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Innovative Dental Care Products to Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Check out this video on my youtube channel of an amazing innovative toothbrush I found at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim in March.  This was created by a long time dentist to help improve your oral health, which in turns affects the health of your body, as well.

There is a special offer mentioned in the video for a 40 percent discount when you purchase the product(s) and you do not want to miss out on this, as this deal may end at any time.

Mouthwatchers – Antimicrobial Toothbrushes/Innovative Dental Care Part 1: Introduction

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My 10 Day Trial Using Herbal Face Food™ from Self Health Revolution

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Herbal Face Food from Self Health Revolution

My 10 Day Trial Using Herbal Face Food™ from Self Health Revolution

For more information about this company, go to: http://www.herbalfacefood.com

Check out my introductory video about the product on my youtube channel:
Herbal Face Food™ – Part 1: Introduction

I wanted to write down and share my experiences with others who may be interested in trying this product for themselves. I wanted to take daily pictures, but since I am using my iPad 2, it is not so sharp and clear, as it is not the most up to date camera and photos tend to be somewhat blurry, but I tried to take them as close up as possible, so I am not hiding how my face looks, even if I have an issue with it. I embrace and accept who I am, while always trying to improve myself using the best natural, holisitic and healthy methods/products that I research and are available to me and also give you an honest and detailed review of them. Therefore, you will not be seeing any pictures and will have to watch the video to see my results after 10 days of use.

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this review, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

Day 1- Wednesday 2/15/17

My AM experiences:
I following the directions to have a clean dry face before applying. I shook the bottle well, as it is very concentrated and tends to separate when left standing. I squeezed from the dropper bottle, 5 drops and then applied all over my face and my neck, although they say to put on the most pronounced problem areas. It can also be applied to your skin, other then your face, if you like. Be extra careful when applying and also after, especially around the sensitive areas of your eyes, nose and mouth and to not apply in too close to them, as you will feel a hot, tingling sensation, as soon as you put in on your skin. I mentioned after, as you want to wash your hands well with soap and not touch your face in the wrong places). I put it on around 10:45 am and immediately felt the hot sensation (unlike a HOT flash, as this actually means the product is working) and it did not dissipate completely for about 15 minutes. My face did not get flushed, as that can also happen. It did not bother me having that occur, as I know it is supposed to.

I smelled the thyme more then anything else, and it lingers on your face for a while.
As an added bonus, it is also aromatherapeutic to breathe in the scent.
So if you do not want to have that smell stay with you (but not sure others can smell, unless get really close to you and also, if they do not care for that scent) and have to go out somewhere, make sure to do it early enough, so it have time to dissipate, as you do not put anything else on over the serum.

My PM Experiences:
I decided to put on the skin serum before I brushed my teeth, but I do not suggest you do that, as you have to wash your hands very well with soap to make sure you do not get any residue in your mouth, especially when floss your teeth (as I do that first). I washed my hands twice with soap to be sure I would not get any in my mouth. The reason I did it this way, is because I thought it would take a while for the hot sensation to level off and wanted to give that time to happen before going to sleep. To my pleasant suprise, the second time using the skin serum, on my ehole face and neck, at 9:45 pm, I got the sensation immediately upon applying and then it seemed to linger in certain areas of my face, but the peak was only for about 5 minutes and after 10 minutes, did not feel anything. My face, is perhaps, adjusting to it and will see if anything changes or stays the same on day 2.

Day 2- Thursday 2/16/17

My AM Experiences:
I checked in the mirror to see if I noticed any changes to my face since using the skin serum for one day, but there was no noticeable difference. I put on the product early in the morning, at 7 am. I would usually prefer to put it on at the same time, daily, but it depends on my schedule. I did not take pictures of my face early this morning, as when I tried, to do so with lights on in my place (as was not enough natural light), the photo was not clear, so will have to do it later in the day. I also want to take the photos, at the same time daily, but circumstances, do not always allow for that. I will try to be as consistent as possible throughout this trial.

I want to also make an important point that you need to wash your hands well (I wash them twice) with soap after using the skin serum, to make sure there is no residue afterwards as you do not want inadvertently touch your eyes, nose or mouth with the product still on your hands.

After putting on the serum, I felt the hot burning sensation immediately and then it dissipated after 5 minutes, but still felt some tingling in the first 10 minutes. Seems that my face is getting more comfortable with it.

My PM Experiences:
I put on the skin serum at 11 pm. I still have the initial intense heat and tingling at first and then dissipatd after sbout 7 minutes, but this time felt the tingling in a milder sense for about another 5 minutes.

Day 3- Friday 2/17/17

My AM Experiences:
I am not sure I noticed any changes to my face, as yet, when looking in the mirror. I applied the serum at 10:05 am and still hot and tingling strong for the first 5 minutes and then lessens, but still feel it for the next 5 minutes or so. The skin on my cheeks closer to my eyes looks a bit redder, as does my chin, right after application, so may be that is the facial flushing response. I will see if that goes away later on.

My PM Experiences:
The redness on my face did go away from the morning. I had to put on the serum earlier this evening, as tonight is The Sabbath and can not put it on once it starts, as is forbidden to out on any creams/lotions on the skin. I applied it at 5:10 pm and was hot and tingling strong for about 5-7 minutes and on my chin and under my eyes, it seemed to linger a bit longer. I still am not sure I see any difference on my face, especially the area I am focusing on, namely my chin.

Day 4- Saturday 2/18/17

My AM Experiences:
I did not apply the skin serum this morning and this was written after the Sabbath ended on Sat. night, as I do not write during the day. I am not able to apply any creams/lotions on my skin, so will have to make up and put on an additional morning. I will apply it tonight.

My PM Experiences:
I applied the serum at 1:50 am, which is Sun. morning, as I went to bed late. Was thinking to do it earlier, but did not want to apply before brushing my teeth, as mentioned in a previous day. I had the hot and tingling sensation for about 5-7 minutes and then dissipated.

Day 5- Sunday 2/19/17

My AM Experiences:
I still can not tell if there are any noticeable changes to my face. I applied the serum at 11:35 am and was hot and tingling for about 5 minutes and then still felt for another 5 minutes, but not as intense.

My PM Experiences:
I put on the serum at 8:50 pm and have same experiences as this morning. First 5 minutes are most intense with hot and tingling sensation and then once gets to 10 minutes is mostly dissipated, excelt for areas that focusing on more add a bit more of the product, namely, the chin and under the eyes.

Day 6- Monday 2/20/17

My AM Experiences:
Applied the serum at 5 am. Still not sure seeing any differences to my skin. Ingense heat and tingling for 5 minutes and then lessened after that.

My PM Experiences:
I was unable to apply the serum tonight, as I am involved in a sleep study, and had my face covered with electrodes. I will likely add another application to make up for this, as want to be sure have a full 10 days, morning and night of application.

Day 7- Tuesday 2/21/17

My AM Experiences:
Was able to apply the serum this morning at 6:55 am after all the electrodes were removed from my face. Same experiences with hot and tingling for 5 minutes amd then lessens within 10 total minutes. Still do not notice any changes to my skin, but maybe I am not seeing it and is happening anyway or tsking longer for me to be aware of it.

My PM Experiences:
Since I did not get to apply the serum last night, I decided to put it earlier today, so I do not miss using it 2x per day again, as tonight, I will be unable to do so, as it’s my 2nd and final night for this sleep study. I applied the serum at 1:55 pm, so that is 7 hours since the morning application and then it will have time to absorb in, till late this evening when the electrodes will be placed on my face. Have the same responses, as previous with the 1st 5 minutes feeling intense heat and tingling on the face and then not much by 10 minutes after application.

Day 8- Wednesday 2/22/17

My AM Experiences:
I applied the serum at 10:40 am. Still have the same intense hot and tingling sensation on my face for 5 minutes and then less by about the 10 minute mark.

My PM Experiences:
Got home late from a trip, so ended up putting on the serum on my face at 1 am. Still same intensity as previous days.

Day 9- Thursday 2/23/17

My AM Experiences:
Still do not notice any visible changes in my face, but maybe they are very suttle, so hard for me to tell, I really can no say. I applied the serum on my face at 11:40 am with same intensity as mentioned previously.

My PM Experiences:
I applied the serum to my face at 10:30 pm, with same experience as mentioned on other days.

Day 10- Friday 2/24/17

Although this is technically the last day of thhe 10 day trial using the skin serum, I as not able to use the serum cosistently day and night a couple of times during this time period, so I will be continuing writing this for a couple more applications after today.

My AM Experiences:
Applied the facial serum at 10:50 am, same exoeriences as previously mentioned

My PM Experiences:
Applied the serum at 5:30 pm, earlier then usual evening application, as the Sabbath starts soon and can not apply any creams to my face from sundown tonight till an hour after sundown tomorrow night.

Day 11- Saturday 2/25/17

Please note this entry was not written durimg the day time, but after the end of the Sabbath. This is a make up for one of the applications that missed during the the 10 day trial.

My AM Experiences:
No application this morning due to Sabbath observance.
I did notice that certain areas of the skn on my face seemed to be dry and not sure if it is the serum that is drying out blemishes on my face or not.

My PM Experiences:
I applied the serum to my face at 9:50 pm. Same experience as previously mentioned.

Day 12- Sunday 2/26/17

My AM Experiences:
I noticed again the dry patches in different areas of my face and nor sures I noticed that every morning, but did the oast couple of days. Still not sure noticed any significant changes to my face after completing 10 full days of applying to my face.
I applied the serum to my face at 10:10 am and had same experiences as mentioned previously.

This is the final entry that will be recorded here to make up for one application that missed during the 10 day trial. After using this skin serum, I have to honestly say that I did not see any dramatic changes to my face, especially my chin area, that I was focusing on. It is not to say that the product did not do anything for me, as perhaps it is less noticeable. It also could be that I need to use the product longer. I did apply according to the instructions given. I still have some product left in the bottle and will use it up, but have no plans to purchase it. I am in no way discouraging you from giving this product a try (if you want to do a 10 day trial go to the Facebook page for Herbal Face Food™, and you will find the info there on how to do it) as it is definitely high quality, 100 percent natural and plant-based. So there is no loss for giving it a shot, regardless of whether you see any changes or not.

Thanks for taking the time to read my experiences in using Herbal Face Food™

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos of what I made using Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products

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The order of pictures in the slideshow above:

1- Millet-Chia Casserole (showing bags of products used)

2- Truffle Treats (showing bags of products used)

3- Buckwheat Croquettes (showing bags of products used)

4- Chia-Tapioca Pudding (showing bags of products used)

5- Buckwheat Croquettes

6- Truffles Treats

7- Chia Pudding

8- Millet-Chia Casserole

9- Slice of Millet-Chia Casserole with Tu-Maca Gravy and Buckwheat Croquette

10- Chia Pudding with Orange slices and Truffle Treats

11- Truffle Treats

Also, check out my video introducing some of their products:

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products – Part 1: Introduction

Anthony’s Goods – Organic and Natural Flours, Meals and Food Products
– Part 2: Recipes

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Elite Naturel – Organic Juice Company

Elite Naturel – Organic Juice Company

I met Çagri Esmekya, General Manager of Elite Naturel http://www.elitenaturel.com on the last day of the Natural Products Expo West March 2015 in Anaheim, CA. I was on my way out of the Convention Center and noticed the bottles of juice at his booth and asked to take some. He was very generous to late me take quite a few bottles (of course, he did plan to take it back with him to NY and probably would have been donated). I agreed to do a product review on my blog of the juices and some are very unique. Even though I received the products in March 2015, it has taken some time to go through and taste all the products. I wanted to do one comprehensive post for all the products I have, instead of for each individual one. The main office for this company is in Turkey. They also have offices in NY, Germany and China.

All the products are sold in glass, I am happy to say, as I am not a “fan” of plastic, and are kosher (OU symbol), USDA certified organic, gluten-free, Non GMO Certified, not from concentrate (except for the watermelon juice) no added sugar, certified Fair Trade and have no additives, no colorings or preservatives. So you know, they are flash pasteurized. Once opened they must be refrigerated and consumed within 5 days. I also recommend when drinking fruit juices to swish some water in your mouth afterwards so the sugars do not stay on your teeth and prevent any tooth decay.

I am including pictures of the bottles for you to see. The labels are informative (although not always written in English, so do not understand all it says) and have nice pictures of the fruit, as well.

Update – 2/8/16: I have never looked at their website before and just did to see what their product line is like and if I could find more information about one of their juices and it seems that most of what I am reviewing here may/may not be available anymore, as it looks like the packaging has changed significantly, but in any event you are welcome to read my review and check out what they do offer on their website: http://www.elitenaturel.com

Here are my thoughts on the products in order of my tasting them:

1- I first one I tried has orchids on the label and not sure what other fruit is in it.
It comes in a 200 ml glass bottle and the words are all in French. It is called Orchidée. It had a very mild mellow satisfying flavor. I had it while out walking to quench my thirst and give me more nutrients then just drinking water.

2 – The second one I tried is called Pure Yumberry Juice. It comes in a 250 ml and 1 liter glass bottles. The small bottle I had is great for traveling and I had it while I was out for a walk. I have never tried a yumberry, so not sure what it is. This was produced in Turkey, so must be one of their berries and I am sure it is also high in antioxidants, especially with the rich red color of the juice. The juice was quite thick and creamy compared to the first one above and more like a smoothie. I liked the taste very much and the amount of sweetness was just right for me.

3 – The third one I tried is called Hibiscus. There is a lovely picture of a hibiscus flower on the label. It is a blend of pomegranate juice, water and hibiscus flavor. It comes in a 250 ml glass bottle (or at least that is the one I have from the company and perhaps it comes in other sizes). The pomegranate makes it high in antioxidants, which are very important in the body and the flavor has a hint of sweetness, but is a bit more tart because of it. For those who like sweet juice, this would not be one you’d choose as your first/favorite option. Regardless, it is quite good and perhaps an acquired taste/something you can get used to.

4 – The fourth one I tried is called Fruits du Verger in a 700 ml (23.7 fl oz) glass bottle. It is a combination of 5 fruits: orange, apple, pear, plum and banana. I was not sure how I would like it because I am not a fan of bananas (actually, they do not agree with me). They is 20% juice of each of the fruits listed. When I have the first drink of it, it tasted quite good and not overly sweet. It was smooth and mellow. The banana did not stand out for me, as far as flavor, I tasted more the pear and plum. I ended up drinking the entire bottle at once because I did not eat that much and usually consume more fresh fruit during the day. It was satisfying and filling, too.

5 – The fifth one I tried is called Réveil GOURMAND in a 700 ml glass bottle. It is a combination of 6 fruits: banana, orange, pear, apple, apricot and peach. There is 20% juice of the banana and orange and the rest is 15% each. Even though there is more banana, I did not taste it, but what stood out for me from the first sip was the apricot, which I like very much. The blend of flavors was excellent and having not consumed enough of my regular fruit consumption on the day I tried it, I finished the bottle without putting it in the fridge. I like it better room temperature because too cold is too shocking to the body. So far, this is my favorite one!

6 – The sixth one I tried is called Matin Calin in a 700 ml glass bottle. It is a combination of 7 fruits: banana 10%, peach, apricot, orange, pear, strawberry and apple – 15% of each of them. It had a smooth creamy flavor and the apricot stood out most for me when I first drank it. This one has the addition of strawberry to it, which ai liked, but otherwise has the same of the rest of the fruits as #5 above. Banana, is not a fruit I consume, but when mixed in with the other fruits, I do not taste it. Again, I drank most of it at room temperature, which I prefer, but not sure if chilling it beforehand would give it a different taste.

7- The seventh one I tried is called Jasmin in a 700 ml/23.7 fl oz glass bottle. This is one of my favorite, as the flavor is light and satisfying. It is mildy sweet from the melon juice, but not overpowering. The juice is pressed with the seeds and jasmin flavor is added, although I do not know what jasmin is supposed to taste like; I am tasting the melon.

8- The eighth one I tried is called Watermelon Juice from concentrate in a narrow tall 50 cl/500 ml/16.9 oz glass bottle. From just looking at it, has a very deep red color, more like a grape juice type drink. The label does not list any ingredients, I would gather, because all it is, is watermelon. I opened up the bottle and smelled it first, and has a sweet fruity smell. I poured a couple of ounces into a glass, and seems much thicker then the other juices I tried from this company. When I drank it, was super sweet and also too much so, to drink as is. I had a few sips of water afterwards, but next time will dilute it some, to tone down the “super” sweetness, even too much for me and more like a syrup. On the second time around trying this, I diluted it with half water, but could do even more and still tasted the sweetness, but not as overpowering to the palate. I prefer drinking it this way.

9- The ninth and final one I tried is called Tomato Juice with Aegean Herbs in a small 20 cl/250 ml/~8 oz glass bottle. I looked up Aegean online and that is a region in Turkey. Here is a link if you want to check out the herbs and greens they use: http://www.turkish-cuisine.org/ingredients-7/ingredients-used-in-turkish-cuisine-66/wild-greens-and-herbs-188.html?PagingIndex=1
This is a nice savory drink, if you are looking for something different and a change of pace from always having a sweet juice. There is no detailed ingredients listed on the label and looked on their website, but did not even find the product listed It had an Italian flavor to me, although I could not see any of the herbs in the bottle. I actually decided to pour some on my salad, as a dressing and was very good.

Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice

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Orchidee

Orchidee

Yumberry Juice

Yumberry Juice

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Garden-In-A-Can from Back To The Roots – Timeline Photos from Seed to Plant

Garden-In-A-Can from Back To The Roots: Ready To Grow Products http://www.backtotheroots.com

Here are photos showing the progress of growing the organic basil and organic cilantro from seed to plant.

I planted the seeds in the cans on 7/17/15 and the day number indicated in the photos is from the day started.

You can also watch my review of the products on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Day 4 - 7/21/15  Organic Basil - starting to see little shoots

Day 4 – 7/21/15
Organic Basil – starting to see little shoots

Day 4 - 7/21/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro - nothing yet from the cilantro

Day 4 – 7/21/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro – nothing yet from the cilantro

Day 6 - 7/23/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro - no cilantro showing yet!

Day 6 – 7/23/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro – no cilantro showing yet!

Day 9 - 7/26/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 9 – 7/26/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 9 - 7/26/15 #2 Organic Basil and Cilantro - do you see the little cilantro shoot?

Day 9 – 7/26/15 #2
Organic Basil and Cilantro – do you see the little cilantro shoot?

Day 9 - 7/26/15 Organic Cilantro - see the small little shoot to the right with the seed pod on top

Day 9 – 7/26/15
Organic Cilantro – see the small little shoot to the right with the seed pod on top

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Cilantro - see more shoots!

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Cilantro – see more shoots!

Day 12 - 7/29/15 Organic Basil

Day 12 – 7/29/15
Organic Basil

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Cilantro - yey! More shoots!

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Cilantro – yey! More shoots!

Day 14 - 7/31/15 Organic Basil

Day 14 – 7/31/15
Organic Basil

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 16 - 8/02/15 Organic Basil

Day 16 – 8/02/15
Organic Basil

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Basil

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Basil

Day 18 - 8/04/15 Organic Cilantro - you can start seeing a weed growing on the left side of the can

Day 18 – 8/04/15
Organic Cilantro – you can start seeing a weed growing on the left side of the can

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 21 - 8/07/15 Organic Basil

Day 21 – 8/07/15
Organic Basil

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Basil

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Basil

Day 24 - 8/10/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 24 – 8/10/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 30 - 8/16/15 Organic Basil

Day 30 – 8/16/15
Organic Basil

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Basil

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Basil

Day 33 - 8/19/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 33 – 8/19/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Basil

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Basil

Day 37 - 8/23/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 37 – 8/23/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Cilantro

Day 41 - 8/27/15 Organic Basil

Day 41 – 8/27/15
Organic Basil

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Basil and Cilantro

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Basil

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Basil

Day 44 - 8/30/15 Organic Cilantro

Day 44 – 8/30/15
Organic Cilantro

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Review of My Little Organic Bistro – Coral Gables, Florida

My Little Organic Bistro Review

I came to My Little Organic Bistro the first time in the summer of 2013 and the food was awesome. It is a small hidden treasure in Coral Gables. All the food is organic. The price is the best ever for the amount of food you are given. The flavor are very well blended and the eye appeal is superb.

There are a lot of “regulars” who come and eat here all the time and some rarely prepare their own food (except on weekends, when the bistro is closed)

I had the pleasure of interviewing the owner, Dr Amnery Ley, for my youtube channel and here is a link for you to watch: My Little Organic Bistro – Interview with Owner, Dr. Amnery Ley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REhcShZYCDE

If you have never come here to eat, you are missing out and it is worth the trip (I am over a hour away). I came again with my parents for Thanksgiving and had an amazing raw vegan meal. We also took home food for the weekend.

You will not miss eating all the unhealthy food you are used to because all the meals are satisfying, tasty and filling.

Thanks, Amnery for opening this wonderful place to the public and teaching everyone about eating and living a healthier and happier life.

Mindy aka TheRawsomeVeganGal 😎 (name of my youtube channel to check out other videos I have of product reviews, healthy living topics and recipes) – http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

Update: I am sad to say 😥 that in looking up their FB page (could not find the page anymore) that they have closed as of December 2014. I found that information on other sites that review vegan restaurants. What a shame because they made such excellent gourmet raw vegan food. Hope they will re-open.

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Coconut Secret – Low Glycemic Coconut Products

Coconut Secret – Low Glycemic Coconut Products

The company, Coconut Secret, has “tapped” into a way to create great products made from the sap of coconut that are natural alternatives to traditional products on the market. To me, they are above board then even some of the “natural” products you see in health food stores and supermarkets. Some, of course, are better then others and some, I see as being worse for you then eating dirt or grass from your yard. So, “all products are not created equal,” in my humble opinion.

The owners, Leslie and Randy, found a personal need for their family and decided to create their own products because there were none on the market that met their expectations. As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” They took this opportunity and ran with it and I am happy that these products came about because they are not only good for you, but they also taste good! You can forget about your traditional soy sauces, vinegars, honey and sugars because these products from Coconut Secret, in my opinion, will eliminate the conventional unhealthy ones from your pantry.

Coconut Secret does everything right and never cut corners in making their products. Most products (except for some of their chocolate bars that have dairy and not 100% organic) are 100% Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, Kosher and no MSG in their soy-free seasoning sauce.

The benefits of using the sap of the coconut blossoms is that it’s very low glycemic in and of itself and also rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, minerals, amino acids and close to a neutral pH.

Another thing I am very pleased that the company opted to do when making their products, is to use glass bottles and not plastic. We all know that plastic, even the supposed non-toxic ones that are called BPA-free, likely still have some chemical components that may leach into the product. I have never personally had a BPA-free container tested for what it is made of in a lab, but it would be interesting to know that. Perhaps that can be researched further by “googling” it. I am not a “fan” of using plastics at all. I do understand that not all products can be packed in glass for various reasons, including cost, safety, etc. To me glass is the best option for a number of reasons: 1- no leaching of chemicals into food from plastic and the fact that it’s sitting in the plastic for who knows how long while it is sitting on the shelf in the store, 2- you can reuse the glass bottles or jars for many different purposes: food, gifting something to others, using as your water bottle and if nothing else, recycle it, 3- my opinion is that they have a better shelf-life, as well, 4- the food in the glass is much healthier for you, because why would/how could you want to make an organic product and then house them in plastic? To me, that is similar to buying fresh, healthy, ripe and organic produce and then washing it with chemically-laden tap water. Another example would be someone who was told they needs to exercise for health, so they decide to ride a bicycle, but smoke a cigarette while doing so. I think you get the message. Glass is best! I would go so far as to say, I never buy “plastic” water, because even if it is pure water, it has still been living in plastic for who knows how long and chemicals have been leaching into it. My tip to you: when traveling by plane and you can not take a glass or stainless water bottle, do not buy plastic water. The best bet, is to take produce that is rich in structured water that will hydrate you and also provide you with other beneficial vitamins and minerals. Some suggestions: apples, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, kiwis, melons, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, celery, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

Also, their products has simple easy to read and understand ingredients that you do not need a degree in chemistry or the like to understand. The 3 coconut products I discuss here, are actually only made of one ingredient, that being coconut sap from the coconut blossoms (except for the coconut aminos that adds sea salt).

The 3 products I review here are:
Raw Coconut Vinegar, Raw Coconut Nectar and Coconut Aminos.

1) Raw Coconut Vinegar: This product is by far better tasting then any vinegar I have had in the past, including apple cider, umeboshi plum and rice vinegar. It smells exactly like traditional apple cider vinegar, in my opinion, and has higher nutritional value then similar products in its amino acid, vitamin and mineral content.

It also has the added benefit of being a great source of FOS – fructooligosaccharides – which is a prebiotic that feeds/promotes the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria, which are in fruits and vegetables, including, apples, pears, garlic, onion and asparagus (which differs from a probiotic, which is the “good”/beneficial gut bacteria that aids in intestinal/digestive health, such as found in foods like sauerkraut, miso, kefir, kimchi and kombucha). So, it taste yummy plus you improve your digestion – what a great concept! You can sprinkle it on your salad, add it to dressings, marinades, to season rice for sushi, in spreads, sauces and patés. It can also be used for cleansing internally, as well as skincare.

The reason it is called “raw,” is because it’s processed without any heat and therefore, is also rich in enzymes. It is made in small batches, which means it is fresher and they have more control over the results. This vinegar is naturally aged for 8 months to 1 year to give it the distinct flavor, which does not taste coconutty at all! It also does not need any refrigeration.

2) Raw Coconut Nectar: This is one of the best alternatives to sweeteners on the market today. If you want a product that pours like honey, is as sweet as any other sweetener, can be used in all your desserts, does not need refrigeration, and is safe for diabetics, has a low glycemic index, then this is the product you ought to buy and use regularly!

There are so many products on the market today if you have a “sweet tooth,” and the majority are made with unnatural, chemically processed ingredients, colored with carcinogenic dyes and then use products like aspartame, splenda, nutrasweet – which are actually all the same thing and produced by Monsanto. If you are not aware of them, they produce r-BGH [bovine growth hormone] milk, and GMO [genetically modified organisms] foods which have already proven to not help with the hunger issue in the world and also cause the plants to need to be sprayed with more pesticides, herbicides, etc. The yield are usually lower and animal fed GMO feed have developed all kinds of problems/illnesses/diseases and when they are fed non-GMO feed the problems all go away. If you would like to do your own experiment to see what happens, take an organic corn on the cob and conventionally grown corn on the cob [which is more likely then not to be GMO] and put them both outside and put a popsicle stick in the ground next to each one and write organic and conventional to distinguish the two of them. Then see which one gets mostly eaten by the birds and creatures. This will tell you a lot! Besides the fact, that if the companies decide to inject something into the seed that you may be deathly allergic to, such as peanut, soy, etc, you will never know.

Now you know why to stay away from the chemical products on the market, but even the supposed “natural” sweeteners may not be good for hypoglycemic and diabetic people, of which their is a very large population of the world in these categories, including very young children.

Their have been an influx of products using agave nectar, especially with raw food snack products, which are better for you, but adding agave changes that and it is tauted as being a better/healthier alternative. Most people do not know that it is actually worse or on par with HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) which causes numerous health problems. I will have an article on my blog coming up in the future that discusses this subject. So you know, it is not raw, is highly processed and high glycemic, which is not good for anyone, even if you do not have any issues with your pancreas, but over time, it could lead to it. I was even surprised that a company I know who bottles the best raw organic coconut water, in my opinion, are using agave as a sweetener in their raw tea! They already have access to the coconuts, so why aren’t they using the coconut nectar from the blossoms or contacting Coconut Secret to use their nectar? I hope to get in touch with the company soon, so this can be remedied!

3) Coconut Aminos: Are you still using Kikkoman, Braggs or any of the other soy sauces on the market? So you know, most soy is GMO (as explained above) and even with the ones that say organic, there is still the issue of cross-contamination if it was planted in a field where there are other gluten crops growing or grown in soil that was previously used to grow gluten crops (i.e. wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, etc). This is an issue, especially for those who have gluten sensitivities/intolerance or celiac disease, but even for though of us who are staying away from gluten, as a preventative measure, because gluten, can reck havoc on the body, which specifically begins in the colon (where the health of the body begins) and cause numerous health problems. Think of the word gluten – sounds like glue and who wants something in their body that acts like glue, I don’t! That is why this is the perfect alternative to soy sauce and has a similar flavor without the soy. You can use it on your salads, in stews, dressings, sauces, bean dishes, etc.

Coconut Secret also sells other great coconut products, such as coconut flour, coconut sugar, etc and you can check them all out on their website: http://www.coconutsecret.com

Also check out my video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

In closing, I hope that all markets/stores, in time will only carry products such as sold by Coconut Secret. A lot of companies can learn from them (and I wish they would) as to how to make great products for health and not compromise or “cave in” to cut corners based on their own selfish needs or being pressured by governmental “hounds” as opposed to the concerns and long term benefits to the people and the planet. They have their priorities right and straight! A big thank you and gratitude always!

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