In the last decade I have dedicated myself to women’s health and wellness. First through studying homeopathy and then becoming a Certified Pilates Teacher and Integrated Movement Therapies practitioner. Throughout the years of teaching Pilates and movement I have seen incredible changes in women. Physical, mental, and emotional changes. I have seen my clients being more balanced with improved posture.
With a desire to immerse myself more into the world of healing, I decided to become a Certified Bowen Therapy Practitioner and attended the accredited courses of the Bowen Technique Academy of Australia. http://www.bowtech.com/WebsiteProj/Pages/About/Welcome.aspx
Before I started the course I had never experienced a Bowen therapy myself, and had no idea how it felt. I was absolutely amazed how gentle and yet how profound this technique is.
Through Bowen therapy I have seen amazing results within just a few sessions, such as: shoulder pain and restrictions, knee and ankle pain, neck tension, lower back pain, TMJ disorder, and many others.
I will be honored to start you on your path to the improvement of your physical and mental health.
Pineapples are tropical plants with edible multiple fruits. They can be consumed fresh, juiced or cooked.
Pineapple juice is one of the best way of consuming pineapples. It is packed with vitamins and enzymes and has many health benefits.
To get the health benefits drink fresh pineapple juice and NOT processed juice. Most of the processed pineapple juices contain refined sugar or preservatives.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Pineapple juice contains bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory enzyme. When bromelain is combined with Indian spice turmeric is even more potent. It also aids with digestion by helping the body to break down proteins.
- It helps healing of bruises and can alleviate arthritis pain .
- Bromelain also aids with digestion by helping the body break down proteins.
- Natural antioxidant:
- Pineapple juice is full of vitamin C
- An 8-oz. serving of pineapple juice contains 75% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the immune system.
- It helps tissue and healing of wounds.
- Pineapple juice contains thiamine and B6.
- The vitamin B6 stabilizes the blood sugar.
- It helps convert carbohydrates into energy and boosts the immune system.
- Pineapple juice is rich in potassium thus promoting kidney function.
- The potassium in pineapple juice helps you with electrolyte balance, which helps with muscle cramps.
Try this delicious and healthy recipe:
Wild Salmon – Pineapple skewers, sprinkled with black sesame seeds and lemon juice
- 1 lb wild salmon fillet, rinsed, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 lb fresh pineapple, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch chunks
- 1/4 cup mirin rice wine or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- Pinch chili pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons of minced parsley
- 1 tablespoon roasted black sesame seeds
- 8 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 15 minutes before using
- lemon wedges
How to prepare it:
- In a glass bowl, mix together mirin or apple cider vinegar and coconut sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the fresh grated ginger, and grapeseed oil. Place the cubes of salmon in the bowl to be completely coated with the marinade. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
- Remove salmon cubes from marinade. Place marinade in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, simmer for about 5 – 8 minutes and set set aside.
- Thread salmon, pineapple, and onion pieces onto soaked wooden skewer. Grill of the medium- high heat. If using an oven, place on a rack on a broiling pan, so that the salmon pieces are 6 inches from the element. Turn after 3 – 4 minutes.
- Baste with reserved marinade then cook for 2 to 4 minutes more, basting frequently, until salmon is just barely cooked through. Sprinkle with lemon juice and roasted black sesame seeds and garnish with parsley.
Bon Appétit ! Enjoy! It’s so delicious !
Did you know, that the leaves of the coriander plant possess remarkable detoxifying abilities. Studies have shown that cilantro binds to heavy metals in the bloodstream, thereby purifying tissues, organs, and blood. Cilantro is able to attach to heavy metals due to its biochemical content, including citric acid, phytic acid, and amphoteric electrolytes. Cilantro also helps improve digestion and guards against the onslaught of free radicals that hasten aging and promote disease.
Cilantro has also shown anti-anxiety properties and may help to improve sleep quality.
– 1 large bunch of fresh cilantro (about 2 cups; use the stems and not just the leaves)
– 1 of a cup of fresh basil
– 1/4 cup of good quality olive oil (I like using olive oil from Greece)
– 3 large garlic cloves
– 1/3 of a cup of walnuts
– 1/3 of a cup of almonds
– juice of 1/2 of a lime (if I don’t have lime, I use lemon)
– salt and pepper to taste
– crushed red pepper to taste
You can replace walnuts and almonds with sunflower seeds.
In a food processor, combine and chop the nuts. Then, add in the cilantro, basil, garlic, lime juice, salt, and crushed red pepper and pulse until everything is coarsely chopped. With the food processor running, drizzle in the olive oil and blend until everything is thoroughly pureed and smooth. I like to have a bit of a coarseness to it.
If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender (I used it in the past). Simply do it in batches adding olive oil directly to the batches.
Roasted potatoes: Potatoes are baked in an oven at 400 degrees F for at least 45 minutes, on a baking sheet.
Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary; toss until the potatoes are well coated. Lay out the potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into 1 layer; roast in the oven for at least 45 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking to ensure even browning. It is a delicious ‘companion’ on those cold wintery days.
Bon Appétit !
People often associate Pilates with strengthening the core, i.e. a lot of abdominal exercises. While Pilates does indeed emphasize moving from an awakened and well balanced core, what is less known is that in fact, Joseph Pilates developed his approach to body work primarily as a method for rehabilitating sick and injured clients. He understood the importance of moving mindfully in order to attain full health.
The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.
Pilates is an excellent method for learning the basics of healthy posture and movement patterns as well as how to move mindfully with body, breath and mind in unity.
Cinnamon has a long history both as a spice and as a medicine. It is the brown bark of the cinnamon tree, which is available in its dried tubular form. The two varieties of cinnamon, Chinese and Ceylon, have similar flavour, however the cinnamon from Ceylon is slightly sweeter and more difficult to find in local markets. Ceylon cinnamon is produced in Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Brazil and the Caribbean, while cassia is mainly produced in China, Vietnam and Indonesia.
It is one of the oldest spices known. Its use dates back thousands of years. Egyptians added it to their embalming mixtures. Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans utilized it as a spice, perfume, and natural remedy. By the seventeenth century, Europeans regarded cinnamon as a culinary spice and nineteenth century Western doctors recommended cinnamon to promote healthy digestion. It was so highly treasured that it was considered more precious than gold.
For culinary purposes, cinnamon goes well in cold, sweet dishes like fruit juice and cooked grains (think cereal), baked goodies and rice dishes.
Did you know that the smell of baked cinnamon buns has an aphrodisiac effect on men.
Cinnamon may also boost brain activity: research suggests that smelling cinnamon or chewing cinnamon-flavored gum enhanced study participants’ cognitive processing.
Cinnamon has been used for centuries for digestive disorders. Be aware that some cassia cinnamon products may contain high levels of coumarin, which may cause liver toxicity in very high doses (50 – 7,000 mg/day). People with liver disease should consult their physician before taking cinnamon in quantities higher than are typical for culinary purposes.
Cinnamon is an excellent source of fibre and manganese and a very good source of calcium. This combination of fibre and calcium may reduce the risk of colon cancer – each, separately, has been shown to lower risk.
Here is a great gluten-free recipe Cinnamon-Pecan-Brittle
http://www.elanaspantry.com/cinnamon-pecan-brittle/cinnamon pecan brittle
add a nice cup of black tea with lemon or cup of Fairgrounds Organic Coffee and ENJOY !
Including exercises on Pilates reformer will help you to attain:
- leaner and longer muscles
- strong shoulders and chest
- better biceps and triceps
- leaner calves
- slimmer hips
- slimmer thighs
- tighter buttocks
- firm abdominals
- increased flexibility, balance and overall strength
- correct postures
- better mind-body connection