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Take the challenge, yell at your kids less

Woman+meditating+and+practicing+yoga+watching+the+sun.jpgWhy would I ever meditate?

If this is your initial thought, I get it.

Years ago my first mentor in holistic wellness told me I should be meditating at least ten minutes a day. At the time my children were only one and two years old, so while I gave her an emphatic “yes I absolutely will do that,” what I actually thought was, “why, and how?“.

Today I highly value my meditation time. I even get up early to do it, which is really saying something. But what can I say? Meditation ( and prayer, and a lot of other things ) took me from being a yelling mom to a mostly calm, much more self-aware and happy type of mom.

What it is

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind to help the body switch from the sympathetic ( fight or flight ) nervous system mode, to the healing state of the parasympathetic nervous system ( rest and repair ). While most Americans today spend about 95% of their life with the sympathetic system engaged, we would optimally be living the exact opposite: spending 95% of our time in the parasympathetic mode and only 5% in fight or flight.

Meditation is the tool that will train your brain to remain calm and to take life slower and more mindfully, which is an excellent state to practice especially for those with ADHD. And if you want an overview of scientific literature to corroborate that claim, here you go.

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Why it matters that you’re stressed

Here’s what no one taught us in school about stress: stress is stress is stress.

Meaning the body perceives all stressors in pretty much the same way. Packaged and processed foods pose a stress to the body, because it has to work much harder than is normal on digestion and damage control ( more on that later ). And in almost the same way, emotional stress or trauma poses a stress to your biochemistry and physiology, leading to acidity and – over longer periods of time – results in oxidative damage to your cells.

As human beings we obviously cannot avoid every form of stress that comes our way. You are going to run late for a meeting, you are going to lose your keys, you are going to feel overwhelmed by your kid’s schedule, and at least once a week you’re gonna feel angry with your spouse ( or we probably can’t be friends ).

You are going to eat foods that aren’t all that great for you here and there; the good news is that no one expects you to be perfect! Enter meditation…

Refer back to the definition of meditation I gave you a few paragraphs ago. Meditation is the tool. That’s it. It’s a tool that will not only help your nervous system switch into rest and repair ( which is essential to not going grey by thirty ), but it’s also the tool that will help you to develop clearer awareness about yourself, more patience for yourself, and as a result more patience for your kids and family.

How to do it right

Try meditating for 3-5 minutes a day this week. And by the way, meditation doesn’t have to look like anything fancy. Gently close your eyes, or keep them open. Sit quietly with your thoughts, observe your thoughts, and observe the thoughts you have about your thoughts.

Withhold judgement; and acknowledge judgment that comes to pass anyways. Meditation is somewhat about discipline, and mostly about being, and allowing yourself to simply be. It’s about listening to your inner voice without distraction. It’s about finding time to feel your breath in a culture that has forgotten breath feels like anything at all.

And if you take this assignment seriously, I can promise you one thing: you will learn something about yourself this week. Perhaps you’ll know your children or your spouse on a clearer level. Perhaps your spiritual fire will be reignited.

And perhaps you will finally feel simply content.

Will you be taking the meditation challenge this week? Tag or share with a friend who will join in on the peace with you. Holding yourself accountable is half the journey.

Drop your information below to get your first health consultation as a gift from me!

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Why you should rethink the Fitbit

( Video property of ‘Generation Zapped’ )

Once upon a time it was common practice to use shoe store X-ray machines. We just didn’t understand the dangers of common exposure to radiation back then.

Similarly with smart devices📲💻 and Wi-Fi today, the population hasn’t yet been given the full story about how these massive amounts of radiation are affecting our health outcomes.

EMF radiation being something we can’t see, it’s almost difficult to conceptualize it as a possible health hazard. So for a really crazy visual of what’s actually happening around us, check out Luis Hernan’s photographs.

And I know what you’re thinking: don’t deliver bad news without a solution, right? Well I 100% agree.

So while we can’t avoid all radiation today, we can certainly protect ourselves. For starters:

  • only put your phone to your ear when absolutely necessary ( opt for speaker phone ), avoid wireless headphones, and do not wear it on your body.
  • Look into EMF protection. Safespaceprotection.com is one resource for products and educational information.
  • consider ditching the digital Fitbit and smartwatch: both are truly counterproductive to your health. Not only are you strapping EMF radiation directly to your body which disrupts your energy meridians and nervous system ( if you absolutely need more anxiety in your life, this is a good thing ) but heavy metal exposure is associated with Fitbit use as well.

It’s not well-known that heavy metals can be absorbed through contact with the skin, however they can and are. Your skin maintains a fairly acidic Ph of 4 – 5.5, and this creates an environment in which you can actually leech metals from a direct-contact device such as the Fitbit. This seems to be the case in the 2014 recall, wherein an estimated 9,900 were injured ( blistered or irritated ) by the Fitbit Force.

As with all health decisions, this comes down to personal choice. However it’s worth taking a closer look and doing a little research here. With a thorough investigation you might just find that a Fitbit – or other smart device – is more counterproductive to your health than it is beneficial. For instance, if additional EMF exposure resulting from your Fitbit lowers your energy and increases your anxiety, will your sleep be negatively affected? Will you stress eat more?

Two important considerations, since they both directly affect your quality of life and weight, and non-coincidentally most people use a Fitbit specifically to improve both.

Below I’ve listed a handful of solid, unbiased research articles on EMF exposure to get started with.

As always, I don’t advocate that you do or you don’t; rather that you have all the information needed to make the right choice for your health! After all, who cares what’s popular on the market right now; you and your family’s health and saftely must come first.

Peace, happiness, and health,

Ashley.

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Heavy Metal Toxicity raises risk of EMF sensitivity

Cell phone radiation Science Direct 

EMF fields stress living cells

EMF overview of DNA damage

Science direct, various findings

EMF safety network

International Agency for Research on Cancer

International Journal of Oncology

 

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What they never told you about ADHD

If you clicked this title, you probably are familiar with what it’s like to tell your son or daughter to complete a set of simple tasks, only to find them playing with legos or, better yet, chasing down a screaming younger sibling with a cleverly crafted paper-towel-roll-sword just two minutes later.

Or maybe you are thirty years old and all too familiar with the embarrassing gaffe of forgetting to pay a bill for months in a row, or perhaps the phenomenon of walking into the kitchen to make dinner for your family, only to look up from your phone 20 minutes later wondering why you’ve been scrolling Facebook all this time.

You may even know the shameful feeling of having a spouse who does not understand how you can be so “lazy” or “selfish”. And you’ve probably sworn to yourself many times over that you would change it all – that “this” will never happen again – only to fall into a vicious cycle of depression, anxiety, and self-battery when you discover that you’re powerless to change ( true or not, this is the perception ).

These are all common experiences for an adult living with undiagnosed ADD or ADHD.

When I first received confirmation that I myself was living with ADD, and have been all my life, I experienced a few different emotions. The first of which was relief: I was not lazy, or inherently selfish.

The next emotions were frustration and denial. “No”, I thought. “There is no way I want to accept this label. There is no way I want to accept something about myself that I can’t change.”

One cool thing about people with ADD is that, contrary to popular understanding, we have the ability to ultra-focus on certain tasks, so over the past year I’ve taken that super power and applied it to learning all I could about ADHD. I’ve also since gone back to school for holistic nutrition. What I’ve learned from scouring Google Scholar and many other sources has surprised me. I’ve listed a few things that no one ever told you below:

We still don’t know all that much about ADD and ADHD

Yep. Shocker, we don’t. Technically ADD and ADHD would be classified as a “mystery illness”, because amidst the many theories ( many of which hold a lot of weight in my opinion ), we still don’t have a huge body of solid, factual evidence to show what exactly causes ADHD to develop. More on this below.

And with that lack of solid understanding – from the perspective of someone studying in the holistic health field – we don’t have a sure-fire method of treating or healing ADHD. There are wonderful methods for living successfully with ADHD ( the word ‘coping’ implies a life sentence that is so incredibly negative ), however management is a far cry from having the know-how to directly address root cause, which is important.

And with much of todays ADHD management being focused around medications that have serious health side-effects, we need to have a better awareness of both possible causative factors and realistic lifestyle adjustments that can help. Medication is not bad or wrong, but no one can argue that having multiple options and unbiased information is important in making the right choice for you.

That being said, we do obviously know some things

What we do know for certain is that ADHD has a so-called genetic link. It is a heritable disorder, but also idiopathic; meaning it can run in families or show up spontaneously with “unknown” and yet admittedly environmental causes.

We also know that among these environmental factors are early pesticide and PCB exposures. A recent study revealed that children who are frequently exposed to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are at a higher risk for developing ADD and ADHD.

It also a high likelihood that childhood vaccinations containing ethyl mercury ( which crosses the blood-brain barrier and stores in the brains of primates ) and other known neurotoxins are a causative factor. A recent first of its kind survey of over 600 American homeschooled children revealed that fully vaccinated children are 340% more likely to develop ADHD than their non-vaccinated peers.

And according to Merk’s MMR-II vaccine package insert ( of which the same dose is given to children and adults of all sizes ) 1 in 1,000 vaccine recipients are reported to develop serious neurological disorders. And as we know this isn’t the full story when we compare  these numbers with the VAERS database.

depositphotos_84736040-stock-photo-fresh-greens-with-lettuce-mintAnd as for genetics

Is there really such a thing as “bad genes”? Or is it more accurate to say that there is only “bad exposure” to those genes?

The science of Epigenetics has been showing us that the latter is true since the early 1900’s. Dr. Francis Pottenger Jr., famous for his ten-year cat study, observed and documented different health outcomes in cats who were fed various preparations of cooked vs raw meats and milks. These various health outcomes – attributed to various gene expressions due to the different diets – were seen to be passed down through several generations.

The truck stopped at the fourth generation, wherein the cats were actually unable to reproduce. However – and this pattern has been observed in humans – at any point throughout the generational process prior to the fourth generation, the health destiny for a cat and their future offspring could be turned around with the appropriate diet.

What Pottenger, and later a team of researchers in Overkalix, Sweden, showed us, is that environmental and emotional experiences are passed down and, to a very significant degree, dictate gene expression.

Anyone who practices any form of generational energy work already understands this concept to be true on a very deep level. People store experiences, and also toxic exposures ( which alter gene expression ), in their cellular memory, which is passed down through generations.

Anthony William, AKA the Medical Medium, has been correctly diagnosing people with chronic illnesses that the allopathic and naturopathic industries don’t yet understand since he was four years old, and has been helping people to heal since he was in his teens. Interestingly enough he teaches that the actual driving force behind ADHD is mercury exposure and accumulation passed down through the generations.

This could potentially make sense for a few very interesting reasons that deserve another post ( on heavy metals ) entirely. But for now, I just want you to have a few different – albeit taboo – sources of information to pour over. Anthony’s information happens to align with much of what I study and teach already, and in the case of acne and ADHD, his recommendations have worked for me personally when no other natural method did. Woman meditating and practicing yoga watching the sun

Meditation is your new Best friend

Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind to help the body switch from the sympathetic ( fight or flight ) nervous system mode, to the healing state of the parasympathetic nervous system ( rest and repair ). While most Americans today spend about 95% of their life with the sympathetic system engaged, we would optimally be living the exact opposite: spending 95% of our time in the parasympathetic mode and only 5% in fight or flight.

Meditation is the tool that will train your brain to remain calm and to take life slower and more mindfully, which is an excellent state to practice for those with ADHD. And if you want an overview of scientific literature to corroborate that claim, here you go.

And finally, recognize the blessing

Part of why I included Anthony’s book as a referencing point here is because he takes the time to address the rarely acknowledged truth about individuals with ADHD, which is that these are often exceptionally wonderful and brilliant people.

Because the ADHD child is forced to utilize parts of their brain that most people do not, they are the highly emotionally, empathetically, and artistically intelligent people who contribute to making our world the wonderful place that it is.

If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, know that your parenting experience doesn’t need to reflect someone else’s parenting experience

You are raising a truly unique and highly sensitive child, and that will take unique and sensitive approaches.

If you have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, you might have spent a good bit of time thinking that you have some sort of alienating disability or shortcoming. It’s seriously time to get beyond that way of thinking!

As an adult with ADD you have so much to offer your family and community in ways that other people just don’t. You are the person who is going to intuitively “feel” what your child or family needs; you are the person who has the ability to see through situations and people with a level of discernment only gifted to a few.

We need all sorts of people to make this world spectacular: you are no exception.

God has a plan for you, and ADHD might be part of it

Wether you are an adult living with ADHD or raising a child with it, there are so many support systems that can be put into place to help you feel better and live a more balanced life. Detoxification, nutrition, organization, and self acceptance are all key factors to address.

Set reminders on your phone, give yourself time limits in which to complete tasks, and set some simple organizational systems in place that will make your life easier. Pinterest for “organizational mom ideas” is my new favorite resource.

If you have any favorite positive resources, please share those with us as well!

If you have questions about lifestyle, nutritional healing, or natural chelation approaches, drop your information below!

No matter what struggles you may have faced, you can still create a healthy lifestyle that you love; you are still free to be all you are created to be!

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Pottenger’s Prophecy: how food resets genes for wellness or illness

Cool read: Bad genes, or bad exposures?

Pediatrics: Ethyl vs Methyl concentrations in newborn brain

Why are we still unnecessarily injecting mercury into babies?

Preterm birth, vaccination, and nerurodevelopmental disorders 

Includes sources: Mark’s Daily Apple: you are what your mother and father ate

 

 

 

 

 

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Why you absolutely need apples to focus and be funny

Why eating apples is essential

An apple a day keeps the doctor away right?

Yes, and an apple a day keeps low test scores away, too!

If you are someone who regularly has trouble focusing or remembering critical information under pressure ( poor test-taker? ), red apples should be your new best friend!

Apples contain a very important antioxidant called quercetin, ever heard of it? And apples aren’t the only ones: blueberries, blackberries, onions, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, and capers are high in this special flavonoid too.

And while you may have heard that quercetin is a powerful protector against free-radical damage and aging ( totally true ), I bet you didn’t hear that quercetin is actually  incredibly important for your brain’s ability to focus and recall information quickly!

Seriously, has your comeback game been lacking lately? Quercetin is your answer. Get a couple big servings of blue and black berries in a morning smoothie, maybe some tomatoes in your next salad, and eat a couple beautiful, delicious red apples a day. 

I promise you you’ll be able to think quicker on your feet in almost no time. Give it a couple of days ( maybe a week if you’re really lacking in your fresh food game ) and watch how sharp you’ll begin to feel.

The caveat here is that these foods need to be organic, not only because your body will be burdened with highly toxic and acidifying pesticide residues with conventional produce –  which will not help your memory game at all ( think of this like not wanting to give your body too much damage-control to handle all at once ) – but also because conventional fruits are significantly lower in antioxidants and essential nutrients like quercetin and Vitamin C, as well as being higher in the dangerous heavy metal cadmium ( Cd ).

Going organic with your apples, berries, and tomatoes, which are all on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of conventional foods to avoid, will save you money ( you’ll need to eat and shop less ) and give you a chance to finally experience what fruits and vegetables can really do for your thought processes!

I don’t make health promises often, but on this one, I absolutely promise you: get your quercetin in, and get back to feeling like the smart, funny, quick-witted human that you truly are. Free2BHealthy (color1) (1)

 

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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?

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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 💚

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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

Vegan 
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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  

AAP

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

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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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