Are you in Chronic Pan?  Chronic Fatigue??  Do you Suffer From Fibromyalgia??

 Fibromyagia What is Fibromyagia? Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions, affecting more than 5 million people in the US. Yet, fibromyalgia can be difficult and, at times, a frustrating journey to diagnosis and to treat. Fibromyalgia pain is different than pain you may experience from a headache or sprained ankle. Fibromyalgia is a specific kind of pain that’s chronic, widespread, and often accompanied by tenderness. “Chronic” means that the pain lasts a long time—at least 3 months or longer. Many people experience fibromyalgia pain for years before being diagnosed. “Widespread” means that it is felt all over, in both the upper and lower parts of the body. However, many people with fibromyalgia feel their pain in specific areas of their body, such as in their shoulder or neck. And “Tenderness” means that even a small amount of pressure can cause a lot of pain. To most physicians the pain of Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a mystery. Its unrelenting and debilitating pain is often relegated to being of psychosomatic origin due to the fact that it does not decrease with the use of NSAID’s, opiates or psychotropics. In the present mindset of medicine if these medications do not relieve the pain then it must be all in the patients mind! Let’s use a simple example we’ve all experienced. When you were a child you likely at some time put rubber bands or string around your wrist and cut the blood supply off to your hand. At first the hand went numb. Then while turning an interesting shade of blue or purple, it began to throb. The more...

The Secret to Losing Weight

THE SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT OK so the Holidays are behind us and it is time to get our health back on track by eating right and to lose the extra pounds we may have put on. So where do you start?  Join a new health club, take up Yoga, eat more salads, and drink protein smoothies??All of these are an excellent way to start, however I want to take this time to focus on our approach to your diet.  Drinking more water and making cleaner food choices is going to help make you feel better but sometimes the weight takes a little longer to come off than we would like it to, especially as we get older. The food we eat is our fuel for energy, it is quite simple.  However if the food we eat is not digested properly and the nutrition is not being absorbed than we run into problems of feeling sluggish, tired, even hungry.  Enzymes help with this. Enzymes Role in Weight Loss Enzymes are essential for supporting healthy weight loss. Lipase is an enzyme that is abundant in foods that are raw and since very few of us have a diet rich in raw foods we lack sufficient amounts to burn normal amounts of fat in our diets. When we eat diets rich in fat we really suffer as our body cannot burn this extra fat nor turn it to energy. When you have enough Lipase your body is able to break down and dissolve the fat stored throughout the body. Without this vital enzyme fat accumulates and is stored in your arteries, organs,...

Vitamin C – What is the Essential Function for out body?

Vitamin C – What is its essential role for our body? We all may understand that Vitamin C helps prevent us against getting a cold.  We may also know that a good source of Vitamin C comes from fresh fruit such as fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruits and even strawberry’s.  But what is its role in our body, why does it help us prevent us from getting sick? Does it have another function? The reason I chose to write about this subject is because as a Digestive Wellness Specialist, I have found in my practice most of my clients findings in there Urinalysis (UA)  90% come back showing indications of a deficiency in Vitamin C.   Why would this be a concern?  Why is it part of the findings in the UA?  Well it got me thinking that it must be important, and if so many people are experiencing health issues maybe Vitamin C is a good place to start the healing process.Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin well known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system.  Because your body cannot make Vitamin C it must come from foods that you eat every day.You need vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It helps the body make collagen, an important protein used to make skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C is needed for healing wounds, and for repairing and maintaining bones and teeth. It also helps the body absorb iron from non-heme sources.Myself being a vegan this is especially interesting to know that vitamin C helps...

Insomnia – Why Can’t I Sleep??

Hello this is Rhonda with Pure Simple Self As a Certified Health Coach and now a  recently certified as a Digestive Wellness Specialist, I would have to say that about 90% of my clients have this same thing in common.  Sleep issues!  From not being able to fall asleep to waking up and not able to fall back asleep to waking up after sleep not feeling rested. Today I would like to address what could be the cause of your Insomnia. Let me start by stating that we are holistic beings.  There is not ONE thing that causes insomnia and there is not one thing that will fix it.  There are a combination of things that can lead the body to not function properly, which would lead to insomnia.  Here are examples of what I have found in my practice and have successfully worked with helping my clients sleep better. Types of sleep problems:  Do you experience any of the following? 1.  Can’t fall asleep 2.  Can fall asleep but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep 3.  Wake up in the morning not feeling rested 4.  Pain – general or joint 5.  Urinary frequency challenges 6.  Restless leg syndrome What causes sleep problems?  It can be a combination of a few things for example: 1.  Sympathetic Dominance – Or Your fight or flight response is being over stimulated.  This could cause you to have a difficult time to get relaxed enough to be able to sleep.  Your thoughts keep running in your head of what happened during your day, your to...

How Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight

Coconut Oil is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat. It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism. Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially the “dangerous” fat in the abdominal cavity. Coconut Oil is High in Medium Chain Triglycerides, Fatty Acids That Boost Metabolism Coconut oil is vastly different from most other fats in the diet. Whereas most foods contain predominantly long-chain fatty acids, coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Fatty Acids. The thing with these medium chain fatty acids, is that they are metabolized differently than the longer chain fats. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are either used for energy right away or turned into ketone bodies How Coconut Oil Can Boost Metabolism, Making You Burn More Calories at Rest A calorie is not a calorie. Different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways. The different types of foods we eat can have a huge effect on our hormones and metabolic health. Some metabolic pathways are more efficient than others and some foods require more energy to digest and metabolize. One important property of coconut oil is that it is “thermogenic” – eating it tends to increase energy expenditure (fat burning) compared to the same amount of calories from other fats Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The “Dangerous” Abdominal Fat If coconut oil can boost metabolism and reduce appetite, then it should help you lose fat over the long term. In fact, there are several studies that support this. In one...

Vegan Taco Lasagna

 List of ingredients:  Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce (recipe below) Package of 10 burrito size flour tortillas (you can use corn but double the amount) 2 cans re-fried beans rinsed and drained 1 can black beans 1 cans diced tomatoes 1 medium onion chopped 1 green or red pepper chopped 1 medium zucchini chopped 1 clove garlic minced 1/2 jar of your favorite salsa vegan meat crumbles (my favorite is Gardein brand but Boca is good too) 2-3 table spoons taco seasoning 1 teaspoon ground cumin Toppings:  Chopped green onions and Romaine lettuces and vegan sour cream (follow your heart brand is my choice) In a medium sauce pan put about 1/2 inch water to cover the bottom of the pan (I choose to not use oil when I saute my veggies) over medium heat cook the chopped onion.  Once the onion is cooked add the garlic, pepper and zucchini and let cook until just about tender.  Add the tomatoes, black beans and salsa and 1 cup of the meat crumbles. (you can add more if you like it to be more of a meaty texture)  Add the taco seasoning and cumin and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Mean while lets get to the Nacho Cheese sauce, you will need the following: 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for a minimum of 20 minutes or as long as overnight 2 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes 2/3 cup diced carrots 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast 4 tablespoons coconut oil (or grape seed oil) 3 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar sriracha or...

Top Five Natural and Effortless ways to loose weight in One Week

1. Drink water with Lemon Whether hot or cold, infused water with lemon, or plain helps to keep your metabolism humming.  Staying hydrated is an important component of a healthy diet because it boosts your metabolism.For those that do not enjoy plain water, adding some lemon is a great way to boost the flavor without adding calories.  It is also a good idea to drink water a half hour before you eat your meal.   Most times when we feel hungry it really may be that we are dehydrated.  So if we drink water before we eat this will help curb your appetite, as well aid in your digestion.  When we drink water with our meal it dilutes our stomach acids and as a result our bodies are not able to digest our meal as effectively.  So drink your water a half hour before or after your meals. 2. Eat a High Protein Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  Don’t waste it on high carb, high sugar cereals that you burn off quick and leaving you feeling sluggish and only hungry again soon after. Instead eat a meal that is high in protein and simple carbs that your body can use as fuel and give you energy that will burn more slowly and keep you from early crash before your noon meal.  Some ideas if you are in a hurry – Protein powder smoothies, you can add chia seeds for added protein as well as a filling texture.  Almond butter on Ezekiel bread toast, or a nice bowl of quick oats you can add some walnuts...
Top 5 Essential oils to have in your home

Top 5 Essential oils to have in your home

Top 5 Essential Oils I recommend to have on hand I have been using essential oils for the past few years and recently have been learning more of there uses as well as the benefits that they hold.  There are so many that it would be hard to share all that they can do for ones health in one short blog, so I decided to share what I recently read. According to Dr. Axe these are his top 5 essential oils to have in your home at all times. Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments. Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without any side effects. Ready to harness the power of the world’s most proven therapeutic compounds? Then let’s talk about the ways to use these amazing essential oils. These 5 oils are the most important oils you should be using every single day. Some of them you already know about, but #4 will surprise you. #5 Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the body. According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful antimicrobial agent of all the essential oils. Lemon oil is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as a bug repellent. Cleanse your gall bladder, soothe your...
Vegan Black-bean Rocky-road Brownies

Vegan Black-bean Rocky-road Brownies

1 15oz can black beans rinsed and drained 2 large flax eggs (2.5 T flaxseed meal + 6 T water) 3 T Coconut oil (melted) 3/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 Cup raw sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp instant coffee 1 cup Enjoy Life brand vegan chocolate chunks 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup Dandies (brand vegan marshmallows) mini marshmallow Instructions preheat oven 350 lightly grease a 8 x 8 brownie pan Prepare flax eggs – mix flax meal with water in a small bowl. let set for a couple minutes. Combine black beans, coconut oil, cocoa powder, sea salt, vanilla, baking powder, instant coffee and the flax meal mixture in a food processor. (you can use a blender if you do not have a food processor)  process until mixture is smooth. Pour mixture in lightly greased baking pan.  Top with remaining ingredients and place in oven to bake for 25-30...
Vegan Black bean and Quinoa Chili

Vegan Black bean and Quinoa Chili

Vegan Black bean Quinoa Chili  1/2 Cup quinoa 1 Cup water 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced 1 large carrot, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 medium zucchini, chopped 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed 3 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 2-3 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumiin salt and pepper to taste Combined all ingredients in a pot and let simmer for 1...