Posted on 10/23/2012

'Milk Free Monday'!

Did you know that dairy products are not necessary for a healthy life? In fact, dairy products are a contradiction.  A few significant drawbacks to dairy product consumption arise from the highly bacterial concentrations, bovine hormones (yes, even the organic and raw), mucous producing properties and highly allergenic elements.

One of the first books I read, and recommend, was Don't Drink Your Milk, by Dr. Frank Oski,  former Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University.  In this book he states, "no mammalian species, except for the human (and the domestic cat), is milk consumption continued after the weaning period [the period of breast-feeding]. Calves thrive on cow milk. Cow milk is for calves."  Everything about the design of a particular mammalian breed is designed to optimize the growth of that specific infant breed.  For instance, we are not cows and should not be consuming the infant growth 'food' for cows.  Our systems reject 'milk' in the form of disease from allergy and intolerance symptoms left unaddressed.  Dr. Oski noted that to be considered a candidate for a cow's milk allergy a patient would exhibit "(1) persistent or recurrent nasal congestion; attacks of asthma or chest infections; (2) persistent or recurrent skin rash; (3) vomiting or diarrhea (persistent or recurrent)".   That sure sounded like my family!

I decided to take dairy products out of my family's diet.  It was like a miracle.

We have been dairy free since 1995. Most notable improvement in my life is being acne free and having a super duper immune system. I just don't get sick. No doctor visits, no medications!

My children have been raised dairy free since 1995 and have been healthy since 1995. At the time their ages were 7, 5 and 1. Having spent those first 7 years of family life at the pediatricians office regularly it is worth noting that once dairy products were removed from their diets the need for the doctor, antibiotics and other meds totally vanished. Most notable improvements were no more; ear infections, skin conditions, bronchitis (asthma), strep, fevers and sinus problems. No antibiotics since 1995!

My family is no longer a doctors dream!  You can free yourself from the wasted time of illness and doctor visits and the damage you are doing to your immune system too.   Milk is not the perfect food we have been taught thought a multitude of marketing campaigns.  Dairy free is easy to do and so rewarding.

Do you suffer from strep, acne, sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis, COPD, chronic bacterial infections, ear infections, runny nose, stomach issues, behavioral issues, autism, IBS, Crohns disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis , kidney stones, autoimmune conditions or female issue such as heavy periods, endometriosis, cancer......? Consider these diseases or as I like to call them, symptom labels, as your possible symptoms of dairy consumption.

Try the Dairy Free Challenge. Omit all forms of dairy products for 4 weeks. (No cheating!) Note your health improvements.

Posted on 07/18/2012

Bountiful Beets and Basil of Summer

Visit any farmers market, grocery store or open your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box and you know what is in season now......beets, basil and more. What to do with all these available farmed goodies? I'd like to share a recipe you will find an inspiration and colorful bounty of goodness.

This salad offers the whole food nutrition of fresh farmed gems and whole grain barley. Just a highlight to this goodness are the potassium and Vit A in beets and fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and iron in barley. Plus by pairing the whole grain barley with beans, a complete protein is achieved making this dish a very suitable meal!

I can't call this my own but it is highly adaptable. I'm sure you will find your own favorite way to create and enjoy!

Bountiful Beet and Barley Salad

1 cup Hulled Barley, cooked

3 medium/large Beets, cooked* and cubed

1 can navy or cannelloni beans, rinsed

Small bunch Fresh basil, chopped

2-3 Scallions, chopped

1 Garlic Top, sliced thin (when available)

1-2 Lemons, juiced

Olive Oil or Flax Oil, if desired

Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. It's fun to note that the more you mix the pinker the salad becomes. Serve room temperature or chilled.

* To cook Beets place rinsed whole beets in a pot of water. Cover and boil 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of beets. Skin will peel easily when done. Drain water and cool. Peel skin, cube.

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Posted on 03/27/2012

Yes! Spring is here and with it is the freshness of new growth, new life and new possibilities. As the outdoors is bursting with all this excitement so is the indoors. We want clean, fresh and new in our homes to match that of nature. We turn to 'Spring Cleaning' as our way of regenerating our spaces.

I'm often asked what cleaning products I use to in my home to keep it clean and toxin free. Recent years has given rise to many environmentally friendly cleaning products but these come with a hefty price tag. As the CaveChick I like to keep it simple.

For wood floors and furniture I use a rag dampened with water and a splash of distilled vinegar. Whip and dry immediately. I was told by a furniture expert that we make a mistake by cleaning with the oil based products as it leaves a film on the wood that just keeps building up with each application. Distilled vinegar is also very economical at just pennies a mixture. I use about a 4:1 ratio of water to distilled vinegar for floors and about 6:1 for furniture.

Distilled vinegar is also great for cleaning bathroom surfaces and glass. Some years back I found, quite by accident, a better alternative. (See blog post, Make Your Own Cleaning Products, 2/26/10) I love to use Original Listerine or the generic versions available! Mix the Original Listerine and water in about a 2:1 or 50/50 solution in a spray bottle. This is perfect for the bathroom sinks, toilets, mirrors, glass, fixtures, tile and counter tops. It's perfect for all the windows in your house! Add the Original Listerine to a bucket of water and it's great for the tile floors too! (Do not use on wood surfaces as the alcohol will dry the wood.) The best part is the fresh clean smell of the eucalyptus.......and it's cheap, cheap, cheap.

To clean stainless steel I wipe surface with a soft scrubby sponge sprinkled with Bon Ami. I then take a soft wet (not drippy wet) dish rag and wipe surface clean. Finally, I dry with a clean dry dish towel. Sparkling stainless each and every time.

I hope I've offered you many inexpensive, non-toxic and fresh smelling ideas to make your home sparkle the CaveChick way.

Posted on 03/02/2012

Cavechick Story

CaveChick, Inc. is the passion of mine, a mom and original CaveChick. Call me, The Nutritional Foodie! A labor of love, the recipes for these perfect cookies are those I developed in the mid 90's for my 3 children – my family, in response to their health and nutritional needs. I found conventional ingredients were making my family sick. We changed our food choices to minimally processed ingredients including heirloom grains, more nutritious sweeteners and organic whenever possible. We also eliminated foods that caused allergic and intolerance reactions specific to each of us. This led to my family regaining a healthy immune system and eliminating common chronic ailments.

Knowing the healthiest diet is like that of a caveman, using foods as they come from nature, but I still wanted my family to enjoy modern treats. Like cookies! So I had to relearn how to cook. Little did I know I was developing the best tasting and most naturally nutritious cookie recipes ever! Now, I bake these cookies for you and your customers. CaveChick cookies are available to make snacking better and healthy.

I'm a woman that cares about every ones health and quality of life. I want to share my recipes to offer quality food and snacks that tastes great. My mission is helping to guide you to your healthiest diet one cookie at a time. You have a desire to understand and learn about food, nutrition and allergies. Let's start the lesson with cookies! Any CaveTummy would crave the Non-GMO ingredients, ancient heritage organic 100% whole grain spelt, brown flax seed for healthy Omega 3's, and sustainable, nutritious maple sugar. The CaveChick cookie recipes are allergen friendly and Vegan so you know there was no need to raid the pterodactyl nest or milk a mastodon to make CaveChick Chocolate Chip, DoubleDevil, Oats & Raisin or CaveDoodle cookies. P.S. Alcohol free real vanilla is used in all the cookies too! (Please note: Made on equipment that processes dairy, eggs, soy and nuts. Contains: Wheat, Chocolate chips contain Soy Lecithin)

CaveChicks, CaveMoms & CaveDads, CaveGrandmas & CaveGrandpas, even CaveDudes and CaveKids will love the great tasting, ready to eat cookies with allergen considerations and nutrition in line. I'm proud to share with you the best cookies ever to be enjoyed! Remember eating is nourishment for your body, even when eating a cookie! Enjoy CaveChick cookies and enjoy great health too.

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Posted on 07/02/2011

Looking that new twist on an old favorite. Whether you are looking for something to do with that most nutritious grain Quinoa or looking for a gluten free salad for your summer table this CaveChick version of Tabouli it #1.

Spice it up CaveChick style and enjoy!

CaveChick Quinoa Tabouli Recipe

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1 lrg tomato, sliced and diced (approx. 1 1/2c)
1 lrg cucumber, sliced and diced (approx. 2 1/2c)
1 garlic tip, sliced thin*(if available)
2 lrg green onions, sliced thin (approx. 1c)
2 cups curly leaf parsley, chopped
2 lrg lemons, juiced w/ pulp (approx. 1/2)
1/4 cup flax oil
salt and pepper to taste

Bring quiona and water to boil in saucepan. Reduce heat. Simmer until water absorbed. Approx 15 min. Cool.

Meanwhile, slice, dice and chop veggies. Put in large bowl. Juice lemon. Add to veggie mixture with flax oil. When cooked quiona is cooled add to veggie mixture.

Season with salt and pepper. Chill or serve at room temperature.

*Garlic tops are a tasty treat available in the late spring/early summer. It is the above ground flower of the garlic plant that is cut before it is ready to flower. This forces the growing powers of the plant to the bulb. It has a light garlic flavor you can add to any recipe. I get my garlic tops from my Organic CSA farm. I have seen them available at Whole Foods this season. When garlic tops are available buy a few. These keep well in the crisper of the refrigerator and will add flavor and nutrition to your meals all summer long.

Posted on 04/19/2011

Many equate cantaloupe as a late summer treat. Yet, by miracles of modern convenience, it is now in abundance piled high in the produce bins. Take advantage of this nutritious melon with my simple twist.

Spiced Cantaloupe

Cut the melon, cube, balls or in slices.
Sprinkle with Beijing Five Spice Blend. ( I use Whole Foods brand)

Posted on 08/01/2010

My project, as CaveChick, Inc., is to inspire people to educate themselves to the foods they choose to eat and the effects those foods have on their bodies and immune system..........starting with dessert.

What is the correlation between food and immune system. In order to have good health one must have a strong immune system. The immune system is what protects us from disease, illness and aging. That which most directly influences ones immune system is food.

I want to interest people in 1) a more diversified diet 2) a more 'nature as intended' diet and 3) how food allergies and food intolerances (everyone has both) reduces immune function.

to be continued..........

Posted on 07/21/2010

Summer is here and so is the Corn! Whether steamed, boiled or grilled, everyone loves corn on the cob. My family loves it with flax oil and a sprinkle of salt.

Of the grass family, corn on the cob is the edible seed and is referred to as a cereal grain. People allergic to grasses should consider whether corn and corn derivatives are affecting their health. Are they compounding seasonal allergy symptoms? Are they a constant, year around, allergy symptom producer?

Corn is full of nutrients. It is a good source of folic acid, potassium, thiamine, plus magnesium, pantothenic acid, vit C, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, riboflavin and fiber.

As with all cereal grains corn does not contain all 8 of the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids must be obtained from food as our bodies are not able to synthesize them on their own. To have a balanced protein intake the deficit in lysine and tryptophan must be compensated for. Beans do the job.

The recipe that follows is another way my family loves to enjoy corn. It can be a complete meal or side salad for a Mexican Fiesta! Whether I'm using up leftover corn on the cob or grilling it fresh, this salad is a winner.

CaveChick's Summer Corn Salad

4 ears fresh corn on the cob, grilled
2 avocado, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
3-4 Tbls Flax oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
Fresh Cilantro, to taste
salt/pepper to taste (optional)
Corn chips

Grill corn. I prefer to grill with a few husks on the cob to give the corn a little smokey flavor. Usually takes about 5 mins per side. Remove corn from grill. Let cool. Cut kernels from cob. Place in bowl.

Add diced avocado, black beans, Flax oil, lemon juice and cilantro. Fold gently. Add salt/pepper if desired. Fold to mix.

Serve with your favorite corn chips.

Note: I like to use corn chips that have been prepared with lime. This increases the available niacin in the corn and is richer in calcium.

Serving option: Place your favorite lettuce on a serving plate. Sprinkle lettuce with some fresh lime/lemon juice. Place 1/2 cup CaveChick's Summer Corn Salad on top. Sprinkle top with crushed corn chip. Yum!

Posted on 06/01/2010
"The whole food is worth more that the sum of it's parts"
Posted on 05/01/2010

This months blog entry is a reprint of the best article I've ever read regarding obtaining good health.

My own good health and svelte poundage has always been dismissed by others, mainly my friends and acquaintances as 'good genes'. This comment has always and will always infuriate me! I choose, now, most always to let the remark go without comment. I have come to see it as an accusation by the one speaking it. As only someone 'blessed' as being able to have it. Of course my preferred response is, "I work very hard to maintain my weight and health by staying active and making conscientious decisions each and every time (well, almost all the time) I put something in my mouth." This statement is followed by either a role of the eyes or by the comments, "Then you aren't having any fun are you?" or "I could never give up _______/I don't eat ______!"

The same holds true to my children's health. My children's early years were spent visiting the doctor, on antibiotics and on over the counter meds for various 'common' ailments. The doctors response was always the same. The kids were just suffering from 'what was going around'. That is until I changed what they ate! No longer did they suffer the illnesses that were 'going around'. I'm proud to say they have not been on antibiotics since 1994. No ear infections, no bacterial infections, no bronchitis, no strep, no eczema, no sinus infections, no etc.........I spoke of this all the time to those around me. I wanted to help, by sharing my knowledge, to alleviate there family's suffering. So when a parent was mentioning the current illness their children were suffering from I'd say, "my kids use to suffer from that all the time but they haven't had such problems since I quite feeding them this and provided more of that". Surprisingly in the 15 years I've tried to help those around me NO ONE has ever adopted anything I've said. Not even family!

And so I write to you.....cyberworld.

Good Health in No Accident
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor,

(NaturalNews) Those who seek answers for their health outside the realm of their own decisions are looking in the wrong place. Health is no accident. Lasting health can only appear as the result of a lifetime of informed, deliberate decisions aligned with nature's principles of health, not the distorted version of health promoted by our backward system of mainstream medicine.

And yet many people still believe that health is something that is bestowed upon them by some mysterious exterior force. The whole effort to raise money to find "the cure" for cancer, for example, is a powerful demonstration of misplaced faith in external healing. This idea that a cure for cancer must come from outside one's self rather than from within is perhaps the greatest conceptual sleight of hand that has yet been pulled off by the sick-care industry.

The cure for cancer is already programmed within. Each person is born with a highly-advanced cellular nanotechnology that already knows how to cure cancer. Activating this inner healing potential is all that's necessary to prevent and cure cancer everywhere around the world, starting right now.

Health happens through you, not to you
And yet the masses continue to eat cancer-causing foods and pursue cancer-causing lifestyles even while blindly handing over their money in the form of donations to organizations that they naively hope will come along and "save them" someday.

Think carefully about this dynamic: The person believes health is something that happens TO them rather than something that happens THROUGH them. And so they remain stuck, floundering in a pattern of self-inflicted sickness and disease while hoping that some other organization, government or health care plan will somehow save them.

While they wait for that external solution, disease and sickness creeps up on them.

Obesity is what happens when a person spends each day imagining how much they're going to start exercising tomorrow.

Cancer is what happens when a person spends each day eating cancer-causing foods and donating money to Komen for the Cure rather than just getting some sunshine to boost their own vitamin D.

Disease is what happens when people believe they have no role in their own health outcome. So they eat for entertainment rather than for nourishment, and they live for product-induced external stimulation rather than internal fulfillment.

Woosh -- right over their heads!
At this point in this article, by the way, we've already lost 99 out of 100 mainstream people. These concepts -- that health is no accident -- are so foreign to the average pre-programmed consumer that they are incapable of recognizing them, much less embracing them. They've been told so many times that health comes through intervention (vaccines, pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, etc.) that the idea of health being created from within just doesn't compute for them.

And that's the way mainstream medicine likes it. A population that believes it has no control over its own health is ripe for exploitation by a highly interventionist medical industry. Those who have lost hope in their own inner health potential tend to place their hope in things like silly pink-ribbon fundraisers that promise to "end breast cancer forever" -- a wishy-washy idea that lies somewhere between poetic fiction and outright marketing fraud.

Cancer can never be "cured" through any external, artificial means, regardless of how many billions of dollars are thrown at it. Trying to cure cancer with synthetic medications makes about as much sense as trying to cure illiteracy by feeding children "reading pills."

Health is a determined path, not an accidental occurrence
Health, like learning to read, is something that must be pursued through dedicated self-advancement. Neither literacy nor health can be endowed upon you with the flick of a magic (medication) wand. They cannot be injected into you through a needle. They can only be achieved by teaching each person how to own their results.

If you wish to learn how to read, for example, you must first accept responsibility that no one else can read for you. YOU must go through the learning and advancement curve if you wish to experience the positive results of being literate.

It's the same with health: If you wish to express health literacy, no one else can do it for you -- no doctor, no vaccine, no cancer non-profit group and certainly not pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken. You must grasp the controls over your own health destination. Take responsibility for the results you are creating with each and every decision you make: Decisions about food, stress, sleep, the use of your mind, the use of your free time, the personal care products you use, etc.

Be an adult
If you accept responsibility for your own health, then you are an adult. Children, on the other hand, take no responsibility for themselves and instead rely on outside factors to determine their experience. A child's happiness, sadness and other circumstances depend almost entirely on what's happening externally at that moment.

Adulthood is only achieved when a person grasps the level of maturity necessary to allow their inner expressions to override external influences. An adult is someone who can achieve their own health, learning, happiness or bliss without needing to turn to external (artificial) stimulations to mimic such conditions.

A child mind, for example, uses food as entertainment, television as distraction and condescension as an affirmation of self importance. This is the role of much of reality television, for example: To allow the viewing audience to feel important by offering them a visual forum through which they can express judgmental views at the inadequate people being paraded in front of them through artificial constructs of staged emotional drama.

In other words, you get to judge people and hurl verbal insults at them. "She's got fake boobs! My gosh!"

Consumption is a one-way street
As you've probably already noticed, most of the mainstream population operates from the child mindset. They are consumers, begging to be distracted, injected, entertained, medicated and told how to live, think and feel (and vote). The idea of stepping outside this preprogrammed existence and exploring the world from an adult mindset is downright frightening to these people.

Approaching the world from a point of view that acknowledges self-responsibility means casting aside all the convenient comforts of living life as a child and instead bracing yourself for the harsh reality of taking responsibility for your own decisions. Being a child is so much easier, isn't it? If you're just a child, you can't be blamed for bad results. It's always someone elses fault. (How long do I have to wait for Komen to actually FIND the cure, anyway? Can I keep eating bacon in the mean time?)

Most people, no matter what their age, have still not achieved self-responsibility. Most people are engorged in their television, gossip, fast food, chemical addictions and illusions of health that they've acquired by purchasing "trans fat free" processed foods or "high fiber" breakfast cereal laced with sugar. They are the minds of children living in deteriorating adult bodies while begging for magical medical interventions that will never exist.

My greatest wish is that our population of humans on our planet will grow up and embrace adulthood. Only through educated, responsible decisions that consider the long-term consequences of our immediate actions can individuals -- or humanity -- hope to evolve into a sustainable species. The failure of mainstream humans to understand simple concepts like "health is no accident" are merely a reflection of the far wider and more dangerous failures to understand the dynamics of sustainable life on a self-contained planet in a vast and formidable universe.

If we cannot attain the level of adulthood to take care of our own bodies, how on earth can we expect to achieve the level of consciousness necessary to function as stewards for the only habitable planet we know of in our entire universe?

Humanity remains in its infancy. Those of us who accept responsibility for our own actions are living as rare observers in a world run by children, populated by children and now being destroyed by children -- all in adult bodies, of course. The childish concepts of selfish thinking and "that's MINE!" are the lifeblood of our world's largest corporations which seek to own everything they touch, much like little children licking all the cookies to claim them as personal property.

Corporations, for the most part, are immature expressions of economic selfishness that cater to immature consumers who have not yet decided to embrace adult-class self responsibility. The entire free market, in fact, is driven primarily by childish selfish greed rather than ideas of compassion for fellow human beings or business models based on determined sustainability rather than consumption gullibility.

Even most of the non-profits, which are supposed to be based on compassion, have turned into childish, greed-driven money expansion machines that only seek to rake in more profits at any cost to society. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cancer industry, where both the American Cancer Society and Komen for the Cure have become financial juggernauts by promising cures for cancer but delivering nothing but more disease to the people. (Mammograms cause cancer, for example.)

It is no accident, either, that in our time of the greatest disease ever witnessed on planet earth, we also live among the most powerful and exploitative "disease non-profits" that promise health salvation if we would only give them another few billion dollars.

As long as childish thinking dominates modern society, such fraudulent non-profits will continue to prey upon the externalization of health tendencies of the population. The greatest fear of every disease non-profit front group is that mainstream consumers might wake up, take charge of their own health, begin to make informed decisions about preventing disease and thereby make the disease non-profits largely irrelevant.

How convenient it is, then, that the very products now used to raise money for the cancer industry non-profits are the same ones that promote cancer, heart disease, obesity and dull minds.

*CaveChick would like to add that removing dairy products from our diet was the most important dietary change. Besides being ranked the #1 allergen dairy products are highly bacterial, mucous producing and contain large amounts of hormones. Dairy products can easily overload an immune system.

My family and I found health through the foods we chose to eat. You can too. Now, that's the way to reduce health care cost and have good health!!