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November is national diabetes month.

If you or someone in your family lives with diabetes, you know the challenges they face each and everyday. Thankfully you can live a rich and full life by making a few small changes. Many people with type II diabetes have been able to stop all symptoms entirely just by changing their diet.

I’ve seen it happen in my own family. Some are prone to Type II diabetes. This got me thinking and doing research.

One reason my family has this history of diabetes is because they are so extraordinary in the kitchen. They delight in enjoying rich fatty foods, scrumptious sauces, plenty of home-made white breads, and…. are in love with sugar.  (did I mention rich desserts?)

Because my diet today is healthy and nutrient rich, I know I do not have to worry about whether or not I am at risk. I am not.

The results from the last glucose blood test came back – “excellent”. “You didn’t even spike!” was the doctor’s shocked comment. “We won’t be doing that test for another ten years.” 

I chuckled because I knew I was good.

Then came the eye doctor’s report. If there is a history of diabetes in the family, one must keep an eye on one’s eyes. The doctor insisted I have the complete exam done twice, (she wasn’t satisfied with the results of the first) before she came back with this result.

“Well, things look good… in fact they are more than good. Your eyes are better than normal.”

Again I chuckled because I knew I was good.

What did I do?

I made several important lifestyle choices. I don’t smoke, don’t drink (I will have 1/2 a class of wine on special occasions). Love my one and only man.

For many years now I have avoided foods with sugar, I take my Moringa leaf powder and diatomaceous earth, (and a few other supplements) and follow Dr. Jonn Matsen’s “Eat with the Seasons” protocol.

Eating Alive II image

Dr. Matsen is a naturopath who runs the Northshore Naturopathic Clinic in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. His book Eating Alive II has been my road map and is worth every penny you spend on it.

Raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia are my sugar substitutes, and… get this… I even enjoy a small piece of dark chocolate ever so often.

I bake my own non-yeast breads and loaves, and make the most amazing desserts out of foods like quinoa, exotic flours and vegetables.

I love my Rooibos tea. 

 

I exercise regularly, and do the things I love… love (am passionate about) writing and painting.

I share my passions by teaching writing and painting, and one more… I love to make films… I lied… there’s still another… I love to read and publish books.

Carrie in library with the candlestick 1

(photo  Storyteller by candlelight – Carrie ©)

But… there is something more.

Something many people don’t consider in their health equation. Their spiritual life.

For me, my relationship with God is the most important element. I believe in a God that is personal, cares about me and certainly my health. I believe that God sent Jesus to this earth so many years ago to bridge that gap between God and man… to pay for their sin… in full, to bring them all good things and that includes health.

He did this for you and me ©

He did this for you & me – Carrie ©

I believe that if it’s good – it’s from God… if it’s not good… it’s not from God. That’s what the Bible says and I am simple enough to believe it.

It’s time to seek and find… to claim those treasures He has for us.  He did that for you and me. 

III John 2  speaks to me when it comes to my health. “I pray that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.” 

How does my soul prosper? In order for my soul to prosper I need peace. I need hope. I need joy. I need to be excited to wake up in the morning, ready to get on with whatever the day might bring. That means I need God. It’s only in my relationship with Him that I find that place of peace, have hope, know joy.

If you face the challenges of diabetes and are looking for answers to the health challenge, there are experts out there who can help you. 

For those of you who want some spiritual input into your lives… you’ll want to check out this pastor’s blog. He and his wife are two of the most  loving, beautiful, grace filled people I know. Cory’s  

got something to say.

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From the moment I first sipped Red Rooibos tea, I was hooked. On the lookout for a tea with interest, I had found one. Rich in taste, full of flavor, and loaded with antioxidants, this tea has a lot to offer.  That was several years ago.

While taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the 2012 West Coast Women’s Show, I made a point of paying a visit to Liz Bandelin’s Tega Tea booth. A welcome stop after spending the last few hours enjoying the endless displays of just about everything a woman could want – jewels, clothing, cosmetics, skincare, food, drink, entertainment and adult beverages.

The world slowed down as I enjoyed the tea tasting, along with a little flavorful chat. I treasured the moment.

I was pleased to see new additions to Liz’s already rich combinations and varieties – Chocolate Mint, Chai, Orange Spice, Lemon Hibiscus, Wild Berry and Green Rooibos teas to name a few. Based on my tasting, I decided to purchase the Winter Berry Blend and the Tropical Sunrise. I was already looking forward to a cup before retiring later that evening.

Tega Teas are the #1 ranked fair trade teas in Canada.  To learn why and to learn more about Rooibos and its many health benefits, go to    http://www.nu-tea.com

My next stop of interest –

Epic Cosmetics and their Clear 60 Minute Skin Care line.

We “mature” women are always on the look out for that special something – the miracle in a bottle that will fix it all. Well, maybe not all, but if it erased even a few years of lines and wrinkles (oh, it almost hurts to say that word) we are all over it.

Now, having said that, this “miracle in a bottle” must pass several very stringent tests. Having educated ourselves in the fine art of healthy living, we “mature” women, have become very discerning.

Not only does this miracle in a bottle have to be effective, it must be natural and toxin-free. No more sacrificing inner body health for outer body beauty. Those days are long gone.

Mladen and Tanya, a local scientist and his beautiful wife, work tirelessly to bring us this “miracle in a bottle”. Clear Skin Care is 100% natural, safe and toxin free, highly effective and loaded with anti-oxidants. Clear Skin Care is making its mark and flying off the shelves of local stores.

Did I mention it is effective? You see, I discovered this skin rejuvenating serum a year ago.

I haven’t even touched on the skin clearing capability this remarkable product has. Chronic problems like psoriasis, eczema, hives and various unknown skin conditions are erased or eliminated within hours or days.

Here’s a little secret. It’s not just for woman, nor is it just for the “mature” woman. Check out their website at  http://www.epic-cosmetics.com/

The treasures one can find at the West Coast Women’s Show are endless. If you missed this year’s show, be sure to make it a priority next year.

What do Tega Tea and Clear 60 Minute Skin Care have in common?

Me for one.

 

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Moringa Oleifera -one of nature’s most nutritious foods

contains over 90 nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatories and 46 antioxidants.

A few months ago while doing research, I came across information about a tree called Moringa Oleifera.

I was intrigued by the many benefits associated with this tree.  The leaf and its uses in particular, is what got my attention.

Here is a list of some of the possible BENEFITS of the Moringa Leaf Powder: (dried and ground Moringa leaf)

  • Boosts the natural defenses of the body
  • Nourishes the brain and eyes
  • Helps regulate a healthy metabolism
  • Promotes healthy cell structure
  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
  • Supports healthy function of the liver and the kidneys
  • Beautifies the skin
  • Acts as a natural antbiotic
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Aids in proper digestion
  • Contains powerful atioxidants that reduce the risk of tumors and the effects of aging
  • Possesses strong ant-inflammatory properties
  • Promotes a healthy circulatory system
  • Supports the normal sugar levels
  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Eeffective against nervous system disorders including normal and migraine headaches
  • Gives a feeling of general wellness

I’ve been using 2 tsp. per day for the past 5 months and I have shared this product with other people.

Here is some feedback about its effectiveness:

  1. Blood sugar level is much more stable throughout the day.
  2. Inflammation from a serious accident is subsiding significantly after 1 week of 1 tsp. 3x per day. Acupuncturist commented on client’s significant improvement over the one week period. Swelling and inflammation had receded.
  3. Sleeping better and if awakened, go back to sleep quickly. Previously person would often have many sleepless hours once awakened. 
  4. Do not wake up having to move because of hip pain
  5. Increased energy.
  6. Am losing weight and loving it.
  7. Restless Leg Syndrome is now a rare occurrence since taking Moringa Leaf  Powder, and when it does act up it is much less severe.
  8. Leg cramps at night are pretty much gone.
  9. Nervous system is much calmer day and night.
  10. Hip pain from rock climbing has subsided significantly.
  11. Muscles recover faster after exercising.

Click here to learn more about, or to purchase

 Moringa Leaf Powder 

One day while working in the garden, one of my fellow gardeners whose home is in Nigeria, started talking to me about Moringa.

I had just started using Moringa Leaf Powder and had never had anybody talk to me about it before.

This is his story.

Background:

He and his wife live in Nigeria. He came to Canada to earn his engineering degree.

His Story:

In their little home in Nigeria he and his wife have a garden. In the garden they have a Moringa Tree. They regularly harvest and dry the leaves and always have a ready supply for daily use.

Since his stay in Canada would be lengthy, he took enough Moringa Leaf powder with him to last him for many months.

I listened as he told me about all the wonderful benefits of the Moringa Leaf powder and how they would never want to be without it.

He mentioned that in their country it is used to help regulate blood sugar in diabetics.

In Africa, if someone has a Moringa Tree, they are looked upon as “blessed”.  He says, “Here (Africa)  it is known as “The Miracle Tree”.

A LITTLE BIT OF  MORINGA HISTORY

Moringa is called “Nebedaye”, which means “never die” In many African languages. The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb.

The Moringa tree spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. From India It also spread westward to Egypt, the Horn of Africa, around the Mediterranean, and finally to West Indies in America.

Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the ravages of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans.

On the Island of Jamaica in 1817, a petition concerning Moringa oil was presented to the Jamaican House of Assembly. It described the oil as being useful for salads and culinary purposes, and being equal to the best Florence oil as an illuminant – giving clear light without smoke.

OTHER NAMES FOR MORINGA

Horseradish Tree, Drumstick Tree, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay Malungay, Malunggay, Mother’s Best Friend, Miracle Tree

Moringa Leaf Powder

Disclaimer: All material is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being

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Chemical air fresheners… What do you mean they are “Not Just a Nice Smell”?

To those of you who enjoy your smelly “Chemical-Cocktail Air Fresheners”, you may not want to read any further.

If you do, I warn you, those air fresheners may never smell the same to you again.

While reading the latest, February 2012 Vista magazine I came across an article written by Michael Bloch – “Chemical Air Fresheners and Your Home.”  (Michael’s website is greenlivingtips.com )

Getting right to the point – Bloch says that the air freshener industry uses up to 3000 synthetic chemical ingredients. Some of them include the following nasty toxins:

  • Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
  • Phenol, a skin and nervous system irritant
  • Petroleum distillates such as butane and propane
  • Methlformamide, linked to organ system toxicity, cancer and developmental or reproductive toxicity.
  • Butanoic acid, linked to neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity.
  • Nitro – and polycyclic musks, linked to cancer and hormone disruption… and the list goes on.

What about those convenient air fresheners that spray automatically every few minutes?

Michael Bloch says these harmful products should be pulled from the market for many reasons.

Apparently, one can build up a tolerance to the smell so that one needs a stronger and stronger scent to get the desired result. That is not good.

So… what can you do?

You can start by reading the labels. Just because it says “natural scent” doesn’t mean other harmful ingredients aren’t included.

Check the ingredients list. 

The Environmental Working Group  has an online data base, Skin Deep, where you can find out the potential effects of most chemicals.

So, you ask, how do I freshen my home without my favorite chemical air freshener?

One alternative is to use essential oils diluted in water – use in a spray bottle. Mist the air for a fresh, safe and truly natural aroma.

Smell the citrus

Lemon and orange are some of my favorite aromas.

Lavender is another.

You can also use vanilla extract as a natural deodorizer. Place a few drops in small containers here and there in your home.

Natural, safe and non-toxic – why settle for less? Your health is worth it.

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(Beware – this information could change your exercise regime as you know it!)

Answer:    Sore Muscles

Simply put, Exercise makes them; Black Cherries get rid of them.


Give me your best shot - Lactic A

© Give me your best shot - Lactic Acid

When you exercise, your muscles will inevitably become sore.

Black Cherries, used as a remedy for sore muscles and  inflammation,  are an age-old remedy.

I’m discovering that Grandma’s remedies are proving to be more than just folklore.

Some years ago a grandmotherly friend of mine put me onto Black Cherries when I complained to her about sore muscles after exercising.

It worked then and works for me today!

Black Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins (anthocyanins are found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables)

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Diets rich in Cherries:

• help the body get rid inflammation and sore muscles

• help with cholesterol health

• help with weight management

• are good for the heart

During my research, I discovered that February is both American Heart Month and National Cherry Month – that should say something about this Super Fruit.

In the months of the year when Black Cherries are unavailable, the best source is Black Cherry Concentrate. (can be found in your local health store)


Ways to enjoy the benefits of Black Cherries:

• On a cold winter day, I add 1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate to a cup of herbal tea.

• On hot summer days, I mix  1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate with water, add a tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes.

• Or I might just sit out in the sun and help myself to a bowl of them sweet cherries.

So, no more excuses. If sore muscles are holding you back from exercising, give this simple, 100% natural Super Fruit a try. It just might work for you too.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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Got SUN anybody?

My Office - space available  for rent

My Office - space available for rent - © Carrie

Right about this time of year, pretty much everyone I know is longing for the sun. Some of you are blessed enough to be able to escape to warm and tropical climes.

I’m certain you won’t be reading this.

This is for those of us who have to endure the long dreary winter months of rain and gray skies.

What did my research tell me?

Vitamin D is the SUNSHINE Vitamin

With the aid of sunlight, vitamin D is made from cholesterol in the skin, liver and kidneys.

* Studies are showing that Vitamin D deficiency may be a possible cause for SAD, or may be  associated with feeling tired and depressed.

* Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D often  increases one’s sense of well-being, and  sleep patterns improve.

* Studies also show an association between adequate Vitamin D and weight loss. It is proving to be helpful in the battle of the bulge.

“Excess body fat absorbs and holds onto vitamin D, making it unavailable to the body. The absence of vitamin D creates interference with the functioning of a hormone called leptin, which signals to the brain that you are full and should stop eating. In addition, overweight people tend to spend more time indoors. This also deprives them from further D as the ultraviolet rays of the sun spur the production of D.”

http://www.brighamandwomens.or/healtheweightforwomen

(I’ve been told that most people put on a few lbs. during the winter months. I thought it was nature’s way of keeping you warm!)

* Vitamin D is an anti-inflammatory hormone

* Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption

During winter months my Naturopath recommends 2000 IU or more per day, depending on individual needs. (Always check with your health practitioner before starting on a new health regimen). He told me that  on any given day spent in the sunshine, one can take in up to 20,000 IU!

This winter, the blues remain with the weather.  I personally am in good spirits – yes, I still long for the sun, but I’m not obsessed about it.

Quote:

“As a clinical regimen, I recommend taking 1000 to 3000 IUs daily Monday through Fridays and taking a “hormone holiday” each week on Saturday and Sunday.” – Diana Schwarzbein – www.Life-With-Confidence.com

Here you will find one of the best articles, in my opinion,  on Vitamin D written by Catherine Pratt

The article is called Benefit of Vitamin D

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)

Why do dogs eat grass?

Why do dogs eat grass? © Carrie

MSM is part of the Amino Acid Chain and is necessary to produce the correct enzymes the body needs to maintain health.


MSM is a natural form of organic sulfur found in all living organisms.

It is found in our body fluids and tissues.

Fresh raw foods, including such as vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, a fresh blade of grass, all contain MSM.

When we process our foods with heat or drying, most of the MSM that is vital to our well being is lost. Food begins to lose the MSM after it is harvested.

MSM…. what is it good for?

1.     helps our bodies utilize the vitamins that we take

2.     helps the body detoxify

3.     is good for circulation

4.     helps the body get rid of inflammation

5.     is a free radical scavenger

6.     helps to relieve allergies

7.     controls acidity in the stomach, and coats the intestinal tract making it difficult for parasites to make their home there. (take note dog owners)

8.     is significant in the maintenance of connective tissue

Some people find it very helpful. Others don’t.  If you have allergies to Sulfur drugs – check with your Dr., Naturopath or Compounding Pharmacist first. You still may be able to take this as MSM is the nutritional form of Sulpher. Foods like egg yolks, wheat germ, fish, freshly picked broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables are some of the foods rich in MSM.

My Compounding Pharmacist tells me that MSM is no more toxic than water. I use it for inflammation and it does make a difference for me. I also take Vitamin C – my research pointed to the fact that Vit. C increased the benefits. As for amounts, I go by the dosage suggested by my Compounding Pharmacist.

If you want more information check out this site. I found it helpful.

http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/glucosamine/MSM.html

My personal conclusion: Surely MSM is the answer to the question every dog owner asks, “Why do dogs eat grass?”

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