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Join My Class in LA July 24th!

Join my class! if you’re in the LA area  next weekend July 24th why not join my Healthy body, Healthy Spirit workshop  at the House of Intuition, Los Angeles.

“Food is a spell or prayer for your body!”

Nutritional Alchemy 101 w/Rachel True

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016, 2:00 PM

House of Intuition
2237 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA

7 Members Attending

Healing through spiritual nutrition, fueling the body to nourish the spirit workshop with Rachel TrueThe focus will be on repairing the body on a cellular level through nutritional alchemy and its direct connection to accessing unknown depths of spiritual awareness.It’s easier to manifest magic when body and spirit are in harmony. Integrating sp…

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www.HouseOfIntuitionla.com  213 413 8300 to book by phone.

Healing through spiritual nutrition, fueling the body to nourish the spirit workshop with Rachel True

The focus will be on repairing the body on a cellular level through nutritional alchemy and its direct connection to accessing unknown depths of spiritual awareness.

It’s easier to manifest magic when body and spirit are in harmony. Integrating spiritual nutrition with our holistic life practices helps our life journey.

There is a symbiotic relationship between the energy we put into our physical healing and spiritual growth, and how we nourish our spiritual vessel.

We’ll use intuition to tap into what parts of our body are asking to be nourished, focusing on foods healing effect on the body, mind, and soul.

Food choices influence mood, emotions and feelings… And feelings feed spiritual nourishment. In our American society easy to fix hormone imbalances and vitamin deficiencies are quite often mistaken for depression. We’ll discuss foods that may help far more efficiently and benignly than pharmaceuticals.

We’ll delve into eating with an awareness of the living energy of food and its connection to our spiritual practice, and  how to identify foods to make you vibrate higher.

We’ll create a magical foods list, incorporating the alchemy of combining foods for higher consciousness.

Will include a few written exercises and a healing meditation.

*(this class is not about gaining or losing weight, eating or not eating meat etc ~unless you want to~… this class is about finding what your particular system needs to work at peak optimal form for mental clarity and spiritual alignment ; )

This class is about how to feel good in your body naturally at any age and how to stay connected to spirit through spiritual nutrition, hope you’ll join us! xx Rachel

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BET.com reposted a random Instagram post of mine…

Thank you for all the amazing generous comments on IG & Twitter. Since then people have asked if there’s a secret trick to looking younger than our actual years,  but… Feeling good in your body at any age is more my aesthetic.

I’ve said in earlier posts after dealing with fibroids and the underlying conditions, including a hormone imbalance that had plagued me pretty much my entire life, I pulled my health together, and it was a long uphill slog and a half, at my age, but so worth it.

One of the side effects of nourishing the body on a cellular level with whole foods,  pumping  oxygen in muscles from exercise, and not smoking  is ‘younger’ looking muscles and skin. In other words, looking younger can be a  side effect of healthy living.

People could save a ton on Botox etc if they’d lay off smoking and pills, if only for vanities sake.

My body has less aches and pains if I eat right. My mind is less moody if I eat right…. So for me, worth it.

Stop back for my next post, on  why i think ‘all foods in moderation’ doesn’t work for some of us emotional over eaters.

Some nutrient void processed foods have addicting qualities.  we  gorge not because we’re gluttonous or weak but because  they’re salt sugar and fat bombs… that’s the holy trinity, a combo that’s almost impossible to resist.

I really like the book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. It breaks this topic down in a fascinating way, reads like a thriller. Super helpful to see how manipulated we are by adverts and seduced by ‘food products’ masquerading as food.

xx  Rachel

 

 

The Skinny On Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 

 

The Skinny on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Lately more and more sites are highlighting the negative side affects of sugar and how we were in fact terribly terribly wrong with the whole fat free  sugarfied Snackwell-y snacks of the 80’s and 90’s.

Lots of sites are practically declaring fat our new lord and savior and in some ways this is true. Fatty acids make up 80% of the weight of the brain and are necessary to maintain healthy cell membranes. The cell walls are made up to a large degree of lipids that need lipids on a daily basis. The brain needs fat to work at max potential.

Fats are  great for healthy skin and hair, any time I cut out all fats, I do lose a bit of weight, but I’m never happy with how unplump my skin looks and frizzy my hair becomes. That’s why I recently added in an omega-3 supplement, more on the one I like at end of this post. Btw fish oils lower levels of fat in the blood Fish oils lower levels of fat in the blood which may help decrease strokes and heart attacks. It’s so effective there’s a high priced pharma version.

The main essential fatty acids in the human diet are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish oil & certain plant and nut oils, while omega-6 fatty acids can be found in palm, soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower oils. Omega-9 fatty acids, which are not considered essential, can be found in animal fat and olive oil.

Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Some nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which may be converted to DHA and EPA in the body.
Back in paleo times humans ate pretty equal ratios of Omega 3 to Omega-6. Our bodies were strong and lean. Unfortunately our American diet contains an imbalance of mostly Omega 6 fatty acids.

‘ The diet of many individuals today is at a ratio of about 16:1, mainly from vegetable oils.[28 Studies have suggested that omega-6 fatty acids should be consumed in a 1:1 ratio to omega-3.[28]’

That means for every 1 portion of Omega-3’s in our diet,  we eat 16 portions of not as beneficial Omega6’s.  That’s all the fried yummy stuff Americans live on.
Back to fat in general for a moment- I see  paleo recipe after recipe online of coconut & nut meal snacks touted as weight lose aids. They’re not they’re yummy desserts… but not diet aids.

I know this because I LOVE nuts & seeds, but anytime I eat more that a handful, like say half or the whole Trader Joe’s bag, I put on weight immediately. if you can eat all the nuts you like without gaining lbs., You’re a lucky mo’ fracker, my friend!

Btw, The cattle industry has played a big part in decreased omega-3 and increased the omega-6 content. The ripple effect of grain-feeding cattle. Meat raised on grass has a lower level of not so great omega-6, so if you do eat meat and can afford it, but grass fed!

How to get more Omega3’s in your life

I never eat meat, though I follow a primarily vegan diet,  I do occasionally eat fish when I feel my body needs it, but not enough to really reap the omega-3 benefits.  So I’ve started taking Intelligent labs Ultra Pure Omega3.

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I like these Omegas because of the level of purity, they’re sourced from a “Friends of the Sea” certified supplier,  using wild caught Mackerel, Anchovy and Sardine from Antarctic and there are no artificial additives. this is important as fish & the ocean have a lot of pollutants you wouldn’t want to consume and they have higher levels of DHA & EPA, that’s the good stuff.

I also like these a lot because they’re easy to swallow & don’t give a fishy after taste like some fish oils do…

  A supplement with a pedigree is important, a lot of over the counter supplements don’t test for purity and sometimes aren’t what they claim. Btw, each serving has a 1224mg of EPA and 816mg of DHA. 

I was never big on supplements in general until the last few years when I started thinking about preventative medicine. I try to get the nutrients I need from food, but sometimes that’s not possible. I’ve incorporated Omega-3, vitamin D, wheat grass, and beet powder in supplement form, and I’m really pleased with the results.

Please remember to check with your doctor before adding supplements and to follow the recommended dosage. Taking more can have side affects and not taking enough wastes your hard earned dosh.
I’m going to feature a VEGAN source of Omega3’s soon, so check back! Rachel

It’s not just genes that affect aging!

I put up a video a while back addressing how processed foods age us by way of inflammation and a few people commented  about my genes… Thanks a ton for saying nice things re my skin, but please know genes are only part of the equation.

First off,  I’ve never done hardcore drugs, or given birth… two things that age a body for very different reasons, I use sunblock and more importantly,  when I quit cig’s and started eating natural foods I noticed a huge difference in quality of facial skin.

Personally, I think folks say I look younger than my years because everyone else in Hollywood is lying about their age. That said, quality of food, hydration,  exercise, healthy gut bacteria, mood etc all factor into feeling good in your body.

In terms of skin care, most of my life I’ve washed my face with whatever was handy,  no moisturizer, no fancy serums or fussy regimes.  My formerly oily skin,  now more combo to dry,  is still prone to zits and def has fine and not so fine lines, so putting a little more thought in is required.

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These days I use a natural Mario Badescu face wash followed with Tretinoin, one of the few pharmaceutical products in my repertoire . Save $ and nix crazy expensive brands or the use of fillers & botox etc (which I’ve never tried cause.. weird.) and check it out.

It’s the  generic form of products like Retin-A and a vitamin A derivative  developed to combat acne with the handy side effect of softening fine lines and stimulating collagen growth.

Basically it sloughs  off dead cells and helps plump skin. I’ve tried natural vitamin A creams and they don’t work as well on zits or fine lines, so while it’s a bummer this is not an organic natural product,  it gets two thumbs up from me as it works well, though direct sun can cause skin irritation and some people get all peely from it in the beginning, my skin tolerates it well.

A dermo or family doc can fill a prescription for you and if you tell ’em it’s for acne insurance is more likely to cover.  I get the generic and use the lowest strength.  I’ve paid anywhere from $6-$35 a tube, which lasts about 4-6 months. I think that’s reasonable in a world of $300 eye creams,  don’t sleep on the affordable stuff.

Lastly, as far as feeling & looking good at any age, and this is maybe because my skeletal frame is small,  I personally find keeping my weight down helpful to feeling good in my body and keeping my skin looking its best.  Since I’ve gained 10lbs + after finding my boyfriend, the next post’s gonna be on how I’m going to get the weight off and I hope you’ll consider joining me in losing ten if you’re not fitting in your fav pants either. Tweet me if you wanna lose 10 too! Rachel

 

 

Compliments with qualifiers…

“The thing about compliments with qualifiers, is it detracts from the compliment you’re genuinely trying to  give… duh.”

If I say… “You look great!” Or “that top look amazing on you!”  That might make you smile.

No let’s try this again, I say ~ “You look great, for 36!”… Or “that top looks great, if you lost 10lbs you’d look amazing!”…. or “you’re handsome for a white guy”~

You’re probably going to think I’m socially awkward at best, (which I am) even though my intentions are good.

If you can’t not mention numbers, for the record I’m 211 & rarely seen in daylight, so  get it right.  Or weight ~ none of your business…. Or height ~ I’m whatever height the part calls for. Rest assured I’m comfortable in my skin… though I am as always, a work in progress.

A few short years ago, like so many Gen-xers, I was as the saying goes… fat sick & nearly dead after a garden variety illness & major surgery… Since then I committed to living a healthy lifestyle (for me that means no dairy, no meat, tons of veg and water, exercise… not fillers, botox, or short cuts, I’ve never even had a facial)…  It’s been great & I’m delighted some of y’all are kind enough to compliment the results.

If you’ve been feeling sluggish or not your best energetically, try adding more water, fruit & veg into your normal diet, these foods deliver nutrition & help repair your cells the way nature intended!     ; ) True

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Lovely Lemons

Meet my new best friend, the Lemon.

Years back I was amazed to realize when I drank a bottle of Martinelli’s apple cider on my own in a day…. it was well over a thousand calories and that’s before anything solid even hit my mouth. No wonder I battled my weight most of my life.

Enter the lemon.  As a child I loved lemon anything… cookies cakes, drinks, country Time lemonade… bring it on. My guess is  instinctively my body craved vitamin c and the nutrients in actual lemons, but being a gen-x kid meant for the most part all our food came pre packaged, sugar coated, and fully microwaveable.  I’m surprised we didn’t all get scurvy.

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These days I drink a mixture of one lemon to one glass of water with a little bit of maple honey grade b. I go through 4-6 lemons a day. Some people add Cayanne pepper for a fast, I don’t. I’m just trying to keep off white sugar & stay hydrated. I don’t go too sweet, just enough to make it taste yummy not sour. It helps curb my appetite for carbs. You can make your own throat coat tea for sore throats by heating up water with lemon rinds, juice, ginger &  honey.

There’s a huge debate whether or not lemon juice, an acid,  has an alkalizing affect on the body. Acid foods are dairy, eggs, meat and grains, the Standard American Diet in a nut shell.

Fruits & veg  have an alkaline effect on the body. What does that all mean? Too much of either throws your body out of whack. A body can leach minerals from its own bones if starved, that’s what an awesome machine the human body is… It’s designed to succeed even when not feed the right, or any fuel. while I’m no doctor and my results are anecdotal at best, for me, the lemon is one of my super foods.  I used to down packets of Emergen-C, now I have a fresh lemon, it’s cheaper too!

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Did you crave any fruits or vegetables as a kid? Do you love strawberry pop tarts? or Blueberry or apple pie? Maybe your body is pointing you toward your super food, rather than just the pastry & sugar. Try a real strawberry and clock your bodies response. There are cases of children deficit in vitamins gnawing on things like chalk or rocks that contained the missing minerals etc. Somewhere in us healthy eating is still hard wired in.

What’s your super food?

Rachel