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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

A simple and delicious one-pan chicken meal that adds cashews and maple syrup for the crunch and serves in a lettuce wrap for a light and refreshing meal.

 

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken breast or thighs, cut in to bite size pieces
  • ¼ cup butter or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon natural salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons (or more to taste) coconut amino or naturally fermented soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons (or more to taste) maple syrup
  • ½ cup toasted cashews
  • Sliced red onions for garnish
  • Bibb lettuce leaves for serving

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the chicken (already cut in to bite sized pieces)
  2. Sprinkle with the garlic, salt, pepper, and basil (if using) and sauté until chicken is almost completely cooked and is no loner translucent.
  3. Add the coconut amino and continue to stir until the liquid from the coconut amino starts to evaporate off.
  4. Add the maple syrup and continue to stir for another 2-3 minutes or until maple syrup and coconut amino have cooked down and there is very little liquid left in the pan.
  5. Add cashews and stir until heated.
  6. Let cool slightly and serve in lettuce leaves, topped with thinly sliced red onions (optional).

 

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Stop Using Toxic Toothpaste

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Stop using toxic toothpastes!
Did you know that your generic supermarket brand toothpastes are highly toxic? I’m talking about your Colgate, McLeans and Crest brand toothpastes. All these brands and more contain ingredients that can be highly dangerous to your health in the future. I’m going to list just a few of these ingredients that are used in your commercial toothpastes that can cause some severe health problems. Here are just a couple of the ingredients used in major brand toothpastes that have received major scientific criticism, you should most certainly look out for these ingredients and avoid them to the best of your abilities.
Triclosan
Triclosan has received an unprecedented amount of exposure in mainstream media, for good reason. Generally, mainstream media don’t want to touch the topic of toxic chemicals in household items with a 10 foot barge pole, but triclosan has received so much scientific backlash that there was little other choice than to inform the public. Triclosan was originally a chemical registered to the Environmental Protection Agency in 1969 as a classified pesticide, yet it somehow found its way into a wide array of personal care items such as deodorants, antibacterial soaps, shower gels and shampoos. It is also contained in many commercial toothpastes and has been linked in scientific studies to heart failure, heart disease, muscle function impairment, skeletal muscle contractility issues, and manipulation of the body’s regulation of hormones. It is additionally known to mimic the action of the hormone oestrogen; a hormone that in excess has been demonstrated to increase the risk of breast cancer.
Sodium fluoride
Aside from toothpaste, sodium fluoride is added to the water in a variety of different cities under the guise of “strengthening and protecting your teeth”. Make no mistake, sodium fluoride is highly toxic and can cause some severe mental and physical problems in the future. Sodium fluoride is actually a by product of the aluminium manufacturing industry and is used in rat poisons and many different pesticides. Sodium fluoride has been linked to many different illnesses, especially neurological disorders. It has also been documented to increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, arthritis, infertility, dental and skeletal fluorosis, fluoroderma, thyroid disease and surprisingly tooth decay of all things. This is certainly a chemical that you want to avoid as much as possible!
Go Natural!
These two ingredients are just the tip of the iceberg; if you want to find out about more of the toothpaste ingredients that are inside your commercial toothpastes here is what you can do. Visit your local health store or buy online and be sure to purchase only those toothpastes that are listed as100% organic and natural or the Ayurvedic toothpastes. Both of these types of toothpastes will ensure that you are brushing your teeth free of toxic inorganic chemicals and help to re-mineralize your tooth enamel.
Alternatively you can make your very own 100% natural toothpaste with the following ingredients.
1. 1 tablespoon of raw organic coconut oil
2. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3. Half a teaspoon of sea salt
4. One drop of clove oil (optional)
5. One drop of peppermint oil (optional)
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References
Fluoride Tooth Paste: A Cause of Perioral Dermatitis – http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=535898
Contact allergens in toothpastes and a review of their hypersensitivity – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0536.1995.tb00509.x/abstract
Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html
Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491930/
Triclosan Exposure Modulates Estrogen-Dependent Responses –http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/117/1/45.abstract
The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166445X06003407
Triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17683018
Urinary Concentrations of Triclosan in the U.S. Population – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2265044/
Triclosan Comes under Scrutiny – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2898873/
Book: Good teeth, birth to death – 1 Jan 1996 by Gerard F Judd
Diets and Weight Loss, Lifestyle

Avoid Chronic Dehydration

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Avoid Chronic Dehydration
Water isn’t just “good for you” — water burns fat. Water suppresses hunger. Water renews your skin. Just drinking 12 ounces of pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks. You’ll also drop fat, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork.
When your kidneys are taxed from too little water, your liver has to take over. Now, get this: Your liver is your number one fat-burning organ. Do you REALLY want it processing liquids and toxins rather than BURNING FAT? No way, right? Well, grab a glass of water, and watch the mirror. Within a few weeks, the change to your face and body will be noticeable.
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Stop Spinning: You are Just Spinning Your Wheels

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Stop Spinning: You’re Just Spinning Your Wheels
Spinning classes can be fun, if you like sitting in one place and torturing yourself. But have you noticed how little people change their bodies in these classes? Sure, it’s good “cardio”, but cardiovascular conditioning can be gained with far less time and effort.
Spinning, and any form of endurance training (especially running) does very little to help the age reversal process. Many times, these long-duration exercise bouts accelerate the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals are scavengers that prey on your body’s essential nutrients and tissues.
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Diets and Weight Loss

Forget Low Fat!

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Forget Low Fat!
Low fat everything has been the craze now for decades and look around. What has that wonderful bit of advice done for the bodies you see? We’re fatter, sicker, and more addicted to sugar and carbs than any other time in history. And, we’re passing these habits to our kids.
Fats are not to be feared – they’re to be embraced. They do not make you fat; rather, they help your body regenerate your power hormones. Testosterone, the ‘strength’ hormone, for example, is the direct result of cholesterol and dietary fat intake. That’s right: “Cholesterol” isn’t a dirty word! Your body needs dietary fat and cholesterol in order to produce ANY AND ALL vital hormones.
People on low fat diets look drawn, gaunt, and weak. They are often sick, sometimes to the point of literally breaking down. And, they can never just enjoy eating out. Every meal and every gram must be accounted for. Do you really think this will make you younger? Of course not… it will worry you to death if it doesn’t kill you first!
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