Archive | June 2013

Strawberry “Mocktail” (Non-alcoholic drink)

I never cared too much for alcohol, but I would drink here and there. For the past 6 years or so I have not had a drink. It seems that I don’t have a high tolerance for it. When I drink its not enjoyable because I feel off balance and sleepy, which means I have a sluggish liver. Sometimes it can be awkward to go to a social event and people are enjoying a drink and you and a couple of others are not. Its nice to know that for the people that don’t drink can have a great alternative….NOT A COCKTAIL…..BUT …. A…..MOCKTAIL!!!!! 

So if you are hosting an event be sure to have the ingredients below to make a “MOCKTAIL” for people like me 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

1. Put ice in your glass

2. Pour some Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar over ice

3. Pour in club soda

4. Cut up some strawberries and put in drink

5. Squeeze a lime in and throw it in your drink

Don’t mix the drink let the vinegar stay settled at the bottom…..This slowly makes the drink stronger as you drink it

ENJOY!!!

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What I Use to get Quick Relief From My Knee/Joint pain

I went to my acupuncturist for a specific problem. I had knee/Joint pain. In addition to needle treatment and heat she rubbed Tiger Balm extra strength on my knees. I purchased some and rub it on my knees when they ache….OMG…they feel a lot better. It cost me $5.99

Info from Tigerbalm.com:

TIGER BALM EXTRA

FAST RELIEF FOR JOINT AND ARTHRITIS PAIN

The cassia oil (cinnamon) in Tiger Balm Extra provides a soothing aroma, as well as this ointment’s familiar reddish-brown color.

More importantly, the herbal blend helps to relieve joint and muscle pain and soothe tired muscles.  It can be used during warm up before exercise or to ease soreness after working out. It’s also a favorite of arthritis sufferers.

TIGER BALM EXTRA USES

For temporary relief of minor aches and pains associated with:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Arthritis

DRUG FACTS:

Ingredients: Camphor (11%) and Menthol (10%)

Inactive Ingredients: Cajuput Oil, Cassia Oil, Clove Oil, Dementholized Mint Oil and Paraffin Petrolatum

 

NOTE: Be sure to see your MD Doctor if your pain persist. Also according to Traditional Chinese Medicine knee pain is deficiency in the kidney. 

Whats Acupuncture and 5 reasons Why I Love it

“Why would you pay for someone to stick needles in you….doesn’t that hurt”. Someone said to me when I told them I get acupuncture treatments. I personally have been getting acupuncture since 2008. Below I will address questions people have asked.

What is Acupuncture?

According to the dictionary “A system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West”

A  licensed Acupuncture has to attend 3-4 years of schooling but prior to that have 60 semester college credit. They get a Master Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine/Oriental Medicine

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Some Treatments of Acupuncture-

MOXA

What is Moxa? 

Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi.

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Cupping

What is Cupping? 

Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; practitioners believe this mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing

Photo Credit: awakentherapeutics.com

TUI NA Medical Massage

What is Tui Na Medical Massage?

The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body’s defensive (wei) chi and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points

Chinese herbs

What is Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs have been used for centuries. Among the earliest literature are lists of prescriptions for specific ailments. After each Acupuncture visit usually they will prepared a specific formula to help with your aliment.

 

Acupuncture cost varies depending on location of practitioner. It can range from $65-150 for initial consultation to $50-90 per visit after initial visit. Also herbs per visit can range from $6-12. I used to get acupuncture with the traditionally one on one once per month and than get community acupuncture ($15-35 sliding scale) twice a month because I was on a strict budget. Acupuncture can get pricey but I believe that you should put your health first  before you pay for your hair, nails, clothes or etc. Recently I signed up with Wage works from my husbands job and it allows me to visit the acupuncturist once per week /or at least twice a month.

I read in a book that that if you been sick with your aliment for example 3 years you should see your acupuncturist once a week for 3 months. Every year that you been sick equals to a month. It will take that long to see results but its just a rule of thumb every person is different.

I have been to like 6 different acupuncturist. You have to find one that best fits your needs and price affordability. Be careful because you get what you pay for. Currently I go to Washington Acupuncture Clinic in San Leandro her name is Shirley Lee, L.AC. Her prices are extremely reasonable. She charges $65 for initial consultation and $50 for every visit thereafter. Its located at:

2287 Washington Ave
(between 2nd Ave & Marina Blvd)
San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 352-3168

WHY I LOVE ACPUNCTURE

1. Relaxes your mind and body

2. Soothes aches and pain

3. Allows you to become more aware of your body

4. Getting personalized prepared herb formula

5. Tui Na Medical Massage Feels wonderful (Afterward) 

Definition source: http://en.wikipedia.org

8 Nutritional Supplements to Support a Healthy Intestinal System

The health of your intestinal system may also represent the health of your entire body. Every nutrient first has to be digested and passed through the intestines before it can make it to the other organs. The stomach and intestines are often the first line of defense for your immune system, too.

Nature’s Sunshine has plenty of supplements for the intestines. But to make things a bit more clear, see this graphic  below to help you understand 8 of them and how they could help your intestinal health:

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A Tasty RAW Dessert Recipe “Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirl”

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirl

Chocolate Crust

This crust recipe did more than I needed for the cake. I pressed a little into mini silicone cups to make mini cheesecakes and then cut some into squares and dipped in chocolate.

1 1/4 cups almonds
1/2 cup pitted, packed dates, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
4 tablespoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 teaspoons water
Pinch of salt

In a food processor grind the almonds to flour.
Add the raisins, dates, salt and cacao. Grind until broken down.
Add the vanilla and water. Grind and then press some mixture together to make sure it sticks. Add a little more water if needed.
Press into the bottom of an 8″ spring form pan.

Filling
This filling is so delicious that you could eat it as a pudding with the addition of extra liquid or less coconut oil.

1 1/4 cup packed, cooked pumpkin puree
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
7-10 drops stevia
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (1/8 teaspoon dry)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Blend all but the oil in a blender until completely smooth.
Add the oil and blend again to incorporate.
Pour the mixture over the crust.
Optional – spoon blobs of chocolate sauce of top. Push down with a chopstick and swirl the chocolate around.
Chill for 12 hours in the fridge to set.

Recipe/pics from : http://www.sweetlyraw.com

Fenugreek Seeds can help with type 2 diabetes

Add Fenugreek Seeds to your meals!

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include family history, a sedentary lifestyle, excess body fat, and high cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels.

Experts agree that increased fiber intake helps in the management of type 2 diabetes. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of fiber and are known to provide multiple benefits in type 2 diabetic patients.

Researchers conducted a study of 25 patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Results showed that patients treated with fenugreek extract had significant improvements in insulin utilization, cholesterol ratios, and triglyceride levels compared to patients given the placebo.

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RECIPE THAT USES FENUGREEK SEEDS

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CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2011/04/recipe-for-slow-cooker-indian-spiced-butternut-squash.html

Is Chewing Gum Bad for your Health?

Well is chewing gum bad for your health? Many of us chew gum to freshen up our breath or to moisten our mouth. Nonetheless Gum has many artificial ingredients and preservatives.  The two main artificial sweeteners are sucralose and aspartame.

 

According to mindbodygreen.comSucralose is carcinogenic, toxic to the liver, known to cause birth defects, and damaging to the immune system. Aspartame is a potent neurotoxin, which releases methanol in the body. Methanol is dangerous because it breaks down into two toxic compounds, formic acid and formaldehyde. It’s linked with digestive issues, migraines, depression, and even diabetes. ”

Since many people only chew gum to freshen up their breath or moisten their mouth I have found a great alternative……...Chewable Papaya Mint . It taste like a blend of papaya candy and spearmint gum but its a healthy alternative.

Papaya is the only known food to contain papain, a powerful enzyme that helps break down protein. For centuries people have tenderized meats by wrapping them in the leaves of the papaya tree prior to cooking. Within the body, papain is also able to act on other compounds such as carbohydrates and fats, making it a good, all-around supplement for improved digestion. Peppermint oil has been used from time immemorial as a culinary herb to enhance the digestive functions of the body. Mint is known to freshen the breath, and it helps soothe the motility of the digestive system. Together, papaya and peppermint make an ideal combination.

Benefits:

  • Supports the digestive system.
  • Enhances protein digestion.
  • Sweetens breath.

Ingredients:

Sorbitol, papaya fruit concentrate, fructose, peppermint leaf and peppermint aerial parts oil.

Recommended Use:

Chew 2 tablets with a meal three times daily, or use between meals as a breath freshener.

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