Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Tis the season to give FREE information

Taking a break from Wordles for a while - I hope that you'll find this information beneficial because whenever I discover or am introduced to something that has a positive affect on me I like to share my finds with everyone.  It started many years ago when I first stopped poisoning my hair with harmful chemicals and grew it out natural.  My hair was so healthy, shiny, thick, soft and beautiful I thought it was my mission to preach to my black female friends to do what you want to do but considering embracing natural beauty.  

That being said post stroke I have been introduced to the health and wellness community and have since jumped right in to collect and learn as much as possible about my own body constitution.  I can't afford to go to holistic medical school or else I'd sign up tomorrow.  But when you are nice to and genuinely interested in people, they are a wealth of information; just chomping at the bit to share what they know.  I am aware of the misinformation that exists however there is great information available as well and that is the focus of today's post.

At the risk of [being repetitive and] sounding very 'Michael row the boat ashore' something as simple as [the right types of ] food is medicine, is powerful.  So I've adapted that into my life with proper coaching and supervision.  Today, I'm free of having to take any type of pharmaceutical when I get symptoms of dis-ease.  God has given us the gift of life on this wonderful gift called earth which happens to be filled with remedies.

"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." (Genisis 1:11, KJV)

 "...wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Genesis 1:30, KJV)

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Olives are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, and fiber.  Table olives are cured or pickled in oil, water or brine to mellow their natural bitterness; the method determines the eventual flavor, texture and color.  Following are six types of olives.  Some of the descriptions sound seductive like a Harlequin romance or enticing like a waited describing wine parings with dinner.  

  1. Kalamata - from Greece, these small, pointy, purple-black olives are cured in red wine vinegar brine, making their soft flesh fruity and sharp.
  2. Manzanilla - large green Spanish olives that are sweet and plump; they're often pitted and stuffed with savory fillings.
  3. Castelvetrano - these bright green olives from Sicily are wonderfully meaty, with sweet-savory balance.  They are often pressed into olive oil for dipping.
  4. Greek black- Brine cured and vinegar packed, these range from black to deep purple.  They taste rich and sour, with fruity notes.
  5. Picholine - fat, spheroid, green olives grown in France and cured in brine, these have a subtler flavor and may be marinated with herbs de Provence.
  6. Nicoise- small, rich, and nutty-flavored black olives grown Provence, these are cured in brine and packed in olive oil.
**Tip - to reduce salt rinse olives well, then soak overnight in filtered water and drain before serving.

Organic raw apple cider vinegar. I ingest one shot of this substance mostly every day.  A shot is all that is necessary and thank God because it's also all that I can stand.  Organic raw apple cider vinegar is a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn.  Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. 

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Internal benefits

  • Rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph Balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins

External benefits

  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

Now for some fun holiday cheer ideas. Cups of kindness.

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Hazelnut chai
Heat 1 cup milk. Add one chai tea bag and 1 tablespoon hazelnut or vanilla syrup (available at coffee shops and natural products stores). Steep for 3 minutes. 
Makes 1 cup.
Saffron-scented green tea
Pour barely boiling water into a 2-cup teapot. Add 2 teaspoons green tea
(or two tea bags) and a pinch of saffron threads. Steep for 3 minutes and strain. Add lemon and sweetener, if desired. 
Makes two mugs or four teacups.

Peppermint white hot chocolate
Heat 3-1/2 cups skim milk until simmering. Reduce heat to low and add 8 ounces white chocolate and 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract. Stir until chocolate melts. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream. 
Makes three mugs.

I can't neglect the coffee drinkers - 
Cardamom coffee
Place 1 teaspoon ground cardamom in enough ground coffee beans for 6 cups. Brew according to coffee-maker directions. Serve in espresso cups and top with cream and sugar, if desired. 
Makes 6 cups.

[Information sources: Delicious Living, It's a Miracle and Whole Life Times.]

[Disclaimer - The information provided on this Site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice or appropriate medical care from your physician or other healthcare provider. Always consult your private health care professional before altering your nutrition]


  1. It's so nice to see a young person (did ya like the 'young' part??!) embracing ageless good and healthy lifestyle changes.

    When I had hair to my waist, I used olive oil as a bi-weekly conditioner. Wrapped my head in saran wrap for 15 minutes and waltzed around the house like a queen. I saw the the olives mentioned in your post and it brought that to mind.

    The best evidence I've ever seen about how good olives are for you is Sophia Loren. Honestly. Have you ever looked at her skin? Even today.

  2. I have absolutely loved olives since I was a child; my husband won't go near them; I'll have to let him know he is missing out on some great benefits!! (he "likes" it when I do that ;-)

  3. All of the recipes sound delicious! BTW, did I mention I will be in LA next month? 7-9 maybe we can see each other.

  4. Green tea, the bible and faith can work wonders together.



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