inflammation

Help With Inflammation

March is Pain and Inflammation Month

Inflammation is a nasty problem to have and it is something that can rob us from the things that we would like to do and enJOY in life. Keeping inflammation in check is always a good idea when it comes to Health and Wellness.

Let’s Take a Look at Inflammation

Acute or short-term inflammation is a normal immune response triggered by factors such as tissue injury or pathogens. Long-term, chronic inflammation, however, is associated with pain and chronic conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.

Chronic inflammation may result from infections, accumulation of environmental toxins, obesity, stress, sleep disorders, and excessive intake of certain dietary factors (e.g., saturated fats, trans fats, refined sugar). Addressing these lifestyle factors and incorporating certain dietary supplements and foods can help manage pain and inflammation.

Diet

Diet plays an important role in inflammation. Eating more anti-inflammatory foods can be hugely helpful.

Foods that contribute to inflammation should be avoided as much as possible. These include too much protein, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, white sugar, soda pop, and any so called ‘food’ that does not come from a natural source or Mother Earth. Less of 🍩 these kinds of foods. Think of foods that come in a box. It is always a better choice to choose your foods that come from as close to nature’s source as possible. Another way to think of this, is to work the outside isle of the grocery store where the fruits and vegetables are . πŸ™‚

So avoid the inflammatory foods and choose more non-inflammatory foods that help to lessen the burden on the body that adds to inflammation, and choose foods that also have the benefit of lowering the toxic levels in the body and that do not ‘feed’ the pathogens.

A beautiful salad and a great example of anti-inflammatory foods as well as luscious nutrient dense offerings for you body. πŸ™‚

Keeping this post simple, I would advise eating more plant based, lowering your proteins and fats that come from animal sources, avoiding refined sugar and instead using natural sources such as raw honey and maple syrup, and focusing on the natural foods or whole foods.

Supplements to Help

When it comes to supplements there are several that are super helpful when it comes to inflammation. If you would ever like any guidance as to best choices for you, I would be more than happy to help. Just shoot me a message and we can make a plan to have a conversation. I love to help.

Oh and I also want to mention that heavy metals play a role in increasing the toxic load in the body and brain and are contributing factors to inflammation as well. These buggers are nasty and they are playing a bigger and bigger role in our health challenges every day. This is something to keep in mind. I often recommend to my clients a hair mineral analysis test to determine the presence of heavy metals.

Hair analysis also helps us to see what nutrient deficiencies are present as well…. and often these imbalances of nutrients are because of the heavy metals and displacement of such things as minerals in the body. So many clues! πŸ™‚

Anyhow, I will wrap this post up for today. I try to keep my blog posts simple and not so overwhelming. We deal with way too much information these days and it can be overwhelming which is not conducive to our health and well-being.

And don’t forget any questions, please ask. Have an amazing day everyone!



Affirmations, Mindfulness, Your Amazing Life

(っ◔◑◔)っ β™₯ A Few Affirmations for Today β™₯

I thought I would share a few affirmations I came up with today to start my day. Feel free to use them and/or to adapt them to you. Or perhaps they will inspire you to make a short list of your own.

Affirmations are a hugely powerful tool to change your life for the better.

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Affirmations for The Day

I am grateful for the gift of a new day.

I am grateful for my heart that beats for me. πŸ’—

I am grateful for my eyes that can see the beauty in life.

I am grateful for you reading this. 😊

I am grateful for my lemon water that nourishes every cell in my body.

I am grateful for friendships.

I am grateful for being able to think of these affirmations

I hope you found these helpful and 𝐸𝓃π’₯πŸ’—π’΄ your day!

Fruit, Watermelon

Watermelon – Eat It Anyway You Slice It!πŸ‰πŸ’‹πŸ‰

Why Should You Eat Watermelon All Year Long?

Fruit is so beneficial for us and I truly see it as Nature’s Medicine.

We should be eating watermelons all year long. They are sooo good for us!

For one thing they are SUPER hydrating, coming in at about 92% water. They provide water, fiber and lots of nutrition like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These babies nourish every cell in your body!

They are also easily assimilated by the body and are utilized immediately. This is super for people who have digestive issues as they are not able to utilize their food as well as they should, meaning to break it down and extract the nutrition. Watermelon bypasses this problem and is like a direct hit of nutrition for the body. BAM! πŸ‘ŒοΈŽβœŒοΈŽ

There are many ways to eat watermelon and there are many ways to slice it. Eat or slice it anyway you wish, but make sure you eat it and often!!

Here is a little video with one idea of how to prepare a watermelon for a gang or to prepare and keep in your fridge.

Watermelon slicing or carving

I hope you enJOY β™₯ more watermelons in your daily diet. πŸ™‚

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Easy Go-To Meals, Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet Pan Dinner – Chicken & Veg

Sheet Pan Dinners are Easy Peasy

Sheet pan dinners save you time and are so easy to do. Whenever I am pressed for time or feeling lazy, I opt for a sheet pan dinner. Tonight was one of those nights.

I was working away on the computer and wanted to throw something on quick and that would cook itself while I continued to work on my computer. Sheet pan dinners are perfect for occasions like this! They are great ways to get a healthy meal done and served to table easily and quickly.

For this one I just used carrots, green beans, potatoes, onions and chicken thighs cut into strips. I made everything in cuts that would be proportionate for even cooking. When I use bigger pieces of chicken for example, I use bigger pieces of potatoes and carrots and such, but today it was smaller pieces just because I felt like it. πŸ™‚

All you have to do is cut up your veg and meat of choice and covered it with some Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and season. I used salt, pepper, and a veggie seasoning I buy from President’s Choice.

Toss all in a bowl and then put on a sheet pan. I used this one with one of those silicone pan liners.

My sheet pan dinner ready to go in the oven. Chicken, potatoes, carrots, green beans, and onions.

Preheat your oven to 420 to 425 degrees. I use 420 because my oven runs hot. You want it hot enough so it cooks the veggies in the right way and kind of carmelizes them. A whole unique flavor is created by roasting them this way.

Here they are mid way through cooking.

A peek at the sheet pan dinner half way through cooking.

I like to turn them a couple of times while cooking them. It usually takes around 30 minutes for cooking but use your own judgement. Take them out of the oven when they look good to you. You can use a fork to see if the potatoes and carrots are tender and ready.

Now finally, here was my serving version, as in, it hit the table for dinner. And it was delicious I must say!

Final version plated and ready to serve!

Recipe

In this recipe I used only 4 chicken thighs sliced, 2 carrots, 2 potatoes, 1 onion and a handful of green beans and it served 4 of us perfectly. I served it along with a salad and some broccoli. I was able to deliver a lot of vegetables to the table this way, with minimal meat.

You can increase or decrease the size overall or any particular ingredient or add in any other ingredient you like like, brussel sprouts or peppers, etc. and of course increase the meat if you like, but I prefer to make the veggies the main portion.

I hope you find this helpful and by all means get creative with these sheet pan dinners. Really anything goes! Change up your meat, your veggies and your herbs and spices. And most of all enJOY!

Make sure you sit at the table and have a great conversation with your loved ones while you all enjoy your delicious meal. πŸ™‚

Oh and if you are looking for more easy go-to recipes, crock pot dinners are super easy too! Here is a link to a great cookbook that you can get to have easy recipes at your virtual finger tips.

Cucumber Juice, Cucumbers, Juicing, Juicing Recipes

πŸ’š Cool Cucumber Refresher πŸ’š

Ingredients:

1 Fuji Apple, quartered

A beautiful basket filled with Fuji apples

2 cups kale

A big bunch of beautiful Kale with a saying “Kaling Me Softly….

1 large cucumber preferably one without a mustache πŸ™‚

An awesome cucumber wearing shoes and with a cool mustache πŸ™‚ Or is it a pickle? πŸ™‚ All good.

SERVES 2 People

Directions:

Add ingredients alternating between Apple and Kale and Cucumber and Kale being sure to end with Apple or Cucumber.

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Kitchen Hacks, Soup Hacks, Soups

Soup Hacks

Where I live in Canada today it is really cold. This was just posted 4 minutes ago:

It is currently -23 C where I live and much colder with the wind chill factor

Anyhow, it is a great time for enJOYing hot and nourishing soup. Yesterday I made a delicious pot of soup along with some other goodies like a small meatloaf (something I rarely make), a Cajun Rice & Chicken dish, and my soup. I had 3 of my favorite pots on the go: πŸ™‚ Two cooked in the oven with the chicken and meatloaf and the other stove top for the soup. Oh and also in the pic is small stainless steel pot which boiled a small batch of potatoes.

3 of my red cast iron pots. I have more too lol in different colors. I use these pots often and I have a couple of locations where I spend my time so they are spread out over 3 kitchens πŸ™‚

Soup Hacks

Today I thought I would share a couple of hacks for soup. I rarely, if ever, follow a recipe to make soup. It is usually create as I go and use what I have, which involves finishing up other food items.

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Beef, One Pot Wonder, Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Chuck Roast

I love using the slow cooker and cook with it several times a week. In fact, I am out at my lake house right now making this blog post and I have a slow cooker meal on back at the main house for Hubs. πŸ™‚

I ran across this video that has an easy recipe for doing a chuck roast in the slow cooker. I am sure any cut of lower end beef would work. If I do a more expensive roast like Prime Rib I like to do it in the oven, but for cheaper cuts, the slow cooker is your BFF.

And it’s so easy. Just set it and forget it!

Here is the video:

Short Video with Instructions for doing a Chuck Roast in a Slow Cooker

Here are the ingredients for you to make it easier:

3 lb Chuck Roast

1/3 Cup Flour (substitute Gluten Free Flour if needed)

1 Tbsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper (I would add more – I love pepper!)

Mix & coat the roast and sear in a hot pan. I prefer cast iron for this.

Put in slow cooker with:

1 cup chopped red onion (could use white or both)

1 celery stalk chopped

1 carrot chopped (I would add several larger pieces of carrot to go with the meal)

3 chopped garlic cloves

1 28 oz can of tomoates

2 cups of red wine

1 Tbsp parsley

1 Tbsp Sage

1/2 Tbsp salt

1 Bayleaf

Cook on low for 8 hours and then enJOY!

And just a reminder that recipes are only guidelines. Get creative and add in what you like. Oh and don’t forget to save the leftover broth for soups or gravies. You can freeze it in little jars or plastic bags. I prefer the jars.

Here is a link to one of my own slow cooker roasts

Here is a link to 470 slow cooker recipe book that is great to have on hand!

If you make this, please let me know how it turned out for you and if you changed anything up. πŸ™‚ Bon Appetite!

Oh and if you want a steal of a deal here is a great cookbook to get your started on your slow cooker journey or to add to your recipe index. πŸ™‚ I am charging only a small fee for this book to help cover the costs associated with blogging this information. πŸ™‚ Just click anywhere on that lovely roast below to go to the order page. And if you want to SAVE even more, just SHARE the link with a friend or two to save 25%. Then you are getting the book for $1.50! Less than the price of a cup of coffee. πŸ™‚

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Greens, Juicing, Kale, Melons, Spinach, Watermelon

Watermelon Quencher Plus

Another juicing recipe using watermelon. In addition to the watermelon, we’ve added in spinach, kale and cucumber. This may turn out deliciously red, but you are getting your greens at the same time, which is nice.

Ingredients:

4 cups watermelon

1 cup baby spinach

1 cup kale

1 large cucumber

SERVES 2

Directions:

Add ingredients to the juicer alternating between each of them. Garnish with a sprig or two of mint leaves.

(っ◔◑◔)っ β™₯ Keep your vitality. A life without health is like a river without water. β™₯

Maxime LagacΓ©
Integrative Medicine, Wholistic Health

Integrative Medicine For YOU and By YOU!

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Integrative medicine means treating the whole person as in mind, body, and spirit. This is quite different than treating a disease.

I encourage you to see your own self-care and wellness plan for daily living with integrative medicine in mind. If you can see your daily wellness goals in a nature that is condusive for inclusion rather than focusing on a symptom or a disease label for example.

What to include? Here are a few ideas but are by no means all of the possible ideas you could have to thinking wholistically when it comes to your health and healing.

Prevention.

Our bodies have the natural ability to heal themselves and to bring about homeostasis or balance. Consider ways to aid your body, mind and spirit, in being balanced before they becomes unbalanced. Think of this whole situation as a set of scales and you DO NOT want the scales to tip.

You do not want the scales of your health to tip the wrong way because when it tips, it tips!

So by adding in more healthy things into your day you can help keep the balance. More sunshine, more walks, more water, more nutrients, more laughter, more meditation, more greens, more fruit… more, more … more. πŸ™‚

Natural Healing

Because the body has the ability to heal itself, when seeking ‘treatment’ for any ailments you might have, keep this in mind. Consider how can you aid in the treatment(s) you are receiving by adding in extra helpers or things that can help restore that balance? Look for ways to add in more enhancements that aid in healing and in wellness.

Take Responsibility & Be Proactive

Ultimately it is your body, your mind and your spirit that we are talking about here and the more YOU can take charge and be proactive and involved as an important proponent of your health care and wellness management, the more integrative the approach becomes and the better chance to balance the scales in a positive way.

I hope you find this helpful. As always, when I write, I remind and encourage my own-self with my words. Great reminder Maggie! Thanks πŸ™‚

Fruit, Juicing, Melons, Strawberries, Watermelon

Strawberry Watermelon Delight

You just can’t go wrong with these two fruits! Watermelons πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ‰ and Strawberries. πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

I wrote a blog post in the past called β™₯ “Miraculous Melons”. β™₯ They really are amazing. Make sure you read this one too so you can get excited about how healing and nutrient dense melons are. Here is the link to Miraculous Melons (っ◔◑◔)

And Here is the Juicy Juice Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other non dairy milk of choice

1 cup frozen strawberries πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“

1 cup watermelon πŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ‰

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 cup ice

Directions:

Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until it reaches a smooth texture. EnJOY and drink often.

β€œStrawberries always fill my heart with joy.” πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“ JOY JOY JOY

― Anthony T. Hincks