It’s green.

It’s green.

That was my first thought when green smoothies and juices became all the rage a decade or so ago. I could not imagine that **I** would ever drink a green juice. Yet here I am! Funny, it’s true that your taste buds will change when you switch over to eating natural, whole foods.

I first tried this juice at a restaurant where I was teaching an essential oils class. Yup. You’ve come a long way when you’ll PAY to drink green juice!  It has kale, cucumber and apple. ( Use green at home. I think the restaurant uses gala apples, that have been peeled).

I use about 2 cups of baby kale (big curly kale is hard on the gut) with the stems removed, half a cucumber, and a green apple. I add a second apple if I am offering inviting bribing  a kid to have some too.

We bought this juicer about 14 years ago, in the very beginning of my natural health journey. I took up juicing, dehydrating, and soaking nuts/seeds as hobbies that would help me feel better.  My recent health issues have led me back to my natural-eating roots I guess you could say. Green juice was not on my radar back then; we primarily did carrot juice and some fruits. The Captain had to order one part, and it ran beautifully,  just like I hadn’t given up juicing 5 years ago!

After I run all the produce through the juicer, I pour it through a filter to catch any chance pulp that lingered. I have done smoothies for several years because I wanted the fiber for keeping my colon healthy, and also to keep my blood sugar from spiking. But right now, getting nutrition absorbed more quickly is important, so juice it is!

I have to say though, this is deliciously delightful, and I do not feel bad for myself that I need to drink this. I plan to slowly decrease the apple/up the greens in order to get more healing nutrients into my body.

Because of my hyperinsulinemia, I was a little unsure of juicing, even if it were mostly greens. But I have a handful of nuts with it, and my blood sugar does fine! No sugar crashes mid-morning at all. It is, of course, work. To get out the product and cut it all up, and run it through the juicer, and then clean the machine etc. But like with most things we could procrastinate, if I just set my mind to it, and decide it’s important, it is all done much more quickly than I’d expect.

I learned that little trick from the Flylady. If there is something you are avoiding with an “I don’t have time” excuse, use a timer to see how long it actually takes. You’ll be surprised usually! And then you’ll feel less overwhelmed at the idea of doing it. I did this for things like mopping the kitchen, putting away the clean dishes etc. It worked for me!

Do you drink green juice or green smoothies? What are your favorite combos?

Deodorant– SUCCESS!!

Bringing a most-requested blog post over to the new blog this morning! Seriously, you might as well bookmark it now, because you-and-everyone-you-know are going to want to reference it again.     (I have people re-requesting it all. the. time.)

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Finally posting this here, because people ask me for my deodorant recipe ALL. THE. TIME. JENNIE-MAE. (Inside joke. Go see  the play The Diviners if you ever get a chance!!) 🙂

I started with a recipe from another blog. But come summer, it was too runny. (Picture liquid deodorant flinging all around the bathroom when your husband tries to take off the cap). Sooooo…. I had to tweak it for the hot weather.

Here is my tweak:

1/4 cup aluminum free baking soda

1/4 cup arrowroot starch (corn starch would also work, but I avoid corn)

3 tbs ish coconut oil

2 tbs cocoa butter

1-2 tbs beeswax

5-10 drops essential oils of your choice (favorite combos are 5 each of lemon/meleuca, or 5 each sandalwood/melaleuca-esp for  the Captain, it’s a nice manly combo)

Melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter and beeswax in a stainless steel pot, then add to dry ingredients. Mix with a pastry cutter, or food processor etc. Add essential oils at the end, and then pour/scoop the soft mixture into empty deodorant containers. Voila!

Takes only a handful of minutes, and THIS STUFF WORKS! My husband used to have to put store-bought deodorant on twice a day (with a sit-down job). I kid you not, I had to sniff his armpit to believe when he told me once a day with this stuff worked! LOL We will NOT be going back to store-bought deodorant! Avoid the chemicals (esp toxic aluminum) and try something that really works!

*This made two-ish sticks of deodorant. Sometimes I double it to make a bigger batch.

Trial and Error

My health journey has been interesting complicated. I have had more doctors throw their hands up in the air, saying they don’t know what to do with me, than I care to count. Even m y current doctor that has me on the right track mentioned something about my being a particularly complex case, on more than one occasion. (What a claim to faim, huh?)

However, always in the nick of time, I have been led to the right person who can help me on the next step. Sometimes we hit on just the right thing quickly (like when I went gluten/corn/soy free 9 years ago and my BP went from 180/120, to a much safer 130/90 in three days). Other times it takes some trial and error.

You can google and find all kinds of information about the link between a healthy/leaky gut and autoimmune issues. I had done a ton of reading about myself. (Incidentally, I highly recommend the writer of paleomom.com for this type of information! She is a microbiologist who turned to lifestyle medicine for her own health, and she is so good at studying the science and putting it into usable laymen’s terms for people like me!) So I knew that healing my gut was going to be important.

Often, to heal the gut, people turn to the GAPS diet. There is a lot of evidence that it can not only heal the gut, but also help many mental health issues that are so impacted by the “second brain,” the gut. I was not surprised when my new doctor suggested we start there.

However, in my trial of this diet, I found I had a hard time with the fat and broth. It turns out that people with histamine/mast cell issues may have a hard time with fats and with high histamine foods. So I went back to my research, and I found this interview with Dr Castells, a leading mast cell doctor in Boston, where she says that fats may not be so good for people with mast cell issues. So we put that diet aside, and went back to focusing on eating whole foods, while I learn more about what foods may trigger histamine reactions for me. It will be a slower process to heal my gut that way, but I have to work with the body I’ve been given!

It’s also a bit hit or miss with supplements. I have been very pleased with the number of temporary supplements I have been able to successfully add in. But there was one that gave me a severe histamine response. I called it a 3-alarm (3 benedryl required to get symptoms to abate.) It’s no fun when it happens, and the lost $ is always equally painful. But it’s a journey, and somehow I have to just stay at peace with that.

So while I won’t be blogging about my journey on the GAPS diet, or using medicinal stevia as a health too, I will be blogging what works and doesn’t as I go along on this journey!

Onward and upward!

Ginger-Turmeric Tea

Hey There!

I’m so happy to be kicking off the blog with a new favorite therapeutic yummy recipe for you.

I am at another jumping-off point in my health journey. A couple really stressful years, beyond my control (adoption, job loss twice, giving up a house, moving etc) highlighted some of my genetic health/autoimmune issues and my body has been shouting for more attention.

I have found a new wonderful doctor, who happens be both a cardiologist AND an oils lover. Am I blessed or what?! 

He started me on fresh ginger tea with ginger oil added in, to support healthy blood pressure. And then he had me add in fresh turmeric for added benefits. I have read about both of these supporting mast-cell stabilization as well, ( a part of my journey yet to be written about). I use about an inch of ginger and 1/4 inch of turmeric.

I LOVE ginger, and was totally happy to comply. I admit I was a little doubtful of adding the turmeric; I associate it with chicken soup, which is NOT what I’m looking to sip as tea.

Turns out, it was amazingly yummy!

And happens to look like carrot when you grate it!

I fill the teapot twice a day with a fresh batch, and then drink it through the day. So yummy!

I add two drops of this to the teapot to boost the therapeutic benefit (but also use the whole plant for all of the other components).

You should totally try it! The health benefits of ginger and turmeric are all over the web for your perusal. Or you can take my word on it, and just enjoy the warm deliciousness with me.

Be Well,

There’s a new blog in town…

I am so excited to introduce to you my new blog and website, The Whole You! (Lifestyle.TheWholeYou.biz) My husband has been working hard behind the scenes getting things set up for me, and I am loving seeing it all come together!

I’ve been itching to write for a while, but struggled to figure out where and how, as I have my fingers in a variety of different pies, as always! I found myself initially prepping blog posts about doing the doTERRA business (one of my several passions). I was so torn about an area of focus, because I love so many things.

Then one night, I was reading in The Big Leap, and something really struck me that made me think about “the whole you,” all of the facets that make me who I am. And I realized I need to write about ALL of it!

So, here is the home of my new online presence, where I will write about my pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, with food, working on emotional well-being, my spiritual walk, essential oils (I love to share with others how I use them for my family) and even financial health in the business portion of my blog.

I have inherited a new-to-me laptop, and I am so excited to dust off my camera and share with photos, videos and words, all the areas God leads me into in the coming year! You will also soon find my most popular posts from my old blog here, like my deodorant recipe, and my facial lotion. You will find links in the recipe section.

I hope you will join me in pursuing health and wellness in all areas of life together in 2017 and beyond!

Be well,