Nut Butter RECALL – Salmonella Contamination

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Warning folks: A whole slew of nut butters are contaminated with Salmonella, which is an organism that can cause serious infections. Every year, Salmonella is estimated to cause about 1.2 million illnesses in the United States, with about 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

I’m pretty upset about this to say the least. I just finished off a jar of Whole Foods 365 Organic Creamy Roasted Almond Butter 16 oz. which is included in this recall along with other varieties of Whole Foods 365 brand as well as Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Kroger, Safeway & Trader Joe’s.

Click here to read the firm press release on the recall from the FDA.

Hopefully you wont be effected by this possible health risk!

Please share with your friends and loved ones who love nut butters as much as you and I. 😉

Love,

Angie

 

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Purely Essential: Top 7 Uses For Essential Oil of Peppermint

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The first time I ever tried pure essential oils was when I received a free sample from a friend who is a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA International. I remember my 2 year old had the hiccups. Not just gentle hiccups, but those violent almost painful hiccups. I remembered reading that peppermint oil could cure the hiccups in seconds and of course, I thought back to all those “cures” from when I was a kid myself trying to get rid of pesky hiccups. I figured, “what do we have to lose?”

2 drops of peppermint oil on the back of his neck and 1 second later, the hiccups were gone, vanished!

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I couldn’t believe that my mom didn’t know this. I couldn’t believe the whole world didn’t know this!

Then I got a headache. I happened to be talking with my Wellness Advocate friend, and she said “3 drops of peppermint oil on the back of your neck!” 🙂 I thought, “waahht?”

3 drops of peppermint oil on the back of my neck, and 10 minutes later, my headache was completely gone! How much would you pay for something that you do not have to ingest, and it takes away headaches (and hiccups!) in minutes? Oh, and it’s completely natural, not poisonous to your liver. Contains no pesticides, synthetic chemicals or additives. 100% pure essential plant oil.

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If you don’t believe me, please, request a FREE sample. ( HealthCoachAB@gmail.com) I would be happy to send you one! You can put it in your medicine cabinet, and when the time comes, it will be there for you. Just make sure you come back and tell me how amazed you are! That’s my favorite part of sharing! 🙂

So obviously those are my personal top #1 & 2, Here’s 3-7….

3.) Sore Muscles: Because peppermint oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, it not only can relieve pain and inflammation but can also calm the spasms that cause muscle cramps.

  • Dilute with fractionated coconut oil and rub entire area which is sore.

4.) Stress Relief: Like many other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression, anxiety, and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature.

  • For stress relief, combine peppermint & lavender essential oils to help relieve tension while absorbed through your body’s largest organ: your skin.
  • Aromatherapy is amazingly effect as well. If you are new to diffusing or have yet to try, I highly recommend it! You can find diffusers for as little as $15.00.

5.) Energy/Alertness: Peppermint oil powerfully affects and improves mental clarity and raises energy levels. If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, this may be a blessing to your mid-afternoon lull.

  • Rub a drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room to improve concentration and accuracy.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders repeatedly to keep energy levels up during the day.
  • Inhale before and during a workout to help boost your mood and reduce fatigue.

6.) Colds/Congestion: Menthol provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and the common cough & cold. It is often an ingredient in natural chest rubs to help with congestion.

  • Massage 2-3 drops (along with a carrier oil) onto chest or drop into a humidifier to help clear sinus and lung congestion.
  • If you’re head is feeling stuffed or you can’t stop coughing, try a peppermint essential oil steam. Pour boiling water into a metal or glass bowl, and add a few drops of essential oil (On Guard blend, eucalyptus and rosemary are good combinations with peppermint). Drape a towel over your head and position your face 10-12 inches above the bowl and breathe in the steam.

7.) Indigestion: One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion is peppermint. Peppermint oil is very helpful in digestion asithas a carminative property of expelling gas (from the stomach or intestines so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain or distension).

  • Massage several drops on your abdomen, place a drop on wrists, or inhale to soothe motion sickness or general nausea.
  • Drinking mint tea has long been the antidote to an upset stomach.
  • Inhaling peppermint oil is also said to help curb the appetite by triggering a sense of fullness.

Those are my top 7 uses for peppermint essential oil. 🙂 There are many, many more. I encourage you to do some research on these amazing essentials.

What do you use your essential oils for?

I would love to hear from you! 🙂

Much love & light,

Angela

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I can help you! ❤

Like I promised, I want to share some pictures today of my clean eats and drinks from my recent Summerlicious Glow Cleanse.  🙂

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My gosh I have so many more pictures! I’ll have to save them for another post. 🙂

If you are interested in the meal plan for my Summerlicious Glow Cleanse, I’m still offering the content at the super low introductory rate of just $10 (!!)

If you need some one to work directly with you, side by side every step of the way ask me about my 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month programs. 🙂

I am here to coach you through the good days and the not so good days.

Much love & light to you,

Ang

Summerlicious Glow Cleanse – Nutritional Equilibrium

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 Tomorrow is Day 1!

Day one of my Summerlicious Glow Cleanse, that is!

I wish I had been able to get on here and share this with you all. I started planning for it months ago. It’s a TON of work to put together a cleanse! Then, to test out the cleanse, on myself and on my clients (over and over too!). If you’re thinking,”How hard could it be?” Please, by all means, try and put one together. 😀

I am finally so very pleased with each and every recipe included in this cleanse. The only thing that still needs work is the actual design of the content.

((If anybody knows a thing or two, and feels super generous, I would love some feedback! 🙂 ))

 I’ve gone back & forth from simple text to full out “pretty” versions haha.. The simple text seems much easier to follow. We’ll see where we end up with the design, but for now I am pleased to share it with some of my fellow classmates, clients, friends, and family.

This is not a juice-only cleanse, this cleanse includes fresh juices, succulent smoothies, delicious salads and savory meals after day 5. Originally I designed this cleanse to be 5 days, but have added an additional 5 days to re-introduce super simple cooked meals and simple tasty snacks that will keep your blood sugar balanced and your mind happy. 🙂

I’ve also included yoga & workout suggestions that will work well with the nourishment you’re providing for your bod pod.

I’ve created a private FB group for support and inspiration, where I will be posting daily. I will share some of my recipes here in the days ahead.

I am so ready to clean out my temple from all the (not-so-good) goodies we’ve indulged in since the winter. We just kept going, and going…

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I’m excited to get my unlimited energy & healthy glow back!

How are you doing in the kitchen? Do you need some help getting back on track? Are you searching for recipes that taste good, keep you satisfied, and provide the nutrients your body needs?

Want to get the toxins out, eliminate inflammation, and lose that stubborn excess weight?

Would you like to wake up feeling fantastic, and excited to rock your day?

Would you love an army of soul sistas that have your back whenever you need us?

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If you are interested in joining us, for this time -or- for next round, please feel free to contact me! Or you can leave a comment below. 🙂

Since I am still working on the design, I am letting this gem go for the sweet introductory price of $10.00, how cool is that? ❤

You will not be disappointed with the quality of recipes –or– your results from eating this way for 10 days.

Our current group has about 6 Holistic Health Coaches participating, so their will be plenty of guidance available if/when needed. And you can Always contact me directly at HealthcoachAB@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing my love for health and happiness!

Much love & light to you,

Angela

 

Is Kombucha Really Good For You?

“The wide variety of complaints relieved by Kombucha is almost not
comprehensible. But it is explainable on the basis that Kombucha
does not target a specific body organ but, rather, influences the
entire organism positively by effecting a stabilization of the
metabolic situation and the detoxifying effect of its glucuronic
acid. In many people, this leads to a heightened endogenic defense
capacity against those toxic influences and environmental stresses
which inundate us from many sides. The result is the invigoration
of a damaged cellular metabolism, and the restoration and firming
up of one’s well-being.” -Gunther W Frank (leading authority on
kombucha tea, author of “Kombucha: Healthy beverage and natural
remedy from the Far East”)

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Yeah, baby!

   Kombucha is a delicious health elixir that has been around for over 2,000 years.  It is made from sweetened tea that has been fermented by a scoby (aka “mother” because of its ability to reproduce multiple scobies, or mushroom)

My experience with Kombucha Tea:

I had my first ever kombucha when I was in my second trimester with Kayden. I decided to try it because I was looking for vegan sources of probiotics and Kombucha is an excellent source of RAW LIVE probiotics!

With my first sip I fell in love. I hadn’t drunk soda in about 6 years so it felt like I was sipping on a strawberry soda!

I immediately felt the effects the Kombucha Tea had on my body and mind. My whole body was tingling, while my mind felt clear and vibrantly awake.

I now drink Kombucha Tea daily.  I have learned to brew my own. It’s a very rewarding process that hardly takes any time. Check out this post where I show you how to make your own.

Benefits of Kombucha Tea:

Improves Digestion- Kombuca tea provides RAW LIVE probiotics which are healthy digestive flora which help your body to digest foods and absorb nutrients more efficiently. Kombucha tea has been proven to aid in weight loss for those looking to shed extra un-needed weight.

Alkaline Forming- Kombucha outside the body is acidic, similar to lemons or apple cider vinegar. However, inside the body, it has an alkalizing effect. pH Balance is extremely important to the proper function of your digestive system.

Because of the alkalizing effect on the body and the high levels of glucuronic acid, scientists in Russia and Germany have linked Kombucha Tea to an immunity to cancer.

Reduces Stress- The tea used to make Kombucha contains theanine which promotes alpha wave production in the brain and also increases serotonin levels.

Natural Energy Boost- Theanine + Caffeine, vitamin B6 and other B vitamins, and antioxidants all work together to cleanse and detoxify the liver. The assist in eliminating heavy metals and toxins which allows your body to run more efficiently helping your body absorb the highest amount of nutrients from the foods you eat. Gluconic acid breaks down to Caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal that can immensely help those suffering from candida.

Aside from the health benefits of Kombucha Tea, you can use Kombucha on the outside of your body for beauty benefits as well. It can be used on the face/skin as a natural astringent. It can be used to keep your hair looking and feeling strong, full of volume, even restoring the color of your hair!

Last but not least, you can pour Kombucha Tea all over your feet to cure athlete’s foot. Hopefully you wont ever have to do that.

I LOVE Kombucha Tea, do you? Do you know anyone who is missing out on these amazing benefits? Tell them about it! :o)

Have a happy & healthy day!!

xoxoxo

Angie

What’s bubbly, delicious, & good for your gut?

Kombucha!!

Do you LOVE Kombucha like I do?? Kombucha has got to be my favorite thing to drink. I gave up soda over 6 years ago so the first time I tried Kombucha was the first time I had anything bubbly to drink since then! The very first time I tried Kombucha it was because of a lovely lady named Dashama. I highly recommend checking her out! She’s amazing, she has some great videos on Youtube like this one. Anyway, my favorite is GT’s Strawberry Serenity. You know what, though? I am a stay at home mom of 2 and I can’t afford $3.69 – $4.69/ bottle! So I did a little research. First I found out that there are countless sources for buying your own scoby (mushroom that ferments the tea by eating up the sugar). Then I found out that you could just take a bottle of raw kombucha, leave it on the counter for a week (I suggest pouring it into a container with a larger mouth so you can get the scoby out!) And Voila! You now have your very own scoby! Yayy!

You will need: Scoby

Tea (I like to use Green Tea)

Any type of sugar (I use organic sucanat and I will try honey soon!)

& Container to put it in!

First thing’s first…

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Boil your water!

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Steep tea for 3-5 minutes. Add 1 cup of organic sugar to the tea.

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Once cooled, add tea to Ball jars. (Or any container you have on hand) and add scoby.

Now find a room temp, dark place to allow your scoby to ferment your green tea. (I put mine on a shelf in my closet) It will take between 4-9 days depending on your scoby.

Once the tea becomes Kombucha….

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Notice the bubbly bubbly?

I add some freshly pureed strawberries…

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After that, I gently stir the mixture, put a lid on it and keep it in the fridge for about another week. The added sugar from the strawberries will kickstart to scoby’s fermentation and it will get super bubbly. So be careful, sip slowly, and do not shake it! : )

Enjoy!!

Have you tried Kombucha? Are you ready to try to brew your very own batch? Try it out!

Stay happy & healthy,

Angie