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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Recipe: Spiced Chocolate #Hemp Milk With #Turmeric - Fasting From Cow's Milk

We've been dairy-free by the way of cow's milk for nearly two months now and there have been some remarkable and notable changes to some our health. By and by, we are very healthy, save for minor issues. Some of us have had consistent and chronic urinary tract issues. But I noticed a few weeks ago that this member (identification purposefully omitted) was no longer experiencing these issues and the last experience was right around the time we removed cow's milk from our mainstream diet.

A bit of history...I knew the re-occurring issue had to do with bad bacteria and had given a good amount of probiotics - 3 teaspoons of holistic, high quality probiotic daily - to combat the problem. After a week of this regimen, under my supervision, the issue went away completely. However, it would the regimen wasn't adhered to and naturally the problem continued to happen. Never did it occur to me that milk was the cause of the issue to begin with in the first place. There were no other tell tale signs alerting me to a reaction to cow's milk. If it wasn't for our intentional, permanent fasting from cow, I would probably have not figured it out.

My holistic journey has been a wonderful, empowering, eye-opening experience. My goal is prepare and feed WHOLE intact real food. Little by little, with every bit of change. If you want to move towards a more wholistic/holistic lifestyle, start with small changes. Start with the basics such as salt, oils and flour and learn how they are processed etc.

Anyhoo, we are LOVING hemp milk as a replacement! It is unbelievably versatile and as easy to make as a smoothie in the morning.

I stumbled upon a delish idea while researching the benefits of turmeric.  Turmeric has dizzying amount of health benefits. Studies have shown the curcumin in turmeric has anticaner effects.(1)
What intrigued me the most was the fact that curcumin has been shown to heal the gut and support the growth of good probiotics. (2) Upon learning that, I added two dashes of powered Turmeric in a glass of water and found it very soothing. So I added it to my daily chocolate hemp milk. 

Oh. My. Goodness!

Here's the recipe...

  1. A cup and a half of Raw Protein Hemp Milk. You can find the recipe here. 
  2. 1 tablespoon of Miessence Complete Protein Powder to make it a protein shake.
  3. 3 tsp of cocoa powder. This can be replaced with raw cacao powder.
  4. 2 tablespoons of honey. I added 3 to appease my sweeeeeet tooth. :)
  5. A dash or two of pumpkin pie spice.
  6. A pinch of pink salt.
  7. Two dashes of tumeric or 1/8th to 1/4th of a teaspoon.
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I used my red raspberry tincture. To make your own tinctures go here.
  9. Blend in a blender or shake in a shaker jar. Blender works best. 

Turmeric, Hemp Milk
Add all ingredients in a blender or shaker jar.

Gorgeous Turmeric Mingling With Cocoa!

All Blended! Foamy Frothy Goodness!

Enjoy! Leave a comment if you made this at home. This recipe is my own, please credit if sharing. 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) - Can it Dissolve Bones With High Levels of Exposure?

Polyvinyl Chloride 

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PVC is the third most widely used plastic polymer(2) and has been linked to asthma and lung problems. PVCs that have been soften by phalates can have adverse health effects (3). BPA is also used to soften PVCs for plastics
PVCs contain high levels of chlorine(3) a suspected endocrine disruptor. Dioxins can be released via the chlorine content during the manufacturing process.(3)

PVC can be found in just about any plastic. 
  • intravenous (IV) bags 
  • blood bags, 
  • respiratory tubing, 
  • feeding tubes, catheters, 
  • parts of dialysis devices, 
  • heart bypass tubing
  • inflatable recreational toys,
  • other toys.
  • bank/credit cards
  • raincoats
  • shoe soles
  • shower curtains
  • garden hoses
  • food packaging and shrink-wrapped foods
  • More

How much did companies know about the harms and risks of the chemical they were exposing their workers and the public to?? This PBS program, Trade Secrets, by Bill Moyers, covers workers' experiences and exposes hidden company documents. What stood out to me was this narrative...

NARRATION: Fresh out of the Army, Bernard Skaggs went to work at the BF Goodrich plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
There, vinyl chloride gas was turned into a dough-like mixture that was then dried and processed into the raw material for PVC plastic. Bernie Skaggs' job was to climb into the giant vats that spun and mixed the vinyl chloride - and chip off what was left behind. Workers called it "kettle crud."
SKAGGS: There was vinyl chloride everywhere. The valve, overhead valves had charging valves over there where the vinyl chloride was pumped into the reactors. All of those leaked and dripped. Most of them dripped on the floor all the time. They said it had to be - I think it was - 1,500 parts per million before you could smell it. Not only could you smell it, you could see it. It would - it would get into a vapor, and through the sunlight it waved, waves, and you see it. It was all the time that way.
My hands began to get sore, and they began to swell some. My fingers got so sore on the ends, I couldn't button a shirt, couldn't dial a phone. And I had thick skin like it was burned all over the back of my hand, back of my fingers, all the way up under my arm, almost to my armpit. And after enough time, I got thick places on my face right under my eyes...
MOYERS: Did you think it might be related to your job?
SKAGGS: At the start, no.
NARRATION: BF Goodrich would discover the truth.
From: The BF Goodrich Company To: Union Carbide, Imperial Chemical Industries, and The Monsanto Company.
"Gentlemen: There is no question but that skin lesions, absorption of bone of the terminal joints of the hands, and circulatory changes can occur in workers associated with the polymerization of PVC."
NARRATION: In other words, they knew vinyl chloride could cause the bones in the hands of their workers to dissolve.(1)

Watch the video.

Trade Secrets from on Vimeo.

1 - PBS Trade Secrets Transcript
2 - Wikipedia - Polyvinyl Choride
3 - US National Library of Medicine - Polyvinyl Chloride

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Friday, October 9, 2015

The Truth About Cancer - A Must See Docu-Series

Before you don the pink, watch this enlightening video. 

If you're inspired by what you see, please, please share. 

Today, the chances of getting cancer is not an "if", but "when".

Watch as one single man's mission across the globe began as he lost seven members of his own family to cancer. 

The Docu-series premieres October 13, 2015

Learn more about the NEW Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

#Detox & Join The 10-Day Vitality Challenge #Holiday Edition!

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Raw Protein Hemp Milk Recipe

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to transition away from cow’s milk and implement a nut milk replacement. Organic milk is ridiculously expensive and who knows how valid a “farmer’s pledge” to avoid using artificial growth hormones on their cows really is. Would you bet your health on that? Not me.

Nut milk often comes with preservatives such as carrageenan, which has been linked to gut disorders.1 Other additives such as synthetic vitamins, minerals, calcium carbonate and the ambiguous “natural flavors” typically peppers ingredient lists. The taste of store-bought nut milk has been off-putting and not a viable economic solution for a large family, so naturally I sought out home-made nut milk. My first attempt wasn’t really an attempt, but review of what it would take to make almond milk. I’ve taken on quite a few home-made tasks and I wasn’t at all motivated by the involving process of almond milk.

Shelled hemp seed is a powerhouse of nutrition. Rich in fatty acids and essential amino acids, it contains GLA 2, very important for me include in my diet. Studies show that Gamma Linoleic Acid can be beneficial to a variety of skin and hair issues as well as menopausal and PMS symptoms.3 Hemp seed also has naturally occurring minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc.2

When I learned how easy and delicious it was to make Hemp seed milk, I tweaked the recipe to suit my family. I’m so thrilled to begin the process of moving away from cow’s milk!


Home-made, raw protein hemp milk is delicious, creamy and nutritious.

  1. 1 cup of raw shelled hemp seeds.
  2. 3 cups of filtered water.
  3. 2-3 tbsp. of raw honey or maple syrup.
  4. 1 tbsp. of Miessence Complete Protein Powder
  5. 1 tbsp. of Oatstraw tincture for calcium.
  6. A dash of salt to taste.
  7. Blend in a blender until smooth.

Store your milk in a glass container or a chemical-free plastic, if you can find it. Some recipes call for straining the milk through a cheese cloth and discard the seeds. I try not to waste wholesome foods and don’t mind the bit of grit in the milk. If you want a smoother drink, feel free to strain the seeds from the final product.

IMG_20150928_084851This recipe turned out pretty sweet. Literally and figuratively. Smile  I would suggest adding only two tablespoons of honey. The Miessence Complete Protein is naturally sweetened with monk fruit and adds to the sweet factor. If you have children stuck on cow’s milk, that extra sweet factor may be a hit with them. Otherwise, adding another cup of filtered water can dilute the sweetness. Every single one of my children (outside of my nursling) LOVED this recipe, even my pickiest child! I love this recipe and I can’t stand anything remotely related to cow’s milk. I find myself wanting to sip on it. The protein powder is raw and gives this recipe it’s creamy, smooth taste that I love.

Oatstraw for Calcium

I added oatstraw tincture for a boost of calcium. Oatstraw is rich in calcium and other minerals.4 I had home-made oatstraw tincture on hand and the herb itself. If you don’t have the tincture available, but the herb, you can infuse oatstraw in water either overnight or by steeping in boiled water (then, cooled), and add this in place of filtered water. I don’t know how this method tastes, but oatstraw is such a mild and mellow flavor, I don’t think it will have a negative impact on the taste, it might add to it. If you don’t have neither, you can replace the oatstraw tincture with two tsp. of vanilla for flavor.

You can make your own tinctures here.


Although hemp seed’s nutritional composition is made with protein, my main objective in adding protein IMG_20150929_074057powder is to bulk up the “milk” (My 11-year-old reminded me that there is “milk” in the recipe and isn’t milkSmile) and provide a balance to my home-made cereal in the mornings. Miessence Complete Protein has a complete amino acid profile from complementary sources of grain, legume and seed, making up for the deficiencies of the limiting amino acid.5  With this, I feel confident I’m providing my family a healthy start to the day! I was shocked to see my children only eating ONE, SMALL bowl of my home-made cereal with the hemp milk. In comparison to cow’s milk, they usually ask for seconds. They didn’t even ask for a second bowl with the hemp milk stating that they were “full”.

Mission accomplished.


This recipe is extremely versatile. Add raw cacao powder and extra sweetener for a chocolaty treat. You can add a boost of antioxidants, by adding BerryRadical Superfoods, which will give you a fruity, chocolaty flavor.











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Build Your Natural Medicine Cabinet with Herbal Tinctures

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food” – Hippocrates


Making your own herbal tinctures is an empowering, cost-effective way to build a natural medicine cabinet. I’ve been tincturing over a year now and absolutely love it. My favorite tincture in my medicine cabinet is Echinacea, Which works wonders on nipping colds and flus in the bud. Tincturing is truly simple and once you’ve gotten the basic equipment  and know how, you’ll be wondering why you haven’t done this before!

Learn and Grow

When starting out, begin by familiarizing and researching a single herb. Answer these questions as you move forward with information. What do I wish to accomplish? What components of the herb works better? Is it a gentle herb? Always begin with a gentle herb. Be aware that the medical community isn’t generally favorable towards herbs as a remedy and review studies with this in mind. An herbalist or someone in that field would be the perfect source of information. Signing up for herbal newsletters and following well-known herbalists, such as Susun Weed or Rosemary Gladstar, online is a good way to stock your herbal knowledge. Experience is the best teacher, don’t be afraid to get your feet wet! Below I list a few reference books you can purchase on line or borrow from your local library at the end of this article.

What is a Tincture?

It is important to have clarity on this term. All tinctures are an extract, but not all extracts are tinctures. A tincture is an extract created by an alcohol solvent. Other forms are extracts can be created by these solvents: water, oil, glycerin, vinegar. Each of these methods extracts different properties of the herb. Alcohol is the most potent medical medium and herbal tinctures created by an alcohol solvent can last years. There are differing opinions as to which solvent works best to extract and preserve the properties of the herb. The answer isn’t straightforward and depends on the herb itself. You’ll be able to answer those questions with experience and research. Those who wish to avoid alcohol can use other mediums of course. My personal experience has shown me that alcohol works best with some, but not with others. Echinacea tinctures have been extremely effective in stopping colds & flus at the onset of symptoms, but Black Elderberry tincture was not as effective. Personally speaking Elderberry extracted with water (as a syrup) works better than it’s alcohol counterpart.


When it comes to your food, never undermine quality for the sake of price. It is not worth your health. If you need to purchase dried herbs, my recommended, go-to source, is Mountain Rose Herbs. They have been steadfast in the quality of their herbs. Most, if not all, of their herbs are certified organic and I’ve been a satisfied customer for years. I’m in no way affiliated with the company, I just highly recommend them.  The best, and I dare say most satisfying way, is to grow your own organic, pesticide-free, herbs. Herbs can be grown indoors, year round. To ensure you grow the best herbs possible, make sure the soil you grow your herbs in is rich in composted organic materials with a healthy microbe ecology. Learn more about soil health here.  You can also wild craft herbs. I went on my first wild crafting adventure this past spring with my younger ones. I wild crafted Dandelions. Dandelions are rich in iron. If you do not use chemicals on your lawn and your lawn is far from heavy-traffic, you can wild craft a herb growing freely in your own lawn. Make sure you get enough to fill up a quart or a pint glass jar.

Start With a Nourishing Herb

If you’re unsure what to tincture, start with a nourishing herb. Nourishing herbs are the safest of all herbs. They rarely have side effects and can be taken generally, in any quantity. They act as food, providing nutrients, simple sugars, starches and more. Examples of nourishing herbs are:

  • Alfalfa
  • Borage
  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Comfrey
  • Nettles
  • Red Clover1

Basic EquipmentIMG_20150929_222145

  • 80 proof (or higher) alcohol – Preferably vodka.
  • Herb of your choice
  • A pint or quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • cheese cloth
  • Large glass bowl
  • Funnel or measuring cup with a small lip
  • dark dropper bottles
  • labels

How-To With Dried Herbs

There are differing opinions on whether fresh herbs tincture better than dried. The general rule --  fresh is always the best way to go, but dried herbed tinctures fare just as well. Fill your container half way with the dried herb. Pour the vodka over the dried herb all the way to top, leaving a half inch to an inch from the top. Make sure your herbs are completely covered with the vodka. Any exposed herb can mold. Add more liquid as needed to cover over the next few days. Cover with a tight fitting lid. Here’s where canning jars can come in handy, or at least canning lids can be used. Label the container with the herb, it’s plant name, type of alcohol, proof of alcohol, date it was created and the end date. Shake the container and keep out of direct sunlight for 6 weeks.  Shake once a day. When the tincture is ready to be decanted, place a cheese cloth over a large glass bowl and strain the tincture over it. (You can use a veggie bag, whatever is chemical-free and allows you to wring easily.) Wring the cheese cloth until most of the liquid has been squeezed out. Pour the tincture in a dark dropper bottle through a funnel and label it. You can dump the spent herbs in a compost pile.

How-To With Fresh Herbs

With fresh herbs, the instructions are exactly the same, except you’ll want to fill up your container to the top with chopped herbs. The vodka should cover the herbs completely.

Taking Your Tincture

IMG_20150929_222326Because alcohol tinctures are potent, they can be added to tea, water and other liquids to dilute the taste. They can be taken direct. Under the tongue is the quickest way to ingest tinctures. This way, the extract enters the bloodstream more quickly and the effects are felt more quicker. Dosing is not an exact science, but you should be familiar with the amounts. Typically, one dropperful is a child’s portion and equals (very roughly) to about an 1/8th of a teaspoon. Two dropperfuls would be an adult dose. Tincture dosing is also measured in drops. Twenty-five to thirty drops are in a dropperful. A good guideline to use –- two dropperfuls of tincture is the same as one cup of tea.  If you’re concerned about the alcohol in tinctures, the amount in one dropperful of tincture is minuscule. I read somewhere, and I cannot find the source of this info, that the amount was the same as a very ripe banana.  I highly recommend Rosemary Gladstar’s “Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide…”.It is easy to read, understand and covers just about all the basics to tincturing with some solid recipes to boot. This book covers and explains dosing in clear, sensible way.


Boost Your Tinctures

I enjoy filling my kitchen cabinets with jarred herbs and tinctures and the peace of mind that comes with that. Wholesome food, I feel, is a rarity and shopping at a major grocery store does not offer what I look for…quality, intact, real food. So, home-made is the route I’ve chosen to take. It’s thrilling to make tinctures and even more thrilling, is maximizing them with fulvic acids. Naturally occurring, Fulvic Acids are nature's batteries, acting as a superelectrolyte to revitalize cells and improve vitamin and mineral absorption. You can add them to a dropperful of tincture in a cup of water or tea. Recently, I added a teaspoon of fulvic acids during the tincturing process. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway with Holistic Parenting Magazine in giving away a bottle of fulvic acids to three winners. You can win one here or buy one here.

Do you tincture? Share your experiences!


Recommended Reading and Source List:

1. Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year; Weed, Susun S.; Ash tree Publishing, Woodstock, NY; 1986

Mountain Rose Herbs (dot) com

Learning Herbs (dot) com

Rosemary Gladstar – Short Bio

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

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