Monday, August 24, 2015

Ever Been Promoted While You Sleep?

Feeling grateful beyond measure to the Lord for getting promoted in my Young Living essential oil business yesterday :) I got out of the car about to walk into church, and my best girlfriend, Cheryl, of 11 years who lives in California, is also my awesome, supportive, direct upline, as I'm about to shut my phone off texts me and says YOU MADE EXECUTIVE! (Kinda cool, did ya catch that? It was like while I was sleeping, I got promoted. That's a tiny bit AWESOME!)

I'm so very humbled and thankful to family and friends for being so supportive. Young Living is a wonderful company due to its integrity and commitment to its customers and its craft of being the industry leader with over 20 years of experience, its Seed to Seal guarantee, and it's patented distillation process. Literally no one else is doing things quite like them with essential oils. 

After working so hard at juggling multiple jobs as a single parent the last six years this promotion was certainly good news. Now working the business with my family, my loving husband, Ken (1 month married tomorrow), and his daughter (my very dear friend) Kendra, makes it even sweeter. I couldn't have gotten promoted without them. 

I certainly didn't start out wanting to do the business side, but I'm glad I listened to the Lord when he spoke in my ear late last spring. See the cool thing about Young Living is they allow everyone the chance to become wholesale members and save 24% on purchases without ever having to work the business side. That was me. I'd been a happy wholesale member just enjoying the oils and other products in my home for a whole year not thinking about the business much at all. Then on a whim Ken and I went to a YL workshop in Charlotte, NC extremely last minute in spring of 2014. Following that summer I took the plunge and started teaching classes. Kendra hosted my first intro class ever in July, and two other wonderful friends, Candace and Briggs, then volunteered to host in their homes as well that same month.  
Network marketing is a lot of hard work in the beginning, and I'm still very much in the beginning. I believe it's so worth it though. It's not sustaining me yet, but will, if I don't give up. I'd rather work hard for little while though and grow instead of fighting for my little place on the map and worrying about getting fired from my $9 an hour job. (I was there not too long ago.) It is not for the faint of heart since many of us need to keep our day job for quite a while until our network marketing business builds. A sweet phrase rings in my ears though: residual income.

There's nothing like residual income. I also love that those above me are invested in my success because we help each other out. It goes both ways, they want me to move up since  it helps them move. It's just a business model that makes sense. The key is choosing a company that you truly love, you actually use what you're sharing about with others, and that as a company they do business legitimately. If you aren't a product of the product, it won't work. That's dishonesty.

 I just finished reading a book called The Four Year Career, if you're considering adding a network marketing business to what you have going on, read that book.

Buy it here:

 I love that I have the opportunity to teach this all to my sons now so they can grab a hold too! My young men see the value in taking care of their health through healthy diet, fitness, and essential oils. They also see the pay check in the mail each month. I am so blessed to homeschool them and make learning the business as well as the essential oils part of our lessons.

 Young Living was a perfect fit for me since I'm already running a holistic health coaching business, I do wellness. If it's a fit for you too, then please let me know. I'd love to talk with you. I'm not some business guru. I won't make you promises I can't keep. I will support you, answer your questions to the best of my ability, and teach you what I know. This is not a get rich quick scheme. 

So maybe you aren't a health coach, so what, you don't have to be one. At the end of the day, I'm just a mom who wants the best for her family and friends. Young Living is special because they fill a need in someone's home, they promote wellness daily. While we are on this Earth, we need to care for our health. 

Feel free to check out my Young Living website or send me an email.

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Brock, HHC

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Gluten and Allergy Free Wellness Event: Raleigh

I'm so excited! Are you gluten free? Thinking about going gluten free? Do you live near Raleigh? Well, this coming Saturday is your day! It's the annual Gluten and Allergy Free Wellness Event!!!

I had the pleasure of attending last year's event, and it was wonderful! The vendors were plentiful from gluten free advocating health coach's like myself to magazines to restaurants and more. You can ask questions from the experts who are loving the gluten free lifestyle!

If you would like to attend you can pre-register at: 

Get Tickets!

When you pre-register you automatically get a FREE subscription to DELIGHT  Gluten Free Magazine! Tickets are only $10. Children under 13 are free. 

The location of the event is at the 
North Carolina State University, 
1101 Gorman St, 
Raleigh, NC 27606


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Going gluten free the right way changed my life. I had chronic illnesses that were resolved by healthy, permanent dietary changes and the removal of chemical allergens in my home. 

Hope to see you this Saturday August 14, 2015 at The Gluten and Allergy Free Wellness Event!!!

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!!!~Marie A. Brock, HHC 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Healing and New Beginnings PT 1

It's amazing what God can do with our broken lives. For the past six years some of you may not know that I've been a struggling single mom. Within that brokenness the Lord allowed me unbelievable blessings. I'd like to share all He has done. I give glory and honor to the Lord for every blessing He brings and trial He allows for they shape who I am and who I will become.

Many times I've shared how I was chronically ill with accumulating symptoms over the course of 18 years. Then six years ago my life changed. By the leading of the Holy Spirit I made positive, drastic lifestyle changes through changing what I ate, as well as what I cleaned the house with, and used for self/body care. Then to follow was the leap of faith to become a health coach. 

Healing was not just due physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Here's the other part of the story. When my physical body came to be restored is also the same year that my marriage began to crumble. I was caught completely off guard. It was not my choice.

My now ex-husband, to make a long story short, had expressed in 2009 how unhappy he was and wanted to live his life a different way. Our relationship seemed to turn from day to night. I don't mean to say that it was perfect of course. There were struggles at times, but we always seemed to pull through. We were no longer equally yolked and I finally 8 years later began to see the fruit of my decision to follow Christ. He proclaimed that he wanted a divorce. I became a believer in 2001, a little more than one year after getting marriedRegardless of the fact that I was in it to stay, he'd made the choice to go. 

This all was earth shattering. Divorce is like the death of a family member, but instead of the death just occurring once, it's like dealing with the shame, shock, and despair daily because it wasn't a person who died, but a relationship, a covenant. The other person is still around you, but not for you. Even as a Christian, it's a tug of war to remember your worth through separation and divorce. 

I remember trying to make sense of it all. I was the military wife who never complained, I homeschooled our two sons, I brought them to church twice a week, did all of the other "mommy duties", and managed the household. So why my Lord? Oh why? What did I do wrong sometimes I wondered. Why was I not enough? 

I did not make some of the best choices or always deal with the pain well. This is where my mighty God has made beauty from ashes. Never did I think I would've been able to work for myself as a holistic health coach and then expand with a natural beauty and body care line. My experience forced me to go outside of my comfort zone to make it on my own. I followed a passion for wellness that the Lord put in me. 

This all of course deepened my relationship with the Lord to a whole new level. I have found that in everyone's unique situation we come to know the Lord by His many names, sometimes more than one, but not all names at once. From moment to moment, issue to issue, we meet Him one day as father, one day as friend, one day as provider, and in my case as husband. 

Knowing Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ, as husband was new for me. There I was though after 9 years of being married all alone in need of love, leading, and a long time companion. I was inside of an emptiness that was uncharted territory. I was disposed of by one and desperately loved by another, so much that over 2000 years ago He died for me on a cross, rose, and is coming back to get me.

Trusting and seeing the Lord as husband did not come easily to me. I foolishly refused for quite a while. During that period of refusal I wounded my own heart unnecessarily. I looked for a husband for myself. Ladies, word of advice, do not do it! It always backfires. It is God the Father's job to appropriately find a husband for His daughter. It is healthy and good to be single at appointed times.

When I finally was able to receive the Lord as husband it was as if I felt covered and safe. By His grace I was made righteous through this unique union. While I still longed for an earthly husband at times, I knew that I belonged to someone special. Mothers teach your daughters to know Yeshua as husband early. 

Time went by and little did I know the plan my heavenly Daddy had for me. There I was working 2 jobs, my part time job at a local small health food store, and health coaching, homeschooling my two sons, taking care of my house, and just plain wiped out...totally exhausted. I'd also pick up any odd jobs I could just to make extra money from babysitting to demo-ing products on video. 

I'll fill in the blanks in my next blog entry part 2 of Healing and New Beginnings. 
Thank you for following along my healing journey. Feel free to share yours below! 

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Brock, HHC

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

An Awesome Bicycle Accident

(The other injured party)

April 7th, 2015

The past three weeks have been a whirl wind. My sweet fiance, Ken, took a horrible spill off of his bicycle on a local trail here in Raleigh. Everyone asks what happened when they see him in a sling, and at this point we chuckle because no one can believe there wasn't a pile of leaves, an animal that ran by, or anything other than riding too fast around a curve that could've made him fall. Well, that nasty tumble caused a broken collar bone and broken shoulder blade. As a result he hasn't been able to work much or drive in order for safety to allow healing and following medical orders. 

The reason I'm sharing is first as a testimony to God's holy and abundant grace and goodness...actually that's the entire reason I'm sharing. The Lord Yeshua has been nothing short of amazing from His protection over my fiance to all of His provisions. Really this was a great yet trying learning experience for my honey as he would admit himself. Point blank he just can't always go as fast as he wants to go. He is such a hard worker and busy bee, so this has been a little bit of a struggle to sit still. He really loves 'to do' for people, but not the other way around. In this case he hasn't had much of a choice, but to receive it, so the lesson in humility has been promising.

The Beginning

As I walked into the hospital into the emergency room I brought water, chicken and cabbage leaf wraps, and my bag of Oils. My honey loves his essential oils and could not wait for me to arrive with them. (All of the information that I am about to share is not medical advice, claims, or cures. It is solely for informational and educational purposes. It's just our story. I am not a medical doctor, so nothing here is a prescription or suggested remedy.)

We have used essential oils for many health promoting purposes, always to be delighted with the results. Whether we clean with them, use them for flavor in food, or as a chemical free option for self-care we always do well. We saw this situation to be no different. The plants God has made for us really help us to live naturally and safely. There is truly a plant for everything!

So as one would expect, Ken was experiencing quite a bit of discomfort. As one might not expect though, my sweetheart didn't want any prescriptions. He was waiting for the oils. I took out my case almost immediately and began applying. Again, Ken hadn't used any allopathic relief up until this point. I applied lavender neat first to every would, break, and scrape. Then I let him inhale the lavender from my hands to relax him. Next I layered with copaiba applied neat. I then followed with diluted lemongrass.

After I finished applying the oils I went to wash my hands and then feed him the chicken wraps. By the time I put the first wrap up to his mouth, Ken had expressed to me that the discomfort had significantly reduced. We very slowly walked to the car and I drove him home.
The Rest of the Story
For the past few weeks the couch has been Ken's best friend. Fortunately he has the most comfortable couch ever where he lives, so that has been a blessing. Laying down in bed on a broken shoulder blade doesn't feel very good.

He has wore his sling, unfortunately it doesn't prevent movement very well with the bones. Through sole use of essential oils, Ken has reported that irritation has been minimal. At home Ken's own self-created regimen for the oils has been 2-4 applications of the Young Living Deep Relief Roll-On, helichrysum, and copiaba applied neatly to all of the areas affected. This has worked very well for him.  The best part is that there aren't negative side effects to deal with, only positive ones.

Other Things to Keep On the Mend

In addition to utilize nutrition and natural supplements for happy, healthy healing as well Ken has added extra topical magnesium in the evening to help absorb the calcium from his green smoothies with chia seeds. For extra bone health he's added Great Lakes Collagen to his smoothie (the green canister), buy it here. He has also drank homemade bone broth daily.

On the Road Again

According to the last check up at the doctor everything looks wonderful. With the doctor's permission he has started driving this week. He is blessed enough to be able to use an automatic truck from work since he cannot use his stick shift right now. There is one more check up appointment to come, and God willing it should be smooth sailing provided all is taken easy during the rest of the recovery period. Thank you for taking the time to tag along with us during this adventure.We would appreciate prayers for continued healing as well. We will continue to update you!

If you don't have  Young Living Essential Oils in your home yet, why not? Would you like to learn more? Please contact me. I'd love to tell you more about them!

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Breast Health Tips!

About 6 years ago during a self breast exam in the shower I found a lump on my left side. That changed my life forever. I knew the Lord had been telling me for quite some time that I had changes to make in my life for my health, but I'd no idea at the time what those changes were. I'd been chronically sick with different issues for 18 years (not everything at once, symptom built upon sumptom.) Doctors were unable to diagnose me. That lump was the beginning of a new journey.

In June of 2009 I went to see my primary care physician after discovering the lump.  She was extremely concerned about my condition since my biological mother suffered with breast cancer, so she set me up with some specialists. I, extremely reluctantly, had 2 mammograms. Nothing was found.

It took 45 days of waiting until I would be able to have my biopsy. It was during that 45 days that my obedience to the Lord in this area of my life began. I heeded His words in changes needing to be made. I changed, by the Holy Spirits help, the way I looked at everything with my health and wellness. I adopted a raw, vegan diet, swapped out my body care for for natural options, changed my cookware and food storage, and started making my own cleaning products. I quickly began to feel amazing.

I remember being exceedingly frustrated that the hospital subjected my young body to the unnecessary radiation. Women under 38 have extremely dense breast tissue. Therefore it is practically impossible for a mammogram to detect anything cancerous or a mass at all. Mammograms work much better as far as detection in fatty breast tissue in much older women. Unfortunately, I was a victim of protocol instead of being looked at as an individual. Later a sonogram was performed. This still exposes the body to some radiation, but it at least is able to detect a mass. 

Truth, as of yet, only a biopsy can conclusively determine whether a mass or lump is cancerous or not. Even then can results be misinterpreted. So over all that means if a young woman actually has cancerous mass, but isn't aware, and she just gets a mammogram, it will not be detected. She will, however, be exposed to high levels of radiation year after year, as well as the crushing of the breast tissue, which has proven to be very dangerous in addition to the radiation. Therefore, it must be understood that mammography is a not a method of prevention. It is only a method of detection in certain women. Detection and prevention are not the same. 

Ladies, at the end of the day, you need to take the methods and routes to which make you feel the safest and most comfortable. You are a loved and valuable creation of the Lord. This article is just to share my story and information.

The results of my biopsy were positively negative. I continued with the changes I'd made, and consulted the "Great Physician" my Lord and God from there on out. There was no going back. I did not want to remain sick. I did not want another tumor and for the results to be positive next time. My daily diet has evolved with needs of my body yet remains clean and healthy. That's prevention!

Although not mentioned often by many medical professionals, there are many routes of actual prevention that can utilized. While genetics definitely come into play, we also have control over how we live our lives. You can reduce inflammation, the root of all disease, by the choices you make, then taking an active part to be responsible with your health, which is lessening the negative effects of our environment on our bodies. It's much better to take measures to prevent a problem than having to fix one.

We will discuss them below. Please take time to read the articles and studies listed in the references below. These articles are extremely informative. 

Breast Health Tips

Thermography: Something I didn't know about 6 years ago that I wish I had was thermography. Thermography is a test for inflammation in the body using heat through infrared technology. Inflammation is the beginning of disease. So what makes this technology so neat is it can show you areas in the body that are in trouble in the very beginning. This is important because it allows you to make lifestyle changes before anything severe like a tumor starts to grow. There is no pain or crushing of breast tissue. If your doctor or insurance doesn't offer thermography, petition until they do. A little persistent noise does wonders. Please check out the references below for more information. 

Essential Oils: These are the life blood or immune system of the plants. They are highly concentrated with wonderful traits. Several essential oils can promote breast health as well! Specifically there have been government studies on the efficacy of frankincense. It has been show through tests that frankincense has provided a positive effect in shrinking tumors. Check for the study in the references below. Do be sure to only use therapeutic grade frankincense. This cannot be obtained at most stores out in town. Get yours here

You can also try blending a few drops of sandal wood, orange, rosemary, geranium, and majoram to work along with the frankincense on a physical and emotional level. Apply these essentials with a little organic unrefined coconut oil directly to breasts and bottom of the feet.

Again I can't stress enough that store bought essential oils are not of the same grade. I only use Young Living. Feel free to contact me here to get yours at 24% off the retail price.

Bras: There of has been a lot to say about the stress on the body due to wearing bra, especially the ones with underwires. Some experts say that the underwire is a dangerous conductor for EMFs to travel negatively through the body. Another concern is the longer you wear your bra throughout the day the more of a risk it is by cutting the lymphatic system due to the tight fit of the underwire. You will read carried opinions on the topic. Honestly, through the information I've sifted, I believe at least some facts hold water. Check resources below. I also don't intend to stop wearing a bra all of time. So here are some options.

1) Only wear a bra or at least a tight bra with an underwire if you must have one out of the house. Cancer rates are said to go up the longer you use them.

2) Did you know that you can replace your underwire with a plastic option instead? Read what Dr. Mercola says here. Apparently they are easy to pop in there. 

3) Try a Coobie bra. These are wonderful, supportive bras WITHOUT underwires. Go here to check them out! Google Coobie Bras.

Wireless Devices: Whether it's a phone, lap top, or tablet, put it down whenever you are able. The less we hold them the better. Never wear phones in your bra or on your body period. Instead of a bra, pocket, or phone clip that rests on your body, put it in a purse or backpack. 

We are electrical creatures and have frequencies in our bodies. Every electronic device has what are electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs). Some devices have extremely high frequencies. Dr, Mercola,OD, health expert and speaker, says EMFs can be detrimental to our health. 

The EMFs are said to disrupt the natural frequencies in our bodies, especial sat higher ranges, like in wireless devices. So to be on the safe side here are some tips you can employ.

1) Be on your cell phone less

2) Wear rosemary essential oil daily; this particular oil is said to promote a health barrier to the frequencies in our bodies; daily mix it with organic unrefined coconut oil, and rub it across your forehead, temples, on the scalp, and bottoms of your feet.

3) Put your cell phone down and turn it off whenever possible

4) Use an old time wired phone at home

5) Use less wireless devices at home

Foods: Eating foods that reduce inflammation and bring minerals to the body are key! Here is a list of the best ones to keep in your rotation:

1) Turmeric
2) Broccoli Sprouts
3) Grass-fed Butter
4) Wild Caught Salmon
5) Chia Seeds
6) Fresh, cold pressed, raw/unpasteurized green juices
7) Lightly Steamed Broccoli
8) Green Smoothies (rotate your greens)
9) Pasteured Free Range Eggs
10) Shiitake Mushrooms

Exercise: Moving our bodies daily for exercise reduces stress and inflammation then being a positive aspect for breast health. The best exercises are ones that do not over tax your endocrine system or joints. Some of the best choices are:

1) Walking
2) Pilates
3) HIIT or Burst Training using your own body weight or light hand weights

Body Care: Switch to natural, safer options. Many products are so easy to make yourself. Avoid products with aluminum, soy, bleaches, fragrance oils, and other synthetics. Be especially concerned with deodorants. Regular store brands can clog your lymphatic system with toxins.

All of these tips are for informational and educational purposes. This is not and does not replace medical advice. If you suspect you may have breast cancer, please see your primary care physician or women's health practitioner. 

Much love to you! Grace and peace! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Being Green with Essential Oils

Today is the 22nd anniversary of Earth Day. Part of being a good steward of your health is taking care of the world around you! Our Holy Creator Yeshua the Messiah of All created this planet just for us. What a wonderful God we serve! So it our duty to take of the health of planet, so it in turn can help us with our health. All of creation is connected, while we are not same, there is a definite connection.

Here are Easy Ways to Be Good to the Earth with Young Living Essential Oils:

1) Keep Your Air Clean:

Still using Glade Plug Ins, aerosol room freshener sprays, or those crazy eye ball looking scented balls for a pleasant scent in your home or office? Ditch that mess! 

These products contain comments like: 

Phthalates: serious hormone disruptors, extremely dangerous for children, amounts built up over time can cause testosterone disturbance, and even genetalia mutations

Dichlorobenzene: precursor to DDT and linked to lung cancer

Instead....use a cold air diffuser! Young Living provides several high quality diffusers to choose from online. 

Pictured above is called the Home Diffuser. It covers smaller spaces like bedrooms and larger spaces like living rooms. Just adjust how much oil you use. Always start with just 4 drops. Increase from there if needed. 

Here's how to use it:

There's 3 parts to the home diffuser:

The Base
The Lid
The Plug

Remove the lid. There's a little plastic shelf line inside. Fill it with distilled water. Yes, use distilled. In this particular diffuser there's a stainless steel plate, and the minerals from the water can clog it. 

Add your desired oil and desired amount of drops directly into the water. 

Place on the lid.

Plug it in.

Push the button in the front to turn it on. 

The first time you push the button it will run continuously for about 3 hours.  The second time you push the button it switches to 90 second bursts, so it just depends on what you want.

This diffuser (or a higher quality substitution) comes for FREE when you purchase an Everyday Oils Premium Kit from Young Living. You get 8 essential oil sample packs, 2 Ningxia Red Goji Berry Health Drinks, and eleven 5ml sized bottles of therapeutic grade essential oils to use in your home! Order one here.

There are other diffusers available on the market besides the ones from Young Living, but many of them are cheaply made, and the plastic quality is lower. You won't be able to use citrus oils in some of them. For quality and control, choose Young Living.

2) Keep Your Water Clean: 

Get rid of the detergent and fabric softener. This stuff is seriously toxic. Then it goes into our waters, yuck! There are safer ways to have lovely smelling, fluffy towels. 

In commercial detergents and fabric softeners you'll find some of the following, and I'm not listing all of them:

Benzyl Acetate: linked to pancreatic cancer

Benzyl Alcohol: an upper respiratory tract irritant

Ethanol: on the EPA's list of hazardous waste

What works great at my house is I make my own laundry detergent, which is super easy, and way cheaper than brands you'd buy in the store. Here is the recipe I use, given to me from a friend a long time ago. 

Laundry Detergent Recipe

1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 Full Sized Dr. Bronners Baby/Unscented Bars of Soap
1 4-5 Gallon Bucket


Put your bucket into the tub (if you have one). Grate your bar of soap, put it into the bucket. Pour hot boiling water over the top, and stir until mostly dissolved. Pour in other ingredients. Fill the rest of the bucket with water from the tub spicket and stir. Allow this to set for 1-2 days until it kind of gels on top, then it's ready for use. You only need 1/4-1/2 cup per full load, depending on how soiled.

As an option you can scent your laundry detergent itself with 5-10ml of essential oil. You can add the essential to the bucket and stir once it's set. Consider using lemon since it's great on stains!

For fabric softener you can rinse with vinegar. Vinegar is great for softening clothes. Add 1/2 cup for a large load to the rinse cycle. No, your clothes won't smell like vinegar!

For even fluffier clothes, use wool dryer balls. My girlfriend, BethAnne is a Norwex consultant, so I got mine from her. 

Use all three balls for each load. You'll get a ton of uses out of them. I add 2-3 drops of lemongrass essential oil to each ball. That gets me through about 2 loads of my favorite scent!

3) Keep Your Soil Clean:

Do you garden? Did you know that Round Up and other pesticides are toxins to the brain and to the gut? Instead for pesticides use essential oils! 

Try 10 drops each of rosemary, thyme, peppermint in a gallon of distilled water. Keep in a dark, cool closet. Mix the solution, and pour some in a smaller dark glass spray bottle for easy use.  Apply on flowers and vegetables.

4) Reduce Reuse Recycle:

Have a ton of essential oil bottles? Don't throw them into the trash! Make your own essential oil blends and use them for your family, or give them away as gifts. Print out a special label for them and pick a name.

*If you need essential oils, you can purchase them here. You can contact me if you have any questions here.

Enjoy the rest of your earth day! Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Building a Great Salad

I love salads, they are fast, healthy, and virtually limitless. You can be so creative with a salad from your base to your dressing. Some salads ingredients are so awesome a dressing isn't even required. 

I do believe building a good salad is an art though. The difference between a boring house salad and a wow oh my goodness I've died and gone to heaven salad is just the willingness to try new things. I can tend to be a salad snob though and while I love them in theory, I don't often order them when I go out because I tend to get disappointed. Salads shouldn't be boring, but that's often case. Paying $10-$12 for a plate of dullness really upsets me.

While I try really hard not to make multiple meals in my house, sometimes it's unavoidable when the main course for my guys is meat, and I simply don't eat it. 

This is when healthy fast food, like a great salad comes in handy. You can be as intricate as you want and the more ingredients, the more interesting. Balancing the right veggies, proteins, and dressings is a fun process. Don't be afraid to mix raw with cooked. I always like to when possible mix some of my homemade lacto-fermented veggies into my salad to boost flavor and nutrition. 

Some of my favorite added ingredients are: 

Raw Nuts & Seeds
Goat Cheese
Fermented Veggies (sauerkraut, beets, carrots) 
Organic Sweet Bell Peppers
Organic Grape Tomatoes
Pastured Chicken (if you eat it)
Capers (gluten free of course)
Avocado (my favorite food ever)
Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon
Grass Fed Steak (if you eat it)
Free Range Eggs (hard boiled or fried)

Your Green Bases 

Rotate your greens in your salad. For optimal nutrition allow a wide variety of greens to grace your bowl. Try to keep your leafy greens organic to avoid nasty pesticides and GMOs. Try baby spinach, mixed greens, bok choy, arugula, kale, chard, mustard, and collards.

Salad Dressings

Rule number one: do not buy them! They  are toxic messes full of junk not needed. If you go organic, yeah it's a step up, but totally not necessary. Seriously, take 5 minutes to drizzle some quality extra virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lemons over your salad with good salt and pepper, your taste buds will dance.

For easy, awesome homemade salad dressings keep the following items on hand to whip up yummy dressings:

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Organic Lemons/Limes or Lemon/Lime Juice 
Fresh Organic Oranges
Fresh or Dry Organic Spices/Herbs
Organic Maple Syrup
Organic Local Raw Honey
Organic Mustard (gluten free; yellow/Dijon)
Nut Butters

In the picture below I threw together a miso dressing for my salad. I didn't measure (sorry for those of you out there that must measure everything). I'll try to give you approximates. 

2-3 Tsp Braggs ACV
1 Tsp Organic Chickpea Miso Paste
1/2 Tsp Organic Ginger Powder
2 Tsp Organic Maple Syrup
2-3 Tsp Creamy Almond Butter
1 Tbsp Organic Untoasted Sesame Oil

I just mixed everything in that glass bowl and put it on my salad.

As for the salad itself I just pulled things out of the fridge that I had there: organic fermented beets, organic baby spinach, and kelp noodles. What on earth are kelp noodles, you ask. Well simply stated they are a brown based seaweed providing a natural source of iodine. They are a good source of fiber and very filling. So yes they are gluten free!

I probably used 1/4 of the bag. I cut them with kitchen scissors. I bought mine locally at Whole Foods, but you can order them here. I promise they are safe and healthy although as my son has stated they look "plasticy." They take on the flavor of what you put with them. No, they are not fishy tasting. 

I prefer soaking mine in warm/hot water for 5-10 minutes before eating them. I enjoy the texture after soaking them and eating them with my salad. 

I really enjoy the change of pace the noodles provide to my salad regimen. Do you like kelp noodles? Have you tried them? Tell me below.

Helping you to be a good steward of your health!~Marie A. Ligorria, HHC 

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