January 2013

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January 2013

 

Monroe Happenings:

 

Holiday Hours:  Health Matters will be open New Years Eve 10-1

 

New Years Day

 

Holiday Drawing winners: Barb E. $25.00 gift certificate; Peg M. Michigan Basket;

 

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-1 hour $50.00; ½ hour $30.00

 

Solid State Energy Work-Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call

 

Maurine @ 734-240-2786

 

Live Blood Analysis January analysis rescheduled to February 712-5

 

Call 734-240-2786 for appointment

 

Family Farms Coop: orders due January 2 at noon; Pickup January 4

 

Southgate 2:30-3:30

 

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

 

Check facebook at yoga Shannon McElvany for schedule at other locations.

 

Weston A. Price Foundation Regional Conference in Ann Arbor-March 23 & 24 more information to follow.

 

Healthy Happenings: Out with the Old, In With the New!!!

 

Many customers and friends had a tough time in 2012.  I am looking forward to a great new year, hopefully our government will solve the Fiscal Cliff, Michigan will win a bowl game, and people will get steady employment ( with insurance!), one can only hope.  We only have control over ourselves and the new year is a great time to clean out our cupboards, choose nutritionally dense foods, drink more water, stop smoking, add some movement into our day, pray more, worry less. If all these things seem too tough just choose one to work on for a month then add another the next month.  Nothing sabotages New Year’s resolutions more than trying to do too much too fast.  I always remember that health is a journey not a destination.  And we are on this journey together.  The Guide to Healthy Eating by Dr. David Brownstein & Sheryl Shenefelt is a great reference guide with healthy recipes.

 

 

 

1.      Cleaning Cupboards:

 

v  Discard packaged foods:  Most boxed foods contain soy, preservatives, partially hydrogenated oils etc.

 

v  Reduce canned fruits and vegetables; most cans are lined with BPA plastic which is known to disrupt our hormones. Choose fresh over frozen fruits and vegetables. I get a delivery from Door to Door Organics every other week.

 

v  Reduce high calorie snacks. Bake homemade cookies, muffins, and snack cakes because homemade items are healthier for your family.

 

v  Exchange low fat and skimmed milk for natural milk. Drinking fat free milk is equal to drinking sugar water.

 

v  Reduce white and brown sugar.  I use natural sugar and natural cane sugar for baking and Stevia to sweeten yogurt and beverages.

 

v  Discard shortening we carry natural shortening made from palm oil or coconut oil for popcorn.  I use extra-light olive oil and butter for baking.

 

v  Eliminate bottled water: first of all, the water may be from the tap anyway and most of plastic bottles fill up the landfills

 

 

 

2.      Nutritionally Dense Foods:

 

v  Grass Fed meat and poultry; wild caught fish; free range eggs.  I get my meat from a farmer at Eastern Market; eggs from Barb McLaughlin (soy free organic) or farmers market and poultry I purchase Millers Amish.

 

v  Natural milk and whole fat plain yogurt, cottage cheese, natural cheese, butter

 

v  Natural peanut butter & almond butter

 

v  Raw or Crispy nuts & fruit

 

v  Beans and lentils for soups

 

v  Whole oats or spelt flakes

 

v  Raw hemp hearts, chia seeds and ground flax to add to cottage cheese, yogurt or salads.

 

 

 

3.      Increase Activity:

 

v  Walking is the most economical activity taking just 10-15 minutes per day

 

v  Strength training using bands or free weights aim for 2-3 sessions per week

 

v  Yoga or Tai Chi can increase flexibility; coordination and strength aim for 3-4 times per week.

 

v  Take the stairs whenever possible

 

 

 

Contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.

 

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat www.familyfarmscooperative.com or call 1-269-476-8883

 

Door to Door Organics www.doortodoororganics.com

 

Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies or Organic Vegetables Juices-Small $4.50; Large $5.50

 

Store News:

 

·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due January 2 & January 17

 

 

·         Local Delivery to shut-ins available

 

 

Save the Earth Tip

 

After Christmas remember to recycle live Christmas trees, unused electronic equipment or household items (accepted at ReStore 840 LaPlaisance Rd); recycle wrapping paper and boxes.  Let’s do our part to save our environment.

 

Make the most of your fan- Surprising as it may seem, it may be worth using your ceiling fan in the winter as well as the summer.  Bu reversing the direction of the blades in the winter, you push warmer air down, causing heat to be distributed throughout the house, which means that your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard.

 

Recipe of the Month:

 

 

 

Crispy Nuts from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

 

Soaking or partially sprouting raw nuts activates numerous enzymes to make them easier to digest.  This is very easy to do.  I have made a trail mix using crispy nuts, organic raisins and grain sweetened chocolate chips.  Great for hiking and bike trips.

 

 

 

Pepitas (crispy Pumpkin Seeds)

 

4 cups raw, hulled pumpkin seeds

 

2 tablespoons sea salt

 

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

 

filtered water

 

 

 

Crispy Pecans/Peanuts/Walnuts/Almonds

 

4 cups of raw pecans, peanuts or almonds

 

1 tablespoon sea salt                                            

 

filtered water        

 

Recipe

 

Combine water and sea salt in glass bowl. Stir to dissolve sea salt.  Add 4 cups of nuts or pumpkin seeds.  Leave in a warm place for at least 7 hours or overnight.  Drain in a colander.  Spread on a stainless rimmed baking sheet and place in a warm oven (no more then 150 degrees) for 12-24 hours, stirring occasionally, until completely dry and crisp.  I found Walnuts & Pecans dry 12 hours Almonds take 18 hours. Store in an airtight container.

 

 

 

Crispy Cashews

 

4 cups “raw cashews”

 

1 tablespoon sea salt

 

filtered water

 

Soak cashews in salt water for no longer than 6 hours.  Drain in colander.  Cashews need higher temperature.  Spread on baking sheet place in warm oven (100-250 degrees) for 12-24 hours, turning pan occasionally.  Store in an airtight container.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maurine Natural Nurse

 

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161

 

734-240-2786http://www.monroehealthmatters.com/

 

Store Hours: Monday –Friday 10:00-5:30; Saturday 10:00-2:00

 

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