Are You Feeling The Love?
 

Happy February Friends!

So, what are you doing to show yourself a little LOVE?

Loving Yourself to Health includes...

  • Keep your neurotransmitters fired-up - don't underestimate the power of positive thinking!
  • Reboot your battery - schedule time for self-care, daily, weekly, monthly! There is only one you.
  • Fill your fuel tank - What you put in your mouth makes a huge difference in your health. Love yourself enough to make the right choices!
  • Grab some time with friends - surround yourself with folks that believe in you, who bring you up, who celebrate you as the loving person you are.

This is the foundation of my signature workshop, Loving Yourself to Health. Get a dose of Vit L = LOVE and watch the magic happen!  I would love to bring this to an organization you're involved with, or your company for a lunch & learn.  Keep me in mind through your busy day!  You can reach me at connect@roots2wellness.com.

If you are in need of a LOVING transformation, check out my new online program for an inside out makeover - foodgevity.com. Check out the foodGEVITY Facebook page and grab one of the incredible coupon codes for a discounted enrollment fee! 

In Wellness, With Love,
Janet

 
Janet Verney
My 12 Tips to Feeling Better From The Crud!
 

How are you holding up during this busy holiday season?  Tis the season not only for family & friends, mixed with a little merriment, but also for sharing the not so fun colds & other nasty bugs.... 

I see so many friends posting that they are stuck with a nasty cough or cold.  There is lots that can be done, but when going a more natural route you have to hit it hard from all angles.  Below are some of my cold-proof remedies for prevention and for recovery from the crud.  As always, consult your doc before trying something new, especially if you take any prescription meds.  

When you first feel the crud creeping in or it hits you overnight and BOOM you’re down for the count, this is what I do:

1.    Take a hot Epsom salt bath (1-2 cups) with a few dashes of eucalyptus oil.  If you have On Guard by doterra, even better.  Soak as long as you can, then wrap in towels and sweat it out! 

2.    Rotate taking zinc and Vit C, at least two hours apart.

3.    Other terrific supplements to support are Vital Nutrient’s Herbal Biotic & Immune Support.  The Immune Support is also great for preventing catching what’s going around! 

4.    NAC = N Acetylcysteine.  This is another great way to support your immune system and incredible for clearing congestion.  For my lungs I sometimes take up to six a day when super congested.  You can order NAC online.  My favorite brand is also Vital Nutrients. 

5.    If you are not taking D-3, you should consider a min dose (2,000 iu) and then get some blood work done to check your levels – you may need more. 

6.    The basics of getting plenty of rest and staying well hydrated goes a long way to preventing and recovering from illness.

7.    Herbal teas, like Throat Comfort, with a little raw honey is wonderful for soothing that irritated throat. 

8.    My favorite cough liquids are Wise Woman Herbal CE-II and Olbas Cough Syrup.

9.    Another great defense for infections is Kyolic (organic garlic extract).  I get the Immune formula 103. 

10.  For the aches and pains of the crud I like Willow Bark, which has salicin as the main ingredient.  It acts like aspirin.  If you have any kidney issues you would want to stay away from this and aspirin.  As always, check with your health care provider. 

11.  Eat lots of veggies and avoid grains and sugar while sick and congested - they will only add to the gunk!  Add in some superfood smoothies with berries, ginger, greens, and lemon juice.  Avoid nuts and seeds if heavily congested.

12.  Brew some super turmericginger tea with a little powdered or dried sage.  Breath in the steam while it simmers.  Add a little raw honey and lemon. 

Be Well and Happy Holidays! 

Janet

 
Janet Verney
Are you “Shoulding” all over yourself?
 

I recently heard Tony Robbins speak about should versus must and it being the difference between being successful versus unsuccessful!  This got me thinking… Why do so many fail to meet their healthy living goals?  I think they may be “shoulding” all over themselves…

  •   I SHOULD eat more vegetables
  •   I SHOULD stop eating so much sugar
  •   I SHOULD call about the job opportunity
  •   I SHOULD go for a walk each day
  •   I SHOULD sign up for that yoga class
  •   I SHOULD call my mom and tell her I love her
  •   I SHOULD make time for meditation
  •   I SHOULD ______________________________

What if you changed your SHOULDS to MUSTS… Imagine the life changes you would create! 

  •  I MUST eat more vegetables
  •  I MUST stop eating so much sugar
  •  I MUST call about the job opportunity
  •  I MUST go for a walk each day
  •  I MUST sign up for that yoga class
  •  I MUST call my mom and tell her I love her
  •  I MUST make time for meditation
  •  I MUST ______________________________

For each of your MUSTS I challenge you to add them, one at a time, to your calendar – YES, schedule it into your day, your week, your month.  It is when you take these simple, small steps, actions towards a goal, a desire, a dream - it becomes your reality! 

Here’s to your success!

Janet

 
Janet Verney
Hydration Without the Sugar!
 

Keep Hydrated this Summer with Water Infused Recipes

Too often we turn to high sugar content soda and juice drinks to help hydrate us and quench our thirst, especially during these summer months. Thanks to some experts in the field of health and nutrition, Waterlogic has compiled a list of healthy hydration alternatives, our best fruit infused water recipes that will help quench that thirst while avoiding sugar during these sizzling summer months.

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ORGANIC, a cleaner way to eat!
 

So you ask, “what’s up with all this organic stuff, it costs more and is there really a benefit?”  Word has it, meaning lots of studies show, that yes, eating organic food is a huge benefit to your health!  

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Everyone knows that eating a rainbow of colors, meaning more fruits and veggies (NOT colored candy) is better for your health, but if you increase the volume of these critical foods into your diet, consuming “conventional” produce, then you are also consuming a great deal of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers!  Simply imagine over time what this can do to your health… For a list of the dirty dozen, check out the Environmental Working Group website.

So, let’s get to the meat, or should I say the produce of this subject.  Eating organic produce means better nutrition.  The soil used on organic farms is filled with beneficial minerals unharmed by all the synthetic chemical’s used on conventionally grown produce.  Minerals are critical to good health!  They support a healthy immune system, keep our bodies in balance, and reduce inflammation.   

Eating local, fresh, organically sourced fruits and vegetables, along with minimally prepared foods is one the single best things you can do for your health!  The abundance of chlorophyll and phytonutrients in organic produce is key to fighting disease and living in vibrant health. 

Organic may cost a wee bit more, but tell me, what are you and your family worth?  What would you pay to prevent, or recover your health?  It’s worth every penny in my book!  At the new James Farmacy Organic Café & Juice Bar in Old Saybrook, CT, we seek to provide the community with these clean, all natural, organically sourced, healthy-eating options!

 
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Ditch the Bras Ladies!
 

Let’s talk Breast Wellness….

Ok, so I’m talking an alternative to the traditional bras on the market.  You know, the ones with the synthetic materials and the incredibly uncomfortable underwire?  There are several studies and yes, some controversy about these sexy little things being a trigger for breast cancer.  Now, I am not a scientist, but I have read enough to make me think twice about wearing these buggers. 

So what’s wrong with these pretty little things we strap on each day?  Well, to begin with, the underwire can constrict the blood vessels that are there to flush toxins from the breast tissue, essentially suppressing the lymphatic system from doing its job.   Many women experience cysts in this area, under the breast, which can lead to cancer.   In addition to the underwire, the synthetic material can be problematic.  This material does not breathe and can heat up the breast tissue.  This material is often treated with chemicals that our very porous skin absorbs, soaking up all this not-so-nice, toxic stuff… Yuck!   

Let’s talk alternatives.   There are more and more cute (maybe not so sexy) organic cotton bras coming on the market.   I happen to love Blue Canoe – so comfortable!  When I take it off at the end of the day there are no lines or red marks on my skin.   Lots of options online – just search organic cotton bras and be sure to find ones without the underwire.  Another wonderful option are cami’s and tanks if you can get away with it…  My fav is Bgreen Apparel:  http://www.bgreenapparel.com/women/camis-and-tanks.html  .  They also have a simple bra as well. 

Other ways to support breast wellness is a healthy diet, mostly plant based.  If recovering from cancer, I encourage avoiding fruits and any other forms of sugar until fully healed.  Also consider your deodorant – stay away from products that contain parabens and chemicals in the common antiperspirants.  It is healthy to sweat!  Here in West Hartford CT there is a woman, Ada Rios, who is making a very nice alternative deodorant product that appears to have safe ingredients.   I use it daily and don’t get stinkyJ   

The other products to consider are skin care lotions that we smear over the largest organ of our body.  My go to moisturizer is a jar of organic coconut oil, which you can find in some stores, like Aldi’s for under $5.  It lasts me about three months.  I keep it in my shower and before I dry off, I smooth this wonderful-smelling-ingredient-food-based-product all over my skin and then pat dry.  Even through the winter months my skin feels baby soft. 

For more information, check out the book Killer Clothes, by Anna Maria Clement and Brian Clement. 

Let’s start a revolution ladies and kick off a new campaign called BREAST WELLNESS! 

With Love, In Wellness,

Janet

 
Janet Verney
Food Sensitivity?
 

Sometimes those little annoying symptoms can be food related! 

 

I have great appreciation for this Hippocrates quote: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be they food", but food can also make us sick!  I am not talking about just the apparent, unhealthy "junk" foods regularly consumed by many, but also seemingly healthy foods.  If you are eating a healthy diet and still have some annoying little symptoms like mild fatigue, excess congestion, or mild digestive issues, then it could be that one or more of the foods you consume each day is one that you have developed a sensitivity to.  It can often be what you are most attracted too and eat on a regular basis. 

I have been dealing with this personally and as my doc says (he doesn't know anyone who takes their health more seriously than I do).  I pretty much have eliminated most of the well known foods that can trigger inflammation, like gluten, sugar, eggs, dairy, and even most grains and yet I am still getting some congestion.  Being the food detective that I am, I looked at what foods I had the day before my symptoms were at there worst.  One of the triggers seems to be pure maple syrup... I know, of all the things...  I am a true New England girl and this has always been my favorite go-to-sweetener.  the congestion also seems to increase with a glass of wine, or with gluten free flour mixes.  As I pieced this puzzle together, it hit me that I may have a sensitivity to sulfites, which is not uncommon, especially for folks who eat lots of pre-packaged foods, but here I am eating a clean, whole food diet... so, I discovered that there is a short list of natural foods, including some veggies and fruits that have a natural level of sulfites, pure maple syrup being one of them! 

This is why I stress to everyone - it is all about BIO-Individuality - what works for me, may not work for you!  When you eat a clean diet your body will begin to tell you what it likes and does not like.  Truly listen to what your body is telling you.  It is a super smart, sophisticated bio-computer and it knows the software that will make it run with the utmost efficiency.  At a recent lecture I attended, the speaker said we don't just wake-up one day with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc... , it happens, it builds over time, but we stopped listening to all those little signs along the way and then BAM, we get hit loud and clear with a life-threatening disease! 

Even if you are predisposed to a certain disease, you can indeed change the "attitude of your genes" and live a vibrant, healthy life! 

 
Janet Verney
Longevity Juice
 

Juice and strain the following organic veggies:

  • 1-2 cups pea shoots
  • 1-2 cups sunflower shoots
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4-6 stalks celery
  • Optional Additions:
    • Cilantro for detox
    • Ginger root to rev-up digestion
    • Turmeric root to decrease inflammation
    • Other greens as desired
    • Green apple if you want a little sweetness to your juice. 

To kick your digestive juices into high gear, be sure to "chew" your juice! 

 
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Mocha Black Bean Brownies
 

Steep one Hazelnut Teeccino Tea bag in warm water.  Add three tablespoons of the coffee (tea) to 2 tablespoons of ground flax – allow this mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes. 

In a high speed blender mix (may need to add a little more of the tea water – you want a thick batter, so do a tsp at a time until mixed):

·         The flax/coffee mixture

·         3 T grapeseed oil or coconut oil

·         1 T vanilla extract (preferably non-alcohol)

·         2 T Non-aluminum baking powder

·         ½ t pink sea salt

·         1 can organic black beans, well rinsed

·         ½ C Coconut Palm Sugar

·         ½ C Lakanto or non-gmo Erythritol 

·         ¾ C Raw Cocao Powder

Place in parchment paper baking cups in a muffin tin, top with non-dairy chocolate chips, and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  When cool, top with either non-dairy coconut ice cream or whipped coconut milk. 

 
Janet Verney
A Place in Time
 

Majestically floating within the whisper of a cloud,

its grand structure is enveloped in the musty scent of pine.

Gracefully its presence commands attention,

while in the harmony of nature.

Eloquent guests are charmed by its pervading elegance,

timeless memories are captured within its walls.

Radiant décor evokes passion,

enraptured spirits swept away by mystical beauty. 

Stories yet untold encased in noble times gone by,

grounded symmetry scaffold dreams of potpourri yet to come.

 

~Janet E. Verney

 
Janet Verney
The Sugar Blues
 

Are you feeling the Sugar Blues?

Are you feeling fatigued, tired all the time, suffering from chronic headaches, struggling with your weight, battling mild anxiety or depression, catching colds too often,  or fraught with mood swings? 

Yup, it could be the sugar in your diet…

  • Most Americans consume about 30 teaspoons of sugar everyday – that’s about 100 pounds a year!  Yeeks!
  • Why do we consume so much of it?   Well it tastes good!  Consuming small amounts makes us want more, and when we go cold turkey we get headaches, cravings, mood swings, etc… sound addictive?  Sounds like it to me!
  • What is this granulated white stuff?  Well, it is a highly refined substance that is processed through charcoal filters and, rumor has it, it gets bleached!  In the end it has no vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or amino acids.
  • The end result of eating it: It enters the bloodstream rapidly causing spikes in your blood sugar, causing the pancreas to work overtime to produce insulin.  This can lead to high triglycerides and type II diabetes.  It can also wreak havoc on your immune system and deplete you of essential vitamins and minerals.   Following the sugar high comes the sugar low, leaving you weary and exhausted.

Are you ready to take the 7 day sugar makeover challenge…?

  • Eliminate the unhealthy, empty calorie, disease causing substances from your daily routine – READ LABELS and avoid: Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, Confectioner’s Sugar, Dextrose, Sucrose, etc.
  • Eat more whole foods: They will leave you feeling fuller and provide all the wonderful nutrients your body wants and needs to be well.   Fruit contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support the process of metabolizing the “fructose”.   As I’m sure you know berries rank highest on the health list, as they are the lowest fruit on the glycemic index. Fruit should not be more than 15% of your diet and should be avoided for a period of time by those healing from cancer, candida, and diabetes. 
  • Experiment with other natural sweeteners that offer more nutrients - Use sparingly: Raw Honey, Pure Maple Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Dates, Coconut Sugar, Agave and Blackstrap Molasses. Other acceptable substitutes: Stevia, Erythritol, and Lakanto.  With the exception of Stevia, Erythritol & Lakanto, all of these sweeteners can raise blood sugar and should be eaten in moderation and minimally for diabetics. 
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners all together – many have well recognized neurotoxins and can cause a host of other issues. 

Celebrating your vibrant health and abundant energy!

Janet E. Verney, The Wellness Designer

Reference:  Sugar Blues, Joshua Rosenthal, Integrative Nutrition

 
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'Gone a Little Nutty!
 

Nuts and seeds are high in protein and filled with wonderful nutrients.  They are a great addition to any diet, eaten in moderation.  They help balance blood sugar and provide a long lasting source of energy.  So, instead of picking up a candy bar, have a snack bag of nuts and seeds handy to satisfy your hunger! 

Only purchase organic nuts and seeds, otherwise you are getting a hefty dose of chemicals with every bite!

Always soak nuts and seeds before eating, unless you purchase them sprouted.  This removes a natural enzyme inhibitor and makes them more digestible.  Soak nuts and seeds in jars or bowls overnight, preferably each nut/seed in their own container.  Rinse well.  Either use in a sauce or recipe, or make a nut milk immediately after soaking.  To bring back that nutty crunch, dehydrate them for 24 to 36 hours at a temp of 110.  For the best shelf life, store them in the fridge.  Nuts and seeds that do not need to be soaked:  macadamia, pine nuts, chia, flax, & hemp. 

Some sample recipes follow (always use organic ingredients):

Almond Milk:

Blend, then strain through a nut milk bag.  Use within 3 days.  Pulp can be used in crackers or cookies.

  • 1 Cup soaked raw organic almonds
  • 2 Cups filtered water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Berry Smoothie:

Blend on high until well mixed

  • 1 cup frozen berries of choice
  • ¼ cup of mixed soaked/dehydrated nuts & seeds (chia, hemp, pumpkin, walnut)
  •  Juice of ½ of lemon
  • Almond milk or water
  • Drops of stevia for added sweetness (optional)
  •  ½ of an avocado (optional for a creamy texture and added nutrients)

Walnut Tacos

Combine all in food processor until chopped:

  • 3 cups walnuts (soaked & dehydrated)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  •  Dash of pink sea salt

Wrap in collard greens or romaine lettuce, top with sprouts and shredded & chopped veggies of choice.

Grain Free Crackers/Crust

  •   1 T ground chia seeds
  •  1/4 C water
  •  1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 t baking soda (non-aluminum)
  • 1/4 t pink sea salt
  •  1/2 C ground flax meal
  • 1 C ground almonds
  •  Favorite spice blend

Whisk the chia seed with the water until it is "egg-like".  Add oil, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk until well blended.  With a wooden spoon, stir in the flax meal and then the ground almonds.  Mix until dough forms. 

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll flat.  Slide the dough that is between the parchment paper onto a large cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with the spice blend.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or place in the dehydrator for 24-36 hours, or until crisp.

Can be used as a pizza crust or broken into small pieces for dipping or spreads.  

 

 
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