ANALOG vs DIGITAL

A few days ago I got a newsletter from Kaitlyn Keyt at Vibes Up about how we’ve been impacted by all the changes from analog to digital formatting, and I found what she had to say very insightful and thought-provoking….

SOME INTERESTING THOUGHTS ON ORGANIC VERSUS SYNTHETIC SOUNDS & IMAGES AND HOW THEY AFFECT US

I remembered when phones where switched from analog to digital. I could hear it and FEEL IT. 

And it set off little alarms in my system. 

It was my insurance company and I called them back and said I am sorry this will sound strange, but I talked to a couple of your employees today that I have spoken to before and today they sounded very robotic. 

Rather than tell me I was kooky, they said “Oh yes, we just had our phone systems switch to digital!” 

My alarm was because I could not READ them (energetically) as clearly thru their voice. Back then I was not even aware of my ability to do this; it was just a natural sense like taste, touch and smell and I never questioned it until that conversation when I was not able to use it. It left me feeling very unsettled. I THINK WE ALL HAVE THIS ABILITY. 

Years later I watched a documentary about analog music vs digital. It was saying when music switched to digital it lost its ‘soul.’ 

It explained that digital takes in the information and scrambles it and resends it out in a form that was not its original. Like organic vs synthetic sound. 

Just like our body does not know how to fully process synthetic foods, it would be the same with sounds. 

I can also imagine this would be the same with images…. 

My dream was showing me the more we are exposed to lower and scrambled PIXELS that it is yet another way to keep humanity in a limited state of being. 

Like consuming food that does not have the full spectrum of its nutrients (KREBS CYCLE), we can not utilize that food item when it’s synthetic and not complete, and it ends up draining our system to try to pull the missing elements from our bodies. 

In the dream I got that  ‘incomplete pixels’  on images also pull from us and leave us in a limited state and with a sense of incompleteness. THAT IS PART OF WHY WE FEEL SO MUCH BETTER IN NATURE!

IN SUMMARY: 

I will still be processing the pixel message from the dream, but in the meantime, I am getting that the more REAL LIFE, IN PERSON sounds and images (organic) we can take it, the better for our systems and activation of our natural abilities as we step into being true full-spectrum, empowered beings. 

To what lengths will those who want to control the masses keep us from REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES? 

Would they go so far as to keep us away from each other and inside watching TV and on ‘smart’ phones, and only seeing and speaking to each other via synthetic technology? HMMM. 

I feel even more Inspired to consume more ORGANIC experiences! 

How many ORGANIC experiences can you collect TODAY? ~ Kaitlyn Keyt

Kaitlyn’s article got me interested in knowing more about analog vs digital and this is one of the information sources I found in my search: https://instrumentationtools.com/what-are-analog-and-digital-signals-differences-examples/

p. s. Kaitlyn’s Vibes Up site is one of my favorite places to shop for items that rely on Nature to enhance our lives, improve our health, off-set EMFs and other non-beneficial energies, and more. I have done several posts highlighting some of the wonderful items she creates in partnership with Nature and offers on her on-line store. Her Age-Less Crystal Cream (on sale right now!), Therapy Bears, Lotus Oil Roll-ons & Sprays, and multi-purpose “squishies”/energy mats are some of my faves that I use on a daily basis. Shop thru this link https://shop.vibesup.com/#goodvibes4u and use the code “goodvibes4u” and get $10 off your order, if you are a new customer. 🙂

Related Self-help Health posts:

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/vibes-up-ageless-extreme-cream-special-oral-health-plus-free-scalar-sessions/

Salud!

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Free On-line Five Elements Class From The Eden Method Team

Just received this announcement and invitation in an e-mail from Donna Eden and thought some of you may want to sign up…..

Donna and her daughters Titanya and Dondi have come together for the first time ever to teach a fun, free, transformational Five Elements class on-line.

The Five Elements can give us understanding and clarity on not just who we are and what we do but WHY we do what we do.

You’ll start to know yourself and other important people in your life in a more profound way than ever before.

And when you learn to identify and recognize the dominant element in yourself and others (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, or Metal), there’s not much that you cannot accomplish!

For instance, understanding the Five Elements can help you:
Feel better about yourself at all levels and embrace your true, authentic self.

Rekindle the fires of passion and intimacy with the one you love.

Develop a deeper understanding and compassion for yourself and others in ways that make sense of unwanted or troubling behavior – so you can allow for inspired growth and expansion.

Experience a more blissful flow and greater ease at work and in other creative endeavors.

Make healthy food choices based on your underlying core energy instead of bouncing from trend to trend to figure out what’s right for you.

Resolve problematic traits that have dogged you all your life (for instance, if you’re a lifelong procrastinator, this system can help you change that!)

Improve your health and vitality in a way that’s aligned with your unique body, mind, and spirit.

Establish greater trust and friendship with others (even “difficult” people who drive you up the wall!) and MUCH more!

Understanding the Five Elements can empower you to build a life of genuine love, friendship, confidence, and success, in a way that is aligned with who you truly are!

In this free class, you’ll learn everything you need to know to begin your journey to better health and relationships, plus more joy and satisfaction in all areas of your life and work.

Donna, Titanya, and Dondi’s teachings are deeply insightful, so get ready for more than a few “a-ha” moments!

Join this one-of-a-kind free class now >>

The Eden Method team

P.S. The class is only available for a limited time so reserve your spot now

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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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.

A Simple Exercise To Improve Brain Power

It turns out doing a series of squats several times a week can do more that build your leg and glut muscles. It also works to improve your brain power as well. And that’s good news, because who doesn’t want to do that?! More good news is that doing squats while listening to music, following a podcast or even watching TV seems to increase the benefit, so you can actually get two things on your “to do” list done for the “price” of one. Good deal!

If squats are part of your daily routine, then we have good news for you! Doing just a few minutes of this resistance exercise can go a long way towards improving your brain power and making you smarter, according to recent research.

Squats are often used by fitness trainers to improve strength and stability, as they involve multiple muscle groups, such as the calves, quadriceps, abdominals, and glutes. But recent research shows that the benefits of the squat go even further to improve your brain health too, reports the BBC.

Squats and your brain

The research findings show that squats can have a significant effect on your cognitive function. “You don’t need to be huffing and puffing and really pushing yourself hard in the gym to target certain parts of the brain,” explains Prof Damian Bailey from the University of South Wales. “You can do some really neat little exercises that don’t really feel like you’re exercising at all and which stimulate the brain really quite remarkably; you can be smart for the brain – it’s about intelligent exercise.”

According to Prof Bailey, doing squats for just three to five minutes, three times a week can be better for your brain than 30 minutes of steady-state exercises, such as a run or a walk.

Going against gravity

As you squat your head moves up and down against gravity. When this happens, your blood flow speeds up and slows down at a significant rate. It is precisely this change in the blood flow rate in the brain that is responsible for the benefits, explains Prof Bailey.

It’s never too late to start

The best thing about the new findings is that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been doing much exercise. This is because those who are not as fit tend to get the biggest brain benefits from this exercise since their brains are not as used to cushioning the changes in blood flow, reports the BBC.

Bring on the podcasts

What’s also interesting about the research findings is that listening to musicfollowing a podcast, or even watching TV as you are doing squats can actually amplify the exercise’s benefits on your brain function.

SOURCE: https://www.optimistdaily.com/2022/01/this-simple-exercise-can-improve-your-brain-power/

FYI, this news about squats seems to at least partly explain why the brain exercise given in this previous Self-help Health post works so well. It’s one I try to do on a daily basis, especially since it’s easy and quick to fit in any time and there’s no extra space or special equipment required!…

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/boost-your-brain-power-plus-more-free-health-resources/

Another routine I do regularly that just so happens to include squats is the short HIIT series of exercises created by Dr Zach Bush. Glad to see I’ve been automatically getting in a double dose of squats without consciously planning it. HA!

Here’s to a healthier you in 2022!

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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.

Start The New Year With A Free Core Qigong Class!

How nice! I’m only a little familiar with Qigong, so I was excited to receive news of this free class from Steven Washington on Jan 11th at 2 pm ET. It’s supposed to be suitable for all levels and a replay will be available afterwards that will include a condensed version of the routine for regular use. I don’t know about you, but this seems like a great way to start off 2022!

Start 2022 with a Calmer Mind and a More Energized Body

Join Movement Guide, Steven Washington on January 11, 2022, for a free, fun, 75-minute Movement Medicine class designed to create energy, healing and balance within the body. This class is suitable for all levels and will strengthen your focus, relieve your stress levels, and curb anxiety. The workshop includes a fundamental Pilates training, a Qigong practice, a mindfulness meditation and Q&A.

Here’s what’s included:

  • 30 minutes of classic Pilates strengthening, stretching and balance
  • 30 minutes of energy-igniting Qigong
  • A calming Mindfulness Meditation
  • Live, interactive Q&A with Steven at the close of class
  • Replay of the full class, plus 20-minute condensed and Qigong-only versions

You can sign up for the class here.

Here’s to a happier, healthier you in ’22!

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Have You Had Your Daily Harvest Today?!

Have you heard about the new meal delivery service Daily Harvest?

I first gave Daily Harvest a try about 3 months ago and have continued to schedule deliveries on a semi-regular basis ever since. They have entrees, soups, smoothies and more for when I need to have something to eat in a hurry that’s highly nutritious to boot. Ordering from DH seems to be a good way to make sure my freezer is stocked with items that are quick to prepare and surprisingly healthy, especially in comparison to most of what’s available in the world of frozen food.

Why I like Daily Harvest and would recommend it to others…

It’s great to have frozen items that are super healthy, where 95% of the ingredients are organic, and include a wide array of fruits, veggies, herbs and superfoods combined in ways that are beyond the ordinary. Plus, I really appreciate that in the foods I’ve ordered that call for oil, they always use organic extra virgin olive oil. So many products these days rely on the cheaper and, from my research, less healthy canola, safflower or sunflower oils, which contain high amounts of omega-6s.

And all items are free of fillers or artificial anything, and don’t contain dairy or gluten, if those are things you’re trying to avoid. In fact, everything is fruit and/or plant-based and vegan, and there are a number of options that are also paleo-friendly. I don’t follow a specific type of diet, but I realize many people do, so this provides choices that are sometimes hard to find in the freezer section of a grocery store.

Most items are also usually high in fiber and low in calories, and quick and easy to prepare. Many require just a quick heat-up, whirl in the blender, or the flatbread pizzas (with crusts made of pureed veggies, cassava flour and other healthy things), take about 20 minutes in a toaster oven.

Flexibility in ordering…

Fortunately, DH gives you quite a bit of flexibility on how often you order and day of the week it’s delivered, and you can change the items in your box each time, if you want. I signed up for the weekly delivery, because I didn’t want to commit to the larger amount of items required for the monthly box, especially because I didn’t know if I’d actually like the food. My thought was I would at least give the service a try since they were having a special $20 off promotion, and then cancel after my second order, because I didn’t want to be locked into deliveries on a weekly basis.

BUT, I ended up liking the food and found out how easy it was to change my items and delay my deliveries to where I usually have one every 3 to 4 wks, so I was able to get what amounts to the monthly box without committing to ordering the larger amount of items. HA! And it’s just enough to get me a good stash of back-up food for the freezer without having to schedule a delivery for each week. Orders can always be more or less frequent, if I make the changes in time to my account on-line, and DH always sends an e-mail reminder that the cut-off for amending an order is coming up.

Interesting, innovative ingredients and recipes…

You can see a complete list of ingredients for each food item and read reviews by other customers to help you decide if it sounds like something you’d like. And the company is always adding new items to the menu choices, plus tweaking older recipes, based on customer feedback. They seem to be honestly interested in continually making everything better and better. After having a few deliveries and reordering what I did like, and trying something new in place of things that didn’t really turn me on, I have gotten to where I know I’m going to be pleased with what’s coming.

This last time I added something based on it being ranked as the customers’ #1 pick and it did not disappoint. In fact, I will probably order at least 2 in my next delivery. It’s the Beet+Wild Rice Harvest Bowl and has a combination of ingredients that may sound a little strange to some people (I know it did to me at first)… chioggia beets, wild rice, arugula, cauliflower and parsnip puree, fennel, coconut cream, dill and other herbs, plus camu camu powder. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

And that’s one of the things I like best about the Daily Harvest choices; they combine a lot of different things that I normally wouldn’t eat that often, if at all. So it’s great for getting a wide variety of fruits, veggies and herbs into my diet without having to buy a bunch of different stuff at the grocery store, if I was to make the recipe at home.

Their Almond Mylk is super healthy and convenient…

I tried one of DH’s smoothies, but I really, really like my own recipe, plus often start with a whey/high protein base, so it’s just easier to stick with making my own. BUT, I usually use coconut milk and almond milk for the liquid part in mine and I like adding one of the Almond Mylk cubes from Daily Harvest to give it an even richer taste. Their Mylk is pure and simple, just ground almonds and Himalayan sea salt, so you don’t get any of the additives that are in a lot of brands, even those at the health food stores.

The package comes w/ 8 “concentrated” cubes and each is equal to 1/2 cup of almond milk when reconstituted with water, so I can add extra flavor without adding extra liquid to the smoothie, if I just pop a cube into the blender with my other ingredients. I also like the convenience of always having a back-up supply to the regular almond or oat milk I use on granola, oatmeal, etc. There have been times in the past when that’s the only thing I need from the grocery store, so now when that happens, I just rely on the Mylk cubes until I do my regular shopping.

Daily Harvest is the type of business I like supporting with my dollars…

Daily Harvest is not like a lot of businesses that are really more concerned with making some bucks than really providing the American people with truly healthy food options and being good stewards of the planet. DH uses environmentally-friendly/recyclable packaging, chooses ingredients that support organic and regenerative farming practices, and even include superfoods in many of their recipes. And, as it says on their site….

Most of us know the saying from doctors taking the Hippocratic oath. Unfortunately, no similar oath exists in the food industry. A century of damage to the system has taken its toll — on our food, our health, and Mother Earth herself. While we at Daily Harvest believe in a world well-fed… today, it isn’t. We have to actively work to undo the damage of the past while creating a new system that can nourish humanity and do no harm.

Sound idealistic? Well, maybe we are. We didn’t break the system, but our only future is built on something new. Something that shows regard for future generations (Re:Generation). You with us? We are on a mission to take care of food so food can take care of you.” 

I like spending my dollars at places that are consciously involved in creating a better world!

Personally, I think poor diet, depleted soil, and non-organic/pesticide-ridden foods are a big part of what has made this country so susceptible to the virus, and I think all holistic health practitioners would agree. Unfortunately, mainstream medicine, the media, and the talking heads from government and Big Pharma don’t ever mention how important eating truly healthy food is to creating a strong immune system, but then that’s a whole other conversation. 😦

UPDATE: If you’re interested in giving Daily Harvest a try, now’s a good time, because you’ll get $50 off your first order by using this code by 1/31/22 at check-out to get started: CRS-LH7HT6T

And, although everyone’s tastes vary, here’s some suggestions you might consider as to what to order:

In addition to the Beet+Wild Rice Harvest Bowl I mentioned earlier, check out the Sweet Potato+Wild Rice Hash, Brussels Sprouts+ Tahini, and Roasted Eggplant+Red Pepper Caponata Harvest Bowls, Sweet Potato+Miso Soup, Pear+Arugala+Pecan, Portobello+ Pesto, and Tomato+Cremini Flatbreads. And I love the purity and convenience of their Almond Mylk and knowing I always have some on hand to save me from having to make an unscheduled run to the store.

And I usually like to “accessorize” my food, including some of the items from Daily Harvest. For example, yesterday I had the Tomato+Cremini Flatbread, which is fine just as it is, but I decided to customize it with the pesto, Kalamata tapanade, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes I usually keep on hand. DELISH! Would probably have even added some crème fraîche, if I’d had some around, but then I’m one of these “the more the merrier” kind of gals when it comes to toppings on food. 🙂

p. s. Daily Harvest’s version of non-dairy ice cream is called Scoops and uses a coconut cream base. The Ooey Gooey Midnight Fudge is the only one so far that I’ve really liked, which is just a well, because I already have too many temptations around. The Salted Caramel Scoops was a “no” for me and the only disappointing thing I’ve ordered so far. But then I haven’t found a really healthy version of salted caramel ice cream anywhere. I think it’s one of those indulgences best enjoyed in its classic form. 🙂

Here’s to happy, healthy eating!

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

DIY Vanilla Extract + Acupressure Video + Must See Documentary

 

Okay, full disclosure upfront…..this is one of those recipes I’m posting so I’ll always know where to find it, BUT I’m hoping there will be some of you out there who like to save money and are big fans, like me, of almost anything  vanilla flavored. If so, this should be right up your alley, plus, I found the article to be a very entertaining, insight-filled read and one of the best on DIY vanilla extract I’ve come across…..

Skip the store. Make your own!

You can make the ultimate, high-quality vanilla extract right in your kitchen. Yes, the gourmet stuff. Since you’ve made it yourself, you know it’s free of artificial colors, flavors, or other impurities. And it costs a tiny fraction of what you would pay at the store:

  • Vanilla extract = $18.19 per cup
  • Gourmet vanilla extract = $43.60 per cup
  • Homemade, gourmet vanilla extract = $8.74 per cup

Step #1: Gather Your Materials

You will need scissors (or a knife), a mason jar with a lid, alcohol (35%–50%), and vanilla beans.

Selecting the Right Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans aren’t standard fare in most produce departments or farmer’s markets. You may need to get these online. Consider the following varieties of vanilla, to customize your gourmet creation:

  • Madagascar/Bourbon: This is the traditional vanilla you’re familiar with.
  • Tahitian: More floral and fruity
  • Mexican: Sweet and woody with a hint of spice
  • African/Ugandan: Smokier and bold

And these aren’t your only options. You can also explore Indian, Tonga, and Indonesia vanilla beans.

As you browse the selection, you may notice that vanilla beans are given an A, B, or C grade. Grade A beans are more expensive and are meant for cooking. They work fine in extracts, but the increased cost won’t yield much difference in your finished product. Grade B vanilla beans cost less and are intended for use in extracts.

You can often buy grade B beans for around $1.50 to $2.00 each, depending on how many you buy at once.

What Kind of Alcohol Should You Use?

Next, you’ll need to select an alcohol. Alcohol extracts the vanilla flavor and prevents spoilage. You’ll want something that’s between 35%–50% alcohol. Around 40% is ideal.

There’s no need to spend your money on a high-dollar alcohol. It’s the quality of the vanilla beans, not the alcohol, that makes great vanilla. So go ahead and get the cheap stuff. Most people choose an alcohol with a mild flavor, but you could also select one with a complementary flavor. Spiced rum, for example, could make your vanilla quite exotic.

Step #2: Assemble Your Ingredients

Use your scissors or knife to split the beans lengthwise and place them in the jar. If they’re too long, just cut them so that they fit. Then pour your alcohol over the vanilla beans.

For “better-than-supermarket” vanilla extract, use 2–3 beans for each cup of alcohol. For gourmet vanilla, use 5 beans per cup of alcohol. And for mind-blowing, legendary, sell-it-to-put-your-kid-through-college vanilla, use 7–8 beans per cup of alcohol. Any more than this and the FBI has to come and haul you away.

Cap it, shake it up, and put it away in the cupboard. Come back every few days to shake it up again. It really likes it when you do that. Tell it that it’s a good vanilla—a pretty vanilla. Sing it a little song. (You think I’m joking.)

Now comes the hardest part. Waiting.

How long do you have to wait? That depends. Do you want good vanilla, great vanilla, or life-altering vanilla?

  • For good vanilla, let it extract for 8 weeks. Go ahead and sniff if every so often. Maybe take a tiny sample. It’s okay. I won’t tell.
  • For great vanilla, let it extract for 6 months. Yes, 6 months. I know, I know. You want your vanilla now. But great vanilla takes time.
  • For mind-blowing, life-altering, legendary vanilla, let it extract for a full year. I’ll pause now, while you finish cursing your computer screen. ( … ) All done? Good, because I have a compromise for you. Make 2 batches of vanilla—each one being enough for an entire year.

Use the first batch as the year goes by. It will get better with time because it will keep extracting. Then when it’s used up, open your year-old vanilla and let the good times roll! Just remember to start a new batch for the next year.

Cheaters Never Win?

The 2 main factors in flavor extraction are time and surface area. (The alcohol-to-water ratio is important too, but we’ve already got that covered.) We could think of this as a formula:

Surface Area x Time = Great Vanilla

If we want to reduce the extraction time without diminishing the vanilla flavor, we need to increase the surface area.

To increase the surface area, we could cut our vanilla beans into smaller and smaller pieces with scissors. But who has time for that? Time is exactly the thing we’re trying to cut down on! Let’s just keep on cheating instead.

Toss those beans into your blender. Pour in your alcohol. Then blend it like you’re trying to destroy evidence! You’ll notice that the liquid turns darker right away.

Go ahead and cap it, and shake it up every few days, just as you would with the slower method. Open it up every week to sample it. You won’t get a year’s worth of flavor maturation in a week, but it will move along much faster.

This method does have a few downsides. For one, it’s less visually appealing in the jar. Your friends will be more impressed with a jar of vanilla beans than a jar of cloudy bean powder. Also, it’s hard to filter out the little bean pieces, and you may get them in your food. But that could also make it look more authentic, so that may actually be a bonus. Lastly, vanilla bean powder can’t easily be repurposed for vanilla sugar.

Repurposing Beans

Can you reuse vanilla beans? Yes, but the resulting extract won’t be as strong. Feel free to try it. You might like it just fine. If not, just toss in a fresh bean or two, and let it extract again.

Some people also like to use a sort of “perpetual vanilla” system. Any time they use a little vanilla extract, they’ll top the container back up with alcohol and let it continue extracting. Depending on how often you use your vanilla, this system works fine, though it does yield a diminishing quality of vanilla over time.

Alternately, you can create vanilla sugar. Take out the used vanilla beans and let them dry. Place them in an airtight container and fill it with sugar. Then, let it sit for a couple of weeks. Use the sugar in baking, coffee, tea, or anywhere else you’d like a sweet, vanilla flavor.

Gourmet Options

You now know how to make gourmet-quality vanilla. But it’s still just vanilla. What about fancy flavors? What about creativity? Let’s do it!

First of all, a flavored alcohol can really take your vanilla in a fun and unexpected direction. Another option is to add spices or herbs into the mix. How about adding a little cinnamon or clove? How does lavender vanilla or vanilla mint sound? Just put them right in the jar and let them extract together.

For a sweeter vanilla, add honey or maple syrup.

The only limit is your creativity and your bravery for experimenting with new flavor combinations.

Other Extracts

We’ve cracked the code for vanilla extract, but that’s not nearly the end of the story. You can make any of the extracts you find in the store, plus a whole lot more! The basic process is the same for all extracts, but I’ll give you a few tips for special cases.

Almond Extract

The skin on an almond can cause an extract to turn bitter. Before using them, drop them into boiling water. After 1 minute, remove them and let them cool. The skins should slide right off. Roughly chop the almonds (minus skins) and place them in the jar. About 15 almonds are enough for 2 cups of basic almond extract, but I like to use twice as much.

Fruit Extracts

Fruits usually have a high moisture content. This will dilute your alcohol content. Either slice and dehydrate your fruit first or use a slightly higher proof alcohol. If using fresh fruit, use a 1:1 ratio of fruit to alcohol (by volume). If using dehydrated fruit us a 1:2 ratio of fruit to alcohol. These ratios are just guidelines, not rules. Feel free to experiment.

Source: https://thegrownetwork.com/how-to-make-vanilla-extract/

 

I watched this a couple of days ago and wish it was required viewing for everyone!

This documentary is entertaining, enlightening, inspiring and informative, as well as depressing and disheartening at times when you see how the powers that be (including the Girl Scouts organization!) are so resistant to what will liberate humanity and provide a better, healthier, more abundant world for everyone. You’ll get to know a “No to GMOs” super cute little powerhouse w/ an angel of a mom, a visionary farmer on a mission, and a brilliant inventor, way-shower and humanitarian w/ soul-filled blue eyes who creates things you usually only encounter in sci-fi.😊

You can watch for free thru today, Sept 14th, BUT if you at least sign-up to watch by the end of today, you will  get an extra 3 days for viewing. OR get unlimited access for only $7 and help support the cause here.

And go here for video from Michael Reed Gach, PhD demonstrating DIY acupressure points for toning the face, increasing circulation, clearing sinuses, releasing toxins and more.

 

Salud!

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

63 (count ’em!) Zucchini Recipes For Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner And Snacking

 

I meant to post this about a month ago when zucchini were at their peak (at least in the community garden where I volunteer) and this image got a lot of laughs on Facebook. No worries, there’s still plenty of these cucumber-shaped summer squash around to use in any of the delicious-looking recipes put together by Pure Wow that strike your fancy. Plus, you can always bookmark this page for next year when you’re wondering what to do with your surplus. 🙂

 

zucchini recipes Zucchini Fries Recipe

1. ZUCCHINI ‘FRIES’

When that fry craving hits (and you know it will), whip up this healthier version instead of the usual deep-fried taters.

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zucchini recipes Mini Spanish Tortilla With Zucchini Recipe

2. MINI SPANISH TORTILLA WITH ZUCCHINI

Amazing news: This whole thing is for you, and makes a mean breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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zucchini recipes Zucchini Ricotta Galette Recipe

3. ZUCCHINI RICOTTA GALETTE

This savory pie is basically foolproof, thanks to pre-made pie crust.

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4. PESTO ZOODLES

A healthy coating of homemade basil pesto takes zucchini noodles to a whole new level.

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zucchini recipes Zoodle Stir Fry Recipe

5. ZOODLE STIR-FRY

Skip the rice in favor of squash. It’s flavorful and filling, and it comes together in no time.

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zucchini recipes Baked Zucchini Ziti Spirals With Mozzarella Recipe

6. BAKED ZUCCHINI ‘ZITI’ SPIRALS WITH MOZZARELLA

This has all the cheesiness but none of the carbs of the original, thanks to sneaky zucchini ribbons.

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zucchini recipes Easy Zucchini Bread Recipe

7. EASY ZUCCHINI BREAD

All you need is one bowl to mix the ingredients and a little patience as the loaf bakes.

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Go here for the rest of the yummy looking recipes, including #45 Cheesy Pesto Chips.

 

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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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Is Your Avocado Oil As Healthy As You Think? + Webinar On Increasing Your Energy

 

A number of years ago I started hearing about how much of the olive oil on the market was not as pure as advertised and often diluted with various inferior oils. Now, that sadly seems to be the same scenario with avocado oil, which is really disappointing since I have been using Primal Kitchen’s mayonnaise, both regular and garlic aioli versions, for several years. I made the switch because it had gotten to where almost every brand I checked was substituting canola for olive oil. 

I am hoping Primal Kitchen has enough integrity and quality control in place to be sure they are using pure, unadulterated avocado oil in their products, but there’s no way to know from the labeling. Extra virgin and/or organic would be an even bigger plus, but I would think if that was the case they would not miss the chance to mention that selling point in their marketing. I notice they sell bottles of unrefined extra virgin and organic avocado oils, but that’s not how the oil in their mayonnaise is listed in the ingredients, so I would be very pleasantly surprised if the higher quality oil is actually being used. 😦

 

Why can’t store bought avocado oil be trusted?

Whether served up solo in tasty slices, slathered on toast or used in dips and guacamole, avocados are riding a massive wave of popularity – and gaining nutritional popularity.  In addition to their buttery texture and appealing taste, avocados feature generous amounts of beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins and antioxidants.  But, what about avocado oil?  Is it good for us?

Avocado oil – which offers many of the same benefits – is surging in popularity as well. Yet, in an alarming new study of commercial avocado oil, researchers found that the majority of samples were low-quality, diluted and/or mislabeled.  Let’s take a closer look at the “bait and switch” game that manufacturers are playing with avocado oil.

First, the good news: Oleic acid in avocado oil provides anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering benefits

Avocado oil, which may be used as a cooking oil or added to recipes, is composed of 70 percent oleic acid. This monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid has been shown to reduce cholesterol and help to protect against cardiovascular disease and neuro-degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Avocado oil is available in both refined and unrefined varieties.  Refined avocado oil is deodorized or bleached after the extraction process. Unrefined oil is filtered for impurities after extraction, but is otherwise unaltered.

Other distinctions include virgin and extra virgin formulations.  According to the American Oil Chemists Society, only the highest-quality fruit may be used in “extra virgin” olive oil, which must be extracted mechanically at low temperatures. In addition, no chemical solvents may be used.

In “virgin” avocado oil, imperfections in the fruit are permitted – but the extraction methods must still be mechanical, and the oil must remain solvent-free.

Buyer beware: Study reveals that commercial avocado oils may be adulterated with inferior oils

In a study published recently in Food Control, researchers collected 22 avocado oil samples sourced from California, Mexico, Brazil and Spain – with an eye towards representing all the major brands and towards examining both refined and unrefined oils.

Fourteen of the samples were obtained from six grocery stores, and eight from online stores.

The researchers assessed the quality, purity and authenticity of the oils by measuring their levels of free fatty acids, plant sterols and tocopherols (natural vitamin E).  What they found was disturbing!

Most of the avocado oils – which were marketed as “pure,” “virgin” or “extra virgin” avocado oil – were found to be mixed with other oils.  Six of the samples were found to be adulterated with sunflower, safflower and soybean oils. (All three of these oils are believed to be nutritionally inferior to avocado oil – and pro-inflammatory to boot).

And, the degree of dilution was substantial.  In fact, three samples – labeled either “pure” or “extra virgin”- actually contained more soybean oil than avocado oil!

Alert: Study also found that oxidation was rampant

In addition, the team found that a shocking 82 percent of the oils had undergone oxidation (turned rancid) well before their printed expiration dates.

Oxidation, which causes a loss of antioxidant value and distortions in color and flavor, can result from improper or prolonged storage, damaged or rotten fruits and harsh processing methods. It can also occur due to exposure to light – with the scientists finding that the oils that oxidized most quickly were packaged in clear glass or plastic rather than dark-tinted materials.

By the way, high pricing was no guarantee of quality. The team reported that the most expensive oils had the highest peroxidation values, meaning they were most prone to becoming rancid.

Study leader Selina Wang, a cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis, reported that there are currently no standards to determine if an avocado oil is of the quality and purity advertised. She warned of the urgent need for standards to protect consumers.

Sowhat’s an avocado oil fan to do?

As it happens, three of the avocado oils – Chosen Foods, Marianne’s Avocado Oil and CalPure – were found to be pure and unadulterated, exactly as advertised. Obviously, these are superior choices.

Unfortunately, the scandal is not confined to avocado oil. Olive oil can be suspect as well.

Warning: Olive oil may be polluted with pesticides and potential carcinogens

Olive oil, beloved by nutritionists and natural health experts for its high levels of healthful oleic acid and antioxidants, plays a major role in the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked in studies with heart health and longer life.

But this worthy oil is also subject to dilution with inferior oils. Even worse, it may be affected by outright contamination.  As NaturalHealth365 reported in 2016, Italian authorities uncovered a criminal enterprise surrounding olive oil, with fraudulent labeling and false documentation leading to charges of food fraud and tax evasion.

In the investigation, Italy’s State Forestry Corps seized over 10 tons of olives that had been artificially colored with a copper chlorophyllin complex that is prohibited by both Italian and European law.

According to separate research performed by a consumer protection organization in Germany, 20 of 26 olive oil samples studied contained pesticides. Other toxic ingredients included plasticizers, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and styrene.  By the way, in 2018, styrene was classified by the World Health Organization as a probable carcinogen.

As with avocado oil, popularity and prestige is no guarantee of purity. Bertolli, the top-selling brand of olive oil in the United States, has been the subject of multiple class-actions lawsuits.  The brand’s “extra virgin” olive oil was allegedly found to be composed of low-quality oils.

How can I find high-quality olive oil?

The best bet for finding healthful olive oil is to forget about the imported brands and support domestic organic olive growers.  We, at NaturalHealth365, enjoy the olive oil from Apollo Olive Oil.  And, no, we do not receive any financial compensation to mention this to you.

To cut the odds of buying oxidized oils, bypass products sold in clear containers and look for dark-tinted bottles.  You can find quality olive oil through the California Olive Oil Council.

And, you can learn about a particularly healthful olive oil here.

It is truly an outrage that two of the most beneficial, nutrient-rich oils on the planet are subject to mislabeling and dilution by unscrupulous manufacturers.  But, seeking out pure, wholesome olive and avocado oils will be worth the effort.

Source: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/extra-virgin-avocado-oil-3484.html

 

And this webinar is something I just signed up for that you might be interested in. It’s a free presentation from Ari Whitten about how to increase your energy in just 5 minutes a day. Here’s what his e-mail said…

For the last few months, I’ve been working on a brand new presentation that compiles all of my top energy “hacks” to supercharge your brain and body — specifically, how to double your energy levels in less than 5 minutes a day.

I say “hacks” because this presentation is not about all of the foundational nutrition and lifestyle stuff (which I teach constantly in all my work), but is specifically about the ENERGY SECRETS that supercharge your energy levels with little to no effort, in just days.

Sound too good to be true?

Well, I plan on PROVING it to you!

I will literally show you the scientific evidence that within the next few weeks, you can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels — in just a few MINUTES a day.

(Oh, and I will be showing you how to do this WITHOUT using stimulants or caffeine).

No joke. There is science to back it all up.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • 4 strategies that are each proven to reduce depression by over 30% or 40% within just days.
  • A special compound that supercharges your mitochondrial health (and a breakthrough in how to hack it).
  • Science-backed supplements that supercharge your brain function (decrease anxiety, balance neurotransmitters, eliminate brain fog, and protect against brain diseases).
  • A major hidden cause of fatigue that few people are aware of (this affects more than 9 out of 10 people).
  • A daily routine that can literally DOUBLE or even TRIPLE your energy levels (and dramatically improve your mood and brain function) in just 5 minutes a day.

And much more!

The webinar will happen on Thursday, August 13th, at 4:30 PM PST. Reserve your spot here.

 

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

The Answer To Cancer Free Docu-series

I know you may be getting tired of summits and series….there seem to be new ones being offered on a weekly basis these days….but I got a notice from Nick Polizzi of The Sacred Science and got excited when I saw that Dr Zach Bush was going to be a featured presenter in the upcoming The Answer to Cancer docu-series. I have mentioned him before, as far as his interviews on GMOs, glyphosate, gut health, regenerative farming and more, and even did a post not long ago that highlighted his 4-minute (actually closer to 3 really!) HIIT exercise routine that I’m sold on.

Anyway, I recommend signing up for this upcoming series, if for no other reason than listening to his take on things. He is one of the world’s few triple board-certified physicians in the country – with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care, and has a real talent for bringing together science, medicine and holistic health. 

Here’s Nick’s e-mail about the event….

I don’t know anyone whose life has not been impacted by cancer. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or possibly even your own health.

Who is truly safe when the American Cancer Society indicates that more than 1 of every 3 U.S. residents will be diagnosed with some type of cancer at some point in their lives?

When it comes to this terrifying disease, it’s absolutely vital to be aware of every single one of our options. Unfortunately, the only approaches being offered by modern doctors involve potentially dangerous chemicals and surgery…

They claim that these are the only proven solutions for this disease… but is that really true?

Simple answer – NO.

There are scientifically-proven natural cancer treatments, as well as new leading-edge conventional therapies that do not inflict trauma on patients. You can learn about all of these new resources in the ground-breaking new docu-series, The Answer to Cancer.

The secret is that there are many answers to cancer – not only to the question of how to treat cancer, but also how to prevent it!

Click here to watch the trailer!

In this powerful free series, you’ll hear from an all-star panel of esteemed experts — including world-renowned breast cancer surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk and internationally recognized internal medicine educator Dr. Zach Bush. They’ll be covering an array of urgent topics, from the true causes of cancer, to prevention strategies, to the least destructive, least painful, most effective cancer treatments and protocols available today.

Cancer is not a death sentence. It can be healed using the right complementary medicines, alternative therapies, and the latest advances in traditional treatment.

These breakthrough solutions are all documented in The Answer to Cancer – and you can watch and learn for FREE.

The information in this docu-series can save you lots of heartache and save your — or a loved one’s — life.

Here’s What You Can Expect In “The Answer To Cancer” Docu-series

Episode 1: Profound Personal Discoveries & Breakthroughs (Airs on Tuesday, August 4th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 2: Refuse To Let Cancer Win (Airs on Wednesday, August 5th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 3: Alternative Methods For You & Your Loved Ones (Airs on Thursday, August 6th at 9 p.m. Eastern) 

 

Episode 4: Going All Natural & The Power Of Plants (Airs on Friday, August 7th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 5: Deep Cellular Healing (Airs on Saturday, August 8th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 6: Combining Holistic & Conventional Methods (Airs on Sunday, August 9th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 7: Advanced Scientific Protocols (Airs on Monday, August 10th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 8: Accelerated Healing (Airs on Tuesday, August 11th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

 

Episode 9: Finding Your Answers To Cancer (Airs on Wednesday, August 12th at 9 p.m. Eastern)

Each episode will be available for 24 hours online for you to watch until the next one goes live.

https://theanswertocancr.com/

Nick Polizzi
Host of Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science
& Founder of The Sacred Science

 

Salud!

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Free Webinar With Dr Zach Bush & Lynne Twist

I just this minute found out about this webinar and it’s actually already in progress, but I’m hoping that any of us who sign up will receive a link to the replay. Was introduced to Dr Zach Bush via a Facebook post a month or two ago and in the meantime have listened to a number of his interviews on GMOs, glyphosate, covid virus, regenerative farming and more. He’s one of the most well-rounded, well-educated, articulate, holistic-minded, humanitarian, willing-to-think-outside-the-box doctors I’ve ever come across. So I’m definitely interested in hearing what he has to say on the topic of cancer. Hope you’re drawn to sign-up, too. Have a feeling it will be filled with lots of useful information and insights….

 

Introducing the Cancer Story Project.

This webinar will feature Lynne Twist and Zach Bush, M.D., with Neal Rogin and the Cancer Story Project founder Cheryl Buck, moderated by Jon Leland.

The mission of the Cancer Story Project is to bring forth a new conversation about cancer that empowers someone who has it, and the people and community around them, to embrace the cancer journey in a new way.

Lynne Twist will share what it means to bring forth a new conversation. Zach Bush, M.D. will explain why cancer is not what we think it is. Neal Rogin will speak from his personal experience about how a cancer diagnosis can be the best thing that ever happened to you. And, Cheryl Buck will share the origins of the Cancer Story Project and her vision for how it will change the world. There will also be an opportunity for you to join the conversation, including via a Q&A session.

This will be an inspiring and uplifting one hour virtual event that may change more for you than just how you think about cancer.

We look forward to sharing this hour with you and hope you will be moved to join our conversation.

Your registration will also give you access to a link to the recording of this webinar.

Time

Jul 16, 2020 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Sign-up here.

And I just found out about this free webinar being offered by Dr. Sue Morter on the 3 Secrets to Syncing Up Your Super Powers that also includes some nice bonus meditations….

Dr Morter will be focusing on:

  • The most important life-changing shift you can make to immediately live a more fulfilled and blissful life
  • A powerful tool (you already possess but have never been taught to use!) that powerfully infuses and enlivens every aspect of your life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
  • How to flow with, rather than against, the Universal stream of energy to create the life of your dreams
  • And more…

Find out more here.

p. s. Here’a link that came this morning from EWG to a pdf to help you avoid glyphosate in your food. If you eat hummus, oats, granola and snack bars (yes on “all the above” for me!) , you need to check this out.

 

Salud!

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/your inner knowing before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.