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Allie
21/Nov/2017

Beautifully created by Elizabeth for family, friends, and every event… So yummy & delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15oz) of drained and rinsed black beans
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of gluten-free quick oats
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup, agave, or honey
  • 1 full dropper of liquid Stevia
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chip
  • optional: more chips on top for presentation

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Combine everything (but chocolate chips) into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Stir in chocolate chips and put into greased 8×8 pan.
  • Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes.
  • Place in refrigerator 3-4 hours or overnight so brownies will firm up!

Makes 9-12 brownies. Now have fun with family and friends and have them guess the secret ingredient!


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Allie
21/Nov/2017

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

The holidays are fast approaching as we enter the last few weeks of October. Most people don’t take the time to plan out their meals and stay on track with their health. Remember, health is wealth and feelings are fickle! Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a week-long indulgence, but a one-day indulgence. Our focus should be on the fun, and not so much on food. There are a lot of ways to stay on track during the month of November!

  • Get outside (pick a backyard football game, take a family walk, rake leaves, 30 minutes a day!)
  • Cook at home (make a list for meals, and plan how you will get it done!)
  • Make your desserts at home (pumpkin pie, paleo bites)
  • Always have healthy snacks on hand (cut vegetables, dips, hummus, lentil chips)

Elizabeth makes black-bean brownies that can be a delicious addition to your holiday indulgence.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. -1 Corinthians 10:31


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Allie
21/Nov/2017

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

The importance of eating healthy cannot be stressed enough. When we eat good, we feel good! Eating the right fruits and vegetables is important in getting our daily dose of vitamins and minerals and replenishing the cells in our body. The foods we eat will either build us up, or break us down. While it may be different for everyone, most people will say they feel much better after a plate of salad, roasted vegetables, and chicken, fish or steak than ones with processed meats or dairy.

HEALTHY MEAL IDEAS:

  • 2 HARD BOILED EGGS, SIDE SALAD, AND ROASTED CARROTS
  • GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST, GREEN BEANS, CELERY (I really like them with white wine mustard)
  • ROASTED BROCCOLI, FISH, PIECE OF EZEKIEL TOAST
  • RICE CAKES, SCRAMBLED EGGS, AND SALSA

These are just a few ideas, and ones that work for me. Also, when I’m in a rush, I’ll grab a protein bar from our shelf for extra protein and it’s gets me through until my next meal!

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2


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Julie Mitchell
21/Nov/2017

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

Today I saw our privy from another point of view. At that particular angle, I was able to see what was really going on under the hidden rim. What appeared to be a perfectly clean commode, was quite the contrary… Without going into the details, it was evident that those colors under the rim were not a display of overall toilet hygiene. So, without further delay, the area was sprayed with a cleaner and then with great attention, the rainbow of colors was brushed away. What remains now, is a clean toilet and understanding of how to clean it on a regular basis.
Our bodies can appear one way to us when looking in the mirror, but if we are able to get an internal glance, we can understand what is really going on under the rim of our skin. We don’t want to wait until the bathroom has a strange smell before we do a thorough cleaning of it. Likewise, our cells and the space outside cells need to be clean of debris so our tissues, organs, and systems can run at optimal levels without a buildup of toxicity. If our sweat, breath, urine, and bowels movements have a bad smell or odd colors, we can be confident something is not working right.
It is our goal at The Nutrition and Wellness Center to shine a light on what may be going on underneath our skin and give us confidence in a wellness plan that keeps our insides clean on a regular basis. Each of us who work here, knows how important it is to address symptoms of toxicity before a major problem arises. So, we do a series of cleansing and cleaning out our systems regularly to support a healthy internal environment for our optimal health. Whether it’s a biomeridian scan, colon hydrotherapy, body movement, infrared sauna,  herbs, homeopathics, etc. whatever you may need, we are here to help you understand how to be proactive in achieving balanced internal self-cleaning environments. We are here, because you are there.

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6


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Allie
21/Nov/2017

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

As summer is winding down and Labor Day being right around the corner, I wanted to share about our smoothies and why they have become so popular! Smoothies are an easy-to-digest way to get your macro-nutrients in while at the same time being healthy and delicious! The smoothies we make here at The Nutrition And Wellness Center are easy and fast to make. They have all the quintessential nutrients you need to keep you going through the day with energy and renewed stamina. Our recipes are simple, and we find that our clients keep coming back for more.

SMOOTHIE RECIPE:

  • GET ANY SIZE STANDARD CUP
  • 1 CUP OF ICE
  • 1/2 CUP OF FROZEN FRUIT (organic is ideal, I love blueberries!)
  • 1.5 to 2 CUPS OF WATER
  • 2 SCOOPS OF ULTRAMEAL or SP COMPLETE
  • 1 tsp FLAX OIL
  • A FULL DROPPER OF STEVIA  (optional)
  • TURN ON BLENDER, BLEND UNTIL DONE (usually 1 min. or less!)

We have a Vitamix blender at the office, but any blender will do. We also use organic frozen fruit from Costco and flax oil straight from Barlean’s.

Stop by and I can make you one for lunch or a midday snack.
COST: $5

“Moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor— It is the gift of God.” -Ecclesiastes 3:13


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By Elizabeth Mitchell, Certified Personal Trainer, Menu Planner, & Lifestyle Therapist

Let’s become confident in physically training our glorious bodies that the good Lord has given us. Who’s in? I know I am!

Confidence in exercising starts when we successfully achieve a daily work-out routine. 20-30 minutes a day of walking, biking, yoga, or strength training is a great way to start! Confidence in our bodies can come when we become victorious in sticking with the decision we made to workout. We can do this!

It is Gods will for us to have physically strong, healthy bodies.

I invite you to proclaim & declare this over yourself daily until you become it: “The more confident I grow in my ability to be physically active, the more courageous I will become to try new things with my glorious body and mind.”

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14


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Allie
21/Nov/2017

By Allie Mitchell, Clinical Director

I used to walk in fear of fats! Butter, oils, anything that had high fat and calories… I was afraid. A lot of people are afraid of fats… You shouldn’t be! Healthy fats, like omega-3 EFAs in flax oil, salmon, pumpkin seeds, fish oils, and walnuts will help nourish you (both physically and mentally). To me, it’s like BRAIN FOOD.

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid, a healthy fat, that your body uses to support a range of bodily processes such as the immune system, mood management, cholesterol regulation, and more.

I put flax oil in my smoothies every morning, and notice a huge difference in my day! I’m able to come across clearer to people, work better, and feel a real difference in my work day.

“You love what is right, and hate what is wrong. Therefore, God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than anyone else.” -Hebrews 1:9


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Julie Mitchell
21/Nov/2017

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

One definition of eclipse according to Webster dictionary is a loss of power or success.

Today, August 21, 2017, will be a total eclipse when the sun looks like it is completely covered with a dark circle because the moon is between the sun and Earth.

Let’s view the SUN as our power source of healing, life, and vitality; the EARTH, as the human body that knows how to heal itself, and the MOON as the thing that gets in the way of healing. The MOON could represent microbes like bacteria, candida, viral, parasites, or chemical/metals which are creating a loss of power and successful system functioning… What can we do to remove the damaging effects of the MOON blockage? Eat proper ratios of protein, carbs, and fats! Eat low processed foods, drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, and find out what the blocks of vitality are. One of the things I’ve been called to do is finding the hidden causes of eclipses so the SUN can get its full glow to the EARTH. The effects of removing the MOON will be vitality and fullness of life because the EARTH knows how to heal itself when given the right raw materials in the correct environment.

“The mighty God, even the Lord, hath Spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.” Psalm 50:1


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Julie Mitchell
21/Nov/2017

By Julie Mitchell, BCND, CN

I work often with women who are going through various symptoms of menopause and are willing to step back and look at ways to help them move through this season. Men on the other hand, often want to avoid doctors or anyone who will give them directions. Have you ever been in a car with a man who won’t pull over for directions and you know he doesn’t have a clue where he is headed? It is critical for some of our guys to pull over and ask for directions to the nearest state of well being. Male Andropause is a period of time when there is a decreased production of male hormones.

4 Areas of Imbalance Men May Want to Pull Over and Get Directions For:
SEXUAL  lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased size of testes, less spontaneous erections
SLEEP  insomnia, increased sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep
PHYSICAL less muscle mass, increased body fat, reduced strength and endurance; less energy, decreased bone density, hair loss on body, increase in body heat
EMOTIONAL decreased motivation, lower self-confidence, increased sad /depression, difficulty concentrating or remembering things

The Mayo Clinic states that on average, males after the age of 30 lose 1% of their testosterone levels each year.  This process is typically a very gradual one in which the changes happen so slowly that men are not even aware of them. These are the guys that don’t need to pull over for directions. For others though, changes in sexual function, energy level or mood are more noticed and affect areas of their life more dramatically. These are the men that need to pull over for directions. As with women going through menopause, one of the most important glands of the body are the adrenal glands. They must be cared for and supported during this phase of life with great wisdom. Stress, be it emotional, work related, relationships, internal or external toxins, will weigh very heavily upon these precious walnut sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys. It will be important for men to allow themselves time to discover what is needed for them to move through this season with confidence and strength. And let’s not forget to give a shout out about the very important liver…where all the hormones are first conjugated and produced from cholesterol.

6 Directions that Can Lead Men to Feeling Manly Again:
LIFESTYLE  Eat a healthy diet that does not include refined sugars and grains or at least are minimally consumed.  Eat adequate amounts of protein, vegetables and fruits.  Move it or lose it…exercise 3-6x week with cardio and weight resistance exercises.
BREATHE  Deeply and peacefully throughout the day. Count your blessings and don’t sweat the small stuff.
WATER Drink half your body weight in ounces a day, more if you have sweated during exercise.
Saliva Hormone Assessment:  You can have saliva hormone testing to determine not only testosterone levels but other important hormone levels that are in the male endocrine system.
ADAPTOGENS  This is a substance or practice that helps to regulate the body and help move it towards homeostasis. There are a number of adaptogenic herbs and homeopathics that can support the male endocrine system during the andropause years. Consider practices like yoga, meditate on inspiring words, breathing deep, and developing an intimate or deeper relationship with God.
JOIN FORCES with a healthcare practitioner:  Who will support you with your goals of achieving wellness holistically and naturally. A bioenergetics practitioner will be able to lead you in the discovery of the underlying causes of these hormone imbalances and help you to restore this balance through various modalities.


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Julie Mitchell
21/Nov/2017

If you are constantly sneezing, wiping your nose, scratching somewhere, watching hives or acne break out, then you may be showing sensitivities to foods or environmental elements. Allergy symptoms are the immune system responding with hypersensitivity to a nontoxic substance, like pollen, in the environment called an allergen. It then produces antibodies called immunoglobulins(IgE) that contribute to the symptoms. To support the immune and lymph systems this season naturally, the following 5 ways will give it a push up that allergy hill. Allergies play a big part in missed school and work days.  Allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies, retrieved April 8 2015). It is possible to make it through this allergy season in a new and fresh way by following any of the tips below.

  • BREATHE DEEPLY AND MOVE
    1. Since it doesn’t have a heart to pump it, the lymph vessels need help so get the body moving. Walking is something most people can do as well as bouncing with your bum on an exercise stability ball for 5-15 minutes 1-3x day. Hold onto a chair for stability if needed. A rebounder works wonders for this too.
    2. For more advanced movements, try jumping with imaginary rope or jumping rope for 1 min, 7x day.
  • NETI POT
    1. Clear out the sinuses that are filled with tree, weed and flower pollen with a shower to the nasal pathways using a neti pot with saline solution.
    2. Use warm water with ½ tsp of saline solution like Celtic sea salt. Put the spout end into one nostril, lean over sink and let it flow out the other side. Simple and easy but a little intimidating the first time. Give it a try with confidence know that you are supporting with mucosal lining of the sinuses.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS and BELLY BREATHING
    1. Diffuse, apply to skin, or ingest DOTERRA’s highest quality oils using this blend called The Allergy Bomb: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint
    2. Put a drop of the above oils in palm of hands, and get the lymphatic system moving through belly breathing which expands and contracts the lungs that encourages movement of the lymphatic fluid
  • AVOID FOODS THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO INFLAMMATION
    1. Dairy products from a cow like milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt (be cautious with goat or sheep products too)
    2. Products containing wheat/gluten like bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, pastries
    3. Reduced or eliminate all grains like rice, oats, rye (if eating them choose whole grains only)
    4. Refined sugars and foods higher on the glycemic index like cookies, chocolate treats, desserts (careful not to switch to artificial sweeteners, if something needs sweetening try stevia)
  • HERBS AND HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
    1. Echinacea, olive leaf, cat’s claw, myrrh, sambucus
    2. Homeopathic remedies specifically combined for food or environmental sensitivities and drainage
    3. We only use the highest quality with full potency and effectiveness.

The Nutrition and Wellness Center specializes in individual care for those struggling with acute as well as chronic issues. When it comes to this season of high allergens in the air, allow us to serve you with multiple modalities. Whether it is increasing movement in our new gym 180 Transfiguration, spagyric potent liquid herbs, homeopathic remedies, the high quality DOTERRA Essential Oils, superior nutritionals, menu planning or colon hydrotherapy, we are here to bring freshness and creative ideas to the people of Williamsburg and the surrounding communities.

Check out our local pollen count at these sites:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/williamsburg-va/23185/allergies-weather/336221

https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/23188

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7

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