Homemade Veggie Chips Recipe

Whip these chips up in a jiff and have a healthier snack for your family. Dip them in guacamole, hummus, seed cheese, or your favorite spread, and store in a paper bag. Plastic makes them all mushy. If you want to have a bunch on hand, it’s best to make extra dough and freeze until your ready to dehydrate and eat them– because they taste better this way. And they won’t last too long in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini squash
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • ½ cup fresh dill
  • 2-3 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Pinch sea salt

Process

Shred your zucchini and carrots in a food processor, add in chopped green onion, dill, celery seed and olive oil and sea salt — and process for about 1 minute. Your mixture should be slightly sticky.

Raw Method: Spoon cracker sized servings onto dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for 5-6 hours. Flip your chips every two hours. I use an Excalibur dehydrator at 115 degrees.

Baked Method: Spoon cracker sized servings onto a greased pizza stone and bake on low for 2-3 hours or until crispy. Flip your chips after 1 hour.

Variations: add spinach, arugula, and vary the herbs for different flavors.

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3 Reasons to Trust Your Gut

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I pulled this article from the “Gina LaVerde” archives at an old website I used to work for called Mind Petals. It was written in 2007. Wow! Enjoy!

You needn’t be a practicing psychic to let your intuition guide you. We all get “feelings” that come from some unexplainable place inside ourselves and leave hints about the decisions we make. Whether they surface as warnings, luck or advice about the future – our gut instincts are more than just proof of our over-thinking tendencies.

How many times have you wished that you defied the logical choice and went with your “gut?” If the words “I just knew it” cross your lips more than occasionally then, I ask you: what’s stopping you from going with your gut?

Sure, we can’t always prove the truth behind these hunches, so relying solely on instinct gets tough.

But, here’s why you need to pay more attention to those little voices inside you.

Oprah Says So

We’re not huge Oprah fans. But the fact that main stream-media covered a topic that speaks to the very work we do in the alternative health world is quite promising. The March 2007 issue of “O Magazine” ran a fairly comprehensive article about the logic behind using our guts to decide our next moves. Citing the re-discovery of the enteric nervous system (also known as the second brain), in the 1980’s as scientific proof that “thinking” happens in our bellies.

We now know that our brains and guts vibrationally communicate with each other through this enteric nervous system. ( and, in fact, DNA changes as a result of this same type of inner vibrational communication). Your gut sends at least double the information to your brain than your brain sends to your gut. The balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in your digestive system aids in this communication process.

Main-stream media continues to half-cover important health topics like digestive health and intuitive thinking. In fact, a recent headliner about the dangers of sugar even provoked my mother to write me about what she’d seen on the news. Over-use of sugar may be related to poor gut health and therefore a botched line of communication from gut to brain, pathogenic candida overgrowth and brain fog. The truth is that most of my clients are suffering from candida, and have a difficult time understanding their gut feelings. But, it’s not just sugar that is the culprit. I’ve experienced more candida flare up (in myself, family and clients) as a result of imbalanced eating and stress. When the main-stream media tells you that sugar is bad, it inspires a frenzy of guilt-ful eating of sugar, disordered and restrictive eating, and stress.

What I’d like to see is a media who tells you what is really healthy. One who tells you about the fermented foods, good fats and super nutrient dense whole foods (not GMO) that help balance the micro-organisms in your gut and naturally allow for the flow of clearer intuitive thinking.

The trick is that when something on the boob tube catches your eye and feels like it could be right, go do your own research in books and online. Gently experiment with yourself. Maybe you’re not clear on what your gut is saying to you now, but thankfully nature has given us many tools for practice. The very act of trusting your gut allows for clearer messages to come through. And, believe it or not — trusting your gut also vibrationally heals bacteria/yeast imbalance.

Our own familiy’s healing from autism, heavy metal poisons and various infections began with a rigorous Body Ecology Diet which worked rather quickly to heal our physical guts by replenishing necessary healthy bacteria and yeast with fermented foods. And, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was that trusting my gut meant I couldn’t follow that diet forever. We dabbled In the healing powers of raw foods and saw great results for 2 years. We dabbled in super foods, raw meat eating, and some GAPS and Westin A Price Protocol. Then, finally I began studying Chinese Medicine and have come to realize that intuitive eating is the best way to keep balance and full health for our family. I now teach my clients how to honor their gut instincts and keep their physical guts in the best shape possible so that they can truly hear what their bodies are telling them regardless of what some guru or book tells them.

Soon, I even learned that I could gauge my physical health based upon how clear my intuition is. After the gut healing Body Ecology Diet, I became really psychic. But, once that work was done, I would experience brain fog if I overdid “healing foods” like coconut kefir or algaes. Sometimes gut balance for me meant eating bread… The very beast that I was told was the cause of my problems in the first place.

Trusting your gut and knowing yourself is an endless journey. We learn more each day, but it’s important to take action on what we learn if we want to see real changes in our health. It’s easier than you might think.

Try this O Mag. inspired exercise:

Have a seat in a comfy chair, take a deep breath and clear your mind (as much as you can). Now, push firmly on your abdomen. Is it soft and pliable, or does it feel hard and tense? If you are truly relaxed, your gut should show it with flexibility. Now – think of your job, your in-laws, or something that you know stresses you. After briefly concentrating on the stressor – feel your belly. The gut tenses up during stress. Doesn’t it?

 

Ancient Cultures Believed in Gut Thinking

In the Western world we’ve got our brains and our hearts to help make decisions. We are either logical thinkers because we use our brains to consider all facts. Or, we are emotional saps because we use our hearts to “feel” our way to the answers. Society tends to favor straight logic because we like to see physical results. But, in eastern culture emotions and logic are intertwined in the gut. We think because we feel and both are of equal importance.

Eastern philosophies have been healing people and keeping them well for at least a documented 2000 years. New science continues to prove the valid relationship between organ function that now can be measured and ancient practices like acupuncture and energy meridians that come from China. The cool thing is all of this can be easily adapted and proven in your own life without huge cost or pain.

Try it and see.

Think about how relieving it would be if you didn’t feel compelled to second-guess your intuition. Does thinking like this cause your tummy to relax?

The Power of Thought Can Help You or Haunt You

If you’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your boss isn’t going to like your new proposal, and you don’t address the subject – you may be setting yourself up for failure. Keeping looming thoughts internalized, without changing the physical situation may cause you to foul on the job just because you are focussing on what you don’t want. We can make ourselves fail by thinking that we will. However, if we address the problem we can let go of negative thinking. If you simply go to your boss with an outline and a few questions just to make sure you’re on track with what he/she wants — you may find out that your presumption was silly. But, you’ll save yourself from causing unnecessary stress.

Have you got a major decision to make right now? Feel your gut as you consider your options. It should soften as you come to the choice that is most comfortable for you. Going with the comfortable choice means that you can put all of your positive efforts into succeeding.

Most of us are fully aware that the holistic approach to healing begins in the gut. Vitamins are made in our digestive systems, our immunity and moods are determined there too. In yoga, we breathe into our abdomens, and our bellies are the core of all feelings.

So, it’s not far-fetched that that little notion you had to call your sister might be right on the mark.

The next time you get a hunch about what numbers to play, or how to help a buddy out of a sticky situation – Listen to your gut. Take the time to feel what your gut is telling you, and go with it.

What might happen if you didn’t go with instinct on some important decisions?

if you’d like to check out Psychic Skool and explore the true power of your intuition with me, let me know– We’d  LOVE to work with you

 

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Have a Juicy Thanksgiving: Delicious Raw Vegan Holiday Alternatives

 

Good Morning Loves!

Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the BLISS I’ve experienced from a high raw vegan lifestyle. This is the kind of EATING that opens your MIND. In that light, we have a guest post today from Allison Brooks, who shares a mix of past info and modern science. Max Gerson was using raw juices to cure cancer in the 50s, and finally, we have modern science to support those of us on that healing path. YUM!

By Allison, Brooks

Get Juiced!

Not in the steroid sense, but sorta…

Many people today don’t understand how food really works with our bodies (or at least I didn’t). Most  of us know that there are healthy foods, processed foods, fuel foods, and then those fast-foods, but not everyone knows how those foods work with our body.

It wasn’t until the document, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, came out that I learned what phytochemicals, lycopene, and other foreign words were. But after some research I learned how these natural chemicals interact with our body to promote healthy function, and that all my “natural” foods weren’t so natural anymore.

Many of these natural mixes and chemistry-knowledge have led many naturopathic and homeopathic practitioners to produce immune boosters to help the body during its weakest times. These range from common cold remedies, to post-workout relief, and to more serious issues like cancer. This does not mean that these juices cure cancer, but instead aid the body and keep it strong during very intense conventional treatments.

Many doctors see that benefits from these natural juices and have recommended patients with a low-survivability rate cancer, such as non-hodgkin’s lymphoma or pleural mesothelioma, to practice juicing with specific recipes or take classes to learn the helpful components of each ingredient. This is not only a healthy addition for patients, but it also gives them a sense of control when life might seem out of their reach.

So today, I have listed a couple of yummy recipes to spur any cleanse, detox, immune boost, or just healthy treat for all you “Bliss Bombs.”  The best part is that the prep time is just a matter of seconds. Hope you enjoy!!

Thanksgiving-Day Treat:

This juice is a great way to stay  healthy Turkey Day, but still enjoy the yummy-ness.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups butternut squash
  •  1 large honeycrisp apple dash cinnamon

Directions:

  • Wash apple and squash well
  •  Peel squash and cut into chunks
  •  Cut apple to fit into chute of juicer
  • Juice
  • Pour over ice Sprinkle cinnamon on top of juice

Enjoy!

Hawaiian Getaway:

This juice has been studied, and used in cancer hospitals to give patients a healthy boost and delicious treat. It is rich in antioxidants and great for digestion, and its a little taste of paradise.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ Pineapple
  •  1 cup blueberries
  •  1 piece for fresh ginger (roughly ½ inch)

Directions:

  • Wash ingredients
  • Core and Peel Pineapple
  • Juice
  • Pour over or blend ice Sprinkle coconut on top for an added island feel.
Enjoy!

My name is Allison Brooks and I am a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi. I earned my B.S. in Biomedical Anthropology and have continued my research to work towards a completed ethnography. I mainly focus on the effects of biomedicalization on different cultures, but I do branch off into other fields of anthropology.

 

Secure Your Virtual Helmets, We’re Quantum Leaping Through June

Anyone else feel the energy surge that’s carrying us through this June? Could it be the eclipses that are inspiring this time leap?  We started off June with an eclipse and will have another tomorrow, June 15. All this new and creative energy is bubbling up to the surface and big shifts for the positive are happening all over the place.

Tomorrow, June 15 marks the 2nd round of Oceans 11:11-– our virtual, global energy healing initiative.  Last month, on May 1, we got together to offer our energetic gifts for healing the core of the issues.

I focussed on what I call Healing Earth’s autism, because I see the environmental, political, financial, emotional, spiritual and physical ailments that plague us as elements of autism on earth. The plan for Oceans 11:11 is to heal the root cause of our issues and then celebrate and inspire the “taking back” of our  power. Our consciousness. Our rights to choose what we put in our bodies and how we live our lives.

We’ve lived in an awakened age for a long time, but many of our minds have been stuck in the trenches of old systems that deny our true power and freedom. For a long time people have understood the power of thought and the connective vibrations that bind us together. And, these people have used that energy and knowledge to serve themselves and the world. Unfortunately, though, some “powers that be” have gone through great lengths to hide the  positive effects of that energy.  They tell  us it doesn’t exist and a half a breath later use it against us. Governments,”law” makers and big biz peeps, understand energy very well.  Just take a look at Codex. Chemicals, like fluoride (which exists as a toxic by-product of aluminum manufacturing) calcify our pineal glands (third eye) and impair our ability to “see” with our minds, imaginations and connect to higher vibrations. This is the kind of thing that makes us feel stuck and helpless. But, when we do connect to those higher vibrations we feel amazing and completely supported.

Seems to me that this June, everyone around me is awakening to the possibilities, the hope and the reality that comes with taking control of our own power to see and manifest what we need in our lives. The ever-growing attempts to keep our intuitions down with chemical laden food, drugs, vaccines, fake news, war, etc are mere signs that we are on the right track. The fact that we can manufacture drugs to ‘turn off” people’s spirituality means that we have innate abilities to connect to spirit that can be influenced by what we put into our bodies.

As soon as you realize that this is your true natural power, you can awaken into a life that is way more blissful and controllable. It’s controllable because you can decide how you want to react to things that occur  –and you can decide what you want, and get it by focussing on it. It is that easy. I suppose  we could go to great lengths to make you feel like it’s a huge process. But, the truth is that the process depends on you. Do you have your virtual helmet on?  Hang on it to it baby.

Tomorrow’s eclipse and our next Ocean’s 11:11 offering will prove to be quite transformative. Tomorrow, we are focussing on taking back our power. You can participate too. Click here for more info.

I’m  feeling great things. Since our last energy healing extravaganza — The Canary Party launched, (to detoxify our pharmaceuticals), scientists are admitting the carcinogenic effects of formaldehyde and other junk in many of our household products, a Reiki Healing Attunement on my vision board  is bringing my dreams to life and surprisingly erasing my debt. Hey, if you build it…they will come.

 

We have built it people.  We have built it and now let’s flippin’ enjoy it. My June is rockin.’ I hope yours is too.

 

Gina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autism Healing Class coming to Hartford, CT July 10

We’re so excited to meet more of you and share everything we know about healing from the toxic overload of autism and embracing the BLISSFUL beings beneath the autism mask. We recovered our child, Dougie through nutrition, energy healing, sensory learning, detoxification, homeschool/unschool and all  natural, non-invasive HOME MADE healing. And, we did it all on the tightest budget imaginable (that is.. no budget at all).

We’ve designed this groundbreaking class to share our views and methods behind the true messages of autism and how we can both accept and honor our children’s differences and help them become their healthiest, truest selves.

We want to put the power to heal yourself and your family back into your hands where it belongs. You can learn about your body, your intuition and your specific nutritional and emotional/energetic needs. And, YOU CAN SAVE YOUR FAMILY!

autism Undone Intro Class

Come discover the root causes and  natural solutions to autism. Find out how nutrition (built specifically for your needs), energy healing, sensory learning and  other natural remedies helped undo our son’s autism and illness. And, how your children can THRIVE.  The Bliss is in the JOURNEY, and life gets sweeter each day.

Coming to Hartford, CT July 10 

7/10/11

10am-6pm

The Growing Green Coopertunity

203 New Britain Ave. Hartford, CT 06106

$222


Healing autism means healing the root causes of all illness on Mama Earth, and we will show you how earth provides us with every natural solution to healing that we need. We will dig deep into energy, intention, food, detoxification, vaccinations and more.

Read Healing Earth’s autism here.

Each class is uniquely tailored to the students in it. So, please come get your questions answered, and learn something new with us!

Get the Goods on:

  • Detoxification
  • Vaccination and natural immunization
  • Immune Building
  • Supplements and Super Foods
  • Body Ecology Diet
  • Raw Foods
  • Beginning Lifestyle change on a budget
  • Tricks for getting picky eaters to try new things
  • Starting slowly and taking baby steps for lasting results
  • Using energy, intuition and intention to guide your way
  • Gut/Brain Connection
  • Candida/Yeast infections
  • Fermented Foods and Probiotics
  • Colon Health
  • Sensory Learning
  • Unschooling

Get your personal questions answered (if we don’t have an answer we will find it).

$222

Prepay through PayPal to secure your seat by June 28, 2011

Guess what? we can raise healthy kids! In fact, we can raise vibrant kids — autism just may prove to be  what we need to become healthier and more radiant than ever!

If you love someone with autism and want to make their lives brighter, you will LOVE this class. See you there!

Contact Gina@BlissedLife.com with questions or comments

Gina

Should the Validity of Vaccine Poisoning Be up for Debate? Dougie and I think NOT!

This post is an oldie form our Heal Artfully Site. We’re bringing all of those blogs over here to BlissedLife in order to solidify our message in one space.


The vaccine debate is certainly not over, but we feel that we are better educated and armed with tools to keep us healthy and safe from the anger that fueled this post. Such is the journey of the Blissed Life

artcle first published on ageofautism.com October 2008

Letter_writingBy Gina Laverde

Today I left dishes piled in the sink and butternut squash squished into the carpet because news of the “battle” between mom-actresses Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet urged me to write. Both parents undoubtedly care and believe they are working for a necessary cause. However, this war between two young non-doctor icons really cheapens the debate over the safety of vaccines. Mothers can heal our children. We do it all the time. I don’t want parents to become disillusioned by the sugar-coated poll they’ve got going on at Ecorazzi today. I am disgusted that my son suffers from documented metal poisonings, and media thinks it’s a good idea to stage a fight between parents of two completely different types of children. Is it really so important to decide who’s right?

Open Letters to Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet: Jenny first.

Jenny,

I never cry about autism. But, Jenny, I cried through the first 12 pages of “Louder than Words.”

I sunk into the book, dripped tears on the pages – then looked up and realized I was sitting in the middle of the Borders Books on State Street in Chicago. I finished the entire book there in the store, sitting on one of those little kid proof chairs. People stared. And, I thanked God that I missed my train to Detroit, so that I had the opportunity alone to read your words. I cried when I saw you on Oprah. I cried as I watched you speak to Eckhart Tolle on Skype. And today, the tears welled up when I realized the obstacles you’ve endured for daring to make life safer for children like mine.

I cried because I hate to think of a nation that allows children to remain sick for the sake of money and makes a mockery out of those who suffer.

Strong moms like you who confront the media, the AAP and others who claim that poison is somehow no longer poisonous when injected into a three -hour-old boy through a syringe, make it easier for main-stream moms to relate to these dangers. Children are being saved because of your work.

Thank you. Thank you for helping open my eyes to the real dangers of vaccines. The danger of not being “allowed” to freely speak the truth in a way that can save our children. The dangers of misinterpreting scientific information.

Thank you for connecting to this community in such a human, honest way. You are a remarkable mother. From one south-side- catholic-chic to another –I know the need to break down barriers and defeat those who say you “can’t.” And, I am here with you advocating freedom of health for all of our little ones.

Keep doing what you’re doing because you are healing the world.

Amanda,

I’m a mom just like you. I understand the depths women are willing to go to for the sake of our children. And, when I discovered what helped my boy recover from autism, I too wanted to spread the word and help as many as I can.

If my son didn’t get infected with autism, I may have looked at parents who don’t vaccinate as primitive or neglectful. I wish I had done my research before deciding to go through with the shots. Luckily, your research proved beneficial and your child didn’t suffer an adverse reaction. I pray that those who follow in your footsteps experience similar results.

Whether one mom is right or wrong about how to raise our children should not be up for public debate. You were right for your child and I am right for mine. In the past, I blindly trusted my doctors and tried to enjoy the benefits of natural health while having the protection of western medicine.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as I planned. And, now I am detoxing my son.

Amanda, please understand that all babies are not like yours. Some may be predisposed to disrupted natural detox. The induced T2 immune response from vaccines may keep them from releasing properly (HERE.) For whatever reason, Amanda, it seems that as we inject infants and children with known poisons, we continue to see an increase of the severe gut/brain inflammation (HERE) known as autism.

As far as I can see, immunizations do protect against the spread of infectious disease. But, where’s the independent study that proves this? What about other amazing natural ways of boosting the immune system? My son hasn’t had a cold in two years.

Do you really believe that vaccines are safe enough as they are? As a mom, wouldn’t you like to see my son tolerate them? Doesn’t he deserve to be immunized in a way that won’t harm him? And, furthermore, if they are truly the answer — then why would you need to worry about your child becoming infected by an un-vaxed peer?

Jenny McCarthy, and moms like her are simply begging that parents be given the right to choose not to inject hazardous chemicals into their babies. But, we are also calling for the greening of all immunizations.

I want vaccinations to work. I want them to protect against contagious diseases while not harming the immune system. But, since we are all unique individuals, we may not all be able to reap the benefits.

I urge you to look into who published the studies that you researched. I urge you to consider their motives.

Do vaccines need a spokeswoman? Do you speak for a drug or a child?

Children with autism need a voice. Today I am that voice. When more folks are out there blindly touting vaccines – autism grows. Your stance saddens me, but I want to believe that it simply comes from a mother who trusted the research she read.

Let us empower parents to heal their children. Media like this only conditions us to stop trusting our guts and expanding our knowledge.

Gina

Autism Recovery Videos: Dougie’s Dad Speaks Out About autism Recovery

This Article was first Published on BodyEcology.com in April 2010.

Today, Dougie’s father, Doug has shared his experience as a dad on this journey to help his son recover. Body Ecology was the first step in really helping little Dougie regain his health. But, as his dad puts it, it was a struggle for him to understand the importance of diet until he tried it on himself. Doug’s candidness and honesty are an inspiration to any parent.
Q: Doug, will you share your feelings about how you discovered that your son had autism?

A: I would love for those reading this interview to know that when we brought Dougie home from the hospital, he rolled to his side at two days old. He made eye contact with us. He slept through the nights, loved to be held and even came on dates with my wife and me. He was beginning to walk and talk at eight months old. He was pointing. He remembered relatives.

We started him on organic baby foods when he was around seven months old. He absolutely loved zucchini squash, rice cereal, spinach and blueberries. Gina often made baby food from scratch. We were so in love with our little guy. We would have family dinners where we sat him on a cushion between us, and talked to him as if he were an adult just like us. It was just so much fun!

We made all of our Well-Visits to the pediatrician and were so excited that our son was never sick. Other children around us were sick all of the time.

Until my beautiful, alert, active baby boy regressed from all smiles to tantrums, illness, and eventually –loss of eye contact, loss of language and stopped wanting me to hold him — the only thing I ever understood about autism, I learned from the movie, Rain Man. My wife was the first person to mention the word “autism” to me regarding Dougie. And I was furious with her. To me, autism was a disability, and my son was not disabled. My son was sick.

I knew something was wrong with him, but I didn’t know what to call it. There were so many layers to what we were experiencing. My son was sick. My son had a toxic overload.

I still refuse to call it autism because I completely disagree with the way that label is used and thrown around these days. So, yes, my son was labeled as having autism. But, I was never one for labels.

I was feeling like I should know what to do, but I had no clue how to help him. Here I was, blessed with this amazing child who needed my help, and I was helpless. It wasn’t about getting him to be like anyone else. You hear that a lot when you attempt to recover your child from “autism.” It was never about that for us. My wife and I have always lived outside the norm on many levels. We just wanted Dougie to thrive. We wanted him to have great health.

I think most people in my shoes would feel the same. We are simply not taught that there are toxins in the environment and that the way we eat can affect our brains and our development. So, how did I feel? I felt angry. And, this lead to so many difficulties between my wife and me.

She just wanted me to come to grips with this idea that Dougie had “something” so that we could work together to get rid of it.

Gina and I couldn’t sit down to talk very much to even come up with a plan for how to make things better. Dougie was so sick that Gina would pass out from exhaustion after spending 24+ hours awake rocking him; walking him or whatever else she could do to soothe him. In the beginning of his health issues, our home would be loud with crying tantrums. Toward the worst part, our home was silent with the fear that Dougie would never communicate with us again. And, as he healed, he went through months of dangerous behaviors, no sleep and sadness.

For a long time, Gina just held the emotional, and physical burden of this all. And I buried my pain. Gina never stopped working. If Dougie slept she was on the computer looking for answers to help him. She wasn’t talking to me much because I didn’t understand her. I missed her.

Both of us were so young and confused that I feel grateful that we found answers to make it out. But, I have to admit; there were times when I didn’t see that light at the end of the tunnel. Gina says she couldn’t talk to me because she had to focus on the positive in order to pull our family out of the situation. It seems like so long ago that we were in that place in our lives.
Q:   How did you feel about the diet changes in the beginning?

A: I resented these changes for sure. When we found Body Ecology my son was physically ill with viral and bacterial infections. He didn’t want to eat anything. The antibiotics he was on completely killed his taste for vegetables and healthy food. Gina told me this was called candida, a yeast overgrowth that becomes pathogenic, feeds on sugars and causes us to crave processed foods. She assured me that she was doing the right thing by introducing healthy foods and fermented foods.

We could get an occasional French fry into Dougie, but that’s about it. So, when my wife wanted to give him this sour smelling coconut drink, coconut kefir, that took days to make and would spill everywhere when Dougie spit it out – after a long day’s work, I really resented this. I knew that if I had given Dougie a fry or a cracker he would settle down and be happy. And, we would be able to get some food into him. When Gina first began Body Ecology with Dougie I did not agree with it at all.

I was afraid he would get malnourished just because he wouldn’t eat at all. In hindsight, we were not starving him. Gina was giving him foods he liked between bites of Body Ecology style foods. And, it didn’t take too long before we found some foods that he really liked. Stevia became a savior for us. Because of its sweet taste, he loved it on anything from quinoa, to kefir and even his cultured vegetables.

I was a meat and potato fan myself. And soon, my wife, who once made me a one-pound burger – the best burger I’d ever had, was refusing to make the dinners I loved because she felt they were toxic to have in the house.

Dougie didn’t seem to like the food. And, I would sit there and have to listen to him tantrum while his mom struggled to get him to eat a green bean or a piece of spinach – things he previously loved.

Now, I see the stress that my disapproval caused our family. I believe that even if Dougie didn’t understand my words, he certainly understood my negative energy; I didn’t make these changes easier on them in the beginning.

Really, in almost no time, Dougie was eating fermented foods, loving quinoa and vegetables and gesturing for green smoothies. This was a great thing. When he started loving the foods I was totally fine with the diet changes. His health improved right away after beginning Body Ecology and he hasn’t needed medications for the last three and a half years.

But, it even took me a while to catch on that the diet was the reason he began to heal. I just attributed it to my wife’s healing abilities. I was still sneaking my fast food on the side and still really feeling confused about what was going on at home.

But, Gina began to get happier too. She began calling me at work to tell me that Dougie threw a ball to her or called her mama or pretended to talk on the phone. When Dougie started to heal I would receive 5-10 calls from Gina each day. We were so excited about his progress.
Q: What did you do to change things around for your family?

A: For a long time I hid behind the idea that I did what I could when I was home, but that my role in the family was that of the financial provider. In the beginning, when I would step in the door after work, it was like I entered a disaster area. I never could understand how our little apartment got so messy with green gooey smoothie spills, broken toys and our child, still crying like he’d been in the morning when I left.

I never came home to a happy family anymore. That was rough.

I argued with Gina over nonsense, like stating that I was doing my half by working and she was not doing her half because our house was a mess and our child’s and her health were disastrous.

But, Dads – Listen up – Taking care of a child who is recovering from a severe toxic overload and working a 9-5 corporate job are not equal jobs. I was not doing HALF. I was barely doing my share.

So you know what I did? I finally gave in and began implementing Body Ecology on myself. I gave up pizza, bread and candy. It was so hard at first. But, it was literally the only way I could see and feel the effects of this diet. It wasn’t long before I realized that I could still eat delicious foods, even the foods I loved with some minor adjustments. Quinoa is a great replacement for pasta and rice. Green smoothes take some getting used to, but man, do they make you feel good. I literally felt like the good food I was eating was making my cravings for sweets and junk foods disappear. In the beginning, I would get angry with Gina when she told me that I probably had a candida yeast infection too, like Dougie and her. I guess I just wasn’t ready to heal. But, now that I feel the effects of the fermented foods, green smoothies and proper food combining I am healthier than I’ve ever been.

Body Ecology and raw foods reduced my stress, gave me energy and helped me deal with my own health issues.

Once I did that, I was able to jump on board with all of the changes Gina was making for our health. With my support, we felt like a team again and the energy in our home really settled down.

We believe that it’s very important to create structure in a family. In the beginning when I was eating differently than Dougie, I know he felt strange. Now that we all eat the same way, we are one solid unit. Dougie knows that he is cool for eating cultured foods.

Then, besides Body Ecology dietary changes, Gina and I decided to take our healing one step further and simplify and detoxify our home environment. We got rid of Our TV, microwave, washer and dryer, house phone and desktop computer to reduce electromagnetic fields. We keep cell phones and a laptop, but we unplug all electricity when we’re not using it and we don’t let Dougie use the phone.

We made a commitment to cook only in non-toxic cookware or keep our food raw. We got rid of toys that had any toxic chemicals in them – sadly this was most of our toys at this point. And now, our most recent step was to move our family to a warmer climate where it’s easier for Dougie’s body to heal.

We never had any real funds to help Dougie recover. We were able to accomplish all of this with hard work, research and a lot of faith that he would get better. If it seems crazy that we got rid of his toys – it’s not! We now spend much more time together in nature. We make art, ride bikes, go rock climbing – all things that are also very healing.

Green smoothies are highly nutritious and gentle on the digestive tract. Try adding some Vitamineral Greens, Spirulina, or even Body Ecology’s Potent Proteins to your green smoothie for a heightened nutritional value.
Q: What was the most important step you took to help your family connect during this time?

A: We needed balance. In our family, that meant beginning by eating healthfully and eating together in a peaceful manner. I had to join in on eating the foods that Dougie needed for recovery. We created love and peace at the table where there was once fighting and chaos. Because of this, our son can look at eating as an enjoyable experience rather than a struggle.

Families need to get on the same page and stick together. Whether you are the mom or the dad of the affected child, trust each other. If one of you discovers an answer, decide together to make that your plan. Act it out together. Support each other.
Q: What does autism recovery mean to you?

A: Autism recovery means that Dougie is engaging in social interaction now. He wants to talk to people. He introduces himself to kids and asks them to play with him. Dougie can communicate his needs to us. He understands us when we talk and is interested learning more. He asks so many questions. When he doesn’t understand something he tells us.

Once his digestion was clean, our main focus was eliminating behaviors that caused harm to Dougie, like hitting himself, putting everything in his mouth, banging his head – he no longer has these behaviors. Next, we wanted to be sure that Dougie would be safe in social situations, like understanding to stop before crossing the street – He now totally gets it.

Dougie is happy. He laughs and makes jokes. He makes up his own songs and plays pretend. Dougie can express his feelings. He can tell us what he wants.

Just yesterday he said “ It’s just so boring here, dad. I want to go ride my bike.” You can’t imagine how my heart filled up because my son knew how to express that he was bored.

Autism recovery means that nobody knows my son had autism. Nobody knows that he was even sick. My son is happy and everything about him shines. He is a rock star and I am so thankful to know him.

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About autism Recovery

This post is from january 2011. We are moving all of our Heal Artfully posts over here to Blissed Lfe in order to solidify our message in one beautiful space.

My time for the last 5 years has been spent working closely with families to restore and improve their health. It’s been a blast and is teaching me so much about life.

As children get well, and families experience the ups and downs of healing –I gain perspective on what autism really means. A few years back, I wrote “Autism Undone” to help explain to my mom  and family what was going on in my son’s life and body. Since then, I get daily emails about how that little article has helped so many of you. I am stoked that it has. But I have so much more to share.

Autism has deep spiritual and energetic connections that I only touched on in this article. I have so much to share about how we are healing and how we are embracing the gifts of autism. When I said that children with autism have the key to saving the world, I didn’t even know how deeply correct I was.

So, as you may have guessed, I am writing a book and it will be done soon. But, because I want you to benefit more from the gifts that I  have been given, I will be posting helpful snippets of the book here on this blog.

My book will cover the spiritual, emotional, energetic and physical connections to the causes of autism as I see it from experiences with my son and my clients, as well as information that has been granted to me through research and (nothing less than) divine intervention. I also will reveal our exact diets and recipes (as it may help you), and everything else we did to get where we are.

You know.. I don’t much like labels. That’s why I wanted to undo and bring out the truth of the diverse meanings behind the autism label. My book also covers how my family, thanks to my husband, has detached form the label.

It’s gonna be  a rockin book and a rockin’ year. Stay tuned for tons more helpful blogs while you wait.

Happy New Year!

If any of you are interested in kick-starting your family’s healing I’m offering 1 hr consults that include a personal written follow-up and a huge intro pack that teaches Body Ecology, Raw Foods, Intuitive Eating, Recipes, Sensory Exercises, Colon Therapy, Seasonal Eating and so much more. email me @ Gina@BlissedLLife.com for more info

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Namaste,

Gina

Autism Recovery Videos: Bio Age Algae Concentrates (BioSuperfood) for autism Recovery

This was written in the summer of 2009. We’re moving all of our articles from Heal Artfully over here to Blissed Life in order to solidify our mission in one place.

…We’ve had quite an amazing summer full of healing, learning and love! We’ve been on the move and are in transition from Chicago to L.A. so please forgive the late update on Dougie’s experience with Bioage algae supplements.

He has been using them now for just over 2 months and we continue to see improvements. BUT, I must warn that he went through some detox and we did have to tweak the dosage in order for us to feel comfortable with the supplement.

If you are considering using this for yourselves or your children I think it’s a fabulous idea. You can email Dr. Roland Thomas at Roland@Bioage.com for information on the proper dosage and blend for you.

Here is a breakdown of what we have seen. The good, the bad and the honest!

The Doctor’s suggested dosage based on email correspondence of Dougie’s condition:

Three capsules of F2 and three capsules of F3 alternated throughout the day and combined with lots of healthy water.

As I have stated before, these micro algae concentrates are hailed to be the perfect food, offering the body the ability to HEAL. So, unlike other supplements that are intended to “fix something” it gets absorbed and helps create vitamins in the gut as well as absorb nutrition from other foods. They are designed to fix the source of the problem.

Doctor Thomas also suggested that we try Bio Age without any other supplements. I wasn’t so sure about that. But, our supplements are all whole-food based, like hemp, chia, mineral powders, milk thistle etc. I assumed I would need to cut down on them, but didn’t want to take them all away.

It turned out that after 2 pills in one day Dougie was so wiped out that he took a five hour nap. This continued for a week and we were only able to get 2 pills (1 of each) into him. There just wasn’t enough time for more.

After 2 weeks on the supplement I was able to get all 6 pills into his system but couldn’t find much more time for other supps.  He remained on a very healthy diet (mostly raw vegan and Body Ecology).

We noticed improvements in fine motor skills right away. He began cutting with scissors and using a pen. He was also talking more (which is usual for him. His speech improves EVERY day).

We only had Dougie on the 6 pill suggested regime for three days when he really started to seem very unsettled. Even with his improved speech and fine motor skills, he began stuttering a lot of his speech and he began crying so much more. He spent lots of time crying and even began hitting himself on the head, throwing himself to the ground and sometimes tripping and falling.  Some of his injury was out of unsteadiness and some was out of frustration. So he was falling both accidentally and intentinally.

I couldn’t help but feel that his body was releasing toxins of some sort.

I wrote Dr. Thomas about my concerns and this is what he said:

IT IS A PROCESS…  THE REGULATING HYPOTHALAMUS-AXIS IS ENGAGED AND THE CHRONIC PATTERNS ARE BEING ADDRESS OVER TIME…  IN TIME EVEN THE HYPOTHALAMUS GETS BETTER ALONG WITH THE GLANDS, THE ORGANS AND ALL THEIR INDIVIDUAL METABOLIC FUNCTION….  BUT NEVER FORGET THAT IT IS A WHOLE SYSTEM WORKING IN HARMONY…

I now feel that this is a great supplement. But, since we are on such great diet, it may be a bit too much for him to handle so much of it. His body is working hard to heal each day.

Dougie now takes 1-2 of each pill (F2 and F3) every day. His body cannot handle much more. He is healing wonderfully. The Bioage makes him quite tired and he is taking great naps. He wakes up refreshed and calm. He used to often wake up crying and unsettled.

Check out this video to see some of our earlier triumphs.  Much more has happened and I will share soooooooooooooooooooooon!

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Vegan Guacamole Burger Recipe

You hungry?

You better be. This recipe blissed my family out so much that my hubby made me write it down. It’s probably due to the fact that we eat so much raw food. Once in a while we like to enjoy something cooked. Luckily, I also created a raw version that is equally as delish.

Friends, I am no Rachel Ray. I don’t follow recipes, exactly. I make huge kitchen messes. And, I never open canned food. But, what I admire about Rachel Ray is her ability to make something tasty in a pinch, and recreate recipes to be used over again.

Vegan Guacamole Burger

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups soaked/sprouted and steamed red quinoa (soak in water and 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar for 8 hours or more)
  • 2 cups home made rice/sesame flour
  • 2 cups chopped wild mushrooms
  • 3 stalks chopped celery
  • ¼ chopped purple onion
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasonings
  • 2 tsp yellow curry
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • ¼ cup wheat-free/gluten-free tamari
  • 1-cup tempeh crumbled

With a little prep work you can have several healthy eats.

Step 1: Make Homemade Flour (or buy gluten-free/allergen-free flour of your choice)

Rice/Sesame Milk:

  • Soak your sesame seeds and brown rice in water for 1 day
  • Rinse. Add to your blender with 1 quart of fresh water. Blend. Strain pulp through  nut milk bag

Your pulp is your flour. You can use it wet or dry.

This milk can be added to smoothies, used to make horchata or enjoyed alone.

Step 2: It’s Burger Time

Burgers:

  • Marinate mushrooms, celery, onions and tempeh for a half hour with tamari and spices.
  • Add steamed quinoa to the mix. Blend on high speed until it’s all smooth. Fold in your flour and form patties.
  • Pan sear with coconut oil and place in the oven on 350 to finish cooking.

Serve with guacamole and cultured salsa between lettuce leaves or on a sprouted tortilla.

Holy yum!

Raw Foodie Option:

This whole recipe can be done raw by eliminating the quinoa and adding sprouted sunflower seeds in its place. Then you can dehydrate it for about 5-10 hours depending on thickness of burger. I also love this method.  Holy yum plus living enzymes!

OR, you can try another one of my Faves.. the Midnight Mushroom Wrap — an all raw magical feast.

Enjoy!

Gina

Note, I wouldn’t call this a “healing recipe” by any means. But, enjoying some cultured food along with it will aid in digestion…and of course, soaking your grains makes them much more digestible too.  If you want to simplify it even more you can opt to delete either the quinoa or the tempeh…I’ve done it any ways.

Image credit: Making Guacamole by: blmurch


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