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Happy Goji Water

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It is Happy Friday again.

One of the things that make me so happy is reading inspirational books. Right now I am reading Greatness Guide 2 by Robin Sharma. I love his work. The book is filled with 101 insights to get you to world class! Wow! A summarization of tip 6 is:

My point is simply this: The way you do the little things says a lot about the way you do the big things.  So pay attention to the little details. Focus on the small stuff (like crazy). World class people and organizations always do. Because the little things are truly the big ones.

Such an incredibly simple and powerful tip. Start with the small things!

How about starting to do one small thing that can contribute to your best health ever? Goji berries are a small package packed with world class goodness. They are perhaps the most nutritionally rich berry fruit on the planet and tastae delicious. The support healthly hormones, vision, immune system,  brain and neurological health and the only food known to stimulate the body to produce  Human Growth Hormone naturally.

Happy Goji Water

1 handful of goji berries

2 cups of water

Soak 2 hours in room temperature water. Strain and use water as a base for your smoothies or homemade lemonade. You can add the soaked berries to the smoothie or use them for another purpose. Goji berries can also be added to herbal teas to enhance them and be the little thing that will  just make you feel the best ever. :)

Here is some more Goji inspiration from an earlier post.

Did you check out last week’s Happy Giveaway!

Fatma XO

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Fun Energy Tips

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Without Energy it is impossible to feel alive. Deep essential Energy is a combination is of many different factors. Today’s article does not address this kind of Energy. Here are  just some fun tips to give you short term energy instead of reaching for a cup of coffee. As opposed to coffee, these tips will not deplete you when used long term. They. are also infinitely more fun and multidimensional.

 
Choose the ones you love and try them out.
 
1. Smell Peppermint oil. You can also add therapeutic grade peppermint to a glass of water or put it directly on your tongue. Talk about a wake up call.
 
2. Use a spritz bottle filled with water and a few drops of an energizing oil like Citrus Fresh or Rosemary. Spraying this on your face will instantly revive you. I use this as an aura spray during some of my workshops and participants love it.
 
3. Rub your ears all over for a minute. You have points on the ear that connect to all your body. This will help make you feel more alert. It is a tool used in Brain Gym.
 
4. Thump your chest like Tarzan! :) This is a Kinesiology tip to energise your thymus gland and align your body’s energy.
 
5. ATP is the molecule that supplies energy to your cells. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources. Keep some handy in your bag, in your kitchen or your office.
 
6. Wash your face with cold water and run some over your wrists and hands for a few seconds. This will get blood to rush to the area and improve circulation making you feel more alive.
 
7. Massage your scalp with a drop of rosemary oil rubbed between your fingers. This is definitely a feel good tip!
 
8. Remember to take a few moments to breath deeply when feeling tired or tense. You can also rub a drop of a relaxing essential oil on your palms and then inhale deeply from your cupped palms.
 
9. Move it! Just a few minutes of jumping jacks, jumping rope. stretches or running up the stairs will get more energy circulating instantly.
 
10. Drink a glass or two of water. A drop of Citrus Fresh will augment the effect. Dehydration will make you feel tired. 

I would love to hear your comments!

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Strawberry Feast

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It is late spring and it is Strawberry Season. I went out with my daughter  to our favorite neighborhood park and took a bowl of juicy, vibrantly red, so very sweet strawberries with us. Sitting in the sun, under a gorgeous blue sky we ate our strawberries and felt sheer heavenly bliss.

Strawberries are at their most delicious from now to July. They are truly best eaten just as they are. Here are some berrylicious tips to bring some sunshine to your eating:

Add them to your smoothies. Try an avocado strawberry or a mango strawberry smoothie. Yum!

Strawberries add gorgeous color to any fruit salad.

They add vibrancy and a touch of sweetness to a green salad.

Slice them, sprinkle with some lemon or orange juice and dig in.

Blend them and use as a fruit couli.    

For my birthday last year I made a raw pie topped with strawberry couli and strawberry slices. Delish!

Make the most of Strawberry Season. It is such a delicious part of spring and summer.

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Nightshade family

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I was teaching a class about Superfoods at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition yesterday. The students were  inquisitive and eager to learn much. They loved the session. I promised  to post some articles on the blog about topics that they were interested in. Today’s post is from the question: Why is the nightshade family called nightshade? Nutritional Consultants will counsel clients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout to avoid the nightshade family which consists of capsicum (paprika, chili pepper), potato, tobacco, tomato, and eggplant. Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne, and Tabasco sauce are classified as nightshade foods.The family further consists of Datura (Jimson weed), mandrake, deadly nightshade (belladonna).   “Nightshade” is actually the common name used to describe over 2,800 species of plants, many with very different properties and constituents. Its derivation is from Old English – nihtscada (meaning: unrecorded night) perhaps because of its narcotic/poisoning effects.

The Solanaceae is a family of flowering plants, that contains a number of important agricultural plants as well as many toxic plants. The name of the family comes from the Latin Solanum“the nightshade plant”, but the further etymology of that word is unclear. Most likely, the name comes from the perceived resemblance that some of the flowers bear to the sun and its rays, and in fact a species of Solanum (Solanum nigrum) is known as the sunberry. Alternatively, it has been suggested the name originates from the Latin verb solari, meaning “to soothe”. This presumably refers to alleged soothing pharmacologica properties of some of the psychoactive species of the family.

A particular group of substances in these foods, called alkaloids, can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive function in animals and humans, and may also be able to compromise joint function. Because the amount of alkaloids is very low in nightshade foods when compared with other nightshade plants, health problems from nightshade foods may only occur in individuals who are especially sensitive to these alkaloid substances. Since cooking only lowers alkaloid content of nightshade foods by about 40-50%, highly sensitive individuals may want to avoid this category of food altogether, while non-sensitive individuals may be able to eat these foods, especially in cooked form, without problem. Green and sprouted spots on potatoes usually reflect high alkaloid content, even though the green itself involves the presence of chlorophyll, not alkaloids. For this reason, sprouted areas should always be thoroughly removed before potato cooking, or the potatoes should be discarded altogether.

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Lavender Essential Oil

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I first tried and fell in love with Lavender when I was living in a village in Switzerland. I had just started my first job in Zurich and was so excited about the Big City and my job there. Lavender helped calm me in the evening and gave me a good night’s sleep. While commuting 1 hour every morning to Zurich I would be the only one wide awake while everyone else was nodding off.

Lavender reminds me of the beautiful landscape in Provence,  South of France. I consider it a blessing to hold the energy of lavender fields or for that matter any essential oil in the palm of my hand and benefit from its many healing benefits.

Lavender oil  restores balance to the mind and body so that healing can take place. It soothes and supports the Qi energy of the heart and is helpful for nervous tension and high blood pressure. It is prized since antiquity for its fresh, soft fragrance.

Lavender has pain relieving properties and will help with headaches, menstrual pain and aching muscles. A lavender compress on the forehead and eyes is deeply relaxing.

It is great for fevers, sore throats and  coughs.

Lavender can be used for infants for colic and irritability and a drop in a bath will calm down a cranky baby.    Children love the fragrance of lavender oil.

It is valuable for skin conditions because of it’s soothing properites. It is excellent for regenerating skin . It can be used in creams, oils and facial masks. It is also really nice as  facial steam or used with a wash cloth to wash the face. It is also helpful with hairloss. I usually combine with other essential oils for that purpose. My clients have had excellent results on healing surgery wounds with lavender oil. Please see below for the only oil I recommend.   It is also absolutely miraculous for healing burns. I have been thankful so many times for its effectiveness.

Lavender is great for an over-active brain at night helping to calm strong emotions.

It is also great for allowing self expression by soothing underlying trauma.

It is exactly because of the multi dimensional effect that I was attracted to Aromatherapy. Essential oils have enriched my life and helped me help so many.

I highly recommend the therapeutic grade oils by Young Living. Check out the stunning pictures of their Lavender farms here.

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Adrenal Exhaustion

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Jamie left a comment asking if I had tips for Adrenal Exhaustion. Thank you for asking Jamie. Here they are.

Almost everyone leaving a modern fast paced life exhibits some signs of adrenal exhaustion. I also see babies and children displaying these symptoms. These tips in general will help you live your best life.

It is important to go to bed by 10 pm. (I have not met one client who does.) Sleep is very healing and essential. Your sleep will usually be restless if you have exhausted adrenals. Try to have a calming down period before bedtime. Essentials oils and herbs are wonderful helpers as is journaling. Adrenals are replenished during sleep.Vitamin C is very beneficial for this. I am very particular about the supplements I recommend and always prefer them to be from a natural source. Vitamin C  from Acerola Berry or Amla is great. Valerian,Chamomile and Passionflower can be taken in tea or tincture form for their soothing properites.

When you become clear about your life, you will know to say yes to what matters and no to what takes away from the quality of your best life. What is the ideal life you want for yourself?

Eat a diet abundant in fresh and healthy produce. It is the fuel that  supports your body to thrive.

Create a balance between doing and being. Moments of quiet and peace are essential for healing and living a harmonious life.

Create a structure that supports you and your lifestyle. Your support can take the shape of family, friends, wellness consultants, meditation, the home you live in, the food you eat, the books you read, the places you frequent, the thoughts you think, the activities you enjoy and the spiritual faith you practice. Where in your life are you seeking more support? Start with one area. Living well is not a destination. It is a lifestyle. Relax and celebrate every step of the way.

Create your own JOY list and live more of what you have written down.

Like nature, the body thrives on Rhythm. Our bodies  loves regular routines like the same time for eating and sleeping as well as more organization in our daily living.

During a consultation I go into more detail and recommend specific remedies for healing depending on each person.

Your body is magical in its healing ability.

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I love Garlic

  Garlic Greens Pictures, Images and Photos

                                                                                                                                                                                    Picture courtesy Padma’s Kitchen.

Can girls talk Garlic? Well, that is exactly what I feel like doing today. I love Garlic. As I am of Indian origin, my memories of the aroma of garlic and spices cooking in the kitchen are among some of the favorites I have. Garlic was used in every curry. You could not make Indian food without Garlic. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and very high in sulfur, which is excellent for the liver. Organic Garlic is even higher in sulfur and tastes way better. It is of course more potent in its raw version. That makes it ideal for delicious raw soups, salads and dips. What would Guacamole be without the Garlic? How about Spinach Salad with Olive Oil and lots of Garlic. Mmmh. Not every bodytype tolerates Garlic well. You can try Garlic Greens which is a milder version.

Now that it is soon planting season I am really looking forward to planting Garlic Greens. Here in Toronto we still have frost till end April. :( I do not have green thumbs but the one thing I can grow easily is Garlic Greens. Just take cloves of garlic, remove the skin and push them an inch deep into the soil. Repeat with as many cloves as you want. I also surround my other plants with garlic for bug protection. You can use Garlic Greens like you do Garlic. In addition you also get chlorophyll and a taste that is so good. You can grow this indoors but nothing beats the outdoors version that is nurtured by sun energy and creates memories of warm summer days.

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