Merry Christmas

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CHRISTMAS – a common household word every year at this time. What does it mean? Santa Claus, Christmas trees, bells, angels, tinsel, presents: these things, man inspired, seem to have caused the TRUE MEANING of Christmas to become, obscure and Christmas seems to have become only a Happy Holiday.

I would like to bring the true meaning of Christmas back to the attention of my readers and followers.

                     May the Peace of the night the Christ child was born  

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And the Love Jesus had, and still has for us, be felt by everyone worldwide,                                                        this Christmas Season!
Image result for free images of the love of christ                                                         CHRIST IS THE GIFT!

                DISCOVER THE GIFT EMBRACE THE GIFT SHARE THE GIFT!

                         MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

 

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Test Kitchen – Christmas Goodies

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I will make this blog short and sweet. Why not start Christmas day off with tasty, healthy foods. The following is a great recipe for breakfast.

  Image result for smoothie images free   MORINGA BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

1 small banana
1/4 cup blueberries for fruit of choice
1 Tbsp. Moringa Powder, or leaves (fresh or dried)
2-3 chunks of fresh pineapple
1/2 cup plain or flavored Yogurt
Honey or Maple Syrup to sweeten
Crushed Ice
Put all the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. You can substitute Canned Coconut milk for yogurt – which I do because it is thick and yummy. I use it to make my yogurt. The color of the smoothie will vary according to the ingredients. You can also add veggies (broccoli, kale, spinach, etc.). Make it your own – be creative

Do you like to snack during the day. This recipe makes a delicious snack (like eating candy):

MORINGA COCONUT BALLS     Image result for coconut ball images

1  1/2 cups Crushed Walnuts
1 cup shredded Coconut packed down
2 Tbsp. Moringa Powder
1/2 cup Peanut butter or Almond Butter
1 Tbsp. agave syrup
2-3 Tbsp. Coconut Flour (it holds the mixture together)
1 tsp. Vanilla extract (optional
1/4 tsp. sea salt (optional)

After you have crushed the walnuts stir them together well with the coconut and Agave syrup – or you can put them in a blender and blend. I like to stir mine. If you find the mixture a little runny add more Coconut flour until the mixture is firm enough to roll into a ball. Roll a heaping teaspoon into a large grape size ball. Roll the ball in loose shredded coconut to coat. Put in a container. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 36 large grape size balls. Stores well for up to 3 months.

And of course, something delicious to drink cannot be forgotten!

CHRISTMAS NOG – Dairy free and non-alcoholic      Image result for eggnog images free

1 quart Coconut milk
1 pkg. Instant Coconut Pudding or Vanilla Pudding
1 tsp. Rum Extract (for flavor) – not Alcohol
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a blender on high-speed until well mixed for approximately 2 minutes. Put in a quart container with a lid and refrigerate to allow the nog to thicken. Put in cup or glass. Top with whip topping and a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon. Contains fewer calories than the store-bought Egg Nog. A great drink for the whole family – including the kids.

 Image result for free images christmas food   ENJOY and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Charcoal

There is a lot of material out there today about Charcoal. What it is and what is it all about. Image result for pics of charcoal products

Activated charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes since around 1550 B.C.

Scientific research shows that when activated charcoal is taken in any form (capsules, powder in drinks, etc.), drugs and toxins bind to it. Therefore, it helps the body to rid itself of unwanted substances.

Activated charcoal has been shown to have anti-aging benefits, whiten teeth (is in the toothpaste). It is in soap. It is used in the water filters for the astronauts in space ships, and is also used in the astronauts space suits. Charcoal is used in filters that purify water. I have a water purification product that uses it in its filter.

Real charcoal comes from wood and not briquets. Other things that activated (real) charcoal is good for include making a paste and putting it on insect bites; Use in dialysis for kidney and liver; Use in hospitals for wound dressings; Use for acid indigestion; May lower cholesterol and promote better kidney function.  Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.

The Mayo Clinic as well as other hospitals use charcoal for treating drug overdose. Another suggested use is for detoxification (as mentioned above, it clears the toxins from the body).

Image result for pics of charcoal productsThe beauty industry is on board with Charcoal as well. You can find it in facial masks, cleansers, and creams.

Activated Charcoal can be used topically, comes in powder form and in capsule form.

As with any new or old products that are on the market or making a comeback, there may be risks or side effects. I found more side effects than risks. The side effects range from nausea, vomiting and constipation to bowel obstruction, a chalk like taste in the mouth, and black colored stool (which to me is a given). The stool changes color because of many foods and medications that are taken orally into the body.

For more information you can check out a book on Charcoal by going to     Charcoal Remedies.com.

If you are going to use Activated Charcoal use it properly. Check with your doctor for dosage if taking it orally. Dosage varies from person to person to include children and adults.

I am experimenting with charcoal, and am presently using it for skin care as an Intensive Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid. So far, it is good. As time goes on, I will try it in other forms.

 

You can also make your own charcoal. It may be a project worth looking into.Image result for pic of bonfire for making your own charcoal

HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO USE CHARCOAL –

Image result for pics of charcoal products     Image result for pics of charcoal products   Image result for pics of charcoal products AGAIN, THE

CHOICE YOU MAKE IS YOURS!

 

Oregano……

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Everyone should know the answer to this question. But for you who do not  know, OREGANO is an Herb. You can grow it in your garden. You use it to season food – especially Italian and Greek dishes. BUT – there is more to it than this.

Years ago, I suggested the following method to a client for getting rid of Athletes Foot Fungus. A client called me asking what he could do to get rid of the Athletes Foot issue he had, had for years and years. I suggested he rub Oregano Oil on his feet every day at least once a day and more often as he could, and at night – put it on and wear clean white sox to bed. It was not long before he called to tell me it worked. This was the first relief he has ever had from this disease, even though he had tried every store-bought product he could find.

Since that time, I have learned a lot about Oregano and Oregano Oil. It also can be purchased as a bottled liquid extract, capsules, and tablets. It can be used – not only externally, but also taken internally. This is good news for you who are not aware of this herbs wonderful healing value.

Internally, it can be used for:                Image result for free pics of oregano capsules

  • Heart health – lowers cholesterol levels
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Blood Sugar control
  • Balancing hormones
  • Fighting respiratory and flu infection – the common cold
  • Fighting urinary tract infection
  • Fighting fungal and yeast infection
  • Parasite infection control
  • Aiding digestive issues

You ask – How do I take it internally?
The sublingual method – under the tongue is one method. Mix 1 drop oregano oil and 1 drop of pure olive oil together. Put the mixture in a sterilized dropper bottle. Drop 1 drop under the tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes and flush down with water. An alternative method: Mix the oregano oil/olive oil mixture with water and gargle for a few minutes, then swallow. OREGANO taken or used by way of any method has great antimicrobial benefits. Use at least 1 time per day – and better still several times a day, for the best benefit.

You can also put the mixture in a steamer and use the inhalation method. If you are suffering from acute infections (fungal, urinary tract, etc.), you may find it easier to take the capsules, or tablets. Recommended is 500 mg 4 times per day. Since all forms may be manufactured differently, it is wise to follow the manufacturer instructions on the bottle.

PRECAUTIONS: Do not take or use if you have an allergic reaction. If you are on prescription meds – consult with your physician first.

For more information, you might want to check out this link: https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/oregano-oil.aspx

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HAPPY RESEARCHING!

 

Test Kitchen – Honey

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HONEY vs SUGAR?

We are all aware that the overconsumption of sugar is a fatal flaw of the SDA (Standard American Diet). The ongoing and controversial question discussed on TV talk shows, written about in news articles and books etc. is ‘what can you  use to replace sugar’? And, will what you replace it with be good for you?

The natural sources for sugar include fruits, juices, and high-sugar vegetables like carrots and beets. These are all a part of a well-balanced and healthy diet. Glucose is the sugar naturally found in the foods you eat and is a primary energy source for your body and brain’s cells.

The downside is – can sugar pose serious risks to your health? Yes, it can when consumed in the form of refined sugar. What is refined sugar? “Refined sugar is any type of sugar product that has gone through a process to enhance or refine the raw sugars obtained from sugarcane and other foods.” It comes under many names – high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, barley malt, glucose solids, sorghum syrup, sucrose, and etc.

There is an alternative to these many forms of refined sugar. HONEY is one of the best. It has been around through all the ages of man. Given to man by our Creator himself. The following are verses from the Bible, which has many such verses in the many books in the bible:

Isaiah 7:15 “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
Proverbs 24:13  “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.”

Noah took the honey bees on the arc – why? Because it was a staple for maintaining the health of the Israelite people. It was the primary source of sugar; used in baking, and to make a fermented beverage called mead. And, who would have thought – honey was used, as well, as an embalming substance.

It is said that Honey is mentioned more than 61 times in the Bible.  Our Creator knew what he was doing.

So what makes honey different from sugar?  Honey is a whole food made by bees, while sugar is an extract of the sugarcane plant (the isolated component is technically called sucrose). Honey is a complex substance made up of hundreds of different compounds, macronutrients and micronutrients, prebiotics and probiotics, enzymes and various components of which we hardly have an understanding of. It as well has twenty-five different kinds of “sugar” to include sucrose, glucose, and fructose. However, the “sugars” in honey don’t have the same negative health effects  as those in processed sugars because they are natural. Honey is known to have a positive effect on appetite hormones. According to The Journal of Medical Food, it has been found that “honey can lower C-reactive protein, homocysteine, and plasma glucose, even in diabetic and hyperlipidemic people.”

Now you know how great honey can be and is…but, is all honey created equal? The best ways to get the best honey is: (1) Always choose raw honey which is left in its natural unprocessed form.  When honey is heated etc. a large percentage of the beneficial nutrients and components are altered or destroyed. (2) Eat local honey – as local honey has allergy-healing benefits because of the traces of pollen from local allergenic plants. It will help to fortify the immune system which in turn aids in fixing dysfunctions that  can be associated with allergies.

The right honey and good honey has been shown to destroy over 250 different strains of bacteria, a wide range of viruses and harmful fungi. Honey energizes, is an excellent brain food, and again, helps to build up the immune system. Scientific studies show that, “Honey contains natural antioxidant properties that can destroy biologically destructive chemical agents which have been linked to many diseases such as cancer. Not only could honey’s antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals in the body, they are also part of the nutrient supply for growth of new tissue.”

The only caution I am aware of is that honey is not good for children under the age of 1 year. Infants, do not have completely matured digestive systems and are susceptible to botulism food poisoning. Even though honey does not always contain the spores, it is more likely to contain botulinum (the spore that causes botulism), than some other food products. Therefore, it is recommended that parents avoid giving it to infants and small children. By the age of 2 children have more mature digestive systems, and, develop helpful bacteria in their intestines, which act as a defense against the harmful botulism spores that children are susceptible to. At this point in a child’s life, they can consume honey as an aid in easing the symptoms of colds and coughs. My dad used to give us, what he called, “Hot Toddies”. He made them by putting honey in a warm glass of water with lemon juice added. It was like drinking (but he made us sip it), warm lemonade. I gave them to my children, and still use them today on me. Another way that I use honey is in what I call my ‘vinegar and honey’ cocktail. Using, usually, an empty honey bottle, I fill it 1/2 way with honey and the rest of the way with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother). I shake it up and leave it in the cupboard. If I feel a cough or cold coming on, or not, I add 1 tablespoon of the honey/vinegar mixture to an 8 oz. glass water and drink it, usually more than one time a day. I found that drinking my ‘vinegar and honey’ cocktail at least once a day everyday, keeps me cold and flu free.

Scientific studies show that, “Honey contains natural antioxidant properties that can destroy biologically destructive chemical agents which have been linked to many diseases such as cancer. Not only could honey’s antioxidants help to eliminate free radicals in the body, they are also part of the nutrient supply for growth of new tissue.”

In addition, I could talk about how ‘honey’ is used in skin care products. It is a natural moisturizer. Keeping the skin hydrated, honey in skin care products prevents dryness, and rejuvenates moisture depleted skin.

In my opinion, HONEY IS AN AMAZING NATURAL PRODUCT – created by the Creator himself.

What is your choice? Refined sugar or Honey? I know what mine is, as  a honey lover, I use honey as the main sweetener in everything I bake, make, eat and/or drink. Alternatives that I use as well, are “pure” maple syrup, Agave’ Syrup, Truvia, and Stevia.

Image result for free pics of honey bees    BEE sure you make the healthy choice!

Thanksgiving!

Image result for free thanksgiving pictures“To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.” (Thomas S. Monson)

I could not say it better. We all have so much to be thankful for in spite of the adversity in our lives. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR HOUSE ON THIS DAY!

                                                        HAPPY  THANKSGIVING!

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The Coffe Controversy

Image result for free pics of coffeeIs it or is it not good for you. People question me about this all the time. Since the Keurig Coffee maker came into existence, coffee has become a big item. There are people on the TV, some of whom tell you it is good, and others who tell you it is bad. So what is it?

Millions of people start their day with a cup of coffee, and some continue to drink it throughout the day. Their excuse – “it gives me energy,” “it wakes me up,” “I can’t get through the day without it.” The caffeine in coffee makes it a strong contender for caffeine abuse. It creates chemical dependence.

In my opinion, IT IS NOT GOOD IF YOU WANT TO BE A HEALTHY HUMAN BEING! It is like being addicted to other drugs, and, there are consequences to include adrenal gland failure – the stimulating effect of caffeine causes the adrenal glands to secrete the hormone adrenaline, the overuse of which exhausts them – the adrenals; severe blood sugar swings; acid imbalance – the excess secretion of acid in the stomach. As I have mentioned many times optimal health calls for an alkaline pH balance to the body (80% alkaline, 20% acid). Other consequences; coffee depletes essential minerals in the body – it causes the excretion of some minerals in the urine and inhibits the absorption of others (one of which is iron). The non absorption of iron increases the risk of anemia. Regular consumption of coffee may lead to cardiac sensitivity, abnormal heartbeats, anxiety, irritability, intestinal irritation, and insomnia. (Source: Dr. Scott A. Johnson – The Word of Wisdom, Discovering the LDS Code of Health.)

I hear it all the time, “but I only drink decaffeinated coffee. However, scientific research tells us that decaffeinated coffee still contains at least 9% caffeine. Also, the chemicals used to decaffeinate coffee create additional health concerns particularly the large amounts of hydrogen peroxide, of which there is 500 to 750 micrograms per cup after the preparation. Thus coffee contains a hydrogen peroxide generating system. It is a mutagenic component in Instant coffee and decaffeinated coffee. What is a mutagenic component? It is a component that causes mutation changes in the body system such as a relatively permanent change in hereditary material involving either a physical change in chromosome relations or a biochemical change in the codons that make up genes. (Sources: PubMed.gov  – and Websters Collegiate Dictionary)

This is serious stuff folks. Frankly, there just isn’t a healthful type of coffee to drink, in spite of the hype telling you otherwise.

Now I am hearing, “well, I will just drink tea!” Contained in both coffee and tea are three xanthine alkaloids, (theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine). One big difference between coffee and tea is that coffee contains much more caffeine than tea – depending on the coffee, almost 4 times more than black tea, and more than 5 times the amount in green tea. Bottom line – they all contain caffeine – a drug that should not be consumed if you want your internal organs to stay healthy.

My Detox Program prohibits the use of any caffeinated drinks, and particularly, coffee. My clients go through rigorous physical symptoms of withdrawal when they quit drinking coffee, tea, etc. These include headaches, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue, etc.

I cannot begin to say that it is okay to drink coffee in spite of Keurig company as well as other folks who are pushing coffee as being healthy – even saying it depends on the coffee bean, and the drink preparation. I know there are ‘coffee geeks’ out there who will contradict everything I have said and researched. Your goal may be, as is the goal of many of my friends, to create the healthiest, best tasting cup of coffee on the planet. But these goals only add to the caffeine addiction, and it is an addiction. And, NOT a healthy addiction, re-read the first paragraph.

And, my biggest pet peeve – PARENTS WHO GIVE THEIR BABIES, SMALL CHILDREN, AND TEENAGERS COFFEE. When I question it, their answer is commonly, “oh, just a little taste – it won’t hurt them.” Well folks, it does hurt them….just re-read the above.

However, it is up to you to decide whether Coffee is Healthy or Poison…but as for me I will continue juicing and drinking lots of the water I purify myself.

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Shouldn’t common sense fit in here somewhere?