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Orange, Carrot, Ginger Smoothie!

There is nothing like waking up and tossing some fresh produce into a high speed blender for a jam-packed nutritious breakfast.  A high speed blender helps to break down the fibers in the fruits and veggies to create a smooth and creamy shake. This smoothie is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and electrolytes.  It is a great way to start the day energized!  I like my smoothies well chilled so I store the oranges, carrots and coconut water in the refrigerator so my ingredients are all ready for blending. 😀   Ingredients 2 large carrots, cut into circles, peeled and chilled 3-4 small to medium navel oranges, peeled and chilled 12 oz. coconut water, chilled ½ - 1 inch or so grated...

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Are You A Highly Sensitive Empath?

What do Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs and Martin Luther King Jr all have in common? Not only were they great historical figures, but they were also considered highly-sensitive empaths. Sensory Processing Sensitivity is believed to affect 15-20% of people whose nervous systems process stimuli intensely, causing individuals to feel overstimulated and overwhelmed. What does it feel like to be “highly sensitive”? “I’m like an exposed nerve,” says empath Jodi Fedor. “At its worst, my sensitivity turns me into a weather vane at the whim of my environment.” At its best, it can be a gift, making her in-tune with her surroundings, other people and animals. Symptoms of Sensory Processing Sensitivity Take a quiz here or consider these statements, which may...

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How to Improve Your Mood with Food...

Hippocrates once said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Through time, foods like dates and elderberries have been used as mood enhancers. Modern scientists have found that many foods have the power to trigger the brain to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating sleep, appetite, impulse control, and mood. While research has illuminated a number of mood boosters we can add to our diets, there are still many variables to consider in the mood food connection. How To Improve Your Mood With Food… Tryptophan-Containing Foods Since tryptophan is the amino acid that your body uses to produce serotonin, it’s no surprise that foods like bananas, clams, eggs, escargot, nuts, octopus, oysters, pineapple, plums, spinach, squid, and turkey...

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Easy Grain Free Apple Crisp

Who doesn’t like the smell of cinnamon baked apples?! It kind of makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! 😀  My family and I went apple farm-hopping this past weekend and picked up some pretty awesome apples! This recipe below is a very simple, low-sugar, delightful fall treat! Enjoy! Ingredients 8-10 large McIntosh Apples, remove skin and slice ½ cup or so apple juice (pear juice will work fine too) (the more apple/pear juice you use the mushier the apples will be. If you want the apples to hold some shape, I suggest using less apple/pear juice (about a little over a ¼ cup) 2½ cups + almond flour 4-5 tbs grassfed organic butter pinch sea salt pinch or two...

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Chronic Illness: Combining Raw & Paleo to Help Begin the Healing Process

For a moment, it seems like the whole world stops when you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness. Once the dust settles and you’ve processed what it all means, you realize you’ve got some work ahead. You can’t just continue down the same path in terms of lifestyle and diet that led you to illness in the first place if you expect to heal. It’s a big adjustment to start cooking at home more, making fewer trips through the drive-thru lane – but, with the right strategies and tools, it can be so much easier than you imagine! There is a plethora of information available on the hottest and trendiest diets of today… one hot topic including the Paleo diet. Many...

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