Renee Ford

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Clinical Nutritionist and Brain Injury Therapist

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Reposted Rose's post.

Times are shifting like never before. Timelines are collapsing, the veils are thinning and we are becoming more aware and remembering who we are. Our senses are heightening and we are connecting in deeper ways. 

The old ways no longer work and everything is backwards. What always made logical sense no longer makes any sense and what didn't make sense before seems to be the path we are being drawn to now. We are now realizing the old ways no longer work. We are no longer bound to all things traditional or the old belief systems. Time to challenge the old status quo. Time to allow ourselves to trust our own intuitive guidance, pave our own way, look beyond the surface and jump off the band wagon. This is deeper than the new age movements or fads. We are beyond that aesthetic commercialized cookie cutter hippy/spiritual wave we see now on social media and in every yoga studio on every corner (not that there is anything wrong with yoga itself. I love yoga and it's amazing. I hope you understand I'm just making a point). 

I am a Holistic Practitioner myself and there are times it's hard to separate myself from the cluster of new age movements but I serve humanity with the intent that those who are looking deeper and not interested in just another energy worker, sound therapist, intuitive mentor, etc., will find me with the assistance of our great Universe, God, Source, etc..

There is so much more going on behind the surface but most cannot get passed what the see right in front of them in the 3D world of social media, TV, News, etc.. Its an easy distraction from being present and from connecting on deeper levels within. It draws our mind and our eyes outward and we go into auto pilot. We just become zombies going through the motions and continue the repeating patterns of day to day life. We miss out on so much. 

We all do this as we are human but the difference is that some of us are aware of it and can rise above it. We came here to awaken, raise consciousness as we become conscious ourselves. We are here to shatter those old believe systems and old programming that have kept us enslaved for so long. The new paradigm does not permit those old ways. 

The challenge for us all is whether we are willing to shed those old ways and remember who we really are. Are we willing to allow ourselves to question everything we've ever known? Are we willing to shatter our own comfort zone and allow ourselves to fully emerge from our slumber and step into the unknown and clear the way for a new paradigm full of fresh new life? It's a rebirth like we've never known. We weren't born to conform to the old ways or compromise ourselves like generations before us. We came here to break the cycles. We are what we've been waiting for. We are the change. 

This is an exciting time for us. We got this. We are here to make universal history. We are the ascension pioneers. It won't be a perfect or easy process but we can and will move those mountains if this is what we choose to accept for ourselves and for the good of those we serve through our work. Everything weexperience reflects in our work. It's a ripple effect. We make an impact on the collective consciousness as we are all connected. Our frequency/energy is a calling card and has an effect on all we do, all those we connect with. 

I accept the task as I am not here to be like everyone else. I'm not just another energy worker, Reiki Practitioner, Intuitive Guide/Mentor, Intuitive Reader, etc., or what ever titles & labels there are out there. I'm here pave a new way and be the vessel the Universe needs to do what needs to be done. It may make me the outcast or the oddball in a world where everyone likes to wear matching outfits but I'm good with that. wink

Much love to you all and happy 11.11.11!!! laughing

www.quantumlucidity.weebly.com

 

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Bio-Energetic Resonance (BER) uses bio-energetic technology and bio-feedback (Muscle Testing) to assist the body in healing itself by reducing stressors and supporting cellular homeostasis.
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For anyone who has tried to study for an exam or take a test of any kind I'm sure that it's no surprise that anxiety scrambles your brain making learning hard. Over the last 10 years it has been concerning for me as I have witnessed the level of stress and anxiety rise among students and young people. High school and college students and even middle school and grade school students are under extreme pressure to perform well in school in preparation for acceptance to college. The levels of stress, anxiety, fear and depression in our children truly is frightening.

The good news is that the students that I meet in my office and online all report to me that they benefit from hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for academic performance. What's fun for me is that students are natural at hypnosis and easy learn self-hypnosis for stress management and use academic performance hypnosis.


How your brain becomes hardwired for fear. 


The problem is that most of the fears that we imagine never happen. For some people, the imagining of these fears becomes chronic - leading to anxiety and even panic attacks. Hypnosis for stress and anxiety can help you to be mindful and know that in the moment you are safe and OK. So whether it’s imagined stress or fear Hypnotherapy can help you to create new responses and remain calm in those exams or in any situations you may face. At the Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center you can learn hypnosis to hardwire happiness, Calmness and relaxation and to unhook the old feelings of fear and negativity.

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Move over Lamaze. Hypnobirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of child labor.

The phone rang at 7:30 a.m. and I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and eight months pregnant, to find a message from Dan Gilman: his wife Laura Beth was in labor. I had never met the Gilmans, but they had generously invited me to witness the birth of their third child. They were using a pain control technique I was learning myself: Hypnobirthing.

I quickly organized a trip to the birthing center in Danbury, Connecticut, but just one hour after Dan's call, before I'd even made it out of New York City, Mitchell Gilman made it into the world.

When I spoke to her a week later, Laura Beth was apologetic. I was ecstatic. She was living proof of what hypnobirthing proponents kept telling me - that mothers who use this method of self-hypnosis to give birth in a trance like, deeply relaxed state often enjoy miraculously short labors. "He came out 28 minutes after my waters broke." Laura Beth told me. "And I was not in pain. I was able to really relax."

I wasn't an easy convert to hypnobirthing. For a start, hypnosis made me think of a traveling showman inducing an audience member to dance like a chicken. On top of that, my mother, her mother, every mother I'd ever met had drummed into me that child birth was agony. Pain free labor? Yeah, right. But my husband Alex - a doctor who sniggered every time my prenatal yoga video urged me to open up like a lotus blossom - was hypnobirthing's unlikely champion.

As a scientist, he embraced the logic of hypnobirthing: if women are terrified of childbirth, the fight or flight reflex kicks in once the contractions start. This reflex shuts down organs that are nonessential to fighting and fleeing, including the uterus. With reduced blood flow, the uterus cramps, causing pain. If women could relax, the theory goes, they would experience no pain, have more effective contractions and therefore a shorter labor.

Marie Monogan, 71, a Concord, New Hampshire, hypnotherapist, invented the technique and has taught it at her institute since 1989. When I told her I was afraid of failing at hypnobirthing, Monogan gave me simple advice: "Trust your body and your baby. They know what to do."

Alex and I signed up for private lessons with hypnobirthing teacher Suzanne Fremon. At first, I found it incredibly hard to clear my mind and relax. Expecting to find an alley in Alex, I vented after the first session about the silliness of imagining myself floating on rainbow clouds of mist. "Don't focus on the language," Alex said, sounding for all the world like a New Ager instead of a neurologist. "Focus on the intent." After a few weeks of practice on the subway, I could get to the end of taped 15 minute exercises and have no recollection of the of the train's having stopped. In our third of five sessions, Fremon pinched me while I was deeply relaxed. I felt nothing. When I was alert again, she pinched me as hard as before. I pulled away. Ouch!

Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr., an upstate New York family practitioner and clinical professor of family medicine, introduced hypnobirthing to his practice four years ago. Since then, he says, his C-section rate has dropped from 25% to 1%, and none of his more than 200 hypnobirthing patients have ever requested analgesic drugs during labor.

Word is slowly spreading; Mongan has trained more than 1,700 people in 15 years. At the start, most were hypnotherapists and midwives. Now, about half are doctors and nurses. "This is not fringe or alternative," she says. "The more doctors and nurses see this, the more they realize it's no fluke."

Sadly, I didn't get to prove that point to my doctor - our son was a breech baby and delivered by caesarean section. But the hypnobirthing lessons were not in vain: they helped me cope when two anesthesiologists made six attempts at inserting my spinal bloc for surgery, and I was able to relax through the post-surgical pain with a minimum of medication. Four months later, when our son finally falls asleep each night, I know just how to relax and swiftly follow suit."

Recourses ...AHA

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SWEET TREATS FOR CELIACS! by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM

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Celiac’s crave sweet treats too! But, for more and more people with gluten sensitivities, flour and wheat based desserts are totally off limits. There are so many people with allergies; so it's really good to have lots of alternative ways of satisfying your sweet tooth! You still want to make absolutely delicious food without the sacrifices of flare-ups!

Gluten free deserts have gone mainstream and they are sinfully enticing and healthy too. But, you have to be willing to experiment. You can't necessarily take your favorite recipe and just substitute a gluten-free flour mix.

I LOVE to experiment with gluten free sweet treats AND natural remedies with essential oils and herbs in my kitchen. Here are two of my fave recipes! Let me know what you think. J

 

Gluten Free Goodness: Chocolate Mousse

  • 5 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate broken in pieces
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • pinch of sea salt
  • zest of one orange or a dash of Grand Marnier

Place chocolate in a bowl. Gently heat the heavy cream until just about to simmer, and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat the egg whites separately with salt until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it and then add the remaining egg whites, folding gently so the eggs do not deflate. Flavor with the orange zest or Grand Marnier. Pour into individual serving dishes. Chill for four to six hours. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

 

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & Bake for 20-25 minutes
  2. Stir coconut oil, egg, vanilla and honey together in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet along with milk, and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix the almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon for topping. Spread topping over cake.

 

3 Facts About Gluten:

It's been 5 years since I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease. And although my path to wellness has not always been smooth; I am grateful for my restored health and vitality

  • Gluten is found in several grains, such as wheat, barley and rye.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, both celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more common today than they were in the 1950's. Experts estimate that 30 to 40 percent of Americans are gluten intolerant.
  • Gluten can cause inflammation; a leading cause of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. If you're sensitive, tiny fissures in the small intestine may form preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and possibly leading to mental health and behavioral problems.

Source: National Foundation For Celiac Awareness(NFCA) www.celiaccentral.org

 

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley, MDR & Associates Media Consulting all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

 

 

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Reposted Keda EP's post.

"In a world seemingly full of empty promises, barren illusions and trifling trinkets, TRANSFORMATION is one of few valuable gifts that keep on giving. We are all worthy of this. It IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT." - True2Soul

I've recently connected with a beautiful man who said: “When we are brought out of something, it is not (only) for us – it is for the people coming after us.” This statement served as the perfect reminder to me of my “5 Ws + H”. WHY do I do what I do? WHY are healing and transformation so vital to me? WHAT/WHO is all of my work serving? WHERE am I heading? HOW am I getting there? and with whom am I to share this journey?

These questions lead me to a place much more profound than the daily hustle and grind. This type of inquiry is not about marketing strategies and brand clarity - 'cause folks; I gotta say, despite scrambling to accumulate money, power and things – we somehow still wind up feeling dissatisfied. Why is that? Some people argue that this is our motivation. It is how we evolve. Seriously though. We achieve our goals and then look around in wonderment because we are still left wanting and asking: "Is this it?" So what do we do? We climb right back onto the hamster wheel thinking that the answer must be to keep busy, move faster and run longer. Don't get me wrong. I don't vilify money, power or material gain because, on their own, they do and mean nothing. We, as human beings, are the ones who attribute the significance, the potential for harm…or the potential for good. It all just leaves me asking: "What else?"

The deeper place I’m getting to is TRANSFORMATION. In the midst of day to day living, I sometimes forget the expansive truth behind my work and healing. My transformation does not just affect me at this current time. In fact, it does not only affect those – for whom I deeply care – around me. My transformation affects my legacy; including with what and into what my descendants are born. My transformation affects my history – by acknowledging, appreciating and even transforming the work, sacrifices, successes and life that my ancestors gifted me and the world through time.

Transformation is not just about quitting smoking, making money, losing weight, gaining knowledge, or gaining fame. Transformation is a way of BEING that allows us to continually re-affirm our birthright to evolve and grow continually. The act of healing and permitting change is a fulfilment of an inherited promise. This is a perpetual gift that we accept and promise that we make from the moment of our first breath. A promise and gift to our ancestors, to our descendants, to the world and ourselves to grow and evolve.

WE ARE well-being and happiness. We need only REMEMBER THIS. We have the capacity to TRANSFORM into a state of greater abundance - causing RIPPLE EFFECTS through out life and time. Our transformation can affect family, legacy, and may even deal with some things that our parents or grandparents had not. We offer HOPE AND INSPIRATION to people who bear witness to our transformation. We send a clear message of "WE DO what WE WANT to do because WE CAN!" Transformation is not for special people in special circumstances. TRANSFORMATION IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT & A PERPETUAL GIFT.

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The Attitude of Gratitude by Monica Bickerstaff

“ Be grateful for the gift of the present. Living in the present opens doors to self awareness” Monica Bickerstaff, MSJ,ChP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner/ Fountain of Youth Guru™

This morning I woke up with the phrase “An Attitude Of Gratitude” singing chorus in my head. Now, I feel that I am GRATEFUL EVERY-day for EVERY-thing. So, why was the singing in my head getting louder and louder and why THIS morning? And, no; I didn’t have an oil or an herb for this one!

So, I did some soul digging and I realized that for the very first time…in a very long time…I am truly at a point of peaceful awareness of ME. And, I AM really digging this chick! A LOT!!!! So, does an attitude of gratitude reflect the core of our soul? Is it a point of self -awareness that we are constantly striving for? Or is it a natural, organic evolution of our conscious state of being? Ok, is this too heavy for Hump Day?

Studies show that people who cultivate feelings of gratitude have better health, feel more connected, achieve more of their goals and improve their relationships. Ok, we get that. But, for some, how do we get there?

Here are some ways you might practice gratitude:

• Notice: In any given moment; look around you and offer yourself this blessing; “I am grateful for _____”
• Write: At the end of the day, write down three things that occurred that day for which you are grateful.
• Share: Share your gratitude with others. Notice the power that a positive connection can create.
• Commit: Offer yourself the GIFT of gratitude and select a time of day to practice…BE GRATEFUL FOR YOU (that’s a great starting point)

Ultimately, offering gratitude daily benefits us physiologically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually…so, why not offer up a piece of humble pie. The meditative anchor of gratitude can effortlessly ground us back into the humanity of our reality.

Peace!
Monica Bickerstaff, MSJ,ChP, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner & Fountain Of Youth Guru(TM)

 
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Reposted Rose's post.

Times are shifting like never before. Timelines are collapsing, the veils are thinning and we are becoming more aware and remembering who we are. Our senses are heightening and we are connecting in deeper ways. 

The old ways no longer work and everything is backwards. What always made logical sense no longer makes any sense and what didn't make sense before seems to be the path we are being drawn to now. We are now realizing the old ways no longer work. We are no longer bound to all things traditional or the old belief systems. Time to challenge the old status quo. Time to allow ourselves to trust our own intuitive guidance, pave our own way, look beyond the surface and jump off the band wagon. This is deeper than the new age movements or fads. We are beyond that aesthetic commercialized cookie cutter hippy/spiritual wave we see now on social media and in every yoga studio on every corner (not that there is anything wrong with yoga itself. I love yoga and it's amazing. I hope you understand I'm just making a point). 

I am a Holistic Practitioner myself and there are times it's hard to separate myself from the cluster of new age movements but I serve humanity with the intent that those who are looking deeper and not interested in just another energy worker, sound therapist, intuitive mentor, etc., will find me with the assistance of our great Universe, God, Source, etc..

There is so much more going on behind the surface but most cannot get passed what the see right in front of them in the 3D world of social media, TV, News, etc.. Its an easy distraction from being present and from connecting on deeper levels within. It draws our mind and our eyes outward and we go into auto pilot. We just become zombies going through the motions and continue the repeating patterns of day to day life. We miss out on so much. 

We all do this as we are human but the difference is that some of us are aware of it and can rise above it. We came here to awaken, raise consciousness as we become conscious ourselves. We are here to shatter those old believe systems and old programming that have kept us enslaved for so long. The new paradigm does not permit those old ways. 

The challenge for us all is whether we are willing to shed those old ways and remember who we really are. Are we willing to allow ourselves to question everything we've ever known? Are we willing to shatter our own comfort zone and allow ourselves to fully emerge from our slumber and step into the unknown and clear the way for a new paradigm full of fresh new life? It's a rebirth like we've never known. We weren't born to conform to the old ways or compromise ourselves like generations before us. We came here to break the cycles. We are what we've been waiting for. We are the change. 

This is an exciting time for us. We got this. We are here to make universal history. We are the ascension pioneers. It won't be a perfect or easy process but we can and will move those mountains if this is what we choose to accept for ourselves and for the good of those we serve through our work. Everything weexperience reflects in our work. It's a ripple effect. We make an impact on the collective consciousness as we are all connected. Our frequency/energy is a calling card and has an effect on all we do, all those we connect with. 

I accept the task as I am not here to be like everyone else. I'm not just another energy worker, Reiki Practitioner, Intuitive Guide/Mentor, Intuitive Reader, etc., or what ever titles & labels there are out there. I'm here pave a new way and be the vessel the Universe needs to do what needs to be done. It may make me the outcast or the oddball in a world where everyone likes to wear matching outfits but I'm good with that. wink

Much love to you all and happy 11.11.11!!! laughing

www.quantumlucidity.weebly.com

 

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Bio-Energetic Resonance (BER) uses bio-energetic technology and bio-feedback (Muscle Testing) to assist the body in healing itself by reducing stressors and supporting cellular homeostasis.
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For anyone who has tried to study for an exam or take a test of any kind I'm sure that it's no surprise that anxiety scrambles your brain making learning hard. Over the last 10 years it has been concerning for me as I have witnessed the level of stress and anxiety rise among students and young people. High school and college students and even middle school and grade school students are under extreme pressure to perform well in school in preparation for acceptance to college. The levels of stress, anxiety, fear and depression in our children truly is frightening.

The good news is that the students that I meet in my office and online all report to me that they benefit from hypnosis for anxiety and hypnosis for academic performance. What's fun for me is that students are natural at hypnosis and easy learn self-hypnosis for stress management and use academic performance hypnosis.


How your brain becomes hardwired for fear. 


The problem is that most of the fears that we imagine never happen. For some people, the imagining of these fears becomes chronic - leading to anxiety and even panic attacks. Hypnosis for stress and anxiety can help you to be mindful and know that in the moment you are safe and OK. So whether it’s imagined stress or fear Hypnotherapy can help you to create new responses and remain calm in those exams or in any situations you may face. At the Nanaimo Hypnotherapy Center you can learn hypnosis to hardwire happiness, Calmness and relaxation and to unhook the old feelings of fear and negativity.

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Move over Lamaze. Hypnobirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of child labor.

The phone rang at 7:30 a.m. and I stumbled out of bed, bleary eyed and eight months pregnant, to find a message from Dan Gilman: his wife Laura Beth was in labor. I had never met the Gilmans, but they had generously invited me to witness the birth of their third child. They were using a pain control technique I was learning myself: Hypnobirthing.

I quickly organized a trip to the birthing center in Danbury, Connecticut, but just one hour after Dan's call, before I'd even made it out of New York City, Mitchell Gilman made it into the world.

When I spoke to her a week later, Laura Beth was apologetic. I was ecstatic. She was living proof of what hypnobirthing proponents kept telling me - that mothers who use this method of self-hypnosis to give birth in a trance like, deeply relaxed state often enjoy miraculously short labors. "He came out 28 minutes after my waters broke." Laura Beth told me. "And I was not in pain. I was able to really relax."

I wasn't an easy convert to hypnobirthing. For a start, hypnosis made me think of a traveling showman inducing an audience member to dance like a chicken. On top of that, my mother, her mother, every mother I'd ever met had drummed into me that child birth was agony. Pain free labor? Yeah, right. But my husband Alex - a doctor who sniggered every time my prenatal yoga video urged me to open up like a lotus blossom - was hypnobirthing's unlikely champion.

As a scientist, he embraced the logic of hypnobirthing: if women are terrified of childbirth, the fight or flight reflex kicks in once the contractions start. This reflex shuts down organs that are nonessential to fighting and fleeing, including the uterus. With reduced blood flow, the uterus cramps, causing pain. If women could relax, the theory goes, they would experience no pain, have more effective contractions and therefore a shorter labor.

Marie Monogan, 71, a Concord, New Hampshire, hypnotherapist, invented the technique and has taught it at her institute since 1989. When I told her I was afraid of failing at hypnobirthing, Monogan gave me simple advice: "Trust your body and your baby. They know what to do."

Alex and I signed up for private lessons with hypnobirthing teacher Suzanne Fremon. At first, I found it incredibly hard to clear my mind and relax. Expecting to find an alley in Alex, I vented after the first session about the silliness of imagining myself floating on rainbow clouds of mist. "Don't focus on the language," Alex said, sounding for all the world like a New Ager instead of a neurologist. "Focus on the intent." After a few weeks of practice on the subway, I could get to the end of taped 15 minute exercises and have no recollection of the of the train's having stopped. In our third of five sessions, Fremon pinched me while I was deeply relaxed. I felt nothing. When I was alert again, she pinched me as hard as before. I pulled away. Ouch!

Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr., an upstate New York family practitioner and clinical professor of family medicine, introduced hypnobirthing to his practice four years ago. Since then, he says, his C-section rate has dropped from 25% to 1%, and none of his more than 200 hypnobirthing patients have ever requested analgesic drugs during labor.

Word is slowly spreading; Mongan has trained more than 1,700 people in 15 years. At the start, most were hypnotherapists and midwives. Now, about half are doctors and nurses. "This is not fringe or alternative," she says. "The more doctors and nurses see this, the more they realize it's no fluke."

Sadly, I didn't get to prove that point to my doctor - our son was a breech baby and delivered by caesarean section. But the hypnobirthing lessons were not in vain: they helped me cope when two anesthesiologists made six attempts at inserting my spinal bloc for surgery, and I was able to relax through the post-surgical pain with a minimum of medication. Four months later, when our son finally falls asleep each night, I know just how to relax and swiftly follow suit."

Recourses ...AHA

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SWEET TREATS FOR CELIACS! by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM

v5dx59esjmmqltsvwuv4akaaue22kbyu.jpg

 

Celiac’s crave sweet treats too! But, for more and more people with gluten sensitivities, flour and wheat based desserts are totally off limits. There are so many people with allergies; so it's really good to have lots of alternative ways of satisfying your sweet tooth! You still want to make absolutely delicious food without the sacrifices of flare-ups!

Gluten free deserts have gone mainstream and they are sinfully enticing and healthy too. But, you have to be willing to experiment. You can't necessarily take your favorite recipe and just substitute a gluten-free flour mix.

I LOVE to experiment with gluten free sweet treats AND natural remedies with essential oils and herbs in my kitchen. Here are two of my fave recipes! Let me know what you think. J

 

Gluten Free Goodness: Chocolate Mousse

  • 5 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate broken in pieces
  • 4 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • pinch of sea salt
  • zest of one orange or a dash of Grand Marnier

Place chocolate in a bowl. Gently heat the heavy cream until just about to simmer, and pour over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg yolks, one at a time. Beat the egg whites separately with salt until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it and then add the remaining egg whites, folding gently so the eggs do not deflate. Flavor with the orange zest or Grand Marnier. Pour into individual serving dishes. Chill for four to six hours. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

 

Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & Bake for 20-25 minutes
  2. Stir coconut oil, egg, vanilla and honey together in a bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet along with milk, and stir until smooth.
  5. Pour into an 8×8 baking pan.
  6. In a small bowl mix the almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon for topping. Spread topping over cake.

 

3 Facts About Gluten:

It's been 5 years since I was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease. And although my path to wellness has not always been smooth; I am grateful for my restored health and vitality

  • Gluten is found in several grains, such as wheat, barley and rye.
  • According to the Mayo Clinic, both celiac disease and gluten intolerance are more common today than they were in the 1950's. Experts estimate that 30 to 40 percent of Americans are gluten intolerant.
  • Gluten can cause inflammation; a leading cause of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. If you're sensitive, tiny fissures in the small intestine may form preventing nutrients from being absorbed, and possibly leading to mental health and behavioral problems.

Source: National Foundation For Celiac Awareness(NFCA) www.celiaccentral.org

 

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley, MDR & Associates Media Consulting all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

 

 

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Reposted Keda EP's post.

"In a world seemingly full of empty promises, barren illusions and trifling trinkets, TRANSFORMATION is one of few valuable gifts that keep on giving. We are all worthy of this. It IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT." - True2Soul

I've recently connected with a beautiful man who said: “When we are brought out of something, it is not (only) for us – it is for the people coming after us.” This statement served as the perfect reminder to me of my “5 Ws + H”. WHY do I do what I do? WHY are healing and transformation so vital to me? WHAT/WHO is all of my work serving? WHERE am I heading? HOW am I getting there? and with whom am I to share this journey?

These questions lead me to a place much more profound than the daily hustle and grind. This type of inquiry is not about marketing strategies and brand clarity - 'cause folks; I gotta say, despite scrambling to accumulate money, power and things – we somehow still wind up feeling dissatisfied. Why is that? Some people argue that this is our motivation. It is how we evolve. Seriously though. We achieve our goals and then look around in wonderment because we are still left wanting and asking: "Is this it?" So what do we do? We climb right back onto the hamster wheel thinking that the answer must be to keep busy, move faster and run longer. Don't get me wrong. I don't vilify money, power or material gain because, on their own, they do and mean nothing. We, as human beings, are the ones who attribute the significance, the potential for harm…or the potential for good. It all just leaves me asking: "What else?"

The deeper place I’m getting to is TRANSFORMATION. In the midst of day to day living, I sometimes forget the expansive truth behind my work and healing. My transformation does not just affect me at this current time. In fact, it does not only affect those – for whom I deeply care – around me. My transformation affects my legacy; including with what and into what my descendants are born. My transformation affects my history – by acknowledging, appreciating and even transforming the work, sacrifices, successes and life that my ancestors gifted me and the world through time.

Transformation is not just about quitting smoking, making money, losing weight, gaining knowledge, or gaining fame. Transformation is a way of BEING that allows us to continually re-affirm our birthright to evolve and grow continually. The act of healing and permitting change is a fulfilment of an inherited promise. This is a perpetual gift that we accept and promise that we make from the moment of our first breath. A promise and gift to our ancestors, to our descendants, to the world and ourselves to grow and evolve.

WE ARE well-being and happiness. We need only REMEMBER THIS. We have the capacity to TRANSFORM into a state of greater abundance - causing RIPPLE EFFECTS through out life and time. Our transformation can affect family, legacy, and may even deal with some things that our parents or grandparents had not. We offer HOPE AND INSPIRATION to people who bear witness to our transformation. We send a clear message of "WE DO what WE WANT to do because WE CAN!" Transformation is not for special people in special circumstances. TRANSFORMATION IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT & A PERPETUAL GIFT.

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The Attitude of Gratitude by Monica Bickerstaff

“ Be grateful for the gift of the present. Living in the present opens doors to self awareness” Monica Bickerstaff, MSJ,ChP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner/ Fountain of Youth Guru™

This morning I woke up with the phrase “An Attitude Of Gratitude” singing chorus in my head. Now, I feel that I am GRATEFUL EVERY-day for EVERY-thing. So, why was the singing in my head getting louder and louder and why THIS morning? And, no; I didn’t have an oil or an herb for this one!

So, I did some soul digging and I realized that for the very first time…in a very long time…I am truly at a point of peaceful awareness of ME. And, I AM really digging this chick! A LOT!!!! So, does an attitude of gratitude reflect the core of our soul? Is it a point of self -awareness that we are constantly striving for? Or is it a natural, organic evolution of our conscious state of being? Ok, is this too heavy for Hump Day?

Studies show that people who cultivate feelings of gratitude have better health, feel more connected, achieve more of their goals and improve their relationships. Ok, we get that. But, for some, how do we get there?

Here are some ways you might practice gratitude:

• Notice: In any given moment; look around you and offer yourself this blessing; “I am grateful for _____”
• Write: At the end of the day, write down three things that occurred that day for which you are grateful.
• Share: Share your gratitude with others. Notice the power that a positive connection can create.
• Commit: Offer yourself the GIFT of gratitude and select a time of day to practice…BE GRATEFUL FOR YOU (that’s a great starting point)

Ultimately, offering gratitude daily benefits us physiologically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually…so, why not offer up a piece of humble pie. The meditative anchor of gratitude can effortlessly ground us back into the humanity of our reality.

Peace!
Monica Bickerstaff, MSJ,ChP, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner & Fountain Of Youth Guru(TM)

 
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