Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fish-Free Omega-3's!

We will start by going back to the summer of 2011. I had just gone "plant powered" in January, and my anxiety was still at full tilt. It was then I discovered that the health insurance they made me get at school included mental health. I could talk to a psychologist at no extra cost! Yay! Though, in order to do that, I had to meet with a psychiatrist about medication. Though I insisted I didn't want any, I was told I had to speak with her at least once. After telling her all the changes I had done to my diet and lifestyle in order to get well she responded by saying, "that's nice, but you will NEED medication to get better being a vegan because there are no omega-3's in a vegan diet." A Harvard psychologist was telling me this. I just KNEW that there had to be plant based sources of omega-3s. I went home, looked it up, and behold I found that my hunch was spot on. (by continuing with a whole foods plant based diet relentless anxiety has since become a thing of the past).

She was right in saying that we need omega 3's for sound mental health. Our body needs omega-3's to build cell membranes in the brain, and keep things running smoothly up there. Since our bodies cant produce it, we must consume omega-3's via our diet. It is also essential in controlling blood clotting, protects against heart disease and stroke.

My top two EASY ways of consuming omega-3's every day is by either adding 2 tablespoons of organic ground flaxseed to my food OR consuming one vegetarian soft gel per day (pictured on the right). They are comparable in price. Personally, I think the flax may be my favorite because it is organic, and I already take a few vitamins (multi, iron and probiotic) so its one less pill to pop. Plus, I like the way it tastes on my salad. 

You can also get omega-3's eating chia seeds (great in smoothies), hemp seeds, nuts (especially *walnuts*), seeds, beans, olive oil, flax oil (this is what I did right after leaving the psychologist office) and organic tofu. 

Fish is not the only option! So, if you want to try something better tasting, and not potentially polluted with mercury or GMO harvested, give one of these plant based options a try.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Recommendation!

I love a good health book, even after four years of adopting a "plant powered" lifestyle I'm still always learning and being inspired. Especially living differently than the general population, and temptation to be swayed being everywhere. I love a good reminder. Helps keep me on course.

So, this is my most recent discovery- kept me up past 2 AM reading! I borrowed it from the library, but will buy my own copy so I can highlight and underline all over the place.

This book is just chuck full of amazing health lifestyle information- way past just apple cider vinegar. They speak about the importance of eating a healthy vegetarian diet, 70% raw fruits and vegetables, how incredibly healing fasting is, and to partake one day per week to keep our bodies at peak health, the vital importance of CLEAN water, both drinking and showering, and so much more. There are references to scientific studies, and historic figures who practiced these principles in their daily lives. Oh, and its only 100 pages long!

So, if your looking for an easy quick read that has a power punch of information I highly recommend flipping through this. Helpful to go into the new year on a healthful leg.

From page 85: "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, in diet and the cause and prevention of disease" Thomas Edison


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oil Pulling~How to REALLY Whiten Teeth - Naturally!

My little brother (Cavan) and me at the Red Sox
Oh goodness, its been I while since I posted anything! I feel neglectful....I will correct this immediately!

Bringing it back with something super simple and practical! How to whiten teethe, both effectively and naturally. When I first meet people one of the first things they comment on is my smile, and how white it is. I've been asked what my secret is, bleach? A special toothpaste? Nope, only super simple and natural for  me (though, in my late teens I did get those at home bleach kits, but those chemicals are so harsh on our teeth I will never use them again; Especially since there are natural alternatives).

First of all I BRUSH my teethe twice a day~ once in the morning, and once at night. At night I also floss. A dentist explained to me that it is most important to brush and floss at night because whatever food is left on our teethe has all night, while we are asleep, to wreak havoc on our teethe and gums.

I brush with a FLUORIDE FREE toothpaste, I am particularly fond of Tom's Of Maine's Peppermint toothpaste. Correct, no brushing with poison for me! (to read more about negative effects of fluoride here is a quick, to the point, read: 10 fluoride facts ).

For an extra WHITENING BOOST I sprinkle BAKING SODA on my toothpaste when I brush. Yep, that ingredient that's sitting in your pantry right now has amazing, natural, whitening powers.

To keep my overall oral health I OIL PULL every day for 20 minutes. First thing in the morning, before brushing, I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swish it around (size is approximate, do what feels good). When I first started I could only do 10 minutes, it felt strange, but now I do 20 like a champ (20 is the optimal time, to draw toxins out of our gums, and spit them out before they start to re-absorb). I oil pull while I do whatever needs to get done;  shower, clean up my room, tidy up the kitchen, etc. This process whitens teethe, kills off bad bacteria in our mouths, and draws toxins out of our bodies~ its a centuries old practice. Then, after you're done, spit it in the toilet (NOT in sink, it will clog drains).

That's it folks. The path to super simple, naturally, white teethe.


P.S. Also, sometimes its what we ABSTAIN from that keeps our teethe white, such as coffee and cigarettes.