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No Salt Added- Herbs and Spices Basics

Healthy food and meals can loose their excitement.  Especially when you take away the fats, sugar, and salt.  Let’s just be real honest. Wait, I am to entice you to eat healthy. Hang with me. 

Decades ago salt was left by the way side as a  primary means to flavor food for me.   We are in deep with spices and herbs.  By this I mean I get way too excited when they go on sale and enjoy picking them out.  I am in deep.  I love the choices, options, and various ways to can make different flavor profiles.  I love that my food doesn’t taste bland and doesn’t cause me to bloat (salt does! bastard).  Even better, this is a friends with benefits relationship.  Most spices reduce inflammation which benefits your digestive system, joints, muscles, heart, and brain.  Brain and body love.  Certain herbs aid in memory and concentration, are rich in vitamins (some even have iron!), boost immune systems, and fight free radicals with antioxidants.  If you are not familiar with free radicals, those are the bullies who pick on your healthy cells which may lead to cancer and other diseases.   You are constantly surrounded by free radicals. Herbs are a great free radical bully buster.  Food love with benefits.

Herbs and Spices: The Basics to Your Food Relationship

There are some things you need to know. 

  • Some spices and herbs may not be safe if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.  Most help with that but a few may need to be run by your doctor.  This is noted with that particular spice and herb below.  Please practice spice safety. 
  • Herbs come in two forms: still looks like the plant (fresh) or confetti (dried).  Dried herbs store for longer periods of time and organic in a glass container is recommended. 
  • Spices can be whole or ground. 
  • Dried spices and herbs are more at home in a dry, cool place.  They don’t do well in direct sunlight.  Let them live their vampire existence in a dry cabinet away from heat.

Herbs & Spices

Now what?

Got you. These herbs and spices are great for staples to any recipe, but they are great additions to many food relationship encounters

holistic eating habits

JRiley

How to Find the Right CBD Product

How to Find the Right CBD Product

In a recent conversation with my sister, she expressed interest with CBD and concerns over the product. Sorry sis, dragging you into this. She is justified in having concerns and wise to question unfamiliar products. CBD has its benefits, but like any product, getting industry savvy is necessary for your safety. It would be misguided not to have the “it may cost” conversation. Quality can cost more than other options. Not always. Get well versed and find trusted professionals when balancing cost and product safety. Some budget switches, coffee sacrifices may be possible to enhance your wellness. In some cases, natural products are life altering alternatives we didn’t know existed. Knowing what to ask, pass by, and expect empowers your confidence to choose and raises quality expectations.

Top Three Ways to Find the Right CBD Product

Hard pass: The Extras in Production

Choosing a product that is extracted without extras is imperative. There are several ways to extract Cannabis oil from the hemp plant and two involve an external chemical: ethanol extraction and butane hash extraction. Ethanol extraction is problematic because of the destruction of hemp plant waxes which offer health benefits. In addition to eliminating benefits and it’s many stages creating a variable product, ethanol extraction can add on potentially harmful chemicals such as chloroform. The process can be “roll the dice” gamble of quality product. It can be a win or it can be a loss. Doubling on this is the potential for some Cannabis oil producers to add in this next process or use it solely. Butane hash, a form of hydrocarbon extraction product, exposes the hemp product, lab technician, consumer, and environment to the effects of butane. While the jury is out on definitive effects of butane and chemicals in low doses on the human body, its effects are still a concern. Butane exposure is known to cause nervous system damage and blurry vision among other illnesses. Both processes lead to the potential of toxins in the product, thus affecting humans and environment alike.

That’s a Yes: Getting the Real Product. Safely.

The CO2 supercritical and subcritical extraction process are deemed to be the most beneficial extractions processes for Cannabis Oil. Dee Dee Taylor, owner of 502 Hemp, explains the choice for CO2 supercritical extractions as safest and cleanest for human, animal, and environment. Hemp Gazette explains in their article that the goal is to reach a specific temperature of CO2 in either supercritical subcritical extraction to alter its state of matter. In super critical extraction, the CO2 exists as liquid and gas creating the ideal solvent (liquid in subcritical). This state breaks down the hemp plant with maximum oil, minimal extra, and kills contaminants.

It’s about temperature, states of matter, and a pure product. Nothing else.

What Cannabis oil is carried in is crucial. Hemp oil is common and important to ask about the product and look at its container. Dark amber or blue glass is best for any essential oil, plant product, or natural product. It preserves product from leaking out, unlike the porous plastic. Dark colored glass protects breakdown from sunlight. It is important to note that hemp oil requires refrigeration to prevent a rancid product. 502 Hemp chooses to put most of their CBD in coconut oil, although hemp oil is offered if needed. I love coconut oil and its insane benefits. An excellent fat for brain and nerves. Bacteria killer while raising the good cholesterol in your body. In our consultation with Laura at 502 Hemp, my daughter was able to try out various flavors. LOVE THAT! As we were conversing, she shared how coconut oil assist in quicker absorption. Add this to the list of coconut oil carrier pros. What ever you choose for your CBD, ask:

  1. What hemp is used? Organic?
  2. How was it extracted?
  3. What is the carrier oil? Know Your Preferences
  4. Care for product?

Must Have: Totally Honest

In any product or service, complete openness is essential. Do your research. What I love about the multiple conversations with 502 Hemp is honesty, and subsequent research backs up what is shared. A company needs to be open and knowledgeable about their process. If you can’t get clear answers, walk away. Any product has cautions, all of them, and the selling company know that. Those concerns and cautions should be upfront. If it’s marketed miracle cure, then it’s a “don’t touch it.” Beware. A big lie in the CBD industry is the need for high doses. 502 Hemp is upfront about proper dosage. Everyone digests differently and has unique needs. Any CBD company should know and share this information. ALWAYS. Consult about dosage and start minimal then work your way up. A perk is taste testing and suggestions. We got that in our consultation for my daughter and it’s been experienced with other quality wellness companies alike. Every penny and time investment in a product or service is more than worth it with the love addition.

CBD has become core to our wellness routine after due diligence. What good is it if it’s not safe? Go with your gut. If you’re not sure, you can always come back. If it’s a once in a lifetime deal, then it was never meant to be. Truly honest and caring wellness owners will offer space and love. Discover how your CBD is made before taking it and expect openness for your protection. We found the right CBD products at 502hemp for us.

J.Riley

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Seeking Warm Fuzzies Part Two

Certain senses will have more of an impact on your body and mind than others when in sensory seeking endeavors. For me it’s all about smell and food.  Naturally.

Smell it

My sense of smell is insane. When something is pleasant, it’s amazing. If it smell bad, it’s everything I have not to vomit.  Smell is powerful.  I’m ever grateful my children are potty trained.

Make use of the oil popularity.  A couple of days ago I was walking in a store and noticed a section dedicated to essential oils.  It’s not for parties anymore.  What you buy is important and needs to be a pure form.  However, the more readily available essential oils make scent seeking easier.  Rarely is an essential oil on it’s own safe.  For safety sake, mix oils and blends (more than one oil) in a carrier oil.  Grapeseed oil is my favorite choice but fractioned coconut, almond, jojoba oils all work too.  Putting these oils in a diffuser or a few drops in running water for a bath are excellent ways to disperse the scent quickly.  In a bath it will absorb in your skin for more potent results.  A few oils I blend with oil in a dark glass roller bottle.  A 10 mL bottle 80-85 % filled with carrier oil and few drops of each essential oil will do.  When needed, I roll the blend on the palms of my hands then rub hands together.  Then I cup my hands over my mouth and nose then breathe.  From hand to brain, it does the job.  Take this quick guide to a few essential oil options and make the most of your smell sense.

essential oils and benefits

Before we leave the sense of smell there are a few incredibly simple ways to find the warm fuzzies.  It’s as simple as a memory.  Find your comforting scents from the fall arena to floral,  woodsy, coffee, or clean.  Whatever it is that promotes a positive moment past or now, have it on hand.

From Mouth to Brain

Food! Yay!   There is so much my mouth can do other than a sarcastic or off color comment.  From taste bud to texture to temperature, our oral senses can be an amazing way to find those fuzzies.

Like your sense of smell, your taste buds have memories too.  Feeling down or any similar emotion, comfort foods are not called comfort foods for nothing.  It’s okay to indulge in indulging every once and awhile.  Bring those memories to the plate, bowl, or cup to trigger happy moments.  I would encourage you to create new moments and invited friends and family in those culinary endeavors.  Your taste buds will associate with that gathering time for a powerful multi-sensory punch you can draw upon later.  Don’t let those comfort foods sabotage you.  If your comfort food involves high fats, over processed, too much sodium, and not enough nutrition- eating it more than a day within a week or two  it will back fire.  They impact your brain and emotions along with nervous system in dreadful ways.  Then your comfort food becomes your enemy.

When feeling heavy emotionally go for lighter meals.  Less or barely cooked.  Reduce your fats.  Your fats should primarily focus on monosaturated fat, polysaturated fat, and omega 3 fatty acids on a daily basis.  In food forms this is coconut oil, avocados, eggs, fish, nuts, nut butters to name a few.  These fats help you but take in just what you need.  Cool foods and drinks help wake up the brain.  So does caffeine, but too much can over work the nerves.  Careful, please.  Bitter and spicy tastes aid in uplifting and stimulating your nervous system and brain as well as crunchy foods.  An nut has great brain fats, crunchy plus with a spicy seasoning, it will be an alarm system to your senses.  A warm fuzzy of the jolting variety.

When finding it difficult to calm, anxiety, or an unsettling condition go the opposite direction.  Padded in a couple extra servings of the good fats.  Avocado, egg, and a high protein cheese is my breakfast.  I have difficulty waking up but quickly switch to jitter mode.  I need my nourishment to help out.  Warm foods and drinks soothe and give literal warm fuzzies.  Sweet in its appropriate forms lend a hand too.

Days and moments are vary so should finding those warm fuzzies when using your senses.  Mix it up.

Namaste in your sensory seeking endeavors.