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Bomb Proof Coffee

Many of you may have heard of the famous patented “Bulletproof Coffee” comprised of special beans, MCT Oil, and Grass Fed Butter.  It’s designed as a breakfast replacement to provide loads of energy with quality fats and caffeine.  The long-burning fats prevent the caffeine/blood sugar crash that people often experience after drinking black coffee or sweetened espresso.  Drinking the quality fats instead of eating a breakfast full of complex carbohydrates and protein give your digestion a break (also known as intermittent fasting).  This allows your body to perform lower priority functions such as healing, fertility, building new tissue, and immune restoration that do not occur until higher priority digestion has completed.

The high levels Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) found in Grass Fed Butter is a powerful antioxidant and aids in weight loss and prevent cancer while the Butyric Acid aids in colon health.  Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) found in Unrefined Coconut Oil absorb easily into the bloodstream for long-burning easily accessed energy, rather than being stored as fat in adipose tissue.

Coffee is one of most heavily sprayed crops, so buying Organic matters!  Instead of adding sugar, artificial Sweeteners and flavors that are pro-inflammatory toxins that get stored as fat, why not consume quality fats that taste sweet and satiate you by triggering your leptin hormone.  Give it a try!

Though I am primarily Paleo, I personally enjoy a twist on this recipe I call Bomb Proof Coffee that uses unrefined Coconut Oil instead of refined MCT, adds filling Gelatin for protein and bone / skin / digestive repair, and Organic Cold Brew Coffee, which is lower in Acid and higher in caffeine than hot brewed coffee.

All you need is a blender, unrefined Coconut Oil, Grass Fed unsalted butter, Organic Coffee Beans, and plain Gelatin.  Costco, Trader Joes, and the local Food Co-op have what you need.  Just soak your fresh ground beans in a coffee press overnight in cold filtered water (You can make enough for 2 days and refrigerate half for the next day) In the morning, press your coffee and heat it until it is nearly boiling.  Combine 1 TBSP each: grass fed butter, unrefined Coconut Oil, and gelatin in the blender and pulse until it is frothy.

Voila!  Enjoy.


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Grounding Earth

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How is possible that two cold bodies become warm when embraced?  Why is it we are drawn to touching massive, old growth trees?  How come it feels so invigorating to take our shoes off and connect with the Earth?  Why does wading in the ocean’s saline waters rejuvenate our souls?

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We are all electricity.  Every breathing human, animal, and plant.  Every rock, element, particle.  We are All connected in this way.  Even when our bodies die, the energy is transferred to something or someone else.

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A Friend of mine inspired me with his knowledge of flora, admiration of trees, and love of Sea Life and ice plants.  During our walks, he would regularly stop to study large fallen Maple leaves, palm the thick bark of a majestic ancient pine, or gently whisp the delicate leaves of a beautiful rainbow maple tree.  I remember how he slowed me down to appreciate the magic of simplicity.  He also spoke of grounding, letting the sun hit his face, and connecting spiritually.  I recall feeling recharged during these times.

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I recently checked out the book “Earthing” and read it during an excursion to the Oregon coast.  The book explains how becoming balanced with earth’s electrical field by touching ground heals disease, improves mood, and increases overall health.  As the book suggested, I spent the majority of my time barefoot with my feet in the sand, which is what I have always naturally been inclined to do at the beach. 
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During this time of grounding, there was no stress or pain.  The children lost track of time and dug through the sand, waded in the healing waters, while the sun warmed our bodies.

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I take with me some vivid memories, and intent to ground with earth everyday regardless of time, duties, or excuses.

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Namaste………………………….

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Berry Season is Here

On my bike ride this morning, my eyes were delighted by the colorful rainbows… my nose was awakened by sweet smells, and my taste buds popped with the sweet and sour flavors of berries growing freely on the paths.   Wild Blueberries, Salad Berries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Oregon Grape Berries, Salmon Berries, Red Caps, and More! Antioxidants Galore!

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Easy, Healthy, Tasty, Low Acid Coffee

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Coffee has its pros and cons.  It can provide energy for your workout, antioxidants, promote weight loss, invokes peristalsis for regularity, and can be an enjoyable social event or meditative morning ritual.  However; Coffee is a stimulant, can become addictive, and when overindulged, can have detrimental health effects.  Hypertension, Osteoporosis, Disrupted Sleep, Stained Teeth, Acid Reflux, and Dehydration are common side effects of overconsumption.  Moderation is key!

Coffee is one of the most highly sprayed crops, and decaffeinated coffee is usually manufactured by using a chemical process.  So consider purchasing Organic.  Additionally, try to support Fair Trade Coffees, as the Coffee Industry is known to employ slave laborers and poor working conditions.  Sampling local and small Coffee businesses can be educational and fun.  Many offer free tastings.  The different flavors will enlighten your senses!

As for the acidity of coffee that leaches calcium from your bones and teeth, creating a bodily environment hospitable to unwanted bacteria and pathogens….there is a way to reduce the acid….It’s called Cold Brewing….There are several devices you can buy online.  But it’s inexpensive and easy to do at home without any special contraptions.

Essentially, you can soak your ground Coffee in a glass pitcher of water the night before.  In the morning, simply strain your coffee into another glass pitcher and refrigerate or heat as desired.  Your coffee will have amazing flavor with up to 75% less acid.  Please take note, the caffeine content will be stronger!

Additionally, you can compost those spent grounds or use them in the garden for acid loving plants.  Did you know that swishing with water after drinking coffee reduces teeth stains substantially?  And drinking a large glass of water will help rehydrate you afterwards.

Enjoy your cup of Joe!

 


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Coconut Oil Pulling

coconutoilCoconut oil pulling is one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums. Used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a popular detoxification process that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of plant oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then discarding.  Bacteria and toxins are naturally drawn to oil, so by performing this procedure when first wake, you can prevent ingesting harmful pathogens that colonize your oral cavity at night. Oil acts as a natural cleanser, lifting stains and grime from the enamel.  Here are just some of the benefits:

• Reduces plaque and tarter, preventing tooth decay, gingivitis, and cavities
• Kills bad breath, lifts stains, and whitens teeth
• Reduces bacterium including Streptococcus
• Heals bleeding gums and dry lips
• Soothes throat dryness, clears sinuses, improves allergies, and boosts immune systems
• Improves acne by reducing inflammation, bacteria, and toxins in the face
• Strengthens gums and jaw

Coconut Oil Pulling is a great choice over sesame or olive oil because it:

• Balances Hormones and Blood Sugar, Improving Energy
• Kills Candida
• Improves Digestion
• Moisturizes Skin
• Reduces Inflammation
• Burns Fat

This practice is especially beneficial for people with bridges, braces, or anyone who has difficulty flossing and brushing.

I like to perform oil pulling when I first wake, during a shower.  It’s important to discard the oil in the trash, as it can clog drains.  Flossing and brushing after help to remove all toxins, and make you mouth feel clean and pure.

For added health benefits and flavor, you can even add essential oils such as clove, cinnamon, tea tree, peppermint, or wild orange.


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Spring Cleaning

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Spring is an excellent time for cleansing the body, mind, heart, and soul.

For the Body:
Start by cleaning out your pantry and eliminate processed foods.  Visit the local farmers market or start greens in your own garden for some fresh super nutrients.
Consider fasting or a try a colonic cleanse to help clear your digestive tract.
Light exercises such as walking and yoga are helpful at moving the process along.

For the Mind:
Mindful practices such as meditation, hypnosis, and journaling are extremely effective methods of stress relief.  Letting go of toxic relationships, negative people, and other energy consuming stressors allow us to focus on bettering our Selves.  Prioritizing commitments in our lives will help us focus on what really matters.

For the Heart:
Forgiveness will set you free.  Be kind to Your Self and forgive your mistakes by letting go of the past and making positive changes NOW.
Realize that those who have broken your heart and damaged your trust are likely hurting worse than you.  So many are suffering from mental conditions, and everyone is fighting their own battle.  Only hurt people hurt people.  Instead of holding onto negative energy and anger, simply wish them peace and happiness, and lovingly set them free to go their own way.
Practice random and loving acts of kindness with others.  Be generous, and your heart will mend and grow in time and you will be stronger from the experience.

For the Soul:
Take the time to be ALONE and find Your Self.
Simplify your surroundings.  Clear the clutter.  If you don’t use it, lose it.  Let go of that which no longer serves you. Donate to a charity.  Make good use of your stuff instead of letting it drain you.
Change your environment.  Paint a room a bright color. Reorganize furniture.  Change is life.  Stagnancy is death.
Explore nature.  Breathe in all the beauty around you.  Exhale everything else.  Life is abundant.

Take the time to reflect on your life up to now.  Create new goals.  Be the best you can be in every way.  Namaste!