Where do you live…emotionally?

Where do you live?

We all have a couple emotional states that we call “home”. Meaning, we fall back into these emotional states most often. Sometimes, we even subconsciously try to come back to these emotional states because it’s what’s become comfortable…healthy or not.

Tony Robbins relayed it best when he said that as humans, what we crave most of all is comfort; to remain constant in who we are, regardless of how we actually feel about that state of being.

Because change is scary and unknown.

It’s important for us to be conscious of the fact that animosity, resentment, envy, insecurity, and lack are all tempting “homes” ( seriously, they are addicting ). But living there eats away at our heart and soul from the inside out. It erodes our spirit, the very foundation of our health and feeling of wellness.

And here’s the deal: if you’re one of the few people brave enough to honestly look at yourself and evaluate your emotional “home”, that means you can do something about it! While financially you may not have the means to pick up right now and move to anywhere in the world of your choosing, you absolutely can choose anywhere you’d like to live emotionally.

Anywhere.

One of the best ways to pick up and MOVE out? Is to change the way we see everybody around us. Everybody. When we change the way we look at things, the things – and people – we look at tend to change somehow.

Everybody we encounter is dealing with something. Something hurtful, something crappy, and sometimes something devastating.

This idea might sound too simple, too plain to totally change your life and health.

But thought is a powerful tool.

And this – compassion – is truth💜

No one deserves your animosity and nothing is worth crushing your own spirit.

So it’s worth asking again: where do you live?

Gingerade natural cold remedy

Since I’m seeing a lot of people miserable with colds and coughs right now, it’s seems a great time to share my favorite secret recipe for cold relief.

Well, I’ve actually shared the recipe before, so it’s no secret. But if you’ve yet to try it for yourself, the awesome feeling and taste of this juice are still out of your hands!

And while green juices – and leafy greens in general – are fantastic for respiratory health, sometimes you just don’t feel like a green juice when you’re sick.

Sometimes you really want something sweet, am I right? And preferably that something sweet won’t set you back a few days in your recovery.

Because that’s the issue with a lot of cold lozenges and remedies, even the ones of the natural persuasion. They tend to contain refined sugars ( usually under the name of organic evaporated Caine juice ) which heavily suppresses your immune system.

Enter Carrot Juice: carrot juice is a fantastic rescue for congestion and lung distress. Yes, it’s high in sugar, however don’t buy into the assumption that all sugar is created equal. It’s not! In fact your body runs on glucose, but that’s another story. And you can always make it less sweet by adding fewer carrots or oranges if you like.

Professor Richard Baybutt discovered that vitamin A reduced lung inflammation while studying emphysema. Eating a diet rich in foods containing beta carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, can help maintain lung health.

Combine the healing power of carrots with celery and ginger juice, and you’ve got a powerful tonic to bring your body back into an alkaline state wherein your immune system can really get to work.

This drink is best in the morning or afternoon. It’s going to allow your cells to create energy and your stomach to digest all your food better throughout the day.

I hope you enjoy!

Ashley 💚

Is being offended a habit to quit?

IMG_6947.PNGHas it ever occurred to you that people are addicted to being offended?

Honestly I see it as a big part of our culture, and not politically specific but rather a trend across party lines.

It was Dr. Wayne dyer who testified years ago that most people he encountered were actively looking for things to be offended by in their daily lives. I’d say that’s pretty accurate, from my perspective.

So, what does it really mean to be offended? Why are we hooked on it? And who cares if we are?

Being offended can mean two things

  • An idea that has become part of our core identity is being threatened. And that really ticks us off, and probably subconsciously freaks us out.
  • We aren’t actually secure and solid in our beliefs and therefore are attached to feeling supported by others in upholding what we stand for. We crave approval.

And I don’t know that anyone can say this for sure, but it’s my guess that we are hooked on being offended because it’s what we know. Simple as that.

It’s part of how we all learned to relate to people and function in society. It’s easy to get trapped in destructive cycles that have no real rhyme or good reason, other than providing a rush.

For instance, there are two types of people who read my blog: people who connect with my message and seek alternatives in healing, and people who like being offended by me. Ha!

And it’s the first group that will resonate with the need to stop being so offended all the time.

The issue with being offended is that it’s an act of both selfishness and self sabotage. When we feel offended, we are focused on ourselves. We’re focusing not inward, but outward on protecting the fragile outer layer of ourselves that we pretend is so strong. 

Usually in this emotional state we either go about our day with judgement as fuel, or we name our opponents and pick them apart, tear them down with inflammatory insults, and lift ourselves higher.

Whereas if we approached someone with an understanding heart, looking to share why we believe something, because we care about them, it’s almost impossible to not change at least a few hearts.

And the reality is this: we can choose to begin looking inward, to the purest part of our heart where Spirit talks, to find a peace that leaves us unattached to the rantings of the world.

Through learned stillness, through breathwork and prayer, we can do this.

We can learn to let people carry on with their daily lives, wishing them nothing but wellness, and peace. This is an important part of our personal peace and wellness.

As the saying goes, “As within, so without”. In other words, feelings that you harbor for others, is what manifests in you. For better health, or for worse.

We can develop a deeper, less judgmental love for the people around us, and this is what our communities, families, and strangers deeply need. This is the difficult daily workout – a great calling that we can choose to answer.

Or…we can continue to log onto Facebook looking for an easy reason to be pissed. It’s up to each of us.

Free to be healthy, free to choose whatever path calls to us. I choose health, freedom, and the path of true love. If you’re reading this, I think you probably work at that too. 

Hugs’n health, Ashley. 

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No Bake Chunky Pumpkin Soup

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Bunny Shake-2.png“No bake soup? What the heck?”

I know, right??

But it’s an awesome thing. Well, I don’t know if it’s a “thing” yet, but it should and will be.

I’ve adapted the no bake soups in my home in honor of raw soups, which is totally a thing, in case you didn’t know. I’m just not big on them.

Anyways, I love three things: warm comfort food, quick recipes, and nourishing dishes that my kids will actually eat and ask for more of. No bake soups – and this one in particular – meet all those requirements.

I hope you enjoy as much as we do!

What you will need

  • 1/2 small sugar or “pie” pumpkin ( usually found in the organic produce section in winter and fall months )
  • 1 small to medium butternut squash
  • 5 medium to large organic carrots*
  • 1 small organic onion
  • 1/4 head of organic cauliflower
  • 1 – 2 cloves organic garlic
  • 1 head of organic celery*
  • 4 organic white potatoes – sweet or regular or
  • 1 1/2 large organic orange sweet potatoes*
  • 1 can organic unsweetened coconut milk or
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • Unrefined celtic sea salt to taste
  • Herbs to taste – I used Braggs Organic Seasonings, rosemary, thyme, red pepper, and black pepper
  • 1 pack of sugar-free hotdogs* from Wellness Meats online ( regular hotdogs are a listed carcinogen by the World Health Organization ) or
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • A high-powered blender like Vitamix or a Ninja. I’m a loyal Vitamix-er.

Most important to buy in organic*

Turn on an uplifting podcast and chop

  1. Chop the pumpkin and squash into 1″ squares. I remove the outer skin.
  2. Open coconut can. You should see that the cream has separated from the milk; scoop out the cream out and put it in the blender along with the squash and pumpkin cubes. You can either save the coconut milk ( I save mine for making kefir ) or pour it in too.
  3. Fill the blender up with about 3 cups of filtered water ( this soup is very forgiving and it doesn’t need to be exact ).
  4. Add seasonings to the blender.
  5. Secure the lid and blend everything together, starting on low and ending on high, until everything is puréed nicely together in a pumpkin smoothie.
  6. Pour your pumpkin smoothie into a safe cookware ( another post ) pot that can hold a lot of food 🙂
  7. Press the garlic and scoop into the pot.
  8. Chop the other veggies and add them to the pot too. At this point you can turn on the stove to medium and almost completely cover the pot with a lid.
  9. You can chop your Wellness Meats hotdogs and add them as the veggies begin to get soft or
  10. You can add your quinoa to the mix about 15 minutes prior to turning off the stove.

Cook about 20 – 25 minutes or until veggies are slightly soft.

This meal is great because it’s packed with fiber and nutrients, and due to it’s alkalizing pH content, it’s calming to the nervous system.

And just a tip, if you want to make this meal extra calming either for your kid’s evening jitters or for your holiday anxiety, opt for the quinoa over a meat option. Quinoa is an energetically calming food and packed with protein, making it the perfect nighttime food.

And I hope you see what we just did there: we made a dish that is healthy, and hopefully that you and yours will love. Pumpkin is a favorite food of mine to work with, and not in pies, because it’s such a great healer.

Loaded with Vitamin E, essential for skin repair and elasticity, and full of beta carotene which is the precursor to precious, natural Vitamin A, it’s a great food for anyone who needs to heal scar tissue, stay young, and maintain eye health. Hellooo.

And by not baking the pumpkin prior to cooking it in the stove, which is usually the case with veggie soup bases, we preserved some of the important nutrients that usually get lost in the cooking process, such as the delicate Vitamin C and that beautiful beta carotene.

You know how when you cook your brightly colored veggies they sometimes get dull and brown or greyish? That’s the loss of important nutrients. So it’s important to make the connection between beautiful, vibrant colors and nutrition, and to learn how to cook our food so that we can benefit from all it has to offer!Vegan 
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Bunny Shake-3.png If you try this recipe please tag me in a pic – I want to see your bright punkin soup!

Hugs, and the Freedom to be Healthy…which is in your hands. 

Ashley Lynn <3

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What bed wetting, childhood diabetes, and osteoporosis may have in common

Nocturnal Enuresis. AKA bed wetting. We all either know someone who has a kiddo that suffers from it, or one of our own kiddos does.

It’s just that common of a thing. And the sad thing – as we all know – is that continual bed wetting can have devastating effects on a child’s self-esteem.

One of my children – I won’t name names 😉 – slept with us in bed for years and literally wet the bed every single night. So you can understand why we appreciate Jim Gaffigan’s “4 kids” skit so dang much!

Really, my husband and I just considered it normal because this child was pretty young; we’re talking two, three, and four years old while this was going on. That’s just what little kids do, right?

Well, anymore I’m not so sure that’s true.

Because eventually the bed wetting stopped in correlation with a lifestyle change.Paint&Create.png

About two years ago our family cut way back on dairy, and then almost a year ago we cut it out completely.

My husband and I binge-watched all the essential documentaries, and I scanned through the research and medical lectures about the modern dairy industry and it’s impact on human health.

I learned about the surprising Type 1 Diabetes-dairy connection; how the same sequence of 14 amino acids in milk ( concentrated in cheese ) finds an almost identical sequence of 14 amino acids on the surface of the pancreas, and how the body can sometimes mount an autoimmune antibody response to the pancreas because of it.

I learned about how cheese contains protein fragments called casomorphins ( casein-derived morphines ) which actually cross the blood-brain barrier and attach to the very same cell-receptor sites in the brain that other opiates would, such as heroin and Demerol. This is why dairy is comforting, addicting, and universally the hardest food to quit.

I learned that the government knows exactly how addicting cheese is to humans, and that they gather and use that information to work with the food industry in manipulating both our palate and how we spend our money in grocery stores and in fast-food restaurants.

I learned that everything I was ever told about milk building strong bones was a profitable lie! In fact, the nations with the highest milk consumptions have the highest rates of bone fractures and osteoporosis, and the nations consuming the least amounts of dairy actually have less osteoporosis and the lowest fracture rates.

I read research and listened to lectures about the inhumane conditions of the factory farms, and how such treatment leads to diseased cattle, which in turn produce disease, blood, bacteria, and pus-filled milk that makes people extremely sick and acidic.

I was super grossed out to learn that the U.S. and Canadian governments allow a maximum limit of 750,000 somatic pus cells to be in every of millimeter of milk, to be exact. Somatic pus cells are formed by leukocytes, or white bloods cells, and are present in excess when a cow is sick and fighting infection, including mastitis, and is overall not being cared for properly.

So the question is, will drinking the bodily fluid of a sickly, infected mammal make humans healthy?

Not in my opinion. And to be honest that probably has a lot to do with all the startlingly poor dairy-consumer health outcomes I just shared with you. The majority of today’s ruminants are not happy, grass-fed animals producing a healthy breast milk supply.

What does this have to do with bed-wetting?

One night last month I decided to surprise my family with a cheesy enchilada meal. That night, in an unusual twist of events, two of my three kids wet the bed.

A few weeks later the same thing happened: a cheesy meal followed by bed wetting.

More than odd, I thought.

And it hit me. A clip of Dr. McDougall talking about the connection to bedwetting and dairy played out in my head. The coincidence of having two out of three of my kids wet the bed for the first time in about a year, after having a bunch of cheese for the first time also in about a year, was a funny realization to me.

So here’s in a nutshell what happens: dairy triggers inflammation in some children that causes a swelling in the lining of the bladder, which leaves the child numb to the feeling of having to pee at night.  

Obviously this isn’t the issue for ALL children. For some there are psychological issues going on and it may not be physiological at all. But it’s funny to me how in Western culture everything within the physical and emotional bodies are compartmentalized. The biggest disconnect being between what we eat at the dinner table and our body’s functions.

The reality is that everything has to do with everything else when it comes to the body; every little chemical reaction and function is so delicately, intricately intertwined that to study the body, for me, at least, is to reaffirm my belief in an amazing creator, greater than any engineer or inventor on Earth.

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It’s estimated currently that between 2 – 5% of children have a dairy allergy. What I’d like to know is this: does this estimation account for only IgE ( immediate ) allergies, or does this include IgG ( delayed, longer lasting ) allergies? Allopathic doctors don’t test for delayed food allergies, so my guess is this isn’t a completely accurate figure. 

Researchers from almost every bed-wetting study I’ve skimmed through have found a connection to three foods: dairy, caffeine, and chocolate. 

I’ll share several of these references at the end of this page, so take a moment to glance through those, and definitely start doing some of your own reading.

The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal Barnard is a great book to read to help when trying to break an addiction to dairy.

And I recommend definitely asking a naturopathic doctor or practitioner to aid you in this journey as a possible therapeutic protocol. Especially before you try any sort of medication or invasive therapy. Luckily there are SO many delicious alternatives to cow’s milk products!

In my research for this post I found more than a few cases of children reportedly being taken off of dairy and literally overcoming their bed wetting overnight.

There are also so many success stories with healing asthma symptoms, ASD symptoms and behaviors, and other autoimmune disorders in large part by going dairy-free.

Don’t take my word for it. Talk with your naturopathic doctor and wholistic nutritionist about these possibilities.

Hugs, happiness, and health,

Ashley Lynn.

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On Somatic pus cells in milk.

DC Nutrition, bed wetting and dairy and gluten sensitivity 

Undiagnosed food allergies and bed wetting

American Academy of Physicians, Enuresis

ProQuest Managment of primary nocturnalenuresis  

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Type 1 diabetes mellitus and cows milk;R. B. ElliottD. P. HarrisJ. P. HillN. J. BibbyH. E. Wasmuth

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: dairy and osteoporosis 

AAP dairy and bone health, children and young adults

Behavioral disability and enuresis, food allergies

Enuresis improvement with removal of food triggers; Clinical Pediatrics

500 children treated, 9 out of 10 children wetting the bed have allergies, 60% to dairy; Dr. Breneman

Milk substitutes aplenty: Healthy Home Economist

Chia – the healing food you need to try

Chia Seeds.pngIt’s that time of year again. We’re in the thick of the Holiday season, and around every corner are the cookies, the fudge, the pies – all the comforting treats we’ve loved since childhood.

While many people may be waiting to detox and get right with their health until after Christmas, you might be trying to stay on top of it by eating fairly healthfully as usual between holiday dinners ( which I highly recommend ). You might even be thinking about doing a “pre-Christmas detox”, and if so I totally get it. It’s tempting with the Thanksgiving bloat still alive and well.

BUT before you run out and buy an expensive detox regimen from Amazon ( which I don’t recommend fyi 😉 ), I encourage you to try this one sneaky seed which you may have overlooked…chia!

Chia is one of may favorite little tricks to utilize as a daily or weekly detox method in times of back to back treats. While you might be thinking that the idea of detoxing is overrated, or that detoxing daily is too much, just know that there are different levels and intensities of detox.

Detoxing is the process of removing something toxic out of your body or life, and daily detoxing is something I do and recommend for my clients as a way to prevent the build up of excess toxins in the body.

In other words, let’s be proactive about your health, rather than wait for sickness to creep up on you.

Chia is a fantastic aid in this process for several reasons. For one, it is high in protein, manganese, phosphorus, and calcium, so it’s a great way to support strong bones, teeth, hair, nails, and blood sugar levels.

Two, it’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are important for addressing and preventing inflammation, and for preventing degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia as we age. Omega 3’s keep you in good overall health, and our Standard American Diet is sorely lacking them.

Eat chia seeds to stay sharp and in high spirits!

Three, and probably my favorite secret about chia seeds, is that when soaked they are included in what’s called the demulcent class of foods, right up there with slippery elm bark and aloe vera gel. Demulcents are special because they go into the digestive tract and bind with toxic residues and build-ups that might have otherwise stayed in there for years!

You’ve heard of people carrying an extra 20 – 30 lbs of garbage weight just in their intestinal tract? Yep, that totally happens as a result of years of fast and packaged foods, but a large part of that build up can occur around the holidays as well. So many processed sugars and fats along with very little vegetable fiber is not good.

Anyways, a demulcent like chia or aloe will actually bind with toxins in your digestive tract and effectively help to move them out. And this benefits you in so many awesome ways!

You’ve heard it said that 70% of the immune system is in the digestive system, or what we call the gut. This is so true, and when the intestines are cleared of junk you can more effectively absorb the nutrition from the healthy food that you eat. This also relieves your body from the burden of neutralizing whatever junk was in there blocking that process from happening to begin with.

So, need extra energy? Perhaps you need to clean up your gut; perhaps you’re not receiving enough nutrition from your food, and chia can help here.

How to use it

Personally I like making chia drinks in the morning. There are a few ways to do this, depending on how keen you are to the slippery texture of soaked chia.

One of the common mistakes people make with chia is that they throw chia seeds in their smoothies or sprinkle it on their salads. I’ll be honest, if you do this you might as well throw away a 20$ bill ( about the price of a big bag of chia ), because your body isn’t able to utilize the nutrition unless the chia is either soaked or finely ground. And of those two methods, soaking is the most medicinal, and how you will create your fine gel demulcent 🙂
You can either make a small bulk batch of chia gel to use over a period of three days, or you can soak one TBS at a time in whatever drink you prefer. The latter is my preferred method because you run the risk of growing bacteria when chia gel sits in the fridge for days at a time.

You can try scooping 1/2 TBS of dry chia seeds into a jar or bottle of kombucha or juice, OR you can do the same thing with filtered water with freshly squeezed lemon!

This is a very simple and very effective drink to start your day with. I think, depending on what’s going on with you, you just might experience higher energy levels and an increased sense of overall wellness, especially in combination with an alkaline, nutritionally dense diet through the day.

It is totally possible to enjoy the holidays without throwing your health away! You can still enjoy some holiday indulgences, without having to start from ground zero with your body come January 30th 😉

Health and Happiness,

Ashley

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What every parent should know: Special Masters and NCVIA

image1 (35).JPGI was just listening to the Center for Disease Control’s ( CDC’s ) live stream council meeting the other day, as they, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ( ACIP ), and their guest speakers, attempted to decide on the recommended vaccination schedule for 2018. Which vaccines to try on pregnant women ( there’s almost no safety testing there, of course, and what little has been done is surprising ) and which to add to the already lengthy Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule.

What most parents don’t know is that a brand new schedule is created and issued in this way every year. So, in order for your child to be considered “up to date” on his or her immunizations, their records would need to be compliant with the current year’s schedule.

This also got me thinking that I’d like to share a bit of history with you that is very relevant to this whole topic.

Get a load of that picture above showing the difference in schedules from 1986 up until now ( 2017 ). WOW is a natural reaction.

Your second reaction might be to ask, “What changed?”.

Here’s the history: In 1986 President Ronald Reagan – under threat and pressure from vaccine manufacturers who were, at the time, drowning in injury lawsuits and debt – signed into law the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act ( NCVIA ). This act eliminated all financial liability of the pharmaceutical companies producing the vaccines, stripping parents of their rights to sue for compensation in the tragic event of a vaccine-related death or injury of a child.   

Under the new law, vaccine manufacturers had more wiggle room to begin the fast-tracking process ( lacking proper study ) of new vaccine products, and the schedule exploded in the following years, not surprisingly in correlation with a rise in autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders, allergies, obesity, and other childhood illnesses. 

Under the NCVIA was born the Nation Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ( VICP ). This is a “no-fault” system under which parents must now appeal a special vaccine court, or court of 12 appointed Special Masters ( how creepy and Orwellian does that sound? ) in order to receive any compensation. This process takes years to go through, and parents describe it as an absolutely awful experience wherein they are treated like criminals.

In my work prior to becoming a Certified Vaccine Education Specialist I studied the law, as well as this court process.

Cases are easily tossed out and claims dismissed if they do not meet very specific timelines and guidelines. And twenty-five thousand dollars is the maximum amount a parent can receive in compensation for the vaccine-related death of a child.

Even so, thus far over 3.3 Billion dollars have been paid out to the families who have managed to prove their cases in vaccine court.

And as it happens YOU pay into the vaccine injury compensation fund with a 75 cent tax on every vaccine your child receives.

In conclusion, I’ll leave you with the following questions to ask yourself, or for you to ask your doctor:

  • If vaccine injury is rare, why did the NCVIA need to be created?
  • If vaccine injury is almost a non-issue, why do I pay a 75 cent tax per shot into a fund that directly cushions manufacturers from financial loss due to injury claims?
  • With this knowledge, isn’t it time we come together and stand up for more stringent regulations and proper vaccine safety testing, rather than the safety of pharmaceutical companies?
  • Where is the incentive for vaccine manufacterurs to enure the safety of their product?

What do you think?

Don’t forget to read throguh sources and articles at the bottom of this page 🙂

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Medical News Today: autoimmune disorders clearly a result of environmental factors

NVIC: breakdown of the law, and issues with VAERS

Science Direct: vaccines related to increasing autoimmunity 

US has highest first day of life infant mortality rates

US Department of Health and Human Resources: VICP payout

Vaccine Injury News

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