I will admit it- I am a herbal tea addict! Autumn is also my favorite time of the year because it is pumpkin everything, sweater time, boots, and drinking hot tea without overheating your body!
While I was buying supplies to make laundry soap tonight I happened upon the tea aisle- as usual. and to my amazement I found this Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Tea! I, of course, bought it! Once I got home I had the thought to try making a pumpkin spice latte- whenever I used to buy them from starbucks or any other coffee shop they would have the overly strong taste of espresso! So here is my recipe for my amazing pumpkin spice latte!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
1 Sweet Harvest Pumpkin Tea Bag
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Almond Milk
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp ginger
1 shake of clove
2 tbsp organic honey
Step 1: In a tea kettle warm the water until it whistles
Step 2: Pour the hot water into a mug with the tea bag and cover it to let it steep for about 3-5 minutes
Step 3: In a sauce pan, combine almond milk, honey, and spices & bring it to a boil
Step 4: Pour the tea into the sauce pan with the almond milk
Step 5: Mix thoroughly & let cool a little
After doing some research & speaking with experienced Naturopaths there are some things that a heart patient should add to their diet and somethings that should be taken away in order for treatments to be more effective!
-Get rid of the gluten! (Wheat is not the same as it used to be "back in the day". Not only is wheat ridden with GMO's, unless you buy organic, but it has mutated over the years! We as humans have also changed over time. Depending on your blood type- you might not handle wheat as well as others or other gluten free products! You may notice that you feel better, sleep better, and have more energy when you get rid of the gluten!)
-Add naturally decaffeinated teas
-Add healthy fats! (avocados, coconut oil, butter, lard, ghee, etc)
-Add 3 -6 Tbsp of Brewer's Yeast per day! (People with abnormal heart beats such as AFib are naturally low in Vitamin B1- Brewer's Yeast has the highest amount of Vitamin B1!)
-Drink tart cherry juice!
-Eat with your blood type! It is important to find out your blood type! You might do better with meats than other people, or you might be one of those people who should have dairy more than others.
-Add chia seeds!
-Add flax seeds!
-Eat Wild Caught Salmon
All in all, listen to your body! Learn your cravings and learn how to decode them! Make sure you stay hydrated! After all, if you are going through something as serious as a heart condition- you want to give your body a fighting chance. Work with your body to get yourself back to a happier and healthier lifestyle!
Since my heart began acting up a little bit worse, I really had to change up my routine. For now, running is not an option for me- neither is heavy lifting. I am a gym junkie- I would rather be at the gym then be doing much else.
I thought to myself today as I was walking on the treadmill that there are probably other people who are having trouble with being sick and have to change up their routine. I thought why not give people some pointers and tips.
So this is my routine now:
I am now walking on a treadmill instead of running. Running really gives me a tough time! So I walk for about 15 minutes on the treadmill.
-15-20 minutes walking at 4.0 mph at 1.0 incline
-2 sets of 25 twisted crunches
-3 sets of 20 lap pull downs (I do 55 lbs)
-3 sets of 20 hip flexers
-20 minutes of light yoga
It isn't much but you can do this routine more than once per day! I am taking it easy and working through it! Don't let things get in the way of your health- but be smart about it!
I believe that preventative medicine is the best medicine. Growing up when I didn't feel well my mom would give me theraflu when I didn't feel well and I would choke it down hoping that it would make me feel better. I don't ever remember it actually helping though.
This time of year tons of people are getting flu shots and staying away from others in the fear that they might get sick. I say "why fear illness?" - fear actually brings your immune system down!
I have a routine that I do every night that helps keep my immune system up- I know what you are thinking "This girl has a heart problem why should we listen to her???". I will tell you why: I was born with a heart condition- it was not something I did to myself by not taking proper care of myself, sometimes in life you are dealt a hand that you aren't thrilled with, but if you make the best of it you will find the right move!
So this is what I do:
--Every morning I brew myself a cup of hot tea. What kind of tea? It depends, this morning I had English Black Tea, yesterday I had Vanilla Chamomile tea. I make sure that it is naturally caffeine free. I have 2-3 cups of tea per day.
--Everyday I also have water with a drop or two of lemon essential oil. I always use young living essential oils because they are the only essential oil company in the United States that vibrates on a medicinal frequency. One drop of lemon oil has the vitamins, minerals, etc as 30 lemons! Wow! I know it is totally unbelievable but it is totally true!
--Also I do thieves essential oil blend on my feet and the back of my neck. I put it on the bottom of my feet at night. I do it everyday for one week and then I don't do it for a week. This is in order to keep my immune system working! I always want to support it but I also need to let it do it's job.
--I take a shot of chlorophyll every morning and night. I get it from nature's sunshine- this is the only place that I get my vitamins from. It is the only place that I trust to create vitamins for me. What I do is put 1 Tsp of Chlorophyll ES in with some water in a shot glass and then shoot it!
--I make a mixture of 1 tbsp raw honey, 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon, 2 tbsp organic cherry juice, 1/2 cup hot water and I mix it all up and drink it. To be honest, it tastes amazing! I also add one dropper of a homemade tincture.
--Then I take 1000 mg of vitamin C (from Nature's Sunshine) 3 times daily during this time of year.
--Also keep your bowels moving! The beginning of the toxic stress cycle has to do with your bowels not moving properly- aim to have a bowel movement shortly after each meal.
As it has been said before the human body needs touch. There is actually a physical need for it.
About a month ago I wrote an article about touch and my journey to being okay with touch. The article was quite a success and people wanted to hear more. So this is where I am at from the last time I wrote.
I wrote about my associate who hugged me until I cried like a baby, my friend who did an oil treatment on my hair, and my teacher that has us to massages on each other. I was not 100% comfortable with any of these things but I am learning to talk about it openly. I notice since I acknowledged that I had a problem with touch, I have had more opportunities to be touched in a positive way.
I started getting more and more ill with a heart abnormality which lead to me not working and being home resting. My associate, the same woman who hugged me that I tried to push away, was very worried. Being a doctor herself, she knows what this could mean for me. She went to go out of town and decided to make food for me before she left. I met her and she gave me food and I talked to her for a few minutes. She was about to turn away and I realized that I was suddenly missing that odd thing that makes me feel awkward... I was missing touch. So I continued to talk even though it was obvious that she had to go-- I asked her if she was going to be in Michigan when I had my surgery.. she sighed and replied "No, I won't be back in town until the day after". We shared a sorrowful look with one another, when I think she realized what I was waiting for. She looked at me and smiled and said "Tell me what you want". I have to admit, those words were tough to speak.. finally I looked at my feet and said "Well, since you are leaving.. give me a hug". She laughed and said "I never thought I would hear you say such a thing!". She then leaned in a hugged me tight, and when I went to let go and push her away, she held on a little longer.
I had my surgery a few days later, which did not turn out as planned but life is never what we plan for it to be. As I cried and cried after the surgery I felt that need to be touched even though my mind kept screaming that it didn't want to be touched. Sadly, I let my mind win and didn't try to hug anyone or be hugged.
There are times I must admit where I wonder if I will ever get over this, but there are days and situations that are easier than others. My husband came home and the first hug, the "homecoming hug" as us military families call it, was wonderful. It wasn't until that initial "Oh my God my husband is within a couple feet of me" wore off, I became standoffish again. He kept hugging on me and kissing on me- which is a normal thing. It is a completely wonderful thing- but I was uncomfortable. I sat there trying to push through telling myself "Women would love to be you! Women would die to just have a man who truly loves them hugging and holding them and not care who sees.. but me?". I love my husband and I love that he is affectionate, once I opened up and told him I was having trouble, he understood and gave me a little bit of space. I got used to him being home over the next day or two. Then I found that I started longing for him to hug me and him to kiss on me. "Progress, I thought to myself.. progress."
I went up to school the next weekend and Dr. Baker did the dreaded "Everyone massage each other's necks and shoulders" command. As we all got up to massage each other, my entire body wanted to fold on in itself. I literally had to will my body to get up, I could feel Dr. Baker's eyes on me as I looked up. I nodded at her and allowed my classmate to rub on my shoulders. "Breathe" I told myself "Just Breathe through it". And then they came.. tears... "Again??" I thought to myself. A tear or two was all that it took for Dr.Baker to notice and smile at me. I had no problem massaging my classmates as usual. This weekend though, Dr.Baker took every possible opportunity to touch me. If she walked past me she would but her hand on my shoulder, as I cringed, and she would continue talking and teaching. As the weekend went on, I began to be okay with her touching me. I wouldn't jump as badly or get as tense.
When my husband went back home, I cried for two hours. Everything suddenly felt cold. I wrapped myself up in blankets but still didn't feel warm. I missed his touch... Wow something to think about.. I missed his touch..
I had school again this last weekend. I was very vocal with my roommates about not liking touch. At a naturopathic medical school-- people are lovey, touchy, etc. Everyone always wants to touch you and hug you... especially when you share a room with your friends. They gave me the taps on the back and hand resting on my back. Oddly it didn't feel so terrible. I even allowed one of them to do a headache release on me. It took me a few minutes to be okay with each touch, but once I began to be okay with it the touch would end.
Right now my friend who puts oil in my hair is out of town and she has been gone for over a month now. I miss her. I miss it when she puts oil in my hair. I miss her touch...
So I am at a point where I still don't want to be touched but I am slowly longing for it. There is the thought, "I wish I could have oil put in my hair", "I wish I could fall asleep in my husband's arms", "I wish I could have a massage to help with my neck pain", "I wish this, I wish that". It is taking time but I am forcing myself to learn how to be okay with being touched. I find tears falling from my eyes during hugs or massages. Today I didn't get the greatest news from my cardiologist and I felt like I wanted touch.. I wanted a meaningful hug. I did hug but I still wanted to pull away and run. I think my body is telling me that I need touch to help me to heal, even though my mind is resistant.
Someday I won't pull away, someday I will lean in..
Am I slowly opening up?
Food for thought
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.