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A curated selection of simple techniques to help you change your life…try 1 a day and see how far you have come in 50 days!

Cleaning Enamel Pots

Pour 1″ of Hydrogen Peroxide and 1-2 tablespoons of Baking Soda and put on Low Heat for 15 minutes on the stovetop than pour out solution and rinse and wipe pot clean

Walking

Many people sit for long hours every day…get out and walk and walk some more. You can spend money on gyms, personal trainers and the latest exercise trend…but walking is free and is the superfood of all exercise. Cut your risk of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, COPD greatly by walking.

Walking Benefits

 

Vinegar

Vinegar is a cheap, non toxic, environmentally friendly product with endless uses around the home including laundry, personal hygiene and health, in the kitchen, washing windows, killing weeds, killing bacteria, helping with mosquito bites, pet uses and many many more. Combine in a spray bottle 1 part vinegar, 4 parts water, a little castille soap, essential oil of your liking to neutralize the vinegar odor.

Vinegar Ideas

More Vinegar Ideas

The Cup of Coffee

There are many great reasons to enjoy a cup of Coffee including this recent multi year study conducted at Stanford University that concluded that caffeine may counter age related inflammation and enable you to live longer!

Porto Rico Importing, a wonderful New York experience since 1907 on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, sells this terrific Organic Peruvian French Roast.

We use the Aeropress to brew a perfect cup every time. Add Heavy Cream and Kerrygold Irish Grass Fed Butter for an amazing coffee experience at home.

Skin Cream

The average commercial skin cream contains 20-30 ingredients including many that are potentially harmful to your health.

Make you own quickly and easily as follows using 5 ingredients:

Fill a 4 oz Ball Jar with (organic ingredients when possible)

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
  •  2 tbsp Beeswax (less during cold weather months)
  • Optional: add in Shea Butter and reduce olive oil in like amounts

Place jar in pot filled with water up 1/2 the height of the ball jar and gently heat at Medium flame until ingredients melted than stir with small wooden spoon.

Take out of pan of water and add

  • 1/4 cup Lite Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E
  • 5-10 drops each of favorite essential oils (we like Chamomile & Lavender or Peppermint & Grapefruit)
  • Optional: add in Jojoba and reduce olive oil in like amounts

Stir and cool to room temperature. Use on all parts of body/face saving $, space, and time buying multiple skin care products. First, test on small patch on arm to ensure no allergic reaction and note that it may not last as long as store bought brands that contain preservatives.

 

Cast Iron Pans

Lodge Cast Iron Pans, Affordable, even cooking heat and great to cook with…throw away your non stick and get a few Lodge Cast Iron pots and pans…versatile like these:

Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are a no carb, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam. They have a slightly fishy odor when you open the package but give it a quick water rinse in the sink over a food strainer than briefly sautee to reduce moisture. Great as a base to replace pasta or rice in your favorite dishes. Neutral tasting, shirataki takes on the flavor of your dish. Buy for $1/package at local Asian market.

Ginger Bug

  • 2 tbsp Peeled/Chopped Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Organic Cane Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Water

Mix in a mason jar and cover with cloth and rubber band. Each day add this same ratio of ginger/sugar/water. 3-5 days later, the Ginger Bug should be bubbling up…ready to drink. Pour Ginger Bug through a strainer into a glass and mix with Sparkling Water for a refreshing, slightly sweet/sour taste. Delicious and helps balance your gut bacteria to fight off many illnesses. Can also find Natural Soda recipes online that use Ginger Bug as a starter/base.

Real Change Takes 50 Days

Some say 21 days but based on studies its been found to take 50 days to make major changes in life takes just 3 full weeks of commitment. Changing your food habits, lifestyle habits…takes 3 committed weeks, 1 day at a time…followed by the belief that you can continue this new lifestyle for the rest of your life. Let Go and accept change and your Life will change.

Baked Chicken Legs

  • Preheat Oven to 375°
  • Olive or Coconut Oil pan
  • Place Organic Chicken Legs in pan so they don’t touch and season with any/all of the following (salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet paprika, rosemary, we like this spice’y seasoning
  • Cook 30 minutes than turn and season the other side
  • Cook additional 30 minutes or until chicken is 160° using Meat Thermometer

Let It Go

A bad relationship, challenges with your friends/family, stress at work/school. Holding onto this anger, frustration, resentment does nothing but harm ourselves. Let it Go and Forgive. Check out this video and try some of the tips and exercises found in our Mindfulness posts.

Fats are Fantastic

Eggs, Avocado, Coconut Oil/Flakes/Flour, Heavy Cream, Butter, Cheese, Olive Oil, Nuts/Seeds, Meat (small/medium portions) and even small amounts of high cacao dark chocolate. Fats satiate your appetite and are full of flavor. Eat fats and veggies and avoid carbs (grains, sugar, legumes)

 

Riced Cauliflower

Pulse cauliflower florets and water in a blender for 5-10 seconds (chop hard stems and inner core off) until rice size/texture. Drain off water, eat raw or lightly sautee in coconut oil or grass fed butter. Top with your favorite pasta sauce or add cilantro/lime or scramble an egg for egg fried cauliflower rice.

Cauliflower Rice replaces grain based Pasta. Cauliflower is more nutritious, more flavorful and textured, and results in a more stable blood sugar level.

Perfect Steamed Boiled Eggs

Boil 1″ of water in a large pot then place eggs in the steamer insert, cover and cook 6 minutes for soft-boiled eggs or 12 minutes for hard-boiled. Run under cold water or place in ice bath and easily peel and eat. Make extra and leave in the frig for snacks.

 

It’s Me

Change starts and ends with Me. We can’t change others only ourselves. That is why we focus on our own life.

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Openness

Want to change your life? Start with Openness. Each day we add another tool to our tool belt. One year later, we have 365 new habits and a transformed life…but, none of that happens without being Open to Change. If we are partially open, we may have 100 new habits to live by…great, but limited by our own minds getting in the way…still trying to do things our own way. Get out of your own way and get all 365 habits that some of the best and brightest have used to get where they are!

Make Your Bed

First thing every morning wake up and make your bed. Confirms the start of another beautiful day unencumbered by any worries from the prior day. Get your routine going in an easy and productive way.