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Guilt-Free, Easy To Make Desserts

Hi everyone! I want to share with you two amazing, easy to make and fairly inexpensive dessert options that are guaranteed to be a big hit:

These are incredible Garbanzo Bean cookies!

 

Dessert #1

Ingredients:

1 can of garbanzo beans ( you can also use any other kinds of beans you want. Cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans, etc.)

1/2 cup of peanut butter ( you can also use alternative nut butters as well)

1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 tsp of aluminum-free baking powder

2 tsp pure vanilla extract (make sure it’s not artificial vanilla extract)

pinch of himalayan salt

1/2 cup of cacao nibs or dairy free chocolate chips (I purchased mine at Whole Foods Market)

Optional: add in nuts

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Drain & Rinse your garbanzo beans, then put them in a food processor
  3. Add in all other ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips. Blend it all together.
  4. After the ingredients are blended together, add the chocolate chips. Mix it all together with a spoon or your hands.
  5. Roll the batter into balls and place them onto the parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Dessert #2

These are a delectable dessert for anyone who is on an auto immune paleo diet. If you have multiple food sensitivities or if you’re working on overcoming an auto immune issue, these are extremely easy and affordable to make.

Ingredients:

1  1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut (purchased from Trader Joes)

1 tbsp of coconut flour (purchased from Whole Foods Market)

Pinch of himalayan salt

2 tbsp coconut oil (Trader Joes has the cheapest)

1/8th cup of grade B maple syrup

1 tbsp vanilla extract (optional because this is not usually allowed on an AIP diet)

Instructions:

  1. Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until well mixed.
  2. Roll into balls and put on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, turn the macaroons over half way through.
  4. Let them cool in the refrigerator & enjoy!
  5. Note: a bit more coconut oil may be needed if the mixture is too dry.

Enjoy!

 

The Mighty Power of Cinnamon

Did you know that you hold one of the most powerful spices in your kitchen cabinet? Cinnamon is a miracle spice that can aid in the healing of Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Weight loss, Arthritis, Inflammation, and even restoring of brain function in those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

How To Create This Miracle Drink:

  1. Boil 16 ounces of water (make sure it’s bubbling first before you add the cinnamon)
  2. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of cinnamon powder to the water and stir for a minute or so.
  3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into the water and stir
  4. You can add stevia if you desire, but cinnamon has it’s own sweetness to it.
  5. Drink this about 20 minutes before your largest meal or after a big meal and it will help balance your blood sugar, which in turn helps stabilize your weight as well.

More Benefits To Cinnamon:

  • Cinnamon activates the antioxidant defense system, suppresses pro-inflammatory cytokine production.
  • Cinnamon has a positive reaction on Type 2 diabetics/ gestational diabetes by improving insulin secretion and sensitivity. (If have type 2 diabetes or are “pre-diabetic” you are insulin resistant.) The beta cells of your pancreas are no longer working. Blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C are high. Cinnamon helps to bring sensitivity back to your beta cells! (How awesome is that?!)
  • Cinnamon has also has been shown to increase learning ability & the neuronal activity in the hippocampus of the brain. (This is the area in which Alzheimer’s or Dementia suffers. Short term memory). This is because when you have constantly high blood sugar it starts to degenerate your brain and you then develop what is called diabetes 3 or diabetes of the brain. (Check my blog post for more info on diabetes of the brain)
  • Cinnamon also demonstrated prominent action in inflammation and Arthritis, and is considered an anti-rheumatic agent.

I think it’s amazing that nature provides us with so many answers to so many dysfunctions in our body. All medications originated from some herb, some bark, or something in nature. 

If you have diabetes or any of these other issues, try it. It’s a no brainer !

 

Sources:

http://www.healthline.com/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28092845

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27308892

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23833722

How To Whiten Your Teeth With Charcoal Instead Of Toxic Fluoride

Stop using Fluoride toothpaste or whitening strips to whiten your teeth! Whiten your teeth with Activated Charcoal instead.

“Prolonged ingestion of Fluoride can cause significant damage to health and particularly to the central nervous system. Therefore, it is important to be aware of this serious problem and avoid the use of toothpaste and items that contain Fluoride, particularly in children as they are more susceptible to the toxic effects of Fluoride.” – Spanish Society of Neurology, 2011

I always thought that I had white teeth…until I started brushing my teeth with charcoal before I used tooth paste. What a difference!

As you can see, my teeth got quite a few shades whiter in just 8 days, and it only cost me $10 as opposed to $100+ from a dentist’s office.

AND I didn’t have to use a neuro-toxin to have my teeth whitened!

 

Why I Ditched Fluoride Toothpaste Forever Ago:

 

  • Fluoride induces changes in the brain and biochemistry that affect the neurological development & cognitive processes, such as learning and memory.
  • Fluoride is proven to be toxic at ingestion one part per million, and the effects are not immediate, as they can take 20 years or more to become evident.
  • Fluoride excess changes thyroid follicular morphology (production and secretion of thyroid hormones T4 & T3).
  • Fluoride was shown to inhibit growth significantly, as well as alter cortisol/sleep rhythm (known as HPT axis). All above indicated that fluoride could pose a great threat to thyroid endocrine system, thus detrimentally affected the normal function of thyroid
  • The Pineal gland is exceptionally susceptible to storing fluoride in it. Fluoride causes calcification of the pineal gland. As we age, we have a longer exposure to Fluoride, so there is a higher accumulation in the pineal gland (aka “the third eye” which is the chakra center that is responsible for reaching higher consciousness) than in bone. The pineal gland also is responsible for secreting Melatonin, which helps us enter deep sleep.

Other Benefits of Charcoal:

  • Very helpful for absorbing toxins from the stomach. If you ever ingest something toxic or get food poisoning – you could take 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal to help your body soak up everything and excrete it from your system.
  • Excellent to mix with bentonite clay & use as a face mask.  See my post on edible masks that you can create to help heal acne.
  • Absorbs mold toxins & aflatoxins in the body.
  • Helpful if you have indigestion.
  • Reduced oxidative stress in those undergoing hemodialysis.

 

How To Brush Your Teeth With Charcoal:

  1. Open up one or two capsules over a small glass, such as a shot glass. It can get messy so do it over a sink as well.
  2. Wet your tooth brush a little bit
  3. Dip your tooth brush into the charcoal powder and brush your teeth accordingly. You can also squeeze your toothpaste over the toothbrush after you’ve dipped the charcoal in it as well.
  4. Brush your teeth for 1-2 minutes, and then rinse repeatedly until the water is clear.
  5. Charcoal is abrasive and although uncommon, it could irritate the gums if done it to excess. Do this charcoal 1x per day for 5 days/week or every other day. Take a break from using charcoal for 3-4 days  periodically.
  6. Make sure to take before and after pictures of your teeth so you can see your progress!

*If you choose to make charcoal a part of your daily regimen, make sure to take it on an empty stomach and at least 30 minutes away from your other supplements because it will absorb whatever came before it.

 

I would love to see your progress pictures! Activated Charcoal is sold at Dr. Jack’s Wellness Center 🙂

 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21255877

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27522547

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26748264

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11275672

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26395517

Edible Masks That Can Heal Your Skin & Toxic Ingredients To Avoid

“We will not be able to reduce the risk of breast cancer without addressing preventable causes, particularly exposure to chemicals.” – The Environmental Working Group

 

Did you know that your skin is considered your “biggest organ”? Your skin absorbs literally everything that you put on it. This is why it is vitally important that you always read the ingredients of the lotions, makeup, moisturizers and masques that you put on your face and body!

 

I always stay clear of any products that contain:

  • “Fragrance” 
    • Fragrances are in everything from shampoo to deodorant to lotion. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from EWG and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label. Fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. (EWG.org)
  • Parabens (specifically Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, Isobutyl-parabens)
    •  Parabens are estrogen-mimicking preservatives used widely in cosmetics. They have been linked to breast cancer. (EWG.org)
  • Petroleum / Petrolatum
    • Commonly found in mascara. They may cause contact dermatitis and are often contaminated with cancer-causing impurities. Produced in oil refineries at the same time as automobile fuel, heating oil and chemical feedstocks. (EWG.org)
  • PEG/Ceteareth/Polyethylene  
    • Used in conditioning and cleaning agents. These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probably human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. (EWG.org)
  • Phthalates
    • Studies indicate this damages the male reproductive system. Pregnant women should avoid nail polish containing dibutyl phathalate. (EWG.org)

To see the complete list of all chemicals to avoid, check out the EWG’s researched list:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/

Luckily for us the EWG has a database that they have rated from safest/least toxic to the worst/most toxic or cancer causing, based on their ingredients. It allows you to search hundreds of makeup products, skin care products, hair products, nails products, fragrances, baby products, oral products, and sunscreen products.

For Example: These products were among the worst rated by the EWG. 1-2 is low hazard, 3-6 moderate hazard, 7-10 high hazard. The database is ever growing and ever changing – and companies have seemed to improve their products since the launching of this tell all database. (thankfully).

 

 

You can access this database here: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

 

Which brings me to my next point: If you’re one of those people who can’t or chooses not to slather on goo gobs of primer, foundation, concealer, contouring stuff, and bronzer because it clogs your pores – then stay tuned. If you’re one of those people who’s more interested in actually clearing up the acne or pimples instead of just covering it up under a pile of makeup – then stay tuned. If you’re one of those people who wants to have beautiful, radiant skin and still likes to wear makeup – stay tuned!

 

My skin tends to be normal with occasional dry areas, so I’ve designed the following facial masks that you can do at home and the best part is…..you could EAT all the ingredients if you wanted to. All the ingredients are non toxic and safe. These masks restore radiance to the skin, moisture and help acne to heal faster.

 1. The Charcoal Mask

It looks like i’m not smiling, but its because the mask got so tight I couldn’t move lol

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tsp Bentonite Clay (I used Redmonds Clay)
  • 1 capsule of Activated Charcoal (I used Integrative Therapeutics)
  • 1 tsp Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Often used in parasite cleanses too.)
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp of Water ( can be distilled or not.)
  • Mix together until mixture forms a paste. You may need to add more water or ACV.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes or until it is completely dry. Be advised not to leave on too long because it will feel a little itchy. Redness after removing the mask is quite normal.
  • Always do a spot test on your arm before applying any of these masks to your face to make sure you do not have an allergy to any of the ingredients

This mask is great for absorbing impurities from your pores and helping to remove dead skin and drying out pimples.

 

2. The Egg White Mask

Even though it looks like baby poop, you still should put it on your face!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 egg, use only the white of the egg and toss the yolk**
  • Bentonite Clay (I ran out of the powder so I opted for the capsules – I just open 2 capsules up. Same Brand : Redmond Clay)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp “Food Grade” Diatomaceous Earth

You shouldn’t need to add any water because the egg white will do the trick. *Sometimes if its too runny you can add more of the D.E or Turmeric powder. Or just use half the egg white. Leave on until it dries.

The ingredients in this mask are going to soothe inflamed skin, and bring softness to dry areas of your face and tighten the appearance of large pores.

3.  The Probiotic Mask

More coconut oil would be better for the hair – this wasn’t ideal for the hair. Worked great for the face though!

What You Will Need:

  • 1 – 2 Probiotic capsules, opened up ( I use a probiotic that is not cultured on dairy because dairy can be inflammatory inside the body as well as outside) (Brand used: Klaire Labs – Therbiotic Complete Probiotic)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Diatomaceous Earth
  • Bentonite Clay
  • 1 egg, use only egg white
  • 1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Leave on until it dries

This mask will tighten your pores, remove impurities and give your face a radiant glow.

4. The Papaya Mask

Papaya contains enzymes that exfoliate skin, repair aging skin, and moisturizes dry skin. Honey is a natural antibacterial, also anti-aging.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 piece of papaya mashed up
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Diatomaceous Earth
  • Water to make it into a paste
  • Leave on until it dries

The ingredients here will exfoliate your dead skin, calm inflammation, and bring moisture into your skin.

5. Aloe Papaya Soother

This one is very simple – What You Will Need:

  • Blend together Aloe vera gel with a piece of papaya
  • 1 Probiotic capsule
  • Leave on until it dries

Aloe vera is extremely soothing to cuts, burns, acne, pimples and can help inflamed skin. It is very beneficial to drink as well if you ever have ulcers, leaky gut, stomach aches, gastritis, etc.

Another Component of Skin Health To Consider: 

Quote by Christa Orecchio

One of the reasons why we can develop cysts, boils, acne, pimples is that we do not have a healthy gut microbiome. That means you need to find out what foods you have sensitivities to and eliminate them from your diet. If you have leaky gut, you need to repair your gut lining.  Most importantly, you also need to poop at least 1-2x per day.

“Whatever is happening in the gut shows up on the skin.” – Dr. James Jack

Probiotics are essential for a healthy gut! Absolutely everyone should be taking a probiotic. Infants that are not breast fed or are C-section born are not set up with as good of an immune system as other babies. They can develop food sensitivities more early than other babies too and have more incidence of gut related issues through out their life.

Gluten and dairy are the two most common contributing causes of acne and dermatitis (among many many other diseases.) I always advise my patients to eliminate those two inflammatory foods within the first visit – and the majority of the time improvement in some area of the person’s health follows. It is always a great idea to do a cleanse a few times per year. Eliminating the toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis via air, water, food and makeup can accumulate rather quickly.

Remember, the body is amazing and it can heal anything! You just have to map out your goals, and make one change at a time and you will be on your way to optimal health!

 

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