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Love Your Body

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Love is a natural human birthright.  Our bodies are living proof.  No matter what toxins, abuse, or self harm you bring to yourself, your body will continuously try to filter, repair, and heal itself to achieve homeostasis.  You only get one body to house your mind and soul, so treat it with loving kindness.

Love your body back by gently exercising, walking,  practicing yoga, meditating, and resting when needed.  Feed yourself clean foods, avoid toxic additives, smoke, alcohol, and caffeine.  Massage, aromatherapy, and reduce clutter and stress.

By taking care of your body, you will be able to love yourself and others more fully.  Love is contagious, and others will mirror you and return the favor.


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Eat Dirt!

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Humans have been consuming minerals from the earth for hundreds of thousands of years.  Salt, soil, ash, charcoal all contain trace elements necessary for life.  They cleanse, heal, and have several other uses.

Bentonite Clay is one of several clays derived from Volcanic Ash.  Within its classification, there are several types of Bentonite Clay.  Calcium Bentonite, also called Calcium Montmorillonite is a green clay, is well-known for its healing and curative powers because of its high adsorption and absorption powers. It is alkaline with a pH of 8 or 9 and above, and is tasteless and has no smell. It can be used for external use. But, most importantly, this healing clay is extremely good when taken internally, for detoxing and removing toxins.  This is particulary useful for handling food poisoning, intestinal parasites, and other internal toxification.

Sodium Bentonite Clay is best used externally, as it has much higher swelling properties.  It is useful for drawing toxins and venom from stings, bites, and is used for epidermal wound healing.  It is an essential for hiking and camping, as clay mixed with water has been known to save victims from snakebites and insect stings by liberally applying to the affected area.  It works well on skin conditions including Psoriasis and Excema.  It is great for removing hair build up as well!

Bentonite Clay is negatively charged, while toxins are usually positively charged.  It is important not to use metal utencils when administering the clay as their ions will be attracted, rendering the clay useless for drawing.  Additionally, you may be consuming or applying harmful metals.

Redmond Clay is a locally sourced Calcium Bentonite Clay.  I like to internally detox with it on the weekends, as bowel movements may be more frequent or stronger.  And, detoxification can make you feel fatigued or queezy.  Additionally, it is best to consume clay away from meals, as it can pull nutrients from your foods.

Here’s how to take Redmond Clay:  Take 1 plastic teaspoon and shake into a plastic water bottle.   It is recommended to take a Psyllium Fiber Capsule with clay to aid in transit.  Take the solution at night before bed.  Your liver detoxifies in the early morning, so this is a perfect time to aid the liver in moving toxins out of your system.  Make sure to hydrate well during detoxification, so your toxins don’t get bound up in your digestive tract.  You may notice a metallic smell in your excretions.  This is normal.

Remember, a little dirt never hurt!


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Make Your Own Backyard Bitters

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In my previous post about Bitters , I mentioned all the benefits of these wonderful medicines. If you have your own herbs and “weeds”, you can brew up your own magical elixirs.

Yesterday, I scavenged the forest and the winter Herb Garden to Wildcraft some homemade Bitters. Following Rosemary Gladstone’s recipe, I gathered the following bitter food ingredients: Unfiltered Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, dried Licorice root, Golden and Italian Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Thyme, Sage, fragrant Rosemary, Lemon Balm, cleaned Dandelion roots, fresh Peppermint, scraped and washed Oregon Grape roots, Orange peel, Lemon peel, and Grapefruit Peel. I finely minced the ingredients and submerged them under 2 inches of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar to start the anaerobic tincture process.

The sealed, clear glass jar will sit on the window sill for 4-6 weeks, while I shake it daily to help the enzymes extract the properties from the plants. Afterwards, I will strain the liquid into dark glass bottles, to prevent oxidation for up to 1 year. These Bitters can be taken daily, with each meal for optimum digestion, nutrition, and overall health.


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10 REALIZATIONS FOR 2016

It’s never too late to set your intentions.  If you have New Years Resolutions, write them down so you don’t forget them.  Post them on the mirrors, doors, ceiling…wherever you will notice them.  Use colored paper, or affix them on your water bottle.  Set a reminder to revisit them each day for the first week, each week for the first month, and each month for the first year.  Applaud your triumphs, and accept your defeats.  Be kind to your Self and appreciate your dedication.  Repetition WILL become fruition. Once you have mastered your practice, deepen it and take it further.  Journal it, and share it with others. If you do not have any inspirational insights, feel free to borrow some of mine.

  1. Meditate daily for 15 minutes. Whether journaling, reading, or listening..Connect with your Self.
  2. Listen and learn more..Especially to and from your children who have innate wisdom of the world.  Speak less..and when you do, make it worth the breath you breathe.
  3. Surround yourself in positivity. Darkness cannot rule the light.  Be bright and sparkle.
  4. Stop wanting. Be grateful every day for all the gifts in your life.  The Law of Attraction works!
  5. Slow down..see the beauty..hear the melodious sounds of nature..smell the flora..taste the sustenance..feel the embrace..sense the supernatural.
  6. Be the observer of your feelings. Be the owner of your actions.
  7. Lead by example. Those who want, will follow.  Those who do not, will go their own way.
  8. Do not expect perfection from anyone, including yourself.
  9. Make fewer plans and be more spontaneous.
  10. Have faith in the what the universe brings. Use magic to make it your ultimate reality.

You don’t have to regret your past or label mistakes.  Consider learning from your experiences.  Wherever you are in life, you can accept it, set new goals, and make a conscious choice to move forward in a positive direction!


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The Winter Garden

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I give thanks to the garden that feeds us year round. After Autumn harvest, I sow onions, garlic, leeks, root vegetables, and cruciferous greens.

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Quick growing spinach, arugala, and radish greens will grow covered under well ventilated mini hoop houses.
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This year, dark landscaping material heats the soil, keeping rows tidy, and reduces weed growth.
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The chard, kale, and beets continue to produce breakfast greens throughout winter.
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The leeks are huge now, making excellent soups.
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Carrots, turnips, brassicas, and radishes get tastier a temperatures drop.
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The herb garden is protected by the fence lending Oregano, Lovage, Rosemary, Sorrel, and Thyme in the Cold Season.

While many vegetables and herbs are dormant, it is possible to grow an array of produce year round in the Pacific Northwest with a little creativity, effort, and passion.

Eat Local.


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Easy Clean Paleo Dinner #8

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Costco and Trader Joe’s rock!  Tonight is Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs:

Aidelle’s Already Cooked Organic Sweet Basil and Roasted Garlic Chicken MEATBALLS.. just reheat for 10 minutes

Steamed Spiralized Organic Zucchini Noodles…via my Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment.

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For the Sauce.. throw it in a pot and boil:
-Organic Tomato Sauce
-Frozen Organic Normandy Vegetables
-Diced Organic Onions
-Fresh Oregano from the Garden
-EVOO

Lots of leftovers for lunch in less than 30 Minutes!

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For my Kiddos.. A little fresh Parmesan… And for me.. Crushed red pepper flakes 😊


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Recipe for Healing Within

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Sometimes skies are grey, life seems dull,  and we feel lost.  We cannot always control external factors, so we must look within.  We can focus on nourishing our bodies, to support our minds, heal our hearts, and lift our souls.

Realize the majority of your body is inhabited by non human cells including bacteria and yeast. Stress,  sugar,  processed foods,  and other unhealthy lifestyle choices disrupt healthy flora equilibrium.  When this happens, opportunistic candida colonizes sending signals to all parts of your body in forms of unhealthy cravings and negative thoughts, leading to fatigue and depression.

Drinking more water,  resting,  yoga, positive meditation,  nature and good company are great ways to combat these invaders.  When that’s not enough, send in the troops by with one of the most probiotic rich medicines ever known…. Sauerkraut! . Here’s a basic recipe from Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions”,  one of my favorite cookbooks.

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Organic cabbage is local to the Pacific Northwest in winter,  so load up!

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I skip the whey (I am lactose intolerant) so I make up with mineral rich sea salts.

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Sampling to ensure it tastes perfect before smashing in a gallon jar.

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The salt releases the enzymes and lactobacillus proliferates in the firmly packed,  dark anaerobic environment for a week or longer before consumption and refrigeration.

A fork full a day keeps the bad bugs away!  Namaste