Ways To Keep Warm In The Cold Months

Are you cold ALL THE TIME! Are your hands and feet always cold, even when is not THAT cold?

I’m a tropical girl and the winter time is not my favorite time of the year. I do a variety of things and eat a variety of foods can help the body stay warm during these winter months. Here are some of the grains, spices and oils that give the body energy to keep warm:

Do you have any other food ideas to stay warm in the cold months? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Natural Insomnia Remedies

You can’t sleep and this is awful! Lack of sleep can be disrupting at best and deadly at it’s worst. All creatures on earth sleep, if you don’t sleep, you can get very ill. You gain weight, you get wrinkly, you suffer from anxiety… you know it, because you suffer from it every damn day!

Apart from the average things you already know: establishing consistent bedtime routine, eating a clean diet, avoid caffeine and large meals at night, there are a  couple of supplements and this one awesome herbal remedy that you can use to help you get a good night sleep! Check out the video below.

Do you have any other tips that help you fall and stay asleep? Have you tried these remedies? Which one has helped? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Moxibustion for Injury Healing

I had abdominal surgery a few weeks ago to remove benign (but pesky) tumors in my uterus (also known as fibroids). I’ve been using a few alternative treatments to help me recover faster and more effectively. Using a moxa stick or moxibustion is one of the ways I’m managing pain and reduce inflammation associated with major surgery.

Check out the video below for details of how to use it and its amazing benefits!

Have you tried Moxa? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments below!

Quinoa’s Dirty Little Secret

The price of quinoa has tripled since 2006, making it almost impossible for the people of the Andes, the original consumers of quinoa, to afford it any more!

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian or someone who is just trying to eat a little more consciously, you probably consume quinoa fairly often. You probably consider things like sustainability, water and energy footprint and in general are aware of the effect your choices make on the lives of thousands around the world.

If appeals to you, this is one video you don’t wanna miss!

Did you know that you quinoa obsession affects the health and land in two of South America’s poorest nations?

Share your questions and comments in the comments section below the video!

 

Recovering from Fibroid Surgery the Holistic Wellness Way

As you know, I’ve been home with friends and family recovering from abdominal surgery to remove a pesky fibroid (myomectomy) that sort of died inside of me and was wrecking undo havoc in my life.

I’m getting stronger and feeling better every day and today I’m strong enough to write (not ready for video though) and I wanted to share here some of the alternative holistic treatments I’m doing from home to help speed my recovery.

My Diet

Major surgery that requires full anesthesia shuts down your system for hours and it could take much longer for those systems to wake up. Since we now know that digestion is at the cornerstone or your health and immunity, it is key that my diet is easy to digest, properly combined (to avoid constipation, indigestion, gas, bloating) and densely nourishing. Some of the things I’m eating include:

Kitchari – an Ayurvedic meal made with basmati rice and mung daal (yellow split peas)

Green Smoothies – Loaded with greens and fruit

Veggie Juices – A staple in my diet for yearsbutternut squash11

Hearty Soups – lentil soup, butternut squash and root vegetable soups are my favorites

Acai Bowls – high anti oxidant content and really comforting and yummy.
The idea is to keep my digestion smooth and flowy and avoid the crazy constipation often associated with anesthesia and the pain medications.

 

My Supplements

The supplements I’m taking in the days and weeks after my surgery were suggested by my Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners and are designed to help the body reduce inflammation, prevent infection and purify the blood. Here are some of the things I’m taking:

Aloe Vera – awesome tonic to the reproductive system, digestive system and bladder

Oil of Oregano – powerful antibiotic, taken only for 5 days after surgery to prevent infections

Liquid Chlorophyll – a blood builder and purifier, taken as I had uterine surgery and had some blood losssurgery post 2

Aromatherapy – amazing to help manage discomfort, pain and energize your chakras (the amazing scents also make you feel really great)!

 

My Teas

Herbs have amazing medicinal properties and can help your body feel whole and energized without side effects. Here are the teas I’m taking while I recover:

Ginger – perfect to reduce inflammation in the belly, soothe your stomach and restore digestion

Fennel, Coriander, Cumin – this is a traditional Ayurvedic blend that also heals digestion, allowing you to prevent gas/bloating and helping you absorb nutrients more efficiently.

Red Raspberry Leaf – This plant is traditionally used to strengthen the womb and reproductive system in general. It was recommended to me by a friend who is also a doula.

Turmeric Tea – highly anti-inflammatory, from the first time I took it I started to feel the inflammation in the wound area start to decrease.

 

Alternative Treatments

I follow some of the principles of Chinese medicine and Ayurveda in my practice with clients and on myself. Surgery recover is no different. For my recovery, I’m using 2 specific treatments not very well known in the Western world but that people in Asia have been using effectively for hundreds of years.

Shilajit – A resin common in part of northern India and Asia known for its ability to accelerate and improve regeneration of tissue faster, making the healing process shorter and more effective. It is also known as an adaptogen, helping you cope with stress easier.

If you’d like to know more about it Click Here!

Moxi (or Moxabustion) – An herbal remedy commonly used in Chinese medicine used to increase circulation to a healing wound area or an area with inflammation, reducing inflammation almost immediately and speeding up the healing process. I plan on creating a video showing you how it’s done in the next week or so.

Tender, Loving, Care

And last but not least, TLC. Between mommy feet massages, sister feeding soups and friends bringing me an occasional coconut ice cream, I am blessed to have an incredible family and circle of friends. I amassed a small army of loving souls that without hesitation volunteered to help me in the first few weeks after surgery. I’m also sharing some of my process on social media to keep in touch with the outside world and in hopes that this experience can help others recover faster and better. surgery post 1

You can check out my Instagram and Twitter posts or follow me on Facebook to learn more!

 

I’ll be spending the next few weeks resting comfortably at home, allowing my mind to be present and working on a couple of amazing projects that will be birthed in early 2015.

I hope to share them with you very soon!

Hypnosis For Sugar Addiction

Our favorite Hyno Therapist Grace Smith is back with a powerful self-hypnosis video to help us manage and finally overpower those crazy sugar cravings.

This video can change your life for good! Check this out!

Here’s the affirmation we repeated on the video:

AFFIRMATION:

I choose foods that nourish my mind, body and spirit

Sugar becomes more and more disgusting every day

Try it every day for up to 7 days and see how it works for you!

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup (Vegan)

In my work, I constantly recommend clients to embrace easy-to-digest meals that are also tasty and satisfying. Liquid meals, and especially soups, are my go-to foods when I need a light yet nourishing meal. And of course, they are a perfect addition to a potluck, family gathering or holiday party!

One of my favorite recipes is for a non-dairy, creamy butternut squash soup. Squashes are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may protect you from heart disease, cancer and arthritis. They are also great sources of Vitamins A & C, low in calories and high in dietary fiber, helping you manage weight in the process.

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This soup is a fun, healthier version of the traditional Butternut Squash soup, which tends to be prepared with heavy cream and butter. Check it out!

Ingredients

Yields 4 cups

2 Tsp. Grapeseed oil

2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

4 cups Butternut Squash (peeled, seeded and chopped into cubes)

4 cups vegetable stock

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk; more if desired

½ tsp of ginger, minced

¼ tsp cinnamon

Cilantro, Celtic sea salt, pepper to taste

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Preparation

  1. In a skillet, add the grapeseed oil, garlic and onions and sautéed for 3 minutes
  2. In a separate, medium size pot, peel and seed the squash and boil in a litt  le water for about 5-7 minutes or until tender. Drain the water when done.
  3. Cut the squash into cubes, add the onion/garlic sautéed, celery, carrots and vegetable stock. Season with cilantro, sea salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, cooking for about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the ginger and cinnamon and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat off and let it cool off for another 10 minutes.
  7. Blend the soup in badges, adding the coconut milk until desired consistency and taste is achieved.

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 serving

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Learn about this and other healthy recipes, the Aloha Way here!

Why I’m Switching To A Bamboo Toothbrush (And Get A Chance To Win One)

Throughout the years, as I continue learning about how to be respectful and honor myself and my home (planet earth), I’ve made major changes that I believe are better for my body and for the environment.

So with my latest switch, I wanted to tell you a bit about my experience in hopes that it can help you make a conscious decision. And here it is: A Bamboo Brush!

Check out the video below more and find out how you can get a chance TO WIN some toothbrushes!

Have you tried bamboo brushes? What has been your experience with it. Would you be willing to try it?! Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Healthy Sugar Alternatives

In the previous video (Check It Out Here) I spoke about the dangers of aspartame and all the crappy artificial sweeteners. Here, I’m about to give you some options of natural, low calorie sweeteners that you can use in your recipes and drinks.

So without further ado, let’s go to the video!

Which of these sweeteners have you tried? Do you have any tips about today’s topic. Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation

The Dangers of Aspartame

Did you know that 80% of all complaints to the FDA are for adverse reactions to ASPARTAME?

Aspartame is an artificial (you know, like plastic apples are artificial) sweetener 200x sweeter than sugar so it is used widely. It can be found in over 6,000 products. See the video below to learn much more and why you need to stay away from this stuff!

So why on earth are you still consuming this?

Do you have any tips about today’s topic? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Are You Concerned About The Spread Of Ebola?

People are so concerned about Ebola -which is a highly contagious, terrifying and yet rare virus – with the media and our collective voices slowly creeping up to near panic!

While nobody seems terribly concerned about the chemicals and toxins in our food that are killing your loved ones by the millions.

Check out today’s video to learn more!

So what are you doing about it? Are you ready to embrace the near panic and hysteria or are you going to get obsessive about your health and well-being? Leave a comment below the video and let me know!

 

Natural Remedies For Dry Cough

Last January I caught a mini cold, which was promptly healed with my trusted green juices, an alkalizing plant based diet and lots of self-TLC. The cold was going in about 3 days but it left a bit of a cough, which went on for weeks and weeks… in fact, 4 months later, I still had that stupid little cough.

That constant dry cough still irritates and causes fatigue, which can weaken your immunity, making you susceptible to more problems. See the never ending loop?!

So here are my tips and home remedy for getting rid of that nasty dry cough!

Have you experienced those pesky coughs that last for weeks? What did you do to make it go away?

 

How To Do Oil Pulling

Welcome to video #4 of the detox diaries. On this video I want to focus on a single, simple yet powerful detoxifying technique that’s all the rage these days.

Oil pulling!

A fantastic, simple practice that will keep your teeth looking amazing and your gut from too many toxins. So What the heck is Oil Pulling?

It is an ancient detoxification art that started in India as oil gargling thousands of years ago.

Go to the video below to learn more and how to do it!

OK, be honest! Will you try it? Pretty-please! Just once, you will LOVE It!

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Herbs That Help You Detox

Welcome to video #3 of the detox diaries. Apart from doing food-based detoxes a couple of times per year, detox herbs taken regularly can help keep toxins at bay.

These are some of the herbs I’ve used for years and that are mild tasting and really awesome at reducing toxins in the body and maintaining balance and health.

The fun thing about them is that you can have them hot or cold, add them to your recipe or make them in teas and get to enjoy their benefits at any season.

Go to the video below to learn more!

Have you tried any of these herbs? Which one? Which one is your favorite?

Let me know in the comment section below!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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