Have You Kissed Any Pigs Lately? (Plus a recipe for juice)

The media is once again effectively spreading the “pandemic” fear.

Earlier I had done a post about the importance of vitamin D, and here is a link to one of my favorite blogs, The Heart Scan Blog, where the doctor discusses the link between immunity and Vitamin D.

Here is another link to an article written by Dr. Monica Hughes, PhD in Biology (she knows of what she speaks), about the source of this flu- horrific containment and treatment of our food-production animals. There is a link in her article about the reality of what we do to animals, and you will understand how these super- viruses mutate in these ridiculously toxic and brutal conditions.

When you are healthy, in tune with your own life, your immune system is available. If you smoke, drink alcohol daily, have unneeded anger or hate in your life, or are walking around with long standing grief or sadness, your immune system is distracted and not available to serve you. Continue reading

For All You Runners…

Here is a great video a sports medicine doctor did showing a side by side comparison of a woman running barefoot vs in shoes. She was given no instruction, just told to run. The point of the video is to show us how shoes create an artificial range of motion in the stride.

In the beginning, look at the freeze frame of the runners thigh. In the left/ barefoot video, notice the lack of total flex in the thigh. In the right/ in shoes video, the thigh is completely flexed, and the IT band (ilieo-tibial band)is rigid. This is why so many runners have tight and painful IT bands, and hip, knee, and low back pain.

Here is another video of the doctor demonstrating effective barefoot running.

The doctor mentions in another area that her runs in Adidas “Adizeno” shoes. There are also neat shoes called “Vibram 5- Fingers”.

There is a course that “retrains” people how to run this way, especially if they have been running for years and are in the habit of “heel striking” called the POSE method.

Well, I am off to experiment on my treadmill now!

What is Your Fitness Type?

This is a fun little quiz, based off the Myers- Briggs Jungian personality typing quiz, that helps determine what type of fitness person you are. I really believe we all know the truth about ourselves, but we so easily become so mired in the muck of other peoples expectations and opinions (or what we egocentrically think are other peoples opinions of us) of us, that we cannot see the forest for the trees.

Have fun! Any other Red Efficiency types out there?

Green Monsters…

A fellow blogger refers to her green shakes as her “Green Monsters” and I thought it was appropriate!

I like to juice, and since receiving a VitaMix blender as a gift, I have been making shakes. I am not a fan of lots of fruit (too sugary), so I use veggies in my shakes. Here is a recipe for my main shake with a few ideas following:

1 c water
1/2 c homemade almond milk or pure coconut milk (or raw whole milk)
1/2 banana
1/4 c blueberries (frozen)
2 large Kale leaves torn, leaving out main stem
big handful baby spinach
Scoop protein powder occasionally (Jay Robb- very clean powder with Stevia. I like the chocolate)
2 ice cubes (the VitaMix warms up the shake as it blends- HOWEVER I do not believe we should ever drink icy cold beverages)

Blend on high for at least 1 full minute, adding water, coconut milk, raw milk, or almond milk as needed.

Other things to add:
Pumpkin (canned/ cooked)
Coconut butter
Cantaloupe (instead of banana)
Oil (raw avocado, raw pumpkin seed)

I drink this every day almost, usually using it as dinner if I’m not too hungry or just what to go to bed with a clean system. I also like to juice for dinner for the same reasons.

Chicken for Heather

Here is a great recipe for the beginner cook (like my beautiful friend Heather), or when you just want an easy dinner.

Chicken breast
Several garlic cloves sliced
Poultry seasoning
Ghee

Directions:
Rinse chicken, pat dry. Don’t bother making it look pretty, the fat and stuff will bake off during cooking
Cut horizontal slits into breast and stuff with garlic slices (more or less garlic depending on how much you like garlic)
With your fingers, rub ghee all over one side of chicken
Liberally sprinkle on poultry seasoning
Place butter side down in baking dish
Repeat buttering and seasoning on face up side
Cover with foil

Bake about 25 minutes at 375

I check the chicken at 20 minutes by cutting a small slit in the thickest spot to check for pinkness. Then I drizzle butter from pan over chicken and place back in oven for 5 more mins.

Soooooo good!