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Toxins that Make us Fat and How to Avoid Them!

Have you ever heard of the term obesogens? 

[LISTEN TO MY PODCAST: How to Avoid the Chemicals that make us Fat]

It's a relatively new term that describes chemicals that influence and promote obesity in humans or animals.

They can be pharmaceutical and/or industrial compounds, like herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals used in beauty and household products that literally alter metabolic processes and predispose people to gain weight! 

If you haven't noticed, obesity is on the rise. 

Almost 50% of all adult Americans are obese and almost 20% of children ages 2-19 are considered obese. 

This is just insanity! 

Many people think that food and inactivity are the only culprits that contribute to obesity,  but toxins in our food, air, and homes can significantly alter how the body gains and holds onto fat. 

A biology professor at the University of California coined the term "obesogen" in 2006 when he discovered that...

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Sunscreen, Friend or Foe?

Hello Sunshine,

It's almost officially summertime as I write this...

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My eldest came home last week after a day of play in the sun. 

He was out in the sun for almost 3 hours. He forgot his swim shirt at home and applied sunscreen to all major areas, except his shoulders and upper back. 

The tops of his shoulders were burnt to a crisp and he is still suffering. 

As summer approaches non-toxic sunscreen is always a hot topic in the Hippie Moms Facebook community

I mean, when we were little my parents would rub us down with whatever white goop they had to keep us from burning in the sun. 

Back then, no one had a clue what chemicals we were wiping on our bodies. 

When I was a teenager, I would lay in the sun for hours lathering my skin with the Banana Boat tanning oil spray with a meek SPF of 4.  

I have the freckles and age spots to prove it. 

Now that we are wising up, more...

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The Truth About Eggs

hippie tips sourcing food May 23, 2022

 

Are you an egg lover like me? 

If so, save this email and if you don't like eggs, you can skip this e-mail altogether! 

Listen to this blog post here

Because eggs are a regular part of my diet, I'm SUPER aware of sourcing them and want to share with you what to look for when you buy them, since companies use super shady marketing tactics to convince you they are healthy but in reality are laid by unhealthy sick chickens. 

I've noticed SO much confusion about eggs and I hope this email clears it up because first, we don't want to eat eggs from sick chickens, and second, we don't want to support companies who raise sick chickens and sell their eggs! 

Before we break it down, let's cover the whole "eggs are high in cholesterol"! 

Science told us at one time that a high degree of egg consumption increases your risk for cardiovascular disease due to the fact that eggs are high in cholesterol, BUT a large, long-term study has...

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Benefits of Coffee Enemas

 
 
I get how weird this may sound, or maybe it doesn't sound weird at all. 
 
I mean the more I get into truly caring and loving my body, I will do some of the weirdest and most uncomfortable things to keep my soul home primed and healthy. 
 
I first heard about enemas when I was really young. I would spend the night at my cousin's house and my aunt would let us watch the movie, Sybil. 
 
It was a really strange movie and was based on a true story about child abuse and deep psychological scars... perfect for young impressionable girls. LOL
 
The star, Sally Field, was so traumatized that she ended up with schizophrenia and having 16 different personalities. 
 
One of the things her mother would do was force her child to take enemas as a form of punishment. 
 
From a very young, I thought enemas were just that, punishment. 
 
I always wondered if people were actually punished by doing enemas. 
 
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Buttermilk Sour Cream Ranch Dressing

salad dressings Mar 08, 2022

When I was little we always got pizza from a well-known semi-fast food restaurant in Albuquerque, NM called Dion's. 

If you have visited or live in NM then you may even know Dion's. 

In my opinion, their food has gone WAY downhill and I won't touch it now, but when I was little I LOVED it. 

I remember going to my best friend's family's home for dinner one night. 

They were serving pizza from Dion's... and they did something that I could have never imagined, they were dipping their pizza in ranch dressing. 

My mind was blown! 

From then on every piece of pizza I ate was married with ranch dressing. 

Decades later when I finally woke up to what is in our food, my relationship with ranch dressing was terminated. 

Every bottle of ranch I found had horrible oils and MSG.... and many other things that I would never put into my sacred temple, where I lived... my body. 

THEN a few months ago I was sent a bottle of Secret Garden Magic Salt......

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Change this one word, change your life.

inspiration Mar 04, 2022

Check out episode 94 of The Hippie Moms Podcast where I dive deeper into this beautiful, empowering, and simple life strategy! 

I unrolled my mat in the back of the class. 

Life was hard at this moment. 

I was so stressed out and my body was screaming at me to listen. 

My lower back ached and my gut felt insanely gurgly. 

I knew I needed something so I headed straight to a yoga class led by my favorite instructor, Harmony. 

I loved taking her classes. 

Not only did she lead the most amazing, challenging, and sweaty classes, but the wisdom and insight she dropped always hit home with me. 

It was like she was speaking directly to me and today, I needed something to help me break free from myself. 

I felt tired of life and of all of its responsibilities.

This was even before kids and before I embarked on the most difficult and wonderful journey I'd ever experience, called motherhood. 

I thank God for the wisdom...

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Homemade Bone Broth - Recipe & Video!!

 
Bone broth people!!
 
This trend is legit!
 
Humans have been consuming bone broth for thousands of years! It has SO many healing abilities as it's extremely good for gut health and contains so many vitamins and minerals in the most bioavailable form so our body can digest, assimilate, and absorb them easily and with less effort!
 
I usually make my own with chicken bones, but it never comes out as gelatinous as the broth I buy from @azgrassraisedbeef . I spoke to the owner of the company and it's due to that many of us don't use all parts of the animal.
 
For example, chicken feet are extremely gelatinous.
 
Beef stock when made with beef marrow and knuckle bones, feet, neck bones, also create more of a gelatinous broth.
 
For those who don't know gelatin is what helps the gut heal and bone broth is chock-full that AND SO many bio-available nutrients! Check out my homemade Jello recipe that uses this highly healing protein!
 
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How You Create Your Own Suffering... and what you can do to shift.

Happy 2022 my friends! I'm not sure about you, but in the past, I would always get disappointed around the holidays.  

I have huge expectations and the season never ever lives up to them.  

This year, I took a whole new approach and just reminded myself when I was attaching to some sort of outcome I could never control and to just breathe and be in the moment.  

I really focused on accepting what was coming up and just living in that space.. in reality.  

Instead of focusing on what I wish was different, I just appreciated the unfolding.  

Truthfully, I found myself many times wishing myself out of the experience and wanting to change it... then I would remind myself that that's just a waste of energy and what was happening now is perfect and exactly the way it's meant to be.  

How do I know this?  

Because that's the reality of it.  

Isn't it amazing that we do this in so many aspects of our...

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Homemade Elderberry Tonic

hippie kitchen immunity Dec 07, 2021
 

Elderberry is one of the most powerful plants I keep in my medicinal “chest”, especially during the winter season.

Check this out, a new study, “has shown that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. It inhibits the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.” (Source)

Australian scientists discovered how elderberry compounds inhibit the flu virus’s replication and entry into our cells, at the same time it strengthens the body’s immune response to the virus!

Elderberry, known as Sambucus, is a kind of flowering plant that contains antioxidants that can help relieve colds, fight the flu, and help balance the immune system. You can find many options at your local health-focused grocer OR you can make your own!

Some of the benefits of taking elderberry are: 

  • Immune Support
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Shortens cold &...
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My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

food inspiration recipes Nov 22, 2021
 

Thanksgiving It's my absolute favorite holiday. 

I love that there are no gifts to buy and it's all about cultivating gratitude for family, food, and connection. 
 
I love long loungey mornings, eating a light breakfast, and cooking in the kitchen with music and warm fire on. 
 
My husband took overcooking the turkey, which we smoke in the Traeger and it's been one of the best investments we've made! 
 
I also LOVE turkey leftovers and ALWAYS make turkey bone broth (see below for my recipe) with the turkey bones after the meat has been devoured, or we get sick of it and feed it to our pug. 
 
Okay so, today I want to share some of my favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I've loved for years or are just beginning to play with!!! 
 
First I must begin with my favorite side dish ever, Green Bean Casserole
 
It's definitely not as easy to make as the old-fashioned recipes ...
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