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Look! It’s a soup! It’s a smoothie! No…it’s a SOOTHIE!

We all know that green smoothies are a nutrient-dense, fiber-filled way to pack in the prana. But when it’s cold outside or I’ve got a sore throat, a cold smoothie just isn’t appealing.  That’s when I want something warm and soothing like Dr. John Douillard’s Green Tonic Soup (from his Colorado Cleanse recipe book.)

This bright green yumminess is super delicious and nutritious – and when you add a chunk of ginger, it soothes a sore throat an opens up the sinuses. That’s why I call it a “soothie.

I love this recipe so much I wanted to share it with you:

Ingredients:

1-2 cups filtered water for steaming
2 medium organic celery stalks, chopped
1 whole organic zucchini, chopped
1 cup organic strong beans, chopped
1/2 cup organic parsley

Directions:

1. Lightly steam veggies (except parsley) until bright green and tender

2. Blend all the veggies + parsley along with the water used for steaming in a powerful blender  (adjust amount of water to create the consistency you desire)

3. Add ginger root and salt to taste (I used a thumb sized ginger)

And voilà!!   A nutritious and delicious soothie.

How an alarm clock will help you sleep better

Do you sleep with your cellphone nearby?   Are you scrolling through social media up until the moment you fall asleep?  Do you check for new messages when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3 a.m.? Do you check your phone first thing when you wake up?

If so, it’s gotta stop!

I’m not sure exactly how or when I stopped using an alarm clock and began using my cell phone to wake me up, but like many of you I’ve been sleeping with my iPhone within arm’s reach.  I thought that since my phone was on Airplane Mode it wouldn’t harm my health.  But I was wrong! [TWEET IT]

Here’s why:

Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime.  Yikes! I’ve been looking at that little screen up until the moment I turn the phone off and roll over to go to sleep!

And it’s not just the light that’s harmful.  A 2008 study funded by major mobile phone makers showed that people exposed to mobile radiation took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in deep sleep.

“The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected,” the study concluded.

The solution?
An old-fashioned alarm clock.

Choose one that only lights up when you press a button or has an amber, orange or red light (those colors are best for restful sleep)

Also, choose one that wakes you up with a sound that isn’t shocking to your nervous system.

 

A good night’s sleep can enhance:

Digestion
Hormone Balance
Metabolism
Mood
Muscle Repair
Cognitive Function
And much more…

So do yourself a favor. Use an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room (or at least 6 feet away from your bed on airplane mode).

Here’s to your healthy sleep!

What’s going on? Insights from my two favorite evolutionary futurists.

Things are unsettled.

Some might say we’re in crisis.

What is going on?

Well, I’m no expert….but I’ve been fortunate to study with two brilliant evolutionary futurists who have helped me understand what’s going on and where we humans are on the evolutionary journey.

Let me introduce you to them:

Dr. Robert Keck
I spent hours mesmerized by Dr. Robert Keck at the National Wellness Conference several years in a row.  Dr. Keck had polio as a child and was catapulted into a lifelong search for healing and meaning.  He became a United Methodist Minister and an Evolutionary Theologian, and when he spoke, he filled the room with his passion for Spirit and Life.  I’ll never forget during one of his lectures when he said,

“Humanity is poised to move from ‘adolescence’ into spiritual maturity. …as long as we don’t commit teenage suicide first.”

Barbara Marx Hubbard
Buckminister Fuller said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Barbara Marx Hubbard, who helped introduce the concept of futurism to society, is the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.”

The recent victory at Standing Rock is confirms Barbara’s perspective. “Crises precede transformation….and problems are evolutionary drivers.”

If Barbara is right, then we are definitely being driven to transform and evolve!

I’ve learned so much from these two powerful teachers that I made a short video for you with a synopsis of their insights into what’s going on.  I hope it not only informs but uplifts and inspires you.

 

On the journey with you,

Deb

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