Here is one of my daily quotes from Abraham.  You can go to their site and sign up for your own daily quotes.  I find much truth in these.  They make me feel good.  They make me think about what I am focusing on and what I am attracting in my life.  

"We are really advocates of just getting as happy as you can be—which takes care of everything. Even if you don't have reason to be happy—make it up. Fantasize it. Make a decision that you're going to be happy one way or another—no matter what. "No matter what, I'm going to be happy! If I have to ignore everybody; if I have to never watch television again; if I have to never pick up a newspaper again, I'm going to be happy. If I never have to see that person's face again, I'm going to be happy. If I have to see that person's face, I'm going to find something to see in that person's face that makes me happy. I'm going to be happy. I'm going to be happy. I'm going to be happy."

---Abraham      Excerpted from: Sacramento, CA on March 15, 2003

The Digest Blog

Health Blog about Digesting Food and Life in General by Deb Kitt, Dr. Mom - The Digestion Expert

New Reasons To Eat Your Spinach

Before Sesame St., there was Popeye the Sailor Man, and as everyone knows, he got his strength by swallowing spinach by the canful. Moms and Dads everywhere used to point out his example to their kids to get them to eat their veggies. 

It’s a new day and a new time, and out of a can isn’t the first way most of us would think to eat our spinach. That doesn’t mean it’s not still important. In fact, as the field of nutritional science develops, and we learn more each day about the best way to eat to maintain vibrantly good health and avoid the chronic diseases of aging, we learn that spinach still ranks right up there at the top of the list of foods to include in our diet.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman provides some simple visuals for a diet focused on Nutrient Density, a simple equation which offers the best nutrition in the least calories. It calls for 90% plant-foods, and greens are right at the top of the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) Food Scores. The Food Pyramid provides another visual.

Turns out this kind of diet addresses a host of health problems, including the results of eating too many acidic foods, linked to pain and excess weight as well as bone health, muscle wasting, chronic diseases like hypertension and stroke, cardiovascular health and memory and cognition issues. Too much uric acid in your system also links to some kinds of kidney stones and gout.

When you consume acidic foods like sugar, meat, food additives, transfats and fried foods in small amounts, your kidneys process them, excrete excess acid and maintain your body pH at just about 7.4 where it belongs, very slightly alkaline. Unfortunately in today’s world, we’re surrounded with and eat highly processed food and beverage items loaded with added sugars (under at least 57 different names) and other food additives.

To make matters worse, we eat too much meat, too much protein in general, and too many fried foods. Dr. Fuhrman’s Food Pyramid suggests that non-plant foods (good fats, meat, dairy and whole grains) should be just 10% of your diet. Health experts recommend protein content in our diet of 12-20%, but most Americans are getting a lot more, almost 50 per cent more than the recommend daily amount and not nearly enough vegetables and fruits. 

Yet an acidic condition depletes oxygen in our bodies, which every cell needs to function properly. It damages mitochondria, the cells’ energy centers, interfering with vital functions. It can damage tissues, joints, organs and glands, resulting in various kinds of imbalances or dysfunction. If your body stores acid in tissues and joints, that damages them over time. If it depletes minerals like calcium from your bones and magnesium from muscles, it weakens both.

Some of the recommendations to prevent or control these conditions might end up feeling somewhat medicinal, like drinking lemon or apple cider vinegar water daily or eating seaweed products. Of course, if you like those things, have at it – but there are also some delicious solutions out there that you can build into your daily diet.

Start by familiarizing yourself with Dr. Fuhrman’s diet suggestions and visuals. A Nutrient Dense Diet with its 90% plant food recommendation and greens at the top of the list provides you with a great platform.

Another good resource is the PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) Index from Dr. Thomas Remer. Dr. Remer devised a method to calculate the impact on our bodies of the acidic content in food, much like the Glycemic Index shows the impact of sugars in food. The results of Dr. Remer’s study displayed in the Index reinforce the dietary recommendations of the Nutritarian Diet (80% alkalizing foods from Dr. Remer’s results and 90% plant foods in the Nutritarian Diet). 

If gout or certain kinds of kidney stones are an issue for you, talk with a naturopath about how to integrate greens into your diet without triggering other problems – otherwise, consider almost all veggies and most fruits alkaline inducing.

Posted 20 weeks ago

Get your Greens in with Bitter Herbs

Sweeten Digestion

Don’t the words “Bitter Herbs” just make you want to scrunch up your nose and say “ick’?  Most people are not familiar with Bitter Herbs and upon first introduction are not at all thrilled to try them.  If you are thinking "no way”, perhaps I can convince you that ‘bitter" is really “sweet”.

Many bitter herbs are making a comeback in our own kitchens as well as our favorite restaurants.  We eat them in salads or steam them with herbs and seasoning.  Popular bitters are Arugula, Radicchio, Escarole,  Dandelion, Wintercress and Mustard Greens.  Milk Thistle, Goldenseal, Horehound and Chamomile are also bitter herbs, but used more for medicinal purposes.

If you find that you just can’t handle the taste of those weird mixed green salads and prefer basic head lettuce, it could be that your palate has been “poisoned” by sugar.  Our taste buds become immune to sugar over time to the point where the opposite “bitter” becomes almost unbearable.  Try cutting out the sugar for a couple of weeks and then dive into a big mixed green salad.  Your palate will have changed somewhat and you might just enjoy the taste of 'bitter" herbs.

The health benefits of Bitter Herbs are numerous.  Some say if we just got back to eating more of these nutritious foods, chronic illnesses would decrease significantly.  

Bitter herbs:

Stimulate the production of digestive juices.

Strengthen digestion which improves assimilation of vitamins and minerals.

Stimulate the release of bile for improved fat digestion.

Stimulate the action of the liver for detoxification.

Regulate the secretion of insulin and glycogen for blood sugar balance.

Help repair the stomach lining.

Stimulate the appetite

Our digestive tract is 70 - 80 % of our immune system, so eat your Bitter Herbs if you want to build your health and Sweeten your Digestion.

Posted 21 weeks ago

12 Health Benefits of Papaya, According to Science (+11 Papaya Recipes)

This orange-colored tropical fruit is blessed with many healthy and refreshing nutrients including dietary fiber, vitamins, calcium, potassium, and other minerals that help fight cancer, reduce weight, treat cardiovascular diseases, and much more. Papaya is culturally famous for its nutritive as well as medicinal worth. Maybe that’s why Christopher Columbus once called this fruit the “fruit of the angels”.

You can get all your vitamin and nutrients fix with this exotic fruit. It’s soft like a mango, but extremely sweet and thirst-quenching to taste. It’s one of the fruits that can boost your body’s complete immune system, fight against severe infections, and improve metabolism. (1)

So it’s a good thing that this fruit grows all year round.

1. Papaya leaves can help relieve nausea

When you think of papaya, the juicy, butter-like orange-flesh of the fruit comes to mind. But what about the rest of it? The leaves of papaya are usually left behind when you’re bringing them home. But what you don’t know is that it has the power to effectively treat a variety of conditions.

Nausea is characterized by the uneasy and sick-like feeling that is often followed before or after by vomiting. People suffering from nausea often experience food poisoning, gall bladder diseases, metabolism problems, heart attack, and many such conditions.

Nausea is not a disease, it’s a symptom of many diseases. Nevertheless, it must be treated immediately. The leaves of papaya help improve all digestive problems. A study conducted on Carica Papaya Leaf Juice concluded that the leaves have many antimalarial and antispasmodic properties.

This helps in increasing appetite, relieving constipation, and reducing the feeling of nausea in individuals. So drinking papaya leaf juice along with other fruit juices is a healthy alternative to treat nausea. You’ll also be interested to know that the leaf juice also helps enhance white blood cells and liver cells for optimal functioning. (2)

Key Takeaway: The green part of any fruit has its own nutritive value. Fortunately, the leaves of papaya have them in abundance for treating digestive symptoms such as nausea. It contains plenty of flavonoids, alkaloids, and active phyto-compounds that contribute to proper health and well-being.

2. Papaya can treat Dengue Fever

Dengue is one of the most common diseases in the world. It spreads by serious mosquito bites. Since it’s a mosquito-borne disease, it can happen to anyone at anytime.

Dengue is bound and determined by high dengue fever, muscle pain, constant headache, weakness, and skin itchiness. If you’re suffering from a severe case of dengue, it can lead to bleeding and extreme fatigue.

To treat dengue fever, papaya leaves juice has positive health benefits. It drastically increases your body’s platelet count which reduces the serious effects of dengue fever and sometimes even dengue. (3)

Papaya leaves contain high amounts of enzymes that also fights flues, cold fever, and other such infections. They’re vitamin D rich which is an immune booster. Furthermore, studies also suggest that it is a powerful agent that can be consumed regularly to fight viral diseases.

Key Takeaway: Drinking papaya leaf juice regularly can have a positive outcome when you’re suffering from viral diseases such as dengue. Compared with other methods of treatment, numerous studies have shown that papaya leaf extract is a healthier and more natural way to curb the serious symptoms of dengue.

3. People Who Eat Papaya have a Better Chance at Fighting Cancer

Being one of the leading causes of death across the world, cancer doesn’t discriminate between the young and the old. With its severe effects, cancer can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. (4)

To enhance your body’s immunity against cancer cells and other infections that could potentially link to cancer, you need a balanced diet of nutritive fruits such as papaya.

Papaya is alive with many vitamins such as vitamin A, B, and C. Also, it contains proteolytic enzymes that are anticancer, antimicrobial, and antibacterial in nature.

One study looked at the positive effects of papaya on preventing and treating cancer tumors and cancer-related infections. Papaya alters the rejuvenation of cancer cells. (5)

Another study concluded that papaya contains powerful nutrients that inhibit tumor cell growth. It also has multiple anti-tumor effects on the body which prevent harmful diseases like cancer, allergic disorders, and other inflammatory conditions. (6)

Key Takeaway: People who eat papaya can drastically reduce the risk of developing cancer. They also can inhibit the growth of cancer cells in the body by boosting the immune system. Eating papaya on a daily basis can increase your chances of living cancer-free whereas not eating papaya may lead to elevated tumor germination.

4. Papain Present in Papaya Enhances the Treatment of Arthritis

Arthritis, also called joint inflammation, comes with age. It isn’t a curable inflammation condition in the body, but it can be controlled with certain diets and therapies.

The nutritive papain and chymopapain enzymes present in papaya benefit greatly in the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These former and latter forms of arthritis require powerful compounds to reduce symptoms like swelling, pain, stiffness, etc.

It is proven that papaya has many active components including the two enzymes I mentioned above, that help treat arthritis disorders. It works as an antioxidant and immunostimulant agent extensively used for such arthritic treatments. (7)

Moreover, the vitamin C and vitamin E content in papaya also helps relieve joint pain and swelling. So if you’re diagnosed with a minor or severe arthritic condition, it’s time to include the tropical papaya fruit in your daily diet.

Key Takeaway: For defending the body against arthritis such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, papaya is essential. It has healthy enzymes such as papain that help elevate the treatment, which is believed to dramatically affect the symptoms of arthritis in adults.

5. Papaya can Combat Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are caused by the germination of intestinal worms. It can cause severe abdominal pain, acidity, bloating, cramps, and sometimes even nausea.

If you don’t already know, intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, feed off other tiny organisms in the body to survive. This can cause anemia, extreme weight loss, insomnia, and many such unexplainable diseases.

Papaya has great amounts of anti-amoebic compounds and digestive enzymes that make intestinal parasites unfavorable to survive. They fight against such intestinal worms to keep your digestive system healthy. (8)

More often than not, people suffering from extreme immune disorders experience compromised intestinal parasites, so opting for a natural way to reduce such symptoms is most effective. Papaya even promises a healthy dose of natural dietary fiber which helps to get rid of intestinal worms quickly. (9)

It is advised that patients suffering from intestinal parasites should consume papaya 30 minutes before or after meals. This helps lower the risk of vomiting, if it happens. Also, it strengthens your immune system to digest naturally.

Key Takeaway: Avoiding fruits that can have a serious impact on your health has consequences. Papaya is an easy to eat and delicious tropical fruit with nutrients that alleviate intestinal parasites in the body. It helps restore your intestinal system to its most optimal state, which makes it difficult for intestinal worms to survive.

6. Beta-carotene in papaya can alleviate diseases such as asthma

Papaya contains powerful beta-carotene and high vitamin A levels. Both of these compounds are essential for treating allergic diseases including asthma, studies suggest. (10)

It is also concluded that dietary oxidants play an important role in reducing the level of inflammation that causes asthma. This study was conducted on 433 school children with asthma and 537 healthy individuals. The focus on vitamin A on asthmatic patients drastically affected their respiratory function, in a positive way.

It is already known that treating any inflammatory disorder with papaya is a good choice. If you want a more natural remedy for treating asthma and related allergic diseases, prep your meals with papaya.

Key Takeaway: The nutrient-rich papaya will make you feel good about your health. It is loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene, two nutritive compounds that are actually good for you. When you’re dealing with something as delicate as asthma, only natural remedies will do.

7. Papaya Offers Encouraging Skin Lightening Properties

You must have seen many face packs and lotions boasting of papaya extract for glowing and healthy skin. Have you wondered what a big difference it would make if you could daily eat papaya for skin care?

To take care of your skin means to reduce wrinkles, acne, pimples, blemishes, dryness, and peeling of skin. For some people, it also means skin lightening effects. And the only way to treat all these conditions in the most effective manner is by destroying any remaining dead cells from the skin.

The most common causes that lead to skin darkening sun damage, skin pigmentation due to chemicals, hormonal imbalance, medication, and aging.

You need non-toxic products to encourage skin lightening properties, but trusting cosmetic products is always challenging. A safer and more natural alternative is papaya. The presence of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and other nutritive enzymes in papaya enhance the elasticity of the skin. This helps in skin lightening. (11)

Key Takeaway: Papaya acts as a revitalizing agent for healthy skin. It destroys dead skin cells and penetrates deep into the skin to purify. Eating papaya every day will do wonders for your skin. You can lightly scrub papaya extract on your skin once or twice a week for faster results.

8. Eating Papaya Regularly May Lower Your Risk of Developing Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is an age-related disorder that leads to blurred vision and in severe cases, blindness. It’s a serious eye disease where the ocular cells become self-destructive causing vision-related disturbances.

The intake of dietary nutrients such as carotenoids presents in papaya can help reduce the presence of macular degeneration. This supports the renal tissues which play an important role in macular degeneration. Due to the antioxidant properties of carotenoids, macular pigmentation can be balanced effectively.

The antioxidants also protect the eye from photochemical reactions that encourage macular degeneration in older adults.

The many vitamins and minerals present in papaya also have a positive effect on delaying macular degeneration. (12)

Key Takeaway: Papaya has shown to reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration by enhancing macular pigmentation in adults. Macular degeneration is a serious age-related condition that often leads to permanent blindness, which is why consuming 3 or more servings of papaya daily can maintain optimal macular levels.

9. Papaya Increases Bone Mineral Density which Boosts Bone Health

A deficiency in vitamin K is directly linked with reduced bone health. This caused bone fracture, bone infections, rickets, and bone cancer.

To strengthen the bone marrow, you need a high intake of nutritious fruits including papaya. The carotenoids and vitamins present in papaya provide dramatic benefits for bone health in a healthy individual. One study suggested that it is most suitable for post-menopausal females as well. (13)

Moving forward, the many antioxidant and hemopoietic properties of papaya leaves help accelerate bone mineral density. It also fights against the oxidative damages arising in the person’s bone marrow. (14)

The high dose of vitamin K in the body encourages calcium absorption which is good for optimal bone health. (15)

Key Takeaway: The vitamins and carotenoids present in papaya promote healthy bone mineral density. They also fight against bone marrow damage effectively. If you want lower risk of bone infections that lead to fracture, cancer, and other disorders, a daily diet of papaya including papaya leaf juice is essential.

10. Papaya Possess the Potential to Influence Human Growth Hormone

For optimal cell production and cell regeneration, human growth hormones are essential. It is produced in the pituitary gland which helps regulate optimal muscle and bone growth, metabolism, and body fluids.

Simply put, you need healthy human growth hormones to survive.

Also, they’re essential for slowing down the aging process. When you can nourish that one hormone that stimulates tissues, bone, and muscles for better health, you can prevent age-related conditions drastically. This also aids in maintaining proper body weight, increasing exercise capacity, and strengthening bone and muscle density. You’d also be surprised to know that human growth hormone also influences the treatment of AIDS and HIV-related diseases. (16)

Papain that is present in high content in papayas offer a very unique property to break down protein. This leads to arginine production which has a direct positive influence on the germination and stimulation of human growth hormones. (17)

Key Takeaway: Consuming papaya on a daily basis is mandatory to filter out possible human growth hormone related diseases. The papain enzyme present in papayas are very important for overall body stimulation. Plus, they lower the risk of developing age-related diseases.

11. Papaya is Highly Nutritious for Diabetics

If you think sweet fruits have a high sugar content, think again. The nutritional value of papaya includes a low sugar content, making it the ideal healthy fruit for patients with diabetes.

As you already know, diabetes leads to spiked blood sugar levels. This happens due to insufficient insulin production. There are many other causes of diabetes, but the lack of insulin in the body is the most common type.

For enhancing the ability to produce more insulin and strengthen the immune system, the vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin C are essential. Papaya also contains a good amount of dietary fiber and antioxidants that help alleviate extreme blood sugar levels.

Moving forward, papaya also contains trace amounts of minerals, iron, calcium, and magnesium that help prevent severe symptoms of diabetes. It supports the pancreas to produce more insulin and it also slows down the germination of type 2 diabetes in healthy individuals. (18)

12. Eating Papaya Daily can Help Relieve Severe Constipation Problems

Any kind of digestive problem, primarily constipation can cause severe discomfort and often lead to surgery.

The symptoms of constipation include lower abdominal pain, hard stools, physiological distress, and infrequent bowel movements. (19)

If you want to know what can cause constipation, one of the major reasons is lack of sufficient fiber and water intake. A low fiber diet is the main cause of constipation. Which is why you need fiber-rich fruits to consume as a part of your daily diet.

Papaya is a fiber and water rich fruit, that’s why you’ll hear your doctor tell you eat papayas for immediate constipation relief. Papayas help you pass stool regularly without straining or any distress. For a healthy digestive tract, papayas are extremely important. The papain enzyme present in papayas alleviate any metabolism distress and ensure optimal intestinal functions.

With the help of a stable papaya diet and some daily exercise, you can experience a sense of relief when passing stools on a daily basis.

You’d also be interested to know that magnesium plays an important role too for functional constipation problems, especially among women. A low magnesium diet leads to severe constipation problems where the intake of dietary fiber is already very low. Papayas contain sufficient amount of magnesium as well for a healthy diet. (20)

11 Tempting Papaya Recipes

There’s enough evidence to prove why papayas are so great for your health. And when it comes to being healthy, making the right diet choice is as important as exercising. Those who incorporated healthy fruits such as papaya into their daily lifestyle are fitter, healthier, and more active than those who don’t.

Eating papayas daily is mindful eating. This nutritive fruit has the ability to lift your mood, boost your metabolism, and strengthen your muscles and bones. It even curbs your cravings for other fats and sweets, ensuring that you stay hydrated and refreshed all day long. Keeping that in mind, there will come a time when you ask yourself the puzzling question of what to cook with papaya?

Other than smoothies, there are tons of different recipes you can cook with papaya. You can freeze some delicious popsicles, make a tangy papaya dip, or bake fluffy muffins. To know what those recipes are, take a look below!

1. Savory Papaya Salsa

This spicy papaya salsa recipe doesn’t only look appealing but tastes delicious too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 - papaya
  • ¼ - medium onion, minced
  • 1 - lemon juice
  • 1 - green pepper chili
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Dice the papaya flesh after removing the seeds.
  • Add the minced onion, lemon juice, pepper, and cilantro with the diced papaya.
  • Refrigerate after as long as you serve.

2. Healthy Papaya Muffins with Banana and Coconut

These delicious and airy muffins will ensure your breakfast is light and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups - flour
  • 1 tsp - baking powder
  • 1 tsp - baking soda
  • ½ tsp - salt
  • ¾ cup - papaya, mashed
  • ¾ cup - banana, mashed
  • ¾ cup - sugar
  • ½ cup - vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp - vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup - coconut flakes

Method:

  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add the bananas, papaya, sugar, vanilla extract, and oil in another bowl.
  • Mixture the flour mixture with the fruit mixture. Whisk well until smooth.
  • Add the batter into the cupcake pan. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Sprinkle the batter with coconut flakes.
  • Set timer to 20 minutes and bake until lightly browned. Set aside for a couple of minutes.
  • Sprinkle some leftover coconut flakes on top of the baked muffins.
  • Serve fresh.

3. Sweetened Papaya Bars

It’s a sweet and savory dish to lighten up your memorable feast.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup - almond flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp - maple syrup
  • ¼ cup - coconut oil
  • 1 cup - shredded coconut
  • ¼ tsp - salt
  • 1 - egg, white
  • ½ cup - honey
  • ¼ almond flour
  • ¼ tsp - salt
  • ¾ cup - papaya puree
  • 2 tsp - lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for topping

Method:

  • Add coconut oil and almond flour in a medium-heat pan. Whisk lightly.
  • Add the maple syrup, coconut flakes, salt, and almond flour in a skillet.
  • Remove from heat. Combine with egg white.
  • Spread the mixture on the pan. Set aside for 2 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake for up to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • For filling, prepare 2 papayas and blend in a processor.
  • Transfer puree in a bowl to add eggs, flour, lime juice, salt, and honey. Whisk lightly until smooth.
  • Make the bars ready to serve. Store in refrigerator.

4. Tangy Papaya Dip

Your dinner spread just got a little healthier with this spicy papaya dip.

Ingredients:

  • 160 grams - papaya
  • ½ tbsp - ginger garlic paste
  • 1 ½ - lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp - honey
  • 2 tbsp - water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Add the papaya, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Keep tightly packed in a cool place. Serve with toast, fried chicken, or potato fries.

5. Papaya and Coconut Popsicles

This recipe will take refreshing popsicles to a whole new level.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups - papaya, cubed
  • ½ cup - orange juice
  • 3 tbsp - agave nectar
  • 1 can - coconut milk
  • ½ - lemon juice and zest

Method:

  • Blend papaya, orange juice, 1 tbsp agave nectar in a blender. Transfer into a small bowl.
  • Blend coconut milk, 2 tbsp agave nectar, lemon juice and zest in a blender. Transfer into another bowl.
  • To make the popsicles, add 1 ½ tbsp of papaya layer into each mold. Freeze for about 15 minutes. Then add coconut layer and freeze for another 10 minutes. Repeat process until the popsicles are complete.
  • Then, freeze finished popsicles for 6 hours until completely solid.
  • Remove from popsicle molds using warm water. Serve immediately.

6. Papaya Cake with Turmeric

Whip up a delicious and fluffy cake without the added guilt.

Ingredients:

For base,

  • ½ cup - almond meal
  • ½ cup - oats
  • 11 - dates
  • 2 tbsp - carob powder
  • 1 tbsp - vanilla extract

For cake,

  • 1 ½ cup - cashews, soaked overnight
  • ¾ cup - coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup - water
  • ½ - papaya
  • 1/3 - coconut nectar
  • 1 tsp - turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp - vanilla extract

Method:

  • Add almond meal, oats, dates, and vanilla extract into a blend. Blend until smooth.
  • In two bowls, divide the mixture and add carob powder only in one.
  • Add the vanilla dough on top of the carob dough. Create a subtle marble effect.
  • Add the cashews, coconut oil, water, papaya, turmeric powder, and vanilla extract into a blender. Place all the mixture on top of the dough.
  • Let the mixture cool for 5 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Serve fresh.

7. Fresh Papaya Boats

A healthy tropical dish that you can devour for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 1 - seeded papaya
  • 1 cup - banana ice cream
  • 1 - skinned kiwi, chopped
  • ½ cup - cherries
  • ¼ cup - blueberries
  • 3 tbsp - almonds
  • 1 tbsp - chia seeds
  • ½ tbsp - hemp seeds
  • Granola to serve

Method:

  • Assemble the seeded papayas, fill in the empty centers with banana ice cream, nuts, berries, or kiwi. Serve each papaya boat with different fruits and seed combinations.
  • Serve fresh.

8. Lime and Papaya Jam

Liven up your breakfast with tea moment with this savory papaya jam.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg - papaya pieces
  • 600 grams - sugar
  • 3 - lemons

Method:

  • Add papaya pieces, sugar, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside for 12 hours. Stir the mixture once every few hours.
  • Then, add the mixture in a pot and stir continuously on low heat for 25 minutes.
  • Bring to a boil on high heat.
  • Using a masher, transform mixture into thick jam consistency.
  • Store the cooked jam in mason jars or glass jars. Store in a cool place.

9. Thai Pork Brown Rice Bowls with Papaya

Zero-effort meal for a busy weekend. Enjoy this 30 minute recipe that is so easy and delicious to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup - brown rice
  • 2 tsp - olive oil
  • 3 tsp - tamari
  • ½ tsp - ground ginger
  • 4 - garlic cloves
  • ½ lb - pork, sliced
  • 1 - lime juice
  • ¼ cup - cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lb - papaya, cubed

Method:

  • Cook brown rice according to packaging instructions.
  • Add oil and pork in a non-stick skillet. Cook on medium-high heat on both sides until brown. Add tamari, garlic, and ginger to cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and cilantro to mix.
  • Serve with cubed papaya and brown rice. Mix well and garnish with cilantro and lemon juice, if needed.

10. Papaya and Lime Soup with Strawberries

This is a family-friendly dessert recipe with delicious papaya, lime, and strawberry blend.

Ingredients:

  • 2 - large papayas
  • 2 ½ cup - sugar syrup
  • ¼ cup - lemon juice
  • 1 pint - strawberries
  • Sage for garnishing

Method:

  • To make sugar syrup: combine 2 cups of sugar with 1 ½ cups of water. Bring to a boil. Set aside for 2-3 minutes.
  • Cut papaya into cubes. In a food processor, blend cubed papayas with strawberries. Transfer into a small bowl and mix well with 1 ½ cups of water, ¾ cup of sugar syrup, and lemon juice.
  • Refrigerate mixture for up to 2 hours. Serve with sliced strawberries and sage, if desired.

11. Vegan Papaya Mousse

In love with vegan food? Try this scrumptious papaya mousse served with fresh nuts.

Ingredients:

  • 2 - small papayas, sliced
  • 15 - cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 tbsp - chia seeds
  • 4 - dates, pitted
  • ¼ tsp - cardamom, grounded
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Add papayas, cashews, chia seeds, dates, and cardamom powder into a blender. Blend until smooth. If you desire a thicker consistency, you can add some almond milk to taste.
  • Refrigerate mixture in small bowls. Serve fresh with your choice of toppings.

That’s A Wrap

Now you know why fruits like papaya are culturally popular for its fragrant and healthy benefits. Your body needs papaya as it is a good source of healthy vitamins, dietary fiber, and minerals. You can eat it as a fruit, as a smoothie, or cook as a vegetable for a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.

Papaya extract is also used for producing several skin cosmetic products such as face wash, moisturizers, and face packs. So it has beauty benefits as much as health. The fact that papayas are so easy to incorporate into your diet, prepping them for immediate consumption isn’t a hassle at all! You can blend them with other nutritive fruits such as strawberries, banana, or kiwi. Or you can prepare delicious desserts using freshly blended papaya puree.

If you’re dead serious about adding papayas to your diet, you need to know its health benefits especially well. So next time you experience minor symptoms such as nausea, fever, vomiting, headache, constipation, high blood pressure, etc. you might be able to curb the effects right then by eating fresh papayas.

Article courtesy of Jacky Miller from JenReviews.com.  Click here for the original blogpost.

Posted 22 weeks ago

Three Simple Ways to Alkalize Your Body with Healthy Foods

Eating an alkalizing diet is one of the best ways to not only detoxify but ensure a bright and healthy future for your body and mind.  An easy rule of thumb for planning a meal is to divide your plate into quarters and make sure that 3 of those quarters contain alkalizing foods, such as green leafy produce, vegetables, goat dairy, almonds, lentils, fruit, quinoa, wild rice and chia seeds. The last one-quarter should be protein and good fats. I would also suggest adding a glass or two of lemon water throughout the day to add even more alkalizing power to your diet.

An easy way to get all of those wonderful alkalizing foods in is to begin experimenting with delicious homemade soups, smoothies, and salads.

Soups

It’s easy to make a soup base with chopped onion, minced garlic, sometimes diced carrots and celery, and salt to taste. Then add a few cooked (dried) beans or lentils of choice, petite diced tomatoes, diced summer squash or zucchini or eggplant in-season (or other veggies when they’re not), and finally lots of chopped greens. Fresh chopped herbs add wonderful flavor. Be creative, using all fresh, seasonal items.

Smoothies

Greenies – that’s a green smoothie. The trick for a beautiful color of green is to use lots of light-colored fruits. Banana and melon are especially good for their potassium content and alkalizing capability. Pineapple will sweeten the smoothie considerably. An apple adds bulk as do chia seeds which add some great nutrition and a little interest throughout your smoothie since the seeds just swell but don’t really blend. You can also choose from pears, peaches, oranges or watermelon. Experiment! Freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens any soup or beverage.

Start with 5 or 6 ice cubes in the bottom of your blender container (these thicken the beverage), and add apple juice to the one cup mark. Add your chosen fruits, cut into chunks, some chia, if desired, and leave plenty of room for your amazing chopped greens. Kale makes a strong color and a delicious smoothie, but fresh spinach or collards or even beet greens work. Start blending slowly, picking up speed as a vortex begins to form. Then pour into a glass, and enjoy.

Salads

Nothing is better than a chopped Middle Eastern-style salad, starting with assorted greens. You can cut up lots of them, wash them, dry them and bag them to use through the week. Then, petite dice tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and red or green onion. You can even petite dice some avocado to add to the mix! When you’re ready to eat, place green in a bowl with your other petite diced veggies, and dress with a little extra virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Oh my, so good. And remember those extra greens you made for later in the week? Properly stored, you can eat them as part of a salad for at least two or three days – but if they start to look less than perfect, use them as the base, along with lots of onion and maybe some sprouts, of a stir-fry, which you can try with alkalizing quinoa instead of brown rice.

It’s easy and delicious to eat an alkalizing diet, and you’ll be amazed at how nagging little problems start to go away. For more ideas about nutrition for best digestion and health, please contact our office

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February is Healthy Heart Month

Heart Health and Cholesterol

I would like to clear up some of the misleading information about cholesterol and heart health. First off, cholesterol is not always the “bad guy”.  We actually need cholesterol for many functions in the body such as strengthening cell walls and assisting in the exchange of nutrients and waste materials across cell membranes.  It also helps our body maintain proper fat digestion and helps skin convert sunlight into vitamin D.  These are only some of the important functions of cholesterol.

Doctors with the help of big Pharma have been lowering the healthy range of “total cholesterol” to below 200 and actually prefer it to be around 180.  Statin drugs (a $30 billion –a-year industry) are being pushed onto more adults and even children now.  The problem is that these medications are not getting to the root cause of the high cholesterol and have lots of negative side effects. Our medical professionals are ignoring the real reasons behind elevated cholesterol and heart disease in general; inflammation, oxidation, sugar and stress.  

According to an article in Life Extension Magazine cholesterol numbers are a pretty poor predictor of heart disease.  Citing the book, “The Great Cholesterol Myth” Half of people hospitalized with heart attacks have perfectly normal cholesterol levels and about half the people with elevated cholesterol levels have perfectly normal tickers”.  So what are we to do?  Well, it is important to look at some other factors; HDL, LDL and Triglycerides.

Ideally we want our HDL to be over 50 mg/dL and our LDL under 100 mg/dL.  Triglycerides (TG) under 100 mg/dL and our TG/HDL ratio under 2. These are better indicators of heart health.  If you want to find out how much inflammation you have, ask your doctor to run C-reactive protein which should be under 2mg/L or Homocysteine which should be under 7 micro mol/L.  These two markers for inflammation are a much better indicator of cardiac risk. Inflammation causes the body to make more cholesterol which the body uses to “patch” irritation in the arteries. The body will do everything in its power to protect your arteries from inflammation which could cause a hole in the artery wall.  Thank goodness for cholesterol!

My question to you now is “Do you really think you have a deficiency in cholesterol lowering medication? If the answer is “N0”, let’s look at some natural ways to decrease inflammation in the body, which will positively impact your total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglycerides.

Remove Chlorine from your water.  We need chlorine to keep our water safe, but once it gets to our home, we need to take it out with a filter.   Chlorine is highly inflammatory to the arteries.

Eat lots of Alkaline Foods, such as brightly colored and dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, goat milk, fruits and lentils.  Alkaline foods keep our body pH balanced, which reduces inflammation.

Eliminate processed foods and refined carbohydrates like breads and sweets.  These feed the “bad bugs” in your digestive track and cause inflammation.  

Get tested for food sensitivities and gut infections which lead to “leaky gut”; a major root cause of inflammation in the body.

Do a colon and/or liver cleanse 2 to 4 times a year.  Toxin build up in the body leads to free radical damage to the cells and causes more inflammation.

Exercise regularly at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.  Get your heart pumping.  You either use it or lose it.

Practice stress reducing techniques such as yoga, meditation, prayer and deep breathing. Stress will worsen any imbalance in the body and cause more inflammation.

Increase your good fats in the form of fish, flax seed, avocados and olive oil.

Have a positive outlook on life.  Smile at everyone you meet and spread the love!  A healthy heart has lots of love to give; it doesn’t keep it inside.

From My Heart to Yours

Posted 26 weeks ago

Maintaining a healthy heart for life.

I’d like to improve my heart health, but am worried I don’t have the motivation to join a gym or make big diet changes. Any advice?

Answers from Rekha Mankad, M.D.

It’s great that you want to improve your heart health. Don’t think that you have to make big changes to have an effect on your heart health, though. Even small, basic steps can have dramatic effects.

One of the biggest drops in heart disease risk occurs when you go from living a sedentary lifestyle to being active for as little as one hour a week. Obviously, the more active you are, the better. But just one solid hour of activity over the course of a week makes a difference.

Health professionals at Mayo Clinic have developed the Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart Plan. The entire plan is contained in the book “Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart for Life!” But one of the key messages is that even little steps may make a big difference.

Some of these steps for getting started are in a two-week “Quick Start” section of the book termed “Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8.” Here’s a summary of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Heart Plan’s quick start:

  • Eat 5. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to boost your heart health. Start by eating breakfast and including at least one serving of fruit or vegetable. Snack on vegetables or fruits in between meals. Make a conscious effort to include fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Don’t worry so much about foods you shouldn’t eat, just work on getting five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • Move 10. Add at least 10 minutes of moderately intense physical activity to what you do every day. Sure government recommendations say 30 minutes or more, but the bottom line is even 10 minutes makes a difference. For example, just 60 to 90 minutes a week of physical activity can reduce your heart disease risk by up to half. That’s a big benefit from a pretty small commitment on your part. It doesn’t have to be elaborate — take the stairs, take a walk, just get moving. As you become more active, you can try to increase your total amount of activity each day.
  • Sleep 8. Quality sleep is good for your heart. It can be a challenge to make time for good sleep, but it’s important. For two weeks try to get eight hours of good, quality sleep each night. Yes, each person’s sleep needs vary slightly, but eight is a good number to shoot for.

All of these tips — Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8 — are meant to be tried for two weeks before you move on to a more established healthy heart plan. But there’s nothing wrong with continuing this quick start for longer periods. Consider trying other reputable diet and exercise plans offered by the American Heart Association and government agencies. The point is to get started with something and keep at it.


Article credit:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/expert-answers/healthy-heart/faq-20057842

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New Adventures?  or  New Resolutions?

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Which sounds better to you? Having new adventures in 2017 or trying to engage in the same old types of resolutions that never seem to take hold?

A new year brings about the energy of new beginnings.  In order to start again, we need to clear our path of old ideas and techniques, old habits and comfortable excuses.  

We really need to get rid of some of the old cobwebs in our lives to make room for new fun adventures. Because, when you think about it, life really is a series of adventures, from being born, to crawling, to walking, to going to school, to getting your first job, getting married, going on vacation etc.  Every experience is an adventure and should be recognized as such.  

This year I challenge you to start a new adventure in improving your health.  That might include improving your finances to be able to enjoy more massages, exercise classes, organic foods etc.  It might also include reassessing your relationships and seeking out positive people who enjoy what you enjoy and have similar goals so you can support one another.  It might also include a journey of education about your body, how it works and how to support it through the right foods, herbs and supplements.  

Now, doesn’t that sound a lot better than “I resolve to lose 20 lbs. and get to the gym 3 days a week”.   The key is all in how it sounds to you and how it makes you feel.  Does it get you excited? Do you want to do it or do you feel you have to do it?  Wanting makes an adventure.  Having makes a chore.

So, make a list of all the things that don’t feel good in your life right now; all the things that no longer serve you.  It can be stuff to get rid of, foods that you know make you happy in the moment and then regret later or limiting beliefs that keep you stuck and not moving forward into new adventures.

Now make a list of NEW things that you want in your life; things that make you feel good; things that you can get excited about.  We are going to set out on an Adventure that includes some of these wonderful things for 2017.

And most importantly, smile and say. “ I am going on a New Adventure in life”.

You choose what that adventure will be.  “Will it will be an adventure in dining and making new healthy foods that taste good”? “Will it be an adventure in making new friends that you can exercise with and will support your new eating habits”? Will it be an adventure in discovering new ways to increase your income doing something that you love”?

They all sound great to me! Pick an adventure and see if a friend or loved one would like to join you.  Then watch the magic happen.

Happy New Adventures Everyone!

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Posted 29 weeks ago

Detoxing Through Juicing

Juicing has long been practiced for its nutritional benefits as well as its detoxifying effects on the body.  We can trace the art of juicing back to biblical times and ancient India.  Back then, raw fruits and vegetables were staples in the diet and juicing was used more for medicinal purposes.  

Juicing is a powerful way to get high quality nutrition into the body with very little stress on the digestive track.  Fresh vegetable and fruit juice is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes which are the “spark plugs” of our bodies.  

As a beginner, I suggest juicing once a day and start with something simple, that you will enjoy the flavor of.  You can start with any combination of green apples and vegetables such as celery, carrots, beets, cucumbers, peppers etc.  As you get used to juicing try adding more greens and fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, thyme etc.

As you begin juicing you may notice a detoxifying effect as your body begins releasing toxins stored in your cells.  You may notice some minor symptoms such as headache, achiness, or skin eruptions as your body now has the nutrition and stamina to deal with releasing the toxic load.  These symptoms should be minor and clear up in a few days.  You will begin to notice increased energy, clearer skin, wt. loss and decreased pain in your joints and muscles.  Consistent juicing is like a breath of fresh air for your body and you will find that you enjoy the health benefits more and more.

Note:  Fresh juice oxidizes rapidly and should be consumed immediately.      

Liver Cleanser

  • 4 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • Small piece of beet
  • ½ granny smith apple


Here are some juicers to check out:

Champion, Omega, Jack LaLane’s Power juicer, and my favorites the Hurom Hu-100 Slow Juice Extractor and the whole food processor the Vita Mix.

Happy juicing and Best Wishes for Great Health

Posted 30 weeks ago

Quick and Easy Detox Using a Packaged Cleanse

Last week I talked about a Holiday Detox using the Lemon Master Cleanse.  That cleanse is not for everyone and if you read that article thinking “That sounds like a bit too much for me”, I have an alternative that is much easier.

There are lots of excellent detox products and cleanses on the market today.  One of my favorites that I do at least 2 to 4 times a year is Tiao He Cleanse from Nature’s Sunshine Products. This contains both western and Chinese herbs that cleanse the liver and tissues.  It stimulates the bowel and relieves congestion.  

Simply take the contents of 1 herbal packet 15 min. before a meal up to 2 times a day.  Drink 8 oz. of water with each packet, followed by another glass of water.

To get the most out of this cleanse eat lots of fresh vegetables (especially green leafy), fruit and brown rice.  Cut down on your meat protein and avoid red meat, coffee, alcohol, sugar and fried foods. . If your stools become too loose or watery on any cleanse, that is a sign that you should back off until things get normal again and then restart with one half the dosage.  You can also add some extra fiber to help absorb the toxins as they are being eliminated.  This also helps to keep your stools soft and formed.

To order this cleanse go to http://debkitt.mynsp.com/

Happy Detoxing!

Posted 31 weeks ago

Detoxing from the Holidays with the Lemon Master Cleanse

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to get caught up with all the Holiday food celebrating and find myself eating a lot more of what I know to be not so good for me, including a bit of wine or a beer or two etc. This year was no exception as I fell into the sugar trap.  Some of us are a bit more addicted to sugar than others, but when we start down that road it is hard to turn back since sugar is so addicting.  I’m feeling a little bloated these days and we are just about done with the holiday fare, so it is time to start a little self-love.

Self-love, means time to detox!  My go to cleanse is the Master Cleanse and I like to ease into it by adding a couple of cups of this magic elixir each day to a healthy veggie based diet. Sometimes, that is enough for a week or two.  If I am feeling considerably out of sorts I like to do this cleanse straight for a day or 2.  Some people do this for a week or more, but I’m not sure it is good to put yourself in starvation mode for that long.  

This cleanse will dissolve toxins and mucus, clean your kidneys and digestive system and purify glands and cells.  It helps eliminate built-up waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles and also relieves the pressure and irritation on the nerves, arteries and blood vessels.  This cleanse often decreases or eliminates that nasty thick white coating that you may have on your tongue after your Holiday sugar fix.

Eat only raw vegetables and fruit, rice and soup the day before the cleanse.  Do not consume large protein meals.  This is so your digestive system will not be shocked.  Follow this same diet after the cleanse to ease back into protein consumption.  I know of quite a few people who follow this cleanse anywhere from 1 to 10 days, but if you have not done this cleanse before, try it for only a day or two.

Here is the recipe:

One gallon:         1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
                               1 cup pure grade B maple syrup
                               3 quarts of purified water
                               Add 2 shakes of cayenne pepper to each glass

Drink 8 to 14 glasses a day. Do not eat during this cleanse. The last day of the cleanse, drink a couple of  glasses or orange juice to stimulate stomach juices to flow again.  People often experience headache or body aches for 1 – 3 days.  On the 4th day many feel great.

*This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat diseases.  Please check with your health practitioner before trying this cleanse.  
                               

Posted 32 weeks ago

Tips to Sail Through the Holidays Tightening, Toning and Firming.

  1. Drink a full glass of water immediately upon getting up in the morningand continue with ½ your body wt. in ounces of purified water throughout the day.
  2. Always eat breakfast within 30-40 minutes of getting up (only protein,veggies or whole fruit) NO CARBS.
  3. Never go longer than 3 hours without eating something. Have nuts, veggies or fruit available to snack on.
  4. Take small bites and chew slowly.
  5. Never eat “Diet Foods” Stick to whole foods.
  6. Pick Your Poison for the day. No more than 1 a day of coffee, tea, alcohol, soda, etc.
  7. Walk, stretch or exercise every day.
  8. Take your Vitamins
  9. Support your Adrenals (Confianza)
  10. Take (Fat Fighters) with your meals to absorb fat and carbs. *especially at holiday parties.
  11. Patch with the Ultimate Body Applicator 1 -2 times
Posted 33 weeks ago