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The Juice Fast – a Simple and Effective Detox and a Way to Loose 5 – 30 lbs.

Tania Belkin


No food for 5 – 7 days, I mean no food, except juice and tea.

Those of you who have never done this, might think of it as torture, but it’s actually fun.

You see food in a new way, your sense of smell becomes keener, you discover new energy – somehow things become better and brighter and you are in a good mood.

You catch yourself smiling more often.  And needless to say, you can drop 5, 10, 20 or even 30 lbs painlessly and easily.

I do this twice per year as a detox, and I can see a big difference between the before and after.

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Quick & Easy Tonkinese Soup or Pho Soup Recipe

When it is cold, damp or chilly outside like it is in Montreal right now, you just feel like eating a huge bowl of savory heart warming soup. Pho Soup Recipe


You probably know about the health benefits of beef broth, chicken broth, potassium broth, etc.1  But broth, as healing as it is, can be extremely boring.  Why not spice it up with the fabulous flavors of the orient?:)


I started making Pho soup fairly recently and it has become a favorite soup with my friends and family.  It is really easy to make.  Needless to say, I make it on a regular basis now and I use organic ingredients as much as possible.

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Are your Organic / Eco Friendly Dry Cleaners Poisoning You and Your Family?

Nettoyeur Écologique RoyalIs your green dry cleaner really green?

The shocking truth about your Organic / Eco Friendly dry cleaners.


First The Facts

90% of dry cleaners use highly toxic chemicals.

These chemicals remain in your clothes.

These chemicals contaminate the air and water.

Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens and can cause many other health problems (see below)

Green, Organic, Natural, Eco-friendly labels can be and often are exploited by clever marketers.  On many occasions, these labels mean absolutely nothing. For example, Hydrocarbons are chemicals are found in petroleum-based solvents, they are “organic” solvents, but are nonetheless human carcinogens. 3

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3 Must Have Vitamins to Boost Immune System

Boost Your Immune System

Do you feel that you can use an extra boost for your immune system?

If you eat well and exercise regularly you are already ahead.

However, you might need an extra boost for your immune system this winter, before the flu season comes around.

I’m not big on vitamins and supplements but here are the three top vitamins that my family uses for the fall/winter season:

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Do You Want to Eat Well? Consider Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious.Baked Sweet Potato

They are relatively fast and easy to cook.

They are a wonderful substitute for commonly used white potatoes.


Why Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals.  They have vitamin A  (beta carotene), vitamin B, vitamin E, Vitamin C,  potassium, manganese and others. Which means, they are a great antioxidant and are great for you heart and cardiovascular system. They are also good for the brain, nervous system and eyes. Sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin and hair, they are considered as one of the ‘Beauty Foods’.

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, thus they are good for weight management.

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Are You Still Consuming Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils?

We were told for years that they are trans fat

Here is some news:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.“1

It seems that the FDA is getting set to classify PHO’s as a food additive and therefore they would become a regulated ingredient. This could mean that food producers would have to reduce or eliminate them from processed foods.

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7 Supper-Foods For Fall

Kid boy eating green apple, isolated on whiteFall vegetables and fruits are packed with needed vitamins to boost your immune system for the upcoming winter season.  Buying seasonal foods are also the least expensive way to eat.  In addition, most of the fall-harvested foods are long lasting and are great for long-term storage.


Many people believe that the best diet is a seasonal diet i.e., eat what is in season.

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The Best Alternatives to Organic

What would be a second best option, when organic food is not accessible?photo


When we don’t have access to organic food – food labelled as ‘Natural’ quickly comes to mind.  But as you may know, ‘Natural’ is a vague term that has been exploited by clever marketing.  Additionally, by reading the ingredients, you will often discover that there is nothing natural about products that are labelled ‘Natural’.


That is why, the second best alternative to ‘organic’ are ‘GMO free’ products.


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When a Product is Marketed as Natural Beware!

Have you ever fallen into the trap of believing labels that claim ‘Natural’?artificial juices


A clean, nice, ‘Green Package’ that looks attractive – must be good? After all it’s ‘Natural’, right?


Blinded by the packaging you buy this ‘Natural’ product, only to be disappointed later.


As it often turns out – ‘Natural’ is not really natural after all.
There are many examples of labeling that are misleading.
Here is a great one and an expensive one as well.


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Rip Current

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Sun, surf and fun, this is what we associate with summer vacations.


However, only a few of us know enough about the greatest danger of the beach – rip currents.


Just about every beach has rip currents.


I remember being a little child when I saw a rip current near by, while playing in the beautiful water of the Black Sea. I didn’t know what it was called, but I got a very creepy feeling about it.  I didn’t know how to swim, back then, nor did I know what I now know about rip currents.

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Is This A New Miracle Oil?

The oil that has been labelled unhealthy in the 60′s has had a major profile change!coconut

Now scientists say:

It prevents weight gain and encourages healthy weight 1 ,

It helps to increase good cholesterol (HDL),

It is suggested as a replacement in cosmetics instead of synthetic oils,

It can slow and even reverse Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, epilepsy… (see video below)

It is also a natural antibiotic,

And it can boost the cognitive activity of your brain 2

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Simple Spring Detox Part 3

Take a Close Look at Your Cleaning Products & Personal Care ProductsHousehold Products 3D


Cleaning and personal care products are often linked to allergies, irritability and low energy, to mention a few.


We often underestimate how much every day household chemicals affect our health, behavior and moods.


TV Producer’s Experiment


Below is a great story about common household chemicals as told by a NBC TV producer regarding her own experience:

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Simple Spring Detox Part 2

Movement is vital for our well beingMother running along woodland path with 2 childrren


Movement is vital for our well being.


Movement relaxes muscles stressed from sitting, it also elongates and tones them.


Movement also gets your muscles into better physical shape by stimulating them.


People who sit for longer periods of time are doubling their risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular mortality.1


Walk or bike or Just Get Outside and Move


Walking and biking is free.  It is also a natural way to help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease.

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Simple Spring Detox Part 1

Have you ever wanted to do a spring detox program only to find out that it was too complicated, weird or expensive? fresh green salad


Have you ever changed your mind about a detox program by looking at a bunch of scary powder pouches?


The truth is, detox doesn’t have to be complicated.


And it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

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Avoid These Unpleasant Surprises by Reading Labels

I bet, by now you have heard advice about reading food labels.Checking food labelling

Do you always follow it?

Probably not.

But you should.

Even if you buy organic food, do not assume that all ingredients are good for you.

Assuming the ingredients must be good will set you up for an unpleasant surprise or two.

To illustrate, let me give you an example.

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Hidden Dangers in your kitchen and how can it affect your health and make you fat

A recent study published by the Huffington post suggested that women who work in plastic manufacturing facilities have a 5 times greater cancer rate vs. those women that don’t work with plastic. 1Plastic Kitchen Utensils


What about chemicals from plastic that you consume with your food and drinks on the daily basis?


Plastic is everywhere even in your food, bad news.


More bad news is that very small amounts of these chemicals found in plastic are required to put your health at risk.


But the GOOD news is,

You can eliminate many plastics from your life and from your house.

Start with your kitchen.


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Guilt Free Chocolate Cake

In case in you were wondering the picture of the Guilt Free Chocolate Cake in my previous article “Sugar is Good for You, Seriously”  is a picture of the cake I made from Muscovado / Organic Brown Sugar. chocolate pie and berries


It is a Rich, Creamy, Moist, and Relatively Low Calorie Chocolate Cake.


Sounds like too good to be true, you think?


Do you like chocolate cake? What about your children, do they ask you for brownies all the time?


So maybe, just maybe, this recipe will be a winner in your house.

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Sugar is Good for You, Seriously

Do you know that sugar is bad for you,

but you still consume it because it is so hard to resist?

Do you wish you could eat all that sweet stuff without any guilt?

While I can’t promise you that I can completely alleviate feelings of guilt when you eat sugary snacks, I promise to introduce you to better sugars.

And hopefully, you will feel better about your sweet treats.

So, you can happily enjoy an occasional sweet snack.  Because…


Sugar Is an Excellent Source of Vital Nutrients.

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Fall, Winter Warming Spiced Drinks

According to Ayurvedic medicine, warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom can help boost energy, warm you from  the inside and help you to build your immune system to fight winter colds.

Below are few warming fall/winter recipes that I found to be interesting.  I used all organic ingredients, and I hope that you can do the same.


Fast and Easy Hot Spiced Tea

This is my favorite winter drink.

4 cups freshly brewed tea
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
4 lemon slices

2 Tb honey or to taste.

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Simple Way to Survive Winter Without Major Colds

Does your body feel shivery and cold inside as the weather gets colder?

Do you feel uncomfortable and cold inside of your house let alone outside?

Do you feel like cranking up the heat to the max?

I do. Most of us feel the same way as the weather turns gray in the fall.


That is why we need to warm up from the inside


…by using traditional warming spices.

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