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Hummus or Mayonnaise on your sandwich? Let’s compare!

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We were raised on mayonnaise and mayonnaise is a staple in the majority of peoples home. What if there was an alternative to use, as a spread on a sandwich, for example, you hadn’t thought about yet, such as hummus? I’m going to break it down to you and you can make the decision.

Hummus is made from the bean chickpeas in conventional cooking. It has many ingredients that are good for you. Dietary fiber, manganese, protein and B vitamins.

Mayonnaise is made traditionally consists of egg, vinegar, oil, and spices.

The fat content in hummus is mostly from the tahini oil and is approx. 14% of the total and the rest of the 65% is water, 10% protein, and 17% carbohydrates.

There are many different hummus selections out there and the ingredients will vary, so try making it from scratch, that way you are aware of what is going into your body.

The fat content in traditionally made mayonnaise is 70 to 80% fat. Because of the amount of oil in it is approx. 75%, but not saturated fat. In my eyes, it’s still a fat!

Mayonnaise can vary depending on who is making it, so if you just cannot say goodbye to mayonnaise, try making some for yourself and use healthy oils.

My choice you ask? Hummus!

 

 

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8 tips on making your canine safe, happy and healthy

 

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Not only do we want to feed our dogs nutritious organic foods and have organic toys for them to tug and play with, their emotional well-being and exercise is important as well.

  1. If you are leaving your house to run an errand, for example, leave some kind of activity for them to do. You could leave a few treats behind for them to sniff out and find.
  2. Leave them with plenty of chew toys to stimulate them. Just make sure you are purchasing your furry friends toys from an organic source, this way you can be sure you are not putting toxins in their system.
  3. Socialize your furry friends with others. Take them for a walk or set up a play date for them.
  4. If you have a very active dog such as myself, throwing the ball, taking them for a hike or a run, is great exercise for them.
  5. Schedule veterinarian appointments to make sure they are getting a yearly check-up and don’t forget to get their teeth cleaned.
  6. A little obstacle course would be stimulating and fun. It is fun and challenging for them.
  7. Give your furry friend a massage.  By doing this before activity it can get that blood flowing, so they don’t strain themselves before active exercise and is also good for the quality of life and prolongs it.
  8. When taking your dog with you in the car, make sure you have them strapped in and safe. My dog in the picture below is strapped to the seat belt and in his high chair to be able to see out the window. At first, he wanted to sit on my lap, but after one car trip, he was just fine.

Tiko Car

 

 

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Gluten, the topic for years now

 

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Gluten is in wheat and grains such as barley, rye, and oats (I’ll get more into oats below).  It is a protein based on facts that it is made up of 80 It is actually a latin word for “glue”. The reason is because gluten holds bread together and has sturdy and malleable elastic structure that has a feeling of dough.

There are 2 types of protein in gluten. They are glutenins and gliadins. These two proteins make up for about 80 to 85% in a wheat ball dough. Back in the day, they use to refer to gluten as the key structure in bread baking. The rinsed ball dough that was referred to gluten also contained carbohydrates and fats, vitamins and minerals. Today, the term rinsed ball dough is rarely used because research studies are just referring to the proteins in it.

When I mentioned oats above, I’d like to get more into that by explaining that oats rather than containing glutenins and gliadins, oats contain a protein called avenins. When avenins get broken down they turn into peptides, which are smaller molecules that are similar to peptides breaking down in wheat.

Digestive issues or auto-immune – such as bloating, chronic diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, loss of energy, foul or fatty odor from stool or pale in color and vomiting.

Loss of energy – Brain fog, confusion and are unable to concentrate is a sign of gluten intolerance.

Muscle and joint pain – Gluten can cause your body to attack muscle and joints which leads you to inflammation and pain.

Migraines – Common triggers are from food intolerances, such as gluten containing grains.

Gluten intolerance can cause many things that upset your body. If you suffer from any of these, it might be time to see if you are allergic to gluten.

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9 things to help you with a bad day

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  • Reflect – Let’s say you are at work and you are having a bad morning. How are you going to turn that frown upside down? One idea would be you are going to evaluate what transpired and reflect on it. By reflecting you can evaluate what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again or at least hope not. Whether you made a mistake or it was someone else that was rude or yelling, don’t take it personally. Remember when you have yelled at someone and it wasn’t their fault? It was something that was angering you, inside yourself? Well, that could just be what transpired when someone possibly yelled at you. I’m sure if another person walks up to you and tries to console you, you’ll see that it was uncalled for and it was an issue within themselves for their behavior.
  • Fresh Air -Another idea would be to go outside and get some fresh air. You know, kind of cleansing the palette, so to speak. Go outside and see that everything around you has changed, from the smell, the colors, maybe a breeze in the air, some sun or maybe some rain touching your skin. Whatever, it is, you aren’t in there, where the bad juju is. Shrug it off before going back inside and go back in professional, courteous and positive.
  • Positive thinking- Try to think of the positives that have already transpired in the day. Whether you woke up with all 10 fingers and toes and you can see or maybe you had a nice breakfast.
  • Exercise -Now whether you are at work or at home, by all means go out and get some exercise. It improves your mental health and your mood by getting those endorphins going.
  • Music – Play your favorite type of music you enjoy.
  • Writing – By writing it down you get it out of your head and onto something else. You aren’t carrying that crap in your head. It’s a healthy way of letting it go.
  • Talk to someone – If you aren’t a writer, perhaps talking to someone might put things into perspective.
  • Meditate – You could meditate and take some nice calming deep breaths and take yourself somewhere else mentally.
  • Don’t take the bad day home – After each day try to have some type of ritual (maybe taking 10 minutes to just have some quiet time for yourself) you say to yourself to finish off your day and leave it there. Your family members will be happy you did.

 

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Did you know these 10 vitamins and minerals were in watermelon?

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Spring time is here and watermelon is in peak season.  Watermelon (citrullus lanatus) is refreshing and healthy. If you have seen watermelon attached to a vine, you’d see that it is a flowering plant. Watermelon consists of 92% water and 6 percent sugar.  Watermelon should be eaten in reasonable amounts, otherwise, you may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, gas and indigestion.

Let me break down what vitamins and minerals watermelon has in it.

  1. Phenolic antioxidants – are one of three types of antioxidants, which are protective chemical compounds that offer resistance to illnesses ranging from arthritis to cancer. This class of antioxidants differs from sulfur-based antioxidants and selenium antioxidants because their protective powers come strictly from polyphenols, which are substances only found in plant foods, such as fruits, grains, and vegetables. Spices, herbs, and teas made from plants also contain phenolic antioxidants.
  2. Vitamin C – is an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage from free radicals.
  3. Pantothenic acid – is a vitamin (known as vitamin B5) – It is found in both plants and animals including meat, legumes, eggs, milk, vegetables and cereal grains.
  4. Copper – copper is essential to the proper functioning of organs and metabolic processes as well as that it is vital to all living organisms (plants, humans, animals and microorganisms).
  5. Biotin – (known as vitamin B7) is beneficial for cell growth.
  6. Potassium – a mineral and electrolyte important for lowering the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease.
  7. Magnesium – is important for nerve impulses, the formation of bones and cells. It also helps the body with temperature regulation, detoxification, and energy production.
  8. Vitamin A/ Carotenoids – are found in this type of vitamin (which makes up the bright colors in fruit). It promotes growth, the immune system, reproduction, and vision
  9. Vitamin B1 – converts food (the carbs in our food into fuel), (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy.
  10. Vitamin B6 – Can help with heart disease and high cholesterol.

 

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9 tips for improving air quality in your home

 

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Having bad quality air in your home causes, allergies, asthma or even having frequent headaches.  It can also cause coughing, sore throat, itchy eyes, bronchitis, and colds.

There is also the problem of dust mites. Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider family. They live on furniture, linens, carpet, curtains and your mattress.

“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” says William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice-chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.”  Even space heaters, furnaces, stoves, ranges, ovens, fireplaces, and water heaters “release gasses and particulates into the air.

  • So what can you do to make the air quality in your home better?
  • Change the furnace air filter at least once a month or install a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter every 6 months.
  • Change your air conditioner filter as well, according to manufacturer’s suggestion
  • Increase ventilation in your home by opening windows
  • Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA Filter
  • Keep a clean home and clean often
  • Purchase green cleaning products and stay away from non-toxic, non-aerosol, unscented cleaning product as they are harmful to you.
  • Keep humidity between 30% and 50%
  • Plants Peace Lilly’s, English Ivy, Chrysanthemum and spider plants. These plants are helpful in lowering toxic agents such as trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde from indoor air. In a combined effort, their foliage and roots absorb certain VOC’s.

Perfumes and room air fresheners are all bad to inhale as they have many toxic ingredients. The EWG states that Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne. “A rose may be a rose. But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.

Makers of popular perfumes, colognes and body sprays market their scents with terms like “floral,” “exotic,” or “musky,” but they don’t disclose that many scents are actually a complex cocktail of natural essences and synthetic chemicals – often petrochemicals. Laboratory tests commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and analyzed by Environmental Working Group revealed 38 secret chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, topped by American Eagle Seventy Seven with 24, Chanel Coco with 18, and Britney Spears Curious and Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio with 17.

The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.

Also in the ranks of undisclosed ingredients are chemicals with troubling hazardous properties or with a propensity to accumulate in human tissues. These include Diethyl Phthalate a chemical found in 97 percent of Americans (Silva 2004) and linked to sperm damage in human epidemiological studies (Swan 2008), and musk ketone, a synthetic fragrance ingredient that concentrates in human fat tissue and breast milk.

And last but not least, Second-Hand Smoke with smoke there is a risk factor for Asthma in children, a non-smoker developing Lung Cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.

 

 

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7 ways to save on buying organic food

We all know that buying organic foods can be pretty pricey. I’ve listed a few things below in case you didn’t think of any of them. I hope it helps.

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  1. Buy foods in season – When you buy foods in season, they are less money and you can freeze them for the off-season.
  2. Cooking it yourself – Purchase whole ingredients as they are cheaper than purchasing packaged foods.
  3. Coupons – Can help you save a little here and a little there.  It all adds up!
  4. Join your local CSA – (Community Supported Agriculture) –  Not only can you ask how foods are grown, but some of them allow you to volunteer and receive food in return or you can pay up front for your season of food as they typically want you to.  You, can also grow your own and or buy from a farmer’s or at a farmer’s market.
  5. Private Labels – In specialty stores one can usually find not the BRAND name organic, but their label and purchase something for less.
  6. Go Vegan one or two days per week – By not purchasing meat, you’ll save some money.
  7. Buy in Bulk – We all know buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. Whether it’s out of a bin or from a store that enables you to purchase more for less.
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ADHD: Why French Children don’t have “ADHD”

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In the U.S., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder “ADHD” is at a rate of children in the US is at 19%. The French have a mere .5%.  French Children are not fed sugar like the children in the U.S., and the French also don’t eat chemically processed foods like the U.S. does. Actually, the French children are taught by chefs in training with fresh produce and local livestock on how to prepare lunches.

The French are actually very food conscious.  They don’t allow chemically bleaching white bread or wheat flour. They don’t sit down and eat HUGE meals either. They eat in small increments more times daily.

Psychiatrists in France and Psychiatrists in the U.S., handle ADHD completely different in children than the French do.  The French do not treat behavioral issues with prescribed medications. They actually take the time and look into what the cause is of the issue. American doctors tend to just prescribe Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts).

What’s even worse is this disease is brought on by man. Whether it’s the processed food, not going out and playing in the yard, hanging out at the mall, bicycle riding or even playing a sport. Our children today because of crime, drugs and electronic devices are staying inside with the permission of their parents because the parents are scared that they will get hurt or get into trouble. Parents know it is a much more dangerous in this day and age, then it was when we “the parents” were children.

Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, said in an interview with NPR, “The teachers thought it was so strange that the diet would change the behavior of the child as thoroughly as they saw it”. After the children had, a restricted diet (whole foods) alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms and the teachers at the school noticed and stated: “it’s a miracle”.

It just goes to show you that what we eat is so important. I’ve made a list of a few whole foods in the fruit, grains and vegetable department to get you started.

Fruits

  • grapes
  • raisins
  • peaches
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • strawberries
  • plums
  • prunes
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • apples
  • pears
  • strawberries

Grains:

  • quinoa
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat

Vegetables:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots

 

 

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7 things about personal lubricant you need to know before buying

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With all the choices out there for personal lubricants, not being educated about the toxic ingredients inside can be VERY harmful to your health.

Your lower private parts are no place for harsh and synthetic chemicals, and I suggest only organic.

Did you know your vagina is the most absorbent part of your body, that’s why I suggest lubes free of petroleum, silicone, parabens, and glycerin.

Personal lubricants tend to cause us to have an array of problems, versus using none at all.  However, conventional/ non-organic lubricants have been known to cause problems with fetal development for pregnant women and cause serious hormone disruption. Many conventional lubricants can cause allergies such as rosacea and dermatitis, cancer breast cancer, skin cancer.

Personal lubricants are used for many things personal. They are used to reduce friction, dryness, and chafing of your body parts during sex. It can also be used to help relieve vaginal dryness due to menopause, medication side-effects, breastfeeding, stress or any number of things.

Now, which ones’ are the safest? A water-based lubricant is the safest. I suggest a glycerin, Paraben-free, water-based lubricant, not a synthetic lubricant. There are some with healing qualities as well, such as such as aloe, vitamin E and sea kelp. Watch out for oil-based lubricants, as they can contribute to yeast infections in women who easily get them and can cause bacterial vaginosis. Stick with natural, organic lubricants, like Aloe Cadabra.

  1. Petroleum or petroleum-based ingredients – These can cause the skin to not function normally. They may also contain ingredients that have been linked to various health conditions, including cancer.
  2. Parabens – These are synthetic preservatives, which can mimic the effects of estrogen in your tissues, and have been linked to having higher risks of breast cancer.
  1. Phenoxyethanol – This chemical is moderately hazardous, with possible links to skin irritation and toxicity. High concentrations have been associated with reproductive damage, depressed immunity, and reduced nervous system function in newborns.
  1. Silicone-based ingredients – These may have toxic effects. Watch out for labels that have cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone and phenyl trimethicone in them. Silicone is often used in Tupperware, baby nipples, utensils and toys.
  1. Chlorhexidine – Is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic before surgery and to sterilize surgical instruments.
  2. Propylene glycol – is a synthetic organic compound. It is a viscous colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. It does contain a broad range of solvents, including water, acetone, and chloroform.
  3. Glycerin – is a simple polyol compound. It is commonly used in foods as a sweetener.

Many lubricants as you can see are not healthy at all to use. They trigger irritation and have toxic effects for some women.

I have put together a few personal lubricants that you can use with safe ingredients that are not harmful

  1. Aloe Cadabra
  2. Sliquid
  3. Swiss Navy All-natural
  4. Intimate Organics Hydra Personal Lubricant
  5. Good Clean Love
  6. Wet Natural

 

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Do you know 11 things cabbage is good for?

I’ve been eating a lot of raw organic cabbage for many years.  There are so many blogs on what to eat and which is the best. The important thing to know is that cabbage should be eaten raw to get the most benefits from it. When you cook cabbage, it loses nutrients such as Vitamin C and makes it more difficult for the body to absorb the other nutrients.

 

Cabbage can be purple, green or white and is related to the broccoli and cauliflower family (cruciferous vegetable family). The purple cabbage an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 and cabbage is a good source of choline, calcium, selenium, such as riboflavin, thiamin, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium protein, and niacin. It’s also a wonderful source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, folate, copper manganese, and potassium.

  • Eye health – It contains beta-carotene which helps in prevention of macular degeneration of the eyes and helps to keep cataract at bay.
  • Weight loss – low in calories at a half a cup, you are only eating 17 calories.
  • Brain health – The Vitamin K and anthocyanins in cabbage help with mental function and concentration. It prevents nerve damage, helps to improve your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
  • Premature aging – The Vitamin – C helps with the aging process and keep the skin looking youthful.
  • Muscle pain – Steaming these leaves and putting them on your arthritis, gout or overexertion. Leave them on for 10 minutes until they are limp.
  • Skin Care – The Vitamin E in cabbage is effective in helping people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, insect bites, leg ulcers, and wounds.
  • Constipation – Cabbage is extremely high in fiber.
  • Hair Care – If you apply its juice starting at the roots for an hour. Shampoo after and you’ll notice how soft it is. The Vitamin A in it helps with hair growth.
  • Anti-inflammatory – It helps with inflammation because it is high in amino acids.
  • Immunity Booster – Cabbage is high in Vitamin C.
  • Cabbage also helps with inflammation in cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

About a year and a half ago, I found the recipe below and thought I would share it with you and is eaten raw.

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage.
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage.
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic apple cider vinegar (sometimes, I add more to my liking)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt.
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and very thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped.

Mix it all together and viola.