More Homemade Salad Dressings

Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp local honey 1/3 cup blackberries   Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt The beauty of this recipe Read more

Healthy Mayo and Ranch Dressing

This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil.  Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza.  We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more

Pumpkin Chai Smoothie

Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend.  This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day. Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe I can't wait Read more

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread So I have been struggling with gluten-free baking because honestly -- I've never been good at baking!!  Then when I try to modify recipes using flours I'm not familiar with, it just makes  a perfect storm of Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

Magnesium-the unloved mineral

Do you remember watching Wild Kingdom as a kid?  Did you happen to notice that the animals attacking their prey would immediately eat the organ meats.  I never really thought about why until I listened to Morley Robbins explain the Read more

Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

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Wheat Woes

If you stop consuming wheat the following should happen—-

1.  Your weight will decrease

2.  Your appetite will decrease

3.  Your blood sugars will decrease

4.  You will have decreased joint pain

5.  Your C-reactive protein will drop (marker of inflammation)

6.  Your blood pressure will improve

7.  Your triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol) will decrease and your HDL (good cholesterol) will increase

8.   You will have less acid reflux and irritable bowel symptoms

All excerpted from Dr. William Davis’s lecture at the A4M conference  in December 2012.  Learn more at his blog

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com

Also visit my previous post Against the Grain -part 1 for more information on the dangers of modern day wheat

 

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Should Old Aquaintance Be Forgot

“Throw your hands up -they’re playing our song–Butterfly, fly away!”

Ok Wellness warriors—last night we celebrated this past year in which we have taken great strides to become better versions of ourselves!  We haven’t epically failed like the 90% of people last year that made 2012 New Year’s Resolutions to get healthy.  We have done it!

We may not have shed the pounds we hoped.  We may have cheated and had a few setbacks, but we have taken self inventory and started really thinking consciously about every single thing we put in our mouths.  We have started the lifestyle modification to eating more REAL FOOD.  And for those reasons alone, we have had a great 2012.  That being said,  let’s not set any major goals for this year other than continuing to become the best ever ourselves.  Let’s eat like cavemen and really think as a species rather that follow the food pyramids that others have dictated to us!   90% of success is driven by mindset so make sure to tune into Underground Wellness.com tomorrow for a recap of the live radio show in which Dean Dwyer discussed how to get your mind right for 2013!  Also, The Total Body Cleanse is now available at www.elkaimcleanse.com.  HAPPY NEW YEAR—It’s a party in the USA.  We forget old unhealthy habits and never bring them to mind!!!!!

Stay tuned for more Smoothie Posse recipes and testimonials!  We are starting 2013 off right!

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The Definition of Insanity

I think counting calories sucks!!!!  It doesn’t really work–just look around and see the number of overweight people in our country and you will be convinced.  As Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  So what we are doing isn’t working.  We need to really be focusing on the quality of our food.  Math and getting caught up with numbers is wasted energy.   Ask yourself?  Is weight loss really a good hobby?  How many of us spend too much time thinking and obsessing over our weight?  Use these next few tools at the grocery store this weekend to help you out.  Remember that the “Fooducate” app for your smart phone can help you out too.

 

1.  How many ingredients are in it?

2.  Is it organic?

3.  How much sugar is in it?

4.  Does it contain any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, MSG, chemicals ETC?

 

Organic foods are nutrient dense, safer for the planet, and are grown with more care.  Forget those nasty free radical causing chemicals that make snacks low-calorie—-Let’s just eat real food folks!  As Sean Croxton says–Let’s JERF (a great verb in my opinion)–Just Eat Real Food!

Stay tuned for the big holiday challenge–more to come tomorrow!

 

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Get Real

Everyone has a story.  A life changing moment when they undergo hardship and change their perspective on life by developing a new sense of identity.  Seth Godin calls it the “flipping point”.  Alcoholics Anonymous calls it “rock bottom”.  I simply call it my story–or your story—- Something that happens to make you change the way you think about things.  Certainly it can happen several times in life —and probably should as we all continue to evolve as people and adapt to our surroundings.

My good friend Katie decided to share her story and discovery of her life mission.  Katie writes,” 10 years ago when I was on bed rest for my daughter, Molly, my entire perspective on health & life changed drastically. I already shared with you my Juicing love 🙂:) but wanted to share with you the rest of the change. Having been a public school teacher & cheerleading coach for 10 years I knew girls needed women who had “been in their shoes” to come alongside them and be transparent about life. Thus, began a ministry I started for girls, Get REAL in Christ (Get REAL inC). www.getrealinc.org We have programs for girls from grades 1 and up.

In Sept. we partnered with the Indiana Fever for an event which opened an exciting door for us. Former Victoria’s Secret Model, Kylie Bisutti, has joined our team and wants to be a voice to girls on respecting themselves & help us empower other women to come alongside girls and start Get REAL groups in their communities.”

I encourage you to check out the Get Real site!  Katie is an inspirational person that empowers herself against disease and is constantly reaching out to help others!

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Heaven Sent Holiday

I love my mother in law–she declares Thanksgiving as her holiday of the year.   We are all required to show up and sit around, eat, and chat.  The children and their cousins hit the basement and play non-stop and there are hours of uninterrupted adult conversation!  I think all the other mother’s out there can agree that this scenario is absolutely heaven sent!  This year—I will be taking a holiday salad just to feel as I am contributing some.  Check out this great vision of beauty straight off pinterest.  It’s the winter berry wreath salad—-to die for and nothing but healthy ingredients!

Prep time: 20 mins

Total time: 20 mins

 

Serves: 8

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 head of Iceberg lettuce
  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 bunches grapes
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • 1 Pear (chopped and sliced for decoration)
  • 6 Strawberries (2 whole for decorating the rest chopped)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzaoa cheese
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp diced fresh onion
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (Grey Poupon is what I used)
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2/3 cup olive oil

 

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

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The Blue Honey Mystery

Apparently, there is an issue in northeastern France.  Beekeepers have been shocked to find out that their bees have started producing honey in green and blue hues.  Ironically, the bees have sought out their own source of sugar addiction.  A plant producing M&M’s nearby has lured them to addiction.  The bees are picking up vibrantly colored, sugary waste from the plant, operated by the company Agrivalor some 2.5 miles away from their apiaries.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/05/french-bees-produce-blue-honey/#ixzz2CcaQzPqU

My point being that we are all victims of sugar addiction.  Even the bees are not above being sucked into the sweetness and quality of the Mars brand M&M’s.  Obviously, actions are being taken by the company to protect the nearby bee population and keep the honey production pure.  Unfortunately, our sugar-producing companies aren’t quite as ethical and moralistic to try to protect us as well.  We are ultimately responsible for changing our ways as we are not protected!  Eat those veggies folks!  Eat those veggies!

Here’s a little honey fact—-Honey is an excellent source of natural sugar for a real pick me up —not to mention- you can mix it with turmeric and almond milk to make a paste for your face that will ease hair growth and make your skin shine!

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Mediocrity

Another great post by Kevin Deeth—be sure to visit his site.

Social Acceptance of Mediocrity

I read this article the other day and thought it was just plain awesome. I wanted to share it with everyone to hopefully encourage people to exercise and stay active.

“I have a list of sayings that make my blood curdle, and “hey now, at least they’re up and moving” is close to the top of that list. We’ve all heard it before and probably have said it ourselves, but if you think about it, it’s depressing to see how that saying has become a norm nowadays.
           We now live in a society where doing the bare minimum required to keep your heart beating is supposed to earn you a pat on the back and a sugar-free cupcake (don’t worry, its only 100 calories…guilt free!). Since when did getting off the couch and moving around become an acceptable form of exercise? You may say, “Hey, at least they are moving around”, and yes, you’re right, that is the least they can do–but the problem is that they shouldn’t be stopping there.  Getting off your ass should be the thing you do when you wake up, not the physical highlight of your day.
90% of the time, I hear this saying when discussing those who walk as their main form of exercise. Sorry, but walking 15 minutes is NOT a workout; it’s a warmup for your warmup. Just for comparison, Alexander’s army marched over 5000 miles from Thessaloniki to the Indus river. That isn’t even counting the stops at tourist attractions or the journey home.
How long would this take you at 15 minutes a day?
Seriously, what happened to the grit that people used to have? My grandpa would call those people “the old breed”. When he lived in Africa, he would run 9 miles to school and 9 miles home everyday, with no shoes. See if you can get one of your fellow Americans to do something remotely intense for even 9 minutes before crapping out, but not before they congratulate themselves for at least “getting off the couch”.
Folks, you shouldn’t be fine with doing the least amount of work. Putting in the least amount of effort will get you the least amount of results. It shouldn’t be enough to simply walk around, you should be challenging your limits almost daily. I understand if you have a debilitating injury that limits your mobility, but most people don’t have debilitating injuries, they are just bloated and lazy.”
Directions on walking, in case you forgot.”
Conclusion
I really enjoyed reading this. I see this in the gym all the time. People get dressed in their “workout gear”, grab a sugar loaded gatorade, and sit on the bike and pedal at a slow to moderate pace for 15-20 minutes before calling it a day. 100 calories-burned later and mission accomplished. I get the same reaction when i talk to people about this. “well, at least they are in here trying”. I would much rather have people burn 100 calories playing with their kids or doing something active in the community then doing a moderate cardio routine like this. However, we live in a lazy society where convienience and luxury take priority over physical well being and activity. Do yourself a favor and surround you and your family with a group of people who live an active and healthy lifestyle so they hold you accountable when you say you are going for a 15 minute stationary bike ride and claim it to be a “workout”.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions.

From South Bend,
Kevin

kdeeth21@gmail.com

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Intimidated by an Eggplant

So I received an eggplant in my Green Bean Delivery organic veggie bin and I had no idea what to do with it.  I have ordered eggplant parmesan out at a restaurant before and liked it.  However, my novice cooking skills have made me quite intimidated to buy one and actually cook it myself.  Not to mention my girls have automatic scowl mode ingrained when they see a plate that isn’t filled with mac-n-cheese or pizza.  Here is a great recipe by Irene Young passed down by her mother Linda from the village of Mesta, Xios, Greece.

 

 

 

Linda’s Summer Vegetables

1 lb eggplant cut into chunks

1 zucchini, cut into chunks

       sea salt

olive oil- 1/2 cup

1/2 lb trimmed, fresh green beans

2 large potatoes diced

2 large bell peppers diced

2 large carrots sliced

2-3 cloves of garlic

2 medium onions

6-8 mushrooms

2 lbs ripe tomatoes quartered

1/2 cup parsley chopped

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Clean eggplant and zucchini and cut into chunks and salt—then let sit for 1-2 hours–this is called bleeding the eggplant which helps take the bitterness out of the meat and draws the moisture out so that the eggplant doesn’t absorb too much liquid when cooking.

2.  Pat the eggplant dry and saute in olive oil.  Then add a dash more oil and add the green beans, potatoes, peppers, carrots and mushrooms;  cook for 15 minutes and then add onions and garlic; cook 5 minutes and add tomatoes and parsley; cook for 10 more minutes.

3.  Place the vegetable mixture in an oven-safe dish.  Cover and bake for 45 min at 350 degrees.  Add cheese and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

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Essential Oils

 

Ever wonder why you immediately feel calm and relaxed when you walk into a spa for that much-anticipated massage after a long week?  The aroma of the spa is invigorating and uplifting.  Spas often use essential oils that have positive effects on the hypothalamus and limbic system in our brains.  Thus, they immediately relax us and detoxify our thoughts.  Our noses know exactly how to harness the healing power of plants which is why oils can be so effective in the healing process.  Essential oils have been used for centuries in traditional cultures for purification and medicinal purposes.  Essential oils can be inhaled as well as applied topically to penetrate cell membranes thus enhancing cellular function.

Beware–when buying essential oils, quality is key.  Synthetic oils found in most health food stores can be toxic.  They are created with solvents and high heat that damages the plants.  The companies that make them also often use chemicals to extend their shelf life.  You must get therapeutic grade oils that use steam distillation as a water extraction process and not chemicals

For more info on essential oils visit:

http://www.essentialthree.com

 http://www.youngliving.com

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Conventional Diet Wisdom

 

Conventional diet wisdom is wrong!  Changes in our diets have occurred as a result of the agricultural revolution 7,000 years ago.  Unfortunately, the more recent industrial revolution has happened  so quickly that our genes haven’t had time to adapt.  Heart disease, cancer, and diabetes were virtually nonexistent before we rapidly changed our diets.  Our ancestors for more than 2 million years ate meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.  Grains like wheat and corn, soybeans, and sugar were not part of their diet.  The processed foods that we are consuming now only contain food like substances and not nutrients.  If you don’t believe me–go into Walmart and count how many healthy looking people over the age of 30 you see.  More food for thought—Watch this tidbit about the Paleo Diet.

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