Cleanse Friendly Snack

When your hubby loves snacks but is doing a cleanse.

1cup almond flour

1/2 flax meal

1/2 chia seeds

1 1/4 tsp sea salt

3 tsp desired seasonings or 2 drops essential oils

1 egg

2tbsp olive oil

Roll the dough out between two silicone mats or two pieces of parchment paper. Then use a pizza cutter to score the crackers before you cook them.

Bake @350 for 8 to 10 minutes.

BAM delicious cleanse friendly (but still limited) snacking option

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When Sleeping Woman Wake Mountains will MOVE

Ok so I wanted to write the second part to my story. But as I sit here trying to knock something out in the limited amount of time I have before one of my three children or husband comes in and I have to step away yet a again. I am feeling lead to just simply write. Because really we all have these stories, these sagas and they have helped us become who we are today but they do not define us. They do however help us relate to each other and allow others to possibly learn and grow though us sharing them. But sometimes I feel like the more I talk about them the more I like etch it to my soul and the more I allow it to define my now and allow them to let me make excuses for myself. I feel sometimes like I’m speaking to the wind and whats the point of all the posts and blogs. Is anyone really even reading them? But well there is always a point and slowly He is revealing his plan as I go. If anyone would have told me even two years ago that I would get personal messages from people I barely know genuinely complimenting and thanking me for my candor or the recipe post I made, even asking advice!!! I seriously would have fallen off my chair! 7 years ago I was in an emergency room laying face down on a hospital bed as a doctor carefully picked out tiny shards of glass from my back with surgical tools. It was the result of yet another fight and the wine glass my husband had thrown at me. I’d love to say I left there and had made this cathartic breakthrough and from that moment on everything changed. But really if we are honest with ourselves does anything ever really work that way?! Is real true change instant or does it require deep raw ongoing hard work. Full of gut wrenching self-realization that sometimes we are not ready to face. It would have been very easy to blame my ex-husband. It would have been very easy to blame my father for leaving in search of a “better” life that didn’t really include us. Or blame a pharmaceutical company and failing medical system. But really where would all that blaming, explaining and excusing get me?  Through all of my therapy,  personal growth, development mentoring and schooling. The biggest obstacle I discovered I had, was me. I had had a life time of set backs and big events that I allowed to shape who I was but not in a way that served me. I personally have found recognizing that if I would like to be a happier more fulfilled person the only place to look is at myself the most encouraging and freeing discovery. Because guess what I can’t alter the actions of others or what happens around me. But I can choose how I act and react to everything. I am seeking a different result in my world I need to be the ripple of change I want to see in my life. It has been the hardest lifestyle shift to make yet. But the one that is making the biggest impact. Growing up in today’s world  we are hardwired for this mindset that holds very little accountability and our life skills can only ever really be as strong as the ones that were demonstrated to us. Unless we recognize a point of needed growth within ourselves we can become stuck. We may hold this beautiful vision of where we would like to see ourselves but not the faintest idea how to get there. We are so focused on looking at outward sources that we lack the skills of looking within. We are educated more by teachers and care staff than our families, we see doctors when we are sick and psychologists when we feel sad. We watch a movie when we are board and go to the drive thru when we are hungry, get a new dress or lipstick when we are feeling down on our bodies. Buy a big house and nice car when we want to feel and appear successful. My gosh the list could go on and on and is the source of this perpetuating circle of individuals who are like me stuck and unable to find a way out. I never thought the hardest skill I would need to learn was ME. I recently heard the most poignant quote.

“I am not here for your understanding of me. I am here for your understanding of who you are. I am your mirror. How you feel about me, what you see in me, the thoughts that arise of your encounter of me, the judgments you hold about me are all reflections of you. They have nothing to do with me.” Emily Maroutian

I was guilty of looking at everyone and everything in my life making excuses, finding fault and placing blame. I saw so much injustice in the cards I was handed and faulted those who were a part of them. But life really is pretty simple if we can learn to know ourselves sit with our heartbreak accept the injustices as an opportunity for growth and change. Look to those people you’ve separated from yourself because they challenged you, and explore why. I truly believe we have the power to speak life or death over ourselves and our lives with the power of our thoughts, actions and words. More often than not we are our biggest obstacle. And our complaints are e reflection of the areas within ourselves that requires some unpacking and growth. What is holding you back? Look in the mirror voice out loud the blame and fault you have misplaced that you feel is the reason for your road block. Then truly reflect on if they are an accurate source in hinderance or simply a reflection of your own personal areas where you might be avoiding truth and growth. I challenge you to stop blaming and complaining and be the change you wish to see in your life. Then you will find true release and growth. Get out of your own way. Be all that you are called to be. I feel like often God places specific people and situations in our life because he needs you to be brought to your knees by the challenge so he can speak in to you and weed out that which needs to Go!

Supplementation or Activation

In my last post we discovered that our specific genes are at play in our own personal health. I discussed a wonderful alternate universe where we may in fact be able to get all we need to support our bodies for optimal health from our food. But sadly with the current state of affairs in the food industry we have negatively impacted and depleted our foods nutritional value. So we now do in fact need to support our bodies though a supplemental sources to ensure we are getting all our bodies need to remain functioning at their full potential and complete health. But I feel as though it doesn’t necessarily serve us to be blanketly adding in a multivitamin. What we are using to support can often do more harm than good! I feel we should be using plant based activation to support our own specific systems to go to work carrying out the tasks in our bodies they were designed to do. Rather than adding in a supplement that claims to do the bodies job for it. For as we previously learned we all have different genes and interact with our environment, lifestyle and nutrition very differently.

When we are looking to naturally support sleep for example. Many individuals choose to use Melatonin. It is felt that since it is natural it must be good. But what we are missing here is that this supplement is going in and mimicking a hormone our body creates to  to encourage sleep. But unfortunately what this can do is aggravate and worsen the bodies already struggling homeostasis conversation pattern in this area causing more harm than good. I am suggesting that the superior approach would be to explore what your body system is in need of to activate and encourage your body to heal its own sleep cycle. This might look like adding in a supplemental source of magnesium a mineral most are deficient in due to our farming practices. Magnesium plays a significant role in hydration, muscle relaxation, energy production and the deactivation of adrenaline. Also eating more cherries (naturally encourages melatonin production), fish (high in tryptophan) and almonds (high in magnesium and calcium). Taking a warm Epsom salt bath to support your bodies detoxification process, diffusing sleep promoting essential oils. This approach supports the body to activate and release its own sleep process and begin to heal the source of the sleep struggles rather than a supplement that does the bodies job for it. I use this approach of activation in all areas of supplementation and I believe it is a superior approach and so dose science and there is a ton of research to prove it. For example when I began to research supporting our bodies cellular system through supplementation many MANY options came up so I had to truly explore my goals, and research options. This lead me to learn about oxidative stress and glutathione production. I discovered it to be the source of most all disease entry to our cellular system. So supporting its production and actvating my bodies own responses to oxidative stress rather that using antioxidant supplements to target specific symptoms would be the smarter approach. Supporting and encouraging my body to work respond and function as God our ultimate architect carefully designed it to do. Rather than using a supplement designed to do its job for it.

Activating and supporting the pathways in your body’s internal defense system, is a much more effective way of protecting your body from harmful free radicals that cause oxidative stress. As opposed to taking antioxidant supplements that are marketed to attack the free radicals itself. But unfortunately it can only do this on a 1:1 radio. But sadly we are making thousands of free radicals within our body by the minute. So we could not possibly address all the damage. But it we activate Nrf2, it tells your body to start making hundreds of different protective molecules, like antioxidant enzymes. These molecules not only have the ability to fight off large numbers of free radicals, they can also repair damaged cells and build up defenses that work to protect your cells from any future stress caused by free radical exposure. One way to trigger Nrf2 is to make sure you provide your body with properly balanced phytonutrients. But what are phytonutrients and where are they found?

PHYTONUTRIENTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY DO I NEED THEM?

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Phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. Phytonutrients help plants in a variety of ways, such as repelling insect invaders and protecting the plant from radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Researchers estimate that over 40,000 of these plant compounds exist. People who eat plants rich in phytonutrients (you can tell which ones have the most phytonutrients by their deep color) experience benefits from these powerful antioxidants. Cultures where diets are primarily plant-based tend to produce long-lived people with reduced rates of the myriad of health conditions that are common in populations that consume the standard American diet. Phytonutrients perform many functions throughout the body including – facilitating intercellular communication (homeostasis), repairing DNA damage, and activating the Nrf2 pathway.
It’s hard to document the exact effect these plant compounds have on human health as each phytonutrient affects multiple areas of the body. Also, phytonutrients work together to provide benefits in ways scientists may not yet completely understand. So isolating one phytonutrient and supplementing with it alone may not provide the benefits that a combination of phytonutrients can provide.

TYPES OF PHYTONUTRIENTS

Scientists classify phytonutrients by chemical structure, then break these classes into dozens of other groups containing hundreds of phytonutrients.

Some of the more important ones are:
Curcuminoids, Bacosides, Withanolides, Catechins, Flavonoids, Each of these phytonutrients acts in a special way, alone and together with other phytonutrients, to provide benefits to the body.
Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer contains these ingredients:

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Turmeric: Contains curcumin, a biologically active polyphenolic compound which modulates many molecular functions, helps with bodily detoxification processes, and has high antioxidant activity including documented Nrf2 activation.

Bacopa: Contains high levels of bacosides with saponins, which have been related to improved memory function, healthy liver function, and high antioxidant activity.

Ashwagandha: Contains withanolides, an adaptogen that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to normalize body processes, promote homeostasis, and decrease cellular stress.

Green tea: Contains catechins such as epigallocatechan gallate (“EGCG”). This potent antioxidant has been used for thousands of years for its health and wellness benefits such as supporting healthy GI function and repairing damaged DNA.

Milk thistle: Contains a unique flavonoid complex called silymarin, a potent antioxidant that may be 10 times more potent in antioxidant activity than vitamin E. It also has been shown to provide cleansing and rejuvenation to the liver.

This chart shows the results of a study that measured these five ingredients, both individually and combined (Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer), and their ability to activate the Nrf2 pathway.

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How is this possible? Can the same ingredients really act differently together than they do individually?That’s the power of phytonutrients and their interaction—when combined in a carefully constructed formula with optimal types of ingredients in the correct ratios, they work more effectively. The potent combination of ingredients in Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer works hard to activate the body’s Nrf2 pathways, upregulating a multitude of genes, maintaining cellular homeostasis, and combating oxidative stress.

indexIn our home all we use now is a good quality pro-biotic to support our gut heath and overall healing from years of abusing our bodies with insufficient nutrition. A food nutrient complex called MicroPlex VMz by doTERRA, to support our bodies nutrient levels due lack of nutrients in our food supply. But in summer months when our garden (or farm share) is in full swing we can omit this. And a Nrf2 activator called Protandim. Along with a healthy diet as long as we are generally well this is all we would need after all healing has taken place. Please feel free to message me directly comment and share.

Simple Wellness

 

Have you ever wondered why a certain diet worked for your best friend, but not for you? Or why one twin develops Type II diabetes, but the other twin doesn’t? The answer is highly personal—it’s in your DNA and the lifestyle choices you make.

We grow up hearing about how unique each of us is, but we often forget that our uniqueness goes down to the cellular level. It’s the reason why someone like comedian George Burns can live to be 100, even with a notable smoking habit, while other people die of lung cancer in their 40s. Modern Science has made tremendous advances in understanding human DNA, and now we’re able to easily use genetic research to our advantage, especially when it comes to our diet. A few years, even months ago the though of allowing  another “scientific” approach to influence my health whatsoever would have sent me SCREAMING for the hills. But then I had to sit with that for a minute (or months LOL) Has it n to been my prayer that the medical and holistic community would find some middle ground and begin working together?

To understand this concept a little better, here are a few definitions to know:

  • Genome means the genetic material that you’re born with: your DNA. This cannot be changed—think “written on stone plates with lightening.”
  • Epigenome means the network of chemical compounds that interacts with the genome by directing which genetic material to activate or which to leave inactive—the mechanism that “turns on” or “turns off” your DNA. The epigenome is affected by personal health, diet, nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices—think “written in pencil”—thus affecting which genetic material is active.
  • Nutrigenomics is a field that combines the study of nutrition and gene expression. Scientists working in this field investigate how nutrients and other bioactive components in food affect important metabolic and physiological processes by “turning on” or “turning off” certain genes.

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Turning genes on and off? It may sound to good to be true, but it’s very real. Nutrigenomics has come a long way in a short time and has developed a wealth of information that can be used by anyone concerned about personalizing and truly understanding their healthcare plan. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, one of the top researchers in the nutrigenomics field, investigates how the foods we eat interact with our genes to affect our health. in one paper he reports.

  • Compounds found in broccoli can switch on a gene that helps the body detoxify some of the chemicals we’re exposed to every day. This gene is missing in about 20% of the general population who won’t get the detoxification benefits (though they will still get the other benefits of healthy eating).
  • In some people, creatine supplementation provides large increases in performance and increases lean mass. In others with different DNA, there is no response at all.
  • Studies with caffeinated coffee show that for some individuals, drinking coffee lowers the risk of heart attacks. But in other individuals, the same dose of coffee actually increases the risk of heart attacks.

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Different foods and substances affect each of us differently? That’s why some people may bulk up with creatine and others don’t notice any benefits. And it’s also why your body may have a more difficult time losing weight. Than your friend while following the same diet. The research in nutrigenomics has also found that what food tells your genes affects your metabolism. Mark Hyman describes nutrigenomics like this:

  • The new science of nutrigenomics teaches us what specific foods tell your genes. What you eat directly determines the genetic messages your body receives. These messages, in turn, control all the molecules that constitute your metabolism: the molecules that tell your body to burn calories or store them. If you can learn the language of your genes and control the messages and instructions they give your body and your metabolism, you can radically alter how food interacts with your body, lose weight, and optimize your health.

The implications of this research are huge. It determines, for example, why certain medications work for some people, but not for others, or why people need different doses of medication. And while studies often show inconsistencies about how nutrients, supplements, and other bioactives work in the body, everything depends on the DNA of the subjects being studied.

This has lead me to ponder then how effective supplementation is? I have always been a huge advocate for it! It fact our home prioritizes or small budget to ensuring we all have proper supplementation even on our very modest income. But maybe a better approach would be for science and holistic health to work hand in hand to discover how we can eat to support our specific body activation. Encouraging it to carry out the tasks it was designed for. But not functioning at highest capacity due to the negative impact our lifestyle has had on our environment, food and water supply as well as heal care system and wellness education. No longer guessing what we need and providing supplements based on symptoms (a body does not even exhibit symptoms unless that system is functioning at less than 60%). But truly understanding and respecting our unique and wicked temples and the care they require! So many of us go through our lives without ever truly understanding how what we eat effects our overall health and wellness. We never consider to suspect that the foods we do or don’t eat every day are the source of this decades sate of health. The amount of food sensitives that go ignored and misunderstood are in my opinion a epidemic. Most of us go through our lives living with symptoms we’ve had for so long our brains have just literally learned to suppress them but unfortunately our bodies themselves do not really have that choice. What happens is simply a domino where one thing continues to cascade into another. All creeping on so slowly that for myself personally I had no clue, I truly had been feeling so horribly until I began to heal. Functioning in this space of cyclical depression and defeat. But sort making the best of it? 🙂 Until we get our heads out of the sand and recognize our uniqueness we are not going to  learn grow and succeed. What we put in our bodies is the source of all disease a predisposition  dose not guarantee disease unless we activate it. And this activation or symptom is going to look different in each of us depending on our gene makeup. But the source is the same, your NUTRITION or lack they of.

I am a woman very strong in my Faith and the more I read his word and understand him the better I can understand myself and my temple. As I begin to truly comprehend his crazy love for us leads me to believe he would never live us hear without everything we ever needed right from day one here on this earth. Understanding this leads we to see and accept the concept of what a interconnected fantastic eco system he has created not only around us but in us! And just like the delicate eco system of the animals our way of life is rendering extinct. We to can be throw completely off by a simple imbalance that sets off  a chain reaction within us. Once we as a people are able to understand hoe truly wholly and uniquely our bodies function. We will be able to truly support true healing and overall general simple health and wellness my living as GOD calls us to be. Respectful stewards of HIS temple for we are the dwelling place of his holly spirit.

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