Contemplating Love

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For me, Mother Teresa is one of the most inspiring people when it come to loving. Especially unconditional love. Rumi is another “go to” for beautiful poetry on love. So today there will quotes everywhere! 

With Valentines Day tomorrow, everyone, everywhere I go is talking about what they will buy their loved one for this annual event. I tend to avoid stores with shelves full of cheap candy, stuffed animals and expensive cards. Ugh... A Valentines Day cynic? Perhaps....

Practice Love Every Day

Each and every day ought to be an outpouring of love, appreciation and gratitude, not just for your sweetheart or children, but for everyone you come in contact with. I love leaving notes in special places for my sweeties, sending a short text letting them know that something they did was appreciated. I like to have love quotes on the insides of cabinets and doors. There’s no shortage of gushing forth of love for the people in my life.

There are also the “strangers” you encounter in your daily life. Leave them with a smile, a kind word, or a hot cup of coffee and a sandwich. You have no idea how your actions can impact another. One spark of love triggers another. Just as a drop in a lake ripples out, so does your love.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Mother Teresa

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“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.” 

Rumi

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” 

Mother Teresa

That being said, Valentine’s Day does give us a moment to pause and reflect on the people we love and care for and perhaps do a little something extra to show that love. Or to reignite a commitment to showing your love to that special someone in your life. 

Practice Random Acts of Unconditional Love 

 

Don’t ever forget that YOU have the ability to transform each and every person you come in contact with. Be it through a helping hand, a smile or a hug. Helping others raises the happiness in oursleves as well as the person being helped. 

“Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” 

Rumi

“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” Mother Teresa

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” 

Rumi

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” 

Mother Teresa

If you are looking for a special someone, rather than reflecting on what you want to “find” in a person, consider “becoming” the person you would like to find. When you start to transform your own life you radiant that energy out and magnetize to yourself similar energy. Emptying our hearts of all the stories we carry of our past hurts, our stories of self judgment, judgement and resentment of others leaves a huge open and empty space we have to fill up with love. Start letting go of the things that do not serve a higher purpose in your life. Make space for what DOES serve a higher purpose and that brings you joy, love and fulfillment. When the space is open, what you really need and desire will find a way to fill the space. 

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” 

Rumi

"May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” 

Mother Teresa

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“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." Mother Teresa

So, whether or not you subscribe to the conventional card and candy Valentines Day or not. Take a moment to reflect on ways you can be more present and authentic and show up as LOVE being manifested with those loved ones and every person that enters your life. Just BE LOVE <3 

 In Love and Health, Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

 

Featuring "Edible Goddess" Bethanne Wanamaker!

I'm so excited to be featuring Bethanne Wanamaker today! I've been following the amazing things Bethanne has been up to for a few years now and I'm honored that she agreed to do a piece here! If you don't already know her, read on to be inspired by her genuine and loving spirit. Bethanne was also just featured in Beautiful Voices with Annmarie Gianni. Check out her post to read more on Bethanne and the courage she brings to everything she does on the planet!  http://www.annmariegianni.com/beautiful-voices-bethanne-wanamaker 

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Bethanne is the founder of Edible Goddess, co-author of Superfood Beauty Elixirs, and a featured author in “Thank God I: Stories of Inspiration for Every Situation, volume 3”. She founded Edible Goddess to teach emerging health enthusiasts how to take their health to the next level, have more core energy, resilience to stress, and everlasting vitality and youth.

In her own words......

I eat a high raw organic diet for many reasons, and primarily I do so because it makes me feel more alive! Quite simple really, but the healthier I eat for me, the better I feel and better I look. It's a very motivating concept especially when we recognize that food has the power to unleash our irresistible potential and activate the superhero within, and it's been radically life-transforming for me. 

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I was clued into the raw foods lifestyle in the fall of 2001 yet it took me several years before I embraced it. When I did, it was in the heart of winter and I was traveling down the west coast for a tour manager position I was in at the time, away from the comfort of my own kitchen. While on the road I had picked up a bug that made life uncomfortable (digestive distress) and somehow intuitively my body knew it needed juice to get a high level of nutrition while I bounced back.

The week-long juicing stink led to eating only raw foods and before I knew it, it had been an entire month and I had eaten all raw. Amazing really, because this was unplanned in the midst of a chilly winter in WA and OR (eventually to CA), and done completely by accident - I love that :) I think my body had to get sick for the last time to gently place me on this path of raw and living food goodness.

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Now, I teach superfood-infused raw food and chocolate making desserts classes in the San Francisco north bay area, and host private intensive retreats at my home for health-conscious women who want to consult privately with me while learning how to make nutrient-dense goodies in the kitchen - somewhat of a very condensed version of my coaching programs (available in 3, 6, and 12 month commitments). 

My newest adventure is co-hosting replenishing retreats at exotic places around the world (Bali in late May 2012 for 7 days at Michael Franti's beautiful Soulshine Retreat Center) that will include living fusion cuisine, tonic beauty elixirs (this part is all me), gorgeous fresh juices, classes, workshops, dynamic flow yoga, kirtan, sound healing, and human design. Fun, right? Life is supposed to be. :)

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My boyfriend whips up ridiculously dee-lish dishes all the time and has a superb talent at creating the raw versions of our old traditional cuisine favorites. We joined forces to write Superfood Beauty Elixirs (with a foreword by David Avocado Wolfe) in October 2010 to do just this - offer low-glycemic cocktail-like recipes that are reminiscent of our favorite childhood drinks (sodas, slushy's, fizzy drinks, chocolate milkshakes, etc). The meal I cannot live without is my "kraut mash": raw sauerkraut, avocado, spirulina and sprouts as the base, with apple cider vinegar, seaweed, and a drizzle of freshly pressed organic black sesame or chia seed oil or with homemade stone ground tahini all mashed together in creamy paradise.

As a side note, I don't subscribe to any labeled dietary approach nor define myself by the percentage of raw foods I eat, but rather eat intuitively because when I do, my health continues to skyrocket and my choices are in harmony with Nature.

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I eat a lot of food from my epic organic garden that's been amended with rock dust and sea minerals, which has turned out to be the best health decision I've ever made. For me, this lifestyle is everything that it's cracked up to be, providing you learn to listen to your own body and don't rely on anyone outside of yourself to determine what's best for you. I do love the idea of having the best day ever, every day and wish it for you, too!

Stay Inspired,

Bethanne Wanamaker

Founder, EdibleGoddess.com

Co-Author, Superfood Beauty Elixirs; http://SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com  

Social Networks:

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Keep up with Bethanne on her sites for continued inspiration and events! Do YOU have a story you would like to share? Please email me! 

In Love and Health, 

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creamy Chocolate Gelato!

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To complete our Italian theme this week I'm featuring a Creamy Chocolate Gelato for dessert! Italian desserts are some of my favorite! My upcoming Raw Dessert Recipe Book will be filled with some of the most mouth watering Italian desserts ever! For now, here's a delish recipe to enjoy! 

 

Creamy Chocolate Gelato

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cup cashews, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (not coconut oil)
  • 3/4 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons lecithin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

Blend all ingredients except walnuts and cacao nibs, in high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into ice cream maker, add walnuts and cacao nibs. Follow ice cream maker directions. 

To serve, scoop and top with chocolate syrup, walnuts, hemp seeds or fruit.

In SWEETNESS, Love and Health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

Pizza Gone Raw

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Pizza Crust

*Requires a dehydrator

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups raw oat flour (grind oat groats in the vitamix to a fine powder)
  • 1 cup almond flour, (grind in the vitamix to make a fine flour)
  • 1 cup flax, ground
  • 2 cups water, add a little more if needed
  • 2 apples, cored
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Italian herbs, more if you like
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast, opt

Directions:

Mix oat flour, almond flour, flax powder, herbs and nutritional yeast together in a large bowl. In high speed blender combine the water, apples, olive oil, blend  until the apples are completely broken down. Add liquid mixture to the dry mixture and mix well, adding a little water at a time as needed.

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To form 12 mini crusts:

Get the non stick dehydrator sheets out, set them on top of the mesh sheets. Take a half cup of the mixture for each crust, drop 4 to a sheet. Have a cup of water handy. Get your fingers wet and smooth and flatten crusts into rounds at about 1/8 inch thick. Dehydrate on 125 for 8 hours, turn over and remove non stick sheet and place crusts directly on mesh sheets. Continue to dehydrate another 8 hours or until completely dry.

Store in a zip lock baggie in the fridge. Will keep several weeks.

This recipe will make 12 mini crusts or 4 large crusts. 

 

Mock Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, opt, not raw
  • 1 teaspoon probiotic powder (Body Ecology is awesome)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water, add more if needed

Blend ingredients on a high speed blender until smooth. Add a bit of water if needed, 1 teaspoon at a time. Place a strainer lined with cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour mixture into the strainer. Cover with cloth and place a heavy stone or weight on top to press out extra water. Leave out to culture for 24 hours.

Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 dates
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 1/8 Tsp cayenne
  • 1 Tsp sea salt 

Place in blender and blend till smooth. 

To assemble:

Spread a layer of cheese on crust, add 2-3 tablespoons of the marinara sauce, add toppings. Place pizza in dehydrator for 20 minutes if desired. Enjoy!

Topping suggestions: Chopped red peppers, tomato, olives, basil, mushrooms, chopped pineapple. 

 

Enjoy!

In Love and Health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

Sweet n' Spicy Raw Tomato Basil Soup

Is there anything better than hot Tomato Soup in the Winter? This is such a comfort food and it's full of health benefits making it a great medicinal food for a winter cold!

Tomatoes are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and blood purifiers. Basil is an anti-inflammatory, helps combat respiratory disorders and reduce fevers. Oregano, (which is optional in the recipe here as it is a very strong oil, so if your brave enough to use it, only add a few drops at a time) is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, good for infections, pain and inflammation.  

This recipe takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, so it's easy to blend up a bowl of yumminess!

 

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Sweet N' Spicy Tomato Soup

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Celery, Basil & Lemon 

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Miso, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Garlic & Dates! 

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Optional Oregano Oil for a kick!

 

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5 minutes in the Vitamix for a steamy soup!

 

Sweet n’ Spicy Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 1 cup water  
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4 dates, soaked
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tbls miso
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano or 3 drops oregano oil

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. Blend until warm and steamy, about 4-5 minutes. Garnish with some fresh basil leaves. 

Options: For a Marinara Sauce for zucchini pasta or pizza sauce: Reduce almond milk to 3/4 cup, remove water. Trade the avocado for 1/2 cup cashews. Blend. Add a little water as needed.

Enjoy! 

In Love and Health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

Italian Goes Raw

When it comes to raw, Italian is my favorite! The flavors are so alive and fresh. The traditional starchy noodles can be swapped out for zucchini and leave you feeling energized rather than weighed down. This week I will feature some Italian favorites along with a fun dessert video on Thursday!

Here are a few recipes that can be interchanged easily. Tomato Stacks can make a satisfying meal with a larger tomato or made with smaller Roma's as appetizers. You can use the Pesto Sauce as a dressing for zucchini noodles. Dehydrate some onion bread and use the Sun Dried Tomato Cheese as a spread.

Learn to create a few variations of raw cheeses and crackers and have them prepared. Always having a few things on hand can be a life saver when you need a quick snack.

Hope you enjoy the recipes! Lori :)

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Pesto & Cheese Tomato Stacks

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 recipe pesto cheese (*see recipe below)
  • 1 recipe pesto (*see recipe below)
  • 1 1/2 cups sprouts
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted, sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts

To assemble:

Place bottom half of tomato on a plate and top with 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture, top that with 2 teaspoons of the pesto mixture. Place tomato on top. Add a teaspoon of the pesto on top. Top with sprouts, pine nuts and olives.

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Curing Cashew Cheese

Sun Dried Tomato Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for 20 minutes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast, opt, not raw
  • 1 teaspoon probiotic powder (Body Ecology Brand is awesome)
  • 1 cup filtered water, add more if needed

Blend ingredients on a high speed blender until smooth. Add a bit of water if needed, 1 teaspoon at a time. Place a strainer lined with cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour mixture into the strainer. Cover with cloth and place a heavy stone or weight on top to press out extra water. Leave out to culture for 24 hours.

When cheese has cultured, blend in the following:

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil

Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy. 

 

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Zucchini "Spaghetti" with Pesto Sauce

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Making Zucchini Noodles on the Spirooli

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Oodles of noodles!

So tell me, what's YOUR favorite Italian dish? Have you created it raw? Yes? Let's see it! No? Let's do it! Post a comment below!! 

In Love and Health, Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 


Introducing Malynda Twitchell!

Today, I'm very excited to showcase a very special lady! Malynda Twitchell is rockin' it in Phoenix, Arizona! She is truly a force to be reckoned with. Malynda brings her beautiful energy and spirit to everything she does, (Not to mention her amazing smile!) She has developed quite a following and a reputation around Phoenix and you can be SURE we will be hearing more about this powerful and dynamic lady in the future! So check out her story! 

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Malynda Twitchell

Hi! My name is Malynda Twitchell and I am a Certified Raw Vegan Chef! Once there was a time when I didn’t “get” the raw food diet nor did I fully understand eating vegan. I grew up on spaghetti and meatballs, pork chops, meatloaf, tacos with ground beef, hamburgers… beef was my mom’s favorite thing to cook with. Lots of vegetable oil, flour, milk and eggs.

It wasn’t until I was 23/24 years old that I started to find interest in the raw food diet. After my second daughter, I committed to eating 100% raw and lost all of my baby weight in no time! I felt great! I pursued education in uncooked living. I was buying books left and right and reading online consistently. I found Kristen Suzanne of Kristen’s Raw and was overjoyed that she was a Raw Vegan Chef teaching classes right here in Arizona!! Woo hoo!! I went to a handful of classes and learned how to make some of the most amazing raw food meals, I was hooked!!

I then started to learn more about the vegan diet. Kristen had given me a documentary about how our animals are raised, treated and killed. I watched that dvd one evening then went 100% vegan the next day! I wasn’t gonna waist any time ridding my body of all that toxicity! Not to mention, I was on a mission to SAVE and speak up for these precious animals!

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My daughters (Keira 6 and Tristyn 4) eat a vegan diet! They are now questioning food labels, “Mom, is this vegan?” “Mom, is there any animals in this food?” Keira has even approached her cousin filling him in on where pepperoni’s come from and how she  will NOT take part in harming a pig! Lol… I call her my little “mini-me” .

This young generation is our future! If we believe in something good for the environment, for man kind and for all that share this world with us, we must lead by example and teach! 

I taught myself day in and day out of the benefits of eating raw/vegan. I fell in love. Eventually, I began learning about the importance of adding green smoothies to your diet and green juices!! WOW!! I would have never known! Our family has made green smoothies and fresh organic juices a firm staple in our diet. And let me tell ya, these girls (Keira and Tristyn) can whip up a mad green smoothie!! I’m so proud! 

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My passion in life is teaching. I get such pleasure in teaching and educating others about the plant-based raw vegan diet. I’ve hosted classes at Whole Foods, Community Centers and in the homes of clients dying to learn more about this amazing lifestyle!

Now I have my own business Juicing for customers and patients. I juice fresh organic produce by the gallons and deliver it straight to your door… what service, right!

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I keep refrigerators stocked with green juice for the public, I deliver juice to clients who are in need of a vital cleanse, I offer in-home classes… the skies the limit!! The more juice I can get into the hands of others, then the more accomplished I feel!

Eat to live, not live to eat! Cure your body through food!

Cheers to amazing health!!

Malynda Twitchell

To find out more about about Malynda or her services, you can email her at: Veganperfection@Gmail.com

In Love and Health, Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

Sexuality, Love and Aging

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As humans we all have different personalities, goals, eye color and taste in music......But the one thing we all have in common, is the need and desire for love, touch and affection. We want someone to share our lives with, to hold us, to have that deeper connection with, and the bond of a sexual relationship.

The biology of finding and choosing a mate is an interesting one.  In the same way we say digestion begins with the eyes, love really begins in the nose. Yep, the nose. 

We all know, for the most part, what physical attributes we like in a potential mate, but the real messenger of love is chemical...pheromones. 

Pheromones are steroidal micro smells that travel though the air, into your nose and trigger you to utter the corniest pick up lines you can come up with, “Your once, twice, three times a lady....” “Do you have a map? Because I keep getting lost in your eyes...” Been there? 

When we find that special person our brains start pumping out the “feel good” chemicals dopamine and serotonin, giving you that sense of euphoria. The heart pounding, dizzying feeling of “being head over heels in love”.

However, over time you develop a tolerance to the effects of dopamine and serotonin and the “high” isn’t quite as euphoric as it was in the beginning. But never fear, another hormone does kick in, oxytocin that helps you feel intimacy and a connectedness. Oxytocin increases when you are having a conversation. This explains why having great communication is so important in a relationship! Deep meaningful loving conversations keep love and relationships strong and much more intimate. (Yep, guys, your gonna have to talk to us)

As we get older, we need to keep reinventing our relationships and keep the passion alive. Perhaps the passion isn’t quite as fiery hot as it was in the beginning but the intimacy is much deeper. 

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I like to think of a love affair as a journey of investments. Every day think of ways you can make an investment into your relationship rather than withdraws. That could be as simple as a compliment, a note left in a pocket, or a special dinner for “no reason” or a hug out of the blue. Over the years, making these types of investments in your relationship creates huge payoffs. (And if you have a big savings account, when you make a mistake, there’s plenty of support there to get you outta the dog house!)

Be ok with not being the one to always “win” an argument, or the one who gets to be “right”. Needing to “win” or be “right” all the time leads to a breakdown in communication, trust and love. Learn to grow love rather than growing apart.

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Our health, is an accumulation of a life time of choices. How we arrive at an older age is really up to us. Sexual health is no different than anything else. If we have kept ourselves active and have chosen good food we will be in good shape.  

Sexual health depends on good blood flow and circulation! So saturated fats, smoking, sugar, diabetes, high blood pressure are definitely not gonna help you out in the bedroom. And, for the record, exercise will help with endurance.....Eating foods that increase blood flow and give you the right nutrients are important. 

Sharing a meal together has always been a part of a loving courtship and certain foods have always been considered aphrodisiacs. Food is a sensual experience. The colors, textures, smells, taste and yes, the shape. 

Some foods that contain key nutrients in creating a healthy libido:

  • Avocados contain B6 which stimulates testosterone and blood circulation
  • Bananas have high amounts of potassium and B vitamins to increase testosterone as well as libido enhancing bromelain.
  • Figs are high in amino acids that increase libido and sexual stamina
  • Asparagus is high in Vitamin E and stimulates testosterone
  • Gingko Biloba increases blood flow to the brain and sex organs
  • Nutmeg increases sexual stimulation
  • Chocolate (Were you worried I was going to forget the chocolate?) Contains phenylanine, an amino acid that raises endorphins and increase libido. 

Testosterone depends on zinc in the diet. Vegan sources of zinc are sesame seeds and tahini (sesame seed butter), pumpkin and squash seeds and peanuts.

Men also loose selenium in semen, so add some selenium rich foods such as walnuts and brazil nuts to the diet.

Enjoy the journey of love!

Love, health and sex go hand in hand. Sex is so much deeper and fulfilling when shared with someone you truly love and have a commitment and connection to. Caring for your health is one way you can let your partner know you love them, by being around to enjoy life together for along time! Enjoy the journey, make it sweet, love deeply and laugh a lot! (And stop using ridiculous pick up lines!) 

Here are a few recipes using our libido enhancing foods......Here’s to love!

 

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

  • 4 avocados, mashed
  • 1/3 cup honey/agave
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, opt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, opt

Directions:

In a bowl or processor, blend avocado until smooth. add all ingredients until creamy. Chill for a few hours. Serve with berries and bananas and take turns feeding each other :)

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Fig Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup water
  • 3 figs fresh
  • 1 bananna
  • ¼ cup cup blueberries
  • ¼  cup raspberries
  • ¼  avocado
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Directions:

Place ingredients in Vitamix. Blend until smooth. Enjoy with love!

The closer I’m bound in love to you, the closer I am to free.

Robert G Ingersol

 

 Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

Leo Buscaglia 

Enjoy the journey called love.....

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

Aging and Liver Detoxification

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Lori and Elaina Love of Pure Joy Planet

Aging is something we can’t escape. But how well we age depends on the lifestyle choices we make. Taking care of our bodies by eating healthy food, exercising, having healthy relationships, fulfilling work, joy and love all contribute to our aging well. In essence, keep our body detoxified on a mental, spiritual and physical level is critical to our health. 

The liver, takes on a huge load when it comes to keeping us detoxified. It is the hardest working organ in the body. Our liver performs over 500 functions! The thousands of enzymes systems that control the activity in the body are created in the liver. 

A healthy liver is essential for anti aging because, among other things, it responsible for making components that are critical for internal and external well being. The liver creates glutathione which gives the skin a healthy glow, regulates blood sugar, boosts immune system and helps combat osteoarthritis.

Other responsibilities of the liver are fighting infection, cleansing the blood, storing vitamins and minerals, controlling cholesterol, breaking down hormones, helps control blood pressure, storing energy and so much more.  

Everything that comes in though your mouth, you breathe in through your nose or absorb through your skin, increase the stress load on the liver. When the liver gets clogged and doesn’t function efficiently, you can see how much can go wrong. 

Symptoms of a toxic liver include:

  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Swelling in the abdomen
  • Ankles and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Bruising
  • Easy bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Pale stools

Causes of a congested liver include:

  • Bad diet
  • Food with additives & preservatives
  • Saturated fat
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Drugs
  • Stress & anxiety. 

A toxic liver contributes to:

  • Degenerative disorders
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Eye and vision disorders
  • Digestive disorders 
  • Allergies
  • Impaired libido
  • Skin disorders
  • Low energy
  • Depression 
  • Anger

A few super foods for a healthy liver:

  • Apples: They contain high amounts of pectin that helps the liver release toxins
  • Citrus: Vitamin C helps detoxify the liver
  • Avocados: Help produce glutathione, the beauty hormone
  • Cruciferous Veggies: Help flush out carcinogens and toxins, increase enzyme production in the liver, powerful anti cancer agents
  • Leafy Greens: Increase the production and flow of bile and sucks up toxins.
  • Garlic: Activates liver enzymes that help flush out toxins

Keeping the liver healthy, as you can see, greatly affects your health and your ability to age well. Besides eating a healthy diet, a liver cleanse is a great way to ensure you keep your liver running in tip top shape. 

The general recommendations for liver cleansing are 2-3 times a year. I highly recommend Elaina Love's Liver Cleanse program.  Elaina, of http://www.purejoyplanet.com/, is a world renown Raw Food Chef, Author, Instructor and Liver Cleanse Specialist. To learn more about Elaina’s Liver Cleansing program, please see:  http://www.purejoyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=24&products_id=344

Another great healthy liver website for recipes, webinars and more: http://loveyourliver.com.au/home

This will get you up and moving and aware of you lovely liver! 

http://loveyourliver.com.au/interactive-media/audio-recordings

Happy Liver Lovin’!

In Love and Health, Lori, LMT, CHHC

 

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juice Fasting for Healing & Graceful Aging

People have been fasting since the dawn of time. Every religion recommends some kind of fasting for spiritual and healing benefits. Fasting is a wonderful, health enhancing experience with many benefits. There are many ways to fast, from a juice only fast for a day to a 90 day juice fast. Some experts advise never going beyond a 3 day fast and some say several weeks are of great value. 

Fasting with the seasons is the way I prefer. Some people fast one day a week or 2 times a year. Explore what works best for you.

It’s always recommended to take on a few shorter fasts (1-3 days) before attempting a longer fasts (1-3 weeks or more)  Always consult with a doctor before undertaking a fast. Anything longer than a week should be supervised by someone with proper experience. Pregnant or nursing women should not fast.

Periodic fasting has many anti aging effects that will build over time. Some of the benefits of fasting include reducing inflammation, boosting immunity, enhancing tissue regeneration, clear up brain fog, cleanses your body of metabolic wastes and toxins, gives you radiant skin, helps reduce blood pressure and more. 

Fasting can also help to break addictions to emotional eating patterns, addictions or cigarettes and alcohol.

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When animals are sick, they naturally rest and fast. They also eat greens. Fasting gives the body a chance to use the energy it would otherwise use for the digestion process for healing. Our ancestors intuitively knew this as well. In our modern society we are able to eat just about any time we want. There are even some who advocate eating small meals 5-6 times a day. Our system rarely gets a break!

Juice fasting is the preferred and most enjoyable forms of fasting in my opinion. Concentrate on vegetables over fruit. Due to the high sugar content, fruit can lead to a blood sugar spike and a candida overgrowth. Use an abundance of greens, cucumbers, celery, cabbage, carrots, beets, zucchini, peppers, cilantro, parsley, lemon, garlic and ginger.

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I like to also include some spirulina, Ormus Greens from Sunfood, E3 Live drops, wheat grass juice, warm herbal teas and sometimes a veggie broth made by boiling water and veggies then removing the veggies and drinking the juice (*see recipe below) 

The first few days you may feel hungry but after the second or third day that goes away and you feel energized. I recommend resting or try light exercise like yoga or walking. That being said, I know many people who take on Bikram yoga or PX90 while fasting. Listen to your body and honor where you are and what you feel you need, we’re all coming at this from different places with different bodies and needs. 

As you undertake a fast, set a time frame to start and to end. Begin preparing your body at least a day before you begin by eating lighter food and less of it. Breaking your fast gradually and properly is just as important as the fast itself. Choose water rich foods or steamed veggies foods for the first solid meal.  

Here are a few recipes to get you started on your anti aging juice program. There is no shortage of amazing recipes on the internet so look around to find a few that sound tasty! Just remember to keep them veggie based using fruit at a minimum for a splash of sweetness. Celery and cucumber give more sweetness than you might expect. 

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Veggie Broth 

  • 1 gallon of filtered water, add more if needed
  • 2 potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 3-4 celery Stalks
  • 1-2 beets with tops
  • 4-6 cloves garlic
  • 2-4 big handfuls dark leafy greens

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for an hour, strain, drink the broth as desired. You may add any extra veggies you would like.

 

Youthfully Green Juice

  • 4-5 leaves kale
  • 2-3 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 apple

Process through juicer and enjoy! 

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Green Cell Refresher

  • 4-5 chard leaves
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 pear
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro

Process through juicer and enjoy!

 

 Afternoon Pick Up

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • small piece of ginger

Process through juicer and enjoy!

Enjoy your fast! Your body will thank you as you age with vitality, grace, energy and less wrinkles!

Remember this.....“A quarter of what you eat keeps you alive, the rest of the three quarters keeps your doctor alive.” Chose to care for your body now with a healthy diet, periodic fasts, exercise, awesome relationships,love and joy! If you think it's to expensive or time consuming, just contrast it to co pays, surgery costs and recovery time, not to mention the long waits in the doctors office! 

 

 In Love and Health,

Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC

http://www.pureblisshealth.com/