Monday, October 29, 2012

Zuchini Crust Pizza

I love this recipe for Zucchini Crust Pizza.  It's easy to make, full of nutrition and tastes so yummy.  Top it with all your favorite pizza toppings and it's a great meal on the go!


5 medium zucchini grated

3 eggs, well beaten

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, to taste

pizza sauce

favorite pizza toppings, cheese, meats, etc.


1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2.  Drain the grated zucchini. Place the zucchini pulp in mixing bowl with eggs, flour and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.

3.  Spread the mix onto a prepared, greased pan and bake for 8 minutes.  Another easy clean-up is to bake the crust on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 

4.  Remove from oven. Top with favorite pizza sauce and favorite pizza toppings.

5.  Return to oven and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. 

6.  Cut and serve. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Homeopathic Cough Syrup

This is a post previously published in December of 2008 I thought I would recycle as it pertains to a great flu season remedy.  I'm happy to report that the 2 preschoolers are now solidly into elementary; colds and flus rarely get us down; but when they do, this homeopathic cough syrup is still a favorite!  

I have 2 preschoolers and one thing you can count on in the fall is the start of cold season. There will be coughing, runny noses, and all kinds of yuck. I went many years with hardly a cold, but now with mini Petri dishes running around my house, I’m good for several good cold bouts. I caught a good one a couple of weeks ago that involved lots of coughing and not sleeping and found myself wandering around a CVS store of all places for help. I’m really excited about a new product I discovered there and want to tell you about it. It’s a homeopathic cough syrup made by a company called Boiron. They call it Children’s Chestal.

As I move toward a healthier lifestyle I’ve tried to avoid using over the counter remedies whenever I can. Many over the counter remedies simply suppress symptoms which are the body’s natural way of telling you there is a problem. Besides that, let’s face it, if most cough syrups were tested side by side with a sip of water, the water would win. They just don’t work.

I’ve recently been introduced to and love Homeopathics. These are natural substances that strengthen the body and allow it to resist bacteria and viruses and fight off colds, flu, and etc. I’m sure I will be talking more about these wonderful products over time.

Anyway, this syrup has 10 different homeopathics in it. I looked them up in my homeopathic book here at home and they all help the body fight off colds and flu and particularly those associated with coughs. I tried the syrup for two nights and I have to tell you, I slept like a baby. I felt rested in the morning and didn’t wake up coughing once.

I hear those in naturopathy talk about how they never get sick and how they rarely if ever go to the doctor. I hope as I head down this road to better health that one day I will be able to say the same thing. In the meantime, it’s nice to have a good natural remedy standing by when I need it.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Flu Season Essentials: Vitamin C Flush


The Vitamin C flush is another great tool to stimulate your lymphatic system, boost immunity and helps your body recover from illness and move a healing protocol ahead quicker.  We all know that Vitamin C is great during times of colds and flu to help the body recover, but few know all the other great qualities of this vitamin which include:
  • Collagen formation
  • Bone, teeth, gum, nail, muscular, ligament and connective tissue health
  • Blood vessel strengthening and reduction of plaque formation in the arteries
  • Increase iron absorption and utilization
  • Strong anti-oxidant which helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Natural anti-histamine (in high doses)
  • Lowers cholesterol
I recommend doing this flush at least 4 times a year for preventive maintenance and/or when a cold or flu has set in to speed healing.  It's best to use a powdered form of Vitamin C ascorbate - not buffered with minerals.  I really like Energetix Alka-C for this flush.  You can also find/purchase this product on my Products page.  Most important - drink lots of water.  It's a flush after all.  Drinking lots of water will help pull toxins out of your system and flush them out.  If you use a powdered form of Vitamin C - it can easily be added to a bottle of water and sipped slowly throughout the day.  

This flush is a little harder on the GI tract - at least for the first day - but well worth it.  Starting in the morning, take 1000 mg of Vitamin C.  Every 30 minutes repeat the dose of Vitamin C until (and here comes the hard part) you pass a loose stool or feel some tummy upset.  Sorry that's the bad part.  Make sure that you keep track of how much Vitamin C in total you have taken up to that point.  Take the total mg of Vitamin C ingested and multiply it by 0.75.  This is your daily dose of vitamin C.  If you are depleted or fighting off a cold/virus you can expect this number to be on the high side.  Your daily dose should be divided by 2 or 4 and taken 2-4 times a day.  You can vary how long you take this amount.  You can finish your entire bottle of Vitamin C; only take the high Vitamin C dose until you are feeling better; or continue until you do another "flush" to see if the dosage amount changes.  You can repeat this flush from time to time to see if your Vitamin C needs change or just to boost your immunity when needed. Keeping the Vitamin C levels at your body's optimum level will ensure that your body has the resources to fight any infection that comes your way.  

Happy Flushing!

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