Safe & Easy Detox For Diabetics …And Others

A good detox can help you lose weight, grow your energy, improve your mood and your skin.

But what if you’re a diabetic and worried about your blood sugar – is a detox safe?

Watch my video on safe and easy detox for diabetics here – it’s great for anyone with borderline blood sugar issues or sugar sensitivities:

 

Safe & Easy Detox for Diabetics

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Let me know in the comments below how you’ll use these tips to help improve your relationship with sugar!

Getting off sugar requires a few things:

- nourishing and healing your body, which is probably depleted after years of the draining effects of sugar

- the right supplements to help you curb your cravings on a physical level

- looking at the emotional triggers that set you off and running for the ice cream or chocolate

To finally get the nutrients and healing supplements you need to end your sugar habit, check out my remedy:

Get my I Crave Sugar Kit here to finally get control of your sugar cravings & kick the habit!

xo,

Alex

How To Drink without Killing Yourself with Toxins: Glass Straw Give Away!

Glass Straw Give Away: Earth Day with Glass Dharma

Don’t kill yourself with your iced tea – use a glass straw from GlassDharma.com!

 

Drinking water with a straw is good for you – unless you’re drinking through a plastic straw! Those bits of plastic and petroleum are no good for your body, so use a glass straw instead! They’re reusable, dish washer safe, and help you drink even more water! Kids love ‘em too.

I’ve been using GlassDharma.com’s glass straws for years – now you can too!

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and you could win one of 10 glass straws from GlassDharma.com!

 

 

 

Fine Wine – CalNaturale Organic Wines

While I’m not the biggest booze hound around, I do enjoy the occasional glass of “Mommy’s Red Grape Juice” with dinner or while out on the town.

calnaturale wines, celebrate brooklyn

Enjoying CalNaturale Wines At Celebrate Brooklyn With Friends

This summer I was introduced to a nice new line of organic wines that made hot weather picnics easier and tastier. CalNaturale’s line of TetraPak wines come in 2 sizes, and the grapes are organic. The smaller 500 ml container was the perfect size for my back-packed picnic to the local outdoor music festival with friends and my son. And since that size is worth about three glasses, we weren’t tempted to finish off a larger bottle – you know, just to clean up.

Those TetraPaks are also recyclable so we tossed it in the blue bin on the way out of the music venue, feeling pretty eco-chic about our whole adventure.

This Thanksgiving I’ll be turning to these wines again for my family’s feasting. Not only are they easy to carry around, the wine tasted delicious.

I tried the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chardonnay and loved them both. I’m not usually a fan of white wine, as they often give me a headache.

I know, red wine is most often the headache culprit, but my body seems to be sensitive to white. Ever wonder about wine headaches? Turns out no one knows for sure, but the most likely culprit is histamines. Some people lack an enzyme in their intestines that can help them metabolize histamine, and I must be lacking in that enzyme.

If you’re looking for a nice, easy to carry, organic wine for the holidays, try out this line from CalNaturale ~ and don’t forget to recycle the “bottle.”

Here’s A Quick Way To Kick Your Caffeine Cravings

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It’s summer and I’m thirsty and hot – a lot. New York City can be pretty sticky, and I need constant refreshment to get through a day. Try my favorite mid-day caffeine-free latte recipe!

 

 

Back in the day I would cool my afternoon energy lulls with an iced latte or frozen coffee drink from that place that rhymes with “Blahr – ducks.” Since detoxifying my body over a decade ago, I find that I don’t like or want as much caffeine, dairy, and sugar as I used to. Actually, I find that I feel even worse if I have them!

 

What’s wrong with a little caffeine you might be asking? Well, if you’re drinking several (or even one, for some people) servings of coffee, tea, cola, or “energy drink” a day, your sleep can be effected no matter how early in the day you drink it.

 

Your morning cup of tea or coffee can also dehydrate your skin making it look older than it is (horrors!), and makes you urinate more, leading to overall dehydration.

 

If you remember your high school chemistry, you might recall that calcium (from your bones) is an alkaline substance.

 

If you’re drinking caffeine (along with sugar and diary, especially) you can change the pH balance of your body to be overly acidic. There are strong links between regular caffeine use and osteoporosis, because of the acidic nature of many caffeinated beverages.

(Are you more than ready to get off caffeine, sugar, and dairy once and for all?

Join my 8 Week Delicious Detox Tele-Course here – we start Tuesday September 13th!)

 

Still, I like to enjoy a yummy cold drink, especially in the afternoons, and here is one of my favorite recipes:

 

1 cup iced Teeccino

½ cup MimiCCreme

Serve over ice

 

Teeccino is an herbal coffee-replacement that offers a roasted aroma, look and taste just like coffee, without the caffeine. Or the caffeine crash a few hours later.

 

MimiCCreme is a line of non-dairy, soy-free, gluten-free nut creams that make any cream recipe totally amazing. I like the unsweetened version for my iced teeccino in the afternoon, but the sweetened versions are great for desserts, baking, smoothies and breakfast recipes.

 

Enjoy your caffeine free latte!

 

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Finding Your Perfect Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is one of my favorite condiments, but one little slosh too many can easily add too much sodium to a meal.  I’ve been looking at my sodium intake lately, and I’m really enjoying my meals with less salt.

Raw Coconut Aminos

Raw Coconut Aminos

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with salt. Our bodies need sodium for important chemical reactions. Like a lot of things, a little is essential for life, while too much can be harmful. Lowering your salt, or sodium, intake is one of the first steps towards reducing high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association recommends that we consume less than 1500 mg of sodium per day, but the average American often gets twice that amount.

Regular fries from Burger King have over 800 mg per serving, while a serving of Dairy Queen fries has over 1500 mg per serving – that’s just the fries!

Add a regular burger (that’s another 500 and 400 mg respectively), a Big Mac (for 1040 mg) or a Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s (1330 mg), and you’re way over your limit for your daily sodium intake.

So besides staying away from the fast food, which I already do, (if you need even more of a reminder, watch Super Size Me), what can I do to lower my sodium intake?

I try not to consume too much soy or wheat – I’m not allergic to them, but I know that relying too much on any one food can cause digestion problems.  Which means I try not to over-do the soy sauce, one of my favorite condiments.

I was at the store last week looking at the soy sauces, comparing the sodium on the nutrition labels – and right next to them was this stuff called Raw Coconut Amino Acids from Coconut Secret.

This “soy free seasoning sauce” looks very much like soy sauce, and tastes great. Once I got it home, I did a little taste test, and was really surprised.

It’s very light tasting compared to the Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, which are made from non-GMO, non-organic soy beans. Bragg’s tasted downright metallic and harsh next to the slightly sweet (although unsweetened), slightly smokey coconut aminos.

I’ve tried some of the other products from this company, so I knew they put out some tasty stuff, and I decided to get a bottle. At less than $5 at my co-op, it was pretty reasonably priced. I’ve used this product just as I would Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or any other soy sauce and it holds up well in all types of cooking – just replace the soy sauce in your recipe with Coconut Aminos.

What I’m really thrilled about is the low sodium content compared to the other brands of soy sauce I’ve used:

Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos: 1 tsp = 113mg sodium

Bragg’s Liquid Aminos: 1 tsp = 320 mg sodium

Low-sodium soy sauce and tamari (various brands): 247 to 335 per teaspoon

 

Coconut Aminos are made from coconut sap, which is extracted from the tree’s blossoms. There is no added water, molds or yeasts, which adds to the deeper flavor I tasted. It also means this is probably a better option for people with candida or long-standing yeast issues.

These “aminos” are the building blocks of protein, which are important for repairing and rebuilding muscle tissue, as well as maintaining the immune system and nervous system.

So next time you’re at the health food store, pick up a bottle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate & Support Hemp History Week: 5/2-5/8!

I’m honored to be an official spokesperson for Hemp History Week, which takes place for the 2nd time this May 2nd-8th!

Alex Jamieson Hemp History Week

Alex Jamieson Hemp History Week

The point of Hemp History Week is to educate the public about the safety and benefits of hemp agriculture and usage, while renewing support to legalize industrial hemp farming in the U.S.

Hemp has gotten a bad reputation from it’s Cannabis relative, marijuana, and is actually free of psychoactive ingredients. Made illegal in 1957, Hemp is grown around the world for industrial and dietary uses. Hemp fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers on earth, and requires no pesticides or agricultural chemicals, unlike cotton.

Why is this movement important to me? Hemp represents agricultural, health, and sustainability issues all in one delicious package.

The U.S. is the world’s largest importer of hemp seeds, fabric, and oils, but farmers who want to grow this crop are still in legal limbo. Canadian farmers earn $200-$400 per acre with hemp crops, while U.S. farmers net less than $50 an acre for soy and corn. Legalizing hemp would be a huge boon to farmers in this country, as well as brining more production jobs stateside for the manufacturing of hemp fabric, seeds, and industrial products that could then be made in the U.S.

I’ll be talking more about hemp and its culinary uses and nutrition next week – and I’ll be giving away a box full of hemp products! Keep your eyes open for the contest on my blog. Also, be sure to come to the cooking class I’ll be co-hosting will Phil Lempert the editor of www.SupermarketGuru.com and The Lempert Report. We’ll be talking all things hemp at the Whole Foods on Bowery and Houston on Tuesday, May 3rd. To sign up for the class, go here:

Which Food Colorings Are Dangerous?

How to find out which food colorings and additives are lurking in your foods and whether they’re dangerous

On March 31st a special FDA Food Advisory Committee voted that there is “not enough evidence to conclude that artificial dyes used to color foods contribute to hyperactivity in children. That means juices, candies, cereals, yogurts, and hundreds of other everyday foods will maintain their brighter-than-bright hues.”

This is sad news for a country that is already enduring epic numbers of children being affected by ADD/ADHD and other health issues which are exacerbated by food preservatives.

Many tudies show that “when children who are already hyperactive eat food that is artificially colored, they become even more hyper.”

As reported on CBS.com by Nancy Cordes, “an analysis of 21 of the most conclusive studies found compelling evidence that, indeed, artificial dyes could contribute to hyperactivity, restlessness, and attention problems in some children – particularly those with ADHD. What’s more, the studies suggested that removing dyes from those children’s diet was a quarter to half as effective in reducing those symptoms as giving the kids Ritalin or other stimulants. In other words, certain kids with ADHD might not need drugs if the artificial dyes were removed from their diets.”

In the European Union, the Food Standards Agency has called for a voluntary ban of sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122), allura red (E129), tartrazine (E122) and ponceau 4R (E124) after the board “decided precautionary action was needed. (Guardian.co.uk)

This use of the precautionary principle is too often lacking in this country. What’s the precautionary principle you might ask? Well, it’s a pretty good way to live life, as many parents will tell you. Here’s the definition from The Precautionary Principle Project:

“Precaution – the “precautionary principle” or “precautionary approach” – is a response to uncertainty, in the face of risks to health or the environment. In general, it involves acting to avoid serious or irreversible potential harm, despite lack of scientific certainty as to the likelihood, magnitude, or causation of that harm.”

To protect yourself and your family, take it upon yourself to use this easy resource from IATP and the Center for Science In The Public Interest, the group that asked the FDA to convene the special food coloring panel in March.

Food & Food coloring database

Food & Food coloring database

Known as the Food & Food Coloring Database, this simple online chart allows you to search by a brand, food or additive so you can start to see which food colorings or preservatives are lurking in your snacks, meals and beverages.

Parents and doctors have been using the Feingold diet, created by Dr. Benjamin Feingold, since the 1970′s that promotes eliminating food additives such as dyes and preservatives as a way to treat hyperactive children.

Luckily, you can find delicious, safe treats for you and your family at NaturalCandyStore.com. This great resource offers candy, food colorings, and baking decorations that are created with vegetable and natural dyes. Be sure to check out their awesome Easter offerings!

Vegan Cheese Challenge #6: Galaxy's New Cream Cheese Line

Galaxy Nutritional Foods, the company that brought you Rice Slices and Vegan “cheese” Slices, has debuted their much anticipated new line of delicious non-dairy vegan cream cheeses. And let me tell you, to this non-dairy girl, the little tubs of vegan cream cheese couldn’t have come at a better time.

Just when I was thinking of throwing a garden party to celebrate the coming of spring with little cucumber and cream cheese tea sandwiches, Galaxy throws down the best vegan “cream cheese alternative” I’ve ever tasted!

Galaxy Nutritional Foods Cream Cheese Alternative

Galaxy Nutritional Foods Cream Cheese Alternative

The Chive and Garlic version was out of this world – I took it to a karaoke party where the vegans in attendance (Michael Parrish Dudell, HuffPo writer and editor at the Domino Project, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart the Founder of Vaute Couture, and Marisa Miller Wolfson the director of Vegucated, a documentary following a group of people who try a plant-based diet for 30 days) practically licked the container clean.

Galaxy’s new product is missing that old grainy, kinda-tofu like consistency and texture that was such a turn off.

The line is available in Classic Plain and Chive and Garlic under the Galaxy Nutritional Foods Veggie and Vegan brands. Both lines are vegan, gluten free, and certified kosher.

Nutrition information: Serving Size 30g. Servings per container 8. Calories 90. Total Fat 9g. Calcium 4%. Cholesterol 0mg. Sugar 0g.

Luck Of The Irish! St. Patty's Day Cupcake Triumph

At 9:15am I received an email from the director of my son’s preschool. She wrote that another parent brought in some Irish Soda Bread for the class to share at snack time, around 10:30. The bread most certainly had eggs and dairy, which meant my son wouldn’t be able to have any.

using liquid chlorophyll as a natural food dye

Natural Green Food Dye For Cupcake Frosting

What’s a dairy-free mom to do? Necessity is the mother of invention, and this mama sprung into action. I took one of the cupcakes I had frozen from the Valentine’s Day batch and set it on the counter to warm up to room temperature.

I had experimented last week with making a quick frosting from warmed coconut butter and a little brown rice syrup, so I knew I had a good base to work with.

Green….green…where was I going to get green food coloring that’s non-toxic and fast?

I opened my refrigerator door and scanned its contents. Should I try to juice some parsley or a kale leaf? Those might taste too strong and ruin the cupcake-effect I was going for. Then, I looked at my condiments shelf and spotted my savior, in the form of a dark glass bottle…Liquid Chorophyll!

I usually take liquid chlorophyll for it’s blood building and cleansing effects, and I knew that green color was a powerful dye – I’ve spilled enough drops on my kitchen towels over the years to know! You can buy liquid chlorophyll at your local health food store in the supplements aisle, or online for less than $6 a bottle here:

So here’s how I made the perfect, healthy green icing in no time:

2 Tablespoons warmed coconut butter

(I put it in a small container and set that in a larger bowl, then added some hot water to surround the smaller container to warm up and soften the coconut butter)

5 drops liquid chlorophyll

1/2 teaspoon brown rice syrup

I used the back of a curved rubber spatula (AKA spoon-ula) to cream the ingredients together. You can add more drops of liquid chlorophyll to get the color just right. Once it was mixed I spread it on top of the cupcake – easy!

I remembered that I had some St. Patty’s Day stickers in my son’s art box, and whipped up a little shamrock-on-a-toothpick for decoration. I carefully tucked the cupcake into a food container and high-tailed it up the hill to the preschool. The class was just finishing their art projects before snack time, and I had about 10 minutes to spare. Whew! My son looked thrilled with his surprise snack, and I got an extra 30 minutes of power walking into my day.

All in a days work for a super-mom….

Ever Have a Yeast Infection? Win Yeast Arrest From Vitanica

I’m about to go into the “too-much-information” zone, but we’re all friends here, right?

Last summer I had a yeast infection. A minor bladder infection turned into a kidney infection while I was traveling, and I took a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics helped my kidneys, but did what they often do – they killed not only the infection but all the good, beneficial bacteria that was keeping my intestines and reproductive organs balanced. Hence, the yeast infection.

While strolling through the health food store looking for a product that would relieve the itching and discharge (I said this was TMI-zone!) I came upon one of the most amazing products I’ve ever tried. Vitanica’s Yeast Arrest was like a beacon of cooling, healing light at the end of a dark, itchy tunnel. Formulated by Dr. Tori Hudson, a naturopath, Vitanica contains tea tree oil, oregon grape root, boric acid, cocoa butter, and several homeopathic remedies.

These suppositories worked well and worked fast. What I also loved about the product was the box itself: Dr. Hudson makes dietary recommendations for avoiding sugar, yeast, alcohol, and fermented foods as well as several other ideas for decreasing the overgrowth of yeast. This may be the first time I’ve seen a product like this offer sound health advice necessary for helping customers truly heal.

The most popular over the counter product for yeast infections is Monistat. Monistat is applied in a similar fashion in that the medicine is inserted like a suppository. Unfortunately, the harsh anti-fungal chemicals contained in products like Monistat come with clear warnings and might cause:

Monistat may cause the following side effects:

  • Rash
  • Burning at the site of application
  • Itching
  • Irritation of the skin or vagina
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hives
  • Chills

So if you’ve suffered from yeast infections and want to avoid the complications from using other over the counter products, enter my blog contest here and you could win yourself a box of Yeast Arrest! Enter a comment her by 3/16  ~ Want to order some Yeast Arrest today? Go here!