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Health benefits of peaches

One of the main reasons I love the summer time is for the amazing juicy fruits like peaches. Not only do they taste amazing, but there are so many great benefits to them. There is a long list but here a just a few.

 

Weight Control
One large peach, about 2 3/4 inches in diameter, contains just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more fattening, processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet and can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.

Vitamins

Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. Peaches contain vitamin A, important to healthy vision, vitamin C, an antioxidant and tissue-builder. Peaches provide lower levels of vitamins E and K. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, while vitamin K is essential to your body’s blood clotting capabilities. Peaches are also a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid

Minerals

A peach provides potassium, which can help you maintain healthy blood pressure as well as prevent kidney stones and bone loss. Peaches provide some magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, iron and calcium as well. These minerals work to support red blood cell, bone and nervous system health.

Antioxidants

One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps scavenge free radicals — compounds that your body acquires through exposure to pollutants, food and the environment — to reduce the effects of aging and deter chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also help ward off cancer and reduce body

Fiber

A large peach provides 17 g of carbohydrates, 3 g of which come from fiber. Fiber is essential to smooth and healthy digestion, preventing constipation and ensuring digestive health. Fiber may also play a role in regulating your cholesterol levels, helping to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. An adult woman should try to consume 25 g of fiber daily, and an adult man 38 g daily.

Peaches are a lot of great source of zinc, which has anti-aging properties. The consumption of zinc-rich foods such as peaches promotes the production of antibodies and inhibits the cellular damage caused by toxins. Peaches also interferes with the aging process of male reproductive organs by boosting the levels of the reproductive hormone testosterone in the body.

So next time you’re out grocery shopping, be sure to pick up a bag of peaches for yourself.

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Wellness Wednesday: common detox symptoms

I’ve gotten so many inboxes concerning two common symptoms of detoxing. Those symptoms are constipation and excess body odor. There are other symptoms experienced during detoxing/fasting, but these are the two common ones everyone experiences right off the top.

While going through a detox, there are two main exits for these toxins to escape from. The skin and colon. Many people have mentioned how they’ve felt really backed up during the first few days of detoxing/fasting. Well it’s really normal. Depending on how much waste is in the body, it could be that the detox is working faster than the body is able to process it. So as the body is detoxing itself, waste is piling up in the colon trying to get out. This is not the time to give up!! Instead, drink more water and if possible incorporate some exercise. A simple 15-30 minute walk around the neighborhood/office will do to get things flowing.

The other complaint is that people experience excess body odor. The thing not to do is to bathe in Cologne/perfume, or any heavy deodorants. Toxins are trying to get out through the skin and putting on all those things will cause the skin to clog up and could lead to sickness. Use light oils like coconut oil, rose water, or any deodorant that does not contain aluminum or other chemicals.

If you have anymore questions concerning detoxing, fasting, weight loss, and other health questions. Be sure to schedule a consultation with me by clicking here.

 

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Happy cleansing people 😃

 

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Wellness Wednesday: popcorn alternative

 

If you’ve been following me for any length of time you know I LOVE FOOD! During my transition from the American standard diet to a plant based diet, I learned more about so many different foods and spices that I never tried before. One of my favorite things to do is to snack throughout the day. My go to would always be popcorn. Just about everyday I would make stove top popcorn and season it with salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Well also during my transition I learned more about the food industry and what they were really doing with our food. The chemicals used to grow our food, and the effects it was having on our bodies. About 95% of the corn grown in the United States is GMO. If you’re not hip to what GMO is, it’s basically the scientist the work in the food industry modify the structure of a plant/food to allow it to grow faster without spending less month. In turn its taking away the nutritional value of that plant as well as causing hormonal imbalance in our bodies. After finding this out, I cut back on my popcorn intake and eventually let it all go completely. Knowing that information didn’t take away my love for popcorn though, so I needed to find an alternative FAST! I started researching and found that amaranth was a great go to.

What is amaranth you say!? It is an ancient grain found in Mexico. It’s a little tiny seed whose plant can produce up to 60,000 seeds alone. It’s packed with a long list of vitamins and nutrients like iron, calcium, amino acids, and so much more. To read up on more about Amaranth, check out my last blog here.

So when I first tried amaranth, I fell in love. The taste is amazing and very similar to popcorn. The only draw back is they are so small, but it’s worth it. I still use the same seasons as before and I feel like I’ve never left. So if you’re a popcorn lover like I use to be, give amaranth a try. All you need is a hot pan and amaranth seeds (no oil required). Let me know what you think if you try it out. 😃

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Why meditation is apart of my daily routine.

Since being on this holistic journey, I’ve learned so much about who I am as a person and what works for me. Im still a work in progress but I find it fulfilling to go through the process of really learning who I am. During this 5 year journey, not only have I grown stronger in my physical health but also mentally and spiritually.

Meditation (and much pray) played a big part of the transformation of my life. I realized that I couldn’t fully heal from my physical pains if I didn’t first heal from the mental ones that haunted me on a daily basis. When I first started meditation about 3 years ago, it was very hard. I didn’t know what I was doing, and I just felt crazy laying on the floor quiet and still. The process wasn’t working for me because my mind was racing and getting the absolute best of me. Not only did I say the process was stupid and worthless but I thought it as well. I knew something had to change though, I couldn’t continue on living sick, tired, and broken.

So I decided to seek help on how to properly meditate. The easiest and least expensive things was to google and watch youtube videos. It worked for a while but I’m a hands on type and really needed guidance. I then sought the help of a yoga instructor from college. When I approached her, she said she remembered me taking her class and even then she could sense there was something great about me (SN: that goes to show that the right people see greatness in you even when you’re broken and hopeless). I told her what I needed help with and she with no hesitation guided me through the process. I went to her for about 8 months until she moved out of town. Going through that brought up so many emotions that for so many years were buried inside. Once that part of me was healed, everything else just fell right into place. The symptom from having lupus were little to none existent, my skin was clearing up, and my surroundings became easier to handle.

Today I meditate daily for about 30 minutes, sometimes an hour. During that time I speak greatness over my life and the lives of those I love. I speak about the intentions I have for my future along with the plans and dreams I have. I then lay completely still and quiet on the floor allowing God to take over. Allowing more visions to flow and the steps and actions I need to take in order to get those things done. When I’m not doing that I love to ride my bike, or calmly walk while listening to nature and all its beauty.

I’m not perfect, I still have bad days and sometimes my mind gets the best of me. Im still learning and being a student. The difference now is I know how to center myself and calm down those thoughts that use to take over me. I know now that whatever I focus on, will magnify, grow, and become greater than I’ve ever imagined. That’s why I only think, speak, and listen to positivity to insure my life is always in Divine Order. 🙂

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As promised in the video, I have listed a few more of my favorite foods that help with reducing and fighting inflammation. There are so many more foods but to no go on and on here are my absolute favorites that I consume on a regular basis. Listed are also their benefits and if consumed on a regular basis can bring much improvement to the body. Hope you enjoy. Be sure to like, share, and comment on whats your favorite.

  • Clove

-It is a powerful fast-soluble antioxidant

-Fights fungal infections of skin, ears, and vagina

-maintains the bodies enzymes at normal levels.

  • Ginger

-clears sinus channel

-eliminates nausea

-helps with aching muscles and joints

-removes throats and nose congestion

  • Rosemary

-iron

-calcium

-phosphorus

-potassium

-zinc

-maintains blood pressure

-controls heart rate

Vitamins A, B, and C

-Protects from lung cancer

-prevents brain disorders like Alzheimers

  • Turmeric

-improves eye health

-aids in weight loss

-lowers insulin resistance

-natural pain killer for joints and muscles

-Detoxifies liver

-Aids in better health

-Antibacterial

  • Purple Potatoes

-lowers blood pressure

-No excess weight gain

-Increases antibacterial

  • Flax seeds

-reduces insulin resistance

-contains Omega 3

-Prevents bone lose

-increases bone density

-Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

-aids in brain development (especially in children)

-treats eczema, psoriasis, and other skin diseases

  • Leafy greens

-contains calcium

-potassium

-Vitamin A,C, and K

-reduces swelling

-contains folate

  • Walnuts

-Vitamin E

-Calcium

-Fiber

-contains Omega 3

  • Sea plants (kelp, seamoss, and nori are my favs)

-prevents aging and chronic disease

-Lowers cholesterol

-solves mineral deficiencies

-Detoxifies the body

-balance thyroid function

  • Peppers (red, yellow, green, orange)

-high Vitamin C levels

-beta-carotene

-anti-inflammatory

-antioxidants

-anti-cancer

-anti-fungi

  • Onions (purple is my fav)

-heals infections

-vitamin C

-regulates blood sugar

-improves skin conditions

  • Berries (raspberries, blueberries, Blackberries, etc)

-prevents aging

-prevents cardiovascular disease

-prevents arthritis

-fiber

-improves digestion

-reduces asthma and arthritis

  • Avocado

-potassium

-aids in heart health

-high in fiber

-lower cholesterol

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What are your feet telling you

We’ve all experienced some sort of foot pain at some point and time in our lives. Like that time you bought those shoes that you just couldn’t live without, even though they were too tight.

There have also been times when we have had a nagging pain that just wouldn’t seem to go away. Something like a ball getting lodge in the bottom of your foot.
The foot is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. With each foot there is 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. Which makes up about 25% of the bones in the body. On each foot there are over 7,000 nerve endings called reflexes that correspond to every organ and system within your body. So when your experiencing foot discomfort, it could be something serious.

For instance, people who are diabetic can experience getting a foot or toes removed if symptoms become deadly. That’s why regular foot care is important.

Massaging the feet regularly can bring some very noticeable changes over time. The benefits of getting foot massage can be:

•Relaxation
•improves circulation
•Normalizes gland function
•pain management
•revitalizes enters
•promotes overall well-being
•strengthens immune system

Getting services like reflexology can began a turnaround in a persons overall health. Also it wouldn’t hurt to walk outside in the grass sometimes. Doing so allows to electrical energy from the earth to enter into the body, which allows for healing. Nature is the best medicine you know.

Be sure when getting any body work done that the products used are chemical free, and preferably food based. This is to insure no pathogens enter into the body through the skin, causing any damage the the organs or cells.

If you’re a “do it yourselfer” like myself, massaging with coconut oil is always a great route to go. Going through each toe and massaging top and bottom of the foot brings much relief and comfort from the long day. Also, try and wear the feet out as much as possible to avoid bacteria build up and fungus.
So next time you’re out getting your grooming work done, be sure to think of your feet as well. You’ll be glad you did.image

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Mental health and Lupus

To date, this was the most difficult post for me. Within the last three years, I just got to the point where I was comfortable enough to even talk about the fact that I’d been battling lupus for the last 15 or so years. This is the first time that I’m publicly revealing that I suffered with depression, suicide attempts, emotional eating, and alcohol abuse. My early 20s were a mess, and sometimes it showed. I didn’t know if I was coming or going half the time.

Living with Lupus was a hard battle to fight, but the internal battle I faced everyday was even harder. The physical pain I felt had me wanting to give up on life all together. There was always a small still voice inside of me that begged me not to give up. So I fought as hard as i could. With much prayer, self-love, and meditation, I eventually got to the point where I loved me again. In the video below, I share in more detail how I felt back then and the steps I took to get over it all.

I made some very difficult yet long last changes in my life. I created a daily routine that shifted me to the place I am today. I’ve grown physically, mentally, and spiritually over these last 5 years. Each day is still a learning process for me. I’m still learning about me and what I love. Throughout this journey I’ve found a few things that have helped me along this path. A few books that I absolutely love are

Power of Positive thinking
As a man thinketh
Think and grow rich
By any greens necessary
These are just a few of the books that have helped me to grow stronger, along with spiritual counseling, and a strong support system. No one can do this alone, be sure to surround yourself with people you trust, and people who will speak light into your dark situation.

Be sure to check out my video below. LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT

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