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Holiday Stress Tips

Holiday Stress Tips

The holidays can be a magical time and they can also be a stressful time. Here are my best holiday stress tips!

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  • Holiday Stress Tip 1: Recognize your priorities. Focus on what matters most to you this holiday season and get rid of the unnecessary superficial activities that only cause you stress. Use this simple journal exercise to get clear on your priorities this holiday season.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 2: Avoid the mall. Opt for shopping at small craft fairs, mom and pop shops, and online. Here is a list of all my favorite places to shop online.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 3: Simplify food prep. Simplify your recipes. Do a lot of your food prep a few days before your celebration. Let semi-homemade be acceptable once and awhile. Consider making it a potluck, so all the stress is not on one person. Even going out to eat can be a fun way to switch it up!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 4: Simplify clean up. Use fancy paper plates and cups for a quicker clean-up. Recruit your family and friends to help clean up too!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 5: Let everyone be right. Instead of arguing with family members about differences of opinion, entertain the thought that you can be right without making anyone else be wrong. Try to to find other people “right” by imagining that in their point of view they are right. Instead of confronting them head on, try to validate their point of view first, and this will usually diffuse a tension filled discussion or situation.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 6: Honor your need for introspection. Even though the holiday season is filled with parties, it is still important to acknowledge your need for alone time. The colder weather draws our bodies indoors and also draws our attention inside as well. Let yourself be introspective without being melancholy by journaling, taking long baths, or reading a good book in bed.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 7: Meditate. Meditation is a great way to de-stress and only takes minutes a day. You can simply take some time out during your busy day to focus your attention on your breath or do more structured guided meditations. Either way, meditation is a great tool for staying centered and keeping stress at bay.
  • Holiday Stress Tip 8: Fall in love with aromatherapy. Certain aromas can have a profound affect on our mental states. There are so many fragrant essential oils that can help to reduce stress. Some of my favorites are lavender, sweet orange, chamomile, bergamont, ylang ylang, and rosemary. I like to get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. My favorite way to use essential oils is with a diffuser so that the calming scents fill the entire house!
  • Holiday Stress Tip 9: Keep up with your self care. Even though the holidays can be a busier time than most, don’t neglect to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, exercise, and drink enough water. The happier and healthier you are, the less grumpy you will be, and the more energy and holiday cheer you will have for others!

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the holiday stress tips please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite holiday stress tip? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

♥,
C

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Posted on December 12, 2014   No Comments

Raw Date Cookies – With Macadamia and Mint

raw date cookies

When I had two surprise holiday guests, I whipped up these really easy raw date cookies with two things I always have on hand: macadamia nuts and dates. I like to order raw macadamia nuts online. Then I use a food saver and freeze them, so I will always have them on hand. Dates are also a great thing to have around because they can be used in a variety of desserts, smoothies, and snacks as a natural sweetener.

I also used fresh chocolate mint to flavor the raw date cookies, but any type of mint is fine. For a stronger mint flavor you can use a few drops of Frontier Organic Alcohol Free Mint Flavoring *, but any type of natural food grade mint flavoring is fine.

Raw Date Cookies – With Macadamia and Mint

1 cup macadamia nuts (frozen are best)
1 cup pitted and chopped dates
2-3 tablespoons chopped chocolate mint leaves
(any type of mint is fine)
2-3 drops or to taste Frontier Organic Alcohol Free Mint Flavoring *
a small amount of stevia powder to taste for extra sweetness (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor with the s-blade until the ingredients stick together and form a ball. Then shape the “dough” into small cookies. Garnish with one mint leaf per cookie. Keep them in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Makes about 7 cookies.

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♥,
C

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Posted on December 12, 2014   No Comments

Pineapple Juicing Recipes – Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

pineapple juicing recipes

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid. Also, pineapple contains a special enzyme called bromelain that is only found in pineapples and papayas. Bromelain can be extracted from both the stem and core of the pineapple.

Bromelain is known to reduce excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and even certain types of tumor growth! And the reason that pineapple is so good for people who are fighting off a cold or flu is because the bromelain in pineapple juice helps to thin mucus and congestion so your body can expel it easier!

Next time you are under the weather forget about drinking orange juice only, and try these nourishing anti-inflammatory pineapple juicing recipes instead!

Put all ingredients through a juicer and each recipe makes about 24 ounces of juice. I used my favorite omega vrt350 juicer to make these recipes, but you can use whatever juicer you own.

pineapple juicing recipes

Pineapple Juicing Recipes

Pineapple Orange Carrot Juice

2 cups chopped pineapple
2 peeled oranges
10 medium sized carrots

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes around 24 ounces of juice.

Apple Pineapple Collard Ginger Juice

3 Medium Fuji Apples
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 Large Collard Leaves
2 inch knob of ginger

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

Carrot Pineapple Romaine Mint

10 medium sized carrots
2 cups chopped pineapple
5-6 large romaine leaves
1 medium sized Fuji Apple
Handful of fresh mint

Process all ingredients through a slow vertical juicer such as the Omega Vert 350 HD and then strain. Makes 24 ounces of juice.

These are just a handful of my favorite pineapple juicing recipes, please share your own in the comment’s section. If you like this post please like it or share it below. Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season.

♥,
C

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(FYI: New isn’t always better, I much prefer the 350 model for the value to the newer 400 model.)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This blog post is not meant to substitute or override advice from a health care professional. No guarantee of results is implied as individual results will vary.

Posted on December 10, 2014   No Comments

Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach

herbal and natural upset stomach remedies

There are so many ways to avoid an upset stomach in the first place such as eating light, proper food combining, taking digestive enzymes and probiotics, and managing stress levels. However, even with all our best efforts to eat well, there are times that we might find ourselves needing natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.

Also, during the holiday season it is so easy to overindulge with all the tempting treats around! So just in case you find yourself with a rumbly tummy, below are my trusted and true natural and herbal remedies for an upset stomach.

Natural and Herbal Remedies for an Upset Stomach

1. Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery elm bark is the inner bark of the slippery elm tree that has a very mucilaginous quality that can be soothing to the stomach when you have indigestion, acid stomach, gastritis, or an ulcer. Slippery elm is also very soothing and protective to the esophagus and vocal cords and is great for acid reflux or a sore throat.

Slippery elm has a sweet mild taste and was traditionally served as a porridge. Slippery elm is a food, and there are no upper limits on how much to take. You do want to make sure you drink a lot of water at the same time that you take it, because slippery elm expands quite a bit in water.

*Please note that slippery elm should not be taken together with any medications as it may interfere with their absorption.

How to Use Slippery Elm

About 1-2 tablespoons of slippery elm powder mixed in a cup of warm water is usually enough to produce noticeable effects. You will want to mix the concoction with a fork or a small whisk and you can also add some honey, stevia, or another sweetener to make it more palatable.

Where to Get Slippery Elm

You can find slippery elm powder at most health food stores in the bulk section, or you can order if from Mountain Rose Herbs * my favorite place to order bulk herbs.

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2. Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow root is a herb that is native to Europe and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years. Marshmallow root is a slimy and thick demulcent herb that contains a powerful mucus-like compound known as mucilage which has the ability to swell when mixed with water. The mucilage has the ability to coat and sooth irritated mucous membranes and other bodily surfaces such as the stomach, throat, and even inflamed skin. It can be used as a natural remedy for heartburn, stomach upset/indigestion, ulcerative colitis, Chron’s disease, stomach ulcers, sore throat, and dry cough.

Marshmallow root is a mild tasting herb, affordable, fairly easy to find, and is generally considered safe. However, consulting with your doctor is always recommended especially if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia (marshmallow root may interfere with blood sugar levels), are pregnant or breastfeeding, have cancer, or if you are taking prescription medication (because it coats the stomach, it might slow the absorption rate of prescription drugs).

How to Use Marshmallow Root

The best way to use marshmallow root is to make a tea using the cold infusion method. The ratio is 1 tablespoon marshmallow root to 1 cup (8 ounces) of water. Let the tea sit overnight in a mason jar in the fridge and then strain it through a mesh strainer and make sure to press out all the mucilage you can with the back of a spoon for the most benefit. I sweeten my marshmallow root tea with organic white stevia powder (but you could use honey) and sip it anytime you experience an upset stomach.

Where to Get Marshmallow Root

I get my marshmallow root from Mountain Rose Herbs * which is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.

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3. Iberogast by Medical Futures Inc.

Ironically, I was recommended Iberogast herbal preparation for occasional indigestion/upset stomach from my western medical doctor and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

Iberogast is a prepared herbal tincture containing 9 different herbs. It contains a blend of clowns mustard tuft, angelica root, German chamomile flowers, caraway fruit, milk thistle fruit, lemon balm leaves, peppermint leaves, celandine aerial part, licorice root, and alcohol.

It has been clinically studied and proven to help relieve: heartburn/acid reflux, indigestion, nausea/vomiting, early satiety, feeling of fullness, epigastric pain, bloating/abdominal cramping, gas, and constipation/diarrhea.

*Iberogast is generally not recommended for nursing or pregnant women.

How to Use Iberogast

It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually the adult dose is twenty drops mixed in water taken three times a day before or with meals. I usually mix it with some warm water and a little bit of honey or stevia and it tastes mild and sweet.

Where to Get Iberogast

Since it is a European product it is easier to find in Europe and Canada. In the USA it is available through Seacost vitamins, Evitamins and Amazon.com

Iberogast LARGE SIZE (100ml) – for Dyspepsia, Bloating, Stomache Pain and Heartburn Brand: Medical Futures *

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4. Acid Block by RX Vitamins

Acid Block is a supplement made to provide relief of intermittent heartburn and indigestion. Its main active ingredients are alginic acid and sodium alginate (derived from seaweed) that react with saliva to create a raft-forming agent that can act as a barrier to acid and food reflux. It also contains the demulcents licorice (DGL) and slippery elm bark that can be soothing to the esophagus and stomach as well.

How to Use Acid Block

It is recommended to follow the directions on the label, but usually it is recommended to chew 1-2 tablets followed with a glass of water after a meals or before going to bed.

Where to Get Acid Block

Rx Vitamins Acid Block can be ordered through a healthcare professional and I have seen it online in a variety of e-commerce supplement websites as well.

Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the herbal and natural remedies for an upset stomach please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite natural remedy for an upset stomach? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!

♥,
C

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Posted on December 10, 2014   No Comments

Herbal Iced Tea Recipes – Save Money!

herbal iced tea recipes

Let’s face it, most health junkies spend a lot on healthy drinks. Whether you are at Whole Foods, your favorite juice bar or Starbucks, buying delicious juices, teas, and herbal elixirs can add up!

Today I’m going to share with you two easy and healthy herbal iced tea recipes that you can make at home to delight and surprise your friends and keep your thirst quenched all day long!

Herbal Iced Tea Recipes

herbal iced tea recipes

Lemon Verbena Blueberry Iced Tea

We have lemon verbana growing in our backyard. It smells terrific and makes a great lemony tea.

32 ounces lemon verbena tea (or lemon balm)
1/2 cup fresh blueberry juice
white stevia powder to taste
ice

You can make lemon verbena tea by pouring 32 ounces of boiling water over about a 1/2 cup of fresh or dried lemon verbana leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. You can also make sun tea by letting the tea sit in the sun for at least 4 hours in a covered mason jar. When the tea has cooled down you can pour it into a pitcher of ice and them pour in the blueberry juice. You can make fresh blueberry juice if you have a juicer or use store bought pure blueberry juice. Stir in the white stevia powder until you reach your desired sweetness level and serve promptly. Makes about 4 servings.

sun tea

Stinging Nettle Iced Tea

stinging nettles

The grassy flavor of nettle tea reminds me of green tea minus the caffeine!

32 ounces stinging nettle tea (or moringa leaf tea)
1/2 fresh almond milk
white stevia powder to taste
ice

You can make stinging nettle tea by pouring 32 ounces of boiling water over about a 1/2 cup of fresh or dried stinging nettle leaves and let steep for 10 minutes. You can also make sun tea by letting the tea sit in the sun for at least 4 hours in a covered mason jar. When the tea has cooled down you can pour it into a pitcher of ice and them pour in the almond milk. You can make fresh almond milk if you have a blender and a sprout bag or use store bought almond milk. Stir in the white stevia powder until you reach your desired sweetness level and serve promptly. Makes about 4 servings.

  • For more ways to use stinging nettles you can click here.
  • To learn how to make your own almond milk you can click here.
  • You can get dried lemon verbena tea from Mountain Rose Herbs here and you can get dried stinging nettles here.* Mountain Rose herbs is my absolute favorite place to get organic quality bulk herbs and spices.

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Thank you for visiting the Raw Glow Blog, if you liked the herbal iced tea recipes please “like” it below. Do you have a favorite iced tea recipe? Please post it in the comment’s section below. Comments are always welcome!

♥,
C

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Posted on September 11, 2014   No Comments