The doc, YOGAWOMAN explores the history of yoga and the role women have played in bringing it into a mainstream, modern practice. You'll learn about the numerous benefits of practicing yoga - some intuitive, some you may not have considered.
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Narrated by Annette Bening, YOGAWOMAN is a groundbreaking film that captures this fascinating time of awakening female power.
Move over Stevia there's a new player in Sugartown.
Lately, my social circle has been a buzz over Coconut Sugar. It seems like everyone in the vegan & raw community is switching over to it.
So, I had to find out what was so great about it and whether I should be switching to it as well.
Here's what I found out...
Coconut Sugar, also known as Coconut Palm Sugar, is derived from the coconut palm tree and is believed to be more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than table sugar.
Coconut Sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in the South and South-East Asian regions.
Coconut Sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:
A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers
The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated
Unlike regular sugar, Coconut Sugar has a high mineral content
and contains good stuff like: Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium and
Potassium, in addition to Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. It also contains a
fiber called Inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why
Coconut Sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.
All this goodness aside, sugar is sugar, so sweeten responsibly.
Coconut Sugar looks more like brown sugar, but is not as sweet. To me it has an almost burnt caramel taste. But, since Coconut Sugar is not a highly processed product, the color, sweetness &
flavor can vary depending on the coconut species used, season when it
was harvested, where it was harvested and / or the way the "sap" was reduced. Use it just like you would traditional white sugar, at a one-for-one replacement ratio - to sweeten tea, in baking, in cooking...anything!
I have already begun incorporating Coconut Sugar into my recipes and am quite happy with it.
Check Sauce for consistency and add more Water if necessary
Hoff Thoughts: This sauce is a way healthier version of the Mayo & Mustard Sauce that my mother got me addicted to as a kid. Sure I could recreate that memorable sauce using Just Mayo & Mustard, but I really want to cut-out the oil. Use this sauce over Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, etc.
Hoff' Thoughts: Broccoli takes the same time to steam as the Cauliflower, add 1 bunch & double the Sauce ingredients to compensate for the perfect veggie medley.If you don't have Hemp Seeds, try Cashews or Macadamia Nuts instead.
A few months ago, I stumbled across Swell Skin, a natural beauty soap with Cleveland roots. Created by Kelli Klus an alternative medicine practitioner and a firm believer in the body’s innate ability to heal itself given the proper environment. I like this chick.
Swell Skin claims to give the appearance of air-brushed skin within 24 hours - to create clear, even-toned luminous skin.
I was very intrigued and immediately ordered the all-in-one soap & buckthorn serum. As soon as my package arrived, I dived right in.
Did I experience immediate, overnight results?
Did I expect to?
Not really. I mean, it would have been awesome, but that's a pretty big expectation for any product. I did, however expect to see improvements within a week, 2 weeks or at least a month... But the results, I was hoping for, clear skin, wasn't happening.
Right before trying this product, I started having 1-2 pimples pop up nightly! I mean every morning there was something new on my face. They were small, didn't stick around long, but being a vegan chick and knowing how much dairy contributes to acne, I was like what the hell?!?
I was wracking my brain to figure out what was causing this sudden assault. Stress? Hormones gone wild? Food?
Then, I came across this video and the light bulb exploded over my head!
At the very core, your skin is a reflection of what's going on inside you. And what's going on inside you is predominately a result of what you're eating. To quote, Dr. John McDougall, "It really is the food."
Once I saw this video, I knew instantly what was causing my skin issues...oil.
While I never waiver on the animal products (I don't have that luxury), I cheat with the oil. I never use it for cooking, but I get into it indirectly through going out to eat, bakery and processed foods.
I had in fact been having a very, very good time with alternative processed meats, bakery and going out.
And within 3 days of shutting all that down, my skin thanked me by stopping the breakouts. It really is the food...
So back to the soap.
Is it the miracle soup they claim it to be? I'm not really getting that vibe. But I also don't suffer from fine lines, moisture issues or inflammatory conditions like rosacea - all problems that this product claims to solve. I like to believe that by using this product that I never will.
I do like that when I buy it that I'm supporting a local start-up that is also giving back to the community. I like that its primary ingredient is sea buckthorn oil - a healing & regenerative natural ingredient that has been around for 1,000 years. I like that it's an all-in-one, simply, quick regimen. I also like that it's reasonably priced. I do wish it were organic though...
So, I'll keep using it until something shiny catches my attention and pulls me in another direction.
Check it out!
P.S. While this bar of soap is small, it lasts a really, really long time. In fact I have been using it for almost eight months now and it hasn't even shrunk yet! My secret, I store it in one of those travel soap cases to keep the moisture from the shower from prematurely dissolving it.