The $40 Human Oil Change (Liver Flush)

The $40 Human Oil Change (Liver Flush)

A Story of Psoriasis, and How to Keep Your Plumbing Humming with a Liver/Gallbladder Flush Everyone accepts that our cars need an oil change every once in a while. Even if you extend the suggested mileage on the sticker they kindly place on your windshield to “remind” you when to visit them next, you will find yourself at a Jiffy Lube type establishment at least twice a year. While I can change a tire, check the oil and tire pressures, changing the oil is not my life’s calling this time around. So I happily plunk down the $39.99 (which usually includes a coupon) to keep our car’s plumbing humming. What is the Human Equivalent of an Oil Change? The Amazing Liver/Gall Bladder Flush. If these words could be animated in power point fashion, they would dance around the page, sparkle and shine and have trumpets playing to mark the importance of their entrance. I’ve spent a few thousands of hours researching things that pertain to human health. Note I am not a doctor or clinician and none of the following information should be used as or in the place of medical advice. I am a holistic nutritionist, epidemiologist, and avid life researcher, so naturally I’ve guinea pigged myself, my family and friends to a variety of experiments to observe the wonderful myriad of facets that contribute to this thing called “Health”. Holistically speaking it encompasses our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being. But I’ll tell you something you probably already know. It is a little bit difficult to quiet the mind for a meditation (or really to focus...
Goodbye P.Z.A.

Goodbye P.Z.A.

Dear P.Z.A, Nearly 40 years after we first met, it is time to finally say good-bye. Believe me, I never thought it would end like this. My guts were tight, as I finally determined last night, that our chemistry just doesn’t match. Our future was written in the the dirty dishwater… Your attempts to persuade me of your authenticity in Italy, with a bottle of local wine, in high end establishments, and around our homely hearth kept me curious, wondering and interested for many years, and yet it always boiled down to the same ingredients that put a wrench in our evenings together. Like all long-term arrangements, a part of me is sad that we just couldn’t work out the details, but I’m done feeling bogged down, and sniffly after our encounters. Enough is enough. Trying to change your basic nature made you so unreliable, flaky and irritatingly dry. So much that even the things that always pleased me about you didn’t go down well anymore. So I release you to charm others around the dinner table, until they too may see your true nature. Good bye pizza (P.Z.A.), good-bye you glutenous, cheese, tomatoey friend. May your next incarnation be less sticky, less inflammatory, but just as appetizing~ yours truly, LLI      ...
Cinnamon-Almond “Milk”; a drink to keep you warm this winter!

Cinnamon-Almond “Milk”; a drink to keep you warm this winter!

We’ve strayed away from milk products, not so much to ride the vegan-wave, but because milk just ain’t what it used to be. It has become a processed food, yes even the “organic, pasture raised” brands. Pasteurization and milk fat removal not to mention the containers and plastics that dairy products are sold in…. You get the idea. If I had a cow/sheep/goat, I would consider milking her sustainably, that is, if she was ok with it. That said, milk has a very nurturing effect and affect on us, and there are certain days when I have a calling for a warm cup of milk. (Especially in the winter). While we use a lot of coconut milk in recipes and baked goods, I don’t usually like drinking it straight. That is why we make fresh almond or almond/cashew milk every other day, which we use in oatmeal, pancake and vegan  nacho “cheese”. (which is a lot more delicious than it sounds). Fresh almond milk is not only much healthier (no carragean etc.), but yummier, more environmentally friendly (no packaging) and more cost effective than any store bought variety, and making it takes about 5 minutes! Here is our almond (almond/cashew) milk DIY, followed by the wonderfully warming cinnamon milk! MYLK: Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 cup almonds or cashews 5 cups filtered/spring water You will also need: BLENDER, PITCHER and NUT BAG (extra fine nylon mesh bag, do NOT use cheese cloth!) SOAK 1-2 handfuls of almonds or combo of almonds and cashews in a cup of filtered/spring water over night. Maybe 3-4 handfuls if you have little hands. DISCARD soaking water....
DIY-Non toxic Deodorant

DIY-Non toxic Deodorant

I have crossed the line and I am not coming back. After spending hours reading labels of deodorants at Whole Foods and conducting an in-depth research of the THAI mineral crystal that I have been happily using for the last two years ( it still contains potassium alum) I have FINALLY decided to make my own deodorant. I love what I have made and it is truly keeping me odor-free, which is no small feat. I may be tweaking the recipe in summer months to make it more firm (by adding in beeswax), but give this a try and I know you will kiss you toxic deodorant goodbye!! Recipe: Melt 1-2 oz. cacao butter (yes the same stuff that I use to make raw chocolate) Mix with: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda 1 tablespoon of zeolite or betonite clay 4 drops of you favorite essential oil. (I used Melaleuca and Purification, Young Living brand). Mix well and pour slushy mix into a Dixie cup. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Use once or twice daily. And as my daughter, recognizing all the ingredients asks, ” Is it edible?” Why YES it is, not sure you want to lick something that has been dragged through your underarm bacteria...
Add ZANG with a Tropical Tart Waldorf Salad

Add ZANG with a Tropical Tart Waldorf Salad

Playing in the Kitchen yielded this zany recipe. A blend of Waldorf, Tropics and Tart Cherry Zang! Simple, and Simply delicious. RECIPE (customize according to your own taste buds and mood) 2 organic granny smith apples finely diced a handful of dried (sweetened) sour cherries 1.5 cups organic greek yoghurt 1/4 of a freshly opened coconut (the brown kind) finely chopped maple syrup (if you want more sweetness)   Slightly reminiscent of my pre-school days in the “real” Waldorf school, I was excited to add my own new twist on this time taste-tested recipe....