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Three Goats Farm of Montgomery, Texas
What do you call a former beauty queen who threw off her tiara, make up and high heels to become a barefoot running,tree climbing, dirt loving, goat herding farm chick? A nutritionist,turned Agrarian-growing her own farm fresh REAL food,in the kitchen mixing up her own beauty treatments from nature, and a former personal trainer who now prefers to lift a shovel instead of barbell. Well…a Primitive DIVA of course! Join my NEW adventure in2013 as I move to the farm for living and Growing wild, primitive and healthy in this modern crazy world.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MACA Munch Granola


2 cups soaked and rinsed raw almonds
2 cups of finely shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup soaked (softened) medjool dates
1/2 cup cacao nibs
2 Tsp Himalayan salt
1/4 cup MACA (I used Navita brand* found in my amazon store on right)

Blend all ingredients in food processor by pulsing until chunky but not forming solid "dough". Place on dehydrator tray (screen) and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 12 hours. Place in an airtight container for storing. I enjoyed mine for breakfast with raw kefir and organic blueberries. Munch straight or add your favorite milk and fruit!

ENJOY!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine


2 Egg Yolks (fresh free range)
6 ounces of raw Kefir (mine was goat milk obviously)
1 Tbsp grass fed Butter
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tsp Tumeric
2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tsp Ginger
2 Tsp Cardamom
1 heaping Tbsp of MACA

What a beautiful way to NOURISH your body! This smoothie is loaded with healthy fats, whole protein, adaptogenic foods, antioxidants, anti inflammatory foods, beneficial bacteria (probiotic), enzymes, endocrine hormone balancing compounds, liver support and MORE!......Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

A new twist on one of my favorites!



You guys know how much I love my kale chips. I have been so busy lately, I have only made a batch or two. I did try a few bags of premade ($7-$10, Gulp!)and they were awful. So,while shopping last night, i grabbed a few bags of kale and a .79 bag of TJ's Taco Seasoning. I have discovered an amazing combination that makes the most delicious kale chips ever AND they are so easy. All the ingredients came from my FAVORITE store~Trader Joes! Have I said Thank YOU to the TJ'S decision to build a store in the Woodlands, Texas. I mean, its still 45-60 minutes from me at the farm in Montgomery BUT their selection of organics, beautiful produce, raw cheeses, my kids favorite sourdough, natural cleaning products, organic wines....and of course their prices are GREAT! 

Two bags of TJ's Organic Tuscan Kale
1 package of TJ's Taco Seasoning mix (no MSG-woo hoo!)
1/2 cup Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 to 1 Tbsp Sea or Himalayan Salt
1 cup of Nutritional Yeast
A few cloves of crushed Garlic

Mix all together in a large bowl, spread onto dehydrator screen and dehydrate at 105-110 for several hours until crispy OR spread onto cookie sheet and place in a 170-200 degree (or lowest setting) oven until crispy.

 I kept a bowl of the seasoned kale to enjoy as a salad at lunch topped with pico, avocados and some of my goat cheese. 

I hope you try these.....they are very delicious!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The MANY Benefits of Infrared Sauna

Enjoying the benefits of Dry Brushing and Infrared sauna


 
 I found this amazing little place, on the lake nearby, Planet Beach Contempo Spa. One of the services they offer is a 30 minute full detox therapy in a Sunlighten Infrared Sauna. Years ago, I had a sauna in my home and I had  some pretty incredible health benefits from using the sauna daily. The practice of using heat to heal and cure the body has been in place ,for several centuries, throughout the world and many cultures. Native Americans had sweat tents/lodges and Romans had their famous steam bathing, to mention a few.
 
 
I visited the Sunlighten site to do some research on the many benefits of infrared.  Here is a general list of benefits, that you should know. I have a sauna on my WISH list for the new house. In the meantime, I love that I can visit my newly discovered mini spa and enjoy a sauna whenever I like.

 

Infrared Sauna Health Benefits


Infrared saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” home therapies for overall healthier living. If you want to get yourself back into balance, an infrared sauna may be the ticket to achieving your wellness goals.

Detoxification
 
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
 
Weight Loss
Studies have shown that an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
 
Relaxation
Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.  

Pain Relief
Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.   
 
Lower Blood Pressure
Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.  
 
Improved Circulation
Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use—especially in the mid IR range—can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
 
Anti-Aging & Skin Purification
The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone 
 
Wound Healing
Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection
 
Cell Health
Near infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system
 
So, if you have interest in trying out a sauna for yourself, check into visiting your LOCAL Planet Beach Contempo Spa. Tell them Melissa Humphries- THE Primitive Diva referred you! Hee Hee, maybe I might get a free Sauna or two.
 


 



Monday, November 18, 2013

A little Monday morning RESTORE

Good morning.....felt a little run down last week (sore throat, aches....) My awesome hubby left the country for a 3 week business trip and, well-- its a bit stressful managing all the people and critters around here single handedly. But, whatever it was, I knocked it out with a powerful blend of my favorite Mountain Rose herbal teas, adaptogenic herbs, Genesis specialized nutrients and minerals, DoTerra essential oils and REST!

So, I took it easy over the weekend with lots of reading, long walks,sunshine and some nourishing foods.

Thought today would be a great day for a "mini" RESTORE.  I started my day with a balance of immune builders and cleansing elixirs, while I enjoyed some quiet time and a much needed phone call from my best friend (my hubby). Ahhhh......such a great welcome to a Monday!  I will update my post through the day. But, know that I am busy in the kitchen preparing bone broth, kefir, green juices and raw soups to infuse and build my body with PURE goodness! 


I have a half gallon of raw goat kefir to enjoy today. It will flood my body with enzymes, protein and beneficial bacteria! 

Here is my strawberry kefir, sooo delicious.


I have a pot of bone broth on the stove (24 hours and counting) today's is Two Roosters soup. It is loaded with veggies and every herb in my garden( it smells divine) and yes, two roosters that were misbehaving (sorry, it's a fact of life-- overly "amorous" roosters can mame or kill your chickens. So, boys.....be warned, haha!)



And off to blend up a beautiful green smoothies to enjoy at lunch,with a boost of PURE Greens and Fresh Pomegranate (a fall favorite!)


How are you loving yourself today?





Monday, October 21, 2013

A Time For Renewal (Part 1 of 2)

Obviously my absence and sporadic posts are evidence--BUT, for clarity my life has been hectic and CrAzY this summer. It seems EVERY single week there has been something demanding ALL of my time and energy. The stress of construction and planning, animals, hubby’s travel schedule, my daughters surgery(broken collarbone), my hubby’s "repairs" (chainsaw –vs- finger AND and an abdominal hernia) and well, just LIFE. Don’t get me wrong, I am not whining about my life….I LOVE MY LIFE! We are being blessed seeing our dreams of the farm take shape. But, seriously my type A personality gets the best of me sometimes. I found myself not focusing on “ME” very much as I dug my heels in to take care of ALL the humans and critters I am responsible for nurturing!  I always preach the importance of self care and making a priority of taking care of the care taker. However, neglecting my own advice, I slid into a state of exhaustion and a bit of an “I don’t care” mentality. It is soooo easy to fall into old habits-- indulge in some not so NOURISHING comfort foods, skip my workouts, not have my prayer time in the morning, go for an afternoon coffee to perk me up, instead of an afternoon run……..well, screech. Someone put on the brakes. Who is this woman staring back in the mirror? where did my Diva GLOW go? What happened to my boundless energy? Where did my SMILE go? I found myself desperate for a reset button. Hmmmm….they say,ask and you shall receive, right?
A dear friend of mine, and fellow REAL food advocate at Pura Vida Livin, presented me with a product line that he had been using both personally and with his fitness clients. He knew I was VERY particular about the ingredients of supplements, foods, etc….(as he is also)And don't you guys know, that this knowledge junkie began intense research immediately. The first direction: I went to learn more about the founder and formulator of Genesis PURE , Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr.Lindsay Duncan. I had seen a TED talk he did a couple of years ago and was impressed(You can watch HERE) I spent several days sifting through reviews and interestingly enough, I found no negative reviews only great success stories. Next, I began the products slowly and then ventured into the Genesis PURE’s signature DETOX protocol. The ingredients are ALL “ROCK Star” nutrients, adaptogenic and therapeutic herbs. Like….(MB) B Vitamins, Calcium, Iodine, Chromium, Guarana Seed, Garcinia Cambogia Fruit, Yerba Mate Leaves, Bitter Orange Extract, Gymnema Sylvestre Leaves, Rhodiola Rosea Root, Cacao (Theobromine), Coleous Forskhlii Root, Amino Acid Blends of L-Glutamine and L-Tyrosine, Green Tea, Ginger Root, Dandelion Leaves, Chickweed, Uva Ursi Leaves, Gotu Kola Leaves, Cayenne Pepper, Bladderwrack, Kelp, Piper Longum Fruit, Chinese Red Ginseng, Boldo (HANG ON NEED TO CATCH MY BREATH......)Leaves, Nopal Cactus, Trace Minerals.(FS)Aloe Vera Gel, Gentian Root, Wasabi Root, Hawthorn Berry, Betaine HCI, Peppermint Leaves, Pau D’Arco Bark, Milk Thistle Seeds, Eleuthero Root, Fennel Seed, Burdock Root, Suma Root, Licorice Root, Cardamom Fruit, Cayenne Pepper. (IB)Goji Berry Juice, Acai Berry Puree, Sorrel Flower, Schizandra Berry, Maca Root, Noni Fruit, Ashwaganda Root, MSM, Bamboo Stem Extract, Mangosteen Fruit, Ginger Root, Blueberry Fruit, Amla Berry, Harada Fruit Extract, Brahmi Plant, Nepali Shilajit Extract, Puncture Vine Fruit Extract, Fucoidan, Sea Buckthorn, Georgian Snow Rose Leaves, Siberian Golden Root, Velvet Bean Extract, Iron Rich Blackstrap Molasses (AC)Cacao, Magnesium, Oolong Tea, Powdered Hoodia Herb, Cha De Bugre Extract,(CC)Cascara Sagrada, Psyllium Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Cats Claw Root, Ginger Root, Boldo Leaf, Artichoke Extract, Slippery Elm Bark, Basil Leaves, Spearmint Leaves, Dandelion Leaves, Cornsilk, Licorice Root, Alfalfa Leaf, Clove Flower, Dandelion Root, Red Rasberry Leaf, Mullein Leaves, Red Clover Blossoms, Milk Thistle Seeds.(CS)Chlorella,Carrot Root, Fenugreek Seed, Flax Seed, Spirulina, Barley Grass, Pomegranate, Oats, Papaya, Digestive Enzymes, Beneficial ProBiotics, Chelated Minerals, Proteins and well, seriously people…..this is the most comprehensive organically based deep cleanse I have ever seen.
 All of these healing foods, elixirs, extracts and herbs Infused into your body. I added the suggested Alkalizing, anti-oxidant and phyto-nutrient rich herbs, fruits and veggies like berries, apples and citrus, cabbage, broccoli, beets, sweet potatoes, cauliflower.
So, fast forward only 7 days: I am down 12 pounds, Hubby is down 15 pounds. My energy is soaring, skin is glowing, digestion is completely efficient. The protocol is designed to focus on ALL 7 pathways of elimination and it has worked beautifully. I incorporated the use of Dry Skin Brushing, Infrared Sauna, Walking and Hydro-Massage for an extra boost to my lymph, adrenals, liver and pancreas.
Here is an overview of the generalized plan. I have also mentioned (below) what foods I chose for the *If needed categories below the chart. I do not believe in extreme fasting so I always elected to include the whole foods when prompted.

1 Complete Shake- Berry, 1 Metabolic Boost, 1 Ionic Blend, 1 Capsule Cleanse, 2 Fasting Solution, 1 Appetite Chew
Breakfast Mid-Morning Lunch Mid-Afternoon Dinner Evening (before 9pm)
2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution and 1oz. Ionic Blend with 8oz. water, followed by 1 Appetite Chew 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution, followed by 1-2 cups *vegetables, or mineral broth if needed 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 1 Appetite Chew, 8oz. water, *vegetable or fruit juice mixed with Fruit & Fiber Mix, if needed *Vegetable/mineral broth, if needed. 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water
2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution and 1oz. Ionic Blend with 8oz. water, followed by 1 Appetite Chew 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin *Vegetable/mineral broth, if needed. 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution, followed by 1-2 cups *vegetables, or mineral broth if needed 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 1 Appetite Chew, 8oz. water, *vegetable or fruit juice mixed with Fruit & Fiber Mix, if needed
16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables or mineral broth, if needed or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with16oz. water. 15-30 min later, eat a *palm-size portion of protein, 3 cups vegetables, 1 cup whole grain or sweet potato, 1 TBSP flax or coconut oil 16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables, if needed or shot of GoYin Complete Shake (with 2oz coconut water, 4oz nut/seed milk and 4oz water), 8oz. water 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, Complete Shake (with 2oz coconut water, 4oz nut/seed milk and 4oz water) and 1oz. Ionic Blend 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water
2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, Complete Shake (with 2oz coconut water, 4oz nut/seed milk and 4oz water) and 1oz. Ionic Blend 16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables or mineral broth, if needed or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with16oz. water. 15-30 min later, eat a *palm-size portion of protein, 3 cups vegetables, 1 cup whole grain or sweet potato, 1 TBSP flax or coconut oil 16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables, if needed or shot of GoYin 8oz. water, *palm-size portion of protein, 3 cups vegetables, 1 cup whole grain or sweet potato, 1 TBSP flax oil 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water
2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later,1 cup. organic slow-cooked oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit to sweeten and 1oz. Ionic Blend 16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables or mineral broth, if needed or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with16oz. water. 15-30 min later, eat a *palm-size portion of protein, 3 cups vegetables, 1 cup whole grain or sweet potato, 1 TBSP flax or coconut oil 16oz. water, 2 Appetite Chews, blanched vegetables, if needed or shot of GoYin Complete Shake (with 2oz coconut water, 4oz nut/seed milk and 4oz water), 8oz. water 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water

Day 6 - Cleanse 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution and 1oz. Ionic Blend with 8oz. water, followed by 1 Appetite Chew 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution, followed by 1-2 cups *vegetables, or mineral broth if needed 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 1 Appetite Chew, 8oz. water, *vegetable or fruit juice mixed with Fruit & Fiber Mix, if needed *Vegetable/mineral broth, if needed. 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water
Day 7 - Cleanse *Vegetable/mineral broth, if needed. 1 Capsule Cleanse or more^ with 8oz. Water 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution and 1oz. Ionic Blend with 8oz. water, followed by 1 Appetite Chew 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 2 Metabolic Boost with 16oz. water. 15-30 min later, take 4oz. Fasting Solution, followed by 1-2 cups *vegetables, or mineral broth if needed 4 oz. Fasting Solution, 16oz. water, 1 Appetite Chew, fruit or shot of GoYin 1 Appetite Chew, 8oz. water, *vegetable or fruit juice mixed with Fruit & Fiber Mix, if needed
How to Maximize Your Program
*Vegetable/mineral broth - At the beginning of the DETOX, I made a large batch of Vegetable Mineral Broth with Garlic, Tumeric, Cayenne, Ginger and Savory Herbs.
*Vegetables can be eaten raw, blanched or lightly steamed. Juice should be freshly juiced and not prepared (no V8).I steamed my vegetables (Carrot, Cabbage, Spinach, Broccoli, Beets and Cauliflower with Garlic and Fresh Herbs) As an alternative, I blended my veggies into a warm soup and topped with turmeric and garlic for a satisfying and filling dinner.
^Capsule Cleanse dosage may be increased by one per day until you achieve 2-3 bowel movements per day. May also use Liquid Cleanse in place of Capsule Cleanse.
Fruit should be in season and low-glycemic (LOW glycemic ex: apples, berries, citrus. HIGH glycemic ex: tropical fruits such as bananas, mangos, melons and pineapple.)
Protein should be either plant-based or organic, naturally-raised animal-based (preferably chicken or turkey thigh or salmon, all of which contain healthy fats). However, to achieve a more thorough cleanse, focus on plant-based protein.
Whole grains do NOT include bread or baked goods. Whole grains include amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, kamut, millet, oats, rice (brown, wild, red), rye and quinoa.
Drink 80-100 oz. of quality alkaline, ionized water throughout the day. May add fresh lemon juice and cayenne pepper to water for flavor and additional cleansing.
For strong cravings for sugar, carbs or fat, try one TBSP organic, raw coconut oil.
Exercise for 20-30 minutes each day (sweating and breathing deeply). Bounce on rebound trampoline or bounce/shake body in place for 5 min daily to move lymph system.
Dry-brush body every morning using a natural bristle brush, making long strokes along limbs and circular strokes around joints, breast and abdomen.
Please refer to the "Golden Rules for Health and Vitality" for more dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
ADDITIONAL GENESIS PURE PRODUCTS: You may use the following additional products during your cleanse.
Cell Water: You may add Cell Water to your purified water when drinking throughout the day.
Control: You may take Control in place of Metabolic Boost.
Coral Calcium: You may take Coral Calcium before bed.
Fruit & Fiber Mix: You can take additional Fruit & Fiber mix if you have constipation issues or need additional fiber in your diet. Recommended daily fiber: 25-40 grams
Green Coffee Bean: You may take Green Coffee Bean with Control or Metabolic Boost before meals.
Noni: You may take Noni to help purify your liver, blood and digestive system.<
Probiotic: You are encouraged to take Probiotic in the morning and/or evening on an empty stomach.
Silver: You may take Silver to help eliminate unhealthy bacteria, fungus and pathogens.<

I will continue to share my experience of my transition to a nutrient dense RESTORE diet and add in more of the SUPER Fruits, Sulfur, Daily Build, Coral Calcium, Cell Water, Alkaline Water and the very cool GPS  sports support products. Well, off to finish drinking my Pure CafĂ©, Green Coffee Bean drink and head out to work off some of this PURE Energy! Thank you to my AWESOME friend Jared, for sharing this company with me. I believe in the products so much that it is now part of each nutrition client protocol that I prescribe. Hubby and I are gifting our parents and a few friends with their very own DETOX kits.  If you want more information, please comment below and I will schedule a complimentary Skype consult with you to explain how to start on your journey to a healthy Genesis PURE future~  Have a GREAT day!

In Health and Happiness, Melissa