Attitude is everything, and my attitude is that I’m Smart, Organized, Energetic, and Able. Believing this about myself makes a busy day much easier mentally, because thoughts affect words and actions.
You are also Smart, Organized, Energetic, and Able. God didn’t make duds.
In light of those statements, here’s a few recipes. Please don’t move on after reading the word “recipes”. Homemade is so worth the time and effort, for many reasons; WEIGHT LOSS IS ONE OF THEM.
Our world is a Toxic World. We literally breath in chemicals, sleep on chemicals, rub on chemicals, and ingest thousands of chemicals every single day. 84,000 chemicals are legal in the US; many are untested, many are unregulated, and many are deemed potentially or definitely dangerous and still allowed in our food, water, and body care products.
These chemicals, which make things smell good, taste good, look good, or feel good, have consequences. Many of them are hormone/endocrine disruptors, mimicking estrogen. This has led to men and women and children having higher estrogen levels than what’s healthy, resulting in a long list of problems, from low sperm counts to cancer. Other chemicals cause disease, behavior problems, headaches, and I could go on and on. You get it.
Remember in my last post I said that Food is Medicine or Food is Poison, and EVERY SINGLE POST IS ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS? The weight tie-in here is that estrogenic chemicals, along with the sheer volume of total chemicals we ingest/breath/absorb, stress our liver to the point where being a normal healthy weight, or weight loss, isn’t possible.
Our liver has to break down and get rid of every chemical that comes into our body, whether by mouth or skin. Our liver is responsible for breaking down old hormones. Our liver metabolizes fats and proteins. Our liver compromises the largest portion of our daily calorie burn ( the brain and heart come in next, and then our muscles ); if our liver is tired, toxic, and over-burdened, happy weight is practically impossible, so is good health.
Read the labels of EVERYTHING; look up some words you see on EWG.org, learn what these chemicals do and you’ll become increasingly motivated to Do It Yourself, I promise.
I’ve got 3 recipes here that I promise are easy, and wonderful. Compare the store bought ingredients with the DIY ingredients.
This is Elderberry Syrup, aka, Sambucal, it’s used as either a preventative tonic, or a cold medicine. Here’s the ingredients: ⅔ cup black elderberries
3.5 cups of water
2 T fresh or dried ginger root
2 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp cloves or clove powder
1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer’s market)
Compare that to the ingredients in Tylenol Cold and Flu:
Acetaminiphen, Dextromethorphan HBr, Guaifenesin,Phenylephrine HCl, and finally,carnauba wax, croscarmellose sodium, D&C yellow no. 10 aluminum lake, flavor, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, sucralose, titanium dioxide. O. M. Gosh. Why would we put this in our bodies, or our children’s bodies?
Here’s Carrot Soup, DELICIOUS! (and easy)
5 cups of homemade chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
a Vitamix full of cooked carrots
1 cooked onion,4 garlic cloves
1 TBSP garam marsala; cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt&pepper
Compare that to Campbells Vegetable Soup Ingredients:
TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), POTATOES, CARROTS, WATER, PEAS, CORN, DICED TOMATOES IN TOMATO JUICE, GREEN BEANS, ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WHEAT FLOUR, EGG WHITES, NIACIN, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR , CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CELERY, ONIONS, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, SALT, FLAVORING, YEAST EXTRACT, LOWER SODIUM NATURAL SEA SALT, SPICE, ASCORBIC ACID, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE, PAPRIKA EXTRACT.
Last, Homemade Lotion I made yesterday morning for Macy before she went back to school, it took 10 minutes:
Wild Orange essential oil
Compare that to Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer:
Water, Mineral Oil, Sesame Oil, Propylene Glycol, TEA Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lanolin Alcohol, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #33.
The old advertisement: Better Living Through Chemicals…… it’s not true. We have way too many chemicals in our life; DIY ( unless you can hire someone to Do It For You ) is important! Not convinced? Learn more through the links below: