Thursday, March 31, 2016

Plastic Life & Raging Hormones

I wanted to reuse a #2 plastic bottle that had organic cleaner in it for something else and wondered, is it going to be safe?  That lead me to finding the very handy link below from so I thought that I would share.  Plastic is unavoidable these days but there are, as you will see, much safer choices as well as easy options to incorporate into your daily living to keep you clean and green!

Be safe, be well!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Organic Vs non-Organic

Hi and welcome.  :)  Here is where I post recipes, stories and the focus is always on education and on ways to improve the health and vitality of your life.  50+ years ago, when we grew crops, they were organic. There weren’t rampant pesticides to worry about until later.  These chemicals, along with all the ones we breath in daily and put on our skin, become part of the ‘body burden’.  These toxins are stored in fat cells and can disrupt our hormones and cause cancer and other illness. Land was crop rotated so that minerals could be restored that one plant took, where another plant provided.  Genius!   Land was also ‘rested’ in between crops.  While it is vital to eat organically, to avoid toxins, with Factory Farming methods compromising our soil (erosion/mineral depletion)  this means that the same spinach, the same tomato, the same eggplant today is vastly different in nutritional value than their counterparts decades ago.  So while it is a fact that organic produce is higher in nutritional value than non-organic produce, our bodies struggle to get enough of every mineral and vitamin necessary. Supplementation can help however, firstly the body doesn’t like incomplete sources, it wants whole food sources.  There are many nutrients we are still learning about, still discovering!  Secondly, the vitamins taken must be plant based in order for the body to recognize and assimilate them.  Most vitamins on the market are chemically made or made from rocks or shells and the body really doesn’t know what to do with that.  A plant does, however!  If you take iron and shave it into a capsule, our body cannot assimilate it.  But if you put those same shavings into the soil, en voila, the plant absorbs it into iron that the body can utilize.  Fascinating!   So as even the best supplements are not ‘complete’ the best way to get what you need is though juicing and living foods, such as sprouts, wheat grass, barley grass and of course rolling up your sleeves, nurturing your own organic soil and raising your own crops! 

Part of what I do as a Holistic Health and Lifestyle Counsellor is help others with ways to incorporate a more plant based diet into their lives and be less meat centric which, even if you eat only organic meats, is still not sustainable for our planet or healthy for us at the rate most of us imbibe currently.  Everyone lives differently and baby steps can be taken!  I espouse a diet where meat is eaten 2 days per week (or best not at all) with the remainder vegetarian with a focus on fresh greens and sprouts.   I work with clients to help them discover the best ways to get greens into their diet, be that through a Miessence green tonic, fantastic for those who travel or work long hours, or through incorporating the easiest tools for growing sprouts and wheatgrass at home for pennies a day.   1 lb of seeds creates 10lbs of produce!  And its delicious!  For your next meal, think green and hug yourself!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

HAIL SEITAN! Preparing Seitan at home is not the devils work I thought it might be.

So I said to my husband Michael, hey, wouldn't be fab humour to put the words 'Hail Seitan' on a T-shirt.  Then I saw it was already done.  What was not yet done was my happy hands in the kitchen preparing Seitan from scratch as opposed to locating it in a dish at a restaurant.  Having done it, it is fairly simple. 

I picked up some Bob's Red Mill, Vital Wheat Gluten, which is organic I am told.  For those of you, like me, who had no clue what this really is or how to make it, it is a great, flexible wheat gluten substitute for meat.  Gluten is made from the endosperm of the wheat berry and when mixed with water, it becomes this malleable, elastic food substance.   Included on the back of the package of this stuff are two recipes, one for Honey Oatmeal Bread, which I may try at some point, but primarily for this article, there is a great basic seitan recipe.  You can also google for fun. But just buying this product and following the instructions on the back make it a breeze for first timers.  I will say that for the broth recipe, rather than water, I did it with veggie stock.  There is also a delicious organic veggie mushroom stock, which is harder to locate. Mmmmmmmm!  That stuff is great in like everything. 

2 c Bob's Red Mill Vital Wheat Gluten
1/2 Tsp Sage
1 Tsp Marjoram
1 Tsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Cups water

6 cups Organic Veggie Stock, try the mushroom one or you can use just plain (purified) water.
2 Tbsp Molasses
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

You boil the broth and while that is getting ready to boil,   mix the gluten flour and spice3s, add the water in and stir into a spongey dough. Knead the dough a minutes to make it come together and become more elastic.  Next cut it into 2"x2" pieces and place this into your boiling broth.

Cook your gluten in the broth for about 1 hour and lower the heat as needed.  Drain and use seitan in stir-fry, sandwiches, stews, etc.

And since I am just beginning here with Seitan, if anybody has another fantastic recipe they'd like to share, feel free!   
Happy healthy eating!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Your Body Healthy - Acidic vs Alkaline

Eternal health and happiness begins in the gut. The heart has a few words to stand up and say about what I just typed, but frankly, if your gut isn't happy, everything else in your life becomes secondary.

Most of us were raised in homes with busy and well meaning parents who did not understand proper medicine.  Food is medicine.  Food is also poison if we are eating the wrong stuff.  The foods we Americans eat on the SAD (Standard American Diet), is acidic in our bodies.  For optimum health and to eschew cancer and other bad mojo diseases, we must create an alkaline environment inside our Temple.

Examples of acid foods would be meat, poultry, milk, cheese, packaged foods, bread, pasta, pastries, soft drinks, most snack foods.

Vegetables, plants, sprouts, sea weeds and fresh water algae are highly alkalizing.  Veggies neutralize toxic acids in our blood and tissues. Chlorella, blue-green algae (From Klamath Lake is the best source) helps chelate and pull heavy metals from the body.

Try not overcooking your food.  Cooking it destroys the natural enzymes which are life giving!  Heating above 118 kills off the enzymes.  Shoot for an 80/20 diet where 80% of your food intake is alkalizing foods, preferably raw.

Work toward weaning yourself off over processed foods.  Avoid: Excess alcohol, caffeine, salt and sugar, especially avoid anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup.

I recently began growing my own sprouts and wheat-grass which I am very excited about! Part of my work as a Holistic Health Consultant is to assist clients with ways to optimize their health and growing things in your kitchen are a terrific start.  All this stated, I realize not everybody knows how to get started or may have the time to do this, particularly a challenge for people who travel a lot or work very long hours as I did for the last 15 years.

 If overwork and travel put you in a time famine, look for ways to mind your diet by eating the least processed most raw menu items and supplement with a body tonic!  Miessence has a few body tonics to explore that you can check out on my website: DeepGreen which you add to water or juice to alkalize the body.  Berry Radical is an antioxidant Superfood and InLiven is a gluten free 13 strain Probiotic you can mix into a smoothie or juice.

Look for products which are raw, freeze dried and cold pressed so that you are ingesting quality ingredients to maintain the maximum benefits for yourself, not just the company you purchase from.

All the very best in health!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Miessence Organic Skincare & Business Opportunity!

Hi.  After 26 years as a Project Manager in Telecommunications, I am now an independent rep and proudly sell Miessence Organic Skincare.  Skin is our largest organ, a living breathing example of our shining health...or issues on display.  But what many don't yet know is that at least 60% of what you apply on it, be it natural or chemical, absorbs right in!  With chemicals and hormone disruptors everywhere we look, it becomes critical that we be mindful not only what goes into the body to nourish us, but also what we apply on top of it to cleans, tone and moisturize or block the UVA/UVB rays of the sun.

Miessence offers great bio-available tonics, enzymatic house hold cleaning products, deodorant and heavenly body/skincare products.  I love the smell, that fresh plant based aroma in every product I use.    You can of course go to my website and shop to try and enjoy the health and beautifying products but you can also join, its free, and on two levels; one to just get a discount yourself to buy the products or to buy the products for yourself and also promote them as I do.  

We all must be more mindful of of the planet we share and how we can personally have a positive impact.  The way we live today isnt sustainable.  I am trying to change the world by how I shop, what I do and don't buy.  Recently someone told me how the world will never change but think of the power in our spending!  Corporations rise, operate or fail by what we buy.  Spending is an ultimate power.  We make this choice daily, each time we buy only local organic produce, buy only organic humanely raised meats and eggs, etc.

Let's change the world together!

Friday, March 4, 2016


So whether you are vegetarian for health, to save the planet or call yourself a carnivore, there is something in my blog for you!  My husband is a master chef and devout meat eater.  Rather than cut meat completely and make my husband very sad, we are cutting meat to 2 times a week.  When we do buy meat, we make sure it is organic and humanely raised (research the vendor).  In this way, I feel it is more sustainable.  To put it frankly, the standard American diet (SAD) is absolutely not sustainable nor is it healthy.  If you've not watched it already, check out Food Inc.  With greed now running the food industry, mostly gone are the days where agribusiness cares for we the people, cares for its livestock, rotates crops, rests the soil and farms and raises animals in a humane and organic way.   That stated, it becomes important for us to do our due diligence to see whom we are supporting with our hard earned cash.

As I do a deeper dive into what we are eating and ways to live healthier, I will post little gems I uncover.  If you are already vegan or lacto vegetarian, terrific!  But for those who do still eat meat, please try to reduce your meat intake to only 2 days a week and branch out, get creative on ways to better nourish yourself and your family and friends! 

2 slices Branola bread
1 can Olives chopped  (You can get at least 2 sandwiches out of 1 can of the olives.)
Mayo or Vegan style Mayo and mix into the olives to create a spread
top with shredded cheese or vegan cheese
Top with a bunch of sprouts of your choice
Top the sprouts with a sprinkle of vegan bacon bits. 


You have to dig olives to eat this.  That stated, I love them and I buy the pre chopped can of black olives as a time saver.  Those little guys rolling around on the cutting board get tricky.  I use Orowheat Branola Bread for my sandwich.  The flavor works well.  I also like Tillamook Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese but you can do a vegan cheese etc, as noted above.