Motivation from a Holistic Life Coach

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Life will send you all kinds of signs. To let you know you are on the right track,to answer a question you have asked, to let you know you are not alone etc. Make sure you are paying attention. Don’t be so distracted by the worldly that you forget you are other- worldly. The universe is working for you and through you. Follow that passion, live that dream, Take that risk !! Have fun living the life you create with the synchronicities life unfolds for you!! Get excited about living !!  

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Smoothie 101 (Super C)

I have had a sick little Knight all weekend long, so we have been looking for easy ways to get some Vitamin C in his system. I found this awesome recipe with some of my favorite fruits and added vitamin c. The recipe calls for camu camu poweder which can be found in your local health food store or If you don’t have that you can use Emergen-C !! Try this easy, tasty and cold staving smoothie !!

Camu Camu powder

Camu camu is used for viral infections including herpes, cold sores, shingles, and the common cold. It is also used for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma. Other uses include treatment of asthma, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease (gingivitis), headaches, and osteoarthritis.

Super C

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tsp camu camu powder or Emergen-C
3/4 cup chopped fresh (or frozen) mango
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana sliced

 
Blend and Enjoy

Serves 2

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Courtesy of Super Charged Smoothies

Smoothie 101 (Tropical Smoothie)

Smoothies are so fun because you can really make them any way. I love tropical fruits so this is one of my favorites. Of course you can make it to suit your tastes and have fun with it.

Tropical Smoothie

1/2 pineapple or 1 cup frozen pineapple

1 mango

1 papaya

3 slices of ginger

1/3 cup of coconut milk

5 ice cubes

Blend well and ENJOY !!

 

For Detox benefits try adding: Cilantro, Parsley, Spinach or Kale !!

Recipe of the Day !!!

Keeping with our Healthy 2014 here is our recipe of the Day !!

Enjoy !!

This recipe can be used as a side dish or for breakfast !! Healthy,Spicy and Sweet !!

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Sweet Potato Hash

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups frozen or fresh chopped bell peppers and onions

2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium sweet potatoes) peeled and cut into small cubes

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat

Saute bell peppers and onions until tender, about 5 minutes

Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat to medium

Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes. Sweet potatoes may begin to stick to the skillet, but continue to stir gently until they cook through.

Serve while hot !!

 

 

 

Smoothie 101

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I have been infatuated with smoothies ever since I received my Ninja Blender for Xmas!! It is phenomenal !! A smoothie is any fruit and or vegetable combo blended with ice (or not) that pleases your palette. My family loves pineapple, so that is a staple in my house as well as kiwi, strawberries, mangos and papaya. You can add your greens from here. We usually add parsley,cilantro,spinach, mint or kale. All have great health benefits and add greens to your diet. Here is an easy recipe to start you off on your Smoothie journey !!

1 pineapple

4 strawberries

1 kiwi

3 slices of ginger

5 sprigs of mint

Blend and enjoy !!

Serves 2 to 3

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EFT-Emotional Freedom Technique

Many years ago I had a friend who introduced me to EFT therapy. It was simple yet effective. It is an accupressure therapy that can help with food cravings, pain,negative emotions and just to feel better overall. During this busy time of year its a great time to take some time for yourself. This is a way you can reboot yourself and you can do it anytime, anywhere !! By using certain pressure points on your body, you basically tap the location while chanting a mantra of positivity. For example…. a proper EFT phrase will state, Even though I have (whatever issue you have) I deeply and completely love and except myself. Tap the location 5-10 times while stating the phrase, take deep breaths while tapping and keep water on hand. Closing your eyes helps you to stay centered and focused . You can use this technique as many times a day as you feel necessary to rid yourself of the issue. From headaches to emotional pain, EFT is a great technique that can help.

Example EFT Session:

EVEN THOUGH I HAVE FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING I DEEPLY AND COMPLETELY LOVE AND ACCEPT MYSELF

The pressure points are as follows:

Top of the head: Use gentle pressure to tap with the tips of fingers using both hands

Eyebrow: Tap right above the hair of your eyebrows

Side of the eye: Tap at the temple with both hands

Under the eye: Tap gently under the bone with both hands

Under the nose: Tap gently under the nose with one hand

Chin: Tap gently with one hand

Collar bone: Tap gently with both hands under the clavicle bone

Under the arm: Tap gently with both hands at an angle to your sides at about 4 inches below your armpit

Wrists: Use wrist on wrist tapping

Side of Hand or Karate Chop point: Use four fingers to tap gently on this area

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Essential Aloe Vera

 

Aloe Vera is an awesome plant you can grow at home and that has so many benefits. When I was in Jamaica, (thinking I was a mermaid) ,aloe vera soothed my wicked sunburn. It heals all burns,and other skin infections. This all natural plant is easy to grow and it produces more plants that you can gift to friends and family.

Here is a list of  ideas you can use with aloe vera.

 Aloe vera plants are available at almost every garden shop or nursery. Unless you live in area with a very mild climate, it’s best to leave your Aloe plant in the pot and place it near a window that gets a lot of sun.Pinch or cut off an inch or so of the tip of a leaf, and squeeze the gel from the leaf.

Skin irritations such as a heat rash, poison ivy or dry skin will benefit from aloe vera.

Use of the aloe vera gel on a consistent basis will allow dry skin to become more elastic and smoother. The gel is absorbed into the skin and will rehydrate the skin and help in rebuilding  skin cells

Eczema and psoriasis sufferers benefit from the use of aloe vera, which can lessen the severity of the conditions and stop itching

Apply aloe vera gel to fever blisters and genital herpes to reduce swelling and pain associated with the blisters. Normal precautions will still need to be taken for outbreaks of the herpes virus, as aloe vera will not cure the virus.

Used as a moisturizer on the face, aloe aides in reducing wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. The facial skin will become smoother and younger looking with the use of aloe vera gel.

People also consume Aloe Vera internally to obtain a number of other Aloe Vera benefits. When taken internally, Aloe Vera can act as a gentle laxative, easing constipation.

Some people also consume Aloe Vera internally for the treatment of Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases due to its soothing anti-inflammatory properties. (Aloe Vera is believed to possess anti-bacterial properties as well.)

Some promising scientific studies seem to indicate that Aloe Vera (taken internally) can help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.