As I sat in my kitchen sipping on my greatly deserved cocktail, my three year old skipped her nap today, I thought, this is the perfect drink to share with my broccoli and botox readers! Usually I prefer wine, but tonight I was in the mood for something different. Don’t judge by the look of, just try it, it is pretty dang good. Here is the recipe:


2 oz vodka ( I like Effen Cherry vodka or regular Effen)
Crushed ice
1 oz berry selzer water
A generous pour of Cherry Chia Kombucha to taste


Kombucha?! Yes kombucha. What this means is that while you are enjoying a little buzz from your cocktail, you are also filling your gut with beneficial probiotics, enzymes, antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. All of these help to keep your digestive system working properly thereby ensuring a rock solid immune system, emotional health and even weight loss. It’s almost a wash right? 


Side note, I was supposed to be on a liver cleanse this week, but I promptly washed that idea down the toilet.


Check in next week for an all new “What I ate today” post!


Happy Sipping-


S

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Most of us have been led to believe for so long that canola oil is the “healthy ” answer to oil, but it is actually not your best choice. I look through images of this oil and I see it in a field of fresh, yellow pretty flowers. Oh how I love marketing! There is a HUGE amount of money behind the popularity of this oil. It is one of Canada’s largest crops (rape seed). They spent $50 million to get a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) rating from the FDA, that was initially granted.


What is it?
Canola oil was developed from the rape seed. Rape seed oil is toxic because it contains a poisonous chemical called erucic acid. Canola oil is a toxic industrial like oil that should not be consumed. The food industry touts it as being good for the prevention of heart disease because it has omega-3 fatty acids as well as being low in  saturated fats.


Why Canola Oil?
Back in the 80’s scientists along with the government were starting to figure out that the diet of high polyunsaturated oils, such as corn and soy, that they had pushed were actually causing disease. They could no longer promote them as being the healthy choice and the cost of natural saturated fats, butter, lard etc, was not cost effective for the masses, so they needed an alternative. They decided that olive oil was a sexy alternative, but again too expensive.  This modified oil from the rape seed plant fit the criteria because it fit the mold for the newly popular trend of omega 3 fatty acids. The problem is that even though they removed a lot of the erucic acid in the new oil, it still contains 22% of this dangerous compound. This oil has never been tested long term on humans, only animals and the results have not been good. Like rape seed, canola oil is associated with fibrotic lesions of the heart, vitamin E deficiency and changes in blood platelets. It is reported also to retard growth and that is the reason it is not seen in infant formula. What is interesting is that in all of these studies, the negative results were mitigated when the diet included a balance of saturated fats along with the rape seed oil. So, if you want to still consume canola oil, make sure that you eat enough saturated fats along with it.


Oil Processing

More fun stuff..
We have all heard by now that the way the oil was extracted makes a difference in how healthy it is. Well that is another problem with Canola oil. It, like other commercial vegetable oils, is heavily processed through the use of chemical extraction,  bleaching and de-gumming. Because canola oil contains many omega-3 fatty acids, it becomes rancid at high temperatures, they have to deodorize it (it makes it clear, pretty and smell like nothing) which then turns the omega-3 fatty acids in to trans fatty acids. YES TRANS FATS! Most canola oil used in processed foods has had to be “thickened” or saturated with more hydrogen (yes “Hydrogenated”) which again results in TRANS FATS. I highly doubt you can find a healthy version of canola oil at the grocery store, even at Whole Foods.


What would I use?
Unrefined, expeller, cold pressed Sesame and Olive oil (only low heat cooking) in conjunction with high quality saturated fats such as coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc.


Phew, that was heavy and its time for something fun! Look for my next post about one of my favorite beauty finds as of late!


Yours in health,


-S


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The Fountain of Youth in a Berry?

Deep in the Himalayan desert of India there grows a shrub with sharp thorns and thousands of clustered bright orange berries. This berry has been touted as a miracle berry, an anti-aging holy fruit. The locals involved in collecting these bountiful berries are said to never get sick, have few grey hairs and seem ageless. There are myth-like stories of villages in which no one has any ailments. Ashtma, bronchitis, weight loss, libido, the list is endless!

The berry has a long history, it was used by the ancient greeks to feed to their horses when they noticed that it made their hides glossy and has been used in villages across India for centuries. It contains 190 different nutrients including high concentrations of antioxidants and fatty acids. The fatty acid that everyone is excited about is called omega-7. Omega 7 fatty acids are non-essential because your body can make them on it’s own, but most people are fatty acid deficient from our modern day way of living. Omega 7s are powerful antioxidants providing strong anti-aging support because of their ability to rein in free radicals. While the benefit of Sea Buckthorn on the body’s largest organ, the skin, has been widely documented in ancient texts, it also has an extensive history of traditional use in Tibet and Mongolia for the body’s internal organs – in particular the mucous membranes that line the stomach/GI tract, upper respiratory tract, and nether regions. The ability of this botanical to help moisturize and soothe these sensitive internal areas in addition to its external skin benefits has made it a staple of traditional herbal systems. Similar properties have been reported in various modern studies.

Sea Buckthorn is grown in China, India and all over the world, but some skeptics think the best crop is from India. The berry has to fight harder to grow in the harsh, high altitude areas thereby increasing it’s antioxidant content.

There are many ways to get your Sea Buckthorn. Many skin care companies that sell products containing it including Sibu Beauty and Weleda, and then you can find oil capsules, shampoos, soap and juice. 

I don’t know about you, but I going to jump on this and see if I can knock some years off the aging clock that is my face! I think I will start with the Sibu serum and go from there!

Happy Aging!

-S
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