Homemade “Bleach”

Hi everyone! Do you ever wish you could have a safer bleach alternative? Something without a chemical smell or hazard to your health or small children?

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I worked with a nurse a few years ago, who worked in surgery, and she told me they would educate women about the dangers of chlorine bleach  & that it can cause breast cancer. When you search the web, (1), (3) you will find pros and cons to using Bleach, but it IS made of chemicals. If the scientists making it are using gowns, gloves, goggles and face masks, shouldn’t that indicate there is a respiratory hazard of breathing in the chemicals? Do you wear gowns, gloves, masks and eye goggles before doing laundry or cleaning your house with bleach? :(  Bleach is corrosive and will eat at skin or anything it is placed on. It breaks down elastic in underclothing pretty quickly, if washed in it frequently.

I once thought I would mix bleach with another “harmless” cleaning agent and I immediately got a foaming mist of horrible smelling “gas” coming up out of the bucket! I failed to read the label which states to never mix Clorox with any other chemical cleaning agent! :( So I quickly opened the windows and got the fans going to draw out the harmful gas.

I have not used Clorox for a long time. Instead, I make my own with only 3 ingredients using a recipe by Jillian that I found online! (There are many different recipes for bleach alternatives online! Just search and find the one you like.) It really does whiten my clothes. For gray- dingy looking socks or under- clothing, allow them to soak for several hours before washing.

My mom used this Natural Bleach Alternative recipe on an old dry rag to wash mold off my painted walls and baseboards. The mold came right off with some gentle rubbing! :)

Recipe:

  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Mix. Add 2 cups per wash load or put in spray bottle and use as a household cleaner.

NOTE: I cut this recipe in half and used an old half gallon empty vinegar jug to store the Natural Bleach Alternative in.

Happy environmentally green & safe cleaning! 😀

~Coach Shannon

Resources:

  1. Educating Wellness
  2. One Good Thing
  3. Bleach
  4. Chlorine and Cancer

The Skinny about Oils and Fats

Olive Oil

There is a lot of talk today about healthy oils, which ones are better and if nothing works, then coconut oil should be the  cure-all for everything! Ha! … sarcasm there. :) I can eat coconut oil in baked things, but to apply it to my skin will dry me out more than I already am! If it works for you, that is great! :)

Not all oils and fats are created equal. Heavily processed, hydrogenated, “trans” fats and oils that are used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. However, fats and oils from whole foods and other high-quality sources can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair and nails and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly. Our bodies also need fat for insulation and to protect and hold our organs in place.

A healthy percentage of high-quality fat in a meal satisfies and leaves feelings of energy, fulfillment and warmth. When there are excess fats and oils in the diet, especially heavily processed fats, symptoms can include weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, liver strain and an overall feeling of mental, physical and emotional heaviness. Signs of insufficient high-quality fats are brittle hair and nails, dry skin, hunger after meals and feeling cold.

There are many sources of healthy fats and oils:

  • For sautéing and baking, try butter, ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil because they do not break down when used at high temperatures.
  • When sautéing foods at moderate temperatures, try organic extra virgin olive oil.
  • Oils like flaxseed, sesame, toasted sesame, walnut and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings on top of salads, veggies or grains.
  • Other healthy fats are found in whole nuts and seeds and in their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Whole foods such as avocados, olives and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 and omega-6 organic eggs.

Experiment with these healthy fat sources and see which work best for you and leave you satisfied.

When selecting oils, buy the highest-quality organic products you can afford, since cooking oils are the backbone of so many dishes. Good words to look for on the label are organic, first-pressed, cold-pressed, extra-virgin and unrefined. Words to avoid are expeller-pressed, refined and solvent extracted.

When I was in Israel in the fall of 2014, our tour guide stopped the bus near an olive grove. He explained how they grow olive trees and how they press for oil.

YossiIt made sense to get the cold pressed olive oil because it was the highest quality versus getting oil that had been extracted with heat.

It is also important to not only get your 3-6-9 omega’s, but also your 5 & 7 omega’s! I recently learned more about these important anti-aging omega’s! They can assist with cardiovascular health, immune system and inflammation issues. (2)  Send me an email (mannafoldblessings@gmail.com) if you are interested in getting a high quality Omega supplement that includes all of these in one gel caplet! :)

Cheers to healthier choices oils and fats!

L’Chaim! (to health)

~Coach Shannon

Resources:

  1. Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  2. Natural Health 365
  3. Ghee

 

Herbed Green Beans

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2 (12 ounce) bags of frozen green beans

1/2 cup butter

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt (more or less can be added)

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

Pepper to taste

1 medium red pepper, cut in strips

4 ounces of mushrooms (fresh or canned)

Melt the butter in a frying pan then add the garlic salt, basil, and pepper. Stir in the peppers and mushrooms; saute till just tender. Add the bag of green beans. Stir every so often and cook until the beans are tender crisp.  Serve on a bed of rice with chicken strips or just use as a side dish.

Yield: one 9 inch round pan or 6 servings.

Our Amazing Body

Have you ever thought about what all goes on inside the amazing body you are living in?

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For instance, your heart weighs about 300 grams (10.5 ounces or 0.66 pounds) and it pumps  approximately 5000 mL (5 liters) of blood per minute when you are resting!!!  This is called normal cardiac output. Your heart can fit into the palm of your hand. :)

Blood vessels are arteries, veins and capillaries. The average child has 60, 000 miles of blood vessels and the average adult has 100,000 miles! Dr Mercola says “When you gain a pound of fat, your body makes seven new miles of blood vessels. This means your body must work harder to pump blood through all of these extra new vessels, which may put a strain on your heart, and may reduce oxygenation and nutrient replenishment in other tissues. Fortunately, if you lose a pound, your body will break down and re-absorb the now unnecessary vessels.”

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Here are some fun facts I pulled from several different sites-

  • Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
  • The average human drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in his or her lifetime
  • A human sneeze creates a blast of air that can be moving more than 100 miles per hour
  • The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (And the tongue only weighs two ounces!!)
  • Your lungs need a lot of breathing room. The total surface area of the lungs is approximately equal to the size of a tennis court.
  • The human brain cells can hold between 3 and 1000 Terabytes of information. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes.
  • The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
  • During the lifetime of a person – he will grow around 950 kilometers (590 miles) of hair!
  • Humans, Primates and Koalas are the only creatures in nature with fingerprints.
  • You thought the brain is a gray dull organ, as seen on television? you would be surprised to know that its mostly water. about 80% of our brain tissue is liquid. So next time you’re on the verge of dehydration – keep drinking so you won’t make your brain dry. ( :) )

How about your 45 miles of nerves?? No wonder we get tired… SO many miles to travel in one day! :) Yet, our body does this NONSTOP without us telling it to go or stop. God designed our body to have a cruise button – and he has the choice of letting the cruise stay on or deciding when our last day on earth will be.

Our Creator also gave US a choice- will we choose to take care of these amazing bodies or will we allow junk food, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sugar etc. to break our body down faster than He intended it?

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all this information (just a fraction of what I could share!), please sit down on a chair, close your eyes and take a deep breath in slow – then let it out slow. :) You are an amazing piece of God’s handiwork- He created you with unique fingerprints that only you have! So many little details. You are highly blessed! Don’t take your Amazing Body for granted!

Live

Keep smiling ~ Coach Shannon 😀

Resources:

  1. 40 Interesting Facts
  2. 16 Human Body Facts
  3. Dr Mercola

Homemade Guacamole

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By: GrowingHealthyHomes.com

4-5 ripe avocadoes

2 TBSP fresh cilantro finely chopped

2 TBSP onion finely chopped

Juice of one small lemon

1 clove garlic or 1/2 tsp minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and scoop out the flesh of the avocado into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Serve with fresh veggies and/or baked whole grain pita chips. Makes 8 servings.

Branching out of the box…

Change

Do you ever get TOO comfortable inside your little box and then wonder why you do not experience growth, whether financially, in your business or spiritually? Actually we can grow rather stagnant in our complacency of not wanting to accept any kind of change… This often leads to dissatisfaction with our daily routine, people around us, or our own decisions and life. We can get grouchy or irritable and blame everyone else for our problems that won’t go away.

This is the time to take a look inside and see what we are really made of… are there any roots of bitterness? Anger? Dissatisfaction?  Feelings of entitlement? It is time for a SPRING CLEANING of our heart and mind! Break off the top of that box, tear down the sides and venture out into the sunshine. Take time to smell the flowers and woodsy scents as you walk on a bike path or feel the wind in your face as you ride your bike.  Breathe in deeply and feel your spirits soar into the sky as your mood lifts. SMILE 😀 😀 😀  It actually takes more work for the muscles in your face to frown than it does to just smile!

Lifestyle

So… Mannafold Blessings and Coach Shannon is stretching a little and breaking outside the little box to see what the big world is like. I have done a little checking around and spoke to the Health Department about offering freezer meals to friends and family. The person at the Health Department I spoke to said I could make freezer meals on a donation basis only since I do not have a commercial grade kitchen. Since then, I have created a Meal Idea sheet and sent to a few people. But I am branching out today on social media to see if there is anyone else interested?? Need a healthy meal to pull from the freezer for a quick meal? Let’s do it! :)

Click here —–> Frozen Meal Ideas to see your options!

Give a donation of what you think the meal is worth in groceries & preparation time and send your order to mannafoldblessings@gmail.com! Together, we can start changing the world, one meal at a time! :) #eathealthy  #healthyfastfood #foodprep

Also, come to the Healthy Fast Food class on Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm! We will all share ideas together to keep each other motivated to protecting our bodies from disease and sickness!

Healthy Fast Food

Get out and enjoy that SUNSHINE!! :)

~Coach Shannon

 

Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

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By: Shannon Beeghley, LPN, NS, CHHC

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

3 TBSP maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup Simply Nature Vanilla Bean Oats and Grain cereal

1/3 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

1 TBSP black chia seeds

2 TBSP mini chocolate chips

Line a 4.5″ x 8.5″ loaf pan with wax paper. Mix the PB, maple syrup, vanilla and honey together in a bowl, then add the cereal, coconut chia seeds and chocolate chips. Mix well and press evenly into the lined loaf pan. Chill in the refrigerator a couple hours. Remove from pan, cut across into bars and store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 5 bars or 10 squares :)

Note: This could be made with sunflower seed butter or another nut butter. If using almond butter, decrease to 1/2 cup since it is thinner than PB. Or just add more cereal.

Healthy Grieving

Grief

Grief- a word defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement; a cause of such suffering; an unfortunate outcome”. 

Yesterday, I received the sad news my 50 year old friend had died from complications of cancer. She was such an inspiration to me and had such a heart to know the things of the LORD. She pursued after God with such a hunger and was so excited to share something she had learned. She always had a huge smile on her face, even when she might have been in pain. Tina will be greatly missed!

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Throughout our lives, we all have come in contact with death or loss. As a child, it may have been our favorite cat or dog. Maybe we found a dead sparrow or bunny rabbit. Then as we got older, we lost a grandparent, cousin, uncle, aunt, friend or spouse. We each grieved in a different way. Some of us stuffed down the emotional hurts and did not allow ourselves to cry. Others cried with such grief that it seemed to go on for days, months, years. Then those “firsts” come around and hit us all over again as we remember the loss of the loved one.

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Did you know there is such a thing as healthy and unhealthy grieving? Healthy Grieving is when you are able to mourn the loss of your friend, your move away from all things familiar, your miscarriage…. and this is in a manner you are able to control your emotions. Unhealthy grieving is when your emotions control you and you are physically unable to control your grief. It bogs you down until you cannot even do the smallest part of your day such as getting dressed and eating meals. Depression sucks the life out of you and you don’t remember what it was like to laugh.

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As I mourn the loss of my friend, I smile at all the memories that come to mind. I remember the many things we talked about and the Scriptures we poured over. If you are struggling to move past your grief and find a “new normal”, I suggest you get in touch with a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Here is the website of a friend who does this type of counseling-  http://goodgriefandyou.com/. You can click on this link to find a counselor in your area. https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/

I remember a time – only a few short years ago- when I was finally able to unpack all the hurt feelings and unhealthy emotions. I have spent many hours in counseling as I pursued after a healthy emotional life. I remember where I was when I laughed for the first time in a loooong time. It felt so strange, yet freeing.  Now I am able to control grief and my emotions instead of them controlling me. Major depression and anxiety kept holding me back from living life. I am thankful to have my life back and for strong leaders and counselors who took the time to help me get back on track.

Zig Ziglar, famous author and speaker, wrote this book- The Confessions of A Grieving Christian after losing his daughter. I personally have not read the book, but reading the reviews show that the book is well written and has touched many lives in helping them cope with their grief.

Prayers to each of you who are struggling. Please reach out and ask for help if you want to get out of the pit of unhealthy emotions! Send me an email at mannafoldblessings@gmail.com. I will listen. I will care!

L’Chaim,

Coach Shannon

Once upon a sick day

Once upon a time in a really close land, there was a nurse who wished for a nurse to help fix her chicken noodle soup, bring her cups of hot chicken broth or get her yet another Kleenex box. But there was only a 4 legged furry friend who stared in understanding that something…. just… wasn’t … quite… right.  :) Cats are very intuitive and know things even when they don’t speak the human language!

This post has been delayed in getting sent due to fighting against some type of bug/virus. I am definitely on the mend, but wanted to share what is in my flu-bug arsenal that has helped me fight back.

  1. SLEEP- when our bodies do not get enough sleep as we run ourselves thither and yon to all the many appointments, work schedules, after school events, etc… Our immune system gets lower and lower and we become susceptible to the latest strain that is floating around. :(
  2. WATER- drinking more water than you usually do can help flush out bacteria as well as hydrate your skin, sinuses and mouth.
  3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil– I put a few drops in the shower last night and breathed in the hot steamy aroma to help clear my sinuses.
  4. UNKERS– This contains All Natural Botanical Oils – Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, Pine Needle, and Camphor.  Menthol Crystals in a snow white pharmaceutical grade petrolatum base. I use this instead of Vicks because it has more natural ingredients in it. I have been rubbing it on the bottom of my feet to reduce coughing, then put on cotton socks. It really helped me last night! It’s also good to rub on your chest and put a small smear on your sinuses. Inhale deeply and you will be clear in no time :)
  5. ALJ by Nature’s Sunshine– This is a capsule that has a proprietary blend of Boneset Aerial Parts, Fennel Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Horseradish Root extract and Mullein Leaves Extract. These fight for a healthy respiratory system.
  6. SLEEP
  7. WATER
  8. SINUS SUPPORT by Nature’s Sunshine– It contains burdock root, synephrine (immature orange peel), capsicum fruit, golden seal root, parsley herb, horehound herb, althea root and yerba santa herb. This combination contains natural trace amounts of magnesium, potassium, silicon and zinc plus vitamins A and C, and thiamine.
  9. Organic Echinacea Plus herbal tea– This has Organic Echinacea purpurea herb, Organic Echinacea purpurea root dry extract, Organic Echinacea angustifolia herb, a proprietary blend of Organic West Indian lemongrass leaf and Organic spearmint leaf.
  10. SLEEP
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  12. Activate-C Immune Complex- that has Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin E, Astragalus Berry extract and Aronia Berry extract. Astragalus is an ancient traditional Chinese herb that supports the immune system. The Aronia Berry extract is taken from the black chokeberry and has extremely high antioxidant levels.

I highlighted several of the ingredients so you can research them on your own. All of them support and boost the immune system.

And before I forget, let me add that getting enough sleep and water is crucial to boosting your immune system 😀

Now, I think I will go fill my water cup and go back to bed…

Please share below some of the different things you use to fight the cold/flu bugs.

~Coach Shannon

Resources:

  1. Mountain Herbs
  2. Unkers
  3. Melaleuca
  4. Nature’s Sunshine

Change your words, Change your life!