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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

Blackberry Bliss Kombucha Hack, A Really Refreshing, Revitalizing Drink

My husband has us trying a week-long campaign to see if taking a shot of ACV (apple cider vinegar with the "mother"*) in our water 3X a day will provide us with the health benefits that are "proven" in medical literature: Weight Loss Lowered Blood Sugar and Insulin Sensitivity after Eating High Carb Meals Since we are eating a plant-based, whole food, low fat way, it is helpful to see if the diet can be additionally boosted by the addition of Apple Cider Vinegar. And I want to continue dropping pounds (I weigh in with TOPS weekly) eating the healthy foods that I do.   We have enjoyed a rather hot summer from mid-July until now, so cold filtered water with ACV (1 teaspoon to start, 3X a day) is a refreshing event.   -------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------- A friend of mine had a drink and commented, "Tastes like kombucha."  She sa

Veggie Tofu Stroganoff - Vegan, Gluten-Free

This Veggie Tofu Stroganoff really hits the vegan spot on a sunny, snow-y day-- or for a summer supper-- well, for anytime, really! Oh, Mama, this is soooo delicious! Here are the ingredients (with suggestions for subs):   INGREDIENTS FOR 4-6 PEOPLE/ VEGGIE TOFU STROGANOFF Extra Firm Organic Non-GMO Tofu Block (16 ounces/ 450 g) 3 T. Organic Soy Sauce (Tamari) (could be GlutenFree) 1 Organic Garlic Clove, Minced or Grated 1 T. Vegetable Oil (or 1/4 C. Water if on Oil-Free Diet) 2 C. Chopped Red Onions 1 Large Bunch of Fresh Organic Chard, Stems Chopped Separate/Leaves Chopped 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Hungarian Smoked Paprika (or ground mild Chipotle) 2 C. Peeled and Sliced Carrots 2 C. Mushrooms, Cleaned and Sliced (I used Baby Bella) 1/2 C. Dilute Apple Cider Vinegar (about 1/3 Vinegar/ 2/3Water) or 1/2 C. Dry Red Wine 1 1/2 C. Organic Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce (Good deals at Walmart & Costco) 1- 2 C. Organic Quinoa (I used the Mixed Colors) 1/2 C. to 1 Cup Al

Lentil Bowl #1: Pineapple Lentils over Coconut Lime Sweet Potato (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Even if you are not a huge fan of lentils, this particular recipe will answer a deep need on a cool winter's night when you have put out all day for the Man and are just ready for something comforting and satisfying!  It will feed 2 - 4 diners, depending on the hunger and the usual inputs.  I'm calling this Lentil Bowl #1, so expect some more quick and yummy one-dish lentil recipes! The potatoes in the above picture are white 'sweet potatoes' and not the bright orange yams we expect when we say 'sweet potato'.  They have the texture of  sweet potato, and they ARE very sweet (ooze syrup when baked) but they have a more neutral flavour.  Yams work extremely well also, so use either. Ingredients for the Lentil part: 1 T. Coconut Oil 1/2 Small Onion , chopped fine 2     Garlic Cloves, minced 1 C. Pineapple, chopped small (I use Costco's frozen Organic Pineapple-- smells like the tropics!) 3 C. cooked Brown or Green Lentils 2 T. Maple Syrup Shot of Ap

Prevent Fresh Berries From Molding

This is the time of the year for succulent berries and fruits -- and unfortunately, many of us will discover the mold has formed on our berries (particularly raspberries) before we get to finish eating the container we brought home from the store or picked in the backyard. But help is here!  I am thankful to my friends who send me simple solutions via email.  Today I got one on how you can use a couple of household items to store your berries while preventing mold.  How? In a glass bottle or mason jar mix together cold filtered water and apple cider vinegar in a ratio of 10:1 Too simple, eh?   Now, merely pour the water over your berries in a large bowl.  Swirl and drain.  You shouldn't need to rinse because the  of the dilution (it's hard to detect the vinegar) but you can if you wish. Pop the berries into the fridge.   Raspberries and strawberries, for example, will keep without going moldy for about 1- 1 1/2 weeks.  Mmmmm....