Sep
27

POWER OF SPICE: TURMERIC

by Nina Vachkova

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In this new series, we will focus on some of the most amazing spices you can easily add to your food to receive their benefits. There are quite a few! Not only do spices add a flavor boost to your meals, pleasant aroma, and often also color, some of them have really significant health benefits. Let’s take a closer look to our first suspect: Turmeric.

Turmeric is a rhizome of the plant Curcuma Longa, a member of the ginger family. You can find it in stores labeled as Turmeric Root, it looks just like ginger root, only Turmeric has a bright mustardy yellow-orange color. It comes from southern Asia. If you’ve never gotten your hands on a piece of fresh Turmeric, you probably know it in it’s more common form – dried and then finely ground into a powder form, sold in the spice aisle of your grocery store. Ground turmeric is very popular in Indian cuisine and it is a component of the spice blend you know as curry (if you are anything like me, you maybe thought curry was just an individual spice, coming from a curry plant, and you often wondered why turmeric and curry powders looked and smelled very similar. There is a curry plant, but curry powder is a blend combining it with other spices). You can also buy turmeric powder in some ethnic stores labeled as Indian Saffron. The powder stains any porous surface it touches (my old plastic cutting board is yellow for good, and when I mix a generous amount of turmeric with ground meat for some Indian inspired meatballs, my nails have a yellow tint for a few days). Expect it to stain any wood, plastic, countertops, skin, or fabric it comes in contact with.

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Sep
25

PRAISE THE LARD

by Nina Vachkova

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Saturated fat has a bad reputation. It was demonized for years (maybe even decades) as a contributor (or direct cause) of heart disease, cancer, or brain damage. We already learned about fat and the importance of it in our diet, we also learned that where our fat comes from plays a huge role, and that saturated fat is not the devil we’ve been told it is. In fact, quality animal fat might be the missing puzzle piece in your otherwise healthy and nutritious diet. If you still use highly processed vegetable oils to cook your meals, believe that butter is basically a heart attack, or even if you are looking for a yummy alternative to healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil, keep on reading!

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Sep
16

CHALLENGES, GOALS AND HAPPINESS

by Nina Vachkova

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We as adults have enough knowledge, responsibility, and power to take control over important things in life. We get to decide what we want to eat, which job to choose, how to raise our kids, or even little things like which shoes to wear. But still, we tend to fall into traps,  very often set by people with money to invest in coercive advertising. We all know all about the Biggest Loser, 200 Calorie Snack Packs, or the latest popular celebrity inspired 7 Day Cleanse. All these diet and fitness challenges are very beneficial – to those who sell them. Chances are that you have tried at least one fad diet or a fitness gimmick at some point in your life. We keep falling for these fads because they usually promise fast results with hardly any effort. Want rock hard abs in a month? Sure, here is your 50 dollar ebook. Only three more weeks until bikini season? No problem, this is what you can drink three times a day instead of food and you’ll lose fat in no time! We have all been there. We all once thought: I want a change, and I want it NOW. Our brains work like that sometimes and fad diet creators know that all too well, and work our impatience to their advantage.  

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“At Last…More Than 75+ Experts, including Doctors, Scientists, World Leading Functional Medicine Experts, as well as Sufferers now in Remission, are Lifting The Lid On The Auto-Immune Industry, In This Revealing 7-Part Series”

Watch Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss the documentary:

Audio: https://s3.amazonaws.com/lifentco/podcast/304-Betrayal.mp3

Access Betrayal here: http://bit.ly/2c5jbpy

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Sep
08

COCONUT OIL

by Nina Vachkova

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Coconut oil is amazing. The end.

I am just kidding, of course, even though the above statement is pretty much true. I always keep a jar of coconut oil in my kitchen and another one in my bathroom. Coconut oil is not just an ideal cooking fat, it is also a wonderful beauty tool. Today, we will talk about how you can use this super versatile, stable, and healthy fat, and some of those uses might really surprise you! First, let’s talk about what coconut oil actually is.

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