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3 things you can do to improve your health….

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Can I tell you something? There’s something that I didn’t realize when I first started working one-on-one with people who want to make their health and wellness a priority, people who are sick of feeling less than amazing, and people who are confused about who to listen to for advice.

Here it is: Most of us already know what we need to be doing to improve our health!

There is a lot of information (and mis-information) when it comes to the foods we eat. Just look at the variety of books in the ‘diet’ or ‘health’ section of your local bookstore. But when it comes down to it, we still know the basic things we should be doing to improve our health.

In fact, when I ask my clients “What are three things you think you could be doing, to improve your health?” I get similar answers each time:

  1. Be more active
  2. Stop eating _______ or stop drinking ________ (or stop smoking!)
  3. Eat more vegetables.

We intuitively know how to make ourselves well. But when it comes to following through? That’s where we fall apart. I know!! I have done it, too. I still do it. I might be a health coach, but I’m still human! I eat chips, I LOVE ice cream, and sometimes I don’t eat as well as I know I can.

For the next week, I’d like you to think about the obstacles that are stopping you from living your healthiest life. Think about it, journal about it, reflect on it.

What obstacles are standing in your way? Maybe you work long hours and cooking a healthy meal seems too time-consuming, or maybe you feel that the price of healthy food is too high. Perhaps you will discover that you aren’t sure if you really deserve to feel amazing.

Your job for the next week is to simply think, reflect, and journal on these obstacles. Knowing your obstacles, habits, and patterns will help you figure out how to work around them!
I would love to hear your comments below. Tell me what is stopping you! Let’s work it out together!

 

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

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New Reserach Links Soda and Diabetes: FINALLY

New Research Links Soda and Diabetes

 

F0r those of us that have been traveling down our holistic and natural heath journey for some time are not surprised to FINALLY see this “new” research released. For others who have been stuck and who have been lead down the rabbit hole by western medicine will be super excited and happy to see that omitting this 1 toxic beverage from your lifestyle will impact your health and overall wellness GREATLY.  Do yourself a BIF favor and ditch the toxic sodas to the curb BUT also don’t stop there and follow the blog and do the research on how to repair the damage that has been done and I don’t mean with a pharmaceutical drugs…

 

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?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew ??

 

 ?? Zimmerman African Peanut Stew

 

This is a hearty and DELICIOUS fall/winter stew that is SUPER easy, even a hard charging military warrior can make it?

Those of you that know Elijah  and I personally or follow our work know we spend a lot of time working with our nations’ heroes. This stew is dedicated to one of the warriors I am privileged and honored to work with. He makes my heath journey look weak compared to the road he is on in keeping his body in optimal condition.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 4 rough chopped organic carrots
  • Index-finger-sized chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 HEAPING tablespoons creamy peanut butter (I prefer the natural kind)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and pith removed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (15 ounces) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can organic diced tomatoes {use the juices}
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice to serve the stew over
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine garlic cloves, jalepeno, cilantro, ginger, tomatoes, peanut butter, cumin, cinnamon, ground red pepper and curry powder. Blend into a thick sauce.
  2. In the slow cooker, add the garbanzo beans, chopped onions, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper to taste. Add the sauce mixture. Stir to combine ingredients. {Or, if you are making it the night before, you can just put all the ingredients together in a ziplock bag and stick it in the fridge, then dump the whole thing in the crock pot the next morning OR FREEZE IT and use on a hectic week- MEAL PREP IS EVERYTHING PEOPLE!!!!}.
  3. Cook in crock pot on low for six to eight hours. Serve over cooked  brown rice and top with fresh cilantro and chopped peanuts and drizzle the coconut milk in. OR EAT alone with an simple green salad.

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER

Take care of your liver, nurture your liver, love your liver and it will LOVE you back for a long time.

 

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The liver filters and processes blood as it circulates through the body. It metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies harmful substances, makes blood clotting proteins, and performs many other vital functions. The cells in the liver contain proteins called enzymes that drive these chemical reactions.

The liver also stores some nutrients, such as vitamin A, iron, and other minerals. It produces cholesterol and certain important proteins, such as albumin. It produces clotting factors, chemicals needed to help blood clot. It breaks down (metabolizes) alcohol and many drugs.

We live in a world bombarded by toxins everywhere we turn, we all could use some daily detoxification tools.  In order to truly heal my gut, I MUST be detoxing well every day.  The lymph and liver need our daily attention to succeed with overall health and that includes OUR gut.

Did YOU know:

✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎The amounts of chemicals we are exposed to are unprecedented in history.
✔︎The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year.
✔︎ Food sprayed with pesticides and from air and water pollution are a chemical burden causing a chemical shit storm.

YOUR body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to detoxify poisons.

The liver chemically converts toxins to be easily eliminated by the kidneys.

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Top #2 Reasons for negative health  

1. Volume of chemicals in the environment

2.  diet

HELP YOUR BODY! When YOUR body is more burdened with more chemicals that it can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur.

Liver-protection

These problems manifest in many ways… 

allergies * skin problems * digestive problems * headaches * fatigue * joint pain

PLUS a variety of ailments can be caused by chemical exposure.

What Can I Do?

Eat my BEETS!!! Beets are a great liver-cleansing food. They also help our liver function properly. Our liver is our main organ in charge of detoxification. Supporting our liver is absolutely essential for ridding our body of toxins on a daily basis.

beet salad

Beets

Olive oil or coconut oil

Balsamic vinegar

Garlic

Salt

Pepper

1 lemon

1 orange

choice of nuts or seeds

choice of sprouts

Directions

Bake the beets at 350-400 until they become tender. I simply rough chop and add some water on the bottom of a roasting pan. Let them cool. Chop them and toss lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Place on top of seasonal salad greens of your choice { toss greens with 1/2 fresh lemon and orange}. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds. Top with sprouts {I love sunflower}

beet juice

Love my Liver

Ingredients:
3 Organic Carrots (peeled and washed)
1 Organic Beet (peeled and washed)
2 Organic Apples (washed and cut)
6 Organic Kale Leaves
½ inch of ginger root
½ organic lemon, peeled
Serving: 2-4 servings.

Directions:

If you don’t have a juicer, just use a blender filled with with one to two cups of water or FRESH coconut water. Place all of the ingredients in a juicer and juice or in a blender and blend. If you used a juicer, make sure to stir with a spoon. If you used a blender, make sure to strain everything using a colander and then mix with a spoon. You can use mason jars to store it for later.

 

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? Bone Broth Fast PLUS Bone Stock ?

 

 4-day broth fast using a  5-6 quart crockpot

Tip 1 Plan to start your broth with 2-3 marrow, feet, neck, or shank bones, and a piece of organ meat, such as liver or heart, if you’d like. {Grass Fed, Free Range, Sustainably Raised} {if using beef bones roast them off first}

Tip 2 If you’re using chicken or turkey, choose either whole birds, or cuts such as thighs, backs, drumsticks, and necks that have the skin and bones intact; include the giblets if they’re available. You can also use the carcass from a roasted bird.

Tip 3 For fish, include the entire head and all of the bones.

What you Need:

  • Purified water, 3-4 quarts
  • Celtic Sea Salt, 2-4 tablespoons (best to start low and adjust flavor as needed after cooking)
  •  raw apple cider vinegar
  • A chopped onion {DO NOT USE IF  you are doing a Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Fast or Microbiome Reset}
  • Organic Parsley, 2 bunches ends trimmed

Directions:

1.Place everything into a cool crockpot, and set it for a 4-hour cook period.

2. Fill the pot with enough water to leave only about 1.5″ of space at the top, and cover.

3. At the end of the 4-hour period, it will switch over to  “keep warm” setting.  Leave it here and use a meat thermometer to insure that your lowest setting is at least 180° F.  Allow the all of the ingredients to cook together for at least 14 hours, preferably for 20-24 hours.

4. After this 24-hour cooking cycle, remove anything solid left by straining through fine mesh metal sieve.  You can  freeze and  consume after your fast or to use in another recipe.

NOW you can serve yourself steaming mugs of broth to enjoy throughout this first full day of your fast. If you feel like the broth is too oily, pre package the broth from the crockpot into glass jars and cool in the fridge. Once the fat has set and  congealed at the top of the broth you can remove this disc of fat, then pour your broth back into the crockpot, and set the temperature to a 4-hour cycle, with the bones in the broth. I don’t throw this fat away as it is an excellent medium for sauteing vegetables after the fast. It can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to a week and frozen into ice cubes trays for months.

Each day, you should be consuming 3-4 quarts of broth. Since you’re going to be adding so much fresh hot water to the pot to bring it back up to it’s original level, you will be removing many of the fats and proteins that otherwise would have overcooked in this continual process.

For days 2,3 & 4:

  • + enough liquid so it reaches back up to the original amount. Use fresh, boiling water each time you pull a mug from it
  • + a dash of  Celtic Sea Salt, to taste IF NEEDED
  • + a splash of vinegar to continue to demineralize the bone. You don’t have too  BUT it’s great too.
  • + a sprinkle of seaweed from time-to-time, to keep the iodine and other trace minerals up in the broth
  • + Keep the crockpot on the “keep warm” setting

EVENING OF DAY 2  Add a fresh bone or two, to keep the broth full of gelatin and some fats. Do this just before bed at the end of day two, and it will be ready on morning of day three.  REMEMBER when adding the bone(s), turn the heat up to the 6-hour setting, before allowing it to run onto the “keep warm” setting again.

 

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?Clarissa's Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup?

Clarissa’s Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Light and creamy, yummy butternut squash soup

? DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS ?

Simply seasoned with with Thai red curry paste and swirled with coconut milk.

? This recipe will give you about 6 cups or 48 ozs of deliciousness ?

What you need:
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 pound butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups) OR organic frozen
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of fresh juiced or grated ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes (up to ¼ teaspoon for spicier soup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) organic low sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ cup full fat organic coconut milk for drizzling on top
  • ½ cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Handful fresh organic cilantro leaves, rough chop
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add squash, onion, garlic, curry paste, coriander, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes stir to combine.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth. Bring  to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until squash is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, toast the coconut flakes in the oven until fragrant and golden on the edges. Keep an ? on them so they don’t burn. Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
  4. Once the squash mixture is done cooking, taste and add  more Thai red curry paste if you want more of a POW?. Remove the soup from heat and let it cool slightly. Working in batches, move from pan to a blender (do not fill your blender past the maximum fill line!). Put the lid on and use a kitchen towel to protect your hand from steam escaping from the top of the blender as you purée the mixture. Blend until smooth. Transfer puréed soup to a large serving bowl or container and repeat with remaining batches.
  5. Now you can stir the lime juice into the blended soup ?. Taste and season with more salt if you want.  When you ladle the soup into individual bowls and are ready to serve, use a spoon to drizzle coconut milk over each bowl, then gently swirl the spoon through the topmost layer for a pretty design. Sprinkle the soup with toasted coconut flakes and a place the chopped fresh cilantro in the middle.

Clarissa Ditch Diets at Door

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?SPROUTS ? are famous but do you know why?

Sprouts are totally the answer for highly concentrated nutrients and phytochemicals.

“Each Sprout May Contain as Many Phytochemicals as an Entire Plant (and there are about 4000 baby plants in a package of sprouts)

Green vegetables, high in phytochemicals, prevent certain types of cancer. For instance, between 1958 and 1960, Sulforaphane was isolated in species of Brassica, Eruca, and Iberis. In 1992 Sulforaphane was identified as as a strong Phase II enzyme inducer in Broccoli.

In 1994 Steve Meyerowitz, in his book Sprout It!, points out that sulforaphane, known to prevent cancer, is inherent in Broccoli, kale, turnip, garlic, onion and Chinese cabbage.
Brassica vegetables are a principal source of antioxidant vitamins. Sprouts have advantages over mature Broccoli in that they contain higher concentrations of inducers, and the inducers mainly affect phase 2 enzyme systems. Information about the role of each nutrient and phytochemical is of critical importance.
Why do sprouts have higher concentrations of inducers? There is an inverse relationship between the age of a plant and the amount of glucosinolates per gram that it contains.

“Sprouts have long been famous as “health food” but recent research shows that in addition to being a superb source of nutrients, they also have important curative ability. Sprouts like Alfalfa, radish, Broccoli, Clover and Soy Bean contain concentrated amounts of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that can protect us against disease.

 

Studies on canavanine, an amino acid analog in Alfalfa, has demonstrated benefit for pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers. Plant estrogens are also abundant in sprouts. They increase bone formation and density and prevent bone breakdown or osteoporosis. They are also helpful in controlling hot flashes, menopause, PMS and fibrocystic breast tumors.
Alfalfa sprouts are one of our finest food sources of another compound, saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies prove their benefit in arteriosclerosis is and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of Alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the unsprouted seed.
Sprouts also contain an abundance of highly active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and protect us from the ongoing effects of aging. It wouldn’t be inconceivable to find a fountain of youth here, after all, sprouts represent the miracle of birth.”

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http://www.envirohealthtech.com/sprout_research.htm
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?GUT Mood Connection ?

What does the gut have to do with your mood?

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Your gut, aka “inside your belly”, has been proven to be your bodies literal “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain ? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut. What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut consists of bacteria and we need that bacteria to have a healthy balance or the rest of us will not be balanced including our mood. Your gut and your brain work together, so if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways.

There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.

Is your gut balanced with 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria?

Probiotics Belly Diagram

That is the recipe for a healthy gut and a healthy mood. The best way to make sure your body has healthy bacteria for your gut is to feed your gut healthy bacteria. Some symptoms of an unhealthy gut include gas, bloating, nausea, sugar cravings, and more. The best way to make sure that your gut is getting the healthy nourishment it needs is through probiotics. Probiotics can be in pill form, or you can get them right through your diet. Excellent sources of probiotics include kefir and fermented or cultured foods and beverages. Keeping a healthy gut in check will help you to digest food properly, absorb vital nutrients, and maintain a healthy state of mind aka your mood.

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? Why are Smoothies Important for Breakfast? ?

Why are smoothies important for breakfast?

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and sometimes it just doesn’t fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we feel dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly related to how we physically feel. So if you are a skip breakfast and grab the coffee mug morning person then this blog is totally for you. We all need and crave energy. I know I do! Sometimes it is so easy to want to grab a quick bowl of cereal or even forget breakfast and just get through the morning on 1-2 cups of coffee for the energy needed to survive the day. I don’t want you to just survive through the day though; I want you to thrive through the day. I also don’t want you to go on the “crash and crave” roller coaster for the entire day. If you begin your morning with caffeinated coffee and sugar, you will crash, and you will be either too tired to make it through your responsibilities or you will be reaching for another cup of coffee to get through a few more hours.

Smoothies are another quick alternative to a fast breakfast that can help energize us throughout the entire day. When you toss in some greens, a little fruit, and a healthy liquid like coconut water you are bound to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Starting the day with a smoothie also gives you well needed antioxidants which help protect our bodies from free radicals, and it is a great low glycemic start. Eating a low glycemic breakfast will help curb your sugar cravings for the entire day and it will also help with not crashing. Next time you want a quick breakfast, try a delicious smoothie that will leave you feeling energized and motivated. A morning smoothie will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to produce natural energy and naturally boost your metabolism. So, what are you reaching for tomorrow morning? I know I will be pulling out my blender and getting ready for some long lasting energy.

Digestion Smoothie ?

Serves 1-2

✔️½ cup dairy-free milk½ cup coconut milk kefir/yogurt (homemade or store-bought)

✔️1 cup kale

✔️½ avocado

✔️1 teaspoon cinnamon

✔️½ teaspoon turmeric

✔️1 ounce aloe vera juice

✔️Stevia to taste (optional)

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?Can Diabetics Eat Fruit ? – Interview With Tasha Lee

 

Learn the truth about nutrition, not what we’ve been lead to believe…

One of my teachers and mentors from The International School of Detoxification, Marcie  shares “I’m a type 1 diabetic and I’ve cut out two shots a day and over 50 units by adopting a high fruit diet.” She and countless others are here to spread their success with a high fruit diet and how that is elevating their health and mitigating the symptoms of DisEASES. Tasha Lee another Type 1 Diabetic shares her story in the video below. If you are or know someone that is also diabetic PLEASE watch and share this. Learn the facts and truth about your body and it’s ability to transform itself on a high fruit and raw diet.

Have you ever heard that diabetics can’t eat fruit? How about that fruit has too much sugar? What would you say if I told you that animal protein and animal fats have been shown to cause larger and more extended blood sugar spikes than fruit? What if I also told you that many diabetics have found relief from unpredictable blood sugar levels by adopting a low fat, whole food vegan diet and lifestyle containing plenty of fruit? Is it possible that animal products are the main contributors to out of control blood sugar levels? It appears so!

In this video you will hear Tasha Lee share here story. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 11 years old. After spending most of her life trying a variety of diets and health plans, a low fat raw food lifestyle has given her back control of her life and her condition.

You can find out more about Tasha at:

Website: http://www.fruitariandiabetic.com/

Health Disclaimer: The information provided in this video
is not intended as personal medical advice or instructions.
You should not take any action affecting your health
without consulting a qualified health professional.
I am not a doctor or health-caregiver.
I believe the information to be accurate but
the information’s accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
This information is for educational purposes only.

-Raw Intuition