How I started Meditating

buddha-buddhism-statue-religion-46177.jpegMeditation is something that I started doing during yoga during Savasana or corpse pose.    I am not going to say that it is particularly easy.  And sometimes it’s down right difficult.  It’s not something that I always feel like doing but, afterwards, I am always glad that I did.  It’s kind of like when you first start working out.  How at first it really sucks and you’re not really enjoying it.  But then something happens one day and you can’t do it and then all of a sudden you’re disappointed because  you weren’t able to work out.

That’s kind of how meditation is for me.  I did it for a long time before I ever started to enjoy any benefits.  I did it because I knew that I should be doing it.  But to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling the benefits until I committed to a regular practice of meditation.  I committed to 3 days a week of meditation.  Three days a week was because of course I was much too busy to do it everyday.  But I could commit to 3 days a week and that was after years of doing it not regularly.  I just knew that I wanted to become more spiritual, so I committed to 3 days.  That was after 12 years of faking meditation.  You know just doing it randomly and being mad because I wasn’t getting the many benefits.

So after I committed to 3 days per week, I have to say that my experience was actually quite magical.  It’s really hard to describe my experience but I just started to feel really calm, strong and super positive.  Things just really stopped bothering me and I started to just have shit really start going right.  I just felt that I was being super blessed.  If I wanted something, it would just magically appear.  I needed a videographer, and I found his card in a coffee shop (thanks Kristian).  I needed help with my Blog and someone gave me an awesome Web Designer’s info.

Now obviously there are so many different ways of meditating but I recommend doing a guided meditation and sticking with the same one for a while.  Do it at least 21 times.  But give it a good chance.  And it’s not magic but it could be.  But you have to give it a chance.  Remember you don’t just brush your teeth one time and think you never have to do it again.  You don’t just eat one time and think, “OK I don’t need to do that again.”  And obviously you can’t just work out one time and think,”That’s it I don’t like exercising so I won’t do that again.”  No you have to do it over and over. (sorry to be the bearer of bad news on this one.)

Meditation is the same way.  You have to give it a chance and do it over and over.  In this short video, Maggie, my beautiful niece does a short meditation that will give you a little bit of peace.   Please relaxing sunwatch here.

Here are 20 reasons to start meditation.

Happy Meditating and don’t get mad at me when you start feeling peaceful, relaxed and shit starts going right for you.

Valerie is a Health and wellness coach that lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  When she’s not dancing, she’s singing.  You can check out her moves here.  Please subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss out.  Thank you!!

The Best Vegan Chili Ever!!!

The best thing about not eating meat is that you know that nobody had to die in order for you to eat.  It may not seem like it matters but after you do it for a while and then eat meat, you can really notice the difference.  Meat just doesn’t have the same appeal anymore.  It just looks like big chunks of death and suffering.  But that’s just me and if you want to get spiritual, get ready to go to new heights.  All that meat weighs you down spiritually.  I mean you can’t kill things and then think that you’re going to be favored.  But that’s just been my experience.  I used to eat meat for years so I understand the craving for meat.  But I don’t miss it.  I hope you enjoy this recipe.  XOXO Valerie

Originally published on Itdoesnttastelikechicken.com on January 10, 2017 By Sam

The Best Vegan Chili Ever!!!

It has been nose-nipping, fingertips feel like they’re falling off, wonder why I don’t own snow pants, scarf wrapped high enough to meet my hat so that I just have a wee slit to see through, kinda cold this week. That and I seem to have one of those never-ending colds that don’t want to go away, no matter how much I ignore it. (I admit there are better cold remedies).

So between the two colds, all I wanted was something insanely delicious, hearty, satisfying, a big ol’ pot of warm me up from the inside. And then it happened, I made The Best Vegan Chili Ever!!!

See what I mean? Don’t you just want to bite that spoon!?

No really, this is serious stuff, friends. This isn’t the first pot of vegan chili that I’ve ever made. I’ve cooked up many of those three bean type chili recipes in the past, which are good, but they never feel particularly special to me. They were missing that oomph.

Today, the colds must have sparked some mad scientist creativity, because I decided to use a similar method to prepare tofu that I use in my Tofu Bolognese. The key is that the tofu is seasoned and then dried out in the oven. Then when you stir it into the sauce, it gets this gorgeously chewy, amazing, can’t-stop-eating texture. I used this same technique in this vegan chili recipe, and let me tell you, it was seriously the best idea ever.

This vegan chili is bursting with gorgeous spices, the double-bean action makes for a scrumptious heartiness, the rich simmered tomatoes, and that chewy, totally addictive tofu. I’m so deeply in love!

Just with all chili recipes, this vegan chili was delicious freshly made, but it was even better the next day. The tofu stays perfectly chewy and the flavours deepen and get even more flavourful.

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To make the best vegan chili ever: Add the olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent and just begins to brown. Add the tomatoes, beans, water, and all of the spices. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and continue to simmer for 1 hour. If the chili gets too thick, just splash in more water to reach desired consistency.

In the meantime, prepare the tofu crumbles. Mix nutritional yeast, soy sauce, and olive oil together in a large bowl. Open and drain the tofu (no need to press it), then break off chunks and crumble with your fingers into the bowl. Do this with all of the tofu until you have a large bowl of crumbles. Stir the tofu crumbles well making sure all of the tofu is evenly coated in the nutritional yeast mix.

Spread the tofu mixture evenly over the pan. Bake for about 45 mins, stopping to stir the tofu every now and then. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so that it doesn’t burn.

You want the tofu to be nice and browned. The smaller crumbles will be darker than the larger crumbles, and that’s ok because it will provide a variety of texture. Mmmmmm tofu crumbles. I can’t help but eat a few right from the pan, but I seriously have to control myself as I may eat them all!

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When the chili and tofu are both prepared, stir in the tofu crumbles and continue to cook the chili for another 5 minutes. This will allow the tofu to absorb the sauce and get gloriously chewy.

Serve hot with a dollop of vegan sour cream and a sprinkle of chives if desired. The best vegan chili ever!!! I’m so excited, I need to make another pot ASAP.

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Fast Track through Dr.Wayne Dyer’s The Power of INTENTION

Have you ever read a book and it’s called something like How to have The Best Sex of your Life?  And you really want to find out, How to have the best sex of your life.  And the author is just talking about the history of sex and ethics and religion and mores.  And you want to just get to the part about the sex.  But no you have to weed through all of that stuff until way back on page 250, they start to get down to the nitty gritty.wayne dyer quote

Well I read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, called The Power of INTENTION.  Now I will say that it was a very good book and I do recommend reading it in its entirety.  But if you want to read this blog instead, I will give you the highlights of how you can go about living a really abundant life and hopefully cut through a bunch of bull shit.

Now some of these concepts may be a little bit advanced, and that’s fine.  But it’s kind of like something to shoot for.  It’s like when you read the Olympic Athlete’s training schedule and then you say, Oh that’s how they are in such good shape.  So it’s kind of a way of taking your spiritual blood pressure and heart rate.  Just a little assessment about where you are and maybe where you might choose to be.

Step 1:  See the world as an abundant, providing, friendly place.  When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.  When you see the world as an abundant and friendly, your intentions are genuine possibilities.  They will in fact, become a certainty, because your world will be experienced from the higher frequencies.  In this first step, you’re receptive to a world that provides rather than restricts.  You’ll see a world that wants you to be successful and abundant, rather than one that conspires against you.

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Step 2:  Affirm: I attract success and abundance into my life because that is who I am.  This puts you into vibratory harmony with your Source.  Your goal is to eliminate any distance between what you desire and that from which you pull it into your life.  Abundance and success aren’t out there waiting to show up for you.  You are already it and the Source can only provide you with what it is and consequently what you are already.

Step 3: Stay in an attitude of allowing.  Resistance is disharmony between your desire for abundance and your beliefs about your ability or unworthiness.  Allowing means a perfect alignment.  An attitude of allowing means that you ignore efforts by others to dissuade you.  It also means that you don’t rely on your previous ego-oriented beliefs about abundance being a part of or not a part of your life.  In an attitude of allowing, all resistance in the form of thoughts of negativity or doubts are replaced with simply knowing that you and your Source are one and the same.  Picture the abundance you desire freely flowing directly to you.  Refuse to do anything or have any thought that compromised your alignment with Source.

Step 4:Use your present moments to activate thoughts that are in harmony with the seven faces of intention.  The key phrase here is present moments.  Notice right now, in this moment, if you’re thinking that it’s hopeless at this stage of your life to change the thoughts that comprise your belief system.  Do you defeat yourself with thoughts of having had such a long life practicing affirmations of scarcity and creating resistance to your success and abundance that you don’t have enough time left to counterbalance the thoughts that compromise your past belief system?

Make the choice to let go of that lifetime of beliefs, and begin activating thoughts right now that allow you to feel good.  Say I want to feel good whenever anyone tries to convince you that your desires are futile.  Say I want to feel good when you’re tempted to return to low-energy thoughts of disharmony with intention.  Eventually your present moments will activate thoughts that make you feel good and this is an indicator that you’re reconnecting to intention.  Wanting to feel good is synonymous with wanting to feel God.  Remember, “God is good, and all that God created was good.”

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Step 5: Initiate actions that support your feelings of abundance and success.  Here, the key word is actions.  I’ve been calling this acting as if or thinking from the end and acting that way.  Put your body into a gear that pushed you toward abundance and feeling successful.  Act on those passionate emotions as if the abundance and success you seek is already here.  Speak to strangers with passion in your voice.  Answer the telephone in an inspired way.  Do a job interview from the place of confidence and joy.  Read the books that mysteriously show up and pay close attention to conversations that seem to indicate you’re being called to something new.

Step 6: Remember that your prosperity and success will benefit others, and that no one lacks abundance because you’ve opted for it. Once again, the supply is unlimited.  The more you partake of the universal generosity, the more you’ll have to share with others.  In writing this book, wonderful abundance has flowed into my life in many ways.  But even more significantly book editors and graphic designers, the truck drivers who deliver the book, the auto workers who build the trucks, the farmers who feed the auto workers, the bookstore clerks… all receive abundance because I’ve followed my bliss and have written this book.

Step7: Monitor your emotions ad a guidance system for your connection to the universal mind of intention.  Strong emotions such as passion and bliss are indications that you’re connected to Spirit, or inspired, if you will. When you’re inspired, you activate dormant forces, and the abundance you seek in any form comes streaming into your life.  When you’re experiencing low-energy emotions of rage, anger, hatred, anxiety, despair and the like, that’s a blue that while your desires may be strong, they’ve completely out of sync with the field of intention.  Remind yourself in these moments that you want to feel good and see if you activate a thought that supports your feeling good.

Step 8: Become as generous to the world with your abundance as the field of intention is to you. Don’t stop the flow of abundant energy by hoarding or owning what you receive.  Keep it moving.  Use your prosperity in the service of others, and for causes greater than your ego.  The more you practice detachment the more you’ll stay in vibratory harmony with the all giving Source of everything.

Step 9: Devote the necessary time to meditate on the Spirit within as the source of your success and abundance.  There’s not substitute for the practice of meditation.  This is particularly relevant with abundance.  You must have an understanding that your consciousness of the presence is your supply.  By repeating the sound that is in the name of God as a mantra, you’re using a technique for manifesting as ancient as recorded history.  I am particularly drawn to the form of meditation I’ve mentioned previously, called Japa.  I know it works.

Step 10: Develop an attitude of gratitude for all that manifests in your life.  Be thankful and filled with awe and appreciation, even if what you desire hasn’t arrived yet.  Even the darkest days of your life are to be looked on with gratitude.  Everything coming from Source is on purpose.  Be thankful while empowering your reconnection to that from which you and everything else originated.

Well there you have it.  Wish you all the abundance and love in your life now and forever.

Love,

Val

Feel Good Hot Chocolate

Feel Good Hot Chocolate

Who’s ready for ultra-cozy vibes? (Hand raised!)

This easy hot chocolate recipe requires just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes to make.

While I have a more basic Vegan Hot Cocoa, I wanted to elevate it to include maca powder (where the feel-good vibes come in) and ensure it was naturally sweetened.

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It starts with making our own chocolate base with cocoa butter, cacao powder, and a little carob powder, which intensifies the chocolate flavor and adds a little natural sweetness.

Next comes coconut milk, maple syrup for a little added sweetness, cinnamon for warmth, sea salt to bring out the sweetness, and vanilla to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Then comes maca powder, which is an adaptogen rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc. It also helps boost mood, balance hormones, and support the thyroid. It tastes like something between caramel and honeycomb. In other words, I’m obsessed.

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Once everything is mixed and hot, it’s time to serve! Enjoy as is or elevate it even more with homemade coconut whipped cream and more cacao powder.

I hope you all LOVE this hot chocolate! It’s:

Rich
Creamy
Chocolaty
Warming
Naturally sweetened
Surprisingly healthy
& So tasty

This is the perfect hot cocoa for chilly evenings spent inside. You can even make it in advance and heat it up on the stovetop as needed.

If you’re into warming, cozy drinks, also be sure to check out our 5-Minute Vegan Golden Milk, Easy Vegan Chai Latte, Best Vegan Matcha Latte, Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic, and Apple Cider Rooibos Hot Toddy.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers!

Feel Good Hot Chocolate

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Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins

Insanely rich, delicious, refined-sugar-free vegan hot chocolate infused with real cocoa butter, cacao powder, and maca powder for serious feel-good vibes. Just 7 ingredients required!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
Serves: 2
Ingredients

HOT CHOCOLATE

3 Tbsp (40 g) chopped (food-grade) cocoa butter*
1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cacao (or cocoa) powder, sifted
optional: 1 Tbsp (6 g) carob powder, sifted (adds richer chocolate flavor)
2 1/2 cups (600 ml) canned light or homemade coconut milk, divided (or sub other milk // sub full-fat coconut milk will yield for creamier hot cocoa)
Dash ground cinnamon
1 tsp maca powder (adds honeycomb flavor, promotes hormone balance + energy)
Pinch sea salt
2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup (or sub stevia or coconut sugar, or blend the mixture with dates then strain)

FOR SERVING optional

Coconut Whipped Cream
Chopped dark chocolate / cacao powder

Instructions

Add 1 inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place a glass or ceramic bowl on top that rests inside the saucepan but doesn’t touch the water, and add cocoa butter, sifted cacao powder, sifted carob powder (optional), and 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk. Whisk occasionally to melt until well combined.
Carefully remove bowl from heat with a towel, and discard any remaining water in the saucepan.
Transfer melted chocolate mixture to the saucepan, add cinnamon, maca powder, sea salt, maple syrup, and remaining 2 cups (480 ml) coconut milk, and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat until just beginning to bubble.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, cinnamon for warmth/spice, maca for caramel flavor, or cacao powder (sifted) for more intense chocolate flavor. Additional cocoa butter will add more creaminess.
Serve between two mugs and enjoy as is or top with coconut whipped cream and chocolate or cacao powder.
Best when fresh, though hot chocolate keeps covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Reheat on the stovetop over medium heat until hot.

Notes
*In place of cocoa butter you could also sub naturally-sweetened vegan dark chocolate, such as Eating Evolved brand. Just scale back on sweetener elsewhere in the recipe to compensate. I used cocoa butter to keep this recipe naturally sweetened.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 servings without optional ingredients or toppings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/2 of recipe Calories: 315 Fat: 26.1 g Saturated fat: 15.9 g Carbohydrates: 26.1 g Sugar: 15.1 g Sodium: 150 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Protein: 2.9 g

 

 

Classic Fresh Salsa

Originally Published on TheSpruce.com on December 6, 2017 By Diana Rattray

Classic Fresh Salsa

If you’re looking for a fresh and flavorful salsa, this recipe is an excellent choice. The combination of diced tomatoes, peppers, and garlic make for a classic fresh salsa. Serve it with tacos, burritos, or as a party dip with tortilla roll-ups or tortilla chips. It is a very good condiment to serve alongside grilled or baked fish fillets, grilled chicken, steaks, and pork chops.

The salsa is made with fresh tomatoes and peppers, and it is seasoned perfectly with cilantro and lime juice. See the tips and variations for some add-in ideas and more.


How to Make It

01 Put chopped onion and garlic in a strainer; pour 2 cups boiling water over them then let drain thoroughly. Discard water. Cool.

02 Combine onions and garlic with chopped tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, and lime juice. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

03 Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to blend the flavors.
04 Serve as a dip or a condiment with Mexican style dishes. Can be refrigerated for up to 5 to 7 days.

*Use hot or mild chile peppers in the salsa. Jalapeno peppers, serrano, New Mexican, and Anaheim are good choices.

Tips and Variations

  •  Plum tomatoes are an excellent choice for salsa. They are firmer and have fewer seeds, and they’re easier to dice.
  • If you’re not a fan of cilantro, omit it or add fresh parsley.
  • For extra texture and color, add about a few tablespoons of drained and rinsed black beans and a few tablespoons of cooked corn kernels.
  • For something a little different, try this peach salsa or this tasty corn and pepper salsa.

 

 

Have a Plan if You are Freaking Out

awake guyHave you ever woke up in the morning with so much to do that you don’t even know where to get started.  Your thoughts include, “I  have to put away the dishes, and then take a shower, get ready for work and after work take my kid to the Dr. And that project is due and I have to work with that bitch I can’t stand.  I wonder if my boss really hates me?” You lie there thinking these thoughts over and over and meanwhile the clock is going tick tock tick tock and you’re not getting anything done.

And if it’s your day off then the to do list is just a little different but you’re still thinking about all the chores and what are you going to make for breakfast and it can begin to drive you a little nutty.

And sometimes the thoughts have to do with the thoughts.  “Why am I thinking this?  Is there something wrong with me?  Am I sick?  What does it mean when I feel pressure on my chest?”  On and on and on.

Well guess what?  These thoughts will not just go away by osmosis.  But what also won’t go away are all of the plans you have and things you want to do.  So what you have to do is have a plan when you wake up with all of thoughts that are somewhat paralyzing.
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You can just say yeah yeah to the thoughts.  And tell them what Scarlett O Hara said in Gone With the Wind,  “I’ll think about that tomorrow.”   The trick is that you have to have a plan.  You just have to get up and start your day.  Now if it’s 2:00 AM and you went to bed at midnight and you are waking up, you might not want to get up.  But if you went to bed at 10 and it’s 4:00 AM, well guess what, it’s time to start your day.  That’s right.  Get your ass up out of bed and make it.

When you wake up early and everyone else is asleep, this is the hour that God is calling you.  It is the time when everyone else is asleep and it’s quiet.  When you wake up early it is the perfect time for meditation and yoga.  It’s also in the rhythm with the natural circadian rhythm of our bodies.  Our bodies naturally want to wake up early.  They also want to go to sleep when it’s dark.

Because we have only had electricity within the last 100 plus years, our bodies have not really adjusted to it.  We’re still hard wired like our ancestors.  Which means we rise when the sun does and we go to sleep when the sun goes down.

So our bodies get out of sync and that’s when the anxiety starts up because our body is warning us that we are pushing ourselves too hard.  But you can turn it around.
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You have to treat yourself like you are a baby. Which is a perfect time to read an article on how to properly care for yourself here.

This is a super quick post.  But I am kind of just being really short with this post because to be honest, I can write quite a bit and it seems like people have short attention spans and just want the info really quick.  So I am just getting this out fast.

So do people like information really fast and direct or do they prefer lots of detail.  That’s the question.  Please feel free to let me know.  Because I really would love some input.  That’s me asking for help.  Because when you need help, PLEASE ASK!!!!!!!!!!

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and a  Health and Wellness Coach.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  Please contact her here.

 

Free Aromatherapy Training Contest

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I am having a contest for my YouTube subscribers. If you subscribe to my channel you will be entered into a drawing for a free aromatherapy course that is a $77 value. It’s all online. Topics include cooking with essential oils, internal use and do it yourself cleaning and hygiene products. Just go to the link above to subscribe. Thanks so much and good luck.

And just so you know the training by Dr.Z is not about a specific brand of products. So you won’t feel like it’s all sales “pitchy.” It’s educational so subscribe, good luck and comment if you subscribe because some people are on private for their subscriptions on YouTube so I cannot tell if you subscribed. Also if you know anyone that would love free essential oil training, please share this info with them. The drawing is Sunday.

Thanks and good luck!!

XOXO

Valerie

Calistoga Dream Fulfilled

Mango salad with apples, carrots, red onions and cashews. I will definitely make this again with more cabbage.

This bed was comfortable and it was at EuroSpa. They have some beautiful jewelry too which I do see Jewelry in my near future.

After a long day of sitting in mineral spas and my baths and massages you can be a real bath hog and get in this jacuzzi tub in my room. It was very nice.

Relaxed and ready to head back.

Reasons why Smoothies Are Awesome

blue-1326154__480One of the main reasons I love smoothies is that they are so easy to make.  You just put all of the awesome ingredients in the blender, turn it on and then you have an awesome drink within seconds.


In order to make a good smoothie, it’s important to make sure you have the proper equipment.  Personally, I feel the “>Vitamix is the best blender.  It is a little pricey but it has an awesome warranty and it just really blends things superbly.  I’ve had many other blenders and it’s frustrating when you end up with a watery drink and lots of unblended ingredients at the bottom (yuck) of the blender that didn’t get blended.  The Vitamix does not have that issue.  Plus you can make soup and so many other amazing things with them.

With smoothies you can put all of these highly nutritious ingredients that maybe you wouldn’t normally eat such as beets or kale and whip them up with almond milk and drink it and you get healthy food into you fast with minimal effort on your part.

The other thing I recently discovered is that I used to make a smoothie everyday.  Then one day I said to myself, “Self why don’t you make a double batch and then tomorrow you won’t have to make a smoothie?”  A huge light bulb went off and it literally saved a ton of time.  The next day all I had to do was go to the refrigerator and grab my smoothie, shake it up and drink.  It was like someone gave me some extra free time.  I now regularly make a double batch.  I’m all about making things easy.

Also with smoothies, you can eat them on the go.  On your way to work or after you get there, you can drink it at your desk and nobody is going to say, “Eat your breakfast on your own time?” or anything about why you’re eating at work because it looks like you are just drinking water.  So it’s really portable and highly digestible.

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The recipe for the attached smoothie for a double batch is the following:

  • 2 cups Almond Milk, coconut milk, flax milk (Or whatever kind of milk you want although I do not recommend cows milk but obviously use whatever kind you like)
  • 2 Cups Frozen Organic Blue Berries or Cherries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 4 Scoops “>Orgain Organic Protein chocolate (you can also mix up your own powders which I do in the video.)
  • Water (after you add all the ingredients, fill up until you get to 6 cups
  • (If you are feeling adventurous you can throw in a couple of handfuls of kale or spinach

It’s really easy now, turn the blender on and blend it until mixed up and pour into your favorite glass and enjoy

Now if you want to know what those powders are that I put in my smoothie in the video, here they are.  Note that this may not be palatable to everyone but the powders are highly nutritious.

It may take you a minute to get used to the taste but I guarantee it won’t take you long to get used to feeling alert and energized and clear-headed with good digestion.  Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on smoothies.

Valerie is a Yoga Instructor and  Health and Wellness Coach.  She recently retired from a 26 year career in law enforcement.  It’s her hope that people follow their dreams and passions and live a healthy lifestyle.  You can reach here at :estrella.valerie@yahoo.com.

PS:Please subscribe to my Youtube channel.  XOXO

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Get Healthy with Natural Toothpaste

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Changing habits can be very challenging.  Think it’s easy and just give up sugar or dairy.  Sounds easy until you start ordering off a menu at your favorite restaurant.  So now what’s the easiest way to get healthy that doesn’t involve anything that you eat or involve any physical activity.  It also doesn’t require that you meditate or journal or do anything differently.  It doesn’t have anything to do with a magic wand or praying.

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Being the bearer of bad news isn’t fun.  But here goes, many of the products that you have in your house are toxic and can be contributing to allergies, hormone disruption and maybe cancer.  Also they are bad for the environment as well.

These products include products you use everyday such as deodorant, toothpaste, lotions, candles, air fresheners, cleaning products.  Many of the products that are purchased can be made at home for a fraction of the cost and don’t have these toxic chemicals in them.toothpaste   (Do you know what the red and blue stuff is in toothpaste?  It’s not good)

It can be like cleaning out your closet  or junk drawer to get rid of these products.  Do yourself a big favor and look at the ingredients on your personal hygiene products.  Can you pronounce these ingredients?  Do you really need those ingredients?  Do you know what they are doing to your body?

So the easiest way to get healthy is to just get rid of those artificial fragrances from candles, air fresheners, perfumes and lotions.

Now that you are getting rid of them, what can you use instead.  How about starting with toothpaste? Here’s a recipe for toothpaste:

Natural Toothpaste Ingredients

Natural Toothpaste Instructions

  1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.
  2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.
  3. Put mixture into small glass jar
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. To use: dip toothbrush in and scrape small amount onto bristles.

Now you can always purchase toothpaste that doesn’t have toxic ingredients.  Some of my favorites are here.

So there you go, an easy way to get healthy.