What is Detoxing & Why is it important? Nice-Cream Detox Margarita!

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Do you think it is important to change the oil in your car’s engine?

Detoxing our body on a regular basis is as critical as changing the oil in our car regularly!  Strive to be a finely tuned machine that is cleaned, lubed and given great fuel!

What is Detox?

According to Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus, Detox is a process or period of time in which one stops taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, and other substances into the body for a period of time, in order to improve health. Basically, detoxification means cleansing the blood by removing impurities from the blood in the liver. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, colon, gall bladder, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.

Why is Detoxification important?

A typical car needs to have the oil changed about every 3000 miles. The accumulation of miles on an engine results in more unburned fuel to be dumped into the crankcase, which causes the oil to degrade. Over time, this can bring about rapid and undue engine wear and all the problems that come with it, such as loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption.

Blood Detox is very important because our body is constantly being bombarded with toxins from every aspect of our lives.  Un-natural chemicals in your drinks, in your food, in your vitamins, medication, the air you breathe, in the lotions, pesticides, and beauty products, all result in a blow by blow degradation that cause undue wear and tear and major over-load on your organs.  Mucked up and dirty blood causes a loss of body performance and poor food fuel efficiency.

Changing your oil is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make sure that your engine and car stays in good shape. This is such simple maintenance, but people often let it go for thousands and thousands more miles than is safe.

This is also true for clearing out the dirty blood and toxins in our body.  Cleansing our blood is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make sure that our system stays in good efficient shape. By detoxing your blood, you can improve the functioning of all your main organs, especially your liver, your kidneys, your pancreas and gall bladder.

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5 Signs Your Body Needs a Detox:

1) Unpleasant Noises:  Are you constantly full of gas, bloated, retaining fluid, have congested sinuses? Is your stomach constantly making weird knocking and pinging sounds? Do you get constant cravings? It’s time to examine the fuel you are putting in your body and consider a Detox!

2) Color: The color of your tongue should be a pretty pinkish color. If your tongue is White or yellow-coated, and/or you have bad breath, then consider a Detox!

3) Red Flags: Trouble with fertility? Have you had issues with your gallbladder or had it removed? Are you diagnosed with an auto-immune disease like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus,Celiac? Do you have Acne, Rosacea, Itchy skin, mood swings?

4) Sluggish Body:  Do you have early morning Insomnia? Are you always feeling fatigued, even after sleeping a long time? Is your body really sluggish about losing weight even though you exercise and diet regularly?  Do you get overheated and sweaty really easily?

5) Chemical sensitivity: Is your body sensitive when drinking alcohol? Are you easily affected during and after having alcohol, medicine, vitamins? Does the smell of fragrances and chemicals leave you feeling really sick and/or anxious?

According to Harvard-educated physician, Sara Gottfried, M.D., author of The Hormone Cure (Simon & Schuster, 2013), there are many signs that tell us that it is time to Detoxify our body.  She goes on to say that if you have 4 or more of these signs listed within the examples, you may have a Congested Liver that needs Detoxing.

There are so many types of Detoxing programs out there for you to choose from. It is imperative that you do your research and figure out what works for you! It is best to have a mentor help support you with your detox. Consider seeing a Functional Medicine MD, Homeopath, Holistic Nutritionist or someone who is considered a true expert in Detox and Nutrition.

It is important to clearly understand there is not a one size fits all! Some people use Juicing, Eating Cruciferous vegetables, Extracts, Teas or Herbs… Research!

It is important that you go very very slowly at first so that you can learn what is best for your genetics and sensitivities. For example, if you are sensitive to sulfur, sulfites, sulfates… then high levels of cruciferous vegetables are something to be very careful with. Cruciferous vegetables are high in sulfur and may lead to greater pain and inflammation. What are your genetic food sensitivities?

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According to Mark Hyman, M.D., regardless of the Detox program you choose, do the following while Detoxing:

  1. – Drink at least 6 -8 glasses of filtered water daily
  2. – Are you having regular bowel movements? (Consider Magnesium?)
  3. – Allow more time for sleep while Detoxing. (Consider Magnesium)
  4. – Exercise Daily! (Min of 30 minutes)
  5. – Help an upset stomach with Ginger or Peppermint Tea. (4 cups a day)

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I can tell you that juice cleanses are an absolutely wonderful way to thoroughly cleanse your entire body. Juicing helps you skip chewing and breaking down food, so your digestive system is given a big break and time to repair and heal. Juicing your food will fill your body with live enzymes and an abundance of antioxidants that help not only neutralize free radicals but also strengthen and support your immune system, lower blood pressure, and improve your sleep and memory. An added bonus is these antioxidants have anti-aging properties!  Juice cleansing is an excellent way to inundate your system with antioxidants and enzymes.  We use the Nutribullet daily!

Again, start very slowly and please remember to consult a trained health care professional before you begin!

Here are a couple of Yummy Yummy recipe ideas to discuss with your Detox mentor:

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Nice-Cream Cilantro-Lime Detox Margarita:

2-3 Frozen Bananas, 1/4 Cup Cilantro, 2 Tablespoons of Mint, 2 Cups Cold Dairy Free Milk

Detox Margarita Instructions:

Chop Bananas in chunks, Mix all ingredients in a Food Processor or High Speed Blender, Enjoy!

Green Machine Smoothie

1 handful each of Spinach, Mint, Parsley; Juice of half one Lemon; 1/2 a Cucumber, peeled; 1 large Celery stick; 1 inch piece of Fresh Ginger, peeled

Green Machine Instructions:

Blend all ingredients together in a juicer or blender until smooth. Serve over ice & enjoy!

Ask your Detox mentor how often you should detox, which depends on how toxic you are and what you are trying to achieve.

Remember to keep your car’s oil clean and your body’s blood clean and Oh the places you will go!

Stay Healthy & Happy ~ Dr. Dee


Vegan Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Tea and Jelly

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Mmmm… there are few things that are as soothing as some healing tea.

If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are exhausted, it will calm you…

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The sun is always shining here in California, but somehow I can feel the cold is coming… Autumn is here and winter is around the corner!

It must be the holiday flavors that make this soothing tea feel like winter in the summer heat! The cinnamon and cloves have a wintery way of inviting snuggles and sweet kisses…

My husband sips it as he does his reading, I sip as I snuggle up next to him, dreaming of my new blog… our toddler is coloring and enjoying tea from his sippy cup, the aroma even has our dogs feeling warm & cozy. The entire family is snuggling, relaxing and being creative… life is sweet 🙂

This Tea and Nectar jelly are a perfect Wintertime Remedy… even in this super heat!

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Why these ingredients?

Lemons are detoxifying, alkalizing, full of Vitamin C- what a perfect ingredient! Lemon’s go one step further by fighting infection and cleansing your Liver and Bowels. Fresh lemon juice added to a large glass of warm water in the morning is a great Detoxifier.

Ginger is used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas.  Ginger is also used for pain relief, arthritis, sore muscles, menstrual pain, respiratory infections & cough.

Cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They’re packed with antioxidants and are good sources of minerals, omega-3s, fiber and vitamins.

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known.  Like Lemon & Ginger, it is known for its healing properties for cold/flu.  It helps fight fungal and bacterial infection and is also known to help fight diabetes, alzheimers, MS and can lower cholesterol.

Coconut Nectar has Coconut sugar, not table sugar. Table sugar has zero nutritional value, whereas Coconut Nectar is from the sap of the Coconut blossom and has several nutrients. Most notable are B vitamins, Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.  *this ingredient is optional and not necessary.

All together, these ingredients create a Yummy Yummy Healing Tea Remedy for you and little ones!

Lemon, Ginger, Nectar Tea

Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Tea:
2-3 Lemons (small/medium)
1-2 Ginger Nuggets (approx 4 inches long)
1/2 Tablespoon of Cloves
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Coconut Nectar (to taste)

Instructions for Tea:

-First thoroughly wash your Lemons & Ginger.
-Thinly slice both lemons and place in pot.
-Thinly slice your Ginger about 1/8 inch, place in pot.
-Next add the Cloves to the Pot.
-Add 3 Sticks of Cinnamon
-Add 8 cups of Spring or Alkaline Water to your pot.
-Simmer on low/medium heat for 30 mins.
-If you see a nice yellow tint, your Yummy Tea is ready!
-Use a ladle and pour some into your cup.
-Add about 1 tsp of Coconut Nectar to your cup, get comfy & cozy… enjoy!

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Step 1: Layer Nectar first

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Nectar Jelly Ingredients & Instructions:

-Use ingredients above, excluding Cinnamon & Cloves.
-1-2 cups of Coconut Nectar (12-16oz).
-Thinly slice the Lemon/Ginger the same way as above.
-Using a Mason Jar, layer your ingredients (12-16oz).
-Pour Nectar on bottom, then Lemon, then Ginger.
-Repeat each step until the Jar is full, Nectar is on top.
-Close lid, store in your refrigerator for min. 36hrs.
-Anytime you need Yummy Healing Nectar, spoon some into a cup.
-Pour hot water over it, let it steep then enjoy!
-You are going to love this Lemon-Ginger-Nectar Jelly… It’s so Yummy Yummy Baby!

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Stay healthy this Winter, Dr. Dee  🙂

** I also use it for sore throats & cough, swallowing 1 spoonful.

*LEGAL DISCLAIMER

*Ginger is very safe, and we use it for cough/flu, but if you are taking blood thinners, please consult your doctor before taking Ginger or any of these ingredients on a regular basis.  We only drink 1-2 cups a day (1 for kids). Drink water with every cup! As always, use precautions and test for allergies.

*This is a remedy my family uses, this does not serve as medical advice, please consult your doctor for any medical concerns.


Raw Nasturtium Blossom Salad!

NASTURTIUM BLOSSOM SALAD
Potent Antibiotic, Potent Satisfaction!

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Welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby!

During long hot summers such as this, I can not help but dream of our family vacation in the Mayan Riviera. I remember the blue waters, the Mayan Pyramids we climbed and the beautiful foliage that surrounded us.

Most of all, I remember the young kids and toddlers that walked around the pyramids, smiling, laughing, playing barefoot and selling little trinkets. I was 5 1/2 months pregnant with my second child, in awe at how these toddlers and kids could thrive without shoes, medicine, vaccinations, while exposed to such elements… These young children were so bright eyed, had perfect smiles and the vision of perfect health.

These kids in “impoverished conditions” are thriving, why is America having such a problem with low birth weights?

We stayed at a very quaint and historic hotel built right on the same grounds as the Chichen Itza Pyramid… It was a dream come true… I was touching, smelling and walking on these historic grounds, somehow wishing that I could go back in time and speak with a Medicine Man for just one day!  Well maybe half a day, those were some scary times…

I woke up everyday to the present, but had the fortune of connecting with locals who inspired me! I had not met a Mayan medicine woman/man, but I was given their powerful message… All we need for good physical health is to understand our foods, plants and herbs and how they are here to help us thrive.

One of the most special plants I learned about was the Nasturtium…

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Nasturtium is an edible flowering plant that not only has a high concentration of Vitamin C, but also has been considered a fast acting natural antibiotic by Meso-Americans for a very long time.

I also learned that eating a couple of the peppery leaves at the onset of a cold or flu can potentially instantaneously heal. The Nasturtium is considered a gentle and natural antibiotic and is believed to have major healing effects when eating 1 or 2 leaves- three times a day.

These bright, happy, wonderful little flowers originated in South America and were widely used by the Meso-Americans for urinary tract infections, kidney problems and for their general antibiotic action. In fact, it is reported that the Nasturtium was considered such an important part of the medicine cabinet, that no home was without a nasturtium plant if they could avoid it.

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The Nasturtium leaf has mild citrus notes with a peppery tang. Although the leaves were very popular, it is the seeds that are considered a prized delicacy.

The Nasturtium inspires me to ask you whether you are truly aware of your Kidney Health? Does your family have a history of poor kidney health? Are you adequately filtering your body ON A DAILY BASIS? Do you know that you should be drinking a minimum of half your body weight in water ounces in order to maintain adequate kidney health?

So for example, if a person weighs 100 pounds, they typically need a minimum of 50 ounces of water per day… yes per day. This water is what is needed to rid your body of 2 quarts of toxins by sifting out 200 quarts of blood.

In honor of your kidneys, I bring you Nature’s gift… Nasturtium Blossom Salad! So yummy for your taste buds, so healing for your kidneys… Mmmm, enjoy before the nurseries run out, for their season is coming to a close!

NASTURTIUM BLOSSOM SALAD!

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Potent Antibiotic, Potent Satisfaction!

INGREDIENTS:  

6-8 Nasturtium Blossoms

17 small Nasturtium leaves, approx 1-2 inches in diameter

1 head of Organic Butter Lettuce

3-4 cups of Mixed Greens (Organic Radicchio, Baby Spinach, Red Romaine)

1 cup of Organic Raw Fresh Snow Peas

1/2 cup of Organic Raspberries

1/2 cup of Organic Walnuts

1 small Organic Red Onion

Instructions:

Wash, crisp and break greens.

Wash Nasturtium leaves well and pat dry.

Carefully wash Nasturtium Blossoms.

Slice Red Onion in thin slices.

Place greens, Nasturtium leaves, Onion Slices, Peas, Raspberries and Walnuts in a salad bowl and toss lightly with the Balsmic-Coco dressing.  Garnish with Nasturtium Blossoms.  6-8 Servings.

Balsamic-Coco Vinaigrette:

3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon of Stone Ground Mustard

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Agave

1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt

Ground Pepper to taste

1/2 Garlic Clove minced

2 Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:

Toss all of the vinaigrette ingredients into a bowl and then whisk.

You are going to love this healing Nasturtium Salad… it’s absolutely Yummy Yummy Baby!

Sending you Love & Light, Dr. Dee  🙂


Pregnancy & PMS Relief! Lavender Loves the Ladies!

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Hey there amigos, welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby! Today I want to focus on the most beautiful women in the world, Mommies to Be!

Although pregnancy can be an exciting and beautiful time, it can also be a time of anxiety, confusion and insomnia. So many women ask me about how they can cope with PMS and Pregnancy in a natural way.

Many women have tried traditional medicine, drugs and therapy to help cope with their horrible PMS and Pregnancy Blues.  The truth is that there are so many reasons for these challenges, but in short, it is a result of hormones, genetics, toxins and bad food.

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By using food as your medicine, you can help minimize or totally eliminate the drastic impact of PMS and post pregnancy blues. Healthy Food, Herbs and Plants can heal your hormones, they can battle your genetic predispositions and they can eliminate your toxins.

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If you truly are ready to take a leap forward in minimizing Pregnancy Blues & PMS, then eliminate every pesticide, GMO food and minimize sugary foods from your life. Read every single label of the food you put in your mouth and the ingredients you put on your skin and hair. Read the chemicals you use on your floor, furniture, dishes, baby toys, etc.

Go natural, go organic, go Lavender! Consider visiting a Functional Medicine Doctor to analyze your DNA (MTHFR), your Hormones, B-Vitamin levels (Homocysteine) & Blood.

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I know it takes a while to make the transition to a totally natural and organic life… but YOU & YOUR BABY ARE WORTH IT!

In the mean time, Lavender can help soothe the debilitating effects of Pregnancy Blues & PMS. By adding Lavender to your bath water or mixing it with coconut oil then massaging it into your skin, Lavender can also really minimize PMS and menstrual cramps.

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Lavender is also effective in aiding the treatment of Chlamydia, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Thrush, vaginal infections, inflamed vaginal tissue, vaginitis, Cystitis, Raynaud’s Disease, breast abscesses, and Cervical Cancer. If being treated with radiation for any form of cervical or uterine cancer, Lavender oil can prevent and diminish irradiation burns.

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Lavender’s Love and Healing properties are Endless. Lavender is a must-have for all homes because of its calming, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

By mixing Lavender with water and Tea Tree Oil, it is a Pregnancy safe, non-toxic remedy that can be sprayed on your home surfaces and used as a household disinfectant. Infusing Lavender is also a great insect repellent.

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Again, pregnancy can be such a beautiful time of life, it can also be the most humbling time, especially when you are delivering your baby in a room full of people.

During pregnancy, Lavender can help sooth and relieve flatulence and indigestion. It can diminish the look of stretch marks and scars. It can relieve cramps, edema, exhaustion, infection, breast abscesses, and post-natal depression.

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There are many studies that have revealed that using Lavender oil during pregnancy and childbirth can help ease delivery pain and promote a speedy recovery.

Most traditional hospitals are open to you using Lavender Aromatherapy in the delivery room. It will help relax mom, dad and the hospital staff! Everyone will be feeling the calming effects of Lovely Lavender!

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I used Lavender on my hospital pillow, on my baby’s hospital clothes and on our baby’s car seat, nursery furniture, pillows and blanket… My baby came home to a nice calming environment! 💖

You and your lil one are gonna feel so relaxed and smell like the sweetest Yummy Yummy Baby!  👶

~Dr. Dee


Vegan Lavender-Lemon-Lime Cupcakes

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Mmmm… I love the smell of fresh Lavender, it is such a sweet and lovely scent. Essential Oils can actually help improve your health, are typically Vegan and can be a healthier alternative than perfumes. Every time I wear my essential oils to a gathering, I always here mmmm…. lol 😉

Perfumes can have so much toxins in them, are usually not Vegan and overall are not worth the health risk for me. Isn’t it awesome that we can wear a natural scent that smells good and is actually helping our health and well being?

The best Lavender Oil I have ever had is one I made myself from an essential oils course I completed at a Lavender Farm in Ojai, California. Consider learning more about herbs and oils, it is so much fun!

Lavender is one of the most gentle and versatile essential oils, and is very relaxing and calming. It is excellent for use with children because of its gentle aroma.  

Lavender helps relieve headaches and is beneficial for respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, coughs and sore throat. You can easily add Lavender to your family Vaporizer.

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See here if interested in using the Tea Tree Oil Cleaner, you can add 10 drops of Lavender Oil to it and shake it up really well…

Research shows the scent of lavender can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, creating a relaxed state. To set yourself up for some sweet dreams, you can rub some lavender in your hand then rub your pillow, or spritz some on a handkerchief next to your pillow, or put a handful of dried lavender in a vase on your nightstand—or use a diffuser with lavender oil.

Better yet, you can do what I do… eat Culinary Lavender!

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Lavender-Lemon-Lime cupcakes:  

🌱 8 Sprigs pesticide-free fresh Lavender flowers (culinary lavender), plus flowers for decorating (optional)

🌱 ¼ Cup Fresh Lime Juice & Finely Grated Zest of 2 Limes

🌱 ¼ Cup Vegan butter substitute, softened (I use coconut oil)
🌱 ¾ Cup Super Fine Sugar (coconut sugar will change the color & flavor of the cupcakes but works great)
🌱 2 Egg Replacers
🌱 1½ cups Gluten-free all-purpose flour blend of your choice, without gums
🌱 2 Teaspoons Baking powder
🌱 ¼ Teaspoon Sea salt
🌱 ½ Cup Dairy-free milk (I use coconut)

Instructions for Baking Cupcakes

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Line 12-section muffin pan with paper liners (or omit liners and grease the pan)

3) Separate the flowers from the Lavender sprigs. Place in a food processor, add the Superfine Sugar, Dairy-Free butter, Lime Zest.

4) Process until Pale and Fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a Large bowl.
5) Add Egg replacement;  Stir until mixture is Uniform.
6) In a separate bowl, Whisk Flour, Baking Powder and Sea salt.
7) Add Half of Flour mixture to Sugar Mixture; Stir.
8) Pour in Milk; Stir, add remaining Flour & Stir until batter is Smooth.
9) Spoon Batter into prepared pan, dividing evenly between sections.
10) Bake 12-15 minutes, let cupcakes rise & turn light golden brown on top.
11) Remove from oven to cool, then frost as desired.

b8d3331a799c8bedcdfb6b31a80d3f29Frosting Ingredients:  

1 Drop Organic Culinary Grade Lavender Oil

1 and half Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar

Juice of a medium Lemon, or as much as needed.

Instructions for Frosting:

1) Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a bowl.

2) Stir in the Lavender Oil, Lemon juice, a few drops at a time. The Lemon-Lavender icing should be thick but easy to spread. If it is too thick, add a little more lemon juice.

3) Spread the icing over the cooled cupcakes. (use a knife dipped in hot water if too sticky)

4) Let stand until the icing is set, about 1 hour.

5) Decorate the cupcakes with fresh lavender flowers. The cupcakes will keep, stored in an airtight container without the flower garnish, for up to 3 days.

Serves 8 to 10… Yummy Yummy Baby!

***Less can be more with Lavender, go slowly with it until you learn what works for your taste buds

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The frosting in this above pic was made using the same recipe as above, however, I added fresh Blackberries to the mix! So yummy!!!

Adiós amigo… come see us again!
Dr. Dee xoxoxo