What are the benefits of the best CBD oil?

Cbd oils are commonly known as Cannabidiol oil. However, it is generally used as a remedy using high. Such things may be preferred by many of us for consuming more benefits provided by them. As a result, CBD oil is basically found in cannabis or marijuana plant. They do not result in psychoactive elements. If you are looking to relieve your pain and stress then somehow best CBD oil online plays an important for your problems. These are made with scientifically assistance and with the help of coconut oil and hemp seed oil

Following are some useful point which might be responsible for telling you about the various benefits of using Cannabidiol oil. People used to implement un such manner which may impact your body.

  • Release your stress: The first advantage of using such CBD oil can leads to prevent your stress. It is responsible for giving you a better life in an effective manner. There is no any doubt that CBD injection, reduce pain and response to surgical treatment which reduces inflammation.
  • Prevent from diseases: Cbd oil is especially is a combination of THC. It is useful to prevent out many diseases and might be reduced your pain. As we all know that using drugs, provide many diseases like sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis but using such oil may rely on all the problems regarding to it. If you are looking to best CBD oil online, then you are choosing the right option.
  • Avoid skin problems: The main advantage of using such things may avoid you all skin problems. Most of the time using such elements might be responsible for ache problems and any type of skin diseases. As we all know that in the post we are discussing about benefits, then no doubt using CBD oil may result positively.
  • The benefit to your brain problems: it is helpful, and sometimes it benefits to your brain and psycho problems. According to the world health organization, brain problems are increasing day by day. As a result, CBD oil will surely help to release such a problem in an effective manner.

Somehow if you are looking for best CBD oil online, then you must prefer for taking benefits. It might be responsible for better living and provide to avoid many harmful diseases in your body.

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce- the most bastardized of the holiday dishes. Why do I say this, you ask? Well I’ve often wondered why something that is so simple to prepare, would ever need to be convenienced? You know where I’m going with this- canned cranberry sauce- the kind that keeps its cylindrical shape for hours after it has been released from it’ BPA loaded shackles. Ok, so yes, I have very strong opinions about cranberry sauce in can; and, of course, I plan to elaborate.

Cranberries are a nutritional powerhouse that work to protect our bodies against stomach ulcers by preventing the adhesion of the bacteria H. pylori on the stomach wall. Not to mention that cranberries have vitamin C and fiber, with only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries; with a mere one cup of whole cranberries boasting 8,983 total antioxidant capacities. Only blueberries and kale can top that. I think this is pretty impressive for such a diminutive crimson pebble. So when I see cranberry sauce in a can being presented to adorn my holiday plate, I lose it a little; because the benefits of cranberries are all negated when you buy the sauce in the can. This is due to exorbitant amount of refined sugar, the aforementioned BPA can and the fact that it has likely been sitting in said can for at least a year- it is the farthest thing from fresh.

Cranberry sauce is the easiest dish to prepare for the Christmas meal; place all in the ingredients in a pot, cook down until the cranberries yield to the heat and BOOM, sauce is ready. And this orange cranberry sauce can be made almost a week in advance and still be delicious and brimming with nutrients when you serve it; yes, you could make it today and enjoy the fruit of your labor in a week’s time without the flavor or nutrients suffering one bit.

Now, you could very easily make cranberry sauce basically with cranberries and a sweetener such as raw honey or coconut sugar, and it would be delightful; however, I like add a little sparkle to this already shining dish by adding Grand Marnier and the zest and juice of one orange. I do this for two reasons 1) it’s Christmas and why not add a little boozy fun to your plate and 2) citrus, such as orange, brings out the flavor of the cranberries, while taming the tart, lip puckering flavor.

12 minutes to flavor heaven, small time investment, HUGE flavor…this recipe is a do!

8oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
2/3 cup coconut sugar
Juice and zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp Grand Marnier
1 tbsp coconut oil

In a small pot on medium high heat combine all ingredients. Cook stirring consistently for 12 minutes.
1 cup of sauce

Are you a cranberry sauce purist; or do you like to play around with this classic recipe?

Have a Happy Holiday with AVogel

We are less than two weeks from the BIG day- Christmas- and with the season at full throttle, and brisk temperatures sweeping the continent, winter wellness is at the forefront of EVERYONE’S mind.

The Rundown
Being busy, eating less than stellar grub, booze and lack of quality sleep can lead to a less than happy holiday; because being sick and rundown means you cannot partake in all your planned yuletide festivities. Enter A.Vogel.

BioStrath Tonic
A.Vogel’s BioStrath Tonic is a natural vitamin B supplement, that works to support the body during this demanding time. Why? Vitamin B is a factor in the maintenance of good health and helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, proteins, in addition to aiding in normal growth. But what does this mean for us? When our bodies are able to effectively metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins, we then are able to take these nutrients and use them to stay healthy- a happy holiday indeed! And, of course, Bio-Strath is 100% natural food and free from preservatives, colourings or any artificially produced substances; I wouldn’t suggest it otherwise.

It’s Simple
Adding A.Vogel to your daily routine is anything but challenging; albeit the dosage suggestion was 3 times daily before meals, but for convenience sake I took 2 teaspoons in the am and then another 2 teaspoons at the days end, and it worked for me; I’m having a happy holiday season so far- is it the A.Vogel?! I think it certainly has something to do with it!

Now, the reason that I love A.Vogel is because the company is founded by a legendary nutritionist, phytotherapist and overall health advocate Alfred Vogel; despite him not being with us anymore, his legacy lives on in his products dedicated to making the world a healthier place- pretty bad ass if you ask me!

Action Point
Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, a happy holiday season hinges upon being your best self- healthy and vital; do yourself a favour, and pick up some Bio-Strath (available here) and keep your body in holiday fighting form!

Smile, Be Well and Have a Happy Holiday with A.Vogel!

Sleep For Better Sex

I love sleep. I love sex. But did you know that these two activities are not mutually exclusive? Yes they happen (usually) in bed, but they are far more linked than that. Not getting enough sleep can have a negative impact on our sex lives, which is why I am please to present today’s guest post, all about sleep for better sex.

More sleep = Better sex…it’s win-win!

Improved technique in the bedroom is not just about learning a few new saucy tricks. In fact, having a healthy mind and body can be one of the greatest contributors to having a fulfilling sex life; and if you want to spice things up in your bedroom, put down the Kama Sutra, because  today we’re going to talk about sleep for better sex.

According to a survey taken in 2005, one out of three married couples felt as though their sex life is negatively impacted by their sleep patterns. These couples also felt like their partner’s snoring or insomnia may also be negatively impacting their sex lives. And any new mother will attest to the fact that lack of sleep which typically accompanies a new baby is a huge contributor to their waning sex drive.

A study done in 2011 verified the truth in these claims; this study observed people with chronic sinus problems who were asked to evaluated their sex lives before and after they were treated for their sinus issues. While these participants were losing sleep due to sinus issues, their sex lives suffered the most. However, after their sinus issues were fixed and they were able to improve the quality of their sleep, steep improvements in their sex lives were reported by all.

In 2009, the magazine Sleep published the results of a study that looked at the idea of banking sleep. This study indicated that we have the ability to stash extra hours of sleep. Participants in this study found that if they gave themselves extra time in bed one week, they did not notice the effects of sleeping less the following week. Therefore, if you know that you have busy week in front of you, endeavor to bank up a few hours on the weekend. These few extra hours will give your libido the boost that it needs to get through the busy week!

To really improve your sex life, you should try to create a restful atmosphere in your bedroom. If possible, you should avoid using the laptop while in bed, as the artificial light created by most technological devices like iPhones, computer and televisions can reduce the body’s ability to produce melatonin, a natural sleep hormone. As an added bonus, if you do not bring the laptop to bed, you might have to find other ways to amuse yourself- you and your partner may be able to think of activities that are much more fun than staring at your favorite website.

As women, we should make an extra effort to get enough sleep for better sex. We tend to link our emotions to sex more than our male counterparts; and because lack of sleep can make us feel tired and depressed, it is important to our overall sense of happiness that we get enough sleep.  So if you’ve noticed you’re your bedroom enjoyment is lacking, a bit of extra sleep may be the simplest solution. By taking care of your body’s need for sleep, you will increase your libido, and ultimately, have a better sex life!

Healthy Meal Planning Basics

The one complaint I hear from people in regards to eating healthy meals is this “I simply don’t have the time”; and, although, in some rare cases this is true, lack of time is, generally, due to a lack of preparation.

Planning healthy meals, is just that, an exercise in planning; and the old adage very often rings true “ those who fail to plan, plan to fail”.

The following are my tips for effective meal planning, and by putting even one or two of these tips into action can help bring you one step closer to becoming friends with your kitchen again!

Set Aside Time Each Week to Look Through Recipes
Browse blogs, purchase cookbooks, ask friends and colleagues for links to recipes you may like, which fit into what you want to achieve. Although perusing beautifully photographed cookbooks and blogs may seem like an indulgent waste of time, I promise you that this is the first step in effective meal planning.

Check the Weather Forecast
This may seem weird, but imagine you plan a week of cooling salads, the mercury dips suddenly and all you want it soup. You know yourself and your family better than anyone, so you know what you feel like eating when the weather is hot, or when it’s sweltering outside; plan your meals according to the weather, or at the very least, have a contingency plan in case the weather changes and the meal you have planned no longer feels suitable.

Start a Meal Calendar
Just as the week’s work and social obligations getting marked in a calendar, the week’s meals should be treated with the same respect. For those with kids in the house, this also makes for easier meal times- no complaints, because they KNEW it was coming. This is also serves as a visual reminder for you, in regards to what final prep needs to be done that particular day or the day before to make meal time go more smoothly.

Set Aside One Day to Grocery Shop and One Day to Prep
This can be the same day if you like, but there is no avoiding a prep day. By setting aside one dedicated shopping day per week, you can ensure that you are ready to hit the market by being prepared- you know the weather, what food to eat on which days etc.

There is no avoiding the prep day; meal planning is all about preparation and planning, so set aside 2-3 hours on said prep day and do all the tasks that can be done ahead of time. Par boil pasta, cook quinoa, make the dressing, marinate the meat, peel and chop the vegetables- you get the idea; do all the tasks that feel tedious in the week, so that when it comes time to make dinner, all the time you need is 20-30 minutes and VOILA dinner!

Makes List and Don’t Shop Hungry
These are fairly common meal planning tips, but they always bear repeating. ALWAYS shop with a list. The grocery store is designed to entice you into buying things you don’t need; if you have a list and you buy only what’s on the list, you win!

But a list only works if you aren’t hungry. There’s a reason why when you enter most grocery stores via the baked goods section- ah the smell; and no list, no matter how well put together, can calm belly growls when you’re hungry and they’re conveniently sampling cinnamon buns. Shop after a decent meal to ensure that your hunger doesn’t lead to ill advised, and sure to be regretted, food purchases.

Plan For Leftovers
Make enough of your meals to ensure that lunch is taken care of for the next day; salmon with quinoa pilaf makes for a lovely salmon salad for lunch the following day. Always make more than you think you will eat and watch as your colleagues envy your healthy lunch creations!

Lastly, Keep a Well Stocked Pantry and A Refrigerator that is Clean
Knowing what you have in your pantry is essential; if you have beans, quinoa, pasta, nuts, seeds and the like to boost your meals, you’re golden. Always have a running tally of what is in your pantry; whether you have a list on your phone that you add to, or a pad of paper, keep a list- this avoids having 4 half opened boxes of quinoa pasta.

And one of the most important tips is to keep your fridge clean. In North America, the amount of food we toss out per year is STAGGERING, and this translates into throwing money away. Before shopping and making a list, clean out your fridge, see what you can carry over into next week’s meal. And operate your kitchen like a restaurant would. When you bring home new food items, put them behind the old ones, so you use the old ones first- FIFO, first in first out.

Meal planning with efficacy comes down to just that, planning; not even the best chef or home cook in the world gets away with not planning. Do your budget, your health and your sanity a HUGE favour and follow the aforementioned tips for cooking success!

Quinoa Pasta with Tomato, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese

½ box quinoa pasta, par boiled
½ BPA Free can of diced tomatoes, drained
1 tbsp coconut/olive oil
1 cup fresh spinach
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Boil a pot of salted water, once boiling add the par boiled pasta and cook for 2 minutes, to finish cooking the pasta.

Meanwhile in a pan on medium high heat, melt the coconut/olive oil mixture; add the tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, until the liquid begins to evaporate. Add the spinach and toss to wilt about 1 minute, season with salt and pepper. Using tongs, remove the pasta from the water and place directly in the pan with tomatoes and spinach- the starchy water will allow the sauce to adhere to the pasta.

Remove from heat and garnish with grated Parmesan. A complete meal in less than 15 minutes.

Cucumber Blood Orange Juice

You could call me crazy or you could call me sentimental, but I love the bright, summer like colors of citrus; beaming yellows, vibrant greens and oranges like the color of the earth’s core. I don’t know about you, but as we are in the depths of winter, with no excitement or Christmas cheer, the bright sherbet hues of my favorite citrus are a much needed pop of color, in this otherwise dreary time.

Winter is an interesting time as far as hydration is concerned; we are often too cold to desire drinking water, yet our bodies want it more than ever. And when we are under hydrated, toxins aren’t effectively removed from our bodies. Now we are well aware of the benefits of consuming citrus fruits and the positive impact they have on our livers, lemon in particular; but please don’t overlook the merits of the other members of the citrus family.

Blood oranges are in abundance currently, as they can be found in almost every market, meaning blood orange juice is within reach for us all- if I can find blood oranges in Edmonton, I am sure they can be found in your region too! And blood orange juice boasts the same health benefits as its non sanguine brethren, vitamin C and folic acid!

Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body, and can aid in repairing tissues and ensuring healthy gums; and vitamin C is abundant in blood orange juice. Another one of the health benefits of Vitamin C is that it aids in healing wounds and shows benefits for the function of the adrenal glands. Seeing as vitamin C is not produced by the body it, therefore, needs to be ascertained from the food we consume.

Folic acid, also known as B9, is a main nutrient component of blood orange juice as well; and if you are or plan on becoming pregnant, load up on folic acid. Folic acid aids in red blood cell formation and thus prevents birth defects. And as we are well into heart health awareness month, it’s worth noting that folic acid helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke- score one for blood oranges!

This blood orange juice is one of the simplest juice recipes I’ve concocted in a while- blood oranges and cucumber. I included the cucumber for its high water volume found- anytime that I can hydrate my body, I do; and I also didn’t want to mute the tart sweetness of the blood orange with a competing fruit or vegetable, but I did want to take a tiny but of the edge off this blood orange juice- I’m all about easy sipping!

Cucumber and blood orange juice- bright, light, tart AND sweet!

6 blood oranges
¾ English cucumber

Push all ingredients through a juice and drink immediately or within 12 hours.

Making The Natural Choice In Birth Control

When it comes to vitality, one of the foremost decisions a woman can make is to understand her fertility and reproductive health; and with women having scarily adverse reactions to taking the pill, I would say it’s high time to take back our fertility from the men in lab coats. Natural birth control is so much more than the pull out method, it’s a science; that, if mastered, can help us all understand our bodies better than ever. Today’s guest post highlights natural birth control methods, and empowers us to take back our reproductive health!


There are many reasons why women may choose to use natural, or behavioural, birth control methods.  Some women are unable to use hormonal birth control due to health risks, some feel uncomfortable with potential side effects and still others have religious restrictions.  Whatever the reason, knowing your options for natural birth control can be both beneficial and empowering.

Types of Natural Birth Control

Natural methods of contraception are deemed natural as they’re not the product of hormone manipulation or medical devices. The most popular methods of natural birth control are as follows:

Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

The BBT Method requires a woman take her temperature every morning to identify a slight increase in body temperature signaling ovulation has passed. A special, sensitive thermometer is needed and the daily temperature differences carefully noted. This must be done every month.

The post-ovulatory, less fertile phase is verified by elevated waking temperature for three days in a row. Sexual intercourse should be avoided, or a barrier method used, from the time the temperature drops until at least 48 to72 hours after it increases again.

Cervical Mucus Method

Using the mucus inspection method, a woman learns to recognize differences in the quantity and texture of her cervical mucus by examining its appearance daily. Cervical mucus changes in quality and quantity just before and during ovulation.

Women may choose to have intercourse between the time of their last menstrual period and the time of change in the cervical mucus. Learning how to use the cervical mucus method effectively often requires one-on-one instruction.  Furthermore, the appearance of cervical mucus can be altered by many different conditions, making the CMM difficult to rely on.

Symptothermal Method

The symptothermal method combines certain aspects of the calendar, the basal body temperature, and the mucus inspection methods. The signs of one method can confirm those of the other. By taking all these factors into consideration, you may be able to identify more days when you can sexual intercourse than you can with only one method.

Withdrawal Method

The withdrawal method is utilized when the man withdraws his penis from a woman’s vagina before he ejaculates. While withdrawal is better than no birth control at all, it has serious drawbacks. Men can release small amounts of sperm before actual ejaculation, rendering withdrawal useless. Furthermore, self-control and precise timing is needed on the man’s part to withdraw his penis before ejaculation. Because this can be difficult to do successfully, the withdrawal method is only about 75-80% effective.


Abstinence from penetrative vaginal intercourse is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and still allows a couple to engage in other forms of sexual expression.

Why Use Natural Birth Control?

There are many advantages to using natural birth control methods.

  • Skip the Side Effects:  Some birth control medications, such as Yaz, have come under fire for their dangerous side effects.
  • Save Money: Natural birth control is either free or has very low upfront costs.  Some costs may include charts, calendars, basal thermometers, software, or method coaches.
  • Barrier Choice: Barrier contraception can be used during fertile days if a couple still wishes to have intercourse.
  • Switch it Up: Natural methods can be used for both pregnancy avoidance and pregnancy planning.

While not always as effective as other types of birth control, the benefits speak for themselves. Natural family planning isn’t easy. Above all, it requires motivation, diligence and self-control.  With time and practice, this method might prove to be the right one for you.

Author Bio
As a women’s health advocate, Madeline Ferdinand feels it is important for women to know all their options when it comes to birth control.  When she’s not writing, she finds joy in a perfectly hot bath, the first bite into a crisp apple and the laughter of her grandchildren.

Spicy Corn Chowder

Seasonal and Local- More Than Just Buzz Words

Let’s rap for a moment about seasonal eating. I know that seasonal and local are buzzwords when it comes to food; but if you look beyond the hype, seasonality and locality when it comes to the food we consume is becoming more and more important. I recently watched the movie Food Fight, which profiles one of my culinary idols, Alice Waters, and talks about the battle raging between small organic farms and governing bodies; did you know that big agriculture farms get loads of subsidies, while small organic farmers get nothing? Zilch, nada, NOTHING. And these big farms spray harmful pesticides and fungicides that not only poison our food, but the workers too. So when you support local farmers, through farmer’s markets and the like, not only do you get better tasting food (it’s true, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), but you contribute to sustainability and ethics in modern farming.

Say No To GMO Corn

Now much of the corn available today is genetically modified (GMO), because the modern yellow variety that we associate with summer bbq is bred for its high sugar content; and living in a world that is sugar obsessed the demand is high, which results in genetic modification to ensure uniformity and yield. However, organic yellow corn contains beta carotene that supports eye health and can prevent age related macular degeneration.

I’m currently in the process of writing an e-book dedicated solely to creating a digestive solution that everyone can stand behind; and corn is a digestive health food. Corn contains soluble fiber that regulates the flow of waste through the digestive tract, which serves to control our blood sugar. And those silky threads on the husk are a useful diuretic and can relieve prostate enlargement.

So what have we learned? Corn, when organic, is good for the eyes, the bowels and the prostate! Moving on…

Corn Chowder

Once corn started showing up on farmer’s market stands I knew that I would be taking advantage! Organic corn is sweet beyond belief and needs nothing but a light smattering of organic butter to shine. Although Edmonton seems to be experiencing a September heat wave, weeks ago I could see my breath on my morning walk; so chowder making was more than appropriate.

Now you’ll see corn chowder made in several ways, with potatoes, or without; but I appreciate the body that adding organic potatoes provides. The beauty of organic corn is that it lends itself so nicely to a wide variety of flavor profiles. This corn chowder is chive infused and lightly spiced with red chile flakes; but you could easily add basil and leave the spice out- you know I love customizable meals!

If where you live is experiencing a late summer heat surge such as Edmonton, then get to thy market, buy some corn, remove the husks and freeze them for a taste of summer in the depth of winter; in October, November and beyond, you’ll thank me!

4 large corn cobs, corn kernels removed
2 spring onions, sliced
3 new potatoes, quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red chile flakes
1 tbsp chives, chopped
5 cups vegetable broth

In large heavy bottom pot on medium high heat, melt the coconut oil, add the corn, garlic, onion and 1/2 tsp salt; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove half the amount of corn, garlic and onions and set aside.

Add the potatoes, the remaining salt, chile flakes and chives and cook for an additional 5 minutes, continue to stir. Add the broth and pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. With an immersion blender, blend the corn chowder until smooth.

To serve, garnish with the reserved corn and onion kernels.

Guest Post Meditation To Relieve Stress

Is your work life taking toll on your physical and mental health? Are tired of facing troubles in the future? Whether you are in your 20s or in your 50’s there is only one effective remedy to healing stressed out minds; and it’s none other than the art of meditating. Meditation techniques have roots in the ancient times when people relied on alternative medicines to heal mental or physical ailments. However, in the ancients days the methods used for meditation were limited. Today, technological advancements have actually helped create efficient meditation techniques. Nowadays methods use to attain a relaxing state of mind are highly scientific.

Meditation is categorized under two basic techniques, the concentrative meditation and the transcendental meditation. The first makes use of the breathing pattern of a man and then co-relates it with the mental state one is undergoing. In such cases the inhalation rhythm plays a pivotal role in evoking a feeling of mental relaxation. On inhaling and exhaling the air, you get rid yourself of anxiety and other nerve failure issues. Breathing helps the mind to calm down and attain tranquility. Concentrative meditation is always helpful in honing your mental abilities and helping with goal setting; and the subsequent attainment of them.

However, transcendental meditation is attained with the help of Yoga. The meditation techniques are primarily used to attain salvation whereby a change is brought about in the way of thinking. With the help of Yoga your mind interacts with your soul; at least that is the goal. Meditation techniques are mostly practiced to help heal human minds and attain physical as well as mental fitness.

Author Bio

This Article on meditation techniques is constructed by Rockeysheen. He has in-depth knowledge on different issues related to health and contributes his writing skills to different topics related to health and meditation techniques.

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THE Superfood Breakfast Recipe Brown Rice Power Bowl

When most people think of rice, they think savory- I myself used to be the same way; growing up in the era of Uncle Ben’s and Zatarain’s will do that to a person. In any case, as of late, rice, as a whole, has seen its reputation sullied by the low carbohydrate posse- they tend to do that; but depending on which variety we are talking about, and the method with which it is prepared, rice can be a great food or a complete waste of time.

There over a thousand rice varieties on the planet today, including those that are grown wild and those that are cultivated as a crop; with over 92% of the 550 million tons of it being produced in Asia- they sure know how to create rice masterpieces! So although two people may consume rice, they may in fact be eating entirely different foods.

Brown rice is by far more nutritious than its ivory colored cousin; mainly because brown rice is the entire grain of rice, while white rice has been stripped of its bran layer, which contains the bulk of its nutrients- including fiber, vitamins and minerals. Brown rice only has the outer hull removed, thereby retaining key nutrients such as niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and even a touch of vitamin E. A solo cup of brown rice boasts 4 gram of fiber, four times that of white rice; with the bulk of that fiber being insoluble, which is said to protect against cancers of the colon, breast and prostate.

But there is still the low carbohydrate debate; now I am an inclusive foodie, meaning, I eat it all. Eliminating a single group of food, in my opinion, is absolutely ludicrous; it’s all about choosing the RIGHT carbohydrates, the RIGHT proteins and the RIGHT fats; but if rice still scares you, or you are coming down off of a low carbohydrate binge, stick to whole grains always; and avoid white and “instant” rice- THOSE are the wrong kind of fiber.

Now, this recipe is what I like to refer to as a power bowl; full of antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats that have the power to sustain even the heartiest of appetites- I know because I have a very hearty appetite! The brown rice is tender but the goji berries, dried cranberries, hemp seed and pumpkin seed provide a lovely bite; and, who doesn’t love cardamom?! It is hands down one of my favorite spices; and it is the picture of versatility, well applied in savory or, in this case, sweet applications.

This super food power bowl, makes for an excellent breakfast; but I will freely admit, I’ve made this for dinner. Whatever your fancy, this superfood breakfast recipe has got your number!

serves 2

1/2 cup brown rice
1 cup water
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp cardamom
1 1/2 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp goji berries
1 tsp pumpkin seeds, toasted
1 tsp dried cranberries
1 tsp hemp seed
1 tsp unsweetened, unrefined coconut, shredded
2/3 cup pistachio milk

In a small sauce pot, bring water, coconut oil and brown rice to a boil; reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, until water is evaporated and the rice al dente. Add to the pot, pistachio milk, honey, cardamom and vanilla; simmer until 2/3 of the liquid has evaporated and rice is soft. Remove from heat and garnish with pumpkin seed, hemp seed, dried cranberries, goji berries and coconut. Serve warm or cold.

Healthy Living Basics

While I’m off gallivanting and taking in the CHFA West in the beautiful city that is Vancouver; I thought I would be remiss to leave you with nothing to whet your natural health appetites. So I’ve lined up some guest posts, to keep you entertained.


Everybody wants to have a healthy and vitalized life. However, it’s one thing to want it and another thing to actually live it. Having a life full of energy and vigor doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time and effort; but it’s not hard to do! Here are the basics to leading a vitalized life.

You are what you eat!

We all have a certain diet; by diet, we basically mean our food intake. People opt for different types of diets such as vegetarian, protein-rich, carbohydrate free- you name it; however, having a balanced diet is one of the best ways to achieve a vitalized life. This means that you get to eat everything, within reason.

Our bodies needs all the nutrients it can get from grains, vegetables, fruits, oils, dairy, and meat; it simply boils down to the right ratio of each food group. There is no golden diet plan that applies to everyone; each person has a different nutritional needs. You may follow the food pyramid and determine—based on your current diet—what food group you need to increase or decrease your intake to make it healthier and more balanced.

Making incremental changes like eating more fruits and veggies over the next seven days can exact significant changes to how one feels. But be sure to start small; it’s easier to sustain dietary changes with mindful baby steps. rather than with giant diet leaps.

Move that body!

One cannot overemphasize the importance of exercise in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Energy is at the core of a vitalized life and you cannot achieve this living a sedentary life. Exercise works wonders for the body- plain and simple. The great thing about it is that it’s not confined within the four walls of a gym; you can do it anytime, anywhere!

Exercise applies the principle “you reap what you sow”. How much time you put into exercising will directly affect the results you get out it. Since exercise is all about movement, choose activities that you will enjoy doing repeatedly such as walking, biking, dancing, etc. Start with something easy in order to forge a habit; if you like the activity enjoyment will come naturally.

Begin by allotting 30 minutes each day for exercise; vary your workouts to include cardiovascular activity, strength conditioning, and flexibility training. Walking, running, swimming, and dancing are cardiovascular activities; squats, lunges, and push ups are part of strength conditioning; and stretching is the basic principle behind flexibility training- simple enough right?! Just like in shifting to a healthy balanced diet, likewise, exercise should be done in small incremental steps to ensure it becomes a habit you can enjoyably sustain.

Doze off!

Your body needs to rest; all the diet and exercise changes you make won’t amount to anything if you aren’t rested. When you get enough sleep, you will have the strength to do exercise the following day; and your body will be better able to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. A vitalized life results from a well rested life. Being vigorous throughout the day from getting ample sleep; it gives your body the time to wind down, rest, and recharge.

Between 11pm-2am, your body detoxifies and heals itself; sleeping during those hours allows you to take advantage of this natural healing process. The vast majority of people need around 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep; however, quality of sleep is also important. Sleep comes in five stages and the last of which is the REM stage. It takes approximately two hours to get to that fifth stage where dreams take place—an indication of a deep sleep. If you get into a deep sleep for five hours you can function better than a light sleeper who had nine hours of sleep.

To help you get the most effective and restorative rest, make sure you turn off all electronic gadgets 30 minutes before you go to bed, to allow your body to properly wind down. Being well rested is often overlooked; but sleep gives your body energy and vitality the natural way.

Balancing these three basic areas in your life will result in the vitalized life so coveted by many. By making incremental adjustments to your lifestyle, you can be sure you are headed in the directions of a healthy lifestyle! Remember, all you need is DES—diet, exercise, and sleep—to improve your overall well-being!

Author Bio:

Jamie Fuentes is an aspiring writer and an online enthusiast. She is into almost all types of music. She also has a passion in singing and an interest in sports particularly Ultimate (Frisbee) and running. She has an odd fascination about sleeping. Jamie works part-time as an associate blog manager and writer for Uratex Blog.

Foods For A Healthy Heart

The month of February deals in all matters of the heart; yes, of course, Valentine’s day, but more importantly, Heart Health Awareness month. There is an old and very wise adage that says “let food be thy medicine” and with heart disease killing more women in a year than cancer, food most certainly has the power to keep our hearts well.

Today’s guest writer will highlight foods for a health heart and how you can get more into your life.


There is No Magical Food for Heart Health

The heart, a muscle only the size of your palm, plays such a key role to living a long, healthy and fulfilling life. It keeps our body running by pumping oxygen-rich blood through our arteries and veins.

We are always hearing about foods that assist and/or harm the heart, but not all studies are honest or accurate.  It is important to understand how certain foods work in our favor and which foods those actually are to guide us to making healthy food choices for our hearts. When we educate ourselves it makes it a little easier to decipher foods for a healthy heart, and it serves as a reminder why it is so important to consume these foods on a regular basis.

Why Certain Foods Are “Bad”

“Bad for you” food makes the heart work harder to do its job. These evil, sometimes deceitfully delicious, foods go about this by clogging the arteries with cholesterol. Clogged arteries make the heart need to work harder to push the amount of blood your body needs through a thinner passage way.

To think about it in my simple terms, we can compare our arteries to a constantly busy one way tunnel. Traffic will flow more readily through a tunnel with two lanes. If we block off half of the tunnel, traffic will have to flow through only one lane. The drivers can do one of two things, take longer time to go through the tunnel or they will all have to go twice the speed to get everyone through in the same amount of time.

Your heart doesn’t have the luxury of waiting that the drivers do, so the heart ends up working twice as hard to deliver the oxygenated blood your body needs to function. Instead of being able to wait for the traffic to go through the clogged arties, it has to muscle the blood through all of your body. Making your heart work harder is what leads to most heart conditions.

Why Certain Foods are “Good”

The foods that are good for you are on your heart’s side. While these foods cannot give your heart a much deserved vacation or other such miracles, they can make the heart’s job a little easier.  Foods that help your heart out generally fall under two, sometimes overlapping, categories: healthy fats or phytonutrient-rich foods.

In a culture that pushes low-fat foods and low-fat diets as healthy alternative, healthy fats may seem like an oxy-moron to some. Putting fats in the role of a super villain is a terrible misconception. By incorporating healthy fats into your diet more frequently you give your body nutrients it needs anyways. This will help you reduce the amount of unhealthy fat you consume. In addition, fat is the source that give us our body energy to be active, and a life filled with physical activity is a cardinal priority to maintaining a healthy heart.

That being said, not all fats are created equal. Monosounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, healthy fats, help us absorb nutrients and are crucial for cellular function. Saturated and trans fats are the unhealthy ones that we should really try to avoid at all costs.

On to our heart’s best friend, phytonutrient-rich foods. These are organic nutrients that plants create to fend of disease and famine from themselves. It turns out that these nutrients are also very good at fighting off diseases of all sorts, especially heart disease, for humans.

Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are all great sources of phtyonutrients. It is important to maintain a balanced diet of all of these, because they all have different phytonutrients that help the heart in different ways.

Phtyonutrients help repair and replace damaged cells to keep your body strong. They also are filled with antioxidant, have anti-inflammatory properties, protect the heart and lower cholesterol. With consistent consumption in the long-term these foods really do make a difference for our heart.

Tips and Tricks to Incorporate Good Foods into Your Diet

The complexities and level of difficulty of keeping a heart-healthy diet should not be under-estimated. For guidance you can ask your general practitioner for some advice, but researching what is healthy or not independently can be useful. Be wary of trends and studies that are promoting consuming something because they have an agenda. For example, the recent acai berry ads come to mind that promote the berry as a miracle worker despite the fact the quantities it is marketed in aren’t actually all that useful for a healthy diet. Then again, the acai berry does contain the healthy monosounsaturated fats, and the berry can be healthy if incorporated into your diet. Here are some general tips that can help you apply eating healthy foods on a consistent and sustainable basis.

1) Maintain a variety of heart healthy foods, so that you don’t get bored with a routine.

2) Eat 7 colors a day to promote a variety of food in your diet.

3) Replace protein intake with peanuts or legumes.

4) Eat tuna or salmon once a week.

5) Avoid dining out and carry out.

6) Eat fruits and vegetables every day. No exceptions!

Why Heart Health is especially Important For Women

Heart disease is the leading cause of death of women in the United States. Over 43 million women are affected by heart disease in the U.S. Of every three women in the United States that die annually, 1 is from heart disease.

By eating healthy you help to prevent and treat heart disease. Do not forget to incorporate regular exercise. We women are smart. Together we can help alter the statistics of unhealthy hearts!

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Breakfast Smoothie ALERT The Green Revive

I LOVE breakfast, but when I’m on the go, breakfast can be hard to fit in; this is bad news because after fasting (aka sleeping) our bodies need fuel, and when we skip breakfast we confuse our bodies by making them think we are in starvation mode. Starvation mode interferes with our blood sugar management, mood and focus; in addition to making it harder to lose weight. However, breakfast doesn’t have to be a laborious affair, a carefully crafted breakfast smoothie makes for a fast breakfast for those on the go.

A complete breakfast smoothie requires a few key components to be considered a complete meal- fruit and water simply will not do in a breakfast smoothie; you will be left hungry and wanting more. In order to sustain and nourish our bodies in the morning, a breakfast smoothie must have healthy fats, protein and fiber, in addition to fruit, vegetables and supplements.

Healthy fats are essential in a breakfast smoothie because they provide satiety, meaning they satisfy; which is why non fat and low fat foods lead to binging because we never get the satisfaction we are looking for. Healthy fats can come from a variety of places, coconut oil, fish oil, nuts, seeds and supplements; I am partial to hemp seeds because they are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids that help lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar and improve insulin resistance. However, what makes hemp seeds superior is that they are also protein rich.

Protein is the next essential in a breakfast smoothie. Protein is muscle fuel and will also contribute to a full feeling. After sleeping for hopefully 7-8 hours, our muscles need protein to energize themselves for the tasks ahead; when we skimp on protein we deprive our muscles of the food they need to be great. Protein is found in hemp seeds, chia seeds and various supplement powders- just be sure that your powders are vegan and very high quality.

Fiber. Oh fiber, life is better with fiber in it! We need it to keep our bowels healthy and free of debris; and in our breakfast smoothie fiber works at starting the days process of digestion by moving food through from the start. Fiber comes in many forms, in a breakfast smoothie it will come from our fruits and vegetables, wheat bran, most nuts, and in this case, hemp seeds.

This breakfast smoothie is a favorite of mine because it is complete, so I can take it on the go and be satisfied for hours; but it also serves to energize me because there is matcha green tea powder. Matcha green tea powder is amazing in a breakfast smoothie because it provides over 10x more antioxidants than tea leaves and it gives sustained energy- so there’s no crash. Sea vegetables powders are also a great bonus in a breakfast smoothie, because they are rich in minerals that we can only obtain from sea vegetables; however, since they are in powder form and more condensed, we can get the benefits without our breakfast smoothie tasting like the ocean.

The allure of a breakfast smoothie, or any smoothie for that matter, is that they are completely bespoke, they are whatever you want them to be; so feel free to riff off the following recipe, as long as your breakfast smoothie has healthy fats, protein and fiber, you’re all good- the flavors, although important, are secondary when considering the perfect breakfast smoothie.

One sip and you will say, Good Morning indeed!

1 cup kombucha
1/2 cup oat milk (GF sub almond or hemp seed milk)
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp Vega Omega Oil Blend
1 tsp sea vegetable powder
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen spinach

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

ABC of Weight Loss Health Plan

Every one wants to be owner of body that is crowned with attractive figure stats and state of health that sounds soothing to individuals around you. Present life style blended with hi-tech systems that brought down physical activity in daily routine seems root cause for obesity. In our endeavor to bring the best information related to a weight loss health plan, here we present complete ABC of weight loss plan for desired results. A sensible combination of low calorie diet, weight loss pill like phentermine and well designed physical activity schedule is all what you need for perfect figure and health.

Success or failure of a weight loss plan depends on the loyalty of the individual in following the recommended health plan. Here is the complete information which is of great use for you in your endeavor for a body that is source of inspiration for others. Weight loss health plan for best desired results must include following:

Healthy eating plan is generally is the one that reduce extra body calories but do not rule out specific foods or food groups. Maintain strict physical activity schedule as per need of the health plan.

Always try to maintain a healthy social life as it has direct impact on your weight loss plan. Weight loss chart must be maintained in gettable mode never go for fast weight loss plan as it results in over weight.

It is necessary to remain in touch with a FDA approved doctor through out the plan if opted for weight loss diet pill induced weight loss. A plan to keep the weight off after you have lost it Essentials of a successful weight loss plan:

Such a weight loss plan must be carried out in supervision of a physician.

Complete record of daily diet is essential through out the plan as it allows for future analysis.

Strict specifications for planned exercise or physical activity schedule with complete record of results for future reference.

Complete information about the induced behavior changes that may occur during the weight loss plan. Success of weight loss plan lies in the complete information about changes one must introduce in his/her lifestyle and cultural relations within the society. A few risks involved that you be aware of:

Are there risks related to following the program’s eating or exercise plans? Are there risks related to using recommended weight loss drugs or supplements?

Do participants talk with a medical professional? Does a medical professional oversee the program? Will the program providers work with your personal health care provider if you have a medical condition or are taking prescribed medications?

The Difference Between A Cleanse And A Detox

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Can you believe it’s already January 2013?! January is synonymous with healthier fare, new gym memberships and detoxes or cleanses; and it’s not uncommon to hear people say they are undertaking a detox or cleanse and using the words interchangeably. However, did you know that a detox and a cleanse are two very different things? I have been using the terms interchangeably for years, and seeing as many of you have been too, I thought this would make for perfect fodder for the very first post of 2013!

Now a detox is focused solely on eliminating toxins from the body, and sometimes more specifically from the organs such as the liver or the adrenals and/or the bloodstream. These toxins often include heavy metals, chemicals found in our household cleaning and beauty products, cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes found in the air we breathe.

Quite often detoxification is assisted with natural health products found in your local supplement store, and also under the supervision of a natural health practitioner trained in the modality of detoxification.

On the other hand, a cleanse is characterized by clearing out the digestive tract which runs from our mouths to our anus’; and focuses on eliminating toxic material that has adhered to our bowels, removing parasites and fungi, such as Candida. Candida wreaks havoc for females especially down below in the form of yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Seeing as this is the case, it’s best for all of us to cleanse our bodies a few times a year; and January is as good a time as any!

I have undertaken a month long cleanse to rid my body of all the holiday indulgence; and if you follow me on instagram then you know that I have been sharing my many kitchen creations- follow along if you’d like!

The terms of my cleanse are this:

No white anything– this includes white flour, sugar, rice and the like; if it’s white and not cauliflower, it is not going in my body.

No dairy– mind you I don’t consume a ton of dairy, but I do love my Kefir, which is fermented milk. So for the month of January it’s out.

No red meat or chicken– meat is extremely taxing on the digestive system and the point of a cleanse is to clear the digestive tract out; I will, however, be allowing myself the occasional seafood treat, but only wild caught, sustainable fish.

No booze– this is a given but it bears repeating. Alcohol is one of the worst things we can consume as far as liver health is concerned; and, although, it’s a hoot, its just bad news when we are talking cleanse.

I will also be dry skin brushing every morning. Generally I dry brush about 2-3 times a week, but in the interest of getting my lymphatic system engaged, I’ve upped my dry brushing to 7 days a week.

I’ve decided that this cleanse will last for the month of January; and for the whole month I will be posting recipes and videos that will help us all on our journey to a clean digestive tract!

Now to you…Are you doing anything this month to re-energize your digestive system? Do you even care? Or did you keep it together during the holidays so there is no need? I would love to know in the comments below!

Happy New Years everyone, let’s make 2013 great!