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Monday, May 24, 2010

Going Raw

I have always been a vegetarian - well, since 1978. I have tried meat here and there - don't like it. I will eat fish and I can stomach turkey but I minimize the turkey! I have recently started eating raw just 5 days a week. It is so much easier than you could ever imagine. Let me back up for a moment. I recently had a client that had M.S. - (groan) - my experience with 90%(+) of M.S. clients is that they will not do what they need too! I have almost given up on that diagnosis altogether. He had been diagnosed several years ago and not a single symptom! He is 100% raw and has been for those years after diagnosis! I looked amazing! He felt amazing! If only everyone would do this - even 75% of the time they would be just as amazing!!
When I have suggested it in the past to clients I would say it holding my breath because I knew what they were thinking - "are you crazy" there's no way - I'm too busy, I cannot take the time, it's too expensive, my family would never do that"... I hear all kinds of excuses for any dietary changes or exercise recommendations! It is easy! If I can take care of my own business, 3 young kids, a household and a husband and eat raw anyone, anyone, anyone can do it!
If you take just a moment to wash a few fruits in the morning, just keep your blender always on the counter (I rinse after using and use a couple times a day or a couple days in a row before really having to wash thoroughly). To get your protein just add a spoonful of raw nut butter (it's just about the same cost as the other at Super Walmart if you have to shop for a family like I do - maybe 7-10 cents more). If you need essential fatty acids grab that box of ground flax meal out of the refrigerator and throw in a handful. With the nut butter you will stay fuller longer. I keep a bag of dates or nuts in my purse and if I need a little something I grab a handful and munch on it while returning emails and posting my daily healthy thoughts on my Facebook business page. I even do it between clients when they are filling out paperwork. If you don't have a few minutes to make a smoothie in the morning or you would rather sleep 15 more minutes and you don't make the time - run into Starbucks on the way to work. They have raw nuts, fruit leather, raw breakfast bars with no gluten, wheat or dairy. You have your choice of organic fruit juices or bottled water. I did that this morning so I could get to the office at 6:50 a.m. and catch up. After picking up my daughter we made a stop at a farmer's market on the way home and picked up grapfruits, blueberries, squash, strawberries and eggplant with fresh basil. It took a total of 20 minutes, in and out. When I got home I heated up the wok and threw in olive oil, garlic and some veggies, frozen and fresh. Done in another 15 minutes. It can be quick and easy. If you have some extra time to get fancy then do it - make an awesome salad, or a fruit plate. I took some time the other night to make a raw pudding so my kids could be a part of my new venture. We opened a coconut and used the milk and meat with 1 banana, 1 cup walnuts, a tiny bit of ginger with 1/4 tsp of sea salt and 1/4 tsp of Mace and cinnamon (the recipe called for pumpkin spice - didn't have it), and 12 dates. Mix in the blender for a minute and you have a sweet, raw treat! I am skinnier and feeling awesome! A great smoothie to use as a snack is a banana, 1 mango and 1 avocado - yummy - green, but yummy! Look at Victoria Boutenko's blog, and facebook fan page for more recipes! That's it, just giving you the scoop on eating right - no excuses needed!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Check Out These Signs Of A Stroke!

One of the things I do in my practice is to look at a client's tongue. It gives me a lot of information! A client came to see me one day and this visit was different. When I examined her tongue it went straight to the side! I told her this was a sign of stroke and to be aware of symptoms. She immediately voiced her opinion about my comment. She told me that I shouldn't tell people that and how it was unnecessary. I will not stop, people need to know. I heard from her a month later with news that she had a stroke and the Dr.s told her she had already had around 20 small ones that she wasn't aware of. I received this email today reminding people of the signs of a stroke and for the first time ever the tongue was a sign - imagine that! When my father called me one day to tell me my mother had a stroke we grabbed two things right away to prevent long term permanent damage. Capsicum to thin the blood and a liquid herbal combination called First Herbs for the first sign of a stroke or heart attack. We gave these to her for the several hours we had to wait in the hall of a hospital not seeing anyone that could help her. She is now in great shape by the way! This combination is from Cedar Bear Naturals - find it and keep it in your medicine cabinet!!

The photo shown above shows exactly why the tongue goes off to the side! Here is the other information in that email:
During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening
Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ... Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die.. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this.....
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally.. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher..

Another sign of a stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke..