Friday, November 15, 2013

Are you a toxic kisser? Allergy helps, and great snacks

    I have been searching  for safe lipstick this week, need some new but have been warned that most of the ones out there are loaded with lead, enough to cause you problems and to be passed on to who ever you kiss while wearing it. There are very few safe ones, and the strange thing is, they are brands that just have one color that is safe, the rest of their line is lead loaded.  Here is what I learned, Avon makes some safe ones, you have to check for ingredients,  Body Shop ones are ok, Estee Lauder makes one, Maraschino, Dior has a replenishing version, Revlon has several colors,  Love that Red, Bed of Roses, and Red Velvet. The rest are not considered safe, with the worst offenders being L'Oreal, Cover Girl and Dior. Funny, lead is not allowed in paint now or in other areas of our lives, but it's still used in our cosmetics.
  Yep, been watching my favorite Guru again, this week was a section on Allergies.  Your body has three Doshas,  Kapfa, Pitta and Vata. Seems usually the Kapha is the one out of line that causes problems. And again, your lifestyle and exercise habits have a large bearing.. Yogi started out using some very potent nose drops that cleared out the sinus cavities, kind of nasty to go through but breathing is eased at once.  He then made nose clearer of mustard oil, 5 drops, to 1 drop of eucalyptus oil, rub into opening of nostrils to improve breathing. Head stands are great to clear the head.  Try putting a little warm water in your palm, mixing in a good pinch of salt, close one nostril and inhale through the other, let it run back out and repeat other side. This helps instantly.  The one big caution is that if you have allergies, you need to avoid alcohol, that just really messes up the sinus problems.
And of course, back to the diet, avoid processed foods,  they are so hard on your body. Here is a recipe to help the allergy prone.  In a skillet, put a teaspoon of ghee, melt it, then add basmati or brown rice and water enough for 2 or 3 servings. Add a good spoonful of turmeric, curry, cumin and black pepper, all powerful un-blockers.  And a pinch of salt. Cook until rice is done, stir in some peas, frozen or fresh.  If fresh, add at the beginning of cooking. Eat a bowl of this for your meal. I am cooking up a batch right now, smells great. 
  I have a recipe for those munchie attacks, healthy of course. In your food processor, put 1 cup each of cashews and almonds, raw.  And 2 teaspoons of chia seeds and hemp seeds. I substituted sesame seeds here as I keep them on hand. Process, til  well ground, add 3 tablespoons of raw honey, 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of palm sugar or organic turbinado, 1 tablespoon of xylitol( I would use stevia) and 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint oil. Roll into 18 balls, and keep in refrigerator.
  We had a fire on Stone Mountain near us this last week. The smoke was heavy at times, we could see and smell it. Took a lot of work to put it out but finally it is done, some stumps are still smoldering so a little smoke is still hanging around.  And cold, boy did it get cold, garden is done, everything froze, no more squash this year.  But now we are heading back up into the 70's again. Crazy how it changes so fast. Good thing cold weather does not cause one to catch colds, that is done by germs alone, someone does not wash their hands etc and leaves their  germy virus to pass on to you.  My sis recently got a shingles shot and now is suffering with a case of shingles, that makes a lot of sense, hmm. Kind of like me and flu shots, have quit getting them as I always had the flu every year I got them. Just eating right, keeping the exercising going and getting enough rest is the best way of staying well. My diet is heavy on anti oxidants, and I am picky about eating GMO free and organic foods for the most part. You are what you eat.
 Not long now until Thanksgiving. Are you planning ahead? Don't think I will be doing anything, usually the kids that live here are helping with meals on wheels that day, I did for a while too but was not asked this year.
 Take care, eat healthy and stay well.

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