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Why Olives? Olives have been a longstanding symbol for peace. In the old world, olives and their parts, have been used in numerous ways to boost, maintain and recover health, and because of thier amazing health properties, they were also a means of wealth. The olive tree itself is known for it's endurance and strength.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Nettles for Pregnancy, Postpartum & #Breastfeeding



"Stinging nettle or common nettle, Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles that inject histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.[1] The plant has a long history of use as a medicine and as a food source. – Wikipedia"
Nettles are nourishing herbs. Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs and rarely have any side effects. Nourishing herbs act in the body as food and provide nutrients.  
When cooked, Stinging Nettle loses its sting. Stinging Nettle is considered a super food and is high in iron and Vitamin K. It also contains vitamins D, A and C. Along with calcium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur as minerals. Stinging Nettle is said to have more chlorophyll than any other herb.
Midwives and herbalists often recommend it for pregnancy, labor, and lactation. 

Drinking it as a tea throughout pregnancy could be very helpful if you’re planning a home birth.   Drinking infused Nettles can build up vitamin K. And if you’re low in iron, it’s a natural way to increase iron intake.


Nettles are also considered helpful with...

~ Reducing postpartum bleeding.
~ Breastmilk production.
~ Easing  muscle and leg cramps
~ Reducing hemorrhoids
~ Diminishing pain during and after birth 

How to Infuse Nettles

Dried Nettles

I drank infused Nettles during my pregnancies with no problems at all and it’s no more work than making a cup of tea.

2 to 3 Tablespoons of dried Nettles added to a 32 oz Mason jar or fill the jar with fresh nettles if you have some it.

Fill the jar with boiling water, about four cups. Cover. Let it steep for four hours on your kitchen counter. Steeping in a closed jar prevents water-soluble vitamins from escaping with the steam.

Once cooled, keep your infusion in the fridge and drink it within 48 hours.

The infusion should be deep and dark green in color and have a rich, herbaceous flavor.

It goes nicely with raw sugar or creamed honey. I preferred creamed honey with this infusion.

Additionally, you can also add Nettles to dishes. I usually use it in my spaghetti sauces, or in my salad dressings.  It's great with homemade chicken soup! Especially during cold and flu season, it can boost the nutritional benefit of the soup. Add fresh or dried nettles during the last 10 - 15 minutes of the simmering phase. The herbs can be a just a bit fibrous, but lends a hearty flavor to meals. Be mindful of overcooking. Cook long enough until the color brightens. If the herbs are limp, it is likely over cooked. However, if nettles are cooked in a soup, the nutrients end up in the liquid.

Tip: if you purchase dried Nettles, transfer it in an airtight glass jar and store it out of direct sunlight and away from heat for a longer shelf life.

Deep Greens for Expectant and Nursing Moms



This wonderful herb is a part of the DeepGreen Superfood formula. It is married with Spirulina, Chlorella, Kale, Barley, Collard greens and more, for a potent alkalizing focus perfect for lactating and gestating women. If you're looking for a high-end whole food supplement, without fuss and work, it is super easy to take in a certified organic powdered form.





Disclaimer: This post is presented on an informative basis only and should be substituted for a qualified diagnosis. I am not a medical expert, nor a herbalist. All experiences shared here are my own. All opinions stated are my own. The reader is encouraged to conduct their own personal research

Sources:
Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year by Susun Weed
LearningHerbs.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinging_nettle

Recommended Reading:
Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year by Susun Weed

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Network Marketing, an Empowered Path



Network marketing.

That's right. I said it.

The two words that invokes instant connotations of negativity. It certainly did for me. I've had a few people try to recruit me into their chosen opportunity, pushing me to buy packages of...who-know-what. Pressure to start a business, pay money, with promises of riches beyond imagination - shrouded with the most ambiguous information possible, was not for this girl. No way.

And just about every similar approach started with the words - Network Marketing. So naturally, by the third approach in my life, I've written off the pitch before it can begin. I hate wasting time. Not interested. Next?

Because so many of us have been burned by these business opportunities, defined as network marketing, based on flakey products and questionable services, it's no wonder the network marketing industry as a whole is equated with a pyramid set up.

MLM vs. Pyramid Set-up

Let's get some clarity. What exactly is the difference between Network Marketing (MLM) and Pyramid Schemes? An MLM is a system of retailing where products are sold by independent representatives for a commission. Products and sometimes marketing resources are supplied by the company. In an MLM, independent representatives can build their own sales force by recruiting other distributors to their team.

A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members by a promise of payment for recruitments, rather than services or products.  Also known as franchise fraud or chain referral schemes, this model is illegal in most countries because these "companies" don't have a real product to sell.

A Mix of Both

Some MLM plans have been classified as pyramid schemes and some pyramid schemes purport to sell a product or service but use this to hide their pyramid model.

Service, Service and More Service


Some of these opportunities hail products and services that are so sub par that they need a motivating recruiting angle that looks past that. That angle comes in various forms of getting rich...and getting rich quickly. Got bills? Baby mamas and children to feed? Give us $500 and get a 1000% return on your money in two weeks!!!``

Don't get me wrong. I've purchased and used a service from a multi-level marketing company before and I was a pretty happy customer. The difference was obvious - quality, real and legit service.

THAT was my personal epiphany. A network marketing company should have a legit, quality service or product. They should have a legit business built upon a product or service and should offer a legit business opportunity - in other words a compensation plan in addition to tools and resources needed to capitalize the product and services.

After being an Independent Miessence Representative for a few years - there is one major component that a defines a bona fide network marketing opportunity...service.

The company you are interested in investing your time and money, should train you for, and emphasize service as a foundation for your business.

Think about it. Everyone needs assistance with something. Nowadays everyone pays for a service. From lawn maintenance to home remodeling. You simply cannot build a business without offering a service of some sort. Even if you are just selling a product. And in that case, your offered product is a service. This is why the customer is always right. Even when they're wrong, they're right. Why? Without a customer to provide solutions to, you have no business.

This is what service is paramount to...solutions.

If you meet an "opportunity" that offers no service or solutions...plain and simple...there is no opportunity. It's best to keep looking. You cannot build a business on nothing.

If you meet an "opportunity" that offers poor or low-quality solutions - i.e. ineffective products, low-demand service - it's best to keep looking. You don't want to stake your personal reputation on poor products or build a business that is likely unstainable.

"Change your focus from making money to serving more people makes the money come in." - Robert Kiyosaki
In essence, providing service and solutions require work and problem-solving initiatives. It always takes time and effort.


Here's as simple guideline to avoid pitfalls...

1. You should be willing to provide a SERVICE  = Work

2. The company has a legit PRODUCT/SERVICE = Solutions

3. The company offers a  LEGIT COMPENSATION PLAN = Sustainable Pay

4. Your business, the company, and its products are of QUALITY. = Usable & Effective

All four guidelines require research. Sometimes extensive research and questions. Just like any startup requires...and here's why network marketing is a good idea...the product/service and business tools are already provided for you. When you find that service you want to provide, you are ahead of the game!

What a Pyramid Model Really Looks Like

More than likely the job you are working at is based on a pyramid model. Typically, in a company, there is a CEO. That CEO can earn millions of dollars. It's safe to say, no one in that company earns more than the CEO. We don't call this a pyramid scheme, yet it looks a lot like one!

Is it sustainable? Yes, it often offers a legitimate product or service that keeps the pyramid running smoothly for years. Is it fair? There are many debates on that! Many lower-level employees struggle because the income isn't necessarily sustainable for them. Consider this...

Nigel Travis, CEO of  the Dunkin Donut brand called a $15 minimum wage hike "outrageous"(3) yet earned 5.4 million in 2015.(4)

My point is this - our traditional economic industry offers positives and negatives just as well as the network market industry does - both require self-assertive, analytical wisdom before any sleeves are rolled up.

Network marketing can be an empowered choice if you've done your homework. Here are four ways, it has been a blessing for me.

1. It has provided the business tools and products without major startup costs. On average, small startups invest $30,000.(5) Compare that to the average MLM start package of $500.
2. Provides autonomy. While there are some guidelines to follow, my personal experience has been very positive. The freedom to invent my business around a standing product has been very liberating and confident-inspiring!
3. Promotes Creativity.
3. Encourages learning which can evolve into highly sought-after skills!

So, yes, network marketing can be an empowered path for those who find that particular calling to service and are ready to work!

Stay tuned on why Miessence, the creator of the world's 1st certified organic skin and body care products, is the wave of the future for powerful, small business ownership.

 Sources:
1 - http://www.bbb.org/phoenix/news-events/consumer-tips/2015/03/opportunity-or-scam-multi-level-marketing-vs.-pyramid-schemes/
2 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_scheme
3 - http://money.cnn.com/2015/11/12/investing/fast-food-minimum-wage-popeyes/
4 - http://www1.salary.com/Nigel-Travis-Salary-Bonus-Stock-Options-for-DUNKIN-BRANDS-GROUP-INC.html
5 - https://www.sba.gov/blogs/how-estimate-cost-starting-business-scratch


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Essential Oil Safety: One Guideline Fits All


I stumbled across a well-written and inspiring testimony regarding a Young Living representative's discovery that the essential oils he has been selling to friends, family and recruits may have been adulterated. The tests and proof of communication make for a compelling piece. It's also a disheartening read. As an independent representative of Miessence, I would be heartbroken if I placed my family, friends and the public in jeopardy selling a product from a company that refuses to provide proof of its claims.

Miles' story inspired me to share with you. (At the end of the article) When choosing to purchase essential oils, safety is paramount. How does one choose the right product? This question is asked a lot. There is a terrible amount of confusion surrounding this.

I have one guideline for ALL essential oil purchases.

Buy CERTIFIED ORGANIC. Period. That's it. No long list of dos and don'ts, whatnots and so-forths.

Why??

It's proof.

Plants that are organic are grown in healthier soil without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Certification is provided by a third party accredited agency. The company's claim of pure oil is validated by this certification. The organic certification process does not allow inclusion of synthetic substances along with a long list of forbidden ingredients.

"In general, synthetic substances are prohibited for crop and livestock production unless specifically allowed and non-synthetic substances are allowed for crop and livestock production unless specifically prohibited."(1) -  USDA.gov, Organic Regulations
Since essential oils hail from crops of all sorts, an organic certification makes perfect sense as a guideline.

What about Therapeutic-Grade Oils???

How can I put this...."therapeutic-grade", plain and simple is a marketing term and carries no third-party weight. In short, it is NOT a certification. It is a first party claim, a glorified tag line. As a matter of fact, DoTerra registered CPTG (Certified pure Therapeutic Grade) as a word mark.(2) On their CPTG Testing Methods pdf upload they state this in very fine print at the bottom of the document...

"*CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade is a registered trademark of dōTERRA Holdings, LLC representing internal standards of quality assessment and material control. The CPTG testing protocols require the use of independent laboratories for CPTG standardization and quality testing. The CPTG protocol is not administered by government or industry regulatory agencies and does not imply regulatory approval of dōTERRA products."(3)
The bottom line is this...the organic certification does not allow for synthetic substances. Until some sort of government regulation happens, going certified organic when shopping for essential oils is a good idea.

Note: Miessence does not sell essential oils at this time, however, at one point in time they sold certified organic essential oils. I'm hoping they bring this line back to meet the needs of empowered customers who demand proof. Subscribe to stay in touch.

Recommended Reads:
Miles' Story: http://holisticessentials.ca/the-day-young-living-broke-my-heart/#comment-72


Sources:
1 - https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/national-list
2 - http://wingedseed.com/blog/2009/11/19/one-more-time-there-are-no-fda-certified-pure-therapeutic-grade-essential-oils-part-i/
3 - https://www.doterratools.com/documents/CPTG_Testing_Methods.pdf

Friday, April 22, 2016

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 3 Obesogens


Continuing from: Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2 Plant-Based Protein

Comparatively speaking, it is harder for this generation to lose weight. If that's true, what's a nursing mom to do? Let's take a closer look at what this particular study found.

“Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight,” Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Toronto’s York University, said in a statement. “However, it also indicates there may be other specific changes contributing to the rise in obesity beyond just diet and exercise.”(4)
The popular theory espoused by the fitness and weight loss industry in short is calories in, calories out. What exactly are calories anyhow? A calorie is a unit used to measure the energy value of food. Calories are categorized in two ways; large (enough heat to raise the temperature of  1 kilogram of water (equal to 1 thousand small calories), and small (enough energy to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water).

This theory is so pervasive that, calorie a unit of measurement, is seen as the equivalent of nutrition and health. Calories and nutrition are expressly different and not all calories are equal. Some food experts are saying that counting calories are a gross oversimplification of a complex process and ignore the biochemistry of food.
“Different foods are metabolized differently, absorbed differently, converted into fat or energy differently and raise or lower your risk for disease differently,” he says. Focusing on calories ignores all of this complexity." - Dr. Robert Lustig, Dir. of Weight Assessment of Teen & Child Health (5)
Going back to the study, what "specific changes" are contributing to the rise of today's obesity, which teeters at a mind-boggling rate of 70%? Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at Toronto’s York University suggests three possibilities.
  • People are exposed to more chemicals that are weight-gain-inducing such as pesticides, flame retardants, and substances in food packaging. These types of chemicals may alter hormone processes.
  • Antidepressant use. Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed drug and they've been linked to weight gain.
  • Altered gut environment. The microbiome of Americans has changed since the 80's. Possible culprits include the increased consumption of animal products which contain hormones and antibiotics. (6)
The common thread in these points outlined by Professor Kuk - is chemicals. And just like everyone else, the nursing mom is exposed to them. The clear difference between then and today is our food. What our great-grandparents or even our parents ate has changed drastically. I'm referring to agriculture - not just processed and packaged foods. Modern foods contain chemicals. Pesticides, preservatives, additives and the like. There's a term for hormone-altering chemicals: Obesogens. 

Some of these obesogens are:
  • BPA (bisphenol A) - Used to make plastics. Found in the lining of canned foods.
  • Pesticides - Used on conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
  • Antibiotics/Soy-fed Animals
  • Conventional, Genetically Modified Soy
  • Phthalates - Plastic softeners that mimic estrogen. Found in plastic packaging.
  • Artificial hormones such as trenbolone acetate. TBA is an anabolic steroid given to cattle to "beef" them up. (No pun intended)
Although this piece is catered specifically to nursing mothers who are interested in losing weight, I've hardly mentioned them here. Here's the missed connection: weight loss pertains to a healthy, nutrient-dense diet. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Breastfeeding moms are often ostracized just because they're lactating. We are held to stricter standards when it comes to food however, the basic fact is clean, healthy foods do not discriminate...people do.
On the other hand, eating the right kinds of foods can temper your body’s insulin response and cause fat cells to settle down. “The cells open up and release their energy, which floods back into the body,” Ludwig says. “Hunger decreases, metabolism speeds up and weight gain isn’t a struggle because you’re working with rather than against your body.” In other words, dieters have been preoccupied with quantity when we should have been focused on quality.(5)
Keep your diet as well as your lifestyle as clean as possible. Here is how I define clean:

  • Reduce exposure to chemicals in food, environment, and products as much as possible.
  • Avoid genetically modified food and products.
  • Avoid food-like products. Eat real food. (Artificial colors, flavors, natural flavors)




Go Organic
The organic food systems avoid the use of chemicals, namely pesticides. There is a benefit to going organic as much as you possibly can.

Go Grassfed
Grass-fed cows are raised without artificial hormones and antibiotics.

Avoid Plastics, Canned Foods
If you must purchase prepared foods, buy food in glass jars or non-plastic, non-leaching containers.

Avoid Processed Foods
This can be a difficult one. Any food that is packaged or pre-prepared can be considered processed. Any foods that need to be preserved for long-shelf life or foods that are "enriched" fall in this category. For me, I've adopted a home-made diet. 80% of my food is made from scratch . It can be time-consuming but it is very, very rewarding. Stay tuned to this site for more details and information about the home-made diet.

Eat Whole Foods
The opposite of processed foods are foods that are left intact. In other words, agricultural foods that have been left as is. Nothing added, taken away, or genetically modified.

Use Non-Toxic Personal Care Products
Our skin is a living organ. Whatever you put on it is absorbed through the skin and enters directly into the bloodstream. Watch this short video.

Money-Saving Food Tips
I'm a mother managing a family of ten. Trust me when I say I understand how expensive grass-fed beef can be. My financial solution to this was going meat and dairy free. In my opinion, its way better to be a vegetarian than to consume hormone-laden meat and dairy. Not only does this allow more of my budget for wholesome foods, but I've noticed even fewer colds and persistent urinary issues have disappeared. As I've mentioned in the second article of this series I've utilized Miessence Complete Protein powder. I add a tablespoon in my hemp milk recipe to boost the protein profile of hemp milk. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on grass-fed meat to feed a family of ten, I purchase a single bag of protein powder - $73.85 retail (I receive a 20% discount. Contact me to ask how.) a month to use in my hemp milk. Our hemp milk is used for drinking, in cereals and an overall replacement for daily milk. Additionally, meat consumption should be minimal at best. A healthy diet should be primarily plant-based with clean meats as a secondary choice of protein.

Another money-saving tip is to buy in bulk. Because I prep food from scratch I purchase my olive oils, pink salt, and unrefined cane sugar in bulk.

Going home-made has saved us so much money too! When you prep your own food, not only do you cut out the huge markups in food prices, but you have complete control over the quality of ingredients. For example, a jar of organic sunflower seed butter can go for $8.00, depending on the brand and the ingredients typically are sunflower seeds, a type of oil and salt. If you purchase a bag of organic, roasted sunflower seeds between $2 - $4 and process them in a food processor, not only will you save and extend your resources, but you can control what kind of salt and oil you want...if you want it. I truly believe additives in food can be weight-inducing.

As a nursing mom, I was pleasantly surprised at my weight loss when I cleaned up my diet further. It was a blessed and hopeful discovery after years of nursing! Being told that I needed to eat x amount of calories or ingest so much nutrition never proved to be helpful advice when nursing my first seven children. My eighth child was the catalyst of enlightenment. I believe breastfeeding moms CAN lose weight while breastfeeding and do it safely, healthfully fully benefitting her nursling(s). It requires a close look at your own personal environment in terms of food, product usage, and the willingness to inform yourself. Essentially, it requires a lifestyle change.

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Recommended Reads:
Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection
Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2 Plant-based Protein

What You Thought You Knew About The Cosmetic Industry



Disclaimer:

Hannah is a mom of eight children - ranging from 22 years of age to a year. She has nursed every one of her children for a year or more and is currently nursing her eighth child, now a year-old. This series is based on her vast experience and research as a lactating mom. She is not a lactation consultant or nutritionist. The information presented here is presented in an informational and testimonial format and shouldn't be used to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please contact your local lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems.
Sources:

2 - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26383959
3 - http://news.yorku.ca/2015/09/21/millennials-gen-y-need-to-eat-less-workout-more-to-stave-off-obesity-york-u-study/
4 - http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/why-it-was-easier-to-be-skinny-in-the-1980s/407974/
5 - http://time.com/4071440/calorie-counter/
6 - http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/12/10/250007042/chowing-down-on-meat-and-dairy-alters-gut-bacteria-a-lot-and-quickly
7 - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chemicals-in-food-can-make-you-fat/


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection Part 2, #Plant-Based #Protein


Continuing from Breastfeeding & Weight Loss: The Missed Connection

What I didn't know as a younger breastfeeding mom was the importance of protein while lactating.

Before I get started on this very interesting topic, I want to make it clear...breastmilk is nutritionally adequate  - even if your diet isn't.

"In recent years, research has confirmed that even if some nutrients are missing in a woman’s daily diet, she will still produce milk that will help her child grow. There is very little difference in the milk of healthy mothers and mothers who are severely malnourished. For example, if a mother’s diet is lacking in calories, her body makes up the deficit, drawing on the reserves laid down during pregnancy or before. Unless there is a physical reason for low milk production, a woman who breastfeeds on cue will be able to produce enough milk for her baby, regardless of what she eats." - LLLI
Your diet, good or bad, does not deduct from the natural nutritional availability of your milk's capacity to sustain your baby. A good diet with quality supplements enhances the benefits of breastfeeding. A consumption of processed, chemically-laden foods can add undesired components to breastmilk, but the fact remains that breastmilk is the perfect food for growing humans and that is untouchable.

What may not be recognized is a nursing mom's diet may affect HER more than it does her babe. If you're not eating healthy foods, your milk will still be nutritionally appropriate for your nursling, but you will likely be nutritionally deficient. Proper nutrition is an important component in weight loss.

"A woman who is not strict with her diet can still breastfeed successfully. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that good nutrition helps a mother maintain her health." - LLLI
When nursing my second and subsequent children. I would lose weight initially and then gain it back. The issue I struggled with was hunger. I was hungry a lot, naturally as my body needed sustenance to maintain my health and produce milk. But I craved protein specifically. I would eat chicken, turkey and fish to satiate my food needs. This, I knew, led to weight gain, so I tried to eat clean meat as much as possible. It wasn't successful. Other nursing moms have expressed the same issues that I've experienced; the desire to lose weight, but the constant hunger.

When my son was born, baby #8, I continued to take Miessence Complete Protein powder that I was taking during pregnancy. A month postpartum, it was very obvious that the protein supplement met my protein needs. I stayed full longer and was more satisfied, a first, as a nursing mom. As a matter of fact, I would take the protein with the Miessence Vitality Pack and would be too full to eat breakfast. I'm still nursing my son, who is now a year and have lost five additional pounds since his birth. My weight has been steady and I'm positive I could lose more pounds if I added an exercise routine, but my point is this; quality, whole, clean foods CAN and should be considered in losing weight while nursing.

More About Protein
Protein is a vital macronutrient – essential for the sustenance of life, and next to water, makes up the largest portion of our body weight. Unsurprisingly, protein makes up the majority composition of breastmilk followed by fat, and lactose. The liver manufactures about 80% of these amino acids, but the remaining 20% of amino acids have to be supplied by diet. These amino acids are essential amino acids.

Proteins are broken down in the stomach during digestion into amino acids, including the essential amino acids, that cannot be manufactured by the body. Amino acids are the building blocks of our bones, muscles and tissue.

When you have the right quality of protein - raw, plant-based, organic and complete - it creates a thermal effect in the body. It creates heat in the body through the process of digestion. Proteins take a lot of energy to digest, so more calories are burned after eating a meal high in protein. Up to 30 percent of protein’s calories get burned through its digestion, so building a weight loss strategy around lean sources of protein makes nutritional sense.

Why Miessence Complete Protein?
Prior to Miessence Complete Protein, I was simply not interested in protein powders. I knew on some level I needed a good supplement, but the vast wave of chalky, chemical-tasting protein products left a whole lot to be desired. 

Miessence Complete Protein powder is the best tasting protein product I've tasted. Ever. As a matter of fact, my friend did a blind taste test. She had her family taste the Miessence protein powder and another "natural" powder. Everyone chose Miessence. It is digestible, dis-solvable and goes with many liquids. My favorite way to drink it is with homemade Hemp Milk.

Here are two recipes you can add protein to:
Spiced Chocolate Hemp Milk with Turmeric

Hemp milk is the perfect compliment to the Miessence Complete Protein powder because hemp seed is also a complete protein source. Not only do they taste delicious together, but I can extend the use of Miessence because of the amount of protein in Hemp.

Features:
Raw, bio-fermented, certified organic, sweetened with Luo han fruit powder (Monk fruit)

Ingredient List:
Certified organic pea protein, certified organic brown rice, certified organic sacha inchi protein, non-GMO xanthan gum, certified organic luo han fruit powder

If you'd like a personal consultation about the Miessence Protein powder contact me.

Stay tuned for the third and final part of the Breastfeeding and Weight Loss series!

Disclaimer:
Hannah is a mom of eight children - ranging from 22 years of age to a year. She has nursed every one of her children for a year or more, and is currently nursing her eighth child, now a year-old. This series is based on her vast experience and research as a lactating mom. She is not a lactation consultant or nutritionist. The information presented here is presented in an informational and testimonial format and shouldn't be used to diagnose, treat or cure any diseases. Please contact your local lactation consultant for any breastfeeding problems.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3586783/
http://www.llli.org/faq/diet.html
http://www.llli.org/nb/nbmarapr04p44.html
http://edgecastlo.onegrp.com/portal/CompleteProteinPowder-FactSheetv2.pdf



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Three chlorophyll-rich, blue green algaes provide gentle detox capabilities. Spirulina, Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae powder and Chlorella are raw, certified organic, nutrient-dense algaes that gives DeepGreen Alakalizing and InLiven Probiotic superfoods it's star power. Visit our shop for the full ingredient list for all our products.

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