Creamy Goodness Juice Recipe

I have not posted a juice recipe in a while, but don't think that I'm not in the kitchen juicing on a regular basis! The kitchen is where this therapist (me), gets her therapy.

Here's what you'll need to taste the creamy goodness that awaits you:
  • 1 fresh pineapple, sliced in half
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 golden delicious apple
  • 1 nub of ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • blend these together + serve over ice!
This juice is really refreshing and a sweet treat to the taste buds! I hope you enjoy it!

Cacao: The Real Chocolate

I am still on my TJX store hauls. I enjoy finding new stores and locating products that I love for such a small price. This post is about Cacao and being that I have already shared information on Cacao (see post here), I really wanted to point out the brand and prices of both Cacao Nibs and Cacao Powder.

                    Cacao Nibs: $5.99
Cacao Powder: $5.99

One way to attract me to products is to be visually pleasing. As you can see, Divine Organics is the brand that I am showcasing above. I really like the see-through pouches and the quality of each. The prices aren't that bad either - $5.99 for 7-8 oz. View other Divine Organics products here.

Wellness Break: Oil Pulling/Hemp Oil Benefits

About a year or so ago, I set out on an attempt to begin oil pulling with coconut oil. That attempt did not last long at all. So I revisited it starting in November, but using hemp oil.

What is oil pulling, you might be asking yourself. Oil pulling is a method of oral cleansing, which originated from Ayurvedic medicine. I've discussed Ayurvedic medicine in a post a long while ago, but it's worth looking into. In a nutshell, oil pulling is swishing around a plant-based oil in your mouth/through your teeth for at least 10-20 minutes.

There are several noted benefits, though none are fully medically supported. Here's a list of just some of the benefits of oil pulling:
  • Oral health: combats bad breath, tooth decay, cavities and gum health
  • Skin: clears facial acne
  • Physical health: arthritis, migraines, diabetes, detoxification and asthma
Again, oil pulling is used mostly as a form of naturopathic medicine.

What's the best process for oil pulling? Here are some simple steps based upon my research and application: 
  1. Firstly, Oil pull first thing in the morning for 10-20 minutes, before you've even brushed your teeth. A major reason why I stopped doing this practice a year ago is because it took up too much time in the morning. So to avoid this excuse, I decided to do my oil pulling while I shower. So far so good! Be sure to spit out the oil in the toilet. Please note that the oil starts off pretty thick, but becomes more fluid after a few minutes.
  2. Secondly, gargle with a mouthwash to loosen up the oil.
  3. Thirdly, brush your teeth like normal.
Now onto my wonderful hemp oil! I chose hemp oil because, if you can't tell, I am obsessed with anything hemp! I've blogged about hemp in a few posts, please check them out here, here and here.

There are other well-noted oil options to pull from (no pun intended). Some of those options are: olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil.

I really enjoy my daily attention to my oral health. So far, I have definitely noticed fresh breath and the color of my teeth have become even. I cannot note any other benefits as of yet, but I'll be sure to post an update after 3 or 6 months.

Hello December!

We are literally down to the final 30 days of 2014!! Woohoo! I'll spend some time reflecting this month on goals that were and were not accomplished. I really just want to take it easy, but I know that will not happen! 

I hope that you have a fantastic start to December 2014!