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Dealing With Cravings On A Cleanse

During a cleanse it’s inevitable that some cravings will come on, especially when we may not be eating as much calorie dense food as we’re used to. Sometimes cravings come on so strong you feel like you’re turning into a ravenous beast that simply MUST have whatever it is you’re craving in that moment.

Moments like this are normal…but the first thing to do is catch your thoughts, examine them, and determine if you’re just hungry and your body/brain are defaulting to the calorie dense foods that they remember. Consider if you truly do want to eat these foods or if it’s just a passing craving, if you’re feeling emotional, stressed, or are simply just hungry and need to eat something healthy to curb your craving.

Breath deeply and think about how you will feel after you eat whatever it is that you’re craving, and if the consequences are worth a few moments of temporary pleasure.

Here’s a list of common cravings that could come up, and some cleanse friendly alternatives that can help you curb that craving, and keep you feeling great:

  • Bread: Eat quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, rice, or root vegetables. These foods are  a good source of gluten-free carbohydrates, loaded with fiber to fill you up, and vitamins, minerals and protein. If you simply must have some bread look for gluten-free breads/wraps but preferably the ones with the fewest ingredients, and organic ingredients. You can also bake your own yeast-free gluten free bread using gluten free flours. There are many great recipes online.

  • Cheese – Try making your own nut cheese (eat in small amounts), or sprinkle some nutritional yeast on your meal (goes great on salads, steamed vegetables or whatever you can think up). A craving for cheese could also be a need for healthy fats, so eating foods like Avocado, Coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax, or small amounts of cold-pressed oils can help nourish your body and curb your desire for cheese and other dairy products.

  • Alcohol – Try fermented beverages like Kombucha or Jun, fresh coconut water, or make an herbal soda with carbonated water and Harmonic Arts Herbal Root Beer Syrup or Chaga Kola Syrup.

  • Coffee – We often use caffeine as a stimulant when we are tired. One way to rely less on caffeine is to get adequate sleep. Caffeine is a poor replacement for rest that our body needs. Earlier bedtimes, using less electronics and artificial lighting in the evening, and relaxing evening teas like chamomile can help create a better night time routine to help you get to sleep earlier. As a replacement for coffee try Harmonic Arts KickStart, Herbal Teas, Matcha, Yerba Mate, Guyusa, or Herbal ElixirsRoasted Dandelion Root also makes a great coffee substitute that is very cleansing. Water can also be a great resource for helping you cope with consuming less caffeine. Every time you crave coffee or other caffeinated beverages just sip on some water. Being hydrated will help you stay more alert, improves digestion, and is essential for cleansing.

  • Sweetener – Dates, Molasses, Maple Syrup, Honey, Stevia Leaf, Berries, Yacon

  • Dessert – There’s nothing wrong with craving something sweet after a savory meal. The key is to avoid the heavy, sugar laden common dessert foods like cake, cookies, ice cream, pie etc. You could have a piece of fruit and a cup of herbal tea with some honey, or make a small dessert smoothie with some frozen berries, almond milk or water, and banana. Eating it out of a small bowl with a spoon makes a smoothie seem more like dessert, especially if you make it thick.

  • Salty Crunchy Snacks – Try replacing things like chips, crackers, and other salty snacks with fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, snap peas, and cucumbers. If you prepare them in advance and have them ready in the fridge or in your lunch bag, they’ll be ready and easy to grab when you’re craving a crunchy snack. You can also try healthy snacks like brown rice cakes,  and for something salty dried seaweeds like dulse and nori are a great way to get those ocean minerals into your body and curb a salt craving. Upgrade your salt with high quality mineral salts like pink crystal salt, smoked sea salt, black lava salt, and other sea salts that are much better for your body than standard table salt. Avoiding heavily salted, processed foods will help your taste buds adapt to less salty food. That way, when you do use salt, you need less.

    The key to dealing with cravings is to figure out the source of the craving and what the best option is to overcome it. If it’s stress or emotions you can try some physical activity, or something calming like yoga or meditation. If it’s true hunger then you definitely need to eat, just choose the best, healthiest alternative possible and you’ll stay on track.

    We don’t always choose the best options. We aren’t perfect beings, so if you do give in to a craving, don’t beat yourself up over it. Simply examine the source of the craving, how/why you gave into it, and what your intentions are to deal with those cravings moving forward.

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Happy Spring Cleansing!!
The Harmonic Arts Team

Triple Chocolate Love Pie

When you’re making a Triple Chocolate Love Pie, there is always an extra important ingredient that needs to be included… LOVE

So take your time and enjoy the creative experience…

Everything else is great to have checked off on your list, but if something is missing, it’s ok, there are always options and alternatives.. So treat this recipe as a blueprint, and get experimental if you like. Just make sure you add the LOVE in, and your creative masterpiece will come out beautiful.

Tonic Immune Protective Soup Recipe

Tonic Immuni-teaAt Harmonic Arts, one of our favourite Winter Tea Blends is Tonic Immuni-tea.

This deeply nourishing, earthy flavoured blend has a few sweet notes consisting of Wild and Organic Adaptogenic/Tonic herbs and mushrooms used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) including Chaga, Reishi, Eleuthro, Astragalus , Rehmannia, Codonopsis, Goji, and Wild Yam.

Tonic Immuni-tea is the perfect base for creating immune protective elixir drinks and soups…

Strengthening Commitment to Your Self

The earth has circled around the sun yet again, and many of us find ourselves in a similar place as we did this time last year; ready to make a commitment to that which is important, and close to our hearts. Perhaps it is a desire to more deeply commit to your health, to your relationships, or to your career. What you are committed to does not measure the success of your intentions. It is the strength of your commitment that will determine success.

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How can we fortify the agreement we decide to make with ourselves, in order to bring to fruition the important matters of our hearts?

Winter Health Alignment

This is the 1st in a 4-part blog series from Harmonic Arts and Yarrow Willard, to be released on Solstice and Equinox. The intention of these blogs is to deepen our understanding of ways to show up in optimal health during each season of the year. When we  choose to align with the natural energies of the season, we are proactively reducing imbalance and disease in our body, mind, and spirit.

winter alignmentWinter’s Decline

When it comes to health, many people see winter as the toughest time of the year. It’s not uncommon to feel challenged with immune issues, stress, depression or a lack of energy in the winter months. Partly this is because it’s the natural completion of the life cycle. The world around us is retreating into sleep mode. If our actions and choices are not in alignment with this seasonal tone, our health and wellness will suffer.

4 Favourite Natural Cold and Flu Fighters

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This time of year I actively add an ounce of cold and flu prevention to my family’s daily regime.

As our bodies adjust to the shifting seasons and the retracting light, fortification to the immune system becomes an important intention.

In that, I choose anti-microbial herbs as defense, immune boosters as offense, and deep immune tonics for conditioning and maintenance.

 

 

Cold Defense– When we feel a hint of the winter wetlands hit with stormy cold symptoms, we pull out this blend to come in strong with support to our natural defenses. This blend is ideal to take when sensing oncoming symptoms of a potential cold or flu.

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Immune Boost Tea– This tea is a favourite for it’s healing essence that permeates the air while it brews up on the stove during colder months. It boosts our resistance to winter bugs while warming the body from the outside-in.immune boost tea

 

Elderberry Syrup– This one is always welcome to all members of our family, even the choosiest of palates enjoy the sweet berry flavour of this classic syrup. Elderberry is said to have a center of gravity on the lungs, and its anti-viral properties either keep colds and flus at bay, or lessen the impact of such symptoms.Elderberry-Syrup

 

Viral Support– This blend has a deep penetration to trigger the immune system. It lends support to the body in conditioning for its best defenses yet.Viral-Support-50ml

 

Rolling through this winter cycle, you may also find some of these products to be especially helpful, assisting you through the season with a lowered level of stress on your health and wellness!

 

angela willardAngela Willard became a Clinical Herbalist through the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in 2005. She has since practiced as an Herbalist through many avenues including consulting, growing herbs, wildcrafting, and co-creating Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary. Angela actively adds herbal and health tools to her basket of wisdom by continually upgrading her knowledge with a strong focus on Women’s health and wellness. Sharing information that empowers people to live with integrity and reach their highest potential is a true calling, one which fuels her on her path. She balances her time between raising a young family and nourishing her passionate purpose as an herbalist.

 

Closing of the Veils – Giving Thanks to the Natural World

Join Herbalist Yarrow Willard as he explores a few ways in which we can deepen our Kin-ection and offer our thanks for all the abundance we have received in the year.

At Winters Door we have an opportunity to honour the Death/Hibernation process within ourselves and the world around us.  In doing so, we create space to for new life to flow through us once more.
In this Video the Herbal Jedi shares a variety of ways to do this, and why it is important.

Plus a few herbal gems and bits of knowledge along the way.

Categories: Blog, Video Blog

Elevated Donut Bites

Truth time – I made these healthy donut bites specifically so I could use the Elevate Elixir Blend. I’m obsessed. Ever since the weather turned, I haven’t been able to get enough of its creamy, rich, cardamom flavour! Last year it was our Activate Elixir Blend I put in everything, but this year it’s Elevate. I use it in my coffee, hot almond mylk, breakfast oats and most recently my baking.  If one of the other elixir mixes is your current favorite you can substitute it in favour of mine.elevated donut bites

Ingredients:

⅔ cup rolled oats

⅔ cup dates (de-pitted)

⅔ cup nuts (soak for 1-4 hours and then rinse) – I used cashews

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

⅛ teaspoon vanilla powder

.1 teaspoon Elevate elixir

½ teaspoon 5 Mushroom Blend (or another mushroom powder)

To make the dough:

Add oats, dates, nuts, elevate, mushroom powder and salt to a blender or food processor and blend until the ingredients have turned into a moist dough.

Ball the dough into the size of your choice (I made bite size) and place on a tray covered in parchment paper in the freezer for 20 minutes

To make the glaze:

In a pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat on stove

Once melted, turn off heat

Immediately add vanilla powder and maple syrup

Whisk together and transfer to bowl

To Finish:

Remove donut bites from freezer

Roll each donut bite in the  glaze

Place back on parchment paper

Once all bites are covered in glaze, place in freezer for 10 minutes

(If you have leftover glaze, repeat above process)

After the the glaze has frozen on your scrumptious Elevated Donut Bites, you can transfer them to a  sealed container and keep in fridge.

I was inspired by a recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life  which I then elevated with a few awesome Harmonic Arts products!

Kelsey

 

This delicious and easy recipe is brought to you by Harmonic Arts team member Kelsey, who is a  Holistic Nutritionist inspired by West Coast living, meeting her farmer, playing with her food and getting outside.

Chaga – A Medicinal Mushroom

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus): This mushroom shows up as a sclerotia (growth) that is found mostly on birch trees in the northern regions of our planet. It has been used for at least several hundred years in Russia and Eastern Europe and is well known and used extensively by indigenous people of northern Canada, Europe and Siberia.

As a superfood and medicine Chaga has gained much popularity over the last 10 years, mostly due to its heavily researched anti-tumor and immunomodulating properties. Chaga is also employed as a potent antioxidant for which it is starting to get quite a reputation.

 Some studies suggest Chaga can be used as an anti-inflammatory, reducing pain sensations and has blood sugar regulating properties. Like other superfood mushrooms Chaga must be prepared in a way that makes its Chaga Tea Cutcompounds available for absorption in the body. This means cut pieces of the mushroom must be lightly simmered as a broth or a decoction style tea, prepared was a dual extract tincture, or pre-extracted edible powder form.Chaga Chunks -Wild Harvested

The tea has a nice flavour with hints of vanilla, it can be used as a base for smoothies, hot drinks or soups, the tincture or powdered extract can be consumed on their own or added to food and drinks.

 

Mushroom Mysteries, Medicine… and more – Part 2 of 2

Click here for Part 1 of the Mushroom Mysteries and Medicine series.

The use of Mushrooms as medicine and superfood can be found in almost every traditional culture, and has a rich history throughout the world.mushroom

Their ability to assist in healing the body of chronic diseases, tumour systems and weakened immune function has intrigued practitioners and healers for thousands of years. In the last 50 years, this aspect has gained much attention by the health and science community, especially in the west where there has been a dramatic influx of these types of diseases; brought on by the shift from traditional diet to that of a modern one.

As such, much time and money has been spent studying mushrooms and attempting to figure out how they work, what potential species may be of benefit, and what the best ways to use them are.

There are several constituents of interest that have been found in the medicinally active mushrooms that show great healing potential. The most significant are the polysaccharides and triterpenoids, but benefits have also been attributed to the nucleosides, ergosterol, fatty acids, protein/peptides, trace elements and other compounds unique to each mushroom.

Mushroom Mysteries, Medicine… and more – Part 1 of 2

IMG_5030Humanity has always had a deep fascination with the fungal kingdom. Stories involving the mysterious world of mushrooms are layered into the folklore in every culture that has ever existed.

Even the earliest intact human we know of, Otzi the Iceman (5000 y old), had a pouch containing 2 medicinal mushrooms (Birch and Tinder polypore). Both of which are considered to be helpful with parasites and bacterial infection, which he was shown to be suffering from.

The deeper we dig into the world of mushrooms, the more we find ourselves in amazement and awe at the potential keys that the fungal kingdom unlock. The fungal kingdom has a potent place in helping tackle many of the major issues we face in the world right now. When we take into account all the new technology, growing edge science, and old world knowledge surrounding mushrooms, it is a mind opening experience. The more we learn about them and their dynamic, integral part in life, the more we realize how little we know about our own planet, ourselves and the future of our health sovereignty…

Currently studies and testing are being done on fungi in many sectors of government and industry, including use in disease control, immune support, chronic diseases, food sources, flame resistant and lightweight building materials, biofuels, pollution remediators, communications medium and more. Even though many of us are unfamiliar with some of these uses for mushrooms, currently the worldwide industry is valued at over 45 billion dollars and rapidly growing.

IMG_4878Every time we open a new door into the world of fungi, we find 10 more to explore…

Leading us to questions such as..

Can Fungi help save our planet from the damage we have done?

Can many of humanity’s current issues be tackled using mushrooms?

And the answers coming back are starting to look like a yes… on multiple fronts.

I’d like to share with you a handful of mind boggling facts and info bites about how mushrooms show up on this planet:

  • First off, there are over 1.5 million species of fungi on the planet. We have only been able to classify around 14,000- 20,000 species that produce fruiting bodies (mushrooms), but this could be only 10% of the fruiting species, due to the fact that they can lay dormant for many years and only produce fruit when shocked or in ideal circumstances.
  • IMG_6830Fungi make up ¼ of the total biomass (living organisms) on Earth. Collectively this kingdom acts similarly to a nervous system or world wide web for the planet, offering all sorts of valuable nutrients, immune support and informational exchange with the rest of life.
  • Mushrooms have been on earth for approximately 1,300 million years, slowly breaking down lava rock to create an environment where plants could exist. Plants have only been here for 700 million years. That’s almost twice as long!

Iced Maca Mylk

It’s August and we are well into the summer season. This month’s days are still long and usually hotter than the months before and the months to come.

Depending on your circumstances the summer has been packed with music, camping, friends, festivals and parties. Or maybe it’s been filled with summer camps, water fights, children screaming and gardening. Or a little of both;)  Either way the heat of the sun and the splendour of the season can be taxing and you may be feeling fatigued and low on energy.

If you’re in need of a cold pick me up then look no further! This chocolatey, cold use of this superfood will cool you down and give you that extra boost of energy to keep enjoying your summer!

IMG_2852Ingredients:

1 cup nut mylk ( I used almond mylk)

1-2 tablespoon cacao powder

1 teaspoon maca

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoon real maple syrup

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until mixed

Add ice to glass

Pour maca mylk over ice

Enjoy!

Kelsey

This delicious and easy recipe is brought to you by Harmonic Arts team member Kelsey, who is a  Holistic Nutritionist inspired by West Coast living, meeting her farmer, playing with her food and getting outside.

Green Power Blend Lemonade

 Green Power Blend Lemonade

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Packed with vitamins and minerals, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories.
 
So refreshing and delicious!

Ingredients:

~2 Litres water

~2 lemons

~2 tbsp honey

~2 tsp Green Power Blend

and ice 

I mix the honey with a little warm water to make into a liquid and then mix with the cold water, lemon juice, GPB and ice.
It’s so nice and refreshing! I love it.

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~Recipe shared by Harmonic Arts representative Camala~

5 Ways to Encourage Kids’ Summer Enjoyment, Naturally!

angie and lindenFamilies and friends of children are beginning preparations for the coming summer holiday months. Kids of all ages will be home from school during 10 warm weeks, and keeping them engaged and cool are keys to everyone’s happiness.

In our home, we aim to guide our children through their senses, the gateways to communing with nature. Facilitating nature connections allows these budding beings to learn from the original guru, mother nature herself.

Planting the seeds to ignite children’s imagination takes a little intention and inspired invention on the homefront.

The Perfect Smoothie to Start Your Day

Our Affiliate Manager Colin recently shared a wonderfully simple smoothie recipe that he makes to help meet all of his nutritional needs.  He balances his time as a firefighter/photographer/Holistic Health Coach and does an outstanding job of nourishing himself with the best foods and ingredients.  Come along as he shares a glimpse at his morning routine.

“I was asked at a Nutrient Dense Eating class recently to give up my daily smoothie recipe so I put to paper exactly what my first meal of the day is. I usually start with a glass of room temperature water with a half teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to prepare my digestion for food.  Then I sip the Full Meal Deal smoothie before my exercise and yoga routine.

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