<![CDATA[Livin' Slim - Blog]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:00:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Kombucha, Natural Weight Loss and Scientific Health Benefits!]]>Tue, 03 Nov 2015 20:15:26 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/kombucha-and-natural-weight-loss-and-scientific-health-benefitsPicture
​Not only can Kombucha help you lose weight, but it can also make you feel great and look great!  Due to the natural acids found in Kombucha, you can start your health in the right direction!  If you don't know about kombucha, or K-tea, it's a natural fizzy drink, slightly tart with a hint of sweetness that resembles apple cider and is somewhat addicting.  Even though the tea has a bit of tartness and has a low ph, like lemons, kombucha is very alkalizing to the body. 
Not only will you be enjoying the deliciousness of the k-tea, but your family and kids might be fighting over the last drop of it!  (observations from my 5 year old who loves it and prefers it over most drinks) 
There are approximately 6 million Kombucha brewers world-wide!   Many people who drink Kombucha notice drastic improvements to their health including conditions such as arthritis, digestive orders, poor circulation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, candida and cancer.  Many young people notice it helps with acne, allergies, chronic Fatigue Syndrome, weight loss, eczema and boosting immune systems. 
                                         Why Drink Kombucha Tea?

Some of the few health benefits are:
*improves digestion
*helps flush the liver and kidneys
*has natural probiotics
*has natural B vitamins which promote energy
*has glucuronic acid which detoxifies
*helps tighten the skin
*may help with acne and skin problems
*has helped heal people with cancers
*may help restore hair color
*improves your natural immunity
*may help with weight loss
*helps with constipation
*may reduce sugar cravings
*is highly nutritious

Scientifically found in Kombucha:

*LACTIC ACID: Lactic acid is essential for the digestive system.
*CITRIC ACID: Acts as an antiascorbic. ​
•ACETIC ACID: Its main function is to inhibit harmful bacteria. Acetic acid is used as a preservative because of this action and is what gives Kombucha is smell and kick! 
•MALIC ACID: Is used in the body’s detoxification process and detoxifies the liver.
•OXALIC ACID: Encourages the cellular production of energy and is a natural preservative.
•GLUCARIC ACID: Is effective against many yeast infections such as Candida and thrush and is a powerful detoxifier and can readily be converted into glucosamines, the foundations of our skeletal system. (helps with wrinkles, a natural collagen effect)
•BUTYRIC ACID: Is produced by the yeasts and when working with gluconic acid, might help combat yeast infections such as Candida.
•NUCLEIC ACID: Work with the body aiding healthy cell regeneration and transmits information to the cells on how to perform correctly and regenerate.
•AMINO ACID: A group of acids which are the building blocks of protein. Your muscular system is made of proteins.
•ENZYMES: Are proteins that act as catalysts, speeding the rate at which biochemical reactions proceed

The drink can be purchased in most grocery stores, however it can be a little expensive, so I recommend making it yourself!  The process of making it is fun and easy to do!  All you need is a Kombucha Scoby, or mushroom start, (although it is not a mushroom, but a jellylike substance) or Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria Yeast, the good ones, not the bad bacteria and yeast! 

 ​To make 14 cups of kombucha follow these instructions:
** You can substitute 1 tsp of loose tea for 1 tea bag

13 cups non-chlorinated water (see below for removing chlorine out of the water)
6 tea bags green tea (our favorite) or black tea (organic if possible)
1 cup sugar (we use organic)
1 Kombucha Scoby (included in starter kits, buy online here)
3/4 cup kombucha starter liquid (included in kits or use 1/4 cup distilled vinegar)

Boil 13 cups of water in a stainless steel pot. Boil for 10 minutes to remove the chlorine if your filter does not remove it.  Add the sugar and boil for 5 minutes.  Add the tea bags, place lid on and remove from heat. (*see instructions below if you wish to decaffeinate.)   Let the tea steep 15 minutes and cool to room temperature.  (I stick my pot outside when it's cold to make the process faster, making sure the lid is on.)  (Metal, even rings on hands should NEVER touch the scoby culture or starter liquid so be aware of that.) Remove the tea bags or strain the tea.  Poor your starter tea into a glass jar.  If the tea is too warm it can kill your scoby, so make sure it's room temperature.  Next, place the kombucha scoby and your starter tea (your culture will be floating in the starter tea when you receive it) in the tea (plastic may leach into tea so only use glass, although if you want to use plastic, make sure it's a food grade plastic with the number 1 or 2 on the bottom.)  Make sure there is 1"-2" of room at the top for the tea to "breathe" while brewing. Cover with a coffee filter, a piece of paper towel, or a thin cotton t-shirt  and secure with a rubber band (to keep fruit flies out) (cheese cloth should not be used, as it lets in fruit flies.) Place in a warm pantry or on counter (just not in direct sun) and do not disturb.  Disturbing it could cause the newly growing baby scoby on the top of the surface to sink, and if this happens the baby scoby will not grow into a thick scoby.  Start tasting after 6-7days (you can use a straw) and let it brew until your preferred taste. The longer you brew, the more vinegary it gets, and there is less sugar remaining in the tea.  When you see bubbles at the top of the liquid, it should be just right, nice and tart and sparkling. Ours takes about 6-9 days depending on the temperature, although it can take up to 10-14 days in cooler weather. In the warmer months it does not take as long. Some prefer even longer brewing times. Remove the mother scoby (mushroom) and the baby scoby (mushroom) (new mushroom) which may have attached itself to the first. Strain the tea using only plastic (not metal) strainers. Bottle and place in the fridge.  The cold slows down the fermentation.  Start all over again!

*If you want some natural carbonation, simply pour your finished tea into mason jars, leaving a few inches of space at the top.  Tighten the lid.  Let the tea sit 3 days before placing in the refrigerator.  Once you open the jar it will be a little fizzy.  Delicious!

*To decaffeinate=
most caffeine is released during the first 30 seconds after it boils.  In a small pan with a small amount of water, just enough for the tea bags to be saturated with water, boil the water with the tea in and after 30 seconds, quickly remove from heat and pour off the liquid.  Now put the tea bags into your boiling sugar water.  Supposedly this removes most of the caffeine, but does not remove the nutrients needed for your scoby to feed off. 

Quick Method: *If you have fresh, spring or filtered water, you can speed the cooling of the tea.  To do this, boil only half of your water with the sugar and tea.  Once the tea has cooled a little, pour the remaining half of water into the glass jar and pour the warm sugar tea in with it.  We recommend this only if your water has no chlorine in.  The chlorine can kill the scoby. 

How much to drink? Experts recommend starting with 2-4 ounces per day. Some people find this is enough, others drink several ounces per day. We drink it by the glassful, about a cup a day. K-tea is a diuretic so be sure and drink plenty of water as well if you are drinking it regularly.  Notice the health benefits and pass it on to friends and neighbors.

Storing extra scobys: Do not store extra scobys in the refrigerator.  Simply place your scoby in a glass jar with enough k-tea covering it.  From time to time pour a little sugar tea in.  Place in a pantry or cupboard away from direct sunlight. It's good to have a few on hand just in case your scoby goes bad from fruit flies or any bacteria that may have gotten in the tea. 

Reasearch on Kombucha's Benefits:
There has been great research done on the benefits of Kombucha. including some 300 books and research papers with a majority of the research conducted in Russia and Germany.   One of the most famous researchers was Dr. Rudolf Sklenar of Oberhessen who studied the benefits of the detoxifying properties of glucuronic acid found in Kombucha.  He had great success treating many ailment s including: arthritis, obesity, arteriosclerosis, constipation, improving the metabolism, treating impotence, rheumatism, gout, kidney stones and cancer, especially in its early stages, and invigorating the entire glandular system. 
The Japanese have also conducted great research one of which showed the role of polysaccharides found in kombucha and their positive effect on macrophages and T-cells. One study showed that the survival rate in cancer sufferers given polysaccharides was twice that of patients undergoing conventional treatment.  
Buy Kombucha Scoby Starts Here.​ ​

<![CDATA[Be Strict, but Kind!]]>Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:06:09 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/be-strict-but-kindPicture
I believe one of the gifts we can give ourselves this year and for Valentine's Day is the gift of love. People are especially too hard on themselves.  We judge ourselves, compare ourselves to others, put ourselves down, speak of our imperfections as if they are obvious to others and criticize every foolish and unthinkable act. 

If we don't look like a sports model or movie actress, we think we are ugly.  Everyone is beautiful, no matter the size and length of your skinny or not so skinny legs.  We are all created in the image of God and God loves us.  If He can love us despite our imperfections, then how much more should we love ourselves?

Try going a day without the guilt of an imperfect diet.  If you think it will make you fat, it just might, but what if?  What if every time you ate something you didn't think was good for you, you just loved yourself?  If your body receives love, then maybe you will stop sabotaging it through unhealthy food......just a thought. 

Love heals. 
When we love ourselves, we can love others. 
Love is a step upwards.
Make your year, a year of love! 

<![CDATA[Drink Your Water and Weight Loss!]]>Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:46:41 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/drink-your-water-and-weight-lossPicture
You're not overweight; you're thirsty! Chronic dehydration may be causing you to hold on to those few extra pounds.  According to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, author of  "Your Body's Many Cries for Water," chronic dehydration is often the cause of pain and disease.  

When an area in the body becomes dehydrated, histamines in that area increase, which results in pain.  When the body becomes fully hydrated, histamine levels subside and the pain is reduced and often elminated.
Batmanghelidj says, "You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."  There is a strong correlation between the production of pain-causing histamines in the body when being dehydrated.
According to Japanese traditions and studies, water treatment has been noted to help a wide variety of health conditions such as overweight problems and obesity, asthma, migraines, headaches, arthritis, heartburn, ulcers, gastritis,  angina, hypertension,
body ache, back pain, colitis pain, chronic constipation, hiatal hernia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, morning sickness, bronchitis, meningitis, diarrhea, diabetes, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting,  hemorrhoids,  all eye diseases, cancer, menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

It looks like everything is on the list, right? But, according to
Dr. Batmanghelidj, dehydration can be a huge factor in these conditions and they can be reduced dramatically with water and often eliminated.

Our bodies are a large percentage of water:
Muscles are 75% water
Blood is 82% water
Lungs are 90% water
Brain is 76% water
Bones are 25% water

Most people think they are drinking enough water, but try this advice from Dr. B and see how your body responds. 
  • Drink 3-4 glasses (24-32oz) of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  (My advice is to add a few squeezes of fresh lime or lemon for an alkalizing effect.)
  • Drinking room temperature water is best as cold water slows down digestion.
  • Wait 45 minutes after drinking the water to eat your first meal.
  • If you cannot drink 3-4 glasses of water at first, start with a smaller quantity and then work up to the 3-4 glasses. 

    Livin' Slim Water Tips:
  • Drink water that is filtered to remove chlorine and harmful chemicals
  • Avoid plastic containers, as these bottles have chemicals in which can leach into your water and  disrupt your proper hormone function, which help with maintaining a proper weight. 
  • Drink in glass water bottles or glass canning jars
  • Wait at least 15 minutes after eating any meal or snack before drinking water or any liquids.  This will allow the natural digestive juices not to get diluted so they can do their best in helping with their role in the digestive process.
  • Bring water with you to work and when traveling.  Usually a trip to the store takes a good hour and that is too long to go without water.
  • Drink water even when you're not thirsty.  This is the first step in making sure you are not craving water, which means you have waited too long.

How much water should You drink a day?
    There are many charts and calculations on how much water you should be drinking, but in my opinion, they're all too complicated. 
    It really depends on what climate you live in, how many raw fruits and vegetables you're eating, what your activity level is and what your current weight is.  These are all determining factors with how much water you should be drinking.
    So if I were you, I would follow the tips above by saturating your blood, tissues, muscles, lungs and bones first thing in the morning.  After that, increase your total daily water to 1 1/2 times the normal amount that you regularly drink.  If you regularly drink 8 cups of water a day, try drinking 12 cups a day.  Watch and observe the pains in your body decrease and see if it helps you lose those extra pounds!  Drink away!

*If you have any kidney disease, it may be advisable to talk to your Dr. about increasing your water intake.
<![CDATA[Cranberry Apple KaleThanksgiving Salad! Stay trim for the holidays!]]>Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:04:37 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/cranberry-apple-kalethanksgiving-salad-stay-trim-for-the-holidaysPicture
Help fight off colds, infections and even cavities by eating cranberries, which are loaded of vitamin C, vitamin A, B-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and folate and minerals like potassium, and manganese.

Cranberries are also extremely high in antioxidants, being one of the highest in the category of edible berries. Eating high amounts of antioxidants helps to flush out toxins, thus helping with weight loss!

What else do cranberries offer?: 

  • Scientific studies have shown that eating cranberries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, diabetes, inflammation, and bacterial infections, due to their high amounts of flavonoid phytochemicals called pro-anthocyanidins.  
  • The antioxidant compounds in cranberries help prevent cardiovascular disease by counteracting against cholesterol plaque formation in the heart and blood vessels. Further, these compounds help the human body lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL-good cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Eat lots of cranberries forhealthy teeth and for preventing cavities.  Cranberries prevent plaque formation on the tooth enamel by interfering with the ability of another gram-negative bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, to stick to the surface.
  • According to research, studies show that eating cranberries offers protection against gram-negative bacterial infections such as E.coli in the urinary system by inhibiting bacterial-attachment to the bladder and urethra.
  • Cranberries are also good for the brain and can often help increase memory!
  • Acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions can all be healed with the use of cranberries.

Cranberry Apple Kale Salad
2.58 fat grams, 94 calories = 24% fat calories
Serves: 4

2 cups purple cabbage, chopped thin
1 cup kale, chopped and
1 red apple, sliced thin
1 green apple, sliced thin
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup cranberries
1/8 cup walnuts, chopped

Dressing: (entire dressing) 3.8 fat grams, 180 calories = 19% fat calories
1/2 cup low-fat plain soy yogurt
1 tbsp agave or 6 drops liquid stevia
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/2 tsp Real salt
1/2 tsp dry mustard

Mix the salad ingredients in a serving bowl.  In a small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients and stir well.  When you are ready to eat, pour the dressing over the salad mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated. 
Tip: For a hearty lunch, spoon the salad in whole grain pitas and enjoy!

You can find other recipes similar to this in my "Toss It Up Salads!" recipe book found on Amazon!

<![CDATA[Speed Your Metabolism with This Simple Trick!]]>Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:21:20 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/speed-your-metabolism-with-this-simple-trick
You may wonder what all three pictures have in common!  You guessed it, probiotics!  What does that have to do with weight loss?  Everything!  You see, in order for your digestive system to digest food quickly and without all the gas, bloating, and sometimes pain, a high amount of natural bacteria needs to be present.  Eating foods with probiotics or taking supplemental probiotics are both excellent ways to increase the natural bacteria in your digestive tract, making losing weight faster and more enjoyable. 
What is fermented cabbage and what are probiotics?
Raw sauerkraut or fermented cabbage is a fermentation process that converts starches into lactic and acetic acids, which creates friendly intestinal bacteria and vitamin C.  Natural lactic acid, inhibits the growth of undesired intestinal bacteria and encourages the growth of good bacteria. This makes raw sauerkraut an excellent choice for treating sluggish bowels and poor digestion. It is also full of enzymes that help aid in the digestion process and slow the growth of candida yeast!  Eating this on a daily basis, not only benefits your body's digestive process, but it also acts as a laxative, helping to prevent constipation and quicker digestion, and faster weight loss!

If you don't have the time to make your own fermented cabbage, I recommend purchasing a high quality probiotic, such as the one below!  (You can click on the picture to purchase!) 

If you would like to make your own fermented cabbage or sauerkraut, you can follow this recipe! 
 Green Sauerkraut
           (prep are 4 days before) Serves: 8
  .25 fat grams, 44 calories = 5% fat calories

Raw Sauerkraut is a fermentation that converts starches into lactic and acetic acids. This process creates friendly intestinal bacteria and vitamin C. Raw sauerkraut is full of enzymes that help aid in the digestion process and also slows the growth of candida yeast, because of the high count of lactobacilli.

1 head cabbage, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp Real salt or kelp powder
1/ 2 tsp ground dill seeds (optional)

Finely chop cabbage. In a large crock-pot, mix cabbage, carrot, garlic clove, salt, and ground dill seeds.  Cover with outer leftover cabbage leaves. Place a large plate on top with a heavy weight to push it down, the heavier, the better; cover with lid. Leave for 3-5 days at room temperature or until it is sour enough for your taste. Fermentation varies on room temperature. It may spoil if left too long. Once fermented , place in the refrigerator covered. It will keep for 2-3 weeks if refrigerated.
<![CDATA[Garbanzo Sandwich Spread Recipe even Kids Love! Weight Loss Meal!]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:49:36 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/garbanzo-sandwich-spread-recipe-even-kids-love
Garbanzo beans, also called 'chickpeas', are full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.  What may be delicious, may also be rewarding to your health! 
Because of their richness of both soluble and insoluble fiber, if eaten daily, garbanzo beans may reduce bad cholesterol in your blood and promote weight loss.  Diets high in fiber reduces blood pressure, lowers low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol levels, reduces diabetes and eases inflammation.

Chickpeas and Weight Loss: In the "Journal of Medicinal Food" according to a study, it stated that people who ate legumes like chickpeas daily, lost an average of 8 lbs. over an eight week period compared to people who simply cut calories.  Anyone wanting to lose weight must eat a high fiber diet, 25-35 grams or more a day. Fiber distends your stomach, making you feel satiated for longer periods and the roughage helps to pull 'waste' and fat from the intestines.

Nutritional Data: 100-g serving of cooked garbanzo beans contains 27.42 g carbohydrates, which is necessary for energy; 7.6 g dietary fiber for a healthy digestive system and weight control; 2.59 g fat; and 8.86 g protein. Garbanzo beans also contain vitamin A, thiamine, folate, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. The minerals contained in garbanzo beans are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc.
Garbanzo Sandwich Spread
2.83 fat grams, 125 calories, 20% fat calories*
Serves: 6

1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
8 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup dill pickles, diced
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 tsp mustard
1 tbsp vegenaise or substitute
McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning
Herbamare Seasoning
Redmond Natural Garlic Salt

1 tomato
alfalfa sprouts or romaine lettuce
6 whole grain pita pockets halves

Drain the garbanzo beans and mash them in a bowl with a fork or pulse them in a food processor until they are chunky.  Add the basil leaves, onion, pickles celery, bell pepper, mustard, vegenaise and stir.  Add the seasonings to taste, and stir.  Below is a picture of the seasonings I like, but you can add your own.  Eat in whole grain pitas, rolls or bread, with my favorite being the pita pockets.  Spread into the pockets and top with alfalfa sprouts and tomatoes.  Try different varieties of this sandwich by changing the seasonings, vegetables and breads used!  If you have picky kids, make theirs separate and let them choose what veggies they want on theirs. 

*If you want to lower this fat calorie even more for a more successful weigh loss, leave out the vegenaise.

<![CDATA[French Fries Without the Fat! Potatoes Curb Your Appetite!]]>Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:07:34 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/french-fries-without-the-fat-potatoes-curb-your-appetitePicture

If you love french fries and want a healthy alternative without the guilt or simply want to lose a few pounds, try making these baked potato fries!
Did you know that potatoes actually curb your appetite and help with weight loss? They have been proven to increase CCK levels, satisfying your brain and controlling your emotional and mental cravings!  Wow!  So despite what the rest of the world is saying about potatoes, they are excellent with weight loss and have an extremely low fat calorie percentage at .008%.  So eat lots of potatoes and watch the pounds melt off, without the butter and oil, of course!

I promise you'll love these potato Fries! They are so simple and easy to make.
All you need are potatoes, sea salt and your favorite seasoned salt.

Potato Fries
.2 fat grams, 220 calories = .008 fat grams
Serves 4

4 large russet or red potatoes
Real Sea Salt
Seasoned Salt

Cut the washed potatoes into your desired french fry size pieces.  Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.  Spread the potatoes on the cookie sheet and sprinkle sea salt and seasoned salt on.  Place in a heated 375 degree oven and bake 40 minutes or longer. 

<![CDATA[Why Paleo, Atkins and Protein Diets are Unhealthy!]]>Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:05:11 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/why-paleo-atkins-and-protein-diets-are-unhealthyPicture
Protein diets have been on the rise with the latest and most popular, the 'Paleo Diet' which is a no-carbohydrate diet focusing on animal-derived foods.   A similar diet is the Atkins which focus is eating large amounts of proteins from meats and dairy with few carbohydrates.  But are these protein diets safe?  After all, protein in meat form, has the highest amounts of cholesterol, saturated fat and is extremely acidic.  On top of this are the high amounts of synthetic chemicals, growth bovine hormone, antibiotics and who knows what. 

Just because people lose weight on these protein diets does not mean they are safe.  One can go on chemotherapy and lose weight, but that doesn't mean it is healthy.  The Paleo and Atkins diet works by starving the body of carbohydrates in order to induce a state of illness (ketosis), which can result in weight loss. People eventually become too sick to eat too much.

Dr. John McDougall a medical Dr. says, “Americans consume 6 to 10 times as much protein as they need. All that excess protein overworks the liver and kidneys causing both to become enlarged and injured. Excess protein consumption also causes the kidneys to pull large quantities of calcium from the body, causing bones to weaken and kidney stones to form."  So eating too much protein is hard on the liver, kidneys, and actually causes a calcium loss, which can lead to osteoporosis.

Many of the amino acids from animal proteins contain sulfa, which is toxic to the liver and kidneys. In fact, Dr. McDougall says the best way to heal the kidneys and liver is to eat a low-protein diet, especially low in animal proteins, and according to scientific research, we only need about 20-30 grams of protein. 

Meats are extremely acidic to the body, resulting in an acidic pH levels.  Even a slight pH imbalance can make you feel tired, cause you to gain weight, give you trouble digesting food, and create aches and pains in your body. If your pH fluids are acidic, your body will do everything to maintain the proper pH, even stealing the calcium and minerals from your bones, resulting in weak bones.    

Remember, the only healthy weight loss solution is one you can live for the rest of your life and be healthy.  You might lose weigh on a protein diet, but what about high cholesterol levels, heart disease and other forms of atherosclerosis? 

Protein diets are based on artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol, and bone-damaging, acidic proteins from animal foods.
Researchers have found that the modern-day hunter-gather populations such as the Inuits (Eskimos) who base their diets on meat and fish, suffer from osteoporosis, heart disease and other forms of atherosclerosis.  Modern-day hunter-gathers who base their diets on plant foods (starches) are free of these diseases.

Eating starches, fruits, vegetables and plants is the only healthy long term solution for losing weight!  Eat up!

<![CDATA[Rose Water Reduces Redness and Tightens Wrinkles]]>Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:42:37 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/rose-water-reduces-redness-and-tightens-wrinkles
Rose Water Skin Benefits:
Firms and Soothes
Moisture Preserver
Decreases Wrinkle Depth
Angi-aging Effects
Smooths the Skin
Acts as an Astringent
Skin Conditioner
Smooths Makeup
Reduces Redness
Improves Mood
Removes Oil in Pores
Tightens Skin
Removes Anxiety
Promotes a Calm Feeling
Peels Away Dirt and Accumulated Grit

Purchase Rose Water Here

<![CDATA[Ginger Weight Loss Benefits and How to Grow Ginger!]]>Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:18:02 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/ginger-weight-loss-benefits-and-how-to-grow-gingerPicture
Most people know I love to garden and eat healthy foods.  Last week a friend of mine inspired me to eat more raw ginger.  I use a lot of ground up ginger in my recipes, but not a lot of raw ginger. I love organic gardening, so I decided to grow it inside my house in a simple house pot. 
Ginger is so healthy for you!  In fact it's health benefits are quite similar to garlic's properties of being natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. 

     Ginger was so popular among the Europeans that in 1884, Great Britain imported over 5 million pounds of the root.  The Spaniards introduced it to the Americas in the early part of the 16th century.
     Ginger has been proven to help prevent strokes and hardening of the arteries
and is much safer and more effective than that of aspirin which has serious side effects such as causing stomach and intestinal ulcers which often hemorrhage causing death. 
     The next time you have a fever, slice some ginger and suck on it, or blend it in a smoothie and see if that helps lower your fever naturally.  Ginger is also effective against colds, bronchitis and the flu. 
In China, ginger is used in the first stages of treating the common cold. 

20 Benefits of Eating Ginger

1. Helps with pregnancy nausea
2. Loaded with minerals
3. Helps with nausea from motion sickness
4. Helps increase poor appetites
5. Helps prevent strokes
6. Helps lower bad blood cholesterol
7. Helps cleanse the blood
8. Helps alkalize the blood which helps with weight loss

9. Is an anti-inflammatory and helps arthritis and aching muscles
10. Cleanses the kidneys and is a kidney stimulant
11. Relieves headaches including migraine headaches
12. Controls cramping including menstrual cramps
13. Improves poor blood circulation
14. Improves the absorption of minerals in the body
15. Helps reduce flatulence - gas
Helps colitis, indigestion and digestive disorders
17. Treats throat and nose congestion
Increases memory and helps with learning problems
19. May inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells
20. Has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells

5 Easy Steps for Growing Ginger as a House Plant!
Growing ginger is fun, easy and rewarding.  All you need is a pot or a bucket and some good soil.  Make sure the pot is about 12" wide and 8"-12" deep. 

1.  Fill the bottom of the pot with 1 inch of small rocks or pebbles. 

2. Cover the rocks
with equal parts of organic soil and organic potting soil. 

3. Place a small ginger root from the grocery store in the dirt and cover with a 1/2"-1" of soil. 

4.  Water it and keep it in a sunny location.  They love humidity and moisture, but don't like to we waterlogged, so make sure you don't over water. 

5.  If you bring your pot outdoors, make sure to bring them in at nights when the temperatures get below 59 degrees F. 
<![CDATA[Summer Smoothies, Popsicles and Frozen Yogurts! Julie's Strawberry Orange Julius Recipe!]]>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:46:58 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/summer-smoothies-popsicles-and-frozen-yogurts-julies-strawberry-orange-julius-recipePicture
What a fun, easy way to make sure you and your children get all your fruits and vegetables in this summer!  It's like eating vitamins in a jar! Delicious smoothies made with fruits, vegetables, flax, tofu and other plant ingredients help you lose weight and improve other health related problems. 

Most smoothie recipes are high in fat and have fat calorie percentages above 30%.  Our goal to losing weight and staying healthy is to have the perfect smoothie with a fat calorie percentage lower than 30%. 

Most people already know how to make smoothies with  cholesterol and fat, but making a delicious healthy low fat calorie smoothie is quite easy to do, and extremely rewarding. 

Try this strawberry orange julius smoothie, which you can freeze and make summer popsicles to enjoy while bathing yourself in the hot sun! 

Strawberry Orange Julius
2 fat grams, 185 calories = 9% fat calories
Serves: 1

1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate or 1 cup fresh orange juice
2/3 cup soy, rice or almond milk
4 ice cubes
2/3 cup strawberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth. 

To make popsicles, simply pour your smoothie in popsicle containers and freeze!

<![CDATA[21 Garlic Health Benefits...must eat!  Julie's Garden Salsa Recipe]]>Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:38:38 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/21-garlic-health-benefitsmust-eat-julies-garden-salsa-recipe
Garlic is an amazing plant, known for it's delicious flavor it gives to Mexican, Indian and Italian dishes.  You might be surprised how a simple herb can heal or prevent just about any illness and disease.  Amazingly enough, this cure-all medicinal plant can heal a cold and even help reverse heart disease and lower total cholesterol levels. 

Allicin and other compounds found in garlic such as
ajoene and alliin also have an effect on the digestive, circulatory and immunological systems of our body and help in lowering blood pressure and detoxifying the blood. 

21 Health Benefits of Garlic

  1. Antibacterial properties
  2. Antiviral properties
  3. Antifungal properties make it effective against yeast overgrowth
  4. Treats Skin Infections like ringworn and athletes foot
  5. Helps reduce weight
  6. Relieves toothaches by putting a sliver of fresh garlic on the ache
  7. Prevents cancer due to it being able to inhibit the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens
  8. Heals ear infections by mixing crushed garlic and sat in warm olive oil and dropping a drop in the ear. 
  9. Increases poor blood circulation
  10. Helps absorb and improve iron metabolism
  11. Increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics
  12. Effective against corns and warts by applying garlic fat extracts to the infected areas
  13. Effective against respiratory problems such as colds, influenza and lung related problems
  14. Has anti-inflammatory properties
  15. Effective for treating arthritis due to diallyl sulphide and thiacremonone compounds
  16. Effective for treating allergies do to its anti-inflammatory properties
  17. Reduces total cholesterol and blood triglycerides and reduces arterial plaque formation
  18. Protects the heart against heart attacks and atherosclerosis
  19. Prevents the formation of blood clots in the body due to ajoene found in garlic
  20. Reduces blood pressure
  21. Can stir up passions due to its circulation properties

Julie's Garden Salsa
.81 fat grams, 62 calories = 11% fat calories

Serves: 6

2 pounds tomatoes, chopped

1 medium onion, diced

2 bell pepper, your choice, chopped

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1/2 jalapeño pepper, diced small

1/8 cup lime juice

1 tbsp Real salt

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and packed

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Serve with baked chips, crispbread or corn meal chips.
Note: You can use this recipe for canning salsa, although I leave the cilantro out.  For canning, cook the salsa in a large pot for one hour before bottling.  Then boil in a water bath for 40 minutes dependng on altitude.   

<![CDATA[Cinnamon Smoothie Pops! 28 Reasons to Eat Cinnamon!]]>Thu, 29 May 2014 21:12:28 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/cinnamon-smoothie-pops-28-reasons-to-eat-cinnamon
Cinnamon may have some excellent healing qualities making it beneficial for arthritis, sore throats, weight loss, digestion and even heart disease.  Since 2000 BC, cinnamon has been used in Ancient Egypt, where it was very highly prized for its natural healing properties.  In medieval times doctors used cinnamon to treat conditions such as coughing, sore throats and arthritis.  Today, even modern research reveals that cinnamon has many beneficial properties. We would be smart to include it in our daily diet!

Try this simple popsicle recipe that is easy to make and fun for kids.  The flax seed and nutmeg adds additional nutritional benefits with each popsicle having 1.92 fiber grams! 

Cinnamon Apple Flax Pops
1.8 fat grams, 85 calories = 19% fat calories
Makes 8 small popsicles

3 bananas
1 large apple, cut in slices
4 tbsp ground flax seed
1 1/3 cup soy, rice or almond milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp Real sea salt
8 cinnamon sticks

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Pour in popsicle containers and put either cinnamon sticks in for a cute look, or regular popsicle sticks.  Freeze.  You can also drink this as a smoothie. 
28 Health Benefits of Cinnamon
  • Helps digestion
  • Anti-viral properties
  • Prevents and treats colds and flu
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Beneficial for arthritis
  • Reduces the risk for colon cancer
  • Good source of fiber
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Good source of calcium
  • Beneficial for osteoporosis and acidosis
  • Boosts brain function
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Good for losing weight
  • Great source of manganese
  • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Balances blood sugar levels
  • Reduces triglycerides
  • Anti-microbial properties
  • Beneficial against acne and breakout
  • Prevents blood platelets clumping together
  • Treats Muscle spasms
  • Improves glucose and lipid levels
  • Reduces total cholesterol
  • May prevent Alzheimer's Disease
  • May be effective against HIV
  • May help with treating multiple sclerosis
  • May help negative effects of fatty meals
  • Lowers blood sugar in type I & II diabete
If you have liver disease, it would be better to use cinnamon that is ceylan cinnamon instead of cassia cinnamon, which has less coumarin in, possibly linked towards liver damage.  
<![CDATA[Clear Skin Smoothies!  Say Goodbye to Acne....secret ingredients!]]>Tue, 20 May 2014 19:55:58 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/clear-skin-smoothies-say-goodbye-to-acnesecret-ingredients
Not just teenagers, but adults well into their 50's can still get acne.  As stressful as it is, here are two smoothie recipes that will bring the vibrant, healthy, clear skin back to your face and body!  If drank daily, you can get quicker results!

Acne is often a result of greasy acidic foods, with the result being acidic buildup in the blood.  The skin is the largest organ which helps eliminate toxins the body is not able to get rid of, which is why acne often develops.  How healthy or unhealthy our insides are, often reveals itself through our skin!   

Choose between the two smoothies or drink Blemish Gone in the morning and Clear Skin in the afternoon!  Also try to avoid fried foods, high protein meals, sugar and soda. 

Notice that cucumbers with their skin on, are in both of these smoothies.  Cucumbers are not only packed full of water, but have other natural cleansing properties which help remove accumulated pockets of old waste out of our bodies.  Cucumbers are a miracle food, when it comes to bringing back beautiful, vibrant skin! 

Clear Skin!
  • Asparagus and celery can help reverse acidity, because of their high alkaline content. 
  • Carrots are rich in potassium and contains large amounts of vitamin A, helping the liver remove toxins from the body. 
  • Cucumbers with the skin on sets the body in a unique cleansing action that removes accumulated pockets of old waste material and chemical toxins.  Once these toxins are removed, a glowing healthy skin returns.  The oils in the cucumber skin help the skin remain resilient and clear.    
  • Wheat germ has been shown to reduce acne, helps heal the scars and reduces inflammation, because it is rich in zinc.

Blemish Gone
  • Strawberries help eliminate toxic accumulations in the circulating blood plasma, making it effective against acne, blackheads, boils, and unhealthy skin. 
  • Cherries are a natural cleansing agent, helping flush acid poisons from the body by stimulating the kidneys, bladder and colon. 
  • Cucumbers with the skin on sets the body in a unique cleansing action that removes accumulated pockets of old waste material and chemical toxins.  Once these toxins are removed, a glowing healthy skin returns.  The oils in the cucumber skin help the skin remain resilient and clear.    
  • Flax and chia seed are both high in omega 3 and 6 oils, which helps with inflammation and softens the skin. 


Clear Skin Smoothie!

1.01 fat grams, 110 calories = 8% fat calories

Serves: 1

1 asparagus stalk

2 carrots

1/2 celery stalk

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 8" cucumber with peel

1/4 cup wheat germ

1 cup water, or more

1/8 tsp Real salt

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Blemish Gone Smoothie

4.17 fat grams, 162 calories = 23% fat calories

Serves: 1

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup pitted cherries

1/2 8" cucumber with peel

3/4 cup soy, rice or almond milk

2 tsp ground flax or chia seed

1-2 tsp agave or 4-6 drops liquid stevia

Blend ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Each of these smoothies are found in my smoothie recipe books! 
<![CDATA[Amazing Reasons to Layer on 'Natural' 3D Fiber Lash Mascara!]]>Fri, 16 May 2014 21:55:04 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/amazing-reasons-to-layer-on-natural-3d-fiber-lash-mascaraPicture
Tired of flaky old mascara?  Tired of spending a fortune for fake eyelashes?  Tired of your eyelashes breaking off?  I have a solution for you......Women are saying goodbye to fake eyelashes and instead are switching over to Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara which will make your eyelashes 300% fuller and rich looking. Out with the old, and in with the new!

Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is made from natural ingredients such as collagen, iron oxide, natural bee propolis, green tea fibers, water and Brazillan Palm glue!  What's great is it washes off easily with your regular facial cleanser, but is also resistant to water and tears! 

Younique's cosmetics and 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is organic, all-natural and mineral-based and are free of parabens, oils, cheap fillers, talc and synthetic fragrances.  They are also CRUELTY FREE. This is the perfect mascara for anyone with sensitive eyes!

This may not seem so exciting to the men out there, but if you have a wife, girlfriend or mother, this may be the first present they will be excited about! Yippee!

Notice the difference in the eyelashes in the picture above and below!  

So what's so great about the ingredients in this mascara?  Unlike the mascara you are probably using, your eyelashes will be coated with natural, hypoallergenic, organic ingredients which work with your eyelashes and not against them!  Take a look at the ingredients. 

Collagen builds proteins in your eyelashes making them stronger and fuller and less likely to tear and break off.  Humans naturally secrete collagen, but most people do not consume enough to benefit their body, including hair, skin, nails and eyelashes!

Green Tea Fibers are full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which naturally strengthen your eyelashes and make them shiny.

Natural bee propolis is great for your skin and eyelashes promoting healthy eyelashes.  Not only does it help reduce inflammation around your eyes, but it is full of vitamins and minerals and has natural antibacterial properties which help keep your eyes and eyelashes healthy.  You can reduce eye infections and irritations from by switching over to Younique's 3D Fiber Lash Mascara.

Black iron oxide is a natural compound made up of iron and oxygen,  This is the natural pigment which gives the 3D Fiber Lash Mascara it's beautiful rich color.  It is non-toxic, non-irritating, non-bleeding and is moisture resistant. 

Brazillan Palm glue is another natural ingredient used to gel the luxurious fibers together and has minerals which help strengthen your eyelashes. 

You can purchase it here at www.youniqueproducts.com/JulieWhite

Ok, so where do you purchase it?
Simply click here and you'll receive your  3D Fiber Lash Mascara kit within a few days!  If you send pictures, I'd love to see all the 'before and afters!'  Thanks, Julie


<![CDATA[Balsamic Italian Dressing and Delicious Salad, Made Easy! ]]>Tue, 06 May 2014 20:09:58 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/balsamic-italian-dressing-and-delicious-salad-made-easyPicture
If you're like me, you love salads, but finding an easy, delicious, healthy salad dressing is the difficult part!  Try my quick and easy dressing made in less than a minute!  All you need are 3 simple ingredients. 

Balsamic Italian Dressing
0% fat calories

1 pouch of Good Seasons Italian Salad Dressing Mix (don't use fat-free, it's not as good)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup water

Simply combine the ingredients in a jar, cover with a lid and shake!  If you like a stronger balsamic taste, simply add a little more balsamic vinegar to your dressing. 

Here is a delicious salad recipe and goes great with this dressing.

Garden Delicious
3.15 fat grams, 98 calories = 28% fat calories
Serves: 4

4 cups mixed greens, packed
1 cup cauliflower, florets cut small
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 cucumber, sliced
2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/8 cup sunflower seeds, roasted
1/2 cup croutons, Italian style

Mix the ingredients in a salad bowl.  Either pour the dressing over individual plate servings, or mix the dressing in the bowl right before serving. 

<![CDATA[12 Reasons to Eat Spinach!]]>Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:14:57 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/12-reasons-to-eat-spinachPicture
Spinach may not be your favorite vegetable, but if you knew the health benefits, it just might be the first vegetable you throw in your grocery cart! Besides helping with weight loss, there are many reasons it should be eaten daily. For picky eaters, try the "Spinalicious Smoothie" recipe below!

Spinach, a "superfood" and 12 reasons to eat it!
  1. Spinach is loaded with vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy vision and protects the cells against cancer and other diseases. 
  2. Spinach is packed with vitamin K, at 510% of the daily recommended amount in just 3 cups.  Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting and helps prevent osteoporosis.  It also converts glucose into glycogen for storage in the liver.
  3. Manganese is one of the minerals loaded in spinach and is needed for protein and fat metabolism and healthy nerves.  Great for anyone needing to lose a few extra pounds!
  4. Spinach has 40% vitamin C of the daily recommended amount.  Vitamin C is crucial for adrenal gland function, healthy gums and tissue growth and repair.  It also prevents cancer, infections, and enhances immunity to disease. 
  5. Spinach is high in iron which is necessary for children and pregnant women especially, helping with growth and resistance to disease.  Iron is the mineral that is found in the largest amounts in the blood, preventing anemia and creating strong nails, thick hair and a 'natural glow' in the skin.
  6. Spinach is rich in folate which helps with depression and anxiety.  Pregnant women especially need  to make sure they are receiving enough folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects. 
  7. Spinach has calcium in, an important mineral needed for strong bones, healthy teeth and helps the heartbeat stay regular.  It helps prevent osteoporosis, muscle cramps and is essential in blood clotting.  
  8. Magnesium is another mineral present in spinach.  A deficiency in magnesium causes irritability and nervousness.  It helps prevent depression, dizziness, twitching, heart disease, high blood pressure and helps maintain the proper pH balance.  
  9. Spinach also has riboflavin or B2 in, which helps alleviate eye fatigue and prevents cataracts.  It also helps the body metabolize fats, carbohydrates and proteins!
  10. Lutein found in spinach has been shown to reduce the 'bad' cholesterol in the blood vessels.  It also helps prevent the occurrence of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and strokes and is beneficial for the eyes.   
  11. Spinach has the ability to protect the membranes of  the stomach thereby decreasing the chance of gastric ulcers.
  12. Spinach is high in potassium and low in sodium. This combination is beneficial in preventing or reversing high blood pressure.

3.25 fat grams, 253 calories = 11% fat calories
Serves: 1

1 cup spinach, packed
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup almond milk or pineapple juice

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth!  I prefer making this with the almond milk for a creamier smoothie.  However, you can use pineapple juice for a thinner, sweeter smoothie, although it is sweet enough!

<![CDATA[8 Weight Loss Foods Packed Into 1 Smoothie!]]>Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:22:11 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/8-weight-loss-foods-packed-into-1-smoothiePicture
Any fruit or vegetable is beneficial for weight loss because of their natural 'live' enzymes that help speed digestion, and their high concentrations of vitamins and minerals which feed our cells on a cellular level.  They also help raise our body fluids pH level to an alkaline pH, thus releasing fat cells that were protecting against acidity.  However, there are some foods which can help stimulate and nutritionally feed various organs of the body in different ways, helping with with a healthy weight. 
Here are 8 foods which help with weight loss:
  • Cranberries which have high concentrations of flavonoids, promote healthy weight in those who regularly consumes them. 
  • Blueberries have also been shown to help with weigh loss, particularly around the belly. 
  • Cherries are rich in anthocyanin’s, which boost fat-fighting enzymes that help oxidize fat in the body. They also help the body utilize glucose, making it another factor with losing and maintaining a healthy weight. 
  • High alkaline foods such as kale, spinach and leafy green vegetables also help with weight loss, because an alkaline body does not need the fat to protect it against acidity. 
  • Peppers help stimulate the thyroid, which is sometimes related to weight problems. 
  • Cinnamon has a thinning effect on your blood, increasing circulation.  Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism, helping with weight loss.      
  • Deficiencies in vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and vitamin E are usually more common in people who have higher amounts of body fat and belly fat. 
  • Cranberries are high in vitamin C.
  • Kale, which is high in vitamin C and calcium, which makes it a 'superfood'.  It would be wise to include kale in all of your smoothies. 
  • Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin E as well as sunflower seeds.                           

Try this delicious smoothie, which includes these 8 foods for weight loss!  The pinch of cayenne pepper gives it a 'punch', and is quite delicious!

Alka-Weight Smoothie
7 fat grams, 265 calories = 23% fat calories
Serves: 1

1/8 cup cranberries
1/8 cup cherries, pitted
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup spinach leaves, packed
1/2 cup kale leaves, packed
1 1/2 tsp sunflower seeds
 pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup soy milk
4-6 ice cubes
6-8 drops of liquid stevia

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  You can't even taste the cayenne pepper in this smoothie and it is quite delicious! 
Note: If you want an even lower fat calorie percentage, replace the soy milk with water and/or add 1/4 cup of cooked brown rice, adding water to thin it down. 

<![CDATA[How to Use Flax Seed!]]>Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:22:16 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/how-to-use-flax-seedPicture
Flax seed's delicious 'nutty taste' makes it easy to add to many recipes!  Flax seed is full of omega 3 oils, fiber, vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, magnesium and manganese making it a "health food" everyone should be eating daily.

Studies have shown eating flax seed on a daily basis

  • lowers cholesterol,
  • prevents certain types of cancers
  • helps balance out hormones making it important for fertility
  • maintains smooth skin and luxurious silky hair
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • helps prevent diabetes 
  • helps prevent heart disease
  • helps prevent birth defects

Additionally, flax seed is a mucilaginous food, soothing the GI tract.  Eating mucilage foods protect the gut against gastric acidity, soothe and protect inflamed and irritated nerve endings, mucus membranes, respiratory passages and linings of the kidneys and reproductive organs.  

Here are easy ways to make sure you include flax seed in your daily diet:
  • sprinkle it on salads for a crunchy texture
  • sprinkle it on your hot cereal
  • blend it in your smoothies
  • use it as an egg replacer in recipes that call for eggs such as: pancakes, muffins, breads, tortillas, cookies and cakes
  • add to your casseroles and veggie burgers     
     If your recipe calls for an egg, substitute 1 tablespoon of ground flax +3 tablespoons of water.  Either let the flax and water sit for 5-10 minutes while the liquid becomes thick and slimy, like an egg, or simply add the ground flax seed and water to the recipe.   

<![CDATA[Flax Seed Benefits! Carrot-Flax Muffin Recipe]]>Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:47:30 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/flax-seed-benefits-carrot-flax-muffin-recipePicture
Flax seed is known for its rich omega qualities and other nutritional benefits, making it a daily 'must have' food in your diet!  The seeds are an excellent source of health benefiting nutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that are essential for healthy living.  Its delicious 'nutty' flavor makes it easy to add to smoothies, muffins, cakes, pancakes, breads, cookies and pastries! 

Here are some of the health benefits of flax:

  • Flax seed is rich in minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. 
  • Flax seed is one of the top vegetable sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), linoleic acid, and arachidonic acids.  It is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid.  These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties which help lower the risk of blood pressure, strokes, coronary artery disease and breast, colon and prostate cancers.  Infant development and maturation of the nervous system requires adequate amounts of omega 3 fatty acids
  • The phytoestrogens and lignans in flax seeds have antioxidant and cancer properties.  
  • Flax seed is an excellent source of vitamin E and contains about 133% of the daily recommended values at 20 grams per 100 grams.  Vitamin E helps maintain the integrity of cell and mucous membranes and the skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals. 
  • Regular intake of small daily portions of flax seeds helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.
  • Flax seeds are packed with important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Thiamin is essential for carbohydrate metabolism and helps prevent beri-beri disease. Folates help prevent defects in the fetus when consumed during pre-conception period and pregnancy.

Try these delicious carrot muffins made with flax seed, whole wheat flour, applesauce and agave!  Don't let the healthiness fool you, for you'll love the taste of these muffins and you can eat more than a few with their low fat calorie percentage!  This recipe and others made with flax and whole grains is found in my Livin' Slim Healthy Dessert Recipes!
Carrot Muffins
1.05 fat grams, 90 calories = 10% fat calories
Makes 16-20 muffins / 2 loaf pans.

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cups sugar or 1/2 cup agave
2 cups carrots, shredded
                                          1 tsp cinnamon
                                          1/4 tsp nutmeg
                                          1/4 tsp ground cloves
                                          1/4 tsp ginger
                                          2 tsp baking powder
                                          1 tsp baking soda
                                          1 tsp Real salt
                                          4 tbsp ground flax seed
                                          1 tsp vanilla extract
                                          3/4 cup water
                                          1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
                                          Option: 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (2.7 fat grams,100 calories=24% fat calories)

Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, sugar, carrots, spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground flax seed, vanilla and water.  Mix.  Slowly stir in the flour until it is lightly mixed.  Do not over mix.  Mixture will be thick.  Spoon into sprayed muffin liners or cupseez, filling 2/3 - 3/4 full, and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
To make carrot bread, simply spray 2 medium size loaf pans with a non-stick spray, and fill.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Livin' Slim Healthy Dessert Recipes can be purchased by clicking on this link!

<![CDATA[Livin' Slim Soup Recipes, only $0.99 on Amazon!]]>Thu, 20 Mar 2014 03:45:18 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/livin-slim-soup-recipes-only-099-on-amazon
Purchase 'Healthy soup recipes' here
Stop stressing out in the kitchen looking for something delicious and healthy to eat!  For a few days on Amazon, this Healthy Soup Recipe book by Julie White, is only $0.99!  You'll receive 30 delicious, plant-based soup recipes and 10 bonus recipes for healthy muffins, biscuits, rolls, bread, baked chips and more!

Each recipe uses ingredients using whole grains, flax seed, vegetables and legumes, and included are the total fat calories percentages! 

Watch the pounds melt off as you cook these easy to follow recipes! 
Some of the recipes give you the instructions for a stove method and also a crock pot method, giving you the option to choose. 

Try this Black Bean Soup which can be made in the crock pot or on the stove!  Serve with baked corn chips!

Black Bean Soup
1.1 fat grams, 150 calories = 6% fat calories
Serves: 4

1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 poblano pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup black beans, rinsed
                                                                   1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
                                                                   1 bay leaf
                                                                   3 tsp cumin
                                                                   1/2 tsp thyme
                                                                   1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or sprinkle in individual bowls)
                                                                   4 cups water
                                                                   1 tsp Real salt
                                                                   1 1/2 tsp vegetable or chicken bouillon
                                                                   1 tsp tomato bouillon

Crock Pot Method: Put all ingredients in a crock pot.  Cook for 5-6 hours on high, or 6-8 hours on low.

Stove Top: Substitute one 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed, and place all the ingredients in a medium size pot, simmering on medium high until all the vegetables are cooked, about 15 minutes.  Take out the bay leaf before serving.

<![CDATA[Blueberries and Weight Loss!]]>Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:32:02 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/blueberries-and-weight-lossPicture
Try this delicious low fat calorie blueberry yogurt made from fresh blueberries, bananas, silken tofu and agave!  Eating yogurt made from dairy is not only full of cholesterol, but it is extremely mucous forming.  There are definitely a lot more alternatives than eating yogurt made from dairy milk. 

Blueberries and weight loss?  Catechins which are found in blueberries actually activate fat burning genes particularly in the belly and abdominal area.  Regularly eating these catechins, according to Tufts University, increases abdominal fat loss by 77% and double total weight loss!

This blueberry yogurt is full of antioxidants coming from the blueberries which help the eyes in many ways.  Blueberries can improve nighttime vision, promote quicker adjustment to darkness and promote faster restoration of visual clarity after exposure to glare.

aboratory studies show a diet including blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging or age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, according to the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center.  Blueberries also help reduce the risk of infection, according to researchers.  

So I say...eat lots of blueberries!

Blueberry Banana Yogurt

2.70 fat grams, 210 calories = 11% fat calories
Serves: 1 

1 banana
1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup silken tofu
4-8 drops liquid stevia or 1 tsp agave

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Pour in a chilled container and serve with a few blueberries on top!
To Make
Frozen Yogurt:
Blend in a blender until smooth and freeze in a small container or popsicle container until frozen.  

<![CDATA[Greenhouse Gardening Book $0.99, 2 days only]]>Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:08:04 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/greenhouse-gardening-book-099-2-days-onlyPicture
Any greenhouse gardeners out there?  Do you want to learn about greenhouse gardening? Paul and I show you how to greenhouse garden the easy way using vertical gardening methods and other methods to help you create an optimal seasonal or year round greenhouse. 

We show you how to grow salsa ingredients like tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, onions, cilantro and garlic.  We have also included many pictures for your learning so you can get it right the first time! 

Learn what plants grow best, watering techniques, growing grape vines, kiwi plant and even goji berries.  We also grow strawberries, squash, melons and lots of cucumbers, using a small space! 

I have also included 3 salsa recipes you are sure to love, all which comes from growing in our greenhouse! 

Purchase our book for only $0.99 on Amazon for two days only, and feel free to share with friends and family!  We would appreciate a nice review of your thoughts of the book!  Thank You!

Purchase 'Greenhouse gardening' book here
<![CDATA[Powerhouse Meal that Lowers Cholesterol]]>Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:03:35 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/powerhouse-meal-that-lowers-cholesterolPicture
Want to lose weight and lower cholesterol at the same time?  Try making this delicious Edamame Corn Salad which is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and is low in fat calories.  This is easy to make and can be made in 5-10 minutes!  What's great about this salad is you can easily turn it into a delicious energetic meal by wrapping it in warmed corn tortillas and drizzling some of my Sante Fe Baja Dressing! 

What's great about this salad?  Edamame, or soybeans,
are a powerhouse of nutrition. Except for vitamin D, Edamame has at least 6 percent of the recommended daily intake of all nutrients. You'll also be eating a high amount of plant protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, folate and vitamin K.  Edamame are an especially great source of folate, providing 120 percent of the recommended daily intake. (Folate prevents birth defects through its role in the creation and growth of new cells).

also helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and reduces cholesterol, because of their plant-based chemicals called isoflavones that are similar to estrogen. These phytoestrogens help lower cholesterol and help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Phytoestrogens attach to the special receptor cells, similar to estrogen, but they’re weaker than real estrogen.  Estrogen is involved in breast, uterine and prostate cancer, so lower levels of estrogen from eating soy isoflavones may lower your risk of developing estrogen-sensitive cancers.

Healthy Fats! The polyunsaturated fats in soybean oil include omega-3 fatty acids which are heart healthy and reduce inflammation and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.  What great reasons to include a little bit of edamame in your diet! 

Edamame Corn Salad
1.77 fat grams, 118 calories = 13% fat calories
Serves: 4 (1 cup servings)

2 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup frozen edamame shelled, thawed
1 tomato chopped
1/3 cup green bell peppers, chopped
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 garlic clove minced
1 juice from lemon
½ tsp seasoned salt, spike, herbamare, etc.
Real salt to taste
pepper to taste
Option: 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and season to taste.  You can eat this as a side dish or make it a meal by wrapping in whole grain tortillas or corn tortillas, throwing in some lettuce and drizzling my Sante Fe Baja Dressing which is low in fat calories. 

<![CDATA[Weight Loss Split Pea Crock-Pot Soup! Hungry for Dinner?]]>Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:26:09 GMThttp://www.livinslim.net/blog/weight-loss-split-pea-crock-pot-soup-hungry-for-dinnerPicture
Creating a delicious, filling, nutritious meal can be a little tricky and frustrating, especially if you are trying to lose weight!  Try this delicious split pea soup that will give you plenty of energy, nutrition, fiber and protein with a low fat calorie percentage of only 1%.  Eat this with warm whole grain french bread or carrot muffins for an easy quick meal your whole family will love!  If you are busy like most people, start this in your crock-pot in the morning which will free up some of your evening for more time and fun!

This is one of many recipes you'll find in my Livin' Slim Recipes, which has over 210 delicious low fat calorie, plant-based recipes ranging from chewy brownies, veggie fajitas, creamy country casseroles, soups and salads, pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie, sweet and sour vegetable almond stir fry, teriyaki cashew stir fry, spicy chili, whole grain cornbread, santa fe baja dressing, hummus, salsa, tomatillo salsa, ceasar salad dressing, granola bars, no-bake cookies, cranberry chocolate oat cookies, carrot muffins, zucchini chocolate muffins, banana cookies, pumpkin cake, wacky chocolate cake, whole wheat pizza crust, corn meal crackers, whole wheat flax pancakes, my famous whole grain bread, smoothies and more! 

Each recipe shows the fat grams, calories and fat calorie percentage
and uses whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and small amounts of nuts and seeds like flax and chia.  Each recipe is low in sugar content and gives you the option to use agave or sugar with no oil being used.  (honey can be substituted as well)

No more frustration in the kitchen or on the scale with Livin' Slim Recipes!

Split Pea Soup
.40 fat grams, 185 calories = 1% fat calories
Serves: 4

1 1/3 cups dried split peas
4 cups water
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp celery seed
2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp vegetable or chicken bouillon
1 celery stalk, diced
1/2 tsp Real salt
2 carrots, cubed
1 medium potato, cubed

Stove-top: In a large pot, combine peas, water, bay leaf, celery seed, parsley, basil, paprika, onion, garlic cloves and bouillon.  Bring to a boil; turn down heat to low; cover and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour;  add the celery, carrots, potato and salt and cook until tender.  Add a little water if necessary. Remove the bay leaf before serving.  Serve with Carrot Muffins or whole wheat french bread.

Crock-pot: Place ingredients (except for the celery, carrots and potato) in a crock-pot and cook on low for 7-10 hours or on high for 5-7 hours, adding the celery, carrots and potato half-way through the cooking time.  Remove the bay leaf before serving. 

Tip:  If you have picky kids like mine who don't like onions, simply place the entire onion if doubling this recipe!  If you are using only half of the onion, place the onion in a food safe netting bag and remove before serving.