Best Smoothie Making Tips

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smoothieTop Tips For Making A Delicious Smoothie  (Island Smoothie Recipe Below)

Now that the season of overeating all those tasty, but typically not-so-healthy treats is over, it’s time to re-energize our body with tasty and healthy treats….a yummy, energy and nutrient dense smoothie.

How to create a truly delicious smoothie:

1.  Throwing a bit of this and some of that into a blender may make a smoothie, but taste is really important, so make sure that to every cup of greens you’re going to use, add 1 ½ cups of fruit.

Greens to choose from: Spinach, Kale, Collards, Romaine (use 1 cup (tightly packed) greens for each serving)

Liquids to choose from: Water, Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk (use 1 cup of liquid for each serving)

Fruits to choose from: Berries, Mangos, Bananas, Peaches, Pears, Apples, Avocados, Grapes, Pineapple (use 1 ½ cups of fruit for each serving)

Additions (optional, and to taste): Spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg), Protein Powder, Nut Butter  Continue reading

2.  The order in which you blend things will determine whether you end up with something lumpy-bumpy or smooth and yummy. Follow these steps and you’ll be a smoothie-master in no time:

  • Step 1: Blend Greens with Liquid until smooth
  • Step 2: Add Fruit & optional Additions, and blend again til smooth

Note: Some of the Fruit or Greens can be frozen to make a chilled smoothie. (No need to defrost them…just toss into your blender straight from the freezer following the Steps above)

Also, using frozen fruit instead of ice will enhance the thickness and pleasant mouth-feel of the finished smoothie, not to mention better taste.

3.  Instead of using sweeteners, try using sweet fruits, such as bananas, dates (pitted), figs or mango to kick up the sweet factor in your smoothie.

4.  If you’re really pressed for time in the mornings, make your smoothies the night before and store, with a well-fitting cover, in the fridge. In the morning, pour your smoothie into your travel mug, and you’re on your way!

Island Smoothie Recipe (one of my fave’s!):

Serves 1

  • 1 cup fresh Spinach leaves
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • ½ cup Mango chunks
  • ½ cup Pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • pinch of cinnamon

Blend following the Steps above.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?  Post in the comments, and Thanks for reading.

 

 

Scrumptious Gluten Free Coconut-Vanilla Cupcakes

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vancupI had a hankering for something sweet, but not chocolate.  I know, right?  I must have lost my mind…no chocolate?!  Banish the thought!  But there I was, in the middle of my kitchen, my tastebuds fully in control of my brain – desiring something a bit sweet, definitely fluffy (which ruled out cookies or brownies), and it had to be light (not dark, gooey, and decadent as per usual).

Cupcakes…Vanilla Cupcakes…fluffy little sweet pillows from heaven.  Then I was looking through my recipes (yes, I still keep recipes from days long gone – just in case.  In case of what I don’t know.  The internet blows up?  Who knows.)

I stumbled upon an old recipe my sweet grandma used to use when I was a wee widdle one.  Of course it called for regular flour and cows milk – both easily “fixable”.  And lots of sugar – another pretty easy fix (reduce, reduce, reduce).

Voila! My tastebuds were dancing with anticipation as if the lottery numbers were being read, and each was a match to the ticket I held in my hand.

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These are delicious, moist, well-crumbed cupcakes, that fluff up like magic for any type of frosting delicacy that you’d like.  (I didn’t frost mine tonight – I know, right?  Shame on me!)  But they’re so delicious, that if you want something sweet, but not cra-cra over the top sweet, they’ll fit the bill perfectly.  If you want them really sweet, add more sugar to the batter, or frost them to your heart’s delight (and you can even fill them!)

Makes 10-12, depending on how much batter you pour into each cupcake liner.

 

Prep:

  • Melt the butter and let it come back to room  temperature.
  • Get eggs out to come to room temperature.
  • Measure Coconut Milk and let come to room temperature.
  • Line cupcake pan with liners.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or if you prefer, preheat oven to 325 and cook the cupcakes a bit longer than called for here)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour (I recommend using a mix that already has the Xanthum Gum added to it)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt (reduce this if you’re using salted butter)
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), preferably unsalted, melted and at room temp
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (you can use white sugar instead, or you can use more sugar if you’d like the cupcakes to be sweeter.  You can use alternative sweeteners, if you prefer – though check conversion  measurements)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten and at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure Vanilla Extract (use gf if you have gluten sensitivities)
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Milk at room temperature

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together gf flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix butter with sugar until well combined, about 1 minute.
  3. With the mixer running, add the beaten eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla, mixing 30 seconds after each addition.
  4. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Then add half the milk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk. Mix until just combined and smooth (don’t overmix), scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed. The batter should be thin.
  5. Pour batter into the lined cupcake pan. Fill each to about ½ full.
  6. Bake for 12 -14 minutes at 350°F, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took just under 14 minutes)
  7. Remove from oven, let them cool in the pan for a couple minutes, then remove them to a cooling rack.
  8. They’re done and ready to dive into unless you want to frost them.  Let them cool to room temp before frosting so your frosting doesn’t run down the sides.

 

What frosting would you choose for these?  Leave your comments below, and thanks for reading!

 

 

My Sweet Friend

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SukiMy Sweet Friend

Although what we’ve shared, and from where we’ve come, only you and I know.

You’ve touched so many, with your warm, smiling, and ever-glowing Soul.

Your sweet, playful Being you shared so deeply with me,

Your hopes, your joys, your love unconditionally.

When I was away, you would sit and patiently wait,

For me to return, so we could once again play.

Throughout our travels and adventures together,

You bounced and bounded along, light as a feather.

Your entrance to this life was by no means easy,

Though I’ll always smile

Watching you become trusting and carefree.

A wag of your tail, your chir of contentment,

Surely this is what is meant by everlasting Heaven.

My Companion, my Healer, and Beloved Meeter-Greeter,

Our caring and love for one another couldn’t be deeper.

You were such a big and wonderfully happy part of my life.

Though it took me a long time to realize

That for you, I was your entire life.

The oceans, the breezes, us floating on the waters

It seemed always and forever, that you and I’d be together,

Now you’re on to your next adventure.

May you be eternally Joyful.

And may we Be together again,

My Sweet Friend

(Suki:  June 02, 1999 – November 26, 2014)

 

 

 

 

 

Suki – The Final Update

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Suki and SandySuki passed away ​November 26th​.  He went peacefully with me by his side. Thank you all for your love and prayers for us both. My heart is full with happiness for the amazing adventures Suki and I shared. He is now at peace, chasing the big dogs around the beaches in heaven.

The photo above is of Suki and I at one of our favorite beaches in the Caribbean, swimming and having tons of fun.  His little tail would go round and round like a propeller, his legs going a mile a minute, and his cute little snout sticking up like a periscope.  Pure Joy.

Apple Pie Spice Mix Recipe

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Make This Yourself

Easy to make and you can use this in coffee, on coffee cakes, add to your basic muffin mix…oh, and let’s not forget, Apple Pie!

 

 

Apple Pie Spice Mix

  • 1/2 c. ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbps. ground Allspice
  • 4 tsp. ground Nutmeg (if using fresh, cut this down a bit, so it doesn’t overpower the other spices)
  • 4 tsp. ground dried Ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground Cardamom (optional, though I like the extra depth of flavor it gives)

 

Mix all the above together well, and store in an airtight container.

Do you use this mix for something special?  Leave and comment, and thanks for reading!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

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Make This Yourself

Make This Yourself

This is so easy to make, and is very versatile to use as well.  Besides using in making pumpkin pies (yum), you can use this recipe for scrumptious pumpkin latte’s, great tasting pumpkin bread, luscious pumpkin ice cream…you name it!

Do you have a special way of using this spice mix?  Leave a comment and thanks for reading!

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Allspice
  • 2 Tbps. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground dried Ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground Nutmeg

 

Mix all the above together, and store in an airtight container.

The recipe can be doubled or tripled.

Vitamin D – Are You D-ficient?

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Important Things To Know About Vitamin D:

Vitamin D and You

What Vitamin D is:

  • It’s not really even a vitamin – it’s a hormone in the end.
  • Mammals (such as us) make it in our body from sun
  • Vitamin D is vital for the health of every body.
  • light exposure.
  • Northerners even developed fair skin with less melanin, which maximized their ability to produce vitamin D from less sunlight than those living closer to the equator.

What Vitamin D Does:

  • It regulates the levels of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream.
  • It promotes strong, healthy bones.
  • It plays a HUGE role in the body’s immune system response for defense against infections, bacteria, and other nasties.
  • It reduces systemic, chronic inflammation.
    It plays a potential role in decreasing the risk of various types of cancers.
  • It has been shown to reduce osteoporosis.
  • It plays important roles in making sure your heart, brain, lungs, immune system, muscles, organs – and pretty much everything in your body – works well.
  • A lack of Vitamin D has been shown to be linked to a number of health issues, including: heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, gout, chronic fatigue, Parkinson’s, poor dental health, Alzheimer’s, dementia, schizophrenia, fibromyalgia, MS, asthma, hypertension, glucose intolerance.

Where Does Vitamin D Come From:

  • Sunlight is what provides our body with Vitamin D.
  • If you don’t get enough daily sunlight exposure, then supplementation would be an alternative.
  • Foods alone provide very small amounts, usually not nearly enough Vitamin D for a healthy body.

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Suki Update

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Suki2Suki turned 15 years old!

People are asking more often about Suki…”how is he?”  “he looks great for his age” “does he sleep alot these days?”

Not that folks weren’t interested in Suki pre-15th birthday mind you.  Some days you’d think he was a rock-star, especially if he wasn’t with me at the time.  Lots of inquiries.  “is he ok?”  “did something happen?”  “oh, thank goodness that he’s ok”, “he’s just home?”, “sleeping?”, “how old is he again?”  Clients, neighbors, friends, you name it, all cheering him on.  Suki has a very special place in the hearts of those who know him, as do all the 4-legged little angels that share our lives.

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He just got groomed this morning, and he’s looking super-spiffy.  Those big brown eyes are now clear of the bangs that were partially blocking his “view”.  And if his eyes could see better, he’d be seeing the whole world today.Suki loves it when he gets all trimmed and primped.  He’s proud as a peacock walking around, with a big smile on his face…patiently waiting for his requisite treat, while I schedule his next appointment with the groomer.

Make that 2 treats…and if he keeps milling around?  Yeah, 3 treats…I’m a sucker for a cutie pie (inside joke for those who’ve known me for years).

He’s sleeping now.  It’s lunch time and until the scents of food reach his nostrils, he’s out like a light.  But even at 15 years old, when he smells food, there’s no arthritis in his leg, or weak heart, keeping him from getting up to check things out (not to mention supervise every move I make in the kitchen, as if he’s Mr. Miagi teaching Emeril Jr. or something to “wax on, wax off”)

Chicken – check.  Broccoli – check.  Kale (yes, Kale) – check.  Green beans – yummy – check check!  Suki has always had quite the fondness for eating real food.  (And, no, he’s not a bit spoiled, either!)   😉

I think Suki has had maybe 2 cans of dogfood…in his entire life.  (Yeah, before you get in line to come back as my dog, just know that I have position #1 on that, lol!)

Two home cooked meals every day for 15 years.  Some have said that Suki eats better than I do…and I’d have to certainly agree, especially some days, when my tastes go toward foods that are, let’s say, less than ideal for good human health.

His energy levels have been slowly declining, with his major energy burst these days being in the morning.  The typical morning is: wake up, find out where mom is…uh oh, she moved…find where she is now.  Wait for the leash.  Yey, it’s walk time!!!!  (He may even do a hop-skip-jump to celebrate).

Ok, out the door we go.  Pee on something…pee on next thing….pee A LOT on that thing.  Sniff…and sometimes sniff for minutes at a time (what the heck could be so dang interesting to sniff for that long?!).  That was a rhetorical question, btw.

Do his business.  Kick a bunch of sand everywhere. (Sometimes more sand lands on my feet than on his business, if I’m not paying close enough attention that early in the morning.)   Have I mentioned that it’s early and I’ve not yet had my coffee…..?

And the further into our (short) walk, the slower he goes, even in the mornings.  His precious heart just can’t handle more than limited stimulation these days, not to mention Suki wanting to savor every last sniff and pee along the way.

Back to the house (finally!!) and then a treat.  How do I know this?  Because he waits patiently until I remember that I’ve forgotten (once again) to give him his requisite treat after his walk.  (Some mornings call for a large coffee, right?)

He eats a hearty, home cooked breakfast, then we play a bit (fetch, tug-a-war with the 2 teeth he has left to tug with)…and then he naps.  And naps, and naps.

During the day he’ll go out to pee a few times…then more treats…then more napping.

Dinner is served promptly when his tummy calls for it.  Another short walk in the evening to make sure he does his business before going to bed – but equally important, Suki makes sure to update all the places he peed on earlier to let his “4-legged friends” know that he’s been ’round again

He dreams while he sleeps. I hope they’re happy dreams, like him swimming with me in the ocean, then floating on my chest when he gets tired.  Or flirting with the “new girl” in the neighborhood.  He’s totally cute when he does his “prancy-dance”, where he prances and dances to show off for the cute gals he meets along his path.

Suki’s a precious soul, with a beautiful (and sometimes mischevious) smile, and those big brown eyes.  Though his body struggles more and more to keep up with “him”, Suki is determined to live as much of today as he possibly can (which is really all we can all do, right?)

I think a nap is sounding good right now…

Suki – 7 Weeks Into The Transition

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Suki 09-26First, I’d like to thank the multitudes of loving people, near and far, for your prayers, thoughts, supportive words, and acts of kindness on behalf of my beloved Suki.  When he has a bad day, (and during the good times too!) you’ve all been there for us both, and we cherish being surrounded and enveloped in your caring and love.

It’s been about 7 weeks since we started Suki on the homeopathic remedies, and the tapering of the allopathic meds.  To sum up: it’s been an enlightening time for both Suki and I. Continue reading

By about the 4 week mark, I had been able to slowly taper down the western meds to just about half of the original dosages.

And Suki was doing really well…until he wasn’t.

Symptoms of the syncope (weakness and fainting) started showing up, so I added back a bit of the allopathic meds, and that seemed to help.  But there was an apparent weakness going on that concerned me.  I called the holistic vet, explained all what was going on, and during the conversation I learned that I was a bit impatient, and I was tapering the western meds a little too fast for Suki’s body to adjust.

Me…..Impatient?   Say it ain’t so!  (Those who know me well will be giggling right about now.)

Doc informed me that because the symptoms weren’t severe or long-standing, all that was needed was to continue giving Suki the homeopathic remedies as I had been doing, while increasing the dosages of the western meds a little at a time over the next few days, until the syncope virtually disappears.

Ok, I can do that!

And he reminded me of my #1 goal:  For Suki to have a good quality of life for the duration of his life.

Tapering down the western meds was a secondary goal, far less important than Suki living comfortably and happily for the duration.

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants, right?  Well, I got mine from Doc – he gently reminded me to have a bit more patience and for me to keep my eye on the primary goal, which was making sure Suki has good quality of life.

Got it, Doc, thanks!

So, here’s what I’ve learned:  In addition to the impatience I get myself wrapped up in from time to time, I realized that, yes, we had, indeed, achieved Goal #1.  Suki was enjoying a good quality of life, without side effects, weakness, or fainting, ever since we started him on the homeopathic remedies.

The western meds, by themselves, weren’t able to fully stabilize my little guy on their own.  The homeopathic remedies, by themselves, haven’t yet strengthened Suki’s system enough to provide for a drastic reduction in the western meds dosages (yet).

BUT, adding the homeopathic remedies to the western meds were sustaining Suki’s system in a stable manner, without weakness, fainting or any other side effects.  This is great news!!  

Adding the homeopathic remedies has helped Suki have a much better quality of life than he was having with just the western meds by themselves.

PS – Suki is once again stable, and enjoying a good quality of life, with a healthy appetite, and a nice bounce in his step—even at 14+ years old with congestive heart failure.

I’ll share another update in a couple of weeks, and we thank you all for your continued caring and love.

 

 

Top 10 Symptoms of Exhaustion

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Symptoms of ExhaustionAt the end of a long day, or after a particularly strenuous workout, you might feel “like you are exhausted.” We often use this word, exhaustion, to communicate our feelings of extreme tiredness.  Exhaustion, however, is a specific word meant to describe a pervasive and chronic state of fatigue of, either or both, body and mind.

Wondering if you might be suffering from exhaustion?  See if you can relate to these top ten symptoms of exhaustion:

  1. You’re tired for no reason: You know that if you’ve been short on a good night’s sleep and then had a busy day, you’re going to feel tired come dinnertime.  If you are deeply fatigued, however, and you’re unable to point to one specific reason for your tiredness, then your deep fatigue is typically regarded as a symptom of exhaustion.  This is a sign Continue reading

Sacrum Anatomy

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Sacrum PainYour sacrum anatomy contribute to it being one of the hardest working bones in your body.  It’s a triangle-shaped bone that sits between your pelvic bones.  Together with your pelvic bones, your sacrum carries the bulk of your body’s weight, while ensuring that you maintain an erect and proper posture.

Your sacrum is a vital connecting bone within your body, linking the spine to the pelvis and the lower half of your skeletal bones.

It also connects directly to the skull through your body’s meninges, a/k/a dural membranes, which protect your brain and spine, thus giving your sacrum a role in the overall communication system between your brain and your entire body.

Your sacrum is so strong that you could fracture it and not even be aware of the break.  The sacrum derives its strength from its five fused, immovable vertebrae. While it is very strong, Continue reading

the sacrum requires special attention to keep it functioning and healthy so that it can fully support your body’s overall health.  A CranioSacral Therapist specializes in resolving dysfunctions and pain related to the sacrum.

A woman’s sacrum anatomy is different than that of a man’s.  The female sacrum is wider and shorter than the male sacrum.   The female sacrum also has a greater curvature than the male sacrum, which presents as flatter, narrower, and longer. As such, women are more likely than men to suffer from dysfunction of their sacrum.

Your sacrum may become dysfunctional for a number of reasons.  Osteoporosis and arthritis are common culprits in weakness and dysfunction of the sacrum.  Because the sacrum works overtime to support your body’s physical movements, its cartilage can wear down and eventually cause great dysfunction.

Additionally, pregnancy can cause wear and tear to the sacrum due to the body’s increased hormonal levels and changes in walking patterns to accommodate the growing fetus.  Other conditions, injuries, or surgeries that alter your leg length and change your walking pattern are known to cause pain and dysfunction related to the sacrum.

Not surprisingly, stress and worry are also known to cause potentially extreme pain due to the tightening of back muscles around the spine and sacrum.

When your sacrum is not functioning optimally, a number of symptoms can develop, including but not limited to:

  • Lower back pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Buttocks pain
  • Groin or thigh pain
  • Pain down the leg(s)
  • Limited movement of the body
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Sciatica
  • Inflammation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Altered mental state
  • Neurological issues
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches

The dysfunction of your sacrum and the sacrum anatomy may have evolved over an extended period of time, and you may notice it only when it has caused you great pain and distress.  It may be inconsistent in its comings and goings, and, therefore, seeking treatment before the symptoms grow into a more permanent nature is recommended.

If you suffer pain or dysfunction of the sacrum, or any of the related health challenges listed above, conventional treatment typically involves prescription medications, topical analgesics, and steroids, which only serve to mask the symptoms, and can cause serious side effects, all without relieving the underlying causes of your symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of the above health challenges, and you would like a more permanent resolve, consider CranioSacral Therapy as an effective healing alternative to prescription medications and steroids.

Stay Cool Tomato Salad

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Tomato SaladThis is so easy and tasty – a perfect salad for hot summer days.

Serves 1-2

 

 

Ingredients:

1 large tomato, cut into 1″ chunks

1/2 cucumber, cut into 1/4″ slices, then quarter the slices

2-3 radishes, cut into small chunks

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Directions:

Cut and place vegetables into serving dish.

Sprinkle dressing over the top.  (Less is more)

Add a small pinch of salt & pepper, if you desire.

Mix gently, and serve.

Enjoy!

 

Suki – Two Weeks Into the Transition

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Suki2I have to begin this post with a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has been praying, and sending positive energy, and encouragement to Suki and I.  I’m deeply touched that Suki and I are surrounded by such wonderful people!

It’s been two weeks since I began transitioning him over to homeopathic and natural remedies.

I’m excited to report that I’ve noticed some definite improvements.  Within the first few days, I noticed Continue reading

that Suki has more energy, and that has continued. His cute pink tongue is a more healthy shade of pink these days too, rather than the lighter, paler color that it had been over these past months.

He still sleeps many hours, which I suppose is to be expected for a dog that is around 98 years old in human years.  Most people are very surprised to hear that he is 14 when we stop along our walks to socialize with neighbors and their dogs.

Things I’ve been watching (for) very closely are his breathing, the syncope (weakness and fainting), and a dry, unproductive cough, which, for Suki, sounds more like he has something stuck in his throat.  The syncope has lessened dramatically, although still shows itself a little bit now and again.

Suki’s breathing has been very good overall, even with increased walking distance.  The holistic vet recommended that Suki get out and walk regularly, which is quite the contrast to what the allopathic vets have recommended.  I’m to watch carefully for symptoms, so while Suki and I have been walking a bit further, I cautiously observe him to see that he’s doing well.

The dry, unproductive cough has arisen 2 or 3 times, though I’m unsure if it was a “symptom” or just that he was cleaning himself and actually had a hair in his throat.  Each time it was very brief, and then abated.  For the time being, I’m going with him having had a hair in his throat, while yet keeping a very close eye on him.

Now that we’ve built up Suki’s system somewhat, it’s time to very slowly, and very cautiously, begin reducing the meds, bit by bit.  I will continue keeping an ever-watchful eye on my sweet li’l one.  (Some days I wish he was able to speak english)  

Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement.  They mean the world to us both.  I will post another update shortly.

Stove-top Roasted Vegetables

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Stove-top Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables brings out their sweet, earthy flavors.  The brussel sprouts take on a mellow flavor very unlike the way they taste when boiled.

The carmelized onions and the ground black pepper make this dish really tasty.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 lb fresh brussel sprouts, rinsed
  • 1 ear corn, shucked and rinsed
  • 1/2 med onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp good olive oil
  • pinch of salt & pepper (to taste)
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The Occipital Bone – A Nod to the Body’s Total Health

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Occipital BoneThe Occipital Bone is a part of your cranium, located in the lower, back portion of your skull.  Your occipital bone joins with the 1st vertebra (C1), also called the “atlas,” forming the atlanto-occipital joint.  This is how you can nod your head YES and shake your head NO to the many questions you face throughout your day, and this joining of the occipital bone with the vertebrae is the direct link between your skull and your spine. 

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 protecting your body’s most valuable asset – your brain.  The occipital bone specifically protects your brain’s visual processing center.  It also houses the connecting pathway that connects the brain to the spine.

 Based on its location, the occipital bone can influence the body’s movements, flexibility, stability, and balance, as well as its sense of sight.  CranioSacral Therapists recognize the importance of the occipital bone as it relates to the body’s overall physical function and a person’s ability to see and interact with the world.

 When you are born, the occipital bone is not completely ossified.  It takes almost six years before the occipital bone becomes fully ossified.  Any problems with the development of this bone may lead to health issues that can, fortunately, benefit from the skilled hands of a CranioSacral Therapist. 

 If the occipital bone and the spine are misaligned, resulting in pain, CranioSacral Therapy can correct and eliminate your discomfort and restore fluid communication and movement to your body.  Additionally, if the occipital bone has not properly developed, CranioSacral Therapy can resolve many resulting vision defects you may be experiencing.

When your Occipital Bone is not functioning or moving optimally, a number of mental and physical symptoms can develop, including (but not limited to):

 

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Painful and/or Limited Neck Movement
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Balance and Coordination Problems
  • Vision Defects
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Inability to see and/or discriminate between colors
  • Hallucinations
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Lowered Immune Functioning
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Nervous System Problems

Much like the frontal bone, the occipital bone is sensitive to the birthing process and can also be damaged from trauma resulting from accidents and injurites, resulting in chronic health and mental problems. Modern medicine often recommends spinal surgery for pain and other conditions resulting from dysfunction of your occipital bone.  While surgery may be a necessity in some extreme cases, surgical procedures can potentially cause stress and dis-ease in your body. 

However, a skilled and experienced CranioSacral Therapist can, in many cases, offer a far safer and more effective alternative to surgical procedures and other, more invasive, therapies.

As a protector of the brain, the Occipital Bone plays an important role in your overall health and quality of life.  Investigating the cause of pain and other health issues beyond the normal medical paradigm could provide you with benefits far beyond the typical limitations and side effects of prescription drugs and surgery.

Live Life Fully,

Sandy Schell, ACST, LWC 

Suki – Beginning the Transition

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Suki1Some of you know that my dearest li’l one, Suki, has leaky valves in his heart. He’s 14 years old, he is stable, and has been on meds since late last year. Due to side effects from the meds, I have consulted with a holistic veterinarian to see what the complimentary options are to allopathic drugs. 

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building him up on homeopathic remedies that will strengthen Suki’s system. The vet has had really good results with these remedies. My goal is to provide for my little guy the best quality of life and enjoyment for the time he has left in his precious body.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the past 2 days, is that he has a bit more energy…he’s looking for a bit more attention, and playing more often.

I’m a big believer in “the body is designed to heal”, given the proper support. And while I’m not against allopathic medicine (it saved my life many years ago), I’m all for utilizing natural substances that support the body’s innate healing abilities.

I’ll keep you all posted as we move forward along this path.

The Frontal Bone – Your Brain’s Protector

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frontal boneThe Frontal Bone is a part of your skull’s cranium, extending from the top of your forehead to the tops of your eyes.  As a part of your skull’s cranial bones, the frontal bone gives your face the shape that you see in the mirror and present to the world.  The frontal bone also protects your body’s most valuable asset – your brain.  It connects to the parietal bone and occipital bone to provide full protective coverage of the brain.  Based on its location, the frontal bone can have an influence on Continue reading

your body’s energy and emotions, as well as your sinuses and vision.  Because the sensitive organ the frontal bone protects, it can also influence the development of mental disorders. CranioSacral Therapists recognize the importance of the frontal bone as it relates to one’s mental and physical well-being

 

When you are born, your frontal bone is not completely developed.  It takes almost two years before the frontal bone is fully ossified. The birth process is known to sometimes cause injury to a baby’s frontal membranes and cartilage in this fragile area, and this can manifest into a number of health issues if not addressed.   Studies have shown that even young children respond well to CranioSacral Therapy, which can help to reshape the frontal bone and act as a preventative measure from future health issues. If you did not have CranioSacral Therapy to repair any maternal injury when you were a baby, it is not too late to seek healing treatment.

 

When your Frontal Bone is misaligned or dysfunctional, a number of mental and physical symptoms can develop, including but not limited to:

 

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Balance and Coordination Problems
  • Immune System Issues
  • Bladder Problems
  • Stomach Pain
  • Sinus Issues
  • Anxiety
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Frequent Frustration
  • Inability to Focus
  • Insomnia
  • Autism (rare but increasing)
  • Seizures (rare but increasing)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders

 

You may have suffered from these issues for a very long time and not known that damage to your frontal bone during your birth could explain your symptoms.  Damage to your frontal bone may not have been recorded into your medical record during birth.  A CranioSacral Therapist will be able to assess any dysfunction of your frontal bone. Managing and possibly eliminating the dysfunctions of the frontal bone involve gentle pressure using CranioSacral Therapy.  If you are experiencing any of the above health issues, and your current plan of treatment is not helping as much as you’d like, consider CranioSacral Therapy as a complimentary healing alternative.