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The Cancer Crushing Pineapple Stem! (aka the seed)

Two molecules isolated from an extract of crushed pineapple stems have shown promise in fighting cancer growth. One molecule called CCS blocks a protein called Ras, which is defective in approximately 30% of all cancers. The other, called CCZ, stimulates the body's own immune system to target and kill cancer cells.It is hoped the research, carried out by Queensland Institute of Medical Research, could lead to new anti-cancer drugs.The origin of many anti-cancer drugs can be found in nature The extract studied by the scientists, bromelain, is a rich source of enzymes and is widely used as a meat tenderiser, to clarify beer and tan leather hides.The Queensland team discovered that the extract also had pharmacological properties and could activate specific immune cells while, simultaneously, blocking the immune function of other cells.

2017-04-14T00:15:25+00:00 September 9th, 2014|blog, My Favorites, Naturpathic Blends|Comments Off on The Cancer Crushing Pineapple Stem! (aka the seed)

#1 Vitamix Almond Milk Recipe

Home made fresh raw almond milk is Raw, Live, Creamy, Frothy, Healthy, and has no additives or preservatives like most processed nut milks. It is a little piece of nutty heaven -- sweet, mild, and more gentle on the digestive system than heavily processed milks. It is fantastic to drink, put it on cereals, use in smoothies and shakes, and in cakes. I just can't get enough of it.

2017-04-14T00:15:25+00:00 August 1st, 2014|All Recipes, Beginner Recipes, Breakfast, Kid Friendly, Nut & Seed Milks, Vegan|Comments Off on #1 Vitamix Almond Milk Recipe

Top 10 Questions To Ask @ Your Local Farmers Market

Here is # 7 & 8... You will have to click to see the rest! 7. “How do you control weeds for your crops?” Organic farmers use all types of methods to suppress weeds but generally don’t require a completely weed-free field, and with good reason. As long as soil quality is high, even a weedier field will produce the same yields as a chemical field, according to research done by the Rodale Institute, an organic research farm near Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Organic methods include using cover crops, mulching, cultivation, and if it’s a smaller operation, even hand-weeding. 8. “How are bugs and pests controlled?” Biodiversity is a major part of organic farming. Farmers who install wildlife corridors and pollinator plantings, including meadows, will attract beneficial inspects into the field to prey on pests that like to eat crops. Bugs are only bad in processed foods. There are also organic-approved pest-control products on the market. If your farmer uses them, ask for the product name, and check to see if it’s on the OMRI list.

2017-04-14T00:15:25+00:00 July 24th, 2014|blog, Featured, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Top 10 Questions To Ask @ Your Local Farmers Market

The Habit Change Cheatsheet: How To Successfully Change a Behavior

Our daily lives are often a series of habits played out through the day, a trammeled existence fettered by the slow accretion of our previous actions. But habits can be changed, as difficult as that may seem sometimes. Finally, you'll have the tools to change the habits that you found difficult to change in the past" (thanks Gail) I’m a living example: in tiny, almost infinitesimal steps, I’ve changed a laundry list of habits.

2017-04-14T00:15:26+00:00 July 7th, 2014|blog, Get Productive!, Health & Wellness|Comments Off on The Habit Change Cheatsheet: How To Successfully Change a Behavior

Organic Tomato & Basil Detox Soup

My Vitamix is busier than ever these days! As much as I love raw soups, I don't really like them cold, especially in the wintertime. What I usually do is warm them gently on the stove, stirring constantly so as not to overheat (and therefore kill) the enzymes. An alternative would be to pop your soup in the D, although the stove method is what works best for me.

2017-04-14T00:15:29+00:00 April 13th, 2014|All Recipes, Diabetic Friendly, Digestive Health, Nude Food, Soups|Comments Off on Organic Tomato & Basil Detox Soup

Organic Southwest Tortilla Soup Vitamix Style

I love soups and bone broths because they’re an easy way to get in a lot of vegetables and high quality nutrients into your system FAST, and they are usually awesome leftover (whether they’ve been in the fridge or freezer). I am a huge fan of serving easy dinners on busy weeknights and there is nothing easier than defrosting some soup out of your very own freezer. I especially love this soup because it comes with so many “accessories.” You could certainly eat it plain but it is amazing how the flavor suddenly changes when you pile avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, and cilantro on top. We even sometimes toast tortillas (to make them crunchy like chips) and throw them in the mix as well.

2017-04-14T00:15:30+00:00 April 11th, 2014|All Recipes, Beginner Recipes, Digestive Health, My Favorites, Soups|Comments Off on Organic Southwest Tortilla Soup Vitamix Style

Gone in 90 Seconds!

What if a brief exercise of 90 seconds, made it less likely that this dessert would get stored as body fat? That is exactly one of the things Tim Ferriss explores in The 4-Hour Body. Brief Muscular Contractions a Few Minutes Before You Eat? So most of you probably know that after an intense workout, food calories are less likely to get stored as body fat. A simplistic explanation is that your muscles are depleted of glycogen and that a lot of the calories you eat at this time simply serve to refuel these depleted muscles. What I did not know was how little the stimulus needs to be in order for this to happen. Tim has found that this effect can happen in as little as 60-90 seconds. The proper activity done a few minutes before eating can encourage food calories to get shuttled into the muscle cells, before it has a chance to get stored as body fat.

2017-04-14T00:15:30+00:00 March 21st, 2014|blog, Get Productive!, Health & Wellness, Mantra Living, My Favorites|Comments Off on Gone in 90 Seconds!

Chocolate Cherry Green Machine

I’m all about great tasting smoothies in my life. Smoothies with a spoon are the way to go. But the best way to thicken a smoothie? Avocado! I love adding avocado not just because of it’s consistency but also its added nutritional benefit. Avocados are a fantastic source of monounsaturated “good” fat (helps lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol), potassium, folate and fibre.

2017-04-14T00:15:31+00:00 February 25th, 2014|All Recipes, Beginner Recipes, Breakfast, Kid Friendly|Comments Off on Chocolate Cherry Green Machine