Stop spending money on those fancy waters that you find in the stores and make your own. Today, I whipped up some orange, lemon flavored water. So simple to make, yummy to drink, and high in vitamin C!
Not to mention, the cancer fighting agents found in the pith.
You can make any water of your choicing and the kids have a blast getting involved!
So throw in some grapes, raspberries, cherries, pineapple, etc. Try a new flavor each day and get int those much needed nutrients!by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet
I’m not sure if I ever really had the flu before and if I have, it’s been quite some time. With the constant badgering from the government to get flu shots via commercials and other advertisements, it’s a wonder that people share a common fear of the dreaded flu.
I am anti-vaccine (a conversation we won’t get into right now), so needless to say, I did not get the flu shot. Nor have I ever gotten it for my son. So when the H1N1 arrived, let’s just say, I was a bit fearful.
Well without further ado, I managed to finally get the flu this past week, right in the first couple of days of June. Yup, it was 90 degrees outside and I was smacked with the flu virus. It started on a Saturday, I could feel what I thought were cold symptoms coming on. Sore throat, stuffy head, all things I had experienced before this season.
Admittedly, I’ve had a rough past few months, and lost my path of a good diet and nutrition. With the rise of a previous injury to my foot causing a lack of ability to run, my eating habits had gone south.
Stress from a divorce and child custody battle had caused me some emotional stress and I quickly started learning that I too (like most of my family) have an interest in emotional eating. I quickly packed on 15 pounds in a matter of months (just about 2), and my all around vested interest in good health had seemingly gotten lost.
So as soon as I started noticing symtoms of illness, I took no time to pop a few pills and medicate. I had a big work function approaching in a matter of days, and no time for illness. By Sunday night, I was sicker than I had felt in a long time. I was so bad that when I walked, I was dizzy. My breathing was heavy, my coughing caused an explosion of pain in my head, and the sheer thought of movement was dibilitating.
With a few words of advice from my boss (a raw foodie who is holistic and virtually against the use of drugs), I quickly realized that my approach was all wrong. I remembered a chapter the I had read Mayim Bialik‘s book, Beyond the Sling. She mentioned that the use of medication would only prolong an illness. That the drugs simply masked the symptoms and prevented the rapid healing that the body wanted to offer.
I made the decision in that moment, that I would stop the over-the-counters, and medicated holistically and alternatively through proper dietary choices. After all, ““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” “. And with this knowledge, there is truth.
I started drinking a vegan sports hydration drink made by Vega. I juiced lemons (5 to be exact) and added it to water. I drank this a lot. I remembered when my boss was making a meal with lemons and as she squeezed the lemons in her hands, the juice squirted on her shirt, bleaching the color out of it. She had made the comment, “if the lemon juice could bleach my shirt, imagine how cleansing it is for your insides”. I kept this statement in my mind as I drank my lemon juice, and while it was pretty sour (I added no sweeteners), I know that it was healing.
In addition to the lemon juice, I made a green lemonade which I believe to be super healing I drank 2-3 of these for two days straight.
I used a dietary supplement called Sovereign Silver, a bio-active silver hydrosol. It’s an immune building and support supplement that can be taken in several forms. I purchased the nasal spray for immediate response by my system. (This product was recommended by my boss).
Recommended by my local organic market, I purchased a herbal cold and sinus blaster (store brand). They are drops that you add to water and tastes strongly of mint-very strongly. Some of the ingredients are horseradish root, echinacea, garlic, elderberry, cayenne fruit, licorce herb, and the list goes on. A dropper full of this in a glass of water, twice day, helped to clear the mucus out. But boy was it a bit of a challange to drink.
I also purchased some elderberry cough drops with Zinc in them.
I recently read on Healthy Bitch Daily that wheatgrass is so magical, that it can virtual heal a hangover, so I thought, “why not?, maybe it will heal the flu too”. Wheatgrass is available in the grass form by the tray or in frozen cubes in your freezer section. I had the cubes, so I thawed out 4-6 of them and drank through 20 in two days. I have to admit, within a hours of consuming both the wheatgrass shots and my magic healing exlixar (the green lemonade), I was feeling major improvements.
Within 24 hours of using the above methods, I felt a huge difference. I ate no solids, simply juiced. It was like magic, I felt 90% better and just in time to throw together the big party for work!
Do you have any natural healing secrets? I would love to hear other experiences with natural healing through foods.
Happy Healing!by Veg Writing Momma with 2 comments
For those of you that are considering going raw or just want to incorporate more raw foods into your diet, here are a few snacks and treats I have found available at your local markets.
We all know that fast=easy, thus the rise in cancer, diabetes, and obesity in our society, but there are ways to find healthy foods that are just as quick and easy to eat, rather thank stopping by your local fast food joint.
The key to health is planning. Make sure you have your meals and snacks planned out ahead of time. If you know you have a long day away from home ahead of you, be sure to pack up your eats for the day!
Take a look at what I’ve found so far:
By far my favorite treat: Cloud 9 Raw Chocolate is raw, vegan, gluten-free fudge. I have a sweet tooth that is the queen of sweet tooths! Cloud 9 Raw Chocolate satisfy’s my sweet cravings and even provides a bit of energy. Chocolate you can eat for breakfast? This raw thing’s not too shabby.
While we are on the sweet topic, check out Hail Merry. Known for their “raw” macaroons, Hail Merry also produces raw tarts, ‘grawnola’, and nuts.
I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed and by no means, from the flavor. In fact, I love their products. While I was chowing down on a bag of vanilla macaroons, I took the liberty to do a little extra reading. Once I took a closer look, I noticed that the package specified “raw oils”. Why would it say that? Aren’t all of the ingredients raw? It does say “RAW” in big letters just above.
So I flipped the bag over to do a little investigating. Here is what I found……Looks like quit a few of those ingredients are NOT raw! I decided to contact the company for a clear explanation, and they sent me a long drawn out statement saying that they are in fact not 100% raw with reasoning as to why. To make a long story short, the owner is not 100% raw, nor does she believe it to be completely healthy.
Next up, Gopal’s Nori Wrapped Power Wraps.
If you aren’t a fan of sushi or seaweed in general, I would stay away from this one. The flavor was definitely a unique one and if you aren’t used to a raw diet, you might take one bite and not finish the rest. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they taste bad, just different. The power wraps come in several flavors, including Mexican and Italian. And for $1.95, it’s a raw treat on-the-go you just can’t beat!
Some of my favorite products so far come from Living Intentions. They offer a variety of flavored nuts which are amazing! I love the White Chocolate Cashews, Almonds, and Cocao nibs.
Chipotle flavored pistachios
In addition to flavored nuts, Living Intentions offers cereals, salad boosters, trail mix, and a raw flour mix. While their website seems a bit amateur, I love all of their products and recommend that anyone try them out!
On a final note, here is a quick homemade treat that is easy for all. Never buy nut butter again! You can make your own peanut butter, almond butter, or any butter of your choice in a matter of minutes!
Throw your favorite nuts into the blender and blend on high for several minutes until a creamy mix has been created. If you haven’t achieved the exact creaminess you desire, add a small amount of oil.
Here is some almond butter I made and paired up with apples for a healthy snack. Just pure organic almond butter with no additives, including salt! Next time take a look at your peanut butter labels, it should include nuts in the ingredients, that all!
Happy Snacking!by Veg Writing Momma with no comments yet