Mineral Deficiencies, Nutrient Deficiencies, Zinc

Chapped Lips? You Could Be Deficient In This One Nutrient!

A picture of chapped lips with the words: “Zinc deficiency can cause chapped lips, as well as dryness, irritation, and inflammation on the sides of your mouth”.

Zinc is very important for our overall health and there are many people deficient in this important mineral.

Zinc is a nutrient that people need to stay healthy. Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells.

In my practice I use hair mineral analysis for testing for the presence of heavy metals in the body and also for mineral deficiencies and Zinc deficiency is one that comes up often.

If you have chapped lips you may want to try adding some Zinc to your wellness protocol and also make sure that you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables to help hydrate the body and to provide your body the micro-nutrients it needs to function properly.

And of course, if you need a recommendation for a good source of high quality Zinc, please reach out and I can help you with that.

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Kids, Kids Health, Micronutrients, Nutrient Deficiencies, Vitamin B12, Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Children

A picture of a little boy playing in the water with the wording: “A 2-year old child exhibits sever language and social delay and receives a diagnosis of autism, a quote from the book “Could It Be B12 Pediatric Edition by Sally Pacholok & Jeffrey J. Stuart

B12 Deficiency & Kids

I have been studying Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and one of my favorite books on the topic was the first book by these authors called “Could It Be B12 Deficiency” An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. So when I saw the pediatric update version of the book I was quite excited.

Here is an excerpt from the book that you might find helpful.

WHAT DO THESE WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE IN COMMON?  

• A 3-year-old boy exhibits severe developmental delay and receives a diagnosis of autism . . .  

• A 28-year-old woman is unable to conceive . . .  

• A 6-month-old baby develops therapy-resistant seizures . . .  

• An 8-year-old boy is prescribed Prozac because of odd, uncontrollable behaviour . . .  

• A 12-year-old boy slowly loses his ability to walk and write, becoming bedridden . . .  

• A 9-month-old baby stops responding to his parents and can no longer sit up by himself . . .  

• A 38-year-old mother is condemned to life in a wheelchair after gastric bypass surgery . . . 

 • A 7-year-old boy has obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and a wide-based gait . . .

. An 18-year-old can’t concentrate or understand her instructors and drops out of her first semester of college . . .  

• A 9-year-old girl needs to attend a special school for handicapped children because she has an IQ of 60 . . .  

• A 15-year-old teen becomes severely depressed and tries to kill herself . . .  

• A 31-year-old with severe postpartum depression has thoughts of harming her infant . . .  

Here’s what these patients don’t have in common: a correct diagnosis. Instead these women and children have been given a plethora of incorrect, often hopeless diagnoses: developmental delay, autism, depression, multiple sclerosis, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, and mental illness. But in reality, they all suffer from the same medical condition . . .  VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY

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I am forever grateful that I ran across this information many years ago and I have helped many people to uncover their Vitamin B 12 Deficiencies because of it!

I highly recommend having your Vitamin B-12 levels checked when you visit your Doctor or Health Professional at your check-up or if you are having mystery symptoms that correlate with any of the above. And as a general practice with all of my clients, I always recommend everyone know what their B12 levels are.

I hope that you found this helpful and please DO SHARE this. You might just save a life or at least drastically improve the quality of someone’s life.

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celery juice, Celery Juice Pulp, Maggie's Soups, Soup Hacks, Soups

Creamed Celery Pulp, Potato & Cauliflower Soup that is Dairy Free!

A beautiful bowl of this creamy dreamy dairy free soup … with celery juice pulp, potato, and cauliflower.

Amazing Dairy-Free Soup! Soothing & Healing Soup!

I love this soup and made it just the other day after a request from my 14 year old daughter. She loves this soup and that makes me HAPPY. I won’t lie because I know how absolutely healthy this soup is and also delicious I might add, and we all know how hard it is to get kids and teens into healthy eating… just sayin. 🙂

And the best part is that I am going to show you exactly how to make it!

Let’s start with our ingredient list:

1 Head of Cauliflower or a Bag of Frozen Cauliflower

3 Medium Sized Potatoes peeled

3 Sticks of Celery washed

Celery Juice Pulp (as much as you want) and if you don’t have pulp because you don’t use juice celery like a lot of us do, just leave this out 🙂

3 Garlic Cloves chopped

Fresh Ginger or Powdered Ginger

Fresh Turmeric or Powdered Turmeric

Some type of hot spice or hot sauce to put a little bit on the cauliflower before roasting

Potato Water or Stock

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Let’s Make It!

Assemble your ingredients!

Chopped celery, onions, potatoes, nubs of ginger, turmeric, garlic and celery pulp

Roast The Cauliflower

My bag of frozen cauliflower in the oven roasting

The first thing to do in this recipe is to roast the cauliflower in the oven. I put it in a bowl and drizzle a little olive oil or coconut oil on it and sprinkle with a buffalo spice or you can toss in a little bit of buffalo sauce or hot sauce of some sort. The ginger and turmeric offer some heat to the recipe too so there has to be a balance that works for you and your family’s heat level but we like a little heat.

Next is to put the tossed cauliflower on a sheet pan and cook or roast in the oven. I usually cook it at about 350 degrees until soft and the way I like it but you could raise the heat and really roast it to a nice brown color which adds a totally different flavor. You can play with this recipe to get it to how you like it.

Once the cauliflower is cooked the way you like it, you can add it to the soup when the time is right. I am also going to add here a reminder… in cooking feel free to experiment! That is the whole fun of it. And please note that you can be roasting the cauliflower while you get the rest of the soup going and here is how we do that….

First we saute the garlic in a little olive oil just until fragrant. In the picture above I didn’t use enough so I have adapted the recipe to 3 cloves! Again use your own judgement after making it the first time.

Garlic sauteeing in some Olive Oil

As for your pot. Use a pot that you love to make this soup. I used my brand new cast iron Staub pan that I just got the other day. Everything about making soup should involve love right down to the pot! -)

My new Staub pot… love it!

Next add the onion and the spices and stir a bit and let it cook for a minute or two. I use a grater for the fresh ginger and turmeric and do about 6 full grates. If you are using powered you will need to play with it but I am guessing 1/2 tsp of each would be good.

The onions, garlic and some grated ginger and tumeric….

Now add the celery and cook for a few minutes until a little soft. Next add in the celery juice pulp, potatoes and the potato water and or stock and salt and pepper.

Added in the celery pulp with the onion and garlic and celery
My Potato Water

What is Potato Water?

Potato water is just the water left from boiling a pot of potatoes. 🙂 I save that amazing water and use it in soups, gravies and stocks. It is loaded with nutrients and helps to add a creaminess to the soup because of the starch content. I am an ADVOCATE of the role of potatoes for nutrition and recommend eating them often. So add as much potato water or stock of some sort as you want. I added just enough to cover the ingredients a little as you can see in the picture above.

If you don’t know what kind of stock to use I suggest using an organic low sodium bouillion cube or two added to water. You can also use leftover water from boiling or steaming veggies. Always keep that nutrient dense and flavorful water too!

Add salt and pepper to your liking and any other seasonings that resonate with you. I added a bit of a vegetable seasoning that I get from a local grocery store that I like. Now boil the soup until the potatoes are tender.

The soup cooking up

Next transfer into a blender or Vitamin and blend until smooth. You can also opt to leave some of the soup out and add back in later so you have some chunks if you want. Either way is good.

When the soup is cooked it heads to the Vitamix or Blender to puree
Looking good in the Vitamix

Now Bowl and enJOY!

The final bowl of this delicious soup! Creamed Celery Pulp, Potato & Cauliflower

And keep your leftovers in the refrigerator for an easy go-to source for a bowl of nutritious and delicious creamy soup that is dairy-free, soothing, and loaded with nutrition.

I like to keep my leftover soup in jars like this:

I hope that you enjoyed this recipe and that you try this soup. I would love to hear any additions you make to it and what your favorite heat ratio is. This batch did not have enough heat for our liking and we missed it but no worries I just added in a bit of hot sauce after the fact and it worked! That is a great soup hack also! 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

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Infertility, Pregnancy

Help With Infertility

The topic of infertility comes up often in my Coaching and Nutrition practice. It seems that more and more infertility is an issue in our modern times.

There are many factors that play a role in the body and fertility.

I found this resource that impressed me and felt compelled to share. The information is very good and worth reviewing. If you do purchase it there is a fee and I do make a small commission.

Here is the link to the resource and I wish you the best success with your desired pregnancy. I myself was a late life Mom to my daughter Sivanna, just before my 40th birthday and she was an amazing gift to me. She is now 14 🙂

Disclosure: Some of the links in my blog posts may be affiliate links which mean that if you click though and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you.

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Affirmations, Food As Medicine, Your Amazing Life

3 Food Affirmations

I love both food and affirmations! 🙂

Here are 3 affirmations to enhance your JOY of food and eating well. Affirmations are very powerful!

Affirmation: Love your food and it will lov eyou back!
Affirmation: Let food be a rainbow in your life.
Affirmation: Eat with JOY!

I hope that you enJOYed this food affirmations and that you get excited about eating healthy food that will nourish you mind, body and soul!

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celery juice, Herbal Medicine, medical medium

Celery Is an Herb & What That Means When It Comes to Celery Juice

Celery Is An Herb

What do you think of when you think of herbal tea? I think of medicine. That’s what I think of.

And if celery is an herb, then it is a medicine to me also. The other day I posted this picture on Facebook.

A picture of my big pan of celery stalks ready for juicing for a few days

What a Christmas gift to myself I thought! Medicine! And I truly see celery juice as medicine. You can Google for yourself and see. Not only have I had many people that I know share with me their success stories but there are multiple thousands on the internet who share wonderful stories of healing. It is so amazing and awesome!

Like this FB message I received on the morning of Nov. 20/20

“Nothing quite like waking up every morning to learn how much more progress my body has made. I’m watching a miracle in action! Slowly the HS abscesses are getting smaller and smaller. When I bumped the celery juice to 32 oz the results are happening even faster. I thank God for you much lately, my friend. ❤

But going back to the herbal component, this is the reason why we ‘juice’ the celery rather than just eat a whole pile of it. We want to extract the herb’s medicine just like we would with herbal tea. When we run the celery through a juicer we extract the medicinal properties from it.

I love walking in the produce section now because when I look around and fill my cart, I feel as though I am filling it with natural medicine, because I am. 🙂

Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food” Hippocrates

Well have a great day folks and I would love to hear any of your celery juice or other nature’s medicine stories. And a shout out to Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium, for introducing the world to Celery Juice!

And I am wishing you a Healthy New Year in 2021 and beyond!

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Healthy Desserts, medical medium, Natural Sugar, Sugar

Healthy & Delicious Fudge!

Not Just Any Fudge …. but a Maple Fudge Recipe from the Medical Medium

Hey guys I saw this recipe this morning and thought I am so going to try this!

I am always telling my clients and whoever will listen to me, 🙂 about the benefits of raw honey and pure maple syrup. Our bodies and brains receive GREAT benefits from these natural sugars and we very much NEED them.

So when I saw this recipe I was excited. I am going to try to make these over the holidays.

Here is the recipe right from Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium and I will include a link to his complete post at the bottom of this post as well.

Maple Fudge

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup pitted firm dates
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup smooth almond butter
1 tsp vanilla powder/alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

Directions:
Add the dates, maple syrup, almond butter, vanilla and spices (if using) to a food processor. Process for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture forms a ball.

Line a 6-inch baking tin or equivalent container with non-stick parchment paper. Using a wet spatula, press fudge batter out until smooth and even. Cover and place in freezer for 2 hours or overnight.

To serve, remove from freezer and cut into squares. Best served cold and stored in the freezer.

Makes 14-16 pieces

If you too make these let me know how they turn out and Happy Holidays!

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Anger, Anger Management, Liver, liver health

Dealing With Anger

“Let your anger set with the sun and not rise again with it”. Irish Proverb

I am sure we have all been angry in our lives. It is a natural emotion and an expression that helps us to release pent up emotion. There is nothing wrong with anger when it is used for its purpose and not prolonged or it does not become a regular part of one’s life.

Anger eats away at a person and it also, of course, hurts the people it is projected at if it is indeed project at someone. Anger is very toxic to both the expresser of it and the receiver.

Anger is also associated with the liver in Chinese Medicine. It is said “Anger is the natural response to any interruption in the liver’s mission to move and grow.”

This makes sense to me because when I feel or experience anger, I feel my body become tighter and more restricted. I feel my ‘blood boil’ and we know that the blood is filtered through the liver so I can relate to the idea of the liver being interrupted in its ability to move and grow. It begins to constrict rather than expand.

If you are dealing with a lot of anger that you cannot explain or you might even wonder why you are reacting in anger, it might be helpful to work at supporting your liver.

I have written several posts about supporting the liver and you can read them here:

Of course, seeking a counselor or medical guidance is always a great plan as well. 🙂 But it never hurts to love our livers as the really are the source of our ‘life’.

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Bananas, Kitchen Hacks

Great Banana Hack!!!!

Hey Everyone!

I was making up a batch of my 5 Minute Versatile Cookies and thought I would share with you my banana hack!

Here is a video to show you what I mean:

I have had these bananas for quite a while… I think going on two weeks and they are perfect. I actually wished they were just a little riper because they would mash much easier when I make the cookies. 🙂

Anyhow, if anyone knows why this works, please share!

Have a great day! I have to go and take amazing cookies out of the oven now! They smell amazing.

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