February What's In Season

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So many of you have already taken my challenge to make this the year of the meatless meal and have purchased the EBNL Meatless Meal Recipe Book to guide you along the way. There is so much health and vitality waiting for you on the other side of making the decision to add more plant based meals to your diet. So now that you’ve made this wonderful decision  you get to see what all the fuss is about in enjoying the gift of eating produce that is fresh, local and in season.  Choosing to eat this way is a magical gift to your body, the environment, the local economy and of course your taste buds. Think about it…would you prefer a bunch of fresh greens just picked from the garden or greens that  have travelled across country in a truck for days? Not to mention it just tastes better and you are eating the same food that your local farmers are feeding their family. Give your body a fighting chance and #ShopFresh #ShopLocal #ShopInSeason.

Here are the foods that are at their peak of excellence in February.  Get as many of these jewels on your plate as you can this month and #EatYourMedicine for better health. I love to eat plenty of greens, root vegetables and make hearty soups and roasted vegetables year round, but there’s just something about enjoying them this time of year wouldn’t you agree? And it doesn’t matter if you eat them raw, roasted, steamed, juiced or in a smoothie just be sure to eat them.

VEGETABLES

  • Artichoke

  • Arugula

  • Asparagus

  • Avocado

  • Broccoli

  • Brussels Sprouts

  • Cabbage

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Collard Greens

  • Fennel

  • Kale

  • Leeks

  • Mushrooms

  • Mustard Greens

  • Onions

  • Potatoes

  • Radishes

  • Spinach

  • Swiss Chard

  • Turnips

  • Watercress

  • Winter Squash

FRUIT

  • Grapefruit

  • Kiwi

  • Kumquat

  • Lemon

  • Oranges

  • Pears

  • Pummelo

  • Rhubarb

  • Tangerine

HERBS

  • Bay leaves
  • Borage
  • Chamomile
  • Chives
  • Garlic chives
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Which vegetable, fruit and herb are you looking forward to enjoying this month? When you make a point to #EatYourMedicine with foods that contain #VitaminCAKE (Vitamins C, A, K and E) you are well on your way to optimal health.  If you are ready to begin your journey to healthy natural living now click the SHOP tab above and start TODAY. Be sure to SHARE this post with all your social media and email list peeps. Here’s to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE.

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HIGH 5 FOR BEETS

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Beets are one of the most beautifully colored foods on the planet so it’s only fitting that they also do beautiful things for our bodies. They are loaded with the vitamins and minerals A, B, C, beta carotene, beta cyanine, fiber, folic acid, manganese, potassium and are highly beneficial for pregnant women because of the Vitamin B and Iron that causes new cell growth and replenishes the mother’s iron levels. It was also one of the first foods used as an aphrodisiac because beets increase blood flow in the same way Viagra and other similar drugs create the same effect. Beets also contain the chemical element boron which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. You really don’t have to take a pill for anything! Well, God did say be fruitful and multiply…

Now that I’ve got your attention here are 5 more reasons beets get a High 5 on my list:

  1. Super Antioxidant – We all want to reduce the look of aging without reducing the wisdom that comes along with it. Eating foods high in antioxidants will do just that. Beets contain the above mentioned antioxidants C and Manganese, but have you heard of betalains? There are TONS of references on this powerful antioxidant that comes from the blood red color of beets credited for also helping with anti-inflammatory issues. Studies show the blood red betalains in beets reduce chronic inflammation which has been linked to chronic pain, arthritis, bronchitis, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

  2. High Energy – Who doesn’t want more energy without the jitters or extra empty calories? Well the sugar in beets is released into your system gradually giving you a sustained level of energy throughout your day. Put them in your morning juice or smoothie or add them to your garden salad at lunch or roast them at dinner (Read my blog post Finally Eat Your Veggies on earthlybodies.org.) It all depends on when you need your natural energy source to kick in and take you through your day like a CHAMP!

  3. Mental Health Support – Beets contain betaine which is the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being. Yes that same sense you get from eating chocolate, but come one we both know your waist line will win by eating more beets instead.

  4. Detox and Cleanse – Beets purify the blood which makes them an amazing tonic for the liver. The antioxidants in beets support Phase 2 detoxification/cleansing where unwanted toxic substances chemically combined with a small nutrient group that in turn neutralizes the toxin making it water soluble so they can exit through the urine…bye Felicia. (Read: Take Out The Trash! Detoxing vs Cleansing on earthlybodies.org)

  5. Cancer Prevention – Studies suggest that eating and drinking beet root is useful in the prevention of lung and skin cancer as well as inhibit cancer causing compounds known as nitrosamines from forming.

The bottom line is they are delicious, super nutritious AND pretty…EAT THEM! However do be careful because that beautiful ruby color will stain your fingers, clothes, cutting board and anything else you let it sit on too long. Also do NOT be alarmed when you visit the bathroom as they “come out” the same color they went in…nothing is wrong…do not call 911.

 Here’s a bonus: Eat Your Beet Greens Too!

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If you simply throw away the green leafy tops to your beets, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Talk about a healthy leaf! They contain important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, Vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese, and also supply supply your body with a healthy dose of Vitamins A, C, calcium and iron. In fact beet greens have more iron than spinach and have been shown to ward off osteoporosis, fight Alzheimer’s and boosting the production of white blood cells making your immune system strong. Try steaming these lovely greens alone or with collards, swiss chard, kale, your other favorite leafy greens or use them as the next green in your juice recipe.

It's A Wrap! January Eat Your Medicine 10 Day Juicing/Plant-Based Challenge

What an amazing time I had with each of the beautiful Earthly Bodies that signed up for the Eat Your Medicine 10 Day Juicing/Plant-Based Challenge that ran from January 15-24, 2018!

There were varied levels of participation, but every single email that was sent out was opened so for me the challenge was a WIN! It was never about the challengers doing things the way I had them outlined, but about them using the challenge to their advantage and letting this be a stepping stone to a forever healthy lifestyle.

They all showed up, connected, grew and learned that their health goals are important, they are worth it AND they are attainable. Everyone deserves the health that their desire and are willing to work for!

Click below to take a look at January challenger Barbara B's video testimonial...

Are you ready to move forward into your healthy natural living goals? You don't have to wait for the next Eat Your Medicine Challenge. Instead let's chat about your health goals this week and see how we can continue to work on them together! Click hereto schedule your FREE 20 minute Health Discovery meeting with me.

 Here's to making our Earthly Bodies a safe place to LIVE!

 

Don't Panic!

I am honored that so many of you have come to depend on and have made the over 4 years of content on earthlybodies.org a part of your journey to healthy natural living. As you can see I've moved our website and feel it will be much more user friendly as Earthly Bodies continues to grow. Sure there's only 1 blog post right now, but trust me you'll love it at our new home so JUST DON'T PANIC!

I've been trying to find  a way to bring all the content over without spamming your inbox with hundreds of blog posts all at once...I feel like I'm almost there so bear with me. This has been quite a ride and I thank you for helping me realize the best is still yet to come. The Earthly Bodies community is the very best community in these internet streets!

Blessings, 

Johanna

Your community Health Educator

A Look Back - Our Heartache in Miscarriage- 5 Years Later

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of "working" and attending the Orange Beach Yoga 'Get Clear In The New Year' Retreat. Something absolutely beautiful happened while we were enjoying Day 3 of the retreat activities. I had tons of notifications on Facebook coming thru like it was my birthday and I didn't know why. I was so in the moment of all that was happening that I didn't check them until after the event later that day. 

It turns out that day was the 5 year anniversary of the day we found out we were pregnant and losing our baby. This was the first year I have not been so overcome with grief that I just stayed in the bed. The amount of LOVE that I was smothered in that weekend kept the darkness away. 

I usually can't even tell our story this time of year without breaking down, but there was a room full of beautiful people at the retreat listening to my presentation that were all a witness to the wholeness I possessed while telling it. 

The date never crossed my mind while I was there because my baby came here to save my life and steer it in the direction of love, wholeness and health. That is where I am and I'll be forever grateful to our sweet little angel baby, Angelese.

For you to understand how Earthly Bodies came to be what it is today I have to take you back to the beginning, January 14, 2013. After reading you’ll have a better understanding of why this isn’t just a diet or fly by night change for me. This is my lifestyle. My life was saved through the tragedy below. Now my offering to God is to help people make their body a safe place to live.

January 17th, 2013 I was on the brink of death… This was all due to the optimistic naivety of both myself and my husband along with the inconsiderate, misguided direction and flat out ignorance of my OB/GYN and his staff at that time. Just 4 days prior on January 14th we received the best and worse news of our life in the span of a 2 minute conversation. “You’re pregnant Mrs. Ramos and I’m sorry, but you’re having a miscarriage.” At the time I was 36 years old and had never heard the words you’re pregnant nor had I seen that cute plus sign on a test that I’ve dreamed about. Following that call it was a dramatic day of calling 911, ambulances and emergency rooms that ended with me being sent home with instructions to keep my legs elevated so the ectopic could “pass”.

The morning of January 17th I was experiencing pain that registered 31 on a scale of 1-10. My skin was dull and grayish…it was obvious our baby was not “passing”, however I began to feel like I was. Boo took one look at me after waking to my groans and said “get your doctor on the phone” which I did. Per usual the receptionist had the personality of a lemon and proceeded to tell me I could come in the next day. All I can remember is feeling weak as I heard my husband’s voice say “lady you tell Dr H. we’ll be there in 20 minutes, goodbye.” Boo forced a few spoons of grits and eggs in me in an attempt to bring any sign of strength back to his wife. I honestly don’t even remember the ride…I only remember seeing red.

When we arrived I was placed on an exam table. The moment Doc touched me I jumped off that table like a wet cat from the pain. I watched the color leave his olive middle eastern skin as the camera showed him what he should have confirmed days earlier: our baby was weeks further along than he assumed and continued to grow in that blocked section of my right Fallopian tube. The doctor touched my hand and asked “have you eaten anything?” I told him about the few bites and he instructed me not to take in anything else because he was admitting me for emergency surgery.

After waking from anesthesia I was no longer pregnant and no longer had a right Fallopian tube. DESPAIR. According to Dr H. there was too much swelling for him to take a look at the remaining left tube. He wanted to go back in around March to do the procedure again and focus on the left side. Yeh Right!

The days following my laparoscopy were emotionally devastating. It felt like Satan had been waiting to pop the cork of my own special bottle of torment he’d had laid away for 36 years. But GOD and My Boo shielded me from that devastation. Praise The Lord for a man who prays for his wife! Looking back it saddens me that Boo had to be so strong…he suffered the same tragedy along side me…he lost our baby too.

Between January 14th and my second procedure on April 2nd (new and  amazing OB/GYN) I grew so tired of hearing the phrases “it’s not your fault”, “you did nothing wrong”, “no one knows why these things happen”, “there’s nothing you could have done”, ” don’t blame yourself.” But, how could I not? Who else was there to blame? Father GOD and I had a long talk because HE didn’t make me to think the way the doctor’s, family, friends and strangers wanted me to. There had to be something I could do…something I could control in this situation. As clearly as you’re reading this I heard HIM say “There is something you can do. You can control what you allow in your body. You can make your body the safest place for you and your babies to live.” WON’T HE DO IT?!?! From that moment I began researching, studying and preparing my mind to match up with what my heart wanted. This along with a support system that is unmatched led to becoming a plant based vegan May 3rd, 2013.

This is  the emotional aspect of me being and living a healthy natural life. This story is the driving force that cements why I will not go back to my old way of thinking and treating this temple of GOD. Our baby’s life was not in vain…our baby came to save my life!!! As of today I have maintained 55 lbs of weight loss, been delivered of hypoglycemia and no longer taking any medications. Not to mention my hair, skin and nails look amazing (others words not mine, LoL #teamhumble). I’m the happiest and healthiest me I’ve ever been! Thank you Father GOD, thank you My Love Christovia and thank you to our baby Angelese.