118: Good, Bad, Yummy: Magnesium Oil, Styrene & Papaya Pops

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the GOOD, the BAD & the YUMMY!

Welcome to the weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe.

This week’s PODCAST REPLAY recommendation is from The Rich Roll Podcast: “Live Dirty, Eat Clean: Robynne Chutkan, MD on Everything Microbiome” and it is the perfect accompaniment to everything we’ve recently been learning from Dr. Zach Bush. I highly recommend it! [tip: fast forward to minute 12 to skip the beginning chatter]. Thanks to Isobella M. for bringing this show to my attention! 

the GOOD: Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil – I learned in episode 116, that while it appears that most of us are deficient in magnesium, we aren’t optimizing our supplementation by popping the standard capsules (that I take regularly, by the way!). Dr. Zach Bush shared that magnesium is best absorbed through WATER. Come to think of it, Dr. Wiggy mentioned this, too Read up on the benefits here

Magnesium Oil Therapy

PS – I mention Mary Ruth Organics Premium Supplements again in this episode if you want to check them out. I am really loving this as my multi-vitamin morning and night.

the BAD: Styrene & Styrofoam Cups

You already know that styrofoam cups and food containers are total TRASH for the environment, but they’re so prolific (in every school, church, Dunkin’ Donuts….) that they’re hard to avoid. 

Let me give you a GREAT reason. Think about it this way – when you consume hot liquids in a styrofoam cup, you are consuming trace amounts of that styrofoam cup. Your kidneys do NOT need this.

Styrofoam contains the chemical styrene, which has been linked to cancer, vision and hearing loss, impaired memory and concentration, and nervous system effects. What happens when you eat hot foods or drink liquids from styrofoam plates and cups is the styrene leaches out of the Styrofoam and into our bodies. You can learn more about this here, or just invest in a reusable thermos that you can take everywhere.  

the YUMMY: Papaya Pops

goodiegoodieglutenfree.com

My favorite way to eat papaya is to simply cut it in slices, then peel each slice. I leave the seeds intact and eat several teaspoons of them and just leave the rest (here’s the surprising reason why that’s good for you). Then, I squeeze lime over the slices and add a dash of himalayan salt to bring out the flavor. It’s so fresh and delish, and SO good for digestion – plus it’s rich in fiber. But, goodiegoodieglutenfree.com has a super simple recipe if you want to elevate your papaya game.

What you need:

  • 2 cups chopped fresh, washed papaya
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 – 1 cup pure, raw coconut water (it shouldn’t have any other ingredients)
  • optional: lime (store fruit over night in a sealed container with a slice of lime to bring out the flavor)
  • an inexpensive popsicle mold that comes with the sticks:

Directions:
  • Put all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth
  • Fill each popsicle mold with mixture, cover with the popsicle lid and add the sticks
    • Leftovers? Freeze in an ice tray and add to your next smoothie!
  • Freeze overnight
  • Once frozen, run popsicle mold under hot water to loosen the lid.  Then run bottom of the mold under water to loosen the popsicles.  Store popsicles in a ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 4 months

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xoxo Ella

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2 Comments

  1. DC

    Ella,

    I LOVE listening to your podcast. I listen while I work or workout.

    You have given me tons of tips to make myself, my family and my world better.

    I love papaya but have quit eating them because I have read they are genetically modified and not good for me. Would you please explain to me why they are ok to eat if they are gmo?