Wednesday, August 27, 2014

All About Spirulina

Spirulina Powder
If you are not familiar with each other yet, this is spirulina. An amazing super-food that is floating around the health market these days. It is a blue-green algae that grows in warm, fresh water. It is said to have been consumed in cultures for centuries (including the Aztecs) and was re-discovered and produced for mass consumption in the 1970's. It is a pretty simple item to consume; mix one teaspoon into juice or smoothie (personally I prefer it in my smoothie). Some are intimidated by the color, and think it will effect the taste. I have not experienced any distinct flavor consuming spirulina. I even experimented with mixing it in with my "chocolate milkshake" (frozen bananas, almond milk, and chocolate vega protein powder) and though it turned it green, in no way did it alter the flavor. If you're not into the powder form you can also consumer it in tablet form. It is important to remember to consume USDA ORGANIC spirulina, as bodies of water are being polluted it is essential to ensure we are consuming the purest product possible.

So now that we know what it is, lets uncover what's so "super" about this food:

-it is 60% protein and amino acids (including the essential fatty acid gamma linoletic acid which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties)
-contains omegas 3, 6 and 9 (is especially high in omega 3)
-high concentration of bio-available iron
-great source of B-6 (pyridoxide), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin- C, vitamin-D, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E
-high in B-12
-source of potassium,calcium, chromium, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc
-protects from medicine bi-products
-great for cell regeneration
Organic Spirulina (
-easily digestible
-regulates blood sugar
-lowers cholesterol
-boosts immunity
-cleanses the liver
-increases fat burning during exercise
-binds with heavy metals
-protects neurons
-shown to boost fertility

All of this from just a little green powder! Dont take my word for it, give it a try yourself. Here is a link to a great deal for organic spirulina on amazon (this is what I use!):

<3 Kelly

Monday, August 25, 2014

Visit an Island and Lose Weight

Visiting a tropical island would be great; warm climate, rich in fresh fruits. Great conditions to eat clean and lose weight. Only, that's not exactly what I'm talking about. I'm talking about what raw foodies do when they eat only ONE raw food item for a period of time, whether it is for one meal, or a whole week. It is called mono eating.

Personally I  have visited "banana island" in the past, where for several says I eat only bananas. Sky is the limit to the food item; watermelon, apples, grapes, mangoes, strawberries, pineapple, cherries, oranges, whatever suits your fancy. There is no limit to how much you can eat either, no deprivation on this trip!

The benefit of mono eating is that it is very easy for your body to digest. Its like an internal scrub brush, your body can digest it, and send it on through without too much work. Since your body does not have to work too hard digesting, built up items can get cleaned out at well. The body can then use that free energy to heal other parts of the body.

People lose weight, gain energy and improve health using this method. People with GI issues, including irritable bowels and crohns, see a drastic improvement, or total elimination, of symptoms.  Book a trip, stock up, and have a great time.

<3 Kelly

Friday, August 22, 2014

"You Don't Need to Be Perfect to Make a Difference"

"You don't need to be perfect to make a difference"- Dan the Man Liferegenerator  (Dan's YouTube channel) said this in one of his YouTube videos a little while back, and it stuck in my mind.

I absolutely love him, and his videos. Not only because he is so incredibly informative and overflowing with knowledge pertaining to health and wellness, but he is real. He has his ups and downs, and he is very honest that he is not a master. Most importantly he doesn't let that hold him back; he continues to help people and give himself away.  After committing to unconditional love he is still working on not getting angry. It took him 12.5 years after dedicating himself to raw foods to actually be 100% raw, and has had his own bumpy past previous to that which he is very open about. The whites of his eyes are incredibly bright and he has amazing skin; which is compelling evidence that he is doing something right as far as nutrition goes. He is a walking demonstration of "to teach is to demonstrate;" he is concerned with walking the walk, sharing his path, and those who want to come along for the ride are welcome to join him.

He has made that possible by sharing what he has going on. He turns on the camera and lets us in, and Im so glad he does. It really makes a difference in my life, as well as many others.

Which is a reminder to me that one person can make a difference, even if it only uplifts one person. We don't have to wait for "perfection" to start giving ourselves away (we will be waiting a damn long time). Dont have to wait to eat the perfect vegan diet with no slips, or have a buff body type, or be in a state of continuous peace, or living a conflict free life. Just being exactly who we are, setting intentions for ourselves, heading in that direction and being open to share is more than enough.

I'm not even just talking health specifically. If someone has a love for gardening and intends to be the best gardener, sharing that process (newly learned soil techniques, learning from gardening mistakes, best place to plant petunias, etc) will only uplift anyone who wants to tune in. Sister Wendy is another shining example of this. She is a nun who had her own art television show on PBS decades ago. Just this little nun, talking about art, but she has so much passion for it you cant help but get carried away with her. She could have easily become an art expert for herself. Instead she shared it, and brought so many of us on a ride we never would have gone on without her.

Thank you Dan for the reminder that one person can make a difference, we just need to do our part to share with those that want to hear.

<3 Kelly

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If You Get ONE Beauty/Health Product Get THIS!

What could this one, elusive, item be? ......COCONUT OIL!!!

I cannot express in words how much I love this stuff.

I, personally, use this as a head to toe moisturizer, the night before my "shampoo" day (I only shampoo every other day) I saturate the ends of my hair with coconut oil, and sleep with it in overnight to make my hair extra shiny, I use it to oil pull my teethe every morning (swish 1 tablespoon every morning for 15-20 minutes, before brushing teethe; it does amazing things to detoxify, whiten teethe, freshen breathe and kill bacteria in the mouth),  I use it as a master ingredient in my home made deodorant, it is the only oil I will cook/fry food with since it is the ONLY oil that does not turn RANCID when cooked at high heat, I also use it instead of butter on toast, eat it to kill of systemic candida and parasites, use it as an ingredient in my home made sunscreen, antibacterial ointment and lip balm......okay, and these are just some of the ways this amazing, versatile, item can be used!

Some more uses:
-diaper ointment (as a nanny I have seen some nasty, stubborn, rashes disappear using this)
-eye makeup remover
-prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
-supports healthy thyroid function
-natural SPF 4 sunscreen
-massage oil
-mix with equal parts sugar for body scrub
-sexual lubricant (just not with condoms! it will break them!)
-soothe itchy poison ivy
-ingesting daily improves mental alertness
-ingesting helps promote hormone function
....and, yes, even more!

Beware not all coconut oils are created equal. The first and most important thing is to make sure it is USDA ORGANIC. Second is to have one that is extra virgin. If your really feeling like going all the way pure, unrefined and cold-pressed is the golden ticket. If you want to take it to an even higher level there is also raw. As you coconut oil around a bit  you will start to taste, smell, and know the difference.

The best deal I have found for the highest quality is the coconut oil pictured above (and, well, I have looked more than most human beings would....hours googling and calculating, haha). Then, I literally tripped upon this beauty, Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, in COSTCO and literally jumped up and down in the aisle. It's $17 for a 54 oz container! A great deal!

Please, dont take my word for it. Get your own jar of beauty elixir, and start a love affair of your own.

<3 Kelly

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Losing Hope

I haven't posted anything for a little while. I kind of shut down my virtual world for a bit in order to take some time and get quiet. It would have been very easy to keep on writing posts about the health benefits of kale, lemon water first thing in the morning, how to make your own deodorant and mental and physical health benefits of exercise. Only it would have felt disingenuous. Not because I no longer am practicing these things, but because sometimes I need to take pause. Sometimes I lose hope and am not sure if any of it even matters (from seeing destruction in the world at large, the mass slaughter of animals, the deterioration of health, poison being consumed by everyone under the guise of food, then wonder if eating healthy even matters etc. to personally not feeling certain about where Im going, what Im doing, and is it even making a difference?). I mean, I wouldn't go out and eat a cheeseburger or anything like that, but I don't believe in just trudging ahead without taking some time for reflection.

So, Ive been reflecting.

Here are some things I fundamentally believe in (or at least until further notice):

1. "To teach is to demonstrate" (a course in miracles). I am not here to teach you anything. The only way to teach ANYTHING is to walk the walk, and those who want to know what you have going on will come to you. That's what I always look for. Who is being honest, who is being raw, who is actually practicing what they preach? Who is healthy, who is happy? THAT is who I want to learn more about.

2. Power down. Its so important to be able to just BE still. I mean literally. With smart phones, laptops and tablets its so easy to be on the phone/texting/Facebook/internet etc ALL OF THE TIME. Waiting in line at the store, sitting at the park, at a red light in traffic, on the bus, etc and be browsing Facebook (Im talking about myself here). I feel that it is so important to be able to just BE. Instead of running away from that discomfort into the next distraction, I want to be able to sit with it and move through it. When I find myself feeling imbalanced on Facebook I just shut the whole thing down for a bit (just like juice fasting when Im feeling out of balance with food).

3. Let go of control. In every way possible (this is my wall of fire). I can be very rigid so I take pause and  check in on myself. One aspect of letting go of control is in regards to my lifestyle. It is so important to take the most loving care of myself possible, and eat vibrant plant based foods and exercise. BUT, I make sure to not make a God out of my habits. Its not self love to be rigid. Going a couple of nights without dry brushing is okay, and sometimes I will go a whole day without eating any greens (gasp!). Its important to flow with life. Ive actually found that those "slip ups" end up being a good thing because the contrast lets me know how GOOD I feel when I'm clean fueled.

4. You gotta have faith. The cleaner we eat the more we feel life's ups and downs. When we stop numbing ourselves out with chemical laden, sugar filled, highly processed foods and step away from other habits (cigarettes, alcohol, hard drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, casual sex, pornography, etc) we have to face down our demons. That's why so many people will lose a ton of weight and then become an alcoholic; they are just replacing one addiction (food) with another (alcohol). When the sh** we are running away from starts to come up (whether physical or emotional symptoms) sit tight and have FAITH in "this too shall pass." Totally accept exactly where we are, don't resist anything, and trust that it will pass.

5. Laughter and dancing are two of the most transformative things in the world. Try it for yourself; watch a laugh out loud funny video or dance shamelessly to a song you love. That feeling says it all.

So, for the moment, I'm at a place of "this too shall pass," at least for this moment.

<3 Kelly