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The Emotional Gripping Behind Pain

EFT for pain

I know my mom will not mind me telling your this story. It was new year’s day, 2010.  My mother and I were sitting at the breakfast table in her home in Venezuela. She was restless, struggling with an incredibly itchy rash on her face and neck. As I ate my breakfast and read the newspaper, I was suddenly startled by an anguished, desperate squeal she let out. “Aaaaaaaarghhhh!!!!”  … I can’t really capture the degree of frustration, despair and exasperation in her…
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What I Learned at the Longevity Now Conference

With Dr. Joseph Mercola

A week ago, I attended the Longevity Now Conference in Anaheim, California. It was a packed 3 days from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, full of inspiration and information. Some of it was new for me, some of it was a refresher, but all of it renewed my passion for helping you create thriving health naturally. My top 10 personal take-aways from the conference: Recommit to a zero-sugar, low sweet carbohydrate lifestyle. Almost every speaker talked about the importance of managing blood…
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Safe and Effective Alternatives for Pain

Pain

Have you ever heard or said these words, “You have a headache? Did you take anything?” Our culture is wired to pop a pill at the slightest hint of discomfort. Aspirin. Ibuprofen. Tylenol. Whatever. There are a couple of things that are seriously wrong with this mindset. #1 Side Effects. Whether it’s aspirin, Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Pain-killers are no joke. For example, these are known “side effects” of Ibuprofen… upset stomach, mild heartburn diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas dizziness, headache, nervousness skin itching or…
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What I learned from splitting wood! Ha..ha..

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Yesterday I split wood for the very first time in my life! And I was incredibly surprised by the enormous gratification of the experience. I was up at Justin’s family’s home for Easter brunch and his dad had a huge pile of wood in the yard. Justin asked if I wanted to try splitting wood. I felt a little squeamish. Not having ever held an axe, I was a bit embarrassed to be a novice wood splitter in front of his family… It…
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Healthy Lunch Idea

Lunch

Check out my lunch today! It was SO good! And it was also immensely satisfying even though it was only the size of a salad plate. I thought I’d share my lunch with you as a simple idea starter. Perhaps it gives you the nudge to try something new tomorrow. Some of you may be stuck in the soup and salad lunch routine. Even though that can be very healthy (depending on the soup), a repetitive routine can get boring. And…
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Homemade Coconut Milk

Coconut milk 3

Do you love coconut milk as much as I do?  Having grown up in Venezuela, there are few flavors that feel more homey and indigenous to my upbringing than coconut. Perhaps plantains and mango are steep competitors! However, I do not buy coconut milk at the store for several reasons. First and foremost, the processed coconut milk that we find in stores usually has many other additives that I am not interested in consuming (thickeners, gums, sweeteners, etc.) If it’s a…
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Golden Miracle Drink

turmeric drink

Surely by now, you’ve likely heard of the many benefits of turmeric. Adding turmeric to your diet and supplements on a regular basis is a powerfully healing practice. Before we get to the recipe itself, let’s just review some of the powerful effects turmeric can have (as proven by vast amounts of research): It helps prevent and treat cancer It helps prevent cardiovascular disease It has shown to ameliorate auto-immune conditions (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease) because of its…
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Walnut Sauce

Walnut sauce

I mentioned this walnut sauce in a previous post and was asked to share the recipe.  I got this recipe from one of Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbooks. She is a well-known Indian cook, author and TV personality. The walnut sauce tastes like a vegan version of a hollandaise sauce.  It’s quite tasty with broccoli or any veggie you like. Ingredients 1/2 cup shelled walnuts 5 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt or to taste 1/4 cup…
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Turnip-Leek Soup

Turnip Leek soup

This is a spin on potato-leek soup and I think I like this one better.  There are two reasons why you may want to opt for turnips instead of potatoes.  The first one is that potatoes are starchier and would have about 3 times higher carbohydrate count than turnips.  The second reason is that potatoes are in a class of foods called “nightshades”, which are known to promote inflammation in some people. If nothing else, this soup is a nice little variation to the…
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Carrot-ginger-orange soup

Carrot ginger orange soup

This is a lovely, warming soup.  The sweetness of the carrots is balanced by the orange juice that also tames down the ginger kick. Ingredients 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks 1 inch slice ginger, peeled minced 2 medium onions or 4 shallots, peeled and minced 4 cups organic broth (chicken or vegetable) 2-3 oranges, juiced 1/2 tsp orange zest 2 tbsp coconut oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil in a stock…
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