December, 2014
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  • Cinnamon Spread with Coconut Oil

    Once I discovered that Virgin Organic Coconut Oil was a saturated fat with a whole lot of HEALTHY components, unlike other saturated fats, I started looking for ways to incorporate it into my diet daily. I was especially intrigued about the way it helps to fight Candida overgrowth. We all need some Candida but too much can result in numerous health issues. To read more check out this research study in PubMed.gov  and a list of symptoms caused by Candida

    To make this spread the healthiest and tastiest I also used a butter grapeseed oil which contains no actual butter. I use liquid Stevia in place of white sugar and add  either Cinnamon or Cassia essential oil. It is really amazing how just 2 drops really make the flavor pop! I tried it with out the essential oil and it was O.K. just not as tasty. Read below the recipe for the health properties of the essential oils. Not all essential oils are safe for consumption. Email me to learn more as the FDA does not allow info here even though essential oils are not drugs.

    I use this spread everyday either on a slice of organic whole grain toast or in my oatmeal.

    CINNAMON SPREAD

    16 servings of 1 Tablespoon each

    Cinnamon Spread ingredents  Ingredients:

    Directions:

    • Heat Coconut oil to liquefy
    • Remove from heat
    • Stir in remaining ingredients
    • Pour into glass container (I use jars with a screw top lid)
    • Occasionally stir as spread begins to solidify to prevent separation
    • Cover with lid and store on counter.Cinammon spread close up
    • We like this spread so much that it never lasts more than a couple weeks. Store in refrigerator if wanting to keep longer.

    Per serving: 105 calories, 10 g fat, 4 g carbs, 4 g sugar

    NOTES:

    • *You can also use natural grapeseed oil, the butter flavor just makes it tastier
    • **I have used both the Cinnamon and the Cassia essential oils and they both work well. I mostly use the Cassia in cooking as it is a better price point and has almost all the  benefits as the Cinnamon.

    Ways Cinnamon and Cassia Essential Oils Help Support Good Health

    • Promotes circulation
    • Maintains a healthy immune system
    • Promotes oral health
    • Helps alleviate sore muscles and joints
    • Long used for its internal health benefits
    • Long used as natural flavoring

    • Promotes healthy digestion
    • Warming, uplifting aroma
    • Helps promote circulation

    Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of this spread or if you have a favorite to share!

    Blessings for Health, 

    Kathy

    Purchase essential oil at retail or discount by contacting me; kathy@kathyskinner.com

    The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    December 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints, Recipes, Wildtree • Views: 772

  • Get Back on Track After the Feasting

    I am hoping you had a wonderful Holiday Season full of great time with family and friends. And of course lots of tasty food and seasonal drinks. All that being said, now is the time to get back on track after the feasting. Yes, I know there are still some days of partying left so… I thought these tips would help get you started. I follow them after each time I not only attend a party but just eat out and they really help me get my mind around staying on track again.

    You know if I or you wait until ALL the partying is done, we would never get back on track and then it is so much harder to get started again! To be honest if we are living a full life, the partying is NEVER done. There are Football playoffs, Valentine’s, Basketball, Birthdays, Hockey, and the list goes on and on. That’s why I choose to enjoy the party in moderation and follow up with my 3-day plan to get re focused. Works for me and I hope it will help you as well!

    AFTER the Party:

    • Drink plenty of water (at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces)
    • Next 3 days eat light & less – especially sugary & fatty foods
    • Get plenty of Fiber; 25 grams minimum
    • Snack on raw or lightly steamed veggies
    • green-tea Detox: Drink clear broths, lemon water and add citrus essential oils to your water or drink herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger, or lemon to help alkalize your body. A lot of the foods that we eat at parties are acid producing—alcohol, animal protein, sugar—these things are going to put stress on your immune system and your digestive system
    • Get extra Vitamin C to help with the detoxification
    • Get moving again, not a workout, rather stretching, turning, walking to get things move downward. A great and relaxing position is to lay on the floor with your bottom next to a wall and rest your legs up the wall.
    •   If you find yourself with an upset stomach from over indulging on foods your body isn’t use to (for me that would be anything fried), rub a drop or two of the Digestive Blend of essential oils on your stomach. Works wonders at relieving the discomfort for my husband and me in less than five minutes!
    • If you over did it, don’t beat yourself up, it is just one event/day and guilt will just cause you to indulge in leftovers. (Think of it this way – if you are driving your car and got a flat tire, you wouldn’t get out and slash the other three! No you fix the flat and get back on the road.)
    • Revisit your “Why” you want to be healthier and or lighter, visualize doing activities you love at your healthiest state

    Focus on getting back into a healthy routine again and you will be back on track in no time!

    Wishing you a Healthy & Happy Year Ahead!

    Kathy

    To Purchase or learn more about essential oils contact; Kathy@kathyskinner.com

    The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis

    December 31, 2014 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 1599

  • 12 Way to De-Stress the Holidays

    The Holidays are here and causing this to be a stressful time for many. Family and friends are coming in to visit, there are parties to go to, meals to prepare, a lot of shopping to do; the list goes on and on. Give yourself a gift and check out the list below for ways to remove some of the stress and put back in more of the Holiday Cheer. – It won’t take long to look this over – I promise!

    12 WAYS TO DE-STRESS THE HOLIDAYS

    1.  It might seem counterproductive to cram in time for yourself during what’s supposed to be a season of giving and loving others.  But gifting yourself with regular time to regroup, without distractions, gives you both energy and calm — making you more fun to be around AND you will be able to focus better therefore accomplishing more in less time.

    2.   Get your sleep, exercise, water & healthy eating. Do this last one 4-5 times a day

    cookie-exchange-invitations-2  3.   Before answering an invitation to an event or even a casual activity; check in with your body first, to notice how you feel. Are you excited or tense, relaxed or headachy, calm or vaguely nauseated. If you’re not good to go, don’t go. Don’t worry about what others will think. And if you do simply say, “I’m not sure, check back with me in a couple days.” Chances are very good they won’t and you will be off the hook!

    Have a mile-long gift list that you can’t seem to pare? Dread the jammed mall? Simplify gift giving with a little creative thinking that emphasizes people over stuff.

    4.   Give the gift of experience. Tickets to a sporting event or arts performance, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, membership to a zoo or museum. This can become a gift to yourself with one-stop shopping when you give the same gift to many recipients.

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    5.   Give the present of your presence. This is one of my favorite ways to give! It reduces stress of doing it now and it spreads out the giving, receiving and FUN over many months. Make coupons for activities you can share with an older or younger relative: shopping or fishing outings, regular ice cream parlor visits, time to read together or play cards together. Young parents might like babysitting favors. Older adults might welcome drives in the country.

    I even made up the certificate for you Click to get your Holiday Gift Certificate , my gift to YOU!

    6.   Give a handmade holiday.  Try burning CDs, making movies, making spaghetti sauce, baking, almonds in jar spicedcrafting, drawing, and so on. It’s amazing how creative even non-“handy” people can get.

    Need something quick AND easy? Check out my Roasted Nut Recipe HERE   

     

    All those lights, all that razzle-dazzle — it takes effort, not to mention energy and resources. This year simplify.

    7.   Put up just a few lights or better, Skip the lights in front of the house — and maybe even the tree. Fewer watts to burn, fewer strings for you to get tangled in.

    8.   Decorate with natural elements. Fill bowls with pinecones or clove studded oranges. Bring red berry &/ or pine branches indoors (or snip boughs from the bottom of the tree). When the season ends, you can just pitch everything on the compost pile.

    A lot of holiday stress is rooted in the name of tradition. You know doing certain things, in a certain way.

    9.   Find out which parts of the holiday truly means the most to your loved ones. You might be surprised by what others really like. Is it caroling? A special feast? Driving around to look at the lights and decorations? Keep one or two of those traditions — period — and do them up! Shift your focus. Decide to make happy memories, rather than continue traditions for tradition’s sake. The more relaxed an event, the more likely everyone will want to keep it up, making future holidays easier, too.

    10. Take a look at your daily and seasonal chores. Start delegating. If a person (children included) can do a job 75% as well as you do it, then they can do it. Unless of course it is to dangerous/ personal.

    11.  This short-cut I use all year round! – EVERY time you make a meal or snack – make twice as much and store the extra for a time you are rushed. This gift to yourself will definitely help you to more likely stay with your health & weight goals.

    12.  Take a little time to plan ahead which will save you a lot of time and
    stress!
    • Make a list of everything needed for your meals (this can also become your shopping list).
    • Before putting away the groceries, chop up what is needed for a recipe.
    • Make as many dishes as far in advance a possible.
    What do you do to reduce the holiday stress load??? Would love to see you comments!
    Blessing for a Healthy and Merry Christmas!
    Kathy

    December 12, 2014 • Healthy Hints, Mind Managing • Views: 1306