Get Alkaline – Not Just For Batteries

Your pH, alkaline or not, is important to vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike. At least it should be. The latest buzz ingredients such as flax seeds, coconut oil, and wheat grass are beginning to bring alkaline vegan foods to the forefront.

 
Your pH should hover a little over neutral. Just about everything bad we do to our bodies and put in our bodies are acid producing. Processed foods, meat, fish, alcohol, cheese, white flour, and stress are all contributors. Alkaline promoting activities include getting adequate rest, eating a heavily plant based diet, and including alkaline producing foods in your diet each day. Dark leafy greens are alkaline champions so get em in daily even if you need to put em in a shake or smoothie to get the job done.

 
An acidic body will let you know things are not right. Your system is not clean and your enzymes are not balanced and not only will you not feel your best you are likely to get colds much more often as a result. Gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, frequent headaches, constipation, and even acne are all signs of an imbalance. Left unchecked, an acidic body is ripe for all sorts of negative conditions ranging from acidosis and candida to cancer.

Lemons, limes, and oranges, although an acidic pH, are alkaline-forming foods. Why? They do not require that the body produce a lot of acid to break them down. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is though to be this way as well. Although some foods may seem counterintuitive, as a general rule whole unprocessed foods leaning heavily on plants and dark leafy greens will keep you close to the neutral zone.

An easy and tasty alkaline snack to add to your bag include organic seaweed snacks and the green superfood bars like those from Amazing Grass. Make some small changes today and you’ll start feeling big changes tomorrow. What are your favorite alkalizing snacks?


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Quinoa – Tiny Little Super Seed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinoa is a nutrient packed vegan superfood. Not a grain, although it cooks and performs like one, it is actually a seed. Quick cooking on the stovetop or in a rice or pressure cooker, quinoa can stand in for rice in myriad dishes. For the vegan or plant-based diet fitness crowd, quinoa is a complete protein making it an ideal choice for muscle support.

In addition to being a complete protein, other plusses of quinoa include high fiber content and magnesium. The more natural unadulterated fiber you can pack into your diet the better. If you’re not used to high fiber foods yet then add them in little by little each day over a few weeks until you are. Not only does it help heart health, digestion, and (ahem) regularity, it helps you feel full longer. And that is always a good thing!

Quinoa tastes deliciously mild and slightly nutty. There is a subtle crunch combined with satisfying softness making for a toothsome addition to your repertoire. Use it anywhere you would use rice such as with a stir fry or with beans. One of my fave ways to enjoy quinoa is for breakfast! Toss on a little fresh fruit and some non-dairy creamer and presto you’ve got a super healthy start to your day.

Keeping well for a number of days in the fridge, quinoa is a staple you can prep at the beginning of the week and always have a healthy and fulfilling option on hand. Organic and fair-trade quinoa is readily available and even in the more affordable bulk bins at many grocery stores. I especially like the multi-colored options from Alter Eco and they even have some yum looking recipes on their site. Let me know if you try any out!

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Top Ten Essential Oils for Your First Aid Kit

Thanks go to ecomii blogs and Mindy Green for this awesome home remedy post all about my fave fair-trade essential oils!

You may be aware that essential oils (EOs) can be an effective remedy for a variety of common complaints that can be treated at home such as, insect bites, sunburn, strained muscles and rashes.

However you may not know that essential oils are also helpful for headaches, sore throat, fatigue, bruises and more.

Follow guidelines for diluting essential oils and their suggested uses and you will be amazed. All of these oils are meant for diluted and external use only.

Top Ten Essential Oils for Your First Aid Kit

EOs are effective due to their small molecular size and lipid solubility.

  1. Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – astringent, tonic, varicose veins, sore throat.
  2. Chamomile, German (Matricaria chamomilla) – inflammation, bruises, sprains, tension, pain.
  3. Eucalyptus  (Eucalyptus globulus) – congestion, inflammation, colds, flu, viral skin eruptions.
  4. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – bee stings, insect bites, sunburn, headache, bruises, sprains, acne, rash, stress, insomnia, sore muscles.
  5. Lemon (Citrus limonum) – digestive tonic, sore throat, detoxification, lymphatic congestion.
  6. Marjoram (Oreganum majorana) – antispasmodic, sore muscles, insomnia, cramps.
  7. Orange (Citrus sinensis) – stomach problems, depression, acne, insomnia, headache.
  8. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis) – headache, fatigue, hangover, constipation, muscle aches, increased circulation.
  9. Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – indigestion, headache, fatigue, fever, sinusitis, stings and bites.
  10. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – athlete’s foot, burns, warts, acne, cold sores, flu, insect bites.

Formulations

Combine the following formulas with two ounces of carrier oil. All the combinations are given in EO drops and suggested external application as massage, bath oil, inhalation or specific instruction, as given.

  • Anxiety: 7 lavender, 5 geranium, 4 lemon, 1 orange
  • Burns: 20 drops lavender in one ounce aloe vera juice or gel
  • Cough: 5 cypress, 5 eucalyptus, 3 lemon

(as an inhalation or 1 drop as a gargle)

  • Fatigue: 13 rosemary, 5 lemon, 2 spearmint
  • Bruising: 5 lavender, 5 chamomile, 3 geranium, 2 tea tree, 5 cypress
  • Insomnia: 15 Lavender, 5 orange, 5 marjoram
  • Stress: 5 chamomile, 10 lavender, 5 marjoram
  • Stings or Insect Bites: 10 tea tree, 10 lavender
  • Muscle Strain: 5 rosemary, 3 eucalyptus, 5 marjoram, 7 lavender

Mindy Green an author, consultant, speaker and nationally recognized authority on botanicals. Facebook Mindy

Top Ten Essential Oils for Your First Aid Kit – from ecomii blogs.

Is Caffeine Really The Devil?

It’s the devil! Avoid caffeine at all costs! Or maybe not? In moderation, a cup of coffee has it’s benefits. Vegans need not fret, there are even non-dairy cruelty-free creamer options. While taking your coffee black may be the best way to absorb all the benefits, having your coffee with some vegan non-daily creamer based on coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk may really up the enjoyment.

Flavonols, catechins, antioxidants, energy, and more! Before a workout a cup of joe can help you perform longer, harder, faster, and with more accuracy. The reduction in fatigue from this energy boost can help you exercise harder, lift heavier, perform more reps, you get the idea. Whether you’re interested in burning more fat, building more muscle, or increasing your endurance it seems that some good organic fair-trade coffee can help you get more from your exercise.

The caffeine in coffee can even help you feel better about your workout. When you feel good about your workout you’re more likely to exercise again, right? Anything that can help motivate you to continue your fitness regimen is a good thing in my book!

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