“Lustful Passions” Ground Turkey Enchilada mix

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You are going to really enjoy this healthy version of an Enchilada!

For my people who want to loose weight they just aren’t eating the right weightloss combinations to kick your metabolism into fat burning mode! Enjoy…xoxo

Level: Easy

Total: 40 min

Prep: 10 min

Inactive: 5 min

Cook: 25 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat couscous

1 pound lean ground turkey

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

2 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced

1 cup broccoli florets

One 15-ounce can no-sodium-added black beans

One 10-ounce can enchilada sauce

1/2 cup salsa

Suggested toppings: chopped fresh cilantro, diced avocado, shredded cheese, lime juice

Directions

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour the couscous into the saucepan and stir well. Turn off the heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet or wok, cook the ground turkey over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Drain the excess fat and wipe the pan clean. Heat the oil in the same pan over high heat, then add the squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook, 3 to 5 minutes more. Add the turkey, beans, enchilada sauce and salsa and stir until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Serve with the couscous and top with suggested toppings as desired.
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10 ways to stay positive during the Coronavirus…

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So many emotions, what’s going to happen, how will I afford my bill’s, how can I boost my immune system??

The three biggest questions being asked in today’s society. I would at least like to give you 10 ways to stay positive that may help you with all 3 situations.

  • Exercise– getting enough exercise will help you with your weight and stress management. Be sure to also make sure your children are getting adequate exercise as well. Turn on a workout video or play an interactive game as a family.
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  • Drink smoothies– right now boosting the immune system would be the wisest thing you can do. Use powder supplements the body can easily absorb when you can. If taking prescription meds please be careful with supplements speak to a doctor.
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  • Stay on top of your mental health– if your not good for yourself your not good for nobody…be patient with yourself if your having a tough time. Put on some relaxing music and take a lavender bath with Epsom salt & grapeseed oil, light a candle and unwind. Keep a notebook to track your mood, eating, water intake, & workouts.
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  • Be honest with all financial companies-Companies right now are aware of what’s going on in the world and really do want to help. You can’t hide create a list of your finances you can’t afford, call the companies and see what they can offer you at this time. What don’t kill you just makes you stronger so take it one day at a time! This too shall pass…
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  • Stay in touch with loved ones via phone, Skype, zoom, etc. -Now is not the time to be being upset with those you call family. Call your loved ones, check on them, tell them that you love them and miss them. Reminisce on some good times and enjoy some great laughs! Create memories that will still last a lifetime. Being positive is the only way to be right now, for yourself & those around you!
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  • Get fresh air– Fresh air is required…whether its sitting on the porch, stepping outside, or opening all your windows. We need fresh air, water, and food hence again “fresh air” to survive. Inside the home the air gets stale and that can negatively affect your mood.
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  • Invest in a diffuser– A diffuser & essential oils is a great way to keep your mind and body at ease without prescription drugs or in addition too. Essential oils help with pain, anxiety & weightloss.
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  • Keep a schedule of kids school information, assignment sheets, important numbers, etc– I always create my own sheet or binder for easy access to my children’s important school assignments, teachers, dates, etc. but that’s just me. Do it for your mental clarity because nothing’s more frustrating than looking for a number, name, assignment, “anything” so don’t do it to yourself.
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  • Make sure everyone has a chore to do at home to keep things clean & organized– functioning mentally in a mess is dang near impossible for most people. Don’t yell everyday, clean up after them, or keep reminding those kids to clean… just give them a job and a schedule. When you go to work you know your job because somebody trained you or gave you a schedule to follow and you remembered it.
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  • Create for yourself a support system of resources you can use if you need them– A beneficial resource list right now would be gold to the average person. At this time the world is in need of help but to have a personal list of important resources at your fingertips is only smart. Say for example: your going over your budget and you can’t make your car payment next month. Instead of panicking you grab your list of companies that will help financially, call them up, & allow your anxiety to remain at bay. The reason for any list is always to make things easier in the end. I’d rather be smart from the very start because it also will depend on how your ending plays out…

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Fasting reboots the body to “factory Settings”

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Fasting, the fix-it-all solution

You wake up in the morning and you feel rushed. Rushed to get the kids ready for school, rushed to clock into your job on time. Rushed for personal self-care. Exactly when do you find time for yourself? When do you have time to really sit down and think about what you want in life?  What exactly makes you happy and how you can achieve any goal you have ever set for yourself? Fasting allows you to give up wants, desires, needs, envy, jealousy, hate, and so much more by helping you resist temptation. When one can fast, they can pretty much do anything they put their mind to. Fasting is a form of discipline to your body. Fasting allows your body to take a much-needed break of digestion, pain relief, producing enzymes, and so much more. Fasting is a vacation that only you can give to your body and for many, it is long overdue. You try meds, you get hypnotized, you lose weight, go to counseling weekly and your still not yourself. What are you missing?

Life is to short to be unhappy.

Depressed & Sad

When you live your life for everyone except you, you end up being depressed, having anxiety, mood disorders, and so much more. I can go on for days but for now, I included a list of some symptoms that may mean you need to fast and reboot your body back to factory settings.

  • Jaw clenching w/ pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tremors
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excessive sweating
  • Allergy attacks
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased/decreased appetite
  • Low sex drive
  • Chest pain/palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • OCD
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Frequent use of medications
  • Excessive defensiveness/suspiciousness
  • Reduced work efficiency
  • Lying

What happened to us?

The adrenal glands handle stress

Are you familiar with your adrenal glands? You should, they are responsible for handling stress but not the kind you are subjecting it to! You can find these small glands on top of each kidney. Your adrenal glands produce hormones you can not live without. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Cortisol helps you to be able to handle very stressful situations.

The issue is the stressful situations are supposed to only be the fight or flight type. An example would be a guy in the jungle who spots a lion. Your adrenal glands tell you to get up and run right now as fast as you can! If you want to learn more about these special glands check out the following site. click right here for more info. The adrenal gland has a very special friend and that would be your thyroid.

The thyroid and stress.

Thyroid gland

The thyroid releases hormones that control your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, menstrual cycles, body temp., and so much more! Do you see now how important it is to keep it functioning at its very best? At times your thyroid becomes overly stressed due to environmental factors, medications, a bad diet, lack of exercise, etc. This results in the dysfunction of the thyroid and you will certainly feel its wrath. When the thyroid has had enough abuse it has no choice but to shut down and allow your already overly worked adrenal glands to take over. Think about this, one day you show up at work extremely tired, not feeling well, and you are very irritable. Your boss walks up to you and informs your coworker did not show up so you will need to do both of your jobs, how would you feel?  The adrenal glands are working overtime to try to help you but it just was not built for the responsibility your placing on it. This is where fasting comes in, sounds to me like you need a reboot, intermittent fast, then a complete fast!

What exactly do you mean by fast?

I’m talking about giving up food my friend and choosing life. First, you will start with an intermittent fast to prepare your body for a complete fast. Calm down, just three days is all I am asking for with a complete fast. You may need to do it a couple of times before you are successful but that is ok, it is not easy. All I am trying to help you to do is give your body 72 hours of complete rest. Food is for nutrition yet as Americans, we tend to overeat compared to other countries which causes the body to become overly stressed out. Not only stressed but extremely toxic and inflamed. Just because your mouth opens does not mean something should be in it constantly. Just because the colon is five feet long does not mean you stuff yourself until it is completely full!

(more…)

Fasting, the fix-it-all solution

You wake up in the morning and you feel rushed. Rushed to get the kids ready for school, rushed to clock into your job on time. Rushed for personal self-care. Exactly when do you find time for yourself? When do you have time to really sit down and think about what you want in life?  What exactly makes you happy and how you can achieve any goal you have ever set for yourself? Fasting allows you to give up wants, desires, needs, envy, jealousy, hate, and so much more by helping you resist temptation. When one can fast, they can pretty much do anything they put their mind to. Fasting is a form of discipline to your body. Fasting allows your body to take a much-needed break of digestion, pain relief, producing enzymes, and so much more. Fasting is a vacation that only you can give to your body and for many, it is long overdue. You try meds, you get hypnotized, you lose weight, go to counseling weekly and your still not yourself. What are you missing?

Life is to short to be unhappy.

Depressed & Sad

When you live your life for everyone except you, you end up being depressed, having anxiety, mood disorders, and so much more. I can go on for days but for now, I included a list of some symptoms that may mean you need to fast and reboot your body back to factory settings.

  • Jaw clenching w/ pain
  • Gritting, grinding teeth
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tremors
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Excessive sweating
  • Allergy attacks
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased/decreased appetite
  • Low sex drive
  • Chest pain/palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • OCD
  • Fatigue
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Frequent use of medications
  • Excessive defensiveness/suspiciousness
  • Reduced work efficiency
  • Lying

What happened to us?

The adrenal glands handle stress

Are you familiar with your adrenal glands? You should, they are responsible for handling stress but not the kind you are subjecting it to! You can find these small glands on top of each kidney. Your adrenal glands produce hormones you can not live without. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Cortisol helps you to be able to handle very stressful situations.

The issue is the stressful situations are supposed to only be the fight or flight type. An example would be a guy in the jungle who spots a lion. Your adrenal glands tell you to get up and run right now as fast as you can! If you want to learn more about these special glands check out the following site. click right here for more info. The adrenal gland has a very special friend and that would be your thyroid.

The thyroid and stress.

Thyroid gland

The thyroid releases hormones that control your metabolism, breathing, heart rate, menstrual cycles, body temp., and so much more! Do you see now how important it is to keep it functioning at its very best? At times your thyroid becomes overly stressed due to environmental factors, medications, a bad diet, lack of exercise, etc. This results in the dysfunction of the thyroid and you will certainly feel its wrath. When the thyroid has had enough abuse it has no choice but to shut down and allow your already overly worked adrenal glands to take over. Think about this, one day you show up at work extremely tired, not feeling well, and you are very irritable. Your boss walks up to you and informs your coworker did not show up so you will need to do both of your jobs, how would you feel?  The adrenal glands are working overtime to try to help you but it just was not built for the responsibility your placing on it. This is where fasting comes in, sounds to me like you need a reboot, intermittent fast, then a complete fast!

What exactly do you mean by fast?

I’m talking about giving up food my friend and choosing life. First, you will start with an intermittent fast to prepare your body for a complete fast. Calm down, just three days is all I am asking for with a complete fast. You may need to do it a couple of times before you are successful but that is ok, it is not easy. All I am trying to help you to do is give your body 72 hours of complete rest. Food is for nutrition yet as Americans, we tend to overeat compared to other countries which causes the body to become overly stressed out. Not only stressed but extremely toxic and inflamed. Just because your mouth opens does not mean something should be in it constantly. Just because the colon is five feet long does not mean you stuff yourself until it is completely full!

(more…)

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Corona can’t defeat a strong immune system…

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All masked up & feeling helpless about it?

 

Let’s start with boosting the immune system & relaxation will follow…

If you have belly fat your immune system is under attack…simple as that! Excess belly fat weakens your body’s defense system so when something like “The Coronavirus” comes around we can’t fight it off no matter how hard we try. Meat is a huge immune system destroyer food, it can sit & fester in the colon for days causing your body to produce excess amounts of inflammation which leads to cancer.

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The red meat truth will set you free…

A new study has revealed a potential reason behind red meat’s cancer-causing effects — excess amounts of a special sugar called Neu5Gc. When scientists studied the presence of Neu5Gc in different types of food, they discovered that beef, pork, lamb, and bison had substantially higher levels than poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables.

Neu5Gc is naturally produced by carnivorous animals, allowing them to sustain high red-meat diets without negative health effects. Because humans do not produce this sugar, however, the body treats it as a foreign substance, setting off a toxic immune reaction. This reaction can cause chronic inflammation that may contribute to cancer. Research it for yourself don’t just take my word.

 

You have to think smarter not harder when dealing with a already compromised immune system…

If you catch cold quick and know your immune system is weak, you should certainly stay away from bacteria and other organisms that could make you worst!

For important steps you can take when buying and preparing food, visit the page on Food Production and Safety.

Getting adequate protein is important to boosting your immune system. Here are some good sources of protein for people with weakened immune systems:

  • lean meat, fish, eggs, or pasteurized tofu, all well cooked; check the internal temperature of the food with a thermometer to make sure it’s at the proper temperature to kill any bacteria. For a complete list of proper cooking temperatures for foods, see the United States Department of Agriculture’s food safety fact sheet.
  • Almond milk
  • low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat pasteurized yogurt
  • canned or dehydrated soup
  • a multivitamin. “Capsule” take out the powder and put it into a smoothie but talk to your doctor first as so e prescriptions are harmful when taken with natural supplements.

Foods you should avoid as if they will cause you to burn in hell…“yes it’s that serious”

This is serious stuff because certain foods can have high levels of bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that children, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems avoid the following foods:

  • raw vegetable sprouts (alfalfa, radish, broccoli, mung bean, etc.), because of a high risk of Salmonella and E. coli contamination
  • raw eggs, including unpasteurized eggnog, uncooked Caesar salad dressing, and unbaked meringues, because of possible Salmonella contamination
  • unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juice, including cider, unless you prepare it at home with thoroughly washed produce
  • raw or undercooked ground meat and poultry
  • tofu packed in water

I personally recommend avoiding the following foods during chemotherapy because they can have levels of bacteria high enough to make a person with a weakened immune system sick:

  • foods that are raw or undercooked, which can include meat, fish, shellfish, lox, sushi, sashimi, poultry, eggs, hot dogs, deli meats, tofu, sausage, and bacon
  • foods containing raw eggs, such as hollandaise sauce, raw cookie dough, or homemade mayonnaise
  • unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products made from unpasteurized milk
  • soft cheeses, such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined (Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola, and blue) and Mexican-style cheeses, such as those used to make queso sauce
  • unwashed raw fruits and vegetables and those with mold on them
  • raw honey
  • sun tea
  • unpasteurized beer
  • uncooked brewer’s yeast

Also please, please avoid salad bars, delis, buffets, sidewalk vendors, and potluck gatherings. All have a higher risk of improperly stored or refrigerated food and of poor hygiene by the people handling and cooking the food.

Our favorite “sugary foods” are destroying our immune systems daily!

Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks or eating something containing a lot of sugar.

Body fat is incredibly inflammatory, and it’s that high level of inflammation that leads to infections like a cold or the flu as well as conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.   Being overweight or obese can lead to a weakened immune system.

Having too much fat on your body negatively impacts your body’s ability to fight disease because body fat can inhibit the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and prevent inflammation.

A study conducted by “New University of North Carolina” at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that obesity reduces the body’s ability to turn on elements of its immune systems needed for controlling influenza infection so how could it fight a flu on steroids like “Corona Virus”?

Now’s a great time to start a plant based diet don’t you think?

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Eating a low-fat, plant-based diet may help give the immune system a boost. The immune system relies on white blood cells that produce antibodies to combat bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. Vegetarians have been shown to have more effective white blood cells when compared to nonvegetarians, due to a high intake of vitamins and low intake of fat.

Maintaining a healthy weight can also benefit the immune system. Obesity has been linked to increased risk for influenza and other infections such as pneumonia.3 Plant-based diets are effective for weightloss, because they are rich in fiber, which helps fill you up, without adding extra calories. Fiber can also lower BMI, which is linked to improved immunity so don’t be afraid to increase it in your diet. A plant-based diet has also been shown to reduce inflammatory biomarkers.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Antioxidants

As we know fruits and vegetables provide nutrients—like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E—that can boost immune function. Because many vegetables, fruits, and other plant-based foods are also rich in antioxidants, and they help reduce oxidative stress.

Beta-Carotene: Beta-carotene is a powerful & great antioxidant that can reduce inflammation and boost immune function by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. Excellent sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamins C and E: Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that help to destroy free radicals and support the body’s natural immune response so increase them! Sources of vitamin C include red peppers, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, mangoes, lemons, and other fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E sources include nuts, seeds, spinach, and broccoli.

Vitamin D: Research shows vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk for viral infections, including respiratory tract infections, by reducing production of proinflammatory compounds in the body. Increased vitamin D in the blood has been linked to prevention of other chronic diseases including tuberculosis, hepatitis, and cardiovascular disease. Food sources of vitamin D include fortified cereals and plant-based milks along with supplements.

Zinc: Zinc is a mineral that can help boost white blood cells, which defend against invaders. Sources include nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, beans, and lentils.

Sleep

Our bodies need sleep to rest and recharge. Without a sufficient amount of sleep, we increase our risk for developing serious health problems—like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity. Inadequate sleep has also been linked to suppressed immune function which is the last thing you need right now!

I have added some of my favorite vegan recipes for your enjoyment pleasure…have fun with them while on quarantine…xoxo

Protected: I laugh in the face of Corona…my body will not fall victim!

 

 

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