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When embracing a natural approach to healthcare one of the most important elements is how to handle acute symptoms. Acute symptoms are those that come on suddenly such as the congestion, sore throat, or body aches associated with a flu or virus. Acute symptoms can also include a frozen shoulder, the lower back going out, or a skin rash. Learn more from this a blog post where I discuss how to distinguish between acute and chronic symptoms.

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Choosing to resolve these symptoms by supporting the immune system and the organs affected is the very key in avoiding the development of chronic conditions. It is exactly the repetitive suppression of symptoms that takes its toll on our bodies, weakening organ performance, and forcing the body to compensate long term for those weaknesses. The build up of inflammation from symptom suppression that can begin with baby’s first ear infection is exactly why chronic conditions arise as early as adolescence and teen years. Learn even more about that here.

Self Care For Acute Symptoms

Step One is to recognize symptoms early and respond quickly. I encourage the use of Gemmotherapy extracts for acute symptoms because they are simple and effective in supporting the body during the early stages of inflammation.

Guiding yourself is easy with my book, Gemmotherapy For Everyone: Introduction To Acute Care. Families that have this can find quick solutions for over 30 acute symptoms. It is available through Amazon and in my practice.

Step Two is to slow down so that the body’s limited energy supply can be directed toward healing. When we continue at the same pace as always, there is no reserve for healing and symptoms last longer, often even exacerbating.

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Step Three is to know when further support is needed. For my clients and readers who see a Homeopath, this would be a Homeopathic remedy to support their vital force. The vital force can also be supported with acupuncture.

If any of the following develop after 24-36 hours from the first symptom and having begun an acute Gemmotherapy protocol, it is time to reach out to your practitioner:

  • Decreasing energy; children become lethargic and not interested in play
  • Symptoms disrupting sleep; extreme cough or body aches
  • Appetite does not return; a low appetite is normal but an apathy toward any nourishment is of concern
  • Irritability or a state of despair; children become weepy, clingy, or more prone to meltdowns

Missing this final step is critical for both children and adults. However, because adults are often geared to power through and not take care from the first sign of a symptom, they are more at risk for a secondary infection. While this too can be cared for with Homeopathy and Gemmotherapy, the recovery time is slower and more attention will be required.

Knowing what to do and when to do it before acute symptoms appear will put you in a proactive state, rather than a reactive one, and give you the space to respond with confidence.

Here is a great article itemizing what to keep on hand to best be prepared to care for acute symptoms.

Always remember: Pay attention to your symptoms, respond to them early, and ask for help when needed!

In the process of restoring optimal elimination and resolving chronic symptoms I often see that clients tend to develop acute inflammation in areas traditionally held tight, particularly the hips. Diet and a daily Gemmotherapy protocol certainly help move this inflammation along, but there is more that can be done. In a perfect world I would recommend all my clients have acupuncture and massage, however, I know that doesn’t necessarily fit in everyone’s schedule and/or budget. So what’s an alternative? This is where I suggest a foam roller and creating a short routine to do 1-2 times daily that will assist your body’s moving of that inflammation along.

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Foam rolling became popular a few years back among runners and athletes looking for a way to work with the tightness experienced from over exercise. While that is one use case, foam rollers are even more important for those who spend hours at a desk or who lead a more sedentary lifestyle. This video takes you through a series of exercises for each major body area that could benefit from foam rolling and gives you a good overview of the method needed. I suggest watching it, deciding what areas you specifically need to address, and creating a program for yourself.

Thanks to a recommendation from my daughter, I happen to own this one from Trigger Point of Austin and love it. It is a great size, light weight yet durable, and is compact enough you can take along when traveling. The only other piece of equipment that might be useful is a yoga mat but it certainly is not required. So, how about it? Foam rolling may just be what you need to integrate into your daily self care.

MarianneSo this story is certainly a personal one but I am so proud I really can’t keep from sharing!

At 82, and soon to be 83, my mother-in-law, Marianne, continues to make changes to improve her health. This is a woman who exercises daily and has been vegetarian for over 30 years. Three and a half years ago, our own household’s new dairy free lifestyle certainly got her attention and together we discussed the hows and whys over the course of each international visit. While not ever a milk drinker, she was known to enjoy a daily serving of fresh yogurt, a wedge or two of good cheese, and certainly wouldn’t pass up whipped cream on a slice of kuchen when out with her girlfriends. But this past November, having spent a month at our house dairy free and seeing a notable difference in her rosacea, she made a commitment to herself to maintain this when she returned to Germany. Now, a month and a half later, she is going strong AND even made it through all of the holiday season going against the flow in her social circle, which is no small task in her generation.

So, what’s the takeaway from this story? Well, I hope it is that you are never too old to make changes for good and that you can always be one step further in your pursuit of health. Here is Marianne, nearly 83 years old, saying: You know what? I do feel great AND I’d like that to continue that for the rest of my days! Here’s to you Marianne, keep going strong. You are one amazing role model for us all!

Much more important than how you plan to begin this New Year of 2017 is how you plan to begin each and every day.

Broad sweeping commitments for the year can be easily crushed by the end of the month while a daily intention is not only more manageable, but also more meaningful.

I’d like to share with you a valuable and quite simple intention you can start tomorrow that will not only change your life, but the lives of all those you touch. Pretty powerful stuff right? Sounds like just the recipe we need for 2017 so let’s get started!

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I suggest you make the first words you think (or better yet say out loud) to yourself upon waking each morning an affirmation. Upon first consciousness, place your hand on your heart and say, “I am loved and I am love.” Modify the words as you like but the intention must remain. This simple and effortless task is so meaningful because of the power it produces within. Before long you will see that you are in control of your own emotions and thoughts and feelings.

You are loved. Love is powerful and unleashes incredible potential. When you feel powerful you empower those around you. All the talk about being love can only occur when each of us takes on the responsibility of self-love beginning each and every morning. It’s a ripple effect so make your ripple tomorrow and watch the love grow and spread.

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Want to learn more about affirmations? There’s no better teacher than Louise Hay. She created a movement in the 80’s that we need to revive. Here’s a short blog post to get you started but you’re going to want her book You can Heal Your Life, it’s an oldie but such a goodie! Remember, tomorrow morning, I am counting on you. We’ve got a lot of good work to do

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“We have to practice the art of stopping. When we learn to stop we become calmer, and our mind becomes clearer, like clear water after the particles of mud have settled.”
~ Thich Nhat Hahn

Please join us in pausing to reflect and prepare for the New Year.

Lauren’s office and Vital Extract sales will both close at the end of the day on Friday, December 23 and reopen at 9am on Monday, January 2.

Acute needs will be met through the online submission form only and all emails, message, and orders received will be addressed when we return.

Wishing you and yours a healthy start to 2017,
Lauren, Aaron, and Shannon

I think we all can agree that the need for community is necessary now more than ever. That’s why I am letting you know that local ATX non-profit group Mamas of Color Rising needs our help. Mamas of Color Rising is an all-volunteer community group that works to support and build collective power of mothers of color, especially those who are struggling.

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Currently they are collecting:
  • diapers
  • toys
  • clothing and shoes
  • body products and personal hygiene items
  • food pantry items
  • pro-bono services (body work, massage, and other health services) to offer to low-income mamas

Items can be brought to our office this week (12/12- 12/16) and/or you may communicate directly with our contact:

Christy Tashjian, CPM, LM, APRN, WHNP
www.motherbloommidwifery.com
christy@motherbloommidwifery.com
512-924-2229

The votes are in and we are excited to announce that Traci R., with her recommendation of this recipe, is the winner of our Seasonal Side Dish contest!

Mouth Watering Crispy Brussels Sprouts

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Ingredients
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved, outer leaves removed (6 cups prepped)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted or olive oil, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon dry Harissa spice blend
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. With a paring knife, trim off the ends of the sprouts, then slice in half lengthwise, and pick off any loose outer leaves. Place the prepped sprouts into a large bowl. Add the oil onto the sprouts in the bowl and stir or toss with hands until thoroughly coated. Add the Harissa and salt, and stir until combined.Spread the Brussels sprouts onto the prepared baking sheet in a uniform layer. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.Roast the sprouts for 20 minutes, then flip with spatula, and continue roasting for another 5-15 minutes until browned to your liking. I tend to “overcook” these because I like them crispy and charred (I usually brown mine more than the photos show). Smaller sprouts will brown faster than larger ones. Drizzle with a teaspoon or so of melted coconut oil and quickly toss to coat. This infuses with flavor and moistens them a bit after roasting. Sometimes I also sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds if I have some on hand. Taste and add another tiny pinch of salt, if desired, and serve immediately – the hotter the better. (Recipe from Oh She Glows.)

BookOrderSidebar2ACongratulations Traci! We sincerely hope you enjoy your copy of Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction To Acute Care!

Thank you everyone who submitted responses for our recipe search! It wasn’t easy, but we were able to narrow it down to the following four veggie side dishes just in time for holiday cooking. Give them a try and place your votes here before Nov. 29th. Results will be announced in our Take 5 email the following Wednesday morning and the lucky winner will receive a free copy of Gemmotherapy for Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care.

Green Beans in Peanut Sauce

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Ingredients
1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed and sliced diagonally into 1-inch pieces
3 Tablespoon organic peanut butter
1 cup vegetable stock
1 minced garlic clove
2 teaspoons peeled and finely minced ginger
1 Tablespoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon tamari sauce
1 Tablespoon minced fresh cilantro, for garnish

Cook green beans in boiling water until just tender, about 5 minutes or more. Drain and set aside. In a small saucepan, bring peanut butter, stock, garlic, ginger, lime juice, cayenne pepper and soy sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasonings. Pour sauce over green beans. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve immediately. (Recipe from The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbook  Diana Schwarzbein, Nancy Deville and Evelyn Jacob Jaffe)


Shaved Fennel & Celery Salad

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Dressing
6 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons minced shallot, red onion or radish
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper

Salad
10 oz. mixed greens
2 cup thinly sliced celery
2 cup thinly sliced fennel
1 cup raw Parmesan cheese

Thinly slice the fennel and celery. Combine these ingredients with the dressing. Allow to marinate. When ready to serve, prepare the greens and top with a portion of the marinated fennel and celery. Top with raw Parmesan cheese. Can prepare for a week’s worth of grab ‘n go salads.

Raw Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Brazil nuts
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until fine coarse texture. Store in the refrigerator. This keeps very well.


Mouth Watering Crispy Brussels Sprouts

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Ingredients
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved, outer leaves removed (6 cups prepped)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted or olive oil, plus more for serving
1 teaspoon dry Harissa spice blend
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. With a paring knife, trim off the ends of the sprouts, then slice in half lengthwise, and pick off any loose outer leaves. Place the prepped sprouts into a large bowl. Add the oil onto the sprouts in the bowl and stir or toss with hands until thoroughly coated. Add the Harissa and salt, and stir until combined.Spread the Brussels sprouts onto the prepared baking sheet in a uniform layer. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper.Roast the sprouts for 20 minutes, then flip with spatula, and continue roasting for another 5-15 minutes until browned to your liking. I tend to “overcook” these because I like them crispy and charred (I usually brown mine more than the photos show). Smaller sprouts will brown faster than larger ones. Drizzle with a teaspoon or so of melted coconut oil and quickly toss to coat. This infuses with flavor and moistens them a bit after roasting. Sometimes I also sprinkle on toasted sesame seeds if I have some on hand. Taste and add another tiny pinch of salt, if desired, and serve immediately – the hotter the better. (Recipe from Oh She Glows.)


Black Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Leaves in Moroccan Tomato Sauce

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Lentils
Cook 2 cups of black lentils until they are almost completely done (they will continue to cook once stuffed in the cabbage later) according to the package directions. Set aside for later.

Cabbage
Take 8 whole leaves of Napa cabbage and place them in a large pot of simmer water and blanch them for 6 minutes. Remove them from the water and drain. While the cabbage is simmering, prepare your tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce
Chop 1 shallot and 2 cloves of garlic. Sauté the shallot and garlic in olive oil until they are a little soft, and add a 14 oz. whole can of crushed tomatoes and a 14oz whole can of tomato sauce. Stir to incorporate and once the mixture is simmering, add 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, and enjoy the aromas that each spice has to offer. Let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Stuffing
In a large bowl, add the lentils, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives, 1/4 cup chopped pistachios (optional, you can add any type of nut, or omit this ingredient all together) 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, a small drizzle of olive oil, a squeezing of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

Get a large baking dish and put HALF of the tomato sauce in the bottom of the dish. This will steam the bottom of the cabbage and keep them from sticking to the dish. Take a cabbage leaf and place 2-3 large spoonfuls of the lentil mixture and place it in the center of the leaf. Fold the top leaves in and then the sides until it makes a nice little package. place the stuffed cabbage seam side down in the tomato sauce with the rib face up. Repeat until all of your leaves are stuffed. Pour the remaining tomato sauce over all of the stuffed cabbage and place in the oven. Cook for 45 minutes while basting the stuffed cabbage with the tomato sauce about 20 minutes into the cooking time. This will keep the cabbage moist and keep it from drying out on the top. (Recipe from Simmer & Chop.)


Feel free to share your own experiences with these recipes here or over on our Facebook page. And don’t forgot to vote for your favorite!

veggie contest

I know I’m not the only one with delicious veggie ideas to share. So, how about submitting your favorite gluten free, dairy free vegetable side-dish recipe, along with two photos, for a chance to win a free copy of my book Gemmotherapy For Everyone: An Introduction To Acute Care!

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Here’s How It Works
Entries should be sent to Office@LaurenHubele.com before Monday, November 14. We will test out whatever you, our faithful readers, offer up and our top three selections will be posted here for your review on Monday, November 21. Everyone will have a chance to vote online for their favorite based on the following criteria:

1. Flavor (It needs to be yummy.)
2. Difficulty (It needs to be doable.)
3. Nutrition (It needs to be healthy.)
4. Appeal (It needs to be something even non-vegetarians would eat.)
5. Appearance (It needs to visually look nice on a table.)

The winner will be announced one month from now, on Thursday, December 1.

Good Luck!

I am delighted to work with new clients who come to my practice with the intention of preparing their body to create life. Taking this step in itself is acknowledgement of the responsibility they are about to take on.

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It is important for both practitioners providing and individuals seeking fertility support to really get that fertility is linked to vitality. Vitality is a measurement of health completely ignored by conventional allopathic medicine but it is critical to natural health therapies. Vitality is the resource the body has at that given time to self-heal. Symptoms of vitality are apparent in one’s hair, skin, eyes, teeth, sleep, and health history of family members. Read about those specific symptoms in my third post in this series that discusses an alkalizing diet. Vitality cannot be improved with prescription medications or by working out, but rather through these steps:

  1. Optimize elimination
  2. Alkalize the body
  3. Clean primary organs of metabolic waste that has accumulated over the years

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When vitality is restored one can see and feel the difference. This approach is in direct contrast to fertility treatments that force performance of reproductive organs in an individual with low vitality.

Here are the specific, simple, and straightforward steps to support fertility naturally by improving vitality.

  1. Assess current state of elimination and vitality.
  2. Discuss current diet and changes needed in order to optimize elimination and alkalize their organ systems. (Generally this is eliminating dairy products and increasing the intake of raw and cooked fruits and vegetables.)
  3. Begin women with a Gemmotherapy protocol that encourages a uro-genital cleanse which restores health to the mucus membrane of the urinary tract and genital tract, balancing bacteria levels. This is then followed by a Gemmotherapy protocol that cleanses and fortifies the adrenals, liver, and kidneys; the primary reproductive support organs.
  4. Begin men with a Gemmotherapy protocol that supports their adrenal glands and reduces states of acidosis throughout the body and continue until pregnancy is achieved.

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Boosting fertility by improving vitality is attainable and affordable. You can begin by learning more about Gemmotherapy extracts and how they restore the body’s ability to heal. Different from traditional herbal medicines, Gemmotherapy extracts contain embryonic plant tissues that offer tremendous regenerative capabilities, much like human stem cells. While Gemmotherapy is safe for all ages, there is a small selection of the 60 extracts available that are proven successful in supporting fertility in women and men. Practitioners who want to learn about these extracts and how to help their clients support fertility may be interested in my webinar, Gemmotherapy for Fertility.