Energy Boosting Smoothie

Smooth­ies are a great way to take nutri­tious food on the go with you or to round out a busy day with food that gives you quick energy.

Here is one of my new favorites.  The fla­vors go great together while the chia seeds add whole food pro­tein and the maca pow­der acts like a pick-me up with­out any caf­feine.  Fills me up and keeps me going.

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Energy Boost­ing Smoothie

Ingre­di­ents

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 large Beet
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 tea­spoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 tea­spoon Maca Powder

Instruc­tions

  1. Place all the ingre­di­ents in a blender and blend until creamy and deli­cious. Enjoy!
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5 Reasons Energy Medicine is Perfect for Treating Autoimmune Disorders

Brown Lotus

My inter­est in autoim­mune dis­or­ders started years ago when I was watch­ing a talk show with guest Annette Funi­cello.  At the time she had been deal­ing with the effects of Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (MS) for over 10 years.  She was des­per­ate for a solu­tion to end her strug­gle.  At the end of the inter­view she was off to sky-dive because she had heard it could help to cure MS.

I remem­ber think­ing it was an odd treat­ment and not under­stand­ing how it could cure this ter­ri­ble dis­ease.  Since then, in my jour­ney to learn about alter­na­tive heal­ing modal­i­ties, I often looked for causes and solu­tions for autoim­mune dis­or­ders that had begun to affect peo­ple I know and love.

Autoim­mune dis­or­ders are becom­ing more preva­lent in our cul­ture with each year.  They are debil­i­tat­ing, affect every­one and the med­ical sys­tem has no cure.  Not only don’t they have a cure but they are stymied by the cause, which makes their search for a cure harder.

Since find­ing Eden Energy Med­i­cine, I have become con­vinced that Energy Med­i­cine is a viable solu­tion for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from autoim­mune dis­or­ders who are tired of not get­ting answers to their ques­tions, con­cerns and needs.

How Energy Med­i­cine can help Autoim­mune Disorders

1.  Energy Med­i­cine is best known for being able to relieve pain with­out the side effects of drugs.  Nearly every autoim­mune dis­or­der I am famil­iar with comes with a level of pain and dis­com­fort. Some more than oth­ers.  Often suf­fer­ers are told there is no solu­tion other than daily doses of painkillers.  Even if we could over­look the side effects of the drugs, their vari­able effec­tive­ness and addic­tive poten­tial, the real­ity is they are not a cure for the problem.

Energy Med­i­cine is uniquely suited to help reduce and heal pain because prac­ti­tion­ers look for the dis­rup­tion in the energy sys­tem that is lead­ing to the dis­com­fort.  Then there are dif­fer­ent ways to alle­vi­ate the pain and teach the client how to heal their own pain.  All with­out side effects or addiction.

2. Focus­ing on bal­anc­ing Energy gives the body more energy.  Just like an unclogged drain will eas­ily move water, reg­u­larly doing Energy Med­i­cine Exer­cises and/or being treated by a prac­ti­tioner will make the energy in the body flow more smoothly.  Imag­ine giv­ing your body a boost of energy before even get­ting out of bed. That is how quickly energy med­i­cine can work.

3. Energy Med­i­cine improves your mood.  There are two rea­sons for this.  First, when you have more energy (see #2), you feel bet­ter.  Your moods are more sta­ble and you han­dle every­day stres­sors more effec­tively.  I call that a win-win.

Sec­ond, one of my favorite energy sys­tems, that I use daily, are the Radi­ant Cir­cuits.  While all the ben­e­fits of Radi­ant Cir­cuits are more numer­ous than we have time for here, they are very impor­tant to heal­ing the body and are acces­si­ble to every­one. When the Radi­ant Cir­cuits are flow­ing prop­erly, it is amaz­ing how good it feels.

4. Energy Med­i­cine treats the whole body. For the record this isn’t about bash­ing the med­ical sys­tem, but my biggest crit­i­cism of them is their unwill­ing­ness to acknowl­edge the whole per­son when they are treat­ing some­one.  Almost daily I speak with women who are given con­tra­dict­ing infor­ma­tion from their doc­tors that makes health impossible.

Energy Med­i­cine looks at the entire per­son.  Nine energy sys­tems are eval­u­ated for their effects on the phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional body to deter­mine what is out of bal­ance.  It is com­pletely non-invasive and often pro­vides rein­force­ment for the patient on what they have been expe­ri­enc­ing.  I have not had a client tell me even once that I was totally off basis in assess­ing their energy and what is hap­pen­ing to them phys­i­cally.  All of this infor­ma­tion is taken directly from the energy sys­tems I am testing.

5.  The cre­ator of Energy Med­i­cine cured her­self of debil­i­tat­ing Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. Donna Eden tells her story of being unable to walk for two years and reg­u­lar trips to the emer­gency room for toxic shock in her mid 20’s when the 5th spe­cial­ist told her to go home to her two daugh­ters and put her affairs in order.  They had given up on her and were no longer offer­ing solutions.

So, Donna took her nat­ural abil­ity to see energy, went home, and started to con­nect energy path­ways in her body.  Not only did she sur­vive but at 70 years old she is vibrant and thriv­ing.  You would never know that she was so sick to look at her today. She trav­els all over the world shar­ing her gifts and has made it her life pur­pose to teach oth­ers how to access this amaz­ing knowl­edge.  Being in her pres­ence is truly an amaz­ing experience.

Sum­ming It Up

Using the wis­dom of ancient heal­ing sys­tems and com­bin­ing the heal­ing power of Chakras, Auras, Merid­i­ans, Tibetan rings, the Celtic Weave, Radi­ant Cir­cuits, Electrics, Five Rhythms and the Basic Grid (which she dis­cov­ered), Donna Eden has devel­oped a method that asks the body how to heal and fol­lows the wis­dom it holds.

While every per­son is dif­fer­ent and results depend on the abil­ity to com­mit to and fol­low through with treat­ment, it is pos­si­ble to put autoim­mune dis­or­ders into remission.

Heal­ing may not be so much about get­ting bet­ter, as about let­ting go of every­thing that isn’t you – all of the expec­ta­tions, all of the beliefs – and becom­ing who you are.”  Rachel Naomi Remen

My jour­ney of learn­ing heal­ing modal­i­ties has taught me our bod­ies are unique, intel­li­gent and pow­er­ful.  When we lis­ten to the wis­dom it shares with us, pro­vide bal­ance and love for our­selves, the body will heal.  It’s inevitable.

My ques­tion for you, How has your jour­ney to health shaped your under­stand­ing of your body?  Share your thoughts with us in the com­ments below.

Quinoa-Kale Salad

Quinoa, Kale, Salad

Quinoa-Kale Salad is one of my favorite foods to keep on hand.  It makes any greens that are sea­son­ally avail­able taste great.   A fill­ing snack with com­plete pro­tein to sus­tain you for hours.  Quinoa-Kale Salad can be served warm or cold and tastes even bet­ter the next day.

 

Quinoa-Kale Salad

Ingre­di­ents

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Quinoa*, rinsed
  • 2 table­spoons Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 cloves Gar­lic, minced
  • 2 bunches Dark Green Leafy Veg­eta­bles**, chopped
  • 1 can Chick­peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tea­spoon Salt
  • 1/2 tea­spoon Dill, dried or 1 table­spoon fresh

Instruc­tions

  1. Com­bine water and quinoa and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook for 15–20 min­utes, until all the water has been absorbed.
  3. In a large sauté pan heat olive oil and sauté onion and minced gar­lic cloves until translucent.
  4. Add chopped dark green leafy veg­etable and cook until wilted.
  5. Com­bine the cooked quinoa, greens, chick­peas, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and dill until thor­oughly incorporated.
  6. Serve warm or cold. Makes great leftovers.

*Quinoa is a super grain that can be found in any nat­ural food store. It adds a nice nutty fla­vor to meals where you would nor­mally serve rice. Quinoa is a com­plete pro­tein and a great source of sev­eral B vit­a­mins, mak­ing it a sub­sti­tute for peo­ple want­ing to reduce car­bo­hy­drates in their diet. When prepar­ing quinoa be sure to rinse the quinoa with water and a fine mesh colan­der until the water runs clear. This removes a bit­ter dust that clings to the quinoa. **Dark Green Leafy Veg­eta­bles — Kale, Col­lards, Esca­role, Swiss Chard, Spinach or any­thing you have on hand.

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Fermented Foods and Fatigue

Intesti­nal health in autoim­mune dis­or­ders such as Chronic Fatigue Syn­drome and Fibromyal­gia go hand in hand.  Often before diag­no­sis of the autoim­mune dis­ease, diges­tive issues begin to crop up and cause havoc.  One of the most pow­er­ful tools we have for heal­ing and strength­en­ing the func­tions of the intestines are fer­mented foods.

Ben­e­fits of Fer­mented Foods

  • Pro­mote growth of health bac­te­ria in the intestines.
  • Aids and improves diges­tion and elimination.
  • Enhances absorp­tion and assim­i­la­tion of nutrients.
  • The active cul­tures have stim­u­lat­ing effects on cel­lu­lar immunity.
  • Boasts anti-cancer and antibi­otic properties.
  • Reg­u­lates com­mu­ni­ca­tion between the immune sys­tem, ner­vous sys­tem and brain.
  • Help con­trol inflam­ma­tion through­out the body.
  • Increase anti­bod­ies.
  • Detox­ify heavy met­als from the body.
  • Syn­the­size vit­a­min K and impor­tant B vitamins.
  • Improves mood and alle­vi­ates symp­toms of depres­sion and anxiety.

Diges­tion

The most pop­u­lar under­stand­ing of the role of fer­mented foods is the ben­e­fit to proper diges­tion and elim­i­na­tion. Pro­bi­otics in fer­mented foods build up the good bac­te­ria in the gut so food is more eas­ily bro­ken down in the small intes­tine and nutri­ents can be absorbed faster.  Being the most energy inten­sive sys­tem in the body, this allows the body to fin­ish digest­ing quickly and pro­vide more energy for the body.

Once the food is digested, fer­mented foods are equally effec­tive as fiber to help with chronic con­sti­pa­tion and/or diar­rhea.  The two com­bined can sig­nif­i­cantly assist with improv­ing the mobil­ity of the gut as well as detox­i­fy­ing heavy met­als from the body.

Inflam­ma­tion

We, as a cul­ture, are becom­ing more aware of the effects of inflam­ma­tion on all dis­eases, espe­cially autoim­mune dis­ease.  A weak immune sys­tem and minor infec­tions are two of the com­mon causes of chronic inflammation.

The pro­bi­otics in fer­mented foods help the body to cre­ate anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, B com­plex vit­a­mins, vit­a­min K, diges­tive enzymes, and immune system-enhancing beta glu­cans.  Work­ing sym­bi­ot­i­cally with the body, fer­mented foods cre­ate an inter­nal envi­ron­ment that elim­i­nates and pre­vents inflammation.

Improve Your Mood

One of the more recent dis­cov­er­ies on the ben­e­fits of fer­mented foods within the body is the abil­ity to improve your mood.  Sci­ence is learn­ing that through the pro­duc­tion of  B com­plex vit­a­mins and neu­ro­chem­i­cals like sero­tonin in the gut, there is improved emo­tional func­tion­ing in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from CFS/ME.  

Pro­bi­otics that sup­port the growth of microbes within the gut, both syn­the­size and respond to neu­ro­chem­i­cals inte­gral in mood ele­va­tion.  Some of the ones that have been iden­ti­fied are:

  • Sero­tonin
  • Dopamine
  • Nor­ep­i­neph­rine
  • GABA
  • Acetyl­choline
  • Oxy­tocin

It is impor­tant to note that 90% of the sero­tonin used by the brain is pro­duced in the gut.  This cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant con­nec­tion between how we feel and what we eat.  That old say­ing “You are what you eat” takes on new mean with this knowledge.

These neu­ro­chem­i­cals have been the focus of the med­ical sys­tem in their efforts to treat depres­sion and anx­i­ety.  By eat­ing fer­mented foods every­day, your body can nat­u­rally make them to improve your mood with­out the side effects of drug treatment.

Types of Fer­mented Foods

Many of the com­mer­cially made fer­mented foods are lack­ing the ben­e­fi­cial live pro­bi­otics that make them a super­food. They are destroyed through pas­teur­iza­tion and radi­a­tion. If you can’t find liv­ing fer­mented foods, the best way to start get­ting more liv­ing food into your daily rou­tine is to make your own.  Some com­mon types that are easy to make at home are sauer­kraut, sour­dough bread, yogurt, water and milk kefir, and kombucha.

A major ben­e­fit to mak­ing your own fer­mented foods is the bac­te­ria gath­ered from our envi­ron­ment cus­tomizes the pro­bi­otics they make for us.  It is an ideal sym­bio­sis and explains why peo­ple have been using fer­mented foods for years to improve and sus­tain their well-being.

You only need 1–2 table­spoons of active pro­bi­otic fer­mented foods a day if you are using them reg­u­larly, although you can have more. If you are new to them, start out slowly with 1–3 tea­spoons per day. As you notice the ben­e­fits you can grad­u­ally increase them to rec­om­mended amount.  Be care­ful, it can be hard to stop eat­ing them once you start.  They are so yummy.  

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Con­clu­sion

While autoim­mune dis­ease is a com­pli­cated beast, through a holis­tic approach, we can begin to improve the qual­ity of life of those suf­fer­ing with it.  A key to that is to begin con­sum­ing foods that sup­port the proper func­tion­ing of the body.  We often hear the super­foods buzz word for heal­ing.  At the top of that list, should be fer­mented foods.  They sup­port the body on many lev­els and pro­vide the foun­da­tion for a health diet by reduc­ing inflam­ma­tion, pro­mot­ing a strong immune sys­tem and improv­ing our diges­tive health.

What is your favorite fer­mented food?  We would love to hear from  you in the com­ments below.