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JANUARY 2017 TOTAL BODY DETOX PROGRAM

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This is by far the best Christmas gift that you could give to yourself!  My 28 Day Total Body Detox will give you a new outlook on life once you learn the proper way to fuel your body!  You will have group informational webinars as well as personal sessions to leave you empowered to live your best possible life.

I’m always really excited for the New Year and what better way to start anew than with better body habits.  This course will leave you more conscious and in-tune with your body than you have ever been before.  The best part is you learn to lose weight without dieting but with lasting lifestyle changes.

This entire course is online, via skype or the phone so it doesn’t matter where you are.  All you need is a good internet connection and access to a phone.

Check out this link for more information:  http://edensbalance.com/detox-program/

Payments can be made via cash, credit or PayPal.  Use code FAMILY 20 to get 20% Off of the program cost until December 25th, 2016.

As always contact me if you have any comments or questions.

e-mail: stephanie@edensbalance.com

phone: 571.572.2058

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

TROPICAL TREAT SMOOTHIE

Take your taste buds to the tropics with this refreshing smoothie treat.

INGREDIENTS:

2 handfulls of Organic Baby Spinach

1 Organic Banana

½ Organic Pineapple cubed

½ Organic Orange peeled

1 cup Helios Organic Greek Kefir (Coconut & Honey is great but you can substitute for Strawberry & Honey)

2 tbs Local Honey

2 cups Distilled water

Ice

DIRECTIONS: Simply place all ingredients into a blender (40oz or larger) & blend until smoothe! Drink immediately as ingredients in smoothies will separate quickly.

YEILD: 5-8oz Servings

Smoothie Tip:

You can freeze your fruits in advance, it will help preserve the fruit & also eliminate the need to add Ice.

Why I Maintain a Healthy Pregnancy Weight to Avoid Complications

Since your lifestyle before conception is so important,  I am glad that we started changing our eating habits many years ago and quit smoking over 2 years before the conception of Baby K.A.M.   We drink smoothies for breakfast, eat lots of fresh fruits & veggies,  salads,  avoiding processed & pre-packaged foods.  Now that there is a beautiful baby boy growing inside of me I know how important it is to keep up my healthy lifestyle and eating habits.  This is a great way to relive any stresses you may have about pregnancy, avoid habits that will cause complications.

fruit granola chia
Granola, Chia Seeds, Yogurt, Fresh Fruit for Breakfast
Baby K.A.M.s Brother said he wants my belly to get bigger so he grilled my favorite veggies.
Baby K.A.M.s Brother said he wants my belly to get bigger so he grilled my favorite veggies.

I will flashback for a minute to my first pregnancy since nothing was healthy about that pregnancy.  I gained 68lbs, way over the recommended 25-35lbs.  I ate everything fast & processed, hell it was easy, fast & inexpensive.  Can you believe my son was only 5lbs 13oz of that weight.  I was very lucky to have a complication free pregnancy & easy delivery.

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Now I consciously make my food choices, hormones or not.  I give myself 3 sweet cheats weekly so I don’t go nuts and if I have 4, it won’t kill me.  Like yesterday when I had to have that chewy chocolate brownie for desert.  That is the beauty of having a healthy diet & lifestyle.  Occasional cheats are OK.  Its the daily cheats that become a problem.

Some women are under the impression that you can eat as much and however you want when you are pregnant.  The old saying that you are “eating for two” is a common misnomer that should be addressed.  You don’t necessarily need more calories in your diet, especially in the first trimester.  In the second & third trimesters you will need to increase your nutrient intake but only about 200-300 calories per day.  You and your baby will require more of certain nutrients at different stages of your pregnancy.  Folic Acid is very important during the first trimester since the majority of the body systems are forming at that time.  Later on in pregnancy protein & iron  very important so the baby can grow larger & continue to develop.  I will get more into the development needs during each trimester in a later post.

Piling on pounds causes complications to both baby & mother,  you can see why this is so important & not just a superficial need to be a certain size…I know that with all of the hormones raging & cravings it is not easy, but be sure to have lots of healthy foods readily available.

Lots of Fresh Fruits to snack on
Lots of Fresh Fruits to snack on

Keeping junk food snacks out of the house is important too, outta sight, outta mind.  Oh yeah…and occasionally…have a cheat.  Just not everyday.  It also helps so much if your partner is on the healthy band wagon too…although Papa Bear has sweet cravings.  I’m good as long as I don’t see it, but I think it is cute that dad’s have cravings too.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF OBESITY FOR THE MOTHER

Being obese during pregnancy increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including:

  • Gestational diabetes. Women who are obese are more likely to have diabetes that develops during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) than are women who have a normal weight.
  • Preeclampsia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of developing a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys (preeclampsia).
  • Infection. Women who are obese during pregnancy are at increased risk of urinary tract infections. Obesity also increases the risk of postpartum infection, whether the baby is delivered vaginally or by C-section.
  • Overdue pregnancy. Obesity increases the risk that pregnancy will continue beyond the expected due date.
  • Labor problems. Labor induction is more common in women who are obese. Obesity can also interfere with the use of certain types of pain medication, such as an epidural block.
  • C-section. Obesity during pregnancy increases the likelihood of elective and emergency C-sections. Obesity also increases the risk of C-section complications, such as wound infections. Women who are obese are also less likely to have a successful vaginal delivery after a C-section (VBAC).
  • Pregnancy loss. Obesity increases the risk of miscarriage.

POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS TO THE BABY

  • Macrosomia. Women who are obese are at increased risk of delivering an infant who is significantly larger than average (macrosomia) and has more body fat than normal. Research suggests that as birth weight increases, so does the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Chronic conditions. Being obese during pregnancy might increase the risk that your baby will develop heart disease or diabetes as an adult.
  • Birth defects. Research suggests that obesity during pregnancy slightly increases the risk of having a baby who’s born with a birth defect.

I am now 21 weeks and have gained 9lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am right on track for the recommended 25-35lbs.  The baby’s development is perfect & I feel so good!  I have tons of energy & am very much looking forward to meeting our little miracle.   Even more importantly helping him to stay the pure conscious soul that I know him to be.

BABY K.A.M. 21 Weeks
BABY K.A.M. 21 Weeks

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)

CAYENNE

“If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other.” Dr. Schulze

Scientific Name: Capsicum frutescens
Origin: India, Pakistan and China are the major producers, varieties originating from these countries are among the hottest types. Named after the high-heat chilies grown in the vicinity of the Cayenne River in French Guiana.
Parts Used: dried, ripened fruit pod
Color: Orange-Red to Red

These spicy lil peppers pack a powerful punch!
These spicy lil peppers pack a powerful punch!

Besides being a very popular spice in cooking, Capsaicin has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Many herbalists believe that Capsaicin is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. High in Vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, Capsaicin is a wonderful healing aid for the digestive system since it acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other foods and herbs when used with them. It is also very healing for the heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that Capsaicin can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.

Cardiovascular-Capsaicin pepper is capable of a variety of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It reduces the chance of developing atherosclerosis, reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures that consume a lot of Capsaicin pepper have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Topical Effects-When applied on the skin or mucous membranes, capsaicin stimulates and then blocks the pain fibers of small diameter which will deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P. Substance P is considered the major transmitter of pain impulses. It has’also been shown to activate inflammatory mediators in joint tissues, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Applications-Capsaicin lowers body temperature by stimulating the central cooling of the hypothalamus in the brain. It seems that people who live in the tropics covers high temperature by the use of pepper spray.
Capsaicin creams can also benefit from a number of conditions, including disorders (postamputation pain, postmastectomy pain, postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Topical capsaicin may be useful for the treatment psoriasis.

Pain Relief-Capsaicin has been found to relieve pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster), a clinical condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. Clinical trials have shown that about 50% of those who were improved compared capsaicin, compared with 10% for placebo.
Topical application of capsaicin applied can be effective in reducing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition of the main nerve of the face is characterized by severe, stabbing pain affecting the cheeks, lips, gums or chin on one side face. In one study, over 80% of those treated with capsaicin responded favorably. This is remarkable because there are no drugs available for this condition, except for surgery. Capsaicin may help relieve pain after breast reconstruction or mastectomy.

Mouth pain due to chemotherapy or radiation-Capsaicin was found to reduce the pain of mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy or radiation treatment dramatically in a clinical trial

Diabetic Neuropathy-Diabetic neuropathy is a painful nerve disorder caused by prolonged diabetes. Capsaicin has been shown a significant benefit in relieving the pain of this
condition.

Cluster headaches-Cluster headaches are migraine headache types, characterized by severe pain, usually located around one eye. Double-blind studies have shown that intranasal applica

tion of capsaicin cream is a special given by the doctor may relieve cluster headaches. Episodic patients showed a more favorable treatment than the chronically ill patients.

Arthritis-Capsaicin can effectively relieve pain of osteoarthritis and or rheumatoid arthritis. But

Psoriasis-Capsaicin has been found to reduce the scale, the redness and severity of psoriasis.
Easy ways to use Capsaicin
Directly consuming the Capsaicin peBesides being a very popular spice in cooking, Capsaicin has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Many herbalists believe that Capsaicin is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them. High in Vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium and potassium, Capsaicin is a wonderful healing aid for the digestive system since it acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other foods and herbs when used with them. It is also very healing for the heart and circulatory system. Studies have shown that Capsaicin can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.

Cardiovascular-Capsaicin pepper is capable of a variety of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. It reduces the chance of developing atherosclerosis, reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also reduces platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures that consume a lot of Capsaicin pepper have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Topical Effects-When applied on the skin or mucous membranes, capsaicin stimulates and then blocks the pain fibers of small diameter which will deplete a neurotransmitter called substance P. Substance P is considered the major transmitter of pain impulses. It has’also been shown to activate inflammatory mediators in joint tissues, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Clinical Applications-Capsaicin lowers body temperature by stimulating the central cooling of the hypothalamus in the brain. It seems that people who live in the tropics covers high temperature by the use of pepper spray.
Capsaicin creams can also benefit from a number of conditions, including disorders (postamputation pain, postmastectomy pain, postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, cluster headaches, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Topical capsaicin may be useful for the treatment psoriasis.

Pain Relief-Capsaicin has been found to relieve pain associated with shingles (herpes zoster), a clinical condition known as postherpetic neuralgia. Clinical trials have shown that about 50% of those who were improved compared capsaicin, compared with 10% for placebo.
Topical application of capsaicin applied can be effective in reducing the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition of the main nerve of the face is characterized by severe, stabbing pain affecting the cheeks, lips, gums or chin on one side face. In one study, over 80% of those treated with capsaicin responded favorably. This is remarkable because there are no drugs available for this condition, except for surgery. Capsaicin may help relieve pain after breast reconstruction or mastectomy.

Mouth pain due to chemotherapy or radiation-Capsaicin was found to reduce the pain of mouth sores resulting from chemotherapy or radiation treatment dramatically in a clinical trial

Diabetic Neuropathy-Diabetic neuropathy is a painful nerve disorder caused by prolonged diabetes. Capsaicin has been shown a significant benefit in relieving the pain of this
condition.

Cluster headaches-Cluster headaches are migraine headache types, characterized by severe pain, usually located around one eye. Double-blind studies have shown that intranasal application of capsaicin cream is a special given by the doctor may relieve cluster headaches. Episodic patients showed a more favorable treatment than the chronically ill patients.

Arthritis-Capsaicin can effectively relieve pain of osteoarthritis and or rheumatoid arthritis.

Psoriasis-Capsaicin has been found to reduce the scale, the redness and severity of psoriasis.

Easy ways to use Capsaicin
Infusion: (a tea) by adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of powder to a cup of boiling water. This is the best way to get the most out of most herbs but especially Capsaicin

Capsaicin cream: may be applied directly to the affected area up to four times a day. May cause some initial burning or itching, but these symptoms should disappear quickly.

Capsaicin capsules:(30 to 120 mg, three times daily)

Directly consuming the Capsaicin pepper

 

*Source: Some of the information from this article comes from http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/NaturalFood/Cayenne.aspx