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Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Wellness Journey

I have been on the most amazing albeit challenging wellness journey for the last couple of years. Its something that I dabbled in pretty much my whole life, but I've been increasingly serious about it after the birth of my child.

I have learned some amazing things and I have learned some scary things! It has been a roller coaster ride that has resulted in me being in amazing shape and improving daily. Food is my medicine and I am very conscious about what I put into and on my body. If its not contributing to my health, I pass!

Every single food affects you, from your physical state to your mental health. What you eat literally affects every fiber of your being. Its the crucial first step to real health. Healthy choices are self-love and the more you make them, the easier they are to continue.

After food, environmental situations should be addressed. Is your environment (the products you use, chemicals that you are exposed to, household items, level of exercise) contributing to your health or robbing you of it? A lot of mine were robbing us. I am so thankful that I have been able to switch my home over to a harmful chemical-free environment and one that is so conducive to my workouts. Now 100 lbs lighter, I can focus on building lean muscle mass and following my fitness dreams!

There is so much more, amd I will address all of it in future posts. The most important thing is for us all to take responsibility for our health and to question what we are using on and around us, what we're putting into our amazing bodies. Health must become a habit and not some unattainable dream that we like to envision in theory.

We have the power, we can do amazing things, and I am so thankful to be on this journey with each and every one of you!

What are some changes that you have made to live a healthier life? If you need help creating a meal or fitness plan tailor fit to you, I currently have space for a few new clients. Feel free to contact me and schedule your free consult to see if you would be a good fit for my wellness coaching.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls!

With the weather cooling down, these are a perfect treat for the whole family! You can customize them in so many ways and they are kid-approved, healthy deliciousness.

 You will need a dehydrator for this recipe or a warmer drawer on your oven. A high-powered food processor really helps when making the sauce, but its not absolutely crucial for this recipe.

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

5 Bananas
1 cup medjool dates (soaked for 30 min and then pitted)
2 tbsp softened coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 c water

1. Slice bananas lengthwise into thirds and dehydrate until soft and pliable.
2. While bananas are dehydrating blend remaining ingredients until smooth.
3. Spread filling on banana slices and roll onto themselves until you have two banana slices rolled together into cinnamon bun shape.
4. Dehydrate rolls until the consistency you prefer.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts. You can also sprinkle with nutmeg, add shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, or any other toppings you prefer.
6. Enjoy!

These rolls will keep in the fridge for about 24 hrs, but good luck getting them to last that long!

I look forward to hearing your story trying this recipe, so please share below. Also, feel free to add your pics on Facebook and Twitter using #alacuisinellc

What was your favorite way to make this recipe?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Baltic Amber Necklaces - Holistic or Hype?

Chances are, you or someone you know has jumped on the amber necklace train. The question is, do they actually work or is it the placebo effect? Well, today, I am doing my best to answer that question.

The science behind the medicinal use of Baltic amber is grounded in succinic acid. Baltic amber has the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature. This acid is released by your body heat and absorbed by your skin as a natural pain reliever. It is referred to as an antispasmodic and anti-fever by homeopathic doctors. You can find more information on succinic acid here.

Common medicinal uses for Baltic amber are relief from teething, headaches, inflammation of throat, ears, and stomach, rashes, stomach aches, earaches, fevers, colds, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and fighting infections and respiratory diseases.

I can personally attest to the effectiveness of Baltic amber for teething as well as aches and pains. I have used an amber teething necklace for my daughter ever since she started teething. There has always been a night and day difference between the days she wears it and the days she doesn't. I think its safe to say that toddlers are immune to the placebo effect.

I know so many families that have had wonderful results with these necklaces. It is important to note that when buying, make sure to get a certified authentic Baltic amber necklace, bracelet, etc. You'll want to use a reputable dealer and they generally run about $25 for a child's necklace, although the price can vary greatly.

Do you use Baltic amber? Please share pics on Twitter using #alacuisinellc or comment below.

***This information is not intended to diagnose or treat and illness or disease. Please consult your (preferably homeopathic) medical practitioner before starting any new health regimen. As with most natural remedies, this information has not been approved by the FDA.***