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Sauna

I am super lucky because my place of employment has a steam room.  I am allowed to use it whenever I want (outside of my work hours, of course).

You know by now that I am a big believer in ‘You are what you eat’.  Besides ensuring that I am eating the healthiest foods for my body and avoiding all chemicals on my skin, I also work on getting rid of toxins that are getting into my body.

We don’t always have complete control over the environment that we live in and can absorb many toxins on a daily basis… exhaust fumes, computers, other peoples’ chemicals from perfume/cologne, hairspray, lotion, dryer sheets, etc, fumes from paint, new carpet, new cars, etc.  These toxins we breathe in and they can settle into our bodies, wreaking havoc on our systems.

I like the idea of regularly using a steam room or a sauna, to induce sweating and get rid of some of these ‘nasties’ that we don’t want inside of us.  As little as 15 minutes, a few times per week, can benefit your health immensely.

In case you are not familiar with these beautiful rooms…

A sauna uses dry heat, whereas a steam bath uses high humidity – both open up pores to eliminate toxins through sweat, relieve joint pain, strengthen the immune system and improve blood circulation.

Heat above 160 degrees F, or 71 degrees C (often is much, much hotter than this) is the usual temperature in a dry sauna room.

A steam room has a lower temperature – not more than 110 degrees F or 43 degrees C, though the level of humidity is very high at 100 degrees.

Both places have the following benefits:
  • lower pulse and blood pressure by causing blood vessels to dilate
  • increase circulation and make you sweat
  • benefit cardiovascular health
  • promote healthy and deep sleep
  • heat gives pain relief and can help conditions caused by inflammation such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • relax muscles
  • generate feelings of calmness and relaxation

A steam room is excellent for any respiratory conditions.

  • clears sinuses and lung congestion
  • loosens and clears mucus from nose, chest and throat

Caution: A steam room may aggravate asthma

Caution is advised if you have heart and blood conditions (hypertension, low blood pressure, heart disease), if you are pregnant, have epilepsy or are under the influence of any mood-altering drugs.

About 10 years ago, I found that I had an overload of heavy metals in my body.  Under the guidance of my Naturopath, I did chelation therapy. I also used the sauna every day for 1 hour.  I did this for an entire year.

It was difficult at first.  I could only stay in for about 10-15 minutes and then I needed a cold shower and a big glass of water.  But I soon became accustomed and eventually would stay in for 30 minutes, take a long cold shower and then 30 minutes more.   I drank a lot of water; before, during and after.

After a month or so, I actually started to sweat.  I never used to sweat, even when I exercised.  I saw this as an important change in my body.

After the year, I had more testing done and there was a significant decrease in the amount of heavy metals in my body.  They were not 100% gone but definitely on the low end.

I use the steam room now.  I enjoy both the steam room and the sauna.  I would alternate between the two, if I could.

I know that there are many people out there who don’t believe that saunas and steam rooms are useful for detoxification, but I disagree.  When used safely and properly, I believe that all ages can benefit.  Saunas and steam rooms have been around for centuries.  Even if it is only for relaxation and stress relief; that is a detox in itself.

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How to make a Simple Smoothie

Organic strawberriesMy son got himself a GoPro.  I had never heard of a GoPro but I  now know that it is this cool little video camera that has all kinds of features.

He said that I could use it to make a video in the kitchen.  Awesome.

I have only done one other video before, that is about what I typically eat in a day.  Check it out here.  It was made not long after my head injury.

I decided to make a short video for you; showing you how I make a smoothie in the morning. Very, very simple.

I was rather nervous and so I am not my usual smiley self!  With practice, I will get better. Watch it here.

The measurements for the ingredients are all listed below.

I forgot to mention that adding your favourite flavours is a great idea.

Here are some suggestions:

  • vanilla
  • maple syrup (just a little)
  • cinnamon
  • raw cacao powder
  • freshly squeezed orange juice
  • almond butter
  • use hemp or flax seeds instead of chia
  • coconut oil

Breakfast Green Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
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Serves: 3 cups
 
This is a very simple smoothie that can easily be modified to suit your tastes. Choose organic ingredients whenever possible.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • liquid to cover chia seeds
  • 1 heaping cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 10 oz spinach or green of choice
  • ½ avocado (optional)
  • liquid to cover (water, coconut water, almond milk, cashew milk, etc)
  • protein powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Before you hop in the shower, put your chia seeds in your blender and cover with water to soak.
  2. Once you are ready, put all ingredients in the blender.
  3. Blend for several minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings (may need to add vanilla or another banana or a shot of maple syrup)
  5. Pour and enjoy until you feel full.
  6. Save the rest for later in the morning.

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Strawberry Lemon Chia Pudding

imageI splurged and bought beautiful organic strawberries this week.  I really wanted to just eat all of them but decided that I had better share with my family.  So I made this pudding for dessert tonight.  I had some for breakfast too but don’t tell anyone.

Chia seeds have amazing health properties.

Here are just a few:

  1. Important for digestive health – high in fibre
  2. High in Omega 3
  3. Good for your bones – high in Calcium
  4. High in Manganese – another nutrient that is good for bones
  5. Helps reduce belly fat – stabilizes blood sugar
  6. Lowers cholesterol

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How to Detox The Easy Way

beautiful girl enjoying the summer sunThe calendar says that Spring is here.

Spring is a good time to do some detoxing to improve your health, boost your metabolism and help renew your energy.

“Why?” you ask.

Gently cleansing your body has the following benefits:

  • boost your metabolism
  • give your body a rest to allow it to repair itself
  • remove toxins and wastes from your body
  • improve your blood sugar levels

I know that there is a negative stigma attached to doing a cleanse or detoxing so I thought that I would make a few simple suggestions.Continue Reading

Mexican Cauliflower

Mexican Cauliflower

Let me tell you about cauliflower and why you may wish it include it in your diet on a regular basis.

Being a member of the cruciferous family, it has some amazing health benefits.

  • Fights cancer – contains sulforaphane which is known to kill off cancer stem cells
  • Improves blood pressure – again that sulforaphane is involved to help with this
  • Anti-Inflammatory – contains Indole-3-Carbinal which works to keep inflammation down in the body
  • High in Vitamins & Minerals – contains lots of Vitamin C as well as Vitamin K, protein, magnesium, Vitamin B6 & much more
  • Good for your Brain – contains Choline (B vitamin) which is known for helping with developing brains
  • Good for your Digestion – high in fiber and also that sulforaphane (love this stuff!) protects the lining of your stomach by keeping bacteria under control
  • Detoxifies – super high in antioxidants (when eaten raw) as well sulforaphane (there it is again) assists with detoxification

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice

So yesterday I shared with you that I had some fresh turmeric and I made a yummy sauce/dip/dressing with it.

Today, I made fresh green juice.

Before I tell you about that, I would like to give a warning on the staining ability of fresh turmeric.  Avoid making things in a plastic vessel; use glass or stainless steel and ensure that you are using a cutting board and try not to get any on your counter tops.   My sink is enamel and unfortunately it was a bit stained.  But I used oxygen bleach and let it soak overnight and now it is good as new.  I recommend using gloves when handling the root if you want to avoid the smoker’s look.  I munched on several pieces while I was making that sauce yesterday.  I was trying to figure out how to describe the flavour.  Well, my teeth were an attractive yellow.  Really.  My toothbrush is now yellow too.  The price of good health. 🙂

The juice I made today was really delicious and fresh-tasting.

I used the following veggies:

  • parsley (a whole bunch)
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • lemon
  • carrot
  • fresh turmeric

The whole thing became a bit frothy with that much parsley but that didn’t bother me.  I simply gave it a stir and loosen it all up.

This juice has many, many benefits among which are

  • digestive tonic
  • immune system booster
  • brain food
  • anti-aging drink
  • effective anti-depressant; hence the name of the juice

I really liked the flavour of this juice.  It was light and fresh and easy to drink.  My husband found it a little strong but I did not.  He prefers it sweeter.  Likely adding an apple or two or more carrots would have pleased him.  I prefer to use less or no fruit in my juices.   We definitely all have different palates, so experiment with other vegetable combinations and decide what you like best.  A friend mentioned that she juiced the turmeric with carrot and orange and really enjoyed it.

Happy Juicing!

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Cheer Me Up Green Juice
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Vegan
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Serves: 20 ounces approximately
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • 5 pieces of fresh turmeric (a couple of inches long)
Instructions
  1. Wash all vegetables.
  2. Cut cucumber and carrots into narrower pieces to fit your juicer.
  3. Cut lemon in pieces.
  4. Alternate all vegetables through your juicer. .
  5. The parsley will cause some froth so divide it up as evenly as you can. Avoid putting it through all at once.
  6. Serve immediately.

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My First Time Using Fresh Turmeric

20150121_151643_471_2Yesterday was Produce Day at my house.  What a great day it was.  I love it when my fridge is full of beautiful organic produce.

I ordered fresh turmeric root for the first time.  The picture above is what it looks like.  It looks very similar to ginger but has a bright orange flesh inside.  The taste is difficult to describe.  It is not spicy like ginger but it has quite a strong flavour.  But not as strong as dried turmeric and not as bitter.  I like it and I encourage you to try it.

Turmeric is most known for its’ anti-inflammatory properties.  It is so powerful that it matches and often surpasses the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs….without side-effects.

Some other benefits of turmeric are:Continue Reading

7 Types Of Food That Calm Your Body

camomile-tea-elena-elisseevaIt’s a New Year and life just keeps on moving.

After 16 months of being off from my day job, I am heading back in 2 weeks time.  I am feeling a bit stressed about it.  It will be like starting a new job.  Things have changed.  People, policies, procedures have changed.

Luckily my employer and my staff are happy to have me back and are doing all that they can to ensure that my return is as pleasant as possible.

Luckily I am now physically able to go back to my job.  My body has done well to heal.

To ensure my success, I am making a conscious effort to give my body the best food that I can.Continue Reading

Homemade Vegan Cheese; Who Knew?!

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Remember we talked about the importance of healthy gut flora and how to improve your digestion a while ago?

I gave you several tips on how to do this and encouraged you to be diligent about caring for your digestive system.

Well, my good friend, Steph Jackson, shared some wonderful recipes with me on how to make your own vegan cheese.  It is more of a cream cheese, but cheese none-the-less.Continue Reading

The Miracle of Vitamin C Part I

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Vitamin C has long been known to be beneficial to our body.

Vitamin C is

  • A powerful antioxidant.
  • It prevents free-radical damage that contributes to aging and degenerative and age-related disease, including cancer and cardiovascular disorders.
  • Vitamin C keeps other antioxidants (such as Vitamin E and A) potent by preventing them from being oxidized.

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