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An Apple A Day You Know What They Say! by The Digestive Divas

An apple a day – you know what they say!

But, do you know why it might keep the doctor away? Apples are beneficial for so many reasons. They are on the list of top foods for detoxing and you will find them in abundance on the Digestive Divas’ Diet – especially on the detox portion.

Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. They’re loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals – specifically flavanoids.

What was that? Yes indeed – Flavanoids: a class of fabulously healthy plant chemicals rich in antioxidants that fight against cell damage.

Apples contain a particular flavonoid – Phlorizidin (no need to memorize that one!) which is thought to help stimulate bile production. Since the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile, this can be a real boost to your detox. The pectin (soluble fiber) in apples helps detox metals and food additives from your body. If you’ve been driving through Mickey D’s lately – you’ll be needing that pectin for sure!

One last word of advice about the awesome apple before you get your awesome recipe.

Please buy organic whenever possible. Apples are on the list of the “dirty dozen” for pesticide content.

Apples are delicious plain, sprinkled with cinnamon, or topped with some almond butter. But if you really want a “Decadent Dessert” try these Baked Cherry Apples and top them with a dolop of coconut cream. You’ll have to get on a soap box to convince your family it’s a healthy treat! So don’t even tell ‘em – just let this yummy dish speak for itself!

baked cherry apples

Baked Cherry Apples

Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith Apples or Apple of your choice
1-2 tbs. of cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup organic apple juice
2 tsps. frontier vanilla or maple flavoring
1 pkg. frozen cherries or dried cherries
4 tbs. finely chopped nuts for topping
Grade B Maple Syrup (2 tbs.)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. Core the apples. Fill center with cherries. Mix apple juice with vanilla and 2-3 tsps. cinnamon. Place apples in baking dish and pour liquid over them. Sprinkle tops with remaining cinnamon. Drizzle each apple with a little maple syrup.

Bake in preheated 350 oven for approximately 45 minutes depending on size of apples. After 30 minutes, sprinkle tops with chopped nuts and continue baking until apples are done. Pierce with a fork and they are done when nice and tender.

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Lack of Energy Dragging You Down? by Kathy D’Agati

Do you have to drag your body out of bed every morning?

Are you struggling to fit more into your day but your body just won’t come along for the ride?

There are a lot of us running on empty these days.

You know it’s important to exercise and lose weight and you really do want to look and feel your best, but it takes so much energy to just get through your daily routine, there’s nothing left for anything else. Right?

Welcome to the club.

 

We live in a very toxic world. You eat “foods” that are highly processed when you take the time to eat at all. You get up early and go to bed late. In between you work crazy hours at a very stressful job. You are pushing yourself to do more and you don’t stop long enough to pay attention to the price you are paying for all this until:

* You start to notice that you are getting sick more frequently
* Your belly is getting larger with pounds that just won’t go away.
* Your sleep has become restless and you are starting to get indigestion.
* You are frequently constipated and your skin has gotten dry and itchy.
* You are feeling anxious, depressed and you are exhausted all the time.

Not a pretty picture.

You can go to a doctor who will give you a pill to manage each of your symptoms but soon you will be taking pills to deal with the side effects of the other pills.

You will start to feel old long before your time.

Want to know how to hit the reset button?

It’s not as hard as you think. The best place to start is with a gentle detox. This is a great time of year to give it a try. Daylight savings starts March 10th, which means that spring is not far behind. It’s time to shed the winter doldrums and get yourself reinvigorated for the beautiful days ahead.

A detox doesn’t mean you have to do anything crazy.

I admit, there are some pretty unusual ones on the market today but that’s not what I am talking about. Your body is actually trying to detoxify itself all the time. We make it impossible for it to do its job well when we burden our system with artificial sweeteners, sugars, chemicals, food dyes, trans fats and highly processed “foods.” We are also further burdened by a growing list of “healthy” foods we can no longer digest properly because of our compromised digestive systems.

Eliminating those foods and replacing them with delicious and nourishing fresh whole foods that are easy to digest will give your body the welcome respite it needs to detoxify properly.

The effects will be transformative. Nagging health problems will suddenly disappear, extra weight will drop away and for the first time in your life you will experience what it truly means to feel healthy.

We have watched this miracle happen over and over again.

It’s exciting every time.

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