4 Roots of Optimum Wellness

There are four essential parts to being healthy: Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Attitude.

Vitae Elixxir Healing Herbs

A proprietary combination of ten disease-fighting herbs used for more than 40 years and helping thousands of people with serious health issues.

The Prisoner of Carrot Castle Book App

Help your kids discover the fun of eating vegetables with the help of a whimsical interactive story (over 40,000 downloaded).

Books by Author & Health Coach Chris Pedersen

In a world of adventure and imagination, kids’ books in print and digital that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

6 Tips to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories—take a serious look at the food you want to eat, then ask, ”Is this something that will give my body good health?”

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

I recently watched the Essential Oils Revolution 2 Online Event. Wow! Lots to learn. I hope you all took advantage of this awesome educational forum on essential oils. I'm certainly behind on understanding what, when and how to use essential oils myself.

Here is a gem from the summit—A liver cleanse formula to rub on your skin over the liver.  The application location is below the right breast at the lower right rib cage. The caster oil is a carrier oil used to deliver the oils to the area. You can also use coconut oil or vegetable glycerin as a replacement for the caster oil (which is sticky and can stain clothing).

Use 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for the total 20 drops in this formula. That is a 20% dilution allowing the oils to be massaged into a larger area and absorb slowly. The dilution does not reduce the effectiveness of the oils—they simply enhance the oils and soften any reaction that a straight oil may have on the body.

This formula is great for cancer conquerers, whether you are doing conventional or alternative treatments. The liver needs to release toxins in order to heal.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Look for the Butterfly ~ Non-GMO Verified

Last month President Obama signed weak and flawed legislation into federal law that addresses GMOs in foods. It is called the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) act by those of us who believe we have the right to know what's in our food. It is a win for big chemical and biotech corporations, but a blow to the American family and the hope for a food supply that is healthy and transparent.

It is also a stain on our republic as it erases any laws that states enacted (like Vermont) that require food labels to identify GMO ingredients. Plus it seems to be a clear violation of the 14th Amendment, as it would allow corporations to use QR codes instead of clear packaging on labels.

Basics of the GMO Labeling Bill (aka DARK Act)
Let's break it down:
  • The words "GMO" or "genetic engineering" will NOT be required to be anywhere on the package.
  • 95% of the ingredients that are GMO will NOT be included in the "labeling."
  • The "labeling" that will be "required" is an option of a QR code, a telephone number, website or symbol. 
  • There will be no fines for not complying, so claims that this law is "mandatory" are simply false.
  • Vermont's state law (which which would have gone into effect his year) to label GMOs is pre-empted.
  • CT, ME and VA that have pending GMO labeling laws have also been pre-empted.
The law is highly discriminatory as well. Many senior citizens, minorities, low income and rural residents do not have access to wi-fi, Smart phones or cell reception. Thus it appears to be a violation of the 14th Amendment.

So you see just how bad and empty this law is? Pathetic comes to mind.

Did someone say, "The system is rigged"?

So much for the rights of the American citizenry vs Big Business. It is very sad indeed.

Read a more thorough analysis by the Cornucopia Institute and how the Organic Trade Association (OTA) betrayed consumers, organic farmers and the many organic-related industry associations, plus what might happen going forward.

Meanwhile, the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization, created with the cooperation of food manufactures wanting to demonstrate that their foods do not contain GMO ingredients has been growing its list of Verified products.

What to Look For To Protect Your Family
Even though the battle to clearly label is lost, there is plenty to be thankful for. The process of putting forth federal and state legislation has brought widespread public awareness of GMO foods and what it is.

So what do you do now?
  1. Look for the Non GMO Project Butterfly on foods you choose.
  2. Buy foods labeled Organic which must be free of GMO ingredients.
  3. Eat a clean diet (food that contains NO artificial ingredients—chemicals, preservatives, additives, colors and GMOs)
  4. Buy produce from the Organic section.
  5. Buy from local farmers, but ask them about their farming practices (what do they put on the crops and when) 
This business of food is big in our world today. With cancer and other disease on the rise and so much in our environment we cannot control, we must be vigilant to put the purest and best into our bodies—It's the fuel (mostly plant-based) that makes our bodies healthy and able to heal from disease.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Listen & Learn to Be Healthy

This past spring I listened to the 2016 Food Revolution Summit created by bestselling author John Robbins and his son Ocean Robbins. At the summit, John interviewed 24 of the world’s top food experts, including 16 medical doctors. More than 230,000 summit participants heard these enlightening interviews. For me they were very instructional and I learned new stuff. For others it was surely helpful for discovering a healthy lifestyle.

For the next week (and maybe longer), the Food Revolution Network is replaying for FREE three of those interviews—In fact, the three most popular presentations from the summit.

  • You’ll hear Joel Fuhrman, M.D. offer penetrating insights into exactly what foods to eat to achieve optimum nutritional excellence.

  • Mark Hyman, M.D. will tell you about the science of nutrition and how to take advantage of the best elements of paleo and vegan diets.

  • And Neal Barnard, M.D. will share breakthroughs in scientific understanding of how to not only prevent disease, but also to expand vitality and joy.

These interviews are available to listen to FREE for the next week.

Enjoy and be enlightened.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

There are 14 million new cancer cases each year with an expected 70% increase in the next 20 years. But did you know that 90% of cancers are preventable?

Natural cancer treatment and prevention is possible.

In the post Health Sites You Should Subscribe To, I identified six websites you should sign-up to receive email updates. Here's another to add to that list: Cancer Tutor. The “Cancer Tutor” website is a product of the natural medicine cancer researchers of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. (ICRF). Every one of the 350+ articles and chapters was written by a natural medicine cancer researcher.

If you are in the throes of dealing with cancer, discover your natural cancer treatment on Cancer Tutor. As background, check out 14 Questions and Answers About Cancer that could save your life.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Vegetable Mélange with Tamari Ginger Dressing

When you were a kid did you not like mixing your food? I'll bet some of you didn't like different foods to even touch on the plate? Or were you the type that mixed it all up when you ate? My father used to say, "It all goes to the same place..." so it doesn't matter that you don't mix the food, it gets mixed up eventually.

Here's a recipe that you can mix or not. Those with "do to touch" requirements... well... you can get a bigger plate.

Vegetable Mélange with Tamari Ginger Dressing

from Inspired by Food Matters
yield 6-8 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan

ingredients
1 C farro, soaked for 6 hours & rinsed
1-2 C filtered water
1/4 red cabbage shredded
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime
1 C cooked garbanzo beans
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated or spiralized
1 large zucchini, graetd or spiralized
Dressing:
2 Tbsp tamari
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp garlic sesame seeds, aka Gomasio

directions
1. Boil 1 cup of water and add soaked and rinsed farro. Turn off heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
2. Add shredded cabbage to small bowl with apple cider vinegar and lime juice, stir and set aside.
3. Drain farro and let cool.
4. For dressing, combine tamari, sesame oil, ginger and sesame seeds in a small bowl and whisk well.
5. Divide cooked farro, cabbage, sugar snap peas, avocado, carrot and zucchini between bowls and drizzle with tamari dressing.
6. Enjoy!

notes: • If you did not soak the farro overnight, boil the farro 2 cups of water for 10-12 mintues. Draine and let cool. FYI, soaking overnight makes the grain more digestible.

I hope you are getting plenty of exercise, sleep, and eating lots of plant-based, clean foods. And of course, staying positive and hopeful, which can be getting harder these days.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Making Smoothies with Seasonal Fruit


Recently I changed my juicing/smoothie routine to maximize the nutrition I get. Seasonal fruit boosts the nutrition of your smoothies with added fiber and antioxidants.

First, I juice veggies (kale, chard, mixed baby lettuce, carrots, celery, cilantro, beets, ginger, etc). Then I transfer the juice to my blender and add a piece or two of fruit (apple, cantaloupe, mango, pears, fresh berries, etc) and blend for one minute.

What this combination accomplishes is a highly nutritious drink with concentrated nutrients from the veggies and blended fruit with all the benefits of eating whole fruit.

Adding a variety of fruits to your diet has great benefits. They provide essential nutrients and vitamins including potassium, Vitamin C, and folate. Fruits also provide necessary fiber, which helps moderate the effect their sugar has on insulin, thus reducing diabetes and heart disease. In addition, fruit adds such beautiful color to any meal!

Best to get fruit from a local source and in season, which assures the fruit has optimum nutrition. Check out this seasonal fruit chart created by Shari's Berries showing over 50 fruits by peak season.

Keep in mind that seasonal fruits can vary from year to year depending on the weather. An area with extreme cold or heat could have a shorter availability and growing season. Best to check with the grocer to learn which fruits are in season. You are especially likely to get fruit in season at your local farmer's market.

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

Tip
Turmeric and Black Pepper is a cancer-fighting dynamic duo. Turmeric is naturally high in a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Black Pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine that significantly enhances the bioavailability of curcumin. Spice up your food with these two power house health condiments, which is found in curries and thus many recipes in Indian cuisine.

(Source: foodmatters.tv)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark


For that occasional time you want a sweet treat, this raw chocolate raspberry bark is very easy to put together. And quilt-free to eat.

I buy organic cacao nibs and grind them to make the cacao powder using a coffee grinder I dedicate to making nut and seed flours. Coffee beans leave too much oil and residue behind. So it's best to have another grinder you use for grinding anything but coffee.



A square glass pyrex pan works great to freeze the chocolate mixture into a bark. Rubbing the bottom and sides with coconut oil before pouring the mixture will make removing the frozen cut squares easier.

Enjoy this delicious dessert anytime and get the heart healthy benefits of antioxidants, magnesium and healthy saturated fats.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark

yield 24 pieces

category Dessert
cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian

ingredients
1/2 C raw cacao powder
1/4 C maple syrup
1/2 C coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 C almond butter
1/2 C raspberries
3 Tbsp chopped rolled oats, or steel-cut oats
Optional: add ingredients you have on hand like shredded coconut, nuts, chia seeds

directions
1. In a mixing bowl, add cacao, maple syrup, melted cocnut oil, vanilla and almond butter. Whisk ingredients until combined well.
2. Carefully mix in raspberries and chopped oats and any optional ingredients.
3. Pour chocolate mixture into a square pan greased with coconut oil.
4. Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until set.
5. Remove from freezer and cut into pieces to enjoy.

Give this one a try. Bring it to your next gathering and wow your friends and family. They'll think you fell off your health-nut wagon. Don't tell them it's healthy, they may not try it. I guarantee they will love it!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Health Sites You Should Subscribe To

In a March post Learn How to Heal Cancer Naturally, I outlined what you can expect in the future from this blog to help you be more knowledgable about your health—how you can achieve it and maintain it. Become your own advocate for health. All while feeling amazing and loving the food you eat.

Truly! There's nothing more delicious than REAL food—plant-based (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, intact grains, spices and herbs).

...But I digress.

The following are sites that I subscribe to and I recommend you do too:

The Truth About Cancer
I hope you had a chance to view the 9-part video series The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. If you did, you were likely blown away with all the non-harmful treatments and protocols out there that can heal cancer (and BTW often heal any other health issues you might have).

Ty Bollinger and his team continue to bring you health articles, doctor interviews and occasional recipes. Subscribe to their email newsletter at The Truth About Cancer at the top (a premium newsletter with monthly fee) or bottom (free newsletter) of the page.


Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com is the world's #1 natural health website. Doctor Mercola's motivation is to "make you as healthy as you can possibly be" by providing the most up-to-date natural health information and resources. He also exposes corporate, government, and mass media hype that diverts you from what is best for your health and often leads straight into an early grave. The New York Times best-selling author states his passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States.

Subscribe to his site by entering your email at the top of the page

Food Matters
I love the health tips and recipes from the Food Matters folks. You may know them from the wildly popular documentary films Food Matters and Hungry for Change. If you have not seen them, you must as part of your education. These documentaries are available to watch on a subscription basis. Check their online streaming channel FMTV.

Subscribe to the Food Matters email newsletter. Check the side bar under Springtime Cleanse and enter your name and email to subscribe. You'll get a FREE ebook of 10 juice recipes. Yum!

Also I must tell you about their 3-Day Summer Detox program going on June 24th - 26th. You'll receive a daily recipe video as your guide each day. Join me and tons of others detoxing to start the summer!

The Food Revolution Network
John and Ocean Robbins are the force behind The Food Revolution Network. The recent 5th Annual Food Revolution Summit featured interviews with 24 of the top food experts on the planet. I always learn by listening to these series. John and Ocean talk much about how food politics, manufactured foods and factory farms have taken food hostage and made our food supply anything but food. In fact it's making us sick.

Check out the video of John Robbins making an impassioned plea for the cause of taking back food so we can be a healthy planet and culture.

Chris Beat Cancer
Chris Wark is the young man behind this powerful website: chrisbeatcancer.com Chris found himself
with stage 3 colon cancer at the age of 26. This self-described junk-food eater turned himself around after they removed a third of his colon. He shunned the recommended chemo and radiation and embarked on a healing journey using real food.

I urge you to spend some time exploring Chris' site. There are lots of great resources and truth there to help you on your journey. His videos of natural cancer survivor stories are legend. Have a look.

Subscribe to his email newsletter at the top or sidebar of his site. Also be sure to get his FREE guide 20 Questions for Your Oncologist.

Nutrition Facts by Dr. Greger M.D.
Internationally-recognized lecturer, physician and New York Times bestselling author doctor Michael Greger scours the world's nutrition research to bring you free daily videos and articles. Dr Greger promotes a plant-based diet which he enjoys for his own health.

Doctor Greger's bestselling book How Not to Die examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

Subscribe to Nutrition Facts on the sidebar below Dr. Greger's profile. I promise you'll enjoy his brief articles and videos, often sprinkled with a dose of humor, which highlight studies that support his title question or statement. Plus you'll learn so much.

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Okay, you now have your assignment. Subscribe to these websites and prepare to be educated. I'd love to hear from you on things you are learning. Comment or send me an email chris[dot]pedersen[at]healthyjourneycafe[dot]com

Please feel free to share this with others especially those who have cancer. They need help.

Onward to Optimum Wellness!

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