Holiday Recipes Health Hacks

We’ve been lied to.
Seriously!  For years, I thought my favorite holiday recipes tasted so amazing – and they could only be made one way [the recipe on the label – #hellogreatmarketing!] to taste right.  I was in serious need of…

#holidayhealthhacks

Thankfully, as I learned more about clean eating, I learned that was not true! Those favorites are sooo much better without the unnecessary short-cutted, pre-packaged foods. And it’s easier than you think!

If you want to know what is REALLY in those popular holiday food brands, check out this link. If you’d rather not know, that’s okay! You can still totally enjoy the awesome recipes I am sharing. 🙂

I am sharing favorite recipe links or health-hack tricks that I’ve collected over the past years. And I am challenging you to try at least ONE of them – – or another great one that you find. Be sure to tell me which one [or more!] you try this year, or share your own great healthy and delicious holiday recipe or hack.

#holidayhealthhacks are simple with a few basic adjustments to recipes.
>> Cut the sugar by at least 1/3 of what is called for.  This is for recipes suggesting an amount of sugar close to the amount of flour!  Trust me. The other – real – flavors will suddenly pop! All that sugar distracts from other flavor.

>> Substitute coconut sugar for cane sugar. Or at least use organic can sugar. This makes a massive difference — as evidenced by observing the contrast of children’s behavior after consuming either of these sugars versus processed white sugar! You can also substitute honey or maple syrup, but be sure to watch out for the effects of trading a dry ingredient for a wet ingredient.

>> Last sugar hack! Add molasses to organic cane or coconut sugar to make your own brown sugar. I’ll just tell you that I read how brown sugar is actually colored brown….  And fresh molasses brown sugar tastes so much better!

>> Trade butter for Crisco. Just allow your butter to soften until malleable and swap in equal amounts. Be aware that butter-based baked goods will be softer.  You can also substitute butter for high fructose corn syrup in recipes like Pecan Pie.
**Butter is not bad for you! Healthy fats feed our brains. I avoid processed oils and sugars like Crisco or corn syrup at all costs.

>> Swap coconut oil for Canola oil in recipes. You can thank me later. #soyummy

>> Use dark chocolate, preferably 85% cacao or higher, in baking. THIS is the chocolate that is truly good for you!

>> Enjoy fresh ingredients – or at least frozen – instead of canned or packaged options. Fresh vegetables like green beans can be blanched and cooled and ready to add to recipes in less than 5 minutes. I just rinse frozen vegetables in water to thaw, dry in a clean dish towel, and cook. Chop fresh onion, coat with bread crumbs, & roast for crunchy onion topping that will make you never want French’s Onions again! 

>> And did you know you can EASILY make your own Cream of Mushroom soup?  Or make your own evaporated or sweetened condensed milk in a few minutes? Or get a few minutes of arm workout to make your own amazing fresh whipped cream?  I just didn’t think about these options – – until I tried them. And I will never go back…

Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice
Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

These are some of my favorite clean recipes – either no or just light hacking needed – that I absolutely love.  And now you will know some of my favorite recipe sources!

Healthy Holiday Brunch Casseroles
Cinnamon French Toast and Egg & Sausage Baked Casseroles

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST/BRUNCH
most are make-ahead options *
:: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole Bake from the Food Babe
:: Egg & Sausage Baked Casserole from 100 Days of Real Food
:: Baked French Toast with Bananas from Monica Swanson – the Grommom
 :: Baked Pear & Hazelnut Oatmeal from Top With Cinnamon 
:: Cinnamon Rolls from Moms Who Think
*yeast free/no rise option that tastes amazing!

HOLIDAY MEALS
:: Crescent Rolls [totally worth the double rising!] from Allrecipes 
:: Sweet Potato Casserole from 100 Days of Real Food
:: Green Bean Casserole from Gimme Some Oven
* I can’t find my recipe – but this is similar!
:: Stuffing with Essential Oils from Aromatools Blog
* I haven’t tried this one – but it uses oils and looks yummy!
:: Creamy Kale, Brussels, & Cranberry Salad from A Beautiful Mess
* Total WINNER last year! Substitute plain, whole milk yogurt for the mayo.
:: Cheesy Ham-Potato Chowder from Food.com
* Perfect for a busy before or after the holiday dinner

Healthy Holiday Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Squares, Whole Wheat Gingersnaps, Peppermint Chocolate Spritz Cookies

HOLIDAY BAKING
:: Pumpkin Pie Squares from Allrecipes
* I cut the sugar. Pumpkin is sweet, and you will really get to taste it.
:: Whole Wheat Snickerdoodles from Allrecipes
* BEST ever!
:: Whole Wheat Gingersnaps from Allrecipes
* Also BEST ever!
:: Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies from 100 Days of Real Food
* You could use Peppermint Essential Oil! {be sure it is safe for internal use}
:: Pecan Pie from Allrecipes
* With butter base
:: Pumpkin Pie from Allrecipes
* Evaporate whole milk on the stove
:: Butter Pie Crust from Allrecipes
   * I usually add an egg
:: Apple Pie from Allrecipes
* Make with butter crust

Holiday Pies healthy recipes
Healthy Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie

I hope this resource is helpful! And definitely check out these websites. They are all great resources for delicious, real-food, healthy recipes.

I am excited to find out which recipe you try! OR – do you have an awesome healthy holiday recipe or hack to share? Comment here or on Uluwehilifestyles on Facebook.

Happy Holiday Cooking!
#liveuluwehi

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Recycle Your Jack-O-Lantern

or BAKE A PUMPKIN, PLEASE.

I love seeing Halloween and Fall decor – – and especially PUMPKINS!  Pumpkins out in fields, on doorsteps, part of table-scapes, etc.  But I do have to say that I am always really sad about the sheer WASTE that surrounds Halloween – and especially the wasted pumpkins!

Even if we don’t address the food waste issue happening – – can we at least discuss the tragedy of missing out on SOOOO many delicious pumpkin dishes???  All those potential meals and treats. Sitting in the rubbish pile. And smelling the exact opposite of what they should…
I mean, really.  You may love to LOOK at pumpkins – – but do you truly love seeing them more than eating them?  #IDidntThinkSo  #savethepumpkins !

So – if you haven’t thought of it yet – I have a solution!  You can totally recycle your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern!   And if this solution doesn’t work for you, I am also going to share just how EASY it is to bake a freshly purchased pumpkin and make your very own FRESH and DELICIOUS pumpkin puree – – way, way better than the canned puree.  Just skip the carving steps. Because pumpkins are for more then decorations.

FIRST:
– Even if just for carving a Jack-O-Lantern, try to purchase organic!  Your hands are going to be all over the inside and outside of that gourd…  There are some awesome prices showing up throughout the Fall.  Although, I do get frustrated that the fresh pumpkins seem to disappear right after Halloween!  What about PUMPKIN PIE?

                                 Organic Pumpkin Sale

By the way – I’ve baked multiple varieties of pumpkins, and they have all been delicious.  Sugar Pumpkins are not the only option!

SECOND:
– Clean out the pumpkin guts, but don’t toss the seeds!  Freshly roasted pumpkin seeds are an amazing treat!  And pumpkin seeds have tons of nutritional goodness – – just do a quick Google search.  **Kid hands are the best seed separators.

Cleaning out pumpkin guts   Pulling out pumpkin seeds for roasting   Separating the Pumpkin Seeds for Roasting

Toss the seeds in olive oil and sea salt.  Then bake on a cookie sheet at 300F for around 45 minutes.  {If you forget about them – they burn.  Trust me, I know…}

THIRD:
– Carve your Jack-O-Lantern, scraping the inside walls well.

Kid Designed Jack-O-Lantern

STORE YOUR JACK-O-LANTERN IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR WHEN YOU ARE NOT ENJOYING IT.  ** This is the key to recycling your Jack-O-Lantern!  It will probably be okay if out for only a day or so.  But more than a day, and you will need to keep it in the refrigerator when you are not home or when sleeping.  Also try spraying the inside and outside with a mix of water and essential oils [I suggest a Protective Blend that deters mold].

**If your Jack-O-Lantern is not bake-able  – – you can also recycle it by adding it to your compost pile!  {blog post on easy composting coming soon!}

FOURTH:
– After Halloween, say your fond farewells, wash the pumpkin thoroughly (add essential oils again for extra cleansing if desired), and chop your gourd into large chunks.  Place the chunks face down {sorry! mine are pictured face up!} in a baking pan (I prefer glass), and add about 1/2 – 3/4 inch of water.  Cover the pan with tinfoil and bake at 350F until the pumpkin is fork tender (start with about 40 minutes).

How to bake a pumpkin      Fresh baked pumpkin      How to bake a pumpkin

FIFTH:
– Allow the tender pumpkin to cool. When you are able to touch the chunks, begin scooping the flesh away from the rind.  Puree about two cups of pumpkin at a time in your blender or food processor, adding water as needed.  Your puree should still form peaks.

Pumpkin ready to puree       Fresh pumpkin puree       Make your own fresh pumpkin

Fill freezer safe ziplock bags or glass jars [plastic free!] with 2 cup portions of the puree and freeze.  Be sure the bags are dry and laid flat to freeze.  You can adjust your freezer arrangement once the puree is solid.  A decent-sized pumpkin can make over a dozen cups of puree! Scientific – I know…

Frozen fresh pumpkin

SIXTH:
– Enjoy all the pumpkin recipes ALL YEAR LONG!  I promise that your fresh, home-pureed, pumpkin will taste way better than over-priced, canned pumpkin.  Try it at least once.  I suspect you will never go back…

TIPS:
* Don’t wait too long to bake your pumpkins! Prices have been so great the last few years, that I’ve grabbed two big ones – and then lost one. 😦  It is not that big of a task.  And you can actually refrigerate your baked chunks and puree them the following day.
* Try a new variety!  Last years Porcelain Pumpkins – all I could find on November 1 –  were delicious! {I dug out my last frozen portion today. Hello pumpkin muffins & pumpkin soup!}
* I’ll be posting some of my favorite pumpkin recipes this week!  Make sure you’ve subscribed to my Facebook posts so you don’t miss them.

How to save fresh pumpkin

What other waste or tragedy-reducing solutions have you come up with for Halloween?

Oh – and if you have an amazing pumpkin recipe, can you please tag me?  I have two GIANT pumpkins waiting for the oven!  {If you live near me, I may be storing pumpkin in your freezer…}

#liveuluwehi

::RESOURCE DUMP::
Healthy Halloween Links & Tips

* Safe-for-your-skin paint  [affiliate]
* Enjoying Halloween without total candy focus
* 20 ways to do Halloween without candy!
* Real Food  – fun & yummy kind of scary – Halloween snacks
* Pumpkins aren’t the only Jack-O-Lanterns
* How to have a Green Halloween
* DIY Halloween Decorations
* Candy alternative treats 

Actually Quick & Easy Healthy Cooking

One of the biggest challenges for everyone with the goal of eating healthy – REAL FOOD – is the time + inspiration + motivation required.  Sometimes that all feels like too much!
Real Food demands a lot more prep time than most of our modern-day, American schedules allow for.  And, honestly, even when I might have the time, I still have so much going on in my brain that the thought of really cooking feels overwhelming.  #amiright   Please tell me you can relate!
If this is you – – I have the perfect resource to share! 
When I first began making lifestyle and food changes, I quickly stumbled across the blog 100 Days of Real Food.  This site has been my very favorite resource for myself and to share with others for years now!  And today, I get to tell you about their newest cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, which is full of easy and quick  – but delicious! – recipes.  Exactly what I need.
I was sent an early copy of the cookbook, and I am already encouraged and re-inspired!  I can do this kind of cooking!  {no more snack meals!}
100 Days of Real Food Cookbook
First – a little back story:  Lisa Leake was a Mom and writer who had been hearing about this “Real Food Revolution” that promised to transform health and lives.  So she decided to put it to the test with her own family.  They committed to 100 days of real food – – eating only fresh foods or packaged foods with just 5 (recognizable food) ingredients or less.  And at the end of the 100 day experiment, they all felt so incredibly healthier and happier that they never went back!  In fact, that trial session literally completely transformed their lives in every way, and she (thankfully!) began her blog to share their story.
   100 Days of Real Food
I can relate very well to Lisa’s story.  But I also love her blog because she does the best job I’ve seen in creating a real food, healthy & clean living lifestyle that is truly do-able and keeps everyone in the family happy.  I’ve followed brutally honest shares about finding balance for her kids, who love the way they eat but still wanted the “junk food” at school sometimes.  She talks bluntly about budgets and making healthy eating and living affordable.  And she is not afraid to dive into some of the cultural issues that have put us where we are today in our country.  If you are ready to try this lifestyle out for yourself, the structure, plans, and resources are right there, waiting for you.
And – – I am ALL ABOUT the awesome recipes!  Anyone with kids NEEDS to bookmark this resource and start using it ASAP.  These are recipes that are simple and completely clean and good for you, and you can easily find options to keep everyone in the family happy.  Some of my favorites from the website are the super easy Macaroni & Cheese (no more fake cheese!), soups, muffins, quick breads – – pretty much everything…
100 Days of Real Food CookbookLisa has also become known for the awesome school (or work!) lunches she shares, and she included a section devoted to this theme in this cookbook!
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I completely run out of inspiration for lunches that are easy to transport and still healthy.  And I refuse to spend crazy amounts of money on buying lunch every day!  Be sure to follow their social media accounts or browse the School Lunch section on the blog.
OK – so the cookbook.  Yes, you do need this cookbook PLUS the recipes on 100 Days of Real Food Cookbookthe website!  They are all new recipes, and what I really love about this collection is that it targets what I hear as the biggest challenge for all of us in eating well.  The cookbook is currently available for preorder (discounted!) on Amazon, and officially launches tomorrow, October 25th.
I showed my copy to a few friends – and they immediately said they are totally grabbing their own copy!  I’ll page through mine a bit for you on Instagram Stories later today and sometime again this week – so be sure to check it out there if you want your own sneak peak. 🙂
I finally did some much needed grocery shopping over the weekend {my icebox was BARE}, and threw together this White Chicken Chili in no time. I always try to make something over the weekend to help fill in the next week’s lunches – or a 100 Days of Real Foodquick dinner or two.  And chili is perfect for this cooler Fall weather!  Plus, I had frozen chicken from a crockpot chicken I made a while back, and I needed it out of the way for new groceries.  Oh – and I am totally making the cornbread in the cookbook tonight!  Seriously – it is just as easy as the pre-mixed boxes that we pay too much for…
I have special permission to share this recipe with you!  Enjoy.
White Chicken ChiliFast & Fabulous Cookbook 100 Days of Real Food
Difficulty: Easy || Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes || Cook time: Less than 30 minutes || Makes 4 servings
GLUTEN-FREE / NUT-FREE / FREEZER-FRIENDLY
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 jalapeño, minced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
1 3/4 cups chicken broth, store bought or homemade (page 103)
1/4 cup heavy cream
TOPPINGS: Chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips
Whether you call this dish a chili or hearty chicken and bean stew, it’s definitely a winner. The first time I made it for my kids, they asked me so many times what it was called, but by the end of the meal they cared much more about getting second helpings than remembering the name! If you have time be sure to double the recipe and store in the fridge or freezer, because, like most soups and stews, the leftovers are amazing.             – Lisa Leake
1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times
to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.
4. Break up some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the chili. Stir in the cream, garnish with the desired toppings, and serve!
LISA’S TIP: This dish is also great with leftover cooked chicken. Just skip step 2 and add the cooked chicken with the garlic and spices in step 3.
I added extra seasonings for more spice and left my pot simmering on the stove for awhile, since my goal was to create some lunches for the week.  ButI MIGHT have sneaked a few tastes – – or maybe more than a few…  This chili is YUMMY.
I’m honored to be an official Cookbook Ambassador for Lisa.  Please tell me what you think!  Are you as excited as I am about resources that are real-life and real-family friendly?
And please let me know when you’ve ordered your copy of the Fast & Fabulous cookbook.  Let’s compare favorites!
#liveuluwehi

In Harmony Magazine – October

I freaking designed a magazine!!!

In Harmony Magazine - October
https://www.joomag.com/magazine/in-harmony-october-2016-in-harmony-sensitivity/0018309001475818284?short

This project is a work in progress – – but I have to admit that I am pretty proud of our beginning!  This magazine is a compilation of the gifts and passions of my In Harmony business team members, who are the most amazing people you could ever know.

And we created this for YOU.  This month is all about embracing sensitivity – through meditation, balancing the chakras, emotional support, healthy living, practical essential oil use and more.

I would LOVE your feedback!  What did you really enjoy or use?  What would you love to see from us?  (we do have more features coming soon!)  If you’ve had online design or editing experience and would enjoy chatting that topic up, let’s connect!  Talk to me here or in our Uluwehilifestyles Facebook community.

I had a blast putting this production together, and I can’t wait to do it again next month!

#liveuluwehi

Listen to the Moon

Do you find life lessons in your environment like I do?
I am always especially fascinated by the way nature’s design mirrors our design, and truly influences us rather heavily – – more than we usually realize!  Sometimes we get just a glimpse of the amazing, creative, complexity that runs the Universe in perfectly synchronized rhythm.  And I am convinced that there is more that no one has even imagined yet!

The only problem is…  I am way to often off-sync with that rhythm.
I totally identify with this feeling in general.I am often known to state that I have no rhythm, and although you may not know by my dancing – this is not actually true… yay!:)

Everything in the Universe has rhythm.
Everything dances.
                                      – Maya Angelou

I am a part of this Universe.  So I keep trying to challenge myself to recognize the flow – even in glimpses! – that God has put into effect around me, and slowly slip into place.  
Maybe you can relate?

Listen to the Moon

I have friends who closely follow the flow, or “rhythm,” of the moon cycle and how it affects us.  It is fascinating!
As a woman, I am especially intrigued to learn to become more in tune with how my body is linked to the moon’s cycles (just Google how the Full Moon affects birth) and the effect it has on everything from my creativity and relationship responses to the more obvious physical effects.
This is true for men as well! Women are just more sensitive to the influence of these phases.

Today is the start of the New Moon, which is when the sun is fully aligned with the moon.  Traditionally, this phase is viewed as a time for finding balance and alignment in all areas of life.  Finding balance is all about letting go of what is not serving you (behavior, belief, relationships…), and embracing the resulting lightness and freedom while renewing goals and intentions for the days ahead.

The phases and their effects are simple (one source here):

New Moon: time for review & setting new goals
Waxing Moon: time of prolific & creative productivity
Waning Moon: time of completion & enjoying results

As is common for me, I found myself a bit out of step with the Waning Moon this past week.
I accepted an assignment to create specific SMART goals, along with the steps needed to reach them.  For some reason, I could not seem to find enough clarity to put pen to paper.  Today was the deadline I gave myself, but when I walked out of my bedroom this morning, I suddenly recognized the problem!

It had been a chaotic work week.  And as a result, my home was also in some chaos.  It was one of those clicking moments in my mind – – and I immediately followed it to shift to spend the majority of my day cleaning and completing some things that had been only half done.  I didn’t get to everything! But I did enough to intentionally transition the chaotic environment to calm.

IN MY DIFFUSER: Basil [renewal] Bergamot [self-acceptance] Birch [support] Black Pepper [Unmasking]

yes. I did just combine (after an aroma test!) essential oils #2-5 in my emotional aromatherapy book! #keepitsimple #totallyworked
But I still did not pick up my pen!  Instead, I deliberately spent the next hour in focused self-care, which I had been post-poning throughout the week.  Self-care should always be a priority. It makes a difference in everything.

And guess what?   Clearing the chaos around me cleared the chaos in my mind, and I was able to easily verbalize those intentions and upcoming projects.  In fact, it just flowed.

Now, I do know that the right environment and intentional self-care are effective tools for moving forward at any time, but I also wonder how much more consistent and powerful my personal flow would be if I were linking in to the rhythm that has already been set in creation around me.  I’m just curious. 🙂

It is always a great idea to have a reminder in your environment when you want to retain awareness of something new.  {look for my upcoming share on my Vision Board creation!}  I have been wanting some artwork that reflects the moon phases.  Etsy and Amazon have a few that I really like, and now I am eyeing this tea towel that I could hang as art. (affiliate link)
Share your thoughts or links for learning about how to make the most of nature’s rhythm and influence, and I would love any awesome artwork or other moon links!

#liveuluwehi

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10 Things to Get Healthy Faster

I am often asked what I think are the most important things to do in order to begin eating healthy.  Everyone wants simple steps – – and I get it!  Thinking about making big changes can be really overwhelming.

My lifestyle changes really happened slowly, and often before I even fully realized that I was changing.  But looking back, I can easily pinpoint ten things that I wish I had known from the very beginning.  Hopefully this list will help others see their lives and bodies change faster than I did!

But first, this is absolutely the most important lesson I’ve learned overall:

 

This is a way of life – – NOT a diet.  ENJOY it!

Sooo important!  There is reason why diets FAIL so often – – and also why “DIE” makes up the majority of the word!  Write this down, and now let’s move on to the 10 things…

  1.  Self-education is key.  Read articles. Watch documentaries (tons on Netflix or Prime). Borrow or invest in books.  Follow blogs.  Get personal coaching or find a  support group (I can help with that!).  Knowledge is empowering!  Once you know something – you can never go back to NOT knowing.  And this is how we change how we think about food, eating, life, etc.
    {we don’t realize how MUCH our brains affect our eating choices or even how our bodies process our food.}
  1.  Be willing to let go of pre-conceptions.  Much of what most people consider to be healthy choices often are not.  THIS MAY BE SHOCKING AT TIMES!  Example: Calories do not matter in healthy eating. {yes, I did just say that – and mean it!}  Example2: Eat high fat foods – healthy fat! – to be thin.  Example3: “ALL-NATURAL”  If you see this label, put it down and don’t even bother reading the label. #advertisinggimmick
    Anything shocking so far?  If not, don’t worry!  It won’t be long. 🙂
  1.  GMO’s are serious business.  Get educated and stop eating genetically modified foods NOW.  Nothing is worth their risk…
    Don’t take my word for it!  I recommend beginning with watching the documentaries Food Inc. or GMO, OMG {affiliate links} or browsing through this website.
  1.  Eat Organic.  If you do nothing else – – just this one choice will make the most dramatic difference in your body, well-being, and quality of life.  It really, truly, even tastes better!  {Of course it does! Who really likes the taste of pesticides or chemicals??}
  1.  Don’t be scared of the financial costs.  Just get started.  The budget will balance out as you begin focusing your spending in new directions, and not in others.  And, of course, always shop wisely with the seasons and sales!
  1.  Just eat REAL FOOD.  Fill your shopping wagon at the market with fresh produce and other single ingredient plant food sources.  Choose fresh meat that is pasture-raised – because you are eating what they ate!  Make processed (packaged) foods an option only if they have 5 ingredients or less – and ALL ingredients must be pronounceable and also “real food.”  Check out this blog to see how following this simple rule changed one family’s life for the better!
  1.  Eating clean and nutritiously will do more for establishing healthy weight {both weight loss and gain} and over-all health than anything else!
    **Health includes physical, mental, & emotional well-being – because what we are powering our bodies with affects them all.
    I have learned that eating right is more important than any amount of exercise, meditation, counseling – – any and all of those super great lifestyle habits.  What we feed ourselves trumps all.
  1.  Beware of hypes and trends!  It is so easy to get caught up in terms and labels, and to forget that advertising companies know how our brains work really well!  I am thinking of things like: “gluten-free”  “juicing”  “super food” or even trendy marketed items like “hummus” or “kombucha.”  These are all great things to learn about and by all means consume – – but none of them are the perfect answer or requirement.
    And please always read those labels.
  1.  Be open to trying new things – {everything!}– – and then try it again some months, or even a year, later.  You will be surprised at what you learn to love!  I now love so many things I refused to even touch until I was close to 30 years old! – –  Brussel sprouts… and brown rice… and whole milk… and artichokes… sauerkraut… and all nuts & seeds…
    I realize now that I was totally missing out because my taste buds were conditioned to such a limited palate.  My enjoyment of food is completely different – – and so much greater!
  1.  Support yourself physically and mentally with a whole-food nutritional supplement {not vitamins!} like JUICE PLUS+ – fruits & vegetables in a pill! –  or a LifeLong Vitality set – whole food supplement, Omega supplement, & cellular health/energy supplement.
    Honestly, I would prefer not to take supplements.  But the facts are, that it is almost impossible to get the nutrition we really need in our diet within our current culture, lifestyle, & economy.  That being said, I am also a total supplement skeptic!  So I only share these particular supplements that have been a definite catalyst and foundation for better health, change, & success for myself and friends.
    Message me for more information about either of these brands. I would love to give you a referral and discounted price!

One more important thought!
You are not alone in trying to make better choices.  There is a strong – and growing! – community forcing the market to create better and more accessible clean, REAL FOOD products.  And this need for personal life change is a common topic of discussion in every group.  It will continue to become easier and easier – just enjoy the journey as you discover what this lifestyle looks like for YOU.

What do you think about my list?  Would you add anything?  I am curious about your experiences!  Let’s chat about getting healthier here – or on Facebook!  I love connecting.

#liveuluwehi

10 Things to Get Healthy Fast

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How to Make Kombucha

Really – you don’t need me to tell you how to make kombucha.
If you can make sweet tea – and if you are good at forgetting about things for a week at a time – then you’ve already got this!

Did you read my last post about how to make kombucha starter?  And I also shared in this online magazine.  So maybe you’ve already heard a hint of how I psyched myself out over this “new” thing and procrastinated way too long to get a finished product.  And now, knowing how super simple it is, I just have to laugh at myself…

PLUS – I do NOT want to miss out on all the benefits of this drink!  I’ve read of benefits from helping to balance blood sugars to increased energy to weight loss.  And I even have a story to share:

Once you’ve purchased, been given [ask me!!!], or grown your own SCOBIES (starter culture), it’s just one week and five easy steps to your very own delicious and home-made, gut-healing, probiotic beverage.

How to Make Kombucha

  1. Make a fresh batch of sweet tea (see previous post) and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Add fresh tea and some of your fermented kombucha tea (about a 5:1 ratio) with a healthy SCOBY to a wide mouth glass jar. [affiliate link]
  3. Cover with a thin cloth and rubber band to seal against pests and allow to ferment for one week (less time for sweeter brew and longer for more vinegar flavor; add sweet tea if brewing longer).
  4. Pour fresh kombucha into glass bottles (rubber or plastic covers only) over flavorings of your choice (the fun part!).
  5. Allow bottled booch (that is now a word!) to rest at room temperature for several days, then refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

Creating your own flavors is the fun part!
I’ve used whatever I had on hand – including crushed blackberries; ginger & lemon; ginger & lime, and cherries & lime.  

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And the FIZZ!!!!  I can’t help it!  Little things make me happy…

It’s soooo much fun – – until your blackberry flavor fizzes all over your couch.  #donotshake
And thank God for essential oils to remove the stains!

And that quickly – – you will have your own in-house probiotic, saving money from the too-high-priced store brands and building immunity by growing awesome gut bacteria.  And I suspect your entire family will be sneaking extra servings and begging for their favorite flavors.

By the way – you can also make large portions of kombucha by brewing in a large glass beverage dispenser with a spigot. [affiliate link – or this one]  Like any good thing though – – drink this in moderation!  Kombucha should never replace water, which is even more important for a healthy gut.  But I do think this is a great option for kicking a soda habit…

WARNING:
In just a few weeks, you will have an overflow of SCOBIES.  And after all the excitement, I don’t want to throw any of them out!  I googled and learned how to set up a SCOBY hotel – – although my first hotel is already full.  My next project is to search for other ways to use all of this yummy healthy bacteria…  Any ideas?

How to Make Kombuch SCOBY Hotel

A few tips from things I learned:
– Kombucha is a vinegar and a disinfectant! Pour a little brew in your jars or over your hands or cutting board before creating your final blend.  Some people even clean with it!
– You can slice extra fat and healthy SCOBIES (read: left too long) into thinner cultures for better management, storage, or use.
– If your brew is too vinegary, it is less likely to carbonate (no fizz!).
– If going out of town, or you have a build-up of BOOCH, you can store your SCOBIES in your hotel until you are ready to begin fermentation again (refresh your sweet tea every 6 weeks or so)
– Keep it simple! Just set up your brewing station and start fermenting!

How to make kombucha Brew Station

These are the links I’ve found most helpful so far:
https://www.kombuchakamp.com/scoby-hotel-maintenance
http://wellnessmama.com/8638/continuous-brew-kombucha/
https://zerowastechef.com/2015/08/13/kombucha-faqs/

And if you aren’t even sure how to pronounce the word – – you aren’t alone. lol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbz853H2USs

Are you sold and ready to try this for yourself? Please be sure to tag me with a picture or video of you and your brew.  Oh – and would you like a SCOBY???

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