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Guacamole Pico de Gallo Recipe

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It is Tuesday afternoon and I need a little pick me up.  I am feeling a bit snacky, so I search the kitchen for something to make.  I found an avocado, tomato, onion, jalapeño, and some organic blue corn chips, so I thought why don’t I make a little guacamole pico de gallo…yum!

Guacamole Pico de Gallo recipe —

I chopped up my onion, tomato, avocado, and a little jalapeño and added them to a bowl.  I added some sea salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a little drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and gently mixed everything together.

I grabbed my bowl of guacamole pico de gallo and my chips and a good book and headed outside to find a nice shady spot to sit and read and enjoy my yummy snack I just whipped up.  What a beautiful day it is outside, and it just got better with my healthy little snack.  Hope you enjoy your day too, and try some guacamole pico de gallo too, you will be glad you did.

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Oil Pulling

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I have read a lot about oil pulling lately

and all its wonderful benefits, and I am really excited to give it a try. Some of the benefits include:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Helps with bleeding gums
  • Helps with tooth and gum sensitivity
  • Helps you have better breath
  • Helps to prevent cavities and gingivitis
  • Helps with allergies and sinus problems
  • Helps to detoxify the body
  • Helps you to have clearer healthier skin
  • Helps hormone imbalances
  • Helps arthritis and inflammation
  • Helps the immune system
  • Boosts overall health
  • May help with appetite and weight loss
  • Plus many other health benefits

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy used in India and Asia for thousands of years to treat many systemic diseases.  Oil pulling has gained popularity in the West over the last few decades as it is a safe, easy, and inexpensive way to detox our bodies and enjoy all the amazing health benefits. I remember the last time I was at the dentist he had a poster on the wall that explained how our mouths are a gateway to our body.  Poor oral health is associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, lung conditions, and obesity.  It is very important for our overall health that we support our teeth and gums by brushing, flossing and regular cleanings at the dentist, and I would like to add oil pulling to that list.

Step 1

It is best to oil pull first thing in the morning when you wake up before you eat or drink anything.  You want to have an empty stomach when you oil pull.  It is recommended that you use a tablespoon or less of a good quality cold pressed organic oil, such as sesame or coconut oil. (I use a cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, because coconut oil has Lauric Acid) A whole tablespoon of oil was a bit difficult to do the first time, it is a very odd feeling to have a mouth full of oil, so I started with a little less, and adjusted the amount as I became more comfortable with the process. Also the oil with mix with your saliva and practically double in size after swishing for a few minutes, so don’t start with too much oil at first.

Step 2

Gently swish the oil around your mouth in and out between your teeth with a push and pull type method, sorta like you would do with mouthwash, but do not gargle with the oil as it is very important that you do not swallow any of the oil because the oil will be full of toxins from your body. Continue to swish the oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, 20 minutes seems like a very long time when you first start oil pulling and your mouth and jaws will be a bit tired, so don’t worry if the first few times you can’t do the full 20 minutes, it gets easier I promise.

Step 3

Now you want to spit the oil out in the trash. Remember the oil will be very toxic after you finish your 20 minutes, so you do not want to swallow any of the oil, but spit all the oil out.  I prefer to spit in the trash as I do not want to clog up my pipes by spitting in the sink, nor do I want to contaminate my sink.  The oil should look white when you spit it out, if the oil is yellow you have not swished long enough.

Step 4

For the final step I like to rinse my mouth out with warm water or warm salted water to remove any leftover oil that may be in my mouth.  I like to swish and then gargle to make sure my mouth and throat are rinsed clean.


I can’t wait for my next visit to the dentist to see what my results are. Even after just 10 days I feel like my teeth are whiter and my mouth feels so good and clean.  I am glad that I started oil pulling and will continue to do so and will update my blog with my progress.

I just gave you the basics, but there are so many resources on the internet to learn more about oil pulling– here are a few of my favorites

Oil Pulling the Habit That Can Transform Your Health

Oil Pulling a Wonderful Therapy and they offer an E-Book for download

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Dental Professionals Respond to Oil Pulling 

Oral Health: The Mouth-Body Connection

The Ultimate Guide to Oil Pulling: Rock your Immune System with this Ancient Method

Everything You Need to Know About Oil Pulling

I would like to state that I am not a doctor or trained professional. These statements are information that I have gathered from the internet and are strictly my opinions only.  Please discuss with your doctor or healthcare professional. Thank you.

 

Everything You Need To Know About Oil Pulling


 

 

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Gluten-Free and Loving It

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As I am walking around the yard I think to myself how long it’s been since I have had the energy to even go outside, much less walk around.  It is unbelievable how much my life has changed since I started eating organic clean whole foods and cut GLUTEN completely out of my diet, I am gluten-free and loving it!  I am eating a low-carb, high-fat LCHF mostly Paleo diet trying to get my diabetes under control, and so far it’s working.

I tested my blood sugar level and it was 127 mg/dl.  Now that may not sound like a perfect number, but it is truly a miracle for me.  For example, I looked at my calendar where I track my blood sugar readings, and on February 16, 2014 my numbers where as follows– my first reading of the day after fasting all night was 231 mg/dl, then the rest of day it only got worse– 334,476,434,492,431, and finally 343 mg/dl.  I felt terrible ALL the time.  I don’t ever want to go back there again!

I love how I am feeling now, my mood is so much more calm and positive, and I am starting get energy and an actual desire to get out of bed, even get out of the house in the day time.  It has been years since I have even gone out in the sun, and now I know how important getting a little sunlight is so my body can make its own vitamin D.

I love flowers with all their beautiful colors and fragrances, they just make me happy.  I especially love finding wildflowers. I have noticed that now I enjoy walking around the yard taking pictures,  picking blackberries, or even doing some light yard work or gardening.  Oh yeah, and a big bonus, I am actually loosing weight.  I love the new me.  Here is a little slide-show of my recent photos.

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White Powdery Mildew in Garden

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It looks like our vegetable garden is starting to get a white powdery mildew on some of the plants.  It is important to us that our garden is organic, so I didn’t want to use traditional fungicides with all their toxic chemicals.  So I looked online for an organic solution for our white powdery mildew problem.  I was very happy to find a simple organic way to handle the problem.

Growveg.com has an excellent blog post on using a 40% milk and 60% water solution that you spray on the plants.  We have squash and cucumber plants which are very susceptible to getting white powdery mildew. First I trimmed off all the mildewed leaves and put the leaves in a bag and dispose of in the garbage. You do not want to compost these leaves.

mildewed squash leaves.
Mildewed squash leaves.

 

Then I took a regular plastic spray bottle and put the water and milk mixture in it.  Supposedly it’s the protein in the milk that you need, so it doesn’t matter if you use low-fat or full-fat milk.  I used full-fat organic cows milk from the grocery store, and sprayed the front and back side of the leaf, totally saturating the leaf.  It says that it works best when used  as a preventive measure.  I’m gonna cross my fingers and see what happens.  Also, I worried that it would smell like sour milk after a while, but there doesn’t seem to be a smell at all.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark Chocolate Bark with Coconut and Pecans

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It was a beautiful stormy day here in Florida today.   I love listening to the distant thunder and watching the storm clouds roll in.  Since I would be inside today I thought why don’t I try out a new recipe.  I found an organic 85% cacao bar in the pantry, so I thought I would make some dark chocolate bark.  I melted my cacao bar in a bowl and added some finely shredded unsweetened coconut and some ground up pecans from the fridge.  I then spread the mixture thinly on some parchment paper and dusted the top with a little more coconut and pecans.  I placed the parchment paper on a plate for stability and put it in the fridge to cool until hardened.  When the bark  chilled and was hard enough I broke it into pieces and put in a small glass bowl…so cute and yummy.  I think next time I will add a little coconut sugar to sweeten it up a bit, 85% cacao can be kinda bitter.  When picking out your cacao bar be sure to read the label, almost every bar I looked at in the store contained soy, or soy lecithin!

Dark Chocolate Bark
Dark Chocolate Bark
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Hippocrates Said It Best

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Hippocrates said it best — “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

That quote from Hippocrates keeps popping up everywhere I look nowadays. I thought to myself… is the universe trying to tell me something? The answer to that question is yes! The more I embark on this journey of totally changing my lifestyle it becomes more clear to me. Food has become so abundant, so easily accessible, so instant, that I never missed a meal or opportunity to indulge. Food was not being “my medicine” it was being my entertainment, my pleasure, my vice. I was on a downward spiral of obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and just overall poor health. I was miserable!

Well now I am following the wise words of “the father of western medicine,” Hippocrates, and healing my body with the food I eat. I am losing weight, gaining energy, and getting a new zest for life. I was so addicted to processed foods, sugar and gluten that I thought I would never be able to break free. But an amazing thing happened once I rid myself of those toxins… I no longer craved them! It is ridiculous the amount of toxic ingredients that are in the over-processed foods we eat. I honestly don’t know how the FDA allows such things in our foods. Even our healthy fruits and vegetables are a risk to eat now with all the genetic modifications being done to the seeds. Our bodies were not designed to eat these GMO’s. Choose organic when possible to avoid ingesting copious amounts of pesticides and GM foods. Eliminate processed foods with all their chemicals. I have also eliminated gluten, soy, and dairy. I eat an organic whole food Paleo diet now, this is what works for me now, but as I stated earlier, this is a journey and who knows what the future holds… but now I am listening to my body.

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It’s Cookie Time…

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My favorite time of day… cookie time!  Well I got my sister to whip up another batch of her  yummy Paleo friendly cookies from her secret recipe.  This time I helped and even  added a few of my favorite ingredients to the mix.  I added some unsweetened finely shredded coconut and I chopped up some of my Dark Chocolate Enjoy Life Bar to make little chocolate chips in my cookies.  They smell so good just coming out of the oven, hot and fresh — yum yum!

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Tomato Salad With Onion and Basil

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This afternoon  was really nice outside, so I hunted for my bathing suit, and thought maybe I will sit outside and get some Vitamin D.  I carried my lawn-chair out to a sunny place and sat down, leaned back, shut my eyes and just enjoyed the peace and solitude.  There was a nice breeze blowing and the birds were singing in the background, what a great moment to just relax and enjoy my thoughts.  After awhile I walked around and looked at my garden.  I picked some green onions and basil and went inside and made a tomato salad.  I snipped the green onions and basil up with my kitchen shears and put them in a bowl.  Then chopped up a tomato and added it to the bowl with some salt and pepper and a little powdered garlic. I added a little Mayo and gently mixed it up.  Then I went back outside and found a nice shady spot to sit and enjoy this fresh tomato salad I just made.

 

 

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Happy Cinco De Mayo

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In the spirit of Cinco De Mayo I made Tacos.  Gluten free tacos with romaine heart leaves for my taco shell.   I started by sautéing some onions, and then the ground beef with my own seasoning mix for my ground beef by using some cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  I had some frozen corn in the freezer, so I added a little to beef mix.  I also added some tomato sauce and let that simmer for a few minutes.  Put the beef mixture in a lettuce leaf and topped with diced tomato and  raw onion.  Simple, gluten-free, dairy free and delicious.  Without adding corn this would be Paleo too.

taco lettuce wraps

 

 

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Ignorance is Bliss

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We have all heard the saying “Ignorance is bliss” , but I really understand the meaning now.  The ignorance of not really knowing anything about the food I was putting into my body was bliss.  I enjoyed all the convenience of microwaved quick frozen dinners, eating so much processed food.  How fast, cheap and easy it was  to go get drive-thru fast food.  Can’t decide what to fix for dinner… everyone says order PIZZA!

Those days of blindly eating whatever I want are over.  Now that I know what is really in all those foods I am a little scared.  Take pizza for example, look at this investigation Food Babe did on our favorite Pizza Restaurants.  It’s not just pizza restaurants, it’s everywhere.  All the GMO’s in our everyday food,  food that we are feeding our children, our families, ourselves.   Other countries ban what our FDA approves in the US  for us to eat.  My bliss has now been replaced by anger.  We have to hold the FDA accountable for the bad decisions they are making.   The FDA is there to protect us, its time they started doing it!

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My Little Garden

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Growing up we always had a garden.  As a kid, all I knew about gardening, was that it was gonna be a lot of hard work.  Of course I loved eating all those fresh veggies!  Back then there were no GMO’s and I didn’t have to worry about if what I was eating was grown at home or bought in the store.  Those were simpler times, things have really changed.  Don’t get me wrong, progress is good, and I enjoy all the modern conveniences and advancements in technology and science.  But there always seems to be a good and bad, yin and yang.

Now I do worry about where my food comes from, is it organic, or is it a GMO. ( Here is an article about 10 reasons to avoid GMO’s) I feel so betrayed by the FDA that they have allowed GMO’s to be used as ingredients in so many foods we eat, without letting us know by labeling foods containing GMO’s.  I am trying to eat healthy, by eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables now, and I want to know if they have been genetically modified.

So my sister and I have decided to make a little garden of our own, just like when we were kids.  Except, when we were kids, our father and mother used to do most of the tricky stuff, like when to plant , what to plant,  and where to plant.  So we are just planting a few things to get the hang of it again.

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