108: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Thermography, Splenda, Grilled Romaine

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This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!

This is a weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe. The conversation continues on social…join me on Facebook and Instagram.

the GOOD: Thermography

Thermographic image of healthy breasts

the BAD: Sucralose…aka Splenda

  • “Splenda” is the commercial name used for sucralose. The manufacturers advertise Splenda as being more “natural” than other sweeteners because the main substance, sucralose, comes from sugar. This is misleading, and potentially harmful.
  • To put it simply splenda is chlorinated sugar (chlorocarbon), and it accumulates in the body over time. Infrequent consumption is likely not cause for harm, but consistent consumption can create everything from headaches to weight gain….and, according some some studies, cancer. Other effects include:
    • migraines
    • dizziness
    • intestinal cramping
    • rashes and acne
    • bloating
    • chest pain
    • tinnitus
    • gum bleeding
  • A 2008 Duke University study found that Splenda alters the intestine flora as it destroys beneficial bacteria.  
  • Want more info? Here’s a Complete Guide to Artificial Sweeteners
  • The Mayo Clinic has this to say about artificial sweeteners
  • FYI, Splenda is WONDERFUL as an ant killer! #sweetsweetpesticide
  • What’s a better choice for sweetener? Stevia, honey, coconut nectar, coconut sugar, monkfruit….the list goes on!

the YUMMY: Grilled Romaine Hearts

My Version with Gorgonzola

What you need:

  • Organic romaine hearts
  • Coconut or Avocado Oil (any high heat healthy oil will work)
  • Himalayan or sea salt & cracked pepper
  • Seasonings that you like! (e.g. red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme….anything!)
Directions:
  • Wash the romaine hearts and pat dry 
  • Slice lengthwise (optional, can grill whole)
  • Coat in oil and herbs/spices
  • Grill 1-2 minutes, flip if helpful 

See a slighter fancier recipe here, or this upgraded Bacon & Blue Cheese Grilled Romaine recipe.

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xoxo Ella

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106: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Ionic Foot Bath, Salt, Avocado Pesto

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This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!

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

the GOOD: Ionic Foot Detox Bath

Foot Pathways (click to enlarge)

  • What on Earth is it? Ionic Footbath Detoxification requires only that you sit in a chair with your feet placed in a container of water. A flow of warm water will flow under your feet and the positive and negative ions in the water will attach themselves to the toxins present in the body, and “pull the toxins out.” Toxins that are insoluble will also dissolve in the water. 
  • What happens? The water changes color naturally because of the chemical reaction between the electricity and the salt water (not because of toxins). But, but, but! …the debris that begins to form in the water is evidence of the toxins being removed. 

Toxins Released

  • How does it work? The Ionic Foot Bath generates a mix of positive and negative ions, which attach themselves to toxic particles in the lymph system of the body. These toxic particles are then drawn out of the body into the foot bath water. The result over several sessions is a release and cleansing of many different toxins. Some individuals report feeling symptomatic relief from aches, pains, sinus problems, edema, headaches, and other benefits such as for:
      • People suffering from allergies, colds, flu, joint problems, and pain
      • Anyone under stress or with low energy
      • Athletes who need to dissipate lactic acid build-up
      • Children with autism, ADD & ADHD
      • Anyone with heavy metal or chemical toxicity

    A number of sessions may be necessary to achieve optimal results.        

My Experience

  

The water before I start

Changing color (chemical reaction)

Funky water = toxins released (Eww.)

  • Here’s what you see if you google other people’s results. Gross!
  • I do this at Thrive Integrated Health, and you can do a web search for this service in your area.
  • Yes, you can have an ionic foot bath unit at home. You can shop options at Amazon – there’s an array of them, but do your research! Some are not very effective. A couple of solid options at varying price points:


Ionic Detox Foot Bath System with Infrared, Tub Basin, Liners, Arrays and Cleaning Supplies + by HEALTHandMED


Ionic Cleanse Detox Foot Spa Bath with Acrylic Foot Basin. 

the BAD: Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt leaches minerals from the body.

  • Iodized salt is not good for you. Himalayan Salt is. Here’s the difference.
  • Dr. Axe has all the details for you here if you’re still not convinced.  
  • Table Salt is stripped of its mineral content when refined
  • Refined salt, having all of its minerals removed (i.e., “purified”) is essentially a lifeless product. Being a lifeless product assures a long shelf life. In fact, refined salt can sit on the grocery shelf forever. A long shelf life is a valuable tool to maximize profits for food manufacturers.
  • Manufacturers believe that an all-white salt product will look cleaner to the consumer and, therefore, increase sales. Refined salt is bleached in order to obtain the white color. YUCK!
  • Iodine is added to refined salt to prevent goiter (swelling of the thyroid). However, there is insufficient iodine in salt to prevent thyroid illnesses or to provide for the body’s iodine needs. Skip it!

the YUMMY: Avocado Pesto Alfredo by the Gracious Pantry

You can see my made-up version here, and below is the recipe that inspired me.

My version with tahini over kelp noodles and broccoli!

Option 1: Avocado Pesto

      • 2 avocados
      • 1/2 cup packed, fresh basil
      • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
      • Himalayan or sea salt to taste
      • Water 

Option 2: Avocado Tahini Sauce

      • 1 avocado
      • 1½ tablespoons tahini
      • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
      • 1 small garlic clove
      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • 2 tablespoons water
      • salt and pepper

Directions:

      • Blend in a blender or processor until smooth. Add water to reach your desired consistency.

See the Gracious Pantry’s original recipe here!

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xoxo Ella

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104: The Good, The Bad, The Yummy: Wellness Mama, Teflon, Almost Oatmeal

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This Week’s the GOOD, the BAD, the YUMMY!

Welcome to the third installment of this new weekly feature where I share one thing that I’m loving, one thing I’m not, and one simple, SUPER easy, clean-eating recipe. You can find the first one here, and last week’s right here.

the GOOD: Wellness Mama website

Katie, the Wellness Mama

Katie is the “Wellness Mama” – one of my favorite go-to resources for all things natural living and wellness-related. Some of my favorites posts that give you an example of the diversity of her topics:

the BAD: Teflon and Non-Stick Cookware

Teflon-frying-pans

  • Teflon sucks. Read my full post about this toxic household product: “Can Cookware be Toxic?”
  • Want more info? Here’s the experts’ take: 
  • So, what are your options?
  • What if you have no choice? Maybe you’re visiting friends or spending a week in a vacation home. Here are some tips for when you are stuck with the nonstick cookware as your only option:
    • Don’t preheat – heat at the lowest temperature possible to cook your food safely.
    • Don’t put nonstick cookware in an oven hotter than 400 degrees.
    • Use an exhaust fan over the stove.
    • Keep pet birds out of the kitchen — the fumes from an overheated pan can kill a bird in seconds. For real. Read the article!
  • Did you know? Skip the self-cleaning function on your oven. It cleans by heating to high temperatures, which can release toxic fumes from non-stick interior oven parts.

the YUMMY: Almost Oatmeal by Paleo Plan

Almost Oatmeal

You Need:

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pan over medium heat, stirring often until all is thoroughly combined and warm.
  • Try it topped with pears, bananas, fresh or dried berries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, grated apples, or sliced almonds, and serve it with sausage or eggs for a truly satisfying morning meal.

See the original recipe here, and a TON of other simple recipes from Paleo Plan.

Paleo Plan Recipes Galore!

What do you think about this week’s choices? Please share your feedback with me. 

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xoxo Ella

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