I have a guest post over at my friend Kelley’s site The Darling Bakers. It’s all about 3 tips for beginning a regular meditation practice. I get asked all the time how I make time to meditate regularly so I’m sharing the tips that help me take the time for my mind body and soul. Click Here to read more.
If you have been trying to get healthy chances are you have heard of Maca and it’s amazing benefits. Maca seems to be a recent buzzword on the health scene. I had always heard of it, but didn’t try it until a few months ago and now it’s a staple in my house. This post will share with you the health benefits of Maca root and why it should be included in your health regimen and some easy ways to use it.
What Is Maca?
The Maca root originates from Peru and is a nutritionally dense superfood containing high amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and all the essential amino acids. Maca is high in B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc. It grows as a tuber, similar to a potato, and is ground up into powder and used as a superfood due to it’s micronutrient power.
Health Benefits Of Maca
- Increased Energy
- Boosts Immune System
- Balance Hormones
- Increase Fertility
- Boost Libido
- Improve Mood
- Regulate Metabolism
- Builds Healthy Muscle, Bones and Teeth.
Maca helps to nourish and stimulate the pituitary and hypothalamus glands of the body. These master glands regulate the thyroid, adrenals, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands. Maca works as an adaptogen, which means that this powerful superfood adapts to each body’s individual needs.
How To Use Maca
Maca powder can be found at most health food stores or can be purchased here.
- Add to smoothies or juices
- Add to herbal tea
- Try it in a soup or stew.
- Add to non-dairy milks
- Makes a great topping for non-microwave popcorn with coconut oil and pink Himalayan salt.
My husband and I have been using Maca for about 5 months now and have noticed a difference in our energy levels and I have been using it as a way to balance my hormones. On days when I am feeling lethargic I make myself a smoothie and feel great for the rest of the day. I have been recommending this superfood to friends and family who I know could benefits from its powers.
Have you tried Maca yet? Have you noticed any differences in your health and well-being? We would love for you to share your experience!
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It’s Monday and time for another another weekly meal plan. This week I am excited because I am trying two new things in the kitchen using old style food preparation like our ancestors did! I know, I know! I am a total food geek! So what am I so excited about?
- #1 I’m going to attempt a loaf of sourdough bread using my homemade sourdough starter and some old raw milk I need to get rid of (its a great alternative to buttermilk)
- #2 I’m going to begin brining a brisket from my rancher to make corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. Yep, it takes a little over a week to brine and I can’t wait!
I love cooking and love to plan my weekly menus ahead of time! Here is this weeks meal plan!
- Collard Green Wraps & Garlic Tamari Quinoa
- Whole Chicken, Gravy and Roasted Veggies
- Steak; Scalloped Potatoes, Kale Salad and Homemade Sourdough (wish me luck!)
- Chicken Enchiladas and Black Beans
- Chicken and White Bean Chili & Leftover Sourdough Bread
It’s hard not to hate alarm clocks. Those early morning beeps or loud music is a sign of intrusion, obligation and responsibility. Many people rely on alarm clocks as a way to start the day, usually relying on them as a way to wake up before their body would naturally. Could alarm clocks actually be doing more harm than good? This post will share information I found on how alarm clocks affect our health.
How Alarm Clocks Affect Sleep Patterns
The amount of sleep that each person requires can differ, but on average it is around 8 hours a night. Most people who extremely dependent on alarm clocks are those who don’t get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation causes us to not feel ready when the alarm clock goes off, consequently hitting the snooze button a number of times.
Have you ever noticed how you feel drowsy and disoriented when your alarm goes off? As we sleep our body goes through different sleep stages and each stage is equally important for the repair and rejuvenation of the body. When the alarm clock goes off it has no idea what stage of sleep the body is in and shocks the nervous system causing to awaken. The act of suddenly being jolted awake quickly increase our blood pressure and heart rate from its non-physical state and triggers our “flight or fight response” which increases adrenal levels. Incurring this type of wake-up call every day can add to overall stress levels.
Train Your Body to Ditch the Alarm Clock
If you are interested in ditching your alarm clock it is important to develop a natural sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will allow your body to grow accustomed to waking up when it is supposed to. While you are regulating your sleep schedule set an alarm later than you normally would. When your body is getting adequate sleep you will gain the ability to wake up on your own naturally. After a couple weeks of sticking to a routine you should be able to phase out the alarm clock completely. Another helpful tip is to position the bed where sunlight can act as a natural wake-up trigger. If you must continue to use an alarm clock try one with softer more relaxing options to wake up without stress. (Where to buy)
For those of you who have been following me you know I LOVE fermented foods! I am so excited to join my friend Kirsten from Cheerfully Imperfect and a big group for the 30-Day Fermented Foods Challenge starting on March 15th. I’m getting my ferments all ready and today I made some Fermented Salsa Verde. I couldn’t wait to share the recipe so here it is!
Fermented Salsa Verde
8-10 tomatillos- husks removed and quartered
1/2 white onion- chopped
Garlic-chopped (You can determine how much garlic you like, I used 5 cloves because I love garlic!)
Jalepeno pepper- seeded and chopped
Lime- zest and juice
Salt & Pepper
Warm up a large saucepan to medium and add some olive oil. Sautee up garlic and onions until onions are translucent. Add tomatillos and jalapeno. Season with salt & pepper and cumin. Add lime zest, lime juice and some water to thin out the sauce, and let sauce simmer for 20 minutes-1 hour. Season to taste. Once the sauce has cooked you can turn the stove off and let it cool. Once it gets to room temperature (very important so you don’t kill that lovely bacteria!) you can pour the sauce into a blender and add two tablespoons of whey. Blend up and the mixture and pour into a glass jar and cover with a paper towel, tea towel or even a coffee filter and secure with a rubber band. Let it sit on your counter for 2-3 days while it ferments. Once it is done you can put a lid on it and store it in your fridge. The fermented salsa verde will last for about 6 months, but I promise you it will be eaten before then! It is so good and a great addition for Mexican meals!
If you have been following my Moon Phase series I hope you enjoy it! If you need to get caught up you can check out the other posts here. This post will discuss how the Dark Moon phase affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The dark moon is the phase when there is no solar reflection and the lunar face is in darkness. It last for a couple days blending in with the new moon until the crescent begins to appear.
How the Dark Moon Affects Us Physicially, Mentally and Emotionally
The dark moon phase is considered the most powerful phase psychically. During this time it is common for the mind to turn inward and become contemplative. This phase usually brings with it feelings of inertia and strong inward focus. Although sleep is usually good during this phase there is still a sense of sluggishness and inactivity. During the dark moon phase it is advised to begin to clear the mind and spirit to be able to receive what is to come.
During the dark moon our body tends to be less active than the other phases and metabolism slows down. It is possible to feel heavy and retain water during this time. Since this phase tends to be the most anti-social it is common to bring with it communication misunderstanding and arguing. Feeling are usually sensitive and easily hurt so approach with caution.
The dark moon phase is a powerful time for organic soul searching. It is considered a time to find solitude, listen to ourselves and begin to think about new intentions to set to seed when the New Moon comes into orbit. This phase brings with it stillness to allow us a chance to tune into our inner voice. Each dark moon cycle brings with it a chance for renewal and brings with it the perfect fertile ground for New Moon intentions to be planted.
Did you know that walking around barefoot provides therapeutic benefits? It’s true! Research has shown that this concept known as Earthing helps to combat the negative effects of electromagnetic pollution. Read more to learn the health benefits of earthing and why you should be doing it!
Health Benefits of Earthing
- Reduce Stress
- Reduce Inflammation
- Boost Immune System
- Balance the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous System
- Improve Heart Rate
- Improve Sleep Patterns
How to Practice Earthing
The easiest way to begin earthing to ground yourself is to just simply go outside, take off your shoes and walk around in the dirt, grass, sand or even concrete for about 10-20 minutes. That’s it! So easy! This technique allows your body to absorb the natural energy from the earth. If you prefer to wear shoes when walking outside around there are also grounding sandals that are available (where to buy), but barefoot is best. Many people are unaware but the earth contains powerful antioxidants known as free electrons which transfer through the skin. These electrons help to electronically neutralize the body, protect against free radicals and helps to maintain a healthy balance.
My Earthing Experience
I try to go out and earth everyday if possible, and living in Southern California I get plenty of opportunities. I notice that spending a lot of time on the computer for work tends to disconnect me. I feel out of sorts, stressed and overwhelmed. Earthing allows me to disconnect electronically and reconnect with nature and myself. On days when I feel especially drained I swear I can actually feel the energy coming up through my feet and into my body. I know it sounds weird, but hey, it wouldn’t be the first time I was called a crazy hippy!
To learn more about earthing this book (where to buy) is a great source with lots of useful information.
Most people know that prenatal exercise is beneficial but how exactly does it impact pregnancy and labor? Click Here to read this weeks guest post over at Homemade Mommy to learn about the 5 reasons Prenatal exercise is so important!
It’s Monday again! I really can’t believe how fast the weeks are going by and that it is already the last week of February! Wow! But you know what they say, Time flies when you are having fun!
Here is what is on our menu for this week!
1. Turkey Tacos & Black Beans
2. Spaghetti, Arugala with pancetta and bread with grass fed butter.
3. Steak, Baked Red Potato and Salad
4. Pork Roast, Roasted Veggies
6. Beef Stew & bread with grass fed butter
Weekly Meal Plan Menu