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How to Harness the power of the December 21st Winter Solstice

“The winter solstice is a time when we turn inward, where we fall quiet, and we have a moment to contemplate.  It is the slack in the tide of our lives; it is the pause after an inhale, it is the space between.  This time offers a place where we have more space to become aware of our dreams and what we have frantically been creating.  It is a time of profound stillness, deep clearing and a time of rebirth.  
The old must die to make way for the new.   What must you let die?
– Chelsea Newman  CTNC

The solstice offers a special time for us.  

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Our ancestors used to burn big fires during this special night to celebrate their connection with the sun and the moon.  The flames were used to burn away all that we had outgrown.  This ritual was to symbolize the destruction of the old, which in turn created a much more fertile land for growth.

This time symbolically supports the same for our lives.  The seasons are ripe for a shift.  

During a Solstice the sun and moon reach their perfect balance, allowing us to see and feel where perfect harmony exists if we let it.

 

 

Some of us in the Northern Hemisphere are welcoming winter, others in the South are welcoming summer.  

The Yin and the Yang are in full illumination & our planet is in perfect balance and harmony on this particular day.  

The solstice always requires we treat ourselves with extra sweetness and nurturing; however, this one may need even more than usual. You may be feeling the extra shadows of fear and abandonment during this time; you may even be feeling an intense pull to burrow into the dark places your psyche usually doesn’t dare to travel to.

To navigate this time it is important to nourish yourself both physically and emotionally.  Take time to meditate, and have a little ritual of your own, to find your center.  

It is also important to eat correctly.  

 

During the solstice, you should eat slowly, lightly and sweetly.  Small amounts of berries eaten, little bits of honey in tea and gentle fruits are eaten slowly will work well with the body.  Flowery teas, particularly rose teas will help the heart tension, meals should be kept to a minimum so that you can allow the inner self to get quiet without the messages that food carries.  

Less will be more at this time.  Avoiding meats and dairy will also help you tune into your intuitive self and hear the messages the universe has for you.

The solstice can be a very transitional and hard time, if not treated with celebration, but when treated with the respect it deserves, the solstice can catapult you and amplify very powerful intentions and manifestations.

Magic Honey infused by the FULL MOON or direct sunlight during the winter solstice.

 

 

In a medium Jar of local or Manuka Honey add.

  • 1/4 tsp Basil – Basil is good for protection, cleaning, purification, prosperity, and love.  
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme – Thyme amplifies psychic powers spiritual growth, and brings healing and inner calm.  
  • 1/4 tsp Lavender – Lavender is perfect for purification, and profound healing of love and emotional issues.
  • 1/4 tsp Oregano – Oregano is for prosperity, healing, and love.

 

Let the honey sit in the full moon overnight and the sun during the day.

In the evening drizzle this mixture over blackberries.  

Blackberries are used to invoke the goddess and for protection healing and prosperity.  

 

With love

Xx

Chelsea

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Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.

 

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My Top 3 Toxin Free Skin Care Brands to Buy This Black Friday

Yes, it is true, there are some fantastic sales on Black Friday.  And while I hate to give in to mass consumerism, there are some really good deals going on…

So why not take advantage, but in a conscious way.

Look, while I say that great skin should (and does) come from the inside out, every woman deserves to feel beautiful, radiant and in-love with her skin and body. But these days, with all the environmental pollutants bombarding us in every beauty product we use, that goal requires some conscious thought, a little TLC and some great organic products.

‘Rituality‘ is what I call this self-love practice but it’s important to pick products that love you as much as you love them.  The skin care industry can be a scary place, some ingredients don’t even have to be labeled, and many are toxic and even cruel, but when you find products that are made with love and care, they work wonders for your skin and the planet. Win-win…

So, here are my top 3 skin brands to buy this Black Friday.

Ann Marie Gianni is one of the only lines I trust!

 

AnnMarie

In my opinion, this skincare brand is the best there is. There are absolutely no toxins in their products. Not even the preservatives that don’t have to be listed on the label. They’re offering 25% off at the moment so now is the time to restock your skincare products. Everything from moisturizers, serums, toners, cleansers, and eye creams to essential oils and gift sets (ideal for Christmas presents)

Just go to the  AnnMarie shop and make sure to use the code ‘radiatebeauty’ for 25% off

 

Juice Beauty

This brand has impressive ethical values (they utilize solar and wind energy, they source their ingredients locally, and they use recycled paper and soy ink for packaging.)

The products themselves are made with organic ingredients which means limited pesticide and synthetic fertilizer residue on your skin. You may recognize the brand (Gwyneth Paltrow is the Creative Director).

My favorite Juice Beauty products are:

SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, 2 Fl Oz  

*The tinted mineral moisturizer is the only “makeup” product I use and it leaves me with flawless looking skin (it’s all I have on in this picture)

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, 1.7 fl. oz

Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser, 4 fl. oz.

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.

Living Libations

Living Libations is a wonderful line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils, along with safe fragrances, body and hair care products.  They are even endorsed by Alanis Morsette (a woman who knows a thing or two about beauty.)

My favorite products are:

Wildcrafted DewDab Acne Spot Treatment (5 ml) 

Wildcrafted Happy Gum Drops (.17 fl oz / 5 ml)

Wildcrafted Rejuvenating Cell Serum (.5 fl oz / 15 ml)

Wildcrafted Ozonated Happy + Healthy Gum Gel (.34 fl oz / 10 ml)

Wildcrafted Neem Enamelizer Toothpaste (.5 oz / 15 ml)

 

So there you go my fellow eco-conscious, toxin-avoiding ladies… happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

With light and love,

 

 

 

 

ps. * Disclaimer: I earn a tiny commission when you buy products via my recommendation, but you don’t pay any extra, it’s just their way of thanking me for spreading the word. These are products I would recommend with or without a commission; they’re absolutely lovely, I use them all myself! They’ve passed the ‘Chelsea test’ 🙂

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Which brands trump all others this Black Friday?

Which brands trump all others this Black Friday?

I’m always aware of being a mindless consumer on days like Black Friday. Just the word ‘sale’ makes you want to buy everything!!

The thing is, as eco-thoughtful people, we can still use these amazing opportunities to save on some incredible skincare products and brands that really do work.

I am all about non-toxic, natural, eco-thoughtful living, and sadly, there are only a handful of truly natural brands out there, and I know, I’ve been in this industry a long time.

These are my top 3 brands to watch out for in the sales.

AnnMarie

In my opinion, this skincare brand is the best there is. There are absolutely no toxins in their products. Not even the preservatives that don’t have to be listed on the label. They’re offering 25% off at the moment so now is the time to restock your skincare products. Everything from moisturizers, serums, toners, cleansers, and eye creams to essential oils and gift sets (ideal for Christmas presents)

Just go to the  AnnMarie shop and make sure to use the code ‘ radiatebeauty’

 

 

Juice Beauty

This brand has amazing ethical values (they utilize solar and wind energy, they source their ingredients locally and they use recycled paper and soy ink for packaging.)

The products themselves are made with organic ingredients which means limited pesticide and synthetic fertilizer residue on your skin. You may recognise the brand (Gwyneth Paltrow is the Creative Director).

My favorite Juice Beauty products are:

SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer, 2 Fl Oz

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer, 1.7 fl. oz

Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser, 4 fl. oz.

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment, 0.5 fl. oz.

Living Libations

Living Libations is a wonderful line of serums, elixirs, and essentials oils, along with safe fragrances, body and hair care products.

My favorite products are:

Wildcrafted DewDab Acne Spot Treatment (5 ml) 

Wildcrafted Happy Gum Drops (.17 fl oz / 5 ml)

Wildcrafted Rejuvenating Cell Serum (.5 fl oz / 15 ml)

Wildcrafted Ozonated Happy + Healthy Gum Gel (.34 fl oz / 10 ml)

Wildcrafted Neem Enamelizer Toothpaste (.5 oz / 15 ml)

 

So there you go my fellow eco-conscious, toxin-avoiding ladies… happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

With light and love,

 

 

 

 

ps. * Disclaimer: I earn a tiny commission when you buy products via my recommendation but you don’t pay any extra, it’s just their way of thanking me for spreading the word. These are products I would recommend with or without a commission, they’re absolutely lovely, I use them all myself! They’ve passed the ‘Chelsea test’ 🙂

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“How To Be A Vegan On Thanksgiving,” by A Recovering Vegan …

How To Be A Vegan On Thanksgiving

Step 1) Don’t kill anything (except plants)

Step 2) Get made fun of by everyone for not killing anything …

Step 3) Drink copious amounts of vegan wine while being asked how you haven’t died from protein deficiency.

Step 4) Try and keep your vegan mouth shut while you silently wonder how everyone else hasn’t died from a lack of compassion …

Step 5) Watch as everyone stuffs their faces with the delicious vegan dishes you brought to the party.

Step 6) Get sick of it all and just for giggles, decide to start every sentence with “As a vegan …”

Step 7) Say “Fuck it” and start agreeing!  “OMG, I know right? WTF is a vegan hot dog?!!! I mean who on earth would eat a sausage made of plants, instead of eyeballs, lips, and assholes?!”

Look, in all seriousness, I am no longer a vegan.  Instead, I call myself “A polite vegetarian with vegan tendencies,”  meaning (usually) if someone cooks me meat and it is farm-raised and had a humane life, I eat it.

I don’t think being vegan is the right answer for everyone.  Some people do better with it than others but if it is your choice, or someone’s choice, to not eat animals, then respect that, smile at them and thank them for doing their part.

Because it is a big step to help the environment – not the only step, and not by all means a be-all and end-all step, but it does help.

Happy Holidays 😉

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”

 

 

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5 Native American Dishes For Your Thanksgiving Table

Do you know the truth of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is actually a holiday that was created by the Native Americans.  It was a ritual celebration to celebrate the harvest, a way to give thanks to nature for its bounty, a way to honor the change of seasons and a way to give thanks for FOOD.

But today, we have forgotten that.

Native American culture was finally in the spotlight during Thanksgiving last year – but not for their beautiful culture, not for their wise words, not for the real gift that they gave to the Pilgrims, and the protection they afforded the “white man.”

No, instead they were spotlighted because 396 years after the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans are still peacefully fighting to protect their land.  

Last year the Dakota access pipeline was in full, non-violent protest but this year, there will be no protests because they lost.  But we cannot forget.

So again, this year, I would like to pay homage to Native American culture by celebrating with traditional food that doesn’t hurt the environment.  

This is not a recipe guide for pumpkin pie or green bean casserole … in fact I will not even give you the healthy options for these “traditional” American dishes.

Instead, this Thanksgiving, I want to share some traditional Native American recipes with you.

Ancient cultures have so much to teach and share with us – it is time we remembered, and it is time we listened.

Click here to get your “Whats growing in season” guide.

 

There are the steps you can take to show respect and love to Native American culture and our land this Thanksgiving.

Chose Native food – and by ‘native,’ I mean local.

When you look at food these days, what you come to see is that at this point we are just eating oil …

So step one … buy local. Who cares if it’s not “traditional American food.”

– traditional food is really what you could find locally.

Be adventurous with your meat

Some native Americans ate turkey … but the majority ate deer, duck, goose, rabbit, chicken and even swan.  Now, if I am honest with you I have never eaten swan, or rabbit and I don’t have a good recipe for either … but if you want to be truly adventurous like that, go on google.  

Or find a hunter.

Venison is one of the most sustainable meats that there is or bison.  Bison actually do some amazing things with their horns, they aerate the land.  No one truly knows why they do it, but if we all demanded more bison on our table we would have an animal source of protein that actually helps the environment rather than hurts it.  

If you want turkey, go for it, just buy one that was raised in your area without antibiotics, hormones, and cruelty and give thanks to it for its life when you eat it.

Really Say ‘Thank You.’

So simple yet so powerful.  Why do you think all religions say to be thankful for your food … because the food is medicine and gratitude is the most powerful medicine there is!

Eat recipes that Native Americans would have eaten in the “Pre-Grocery Store Era.”

What did Native Americans eat on Thanksgiving?

Depending on the tribe Native Americans actually would have eaten things like:

  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Clams
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Crab
  • Lobster

If they did have turkey (which sometimes they did), they would just stuff it with one oyster because oysters, in the time of Native Americans, were the size of large dinner plates!   

They would also have had tons of veggies:

  • Corn
  • Beans
  • Squash
  • Pumpkins
  • Wild onions
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Collard greens
  • Turnips
  • Cabbage

For fruits it would have been:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries

And lots of nuts:

  • Walnuts
  • Acorns
  • Popcorn
  • Maple syrup
  • Chestnuts
  • Hickory nuts
  • Eggs

Yes, Native Americans ate popcorn, just not like we do it today.  

Remember, your food choices have the power to impact the masses and impact generations.  Feel thankful that you can make a difference with each bite.  

All my love & Happy Holidays

 xxx

 

Recipe Guide

Wild Onion and Bone Broth Soup

Bone broth is steeped in centuries of tradition, and it is easy to make for a lot of people, Bone broth also pays respect to every part of the animal.  You can use any type of bones to create bone broth, and many grocery stores are now starting to sell them (although they should probably be giving them away).  

 All you have to do is simmer the bones with a dash of vinegar, 10-20 hours for poultry or seafood, or 24-28 hours for beef bones.  I personally just do it in a crockpot.  

This process draws out the proteins, minerals, and healing gelatin.  Bone broth is also incredibly rich in calcium, magnesium phosphorous and potassium … why do you think soil loves bones so much!  

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of grass-fed butter or 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 large sweet yellow onions sliced into thick rings
  • 2 quarts of bone broth (you can also get store bought if you HAVE to)
  • 1 tbsp fresh or dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan or Hawaiian salt (more if you like more)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 oz of locally sourced cheddar cheese (extra sharp is the best)

* if you want to be extra healthy leave the cheese off

Steps
  1. Melt butter in an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat and add the onions.  Cook roughly 7-8 minutes stirring often so that they do not brown.  You want them translucent.
  2. Add the bone broth, thyme, salt, and pepper and turn the heat to low.  Simmer the mixture uncovered for 45 minutes stirring occasionally
  3. Portion the soup into ramekins or ovenproof bowls and sprinkle with a thin slicked layer of cheese (optional).  
  4. Place in the oven under the broiler for roughly 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted.  

Yummy and easy!

Biodynamic Grilled Synergy Salad

The three main crops that Native Americans grew were corn, beans, and squash – These crops were often referred to as the “Three Sisters” because they grew very well together and helped each other out.

The beans would naturally climb the cornstalks, and the squash would spread out below creeping along the ground and stop weeds from growing.  The squash would also keep the moisture in the soil by shading it, which resulted in a perfect trifecta of growing.

And these plants grow together for a reason.  When eaten together they provide almost all of the nutrients that your body requires in one meal.  

  • 2 Zucchinis halved lengthwise
  • 2 yellow summer squash halved lengthwise
  • 3 ears of organic corn
  • 2 cups of cranberry beans (sometimes called Shell beans in New England) – if you have to do canned then you have to, but if you can do boxed it’s better or soak and boil your own …
  1. Brush squash and zucchini, and husked corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  2. Grill over charcoal until slightly crispy with a few grill marks on each side (roughly 4-5 minutes each side)
  3. Transfer the squash and zucchini and finely dice them
  4. Cut the kernels from the corn and add combine all chopped veggies in a bowl
  5. Toss with the beans
  6. Drizzle with Olive oil, a dash of apple cider vinegar, a drizzle of honey, and salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve with fresh herbs

10 Minute Baked Scallops

Scallops are one of the healthiest Mollusks to eat, and they are also incredibly easy to make.  Most people tend to over think and overcook them, but just keep it simple. They are delicious as is!

Baking scallops is an excellent low maintenance way to cook them so you will have time to drink some wine and talk to the family  (so if you don’t want to do that pan fry them instead), this is strategic meal planning at its finest.  

The trick to baked scallops is to cook them at a very high heat, don’t cook them too long and make sure you moisten them with something (I like lemon juice).

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 450 degrees
  • place the scallops (rinsed) onto a baking sheet, drizzle with lemon juice and a dash of pepper
  • bake 10 minutes at 450

easy, and delicious!

** If you catch your own scallops or buy them in the shells you only need to remove the dark side of the shell, do this with the hinge facing toward you.  When you have removed the top shell take a spoon and scrape the shell from the hinge back to remove the dark inner part, rinse the scallop.  

Place the scallop in its shell on the baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes, bonus points it will look really impressive!

 

Roasted Root Vegetables

Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper are cheating, and they work on everything.  Roasted veggies are the EASIEST no-fuss way to make sure you are getting some healthy goodies on your plate.  

Traditionally Native Americans would have cooked carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and squash.

Don’t make it hard on yourself, take all of these veggies, chop them up, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and perhaps a dash of balsamic or some fresh herbs and roast at 350 for 15-20 minutes, stirring once.

You can also add all of these veggies to your bird if you are cooking the turkey, and you have a one-dish wonder!

Popcorn

Yep, Native Americans had popcorn.  You can either serve it as a dessert (drizzle it with dark chocolate and put it in the fridge for some extra yummy-ness) or serve it as an appetizer.

And don’t forget the most important ingredient of all this Thanksgiving:

Love.

Xx

 

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”

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9 Ways To Have Your Wine & Drink it Too (without a hangover)

Have Your Wine & Drink it Too

Healthy Practices for Wine Consumption

Wine, Wine Glorious Wine …

I like wine quite a bit.  In fact some days I even drink water out of a wine glass just to feel fancy (a client taught me this),  but despite the old adage that a glass of wine a day is good for you, there are some tricks to making this true.  

According to the Blue Zones Project, one of the five factors of people living the longest is a daily glass of wine with friends. 

But it has to be with friends!

No one has been able to determine if its the wine or the social time that is causing people to live longer, but there is a clear correlation that “Wine at 5” done with friends, helps you live longer. 

So, here are some more science-based tricks for you to consume wine in a healthy way …

1) Wine is high in sugar but you can hack that. 

Follow this chart which shows you the sugar content of certain wines.   

Dryer wines are also higher in tannins (which are good for you)

www.fitvinewine.com is a company that carries great low-sugar wines

2) Time your wine post workout.

Weird tip from a health care professional I know, but drinking wine post work out on an empty stomach is actually a pretty good way to do it.  Of course, have a glass of water first and if you had a heavy work out, do it with some protein, that way you will get a buzz quicker which will make you drink less (in theory). Post workout, the sugar in the wine will replenish glycogen stores in the liver rather than depositing them on your hips.

*Don’t tell your personal trainer I told you this trick

3) Purify your wine

There is a great product called Pure Wine out of Australia.  It delivers a potent shot of H202 to your wine eliminating active preservatives  (sulfur dioxide) without changing the taste.  http://www.purewine.com.au/buy-online-o

4) Add oxygen to remove the toxins from your wine. 

Wine is supposed to breathe for a reason.  If you are the impatient type (like me) and just can’t wait to slug back that glass of wine, then you can use an aerator or even a blender for 20-30 seconds. You will notice a yummy difference in your wine after you aerate it. 

*Oxygen is what carries flavor, that is why gluten products are so yummy (gluten traps air).

5) Drink higher altitude wines. 

Two-thousand feet or higher in elevation is the best.  At this elevation, the grapes get better sun exposure and grow at a cooler temperature which has been shown to increase the antioxidant resveratrol and polyphenols (which are good for you).

6) Try and find wines that have been fermented for 10-15 days.

The standard fermentation time is 1-2 days currently but a wine that has been fermented longer will have a higher antioxidant content.

7) Check the PH

Cabernet should be at 3.4 and Chardonnay should be at 3.2.  A lot of winemakers will simply add sugar to counteract the bad taste created by a PH that is off-balance.

You can get PH test strips at the drug store to test your wine, which is actually really fun to do! 

8) Don’t buy toxic wine!!

A while back a class action lawsuit was filed in California against some of the biggest winemakers, claiming incredibly high levels of arsenic.  Amounts were 4 – 5 times the amount allowed by the EPA in drinking water.

*Wine lobbyists and alcohol lobbyists constantly fight labeling what is in your wine and this means that alcohol companies don’t have to label what is in their products. 

What they generally found was that the lower the price the higher the level or arsenic.  Here are some brands they researched:

Trader Joes famous two buck chuck had 3x the limit set by the EPA and the famous boxed wine, Franzia had 5 x the amount.

Here is a list of wines that are part of the pending lawsuit: 

  • Acronym GR8RW Red Blend 2011
  • Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
  • Almaden Heritage Moscato
  • Almaden Heritage White Zinfandel
  • Almaden Heritage Chardonnay
  • Almaden Mountain Burgundy
  • Almaden Mountain Rhine
  • Almaden Mountain Chablis
  • Arrow Creek Coastal Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • Bandit Pinot Grigio
  • Bandit Chardonnay
  • Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bay Bridge Chardonnay
  • Beringer White Merlot 2011
  • Beringer White Zinfandel 2011
  • Beringer Red Moscato
  • Beringer Refreshingly Sweet Moscato
  • Charles Shaw White Zinfandel 2012
  • Colores del Sol Malbec 2010
  • Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Pinot Grigio 2012
  • Concannon Selected Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011
  • Glen Ellen by Concannon’s Glen Ellen Reserve Merlot 2010
  • Cook Spumante
  • Corbett Canyon Pinot Grigio
  • Corbett Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cupcake Malbec 2011
  • Fetzer Moscato 2010
  • Fetzer Pinot Grigio 2011
  • Fisheye Pinot Grigio 2012
  • Flipflop Pinot Grigio 2012
  • Flipflop Moscato
  • Flipflop Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Foxhorn White Zinfandel
  • Franzia Vintner Select White Grenache
  • Franzia Vintner Select White Zinfandel
  • Franzia Vintner Select White Merlot
  • Franzia Vintner Select Burgundy
  • Hawkstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  • HRM Rex Goliath’s Moscato
  • Korbel Sweet Rose Sparkling Wine
  • Korbel Extra Dry Sparkling Wine
  • Menage a Trois Pinot Grigio 2011
  • Menage a Trois Moscato 2010
  • Menage a Trois White Blend 2011
  • Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2011
  • Menage a Trois Rose 2011
  • Menage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  • Menage a Trois California Red Wine 2011
  • Mogen David Concord
  • Mogen David Blackberry Wine
  • Oak Leaf White Zinfandel
  • Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • R Collection by Raymond’s Chardonnay 2012
  • Richards Wild Irish Rose Red Wine
  • Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  • Simply Naked Moscato 2011
  • Smoking Loon Viognier 2011
  • Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc 2010
  • Sutter Home Gewurztraminer 2011
  • Sutter Home Pink Moscato
  • Sutter Home Pinot Grigio 2011
  • Sutter Home Moscato
  • Sutter Home Chenin Blanc 2011
  • Sutter Home Sweet Red 2010
  • Sutter Home Riesling 2011
  • Sutter Home White Merlot 2011
  • Sutter Home Merlot 2011
  • Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2011
  • Sutter Home White Zinfandel 2012
  • Sutter Home Zinfandel 2010
  • Trapiche Malbec 2012
  • Tribuno Sweet Vermouth
  • Vendange Merlot
  • Vendange White Zinfandel
  • Wine Cube Moscato
  • Wine Cube Pink Moscato 2011
  • Wine Cube Pinot Grigio 2011
  • Wine Cube Pinot Grigio
  • Wine Cube Chardonnay 2011
  • Wine Cube Chardonnay
  • Wine Cube Red Sangria
  • Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Wine Cube Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011

Read more http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/06/what-is-the-healthiest-wine/ 

9) Take activated Charcoal

If you have had a glass (or four) too many, or you have consumed some toxic wine, you can mop it up with activated charcoal.  It’s a very inexpensive supplement that will help pull toxins from the body.  Drink it with plenty of water and eat a meal with protein and vegetables.

And if you want to find my non-toxic recommendations for wine and wine products head over to Chelsea’s List.  

So drink your wine, but do it right! And enjoy the holidays 

Xx

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”
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5 Ways to Get More Vitamin D – Hint It Involves Nudity ;-)

Vitamin D is perhaps one of the most essential vitamins that we know of.

 

It is responsible for strong bones and teeth, good eyesight, prevention of osteoporosis (bone health) and is perhaps one of the most powerful tools we have when it comes to cancer protection.

It is recommended, by countless reputable bodies, for preventing bone density loss, breast cancer, and even depression.

So why are we all so deficient? …

It is currently estimated that up to 80 % of the US population is deficient in Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) which may seem understandable if you live in a place like the UK or Washington state where there is very little sun … But what about where I live? …Hawaii?!

 

 

Yes, in the tropical islands of Hawaii, which are famed for their beautiful sun, surf, aloha spirit and a life that is centered around vitamin D, we are still seeing deficiencies.  

So how is that the majority of my clients have sun damage and vitamin D deficiencies? These should not go hand in hand!

 

1. Make sure you are getting enough of the right kind of sun


The average Caucasian person needs 10 minutes of unprotected sunlight a day in order to synthesize enough vitamin D.  “Unprotected sunlight” is exactly what it sounds like, it means no sunscreen, sun exposure on your eyes, and sun all over your naked body.  

Unprotected Sun Exposure 😉  In moderation – a burnt bum is not fun! 

The more pigment you have in your skin (aka, the darker you are), the more sunlight you will require.  The best time of the day for sunlight is early morning, (sunrise to 10 am).  Early morning sunlight is the best for you because it is gentle, and as a bonus, morning sunlight can help you lose weight by regulating melatonin production and normalizing hormones.

 

So are you getting that 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure each day?

Probably not. Think about your day. Wake up, put on sunscreen before we leave the house, go to work, sit in an office, sit in a car, it can be tough to get enough vitamin D with a modern day lifestyle.

So if you are not getting enough sunlight… fake it, here’s how …

 

2. Hack your sun exposure with special lamps

 

 

For a very inexpensive price, you can buy lamps that simulate natural sunlight.  If you are a person that struggles with getting out of bed in the morning during the winter while it is still dark (by this I mean if you are everyone in the world ever created), then these are a must for you.

These natural lights will stimulate a sunrise effect for your hormones and body and give you a little boost of Vitamin D.  Place one next to your bed, or just sit with it on you while you sip on a cup of tea in the morning.  

 

3. Get rid of the harsh soaps in the shower

 

 

Vitamin D is created in the body by your bacteria, and the oil on your skin plays an essential role!  If you are continually stripping your skin’s oils, which are naturally anti-microbial and provide you with a built-in sunscreen system, then you are unable to bring sunlight in and turn it into vitamin D.

If your skin feels tight after washing, then you have used a soap that is too harsh.  You want to avoid surfactants and harsh products.  Think “did mother nature make this?”

 

Interested in a list of gentle and toxin free body products? Here are my favorites.

 

 

Dry brushing is another great way to stimulate oil production on your skin. You can add essential oils to the brush, but you do it in a gentle circular motion and always toward the heart.  

And lastly, use oils that moisturize and penetrate your skin, not ones that just sit on your skin. Coconut oil has been touted as the ‘best ever solution’ for skin – but frankly, that’s a bit wrong. The molecules of coconut oil are very large, making it hard to penetrate and carry anything in. This means it is a great “protector” but not a great “carrier.”  JoJoba oil is a much better oil for penetrating the skin. It is a wonderful base to use when creating your own body products, or you can use it alone. It mimics the skin’s natural sebum, allowing it to penetrate and moisturize in a beautiful way that won’t leave you greasy.

 

4.  Eat foods high in vitamin D

 

 

Foods high in Vitamin D include hemp products (hemp oil), mushrooms, eggs, and cheeses made without antibiotics and fillers.

*A hint – buy foreign – French cheese is the best!  To be honest, though most vitamin D comes through sunshine.  This is the most important way to get your vitamin D.

 

5. Supplement

 

 

Warning! Let’s start off with the fact that you can take too much vitamin D.  This is one worth getting a test for before supplementing with.

Most people are deficient but if you aren’t you shouldn’t be taking it.  Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include tiredness, aches, and pains, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all.

Vitamin D works best with calcium and K2 (another very deficient vitamin). Toxicity can occur if taken in excess of 1000-1,500 IU daily for a month or longer so make sure to check your levels with your Doctor to see where you’re starting from and how much you need to supplement with.  

You can ask for a 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test – 25 OH D.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what that is your Doctor will (and if they don’t you should find a new one!)

How to get your own testing done

5. Protect your gut bacteria

The bacteria in your gut are like little vitamin shops.  They are constantly churning out things to help our bodies work and interpreting the world around us.  They are like our little worker bees, and at this moment in society, they are ones that we have worked to death! Literally … 

Antibiotics and preservatives are designed to kill these bacteria so every time you eat something with a crazy shelf life you have compromised your cute little gut bacteria.

* Hint – food should not last until the end of time unless you are doomsday prepping – in which case call me, I have my “bug-out bag ready to go.”

 

Steps to protect your gut:

So Vitamin D is incredibly important.  It’s your “holiday hormone” that you need all year long! And while I do have a ‘food first’ policy, the bottom line is you should probably be supplementing with vitamin D.

Or running around naked on the beach … 🙂 The choice is yours, but the latter is way more fun.

Xx

 

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”
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The 21 Day Detox That Will Transform Your Body

The 21 Day Detox

I have taught nutrition for some of the biggest companies in the United States, and I have worked with hundreds of men and women from around the world – and I can honestly say that there is nothing more powerful to shift your life and health than a 21 day Reset.

How do I know?  Well because it is my story …

Nine years ago I became incredibly sick.  I was in and out of the hospital – Dr’s were only offering me pills, and surgeries.  These were treatments to mask my problems and get rid of my symptoms but they did nothing to get to the root cause of what was making me sick …

And I wanted to fix my problem, not mask it.

So, I started my first food-based cleanse and it completely changed my life.  

My cleanse lasted 21 days.  Parts of it were hard, I felt cold, I had extreme detox symptoms including headaches, flu-like symptoms, and emotional releases, but once day 21 rolled around my whole entire perception on health had changed.

When you cleanse and detox (and do it for the right amount of time) you shift.  

You:

  1. Become in tune with your body  
  2. Find a place of abundant energy,
  3. Start to have complete control over the way your body looks and feels,
  4. Your skin glows, and you radiate energy.

Cleansing and detoxing don’t have to be hard and fast.  It is meant to be beautiful and transformative.  

It doesn’t have to mean deprivation or massive amounts of self-control. When you come from this with the right support, the right tools, and being prepared it feels easy and amazing.

Cleansing gives us and an excuse to get quiet and listen to what our bodies are telling us.  

It gives us time to get back to ourselves, take control of our eating habits, and check out of our hectic lives and into our true selves.

I see it more as a spiritual practice than a diet.

For me, it has become a ritual.  A time to tune in, and really to check in.  A time to open up the dialogue between my brain and my body again and I invite you to find it on some level for yourself. 

You don’t have to do a full cleanse, or even cut anything out, adding one thing in for 21 days can be life altering!  

What if, for the next 21 days, you added in a meditation ritual or a better sleeping pattern?  What if you just stuck with that one new habit for 21 days?

I challenge you to check in, be present and enjoy.

And if you would like to join me I would be delighted to have you.

Xx

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”

 

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3 Ways To Quit Sugar Forever – Hint, it involves boobs …

 Let’s talk about something frightening … 

Sugar!

 

Did you know the average American consumes 150 lbs of added sugar a year?

Think about a person you know who weighs 150 lbs and now imagine eating them … gross!  Now I know it can be daunting to quit the sugar crack so here’s something to help you…

 

 

Sugar goes so much deeper than just the degradation of your health. The sugar industry is responsible for environmental pollution, destroying fragile eco-systems and killing endangered species and if that’s not enough, it is also responsible for:

  1. Fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Acne
  3. Saddlebags and fat stomaches …

So, I want to help you quit this nasty drug … and best of all, do it in three easy steps, without really trying.

First of all, let us admit we have a problem …

  • Sugar has been found to be 7x more addicting than cocaine!
  • Sugar eats away at collagen and makes you age prematurely.
  • Sugar feeds unhealthy bacteria in the gut and body.
  • Some of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet have been cleared for sugarcane production. A dozen countries around the world devote 25 percent or more of all their agricultural land to the production of sugarcane.
  •  Not to mention the scariest fact of all … it turns your children into tiny little monsters!!!

Sugar is DEFINITELY not the best thing to be consuming, especially at the levels that we do these days, and honestly, it is the most straightforward change that will make a massive impact on your body, your health, and your mental state.  

So how do you get in control of your addiction?

 

Step One:  Know why you crave sugar.

You crave sugar because of boobs …  

What??? 

I know that sounds weird but listen up.  

Breast milk is sweet so that babies will keep drinking it, and that sweetness is then associated with the feeling of comfort and love. So your sugar cravings are just your bodies way of asking for relaxation, a cuddle, a warm hug or a nap…or second base … which, when done right, usually includes a cuddle, a warm hug, relaxation and a nap 😉

Sugar also temporarily cures the blues by producing happy hormones in the gut.  You don’t want a Snickers bar – you want a shot of happiness.  

Solution?

The best way to combat this is with healthy foods and 5HTP.  5HTP is a natural supplement found in foods such as turkey, and bananas.  If your sugar cravings are extreme, you can supplement with this and quickly get past them.  Magnesium is also a fantastic supplement when trying to get over cravings. Chocolate cravings are linked to magnesium deficiency because chocolate is very high in magnesium.

Looking for a guilt-free chocolate guide? These are my recommendations

Step Two: Be Able to recognize Sugar.

The sugar industry has some great names for sugar, and they usually sound really warm and fuzzy … but they are not.  So, let’s start with a few of the basics:

  • Syrup is another word for sugar … “Brown Rice Syrup, Corn Syrup, etc …”
  • Fancy ingredients ending in “ol” – tend to be sugars.
  • Fancy ingredients ending in “ode” also tend to be sugars.
  • 4 g of sugar = 1 tsp of sugar…you should aim to consume only 4-6 g of added sugar a day (think that’s impossible?)

 Solution

Go and do a pantry raid! Take a look at the ingredients of everything in your cupboard and throw away anything that is filled with sugar. Multiply the grams of sugar by the servings per container to figure out how many teaspoons of sugar are in your condiments.  You will be horrified trust me!  And if you have kids take it a step further and measure it out.  They love it, and it has enough shock and horror value to make you want to quit.  

And watch out for food branded as ‘healthy’ or ‘diet’ foods too.  They are notorious for trying to trick you. “Low Fat” usually means “High in sugar.”

Check out a Cliff bar food label:  

 

The first ingredient is “brown rice syrup,” that’s just another name for sugar.  The 6th ingredient is cane syrup, and the 11th ingredient is molasses.  And even though this cliff bar looks like it is loaded with vitamins and minerals, sugar blocks vitamin receptors in the stomach and destroys vitamins and minerals … In fact, if you look at the sugar content you see that it has 22g of sugar.  4 g of sugar = 1 teaspoon.  

That means that a cliff bar has 5.5 teaspoons of sugar… 

Food labels list their ingredients in order, starting what the thing they contain the most of. If some form of sugar is within the first five ingredients, dump it. Dump it if it is the first ingredient!

If you’d like a better option, I recommend these ones.

Step Three: Treat yourself

We all love and deserve a little sweet. So here are my favorite substitutes:

  • Maple Syrup – The real stuff … it’s yummy and really good for you.
  • Raw Honey – Raw Honey contains enzymes and is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial (it also makes a fabulous face mask for acne).  Honey kills some unhealthy bacteria in the gut and doesn’t feed yeast the same way that table sugar would.  

* Tip * – don’t add honey directly to boiling water as it kills its medicinal properties. Instead, wait for your tea to cool a little first.

  • Coconut Sugar – Coconut sugar is rumoured to vale a low glycemic value (i.e. It doesn’t spike blood sugar levels as much), which kind of isn’t true …  But honestly, if you NEED to add sugar to somethin…this is a slightly better option.
  • Stevia – Stevia is a much better sweetener.  It looks like cilantro and grows just like a herb, and it won’t spike your blood sugar.  Just make sure that you get it 100% pure with nothing added.  Food marketing companies jump on these things as they know they can make a lot of money, and unfortunately, they usually have their bottom line in mind, not your health.
  • Dates and Dried Fruit – supper yummy and perfect for making cookies and bars.  Dried fruits are also very sticky, so they bind dry ingredients well, just don’t eat tons of them by themselves.   

So there you have it!  Kick that sugar monster for good!!!  I’ll be waiting for you on the light side 😉

All my love and support,

Xx

P.S        Darling you don’t need sugar, you’re sweet enough already!

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”
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The Truth About Coconut Oil. (Inside & outside the bedroom!)

Coconut oil has been hailed by the health food industry as the cure for EVERYTHING … but is it really all it’s cracked up to be, or is there something even better?

Coconut oil has some pretty great claims, some of them true, some of them not, and while coconut oil is great there are some pretty big misunderstandings around it, here’s what you need to know.

Coconut oil Myth Busting

Coconut Oil is great for the skin

(Kind of): Coconut Oil definitely has some amazing applications for the skin, but just as with anything, too much can be bad. Coconut oil has large molecules which are too large to truly penetrate the dermis which means, it doesn’t really moisturize your skin plus it’s essentially blocking atmospheric moisture from hydrating the skin too. This means coconut oil can actually dry the skin depending on the climate you live in.  If you live in a tropical climate, the humidity will essentially be blocked by the oil.

A better solution is Jojoba Oil which has a closer molecular structure to the skin’s own sebum (oil) and can better penetrate and carry beneficial ingredients into the dermis. For the best results, mix Jojoba oil and coconut oil in a 3:1 ratio with a few drops of your favorite essential oils.  Some of my favorites include rose oil, vetiver, and sandalwood.

Coconut Oil will heal a Sunburn

Coconut Oil is not good to apply to sunburn because it will actually hold heat in the skin! Something you definitely don’t want to do when trying to heal a sunburn.

A much better alternative is cucumber, cooled chamomile, or aloe, and by aloe I do not mean the scary lime green kind you find at the drugstore, I mean the kind you pick or the one that’s ingredients only say Aloe (not red# 5).  Remember, think cool, cool, cool.

Coconut oil makes a great personable lubricant

That’s the truth 😉 I recommend one with a pump to keep things clean and hygienic

 

Coconut Oil will help you lose weight

Not really, but kind of!  Coconut Oil can actually cause weight gain because it is not really a true medium chain fatty acid, it’s a little longer.  Medium chain fats react differently in the body from long-chain fats, and coconut oil is a little taller than medium. You can think of coconut oil as your 5’6” friend, not petite, not average, but not supermodel height yet.

But, MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride), which can be derived from coconut oil, will help you lose weight because it is used for energy, it helps gut bacteria and it naturally satiates appetite.  

* Do be warned that any fats are high in calories, but your body is really bad at math so if you are eating them in the right way this will not be an issue.

To make it simple, MCT’s are quickly used in the liver for energy production, detoxification, and some serious brain power. Whatever isn’t immediately used is transported into the bloodstream and used much like a carb would be (for energy). You might be thinking that fat in the bloodstream sounds like a bad idea. In this case its okay, it’s a little different and is what’s called a Ketone Body, it’s not ‘sticky’ or artery-clogging.    

So how has coconut oil been posing as an MCT this whole time? Somewhere, around the 70’s, scientists started mistakenly calling coconut oil a MCT.  Maybe they just got lazy, or maybe they wanted to simplify things but the problem is they were wrong.

Medium Chain Fatty Acids have a 6, 8 or 10 carbon chains.  Coconut Oil has 12 carbon chains.

So what’s the big deal with 2 extra carbon molecules?  Those 2 carbon molecules actually cause this fat to behave entirely differently in the body.

  • Caproic Acid (C6)
  • Caprylic Acid (C8)
  • Capric acid (C10)

And a little extra: Lauric Acid (C12)

In laymen’s terms; it enters into the Lymph system ( the clear fluid that bathes all your cells and removes toxins) and is essentially shuttled into existing fat cells, where it can be stored as fat, rather than immediately being used for energy or brain function like fats should.

An MCT oil finds it very hard (if not practically impossible) to be stored as fat.

Now does this mean coconut oil is bad?  No not at all, it’s brilliant! Its anti-microbial, anti-fungal, delicious, and is great in bed … the list goes on.  

But, if you are trying to lose weight, dramatically boost your brain function, burn fat, kill candida and yeast in the intestines, help out your good gut bacteria, and reset hunger hormones… there is quite a bit of evidence that using an MCT oil will do the trick much more effectively than a coconut oil.

So where do you get MCT oil?  MCT oil is created using a process called “fractionation”. Basically, the extra Carbon molecules are removed and you’re left with mostly C8 and C10, sometimes a little C6.  This process has essentially made a fat molecule that reacts quicker and more efficiently in the body.

So should you kick coconut oil to the curb? NO WAY! Coconut Oil has many amazing health benefits, but now you know there is a better way to upgrade your health.

And definitely, don’t kick Coconut Oil out of your bed!

xx

ps. I have a bunch of great product recommendations (including coconut oil), over on Chelsea’s List.   

 

Chelsea Newman CTNC has taught nutrition and transformation to some of the largest companies in the United States.  She founded the top nutrition coaching practice in Hawaii, her home, and later went on to study nutrition, healing and ancient wisdom around the world.  Her work is frequently featured by some of the industries top leaders and her coaching programs have gained international attention for their unique and holistic approach.  Chelsea Newman has helped hundreds of people transform their health and create thriving and awakened lives.  She calls her approach “Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World.”