Food, Health and Wellness, Organic

OMG! These are so F*$^nG Delicious.

Pardon my French, the cookbook we used is titled Thug Kitchen, eat like you give a fuck.  So, naturally, I thought it was an appropriate and catchy title.  And, two!  They really are that good!  Hope you make them, because…YOU WILL LOVE THEM!

You’ll want to plan ahead a bit.  Once you make the dough, you’ll have to chill it for at least an hour and for up to two days.

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour (We used organic all-purpose flour – from Walmart – cheap.)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup chilled almond butter (from Walmart)

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cut white sugar

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (from Walmart – big sized container)

3/4 cup almond milk (from Walmart)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 to 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips (ideally, organic; Publix has BOGO right now on the regular)

When you’re ready to use your dough, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Make spoonfuls of dough and, off you go!

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.  I like somewhere around 16 minutes and 23 seconds.  Give or take.  ;P

Let cool for ten minutes.

And, then, oh, boy…so happy for you!  🙂

Congratulations!  lol

Lisa

P.S.

Don’t cha think they’re light and fluffy, but, not too?

 

Plikaitis, K. (2014). Thug Kitchen – eat like you give a fuck. New York, New York: Macmillan; Rodale.

 

 

 

 

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Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Let’s Liven Our Lives with Aromatherapy!

Aren’t oils the best?  If you haven’t gotten your hands on some, now is the time!  So many benefits.  They sure will bring you joy!  Here are some specific ways on how to use them.  🙂

For those of you that love baths…

Looking for more energy?  Add peppermint and lemon: Juice five lemons into the water, then add 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil.  Inhale.  And, feel refreshed!

Got a bad cold?  Add eucalyptus and tea tree oils: Add 5 to 10 drops of each.  Now, watch those sinuses open!

Want softer skin?  Add powdered milk, honey and oatmeal: Combine 1 cup of finely ground oatmeal, 1/2 cup of honey and 1 cup of whole powdered milk, then pour into bath.  Ooh, la, la!

Have sore muscles?  Add lavender and epsom salt: Mix 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1/2 cup cup of dried lavender into a full bath: soak for 20 minutes.

Want a good night’s sleep?  Add chamomile and lavender: Put 1/2 cup of dried crushed lavender and five chamomile tea bags into the tub.  Steep for five minutes; remove tea bags before bathing.

Cleaning of the tub can be made easy when you use a mesh bath tea ball to keep your ingredients contained.  Also!  A quick wipe of the tub with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water will leave your tub sparkly and clean!  🙂

Futhermore…

Maybe we ought to ‘sniff our way to a more motivated Monday, happier hump day, and fiercer Friday with aromatherapy‘!  Here’s how:

Monday

Put a drop of frankincense and peppermint on a tissue and take five long deep breaths.  Your mind will feel sharper and you’ll have an increase in alertness…a great way to start the work week!  🙂

Tuesday

Apply lavender behind your ears, the top of your shoulders and the back of your neck using a massaging rollerball.  This will decrease your stress and anxiety…great particularly for TUESDAYS.  :/, 😛

Wednesday

Mix two drops of eucalyptus into your shampoo and massage into your scalp, helping to clear your mind and leave you feeling inspired!…great for that ‘hump-day slump’!

Thursday

Apply flowery ylang-ylang to your pulse points (middle of chest, side of neck, inside of wrists) to bring about happiness and lower your blood pressure.

Friday

Add a few drops of sensual sandalwood and jasmine (aphrodisiacs) to your diffuser 30 minutes before entering the bedroom…ooh la, la!

Have fun with these suggestions and enjoy reaping the rewards!

Love,

Lisa

xoxo

 

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Tip: Try These “Bad Boy” Herbs…Very Preventive and Healing :)

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This native South American herb, dating back to 1873, is healing and preventive of ‘arthritis, pain, inflammation of the prostate gland, fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers and various cancers.’

Because of the “gazillion” compounds found in this tree (see picture above), it’s able to work wonders on the body

  • quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids – fight against harmful organisms
  • lapachol (from the stem) – toxic and resistant to nearly all types of harmful organisms; fights metastasis – spread of a cancer or other disease from one organ to another
  • beta-lapachone – fights toxicity to harmful organisms
  • selenium – ‘extremely vital antioxidant/mineral which removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease; increases immunity, boosts metabolism; essential for successful male and female fertility and reproduction; reduces the risk of cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases

the list goes on and on…

Paul D’Arco

  • reduces pain and swelling
  • fights candida – common yeast infection (not to be left untreated)
  • adjusts our Ph levels – when unbalanced, can lead to headaches, an inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, sugar addiction, stomach problems
  • reduces inflammation, which can lead to an overactive immune system, which can lead to asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimers’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease

draxe.com/pau-darco-tea/

And, then there’s Graviola

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This prickly green fruit-producing plant with nutrients in the leaves and bark will have us feeling healthier, for sure, but, when really needed.

Places such as Peru, Amazon and the Caribbean have been using graviola for years…

Peru makes tea with the leaves which ‘treats inflammation of the mucus membrane in the nose, throat or lungs’.

Amazon uses the roots and leaves to help control blood sugar in diabetic patients.

The Caribbean makes tea which relieves coughs, flu symptoms and asthma.  Breastfeeding moms would benefit, for it ‘promotes milk production‘.

The people of South America have been known to drink graviola juice (made with the bark and roots) to treat dysentery and scurvy.  Creates a sedative effect.

How Graviola is Used Today

  1. treats cancer

*the prickly-green fruit is loaded with acetogenins, which have been shown to have ‘anti-tumor effects on animals’

Coming from a study at Purdue University concludes that graviola has the ability to

  • ‘target and destroy malignant cancer cells in twelve different types of cancer’.
  • slow cell growth because the ‘compounds are many times more powerful than the commonly used chemotherapy drug, Adriamyan’.
  • only target cancer cells and leaves healthy cells unharmed

2. supports our immune system

3. helps with diabetes

* the specific phytochemicals might prevent spikes in blood glucose and help regulate glucose levels.

* in 2008, a two-week study on diabetic rats showed to have near normal blood sugar levels, with no medication.

4. improves digestive system

5. has antioxidant properties

*’prevents and repairs cell damage and reverses some tell-tale signs of aging-wrinkles, skin blemishes

6. increases our energy

7. gout – reduces amount of antacid

*Please note: research has shown that perhaps after pro-longed use of graviola could lead to similar symptoms of those with Parkinson’s Disease.

healthyfocus.org

 

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Cat’s Claw (Una De Gato in Spanish) is another “wonder” herb for our bodies!  🙂

This anti-viral herb…

  • boosts our immune system and fights infections
  • is anti-inflammatory
  • is anti-mutagenic
  • is an antioxidant

More specifically speaking…

Cat’s Claw provides natural treatment for

  • arthritis
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • cancer
  • viral infections
  • ulcers
  • hemorrhoids
  • repairs DNA and improves our ‘disease-fighting’ white blood cells
  • helps the body to rid of free radicals that cause cellular damage, which leads to wrinkles
  • lowers high blood pressure
  • may aid in HIV treatment
  • combats herpes
  • improves digestive problems like Crohn’s disease

 

www.indigo-herbs.co.uk/natural-healing

draxe.com/cats-claw

www.herbal-supplement-resource.com

www.herbwisdom.com

So, yes to stocking these in your medicine cabinet?  🙂

Love you!

Lisa

P.S.

Please do your own research, as well, on all of these herbs, and, speak with your doc prior.  Thanks!  🙂

Health and Wellness, Organic, Skincare

Turn That Frown Upside Down and, “Wear Makeup Wednesday!” ;) Here are some tips…

these are for particular attention to our eyes and lips

For our brows…

  • pluck any strays
  • apply a brow fiber formula product and highlighter – the fiber formula helps to fill in thin brows; the highlighter is applied right under our arches; blend in both directions
  • redness on our eyelids?  – apply neutral eye shadow to conceal
  • smudge a gray or brown eye shadow into the lash line – by doing so, our lashes will look fuller
  • when it comes to mascara?…apply just a little at the roots…this will make our lashes appear darker, but in a ‘subtle way’
  • got ‘stubby’ lashes?  do the same thing as the previous tip, but, apply only one coat at the roots

For all of those green-eyed beauties!

Want super vibrancy?

*go with any shade that would be included in the red family (the greenies’ opposite color), resulting in flare!

*this includes pink and purple shades, for red isn’t always the most complementary 😉

*both pastel and bold hues work!  Be brave.  Let’s go beyond our boundaries.  🙂

And, then the blue-eyed beauties!

*your best color is orange (again, complementary color)…when paired, your eyes will look the ‘brightest and most intense’

*your wonderful-pairing hues include ‘peach, champagne, copper, terra-cotta, and rust’

*shades of orange are so great because they do not overpower the delicate eye color of blue

Brown-eyed gals!

  • ‘almost anything goes’
  • ‘high-shine neutrals’, such as a shimmery gold, would make a for a good daytime look
  • want a more bold look?  sapphire and amethyst create ‘dimension for night’
  • want the most striking effect?  ‘concentrate the color on the upper lash line and blend out, smoking it up gradually…focusing the intensity closer to the eyes – instead of the crease – will make them sparkle more’.

Hazel eyes, like me?

*perhaps, apply the tips provided  :), and use any color we wish  🙂

Makeup does make you feel good, doesn’t it?

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

So important to wash our face each morning and night, being sure to splash our face at least ten times with water.

*see my regimen under “Skincare” on the Menu, if curious 😉

Health and Wellness, Skincare, Uncategorized

Health and Wellness Tip: Let’s Take Real Good Care of Our Skin. Here’s how! :)

Some little pointers…

  • use cleansers that don’t contain sulfates…they can be drying; instead, use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid – they keep skin smooth by ‘eliminating dry, flaky skin cells and speeding up your skin’s natural shedding process.’
  • use a retinol cream at night to even tone and boost glow, three days a week
  • use hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin – it ‘acts like a sponge, soaking up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture and binding it to the skin.’
  • if your goal is smoother skin, opt for a serum that has retinol and vitamin C – the two combined can increase collagen production and protect against free-radical damage.
  • use a sheet mask that has peptides – will make your skin feel instantly firmer.
  • be sure that your daytime moisturizer has an SPF of 30 or more.

That’s it for the skincare tips, for today.  Here are some other helpful tips…

Ladies!  If you have painful PMS, try…

  • flaxseed – pour in 2 tablespoons into your cereal or smoothie
  • salmon – one serving, three times a week can help with breast tenderness
  • eggs – they are a great source of vitamin D, B6, and E; eat a few every day

And, then there’s the belly bloat

some fixes are

  • parsley – great for preventing water retention
  • papaya – eat 1 cup
  • whole grains – add 5 grams/week until you reach the goal of 25 grams/week

Oh, and, then there’re the ‘killer headaches’

try

  • pickle juice – drink 1/4 cup before bed to prevent a hangover (a Polish folk remedy).
  • watermelon
  • dark leafy greens, Swiss chard and spinach, in particular, because they are rich in magnesium, which reduces migraine frequency.

Are we feeling ultra tired, most of the time?

Let’s give these a try.

  • quinoa – 1 cup provides 15% of the daily recommended 18 milligrams.
  • coconut oil – throw in a dollup to your coffee to slow the absorption of the caffeine to allow for a longer caffeine “buzz”.
  • cherry juice – a shot of melatonin will help with rest

Sweet dreams.

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

Must go to bed.  Our Bread returning tomorrow.  xoxo