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Aloe for Allergies

April 16th, 2015

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Aloe for Allergies!

It’s Here! If you haven’t noticed yet, you are probably NOT one of the 40 million people in the United States suffering from allergies.

I happen to be one of the 40 million.  Are you?

Is there anything we can do, other than succumb to the pharmaceutical corporations over-the-counter marketing blitz?

Image:  Pamela Van ZeeThose options may help temporarily, but they often do more harm than the short term good.

So, what will we do?

Believe it or not, allergies all start with the nutrition we give our bodies and the healthiness (or unhealthiness) of our gut.

Are you seeking natural allergy relief? I sure am.

And I found an answer in a place I least expected – the Aloe plant.  Really.

Pamela
Editor of Our Community Kitchen





The Aloe Vera plant is considered to be a miracle plant because of the multitude of curative and healing benefits.

Aloe Vera leaves are filled with a gel containing vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E, and folic acid.

There are also a variety of minerals found in Aloe Vera juice, like copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese.

All these nutrients have tremendous health benefits.

Health experts regard Aloe Vera as nature’s most impressive and versatile herb. This herb is safe to use externally and internally. People across the globe use this herb for treating various health conditions from minor burns to cancer.

So, you can imagine that if aloe is able to bring relief to people with cancer, imagine what it can do to improve these common allergy symptoms -

  • Fatgue & brain fog
  • Lung & nasal issues
  • Itchy eyes & throat
  • Gas, bloating &skin flare-ups

and the factors associated with allergies -

  • Nutrition & digestion
  • Bowel health & constipation
  • Quantity of environmental allergens
  • Antibiotics & Rx drug overuse
  • Genetics

Incredibly, the whole leaf Aloe Vera plant contains over 100 actives, including ”Yellow Sap” which works fast as a digestive bitter supporting HCL.  Together with other essential properties, it improves vital core nutrient absorption, while easing occasional indigestion discomfort and revving up the body’s metabolism.

I don’t know about you, but I could sure use a metabolic boost!

Whole leaf aloe can help to provide relief from allergies and hay fever due to pollen, dander, chemicals, perfume, dust mites, foods, molds, etc.

There are many varied causes of the discomfort caused by allergies.  Some of the factors influencing the severity and length of allergies, include digestion, nutrition, environment and hereditary weakness.

The number one support in helping to reduce the constant challenge of allergies is to strengthen connective tissue called Collagen.

Weak collagen tissue in nasal passages, lung tissues, and intestinal tract cell walls allow foreign invaders to enter the blood stream and cause an allergy response.

By drinking whole leaf Aloe Vera juice daily, you are providing the body with needed protein and flavonoids, and  you may begin to reverse allergy sensitivity – this is just amazing!  Can any other allergy remedy promise a total reversal of symptoms?

Why does Whole Leaf Aloe help?

Aloe Vera has an acidic pH which helps to encourage the body to secrete the exact amounts of hydrochloric acid to improve digestion and absorption.

Many allergy sufferers have weak digestion which does not allow the body to receive the nutritional benefits from foods and supplements.

Once these proper nutrients are received at the cellular level, the body can build up the collagen and tissue structure to screen out the allergies. The glycomannan complex present in whole leaf aloe vera helps to provide additional help to strengthen the tissue cell walls.

Natural anti-inflammatory and analgesics, found in the yellow sap, help to reduce swelling, pain and skin irritation. Campesterol, B-sitosterol, lupeol, and salicylic acid help to promote additional allergy relief.

Join the growing number of Aloe Vera users that look and feel the difference – more energy, less allergies. youthful skin and improved wellness – including me!  Will you join me?



Strawberry Banana Aloe Smoothie
Base recipe courtesy of PopSugar.com
Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
1 banana
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4 strawberries, quartered
1 cup fresh Aloe Vera, cubed (or 1/2 cup fresh Aloe Vera Juice)
1/2 cup ice

Pamela’s variations:

  • To make it a complete meal – add Protein Plus SuperFood
  • To lower calories – make with ½ water and ½ almond milk
  • To bring out the flavor of the banana – add a dash of nutmeg and vanilla
  • Frozen strawberries can be used and ice can be omitted

DIRECTIONS

  • Place everything in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve and drink immediately.

Do you have specific questions about getting started, cooking or preparing plant strong meals? Have a favorite recipe you would like to makeover?

Email us your recipe and the story of your journey. We will be happy to help you create your own healthy dishes. Your recipe and story may be printed in a future newsletter for everyone to enjoy.

Until we eat again!

Pamela and the Community Kitchen Team

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‘Plant Proteins’ Saved My Life!

July 3rd, 2013

“Hi! My name is Micheline – that’s me on the horse – and I would love to tell you about how I switched to a plant-strong diet and how it’s completely changed my life – in fact, it saved me!

I became interested in changing my diet once I realized Florida’s weather was cooling down and I couldn’t enjoy it anymore due to my new hot flash experiences.

I am very grateful to Wayne, whose advice has been very helpful to me and my family for more than 10 years.

So, I decided to just take the jump, pick up the phone and call.  Wayne and his team explained to me how changing my diet can not only help me get healthy from the inside but will also allow me to enjoy the cooler Florida weather!

The advice about starting a vegetarian diet was very appealing, yet I wondered, how would I be able to make such a switch? How would I keep my hunger at bay? Protein intake is so important! I wanted it NOW, yet my schedule was packed. Where will I find time to gather all the answers?

Luckily for me, when the student is ready, the teacher appears – the Community Kitchen’s protein information article was immensely helpful!

Armed with my personal summary of the article, I marched to the health food store along with all sorts of questions. Voila!  45 minutes later, I had all kinds of never before seen stuff to make very yummy, vegetarian meals.

So, I turned to the Community Kitchen folks again (bless their hearts!) and asked for more help.

Please, please can you assist me with easy, yummy recipes so my husband can also get on board with this new way of cooking.

Bingo! Again, Pamela came alongside me and now, surprisingly (mostly to me!), we have been enjoying some wonderful dinners! I never knew how easy this could be with a little bit of help from these amazing people.

When you get to the point where you want to start experimenting with vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, you need to consider the assistance of these extraordinary folks and get ready for the surprise of your life! My husband still cannot believe the tasty omelets have no eggs in it and tonight we ate the best vegan BBQ ever!

This is honestly exciting and I believe you too will enjoy the process as much as we have.

And thank you Community Kitchen people for making this such an effortless event.”

Micheline Voets

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New Year… New You!

February 16th, 2013

How are you coming along with your “New Year Resolutions”?  Especially the ones you made regarding eating healthier, taking better care of your body and adopting an exercise program?

How would you like to, not only lose weight, but build a healthier body? It’s easier to stay healthy when your environment is healthy.  So… where do you start?  How do you create a body that’s healthy from the inside-out?

Time for a change

Over the holiday season, my mother and I both gained between 8 to 10 pounds! We gave ourselves the month of January to get back on track. Mom has had better results than I have over the past weeks, as I had several after-holiday gatherings. I still have 5 more pounds to go!

I’ve been told, “The hardest part about doing anything… is getting started”. Once you get started, a game plan will help you stick to your goals and will help you to achieve them. Everyone’s goals are different; some may want to shed those last stubborn 10 pounds. Others may want to reduce the amount of animal protein and dairy consumed, and for some it may be a complete lifestyle change.

Whatever your goal, stick to it and you will achieve it!

Allow yourself time, as it could take weeks, months or even years to see the results of the goals you have laid out for yourself.  Regardless of how long it takes, remind yourself, “All things are possible.” I did not say easy – I said, “Possible”.

Did you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? We hope to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to establish a new habit.

We have some healthful tips and great tasting recipes to burn fat and build muscle.

I am glad we are on this journey together!

Pamela
Editor of Our Community Kitchen

Real Food (vs Dead Food) Makes you Thin and Healthy!

What is “real” food? Real food gives life and has the right balance of vitamins and nutrients. There’s a misconception that if you eat less you will lose more weight. The fact is, if you eat more real food, you will lose more weight.

Real foods are:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains
  • legumes
  • wild caught fish

Dead foods lack nutrients and enzymes and have no real flavor, so chemicals are used to enhance flavor and as preservatives. These are examples of dead foods:

  • processed foods
  • refined sugar
  • red meat
  • extra salt

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Welcome to Our Community Kitchen

February 6th, 2013

Our Community Kitchen is the place to find answers to all your questions about what it takes to transition to a “plant-strong” lifestyle, as well as recipes and tips for creating great tasting, vegetarian meals for your entire family.

We are all at different stages of our journey, and in the beginning it will be different. Don’t become discouraged – this isn’t a sprint – you may want take “baby-steps” before you are able to start running. The goal is to replace any nutritionally-deficient foods you are currently consuming with healthy, life-giving foods.

Whether you have recently made the decision to adopt a more plant-based diet, looking for alternatives to your favorite meals or just looking for some new “quick and healthy” recipes, Our Community Kitchen will be here to assist you along the way.

If you are just getting started, you may have questions like:

  • Where do I start?
  • What should we eat?
  • How will I make school lunches for my kids?

Another great place to start is by watching the movie, Forks over Knives.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet, we urge you to watch it on Netflix or better yet, get your own copy to share with your friends and family!

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Fall is Here!

October 19th, 2012

Hello and welcome back to Our Community Kitchen!  We would like to thank those of you who responded to our initial article.  We look forward to hearing from more of you in the future.

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Hello I’m Pamela Van Zee, Editor of Our Community Kitchen.

As a young adult, I developed asthma, and for many years I used inhalers and occasionally steroids to control the attacks. I just knew there had to be a better way to manage it. Fortunately, I was introduced to Wayne Garland!

When I told him about my condition he immediately recommended I get off all dairy products, especially cheese, as dairy creates mucous in the body, which was making breathing difficult.

With this simple change to my diet and few of Wayne’s supplements, my asthma attacks started to diminish the first week and within 60 days I stopped using an inhaler altogether, and haven’t used one since. It’s hard to believe that was nearly 20 years ago.

I have always loved to cook and this experience heightened my desire to seek alternative methods for my well being. I have been been dairy-free ever since and vegetarian for the last 10 years.

I remember in the early years, my family and friends thought I was on some “fad” diet and didn’t understand my journey to achieve a better quality of life.  However, over time, they saw the benefits of my decision in my overall health and appearance.  Some of them have applied the same practices to their lives and now I’m the person they call for alternative recipes, pantry clearing and grocery shopping trips.  I have assisted them with learning to shop for nutritional foods which in turn has helped them achieve a healthier life.

Through the years I have been able to accumulated a wealth of information which I’m excited to share with you on your quest toward  “Contagious Health”.

Pamela
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