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When you find your passion, then it's no longer a job but a soul purpose.

OMG... something big is happening!

Nourished In 30... is finally AVAILABLE! I've finally shared the program!

Reset and The Beast.. Oh YAY!

When my husband looked at me in June and said, "Do you think I can do the Reset?" I knew change in the form of AMAZING was coming.

The view is great at the Ocean

What does Ocean Avenue have to offer me as a Paleo Vegeo athlete and business entrepreneur?

What a difference a year makes

Vegan Cardio girl to Paleo Vegeo Sexy Beast and how the journey transformed everything in my life from business, to relationships..

Friday, August 8, 2014

Suma Root For Women I Functional Health Conversations I Wellness Advocate and Holistic Coach Barbara Christensen

Suma Root For Women

I was talking with a functional nutrition doctor yesterday because I had heard him say that using suma root for women in the morning will help you sleep better. He explained that suma root will help your body normalize blood sugar levels so that you aren't waking up from a spike during the middle of the night. Suma is a large ground vine native to Central and South America; it is most notably from Brazil and often called Brazilian ginseng. My husband takes suma for weight lifting, so I sort of felt like "WFH" when he said I should take it because I do not want to bulk up. But then I saw this article on suma for women - http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-benefits-of-suma-root-for-womens-health/

I am wondering if suma would help some of you with those strong carb cravings. This is the liquid I was recommended to use - http://bit.ly/SumaTincture

I know that cortisol spikes blood sugar - and my cortisol spikes at night. I've started drinking a detox tea that is nettle infused at night to help with that. I was taking a cortisol manager supplement but it's like a horse pill. Even cut in half it's gigantic. Another great quality of nettles is their ability to lower SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin), which is a globulin that binds into your free testosterone molecules making them “unavailable” to be used by your body. This is important for women with PCOS.

Why you ask?

Polycystic ovaries develop when ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones, particularly testosterone. This stimulation is caused by excess LH produced by the anterior pituitary in response to increased gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) pulsatility, or through high levels of insulin caused by insulin resistance. High insulin levels also suppress hepatic production of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) leading to higher levels of free circulating androgens, further adding to the hyperandrogenaemia. Hyperinsulinaemia goes on to cause dyslipidaemia.

So you can use the Organic Detox Tea at night before bed, and again first thing in the morning, or you can use this liquid nettle root and see if helps you. http://bit.ly/LiquidNettleRoot

I keep reading all of these great reviews on the NYR Organic teas online, how the After Dinner Tea helps avoid the bloating. UK VOGUE magazine named their Vitality tea one of the the 10 Best Herbal Teas. The NYR Organic's Organic Vitality tea is infused with schisandra to aid in concentration, plus siberian ginseng and rhodiola for an endurance boost and function as antioxidants. For me it's a good daytime tea to help me in the afternoon to have one more support tool to keep my cortisol from spiking at night. Once my cortisol spikes it's very hard to get to sleep and stay to sleep. And we know that sleep is a very essential part of our healthy lifestyle plan.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Holistic Wellness Advocate

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Bloating

Feeling bloated?? Bloating is more likely to appear if you are anxious, stressed, or worried. It is all due to Vata imbalance. Any Vata balancing essential oil will help. Try peppermint, orange, rose, cinnamon, and basil. Also every morning before a meal after having a glass of warm water with lemon essential oil, or drink my amazing Kevita Copy Cat Probiotic beverage. Recipe Below.

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe  I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Holistic Wellness AdvocateKevita Copy Cat Lemon Cayenne Cleansing Probiotic Beverage 16 oz filtered water 1 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar 1 pinch cayenne pepper 2 pinches Himalayan Salt 10 drops Lemon Drop Sweet Leaf Stevia 8 drops of DoTERRA Lemon Essential Oil 1 (opened) capsule of DoTERRA PB Assist Mix and cool overnight and drink in the AM http://shop.LifeEssentially.com ..... Your Wellness Advocate & Holistic Wellness Coach

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Benefits of Irish Moss I Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Grain-Free Flatbread I Barbara Christensen

The Benefits of Irish Moss

Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread Recipe I Organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss
Wait, I thought that Irish Moss was bad for you. There has been a lot of posting going on about the dangers of Carrageenan which is extracted from Irish Moss. I know if you are reading this post, you've probably read those posts as well. We know that carrageenan is not something you want to consume frequently because of the inflammation that it causes.

But ingesting carrageenan is not that same as ingesting Irish Moss. It's not super heated and processed into a chemical form. It's seaweed. It has a natural nutritional value, which is what we know when we are looking at the difference in read foods, and genetically modified foods.

I learned about Irish Moss because of my adrenals and low thyroid. I learned that this amazing natural support food that it was better for me than I knew. It is able to dissolve catarrhs, or snotty mucus. If you know me you know I have allergies and I can use all of the natural support I can get. It also is a natural antimicrobial and antiviral which helps me to keep from getting those darn Pacific Northwest sinus infections. The TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss is not only amazing but it is all of the things we are looking for in our food and nutrition... wild-crafted, raw, non-gmo, fair trade, vegan and gluten-free. It is also an anti-coagulant and so you shouldn't use this if you take prescription blood thinners or are suffering from Crohn's disease. 

Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread I Organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss

Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread

Yield: Makes about 5 small rounds (1 serving)


    Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread I Barbara Christensen I Recipe
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic coconut flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss, prepared {You may use Agar-Agar if you are unsure about this amazing superfood... but we will call you a chicken unless you are taking a blood thinner or have Crohn's disease.} :) 
  • 3 Tbs. well cooked and mashed butternut squash
  • 1 Tbsp.organic coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 pastured egg 
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt 
(could substitute with sweet potato instead of butternut squash)
  1. Prep your Irish Moss by rinsing until clean. Soak for 6 - 24 hours at room temperature and then rinse again. This is to make sure all sand and salt is removed. Then blend 1 cup of Irish Moss with 1.5 - 2 cups of water in your BlendFresh Express Blender until smooth - it can be stored in your fridge for up to 3 weeks to be added to smoothies as well. You can try using powdered Irish Moss but I have heard bad things about how bad it tastes. 
  2. When ready to make if your squash is cold bring it to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Stir together the coconut flour and Irish Moss. 
  5. Stir together the squash and the coconut oil until smooth. Stir in the coconut flour/moss mixture until combined, then stir in the egg and salt. 
  6. Spoon into rounds on the baking sheet 1/4 inch thick Bake for about 12 minutes, then carefully flip. Bake for another 7 minutes (less or longer depending on the thickness), until they are dry to the touch and the most important part, pliable. 
  7. Let cool completely, then enjoy within an hour or so of baking for the best texture.
The family enjoyed having shrimp "tacos"... and I enjoyed knowing that they were eating healthy. So many options that you could use these for... so go veggie crazy!!
Nom Nom Paleo Vegeo Irish Moss Flatbread Recipe I Barbara Christensen BlendFresh and NYR Consultant

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Dangerous Chemicals Lurking In Your Home I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen

There are chemicals lurking in your home 

You may think that you're being safe, but safe isn't always enough. Most homes still have plastics, even if they have gotten rid of most of them. I still see a lot of children eating out of plastic containers, and plastic water bottles, canned foods, and handling receipts. All of these things are linked to BPA (Bisphenol A).

The Dangerous Chemicals Lurking In Your Home I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen NYR Organic BlendFresh DoTERRA HealthWhat is this BPA we've been hearing so much about. It's what we call and endocrine disruptor. It can interfere with the body's endocrine system and produce some adverse developmental, reproductive, nuerological and may do substantial damage to a developing fetus. But BPA is not alone in the endocrine distruptors around your house hold.

These lurking culprits of unhealthy body systems can also be found in detergents, clothing and furniture with flame retardants, foods, toys and cosmetics and other personal care products. This can come from our own children's car seats and they can alter children's brain development and cause learning and behavioral problems.

This chemical warfare on our families has to end.

We must get rid of the as much of the dangerous chemicals that we can from our homes, and protect our children by using healthy products, chemical avoidance, supplementing with helpful methylation/detoxification organics and start our children off with a non-toxic breast feeding experience. Get rid of the plastic shower curtain and don't "stain treat" your carpet (there are many natural alternatives that will get the stains out without having chemicals for our kids to run around on). Make sure you are using low VOC or no VOC paints, and seal old paint with a non-toxic sealant. Grow your garden organically, and think about the quality of the furniture you purchase, and what it has been treated with. Avoid cosmetic products that are not organic and certified safe, ESPECIALLY those with the ending in -paraben on the ingredient label. Connect if you need help to start a safety plan for your family, today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo

Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake

Why Your Protein Shake Is Not A Meal Replacement Shake I Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo
Yes... your meal replacement drink does contain copious amounts of protein. Still it is not the same thing as a protein shake. When you want a fast meal on the go, protein shakes may help in a pinch, but they are designed for recovery, not meal replacement. When I see women and men using a shake that is only 70 - 150 calories as a meal... I shudder. Think of your protein shake as a nutritional supplement that help increase the amount of protein in your daily diet. If you desire, it can be a part of a healthy meal replacement program, just not alone. 

So how do you make a healthy meal replacement shake?

Start with your liquid base, such as water, whole raw milk or non-dairy milk, or freshly squeezed organic juice, into a blender. This will help dilute and blend all the ingredients in your liquid meal replacement. You never want to do just juice, because it will spike your blood sugar fast, which is why we use it in a meal replacement rather than just drinking juice.
Next blend in healthy carbohydrates, such as berries, apples, oranges, bananas or other fruits. You can also add vegetables, such cucumbers, kale and spinach, depending on the type of smoothie or milkshake you are making. This is where you can also add in some RawBurst or powdered greens. This morning I had pineapple and loads of greens in my breakfast shake.
Blend in a healthy fat source, such as avocado pieces, coconut oil or ground flaxseeds or chia. I did chia this morning and it was AMAZING!! Avocados are cholesterol-free, low in saturated fats and contain "good" mono- and polyunsaturated fats, which not only help your bad cholesterol levels reduce, but they are a flat belly food... win-win. Flaxseed contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in your body, and is a good supplemental add in for anyone with chronic inflammation, as would be some turmeric powder if you don't add too much it. It's very FLAVORFUL

If you have a hormonal issue you can also add in a capsule of maca powder (capsules keep the potency in tact better than buying a bag of powdered maca) and just enjoy it! If you like it thicker, add in ice or make your fruit frozen.
You may then add in a protein source, such as crushed almonds, or good source of nondenatured whey protein powder, a highly digestible protein found in milk. Use protein powder only as directed on the product label. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Remember that if you are using an organic undenatured whey like Action Whey, leave it to the last because the longer it's blended, the more likely it will lose some of the benefits of actually using a nondenatured protein source. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue I Paleo Vegeo

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue

I have seen changes slowly happening in the original Ocean Avenue products in the last year. The newest change has been the WAVSmart shake now lists traces of tree nuts in the ingredient list. For someone like myself that is severely allergic to tree nuts this is a change that had one of my downline not noticed this morning could have been serious for myself, but also for her and her kids. Allergies are serious, and when a company changes something this serious you would think they would let their Ambassadors, who are really their brand know about it.

For several weeks I've been trying to connect with the Ocean Avenue customer service to get some answers to some questions, and I have even sent Franco a message and no answers yet... but I do have some serious questions about changes that I will address here. This of course is my concern and opinion, as I have stated that these questions haven't been answered by the USA headquarters... so this is my own opinion on what I'm seeing from the outside looking in.

Is our undenatured whey A1 or A2? 

There was a really great article in Mother Jones magazine about the difference between A1 and A2 undenatured whey. And for those that are going to say that they "use New Zealand grass fed whey"... did you know that per New Zealand law their whey must be made from pasteurized milk, which negates many of the inherent health benefits, even though it's grass-fed. A2 beta-casein is the beta-casein form cows have produced since before they were first domesticated, over 10,000 years ago. It is considered safe and nutritious and has no known negative effects on human health. A1 beta casein is known as beta-casomorphin-7, often abbreviated as BCM-7. And that is the real concern. BCM-7 has been linked to type 1 diabetes, heart disease, autism, and other diseases.  I also have to wonder why the new bags do not list the shake as being certified gluten-free and then there was that tree nut issue I listed above. It's why I'm now using the Action Whey completely.

So have they moved manufacturing? And what about the changes in the Empower? There is now silicone dioxide listed in the ingredient label, the capsules seem thinner, and the color is really varying on the bottle to bottle. Silicone dioxide is also known as Silca. Silica dust is a known carcinogen, lung irritant, and is also a central nervous system toxin. Most of my customers that are using this product are using it for illnesses, that would not want to add any of this toxin into their system.  

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue I Paleo Vegeo I Changes At JM Ocean Avenue
As an organically holistic coach, I have always been about ingredients, and helping others learn more about getting healthier through the supplementation that we require because of the changes in our lifestyle, our farming and our soil. It's why I have connected myself with companies like this, and when I start to see changes like this it just makes me sad to be affiliated. Not like other companies I have been connected with. We support Moms Across America!! In their own words "a coalition of unstoppable American Moms" calling for GMO ingredients to be labelled. We wholeheartedly support them, and believe all products should carry a clear and full ingredients list. Needless to say, we don't use GMO ingredients and 'Say No to GMO' loud and clear.

Moms Across America have recently put the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on notice and demand Glyphosate (RoundUp) be recalled! To read more :http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/campaigning/us-moms-round-on-the-epa-about-roundup/

Get involved and let your whole town KNOW about GMOs! Join a March on the 4th of July! Moms Across America is supporting marches across the nation on July 4th with the intention to raise awareness of GMOs, support Moms with solutions to eat GMO free, and to petition for GMO labeling across the nation. Click on this link and follow to find out where you can join up with them http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/events_all... If you want to learn more about my partnership with NYR Organics or Emerald Essentials - both organic non-GMO companies, check out my holistic website at www.LoveBarbaraChristensen.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mom On The Go I Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition I Paleo Vegeo

Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition

Think about this, if you drive through for fast food then you are going to spend at least $5, and most of you will spend more. You are going to feel sluggish, you’ll be adding to the chemicals, antibiotics, hormonal issues and adding unhealthy fats to your diet in the name of fast food. If I run out the door with my meal replacement shake and a healthy energy bar I have spent about $5, maybe less. I am getting dense nutrition, I am getting something that I know all of the ingredients in it, and I am having something that doesn’t feel like I’m giving anything up. In fact it feels like I’m giving myself the day off with a treat.

Mom On The Go I Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen NYR Organics
My meal replacement shake is a chocolate organic whey mixed with RawBoost, or a chocolate vanilla whey mixed with organic greens complex, or all of the above! And I love to add in frozen blueberries and flax+protein milk or sacha inchi milk. This gives me greens, probiotics, antioxidants, adaptogens, digestive enzymes and omegas all for less than 200 calories. My energy bar is the big hit. My daughter LOVES them.

Just remember that the next time you think you can’t get healthy because you are in your car and on the go… it’s a cop out. To be healthy you have to live the lifestyle, and it’s not as hard as you want to make it out to be. It’s a decision. If you are ready to make that decision then it’s time to connect with someone like myself that can help you with easy basic changes to get you to where you want to be.

Chocolate  Healthy Energy Bars

1/2 – 1 Cup Mix of Chia, Hemp, Buckwheat if you still eat it... I sometimes do (depending on how crunchy you like it)
2 Tbsp Organic Raw Coconut Oil
1 Scoop of Organic Chocolate Action Whey Protein
1 Scoop of Superfood Organic Greens Complex
6 Organic Dates (pitted)
Mix to a paste in your blender. Flatten in your container or roll into balls and then refrigerate for a few hours. They’re so amazingly yummy!! You can add extras like coconut, dark chocolate hemp protein, cranberries, chocolate chips (enjoy life brand), sacha inchi seeds, almonds. Whatever you want in your bar you can add and it will be amazingly yummy when you pull it out of your purse or drawer at work to nosh on.
Chocolate Healthy Energy Bars On The Go For Moms I Paleo Vegeo

Monday, June 30, 2014

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies

Those Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Be Zinc Deficient

You are vegan or vegetarian and you don't eat grains or meat.... could be that you are zinc deficient. People at risk of zinc deficiency or inadequacy need to include good sources of zinc in their daily diets. Supplemental zinc might also be appropriate in certain situations.  Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell!!

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara ChristensenThose with GI issues, or who have had GI surgery or IBD, UC, Chrohn's disease, etc, can see a decreased zinc absorption and increase endogenous zinc losses primarily from the gastrointestinal tract and, to a lesser extent, from the kidney

Vegans and vegetarians get zinc through plants, and the bioavailability of zinc from vegetarian diets is lower than from non-vegetarian diets because  of this. Meat is high in bioavailable zinc and may enhance zinc absorption. Legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibit its absorption, so if you are vegan or vegetarian then that lends a better reason for why you may be looking at the paleo diet. For those that still use some grains, legumes or other iffy foods, you really need to make certain that you reduce the binding of zinc by phytates and increase its bioavailability through soaking beans, grains, and seeds in water for several hours before cooking them and allowing them to sit after soaking until sprouts form. I found this really great soaking and sprouting image that I think many of us could use from Vidya Cleanse - here on Facebook. Unless you consume reasonable quantities of assorted soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds and raw peas, mushrooms and broccoli your diet most likely contains inadequate zinc levels. Soybeans have the highest levels of phytic acid of any legume and this chelates (binds with) zinc and makes it unable to be absorbed, one more reason to dump the soy from your life completely.

There is a fact that obese individuals have low zinc and poor leptin regulation. This decrease in zinc leads to a leptin issue that can cause the body to build more ‘fat body mass’ as opposed to lean body mass. And zinc deficiency has been linked to various chronic ailments including infertility. Zinc deficiency also inhibits TSH release in the anterior hypophysis and brings about a decrease in thyroid hormone levels and is involved in the structure of 1,5-deiodinase enzyme which transforms T4 to T3. If you have any sort of thyroid and infertility struggles you know what all of that means to your health. For men a little zinc supplements may actually help raise your testosterone levels, as will adding in that all needed weight training.

I can tell you that from all of my research I've seen that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics tend to be deficient in zinc. Zinc deficiency affects the ability of the pancreatic beta cells to respond to the body’s call to produce and secrete insulin. If that cute little pancreas does not produce and secrete enough insulin , your levels of glucose in the blood stay high.

Zinc is required for the synthesis of serotonin, which stimulates the sensation of satiety and reduces food intake. Now dopamine activation decreases food intake and high-dose zinc administration was shown to inhibit the binding of dopamine to D 1 and D 2 receptors, which are important in dopamine's food intake-inhibiting effect. So you need to make sure you do not take too much zinc if you find to be deficient.

And guess what, zinc is known as a copper ‘antagonist’ or ‘competitor’... so low zinc almost always means high copper. So you need one to balance the other. Zinc has a big impact on our other nutrients. In fact, zinc deficiency is thought to interfere with vitamin A metabolism, and vitamin A deficiency may exacerbate iron-deficiency anemia. Makes me wonder what my daughter's real internal issues are because she eats meat, but has been tested low iron. Could it be that she is not absorbing zinc, among other nutrients, and that it's just this cascading waterfall of issues? I also have low iron, and a condition called xerophthalmia (dry eye), which can be caused by low vitamin A....ah the brain is spinning thinking about all of this.

Now keep in mind that thiazide diuretics such as chlorthalidone (Hygroton®) and hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix® and HydroDIURIL®) increase urinary zinc excretion by as much as 60%, and antibiotics and zinc supplements should be taken four hours apart. So don't just go starting supplementation without talking to your doctor and/or pharmacist.

You can try the Optimal Zinc Lozenge (http://bit.ly/OptimalZinc) for supplementation because it's a really good bioavailable supplement, and is good dosage that can be cut in half for a lower dosage as well. It is free of magnesium stearate, milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast and soybeans and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

An adult needs 40 mg of zinc a day, and if you think about the fact that you're only getting about 1 mg in an oz of almonds. Here's an article with vegan zinc sources which may give you an idea on why so many of us are zinc deficient. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/zinc Unfortunately zinc is hard to test for... so good luck to us all. ;)