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6 Easy Changes To Have A More Plant Based Lifestyle

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We all know that a plant-based lifestyle is better for our bodies and for the planet. And while it can seem overwhelming at first, the truth is that making the switch to plant-based living can be pretty easy. There are so many fun, delicious, and healthy ways to use plant ingredients in your everyday routine. Here are six swaps that will bring you closer to a 100 percent plant-based life. Get ready to be inspired, you’ll feel better about yourself while and the planet!

  1. Use nut milk in your favorite morning rituals
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If you’re super attached to your morning coffee or tea with milk, I get it. But there are so many amazing nut milks out there that you’re definitely missing out on if you haven’t tried this simple swap.

2. Take a look at your supplements

This may surprise you, but a lot of supplements and vitamins contain animal products. The good news is it’s a simple fix. There are tons of vegan options for supplements. Garden of Life came out with a MyKind line that is perfect for making this swap.

3. Ditch the honey

Every now and then, we all need a little something sweet. But before you reach for the honey, why not try a whole-food sweetener like banana or dates? They’ll add that little sweetness to your oatmeal or chia pudding without adding any animal by-products.

4. Veganize your smoothies

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I think of green smoothies as the ultimate health food, but if you’re using whey protein, you’re not quite plant-based. So next time you make a smoothie, experiment with some vegan protein and see what you think.

5. Healthy fats don’t just come from fish

So many of us depend on fish for our healthy fats, but flax and chia seeds are great sources of omega-3s. Try sprinkling them on your favorite salad for some added sustenance.

6. Make a creamy salad dressing

Want to go plant-based but worried you’ll miss your favorite dressing? You can make a super-creamy salad dressing by adding some avocado or unsweetened coconut yogurt to your recipe. Just blend in the blender and enjoy!

Making these swaps will bring you six steps closer to a plant-based lifestyle, and you’ll barely have to lift a finger. After all, living your healthiest life should be more about mindfulness than time and effort.

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Need To Detox? Simple Ways To Make Your Everyday Life A Cleanse

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As a society we are surrounded by more toxins than ever before. On a daily basis we are exposed to a plethora of chemicals in the products we use and genetically modified foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides in our grocery stores and restaurants.

Our genetics have not caught up with this onslaught of toxins, and it is evident in the rise of inflammation based health problems. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure we are diligent in avoiding as many toxins as possible as well as detoxing them. But we can’t live in fear. Your body is amazingly strong and resilient. Instead of curling up in a ball and deciding to live in a bubble, let’s cultivate ways to live cleaner.

The last thing we need is another quick-fix cleanse, so make your everyday life a detox. By using specific food medicines and functional medicine tips and tools, you can support your detoxification pathways so your body can do what it is designed to do naturally: thrive.

1. Add parsley to your smoothies.

This little green plant packs a mean detox punch. Add some to your favorite smoothie to boost the liver-supporting goodness.

2. Eat three cups of sulfur-rich vegetables.

Onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower all support methylation detox pathways. By bringing these foods into your diet on a regular basis you are supporting detox and naturally making your life a cleanse.

3. Sip on a blue-green algae latte.

Spirulina, chlorella, and blue-green algaes are epic detoxifiers. Add a teaspoon (or two!) into some steamed or iced almond milk for some detox magic.

4. Eat three cups of dark leafy greens.

Vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, and chard all contain folate, which is needed for methylation. Some of my favorite ways to include these into my daily diet are through smoothies, salads, and just sautéing them right up with whatever vegetables I am having for lunch or dinner.

5. Add garlic to every recipe.

Certain foods have detoxing properties especially beneficial if you have high levels of heavy metal toxicity in your body. Garlic is one of them and also aids in methylation. So add it to any dish you please, as garlic enhances the flavor of almost all recipes!

6. Unwind with some dandelion tea.

Drink some dandelion tea in the evenings to help you relax from the day. Dandelions contain many B vitamins that will continue to help support methylation and also help the body flush out toxins.

7. Munch on blueberries.

This one is super simple. Get additional help with detoxing by including blueberries to your diet. These berries will satiate your sweet tooth and help flush out any toxins in your body. Bake with them, put them in smoothies, or just eat them by the handful for maximum benefit!

8. Dress up your food with cilantro.

This powerful superfood is something that can easily be incorporated into your diet. Sprinkle freshly chopped cilantro over salads or on top of everyone’s favorite obsession—tacos! Make Taco Tuesday a regular occurrence to take advantage of nature’s toxin-reducing plant power.

9. Get moving.

Make exercise a part of your daily routine by picking activities that not only get your heart moving but make you work up a sweat. Sweating is your body’s way of clearing out toxins. If you can’t handle high-impact workouts, hot yoga is a great way to get your sweat on.

10. Green up your home and workplace.

Purify the air you breathe by bringing some fresh plants inside your house and workspace. Spider plants, dracaena, garden mum, and peace lilies are nature’s air purifiers.

11. Relax in an infrared sauna.

Start sweating a different way by sitting in an infrared sauna. Not only will you release toxins through your sweat, infrared saunas have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can be a hindrance to proper detoxing. And bonus: They also help promote relaxation and reduce stress!

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Banish Anxiety With Essential Oils

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Anxiety is a tough battle to face day in and day out. My anxiety is usually worsened during times of a massive die-off of bacteria, hormone changes, outside stressors and sometimes it just pops up out of nowhere. I never wanted to take prescription medication for it so I’ve had to learn to deal with it in other ways, one of which is essential oils.

Here are my top oils for anxiety:

Bergamot– it’s a calming oil and is often used to treat depression, helps insomnia and induces relaxation.

Lavender– considered the most common essential oil, lavender has a calming and relaxing effect. It’s a nervous system restorative and helps with sleep, irritability, panic attacks and nervous tension.

Ylang ylang– it’s a hug in a bottle. It treats anxiety due to it’s calming and uplifting effects. It is a moderately strong sedative which helps insomnia as well.

Geranium– this is a great nerve tonic. It’s a mild sedative and combines well with ylang ylang and lavender.

These are just a few of my favorites. Other suggestions include vetiver, lemon balm, frankincense, chamomile and jasmine.

How to use them? Here’s a few ways to get started:

  • add a few drops to a diffuser
  • put a few drops on some aromatherapy jewelry like this one here
  • add them to a warm bath or foot soak
  • rub them directly onto your skin (use a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin)
  • some can be taken internally as well

 

Do you have any tips or tricks for dealing with anxiety and panic attacks?

 

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Morning Drink- Kidney Cleanse

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Lately I’ve been starting out every morning with a big glass filled with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. It’s kind of like the master cleanse lemonade, but with no sweetener. When I drink it, I feel like I start my day with a clearing dose of detoxifying goodness and it helps my kidneys which are extremely taxed at the moment due to all my detoxing from Lyme.

Drinking spicy water may sound gross to you, but with the lemon, you’ll actually start loving it. I’ll admit, the first time I did it, I put way too much cayenne in there. Now, I just add a pinch, and I love it.

Here’s why it works well at detoxing:

Lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxification properties.

Lemon juice is great for digestion, destroying bacteria and cleansing the system – it supports the liver and kidneys to get rid of toxins.

Cayenne pepper increases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestion, helps regulate blood sugar and more.

Put them together and you have a very powerful cleansing drink!

My usual:

  • About 24 oz of water
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne

So give it a try! It may become part of your new morning routine. Just stay near a toilet for a little while cause it will make you go!

Do you have a favorite cleansing morning beverage?

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Healing Herbs Of The Bible

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The Bible mentions 128 plants and herbs that were part of everyday life in ancient Israel. Some of these plants include almonds, apples, mustard, cucumber, grapes, mandrake, nettle, poppy, and wormwood and many others.

I wanted to look into a few of the most talked about herbs in the Bible and their roles in health, hygiene, and beauty and how they were traditionally used. You’d probably be surprised by how many of these you use on a regular basis!

Aloe

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Aloe was also used to embalm the dead, as well as for perfume. We use it in a lot of the same ways today.

Anise

All parts of the anise plant were used during Biblical times. The seeds, leaves and stem were used to reduce fevers as well as for other medicinal purposes. Today we use it for indigestion, coughs, colds and insomnia. All you have to do is crush the seeds into a tea and enjoy!

Bitter herbs

Bitter herbs are a collective term used for lettuce, horehound, tansy, horseradish, endive and coriander seeds. Bitter herbs were mostly used for food. In fact, the people of Israel were commanded to have bitter herbs with their Passover lamb. Today you can take an elixir of bitter herbs for indigestion, and can also be used for UTI’s, kidney stones, achy joints and fluid retention.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon, once considered more precious than gold, has some amazing medicinal benefits. The bark, where the oil comes from, was traditionally collected for anointing oil, as well as perfume. Now we use it for many things including indigestion, lowering blood sugar, brain function, and as an antifungal agent. Plus it tastes great so I love adding it to smoothies, hot tea and on toast.

Cumin

The ancient Israelites took cumin seeds, dried them, and used them to flavor their food. We not only use it as a spice for our food, but it is great for digestion, urinary disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Frankincense

Most popularly known for incense, Frankincense was used during ceremonial offerings and considered an article of luxury. It was also one of the gifts given to Jesus when he was born along with myrrh and gold. I love this essential oil. It is an analgesic, antidepressant, sedative and anti-inflammatory.

Garlic

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. Garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis and plaque buildup in the arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Garlic may also help protect against cancer.

Mint

Mint has been used for thousands of years as a culinary herb and for medicine. Mint can help with stomach aches, poor digestion, fever, hiccups, ear aches and sinuses. I love making mint tea, so yummy and soothing!

Mustard

One of Jesus’ most famous parables was about the mustard seed. This may be because mustard grew so abundantly in Palestine. Mustard can be used for sore throats, muscle and back relaxing, and as a hair conditioner to treat damaged hair. They’re also great for chest congestion. Remember the old mustard packs that our mothers and grandmothers used to use? They work wonders.

Myrrh

In Biblical times, it was sold as a spice or an ingredient of the anointing oil used in the Tabernacle, or as a salve for the purification of the dead. In the Roman world, it was considered a natural remedy for almost every human affliction, from earaches to hemorrhoids. I love using myrrh essential oil. Not only does it smell wonderful, it is a cleansing agent, anti-inflammatory and great for teeth and gum health.