Empowered Sustenance http://empoweredsustenance.com Eat well and heal!™ Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:21:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 BeautyCounter Skincare Flash Giveaway – $150 Value http://empoweredsustenance.com/beautycounter-skincare-giveaway/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/beautycounter-skincare-giveaway/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:02:43 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9298 I recently wrote about my experience with BeautyCounter, a luxury line of non-toxic cosmetics. I primarily reviewed the makeup, and now I want to introduce you to a few of my favorite skincare options from this brand. Why am I hooked on BeautyCounter? All products comply with the strictest industry standards for ingredient safety, ranking […]

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I recently wrote about my experience with BeautyCounter, a luxury line of non-toxic cosmetics. I primarily reviewed the makeup, and now I want to introduce you to a few of my favorite skincare options from this brand.

Why am I hooked on BeautyCounter?

  • All products comply with the strictest industry standards for ingredient safety, ranking a 2 or below on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.
  • The products deliver. Imagine that… non-toxic cosmetics that perform as well as luxury brand cosmetics!
  • The skincare focuses not only on safety, but efficacy. The products feature high-performing botanical oils and extracts.

The Giveaway Package includes

Lustro Face Oil #1 ($64) – In three words, this facial oil is luxurious, silky, and soothing. It features 100% high-quality plant oils – no fillers, water, fragrance, emulsifiers or preservatives are added. It doubles as a decadent hair oil. The gorgeous, light fragrance is from the organic Rose Otto essential oil.

Lustro Body Oil ($68) – With a refreshing, vibrant scent from rosemary and citrus essential oils, this divine body oil is a treat for the senses. It contains 100% pure, nourishing botanical oils.

Routine Clean Cream Cleanser ($24) – This gentle cleanser removes impurities without stripping the skin, and helps to balance all skin types.

Cosmetics from Beautycounter

beautycounter review: non-toxic, high-performing cosmetics

If you are interested in non-toxic makeup, check out my review of BC cosmetics here. Their lip sheers are, without a doubt, the best lip products I’ve ever tried.

How to save 25% on BeautyCounter

When it comes to purchasing BeautyCounter products, you can purchase as a customer or a consultant. The difference? A consultant saves 25% off retail prices and gets access to referral links as a potential income.

There is a one-time fee for joining as a consultant (you need to buy the Enrollment Kit), but I promise you’ll make back that fee quickly once you get hooked on BeautyCounter.

  • Click this link and then click the menu option Join as a Consultant.
  • Enter your email and other required info to create your account. It will say Choose a Mentor and give you an option for the default, which is “BeautyCounter HQ.” Under that, click Select a Different Mentor and put in Lauren Geertsen in the first and last name section.
  • Add your Enrollment Kit into your cart – this is the package they require you to purchase if you want to be a consultant.
  • You can optionally add one of the special Enrollment product packages to your shopping cart for a discounted option.
  • Finish the enrollment page and place your order.

Enter the Giveaway

This flash giveaway is only open for four days, from August 28th to the 31st. 

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. The mandatory entry is leaving a comment about which BeautyCounter product you are most eager to try. Additional, optional entries are listed below. I’ll email the winner when the giveaway is over and ship out the products. Good luck!

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Fire Retardants: The Toxic Legacy in Your Home http://empoweredsustenance.com/fire-retardants-toxic/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/fire-retardants-toxic/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:53:17 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9292 I eat fresh, local, real food. I filter my water to remove toxic fluoride and chlorine. I make time for movement, relaxation, creativity and sleep.  I even take steps to reasonably reduce my exposure to harmful electromagnetic waves. You’d think my bases are pretty well covered, right? I did too, until I considered my furniture.  After […]

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I eat fresh, local, real food. I filter my water to remove toxic fluoride and chlorine. I make time for movement, relaxation, creativity and sleep.  I even take steps to reasonably reduce my exposure to harmful electromagnetic waves.

You’d think my bases are pretty well covered, right? I did too, until I considered my furniture. 

After learning the hard way that fire retardants on my mattress could throw me into severe illness, I knew to prioritize a non-toxic mattress (thanks intelliBED!). But I didn’t know why/where/how to source non-toxic furniture for my home. This challenge led me to explore the toxic fire retardants that permeate nearly every part of our lives.

Blame cigarettes for toxic fire retardants

As I’ve mentioned on Facebook, I recently traveled to Salt Lake City to visit the intelliBED headquarters to see how they make their non-toxic mattresses. Over lunch,  Jason (their director of business development) began telling me the sickening story how toxic fire retardants found their place in homes.

And – drumroll, please – it’s because of the tobacco industry and their lobbying. So even though I don’t smoke, cigarettes are making my living environment toxic. Here’s the story…

fire retardants toxic

Why your furniture contains toxic fire retardants

In the good ol’ days, when everyone smoked, cigarettes were causing devastating home fires left and right. To this day, cigarettes are the leading cause of fire deaths worldwide.

Something had to be done. One solution was to make cigarettes self-extinguish. But that threatened the tobacco industry, since creating a self-extinguishing cigarette would require a significant investment and alter the taste.

So, the cigarette industry turns the blame to furniture. “Don’t blame the cigarettes, the furniture catches on fire to quickly!”  You read that right: their argument was to blame the fuel, not the flame.

The tobacco industry creates two front groups – the National Association of Fire Marshals and Citizens for Fire Safety – that successfully protect the cigarette market and champion the chemical industry. Citizens for Fire Safety is actually an association of the three largest chemical fire retardant manufacturers.

These groups successfully lobby, and in 1975, California adopts Technical Bulletin 117. This law requires furniture sold in California to meet extreme flame retardant standards. The chemical fire retardants were not required to be safe or adequately tested.

Because the chemical industry lacks integrity, the fire retardants used were neither safe nor adequately tested. The fire retardants applied to furniture have now been linked to cancer, learning disabilities, and hormone disruption.

What are the dangers of fire retardants?

Green Science Policy Institute’s peer-reviewed paper delves into the damaging health effects of commonly used flame retardants.

In collaboration with Dr. Stapleton at Duke University, the Green Science Policy Institute found that 85% of couches bought between the 1980’s and 2010 contained harmful flame retardants including:

  • Chlorinated tris, a carcinogen
  • PBDE, which is now globally banned due to toxicity
  • Firemaster 550, which is inadequately tested and associated with obesity in an animal study

These flame retardants are also linked to the following health concerns:

  • Endocrine disruption
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Adverse effects on fetal development (source)

Toxic Hot Seat Documentary

Jason told me to watch Toxic Hot Seat, an sickening but enlightening documentary about the schmarmy politics behind the toxic fire retardants in our homes. I’ve briefly summarized the story above from the documentary, which is so worth the five bucks to stream it.

The documentary also explains:

  • The lack of research showing that toxic fire retardants actually prevent fire
  • Why these fire retardants put our firemen and firewomen in extreme risk for cancer
  • How concerned consumers and politicians are trying to raise awareness and change legislation

For a shorter/free option, I would highly recommend taking three minutes to watch this video by Sarah Janssen, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Are we still at risk from toxic fire retardants?

Here’s the good news: Technical Bulletin TB117-2013 took effect in 2014. This amendment allows furniture manufacturers to avoid the use of toxic fire retardants. Upholstered furniture and mattresses must withstand a smolder test, whereas they previously had to withstand a blowtorch flame for 12 seconds.

According to the Green Science Policy Institute,

TB117-2013 protects public health and increases fire safety: it can be met without flame retardant chemicals and it addresses smoldering ignition of furniture cover fabrics, where fires start. Smoldering ignitions are the leading cause of furniture fires in the United States. This means improved fire safety without toxic chemicals.

Here’s the bad news: TB117-13 doesn’t prevent manufacturers from using toxic flre retardants, and there is still furniture on the market that contains these chemicals.

Are fire retardants beneficial?

This question is addressed in the Toxic Hot Seat documentary. In summary, the research showing that fire retardants increase escape time from a fire is highly controversial.

Further, fire retardant standards are illogical and overkill. For example, as of 2007, mattresses were required that furniture withstand a 2-foot blowtorch flame for 70 seconds. Most home fires, however, begin with a smoldering cigarette… not a blowtorch.

As explained in the documentary, furniture can be made fire resistant with safer solutions. For example, certain weaves of fabrics can withstand a smolder fire test. Upholstered furniture can be made with this fabric, avoiding the need for toxic fire retardants on the fabric and also the inner foam.

Furniture without toxic fire retardants

From my research, I believe the worst offenders for toxic fire retardants are mattresses (particularly memory foam mattresses) and upholstered furniture. These usually contain foams injected with flame retardants, and the toxins are released into the air. 

Safe mattresses

When it comes to your mattress, you are spending 1/3 of your life with your face breathing in the materials. A safe mintellibed bonusattress is an investment in your health. intelliBED is the non-toxic mattress that changed my life due to the unique materials that support proper body alignment. You can read about my experience with intelliBED here.

intelliBED meets the fire safety standards for mattresses using an inert, silica-coated, mineral-based fire retardant. The fire retardant is not bio-available through any contact and can’t be broken down through heat, pressure, or liquid.  It is only activated when the mattress is in flame.

If you are ready to switch to a non-toxic mattress. now is the time. I collaborated with intelliBED to get you a $500 bonus when you purchase any mattress, AND 10% off that mattress! Call intelliBED to place your order (they’ll make sure you get the right mattress type for your needs) and tell them Lauren sent you.

Safe furniture 

Once again, Green Science Policy Institute offers a helpful resource. Here is their list of non-toxic furniture options. The document explains:

  • how to find new furniture without flame retardants
  • how to replace the foam in your existing furniture with non-fire-retarded options

You can also opt for non-foam furniture, such as wicker or wood. My vintage kitchen chairs (which I found for a steal at a garage sale!) are non-toxic, for example, because they are plastic and made before TB117.

Two months ago, when I was moving into my home and before I delved into the research about toxic furniture, I bought a used couch from a consignment store. And, after learning about TB117, I looked on my couch label and found this statement – a sure sign that my couch is treated with fire retardants:

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Now, I’m kicking myself for not doing research sooner and not being more patient. This is the point where I tell myself I’m only human and give myself a reassuring hug for doing the best I can.

If I could do it over, I would have invested in a new couch not treated with flame retardants. Now, I plan to save up for a new non-toxic couch and sell my old couch on Craig’s List.

Since this may be a while, in the meantime I will focus on improving the air quality in my living room. If you watched that toxic couch clip above, you’ll remember that the toxins in the foam are released into the air. I use Moso air purifying bags and an air purifying rubber plant.

Additional reading

For further reading and resources, I recommend GreenSciencePolicy Institute.org and ToxicFreeFireSafety.org.

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Ayurvedic Digestion Tea Recipe http://empoweredsustenance.com/digestion-tea-recipe/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/digestion-tea-recipe/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:25:05 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9237 I’ve recently delved into herbal medicine, a vastly broad topic that is both overwhelming and gloriously exciting. I’ve yet to find an herbal medicine program/class that fits my schedule and field of interest, but there are many options which I’m exploring. In the meantime, I’ve been gleaning herbal tips and tricks from my friends in this holistic field of […]

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Ayurvedic digestion tea recipe

I’ve recently delved into herbal medicine, a vastly broad topic that is both overwhelming and gloriously exciting. I’ve yet to find an herbal medicine program/class that fits my schedule and field of interest, but there are many options which I’m exploring.

In the meantime, I’ve been gleaning herbal tips and tricks from my friends in this holistic field of study. Additionally, my sister recently completed an herbal wildcrafting apprenticeship and has been sharing a wealth of knowledge and herbal recipes with me. I look forward to sharing more herbal healing recipes with you!

CCF Digestion Tea Recipe

Herbal medicine takes many forms, ranging from Traditional Chinese Medicine to Ayurvedic medicine to Native American remedies and more. This recipe is inspired by my recent visit to an Ayurvedic clinic, for an herbal consultation and detoxification (Panchakarma) treatment.

Upon entering the clinic, I was greeted with a steaming cup of fragrant tea. With one sip, I felt my nervous system relax and my taste buds perk up. I quizzed my practitioner about the tea, who discussed this ancient formula with me.

Coriander-Cumin-Fennel Tea, or CCF Tea as it is lovingly called, is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy. The three herbs are boiled to create a deliciously nurturing and digestively-balancing tea.

Ayurvedic digestion tea recipe

Coriander seeds – According to Ayurveda, coriander seeds support digestion, combat allergies and reduce bloating. It also supports the liver, one of the primary organs involved in detox and blood sugar balance.

Cumin – Ayurveda theory says that there are three doshas – primary energies that govern our physiology. When our doshas are in balance, we experience health. Cumin is thought to have a balancing effect on all three doshas. Ayurveda teaches that cumin supports digestion by kindling the digestive fire (“agni”). Western research has shown the cumin may stimulate digestive enzymes, which would improve nutrient assimilation.

Fennel seeds – In India, fennel seeds are often chewed after meals to support digestion. This herb has been traditionally used to stimulate digestive juices, reduce indigestion, prevent gas, and address constipation.

Ayurvedic digestion tea recipe

Sourcing Ayurvedic herbs

I’ve discussed sourcing herbs with two Ayurvedic practitioners and both recommended Banyan Botanicals to me. I’ve ordered these herbs, along with triphala (a broad-spectrum herbal digestion support), from Banyan Botanicals.

If you prefer not to order these herbs from Banyan, the next best option would be sourcing them from an Indian market, where the herbs are usually much fresher than in your supermarket. The third best option is organic herbs from your supermarket or health food store.

Non-organic herbs you find in your supermarket are likely irradiated (a form of microwave radiation) to preserve them. However, I believe this diminishes the nutrient integrity of the plant, so I avoid irradiated foods. Organic herbs cannot be irradiated.

Ayurvedic Digestion Tea Recipe

Yield: Makes as much or as little tea as you like!

3/4 - 1 tsp. herb mixture

Ayurvedic Digestion Tea Recipe

This gentle, traditional Ayurvedic Digestion tea uses only three herbs you likely have in your pantry right now. For digestion support, enjoy this tea hot - not iced. Ayurvedic tradition says that chilled beverages can diminish the digestive fire ("agni") while hot teas nurture digestion.

Ingredients

    For an individual serving
  • 1/4 tsp. coriander seeds, recommended brand available here
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin seeds, recommended brand available here
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seeds, recommended brand available here
  • 2 cups of water
  • For a larger batch of tea (combine in a jar)
  • 1 part coriander seeds
  • 1 part cumin seeds
  • 1 part fennel seeds

Instructions

  1. You can make a jarful of the tea at a time, or just measure out the individual herbs for a single serving.
  2. I prefer to use slightly less cumin seeds. I think the flavor can be a bit overpowering. For example, if I'm filling a jar with the tea blend, I'll use 1/4 cup coriander, 1/4 cup fennel, and 1/4 cup minus 1 Tbs. cumin seeds.
  3. Place 3/4 - 1 tsp. of the blended herbs in 2 cups of water in a pot or kettle. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 4-5 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
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Paleo Peach Crumble http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-peach-crumble/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-peach-crumble/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:24:12 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9252 From Lauren: Today’s recipe comes from Beth at Tasty Yummies. I’ve spent many hours drooling over Beth’s stunningly photographed recipes. On her site, you’ll find a wide selection of grain free dishes as well as gluten free options that are not strictly paleo. Beth is talented artist and culinary genius, and I’m pleased to share her recipe with […]

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From Lauren: Today’s recipe comes from Beth at Tasty Yummies. I’ve spent many hours drooling over Beth’s stunningly photographed recipes. On her site, you’ll find a wide selection of grain free dishes as well as gluten free options that are not strictly paleo. Beth is talented artist and culinary genius, and I’m pleased to share her recipe with you.

Meet Beth!

Hi all, my name is Beth, of the website Tasty Yummies. I am so excited and honored to be guest posting here on Empowered Sustenance today, sharing a delicious seasonal-inspired recipe with you. As someone who has maintained a 100% gluten-free lifestyle for over 10 years and is constantly making major and minor shifts to my diet and lifestyle, in efforts to heal my body, I find great inspiration in the work that Lauren does and shares here with all of us.

I truly believe that real food heals and that when consumed and sourced mindfully and sustainably, food is medicine. Being diagnosed with an undiscovered autoimmune condition last year, I have found myself once again navigating my diet through a new lens, finding much relief and results by first working to heal my gut and truly looking at every ingredient I use. Though my journey is far from over and I am still discovering what my body does and does not love, I am finding myself more inspired than ever in the kitchen. More restrictions means getting creative with foods and looking at them in a whole new light. I find some of my greatest culinary creations have been cultivated during the times of most challenge.

Paleo Peach Crumble Recipe

paleo peach crumble recipe (nut free)

This end-of-summer inspired peach and fig crumble is a beautiful, sweet treat, perfect for celebrating the best of what the season has to offer. It’s also quite forgiving and it allows for lots of room to play. One of my favorite attributes in a recipe. If figs aren’t available near you, opt for additional peaches or another stone fruit, nectarines, apricots or plums. As we ease into autumn, swap out the peaches and figs for apples and/or pears.

In the spring, try berries. If you can tolerate nuts, try adding roughly chopped toasted pecans, walnuts or almonds to the crumble topping. If you don’t have cassava flour, try your favorite all-purpose blend, you might also try tigernut flour and if you can consume nuts, try almond flour. If grains agree with you, try a small amount of gluten-free oats. For fats, you can use coconut oil as the recipe calls for, grass-fed butter or ghee.

paleo peach crumble recipe (nut free)

Paleo Peach Crumble

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Paleo Peach Crumble

This crumble is delicious served fresh from the oven as dessert, a la mode with your favorite ice cream (check out my tutorial for homemade dairy-free ice cream here and it also makes a really great breakfast, too.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour, available here (or other gluten-free flour of your choice such as tigernut flour or arrowroot flour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar, available here
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons solidified coconut oil or grass-fed butter/ghee (plus more for the skillet)
  • 4 peaches, sliced
  • 6 figs, quartered

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly brush the bottom of a cast iron skillet or 8” square glass baking pan with a little coconut oil (or butter).
  2. Add the sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, cassava flour, coconut sugar, spices and salt. Pulse until well mixed, but with little bits of the seeds still visible. Add the vanilla extract and solidified coconut oil and pulse a few times until the mixture is clumpy and crumbly. You can add a small amount of liquid (melted oil or water), if the mixture is too dry to crumble, more cassava flour if it’s too wet.
  3. Place the sliced peaches and figs into the greased skillet (or pan), evenly sprinkle the crumble mixture over top and bake until the crumble topping is golden brown, the fruit is soft and there is lots of juice from the fruit, about 15-20 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve. You can add just a little more shredded coconut, if you’d like and top with a scoop or two of your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

Notes

If your coconut oil is in a liquid state, measure out the 3 tablespoons and place into a dish in the freezer until you are ready to use. Then roughly chop before adding to the food processor.

See above within the post for alternative and substitution ideas for the crumble and the filling.

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bethAbout Beth Manos Brickey

Beth Manos Brickey is the face and force behind Tasty Yummies, a top lifestyle destination for readers with a wide range of dietary challenges who want to feel good, take control of their health and eat well. Bringing personal experience, knowledge, empathy and humor to the goal of living and eating well with intolerances and allergies, Beth is a firm believer in the power of foods that heal. An adventurer, an artist and a yoga instructor, Beth is the best kind of teacher, one who inspires you, and then shows you how.

You can also join Beth at her monthly community-centric yoga class and gluten-free potlucks, Yoga & Yummies, in Southern California or at one of her gluten-free retreats, with Wild Spirit Retreats. These gatherings combine the wonders of travel with the opportunity to refresh the spirit, blending movement, cooking, ritual and adventure.

Follow Beth of Tasty Yummies on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook and check out her website full of healthy recipes.

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Want to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner? http://empoweredsustenance.com/nutritional-therapy-practitioner/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/nutritional-therapy-practitioner/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:59:10 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9150 What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner? I’ve only briefly discussed my experience with the Nutritional Therapy Association on my About page. I began this practitioner training in the fall of 2012, only a few months after launching Empowered Sustenance. I graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in the spring of 2013. In July of this year, I […]

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What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?

I’ve only briefly discussed my experience with the Nutritional Therapy Association on my About page. I began this practitioner training in the fall of 2012, only a few months after launching Empowered Sustenance. I graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) in the spring of 2013.

In July of this year, I returned to the NTA classroom to become a Group Leader. As a group leader, I was able to once again immerse myself in the material, absorbing even more information, while assisting the new students in the classroom.

This experience rekindled my excitement for opening my nutritional therapy practice, and I was also inspired to spread the NTA program with as many people as I can. I was blown away when three of the students in the classroom told me they decided to take the program because I had recommended it on my blog!

These three women were intuitive, enthusiastic and passion about helping people heal. I felt honored that they had taken my recommendation, and know that they have successful practices in their future.

In this post, I will answer your questions about the role of a nutritional therapy practitioner and my experience with the program.

What a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner does:

  • Identify nutrient deficiencies using palpation, clinical assessment tools, inspection, inquiry, and the Nutri-Q software (described below)

NTA equips students with a wide range of health investigation tools. The most valuable and unique aspect, I believe, is the Functional Evaluation, which I describe below. Students also receive tailored forms, consultation protocols and health interview training to effectively support clients.

  • Perform a Functional Evaluation to communicate with the innate intelligence of the client’s body

The Functional Evaluation is, I believe, the most brilliant and extraordinary tool given to NTA students. It is a system of palpations and clinical assessment tools used to determine nutritional requirements.

With training and practice in the Function Evaluation, an NTP can gather an immense amount of information in under 50 minutes about a client’s health needs. This is how I look at it: the client’s body is ready to tell the practitioner where it is experiencing distress and what it needs to be in balance. The Functional Evaluation allows the client’s body to convey these needs to the practitioner. 

NTA lead instructor John Tjenos coaching a student on a palpation for the small intestine.

NTA lead instructor John Tjenos coaching Esther, a student, on a palpation for the small intestine.

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Students spend in-classroom time perfecting the art of the Functional Evaluation, a system of palpations and clinical evaluation tools used to determine nutritional needs. Here, Ester is practicing a small intestine palpation.

  • Prioritize and identify dysfunction with the Nutri-Q Platform

Nutritional therapy practitioners receive comprehensive instruction in utilizing the Nutri-Q program. Through this unique software, clients fill out a thorough but straightforward health questionnaire and the platform generates information about the client. This platform also provides practitioner resources and client handouts. 

  • Perform Lingual-Neuro Testing 

The Lingual-Neuro testing goes hand-in-hand with the functional evaluation. It seems like a miraculous way of determining what supplements and food is beneficial for a client, but it’s not a miracle… it’s a carefully tuned scientific method. 

In Lingual-Neuro testing, a supplement/nutrient/food is placed on the client’s tongue and then a corresponding organ point is palpated. If the supplement is beneficial, the point in question immediately changes in sensation.  This is not kinesiology, it is based on the proven phenomenon of how the tastebuds communicate instantly with the brain.

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Joel Hansen, NTA’s CFO and a group leader, demonstrates a palpation of the large intestine.

  • Create a tailored supplement protocol for clients

Students learn to synthesize information from the health interviews, paperwork, NAQ, Functional Evaluation and Lingual-Neuro Testing. This provides the detailed, indivdualized  information required to create a tailored supplement protocol. 

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In the classroom, you’ll learn how to use Biotics supplements to create a protocol for your client. The techniques you learn can be applied universally to other supplements.

  • Choose to specialize in an area of health support, such as preconception nutrition or sports nutrition

Nutritional therapy practitioners often choose to focus in a specific area, such as nutrition for fertility or performance nutrition for athletes.

  • Move forward in complimentary trainings and programs

I believe the solid physiology and nutrition foundation I received through NTA gave me a valuable foundation for other trainings in holistic health. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m planning to get an herbalist certificate this year and I know it will synthesize well with my nutritional therapy foundation.

This year, I’m also looking forward to doing a training offered to nutritional therapists called Inneractive Healing Systems. This program teaches advanced skills in muscle testing (kinesiology) and palpation techniques to create effective client protocols.

What a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner doesn’t do:

  • Make claims to diagnose/treat/cure disease or replace a primary care physician.

A nutritional therapy practitioner is not a doctor and cannot make claims to diagnose, treat or cure. We have clients, not patients. A nutritional therapy practitioner is not intended to replace your doctor or naturopathic doctor. 

  • Offer therapeutic touch without licensure 

The Functional Evaluation uses palpation to determine dysfunction in the body. It is not a form of therapeutic touch or visceral manipulation. Only a nutritional therapist who is also a licensed massage therapist or licensed body worker can offer therapeutic touch. 

  • Call themselves a dietician

The legalities around terminology vary from state to state. In some states, it is illegal to give individualized nutrition counseling unless licensed as a dietician. Other states are much more lenient around practicing nutrition counseling. Look at the State Laws at Nutrition Advocacy to learn more. 

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You’ll also get lecture time with your instructors in the classroom. Here, assistant instructor Janelle is lecturing.

Why I chose the Nutritional Therapy program

There are many educational programs available to become a nutrition consultant. So why did I choose NTA?

  • It offers a hybrid of hands-on, classroom learning and online work.  

The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner course includes three three-or-four day seminars along with conference calls and online curriculum.

I looked at many other online nutrition programs before jumping into NTA. Solely online programs do not offer the clinical training, a hallmark of NTA. Because you have classroom time, you learn the art of palpation for the Functional Evaluation, the technique of lingual-neuro testing, and can practice the entire consultation process.

  • It focuses on a nutrient-dense, traditional foods approach to wellness. 

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price is required reading. Need I say more?

  • Their marketing and website aren’t polished, but their instruction is.

I’ll be blunt with you, since I’ve been blunt with NTA. Their website isn’t very sexy, and it didn’t give me a detailed perception of the program.

As a matter of fact, I didn’t really know what to expect when beginning the class because the website was so vague and rather difficult to navigate. That was one of the goals of this post – to clarify for you what I learned, and how the learning process works.

When I began the program, I was utterly blown away by both the dedication and vast knowledge of the instructors, and the engagement and quality of the students.

  • NTA explains how to effectively support clients from an individual perspective

Other nutrition programs discuss popular diets, but NTA explains how to create a tailored protocol for clients. That is invaluable. It’s all about the tailoring supplements and nutrition to a clients’ individuality, not matching a client to the correct cookie-cutter diet.

Register for the Fall 2015 classes

I wanted to get this post written in time so you could register for the fall 2015 classes! Registration opened in June and you have until September 14th to register.

Click here to see the list of venue locations, and click here to download the coarse catalog and registration packet.

This post is not sponsored by NTA, although I am part of their referral program. I reached out to NTA to discuss how I could share their mission with my readers, and we worked together to create a bonus package for signing up.

  • The first five people to register for the fall classes, using my name as a referral, will get a $150 gift certificate to Thrive Market.
  • After that, we have an unlimited number of $50 Thrive Market gift certificates for those who sign up.

thrive marketWe chose Thrive because both NTA and I love this source for real food ingredients and natural living supplies. I call Thrive a combination of Amazon Prime + Costco + your favorite health food store. Note that, in order to use your Thrive gift certificate, you must be a member of Thrive or have signed up for their no-strings-attached trial period. Learn about Thrive and sign up here.

In order to receive your gift certificate to Thrive, put “Lauren Geertsen” or “Empowered Sustenance” when it asks for who referred you on the registration form. 

Have you considered becoming a nutritional therapy practitioner? Are you interested in a career in nutrition? 

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Paleo Drop Biscuits (Nut Free) http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-drop-biscuits/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-drop-biscuits/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:24:33 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9181 One of the first baked goods I remember making as a child was a simple drop biscuit recipe. I was too eager to let the biscuits cool before devouring them, so I would put a piping hot biscuit into a bowl and douse it with butter, which instantly dissolved into the steaming biscuit. Then I would dig in […]

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Paleo drop biscuits, featuring nutrient-dense tigernut flour

One of the first baked goods I remember making as a child was a simple drop biscuit recipe. I was too eager to let the biscuits cool before devouring them, so I would put a piping hot biscuit into a bowl and douse it with butter, which instantly dissolved into the steaming biscuit. Then I would dig in with a spoon.

I had deja vú when developing this recipe, since I was unable to let the biscuits cool completely before the taste test. I think you may run into the same problem when you take these fragrant paleo drop biscuits out of the oven.

This post is generously sponsored by Organic Gemini. Like always, it is my strict policy to only share content that reflects my genuine experience and I only recommend products from companies that meet my high standards for integrity.

Paleo Drop Biscuits with Tigernut Flour

Tigernut flour is a relatively new ingredient in the paleo baking scene. I’ve previously shared a recipe for Tigernut Flour Pancakes, which highlight the nutty flavor of this starchy root vegetable.

tigernut flour pancakes + intro to tigernut flour

Fluffy, grain free pancakes featuring tigernut flour. Click for my recipe.

Here’s what you should know about tigernuts:

  •  Tigernuts are not nuts, they are starchy tubers. Tigernut flour is paleo-friendly and even permissible on the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol.
  • Tigernuts were a staple food in early Egyptian and African cultures. As a matter of fact, Oxford University recently discovered that tigernuts played a key nutritional role in our evolution from pre-human to human. So tigernuts are about as Paleo a food as you can get!
  • You can eat the dried tigernuts straight from the bag, but I prefer to rehydrate them. Here are rehydrating instructions.
  • Tigernuts and tigernut flour boast a naturally sweet, hearty, nutty flavor. I get hints of hazelnut and vanilla.
  • Tigernut flour does not have a superfine texture, and lends a heartiness to baked goods. However, it doesn’t make based goods dense – these paleo drop biscuits are tender and fluffy.
  • Tigernuts are an excellent source of resistant starch, an elusive type of fiber that is feeds for the good bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • The resistant starch content in tigernuts may support metabolism and healthy weight by supporting the production of butyrate. Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid, obtained through certain foods (such as grassfed butter) and as a product of good bacteria feeding on resistant starch. According to a study by the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, “butyrate plays a number of roles in increasing metabolism, decreasing inflammation and improving stress resistance.” Further, additional studies (1, 2, 3) suggest  resistant starch intake may support weight loss due to decreased insulin spikes after meals, decreased appetite and decreased fat storage in fat cells.

Paleo drop biscuits, featuring nutrient-dense tigernut flour

This recipe also features tigernut oil, a cold-pressed oil made from these nutrient-dense tubers.

  • Tigernut oil has a very high smoke point, suitable for baking, frying and sautéing.
  • It’s fat profile is similar to olive oil, in terms of the saturated-monounsaturated-polyunsaturated fat ratios.
  • It’s neutral flavored, imparting richness and moisture without a distracting flavor
  • It makes an excellent body moisturizer for all skin types, and a soothing facial oil for dry skin types. It absorbs beautifully without leaving a greasy residue, and just a drop goes a long way.
  • It has a buttery, silky richness. I love using tigernut oil in salad dressings.

Paleo drop biscuits, featuring nutrient-dense tigernut flour

Where to find Tigernut Flour and Tigernut Oil

Organic Gemini products are available on Amazon. You can get Organic Gemini Tigernut Flour here and Organic Gemini Tigernut Oil here.

Paleo Drop Biscuits Recipe

Paleo drop biscuits, featuring nutrient-dense tigernut flour

Paleo Drop Biscuits

Yield: 10 biscuits

Paleo Drop Biscuits

A grain free take on the favorite comfort food, these grain free drop biscuits are elevated to the next level when spread with butter or ghee. The plantain and tigernut flour lends a subtle sweetness without the need for added sugar. Make

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe plantains, they should be yellow with lots black spots (10 oz. peeled plantain)
  • 3/4 cup tigernut flour, available here
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour, available here
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. tigernut oil, available here (or substitute avocado, olive or melted coconut oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper.
  2. Peel and chop the plantains. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Make 10 drop biscuits on the baking sheet. Don't spread the drop biscuits too thinly, they should be about an inch thick. They won't spread much during baking.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden on the bottom and dry on the top. The biscuits should feel firm in the center when pressed.
  5. Let cool (if you can wait that long!) and serve doused with your favorite biscuit toppings such as butter, ghee or jam.
  6. These are best the day they are made, but they store well in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days. For best results, re-warm slightly before enjoying.
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Paleo Crockpot Chili http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-crockpot-chili/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-crockpot-chili/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:29:25 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9188 Down South Paleo: Southern classics made grain free Being raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’m no Southern gal. Call it a crime, but I don’t remember southern classics like huevos rancheros, chicken and dumplings, jalepeño poppers or homemade bread pudding ever gracing our kitchen table. So I have to make up for the 22 years of my […]

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Down South Paleo: Southern classics made grain free

Being raised in the Pacific Northwest, I’m no Southern gal. Call it a crime, but I don’t remember southern classics like huevos rancheros, chicken and dumplings, jalepeño poppers or homemade bread pudding ever gracing our kitchen table. So I have to make up for the 22 years of my life without Southern favorites. Enter… the Down South Paleo cookbook, by my friend Jennifer Robins at Predominantly Paleo.

paleo crockpot chiliHighlights of this cookbook for me include:

  • Practical, family-friendly recipes These dishes boast simple preparation but don’t compromise flavor.
  • A focus on recipes for various dietary restrictions. Not only are the recipes paleo friendly, many of them are autoimmune paleo as well. Jennifer denotes which recipes are nut, egg and/or nightshade free.
  • Baked goods featuring a variety of flours. I’m not a fan of cookbooks that use only almond or other nut flours for baked goods. While a few recipes contain nut flours, many others use coconut flour, water chestnut flour, sweet potato flour, arrowroot flour, tapioca flour, coconut flour or fresh yuca. There’s something for everyone.
  • Stunning photography from Stephanie Gaudreau, the talented photographer at Stupid Easy Paleo.

Paleo Crockpot Chili from Down South Paleo

What happens when you take the beans out of chili? With a few tweaks, you get awesome paleo-friendly chili. Jennifer created this fabulously easy dinner staple with a generous helping of vegetables and plenty of traditional spices for flavor.

Down South Paleo is on pre-order here from Amazon until August 11th. It’s 50% off while on pre-order, so grab it now if you want to paleo-ify your favorite Southern dishes.

Paleo Crockpot Chili

Yield: 6 servings

Paleo Crockpot Chili

You won't miss the beans in this veggie-packed paleo version of crockpot chili. This recipe is shared with permission from Down South Paleo.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (454 g) grass-fed organic beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, chopped small
  • 26 oz (728 g) finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1?2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp (3 g) sea salt
  • 1 tsp (3 g) onion powder
  • 1 tbsp (4 g) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce (here's an easy paleo Worcestershire recipe)
  • 4 tsp (12 g) chili powder
  • 1 tsp (3 g) paprika
  • 1 tsp (3 g) garlic powder
  • Pinch of cumin

Instructions

  1. Place the ground beef in a medium-size skillet over high heat and brown, stirring, until no longer pink.
  2. Spoon it into your slow cooker, including the fat. Now place the green bell pepper, onion, carrots and tomatoes into the slow cooker. Stir all the ingredients well, then add the remaining spices and seasonings. Stir once more, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 5 hours. Top with nondairy sour cream if desired or additional diced onions.
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Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bar Recipe http://empoweredsustenance.com/collagen-protein-bar/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/collagen-protein-bar/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:23:43 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9009 DIY Collagen Protein Bars I’ve given protein powder a bad rap, since it’s usually highly processed and denatured. Conventional protein powders contain various stabilizers, additives, and artificial flavors. When it comes to getting a boost of protein and amino acids, I recommend high-quality, grassfed collagen. I use and recommend Vital Proteins grassfed collagen – it’s a highly adaptable way to […]

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DIY Collagen Protein Bars

I’ve given protein powder a bad rap, since it’s usually highly processed and denatured. Conventional protein powders contain various stabilizers, additives, and artificial flavors.

When it comes to getting a boost of protein and amino acids, I recommend high-quality, grassfed collagen. I use and recommend Vital Proteins grassfed collagen – it’s a highly adaptable way to increase your intake of highly digestible, nutrient-dense protein. (This is not a sponsored post, although I have worked with Vital Proteins before. I love their company and their products).

This recipe uses collagen, not gelatin. Both have the same amino acid profile, but gelatin sets (think jello) and collagen doesn’t. You want to use the blue jar of Vital Proteins for this or Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate.

This recipe is inspired by the Sunbutter Chocolate Proteins Bars by Heather at Cook It Up Paleo. She recently guest posted a fabulous recipe here – Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola Bars.  I hadn’t come across a paleo protein bar recipe featuring collagen before, and loved her creativity.

Benefits of collagen protein powder

Why collagen over other protein supplements?

  • It supports skin health – The appearance of skin aging is partly due to our reduced rate of collagen synthesis after the age of 20. According to research by Vital Proteins, collagen improves skin health by stimulating fibroplast cells – the cells that produce collagen in the human body. Studies show that daily consumption of collagen improves skin strength, elasticity, and moisture.
  • It supports hormone balance – Traditionally, homemakers and chefs would practice nose-to-tail eating out of frugality, intuitive nutrition wisdom, and culinary expertise. Muscle meats would be served with collagen-rich sauces, aspics or broths. Interestingly, collagen-rich ingredients help to balance the amino acid profile in muscle meats. In this way, consuming collagen supports hormone health by balancing out the high concentration of tryptophan in muscle meats.
  • It supports joint and bone health – Collagen makes up to 90% of bone mass, and several studies indicate that taking collagen internally can improve bone metabolism.
  • It supports digestion and satiety – Two scoops of Vital Proteins contains a whopping 18 grams of highly satiating protein. As a matter of fact, studies show that collagen peptides consumed at breakfast are 40% more satiating than other proteins (such as whey or soy).

Sources: My sources for the above points are from studies gathered by Vital Proteins, which you can read here, as well as Dr. Ray Peat’s article on gelatin

Where to get collagen protein

When sourcing gelatin and collagen, remember your are sourcing an animal protein. If you would prioritize grassfed beef over CFAO beef, then it makes sense to seek out grassfed collagen protein.

I recommend Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (in the blue jar – their green jar is gelatin). It’s available here at VitalProteins.com, with free shipping on all orders. 

Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bars

A nutrient-dense protein boost

I’m going to get on my soapbox for just a moment and give a disclaimer to this recipe. These protein bars provide a concentrated source of assimilable nutrients, but I didn’t create them with the intention of meal replacements. Instead, I see them as a way to include two nutrient-dense ingredients – coconut and collagen – into your whole foods lifestyle.

I believe a healthy relationship with food means a relationship with the entire experience whole foods and meal preparation. No matter how “paleo” or “safe” or “clean” a protein bar, I don’t think it should replace the ritual of proper meals.

Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bars

 

Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bar Recipe

Cake Batter Collagen Protein Bar Recipe

These nutrient-dense bites feature concentrated protein from grassfed collagen as well as healthy fats from coconut butter. To up the sweetness factor, you can dip the chilled bars in melted chocolate... yum!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. The coconut butter should be soft enough to stir. Like coconut oil, the consistency of coconut butter varies with the room temperature. If it is solid, I recommend placing the jar in a pan of hot water, allowing the water to come halfway up the sides of the jar. Sit for 5 minutes to soften, then stir until creamy.
  2. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or have ready a silicon mold such as this one.
  3. Note on the sweetener: depending on what sweetener you use, the consistency of the bars will vary slightly. If you use stevia, for example, the batter may be too liquid to create a free-form square on the parchment paper. You may need to divide the mixture into the wells of a silicone mold, then chill.
  4. In a bowl, combine the coconut butter and collagen. Add the honey. When the honey is added, the mixture will become slightly crumbly.
  5. Add the coconut oil, which will help "pull together" the mixture. If necessary, add another teaspoon or two of coconut oil.
  6. Add the vanilla and a pinch of salt.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and form into a square with your hands. Score the square with a knife to create small bars. Chill in the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes. Then cut into bars along the scored marks.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. If desired, let soften slightly at room temperature before eating.
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Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/paleo-mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:41:33 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9109 Today’s recipe comes from Tess, the creative and inspiring blogger at Hold The Grain. I feel a kindred connection to Tess, as well Macy from last week’s guest post, because her serious health symptoms arose in high school. She  turned to nutrition to heal herself, and began blogging to share her recipes with others. Ice […]

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paleo mint chocolate chip ice cream

Today’s recipe comes from Tess, the creative and inspiring blogger at Hold The Grain. I feel a kindred connection to Tess, as well Macy from last week’s guest post, because her serious health symptoms arose in high school. She  turned to nutrition to heal herself, and began blogging to share her recipes with others.

Ice cream has always been my favorite treat, and dairy free ice cream has naturally taken its place now that am dairy-free. I share quite a few dairy free ice cream recipes on my blog because I’m a tad obsessed, and because what better treat is there in the summer?

paleo mint chocolate chip ice cream

Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This ice cream is creamy and packed with the mint, chocolaty flavor that you get from classic mint chocolate chip ice cream. The carob chips have a slightly different flavor than chocolate chips as carob is fruitier than bitter chocolate, but this is the favorite chocolate chip replacement that I’ve had. Sweet and rich, the carob bars were loved my both myself and chocolate-eaters. If you can eat chocolate, feel free to substitute the carob powder with cocoa powder to taste or replace the carob bars with chocolate chips. And don’t worry about the avocado- the flavor is masked by the mint, coconut and honey, and you won’t taste avocado at all.

carob chocolate bar

Paleo Mint Chocolate/Carob Chip Ice Cream

Yield: Makes about 2 cups of ice cream

Paleo Mint Chocolate/Carob Chip Ice Cream

This dairy-free, honey-sweetened paleo ice cream relies on a surprising ingredient for color and a silky texture: avocado! But don't worry, you won't end up with ice cream that tastes like guacamole. It just lends creaminess and the bonus of healthy fats.

Ingredients

    Carob chips:
  • ½ Cup coconut butter, available here (not to be confused with coconut oil)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut sugar, available here
  • 3 Tablespoons carob powder, available here
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons coconut oil
  • Ice cream:
  • 1 (14 oz) can full fat coconut milk, (recommended: this one, which is creamier but contains guar gum, or this one, which is additive-free)
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 6 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Medium Hass avocado
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Use the homemade carob chips in this recipe or substitute a heaping 1/2 cup of dairy free chocolate chips. The carob chips make this recipe autoimmune-paleo friendly.
  2. For the carob chips Fill a small pot with 1-2 inches of water over medium-high heat. Set a medium sized bowl over the pot (the bowl should be big enough so that the water is not touching it).
  3. Place the ½ Cup coconut butter in the bowl, stirring as it melts. If the water is boiling rapidly, reduce the heat. Whisk the carob powder and coconut sugar into the melting coconut butter. Whisk in the coconut oil.
  4. Once the mixture is melted and combined, remove the bowl from the pot and turn off the heat. Line a small freezer-safe dish with parchment paper or use a chocolate bar mold. Pour the carob mixture into the mold/dish and freeze until set (15-20 minutes).
  5. For the ice cream Place all of the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and churn per its instructions.
  7. While the ice cream churns, remove the carob bars from the freezer. Roughly chop the carob into “chocolate chunk” pieces and reserve 1/3 of the chips. Store the remaining chips in the freezer.
  8. When the ice cream has thickened and has about 5 minutes left to churn, pour the 1/3 cup of carob chips into the ice cream.
  9. Scoop the finished ice cream into a freezer safe container. I use a metal loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Freezer for 2-4 hours for a hard ice cream texture. Enjoy straight from the ice cream maker for a soft serve texture.
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tess headshotAbout Tess at Hold the Grain

Tess is the author, cook and photographer behind the website Hold the Grain. She shares new gluten-free, grain-free and allergy-friendly recipes each week. You can connect with her on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

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How Lunar Hair Care Transformed My Hair http://empoweredsustenance.com/lunar-hair-care/ http://empoweredsustenance.com/lunar-hair-care/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:50:35 +0000 http://empoweredsustenance.com/?p=9131 My experience with Lunar Hair Care I’ve been practicing lunar hair cutting for two years, since being introduced to the concept by The Hair Shaman himself, Anthony Morrocco of Morrocco Method. I’ve told you that Morrocco Method natural shampoos transformed my hair and scalp, but I haven’t told you how lunar cutting played a huge role. As […]

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lunar hair care: an ancient technique for optimizing hair health and growth

My experience with Lunar Hair Care

I’ve been practicing lunar hair cutting for two years, since being introduced to the concept by The Hair Shaman himself, Anthony Morrocco of Morrocco Method.

I’ve told you that Morrocco Method natural shampoos transformed my hair and scalp, but I haven’t told you how lunar cutting played a huge role. As a matter of fact, using Anthony’s lunar hair chart and his recommended blunt-snip technique transformed the parting, cowlicks, and wave patterns of my hair.

Six months into my routine of lunar hair cutting, I noticed that the wave patterns of my hair had dramatically and beautifully shifted. It was most dramatic the day after I cut my hair. I realized that the natural part of my hair changed to the other side of my head, in a way that was completely new and surprisingly complimentary for my face shape.

I had to try lunar hair care to believe it. I still don’t completely understand how it works, but I’m a believer.

Anthony explains lunar hair care

Anthony was in Seattle last week and we caught up over lunch. I gave him an update about my results with lunar hair cutting and began picking his brain about the mechanisms at play.

In summary, it’s all about the subtle energy of the body, as well as the magnetic energy of the moon cycles, working synergistically to promote hair growth and scalp health. Anthony touched on how traditional cultures saw hair as a powerful energetic extension of the body. An article on Anthony’s personal website says,

Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut. (Read more).

He also shared with me the history of how he made lunar hair cutting the foundation of his business. Below is a snippet of his story from his personal website TheHairShaman.com:

The most powerful lesson of my four years at Kenneth’s [Salon in New York] came from a Brazilian client who awakened me to Lunar Hair Cycle methodology.  Like a match to fire, this moon-based technique ignited my passion to follow the Hair Shaman path.

[…] I started with a move to Italy, exploring countless small villages where local barbers would eagerly show me hair techniques handed down through generations.  Each also shared the details of their local lunar hair cycles.  After a nomadic year in Italy, I ventured northward to further my quest for hair knowledge.  Traversing Europe, I met residents of the renowned Findhorn settlement in Scotland.  They introduced me to the ancient natural science of Ayurveda, which would become the basis of my Five Elements Hair Care.

When Anthony was a hair stylist, he scheduled his appointments according to the lunar hair calendar. Now, he manufactures his hair care line according to moon cycles, a practice of medicine makers and herbalists from traditional cultures across the globe.

How I Practice Lunar Hair Care

Here are the steps I follow to practice lunar hair care:

1. I trim my hair, using the blunt-snip technique above, each month according to Anthony’s Lunar Hair Chart.

2. I avoid all synthetic hair products and use only a boar bristle brush to style, which keeps my scalp healthy and nurtures the natural wave patterns of my hair.

lunar hair care imageI’m not one for selfies, but I wanted to show you my results. In the picture, I have only washed and air-dried my hair (I didn’t smooth it with a boar brush for this picture). It has no layers, but looks thick and full, because the blunt-snip technique allows the hair to fall naturally. 

If you are interested in practicing the process of lunar hair cutting that I use, and that Anthony recommends, I will tell you the vital importance of using non-synthetic products and a boar bristle brush (I use MM’s boar brush). 

Synthetic products disrupt the balance of the scalp and weight down the hair. Of course, I recommend Morrocco Method products for shampoo and conditioner.

Boar bristle brushing is the only styling tool I use. It acts as a deep-conditioning and smoothing treatment for the hair by distributing the scalp sebum. Here are the 6 Benefits of Boar Bristle Brushing that I’ve already discussed.

Blunt-Snip Cutting and Lunar Hair Care

Anthony recommends blunt-snip cutting your own hair according to his (free) lunar hair calendar here.

When I previously shared the below video of blunt-snip cutting, I received comments that it was not a the ideal hair cutting technique. I brought this to Anthony, who is the world-class expert on the subject. He assured me of the value in this technique. Blunt-snip cutting removes layers, which – contrary to what you may expect – encourages the natural wave patterns and creates the illusion of thicker hair.

I’m telling you: trust Anthony on this. He worked at the top hair salon in the country, Kenneth’s in New York, where his clientele included celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy. Kenneth, the founder of the salon, was famous for mastering the blunt-ship technique, which he used for his celebrity clients including Katherine Hepburn.

In the video below, Anthony demonstrates how to blunt-snip your hair, which should be cut according to the Lunar Hair Chart. I have been following this method for two years and my hair has never looked thicker and healthier.

Even better, when it comes to styling, all I need to do is brush out my hair with a boar bristle brush. Then, my hair falls into its natural shape without the need for damaging and time-consuming heat tools.

July 2015 Blue Moon

I wanted to share this info about lunar hair care now, so you can take advantage of the July 2015 Blue Moon. A Blue Moon occurs when there are two full moons in one month, a rare occasion. Traditional cultures saw blue moons as energetically powerful. Anthony says the energetic effects of lunar hair cutting during this blue moon will be amplified ten times, compared to a cutting on a regular moon. 

Coupon for Lunar Hair Care packages

I know many of you have been waiting for a coupon for Morrocco Method, and I’m happy to share one with you in celebration of the blue moon.

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For two weeks, from July 20th through August 3rd, use coupon code BLUEMOON at checkout to receive free shipping on all lunar hair care packages. Select the FedEx Smart Post option when using the coupon.  The packages are currently 20% off, so you’ll get free shipping plus a huge discount. 

Whether you are a Morrocco Method convert or a newbie to the Morrocco Method of holistic hair care, these packages allow you to buy a targeted combo of products at a discount.

Are you up for trying lunar hair care? 

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