Whole New Mom http://wholenewmom.com Healthy Living for Real People in Today's Changing World Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 64148957 When You Feel Like Giving Up (on healthy living) http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-on-healthy-living/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/when-you-feel-like-giving-up-on-healthy-living/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:01:20 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40841 Have you ever been there?  Those times when you feel like giving up? Totally overwhelmed by everything and feeling like you just. can’t. go on? Like you are the ONLY one doing this healthy living thing and that you don’t have the energy to do it anymore? Just this week, I got a comment on my blog from a reader who summed it all up. She said that she just feels so overwhelmed with all of the things she is trying to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but that it’s hard to know WHAT to do — […]

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Does it all feel like too much? Do you feel like giving up on healthy living? Here are some things that have helped keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.

Have you ever been there?  Those times when you feel like giving up?

Totally overwhelmed by everything and feeling like you just. can’t. go on?

Like you are the ONLY one doing this healthy living thing and that you don’t have the energy to do it anymore?

Just this week, I got a comment on my blog from a reader who summed it all up.

She said that she just feels so overwhelmed with all of the things she is trying to do in order to live a healthier lifestyle, but that it’s hard to know WHAT to do — and that it’s hard to feel so alone in the struggle.  Like me, she finds it hard to find other women to share her concerns  — and it feels as though she’s alone in the battle.

Does this sound like you, too?

I struggle with this sometimes, and have over the years.

Maybe some of this sounds familiar to you……

The Struggles of Trying to Live Healthy

– You have Health Issues (maybe multiple ones under one roof) that you need real answers for, but don’t know where to turn.
Doctors think you are crazy for wanting to do things the “natural way” or for wanting an alternative vaccine schedule
Friends wonder why you think you need to stick to a special diet (“come on, are you just trying to lost weight, or what? Is it really that big of a deal?!)
You’re tired of trying so hard to DIY things, or find clean alternatives, instead of just buying the toxic-laden stuff at the store.
Your Kids Challenge You about why they can’t eat all of the junk food that their friends are eating
Others Mock You for your healthy ways: “Oh yeah, so I’m going to get CANCER from eating this?!?!” or “Well, you eat healthy so why are you still not feeling well?!”
You wonder why, even though you’ve been making all of these healthy choices, that you are STILL dealing with health issues?
–  You need easier and more affordable ways to get healthy food on the table
You’re struggling to afford living healthier when it would be easier to eat the free food at the church dinner
You’re so tired. Of it all.

It’s a never ending battle, isn’t it?

Truth is, we live in a world that isn’t friendly to living a healthy life.

We’re surrounded by unhealthy choices, mandated vaccines, WIFI everywhere, glyphosate, GMOs, Big Pharma.  The list goes on and on.

I’ve been there.
Many times.
And in fact, this past week, I’ve found myself there again.

You know – one of those days where you think “I’m just going to buy some Ben and Jerry’s and Snickers Bars and well, I’m just done with this healthy living stuff.”

Thankfully I didn’t. But it was tempting.  And there’s an uneaten Tootsie Roll (we got it at a church gathering — no I didn’t buy it) in the garbage to prove it.

I really want to encourage you – to NOT give up. And I’m offering some help.

Does it all feel like too much? Do you feel like giving up on healthy living? Here are some things that have helped keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.

What to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

Know That the Battle is Worth Fighting

It’s easy to think “Oh, it won’t matter if I eat this.  Who cares?!”

But really, it’s worth it.

Without good health, so much of life just doesn’t work.  Everything is harder.

And really, if you can change one person, you never know what the ripple effect will be.  We can, with our focus on living healthier, truly change the world.

Refocus

I need to get alone with God. To get my grounding again.  To remember what life is all about and why I am here.

If you’re not a praying person, then you can meditate or ground yourself somehow.

Part of why I fight the good fight is for my kids, but also for others I love and for those whom I haven’t even met.

I fight to be healthy so I can serve and I fight to share these things so that others can be released from their prisons of sickness, fatigue, and despair.

Reflect on your progress

Think back to where you have come from — you have come a long way.

When I start to get overwhelmed and don’t feel like I can keep working on getting our family healthier, it helps so much to look back and see how far we’ve come.

We’ve battled, and done quite well in dealing with:

eczema and food allergies
effects possibly from a mercury filling
possible vaccine damage
thyroid disease
adrenal issues
rosacea
candida

We still are working on things, but I was basically not functioning about 7 years ago.  And now I lead a pretty normal life with fairly normal amounts of energy.In all of the areas above, we have seen HUGE improvements.

Know that There. Is. Hope.

You CAN do this. I can do this. We can do this.

Yes, there are more toxins than ever before and yes, GMOs are everywhere.

But the natural-living movement is gaining ground.  As more and more people become aware of how our health is affected by toxins and more, they are turning to healthier ways.

And when you see how others have healed from many issues, you can see how there is hope for you too.

Connect with Others

Search out a local healthy living group or join a healthy living group on Facebook.  Start your own group if there isn’t anything in your area, and don’t be shy about your healthy living journey.

I’m often tempted not to share things with others that I am doing for fear that I will be thought of as “the freak”.  And yes, that does happen sometimes (more often than I would like), but there are always times when I share regardless and someone “gets it.”  It might not be right then and there, but at some point someone tells me “if it hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t have known this and now I am so much better.  Thank you!”

When that happens – it’s pure joy.

Be Good to Yourself

Recently, I’ve been given the advice (and I’m trying to take it) to do something nice for myself every day.

It’s easy to get oh so busy with life’s responsibilities that I forget to sit down and enjoy something

It might be:

  • a cup of tea after dinner
  • a walk outside alone or with someone you love
  • time alone with God
  • a phone call to a loved one
  • a manicure or facial (I would highly recommend my favorite skincare products for this.  What a treat and you’ll look better too!)
  • trying out a new recipe
  • playing a game with your family
  • renting a fun movie

Do the Next Thing

When you feel like giving up, sometimes the best thing to do is to just do the next thing.

Some of you might be familiar with Elizabeth Elliot, but whether or not you are, or whether or not you are a fan, she said something very interesting.  After her missionary husband was gunned down by natives in Ecuador.

Her world had been shaken to pieces.  She had a young daughter, was living in Ecuador and the people whom she had come to serve had just butchered her husband.

In her despair, of course it was hard to know what to do, so often she had to remember to…..

Just do the next thing.

Whatever that is.  Clean the dishes, do the laundry, play, love on your kids, cook dinner, or serve someone else.

Just do it.

One Big Help

Right now, there’s something that can help you do many of the above things to help you stay the course on your healthy living journey.

But it’s only around for 6 days.

Please note there are affiliate links following. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle - Over $2400 in resources for only $29.95!

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I know – there are a lot of bundles, but this is the cream of the crop.

The bundle is full of so many things that are a huge help for all of the things that I just shared.

  • It helps you “connect with others” by reading others’ stories so that you can know you’re not alone.  Plus you can share this great deal with family and friends and compare notes later.
  • It’s for sure a great “next step” towards getting healthier.
  • It’s a nice thing to do for yourself (the lovely bonuses are worth over $250! Not only are they really nice, but they are things you really would consider paying full price for!)
  • You will gain hope as you see how others have healed.

The Free Bonuses in this year’s include:

– natural eye shadow
– nice cleaning products (do be careful about the Mrs. Meyer’s line as they have synthetic fragrances since I haven’t done research into their products to know if I trust them or not.)
– a lovely skincare treat from a local friend of mine :).
– free maca (one of the adaptogens I talk about in this post)

For the next 6 days you can help yourself NOT give up on healthy living by spending less than what most of us spend on a doctor’s office visit copay.

Now that’s a deal.

Go here to find out all about it.

And there’s a 1 year Satisfaction Guarantee too!  You can’t beat it!

How about you? 
What is something that has helped you to “keep on keeping on?”

 

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Crunchy Broccoli Jicama Salad http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/broccoli-jicama-salad/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/broccoli-jicama-salad/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:30:00 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=35717 Are you tired of the same ole’ salad?  Today’s recipe, a Broccoli Jicama Salad Recipe, is sure to stir things up a bit at your table by adding variety to your meal. Recently we’ve been adding quite a few vegetables to our diet. I already thought that I was eating a lot of veggies, but when I really sat down and took stock of the servings of vegetables that we were eating every day, I realized that they were sorely lacking. You all know that it’s very important to eat lots of fruits and veggies — especially the veggies — […]

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Need to get more veggies in your diet? This Broccoli Jicama Salad is loaded with crunchy nutrition and gets you out of a salad rut.

Are you tired of the same ole’ salad?  Today’s recipe, a Broccoli Jicama Salad Recipe, is sure to stir things up a bit at your table by adding variety to your meal.

Recently we’ve been adding quite a few vegetables to our diet.

I already thought that I was eating a lot of veggies, but when I really sat down and took stock of the servings of vegetables that we were eating every day, I realized that they were sorely lacking.

You all know that it’s very important to eat lots of fruits and veggies — especially the veggies — right?

The veggies are what we should focus on more since they have a lower glycemic index (don’t impact your blood sugar heavily).  If it were up to my tastebuds, I would eat fruit all day long and call it good, but my candida wouldn’t be doing very well.

So instead I have been focusing more on the veggies and how to get more into our diets.

Not Enough Veggies

I realized that really I don’t typically eat any veggies for breakfast.  I typically take my probiotic, then waiting and having some fresh squeezed lemonade or limeade (with a dash of stevia only) to get some fresh juice into my system, and then I brew some of my Coffee Substitute with added protein (from collagen) and fat from coconut oil, and then I eat a little of whatever is around.

Great in some ways, but — no produce.

Then sometimes I’m so busy with things that lunch time has kind of been a blur.  In fact, so much has been a blur the past months.  I’ve been in a funk about not being creative in the kitchen, not really wanting to cook, and so I just grab something fast like some nuts or seed butter and a bite or two of a health bar.

Two things that have really set me back are that first, I think I might be allergic to carrots.  I would typically grab a few carrots and dip them in this yummy Dairy-Free Ranch Dip, but alas that isn’t happening right now.  More on that later.

And secondly, I used to have loads of my Crispy Green Bean Chips in the house, but since there was a recall of them and many other veggies at Costco, I haven’t been able to make them.  So a great veggie snack went right out the window. 🙁  I’m working on a different source for the green beans while Costco does as well.  (Hurry up, Costco!)

How many vegetables should you be eating?  This post says 60%. Some say 9-13 servings, and there are some who say more than that.

Regardless, despite my healthy ways, I sure wasn’t eating that many on most days.

How We’ve Been Getting More Veggies Into Our Diet

Over the past month or so, however, things have been getting better in the “get more veggies into your diet” program in our household.

One thing that has really helped is we ended up buying aeroponic gardens.  I researched these for years and finally we decided that they were a great option for us.  You can see some of my small successes on Instagram including calendula flowers, zucchini (including a fun 8 Ball variety), stevia, and cucumbers.

I’ll tell you all more about the Aeroponic Garden later, but it really has helped up our veggie intake.  I love going out and grabbing a few (or more) leaves of lettuce and popping them into my mouth — and knowing that I have already had part of or a whole serving of veggies, without even thinking about it!

I go out in the morning and check on the gardens briefly and grab some leaves of this, and some of that, and so my breakfast intake of veggies has totally shot through the roof!  (Not hard to do when you are starting with nothing, right?)

And in the winter, we’re going to have the Gardens inside so we can have produce fresh grown all winter long.

Anyway, as much as I love having salad, sometimes I want a “different” salad, one that isn’t all leafies, you know?

This Broccoli Jicama Salad is perfect. It’s crunchy, full of color and tastes fabulous smothered with this Zingy Avocado Dressing.   Of course, it would be great with my Five-Ingredient Dressing, Moroccan Vinaigrette, the Vegan Ranch Dressing, or this Herbed Salad Dressing.

If you are avoiding carrots simply omit or add more jicama or peas.

About Jicama

For those of you not familiar with jicama, it’s a root veggie. However it is not starchy and is much lower in carbohydrates than a potato, so it’s fabulous for those on a candida or otherwise low-carb diet.

Its flavor is similar to a mild apple, raw potato or large water chestnut and it adds a great crunch.

It can be eaten either raw or cooked, and in fact, I’ve been working on a fun cooked jicama recipe that I hope to share with you soon.  We’ve been gobbling it down this past week.

Broccoli Benefits

Broccoli contains such nutrients as vitamin C, vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, and fiber.

It has been said to fight and prevent cancer, boost immune system, reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, and alkalize and detoxify the body.

It is also very low in sugar — 1 cup of chopped broccoli contains only about 1.6 grams of sugar. We love it steamed, roasted with oil and spices, and sauteed, but making it the star ingredient of a salad is a first for us.

In the spirit of more veggies in my diet, and in yours,I give you one heck of a delicious salad to boost your intake!

Adapted from this recipe.

Need to get more veggies in your diet? This Broccoli Jicama Salad is loaded with crunchy nutrition and gets you out of a salad rut.

Broccoli Jicama Salad with Avocado Dressing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
A beautiful, crisp broccoli salad with jicama, red onion, carrots and peas smothered in a creamy avocado dressing.
Ingredients
  • 5 cups of broccoli, cut into small pieces (about 1"-2" in size)
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 cup diced jicama
  • ½ small red onion
  • 1 ½ cup peas, fresh or defrosted frozen (replace with asparagus for AIP)
  • 1 cup roasted, salted pumpkin seeds (replace with red grapes or tiger nuts for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Shred the carrots.
  2. Dice the onion.
  3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine. We love this with my Zingy Avocado Dressing.
  5. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

 

What is your favorite way to enjoy broccoli?

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Zingy Avocado Dressing (or Dip) – dairy-free, low carb and AIP http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/avocado-dressing-recipe/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/avocado-dressing-recipe/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:25:31 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40566 If you are an avocado lover, you are going to love this recipe today — a Zingy Avocado Dressing Recipe. My family just LOVES avocados, and I do mean love. To see just how much love, check out the following Instagram posts where I bought and processed loads and loads of avocados. This was our first purchase of a whole bunch of the Green Lovelies: THIS is what your pantry looks like when avocados are on sale 3/$1 at @freshthyme Market! Our new FAVORITE store. We've been making my Grasshopper Bars, AIP Guacamole, Tuna and Avocado Salad, and hope to try an Avocado […]

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If you love avocados, you'll love this Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe - it's dairy-free, low carb, and AIP too, and has none of the toxic ingredients found in store bought dressings.

If you are an avocado lover, you are going to love this recipe today — a Zingy Avocado Dressing Recipe.

My family just LOVES avocados, and I do mean love.

To see just how much love, check out the following Instagram posts where I bought and processed loads and loads of avocados.

This was our first purchase of a whole bunch of the Green Lovelies:

Following is a photo of the avocados all lined up as we were getting ready to work on a much larger purchase.

My youngest was very excited to set up an “Avocado Processing Line”.

And good thing he was excited, because we had a lot (and I do mean a lot) of avocados to process.  There was an amazing 3/$1 sale at a nearby store, so I took advantage and stocked up.

We washed, sliced, removed the pits, and scooped out the flesh. Then we bagged up the avocados and sealed them with a clip, and popped them right in the freezer.

And this was taking in the midst of the above Very Large Avocado Purchase processing:

Can you guess how many avocados we bought?

Not sure I’m telling how many, but it was a lot.

Let’s just say that I think we’re set with avocados for a very very long time.

Anyhow, avocados are just wonderful, not only for their great taste, but also for their nutritional benefits.

Health Benefits of Avocados

Here are some of the fabulous nutritional qualities you get in avocados.

  • healthy fats
  • potassium (more than bananas)
  • fiber
  • vitamin K
  • folate
  • vitamin C
  • and more

Problem Ingredients in Store Bought Avocado Dressing:

I’ve been making Homemade Salad Dressing for about as long as I can remember. I do it to save money, but also to avoid the unsavory ingredients in so many of the packaged varieties.

I already have a number of Homemade Dressings on my site that we love.

For example, we love all of these — 5-Ingredient Dressing, 5-Way Simple Dressing, Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing, and Moroccan Vinaigrette.

Here are the ingredients in a popular brand’s Avocado Dressing:

Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Sugar, Less than 2% of: Dried Avocado, Buttermilk, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Black Pepper, Egg Yolk, Vinegar, Natural Flavors (Soy), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Salt, Maltodextrin, Mixed Tocopherols, Phosphoric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Honey, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Blue 1, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Sorbic Acid, and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives

So many problems in there.

First of all, the Vegetable Oils are almost for sure GMO.

Sugar is a problem, of course.

Less than 2% of the rest and avocado is in that “less than 2%” category?

Monosodium Glutamate is a terrible ingredient and it’s an excitotoxin.

Maltodextrin is likely from GMO corn.

The Natural Flavors from Soy are likely GMO as well.

The Blue and Yellows are Artificial Colors, which they wouldn’t need if there were more avocado in the avocado dressing.  Now that’s a novel idea, isn’t it?

And I don’t know about you, but I for sure don’t want Disodium Inosinate in my food. It’s a flavor enhancer like MSG, and so is Disodium Guanylate.

So how about some a wonderful Avocado Dressing Recipe instead — sans the MSG?

If you love avocados, you'll love this Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe - it's dairy-free, low carb, and AIP too, and has none of the toxic ingredients found in store bought dressings.

 

This avocado dressing recipe is just wonderful.

I based it off of a recipe from Candida Free Candee, a blog that is no longer active.  Her recipe was based off of this one.

We’ve made it several times and every time there are no leftovers, even when making several batches.

It’s that good.

Just get some cut up veggies or some chips, then set some of this out as a dip. It is guaranteed to be gone in a flash.

My husband thought it was possibly a little too “flavorful” but I like my dressings with a lot of flavor.

If you would like a little less zing, then reduce the garlic or lemon juice. Or you could add in another half or whole avocado.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

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Zingy Creamy Avocado Dressing (or Dip) - dairy-free, low carb and AIP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
This Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipe is super tasty and nutritious. It's a great vegan dressing recipe that tastes great as a dip too.
Ingredients
  • 3 medium (approx. 5 oz each) avocados (this recipe is quite flavorful. If you prefer a more mild dressing, then simply add in another avocado
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice (or juice of 1 lemon. Lime is fine too)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ⅜ cup water (add more for a thinner dressing - read How to Make Your Water Safe)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley or 1 T dried
  • 1 scoop stevia (1/32 of a tsp - read How to Use Stevia) or 2 T honey or maple syrup (readChoosing Maple Syrup)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor.
  2. Combine until smooth.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and mix to combine, or serve as a dip.

For some other great avocado recipes, see:

Chocolate Avocado Truffles
No-Bake Grasshopper Bars
Avocado Lime Pudding
Buckwheat Crepe Cake with Chocolate Avocado Filling
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Guacamole

How about You?  
Do you make your own homemade dressing?

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Healthy Living Deals ~ Aug. 30, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-living-deals-aug-30-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/healthy-living-deals-aug-30-2016/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:02:08 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40646 It’s been a busy few weeks here.  We’re losing a huge gorgeous tree just behind our house and I’ve had to spend loads of time researching what to do and how to save money doing it. Our aeroponic gardens are going strong but it’s taking some learning up front as I study how to harvest all kinds of new plants, like stevia, cilantro, basil, and 8 ball zucchinis. And summer is winding down.  My husband has had some big projects — and now the school year is getting ready to launch so he’s getting very busy again. Anyhow, you know […]

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Healthy Living Deals

It’s been a busy few weeks here.  We’re losing a huge gorgeous tree just behind our house and I’ve had to spend loads of time researching what to do and how to save money doing it.

Our aeroponic gardens are going strong but it’s taking some learning up front as I study how to harvest all kinds of new plants, like stevia, cilantro, basil, and 8 ball zucchinis.

And summer is winding down.  My husband has had some big projects — and now the school year is getting ready to launch so he’s getting very busy again.

Anyhow, you know that typically I send these posts out on the weekend, and I haven’t done one for a bit, but there are some lovely deals ending tomorrow at Neal’s Yard Remedies so I wanted to make sure that you didn’t miss those.

So here you go…..

Oh- there are affiliate links in this post. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this resource up and running.

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Neal's Yard Remedies - Garden Mint and Bergamot Hand Cream

Today and tomorrow are the final days to get my Favorite Hand Cream Free with a $50 purchase.

It’s Garden Mint and Bergamot, and believe me, it’s lovely.  I always need a good hand cream in my purse (and by my sink) and this is just a great one and the smell is just something else. I didn’t think I would like it when I heard about it, but it’s turned out to be my favorite.

Plus, for 2 more days, if you’d like to Join My Team as a Representative for Neal’s Yard Remedies, you can:

– Save $20 on the Joining Kit, plus
– Get a Free Essential Oils Diffuser (worth $55) in your first 30 days (in addition to the other offers) if you earn the Success Start.  The price on the kit goes up to $149 on Sept. 1.

See all of the contents of the Joining Kit here, and read more about why I love Neal’s Yard Remedies here.  I’ll be sharing more later, like their focus on ethics and sustainability.  This is a very special company with very special products.

Feel free to email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com with any additional questions.  I’d love to work with you.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

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That’s all for now – see you later this week.

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Have you seen how much the Cost of EpiPens have skyrocketed? I can't believe the shady deals that were involved in this price gouging,, but glad there are some lower prices alternatives available!

If you’re a parent of a child with life-threatening allergies, you know about EpiPens and the recent gigantic price hike.

Epinephrine relaxes the muscles in the throat that swell in the case of an anaphylactic reaction, thereby possibly saving the life of someone suffering from a life-threatening reaction to, for example, a bee sting or food allergy.

I am very upset about this whole thing, but not just about the cost. I’m upset about what lurks behind the increased cost, and basically every detail surrounding this mess.

My oldest has life-threatening food allergies to multiple foods – dairy, egg, most nuts, peanuts, and sesame.  Since he was diagnosed with these allergies, we have always carried Benadryl and at least one EpiPen with us.

For years we had insurance coverage that allowed us to get the EpiPen for only an Rx copay and so it was no big deal.  We’d pay $10 – $40 yearly to refill the prescription for our son’s EpiPen and that was that.

Things have changed, however.

With the costs of insurance skyrocketing, there have been annual changes with my husband’s employer’s healthcare plan, and now we have a high deductible plan.

Very high.

So this year, when it was time to get a refill of my son’s EpiPen, we went online to get the EpiPen coupon that we had always used, and went to the local Walgreens to get the prescription refilled.

This time, however, we got a big surprise.

Make that a $600 surprise.  

The pharmacist rang up the cost of the EpiPen and asked me for $600+.  I almost fainted, and then asked him about our coupon.  Well, he went on to point out that there was fine print on the coupon (there really wasn’t — I guess it was on their website) stating that there is a maximum discount for the coupon and the maximum was about $100.

“What the heck was going on with this price increase, and what could I do about it?” I wondered.

So I found out.  And it isn’t a pretty story.

Why the Increase in Cost of EpiPen?

There are a lot of fishy things going on surrounding the fast increase of the cost of the EpiPen.

The cost of the EpiPen was already increasing, but after a settlement with a pharmaceutical company to allow them to develop a generic, the price started increasing more rapidly.

“What we’re seeing from Mylan now is indicative of how many pharma companies negotiate during a momentary monopoly — they price as high as they can for as long as they can,” David Whitrap, a spokesman for Express Scripts, said in an email. (Source)

EpiPens make up 40% of Mylan’s profits. The same item device sells in France for only $40. (SourceThe EpiPen was only $50 – $60 several years ago. (Source) but now the cash price is at least $600.

Mylan has said that the increased cost of the EpiPen is due to improvements in the product (Source), but according to Michael Ray, the owner of Rx Savings Solutions, he knows nothing (emphasis mine) of anything regarding the costs of the components that should have impacted the cost of the EpiPen. (Source)  Dr. Purvi Parikh, MD agrees, stating that the EpiPen hasn’t changed in years. (Source)

He instead says that it is purely effective marketing. This article in Bloomberg concurs, stating that ““They have done a tremendous job of taking an asset that nobody thought you could do much with and making it a blockbuster product.” (Source)

I disagree.  Marketing is a huge cause for the price increase as it increased demand, but the other side of the coin is — No Competition.

As this article rightly states, there is a monopoly set up for the EpiPen and until the government gets out of the way and allows for competition, prices will stay exorbitantly high.

The CEO of Mylan stated that “Obamacare” has been the cause for people noticing the cost of the increase.  In a sense she is right, but then isn’t this just showing the mess we have gotten ourselves into?  Obamacare has made insurance costs so prohibitive that more and more people are going to plans with high deductibles and no Rx copays, so now instead of paying a small copay or $0 for and EpiPen, like us people are paying the entire cash price.  And of course, Bresch conveniently neglects to mention how much the cost has increased since Mylan started making the device.

 

Have you seen how much the Cost of EpiPens have skyrocketed? I can't believe the shady deals that were involved in this price gouging,, but glad there are some lower prices alternatives available!

Mylan’s CEO Pay & Shady Deals

Heather Bresch, the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W. Va.) earned $2.4 million in  2007.  Last year, she made $18.9 million dollars. Basically, her salary rose 600% while the price of the EpiPen rose 400%. (Source) I’m not for the government putting limits on salaries (except on their own), but I do think that the shareholders should protest this and that we should just take our business elsewhere.

Fine – if she has done such savvy marketing to make a huge profit for the company, so be it.  But I think the gig is up.  Time to buy epinephrine elsewhere.

What’s even more disgusting is that the development of the EpiPen was done purely at taxpayers’ expense.  I know that we all value Research & Development in the drug industry, but come on.  Plus, I would rather see R&D in the more natural realms of medicine when I see all of the side effects of drugs like antibiotics.

Mylan’s Shady Reincorporation

This is where it gets really ugly.

Despite the price hikes, Mylan moved to further maximize its profit margins by engaging in a shady corporate accounting trick known as a tax inversion. In 2014, Mylan reincorporated in the Netherlands to lower its effective tax rate, despite its operational headquarters remaining in Pennsylvania. Despite even her own father saying Mylan’s inversion should be illegal, Bresch defended the inversion in an interview with the New York Times. (Source)

So the company just couldn’t afford to stay in the US despite the sales increases and profit increases while they drove all of their competition out of the market?

See what high corporate tax rates (and corruption) get you?  No tax — that’s what.

EMTs and EpiPen Alternatives

For families and individuals dealing with anaphylaxis, the increased expense of the EpiPen is becoming prohibitive, but for emergency responders, the issue is compounded because they need to purchase multiple devices per year.

According to this article, some EMTs are choosing to use epinephrine syringes instead of the epinephrine injectors in order to save money. (Source)

It’s interesting to note the following emergency statistics in the above article, stating also that since switching to the syringes, they have seen no issues with safety:

Salt Lake paramedics and EMTs respond to close to 23,000 medical calls a year, according to the fire department.
Less than 120 calls deal with allergic reactions, and only seven with anaphylactic shock.

In fact, Illinois just passed a law allowing all EMTs to administer epinephrine using syringes instead of the overpriced EpiPens. (Source)

Still, the autoinjectors are much easier to use.

EpiPen Price Reductions

Under pressure, Mylan has recently agreed to increase the maximum value of the coupon to $300.

Thanks, Mylan.  So now I can pay ONLY $350-ish for the mandatory Dual Pack that I will need a refill for next July, apparently, since that is when the pens at the Walgreens expired.

Of course, I could call all over town to see if another pharmacy has farther out expiration dates, but I don’t guess that’s the case, so it’s probably not worth my time.

EpiPen Alternatives
aka How to Throw Mylan Under the Bus

Let me make this very clear.  I am NOT going to buy Mylan’s EpiPen this year.  No way.

Many are calling for congressional investigations into this situation.

Yes, I would like for the corruption to stop, but I don’t know that this is the answer.  I personally am advocating for the CDC Whistleblower to appear before Congress, but I don’t put much weight on Congress doing anything.  Nothing is done about Hillary Clinton’s emails, and nothing is done about Benghazi. So why should we expect them to do anything about this?  (By the way, Mylan is a huge contributor to The Clinton Foundation, so let’s not hold our breath on Hillary doing anything if she gets into office.) (Source)

We spend a bunch of taxpayer (that’s you and me) income on things and then we end up with — Nada.

I’m more of a small government person, so my thinking is, let’s get the free market working on this one and just not buy anything from Mylan.

EpiPen Alternatives in the U.S.

I did a bunch of research on this and here are some lower cost alternatives.

Go here to get in touch with GoodRx.  Apply for the card that you can use in participating pharmacies. You can get Twin Pack of a generic epinephrine injector for $144.62 (price at time of publication).  I’ve tried and with no result, so I will call again this coming week.

Still not cheap, but it’s sure a whole lot better than paying more than $500.

Here is a list of pharmacies that might be participating in the GoodRx plan. Always call to check before going to the pharmacy.

Or, even if you live in the U.S., you can still order from Canada — see the following for details.

EpiPen Alternatives in Canada

There are a number of places where you can get epinephrine injectors in Canada. I checked multiple Canadian sources, but the best price by far was Northwest Pharmacy.

Northwest Pharmacy quoted me $77.99 for a Single Epinephrine Injector plus $9.99 shipping.  They will only accept check payments.  Their Dual Injector is $144.79.

Yes, this stinks for the US Economy, so I would rather shop at GoodRx. Plus it’s a slightly better deal than buying 2 pens from Canada, so that is my first recommendation.

The cash price of the generic epinephrine injector is still too expensive, in my opinion, but it’s much better than $650-ish for 2.

I’ve already put a call in to our PCP to talk to him about this.  I have previously self-administered injections and have given my son B12 shots, so using a syringe isn’t a concern for me (though I would want training again), but a preloaded syringe like the type that the Salt Lake City EMTs are carrying would be the best option in that case for sure, to reduce administration time.

My son is extremely careful (even overly cautious) and we almost never eat out, therein limiting the chance of a severe reaction. But still, it’s a concern and when you are dealing with a life-threatening issue, safety trumps expense.

Expired EpiPens

Finally, I would like to add one bit of information.  While you are sorting all of this out, if you have an expired EpiPen, keep it.

If you are in a situation involving anaphylaxis, an epinephrine injector that is 2-3 years past its expiration date still contains about 90% of its original epinephrine.  And an injector that is 5-7 years old has approximately 70% of its epinephrine left.  So it’s better than no epinephrine but is not a good alternative to getting an up to date replacement.  (Source)

Update 9/1/16: Please do not use any epinephrine that has become discolored and is brown or pink.  There is a possibility that it could cause a hallucinatory reaction.  (Source)

Get Involved

Besides going elsewhere to buy your epinephrine injector, please do your part and vote.  Get involved in the political process, get the cronies out and demand accountability from politicians, both locally and on the national level.

What will you be doing about the high cost of EpiPens?

Photo Credit: Creative Commons EpiPen Autoinjector by Greg Friese is licensed under CC by 2.0

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12 Adaptogens You Should Know and Why You Need Them http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-are-adaptogens/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/what-are-adaptogens/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:24:42 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40098 What are adaptogens? Most likely you have been using natural healers in your life for awhile now.  Herbs like Green Tea for antioxidants, Ginger for an upset stomach, or Garlic for its immune boosting effects. However, there are some new kids on the block. Rather, they are old kids, but they are getting a lot of attention these days. They are — Adaptogens. Haven’t heard about them before? If not, you’re about to learn something fascinating, and you will wish you knew about it sooner. I first heard about adaptogens about 3 years ago when working with a new practitioner on my thyroid issues. We used […]

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What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

What are adaptogens?

Most likely you have been using natural healers in your life for awhile now.  Herbs like Green Tea for antioxidants, Ginger for an upset stomach, or Garlic for its immune boosting effects.

However, there are some new kids on the block.

Rather, they are old kids, but they are getting a lot of attention these days.

They are — Adaptogens.

Haven’t heard about them before? If not, you’re about to learn something fascinating, and you will wish you knew about it sooner.

I first heard about adaptogens about 3 years ago when working with a new practitioner on my thyroid issues.

We used a few of them at the time and so began a “relationship” that still goes on today.

I started working with Linda (who wrote this post on the cause of thyroid disease) for thyroid and adrenal issues.  While we were working on my protocols, Linda brought up adaptogens.  I don’t think I really knew what they were, though I had heard the term.

Linda explained that adaptogens help your body adapt to stress.

I hadn’t thought about it before working with Linda, but stress comes from many places – both external and internal.  Adaptogens can help regulate many kinds of stressors, plus they adapt both to the stressor, and also to the person taking them. As you can imagine, they can be quite helpful.

Adaptogens are getting a lot of attention these days for several reasons.

Number one, people are trying more and more to turn to natural substances instead of to pharmaceuticals for healing.

But the other reason that adaptogens are getting more attention these days is that they are quite useful for dealing with stress, and there is so much more stress today than in most of history.

Think about it…..

We’re up waking up earlier, staying up later, the fast-pace of social media and technology are increasing at breakneck speed, the toll of the increase of illness on our society and families is putting more and more pressure on us to survive with stress.

It’s just all. too. much.

So do adaptogens heal?  They do in a way, since they help the body to adapt to stressors of many kinds, and too much stress causes many health problems.

What Are Adaptogens?

The term “adaptogen” comes from Dr. Nikolai Lazarev, a Russian scientist) who first coined in 1947, but Isreal Brekham, PhD and Dr. I. V. Darymovhe created the formal definition in 1968. The formal definitely includes the following criteria:

1. An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient.
2. An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.
3. An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor. (Source)

In other words, adaptogens must:

  1. Be safe
  2. Work by reducing your body’s stress response
  3. Support overall health by helping the body achieve balance known as homeostasis

If you take apart the word, you can get a hint as to what adaptogens are.

Adapt, of course, means to change to what is going on.

Adaptogens are substances that help the body be more “normal”, or “balanced” in many arenas.

While working with the above-mentioned practitioner, I worked with 3 adaptogens, but I’ve recently been getting better acquainted with more of them and I am finding them to be fascinating.

Stressed Out Plants for Stressed Out People

Interestingly, adaptogens are mostly plants that have adapted to growing in very stressful conditions, which is what makes them so powerful.  They give their strength and adaptability to us.

For example, maca grows in a harsh climate and at a high altitude, whereas rhodiola flourishes in harsh and mountainous climates of Asia.

So, these plants have innate abilities to adapt to stress that they in turn transfer to us to help us to deal with our harsh conditions in a healthier manner.

Which brings us to a good point about sourcing adaptogens. As with essential oils, I think that it is important to source adaptogens grown in indigenous locations (where they grow naturally), and to source them organically and sustainably grown when possible.

If you source adaptogens outside of their indigenous location, then you might not be getting the same ingrown quality that you would get otherwise.

What Adaptogens Do:

David Hoffmann, in the Herbal Handbook, clarifies how adaptogens work

“….an adaptogen enables [the body] to avoid reaching a point of collapse or over-stress because it can adapt ‘around’ the problem.… The core of their action appears to be in helping the body deal with stress… Adaptogens seem to increase the threshold of resistance to damage via the support of adrenal gland and possibly pituitary gland function. By stretching the meaning of the word it can come to mean what in the past was called a tonic. This is especially when an herb can have a normalizing effect; that is, contradictory actions depending on the body’s needs. This restorative quality is a common and unique feature of herbal medicines.…”

But there is a biological function of how this happens.  Here is the technical information: (source)

The beneficial stress-protective effect of adaptogens is related to regulation of homeostasis via several mechanisms of action associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the control of key mediators of stress response such as molecular chaperons (e.g. Hsp70), stress-activated c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK1), Forkhead Box O transcription factor DAF-16, cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

The key point of action of phytoadaptogens appears to be their up-regulating and stress-mimetic effects on the “stress-sensor” protein Hsp70, which plays an important role in cell survival and apoptosis. Hsp70 inhibits the expression of NO synthase II gene and interacts with glucocorticoid receptors directly and via the JNK pathway, thus affecting the levels of circulating cortisol and NO. Prevention of stress-induced increase in NO, and the associated decrease in ATP production, results in increased performance and endurance. Adaptogen-induced up-regulation of Hsp70 triggers stress-induced JNK-1 and DAF-16-mediated pathways regulating the resistance to stress and resulting in enhanced mental and physical performance and, possibly, increased longevity.

This is very complicated, but what it basically means, is this:

Adaptogens protect us against stress and help us achieve balance by several means that are associated with the HPA Axis and by acting on mediators of stress response, including cortisol and nitric oxide (NO).

What are adaptogens? Adaptogens are the unsung heros of natural healing and living! Here's all you need to know on what adaptogens are and why you need these healers in your natural medicine cabinet. Plus 12 adaptogens to get started with!

Common Adaptogens

There are many plants that fall under the rubric of adaptogens.  Some are more commonly accepted as being adaptogens, whereas others are more “outliers.”

In future posts, I’ll cover many of these in more detail, but following are some of the more common adaptogens.

  • Ashwagandha: grown in bushes that are native to India
  • Eleuthero: – a small woody shrub native to Northeastern Asia
  • Holy Basil (Tulsi): Tulsi is native to the Indian subcontinent
  • Maca: Maca is native to the Andes mountains.
  • Panax Ginseng: – used for much of ancient history for health benefits.  This is different from Siberian ginseng, which has different qualities.
  • Rhodiola Rosea: a perennial flowering plant that grows in cold regions of the world, including the Artic.
  • Schisandra: a woody vine that is native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East
  • Astragalus – comes from the root of a plant in the pea family.  Typically grown in the northern and eastern parts of China, as well as in Mongolia and Korea.
  • Licorice – a root native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia
  • Moringa – native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan
  • Gotu kola – native to wetlands in Asia

There are many more plants that are considered to be adaptogens. I hope to touch on quite a few of these in more detail in the future.

Adaptogens can be taken individually, but often they are used in combination as they work synergistically.

My Experiences with Adaptogens

Personally, I have used a number of these.  I’ve taken Rhodiola in this tincture form for many years (and still do), and take ashwagandha on and off as well.  Moringa is something that I have in my home and have tried for a bit. Hoping to try it some more.

I used to not think that I tolerated maca and holy basil well, but I have been using them again and am doing fine.

Currently, I am really enjoying this Cocoa Complex from Neal’s Yard Remedies. It’s loaded with adaptogens and other supports for a healthy life.  I only take a small amount in the afternoon (1/4 – 1/2 scoop) with some water or coconut milk and some stevia for a lovely pick me up.

I’ve been sleeping better since starting it, which has been a huge plus for someone who has had sleep problems for a long time.

As I mentioned above, adaptogens are often taken in combination since they work synergistically. This is what the people at Neal’s Yard Remedies have done — put together a number of adaptogens that work well together.

 

Love this for my afternoon pick me up without sugar! Neal's Yard Remedies Cocoa Complex - with adaptogens

I’ve mentioned Neal’s Yard before, and for good reason.  They are an extremely ethical company with fabulous products.  You can read more about them here.

This Stress Manager from Herb Pharm is another good example of an adaptogenic blend made with herbs that work synergistically together.

Cautions

1.       Adaptogens are Not “One Size Fits All”: Different people might react differently to adaptogens, so take care in your use of them, just as you would with any new natural substance.

2.       Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:  There is mixed information about pregnancy and breastfeeding use about adaptogens.  I hope to touch on this more in the future.

If you are taking medication (or any other medication, for that matter) that suppresses the immune system, please do not use adaptogens without consulting a physician about a potential herb-drug interaction.

Of course, the above concerns are very important to heed, but following is one that I think gets easily overlooked.

3.        Don’t Overdo It: The temptation in our modern day busyness would be to just take adaptogens and keep pushing through. That might work in the short run, but you need to always listen to your body.  If you end up using adaptogens as a way to keep going when your body wants you to slow down, you might end up in serious burnout.

It would be best to use adaptogens as a short term support, or perhaps long term if you are an individual that is overly sensitive to stress.  At the same time, some of their health benefits

Regardless of how you use them, I hope you look into them more and see what these powerful, health-giving adaptogens can do for you.

 

Have you heard of adaptogens before?
Have you used any adaptogens?

 

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Healthy Living Deals

Hi everyone.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and are able to rest a bit.

There are some great things going on this week – enjoy the savings and I will see you next week.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

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Just so you know, there won’t be any company names mentioned in the talks, but a lot of the speakers are representatives for the big MLMs in the oils industry.  And some are affiliates for companies and some even sell their own oils.  Just keep that all in mind if you choose to attend.

Of course, I haven’t heard the talks, so I can’t say that I will agree with the whole thing (especially if there is liberal internal use of oils recommended), but I am sure there will be loads of great information to glean.  I plan to listen to as much as I can.

Here are some of the talks I’m most looking forward to:

How to Rebalance Your Hormones with Essential Oils
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Fermentation for Beginners

Ketogenic Diet

(I don’t advocate following the Keto Diet to a “T”, but low-carb foods are a big help so I’m sharing this book for you.)

Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Desserts

Ketogenic Diet

Superfoods

(We’ve been including more Superfoods in our diet.  Did you see my recipe for Superfood Berry Popsicles that I just shared?  They’re great!)

Superfoods

Depression

Depression

The Yoga Beginner’s Bible

(I know some of you might have issues with yoga, and I have concerns as well with the spirituality end of it.  However, I do think that many of the stretches and poses are physically beneficial.)

The Yoga Beginner's Bible

Cupping Therapy

(Have you seen the Cupping marks on the backs of many Olympians?  I thought it was interesting to see alternative therapies in the limelight. Here’s some more information on this therapy.  I’ve tried it a few times. I wasn’t sure about how much it helped but it was interesting.)

Cupping Therapy

Ketogenic Diet Fat Bomb Recipes

Ketogenic Diet Fat Bomb Recipes

What was your favorite deal?

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These Superfood Berry Popsicles are just the thing for a healthy summer treat. They're low carb and dairy-free with options for AIP/autoimmune protocol. Made with an amazing Organic Vegan Superfood Berry Blend that's loaded with healthful ingredients and antioxidants.

Nothing like popsicles on a warm day for a refreshing treat.

And these Superfood Berry Popsicles are more than just refreshing — they are a super healthy treat.

These low carb popsicles are loaded with antioxidants from multiple organic superfoods.

When I told my son I was going to make these he said, “Oh yes! Please make popsicles. I LOVE them!”

And when he found out that there would be berries in them, he was even more excited.

Of course.

I got this recipe from a friend of mine awhile ago, and we just LOVE it!

Actually, we haven’t made popsicles in a long time. Not sure why, but we haven’t.  So we were so excited to do it again and to find a recipe that is fun, delicious, and even beautiful!

Why Superfoods?

Superfoods are kind of a word that’s thrown around today a lot, but basically they are foods that are powerhouses of nutrition.

If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I used to eat the Standard American Diet (SAD), but had to move to lower carb foods due to candida.  We also are pretty much dairy free around here due to my oldest’s life threatening allergy to dairy (amongst other things).

But more than just trying to avoid things like sugar, loads of carbs (especially refined carbs), and the things my son is allergic to, we have really been making an effort to put more healthful foods into our diet to improve our health.

The main things we have been trying to increase in our diets are vegetables and fruits, particularly low carb fruits like berries, and superfoods that pack an extra punch of nutrition.

I really thought that we were eating healthy enough, but when I sat down and looked at it, I realized that we weren’t.  It’s easy to grab nuts or something like that for a snack, and when you are eating lower carb, it’s harder to eat fruits, and sometimes eating veggies just gets a little “old”.

So I’ve been looking for new ways to get more produce into our diets without adding too many carbs.

I’ve tried various green drinks and have found them to be a great help. You can easily put the powders in smoothies or add them to recipes, but this idea of making popsicles out of them was just too fun.

For this recipe, you can of course use whatever fruit powder you like, or you could reverse engineer the ingredients to make the superfood powder that I used, but I do love the blend that I will mention in this post.

We’ve used the powder mostly in water as an afternoon pick me up drink, but this popsicle recipe is our favorite use thus far.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

The Powder

DIY Fruit Powder Blend Ingredients:

If you want to make this recipe by making your own Fruit Blend, here are some links to products to get you going.

Here are some ingredients that would be helpful should you choose to do that.

  1. Blueberry Powder (Organic)
  2.  Acai Powder (Organic)
  3. Apple Powder (Organic)

There are a few Berry Blends you can buy and a few Superfood Blends, but just be careful what you purchase and read the reviews.  A common complaint is that many of the powders (the berries in particular) become rock solid quickly after purchase.  I think that’s why the use of the cassava maltodextrin is so crucial in the blend that I used.  In fact, I had a berry powder years ago that did that very thing despite it having a moisture packet in it.   So just be careful what you buy and be careful how you store them should you go that route.

If you’d like to try out the one that I use, here is some more information about it.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Berry Complex 

The powder that I used is a great powder loaded with so much I wanted in our family’s diet.

  • No added sugar
  • Non GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • No preservatives
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Certified organic

Regardless of whether you choose to use the Superfood powder that I did, or DIY your own version, you will want to blend several powders and extracts together to get the benefits of many different phytonutrients.  Following are the ingredients in the NYR Organic Powder with the benefits of each.

Ingredients

Apple Powder – high in fiber and pectin

Blueberry Powder – high in anthocyanins (great for health and skin radiance)

Blackcurrant Powder – high in anthocyanins. Supports good circulation and skin radiance.

Acerola Cherry Extract Powder – high in vitamin C

Açaí Powder – high in antioxidants resveratrol

Green Bell Pepper Powder – high in vitamin C and antioxidants

Pomegranate Juice Powder – high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and minerals

Chia Seeds – high in Omega 3 fatty acids and great for gut health

Goji Berry Extract Powder – often called the “elixir of youth”.  It’s stickiness shows that it has polysaccharides in it and helps moisturize skin from the inside out.

Stevia – a natural sweetener that I use in so many of my recipes. It is over 200 times as sweet as sugar and yet has no calories, no glycemic index and none of the negative side effects of sugar.  In this post about stevia and health, you can see that it actually might support healthy blood sugar levels.

Anthocyanins are the plant colorings responsible for the vibrant reds, blues, and purples in fruits, and they have been noted to show promise in protecting from many health conditions. (source)

It’s a fabulous pick-me-up in the morning or afternoon and has only a few carbs, and as a result, is a great way to get more produce into your diet.

And…..it makes amazing popsicles.

They are low carb, no sugar-added, and even adaptable for the AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol or Autoimmune Paleo).

Notes about Ingredients – The “flavourings” are Organic Blackberry Flavors and the Maltodextrin is from Organic Cassava and keeps the Acerola Cherry Powder from clumping as it has a tendency to do so.  Also, all of the ingredients are sourced in the US.

Get your Antioxidant Boost with this delicious Neal's Yard Remedies Berry Complex. It's loaded with health benefits and tastes amazing!

Notes:

For the AIP option for this recipe use another fruit powder because the powder that I used contains some non AIP foods.  I couldn’t find a powdered superfood powder blend that was certified organic anywhere else, but you could make up your own using individual fruit powders that work for you.

Carb Count:

I typically don’t give any kind of nutrition counts, but from my quick calculations, if you make small popsicles (like the 1/2 cup push up pops that we used) they have about 5 grams of carbs from the berries (we used blueberries) and 1.3 grams from the berry powder.  So a total of 6.3 grams of carbs per popsicle.

If you are on the THM plan, the blend I used has maltodextrin and so it’s off plan. Use one of the berry powders that I offered as an alternative.

The Popsicle Molds

These Popsicle Molds will give you popsicles very similar to the ones in the image.

But you could use any shape or variety you like.Zoku Popsicle Molds

These Superfood Berry Popsicles are just the thing for a healthy summer treat. They're low carb and dairy-free with options for AIP/autoimmune protocol. Made with an amazing Organic Vegan Superfood Berry Blend that's loaded with healthful ingredients and antioxidants.

 

Superfood Berry Popsicles - Low Carb with AIP options
 
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts - Ice Cream
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 4 large popsicles or 6 small popsicles or push-up pops, depending on size
 
These Superfood Berry Popsicles are Low-Carb Popsicles made with Superfoods and are loaded with antioxidants for amazing health benefits.
Ingredients
  • Water (please use filtered. Here is more on How I Make Our Water Safe)
  • 2 scoops (10 g - approx 2 Tbsp) Berry Powder or Superfood Berry Complex Powder (or for AIP see above note). Add more if you like more flavor.
  • 1½ cups Berries
  • ½ Lemon or 1 T Lemon Juice (I buy huge bottles of lemon juice at Costco)
  • Stevia to Taste (we used 2 scoops [1/16 tsp] of Nunaturals brand. See How to Use Stevia) Omit for most AIP diets or use honey or maple syrup.
Instructions
  1. Blend the BerryPowder with 2 cups of water.
  2. Add the juice of ½ of a lemon (1 Tbsp of lemon juice) to the blended mixture. Stir well.
  3. Fill the popsicle molds half way with berries.
  4. Pour the Berry Complex Mixture over the berries to fill.
  5. Freeze 'til solid. About 5 hours for large popsicles.

These are so good – my youngest would eat of them if I let him — but alas, he has to share :).

I hope you enjoy them too.  It feels great knowing that I got some fabulous nutrition into him and not junky sugar-laden stuff.

What is your favorite frozen treat?

Photo Credit: Heather Ollenburg

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Healthy Living Deals

Hi everyone!

Hope this finds you well and enjoying your weekend.

Loads of great deals to help you stretch your dollars including a Free offer of my Favorite Hand Cream from my Favorite Personal Care company, and something we all need — a Free Sleep Summit.

I’m going to be there for sure!

Enjoy the deals!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

My Fave Hand Cream – FREE

Neal's Yard Remedies - Garden Mint and Bergamot Hand Cream

This month, get my favorite Hand Cream for Free with your $50 purchase from NYR Organic.

NYR Organic has so many amazing products, including the Skincare that has my skin looking amazing (this past weekend, someone guessed my age 10 years young and someone else asked what I am using on my face since my skin looks so good :)).

They have a load of lovely hand lotions, but the Garden Mint and Bergamot is something special.

I had heard it was a wonderful product, but I kind of thought “yeah right” since I didn’t know how it could be, but this past weekend I got to use it and the Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Wash, and wow…..it’s pretty addictive.

I’ve even heard testimonials that it has gotten rid of age spots!

Go here to shop and get your free Hand Cream.

Learn more about what I love about NYR Organic (Neal’s Yard Remedies) here.  I’ll be writing more soon, but they truly are an amazing company and are doing so much to change the world for the better.

I’m more than happy to help you choose products and help you get even more freebies if your order is over $150. Just comment here or email wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com.

 

Free – The Sleep Success Summit

Sleep Success Summit

If sleep problems have ever been an issue for you, make sure to sign up for this amazing The Sleep Success Summitwhere you will learn how to improve that ever-elusive (for many of us) Good Night of Sleep.

The Sleep Success Summit starts on August 8th, and tens of thousands will learn from the expert wisdom so important to healing illness, reducing stress and improving their lives by improving sleep!

Did you know?

  • 30% of people experience insomnia at some point in their lives.
  • Those who sleep next to a snoring partner lose one hour of sleep each night.
  • 25% of children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have a sleep disorder. When fixed, these symptoms disappear.
  • One night of sleep deprivation can put your body into a diabetic state!
  • A decrease in sleep by 1.5 hours reduces performance by 32%.
  • Reaction time after staying awake for 17-19 hours is worse than a 0.05% blood alcohol level.Register now to make sure you’ll see the free talks.

 

10% off NEW Carrier Oils

Rocky Mountain Oils Carrier Oils Sale

My favorite online essential oils retailer has some Great New Products — Carrier Oils, and to celebrate, they are offering 10% off of all of them!

Rocky Mountain Oils finally has added lovely Carrier Oils to their online offerings, including:

Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Jojoba Oil
Avocado Oil
Apricot Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil

These are great prices for these oils.

In case you missed why I chose this company for our family’s oils, go here to the start of The “Best” Essential Oils Series, or go here to read my Rocky Mountain Oils Review.

The Carrier Oils are on sale thru 11:59 MDT on Sunday Aug 7, so don’t delay.

Save on Great Clean Makeup

Crunchi Collection

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and non toxic blushes that compete with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of August (plus get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.  PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-ClipsNew to Lilla Rose — get a free clip!

Buy 3 clips, just email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com and I will send you a certificate for 1 free clip up to $15.

Read my Lilla Rose Review here.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Perennial Vegetables

Perennial Vegetables

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Native American Medicine

Native American Medicine

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

Gardening

Gardening

Progesterone: the Ultimate Women’s Feel Good Hormone

Progesterone: the Ultimate Woman's Feel-Good Hormone

Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

Herbal Remedies: 2 Books: Herb Gardening And Herbal Medicine for Beginners

Herbal Remedies: 2 Books: Herb Gardening and Herbal Medicine for Beginners

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!
Which is your favorite deal?

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer (plus the best tip of all) http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/how-to-keep-make-flowers-last-longer/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/how-to-keep-make-flowers-last-longer/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:14:36 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=40045 I’ve got a slightly “off topic” tip for you all today — How to Make Flowers Last Longer Yes, I know.  This is a health blog, right? Well, it’s really more than that.  Typically I think of myself as a healthy-living, budget-friendly blogger, but I do go outside of that realm sometimes. I am very interested in current events and how they intersect our lives and health, and I LOVE tips. Kitchen tips, DIY tips, money saving tips — all of it. Tips like: The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic The Easiest Way to Freeze Berries How to Substitute Sweeteners and […]

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Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier. Here's how to make cut flowers last longer, and bring a bit of nature inside to boost your spirits!

I’ve got a slightly “off topic” tip for you all today — How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Yes, I know.  This is a health blog, right?

Well, it’s really more than that.  Typically I think of myself as a healthy-living, budget-friendly blogger, but I do go outside of that realm sometimes.

I am very interested in current events and how they intersect our lives and health, and I LOVE tips.

Kitchen tips, DIY tips, money saving tips — all of it.

Tips like:

The Easiest Way to Peel Garlic
The Easiest Way to Freeze Berries
How to Substitute Sweeteners

and more.

Really, when you think about it, today’s tip IS about health.  And saving money.

Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier.

My youngest and my husband often bring in freshly picked wild flowers to brighten our home, and I typically set them in a small vase (or Mason Jar) by the sink.

I know for me, when I see flowers next to my kitchen sink, it makes washing dishes and doing kitchen chores quite a bit more pleasurable, and we all know that pleasure is an important part of being healthy.

And of course, if you are spending money purchasing cut flowers, then finding a way to keep cut flowers fresh is a great budget-stretching tip.

So, let’s do it, shall we?

Flowers and Me

I have never been a fan of flowers.  Well, what I mean is that I like flowers, but I don’t like how expensive they are — and I really don’t like when they die.

It basically feels like buying flowers is like pouring money down the drain to me.

Yes, I can be a stoic sometimes.

So while other women love getting flowers, I would purposely ask my husband (and I asked him before we were married too) not to buy me flowers.

Ever.

And he thoughts I was weird.

But that’s just me.

As I mentioned earlier, however, I will happily receive wild flowers.  Anytime.

Recently I inherited some cut flowers that were just gorgeous, and I wanted to figure out how to keep them fresh as long as possible.

I just so wanted to drink in the real beauty for as long as possible.

They were wild-flower-like bouquets — just pure natural beauty with so many colors.  I was smitten.

At least as smitten as one can be with flowers, that is.

Anyhow, over the years, I’ve looked up ways to keep flowers fresh, and some of the tips have worked, while others haven’t done so well.

So I went back to the internet to see what other options there were.

Here is a list of options that I culled from the internet including why they are supposed to work.

Each one has some merit, but we’ll talk about what I chose and what worked the best later.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Being in nature is a great way to add to your emotional (and physical) health, and bringing a bit of the outdoors in (like in the form of cut flowers) can do plenty to boost your mood and make you feel healthier. Here's how to make cut flowers last longer, and bring a bit of nature inside to boost your spirits!

How to Make Flowers Last Longer

  • Trim – Trim the stems at a 45 degree angle before placing them in the water.  This allows more water to be absorbed.
  • Remove Leaves – Remove foliage from lower part of the stem – the foliage is a great place for bacteria to grow which is something that shortens the life span of the flowers
  • Water – add water and check water level daily
  • Use Filtered Water – filtered water is better
  • Sterilize the vase – again, bacteria shortens the life span of the flowers
  • Bleach – reduces bacteria
  • Keep Dark – sun and heat encourage flowers to age / mature
  • Vodka —  Vodka, or any alcohol, might halt ethylene production, but it also might help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Sprite — Some say that the acid in the water helps and others say that the sugar helps the flowers.
  • Apple cider vinegar & sugar — Vinegar is an antibacterial agent and the sugar serves as flower food
  • Refrigerator — Cold temperature slows aging of the flowers
  • Aspirin — Aspirin may lower the pH of the water
  • Add a Penny – The copper in “real” pennies is an acidifier that is thought to help keep flowers fresh
  • Flower Freshness Packs (the ones you get at the florist)

After looking over the above list, I decided to try the Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar option, plus some additional filtered water in the vase.

I really didn’t feel like investing in those packs of Flower Freshness Stuff (plus I’m not too keen about putting more artificial into the environment and I found out that one of the ingredients in those Flower Fresh Packs is BLEACH! (source)

Blech!  No thank you!  My flowers aren’t worth putting bleach into my home or the environment.

And some of the other options weren’t something I had or felt like spending money on (like Sprite!).  I mean, if I were going to drink the rest of the Sprite, I might invest in a bottle for my flowers, but since we struggle with candida here and soda isn’t on my healthy list of drinks (we actually never buy soda except for possibly Zevia or Bai on very rare occasions), I wasn’t about to bring it into the house for this purpose.

We don’t have aspirin in our house, and I had forgotten I had vodka (plus that’s a pretty pricey way to keep flowers fresh, in my opinion), and didn’t want my flowers in the fridge, of course, because it’s hard to enjoy them when they’re hidden away like that.

So in went the Apple Cider Vinegar and Water blend, and so began the experiment.

I had several vases, and most went in rooms with light, but one vase went in the bathroom, which tends to be more dark.

Three days after doing this, and they all still look pretty good, with the exception of the ones with stems that weren’t hitting the water (oops!)

And interestingly enough, I later went on the internet and I found this test that showed that the method that I chose was, in fact, the best. (source)

It’s pretty fun when you find out that what you chose to do was, in fact, the best choice of all.

Better yet, it’s toxin free!

Oh, and you can see the Vase of Flowers making my bathroom beeeyoootiful right here on Instagram (and of course, you can follow me too.)

Wondering how to make flowers last longer? Here are loads of tips including the ones that work best!

The Best Way to Make Flowers Last Longer

What You Need

Filtered Water  (of course, tap water will work, but filtered is better. Here is the water filter that we use)
Apple Cider Vinegar (we use this brand)
Sugar (just regular sugar. We have some around for making kombucha)

Method

1. Add filtered water to the vase.

2. Remove foliage from the lower part of the stem.

3. Place 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 Tbsp Sugar in a container and blend.

4. Add the mixture to the vase. Depending on the size of the vase, you can add more or less of the vinegar and sugar blend.

5.  Add the flowers to the vase.

6.  If possible, keep your flowers in a cool and dark room (e.g. away from heat vents and bright lights)

7.  Approximately every 2-3 days, change the water, add more of the solution to the vase, and trim the flowers again or at least rinse of the stems.

8.  Enjoy your flowers for a long time!

Do you like having flowers in your home?
What have you tried to make them last and has it worked?

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DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oil Blend http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-blend-pink-eye-goopy-eye/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-blend-pink-eye-goopy-eye/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:40 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39982 My son doesn’t look so good there, does he? It is for sure not fun needing a Natural Remedy for Pink Eye or for “Goopy Eyes” anytime — but in the summer it just seems wrong. You know what I mean — right?  Being sick in the summer when almost no one else is sick and you could be at the pool, or outside playing — it’s just a bummer. But it happened to my youngest this summer, and it happened big time. It all started when he came home from a party on a Saturday and told me, “I don’t […]

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No matter what we can do to prevent things, goopy or pink eye just happens! When my son woke up with a goopy eye – this DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend helped soothe and heal his eye. This natural remedy is one we'll be keeping on hand!

My son doesn’t look so good there, does he?

It is for sure not fun needing a Natural Remedy for Pink Eye or for “Goopy Eyes” anytime — but in the summer it just seems wrong.

You know what I mean — right?  Being sick in the summer when almost no one else is sick and you could be at the pool, or outside playing — it’s just a bummer.

But it happened to my youngest this summer, and it happened big time.

It all started when he came home from a party on a Saturday and told me,

“I don’t feel well, Mom.”

My initial thought was that he had eaten too much junk at the party.  The host had been gracious enough to serve gluten-free hotdog buns as an option, but my boys don’t do well on a lot of carbs, and well — he had had more than his fair share at the party.

Now, it could be that the overdose of carbs and party food sped things along and made the illness last longer, but it became apparent pretty quickly that the food wasn’t the problem.

He. Was. Really. Sick.

Within about a half hour of him coming home, I thought he felt warm so I took his temperature, and he already had a fever. So he settled down in front of the TV and started watching You Tube videos of The Lone Ranger.  🙂  We have all become close friends of The Ranger and Tonto in our home in recent days….

Then more things happened — his fever climbed, the aches started, a horrible sore throat ensued, and more.

It was when he ended up complaining about odd chest and back pains and mentioned some breathing issues that I called our physician and we ended up at Urgent Care.

The visit turned out to be pretty uneventful and we came home with a more comfortable, but still worn out and sick child and I proceeded to treat him naturally as much as possible with everything I could throw at the illness.

And I threw a lot at it.

Loads of natural remedies for sore throat and the like.

Since I’m very concerned about the overuse of antibiotics, and I don’t like the ingredients in most OTC meds, I prefer to go as natural as possible.

Here are some other Natural Supports that I have shared previously:

DIY Cold and Flu Remedies
Natural Ear Infection Remedy
Unbelievable Wart Remedy
Natural Helps for Indigestion
Natural Helps for Anxiety

The Beginning of the “Goopy Eye”

Anyhow, after a few days, my son’s right eye started “gooping up”.  He had quite a bit of discharge and was waking up with his eye stuck shut.

I don’t know what it was.

Was it Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)?  Just another symptom of the virus that he had but not technically Pink Eye?

Regardless of what it was, his eye was struggling and needed support.

Years ago, breastmilk would have been my remedy of choice, but alas my nursing days are long gone, so I had to turn to other sources of healing.

I immediately looked up ways to help support his body so that his eyes would heal, and came up with a several solutions, but ended up going first with a chamomile tea bag, and then with some diluted essential oils.  The essential oils blend really seemed to be the way to go.

I used the following Essential Oils Blend on his goopy eye, and then when the condition went to his other eye, we used it on both.  They both cleared up pretty quickly.

About a week later, my oldest got the same illness.

His, however, went right to his ear first, so we did some work using this Natural Ear Infection Remedy (and another help I will be sharing soon), but now his eyes are a goopy too so it’s time to make the blend again.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Here are the details on the blend.

I chose the following essential oils for my “Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend” for the following reasons:

Lavender

Lavender oil is helpful for supporting the immune system and also has antimicrobial action (source)

Melaleuca

Melaleuca oil has been shown to have antimicrobial action (source)

Notes about Melaleuca:

  1.  Melaleuca (otherwise known as Niaouli — Melaleuca Quinquenervia, should not be used on children under 6)
  2. Melaleuca is not the same as Tea Tree Oil.  Please make sure to check the Latin name of the oil that you are buying to make sure you are getting what you want.  In this case you want Melaleuca Quinquenervia.  This Melaleuca is otherwise known as Niaouli oil so you might see it called that by some retailers.

Regarding carrier oils, you can use any quality oil.  Fractionated Coconut Oil is a favorite since it doesn’t stain clothing (or sheets) and has a long shelf life.  However, you could also use almond, grapeseed, olive, etc.)

Since you would typically be using this blend on a child during the day and at nighttime, I recommend using Fractionated Coconut Oil to avoid the staining of clothing and sheets.

I hope this helps you when you are in need, and I sure hope that you don’t need it in the summertime like we did.

Why This Company for Essential Oils?

Oh, and for those of you who haven’t been around here a long time, if you’re wondering why I went with this specific company for “the best essential oils”, you can read the series here.

Or you can skip to the end here to read why I love Rocky Mountain Oils.

I’ll be sharing more about them and oils in general in the near future.

No matter what we can do to prevent things, goopy or pink eye just happens! When my son woke up with a goopy eye – this DIY Goopy Eye Essential Oils Blend helped soothe and heal his eye. This natural remedy is one we'll be keeping on hand!

Here is information on diluting essential oils for children for your review (source).

Please also note that melaleuca should only be used on children over 10 years of age as it is high in 1,8 cineole.  As an alternative for younger children, use tea tree instead of the melaleuca.

What have you done for goopy eyes or pink eye?

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Healthy Living Deals

Whoa is it HOT this weekend!

It used to be that I didn’t like summer at all, but as I’ve worked on healing my body, now I do enjoy even 80-degree heat, but 90s?

No thanks.

Is there anyone out there who likes it that hot?

It’s that hot today, but thankfully we’re going to be getting a break this coming week.  And I could use it.

We had a horrible bug in our home the past 2 weeks, and my oldest is still sick with it.  It’s been hard, but I’ve done more research on natural remedies and now have more to share…..so again, thankful even for the trial since now hopefully someone else can be blessed as a result.

Here are the deals for the weekend, and there are some good ones.

Enjoy!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Kits and Wooden Essential Oils Boxes

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

 

My favorite essential oils retailer has some nice deals on right now.

They have the typical 10% off Kits Sale, but the also have a new special….

10% off their NEW Wooden Essential Oils Boxes.

I seriously need a new way to store my oils (ummmmm many are just piled up in a drawer.  Not exactly the best organizing technique)

You can 10% off their NEW Wooden Essential Oils Boxes

Sleep Success Summit 

Sleep Success Summit

Got insomia?

Can’t sleep?  Tired but Wired?

I’ve had insomnia on and off for years.  And it’s terrible.

I’ve found some great things that work for me, but I can’t wait to attend this summit……

If you’re like me, and sleep is something you need more of, The Sleep Success Summit is a MUST attend.  And it’s all free.

From Aug 8-15, 35 Experts share how to Get a Good Night’s Sleep and have better health as a result.

I’ll for sure be there.  Join me here — and since it’s all viewable from the comfort of your home, you can even come to The Sleep Success Summit in your PJs!

 

Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, get Free Hair Sticks from Lilla Rose.

Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks Free.

If you are new to Lilla Rose — get a free clip!

Buy 3 clips, just email me at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com and I will send you a certificate for 1 free clip up to $15.

Read my Lilla Rose Review here.

2 for 1 Sale

 

Beautycounter 2 for 1 Sale

 

If you’re a fan of Beautycounter’s products, check out their 2 For 1 Sale!

Products are only available while supplies last, so don’t delay.  A good many are sold out already, but there are a few good ones left.

I haven’t mentioned Beautycounter in awhile since I have been diving into other products to find cleaner alternatives, but I know some of you love them, and there are some products that are still my favorites, and some that are super clean.  I personally love their mascara and their lipstick is the only one that has ever looked nice on me.

 

If you are looking for products that are safe and perform, and you want to support a company that is working to get safe products into the hands of everyone (and is really shaking up things in Washington), you’ll enjoy Beautycounter.

Save 25% on Great Products

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Through the end of July, choose from a bunch of fabulous Neal’s Yard Remedies products on sale for 25% off!

Some of my faves in this sale are:

Here’s the full list of Sale Items.

But hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

Read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

Save on Great Clean Makeup
Crunchi Foundation and Primer

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and non toxic blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.  PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

 

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook

Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

Spiralizer Cookbook

Spiralizer Cookbook

Life Simplified

Life Simplified

Primal Paleo

Primal Paleo

Fermented Vegetables

Fermented Vegetables

Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential Oils for Dogs

That’s all for now.
Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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Caramelized Coconut Chips (like “Dang” Brand) with low carb & AIP options http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-coconut-chips-like-dang-brand/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/homemade-coconut-chips-like-dang-brand/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:40:32 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39917 This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful recipes I have ever come up with. Why? Numerous reasons. I’m a busy mom, and I’m a frugal mom, and we have special diets in our house. My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, plus due to the horrid presence of candida in our guts, we have moved towards the low carb end in our diets. Not to mention, I have 2 boys.  Growing Boys.  Quickly Growing Boys. And they are hungry. Sometimes I am just amazed at the amount of food these boys can eat — […]

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This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful recipes I have ever come up with.

Why?

Numerous reasons.

I’m a busy mom, and I’m a frugal mom, and we have special diets in our house.

My oldest has life-threatening food allergies, plus due to the horrid presence of candida in our guts, we have moved towards the low carb end in our diets.

Not to mention, I have 2 boys.  Growing Boys.  Quickly Growing Boys.

And they are hungry.

Sometimes I am just amazed at the amount of food these boys can eat — particularly my youngest.  He will eat a large snack, then a big plate of dinner, and then at bedtime he is hungry.

Again.

Having enough healthy food around for them can be tough, but it’s even more tough to have something around that doesn’t break the food budget.  Plus something EASY so I’m not constantly heating up the oven and spending oodles of time in the kitchen.

When we’ve got Kale coming in from our garden, Kale Chips are popular here, and I like to make these Coconut Delights, Almond Joy Bars, Homemade Protein Bars, and Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls to have around.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

So the idea of a good snack for this household is one that is:

  • allergy-friendly
  • budget-friendly
  • low carb (or at least has that option)
  • easy to prepare
  • healthy

Enter the Perfect Healthy Snack — Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips.

These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect, and if you’ve ever bought them at the store, you know exactly what I am talking about.

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

There’s only 1 problem with these chips though — they are addictive, but at the price they are offered at, the addiction can break the bank.

Check out this popular brand of Coconut Chips.

Now, these taste amazing, but are they “$19.99 for only 12 1.43 ounce bags” amazing?

Wowza.

And we’re not even talking Organic Coconut, folks!

 

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

 

The Cost Savings

 

I buy EVERYTHING (pretty much) in bulk, and coconut (chips and shreds) is one of the things that fits in that “everything” category.

We buy Medium Coconut Shreds in 25 pound bags, and I buy Coconut Chips in 25-pound bags as well, since coconut has a pretty decent shelf life. The savings work out well for us.

At that bulk amount, I get 1 pound of coconut chips for only $2.60 a pound.  I’m thinking about moving to Organic Coconut Chips and getting them in bulk for $4.44 per pound (you can probably get these cheaper as well, depending on where you shop), but even at that price you are still way ahead of the packaged coconut chip price.

Either way, you can see that the savings over the store bought option are just incredible.

They are so good that basically if you like coconut, you will like these, and if you LOVE coconut, you will LOVE these.

Recently, I took some of these to a friend’s house as a treat to share and they were a huge hit. I left a bunch with her since she liked them so much and she is working hard at getting the junk out of her diet — and I promised that I would get the recipe up on the blog asap.  So here it is :).

These Toasted Coconut Chips are a fabulous way to handle a sweet craving without giving in to junk food, and if you use a low carb sweetener, you aren’t feeding candida.

 

Oh, and if it’s hard to find Coconut Chips where you live?  Here’s how to Easily Make Coconut Chips and Shreds.

This Homemade Caramelized & Toasted Coconut Chips Recipe is one of the most helpful snack recipes I have ever come up with. Why? These little morsels of crunchiness and sweetness are just perfect – and they're a frugal version of the store bought ones. They're also special diet friendly – low carb, paleo, autoimmune protocol/AIP, GAPS and more!

The main thing to remember when making these chips, is to really watch the heat that you are cooking with, and really watch the coconut chips.  I toast mine on the lowest heat possible on my stove — well, just a tad over the lowest heat, and still I need to watch them like a hawk.

I’ve made the mistake several times of not watching them closely enough, and well, they burn very easily.  If you catch them early enough in the burning phase, they are still edible, but once you hit a certain point, they’re just plain horrible, and not good for you either.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Homemade Toasted Coconut Chips
 
Author:
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 6 cups
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Save money and keep on snacking with these homemade toasted coconut chips! These chips are special diet-friendly and low-carb.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pan.
  2. Cook on the stovetop over very low heat until lightly toasted / browned.
  3. Cool before eating.

What is your favorite Healthy Snack?

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DIY After Swim Spray {to Neutralize Chlorine} — and Why You Need It http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/diy-after-swim-spray-neutralize-chlorine/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/diy-after-swim-spray-neutralize-chlorine/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:12:35 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39831 Today I’m sharing with you a simple recipe for something to make your summer a safer one — Vitamin C Spray to neutralize chlorine exposure on your body and your hair, aka a DIY After Swim Spray. It’s summer….and with that comes time at the beach — and the pool. And with the pool comes exposure to tons of chlorine, something that I am not a fan of. Chlorine is a problem in so many arenas of our life.  It’s in our tap water, it’s in bleach that so many use in household cleaning applications, and it’s in use heavily […]

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This DIY After Swim Spray will make your summer a safer one! It neutralizes the chlorine from the pool so your kiddos wont continue to get exposed when they're out of the water. This Vitamin C Spray is a natural remedy that will allow you to just keep swimming through summer!

Today I’m sharing with you a simple recipe for something to make your summer a safer one — Vitamin C Spray to neutralize chlorine exposure on your body and your hair, aka a DIY After Swim Spray.

It’s summer….and with that comes time at the beach — and the pool.

And with the pool comes exposure to tons of chlorine, something that I am not a fan of.

Chlorine is a problem in so many arenas of our life.  It’s in our tap water, it’s in bleach that so many use in household cleaning applications, and it’s in use heavily in most swimming pools. If you have the privilege of frequenting a salt pool instead of a chlorine pool, your exposure to chlorine is much less, but it is still something to consider.

In any case, chlorine is a friend only in the sense that it kills bad stuff like bacteria and viruses.

Clearly, it has its place.

Who really wants to swim in a pool where some kid might have done something …. you know…..), and there are all kinds of things in our water that we don’t want coming out of our taps.

However, chlorine in and of itself carries with it its own health concerns.

We all know how when you spend too much time in a chlorinated pool, you tend to have some seemingly harmless effects such as red eyes and maybe a rash.

However, the health implications go beyond that.

Health Concerns Related to Chlorine Exposure

Chlorine carries with it the following potential health risks.  Chlorine can:

– dry out your hair
– cause breathing problems
– cause dental erosion
– dry out your skin
– cause still births
– cause bladder cancer
– lead to rectal cancer
– cause cardiovascular disease
– cause allergies through sensitization.

Sources: 

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA361110/dangers-of-chlorine.html
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_general.htm
http://www.medicaldaily.com/toxic-water-asthma-and-other-health-dangers-swimming-chlorinated-pools-246927

Wow.

I don’t know about you, but after reading that list, I’m really really concerned about chlorine exposure — more than I was before.  Did you have any idea it could be that problematic?

I know for myself, I have a hard time walking by the swimming pool in a hotel.  I just don’t. want. to. be. there.

Simply way too much chlorine.

Anyhow, this past year we moved into a new (to us) home.  One of the lovely things about our new place is that there is a community pool.  I didn’t think we’d love it since I’m no longer into sunning myself (I way overdid that in my teen years) and don’t really like chlorine (probably is very similar to the chemical sensitivity that makes me react to artificial fragrances), but this year we have really enjoyed it — especially my boys.

We pay a little extra for the boys to have swim lessons at the pool and one of the requirements is that they must shower after leaving the pool.  I’m glad for that, but I don’t want my boys using the toxic shampoo and such that is provided, so I send them with non-toxic options.

However, this year I really have noticed that the chlorine smell still lingers, even after their prolific use of the natural products I send with them (I can tell by how little is left after not that many trips to the pool!).

Turns out that normal shampoo and other cleaning products leave behind a chlorine film.

Not good.

Besides the issues above with chlorine and health issues, my oldest has Asperger’s Syndrome and we already know that he has detox issues, so I really don’t want the extra toxic burden on his body.  And with all of the toxins in our environment, it makes sense to additional ones as much as possible.

I want the chlorine to be gone!

Vitamin C Neutralizes Chlorine

Apparently what happens is that the vitamin C reacts with chlorine to form dehydroascorbic acid and hydrochloric acid.

Hydrochloric acid? That’s stomach acid.  And while I love it for helping out with digestion and it worked wonders on my rosacea, do you really want this on your skin?

Don’t worry – – from what I have read, the amount produced here is not of concern.

What Kind of Vitamin C to Use?

Two kinds of Vitamin C neutralize chlorine — sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid.

Either version of vitamin C – ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate – will work, there are several reasons why sodium ascorbate is the better choice here.

First, ascorbic acid will lower pH, while sodium ascorbate will not.  When you are spraying something on your skin, better to spray the non acidic item than the acidic one.

Secondly, sodium ascorbate dissolves much more readily than does ascorbic acid.

If you do choose to make this Vitamin C Spray with ascorbic acid, please do make sure you make the recipe as is and don’t make it stronger.

You’ll probably be fine either way, but make it too strong and you can have another issue on your hands.

This DIY After Swim Spray will make your summer a safer one! It neutralizes the chlorine from the pool so your kiddos wont continue to get exposed when they're out of the water. This Vitamin C Spray is a natural remedy that will allow you to just keep swimming through summer!

This spray is great because it’s very inexpensive to make. You can, of course buy it pre-made, but this is the easy peasiest of the easy peasiest.

And it doesn’t sting.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

What kind of bottle to use?

I used a bottle that I had around the house. It’s glass but it’s very very thick.  If you use aglass bottle, make sure to have it cushioned when you pack it for your trip to the pool.  Of course you’ll have towels and maybe an extra shirt in your bag that should work just fine for that purpose.

4 fl oz Cobalt Blue Glass Bottle with Black Spray Cap (4 Pack)

Otherwise, use a high quality plastic bottle.

Note – The essential oils in the spray are mostly for fragrance purposes, but they are nourishing to the skin so they have that added benefit as well.

Homemade Vitamin C Spray

Ingredients

1 cup Filtered Water  (See my recommendations on How to Filter Water here)
5 grams (1 tsp) powdered Sodium Ascorbate
Essential Oils (optional)
A qualityGlass Bottle or quality Plastic Bottle

I recommend using

To find out why I chose the essential oils company linked to above, you can go to the start of the “best” essential oils series, or find out more about my choice for the best essential oils company.

Method

Using a funnel, add water to a glass bottle or stable plastic spray bottle.

Add the ascorbic acid.

Put lid on bottle and shake to combine.

After swimming, spray the solution all over, including on hair.

Rub the solution in, making sure to cover all of your skin.  If the Vitamin C doesn’t cover your skin, it won’t protect it.

Shower as usual.

You should notice that your hair and skin smell much better after using this spray than if you only showered using shampoo and soap.

Do you and your family swim often?
What have you done to reduce chlorine exposure?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ Jul 9, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-9-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-9-2016/#comments Sat, 09 Jul 2016 22:24:47 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39849 Hi readers. It’s that time of the week again — and I’ve got a bunch of great Free Kindle Books and more savings to help you stretch your healthy living dollars. My youngest isn’t feeling so well, so I’m diving into ways to help him feel better  – the Herbal Books in the Free Kindle Books seem to be helpful. Hope you all are having a nice summer weekend and that your family members aren’t dealing with an illness.  No fun to be sick in the summer! By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click […]

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Healthy Living Deals

Hi readers.

It’s that time of the week again — and I’ve got a bunch of great Free Kindle Books and more savings to help you stretch your healthy living dollars.

My youngest isn’t feeling so well, so I’m diving into ways to help him feel better  – the Herbal Books in the Free Kindle Books seem to be helpful.

Hope you all are having a nice summer weekend and that your family members aren’t dealing with an illness.  No fun to be sick in the summer!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got first tried essential oils, I had no idea where to start. Know what I mean?

Well the people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off.  Plus you get free shipping in the US. (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly. You can’t really go wrong with these.

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things — here’s my DIY Purify Oil Blend.

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Since then, Rocky Mountain Oils purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever.

25% off Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Now through the end of July, so many fabulous things at Neal’s Yard Remedies are on sale for 25% off!

Some of my favorite included in the sale are:

Here is the full list of Sale Items.

Make sure to hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

You can read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

Save on Makeup Faves

Crunchi Collection

Looking for safe makeup?

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly, is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light – no “caked on feeling” here.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic.

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post about your order.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Free Hair Sticks &
Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, get Free Hair Sticks from Lilla Rose.

Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick* FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks* Free.

Plus, if you are a new customer to Lilla Rose, if you Buy 3 Clips I will send you a Coupon for a Free Clip worth up to $15.

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Pressure Canner Cookbook

Pressure Canner Cookbook

Extensive Guide of Home Remedies

Extensive Guide of Home Remedies

Eliminate All Sugar Cravings in 21 Days

Eliminate All Sugar Cravings in 21 Days

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Gluten-Free Recipes

Gluten-Free Recipes

Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies

The Benefits of Having Your Baby Later

The Benefits of Having Your Baby Later

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Autoimmune Breakfast Recipes

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Autoimmune Breakfast Recipes

That’s all for now.
Have a great weekend and see you next week!

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DIY Purify Essential Oils Blend – for Home & Health http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-purify-essential-oil-blend/ http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/homemade-purify-essential-oil-blend/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:43:07 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39606 Since I first started using essential oils years ago, we’ve  come to a place where we use essential oils every day. We use individual oils as well and blends, and I like them both. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Homemade Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is one of our favorites.  We’ve used it several times and it was very effective, and it is a very helpful blend with many applications in your healthy natural home. By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a […]

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This DIY Purification Blend is great for cleaning the air from toxins, odors, and more – plus it's great for treating wounds too! It really worked on off-gassing issues we had at our home – no more stink! Save money by making this homemade purification EO blend.

Since I first started using essential oils years ago, we’ve  come to a place where we use essential oils every day. We use individual oils as well and blends, and I like them both.

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Homemade Purify Essential Oil Blend, which is one of our favorites.  We’ve used it several times and it was very effective, and it is a very helpful blend with many applications in your healthy natural home.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Why Make Your Own Essential Oils Blends?

I love making my own essential oils blends.  Of course, it’s totally fine to buy the blends pre made, and it’s very convenient to do so, but for some of the same reasons that I make my own Homemade Seasoning Blends, I like making my own essential oils blends. Others you may like are my DIY Antibacterial Blend (like “Thieves”), DIY Hair Growth Blend, and DIY Breathe Blend, and there will be more to come.

  • Control over ingredients: Of course, if you are buying pure oils, then making your own blends won’t really help you as far as keeping adulterants, etc. out of your oils blends, but if you want a particular blend and there is one ingredient that you can’t use (say you are allergic to it, etc.), then you can leave that out and still use the rest of the blend.

  Also, typically Fractionated Coconut Oil is used as a carrier oil, but other oils like almond and sesame, etc. are sometimes used and blends are sometimes pre-diluted.  By making your own blends, you control everything, including the carrier oil.

  • Save Money by not paying extra: Additionally, it is less expensive to make your own blends.
  • Save Money by not wasting oils: You can use your single oils as is, or use them in blends, therefore potentially not buying as many oils and having single oils go to waste.

Why Use a Purify Blend?

Clean air is so important.  So much of the “healthy living movement” is focused on food….on eating non-GMO, organic, clean unrefined foods, and often we focus on clean filtered water (read Is Your Water Safe?), and then possibly clean non-toxic personal care products.

But do we even think about clean air?

We should.

Since I was a child, I have suffered from airborne allergies, including reacting to cigarette smoke, pollen, mold spores, chemicals in artificial fragrances, and more. And those issues have continued until today.

I always knew that I felt bad around these things, but when I was young, I didn’t know that some of them are just plain bad. for. you.

Now I know better.

In any case — just think about it.

Yes, we eat all day long.  Every day.  And so we should do what we can to ensure that our food is sourced as clean as possible.

We drink water — and drink much more water than the quantity of food that we eat (at least, this should be the case), and so we should make sure that our drinking water is safe. Here is how we filter the water in our household.

However, air quality is crucial too.

Our modern houses are sealed more tightly than houses were in the past, and we have more toxins indoors today as well.

Toxins from:

  • carpeting
  • home care products (I hope you are using non-toxic versions of these !)
  • personal care products (ditto —  please clean these up as much as you can)
  • gas and electric stoves
  • gas appliances
  • paint
  • furniture
  • toxins brought in on shoes
  • and on and on

This past year, we had 2 circumstances when the Purify Blend was especially helpful for us.

With a dishwasher and furniture.

First, the furniture.

I found a lovely used Pottery Barn dining set on Craigslist.  When we drove to the complex where it was for sale, I could smell the dryer sheet odor emanating from the buildings.  However, the dining set was wood, so it never occurred to me that the smell would be embedded in the furniture.

It was.

Right after we got it in our home, I knew I had to do something.  I tried several things, including wiping down the furniture with Homemade Furniture Polish, and even with a natural soap solution, and even put the chairs outside to offgass, but it wasn’t until I made a solution of this Purify Blend and water and wiped down all of the furniture with it, that I got real relief. At the same time, I put some of the Purify Blend in my diffuser and let it run round the clock.

(I later realized that I should have emulsified the oils before adding them to the water, but they still worked out.  Mostly the emulsification is to prevent sensitization caused by applying the oils neat to the skin.  In this case that wouldn’t happen but they will blend and be more effective if you emulsify them first.)

Finally — clean air and non stinky furniture!

It now looks lovely in our kitchen eating area, but oh, the offgassing was rough.

Then, the Dishwasher.

Then later, our dishwasher broke.  We ended up getting a great deal on a floor model, but once we started using the machine, the smell coming from it was disconcerting.  After looking into the matter for awhile, turns out that the offensive stench was coming from the insulation lining of the dishwasher.

You know….all that stuff that makes it quiet?  Well, it makes it stink.

We were assured that the smell would dissipate with use, but in the meantime, it was 10 degrees outside and so opening the windows wasn’t a great option.

Finally, I turned to Rocky Mountain Oils’ Purify Blend and well, it worked great.

And as the dishwasher started to stink less, I needed the blend less and less.

Until finally I have a non-stinky dishwasher.  Happiness.

And it cleans pretty well too.

Much More than an Air Cleaner

The Purify Blend is helpful in so many ways.

According to the Rocky Mountain Oils site, it is useful for:

  • killing airborne anaerobic bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, and neutralizing mildew
  • helping eliminate fungus, viral, bacterial, and other infectious problems
  • helping eliminate the scent of cigarette smoke and other noxious odors
  • working to help neutralize poison from insect bites, spiders, bees, hornets, and wasps. Also helps repel bugs and mice.
  • treating wounds and cuts–helps regenerate connective tissue and aids skin to heal
  • helping stimulate poor circulation

The issue of purifying the air using essential oils is due to multiple reasons.

  1.  Negative Ions
  2. Positive Ions
  3. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties

And there is real evidence that the oils in this blend work.

For example, lemongrass has been shown to purify the air (source) and to soothe skin (source).

Tea Tree Oil has been shown to have antimicrobial qualities in many studies (source)

Before we get to the recipe, if you are interested in knowing why I chose the essential oils company that I did, here is the beginning of the best essential oils series (where it all started), and you can also skip to the end here.  I will be writing more in the near future about oils in general, as well as about RMO oils and other companies.

This DIY Purify Blend is great for cleaning the air from toxins, odors, and more – plus it's great for treating wounds too! It really worked on off-gassing issues we had at our home – no more stink! Save money by making this homemade purification EO blend.

Have you had to get rid of problematic smells in your home before?
What did you use?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ Jul 4, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-4-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-jul-4-2016/#respond Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:39:07 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39762 Happy Fourth of July to all of my readers in the U.S.! We hope to be participating in some of the festivities today, and I hope you are able to as well — please remember to give thanks for the freedoms that we do still have, and if you are one who prays, please pray that we can continue to have them. I have learned more about how our country started, and while I know that our hope can’t be in our nation, we do have a great (mostly) heritage that we should be proud of.  That of course doesn’t […]

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Healthy Living Deals

Happy Fourth of July to all of my readers in the U.S.!

We hope to be participating in some of the festivities today, and I hope you are able to as well — please remember to give thanks for the freedoms that we do still have, and if you are one who prays, please pray that we can continue to have them.

I have learned more about how our country started, and while I know that our hope can’t be in our nation, we do have a great (mostly) heritage that we should be proud of.  That of course doesn’t mean that I don’t love other nations, so please don’t take it that way.  I have lived overseas, traveled to other countries, and have friends from many nations and I think so many have a richness to share, but some are just being led by horrible dictators and worse and I would not wish that kind of travesty on anyone.

In any case, back to today.

Some great deals right now – enjoy the savings.  The Neal’s Yard Remedies deals are amazing.  Enjoy them – it does’t get any better than that!

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

Free Hair Sticks

Lilla-Rose-Hair-Clips

Now through the end of July, Spend $40 to $49.99 Retail and get any single Decorated NEW Hair Stick* FREE

OR

Spend $50+ Retail and select any two Decorated NEW Hair Sticks* Free.

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got first tried essential oils, I had no idea what to buy.  You too?

The people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off – with free shipping in the US. (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly:

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things (more to come on that).

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms who are on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Since then, Rocky Mountain Oils purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever!

25% off Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal's Yard Remedies Summer Sale!

Now through the end of July, loads of fabulous things are on sale for 25% off!

Some of my favorite included in the sale are:

Here is the full list:

But hurry – the sale is only on While Supplies Last!

Read more about what I love about Neal’s Yard Remedies here.

 

Save on Makeup Faves

Crunchi Collection

Need a safe foundation? Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly and is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels super light – no “caked on feeling” here.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal at all and I love these.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic!

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of July (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund at wholenewmom {at} gmail {dot} com, or comment on this post and tell me that you ordered.

PLUS, refer a friend and when your friend orders $150, you earn $10 credit too.

Free Sunscreen
and Salt Styling Spray

Beautycounter 4th of July Offer

If you are already a Beautycounter customer, here’s your chance to stock up and get some free products through the end of the day with your purchase of $150.

I personally prefer other sunscreens since this one has phenoxyethanol in it, but Beautycounter is very careful with their formulations and the Beautycounter Sunscreen ranks a 1 on EWG, which is GREAT.  And it performs really well.

And the Salt Spray is lovely – gives great sea styling without drying your hair out.

I personally LOVE Beautycounter’s mascara (I’ll be sharing more about that soon….I’ve been trying out a ton of more natural / safe mascaras and this one is great), and their lipstick is the only one I can wear.  It’s pretty and not too “lipsticky.”

Shop here to get your freebies.

Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Herbal Remedies: Adaptogens

Herbal Remedies: Adaptogens

Whole 30

Whole 30

The Only Book of Essential Oils that You’ll Ever Need

The Only Book of Essential Oils that You'll Ever Need

Vinegar Solutions

Vinegar Solutions

Alkaline Diet

Alkaline Diet

Essential Oils for Allergies

Essential Oils for Allergies

Nutrition and Wellness

Nutrition and Wellness

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AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/autoimmune-protocol-aip-taco-seasoning-no-nightshades-seeds/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/autoimmune-protocol-aip-taco-seasoning-no-nightshades-seeds/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:13:55 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39692 Today’s recipe is something that I didn’t think was possible — an AIP Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe. One of the things that really spices up a meal (pun intended) is seasoning blends.  With the right seasoning mix, you can turn plain meats, veggies, eggs, or a salad, into something really special. And one of our favorite seasonings is taco seasoning, however if you’re on the AIP diet, regular taco seasoning is out of the picture. It’s laden with peppers and seeds, both of which are off-limits on the AIP diet, but I love all things taco, so I really wanted to develop […]

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One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

Today’s recipe is something that I didn’t think was possible — an AIP Taco Seasoning Blend Recipe.

One of the things that really spices up a meal (pun intended) is seasoning blends.  With the right seasoning mix, you can turn plain meats, veggies, eggs, or a salad, into something really special.

And one of our favorite seasonings is taco seasoning, however if you’re on the AIP diet, regular taco seasoning is out of the picture. It’s laden with peppers and seeds, both of which are off-limits on the AIP diet, but I love all things taco, so I really wanted to develop this.

It’s been years since I have bought taco seasoning in the store — we actually buy very little processed food at all.  Instead, we’ve used this Homemade Taco Seasoning Blend for years, and it has served us well.

Problem is, that about a year ago, I started looking at the Autoimmune Protocol Diet (otherwise known as the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, or the AIP Diet, or AIP for short), and that changed everything.

My Life with Special Diets

For those of you who don’t know about the AIP Diet, it can be tough. I’ve been on a number of special diets over the years, but this one is just about the hardest one.

My special diet journey started with my son’s life-threatening food allergies that manifested themselves in severe eczema when he was an infant.  I removed the top allergenic offenders from my diet so that the proteins wouldn’t be present in my breastmilk, and his skin healed miraculously.  Basically I removed wheat, egg, dairy, soy, fish, nuts, and peanuts from my diet.  Tough, but doable.

Then later, when it was clear that I had major issues with candida, I went on the candida diet.  This was hard in a different way, but with alternative sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, and the like, it’s very manageable once you get rolling.

I’ve tried GAPS for my oldest at one point. That was hard.

And Paleo.  Hard, but mostly tough since I have to always be mindful of the candida thing.

But AIP.

Wow.

I’ll tell you more later, but I ended up trying the AIP diet on the advice of a top blogger who knew of my struggles with Thyroid Disease and Adrenal Fatigue.  She had done the AIP Diet for awhile and said it was a huge help, so I tried.

And it was hard.  Again, mostly because I have the whole candida “thang” going on, which means you have to avoid loads of fruits, yucca, tapioca, cassava, and such things in excess, and they are the backbone of so much that is AIP.

Spices are hard too since you technically are supposed to not eat nightshades or seeds, and so many of the lovely fragrant, intense spices are just those.

Spices like:

cumin
coriander
pepper
nutmeg
cayenne
chili peppers,
and paprika.

Yup – all my favorites.

Perhaps they are yours too?

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

So — since I’m totally not into boooooring food, this recipe came about out of necessity for something really fun and tasty to spice up “meat and veggies”.  Even though I am not totally following the AIP Diet right now, you never know when that might happen again, and I really wanted to have this in my back pocket. Plus, with the growth in autoimmune disorders in today’s society (due to the perfect storm of gut health and overall health insults), I really wanted to make this available to those who are desperately trying to heal, but are finding their diet to be less than appealing.

Whether you are on the AIP Diet or not, you will enjoy this blend — guaranteed.

My youngest, in fact, told me it was the best seasoning I have ever made.  Now, he might say that in a few months about another seasoning, but he really liked it.  And that’s a good sign :).

Serve this on tacos (of course), on other meats, as the seasoning for Homemade Sausage Patties, on salads, veggies… really on anything savory.  And if you’re not grain-free you could have it on popcorn as well, or as a blend to put on Homemade Kale Chips.

The possibilities are endless.

Oh, and while you’re at it, here are great recipes for AIP Taco Shells and AIP Tortillas.   So you’re all set for your next AIP Mexican Fiesta :).

One of my go-to seasonings for just about anything is taco seasoning – but what if you're nightshade-free and seed-free? This autoimmune paleo protocol taco seasoning is packed with the taco flavor you love, but it's AIP compliant!

What You Will Need

  • Onion Powder
  • Cilantro (can subsitute parsley, if desired)
  • Salt (I use Real Salt)
  • Oregano
  • Turmeric
5.0 from 1 reviews
AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Taco Seasoning ~ nightshade and seed-free
 
Author:
Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
Serves: 3.75 tsp
 
It's hard to give up things like tacos when you go on AIP. This autoimmune protocol taco seasoning is free of nightshades & seeds.
Ingredients
  • 1½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro (can substitute parsley, if desired)
  • ½ tsp salt (I use Real Salt)
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Store in a tightly-closed container.
Notes
- For a seasoning with a bit more "heft" to it, add about 1 t on plan starch of choice to the mix.
- Use approximately 2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix for each pound of ground meat (or to taste. Some may prefer 1 Tbsp, others up to 4 Tbsp).
- You can add approx. ¾ cup water to the beef and seasoning mixture to make a more "saucy" beef.
- And mentioned in my "Saving Time in the Kitchen by Baking in Bulk" post, I recommend making more of this in advance so that you have it on hand when you need it. Cook once, use two three four times or more :-)!
- We even love this as a standby seasoning on our table. It tastes great on veggies and loads of other dishes!
- For my spice shopping, I really like Frontier Brand and Mountain Rose Herbs. I've done taste tests and the Frontier Brands have won out every time and they are very reasonable. Mountain Rose Herbs has a great selection of nicely priced organic products in smaller quantities. Bulk but not HUGE bulk amounts :-).

What is YOUR favorite seasoning?
How would you use this Taco Seasoning?

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Free Kindle Books & More Healthy Living Deals ~ June 26, 2016 http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-june-25-2016/ http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/free-kindle-books-healthy-living-deals-june-25-2016/#respond Sun, 26 Jun 2016 22:58:02 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=39694 Hey everyone. I’ve got some more great deals for you today.  Of course there are the regular Free Kindle Books, but there are some new things this weekend. An amazing deal on a Huge Special Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle that is a complete “no brainer” — it has a fabulous course that is worth $197 all by itself! You do not want to miss this.  More below. By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep […]

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Healthy Living Deals

Hey everyone.

I’ve got some more great deals for you today.  Of course there are the regular Free Kindle Books, but there are some new things this weekend.

An amazing deal on a Huge Special Herbs & Essential Oils Bundle that is a complete “no brainer” — it has a fabulous course that is worth $197 all by itself!

You do not want to miss this.  More below.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. Your support is much appreciated and helps keep this free resource up and running.

10% off Essential Oils Kits

Rocky Mountain Oils Frankincense

When I got started with essential oils, I was clueless! But the people at Rocky Mountain Essential Oils have made it easier for you to get started…..with their Essential Oils Kits – and they’re all 10% off – with free shipping in the US.  (outside the US get $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping over $199).

My Favorite Kits

These kits are the ones with oils that I use regularly:

Single Essential Kit – some of the most popular oils they carry

Purification Kit  – for cleaning your environment and helping your immune system. I used the Purify Blend for off-gassing we had with 2nd hand furniture & a new dishwasher, of all things (more to come on that).

Mom’s Essential Kit – I have this and LOVE it!

Mom’s Essential Starter – Basics for moms who are on the go.

Read why I chose Rocky Mountain Oils here.  The whole “sometimes dicey” series starts here.

My experience with Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) all started with Native American Nutritionals (NAN).  Rocky Mountain Oils has since purchased NAN and soon the NAN site will be gone, but the oils are better than ever!

Buy 2 Get 1 Free &
30% off Men’s Grooming Set

Buy 2 Get 1 Free NYR Organic Gift Sets

Through the end of June, Save 3 Ways from my favorite skincare company, NYR Organic.

Pampering at its finest — without the toxins, and with the #1 Ethical Company in the World for 2014.

  1.  Get the Geranium and Orange Shower Gel and Hand Wash for only $20 when you spend $45 (this Geranium Oil is helping to rebuild the lives of women in war-torn Congo) – That’s a 44% Savings!   I really love their shower gels.  A little goes a long way and the scents are very exotic – and all natural.  No artificial fragrances in there!
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NYR’s skincare is just amazing.  My skin feels and looks great, and they disclose the percentage of organic ingredients on every container.

Read more about why I love NYR Organic here.

92% off Essential Oils & Herbs Resources
(Plus 50% off Coupon!)

Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle

Right now, through June 27th, you can get this amazing deal — 92% off of 20 Essential Oils and Herbs resources.

This is such a no brainer.

Here’s why:

  1.  Get 20 Resources worth over $400! – including a great book from Wellness Mama, and more
  2. Get a FABULOUS Essential Oils Course worth $197!
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There are some great resources in here including loads of books, but the one you want is the Vintage Remedies course – they are so solid there…and their course retails for $197.  You get ALL of this for only $29.97, PLUS you get the 50% off coupon.

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I’ll be taking the course myself — would love to have you join me!

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I haven’t offered this deal in a long time…. but it’s back!

If you are a new customer with Lilla Rose, through the end of July, you can Buy 3 Clips and Get 1 FREE Clip (up to $15).

Just place your order here, email me at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, and I will send you your certificate in the mail.

You can read my Lilla Rose review here.

Save on my Fave Makeup

Crunchi Collection

Crunchi is home to my FAVORITE foundation ever, and my favorite lip gloss too.

The foundation goes on smoothly and is flawless, and stays put.  Plus it feels light so you don’t feel like you’ve got a bunch of stuff caked on your face.

These lip glosses stay on — for hours! (says the lady who never can keep anything on her lips for very long — it just vanishes. Plus – the colors are super safe).   I LOVE Juxtaposition, Dance Party, Ella and Namaste.  Note – they look more intense online than they do on your lips.  I am NOT a fancy schmancy gal and lipstick often looks way too heavy on me. These are just perfect.

They also have a great Primer (keeps your makeup nice looking all. day. long (even in 90 degree weather!) and blushes that are competing with the most popular on the market from NARS and Tom Ford — but these are NOT Toxic!

Get Crunchi and get $10 off your new order of $150 – through the month of June (plus you get Free Shipping!). Just order and then email me to get your refund at adrienne {at} wholenewmom {dot} com, or comment on this post and tell me that you ordered.

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Free Kindle Books

As always, these books were free at the time of printing but the prices can change at any time.

In case you didn’t know, you don’t need a Kindle or other fancy gadget to read these books. Just download Kindle for PC or Mac here and read on your computer.

Ketogenic Diet

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Food Myths

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Adrenal Fatigue

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Essential Oils for Beginners

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101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes

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Living Room Weight-Training

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Alkaline Diet

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That’s all for this week.  
Have a great evening and see you next week!

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Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl – dairy free & low carb, with AIP option http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/vegan-mint-chocolate-ice-cream/ http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/vegan-mint-chocolate-ice-cream/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:10:00 +0000 http://wholenewmom.com/?p=35713 I have a super fun treat for you all today — Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, but not your normal Mint Chip Ice Cream.  This one has 2 twists — this vegan mint ice cream is made with Fresh Mint, and with melted chips that are turned into a ganache. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have had a “thing” going for a long time now. I’ve mentioned it in previous posts about ice cream, but the ice cream flavor of choice that we regularly had in our home was Breyer’s Natural Mint Chocolate Chip.  (Though my mother’s favorite […]

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If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option.

I have a super fun treat for you all today — Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, but not your normal Mint Chip Ice Cream.  This one has 2 twists — this vegan mint ice cream is made with Fresh Mint, and with melted chips that are turned into a ganache.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and I have had a “thing” going for a long time now.

I’ve mentioned it in previous posts about ice cream, but the ice cream flavor of choice that we regularly had in our home was Breyer’s Natural Mint Chocolate Chip.  (Though my mother’s favorite was Coffee, so sometimes we had Breyer’s Coffee in the freezer, but not typically.)

I had a very (very, very, very) bad habit of sitting and eating in front of the TV after school while doing homework at the same time.  NOT a good recipe for proper eating or studying (or recreation) habits, and no, I do not recommend that you allow your children to do the same thing.

I got straight A’s every year, pretty much without fail (with the exception of the year that my parents’ marriage started to dissolve) so it was hard for anyone to argue with me about a need to change, but anyhow…..it wasn’t good.

I often wonder how much more I could have accomplished (or how many other more enjoyable things I could have done) should I not have wasted so much time that way.

Anyhow,we all know that eating while watching TV or doing something else (like working on your blog :)), lends itself to overeating.  Well, that was seriously the case with me and the Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.

Let’s just say that there wasn’t typically much ice cream left at the end of several of those sittings.

My mom would call what was left in the ice cream container after several of my ice cream eating episodes, “little mountains.”

And she was right, but the emphasis really needed to be placed on the “little.” Le sigh.

If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan & Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option.

Anyhow, I don’t eat much ice cream any longer, and when I do eat it, it’s low carb and dairy free.  And well really, there aren’t many options to buy low carb, dairy-free ice cream in the store or in an ice cream parlor.  And when there are options, well — talk about pricey.

So into the kitchen we go to experiment and create our own frugal and healthy solutions.

A New Kind of Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

This Mint Chocolate Ice Cream is different, as I mentioned.  Instead of mint extract, it’s flavored with fresh mint leaves, and instead of the traditional chocolate chips, it’s got a lovely chocolate ganache weaved throughout.

As a result, the flavor is a tad herby, which you may or may not like.  If that’s not your thing, you could cut the mint leaves in half and add in some mint extract, or just omit them all together and go for the mint extract for the whole thing.  You’ll still have a lovely dessert.

This recipe is inspired by Candace, my blogging friend who used to blog at Candida-free Candee.  She had a Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream on her blog which I thought was so much fun. I loved the idea of the fresh mint and put my own twist on it by doing a ganache instead of the chips.

The end result is a more “grown uppy” ice cream.  Something that might be too eccentric for your littles (unless you use the mint extract, of course), but that should please most adults who enjoy mint.

By the way, any of the following links may be affiliate links. If you click on them and make a purchase, I might make a commission. I appreciate your support a great deal and helps keep this free resource up and running.

If you love Chocolate Mint, you will love this Vegan Mint Chocolate Ice Cream -- made with Fresh Mint and with a fun twist -- Chocolate Ganache instead of Chocolate Chips! Dairy free, low carb, and with an AIP option

What You Will Need

Fresh Mint Chocolate Ice Cream with Ganache Swirl - dairy free, low carb, with AIP option
 
Author:
Recipe type: Desserts - Ice Cream
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo, AIP
 
Enjoy a dairy-free mint chocolate ice cream made with fresh mint for a sweet, fresh and surprisingly delicious treat!
Ingredients
Ice Cream
Ganache
Instructions
Ice Cream
  1. Blend coconut milk and mint in a blender (I used a Vitamix) until the mint is finely chopped. Alternately you can chop the mint very fine with a knife or chop in a food processor.
  2. Transfer mixture to a pot and bring to a boil over low heat.
  3. Once it reaches a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour.
  4. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve or a fine sieve. You may need to do this twice. If you have a few flecks left that should be fine and shouldn't affect the final product.
  5. Add in stevia, salt and lemon juice.
  6. Place mixture in fridge until chilled, at least an hour or two. (This step will help in the churning process and should result in a better texture.)
  7. Once mixture is chilled, measure out a ¼ cup and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin and whisk until combined.
  8. Add 3 Tbsp of boiling water to the gelatin mixture and whisk until dissolved.
  9. Add gelatin mixture to ice cream base and whisk until combined. Allow to sit for few minutes.
  10. Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and proceed according to manufacturers' directions.
  11. Enjoy!
Ganache
  1. While the ice cream is churning, make the ganache and let it cool completely before adding it to the ice cream.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips and coconut milk over very low heat, stirring until melted.
  3. In a freezer-safe container, scoop in ⅓ of the ice cream, top with ⅓ of the ganache, then layer another ⅓ of the ice cream, then ⅓ of the ganache, then the remainder of the ice cream and top with the remainder of the ganache.
  4. Freeze until solid.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How about you?
What is YOUR favorite ice cream flavor?

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