January, 2015

  1. Drink your lemon water!

    January 19, 2015 by Heather

    Drink your(1) Ok so recently I posted a picture on Instagram of my 4 pounds of honey I purchased from a local place and got questions as to why I need all that honey!  Well besides the awesome benefits of honey, there are so many great benefits of drinking warm lemon water every morning. 

    Here is what I do every morning.  On an empty stomach drink a warm cup of about 8 oz. water with about a teaspoon of honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.  A little side note…Due to it’s acidity, rinse your mouth out after and don’t brush your teeth within an hour of drinking it.  You can also drink with a straw if you are concerned about enamel.  I personally have not had any issues. 

    What are the benefits you ask?

    ~Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies.

    ~Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial. It can help to prevent the growth of bacteria that cause infections and disease.  It also aids in digestion (think less bloating, constipation, heartburn etc.) and encourages the production of bile.

    ~It balances maintain the pH levels in the body.  Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body.

    ~Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins.

    ~It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

    ~It helps in reducing pain and inflammation in the body.

    ~It boosts your immune system and helps cure the common cold.

    ~It works as a diuretic.  Less water retention anyone?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute.

    ~It is great for the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne (that’s all I needed to hear!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~It promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. Vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties and  is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

    ~It hydrates your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.  And a more efficient lymph system results in less cellulite.  Again, all I needed to hear. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~It aids in weight loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster.  I like weight loss. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ok so why do I add the honey and cinnamon?  Please note that using raw honey is a must.  And this is why…

    Raw honey has antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties. Raw honey is not filtered, strained, or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and provides far more benefits than regular honey as it is full of active enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that are vital for keeping the body healthy and for preventing illness and disease. Raw honey contains vitamins such as B-complex and Vitamin C as well as minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Raw honey has the power to strengthen the immune system, promote digestive health, reduce throat irritation, stabilize blood pressure, calm nerves, relieve morning sickness, balance blood sugar, heal ulcers, purify the blood, fight off colds and flu, soothe sore throats and laryngitis, and flush the kidneys. Raw honey is also great for digestion as it contains probiotics that help to keep the beneficial bacteria in the gut healthy and strong.

    The benefits of cinnamon are numerous as well:

    Lower Cholesterol
    Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.

    Blood Sugar Regulation
    Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

    Yeast Infection Help
    In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.

    Cancer Prevention
    In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

    It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

    Arthritis Relief
    In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.

    When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.

    Brain Health
    One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

    High in Nutrients
    It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

    So as you can see, these three power houses together every day can make a HUGE impact on your health!  I never get sick (cold, flu etc.) and I attribute it to a number of factors, this being one of them.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  I also use honey in my nightly tea and you can do an extra cup or two a day of this honey, lemon, cinnamon mixture if you feel something coming on.

    To a Healthy Winter!!







  2. Do I make you uncomfortable?

    January 17, 2015 by Heather


    p o s i t i v e v i b e s . c o m

    It was bound to happen again my friends.  Attacked again, on my own page.  I guess I need to get used to the fact that there will be haters.  But if you do not like my page and what I have to say then it is very simple and easy to leave.  It is, however, just plain rude to come to my page and attack me when I did nothing to provoke it.  I don’t go to other people’s pages and attack them and I expect to be treated the same. 

    I have been “watching” said person for a few weeks.  She seemed to have a negative comment to everything I posted and today was just the last straw.  She has been removed.  I have no time in my life nor the energy for negative people that would rather pity themselves than help themselves and that kind of activity does not belong on my page that I created to be a positive space.  It is ok if you want to be sick and you’d rather suffer than find healthy ways to manage this condition we’ve been given, but it is not ok to come to my page and tell me that my Fibro is not as bad as hers because I do Insanity.  Pardon me, but do you even know me?  Do you live in my body every day and do you know what I have been through in my life?  I prefer not to get into a bitching contest about who’s fibro is “worse”.  Perhaps we should put that energy into helping ourselves.  And perhaps I can do Insanity because I have gotten to the root causes of my condition and have learned how to manage it without the use of drugs.  Maybe that makes said person a little uncomfortable.  Sometimes bashing someone instead of facing the truth is easier ya?!

    I get that people on my page are all at different stages of their journey.  It is no secret that I am a huge advocate of managing drug free, exercise and diet.  Most people I have encountered want to come and learn about how they can improve upon what they are doing, make positive changes, get off meds, get moving and learn to eat for less pain.  And some people will have every excuse in the book as to why they can’t make the changes, will try to convince themselves that taking Oxy everyday of your life is ok, that not pooping is normal and that you can’t be fit with fibro at 40.  Pfffttt……  I’m sorry but noone with Fibro should be taking those drugs on the regular.  And if you have to convince yourself that the side effects of said drugs are ok then you have a problem bigger than my making you uncomfortable.  In fact, I feel sorry for those that would rather suffer, that prefer to be the victim and that do not want to help themselves.  And I am thankful that most people that come to my page want to make the changes and want to live and not just exist.  These are the people that keep me going and inspire ME because the changes are NOT easy and it takes guts to get your head out of the sand and move forward toward positive change.  So this post served not only as a vent but also a thank you to those that make my page a better place everyday!  Hugs to you all!!

  3. What do you do with YOUR pulp?!

    January 6, 2015 by Heather

    Veggie Burgers


    Happy New Year!  As some of you know I got a juicer for Christmas.  I’ve been juicing away!  I will admit it is NOT Shakeology!  Nothing I have mixed up has tasted stellar, but it’s good for me so I will do it anyway!  Thank goodness for the yumminess that is Shakeology though!!!  So I’m not a fan of waste and I’ve been wondering what the heck to do with my juice pulp.  I’ve been freezing it and one day I gave some to the dog.  Bad idea!  Can you say poopy butt?  I think it was too much fiber at once because she’s usually ok with veggies!  

    I have read you can wash your face with it!?  Um, EW!!!  I have NOT attempted THAT yet.  I have also read it’s good for compost.  It’s winter here!  So I’ve been experimenting with veggie burgers.  The first few did not come out so great.  I wouldn’t have classified them as burgers.  They sort of just fell apart.  Veggie burger mush anyone?!  Last night I made one that was really good, minus my burning them on the stove!  Don’t do that!!  Here is the recipe!  If you make them, let me know how you like them!  I’d also love to know the ways you use YOUR juicer pulp!!

    Black Bean Veggie Burgers