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Spring Cleansing Tips and Announcements!

Happy Spring! 

You may be thinking that New Year is long gone, and yet you are far from reaching your health and wellness goals. If you are feeling sluggish and out of shape, you are not alone. It’s that time when many of us could use a Spring cleanse to give our body and mind a boost in energy and vitality. This is the perfect season to nourish and heal your body. I’m here to support you, here are my thoughts and tips on Spring Cleansing!
Why is it important to cleanse the body?
 
Many people think that if they eat a fairly good diet, without fast food, junk food, drugs, alcohol, and sodas, that they are in pretty good shape when it comes to toxins. However, toxins come from many places that we don’t often think about – pesticides, processed foods, chemicals in food, pharmaceutical drugs, toothpaste, dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, cosmetics, car exhaust, worldwide pollution and much more. In short, the world is full of toxins and so are we! 
 
As we age, we are more exposed to food and environmental toxins, which takes a huge toll on our physical, mental and emotional health. These toxins accumulate in our fat tissues and important organs like our liver, kidneys, gallbladder, large and small intestines, brain and thyroid. Our bodies can only handle so much toxic input at a time, and when overloaded, we experience symptoms like headaches, irritability, PMS, belly fat, digestive issues, skin breakouts, fatigue, brain fog, and other more serious illnesses.
 
The good news is, people are becoming more aware of this wide spread health epidemic and are taking massive action to reverse and prevent diseases. You can take control of your health and reduce your toxic load by changing your diet, home environment, water source and air quality. Now more than ever, there numerous resources and support systems to help you get healthier and live a more vibrant life!
 
Ten Benefits of Cleansing
  1. Boosting energy and mental clarity
  2. Ridding the body of excess waste
  3. Better sleep
  4. Helping with weight loss
  5. Strengthening immune system
  6. Improving skin condition and appearance
  7. Better breath
  8. Healthier hair, skin, nails
  9. Feeling younger and lighter
  10. Improving overall sense of well-being
How to Cleanse in a Healthy Way?
  • Start by bringing awareness to your everyday life, gradually eliminating toxins from your body and your environment. Being healthy is about eating clean as well as living clean! Transition to organic foods and natural home & body care products to reduce your toxic load.
  • Create your own cleansing plan or adopt one that aligns with your dietary beliefs and commitment level. The key is to clean up your gut (where 70% of your immune system lives) and important organs like your liver, kidneys, gallbladder and pancreas.
  • Choose a plan that encourages eating plant based, whole foods and high quality supplements. Eliminate process foods, animal protein, bad sugars, refined oils, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, etc. The key is to bring in as much fresh fruits, leafy greens, and vegetables as possible, about 70-80% of your daily intake. Drinking fresh juices and smoothies daily is very cleansing.
  • Be patient and kind with yourself, it’s ok to make mistakes, the key is to get back on track. Have fun, and try to stay balanced. Get a health and fitness buddy to cleanse together or just for support and motivation.
  • If you need support from an expert, get a Health & Nutrition Coach to help you create a well balanced plan.
Have a wonderful Spring, and don’t forget to get out there and see, touch, and smell the flowers! 

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EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENTS!
I am launching my Health & Wellness YouTube Channel in just a couple weeks! I’m excited to share my experience, knowledge and inspiration with the world! Stay tuned for more information. 
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Fremont Natural Healing Center is having an open house on Saturday 4/28! We are welcoming all our friends, family, and community members to come celebrate the launch of our new healing room and meet our team and practitioners. Healthy treats and refreshments will be provided! More information to come! 
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Our next Tapping Class is on Sunday 4/22 @ 1-4:30pm. Join us and learn this amazing tool to help relieve pain, stress and other physical, emotional and mental blockages. Our last class was so powerful as everybody had amazing transformations. My intention is to share this life changing tool to help you find more freedom, peace and joy. 


Here’s the link with more information, I hope to see you there!


The Miracle of Nature – Healing for Your Soul

We are so bless to be getting some good rain this week. I went out this morning for a walk at our nearby Dry Creek trail and found the land and surrounding to be so lush and beautiful. It seemed to have transformed overnight, thanks to the rain!

Just being in nature, my spirit was immediately lifted and I felt cleansed from the inside out. It was easy, enjoyable, and helped me to feel more grounded for the rest of my day!

Have you been connecting with nature lately? If not, I encourage you to get out there and be with nature! It is truly magical and the best healing medicine on earth. Walking in nature has so many amazing benefits – you’ll feel happier, more grounded, energized, relaxed, have better sleep, improve your blood circulation and lymphatic flow, and the list goes on. Best of all, your body, mind and spirit will realign and you will feel a deeper sense of peace and joy. And as a bonus, you’ll get exercise to help you get in shape! It’s one of the best remedies for better health and well-being. 

Some of us can walk longer distances and some just can’t, due to health restrictions. That’s totally fine, even if you can get out for 10-15 minutes, a few times a week, that’s plenty to get you on your way! I personally only walk for 20-30 minutes at a time, and feel that’s all I need. Choose a time and place that works for you and put it in your schedule to ensure it will happen.  There are plenty of nearby parks, trails, beaches, or even walking around your neighborhood can be wonderful. Walk alone or with a friend, either way it will be nourishing. Enjoy!

New Year, Healthier You! Intentions & More!

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a healthy, strong start and that you’re getting into the swing of things again after the holidays. However, if you are feeling tired, overweight, and more sluggish than usual, don’t worry, you’re not alone! So many of us are feeling overwhelmed and out of sorts after the holidays. What a great time to get yourself motivated and back in shape, right?!

If you’re overwhelmed just by the thought of getting healthier, eating better, or exercising more, that’s ok too! It doesn’t need to be stressful or complicated. Consistent baby steps work way better in the long run than crash diets and extreme programs. In the weeks ahead, I’ll be touching base with you more often with simple tips and inspiration to help you along the way! Oh and by the way, I’m excited to start my own YouTube channel, with the intention of sharing the best of Natural Living and Holistic Health to help more people transform their lives! So stay tuned!
 
For today, I encourage to start small:
  • Drink more water (1/2 of your body in ounces/day)
  • Eat more fruits & vegetables (>60% of you diet)
  • Take a walk everyday (15-30 mins) and get into the sunshine if possible
  • Deep breath or meditate for 5 minutes in the morning and evening
  • Do something good for yourself daily 
I also recommend doing this simple yet profound exercise: write down your INTENTIONS for this year. Setting intentions is much more effective than setting resolutions that you will probably not keep. Intentions are more meaningful and powerful. First write down the different areas of your life that are important, then write 1-3 intentions for each category. Remember that the more specific you get the better! Here are my intentions to give you an idea:

Setting Your New Year INTENTIONS Exercise
 
Dana’s Intentions:
Personal
  • Be kind to myself and say positive affirmations to myself daily, e.g. “I am good enough”, “I deserve Love”, “I am Lovable”, “I am beautiful”. 
  • Do something active everyday, e.g. walk, hike, bike, or yoga.
  • Have down time & alone time to rejuvenate on the weekend
Relationships
  • Take Angel out to do something fun everyday, e.g. playdates, park, library, mommy & me, etc.
  • Continue to cultivate and strengthen my relationship with my husband, spend more time connecting and having fun together.
  • Spend more quality time with our small circle of beloved family and friends.
Work/Business
  • Start and grow my YouTube channel, sharing my passion, heart and soul to help others find more clarity to take charge of their health.
  • Continue to grow my clientele and network at my home office as well as Fremont Natural Healing Center.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information about health, nutrition, wellness, spirituality, and self-growth by learning something new, everyday.
Another great category is Finance, which is something I am always working to improve. Have at it! I hope that this exercise will help you to find more clarity to help you start your year on the right track!

A Happier Way To Spend The Holidays!


It’s just a few days from Christmas and boy is it a busy time for many of us?! As a culture, we are used to this time as being super stressful and hectic. As we try to wrap up work, school, family plans and gifts, we tend to fall into a state of being overwhelmed and totally depleted. It’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of this beautiful season. I’m here to tell you that there is still time to turn it all around and truly embrace the Holidays with Peace, Joy and Grace. 

I caught myself being unhappy and irritable earlier in the week, for all the reasons mentioned above. I wasn’t kind to myself and the people around me, and felt very disconnected. Something was really imbalanced! Fortunately after meditating and praying, I was able to reconnect with my higher self and found more clarity, inner peace and harmony. This was a game changer and I’m now able to enjoy this time without getting so caught up in the things that really don’t matter in the end. Best of all, I have more compassion and love for myself, which is priceless.

If you are finding yourself more stressed and out of sorts than usual, then I invite you to take a step back and breath deeply. Find some quiet time and evaluate your current state of body and mind. Are the physical and mental stresses really coming from important matters or are they exaggerated by your own fears? Perhaps write down what the holidays really mean to you and how you’d like to experience it this year. Prioritize your time on important matters and only say yes to activities that bring you peace and joy. 

Remember to utilize your healing resources to help you feel more grounded. It’s easy to put self-care last during this time, just know that SELF-CARE is the most important gift you can giveyourself and others right now. The better you feel, the more you are able to enjoy this time and bless your family and friends with your great energy. Self-care is not a luxury, it is a necessity! Write down the self-care practices that work wonders for you and schedule them in your planner. Need suggestions? How about deep breathing, meditation, walking outside in nature, exercising, getting a massage, doing yoga, spending time with a great friend, reading a good book, or watching a heart warming movie? Note that self-care could mean 5-10 minutes of breathing or walking, or shifting the way you’re focussing your time, energy and thoughts. It doesn’t have to take more time out of your day!

You are so brilliant and amazing, and your mere presence is enough. You are enough. Connect deeply with your authentic self, with love and gratitude and miracles may happen for you This Season and in the New Year.

I’m sending you my warmest wishes and love, Happy Holidays! 

Natural Remedies For Colds & Flus


It’s that time of year when so many of us are susceptible to catching different bugs that result in the cold or flu. Even when we try to eat healthy, drink lots of water, exercise and sleep, we may still get sick due to the various stress factors in life. The cold weather, holiday stress, traveling, emotional triggers during family get gatherings, the unusual amount of unhealthy food – these are all so real!
 
Here at our home, health and wellness is our top priority, but we still got hit last week with a lingering cold. In hind sight, I could see some of the food and lifestyle decisions we made were not ideal prior to us getting sick. Good thing we have a great tool box of natural remedies that work amazingly to boost our immune systems and restore our health. Lesson learned!
I’d like to share with you some of these natural remedies to help you treat colds & flus and stay healthy and whole this season! 
 
The Best Nutritional Remedies:
  1. Drink lots of pure water  – One gallon a day (drink Essentia or Penta Water when possible)
  2. Drink warm ginger, lemon and honey water – 3x/day. If your symptoms are severe, I recommend drinking garlic water as well (recipes below).
  3. Drink herbal teas – dandelion, nettle, lemon balm, echinacea (1-3 cups a day).
  4. Drink freshly pressed fruit & green juices – at least 16 oz/day
  5. Increase your raw fresh fruits and vegetable intake (eg. berries, mangos, papayas, apples, pears, kale, spinach, and celery). 
  6. Take Ionic Zinc by Good State (at least 10-20 drops/day) or another good zinc from the health food store. 
  7. Take Vitamin C by Garden of Life or Ester C by Pure Encapsulations (at least 1000 mg/day) or another good Vitamin C from the health food store. 
  8. Take echinacea/goldenseal if you’re just feeling the first early signs. Add Black Elderberry if your symptoms are more severe. Gaia herb or Herb Pharm are good ones.
  9. Use pure organic essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, or Olbas Oil. Rub on your belly, chest, and spine with a carrier oil like calendula or jojoba. You can also diffuse the oils or put a couple drops in your palms and breath in deeply. 
  10. Eat light meals only, take in more fluids and less solid foods. Fresh smoothies with fruit & leafy greens or blended soups with squashes, root vegetables, onion, garlic and ginger are so healing! You can find some great recipes on my blog.
  11. Be mindful not to take in foods and drinks that at are cold. Room temperature or warm are best.
  12. Try to eat less or omit animal protein, eggs, gluten, dairy, fried foods, sugar and processed foods.
The Best Lifestyle Remedies:
  1. Rest, rest, and rest! Most likely your body got sick because it reached a state of overwhelm and stress. It is wise to take it easy so your body can restore itself.
  2. Do things that are nourishing and calming for your body, mind and soul. Some wonderful activities are: meditating, praying, taking light walks outside, doing yoga, getting sunshine, reading, and whatever else you love to do. 
  3. Leave work stress and other stress aside for now. You need to fully recover so you can be your best self again. Anything unnecessary can wait! 
  4. Take this time to go inward and connect with yourself. Listen to your body, it will tell you what’s really going on – the physical, emotional and mental imbalances, and what it needs to come back to alignment. 
  5. Be kind to yourself, connect with love, compassion and gratitude.
Ginger, Lemon and Honey Water
 
Ingredients:
1 inch fresh ginger root, grated
12-16 oz. water water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1-2 teaspoons raw honey
a pinch of organic turmeric powder (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a large mug or thermos and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Sip throughout the day.

Garlic Water

Ingredients:
1 clove organic garlic, peeled and mashed lightly
12-16 oz. room temperature water

Directions:
Combine the garlic and water and let steep for an hour. Sip throughout the day.
 
I hope that you will stay healthy this season. But if you or your loved ones do get sick, know that you have all the knowledge and natural tools to heal quickly.

I’m sending you my best!

Green Beans with Onions & Red Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of green beans, stemmed and trimmed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • ½ of an onion, cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.

Directions

  1. Parboil beans in boiling water until they are bright green, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and plunge into ice water to stop cooking.
  2. Heat coconut oil over medium high heat in a sauté pan.
  3. Saute peppers and onion until they begin to soften, about one minute.
  4. Add beans and cook another minute.
  5. Add garlic and cook until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
  6. Season with pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

 

Oh So Sweet Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 3 large peeled sweet potatoes, chopped into small cubes
  • Himalayan Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½-1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1¼ cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • Cinnamon for topping
  • ¼ teaspoon Avocado oil and more for greasing pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat overn to 375 F, grease a casserole dish with avocado or coconut oil
  2. Steam the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes until soft
  3. Mash sweet potatoes, then add the almond milk. Blend the potato mixture with an electric hand mixer set to medium until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. Heat ½ tsp. avocado oil and 2 Tbs. of water in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onions over medium-low heat until translucent, then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the celery, carrots, peas, thyme and rosemary. Increase the heat to medium-high.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the rest of the water and arrowroot until smooth, and add to the skillet. When the mixture gets close to boiling, immediately reduce heat. Add sea salt and black pepper, and season to taste.
  6. Pour the veggie mixture into the prepared casserole dish, spreading it evenly across the bottom.
  7. Spoon the sweet potato mixture over the vegetables, spreading to cover all the way to the edges of the dish.
  8. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven until the top is slightly browned, about 40 minutes.
  9. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving, enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa flour (store-bought or made from the Vitamix)
  • ¼ cup flax seed meal
  • 1 ½ cups almond milk or coconut milk
  • 2 dates (optional for more sweetness)
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 cups chopped red delicious apples or other sweet ones
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin spice (add more for topping, optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom (optional)
  • avocado oil or coconut oil for greasing the loaf or cake pan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a bread loaf pan or round/square cake pan
  2. Put all dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl (except apples)
  3. Put all wet ingredients including apples into a high-speed blender or food processor, blend/process until slightly smooth
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry bowl, mix well
  5. Pour batter into greased loaf or cake pan, sprinkle the top with some cinnamon or pumpkin spice
  6. Bake at 350F for 35-45 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean
  7. Let cool for 1 hour, enjoy!

 

Sesame Almond Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup organic tahini 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds (hulled)

Directions

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
In a smaller bowl, mix together sweetener, tahini, oil and vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet
Form the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in the sesame seeds
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and flatten
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes until lightly brown
Cool on baking sheet and enjoy!

Amazing Warm Apple Crisps

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom or pumpkin spice
  • 1 Tspn melted coconut oil or 2-3 Tspn almond milk
  • ¼ cup raw organic honey or maple syrup 
  • 1 Tspn vanilla extract or powder
  • 5-6 medium apples, peeled, sliced, then chopped in half width-wise

Directions

In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, cinnamon and other spices

In a smaller bowl, combine oil, honey and vanilla

Stir wet ingredients into dry

Place apples in a 2 quart baking dish

Crumble topping over the apples

Cover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes on low rack

When apples are soft and their juices bubble, remove cover and bake 10 more minutes to brown crisp

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