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These should be steamed in order for best absorption. Do not avoid them unless they are raw, they will always give you a bloated feeling. They have great surfer compounds, great fiber but can interfere with thyroid Hormone production and digestion if eaten raw.
Cook by color. Most vegetables don’t need steamed/cooked for more than 7 minutes, otherwise you start to lose significant nutrients.
You can steam them and then put in the fridge. If you want them in a cold salad and they will retain their crunchiness if you do not over cook them.
Smaller leafy greens take 1-3 minutes. Larger vegetables take 5-7 minutes.
Add a little water to the bottom of the pan on the stovetop and cook until they turn full brightness, remove from heat, (pan included) and drain off the water.
You can store these in the freezer now for future juices or shakes or just to retain their freshness for a meal.
Are you fatigued? Have you had your thyroid checked? If your liver is sluggish how do you suppose you’ll have enough energy in your body to go towards metabolism or thyroid production? You have to treat the body as a whole and give it what it needs. If you are not willing to change your diet, how do you expect to have more energy? If we get our nutrients from food…how long will your body function properly before it starts to fail on you? Everyone wants a magic pill…so why not take whole food supplements? Sounds like an easy start. Call me and I can help you make sense of it all.
Here is one of the supplements that can help someone with a low thyroid. No, I’m not a drug rep, just a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and this is PART of my job…
Thyroid Px, 75 capsules , $39.50
Features herbs and nutrients to support thyroid function. This formula is the most potent support we offer for healthy thyroid function. Provides the thyroid with the required nutrition and substrates. Supplies the building blocks for T3/T4 hormone synthesis. Promotes the activation of thyroid hormone.
- Supports Metabolism
- Promotes T4-T3 Conversion
- Stabilizes Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
- Optimizes Body Temperature
- High dose Iodine/Iodide
Thyroid Px is a balanced blend of minerals and botanicals designed to support the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland while simultaneously maintaining healthy metabolic function. Thyroid Px optimizes thyroid function, normal body temperature and general metabolic rate.
This formula can help stabilize thyroid peroxidase immunoglobulins which is essential for normal thyroid activity. The powerful antioxidants selenium and zinc, as well as the myrrh guggul gum resin, help neutralize free radicals that affect iodothryonine-5-monodeiodinase enzyme activity, which is involved in the conversion of T4 to the active T3 hormone.
Iris species contain oleoresins in their roots and are historically claimed to move fluid (lymph). Myrrh Gum Resin is a powerful adaptogen which not only augments the thyroid, but also the liver and kidney. Studies suggest that Commiphoras constituents may help to increase iodine metabolism in the thyroid and T4-T3 conversion in peripheral tissues. Given the important role iodine plays in thyroid function, Thyroid Px includes 12 mg of Potassium iodide in 2 capsules.
Servings Per Container: 37
Adults take 1 to 2 capsules twice daily, with or without food, or as recommended by your health care practitioner. When increasing dose, do so gradually to a maximum dose of 4 capsules, twice daily. Never to exceed 8 capsules in a 24 hour period, nor to take high doses for more than 3 months.
Serving Size: Two capsules
Amount Per Serving
Vitamin D3 … 10mcg
Vitamin B12 … 400mcg
Iodine … 12mg
(as Potassium Iodide)
Zinc … 6mg
(as Zinc Citrate)
Selenium … 200mcg
Organic Blue Flag Root … 410mg†
Guggul Myrrh Gum Resin … 240mg†
Organic Triphala Fruits … 160mg†
(Amla Fruit, Belleric myrobalan Fruit, Chebulic myrobalan Fruit)
Organic Ashwagandha Root … 150mg†
Organic Nettle Leaf … 150mg†
Organic Kelp … 110mg†
Organic Ginger Root … 20mg
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose
We are told we need to be mindful. In Food, exercise, school, meditation and relationships. That goes for our kids, coworkers, friends and family right? Why wouldn’t we nurture nurture our spouse or partner the same as we do our children? There is nor should be no difference. Being mindful in dating is especially important as well. Not a subject most want to talk about and it easily become uncomfortable. I work with this on a daily basis as I train and coach clients on workout habits and eatings habits. We ALL want to look and feel good. My clients express concerns with their bodies and wanting to look “the way they did before” or tone up. Whatever your verbiage, we all love to rock a great outfit but ultimately want to feel comfortable being naked. I know, I know….touchy subject but necessary to address. Dealing with emotional issues and trauma leaves my clients vulnerable and fearful of judgement. I spend a great deal of time with my clients uncovering body issues to help identify those fears so that ultimately we can create new habits around food and nutrition choices. We must do this before we are going to get a handle on our eating disorders and skewed thinking around “what’s healthy”.
I was researching articles today and came across this fabulous article by Cara Kovacs that I think you’ll enjoy and help shed some light on the dating scene or even help you in your current situation whether it’s a boyfriend/girlfriend, fiancé, or spouse because truly, you should never stop dating.
YES, I SAID NEVER…I don’t do that often.
Magnesium rich foods help relax nerves and muscles, build and strengthen bones, and keep your blood circulating smoothly.
How much Magnesium should you have daily?
400mg is the recommended RDA daily%
Therapeutic Range is 700-1100mg
Magnesium is water soluble, meaning it must be replaced daily.
Symptoms that may indicate you are magnesium deficient:
Muscle weakness, tremor, or spasm.
Elevated blood pressure
Balance blood sugar levels
2/3 of Magnesium is mostly found in our bones, 25% in our muscles, and the rest all other cell types and body fluids. Magnesium cannot be made in the body therefore we must get it through a healthy diet.
Magnesium (together with calcium) helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells magnesium serves as a chemical gate blocker. As long as there is enough magnesium, calcium cannot rush into the nerve cells and activate the nerve. This helps keep the nerve relaxed.
If we have two little magnesium in the diet the gate blocking can fail and the nerve cells could become overly activated, sending too many signals to the muscles causing them to over contract. This explains how magnesium deficiency could trigger muscle tension, soreness, spasms, cramps and fatigue.
There are over 300 different enzymes that require magnesium in order to function and complete chemical processes in our body. It is involved in metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and helps our genes function properly. Some sources of fuel cannot be stored in our muscle cells unless there is adequate amounts of magnesium available. The metabolic roles of magnesium are so diverse it is difficult to find a system in the body that is not affected by magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium deficiency is also related to digestive problems and poor dietary intake. These problems include malabsorption, diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis. Many physical stresses can contribute to magnesium deficiency, including cold, stress, physical trauma, and surgery.
In the heart muscle, magnesium deficiency can result in arrhythmia, irregular contraction, and increased heart rate.
Because of magnesium’s role in the bone structure, the softening of weakening bone is also a symptom of magnesium deficiency.
High sources of foods containing magnesium:
Swiss chard, spinach, summer squash, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, green beans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, salmon, black beans, quinoa.
Since magnesium is found in a water-soluble form, cooking and processing can be affected by blanching, steaming, or boiling and can result in a substantial loss of the mineral,up to 60%.
If you want to maximize your uptake and learn how to use food as medicine, call me and we will design a program just for you.
If you want to get started, here’s a link to a great local source for you.
If you want to add more magnesium in the form of body butter, here’s my favorite local trusted Source for the best body magnesium butter!
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.”
The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But the researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere embrace produces a hormone called “oxytocin”, also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. This wonderful tranquilizer is offered free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, who cradled a child, who cherish a dog or a cat, that we are dancing with our partner, the closer we get to someone or simply hold the Shoulders of a friend.
A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, but there is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical contact. Here are some reasons why we should hug::
1. STIMULATES OXYTOCIN
Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous. It is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us. New research from the University of California suggests that it has a similarly civilising effect on human males, making them more affectionate and better at forming relationships and social bonding. And it dramatically increased the libido and sexual performance of test subjects. When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
2. CULTIVATES PATIENCE
Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgement of another person. The world is a busy, hustle-bustle place and we’re constantly rushing to the next task. By slowing down and taking a moment to offer sincere hugs throughout the day, we’re benefiting ourselves, others, and cultivating better patience within ourselves.
3. PREVENTS DISEASE
Affection also has a direct response on the reduction of stress which prevents many diseases. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine says it has carried out more than 100 studies into touch and found evidence of significant effects, including faster growth in premature babies, reduced pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, lowered glucose levels in children with diabetes, and improved immune systems in people with cancer.
4. STIMULATES THYMUS GLAND
Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. COMMUNICATION WITHOUT SAYING A WORD
Almost 70 percent of communication is nonverbal. The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture and hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself nonverbally to another human being or animal. Not only can they feel the love and care in your embrace, but they can actually be receptive enough to pay it forward to others based on your initiative alone.
Hugging boosts self-esteem, especially in children. The tactile sense is all-important in infants. A baby recognizes its parents initially by touch. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
7. STIMULATES DOPAMINE
Everything everyone does involves protecting and triggering dopamine flow. Low dopamine levels play a role in the neurodegenerative disease Parkinson’s as well as mood disorders such as depression. Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it’s also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Dopamine sensors are the areas that many stimulating drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine target. The presence of a certain kinds of dopamine receptors are also associated with sensation-seeking.
8. STIMULATES SEROTONIN
Reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood vessels and the released endorphins and serotonin cause pleasure and negate pain and sadness and decrease the chances of getting heart problems, helps fight excess weight and prolongs life. Even the cuddling of pets has a soothing effect that reduces the stress levels. Hugging for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
9. PARASYMPATHETIC BALANCE
Hugs balance out the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny, egg-shaped pressure centres called Pacinian corpuscles that can sense touch and which are in contact with the brain through the vagus nerve. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
Embrace, embrace with your heart.
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
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.
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.
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!
Can we all agree our food supply is going downhill fast if we don’t take action? Can I suggest getting to know your FARMER instead of your DOCTOR?
When you are preparing eggs this Easter Season, here are some facts to consider…Look up My JLDFIT YouTube channel and search Egg facts
And here is a simple recipe if you want a new twist on eggs
Green Eggs minus Ham
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto Friendly
Happily serves 3
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
6 hard boiled eggs, cooled and peeled
¼ Cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 TBSP green onions finely chopped
1-2 TBSP lime or lemon juice
½ tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1 tsp Red pepper flakes
Chili powder and/or paprika
Cut eggs in half and remove yolks
Smash yolks and avocados together
Stir in cilantro, chives, lime/lemon juice, salt, and red pepper flakes
Spoon into egg white shells
Sprinkle with chili powder and/or paprika
Chill until serving
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.