Monday, February 16, 2015

• LOW-carb Home Remedies to Relieve Constipation

“Potty🚽 problems” are something we avoid in our everyday conversations. While you may be more than willing to share how much your sore throat is torturing you, rarely do you go into the office and announce that you haven’t pooped in five days. However, constipation is not something to be embarrassed about, and if you’ve had it (and we all have) than you understand that it is no laughing matter-in fact it can be downright debilitating. Before running to the drugstore for a quick-fix laxative (which often worsen the problem) try some simple home remedies to relieve your discomfort, and keep it from coming back.

😊Oil…it gets more than cars running

Pure olive oil is more than just a healthy and tasty fat, it can also help relieve constipation. It’s not surprising really when you consider what olive oil’s texture and consistency is like- it’s practically the poster child for constipation home remedies. It stimulates your digestive system, which helps get things moving through your colon, and taken regularly it can prevent constipation as well.

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)

In the morning consume one tablespoon of olive oil. It works best on an empty stomach, so have it before you eat anything else. If you forget, wait until later when you haven’t eaten for a while. You can mix it with a little bit of lemon juice if you like to lighten the flavor (lemon juice also acts as a natural aid for constipation.)

😊Freshen up from the inside out

Ah the scent of a fresh lemon…did you ever think your stomach might appreciate it as much as your nose? The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stimulant for your digestive system, and can also help flush out toxins and undigested material that may have built up along the walls of the colon. Mixing the juice with water not only lessens the intensity of the lemon flavor, but helps get you the fluids you need to get everything moving normally again.
You will need…
-1 fresh lemon
-1 cup of warm water

Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into 1 cup of warm water. Drink or sip until finished completely.

😊Coffee is our friend (sometimes)

A lot of people love their morning coffee, but it does more than just give off heavenly aromas and help you perk up. Caffeine is a natural stimulant for the digestive system, so indulging in a cup of joe will help get you up and running in more ways than one. 1-2 cups is fine, but make sure you don’t overdo it-too much can actually have the opposite effect. Coffee is a diuretic and makes you urinate more frequently, and if you drink it an excess, it can cause constipation by dehydrating your body and drawing out water that would normally soften your stool.

😊Get moving

If you want stuff to move through your body, you need to move too! Our lifestyle these days not only involves dietary changes that increase constipation, but we’re often sitting much more than we’re active. While there isn’t an exact scientific reason as to why lack of exercise is linked with getting clogged up, we can assume that moving the body helps get the smooth muscle in the colon moving as well. Keep in mind, however, that you should wait an hour after big meals before exercising. There are also specific stretches and workouts that are supposed to help with getting good old number 2 out the door.

😊Go natural (LOW-Carb fiber) 

You’ll hear people talk a lot about how a natural diet helps relieve and prevent constipation. An overall healthy diet just improves everything, and our bodies know how to process  veggies, and roughage more than the refined or artificial foods that don’t pass as easily. To get more specific, natural foods tend to contain boatloads of fiber-that magical word that signifies the end of toilet suffrage. In short, fiber is material that cannot be digested, and it acts like a sponge. It draws water from its surroundings, making it swell, which softens stool and adds bulk to it, which in turn helps it pass.  ALWAYS drink plenty of water. 

😊Get some FLAXitive

Flaxseed oil is a pretty simple home remedy for constipation. It sort of coats the walls of the intestine, as well as stool, and increases the number of bowel movements you are having. Enjoying your oil with orange juice is a double whammy when it comes to constipation, since oranges have a good amount of fiber in them (make sure to get orange juice with pulp, which is what has most of the fiber.)

You will need…
-1 glass of orange juice with pulp (8 oz.)
-1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil

Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil with 1 glass of orange juice. Drink as needed, but give it time (up to 5 hourse) to start working so you don’t overdo it.

😊Aloe-it’s benefits aren’t just skin deep

Aloe is known to soothe minor cuts and burns, but it can also soothe your tummy. It’s best to use pure aloe vera gel from the plant. The gel straight from the plant is more concentrated than commercial aloe juice so don’t use more than 2 tablespoons. If you don’t have an aloe plant, than drinking aloe juice can accomplish similar results.

You will need…
-2 tablespoons of pure aloe gel or 1 cup of aloe vera juice

Mix two tablespoons of pure gel with fruit juice and drink in the morning, OR drink one cup of aloe vera juice as needed.

😊Establish a routine

Potty schedules aren’t just for puppies, they’re a great way to relieve and prevent constipation in humans too. Regulating the timing of when you go to the bathroom will regulate your bowel movements as well. Set aside about 15 miZnutes anywhere from 1-3 times a day, and take your time, even if nothing happens. Make sure you stay relaxed, and eventually your body will catch on.

😊Baking soda does it all

Baking soda lies at the heart of home remedies. It’s is so incredibly versatile, and it pretty much does its job 95% of the time. It works incredibly well for constipation (and tummy aches in general) because it is a bicarbonate, which will encourage air to come out of you one way or another, and relieve pain from pressure. It also re-alkalizes the stomach, neutralizing the acid a little bit and helping things pass through your gut.

You will need…
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 cup warm water

Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with ¼ cup of warm water. Drink all of the mixture-the quicker you finish it, the better it seems to work.

😊Empty out with Epsom salt

Epsom salt is an effective home remedy for constipation for two main reasons. First, the salt draws water from its surroundings, softening up stool and making it easier to pass. Second, the magnesium that is present in the salt promotes contraction of the bowel muscles, which also makes passing easier. Table salt can be useful in terms of drawing water out, but it lacks the magnesium that Epsom has, so try and use Epsom salt if possible.

You will need…
-2 teaspoons of Epsom salt (for adults) OR ½ teaspoon (for children)*
-1 cup of water or fruit juice

Dissolve 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt in one cup of water or fruit juice and drink all of it. If within 4 more hours there is no sign of bowel movement, you may take one more dose. Only use ½ teaspoon for children.

😊Heed natures call

This is a preventative measure to help ward off those uncomfortable bouts of constipation in the future, and it’s pretty straightforward. When you need to go to the bathroom-go! Your body is giving you the signal for a reason, and it’s a good idea to listen. The longer you hold it in, the more water is absorbed from the stool, and the harder it becomes. You’re body also only sends the signal to have a bowel movement for a certain amount of time, after a certain amount of time. That’s why if you have to go really badly and don’t, you stop feeling like you have to go. Delay the duty and you may not get the heads up to go until you’re even more clogged.

😊Dandy Dandelions

Dandelions are a terribly annoying weed, but you might view them differently after they help relieve your constipation. The constituents of dandelions make it a gentle laxative as well as an effective detoxifier, and a cup of dandelion tea will be enormously beneficial to those who are suffering from constipation due to inactiveness or the consumption of a lot of processed foods (although drinking it does not mean you don’t need to exercise or eat healthy!)

You will need…
-1-2 teaspoons of dried dandelion leaves
-1 cup of hot water

Put 1-2 teaspoons of dried dandelion leaves into a mug, and pour hot water over them. Cover and let steep for 6-10 minutes. Drink up to 3 times a day.

😊Bacteria is necessary

Healthy gut flora is vital to keep our digestive system working properly, especially in these times, when our stomach is getting pounded with all sorts of processed sugars and foods. Working to keep the good bacteria in our bodies strong and plentiful will help prevent constipation, and lessen its severity should it still occur. There are a number of ways to go about helping your bacteria flourish, but one simple method is to enjoy a cup of yogurt, which is filled with probiotics, with breakfast and during the day.

You will need…
-1-3 cups of plain yogurt

Eat a cup of yogurt with breakfast, and then on its own or with snacks throughout the day.

😊Rock the squat

It sounds a tad awkward, but literally squatting over the toilet can help relieve constipation and kick start your colon. It’s a natural position that our bodies understand means “it’s time to go!”

American’s spend a little less than $1 billion dollars a year on laxatives that will ultimately only contribute to the problem, and wreak havoc on the body. Know that you do not have to have a bowel movement every single day to be regular-that is a myth that contributes to the dependency on laxatives. Some people only poop every few days and that’s normal for them, while others go multiple times a day. We’re all different, and there are too many factors to decide how often every single person should be going-just know your body and use common sense.

Constipation may be something that people like to keep to themselves, but whether you don’t tell a soul, or announce it on graduation day via the loudspeaker, it all comes down to the fact that it can seriously impede day to day life. It is also, thankfully, something that can often be effectively treated naturally and at home. As a bonus, many of the lifestyle changes that help constipation (diet, exercise, etc.) simply make you an overall happier, healthier human being.

Monday, February 2, 2015

LCHF Game day Crakers


Serves: 6

Total Time: 45 minutes


- 3/4 cup Almond Flour

- 2 tablespoonss Coconut Flour

- 2 medium Egg

- 2 tablespoons Cheese, Parmesan, dry grated, aged

- 1/2 ounce Seeds, chia seeds, dried

- 1 Dash Italian seasoning

- 1 Dash Seasoning of your choice

- 2 tablespoons Butter


1. Preheat oven to 350°F

2. Add all ingredients in a food processor, 

Pulse until all ingredients resemble wet sand.

3. Taste

Adjust seasoning

4. Empty ingredients on a piece of parchment paper enough so that it can be rolled out.

5. Add another piece of parchment paper, Roll out to desired thickness.

6. Place crackers in preheated oven for 10 minutes then remove & score into 1.5" squares.

7. Reduce heat in oven to 200°F

8. Place in oven for 30 minutes or until crackers feel dry

9. Let completely cool 



Nutrition Info (per serving).  6 crackers


Calories 115

Total Fat 8.8g

  Saturated 3.9g

  Polyunsaturated 0.9g

  Monounsaturated 1.7g

Cholesterol 74mg

Sodium 84mg

Total Carbs 4.7g

  Dietary Fiber 3.3g

  Sugar 0.6g

Protein 4.5g

Vitamin A 57mcg

Vitamin C 0.0mg

Calcium 43mg

Iron 1.1mg

Saturday, January 31, 2015

LCHF-Coconut/Choc. Fat Bomb


Serves: 24

Total Time: 15 minutes


- 1 cup Cream, heavy, fluid

- 1 tablespoon Cheese, cream

- 1/8 cup, shredded Coconut meat, dried, sweetened

- 10 drops Sugar substitute, herbal extract sweetener, liquid, Stevia liquid

- 2 tablespoons Coconut oil

- 2 tablespoons Butter

- 1 teaspoon Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened


1. At heavy cream in a medium bowl.

Beat at medium speed with handmixer until soft peaks

Add other ingredients and beat until stiff 


Place into tray with 24 compartments or ice trays. Freeze overnight

2. For making the chocolate topping

• add coconut oil

• add butter

Melt together 

•add cocoa powder,

• add stevia

Stir together until mixture is smooth and there is no lumps. 

3. Remove the bombs from freezer and top with chocolate mixture return back to freezer until all is set. 

Aprox. 10 min.

4. Carefully remove by moms from tray put in Ziploc bag and return to freezer until use.



Nutrition Info (per serving)


Calories 57

Total Fat 6.1g

  Saturated 4.1g

  Polyunsaturated 0.2g

  Monounsaturated 1.4g

Cholesterol 17mg

Sodium 14mg

Total Carbs 0.6g

  Dietary Fiber 0.1g

  Sugar 0.2g

Protein 0.3g

Vitamin A 51mcg

Vitamin C 0.1mg

Calcium 7.5mg

Iron 0.0mg

Monday, January 26, 2015

LCHF 2qt. Crock Pot Pizza

LCHF 2qt. Crock Pot Pizza 


Serves: 2

Total Time: 90 minutes


- 1-1/2 ozs Pepperoni, pork, beef

- 1/4 cup, shredded Cheese, Mozzarella

- 1/4 cup, shredded Cheese, natural, Cheddar or American type, Pioneer

- 3 slices(1 oz) Cheese, Brick

- 1 teaspoon Cheese, Parmesan, hard

- 4 tablespoons Salsa


1. Layer pepperoni around the wall and floor of crockpot container.

2. Sliced cheese should be layered on top of the pepperoni (including the sidewalls)

3. I had pizza sauce 2 tablespoons or salsa

4. Build up to two layers ending with cheese on top.

5. Cover crockpot with Lee at cook on high for 20 minutes turn to low for another 30 minutes.



Nutrition Info (per serving)


Calories 373

Total Fat 30g

  Saturated 16g

  Polyunsaturated 1.3g

  Monounsaturated 9.3g

Cholesterol 85mg

Sodium 953mg

Total Carbs 3.9g

  Dietary Fiber 0.5g

  Sugar 1.4g

Protein 23g

Vitamin A 191mcg

Vitamin C 0.8mg

Calcium 515mg

Iron 0.8mg

Monday, December 29, 2014

Unbelievable Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lazy afternoon, and I wanted something sweet.      Using the ingredients I had in my kitchen, this is what I came up with. A very delicious crunchy cookie on the outside, and cakey cookie on the inside. BEST of all, ITS VEGAN !!!

I think you're going to really like this one!

24 cookies

Prep Time:
10 minute

Cook Time:  
11 min per batch

Cooking Method:  baking


1 Banana smashed
1/4 C olive oil
1/2 C light Brouwn Sugar
1 T vanilla
1/2 t. Baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. Salt
1C flour
1/2 walnut-chopped
1/3 ( heaping ) C rolled oats
1/3 C vegan chic. Chips

Set oven at 350°F

** Gather all ingredients measured out ready to use.
**in a separate bowl add your flour salt baking powder and baking soda together (sift to remove any lumps)
Set aside

** prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly oil to prevent sticking


•In a medium mixing bowl, smash one banana (no lumps)

• add your olive oil to banana, mix together well

• add your brown sugar & vanilla to the banana mixture, mix together well no (lumps)

•• now add your flour mixture.  Mix until incorporated (do not over mix) OVER MIXING WILL MAKE YOUR COOKIE TOUGH!

• add your oats, chocolate chips and nuts, 
mix well

• using a # 50 ice cream scoop, place 2 inches apart on COOL prepared cookie sheet (parchment paper) or lightly oil pan 

• with two WET fingers  (and lightly press your cookie dough into rounds

• bake for 11 minutes, this will make a soft center cookie

•• immediately remove from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack


Stir in air tight container or zip-lock bag.


Sunday, December 28, 2014


Areatha's Story

My sister and I are true Foodies, and one of the things we enjoy doing is; trying to guess how to make dishes we love in restaurants; at home. Heres one we got right...or real close to the real thing.

This is my son's favorite soup of all time! He'll eat this on a burning hot day......go figure. :)

Prep Time:

10 Min

Cook Time:

30 Min

Cooking Method:

Stove Top



1 lb ground italian sausage, hot or mild 1 c chicken stock 1 c potatoes, new red (cubed) 1 c kale (washed and chopped ) 1 c heavy whipping cream 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1 Brown Italian sausage, set aside ( pour off excess oil) *

 2 Add stock, potatoes, kale and sausage to pot (Flakes optional) 3 bring to boil (no lid) for 8 min.

 4 while stiring occasionally

SLOWLY add heavy cream

5 simmer on LOW for 15 min. or till poptatoe and kale are tender

salt and peper to your taste