Crispy Chicken Noodles


  • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil (peanut)
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely sliced
  • 5 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 large spring onion (green), sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper, finely ground
  • *Can be found at specialty Asian markets.
Cook the noodles for 3 minutes in a pan of boiling water until al dente, or as per the package instructions. Drain, then run them under cold running water, and drain again. Drizzle with a few splashes of sesame oil, and toss through to prevent them from sticking.

Season the chicken with a splash of dark soy sauce, the five-spice powder, and chile sauce, if using. Mix well. Coat the chicken breasts lightly with the cornstarch.

Heat a wok over a high heat, add the groundnut or peanut oil, and heat until smoking. Then, add the chicken, and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through.

Add the red bell pepper, and stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the bean sprouts and green onion and stir-fry for less than 1 minute. Add the cooked noodles, and season with the light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, and black pepper, to taste. Stir well and serve immediately.


This is a classic takeaway dish and a classic Chinese snack – Chow mein in Mandarin Chinese is pronounced ‘Chao meean and it means ‘stir-noodle’, i.e. stir-fried noodle.
I love this simple dish with plenty of fresh crunchy vegetables and the usual Chinese condiments of light soy sauce and toasted sesame oil – but the trick to getting a good-quality chow mein is in the quality of the noodle used. I use shi wheat flour noodles – ‘shi’ means ‘thin’ and whether yellow shi or white – they are easy to cook, 3 minutes in boiling water. Then all the ingredients go into a wok – couldn’t be easier or healthier!

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Sizzling Fried Prawns

Prep:30 min
Inactive Prep:
Cook:10 min
YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 box kataifi (shredded phyllo dough)
  • 16 to 20 prawns, tails removed and deveined (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups grapeseed oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
Put the flour in a bowl. Lightly beat the egg in a separate bowl. Put the kataifi on a plate and separate it into 4-inch strands. Dredge the prawns in the flour, then dip in the egg and roll in the kataifi.

Heat the grapeseed oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Gently add the prawns and cook until light golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drainon paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

Warm the tortillas, one at a time, in a separate pan over medium heat until pliable.

To serve, place 4 to 5 prawns on each tortilla and top with the cabbage, scallions and jalapenos.

This recipe was provided by a professional chef or restaurant and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Pasta


  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (25-ounce/750 ml) jar tomato puree
  • Salt
  • 12 ounces/400 g freshly grated mozzarella
  • Smoked scamorza cheese, as much as desired, roughly chopped
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

While the rigatoni cooks in salted boiling water, prepare the sauce. In a saucepan heat up the olive oil and saute the eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, chile peppers, if using, and garlic, for a few minutes. Add the tomato puree and salt. Let the sauce cook for approximately 10 minutes on medium heat.

Drain the rigatoni; add the pasta to the saucepan, sprinkle with some Parmigiano and cook for another 30 seconds. Then place 1/2 the rigatoni in a baking dish, adding a layer of 1/2 the mozzarella, 1/2 the scamorza and another sprinkle of Parmigiano cheese over the pasta. Add the remaining rigatoni, and follow with a final layer of all the cheeses. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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How do conscientious movement patterns (including Yoga) effect chemistry and neural connectivity?

This article triggered some interesting conversations amongst our team members, about how our neurology is affected, for better and for worse, because of the movement patterns we put them through. The is why we believe functional & intentional (not habitual) training, is so important.

Kareem Abdul-Jabar had, arguably, the most impressive career for a “big man” in NBA history. Especially the longevity of his career and success. In the past, he’s been quick to credit his diet, yoga and training with Bruce Lee. Coincidence?


The Science behind Yoga and Stress

By Dr M Storoni MD PhD on Tuesday July 14th, 2015

What does bending your body into yoga poses do to your brain chemistry and nerve connections?

What does bending your body into yoga poses do to your brain chemistry and nerve connections?

There are two functional parts of the brain that play a key role in stress. These serve the functions of emotion and cognitive function. So I am calling them the ’emotional’ brain (amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex) and the ‘logical’ brain (the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus).

The emotional brain is able to initiate a ‘stress response’ via the sympathetic nervous system which culminates in adrenaline and cortisol racing through our circulation.The logical brain is always trying to ‘turn-off’ this stress response and it is also trying to restrain the emotional brain. The stronger our logical brain, the better it becomes at doing these two things. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’. This signal ‘relaxes’ the body. So a strong logical brain goes hand in hand with relaxation.

The stress response and ‘relaxing’ signals travel through the body along a particular route and parts of this route have little ‘switches’ which we can physically manipulate to turn the signals on or off. The neck is an example of where such switches are located (by the carotid arteries).

Everytime we are holding a posture our logical brain is being activated“Everytime we are holding a posture our logical brain is being activated”

Training the stress circuit

Yoga is training this entire stress circuit at two levels. First, every time we are ‘holding’ a posture, staying very still to concentrate or trying to balance, our logical brain is being activated. When we are bending forwards, our ‘relaxation’ signal is being turned on through the ‘switches’ in the neck. So bending forwards and concentrating at the same time is triggering both the logical brain and the relaxation signal at the same time.

Bending backwards triggers the stress response signal through the switches in our neck. Contracting a muscle also triggers the stress response signal. So, when we bend backwards and contract our muscles while still having to stay still and concentrate on balancing, our logical brain is given an extra challenge. It has to overcome the stress response signal being triggered in these two ways before we can be still and concentrate during a posture. This ‘extra’ resistance the logical brain is having to work against, ‘trains’ it like a muscle.

New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed“New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed”

Rewiring the nerve connections

At the end of a series of yoga postures, the logical brain has had a ‘workout’. It is buzzing with activity. You feel mentally calm as it is keeping your emotional brain quiet. Training the logical brain in this way for a long time can result in a rewiring of the nerve connections within the logical brain. New circuitry that enables you to find it easier to control your thoughts is formed. You may find it easier to channel your thoughts in the direction you want and not ‘dwell’ on negative thoughts or experiences. This is partly why yoga seems to have a positive effect on depression and anxiety, where sufferers have a tendency to dwell on negative life events. Stronger connections within the logical brain keeps the lid down on the emotional brain and the stress response. This is why yoga can be so effective at battling stress.

The Science behind Yoga and Stress

Moringa Plants – “Drumstick Trees”

Some think of moringa (Drumstick tree) as another health-fad of the past but people who consume parts of the plant-tree, daily or weekly, seem to swear by it’s benefits. Still, we want to urge caution with the title, as the article even states: “Please note that it’s a long way before Moringa can be claimed as a cancer cure, but this kind of study is important because it indicates the potential for a starting point for a medicine of the future.”

Either way, a good opportunity to add something to your diet, if you haven’t already considered “benzoil” or “ben oil” trees, other names for the plant. We love it’s potential to help people sustain a healthy set of internal systems.

OTR Meals emphasizes the importance of balance and variety when it comes to dieting. The seeds and leaves have different uses and multiple benefits. Might be worth a harder glance.

Check out some of the potential benefits that are being associated with consumption, by medical and dieting professionals in North America (ironic of us, we know) Still, we are living in an era of “information”, and not everything can be forever hidden from the general public. Every step you take away from the “garbage” dieting norms that corporate greed has established in our society, is a step towards taking back what is yours, your heath and wellness!  Let’s use this and keep making a conscientious effort to keep learning and adding new foods to your diet!. Thanks for reading!


moringa fights cancerHave you heard of moringa? This plant is causing quite the stir in the health community. Also known as drumstick or Malunggay, moringa trees are often used in South Indian delicacies for their unique taste and texture.

The Moringa tree can be found in native parts of Africa and Asia and every part of this amazing tree such as the pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark are edible and rich in nutrients. There is no need to let any of it go to waste!

So, what makes moringa so marvelous?

Let’s compare moringa to some common healthy foods and products we consume to see what the big deal is regarding this plant:

  • Moringa seeds produce edible oil known as Ben oil that is similar to olive oil nutrition wise. This oil is rich in antioxidants and, unlike many other oils, has an indefinite shelf life!
  • Spinach has long been praised as a rich source of iron, but moringa leaves have three times more iron than spinach!
  • There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to wake you up in the morning…at leasts that’s what you think until you’ve had moringa tea! The moringa leaves have properties that boost energy level naturally and keep them boosted for a long period of time.
  • You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes because of their high vitamin A content, but moringa has four times the vitamin A of carrots per gram! Moringa is also a great source of beta-carotene.
  • Are you one of those people who take multivitamins? Moringa supplements, which are made from moringa leaves and pods, are said to be better than most vitamins and supplements on the market because they don’t use synthetic ingredients.
  • Moringa has double the protein found in yogurt per gram.
  • Moringa has three times the potassium found in bananas per gram.
  • Moringa has a whopping seven times more vitamin C per gram of oranges!
  • Moringa is great for your bones too. It has four times the calcium of milk per gram.

The Anti-Cancer Effects of Moringa Revealed By Researchers

Moringa also contains numerous powerful anti-cancer compounds such as kaempferol, rhamnetin and isoquercetin. Now, researchers are discovering that Moringa has anti-cancer potential with positive results so far against ovarian cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma in lab tests. A list of these studies can be seen on Pubmed here.

Please note that it’s a long way before Moringa can be claimed as a cancer cure, but this kind of study is important because it indicates the potential for a starting point for a medicine of the future. It’s especially interesting because Moringa is already in common use – not only in herbalism but in a wide variety of other applications.

Here are some additional benefits of the moringa plant.

  • Can be used to purify water
  • Contains nine essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, and many minerals.
  • Can improve human lactation.
  • Can treat a variety of chronic illnesses, bites, wounds, and other ailments.
  • Is a powerful skin cleanser, and ideal for maintaining healthy, vibrant hair
  • Has no side effects. The moringa plant is safe for both children and adults.

OK…so now that you’re sold on the idea, where can you find this plant?

You can get moringa products from a company called Kuli Kuli Foods; this company is a fair trade, small-scale farming cooperative in Ghana and Haiti.

You can also find moringa plant products, some of which are excellent in soup and curry dishes, at a South-Indian grocery store or a grocery store that caters to South-Indian cuisine. Of course, once more people start purchasing it, this plant should soon start popping up everywhere!


30 Amazing Benefits Of Moringa Plant For Skin, Hair And Health

Fluoride officially classified as a neurotoxin – The Lancet Neurology

Another establishment, unable to continue to deny the potential harm that comes with ingesting fluoride. Still, many people, ignorantly choose to purchase and drink, fluoride-contaminated bottled water. Many cities in North American also continue to pollute tap-water with fluoride, because of the “dental” benefits. (sarcastic-sigh)

The very thought of pouring fluoride into the GI tracts of our children, seems crazier by the day.

We recently wrote about our frustration with how our scientific community’s lengthy process for validating information, can leave many people  – even professionals – lagging behind in what they know, teach and preach. We understand the need for strict procedure and formality; peer review before publication; it’s fair, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t consequences.

We recently posted an article which included red flags to look out for when it comes to drinking water.

People have been disputing the idea of fluoride in drinking water, for years. Many companies insert fluoride into well-branded toothpaste products because it is corrosive! It is NOT meant to be swallowed! Let’s also not forget that many third world countries do not have demand for fluoride-containing tooth-pastes due to variance in diet. Less or no, refined sugars, no dental caries. Interesting? DIETING IS KEY! Toothpastes (Neem-based amongst others) which do NOT contain fluoride, DO exist and offer a more natural, cause-treating remedy for dental hygiene.

It seems we still don’t know much about how to differentiate mineral content in water, and about the different ways, which minerals can benefit our various systems. There are many “minerals” which may still be unknown, undefined and not yet understood. “What’s micro today will indeed be macro, tomorrow. We must do our best, with we know, yet we must ALWAYS continue to strive, to know more”

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal

By Waking Science, February 10, 2016

The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources. Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The news was broken by author Stefan Smyle, who cited a report published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD. The report, which was officially released in 2014 and published in the journal, can be viewed by clicking here.

Fluoride Classified Along with Mercury, Lead and Others

As noted in the summary of the report, a systematic review identified five different similar industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene.

The summary goes on to state that six additional developmental neurotoxicants have also  now been identified: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The authors added that even more of these neurotoxicants remain undiscovered.

Also in the report, they note that neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Because of the documented health risks of fluoride, many people have launched campaigns to remove the chemical from their water supplies, to varying degrees of success.

Such initiatives usually begin through the are often controversial and emotionally charged because of the reputation fluoride still enjoys among mainstream dentistry practitioners.

In addition to fluoride in city water supplies, the substance can also be found in certain foods, especially in heavily processed brands of tea that may be grown in polluted areas (see this list for more info).

If you’ve ever noticed the warnings on toothpaste labels you probably know just how serious fluoride poisoning can be, especially for children if they swallow too much at one time.

Because of this threat, many parents have begun eschewing fluoridated toothpaste brands altogether and are using more natural brands such as EarthpasteDesert EssenceUncle Harry’s Toothpaste Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste line, or even making their own from a combination of ingredients such as coconut oil, organic neem leaf powdersessential oils like peppermint or cinnamon, and other natural ingredients.

The fluoride added to our water supply is mostly seen as a cumulative toxin that accumulates in our bodies and can manifest itself in problems over time, including dental fluorosis, or far worse health problems.

Global Fluoride Prevention Strategy Recommended

In the Lancet report, the authors propose a global prevention strategy, saying that “untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.”

They continue: “To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse.”

The report coincides with 2013 findings by a Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health that concluded that children in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores that those who live in areas with low amounts of fluoride in their water supplies.

Sodium fluoride in drinking water has also been linked to various cancers. It is functionally different than the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride, and commonly added to drinking water supplies and used by dentists who posit that it is useful for dental health.

Fluoridation is Actually Uncommon in Europe

Currently, fluoride is added to water supplies across much of North America, but as this list of countries that ban or reject water fluoridation shows, the practice is actually not too common, or banned entirely throughout most of Europe and in several other developed nations across the world.

Since most places in America still add fluoride to the water a high quality water filter is recommend to filter out the fluoride, and it can be especially important to avoid exposing yourself to too much fluoride in your daily shower or bath.

5 ingredients that may be quietly and slowly harming the brain

We recently noticed an online post from Natural News, which listed 5 ingredients they claim are poisoning the brain.

Gluten may bend controversy on it’s own but the vast majority of our meals are gluten-free, anyway. We are more interested in asking people to learn (on their own) about artificial sweeteners, refined sugars (of course) and especially, fluoride in water. The Natural News article will be reposted at the bottom of this blog.

Every bottle of water sold in Canada should list 2 facts regarding water content:

1)Mineral Salt Content
2)Fluoride Content

Each is measured in parts per million or PPM.

Mineral content is something we can blog about another time but fluoride is what we want people to focus on. Fluoride is just another element on the periodic table, but with corrosive properties. CORROSIVE! Swallowing tooth paste is not advised, nor fluoride mouth-wash. Fluoride exists in major brands (i.e CREST) because lobbyists and conglomerates argue that it’s good for dental health. However, other all-natural tooth pastes and mouth washes do exist (i,e neem-leaf based ingredients amongst others), many which don’t include ingredients with corrosive and potentially poisonous properties. Some of these all-natural ingredients also allow you to address oral hygiene by cause instead of overlying or masking your scent with toothpastes and mouth-wash contaminated with fluoride and artificial chemicals that can do bad things for our body.

Interesting fact: many countries WITHOUT refined sugar as a common ingredient in diet, DO NOT have dental caries and other teeth & gum issues. Facts can be disregarded, arguments can be supported, but other cultures prove fluoride is not necessary in dental hygiene products. Reminds us how countries in South America prove women can avoid menopause with a different diet (i.e lentils, legumes, beans etc).

When purchasing water, please be aware of fluoride content. Also, try to purchase from brands you are comfortable with. Mineral sales should be GOOD minerals, coming from water from certain parts of the world is believed to be better than others. However, we are very interested to know why companies such as Evian have recently started offering fluoride-contaminated, water-products in Canada. It’s become tougher and tougher to find Evian water products which do not contain fluoride.

Evian and many other companies, sell water at a rate most find very expensive. Real Canadian offers a more affordable product which hold a strong reputation for where it’s sourced and how it’s treated. PPM levels read 300 for mineral salts and 0 for fluoride, respectively.




Five ingredients that poison your brain

Brain health

(NaturalNews) There is no shortage of things driving us crazy in the world today, but there are some things that could do it in a shorter amount of time. These gut disturbing, liver compromising, and brain damaging ingredients have come from the “infinite genius” of man, and have clearly ruined our ability to think clearly.

Avoid these 5 ingredients scrupulously, and watch your brain function improve:


Gluten is a common protein molecule found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and spelt. This sticky protein binds to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Celiac disease is the most common condition associated with gluten sensitivity. However, there is also a condition termed non-celiac, gluten sensitivity (NCGS), and it is a major factor in the inflammatory disorders of the brain and nervous system.

Studies have shown many associations between gluten sensitivity and disorders in every part of the neurological system including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Gluten has been shown to be a big trigger in psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment, dementia, and virtually every other neurological disorder.

Artificial Sweeteners

Whether it is aspartame (or AminoSweet), sucralose (Splenda), or saccharin (Equal, Sweet ‘N Low), artificial sweeteners so popular due to their zero calorie marketing, have been poisoning brains for decades. Aspartame is a combination of chemicals, namely aspartic acid (an amino acid with excitatory effects on brain cells), methanol, and phenylalanine, and when broken down produces a compound that is a powerful brain-tumor-causing chemical.

Aspartame consumption causes a variety of symptoms including anxiety attacks, slurred speech, depression, and migraines. It and other artificial sweeteners can be found in sodas, yogurt, chewing gum, cooking sauces, tabletop sweeteners, flavored water, cereal, and sugar free products.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

MSG is a form of concentrated salt added to foods to enhance flavor. It tricks the taste buds and the brain into thinking food tastes delicious, but as an excitotoxin, it triggers the brain to produce excess quantities of the feel-good drug, dopamine. Unfortunately, the good feelings don’t last, but the side effects do. Excitotoxins have been linked to brain damage and other neurological diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, MS, lupus, and more.

Be on the look out for MSG in any processed products, including “healthy” snacks, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, bouillon cubes, and canned soups and vegetables.

Refined Sugar

Refined sugar has become one of the most prolific ingredients in our food, and one of the most dangerous. Its constant consumption has been linked to many different health problems, all which have a negative effect on the brain.

Refined sugar consumption suppresses brain derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, a very important growth hormone for the brain. This factor triggers new connections between neurons in the brain that are vital for memory function. Studies have shown low BDNF levels in patients with depression and schizophrenia, and the consumption of sugar could exacerbate those conditions by further contributing to those low levels.

Refined sugar also increases inflammation, which can disrupt the digestive and immune systems. If this inflammation is chronic, it can lead to a higher risk of depression and schizophrenia. Dr. Ilardi, associate professor of psychology at University of Kansas, encourages depressed patients to remove refined sugar from their diets, and those who were willing to comply reported significant improvements in mental clarity and mood.


The decision to add fluoride to public drinking water has had perhaps one of the most dangerous and widespread effects on our overall health, most notably the brain.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) reported a study that found fluoride was linked to lower IQ, even at ranges added to U.S. water supplies. One study sponsored by UNICEF found that IQ was reduced at just 0.88 mg/l of fluoride, a level that is added to U.S. drinking water systems and considered within the optimal range.

FAN also stated that 34 studies now link fluoride to lower IQ levels in humans, while other studies link it to learning and memory impairment, fetal brain damage, and altered neurobehavioral function.

These 5 ingredients can be relatively easy to avoid, with the right motivation and knowledge. However, some of them can be tricky. To learn more about MSG and the dozens of other names it can go under, read What is MSG? Side Effects Explained and see this article for brain health (check out the brain tonic recipe). To find out how to choose a water solution that is free of fluoride, check out this Guide To Drinking Water.See the first source below for more on brain health.


About the author:
Derek Henry took a deadly health challenge that conventional medicine couldn’t solve and self-directed a one-in-a-million health journey that found him happier and healthier than he had been in his entire life. As a result of this rewarding journey, he now spends his time writing, coaching, and educating thousands of people each month who want to enjoy similar results under their own direction.

His signature online program, THRIVE, teaches people how to engineer their own health transformation, by addressing all the holistic factors that he utilized to create his own successful health story. Derek believes that anyone can create the health they desire with the right mentor, details, and motivation to be well.

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Breathing – A solution to stress reduction?

January 28th, 2016, by OTR Meals.

“It happens without paying much attention:

the regular rising and falling of the chest,

air rushing through the moist wind tunnels

of the throat and nose, that sweet God muscle,

life’s soft engine, the diaphragm,

contracting and relaxing whenever we climb

the stairs or need a little comfort

after a gloomy day.”

-Sigman Byrd, Breathing – adapted from page 127 of the Prairie Schooner

Could breathing exercises reduce stress, increase sleep quality, increase productivity, and benefit your health? A popularly-cited study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology investigated this in 2012.

Studying the effects of mindfulness meditation on highly-stressed employees, researchers from Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Indianapolis found “statistically significant reductions in perceived stress and sleep difficulties” for participants performing the breathing exercises of mindfulness meditation based on “significant improvements in heart rhythm coherence [or heartbeat rhythm], a measure of autonomic balance [associated with low stress levels]” (Wolever et al. 246).

These findings were further supported by earlier publications. In 2000, a study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine supported that breathing-based mindfulness meditation exercises effectively “[decreased] mood disturbance and stress symptoms” in cancer outpatients with “a wide variety of cancer diagnoses, stages of illness, and ages” (Michael et al. 613). In 1992, a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry supported the use of “meditation [consisting of breathing exercises], relaxation, and biofeedback” as effective treatments to reduce symptoms of “generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, [and] panic disorder with agoraphobia” (Kabat-Zinn et al. 936).

However, breathing as a stress-reduction tool is not a panacea. In a study conducted by Dr. Consolo et al. at Ohio University Zanesville, researchers found diaphragmatic breathing techniques were inconclusive at best as tools in stress-reduction. The study’s conclusion is consistent with earlier studies by “Walker and Frazier (1993) and Bush, Thompson, and Van Tubergen (1985)” (Consolo et al. 70). Breathing exercises are likely only effective when stacked with a strong “social support, self-worth, and sense of being” (Ibid.); think of them as enhancers, rather than foundations, widely regarded as effective for stress reduction.

For further information how to employ mindfulness breathing exercises yourself, see:


Works Cited

Consolo, K., S. Fusner, and S. Staib. “Effects of Diaphragmatic Breathing on Stress Levels of Nursing Students.” Teaching and Learning in Nursing 3.2 (2008): 67-71. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.

“Effectiveness of a Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Program in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders.” The American Journal of Psychiatry 149.7 (1992): 936. ProQuest. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.

Sigman Byrd. “Breathing, and: Poetry Will Never Save the World.” Prairie Schooner 85.1 (2011): 127-129. Project MUSE. Web. 23 Jan. 2016. <>.

Speca, Michael, Linda E. Carlson, Eileen Goodey, and Maureen Angen. “A Randomized, Wait-List Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effect of a Mindfulness Meditation-Based Stress Reduction Program on Mood and Symptoms of Stress in Cancer Outpatients.” Psychosomatic Medicine 62.5 (2000): 613-22. Web.

Wolever, Ruth Q., et al. “Effective and Viable Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of occupational health psychology 17.2 (2012): 246-58. ProQuest. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.

Coconut Oil – Health Benefits

A couple of articles on the benefits of coconut oil below. Some subjective comments but also a lot of good facts in both articles.

I don’t remember the exact day we started using coconut oil, but it was sometime last summer if I remember correctly. What I do recall is reading on a deal blog about such-and-such brand of coconut oil on Amazon was a great price, the lowest she’d ever seen, and that “now” was an excellent time to stock up if we were interested…

Hook. Line. Sinker.

I bought two.

The jars came in and at first I thought it was a mistake. Why was my oil a solid? That’s kinda weird… and why did I buy this again?

I wasn’t sure how to eat it. Do I just take a spoon to it? Melt it? Spread it on bread?

I tried it with a spoon, treating it like it was a small scoop of ice cream. My licks didn’t get me very far, which led me to taking a big bite.

Have you ever tried chewing tapioca pudding? It’s kinda like that, but thicker. A very strange texture in my mouth that I wasn’t hoping to repeat.

Thankfully I found great success with melting it and making seed salad, which is still one of my all time favorite ways of eating this awesome fat (besides baking with it, of course).

A few days later, my good friend Google clued me in that coconut oil was supposed to be solid. However, it wasn’t until I read Nourishing Traditions that I figured out why: it’s 92% saturated fat!

Remember that saturated fat is the good fat. It’s the type of fat that contains the strong bonds that are resistant to higher temperatures, making them safer to cook and bake with and less likely to attract free radicals.

There’s more to it though. Coconut oil isn’t just another fat that’s handy to have in the kitchen. Like butter, coconut oil is REALLY GOOD for you!


Coconut oil is made up largely of a medium-chained fatty acid called lauric acid.  In the body, lauric acid is formed into monolaurin and the body uses monolaurin to destroy harmful bacteria.

Mary Enig, PhD (co-author of Nourishing Traditions) wrote a report in 2006 discussing the effects of coconut oil on Staphylococcus aureus, a major pathogen that was responsible for over one-third of fatal cases of  blood poisoning in the UK in 1999. This same pathogen just so happens to be resilient to penicillin, methicilliin, tetracycline and erythromycin. Any of those antibiotics sound familiar?

In studies published a few years later, coconut oil showed to better at preventing and healing infections caused by this awful pathogen than the most potent antibiotic! (source) The only other source for large quantities of lauric acid is mother’s milk, which we’ve talked about before and most healthcare professionals will promote, is well known for building the immune systems of babies.


A different bacterium from the same family is Streptococcus mutans, normally found in the mouth and the guilty party for making an acid that decays teeth.

Researchers state that even a small amount of coconut oil would be beneficial in destroying this micro-organism! (source)

Although we prefer our homemade toothpaste that’s just like Earthpaste, if you want to try one made with coconut oil, Nourishing Simplicity has a recipe here.


It sounds strange to say fight yeast with an oil, but it’s true! The lauric acid in coconut oil literally kills athlete’s foot, ringworm and Candida albicans (the normal fungus that lives in our gut, yet its out of control overgrowth results in thrush in babies and yeast infections in ladies).

I thought Whole Intentions was kidding when she posted about fighting Candida with ice cream, but she’s completely serious! Candida Diet vanilla ice cream (which also happens to be gluten-free, nut-free, sugar-free AND low-carb) only has five ingredients and looks really easy to make. Plus I’m guessing you can substitute vanilla extract with other flavors too! Lemon, peppermint, orange… Mmm!


In addition to lauric acid, coconut oil also contains a small – yet significant – portion of capric acid. When ingested, capric acid forms monocaprin in the body and helps fight off viruses such as HIV and herpes.

Researchers are already studying whether or not coconut oil will promote healing of some of other major diseases like measles and hepatitis C. Food healing disease? Say it isn’t so! 😉 (source)


This sounds completely absurd, right? That eating fat can cause you to lose fat? It just reiterates how misinformed we are as a society!

Medium-chain fatty acids, like lauric acid found in coconut oil, don’t need to be “broken down” by our digestive system. Instead they’re absorbed directly into the liver and converted to energy that our body uses immediately.

This quick release of energy causes our metabolism rate to increase an average of 48%! Coconut oil also slows down the rate at which we digest food, making us feel fuller, longer. Because of the slower digestion, coconut oil helps stabilize blood sugar levels too! (source)

This reason alone may cause me to use Whole New Mom’s recipe for homemade chocolate chips.

Wait – did I just say homemade chocolate chips?!

Sure did! Does it sound like an oxymoron to fight off sugar cravings with chocolate? :)


There are only a few foods in my kitchen that I’m willing to use beyond my dinner plate. Let’s be honest, you’ll NEVER find me putting mayonnaise in my hair. Maybe because mayo is made of eggs and the idea of purposely putting eggs in my hair kinda grosses me out. However, I am seriously tempted to keep a jar of coconut oil in my bathroom.

Coconut oil relieves dandruff and can be used in place of lotion to condition skin.Actually, the naturally occurring anti-oxidants in coconut oil make it the perfect anti-aging moisturizer and even soothes skin abrasions and burns!

Both of these lotions are tried and true (and part of my daily routine!):

Many commercial deodorants contain aluminum and this is a big issue, especially considering the sensitive area we use deodorant. Heavy on Wholesome has a WAY easy recipe for homemade deodorant that you literally could go into your kitchen and make tonight. It even passed her macho Naval Aviator husband’s long-flight test!


  • Kills bacteria and parasites like tape worm and liver flukes
  • Eases acid reflux, aids in proper bowel function
  • Lowers incidence of hemorrhoids
  • Heals and relieves intestinal problems
  • Soothes earaches
  • Deals with symptoms connected with prostate enlargement
  • Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration
  • Reduces incidence of epileptic seizures
  • Reduces joint and muscle inflammation
  • Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes
  • Speeds recovery from a cold
  • Prevents scarring from common cuts and scrapes
  • Used in fasting to cleanse the body from toxins and impurities
  • Removes make-up
  • Provides natural sun protection
  • Excellent lip moisturizer, shaving cream and even tames frizzy hair (thanks Accidentally Green!)
  • Used as belly butter for pregnant mommies and prevents diaper rash (thanks Smithspirations!)

(source 1 and 2)

Holy schmoley folks! That’s a lot of great reasons to eat more coconut oil! Oddly, some of the health benefits of coconut oil are the same health benefits of butter!

Remember that coconut oil has a high smoke point, making it ideal for frying and for baking. It’s interchangeable with butter in most baking recipes, especially these ultimate chocolate chip cookies (remember to add the different types of chocolate!). It’s also my preferred fat for homemade tortillas and a great addition to daily smoothies (with more recipes here too).


I’ve tried my fair share of coconut oils and most are very sub-par. Tropical Traditions is the only place I would ever recommend buying coconut oil from. It’s the highest quality available and made from traditional methods, as coconut should be! You can buy just a quart or by the gallon (which is what I do), but in either case, buy extra virgin coconut oil today and start reaping the health benefits!!


The easiest way to eat more coconut oil is to substitute it for up to half of the butter in any baking recipe. Cookies are especially amazing, but cakes, brownies, pie crusts and fudge are equally as delicious. Here are a few recipes that are tried-and-true delicious:

Plus these natural skincare recipes use coconut oil too:

10 Benefits of Organic Coconut Oil

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFMPublished on , Last updated on November 30, 2015

Although it is a 90% saturated fat, organic coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that can improve your health in many ways. One of the smartest choices of good fat you can add to your diet is organic virgin coconut oil. Yes, coconut oil.

First of all, organic coconut oil is very stable to cook with because it withstands high temperatures without heat damage. If you switch your cooking oil to organic coconut oil, you can start improving your health right away.

What’s more, you can easily digest the MCFAs in coconut oil. So, it’s a lot easier on your system than other oils. Plus, these hard-working fatty acids are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored in your body as fat. Overall, MCFAs help to boost your metabolism, which is a great help to any weight loss program.

Considered a functional food, organic coconut oil is now being recognized by the medical community as a powerful tool against immune system related diseases. Several studies have been done on its effectiveness in this area, and much research is currently underway concerning the incredible nutritional value of pure organic virgin coconut oil.

Organic coconut oil is highly nutritious and contains a superior disease fighting fatty acid called lauric acid. It is also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

The best kind to get is organic raw unprocessed extra virgin coconut oil. This will assure you that your product is unrefined, certified organic by USDA standards, and contains no added chemicals or genetically modified additives.

You’ll also know your organic coconut oil is made only from fresh coconuts and is a solid at room temperature. The Philippines is the world’s largest exporter of organic coconut oil.

10 Benefits of Organic Coconut Oil:

  1. Keep You Healthy and Slim
    You can help boost and regulate your metabolism to keep your weight under control with this wonder oil.
  2. Support Your Immune System
    Organic coconut oil is jam-packed with lauric acid, the immune supporting nutrient.
  3. Promote Heart Health
    Packed full of healthy fats that are good for your heart, organic coconut oil is a great addition to your daily diet.
  4. Give You Instant Energy
    Organic coconut oil can help you feel less fatigued and require less sleep by stimulating your metabolism. It can also enhance athletic performance.
  5. Support Healthy Thyroid Function
    Organic coconut oil helps to stimulate the activity and proper functioning of this important gland which provides energy, supports the health of your skin and metabolism, and keeps your moods in balance.
  6. Help Keep Your Skin Youthful, Smooth & Healthy Looking
    Using organic virgin coconut oil as a lotion will help improve your skin, hair, and nails due to its moisturizing and smoothing effects that also promote elasticity.
  7. Increase Cell Regeneration
    When your metabolic rate increases, your cell regeneration speeds up, too. This means that your body will more quickly replace old cells with newer, healthier cells.
  8. Promote Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal, and Anti-Bacterial Activity
    Teeming with lauric acid, organic coconut oil possesses abundant natural agents that may reduce fungus, bacteria and the viruses that cause influenza, herpes, and other illnesses.
  9. Improve Insulin Secretion
    This helps to better utilize glucose to balance insulin output which can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with diabetes.
  10. Protect Your Body from Disease
    Organic coconut oil may help protect your body from cell damaging free radicals.

Disclaimer:†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.