A Better Bread Option for Better Health and Less Inflammation

White flour is a HUGE culprit for triggering inflammation in the body. If you struggle with arthritis or any inflammatory issue, white flour is the first thing that should be thrown out of your diet. Even if you do not have any condition that is inflammatory, white flour STILL will trigger an inflammatory response in the body.

A better option can be Ezekiel Bread, made of sprouts instead of processed flour of any kind. Since there is nothing that preserves the bread it has to be kept in the freezer. Just take out what you need, toast it, and put on some almond butter, vegan butter, or create a sandwich after it has thawed.

Just a heads up here. It won’t taste like processed bread! That’s because there is no added processed sugars to create a sugar imbalance in your body. Yes, it will taste different. After using it you will adjust to not having sugar in your bread!

If bread is supposed to be the staff of life, why put processed ingredients in it that will cause adverse issues in your body? Let your bread accentuate your life and not take away from it!

I enjoy my life. I have the things I desire but when I can, I eat the things that will be more beneficial to me!

Loving your from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry Ph.D.

Yoga, Yoga, And Even More Yoga For Your Health!

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My first personal interest in yoga was when I was about 18 years old. I needed my yoga practice to offset my already busy work schedule. I needed energy, flexibility, stress reduction, and just plain old time to myself! Can you relate to this? As time went on, my yoga practice came and went according to my filling schedule. I had a renewed interest when children came along. The first thing I wanted was to be back into my nice work clothes, not to mention my jeans!

During a very stressful marriage break up, yoga became an anchor for me. My mind, body, and spirit needed the practice to keep balanced when my emotional footing was not as stable as I would have liked it to be. I have to admit my practice still was off and on as time seemed to constrain me more, but there comes a time when excuses are no longer an option! I needed my yoga practice!

As someone who supports mind, body, and spirit connection, I can not think of a better practice with all of these elements and so many benefits. Just to teach you all of those benefits, this blog post would have to become a book! Yes, it is that good for you!

When I was surfing online for the best yoga practice that I could stick to, I discovered Yoga Downloads! YES! I was so happy to see such a diverse community of yoga practitioners dedicated to their practice. “Yoga Download” is an online platform that gives you unlimited access to over 1700 exclusive classes from the world’s top yoga instructors.” (Yoga Download Website).

What is remarkable is it is so affordable! You can choose your level of commitment and also participation. You will meet multi-level yoga practices taught by happy and dedicated yoga practitioners and instructors. If you are seasoned in yoga or just want to give it a try, this is for you! Join over 250,000 people who are apart of this yoga community that has been moving forward since 2006. Choose the practice and the instructor you desire. You have nothing to lose just checking it out! Keep going, and you WILL BE HOOKED!

Yoga is so good for your body and especially your mind and emotional wellbeing. Sometimes we just have to take a leap and do what our heart is crying out for. Yoga Downloads is very inexpensive, and you can stop your membership any time you want!

I encourage you to come along and join me! Become hooked on yoga and do great things for your body at the same time! You can use the hyperlinks above or the links I have provided below. ** I am a Yoga Downloads affiliate

Namaste!

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.

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What Dealing With Covid Has Taught Me

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As I look back upon my life, I can not remember an illness as frustrating as COVID-19. I come from a generation who endured the mumps, measles, chickenpox and missed the old smallpox epidemic. The diseases of the past were irritating, except for some of the more life-threatening diseases.

I feel very blessed to have gone through a lot less than many people have endured regarding the illness department. I am so aware of those I cared for in the past who struggled with cancer forms or were dying from liver failure. When I reflect on those days of taking care of critically sick people, I feel doubly blessed not to have had endured them.

In my belief system, I feel everything in life is brought into our lives to teach us. My beliefs go beyond the old, “whatever does not kill us makes us stronger” mentality. To some degree, everything in life is a lesson, including becoming sick.

Before I continue to go off into left field, I want to stay true to my title and express what COVID-19 has taught me as an illness.

  1. The little things in life are just as important as the more significant issues, whether blessings or difficulties.
  2. Life is too short to complain about anything. We have chosen this ride on earth and can create in this life whatever we desire. If we are not happy with where we are, it is our fault. We can make life be as we envision we want it to be, so why not?
  3. Love is always higher than anything, and it is our love that determines how much we have in our lives.
  4. What we allow to stay will stay. If something is irritating, like a scratchy sweater, it is up to us to take it off and let it go.
  5. Breath is important. No one should ever take a good breath of air for granted. If you smoke, STOP! You WILL get lung cancer or compromise your breath.
  6. Don’t stress over the little things in life; they will pass just like everything else.
  7. It is alright to stay in your jammies if you don’t feel well!
  8. Leaving dishes in the sink is not a mortal sin. They will still be there later on when there is more energy to do them.
  9. People in our lives have a particular purpose; they are not just placeholders. Find the purpose for every person and do your best to learn from that connection, love despite disagreement, and know you are blessed to have the honor of understanding them.
  10. Difficult people are not only learning opportunities but are hurting human beings. Give them a break, especially when they are sick with COVID-19.

Aside from the evident appreciation for life, the comments mentioned above are not exhaustive in the least. When it comes to counting my blessings, I have far more than the stars, and they are uncountable. A little giving goes a long way. We all have things in life we have to process internally. We carry baggage. Some of us carry it over our shoulders, some in our hearts, and some are consumed in baggage without even awareness it exists. Burdens are not meant to be held but processed.

If you are dealing with COVID-19 illness, my heart and prayers go out to you; it is not a fun illness. Let God give you strength for the journey and a more healed heart for having been tried in the COVID-19 fire.  

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.

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Want Some Stress Ease? Medicinal Tea with CINNAMON! (Repost correction)

*** This is not meant to be in place of medical advice. Please seek advice before trying herbals and any interactions with your medications. I am not affiliated with this brand nor do I receive funds for any promotions.

Skullcap is known to be beneficial for

  1. insomnia
  2. anxiety
  3. tension
  4. inflammation
  5. spasms

Personally, I love medicinal teas! There is nothing more comforting to me when it’s cold outside, I need a boost, or to relax. Cinnamon has its own medicinal properties but taste is my big thing when it comes down to it. Maybe it is the aromatic properties of cinnamon that really kicks this tea into high gear for me!

As with anything herbal, check for any interactions with medications. Otherwise, enjoy! If you are not sure, try a little at a time. Herbals are not for everyone but my experience is plant based health has great benefits!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD

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References:

WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-986/skullcap#:~:text=Skullcap%20is%20used%20for%20trouble,infections%2C%20inflammation%2C%20and%20spasms.

Fitness and Being Fabulous!

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About 11 years ago I found myself going through a lot of personal life transition. During that time I went into the caregiving industry, caring for seniors in their homes and helping them do things they could not do for themselves. I was shocked at how many pretty healthy seniors needed someone to help them up and down in order to get around the house. These were not people who had major surgeries or issues, they just did not have the strength to get up and down, or keep themselves steady as they walked through the house. Basically, I became their crutch.

I remember thinking to myself, I was not going to be like that! I am determined to walk on my own through my older age without help! Mobility is a gift in older age. Mobility helps us feel younger and more vibrant. I have come to appreciate this after a move from one city to another as of late. Unfortunately I ended up with a back muscle strain. It’s so hard when something hurts every time there is movement and there are things to be done!

Back in the 90’s I had already been introduced to exercise genius, Kathy Smith, by someone who was a friend of mine. She gave me my first Kathy Smith VHS video cassette tape to work out. I had been feeling a bit tired, and with five kids to take care of on my own it was hard to keep the energy up. I fell into bed every night exhausted and I knew I needed a change. I started working out with Kathy Smith and I loved it! It was so hard at first but I came to enjoy it so much! It always felt good when I was able to do more of the video than before. I realized, energy begets energy and motivation brings more motivation.

Today, I am working through Kathy Smith’s free 14 day exercise and diet challenge. (See link below). She supplies the great recipes, the online workouts, inspirational emails, and a Facebook group for support through the process. I am pleased that after just a few days of a new change in foods I eat, and completing my exercise each day, my back strain feels so much better. In fact, everything feels better! So far, I can even see my waist again! The main thing is feeling good. I’m no longer taking care of children in my home as my kids are grown now, but at this phase of my life I need even more energy to complete my life tasks. As I age, my overall health has become my biggest focus. I don’t need to look like a supermodel. To me, that is fake. I do want to feel my best and if I can feel 20 years younger at this point in life, why not go for it?

Kathy Smith’s free 14 day program is called “Fit Over 40″ and I love it! I feel like I am doing good things just for me. Self care is so important and this is the best self care. She supplies the grocery list for all of her recipes and an online eBook to download everything needed. One thing that really helps is the Facebook group. I keep inspired to continue when I read the posts and interact with others who are doing the same thing.

Kathy Smith’s “Fit Over 40 Challenge” starts here. Just click on the title link and go to day one! (I don’t receive from her sales and I do not work for her company. I just love what this program is beginning to do for me.) Ask about downloading her free eBook that has all of her recipes, grocery list, and workout links!

An article from Kathy Smith’s website: click here 

Here’s to great health, motivation, energy, and fitness at any age!

Loving you from here,

Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

coconut_oilOne of the most significant ways a woman can empower herself is to remain healthy. Working on a healthy lifestyle is an every day thing from the beginning of life through the rest of our lives. We can be as empowering as possible but if we don’t guard our health what good is it? Part of living an empowered life is to live a healthy one.

One of the most beneficial things I have found to add to my own daily diet is coconut oil! After having gone through at least a year of struggling with health issues, I have been led down the path of researching things that would help me to feel better, have more energy, become sick less, and to improve body function. I discovered a good well oiled body on the inside makes it function better and to remain healthier.

Coconut oil has been an amazing discovery for me! I am talking about the kind that is virgin organic oil made for cooking and ingesting. (There are other forms of coconut oil which are used externally. To find the right one, please consult the label and make sure it says virgin organic and suitable for cooking). I discovered its value while researching what would be the best solution for resolving constipation and also to cleanse out bacterial invasions. I had gone through at least 2 recent 10 week rounds of antibiotics and also a steroid to help inflammation of my sinus area. For the last year I have had to be on antibiotics at least 5 times. Believe me, that is 5 times more than usual. I basically never had become this sick this often. I don’t think I had ever become so frustration in my life.

I read many articles on the benefits of coconut oil and discovered it has many! Not only is it a natural antibiotic, but it is a much needed saturated fat. Unlike many myths, saturated fats do not automatically clog our arteries. In fact, there are 3 major things we always need  for proper elimination. They are water, fiber, and fat! If we don’t have those 3 things regularly in our diets we become clogged and toxins stay in our bodies. Your body was created to consume food that gives it nutrients and then it moves on through it and out. When this does not happen you can become very ill from the build up of toxins and waste from the food you eat. Some ill effects can be weakness, headaches, infections, etc.

Everyone is different, but I have found that 1-2 tablespoons of virgin organic coconut oil per day is enough to flush things through properly. Of course, we can’t forget the water and fiber. I had to experiment to discover the right amount for me. I ingest 1 tablespoon at breakfast in a protein shake and then 1 tablespoon at night in another type of food. The good thing about coconut oil is it can be used to cook with.  I discovered that ordinary cut up fried potatoes is amazingly good when fried in coconut oil! It gives them a sweet taste along with adding a bit of salt. Its also great for stir frying veggies and other things as well.

Some of the ways I use it now are:

In a protein shake

To fry veggies

By the tablespoon in an emergency

Added to syrup for pancakes and waffles

Added to peanut butter and spread on toast

Small amount in a cup of green tea with a teaspoon of honey

Mixed into a bowl of cooked oatmeal

You can come up with your own as you experiment! There are other benefits to using this amazing oil and you can find some of them in one of the the article’s I found online 10 Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil . Please do your own research. You will be so glad you did!

Healthfully Yours,

Pastor Jenine Marie Howry

Jenine Marie Coaching

** I am not a health professional. My written information is based on personal experience and research only.

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