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Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Signs, and Management

Recently I heard that a family member in her early 50s was being seen by a doctor for DVT and that she was hoping that there was a more natural way of dealing with it than the medications her doctor was prescribing. When I had digested this scrap of family ''information,'' I thought about my own lax position (denial, really) and how it would make sense for me to make some changes in my life while I still have some shreds of health and potential fitness. And, of course, I have inherited my mother's compulsive pop reading habit (in my case, the Internet mostly). So, I decided to research and write an article that would incorporate some preventative and alternative health principles into my life that might make DVT somewhat less likely to catch up with me than is likely the case now. I would also like to see our family member above and others benefit from these principles if they decide that they want to. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a critical health concern that af

Day 8 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and Gluten-free Christmas Cookies

A traditional Christmas craft that is the epitome of recycling is making decorative gifts and crafty items using last year's Christmas cards. YoyoMax shows how to do some beautiful bookmarks. I am definitely going to take some of my glut of old cards and fold some of these.   (Video is below the following image) These are particularly handy if you are giving books away as gifts-- putting a beautiful bookmark into the book makes the gift just that extra little bit special.  You can even use these lovely bookmarks as fancy gift tags!  YoyoMax also has other Christmas card crafts that she tells about at the end of the video. Everybody's fave: Gluten-Free Crispy Rice Treats!  To be a truly gluten-free treat at this time it is necessary to purchase 'brown rice treats' because, for some reason, the white crispy rice products must all contain malt, which is made from gluten-containing barley!  Perhaps this will change at some point (check the labels) but not in 2019, And... if

Smokey White Bean Spread

  This thick tasty smoky white bean spread  is just super for a light topping on a veggie burger, or as a sandwich filler. Just a half a cup (125 grams) will provide you with 10.7 grams of dietary fibre, 14.6 grams of protein, and 0 saturated fat and cholesterol. Makes a nice switch from Hummus!  To read how to cook beans from scratch go  HERE . Ingredients: 3 C. / 537 g.         cooked White Beans  1/2 C. / 70 g         Raw Sunflower Seeds  1 tsp.                    Smoked Paprika 1/2- 1 tsp.             Liquid Smoke 1/2 - 1 tsp.            Sea Salt 1 tsp .                     Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp.                     Dijon Mustard-Gluten Free     1/2 C.                   Water 1/2 C.                   Nutritional Yeast METHOD: Add everything (except Nutritional Yeast) to Food Processor and process until smooth Add in a little extra water if it is too thick, and blend up with the Nutitritional Yeast It's delicious right away, but even more delicious if you refrigerate it over

Recipe for Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chip- Plant-based Cookies, Gluten-free

Tomorrow we have been invited out for lunch. I have been I have already eaten enough with R. to know that she rarely eats dessert.   What can I take that she will enjoy?  She told me that growing up in the '50s in Northern Europe her diet was mostly potatoes, rye bread and salty oatmeal,and that salty oatmeal is a particular comfort food.  She also told me she eschews most sweets, but  does  like bitter-sweet chocolate.  So, I went in search of a gluten-free chocolate chip salty oatmeal cookie recipe.  The internet is great that way. Here is an adaptation of another recipe (that is an adaptation of yet another)*. It is super! I've just adjusted it to use what I have available (and because I don't  ever  use canola oil). Hope you enjoy it too! 1 C. Coconut Flour 2/3 C. Steelcut Oats, ground in food processor 1 C. Palm Sugar (or other sweetener of choice) 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 T. Chia Seed, ground in coffee bean grinder (or blender) 3/4

Yummy Vegan Chia Nog Pudding

I am extending the Christmas season a tad so that we can enjoy some more of that nog flavour that we were just getting into! This chia not pudding recipe is: vegan (no eggs, no dairy). I am a vegan who considers raw honey as just nectar passed through a bee... some call us bee-gans.  Sub for the honey in the recipe with maple syrup or 4 dates. gluten-free (no gluten proteins) full of chia protein, which is the form that chia carbs take! full of chia's pretty balanced omega fatty acids (good for the brain) very tasty in that recognizable noggy way sweet, but not cloyingly sweet like the commercial nog can be eaten all year long or just saved up as a Christmas tradition INGREDIENTS FOR CHIA NOG PUDDING 14 oz/414 ml   full-fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons  raw honey or maple syrup or 4 soft pitted dates 1 teaspoon       ground cinnamon 1/2-1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons      vanilla extract 6 tablespoons   chia seed (or 10 tablespoons chia gel*) (Makes