October, 2016
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  • Cancer Prevention Lifestyle

     

    Are you aware that less than 10 % of all cancer cases are thought to be related to genetic risk factors. The remainder—90 %—appear to be triggered by lifestyle and environmental factors. Taking control of your Lifestyle can significantly reduce your odds of getting cancer and is way more powerful than simply trying to detect it. This means reducing your toxic intake as much as possible. I certainly don’t want to be living in a bubble, however, there are many things I can do to improve my odds. Today I am going to share with you a few of the cancer prevention things I am doing.

    Does this guarantee I’ll never get cancer? No, I do have a strong family history of it. But if I do get it, my body will be better equipped to fight it off!

    My Cancer Prevention Lifestyle

    tummy-painHaving a cancer prevention lifestyle means seeking out organically-produced items or creating my own. I am talking about food, clothing, cleaning products, personal care products, etc. Because it’s the accumulated exposure from all these varied sources that end up wreaking havoc, it all matters.

    Some steps you can take to lower your risk:

    • Don’t smoke – I thought I’d start with this one because we have been inindated with it, so just don’t!grapes-500x500
    • Limit alcohol – Your cancer risk increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you’ve been drinking regularly. So, limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day as even small amounts increase risk according to research studies. (You can get the polyphenols and resveratrols from dark skinned grape juice without the negatives.)
    • Maintain a healthy weight – There are lots of suggestions on this blog. If you don’t know where to begin, check out my Back to Basics – Steps for a Healthy Body 
    • Be physically active – This can help you maintain a healthy weight, which, in turn, helps prevent cancer.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, a healthy adult should engage in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like a brisk walk) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week. Get some ideas 
    • healthy bodyEat healthy – That means lots of fresh (or frozen) fruits, veggies and beans, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, virgin olive oil, virgin organic coconut oil, etc), lean animal products, etc. AND keeping all types of processed food to a bare minimum. Anything high in calories and low in nutrition should be reserved for extra special occasions only.
    • Read ingredient labels – It is mind boggling how many artificial and toxic honestly-labeled-foodsingredients are in not only our foods, but household and personal care products too. I go for the natural or make it myself. (again lots on this blog) Just because it says ‘Natural” on the front of the bottle doesn’t mean it is – READ!
    • Reduce hazard chemical contact – An example: ‘Flame-retardant’ materials which were created and required for our safety but have now proven to be more of a hazard than helpful (removed from children’s pajamas in the 70’s). Get list of offenders HERE
    • Get your vitamin D & then cover-up – There is some research showing that vitamin D may help in prevention. As a very general guide, you need to expose about 40 % of your 0701161623aentire body to the sun for approximately 20 minutes when the sun is at its zenith. If you plan to be in the sun longer then use a sunscreen. Some ingredients in the sunscreen may be cancerous. I know a vicious circle so, I make my own. Get the recipe 
    • Avoid electromagnetic fields – As much as possible, limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, as well as from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms. In other words, reduce your exposure by having such tests only when absolutely necessary.
    • Get enough restorative sleep – Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which can contribute to cancer. Contact me (Kathy@kathyskinner.com) for some essential oil combinations that work wonders to enhance your sleep.
    • Learn stress management tools – Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. Even the Center for Disease Control states that 85 % of disease is driven by emotional factors. Long deep breathes usually help with the immediate stuff. Yoga, walking, meditation and essential oils can help with immediate and overall. Out the Learn about the Benefits of Walking   spiritual
    • Stay Spiritually connected – There are many researchers who believe that certain beliefs, attitudes, and practices associated with being a spiritual person influence health in a positive way. I personally stay spiritually connected through prayer, meditation, Bible study, worship and regularly meeting with members of my faith based community.

    I don’t know if I will get cancer or how long I will live but I can tell you that I am very healthy and have lots of energy to do the things I want. I feel very blessed and wish the same for you!

    Kathy

    NOTE: 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

    Sources and References:

    Caring.com; Melanie Haiken; cancer.gov; MayoClinic.org; HealthUCSD.edu; ajcn.org; aromaticscience.com; Healthwithfood.org

    October 9, 2016 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 449

  • Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    When I have a surplus of zucchini in my garden, I will make the usual zucchini bread but I also make these oatmeal cookies. They always get raves and requests for the recipe so I figured it was about time I recorded it here!

    This last batch I used a 1/2 cup of ground old fashion oats in place of the wheat flour and they were great again!

    Zucchini Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

    Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
    • ¾ cup white beans pureed
    • 1/2 c wheat flour
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil liquified
    • 1 cup grated zucchinioatmeal-zucchini-carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded carrot
    • 1/2 c shredded coconut
    • 1/2 c Raisins
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup local raw honey
    • 1/2 c brown sugar

    Instructions:  

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Grate zucchini and squeeze out excess water. (I grate onto a paper towel and then use the paper towel to get rid of the excess water. Wrap the paper towel or dish cloth around the zucchini and squeeze over the sink.) Grate carrot 
    3. Beat oil, honey & sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
    4. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
    5. Gradually add flour mixture to the oil/sugar mixture and beat on low speed until well combined. Then gradually add in beans, beating until combined
    6. Stir in oats, zucchini, carrot, coconut, and raisins.
    7. Drop by rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they just start to turn color. Let cool on sheets for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack and ENJOY!

    Per Cookie:

    101 cal, 11g fat, 10mg sodium, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugar, 1.5g protein  

    Note:

    • These cookies freeze well
    • Add 3 drops doTERRA Wild Orange or Cinnamon or Cassia essential oils for added flavor pop and health benefits.

     

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    October 3, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 699

  • Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

    I absolutely love this recipe. It is so easy, it’s raw clean eating and useful in many ways. Once the marinated cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes are ready, they can be eaten on their own or used as toppers for salad greens (no extra dressing required), on rice, bugler, quinoa, couscous or cottage cheese.

    cherry tomatoesUsually I use Roma Tomatoes, regular cucumbers sliced along with rings of onion. As you will see in the photos, I used cherry tomatoes as I had an over-abundant harvest of them and I chopped my onions and my ‘pickling’ cucumbers since I had so many of them as well!

    Marinated Cucumbers, Onions, and Tomatoes

    Ingredients:

    • 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
    • 3 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with mother
    • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup olive oil

    Directions:  marinated tomato, cucumbers

    • Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
    • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving

    NOTE:

    • I find it will keep in the frig about a week
    • You can also change it up by adding fresh herbs or a drop or two of essential oils (my favorite is 1 drop each of Basil and Oregano)

     

    Enjoy!!!

    October 1, 2016 • Essential Oils, Recipes • Views: 429