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Whole Food Super Heroes

I have been researching a lot about maintaing a plant based diet and the benefits - out of total curiosity.  I don’t jump into anything but love the research that goes with it and learning about something I am passionate about.

Along my “whole food” research I came across some pretty crazy ways to use everyday super foods that made me think…”whole-y cow” - such a bad joke.  But honestly, below are some ways our everyday power foods kick ass in more ways than one:

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BENEFITS:

  • Compared to fruits like apples, oranges or bananas, strawberries have the highest amount of nutrients.
  • The anthocyanins can boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks
  • Lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body
  • Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.

USES:

  1. Skin Toner
    Strawberry can be used as a skin toner. Grind the strawberries to extract the juice. Mix two teaspoons of strawberry juice with 1/4 cup  of rose water and refrigerate it. You can apply it instead of your regular skin toner and can be stored up to 10 days.

  2. Skin Cleanser
    Strawberry has great cleansing properties. Salicylic acid removes dead cells from the face while tightening the pores. Ellagic acid being an antioxidant combats skin damage to maintain its youth and freshness. 

  3. Hair Moisturizer
    Strawberry protects the cell membranes of the scalp due to its potent antioxidant effects.  Applying a mixture of mashed strawberries and egg yolk on your scalp is a great way to moisturize your hair.

  4. UV-Protection
    Strawberry contains ellagic acid which, when applied topically protects the skin against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

  5. Under Eye Puffiness
    Being astringent in nature strawberries can reduce puffiness and circles beneath the eyes. For this purpose, cut a strawberry into thin slices. Lying in a cool place, put the strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 to 12 minutes. 

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BENEFITS:

  • Packed with essential nutrients like potassium and vitamin B
  • Well earned reputation for keeping hair and skin looking young, beautiful, and soft
  • Healthiest food on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients
  • Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals 
  • Fats in avocados can reverse insulin resistance which help to regulate blood sugar levels 
  • Cleanses intestine which is the best natural mouth wash and bad breath remedy

USES:

  1. Eye therapy
    Yes, avocados can rid you of your eye circles & puffiness. Simply the ago into slices, lie down and place a few slices under each eye. After about 20 minutes you’ll be good to go!

  2. Hair mask
    An avocado hair mask does the trick. In a mixing bowl, combine one ripe avocado with 1tbsp coconut oil and 1/4 cup melted shea butter (or just use 1/4 cup coconut oil) . Apply to roots and ends, leave in for 30 minutes, and rinse out.

  3. Exfoliating Mask
    Mix together one avocado, one egg white, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply liberally to face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. 

  4. The Perfect Sauce
    Combine 1 avocado, juice of 2 limes, 1/4 of a red onion, 1 clove garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper in a blender and voila - top toast, salad, chicken or fish.

  5. Baby food
    New baby in your life? Avocado is a great transitional food for babies at least 4 months old. Not only will your baby love the smooth, velvety texture and the mild flavor, but avocados are also loaded with healthy unsaturated fat.

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BENEFITS:

  • Extremely high in vitamin C and vitamin A
  • Good source of dietary fiber - good for the colon!
  • Vitamin C shows remarkable reduction in inflammation
  • Of all fruit juices, grapefruit juice is ranked among the highest in antioxidants 
  • Protects the skin from UV rays.
  • Half of a fresh grapefruit eaten before meals is associated with significant weight loss
  • Grapefruit is a natural antibacterial

USES:

  1. Scent your home
    Pour a cup of fresh grapefruit juice and a half of a cup of water into a small saucepan and simmer it on the stove. Your whole home will smell amazing

  2. Scent your laundry
    Mix fresh grapefruit juice with distilled water in a spray bottle and mist your towels, linens, curtains, and clothes. The water will evaporate as it dries leaving a sweet grapefruit scent. 

  3. Keep Animals out of your Garden
    Cats in particular hate citrus scents, so placing a small mesh bag filled with grapefruit and orange rinds around your outdoor plants or along your fence line will discourage neighborhood animals from coming into your garden. 

  4. Exfoliate Your Skin 
    Mix some 1/4 cup granulated, 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice with a little grapeseed or olive oil and use in the shower on your whole body, especially your feet. The grapefruit juice will tone and tighten your skin and the sugar will gently exfoliate.

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BENEFITS:

  • Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc
  • Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins
  • Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day
  • Anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin puffiness. 
  • Silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth

USES:

  1. Home Care
    Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up.

  2. Relieves Bad Breath
    Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

  3. Hangover Cure
    To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

  4. Getting Rid of Bugs
    Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

  5. Cellulite Diminishing
    Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

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BENEFITS:

  • Cinnamon has demonstrated an ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections 
  • Added to foods, the spice inhibits spoilage with its anti-bacterial properties
  • Cinnamon has anti clotting properties
  • Has a high content of easily absorbed manganese, calcium, iron, and fiber
  • Hldest form of medicine still existing throughout the world
  • Honey is clinically proven for healing diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Should use raw bee products of all types for longevity

USES:

  1. For a Cold Remedy
    Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days to cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

  2. Breakouts
    Apply three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water for two weeks to remove pimples from the root.

  3. Lack of Sleep
    Sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon increases the vitality of the body within a week.

  4. Feeling a Little Gassy?
    According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

  5. Bad Breathe
    Gargling with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning will keep the breath fresh all day.

Pretty neat right?  Try incorporating more healthful ingredients into all of your day-to-day activities.  We consume so many bad things, consuming the right things are in our control.  Maybe make an effort to try ONE thing from above live a more healthful lifestyle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided in this publication is for
informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. This information should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.


The publisher and the author are not responsible for any goods and/or services offered or referred to in this blog and expressly disclaim all liability in connection with the fulfillment of orders for any such goods or services and any damage, loss or expense to person or property arising out of or relating to them.

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Book Review: The Body Book

This week we posted one of our go-to cleanses and are focusing on “health” related posts.  Cameron Diaz just came out with a brilliant book sharing her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide grounded in science and inspired by personal experience.

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In The Body Book, she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition, exercise, and the mind/body connection.

It was a fantastic read and extremely eye opening and educational without being forceful on opinions and over-bearing with ideas.

The Book Offers:

  • A comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up
  • Debunks the hype around food groups
  • Explains the value of vitamins and minerals
  • Embraces the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods
  • Explains the essential role of movement
  • The importance of muscle and bone strength
  • Why we need to sweat a little every day.

The Body Bookdoes not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year. It offers a holistic, long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal: a long, strong, happy, healthy life.

Buy the book here

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The Magic Pak Cleanse by Dr.Bo

As you all know, Shay and myself are bonified foodies. We are thinking about our next meal while finishing our current one. Needless to say, we are also extremely healthful and try to consume organic, fresh ingredients and avoid the processed and pesticide riden foods. Everything in moderation, they say…


After Shay being back on set, birthdays, events, and our manic lives (and not to mention summer coming in hot), we were feeling sluggish, energy depleted and tired. Our bodies were telling us we needed a reset.


We are not fans of diet fads or crash diets - though I am sure we have tried them all - and trendy eating is NOT our thing. We try to listen to our “food voice” and do what’s best for our body. With that said, we do believe in flushing out the bad with a healthy and monitored “cleanse” to realign our body, mind and soul (it doesn’t hurt our waistline either). With Shay wrapping up the tail end of her travel schedule, I decided to visit our good friend Dr. Bo and get a little head start.


This isn’t a 2-day juice cleanse or a drink water and eat air one either. This certain cleanse is designed to help detoxify and cleanse the blood, intestinal, digestive, organ, lymphatic, cellular and circulatory systems of toxic waste and parasite accumulation and to re-establish good nourishment and keep ones health at a high level.

Body Magic Explained:

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The Magic Pack

The advantages of this unique 10 Day-Total Body Detox and 30 Day-Colon Cleanse program are numerous. The three specialized products making up Dr. Bo’s Magic Pak, - Body Magic, Fiber Magic and Colon Magic - enhances the body’s natural process of elimination or neutralization of toxic materials from organs, cells, tissues, skin, bloodstream, and the lymphatic, digestive and intestinal systems. Dr. Bo’s proprietary vitamin, mineral and organic herbal detoxification and all natural fiber cleansing formulas support this process and help purify and eliminate harmful toxins from the total body.

The Magic Pak Components

Body Magic includes 30 pre-packaged packets containing seven unique, “All-In-One”, health formulas, pre-mixed in vegetable capsules, for your convenience. Each packet contains potent vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, amino acids, bioflavonoids, herbal extracts, whole foods, super foods and an advanced anti-oxidant formula. The program is designed to help detoxify and cleanse the blood, intestinal, digestive, organ, lymphatic, cellular and circulatory systems of toxic waste and parasite accumulation as well as to re-establish good nourishment and keep ones health at a high level.


Fiber Magic Components

Fiber Magic is designed to provide elements that allow the body to cleanse itself naturally of accumulated waste, while providing a measure of good nutrition, essential building blocks for your good health, and natural fiber to the diet. Fiber Magic helps maintain normal healthy levels of cholesterol, intestinal regularity, blood glucose levels after meals and a healthy cardiovascular system.


Colon Magic Components

Colon Magic is a gentle, effective and non-habit forming herbal formula, and is our most popular colon cleansing product. Its a special synergistic formula designed to aid in the cleansing of the liver and lower bowels. This unique combination of organic herbs helps to cleanse, feed, stimulate and rebuild the tissue lining and peristaltic muscles of the stomach, small intestine, colon and gastrointestinal tract. Colon Magic must be self-regulated.

Sounds good right?
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Let’s Get Started

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Daily Schedule:

Body Magic™

  • Take 1 packet three (3) times daily, 15 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner for 10 days. 
  • Drink one 8 ounce glass of purified water with the capsules, followed by another 8 ounce glass of water. 
  • If you skip a meal, take the supplements anyway.


Fiber Magic

  • Mix 1-3 rounded teaspoons daily in a 10-12 oz. glass of purified water preferably at late evening or bedtime
  • Follow this mixture with an additional 8-10 ounce glass of purified water.


Colon Magic®

  • Day 1 - 1 capsule at bedtime
  • Day 2 - 2 capsules at bedtime
  • Day 3 - 1 capsule upon rising and 2 at bedtime
  • Day 4 - 2 capsules upon rising and 2 at bedtime. (ongoing)

This should be self regulated - so long as you are regular, keep it at 2 in the morning and 2 at night.

After the Body Magic 10-day packets are up continue the Fiber Magic and Colon Magic for an additional 20 days.

Now that you know why you should do this, how to do this and everything else, here is the good part: eating.

During the week we are both quite busy so we prepare almost all of this on the weekend and shakes are easy in the morning (as long as you have everything on hand:

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Recipes (For all blood types)
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Breakfast Smoothie:

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What You Will Need:
Blend and enjoy!!!
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Turkey Burgers:

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What you will need
  • 2 packs of extra lean ground white turkey meat (high quality) (16oz per pack)
  • 2 medium sized zucchinis
  • 1-2 tbsp seasoning of choice (I use Santa Maria from Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, put both packages of turkey into it with the seasoning and cayenne.

  2. Grate the two zucchinis on the small grate and add to the mixing bowl.  

  3. Using a spoon or your hands, combine all ingredients VERY well.

  4. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick coconut oil cooking spray.  Spoon the turkey mixture into the tin to the top and pat down with the back of your spoon. (should make 12 large or 18 smaller ones).

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins depending on the size.
Voila - easy little protein muffins in no time. Have them with steamed veggies or wrap them in lettuce with your choice of condiments and veggies.
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Almond & Zucchini Protein Muffins:

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What You Will Need:

  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 small zucchinis
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 3 egg whites
Topping (Optional)
  • Slivered almonds
  • Agave
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line mini muffin tin with muffins cups.

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine almond flour and salt, together.

  3. Using the small grate on the grater, grate the zucchinis. In a medium bowl whisk together oil, sweetener & almond milk then stir in the grated zucchinis.
  4. Then mix in the dry ingredients thoroughly.

  5. In another bowl whip the egg whites into stiff peaks & fold into the bread mixture gently but thoroughly.

  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for 20–25 minutes. Repeat until the mixture is gone!  (Should yield 24 mini muffins).

  7. Once the muffins have completely cooled, place them on a parchment sheet and drizzle some agave over the muffins - then take some slivered almonds and arrange a few on the top and voila!
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BUY THE CLEANSE

This cleanse does nothing but allow your body to reset and feel amazing. After doing this 1—day jump start, (and a little treat or two after), I was ready to do the 30 day trim program with Shay. Agaian, this is more about lifestyle amendments then a diet. You are still consuming, just in a smarter and healthier way.

Read About Dr.Bo 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided in this publication is for
informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. This information should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

The publisher and the author are not responsible for any goods and/or services offered or referred to in this blog and expressly disclaim all liability in connection with the fulfillment of orders for any such goods or services and any damage, loss or expense to person or property arising out of or relating to them.

Tagged: #health #recipes

Fermented Veg

Food is obviously a passion of mine and Shay’s - I am constantly at farmers markets, watching cooking shows, or hanging out with other foodies to discover anything new that is food related.

Introducing: Fermented Veg - best known as kimchi (from Korea) and even more commonly,  sauerkraut (from Germany). Directly translated, sauerkraut means “sour cabbage” - which is exactly what it is.  The sour flavor is a result from the lactic acid that forms when the bacteria ferment the sugars in the cabbage. Cabbage is the main veg used in kimchi and sauerkraut but a variety of veggies are being used for this exceptional power condiment!


Health Benefits

In addition to a tasty sour & salty condiment for meals, the list of health benefits is long - here are some below:

  • It is extremely high in vitamins C, B, and K
  • Low in calories 
  • High in calcium and magnesium
  • Very good source of dietary fiber
  • Also a good source of folate, iron, potassium, copper and manganese
  • Also contains live lactobacilli and beneficial microbes and is rich in enzymes.
  • High in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, both associated with preserving ocular health


How to Use it

So after reading all of this amazing information on fermented veg - I am assuming you want to know how you can use it in your meals?  I have actually used fermented veg in or on most things but below are my top uses:

  1. Eggs - Scramble up a a few eggs, toss a little green salad together dressed with some olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper and garnish with a healthy spoonful of my favorite “Four Thieves” fermented veg (pic below).


  2. Sandwiches - Take two pieces or whole wheat sourdough, your choice of cheese, turkey, lettuce, mayo and some fermented veg and enjoy one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat. 


  3. Fish - In a saucepan with a touch of oil, sauté a filet of talapia or sole with some onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Keep over the heat until the fish and onions are cooked through.  Serve with a big farmers market salad and top the fish with some of the fermented veg…UNREAL! (Recipe to follow soon).


  4. Sausage - In a bun or on a plate with some mustard and a healthy helping of fermented veg - spice up it up with some kimchi for a bit of heat.


  5. Salad - Throw the fermented veg on top of any green salad, tuna salad, egg slad, chicken salad…you name it!


Where to buy?

I must admit I am definitely a brand loyalist.  I have tried every single one out there and micro craft food artisans Brassica & Brine have taken the cake.  

Made out of Los Angeles, CA they have won several awards and run a sustainable and local company - We are big fans over at ShayMitchell.com!

They also have three killer flavors: The Original, Kimchi Karma and my favorite “Four Thieves” (that is spiced with sage, thyme, rosemary and lavender).

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Some additional brands that are also great are:

  1. Bubbies
  2. Gold Mine
  3. Pickled Planet
  4. Farmhouse Culture

I hope you try this healthy power condiment and we will post recipes to follow next week!

Happy eating!

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