Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Raw Chocolate Pudding

Raw Chocolate Pudding
2 cups coconut meat (2 coconuts)
3/4 cup coconut water, at room temperature
½ cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
2 T. orange juice (optional)
½ cup blueberries
1 avocado
½ cup dark cocoa or Cacao powder
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Real salt

In a Vita Mix type blender or food processor, puree all the ingredients until completely smooth, stopping to scrape the sides as necessary. Transfer to bowls and chill for a firmer pudding or eat it straightaway.

This pudding will tickle your tongue and just make you plain feel good. The Blueberries add antioxidants are anti-inflammatory. Avocados are a good source of heart healthy fats and folic acid.  The Cacao powder is also a great source of antioxidants (more so than cocoa powder due to the processing) and magnesium-which we do not get enough of!!  So you can feel guilt free with this nutrient packed treat!!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Natural Rx for Migraines

Migraines can be debilitating to the point of interfering with being able to work and enjoy life. They are often caused by hormonal imbalances, food allergies, low endorphin levels, magnesium levels and or low Vitamin D levels. If you suffer from migraines, relief may be easier and closer than you think. Below are some easy natural suggestions to get relief.

Progesterone cream: apply 1-2 pumps to temples at onset of headache for relief.

Have Estrogen and progesterone levels checked to see if there is estrogen dominance. This can be done either salivary, blood or urine.
(Salivary testing is available through A Living Balance)

Vitamin D3: relieves pain and has been shown to inhibit cancer. Take 5000 iu per day for 5 weeks and then back off to 2000 iu for maintenance. It’s always good to have your levels check 3-6 months once starting supplementation.

200 mg Magnesium- twice daily

DL Phenylalanine-reduces pain by blocking the enzyme that breaks down endorphins and enkephalins.

Saloxin-supports pain relief naturally without stomach irritation. White willow bark, and AKBA boswellia extracts are good sources.

Look for possible food allergies: Testing for IgG responses (you may obtain a test from A Living Balance)

Meditate 10 –20 minutes daily.

The above is not to be used as a diagnosis and it is always recommended to seek medical advice as well as testing to rule out any life threatening reasons for intense or prolonged headache pain, as well as before taking supplements.

cindy@alivingbalance.net (949)370-9843