Thursday, January 23, 2014

Missing In Action

Hi friends!  I'm sorry I've been MIA for a while.  So much to tell.  Yet I don't write. 

Last year around this time I was busy sharing on this blog often.  I was moving forward like a locomotive trying to find ways to improve and take charge of my health.  I learned so much!!  I'm still implementing many of the things I learned.  Still making many of the non-toxic household recipes I found or created.  Even selling my homemade hand and body cream (lotion).  Still making smoothies but, I have to admit, not as often.  I still limit wheat and dairy and try to eat "real food", not much processed stuff.

We're enjoying the bounty from last summer's garden even now in January.  Praise the LORD for all those yummy veggies to store, can and freeze!

All of that being said, around Christmas time I kind of fell off the healthy living band wagon.  I got lazy through all the busyness of the holidays.  I comprised what I ate.  I didn't get enough exercise.  I paid for it, and still am in some ways.  It's amazing how quickly a person can get off track!!  Then how hard it is to get back on.  It would be better to stay on the track, but...sigh.

As the New Year dawned I started slowly inching my way back to a healthy lifestyle.

In the midst of a very harsh winter in Iowa (and throughout the Midwest), it's not easy to get motivated.  However, there's time to think it over.  Ha.  That's what winter is good for; time to slow down, reflect and put into action those thought out plans.  :)

There are some new things that I've discovered lately.  I want to write about two of them.  Two things I'm wondering if my friends out there have considered for better health.

1. Acupuncture.  I started seeing an acupuncturist just a few weeks ago.  I'm pleased to report that I am seeing some results that years of medical, chiropractic and alternative care have never produced.    I believe it's just another piece of the puzzle.  It's exciting!  I hope to write more about this later.

2. Essential Oils. I've used essential oils for some time now.  I've used different brands of single oils.  However, I went to an interesting class last weekend on the benefits of essential oils.  Not just any oils but a brand called Young Living that is (apparently) the only therapeutic grade essential oil producer.  I learned that most essential oils are filled with synthetic fillers, rendering them less effective.  Anyway, they did a hand scan which showed which oils my body needs.  Not sure how it knows, but the report made sense (considering my health issues).  Because the report made sense to me and a friend of mine has found some results using these , I ordered one of the blends they recommended.  I also ordered a toothpaste that can also be used as deodorant.  Yep, that definitely sounds wacko! :)  But I'm eager to get started.  Hey, it's worth a try!

This life is a journey.  Overall health is something to be pursued on this journey.  We need to be good stewards of what God has given us.  Our bodies are His temples.  Makes me think.  How about you? 

What things are you doing now to improve/maintain your health?  What could you be doing that you are not?  It's time to get on the healthy living train...again! 

Until next time, take a healthy step today...just one or two.  And do the same tomorrow.  I will too. :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Better and Easier than DIY Hand and Body Cream Lotion!!

Don't want to mess with making your own Hand and Body Cream?  But also don't want to poison yourself with all the harmful chemicals (parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl and luareth sulfate, petrochemicals and fragrances) in commercial brand lotions?  Or deal with the alcohol in those same lotions that only dries out your skin more, causing you to need more and more and more of it (check out the label...alcohol!).  Here's an alternative...

You can now buy my All-Natural Hand and Body Cream on ebay!


It wasn't my intention to sell this lotion when I first started making it.  But when several friends began requesting it, I decided to make it available to those who don't want to hassle with making it themselves.  "Her Majesty" All-Natural Hand and Body Cream has 3 simple all-natural, healthy ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil.  These 3 natural moisturizers together work wonderfully to knock out dry skin and leave you feeling like a princess (hence the name "Her Majesty").

Not only that, it smells edible!  One friend said it smells like a chocolate coconut cookie and another said German chocolate cake.  Whatever it smells like, it smells yummy! :)

Click here to check out this chemical free, all-natural and healthy hand and body cream!!

If you have any questions feel free to comment here, send a message on ebay or via my 

Friday, September 13, 2013

All Natural Taco Seasoning ~ Tasty, Easy, Healthy and Inexpensive (a winning combo!)

It just dawned on my today that I never shared my fabulous Taco Seasoning recipe on here before.

I saw a post on Facebook for a taco seasoning recipe that looked as if it would result in a rather bland and boring taco.  The recipe I'm about to share will result in no such thing.

This combo is filled with flavor and kick.  And the beautiful thing is, if you don't like it so spicy you can either reduce the ground red pepper in the recipe or use less seasoning as you prepare your beef or chicken. It's really up to you.  Whichever you choose, I believe, this seasoning will not leave you many others have left me.

Reasons I love this recipe:

1. It's healthier than that prepackaged stuff (it doesn't include potato starch, whey solids or GMOs).
2. It's cheaper per ounce than the prepackaged stuff too.
3. It's easy to make.  
4. It tastes much better than any other taco seasoning I've tried!

If you want to make it even healthier you can choose to buy organic herbs and spices.  :)

Here's the recipe:

Fabulous Taco Seasoning

1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne)

Add 2 Tbsp to each pound of ground beef or chicken
(add less if you want a milder taco)

It's that easy.

Until next time, take a healthy step making this taco seasoning!

Take the time to make good choices and do the right thing.  I'm preaching to myself here, friends! <3

If you're interested in reading something a bit deeper focused on spiritual/mental health, check out my other blog where I recently shared a post called "It All Begins In the Mind".  What you think affects everything else...including your physical health!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Bit Overwhelmed (plus my 4 most popular posts!)

Yes, I know that I haven't written in a while.  Okay, in a long while.  This summer has been busy.  To be honest, I've felt a little overwhelmed at time.  Although I had a goal to live healthier and to write more this year, I've done better at one than the other.  I'm thankful the healthy living hasn't completely fallen by the way side like my bi-weekly post have. :)  Sometimes you have to choose the better things over the good things.

Truthfully, it's not been easy to stay on track health-wise in the midst of the busyness of summer.  As I wrote before I've had a lot vying for my time.  I've had less smoothies and used my juicer less.  I've slipped up a few times and paid for it!!  But when I've messed up, I have been able to "reel it back in" and get back on track.  I've been blessed with lots of produce from our huge garden.  And I've spent a lot of time preserving stuff for this winter which is wonderful!

Thankfully my Health In Beranville Pinterest posts continue to send hundreds of people to this blog each week (sometimes daily).  Follow me there to see what I've been researching on the web and to find out what recipes (and other stuff) are on my "Want to Try" list!  Although winter is not my favorite season, I could use a few days of "hunkering down" to work on that list and write about it!

Oh, and I hope to get back into a good exercise routine.  That has fallen by the way-side this summer.

In the mean time you can check out some of my most popular posts:

Boy Mom Bathroom Cleaner ~ Get that urine smell out from under your toilet!

Stay tuned for more...soon...I hope.  :)

Tell me, what has kept you busy this summer?  How do you maintain a healthy routine?  I'd love to learn from you!!

Until next time, take a healthy step today!  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Where Have I Been?

Want to know what I've been up to here in Beranville?  Check out the link below to read an update on my other blog:

It includes Gardening, Canning, Ministry and Farming...all part of my Healthy Lifestyle! :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

6 Fabulous Ways to Prepare Kale...and Love It!

I haven't been posting a lot because life is busy here in Beranville.  The garden is in full swing production mode...and that means I'm in full swing "pick, eat, and figure out what to do with all of this bounty" mode.  :)  Not to mention keeping up with our other summer activities.  Goodness, I love summer!

Fabulous greens from our garden: spinach, snap peas, kale &
arugula.  This is one picking.  :)
We've had so much kale and arugula that we've been giving some of it away.  Which we enjoy doing!  We've also been eating a lot.  Spinach and arugula salads have been a staple recently.  But I've been looking for new, fabulous ways to prepare kale.  It's not exactly my favorite in salads and doesn't blend in my smoothies (even with the Ninja Blender).

Kale is rich in vitamin K (1,327.6% of your daily value in 1 cup!!), Vitamin A (354.1%) and Vitamin C (88.8%).  It's also high in Manganese, fiber and Vitamin B Complex.  It's an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  It's been linked with cancer prevention and cardiovascular support.  To sum it up: it's really stinkin' good for ya, friends!! ;)  That is why I want plenty of it in my diet, and you should too!  Not only that, it tastes really good when you know how to prepare it right!

Here are 6 ways to prepare kale that I have learned (so far) and loved.

Before you do anything with your kale you first need to wash, rinse and drain/dry it, especially if you're picking it fresh from your garden.  Note: If you have a garden, but have never considered growing kale, you should.  It's super easy to grow (this I know from experience) and produces all summer (from what I've read).

Rinse the kale thoroughly. Let it air dry.  Shake out excess water.

Then, you can make...

1. Stir-fry.  Whether you're making a veggie stir fry or you choose to throw in a little meat with your veggies, kale is a fabulous addition.

I love this recipe for Ginger Stir Fry Sauce that I saw on The Time Warp Wife.  It works well with just about any veggie/meat combo.  Be creative, add a little of this and a little of that, whatever veggies and herbs you have.

2. Simple Sauteed Kale.  All you need is kale leaves (cut off/out the stems), add a little extra virgin olive oil to a frying pan and saute on the stove top.  Add in a little organic garlic salt.  For even more nutrition add Nutritional Yeast, it gives it a yummy, cheesy flavor.

3. Quick and Simple Stir Fried Kale & Bacon from Nom Nom Paleo!  This stuff is fabulous!!  A friend (Hi Alissa) recommended this recipe on my Health in Beranville Facebook page a few days ago.  I've already made it twice.  It was a huge hit, even with my husband who has been rather "anti-kale" up to this point. :)  The only change I made to the original recipe is I used red wine vinegar instead of Banyuls vinegar.  Great flavor combo!

I almost forgot to take a pic! It was good to the last bite!
4. Kale Chips.  The first time I saw a recipe for kale chips was here on 100 Days of Real Food.  Then, a friend (Hi Jennah) mentioned a similar recipe to me.  So I tried it.  Believe it or not, they taste like potato chips!
Kale Chips
4 Cups of firmly packed Kale Leaves (cut off the stems)
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 to 1/4 tsp of Garlic Sea Salt (the original recipe linked above called for just salt, I like Garlic Salt even better!)

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Keep a close eye on them because they go from not quite done to just perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds.  You don't want to know how I know...ahem.

I've made these a few times now.  It's a good way to use up and consume a lot of kale.  I wish I had a picture, I don't...I was too busy eating them!

5. Kale & Feta Crustless Quiche.  I mentioned this recipe from Eating Bird Food before.  It's still one of my favorites.  Instead of using Almond Breeze, I just use whole milk and I use whatever seasonings I have on hand.  It is yum-o!  
Here I paired it with a Green Smoothie
6. Dehydrated Kale.  This is a fabulous way to preserve kale so you can use it all year long.  And you can "sneak it" into dishes without your family even realizing it.  Just wash and drain the kale as I showed above.  Remove stems and cut leaves into pieces.  Line dehydrator trays like so...

I have 8 trays so I was able to do a large batch.  
Dehydrate at 135 degrees for 5-6 hours.

This is what it looked like when it was finished.
Let it cool for just a few minutes.  Then crumble pieces by hand.  Store in an airtight container.
As you can see, I ended up with one pint jar full.

I hope to dehydrate a lot more kale before the summer is over.  I tasted the dried kale and it maintained it's flavor wonderfully.  

I'm excited that now I will be able to add kale to soup, casseroles and stir-fry this winter.  My family won't even realize they're eating leafy greens because it will blend in with all my other herbs and spices.  Sweet!  :)

What's your favorite kale recipe?  Do share!

Until next time, take a healthy step (eat more kale!) and I will do the same.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Easy All-Natural Rejuvenating Hand Scrub DIY

I don't know about you, but my hands get so dry sometimes.  Doing dishes, housework and gardening can do that to a girl.  :)

A while back I saw a recipe for a refreshing hand scrub that I thought I wanted to try.  Unfortunately, I didn't have any of the ingredients on hand so I tucked the recipe away for a rainy day.  Well, although it was a sunny day, not a rainy one, I pulled out the recipe a few days ago...and I still didn't have the ingredients.  So I decided to improvise.  I made up my own recipe.  Here it is:

Easy All-Natural Rejuvenating Hand Scrub

1/8 Cup Raw Sugar (I used organic raw cane sugar)
1/2 tsp Jojoba Oil
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla
15-20 drops Lavender Oil

Mix all the ingredients together.

Scrub on hands, a little at a time.

Like so...

It felt so good and exfoliating!

Do you see how shiny and smooth my hands looked afterwards?!
Better yet, this happened with NO yucky chemicals, just all natural, healthy ingredients!!

My hands felt so soft.
And a wonderful side-effect:
my hands smelled like vanilla for the rest of the day!  :)

Side note:
Later, at the suggestion of a friend (Hi Teresa), I used lemon juice on my fingernails.
It whitened and brightened them right up too!

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Until next time, take a healthy step...and I will do the same.

You might also like these other recipes:

All Natural Lotion (my personal fave!)