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HARRY POTTER’S CHICKEN BONE BROTH SOUP

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When I think of a big pot of homemade soup… I imagine the little fellow named Dobby from Harry Potter sitting and cooking with me in an old enchanting English Cottage deep inside a mystic forest.  I envision the big pot of brew mixing on top of this huge fireplace surrounded by old books.  The old books rest upon old wooden shelves that have timeless ancient recipes for healing.  The whole cottage is filled with the smell of fresh herbs, flowers and candles.  As Dobby sits on top of his books watching me stir the Chicken Soup, he begins to speak to me with his English accent.  He tells me to add more salt and a touch more garlic for taste.  I can see through my cottage window the lights of the nearby castle that sit upon the mountains not too far in the distance.  Isn’t that quite a dream? 

 

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Come with me into my fairytale kitchen and let’s make my special brew called….

Harry Potter’s Chicken Bone Broth Soup

This soup is the king of all healing broths.  I’ve had clients, friends and family members who have had different health issues over the years.  Once they made this soup, most of the symptoms that they had magically disappeared over a short amount of time.  The nutrients in this soup are loaded to the top and the flavor is crazy good!  If you have the flu, digestive issues related to a leaky gut, ulcers, cellulite, joint pain, kidney issues, depression, fatigue, food poisoning, yeast build up, diabetes, lupus, sore throat, PMS, adrenal fatigue, exercise injuries, or just plain don’t feel healthy….this broth is for you.  It’s easy, it’s cheap and it works. 

I make this broth at least once and sometimes twice a week.  I will reheat it on the stove and not the microwave.  It can be added to a pasta dish and even placed over your favorite meats during the week.  Make a big pot and freeze some for later.  Have sick kids?  Make this soup.  Live alone and short on time?  Make this soup.  On a budget? Make it!  Feeling sick and bloated?  Make the soup YOU!  Stop buying canned already made soup and be creative.  Let’s get started..

 

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Harry Potter’s Chicken Bone Broth Soup

Ingredients:

Organic whole chicken

1 to 2 tablespoons of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

1 large Organic yellow onion chopped

2-3 bulbs of Organic Garlic chopped or whole (peeled)

1 cup of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (raw-unfiltered)

4 squeezed Organic Lemons

1 squeezed Organic Lime

4-6 stems of chopped Organic Parsley Leaves

10-15 whole or chopped Organic Basil Leaves

4 stems of Organic Thyme leaves whole or chopped (pull off stems)

4-5 stems of Organic Oregano leaves whole (pull off stems)

1 whole Organic Chopped Carrot

4 Organic Celery Stalks chopped

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt

a few dashes of Organic Pepper

8 cups of boiling water

7 cups of warm temperature filtered water

 

Method:

Get out one average size Stock Pot and place on stove.  Grab one average cooking pot and fill with 7 to 8 cups of filtered water.  Pull out defrosted chicken.  Clean chicken in sink and pull off all fat leaving the fat on just the wings.  Pull out gizzards, clean gizzards and place gizzards on a small plate.  Once all chicken is cleaned, pull off all legs and wings of chicken.  Pull off some of the white meat, break into pieces.  Place cleaned chicken and all parts on a plate.  Take your salt and rub into meat.  Let chicken sit for 5 minutes at room temperature. Pull out your veggies, garlic and onions.  Peel all garlic and chop your onion up.  Heat your Stock Pot and place your Coconut Oil in pot.  Heat on medium high.  Once heated, place onions and garlic in pot.  Stir them into the oil.  Lower to medium heat and brown.  Add in your chicken gizzards with a bit of salt and mix.  Brown all together. Add the rest of your chicken and mix together for about 5 minutes. As chicken is cooking turn the other burner on high to boil other pot of water that’s been filled. Wait for that to boil.  As that’s being heated, add one cup of your Apple Cider Vinegar to chicken pot, add your squeezed lemons and lime.  Let that mix together for another 5 minutes on medium. As the two pots cook, wash and chop up your carrots and celery.  Add those to stock pot. Pull out all your herbs and wash and dry.  Add all herbs to pot and mix with big spoon. Add in your boiled water from other pot to stock pot.  Mix hot water into pot with more salt.  Lastly, add in room temperature water and mix.  Cook on medium for about 10 minutes.  Lower heat to low temperature and cook in pot for about 2 hours slowly.  Soup may be eaten within the hour, but make sure the chicken is cooked and allow the acids from the apple cider vinegar to pull minerals off the bones into the soup. 

Note:

Please buy Organic Chicken and Veggies.  This soup will probably cost no more than $38 dollars to make and it will serve you at least 15 to 20 bowls of soup.  It’s all fresh and top of the line quality ingredients.  That’s a pretty good deal compared to paying for a disgusting soup or broth in a can that’s over loaded with chemicals and sodium.  If you happen to run out of the broth the same week and have chicken left over, you may turn the chicken into a chicken salad by adding organic mayo over a fresh bed of lettuce. Nothing goes wasted.  Use the broth in the morning as a tea, or use it late at night as a probiotic. 

Purpose of dish:

The purpose of this dish is to build your immunity by healing your digestive tract.  Without a healthy digestion, your whole body will suffer and can be exposed to many different bacteria leaving you prone to disease.  This soup is just one extra preventative out of many practices in protecting yourself.  Bone broth soups have been around for hundreds of years.  If you have any inflammation in the body from over exercising, being over weight, a major sickness, or even taking prescription drugs…take time to make this simple and fun meal.  I promise…you won’t forget it! 

Jaime

 

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A DOG, VITAMIN C AND YOU

 

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A dog, vitamin C and you

 

I had a really cool dog for almost 13 years of my life. He was a crossbreed of an Italian Greyhound and a Whippet. He was a little powerhouse – 22 pounds of pure, solid muscle and he could outrun a full-grown Doberman when he was just a puppy. 

 

His name was Tipper, but family would call him by his nickname, “Man in a Fur Coat.”  He would actually respond to that, and it was hilarious! I would often take my furry little guy on evening runs on trails around my neighborhood. I was always so impressed not only by his endurance, but his speed. My average-paced run was a quick walk for him. He was always such a good running partner and would look back at me with his million dollar smile. It was easy to see how he enjoyed that time with me, and I still cherish those memories now that he’s gone. 

 

I loved taking care of Tipper and always made sure he had organic dog food and filtered water. I kept up with the latest education and insights on his health to give him the best quality life possible. One night, when I was reading some important information about dogs and vitamin C, I found that dogs actually synthesize the vitamin in their liver by using trace minerals from their diet. 

 

That fact is so amazing because, as humans, we can’t manufacture vitamin C on our own and must obtain it through our diets or supplements. Today, it seems most of us aren’t getting enough of any nutrients that are needed to fight major illnesses, or even the common cold. 

(Picture is of “Man in a Fur Coat.”)

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Vitamin C: The immune booster

 

As I’ve mentioned, part of my business is therapeutic massage for my clients, so I come into contact with many germs daily and have a lot of free radical damage to my tissues from working out. In the last few years, I increased my vitamin C intake and noticed several differences in my skin and performance at the gym.

 

My parents always preached the need to take in more vitamin C, especially around cold season. An overall immune booster, this major antioxidant is needed for adrenal gland function, tissue growth and repair, collagen formation and helps heal bruises and wounds. It’s a major helper in the production of an anti-stress hormone, protects against infections and free radical damage from the environment, and can help absorb iron as well as increase your metabolism. 

 

Since we must get vitamin C from our foods and vitamins, it’s unfortunate that a lot of vitamin C taken in by diet is lost through urine. Also, stress, alcohol, birth control, antidepressants and smoking can deplete the body of vitamin C. So how can we step up our intake?  

 

Below, I made a list of some foods you can pick up that are loaded in vitamin C. While I’m a big supporter of getting all your nutrients from food, I support one supplement company that’s organic and GMO free – Garden Of Life/Vitamin Code (also raw). A water soluble vitamin, vitamin C should be taken after meals. If you’re taking high doses, it’s better to break them up in increments throughout the day and you shouldn’t take the vitamin along with aspirin, it can lead to stomach ulcers.

 

If you have questions on how, when and how much vitamin c to take, you can check with your local health food store and vitamin shop – sometimes they have staff that’s experienced in nutrition. If you’re unable to find whole foods organic vitamins near you, you can purchase them online. Sadly, some doctors will advise taking synthetic vitamins, which can be toxic to the liver over time. Naturopathic doctors and certified nutritionists with a clean eating philosophy would be the best to speak to about nutrition. 

 

Remember, we can live free like a dog, but we can’t eat food off the ground like they do or make our own vitamin C – so be sure to get enough through clean eating or organic vitamins!

 

Vitamin C Rich Foods (I always recommend organic)

  • All berries
  • Citrus (ex. oranges, grapefruit)

  • Pepper

  • Pineapples

  • Kale

  • Spinach

  • Lemons

  • Cantaloupes

  • Onions

  • Radishes

  • Dandelion Greens

  • Tomatoes

  • Swiss chard

  • Mangos

  • Watercress

  • Apples

  • Avocados

  • Broccoli

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My favorite Vitamin C supplement.

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My best pup.  R.I.P.

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TOP 10 WAYS TO START LOSING WEIGHT

Top 10 ways to start losing weight.

 

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I’ve learned many things in my Wellness business over the years about people and their personalities. The one thing I’ve learned… is that extreme over weight people prefer less clothing and are more prone to being in denial about their weight.  I really believe the ones that I’ve met would walk around naked all the time if they could!  People that appear to be only 10 to 20 pounds over their ideal weight tend to be a lot more self conscience than others.  Why is that?  It’s very odd. 

I will share a funny story with all of you that happened to me when I first started my massage business. I was really young at the time and I was starting to build my clientele.  I was at a client’s house where I was about to massage her and her husband of 30 years.  They were a sweet couple and the husband was a bit odd at times.  That particular day my client decided she had to run an errand and I would massage her husband first in the early morning before her.  I was okay with her leaving the house and I felt comfortable enough being alone with her husband.  So my client left that morning and I had started to set up my massage table in their living room.  I explained to her husband that he could wear shorts for his massage, or he could discreetly wrap himself in a towel when he came out of his room.  He agreed and walked into his bedroom as I prepared for his massage.  As the massage music was playing and I waited for him to come out…he slowly came out of the bedroom to my surprise dressed in a leopard G string speedo!  Now, I was only 20 years old at the time and you could imagine the shock on my face along with the bubble above my head!  He was an odd man as I said, but I never expected him to walk out with that kind of attire on.  My mouth dropped to the floor!  He proceeded to get on the table face down without saying a word!  So how is this related to weight loss?  Well, the man wasn’t lean!  I know a lot of in shape men who still would feel really odd wearing something so silly. This man just didn’t care.  I will give him credit for feeling comfortable in his own skin, but if I had taken a picture back than…. all of you would agree it was creepy.  I did make it through alive thank God! 

'Everybody wears them these days!'

Okay, so I know most of you don’t want to wear a speedo to work or a G-string on the beach!  However, most people would like to drop 10 pounds.  I’m not a big fan of quick weight loss plans, or these 30 day challenges that you see people doing today.  I always believed that all people should find ways to eat high quality food, exercise daily, find balance and manage stress to achieve ideal weight with consistency over time, and without making vanity the first priority.  That can be a challenge with folks today, because they’re used to seeing images in magazines that aren’t realistic.  So what can you do to get started????

I put together a simple list of things that all of you can start with to kick start your weight loss plan.  Try these for a month to get started and see what happens.  You will drop a few pounds or more depending on how far you’re from your ideal weight.  If you see small results, than take the plunge and commit to another step.  Sometimes baby steps are better if you have a lot on your plate already.  Check this out…

TOP 10 WAYS TO START LOSING WEIGHT

(Try for one month)

1. Have your last heavy meal no later than 6 pm.

2. Cut out all carbonated beverages.

3. Limit alcohol to one drink or no drinks on the weekends.

4. Eliminate all processed or boxed foods.  Only eat fresh.

5. Add a lean protein to every meal.

6. Buy a food scale and measuring cups.  Weigh any meats and measure any grains when serving yourself. 

7. Drink Organic Lemon Water every morning on empty stomach

8. Sign up for MYFITNESSPAL.COM.  It’s free and you can log in your food everyday.  It will show you how much sugar and salt you need based on your weight as well as calories.

9. Cut all pork out and limit beef to once a week.  Add in leaner meats and wild fish.

10. Walk 30 to 40 minutes everyday. 

 

This is a quick and simple way for all of you to get started.  Try and see how you do.  No speedos! 

God Bless! 

 

  

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NEW YORK STRIP STEAK RECIPE FOR DAD

What to make Dad for Father’s Day?  Why not a tasty Organic New York Strip Steak? 

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As some of you know it’s very rare that I make steak in my house.  Although, if I have a guest over, I will make it as a special meal for them.  I had an old friend over recently at my house who happened to like steak. I decided to make him a special steak dinner with the best of ingredients.  I think most men like steak and potatoes in America.  It’s a simple meal that can be dressed up rather easy with some fresh onions and mushrooms. Anyone can take someone out to dinner.  But, making an Organic New York Strip Steak at home is so much better!  Besides, add some love to your recipe and Dad will be quite happy.

You can find Organic Beef in most grocery stores today.  I purchased my Organic New York Strip Steak at Wholefoods.  Get your pen and paper out to write down this quick Father’s Day meal, or bring your phone to the store and log onto my blog to pull the recipe up again.  Good Luck!

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Organic New York Strip Steak

Ingredients

4-6 ounces of organic New York Strip Steak

1 green organic scallion chopped

1/2 organic white onion chopped

1 cup of organic mushrooms chopped

1/2 teaspoon olive oil rubbed on steak

1/2 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt

organic black pepper sprinkled 

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Method:

Wash your scallions and mushrooms with filtered water.  Dry them on a paper towel.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Pull out your Steak and wash with filtered water also.  Dry steak and place on a cooking pan or foil.  Take your olive oil and rub steak front and back.  Sprinkle your salt and pepper on steak and rub into the meat.  Let steak sit while you chop your white onion, scallions and mushrooms up.  Decorate your steak with chopped veggies.  Place steak into oven and cook.  How long to cook the steak?  The best way to maintain the most flavorful steak is to cook it medium-rare.  Most ovens at 350 degrees should take at least 35 minutes at the least.  Cooking steak all depends on how each person likes their steak to taste.  If they like their steak well done…cooking should take at least 45 minutes.  Keep checking your steak as you go along.  Be sure to ask the people you’re serving ahead of time how they like their steak to taste.  Once meat is cooked, pull it out and place on a nice dish.  Serve the steak with red potatoes and a nice side salad.  I have a red potato recipe on my blog in a separate article that only takes 10-15 minutes to make.  Feel free to look that up and add that to your steak dinner. 

Note: Be sure to not let the steak sit and cool too long.  Make sure you buy all organic products.  Organic beef is so much healthier because it leaves out all those crazy chemicals that mess up your digestive tract. 

Purpose of Dish:

Organic Beef is pasture raised.  Therefore eating organic steak will have lower fat and calories. It’s also 4 times higher in Omega-3s. Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats that your cells need.  Good fats help keep your blood pressure lower and also helps regulate your heart beat. Good fats also reduce your risk of Cancer.  All beef should be eaten in moderation.  Add a digestive enzyme prior to eating steak for easier absorption.

Hope all of you will try this easy recipe.  If some of you don’t have a Father in your life right now, make this dish for someone else.  Some of you have lost Fathers over the years,  and some of us have Stepfathers who have acted in place as our true Fathers.  I’ve been blessed to have an awesome Stepfather who’s been an incredible person in my life.  He’s provided so much unconditional love to my family, and I hope to make his day special.  Here’s a funny picture of my Stepfather and I having a laugh this past Christmas.  Cherish the good men in your family.  They all work hard and do love us.  Let them know.

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TOP REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DRINK GREEN TEA.

Kermit the frog drinks Green Tea.  Snoopy drinks Green Tea too!  Why are you still drinking crappy Starbucks Coffee? 

Top reasons why you should drink Green Organic Tea.

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I was having lunch with Kermit the Frog not too long ago.  We were sitting at this quaint café in a small beach town on the West Coast of Florida.  We were meeting for a casual coffee and conversation about life.  Kermit has been around a long time and he appears ageless when you look at him. He’s wise beyond his years, and his green exotic skin is amazing in person!  Kermit sat across from me with his dark sunglasses on and his frog like beach sandals.  He’s retired now and since his divorce from Miss Piggy, Kermit shared with me some healthy tips that he implements on a daily basis.  As we sat there amongst the Summer breeze, Kermit declined a cup of coffee and decided to order Green Tea instead.  I asked him why he drank Green Tea. He gave me a list of reasons why he prefers Green Organic Tea to Coffee.  Take a look and see if it’s reason enough to trade up some of your coffee days for GREEN ORGANIC TEA. 

 

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I used to be a crazy coffee addict!  Drinking coffee was the one special thing that I looked forward to in the morning and with friends.  I recently gave up coffee this year, and I have noticed some really incredible changes in myself. I’m able to sleep deeper at night, my abdominal area is even more slender, my skin is brighter and my hormones are more balanced.  Organic Coffee has many health benefits, but if you have high stress and anxiety issues…..Green Organic Tea is a healthier option.  The key to weight loss is keeping your hormones balanced by maintaining lower cortisol, as well as having a good healthy balanced PH Level in your body.  Disease feeds off of yeast and acidic bodies.  Coffee can make you pretty acidic if you’re not balancing other types of foods.

I will usually boil some water in the morning for my Green Organic Tea and add Organic Honey to it.  My new family member named “Kitty” will usually be close by playing with her mouse.  She waits for me to sit with my tea close to her while I catch up on office work in the mornings. Green Tea has become a ritual in our house.  You should try it too!  Have some in the morning and even bring some to work.  Kermit the Frog would be proud! 

 

Add some Organic Cinnamon to your tea for flavor….

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Kitty watches me drink my tea very closely…..

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My old tea cup…

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Another tea company…

 

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Check out my other blog on “Benefits of Honey.”

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CAN A MONKEY EXERCISE? WHY CAN’T YOU? EXCUSES!!!

No more excuses: Stop being a baby about your health

 

 

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I was in the mall one day getting a pedicure, relaxing and trying to wind down from my crazy week. Usually, I try to get at least one massage a week and a pedicure twice a month to pamper myself. As I was sitting there enjoying the soothing foot massage, I couldn’t help but hear a screaming child across from the nail salon.

 

There was a lady in her mid-thirties pushing a stroller and carrying another screaming child about four years old under one arm. She was trying to walk away from a vending machine that had snacks and sodas in it. I could hear her four-year-old boy screaming and kicking her while saying he wanted the soda. Even though the mother kept telling him no, this tough little kid refused to let up. He somehow kicked his mother hard enough in the leg to break free from her Bruce Lee grip. He ran like a mad man all the way back to the vending machine with tears rolling down his face. He kept pointing at the machine and yelling, “Please, mommy!” The mother was losing her patience slowly, and I could see this interaction escalating.  She kept repeating herself by saying no over and over again. She kept telling him it wasn’t good for him and began to walk away leaving him standing there all by himself. When he finally realized he wasn’t getting his sugar fix, he had no choice but to follow his mother home. 

 

After I witnessed that entertaining little episode, I began to think about how similar a lot of people are today with their food addictions and the quality of their health. Do you know what I’m talking about? You can go to any Walmart, mall, or football game in America today and take notice that most people are at least 30 to 50 pounds overweight. Most suffer from digestive issues, depression and bad posture. It’s very easy to observe this if you’re in a healthy condition yourself. I’ve been working in the health and wellness industry for more than 20 years now. I can tell you that I’ve heard every excuse under the sun why someone can’t, or won’t, make better lifestyle choices.

 

I’ve witnessed clients who hold Ph.D.’s and some who are extremely well off financially, that display complete ignorance and laziness when it comes to eating clean food and exercising. There’s also a large amount of people who actually believe there’s nothing unhealthy about them while they take blood pressure and acid reflux medication at 29 years old. Conventional medicine today and the doctors that support unnatural ways of being healthy are all either oblivious, unattached to their patients true well-being, or just don’t care. Sometimes I can become disheartened because I love people and I know the road they’re going down. They’re not yielding to all the warning signs that are right in front of their faces. They’re sort of acting like the kid in the mall who just wanted that soda and didn’t care what his mom said.

 

Some people can be complete babies about their health. Are you being a baby? Before I started writing this post, I made a list of the funniest excuses that I’ve heard of why some people don’t have the time to exercise, eat better food and who also believe they’re not overweight, even though they appear 30 pounds heavier than what they should be. 

 

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Excuses to staying unhealthy

 

  • I’m 70 pounds overweight because I had two kids, 20 years ago.
  • I don’t understand why my back hurts when I walk from my car to my office building every day. (Female who’s 50 pounds overweight and 30 years old.)

  • I don’t have time to make healthy meals, I will usually just buy Lean Cuisines. I can’t understand why I have high blood pressure. (Someone with a master’s degree.)

  • I’m part of a running club and we run five days a week. We usually will stop and have a few beers after. I keep trying to run to lose my gut that I can’t seem to get rid of. (35 year old male with a Ph.D.)

  • Organic food is way too expensive. I can’t see spending any more money on food. Did you see my new Porsche? (Overweight, 45-year-old male).

  • I’ve suffered from a lot of joint pain and the doctors have diagnosed me with arthritis. I take medication and it’s still not working. Do you think if I actually walk it might help? (Too many people to list on this statement.)

  • I actually did try walking this week and can you believe my back pain went away? I can’t believe if I walk I feel better. (This is a very common comment.)

  • My parents were overweight, my Grandparents were obese … so I will be too. It’s genetic –I can’t fight it. (A lot of people believe this.)

  • I’m getting a divorce. It’s time for me to start taking care of myself. (This one I have to chuckle every time I hear it.)

  • You want me to actually eat fresh food every day? (Really, this one just gets under my skin.)

  • I only drink a few drinks every single weekend. I don’t understand why I can’t lose weight. I seem to feel depressed a lot too. (Yup, they say it a lot).

  • It’s so much easier for me to take the kids to McDonald’s to get what they want when I have a busy week. Oh by the way, I’m taking my child to see the doctor because he’s been having food allergies. (I want to adopt other people’s kids when I hear this.)

  • I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I still drink wine every night – what’s wrong with that? (This one makes me mad because I love my clients and seeing them pass away is very hard.)

  • I have colon cancer and the doctors tell me there’s nothing as far as nutrition that I can really do. (Yes, this is a real kicker hearing that one.)

  • You’re telling me that going out to dinner is unhealthy? (A lot of people think restaurants make their health a priority.)

  • I will start eating healthy when the New Year begins. Gosh, I have no energy to do anything.

  • I’m fat already so what’s another five pounds.

  • Life’s too short, we should eat what we want.

  • The gym is too far from my house.

  • My husband makes me eat a lot of food.

 

It’s true, I hear all of these often. I could probably list pages of excuses, but I think you get my point. Some of them sound undeniably crazy. There are a lot of people that do want to change their health and their habits. When they educate themselves and really begin to be honest about how they feel on the inside, they can begin to see change and move forward. For some people, they have to hit rock bottom with their health and weight, and others sadly never change.

 

However, the ones that I’ve worked with over the years that stayed committed and motivated look back at their lives and see what distractions were taking them away from reaching their best. When you feel at your best, you enjoy life and you’re able to serve your family with complete joy. Take a moment and make a list of distractions in your life that are taking you away from being healthy. Is it the food at work, are you working too many hours, are you going out to eat too much, are you around people who are toxic? Everyone can always do better. I know it’s easy to make excuses, but stop being a baby! Get going! Get motivated! No more waiting! Just do it! God gave us all one life and one body to use. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Life can restart for you and get better as you age. I say this with love and respect to all of you.

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MUSCLE MAN MEAT AND MUSHROOM DISH

Lamb and Mushroom Dish with Quinoa for the FIT!

Do you want to be FIT?  Well, STOP EATING JUNK and being LAZY!!! 

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A lot of us are really short on time lately and have minimal time to cook.  If you’re working long hours and working out, sometimes food choices can be last minute.  Last minute choices can lead to bad decisions or leave us eating foods that don’t have much flavor.  So why suffer?

My schedule can get pretty hectic during the week with running my business and being on the road.  I always make sure that I have all my meals planned ahead of time and I always keep my gym bag packed in my car.  If I can eat healthy all week, than I think all of you can too! Please stop going to Subway or picking up DEAD FOOD!  You can only succeed in life when you’re putting quality healthy meals in your body.  It’s not as hard as you think if you just plan ahead and get creative.  I’m here to help.

I’m calling this next recipe Muscle Man Meat and Mushroom.

If you’re a Bachelor lifting weights or a stay at home Mom…you can make this recipe without any stress and be guaranteed a happy tummy!

 

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Ingredients:

3-4 ounces of organic ground lamb

1 green organic scallion chopped

1 teaspoon organic minced garlic

3-4 sprays of organic non-stick olive oil

1 cup of organic Bella Mushrooms

1 cup of organic spinach

1/2 cup of organic parsley

1/2 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt

1 to 1 1/2 cup of Organic Quinoa Pasta by Andean’s Dream

Method:

Wash and dry your spinach, scallion and mushrooms under filtered water. Chop your scallion and mushrooms up on a cutting board once cleaned.  Pull out your minced garlic.  Heat your skillet to medium-high and spray non-stick olive oil spray in pan. Once heated, place minced garlic, scallions and mushrooms in pan.  Reduce to medium heat and brown.  Add in your ground lamb.  Mix lamb into veggies and cook.  While lamb is cooking, boil a small pot of water for your Quinoa Pasta.  Once water is boiled, place measured quinoa in pot.  Cook pasta until Al Dente.  Drain pasta in a small strainer and put on the side until lamb is cooked.  Add in spinach, parsley and salt to lamb.  Mix all together.  Once lamb is cooked, add in your cooked pasta to lamb and mix.  Turn off stove and serve on a nice plate. 

Note: I don’t use a lot of oil for this dish because lamb has a lot of natural fat on it’s own.  Also, when you eat pasta “Al Dente” the pasta will be actually even less on the glycemic index.  Al Dente is Italian for “to the teeth.” It means the pasta is cooked long enough that it’s not too crunchy nor too soft. 

Purpose of Dish:

Quinoa is low in sugar and is great for those who need carbs and want to decrease sugar intake.  Quinoa is loaded in amino acids.  Lamb is considered a red meat, but the liver actually can metabolize lamb easier than beef because of the high selenium content. The spinach in this dish is cooked and cooked spinach is less acidic to the body as opposed to eating it raw.  Some veggies are better eaten cooked.  The purpose of this dish is to nourish your body and satisfy your hunger while healing your digestive tract.  Yummy!  This dish is so EASY! 20 minutes tops it will take you.  Enjoy…..

 

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NATURAL WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR SEX DRIVE

Easy ways to increase your sex drive – naturally

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So, was it the word “naturally,” or the word “sex” that got you to click on this article? Don’t lie to me! I’ll take either – I’m just thrilled that you’ve decided to read this.

 

How many times do you think we’re exposed to subtle or overt sexual messages on a daily basis? A couple times? More than a handful? Sexuality is exposed a lot in American culture through ads on television, online and even magazines right at the check-out counter in the grocery stores. It’s undeniable – sex sells and it’s right in front of our faces.

 

Usually, we’re either drawn in by really young, attractive women or younger men who are tan and seemingly perfect. There’s also the other end of the spectrum with pharmaceutical advertisements targeting an older demographic. How often have you seen a commercial with a 60-year-old man riding a bicycle in a park with an attractive woman close to his age? As you watch, you begin to realize it’s not about the couple biking in the park at all. It’s about erectile dysfunction and the commercial is an advertisement for a drug by a toxic pharmaceutical company. As the couple smiles and continues to biking with the anticipation of this mountain-sized erection at the end of their journey, the drug company lists all the side effects of the drug once you’ve been baited into believing this is helpful and positive. I really wish they would show the end result and cumulative damage these drugs have on people who use them long term. Where’s that commercial?

 

The problem

Let’s be honest sexuality is a huge part of life and a big part of our health. I have a lot of married couples in my wellness business who have been married for years and truly do love each other. I have a lot of divorced clients who overwork themselves and don’t have time to date.  I also have younger clients under 35 years old who are taking all sorts of toxic, unneeded medication such as Cialis, and blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. A lot of these sexually-enhancing toxic drugs are being taken by men who should be healthy and are under the age of 35 years old.  I even heard from a close relative that a lot of his late 20-something male friends take many of these prescribed pills as well, and some even younger men are taking Viagra.

 

In my business, I’ve heard more than a handful of private information over the years that would make some of you crawl up a wall. Sometimes it’s entertaining and some of it’s really shocking (to say the least). There are also times where my heart goes out to people who are truly unhappy about the way they feel and are just caught up in a routine that they don’t know how to get out of. I can recall anywhere from my high school days and even up through my 20s and early 30s you would see more couples kissing in public – being affectionate and looking vibrant. Today, it seems most people are slumped over, running ragged, over weight and have an expression of anger and sadness on their faces.

 

Let’s fix this!

As I talk more to people over the years and have studied herbs, vitamins, exercise and massage, I came up with recommendations to help you feel better about yourself, which in turn will help increase your sex drive with your partner. What better way to get a simple natural dose of “natural Viagra” without having to actually take that harmful pill. You’ll also find a list of things that you might be absorbing into your body that could be disrupting your hormones – this applies to men and women.

 

Life practices that will decrease your sex drive

  • Overeating and eating heavy meats
  • No cardio and lack of weight training
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug use
  • Being around negative people
  • Lack of fresh air and sun
  • No nutrients in your diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too many sex partners
  • Cumulative viewing of pornography
  • Tension in pelvic muscles or weak glute muscles
  • Consuming fake estrogens through food, plastics and chemicals
  • Bathing in chlorinated water daily
  • Too much stress or too busy
  • Built up emotional anger and stress

 

Ways to increase your sex drive naturally

 

  • Increase cardio exercise to at least four to six days a week, and for 30 minutes minimum.
  • Add in weight training a few times a week to increase natural hormones – squats are great for this.
  • Add garlic and ginseng to your diet.
  • Take out all processed foods.
  • Limit, or eliminate the use of birth control pills. Research has shown that they disrupt natural hormones and will decrease the sex drive of females.
  • Stop drinking out of BPA-filled plastics, bottles and cans.
  • Work less hours, if possible, or change a job that might be creating too much stress.
  • Book a relaxation, or deep tissue, massage to release tension.
  • Listen to music that relaxes your mind.
  • Eat lighter proteins like fish, turkey and beans.
  • Cut back on alcohol.
  • Do things that make you laugh.
  • Clean out your wardrobe and purchase clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
  • Watch a romance movie with your spouse or partner.
  • Talk to someone who will listen to your built-up emotional stress.
  • Change your shower’s water filter to remove chlorine.
  • Work on keeping your abdominal weight down.
  • Increase your sleep at night by getting to bed earlier.
  • Sit out in the sun to get some natural vitamin D.
  • Offer to do something nice for your spouse or partner which in turn changes the overall mood in your home.
  • Plan small mini-vacations to break up your routine.

 

I hope you review these suggestions, and consider what you can replace now with healthier practices. And, if I see an increase in public displays of affection, I’ll know a lot more people are reading my blog!

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KILLER KALE LEMON CHIPS SNACK

Need a late night snack?  Stay up late with me and make some Killer Kale Lemon Chips with a side of Goat Cheese…….

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If you have late night cravings, or you’re looking to cut calories without having to sacrifice flavor…Kale Chips are for you!  I love this snack because it’s so easy to make and is loaded with vitamins. You can eat it while you watch a movie, or take it with you to work.  If you have kids, this is a healthy option instead of eating chips.  Kale is loaded in fiber and your digestive tract will thank you. Let’s give this simple snack a go.

Kale Lemon Chips with a side of Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

4 cups of Organic Curly Kale

1/2 teaspoon of Organic Garlic Salt

1/2 teaspoon of Organic Lemon Juice

4-6 sprays of Organic Olive Oil Spray

1 ounce of Organic Goat Cheese (on the side of dish)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 for 5 minutes

Take out 4-6 cups of kale.  Wash with filtered water in a strainer

Dry kale with paper towel

Pull out a cookie sheet or a deep dish.  Spray pan with Olive oil spray to preventing sticking. Place Kale in pan. Spray 4-6 sprays of olive oil spray over all of kale.

Take your Organic Lemon Juice out and sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon over kale.

Pull out your Garlic Salt and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon over kale.

Place pan in oven.  Increase heat to 400-425 degrees. Cook kale for 15-25 minutes, or until crunchy.  Check on kale after first 15 minutes to avoid burning.  You want a nice crunchy taste. Pull kale out and serve with your goat cheese on the side.

Note:  This easy snack will only take you 15-20 minutes to make.  I sometimes will make a little extra for the following day.

Purpose of dish:  Kale is high in vitamin A, C, K and Calcium.  It’s a true powerhouse of nutrients and low in calories.

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10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN YOUTHFUL

10 ways to keep your skin youthful

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I think high school reunions are becoming a thing of the past. I mean, who needs a reunion since Facebook has made its way into our lives? Today, we’re able to keep in contact with people we typically wouldn’t have reached out to or had the means to before Facebook existed. Now, we get to see people’s daily lives exposed, as well as see them age over the years, without waiting 10 or 20 years to attend a reunion.

 

I know the Bible calls aging a sign of wisdom. But, living in a society where the American culture is youth driven – and the force behind most advertising – it can leave many people of all ages in a state of feeling less attractive as they get older. Aging can even create a shadow of insecurity that resonates in the back of our minds. I think most people forget that gray hair and wrinkles represent life experience and earned wisdom. Without a doubt, we’re all going to age and it’s important to embrace it in a healthy and positive manner. However, we can age gracefully and delay signs of aging on our face when we manage what we eat, how often we sleep and how we manage stress.

 

Over the years, I’d like to think I’ve been able to incorporate certain practices in my routine that help me keep a youthful look. Keep in mind that whatever reflects on your skin is usually a clear sign of what is going on inside the body. The skin is an amazing organ (also the largest and fastest growing one), as it protects your body from so many things including toxins. Incorporate these simple regimens to help yourself internally, which will leave your skin glowing with a more youthful appearance over time.

 

My top 10 tips for youthful skin

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  • Drink half your body weight of water in ounces a day, and add an organic lemon.
  • Enjoy at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day.
  • Incorporate raw vegetables into every meal.
  • Add organic, cold-pressed olive oil and organic avocados to salads.
  • Add organic raspberries, blueberries and blackberries to smoothies and meals or enjoy for dessert.
  • Drink organic green tea.
  • Eat light and healthy proteins to keep collagen strong. (I like grilled organic lamb, turkey, wild salmon and sardines.)
  • Try washing your face with filtered water and use a baking soda scrub every other day.
  • Add organic vitamins including raw C, D, E, zinc and the amino acid lysine.
  • Get plenty of sleep, aiming to get to bed and wake up at the same times daily.

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Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

Jaime