Saturday, April 29, 2017

Enchiritos Recipe – Better Than Taco Bell!

What is an Enchirito? It’s a cross between an Enchilada and a Burrito! The funny thing about is that I created this recipe (and made up the word “Enchirito” long before Taco Bell ever had! I’ve had the Enchrito’s at Taco Bell, but they can’t hold a candle to mine. The difference is basically an Enchilada is a Corn Shell with meat and cheese inside and sauce on Top. A Burrito is a flour shell with typically meat, beans, and maybe cheese and some sauce (on the inside) with nothing on the outside. To make my Enchirito’s I make Burrito’s, and then put them in a 9×14 baking pan, cover with Green Enchilada Sauce and cheese, and then back for 20-25 minutes. This recipe can feed 8 or more grown adults and quite a few children. Oh- by the way, when I make it I use 2 – 9×14 baking pans.

Here’s the ingredients You will need for the Enchrito’s Recipe:

  • Meat (about 2 lbs ground beef or chicken, or meat substitute)
  • 1 Sweet Vidalia Onion
  • 1 Medium sized Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 – 8oz packets shredded Colby Jack or Taco Cheese
  • 1 – 16oz+ jar of Pace Con Queso Cheese Sauce
  • 1/2 head lettuce
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 Anaheim Chili Pepper
  • 1 large 48oz jar Randall’s Pinto or Mixed Beans
  • 1 – 8oz+ container of light Sour cream
  • about 6-8 tbsp minced garlic (from the jar or fresh)
  • 2 packages of large flour burrito shells (usually 12″+ in size)
  • 1 – 16oz can or 2 – 8 oz cans of Green Enchilada Sauce (we use mild)

First you need to get your beans cooking. For this recipe you are going to make homemade refried beans. Get out your your 4 quart pot and your doing to take 1/2 of that sweet vidalia onion and julienne (slice with the gran 1/8″ or less). Place the onions in the bottom of the pot. Wash, cut, and dice 1/2 of the green bell pepper and place in the pot with the onion. Wash, cut, seed, and dice 1/2 the Anaheim pepper and place it in the pot as well. On top of all these veggies add about 3 heaping tbsp of Cumin, 2 tbsp of garlic powder (not salt), 1tbsp salt, 1bsp pepper, and 1 and 1/2 tbsp chili powder. My recipe is very mildly spicy – you might go more or less heat if you like by using less chili powder, or maybe by adding a chopped jalepeno or two. Just be conscious of what the whole family would like. Open up the jar of Randall’s beans (do NOT rinse at all) and pour the entire jar of beans over the veggies and spice. Turn the heat up to high and let them cook taking care to NOT stir and do NOT MIX in any way. After you pour the beans over the the peppers and onion you will not touch the pot again until the entire mixture is violently boiling away (6-8 minutes).

Next, in a skillet start to cook your hamburger or boneless skinless chicken. I personally drizzle the skillet with extra virgin olive oil – even when cooking ground beef. Turn the heat on med-high, and while the meat and beans cook you’re going to quickly dice the remaining vidalia onion, green pepper, and Anaheim pepper and place in a small bowl. By this time (about 5-6 minutes) it’s time to “flip” the ground beef. Place the onion and peppers you just diced on top of the hamburger, “divide” the ground beef in 4 sections like a pie, and flip each section over with the veggies now face down to the pan. By the time you do this it will be time to stir the beans and turn them down to medium heat. Depending on what kind of pot you have – from this point forward you will probably have to repeatedly stop what you’re doing and stir the beans every 3-4 minutes to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. In between stirring the beans, you’re going to take your spatula and chop the ground beef mixture. Now, I’m assuming you’re going to use ground beef, but if you use chicken (or a meat substitute) you cook it the exact same way. The meat will be done before the beans. When the meat is done, you will drain and rinse it (ground beef at least). The return it to the stove. If you’re doing chicken then do what I’m about to say about 3 minutes before it’s done. I sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper to taste, and about 2tbsp Cumin, 1 tbsp Chili Powder, and then 3 heaping tbsp of minced garlic. Chop the meat up a bit more mixing in the seasonings for about 3 more minutes on med-high heat, remove from burner and place in a medium sized mixing bowl to set aside.

Like I said earlier you will continue to stir the beans every 3-5 minutes, and you can probably turn them down to med-low heat by now. We started the beans first because they take the longest to cook (about 25-30 minutes). You’ll know when they’re done because the onions will literally begin to disintegrate and become part of the mixture and you won’t really see them anymore. Once the meat is done and off the stove, after I stir the beans once I usually begin to slice about half the bunch of green onions and place in a small bowl and set aside, and then the tomatoes (dice them), and last the 1/2 head of lettuce. Set all these aside for when we assemble the burritos. If you get this far, you can also get the other things arranged on the counter, like place the shredded cheese in a bowl, get out the sour cream, get spoons in everything – because once the beans are done we’re gonna create an “assembly line” to put these together.

So by the time all this is done the beans should be ready. Now, you could just turn off the heat and use the beans like this, but what I usually do is get out the potato masher and smash them up real good for about 5 minutes. Just before I smash them I add 3 heaping tbsp of minced garlic. Now you have created authentic refried beans from scratch (and they are so tasty you will probably never want canned refried beans again)! I think you will find that this refried beans recipe is tastier than any you can get in any Mexican restaurant anywhere. What makes them so tasty is how they are cooked. The reason you don’t mix the beans at first until they boil is because you want the flavors of the veggies in the bottom of the pan to sear and rise up into the beans. Believe me, it works well – and the taste of these beans is something that you’ll not soon forget!

Now – you’re going to open one of the packages of flour tortillas and microwave for about 50-60 seconds on high. When they’re done take them out and create a food assembly line on your counter. Put your 9×14 pan at the end of the counter. Put your tortillas at the opposite end. Then have your sour cream, beans, and con queso cheese all in a row. You’re going to take a heaping tablespoon of sour cream and wipe about a 2″ strip from top to botom of the flour tortilla shell. Then (with a new spoon of course) do the same with the cheese, and then the beans. Now you’re going to fold the burrito by carefully folding in the left and right sided about 2″ each, and then fold the bottom over towards the top about 2/3 of the way. Next take the bottom fold and literally begin to “roll” it up to the top and you have a burrito! You should be able to fit 9 in your 9×14 pan – if you get a tenth in you probably aren’t putting enough filling in the burritos.

Once you get all the burritos made and in the pans pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Then slowly spoon the green enchilada sauce over the burritos in the pan. And no – in case you were wondering you don’t grease the pans in any way, it makes the flour tortillas a bit crispy around the edges. Next, sprinkle the shredded cheese over the green sauce, and place both pans in the oven and the timer on for 20 minutes. Usually they are done in 20 minutes, but you’ll plainly know if they aren’t. When the cheese is completely melted and the green sauce is bubbling in the pan – they are ready to come out. If you need to leave them in the pan another 3-5+ minutes that’s ok.

Plate 2 burritos per adult or 1 (cut in 2 pieces) for kids. Place shredded lettuce and tomato on top with green onions sprinkled over that! Now they are ready to serve! Anything left over (if there is any) we each the next day for lunch (if they last). We hope you like to eat these as much as we do!



Source by John T Pratt

New Orleans Recipe – Red Beans and Rice

My paternal grandmother Mata used to make Red Beans and Rice at least once a week. I would always go to her house for lunch because they were always ready to eat early. My grandmother believed in getting her beans on the stove early and in a couple of hours they are ready to eat. Now my grandmother always used pickled pork. Pickled pork is always available in New Orleans but sometimes you can’t find it outside of the state. If you have trouble finding pickled pork then you will have to substitute with something like Ham or Ham Hocks.

Salt pork is not the same as pickled pork. Some people put smoked sausage in their beans also. My grandmother wouldn’t be caught dead with anything but pickled pork in her red beans, but you will have to do what you have to do to substitute. The beans will still taste good. Also, you notice she used Crisco lard which is also probably not available every where. I guess you would substitute a tablespoon of vegetable oil but my grandmother just turned over in her grave and I felt her slap me on the back of my head.

Anyway, get you a good heavy pot and she always used Magnalite pots. Also her 2 fingers of water is about 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. Cooking red beans is like boiling water and just add the ingredients. One last thing that my grandmother used to do is to wash the beans in running water and let them soak in the pot for at least 30 minutes before adding ingredients putting them on the stove. You don’t need to add salt until after especially if you use pickle pork.

Bon Apetit’

RED BEANS AND RICE

1 lb. red beans

1 Tbsp. Crisco lard

2 slices pickled pork

7 or 8 toes garlic

1 large onion

Black pepper

2 c. rice

Cook red beans until tender, then add 1 tablespoon Crisco. Scald pickled pork to get some of the salt off, then add pork to beans. Chop onions and garlic and add to beans. Add pepper to taste. Will not need salt because of pickled pork. Serve over rice. To cook rice, cover with water two fingers over rice and set to boil. When water is out of rice, turn fire low and let steam with the pot covered.



Source by Edgar Dapremont

Hanamaulu Chicken – Bringing Hawaii Home

Food, family, and hospitality are the cornerstones of the Hawaiian culture. Generations of my husband’s family have lived, loved, and flourished on the Hawaiian Islands, a place steeped in history and tradition. Traditional cooking is one sure way to bring all the family together. Having been raised by his grandparents on Kauai, and since moving to the mainland, he longs at times for the home-style food and memories it holds. So, in order to fill that need and to pass on the love of Hawaiian Food to our family, we have learned to create one of our favorites, Hanamaulu Chicken, here in our own home. And to quote Grandma “People gotta eat”. So why not eat well.

This recipe is one I like to call a memory revival recipe, for two reasons. Reason one, because to taste it brings back so many fond memories, and two, because my husband had to experiment with it from memory to get it just right. I have to admit there were some hits and misses for a while, but with great diligence and a heart for perfecting the true Hanamaulu Chicken recipe for our family to share, he achieved this truly delicious meal. Traditionally this chicken comes in a Box Lunch, available to order at various restaurants on the islands. It is usually accompanied by Won Tons, Char Sue, Macaroni Salad, Rice, and an Oriental Salad. I intend to post these recipes to share in the future.

Ingredients for 1 pound of chicken:

1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

1 Medium piece Ginger Root (peeled and crushed into small pieces)

1/2 Tbs. Salt

4 Tbs. Sugar

1/2 Tbs. White Vinegar

1/2 Tbs. Sesame Oil

1 Tbs. Ground Ginger

1/2 Tbs. Oyster Sauce

1/2 Tbs. MSG

1 Tbs. Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

4 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Lb. Chicken Thighs

Ingredients for 5 pounds of chicken:

1 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

1 Large piece Ginger Root (peeled and crushed into small pieces)

1 Tbs. Salt

12 Tbs. Sugar

1 Tbs. White Vinegar

1 1/2 Tbs. Sesame Oil

2 Tbs. Ground Ginger

1 1/2 Tbs. Oyster Sauce

1 1/2 Tbs. MSG

2 Tbs. Garlic Powder

12 Tbs. Soy Sauce

4-5 Lb. Chicken Thighs

Chicken Preparation:

I highly recommend using only chicken thighs for this recipe. They should be deboned and then cut in half width wise. And for goodness sake, leave on the skin. It may take some time for this process till you get used to it, but believe me it is worth it in the end. Once you are done deboning and cutting, take a fork and pierce each piece all over.

Marinade Preparation:

According to which recipe quantity you choose, combine all ingredients accept the chicken, into a large bowl. I prefer to use a Tupperware with lid. Once all ingredients are well mixed, add all the chicken pieces and coat the chicken well with the marinade. Refrigerate the marinating chicken for up to 24 hours of more, stirring and recoating the chicken several times throughout that time. The longer the chicken can marinade the better.

Note on using MSG. Many people prefer not to use MSG for supposed health concerns. MSG is a meat tenderizer and flavor enhancer. I have found that adding it to this recipe accelerates the rate of absorption of the marinade into the meat. It is just fine if you prefer not to use it, you may just need to prolong the marinating process a while.

Batter Preparation:

This is the batter combination for each pound of chicken you choose to cook at a time.

1 cup Flour

1 Black Pepper

So if I was going to cook 2 pounds at a time, and save the rest for later, I would double this mixture, and so on.

Now were ready to cook.

After your chicken has marinated the appropriate amount of time, you are going to want to fry this chicken. I recommend a deep fryer, but you can also use a wok or a pan, as long as you can completely submerge each piece of chicken. Recommended oil for frying is peanut oil. It is lighter oil and has a higher heat tolerance then say vegetable oil. Set your fryer temperature at 375 or you can use a cooking thermometer to gauge the temp of your oil.

Note on frying chicken or any other meat for that matter:

When you are ready to fry, get your meat out of the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. Very cold meat will lower your oil temperature and cause meat to be under cooked. Basically, you want your oil to remain really hot, so this is the best way. Really hot oil will get you very crispy, very juicy meat.

OK now your chicken is marinated, at room temp, and your frying oil is hot at 375.

Coat each piece of chicken in the above batter, I recommend 4 pieces at a time to cook together, and drop chicken into the hot oil. Allow chicken to fry 4-6 minutes depending on how big each piece is, 6 min. for large pieces. When done, remove chicken from oil and allow chicken to drip dry on straining rack or paper towels. Chicken will be hot, so cool on rack before eating.

Well, I think I covered everything. This is such a pleasure sharing this family recipe with you; I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as we do. Aloha!



Source by Amanda Lea

7 Ways To Cook With Pineapple Sage, A Pork Recipe, And Wine Pairing

The ripe scent of pineapple can stimulate memories that whisk you away to a tropical beach where tranquil breezes caress your skin and white trimmed turquoise waves lap along the edges of pallid sand.

You’ll be happy to know that you can awaken those same senses and tantalize your taste buds with pineapple sage, an edible plant that mirrors the citrus flavor of the fresh fruit. For the last two years this herb has decorated the corner of my deck, delighting hummingbirds with its scarlet flower petals. I was pleasantly surprised when I found new growth sprouting from the middle of the dead winter stalks this past spring and it’s grown into a three-foot beauty.

Native to Mexico pineapple sage has a sweet fruity scent compared to the mustier scent of its cousin, sage, which I also use regularly. It has soft hairy lime green leaves that are lightly toothed and supported by reddish stems. It blooms in late summer into autumn and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Pineapple sage is a big, bushy, and beautiful plant that requires more water than other herbs, so give it plenty of space.

You’ll enjoy the versatility of pineapple sage in sweet and savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert meals. It dresses up breads, jelly, honey, chicken, pork, ham, cantaloupe, and serves as a substitute in stuffing rather than regular sage. I’ve also muddled it into cocktails, used the elongated leaves as a colorful garnish, and utilized the bright greenery as an environmental background for food photos.

I’ve found pineapple sage is best used fresh as every time I dry the leaves they lose the pungent pineapple scent. It pairs beautifully with other citrus herbs, such as lemon verbena (another fave of mine), and scented geraniums like lime and lemon.

7 Ways To Use Pineapple Sage In Your Kitchen

1. Muddle sugar and pineapple leaves together. Puree fresh pineapple and add to glass. Pour into champagne flute or glass of choice and top with Prosecco, like this one – Gelisi Antonio 2009 – Mild aromas of citrus water with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tart lemon and starfruit finish.

2. Chop leaves into flour to coat pork or chicken before frying or baking

3. Add fresh snippets to a glass of Pinot Grigio.

4. Cover the outside of your next baked ham with the leaves along with fresh pineapple to get a double citrus impact

5. Layer pineapple sage leaves on the bottom of a bundt cake pan, pour batter over and bake, or chop leaves finely into cake batter (excellent in a pound cake)

6. Make a simple syrup for cocktails by bringing 1 Cup of water and 1 Cup of sugar to a boil until sugar dissolves. Then remove from heat and add fresh pineapple sage leaves in to steep. Add in 1 tbsp. of Amaretto and it’s a delicious syrup for pancakes and waffles! Allow to cool and store up to one month in the refrigerator.

7. Great added to a marinade for chicken and pork like this one:

Spicy Fruit And Herb Boston Pork Roast

1 – 4 lb. Boston Pork Butt Roast

1 tbsp. coriander

1 tbsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 C brown sugar (light or dark)

1 medium onion sliced in thick wedges

zest and juice of 1 lime

1/2 C apple juice

1 Raspberry Wheat Beer

2 C pineapple sage leaves (rub the leaves to activate the oils and aromas)

Directions

Spray the bottom and sides of a Dutch oven or deep roasting pan with a top. Rinse roast and place in pan.

Rub dry ingredients into all sides of meat. Add onion. Then pour in liquids. Put sage around and on top of pork. Put top on pan and bake for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into the largest part of roast reaches 160 to 180 degrees. Ovens vary and mine tends to cook things quicker than others so judge accordingly.

Meat should be tender and able to be pulled apart with a fork.

Here’s a few wine pairing ideas for this dish:

Riesling – semi sweet with peach and citrus notes such as Dr. Thanisch Riesling Classic 2009 or Lucien Albrecht Reserve 2010

Gewürztraminer (guh-VURTS-trah-mee-ner): A dry aromatic wine with a tangerine, white peach nose, and lychee flavor.



Source by Jennifer Darden

Cottage Cheese Diets – Why the 3 Day Cottage Cheese Grapefruit Diet Could Be the Answer You Need

If you just want to lose weight for a special event and don’t care about long-term weight loss, the 3 day cottage cheese grapefruit diet may be for you. That said, if you have long-term weight loss goals you probably want to avoid it.

The great thing about this diet is that you can lose up to 10 pounds in 72 hours. The bad news is that you will almost certainly gain all of the weight back immediately after you go off the diet. It would also be very unhealthy to be on this diet for the long-term as you would end up malnourished, tired and susceptible to illness because your immune system will have been compromised.

But, there is nothing wrong with trying it for the short term. If you want to go to a high school reunion or look great for a friend’s wedding, it can work out well for you. Just be careful with it.

The 3 day cottage cheese grapefruit diet helps you shed excess water weight, reduce bloating and burns some fat through reduced calorie intake. It’s the drastically lower calories that will cause you to gain the weight back when it’s over, because your body’s natural reaction will be to hoard fat when you start eating regularly again.

An important note here: You should avoid this diet if you are on any type of antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. Both of these types of medications can have a negative and dangerous interaction with grapefruit.

The key is to follow the diet exactly. Any substitution will mean all your efforts have been in vain!

Day 1:

Breakfast: One cup of black coffee or tea, and one slice of toast; eat a half of a grapefruit or drink a glass of grapefruit juice.

Lunch: Eat a full serving of cottage cheese, one slice of toast and black coffee or tea.

Dinner: Eat three ounces of any lean meat, one cup of carrots, one cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt, one apple and a cup of black coffee or tea.

Day 2:

Breakfast: One cup of black coffee or tea, and one slice of toast; eat a half of a grapefruit or drink a glass of grapefruit juice.

Lunch: A full serving of cottage cheese, five salt crackers and one cup of black coffee or tea.

Dinner: Two hot dogs, a half a cup of carrots, one cup of broccoli, one banana and a cup of black coffee or tea.

Day 3:

Breakfast: Black coffee or tea, five salt crackers, one ounce of cheddar cheese and one apple.

Lunch: One boiled egg, one slice of toast and a cup of black coffee or tea.

Dinner: One serving of cottage cheese, one cup of carrots, one cup of melon, a half a cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt and a cup of black coffee or tea.

So, there it is. Hot dogs, salt crackers and all. But before you start on the 3 day cottage cheese and grapefruit diet, ask yourself: Is it really worth the few pounds of water weight you may lose in exchange for feeling hungry, cranky and miserable?



Source by Cornell Dayne

The 17 Stages of Psychic Development

The following stages will help to show you how close you are to ‘flicking on the light switch’ and waking up from Gergef’s ‘sleeping man’. The stages do not necessarily happen in any particular order, they are not set in stone and you may experience several at a time. The following order does however reflect the order of the experience of many on the journey and there does seem to be a systematic approach to the development process. Some people will go through all of them, others one or two. Overall however, you will develop at a pace that is exactly right for you.

Many of the stages are associated with the fusing of the emotional, energy body and the spiritual body, which is a vital underlying part of the development process.

1. Life Crisis

This stage does not necessarily have to happen to everyone on the psychic path if they take notice of the pebbles at an early stage. However, the move towards wishing to develop on a psychic level is often preceded by a life drama. This can be anything from a confused childhood to a recent divorce.

2. Heightened Awareness

This is when you start to see things out of the corner of your eye. This can also start with seeing ‘blobs’ of colour or swirling energies. For others it will be the beginning of hearing messages in your mind, vivid dreams, premonitions, and thinking you are either going mad or the mind is playing tricks. Often people ignore the pebbles here, and dismiss what their heightened senses are trying to tell them.

3. Hyper Sensitivity

Becoming more sensitive to criticism and other people’s views. At this stage you begin to know that you have the ability to feel other people’s feelings. Confusion and a sense of, ‘am I normal’ prevails at this stage.

4. Searching

The search for material that explains the strange experiences begins. This is often done quietly through fear of ridicule. Also a strong desire to find ‘like-minded’ individuals begins. It is at this stage you start to really question your sanity! This is the point of no return. From this stage forward you will spend your life searching for answers to life’s questions. There may be rests in between but you will always be curious. It becomes like an itch you can’t scratch.

5. Starting to stand up for yourself

Beware! The meek will suddenly start standing up for themselves and will not take any nonsense. This may be short term as it is only the start. A strong foundation has not yet been constructed but the wheels will have been set in motion.

6. Feeling alone / misunderstood

At this stage the developing psychic has usually found material to partially explain their interest and people of a like-minded nature. Unfortunately at this stage, those often closest to the person will want to destroy their partner’s / friend’s new interest because they feel (but will not admit it) threatened by the new ‘hobby’. The psychic will often be taken aside by a ‘concerned’ relative about how they are getting into an occult or being brainwashed, and how it is all mumbo jumbo. If you do not have this stage you are very lucky!!

This leads to a very confused psychic. Is it wrong to continue? What should I do? Am I mad? Usually the decision is to carry on quietly and not share the newfound knowledge with your immediate peers.

7. I can’t do it

Feelings of insecurity surface very well at this stage. The developing psychic sees others moving at a faster speed. They can’t work out how to speed their own progress but become increasingly disheartened because of the speed their psychic peers are moving at around them. For some the opposite may happen, this will be they feel they are moving too quickly, frightened by the experience and wanting to slow it down or shut it off because the responsibility feels overwhelming.

Imagine waking up into a strange and unknown world to you. If you are one of the lucky few who would be extremely curious and would enjoy waking up in the unfamiliar, the unfamiliar would appear a daunting place until you had got used to it. For many, they begin to wake up in this new world, they try to deny themselves the fact they are waking up somewhere different in the hope things can stay the same, the familiar and well-known, ‘comfort zone’. This will continue until the developing psychic is no longer scared and wishes to embrace the ‘new world’ they are waking up to – this can take some while.

We have all at some point in our life feared change. The trick in overcoming the fear of change is to take a moment to fast forward life to how it will be if we remain the same. Life cannot change unless we change, merely hoping it will change leads to disappointment. In your mind, fast forward your life to how it will be once change has happened. You will soon see change is an exciting option!

8. Wanting silence / to be alone

The senses are still sharpening, as they are doing so it is likely at this stage the developing psychic becomes very sensitive to loud noises, they may find they can’t stand the radio playing or the sound of raised voices. Often they will want to be in open space or feel a strong need to be in the countryside. An increased wish to spend periods alone contemplating or ‘staring out the kitchen window.’ Your body is telling you it wishes to meditate. During this stage it is necessary to find a regular quiet spot during the day to avoid irritability.

9. Realisation that your job / circumstances are not right for you

This is the beginning of learning to see the bricks!! Often people will wait until they are made redundant or sacked (the boulder) before they can see they have outgrown their job / circumstances / relationship or that their place of work or home does not match with their newfound awareness. This is often a horrid stage because it is about realising that your life has often been a compromise (not always) up until this point. The difficult bit is the courage to let go and move on.

Moving through this stage often becomes a stumbling block for most people and delays their development. This stage is about breaking away from the decisions ‘made for you’ in life and ‘what you have done to please another’. It is about breaking free of the career you chose because it pleased your parents, the relationship you stayed in for convenience or the job you do, for the money.

Probably the most important factor in choosing the psychic path and developing your skill to the best of your ability; is about authenticity. You cannot be a truly authentic psychic unless you are honest with yourself. Those who are not honest with themselves often fear the psychic path. Those who are honest with themselves embrace it!

10. Feeling abandoned

This part does not necessarily happen to everyone on the psychic path.

At this stage friends and family start to leave your life or they appear to be leaving. The developing psychic no longer feels connected to those they have been associating with for years. The structures of your life begin to disintegrate. Everything you thought to be real / are attached to, fall apart.

How depressing!! This is actually a fantastic stage, providing you make sure you stretch your view beyond the current situation. How do you repair a derelict building? Well you don’t! First you have to knock it down so that you build a new, stronger one in its place.

This stage is about seeing through any illusions. Through this stage we find what is real. Oh how we tell ourselves lies! We tell ourselves everything is fine when it’s not. We tell ourselves it’s awful when clearly it’s okay. When all is taken away from us we begin to understand the beauty of the Universe. We develop a great understanding of what is really important and learn how to deeply appreciate the small things in life. Trivia becomes trivia once this stage is complete. What seemed devastating doesn’t carry the same emotion it did previously.

Uncontrollable crying for no apparent reason is part of this stage. This is because the cells of the body are starting to throw off old memory, making way for the strong ability to see into your own and other people’s lives.

11. Increased ability

The psychic senses usually by this time are developing with a very good and firm foundation. The ability to ‘read’ people is often really quite strong by this stage.

12. De-tox

This stage for some people comes early on, for others it comes quite a bit later. If you are ignoring it a physical illness will often have to surface to show you (a boulder). The length of time you have been ignoring the necessity for this the heavier the physical illness.

At this stage it is time to clean up your body and if it has not happened already, your thoughts. As the ability to channel higher energies than your own, increases, it is vital the channel the energies are using, is a ‘clean’ one. If it is not, as does happen with a lot of psychic’s not very nice physical illness begins to occur. If you refuse to de-tox, the effect is a bit like stuffing a potato up an exhaust pipe.

To de-tox means fasting for a few days. There are many different fasts you can do, from only drinking water for a day or so, to eating brown rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to ten days. Do a colon cleanse, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat less sugar and meat. Minimise your caffeine intake. Stay away from low energy food such as takeaways and microwave meals. If you smoke, drink too much alcohol or are dependent on any form of drugs (legal or illegal) then either stop or get help to stop.

Please note, taking illegal drugs is a low energy practice; therefore not only detrimental to yourself but any person you may be reading for. Due to the fact it is a low energy act, you will attract low energy spirit, and you will not be able to sustain your energy at a high enough vibration to channel successfully. It would be too much of a jump from being low energy to channelling high energy. Long-term, people who do this will short circuit and the lights will blow!

13. Wanting to help everyone

This stage may sound as though it is a great place to be. In actual fact it isn’t. You can’t help anyone, only yourself, you can offer people a ‘leg-up’ not a ‘hold up’. If you try and drag a person along to a place within where they really do not want to be but you think it is best for them, stop it – leave them alone!! Focus on the ‘self’, your ‘self’. People are fine as they are, you only have the right to change yourself – leave them alone!

Those in your life however, may go along with it for a while to be polite. Just because you have started to find this new found knowledge you think the world should know, you will if you’re not careful, get the ‘nut case’ status within your family or circle of friends. You have no right to ram things down the throat of others. If they are interested they will ask. If you do ram knowledge down people’s necks (there will be the temptation) be prepared because at some stage you will get your theories shot down by the ‘life is only what you can see’ sceptic. If / when you get to this stage, arguing will only be a waste of your energy. Accept and observe their views as they are, they’re entitled to them. You wouldn’t like your opinion shot down so it’s unfair to shoot at or back at theirs.

Usually at this stage the developing psychic with regard to this subject will not be hugely confident within himself or herself. You will know when you are, because you will not have a need to tell others how to be, and they will begin to have a deep respect for your interest in psychic development. It’s almost ironic in that respect.

This stage is a test of how true to yourself you are. Few people like to be ‘preached’ to on how they should live their life, so remember LEAVE THEM ALONE, no matter how much you can see they are heading along the wrong path. Offer advice ONLY if they ask! Avoid the, ‘told you so’ when they’ve made their mistake. Eventually they will ask you first for your psychic advice before they act (keep it impartial) when they have seen a few times, your predictions have been accurate. In the mean time, focus on continuing to develop yourself.

14. Know all

At this stage you ‘know it all’. The developing psychic becomes bored with the methods they are learning. Feel their group is holding them back; they have nothing more to learn. The belief starts to set in that they have experienced enough to move on and go it alone, away from their peers.

Some people lose friends in this stage and become seen as unapproachable, even if on hindsight they are seen to be all knowing. As this stage becomes more developed, the psychic gets to the stage of ‘the more you know the less you need to say’, eventually gaining great respect for their abilities as the need to preach disappears – a great place to be.

15. Clearing

This is the stage the fun really starts!! The clearing stage is when all the things you have never dealt with, or all the things you find frightening, begin to rear their head. Your very worst fears become realities and all your insecurities pound at you. The more you have ignored them in life, the more pronounced the way the Universe will show them to you for clearing. The way forward with this stage is to embrace and welcome the clearing stage, for this is what will really change your life for the better forever!

This stage usually involves a lot of crying and extreme’s of emotion. During this stage it is often best to stay with your present job and circumstances. The very roots of what you thought was stable will be shaken. It is often at this stage the developing psychic thinks they need to change the externals (Job, relationship etc) to make them happy. This is not the case, blaming these situations, as the source of your unhappiness will slow the process. Stick with ‘processing’ the feelings you are going through, only then change the externals if your feelings are still the same.

Depending on the developing psychic, this process can last some while and will happen in tandem with some of the other stages. During this process, the developing psychic will realise it is not a loner’s process and return to their peers within their development group for help and advice.

16. Breakthrough

After the clearing process (which can take a while) the psychic becomes exceptionally perceptive. They can ‘see’ what is going on within / for someone at a hundred paces. This is because anything that was in the way of opening up to a true state of being, has been removed during the clearing process. There is then nothing stopping you!!

The clearing stage is also necessary for the humbling of the psychic. The ore of the great Universal force humbles the psychic as the waking up process is in full swing. A deep appreciation of all that life represents happens at this stage.

The ability to manifest what you want in your life comes faster and faster, you begin to look younger, the mind becomes very quiet and the body becomes healthier.

Most people think earning lots of money or winning the lottery will make them happy. Getting to this point you will feel wealthy in the true sense of the word.

17. Power

The power stage is the one to be respected the most. It is at this point, many hit the ‘high stakes,’ becoming very good at their work – powerfully psychic.

This is the stage when people very much seek your assistance. It is the point of real challenge. This is when a person’s psychic abilities become so heightened they have to be very clear on which way it is channelled. This is why it is so important to also develop spiritually whilst on the psychic path.

It is at this point a psychic can channel energies that are powerful in helping people, but can also be used in a direction of power over others. It is the responsibility of the true psychic to do their best to never exert power over others. To be able to do this, you have to lose the attachment to what people do with their lives. It is not the psychic’s position to judge others or direct a person’s life; you are simply there to channel the highest source of information possible to allow a person to make an informed decision on the direction their life is taking.

The information received will only be to the same ‘level’ of the psychic. A highly developed guide will not channel through a medium of little knowledge. The same as a Solicitor will not discuss the technicalities of the law with a five year old.

Once through the main stages of the psychic path, life changes dramatically. Everything begins to slot pleasantly into place. Few things worry you, any fears are short-term and struggles with life become brief. The poverty mentality that most of us are afflicted with, begins to dissolve, we learn that there is enough of everything for everyone. Negative thoughts and feelings about others and us disappear, and helping others becomes natural.

Life becomes very fast, change is constant, rapid and welcome. There is a thirst and hunger for more knowledge and understanding of how life works. ‘Reading’ others becomes very simple with the ability to ‘dip’ in and out of the energy of those living and of those who have passed over happening at the flick of a mental switch with ease and little effort. Like tuning into a radio station you become the receiver and can switch on and off whenever you desire.

A desire to be comfortable in life increases, but the interest in material belongings diminishes. The increase in your own and other people’s wealth (in all areas of life) becomes the source of celebration. Jealous thoughts and actions are a thing of the past. Pleasure is had in accepting people as perfect exactly the way they are. Thus meaning, people do not have to change in order to please you. They are acceptable, as you are accepting of yourself.

This does however, mean it becomes easy to choose whom you wish to have in your life and those you wish to let go of. At this stage safety exists. The psychic learns that by letting go, not having to hold on tight, allows true progress of the self and others. It is likely by this point anything the psychic has held on tight to will have been lost. This may be in the form of material objects, family members, friends or partners. This takes place in order for the psychic to learn to let all energies be free and not judged for their physical manifestations. Things become an ‘interesting evolutionary process’ rather than a problem or terrible occurrence.

Then comes sharing and enfoldment – a spiritual process that remains unexplainable and private to the individual. The relationship with the Universal force (or God if you choose) attains wholeness.

From this point it does not mean it is the end. The psychic simply builds upon what is already learnt, matching with the principles that life is the same but different. It is different in the fact that skydiving is as interesting as cleaning the toilet. You may have heard of the saying “before enlightenment chop wood carry water – after enlightenment chop wood carry water.” Life on the outer world may not have changed; life on the inner world however, is far more pleasurable.

If as a developing psychic you feel you are not experiencing all the stages it does not mean you have failed. Every person’s experience is different. For some, part of their life purpose is to complete the full stages of the psychic journey, for others it is as purposeful to experience a few. Life is about experiencing; no one experience is more important than another. No matter what your experience of the psychic journey is, it is one hundred percent right for you at this stage in your life. The very fact you have found it, means your journey will be astounding.



Source by Heidi Sawyer

Choosing A Senior Citizens’ Residence Or Nursing Home In Barbados

When choosing an elderly care facility, it is important to know the difference between a nursing home and a senior citizens’ residence. Barbados nursing homes usually provide short or long term nursing care in private or semi-private rooms, including, meals, activities, and personal care. Barbados nursing homes must have a registered nurse on duty at all times. Barbados Senior citizen residences provide short or long term nursing care (assisted living) in private or semi-private rooms, including, meals, activities, and personal care but do not require a registered nurse at all times. However, a registered nurse must be on call when required at a senior citizens’ residence. The differences between a nursing home and a senior citizens’ residence do not necessarily define the quality of care but basically helps you to identify the level of care you or your family member may require.

Choosing either a senior citizen residence or a nursing home may be stressful for you and your loved ones. It is helpful to plan ahead and understand the level of care that may be required. You should visit and compare a range of nursing care facilities or have someone visit and compare them for you. Make good financial plans early. Planning ahead gives you and your family more control and can help ensure that your short or long-term care needs are met. Both Barbados nursing homes and Barbados Senior citizen residences provides care for the elderly who can no longer care for themselves at home due to physical or other health related issues.

Steps to choosing a Barbados nursing home or senior citizens’ residence that meet your needs:

1. Find out about the various services provided by the facility.

2. Find out how facility compare in quality.

3. Visit the facility you are interested in, or have one of their registered nurses visit your family member for an assessment.

4. Choose the facility that best meets the need of your family member and you.

5. Ask other people you know who have a friend or family member in the facility you are evaluating, if they are or were satisfied with the quality of care they received at the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.

Although you or your loved one may consider the clean appearance of a nursing home or senior citizens’ residence, new paint, sparkling floors or lush surroundings, is no indicator of quality care. Quality care comes from people who work in the facility. You will recognize a well run senior citizens’ residence or nursing home by the way you are greeted at the entrance and the way management expresses compassion towards your needs. If you cannot visit the facility yourself, you may want a family member or friend to visit for you.

Take a formal tour:

• Make an appointment and visit the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.

• Trust your senses. If there is an icy atmosphere as you enter or it does not have the homely, welcoming feeling you would expect in such an environment; then reconsider.

• Take a formal tour of the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home with the supervisory staff member.

• Look around to get a better picture of the services, activities available, and the level of personal care of the residents.

• Look for safety rails in hallways, bed rails, and grab bars in bathrooms

• Do the nursing assistants seem genuinely fond of the residents?

• Do you see staff smiling or conversing with the residents?

• Is the living environment noisy and confusing or is it pleasant to the eyes and ears?

• Do you hear any laughter?

• Do you hear anyone singing?

• Is a TV blasting or are the call bells annoyingly loud?

• Are pathways and bathrooms kept clear of clutter?

• Are lunch dishes still noticeable unclean after 4PM?

• Is the kitchen screened to maintain a clean environment

• Does the temperature of the room/s feel too hot?

• Are there air conditioned or fan cooled areas?

• Use your sense of smell to detect any unpleasant odors bearing in mind that at any time some of the residents may be incontinent.

Ask questions during your tour:

• Ask questions that can help you compare the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home.

• What services does the care facility provide?

• Ask the nursing assistants how long they have worked at the facility.

• Does the care facility have a current license issued by the Ministry of Health?

• Are staff members certified by The Nursing Council of Barbados?

• Do they charge a basic fee for room, meals, and personal care?

• Do they charge extra for other services or care for special medical needs?

• Ask about the length of time the care facility has been in business

• Ask to see residents’ living spaces (private or multiple occupancies), hallway, stairs, lounge, bathrooms, dining area, menus, laundry services, activities plan and personal care plan.

• Is there use of a computer, fax machine or email available for quick transmission and receipt of important information?

• Are Admission Forms, Resident Personal Appliance Forms, Resident Valuables and Personal Forms, Leave of Absence Forms, Nursing Care Plan, Medication Charts and Resident Bed-Hold Agreement Forms etc., available?

• Is there a contract that clearly spells out the terms and conditions of the services offered?

• Ask where medications are stored to ensure that they are kept safely.

• Ask about emergency plans and procedures for patients who are ill

• Ask about emergency plans and procedures as it applies to hurricane preparedness.

The most important factor is the staff. The director of nursing or administrator sets the tone for the facility. She or he must demonstrate a sense of compassion, good organizational and interpersonal skills. Those with poor people skills cause high employee turnover. Talk to the nursing assistants to determine if they like working with management and residents. A skilled, friendly nursing staff is the key to good care.

Current Licenses and insurances (property and liability)

Although a current License from the Barbados Ministry of Health may not reflect the true nature of the care facility, ask to see it. By law the institution should operate with current License issued by the Ministry of Health, as well as property and liability insurances. If you receive excuses about why it is not available you may want to reconsider.

Quality of Life

Does the staff treat residents in a respectful way? Are there a variety of social, recreational, religious, or cultural activities? Do the residents have choices about their schedule and living space? Do the residents have privacy for visits or personal care?

Quality of Care

Is there enough staff to ensure that residents are getting the care they need? Can residents still see their personal doctors? Can you visit as often as you wish? Having visitors can make the transition to the senior citizens’ residence or nursing home easier for you and your family member.

Preventive Care: Does the nursing home make sure that residents get preventive care to help keep them healthy?

Your informed choice will help you or your loved one in making an agreeable change from living at home to living in a senior citizens’ residence or a nursing home. You can be your loved ones’ advocate by observing their potential care and living conditions and discussing them with your family or family member.

Remember, there is more to choosing a senior citizens’ residence or nursing home that just the price. It is the quality of care that counts.



Source by Clyde Carter

My First Experience With Trying Kefir Milk – Good or Bad Idea?

I will be honest here. Since travelling from Spain over to Germany, my diet has been less than perfect. I usually managed to eat a reasonable breakfast of fruit with Quinoa but finding fresh salads or making them for lunch was quite challenging. That meant adding in some of the foods that aren’t great for us endo girls. Things like cheese and meat. I can’t say the short stint of doing this has affected my endo dramatically but it has made a massive dent in my digestion and just how I have been feeling. I have felt tired and drained and somewhat bloated.

Anyway, instead of trying to just cut back on these foods which I knew were the reason for it all….I decided to explore a different way of thinking: Give the body the tools it needs to be able to break down these foods more easily!

I had thought about trying this idea before but to be honest, I was a little hesitant because of the “base” of the product. See, Kefir is typically made using milk. In case you aren’t familiar with what Kefir is, it is a cultured product, which essentially has “live” bacteria in it. Much like real Yoghurt or probiotics but, heaps more powerful. The cultured part is what is so beneficial for the body. It essentially gives our digestive system a boost by giving it the good bacteria it needs to break down foods more easily. These beneficial bacteria also have a massive secondary function, which many of us perhaps don’t realise – it breaks and eats up the toxins in our bodies too:) This includes all those toxins from pesticide infused fruits and vegetables, environmental toxins and any unwanted organisms in our guts. One of the biggest things about digestion is about getting back a good balance. I personally believe us endo girls don’t have this balance right. Many of us seem to suffer from digestive issues along with endo – hey, I am sure you were told endo was just an Irritable Bowel condition. What happens is, when this balance isn’t there, the bowel bacteria aren’t able to “eat up” the negative toxins and break them down. With Kefir’s and fermented foods, you are going to be getting much more powerful strands of these bacteria and they are young and “hungry”.

So, I did it! I bought some Milk based Kefir and decided to try it. The main reason I decided I would have to get Milk Kefir was really because it was convenient and easy to get in a shop. If I had the choice, I probably would’ve made my own version with Coconut Milk (the same strands of bacteria are used). I am in Germany and the health shops here seem to have it. I can’t say I ever saw it in New Zealand or Australia….but then perhaps I didn’t really know about them then.

It tastes a little like buttermilk. It is quite sour and a little lumpy (not in a bad way though). I decided to add it to my fruit salad in the morning or added some honey to it and drank it. I only had about a quarter of a cup at a time. I was quite nervous and really expected that I would literally be running to the toilet with a chronic case of diarrhea! – this is usually the reaction I would get from Milk. My stomach kinda made those grumbling noises like this is exactly what it was going to do. I waited anxiously to see what would happened. Nothing…. no negative “running to the toilet” response. Instead, a few hours after eating it, I went to the toilet and well… lets just say it was a very satisfying and “release” kind of feeling. I felt like more came out and it was in a much better “condition” than it had been in weeks. I also didn’t have to push as hard and didn’t experience any of the usual bloating and other nasty side-effects (farting!) that one usually gets with poor digestion.

For two days I felt fabulous! My stomach was nice and flat and everything was working just as it should!

I then decided to make my own Kefir. I got some fresh real milk and added this to about a quarter of the bottle of kefir. I have put it in a dark cupboard with the lid just resting on the top. I am hoping it starts to ferment and build it’s own bacteria from the milk. The idea here is that we simply provide the kefir bacteria with more “food” which is the real milk. Over a few days, it should have the same sour smell I had when I bought the product – hence making my own. It needs to be kept in a warm place – the bacteria like warmth.

I am very excited about making my own Kefir and how positively it reacted with my body. I think the bacteria probably help break-down the lactose protein which causes us to react badly to milk. I don’t know but I know I didn’t have the usual reaction I get from milk products!

Have you tried Kefir’s? Do you make your own? Please share your knowledge!



Source by Melissa Meyer

How to Make Sure That You Never End Up Living in a Nursing Home

It goes without saying that nobody wants to end up in a nursing home. It’s the single worst scenario in most people’s imagination. Would it be an exaggeration to say it’s “a fate worse than death”? Not to worry, it’s avoidable, and I am going to tell you how. But first let’s explore some ideas and define what a nursing home is.

First of all, you should know that on any given day in the U.S., 1 out of 4 people over the age of 65 are in a nursing home, temporarily. The chances of you, your parent or spouse spending some time in a nursing home at some point in your life is also 25%. Pretty high right? But keep in mind, that there is a vast difference between spending some days recovering from a hospital stay before going home, and living in a nursing home. Let me clarify that for you.

There are several synonymous names for a nursing home: S.N.F. (pronounced “sniff”) otherwise known as a skilled nursing facility, convalescent hospital, Rehab, rehabilitation hospital, even sanitarium. “A rose by any other name…” right? Nowadays, if an older person has a stay in the hospital, they still need some recovery time before they can safely go back home. It might be a hip fracture, a broken arm, or even an infection or a bout of pneumonia; nevertheless they are going to spend a few days or a few weeks recovering before being allowed to go home. These days hospitals release people “sicker and quicker” due to the Medicare reimbursement schedules. Several years ago to save money, the Medicare system went through every conceivable cause for hospitalization and gave it a value of x-number of hospital days, then told hospitals “this is what we will pay you…period. And it’s now a fact of life that nursing homes are a major player in the Medicare system, because they are cheaper than hospitals. So unless you are scheduled for surgery or you are in ICU, you are getting shipped out ASAP to a skilled nursing facility.

However, at any given time a large percentage of patients in nursing homes are there for the rest of their life. They are considered to be in “custodial care”. They are never going home. They are usually people that need to be on ‘machines’ or just plain ran out of money and now Medicaid is footing the bill. But chances are for most of them, it could have been avoided.

So how do you avoid ending your days in a nursing home? Compromise. I will tell you that the best way to avoid a nursing home is to move into a board & care or an assisted living before you get so sick that you lose all your options. It’s like this: many older adults refuse to consider assisted living until it’s too late and then end up in a nursing home, sometimes for 5 or 6 years. And it was avoidable. This is why: there are some weird rules in the licensing of an assisted living community that make it easy to “age-in-place” if you are already living there when you start declining.

But the same rules make it very hard to move into an assisted living if you are seriously chronically ill and trying to move in for the first time.

For example, imagine two people that are very chronically ill, the one that moved into the assisted living early on, is allowed to stay, even go on hospice for the remainder of their days, but the other that was living at home when their health turned worse will likely have a very difficult time moving into the A.L. community. The reason is most assisted livings usually do not want to take someone that will drain their resources, and/or the licensing agency will not allow admission to assisted living because the severity of their illness. And if you are on a limited income – forget about it. Assisted Livings and board and care homes are private pay only. Medicare and Medicaid will not contribute a dime for you to live in assisted living (even though it’s cheaper for them). Why is another article, let’s just say Medicare and Medicaid pay for medical issues and assisted living is considered a social issue. The much longer explanation can be found on government websites, or you can check the sites listed in my bio.

But to be perfectly honest, most people that are struggling to live alone should not hesitate to move into an assisted living community! Unfortunately in many people’s mind they think that they are maintaining their “independence” by struggling alone at home, when in fact they are far from independence. And this is a major delusion because most older adults who live alone are isolated, they rarely get out, they don’t eat well, they can’t keep up with the cleaning let alone basic home maintenance. They are often depressed because they have, in most cases, lived alone for years with only a television for company and most of their friends have passed on or moved away. Yet they continue to stay at home alone without proper care, nutrition, or socialization. Against all logic and argument to the contrary, they stubbornly hang on to their delusion of independence.

Let me paint a picture for you. A move to an assisted living community is like a combination of moving into an apartment and going on an Alaskan cruise. Forgive my over-generalization but imagine this: in assisted living you have an apartment-like suite that includes meals, housekeeping, and tons of socialization and activities. A typical day consists of getting up and going for breakfast in a restaurant setting and while you are out the housekeeper comes and makes your bed (once a week she changes all your linins). After breakfast you can go to the exercise class or the library or just go watch TV. When lunch time rolls around you go down to the dining room and have a nutritious meal and then head over to the next activity or go take a nap, before you know it, its dinner time. And after dinner there is a movie in the Theatre before you go to bed. Sounds nice? Keep in mind that you never again have to shop for groceries, cook, or wash a single dish. You don’t have pay the utilities, maintain a car, or even do your laundry. Every moment of the day is yours to do with as you will. Now tell me who is really the “independent” person? Best of all, you are able to “age-in-place”. You will develop new friendships and will have an emotional support structure that will remain with you indefinitely. Most people that come to assisted living are fairly healthy with the usual assortment of aging related issues, but as they get older they will need more help: assisted living offers things like medication management, bathing assistance, laundry service, transportation, housekeeping, meals, incontinence care and even dedicated one-on-one care. But few people need even half of these services when they first move in. That’s what we mean by aging-in-place.

To review, the way most board and care homes and assisted livings communities are licensed, a person can stay in an assisted living no matter how bad they get; even until they qualify for hospice and end of life. (There are some prohibitive conditions, but they are so severe, you would not imagine them in anything but a clinical setting, like feeding tubes and breathing machines). So if you are willing to compromise your “independence” a little early on, you can spend your last few years in a supportive, apartment-like setting, and guarantee that younever end up in “custodial care” at a nursing home.



Source by Donahue Vanderhider, Ph.D.

3 Insane Mistakes Acne Sufferers Make That Cause Severe Acne Breakouts

How badly do you want to cure your acne? Do you stand in front of the mirror studying your face, just wishing that your acne would vanish sometime soon? I know exactly how you feel as I suffered with acne for five and a half years. I have 3 mistakes to share with you that you need to begin avoiding now. Avoid them and begin to implement the solutions into your life if you want less frequent acne breakouts.

Mistake #1 – Consuming too many omega 6 fatty acids and not enough omega 3 fatty acids. The ideal ratio is 1:1, but the average American has a ratio of 20:1 in favor of omega 6s. Some nutritionists say a ratio of 4:1 is ideal. Omega 3s are known to fight off free radicals which will lead to fewer breakouts.

Solution #1 – Eat more omega 3s and less omega 6s. Do this by consuming more fatty fish, by taking a fish oil or krill oil supplement, eating more walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, and other similar foods that have a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids. Consuming grass finished beef and other meats with more omega 3s will help too.

Mistake #2 – Not eating any raw food. Most of us cook all our meals. This destroys the enzymes present in food, making it harder to digest, and it adds carcinogens to meat. It is important to feed your skin nutrition but when you cook food the nutrition is lost.

Solution #2 – Steam your vegetables. Eat a ginormous salad for lunch with lots of color vegetables. Drink a green smoothie for breakfast. Cook more of your own food instead of buying prepackaged food that is often cooked too much.

Mistake #3 – Avoiding sunlight. Do you avoid the sun and/or protect your skin from the sun with sunblock lotion? Doing this is a deadly mistake. Vitamin D3 is the most important vitamin that our body needs. The best source is the sun. Your skin loves the sunlight and will thrive with more of it.

Solution #3 – Get outside more. Do not burn yourself but make sure you are getting sunlight every day if possible. For those of you who live in climates where its cold in the winter months, take a Vitamin D3 supplement. I live in Michigan and thus do this myself.

Avoid these 3 mistakes and you will be headed down the correct pathway to clear skin. But, doing just these 3 things will not necessarily cure your acne although they will certainly help a lot.



Source by Todd Dosenberry