Lentil Salad

One of my Favourite Summer Make Ahead Salads

🌱Lentil Salad

1 cup of cooked lentils – I use French

1 cup thin French Green Beans lightly steamed still crips

3 Roma tomatoes

about 12 black olives

1 large shallot, minced

about 1/2 cup feta

1/3 cup capers

For the vinaigrette:

1/3 cup olive oil

3 Tbsp red wine vinegar

4 nice fronds of tarragon

1 tsp of Dijon mustard

Combine well.

Enjoy!

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Copaiba

I was previously very impressed with Charlottes Web CBD Oil and would often recommend it to clients. But the pice tag was SHOCKING and still ran the risk of possible THC interactions 😔 If you don’t know about medical marijuana or hemp, aka CBD, then you need to know that there are two components that have an affect on our body systems – CBD and THC.

CBD interacts with our CB2 receptors and gives us incredible therapeutic benefits such as:

-tension relief

-decreased inflammation

-reduced anxiety

-nervous system support

-lowered insulin levels

-cardiovascular health

-and more!

*THC is the controversial component that interacts with our CB1 receptors which is responsible for causing the “high” associated with marijuana.

*What you may not know is that there’s a THIRD type of cannabinoid–BCP (aka Copaiba). BCP is the long lost relative we always hoped we’d find!

It was only just discovered as a cannabinoid in 2008. And while it’s different from CBD, it directly affects the same CB2 receptors and is a much more concentrated form.

For example:

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💧CBD derived from hemp has a 2-4% concentration.

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💧CBD derived from cannabis/marijuana has a 5-35% concentration.

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💧dōTERRA’s BCP? 60%! Wow!

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dōTERRA is the first company ever to formulate their Copaiba using 4 different species making it the highest concentrated cannabinoid available. Yet because it is not a cannabis derivative it will never show up on a drug test or alter your cognitive state out of a natural comfort range.

Lastly dōTERRA Copiba is 1/3 of the price of a good quality hemp CBD! I’d say that in my opinion. I feel Copaiba is the superior option. How about you?!?

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Renewing Blend

Using essential oils for emotional and behavioural support is a tool I implement often, both in myself personally our family and when advising clients. I’m so excited to see more research coming out daily on these incredible tools!

Dr. Rena Szabo, PsyD, CAADC, MA, Med, Psychology Director of the Psychology Department in an Integrative Oncology Clinic, shared the research she did in her clinic using the dōTERRA Emotional Blends.

She began by testing the care providers before using essential oils and this was what she found:

37-44% of providers struggle with compassion fatigue

32-78% of oncology care providers experience symptoms of burnout

For the first 6 months no oils were diffused in the clinic. For the next 6 months, they diffused a different Emotional oil blend each month. Every employee was surveyed weekly.

Stress levels before oils were 69%. After diffusing oils, the rate dropped to 49%.

61% of the team felt overwhelmed before oils. After diffusing the oils it dropped to 32%.

There was a significant increase in positive feelings and a considerable decrease in negative feelings ( from 75% down to 58%).

The blend of Forgive had a 100% rate of effectiveness in significantly increasing positive feelings! Runners up were, Cheer, Passion and Motivate.

The most effective blend for decreasing negative feelings was ALSO Forgive. It was found to decrease negative feelings by 68% just by diffusing it in the room.

The results of Dr. Rena Szabo’s research are enormously enlightening. Sometimes, it’s the things we’re unconscious of not forgiving that hold us back. Using the oil of Forgive can help release us from the grip we have on old energy and past experiences.

Be Thy Healer feast to your health

Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.”

Looking to build healthier habits? But your BUSY right! You want to create a healthier diet and lifestyle for you and your family but Life and scheduling keeps getting in the way. Time is often perceived as the most precious commodity to the average family today. But a shift is rising and many are beginning to recognize that the most prized commodity one truly has is our health! What our lifestyle and environment consists of is either protecting and fighting disease or feeding it and many individuals are seeking to shift their current approach. Remember, you don’t have to change everything all at once. Start with small steps that you can feel good about. In a previous post I discussed the importance of pure water as our major source of hydration. Today I am writing on basic food choices one should try to follow.

  1. Add nutrient-rich foods. Instead of thinking about what not to eat, think about the things you can add to your diet. Strive to incorporate more greens and colorful veggies into your meals. If possible use GMO free and organic when possible.
  2. Eat closer to nature. Concentrate on whole foods in their natural forms, such as fruits and vegetables. If it looks like it did when it grew from the earth, that’s your queue that it’s a healthier choice. I good rule of thumb is also if it’s in a package its been processed, and we want as minimal processing possible in our diet.
  3. Go for whole grains. Instead of reaching for regular pasta or white bread, look for varieties made with 100% whole grain flour. Better yet, fill your belly with whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, oats or barley avoiding wheat flour altogether.
  4. Avoid “low-fat” products, instead look for unadulterated whole and better yet organic options.
  5. Reorganize your plate. Think of lean meat and fish caught not farmed as flavor boosters instead of the main event. Put beans, whole grains and veggies in the spotlight, and keep servings of meat and fish(wild caught) at 3 ounces or less (that’s about the size of a deck of playing cards).IMG_9439

Nutrition does not have to be complicated but our current grocery store often seems pretty overwhelming. I great tip is to meal plan lay out your recipes and ingredients needed make a detailed list and do not stray from it. Try to stick to the outer rim of the store or a fantastic option is to avoid the store and its temptations all together. Many grocers now offer an order online and simple pick up option. Jet.com is also fantastic and has free shipping on orders over $35 as well and coupon codes galore! Farmers markets are also a great place to get local produce and get to know your farmer and their farming practices. Plant a garden to alleviate grocery costs get a few chickens if possible. Eating well can be more expensive yes but there are many tips and tricks to keep costs down. Stay tuns for those tips and more.

Drink to your Health

I want to begin sharing on the basic foundations of health. My aim is to support a undersanding and general awarness. You do NOT have to be a professional to have a fantastic grasp on the functionality of your body and how to best support it. I want to empower individulas to full awaness, objective though and taking their power back from a broken medical system that is sadly dissapointing and failing so many of us!IMG_7545 

     Water does you body good! Chronic dehydration is a condition which affects many individuals and they are more or less unaware. It contributes to degenerated disease, shortens life span and negatively impacts general quality of life. Water is essential for the proper mechanical and physiological functioning of everything within our bodies. It is the most common molecule in the human body without it your body cannot function normally. Next to oxygen water is the most essential element for your survival. Most common cause of daytime fatigue is mild dehydration. Water helps your body maintain a HEALTHY WEIGHT. Weight management is one of the top reasons individuals seek support and guidance. But we really do have all the tools we need to manage our general heath and wellness on our own. Adequate water intake is one of those tools. It enables your body to excrete  excess waste through our elimination system. The kidneys and liver use it to help flush your system of unused matter, as do your intestines. Water plays a key role in helping move the food you’ve eaten through your intestinal tract. If we are consuming predominantly beverages that are NOT water we are increasing our bodies work load, and it is forced into tons of unnecessary extra work filtering through the beverage to get to what it actually needs. This is increasing the amount of unnecessary waste and taxing your systems. Without adequate water intake is very difficult for the body to remove unused matter so it is often stored unnecessarily causing various health issues from minor to major. How much water should we be drinking? A few factors come into play when considering how much you should consume. Your activity level, any medications you may be on, if you drink coffee and how much muscle you have. A simple formula is to divide your body weight in half then divide by 8 to find the number of cups per day you should consume. But if that is too much math aim for 3L. Increasing your intake over a few days to gradually get to 3L. 

 

  1. Water generates electrical and magnetic energy inside each and every cell of the body; it provides the power to live.
  2. Water prevents DNA damage and makes its repair mechanisms more efficient – less abnormal DNA is made.
  3. Water greatly increases the efficiency of the immune system in the bone marrow, where the immune system is formed (all its mechanisms) – including its efficiency against cancer.
  4. Water is the main solvent of all foods, vitamins, and minerals. It is used in the breakdown of food into smaller particles and their eventual metabolism and assimilation.
  5. Water increases the efficiency of red blood cells in collecting oxygen in the lungs.
  6. Water clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal.
  7. Water is the main lubricant in the joint spaces and helps prevent arthritis and back pain.
  8. Water is used in the spinal discs to make them “shock-absorbing water cushions”.
  9. Water is the best lubricating laxative and prevents constipation.
  10. Water prevents clogging of arteries in the heart and brain, and helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  11. Water gives us power and electrical energy for all brain functions, most particularly thinking.
  12. Drink to a healthier you!
  13. Water is directly needed for the efficient manufacture of all neurotransmitters, including serotonin.
  14. Water can help prevent attention deficit disorder in children and adults.
  15. Water restores normal sleep rhythms.
  16. Water makes the skin smoother and decreases the effects of aging.
  17. Water decreases premenstrual pain and hot flashes.
  18. Dehydration prevents sex hormone production – one of the primary causes of impotence and loss of libido.
  19. Water reduces the incidence of morning sickness in pregnancy.
  20. Water helps prevent the loss of memory as we age. It helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  21. Water helps reverse addictive urges, including those for caffeine, alcohol, and some drugs.

Drink up and cheers to a healthier you ❤

The foundation of cellular energy

For those of you who went to the regional summit will have heard this term a lot. Mitochondria! We have heard a lot about how the Life Long Vitality (LLV) pack, truly nourishes cells and promote healthy organisms.

The mitochondria is the aspect of the cell that creates energy ! So it’s huge when it comes to making energetic cells, to make energetic tissues, organs and to then energize the system!

I found that my energy has definitely increased since I have started the doTERRa supplement line! And more recently the Mito2Max!

I highly encourage anyone who is still feeling a bit off to get on track with these. They will help supplement some possible missing links in your diet.

For the brainy folk out there here is wiki’s definition of a mitochondrion;
” They make most of the cell’s supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that cells use as a source of energy. Their main job is this energy conversion. They oxidise glucose to provide energy for the cell. The process makes ATP, and is called cellular respiration.[2]

In addition to supplying cellular energy, mitochondria are involved in a range of other processes, such as signalling, cellular differentiation, cell death, as well as the control of the cell division cycle and cell growth.[3]”

The pun is just hilarious and made me think of the regional summit and all those docs!

Enjoy!