Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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The Destruction of Sugar. What Next?

Great blog about that naughty sugar stuff!

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My Story

april 004Sugar really is addicting!  Some compare it to heroin (I wouldn’t know).  What I do know is that it really did destroy my health for most of my life.  A lot of you know some of this story. I have always struggled with having a high metabolism (which is slowing down now) and low blood sugar.  The combination caused me to occasionally pass out in public…not fun.  I had other health issues that I didn’t know about, so basically I felt horrible all the time.

What do we do when we feel horrible all the time?  We find something that we think makes us feel better. I turned to what was easily accessible…sugar!  I was a health nut..literally obsessed..so I didn’t drink pop or anything like that, but started off on grape juice…constantly.  Over the years, that led to pepsi and sweet tea.  I would get my…

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3 Lotion Bar Recipes

Love this simple recipe!

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I love my homemade lotion!  That’s for sure.  I’m just about out of my shea butter lotion which I use the most, but I always have some lotion bars as back up while I make more.

These lotion bars are great for kids as well.  You can make them the right size for their little hands to hold and rub on their bodies after a shower.

MOLDS: Cupcake liners work great!  You can also line a glass dish with waxed paper and pour the lotion into it to cool.  Simply slice when cool.  The waxed paper will help you pull it out of the dish when it’s hard. Another way is to pour the lotion mixture into empty deodorant containers.  These make it easy to rub all over.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Use what you love!  Lavender is very relaxing.  Rosemary is great for the skin.  Tea Tree is a…

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Raw Unfried Rice Recipe

Most of you will know I eat a fair amount of raw food, not only for the huge amount of health benefits you receive from doing so but also because of it’s overall yumminess!

As such I wanted to share with you one of my favourite recipes.  I particularly like this recipe as you don’t have to be big into raw food to make it, it’s really easy, really healthy and you don’t need any expensive gadgets, ingredients or even very much time to make it.  It’s a great  ‘use-up’ meal, meaning you can pretty much throw anything in from your fridge or cupboards that needs using up.

Raw Un-fried Rice:

Ingredients:

1 cup wild rice (soaked)
1/2 head of green or red cabbage
1 red onion
1 tsp cloves of garlic granules or 2 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. grated ginger (or half as much ground ginger)
2 heads of broccoli cut into small florets, stems peeled and shredded
2 large carrots shredded
1 pepper (any colour)
1 bunch parsley chopped or 1 tbsp. of dried
1 cup peas (frozen and thawed) or half a cup of peas and half a cup of sweetcorn – due to these being blanched before freezing they are not technically raw, but yummy and easily at hand anyway
1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
3/4 cup olive oil or your choice of oil
3/4 cup sesame oil (or more olive oil, if not)
1/4 cup Tamari (or just normal soy sauce if you can tolerate it)
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder

 

Directions:

1. Soak wild rice for 48hrs in water (changing water and rinsing rice every 6-8hrs).

2. If you cannot tolerate wild rice or if you want a quicker non raw food, substitute the wild rice for brown rice, lentils or quinoa.
3. Put all vegetables (apart from peas and sweetcorn) and dressing items into a food processor and blitz until all items are about twice the size of a pea).

3.  Then put this into a bowl and add the items you have left out, mix well and put into the fridge for 2hrs (or even SONY DSCbetter, overnight).

4. Mix well before serving.

5. If you cannot have any of the ingredients just substitute for another vegetable.  Pretty much any veg works well in this dish.

 

This recipe works great as a main, a side dish or even with things like boiled eggs and avocado in.

Enjoy!

 

Here are a few other raw rice recipes you might enjoy:

You can eat that raw? Click here.

Raw Food Cauliflower Rice, Click here.

Raw Rice Recipes, Click here.


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Natural All Purpose Balm Recipe

Most balms are petroleum jelly based, which is a toxin and shouldn’t be ingested.  However, how many of you lick your lips after applying it?  The other issue with petroleum jelly is that it is well known to dry out skin and not actually soften it. It creates an impenetrable layer on the skin, meaning the pores of the skin cannot breath as they should.  The jelly makes your lips and skin feel soft, but soon enough you’ll find you need to use more and more of it.  And then you need to keep using it again and again to make your lips feel soft.  If you are at this stage, it’s likely that the jelly has already done it’s job and caught you up in the balm – jelly circle.

So how do you avoid this?  Easy! Make you own non-petroleum jelly/non-toxic balms! Or if that seems like too much work, you can also buy natural non petroleum versions from health food stores (and Amazon), but where’s the fun in that? =)

I love the recipe below because once you know how to make it, you can add various different combinations of oils to create balms for just about everything.

I have added some of the combinations I know that work, at the bottom of this blog post.

I particularly like the one for colds, as it’s a great and much healthier alternative to vapour rub.  My Mum tells me the cold sore one is the best cold sore remedy she has ever tried and helps to clear a cold sore up within days rather than a week (and sometimes it prevents them from breaking out at all).

Ingredients:

One balm jar or tin

Stage one:

14g of beeswax

40g olive oil

18g jojoba oil

21g calendula oil

6g shea butter

Stage Two:

12 drops of vitamin E oil

20 drops of essential oils of your choice

 

  1. Sterilise the jars
  2. Weigh out all the ingredients
  3. Using a saucepan on a double boiler, heat all the stage one ingredients to melting point.
  4. Remove the saucepan from heat and whisk the mixture until it cools but is still runny.
  5. Add stage two ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour into jars and cover.
  7. Apply lids when cool.

 

Once you know how to make the basic balm you can add any of the following essential oils to make a balm for a certain purpose:

Deep Heat – lavender, ginger, eucalyptus & clove

Insect Bite Balm – lavender and chamomile

For Lips – lemon balm and tea-tree

Cold sores – melissa, lavender and camomile

Vapour rub for cold and cough symptoms – clove, eucalyptus, peppermint & camomile

 

Here’s some other balm recipes you might enjoy:

Indestructibles, Easy Homemade Coconut Balm, click here.

Annie’s Remedies, Homemade Herbal Balms and Salves, click here.

Wellness Mama, Homemade Natural Lip Chap, click here.

Brit + Co, 13 Deliciously Simple DIY Lip Balms, click here.