Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burrittos

blackbean butternut squash burrtiosSo, I have been trying to eat a plant based diet this week and I came across this gorgeous burritto recipe that I found at Oh She Glows, it is Black Bean & Butternut Squash Burrittos! This is a delish marriage between the black beans and butternut squash that is immpecable! Here is the recipe below! let me know what you think and let Oh She Glows know too!

Yield: 4 burritos or 3.5 cups of filling


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, cubed, & roasted
  • 1/2 cup uncooked short grain brown rice (yields: 1.5 cups cooked)
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • One 15-oz can black beans (about 1.5-2 cups cooked), drained and rinsed
  • 4 tortilla wraps (large or x-large)
  • Toppings of choice: (avocado, salsa, vegan sour cream, spinach/lettuce, cilantro, etc)



1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a large glass dish with tinfoil. Drizzle olive oil on squash and give a shake of salt and pepper. Coat with hands. Roast chopped butternut squash for 45 mins. or until tender.

2. Cook brown rice (for directions, see here)

3. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add oil, onion, and minced garlic. Sautee for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Now add in salt and seasonings and stir well.

4.  Add chopped red pepper, black beans, and cooked rice and sauté for another 10 mins. on low.

5. When b’nut squash is tender remove from oven and cool slightly. Add 1.5 cups of the cooked butternut squash to the skillet and stir well. You can mash the squash with a fork if some pieces are too large. Add Daiya cheese and heat another couple minutes.

6. Add bean filling to tortilla along with desired toppings. Wrap and serve. Leftover filling can be reheated the next day for lunch in a wrap or as a salad topper.


Breathe Easy Through The Winter

Do you often find it complicated to breathe during the winter time and feel that your lungs need a vaca? How about fighting the cold and flu? There are a couple of natural remedies I have found that could help make life a little easier and help you breathe better and fight the colds and flus that the lovely, dreaded winrer bring.

Alot of folks think that the #1 supplement for fighting the cold and flu is Vitamin C; however did you know that you need to be reaching for Vitamin D? Of course Vitamin C is helpful for boosting immunity; however, Vitamin D has been researched and shows that it boosts the bodies natural defenses and helps fight colds and flus. What’s more is that it even helps fight against respiratory illness as well.  During the winter time there is not a whole lot of sunshine; whereas in other times of the year such as spring and summer there’s plenty of sunshine. Since, the sunshine is hiding its beautiful face the amount of Vitamin D that is in our bodies in minimal and can drop dramatically. Thankfully you can get a natural dose of Vitamin D through many resources.

There are many supplements that you can get ahold of; roughly taking in about 600 IUs a day can help boost the amount of Vitamin D that is in your body. Other sources are plenty of fresh fruits and veggies as well. There are studies that show if your Vitamin D levels are optimal that it can help boost the health of your respiratory and lung health; it can also help prevent viral and bacterial respiratory infections, asthma, and other conditions.


The next amazing natural thing you can do to help keep your respitatory system and lungs healthy during the winter is medicinal mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and many herbalist and claim they have amazing benefits for the health of humans. Medicinal mushrooms espically have been used for thousands of years to protect against viruses and to help support immunity. Reshi mushrooms espically are recognized to support healthy immune function and some studies have even shown to help prevent lung cancer. Shiitake mushrooms have some of the same benefits for immune function as well as do maitake mushrooms. You can easily find reshi mushrooms in just about any health food store or online. Alot of them come in powder form which is amazing, because you can simply add them into your smoothies everyday for optimal health!

Another thing you can do during cold and flu season is to make some homemade elderberry syrup! You can find my recipe for that here.

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!


CocoBerry Green Smoothie

CocoBerry Green Smoothie:

* 2 handfuls organic spinach

* 1/2 cup organic strawberries {frozen}

* 1/2 cup blackberries {frozen}

* 1/2 cup coconut water {I used Vita Coco, infused with pom & acai}

* 1/2 cup spring water

* 1-2 wheatgrass ice cubes {optional}

Blend everything up!

I used a Nutribullet for this recipe. My Ninja blender is so big and bulky and sometimes I just hate getting it out. Yesterday while shopping on black Friday I was able to snag a Nutribullet for $50! Great deal. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t work as well as “they” say it will. However, it’s a little easier on the bullet if your frozen fruit is slightly thawed, just a little. Also adding almost enough water or liquid to cover what you have in really helps. I put in whole spinach leaves and it shredded them until there was no trace of any solids of the spinach or anything. The seeds from the berries is still there; which is fine of course. The smoothie also came out extremely creamy and very well blended. Honestly it is just about comparable to a Vitamix; almost. But the consistency was perfect for me. If any of you have used a Magic Bullet and didn’t like it; try out a Nutribullet; it’s high power is so amazing and is truely an amazing machine. It’s bigger than the Magic Bullet, but fits perfectly on the counter and isn’t all that bulky. What kind of blender do you use to make amazing superfood powered smoothies? Let me know!

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!

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Caldrea & Mrs. Meyers Clean Day

I recieved from Caldrea; a wonderful company who has a full line of luxurious cleaning products for the whole house! Caldrea is also the parent company for Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day! I recieved Caldrea liquid dish soap in Palmarosa Wild Mint and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day NEW 68 Load laundry detergent in Lemon Verbana! Yum!! I was very impressed with both products and will be using them in the future!

Caldrea, like I said before is the parent company to Mrs. Meyer’s. Caldrea uses essential oils and natural ingedients to have a grime and dirt kicking formula to tackle the toughest messes around your home and more! At Calrea they use nature for natural fragrance and cleaning potency. Every single product they have and use is free of parabens, formaldehyde, ammonia, chlorine, phosphate, petroleum distillate, and phthlatates! That is amazing and wonderful! Scents that are available from Caldrea are: Palmarosa Wild Mint, Mandrain Vetriver, Ginger Pomelo, Lavender Pine, Basil Blue Sage, and Sweet Pea! Yum, sounds like you could eat them! I personally love the Palmarosa Wild Mint; I haven’t used the others but I will very soon!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products are just as amazing! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Days was inspired by an Iowa Homemaker named; Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer, who is a mother of 9!! Her daughter, Monica, thought that cleaning products should be free of nasty chemicals and should “smell nice, like a garden, but still work like the dickens on daily dirt and grime!” She named the company after her mother, Mrs. Meyer’s. I love that! Again, like Caldrea, Mrs. Meyers uses essential oils and theraputic aromatherapy for cleaning!

A home should smell fresh, clean, and lovely; not nasty, bleachy, and medicinal! It should smell like sunshine! I find that not only with the nasty chemicals and toxins found in traditional cleaners, they are also horrible and nasty smelling and I personally do not want that at all! I’m with Monica, I want my home to, “smell nice, like a garden!”

Caldrea Palmarosa Wild Mint Liquid Dish Soap:
I have never, ever got excited or wanted to wash dishes! Having an older home, I don’t have a dishwasher and with traveling all over the US the hubby for work and living out of 5th wheel, don’t have one there either! However, after using Caldrea and thier liquid dish soap in Palmarosa Wild Mint, it made me want to wash dishes! It smells so heavenly, alluring, and clean! The mint gives a nice scent that is very calming and the Palmarosa is subtly floral, but not too much. All you need is about a squirt or two of the soap to do dishes and it goes a long way. It gave the right amount of natural, clean smell I wanted in the home without smelling un-natural. The Palmarosa Wild Mint soap has soap bark extract, which is natures best degreaser! I didn’t know that until I started to use this product! That is one thing I love about trying out new products; you learn new things! Overall this dish soap gets 5 stars from me across the board, I love it! The size of the bottle is 16 oz for the price of $9.00. The packaging is very clean, sleek, and stylish! I have been using the product for about 2 weeks now and if you look at the picture above I haven’t even got to the top of the beginning of the labeling on the bottle! Which is saying alot because I always feel like I go through dish soap like crazy!! I loved this product and am a customer for life!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day 68 Load Lemon Verbana Laundry Detergent:
This is a super concentrated, 4X laundry detergent that smells like a bucket of lemons! Yum! This laundry detergent comes to you concentrated 4X, allowing you to only use 1 TBS per Load!! Now, how often do you feel you are using a full cup or more of laundry detergent? I know I do; well did before I started making my own. Sometimes you just don’t want to make your own, or don’t care to. If not, Mrs. Meyer’s is a wonderful company to use as well. Clean and all natural products and essential oils are used here as well to clean your home and laundry! I was sent this detergent in Lemon Verbana and loved the fresh lemony smell, it’s hard working, but gentle for delicates as well. I always do a “test” with laundry. I wash hubbys dirty work cloths with the detergent, if it gets it clean it’s a winner. Then I do my delicates; if it gets them cleans but keeps the form, shape, and fabric protected and soft it’s a winner as well. Mrs. Meyer’s past both tests!  Stain fighting enzymes, borax, essential oils, and plant derived ingredients are used here to help get your world clean! And does it terrifically! The 68 load detergent comes in a 32oz bottle for $15.99!

All in all, both these products are amazing and will be used in my home for times to come! I highly recommend both of them, at least for you to try once and see if they work for you!

If you are interested in purchasing any or the above mentioned products from Caldrea or Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day; please click on the links below and let them know that Heather at Naturally Glowing sent you!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

Skin Perfection Seven Seas Skin Mask


Looking for a great skin mask that will lift & firm? Keep reading!

I had recieved a sample of this item in the Green Grab Bag that I reviewed a few days ago, sadly there was nothing in it:( I emailed Skin Perfection and told them about this and asked if they could send me just a sample so I could try it and give a review on it. They were so sweet and sent me the full size of the mask! I was so impressed with thier immediate response and how considerate they were to help me out! The customer service with this company is amazing and they are so nice!! I was so grateful they gave me the opprutunity to be able to try this mask for awhile with the full size! Thank you Skin Perfection!
Skin Perfection is one of the leading companies in Natural, Organic Anti-Aging Skin Care! They have a whole line full of everything for you skin care needs. The price for these items is extremely resonable; a basic cleanser runs about $16.00. They use organic extracts and antioxidants to help the skin with anti aging! They also have this cool recyle program that whenever you send them 6 empty bottle or containers from Skin Perfection they will send you a free USDA Certified Organic Minty Peppermint Lip Balm! How nice is that!? Skin Perfection is a signer of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign and strive to bring it’s customers quality, natural, and organic skincare to be loved over and over again! I highly encourage y’all to check out all of thier products! They have a wide range of products for all of your skin care needs!
The Seven Seas Mask is promoted to lift and firm the skin. Which, when I used it I felt it! I felt that nice tightening that you should feel in a mask that you are using for that purpose, it also felt tingly and cool on my skin; which I loved. The Seven Seas Mask contains Marine Algae, Spirulina, & Pearl. Also in it is; algae extract, hydrolyzed collagen, sea buckhorn extract, pearl powder, sea salt, aloe leaf juice powder, bladderwrack, honeysuckle flower extract, lavender oil, jasmine oil, sandlewood oil, orange peel oil, ylang ylang flower oil, phytic acid, and hydroxide potassium. This mask comes in a 2oz jar that is eco-friendly. On the Skin deep database this mask rated at a 2; which is very safe! In fact most products by Skin Perfection is below a 3-4. The price for  the Seven Seas Skin Mask is $24.50; which is an amazing price for great skin care!
You can contact Skin Perfection at
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Glowology: My Current Obsession (n.) the art of celebrating the beauty in every woman; an inner beauty that shines through when you feel your best

Glowology is this wonderful company out of California that I have come into contact with. They sell Organic Skincare, decadent bath & body products, and lotions. Glowology came along by way of thier company Noodle and Boo, which was targeted towards; newborns, babies, and children, and has some excellent products for mommy during and after pregnancy. Women everywhere were buying these products for thier children and adored each and every one of them. At the success of Noodle and Boo, they decided to dedicate and design a line specifically for women! Much thanks to this cam the brand: Glowology. Glowology’s Fundamentals are: Glorious, Goodness, Green, Giving, Glamorous, and Girlfriends! This company is so excellent and dedicated to its’ consumers and wants to make sure each customer is happy! Glowology’s Collections include: Aqua, Pacific Sea Kelp and Nectar, Royal Honey; along with several other products! Some of the Certified Organic ingredients Glowology uses in thier products are: honey, pacific sea kelp, aloe leaf juice, lavender extract, sunflower seed oil, olive oil, white tea extract, marshmellow root extract, oat kernal extract, shea butter, calendula flower extract, cacao seed butter, clover extract, chamomile extract, and comfrey extract! Yumalicous!

I had the wonderful opportunity to try the amazing product: The Balm! It is an amazing, hydrating, and luxrious hand cream. It is thick and creamy, not gressy and hydrates deep into the skin quickly! I used this product for a little over a week and I can see a huge difference in my hands, elbows, and feet, and around the ankle area! They are so sofy and hydrated. I have very dry heels and ankles and elbows and this really, truely helped. You know that rough feeling your feet has on your sheets if they are dry? Well that was mine! But not no more, they are silky smooth! The Balm is hypo-allergenic and clinically tested. It has organic shea butter for intense hand and foot hydration, organic sunflower seed oil which helps soften and moisturize dry skin, bilberry, lemon, orange, sugar cane, and sugar maple extracts; which gently exfoliate dry skin! It is Sinfully Rich and Delicous! This product comes in one size, which is 2.5 oz, it is extremely concentrated though so very little is needed to achieve optimal results! The price for this product is $14.00; which I felt was an amazing price! I looked at a few “big name”, chain stores and the had several hand creams that were over $20! And those were filled with chemicals!! Yuck! Choose a simple, pure, organic, delious alternative and get you The Balm!
Where to Buy? Give them a call 1*888*400*5454 Online  at

If you are interested in thier mom and baby line check out Hope y’all enjoyed! xoxo, Heather Be sure to let them know that Heather@NaturallyGlowing sent you!

My New Love: One Love Organics

On this wonderful holistic, organic lifestyle change and journey; I am so
excited when I come across another amazing company that is bringing women, and men and children; amazing, organic, and safe skincare, cosmetics, etc. When I came across One Love Organics, I thought; “What a beautiful name”. Sadly, I am one of those people who judges my products on visual first! But, to me I think it’s important it lets me think and know that this company is proud; it’s like walking out of the house dressed and fixed up! Your proud of yourself! Suzanne LeRoux is the wonderful creator of One Love Organics. She is a true believer in natural products, as well as alternative, holistic healing. She has studied holistic nutrition, herbs, and aromatherapy. While she was a lawyer! After 5 years of being a beauty alchemist, One Love Organics was born! She and One Love Organics support Non-profit Organizations that benefit families. Suzanne is an artisian with true heart!

I purchased the One Love Organics Essentials To-Go! I was blown away at how wonderful the products were! I recieved: Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm,
Brand New Day: Microderm & Masque, Easy Does It foaming cleanser, Morning Glory Brightening/Complexion Booster, Love Springs Eternal Youth Perservation Serum, and My New Best Friend Shammy! The Essentials To-Go was a great way for
me to try the products before buying the regular size. I got the Morning Glory and Love Eternal Springs in a sample and was very greatful. I am going to be traveling this weekend to Colorado so this could not have came at a better time! All of the product came in an adorable little black and white polkadot costmetic tote. It’s adorable, I love it! Everything fits in it, as well as my basic essentails for makeup! The cost for the Essentials To-Go Pack was $48.00 and was money well spent!

The Skin Savior Beauty Balm: This is the most amazing little “savior”. There is so much you can do with this wonderful balm! It is a moisturizer, makeup remover, performance booster, lip treatment, hair tamer, natural illuminizer, treatment foundation, you can add this to your mineral makeup, I even put a little on my scalp and left on for awhile and then rinsed and rubbed through. *I even used it as a texturizer for hair one day* It has coconut oil *YEA* in it so, therefore it is a natural sunscreen for your face as well. The ingredients in Skin Savior include: coconut oil, sweey soy seed oil, beeswax, mango seed butter, chia seed extract, oat extract, orange peel extract, jojoba seed oil, vanilla extract, natural, non-gmo vitamin E. The price for this lovely little “savior” is $39. This is the multi-tasker you will not be able to live without! I promise you that one!


Brand New Day: Microderm & Masque: Have you ever been to a salon and they are telling you, “Oh, you need a microderm session, several treatments, and it will only cost you $100/treatment! WTF?! Ok, sorry but I am not paying that kind of money for that! How would you like it if I were to tell you, you needed no crazy machine, no breaking the bank, and that you can get your own microderm at home for the amazing low price of $39? Would you take it? I know I would. Well, One Love Organics created this beautiful little Microderm and Masque called, Brand New Day! It has antioxidants, and peptides, and it’s amazing and will have your skin glowing! You can use it every morning, using 1-2 tsp mixed in with some water or double duty with the Easy Does It foaming cleanser and gently scrub your face! Or add some raw honey or plain greek yogurt for a mask for 15 minutes! It’s devine! And smells ever so yummy! Some of the ingredients include: baking soda, rice bran, organic milk powder, silk peptide powder, organic pinapple fruit extract, and allantoin. This is another keeper, it smells heavenly, cleans and exfoliates!

Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser:
Ok, first of all, once again I love, One Love
Organics, not only is the Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm a multi-tasker, but the Easy Does It foaming cleanser is as well! You can use this *bad girl* to cleanse your face, body, and wash your hair! Easy Does It is soothing, cleansing, it softens, protects, and is simply amazing! Easy Does It contains glycerin, bark extract, apple extract, apple oil, and honeysuckle extract. It smells heavenly and is so simple and pure! It felt so soft on my skin and was amazing on my hair and entire body. Gentle, safe, and effective for your entire body. There is no need to have a body wash, shampoo, and face cleaner…you can just use Easy Does It! Seriously, it was awesome! My husband thought I was crazy when I told him to wash his hair and body with it. “I thought you washed your face with that?”, me, “I did, but I also used it for my hair and body, you try it!”. And guess what? He loved it! I love using him as a genia pig to try out things as well, it makes sense to make sure everyone in the house will like it! You can pick up Easy Does It for $29.00. However, if you want  a bigger bottle for the shower it is $79 for 32 oz, and this product goes a long way!

Morning Glory Brightening/Complextion Booster:
Ok, I am not trying to sound full of myself here or anything, but everywhere I go alot of people tell me that I have a beautiful complexion, this is on a girl who feels she has to wear makeup and doesn’t feel pretty or that I have pretty skin. My husband and I went to Ulta to pick up a makeup brush I wanted and before we left 3 women told me they would kill for my skin. The hubby said, “See, I told you, you were beautiful.” Aww, I felt pretty for the whole day! With that said, Why wouldn’t I continue to do and use anything and everything that would keep my pretty complexion? Well, I have found it! One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening/Complextion Booster serum is so amazing! I honestly could see a difference in my skin within one week. Actually all I used on Sunday for makeup was One Love’s Skin Savior, a little bronzer/blush, a little eye liner, and some mascara! My hubbby said that I looked so refreshed and glowing that day, even a friends girlfriend asked me if I was preggers “cause my face was glowing and dewey! OMG, I wish, but I was very thankful for the compliment! I honestly believe this company has the products to be “makeup optional”. Now, Morning Glory, this little baby is packed with a huge punch of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and stimulates, brightens, tightens, and tones your skin. I call it, my little face lift in a bottle! Morning Glory contains; Raspberry Leaf, lemon balm, sweet mint, and essential oils of: lemon, ylang ylang, and peppermint. You can grab “my face lift in a bottle” haha or Morning Glory for $48 I recieved this as a little extra, in a small sample; you can bet I’m buyin this when I run out of my sample!

Love Eternal Springs Youth Perservation Serum: A girls best friend, next to
One Love Organic’s New Best Friend Shammy. Love Springs Eternal Serum is anti-aging, smoothes skin, and wrinkles and reduces them, as well as giving your skin the essential fatty acids it needs. Perserve your youthfullness with this serum, I promise you will love yourself for doing using this product. It felt so delicous on the skin and did what it was suppose to; my skin has felt firmer since using it. I don’t have wrinkles so I am not sure about that; however I don’t want any, so you can bet your bottom dollar I am using it to prevent it!  It is packed with watermelon seed oil, date seed extract, rose oil, neroli oil, frankincense oil, palamarosa oil, and natural vitamin E. You can grab your youth serum for $59.












My New Best Friend Skin Shammy: I always used a wash cloth to wash my face with. Isn’t that what we all use? Well, after you use the My New Best Friend Skin Shammy for One Love Organics you will start using your face clothes to scrub the toliets! The skin shammy is 100% pure dermalogical grade fiber chamois! One cloth is good up to 200 washes and is so soft and gentle and amazing. You simple let cleanse it and air dry it. I always felt that regular wash clothes were a little too rough on my face and it was always really red after washing, but not with the skin shammy! I loved, loved, loved it!!! You can snag 2 of the for $24! Sweetness!

My overall view on One Love Organics was that I am a customer for life! I honestly loved every single product, and was able to try every product. They have everything you need. There is no reason to have a million different lotions and potions. Simplicity is best, not only does it but down on clutter, but it cuts down on your pocket book as well! If you are not sure and want to try out One Love Organics, you can purchase thier: A Little Love, sample pack; which gives you single uses of every product, except the skin shammy for $3.95! There is also a small sample size in just about every product! I truely feel that if you purchase the Essentials To-Go you will get to recieve the full benefit of One Love Organics so that you can become an amazing customer to them as well! You can Order at or give Suzanne a call at 912-434-4212 be sure to let them know that Heather@ Naturally Glowing sent you!
xoxo, Heather
Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!
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DeodoMom Deodorant

Brought to you by 30 Some Weeks is DeodoMom. This deodorant which is availble in a jar or rollon is a safe alternative of deodorant safe enough for pregnant mothers and all members of the family. The only ingredient found in this deodorant is magnesium hydroxide, which is safe enough to eat mineral and a little water. It is not scented and hopefully never will be.
Many of you I am sure use anti-perspirants; but it is not the wisest choice for you. They are usually aluminuim based and acutally created a “plug” that blocks your glands from sweating. You need to sweat! That is how your body gets out the toxins and how your bodies themostat cools you down. Aluminium is not required for our bodies, therefore there is no reason for you to be applying it on your biggest organ; skin. Too much can start to create trouble with your metabolism. Your liver is what gets rid of it, however, if too much is in the body deposits of it can be leached into your heart, brain, and other organs and systems.

I was asked by the creators of DeodoMom to review this product. I will be honest I was a little nervous at first. No catchy packaging or pretty bottles were in the works here. Just a simple bottle and jar with a green label stating what it was, it’s ingredients, and how to use. Pretty simple, huh? I started to wonder why there was little thought put into the packaging; then I realized, does packaging really make the product? No. Do pretty colors make the product work? No. Etc, etc. I can tell ya I have bought many things in pretty packaging and they most likely didn’t work. But this deodorant actually did. I didn’t have B.O.; I did sweat ( ’cause you are suppose too!!) But there was no bad smell. I was quite pleased with the product. I was able to try it in the jar and the rollon. Personally I liked the rollon much better, less messey and just used to rolling on deodorant I guess. Both contain the same product. It’s purely your choice which way you would like to go. Would I order this for myself? I’m pretty sure that I will. I’ve had the product for about a month and haven’t ran out yet. I wanted to wait until I was done completely, but it’s lookin like it’s going to be awhile. 🙂

The price for DeodoMom is $10 for a jar and $12 for the rollon. You can contact 30 Some Weeks; creator of DeodoMom at I am confident that they can answer any of your questions and that you will be satisfied. Have a blessed day yall!


Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!

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Diverticulitis: What is it and what helps it?

This topic of Diverticulitis has came to my attention from a reader of Naturally Glowing. I feel for her so much after learning some about this disease. I also found out my mother-in-law suffers from this as well. She had her stomach litterally explode on her from this disease as she was not treated correctly about 10 years ago and now suffers multiply intestinal problems. Diverticulitis is an acute or chronic infection in the walls of the large intestine that have weakend due to not enough fiber in the diet. Stool becomes lodged into pouches in the colon that protrude through the colon wall. This results in infection and can create an abcess which leads to an infection in the intestines. People with Diverticulitis often have pain in lower abdomen; usually on left side which surface pretty rapidly. Abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, frequent urination, painful urination, rectal bleeding, and blood in stool are all symptoms that have been found with patients having Diverticulitis. Evidence links that high stress and smoking can worsen this problem. Other factors can include genes, gallbladder disease, obesity, and coronary artery disease. Studies have shown that physical activity, running, walking, and jogging to help protect against Diverticulitis. A high fiber diet is recommended for people suffering from Diverticulitis; at least 20-35 grams per day. You can get this from fresh fruit, veggies, and cerals containing brans. Drinking plenty of water helps as well; at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Eating foods that are alkaline help astonishingly. Veggies like: broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots, potatoes, peas, sprouts, turnips, and califlower. Fruits like: berries, raisins, prunes, bananas, and apples. Whole grains, gluten free are recommened. Making sure your grains are whole grain is very important and avoid grains that contain soy, soy isolate, or soy letchin. You will want to avoid celery and corn.

There is also some supplements you can take to help aide in the process of healing your Diverticulitis!!
* Acidophilus (take as directed) helps support healthy intestinal tract and replaces flora in small intestine, primarily improves assimulation.
* Fiber (take as directed) helps prevent constipation and helps prevent infection
* Super Greens Formula- Gardne of Life has an amazing Super greens formula that has high levels of chlorophyll in the formula which is extremely benefical.
* Vitamin B complex (100mg, 3 times a day)
* Proteolytic Enzymes (take as directed, between meals) aides in degestion &
 reduces inflammation in colon
* Essential Fatty Acids (as directed) aides in protection of cells that line the wall
of the colon
* L-Glutanamine (500mg, 2 times daily, never with milk) maintains absorption
surfaces in the gut called villi
* Vitamin C (3,000-8,000 mg, a day, divded) anti-inflammatory & helps immuity
* Garlic – aides in digestion and is a natural antibiotic.
* Alfalfa (2,000 mg) Natural source of Vitamin K, essential minerals most people
with intestinal disorders lack.
* Aloe Vera Juice 1/2 Cup 3 times a day. Promotes and heals inflammed areas
* Organic Coconut Oil: 3 TBS or more a day. Add to smoothies, cook with it, add
or just swallow the TBS. anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-
carcinogenic, etc.. the miracle work horse!

Diverticulitis is a serious condition. If you think you may have it please see a physician. These recommendations are for information purposes only and will only help educate the patient with what is going on with them. This information is great for anyone who may be worried about thier intestine and colon health; men espically should look into this informaiton as well. I know red meat is acidic but we do eat it in my house. As a rule of thumb: Fish-2-3 times a week, chicken 2 times a week, poultry 1 time a week and beef 1 time a week.

Best Wishes & Live Beautifully!
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Superfood Mocha Smoothie


Superfood Mocha Smoothie:

* 2/3 Cups Cashews
* 1 TSP Vanilla Extract
* 2-3 TBS coconut palm sugar
* 2 TBS Cacao Powder
* 2 TSP instant coffee powder
* 1 TBS Cacao Nibs
* 1 1/4 Cup Coconut Water
* 2-3 Cups Ice
Blend all until smooth and yummy!!

Amazing benefits of Chocolate, true chocolate in it’s purest form; cacao. Antioxidants are preserved in the raw cacao; dark chocolate doesn’t contain these like raw cacao does. The bad things commonly associated with chocolate are driven from the processed, sugar laden chocolate. Health benefits of raw cacao are: weightloss, cavities prevention, regulation of blood sugar, benefits the heart and entire cardiovascular system as a whole. Cacao is the highest whole food source of magnesium, which happens to be the most deficent mineral in the diet of modern cultures. Cacao is also clinically proven to dissolve plaque buildup in the artiries; which help in reversing heart disease and naturally lower blood pressure.
* Vitamin A, B (1,2,3,5,6), C, and E
* Magnesium
* Copper
* Calcium
* Zinc
* Sulphur
* Iron
* Chromium
* Phosphorus
* Omega 6 Fatty Acids
* Saturated Fats
* Amino Acids
* Soluble Fiber
* Enzymes
* Phytonutrients

Enjoy all!