Health & Wellness through Joy & Awareness


Turmeric ~ A Powerful Little Root!

Recently a wonderful little root by the name of Turmeric has grabbed my attention. Because I wanted to know more about it, I have done a bit of research on it’s possible Health benefits. What I have found is listed below:
Turmeric is an Antioxidant, it may help the body in the healing process for the following conditions:
• Inflammation
• Heart Health
• Alzheimer’s
• Natural Painkiller
• Skin Health
• Cancer

Primally Inspired’s link: http://www.primallyinspired.com/turmeric-tea-liver-detox/ has the most wonderful home made Turmeric Tea recipe that you must check out!

Ways that you can incorporate Turmeric into your diet:

• Can be grated and added to smoothies or Home made Juice
• Can be added to your Soups, stews or chili
• Sprinkle it on your veggies as you sauté
• Add it to your Casseroles
• Sprinkle it on your salads
• Mix with other spices and sprinkle on homemade Kale chips or any other veggie chip

There are so many creative ways to add this wonderful spice into your diet!!

Interactions – Be cautious with the following combined with Turmeric (Thank you Web MD):
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with turmeric.

Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Further interactions ~Thank you University of Maryland Medical Center for the following information:
Drugs that reduce stomach acid — Turmeric may interfere with the action of these drugs, increasing the production of stomach acid:
• Cimetidine (Tagamet)
• Famotidine (Pepcid)
• Ranitidine (Zantac)
• Esomeprazole (Nexium)
• Omeprazole
• Lansoprazole (Prevacid)

Drugs for diabetes (that lower blood sugar) — Turmeric may make the effects of these drugs stronger, increasing the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

What does Turmeric taste like??

In my opinion ground/powdered Turmeric is a bitter tasting spice. I would advise you to start with a very small amount and then continue to add more until it reaches your own personal taste!

The grated root has a less bitter taste. I would advise that you always start with a small amount of any new herb or spice…it is much easier to add more in then to take some out if you have added too much!!

How much to take?? Thank you Living Strong for the following information

I hope you will try Turmeric as a part of your healthy eating routine!!

Until next post Love, Health and Serenity…



Raw Cheesy Kale Chips ~ *WARNING* VERY Addicting!

Last week I visited my sister Theresa. She always makes the most wonderful treats, whether they are sweet or savory they are ALWAYS wonderful! She had made Cheesy Kale Chips, and let me tell you they are beyond amazing! She sent me on my way with many treasures, one being a baggie filled with chips to share with Rich. When I got home I asked him to try 1….he liked it and tried another…… I closed up the baggie and put it on the kitchen counter. The next day when I went to eat a few, I couldn’t find the baggie so I asked him if he knew where they went…he answered…”Yeah, I ate them.” I am very happy that he likes them because I’ll be switching them in for his regular Tater Chips 🙂 However, I am now craving more Yummy Cheesy Kale Chips!!

I am so excited that I will have my very own Excalibur Dehydrator in the next couple of weeks…I love tax time 🙂 My home will then be overflowing with all kinds of raw treats…both savory and sweet!

This recipe is brought to you by my sister Theresa Hinckley, of Theresa Rose’s Garden. Her Facebook Page is amazing and jam packed with all kinds of fun and interesting information, recipes and quotes. Please take a minute to stop by and visit her! If you find her page to be a Happy little space filled with wisdom love and grace, please press ‘Like’

Raw Cheesy Kale Chips

2 packages Kale
4 red peppers
2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 tbsp pink salt
juice of three limes or one big lemon
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tb soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 tsp tobasco smoked chipotle sauce

Rip the kale into pieces..while taking off the stem. I use a huge stainless steel bowl. Put the pepper in the bottom of the blender first with the lime or lemon juice, salt, soy sauce, chipotle and then the nuts and seeds and nutritional yeast. Blend on high until a nice smooth paste. Taste it and think about eating the whole thing straight…this is where I think OMG I could eat this like a soup, or a dip for veggies. Now pour it over the kale leaves in the big bowl and massage it in…this helps break up the fibers. Spread on dehydrator sheets…use teflex. Turn on to 110 degrees, usually for 24 hours. I start in the afternoon and then next morning turn the chips over..you have to taste them as they dry..chewy warm cheesy goodness. You will want to eat them all then too!

I hope you will put these on your list of things to try…not only are they good, but they are good for you!

*WARNING* Once you make these Cheesy Kale Chips…it’s all over….you will definitely become ADDICTED!!

Until next post Love, Health and Peace

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Bones, Bones ~ Healthy, Flexible, Strong Bones!!

In order to have strong and flexible bones we need Calcium, Collagen and Vitamin D to start. As we all know Calcium makes the bones strong, Vitamin D helps the bones to absorb the Calcium and of course the Collagen not only makes our skin young and pliable, it also makes our bones flexible. Listed below are some foods that will help with Collagen release in the body and vegetables that contain Calcium.
Although I believe in getting the majority of my vitamins and minerals from whole foods, Vitamin D rich foods are hard to come by and you would have to eat a truck load in order to get what you need. There are 2 different types of Vitamin D – D3 which is Vegetarian D and D2 which is an animal based D.

An average amount of Vitamin D may be 1,000 to 2,000 mg. a day. HOWEVER, it is BEST to check with your Health care provider to find out what would be the correct dosage of vitamin D for you to take. There are certain circumstances where your Health Provider may suggest a very high dose of vitamin D.

Collagen is a form of protein that has a lot of responsibility in the body. It helps maintain the strength and integrity of the skin, bones, cartilage, muscles, organs, connective tissue and teeth. As you age, collagen tends to decrease. This is especially seen in the skin as wrinkles start to appear. Although collagen is not directly found in foods, there are several foods that help promote its release in the system.

Antioxidants help to boost your immunity. These can be found in various fruits that also help promote collagen. Examples of these include beets, red peppers, blueberries, prunes, blackberries, cherries, raspberries and stewed tomatoes.
Omega Foods
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that the body cannot produce on its own. Foods that contain these fats can also promote collagen in the body. Examples of these foods are Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, flax seeds and cold water fish like salmon, halibut, herring and mackerel.
There are a number of vegetables that are low in calories, high in vitamin C and they help promote collagen. Examples of these include asparagus, kale, cabbage, collards and baby spinach.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, fiber and potassium. One other thing they can do is promote collagen. They can be eaten as they are, or you can also find them in the form of avocado oil.
Soy has a substance called “genistein” in it that can help promote the release of collagen in your body. Other than soy beans themselves, soy products can include miso, tempeh and tofu.
Meats are known for their high protein content, and some of them are also high in fat, like red meat. But they can also help promote collagen in the body. Examples are beef, chicken, turkey, pork and duck. Eggs and game meats like venison and bison can also help promote collagen.
Thank you Living Strong for this information:

Garlic is a good source of sulfur which is necessary to produce collagen in your body. Garlic also contains large amounts of lipoic acid and taurine, which are essential for rebuilding damaged collagen fibers. When cooking pasta, soup, meats and other dishes, be sure to add plenty of garlic.
You probably know that tomatoes contain a great amount of lycopene. What you don’t know is that lycopene helps fight collagenases. Collagenases are basically enzymes that destroy the collagen in your body. To make the most of tomatoes, it’s better to cook them than eat them raw. Stew or grill vegetables, or make your own tomato sauce for pasta.
Dark Green Vegetables
Leafy greens and other green vegetables are known for their high nutritional content. As if that wasn’t enough reason to consume them, dark green veggies have also been found to contain agents which help in collagen production. Some examples of the vegetables you can enjoy are spinach, asparagus and kale. Not only do they help in the production of collagen, but they also help your body use this protein more effectively.
Foods Rich in Omega-3
Omega-3 is a fatty acid which is considered to be a good fat. Unfortunately, a lot of people do not get enough Omega-3 with their diet. Instead, they end up consuming excessive amounts of bad fats. Omega-3 promotes smooth, supple and soft skin so you might want to consume it regularly. Omega-3 is found in most cold water fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel. If you don’t eat fish, you can sprinkle flax seeds in your meals instead or take supplements of flax seed oils.
Red Fruits and Vegetables
Aside from tomatoes, red fruits and vegetables are also considered good sources of lycopene. Beets and red peppers make tasty additions to your diet. Aside from lycopene, these red natural foods also contain plenty of antioxidants which promote collagen and battle other signs of aging.
Thank you 3 Fat Chicks:

Love, Health and Joy to you until the next time….

Water Kefir Grains/Crystals


Water Kefir 36 hours into the first Fermentation

Water Kefir 36 hours into the first Fermentation

I have found something new that I have just fallen in love with. A fermented beverage called Water Kefir…this is a probiotic drink that tastes great, is fizzy and super healthy. Water Kefir is an amazing drink that you can make at home very inexpensively, easily and in any flavor that you like! It only takes 24 to 48 hours to brew up your own “Magic Potion”!

I have made Lemon/Cayenne (Yumm!) Blackberry (Yumm!) Peach (Yumm) Peach/Blackberry (Yumm!) and Grapefruit (Yukkkkk!!!) all (except the grapefruit) were excellent. My future experiments will be Cantaloupe/cucumber among others. So far my favorite is the lemon/cayenne. My garden is filled with cucumbers and cantaloupe and that is why I will be experimenting with these flavors! I have learned through experience what works for me and what does not. If you like your water kefir to be very fizzy (Like soda), which I do, don’t add fruit to the first fermentation. I do add a dried, unsulphured fig. Here again it is your choice to add some dried fruit as long as it is organic and unsulphured. Making your own water kefir will save you a great deal of money AND you know exactly what is in it!

Your first fermentation is for 48 to 72 hours. I always do 48 hours but you may choose to go an extra day….more health benefits 🙂 What to do first:
Dissolve 4 tablespoons of organic cane sugar into 4 cups of spring water in a half gallon glass jar. Gently place 4 tablespoons of kefir grains into the dissolved sugar water. You can use either a coffee filter or a piece of cloth over the top with a rubberband so that none of the little critters (fruit flies etc.) can get into the mixture. Put the jar in a place where it will not be in direct sunlight. That is the first fermentation!

The second Fermentation is 12 to 24 hours. This is when I add the fruit and/or juice! I like to use the organic lemon juice vs. real lemons because for some reason when using real lemons the water kefir is not as fizzy! The lemon/cayenne is my favorite flavor. The added organic cayenne makes the water kefir not only Digestive System friendly but it also raises metabolism and is heart friendly besides. The lemon, of course, is a very gentle cleanser along with being a highly alkalizing fruit. For the second fermentation you strain the fermented beverage into screw top bottles and leave out on the counter (out of direct sunlight) for the 12 to 24 hours. **IMPORTANT** you must burp your bottles about every 8 to 12 hours. I found the screw top glass bottles to work great. If your water kefir has a lot of fizz when you open the bottle to allow the fizz to escape being able to tighten the screw top quickly can save you a big mess!

What I use and what I have found works for me for the 2nd Fermentation

The fruit is all your choice 🙂 along with any spice or herb you may be partial to…or that you may need for a healing affect.

2 – 15 oz screw top bottles or more when you have a bigger batch (I used the KeVita glass bottles that I had previously purchased)

1/2 dried unsulphured fig for each bottle (always use organic, unsulphured dried fruit) a pinch of cayenne (good for heart, metabolism and digestion) If you do not like spicy…leave it out! You can also use ginger root or any herb/spice that you like 🙂

I have a place in my closet with a “dresser” where I put my water Kefir for the first fermenting. The second fermenting is right next to the second batch of the first fermenting process.

What will you Need?

• *4 Tbs. Organic Kefir Grains
• *1/2 gallon Mason Jar (or glass jar of your choice!)
• *Organic Cane Sugar
• *A spot in your home that does not include Direct sunlight. (These little creatures actually like the dark)

Tools Required:
• Plastic strainer
• Plastic measuring spoons
• Plastic spoon
• Measuring cup
• 8-cup (1/2 gallon) Ball Mason jar
• 2 to 3 screw top glass bottles (I use the 15 oz from KeVita)

It’s very important that you NEVER use any metal utensils or tools when handling living cultures such as kefir grains. They don’t like metal and may be adversely affected if exposed to it.

Never use tap water because it may contain chemicals such as chlorine and/or fluoride. They will kill the grains. Make sure the dried fruit doesn’t have any sulfur dioxide added to it. Many conventional brands add this chemical to keep the dried fruit looking bright and fresh.

The ratio of 1-1-1 is what you need to follow. 1 Tbs. Sugar to 1 Tbs. Organic Kefir Grains to 1 cup spring water.

If you have any questions about your water Kefir, please email me at roxannecummins_wholebodyhealing@yahoo.com

I have found that the very best Organic Kefir Grains can be ordered from www.keysands.com

About the Keysands Family taken from their site:

“We use Organic Pure Cane Sugar to grow our grains, but they are no picky eaters and will gladly thrive on any sugar you give them. We mix our sugars up periodically to keep our grains happy and active. There are endless ways to flavor water kefir which provides fun for the whole family. These little guys will grow quickly so you can make much more at a time! To offer you peace of mind, we keep our home cleanly and safe by using organic, natural products. We never use harsh, toxic chemicals around our family or our grains.”

Love, Health and Joy to you until the next time….

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GF Bread



This recipe is amazing..instead of buying your gluten-free bread for over $5 a loaf you can make it. I say scratch is always better because you know exactly what is in it. I find tweaking recipes is one of my favorite things to do. This bread comes out light and airy. Kind of like Italian bread without the gluten. I wish I could say this recipe is mine but it is not. My sister Theresa sent it to me along with pictures of how it turned out…WOW…all I can say is AMAZING! And the amazing creator is Kim…I have put her Blog addy in at the bottom so that you can visit her and see all of the wonderful recipes she has to offer:)
Now for the awesome recipe:

Kim’s GF DF Whole Grain Bread ~ Simplified Version

1 1/3 cup water (heated*** – see note)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
3 lightly beaten eggs
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup teff flour – ivory or dark (May also use brown rice flour, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, millet)
1 cup sorghum flour (May also use 1 cup of millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth)
1 cup potato starch
1 slightly heaping T xanthan gum
2 1/4 tsp – 1 T dry active yeast (Start with smallest amount and if you didn’t get the rise you wanted try more next time)
2 T ground flax seeds

sesame seeds and flax seeds for top
From Kim:
The directions are the same as in my original recipe. I don’t always take the time to sift but you get a better blended loaf if you do. I also add a few more flax seeds and sesame seeds to the top of the batter after I pull the paddle out of the bread maker just to make it prettier although I didn’t do that in the loaf shown. I am also told that this bread can be done with egg re-placer if you are allergic to eggs. It can also be done completely rice free or not depending on what you want. The recipe is really flexible. Try this. Eat and be happy!
*** Most bread recipes tell you to heat your liquid to body temperature for the benefit of the yeast. If you do that you also have to make sure the rest of your ingredients are room temperature. I hear of other gf cooks waiting around for their eggs etc to come to room temp before baking. When I make this bread I do it in approximately 5 minutes, start to finish. So I heat my water until it’s really hot but not boiling (1.5 minutes in the microwave). I use eggs right out of the fridge combined with the rest of the wet ingredients and add the water. I have never had a problem with this method. By the time the yeast actually comes in contact with the liquids everything is the right temperature. The possibility of scrambling your eggs does exist though if your water is too hot.

My sister Theresa got this recipe from http://gfrealfood.com/2009/06/10/kims-gluten-free-dairy-free-whole-grain-bread/
Thank you Kim 🙂
Tweaking is the key. Add some garlic or onions or whatever spice you might be partial to..I just love curry 🙂
Until next time…
Love, Peace and Health!

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Bee Vitamins

I am inspired to write a little bit about B Vitamins today and the role that they play in good health. The Bee is a little play on words because once we do a little overview of all the great information out there, we’re going to look into Bee products and the results I have received using them.

The benefits of B vitamins are great:
Ease Stress
Treat anxiety and depression
Aid memory
Relieve PMS
Reduce heart-disease risk
Great for your skin and hair too

The 11 members of what’s known as the vitamin B complex are critical nutrients for all things mind-related: mood, memory, even migraines can benefit from the B’s. In the right amounts, the B’s can quell anxiety, lift depression, ease PMS for women, and boost your energy. And getting them couldn’t be easier.

The B vitamins are a chemically related family of nutrients that work as a team. Their mood-boosting and other health benefits (see chart below) result from intricate behind-the-scenes work in the body. Some B vitamins help cells burn fats and glucose for energy. Others help make neurotransmitters like serotonin. And some B’s assist with the production and repair of DNA.

Many of us don’t get enough B’s; according to the USDA, deficiencies in folic acid, B12, and B6 are especially common. Ensuring that your diet contains plenty of B-rich foods — dark-green vegetables, protein from animal sources, and whole grains — is critical. I love juicing peppers, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, pear and either lemon or grapefruit which is super yummy and loaded with vitamins. There is no energy used by the body to process green juices and not only do they make me feel fantastic but my skin glows!

If your stress level is high, your mood feels off-kilter, or if your diet is low in B’s, you’ll benefit from the higher amounts found in quality supplements. Personally, I am not big on taking a ton of supplements and like to get my balanced nutrition through food, however, when I do take them, I love whole food vitamins because your body uses them the same as food and they assimilate perfectly. Also I find that they don’t bother my stomach at all. Perhaps that is because you take them with meals for the best absorption. What ever the case, they work very well and you are getting your monies worth. Standard Process is the brand that my natural practitioner offers and I honestly felt the difference immediately.

When people think of specialty products for the body, most do not think of using bee products. However, this all natural supplement is becoming increasing popular in the form of dietary supplements, cremes and lotions. There are four components to the various products available: royal jelly, bee pollen, bee propolis and honey. How does the body benefit from the use of these products?

Royal jelly is a milky white substance that is used as the main food source for the queen bee. This complex compound allows the bee to be stronger and live longer than the other bees in the hive. Royal Jelly has a high vitamin B-12 content as well as proteins, amino acids and aspartic acid. A person may choose to use this specialty product as a supplement to dietary needs. Royal Jelly has been known to increase energy, strengthen the immune system, reduce stress and produce a healthy, youthful appearance to skin tone.

Bee pollen is another product most people do not consider when choosing a specialty product for their diets. Because pollen contains all amino acids used by the body and is high in protein, many scientists consider this one of nature’s most complete products. As with all other bee products, pollen is completely natural. Many athletes choose to take bee pollen as a dietary supplement due to its energizing benefits. Bee pollen is also known to reduce the effects of stress on the body.

Bee propolis is a waxy substance taken from the hives and trees near honey bees. The use of propolis dates back to ancient times. The product is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Bee propolis is used by many people to enhance their immune system. However, it is also used as a disinfectant due to the fact that bee propolis can effectively destroy harmful bacteria.

Most people think of honey as a favorite dessert topping and are unaware of the many healing qualities that the product has. Honey not only contains essential vitamins and minerals, but also has complex carbohydrates, fructose and glucose. In most countries, honey is renowned for its healing properties, energy conversion in the body and its effects on gastric problems. Honey also aids in warding off harmful bacteria and viruses by releasing hydrogen peroxide in the body.
Bees are some of the oldest forms of insects in the world. Through millions of years and changing times and climates, bees have remained unscathed. Because of this, specialty products such as royal jelly, bee propolis, bee pollen and honey are being used as dietary supplements.

I always use organic raw products where available and have been quite impressed with YS Organic Bee Farm’s Raw Honey, Bee Pollen Granules, and the YS Organic Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis and Ginsing. They have other products available as well but these are the ones that I have tried first hand. Of all the different brands of raw honey that I have tried, YS brand is absolutely the best and so delicious! The raw honey tastes like whipped honey and has the best flavor I have ever tasted. Every jar is consistent in texture and taste. The Royal Jelly combo is not quite as sweet as the honey with a what I think is a beer taste in the back ground. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you try it. They say to get the best absorption results from the Royal Jelly you should mix it with some honey. Isn’t that interesting! And tasty!

Every morning for breakfast I make two Ezekiel sesame toasts, drizzle on some extra virgin olive oil and almond butter and sprinkle on some Bee Pollen granules. I enjoy that after I take the dogs out for their morning potty break. They get cookies for being good and I sip on a delicious green juice and get a little Vitamin D from the beautiful sun while watching my gardens grow. It’s a great way to start the day! Seeing that I don’t each much sugar, I have to be careful with the Raw Honey and the Royal Jelly combo. They seem to give me quite a rush so when I do eat some I take a teaspoon of each on some Ezekiel bread with almond butter on it. If you put the almond butter on the bread first and then add the Raw Honey and Royal Jelly combo and swirl it around, it thickens everything up nicely. It seems to keep my energy level stable without causing an uncomfortable sugar rush and it’s very yummy too! Don’t forget to sprinkle on some Bee Pollen as well….ok all of this yummy talk is making me hungry! But isn’t it great that it’s hunger for healthy things? I think so!

In closing, I would like to add one more thing about the Bee Products, ok two! Please take into consideration any allergies to Bees or other stinging insects when consuming Bee products because they can very well cause the same allergic reaction as being stung by those who are sensitive. Please consult with your health care provider before using any Bee Products if you have any cause for concern. I care about you and want you happy and healthy! The second thing that I want to tell you is that my skin has become plumped and simply dewy, you know, more moisturized. The dark circles that I have had for years have vanished and the sunken area all around my eyes has filled out too! And in all honesty, in addition to adding Bee products to my daily routine, I have changed my diet to eliminate processed foods and I drink a lot of green vegetable juices, eat tons of veggies and low sugar fruit, organic and raw where I can manage and I am sure that this contributes to all of my newly found health benefits as well. I see a natural practitioner and go for acupuncture and sound wave therapy. I practice Kundalini Yoga, meditate and do Qi Gong for balance in my life. It’s working fantastic and I feel wonderful! Here’s to the same for you in your life!!

Sending love your way for a happy, healthy & prosperous day!!

Theresa Hinckley