Combat with the “Common” Cold

In this day and age it is a pretty well-known fact that it can be difficult in finding the Tried and True – whether it be in break-ups to make-up, long-lasting products built without the factor of planned obsolescence or something as seemingly simple as a cure for what ever ails us. This can be most frustrating when dealing with frequent and recurring ailments, such as the “common” cold.

How is it *common* yet there is no *common* cure?

I run the risk of asking this question, knowing that there are a plethora of responses like: “let it run its course” and “drink lots of fluids” and many more I opt to overlook. To me, those are not cures or solutions, as it can take a “common” cold a ridiculous amount of days to “run its course.” And when you’re not well enough to consider doing much of anything, how does running to the bathroom every hour or so (give or take 30 minutes) from “drinking lots of fluids” encourage a quick recovery?

I have come to realize that there is one simple cure/solution for combating the “common” cold.

Listen to Your Body!

It is not unforeseen that the body alerts you when it has come to recognize the changes in season, the steady drop in temperature and how it chooses to deal with these effects. You can feel the difference almost instantaneously in your bones, your muscles, sometimes even your nerves. And due to our inclination to always be on the move, we generally ignore these signals and push our bodies to a breaking point…

Then we wonder: “How did I get sick?

We bundled up every day we went out, we made sure to wear hats, gloves and thick socks (most of the time) and we ate lots of warm foods. However, we never stopped to consider that it may be best to expose ourselves a bit less to freezing (and below) temperatures and stay indoors bundled up with an array of blankets and a few cups of hot tea (no, not joe). We didn’t factor in that spending a bit more “ME” time with the self and spoiling the body with such things as sleep, hot foot baths and gentle massages would allow and provide for great circulation, relaxation and much needed stimulation.

While we have a tendency to take a few of those “personal sick days” off from work in the warm summer months, we ought to reconsider switching things up and relishing in that time during the winter season. It can really pay off in the end, most notably by ensuring a healthier, happier body that can ultimately stay “on the move.”


As I mentioned curling up with a few cups of hot tea, consider this Tried and True Tea Blend Recipe shared by the Vegetarian Health Institute:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried echinacea leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried peppermint leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried lemon balm leaves
  • 3 Tbsp dried elder berries OR 1/4 cup dried elder flowers

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a glass jar and shake gently to combine. Seal jar tightly. Store your Cold and Flu Tea away from heat and light for up to a year. This blend will make approximately 24 cups of tea.

To Make One Cup of Tea:

  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 2 tsp Cold and Flu Tea blend
  • Green stevia for sweetener, if desired

Add tea blend to tea infuser or tea ball. Bring water to a boil, remove from heat. Pour water into mug and add tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Add green stevia (if using) and stir until dissolved. Drink up to 3 cups of tea per day as needed.

When the season first hits (which may be the case for the mid and east coasts right now!) I recommend having 2-3 cups of this blend daily for at least one week. You can supplement for other equally effective herbs [like Coriander, Garlic, Ginger, Goldenseal, Lemon+Honey, Mullein or Sage] or use the ones listed above singularly throughout the next week or two utilizing the same dosage. Continue alternating throughout the entire season.

Also, consider a foot bath (you can purchase a large bucket for under $3 from most dollar stores) with a nice portion of epsom salts. Make sure it’s hot enough to handle and soak for at least 20 minutes. Castor oil up afterward to encourage that much needed circulation, and make sure it’s not diluted. Lastly, be mindful of how and what you eat. Don’t be concerned about “fattening” up for the winter; focus on lots of Greens, Fruits and Vegetables. If you can home-make your dishes, I highly recommend doing so; it helps to better monitor what you’re eating. The key: The Fresher, The Better!

Combating the “common” cold starts with Listening to Your Body… if your body is down, you are down, so focus on staying Up.

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The Blood Type Diet

While researching a personally recurring ailment, I stumbled upon an ad within the article I was reading that stated something to the effect of: “What foods to avoid for Your Blood Type.” The brief line alone piqued my interest greatly, and I wish I had clicked on the offered link at the time. I’ve since re-visited this information page many times, but that same ad is no longer lingering on the page, unfortunately. Rather than be discouraged, I placed this topic on my “To Learn More” list and have been doing periodic research on it ever since.

Admittedly, there is great curiosity and excitement in the idea of creating an *agreeable* diet centered around one’s biological genetic information that makes you YOU. How many of us have actually considered that what we eat can adversely and/or beneficially affect our blood and de/increase its level of efficacy for [un]healthiness? I know for myself, despite being a hard-core advocate for True Vegetarianism (no lacto, no ovo, no in-betweens – just *straight* real vegetarianism), I didn’t even connect this as a consideration. As our energy and consciousness grows and becomes more definitive, we are exposed to higher sources of knowledge and power, and I don’t doubt that my eye catching the attention of that ad was coincidental. Whether to re-affirm or disregard the “importance” of eating for one’s genetic design, I think it best to investigate so as to make an independent judgment according to one’s own attributions towards health.

Certainly, there is a slight “craze” revolving around the concept of a Blood Type Diet, regarded as genius to some and ridiculous to others. The modern day pioneer for blood type dieting is advocated in large part by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, who hosts several websites catering to his studies and findings relative to the topic. Honestly, his theories have NOT won me over by far, but I do think he may be on to something all in all. He encourages certain blood types to eat animals, which is something I cannot and will not support, as the Animal Kingdom is not a segment of the Human “Kingdom.” Animals were not made from humans and humans were not made from animals, so we are not (co)dependent upon each other for sustenance for our bodies [eating insects such as bees has no nutritional value for humans].

I noticed that there is a significant push for O Blood Types to eat meat in high doses, which was described as bringing a number of these “types” to severe discomfort and unease with their energy and ability levels by different people of this type. The slight Saving Grace for Dr. D’Adamo is that he boldly states:

“If you’re a bread-eating Type O and you’re happy with your state of health and life is wonderful, you shouldn’t even be in the nutrition aisle in the bookstore; I write books for people for whom those other things don’t work.”

In a way it seems like another gimmick to drive us to try out the new “fad” in managing health and wellness in an increasingly careless society regarding true health and wellness. This makes it more difficult to present any actual Facts about dieting for your specific blood type. For instance, my sister is O+ and she thrives off of meat and [artificially] acidic liquids, while my significant other is O- and thrives off of a True Vegetarian diet consisting of grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. They are both O’s, but they eat completely differently and couldn’t imagine eating as the other does (short or long-term).

While Health and Wellness go hand in hand in reality, they are quite distanced in the world of science and education. This is most notable in the required courses for doctors (even specialists) to “prepare” for *practicing* on people. Nutrition studies are placed low in significance to health and wellness, despite this being one of the most crucial aspects of how we maintain our livelihood. The use of chemicals and lab creations are deemed as the necessary “go-to” where foods, herbs and liquids are stripped of their natural nutritional value (make-up) and formulated into an experimental tonic. These are just facts, easily found in *practice* throughout western society.

According to Dr. D’Adamo, three out of four people (in his studies) benefit from eating his recommended diet for their Blood Type, so while the odds are high, there is still plenty of wiggle room for detriment to arise. Considering that there is no distinction between dieting for a positive or negative Blood Type, I think this leaves the window open – so to speak – for independent trials and error (as is the case between my sister and my mate) where the dieter makes the final decision by listening to the body.

There are a number of [re]sources available to those who are curious about what should be eaten and what should be avoided, including the many sites from Dr. D’Adamo. In short, I will list the main points sited time and again by Blood Type Diet[ing] advocates in a sort of “series” starting with A+ and A-:

Type A: “flourish on a vegetarian diet – if you are accustomed to eating meat, you will lose weight and have more energy once you eliminate the toxic foods from your diet. Pure, Fresh and Organic foods can supercharge the immune system and potentially short circuit the development of life threatening diseases.” Chew food completely to ensure proper digestion, as Type As typically have low levels of stomach acid to aid in breaking down more complex foods.

Having heightened cortisol levels – limiting the body’s ability to effectively (and naturally) deal with and recover from stress –  makes incorporating calming exercises a requirement for Type As. Dr. D’Adamo recommends, Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation and Deep Breathing Exercises.

For specifics on particular foods, start here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/466981-blood-type-a-grocery-list-of-very-beneficial-foods/


Ultimately, I recommend listening to your bodyregardless of blood type. Learn and Know your body, and you will all-ways be the Best Judge.

To Heal one must become Whole.
To Know one must Learn.
To Be one must Live.

So Be the best Knower of your Whole Self in order to Live in Health.

Therein lies Wealth.

The Dangers of Air “Fresheners”

Simplicity in Alternatives

it’s *Cheaper* to be Natural

~Is it not easy to stretch your buck? ~

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/the-dangers-of-air-fresheners-plus-10-natural-alternatives

Living Abundantly Healthy Never Looked So Good…

Natural Health is Wealth!

Quote

Like a Fine Perfume…


“Happiness is like Perfume;
you can’t pour it on somebody else
without getting a few drops on yourself.”

– James Van Der Zee, Photographer


There have been countless mantras and mottos I have created and adopted, particularly as a coping mechanism in dealing with this Crazy/Beautiful thing called Life. I am challenged by my own mantras, my own thoughts on a daily basis …and more frequently. It – of course – provides for its many frustrations, but I’m content with this e-motion, as it is all a result of my effort to love myself… because liking myself just honestly isn’t enough.


There have been countless faces and spaces that I have taken on – created and adopted – simply for the sake of attempting to please others who say they “love you for you” when they quietly/silently mean they “don’t love you for you.” Playing make-believe is a lot of work, especially when you have no clue that you are doing just that! There is no love in being who you are not, naturally, at all times.


There have been countless sacrifices I have endured and made to temporarily appease others …

When do people ever find peace in the natural expression of themselves?

Ultimately, I learned that I can cater and submit to any and every demand and request – and at the end of the day – still nobody is HAPPY.

So what exactly am I sacrificing SO MUCH for?


Happiness in ME is
ALL
I ever need…

And I care not
for those who disagree.

❤ As it is like the Finest Perfume. ❤

Queenie’s Creamy Dreamy Asparagus Pasta

Creating & Cooking

Is My

Heaven on Earth.


~It allows for me to provide fuel support to my loved ones (when I can share, hehehe) so that they may put their best foot forward in sharing their *loving* energy.
~It boosts my energy to make positive and conscious efforts to make sustainable choices – in my food selection and purchasing any other “goods.”
~It allows for me to be fully aware of what I am putting into my body – particularly in Creation Mode.
~It provides total happiness to my Heart which always enjoys a warm embrace.


Mind Inspired
to Prove that there Is

Wealth in Healthy Eating.

Organic & GMO-Friendly..?

Recently, I was motivated and prompted to initiate some research regarding large (and small) corporations making extreme efforts to resist GMO labeling. Honestly, as I have made it a mission within my life to ensure that I am aware of the ever-growing GMO crisis, I was NOT surprised to see that this list has grown. However, I did unfortunately stumble upon some serious news I found necessary to share.

Myth #1: Organic foods are grown, manufactured and/or produced by small and large companies that do NOT use GMOs.

Myth #2: Corporations that support genetic modification (GMO) of food are NOT in the business of growing, manufacturing and/or producing Organic foods.

Myth #3: If a corporation has business in Organic foods, they are NOT lobbying to have GMOs hidden.

Truths: USDA Organic labeled foods are NOT 100% Organic, allowing small and large corporations to “bypass” ethics and grow, manufacture and/or produce foods that can have <10% genetically modified ingredients and still be considered “Organic.”
More Information Below

Organic (and some Natural) food brands owned by Big Corporations:

Coca-Cola –  Honest Tea,  Odwalla,  Simply Orange.

Cadbury –  Green & Black’s Chocolate,  Nantucket Nectars.

ConAgra –  Alexia,  Hunt’s Organic,  Lightlife (vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli),  Orville Redenbacher’s Organic.

General Mills – Cascadian Farms, Cheerios, Food Should Taste Good,  Larabar,  Muir Glen, Nature Valley.

Groupe Danone –  Stonyfield Farm.

Hershey’s –  Dagoba Chocolate.

Hain-Celestial – (partially owned by Heinz) Arrowhead Mills,  Bearitos,  Breadshop Cereals,  Casbah,  Celestial Seasonings,  DeBoles Pasta,  Earth’s Best,  Ethnic Gourmet,  Garden of Eatin’,  Gluten Free,  Greek God’s,  Hain Pure,  Health Valley,  Imagine Soups,  Linda McCartney,  Maranatha nut butters,  Mountain Sun Juices,  Nile Spice Soup,  Rice Dream,  Sensible Portions,  ShariAnn’s,  Soy Dream,  Terra Chips,  TofuTown,  Walnut Acres,  Westbrae Natural,  WestSoy,  Yves Meatless.

JM Smucker –  After the Fall,  R.W. Knudsen,  Santa Cruz Organic.

Kellogg –  Bear Naked,  Gardenburger,  Kashi,  Morningstar Farms,  Natural Touch,  Wholesome & Hearty. (Kashi cereals contain GMOs!) Kellogs uses genetically engineered sugar beets in its non-organic cereals.

Kraft –  Boca,  Back to Nature.

Mars/M&M –  Seeds of Change

Nestle –  Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Pepsi – Dole,  Harvest Crunch,  Izze,  Naked Juice,  Ocean Spray,  Tazo,  Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana.

Rich’s –  Fresh Meadow

Unilever – Ben & Jerry’s,  Knorr,  Salada

Personal Care:

Clorox –  Burt’s Bees.

Colgate-Palmolive – Tom’s of Maine.

Hain Celestial – Alba Botanica,  Avalon Organics,  Jason,  Orjene,  Queen Helene,  Zia.

Beer:

Anhueser Busch – Stone Mill and Wild Hop.

Read More @ http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/this-might-be-our-only-chance-for-gmo-labeling-we-can-win-this-one/

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

Clean 15 vs. Dirty Dozen – Revelation Revealed

Generally, I am constantly seeking New Knowledge, and my interest is highly piqued by discovering and uncovering myths and truths regarding Health and Wealth. Very recently, I ran across a brochure at a local grocery store, supplying a surprisingly wealthy amount of information about “Eating Well Organically.” This particular grocer has embarked on a phenomenal journey to incorporate organic produce, alternative “milks,” and a small section of the store is completely dedicated to Organic/Non-GMO/”Natural” foods. Their efforts are truly commendable, as they’re smack dab in the middle of suburbia and East Kansas City where BBQ is King (and Queen).


As we passed by the Health Market area – dedicated to conscious fooders – this “Organic” brochure caught my eye. Both myself and the Lover had to take a gander and were truly awed by our findings. This is what we’ve discovered:


Comparison of  Conventional / Natural / Organic Foods            
             
Processing Type   Conventional   Natural   Organic
             
Artificial Colors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Flavors   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Preservatives   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used   CanNOT be Used
Artificial Fertilizers   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Synthetic Pesticides   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Irradiation   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
Genetic Modification (GMO)   Can be Used   Can be Used   CanNOT be Used
             

While we were ensnared by the array of “experts” and “Environmental Groups” (Environmental Working Group, included) stating that there are at least 15 (fifteen) different foods people can purchase conventionally, we were pretty astounded to stumble on this New Knowledge.

Who’d-a-thunk that Natural isn’t truly Natural?

In fact, “Natural Foods” can be genetically modifiedmuch like conventional foods… of course, at the discretion of the producer/manufacturer. Interestingly enough, the brochure made special note to mention that “Natural Food is NOT Organic.


In short, I strongly encourage and support Organic Onlyfood purchases – particularly for Produce / Nuts / Seeds. When visiting your Local Farmers’ Market embrace the confidence to Ask…

What Methods do You Use in Growing Your Food(s)?

It’s as simple as that! Here in BBQ King City, our farmers tend to be pretty honest b.u.t. you DO have to Ask. Try to find encouragement in the fact that a farmer informs you that s/he does use processing of some kind… this just allows you to journey onto the next farmer and discover some of their secrets! 😉 It’s a win-win situation. Because now you have taken ownership of the Power of Choice!


Organic Is the Way…
To The Wealth of Health!