New diet trend?

Intermittent fasting… I came across this concept about a month or two ago and right off the bat, I was intrigued. I tried it out a couple of days and really started getting into it for about a week now.

The idea behind this, isn’t anything new and research that has been done on it is very compelling. When deciding to follow this way of eating it allows your body to burn fat, increased detoxification, and even increasing lifespan. For all of these reasons, I have decided to try this for at least a month. If I like the results that I see and I’m feeling great (this is key, always make sure that you listen to your body), then I will stick with it. Of course, things come up and I may skip a day and may not follow it during my cycle, but the idea is to give yourself some leeway and really, that should be true for anything. Once you start to restrict yourself too much, it becomes overwhelming and discouraging and stressful which is definitely not good for your body.

There are a few types of intermittent fasting options, but the easiest for me is the every day eating in a 6-8 hour window. For example, I tend to eat around noon every day as my first meal and my last meal would be at the latest 8 pm, but typically it’s 7pm.

Not only have I seen great benefits from it in the way I’m feeling, but it’s one less meal that I have to prepare and spend money on.

There’s a wonderful article, if you are interested in learning more about all of the other options and benefits more in detail, click here. And another, important read here.

So far, I’ve lost 3 pounds, my brain fog has gone away, my immune system is boosted (everyone around me has been sick it seems and I had a day when I could tell my body was fighting something off-very slight sore throat, fatigue, mild sinus pressure), and more motivation to get things done.

Yes, it is hard the first few days getting used to making breakfast for my little one and not eating it, but I just eat it for my lunch instead. Last weekend I did eat breakfast around 10 because I had an appointment to donate blood, and you definitely don’t want to go hungry to this appointment. When I was in high school I almost passed out because I tried that. Point is, just listen to your body and plan for your day accordingly.

Would you be interested in trying out this way of life for a day, week or a month? Let me know! I’d love to be on your journey with you!

Here is this weeks recipe, Auto-Immune (Grain free, vegan, nut free) Carrot Cake with “Cream Cheese” Frosting

Our healthy Halloween

I love Halloween! I used to wish when I was a kid that my birthday was on Halloween, I guess what kid didn’t have that same wish. I love everything about it- when I was a child of course it was the dressing up, being scared, and, of course, the sugar laden candy. My brother and I would go running around the town with our friends collecting as much as we could and then sort our candy when we got home. The little plastic pumpkin would, too quickly, be emptied by the whole family. Generally, my brother and I would trade each other for our favorites- mine were Twix, peanut butter cups, and snickers and for some reason I can’t recall which were my brothers favorites. This, on top of the other normal eating habits of our society, it eventually lead to my migraine headaches, acid reflux,  stomach pains, and embarrassing acne, which appeared in middle school. I don’t want my daughter to deal with the same issues or worse, so we do things a bit different in my house.

Wellness Mama, wrote a wonderful blog post about alternatives for GIVING out a list of things instead of candy. However, what do you do when you want your children to enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating experience, yet avoid all of the nasty side-effects of the candy which are full of GMO’s and sugar and artificial junk that most of the population hands out? This is what we do with our daughter…

Now, my daughter is only 3, but we don’t want her to feel deprived of the American traditions, so instead of just opting out on the Halloween experience, we all dress up and join in on the whole trick-or-treating experience. The catch is, when we get home, we have her trade out her candy for other items. Last year we just traded her out for healthy homemade cookies, grapes and little oranges/cuties (which we ended up handing out last year with markered on faces to look like mini pumpkins). When I was a trick-or-treater, to this day, I still remember getting penny’s from the same house, year after year and I LOVED it! It’s easy and kids love getting money, even if it’s 10cents. Again, for other ideas, check out Wellness Mamas post to get more creative ideas. Maybe soon, we won’t have to trade out all of my daughters candy for healthier options. (Actually, next year I am planning a group Halloween party that will have only organic treats, plus fun activities for anyone who would like to bring their children through the Black Hills Mom’s Across America group.)

Click here for the recipe of the week, my very own Stevia Sweetened Pumpkin Spice Cookies. Don’t forget the Breadroot Co-op has beautiful pie pumpkins and other local squash available now! And don’t throw out the seeds, as they are wonderful for killing parasites and high in magnesium, zinc, and more. Recipe to make some yummy seeds, click here. You can read more of the benefits here.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

“How do you like them apples?”

I went home to visit my mom about a month ago and before I left, we went to her friends house and picked a few bags of fresh, organic apples for the trip home and to share with friends and my church group. I’m used to getting tiny, crab apples, but these were sweet and hefty apples. Shortly after I got home, I told my mom, when she comes to visit us again, to check with her friend to see if she could bring me a lot more apples.

A few weeks later, my mom brought A LOT of apples. More than I was thinking, but to her credit, I did state I wanted a lot. I have a picture of about 1/3 of the amount she brought. I wish I would have taken a picture right after she brought them to us because this picture doesn’t really capture the proper amount she gathered. When she got to my house, she exclaimed that she had a trunk full of apples and thankfully, it was only a half of her trunk full of apples. So, what to do with a half trunk full of apples? You make apple-aide… wait that’s not right… oooooOOoo… but apple-cider! Here are things I did will my bounty of apples and what you can easily do too!

  1. Fermented Applesauce – This is definitely one of my favorites so far! You can add nuts/seeds, granola on top or just eat by the spoonful. Just a bit of cinnamon and salt and kefir water and three days later you have some gut-loving delicious treat!
  2. No Sugar Added Apple Butter – Smother on pancakes, rice cakes, or bread or add to oatmeal in the morning.
  3. AIP Apple Donut Holes – my whole family loves these!! You can either fry them or for a healthier version, bake at 350 for about 25 minutes or until firm. You can coat them with maple sugar like the recipe calls, but we opted not to and they were still amazing.
  4. Apple Slaw – I haven’t made this yet, but it looks super yummy!
  5. Freezer Apples- I used an apple slicer/corer and then threw them into a BPA freezer baggie that I found at the BreadRoot Co-op, so that I can use these when I’m having a hankering for apple cobbler or pie or apple fritters
  6. Crockpot Apple and Pork Tenderloin – this recipe also comes with directions on cauliflower mashed potatoes to serve with. Yum!!

Don’t forget to keep the scraps! You can make your very own Apple Cider Vinegar!

On top of all these amazing and delicious apple concoctions, I have given a bag of apples to my sitter, my reverend, a couple of my friends and a bag to share at church. And we still have 1/3 of the box of apples left. I plan on making more fermented apple sauce since it lasts for up to 2 months in the fridge and I plan on making more apple butter to sell at our Chili- Cookoff on November 5.

Let’s take our health back!!

Yesterday, I was at work and one of my patients, who was in her fifties was telling me about her chronic health issues. She told me how she had lost her mother, her best friend- someone she misses every day, to a disease she was dealing with herself while blaming it solely on genetics. On top of that, she has the stress of taking care of her father who is dealing with a different disease. This made me both very upset and sad to think that she feels no hope. Instead of getting support from a doctor who knows that the body has the ability to heal, she is told to take multiple medications  for different issues, which ultimately cause other health issues (ever listen to those ads on the TV and hearing the list of all the horrible side effects- yeah that’s just one medication, think of what two or three or 15 in your body will do all at once). I’m here to tell you, there is hope! The body is such an amazing network of systems that has an INNATE ability to heal, if given just half the chance! This is my mission in life, to teach people how to allow their body to heal by using Hippocrates advice of using “food as thy medicine” and creating balance in every aspect of your life.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame doctors for the misinformation. I respect every type of doctor and it’s my hope and belief that most are really doing what they believe is the best for their patients. Unfortunately, I don’t think all doctors have these best intentions. Who I blame, is the FDA and CDC and other members of these groups and similar entities and their conflicts of interest. It’s pretty obvious that whenever you take a medication, you will likely have some side effect(s). On top of that, there are zero to few studies on vaccines that have been requested by the public and certain government officials. Why would they disregard this plea? Unfortunately, the answer usually comes down to power and money.

I went to the Vaxxed documentary last month, and was appalled that the CDC would cover up so much information regarding the MMR vaccine all because of money! Children around the world have become damaged from this vaccine and we probably wouldn’t know anything about it if it wasn’t for the CDC whistleblower, William Thompson and the parents who are now raising these poor children.

“My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where I have worked since 1998.

I regret my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.”

Thank God for him to do the right thing, while all of the other members in his team continue to withhold the facts and deny the truth. Studies that have been done have shown the increased risk of autism will rise to 1:2 children by the year 2032 and 80% of these children will be boys! That’s only 16 years away! And I know that may seem like a length of time, know that autism was non-existent until the late 1930’s. Right now, the rate is 1:68 . On top of that, the CDC group that is responsible for this triple vaccine refuses to do a study comparing the unvaccinated vs. the vaccinated. I wonder why… also, for anyone who is anti-choice when it comes to abortion may not know, but a lot of vaccines have aborted fetal tissue. Do doctors inform the patient and/or the parent that the MMR and other vaccines have aborted fetus tissue in vaccines? There is lung tissue from aborted female babies in the MMR vaccine. You can see each ingredient for each vaccine here.

Now, don’t get me wrong. As much as I believe that the body can heal itself, I do believe Western medicine has it’s time and place. I’m also not saying don’t vaccinate you or your children. I believe we should all have the right and freewill to do with our bodies as we feel is best, therefore, I strongly encourage you to do your research on anything before it enters your body or your children’s because that is our job as a parent. Doctors are busy people who don’t always have the time to research new things and they are told from the CDC and, even worse, the pharmaceutical representatives what is best for their patients. I feel that medication and surgery should always be the last resort or used during a small time frame in conjunction with implementing holistic ways of healing. Like a nutritive diet, which allows your body to heal and improves your immune system.

One type of healing I truly believe in is chiropractic care. Since the nerves control every single thing in our body, if one is pinched in can throw your whole body and each system out causing a myriad of symptoms like weight gain, brain fog, fatigue, endocrine issues (thyroid, adrenal glands, pituitary, sex organs, etc.), pain, and eventually chronic disease. I plan on doing an interview soon with my trusted chiropractor and when I do, I will post it in an upcoming blog post.

So, how do you feel our health is in America? How do you feel at this moment? Do you think that we can find hope if a change is made? I’d love to hear what you think regarding this topic. As always, I will leave you with a healing recipe to experiment in your kitchen this week. For our recipe of the week, click here! Until next time…

Tarin- Health Coach and Hopeful Healer

If you would like any help navigating this or need helping making changes on your own, please reach out to me! I would love to help. I healed my self and would love to help you do the same. Contact me here!

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