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Seven Benefits of CBD Oil as an Alternative Medicine

Cannabidiol or hemp oil are two of the names of a natural remedy extracted from the cannabis Sativa plant.

People knew about the benefits of this substance since antiquity, but because of the association with marijuana, it was illegal to produce it and buy it for a long time.

Separating this compound was first possible when the USA and Canada laws allowed CBD to be manufactured.

Today, people from all over the world know this compound and are convinced of its benefits.

  1. CBD treats pain

The cannabis plant has been used to treat pain from 5000 years ago, but recent studies showed that cannabidiol is responsible for this beneficial effect. Studies showed that CBD could cure chronic pain because of its impact on the endocannabinoid system. This system was recently discovered, but it seems like its functions are essential for the body, and they can be improved by consuming CBD.

  1. CBD oil fights cancer

More than 4000 studies showed the multiple benefits of cannabinoids for some forms of cancer and its associated problems such as nausea and pain. More than that, studies recommend CBD as an alternative treatment, being able to stop the spread of tumors and simulating the immune system. A study from the UK had remarkable results in treating breast and colon cancer, and also leukemia and endocrine tumors.

  1. CBD Oils reduce anxiety and depression

According to WHO, depression is the most crucial modern disease, being the cause of other associated health problems. Usually, anxiety and depression are treated with medicine that has many side effects: addiction, headaches, and sexual dysfunctions. CBD can have beneficial effects in treating anxiety, but without the side effects of medical treatments.

  1. Neuronal activity

CBD oils are known for their ability to act on the endocannabinoid system and its communication nerves at the brain levels.

CBD can be of great help for people who have epilepsy and sclerosis.

Even if these studies are recent, the results are promising. It is also possible to find CBD medicine in the USA, but these are only available with a prescription.

Some studies even show this substance can treat inflammation and neuronal degeneration.

  1. CBD Oil helps the cardio-vascular system

There is a tight connection between consuming CBD and the functions of the heart. CBD is a natural factor to reduce arterial tension. One dose of 600mg CBD reduces arterial tension problems and stress.

  1. CBD fights acne

Acne is a problem for 10% of the world population. It has many causes, including genetic factors and bacterial infections. CBD reduces the sebum secretion, which is at the base of the majority of acne problems.

  1. Other benefits of CBD Oil

CBD was heralded as a precious help in problems such as:

  • Schizophrenia – it has antipsychotic effects
  • Diabetes prevention – it can reduce the sugar level in the blood with more than 60%
  • Reduces addiction – CBD was successfully used to overcome alcohol and tobacco addiction

There are some side effects of taking CBD, such as diarrhea and modification of appetite. It is why you should only purchase CBD oil under the supervision and at the recommendation of your doctor.

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Chef Stephanie Peterson's Guide on How to Store Healthy Meals in a Jar

Professional Chef Stephanie Peterson, better known as Chef Tess, said Saturday, "Today I am going to tell you why you should have a food storage." Peterson explained to audience members at Honeyville Farms, how to save money and time by storing food long term. "I've relied on the advice to store a full year's supply of food for my family." Peterson said.

Every Saturday at Honeyville Farms located in Chandler, Arizona the store offers free classes for people that are headlined by professional chefs all over the country. This past Saturday Peterson demonstrated meal planning for emergency and every day life in a jar.

Peterson said, "I planned seven meals, one each night of the week, and then figured getting 52 of each meal in my food storage to have on hand." Thus was born, "The 52 Method Meals in a Jar Convenience Meal Planning for Emergency and Every Day."

"I wanted my menu plan to be concise and in one spot," Peterson said. The purpose of her plan was to store food that had a shelf life of five to seven years. The meals she picked out had to simple and easy for her kids to make. The "add water only" rule was a big concept I kept in mind.

Peterson said the first time she shared her concept with an emergency preparedness enthusiast, that maybe this is something other people can use. Home canning safety was a huge concern for Peterson. Once she was introduced to fried freeze dried fruits along with the dehydration methods she cheered. "97 % of the nutritional value of the food is preserved when food is freeze dried," Peterson said.

Later on during the cooking demonstration, Peterson went on to answer questions from the audience. Most people asked Peterson the simple question, "What jar size should I use?" Peterson said she would cut the recipes in half and used for smaller families. Another question asked by audience members was, "Do the foods have to be dry foods?" Peterson said all the food have to be dried food because the risk of bacteria forming.

Peterson demonstrated a variety of meals in a jar such as personal sized green and lean protein veggie hearty soup, classic chili, and double cheeseburger hamburger skillet meal just to name a few. After the cooking demonstrations Peterson signed cookbooks for the audience.

"She is energizing and uses a little bit of humor to lighten it up," Local Honeyville Farms Customer Tim Swamsom said. "I found it Chef Tess's demonstration educational. I've been to other events of hers."

"Chef Tess is a very good chef and I find her very educational," Honeyville Farms Employee
David Mackey said. "She is fun and entertaining. I've heard her speak before and she is the usual on Saturdays."

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Luci’s Healthy Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona, Hosts Customer Appreciation Day: 10% Off on July 18

One year has passed since a fire caused Luci's Healthy Marketplace to close its doors. To celebrate the revival of the restaurant and to commemorate their anniversary, Luci's is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Sunday, July 18, 2020.

Luci's Healthy Marketplace, located on the northwest corner of 16th Street and Bethany Home Road in Phoenix, is a unique market featuring quality organic and natural products. Luci's began as a marketplace and coffee bar, but has also added a quick service restaurant with a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items since it re-opened. Specialty sandwiches, homemade soups, wraps and more are available for lunch and breakfast items are served all day.

Come out and celebrate the anniversary of Luci's and enjoy free food samples and other fun on Sunday, July 18. Lucia Schnitzer (Luci) speaks on the Customer Appreciation Day event: "We are very thankful for those customers who have stuck with us and supported us during our transition stage. We are blessed to have our regular customers as well as those who experience Luci's for the first time. It's to the local community that we owe our success and growth, making Luci's what it is today."

From open to close, Luci's is offering a 10% discount on all marketplace and coffee bar items. From 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., enjoy free house coffee and house iced tea. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., live music will be playing while you can enjoy free food samples. Free face painting, milk, cookies and a coloring contest for kids will also kick off at this time. Three gift card raffles will be completed throughout the day and well as other prize giveaways.

Luci's Healthy Marketplace
1590 E Bethany Home Road,
Phoenix, AZ 85014

For information about Luci's Healthy Marketplace, visit the website or contact the store at (602) 773-1339.

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Kashi Lemongrass Coconut Chicken: Crunchy, Healthy Goodness

Usually when I hear the name "Kashi", I think "lots of crunchy, nutty breakfast stuff from Japan." That, to me, still describes their cereal, but Kashi has slowly but surely expanded their product line to snack bars, crackers, waffles and frozen meals. Kashi seems to be ready to make their stake in the healthy eating industry.

I decided to give one of their frozen meals a try. I chose the lemongrass coconut chicken meal because I'm a big coconut fan and lemongrass seems like a flavor not often used in healthy meals. Would Kashi stack up against other healthy, frozen foods, or should they just stick to cereal for people that really like their fiber?

Ingredients. Other than the lemongrass and coconut, Kashi has plenty of ingredients in this meal. Broccoli florets, carrot slivers, snap peas are nice, natural decorations. There's also Kashi's signature Pilaf blend- that trademark crunch you get from all kinds of wheats and barlies. For you allergy people, the Kashi Lemongrass Coconut chicken does contain soy and milk products.

Nutrition. For the one serving you get in the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken meal, Kashi packs a few small punches. There are 300 calories, 8 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein, 7 fiber grams, and 38 grams of carbs. The Lemongrass Coconut Chicken also has 680 milligrams of salt, so watch your intake for the rest of the day!

I was surprised to see that there was a significant amount of Vitamin A (40% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance) and Vitamin C (20%) in the Kashi meal.

Taste. Crunchy. Very crunchy. You can definitely taste the Kashi crunch that is lead by cooked quinoa. I suspect there's more than 7 grams of fiber in the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken. However, the lemongrass flavoring comes out once you get used to the initial overall texture in the meal. It's not long before your tongue gets a hold of the coconut and then finally the chicken. This meal is definitely an acquired taste if you've never had Kashi products, but once it gets going, the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken is pretty good and far from bland. It's not the usual "chicken and rice" meal, and it's not over-seasoned in salt and garlic.

If you are into something daring, this is the Kashi frozen meal for you. An unusual but palatable taste, the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken is great to throw in your lunch plans if you're feeling your menu is getting boring.

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Adjust Your Food Budget for a Healthy Future

Being budget minded has never been a strong attribute that I subscribe to. Budget has always being a southern word meant to request a cold beer. So when my wife decided to leave the military and go to college I had to cut ties with my southern linguistic skills and find creative ways to limit expenses.

Our biggest down fall was our food costs. We were eating out almost every night and in some cases two times a day. For two people the cost would range from $50 to $100 a day which is $1,500 to $3,000 a month. This was a cost that could no longer be considered affordable and had to be dealt with.

The quick answer for this problem was obvious, stop eating out. The harder answer meant that someone was going to have to pick up a frying pan. With my wife a full time student it only seemed fair that I handle the task. I'm no chef Irvine and after a few dinners, my wife fully agreed. I always thought blanch was one of the ladies on the Golden Girls. Guess I was wrong.

Over a period of time my cuisine education had improved. What did not improve were my shopping habits. I would walk up and down the aisles stacking stuff into the basket. I made all the typical rookie mistakes such as shopping while hungry, not going with a planned out list and thinking that buying in bulk was a price saver. I figured we were cutting costs no matter what I bought and for the most part we were. Going from $1,500 a month to $600 was awesome.

Following a recipe one day, I reached into the spice cabinet and noticed I had three jars of ground cumin, unopened. I had no clue what the stuff was in the first place and now I had three of them. Like a frying pan to the head I realized I needed to be more organized when shopping.

The first step was to take an inventory of the things I already had. Some of it was expired and most of it I had no clue what it was or how to use it. We decided it would be best to do weekly shopping trips with a planned out menu for the week. This included all three meals for both of us.

I decided to start the list based on expiration dates of things we already had. Then I search the internet for meal ideas using the item and go from there. With a planned out menu we have noticed that there are fewer left overs going bad and that we tend to eat a lot healthier. We have cut out a lot of the quick and easy meals in exchange for meals that are just as easy to make yet cost a lot less.

After a few months, the cabinets and fridge appear to be empty but our food costs are down to $300 a month. By applying more attention and focus on our food costs we have saved more money than planned. This extra money has allowed us to pay off other expenses a lot sooner than expected. A very surprising yet very happily found treasure I might add, we both have lost weight due to this change.

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Healthy Snacks for Busy Moms

As any busy mom can tell you, there are days when you simply have no time to take a bite of food. I find myself in this predicament more often than I should. It's actually a bad situation to let yourself get into, because when the hypoglycemic attack hits, you're eating everything in site, most of which isn't good for you in the least. Listed below are some healthy snacks for busy moms which I use to curb my own hunger with. Including these snacks in your diet will help to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash.

Rice Cakes

I've made a habit of keeping rice cakes in my cupboard. They're quick to grab and go with, as well as eat anytime your at home and hungry. There's also a nice variety of different flavors to choose from as well. They're gluten free, and in many cases dairy free for those with food allergies, and just two will keep hunger at bay for quite awhile.

Apples and Cheese

There's no doubt that an apple a day does keep the doctor away. However, when you're a busy mom with errands, kids and work, throwing some cheese in the mix will keep the hunger at bay even longer. Not only that, you'll get a bit more calcium as well as a nice burst of flavor when you combine these two. Make it even easier by using string cheese for quick access without any slicing involved. Just toss both of these in your purse to grab while you're on the go.

Granola Bars

With such a wide variety of granola bars to choose from, why not purchase some not only for your kitchen cupboard but also your car? After a hypoglycemic surge while driving, I decided that was going to be my remedy in an attempt to prevent that problem in the future. Not only are they good for keeping your blood sugar level up, but they're a nice way to add fiber to your diet.

Peppers and Hummus

You can purchase some great tasting hummus blends in just about every grocery store. I usually keep a tasty container of Athenos spicy three pepper hummus in the fridge, along with some red and green sliced peppers to use for healthy dipping. There's an array of hummus to choose from so it's easy to find one that tickles your tastebuds.This makes a satisfying snack which can last for hours.

Source: Personal Experience


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Women's Health Screenings from Age 40-49

From the time a woman hits her 40th birthday until age 49 there are certain recommended immunizations and medical screenings for you. There are some items you'll be able to skip now, some done less often, while others are done more often. These are only a ballpark recommendation and should not be used if your healthcare provider has you on a different schedule. While everyone needs a thorough routine blood workup frequently, most will be able to follow this medical screening guideline. This is provided for information purposes only.

Immunization Schedule

Immunizations are always outpatient and can be done in local area healthcare clinics as well.

Flu Shot – Depending on your personal health, your healthcare provider may or may not want you to have a flu shot, discuss with your personal physician what is right for you.

Tetanus / Diphtheria Booster – This vaccine is good to have every ten years, it will provide protection against lockjaw.

Health Screenings

These medical screenings are done in a doctor's office and are all outpatient services that require little to no down time.

Blood Glucose Test – If you haven't already been diagnosed with blood sugar problems, have a blood glucose test at age 45 and then every three years afterwards.

Thyroid Test (TSH) -A TSH test should be done every five years to check for failing or ill performing thyroids.

Blood Pressure – Should be done at each office visit or every two years, whichever is sooner.

Cholesterol Test – Depending on risk factors and the family history, the frequency of this test will depend on your healthcare provider.

Pap Smear / Pelvic Exam – Once you hit age 40, every one to three years.

STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Test -Whenever there is a new sexual partner introduced in the patient's life.

Dental Exams – Every one or two years, no matter where you fall in the age spectrum of 40-49.

Mole Exam – Should be done by the patient every month AND by a healthcare professional every year after age 40.

Hearing Exam – Have a hearing test every 10 years.

Eye Exam – Once you are age 40, every two to four years for an eye exam.

Mammogram – Have an xray of the breast done every one to two years unless an abnormality result makes you have more frequent testing. If the test comes back abnormal your doctor will want one frequently until there has been a succession of normal mammograms.

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Living a Healthier Lifestyle Helped Us Conceive Our Son

It was July 2012 when we decided to start trying for a baby. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as quickly as we had hoped. I believe this was largely due to the state of my body.

It took a few months before I realized that I may have been the problem. I was 30 pounds overweight and that number was climbing. I was frequently ill and had a crappy diet. I decided to take my health into my hands, not only to help us conceive a baby, but because it just needed to be done.

The plan

We were adamant about making a grocery list each week rather than walking around the store grabbing whatever looked good at the moment. I began an exercise regime and a meal plan with Lacy Arnold’s LeanMoms program. One of the big things that I really loved about Lacy’s program was that if you didn’t have time for a full work out, she had 15 minute workouts too. Also, the food in her meal plan was actually really good and I enjoyed the recipes.

I steered our family away from processed foods and began making a lot of things from scratch. This took some extra time, but the food always tasted so much better, and I really enjoyed looking for new recipes to try and sharing some of the LeanMoms recipes with my family.

Another big change that was difficult for me was turning my back on soda. I had a Pepsi a day for several years. It was my addiction. I craved that ice cold can of empty calories. I managed to kick that habit and even took it a step further by only drinking water and the occasional glass of milk.


Slowly but surely, the work and changes started to pay off. I was a little disappointed when the weight didn’t just melt away. The LeanMoms support group helped me to understand that I needed to quit looking at my scale and pay attention to how I looked, how my clothes fit, but most importantly, how I felt. Becoming healthier isn’t just about the number on the scale. A pound of fat takes up a lot more room than a pound of muscle.

I was not only losing fat, but I was building muscle. So while the scale didn’t seem to change a whole lot, my body did. Before I knew it, my pants were getting too big, I had lost 20 pounds, and I was feeling great! We ended up conceiving our son early in May 2013. I really believe that changing my lifestyle prepared my body for the experience of carrying a child. I also developed good eating habits that I was able to continue throughout the pregnancy.

Now I’m the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy. I’ve just been cleared to work out again and plan on revisiting the LeanMoms program to continue my journey towards a healthier me.

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Easy, Healthy Labor Day Desserts

Need a Labor Day treat that is sweet, but doesn't blow your diet?

Instead of preparing a high fat, high calorie desert for your Labor Day cook out consider preparing one of these easy, inexpensive and healthy Labor Day desserts. Each one is a unique treat.

Many of these easy, healthy Labor Day treats can be made in a variety of flavors or flavor combinations. Feel free to experiment and create your own delicious, but healthy, labor day dessert.

Easy, Healthy Labor Day Desserts: Berry Bowl with Sweet Tortillas

Ingredients for healthy sweet tortilla crisps

Whole wheat tortillas

Butter substitute

Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend


Ingredients for berry bowl

Fresh Berries: raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries

Low fat strawberry cream cheese

Low fat whipped topping


1 bar of dark chocolate (grated)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut each tortilla into four wedges.

Baste whole wheat tortillas with butter substitute. I like to use I Can't Believe It's Not Butter ® in an easy spray bottle.

Sprinkle with a mixture of Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend and Cinnamon.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. Tortillas should be crisp, but watch them carefully to be sure they don't burn around the edges.

In a large mixing bowl fold together low fat strawberry (or pineapple) and cream cheese.

In a small serving bowl place a generous serving of berries. Slightly hollow out the center of the pile of berries. Fill the center of the berries with your cream cheese and whipped topping mix. There should be significantly more berries in the bowl than creamy dip.

Garnish the top with a dollop of whipped topping, two half kiwi slices, and sprinkle with dark chocolate.

Add two wedges of sweet tortilla crisps to each bowl.

This dessert can be eaten as a dip. For Labor Day guest who prefer, offer small spoons so that the berries and cream can be mixed and eaten.

Easy, Healthy Labor Day Desserts: Layered Yogurt Parfait

A swirled yogurt parfait is very simple and inexpensive. Choose a mild flavored yogurt and a tart yogurt. Use your favorite berries to create a delicious, cool dessert.

I use the following ingredients:

Pint of vanilla, low-fat yogurt

Pint of peach, low-fat yogurt

Fresh blueberries

Fresh raspberries

Fresh blackberries

This Labor Day Dessert can be served at a Labor Day BBQ in small, clear plastic cups.

Alternate layers of yogurt and mixed berries. Top with mixed berries.

Easy, Healthy Labor Day Desserts: Mini Strawberry Short Cakes

This is a simple variation on a traditional summer favorite, strawberry shortcake. It is light and low-fat. The portion size is small, allowing Labor Day BBQ guests to eat as much or little as they like. Dieters will appreciate a taste of sweet without blowing their diet.

This is another Labor Day Dessert that is super easy and inexpensive to make.

You'll need the following ingredients:

Angel food cake – premade



Fat free whipped topping

Toothpicks with decorative tips

Cut the Angel food cake into one inch squares.

Cut strawberries into thin slices.

Place a dollop of fat free whipped topping on each square.

Use a toothpick to hold a slice of strawberry and a blueberry on each piece of cake.

Use these simple, easy recipes to create scrumptious, healthy, low calorie, and low fat desserts for Labor Day. An easy alternative is to create a bowl of mixed melons. Toss in a few berries for color and a sprinkle of walnuts for crunch.

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NLP Strategies for a Healthy and Successful Life

The basics of neurolinguistic programming is really simple. It is all about modeling. That is, doing, but more specifically saying what other people are doing that you would like to accomplish.

However, it can be a bit complicated after you get past the basics as there are a lot of techniques that you can do and use in order to improve your life and become successful. So lets get to the basics. Three easy NLP strategies you can use today to improve your life.

Strategy #1: Mirroring

Mirroring goes something like this. Imagine you are sitting across from someone and you are having a conversation. You want to have them think nicely of you. So what you want to do is slightly mirror their actions to generate rapport (this is where the name of the technique comes from in case you are wondering). But, you don't do everything they do like you are playing Simon says.

You want to start out with small movements every so often. So when they nod their head, you'll want to repeat that movement a few moments later. If they go to take a drink of water, then you go take a drink of water. Easy enough right?

So after you do this a few times, then you can start throwing in your own movements and seeing if they follow you. Eventually, you want them to be following you, not the other way around.

Once they start doing this, you have established rapport and they will respond more favorably to whatever you say.

Strategy #2: Anchoring

Anchoring is whenever you attach a specific emotion or mental state to a physical action. That sounds kind of complicated, but basically, what this means is when you want to feel a certain way, then you do something specific like tap your watch with your pinkie.

Anchoring can help you get through stressful situations by helping you feel better and it will also help you get more work done by allowing you to stay focused.

A simple anchoring strategy is to wear a rubber band around your wrist. Now, when you are relaxed and are have a few minutes of spare time, you will want to close your eyes and remember a situation where you were really happy and relaxed. Something like your favorite song or the last really good party you were at. Once you are visualizing that moment crystal clear, like you were actually there, snap the rubber band.

You want to repeat the process another three or so times. After that, every time you snap the rubber band, you should get the emotion in your head. The more times you practice anchoring, the stronger the anchor becomes.

These two techniques are some of the most basic NLP moves that you learn. By anchoring and mirroring you will improve your life by leaps and bounds