Did you know that constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the United States? It’s a gastrointestinal issue that is too embarrassing to discuss except with your doctor. Nobody wants to admit they are full of “poo.”
But this private matter can be a big deal.
In a review of the scientific evidence, researchers found that constipation might lead to or boost the risk for more serious complications such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, colonic conditions, and urologic disorders (according to a report in U.S. News and World Report).
But don’t get yourself upset — constipation is a symptom, not a disease. It is a result of poor digestion, an overloaded gut, poor nutrient absorption, and just plain BAD eating habits.
It seems like it would take years of work to undo what we have done. But really, we can begin the process and feel significant improvements in just 10 days.
Dr. Nicholas J. Talley, chairman of internal medicine at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, said, “Few people appreciate the seriousness of constipation because symptoms can vary greatly, from mild to severe.” He believes that many “suffer in silence because it’s embarrassing to talk about your bowels.”
I think that is just ridiculous. Nobody should suffer in silence. We all eat, we all sleep, we all poo (well, most of us, anyway). Why don’t we talk about it?
It’s time to let it all out. Releasing old material from our intestines and bowels is a key part of the Naked Challenge, my 10-day detox program. I will help you eliminate years of stuck “poo.” Years of emotional constipation, too.
The truth is our bodies are overwhelmed. They are simply not made to digest the “food products” that we consume each day. I call them “products” because there is nothing real about packaged foods. They are just cleverly designed and manufactured bi-products — chemically charged “faux” food.
Digestive tract image source: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/lactoseintolerance/
Toilet bowl image source: http://www.montrealchronicles.com/2012/06/swimming-pool-toilet-bowl.html
I have never met anyone who doesn’t love banana bread. But, I have met many who don’t like to eat bread, and they miss the flavor of one o their favorite foods. This recipe will satisfy the taste and desire for cinnamon, maple and banana all at once. Walnut, the ultimate brain food also have fat fighting oils and nourish the body. Try thee as soon as you can….
4 cups Whole Raw Walnuts, soaked 2 hours
3 Ripe bananas (the more freckles the better)
½ cup Maple Syrup
1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
Soak walnuts, rinse, drain pat dry and place in medium mixing bowl.
Place bananas, maple syrup, salt and spices in high speed blender and blend until pureed. Pour mixture over nuts and toss until completely coated. Prepare Dehydrator tray with and teflex sheet laying over mesh grid sheet. Pour mixture onto 2-3 trays and spread evenly. Place in dehydrator for 3-5 hours at 105 degrees. Remove trays and transfer mixture from teflex to grid sheet only and continue to dehydrate for 12-24 hours, until mix is crunchy. Will keep in airtight container for up to a month.
This milk is sweet and rich; it may be too good to share. I would even serve this milk slightly warmed with some fresh nutmeg sprinkled on top.
Raw pumpkin is full of B vitamins, beta-carotene, and iron. The juice from raw pumpkins is reported to help improve liver and kidney function.
1 cup pecans, soaked for 2 hours, rinsed, and drained
4 cups of water
1 cup sugar pie pumpkin, diced
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
A pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in your high-speed blender. Blend on high until nuts and pumpkin are thoroughly broken down and liquid is smooth. Place nut-milk bag over mouth of a large pitcher or hold it over a large bowl. Carefully pour liquid through nut-milk bag. Squeeze the nut-milk bag repeatedly until all the milk is released and the pulp is dry.
Store milk in jar(s) in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
This is one of those recipes that I kept thinking about until it just happened, and it came out perfectly the very first time. WOW is it good. It’s a healthful, delicious alternative to Green Bean Casserole.
Kale and Mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon ghee
• 1 cup thinly sliced leeks
• 2 cups sliced fresh crimini or shitake mushrooms
• 11⁄2 teaspoons Spike Gourmet Natural Seasoning
• 2 teaspoons tamari wheat-free soy sauce
• 2 bunches curly kale, chopped
• 1⁄4 cup cashew butter
• 1⁄2 cup water
• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
• 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a large skillet on medium heat, melt the ghee. Add the leeks, mushrooms, seasoning, and tamari and sauté until soft. Add kale, cover, and let steam on low for 5 minutes.
In a high-speed blender, mix cashew butter, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and salt until incorporated. Add to kale mixture in skillet and toss. Turn off heat and transfer to a 9-x-9 inch baking dish. Top with Crispy Leeks (below) and bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
2 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 2)
2 teaspoons olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Toss leeks in olive oil and sea salt. Spread evenly and thinly on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Toss and bake an additional 5 minutes until almost completely browned. They will continue to brown on top of casserole.
One bite of this special dessert and you’ll say, “No way is this dairy free! No way is this free of processed sugar and gluten and wheat! And it’s good for me?” Yes, it is! It’s full of “good” fats that can actually lower your cholesterol and help your body burn fat. (Check out “Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil” for more information.) Plus you’re getting all the nutrients of raw pumpkin, raw nuts, and carrot juice. It’s a super-delicious super-dessert!
3 cups raw pecans
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups raw cashews, soaked
2 cups pumpkin, cubed
1 1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (1 young coconut)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon lecithin
1/4 cup coconut oil
Pinch sea salt
Process all ingredients until they start to stick together. Pour ingredients into a 10-inch non-stick springform pan. Spread evenly and press down slightly with hand until gently packed.
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into pan on top of crust. Using spatula gently spread toward edges of pan until even. Place in freezer while making next layer or for 1–2 hours.
Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender until light and fluffy. Carefully spread on top of cheesecake filling. This should be at the very top of the pan. Place in refrigerator for 4–6 hours until completely set.
Use thin knife to scrape around edges of pan before removing cake from pan. Cut into slices and enjoy!
Stop with the Fat talk.
Thats what I keep telling people as they cycle around old information about Low Fat Diets being the way to good health.
The truth is we aren’t fat enough.
There is a huge epidemic of people suffering from LOW fat intake. The statistics show upward of 96,000 Deaths Per year, according to Harvard University researchers, omega 3 deficiency is the sixth biggest killer of Americans and it is more dangerous that trans fat intake.
What? Can this be true? Yes, it is , I have even felt it myself as I was a low fat raw vegan for many years, and slowly began declining in my health. My nails became brittle, I suffered and intense emotional menopause, and felt my super charged creative brain,getting dulled, foggy and quite frankly not as interesting. Yikes, I began to feel depressed again, much the same as I did when I was a young girl suffering from Toxic overload. You see, we are seeking balance, and balance means not jumping from one “fad diet” to another, its about really finding our homeostasis, learning to listen to our bodes signals and act accordingly without the constraints of a labeled diet.
The Harvard study researched many lifestyle factors, such as activity, weight, metabolic function and toxic input. and still showed that between 72,000 and 96,000 deaths occur per year int he US from an Omega 3 deficiency. It also showed that between 60-90% of the worldwide population is deficient in essential fats, and it is actually increasing obesity and health risks at a rapid rate.
Some of the clear signs of deficiency to be aware of are:
- Poor memory
- Dry skin
- Mood swings or depression
- Poor circulation
- Heart problems
These are not the only symptoms, and certainly these symptoms can be caused from various other deficiencies. However with the research at hand, lets just err on the side of caution and assume that we are all somewhat deficient. How do we rectify this problem? Supplements? Not really. Most people cannot absorb supplements well, we are a nation of pill poppers and really none of these pills are doing us any good. For some pills are just causing other problems, like upset stomach, gastritis, and ulcers. By increasing proper levels of Omegas and Essential fats, we can expect to see healthful developments in improving these conditions:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Depression, mood swings, bi-polar disorder, and other mental conditions
- Cognitive decline
- Skin disorders
- Menstrual pain
- Prevents certain types of cancer (colon, breast, prostate)
And that just to name a few.
So, how do we get started? What are some of the things we can implement immediately to begin in our journey to balance. Begin by looking at your current lifestyle. Access how important it is for you to be healthy, and then ask yourself “Would I rather be happy/healthy, or would I rather be right?” If you choose happiness, then I will list some wonderful ways to implementOmega 3 fats into your diet.
Common sources of animal omega-3 EPA and DHA fatty acids include:
- Fish oils
- Krill Oil
- Egg Oil
- Squid Oils
- While some Plant Oils contain the omega 3 ALA fatty acid such as:
- seabuckthorn seed and berry oils,
- Algae oil
- Flaxseed Oil
- Sacha Inchi Oil
- Echium Oil
- Hemp oil
The idea is that you get all three EPA- DHA-ALA Fatty Acids to maintain an efficient supply. (For the Vegans who feel that is against their belief- I salute you).
I prefer Krill Oil and Udos Blend of essential 3-6-9 fatty acids for balance. A drop of krill in the morning and some Omegas in my smoothie.
And please consider some other fats as well: (to name a few)
- Coconut oil
- Cold Pressed Olive Oil
- Pumpkin seeds
For Health Vibrance and Beauty.
Are you looking down at that uncomfortable bloated belly, wondering when the last time it is that you saw your toes? Okay, maybe its not that bad, maybe you just feel a little puffy? Or perhaps its just that the clothes aren’t fitting the way they used to and you just feel heavy? Slimming down your middle can be done without counting calories. It is about paying attention to what you are consuming, and make choices to eliminate the 3 major culprits. Take a quick step back and evaluate your intake. Now, take Control of what you are placing in your precious body. Its simple, we all want to be in control and food, is the ONLY and ONE thing in life that we have control over. Thats right, unless you are being force fed, you are in control of every bite you place in your mouth. So, with that new found empowerment, and desire to feel and look the best ever, start eliminating these 3 Toxic foods and lets shrink that Belly.
Step ONE- Know and avoid these 3 foods and watch the weight melt away.
1. Processed foods/Junk foods
If the box or bag the food comes in has an ingredient list that you cannot understand or pronounce, do not eat it. Don’t buy it, don’t hold onto it, in fact, throw it out of your pantry as quickly as possible, because one day it will call on you to come and get it, adding inches to your waistline.. Junk foods, processed foods and fast foods, none of it is real food. All of those mystery ingredients are pure toxins for your body and will not benefit your good health in any way. (Replace with whole foods, fresh grains, vegetables, fruits,nuts and seeds)
2. Soft drinks, juice, and other sweetened beverages.
These beverages actually increase your hunger. Thats right, anything containing high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and even artificial sweeteners need to be avoided at all costs. They are not only empty calories, but they raise the glucose levels in your body that causes cravings to occur. (Replace with fresh pressed juices that you make yourself, purchase fresh pressed at local markets or juice stands)
Alcohol is loaded with calories, turns to sugar, and adds toxins to the body like no other ingredient , adding instant girth to the tire around the belly. Alcohol stifles the Livers ability to function and process toxins. Toxins = Excess Weight. Excess weight loves to accumulate around the Belly. (Replace with love, joy, laughter, sex and sleep)
Step TWO- Avoid these foods today and experience immediate results. You will feel lighter, less bloat, and an over all sense of joy at the release of these. toxic foods.
Step THREE- Get Naked Fast. When you start eating Naked your body will naturally begin slimming down and over time with consistency will likely stay that way. Know your No’s (no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no meat, no caffeine, and no alcohol) and stay away from manufactured foods to reduce your silhouette. You will eventually find what foods area a bit resistant, and also find the foods that please you and your lovely frame.
For more information please go to http://www.DianaStobo.com/store to find books, products, coaching and The Naked Challenge to take your health and wellness to a new level of Bliss
in health and love,
So many people suffer from acid reflux, also called heartburn. It can can be so painful that sometimes people mistake it for a heart attack! If acid reflux is a constant occurrence that is left untreated it can cause scarring, ulceration, and hemorrhaging.
Do not despair! A few simple improvements in your diet and lifestyle habits can help prevent the problem. First of all, alcohol, cigarettes, and coffee are the top culprits of acid reflux. So cutting those down or eliminating them will improve your symptoms greatly. Then up your intake of live foods that contain living enzymes, like cold-pressed juices, raw fruit or veggie sticks, or fresh salads. And before you start taking that little purple pill or chewing on antacids, try these natural remedies for instant relief.
7 Natural Remedies for Relieving Acid Reflux
Get rid of that cheap table salt and replace it with pink Himalayan sea salt. High quality salts help your body create the right amount of hydrochloric acid. Often low acid production and high acid production have the same symptoms. Consuming the good salt is an easy way to prevent acid reflux by helping your body balance its acid level. You can even buy Himalayan sea salt in individual packages and carry them with you when you eat out.
2. Eat more fruits & vegetables
Processed foods, refined sugars, and refined, enriched flours are a sure way to create imbalance in your stomach and intestines, often exacerbating acid reflux symptoms. Replacing a snack of processed food with a piece of fresh fruit is a great start. Slowly add in more fresh organic fruits and vegetables, either in a juice, smoothie, or salad. You can also take a good-quality probiotic. Either take a refrigerated supplement or drink organic keifer or have yogurt (preferably coconut-milk or almond-milk yogurt). These must be consumed daily to see the best results.
3. Take a digestive enzyme supplement
If you are not ready to go 100% Naked, that is okay. Just remember that cooked food loses its enzymatic properties, so you need to get enzymes through raw produce or a good digestive enzyme supplement. As we age, our body’s natural production of enzymes slows. My own Digestive Bitters help your body create its own enzymes. You simply take 2 capsules before each meal.
4. Drink raw organic apple cider vinegar
Make sure you buy a high-quality raw organic apple cider vinegar; you want one that has “the mother” in it. It is usually that floating cobweb in the bottle, which is made up of the good bacteria. You can drink one tablespoon with a glass of water before meals. This calms the stomach, aids in digestion, and alkalizes the body. This is also a great home remedy for heartburn.
5. Try a little pickle juice or raw sauerkraut
One sip of the juice out of a jar of pickles or a spoonful of raw sauerkraut gives you instant relief. The acid in the vinegar helps your stomach neutralize the burning and the good bacteria gives you healthy, balanced intestines. And probiotics strengthen your immune system.
6. Drink organic baking soda & water
Baking soda and water can give instant relief. Mix a spoonful in a glass of water, stir, and drink before it stops fizzing. Some even add a little vinegar and drink it while it’s still fizzing. Before you use this as a remedy, consult your doctor. It is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or on a salt-restricted diet.
7. Cleanse your body
I think a cleanse/detox is the best remedy for a slew of ailments. You can start with my 10-day Naked Challenge. You fill your body with live foods, which naturally cleanses your colon and liver. I also recommend habitual colonics because keeping your body running clean prevents imbalance, therefore preventing acid reflux.
You can treat yourself naturally without using over-the-counter medication or prescription medication. Those just treat the symptoms and do not get to the root of the problem. So many people complain that their acid reflux quickly returns after stopping their medication. On the other hand, I have had so many Naked Challengers stop taking their acid reflux medication after just 10 days and stay off it. Food can be your medicine. The choice is up to you.
Baking soda image credit: http://grimescrubbers.com/uses-for-baking-soda/
Acne can affect all of us, at any age. It’s not just for teenagers, and it’s not just on your face.
Your skin is a direct reflection of your health and diet, so eating a Naked diet can help your skin quality tremendously. Processed foods and too much sugar cause inflammation and swelling in all your tissues, most noticeably your skin.
Fortunately, you can clear up your skin from the inside and the outside. I use this topical mask to relieve and soothe that pesky pimple. Each ingredients serves a purpose.
- Nutmeg can reduce swelling and redness.
- Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Raw honey has antibiotic properties to help stop bacteria growth.
If you have sensitive skin, I would try to test a small area before trying this treatment.
1 tablespoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
The mixture should form a paste that looks very similar to melted chocolate. You can keep the mixture in a closed container in your fridge and use it whenever you see pesky blemishes making their way to the surface. Simple apply and let it sit for an hour and then wash it off.
Rice Krispie Treats are an American favorite, a bake-sale classic, and a fun ‘n easy treat. But because of the marshmallows and margarine, those of us on a healthful diet have to say “no thanks.” But guess what? Not any more!
I created a fantastic “Naked” Krispie Treat that is just as delicious as the original but so much better for you. Not only are they all-natural, they also have —
Protein (from almond butter)
Fibre (from brown rice)
Natural enzymes (from the raw honey)
Antioxidants and increased endorphins (from dark chocolate)
So enjoy these special treats and start a new bake-sale tradition!
Diana’s Krispie Treats
16-ounce jar raw, creamy almond butter
1 cup raw, creamy honey (melted)
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
10-ounce package of crispy brown-rice cereal (gluten free)*
1 to 1½ cups dark chocolate chips (optional)
*Choose an organic brand, if possible, or one that does not include additives or added vitamins.
You have 3 options.
Option 1: Chocolate-Chip Treats — Mix almond butter, melted honey, and sea salt in a large bowl and whip until smooth and creamy. Add chocolate chips and rice cereal and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 9×12-inch baking dish and press firmly down with dry hands. Let stand until honey hardens and then cut into squares. Store airtight.
Option 2: Honey Treats — Same as above without the chocolate chips.
Option 3: Cocoa Krispie Treats — Mix almond butter, honey, and sea salt in large pot over low heat and whip until creamy and warm. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and continue mixing until melted. Add rice cereal and mix thoroughly. Transfer into a 9×12-inch baking dish and press firmly down with dry hands. Let stand until cooled and then cut into squares. Store airtight.
To see a demonstration of how to make these scrumptious treats, log into my membership website The Naked Zone, go to Video Logs, and scroll down to “Diana’s Super Yummy Krispie Treats.”
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