Supplements….It Doesn’t Have To Be Soooooo Confusing

i8crgl22va_44f79171_080a_95a4_6214_0e78bbf4d2feI am lucky enough to have Darlene (A Herbalist) from The Natural Flow to Health (her website http://www.naturalflowtohealth.ca/en/) in my backyard, but for those of you who do not have a Darlene of your own, I’ve asked her about daily supplements to which she commented:

Ok here we go. Yes you are correct a good diet and water is very important (we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces daily)!
If a person does not eat well enough and they lack nutrients then this is what I
would suggest no matter their health history:

-Bifidophilus: (a live probiotic) 1-3 per day @ bed
-Chlorophyll: For greens, nutrients for blood, lowers inflammation etc (comes in liquid form).
Preferably Chlorophyll with no artificial preservatives. Chlorophyll is also very high in calcium (one of the best sources actually).
-B100: At breakfast maybe noon as well. Great for energy and mood stabilizer
-VIt D: 1000-4000 depending on the weight and age
-Mineral combination: A good one! (we are all depleted in minerals due to
sugar and carb intake). I like “Real Minerals @ Last” 1-3 per day
-Magnesium complex: Relaxes bowels and muscles and helps with nerves (stress is huge
in life now a days).

For me, these are the basics if not diet related!
A good/clean diet would reduce the dosages”

Thxs Darlene…great info!

Here’s the sitch, there is no one-size-fits-all supplement prescription, but there are some basics that will help to get you started. You might be asking yourself, why can’t I get everything my body needs from a well-balanced diet? I sure wish we could. Unfortunately, that often isn’t the case in today’s world. Modern farming practices and environmental issues have depleted the vitamins and nutrients in our food. Plus, everyone’s nutritional needs are unique, especially when facing a health challenge. Think of supplements as your insurance policy. This is why I completely agree that the best way to proceed with creating a supplement program is with the guidance of a trained professional. Magazine articles and cleansing fads can lead you down a confusing road that wastes your time and money. A trained professional will look under your hood and carefully analyze where you’re deficient and why. They’ll also offer nutrition advice to complement your protocol.
My story is a perfect example of how a trained professional needed to assess my mental & physical well being….or shall I say Not Well Being!!! That was 7 years ago & now that my body & mind (some would not agree with this…haha) are normal, I am on a few daily herbs & minerals that Darlene has recommended.
Word to the wise (and let’s take a deep breath together): It’s easy to get overwhelmed by supplements, but integrating them into your life doesn’t need to become a second job. I did take a lot of supplements over the past years, but I am now on a few to fill in the gaps where diet & envirnoment don’t fill the bill.
Signed
Happily Herbal
xoxo

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Baked Donuts…..Yummo♥

SONY DSCI just found these pic’s from Valentine’s Day….was fun making these little Lovelies! They were delightful!! I of course got the recipe on Pinterest but modified it to a healthier (if I can say donut & healthy in same sentence) version.

Ingredients:
1 cup Spelt Flour
1 Cup Wholewheat Flour
3/4 Organic Coconut sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
zest of 1 orange
2 large eggs
1 cup of milk
4 Tbsp olive oil

Bake @ 350F for 10 minutes

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Batter in Donut Tin

Batter in Donut Tin

Waitin for Glaze Bathe

Waitin for Glaze Bathe


Glaze: Juice of 1 Orange, 2 cups Icing Sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla & 1 tsp saffron

Glaze: Juice of 1 Orange, 2 cups Icing Sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla & 1 tsp saffron

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These babies are not light & fluffy…if you want that replace healthy flours above with enriched white flour & cake flour (Barf!) but they are delightfully tasty & perfect with a cup of tea.
Love this recipe…it’s definetley a keeper!
xoxo

Calendula Lotion

Calendula blossoms are bright orange (we call them Marigolds) and contain oils that are very soothing and nourishing to the skin. A salve can be made with Calendula oils to help relieve skin irritations that require moisture, such as eczema or psoriasis.

Calendula is beneficial for a multitude of ailments. When taken internally – as a tea or tincture – it has the ability to reduce the inflammation of the digestive system. When applied topically — as a lotion, salve, ointment, herbal bath, or compress — it is one of the best herbs for treating skin issues like burns, inflammation, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bee stings, minor wounds, diaper rashes, conjunctivitis, eczema, athlete’s foot, and acne. It works just like any anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory would.

Ingredients: Calendula Infused Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Glycerin, Witch, Hazel

Ingredients: Calendula Infused Water, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Glycerin, Witch, Hazel

Melting Beeswax with Oils in Mason Jar in a pot lined with a wash cloth...my version of a double boiler

Melting Beeswax with Oils in Mason Jar in a pot lined with a wash cloth…my version of a double boiler

Adding Young Living Essential oil called Peace & Calming

Adding Young Living Essential oil called Peace & Calming

Whipping Oils

Whipping Oils

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Finished Product....Luscious Cream

Finished Product….Luscious Cream

Here’s How To Make:
Ingredients:
4 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz. Distilled Infused Calendula water
1/2 oz. Beeswax
1/2 oz. vegetable Glycerin
1/2 oz. Witch Hazel
15 Drops of Peace & Calming
Prepare Calendula distilled water by pouring water over dried Calendula flowers (I bought at Community but in the summer I will use Marigold Flowers) and steep until room temperature. Strain & reserve 4 oz. Measure out the oils & beeswax. Add them to mason jar & put in double boiler, melt over low heat stirring occasionally. Remove from pot after melting & allow to cool. Once room temperature slowly add vegetable glycerin, witch hazel, herbal infused water & essential oil while blending. As the lotion cools further, it will thicken.
Pour into containers & ENJOY♥

Manifesting….Or Just Making Shit Happen!

Optimized-dreamsYou know people that seem to have everything, the amazing husband, hot body, great job, abundant lifestyle…..lucky, I think not! Manifesting is just a muscle, and anyone can learn to be lucky. Here are a few ideas for you to ponder.

1. Keep shedding that baggage. It’s easier to manifest when you’re convinced that you deserve it. Drop any lingering emotional baggage, it’s tough to start but totally worth the time & effort. Throw everything you’ve got at freeing yourself from your past. Some things will work for you better than others – we’ve all got our own complex set of insecurities and problems. One tool might loosen your heart; another might tug free a complex chain of memories, and each will help in its individual way to lighten you up and leave you free to consciously create a beautiful life. By the way – forgiveness is non-negotiable. If you’re frustratingly repeating shitty patterns or relationships, forgiveness is the biggest gift you can give yourself. It will change your life, and your actions will blow you away.

2. Get ridiculously literal when you make requests to God or the Universe. Sending out a vague and random request just leads to a random result. You’re not going to go to the juice bar and ask for a “nice juice” because everyone has a different interpretation of “nice”. You gotta be careful what you ask for! Ditto if you’re merely asking for a “new job” or a “nice guy” to come along. Even just asking for “more money” might result in finding a few coins in the street which is probably not quite the flood of abundance you had in mind. It’s OK to be specific, in fact, be like a spoiled little kid with an unlimited Santa wish list. If you want the new man, list out everything your heart desires in your soul mate. Spell out every perk you want in your new job (even down to the length of the commute or the relaxed dress code) — you might not manifest everything on your list, but you may as well ask, right? Damn straight!

3. There will always be someone who thinks you suck. You can’t achieve any level of success while being 100-percent loved every second of the day. But it doesn’t mean we won’t try, right? Some people won’t like you, and some people won’t be happy for your success. Asking for your big dream but on the thought that you never ruffle a single feather is not only unrealistic, it delays the asking of your real desires.

4. There’s no “lucky” time, so don’t wait. Don’t wait for the full moon or a sign from the heavens, because the day you actually do it is your lucky day. Luck is so much more about attitude than timing! When amazing things happen to you, share how you made it happen…it might encourage someone to do the same.

No lottery ticket required just a little bit of work (ok a lot of hard work, but totally worth the E)!!

xoxo

The Universe….Powerful Pictures

Sometimes a picture is all it takes to transport you to another place…..
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Beauty of Fallen Moon…..Swoon
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Powerful…..
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Mammatus Clouds
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Dam in Rayong, Thailand
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Plank Bridge Northern Ireland
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Atlantic Ocean Road……really, WOW!
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The Bridge of Immortals-Huanghsan, China
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Banff Aurora

Did Someone Say Vodka……Ya Baby Pour Me A Caesar!!!

It’s Friday & I will indulge in one or maybe two of these when the sun is in the west, falling from the sky….

Anyone that knows me well will know I love a good Caesar. I know how to make a kick ass one & I know how to devour one as well. A little known fact about said Ceasar….it originated in Calgary, yes that’s right, in 1969!!! If you are into reading up on it…go ahead take a look see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caesar_(cocktail).

My Totally Private (K, not so private) Recipe

SeaSalt the rim

2 oz Vodka

Lotza Ice

approx 4 dashes Worcestershire

4 to 5 dashes of hot sauce (Valentina is my Fav)

Clamato to fill glass

2 Anjou chili stuffed Olives & 1 Hot pickled Green Bean

K, this is not for the faint of heart….it pack’s some heat but is YUMMO!!
Happy Weekending!!!!

Homemade Lipbalm for Your Crazy Sexy Lips!

I love lip balm but have a hard time finding luscious stuff in a tube. There are so many in cute little pots that look adorable, are silky soft but….barf, I hate to put my grimy finger in it. Soooooo I came up with a solution to my dilema….I’ll make my own. The thought kind of intimidated me but it brought out the inner chemist in me and ended up making me smile. I concocted a recipe from several different sites.
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This is the finished product

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ingredients: 2 tsp coconut oil, 2 tsp almond oil, 1 tsp grated beeswax, essential oils (I used Young Living Pure Essential oils both rosemary & lemon), dash of Mac lipstick (for a tad of color).
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Pucker up Ladies…this Baby’s home is your purse, bedside table & your kitchen counter!

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