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Tonic Herbs & The Science of Great Sleep

Many neglect sleep or simply do not understand the importance of sleep. If we look to nature we find that every single animal on the planet sleeps at some point in time. Getting adequate rest is not only a great way to stay young, it is one of the single most important factors in recovery and strong immunity – without good sleep, the body inevitably deteriorates.

Your body isn’t the only thing affected by sleep, the brain and emotional body are highly affected by the quality of our sleep. There’s clear ‘research’ that confirms what most of us already know and have seen for ourselves — our moods, cognition and attitude are diminished when we lack good sleep. Have you ever paid attention to the differences in your willingness to help others, listen or pay attention when your body is hardly able to keep it’s eyes open? This is a larger gradient of sleep deprivation but a perfect example.

Sleep Cycles & When to Sleep

Long story short, quality of sleep is far more important than quantity. In order to get the more restorative sleep, we must get to bed earlier in the night – this is when the most slow-wave deep sleep is available. Also, we secrete the most growth hormone (youth hormone) during the first part of our sleep cycle.

As the saying goes,  “early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise.” Not just that, getting to bed on time will help you look and feel younger. Growth hormone is the ‘youth hormone’ it keeps everything about our bodies young and radiant.

To get adequate growth hormone its imperative to get to bed by 10 pm and sleep deeply from 12 – 2, this is when the most GH is released. Also, staying asleep until 2 – 4 will supply you with further growth hormone for repairing the brain. We need at minimum these two, two hour sleep cycles to feel become rejuvenated.

Sleep cycles go in 2.5 hour cycles, so 5 hours of sleep is minimum. However, only 5 hours might not be enough to obtain enough youth hormone, as further pulses of growth hormone are secreted in a third sleep cycle. This last stage of sleep is what we known as rapid eye movement (REM) or “dream” sleep. It is most active later in sleep cycles and usually just before we wake – hence the importance for that third cycle. REM sleep is important for the development and health of the brain. Hence the suggestion to get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly – equating to a minimum three cycles of sleep.

Cortisol & Melatonin 

IN order to sleep well, we need low cortisol and high melatonin. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is secreted during the first portion of our day. It wakes us up and puts our bodies in a state for work and action. However, cortisol suppresses melatonin, which is necessary for sleep and is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, it increases with darkness and causes drowsiness. It  decreases in the morning as the sun rises and cortisol is secreted. Because melatonin is suppressed by light, being exposed to computer light, phones, televisions or simply working late into the night can lead to melatonin deficiency, insomnia and lowered immunity and aging.

Light isn’t the only thing that leads to poor melatonin production though. Since cortisol inhibits melatonin production it is imperative we control this stress hormone throughout the day.

Tips for Sleeping Deep

Many people look for shortcuts when it comes to their health; a pill, a supplement or some magic sleep technique. However, that’s not how it works. There’s not magic pill for great sleep and good health. Here are a few workable tips for great sleep:

  1. Reset your circadian rhythm. Our natural rhythm is still very much aligned with the Sun and Moon (light and dark) as mentioned earlier. If you’re not all ready, start getting up early and within the first 15 minutes of waking get outside and expose your eyes and skin to the sun light. If you’re rested well enough, some light stretching or a basic sun salutation yoga sequence can help energize you by naturally secreting cortisol. I personally go for a morning walk. A light morning routine in the sunlight can help you sleep better at night by resetting your natural sleep rhythm.
  2. Set time every night to relax. As bedtime approaches – about an hour before – start to celebrate the sleep by winding down. When we jump from our busy day right into bed our bodies are still surging with cortisol and often times many incomplete cycles of thought, communication and action. We need time before before to complete these cycles and simply let our minds finish their thinking. This might involve journaling in a quiet space, taking a hot de-stress bath, lighting candles, playing mantra or doing bedtime yoga.
  3. Take calming herbals. Some herbs are great for calming the mind and relaxing the body for sleep. You may enjoy a simple, non-caffeinated tea such as chamomile, holy basil, or skullcap. Or you could enjoy a more therapeutic, medical Chinese ‘Shen’ herb, which lift the spirit, calm the heart and relax the mind. Bupleurum & Dragon Bone is great for relaxing an overactive mind. It works to move mental energy into your heart, giving you a sense of well-being and being “at home” in your own body. Bupleurum & Dragon Bone is grounding and can also help with other compulsive anxiety behaviors like smoking, drinking, drug use and overeating.
  4. Try melatonin. In cases of jet-lag or severe sleep problems you can supplement with a high-quality, biofermented melatonin for the short-term. Keep in mind that melatonin also suppresses your  create more serotonin (which then turns into melatonin).desire for sex, so there is no permanent solution, especially when it comes to supplements. Start with the lowest amount and increase if necessary. Take it about 45 minutes before bedtime during your night time routine.
  5. Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep. It’s best to sleep in cycles (2.5 hours is one complete sleep cycle.) If you wake up in the middle of one of these cycles you will wake feeling groggy and fatigued. With three or even five complete sleep cycles you’ll experience deeper REM sleep and wake up feeling more energized.
  6. Eat light at night. Avoid eating heavy at bedtime and not too close to bedtime. Ideally, dinner would be around 3-4 hours before bed. So if you sleep by 10, eat by 6 or 7. Also, make your last meal something light and grounding like a moderate carb based meal such as cooked sweet potato, butternut squash or if you can digest it, sprouted quinoa or buckwheat. These healthy carbs contain tryptophan that help create more serotonin, which then turns into melatonin.
  7. Create a sleep schedule. The body loves routine, getting to bed and waking up around the same time helps set your biological rhythm. This way, come bedtime your body will be accustomed to feeling sleep.
  8. Cut the electronics & lights. Light pollution is a major problem in today’s modern world. Too much light from electronics and EMF interferes with melatonin production, so your best bet is to remove all electronics from the bedroom, put the phone on air plane mode and minimize light exposure after 7.

Bulletproof ‘Fat Fudge’

Here’s a recipe I’ve been making for a while that I haven’t gotten around to posting. I’ve actually kept it sort of secret and only released it in my Desserts 2.0 recipe book. In my book I share with you a Jing Herb infused raw Bulletproof fudge very similar. I figured it’s time I share a little bit of the magic in it.

The lovely people at Bulletproof reached out about me making a recipe similar to The Paleo Chef’s Phat Fudge. And as mentioned, I’ve had a recipe like this already put together. So, if you’re a Bulletproof fan or a fan of Phat Fudge or just a fan of chocolate all together then you’re going to love this decadent recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how you make it:

  1. First thing you want to do is brew a really strong half cup of Bulletproof Coffee. Do this by heating a half cup of water to just below a boil. Add two ground tbsp. of the coffee and let brew for 5 minutes. I use a french press, you can use a Chemex or Aeropress.
  2. Next, powder your xylitol in a coffee grinder.
  3. Now, very simply, add all your ingredients to the hot coffee – this will melt your cacao and coconut butter so long as you chop them up pretty well. Otherwise, melt them prior.
  4. Using a hand mixer, combine the ingredients until a thick sort of paste is formed.
  5. Pour into a glass pyrex squash dish that is either lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil.
  6. Place in fridge for a few hours.
  7. Remove, chop into squares and enjoy as a delicious, medicinal and supercharged breakfast that won’t send your blood sugar on a ride.

For many more Bulletproof desserts like this be sure to grab a copy of my book The Gourmet Foodie!

Does L-Glutamine Really Help Repair The Gut?

You’ve likely heard of leaky gut if you’ve found yourself on this blog today. At the root of many digestive issues (physically) is a permeable gut-lining, which can show itself in a variety of ways. If you didn’t know, the digestive system is the foundation to physical health – it is a central station for the network that is our internal organs or organ-izations. Therefore, what occurs in the digestive system can easily show up in other areas of our health, such as:

Causes of Leaky Gut

The trickiest thing when it comes to tracking down causes of dis-ease is trying to answer the age-old question, which came first? When we explore the working of the digestive system, we see clear as day that the mind and body are interconnected. On one hand, we see that adrenal fatigue or CFS can be caused by leaky gut. On the other, we see that adrenal fatigue can cause leaky gut.

If we dig a bit deeper we see that bacterial overgrowth is what causes leaky gut. And bacterial overgrowth is more likely caused by a few factors:

  1. Over eating
  2. A diet of processed food refined carbs and sugar that feed pathogenic bacteria
  3. Poor digestion resulting in undigested or partially digested foods
  4. STRESS. The number one cause of all digestive problems. To keep it brief, when we are stressed out constantly we find the adrenal glands are over worked from being in a constant sympathetic state. We need healthy adrenals to produce stomach acid and poop. So if the adrenals are taxed via too much stress, then the digestive system fails and the gut suffers! We will not digest our food properly and the result will be pathogenic take over and a eventually leaky gut.

Any of these symptoms are a signal from your gastrointestinal tract – pay close attention to what it’s trying to tell you.

The good news is that the body is a self-repairing organism – with the right care, the gut can heal itself. In severe cases, the damage to the intestinal wall can be so intense that it will need much greater attention and time for healing. This is the case were very therapeutic forms of diet become useful.

The Anatomy of the Digestive Tract

In case you didn’t know, the intestinal epithelium is the largest mucosal surface in the body. Though the intestinal tract is tucked away from plain sight, it  actually serves as a barrier system – protecting the entire body from the external environment. When its functioning properly, the epithelial barrier of the intestinal tract works to discriminate between what comes in and what stays out.

There are two ways in which a substance makes its way through the digestive tract:

  1. Paracellular: This is a phrase that describes when raw substance sneakily passes between the epithelial cells, which are usually connected by what are known as tight junctions.
  2. Transcellular: This is a pathway for material that is across an epithelial cell.

A problem occurs when there is tissue damage or antigen exposure, which create food sensitivity. When there is damage or inflammation of the intestinal lining intestinal permeability occurs. If this happens, a number of triggers can cause antigens to pass through the gut, wall causing an immune response. This is the phenomenon known as autoimmunity and is also what attributes to the symptoms listed above.

If an antigen sneaks pass the gut lining – aside from triggering an inflammatory immune response – it can cause a central neuroinflammatory response. Once the central nervous system (CNS) gets the signal of systemic inflammatory, the epithelial cells of the blood-brain barrier start to diminish in integrity – causing a “leaky blood-brain barrier” and the result is neuroautoimmunity. This is how neurological disorders can be caused by a damaged gut.

To say the least, if the gut is damaged or permeated, the health of the entire body diminishes.

Tips For Repairing the Gut Lining

With anything else in life, if we are to find a solution, we must first locate the problem and then the cause of that problem. From there, the rest follows rather easily. Considerations are always senior to mechanics. That is why so many people fail at the mechanics of “living healthy” – we must first get our state of mind right.

That being said, as long as you are aware that ultimately, a healthy mind will produce a healthy body, then there is plenty we can do to help the body. And as we touched on earlier, if we help the body, it can lead to greater mental clarity and even spiritual gains.

Of the many different mechanical strategies for gut repair, diet is of course a major influence. In my course, Perfect Digestion, I out line in complete detail exactly what to eat and what not to eat in a step-by-step protocol.

Aside from diet, one of the many questions I get about digestive health is on the topic of supplements. In my course, I explain again, in detail, where supplements can be of value or not. I will say though, they are not as of equal importance compared to far greater influences such as sleep, mentality, emotional wellness, sunshine, oxygen diet and exercise.

If you are well on your way though with these other areas and looking for some supplemental support, L-glutamine is one the most important nutrients that you can could consume for supporting the repair of the intestinal lining.

L-glutamine is the actually a fuel for the small intestine, providing energy via nitrogen. There’s plenty of research to support the beneficial impact of L-glutamine on the intestinal epithelia. It has the ability to regenerate and repair the lining of the gut. L-glutamine also increases the quantity of cells in the small intestine, as well as the number and integrity of the microvilli on the gut lining. This means better nutrient absorption.

If you’re looking to try implementing Glutamine into your diet then I highly suggest the product Vitality SuperGreens. It has a patented L-glutamine that is highly absorbable. Many other forms of glutamine are questionable but this one has stood up to the test. This particular product has glutamine that is covalently bonded, meaning that it is in a form bonded to other amino acids on a oligopeptide chain making it way more absorbable. Plus, this product tastes great, has adaptogen herbs to help with stress, probiotics for greater immunity and even fermented algae for a mega dose of nutrition for the adrenals and thyroid.

More tips for healing leaky gut:

  • Follow a therapeutic diet. For a while, it will be very beneficial to take extra care of what you put into your digestive tract. An abused digestive tract needs some tender love and care. Start by removing pro-inflammatory foods from the diet like; sugar, gluten, alcohol, and any processed foods. Also, as we are each unique, keep an on out on foods that you a personal sensitivity to.  If your gut is in bad shape, you’ll have to be strict for a while, until you manage your stress, get enough rest and build back up immunity and the gut lining. For a full dietary protocol see my comprehensive course Perfect Digestion.
  • Add in real probiotic foods. Considering that we are more bacteria than human, it only makes sense that we make sure majority of those bacteria are life promoting, beneficial bacteria. If you’ve been turned onto probiotic supplements, ditch them, here’s why. Instead, get some real probiotic foods, like kefir or sauerkraut. The microflora content in these foods are far superior  to any supplement and much more cost-effective. You can learn to make your own for pennies. Probiotics protect the gut lining from becoming leaky by keeping pathogenic bacteria (that eat holes through the gut lining) from over growing. They also work with the immune system to reduce systemic inflammation.
  • Use therapeutic doses of high quality L-glutamine. So the verdict is in, high quality L-glutamine can be majorly beneficial to healing permeability and reducing inflammation of the intestinal lining. Vitality SuperGreens delivers up to 10 times more glutamine than L-glutamine so a little goes a long way. And there’s no potential serve side effects of glutamine, even in extreme cases the worst that would happen is short-term dizziness, headache, runny nose, dry mouth, stomach pain, gas, vomiting or nausea. Vitality SuperGreens provides the right amount. And if your body needs healing, it’s likely you could use the extra glutamine. One the gut is in better shape, you may not need to consume it anymore, or at least not as much.

Cultivating Perfect Digestion

The real cure to digestive problems lies in mastering our stress levels. However, it’s important to know what stress is. Stress can come on many levels – it can come from exercise, poor nutrition, little sleep, toxic overload from environment, electromagnetic like this computer screen, mental and emotional resistance and essentially anything that causes pressure on the body.  Stress is just resistance, pressure or force. It if force-counter-force.

So to fix the digestive system, we need to find the major sources of stress or pressure in our lives and either build resistance to these things (ideally) or remove the source or pressure (surrender, non-resistance). To help you achieve this, I have put together a program called Perfect Digestion that helps you remove many physical stressors from the body to give it a break from all the pressure.

The course contains a simple to follow protocol that will help your body heal with the help of nutrition, proper lifestyle habits like sleep and movement and I even get into the mental and emotional aspects to help remove major root causes. I am also currently working on a small video series for busting mental/emotional stress that will be in the course soon, taking it beyond a fully comprehensive course for healing the digestive system. If you want to learn more about it, you can do that here.

The Beauty Benefits of Beet Kvass

If you didn’t already know, food has the ability to help us age with grace — in addition to maintaining a state of mental peace, food is perhaps the most anti-aging stuff around.

Before I even get into the specific benefits of this beauty food — if you haven’t’ already — go into your medicine cabinet and throw away any toxic chemical-commercial beauty products you have — we’re about to learn about a simple food that is far more effective than most anything you’ll find in the supplement isle!

I cannot express enough to you the absolute waste of money most supplements are, especially the chemically laden, toxic stuff. Not only are these products often highly ineffective, they often attribute to toxicity in the body; a leading root cause of skin troubles.

Kindly say good-bye; no need to remorse, thank them with love for serving their purpose and let us step into a new world of true beauty together.

Beets For Beauty

If you’ve yet to experience slicing into a fresh beet then I suggest you get on it ASAP. The Fall and Winter are good times to get aquatinted with the beauty of beets. They are a grounding root vegetable that help purify the body throughout the winter and also stimulate digestion!

While beauty runs deeper than skin; down to the health of our organs and core of our soul, there are particular foods that are renowned for their anti-aging properties. Beets are one of these foods. Not only are beets delicious capable of being prepared into warm, comforting soul-food, they also aid in beautifying our skin in these three ways:

  • Fight wrinkles and skin conditions naturally with folate!
  • Prevent age-related macular degeneration with vitamin A and carotenoids!
  • Preserve brain function with nitrates that improve blood flow

Beets, Digestive Health and Skin

I could fill a short book will the marvelous nutritional benefits of beets. They are overflowing with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids and amino acids all which aid in cellular regeneration that attribute to a healthy, glowing body. However, all these wonderful compounds would be meaningless without a healthy digestive system to absorb them.

Perhaps the greatest quality to beets is that they aid digestion too! Beets cleanse the intestines, stimulate bile flow, which aids in fat digestion. They promote a healthy metabolism, stomach acid production and even strengthen peristalsis — the muscular contraction of the colon — for healthy elimination.

When these bad boys are cultured or fermented they become increasingly more potent for nourishing the digestive system, which in result, gives them a probiotic punch. If you don’t know, probiotics are super bacteria that are found are the scene of all unspeakably gorgeous skin! You can learn more about probiotics and skin health here.

Most skin issues are rooted in inflammatory problems. Acne for example, is just inflammation of the pore. Because our skin is so closely connective to the digestive system, being they both work as barrier systems for our body, when one suffers so does the other.

In simpler words, skin inflammation is likely akin to digestive or intestinal inflammation reflected outwardly. Beet juice is very anti-inflammatory for the intestines, and therefore treat inflammatory skin conditions as well.

Culturing Beets for probiotic benefits

The art of culturing or fermentation is one of pure alchemy. By leveraging the naturally occurring healthy bacteria of raw vegetables, we can increase the digestibility and bio-availability of our food ten-fold, while also improving our own gut bio-dome; the mother of our immune system.

Beet Kvass is a European staple that According to the amazing Sally Fallon who wrote my favorite nutrition book “Nourishing Traditions” Beet Kvass is one of the best digestive, blood, kidney and liver tonics there is. Given the nutrition components of beets it makes perfect sense that a cultured version of this food would  be classified so highly.

How to make Beet Kvass

You don’t need more than a daily 2 oz. shot of this potent probiotic elixir to see, feel and reap it’s rewards. You will be amazed at how simple and fast it is to make too! Try this seasonal recipe to keep a summer-like glow to your skin this fall:

  • Start with two medium, organic beets (ideally local or from a friends of your own garden!)
  • Clean and chop into quarters
  • Sterilize a large 32 oz. glass mason jar by boiling in hot water
  • Once cooled at the cleaned and quartered beets
  • Fill the jar with filtered or spring water
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Real Sea Salt, raw whey or juice from cultured vegetables
  • Add 1 packet of Veggie Starter Culture to ensure proliferation of immune boosting beneficial bacteria (sometimes with a wild ferment, molds and other immune suppressing yeast can grow, this is why I prefer using a starter)
  • Seal jar with lid and let stand at room temp for 3-7 days, “burping” the lid to release pressure once a day

Uses:

  • Take a shot of this beauty tonic daily to purify your blood, giving your skin a lush, glow.
  • Use it in salad dressings.
  • Add to raw juices for a digestive, probiotic boost.
  • You can even add a small amount to clay masks to reduce dark patches, blemishes and add a radiant tone to your complexion.

For more digestive healing recipes like this and a step-by-step nutritional and holistic protocol to healing the digestive system, be sure to check out my Perfect Digestion Course.

The Miraculous Benefits of Fermented Spirulina

Do you want an easy way to eat some of your recommended 4 to 9 servings of vegetables every day? Are you trying to protect yourself from the stress, pollutants, toxins and chemicals of our world?

Then you need to know about spirulina, perhaps the world’s healthiest food!

Daily consumption of this miracle food can help naturally detoxify your body, maintain a healthy weight, and boost your energy.

The Benefits of Spirulina

Scientific studies on animals and humans have shown that spirulina supports immune function, T-cell proliferation and antibody production. These studies have also shown that spirulina has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps deactivate the toxins in food.

Spirulina is known to contain phytonutrients with strong antioxidant properties which support cellular health by protecting the cell membranes and DNA from damage by reactive oxygen radicals.

Many of these health benefits can be obtained from eating large amounts of certain fruits and vegetables. However, spirulina has all of these properties rolled into one.

Super Spirulina Plus is an incredibly energizing, nutrient-dense powder that is perfect for:

      • Detoxifying the body
      • Age management and longevity
      • People who want to preserve good health
      • Those following a vegan or vegetarian diet
      • Athletes, children, pregnant women & the elderly

Studies have shown that spirulina can:

      • Help your body fight infection
      • Inhibit allergic reactions
      • Lower your cholesterol
      • Raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels
      • Help you maintain a healthy weight

Why Ferment Your Spirulina

Most people don’t know this but Spirulina; in its raw form, is difficult to digest and assimilate. It requires very strong stomach acid to break down the tough cell walls. This is similar with Chlorella and is why you want a ‘cracked-wall’ Chlorella to reap the benefits.

With Spirulina on the other hand, not many companies disclose this information and is therefore best to take it upon your own hands and ferment it. The best way to do this is simply add 1 tsp to a fermented beverage like Coconut Kefir and let it ferment for 12 hours. I do this with my Coconut Kefir as part of a double ferment.

However, there are two companies that makes a fermented Spirulina. One is an Australian product and the other is called Super Spirulina Plus by Body Ecology. I recommend the Spirulina Plus to beginners because its easy to mask the flavor.

Spirulina is delicious to me, a bit nutty. But I could see how some might be turned off as it does have a slight algae taste. Getting it fermented though is the optimal way to be sure you receive all of this superfood’s amazing health benefits!

Spirulina is a protein-rich food; however, simply taking in more protein isn’t the answer — we must be digesting our protein. A growing number of people are protein deficient simply due to their inability to properly digest it.

Protein deficiency can lead to adrenal fatigue, nausea and stomach pain, muscle soreness, skin rashes, and even hair loss. As we get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to properly digest animal protein due to lack of stomach acid, which is why we need easier to digest sources.

I recommend Body Ecology’s Super Spirulina Plus for this reason alone. In my experience, continual use of this quickly resolves protein deficiencies as it is so easy to digest. It is highly concentrated, nutrient-dense superfood unlike any green’s powder, it is fermented to make it very easy to digest!

All you need is 1 teaspoon to get a full serving of of protein. The fermented protein powder is maximized for optimal bio-availability, providing you with the necessary protein you may be lacking due to improper digestion.

Another reason we would want to ferment our spirulina is that undigested protein creates an acidic environment in the body. Too much animal protein can be difficult on the kidneys if undigested. To be truly healthy, your blood must remain slightly alkaline at all times. Acidic blood can lead to almost every degenerative disease.

Plant proteins are alkaline and usually easier to digest the only issue is getting enough quality protein from plant sources can be difficult. We each have different metabolic types and a purely vegan diet may not be enough for many individuals. However, we can get around this by improving digestive and metabolic function and by also improving the digestibility of our foods by fermenting them! A fermented Spirulina helps with both.

Additionally, Super Spirulina Plus provides vital nutrients such as chlorophyll, amino acids, beta carotene, minerals, trace elements, omega-3, omega-6, and the super antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein — making this a truly functional food.

Using Spirulina

Spirulina should be considered a food rather than a supplement. Treated as a food though, keep in mind it is very nutrient-dense and therefore should be used more similarly to the way we would use spices, herbs and oils. A little goes a long way.

Mix 1 teaspoon a day of Super Spirulina Plus with warm or cold water. Super Spirulina Plus can also be added to smoothies, salad dressing, and sprinkled over everything.

In recipes…

Guacamole
I love upgraded my guac with Brain Octane and some Super Spirulina for the a fat-burning, brain-boosting and beauty promoting side dish. I usually have guac night with my amigos once or twice a week and love to be able to sneak in healthy upgrades without compromising taste. Serve it with sliced veggies (carrots, zucchini, celery, red pepper).

To make: Mash 2-3 avocados in a Mortar and Pestle with the juice of 1 lime, 1 tbsp. cumin, 1 tsp. Super Spirulina Plus, 1 finely diced red onion, Brain Octane, and sea salt.

Smoothies
My first meal of the day after my Bulletproof Coffee is almost always a probiotic beauty smoothie. I always start my day off with liquid, then slowly work up to solid food, if at all.

To make: Combine 1 cup of spring water, 1⁄2 cup of a probiotic liquid (take my Kefir Master Class to learn how to make delicious probiotic drinks OR purchase some pre-made ones!) 1 tsp. Super Spirulina Plus, 2 scoops of Vitality SuperGreen powder, 1 head of lettuce, 1 zucchini, 1 medium avocado, 1 scoop Collagen, 1 squirt of Stevia, blend and enjoy!

Cultured Mango & Apricot Summer Salsa

This summer is a brand new experience for me. Having since started blogging almost 2 years ago now I have watched my passion grow in so many ways.

Originally, my intentions were to create a leading edge blog that delivered inspiration for deep healing. Over experimenting with hundreds of articles and post I’ve started to see a trend in what people like to see. I didn’t expect that my recipes would be some of the most popular however.

It makes sense though, cooking and food is so much more appealing than spiritual healing, which involves confronting many uncomfortable subjects at times.

Cooking heals still just in much more subtle ways. It’s a chance to get incredibly creative, learn to love yourself, consider how you nourish yourself, others and even your environmental impact.

Not to mention, I’ve grown my community of friends and other like-minded individuals to a place I didn’t know possible. Each day I am able to co-create, inspire and be inspired by amazing cooks, talented writers and overall beautiful souls.

In spirit of unearthly friendships and the Summer Solstice I’ve had the good fortune to divinely connect with the marvelous, enigmatic and enticing miss Alison Marras ( Celestial Food Alchemist Beauty) of Food By Mars — perhaps my personal all time favorite food blog to date.

She’s created a Digital Summer Solstice Party where her, myself and many other angelic souls are co-creating and inspiring each other to concoct mouth-watering, innovative recipes. Of course, they’re summer themed and so far, oh so good.

I’ve never been more inspired to make food. These are some of my best recipes to date. By best, I mean not just most tasty but creative and fun. I’m having so much fun getting these ideas rolling and sharing them with you. I’m exceptionally thrilled to bring you today’s recipe.

Cultured Mango & Apricot Summer Salsa

This recipe actually came secondary to the main dish I will be sharing with you tomorrow. I wanted to share this first that way when you go to make your main dish, you have this summery side-dish ready to go!

If you’re a consistent reader then you know I am all about that sugar-free, probiotic life. This not only fits the bill for those standards, it’s totally #FBMSummerSolstice approved. Ready to have your taste buds dancing?

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Clean and chop all your veggies and fruit. The only challenge here might be getting your mango squared away, sometimes they can be messy. If you don’t know how to properly chop a mango, watch this video!
  2. In a glass bowl, add starter cultured, EcoBloom and a small amount of water to wake up culture.
  3. When everything is chopped up to your desired size, add it to the bowl with the starter and mix together.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, add your salsa to the mason jar. Try to pack it down as best as possible. You want the natural brine or juice to be covering the salsa as best as you can. I actually just inverted the mango skin and used it to cover the top. This keeps air from spoiling the top layer of the salsa if exposed.
  5. Seal with a lid and place on counter for 1-2 days. Depending on how warm it is and how active your starter is it may fermented quicker. Mine was done in actually about 10 hours because in addition to the EcoBloom (which really wakes things up) I added a small amount of probiotic liquid.

You’ll know it’s done when the jar starts talking to you, meaning it’ll likely start to sizzle around. This is just the pressure building up. Give it a “burp” by releasing the lid slowly.

If it smells slightly soured but still good, then it’s done. You can always test taste it. It won’t be too noticeably different in taste, it should just have a bit of a tanginess to it.

Enjoy with sprouted or blue corn chips, homemade crackers, or on top of the Wild-Caught shrimp tacos I’ll be sharing tomorrow! 😉

DIY Tips for Healthy Teeth & Gums

Oil pulling is the simple but ancient technique of swishing oil in your mouth as  a mouthwash. Use about one tablespoon of organic oil. Coconut and sesame seed oil work well, and olive oil is another option.

How To Oil Pull:

  • Take 1 tsp. of coconut oil and place in mouth. Any time of day works, I like mornings and evenings.
  • Swish the oil around as long as you can.10-20 minutes is ideal but it can be difficult to go that long.
  • Spit the oil out when you are done (not in your sink, outside or in the garbage) and rinse your mouth well. The oil pulls out toxins from your gum tissues and helps remove deeply embedded debris. This is a great treatment for gum problems, bad breath, or to increase your overall oral health.

Blotting Technique To Heal Gum Disease At Home

Forget about expensive gum disease surgery. The late dentist Joseph Phillips discovered a highly effective treatment method for gum disease. He also has some remarkable comments on the causes of gum disease. Instead of believing that gum disease results from buildup of tartar, Dr. Phillips was convinced it was the other way around: tartar is actually the result of gum disease.

Dr. Phillips went as far as stating that, “The truth of the matter is that brushing and flossing causes periodontal disease.” more brushing and flossing causes more gum disease. This is because the normal motion of tooth brushing concentrates the tooth tartar at the gum line where it is left to fester. The gum line area known as the gingival sulcus is always the dirtiest after brushing.(1)

The irritating substances constantly contacting the gum tissues usually causes the gums to recede or become inflamed over time. When this area is not cleaned carefully after brushing with blotting, or an oral irrigator, then brushing will contribute to gum disease.

How to Blot at Home

The blotting technique is so effective you can expect to see noticeable results within three weeks in a high proportion of cases. Part of the blotting technique is to clean all of the soft tissue surfaces in your mouth with a gum toothbrush. The complete technique is rather difficult to explain accurately in text so watch this video to see how it’s done.

Healing Gum Disease Program

Healthy teeth are not possibly without healthy gums. But because many of us are only in it for the physical appearance of things, we give much more attention to white, shinny teeth than the health of our gums. That is of course, until they gums start getting inflamed or painful.

How do you know if your gums are healthy? Well, for starters they should not be bleeding, in pain or inflamed or discolored at all. If they are it could mean a number of things; bacterial infection or toxicity. A common symptom of mercury toxicity is bleeding gums and loose teeth.

Since scurvy and a vitamin C deficiency are easily caused by a diet heavy in whole grains, I recommend being extremely careful with consuming grain products, especially refined grains. Just to be on the safe side of healing, remove any grain products. You can also reference my first blog on nutritional protocols for dental healing.

In addition to being alert to the toxic factors in whole grains, avoiding the toxic foods mentioned in the previous blog will help fight gum disease. If any of the supplemental foods mentioned here are already in your diet, then you do not need to take them twice.

When your gums are in good shape again, then pick and choose aspects of this program to your liking. Here’s a basic protocol to bring the gums into good health:

  • 1–2 teaspoons of food-based vitamin C from concentrated sources such as camu camu berry, acerola cherry, amalaki or rose hips for vitamin C.  The best vitamin C supplement I’ve ever come across is this one. It’s jam packed!
  • 1⁄2 –11⁄2 teaspoons per day Blue Ice fermented cod liver oil. This is to restore fat-soluble vitamins A and D to the diet for gum health.
  • Find a source of raw milk and ferment it into kefir, consumed daily. Also, start experimenting with organic, quality raw meat (meat in stews is a second-best option).
  • Avoid whole grains unless freshly ground, sprouted/soured, and appropriately sifted to remove the bran and germ.
  • Use the blotting technique and/or an oral irrigator with warm water and sea salt at least twice per day.
  • Practice oil pulling at least once per day.
  • Pick one topical herb such as clove or oregano oil as additional treatment to support your gum health.
  • Check if you have mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings and consider replacing them.
  • Eat iron-containing foods as well as foods that enhance iron absorption such as beef, lamb, liver, clams or leafy green vegetables.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that are anti-bacterial that contain chemicals. We do not want to kill the good bacteria. Instead, chew on fresh oregano or consider this mouth wash. It’s a food-grade hydrogen peroxide that is formulated to only kill harmful bacteria and does not kill the good bacteria.
  • Avoid normal tooth brushing that irritates your gums. Get natural soft bristle brushes and use Redmond’s Earthpaste or make your own using mineral clay, spring water, sea salt and essential oils. You could also just brush using coconut oil.

Herbal Treatments for Healthy Gum

People have written that herbal treatments have done wonders for their gum problems. These treatments may also help strengthen your teeth and the ligaments that hold the teeth in their sockets. Herbs that are excellent for healing teeth include:

There are many other herbs that can help heal teeth and gums, just to name a few:

  • Neem. This is a strong antibacterial herb. Traditionally, sticks of Neem were used as a natural toothbrush, and are regaining popularity. Modern research shows it can help to reduce plaque, prevent cavities and gum disease, and freshen breath. It is easy to add powdered Neem to your usual toothpaste. Remember that the bark is more potent than the leaf.
  • Plantain. This is an easy-to-come-by herb/weed you’re probably already growing in your yard! I write about it on this blog post here. It heals wounds and draws out infection. Pop some leaves in a jar, cover with vodka, and let sit for 6 weeks to create your own plantain tincture.
  • White oak bark powder. This stuff prevents the need for gum surgery and heals bleeding and infected gums.
  • Myrrh gum powder. Used to heal gum infections.
  • Xylitol. Though not technically an herb, it is plant derived from the birch tree. This stuff is actually a sugar substitute that has microbial balancing properties. The unique sugar molecule structure actually starves bad bacteria and alters their bio-film. This is why it is used in Earthpaste and I highly suggest adding it to your tooth care regime and diet in general.

Making Your Own Herbal Tooth/Gum Powder

I made a jar of this once years ago and it lasted about two years. It’s not the tastiest of stuff but man it lasts and its super effective! I’ve upgraded to Earthpaste for convenience and taste. It’s still very effective; however, it’s much more simple.

To make the powder is simple. Take whatever of the many herbs (or all of them) and combine them together with some clay powder. Be sure to get your herbs organic and in powdered form. Mix together and store in a air-tight jar then use by taking a 1/2 tsp. in your mouth and lightly brushing over the teeth and gums. Rinse as you would using clean water or this mouth wash.

I’d recommend the use of both or for a similar product as Earthpaste just add in some xylitol and essential oils to the mix. Here’s a really great idea for an herbal tooth/gum paste:

Here’s what you’ll need:

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together first
  2. Add in water slowly while mixing until it forms the consistency of a paste. Not too watery and not too thick.
  3. Lastly, add in the essential oil. You really only need a few drops. Maybe 3-4 max. Be sure to use a pure grade (edible) like YoungLiving.

Last Tips

Remember, health is mind, body, spirit. Though diet is such a huge player in our dental health, stress still effects us. Stress in any form can cause high levels of C-reactive proteins from inflammation and effect out teeth, vice versa.

That being said, experiment with alternative treatments like trigger point massage, acupressure, tai chi, and other forms of spiritual healing.

I work with one-on-one clients to incorporate spirit, mind, body healing approach. Working only at the body will prove futile. All coaches and practitioners would be wise to understand how the spirit and mind function in healing.

Message me for personal coaching details. And as always, thank you for reading and I hope these blogs help you!

Erase Wrinkles With This Coconut-Pomegrante Panna Cotta

Ladies, if you’re reading this I have good and bad news for you.

First the bad news…

You know those creams, oils and serums you’re spending $70.00 on trying to get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles? Well, they won’t do the trick. The reason is, it’s not a cream, oil or serum deficiency that you’re dealing with.

Your body isn’t in a deficit of rose hips extracts, spirulina co-factor enzymes or Jerusalem wild-dandy lotus juices. I promise. So why are you spending so much money trying to get those into your body?

Well, here’s another harsh truth, someone tricked you. Likely some genius marketing man with a business plan. However, don’t sweat it, I’ve come to help you out.

On to the good news…

Those fine lines and wrinkles are not genetic and they are not permanent. I’m not saying you won’t grow old and die; however, unless you’re pushing 90, wrinkles do not have to be a reality.

Wrinkles and what we modern folk call aging is not a natural phenomenon. It’s completely life-style induced from our crappy habits and therefore, can be fixed.

What Really Causes Wrinkles

What many do not know is that wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging actually occurring within the gut. In fact, wrinkles aren’t just a sign of aging skin. They’re just a symptom of an underlying issues — a distress signal from the body about something going on under the works.

Typically, what really causes wrinkles is excess stress. It’s not the sun, genetics or anything else alone. When we do things in excess, we hit a point of diminishing returns. For example, physical exertion is great for the body, unless we’re under slept and overworked. Sunlight is one of the most healing substances in the world, until you fry yourself in it without taking a break.

The same goes for the foods we eat. Food can be potent medicine but if eaten incorrectly can age us, make us fat, sick and tired. If we eat foods that are full of sugar, we place extra stress on your body.

This causes a process of glycation in the body, which is the physical stress of eating too much sugar. It releasing free radicals and inflaming the body.

Glycation hardens blood vessels and makes tissue stiff and fibrotic. While many of the wrinkles that we get are a result of a high-sugar diet, the literal stress of a sugar habit can hurt the body in more ways than one.

For example, too much sugar can:

  • Damage organs, especially the liver and kidneys.
  • Generate free radicals and inflame the body.
  • Cause breaks in strands of DNA.

High levels of sugar in the diet causes these breaks in DNA, otherwise known as glycated DNA. Broken DNA triggers the immune system, and scientists now tell us that it may be one factor leading to autoimmune disease.

Not All Sugar Is Created Equal: The Good and The Bad On Sugar

Even though fruit sugar is unprocessed and natural, that doesn’t make it “safe to consume, especially all day. A fruitarian diet is not a healthy diet. Fruit sugar, otherwise known as fructose, is found in many plants. Foods with high levels of fruit sugar include:

  • Agave
  • Honey
  • Maple syrup
  • Fruits from vines and trees
  • Root vegetables, like sugar beets
  • Sugar cane
  • Corn
  • Condiments, baked goods, and deli meats that contain high fructose corn syrup

Fruit sugar is eight times more likely to glycate, or create AGEs, than glucose. Glucose is a sugar that our cells use for energy. It is also the most basic sugar in starchy foods.

For optimal wellness, hormonal balance, gut-health and preserving your natural beauty I recommend only sour fruits that contain low levels of fructose, including:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Berries
  • Unsweetened juice from cranberry, pomegranate, and black currant

Tips on Eating Fruit

There are two ideal ways to eat fruit for optimal digestion. First, I suggest that fruit be eaten alone and on an empty stomach since it can easily ferment in the small intestine. However, for anyone with sensitive blood-sugar, I suggest pairing your fruit with coconut or avocado. These are actually fruits with an exceptionally high amount of fat, which makes them great for balancing blood sugar.

Another tip, pomegranate and it’s juice (unsweetened) is a fantastic addition to the diet. It contains compounds that stop the process of wrinkle-causing glycation. As well as most dark pigmented berries (blueberries, raspberry, cherry and wild berries) all are rich in anthocyanin, an anti-oxidant that repairs and regenerates skin.

Lastly, eat your fruit at night for dessert. When eaten for breakfast they set you up for unstable blood sugar. However, consumed at night, carbs are eating toward the end of the day they help you sleep better.

If you crave sweet foods, stick to berries and desserts sweetened with stevia, like this one! It will give you that sweet taste without raising blood sugar dramatically. Stevia is the cleanest sweetener on the market, it’s just an herb like mint. Also, unlike agave or raw honey, it’s fructose-free making it ideal for the liver. Stevia also lowers blood sugar, reducing the risk of wrinkles and other hormonally rooted signs of aging.

For beating a sugar craving, eat healthy fats and consider adding fermented foods to your diet. Fats balance the blood sugar, taking us out of survival mode state that makes us crave sugar. A sour tasting probiotic beverage like coconut kefir can reduce a sweet tooth big time, and it has many beauty properties such as reducing the signs of pores.

3 Tips For Reducing Glycation and Wrinkles

  1. Eat sour fruits and more healthy fats.
  2. Use a stevia liquid concentrate to make desserts or add to teas.
  3. Neutralize your desire for a sweet taste with fermented foods and probiotic beverages.

So I know a lot of sounds terrible, we all love sugar, it’s engrained into our survival brain to love the sweet stuff. How dare it give us wrinkles? No worries, the past is over and I have good news, there are plenty of healthy sweet-tasting desserts you can make that not only satisfy your cravings, stop the formation of wrinkles but also reverse them! This recipe is one of them…

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk (or make your own using a high-speed blender a young thai coconut, and nut milk bag. It just might not be as creamy!)
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened pomegranate juice.
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  • 2 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed collagen
  • 1 tablespoon BrainOctane
  • 1/4 tsp Vanillamax
  • Stevia to taste

Here’s how you make it:

  • Heat up your coconut milk in a pan. Do not boil, but get it noticeably warmer than your own body temp. Just dip a clean finger in to test. It shouldn’t burn you!
  • Add your heated coconut milk to a blender.
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients: juice, fats, collagen, gelatin, vanilla and then stevia.
  • Blend everything until mixed well. Test taste for sweetness, add more stevia if not to your liking and blend again.
  • Pour into a mason jar, mold or a glass bowl, cover then place in the fridge for a few hours until firm. It will be the consistency of jello, perhaps a little more dense.

Eat this for a nourishing dessert that will hit the spot, rejuvenate your skin, and help you sleep!

How To Ask For What You Truly Want & Get It Without Guilt

I’m sitting in a Starbucks talking with my partner about ideas for today’s blog. I’m always interested in what people would like to learn. It’s always a window right into what they feel they are lacking or perhaps struggling with on a deeper level.

I asked her a simple question, “what’s one thing; that if you learned how to do it, would change your life dramatically?” Her answer was communication; specifically, how to ask for things. She proceeded to talk about how she struggled to ask because of the associated guilt she felt when asking.

Personally, I found it resonating with me. I personally see this in myself and a great deal of people I talk to. I’ve been able to narrowing down as to why we feel this way and it goes pretty deep.

I thought this would be a great one to share with you all for inspiration, so I wrote this blog. The power of asking is immeasurable in terms of living a truly successful life. I will also add, that the associated guilt with asking is part of a spiritual conflict; rooted in societal conditioning, stemming from poor communication and a resulting poor self-esteem. It’s time to put that non-sense to end.

“Ask and receive” 

Asking Your Way To Success

Asking for what you want is one of the most reliable, easy and predictable ways to get more of what you want. It is one of the most powerful tools, yet it’s a challenge that holds many people back. Why? Because it takes expanding your mind, honesty, and transparent communication, all which many people fear.

Why You’re Afraid of Asking

It’s actually no mystery why we fear asking for things. Here are 5 of the most common reasons:

  • Ignorance– We are all ignorant in different areas, the cure is to face these blind spots. Otherwise, when we stay ignorant we staying in not knowing. Hence the collective use of idk. Here’s a truth bomb however — we only say “I don’t know” when we we’re too afraid to be honest. Not being honest about what we don’t know keeps us ignorant. The word ignorance simply means to ignore, to not look at or not face. Surely we could stay ignorant to things, but I don’t advise it. That’s because what we ignore takes control over us. We give power to what we ignore by what’s called “affirmation by negation“. Meaning, by resisting something we are essentially implying that it’s too powerful to deal with. The cure to ignorance is asking. When we ask, we take away power to what we otherwise ignore by being willing to confront and face. Because what we face and confront, we take back under our control, asking makes us wiser and more courageous. When we ask for things, whether that be asking a person, or the universe or GOD, we are confronting the unknown and opening up to learning what that unknown is. When we ask, we learn and find out what was previously unknown. This empowers us and increases our wisdom and knowingness. Here’s an example of ignorance you might be familiar — “If he loved me, I wouldn’t have to ask” Unless you’re married to Ms. Freakin’ Cleo or a full-blown psychic, you’re staying incredibly ignorant by making an assumption about someone else’s view. Don’t make assumptions; people are stuck in their own minds doing a million and one things and living through the eyes of their past. Be the wise one, strengthen your communication by asking and finding out.
  • We have limited thinking- Is there only scarcity in the world? The question in of itself is limited. Ask and you shall receive; if you ask a question you will always get an answer. Therefore, questions are always indefinitely more important than answers. You ask a question like, “Is there enough? Am I good enough?” and you’ll get equally as crappy of answers. If you start asking better questions, you’ll get better answers. “Is there abundance in the world? Am I greater than I think I am?” These types of questions bring different answers. It is our own limiting thinking — much due to the programming of society, family and friends — that limits our ability to receive. We have dogmas that asking is weakness. However, what I find in most people is that they’d rather die and suffer in secret than ask for help. Who’s really weak? The person too afraid to ask for anything because they are more deeply afraid to admit they don’t know, or the person of humility? Who embraces what they don’t know — thereby, increasing their intelligence with each question? Scarcity is self-imposed by limited thinking. Want a radical cure of limited thinking? Start asking better questions. Bigger questions, more often with more curiosity.
  • We haven’t learned to properly give- We can’t receive because we feel we can’t give. Asking is receiving, that’s it. When we ask, we are making a consideration to receive something. Asking opens us up for receiving. This is only troublesome because we fear we have nothing to give back. That however, is an illusion. Do your lungs fear asking mother nature for oxygen to breathe? No, they are happy to return the favor — they have no interest in greed and hoarding. If you are happy to give back, from where you receive you would feel no guilt. But what if what you have to give isn’t good enough?
  • Fear of rejection- We fear what we have to give isn’t good enough. Out of our insecurity we feel we’re not good enough; no one cares anyway, so why ask? However, let me ask you this, according to who? Really think about this one. Who the hell said what you have ins’t good enough? The television, the media, doctors, parents, kids at school? The reason we feel what we have isn’t good enough is because suppressive people make us feel inadequate. Then we simply take their word as the truth. There’s a good reason for this, insecurity sells. If we had a world full of happy, fulfilled and grateful people, there would be a huge drop in sales of cosmetics, plastic surgury, medications and more. True self-esteem, which comes from true self referral, would be the end of consumerism. That means in order to stand up to the illusions sold to us by society about who we are takes courageousness. Are you willing to be courageous enough to create your own truth, hold your own view and truly know yourself? I know you can.
  • We lack good communication- Most people don’t ask because they don’t even know how to ask! This is the result of the first four. We essentially lack good communication and therefore lack a good approach to asking. We’re out of touch with our preferences and have no sense of self. Without good communication, we lack the honest and helpful approach to asking. There is a process to properly asking for what you want. No, I am not talking about manipulating people. That is improper and dishonest. However, let’s be honest, without proper communication we can easily turn asking into a very awkward situation. When we know how to reframe asking it becomes fun and easy.

The Benefits Of Asking

  • It builds self-esteem
  • It builds wisdom and honesty
  • It’s the easiest way to receive anything
  • It makes you self-reliant

Learning How To Ask! Ask! Ask!

 “I chippy out everything that is not David” — Michelangelo

  1. What would you rather not ask for? Take time now to make a list of the things that you want, that you don’t ask for — be it from a friend, family, lover, school, work, or anyone else you can think of.
  2. Next to each one, write down how you stop yourself from asking.  What is your fear?  Next, write down what it is costing you not to ask.
  3. Then write down what benefit you would get if you were to ask.
  4. Then get out there and start asking!

Don’t prejudge or make assumptions that you are going to get a no — FIND OUT! Take the risk to ask for whatever you need and want because it’s just as much of a risk to not ask. If someone says no, you are no worse off than when you started.  If someone says yes, you are a lot better off.  Just by being willing to ask, you can get a raise, a new job, a room with an ocean view, a discount, a free sample, a date, the order, time-off, help with the housework, and more.

Helping You Get There

  • Get to know yourself– Start off each day by asking yourself what you want for the day. Build referral by first learning to ask yourself. There is power in asking others and asking a supreme being. However, these will render useless until you learn to ask yourself. Write in a journal each morning “what do I want for today?” Write down at least 6 things you want for yourself each day then proceed to pursue them. This builds self-reliance and makes you a better at asking others. How could you ask others, if you don’t even know what you truly want to receive? Get clear with yourself first and asking questions will become that much more clear.
  • Ask then shut up- This is probably the most effective tool for becoming honest. Speak before you think, and you’ll be sure to produce an authentically honest question. The more this scares you, the more you need to do it. Otherwise, you are strongly withholding. If you’re worried about being rude, no worries. Be HONEST first, if the person can’t handle your honesty that’s their problem. If you can’t handle your own honesty, you can always go back to suppressing your true desires and thoughts later. By asking and waiting for a reply you are less likely to ramble and manipulate or short change what you’re truly asking for.
  • Be open to possibilities- You cannot ask a question without receiving an answer. The universe must fill a void. When we ask a question, it’s the divine duty of life to respond. Ask the correct question and be open to receiving from infinite sources. You never know how a question will be answered, who it will be answered by and where from. Be open to receiving from anywhere at any time. Stay alert and aware and you will see signs from life all around you. There is no shortage of wisdom and answers.

I truly hope this helped you. But I’m not one for hopes as much as I am honest answers. I’d love for you to comment below and let me know if it did. Share it and spread the good word if so!

-Nick

Is This One Thing Ruining Your Life?

What could possibly be so bad that it ruins your entire life on it’s own? ― Bad weather? GMOs? The government? Stress? The Illuminati? Maybe it’s something mysterious and mystical that is deeply engrained into your karmic debt?

It’s none of that either. It’s actually much more simple…

What ruins most people’s lives boils down to a single word, seriousness.

What You Don’t Mind Doesn’t Matter

Seriousness is sickness, it is not a device. Ultimately, it is seriousness that leads to death. Does the phrase dead serious ring a bell? I don’t advice seriousness ever. There is no good reason to take anything serious.

There is a big dogma about that people think if you’re not serious, you’re a failure ― if you’re relationship isn’t serious or you don’t take your job seriously that you are a failure. The opposite couldn’t be more true.

What you make serious becomes rigid and inflexible. Serious matters become so dense that they become dead. Not to mention, what we take seriously matters more than us. Let me be the first to tell you, nothing matters more than you ― unless you mind.

If you mind, does it matter?

The Degrees Of Seriousness

There is something my mentor calls the Degrees of Seriousness that explains all too simply that life is not serious. Unless of course, we make it so ― primordially choosing a life of struggle and suffering.

So let me ask you, are you…

  • Serious?
  • Real Serious?
  • God Damn Serious?
  • Dead Serious?

You see, as we become serious ― even just a little serious ― whatever it is we are making so seriously takes control over us. Essentially, the things we make serious are nothing more than our views. We look at something and we THINK a whole lot of shit about it, rather than see it as it truly is.

When people become real serious is when they look at the kitchen and think “this is a stupid kitchen, it’s ugly, it’s dirty, it has no beauty to it, it makes me sick!” The thoughts create some nasty view of something that isn’t worth suffering. However, they end up a suffering victim to their own views.

What they don’t understand is that they have a choice to make things aesthetic or ugly. However, most people feel things must look or be a certain way. In resistance to what is, suffering is created. That is, all suffering is denial of reality. Denial of reality is rooted in seriousness.

That is because the more serious we become, the more things matter. When everything matters, we end up trying to change existence. Anyone carrying the burden of changing existence (which is completely out of our control) ends up dead serious.

Getting back to playfulness then is key for not just thriving in serenity but in simple living.

Playfulness: Becoming Fun Again

  • Don’t Think, LOOK- Life is playfulness, fun, because the whole existence is a giant circus. Just stop thinking so damn much, get out of your head and look around ― It is all fun ― all the colors of the flowers, so many beautiful animals, birds, clouds, and for no purpose; they don’t serve any special purpose. There is no goal to existence. Life is a play unto itself. It is sheer abundance of energy, overflowing energy ― existence goes on expanding. If you wish to ever to be free then first become free of yourself. Get out of your own head and enjoy the riches of the present.
  • Know Your Self- There is no purpose to your true self, there is just being. Do you know that you ARE? The truest of you has no God, because whenever something is created there is purpose for it. Whenever something is created there is a motive, and when somebody creates it, the created can never be anything other than a machine. Are you just a body and a machine? If you continue to identify with your meat and bones, you will never know the infinite play of life. To know yourself is the goal of spirituality. I cannot give you a sentence to do this, it is a journey. But you can taste it. For example, just right now I want you to notice something. Notice who is doing the reading of this article. Can you witness? Who is the one doing the noticing of each word, creating up the non-audible language in your mind. Who is that silence? From there, carry the witness through your body. Notice your shoulders, your heart beat, your breathe, then if you will, notice existence. Notice the corner of the room, look don’t think. Put your observation there, then put it all around the room. You are here and everywhere, the world isn’t out there, it is in you. And existence is out there, it is eternal play of energies in millions of forms.

So I encourage you, stop ruining your life with pointless thoughts. Fun is the most sacred word there is. Far more sacred than your God Damn prayers. It is one of the only words that can give a sense of playfulness. Stop taking life so seriously, you can start running after butterflies, searching for seashells on the beach, telling jokes and laughing at them. For GOD SAKES, haha. Just kidding 😉

Until next time,
Nick