<![CDATA[All Points Whole - Sowing My Wild Oats]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:29:34 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The Deep Fried South]]>Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:35:40 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/the-deep-fried-south
If you've been following me for the last several years  (and let's face it, who hasn't been?) then you know we recently moved back to the South after 8 years in the GMO cornfields of the Mid-West. Shortly after I moved to Indiana, at the ripe age of 26, I had my cholesterol panel drawn. What? Why the confused face?  I mean every hypochondriac knows that any and all blood panels are the way to go when you first meet your new Dr. (read-I may or may not have thought I was dying of one or more fatal diseases) And he only confirmed my hyperactive imagination  when he mentioned these evil little acronyms. You know- HDL, LDL? Yea, me either. Let's just leave all the medical jargon to Medical Mama. We aren't scientists!

I was quite surprised to find out that my bad cholesterol and triglycerides were borderline high. I felt tricked and disillusioned- probably similar to how  Paula Deen's fan club felt when they found out she had diabetes. You mean you can't sip butter through a straw or eat deep fried Oreo's all day long? Dang it. Some things just can't happen until heaven people.

I don't think I ever made some epic decision to change my French fry loving ways but over time something changed. You see, unless you were at the State Fair, deep frying just wasn't a way of cooking it up in Indiana. (If you happen to know that it indeed is and I missed out on deep fried corn or the like, please send me the address and telephone number of this kindred spirit ASAP)
 
So, I began shopping at Trader Joe's and converted to an all vegetarian lifestyle (much to the chagrin of my hamburger lovin' husband) A couple of two buck chucks, smoked salmon and soft cheeses later, I was healed! My numbers came back normal and with time, they continued to get better.

Man, what a cliffhanger! Insert sigh of relief.

Fast forward to current day. We are back in the South and I don't know what is more in abundance- barbeque or fried food. But, for the purpose of this blog, let's say fried food. Greater good people. Greater good. So, clearly, if I want to have a healthy heart, normal blood sugar levels and a lack of colon spasms, then  I can't partake on a consistent basis. So, I have to make do.  I know, I know, growing up is no fun! 

One random day in the exciting life of Karin, I was craving chicken strips and onion rings. So, like any obsessive personality would do, I put my fingers to the keyboard and began furiously researching recipes. Picture Russell Crowe in a Beautiful Mind but with a lap top, You Tube clips and Google images of batter and grease.  I narrowed my options down, found a finger lickin' good recipe and tweaked it a little to make homemade "fried chicken" and "fried onion rings." ( I feel like those quotation marks would have so much more significance if they were air quotes and in person. What do you think?)
 
So, I channeled my inner Julia Childs and began whipping up coconut oil and spice genius. As with the broccoli pizza  the hubs approved of the end result and to me that is my measure of success. So enough suspense. On to the recipe!

1 Vidalia onion (cut in thick rings)
1 lb of organic chicken tenders
Egg whites (just enough in bowl for batter)
Garlic spices
Onion spices
Tony Chevre spices (or any spices you like)
A tad bit of coconut flour to thicken (this step is not necessary)
Coconut oil for frying

Mix your egg whites and seasonings to form batter. You will need a significant amount of spices to thicken. You will think you are using too much but you aren't. (Yes, I am not just a writer and cook but am also good at mind reading. Some people just have it all don't they?)
Bake your chicken on 400 for about 30-40 minutes
Cut your onion in thick rings
Put coconut oil in pan and let melt. Use a good amount for frying.
Dip your rings and chicken in the batter and fry.

It really is a simple recipe. Don't let words like coconut oil scare you. It's easy and delicious! Oh and don't say I never did anything for you!


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<![CDATA[Wingman no more!]]>Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:14:36 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/wingman-no-moreWell, today was the epic day I decided to climb out of my "chicken with a side of broccoli" box and get creative. Sure, I've made cauliflower pizza crusts and coconut flour deep dish pizza crusts but never played around with the green stuff. Okay, so maybe I have. But I promise I didn't inhale. I must say that even though it was time consuming (read: impatiently checking the oven and salivating while waiting for the crust to get crisp) it actually is quite simple. And cheap. Did I mention I like simple and cheap?

It really was simple and if my McDonalds lovin husband approved, then that definitely gives me some vegetable cred. Ya know, I did get retweeted by Whole Foods the other day. That being said, I think I've officially won the most popular food blogger award. Look for my picture at your nearest Whole Foods:)

Well, I've kept you crazy broccoli lovers in suspense long enough; On to the directions! And don't worry all you fellow ADD'ers , I promise to keep it short.

Cook 3 cups of broccoli florets
Mash the broccoli with potato masher (it wont get mad that you are cheating on it with broccoli)
Mix one egg and stir really well
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper
Form your "mean green" into the shape of a personal pan pizza (okay so broccoli isn't mean and this ain't no pizza hut)
Put in the oven at 400 degrees for as long as it takes to get crispy. My oven took about 25 minutes
While cooking, heat your marinara (I use Munir organic) Since I mentioned them, can I get free samples for life?
Chop up your toppings
Remove pizza crust and transfer to new sheet of parchment paper
Add them to pizza (if you're blonde like me, this may or may not have been obvious)
Take pizza crust out and add sauce and toppings
Return to oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes

Ok so I didn't keep it short. You can't hate me. I just shared genius with you. Now go get your broccoli on!
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<![CDATA[Herbalicious]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2012 12:31:30 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/herbalicious
Happy Day Blogworld! Did everyone have a good weekend?

Here's whats new in my neck of the cornfields.

I recently started an herb regimen after reading about some crucial herbs for overall well being. In the past, I've been on herb regimens and they truly do work. It takes longer than conventional medicine would but they really are so beneficial to our bodies.

Especially for those who practice regular exercise.

I wanted to share the herbs I am taking and their health benefits. It could get boring if you aren't interested. But, if you are like me, i love love love to research and learn new things.

Geeks unite!

Eleuthero:

Eleuthero is an “adaptogen” (an agent that helps the body adapt to stress). It is thought to help support adrenal gland function when the body is challenged by stress.

Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity and physical endurance without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products. Research has shown that eleuthero improves the use of oxygen by the exercising muscle. This means that a person is able to maintain aerobic exercise longer and recover from workouts more quickly. Preliminary research from Russia indicates it may be effective for this purpose. Other trials have been inconclusive or have shown no beneficial effect.

Eleuthero may also support the body by helping the liver detoxify harmful toxins. It has shown a protective action in animal studies against chemicals such as ethanol, sodium barbital, tetanus toxoid, and chemotherapeutic agents. According to a test tube study eleuthero also helps protect the body during radiation exposure. Preliminary research in Russia has suggested that eleuthero may help alleviate side effects and help the bone marrow recover more quickly in people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.

Eleuthero has been shown to be effective as a treatment for the common cold when combined with andrographis in a formula sometimes referred to as Kan Jang. Preliminary evidence also suggests that eleuthero may prove valuable in the long-term management of various diseases of the immune system, including HIV infection and chronic fatigue syndrome. Healthy people taking 2 teaspoons (10 ml) of tincture three times daily have been shown to have increased numbers of the immune cells (T4 lymphocytes) that have been found to decrease during HIV-infection and AIDS. Further human clinical trials are needed to confirm that eleuthero may be helpful for this disease.

How to Use It Dried, powdered root and rhizomes, 2 to 3 grams per day, are commonly used. Alternatively, 300 to 400 mg per day of concentrated solid extract standardized on eleutherosides B and E can be used, as can alcohol-based extracts, 8 to 10 ml in two to three divided dosages. Kan Jang is a formula combining an andrographis extract with an eleuthero extract providing 2 to 2.4 mg eleutherosides daily. Historically, eleuthero is taken continuously for six to eight weeks, followed by a one- to two-week break before resuming.

Turmeric

Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye. The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. 14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.


Schisandra:
  • ADAPTOGENIC - Schisandra's traditional use as a tonifier in TCM led to research for this effect, predominantly in the former Soviet Union, where it was defined as an "adaptogen." Adaptogens are substances believed to reinforce the non-specific resistance of the body against physical, chemical, or biological stressors. Primarily, they are considered to enhance the body's general physiological adaptive responses. Schisandra is promoted for its stimulating effects on the nervous system without being excitatory like amphetamine or caffeine. It is suggested that the higher the degree of exhaustion the greater is the stimulating effect. Research also indicates that Schisandra stimulates the central nervous system, possibly by increasing dopamine and its metabolites in the striatum and hypothalamus.
  • ANTI-FATIGUE - Laboratory work suggests that Schisandra may improve work performance, build strength, and help to reduce fatigue. Preliminary studies suggest that schisandra or its extracts might increase stamina and speed and improve mental concentration. It stimulates the nervous system by increasing the speed of nervous responses, leading to quicker and stronger reflexes.
  • MENTAL FUNCTION - Uncontrolled trials indicate that Schisandra might increase mental efficiency in humans. Schisandrin (5-10 mg) improved concentration, fine co-ordination, sensitivity and endurance in healthy young male adults as assessed by needle threading, telegraphic reception/transmission and marathon running. Schisandra was also said to improve vision and hearing, enlarge the visual field, improve adaptation to the dark and increase the discrimination of skin receptors (the latter due to a CNS effect rather than at the skin receptors).
  • IMMUNE SUPPORTIVE - Research has reported that a lignan component of Schisandra fruit suppresses the arachidonic acid (AA) cascade in macrophages. The AA cascade pushes the production of leukotrienes, which may play a role in inflammatory diseases. By inhibiting this inflammatory response, Schisandra both protects the liver and stimulates the immune system - two key roles of an ideal adaptogen.
  • LIVER PROTECTIVE - The major active compounds in schisandra are lignans (schizandrin, deoxyschizandrin, gomisins, and pregomisin) found in the seeds of the fruit. Modern Chinese research suggests these lignans have a protective effect on the liver and an immuno-modulating effect. At least two human studies in China, one controlled and the other open, have shown that schisandra can help people with hepatitis. In China, crude schisandra berries, their preparations, and individual constituents are widely used for progressive hepatic degeneration due to viral hepatitis or chemical challenge--indications for which schisandra is well documented. Part of how schisandra lignans appear to protect the liver is by activating the enzymes in liver cells that produce glutathione, an important antioxidant substance.

Ginger:

Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb. Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.

Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract. Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.


Cayenne:


Cayenne is used as a natural fat burner and pain killer, to treat ulcers, increase metabolism, improve circulation, boost the immune system and aid digestion. It is used as a tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach and to treat herpes, shingles and rheumatism. It is also known to combat chills and has been used to treat bunions, psoriasis, pleuritis and pericarditis and has been indicated for preventing heart disease.

Studies have shown that it can raise metabolic rates by as much as 25 percent, aid in treating herpes, shingles and Raynauds disease, and help prevent heart disease and ulcers. Cayenne is also used as a natural pain killer with anti-inflammatory properties. Cayenne may be used internally or externally to treat arthritis, bunions, psoriasis, and muscle and joint pain. For external use just open a capsule and add some to a cream or lotion that you are already using if you want to use it for massage. Taken internally, cayenne is used to treat ulcers, improve circulation, and aid digestion. It is used as a tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen and stomach and to treat herpes, shingles and rheumatism.

A stimulating stomachic. A catalyst for all herbs. Improves circulation, aids digestion by stimulating gastric juices, stimulates the appetite, reduces inflammation, is a mild stimulant or tonic, improves metabolism, relieves gas, colds, chills, and stops bleeding from ulcers. Good for the kidneys, lungs, spleen, pancreas, heart, and stomach.

Taken for nausea, scrofula, swollen lymph glands, rheumatism, arthritis, and pleurisy. Use with lobelia for nerves.

Recently, cayenne has been used successfully to treat patients with cluster headaches, a particularly painful type of headache.

Used externally, cayenne liniment may soothe the stiffness and pain of rheumatism and arthritis.

Can be used as a general stimulant to build up resistance at the beginning of a cold, tonsilitis, laryngitis, hoarseness, shingles. It can be taken as an infusion for stomach and bowel pains or cramps. Small quantities of the fresh fruit or the powder may stimulate appetite and expel worms. For external use, cayenne can be made into plasters or liniment or the tincture may be applied to increase blood flow to areas afflicted with rheumatism, arthritis, pleuritis, or pericarditis. Also said to increase fertility and delay senility.

Cayenne contains: Alkaloids, apsaicine, capsacutin, capsaicin, capsanthine, capsico PABA, fatty acids, flavonoids, sugars, carotene, volatile oil, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and C.

Astragalus:

Astragalus is a unique immunity boosting herb native to China and Mongolia. In Chinese medicine astragalus health benefits have been put to treat common colds and flu due to high content of active compounds like polysaccharides, saponins and flavonoids. To get a full spectrum of benefits, astragalus extract is manufactured using a whole plant including its roots.

Let’s take a look at top 10 astragalus health benefits and which health conditions it can help improve.

1. Digestive astragalus health benefits are demonstrated in lowering excessive acidity of the stomach, increasing body’s metabolic rates and promoting faster waste elimination pattern. This is incredibly beneficial for people suffering from stomach ulcers and acid indigestion.

2. Astragalus tea should be regularly consumed during common flu and cold seasons starting in early fall and through the winter. Astragalus health benefits help increase white blood cell count, stimulate growth of antibodies and elevate body’s resistance to bacteria and viruses.

3. Astragalus health benefits go beyond common ailments and can even enhance traditional chemotherapy treatments in cancer patients. Astragalus extract and tea taken throughout cancer treatment will help lessen the side effects from such treatments and boost patient’s immune system.

4. Astragalus root health benefits work to protect you from high blood pressure, arrhythmia and generally improve your cardiac function.

5. Astragalus extract helps you keep your cholesterol counts in check. Astragalus tea works by preventing fatty plaque deposits in arteries to allow blood to flow freely. In addition, astragalus prevents fats from being absorbed from the intestines and facilitates their accelerated evacuation from the body.

6. Astragalus was shown effective to treat various forms of anemia and improving hemopoietic (blood making) function.

7. Patients who have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS could draw incredible benefits from using astragalus based medicine. Active compounds found in this herb could support patients’ immune systems and even be used in place of common HIV drugs. However, more research is still needed in this field.

8. Astragalus health benefits also encompass herpes simplex virus that is a culprit behind recurring oral herpes outbreaks. People affected by oral herpes notice fewer outbreaks while taking astragalus extract.

9. Astragalus is very often used in combination with other herbal supplements to treat chronic nephritis and various stages of renal failure. Patients treated with a combo of astragalus and rehmannia root showed improvement as to lower levels of protein and blood in urine.

10. Astragalus is a very important ingredient for managing diabetes in Chinese medicine. Not only this herb helps lowering blood sugar, it also prevents pathological changes in the retina, blood vessels, enhances liver and kidney function.


Evening Primrose:

Evening Primrose Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Evening Primrose plant (sometimes also referred to as Fever Plant, Suncup, and Sundrop). It is a bright yellow, edible plant that blooms in the evening and closes up during the day. The roots, flowers, fruit, and seeds of Evening Primrose have been used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes for ages.

What are the Benefits of Evening Primrose Oil? Evening Primrose is considered to be a great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent, and the bark of the plant has great astringent and sedative activity. Its key potent ingredient is GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), which is an essential fatty acid that is known to help prevent hardening of the arteries, treat heart disease, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis, nails and hair problems, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, PMS, fibrocystic breasts, multiple sclerosis, and high blood pressure. It also has a positive effect on lowering cholesterol levels, and is important in treating cirrhosis of the liver. The oil also helps with chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, nervous system, imbalanced hormone levels, and metabolism.

Uses of Evening Primrose Oil Asthma and Whooping Cough A tea made from Evening Primrose is considered to be effective in healing asthma and whooping coughs.
  • Add one teaspoon of dried Evening Primrose flowers into boiling water (use a teaball or bag if available).
  • Steep the leaves in the tea for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the leaves if required.
  • Add a small amount of honey as a sweetener.
  • Drink this tea twice daily.
Boils and Bruises The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Evening Primrose Oil make it a great remedy for boils, bruises, and other skin inflammations.
  • Make a poultice by coarsely crushing the flowers and leaves of Evening Primrose.
  • Heat the poultice to a temperature that doesn't burn the skin.
  • Put the poultice on the affected skin overnight and wrap it with a bandage.
  • Apply it until boil comes to a head and is ready to be drained out.
Evening Primrose helps the boil to drain naturally but it is recommended to see your doctor for proper treatment at this point. To speed up the healing process you can also take one capsule of Evening Primrose Oil daily.

PMS, Menstrual Cramps, and Menopausal Disorders Fluctuating hormone levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body are often the cause of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), menstrual cramping, and menopausal disorders such as hot flashes and breast tenderness. Evening Primrose can help to regulate these hormone levels in the body. Therefore, as your period approaches or you are experience menopause, drinking a daily herbal tea made from dried Evening Primrose leaves can help treat many of these problems. See above for instructions on how to make the tea. Evening Primrose capsules are also effective as an alternative to the tea.

Skin Problems Evening primrose oil is used in many facial creams, moisturizers, and masks because of its emollient, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties that penetrate through the layers of skin to make it softer, smoother and acne free. It is known to treat blemishes, dark circles, age spots, and wrinkles, and it helps to hydrate dry, red, scaly skin. Therefore, a simple home remedy for these skin problems is to apply a few drops of Evening Primrose Oil to the affected skin twice daily, or take a 1000mg Evening Primrose capsule once per day.

Weight Loss The herbal properties of Evening Primrose help stimulate the metabolism, which causes our body to burn more calories. Therefore a regular intake of Evening Primrose tea or oil can help play a great role in losing weight.
  • Take one capsule of Evening Primrose Oil once a day, or drink two cups of Evening Primrose Tea made with dried leaves, roots and flowers daily.
  • Incorporate a 20-minute cardiovascular exercise program into your daily routine (such as running, cycling, or elliptical bike).
Dandelion:

The health benefits of dandelion include the following:

  • Bone Health: Dandelion is rich in calcium, which is essential for growth and strength of bones, and is rich is anti oxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin, which protect bones from age related damages due to free radicals, such as weakening and loss in density.
  • Liver Disorders: Dandelion can help liver in many ways. While its anti oxidants such as vitamin-C and Luteolin keeps it functioning in full gear and protect it from aging, other compounds in it help treating hemorrhage in liver, maintaining proper flow of bile etc. It also stimulates liver and promotes digestion.
  • Diabetes: Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating production of insulin from pancreas and thus help keeping low the blood sugar level. Since it diuretic in nature, it makes the diabetic patients urinate frequently which too helps remove the extra sugar from the body. Moreover, diabetics are prone to renal problems. The diuretic properties of dandelion can help removing the sugar deposition in the kidneys through urine. Moreover, dandelion juice is slightly bitter to taste, which also effectively lowers sugar level in the blood, as all bitter substances do.
  • Urinary Disorders: Dandelion is highly diuretic in nature. Thereby it helps clean deposits of toxic substances in the kidneys and the urinary system. Moreover, its disinfectant properties inhibit microbial growth in the urinary system. In fact, the diuretic properties of dandlion are so strong that in French its is also called "pissenlit"  which means “urinate in bed”.
  • Skin Care: Dandelion sap, also known as dandelion milk, is useful in treating skin diseases which are caused due to microbial and fungal infection, as this sap is highly alkaline and have germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. Care should be taken while using this sap as to avoid its contact with eyes. This sap can be used on itches, ringworm, eczema etc. without risk.
  • Acne: Dandelion juice is a good detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant and anti oxidant. These four properties make it a good treatment for acne. Before we know how it treats acne, we must know what causes it. Acne is caused mainly during teens, when the body undergoes many physiological and hormonal changes. The hormones, which bring about changes in the body, if do not maintain proper ratio among themselves or are not regulated properly, tend to deposit as toxic substances in the body which tend to come out with sweat through the sweat glands or sebaceous glands on the skin. Now, during these changes, these glands secret more oils which, mixed with dead skin, block the pores and the secretion is obstructed. Due to this, these toxic substances cannot escape and result in acne. This is further worsened by the microbial infections on the effected places. Dandelion juice, being a stimulant, diuretic and detoxifier in nature, can help regulate proper secretion of hormones, increases sweating and widens up the pores facilitating removal of toxics through sweat and also through urine, as it is diuretic too. Its sap, if externally applied on acne, can inhibit microbial infection.
  • Weight Loss: Our urine contains up to 4% of fats. So, more we urinate, more water and fats are lost from the body. Dandelion, being diuretic in nature, promotes urinating and thereby helping lose weight without side effects.
  • Cancer: Dandelion is high in anti oxidants such as vitamin-C and Luteolin which reduce the free radicals (very much responsible for causing cancer) in the body, thereby reducing the risk of cancer. It also detoxifies the body, which also helps protect from cancer.
  • Jaundice: Jaundice is primarily a disorder of the liver in which it starts over producing bile, which ultimately gets into the blood stream damaging the whole metabolism. The excess of bile is also reflected through color of the skin, eyes etc. The treatment of jaundice includes three main steps. First, checking production of bile; second, removal of excess bile from the body and third, fighting the viral infection. Dandelion is very helpful in all of these. It promotes liver health and regulates bile production. Being diuretic in nature, it promotes urination through which the excess bile is removed. Finally, being anti oxidant and disinfectant in nature due to presence of vitamin-C and Luteolin, it fights viral infection too. It is more beneficial if taken with sugarcane juice, since it replaces the sugar in the body which is very much lowered due to action of bile, causing extreme fatigue and weakness.
  • Gall Bladder Disorders: Dandelion is very beneficial for gall bladder and liver, as it improves their functioning, protects them from ill effects of oxidants and infections and regulates secretions from them.
  • Anemia: Dandelion has pretty good iron, vitamin and protein content. While iron is the integral part of hemoglobin in the blood, vitamins (particularly vitamin-B) and protein are essential for formation of red blood cells and certain other components of the blood. This way dandelion can help anemic people.
  • High Blood Pressure: Urinating is an effective way of lowering blood pressure. In fact, most of the modern drugs for lowering blood pressure are based on this phenomenon. Dandelion juice, being diuretic in nature, increases urinating, both in quantity and frequency and thus helps lower high blood pressure. The fiber in dandelion is also helpful in reducing cholesterol and thereby assists lowering of blood pressure, since cholesterol is one of the factors which make blood pressure high. Then there is potassium, which is in plenty in dandelion juice and is very effective in lowering blood pressure by replacing sodium.
  • Other Benefits: Dandelion can also be used as a vegetable and is a good source of fiber. It promotes digestion. In old days it was also used to treat scurvy, due to presence of vitamin-C in it. It also has healing effects on dyspepsia, infections in the stomach, intestines and urinary system.
So, if you are still reading, do you take any herbs? if so, which ones have you found beneficial?


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<![CDATA[What's on the Menu Peeps?]]>Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:09:09 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/whats-on-the-menu-peeps


That's the phrase my runner girls and I use pretty much everyday in our exclusive, secret Facebook group...prerequisite to getting in: Be skinny, cool and popular.

No..no no...its pretty much the exact opposite.

Each day, we post our menu's to inspire one another. Or that's what we say. It may or may not be because we are constantly drooling over food and obsessing about our next meal.

So, I thought I would cross over to the blog world and let you in on our really exciting game of menu planning. I know, its the most important thing going on in your world-I'm sure.

Here is what I ate yesterday: I had a banana for breakfast and coffee. For mid morning snack, I had hummus, brown rice/quoina/sesame seed/flax seed crackers and an almond butter with wildflower honey sandwich for lunch. Also on side, lots of raw broccoli. Dinner, was an entire bunch of kale massaged in coconut oil and sea salt then made into chips with a SOD on the side. (smoothie of day-I know, so so clever. I'm a brilliant genius-what can I say?) SOD was banana, blackberries, strawberries, 2 tbsp chia seeds and many handfuls of spinach.

So, what's on your menu?? Remember-only the cool kids get to participate in things like saving the world by sharing their eats for the day. So post accordingly:)
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<![CDATA[Fix it up Friday: Raw, vegan energy balls]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:13:24 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/fix-it-up-friday-raw-vegan-energy-ballsI made these raw, vegan energy balls yesterday and fell in love. Not only did the recipe yield 30 servings, they are the perfect mixture of nutritious foods to boost your energy and sustain your hunger.

Recipe:

1/2  cup almond butter
1 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup pitted dates (then puree)
1/2 cup grapes
1/2 cup of cacao nibs (blended into powder)
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp cinnamon

After you puree the dates and blend the cacao nibs, mix all ingredients together. Form into balls and put in the freezer for about 10 minutes. And there ya have it..how simple is that! They remind me of cookie dough:)

You can leave them in the freezer or put them in the fridge.


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<![CDATA[Takin' it back to my roots Thursday]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:28:57 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/takin-it-back-to-my-roots-thursday
So a few years ago, around this time of year, i decided to bite the bullet and go vegan, raw. I was a vegetarian for about five years and really the only thing keeping me from being vegan, was my love of cheese. Since those days, my love affair with this dairy goodness has really faded. Its just not that big of an issue anymore. I am also more aware of how dairy affects our bodies, causes inflammation, etc.

When I went vegan/raw a few years ago, I loved it. I was the smallest I've been since high school, my skin glowed and I just felt whole. However, that summer in the midst of marathon training, I found out that I was severely anemic. Anemia is something I've always struggled with because I've never enjoyed meat. But, this time it was especially bad.

I resigned myself to incorporate turkey into my diet and maybe an organic hamburger once or twice a year. My levels came up but I was also taking a prescription dose of iron three times a day.

That being said, I find myself longing to return to my previous health choice.  While I've still eaten 90% whole, organic foods, I just don't feel as good as I did when I went vegan/raw. Maybe this is all in my head. I guess we will never know. As you know, this blog is about becoming allpointswhole and one of my passions is discovering ways to better myself and my environment around me. And I think I better understand how to make sure I am getting enough iron in my diet. With as much working out as I do, that has been my biggest concern. But there are enough vegan athletes out there so I know its possible. I picked up some hemp protein powder, spirulina, chia seeds and flax seed for my smoothies.

I will be posting under Sowing My Wild Oats more as I go along and appreciate any feedback or recipe ideas. Going vegan/raw does not mean that I will not listen to my body and in a rare instance, if it craves a burger or ice cream that I will not have it. However, those times are rare and honestly, I would rather have a vegan cupcake:)

Today, i made a trip to my favorite store Whole foods. I feel like I am walking into the pearly gates when I enter that store. I picked up some things I was out of and enjoyed a massaged kale salad. Yum! (I also picked up some dates and figs. Excited about that!) I am trying a few seeded bars as well that are raw. I've eaten these in the past, but am looking forward to trying new flavors.

Tonight, I am going to make avocado soft serve mint ice cream in honor of my St, Patricks race this weekend. I will be sure and post the recipe along with pics!

Have you ever considered going vegan/raw? If so, what has your experience been?
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<![CDATA[Stress eating]]>Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:48:01 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/stress-eating
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Do you ever reach for a cupcake when you are sad or stressed out? How about a bag of baked chips or a box of Honey nut cheerios? Of course, I am not saying I do this...or that I did it this week, I just want to know your failures:)

In all seriousness, I had my weigh in today and what I knew deep down was inevitable, i went up 1.8 pounds. I am pretty sure it's because I not only consumed the above, but ate more less calories/processed foods this past week. The week before we ate out about six times. So, really this should be no surprise. It's still very disappointing and of course, I just want to throw in the towel and eat cake into an oblivion.

But, alas, I know that I truly love healthy, whole foods and in order to feel my best, its what I have to consume. I've been consistently eating, real, organic whole foods for over three years now and putting these foods into pieces of artwork are really a passion of mine.

So, I have to remind myself that I am not on a diet and I am not restricting myself. This only leads to obsessing. In reality. this is how I would eat anyway...just less portions now.

Being the astute problem solver I am, I did what any logical person would do. I took myself and my toddler in pajamas to Kroger...okay, I had on scrubs so technically I was okay. My toddler had on a raincoat that covered his mom's lack of impulse control.

I stocked up on organic pears, apples, bananas, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, water, clementines, veggie soups, my boars head turkey, etc. I am praying that I can find my center this week and stop using food to handle stress or stuff emotions.



So, I ask again, do you stress/emotional eat? I think this is something I've always struggled with and to me it is just as unhealthy as looking to pills, tv, cigarettes, alochol, etc to fill an emptiness that is pervasive. Its the same with exercise. Since college, I have not used exercise as a way to control weight. I do it because I love it, its a passion, and lets face it-endorphins are awesome. When I find myself wanting to exercise to control weight, I check myself before I wreck myself..ya feel me?

How do you handle those times of reaching for chips instead of looking to God or that desire for wholeness?
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<![CDATA[Comfort foods/being lazy]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2011 18:25:36 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/comfort-foodsbeing-lazyAs you know, I have been in a cooking slump. Veggies and fruit just don't taste as fresh in the winter....or maybe I just need to get more creative.

Sure, I've made chili, cornbread...but that's not exciting, right?

So, here are some pics of our comfort food. Most of it is gluten free and all organic...but I have been known to drink too many lattes and one or two blizzards...okay six.

When your kiddo just has to have chicken nuggets, these Applegate, organic ones are the best choice. Unless you are motivated and make them with almond flour out of organic chicken. But remember I am not motivated.

These Yukon fries with sea salt are also easy and oh so good. I typically make my fries fresh and add sea salt but this is quick and easy.

I love my almond butter but havent been eating enough of it and this organic squash soup has been in my pantry for about a month. One day soon, one day soon.

When the kiddos or you want spaghetti, these gluten free spiral noodles are great with organic fire roasted tomato sauce.

And just to make sure the kiddo gets fruit, I buy it all, rinse it right away and put it in a bowl. We are all more likely to eat it that way.

And who doesn't love macaroni. Annie's organic macaroni makes some great gluten free noodles the kiddos love...and so does mama...with extra cheese of course

We have also been eating a lot of Van's gluten free waffles and organic eggs for warm breakfast on cold days. With maple syrup of course.

And his new obsession is these organic, cookies made from some healthy weird name I can't remember. Also gluten free.

And last but not least, cliff bars are great on the go before a run, in a rush, or for your kiddos.

What are your favorite meals right now? This girl needs inspiration....

ps not sure why these are upside down and I've tried to fix it too many times....you will just have to turn your head sideways...you are probably more motivated anyway...just don't let your coworkers catch you.like I said not motivated




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<![CDATA[Winner, winner chicken dinner]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:53:51 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/winner-winner-chicken-dinnerYes, I know. I am obsessed with my chicken creations. But, this time I made it a little different. If you remember before, you take organic chicken strips, season with sea salt and spices. Wrap nitrate free bacon around them and cook on 400 for about an hour. I check mine after 30 minutes just in case. They are so delicious and healthy. They are great to pack for lunches as well.

This time, I added some Southern fare and cooked them atop baked beans with onion, garlic, bacon, brown sugar and a little bit of ketchup and mustard. I also roll them in flax seeds. Good 'ol Mississippi cookin.' I also cooked organic red potatoes with parmesan on top and cut them into fries. Seasoned with sea salt. Crispy and oh so good.

I think.

I also got on an omelet kick. I used brown eggs and mixed them with organic sausage, peppers, spices, bacon and cooked in on the stove on low. Turned out perfect. Eating protein in the morning repairs your muscles and gets you full longer. I didnt eat for about six hours after eating this omelet.

My apologies on the picture quality. Blackberry flash wasn't working. Just trust me-it was to die for!
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<![CDATA[Comfort food with a healthy flare....]]>Thu, 06 Oct 2011 10:07:08 GMThttp://allpointswhole.com/sowing-my-wild-oats/comfort-food-with-a-healthy-flareIt's fall and all you want to do is eat sugar and carbs. You are more snug in your house. And you begin the cycle of hibernating.....but not before eating 35 of Summer's Whoopie Pies.Here is a meal I made this week. Today will be my third day eating it.. Guess I got my money's worth.

You can find the original post. here

Since it was so epic-ha I said epic, I am so cool

Anyway, I was looking something to make and decided to add a little comfort to it. I still used basically the same recipe as last time. But this time, I used good ol Southern baked beans with it. My friend had given me some baked beans. The big can. So I put brown sugar, ketchup,mustard, chopped onion and garlic seasoning. That's the real way to eat beans. Fo sho!

I lined the baking ban with olive oil and the beans. Then, I took organic chicken strips and rubbed sea salt on them. Then, I took nitrate free bacon and wrapped each strip.

Here's where the good part is.

I bury the strips in the sweet goodness of what is baked beans and put it in the oven.

I cooked covered for 30 minutes at 400 for 30 minutes. I wasnt sure if I was supposed to so I just did it because I've seen my mom do it. I dont' really know the details to cooking. It is more of an artistic outlet for me. So it is never specific. I just go with the flow.

It wasn't impressive when I uncovered it at 30 min. So I took off the covering and cooked for another hour.

Yes, I like my bacon crispy but it also makes the chicken fall apart.

My husband even liked it. But because he didn't get seconds, I know the real deal. You can't fool me!

So, enter I've eating it for three days. Cool with me.

So, its still somewhat healthy. Not an everyday meal like I've done it. Moderation is good. I think it can be determined healthy.


I guess you can take the girl out of the South but you can't take the Southern out of the girl.

*Picture quality does not show yumminess. Really need a good camera. Droid just doesn't do my art justice.



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