our immune system.  We really DO NOT need our immune systems compromised this winter with all of the sickness going around.  Stay away from sugar!

Hand washing
I know this sounds like your mom talking to you now.  But honestly, it's the simplest things that work.  When you leave the house and go to the grocery or go where ever, use the little cart cleaning station stores have to wipe down your cart before pushing it and don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth until after you wash your hands.  We keep wet wipes in the car and the kids know to get the wet wipes out or the essential oil hand spray as soon as we get back in the car.  Then when we get home, it's straight to the sink to wash our hands with soap and water.  And not anti-bacterial soap.

Probiotics
I saved my favorite for last.

Probiotics.  Oh, how I LOVE probiotics.  You can get them anywhere nowadays but that doesn't mean they are worth you spending money on them.  I have bought several different brands and my favorite brand comes from doTERRA.  I am a Wellness advocate for doTERRA.  Ain't gonna hide that.  I LOVE their products.  They sell a probiotic that is amazing.  It is double encapsulated.  Which means it doesn't dissolve in your stomach, it dissolves in your colon and intestines.  Which is where you want the probiotics to go.  Most probiotics are destroyed in the stomach by our stomach acid.  But not doTERRA's.  It's the only probiotic I use and highly recommend.

If you want to go another route, start buying or making Kombucha.  This effervescent drink is full of probiotics and tastes delicious too!  Here's a link on how to make it.  And here is a link to why I drink it.

Here's a link to PB Assist, if you are interested.  If you already know someone that is a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, please contact them to get your bottle.  1 a day is recommended. 

And here is a link to my doTERRA webpage, if you want to check out other products.  Or go to my.doterra.com/itstimetogreen 

Here is a link to make your own homemade hand sanitizer.

Did I forgot anything?  If I did, leave me a message!!  Gosh, I am full of links aren't I?  :-)

Stay healthy and keep living GREEN!!

Blessings,

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Why I Drink Kombucha?

I have a few friends asking questions about Kombucha, so I thought I would write a post about all the good things about it!  :-)

Why I Drink Kombucha

Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.  Kombucha is a healthy version of pop (without high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring and aluminum).  It is loaded with probiotics, aids in digestion, helps detoxify bad stuff out of your body, is a dramatic immune system booster, can help prevent cancer, can help the body eliminate the chemotherapy from the bodies of chemotherapy patients.  You can make it yourself (very easy and inexpensive) and it tastes great!

Kombucha has been consumed for over 2000 years the world over. It has been extensively studied and applied for several medical uses in Russia, Germany, China and many other places.  It is naturally carbonated and is purported to have a host of healing properties that may include:

*Probiotics – healthy bacteria
*Alkalize the body – balances internal pH
*Detoxify the liver – happy liver = happy mood
*Increase metabolism – rev your internal engine
*Improve digestion – keep your system moving
*Rebuild connective tissue – helps with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism
*Cancer prevention
*Alleviate constipation
*Boost energy – helps with chronic fatigue
*Reduce blood pressure
*Relieve headaches & migraines
*Reduce kidney stones
*High in antioxidants – destroy free-radicals that cause cancer
*High in polyphenols
*Improve eyesight
*Heal excema – can be applied topically to soften the skin
*Prevent artheriosclerosis
*Speed healing of ulcers – kills h.pylori on contact
*Help clear up candida & yeast infections
*Aid healthy cell regeneration
*Reduce gray hair
*Lower glucose levels – prevents spiking from eating

Simply put, Kombucha is an all natural health beverage chockfull of probiotics and other healthy amino acids. Probiotic literally means “for life”. Unlike antibiotics, which kill ALL of the bacteria in your body, even the good stuff, probiotics re-establish the natural ecology of the intestinal flora. Probiotics are said to boost immunity, enhance mood, fight allergies, detoxify the body and rid the body of disease. The Kombucha benefits you experience may vary.

However, Kombucha is NOT a panacea – it doesn’t cure ANYTHING! It brings the body back into balance so that it may heal itself naturally. That is how it is able to do so much – because it works with your body’s natural immune system.

From the label of a Ginger flavored GT’s Kombucha Bottle 16 fl oz. They recommend 2 servings per bottle.
Calories 30                                                                                       
Sodium 10mg                   
Total Carbs 7g
Sugars 2g
Additional Nutrients per bottle:                                                       
Folic Acid 25%                                                                                
Vitamin B2 20%
Vitamin B6 20%                                                                                  
Vitamin B1 20%
Vitamin B12 20%
Probiotic Organism Content"
Bacillus coagulan CGi-30 6086:  1 billion
S. Boulardil: 1 billion
Antioxidants and Organic Acids:
EGCG 100mg
Glucuronic Acid 10mg
L(+)Lactic Acid 25  mg
Acetic Acid 30mg


*****I have free s.c.o.b.y.s.  To learn how to make K’cha go to the home page of this blog and click on the green rectangle button labeled “Kombucha.”

Stay GREEN and healthy!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Golden Dumplings

This recipe is definitely blog worthy.  So, here we go.

This recipe originated from an Instant pot cookbook I bought called "The Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Cookbook" by Virginia Hathaway.  I give her all the credit, but I have made quite a few tweaks.  If you don't have an Instant Pot, I am guessing this could be tweaked for a crock-pot.

This dish is a cross between a cobber and doughnuts in our house.  My kids love it and they feel like they are getting a major breakfast treat.

The original recipe does not include fruit so I changed that. :-) 

Golden Dumplings
2 cups organic King Arthur all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder, without aluminum
7 Tbsp Kerrygold salted* or raw butter (which is almost 1 stick of butter)
2 eggs, farm fresh
1/4 cup raw milk
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup real maple syrup
4 Tbsp butter, additional
2 cups water
Fruit of choice (cherries, peaches, blueberries, etc)
(*If you don't use salted butter, add 1 tsp sea salt.)

1.  In the large bowl of your Kitchen-aid, fitted with the paddle mixer, place flour and 7 Tbsp of butter.  Mix until well combined and crumbly.
2.  In a separate bowl whisk eggs and milk with a fork
3.  Add egg mixture to the flour.  Then add lemon juice.  Mix.
4.  Once dough starts to stick to paddle, turn Kitchen-aid mixer off.
5.  In the bottom of the pressure cooker, combine the maple syrup, butter and fruit.  Bring to a boil on the saute mode.  Then turn off.
6.  Add water.
7.  Roll dough into golf ball sized dumplings and drop dumplings into fruity-syrupy goodness.
8.  Cook on Low Pressure for 5 minutes.
9.  Allow IP to NPR (natural pressure release).
10.  Enjoy with a big glass of raw milk!

I would like to eventually swap out half of the AP flour with sprouted.  It's on the "to do" list. 

This is what is left.

This is what the kids bowls looked like.

Enjoy!  Post comments if you make it.