Crazy for Coconut…Oil

*This is a repeat performance of one of our most popular posts…read it and enjoy.  To your Health!!

So i’m just going to come out and say it…no sense in hiding it any longer…I’m in LOVE with Coconut Oil!  Its true…i’m not afraid to admit it.  Coconut Oil is…well…aWeSoMe!  It’s not just for cooking {which it is totally fantastic for…by the way} but there are sooo many more uses for it!

I started my love affair with Coconut Oil while researching a Candida Cleanse {more about that in future posts}.  The cleanse called for taking 1 spoonful of Coconut oil a day…which at first sounded…well gross…but actually its sort of yummy {i think} and wasn’t gross at all!  Because Coconut Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral, its basically anti all the bad stuff!  So not only does it taste yummy {not at all a sweet coco-nutty flavor like you might be used to…its very mild} but its health benefits make it a great choice for all your cooking needs!  A lot of the recipes included in this cleanse called for Coconut oil in place of olive or vegetable oil.  It’s a much more stable oil {its room temperature state is actually as a solid} and can be used at higher cooking temperatures without any concern.

So now we’ve mastered cooking with it {I’ve literally used it in place of other oils for almost all types of cooking} Let’s talk other uses.  Actually just this past month i decided to try out another one of its many uses {that i found reading this blog post}.  When the seasons change my skin tends to go a little haywire.  Parts are dry and itchy, other parts over moisturized and oily; its almost impossible to find a balance so my face ends up looking like a grease ball and a dry flake ball all at the same time?!?!?  Enter the lovely Coconut oil.  After reading about its moisturizing benefits i thought…what the heck.  It can’t hurt right.  So i gave it a whirl and spread it all over my face and neck.  To my surprise it wasn’t overly greasy {although it did take a few minutes to really soak in} and my skin instantly felt better {and smelled pretty yummy too!}  So fast forward to today and my skin is sooo happy!  Its finding its natural balance…no more greasy flaky ball…and my pores have actually cleared up and less blemishes too!  Who would have thought spreading oil all over your face could actually make you break out less?!

So moral of this story…Why not give Coconut oil a shot…

  • try it out in your favorite recipe
  • slather it on your dry skin
  • put a <little> in your palm and use to tame those crazy frizzy fly aways
  • swallow a spoonful to aid digestion and help with an upset stomach
  • remove chewing gum from your hair after that crazy gum tossing war?!
  • clean and polish your finest pair of leather shoes

Seriously i could go on forever…check out this blog for 80 different uses for this wondrous oil!!

Cheers

~ Jillian

{this post was done of my own free will…there were no coconuts hurt in the making…and I was not threatened by any evil coconut oil pushers…i really do just enjoy the stuff}

P.s. It’s usually pretty easy to find in most grocery stores and health stores.  In my local Kroger I actually found it in the green section with all the natural vitamins and supplements.  The brand I am currently enjoying is Nature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil {Pure Extra Virgin}.  So don’t be discouraged if you don’t see it right away…ask someone at the store, it might be hiding!

P.s. s. Make sure to always buy food grade Coconut oil {even if you aren’t actually eating it}; its just a cleaner and healthier option!

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Clean it up: Natural Granite Cleaner (again)

To kick off 2015, HSE is featuring some of its favorite posts from last year!  This baby is a still a staple in our house and is used on a DAILY basis!  Does anyone else feel like cleaning?!?

In an effort to keep our new house squeaky clean and healthy,  I’m on a “make my own natural cleaners” kick {its a real thing…i promise}  First item on the list…finding a way to keep our kitchen and master bathroom granite counters clean without damaging the sealant on the granite!  We plan to be here for a while and the last thing I want to do is prematurely strip that protective coat off!  So off Pinteresting I go…and stumble on this easy to follow recipe from the lovely Melissa at No. 2 Pencil.  This could NOT be any easier and chances are you already have everything you need.

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Things you need:

  • Empty {and clean} spray bottle.
  • 1/4 tsp liquid dish soap
  • 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 2 1/2 cups water

How to:

  •  combine all ingredients in the bottle {I used a funnel to help contain the possible mess}
  • shake it up, add a little label to your bottle  and you are ready to go!

* You can add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil for a little added yummy scent or just enjoy the natural good smell that comes from the dish soap.

Not only does this sanitize and clean up those counters, it leaves them with a lovely smooth and shiny finish.  Take care of that granite…its a keeper!  I’ve also used this on pretty much all my other “surfaces” around the house with great success!

Have you jumped into any natural cleaners?  What are your favorites?

Clean it up
~ Jillian

Coconut Oil (again)

This is a repeat post from last year…BUT so many of you loved it and it’s got some good, healthy tips…so we are rewinding and celebrating our love of Coconut oil all over again!!

So i’m just going to come out and say it…no sense in hiding it any longer…I’m in LOVE with Coconut Oil!  Its true…i’m not afraid to admit it.  Coconut Oil is…well…aWeSoMe!  It’s not just for cooking {which it is totally fantastic for…by the way} but there are sooo many more uses for it!

I started my love affair with Coconut Oil while researching a Candida Cleanse.  The cleanse called for taking 1 spoonful of Coconut oil a day…which at first sounded…well gross…but actually its sort of yummy and wasn’t gross at all!  Because Coconut Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiviral, its basically anti all the bad stuff!  So not only does it taste yummy {not at all a sweet coco-nutty flavor like you might be used to…its very mild} but its health benefits make it a great choice for all your cooking needs!  A lot of the recipes included in this cleanse called for Coconut oil in place of olive or vegetable oil.  It’s a much more stable oil because its room temperature state is actually as a solid and can be used at higher cooking temperatures without any concern.

So now we’ve mastered cooking with it, I’ve literally used it in place of other oils for almost all types of cooking!  Let’s talk other uses.  Actually just this past month i decided to try out another one of its many uses {that i found reading this blog post}.  When the seasons change my skin tends to go a little haywire.  Parts are dry and itchy, other parts over moisturized and oily; its almost impossible to find a balance so my face ends up looking like a grease ball and a dry flake ball all at the same time?!?!?  Enter the lovely Coconut oil.  After reading about its moisturizing benefits i thought…what the heck.  It can’t hurt right.  So i gave it a whirl and spread it all over my face and neck.  To my surprise it wasn’t overly greasy {although it did take a few minutes to really soak in} and my skin instantly felt better {and smelled pretty yummy too!}  So fast forward to today and my skin is sooo happy!  Its finding its natural balance…no more greasy flaky ball…and my pores have actually cleared up and less blemishes too!  Who would have thought spreading oil all over your face could actually make you break out less?!

So moral of this story…Why not give Coconut oil a shot…

  • try it out in your favorite recipe
  • slather it on your dry skin
  • put a <little> in your palm and use to tame those crazy frizzy fly aways
  • swallow a spoonful to aid digestion and help with an upset stomach
  • remove chewing gum from your hair after that crazy gum tossing war?!
  • clean and polish your finest pair of leather shoes

Seriously i could go on forever…check out this blog for 80 different uses for this wondrous oil!!

Cheers

~ Jillian

P.s Make sure to always buy food grade Coconut oil {even if you aren’t actually eating it}; its just a cleaner and healthier option!

Neti-licous

Oh spring; with your beautiful weather, your gorgeous blooming flowers and your pounds and pounds of pollen (she says thru sneezes and a stuffy nose)  UGH.  If you are anywhere near Georgia right now I suggest a mask because this pollen is out of control!!

Enter one of my favorite tricks o’ the trade…my Neti-pot!!  Don’t freak out…I promise the relief you feel and the peace of mind knowing that when used on a regular basis this thing can help you maintain your health is totally worth the slightly intimidating first “pour”.

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A neti pot is a simple tool used for nasal irrigation.  Basically its an easy way to keep your sinuses flushed out, clear and in tip top shape!!  It is VERY common in holistic health and slowly making its way into the main stream world.  The benefits include not only improved sinus symptoms and decreasing (or eliminating) the need for sinus medication but also keeping your sinuses in healthy shape to combat the nasty irritants like pollen, allergies and colds.

Easy Steps:

  1. Clean it!  Keep that neti pot clean and dry between uses!!
  2. Add the Salt! Dump in (1) packet of saline (be sure to use neti saline and NOT standard table salt.  Table salt has additives that can irritate the sinuses)
  3. Shake it up!  Fill with warm distilled (or at the least filtered) water and stir it up  (the water you use for this is SUPER important.  You are passing water thru very sensitive parts of your body that are close to your brain!!  Don’t use standard tap water that contains all sorts of yuck chemicals and amoebas!!)
  4. Assume the position!  This is the part that seems to trip some people up.  Bend over the sink and tilt your head so that your ear is facing the sink.  Keep your forehead slightly above your chin to allow the water to flow thru your sinuses (and not down your throat) Once you get the hang of it things work themselves out and you just know when its right.
  5. Time to Neti!  Once in the position, breathe thru your mouth, insert the spout of your neti pot into the upper nostril and tilt it up.  You will fill the solution enter your nose and flow out of the lower nostril.  If you feel the water going into your throat simply lower  your forehead slightly.  Use 1/2 of the solution on each side of your nostril.
  6. Drain it out!  Once you have emptied the pot on both sides of your nose, empty the excess water out of your sinuses by gently blowing out each side of your nose.  Follow up with gentle blows on a tissue and you are good to go!  Be sure to blow gently as you do not want the pressure in your sinuses or ears to get out of whack.
  7. Clean it again! 

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You will be amazed at the clarity you feel in your sinus cavities from doing this regularly!  It is absolutely a life saver when you are experiencing sinus trouble but even on a “good” day it opens you up and allows you to take in nice BIG healthy clean breaths!!  These days i’m rockin the squeeze bottle version of this handy tool but that is totally personal preference.  Try it out and get comfy with it.  Its a super inexpensive way to keep that shnooz of yours happy and keep your overall health in tip top shape!

Happy Breathing
~ Jillian

Food Factoid: Cucumbers

It’s been too long since we have talked about one of my favorite topics…FOOD!!! More specifically Food Factoids.  All things yummy and healthy combined into one sweet post!  The crazy thing is that so many of the foods we already know and love have hidden super-health packed benefits that you many never have realized.  So today…let’s celebrate the Cucumber…one of nature’s most delicious alkalizers!!

Cucumber on White

Cucumbers

The main benefit of the cucumber is its high alkalinity.  This property naturally balances your body’s PH to keep it at just the right sweet spot to keep you healthy!!  (healthy body PH is a 7.4).  So why is our body’s PH level so important??  Our bodies are constantly bombarded with outside things that try to throw it out of whack.  Things like pollutants and chemicals in the air, in our water and in our food sources.  With these pollutants in our bodies, our PH levels start to shift to acidity…and cancer thrives in acidic terrain.  One of the MOST important things you can do for your health is to eat lots of alkaline foods to help supply your body with the fuel it needs to fight off these nasty combatants.  Cucumbers are one of the MOST alkaline foods out there…so DIG in!!!

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**It takes 32 cups of water to neutralize the acid from 1 diet coke!!  Ugh…think of how hard your body has to work just to neutralize itself from 1 little soft drink.  In the meantime its energy is taken away from focusing on all of the other Oh-so-important functions it has like digestion, blood circulation and oxygenation!! (just to name a few)

**Two cucumbers blended in water and drank first thing in the morning can sometimes stop yeast infections and UTI’s that thrive in acidic bodies.  So many of the symptoms and not so fun things we deal with in regards to our health can be improved or even cured by finding this important PH balance!

Cucumber flesh has a very high level of silica.  Silica is responsible for combating Osteoporosis!  People with any bone, joint & ligament issue should double up on cucumber because of its high silica content.  Cucumber helps create healthy  shiny skin because of its high silica.  Have you ever tried laying cucumber slices on your eye lids to help reduce puffy dark skin?  Think of the amazing results you will see when this super food is pumping thru your veins and healing your body from the inside out!!!

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Just when you thought the cucumber couldn’t get any better…it’s high water content helps naturally hydrate the body preventing water retention AND it has natural sugar balancing properties that improve your body’s response to insulin.  It’s a “sleeper super food” that we usually take for granted!!  Be sure to seek out organic cucumbers or English cucumbers that are wrapped in plastic whenever possible to avoid the chemicals that are in the wax applied to the outside of most commercially produced cucumbers.  

An easy way to up the cucumber in your diet is to toss them into your daily smoothie (be sure to include all the “parts” of the cucumber…skin, flesh and seeds to get the maximum benefit!).  Or make a refreshing cucumber water on a hot summer day to cool you down!  I love them mixed with a spoonful of greek yogurt (shocker i know), a little garlic and tomatoes as a yummy side item.  Any way you do it, including cucumbers in your daily diet is a HUGE step to keeping your body healthy and happy!!

To your health and Happy Eating!
~ Jillian

Winter Skin Refresh

Dry, cold Winter weather is harsh on skin.   This Winter, it seemed that I need to  slather on lotion every 30 minutes!  But, my skin still felt dry and almost like sandpaper at all times.  Attempting to get away from some of the chemicals and other irritants in store-bought cleansers, lotions and other beauty products, I tried out a few skin care remedies using a more natural approach.  After using these moisturizers for a few weeks, I’m ready to share the results.  

Most of these all-natural beauty remedies are under $10 and can be purchased from your local health food store or vitamin supplement store.  As always, try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.  

For the Face: RoseWater
Rosewater is a naturally occurring byproduct of distillation of essential oil of rose petals.  Packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants, rosewater hydrates and rejuvenates the complexion.  Rosewater has many beneficial properties when applied to the skin, including:

  • maintains the pH balance of skin (controls both oily and dry skin and soothes many types of dermatitis)
  • prevents wrinkles and tightens pores
  • mild antiseptic properties (good for acne)
  • calms reddened or inflamed skin
  • helps to heal or prevent scars
  • stimulates circulation in the blood vessels beneath the skin (reduces the appearance of broken capillaries)

Regular use of rosewater has been shown to reduce and prevent dermatitis and eczema and soothe the skin when those irritations do occur.  Rosewater can also be used for aromatherapy.

Rosewater
For my face, I have been using Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin Spray as my moisturizer.  I absolutely LOVE it!  The added vegetable glycerin acts as a mild astringent, while the rosewater hydrates and tightens pores.   I have combination skin and was really suffering from dry skin in some areas.  After just a couple of days, I was noticing a major improvement in the appearance of my skin!  I have heard great things about Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner for a cleanser, as well.   I like that this toner was alcohol-free, to avoid further irritation to the skin.

For the Body: Coconut Oil & Vitamin E 
Jillian has already talked about some of the benefits of using coconut oil.  Vitamin E oil can also work wonders for your skin and is included in many skin care products.  Packed full of moisture and antioxidants, the benefits of Vitamin E oil include:

  • maintains the elasticity of skin (anti-aging)
  • promoting new skin cell growth and healing scars
  • moisturizes and soothes dry skin
  • prevents and repairs free radical damage (sun spots)

For the rest of my body, I made a batch of whipped coconut oil and vitamin E lotion.  It was as simple as tossing the two ingredients in the bowl of my KitchenAid mixer, turn it on and watch the oil churn into a whipped body butter.  

To make the whipped coconut oil and vitamin E lotion, you will need the following:  

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Yep, just coconut oil and vitamin E oil!  Make sure your coconut oil is organic, unrefined and for medium heat.  The unrefined coconut oil will whip up nicely and stay in a lotion consistency much better than the refined coconut oil.   Because Vitamin E oil is heavy and can difficult for the skin to absorb, it should be used in small amounts.  I used one teaspoon of vitamin E oil per cup of coconut oil.  Add the ingredients to the bowl of the mixer, turn it on medium speed for approximately 5 minutes or until you reach the desired consistency.  Be sure to store the whipped lotion in an clean, airtight container.  I used a lidded canning jar, which can be purchased at any grocery store, Walmart, Target or even Michaels craft store.

Coconut Vitamin E Lotion

A word of caution – this lotion takes longer to absorb than your typical drug store lotions.  Much like a shea body butter, it is thick and takes some time to soak in.  So, don’t slather this on right before you need to get dressed.  I have been loving the whipped coconut and vitamin E lotion!  It works wonders for hydrating the skin and the faint scent of coconut is delightful.

For the Lips: Exfoliation & Natural/Organic Lip Balm
Your lips are just as susceptible to the Winter elements.  To refresh chapped lips, start by exfoliating to remove dead skin.  You can make a simple at-home exfoliant by mixing together equal amounts of brown sugar, honey and olive oil.  Gently rub the brown sugar scrub on your lips and rinse with warm water.  To rehydrate your lips and keep the skin looking fresh, choose a lip balm that contains natural ingredients such as shea butter,  beeswax and vitamin E.  With all its skin rejuvenation and hydration benefits, it is no wonder that most lip balms contain a dose of Vitamin E oil.   Also make sure that your lip balm does not contain alcohol, dyes or fragrances, as these will dry out the skin.  A couple of my favorite lip balms are Burt’s Bees and Desert Essence Lip Rescue.  Although I have not tried them yet, I have been hearing great things about these cute Eos lip balms, which are 100% natural and 95% organic.

lip balms

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist and am not qualified to give advice on skin issues.  I am simply sharing what has worked well for me.  If you have any skin issues or a form of dermatitis, make sure you consult a dermatologist before changing your skin care regimen.  It is always wise to test a small, inconspicuous area of skin for a reaction, before slathering these skin care remedies all over your body.

– Brittany

Know It. Fight It. End It.

If you have been following Her Split Ends for a little while, you know I am passionate about traveling and anything that combines exercise and being outside.  Today, I want to tell you about another of my passions – raising awareness for pancreatic cancer.

PC Fact-4th leading cause

I lost my grandfather just 20 days after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  20 DAYS!  Unfortunately, his brief battle is a common story with pancreatic cancer patients.

PC fact-survivial rate

At the time of my grandfather’s diagnosis, pancreatic cancer was not a topic that was typically discussed on the news and, quite honestly, we did not know much about functions of the pancreas.  In the short period he was in the hospital, we started to learn about the statistics and what he would face during his illness.

PC fact-two percent of federal research

After his passing, we felt cheated at our loss.  We felt angry, because he didn’t have a chance to fight.  A few months after my grandfather’s passing, I called Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  The organization is almost entirely made up of volunteer affiliates across the country, raising awareness for pancreatic cancer at the local level.  At the end of the hour-long call, I felt like I had found a way to carry on my grandfather’s memory.  A way to help others.  A way to make a difference.

PC Fact-projected increases

Over the last 7.5 years, my mother and I have recruited volunteers, led meetings, spoken publicly about the disease, attended health fairs to share information about pancreatic cancer, traveled to Washington DC to advocate for increases in federal research funding, and organized fundraising and awareness events, including the PurpleLight Vigil and PurpleStride Atlanta 5K.

PC Fact-second leading cause of cancer death

So, that is why raising awareness pancreatic cancer is such a big passion of mine.  Why am I sharing it on the blog today? November is national Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.   I made it my mission to honor and remember my grandfather, honor dear friends who are survivors and to support those who are still fighting pancreatic cancer.  But, more importantly….I want to spread awareness of this disease.  No family deserves to be blindsided like we were and no individual deserves just 20 days to fight such a terrible disease.

You can also watch my Volunteer Story on the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network website.  It was filmed in 2009 in Washington DC, just before we met with our elected officials in Congress.  The picture below was taken in 2012, when our efforts led to the passing of the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.

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If you live in the Atlanta area and would like to participate in awareness month activities, the PurpleStride Atlanta 5K will take place this Saturday, November 9, at Centennial Olympic Park.   If you are interested in attending, you can register at the event.  I’ll be at the advocacy table with my mother, recruiting more volunteers for advocacy efforts  🙂

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To get involved in your local community, visit Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and search by state or zip code.  You can also help spread awareness during November, pancreatic cancer awareness month, by sharing this post with your friends, family and co-workers.

– Brittany

I’ve been bugged

I’m so pumped to finally have a garden to tend to {but MAN is it hard work!!}.  Our first weekend in the new house that we actually had a little free time to get out and play in the dirt; I was up and ready for TONS of planting and digging.  I lathered on some sun screen {my pale-ness has not really seen the sun much yet this year}, turned on some tunes and got to it.  We spent almost the entire day outside running around, soaking up some sunshine, enjoying our new surroundings!

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One thing I failed to think about was the possiblity of being attacked by garden pests.  And when I say attacked…I don’t mean a few bites here and there…I mean ATTACKED.  Apparently I have sweet meat; the perfect snack for all those pesky mosquitos because they literally destroyed me.  The backs of my legs  looked like they were covered in welts or chicken pox or red button candy.  No Bueno.

As soon as I realized I had been violated by those dang things…I ran straight to the internets for an all natural solution {we try to stay as chemical free as possible around here}.  I found this tutorial from the Wellness mama and then popped over to Amazon to order a few of the ingredients that I didn’t have in the house.  Wellness mama’s recipe calls for quite a list of different essential oils {which I don’t mind having around the house because you can use them for SO many different things} but I stumbled on a pre-mix blend of all of the necessary oils from Plant Therapy {Bug-Off Synergy Blend}!  Easy Peezy.  All the goodies you need in one little bottle.

bug spray ingredients

Supplies:

  • 8oz empty spray bottle
  • Plant Therapy Bug Off synergy blend essential oil
  • Distilled water {or cooled boiled water}
  • Witch Hazel

Directions:

  • Fill spray bottle half-way with distilled water
  • Fill ALMOST to the top with witch hazel
  • Add 30-50 drops of the Bug Off essential oil
  • Shake it up & spray

It’s safe and all natural, smells delightful, keeps those pests away and costs pennies compared to the store bought, chemical filled bug sprays!  HELLO!

Have you experimented with any “home-made” concoctions yet?  Do you LOVE using essential oils for all sorts or are you an oil novice?  Wether you are a pro or a newbie, this natural bug spray is a easy and effective way to keep those nasty things away from you so you can get out and enjoy your beautiful surroundings!!

Happy {bug-free} Summer
~ Jillian

* Be sure to check out this tutorial from Wellness Mama.  And check out this post, stop by this site and look here for other fabulous {and simple} natural bug repellent recipes!

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Food Factoid: Cilantro

When it comes to adding flavor to my food, one of my absolute favorite herbs is Cilantro.  I love this stuff!!  I know there are some out there that aren’t huge fans of the flavor {who are you crazy people?!} but I can’t get enough of it.  Well when I discovered all of the wonderful things that cilantro can do for our health…my love affair with it just got stronger.  Maybe these little factoids will convince some of you cilantro haters out there to give it another shot!

One of the most amazing properties of Cilantro is that it successfully removes mercury, lead & other heavy metals from our bodies.  That’s HUGE!  It literally flushes out impurities as it goes thru your system.  These days it is 100% impossible to avoid getting heavy metals into your system {unless you live in a bubble}.  The most common source of heavy metals getting into our bodies is from coal burning power plants, which is very hard to avoid because it is in the air around us.  Other common sources of heavy metals that can potentially leach into your body is from dental fillings and certain vaccines.

Medical studies have found that patient’s with Alzheimer’s and Autism have hight levels of heavy metal toxicity in their bodies.  A healthy body can naturally release some heavy metals from the system thru waste and hair growth {among other things}.  When the hair follicles of autism patients were tested against the hair follicles of a healthy person the autism patient had almost no traces of metals in their hair, which means their bodies are unable to naturally flush out these toxins.

I think we can all agree that these days our bodies are constantly trying to fight off impurities and toxins that are a part of our every day lives.  More toxins then our bodies can always handle.  Consuming cilantro everyday will give the body a boost in eliminating these toxins from the body, can improve symptoms for those with these horrible diseases and can also help prevent future disease in our bodies from the build-up of heavy metals.

Our go to daily dose of cilantro is in our morning smoothies {more about those to come…plus why I ♥ my blender}.  But cilantro is great in so many recipes too!  I like to add it on top of rice and pasta dishes or to add a little kick of flavor to my quinoa and greek yogurt.  A great way to get that cilantro pumping thru your system  {especially if you haven’t jumped on the I Love cilantro train yet} is to boil the cilantro down into a tea and mix it with your favorite beverage {mixed in with fruit juice is a great way to get the kiddos enjoying!} Or maybe a garlic and cilantro pesto spread on crispy bread or over your favorite pasta…

{Image from Simply Recipes}

Garlic & Cilantro Pesto

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled & chopped
  • 2  cups fresh cilantro, lightly packed
  • 1/4  cup olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons toasted sesame oil {or other oil of choice}
  • 2  tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place the garlic and cilantro in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. With the processor running, slowly add the oils, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Process until smooth.

Sounds pretty dang delicious doesn’t it?!?  What are some of your favorite cilantro recipes?

Yumm-0

~ Jillian

*Information from “Conquering Any Disease”  by: Jeff Primack.

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Rollin in the Mud

Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!!  How much do you LOVE that extra day?!?!?!  We were pumped to have a much needed weekend at home.  An officially planned NO-plan weekend!!

So last week I mentioned {here} that I spent a little time rollin in the mud last weekend…curious?

WARRIOR DASH!!

Warrior Dash is a crazy obstacle run that takes you dredging thru the mud, climbing over 20 foot walls and jumping over fire.  We headed up north to join my dad, stepmom and a few friends to run thru the obstacles and shlep thru the mud and it was AWESOME!!  I had no idea what to expect and was a little worried that my puny weak not so strong upper body strength would be a problem.  There were definitely a few obstacles that were a challenge but i’m happy to say i made it thru, completed all the obstacles and ran through the finish line with a  smile on my face {and apparently mud on my teeth}!   We sported a few crazy hair do’s and some warrior paint but there were some that went all out…tutus, wedding dresses…even umpa lumpas!!  Next year we WILL be rocking some sort of costume awesome-ness {Any suggestions??}  Saying that you are dirty when you cross the finish line is an understatement…there is mud in places you never thought possible. {all of my race clothes ended up in the trash!}  We “rinsed off” in the lake afterwards, most of us donated our shoes and headed over to the after party for a few beers, a little food and some live music.  Overall…a rockin good time and something we will Definitely be doing again next year!!

So you ready for next year?!?!  So much fun rollin in the MUD!

~ Jillian