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Numerous Medicinal Uses, Good for Diabetics

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Rich in all Amino Acids

 

 

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Haeger NaturalStone Baker

Haeger NaturalStone Baker 11x13

Haeger NaturalStone Baker 11×13

  • 11″ x 13″ x 2″ deep
  • 16 cup capacity
  • Microwave / dishwasher safe
  • Made in USAMade in USA

Use to Roast, Freeze, Bake and Serve.

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Announcing . . . Organic Spices for Sale

We will soon be offering you fresh, organic spices – packaged by us with Love.

Our spices are sourced from reliable, certified organic sources, avoiding any products from China.

Our first offerings will be:

We will add more varieties in the coming weeks.

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Feel free to send us feedback or requests!


 

Pink Lime Coconut Cooler – and Vines on the Loose

Our Squash and Tomato plants are growing far beyond the generous 4′ x 8′ raised bed boundaries we thought they’d settle in quietly.

The tomatoes are about 3.5 feet tall…

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Tomato plants reaching for the Stars

and the squash have spread down the 18″ sides and are making their way across the back lawn to who knows where!

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The Escape of the Vines

I won’t even describe the pumpkin vines – and the beanstalks.. well, they would make Jack proud.

We have to get out and water before the heat of the day… before 8:30am these days. It’s been in the low 100’s for the past handful of days, and boy are we all ready for a break.

This afternoon, after picking my son up from work and driving to a friend’s house to relieve her of a silk Ficus tree she no longer could accommodate, we rushed into our cool home yearning for something to quench our insides.

A bunch of organic limes sat on the counter, and I started singing, “She put the lime in the coconut and drank them both up..” and then it struck me!

A Tropical Cooler is Born!

Now, I’m not sure how unique this is.. but I don’t believe I’ve come across a similar medley of ingredients.

I squeezed 3 organic Limes, added some thick Coconut milk (about 1/2 cup), a couple of Tablespoons of Raw Honey, a cup of cold Water, and a jigger of Black’n’Blueberry Juice.

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The 4 Ingredients for Pink Coconut Lime Cooler

A couple of ice cubes and a straw.. and Wow!  Delicious, refreshing, and good for you.

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Pink Lime Coconut Cooler

Adjust honey and water to taste… I liked it on the tart side.

~ Cheers!

 

Almond Citrus Cake with Coconut-Lime Cream

For J’s Birthday I made the delicate, delicious Almond Citrus Cake and decided to top it with a Lime-Coconut Cream since he’s fond of citrus-y foods.

The result was terrific so I thought I’d share it with you!

Make 1 recipe of the Almond Citrus Cake, and bake in a 9″ Springform pan.

While it cools, make the topping.

Coconut Lime Cream

  • 1 15oz. can Coconut Cream (not milk)
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. Lime juice or 1 tsp. organic Lime zest (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla extract (2 tsp. if you don’t use Lime)
  • 2 Tbs. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c. toasted Cashews or Hazelnuts, crushed
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Almond Citrus Cake w Coconut Lime Cream


Refrigerate can of Cream upside-down, for at least 3 hours or overnight.

When ready to use… flip can back upright, and open. Any liquid should be floating on top. Drain the liquid carefully using the lid, so you don’t lose any cream.

  1. In a dry metal bowl, beat cream with mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until it thickens and holds soft peaks.
  2. Add the lime juice and extract and beat another minute.
  3. Add maple syrup and beat again, until the consistency is what you desire.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.  The cream will thicken considerable when chilled.
  5. Spread on cake and garnish with nuts and fruit of your choice.

If you have leftover cream:

  1. Use to top fresh fruit, cocoa, or oatmeal
  2. Mix in chopped fruit and chocolate chips and freeze for a summer treat!
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Almond Citrus Cake w Coconut Lime Cream

Bitter Melon… What’s in a Name?

A few years ago, a prominent health practitioner advised me to eat Bitter Melon 3 times a week.  “Studies are demonstrating that it has powerful blood sugar control and anti-tumor properties”, she said, “it is used in Asian medicine to treat diabetes.”Bitter Melon

And so began “The Hunt for Bitter Melon“, worthy of a chapter in an adventure novel.

When I finally found some in a large, sprawling, “every gadget, house-ware, street food, produce item and food-like thing ever made in China” store… they were of course not organic.  But the benefit so superseded the ingestion of the pesticides, I bought 4 of the ridged, bumpy cucumber-like things.

In the Middle East we cook a type of gourd that is slightly bitter, and I remembered that my super-chef Mom cooked it with plenty of garlic, cilantro and lemon juice to mask the bitterness.

Sp there I was sitting in front of a bowl of steaming bitter melon, with all eyes at the table upon me.  My family awaited my first bite with almost cruel anticipation.

Gwwaakkk!  It took a lot of will power not to make a face like one you’d see at a Kabuki theater performance.

It really wasn’t awful in any way except the way it exemplified the epitome of bitterness.

The garlic and lemon did help, it was just the initial shock that threw me.  After that I knew what to expect and it wasn’t so bad.

You know how sometimes the name of a food is slightly misleading?  Well there is nothing misleading in the name of Bitter Melons… understated and simplistic perhaps… but not misleading.

However, based on scientific studies, we may want to consider sauntering to the local Asian market more than once in a while to find this promising food.

For anyone who is dealing with diabetes, or cancer it’s highly recommended to include in your diet.

I know you’re wondering if I’m loopy since I just took a page to tell you it’s not exactly a slice of apple pie, but what medicine is?  You’re now prepared for the fun challenge of cooking the melon in creative ways!

To prepare bitter melon, slice the fruit open and remove seeds and pith. Do not peel. Beginners to bitter melon may parboil the fruit to lessen bitterness, although aficionados say this changes the texture too much.

Typically bitter melon is stuffed, pickled, or curried and served with meat or in soup.

Here are some suggestions:Bitter Melon cu

  • Chop it into Pasta Sauce with lots of garlic and oregano
  • Dice it and cook with other vegetables, like sweet potatoes and peas
  • Cook it with onions and pineapple chunks, season with cinnamon
  • Add it to a Curry dish
  • Put some in a Stir Fry with lots of ginger, season with Coconut Aminos
  • Cut in half, hollow out seeds and stuff with heavily spiced ground grass-fed beef, onions and tomatoes

And finally… the evidence

Bitter melon is a fruit that grows in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Traditionally it has been used to treat diabetes. This is what spiked the interest of Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, a lead researcher in the Colorado study. He thought bitter melon might treat pancreatic cancer, since Type II diabetes often precedes the disease.

Researchers examined the effect of bitter melon on 4 different lines of pancreatic cancer cells and in mice. Mice were injected with pancreatic tumor cells and were randomly divided into one of two groups. One group received water (control), and the second was given bitter melon juice for six weeks. At the end of the study, the tumors that developed on the mice were dissected, weighed, and analyzed.

The results showed that bitter melon juice inhibited cancer cell proliferation and induced apoptosis (cell death). Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in the treatment group with no signs of toxicity.

Read full article here.

Other resources:

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~ Be Well.

The Calcium Paradox… Explained

For years women, children and the elderly have been advised to increase their intake of Calcium through supplements and dairy foods.

That statement was not accompanied by a warning that unless you provide your body with thmilke mechanism to transport that calcium into your bones, it will form calcium deposits.

 

The Problem with Calcium

Calcium buildup in soft tissues can cause medical problems.

Calcium can accumulate in the arterial plaque that develops after an injury to the vessel wall.

Normal deposition of calcium occurs in only two places: bone and teeth.

Abnormal deposits of calcium occurs in multiple tissues including:

  1. the inner lining of the arteries (the intima) where atherosclerotic plaque accrues;

  2. the middle muscle layer of arteries (smooth muscle calcification);

  3. the heart valves, especially the aortic valve causing aortic stenosis

To The Rescue

Vitamin K2 appears to be the most important factor in steering calcium into the bone and away from heart valves and the arterial system.

Vitamin K is absolutely essential for regulating calcium balance in the body. A deficiency of vitamin K status causes brittle bones and a vascular system that hardens to a state of poor functionality.

A substantial volume of studies shows that insufficient vitamin K2 accelerates arterial calcification.1
A new study shows that restoring vitamin K2 reverses arterial calcification.2white tablets

Based on the plethora of studies published in 2008, vitamins K2 and K3 have also emerged as intriguing agents in both cancer prevention and treatment.

Vitamin K2 has been shown to induce apoptosis (cell destruction) in leukemia cells in vitro.3

In nature, vitamin K is found in two forms: vitamin K1, which occurs in leafy green vegetables; and vitamin K2, which exists in organ meats, egg yolks, dairy products, and particularly in fermented products such as cheese and curd.

While some ingested K1 is converted to K2 in the body, significant benefits occur when vitamin K2 itself is supplemented.4

Recommend this video.

References:

1. Beulens JW, Bots ML, Atsma F, et al. High dietary menaquinone intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification. Atherosclerosis. 2008 Jul 19.

2. Schurgers LJ , Spronk HM , Soute BA, Schiffers PM, DeMey JG, Vermeer C . Regression of warfarin-induced medial elastocalcinosis by high intake of vitamin K in rats. Blood. 2007 Apr 1;109(7):2823-31. 
3. Tsujioka T, Miura Y, Otsuki T, et al. The mechanisms of vitamin K2-induced apoptosis of myeloma cells. Haematologica. 2006 May;91(5):613-9.
 
4. Geleijnse JM, Vermeer C, Grobbee DE, et al. Dietary intake of menaquinone is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease: the Rotterdam Study. J Nutr. 2004 Nov;134(11):3100-5.
 
 ~ Be Well.

Trusted Personal Care Product Brands

As an addendum to the post I logged titled:

Are Your Body and Face Care Products Dangerous to Your Health?

 

I wanted to suggest brands that have opted to use safe ingredients free of preservatives and petroleum-based chemicals, including the ever-illusive “fragrance”.

Trustworthy Brands:

  • 100% Pure ( a California company that uses edible ingredients in all their products with no chemical preservatives)OM2 soap
  • Avalon Organics
  • Desert Essence
  • Devita
  • Emerita
  • Old Man Murray’s
  • Active Organics
  • Amrita
  • Peelu toothpaste
  • Weledadesert esseance-face
  • Some Juice Beauty products (read the label)

Let us know if you have a favorite trusted brand to add to our list.

~ Be Well.