House Cleansing 101

You read that right!

Sure, you’ve been cleaning house for years.

House Cleansing is different.

It’s about cleansing your rooms of anything that could be making you and your family, your pets, sick, bloated, allergic, and fatigued or agitated on a daily basis.

 

Today, Let’s start with the kitchen.

Look under your sink or wherever you keep your cleaning products ~

Take all of those cancer causing chemicals to the toxic waste dump.

Have you ever wondered why so many women have been dying of cancer since the 1970’s  you guessed it!

Make a commitment today to start using biodegradable products like Borax, washing soda, baking soda, plain white vinegar, essential oils to do your cleaning.

Your family will thank you , your pets will thank you, and you will add years to your life.

Throw out those hand sanitizers and learn to embrace the fact that we live in a world full of bacteria, good and bad.  Your body is built to naturally adapt to these and fight them off if you will allow it.

Take a look in your pantry and discard or donate anything that is not organic, has chemicals that you cannot pronounce, contains any form of corn, wheat or soy.

Tell Arthur Itis to find another home, and reduce or cut out your dairy intake.

The fewer ingredients the better, ie. butter should be made from cream with no added food coloring ~         Life is too short to eat margarine instead of butter.

Live as the French do with pure wholesome food made from scratch whenever possible.

Store your food in glass containers, not plastic.  Plastic gases off into the food.

Cook in stainless steel pots or cast iron.

If non-stick fumes can kill the canary, what more proof do you need?

Reducing plastic bags is a big one.

Find an alternative.

Bring your own bags to the grocery store.

Recycle whenever possible.

Don’t buy-in to the dieting hype in the grocery stores pushing the latest low-fat, non-fat, gluten free, all natural chemical -laden products.

Take time to read the labels.  Avoid the processed food isles.

Filter your water.

Learn the art of fermentation and canning.

Embrace more superfoods into your life.

Start juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try not to cook full meals in the microwave, and don’t stand near it when it’s running.

Enjoy more meals with the family,

Eat out less often and demand that your favorite restaurants go organic.

Say a prayer over your food. It raises it’s vibration.

Support your local organic farmers.

Make your coffee at home.

Follow my blog for easy, clean recipes.

Give thanks for the power you have in your own home and the freedom to choose a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.

You are worth it!

Turn your eating area into your favorite little bistro by decorating it with uplifting pictures, comfortable chairs, and pretty window treatments.

Clear the clutter and make it special.

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Pretty dishes can be found in the thrift stores.  Mix them up so each one is different.  Your kids will love it!  Add a chandelier!

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Add a dimmer switch to the light source to encourage intimate conversations over a cup of tea.

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Bring a lamp into the dining room for some ambient lighting.

Come back to visit for some more tips on House Cleansing!  This could change your life.

Get the message out to your friends.   Thank you!

 

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Stenciled wall treatment just in time for Fall

If I could shout this from the rooftops, I would.  It’s time to take a stand for our food, and the way it’s produced.  I’m tired of seeing so many who are suffering because the food that we are eating is making us sick.  Even Grass fed, organic meats have been found to be getting gmo’s in the vaccines that are given to the livestock.  ( information taken from the GMO’s Revealed, and spoken by Sayer Ji., founder of Green med info,  check it out )  Namaste~ The god in me, bows to the god in you.

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I’ve taken some of the advice included in this post from “The Gerson Therapy” by Charlotte Gerson, who’s father, Dr. Max Gerson found a cure for cancer.

This post does not imply any treatment for disease or health recommendations.  Please consult your doctor.  All of the opinions expressed are my own based on my personal experience.

 

How to make Kombucha at home

This is much simpler than you may think.

 

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Cocktails anyone?

Here is what you will need ~

Filtered water ( too much chlorine in the water can spoil the yeast)

Gallon container or quart jars (glass)

Large pot

Rubber bands

muslin squares ( I make mine from dishtowels that I purchase at Ikea)

Black Organic tea bags

Organic raw cane sugar ( non gmo)

Ginger tea bags ( optional)

Scoby ( symbiotic  culture of bacteria and yeast) ( optional but helpful for faster brewing.

If you have a friend who makes Kombucha, ask for a piece of their “scoby” or “mother”.)

 

One cup of live Kombucha with the mother. You can find it at the health food store or your local grocer. This will help create your new scoby if you have one or not.

 

Instructions:

 

Boil one to two gallons of filtered water.

 

Add 8 Organic tea bags and let steep until a rich brown color.

 

Add 1-2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. ( 2 is better)

 

Let cool to room temperature.

 

Remove tea bags

 

Add one cup of kombucha ( this can be your starter if you don’t have a scoby.  Brewing time may take longer.)

Add your scoby.

 

Pour into large jar or crock.

 

Cover top with muslin and secure with rubber band.

 

Let sit in a place where it will not be disturbed for a week or more.

 

After one week, taste for doneness.

 

It should be bubbly, and have a tart but sweet taste.

 

When it achieves desired taste, decant into smaller bottles with lids and refrigerate.

Healthful benefits:

Cleans the liver

Creates beneficial bacteria in the gut.

helps reduce alcohol cravings

Aids in weight loss.

Good to use for a detox.

Has more beneficial bacteria than store bought.

Improves bowel health

Helpful tips:

Since I keep Kombucha on hand as a daily tonic I use a water crock with a spigot for easy decanting into bottles.

 

It helps to save glass drink bottles with reuseable lids for easy decanting.  I save store-bought kombucha bottles with the wide mouth.

 

Let scoby grow and thicken for more effective brewing.  ( I rinse my scoby and rinse out the crock between brewing sessions).

 

The yeast culture feeds on the sugar, so it’s okay for diabetics. ( consult your doctor) Once it is finished brewing ( about one week), there should be very little sugar content.

The yeast culture ( scoby) will form a new seal each time you make a new batch.  Don’t worry if the one that you put in initially floats to the bottom.  It is there to support the new scoby that will form and may eventually float to the top.

The scoby is not pretty, but you should think of it as your friend.  It is setting up the beneficial bacteria for your gut that will work to heal you from the inside out.

Oily, flavored teas will interfere with the fermenting process.

Many people have been able to stop a soda addiction by replacing their soda with home-brewed kombucha.

If the kombucha turns into a vinegar ( this will happen is it sits longer than one week) you can use it on your salad!

Please leave a comment with any questions.  I would love to get your feedback.

 

Happy Brewing!

All of the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not attempt to advise or treat any illness.  Please consult your doctor.  Mahalo!

Easy 3 Bean Salad

Upon arriving home, after four months in Hawaii, my mind is flooded with a huge to-do-list…

Start new job

Redecorating

Cleaning

Make new slipcover for chair

Reorganize wardrobe for work

Bring more green into room

Finish painting bedside table

and the list goes on….I really just want to dive in and re-do every room!

But what keeps looming over my head, is the thought of how to keep a mostly “raw food diet” going in accordance with working a full-time job.

My first week, I purchased a stack of ready- made salads from the grocery store but wasn’t happy throwing the plastic containers into the trash everyday.  I was glad to have the convenience though.

Work lunch has to be fairly simple, but completely satisfying, as my focus will be upon learning everything I can about the business, going through their four week training program, and adjusting to working a 40 hour work week.

Not too heavy…living food that energizes…Keeps me alert…stays with me to the end of the work shift.

 

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3 bean salad in a Mason jar

 

So, today, I’ve inventoried the fridge and all of the cupboards to see what I have.

I’ll be making a three bean salad, a carrot salad ( find my recipe here), and some flax seed crackers ( here).

I’ve been making this easy three bean salad since my kids were little and even now that they’re adults, they still request it.

I love it’s versatility, as it can be eaten alone, on a bed of greens, easily transported to work in a mason jar, and is great to take along on picnics and family gatherings.

Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe

Combine the following ~

1 can garbanzo beans ( rinsed and drained)

1 can cut green beans ( drained)

1 can black or kidney beans ( rinsed and drained)

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 tsp black pepper

1 Tablespoon dry sweet basil ( rubbed between hands to bring out the flavor)

1/4 cup raw red onion chopped

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( with the mother)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

After mixing, let it marinate in the fridge for at least one hour to bring out the flavors and give them a chance to blend.

 

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Serving suggestion

Shown above on a bed of fresh spinach with raw crinkle cut butternut squash , and your favorite dressing.

 

Enjoy!

 

Superfood ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_4723No dairy, Gluten free, Low Glycemic, Delicious, Superfood Recipe.

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Preheat oven 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection setting if available)

Line baking pans with parchment paper

Ingredients ~

14 oz. or approximately 2 cups of Golden Flax Meal

1 Tablespoon dry ground psyllium powder

2 Tbsp chia seed

1 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients above

Add 2 1/2 cups water

stir and set aside one hour

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In a separate bowl combine

2 mashed bananas

1 cup raw honey

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1tsp vanilla

Mix until creamy.

Combine both mixtures

Add 2 cups instant oatmeal

Mix with oiled hands

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add

63% CACAO CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

form into patties or cookie shape

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SLOW BAKE IN OVEN, FLIPPING AFTER 30 – 60 MINUTES  cook until desired tenderness  the beauty of this, is that you can’t burn them!

PLEASE NOTE;  THESE COOKIES ARE DEHYDRATED IN A SLOW OVEN TO PRESERVE THE LIVING FOOD.

THE BODY NATURALLY KNOWS WHEN TO STOP EATING THESE COOKIES!  TRY IT FOR YOURSELF.

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Watermelon Zinger! Got Juice?

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When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.

Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about  new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure.  ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)

Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :

The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.

What is life without meditation?

In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.

Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.

Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities

Don’t wait!  Start Now.

Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.

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Watermelon Zinger ~

In a juicer combine the following

1 watermelon ~ no rind

1 pineapple ~ peeled

1 large ( the size of your hand) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled

Fresh juice brings happiness to the soul.

Try it and see!

 

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Watermelon Zinger with Ginger Goji Berry Cookies

 

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Superfood!

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Here’s that recipe that I promised.  I hope you like them as much as we did!

These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.

It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.

I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form.  ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)

I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.

there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.

These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.

Enjoy!

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection oven if available)  Line baking pan with parchment paper

1 cup goji berries soaked in filtered water ~ then strained and set aside

Dry Ingredients ~

2 1/2 cups flax seed meal

1/2 c. whole raw flax seeds

4 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp. Psyllium fiber ~ dry processed in blender

1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 1/2 cups of filtered water

Mix dry ingredients then add the water , stir and set aside for one hour or more.

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Prepare ~

2 mashed bananas

3Tbsp coconut butter

1 c. honey

1/2 c. molasses

1 c. almond butter

1/4 c. fresh grated ginger

Mix together all of the ingredients by hand using oiled hands.  I like to use real butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Roll into balls in raw cane sugar

flatten with a spoon and bake

You can also form into round cookie shapes by hand

After one hour, turn the cookies over

Continue baking to desired consistency.  Can take several hours.  for crispier cookies, bake longer.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try.  I made mine without the clove, as I didn’t have it on hand at the time.

Get the kids involved.  This is a great time to teach them about measuring, patience, and the joy of cooking!

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Superfoods, The Ascension Diet, and you.

When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe

I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.

I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.

As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.

With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.

I was being urged or guided to eat more of them

…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.

 

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chia, chlorella, hemp seed, goji berry, flax see, sunflower seeds

 

 

I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~

More energy

less bloating and inflammation

a feeling of inner stability

a brighter outlook

mental clarity

deeper sleep patterns

my skin is getting smoother, silkier

I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.

And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.

Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.

Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.

Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.

I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.

So, I started listening.

The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.

It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.

I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.

Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs?  Was I picking up on their distress?

I was beginning to think so…..

The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….

How do I eat this stuff?

 

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Gogi berries

 

Where do I start?

I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.

Here are some facts about superfoods.

What is so special about a superfood?

Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.

Think:  Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out.  It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *

“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe

Here are a few examples:

deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.

cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium

Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina

Honey ~ Bee pollen

Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.

Just to name a few…..

Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body.  ~ David Wolfe

Well, who wouldn’t want that????

Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe

This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!

Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe

And I’m a living example!

You can check out some of my recipes here:

Green Smoothie

Flax seed crackers  just scroll down to the bottom for the recipe, and be prepared to be wowed!

Chia pudding

Chopped salad

Pan roasted vegetables

Making soup from scratch

Butternut squash soup ( try using other vegetables)

The best salad dressing ever!

Waldorf Salad Wraps

These will get you started!

I call this The Ascension Diet.  You can read about the 7 essential steps on the Ascension Ladder.

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Have a Happy, Healthful day!                                                                                                                                                                                * I do not intend to offer any medical advise.  I am only making suggestions from my own personal experience.*  Please consult your doctor when starting a new regimen.

Mahalo