Showing posts from September, 2012

Pork and Veggie Hash

turnip and pork hash
turnip and pork hash
adapted from Saveur, serves 6-8
2 pounds turnips, peeled and trimmed, cut into 1/2 inch dice or organic potatoes
2 rutabagas, peeled and trimmed, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 small sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 medium celeriac, peeled, cut into 1/2 inch dice
4 tablespoons lard or butter, divided
1 thick-cut pork chop, boneless or bone-in, cut into 1/4 – 1/2 inch cubes
coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 large onion, roughly chopped
4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 cup chicken broth
1. Heat two tablespoons of your fat over medium high heat in a large skillet or Dutch oven. I started out with my trusty cast iron, but soon realized it would have been an immense pain to contain all of the veggies, so I switched. Generously season the pork with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Stir until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. If you have a bone-in pork chop, chuck the bone i…

5 Green Tea Skin Care Recipes

5 Simple Skin Care Recipes with Green Tea Did you know that you can harness the anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and rejuvenation benefits of Green Tea externally? Green Tea helps reduce skin inflammation and redness, protects and rejuvenates skin cells, and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. Studies have shown that Green Tea reactivates dying skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, and also note the potential benefits for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars.*
Learn how to take advantage of the healing and medicinal properties of Green Tea with these skin care recipes:
Green Tea, Lemon Balm, & Mint Facial Steam Facial steams moisturize, relax muscles, plump wrinkles, eliminate toxins, dislodge dirt from pores, and are good for circulation. This recipe is refreshing, rejuvenating, and soothing.
1/8 cup organic Green Sencha Leaf Tea1/4 cup dried organic Lemon Balm, increase the amount if using fresh L…

Prevent a Cold Naturally

How to Prevent a Cold: 5 Ways to Fight off the Flu Naturally this Season
Lisa Garber

Flu season is upon us, but that’s no reason to race to the doctor’s and go under the needle. The history of the flu shot is riddled with controversy—including links to narcolepsy and the deadly nerve disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome. You’ll be safer and healthier by choosing natural methods to fight off the flu. There are tons of ways to boost your immune system and prevent getting sick; if you want to know how to prevent a cold and the flu naturally, eat these 5 foods regularly.
How to Prevent a Cold and the Flu – Garlic The Greeks knew to use garlic to support their health—even their athletic performance before competitions in the Olympic games. Garlic may help prevent cancer and common infections and illnesses better than antibiotics, and its chemical compound allicin has antiviral properties that may help stave off the influenza virus. Although raw foods are often most potent, yo…

Love Your Body

7 Tips to Make Peace with Your Body By Rita Amaral Many of us struggle with body image issues. There may be many reasons behind this, but whatever they may be, this strife never contributes to our happiness. Our society puts a lot of pressure on how we should look, how we should feel, what we should eat… And, sometimes it is very easy to just go with the flow and forget about ourselves. We tend to concentrate more on what others think than on what really matters for us, on what we really want. I think many of us even forget how to feel, how to choose, how to live for ourselves. Sometimes we do not even have the time to notice. In our busy lives, we do not eat or sleep properly, and keep ourselves going with caffeine and sugar. With time, we will eventually disconnect from our body, hating it because it does not look like it should (or how we think it should)! And, that's when it will start complaining, in an attempt to call our attention. You may end up having digest…

Paleo Jam

Jam   by our friend
4 cups crushed fruit and juice1/2 cup honey or maple syrup2 tablespoons lemon juice1 package Knox gelatine Cooking Steps I found this recipe I take no credit in it, I just found that this app was missing a good Jam Recipe. ENJOY
Crush your fruit either by hand or use your food processor. You want the fruit to be broken down but still a little chunky.
Place a small plate or saucer into your freezer (for testing).
Put all the ingredients into a heavy pan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to the lowest setting so the jam is just bubbling, then let it cook until the mixture starts to thicken. This can take anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes, depending on how much juice you have from your fruit, so just leave it to bubble away and check it every once in a while.
When you think it’s ready, take the plate out of the freezer and drop a little jam onto it. When it cools you will be able to test the thickne…

Salmon w/Baked Broccoli and Spinach Salad

Pan Seared Wild Caught Salmon w/Baked Broccoli and Spinach Salad

Pan Seared Wild Caught Salmon w/ baked broccoli and spinach salad You can make this recipe with basically any kind of wild caught salmon.. King, Coho, Copper River, whatever is in season and available. This recipe is written with proportions for 1 person, so multiple by however many people you’re serving.Ingredients:1/2 lb filet of salmon1 cup broccoli1 carrot1.5 cups of arugula1 avocado1 red pepper1 lemonExtra virgin olive oilCoconut oilGrass fed butter Start by pre heating your oven to 400(F) degrees, and while it heats up, let’s prepare the fish. First, you’re going to want to make sure you remove any excess moisture from the salmon, and season it with coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper. I prefer to go easy on the salt and liberal with the pepper. Choose your own adventure here. Once you’ve seasoned the salmon, get your pan on the stove top heating it to medium high(5.5 – 6), preferably using a cast iron …


The "red flag" of anemia; what to do when you're low on iron So you’re feeling a wee-bit tired, somewhat disconnected, a little dizzy and you’re wondering what’s going on? While those symptoms could reflect a myriad of conditions, it could just be “anemia” (low iron). The symptoms can be a combination of things:
*Chest pains
*Cold hands/feet
*Pale skin (differing from the color your skin is naturally)
*Fast/irregular heartbeat
If you are anemic, it’s important that you understand why iron is vital to our overall wellness. First, iron is part of our body’s “team” that supports protein and enzymes to our cells, assisting in our overall wellness. There two types of iron; heme (derived from hemoglobin) and nonheme (obtained through animal protein). About two-thirds of our iron is found in our hemoglobin (red blood cells) which carries the oxygen to our tissues. The “myoglobin” (protein that supplies oxygen t…

Full Body Workout Program

Benefits of a Full-Body Workout Program Saves Time Probably the biggest positive about training your entire body at once is that your gym frequency decreases to around two to three times every seven days. Plus, you'll only be spending an hour in the gym for each session. Build muscle with only three to four hours of gym time during a week? You betcha. It's all about the quality of your sessions, not the quantity.
Boosts Your Cardiovascular System Squeezing a solid 2 to 4 sets per body part into a 60-minute workout session gets your cardiovascular system up to speed in a hurry!
Rules for Full-Body Workouts 1) Train Once Every 2 or 3 Days Easy enough, right? The beauty of only training with weights every few days is that the days in between full-body workouts can be used to add a few cardio sessions instead of relying on ineffective cardio tacked on at the end of a workout.
2) Lift Heavy Many athletes who try full-body workouts get trapped into training lighter than…

Cabbage Casserole

(“Cabbage Pudding”)   by our friend from Ingredients• 1 lb ground Beef.• 1 lb ground Pork.• 1 Onion, minced.• 1/4 cup cold Water.• 2 tbsp Beef Stock.• 1 tbsp Tamari (or gluten free soy sauce).• 1/4 tsp ground Allspice.• 2 heads of Cabbage.• 3 tsp Honey.• ground White Pepper, crushed Black Pepper and Salt to taste + Butter for frying.
Cooking Steps Per-heat oven to about 400F.
Remove the hard core from the cabbage heads, and then cut the heads in halves.
Cut three of the cabbage head halves in larger pieces (each piece about the size of a stamp) and set aside.
Cut the 4th half in much smaller pieces and set aside separately.
Heat up a frying pan, add a bit of butter and fry the larger pieces in batches (about 1/2 head per batch).
For each batch, season with salt and white pepper while frying and keep frying until the cabbage has turned br…

Thyme Honey

Growing Common Garden Thyme ~ And a Recipe for Thyme Honey  By

Common garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris) found it’s way into my backyard a couple years ago. I first planted it after my search for a sustainable source of vitamin C lead me to read this article. I now know that thyme contains more vitamin C than any other herb and it has countless medicinal uses as well.
Today, my $3 investment in a packet of seed has turned into a vibrant patch of thyme.
And as I was watering the garden and potted plants this morning…I noticed the bounty of blossoms that have seemed to appear overnight! Now, in early spring, is the perfect time to trim the plant — it encourages more flowers and lush growth.
After enlisting the help of my baby girl (well she 6 but she’s still my baby), she and I sat down and started picking thyme.

Medicinal Properties
Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and it’s loaded with antioxidants. It works hard to
ward off colds.relieve a sore throat and inflamed tonsils.treat st…

15 Companies that Contain "Wood Pulp"

15 Companies Whose Products Contain ‘Wood Pulp’ Ingredient Anthony Gucciardi NaturalSociety

Cellulose can be found in popular products ranging from crackers and ice cream to pizza sauce and barbecue sauce.  What many do not realize, however, is that cellulose is actually wood pulp. Unable to be digested by humans due to the lack of necessary enzymes needed to break the ingredient down, cellulose has been deemed ‘safe for consumption’ by the FDA.
Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed and manufactured for different functions, such as its prime use throughout the food supply. Cellulose can be found in products under ingredient listings such as cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, and more. Shockingly, the FDA sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products despite the USDA limiting the use of cellulose to 3.5% in meat since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.

Cellulose increasingly popular as…

Sexual Blocks

How to Clear Your Sexual Blocks By Kim Anami Is sex an uplifting, rejuvenating, life-affirming, deeply pleasurable, transformative experience for you? If it isn’t, you’re doing it wrong. We live in a culture with a wildly bipolar relationship to sex. Sex is everywhere: in film, television, pop songs, advertising. Yet, we’re also told that we’re not allowed to have it and enjoy it. It is understandable that most people have conflicting beliefs about sex. Unless you take the time to examine what stands in the way of you and the ideal I described above, you won’t get there.  Everyone can have an intimate relationship with themselves and their partner that is soul-nourishing and infuses every part of their lives with powerful and revitalizing energy. This is natural. Avoiding sex, feeling like it’s a minor or inconsequential part of an intimate relationship, experiencing guilt and anxiety: Not natural. Sex is the glue in your relationship. Sex is your vital, life force energy. If it i…

Raspberry and Spinach Salad

Salads are great. They are tasty and crunchy and they can often be put together in a matter of minutes. They are often light in nature, making them a good choice alongside heavier main courses.
All kinds of combinations can be great for a salad and the only limit is your imagination. It gets especially interesting when sweet and salty flavors are combined or when food with multiple textures are used. In this case, the onion and walnuts add a great crunchy texture while the raspberries and kiwis add a great sweet taste. The raw onion also add some nice bite to the whole salad.
The simple homemade vinaigrette used here also add to the raspberry touch with some crushed raspberries and a base or raspberry vinegar.
This fruity salad is also perfect for raspberry season. If you enjoy raspberry picking, I am sure you are familiar with the excitement of picking your own fresh fruit, but than also to the stress probably following shortly thereafter when you have to figure out wha…

4 Natural Detox Methods

How to Cleanse Your Body with 4 Natural and Free Detox Methods
Elizabeth Renter

Detoxifying your body is a way to rid it of both physical and mental/spiritual toxins. But, you don’t have to pay big bucks for ingredients to a crazy tea or supplement; you don’t even need to go on a special diet (assuming you already eat whole, natural foods). If you want to know how to cleanse your body using simple techniques, here are 4 simple and nearly free detox methods you can use everyday, and they only take a few minutes.
Carolanne Wright, writing for NaturalNews, suggests that these 3 solutions are a “magical trio” of affordable and simple detox tools. She notes that these three things can encourage a “healthy body, sparking mind, and balanced emotions.”
How to Cleanse Your Body - Breathe It’s natural and we all do it. But, did you know that conscious breathing can reduce stress exponentially, and deliver life-giving oxygen to all of the cells in our body? When we don’t …

Tea as Medicine

How to Use Tea as Medicine By Amy Jirsa Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient, ancient art and science. I’ll admit here that it is not one in which I am well versed. However, I will say that I have witnessed more ‘miracles’ occur in those using the TCM system of healing than in any other.

Anyway, the other day I went to a wonderful Taoist Tea Ceremony and listened to a three hour lecture about tea, its history, and its role in healing. As an herbalist (of the Western tradition), I recommend tea to my clients all the time; however, what I hadn’t thought about before was how often people drink herbal ‘tea’  for leisure, not realizing that these teas are potent medicine. Without knowing what you’re drinking, you could be making yourself ill or making an existing condition worse.

Now most of us know that green tea is good for us—it helps reduce inflammation, is a potent antioxidant, and may help with weight loss and general feel-goodness. But did you know that black …

Pork Roast with Dijon Glaze

1 x 3lb pork roast;
2 tbsp paprika;
2 tbsp cumin;
2 tbsp garlic powder;
2 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped;
1 tbsp sea salt;
1/2 tbsp freshly cracked black pepper;
1/4 cup Paleo cooking fat*, melted;
3 1/2 tbsp water;
3 tbsp Dijon mustard;


Flouride is Toxic

Dear Reader,
It was right there in front of me and I still couldn't believe it. Watching TV last weekend I saw an advertisement for a new product from Dannon: bottled water for kids called "Fluoride to Go."
The pitch? "Why give your child soda full of sugar? Instead offer them Dannon Fluoride to Go - a convenient, satisfying way to help your child build strong teeth." So now Dannon offers you a choice: you can give the kids sodas with all the added sugar, or you can give them water with all the added toxins.
What? Well, in case you didn't know it, fluoride is highly toxic. In fact, before fluoride was deemed a "cavity fighter," it was used as insecticide and rat poison. It's true. Even more surprising is that when it comes to dental hygiene, fluoride actually does more harm than good.
Everything you always DIDN'T want to know about fluoride
For decades the message that fluoride safely prevents tooth decay has been considered sacr…

Yoga Meltdown

Yoga Meltdown with Jillian Michaels

Remedies for Cold and Flu

Herbs for Cold and Flu
Ah, winter. Yes, it's cold and flu season again and you're looking for some relief. Although colds and flus are caused by different types of viruses, both can leave you feeling tired, coughing, feverish, achy and foggy-headed.
You've probably discovered that conventional medicine has little to offer the bleary-eyed sufferer. Over-the-counter remedies such as aspirin, and even prescription drugs, only suppress symptoms; they don't cure the illness or make you well any faster. While antihistamines dry sinuses, they can also irritate your nose and throat and prolong the infection. As for antibiotics, including penicillin, they don't target viruses at all and should only be prescribed if a bacterial infection follows the cold or flu.
Simply suppressing symptoms can impair your body's natural ability to fend off disease. Symptoms tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. Headaches, sore muscles and fee…