Natural Cures for Anxiety and Depression: Real Solutions

Depression and Anxiety are the leading causes of disability worldwide! Hmmm, why is that? 🤔

Some Psychologists and Physicians are unaware that in examining the role of one’s genetics in Depression, we also need to assess our Mental & Food Diet, Toxic Exposure, Acute and Chronic Stress, Endocrine and Autoimmune Imbalance, Vaccine and Medication side effects and Special Synergistic combinations of these contributors that uncover a direct role in Depression and Disease.

Neither humans or animals are a one-size fits all diagnoses and treatment machine, we are individuals that respond well to natural cures that do not necessarily involve pharmaceutical drugs!

It is critical that Health Care providers understand that Humans and Animals are not interchangeable subjects in some randomized trial, we are not only our physical bodies, we are also impacted by our Beliefs, our Friends, our Joy, our Environment and our Stressors.

Every thought and every action that we repeat to ourselves and/or experience while awake or asleep impacts our health and well being.

These stressors can include not having someone positive to talk to, having a heavy or negative negative outlook about life, a stressful home, a stressful career, poverty, illness, a lack of contact with Nature, a lack of Real Sunlight, Air Pollution, too many Processed Foods, Constipation, a Nutrient-Depleted Diet, poor sleep and exposure to Chemicals, Pesticides, Plastics and Antibiotics.

We are our Microbiome, our Mitochondrial functioning and our own Personal Epigenetic Expression and we are our self talk. We each have a unique story, unique stressors and unique genetics that impacts our health.

Gut-brain communications are mediated by the immune system, endocrine connections such as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and neural pathways involving the enteric nervous system. The gut microbiota is now known to play a pivotal role in gut-brain communications.”

What this means is, if you want your brain to feel better and think happier thoughts, you HAVE TO HEAL YOUR GUT AND HEAL YOUR THOUGHTS!

Again, EVERY positive or negative thought, every food and drink that goes in your stomach, on your skin, in your eyes, in your nose, impacts our mental health.

If you want to improve your overall mood and motivation then heal your self talk and heal your gut/stomach/brain relationship… this will lower your likelihood of mood disorders and diseases in general.


“Depression and Anxiety is not a broken brain, it is a response to your perceived stress – be it physical, emotional, or psychological.”

Our body can attempt to cope with unhealthy thoughts and an unhealthy diet and toxic chemicals by developing Inflammation which can result in the mind reflecting Depression and other Diseases!

We do not have to own the thoughts or foods or experiences that do not serve us. If you are experiencing inflammation, then pay attention to it! Inflammation is your body communicating to you that something needs to be healed, typically these are your thoughts and your gut!

Regardless of whether you have regular bowel movements, gut issues may still be present. Do you have mood swings, PMS, foul gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, continuously growing food allergies, eczema, psoriasis, acne, unhealthy cravings? All of these impact your mood and sleep.

Humans have evolved with plants, microbes and animal species to form a delicate web called “Life”.

Again, if you are experiencing Inflammation and a mood disorder such as, Depression/Anxiety, speak with a Functional Nutritionist AND a Psychologist about healing your gut & brain relationship with the following:

1. Vegan & Raw foods.

2. Anti-inflammatory 64oz /day Green Drinks/Smoothies & Supplements.

3. Quality oils, fats, real Sunshine! (Avocado & Coconut Oil)

4. Dairy & Gluten Free Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes that target brain health.

5. Create a Positive Self Statement to repeat daily. (“I am Happy, Healthy, Beautiful & Loved”)

6. Exercise a minimum 4 X a week.

7. Assess whether the Gluten and Dairy are helping or hurting your health… Start eating foods/drinks/supplements that reduce Inflammation.

8. Detox your Mind & Body & drink at least half your weight in High Ph Water (Daily).

These 8 simple changes in your life will drastically improve your chances of dramatically improving all areas of your Physical Health and Psychological Health, especially Depression, Anxiety and Mood Swings!

Depression and other mood disorders are not cured by magical purple pills… Our moods are improved by changing how we think, how we eat, how we drink, how we live and what environmental stressors we are exposed to!

So now that you have a real list of how to improve your mood and health, how are you going to implement it?

1) Either join a gym or start walking, dancing, yoga or your exercise of choice.

2) Consult a Certified Nutritionist or explore the internet for more green Smoothie ideas & Whole Food Recipes from a Certified Functional Nutritionist.

3) Build your immune system and elevate your mood with Daily Sunshine, Healthy food, Herbs, Supplements, Therapy (which may eliminate Big pharma meds)!

4) Buy quality water with a high Ph!

5) Start a garden or a container garden indoors or on your roof.

6) Join a group, a club or anything that gets you around positive people.

7) Follow me on Instagram @ Healthy.Desiree and my blog:

8) Cleanse your body of chemicals & toxins!

All this means one thing:

Unless you get your body moving, your body can not transform into energy, the 135,000+ of calories the average person stores as fat!

You become a metabolic zombie: NO energy to think. NO energy to move. NO energy to motivate.

So do it… get moving today!

Wishing you health & wellness,

Dr. Desiree

Kale-Conut Juice! 🌱


Mmmm Yummy Yummy Baby! 🌞

I’m so excited to share my latest obsession…  Kale-Conut Juice!

🌱 A couple of handfuls of Kale
🌱 Meat of one young Coconut
🌱 Water from the same Coconut
🌱 (Approximately 1-2 cups)
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
🌱 1 Medium or Large Banana
🌱 2 Teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
🌱 One half cup of Ice


Blend all ingredients together in your Nutribullet or favorite blender and enjoy this yummy, healthy, anti-inflammatory drink!  🌞


8 Reasons to do a Juice Cleanse! 5 Kid-friendly Detox Recipes!

🌱Hello and welcome back amigos! Many people have requested Juice Cleansing Recipes that taste good and are Kid-Friendly. The following recipes are Yummy, Vegan and Easy to make!


What is Detox?

Detoxification basically means to cleanse the blood by removing impurities from the blood in your liver. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, colon, gall bladder, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin.


A Beet-a-ful Day! 🌱🍋🍏🌱 (12 years old +)

  • 1 Medium Beet Cut into Cubes
  • 1 Medium Green Apple
  • 1 Medium Lemon (peel or unpeeled)
  • 1 Large Handful of Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Cup of Chilled Coconut Water
  • 1 Inch peeled Ginger
  • It is critical that you use all Organic Ingredients
  • Place all ingredients in your high-speed blender for about 45-60 seconds!
  • Beets are high in Iron, so please only use Beet cleanses 1-2 times per week.

Why is Detoxification important?

Toxic chemicals in our drinks, in our food, in our vitamins, vaccinations, medications, the smoggy air we breathe, in the lotions, pesticides and beauty products, all result in a major over-load on our organs.


By cleansing our blood, we can improve the functioning of our metabolism, digestive enzymes, our main organs, especially our liver, kidneys, pancreas and gall bladder.

Ginger Snap Detox: (8 years old +)

  • ½ Cup of Coconut Water
  • 1 inch piece of Ginger
  • 1 Small Lemon peeled
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 1 Handful of Cilantro
  • 3 Stalks of Celery
  • Blend together in a high-speed blender, enjoy!
  • 12 + yrs. old, you may use as a meal replacement 1-2 times a day.
  • *Optional (1 Green Apple or 2 Kiwi)


*Kid-Friendly Ginger-Snap (2 years old +)

  • ½ Cup of Ice
  • 2 Medium Kiwi
  • ¼ inch of Ginger
  • 2 Stalks of Celery
  • ½ of Peeled Lemon
  • 1 Small Green Apple
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 1 Cup of Chilled Coconut Water
  • Blend together in a high-speed blender.
  • Do not use as a meal replacement if younger than 12 years old,
  • Divide the juice in 2 or 3 portions and use this in place of their morning drink.
  • It is best to drink 30 minutes before your child eats their breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  • It is Critical that you are certain your child has No Allergies to ANY Ingredients.


8 Reasons to Consider a Juice Cleanse:

1) Unpleasant Noises:

  • Is your stomach OR your child’s tummy making strange sounds?
  • Are you or your child retaining fluid, have congested sinuses?
  • Are you or your child often full of gas, bloated, distended?
  • Are you or your child getting constant unhealthy cravings?
  • Consider doing and Elimination Diet and a Juice Cleanse!

2) Color:

  • The color of the tongue should be a pretty pinkish color.
  • Is your tongue or your child’s tongue White or yellow-coated?
  • Do you or your child have bad breath even after brushing teeth?

3) Major Red Flags:

  • Are you diagnosed with some type of a disease, like an auto-immune disease?
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Reflux, Celiac?
  • Do you have Acne, Rosacea, Eczema, Itchy skin, Psoriasis, Mood swings?
  • Have you had issues with your gallbladder or had it removed?
  • Are you having trouble with Fertility, PMS, Hormones?

4) Sluggish Body:

  • Do you or your child have Early Morning Insomnia?
  • Do you or child feel fatigued, even after sleeping a long time?
  • Is your body or your child’s body really sluggish about losing excess weight?
  • Do you or your child sometimes feel you get overheated and sweaty really easily?


The Incredible Hulk: (12 years old +)

  • ½ Cup of Ice
  • ¼ Cup of Kale
  • ¼ Cup of Spinach
  • 2 ½ Stalks of Celery
  • 1 Small Lemon Peeled
  • 1 Organic Chlorella Tablet
  • 1 ½ Cups of Coconut Water
  • Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy!

5) Chemical sensitivity:

  • Is your body sensitive to drinking alcohol?
  • Are you easily affected by medicine and/or vitamins?
  • Do fragrances and/or chemicals give you a headache, nausea, anxiety?

6) Do you or your child have a lot of allergies?

  • Nasal allergies
  • Skin allergies
  • Food allergies

7) Have you or your child been recently vaccinated?

  • Most vaccines are live viruses that contain a lot of toxic additives and preservatives!
  • Many Vaccines contain Aluminum & Genetically Modified DNA from aborted Fetus & Chickens.
  • It is very hard for our bodies to remove Toxins from our kidneys and liver without a Cleanse.

8) Have you or your child been diagnosed with Cancer?

  • Have any of you been taking chemotherapy?
  • Have any of you been given Radiation treatment?
  • Are you taking Pharmaceutical Drugs, Antibiotics?

Fresh Detox Juices

Cool Cucumber-Carrot Detox (8 years +)

  • ½ Medium Beet
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 3-4 Medium Carrots
  • 1 inch of Fresh Ginger
  • ½ Medium peeled Lemon
  • 1 Cooled Cup of Dandelion Tea
  • Blend all together in a high-speed blender such as Nutribullet.
  • Beets are high in Iron so restrict for 1-2 times a week max.

According to Harvard-educated physician, Sara Gottfried, M.D., if you have 4 or more of these signs, you most likely have a Congested Liver that needs Cleansing and Detoxification.

It is best to have a mentor help support you and your child with your cleanse. Please strongly consider seeing a Functional Medicine MD, Homeopath, Holistic Nutritionist or someone who is considered a true expert in Juice Cleansing and Nutrition.



  1. Do stretching or yoga or prayer and/or mind relaxation when doing a Juice Cleanse!
  2. Relaxation will make sure you are Detoxing your toxic emotions while Cleansing!
  3. It is important that you sweat while you are doing a Juice Cleanse Program!
  4. Your sweat will help the toxins excrete through your skins and pores.
  5. Walking, Jogging, Weight Training, Swimming, Hot Yoga, Piyo, etc…
  6. Consult a nutritionist or health professional to cleanse for more than 3 days.

It’s time to go shopping for some fruits & veggies and let go of all those yucky toxins!

🌱🍋🍉🍏🌱 Sending you Love & Light ~ Dr. Dee (Healthy.Desy)

Very Berry Vegan Cheesecake Bars! 🍓


Welcome back and thanks for visiting Amigos! It’s been a while since I shared something with you! February is a crazy month for our family… There are so many birthdays and celebrations this month ~ Yikes!

I’ve been cooking and baking a lot more this month, but it really is rough to stop and just blog! I’ve been spending all my time with my family and the people I love…

I suppose that is what Valentines Day is all about… being with the one or ones you love! Among all the excitement, I did manage to remember to take some pics of these Creamy Pink Beauties I taste tested for my Valentine Crew! 💜❤💜

valentine bars pic 8

At its core, these Pink Bars are similar to my Blackberry Cashew Cheesecake, but it has some amazing twists that made my lil toddler say it was Yummy-licious! Yep… you heard me, my 3 yr. old said these are Yummy-licious Mommy! 😊 lol… he’s my funny Valentine!

Very Berry Cream Bars:

  • Ingredients for Nutter-Butter Crust:
  • 2 teaspoons of Coconut Nectar
  • 2-3 Cups Mixed Nuts (Almonds & Cashews/depending on how thick you like your crust).
  • Wash & soak mixed nuts for 24 hrs.
  • ¾ Cup Medjool Dates (remove pits)
  • 1-2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon.

Instructions for Nutter-Butter Crust:

  • Briefly process all ingredients until you get a rough, sticky crust mixture.
  • Process only 1-2 minutes max
  • Line a Square Pan with Parchment Paper.
  • Evenly pat down the crust into a square pan.
  • Place Crust in freezer while preparing Pink Mix.

Pink Cream Filling:

  • 3 cups Almonds & Cashews (soaked 24 hrs)
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (or more)
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Nectar
  • ¼ Cup Coconut Manna
  • ¾ Cup Room Temp, Raw Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 10 Organic Strawberries
  • 20 Organic Raspberries

Instructions for Very Berry Filling:

  • Process together until smooth & creamy.
  • It will taste absolutely Yummy & Deeelicious!
  • Spread Valentine Mix on Frozen Nutter-Butter Crust.
  • Cover pan, then set infreezer.
  • Allow to harden a min of 3-5 hours or overnight.


Strawberry & Raspberry Topping:

  • ¾ Cup of Organic Strawberries
  • ¾ Cup of Organic Raspberries
  • ½ Large Organic Banana *Optional
  • ½ Tablespoon Coconut Nectar
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • (more lemon if you like it thinner)
  • Blend ingredients until just liquified.

Final Touches:

  • When Frozen, remove cake by gripping the paper.
  • Gently Tug the Parchment Paper & remove it.
  • Cut the Pink Valentine by creating Square Bars!
  • Place slices of fresh strawberries over each Bar.
  • Drizzle the sauce over each slice & enjoy!


These are super Yummy Yummy Baby! Wishing you all a Sweet & Loving Valentine’s Day!

Remember… “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line”. – Lucille Ball! 😊

Sending you everlasting health & wellness! ~ Dr. D

Edible Plants & Fruits that Help You Survive The Wild

Pocahontas had to learn how to collect wild edible plants along with planting and harvesting vegetable crops, in order to be considered an adult woman. As a result, she would need to identify the various kinds of useful plants, fruits and vegetables, and have the ability to recognize them in all seasons. Pocahontas learned these survival skills by age of 13.

Pocahontas also helped ease starvation and illness among Jamestown Colonists by teaching them how and what foods to eat. By my accounts, that makes Pocahontas America’s first Nutritionist.

guava and passion fruit

Passion Fruit, Persimmon, Guava, Horned Melon

If you were in the wild, would you know some of the edible wild plants and fruits?  Some of the foods Pocahontas ate are the Virginia peas, Corn, Pumpkins, Crooked neck Squash, Putchamins (Persimmon), Paw Paw fruit, and Gamma Rays (spider wort).

While on a hike in Kauai, I quickly learned that I was far from Pocahontas material and had to learn more about wild plants and survival foods. My hiking partner and I took a wrong turn, got lost and had to spend the night in the pouring rain in a remote area. We had no cell phone service, no rain gear and we quickly ran out of water. Fortunately, I was familiar with the wild Guava and had collected some for nourishment during our day hike.  It was an unforgettable adventure, but also a painfully cold and enlightening experience.

me in Kauai with guava

Wild Kauai Guava

Wild Guava in the Stream

Wild Guava in the Stream

Most of us are familiar with the Persimmon, Crooked neck squash, Pumpkins and Peas, so I’m sharing more information about some of the less known edible plants and fruits like the Spiderwort.


Spiderwort plants and flowers grow in clusters, with each individual bloom lasting only part of a day. All parts of many Spiderwort can be eaten- leaves, flowers, stalks and roots.The spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) also has medicinal properties. The plant’s crushed leaves are purported to alleviate the sting of insect bites and when in tea form, it can be used for kidney and stomach pain, as a laxative and increasing breast milk.


Some other edible wild plants are Amaranth, Burdock, Cattail, Clovers, Nasturtium, Chickweed, Dandelion and Chicory. You will love this Nasturtium Blossom Salad. Nasturtiums can be used as an antibiotic for bronchitis, sore throat, flu, etc…

Nasturtium salad 2

The Paw Paw fruit is not very well known among the mainstream, but people have enjoyed the vast health benefits for at least 500 years.  The Paw Paw has a smooth, custard-like texture and a subtle but excellent strawberry-banana type flavor. The Paw Paw fruit is not only the largest fruit native to North America, it also brings with it a wide range of unbelievable health benefits and is called the “newly discovered superfood”, despite its long history of use. It has 70 times the Iron as many fruits, has high levels of antioxidants, 20 times the Magnesium of apples/bananas and more Vitamin C than Oranges.


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Other fruits not well known to some North Americans are the Cactus Pear Fruit and the Horned Melon Fruit.  Cactus Pear Fruit or Prickly pear cactus, also called Nopales, is promoted for treating diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers. It is also ued for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and is popular in Latin America.  The edible parts of prickly pear cactus are the leaves, flowers, stems and fruit. Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest. Most prickly pears have large spines on their stems and vary in height.

cactus fruit bowl

Sliced Cactus Fruit

cactus fruit

Although I have heard so many stories about the prickly pear cactus fruit and it’s defense mechanisms to protect it’s fruit, I truly did not grasp how dangerous it is to collect this delicious fruit.  It was one of the most painful lessons I ever had to learn while hiking in Oracle, Arizona. Let me just say that pliers were used to remove the needles from my hand. If you are stranded and need to eat this, please take great care when collecting the cactus fruit… Yummy but Ouchy!

Persimmon & Horned Melon

Horned Melon & Persimmon

Native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa, the Kiwano is also known as the Horned Melon, the melano, the African horned cucumber, the jelly melon, and hedged gourd.  When ripe, the fruit tastes like a mix of cucumbers, kiwis, honey dew and bananas.  During the dry season, the Horned Melon is the only source of water in the African desert and may help save your life. The horned melon is really an unusual looking fruit. It has a nearly ancient physical appearance and is now grown in Australia and New Zealand.  This melon contains high levels of Vitamin A and organic types of vitamin E tocopherols.


There are so many fruits and wild plants to share, but I will share one more called the Loquat.

There was a massive gas line leak in our neighborhood and my toddler and I had seconds to unexpectedly evacuate. It was 107 degrees outside and my husband was stuck in traffic rushing to get home to us.  We wandered to a local neighborhood exploring and made the best of our situation.  We discovered a tree with a succulent, tangy and yummy fruit called Loquat.

Loquat fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.  This unique fruit originated in the wild mountainous, evergreen rain forests of Southeastern China, but has now spread all across the world, including Japan.


If you can not clearly identify a plant and you are unsure about whether it is poisonous, it is best you don’t eat it.  Some common toxic plant signs are: three leaved growth pattern, grain heads with pink, purplish or black spurs, almond scent in the woody parts and leaves, bitter or soapy tasting plants, beans, bulbs or seeds inside pods, spines or thorns, milky or discolored sap. (Brett & Kate McKay, surviving in the Wild).

Desiree PocahontasI hope this article has inspired you to get to know the terrain you plan to explore or the terrain local to you in case of an emergency.  If you are already well versed in the area of wild plants and fruits, maybe there are children, a community or people you can be a Pocahontas for!

*This picture is used to embrace my Native American Heritage.

Stay healthy & happy, ~Dr. Dee