Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Quote of the Day!

"I can truthfully say that I am never conscious of my age. Since I reached maturity, I have never been aware of being any older, and I can say, without equivocation or mental reservation, that I feel more alive, alert, and full of enthusiasm today than I did when I was 30 years old. I still feel my best years are ahead of me. I never think of birthdays, nor do I celebrate them. Today I can truthfully say that I am enjoying vibrant health, I don't mind telling people how old I am: I AM AGELESS!"

- Norman Walker - he lived until 99 years old!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Menstrual Cramps....

Or "moon time" cramps... they suck. Here's a great video for tips on natural ways to make your cramps disappear.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Quote of the Day!

This just made me laugh.


"Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway."

- Unknown

Organic Mint Melange Tea

I have only started liking mint tea as of recently. As a child, I really only drank it when I was sick, so to me mint tea is equivalent to yucky medicine. But that was then, this is now. I am indeed reformed and have discovered my love for the Organic Mint Melange Tea from Trader Jose's. During my "moon time" last month, I had the worst cramps. Something told me to have a mint tea, so I did. I drank it and within a few minutes, my cramps were gone! This particular brand is not only DE LISH OUS, but it really heals. Try it for hangovers!

Ummm....

So for a while now I have been on a totally different plane. A couple things happened these past couple weeks that have effected my personal life and this is why I have been so distant from you all. Anyway, I'm coping, dealing, whatevering. I have returned to some vices of which I will not reveal to you until the time is right. Once I get out of this weird plane....I will be back to blogging up a storm!

xo,

MH

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rants and Raves.

It's Wednesday and do you know what tomorrow is? Test #2 in Anatomy. And I am far from ready. I took tomorrow off to study my heart out since I hardly got much studying done this week. Anyhoot, not much time to write... way too many distractions. I'm off to the library.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sinus Infections...

This seems to be really going around. So, I refer to my Back to Eden Book by Jethro Kloss to see what causes it and what can remedy it.

Causes:
Sinuses, according to Wikipedia are air-filled spaces in the cranium that communicate with the nasal cavity. A sinus infection is when mucous fills those air-filled spaced. Ewwww. People who are constantly in water or change altitude frequently are more prone to sinus infections. Are you a dairy lover? Then you better stop eating the dairy (minus goat's milk products) and realize that dairy clogs up the sinuses.

So how to cure a sinus infection!?

Treatment:
Your bowel movements are extremely important to keep regular. I always say that bowels are the basis of life. They really are. Jethro Kloss recommends taking an enema. Or, for a less abrasive remedy, refer to Gillian McKeith's detox (scroll down for all the Parts) and do that for four days. That should clear you out.

Start you day with warm water with lemon. That helps get the fluids in the body moving.

In addition, Kloss recommends drinking 100% juices (no added sweeteners) consistently and eating raw green veggies.

From Back to Eden: "At times cold applications over the sinuses will give great relief; and at other times alternate hot and cold applications. Use whichever gives you the most relief. Have a pan of both hot and cold water available. Bathe the whole face with hot water, as hot as you can stand; then briefly apply the cold water."

Herbal Treatments:
Make this concoction or herbal liniment that is from Jethro Kloss but can be found in this article on Mother Earth News. Apply the herbal liniment over the sinuses. Rub it in well. Inhale it also.

From Back to Eden: "To cleanse and heal the nose, make tea of bayberry bark or golden seal. Use a teaspoon to a cup of boiling water; let it simmer for thirty minutes; strain when cool or just warm; sniff it up the nose, getting it up both sides, one side a time; this will cleanse and heal at the same time."

DISCLAIMER: These are just suggestions and not moderated by the FDA so make sure that you consult a physician to make sure this works for you. Herbs, although all natural, can be very potent and have dangerous effects on the body if not taken properly. Just keep that in mind. xo

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sigh


I don't know what's harder, quitting smoking or quitting coffee and sugar and alcohol. Honestly, is crack this hard to quit? Cause that's what I feel like, a crack addict, barely surviving the morning without her crack coffee, and then barely surviving the day without a crack sugar fix and then on the weekends barely able to unwind without the crack alchy. AAAAAAAAAAAAH! I hate withdrawals, but here we go, on the withdrawal train. Wish me luck. And have a great sugar, caffeine, alchy free weekend!!!!

xo

PEACE, LOVE AND HEALTH!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Cara who I have known since the 1st grade!

and

Happy Birthday to my Grandpa Kobritz, my Russian born Austrian/German Grandfather (and my reason for looking like a "gringa") who knew all about good food, introduced me to the best mangoes in the world and had the most incredible garden of every fruit tree and vegetable under the sun. He looked like a Buddha and spoke with a thick German accent and was 5'1". Cutie! He would have been 106 years old today. He passed away 7 years ago at the age of 99. Why did he live so long? I asked my dad this question a few months ago and my father replied, "He never sweated the small stuff." In this time of economic craziness and uncertainty, it's a good lesson to remember.

LIVE FOREVER!

Bussel Sprouts...


They are not gross!!! As a child, this was one of my favorite things to eat. My mother knew exactly how to prepare them to perfection!

Get a bag of brussel spouts at Trader Jose's or a stem of them at the Farmer's Market. Wash them. Then steam them for about 4 min. - 8 min. until they are slightly aldente. You still want them crunchy, never soft. They lose a lot of their nutritional value if steamed too much. Meanwhile, have a pan on the stove with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter... REAL BUTTER IS NOT BAD FOR YOU as long as you are eating right, it's not bad for you! Margarine, or soy butter is not good for you at all. If you're vegan, then use walnut oil or sunflower oil, but if you're not, then real butter is the way to go.

Once the butter has melted and the pan is really hot, throw in the brussel spouts for about 20 seconds and quickly stir around in the butter. Throw on some salt and pepper and the take them off the pan as fast as you can and enjoy. Raw foodist might disagree with this preparation, but wouldn't you rather enjoy a healthy food???? There is still enough nutrients for it to make an impact on your life.

For the salad I made in the previous entry, I cut off the ends of the sprouts and cut them in half. They make a delicious addition/ garnish to any salad, especially with the apple cider vinegar dressing!

Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing

I have been on a roll with a new salad dressing I've been working on. I don't know the exact measurements of everything, but half the fun is discovering how to make it to perfection and your liking. The chemistry of a dressing is yours to discover. But I'll tell you the ingredients.

Apple Cider Vinegar
1 - 2 cloves of garlic FRESH!
(not pre-minced garlic!! I'm discovering fresh is far more potent and flavorful)
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Pepper

Use your taste buds to lead you to use these ingredients and create a delicious, fresh tasting dressing.


Here's a salad I made the other day with it. Mmmmm. Check out all those ingredients, the Manna bread and brussel sprouts! Mmmmm. Yes, they can be delicious. Check the next entry on how to make delicious tasty brussel sprouts.

Apple Cider Vinegar

I've been using the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar from Trader Jose's, which to most people is disgusting, but to me is not bad! But, this past weekend when I was in Santa Barbara with my mother, who has acid reflux, we ate a bunch of rich food and I thought to prevent her reflux from acting up that I would run to Ralphs and grab her some Apple Cider Vinegar. I never ever thought Ralphs would carry Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, but they do (not sure if at every location) and it's so very tasty!! Much more tolerable than the Trader Joe's kind. I am sure Whole Foods carries it as well. Or just go to the Bragg Website.

Anyway, if you have indigestion or ate waaaay too much and have that "I can't move" feeling, then take 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Woah, does it work amazingly. Keep drinking it until you feel better if 2 tablespoons doesn't do the trick. I'm not saying the entire bottle, just a little at a time. You'll burp away your pain.

Wanna Get Emotional?



Then read this.

(Queue tissues)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

FOUND: LOCAL HONEY to KILL YOUR ALLERGIES!

WOOO! I found local honey.

For those of you who live in the West Los Angeles area, be happy (although some of you may already know this). Vital Zuman Certified Organic Honey is on PCH in Malibu, but is sold at various Farmer's Markets that I can never get to because of work. Instead, I went directly to the source! Local honey that is within 20 miles of your home is known to help allergies tremendously. From where I live, Vital Zuman honey is it's 26 miles... not within the recommended mileage of 20 miles, but close enough. If some of you are confused as to what the heck I'm talking about, a couple eons ago I discussed this!! Natural cure for allergies - - yes! Try it. So far so freaking good.

Mmmmm.... Quinoa Heaven


My boyfriend Michael just sent me this link to this delicious, yummy looking Quinoa Recipe.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sore Eyes

I am having major eye issues. Not just today, but yesterday too. They feel sore, dry, listless and the stinging is just plain awful. I'm here at work finding it very hard to do anything. The best feeling is to keep them closed, but that's not going to fly at my job. So luckily I have my Back to Eden book by Jethro Kloss which gives natural remedies for most any ailment.

Here's what Kloss has to say about sore eyes:
Causes: Eye troubles may be caused from a deficient diet. The eating of unhealthful foods and drinks such as tea, coffee, condiments, alcohol, as well as the use of tobacco, weakens the nerves and hinders the free circulation of blood to the eyes.

Unhealthful foods and drinks cause impure blood, and when the circulation carries impure blood to the eyes it weakens them. The all-important thing is to eat food that will give you a pure bloodstream. inflammation of the eyes from any cause will greatly benefit by the following treatment.

Treatment: For eye trouble it will be necessary to correct the diet and leave off all harmful foods and drinks. Get plenty of sleep in a well-ventilated room. Cleanse the system thoroughly with blood-purifying herbs such as Echinacea, fruit and fruit juices, and cleansing vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, celery and leafy greens.

Take the juice of a lemon every morning one hour before breakfast in a cup of hot water. Steep one teaspoon of red raspberry leaves and one teaspoon of witch hazel leaves in a cup of boiling water, and strain through a cloth. When using the powder, use one-half teaspoonful in a cup of water. Saturate a soft cloth with this tea and apply it as a wet pack to the eyes or bathe the eyes with it often, using an eye cup (or shot glass). Fennel tea is excellent when taken internally. It will benefit the eyes as it strengthens them. When used in an eye cup, dilute one-third with water.

Charcoal or Slippery Elm poultices, applied cold to the yes, will relieve inflammation.

An excellent eyewash for everyday use as well as when there is particular difficulty is the following: one teaspoon of Golden Seal and one level teaspoon of boric acid (not sure where to find this, but click here for alternative idea) dissolved in a pint of boiling water; shake well and let settle. You may pour off the liquid, or use just as is.

Hot and cold applications to the eyes with a heavy wash cloth will relieve itching and soreness. Aloe Vera gel applied to the eyelids relieves itching and burning eyes.
So hopefully this helps. I recognize my problem was the lack of health in my life this week. Between my friend, Heather's birthday and my vacation to Santa Barbara with my mother for her birthday, I did not give my body the best treatment.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

So much to do, so little time...

Not much time to blog today as I am preparing for a magical night with one my besties and fellow nutrition freaks, Heather, who's birthday is today and tonight we are going on an Old Hollywood Extravaganza tour!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER!

Tomorrow I will blog a new recipe and some other goodies.

Until then.... adios.