Make Every Day Thanksgiving Day!

 

There are numerous studies that show that gratitude and thanks giving are good for the mind, body and spirit. So if you want to be healthier and happier, make EVERY day Thanksgiving!

 

By Dr. Mercola

Each year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast — a ritual that many psychologists believe actually fosters greater happiness and health.

And, while the ritual of giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing. At least that’s what science suggests.

The Benefits of Ritual Get-Togethers at Mealtime

As noted by Barbara Fiese, a psychologist and author of “Family Routines and Rituals”:

“Through direct observation of family mealtimes at home, we’ve found that how families communicate with one another during meals is related to the children’s health.

For example, when families show genuine concern about their child’s daily activities … teachers report these children are less likely to show acting-out behaviors in school.

What’s more, these interactions make children with chronic health conditions such as asthma feel more secure, and they’re more likely to report that they feel better throughout the day.”

Bill Doherty, a family therapist and researcher added:

The classic outcomes of regular rituals for families are coherence (a sense of identity) and connection (a sense of closeness) …

[But] barriers to good interaction — such as cellphone use, people getting up from the table and arguments — were even more strongly related (in a negative direction) to children’s psychological well-being and academic performance.

The implication is that we have to pay attention to doing some things well during meals — such as staying at the table and laughing together — but also avoid negative interactions.”

Gratitude Increases Happiness — and Health

As suggested in the video above, research shows that gratitude is a cornerstone of happiness. Moreover, actually expressing your gratitude publicly or openly yields greater results than keeping it to yourself.

If you typically cringe when it’s time to go around the table and share what you’re grateful for, remembering the benefits you reap may ease your discomfort. As noted in a previous CNN report on gratitude and Thanksgiving:2

“… there are some very practical reasons to get into the spirit of things, by taking a minute to remember the reasons you’re blessed. These are lessons that can be applied year-round.”

According to studies, the benefits of gratitude rituals — be it giving thanks at mealtime, keeping a gratitude journal, or sending thank-you notes — include:3,4,5

  • Improved sleep, especially if your mind has a tendency to go into overdrive with negative thoughts and worries at bedtime
  • Higher levels of happiness and a more optimistic outlook on life
  • Greater likelihood to engage in healthy activities such as exercise
  • Higher relationship satisfaction
  • Higher work performance (in one study, managers who expressed gratitude saw a 50 percent increase in the employees’ performance)

Studies have also shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, all of which can translate into improved health. Biological systems beneficially affected by gratitude include:6

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine) Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone) Stress hormones (cortisol)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) Blood pressure, cardiac and EEG rhythms
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine) Blood sugar

Read the rest of the article: here.

Other recommended reading:

Gratitude And The DNA Connection

Get Healthier With Gratitude

Thanksgiving 2015

Salud and Happy Thanksgiving!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Dealing With The Time Change, Plus Free Health Resources

 

 

HA! Well, it’s that time of year again in the US (unless you live in AZ), when we gain an extra hour on Sunday, which I love. But it takes my body at least  2 weeks to start acclimating to the new routine, so I’m not a big fan overall of the springing forward/falling back and think the country should just pick one and stick with it. I  even featured a post last year about the ill effects going thru springing forward can have on us.

Anyway, as daylight decreases and the time change makes darkness seem to come even earlier, I have a natural urge to almost hibernate or start spinning a cocoon :-), and for some people it can even trigger mild to severe depression.  Aside from seeking anti-depressant pharmaceuticals from a doctor, there are other ways — without side effects — to boost mood and alleviate some SAD symptoms.

Here are some things from Easy Health Options that can help someone deal with or counteract the winter blues:

Light therapy

Light therapy involves exposure to artificial light that mimics the natural outdoor light that is sorely lacking during the winter months.

The devices are called light boxes and are made by a number of manufacturers. They can range in price from around $40 on up. Some light boxes use white light, while others use blue light. There is more research supporting the use of bright white light than blue light to help with SAD symptoms.

If you decide to try light therapy, it’s important to look for a light box designed to filter out most UV light.

The effectiveness of light therapy depends on daily use. You’d want to situate your light box in an area where you can be within two feet of it for at least 30 minutes each day, preferably in the morning. If you have an office job, you could consider keeping it on your desk and using it for the first half hour you work. At home maybe you’d prefer to put in on a coffee table or side table while you read a book.

Get plenty of vitamin D

Did you know scientists believe there is a link between vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, and depression? It makes perfect sense when you consider the amount of natural vitamin D you get from sun changes with the seasons.

An Oregon study showed that young adult women with lower levels of vitamin D had greater incidences of depression over the course of a five-week study.  The researchers concluded that some women could simply get more vitamin D and prevent depressive mood states.

The National Institutes of Health‘s recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D is 600 IUs a day. But most alternative health practitioners will tell you that is woefully not enough, and that 4,000 IUs will do you better.

Eat mood-boosting foods

One 2013 study, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, examined the relationship between diet and mood in 281 young adults. In this study, participants who ate more fruits and vegetables felt calmer, happier and more energetic.

Junk and processed food can have the opposite effect. They stimulate short-term reward centers in the central nervous system. But over time, they can lead to dependency and mood imbalances, along with all-too-common long-term health consequences.

For a list of mood-boosting foods from Dr. Isaac Eliaz, click here.

Consider mood-boosting supplements and exercise

Dr. Michael Cutler recommends:

  • Exercise and yoga. Exercise can work wonders against depressive symptoms. A study at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, shows that exercise can drag people out of major depression.
  • Taking Hypericum extract (St. John’s wort) at 300mg three times daily.
  • Taking fenugreek to enhance the effects of St John’s Wort.
  • Supplementing with L-Tryptophan 1,500 mg to 3,000 mg twice daily between meals.
  • Taking 5-HTP (hydroxyl tryptophane): 100-250 mg twice daily.
  • Taking SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) 400 to 800 mg twice daily, starting at low dose.

Source: http://easyhealthoptions.com/getting-wintertime-blues/

For more on how time change can affect our health and mood, read the Self-help Health post about “jumping forward,” if you haven’t already:

Is The Time Change  A Good Thing?


 

And here are a number of free resources for you to consider taking advantage of….

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Do you have someone in your life that is suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, celiac disease, thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s, dementia or alzheimer’s? Or are you yourself facing a life-debilitating disease?

In just a few days Dr. Tom O’Bryan invites you to begin a deeply personal journey with his free 7-Part documentary series “Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They’re Not Telling You About.”

This documentary is important to watch, if you know someone with autoimmune disease, have it yourself, or simply want to be proactive and prevent it.This project leaves Dr. Tom’s hands after 30 years of clinical research, patient care and relationships and it goes out to the world at large to change the face of autoimmunity.

Register here for access to the series.

Lloyd Burrell of ElectricSense.com will be interviewing expert Michael Neuert, who is going to talk about EMF shielding solutions, smart meter shielding, low cost shielding, how to shield your home electricity box, and more…..

http://www.electricsense.com/11948/emf-shielding-protection/


And with all the tension and stress many people are feeling these days due to busy personal lives, the presidential election, Standing Rock, and multiple other situations, it’s nice to know this resource is available. It’s a short meditation by Mark Romero, whose music has been shown to provide healing benefits, to connect you to your breath and help you de-stress. You can also sign up for a free guided MP3 meditation to reduce stress and improve your state of mind. I really like the music in the background of the MP3 meditation. 

http://markromeromusic.com/2016/11/04/breathe-in-this-moment/


Also, be sure to check out the Fat Summit, starting on Nov 7th, that I mentioned in a previous post. You can get all the details and sign up on my What’s New page.

 

 

Salud and enjoy that extra hour!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Healing Illness By Transforming Your Behavior

 

Here’s a stimulating, thought-provoking article a friend shared with me earlier today that I thought I would feature here. Hope you find it insightful and helpful in some way; I know I did…

 

Ditch the Suffering⏤How to Heal Illness by Transforming Your Behavior

author's own

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I take a holistic approach to health—no conventional drugs, no surgeries, no injections, nada.

Over the course of my career, I have gradually abandoned all types of alternative therapies, from herbal medicine to homeopathy to acupuncture. This may seem counter-intuitive, like a surgeon operating without any tools. Yet this approach has led me to discover some extraordinary things about how human beings heal that I’d like to share with you.

By skillfully performing the ordinary activities of our daily lives, we can experience healing that is worthy of the term miraculous. By “ordinary activities” I mean the four activities that all human beings can and must perform for themselves: eating, moving, thinking and relating. These four actions are the most powerful, reliable and rapid forms of healing available to us.

Let’s take eating, for example. If we choose to impulsively indulge in a pint of ice cream every night after dinner, we are not acting with true kindness and intelligence. Sugar and dairy destabilizes our endocrine system, which can lead to a night of tossing and turning, bloating, headaches, and dehydration. Sugar causes inflammation in the body, which causes many of our common diseases and ailments. The pint of ice cream is only one aspect of eating, but it’s easy to see how simply changing one activity in our daily routine can have a dramatic effect on our emotional, mental and physical health.

To consider what re-calibrating all four areas of our lives would be like, imagine if you could purchase the following medicines:

A medicine that gives you the power to eat impeccably, exactly in accord with the wisdom of your mind and body. When taken, you will develop a beautiful, youthful body free from almost every illness.

A medicine that gives you the motivation and skill to perform a daily 90-minute workout, dramatically increasing your strength, flexibility and endurance.

A medicine that enables you to direct your internal dialogue as an unbroken stream of positive, life-affirming, self-esteeming thoughts. This medicine frees you from collapsing into negative emotions and infuses your mental/emotional body with unshakable faith, hope and love.

The medicine of loving kindness and compassion, which would heal your relationships of arguments, misunderstandings, conflicts and violence.

What would you do or pay in order to get your hands on these medicines? Thankfully, you can forget whatever scheme first came to mind, because we don’t need those medicines—they already exist. Unfortunately, we haven’t realized this because most of us eat, move, think and relate in a way that is incongruous with the four ordinary human activities. Instead, many of our actions are untrained, unskilled, and produce suffering in our physical, mental and emotional bodies.

We cannot abstain from eating, moving, thinking and relating. But we can choose whether our actions will be expressions of our wisdom and love, or expressions of our ignorance and indifference. Choosing love and wisdom is as rock solid and practical as it gets, because healing occurs consistently when we accept responsibility for our behavior, thoughts, words and deeds—when we develop self-control, when we master our appetites and passions, desires and fears. This is the path of the wise.

By mastering our behavior, we honor the foundational principle that all world religions uphold—virtue, or, right action in thought, word and deed. Our mind’s job is to protect our body. The most destructive enemy our body faces is none other than ourselves. Habitually performing actions that harm the body makes our mind anxious. This anxiety is healthy and necessary—when we are addicted to what injures us, no medicine can assuage our anxiety.

Through right action we cease harming ourselves (and others). As we become less dangerous and harmful to ourselves, our mind becomes markedly less anxious. We can then relax and concentrate our attention in prayer and meditation, enabling us to further discover and express in our mundane activities the divinity that we are. This is why I consider the healing of our behavior to be true healing.

We all long for the blessings of health and happiness; without them our lives seem filled with suffering. We seek them through medicine, religion or politics. Yet, look! They are right here for the taking. Nearer than our breath and thoughts; they are inescapably available right now. Our lives are whispering, shouting: “Love me! Give me your all. Now!” Our bodies, minds and relationships faithfully reflect back to us the caring and thoughtfulness behind our actions. Our every act obeys the one universal law: “As you give so shall you receive.” If we want quality from our bodies, minds or spouses we must give it. There is no other way.

The art of living is the art of healing. All of our actions are sacred. All of our mundane activities: breathing, walking, eating, thinking, reading, talking and working are all sacred healing rituals and therapies. Through our actions we make kindness and wisdom manifest in our human body. This is my medicine. And this is yours.

A Simple Three-Step Healing Exercise:

Pick out one self-destructive activity that you want to overcome and one wholesome activity that you want to instill. For example, you want to reduce your sweets, coffee or alcohol; on the other hand, maybe you want to eat two large servings of vegetables daily, exercise three times this week or listen empathetically to your spouse or child’s concerns (especially if it’s you). To make your good intention real, commit to one action, no matter how tiny, that you can and will do.

List at least three benefits of doing this, and three consequences of not doing this. Example: what will be the results in your energy, mood, self-esteem, confidence, income, relationships, health, tension, anxiety and mental clarity?

Tell at least one person the change that you are committed to making and why you have decided to do this. Ask them to check in each day for a week about how you are doing with your commitment. Accountability ensures results—it’s easier to not reach for the pint of ice cream if a friend is there to remind us to pull our hand back.

The kicker? Only thinking about doing this exercise while not actually doing it will bring you about as much benefit as thinking about taking a vacation and not actually going.

Take that vacation and do this exercise to get back to a reality where this epithet rings true:

You heal your body by healing your actions.
You heal your actions with the medicine of kindness.

In health and happiness,
Charley Cropley, N.D.

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/ditch-the-suffering%E2%8F%A4how-to-heal-illness-by-transforming-your-behavior/

Image: courtesy of the author, flickr/Karsten Bitter

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

More Acupressure Points, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit, Health Coaching Webinar AND A Beauty Tip!

 

Recently I did a post that featured some acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach (of Acupressure.com) that are good for dealing with jaw pain, TMJ, headaches and sinus congestion. Well, here’s more useful information from a newsletter of Gach’s…..

 

(by Michael R Gach) Here are several healing thoughts, suggestions and points to support you to continue to learn, heal and grow. I hope my input empowers you to use acupressure on yourself and others. My intention is to cultivate your interest in hands-on healing. I also want to share with you even deeper levels for learning how to heal, using the points to enhance your life.

HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD A POINT?

Hold for 1 to 3 minutes as you breathe slowly & deeply. Be sure to apply the pressure gradually. If you feel a connection with the point, hold for a full 3 minutes. For instance, if your client’s sinuses are blocked, hold St3 underneath the cheekbone for a few minutes until you feel a pulse in your fingertips to open the sinuses.

DOUBTS ABOUT HEALING:

When you practice Acupressure (whether on yourself or others), and doubts arise, whether it’s worrying if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right point, remember — the purpose of your life and the purpose of doing Acupressure is not to sit around and worry. Doubts distract you from healing and can strangle your body’s vital life force. Instead, whenever you find yourself worrying or doubting, let it be a clue to take several slow, deep breaths. Just 4 or 5 super deep breaths can counteract worry and doubt to allow your healing energy to flow again.

TO RELIEVE GROIN PAIN, MENSTRUAL, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, or SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS

Use the “Rushing Door Points” Sp12 and Sp13. Bend your leg. In the center of your groin crease is where energy tends to block-up. Gradually apply pressure slowly with your fingertips or use your knuckles to gradually press into the inguinal ligament, the big ropey cord there. You’ll feel a muscular cord in the crease where your leg joins the trunk of your body. Hold Sp12 and Sp13 points while laying down for 2 to 3 minutes, taking long slow deep breaths to discover the benefits.

TONE & CLEANSE YOUR COLON + RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS:
Use CV6, which is two fingers width below your navel. Lying on your back, apply pressure gradually toward your lower spine until it “hurts good”.  Hold for 10 to 12 super slow deep breaths. Do this routine 2 or 3 times daily. Pressing CV6 daily strengthens the colon for cultivating longevity. I press it on myself every day.  For colon problems, use it for several months, daily —  it takes time to strengthen your colon and cleanse it, but it’s so worth it.
No drugs or side effects; it’s natural, and all you need is your hands.
 Since Alzheimer’s and dementia continue to rise at an alarming rate and are responsible for more deaths annually than prostate and breast cancers combined, this is upcoming summit is very timely and sure to be a great resource for those wanting to know more about controlling and preventing these conditions……

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit is coming up!

Are you concerned about brain health? Or of one day not recognizing your closest friend? If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, then don’t miss The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit.

Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world, and this summit starting July 25th and running through August 1st represents a unique opportunity to discover hot to prevent, slow down, and even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So be sure to check out this free on-line summit to find out what you can, and should, do before memory loss is irreversible–because taking action now is the key to protecting your brain health and overall well-being. And when you sign up you gain access to 3 great bonuses….one on dealing with heavy metal toxicity, another on stopping memory loss, and one on natural ways to treat depression! How nice!

 

And for those of you interested in possibly having a career as a healthcare professional, check out this free online workshop hosted by Marc David and Emily Rosen at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating……

It’s called The Ultimate Health Coach: The 3 Keys to Turning Your Passion for Healing into Professional Success.The field of Health Coaching is exploding, and it’s an exciting career opportunity. But even more to the point, Marc and Emily will be sharing about the unique
Training they offer through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Here’s just some of what they’ll cover:

  • NEW strategies for breaking free from problems with food, body & health
  • The 3 Keys to being a successful health coach
  • How to make a great living while truly helping others in a meaningful way
  • Real case studies about the impact of this work
  • How you can be part of this powerful new movement
  • And a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If you’re at all curious about a new career opportunity OR you’re an already practicing healthcare professional looking to expand your skills, this webinar will show you how it’s possible to make an excellent living helping people finally find freedom with food and live the life they’re truly meant to live.

You can learn more about the summit and the webinar, and sign up for either or both through my What’s New page.

 

And to end on, a beauty tip from David Wolfe, using just cacao butter and coconut oil….

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow, so you don’t miss out on future posts. And check out the To Your Health page of my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

“Beanie Brownies,” Great Raw Food World Deal, The Soul Of Healing Summit And MORE!

 

Today’s offering has something for everyone…..a yummy looking treat that’s full of healthy ingredients, spicy sweet potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise, a great deal from RFW, an interesting sounding free on-line event, and a presentation on dealing with auto-immune disorders.

BTW, I have actually tried several chocolate and bean recipes before and was pleasantly surprised with their taste and look, so I am anxious to see how this one turns out. I think it will be a winner!

 

Oh my goodness, these black bean brownies taste just like those Little Debbie snacck fudge brownies I had when I was a kid! I love that these have no sugar, are packed with nutrition and passed the taste test of SEVEN people who couldn't even guess they had beans. My kids are hooked - these black bean brownies are the healthiest dessert ever! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

While developing this recipe for black bean brownies, I had flash backs to my childhood when I would have snack fudge brownies from Little Debbie in my lunchbox. You know, those little thick, fudgy ones with nuts on top?

I couldn’t believe that something so healthy, could taste so sinfully delicious!

Now you’re probably thinking there’s no way that something WITH beans and WITHOUT sugar could even remotely possibly be good. Hear me out. I went through rigorous testing to ensure my taste buds weren’t wacked out when I made these:

The first time I made these, they were for the kids and I. Aside from my serving, they ate the whole pan in 2 days.

When I told the kids they had beans in them, they laughed and asked for more.

The second time I made them, they were for the kids and the husband, who ruined dinner two nights in a row by grabbing more than a few of these when he got home from work.

When I told him they had beans in them, he looked at me like I had a third eye.

“Really?” he asked. “Yes, really,” I replied.

“Are you sure?” he asked again.

(Ha! As if I’d be joking about BEANS in BROWNIES!)

I told him, “Yes honey, for real. They really have beans in them. Can you taste them?”

“Nope, not at all. These are really good. You can put these in my lunches,” he told me.

Which by the way, “you can put these in my lunches” is one of the highest compliments you can get in our house.

The third time I made these, they were for company. Two of our three guests had one brownie, another had two and not a single one of them batted an eye.

After I told our guests the brownies had beans in them, the bean-hater (who had two) didn’t even believe me. Like Mr. Crumbs, he kept asking “Really?” and I reassured him repeatedly that yes, there were really beans in these brownies and yes, it is possible to make brownies with brownies taste amazing!

If four batches of brownies and 7 taste testers hasn’t convinced you that these black bean brownies are quite possibly the best thing that will happen to you this year, consider this:

These homemade black bean brownies are made with 9 ingredients that are all 100% real food. Compare to this list of ingredients off the box of Little Debbie snack fudge brownies:

Enriched bleached flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil with TBHQ to preserve flavor, sugar, dextrose, water, cocoa, walnuts, high fructose corn syrup, whey (milk), eggs, soy lecithin (emulsifier), corn starch, salt, leavening (sodium aluminum phosphate, baking soda), colors (caramel color, red 40), natural and artificial flavors, egg whites, citric acid, sorbic acid (to retain freshness), almonds.

Not only does the homemade version have LESS ingredients, but we’re avoiding the especially harmful ones like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup.

This recipe is also VERY allergy friendly – no gluten, dairy or eggs. Just double check your chocolate chips and you’re good to go.

As if it can’t get any better than this, let me reiterate the obvious: there are BEANS in these brownies! I don’t know if that means they’re a dessert or breakfast or what, so let’s make a double batch and just eat them all day, okay?

Serves: 12 brownies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups cooked black beans (how to make them homemade)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips, divided
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional)

(Personal Note: I highly recommend using all organic ingredients, if possible.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish or line with parchment paper.
  3. In a high powdered blender OR in a food processor, combine the ingredients in the order listed.
  4. Process the ingredients until the batter is ultra smooth, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  5. Fold in ¼ cup of the chocolate chips.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and nuts (if using) on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the brownies are cooked through and set.
  8. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting.

NOTES:

This recipe is easy to double. Use a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 17-18 minutes so that the center is thoroughly cooked through.
* If you don’t want to go through the trouble of folding in the chocolate chips (and dirtying another bowl), you can sprinkle them all on top. Alternatively, you can fold all the chocolate chips in too. My kids liked having the small bits of chocolate on top.
** I’ve made these with canned beans and dry beans cooked from scratch and we preferred the tasted of dried beans from scratch, although the canned beans came in a close second. If you use canned beans, be sure to rinse them thoroughly (until the water runs clear) before using.

Source:  http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/black-bean-brownies/

The last time I ordered from Thrive Market I got some of Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise and I was hooked from the get-go, so I can’t wait to try it with these fries……

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise Recipe

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sugar and spice and everything nice—that’s the secret to our take on sweet potato fries. Cumin and cayenne add just enough heat to bring out the natural sweetness of the potatoes—a little coconut sugar sprinkled on top adds even more complexity. Dunk them in zesty Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle-Lime Mayonnaise for even more zing.

Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Large pinch sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
Chipotle mayonnaise, for serving

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.Cut sweet potatoes into evenly sized sticks and place in a large bowl. Toss with cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, coconut oil, and sugar, if using.

Arrange in a single layer  on two baking sheets. Bake 25 minutes, flipping the fries once after 12 minutes. Serve with chipotle mayonnaise on the side.

Source:  Merce Muse for Thrive Market

 

And this summit has a long list of expert presenters on what it takes to heal…..

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The Soul of Healing Summit is coming July 11th thru 18th!

Many struggle with pain and illness despite years of treatment. Could healing involve more than physical/medical interventions? Learn how to harness the power of your mind, emotions and spirit to create radical self-healing!

While diet, exercise and supplements may produce remarkable results, if the vital role of the mind, emotions and soul are not taken into account, lasting health may not be possible. Body, mind and soul cannot be separated; they work together. When operating in a unified and optimized way, they have the power to create perpetual health, wellness, wholeness and long-term fulfillment.

 

AND to end on, Raw Food World is now offering their famous 17.5% discount not only at year’s end, but mid-year, too. Woo-hoo!


 

 

 

RFW offers raw, organic superfoods and exotic gourmet treats for the health conscious consumer that are hard to find elsewhere, such as Dragon’s Blood extract (read about this amazing product in this very popular Self-help Health blog post), Pine Nut Flakes and a super healthy version of Liquid Smoke.

And now is a doubly good time to order because you not only have the huge discount on your whole order, but also the benefit of both June AND July At-Cost-Specials being active right now!Dragon’s Blood is at-cost and so is Yacon Syrup (along with lots of other items!).

Clinical trials have actually shown that Yacon Syrup produces a significant decrease in body we!ght, waist circumference and body mass index when simply taking 1 teaspoon, three times a day. Dr. Oz even did an experiment on his show where he got the same results. Furthermore, other clinical studies have shown Yacon to increase bowel regularity and improve food transit time and satiety sensation. It also has high quantities of FOS, which is a prebiotic. Prebiotics feed the beneficial flora in our gut and may be one of the main reasons why Yacon Syrup offers so many benefits. Other clinical studies show that Yacon has the potential to offer positive results with diabetes, by reducing blood glucose levels, glycemia, cholesterol and so much more. You can see all of the clinical studies and information on all of this in the description of Yacon Syrup on the RFW site.

Just use the coupon code when you check out for 17.5% off any size order until June 30th at midnight Pacific time. This discount has zero restrictions, except for on a few appliances!

Additionally, they are having a huge Raw Food and Appliance Giveaway, where they will be giving away over 100 items! The grand prize will once again be a stone grinder for nut butters. Some of the other top prizes will include a Needak Rebounder, Excalibur Dehydrator, Orange Juice Press, Reishi Spore Products, Quintessential and other superfoods, and much more!

Simply order anytime from now until June 30th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway!

To take advantage of this great deal and find out about the free samples RFW is giving away, just go to my What’s New page for the coupon code and info about some of my favorite RFW products. While you’re there you can also get the code for 20% off Earthie Mama products (maker of the great Master Tonic!), learn about other specials and sign up for the Soul of Healing Summit series. Just do it! 🙂

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts, and tell your friends to do the same. Also check out my website’s To Your Health page and Evolution Made Easier blog for more helpful health tips, tools and information.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

The Healing Path, Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, And Deepak’s 21-Day Shedding The Weight Series….All Free!!

 

Wow, I’ve got some great free resources for you today! Of course I may be a little biased, since I’m the one who picked them, but they all really sound worth taking advantage of. I just signed up myself for this first one, but haven’t had a chance yet to explore all the information, but what it offers is extensive . I found Medical Medium Anthony William’s book very helpful, so I’m sure this will be the same…..

 

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Introducing The Healing Path…the Free New Online Course from Medical Medium
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Since releasing his first book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic & Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal, Anthony has received literally thousands of e-mails and messages from people all around the world asking for more; more information, more recipes, and more inspirational guidance. People said the information in the book gave them so much hope for healing, but that they wanted more support and guidance to start taking action right away.

So he knew he had to do something to get more information out there and available for all, right away. As anyone who has been sick or in pain knows, there’s no time to waste with healing, which is why his team wanted to make sure that people could access the foundational information for healing completely free.

What is The Healing Path?

The Healing Path is a Free Online Resource Medical Medium Anthony William has created to give you a complete picture of how to heal and he made sure to make it completely free so everyone would have access to this information right away.

The Healing Path unlocks the 18 guiding principles from Spirit that can help you to experience more health, vitality, joy, purpose, compassion, and love in your life. Most of the information provided in this course you will not hear anywhere else because it all comes direct from Spirit.

Here’s just a few of the things you’ll learn:

  • The 18 essential steps of The Healing Path direct from Spirit
  • The recommended foods for healing and why they’re so important
  • The truth about sleep and how to use it to your advantage
  • Understanding what purpose is and how to begin finding your gifts
  • How to pull yourself out of fear by building and harnessing faith in your body and in life
  • The truth about prayer, and how to pray for best results
  • The incredible power of love and compassion and how they can impact your life
  • How to prepare 30 beautiful, delicious, and healthy recipes

Here’s what you’ll receive when you sign-up:

  • The 18 essential steps of The Healing Path with Educational Audios from Anthony William sharing Spirit’s vital information, much of which has never been shared before.
  • Frequently Asked Question Audios by Anthony William where he answers common questions about all areas of healing and living a healthy lifestyle.
  • The Healing Path Recipe Booklet of 30 original Medical Medium approved recipes to excite your taste buds.
  • Take Action PDF’s to deepen your practice of the information shared in the audios and help you incorporate them into your daily routine and life.
  • A visually beautiful PDF showing you an overview of The Healing Path that you can print or save to look at daily and remind yourself of these important elements of healing.
  • Transcriptions of the Educational Healing Audios for easy reference that you can print out or save and read anytime.
  • Access to the Medical Medium Private Member’s Facebook Group where Anthony William answers questions from members every week and unique content is posted. The community is a very lively, supportive, loving environment.
  • Supplements List with many of the Medical Medium preferred products and brands 
  • Kitchen & Lifestyle Tools List with some of the preferred healing tools for living a healthy lifestyle

Wow, that’s a lot!

You can sign up at: http://www.medicalmedium.com/healingpath

 

And The Shift Network is sponsoring an event on March 30th with health guru Donna Eden titled Tap Into Your Full Vitality With Energy Medicine…..

Over her nearly 40-year career, Donna Eden has helped more than 100,000 people discover the body’s capacity to heal through its own energy system.

Energy Medicine builds on the foundation of acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, therapeutic tai chi, yoga and other disciplines, offering a potent complement to traditional Western medicine.

And Donna will be sharing some of the most important, practical and leading-edge insights from this exciting healing field in her free online event:

During this 60-minute event, you’ll discover…  

  • The fundamentals of Energy Medicine—what it is, how it works, and what it can do for you
  • Simple tools you can put to work immediately to balance your own energy system
  • How to engage your energies for optimal health, happiness, and well-being
  • Keys to helping others use their own energy systems to improve and sustain health and vitality

Many luminaries at the forefront of the Human-Potential Movement sing Donna’s praises, including Dr. Jean Houston who says, “Donna Eden’s body-energy work is perhaps the most brilliant, comprehensive and effective system in the genre that I have ever seen.”

And Caroline Myss says this: “The contribution Donna Eden has made with Energy Medicine will stand as one of the backbone studies as we lay a sound foundation for the field of Holistic Medicine.”

Join Donna and find out how to work with your body’s own energy system to generate superior health, abundant well-being, and unmatched joy in your life!

You can sign up here: http://theshiftnetwork.com/EnergyMedicine

 

And last, but not least, is a new 21-day meditation series from Deepak Chopra. I don’t really need to lose weight right now, but this series is about much more than that. Meditation, in general, is good for the body, but with this series you’ll also be lightening up more than just the physical. The event started a couple of days ago, but fortunately each day’s replay is available for 5 days. I got a late start on things, so I’m just on Day 1 today, but as far as I’m concerned you can’t go wrong with Deepak. Just listening to his voice makes me feel lighter. 🙂 

Shedding the Weight

Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit

Revolutionize the way you look and feel in a lasting way…

Experience more energy, creativity, and light in every facet of your life! Join Oprah & Deepak to embark on an inspirational meditation journey that will last a lifetime, as you discover what truly nourishes your entire being and lift the heaviness that has held you back from being your best self.

Experience the freedom that comes from stabilizing physical hunger, alleviating mental unrest, and satisfying spiritual longing.

Your transformation begins on Monday, March 21st in Oprah and Deepak’s all-new, free 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit.

You can sign up herehttps://chopracentermeditation.com/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my Evolution Made Easier website’s To Your Health page and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Lemon + Himalayan Salt + Water = Terrific Way To Start Your Day, Plus EFT Tapping Summit

 

Lemons and Himalayan salt are two great multi-purpose self-help health aids,  so it’s no surprise that combining them has all sorts of extra benefits for the body. It’s pretty amazing that something as simple as this morning drink recipe can do so many good things for our health!

After you finish reading about all the benefits of drinking this tonic, check out the information I’ve included about the upcoming 8th Annual World Tapping Summit. It’s a great (and free) resource to take advantage of!

 

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