Sunday, January 24, 2016

Avocado and Cabbage Soup

Turmeric is one of the best spices to have for multiple health benefits. It is commonly used in India as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions such as flatulence, jaundice, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis. It's anti-oxidant properties has been shown to inhibit growth of colon 'cancer' cells and the phytonutrients helps prevent prostate 'cancer'. Its properties aids in digestion and can ease the pain of osteoarthritis. The antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties strengthens your immune system - perfect for the winter season (colds and flu season). Aside from all the health benefits it provides, Turmeric can be used in a variety of dishes such as curry and it tastes great! I decided to make a soup out of some ingredients I had lying around that I wanted to use up before heading out for my grocery shopping. I put together an avocado, some cabbage (1 cup shredded) that I fried with garlic in coconut oil. I then created a broth by adding 1 1/2 cups of water to fried cabbage. I blended it all together with a small piece of cucumber I had left, seasoned it and topped it off with some healthy turmeric powder! Very tasty and wholesome soup - give it a try!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Conscious Fundraising Meets Online Shopping - FlipGive

The effectiveness of charities or fundraisers are questionable. How are the donations being used? What exact percentage is going directly to those in need and how effective are the results? I have recently discovered a fundraising platform that can not only give you these answers, but also include you in a way that doesn't actually affect you giving away money that you need to sustain yourself.

You have to shop right? And sometimes as conscious beings we want to make sure we are shopping and supporting our economic system positively. FlipGive has come up with a unique way for you to shop and give back to the community without extra spending! How? When you use FlipGive's platform to shop your favorite brands, the retailers involved will donate up to 50% of the profits to the fundraiser of your choice! And I'm not talking about Cancer Foundation or other questionable charities that don't actually produce effective results and have been exposed to actually keeping most of the profits for themselves, but instead local community funding for local teams, clubs or organizations that will improve your community first hand. FlipGive has funded many fundraising events and has proven to be effective.

How many of us feel guilty at times about purchasing clothes that may have come from businesses with questionable practices? Or how many of us stop to buy a cup of coffee when meeting up with friends?! If you knew that each time you purchased goods you could direct some of that money - up to 50%- to a community fundraiser, would you?

Check out their website and start shopping in a way that will bring positive social change and help our communities. You literally have nothing to lose and lots to gain! Show the world how awesome and conscious you are about the world and economic system. Show your community that you care to support after school programs that have been cancelled by those who were unable to come up with any resolutions within their budget. You can create your own fundraiser or fund an existing one. This platform is the answer to getting back our community programs and community centers that have been shut down by the city or to fund your kid's hockey team so he/she can grow up healthy and active and involved in community events! As a retailer, you can also help bring about this positive change.

"Don't underestimate the power of your vision to change the world. Whether that world is your office, your community, an industry or a global movement, you need to have a core belief that what you contribute can fundamentally change the paradigm or way of thinking about problems. " - Leroy Hood

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Meet co-founder Steve Croth

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sesame Seed Treats - Raw Food Dessert

Sesame seeds provide nutrients that include copper, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, fiber and magnesium! Magnesium supports vascular and respiratory health. It lowers blood pressure and prevents migraines. Calcium and zinc are good for bone health which prevents osteoporosis. There are many health benefits to eating sesame seeds and it makes great raw food desserts! I only used organic pre-soaked sesame seeds and organic dried dates for this recipe and it tastes great! More benefits from eating sesame seeds include healthy skin, cardiovascular health, DNA damage from radiation, healthy digestion and they also help reduce pain and swelling. Try this simple recipe out and gain health benefits!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year - around the sun!

For my "New Year's resolution", I intend on maintaining a frequency of strength, love, peace and harmony in my life. And what better way to start than by creating this type of energy in my living space through the use of one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, known as 'Feng Shui'. Feng Shui relied on astronomy to find correlations between humans and the universe before the invention of magnetic compasses. The purpose of Feng Shui is to create an environment with good qi. Qi in Chinese martial arts, refers to 'energy', in the sense of (positive and negative) 'life force'. When we have good design in our homes, our rooms are filled with vibrant energy.

'A traditional explanation of qi as it relates to Feng Shui would include the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment, including the local microclimates, the slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality.' -excerpt from wikipedia

To begin creating this type of living space, it is always recommended to have a professional Feng Shui practitioner guide you in achieving this harmony effectively. However, here are a few ways to start putting some of these techniques into practice:

1. Find the room in your home or apartment where energy is strongest (such as where guests like to hang out in). This area would be used as a working space that will help bring you popularity, success and money.
2. Sleep against a solid wall, the headboard should be against the wall and the foot of the bed should never be in line with the door.
3. Place air cleaning plants around the home to reduce anxiety and remove toxins.
4. Clean the front entrance. The front door should be well maintained and solid and the front area of your home should be clean and not cluttered. Make it welcoming and from this focal point, you should have beautiful pieces of art and furniture that feels pleasing.

If you have experience with the effectiveness of Feng Shui in your home, please share. Happy New Year! Enjoy your life and contribute your positive energy for others to enjoy!

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