5 reasons to SMILE at a stranger

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Too many of us smile too little.

We are TOO busy, TOO distracted, and TOO ungrounded; we too often forget the significance of a smile in our own lives, let alone impact it can have in someone else’s day.

Don’t forget these 5  reasons to SMILE at a stranger:

#1 ~ Smiling makes you healthier by boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and releasing endorphins in your body that make you feel happier!

#2 ~ Smiling makes everybody look good. Lets make this world a more attractive place!

#3 ~ Our kids are watching.  What example do you want to set for your kids? Personally I want my kids to witness me being that friendly-to-the-extreme person waiting in line at the grocery store, rather than the person who is reluctant to return a smile or a hello.  I have to remind myself to be really friendly ALL the time. Some days it comes easy, others it just doesn’t. That’s OK.

#4 ~ Smiling is contagious. Most folks that receive a smile from you actually do smile back – many times people are deep in thought or just unaccustomed to being smiled at by a stranger, so when you think you’ve been snubbed, it’s not likely the case! Spread the love to everyone you see! It will come back to you in full circle.

#5 ~ A smile can change, or even save, a life. Haven’t you ever experienced a kind word or smile from a stranger { an angel some people say } that completely lifted your spirits just when you needed it the most? Imagine what a smile can mean to someone who is feeling completely alone and hopeless. We can’t do as much for people in need as we’d like to much of the time, but we can be that smiling angel in someones day.

You just never know how your smile can change the world for one person.

❤ ❤ ❤

 

Healthy Living Tip: Raw Honey for Immune Strength

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Here is my healthy living tip from this weeks show – how honey can boost your immune system and overall health!

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Green Goodness Folate Smoothie!

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I’m sure, especially if you’ve had children, the that you’ve heard of folic acid and know what it is and why it is important to take during pregnancy and even before conception ( preventing neural tube defects in a developing baby ). But are you familiar with folate?

Folate is the general term used for a group of bio-available b-vitamins, and is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid refers to the oxidized synthetic compound used in commercially manufactured vitamin supplements, and folate is naturally found in foods such as green leafy vegetables ( kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, ect. ), lentils, asparagus, broccoli and avocados.

Benefits & Risks of Folic Acid:

Research tells us that continual consumption of folic acid over extended periods of time actually increases one’s risk of developing cancer, particularly colon and and prostate cancers. http://chriskresser.com/folate-vs-folic-acid 

I would advise that you stick with the guidelines set with your doctor or midwife for supplementation during pregnancy ( unless you’ve done your own research to decide otherwise ), though it goes without saying that steering clear of the synthesized version of folate after the child bearing years would be a smart move for your health.

Benefits of Folate: 

Studies show that daily, and even weekly consumption of folate will considerably reduce your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. While there is little conclusive evidence to show that folate might be a sufficient alternative to supplementation before and during pregnancy, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to do both!

You and your baby will both benefit from getting your daily dose of green veggies 🙂 I should mention that beginning a juicing regimen during pregnancy is not safe, as your body will begin to detox and release toxins that can potentially be very harmful to baby. Blending and smoothies, however, is an excellent way for you to get the greenies you need!

This smoothie is a great way to start your day, pregnant or not!

Green Goodness Folate Smoothie ~

1 large ripe or slightly over-ripe banana

5 large kale leaves

1 1/2 – 2 ripe avocados

2 green apples

1 handful cilantro

7 drops Lemon oil

Blend and enjoy! Serves 2

Happy delicious blending everybody!

Brown Rice ~ Benefits & Caution

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( one of my favorite post work out meals ~ eggs straight from the farm to our kitchen, and organic whole grain brown rice )

My husband and I LOVE brown rice! We literally would be contented to never eat anything beyond brown rice dishes again if it came down to it. So – in light of our affinity for brown rice ( & the many pictures you’ve seen if you follow me on Instagram @holisticchicks ) it’s high time I posted about the incredible benefits of this wonder food, as well as a word of caution at the end.

An excellent source of fiber, magnesium, zinc*, and vitamin B-6, organic whole grain brown rice has incredible healing powers and can be a fabulous addition to any weight loss or otherwise healing regimen. Containing over one hundred different antioxidants, the bran on brown rice is held in the highest regard among health enthusiasts, and even considered to be the most nutritious substance ever studied.

Brown rice constitutes for a complete meal all on its own, or can fill in as a perfect carbohydrate side dish with any protein source – a favorite post workout meal for the serious athlete. Because it has a low glycemic index ( meaning that your body will digest it slower than refined carbs ) your body will have fewer spikes in blood sugar levels, which in short means fewer cravings, no impulse eating, and a steady metabolism ( which means weight loss/management ). Lastly, the large fiber content in brown rice will keep you feeling full much longer throughout the day after eating it than you would feel after eating two Big Macs 😀

While it does sound like the perfect weight loss and balance food, and really it is, I must now give the word of caution I mentioned. The naturally occurring zinc in brown rice actually binds with the zinc in your body, and is not stored, thus leaving the avid brown rice-er zapped of essential zinc levels.

So – play it safe and keep it to between 2 to 3 servings per week … unless you’re like me and you can’t get enough! Oops!

Haha 🙂  No really, anything in any amount of food you choose to eat is ok, but it’s always wise to at least be informed on what you’re made of 😉

Happy healthy eating all! 😀

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Are skin problems or irritations putting a damper on your self esteem? Here I’ve shared 3 simple tricks that you can implement into your daily routine that can get you on the road to clearer skin asap!

Feel free to pm me with any questions/concerns or for more info on how you can accelerate your detox regimen for a healthier glow 😀

Red salmon & food energetics

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My boys brought home some beautiful winter king salmon – to my my great excitement because it was a lifting day for me, yay 😀 – and WOW, the ways I could go on about the benefits of this fish. I have to emphasize to my AK friends how blessed we are to have the opportunity to eat this incredible dish so readily.

Red Salmon facts –

* The best muscle building food you can get your hands on, it trumps red meat ANY day.

* That red orange color is Omega 3 fatty acid – this is extremely important for overall but especially BRAIN health. You need Omega 3’s. Period.

* Fish intelligence

Ancient knowledge tells us that we take on the properties, both physical, vibrational and mental, of what we eat. Native Americans prized deer meat because of the stealth, demeanor and intelligence of the animal. Even in todays world where we are so consciously disconnected to our natural hunting and gathering senses, you can still see the subconscious mind working on our behalf to enable us in our daily endeavors.

For example, business men especially, and those in other such ‘cut-throat high pressure’ jobs, tend to be drawn towards eating beef because of the stubbornness/bullheadedness of cattle. Buisness men subconsciously know that they need such energies/qualities to succeed in their careers.

The more we learn about fish, the more we learn just how complex the communication methods are between fish and fish schools. There is still much to learn about these animals, but it is safe to say that they are extremely intelligent, and that when we eat fish we are not just benefiting from the Omega 3’s ( how amazing is nature, right? ), we’re taking on their energetic properties as well.

This is no coincidence, we see this phenomenon in nature consistently. The avocado is so beneficial for healthy uterine function, (it’s actually been recommended that pregnant women consume 2 -3 avocados per day ) and what do they look like? A womb. Right?

Tomatoes have lycopene ( which btw the old saying is that we must cook the tomato to get 5 x the lycopene, but new research shows that we can BLEND the tomato for 5 x the lycopene! YAY for raw foodies! But i digress… ) that is very beneficial for the heart, and what does it look like? A heart. It is said by raw foodies everywhere that tomato is not only good for the physical heart, but the heart energy we carry.

At the end of the day, some people are interested in food energetics, and some aren’t.

For those that are, here is my advice: It’s all about listening to your body. The world of nutritional advice can be so confusing, Right? A good healthy habit to practice – meditation.

Quiet your mind, forget what you’re told you should and shouldn’t eat, and listen to your body. Our minds can be tricked, and our minds can over think anything, but our bodies by design are never wrong!

Happy healthy eating all!