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What’s Trending – Worry Stones

Our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic will be featuring a “What’s Trending” section, covering the latest and greatest trends within the naturopathic and holistic healing community. This week we will touch on Worry Stones.

Worry Stones, also known as Stress Pebbles, are smooth gem stones that are the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation.

These stones are used to soothe stress and anxiety, while being a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry Stones are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb, and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. Rub the stone when you feel worried or stressed.

Worry stones have the power to help soothe frazzled nerves. They are discreet, inexpensive, and all-natural. People who use worry stones report that they help ease creeping anxiety and other negative feelings. Research has shown that physical activity, even slight touch or movement, interrupts the brain from playing negative thoughts. While it may not solve your problems, it can diminish the intensity of the worry and help you move towards positive solutions.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

Holiday Inspired Kale Salad

You know what the best part about this salad is? Apart from being crunchy, chewy and cheesy in all the right places, it’s EASY. Quick, simple, and enriched with goodness!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pieces large bunch of kale
  • 2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 cloves large garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper (more salt and pepper to taste, if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 7-8 minutes on both sides or until cooked through. Let cool 5 minutes and then dice into bite size pieces. Set aside, but keep warm.
  3. While the chicken cooks start on the kale. In a small bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients, whisk to combine and then season with salt and pepper. (If needed, add more salt and pepper.)
  4. Grease a baking sheet and spread kale on top. Add 2-3 tablespoon of the dressing to the kale (just enough to coat the kale, reserve the rest.) Massage the kale with the dressing and spread out evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes. Toss well and roast for 5-10 more minutes, until slightly crispy, but not golden.
  5. While kale is roasting bring the water to a boil. Once the water boils, remove from heat and add the couscous, stir and cover for 10 minutes or until ready to use. When ready to use, fluff with a fork.
  6. Once the chicken, kale, and couscous are all done combine them in a large bowl. Add the toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, avocado, and goat cheese. Toss to combine and then add the remaining dressing and toss one more time.
  7. Serve warm.

Sourced from: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/crispy-kale-salad-with-coucous-grilled-chicken-and-pomegranates/

Grain-Free Holiday Gingersnap Cookies

These grain-free Gingersnap Cookies are the perfect holiday treat! With a delicious ginger flavor and delightful “crunch”, they make a great gift or dessert to bring to a holiday party! 🎁

Ingredients:
1 cup almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp ginger spices (ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice – mixed together for 1 tbsp total)
1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter at room temperature
3/4 cup coconut sugar (or maple sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp molasses
1 large egg

Instructions:
Whisk together almond flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and allspice.
In a separate bowl cream the butter and coconut sugar, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and blend until smooth.
Add molasses and egg to sugar mixture, and blend until creamy.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture a little bit at a time, blending after each addition of flour, until you have a well combined cookie dough. The dough should firm enough that it can be rolled into small balls at this point.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes so that it can be easily rolled into small balls for baking.
Preheat the oven to bake at 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove the chilled dough from the fridge, and roll into small balls.
Place the balls of dough onto your parchment lined baking sheet, spaced a couple inches apart. These cookies spread a lot, so give them room!
Bake the cookies at 350 (middle rack) in the center of the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Sourced from: Primal Palate

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy has been used for many years to help patients who are in good shape but can’t get rid of a pocket of stubborn fat. The nutrients used in mesotherapy shrinks fat cells. Shortly after the fat dissolves, the treatment is carried through the bloodstream and excreted through the kidneys and bowel.

Cellulite is connective tissue bands holding down the skin, trapping the fat, and thereby causing the dimpling effect. Mesotherapy eliminates the connective tissue bands, creating a smooth, dimple-free appearance! Results are measured in inches and can be applied to arms, waist, hips, back, and legs. A typical patient can lose up to two dress sizes through multiple treatments. Patients have lost up to four inches from their waist, hips, and thighs.

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Split Pea Rosemary Soup

Try this delicious Split Pea Soup with Rosemary for dinner tonight 😋🍜

Ingredients:
* 6 slices of bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1 leek, sliced thin
* 1 large carrot, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 cans chicken broth
* 1 ½ cups green split peas
* 2 bay leaves
* 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Place bacon in a large pot, cook over medium – until crisp. Stir in onion, leek, carrot, and garlic; cook until the vegetables are soft (about 8 mins) Pour in chicken broth. Stir in split peas, bay leaves, and rosemary. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until peas are cooked (1 hour), stirring occasionally. Yum!

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak

Discover just how soothing this lemon and lavender salt soak is in a nice cozy, warm bath (especially on a chilly November day!)

Lemon and Lavender Salt Soak – How To:

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp dried lavender buds (or 5 drops lavender essential oil)
  • Zest from ½ lemon (or 5 drops lemon essential oil)

Combine Epsom salts with Himalayan salt, then carefully mix in the lavender flowers and/or essential oil.  

Zest the lemon into the salts (or add lemon essential oil), stir, and then let rest for about 20 minutes so the ingredients can mingle.

Store the salt soak in a sealed container, refrigerated, until ready to use. (Salt soak that contains only essential oils instead of fresh lavender and lemon zest doesn’t need to be refrigerated.) 

To use, add to warm-hot running bath water, and enjoy a relaxing and soothing soak!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Vegetables with Thyme and Maple Syrup

Ingredients:
• 1 pound sweet potatoes
• 1 large carrot
• 1 parsnip
• Olive oil
• Sea salt & black pepper
• Fresh thyme
• 1-2 tbsp maple syrup

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Cut all veggies into long, thin rectangles. Place on pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast until partially soft (30 mins.) Scatter thyme sprigs and drizzle with maple syrup. Return to oven and bake for 15 mins. Enjoy!

Recipe sourced from: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/229923/roasted-sweet-potatoes-and-vegetables-with-thyme-and-maple-syrup/

Immune Boosting Facts!

Immune Boosting Facts!

1. Each part of the immune system has a unique function.

Dat Tran, MD, an immunologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, shares, “Think of the immune system like the military. There are different branches that each serve unique function in protecting the body.”

2. Every day we encounter billions of germs, but they’re not all bad.

Countless micro bacteria live in and on our bodies, and they play a vital role in maintaining good health. Tran shares, “Good bacteria in our body provides us with the nutrients we need and also provides a defense against bad bacteria, as well as infections.”

3. Positive emotions and a healthy lifestyle can boost your immunity.

Studies show that optimism, positive emotions, and a healthy lifestyle can actually make our immune system work better. Tran explains, “The happier, or more positive you are, the more likely you are to eat right and be less stressed, which will help your immune system.”

4. Sleep deprivation can impact immunity.

Not reaching optimum levels of sleep can really wreak havoc on our bodies and immunity. Research shows that lack of sleep makes it harder to fight off infection, and easier to catch viruses such as the common cold.

5. Stress can affect the way your immune system works.

Increased stress levels are never ideal. This leads to increased cortisol levels in your body, a hormone that is important for overall bodily functions, but too much of it can lead to numerous health problems, including a compromised immune system. “The high level of cortisol can blunt your immune system.”, Tran says.

 

Immune Boosting Facts Courtesy Of: EverydayHealth.com