My Organic Lifestyle

Living an organic lifestyle or living a clean lifestyle has become so popular in the recent years.
Is it just a trend? We hope not!
Really though. . . this is how people used to live and how I really believe people should live. Cleaning up your body is crucial in living a longer, healthier life.
You must care for and nurture your body, it is the only place you will live forever.

Of course, people have their own way of clean living. . . here is mine.

My Most Important Rule: Eat REAL Food

You must eat unprocessed, whole foods. Preferably organic.
Many vegetables may come from farms which use pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). We do NOT want those chemicals in our bodies!
Try to stick with organically and locally grown foods whenever possible. Locally, because foods that come from further away locations usually need to have some sort of preservative to keep them fresh.
Try to shop at your local farmer’s market.

Always read your labels!
Do your homework! Do NOT put any kind of ingredient in your body that you cannot pronounce. “If you don not recognize an ingredient, your body won’t either.”

Instead of just tossing these foods back on the shelf, try to find a healthy and satisfying alternative. . . What do we mean?

– Instead of fries, try baked zucchini
– Instead of white rice, try Quinoa or Farro
– Instead of pizza dough, try cauliflower pizza crust
– Instead of potato chips, try sugar snap peas & hummus
– Instead of M&Ms or Skittles, try frozen red grapes

You get the picture . . . just focus on ‘replace’ and not ‘remove’.

Eventually you will start to reach for those healthier alternatives, without thinking twice. AND you will stop craving those unhealthy snacks.

Enjoy the journey to living an organic lifestyle!
(Stay tuned for more ways to live YOUR organic life)

Green ‘Powerhouse’ Pesto!

This is my go-to recipe whenever I don’t know what to make for dinner. Whether it’s fish, chicken, or just simple pasta. I like it as a dip for vegetables or slathered over grilled fish or chicken. Or with fresh heirloom tomatoes. Try it with tacos!
I always get an “ooooohh” when my hubby sits down at the table. It will take you five minutes to make & adds so much flavor to your dishes.

Since it uses a fresh avocado for its creamy consistency, rather than pricey Parmesan cheese, it’s less expensive to make than traditional pesto.

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What you need:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup almonds (or pine nuts)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Whip it up:

1. Combine avocado, basil, almonds or pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor or blender. With machine running, slowly stream in the lemon juice, olive oil, and water as needed to achieve a smooth pesto. Puree until completely blended and creamy.

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Use immediately or keep, refrigerated, for up to four hours.

Enjoy!

Fight Infections Naturally

Don’t Underestimate immune-boosting herbs.
More and more immune-boosting herbs are being discovered to help fight infection. There’s no need to make a stop by your doctors office anymore…just head to your health food store.
Here are some helpful herbs to combat & prevent infections.
As Louis Pasteur said, Prevention is better than cure.

Easy Steps to Help You Fight an Infection

  • Eat lightly, making sure you get enough protein, which is needed to build immune cells, and keep war,m. If you have a mucus related infection, avoid dairy products
  • Increase your Vitamin C intake to 3 grams every four hours
  • Drink cat’s claw tea and consider adding ginger, echinacea drops and/or taking garlic capsules
  • If you have a cold, take one tablespoon of Sambucol four times a day
  • If you have a bacterial, fungal, or parasitical infection, take 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract 2 – 3 times a day
  • If symptoms worsen, find out what your infection is and, if necessary see your doctor, especially if you are bot better within 5 days.

A to Z of Natural Infection Fighters

Vitamin A
This is one key immune-boosting nutrient. It helps strengthen the skin, inside & out, and therefore acts as a first line of defense, keeping the lungs, digestive tract, and skin intact. By strengthening cell walls, it keep viruses out.
Dose to fight infections: 10,000 to 25,000 IU a day (for one week only)
Maintenance: 7,500 IU daily

Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses, so levels above 10,000 IU are recommended only for a short period of time.

Aloe Vera
Have immune-boosting, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties. It is a good all-around tonic, as well as a booster during any infection.

Antioxidants
Substances that detoxify free radicals. These include vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene and zinc, selenium, and many other nonessential substances, including milk thistle, pycnogenol, lipoic acids, and bioflavonoids.

Beta-carotene
The vegetable source of vitamin A and an antioxidant in its own right. Red, orange, and yellow foods and fresh vegetables are the best sources. Drinking carrot or watermelon juice is a great way to boost your levels of this all-around infections fighter.
Dose to fight infections: 10,000 to 25,000 IU daily
Maintenance: 7,500 IU daily

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an incredible antiviral agent. Viruses cannot survive in a vitamin C-righ environment. To achieve this, you need to take 3 grams of vitamins C immediately and then 2 grams every four hours.
Vitamin C is non-toxic, but too much can cause loose bowels. Decrease your dose if this becomes unacceptable.
Dose for fighting infections: 6 to 10 grams daily
Maintenance: 1 to 3 grams daily.

Bee Pollen
A natural antibiotic. It is probably better as a general tonic than a specific treatment. We love taking a spoonful every morning! Be careful if you are pollen-sensitive.
Dose for fighting infection: 1 to 2 TBS daily
Maintenance: 1 Tsp daily

Caprylic Acid
An antifungal agent derived from coconuts, primarily used for eliminating the Candida Albicans organism responsible for thrush.
Dose for fighting infections: 1 to 3 grams daily

Cat’s Claw
A powerful antiviral, antioxidant, and immune-boosting agent from the Peruvian rainforest. It contains chemicals called alkaloids, one of which is isoteridin, which has been proven to boost immune function. It is available as a tea or in supplement form.
Dose to fight infections: 2 to 6 grams daily
Maintenance: 2 grams daily

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is the most important fat-soluble antioxidant. You will find it in nuts, seeds, wheat germ, and their cold-pressed oils, but make sure they are fresh. Vitamin E is best supplemented everyday during an infection.
Dose for fighting infection: 450 to 900 IU daily.

Echinacea
A great multi-tasker with antiviral and antibacterial properties. The active ingredients are thought to be specific mucopolysaccharides. It comes in capsules and in liquid extract.
Dose for fighting infections: 2 to 3 grams a day (or 15 drops of concentrated extract three times daily)
Maintenance: 1 gram daily

Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, a substance that is antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. It also acts as an antioxidant, being rich in sulfur-containing amino acids. There is no doubt that it is an important ally in fighting infections, and a wise inclusion into your diet and garlic eater have the lowest incidence of cancer.
Dose for fighting infection: 2 to 6 cloves a day
Maintenance: 1 clove a day

Ginger
Particularly good for pain, inflammation, sore throats and stomach upsets. So, if you experience, arthritic pain, menstrual cramps, or migraine headaches, this is a great inclusion in your daily diet. It also has a warming effect on the body which is great for circulation. Put 6 slices of fresh ginger root in a thermos with a stick of cinnamon and fill it up with boiling water. Five minutes later you have a delicious ginger and cinnamon tea. You can add a little lemon and honey for taste.

Glutathione and cysteine
These are both powerful antioxidant amino acids. You will find them in many all-round antioxidant supplements. During a prolonged vital infection, they get depleted and it may be worth taking a supplement. The most usable forms are reduced glutathione or N-acetyl-cysteine.
Dose for fighting infections: 2 to 3 grams daily
Maintenance: 1 gram daily

Grapefruit Seed Extract
A powerful natural antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral agent. It comes in drops and can be swallowed, gargled with, or used as nose or ear drops, depending on the site of infection.
Dose for fighting infection: 20 to 30 drops daily
Maintenance: 5 drops daily

Probiotics
Unlike antibiotics, these are beneficial bacteria that promote health. It is best to supplement them during a bacterial infection and after a course of antibiotics. The two most important types are Lactobacillus acidophilus  and bifidobacteria. These have been shown to halve the recovery time from a bout of diarrhea.

Selenium
An immune-enhancing mineral that also acts as an antioxidant. It is adundant in seafood and seeds, especially sesame, and is included in most antioxidant supplements.
Dose for fighting infections: 200 to 300 mcg daily
Maintenance: 100 mcg daily

St. John’s Wort
Particularly good for anything that penetrates the skin, such as a wound or skin infection. It is a good general tonic for the immune system.
Dose for fighting infection: 50 to 500 mg daily

Tea Tree Oil
An Australian remedy with antiseptic properties. Great for rubbing on the chest or using in the bath, steam inhaling or to help keep mosquitos away.
It does not let parasites and other insects like fleas, lice, or flies come near someone who has applied Tea Tree Oil on their body. It kills internal insects and worms too, such as intestinal worms because it can be absorbed by your body and skin.

Zinc
The most important immune-boosting mineral. There is no doubt that it helps fight infections. Zinc lozenges are available for sore throats. You will also find it included in more antioxidant supplements.
Dose for fighting infections: 25 to 50 mg daily
Maintenance: 15 mg daily

Raw Peanut Butter Brownie Balls with Coconut

Ingredients

  • 3/4C raw almonds
  • Tbs. raw cocoa powder
  • 12 pitted medjool dates
  • 2Tbs. all-natural peanut butter
  • shredded, unsweetened (organic, please) coconut – *optional

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in a small food processor or and process for about 30 seconds or until your almonds are finely chopped like almond meal. Set aside.
  2. Next, process the pitted dates until they become like a paste.
  3. Then, add the rest of the ingredients, including the almond meal, and pulse for an additional minute.
  4. Form dough in to balls and eat!
    If your having trouble forming & keeping them in balls, incorporate 2 tsp of raw honey.
  5. optional: Roll the balls around in the shredded coconut!Enjoy! They’re great as little ‘energy balls’ while your at work or a treat after dinner!

    For best results store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week (trust me.. they won’t last that long!!).

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

All I can say is it’s so much better than real pasta!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs olive oil
1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 Tbs minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 medium zucchini, cut into noodles (See Note Below)
1/4 cup white wine
Chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions:

Place a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and heat it for 1 minute. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and cook them for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Add the shrimp to the pan and cook them, stirring as needed, until they are cooked throughout and pink on all sides, about 3 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and then using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a bowl, leaving any liquid in the pan.

Increase the heat to medium. Add the white wine and lemon juice to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan, cooking the wine and lemon juice for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, garish with parsley and serve immediately.

Notes:
To cut zucchini into noodles, use a mandoline or a spiralizer.
Be careful when cutting your zucchini!
…. the pain was worth it.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

Here is a recipe for a great “tonic” OR “pick-me-up” OR “detox” drink!
Apple cider is so under-appreciated by so many…. just read our past blog: The Healing Power of Apple Cider Vinegar! You’ll be shocked!
We drink this every morning before breakfast to not only get a ‘boost’ but to cleanse.
Wait 30 minutes, then have a great breakfast!

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
8 oz. good quality water
1-2 tsp. Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste)
1/4 tsp. cayenne (or to taste)

Hope you like it! Share with your friends & family. We all want to feel great!

Paleo Shepherds Pie

This is your go-to recipe when your craving a “hearty” meal!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Boil 2 large, peeled, diced sweet potatoes until tender. Then drain.
Step 3:  (The fun part!) In a skillet, heat 2 Tbs. coconut oil.
Add:
1 onion, diced.
2 chopped celery stalks
2 diced carrots
Sautéed about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Add 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef or turkey
Along with 2 cloves of garlic, minced and 1/2 tsp. of each: thyme, black pepper, dried rosemary and salt.
Sauté until meat is cooked through.
Step 5: Stir in 2 Tbs. of tomato paste and 3/4 cup of organic beef broth. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes and spoon your mixture into your casserole dish.
Now, mash your tender sweet potatoes, adding 1/4 cup or less of coconut or almond milk until your potatoes are creamy BUT thick enough to hold shape. Stir in garlic powder, rosemary, or cayenne to taste. Spread potatoes over filling.
Bake about 30 minutes!

DONE!