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EEEEK! I am super excited to get my hands on this amazing book!!!!

Hi sweet friend!

I wanted to share with you some exciting news!  One of my favorite people, Kris Carr, is releasing her latest amazing book TOMORROW!  I can’t wait to get my hands on “Crazy Sexy Juice.  She is such a great source of healthy and delicious whole food recipes that the entire family will love.  I am so inspired by Kris’s personal story of living with cancer.  In 2003, on Valentine’s Day, Kris was diagnosed with a rare and incurable stage 4 cancer.  Instead of giving up, she fought and she fought hard!  She researched and learned how to live with cancer yet still be healthy.  How did she do it you ask?  She had a total lifestyle “make-over” which also involved using food as medicine.  Eating whole foods (the one’s nature gives us) is your body’s best defense against illness.  I recently started juicing and I feel amazing!  I was able to cut back on my morning coffee and hopefully soon no longer want it at all.  This book is loaded with “good for you, tasty, get you moving, energy that lasts” kind of recipes.  If you click on the link above, you can also get in on the Livestream Access to the Say Yes to Your Life Live Event!

Want a sneak peek of a few of the recipes in her book?  Check them out below…..

Classic Green Lemonade

Green lemonade is the Cadillac of juicing recipes. This is my take on the beloved classic. The juice is a little sweet (thanks to the apple) and a little spicy (gracias to the ginger). The natural bitterness of leafy greens is cut by a bright squeeze of lemon. You can use almost any type of leafy green in place of chard or kale. Romaine, baby spinach, collard, bok choy, broccoli—you name it! In fact, I love adding broccoli stems to this recipe. Get creative. This juice is a perfect vehicle for all of your greenest fridge scraps.

Makes 2 Servings (16 to 20 Ounces)

2 stalks celery

1 small cucumber

1 apple, cored and seeded

1-inch piece ginger, peeled

3 leaves Swiss chard or kale

1/2 lemon, peeled

Wash and prep all ingredients.

Juice all ingredients.

All Day Energy

This smoothie is creamy, filling, and designed to help keep your energy levels stable and strong throughout the day. Matcha is a form of stone-ground green tea leaves. It’s thought to have all of the antioxidant benefits of green tea, but in a more concentrated form. In addition to its energy enhancing qualities, matcha is associated with mood regulation, increased metabolism, and antioxidant power. It makes a wonderful addition to smoothies (especially if you’re trying to kick the coffee habit).

Makes 2 Servings (16 to 20 Ounces)

1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

1⁄4 ripe avocado

1 banana, frozen

1 1⁄2 cups almond milk or nondairy milk of choice

2 teaspoons maple syrup or 1 pitted Medjool date

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Wash and prep all ingredients. 2. Blend till smooth and serve.

Cashew Chai Milk

“Get your chai on!” as Oprah would say. This recipe is sweet, spicy, and all-around divine. It’s wonderful blended up with fresh banana and greens, and it also pairs well with tropical fruits. For a creamy evening treat, warm a cup over the stovetop, sprinkle with cinnamon, and sip to your heart’s content.

Yields 3 3/4 Cups

1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours, rinsed, and drained

1⁄2-inch piece ginger, peeled

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄4 teaspoon cardamom

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup

3 1⁄4 cups water

In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients till creamy and smooth. Store in an airtight container for up to three days in the fridge.

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TO YOUR HEALTH!

Abby xo

Tasty Tuesday Recipe!

 

Fresh Herb Loaded Goat Cheese and Mushroom Frittata
Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ - 4 Tbsp Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
  • 1 - 2 Shallots finely chopped
  • ½ - 1 cup organic White Button Mushrooms
  • 1 tsp fresh Thyme finely chopped
  • 1½ tsp fresh Oregano finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh Rosemary finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. organic Half in Half or Coconut Creamer
  • ½ cup Goat Cheese crumbled
  • ¼ - ½ cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large organic Eggs
  • 3 links Applegate Farms Chicken Sausage or 3 slices of uncured Turkey Bacon chopped into small pieces
  • ½ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
  • ½ tsp Fresh ground Black pepper
  • Couple dashes of your favorite hot sauce (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven's broiler.
  2. Place a cast iron skillet on the stovetop on medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, add the herbs, shallots, mushrooms and a dash of salt and pepper. Sauté until the shallots are translucent and mushrooms are slightly browned (about 6 minutes). Turn off the heat and set aside.
  3. In a glass bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, hot sauce, ½ tsp. pink Himalayan salt and ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper until blended. Add the mushroom and herb mixture from the skillet, along with the goat cheese and chopped sausage or turkey bacon to the eggs.
  4. Rinse the cast iron skillet with warm water and towel dry. Return the skillet to the stovetop. Turn the heat to medium-high. Once the skillet is hot, add the remaining 2½-3 Tbsp. of coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the egg mixture to the skillet. Allow the eggs to set by gently moving your spatula around the outside edges of the skillet while tilting slightly, which will allow the egg liquid to go underneath. You will cook the frittata until the sides of the eggs are browned and set (about 12-15 minutes). The center will still be soft.
  5. Dust the grated fresh parmesan over the top of the frittata. Place the cast iron skillet under the broiler until the center is set and nicely browned. This should take about 3 minutes. Remove carefully from the oven and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Cut the frittata in to triangle pieces and serve warm. Enjoy!
Notes
Adapted from william-sonoma.com

 

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ISN’T FAT BAD FOR ME?

Hiya Beautiful,

Dietary fat: Is it good or bad?

Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.

The Skinny on Fats:

Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.

That said, our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

Where to Find Healthy Fats:

  • Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini
  • Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, and unrefined. Avoid expeller-pressed, refined, and solvent extracted.

How to Use Healthy Fats:

  • For cooking at high temperatures (stir frying and baking), try butter, ghee (clarified butter), or coconut oil
  • When sautéing foods, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut, and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings.

Try this delicious, easy recipe:

Avocado Dip
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Makes 1 cup

1 large peeled and pitted avocado
2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat milk yogurt, coconut yogurt, or almond yogurt
1 diced tomato
1/2 cup fresh chopped organic cilantro
Zest of 1/2 a lime
1 clove of garlic minced
1- 1  1/2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
dash or two of cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce
Himalayan salt and black pepper

  • Mash avocado with a fork until very smooth.
  • Add yogurt through cayenne. Blend until smooth. This may be done in a food processor, in a blender, or with a fork.  You could also mash together with a potato masher for a more rustic dip as in the picture below.
  • Add salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  • Serve chilled with mixed raw vegetables.
    Tip: Best made a maximum of 1 hour before serving.

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GET EVEN HEALTHIER!

Want help learning how to choose and use nutritious fats and other good-for-you foods? Curious about how health coaching can help you make your own healthy changes? Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today—or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

ABOUT ME

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching.

Abby xo

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It’s Back to School for my Kiddos

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Well, I can’t believe it’s that time of year!  Back to school once again.  In planning for school lunches this year, I wanted to get my girls involved in making healthy choices.  On Tuesday of this week, we took a trip to the grocery to see what we could find.  We had a blast starting in the produce section and then going through the isles and searching for tasty treasures.  I love that my daughter’s are great label detectives.  They will pick up a box and turn it over to see what the ingredients are.  They have learned that there are several different meanings for certain things such as “natural flavoring” which a lot of times are a hidden name for something not so natural.  I try to buy as much whole and seasonal foods as I can.  When I do buy from a box or jar, I try to buy a product with as few ingredients as possible.  In addition to being aware of what is in a product, my girls also look right away to see how much sugar it contains.  Sugar is in so many processed foods these days.  It is shocking to discover how many grams of sugar are in things we view as healthy, such as certain brands of organic yogurt.

Teaching our children to make healthy food choices now is such a great foundation for their future.  My girls are aware that by choosing the best quality food available their academic as well as athletic performance will benefit.  The food we eat affects us in so many ways.  That is why it is always good to listen to your body to understand what it is telling you.  My youngest (who is 8) recently told me that she noticed if she had something sweet for a snack after school, she had a hard time trying to focus while completing her homework.  She is very picky and it has been a little tough trying to get her to want to eat healthy foods instead of a cookie, for example.  I found that getting my kiddos in the kitchen to help me cook has been the best way to inspire them to eat nutritiously.  When they help make it they definitely want to taste it.  A great way to get all my girls to eat more produce has been a result of having our own garden.  When they watch something grow that they helped plant, they are so much more eager to try it.

This week’s favorite snack has been grapes and carrot sticks with hummus!  What healthy snacks will you try to incorporate more of into your kiddos day?

Abby xo

 

Fresh Italian Dressing/Marinade

FRESH ITALIAN DRESSING/MARINADE - GREAT FOR SUMMER GRILLING!
 
Ingredients
  • ½ - ¾ cup Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5-6 Tbsp. White Wine Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Basil
  • ½ tsp. Crushed Rosemary
  • 1 large Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1½ - 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • Pink Himalayan Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar. Whisk until combined and cover with a tight fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week. Allow to come to room temperature before use. Enjoy as a marinade for meat and/or veggies as well as a salad dressing.
  2. Remember to try to buy the best quality meat - grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free, free range, pasture raised, etc.

 

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Powerful plant protein (plus cooking tips!)

Hiya Beautiful,

I was determined to know beans.”— Henry David Thoreau, The Bean-Field

 How about you? How well do you know beans?

Creamy cannelloni beans, meaty garbanzos, sweet adzuki, tender pintos, and so many more—beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant foods around.

Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fiber, as well as plenty of iron and protein. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are low in calories.

Plus, studies have found them to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

What To Do With Beans

Many people avoid beans because they just don’t know what to do with them. Are you one of them? Keep reading:

  • Toss beans and diced veggies (such as celery, shallots, red peppers) with vinaigrette for a quick bean salad.
  • Blend cooked beans with tomatoes, onions, and your favorite seasonings to create a yummy bean soup.
  • Top a green salad with 1/3 cup of your favorite bean.
  • Puree beans with a bit of olive oil, a garlic clove, salt, and your favorite seasonings. Voila! A fast dip or sandwich spread.
  • Include 1/3 cup of beans with your other favorite toppings next time you make stuffed baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.
  • Add 1/4 cup pureed beans to your favorite pancake, waffle, muffin, or cake recipe. You’ll be surprised at how moist and springy baked goods are when baked with beans.

If you’re new to cooking with beans, try these tips for delicious and well-cooked beans.

  • Be sure to wash and clean the beans first.
  • Soak dried beans for 8-12 hours before cooking (hint: cut a bean in half; if the center is still opaque, keep soaking).
  • After soaking, rinse, fill pot with fresh water, bring to a boil, then skim off the foam.
  • To aid digestion, add kombu, bay leaf, cumin, anise, or fennel to the water
  • Cover and simmer for the suggested time.
  • Remember: Only add salt at the end of cooking (about 10 minutes before the beans are done) or it will interfere with the cooking process.
  • Quick tips: For speedier prep, boil dried beans for 5 minutes, then soak for 2-4 hours. Or use canned beans instead (some people find them even easier to digest!). Be sure to avoid canned beans with added salt or preservatives and rinse thoroughly once removed from the can.

GET EVEN HEALTHIER!

Would you like help learning how to choose and cook healthy foods like beans? Curious about how health coaching can help you make your own healthy changes? Let’s talk! Schedule an initial COMPLEMENTARY consultation with me today——or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

ABOUT ME

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching.

Abby xo

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What you face says about your health!

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Ugggh!   The dreaded pimple(s)!  Why does acne always show up at the worst time?  You may feel like you are caring for your skin in all the right ways yet low and behold, BAM, a nasty pimple!  Maybe a breakout occurs right before a first date, a dance, a romantic getaway or before a presentation you have to do for work?  You get the idea.  If you pay attention to when and where a breakout shows up, you can understand the deeper underlying issue inside your body.  Where a problem or breakout shows up on your face corresponds to an organ/area inside of your body.  Eating certain types of food can trigger acne.  Fluctuations in hormones, toxicity build up, as well as infection can all play a part in this puzzle.  It’s time to become your own skin detective and solve the problem of how to prevent and what to do when a breakout occurs.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this theory is called “face mapping”.

Let’s take a look at what your face is telling you: 

FOREHEAD – This area can be associated with digestive imbalance.  It could mean that your body is having a difficult time breaking down different types of food.  There could be issues with the small intestine.  If there is a build up of toxicity in the body, this could be pointing to the liver (you can refer to my previous post which is all about detoxifying the liver and the foods that support cleansing this system here).  If you are not getting enough sleep and/or you are under stress, it can show up here as well.  You could take a digestive enzyme in capsule form or try one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar about 30 minutes before a meal.  Strive to get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.  If you suspect, you might have a build up of toxins, you could consider a liver cleanse.  You could also eat salads with dandelion greens because dandelion is an excellent liver detoxifier.  When you wake up in the morning,  drink a glass of warm water with one to two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper. This is a great cleanse/tonic because it helps to flush the toxins from your body and get your digestive system functioning well for the day.

BETWEEN THE BROWS – It could be an issue with a weak heart.  Eating too much dairy and greasy and fatty foods or too much alcohol can show up here.  What were you up to yesterday?  Try to get enough sleep at night.  It is also important to consider incorporating more exercise into your weekly routine.

TEMPLES – Breakouts here could be a sign of sluggish lymphatic circulation.  Try eating Burdock Root, which is a great lymph mover that will support the immune system.  Try to cut back on unhealthy fats.  This area also represents the gallbladder.  Make sure to limit your intake of processed foods.  You could eat more cooling foods such as dill and cucumbers.

NOSE – This could show that there are some gastrointestinal issues resulting in a poor diet.  You could also be experiencing bloating, constipation and indigestion.  Add fennel to your salads as it helps dispel gas.  If you have peeling skin around your nose, it could indicate poor blood circulation.  Adding turmeric and ginger to your meals are also good because they are both circulatory stimulants.  You could massage the area around your nose to increase circulation to that area.  Try eating foods that are warm (not too hot and not too cold).  Get more vitamin B into your diet.  Eat less meat, salt and pungent foods.  Get outside and take a walk.  Try to get more fresh air each day.

CHEEKS – This can be a result of environmental toxins.   The left side of the cheek shows trouble with the liver.  Try to eat more “cooling foods” such as cucumber, dill or winter melon.  The right side of your cheek is associated with the lungs.  This might show up if you are having trouble with your respiratory system in the form of allergies.  This area might also indicate you have consumed too much sugar recently.  Are you aware of how much sugar you are consuming?  No, I mean REALLY aware?  How much sugar is in your favorite organic yogurt, or your non-dairy milk, salad dressing, even your crackers?  You do need to be conscious of exactly how many grams of sugar you consume each day.  However, if you had birthday cake or cookies, etc. the day before, it might not be such a mystery.  Make sure to always wash your skin before you go to bed at night.  Try to include foods high in antioxidants to your diet, such as red grapes, berries, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, nuts and wild caught fish such as salmon.

MOUTH AREA – This could be a result of diet.  The area around your mouth is related to the digestive organs such as your intestines.  Try to incorporate more vegetables, fruits and fiber.  Cut back on fried and spicy foods.

CHIN – This area represents your hormones.  Is it your time of the month?  If your hormones are out of balance, you can bet it’s going to show up on your chin.  Are you under more stress than usual?  Make sure you are getting enough rest at night.  Try increasing your intake of omega-3.  Foods that can support hormone balance are rosemary, legumes (they contain isoflavones, which help balance hormones), garlic and onions (they contain sulfur which is good for processing hormones), cruciferous vegetables and foods high in selenium and zinc such as pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and wild caught salmon.  Sea vegetables are also good because they contain iodine, which is good for the thyroid.  Make sure you are getting enough magnesium in your diet, which helps with relaxation.

The different types of breakouts are also something to be informed about.  Here’s what I mean:

CLOGGED PORES AND BLACKHEADS – You could have dry skin in the area they are showing up.  This could be an indication of liver toxicity or congestion/stagnation.  Give a liver juice cleanse a try with foods that support the liver for 2-3 days and see if there is an improvement.

CYSTIC ACNE – Those swollen bumps that sit below the surface of the skin and take weeks to heal.  It doesn’t matter if your skin is oily or dry.  It most likely is a result of hormone fluctuation.  Your digestive system could also be struggling.  You could incorporate probiotic rich foods/fermented foods a few times a week into your diet (Kimchi or any other fermented vegetable, yogurt or kefir).

ACNE THAT SHOWS UP FREQUENTLY – This could be either whiteheads or blackheads and are usually small.  This could be from an ingredient in a product you are using that you are sensitive to.  Try to limit the amount of products you use and switch to products with natural ingredients.  You could even try a DIY skin cream so you can control the ingredients.

ACNE THAT SHOWS UP HERE AND THERE – This can happen when you feel like you are using good quality skin care products, eating healthy and then there it is out of no where.  This can be a result of stress.  Perhaps this is your body’s wake up call to slow down and press pause.  You could try meditating for five minutes each morning, or taking a gentle yoga class.  One of the best things you can do to reduce stress is to give yourself twenty minutes each day for some form of self-care (a warm bath, dry skin brushing, warm towel scrub at night, massage, etc.).  You really need to put this in your calendar and make sure you do it.  You may be surprised how your outlook on life and all that is going on in your life improves.

Try keeping a journal each day with what you eat and how it affects the way you feel and what shows up on your skin.  This is a great way to help decode the problem.  Make sure you are getting enough water for your body type each day.  Staying hydrated is really important to luminous skin.

Abby xo

Is it time to “Spring Clean” your body?

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As spring arrives, the energy from the earth is rising all around us.  In Ancient Medicine, we are connected to the earth and that energy is rising in our body as well.  This is why spring is the best time to detox and rejuvenate.  There are so many toxins surrounding us each day, through products in our home, in our skincare, in the foods we eat and in the environment.  Without a diet rich in whole foods, the liver has to work really hard to keep us healthy.  The liver controls the smooth flow of energy in our body.  When it gets stuck, stagnation will take place.  If the liver is over burdened by toxins, it will get congested and won’t be able to function properly.  When the liver is congested and the rising energy gets stuck, we can experience headaches, lack of creativity and frustration.  This congestion can also show up as allergies and in different ways on our skin (acne, eczema, etc).  This is the way the body will flush out toxins.

Here are some ways to detox the body in the spring:  Fasting-no food, just water for a period of 2-3 days (this isn’t for everyone), Vegan/Vegetarian meals for a period of 21 days (animal fats and proteins and oils will congest the liver).  You can do a juice cleanse for 3 days.  The fourth way to cleanse is to do the Master Cleanse, which is: maple syrup, lemon juice, filtered water and cayenne pepper for 3-5 days.  When you fast from food, this gives your body time to rejuvenate and detoxify.

Andrea Beaman, a nationally renowned Holistic Health Coach and Natural Foods Chef, suggests that before you start any cleanse, you must first do a bug and parasite cleanse.  This will assist you in feeling well during a detox.  There are some tinctures that you can use to do this.  Take Bug Free, Black Walnut Hull or Wormwood for 14-21 days before you do a liver (or Kidney) cleanse.  Simply follow the instructions on the bottle.

If you would like to try a juice cleanse, here are some foods that are really good at supporting the liver:  When you fast, you will notice a feeling of tightness in your body.  A fast releases everything into the bloodstream and your body will break it down.  It will get rid of what you don’t need.

Beets – are a blood cleanser and a blood builder when cooked.  Beets help the blood become as nutritious as possible which helps when the liver is detoxifying the blood.

Carrots – are a healthy form of glucose.  The Mitochondria in the cells in our body use glucose and convert it to fuel for energy.

Parsley – is great for the kidneys.  It helps the kidneys detoxify the water system in our body and our blood.  The best way to support the liver in cleansing is to make sure all of the detoxification systems in our body are properly functioning and supported.  Other smaller greens/herbs (cilantro, basil) are great here as well.  Herbs are the first greens to pop up in the spring and are so rich in chlorophyl which is oxygenating for the blood.

Ginger and Tumeric – are both anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulants and antioxidants.

Apples – are a great way to give a little bulk and natural sugar to your juice.

Celery – contains magnesium, which can help soothe the nervous system.  It can help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure due to a compound called phthalates.

Cayenne – can deliver a little natural heat to the body.  When you are drinking these cold juices all day, you may start to feel a little sluggish and bloated.  Just add two sprinkles once you have finished juicing to your glass and stir into the juice.

If you feel constipated (due to the lack of fiber), try adding Yellow Dock (25-30 drops 2-3 times a day) to get the bowels moving in a gentle way.

If you would prefer to add in vegetarian whole foods to your gentle cleanse, here are some more foods that are great in supporting your liver:

Fennel – is really good for the digestive system and helps to eliminate gas.

Cilantro – is great at detoxifying metals.

Dill – is cooling.  When the liver gets congested, it will get hot (this is where the liver heat rises and will come out as redness on the skin, acne, eczema, etc.).

Scallions – are great for the lungs and large intestine (which are other detoxification organs).

Local Honey – is great to add to your salad dressing as it can help with seasonal allergies.

Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice – is wonderful for getting the lymphatic system moving.  It is also good to add to your salad dressing.  You could also swap it for Apple Cider Vinegar or Burdock Root.

Dandelion Greens – are an amazing liver detoxifier because they promote the formation of bile and the release of bile.  They are a digestive bitter, which supports and cleanses the liver.

Purple Cabbage – is a good source of vitamins A and C as well as fiber and potassium.  It also contains sulfur compounds, which are good for detoxifying the liver.

For loose leaf tea during a cleanse try adding these herbs:

Burdock Root – is great lymph mover, which helps support the immune system.

Nettles – nourish your kidneys.  They promote the release of uric acid in the joints and also help stimulate the lymph system to boost immunity.  They are a diuretic, which help remove excess protein waste and support the adrenals.  Nettles also help minimize skin problems.  They are the most nutritive leafy green that is rich in potassium and minerals.

Milky Oats – are antispasmodic.  When you cleanse, you might feel tightness or cramping as your body is starting to release.  Milky Oats can help relax the digestive system.

It is a good idea to switch up your cleanses and notice how your body feels.  Even if you eat clean most of the time, a detox is very beneficial because it helps remove the environmental toxins from your body.  In the spring, all of these toxins are coming up.

Check out this Spring Detox Salad!

Abby xo

Glowing Skin -Let your inner light shine on the outside

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Today my post is inspired by my amazing daughter, Jaymie. She has been really struggling with skin issues for about the past seven months. She eats a very healthy, whole food diet. She makes a green smoothie every morning. She doesn’t eat gluten or dairy and she has really cut back on sugar and processed foods. The thing is, her face has been breaking out non-stop. Why is this happening?
When she came to visit us from Chicago over the Holidays, I was so sad to see her skin in such a horrid state. It was perplexing as to what might be the root cause. Your skin is the window to your health after all. There must be an issue going on inside her body to be causing this inflammation on the outside. Was it something she was eating (even though she truly eats healthy), was it some sort of environmental toxin? She was so frustrated and felt deflated of self-esteem. It was heartbreaking. I was determined to help her reclaim her radiance! We sat down and really dug through and investigated what she ate and what she might be sensitive to.
Throughout our discussion, I learned that in her smoothie, she adds spinach every single day. A few tidbits about Spinach… Spinach is a healthy source of phytonutrients but may not be good for every day consumption. In order for spinach to fully be absorbed in the body, it is best to cook it. This will help break down the nutrients. Spinach contains oxalic acid which can block the absorption of iron and calcium. If you want to add spinach to a smoothie, you can boil it for a couple of minutes before you add it to the smoothie. If you prefer to eat it raw, you can add a healthy fat, like an avocado or a nut butter to help with the absorption of it’s nutrients. Spinach is one of the “Dirty Dozen” so it is best to purchase organic spinach to minimize the amount of pesticides sprayed on the plant.
She agreed to cut back on the spinach and experiment with adding other leafy greens to her morning smoothie. I suggested she add some fermented foods to her diet. I was thinking that there might be some inflammation in her gut due to unhealthy gut bacteria. The benefits of fermented foods are that they help with restoring healthy gut flora. I urged her to try to have a small amount each day and to really pay attention to how she was feeling. I encouraged her to take a krill oil supplement as it is rich in omega-3. Omega-3 can help fight free radicals inside the body that may be brought on by an environmental toxin (working in downtown Chicago perhaps). We also discussed the benefit of taking a Chlorella supplement each morning. Chlorella is a single-celled, micr0-algae food that has been shown to be a great natural detoxifier.
Well, she returned to Chicago and in one week, her skin had cleared up! She is ecstatic at the fact that this is the first time in almost a year that she has beautiful skin again. She said it has done wanders to boost her self-esteem.
What is your skin telling you? xo