Monthly Archives: January 2014

Save money…..AND the planet while you’re at it….

Are you concerned about the effects of toxic cleaning products in your home?  I was until I started using natural cleaning products, top among them is white vinegar!  White vinegar is a powerful anti fungal, germ killer, and also eliminates hard water stains and buildup.  I was so excited about this that when I first heard about it I ran out and bought a 5 gallon jug!

Here are some great uses for white vinegar:

1.  Shower cleanup.  Spray directly on mildew and mineral buildup, let stand for 15-20 minutes and rinse.

2. Toilet sparkler.  Add 1 cup baking soda to toilet.  Add 2 cups vinegar and watch the eruption!  When the bubbles die down scrub and rinse the bowl.

3 Grease cutter. Use directly on surfaces to cut grease and oil.

4. Floor n window cleaner.  Mix with water and spray on windows or mop up floors.

5. Remove fruit and vegetable stains from hands.

6. Laundry softener.  Pour 1/4 cup in dispenser for softer laundry.  Does NOT smell.

7. Neutralize Pet odors.  1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.  Spray on and leave on.

8. Clean that tea cup.  Remove coffee or tea stains from the bottom of your cup.  Pour in and let rest for 15 minutes.

9. Get salt stains off your boots.  Wipe boots with a soft cloth dipped in white vinegar.

10. Clean your dishwasher.  Once a month run an empty dishwasher on a full cycle with 1 cup of vinegar.

Have fun and experiment on various household cleaning chores.

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I love you banana……

Do you love dessert but hate the extra sugar and calories? Me too. I tried this wonderful low cal low sugar treat  and I highly recommend it. Try it you’ll love it! ( I hope)

Banana Walnut Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a blender or food processor combine:
1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
5 large or 6 medium ripe bananas

Pour contents into a graham cracker or Oreo cookie pie shell

Top with some extra chopped walnuts and bake for 1 hour then let cool for 2 hours

Optional: Top with unsweetened home made whipped cream

Delicious! the delicate sweetness comes from the bananas.

It’s a miracle!

God Bless you……..

Slightly over half of all Americans have allergies. For any of you that suffer from them you know they can be murder. The most common symptom is rhinitis which is nasal itching, congestion, runny nose and sneezing. This can be triggered from grasses, tree pollen, mold spores, dust and pet dander. Inflammation and the release of histamine accounts for the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies.

One great way to combat allergies is to eat foods that can help to combat inflammation. Omega 3 fats are great inflammation fighters and can be found in cold water fish such as salmon, and grass fed, free range meats. Wild salmon is better than farm raised of course.

Vegetables…eat plenty of fresh veggies that are high in fiber and non-starchy. Dark leafy salad greens, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.

Eat lots of fruits..also high fiber, non-starchy such as berries, kiwi, etc.

Food allergies and sensitives can aggravate seasonal allergies. The most common include dairy, wheat, corn and soy. Keep your eye on this intake of foods if your allergies get worse and see your physician to evaluate your particular allergic symptoms.

Ooops…I think I ate too much around the holiday…..

Did you know there are some natural remedies to help with stomach discomfort?  Yes it’s true.  If you suffer from occasional constipation, diarrhea, indigestion or heartburn there are some natural ways to combat these irritating symptoms.

Fiber such as psyllium relieves constipation by adding bulk.  When taking fiber make sure to drink plenty of liquids.  Senna is a traditional remedy found in some supplements and teas; sometimes in combination with other herbs that promote healthy digestion such as ginger.

Probiotics can help prevent virtually any type of diarrhea, whether caused by infection, contaminated food or water, antibiotics, or chronic gastrointestinal conditions.  If you suffer from lactose intolerance lactase enzymes can prevent diarrhea if taken before consuming dairy products.

Probiotics can also help to prevent indigestion, heartburn and gas/bloating.  In addition digestive enzymes taken before or with meals can increase your ability to to digest food.  Look for an enzyme supplement that contains a combination of enzymes.  For relief after you have already eaten try papaya enzyme (which can be especially effective if it also contains licorice).  These can promote better digestion.

As always consult your physician with any questions before taking any supplements.  Cheers to optimal tummy health!