Superfood Holiday Treats: Cozy Hot Cocoa + Cocoa-Berry Vegan Cheesecake

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Superfood Holiday Treats: Neal's Yard Remedies Organic Cocoa Complex https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/heidihackler/area/shop-online/category/supplements/product/5435/organic-cocoa-complex-3-53oz/With fall in the air, it’s the perfect time of year for some superfood holiday treats right? Even in Mexico where the air and water temperatures have dropped significantly since summer, I’m wearing fleece leggings and top as I write this, and jonesing for a cup of Cozy Hot Cocoa. (Those of you who know me will be laughing! I’m perpetually too hot or too cold even in Mexico!)

So what makes these superfood holiday treats so healthy? These two recipes are chock-full of adaptogens. Adapto-what? Adaptogens are naturally occurring plant-based phytonutrients that help the body adapt to stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol, and exerting a normalizing effect upon bodily processes bringing the body to homeostasis, or balance.

So let’s check out these Superfood Holiday Treats and see just how healthy they are. Yummmmm… I know what Superfood Holiday Treats I’m making this season, how about you?
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Book Review: One Spirit Medicine

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onespiritmedicine-600px2One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness, by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. is one of those books that will live on in my library, frequently referenced for years to come. I received this book as a gift from my mom about a year ago, and it promptly got put in my stack of “books to read.”

The consummate book-aholic, I can’t walk into a book store or visit Amazon.com and leave without a book, so my “to read” pile is large. As I was looking for a new book to read last week, something about this one compelled me to pick it up, and then I couldn’t put it down.

Alberto Villoldo’s (“Vee-old-dough”) style of writing is very engaging. With a background in Psychology, and Medical Anthropology, he is also versed in the ancient healing practices of the Andean and Amazonian shamans. “The message of One Spirit Medicine is that you don’t need to track down a shaman to find Spirit, or look outside yourself to find health. You only have to look within. That’s where you will receive One Spirit Medicine.”

We Are All Capable of Healing Ourselves

After all, as mammals on planet earth for the past 200,000+ years we didn’t always have doctors to go to. Just like deer, wolves, or jaguars in the wild, ancient peoples knew what herbs and foods to eat to stay healthy and heal ailments. And equally importantly they were keenly in touch with mother nature, the rise and set of the stars, moon, and sun each day, the change of the seasons, the weather, and the plants and animals that shared their symbiotic environment. Our brains developed in harmony with all of these elements in nature, but we’re now so wrapped up in our smart devices, cars, jobs, and keeping up with the Joneses that we’ve lost much of our nature-side. And it is the deficit of this connection to nature, and how our brains are hardwired that is now ailing many. But we still have the ability to heal ourselves, within us. So how can you tap into these ancient ways of self healing? …continue reading Book Review: One Spirit Medicine

Boost Your Immune System with Essential Oils

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Essential OilsCan you boost your immune system with essential oils? As autumn approaches and the leaves change into lovely colors, the change in the air temperature also signals the start of the “cold and flu season.”

But luckily you don’t have to succumb to getting a cold or the flu this year. There are multiple ways of boosting your immune system to help you avoid catching the latest colds or flu, including the use of essential oils.

Which Essential Oils Boost Your Immune System?

There are some great ones…but before we look at which essentials work best and how to use them, let’s take a quick look at essential oil basics. Since essential oils are volatile plant compounds that can potentially be toxic in certain cases, I want to ensure that you have a good knowledge of proper use. Even if you’ve been using essential oils for a while, you may learn something new… 😉

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Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat

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Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat: Cucumber Watermelon Lime Juice Mint Cooler
Are you eating the best cooling foods to beat the summer heat? I’ve always been a sun worshiper, a lover of Summer, a tropical traveler. But now that we are living in Mexico where the thermometer regularly hits 104°… it is with much dismay that I’m realizing my body may not actually be digging the heat as much as I do. 🙁

How can this be?! I waited my whole life to live somewhere warm, to not be freezing cold—my husband’s motto for the past 25 years has been “A warm Heidi is a Happy Heidi.” Ok, warm is one thing, but hot is altogether different. And it’s not just Mexico, climate change is happening around the globe, and many towns and cities are now several degrees hotter than they ever used to be.

Does Your Body Love Summer as Much as You Do?

Sadly, my body is rebelling in the heat…my energy is zapped, my feet and ankles are swollen from “heat induced edema”, my clothes are soaking wet with sweat within 20 minutes of dressing…this from someone who never broke a sweat at the gym before!? While I’m hopeful my body will eventually acclimate, I’ve embraced all things that help me keep cool in the meantime.

If this sounds like you, I have some tips to help you keep cool too, like my favorite cooling foods to beat the summer heat. …continue reading Cooling Foods to Beat the Summer Heat

Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies

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vegan pesto pasta with grilled calabacita and tomatoes.Who loves fresh-from-the-garden basil pesto? This Vegan Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Veggies recipe is the perfect combo for summer. Fresh basil is very high in Vitamin K as well as offering cardiovascular support. Basil’s flavonoids and essential oils including eugenol are also high in anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

We’re able to get large quantities of organic basil here in Baja California Sur and with the help of my VitaMix, I’ve perfected a vegan pesto that is so delicious no one will ever guess it’s missing cheese!

Pair the vegan pesto with gluten-free rotini and some grilled veggies (tomatoes and calabacitas work well) and you’ve got a fabulous summer meal your family and friends will love.

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