Aloe, my young discovery
This green catus-y looking plant can easily be overlooked by many, but inside those sharp thick leaves lies a very soothing magical natural medicine. I still remember my first encounter with this strange plant. I grew up with one in my parents front yard and always stayed away in fear that I would be stabbed by one of its prickly leaves. I was about 9 years old when I had a major fall while rollerblading. I came inside with blood dripping down my shins (I still have scars on my knees from that eventful day) crying for my mom. She cleaned up my knees and went outside to chop off one of the leaves. She brought me over to the sharp plant and showed me this sticky gel that was inside. She squeezed the gel onto the cuts and there was this instant sense of relief.
From then on I new this strange plant was something I would always want near by. Soon I learned it could also be used for those painful summer sunburns and often feel much better than many of the standard aloes we could find at Target.
My second run in with this crazy plant
In college, I ended up with shingles 4 times in 2 years. The “fix” for Shingles was usually steroids and pain killers. Well after getting this terrible illness 4 times in a row the pain pills had destroyed my stomach. I had stomach pains all the time and terrible acid reflux. Any time I had a glass of wine or a cup of coffee I knew trouble would come soon after.
After a few years of dealing with this uncomfortable lifestyle I finally started to do some research and came across the solution! Aloe! The plant that once healed my burns and scraps could also heal the insides of my tummy? What?!
After trying various brands and combinations I have found this one to be most effective. This Lily of the Dessert Stomach Formula not only provides tummy relief from the aloe itself but also from the other magic ingredients!
You can pick this up from most health food stores as well as my favorite website: http://www.vitacost.com/lily-of-the-desert-aloe-herbal-stomach-formula
Why should you start drinking aloe?
- Balances stomach acid- so many of the foods we enjoy are very high in acidic content
- Aid in digestion
- Helps to promote regular bowel cycle
- Helps to heal the tummy and digestive track
The Snacking Challenge
I eat 5-6 times per day and many of these meals are often on the go. I am always on the hunt for that tasty mid meal snack that can boost my energy and keep my tummy full. However, it can be truly difficult to find a ToGo snack bar that isn’t either full of ingredients I do not understand or is not pretty expensive.
The Snacking Solution
It was time to come up with a nutritionally balanced and cost effect snacking solution! After much tweaking and experimenting the PeanutButter Chocolate PowerBall was born!
The PeanutButter Chocolate PowerBall
- 1c gluten free oats
- 1/2c almond slices
- 1/2c walnut pieces
- 1/2c unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2c vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp chia
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4c natural PB
- 1/4c honey
- In a medium bowl mix oats, almonds, walnuts, coconut, chia, and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl mix vanilla, peanut butter, and honey.
- Mix the wet into the dry until consistency is even.
- Roll into small balls and place in the fridge.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours. Then enjoy! Keep left overs in the fridge for later of snacking 🙂
This tasty snack is also an awesome sweet tooth soother 🙂
How many times have you woken up with the thoughts of yesterday in your head? Maybe it was that mistake you made at work, the parking ticket your received during your lunch break, or the disagreement you had with your spouse? Mistakes can be hard to get over.
Forgiving ourselves can sometimes be much harder than asking forgive-ness from others.
I am completely guilty of this. I too have a hard time letting go.
But in all this negative self talk we miss out on this brand new day!
Start on a Clean Slate…
It is important to start each day as a new beginning. Enjoy the fullness of each day by waking up in a good mood, a smiling face, and the mindset that today will be AMAZING.
How to recover from yesterday?
If it is a disagreement with a friend, co-worker, or spouse try to solve it that day! There is so much truth that comes with the cliche “Never go to bed angry”.
At the end of the day write down all the things that bothered you from the day. As the pen ink leaves the pen and meets the page allow these negative thoughts to leave your mind; forgive yourself.
Write down ways to avoid making these mistakes again. We can truly “learn from our mistakes”. If it’s a parking ticket, look at this as a lesson to really watch the traffic signs.
Start each morning SMILING!
Even if you are exhausted, hurt, or upset… just keep smiling and focusing your energy on the happy thoughts… on the things you are grateful for! Before you know it your mood will be boosted!