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{VIDEO} Reduce EMF Exposure In Your Home

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Chaotic electromagnetic frequencies or EMF–called electrosmog in Europe–affect not just the human brain, but all our cells. And children are especially vulnerable.

These chaotic frequencies are coming from your microwave oven, but also your cell phone, computer, and other devices–and especially Wi-Fi.

I’ve just released a special video masterclass I made with “Dr. EMF,” my friend Dr. Libby Darnell. We planned this together, and she flew from Chicago to my home in Utah.

Reduce EMF in your environment! Robyn Openshaw and Libby Darnell test Robyn's Tesla for EMF.
Robyn Openshaw and “Dr. EMF,” Libby Darnell testing Robyn’s Tesla for EMF

She tested my battery-powered car, my son’s gaming systems, our outlets, the electric company’s meter, our wi-fi, the lightbulbs, the appliances, our distance from the cell tower, and more–to find and reduce EMF pollution.

And in 10 short instructional videos, we’ve shared everything she knows, plus 9 practical demos–for how to find and clean up the harmful invisible pollution in your own house, and office.

Dr. Joseph Mercola recently said that we will look back in 20 years and recognize that the levels of EMF in 2017 were more destructive to our health than indoor smoking was!

We’ll show you every tip we know–most of them are free or super cheap–to solve the problem once and for all, and reduce EMF exposure in YOUR home!

You’re going to feel empowered, and happier and healthier overall, with your own energy fields not constantly fighting low-grade radiation.

So don’t miss our launch of the EMF Solution Video Masterclass while it’s 80% off!

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Don’t Get Your Calcium From Milk

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Young woman refusing to drink milk

One of the most powerful industries in America is the dairy industry, earning over $50 billion and spending over $200 million annually to spread the lie that dairy products are necessary for human children’s health.

They’re smart enough to target mothers (and they started, very successfully, with our grandmothers), because parents can create habits for life if a child is drinking cow’s milk at an early age.

So, while for many this will be a revelation, it shouldn’t be: our mothers and grandmothers were conned!

The idea that the milk of another species is an appropriate and necessary source of calcium is a serious thinking error that has led to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and autoimmune disease in epic numbers.

Don't get your calcium from milk--picture of a cow milking facilityEspecially when you consider the atrocious diet our dairy cows are fed, the steroids and hormones and antibiotics they’re given, the lack of exercise they get in their pens, and the blood and pus that comes out in the milk that you then serve your child.

Milk is not a solution for getting your calcium.

Myth: “Milk and dairy build strong bones.”

Ask yourself why the U.S. consumes more than double the amount of milk and dairy than the #2 milk-drinking country—and yet has one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world. The other highest dairy-consuming countries, in Scandinavia, are also among the highest for osteoporosis!

A recent set of long-term studies by a group of osteoporosis researchers shows that not only does dairy intake correlate with higher fracture rates, it is also associated with higher mortality rates!

The studies, following over 100,000 men and women for up to 20 years, showed that each additional glass of milk correlated with more risk they were for fractures, cancer, heart disease, and early death.

Why would that be?

Milk and Oxidative Stress

The researchers also found that the more glasses of milk people drank, the higher they scored for a biological stress marker called oxidative stress.

A Cell With Oxidative StressOxidative stress is when the number of free radicals overwhelms the number of antioxidants in your body.

Free radicals damage DNA and cell structures, leading to inflammation, rapid aging, and a host of degenerative physical and neurological diseases.

Milk-induced oxidative stress might also explain some of the other studies that associate dairy intake with other conditions, like acne and allergies.

Interestingly, the study found that fermented dairy products, like yogurt, did not correlate with oxidative stress–in fact, fermented dairy products had the opposite effect.

Fermentation consumes milk sugars like galactose and lactose–two of the suspects for oxidative stress–and produces health-protective probiotics, which may be the reason for the difference.

An important conclusion, overall, then, is that cow’s milk and most dairy products are highly inflammatory foods.

Milk, Casein, and Disease

Animal proteins, including casein (the protein in milk), are acid-forming in the body.  One of the body’s coping mechanisms to deal with acidity is to pull minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium) from resources like bones, to neutralize the acidity. The blood must maintain a precise pH, or you die–so it robs minerals from bones and tissues, and that’s where you pay the price over time.

Drinking milk, then, can result in a net loss of calcium and other minerals!

Colin T. Campbell, PhD, one of the most preeminent nutrition researchers in the world, conducted the most comprehensive, longitudinal research study in history (still ongoing) known as the Oxford-Cornell China Project. Published in 2004, The China Study examined dietary habits and disease rates in 6,500 adults in China over almost 30 years.

Campbell started with animal studies duplicated by other researchers all over the world and progressed to his enormous human population. The researchers documented massive evidence that casein (the protein in milk) is linked to high rates of disease when animal products including dairy are consumed at a rate of 20 percent of the diet, which is the American average.

He documents very low rates of those same diseases in subjects eating only 5% or less animal protein. Eight thousand statistically significant correlations resulted from this study. (“Statistically significant” means the likelihood the finding is due to chance is less than 5 percent.)

These findings definitively decimate American mothers’ nutrition beliefs that feeding their children dairy products will build strong bones and good health.

Modern mothers are wising up and feeding their children nuts, seeds, and greens, for highly bioavailable forms of calcium, and letting their children out in the sun. Because Vitamin D (the best source is the sun) and good sources of calcium make strong bones–not hormone-, antibiotic- and steroid-laced American dairy products.

Milk and Allergies

Cow milk’s large fat molecule is acid- and mucus-forming in humans; thus we are all “lactose intolerant” to one degree or another.

Our grandparents, with their strong genetics, withstood it well. Unfortunately, our own children with three generations of weakened genetics on a processed-food diet, are not faring so well.

Every time I see a child with green snot running from his nose, I wish I could in some socially acceptable way beg his mother to get her child off cow’s milk.

Don’t Get Your Calcium From Milk--a young boy reacting badly to milkI learned this the hard way, having weaned my own first child from breast milk to cow’s milk, at the pediatrician’s recommendation, only to see his excellent health destroyed. We were in and out of doctor’s offices and emergency rooms, on drugs ranging from bronchodilators to steroids to antibiotics, before I decided to try getting my little son off dairy and sugar, the mucous-forming foods. That was the end of a year of terror and drugs and Failure to Thrive. Getting him off those foods changed his life, and led to him regaining his weight and his health.

I never fed any of my next three children any dairy products. I did buy raw goat milk, and made it into kefir. Goat milk has a smaller fat molecule, some compounds similar to human breast milk, and when I fermented it as kefir and made it our daily breakfast, my children never got sick again. (Note: getting raw goat milk requires some “pounding the pavement” in your community, and I believe one reason this food was very nutritious for my small children is that the goats were untreated with steroids and hormones.)

I have counseled willing mothers about this many times, and every time the mothers reported that the mucous problems disappeared or decreased as they eliminated dairy products. Related asthma and allergies dramatically decreased as well.

How Should You Get Enough Calcium?

Logic begs the question: where does the cow get HER calcium? She gets it from green foods (and ALL the plant food groups, actually)—rich in highly bioavailable calcium.

Calcium from plant sources are 50-60% bioavailable to humans, compared to cow milk bioavailability of about 30%.

Whole foods like greens, veggies, fruits, legumes, and nuts and seeds all have calcium, plus the micronutrients like magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A and D to help absorb it.

Keep the Calcium You Have

Don’t lose the calcium you’re eating in plant foods, by doing things that decrease it! Keep your bones strong, with these habits:

  • Get some sun: Vitamin D is a big factor in absorbing calcium.
  • Exercise: Exercises that put weight and stress on your bones make them more dense.  Running, jumping, dancing, climbing stairs, and weightlifting are all good weight-bearing, bone-building exercises.
  • Avoid salt: Salt leaches calcium from your body, and your bones are the biggest calcium stores to draw from.  If you do eat salt, eat it minimally, and make sure it’s only unrefined sea salt, not toxic table salt.
  • Avoid animal proteins: Animal proteins, as we’ve already discussed, leach calcium from bones by creating an acidic environment.
  • Stop Smoking: Several studies have shown smoking to be correlated with rapid bone density loss and osteoporosis.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Alcohol interferes with calcium absorption and bone density on many fronts, including decreasing hormone production, increasing cortisol formation, and blocking Vitamin D.

Cow’s milk is the perfect food for baby cows.  But the evidence is against it being a good source of calcium (or anything else) for humans.

Learn WHY and HOW to eat more whole foods in my FREE VIDEO MASTERCLASS going on right now.  It’s your shortcut to my best tips, getting to the bottom of the controversies, and learning to eat more of the world’s healthiest foods.

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Can Soda Dissolve Teeth? The Worst Drinks For Dental Health

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Assorted soft drinks--soda dissolves teeth!

Sugar isn’t the only reason that soft drinks are anything but soft on your teeth.

Soda pop and energy drinks are also incredibly acidic, eroding tooth enamel practically on contact.

Check out this table that my biological dentist, Dr. Michelle Jorgenson,  uses to show how much of your tooth is lost in 14 days of exposure to Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and others:

Dr. Jorgenson’s chart on which beverages dissolve teeth, soda is the worst!
Remember – a neutral pH is 7.0. So, the lower the pH the more acidic the drink is.

If it dissolves hard enamel, what is it doing to vulnerable soft tissues and organs?

Dr. Jorgenson included some other drinks, like tea and coffee, for comparison.

Remember – a neutral pH is 7.0.   So, the lower the pH, the more acidic the drink is, by a factor of 10.

For instance, a pH of 5 is 10 times more acidic than a pH of 6,  and 100 times more acidic than a pH of 7.

Diet Dr. Pepper, then, at a pH of 2.99, is 10,000 times more acidic than neutral!  And some soft drinks are even worse.

The dentin in your enamel begins eroding at a pH of 6.5 (and the enamel itself at 5.5), so avoiding acidity in your mouth is crucial for protecting your teeth.

soda dissolves teeth! cartoon illustration of a tooth dissolving in a glass of soda.Which Drinks Are Hardest On Tooth Enamel?

Check out Dr. Jorgenson’s table on which beverages dissolve teeth, and then read some of her other tips for preserving tooth enamel…

Note that even tap water is generally more acidic than neutral, which is why I drink and brush with alkaline water.

How To Protect Your Tooth Enamel

The double-whammy of sugar and acids in soft drinks and other beverages is devastating to your teeth.

Dr. Jorgenson has some tips for protecting your family’s tooth enamel, even if you can’t kick the soda habit or stop eating sugar:

  • Limit your soda and sugar intake to only once in a 24-hour period, and all in one sitting, because the worst thing you can do is eat it throughout the day. (I agree: then your body constantly has the strain of having to neutralize those acids and pump insulin, etc.)
  • Brush and floss thoroughly after having soda, sugar, and other highly acidic foods.
  • Brush your child’s teeth from behind, putting your hand under the chin and pulling their head back–much like the dentist does, because you can see in the mouth and reach all the surfaces that way.
  • Gently put baking soda on your teeth and swish it in your mouth for as long as you can before rinsing, for alkalinity. (Don’t brush with it, though, as it is abrasive on your teeth.)
  • Whitening and tartar-control toothpastes are terribly hard on your teeth. The chemically-achieved slippery “feeling” of clean, and the minty taste, give you a false sense of security about your teeth actually being clean.

 A mother brushing her son's teeth

The health of your teeth and gums is foundational to the health of your whole body!  Holistic or “biological” dentists like Dr. Jorgenson understand that, and they treat your mouth as part of the whole “you.”

Find your own biological dentist with our free Holistic Dentist Finder, and grab our Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life Video Masterclass while it’s still on Launch Special, at 80% off!

This course is 12 videos by Dr. Jorgenson and me, teaching you everything that biological dentists would share with you, about which products to use (and avoid), DIY tips for caring for your dental health at home, how to find the best biological dentist near you, what diagnostics and treatment options you have instead of metal fillings and root canals, and much more.

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11 Natural Ways to Deal with Stress

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11 Natural Ways To Deal With Stress

Stress has everything to do with your overall health! Stress—or our reaction to it—is as powerful as food is, in achieving a high-vibration life or a low-vibration life.

I’m going to share some major principles that have helped me live a life of happiness, and relative peace even though I’m a single mom, I travel a lot for work, and I have what by any standards would be called a high-stress job.

These concepts I’m going to share have been hard-won for me.

A few years ago, I had a terrible experience, feeling deeply wronged by another company, whose actions inflicted tremendous harm on me and my business.

The damage was both emotional and financial. I could have spent many months, or even years, of my life pursuing a conflict that would have made me whole, and would have made me rich. Or, I could settle, and end the dispute with peace, light, and forgiveness.

I chose the latter.  And this big choice led me to some clarity about all the smaller, daily choices that help change my mindset, my thought patterns, and my overall happiness. I want to share with you 11 strategies I learned to reduce stress, and stay in high vibration, even through tough circumstances:

1. Opt out of drama.

I am vigilant about not opting in to negativity and drama in my family, my business, the competitive sports teams I play on, or in intimate relationships.

Keeping it from affecting me takes serious consciousness, and commitment about what I’m spending my time thinking about, and doing.

"My days on this planet are numbered. I want to spend them doing something awesome with my life." -Robyn Openshaw

I try to spend my unstructured time well. That’s time out running, in the shower, or driving. I use my unstructured time to think through problems, and turn the energy of something from a negative, to a positive.

If I have to have a “high stakes conversation” with one of my children, an employee, or a friend, I try to devote some time to thinking it through, first. So I know what I want to say–and what I don’t want to say–and how I want the other person to feel, at the end of our conversation.

Here’s the thing: my days on this planet are numbered. I want to spend them doing something awesome with my life.

"Make something beautiful of your life."

Every five minutes that I spend being angry, is five minutes of happiness that I gave up. When you get clear on that, it makes decision making easier, and you want a lot less time spent on dumb stuff.

I have this saying on my vision board, and I look at it every day:

“Make something beautiful of your life.” I can’t do that if I spend my limited life fighting, regretting, not forgiving, or stewing.

2.  Stop Worrying

Read Dale Carnegie’s How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. It’s kind of a bible for me on how to live.

It did not come naturally to me, to severely limit the amount of time I spend worrying. One thing he says is, “Remind yourself of the statistical improbability of whatever you’re worrying about actually happening.”

Here’s another great nugget for you, from the book. Every time you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “Will this matter in a year?” The answer is no, 99 percent of the time. If that’s so, let it go.

Buy the book, take it around with you, and read a chapter every day.

A year later, do the same thing all over again. I’ve read it over and over again, until I have the whole book pretty much memorized.

3. Attend To The Feeling Of Stress

Don’t fear your negative emotions. Attend to them and learn to identify them quickly.

Ask yourself, “What am I feeling, and why?” You can’t solve something if you don’t even know what it is. In my 20’s I used to spend hours, or days being angry and tense without even really knowing why.

I’d spend a lot of time verbalizing to people close to me what I was stressed out about. Instead of doing the internal work of checking in with myself, breaking it down, and then releasing it. Now I get real, and I get real fast.

Then when I’m really clear on what’s really bothering me, I choose to talk myself through it. I fully feel it, and then consciously break it down.

Mentally go to a safe place for 60 whole seconds in your mind, and when that has become a practice, you have a potent tool to shift your mental energies.

My “safe place” is at the top of Provo Canyon, where I bike or I ski, on either side of the canyon. In a stressful situation, you can “go there” in your imagination. Imagine what it looks like, what it feels like. Imagine the smells. Put yourself there in every way.

I’m so convinced about the effectiveness of this process that I wrote about it extensively in my new book, Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love and SuccessPreorder the book, and you can get the audiobook free, to listen to right away!

You’ll learn how to reframe and release any negative emotion in 90 seconds or less!

This technique works for more than just stress.  And you might find out that your stress is a cover for a different emotion entirely, one you can learn to clear quickly with this tool.

4. Ask Yourself This Question

I want to give you a profound question to ask yourself everyday, that I learned from my friend Matthew. Because checking in with who you are, and how you want to show up today, is a far more important question, when you wake up, than “what tasks am I going to do today?” (That’s the question most of us default to, each morning.)

The question is, “What is the purpose of my life?” This is what you want most. Really. What is the purpose of your life?

My answer was, I want to be healthy and happy, and help others be healthy and happy. I’m always checking in with what I’m doing or thinking about right now, towards that end. Is what I’m doing right now making me or someone else healthier and happier?

5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

And, like the classic book says,  it’s all small stuff! Once you get clear on this principle, of how much of what we get angry about, what we worry about is small stuff, our whole life changes for the better.

For my podcast, I interviewed Kristine Carlson, who helped her husband Richard write Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff–And It’s All Small Stuff!

She spoke about how she used the “small stuff” principles to get through Richard’s sudden death, in his 40’s, at the height of his career as an international best-selling author.

She shared with me how life becomes less scary when you find perspective and get out of your own way.  One of my favorite things she said was,

“The beauty of not sweating the small stuff is it frees up all of your focus to your creativity. When you’re not focused on things that don’t matter, you have all the energy you need to focus really on what does.”

Listen to the whole interview here.

6. Live in Gratitude

The flip side of not sweating the small stuff is to find joy in the small stuff, every day.

Gratitude works wonders. It’s one of the highest-vibration emotions. When you settle into a reverie of considering all the great people and blessings in your life, your ECG frequencies actually increase by 10 Hz! And the frequencies are strong, steady, and smooth.

Which is how we all like to feel, right?

Almost every day, little things happen that are really cool. Noticing them, and taking a moment to feel grateful for them, can uplevel your quality of life.

When I’m out running or biking, I love to ponder the question, “What do I love about my life?”

My friend Megan Wooden, who found out when she had four small children, that she had a deadly form of cancer, told me that she writes at the top of her journal page every day, “And the good news is,” and she fills it in.

I learned long ago that gratitude is a magic elixir, an antidote to stress.

We all love adults who retain a sense of childlike wonder. I think it’s fun to create gratitude, to remember to be amazed, blown away! Giddy! Grateful!

Choosing into the amazing vibration of gratitude opens you to recognizing the synchronicities and miracles in your life. They may seem small and common, until you exercise mindfulness. Know that gratitude is a choice, not a feeling.

7. Live in Einstein Time

Gay Hendricks wrote a book called The Big Leap that forever changed my life and my relationship with minutes, hours, and days.

change your concept of time to reduce stress

His concept of “Einsteinian time” comes from the example Einstein used to explain relativity:  an hour with your beloved feels like a minute; a second on a hot stove feels like an hour.

We often speak of time as if we are at the mercy of its limiting control: “I don’t have time,” or “Time got away from me.”

But we all have the same amount of time, and we choose what actions to take in the time we have..

We can either create time with abundance thinking, or create time pressure by scarcity thinking.  Don’t crawl into bed and whine, don’t kill hours just griping. Roll up your sleeves! Life is amazing, when we use our waking hours to be productive, to problem solve, to tend to others needs.

Notice when you find yourself speaking like a victim of time. For example, “I’d like to stop and chat but I don’t have time.” Instead, speak as the source and master of time-for example, “I’ll make time for that.”

Now I know what it is to create time. I know that time doesn’t own me. I’m not always breathless, and rushed, and behind anymore. Time is just a man-made construct; human beings have put markers on it in a variety of ways.

I know that I will make time for the things that matter most.

8: Read and Journal

take time to read or journal everyday to reduce stress

I love to read. Gain new knowledge everyday, especially in the area of self development. Make sure not all of your reading is escape reading. After a year or two of reading the best books that you carefully curate to make you better, you will find yourself more grounded, more peaceful, with far more tools to calm and de-stress.

It’s also a great way to build your character, through studying, and pondering, and talking to others around you about the stuff that you’re learning. Journal what you learn, so that it becomes part of your way of being.

9. Forgive and Let Go

Practice the art of letting go, and forgiving someone on a regular basis.

let go of things that no longer serve to reduce stress

Make letting go a guiding principle of who you are. This is what I learned from my divorce–how many things I can let go of, and fast. So many things in my life changed at that time so quickly, I had to decide whether to cling to them, screaming and kicking, or to accept and be at peace.

Make a goal of forgiving people more quickly and easily. More peace and forgiveness of others = less toxicity = better health = purer love for everyone around me = more joy.

10. Reach Out

A lot of times the answer to what seems a devastating problem is a lot simpler and quicker than you think.

Even as unique as you are, I guarantee there are others who have found their way through the same problems you’re facing now.

Ask yourself,  “Who can help me with this?”  Reach out.  Call on the relationships you’ve built. Sometimes the only way through a problem is, well, through it, and even if there is not a ready solution, the people who love you will strengthen and lift you on the journey through. Putting words on what’s eating you, with someone you trust, is a great first step.

11.  Believe In Karma

Ecclesiastes 11:1 says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, and after many days, it will come back to you.” I’ve always seen that as the law of karma in scripture.

If you’re doing good works, then good is going to flow back to you. Sooner or later. Maybe indirectly. The Hindus use the concept of “karma” exclusively with a negative meaning (“bad karma”), but we Westerners believe in good karma, too. Don’t you?

Believe in it, and put some good stuff out there. It’s going to flow back, and it’s going to be all over you before you know it.

Did you notice that I didn’t mention nutrition, exercise, or sleep to combat stress?  Of course they are important–good nutrition strengthens you against stress’ health effects,  exercise gives you those great endorphins to counteract negativity, and sleep recharges you.

But I wanted to give you some other strategies I’ve learned that have pulled me through some of the worst times in my life.

What are your healthy ways to deal with stress? I’d love to hear one of yours.

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Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad

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My Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad is one of my most popular and well-loved summer recipes. Inspired by that recipe I’m coming at you with a new, creamy, mayo-free potato salad to suit all of your end-of-summer barbecue and potluck needs.

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Before going vegan I didn’t really care for mayo, but since transitioning to a vegan diet and eventually trying a few vegan mayo options, I’ve been totally hooked! So here we have mayo-less vegan potato salad. It’s just classic-but-still-vegan potato salad that doesn’t require you to buy a jar of vegan mayo. That’s it!

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This dressing uses typical pantry staples: nutritional yeast, coconut milk (don’t run away! I promise this salad does NOT taste like coconut), canola oil (any neutral-tasting vegetable oil will work), pickle juice (or white vinegar), mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper.

We’re also using the usual potato salad-y stuff like dill, celery, grated carrot (optional), green onion, shallots, and dill pickles.

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Of course, the star of the show is The Little Potato Company’s Blushing Belles. These little red Creamer potatoes are perfect for this recipe. No fuss, no mess, just quick cooking, tender Little Potatoes, ready to soak up that creamy, zesty mayo-free dressing.

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This recipe comes together with just 30 minutes of active cooking time, but the salad should chill in the fridge for at least 2+ hours before serving. If you’re bringing this dish to a get-together, be sure to make it the night before (or early in the morning if it’s an evening shindig!)
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Creamy Vegan Mayo-Free Potato Salad

Prep 30 mins

Cook 25 mins

Inactive 2 hours, 15 mins

Total 3 hours, 10 mins

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Yield 4 cups

Good ol’ potato salad is a quintessential summer salad and a staple at barbeques and potlucks. This creamy vegan potato salad is made without mayo! 30 minutes of active cooking time. Makes 4 cups.


  • 1 – 1.5lb bag of The Little Potato Company’s Blushing Belle Creamer potatoes
  • ½ cup/125ml Coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 1/3 cup/80ml Nutritional yeast flakes
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Canola oil (or other neutral-tasting vegetable oil)
  • 3 tbsp/45 ml Dill pickle juice (or 2 tbsp white vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp/15ml Granulated sugar (evaporated cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp/5ml Hot mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp/7.5ml Sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Chopped fresh dill
  • ¼ cup/62.5ml Thin-sliced celery (approx. 1 rib celery)
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Grated carrot (approx. 1 medium carrot)
  • ¼ cup/62.5 ml Chopped green onion (approx. 4-5 shoots)
  • 2-3 tbsp/30-45ml minced shallot (soaked in salt water) (approx. 1 small shallot)
  • 2 tbsp/30ml Chopped dill pickle (approx. 1 large pickle)


  1. Begin cooking the potatoes while you prep the vegetables and the dressing. In a large pot of cold water, heat the potatoes over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the largest potato is fork-tender in the center. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, combine coconut milk, nutritional yeast, canola oil, pickle juice, sugar, hot mustard, sea salt, and black pepper. Mix vigorously and set aside. Prepare the dill, celery, carrot, green onion, shallot, and pickle.
  3. Once the potatoes are just cool enough to handle, halve them and transfer them to a large bowl. (Refer to recipe notes for tips on changing the texture of the potato salad)
  4. Cover the warm potatoes with dressing and add all of the chopped vegetables. Mix roughly and thoroughly to the help break up the potatoes and thicken the dressing.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (until thoroughly chilled – overnight is best so there’s plenty of time for the dressing to thicken.)
  6. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning to suit your preferences.


Depending on your personal preferences, it’s easy to adjust the texture of this potato salad. I coarsely mashed the halved potatoes for a thick salad with different-sized chunky pieces of potato. For a more evenly textured potato salad, dice 2/3 of the warm potatoes and thoroughly mash the remaining potatoes. If you prefer a mashed potato salad, fully mash the potatoes.

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Low Libido and Nutrition: 10 Health Hacks For A Better Sex Drive

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Low Libido and Nutrition: 10 Health Hacks For A Better Sex Drive

If you’re GreenSmoothieGirl, many people know you’re single, some people know you’re a former sex therapist, and everybody knows you know a lot about point is, people tell me stuff.

Turns out, lots of women, and some men, too, are suffering with sexual dysfunction, or just a lack of interest in sex, period.

Why is Your Libido Gone?

Historically, at least when Masters and Johnson were doing their landmark work on North Americans and sexual practices and attitudes, women hit their “sexual prime” at 40, but these days, researchers see less of that.

More and more, some women don’t even HAVE a sexual prime. They’re perennially exhausted, and with reserves running low, sex is the first thing to go.

Young, stressed out mother suffering from low libido

Moms of young children are very often less interested in sex than their partners. Husbands are frustrated and wonder what happened to the energetic woman they married. (Have a little patience, guys. It very well may be temporary. Kind of a LONG temporary, I know, but still—it’s a season.)

Another growing phenomenon is low testosterone in men—so many men have less interest in sex now than they did 50 years ago.  Research has shown that high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and obesity lower testosterone¹, and (surprise!) all of those conditions are on the rise.

Depression and anxiety are also on the rise, and while these conditions are libido-killers in themselves, the medications used to treat them have the common side effect of causing sexual dysfunction.

The endocrine system, which modulates your hormones (and therefore, your sex drive) is easily disrupted. Besides medications, endocrine disruptors in the environment, home products, and even our food supply, are known to cause a wide range of reproductive problems, including low libido.²

How To Get Your Sex Drive Back: Ten Nutrition Tips

I have a few tips for those suffering from lack of libido–or maybe it’s your partner whose sex drive doesn’t match yours. I’m going to start with the DON’Ts, and move on to the DOs:

1.  Ditch endocrine-disrupting plastics. Don’t drink out of plastic containers or microwave stuff in plastic (or heaven forbid, Styrofoam).

2.  Don’t drink tap water–avoid fluoride and chlorine. Get a carbon filter on the whole water system in your home. Get a reverse osmosis filtration system, at a minimum. Best of all is if you have R.O. water, and a water ionizer.

NO GMO Sign3.  Don’t eat soy! Most soy in the U.S. is genetically modified, but worse, processed soy products mimic estrogen in the body and disrupts normal hormone function. Don’t use soy milk or any other processed soy products—occasionally, small amounts of organic miso, edamame, tofu, nama shoyu or Bragg’s, are okay.

And read your labels! There is soy protein isolate and soy lecithin and a dozen other processed soy fractions in everything boxed, everything canned, everything manufactured by humans these days, including almost all BREAD products.  It all adds up, so cut it OUT of your diet.

Avoid chemical-laden cosmetics that can diminish libido4.  Quit using chemical personal care products. Putting it on your skin is the same as eating it. Your skin is a living, breathing organ, and it takes what you put on it into the bloodstream. Grab a copy of my free wallet card, Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid, and use it while shopping to avoid harmful ingredients. Make a shift to the things you put on your skin being only natural. My moisturizer is organic coconut oil.

What to Eat For a Better Sex Life

Now for the DO’s:

5.  Eat more whole-food plants: A quart of green smoothie is one of the easiest ways to get 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Drinking Green Smoothies increases your libido!One of my biggest surprises in writing The Green Smoothies Diet was discovering that many people who drink green smoothies regularly, in my study of 175 people, experience higher libido.

(The sex-drive statistic, to me at least, relates to both energy and interest in a very intense, personal connection with other people. You might say it’s just making your hormones balanced and healthier, and that’s a good point, too–I believe a high libido is a natural state.)

And when plants are what you eat most of, weight loss is nearly inevitable.

Even being 10 pounds over your normal weight can very noticeably affect libido. You may think depressed libido is because you don’t feel sexy or uninhibited when you’ve got love handles or thigh flab. That’s only part of it.

(An important part! Feeling sexy and energetic DOES lead to you being your best self—in all ways. On the flip side, having to turn the lights off, avoid certain body parts being visible, or worrying about insecurities, leads to nothing good in the bedroom.)

The other part is how even just an extra 10 lbs. truly depresses circulation and endocrine functions. You really need those functions, for good lovin.’

When your energy is depleted, as it always will be on the Standard American Diet diet, you lose the sexual interest and stamina you once had. Sexual dysfunction happens the same way all degenerative disease does: it is linked to lifestyle choices. Your reproductive system, after all, is affected by the same things your cardiac, circulatory, and endocrine systems are–they are all inextricably linked, as they are all part of one complex organism.

6.  Add three things to your green smoothie. Call the recipe Good Green Love. Or Sexy Smoothie 2.0. Half for you, half for your partner. Here they are:

a. Maca.  It’s the “Peruvian ginseng,” a root vegetable prized by the Incans for thousands of years for its ability to improve athletic endurance and sexual stamina.

Use Bee Pollen to your Green Smoothie to increase your libidob. Bee pollen. Look what it does for the queen bee! It’s a powerful aphrodisiac. Try one grain to make sure you’re not allergic, then two grains the next day. Put a spoonful of it in your smoothie when you’ve ascertained you don’t have a sensitivity to it. It also has a potentially helpful effect on seasonal allergies, and immune function!

c. Celery. Yes, the vegetable I affectionately like to say comes from the cardboard family.

Put it in your smoothie where you won’t notice it, since it contains androsterone, a precursor to pheromones that positively affect the sexual behavior of your partner.

7.  Get more foods containing zinc: Zinc blocks the enzyme that converts testosterone (responsible for sex drive) into estrogen. Try kidney and lima beans, spinach, flax, garlic, and peanuts.

More Tips to Increase Your Libido

8: Check your medicine cabinet: Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs suppress libido or cause other sexual dysfunction.  Common culprits are:

  • Antihistamines
  • Antidepressants
  • Birth control pills or patches
  • Hair-loss treatments
  • Beta blockers
  • Opioids
  • Medical marijuana

Try switching to something that doesn’t have effects on your libido.  Better yet, address the root cause of the condition so you can eventually ditch the meds.

9. Figure out what your time of day is, and take advantage of that. Some people are simply more interested in sex in the morning, rather than at night. It’s a truism that many folks are either “night people” or “morning people.” Nothing wrong with that–you might have to compromise if your partner is the opposite.

10. Consider visiting a bioidentical hormone specialist. Women, get a full blood-panel workup to find out if progesterone or female testosterone is the root of the problem. A little yam-based progesterone or hormone cream may work wonders. (However, you want this only if it’s warranted by your test results!) Testosterone cream is appropriate only if you are 40 or older.

Please get these ONLY from a bioidentical practitioner. The drugs, from the other guys? The substances are not identical to what your body makes. They are harmful and may have some symptom-abatement results in the short term, but they are also associated with negative side effects and disease risk.

Other remedies your natural-care practitioner may recommend, like DHEA, or flax oil, could be easily located at a health-food store.

So try those ideas, and HAVE FUN! (And I mean that in the wildest, most passionate way possible.)





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