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Dry Brushing..what is it and what are the benefits?

I learned more about Dry Brushing when I enrolled in a continuing education class for Holistic Health.  It is one of the complimentary therapies you choose from to support the detoxification process. I learned that personally I love the physical touch so this process for me was very stimulating.  I could feel it way deeper than on the surface of my skin! I can feel the electrical charge run through my body, I could feel the nerves relax.  It helped with the “itch that never goes away”.

We store electrical energy in our body and this is a great, and totally easy, cheap way to do that!  It’s my new favorite!  I start my morning while I’m still laying in bed and brush my legs, back and arms, it wakes me up!  I use it before bed, and it has a calming effect.  It releases stress and tension and allows my body to relax quickly and helps me fall asleep.

If you want to learn more about complimentary therapies to aid in your weight loss, cleansing, detoxification, or holistic health program, call me, we can get you educated and going on the right path!

 

Dry Brushing at a Glance:

Your skin is a complex system and the largest organ of the body made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers.  When your skin is healthy it serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.

Dry skin brushing stimulates your lymphatic system, aiding in detoxification. If your lymphatic system is not properly eliminating waste and toxins can build up and cause sickness.

Dry skin brushing stimulates your circulation, and stimulates your central nervous system so may offer both stress relief and invigoration.  Dry brushing can improve digestion and kidney function because the stimulation can go even deeper to support organ functions.

Dry brushing exfoliates your skin, it may also reduce cellulite.

Choose a dry skin brush with firm natural bristles and brush once or twice a day for optimal results.  You should use gentle pressure while brushing (toward your heart); your skin should be pink (but not red) after a session.

Dr. Mercola says:  “Dry Brushing: How to Do It

First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally, choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.

Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it may leave you feeling energized).

When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).

The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little) as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes.”

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/dry-skin-brushing.

Mushrooms are in a kingdom all by themselves!

Mushrooms…They are getting more widely recognized or maybe just more researched and talked about.  The use of Mushrooms in Chinese Medicine have been around for about 2,500 years.  They draw on the belief that Qi (translates to “vital energy”) is essential for overall health  and keeping all the systems of the body in balance.

Meridians are utilized during treatments.  Meridian’s are connected to specific organs and if you focus on energy flow you can help resolve specific problems, restore balance and can prevent disease from developing.

Chinese herbal remedies focus on bringing homeostasis (balance) to the body and restore proper energy flow.  Chinese herbs can hope lower inflammation and oxidative stress.  Medicinal mushrooms are an antioxidant and have anti inflammatory properties.  They also are antiapoptotic and help regulate autopahagic functions.

Some main herbs Chinese Medicine uses are:

Reisi & Cordyceps

Alma Berry (Vitamin C) gooseberry

Wormwood

Green Tea

Astragalus root

Goji berry

Ginko Biloba

Ginseng

The best feature is that these herbs are adaptogens that help fight stress, hormone regulation, fatigue, inflammation, less chronic pain. Adaptogen means they can change the way the nerves transmit messages to the brain.  This improves functions within the endocrine and central nervous system.  This helps promote healing within the body balancing hormones such as insulin, cortisol, estrogen and estrogen.

There is so much to learn in the ever changing world of functional medicine.  Hiring a Certified Nutritionist is a good idea if you want to learn more about your body and support your system as you improve your health status.  Call me if you are not sure where to start, I can get you going in the right direction so you are not overwhelmed.  I do the research so you don’t have too.  Know your source.  Trust the Process.  I’d love to help you with your supplements and herbs if you are tired of guess what’s good for you. Single nutrient supplements may be a waste of money because some of them need other vitamins and minerals and amino acids for uptake and potency.

 



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Earth Day Celebration: Patio design ideas & plant based snacks

April 22, 2019

I have not celebrated formally before and thought it would be fitting today to show gratitude or this Marvelous Planet we live on.  I think most of us take our resources for granted as we rush day to day.

My institute instructor repeatedly tells us, Nothing in Nature hurry’s up.  We need to slow dow…breathe…meditate….love more…show more gratitude…give back and hold space during the process.

Life is Journey.  Journaling is the key to unlocking everything in that pretty little brain of yours…write it down!  Get it out!! Scream!! And then Shout for joy because you ignited the process and you are on your way!

I invited my dear friend who is a Master Gardner (I accidentally called her a General Contractor instead of a Project Manager in the video, whoops, sorry) in to help me conduct my class.  I wanted to teach plant based foods and encourage one vegan day a week to be aware of the resources we could cut by just that one meal collectively as a planet.  I decided I wanted to Spot light Jackie’s business as a Patio designer.  She is fabulous and gave some great tips and helped expand my knowledge and appreciate for her work.

I love supporting Local business so I highlighted the Transformational Healing Center I work at, Family Fusion.  I spoke about the amazing women that make us a great Support Network above the rest.  If you visit the website you can read more about the services offered there.

http://Www.familyfusionaz.com

If you contact me directly I can put you in touch with Jackie France personally if you are local.  Here are the links I spoke about, Jackie’s preference.  And make sure you check out my recipe tab for the yummy snacks we ate!


 

Bentonite Clay-whole body care!

 

Why Bentonite Clay?EAFA2F87-D874-442C-A557-AE0E3EC1BE2E

Clean body and a clean mind.

It is a powerful ADSORBER of Environmental pollutions that are found in our intestines.  It can effectively remove infections, and bind endotoxins, Aflatoxins (found in Peanut butter and some Legumes) so they cannot be reabsorbed into the body.

A true cleansing program requires Bentonite clay to help clean the waters of the body, clean the bile, and clear the Digestive tract.

It promotes wound healing and provides healing in the GI tract.

Clay can also be used on the skin to draw out impurities.

Call me if you are interested in cleansing and clearing the immune system, digestive system, and want to start your healing process.

Lentil Mushroom Stew. Meatless meal idea

Lentil Mushroom Stew

Vegan, Gluten Free

Happily serves 2-3

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

3/4 Cup Lentils

2 1/2 Cup Bone broth

1/2 Yellow onion

2 Garlic cloves

1 Cup Mushrooms

1/2 Cup Zucchini

1/4 Cup Celery

1 tsp Thyme

1/2 tsp Sage

3/4 tsp Sea Salt

1/4 Cup Red Wine or 1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar

1 TBSP Coconut aminos

Cut or mince garlic and set aside.

Rinse Lentils well.

Wash and Chop veggies.

Cook lentils according to Package.

Add bone broth, onion, celery, zucchini in a pan, simmer until cooked.

Cook Mushrooms separate so you can drain off the water in the pan.

Add cooked lentils and garlic and the spices.

Add vinegar and coconut aminos, mix well and serve.

Tips:

Spices and herbs should not be cooked with the rest of the ingredients so you don’t lose the nutrients through heat.  Always finish your dish then add spice to remain freshness and get maximum nutrient density.

Oil Pulling-An easy tip for better oral hygiene

Ever heard of Oil Pulling?  Do you have cavities?  What happens when you leave that bacteria in your mouth?  It grows and creates more expensive dental work down the road.  If your mouth is less than healthy, that bacteria travels to your gut and can grown there as well, disturbing our gut microbiome.

An easy at home remedy is oil pulling. Most of us have coconut oil in our cupboards, so pull it out, put some in a small jar and put it in your bathroom!  You use 1 TBSP and swish it around for as long as you can up to 10 minutes.  Spit it out and rinse.  Pretty dang simple!

Since that coconut oil is in your bathroom now, you can use it as lotion. You can use it to take off your eye makeup.  You can use it on burns (curling iron or sunburns).  You can use it for massage oil.  You can take it when you get a pedicure and have your technician use that instead of their chemically laden lotions.  Oh the Possibilities!!

If you are interested in learning more, call me!  I’d love to help you get help make your health a priority in your life.  Invest in health, not healthcare!

https://draxe.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/

 

Mac and Cheese!! Tasty, Vegan and Gluten Free!

Mac and Cheese Cups
Vegan, Gluten Free
Happily Serves 2

Articles Avocado oil

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

4 oz dry Gluten Free Pasta
1/4 Cup Almond or Coconut Milk
1/4 tsp Sea salt
1 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (optional)
1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (SoDelicious brand)
1 TBSP Butter

Preheat oven to 400.
Spray a mini muffin or cupcake tin with coconut or avocado oil. Set aside
Cook Pasta according to instructions, drain completely.
Add all other ingredients to the pot with the drained pasta.
Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until cheese melts.

Portion into the muffin tins and press each down.
Bake 20 minutes
The cups should set up without falling apart.
Let them cool at least 15 minutes before removing.


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Air Fryer Link! Not sure which one to get? I did the research for you…Amazon

Cooking class today was on Air fryers.  We learned several things, fast and easy.  What’s also important is the quality of your cookware.  Try to avoid Teflon and heavy metals, so here is the link that I found that is used with stainless steel.

I try and use as many different recipes with some of the same foods so there is no waste.  I got an 8 pack of zucchini and squash from Costco and we made Fried zucchini sticks, zucchini hot pockets, fried zucchini cheese sticks, Stuff bell peppers with egg and zucchini, and acorn squash with chicken sausage and zucchini.  There are many ways to change up recipes so you don’t get tired or bored with the same foods.  Herbs and Spices are the zest of life! I love watching everyone at class be amazed how Sea Salt can make or break a recipe.

Join us at Family Fusion for my next class or schedule your own.  It can be a dinner party, themed, family cook night or date night for couples.  Topics are WHATEVER you want to learn, so just let me know how we can get you cooking fast and easy and Healthy with Jodi.

Air fried Zucchini with Nutritional Yeast

Acorn Squash stuff with Chicken Sausage, zucchini, parsley, green onion, sea salt, garlic, minced onion and Avocado oil

Same green mix, added dairy free cheese and an egg to the yellow bell pepper

Sliced zucchini sprayed with avocado oil and sprinkled with sea salt. Added same green mixture, topped with vegan coconut cheese.  Melts surprisingly well, and EVERYONE liked it!!

And after all that cooking, this is the end result of how much waste there is.

Easy Clean up!  Wipe with a paper towel, run it under hot soak your water and your ready to go for the next round.