The 100 Mile Diet

The 100 Mile Diet

DEFINITION OF THE 100 MILE DIETimage
The 100-mile diet has been taken on as a personal challenge by LOCAL food enthusiasts and has popularized the concept of eating only seasonally appropriate and regional foods. It is the concept of eating only foods that are grown or produced within a 100-mile radius of one’s home, requiring the practitioner to develop a deep awareness of where each of his or her meals is coming from. It can dramatically  reduce  an individual’s CARBON FOOTPRINT since the foods do not need to be transported long distances to reach the plate.
imageBesides, as the seasons change our nutrition needs change with them.img_1565With less sunlight your body requires specific vitamins and nutrients to function  at peak performance. Another example is as temperatures rise the need for hydration and the ability to retain the hydration becomes more important.

 As the weather changes so do our activities, your activity level effects your metabolism.  With a changing metabolism your diet must change as well. As your nutritional needs change, so does your local produce and locally made products. You may be surprised to find out that your area provides what you need during each season. image

Check out what your local  merchants have to offer ! Not only will you will helping your local economy but your body will thank you as well. 

Have a wonderful weekend, be safe and enjoy some downtime~image

STACY “YOUR WELLNESS GURU”

Dehydration and healthychoices… WATERMELON!

Dehydration and healthychoices… WATERMELON!

#Dehydration and #healthychoices… Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in Your #body doesn't have enough #water & other fluids to carry out its functions. Try #WATERMELON! Natural #electrolytes can replenish the fluids you have lost. It's high in #lycopene, important for our #cardiovascular #health Along with impressive concentrations of phenolic #antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C! It also contains Phenolic compounds including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—making this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. A ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness is a good thing because thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening! #eatinseason #buylocal #lifewellnesshealth #foodporn #eatclean #nc #wellness #happysaturday

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The amazing Lymph nodes and what they do. THEY CLEAN HOUSE!

The amazing Lymph nodes and what they do. THEY CLEAN HOUSE!

If your lymphatic system isn’t quite getting the job done you may be suffering from illness, minor injuries, excess weight or cellulite. Along with possibly more serious Conditions like pain disorders (arthritis, bursitis, headaches or others), it is very possible your lymphatic system may be playing a role.  Here is some education on your lymphatic system along with a few ways you can get your lymph flowing!

The lymphatic system,is amazing, it is a system made up of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland and tonsils. It cleans our body’s cells and carries the body’s cellular waste away from the tissues to the blood. Then it can be filtered by two of the body’s main detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys. This wast is made up of the byproducts of our bodily processes, drugs (over-the-counter & prescription), toxins of every kind (cigarettes), along with all other airborne pollutants, food additives, preservatives, and pesticides.

Every person has between 501 and 700 lymph nodes(this varies from person to person). About half of the nodes are in the middle of your body (stomach or abdominal cavity). The lymph nodes near your armpits and groin have about 100 nodes.

The lymph nodes hold the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. These act as fighters against foreign invasion by bacteria, viruses, cancer cells or toxins. The lymphocytes also help control the immune response. These lymphocytes originate from stem cells in the bone marro it fights infection and destroys damaged or abnormal cells. As the blood circulates around the body, fluid leaks out from the blood vessels into the body tissues.
Lymph is formed when high arterial pressure forces fluid out of the capillaries and into the tissue spaces. From there it is taken up into the lymphatic vessels. The lymph carries harmful substances from the tissues to the lymph nodes, for removal, before the lymph is returned to the blood at the veins in the neck.image

Now that you understand the lymphatic system … Let’s go over easy ways to help your system get the job done ! These are all important steps to easy weight loss and improved feelings of well-being!

Drink plenty of water. Without adequate water, lymph fluid cannot flow properly. To help ensure the water is readily absorbed by your cells, I frequently add some fresh lemon juice, cucumbers, fresh fruit, or herbs 💛

Forget the soda, the sports drinks, and drop the fruit juices (way too much sugar) All that added sugar, color and preservatives only add to the already overburdened workload your lymph system!image

Eat more raw fruit on an empty stomach. The enzymes and acids in fruit are powerful lymph cleansers. Besides they are great energy boosters! Eat them on an empty stomach for best digestion and maximum lymph-cleansing benefits. Most fruits are digested within 30 minutes or so. It is amazing how quickly they will help you feel better.image

Eat plenty of green vegetables to get adequate chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph.

Eat raw, unsalted nuts and seeds to power up your lymph with adequate fatty acids. These fats are necessary! Choose from walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

Get moving!!! Be active!!! Exercise also ensures the lymph system flows properly. Stretching, aerobic exercise, Yoga and Pilates are fantastic!image

Try Dry skin brushing before showering. Use a natural bristle brush. Brush your dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. You want to work in the same direction as your lymph flows—always toward the heart!

💛 Breathe deeply 💛Our bodies have three times more lymph fluid than blood, yet no organ to pump it. Your lymph system relies on the pumping action of deep breathing to help it transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver.image

My favorite is a gentle massage. Studies show that a gentle massage can push up to 78 percent of stagnant lymph back into circulation. Massage frees trapped toxins. You can also try a lymph drainage massage. It is a special form of massage that specifically targets lymph flow in the body. Whatever type of massage you choose, make sure it is gentle! Sorry, more pressure may feel good on tired muscles, but it doesn’t have the same lymph-stimulating effects.

There are endless benefits to take care of your lymphatic system! Once it is working efficiently you will have more energy, less pain, and improved detoxification. Not to mention you will be at a lower risk of many dangerous conditions and illnesses!

Have a Wonderful ~Happy ~ Healthy ~ Day!
💛 Stacy

Edible Flowers..
How To Safely enjoy beautiful food: Part 1

Edible Flowers..
How To Safely enjoy beautiful food: Part 1


Edible flowers are the epitome of dazzling cuisine… And extremely nutritious.

Fresh from your garden in July (lavender, thyme, dill, cilantro, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chives, and basil).

After being forgotten for many years, cooking and garnishing with flowers is back in vogue and on gourmet menus once again. Cooking with Flowers has been traced back to Roman times, and to the Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Indian cultures. Edible flowers were especially popularin the Victorian era during Queen Victoria’s reign. image
Today, many restaurant chefs and innovative home cooks garnish their entrees with flower blossoms for a touch of elegance not to mention the health benefits. The secret to success when using edible flowers is to keep the dish simple, do not add to many other flavors that will over power the delicate taste of the dish. Today this nearly lost art is enjoying a revival.

The most important thing that you need to remember is that not every flower is edible!!!
In fact, sampling some flowers can make you very, very sick!!!
You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat. An edible can become toxic when treated with pesticides….
Never harvest flowers growing by the roadside ( you have no idea what they have been exposed too ).

Identify the flower exactly and eat only edible flowers and edible parts of those flowers. Remember not all parts of an edible flower is safe to eat. Just like anything else. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

Always remember to use flowers sparingly in your recipes due to the digestive complications that can occur with a large consumption rate. Most herb flowers have a taste that’s similar to the leaf, but spicier. The concept of using fresh edible flowers in cooking is not new.

How To Choose Edible Flowers –

Edible Flower Chart:

Begonia – Tuberous begonias and Waxed begonias  –

Tuberous Begonias (Begonia X tuberosa) – The leaves, flowers, and stems are edible. Begonia blossoms have a citrus-sour taste. The petals are used in salads and as a garnish. Stems, also, can be used in place of rhubarb. The flowers and stems contain oxalic acid and should not be consumed by individuals suffering from gout, kidney stones, or rheumatism.

Wax Begonias (Begonia cucullata) – The fleshy leaves and flowers are edible raw or cooked. They can have a slight bitter after taste and if in water most of the time, a hint of swamp in their flavor.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – Also called Marigolds. A wonderful edible flower. Flavors range from spicy to bitter, tangy to peppery. Their sharp taste resembles saffron (also known as Poor Man’s Saffron). Has pretty petals in golden-orange hues. Sprinkle them on soups, pasta or rice dishes, herb butters, and salads. Petals add a yellow tint to soups, spreads, and scrambled eggs. Only the pedals are edible.

Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus – aka Dianthus) – Carnations can be steeped in wine, candy, or use as cake decoration. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Dianthus are the miniature member of the carnation family with light clove-like or nutmeg scent. Petals add color to salads or aspics. Carnation petals are one of secret ingredients that has been used to make Chartreuse, a French liqueur, since the 17th century.

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum coronarium) – Tangy, slightly bitter, ranging in colors from red, white, yellow and orange. They range in taste from faint peppery to mild cauliflower. They sould be blanched first and then scatter the petals on a salad. The leaves can also be used to flavor vinegar. Always remove the bitter flower base and use petals only. Young leaves and stems of the Crown Daisy, also known as Chop Suey Greens or Shingiku in Japan, are widely used in oriental stir-fries and as salad seasoning.

Clover (Trifolium species) – Sweet, anise-like, licorice. White and red clover blossoms were used in folk medicine against gout, rheumatism, and leucorrhea. It was also believed that the texture of fingernails and toenails would improve after drinking clover blossom tea. Native Americans used whole clover plants in salads, and made a white clover leaf tea for coughs and colds. Avoid bitter flowers that are turning brown, and choose those with the brightest color, which are tastiest. Raw flower heads can be difficult to digest.

Cornflower (Centaurea cynaus) – Also called Bachelor’s button. They have a slightly sweet to spicy, clove-like flavor. Bloom is a natural food dye. More commonly used as garnish.

Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) – Also called Sweet Rocket or Dame’s Violet. This plant is often mistaken for Phlox. Phlox has five petals, Dame’s Rocket has just four. The flowers, which resemble phlox, are deep lavender, and sometimes pink to white. The plant is part of the mustard family, which also  includes radishes, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and, mustard. The plant and flowers are edible, but fairly bitter. The flowers are attractive added to green salads. The young leaves can also be added to your salad greens (for culinary purposes, the leaves should be picked before the plant flowers). The seed can also be sprouted and added to salads. NOTE: It is not the same variety as the herb commonly called Rocket, which is used as a green in salads.

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Dandelions (Taraxacum officinalis) – Member of the Daisy family. Flowers are sweetest when picked young. They have a sweet, honey-like flavor. Mature flowers are bitter. Dandelion buds are tastier than the flowers: best to pick these when they are very close to the ground, tightly bunched in the center, and about the size of a small gumball. Good raw or steamed. Also made into wine. Young leaves taste good steamed, or tossed in salads. When serving a rice dish use dandelion petals like confetti over the rice.
Day Lilies (Hemerocallis species) – Slightly sweet with a mild vegetable flavor, like sweet lettuce or melon. Their flavor is a combination of asparagus and zucchini. Chewable consistency. Some people think that different colored blossoms have different flavors. To use the surprisingly sweet petals in desserts, cut them away from the bitter white base of the flower. Also great to stuff like squash blossoms. Flowers look beautiful on composed salad platters or crowning a frosted cake. Sprinkle the large petals in a spring salad. In the spring, gather shoots two or three inches tall and use as a substitute for asparagus. NOTE:Many Lilies contain alkaloids and are NOT edible. Day Lilies may act as a diuretic or laxative; eat in moderation.

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English Daisy (Bellis perennis) – The flowers have a mildly bitter taste and are most commonly used for their looks than their flavor. The petals are used as a garnish and in salads.
IMPORTANT:

Some dos and don’ts!

Following are some simple guidelines to keep in mind before you eat any type of flower:
Life. Wellness. Health. DO’S:

Eat flowers only when you are positive they are edible. If uncertain, consult a good reference book on edible flowers prior to consumption.
If pesticides are necessary, use only those products labeled for use on edible crops. No flowers is safe to eat unless it was grown organically.
Wash all flowers thoroughly before you eat them.
Introduce flowers into your diet in small quantities one species at a time. Too much of a good thing may cause problems for your digestive system.
Remove pistils and stamens from flowers before eating. Separate the flower petals from the rest of the flower just prior to use to keep wilting to a minimum. Eat only the flower petals for most flowers except pansies violas, and Johnny-jump-ups (in which they add flavor).
If you have allergies, introduce edible flowers gradually, as they may aggravate some allergies.
Life. Wellness. Health. DON’TS:

Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.
Do not eat flowers picked from the side of the road. Once again, possible herbicide use eliminates these flowers as a possibility for use.
Just because flowers are served with food served at a restaurant does not mean they are edible.
*Know your edible flowers – as some chefs do not.
It’s easy and very attractive to use flowers for garnish on plates or for decoration, but avoid using non-edible flowers this way. Many people believe that anything on the plate can be eaten. They may not know if the flower is edible or not and may be afraid to ask.
Picking Edible Flowers:

Pick your flowers in the morning when their water content is at its highest.
Following information from the book, Edible Flowers – From Garden To Palate, by Cathy Wilkinson Barash:
Remove the stamens and styles from the flowers before eating. The pollen can detract from the flavor of the flower. In addition, the pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Remove the sepals of all flowers except violas, Johnny-jump-ups, and pansies.
Only the petals of some flowers such as rose, calendula, tulip, chrysanthemum, yucca, and lavender are edible. When using just the petals, separate them from the rest of the flower just prior to use to keep wilting to a minimum. Others, including Johnny-jump-up, violet, runner bean, honeysuckle, and clover can be eaten in their entirety.
Roses, dianthus, English daisies, marigolds and chrysanthemums have a bitter white portion at the base of the petal where it was attached to the flower. Bread or cut off the bitter part off the petal before using.

Disclaimer:
The mentioned edible flowers are general knowledge. However, individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed on this web page, do so entirely at their own risk. Life. Wellness. Health. can not be held responsible for any adverse reaction to the flowers.

Happy Cooking … Joyful Serving and Healthy Beautiful food all around!

💛~ Stacy

Have you ever seen a child at the gym ?

Have you ever seen a child at the gym ?

imageBe active… A body in motion is a fit body.
A healthy mind can lead you to a healthy body and a much happier life. … By changing our minds, we really can change our lives.
In today’s busy world, maintaining our good health is difficult  but not any less important. It’s easy to let stress take center stage and set us up for poor diet and lifestyle choices. Our diet, exercise and behavioral choices can have a significant effect on our health. If you have a poor or unhealthy diet, you may run the risk of weight gain or increased your risk of chronic diseases (like diabetes or high blood pressure). If you’re not active regularly, you may also run the risk of gaining weight but also miss out on the many benefits of exercise. If you smoke, don’t manage stress or don’t sleep well, you again can run the risk of having negative side effects on your health. Maintaining a generally healthy body will require you to make sure you’re making healthy choices in a multiple areas of your life.imageMake Healthy Choices and enjoy every minute 💛 Your Wellness Guru ~Stacy @Life.Wellness.Health

 

Non-Toxic and what does it mean to you and your health?

Non-Toxic and what does it mean to you and your health?

 

According to dictionary.com the definition of Toxic [tok-sik] is an adjective…
1. of, pertaining to, affected with, orcaused by a toxin or poison:
a toxic condition.
2. acting as or having the effect of apoison; poisonous:
a toxic drug.
The Origin is a simple one, 1655-65; Late Latin toxicus poisonous, adj. derivative of Latin toxicum poison.

Now that we have established what toxic means, are you curious to why some companies have started using the label “NON-TOXIC” ?Icons 61314_1_CS5

Have you ever considered that some of the products you have purchased with your hard earned money may be toxic? They May contain POISON?! These products could be making you sick? Or worse yet they could be making your family sick. The ingredients they are using could shorten your life span and negatively effect the quality of your life.

You must ask yourself two things….First, if the company making the products your purchasing …care about your wellbeing??…. over their profit? Second ….have YOU done your research?

YES … You must take some responsibility!

I am asked nutrition, fitness, health and general wellness questions of all kinds constantly. I am a Nutritional Therapist, Certified Wellness Consultant, Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer, I could go on but you get the point. I’m sharing my background because I’m educated and I constantly continue my education and research different topics pertaining to living a happy, healthy life… different aspects on an individual level including family life, extending all the way to corporate wellness. I have decided years to this passion. I am happy to share my knowledge. My passion is just that, SHARING WELLNESS. Helping to create a healthier happier world for my children, family, friends and community beyond my neighbors. So it’s understandable that people would ask me questions but it always surprises me that most people don’t do any research about the products they use on their body and in their homes.image

Now back to NON-TOXIC Products… They exist!!! They can help you live a happier healthy life. Remember the definition of toxic ….let’s look at the Medical Expandtion. toxictox·ic (tŏk’sĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or caused by a toxin or other poison. Capable of causing injury or death, especially by chemical means; poisonous. Does that sound like something you should brush your teeth with? Or wash your body!? Or worse yet wash your baby’s body?

WHAT THIS GENERAL ” non-toxic ” CLAIM MEAN:
The “non-toxic” claim implies that a product, substance, or chemical will not cause adverse health effects, either immediately or over the long-term. However, there are no specific standards for the “non-toxic” claim.

“Toxic” is defined by the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, which regulates hazardous household products. A product is toxic if it can produce personal injury or illness to humans when it is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin. In addition, a product is toxic if it can cause long term chronic effects like cancer birth defects, or neurotoxicity (adverse effects on the nervous system). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the federal agency responsible for administering the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. While neither the Act nor the CPSC define non-toxic, some manufacturers might assume that a product or chemical is non- toxic if it does not meet the definition of toxic under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires certain hazardous household products to be labeled to alert consumers to certain potential hazards, and how consumers can protect themselves. To require labeling, a product must (1) be toxic (as defined above), corrosive, flammable or combustible, an irritant, or a strong sensitizer, or capable of generating pressure through decomposition, heat or other means, and (2) have the potential to cause substantial personal injury or illness during or as a result of customary or reasonably foreseeable handling or use, including reasonably foreseeable ingestion by children. Specific labels are required depending on the level and type of toxicity and include “Danger,” “Caution,” “Warning,” “Flammable,” Harmful if Swallowed,” “Causes Burns,” and “Poison.”


imageHowever, just because a product or chemical does not meet the definition of “toxic” as defined by the Act and CPSC does not mean it is harmless. For example, most toxicologists rate the acute (immediate) toxicity of substances along a continuum, not as toxic or non-toxic. One common scale rates acute toxicity from a 6 (supertoxic) to a 1 (practically nontoxic). What CPSC calls “toxic” would get a 3, 4, or higher rating according to this scale. Thus, substances that are still slightly toxic according to this common scale would not meet the CPSC definition of “toxic” and might even be labeled “non-toxic.” Moreover, a consumer could see both a “non-toxic” label and a “This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer” label on the same product since the threshold for what CPSC considers to be toxic is lower than that for the State of California.

CPSC describes tests that can be used to determine acute toxicity in terms of doses lethal to animals. By their definition, if a pint of a substance would be lethal to an average adult, it is considered acutely toxic. If it takes more than this to produce a lethal effect (say a quart), then CPSC would not regard the chemical as toxic. However, a substance that could kill an average adult who drank a quart is certainly not harmless. Such a product could be labeled “non-toxic” and not be in violation of the law.

CPSC also considers a substance to show chronic toxicity if it is or contains a “known” or “probable” human carcinogen, neurotoxin, or developmental or reproductive toxicant. However, many if not most substances have not been tested sufficiently to know whether they cause cancer or adverse effects on development, reproduction, or the nervous system in humans and CPSC does not require manufacturers to conduct testing.. Thus, while many substances would not meet the definition of “toxic” according to CPSC, we do not know with certainty that they are “non-toxic.”

The Environmental Protection Agency regulates cleaning products labeled as “antibacterial” (Antibacterial Labels) and considers claims such as “nontoxic,” “contains all natural ingredients,” and other statements about the safety of a pesticide to be false or misleading.

Foods, drugs, and cosmetics are required to list their ingredients (with a few exceptions, such as fragrances in cosmetics), but household cleaning products are not required to disclose their ingredients (except for disinfectants or other ingredients considered to be antimicrobial pesticides).

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WHO VERIFIES THIS GENERAL CLAIM?
There is no organization that verifies the use of “non-toxic” other than the company manufacturing or marketing the product. While CPSC requires some products to display hazard labeling, it conducts no oversight or enforcement of the use of the term “non-toxic.”
CONSUMERS UNION EVALUATION:
How meaningful is the label?
“Non-toxic” is not meaningful and can be misleading. There is no definition or standard used for judging whether a consumer product or its ingredients are “non-toxic,” and no assurance that such a claim has been independently verified. A product that does not meet the definition of “toxic” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission should not necessarily be considered non-toxic.

I have been researching products and companies for years … There are many trust worthy companies and many dishonest… I was asked to look into the company
•Pure Haven Essentials (PHE)•

imageThis company has learned a few things about how to create non-toxic products.

They make all products in house (the only way to insure you know what ingredients are actually used)  … They clearly label the all the ingredients on each container …. And most importantly they help you educate yourself, you the consumers can purchase your products from educated sales people that can answer your questions! (Have you ever asked the person in target what’s in your Shampoo?)

I was so impressed that I have decided to indorse their products. The products will go hand in hand with my Wellness Education. I hope incorporating this will help my clients find products they love and can trust in their homes. Products you will feel safe using and sharing with your loved ones!!! I will post my new PHE website soonimage image

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have !

Cheers, to a happy ~ healthy ~life !!!
Stacy