COWS CAN SAVE LIVES ... EVEN YOURS!

I've been saying it for years, and as a girl who grew up in Texas, I'm used to the eye rolls when I say it.  Eating meat is bad for your health. Red meat specifically.

I've always had a crush on cows, to be honest.  My grandfather ran a dairy farm, so when we'd visit, I'd always go see the calves and bottle feed them their milk.  They were so cute and I always wanted to bring one home. Not sure the logistics of keeping a calf in my bedroom at home, but regardless, a girl can dream, right?  

Anyways, it wasn't until a few years later that I encountered some serious health mysteries, which culminated to me finding out I was allergic to milk and cow all together.  From age 10 on, I've never touched red meat or milk again.  

It wasn't until my adult years that I gained some knowledge on the meat industry and it's serious implications for our health and planet alike.  While I wasn't contributing to the brutal meat industry, my friends and family were, and it's pained me since.  

I was so happy to see this article come out, proving that red meat consumption is detrimental to our health.  Eating red meat leads to higher mortality rates, while eating plant based offers lower death rates. This isn't just me preaching here! Hallelujah!  Check it out:

Click here!

Now, it is noted in the article, that they're not referring to all meat - fish and poultry don't have as much of a devastating effect on health as red meat.  Personally, my health has skyrocketed since cutting out all meat and solely eating a plant based diet, so for me, that's what I see as the best right now.

Read it and save some lives! The cows and your own! Score!

In pure health, and sweet cow lives,

 

 

 

O-O-O Oxygen! Are you causing cell mutations?

Oxygen.  It's a powerful thing, ya know?  One of those necessary things we HAVE to have in order to live.  But are you getting enough?  Are you giving your body what it truly needs to function?

Sure, we all breathe oxygen every day.  That's how we stay alive.  But did you know that your cells NEED oxygen (I mean, of course you do, but there's more to it)?  

Every cell in our body can carry oxygen to our organs. It's part of how our body works without us even thinking about it.  

But when you're depriving the body of oxygen, either via inactivity, stress, viruses, bacteria and more, those cells of yours are going to do every thing in their power to stay alive - to keep YOU alive, so they begin to mutate.

This cell mutation allows a cell that's supposed to live in an aerobic environment (i.e. oxygen rich), but that's hanging out in an anaerobic environment, to survive to keep you alive and well.  This is often the beginning of what we know as cancer. (<-- It's a survival mechanism, not a disease! Consider cancer a wake up call to change the way you're living! More on this on another day)

Now, I'm not going to get too deep on the cancer front here, but I want to point out that so much of diseases today in the body are influenced by the amount of oxygen we're allowing into our body.

Think about when you're stressed. It's likely that you're not getting proper exercise, you're running on fumes, and your anxiety levels are high.  Your breathing is probably more shallow than normal, so you're not taking in as much oxygen as you would if you were relaxed, breathing deeper.  So your body goes into a stressed state, trying to get oxygen to all the cells and organs, but you're just running thin.  This is a recipe for disaster, as far as your health and cells are concerned. They're panicking, and you're suffering because of it.

So what do we do? How can we assist our body in the most supportive way possible?  Here are a few tips to keep the oxygen flowing.

1. Calm, deep breathing.  You've heard it before, but I'm going to say it again. You HAVE to take a step back from your stress filled life and take a few deep breaths.  Not only can this have a profound effect on your health, you can manage anxiety and stress much better if you're breathing right.  Taking some deep, belly breaths can really center you and relieve that anxiety, or stop you from heading down that anxiety-ridden spiral staircase that we so often fall.

2. Mindfulness meditation.  This goes a bit along with tip number 1. When you take the time for yourself to meditate, you're able to slow down and really allow your body the space and time to relax.  Being mindful means living in the moment; feeling every feel, hearing every sound, and taking it all in without the worry or concern for the future, or the stress of the past.  Accepting your feelings and emotions as they come without trying to push them off or fight them away, is such a powerful way to take control of your life.  

3. Ozone therapy.  This is by far one of the most powerful tips I believe anyone suffering any serious illness can incorporate into their healing regimen. Ozone is all around us. It's what makes the sky blue! But by harnessing the power of ozone in the body, you can create an oxygen rich playing field that almost all viruses, bacteria, and fungi do NOT like. When you introduce ozone into the bloodstream, the oxygen inactivates viruses and bacteria like no other. There have been studies showing that ozone can inactivate the herpes virus, EBV, even HIV. Some doctors believe some cancers initiate from exposure to a virus, so if you can inactivate that virus, you're one step ahead of the healing path.

Ozone has been shown too, to heal autoimmune issues, restore the oxygen balance in cells, and provide a "cleansing and purification" of the blood.  If you're dealing with blood disorders, ozone therapy may be a powerful tool you can implement into your healing plan.

Ozone is an integral part of my healing and what I believe to be the most powerful.  The moment I introduced ozone therapy, my skin started clearing up, I FELT better, I had less anxiety, and I just knew I was doing something so powerful and good for my body.

4. Exercise. This seems like a no-brainer, but I'm going to include it as well. The more active you are, the more oxygen you're taking in, thus the more oxygen you're getting to all your cells. If you're suffering from a major health issue, this can seem tricky at first. Trust me, I get it. When I would be anemic, the last thing I could do was exercise without feeling so fatigued and out of breath - I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest! If you can, just get walking, even if it's just around your house.  Another great exercise that's easy on the joints and body is rebounding. Not only is this an excellent way to increase your oxygen, you're also moving the lymph system which is SO necessary if you're detoxing or dealing with a major health issue like cancer. 

No matter what your health looks like, your age, sex, race, or anything, we're all human and we all have the same basic build up in our body. We need oxygen, our cells need oxygen, and if you're depriving that basic need, you're creating a storm within your own body.

What ways do you incorporate in your healing regimen that ensure you're getting the oxygen your body needs? Let me know in the comments below.

Love and pure health,

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RECIPE: WHITE BEAN VEGGIE SOUP

I don't know about you, but these last couple of weeks it's actually felt like winter here in sunny Southern California.  Typically, we don't get a "real" winter, but just a bit cooler weather.  I've been loving our rainy, cold days, but let me be honest ... it's not blending well with my healthy smoothie recipes! Ha ha! I end up too freakin' cold!

Anyways, I've been adding more beans and lentils to my veggie dishes to get a bit more substance.  I noticed I was losing a bit too much weight, and I would end up hungry just a short time after eating.

I came up with this recipe as an easy fix to a veggie dinner meal, and it was awesome!  Simple, easy, and highly nutritious.  You may just want to make this tonight!

White Bean Veggie Soup

16 oz. dried Great Northern Beans

Filtered water

1 or 2 leeks

3 large carrots

2 celery stalks

1 large head broccoli

1 bunch of kale

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

Pink himalayan salt

Pour beans in a large pot and cover with water about 2 inches above beans. Bring to boil.  Boil for about 2 minutes.  Strain water out of beans and return beans to the pot.  Add more water, this time covering about 4 inches above the beans.  Bring back to boil, then lower to simmer.  Allow beans to simmer for about 2 hours.

Chop all the veggies and add to the beans.  Add pink himalayan salt as desired.  Make sure you don't add the salt during the first 2 hours the beans are cooking.  The beans will not cook as fast and you'll be left with more firm beans.  Simmer beans and veggies for another 30 min to hour, or longer to let all the flavors blend well.

Ladle that soup and serve to hungry bellies!  I promise it'll warm you up AND offer incredible nutrition for your healing body.

Enjoy!

Purely,

YOU ARE A SUPERHERO

Life can be freakin’ stressful. But only if you choose to make it that way.

 

Have you ever sat and watched a 5 year old play?  I often feel we can learn a lot from watching kids and how they deal with life on a day to day basis.  She tip toes around the yard, giggling at the cool wind in her hair.  She hops on the swing, only she doesn’t sit on it. She lays across the seat, her stomach supported as she swings back and forth, arms stretched ahead like a super hero, laughing at how silly it is and how she’s flying through the world without a care in her mind.

 

She digs in the dirt, not caring that her leggings are getting filthy.  All the while having a conversation as though the seeds she’s planting have thoughts and voices. When she loses interest there, she climbs up the playset ladder and repeatedly slides down the slide, squealing with excitement as though each time was the first.

 

Can you imagine for a moment, what your life could be like right now, if everything you approached had that amazing, excited, new feeling each time?

 

Pretty freakin’ awesome, am I right?

 

If skipping down the grocery aisles, made you giggle with glee.  Paying your electric bill was filled with squeals of joy and excitement (not loud sighs and curse words).  Hell, even if waking up and getting ready for work (I’m looking at you too, stay-at-home mama —- because, let’s face it, your work is incredibly important and increasingly more valuable each day, and often times showering is a luxury), was filled with glitter, sunshine, and rainbows with butterflies flitting in your belly and happiness abounds.

 

But then you sabotage your own world.  You start to go through that long ass to do list and get depressed.  You peek at your bank account balance and wonder “how in the hell am I going to pay rent next month (pay medical bills, gas, electric, phone,….. blah blah blah, you know the shitty bills that come in)?”  You reach in to turn on the shower (actually, you get a reward for making time in the day to GET a shower, you bad ass!), and instead of enjoying the relaxing warm water on your skin, you have ten billion thoughts going through that pretty little mind of yours about “how am I going to do this? How can I get through each day; life in general?!”

 

Well let me drop a little truth bomb (no bath bomb needed) in your relaxing shower for a moment.

 

All of those little thoughts and how you react to situations, have an impact on how you feel each day.

 

Flashback to the 5 year old playing in the yard.  Do you think she’s worried about paying bills? (hell no! I sure didn’t worry about that as a child)  And do you think she looks at that swing, thinking to herself, “Man, if only I had a diamond encrusted swing.”?  Actually, that would be pretty sweet.  

 

But in reality, she lives her life, moment by moment, not exactly worried about what she’s doing, how the future will be, or even bad talking her own decisions or thoughts.  The NOW is what matters. Not what could happen, or what may happen in a week.   This very precious moment is what matters.  And with that thought process of living in the now, brings a peace that can be seen on her giddy, smiling face.

 

The stress we put on ourselves every single day, brings so much bad-ness into our lives that it very well could be making us sick.  

 

I’m not saying to disregard those responsibilities we all have as adults (btw, adulting is sooooooo not what I imagined it to be when I was 5 years old).  You still have to pay those monthly bills (damn it!), and you still need to shop for food (we still aren’t at the point in our lives where we no longer need food to survive).  What I’m saying is, approach each responsibility, activity, or thought with a positive mindset, and don’t focus on the what ifs, could be’s, or should’s. 

 

When you live your life like a 5 year old, you open up your mind and your health to a whole happier state of being.  Living in the moment can bring a sense of wellbeing you may have been missing since your childhood.

 

When it comes to healing, especially from something like cancer, your happiness and positive mindset has a HUGE part in whether you’ll overcome or succumb to sickness.  Your immune system, and every cell in your body listens to your thoughts, so if you’re mother-fing yourself every moment of the day, those cells are going to be the ones tossing their hands in the air saying “screw this, I’m out.”

 

That’s one thing we do NOT want to happen, because those very cells are the ones that will heal us from the inside out.  So instead of bad talking (thinking), woe is me thoughts, how about tossing your hair back, jumping on the swing and flying?

 

Because flying is pretty bad ass, and you my friend, are a super hero. Just ask those cells of yours.

 

Purely,

YOU'RE NOT A FREAK. YOU'RE UNIQUE.

You guys. The day I never thought would happen, actually came. 

The most LA thing I’ve participated in since I stopped working on film and tv sets.  You know what that is?  Crystals.  I visited a crystal shop. Yep, healing crystals.  Annnnnnnd, I bought some sparkly, shiny, healing crystals.

 

“Has she officially lost her mind? What kind of freak actually believes in that?” You may be asking yourself.  Verdict is still out on that, but hear me out.  You know you’d try anything that *could* assist in healing you without actually harming you, right?  Well, I mean, this is one of those.  It can’t hurt to try. (And who doesn’t like sparkly, shiny things?)

 

You probably own some and don’t even know it! Do you have a diamond ring (or any gemstone jewelry, for that matter)?  Any pretty rocks, really.  There you have it! You’re part of the crystal ownership team too! 

 

Ok, but in all seriousness, these things have been around for AGES and have been known to have healing properties in one way or another.  And honestly, when it comes to health, happiness, and all that jazz, I’m all for anything that supports that journey.  If tossing a fist full of glitter over your right shoulder, or dancing in a sand filled kiddie pool at the stroke of midnight on a full moon promised to bring health, I’m all game.  You’d think after all these years, we as humans would have narrowed down to an exact science how all this works.  We’d have come up with a definitive plan if illness jumps into our lives.

 

The sticky part of life though is that none of us really know exactly what we’re all doing here. 

 

I mean you have goals; you have accomplishments.  But in the grand scheme of things, we’re all just practicing to see what works for our personal journey.  Your daily routine is completely different from anyone else’s, but does that make it any less perfect for you?  Nope.  Because your journey is immensely important, and what you include in that journey should be nothing less than filled with health and happiness (and chocolate…. no one should live their life without chocolate at some point).

 

In this practice we call life, you are entitled to perform how you see fit for your own life.  You shouldn’t ever have to “cave” and follow what feels so wrong in your gut, just to go along with what’s standard. What’s par for the course.  You are unique in your own way, just as I. And in that uniqueness, your journey to health and healing will be different from mine, from Jenny’s, from Karen’s, and even from Ashley’s.  Our genetic make up is entirely different, and that calls for an entirely different, wholistic protocol to bring your life, your health to an entirely peak vibrational level.  Oh shit, I’m talking about vibes and crap.

 

Well, vibe on this my unique friend.  When you’re sitting there wondering what else can I do to help this journey along, the best thing you can do is listen to your inner voice. Your gut feeling. Your instincts.

 

If those voices (no, not THOSE voices) lead you to the crystal shop, then girlfriend, you march your pretty little ass down to the crystal shop, take a deep breath, and feel the vibes of magical rocks.  Ok, it’s not exactly magic, but the energy felt in there is pretty f*cking awesome.  

 

Because you, my little friend, are not a freak. You’re unique.

 

Purely,