The 5 W’s on Colon Hydrotherapy

Today’s blog post may not make good lunch table conversation, but it can and has saved lives. I can’t say that I’ve ever met someone who gets excited about colon hydrotherapy, but I can tell you there isn’t anyone who’s colon wouldn’t be in LOVE with you for having it  done. Let’s take it back to grade school and discuss the 5 W’s of this treatment.

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Overall health begins in the colon.

WHAT – Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient form of removing waste from your large intestine with filtered water. It is also referred to as a colonic, colon irrigation, colon therapy or high enema. From my experience it is a very safe, effective method of removing stored fecal matter, gas, mucus and other toxic substances from your colon without the use of chemicals or drugs. This process introduces purified filtered water into your colon and body waste is softened and loosened making it easy and painless to evacuate the body. This is repeated several times during a colon hydrotherapy session which last between 45 – 90 minutes. This includes the  time it takes to discuss your medical history with your hydrotherapist, what will happen and changing clothes.

WHO – YOU if you have a colon! A healthy digestive tract gives up 2 – 3 bowel movements per day.  This treatment will improve the health of your digestive tract and increase your transit time of how long it takes your food to exit once it has been eaten. The shorter the transit time the better because this gives your food less time to just sit around and rot in your body. In a healthy body a normal transit time is between 18 – 24 hours. However, the average transit time for the Western population is 60 to 100 hours. All thanks to our over-processed world of “food” or food like substances.  An article from the Department of Public Health states that if you are not eliminating 2 -3  times per day you are to some degree constipated and this is a warning that your colon is not functioning properly. The slower the transit time the higher chance of the walls of your colon being lined with un-eliminated waste….you grossed out as I was yet? It’s okay…when you know better you do better!

WHY – Well if “who” didn’t do it how about this. The average person can carry up to 10 pounds of old waste in their colon. Yep that pesky 5 – 10 lbs. you’ve been trying to get rid of could be just this…old set up waste. Also it’s a fact that we are all exposed to THOUSANDS of toxins and chemicals everyday whether at home or work, through the air we breathe and food and water we take in and through any pharmaceutical drugs. This on top of sugar and processed foods being eaten more now in human history than ever before…that’s why. When you clean  your colon you are decreasing your body’s toxicity. Look at it like changing your oil in your car on a regular basis. We all know where that could lead if not done…it can’t and won’t function properly as designed.

WHEN – The number and frequency of colon hydrotherapy will depend on your goals, dietary habits, intestinal health and lifestyle choices. Having one is the first step toward better colon health which is a part of your overall health. A series of 3 is normally recommended to get the full appreciation of what colonics can do for your body. After your first you and your hydrotherapist will discuss your personal frequency which could be once per month, quarterly or yearly. I do this every 6 months as a check up that my diet and lifestyle is still on track to great colon health…so far I’ve gotten a gold star (^_^). Your turn!

WHERE – Use Bing or Google to find a trusted provider in your area. Visit their site to read reviews and take them seriously. Also call and talk to the hydrotherapist to get a feel for their bed side manner. I’d even suggest doing as I did and visiting in person to feel the vibe and pick up some information. This is a big deal and you need to feel comfortable with who you are working with. If you go somewhere and they just say get undressed and sit on this tube – RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! When done correctly this is a very effective and relaxing experience.

An example of a colon hydrotherapy bed "pinterest board style" :).

An example of a colon hydrotherapy bed “pinterest board style” :).

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More like what I’m use too (^_^).

If you just can not see the hydrotherapy bed in your future then know that a diet full of raw vegetables, fiber, water and a probiotic will have your colon in a great way. As always I hope this blog post helps you, your family or anyone you love on your journey to healthy natural living. Have you had colon hydrotherapy before? What was your experience and please shout out the name of the place you go to in case another reader in your area is looking. Sharing is caring <3. Don’t forget to click the star below to LIKE this post and the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter and your Email list to share this info with your family and friends. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to live <3!

Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Some many uses...so little time!

If you’ve been hanging around here or following me on social media the last few weeks you have heard and read the word magic used a good bit. That is mostly because after being delivered from so many senseless ailments in the last 2+ years by simply changing my lifestyle and being introduced and in some cases reacquainted with Father God’s creation and intentions for my natural wellness the outcome has seemed like just that…magical. Today you are hearing it because it is truly the name of the product I’m talking about. A few weeks ago I did a quick video regarding how much we love this soap in my home and some of you had follow up questions. So just like that a blog post was born (^_^). Thank you again for letting me know what you want to know about…you’re making my “job” easy <3. You can watch that video below, on YouTube or on Facebook if you missed it.

If you have ever even glanced at one of these bottles you know that it is COVERED with words that the late Dr. Bronner called the Moral ABC’s. Some of it is pretty thought provoking stuff and some of it I’m still scratching my head over. I admit I have yet to finish reading an entire bottle because you can easily get caught on a thought and start chasing that rabbit. I do really like his statement that we only need 2 cosmetics in life, enough sleep and his soap to clean body, mind, spirit and soul. This soap claims to have 18 different uses all in one bottle. The uses include: washing your face, body, hands and hair, for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids. Yep, that’s 18! I can personally speak for the greatness in 8 of the uses and hope that you will try one of the 8 different formulas/scents for your own personal or household needs.

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For me the almond/green bottle is the most moisturizing so I use it most for showering, shaving and occasionally washing my hair if I’m out of my staple product. The almond oil scent is my favorite. My husband however gets dried out by the almond oil so he uses the tea tree/orange bottle with great success. He doesn’t even have to use lotion afterwards!  We also use this one or the peppermint/blue bottle as a hand soap by mixing 1 part soap to 7 parts water. The lavender/lavender bottle is reserved for gentle laundry washing…smells divine. The citrus orange/yellow bottle is my go to for hand washing dishes, doing the floors and cleaning the counters and appliances. Such a fresh clean scent. Because of all the natural goodness a very little goes a very long way making the cost more than worth it.

Have you used Dr. Bronner’s soaps? Which one is your favorite and what do you use it for? Leave your thoughts in the comments below…I love hearing from you. Be sure to click the star below to LIKE this post and the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter and your Email list to share this info with your family and friends. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to live <3!

EBNL Client Spotlight – Jacque E

Hello Earthly Bodies! Each month I’d like to bring you a client spotlight as a way to introduce you to real everyday people, like you and I, that have decided to take control of their health and make their body a safe place to live with help from Earthly Bodies Natural Living. It is only fitting that the first one go to my Mama, Jacque. Besides Father God she was the first person to love me in spite of myself.  I hope you enjoy this and future posts like it.

As a teenager and young woman if you really wanted to get under my skin all you had to say was “ooh you’re just like your Mama.” That would send me to a place where my only mission in life was to prove you wrong. Not anymore. My heart is smiling so big over her dedication and accomplishments in her natural living journey. Today, I would like this post to celebrate this amazingly beautiful and phenomenal woman. I’d like to share with the world how grateful I am to have even a small chance of that statement being true.

Today's Client Spotlight is about my Mama; my first best friend, my teacher, my Pastor and most recently she added EBNL Client to her resume ;-).

Today’s Client Spotlight is about my Mama; my first best friend, my first teacher, my Pastor and most recently she added EBNL Client to her resume ;-).

In January of this year she received news from her doctor that shook both her and I to the core. The doctor wanted her take yet another prescription which would put her at 5 meds. ABSOLUTELY NOT! After all I had learned to allow my body to heal itself that was not going to happen. Besides if I owe this knowledge to anyone she is first on the list! Operation save my Mama was in full effect and I was a force to be reckoned with. God actually used this event to push me out of the nest to fulfill my purpose of running EBNL full time <3. I am elated with the outcome of her overall health and that she is down to only 1 prescribed medication…WINNING! Here is her testimonial about her experience as an EBNL client.

My Mama loss 7 lbs in her initial 10 day detox, but has continued her journey with the tools and tips she learned from EBNL and was down 29 lbs. in 2 months. Still losing...

My Mama loss 7 lbs in her initial 10 day detox, but has continued her journey with the tools and tips she learned from EBNL and was down 29 lbs. in 2 months. Still losing…

“I have tried to lose weight off and on for years! As a matter of fact I  have been losing the weight loss battle since 1998! I have tried every diet under the sun that came in my path unsuccessfully,  sometimes doubling what I did lose. I have tried to do it on my own, thru reading an author’s book and following the plan, giving up along the way or following a fitness program from TV (only to realize that if at all possible I could just eat the little bit of the food plan prescribed along with the heavy workout, it was no way not to lose even not exercising, but never satisfying).

I was offered a plan which constituted a new way of thinking whereby I eat to live, rather than live to eat, by my daughter-Johanna Earthly Ramos, that included a mindset change whereby I wasn’t  dieting (they all fail), but Healthy Eating, Drinking and Exercise as a Lifestyle, in July 2014 of which I heard her, but did not adhere and continued to try other things, still unsuccessfully! Thanks Be To FATHER GOD  that my daughter never gave up on me!

Then it happened! Jan. 27, 2015, I took a look at myself in the mirror, did not like what I saw (how so out of shape I had gotten and disgusted about the amount of medicine I was on), that I made the decision to truly do something about the look of sick and unhealthy that I refused to let plague me any longer, because it wasn’t the way FATHER GOD  designed me to be!

 On Jan. 28, 2015, I weighed in at 214 lbs. I’ve always heard health specialist say that I needed to walk 10,000 steps a day, outside of my job or daily regimen, so I decided to see what that would be. To my surprise it was a 5 mile walk! So I did it everyday from that point on! So excited on Feb. 4, 2015 that I told my daughter about it. She reminded me that I would also have to change my eating habits to effect the change in my body and health that I was looking for. So on that day, I decided to give her 10 Day Detox Plan a try. I started on Feb. 16, 2015 (still doing my daily 5 mile walk). I went from 214 lbs. to 207 lbs.. Implementing the tips of her plan after my 10 day detox ten days later, on the 26th of Feb., I weighed in at 196 lbs. and 2 dress sizes smaller, having lost several inches as well. I am now getting in clothes that still had tags on them that I have never been able to wear. Moving from a size 18 to a 14 and some size 12-14! I continued to maintain in this new Lifestyle of eating and decided on April 8, 2015 to do a 5 Day Detox under her supervision! To my surprise, along with my continued exercise regimen and healthy eating, I went from 196 to 185 and have been maintaining that weight to now. I have 29 down and 31 more pounds to lose and keep off from this point on! Thanks Johanna & Earthly Bodies Natural Living as I continue giving my body what it needs and it shining for me. I feel great and am hardly taking any medication that has been prescribed for me. And yes, I have my Check-ups and my doctor says I am looking and doing very good. PRAISE THE LORD! Obedience always brings the intended Blessing!”
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You can find this and other client testimonials here on earthlybodies.org by clicking the Program Testimonial tab at the top. Also if you are a client of any of the EBNL plans or services you can submit your experience by clicking the Contact tab. I can’t wait to share your story! What ailment or condition are you curious if a change in lifestyle is the answer to? Leave your comments and encouraging words for Mama/Jacque in the box below. Also be sure to click the star below to LIKE this post and the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter and your email list to share this info with your family and friends. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to live <3!

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Pineapple and The Magic of YOU!

This title should be switched because YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! Yes I’m yelling :). Your response to last weeks Natural Tip and Resource on Facebook with my husband Christovia and I discussing the magical pineapple was both heart warming and energizing to this girl. That was our first video and from the looks of the shares, likes, comments and emails we received it will not be our last :). You also wanted to know more about this magical fruit so again and as always ask and you shall receive.

For those of you that have not liked the Facebook page yet (what are you doing with your life? LoL click here…I’ll wait till you get back) here is that video. It’s a great introduction to the additional information you’ll receive below.

Welcome back! Isn’t My Boo awesome?! <3. Now that you have a general idea of the magic of pineapple and you know how to pick, cut and serve one up let’s dive deeper into 14 reasons it should be in your everyday diet.

  1. Ward off colds /Relieves sore throat/Boosts immune system. Pineapples are abundant in vitamin C and bromelain which fight against microbial infections. If you’re taking a prescribed or over the counter medicine to fight your cold eating pineapple along with it can help cure it in a shorter time and more effectively.
  2. Strong bones and Anti-inflammatory. As I said in the video pineapple has a rich amount of manganese which helps in strengthening bones, connective tissue and preventing inflammation for those suffering with arthritis. Just 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice gives you about 73% of the required manganese for a day!
  3. Strengthens gums. Your gums are the hug that your teeth never want to let go (^_^). So healthy gums = healthy happy teeth.
  4. Sinusitis. Ugh! Before changing to a vegan diet I went to the doctor one a year for the same frustrating sinus infection. Haven’t missed that visit…in fact my doctor called to check on me, LoL. Again it’s bromelain for the win in pineapple that helps rid you of this.
  5. Adult vision loss. When it comes to macular degeneration a lot of the credit for eye health goes to carrots and with good reason, but pineapple also contains beta carotene which empowers vision. Why not double up…they make GREAT juice together!
  6. Anti-Cancer properties and Heart Health. The abundance of antioxidants in pineapples help fight against free radicals. This halts the process of cell damage, preventing several types of cancers and the antioxidants keep free radicals away and lower the cholesterol levels, preventing heart diseases.
  7. Digestion. The dietary fiber, vitamin C and bromelain abundantly present promotes proper digestion.
  8. Hypertension.  The high amount of potassium and lower amount of sodium in pineapple helps maintain normal blood pressure levels. Good news whether you are suffering from or trying to prevent high blood pressure.
  9. Nausea. If you are prone to motion sickness or if you’re pregnant a key benefit from drinking pineapple juice is that it averts nausea or morning sickness.
  10. Acne. Vitamin C is a well known cure for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Bromelain which is  the anti-inflammatory enzyme in this fruit, boosts up the healing power of Vitamin C.
  11. Younger looking skin. The presence of amino acids along with the Vitamin C helps boost collagen synthesis. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.
  12. Strengthens nails. I’ve mentioned Vitamin C quite a bit, but when it comes to the health of your nails it is the lack of Vitamin A that makes way for dry, brittle nails and a Vitamin B deficiency will cause your nails to crack and split. But, you don’t need an over the counter multivitamin pill or other supplement to ease this condition…just add pineapple to your diet.
  13. Prevents hair loss and inflamed scalp conditions. Vitamin C is also an important element in preventing hair loss. So eat it in slices, chunks, wedges or juice it up to reap the benefits and prevent hair loss. Also the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain prevents and eases inflammatory conditions including those that affect the scalp. It also offers relief from infections of the scalp, preventing unwanted hair loss.
  14. Thickens hair. The enzymes present in pineapple enrich the hair follicles by feeding it necessary vital nutrients. This improves the elasticity and thickness of the hair.

pineappleAre you as amped and hungry as I am for some pineapple now?!? Delicious AND nutritious…Yes please! My favorite quick snack is to grab chunks of pineapple and sprinkle them with Himalayan pink salt and smoked paprika…you’re welcome (^_^). What’s your favorite way to enjoy this magical fruit? Leave your comments in box below. Also be sure to click the star below to LIKE this post and the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter and your email list to share this info with your family and friends. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to live <3!

 

Natural Living Skin Care Regimen - The magic of honey!

Taking care of our skin is usually at the top of everyone’s list no matter who you are! It’s the first impression we give off whether we want it to or not (^_^). I originally posted my skin care regimen a year ago and at that time had been using it for 8 months. Now at the request of one of my readers I am bringing it out again because a) I’m still using it and it’s AWESOME!, b) that post has gotten lost in the sea of posts and c) I want to give you all want you want and need to live a full out naturally healthy life.

I’ve been using this regimen for almost 2 years now and there will probably never be another one for me. Enjoy the 2 part video tutorial and the information below regarding what I use and why.

 

 

 

Face towel – Make sure you are using a set of face towels purchased to ONLY touch YOUR face. Even wash them separate from all the other towels. If you wear makeup remove it first with Almond oil on cotton balls/pads. It will slide right off and with none of the irritation a lot of  makeup removers out there will give.  Get your water as warm as you can stand it and soak the towel in it wringing it out several times to really get the heat in there. Then place the towel over your face and just enjoy the relaxing steam until it cools down. The warm steam causes your pores to open making it easy to wipe away the days oil and debris that has set in. Once it cools down wipe your face and soak the towel again this time using the opposite side. Depending on how much time you have repeat this as many times as you want, but always doing it at least twice. Soak the towel once again and place it aside for a later step.

Now for the secret skin care weapon….

Honey –   Yep! The same one you use in your morning cup of  tea or your cookie and cake recipes. Honey is one of natures most amazing gifts. It’s benefits range from being an unbelievable skin moisturizer to an antiseptic that holds vitamins C and B. What I LOVE most is that honey has humectant qualities meaning it not only attracts water, but also retains it in the skin! So your skin will remain hydrated as the humectants seek moisture from the air keeping your skin supple and fighting dryness and wrinkles. I choose to use 100% raw organic honey, but I have read and seen results from people who use all different kinds including the one we all recognize in the cute little bear container. But the way my skin is set up though…I’m not gonna leave anything to chance! I have a separate jar that is only used for skin care. Please make sure your hands are clean before dipping out your honey. Not doing so could transfer bacteria into your cleanser and right onto your face…epic fail. This is your moisturizing cleanser! After your towel steam dip a small dime size amount into your hand and rub it onto your face just as you would any other cleanser. You may need to dampen your hand just a little to assist the honey in smoothing across your face. How long you let it sit on your face depends on how much time you have or what your skin is telling you it needs. For me if my skin seems to be in need of moisture (this is more so in the colder months) or I just have more time I will leave the honey on my skin like a mask for 5-20 minutes and have been known to let it sit all day if I’m just hanging around the house.  Grab your towel that you steamed with earlier that has cooled down at this point and pat your face dry (the cool water causes your pores to close keeping in all the moisture). You will be left with clean, dewy and soft skin.

Jojoba oil – Forgive me for not including this in the video, but if you’re concerned you’ll need additional moisture this is hands down one of the best oils anyone can use on their skin! Jojoba oil has properties that make it closest to our skins natural oil produced which is sebum. We all have it some of us just produce more than others. Like magic Jojoba oil regulates the amount of sebum produced when used regularly (YaaaaY for oily skin individuals). This is an excellent moisturizer. I no longer have to use it now that my skin has been regulated. After patting your skin dry with your cool towel put a dime sized amount in your hands, rub them together and apply just like you would any other moisturizer. A little goes a long way so since your entire body will enjoy the recognizable properties if you squeeze/pour out too much just move on down to your neck, chest, etc.

That’s it! Now your skin has an amazing palette to apply your make up or just head out the door looking all easy breezy beautiful (^_^). Try this for 30 days and come back here to tell us what you think. Be sure to take a before and after pic so that you truly see the results. I know that your skin will love it just like mine does. Here’s to healed, healthy, glowing, beautiful skin naturally <3.

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Natural Living Skin Care Regimen

The magic of honey!

Taking care of our skin is usually at the top of everyone’s list no matter who you are! It’s the first impression we give off whether we want to or not (^_^). I originally posted my regimen a year ago and at that time had been using it for 8 months. Now at the request of one of my readers I am bringing it out again because a) I’m still using it and it’s AWESOME!, b) that post has gotten lost in the sea of posts and c) I want to give you all want you want and need to live a full out naturally healthy life.

So now I’ve been using this regimen for almost 2 years and there will probably never be another one for me. Enjoy the tutorial and the information below regarding what I use and why.

 

Face towel – Make sure you are using a set of face towels purchased to ONLY touch YOUR face. Even wash them separate from all the other towels. If you wear makeup remove it first with Almond oil on cotton balls/pads…slides right off and with none of the irritation a lot of  makeup removers out there will give.  Get your water as warm as you can stand it and soak the towel in it wringing it out several times to really get the heat in there. Then place the towel over your face and just enjoy the relaxing steam until it cools down. The warm steam allows your pores to open making it easy to wipe away the days oil and debris. Once it cools down wipe your face and soak the towel again this time using the opposite side. Depending on how much time you have repeat this as many times as you want, but always doing it at least twice. Soak the towel once again and hang it to the side for a later step.

Now for the secret skin care weapon….

Honey –   Yep! The same one you use in your morning cup of  tea or your cookie and cake recipes. Honey is one of natures most amazing gifts. It’s benefits range from being an unbelievable skin moisturizer to an antiseptic that holds vitamins C and B. What I LOVE most is that honey has humectant qualities meaning it not only attracts water, but also retains it in the skin! So your skin will remain hydrated as the humectants seek moisture from the air keeping your skin supple and fighting dryness and wrinkles. I choose to use 100% raw organic honey, but I have read and seen results from people who use all different kinds including the one we all recognize in the cute little bear container. But the way my skin is set up though…I’m not gonna leave anything to chance! I have a separate jar that is only used for skin care. Please make sure your hands are clean before dipping out your honey. Not doing so could transfer bacteria into your cleanser and right onto your face…epic fail. This is your moisturizing cleanser! After your towel steam dip a small dime size amount into your hand and rub it onto your face just as you would any other cleanser. You may need to dampen your hand just a little to assist the honey in smoothing across your face. How long you let it sit on your face depends on how much time you have or what your skin is telling you it needs. For me if my skin seems to be in need of moisture (this is more so in the colder months) or I just have more time I will leave the honey on my skin like a mask for 5-20 minutes and have been known to let it sit all day if I’m just hanging around the house.  Grab your towel that you steamed with earlier that has cooled down at this point and pat your face dry (the cool water causes your pores to close keeping in all the moisture). You will be left with clean, dewy and soft skin.

Jojoba oil – If you’re concerned you’ll need additional moisture this is hands down one of the best oils anyone can use on their skin! Jojoba oil has properties that make it closest to our skins natural oil produced which is sebum. We all have it some of us just produce more than others. Like magic Jojoba oil regulates the amount of sebum produced when used regularly (YaaaaY for oily skin individuals). This is an excellent moisturizer. I no longer have to use it now that my skin has been regulated. After patting your skin dry with your cool towel put a dime sized amount in your hands, rub them together and apply just like you would any other moisturizer. A little goes a long way so since your entire body will enjoy the recognizable properties if you squeeze/pour out too much just move on down to your neck, chest, etc.

That’s it! Now your skin has an amazing palette to apply your make up or just head out the door looking all easy breezy beautiful (^_^). Try this for 30 days and come back here to tell us what you think. Be sure to take a before and after pic so that you truly see the results. I know that your skin will love it just like mine does. Here’s to healed, healthy, glowing, beautiful skin naturally <3.

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Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

As Requested: Another one pot meal!

Ask and you shall receive! Today I am bringing you another delicious, nutritious, easy, vegan recipe that is made in one pot…5 of my favorite things. Hopefully you’ve made the amazing One Pan Mexican Quinoa dish a couple times now and your family is waiting with bated breath for another yummy dish. This recipe screams comfort any time of year. So don’t let the fact that it is chili make you archive this recipe until fall…that would just be an injustice. To top it all off you have the majority of the ingredients necessary from making the One Pan Mexican Quinoa. Here’s everything that you’ll need:

quinoa chili ingredients

Ingredients for 6 wonderful servings

  • 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes or 1 1/2 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 5 oz. diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1 cup dry quinoa (I love the presentation of tri color quinoa, but it’s not necessary)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp.cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • a few dashes of garlic powder
  • a few dashes of onion powder
  • Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • 32 oz. Vegetable broth
  • avocado, cilantro and cayenne for garnish (optional but amazing if added 😉 )

In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and diced jalapeño, cook until soft and start to turn brown (about 5 – 7  minutes). Add garlic, cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, Himalayan pink salt and garlic and onion powders, cook for 1 – 2 extra minutes stirring constantly. Add tomatoes, veggie broth, beans and sweet potatoes, stir together. Add quinoa, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally making sure your chili isn’t sticking on the bottom.  Add additional broth or water if chili is thicker than you like. You know it’s done when the sweet potatoes are tender. Top with diced avocado (sprinkled with a little cayenne for color and bit of heat) and cilantro. NOMNOMNOM!

sweet potato quinoa chili

Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

As I said a lot of these ingredients are the same as the most recent recipe I shared with you so I won’t go through the benefits of them all again, however I must let you know what you’re gifting your and your family’s bodies with the addition of sweet potatoes in this dish from a nutritional stand point.

Sweet potatoes pack a powerful nutritional punch. They have got over 400% of your daily needs for vitamin A in one medium spud, as well as loads of fiber and potassium.

Sweet potatoes pack a powerful nutritional punch. They have got over 400% of your daily needs for vitamin A in one medium spud, as well as loads of fiber and potassium.

This veggie is an amazing source of beta carotene which gives it its vibrant orange color. The beta carotene is converted to  vitamin A after entering the body. Vitamin A can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and has also been shown to protect against heart disease and asthma. Not to mention that by increasing your intake of plant foods like sweet potatoes you decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity while also boosting your energy levels and a healthy complexion. YES PLEASE.

As always I hope that your taste buds enjoy this dish as much as your Earthly Bodies will (^_^). Please click the star below to LIKE and click the SHARE icons for Facebook, Twitter or email to let your friends know about this recipe too. Also I’d love to know how dinner turned out so be sure to leave a comment  in the box below. Bon appetit!

Recipe adapted from milkfreemom.com and thesimpleveganista.blogspot.com.

 

What’s your pH #

Is your body fighting or inviting disease?

You didn’t really think I was asking for your phone number did you?! Let’s talk about the other pH, presence or potential of hydrogen, which is the scale that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The one that determines whether your body is fighting or inviting disease.

I bought this kit from my local health store A Better Way. The optimum pH level is between 7.2 - 7.4.

I purchased this kit from my local health store A Better Way. The bodies optimum pH level is between 6.6 – 6.8 when saliva or urine is used to sample.

Fall 2014 I decided to get  my first colon hydrotherapy  after researching the benefits. In general this is the irrigation of the colon and small intestines to  remove toxins. I will do a future blog post on that experience. One of the first things my therapist wanted to do was a pH test to determine my levels by dipping one of the test strips in a sample of my urine(wasn’t necessary…you can place the strip on your tongue for a second as well). I was delighted that my level was 7.5 alkaline. Good thing too since I’d just spent 15 minutes talking with her about my vegan journey. She didn’t know me from Eve…the test would prove if I had a primarily plant-based diet or not. And it did! The trust curve was moving in the right direction! I now know that level was more alkaline than I needed to be.

Today my pH is between 6.5 - 7.0.

Today my pH is between 6.5 – 7.0.

Back to you and why it’s so important for you to know your own pH. This scale ranges from 0 to 14 where a pH of 7 is neutral, a pH less than 7 is acidic, and a pH greater than 7 is alkaline or base/basic. Because our bodies live and die from a cellular level the first line of defense against disease is attaining and more importantly maintaining a proper pH balance. DISEASE CAN ONLY GROW IN AN ACIDIC BODY! When your body is acidic you are making a comfortable home for the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus and all types of  other unwanted “things”. I’m all for southern hospitality, but I draw the line there! Also cancer always strikes those with an over-acidic body. That study was enough for me! Control the controllables is a great motto. Cancer and disease may very well strike in some form or fashion, but don’t let it be because of something you could control like ensuring your body is not in an overly acidic state.

Here’s a great list I pulled from www.care2.com. of 10 things you can incorporate in your daily life to start moving the needle on your pH level today!

  1. Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole, freshly-squeezed lemon. (I know lemon may seem acidic, but it alkalizes once it enters the body.)
  2. Eat a large green salad tossed in lemon juice  and olive oil. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium.
  3. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.
  4. Drink an almond milk and berry smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since the latter is acid-forming.
  5. Go for a brisk walk or some other exercise. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.
  6. Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air. And, sorry Febreze, Glade, and all the other so-called “air fresheners”: air filled with these scents is not what I’m talking about here.
  7. Go meat-free for a day… or longer if you like (^_^). During the metabolism of meat, there is an acid residue left behind.
  8. Skip the sugar-laden dessert or soda.  Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda :-/.
  9. Add more veggies to your diet. No, potatoes don’t count. But sweet potatoes are a good choice (provided you’re not slathering them in sweeteners or butter).  Asparagus, squash, peppers, and other vegetables are also excellent choices.
  10. Sprout it out. Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.

I hope you’ll use this list…I know it will help in your overall road to healthy living! That’s why you’re here, right?

It is recommended that your food intake be 75% alkaline. Meat, dairy and grains are acidic while most fruits and vegetables are alkaline. Getting in 8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily will get you where you need to be. These can be prepared in juices, smoothies or eaten raw or steamed for the greatest nutritional and pH value (sliding one of my roasted veggie recipes  in every now and then won’t hurt 😉 ). Aside from foods keep in mind that emotions play a strong part in your pH levels. It should be no surprise that love makes your body alkaline while hate, anger, loneliness and despair have been shown to move your body to an acidic pH level. The song was right ALL WE NEED IS LOVE.

I want to hear from you! Which of the 10 tips outlined above are you committed to using and making your body a safe place to live? Leave your reply in the comment box below.

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HOME SWEAT HOME

My at Home Workout Regimen

We are all very much aware that exercise is beneficial and a necessity for our long-term  health. So why isn’t everyone doing it?! The most common answer given to this question is “I just don’t have time to go to the gym”. Well in the next few minutes I’m going to give you back that 15-30 minutes of drive time you can’t find to get to the gym and introduce you to the best sweat therapy I’ve found.

4 days out of the week my living room is transformed at 5:15 a.m. from this...(insert finger snap)...

4 days out of the week my living room is transformed at 5:15 a.m. from this…(insert finger snap)…

...to this. IT'S SWEAT THERAPY TIME!

…to this. IT’S SWEAT THERAPY TIME!

 

My sweat therapy time has become a necessity for me to get my shine on for the rest of the day! If you’ve been subscribed to this blog for a while then you know that I was 11 months into my vegan journey before I decided to incorporate exercise into my life. If you’re not familiar with that story and the why behind the what click here to read that post: It’s My Vegan-Versary. The main thing was I wanted to test out the theory that healthy sustainable weight loss was 70% what you put into your body, 20% physical activity and 10% stress level. Now that it’s 2 years since I became vegan I have all the personal research of my journey to point out that this is true! You really should check out that post…I included a before and after shot that shows you where I was May 3, 2013 at the start of my journey and the result of focusing on the 70% and 10% for 11 months. Click here. I slowly incorporated some light physical activity in the 12th month because I’d decided what my goals were for my 2nd Vegan-Versary May 3, 2015. As I just stated the 70/20/10 theory is golden! With incorporating physical activity in the next 13 months up to May 3, 2015 I only lost another 10 lbs. or so, BUT those inches though! And the shape of my body changed so much that my clothes were sliding off while zipped and button. In the words of my friend Dan that’s a high-class problem to have!

What was I doing to get all that magic? I work out 6 days a week: 2 days of strength training, 1 day of yoga, 1 day of yoga and abs and 2 days of cardio consisting of walking, jogging or biking. The strength training, yoga and abs I trust to no other than Les Mils Body Pump. This program is amazing and a great start for anyone not use to lifting weights for both cardio and strength training benefits!

Body Pump

When I lived in South Carolina 2006-2008 Les Mills Body Pump was taught at a local gym and I was hooked! Once we moved back to South Alabama in 2009 there wasn’t a class to be found. It wasn’t until October 2014 I learned that Beachbody offered an at home version of the program so I ordered it. As of today I see no reference of Beachbody offering Body Pump which is really sad because I want you to have it! However there seems to be several affiliate links that are selling it so BING or Google away! Everything you see in the pic above as well as the bar bell and plates of my sweat therapy photo comes with the program. The workouts range from 20-55 minutes long so when I was working in corporate America if my strength training days fell on a week day I would do the 30 minute full body workout without fail whereas if it fell on the weekend I’d do the 45-55 minute workout. It also comes with a really cool guide that walks you through 90 days to a fitter leaner you taking you from successfully completing the 20 minute workout through conquering the 55 minute workouts. It builds in your rest days and even tells you which workout to do on which days. The best at home workout program ever!

If you’re not interested in following along with a virtual class then purchase a step, dumbbells and mat like I did from Walmart to perform effective full body workouts. There are several fitness experts on instagram that will give you different workouts to get you started or keep you going. My favorites are getfitwithnic_ and iikandii88. They do a great job of making a collage of the moves in an instagram video and then instructing you on sets/repetitions for different skill levels in the comment section. Go check ’em out!

The point I hope you walk away with after reading this post is that the only thing truly getting in the way of the fitter, healthier you that you imagine and want is YOU. Get out of your own way and have your sweat therapy at home. Aside from looking amazing you’re leaving these benefits on the table:

  • Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.
  • It reverses the harmful effects of stress.
  • It lifts depression.
  • Decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Leaves you feeling euphoric.
Sweat Therapy is the best therapy!

Sweat Therapy is the best therapy!

What is your go to sweat therapy? Let me know in the comments below. Also like and share this post with anyone you think will benefit from it…which is everyone (^_^).

 

 

 

One Pan, One Meal, One BIG HAPPY FAMILY – One Pan Mexican Quinoa Dish

Eating healthy is challenging enough when you’re only focusing on yourself. Once you add the element of wanting to make sure your family is eating nutritious and delicious food it can become a daunting task! Time is a precious resource to all of us and I’ve come to save you time and make you the hero of tonight’s dinner. If you have 30 minutes and one pan you are well on your way to just that so dust off your cape. OH and by the way….it’s totally vegan! Shhhhh ;-).

What until they get a load of this! Nutritious, delicious and it's just so pretty!

What until they get a load of this! This one pan Mexican quinoa dish is super easy to make, loaded with nutrition, delicious and it’s just so pretty! NOM NOM NOM!

I have been vegan for 2 years now and while the way my husband and daughter eat has changed for the better they have in no way decided to convert to my “vegan ways”. And that’s okay…this is my journey not theirs. However it has been my goal to find more exciting and delicious recipes that fly waaay below their vegan radar. Nothing is more satisfying than getting that loud “mmmmm” from the living room after they dive into one of my vegan meals. This has become a requested weekly rotation in the Ramos kitchen and now I’m passing it on to your family table.

NOTE: If you would like a pictorial to go along with this process you can visit damndelicious.net which is where I adapted this gem of a recipe.

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients (go organic wherever possible!)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 cup dry tri-color quinoa (yes dry! even this will cook in the pan with everything else….AWESOME!)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, scoop out and dice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions (time to THROW IT IN THE PAN!)

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Throw in your minced garlic and jalapeño, and cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes.
  • Now add your dry quinoa, vegetable broth, drained and rinsed beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir ingredients together.
  • Bring to a boil; cover, turn heat down to low until quinoa is cooked, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro.
  • Have a sneak taste.
  • Virtually slap ya Mama.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Humbly accept your praises.

This is hands down the quickest, easiest, most nutritious and delicious hot meal you can make for your family. It is loaded full of amazing real food. And don’t even try to overlook the health benefits of the protein from your quinoa and beans, the beautiful healthy fats from your avocado as well as the antioxidants in your tomatoes and cilantro. This meal is a win win for you and your family’s health!

What is one of your favorite one pan meals? Leave the name of it below in the comments so we can BING or Google it to our hearts content.

I can’t wait to hear how much you and your family enjoyed this! You can always come back and let me know here in the comments below or come visit me on Facebook at Earthly Bodies Natural Living or on Instagram at EarthlyBodies and leave a comment there.

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