Monday, April 6, 2009

Baby Control

What does safe sex really mean? "Engaging in sexual activity using measures such as latex condoms to avoid contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as AIDS." Considering measures mean birth control as well, how do we trust that birth control is really safe for our bodies? Does the definition of safe sex stop at avoiding STD's and pregnancy? What about US? What about OUR bodies?

Recently, I took away the very last part of me that attached myself to Western Medicine. Seeing as this does actually work and the fear that's drilled behind it, I had a hard time stopping. This above all else, would be birth control.

When I typed in, "How to prevent pregnancy, the natural way", I had a bit of a laugh to myself. Unfortunately, the issue of birth isn't something that can be stopped without a patch, shot, pill or ring and by ring I mean the Nuva ring of course. I can't tell you birth control won't help you to be baby-free until your ready but I can tell you the repercussions of taking the birth control pill. Condoms are a good replacement and although they can be annoying, if it means not sacrificing your body and avoiding having hormones released into your system, it remains a good thing.

What I experienced in my first few years of using birth control was minor hormonal changes, weight gain(but only in my breasts), combined with the annoyance of having to take it every day at a certain time and the thought of not being able to have kids in the future. Now, I'm 19 and for most people....knowing whether you want to have a kid might not be clear right now but why cut your ends short? Most people (excluding our parents) tell us this is just a hoax, and how are you supposed to know that these cases of women realistically, could have never been able to get pregnant to begin with. The truth is, there happens to be no evidence proving that birth control will cause infertility...but do we really want to risk it?

I encourage all of you to read carefully through the lovely leaflet that explains your birth control choice. After trying to avoid taking a pill each day I tried the Nuva Ring...after the Nuva Ring decided to suck....I stopped. Below are some of the things we aren't told about birth control...

Did you know that certain drugs may make your birth control become ineffective? This includes antibiotics, St. John's Wort, anti hypertensive drugs, drugs for diabetes, antacids and wait...Vitamin E?! It's funny that you can go to a doctor about these things and they won't tell you ANY of this. I remember going on antibiotics at least 3 times in high school and I've been on the pill since grade ten....not ONE person told me this.

That is why we must READ THE FINE PRINT people, there are things we should be aware of!
BE aware of breast cancer, circulatory disorders, gall bladder disease and liver tumours. Scared yet? Read around, there are stories of people almost loosing their life, stories of women who couldn't become fertile after birth control and this all happens more than we think.

Consider continuing birth control.
Read the side effects.
Consider the facts.

Safe sex,
Amber

Friday, April 3, 2009

Where's your HEAD at?

Yoga has been used for thousands of years to solve problems of blood pressure, stress, coordination, flexibility, concentration, sleep and digestion. Going into exams, sleep might not be an option and your blood pressure might be kicking and because we are probably all legally drunk due to zero sleep...you might ignore this post but I highly suggest to give it a try. I still drink coffee to help with exams but sometimes after after 4 cups of coffee, I have a hard time concentrating. I think it's mainly the stress of studying and remembering EVERYTHING.

I think it's good to be in a place of your own to study. A stress-free environment that you feel comfortable in. This is why I skip out on the Leddy. The Leddy is filled with crazy stress and silence that in my eyes, can seriously drive a person crazy. Also, you can't just get on the dirty ground and de-stress with yoga, or you could turn into the crazy one. If you have a house full of roommates like current classmate Nicole, or live with your parents/siblings that don't know how to be quiet, try improvising.

We all have a bedroom of our own or a room we really enjoy in our houses...so, download some nice music, with almost zero lyrics to avoid any more distractions. Put a towel by your door to try your best to allow no noise to come into your room. BLARE that music. Get on the ground(avoid a lot of padding) and follow this amazing video. If you want to go out to buy a book or video, Chapters has a variety of different yoga books and videos. I try to do yoga everyday and I notice the benefits each and every time. If you can really take yourself away from everything for even 10-20 minutes a day you will notice a difference in your stress levels, concentration, blood pressure and sleep during the hard, stressful exam times we're about to take on. We all need that time to ourselves and our bodies...this is why yoga is so wonderful and practiced all over the world!

Avoid Tylenol, 5 hour energy death bottles, speed, energy drinks to save yourself this exam season. Instead, become in tune with your body. I promise satisfaction!

Stay stress-free & goodluck with hell the next few weeks,
Amber

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Allergy Craze!

With Spring cheer, comes the unwanted sneezing, itching and runny nose that only pollens, grass and airborne fungi can be responsible for. But because the sun is so wonderful and we all want to enjoy it, before it really hits you and keeps you inside....consider alternative medicine!

Some of the herbs I have talked about before are helpful all year long through colds, the flu AND allergies.

Garlic, garlic, garlic. I just recently found out through research that dried or powdered garlic tablets are actually better for you than just eating raw garlic and including it in your diet. Although this does help and has several health benefits for you, most of the time the enzyme in raw garlic that is necessary to help your immune system is destroyed in the stomach before it can benefit you. So pick up some tablets folks!

Echinacea is a wonderful sidekick to enhance your immune system. I want to avoid ever being sick again so I'm going to begin taking 10 drops of Echinacea before every meal. This as I have read, and as I have experienced with getting over my sickness previously, really helps.

If you keep these two herbs in your diet every day, the chances of your allergies attacking you are slim. ALSO I would highly suggest keeping a natural sea-water decongestant by your side as it clears out everything in your nose without pills and allows you to breathe. I went outside to play with my cats one sunny day and their hair was falling out like crazy. I could barely breathe and my eyes were so itchy. But with the assistance of some water in my eyes and a little hyrdaSense up my nose....things were back to normal. I usually use hydraSense at least once a day.

An interesting note, that you should consider if you have serious allergies is to have a VEGAN DIET. Arachidonic acid is a fatty acid found in animal products. This releases an agent that can restrict bronchial tubes up to 1,000 times! If you suffer from serious allergies and want to get outside this summer, consider this diet. Nicole Markham has a great blog called Ego-Veg Footprint, that will assist you with a vegan-friendly diet and many other links and topics to consider.

Some other herbs that I have read about that will keep you breathing throughout the spring/summer seasons are: stringing nettle, ephedra and butterbur. All of these products work differently to reduce mucus and clear your nasal passages. Check another website for more natural remedies for the allergy season.

Get outside!
Amber

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The answer to your weekend issues...

Got a hangover? Need a cure?

Most of us assume that the only thing our body needs after a long night of drinking is a gallon of water and some serious sleep. Some of my friends drink Gatorade, this works. Some people take Tylenol and I'm sure that works too. But if you really want to feel good, you should know what your body NEEDS after a serious drinking binge. A hangover is caused by more than just dehydration but a lack of Vitamin A, B and C caused by a chemical action from alcohol in your system. Check out the linked website for a deeper look into what types of alcohol affects you more and why. If you wake up having a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and a headache, I've tested the ultimate hangover cure for you :)

Before you start drinking take a B vitamin so that the alcohol in your body is taking from something that IS there. I know most people don't enjoy drinking water while binging, so I would suggest taking away some of the sugar intake during your evening so decrease the headache in the morning. Before you go home make sure you stop somewhere to fill your stomach before you lay your head in a hangover MESS. Something greasy, cheesey, filled with carbs and salt. This might not be the most healthy thing in the world, but it always works. Most of the time, I get a veggie pita with lots of cheese and this fills my stomach every time! Try to drink a bottle of water in substitute for pop before you tap out as well. When you wake up, take another B vitamin right away, drink a bottle of water or some orange juice. I usually follow this routine every time I drink and it works like a charm. If I'm feeling a little more dizzy, I usually have a cup of ginger tea and it eases the nausea. A banana works for this as well.

If my routine doesn't work for you, I've read about a few other things that you could try. Feverfew capsules are apparently good for headaches. Apparently, sauerkraut is a perfect balance of acid/nutrition that some people swear by but I refuse to put that junk in my mouth. But if you are risKAY enough to try it, let me know!

Well... happy hangovers all,

Amber

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Seesaw of Sickness

Finally, through all the weather changing, sickness changing, head spinning B/S I've beat the stealthy bastard on the other side of the ridiculous seesaw of sickness. I was able to finally give enough umph to send it flying to where it hopefully never screws me over again.
I understand with the stress and everything, that vertigo would come my way. This was easily solved though. The minute I felt dizzy, I'd start drinking up to 2 L of water until I didn't feel dizzy anymore. If it had already got to the point of no return, I'd just lay down for a few hours.
The thing with being sick is you really need to stop doing whatever you are. School, work, life....just STOP. Stay at home in your bed and just make yourself feel better. Your body wants you to slow down and get better or, like I learnt it will only keep you feeling like 500 pounds on the ground, instead of in the air...where everyone evidently wants to be.

Here are some things that helped me in my 1 1/2 days at home, getting better. Aside from tea and soups...here are some of the ACTIVE ingredients I used to stop feeling sick.

COUGH DROPS. I love candy, but what I love more are things that resemble candy but have no sugar in them and also have nothing but natural goods packed into it. The natural way to go with cough drops would be something called "HEBRON". They taste great, they are Canadian and come in a few different flavours. I got lemon honey and wild cherry. The wonderful ingredients are as follows for the wild cherry kind: elderberry, wild cherry bark, licorice root, linden flower and the wonderful echinacea root. For the lemon honey kind (that does have sugar in it) : echinacea root, menthol stem and leaf, linden flower, thyme oil, honey and lemon balm. They both work the same for me but it all depends on your tastebuds.

This brings me to my next wonderful ingredient that unfortunately cost me $16 but was totally worth it!!! Echinacea is a wonderful ingredient that comes in vitamins or in an extract. I purchased the extract which is more expensive, but works like a charm. 12 drops on your tongue before every meal will bring you back to being healthy and it will keep you healthy. You can also mix it with a tad bit of water...but I like it straight from the bottle.

hydraSense is an amazing, amazing, amazing nasal spray this is 100% natural sea water that makes you breathe like never before. I always have problems with my breathing and nasal cavities that makes me have to blow my nose a billion times a day especially in the summer. My parents blame it on my nose ring, I blame it on the pollution and allergies. You turn your head to the right, spray stream into the left side and it will clear you out entirely. You then repeat on the other side. I got an 135 mL bottle on sale for $13, which again is so worth it.

Mentholatum's product called natural menthol rub is a great way of opening up any congestion by rubbing the ointment on your chest and neck. I put some underneath of my nose as well which really helps me to breathe right. This was $8 but also on sale. Apparently Shoppers knows when to impress you with sales during season changes. If you don't want to buy the menthol rub, you can make it yourself. The instructions are easy enough and it will probably save you a couple extra dollars.
So, there are my suggestions to getting better if you feel a cold coming along. Remember to use garlic in your all meals if you feel like preventing sickness. Sometimes, the natural way out can be a little more expensive but it's the best way to go in my opinion.
Stay healthy. Now, the only problem I have is 3 papers due next week....so I'll catch you all later friends,

Amber

Monday, March 9, 2009

Dizzy much?

Well, I'm going to take a break from talking about sore throats for a post due to the setback I had last night at a wicked concert. When I am 100% I'll report back with some great cures.

As for now, I'd like to explain the most off-balance weekend I've ever had. I woke up on Friday with a nice vertigo spell...eeeee. This is so fun to wake up to, you just feel so great! Not. I think the only reason I get this is because sometimes I forget to sit down, or wind down. My cable has been out for a week apparently, I didn't catch on. You get the point...

I know there are many of us that fail to SLOOOOOW DOWN when required because with a University or College lifestyle, do we really have the time to? If you end up with mad spins for an entire weekend, I've got some tricks that could assist you in a steady vision.

First off....DRINK lots and lots of liquids. Water especially, this helped me so much in the morning. I got on my feet finally and walked really slow to school and was feeling pretty good until my lab. Then all the different opinions had my head going crazy again. I got to work and realized computers were not a good choice. So, I headed home for the day to get some rest. I laid down until I had the guts to stare at a computer screen looking for natural answers.

Here are some remedies for a site all about Home Remedies:

Tip 1:
Soak 2 tbsp wheat grain, 1 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus), 8 almonds,8 water melon seeds and make a paste. Heat 1 tsp ghee(Ghee is made by simmering unsalted butter in a large pot until all water has boiled off and protein has settled to the bottom) fry 2 cloves in this add to the paste mix with milk and drink everyday for a week.

*I tried this, but only for a few days...weird, but hey it worked

Tip 2:
Soak 1 tsp of alma (gooseberry) powder along with 1 tsp coriander seeds. Leave over night. Strain and add 1/2 tsp sugar and drink.

*These products can be found at Nutrition House

I hope this helps for anyone who gets the occasional spins because I know it isn't any fun. The main thing I do is train my brain. I know that sounds silly but with the useless pills I was given 8 months ago, I decided the Doctors idea to "train my brain" was better. So I would sit down and move my head super slow and do it over and over again until my head realized we weren't on a rollercoaster.

Native Remedies is another great site to refer to where you can purchase the products right online.

Alright folks, stay still...more coming,

Amber

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Ahemmmm...

I've been walking around campus or sitting in class, and all I hear are students and teachers sounding like they're hitting puberty... again. Seeing as this ranks you as practically the class joke, I'm ecstatic about my recent turnover. I think this cold virus or whatever that's going around is a slight combination with my previous weekend. Too many people in one bar can really hurt someones vocal chords. Anyways..

 I woke up this morning feeling like I had two small avocado pits in the back of my throat. I wanted to hop on the bandwagon and hit up Shoppers drug mart for some sore throat medicine or raid my roommates drawers for some Neo-citran but avoided the small print side effects and possible attack of my lovely upstairs buddy. I decided to not be a hypocrite and continue on with my natural path of beating the sickness' (3 months without Tylenol or over the counter drugs and years without antibiotics WOO). Funny that I got sick...but hey, I'm learning too.
 
So, first things first...I started boiling some water, squeezed an entire lemon into a cup and let the hot water and lemon sit for about 5-10 minutes. I drank this in my morning rush hour and had INSTANT results. My throat felt a lot better, a lot more clear and my taste buds were kicking.  

I then packed three tea bags for school including, ginger, honey-green tea and fennel tea. All teas are great for sore throats (or colds) and will assist you in a clear, mucus free throat passage. These really helped me keep my throat feeling good all day. 

The next thing I did to benefit my throat at all was spice up my dinner with some cayenne! I think this really woke up my senses the most. This will be a great way of helping you have the energy to fight off any viruses as it releases the body's production of natural painkillers called endorphins. 

I remember as a kid always going to my Aunt's house when I was sick. She had an individual sauna that would always make me feel amazing. She would put some flower essence in this vaporizer and I would sit and allow the steam and flower essence cleanse my body and I'd leave feeling like a million bucks! I really wish she wasn't across the world right now. But if you're feeling a little under the weather I'd suggest getting to a sauna nearby, in a steamy yoga class or doing anything that would make you sweat buckets. This really helps to release any toxins you may have in your body.

I'm still in the process of fighting off this sore throat/cold but I think it's getting better...I'll report back in a few days.

Until a mucus free day, with love...

Amber

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Wrap up on your blood type concerns

Many of my wonderful readers have been asking me how to find out their blood type so they can figure out what diet to follow. First, I’d love to let you know that this process is super simple (unless you hate needles). Just mosey on over to the doctors or give some blood and they should be able to tell you what blood type you are. You should know what blood type you are or your parents should know but if they don’t…follow the advice above. Like I said before, I’m blood type O and I’ve known this for a while now. I’m what some may call, “The Universal Blood Donor”; ironically…I’ve never been able to give blood. Blood types are very unique in their own manner. Giving blood with type O to any other blood type is fine, but receiving blood is completely different. Only one with blood type O can give another person with the same blood type blood.

Just like giving blood can be tricky, so can matching your diet with your individual blood type. Throughout the recent posts, you’ve probably been asking questions like why does this matter and where is the connection?

If you can remember back to post one on eating right for your blood type, I said the study was based on patients who followed the diet based on a research from our ancestor’s blood types and diets. Numerous naturopaths have researched this study for many years. It has been effective on thousands of people including, myself. Amazingly, our blood type and diet connection still relates to those of our ancestors from literally AGES ago.

Your blood type controls the influence of viruses, bacteria, infections, chemicals and stress. The diet connection all lies within something called lectins. Lectins are abundant and diverse proteins found in all food. There is a chemical reaction when you put food into your body. Food affects each blood type differently. This diet supports your blood type for a diet that balances with your blood type instead of irritating it. According to the book I’ve been referencing to for the past four posts, “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type”, just like our gender and blood type our diets too, are something already chosen for us.

Once you figure out your blood type, I DARE YOU to try this diet instead of any pills or crazy ideas you have up your sleeve. Depriving your body of its nutrients if you aren’t getting the right supplements is not a healthy way of loosing weight. This diet works! Try it out for two weeks and let me know how it works for you. You should feel increased energy, weight loss, a lessening of digestive complaints and improvement of chronic problems such as asthma, headaches, and heartburn.

I live by this diet. But, I actually have had the reverse effects. I have been eating what is highly beneficial for my body according to the book and gained around 10 pounds. The only thing I don’t follow is the meat section because I just started eating meat and will never think something like lamb/heart/buffalo/veal is at all appetizing. The reason why I gained weight from this diet is because my body is now receiving the nutrients it needs and therefore, I’m now a healthy weight instead of underweight. I couldn’t be happier! I was a vegetarian for close to two straight years and I was way too lazy to take any pills to substitute for the nutrients I didn’t get from meat, poultry and seafood so I lost way too much weight and was tired CONSTANTLY. According to my blood type, these are the most important foods for my body. The HIGHLY BENEFICIAL section of each post is a type of food that acts like a medicine to our body…and instead I was eating way too much food from the AVOID section, which typically acts as a poison against my blood type. So now that I am eating chicken, seafood and sometimes beef…. I feel a lot more awake and healthy.

As for now, I encourage all of you to go purchase the book, email me, or heck… go to chapters and read the book yourself. Learn more about blood type and it’s connection to disease, exercise, stress and so much more. Read about your ancestor’s and what your blood type really means.

Most importantly, make your BODY happy,

Amber

Monday, February 23, 2009

Part D: Blood Type B

Finally, I've reached the last blood type of the book which is blood type B. Blood type B has only a few restrictions in their diet but I suppose I'll let the summary and listing speak for itself...

The “NOMAD”:
“Balanced, strong immune system, tolerant digestive system, most flexible dietary choices, dairy eater, responds best to stress with creativity, requires a balance between physical and mental activity to stay lean and sharp”

Scan on,

Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weeklyAfrican: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian 2-3 times a week, Asian 2-3 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a weekAfrican: 0-2 times a week, Caucasian: 0-3 times a week, Asian: 0-2 times a week

Highly beneficial: lamb, rabbit, venison, mutton

Avoid: bacon, chicken, ham, heart, duck, goose, pork, quail

All Seafood:
4-6 oz:
African: 4-6 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 3-5imes a week

Highly beneficial: cod flounder, grouper, hake, pike, salmon, sardine, sea trout, sturgeon

Avoid: anchovy, beluga, clam, crab, crayfish, eel, frog, lobster, mussels, octopus, shrimp, snail, turtle

Dairy and Eggs:
1 Egg:
African: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 5-6 times a week

2 oz. of cheeses:
African: 3-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of yogurt:
African: 0-4 times a week, Caucasian: 2-4 times a week, Asian: 1-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of milk: African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 4-5 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

Highly Beneficial: Cottage cheese, farmer feta, goat cheese, goat milk, mozzarella, ricotta, sour cream and yogurt

Avoid: American cheese, blue cheese, ice cream, string cheese

Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week
Cooked or steams: 1 cup 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: beet leaves, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, kale, mustard, parsley, potatoes, sprouts, peppers, yams, potatoes, brussels sprouts, jalapeno, mushrooms, lima beans

Avoid: artichoke, avocado, corn, olives, radishes, tofu

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week 8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: bananas, cranberries, grapes, papaya, pineapple, plums
Juice: cabbage, carrot, cranberry, pineapple, grape, papaya

Avoid:
Fruit: coconuts, pomegranates, rhubarb, star fruit
Juice: tomato

Others:

Highly beneficial: olive oil, “most nuts and seeds are not advised for type Bs because they contain lectins that interfere with type B insulin production”, kidney beans, lima beans, red soy beans, navy beans, millet, oatmeal, oat bran, rice bran, spelt, brown rice, essene bread, Ezekiel, fin crisp, rye crisps, rice cakes, soy flour, wasa bread, oat and rice flour

Avoid: corn oil, sunflower oil, kidney and lima beans, aduke beans, black beans, peas, lentils barley, seven-grain, rye, cornmeal, shredded wheat, cornmeal, cornflakes, cream of wheat, corn muffins, bagels multi-grain bread, rye crisp, wheat bran muffins, whole wheat bread, buckwheat, pasta

Look next for a wrap up of all blood types I’ve covered and why you should try this all natural diet,

Amber

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Part C: Blood type AB

Biologically complex, less than a thousand years old…and quite rare! Type blood type AB is by far the most important diet to follow, because it is extremely particular.

Type AB is called the, “Enigma”:
“Modern Merging of A and B, Chameleon’s response to changing environmental and dietary conditions, sensitive digestive tract, overly tolerant immune system, responds best to stress spiritually with physical verve and creative energy and an evolutionary MYSTERY.”

So, scan away folks…

Meats and Poultry:

Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly
African: 1-3 times a week, Caucasian 1-3 times a week, Asian 1-3 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week
African: 0-2 times a week, Caucasian: 0-2 times a week, Asian: 0-2 times a week

Highly beneficial: lamb, rabbit, turkey, mutton

Avoid: bacon, beef, buffalo, chicken, ham, heart, duck, goose, pork, veal, quail

All Seafood

4-6 oz:
African: 3-5 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 4-6 times a week

Highly beneficial: tuna, cod, grouper, hake, monkfish, ocean perch, pike, red snapper, sailfish, salmon, sardine, sea trout, shad snail, sturgeon

Avoid: anchovy, barracuda, beluga, clam, conch, crab, eel, frog, lobster, octopus, oysters, sea bass, shrimp, turtle

Dairy and Eggs:

1 Egg:
African: 3-5 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 2-3 times a week

2 oz. of cheeses:African: 2-3 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 3-4 times a week
4-6 oz. of yogurt:African: 2-3 times a week, Caucasian: 3-4 times a week, Asian: 1-3 times a week

4-6 oz. of milk:African: 1-6 times a week, Caucasian: 3-6 times a week, Asian: 2-5 times a week

Highly Beneficial: Cottage cheese, farmer feata, goat cheese, goat milk, mozzarella, ricotta, sour cream and yogurt

Avoid: American cheese, blue cheese, brie, butter, buttermilk, ice cream, parmesan, provolone, sherbet, whole milk

Vegetables:

Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week

Cooked or steams: 1 cup 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: beet leaves, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion, eggplant, garlic, kale, mustard, parsley, potatoes, sprouts, tofu

Avoid: artichoke, avocado, corn, olives, mushroom, peppers, radishes

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: cherries, cranberries, grapes, figs, gooseberries, kiwi, lemons, grapefruit, pineapples, plums

Juice: cabbage, carrot, celery, cherry, cranberry, grape, papaya

Avoid:
Fruit: bananas, oranges, rhubarb, star fruit, pomegranates, mangoes

Juice: orange

Others:

Highly beneficial: olive oil, nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, walnuts, beans(navy, pinto, red, red soy), green lentils, millet, oatmeal, oat bran, rice bran, spelt, brown rice, essene bread, Ezekiel, fin crisp, rye crisps, rice cakes, soy flour, wasa bread

Avoid: corn oil, sunflower oil, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower butter and seeds, kidney and lima beans, aduke beans, black beans, buckwheat, cornmeal, cornflakes, cream of wheat, corn muffins

Fun tip: apparently, Jesus Chris had blood type AB(evidence coming from the Shroud of Turin)…but so did Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy so choose your pick. Type AB’s are considered the most captivating and interesting of all the blood types!

Happy dieting,
Amber

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Part B: Blood type A

Back to the book for round two…for anyone who believes they’ve got a little cultivator in them, you’re reading the right blog. Blood type A is considered to be the first vegetarian of any our ancestors and is more frequently known as the “Cultivator”:

“Reaps what he sows, sensitive digestive tract, tolerant immune system, adapts well to settled dietary and environmental conditions, responds best to stress with calming action, requires agrarian diet to stay lean and productive.”
Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly

African: 0-1 times a week, Caucasian 0 times a week, Asian 0-1 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week

African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 0-3 times a week, Asian: 1-4 times a week
Highly beneficial: there is no type of meat that is considered highly beneficial for any person who has the blood type A.

Avoid: any pork, lamb, pheasant, rabbit, veal, buffalo, beef


All Seafood 4-6 oz:

African: 0-3 times a week, Caucasian: 1-4 times a week, Asian: 1-4 times a week

Highly beneficial: Carp, cod, silver perch, snail, whitefish, perch, salmon, monkfish

Avoid: anchovy, bluefish, barracuda, beluga, catfish, caviar, clam, conch


Dairy and Eggs: Type A’s can only tolerate fermented dairy products and should avoid whole milk and limit egg consumption. It is important to purchase organically grown eggs. Goat or soy milk is a great substitute for whole milk. Most dairy products aren’t digestible for Type As because the blood creates antibodies that reject ‘Type B’ antigen that is created by the sugar that is in whole milk.


Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared
African: 3-6 times a week, Caucasian: 2-5 times a week, Asian: 2-5 times a week
Cooked or steamed: 1 cup
African: 1-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-6 times a week, Asian: 3-6 times a week

Soy Products: 6-8 ouncesAfrican: 4-6 times a week, Caucasian 4-6 times a week, Asian 5-7 times a week

Highly beneficial: artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, leek, garlic, onions, parsley, parsnips, pumpkin ,spinach, tofu, turnips, escarole

Avoid: cabbage, eggplant, lima beans, mushroom, olives, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes


Fruit and Juice: 3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:Fruit: figs, plums, prunes, grapefruit, pineapple, cherries, cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, raisins Juice: apricot, grapefruit, carrot, celery, black cherry

Avoid:Fruit: melon, oranges, rhubarb, bananas, coconut Juice: orange, papaya, tomato


Others: Highly beneficial: linseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, peanut butter, beans(aduke, azuke, black, green, pinto, red soy), lentils, peas, buckwheat, kasha, essene bread, rice cakes, soya flour, sprouted wheat bread, Ezekiel breadAvoid: kidney and lima beans, cream of wheat, granola, grape nuts, familia, farina, seven grain, shredded wheat, wheat germ and bran, English muffins, wheat bran muffins, pumpernickel, multi grain bread

Coming soon…. a little research on Blood type AB and B!

For anyone who is proud to be considered the first vegetarian and have blood type A flowing through their lovely veins…

with ENVY,

Amber

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A, Ab, B……O? What’s your blood type?

If you’ve never heard of the book, “Eat Right 4 Your Type” then you are in for a wake up call. Get rid of those diet pills or silly plans, eating right and feeling good are two simple answers to all your diet plans.When I started eating healthy in grade twelve, my mom gave me a book that would help me out with changing my diet. There are certain vegetables, fruit, grains and poultry/meat that can benefit your body and also some to avoid, so here is something to consider...

Today, I’ll be talking about a food plan for anyone who has blood type O but make sure you keep your eyes glued to the screen for the next week as I’ll tackle all blood types.

Blood type O is considered to be “the hunter”….and I am blood type O, so when I gave vegetarianism a trial run for a few years I was quite discouraged by this book. But if you are a vegetarian, no worries, do not become discouraged…there are enough things to keep you healthy in this book.

The Hunter summary:
“Meat eater, hardy digestive tract, overactive immune system, intolerant to dietary and environmental adaptations, responds best to stress with intense physical activity, requires an efficient metabolism to stay lean and energetic.”

Meats and Poultry:
Lean red meats: women and children: 2-5oz weekly, men 4-6 oz weekly
African: 5-7 times a week, Caucasian 4-6 times a week, Asian 3-5 times a week

Poultry: women and children 2-5oz a week, men, 4-6 oz a week
African: 1-2 times a week, Caucasian: 2-3 times a week, Asian: 3-4 times a week

Highly beneficial: Beef, Beef ground, lamb, mutton, liver….

Avoid: Bacon, Ham, Goose, Pork

Type O’s can digest and metabolize meat due to their high stomach-acid content. It is important however, to balance this with vegetables and fruits to avoid over-acidification.

Seafood:
All Seafood 4-6 oz
African: 1-4 times a week, Caucasian: 3-5 times a week, Asian: 4-6 times a week

Highly beneficial: cod, halibut, herring, pike, rainbow trout, salmon, stripped bass, white perch….
Avoid: Barracuda, cat fish, herring(pickled), octopus, conch, caviar

Type O’s should eat seafood recommended amount because most seafood’s are an excellent source of iodine which regulates the thyroid function.

Dairy and Eggs:
Type O’s should restrict their use of dairy products. All dairy products including, eggs, cheese, yogurt and milk all suggest no more then 4 servings a week. Soy products are excellent and high-protein alternatives to consider.

Vegetables:
Raw: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week
Cooked or steams: 1 cup, prepared 3-5 times a week

Highly beneficial: artichoke, beet leaves, broccoli, garlic, romaine lettuce, onions, horseradish, dandelion, leek, parsley, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, seaweed, spinach, turnips

Avoid: avocado, eggplant, mushroom, olives, red and white potatoes, corn, cauliflower

Fruit and Juice:
3-5 oz, 3-4 times a week
8 oz, 2-3 times a week

Highly beneficial:
Fruit: figs, plums, prunes,
Juice: black cherry, pineapple, prune

Avoid:
Fruit: blackberries, melon, oranges, strawberries, rhubarb
Juice: Apple, cabbage, orange

Others:
Highly beneficial: linseed oil, olive oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, beans-pinto, peas, black-eyes, Ezekiel bread, essene bread

Avoid: peanut butter, peanuts, cashew, poppy seeds, kidney beans, red lentils, green lentils, cream of wheat, shredded wheat, cornflakes, pumpernickel, wheat bread, high-protein bread

As I said at the beginning of this post, this is something to consider….certainly not something to live by if it doesn’t work for you. If the food you were looking for isn’t in a category of either highly beneficial or avoid, most likely it is neutral to your body.

All of these suggestions are based on a study done of our ancestors and their diets. It was successful with many patients who were willing to try this diet for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight. I don’t eat much meat but chicken and very occasionally beef and I am in love with cheese and yet I am quite healthy so there are ways to work around things that you don‘t enjoy or enjoy way too much. Organic is also important because really, can chemicals be good for ANYONE? I highly doubt it.

If you’re interested in knowing more and don’t feel like purchasing the book, email me at amber.m.pinsonneault@gmail.com and I’d be glad to answer any questions/concerns you have.

Keep reading,
Amber

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Down? Get up!

It is normal for your mood to change as the seasons do. A nice sunny day can alter how you feel and bring out the happiness we all desire. Some people resort to drugs to lift their spirits and help them through things like seasonal depression. These pills can have an effect on you once you get off them however, can also have a negative effect on you while taking the pill . A pill like Prozac has multiple side effects. It’s quite ironic how some of the side effects are quite possibly the reason you are taking them…but who really cares to reason this anyway? I and many others fortunately do. Seasonal depression, or any depression for that matter is a serious issue. I can understand as there are many people in my family who suffer from depression. All I’m asking is to try something that you can depend on, without the side effects.

There are multiple ways to prevent depression which can be as simple as being positive but it’s not always this easy.
Your diet can control how you feel due to what different types of food does for your body. If you’re constantly eating foods packed with carbohydrates you might end up gaining weight and feeling tired. Being tired is a symptom of being depressed and it is easy to feel this way if you sleep more than the recommended 8 hours a day. If you consume red meat or egg yolks more than once a week it can lead to a chemical imbalance that is linked with depression. It is important to balance all your food so that you have the energy you need to. If you don’t feel bad about what your eating because you know it is benefiting you, you will feel happy. Being happy with yourself is one of the first steps and in order to do so you must feel and look good in YOUR eyes!

If you are looking for something that helps with your anxiety/depression…the most natural way would be St John’s Wort. This lowers the levels of the brain chemical Monoamine oxidase MAO. High levels of MAO have been linked to depression. MAO inhibitors have food restrictions however, ST. John’s Wort does not. You can purchase St. John’s Wort at the Nutrition House in the Devonshire Mall. B vitamins can also benefit in preventing anxiety/depression put the two together? Fabbbbbulous. B vitamins reverse mood-related nutritional deficiencies and maintain emotional balance. Many people who are grieving either from someone passing away or anything that can severely alter your emotional balance take a few B vitamins a day. On a normal basis, one B vitamin a day is effective.

Smile. Dance. Sing. Listen. Talk. Write. Feel. Exercise. Relax. Sit.

Love and happiness to all you beautiful people,
Amber

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

You like fruit, don't you?

Today, I've been feeling a tad bit ran-down, like I can't get enough sleep and like my eyes are going to fall out of their sockets. Sexy, I know. So what on earth in my fabulous diet isn't giving me the quality alertness I need to get through an average day?

Well, I reviewed my now 13 hour day and I know I got in my 8 hours of sleep, I had a nice black coffee in the afternoon......and then realized the problem, I ate pretty much nothing all day. I was a tad bit busy, so I didn't get a chance to make a meal so all I had was a fruit smoothie, some bolthouse farm juice, a banana and a honey sandwich. I went to Yoga, came home and started reading and then found myself, an hour and a half later in now, a dark room, bummed and on the same page. Like one of my fine readers pointed out, moderation is key. So, I’m here to inform you in all things healthy, including fruit, you need to maintain some balance within your daily diet.

Fruit is very high in sugar so on an average day you are supposed to intake 2-4 servings of fruit to maintain a healthy balance in your diet. If you over-do this amount without balancing sources of protein in your day, you may end up feeling really tired because the sugar from the fruit will start to decrease in your system.

It’s also important to buy organic fruit because it is the most healthy for your body. Some of the fruit that is grown today has a higher amount of sugar than the fruit that is grown in a natural environment.

Refer to the food triangle to maintain a healthy balance throughout your day!

Eat good, feel good…
-Amber

Sunday, February 1, 2009

How to prevent blowing chunks…mid-sentence

First things first, if you feel as though you are getting the flu or are hanging out with someone who has it, eat LOTS of garlic. Garlic can be used for more than just averting vampires and witches, it can be used to increase your T-helper cells which builds your immune system and fights off most virus’. One clove of garlic in a meal a day can help prevent you from ever getting sick, it also can prevent you from having a significant other but what’s more important, really. If you’re not particularly fond of garlic in your meals, consider taking a garlic pill a day. These do exist and I know some people who use them and they work in the same manner.

If you’re really against the idea of garlic… try eating fruits, vegetables and yogurt on a daily basis and they should protect you from catching the flu. Also, alfalfa is a tonic for your entire body and also protects you as it stabilizes the strength of your immune system.

If it’s too late and you have caught the flu I have a few ways you can get better fast. It is important to not eat too much so your body can focus on healing as you try including these natural virus killers:

1) Kelp pills are known to activate your immune system and fight against virus
2) Ginger, cinnamon and peppermint tea soothes your stomach
3) Broths, soups with lots of onions, spices, garlic and cayenne or hot sauce will relieve congestion
4) Vitamin C enhances the activity of white blood cells
5) Water will clear out your system
4)Lomatium dissectum is a plant used by Native Americans to stimulate white blood cell activity 5) Elderberry can also stimulate the immune system

If you’re having a hard time finding some of these ingredients that are more natural, the following website provides a list of all the health food stores in Windsor: http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/canada/stores/_SearchResults.htm?vProvtxt=Ontario&vCitytxt=Windsor&vCountryIDtxt=1
Nutrition house in the Devonshire mall provides a lot of knowledge about their products and can order products in if they don’t have them. I would recommend trying this store.

Stay healthy,
Amber

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Faking it

I’m assuming by the Tim Horton’s line up at the U 24’7 that most of the student body and teachers for that matter are addicted to that good old source of caffeine, coffee. Everyone is constantly trying to find ways to stay awake. I’ve read a couple natural ways to solve the possible problem and then I have a tip that will be of some relief to those who didn’t already know.

1. Ginseng tea is one of the best ways to get energy whether it is through a capsule or through an extract. It is important however, not to mix ginseng with any caffeine. Energy drinks might wake you up, but they will throw you on the ground in about 4 hours…hard.

2. The vitamin B12, which I take daily will really help keep your energy high and keep your hormones level as well! If you’re a vegetarian, I’m sure you know about this pill and take it daily as well because B12 is found mainly in meat and dairy products. If your intake of meat and dairy are high throughout a day it is most likely you have a good amount to maintain your energy/hormone levels.

3. Exercising will also increase your energy levels. and I’ve tried the body/mind challenge at the St. Denis centre and it really works to wake up my body and give me a little motivation for the night ahead of reading.

So the curve…I did a little research and was SO happy to find out that coffee is actually great for your body! (minus the sugar, with a little bit of skim milk.) It was under my belief that coffee was my one weakness and that if I was going to fake anything, it might as well be my energy levels. However, coffee (beans) actually has a lot of protein, many oils and organic acids like B vitamins and iron that benefit "detoxifying" your body. It’s best/the most healthy to buy coffee beans fresh, grind them and make your coffee right away. If your interested in different ways of "detoxifying" your body, check out these sites:


http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Good-Pot-of-Coffee
http://www.making-coffee.com/about-coffee/nutrients-coffee.php
http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/beverages/3898/2

DRINK UP friends,
-Amber

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pill Poppers

For most of us, our job or education can cause our head to feel as though it is going to explode. That annoying, continuous, pounding pain, that is enough to drive a hole through your head… is commonly known as a headache. If you aren’t a Tylenol junkie and only get headaches every so often, you may you turn to the person next to you in class or to your cubicle buddy and ask, “Do you have any Tylenol?” If you are a junkie, you’ll dig deep into that bottomless pit of a bag you have and pop a few for some sweet relief.

Have you ever asked yourself, if you continue getting headaches and continue taking Tylenol, will it stop working before your head stops hurting? According to my bible, “The World’s Greatest Treasury of Health Secrets”, 70% of people who take over the counter pain killers(such as aspirin and ibuprofen, etc) suffer from “rebound” headaches.
Rebound headaches are caused from taking more than the recommended amount of the medication you are using. After a period of time, your body begins to adapt to the pills and your headache worsens each day. This can also severely damage your liver, especially if you are consuming more than three alcohol beverages a day.

So in light of all this Tylenol bashing, I’ve tried a few natural remedies on myself and a few others and have received nothing but positive feedback! So give your bottle a break and test these out.

I read that one of the most effective ways of reducing or completely curing a headache is by participating in a little creative visualization. Now, I know we all have a little creativity in us, (especially my fellow bloggers) so this shouldn’t be too difficult and works for most people. Close your eyes and relax in a dark room or wherever you can at the time of a headache. Imagine a red light in the middle of where your headache is occurring. Take 5 minutes to slowly dim the light and allow it to disappear. Once it has fully disappeared your headache will too!

If you don’t like the idea of using a little mind power, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve.

1. Take a magnesium oxide supplement of no more than 600 mg per day and/or 80 mg of feverfew extract. Both have zero side effects and work even against migraines
2. Drink two or more cups of apple or apricot juice
3. If you are suffering from some alcohol/sugar withdrawals drink lots of water and eat olives, or anchovies
4. If you find yourself having caffeine withdrawals after midterm time, chew a juicy piece of lemon and drink lots of water
5. If you have a tension headache, you can do some
neck/back exercises and for those to who it applies, practising a little sexual activity relieves a lot of stress and tension headaches

The next time you get a headache or are suffering withdrawals from the two best things on this planet, caffeine and sugar, test these natural ways out and I promise you won’t regret it.


Sláinte,
Amber

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Medical Morons?

I stopped trusting doctors in my last year of high school. I entered the emerge WAY too early one morning to try to find a solution to the crazy irritations that kept me awake all night. I waited, waited, waited…and finally heard my name called from the most unhappy looking doctor of life. I followed her unwillingly into a room and was told to wait some more. A lot of questions crossed my mind at this time, one of them being why I had even bothered to come. I suppose I could understand why she was so unhappy, it was early and I mean…I certainly didn’t want to be there myself, but at least she was being paid to give me some medical advice. She finally came back, asked me some questions, did some “diagnosing” and sent me on my way, crying, in less than five minutes with a prescription write up.

“You should pick up those pills and start taking them immediately if you want to see any results and oh, have a good night”, she glared at me and turned her back and called out another name.

Still irritated and crying, I decided it would be in my best interest to pick them up. I now anxiously waited for the drugs and then got lectured by the pharmacist about the side-affects. I sat down in my car and noticed how massive and dark these pills were and decided I wasn’t going to take them. I got home, threw them in some cabinet and went back to bed.

I went to my own doctor later that day, sat down, got helped nice and quick and told him about the unpleasant diagnosis I received earlier that morning. I told him I didn’t want to take any pills and I was there for one particular reason, to find out whether it was true so I could receive some sort of peace of mind and maybe a little revenge of the sort. Shocked, he did the same procedure, still shocked…told me it wasn’t true and really hoped I didn’t start taking those prescription drugs or they could have a serious affect on my body. YIKES!

I decided that morning I’d never become a part of the medicalization world, that it is indeed full of “IT”. As I recently learnt in one of my women studies courses, the medical model is the discovery of medicine that in some perspectives, treats the human body as a machine. Due to the fact that most prescription drugs get rid of your symptoms and quite fast, people have began to depend on this model.

I realize that there are some things that doctors need to be there for and that most doctors know what they are talking about. For most of our issues, doctors can be trusted because they probably spent long enough educating themselves with medicine and diseases, etc. However, what I truly believe is that people are forgetting to help themselves. Some of these prescription drugs or even over the counter drugs can have serious affects on our bodies in the long run. You try to heal one thing and put yourself at risk of something else. Doctors don’t have to answer everything for us. If we practised a more healthy lifestyle then perhaps we wouldn’t find ourselves in the emerge at such ridiculous hours and being falsely diagnosed by an overly stressed doctor.


Soooo basically, with this experience and a few more unpleasant ones, I’ve decided I want to discover natural ways of boosting my health in a preferably cheap manner. It's important to realize that sometimes the fast and easy ways of helping ourselves can not be the best way out. Trust what your mind and natural products can do. Save the doctors for the most dire needs, the illnesses or injuries we are not physically able or educated to heal ourselves.

In the mean time, I’ll dig deep but stay tuned, stay healthy and trust yourself.

Do not feed your head with non-sense. :)