Fell Off The Wagon

So, I fell off the Healthy wagon a couple of weeks ago. My husband made a Sam’s Club run and bought a car full of unhealthy junk food (Yes, I’m blaming him. Lol…) Well, maybe not a car full of junk. But you get my point. Haha… I’m still working on this temptation thing when it comes to sweets. So, I ate a “little” processed breads and sweets. And allowed my kids to have some, too. So guess what happened? My girls got sick and so did I!! It may have been a coincidence but I doubt it. We were doing so well until this little set back. I truly believe the processed, calorie filled, non nutritious foods weakened our immune systems. And it allowed the common cold virus to weasel its way into our bodies. Yes, it was just a cold but it still sucked. And we are still recovering.

So, back on the healthy train we go. I decided to increase our veggie intake and seriously limit our processed food intake. It’s hard to completely get rid of all processed foods but I’m working on it. I want the majority of our foods to come from nutrient dense foods. So we stocked up at Aldi’s with fruit and vegetables. I plan on evicting this cold virus out of our system. Hopefully, it goes well 🙂

Remineralization

So, our 2 year old recently had a dentist appointment. No biggie, right? The dentist was just going to examine her teeth and the hygienist would clean them. Well, the dentist noticed some “sticky” spots on her teeth. We came back a few days later for an X-ray. And lo and behold, she has tooth decay. We saw the black spots on the X-ray. What??! She’s 2 years old. And like my hubby said, “She just got her teeth. How could there be problems, already?” Ugh!!!! What a joke!! So after the initial shock and disappointment in myself for being a bad mother, the dentist gave us the bad news. She needs crowns on a couple of her front teeth. And because she’s only 2 years old, they would have to give her an IV sedation. She wouldn’t sit still for the dental work, otherwise. Wait, what?! IV sedation to work on “baby” teeth. There has to other options. So we made an appointment for a consultation at the dental office that was equipped to sedate my baby. He gave us a few options other than spending a couple thousand dollars on crowns and anesthesia. We could possibly slow down the decay process by fluoride applications and applying a paste on her teeth at night that’s equipped with calcium and phosphorus. There is also a fluoride treatment with silver that could possibly stop the decay but would leave black spots on her teeth. Yes, black spots on her front teeth. We could also just get them removed because it may just happen prematurely anyway. How could this be happening? I really feel like I failed my child. Oh, I forgot to mention that I was informed by the dentist that night time, tandem breastfeeding did this to her. Thanks for kicking me while I’m down. Really, breastfeeding??? Where was this declaimer in all of the breastfeeding books? I am proud of breastfeeding my child. And I will not receive that info. Sorry, but not sorry!!

So, I decided to do some research of my own. There has to be a natural, holistic way of stopping or even reversing tooth decay. According to some experts, there is!! So, I ordered a book entitled “Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition” written by Ramiel Nagel. I can’t wait to dive into this book. I know this is going to take hard work and dedication. But I’m up for the challenge. I am The Healthy Quest Mom! I’ll do anything for my family. My daughter’s next appointment is in 6 months. I’m optimistic!

Kale Me Crazy

So, a new superfood cafe opened up in my neighborhood today! Kale Me Crazy offers juices, smoothies, salads and wraps in an upscale environment. All of their ingredients are fresh and organic. Apparently, they have a few locations here in Georgia. But this was my first Kale Me Crazy encounter. And I loved it!! I’ve been waiting for a healthy juice or smoothie bar to open up nearby. I’ve been longing for it, actually. LOL… So, I ordered the Vegan Wrap and the Grounded Smoothie. The wrap consisted of kale, quinoa, cabbage, carrots, red onion, avocado and hummus wrapped in a spinach tortilla and served with tahini. The grounded smoothie consisted of almond milk, hemp protein, raw cacao, banana, hemp seeds, brazil nuts, dates, cinnamon, raw honey. Everything was made to order and tasted great! I will definitely be back to try some other healthy goodies on the menu.

Food Pairing

I’ve been reading The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. I came across a section about beauty food pairing. She states that beauty food pairing is based on the science of how food digests optimally in the body. The longer a food stays in our body, the greater chance that residue from the food will bake and lodge in our body and contribute to sludge. According to Kimberly, there are 7 Beauty Rules. Please read The Beauty Detox Solution for in depth details of food pairing along with other great info.

Here is a copy of the Beauty Food Pairing Cheat Sheet:

Starches DO mix with vegetables

Proteins DO mix with vegetables

Proteins and starches DO NOT mix

Different starches DO mix

Different proteins DO NOT mix

Fats DO NOT mix well with protein; pair moderately

Fats DO mix with starches

Fruits should be eaten on an empty stomach

Fruits DO mix with raw greens (except melons)

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

I’ve been so ready to get rid of all of our toxic household cleaners for awhile now. So, I found a great recipe for a DIY, natural all purpose cleaner. With only a few ingredients, this cleaner is the best thing ever. I’ve cleaned everything with this fantastic concoction. Kitchen counters, stains on the walls, appliances, bathrooms, etc… I absolute love it! Here is the recipe…

All purpose cleaner

100ml distilled white vinegar
400ml water
20 drops essential oil
A couple drops of Castile soap

Lemon and tea tree oil are great essential oils to use. But any one will do!

Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Stew

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Since we are currently in the winter season, I’ve been craving more warming foods. So, I’ve been moving away from the cold salads and moving towards the warming stews and soups.

I found a great recipe in Yummly for Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Stew.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 yellow onion
3 carrots
3 celery stalks
4 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1 cup red lentils
1/2 cup dry quinoa
5 cups water (I used bone broth)
26.5 oz of chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped kale

Instructions
* Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the minced garlic and sauté another minute, just until fragrant. Add in the cumin, ginger, turmeric, salt, lentils, quinoa, water, and tomatoes and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot to let everything simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

* Once the lentils and vegetables are very tender, stir in the chopped kale and cook until it’s wilted, just a few minutes. Season with additional salt, if desired, and serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Yummy!!!

Essential Oils

According to Dr Axe, essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

I’ve listed a few essential oils and their health benefits.

Lemon oil – energizing, circulation support, cleansing, improves mood

Lavender – relaxing, improves sleep, pain relief, reduce anxiety and emotional stress, alleviates headaches

Sweet orange – natural antibacterial, mood booster, circulation booster, anti inflammatory

Peppermint – relieves headaches, boosts energy, allergy and sinus relief, natural bug repellent, muscle pain relief, acne treatment, hair growth, reduce nausea

Roman chamomile – skin health, relaxing, muscle tension

Tea tree oil – stimulate immune system, acne, insect repellent, hair and scalp health, relieves skin inflammation, cleansing

Rose – skin health, energy balance, anxiety

I’ve been using essential oils in my homemade body butter recipes and cleaning solutions. I also love to diffuse them. There are so many great uses for so many great oils. Check out Eden’s Garden for all your essential oil needs. They offer quality essential oils without breaking the bank. They even have great blends that are ok for kids!

Golden Milk / Turmeric Tea

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img_0193I’ve been hearing a lot about Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea. All of the “it” celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are drinking it. So, what is it?? And what are the health benefits??

Golden Milk is based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been used for centuries to boost your health and vitality. It is usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal an array of ailments including common colds, sore throat, indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, menstrual cramps, headaches and arthritis.

The key ingredient in Golden Milk is turmeric. Most benefits of turmeric come from its key compound, curcumin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties. The health benefits of turmeric are further enhanced by adding black pepper to it. Research shows that black pepper contains piperine, a compound that helps the body absorb curcumin better.

So how do you make it?

It’s usually made with turmeric, milk ( I used almond milk), black pepper, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon and honey.

Here is a great recipe I found on Yummly…

Ingredients
(for 1 cup)
1 cup of milk 

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

pinch of black pepper 

1 tsp honey

Instructions

1. Mix in a pot or a pan and bring to boil

2. Simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy warm

Not only does it have great health benefits, it’s delicious!!! Very soothing to the soul…

Peppermint Tea

So, I’m all about organic teas now. I’ve been drinking them at night and in the morning for a couple of months now. So far, I have tried dandelion root, chamomile, lemon and ginger, and throat coat which is an herbal blend of slippery elm, marshmallow root and licorice. They were all tasty and comforting. But my latest tea selection is the best ever! Organic peppermint tea… I’ve been in the holiday spirit so I wanted to try something festive. LOL… It is so refreshing and invigorating! It makes me feel warm and fuzzy. It is truly wonderful. And I couldn’t keep this new finding to myself. I told my hubby about it and he also loves it. And he’s a coffee drinker. So, it must be great. Ha ha… My younger sister also enjoys it. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for my taste buds. I added a little organic honey for an extra bonus but it really doesn’t need it. I will definitely keep this tea in rotation.

Next, I will try chamomile and lavender tea due my sister’s recommendation. If it’s as good as the peppermint tea, I’ll write another post!

Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine

So, I was watching Real Housewives of Atlanta the other day and I noticed two of the “characters” were eating lunch at this vegan restaurant. Since it wasn’t too far from our house, my husband and I decided to give it a try today. And I didn’t drag my hubby to come along. He wanted to go. He’s slowly coming around to the healthy eating side. LOL….

I ordered the falafel wrap. It was a fusion wrap with hummus, baby spring mix, red peppers, tomatoes, falafel (chickpeas, parsley, onions, garlic, cilantro and cayenne pepper),cucumber, avocado and celery dressed with organic lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. It was fantastic. It was just flavorful goodness. I could only eat half because it was very filling. My husband ordered the classic burrito. It is made with onions, green peppers, red peppers, cilantro, kidney beans and black beans. He also gave it a 2 thumbs up. He said it could have used a little meat but otherwise it was suitable to his liking. Baby steps… But he has come a long way. LOL!! Our meals were also served with homemade fries and side salad. I was truly impressed and satisfied.

The ambiance was cool and chic. The staff were pleasant and the service was fast. It was a hidden gem in Sandy Springs, GA. There are a few other items on the menu I would love to try. So, I will definitely be back!
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