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Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 1

Hi my name is Shaila, and I have a serious addiction….for sugar. It is a hard struggle to face but every time I walk past the bakery isle in the store I can’t help but hear little voices say , “Eat me Shaila, you know you want to”. In some distressing cases, I day dream about my next pastry fix. I dream about a delicious, delectable, creamy, tiramisu cake. Mmmm how tasty. Here’s when I knew I needed help. I have found myself sitting on the couch watching a movie with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked cookie dough ice cream one minute, and the next, I have no idea where all that ice cream went! And who doesn’t enjoy a deep fried Twinkie every once in a while?…okay thats too far.

Now working with an herbalist who is a serious health nut with having this addiction is like putting hot fudge and ice cream together! It can only lead to sweet success. The craving for sweets can mean so many things, and can indicate a red flag when it comes to your health especially for women. To give one example, a craving for chocolate can indicate a magnesium deficiency.

In America, it is almost impossible to find a product that does not contain sugar or low amounts of sugar for that matter, and if you do find an item that doesn’t contain sugar, you’re probably holding a vegetable. With this over consumption of sugar its hard for many to quit. Think about it this way, sugar doesn’t just empty and quickly digest into calories but it actually pulls minerals from the body during digestion. It creates a hormone cascade when consumed, that starts a positive feedback loop which means it creates an addictive sugar response in the brain and in the body to encourage more consumption otherwise known as cravings or eating too much comfort food.

In a time when food was scarce and needed to be contained in large amounts during summer, to stock up to survive the winter, this was a good thing. In today’s world of constant access to processed foods, this natural biological purpose highlights one of the negative effects of sugar. Plus, for many that live a sedentary life style, you aren’t moving around enough to burn the energy sugar gives you. The human body can’t tolerate this large amount of refined carbohydrates, thus causing diseases like obesity.

Refined sugar, by some, is called a drug, because in the refining process everything of food value has been removed except the carbohydrates-pure calories, without vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes or any of the other elements that make up food.

Many nutrition experts say that white sugar is extremely harmful, possibly as harmful as a drug, especially in the quantities consumed by the present-day American.

Now what if I told you there was a way to crush cravings in its tracks? What if there was something that could make you feel like a winner instead of feeling like you ate most of your weight in sugar…? which is what I feel like all the time.

Recently, Juli has been brewing up a new formulated pill that does wonders for a bloated stomach, and gives an extra boost of confidence for those who are stuck in this vicious cycle and are seeking a new start to a healthier way of life.

As a test subject, things are looking pretty positive for these pills, and the results are astounding! Tune in next month for “Crush Your Candy Cravings Part 2” for more results on these new exciting pills, and for more sweet and savory sugar facts! Until then, keep it fresh!

Best of Luck, Shaila

Part 2 is here!

It’s Never Too Late To Grow: How To Start Gardening Indoors

The New Year often brings up the topic of new resolutions and pledges to eat better and exercise more. There is one way to do both: gardening! Most people in the Pacific Northwest don’t think about gardening in January, but that’s because we are used to images of farms with bountiful crops during the summer season. The truth is that you can grow your own food any time of the year.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “I can’t grow a house plant, how could I possibly grow food?!” Or, you have an apartment and no yard to plant a garden. The key to success in growing food is starting small and growing your skills.

Photo by Holli Margell Window sill herb garden.

Photo by Holli Margell Window sill herb garden.

Some of the benefits of gardening are that you get to eat your food as fresh as possible, you’ll save some money on the food you don’t have to buy since you’ve grown it, and some studies report that it help to alleviate stress when you spend time in a garden or in nature. Well, starting in your home is like bringing the beauty of nature indoors.

The easiest way to start small is to grow herbs in a windowsill. All you need is a jar or small pot, soil and some seeds or a small starter plant. Some herbs like Basil usually grow only one year (sometimes longer). But, others like Chives keep growing year after year. The key is to learn how to care for a plant, and with herbs, you get to enjoy your efforts by eating it! As long as you follow the instructions for care like adequate light, you’ll build your growing skills.

How to get started:

1. Select an herb to grow – here are a few suggestions: basil, parsley or cilantro.
2. Find a container that will fit in your windowsill such as a small pot, a mason jar or even old coffee mug.
3. Put a single layer of rocks at the bottom to allow for proper drainage so the roots do not rot.
4. Add soil up about ¾ of the way to the top of where you want the soil to rise in your container.
5. Sprinkle 3-5 seeds of choice, and then cover with a layer of soil, about an inch deep.
6. Water until the soil is moist, and if you overfill it, you will see the water pool up at the surface. That’s okay, just gently poor off the water and hold down the soil with your fingers. Just don’t dump the whole thing out!
7. Simply watch the soil, check it once a day or every other day. When it is dry, add more water. A suggestion: fill a spray bottle, and squirt the soil every day a couple of times a day. If you are using your Kitchen Windowsill then you can easily do this once a day when you’re washing dishes.
8. Within 2 weeks, you will see sprouts of your herbs breaking the surface of the soil. Now, just check on them every day and keep their soil moist (note the directions for herbs vary depending on variety, so take care to read about your herbs before you plant them).
9. Enjoy using your fresh herbs that you can harvest inside any time of the year!

So, no matter where you live or how little you know about growing plants, remember that it’s never to late to grow.

Holli Margell, Editor

p.s. When you’re ready to move onto vegetables, you can use pots, but will need a small space outdoors. Let us know if you’d like to learn more and we are happy to share in the spring newsletter.

Giving Herbs to Children

When my daughter suffered from severe constipation at the age of 1 years old, I consulted the normal Medical Doctors. They couldn’t find anything wrong with here and prescribed a laxative for her to take until she was 10 years old. Once I decided that wasn’t a good solution, I continued to seek alternative heal care until I met with Juli at Hen Sen Herbs.

She prescribed a bland diet, abdominal massage and some herbal pills. The Hen Sen Herbal pills are tiny balls. They are very easy for an adult to swallow. But, I had trouble figuring out how to get my daughter to take them. First, I tried putting them into applesauce, thinking she’d swallow it that way. Then, I tried putting them into some juice, but the pills got stuck in her mouth and the longer they sat there the more the pills dissolved and the bitter taste of the herbs made her upset.

Crusing the pills up and giving them by dropper tool works for small children.

Crushed pills

Finally after a few days of struggling, I called Juli feeling very defeated and confessed that I could not get my daughter to take the herbs. She encouraged me and suggested crushing the pills up and giving them by a dropper like a tincture. I started putting the crushed pills into apple juice, then began to replace some of the juice with water until now we just used water. We also bribed her with a treat after each dose (dried Cranberries). So, if you are struggling to get your child to swallow the tiny herbal pills, try this method. You know your child and yourself best, so adding some sort of reward will be up to you.

My daughter’s constipation is cleared up, and our daughter doesn’t flinch at the need to take her herbs this way.

Do you have trouble swallowing pills? If so, how do you manage to take them? We’re always open to learning how others take herbs.

Best wishes in wellness,
Holli Margell
Hen Sen Lifestyle Editor