The Dairy-Free Ice Cream Of Your Dreams Is Here

 

There are a number of cookies, cakes and squares out there that don’t need dairy ingredients — sadly, ice cream is not one of those desserts. Thankfully there is one dairy-free solution coming for those who have been dreaming about the taste of ice cream.

There is a brand-new line of dairy-free desserts courtesy of My/Mo Mochi ice cream that is being released this month. Normally, the company serves up delicious spheres of premium ice cream coated with a layer of sweetened rice dough — they come in a range of incredible flavors like mint chocolate chip and sweet mango. Now they have another line of the frozen treats, but they have replaced every ounce of dairy with rich cashew cream. The line will come in a selection of fantastic flavors like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and salted caramel. If you are wondering where to find mochi ice cream and mochi cashew cream frozen desserts, you can get them in the freezer sections of nearby grocery stores.

This unbelievable dessert will be a great option for anyone who has a vegan diet or who is considering starting a vegan diet in the near future. Veganism is a dietary practice that focuses on plant products like fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, and restricts animal products and by-products including meat, fish, milk, cream, butter, cheese, yogurt and sometimes honey. Replacing cream and milk made from cows with cashew milk allows vegans to enjoy their own version of the dessert without going against their dietary or moral beliefs. Cashew milk also carries a lot of beneficial factors that can make any health-conscious person excited — it has no saturated fat, it has lots of Vitamin E, it has no naturally occurring sugars like cow’s milk and has fewer calories than other dairy alternatives.

The dairy-free version also helps another big market that is often ignored by food companies, which is people who are lactose intolerant. A lot of people suffer from some degree of lactose intolerance or sensitivity since most people don’t create the enzyme to break down the specific sugar found in dairy — a whopping 65 percent of humans have trouble digesting lactose after they are babies. Many of these people have been neglected by food companies, forcing them to make their own alternatives or to forego certain forms of dessert altogether. Others have been pressured to eat foods with dairy products or have purposely risked their own discomfort in order to not feel left out of the loop. With the help of a dairy-substitute like cashew milk, a large percentage of the population can now indulge in a dessert without regret.

If you practice a vegan diet, experience lactose intolerance or if you are always looking for healthy alternatives to your favorite foods, you should get ready for what My/Mo Mochi is bringing up this month. Start clearing up some space in your freezer right now, because soon enough you’ll be able to fill it with the dairy-free ice cream of your dreams.

My Introduction to Yoga Meditation

Many people have difficulty falling asleep at night. Thinking and worrying about numerous topics (work, money, sick relatives, noisy neighbors, etc.) keep them tossing and turning long after they have turned off the lights. A few years ago, I was in this very situation. I had just started a new job that required me to learn a wide variety of new techniques and procedures. The job expectations and responsibilities were more than I anticipated and I regularly found myself still “working” long after I had left the office.

Bedtime was rough, work swam through my mind, harassing me at a time when I was trying to settle down.  In addition, I faced the burden of having to get up earlier than ever before to get to work.  This kept me worrying about my alarm not waking me up.  Glancing at the clock throughout the night was torture, 30 minutes would pass and I didn’t feel any closer to falling asleep!

Not getting much sleep made it tough to focus at work and caffeinated beverages became my best friend. Coffee in the morning and at break, soda at lunch and sometimes another coffee in the late afternoon became my norm. While these drinks helped at work, they destroyed me at home. I would have a caffeine “crash” in the early evening and end up taking a nap on my couch.  The nap made me feel better but it came at a cost, I wouldn’t be tired at bedtime. Thus, the restless night cycle continued!

Tired of being tired and having to rely on caffeine and sugar to keep me going, I wanted a change. I decided to limit my coffee and soda to help my body to rest naturally and not because of a “crash”. I also decided to try a lot of the sleep “tricks” out there. I drank warm tea before bed, read a book, or tried to clear my mind completely.  None of these completely fixed my sleeplessness and brought new challenges to my night.  The warm drink gave me added trips to the bathroom, books gave me new topics to race around my mind and trying to blank my mind, well I found that impossible, thinking about that “nothing” means that I was thinking about something and not nothing in the first place.  See how dizzying my mind was!

Although my sleeplessness improved a bit as I got the hang of work, I would still have days or weeks where it was difficult to sleep. I began to consider medicinal sleeping pills. Citing a few potential side effects, a friend politely recommended yoga instead. He talked about the many benefits yoga can have.  I agreed to give yoga a try.

Yoga was challenging for me but I did start to feel more flexible while playing basketball and less back pain after a few sessions, so I kept at it.  During my fifth yoga class, the instructor gave a lesson on meditation and introduced Gauranga breathing. The process was fairly easy, take a breath in and while exhaling, slowly say Gauranga (Goooooooo-Raaaaaaaa-Annnnnnnnn-Gaaaaaaaa). After doing this a few times, I felt great, completely cooled down and relaxed.

So, impressed by its effects after class, I decided to try Gauranga breathing at night before sleep.  It had the same effects, my body was more relaxed, my mind became free of all the clutter that was keeping me up at night and I was able to fall asleep quickly!

Amazed, I went back to my yoga instructor and asked why was Gauranga breathing different than the other meditation I had tried earlier?  Her answer was the Gauranga is one of the Holy Names of the Supreme Person and by saying it, my mind was focusing on Supreme Person and therefore, I was experiencing true peace.  She elaborated that we are all part and parcel of Supreme Person and loving remembrance of the Supreme Person is the path to actual happiness.  And that an easy way to remember Supreme Person is by hearing and saying His Holy Names as they have a transcendental and purifying affect.  I agreed with her that I had never felt so at peace as I did while doing Gauranga breathing, it was as if all my worries had just disappeared.

I continue to do this amazing breathing exercise before bed and use it to de-stress when the troubles of the world become overwhelming.  Gauranga breathing just takes a few minutes but can have long lasting effects and I highly recommend it to everyone!

Do Weight Loss Tablets Really Work?

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Weight Loss Tablets

It seems that these days, everyone is looking for an effective, easy and affordable way to lose weight. The trouble is, with our busy lives and the constant onslaught of temptation, it can be an ongoing battle to try to lose weight and get healthy. Many people turn to weight loss tablets as a way to shed those extra pounds, but are they safe? Yes and no. There are some products out there that will do nothing to help you lose weight and may, in fact, actually be bad for you. However, there are some tablets such as acai berries that have proven to be useful in the quest to lose weight.

What makes acai berries so different? These berries have a natural ability to both suppress the appetite and burn fat at the same time. This sets them apart from typical diets, which may rev up your metabolism and burn fat but can also leave you feeling hungry and deprived. Acai berries are also naturally detoxifying, which helps your digestive tract to perform at its best and they are also known for giving you more energy. Add to that the fact that these tiny red powerhouses are also loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants and it’s easy to see why they are so beneficial to the body.

Some weight loss tablets are dangerous because they can damage your liver and have other negative side effects and drug interactions with other things you may be taking. This is not a concern with acai berries. They are all natural, and pose few, if any, side effects to the vast majority of people. This is great news to people who are looking for a safe and natural way to suppress the appetite and do the body some good at the same time. Not only do you get the appetite-suppression and craving-control benefits of acai berries, you also get the full-body benefits of the vitamins and nutrients they also contain.

If you are looking for a way to naturally and effectively shed a few pounds, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor. There may be an underlying reason for your recent weight gain, and your doctor may want to run tests before you embark on any plan of losing weight. If you are otherwise healthy, however, and have tried other ways to lose weight unsuccessfully, opting for something like acai berry supplements can be a good idea. As part of a healthy lifestyle that involves healthful eating, a reduced-calorie diet and an active lifestyle as much as possible, acai berry supplements can make a positive difference in your journey to becoming a healthier, trimmer you.

Tips to Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure because many individuals do not have enough room for them; therefore, they become impacted. By the time adults reach the age of 17 to 25 wisdom teeth should start to come in. They are the last set of adult teeth to develop and are the third set of molars. An impacted wisdom tooth may grow in at the wrong angle so that it hits another tooth, at a right angle so that it lays flat against the bone, or straight in but with no room to completely come out of the gum line.

Tips to Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Removal

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If your wisdom teeth need to be removed you will most likely experience pain, tenderness, possible infection, gum inflammation, damage to nearby teeth if you wait too long to remove the wisdom teeth, cavities, etc.

Wisdom teeth removal in Miami, FL is fairly popular with numerous clinics offering the procedure. Dr. Martos does a fantastic job offering different sedation options making the process as easy as possible. Some tips to help you recover from wisdom teeth removal include the items outlined below.

  1. Plan Ahead

Make sure you take into consideration when you schedule your tooth extraction surgery. It is suggested that you schedule it around a weekend or a timeframe where you can have a few days off of work so that you can relax at home for recovery. You also need to have someone drive you home from the procedure because you will be under some sort of anesthetic or sedation. After the procedure you will most likely sleep for several hours until that wears off. You will need someone to stay with you until you are awake and can take care of yourself.

You may also what to make a quick trip to the grocery store. Get some soft foods for the next few days such as pudding or Jell-O. Your teeth and mouth will be very sensitive for a few days after the procedure.

  1. Rest

It will be important that you rest as much as you can after the procedure. Always make sure your head is elevated while you sleep or relax. Stay clear of any strenuous exercise for three or four days until you have a bit more energy. Your first day after the procedure you will definitely want to relax at home in bed. You may need to take some pain pills during the first few days; therefore, remember not to drive or operate any machinery while you are taking these.

  1. Oral Hygiene

It is highly important that you place oral hygiene at the top of your priority list after your surgery. Make sure you brush your teeth, just be careful around the wisdom tooth extraction sites. You will want to rinse your mouth with salt water starting 24 hours after surgery two to three times a day. While you are bleeding, continue to monitor the gauze packs in your mouth. Change those out every 30 minutes as needed.

  1. Diet

During the first day or so while you are still numb, avoid foods that are hot. It is also suggested that you stick to liquids and soft foods for the first few days until you can safely chew food. You will also need to avoid rice, nuts, popcorn, etc. until the sockets are completely healed to avoid infection and discomfort.

Under no circumstances should you be using a straw after your wisdom teeth extraction surgery. This is one of the surest ways to end up with a dry socket. Avoid this at all costs.

  1. Icing

If you have some swelling and pain persists, try icing the side of the check closest to the extraction site. This will reduce the pain and swelling associated with the incision.

There are a number of other things you can do to reduce the recovery time and heal faster, but these five tips are the most common. If you follow these five tips, you should have a much better time recovering that most others. It is important that you follow these so that you heal as quickly as possible.  Good luck!

Knowing When to Take Your Child to the Dentist

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Many adults are fearful of the dentist and don’t want their children to have the same type of experience. Dental fear is not uncommon, but it doesn’t have to be that way for your child. Dentistry has made a lot of advances in treatment, just in the past few years. It’s important for you to take your child to the dentist and to take care of their teeth. Use this guide to know when your children need to visit the dentist. Before you visit, talk to your child about the visit and be positive. If you need help, there are a number of books available that can help you introduce the idea in an encouraging manner.

Regular Check-Ups

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth emerges and at the very latest, by the child’s first birthday. A pediatric dentist has received two to three years of additional training after dental school. They specialize in infants and children, but if you can’t find one in your area, a family dentist is a good choice. The important thing is to introduce your child to dental care and get expert information about taking care of your child’s teeth.

Your dentist will tell you when you should bring your child back for follow-up visits. According to Cashion Dental (click here), generally, once your child turns two, your dentist will want to see them every six months for cleanings and checkups. The first set of x-rays occurs later, between the age of four and six.

Toothaches

Children often say that their teeth or mouth hurts. This could be food lodged between teeth or a new tooth coming in. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends rinsing the mouth with warm water and gently flossing for a toothache. If the pain is intense or accompanied by a fever, this could be an infection. If the pain lasts for more than 24 hours, contact your dentist.

Dental Emergencies

According to Cashion Dental (click here), if your child loses or cracks a tooth, stay calm. You will need to get your child to the dentist or ER as soon as you can, but quick thinking can save the tooth. Per the ADA, with a knocked out tooth, try to put it back in the socket to keep it moist. If that is not possible, put it in water or milk while you get to your healthcare provider. With a cracked tooth, rinse the mouth with warm water. This cleans the area. A cold compress on the face can help reduce swelling.

Orthodontic Care

Although many children don’t get braces until they become teenagers, according to WebMD, your dentist may recommend an orthodontic evaluation when your child is around seven. This can identify many problems early so that your child has a beautiful smile their whole life. Ask your dentist for their preference.

Early Care Equals Prevention

Baby teeth are important to the development of the permanent teeth, which is one reason your child needs to see the dentist early. A child learns good habits to take care of their teeth when they see a dentist on a regular basis. It also gets your child comfortable at the dentist and with their tools. You’ll see how far technology has come in making treatment more user friendly. You don’t want to wait until you have an emergency to find a dentist. Make an appointment for your child today.

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Black Diamonds Revolutionizes Anti ­Aging Serums

Black Diamonds Revolutionizes Anti­Aging SerumsI’ve been searching for the perfect anti­aging cream that’s both effective and affordable. Browsing around online, I found quite a few impressive creams with all natural ingredients, claiming to quickly eliminate wrinkles and give skin a radiant glow. While each of the creams I’ve found offered great results, there was one anti­aging cream in particular that caught my eye: Black Diamonds. It uses an extensive list of natural ingredients, with its secret weapon being actual black diamond dust. Before I dive too deep on Black Diamonds anti­aging cream, I’d like to discuss some other creams that I found with beneficial ingredients and results.

Vitamins Firm Skin With Fragrance of Aspen Bark

One of the anti­aging serums used two vitamins: acerola and ascorbic. These vitamins are used to tone and firm the skin. It smells very good with extracts of aspen bark and aloe vera leaf juice. However, there isn’t much about this particular serum that gives it a unique edge. It’s more of an average product with average results.

One­Stop­Shop For Anti­Aging, Skin Solutions

Another anti­aging serum is an age defying cleanser that’s claim is a “do­it­all” treatment. Using ingredients like milk peptide for exfoliating and willow bark to fight acne, this particular cleanser is an anti­inflammatory with green tea leaf extract. The price was right, but an all­encompassing product is a tough sell for those looking for solely anti­aging remedies.

Variety of Plant and Oil Ingredients Fight Aging Skin

The third serum uses wild beech buds and hibiscus leaf to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also uses the juice of New Zealand fern Mamaku to fight against aging skin. Other natural ingredients include chestnut, camelina and safflower oils, and alpine buddleia.

The Revolutionary Results of Black Diamonds

That’s when I discovered a breakthrough ingredient for anti­aging creams and serums: granulated black diamonds. The use of black diamonds in anti­aging creams helps conceal lines and wrinkles by absorbing light. Your imperfections and wrinkles will appear seemingly invisible with this newfound ingredient.

I came across Alleure anti­aging cream, which has an entire line dedicated to Black Diamonds. Similar to the above serums, it also uses all natural ingredients with benefits ranging from firming and smoothing the skin, to reducing swelling and promoting new skin growth.

Black diamonds minimize wrinkles and lines almost immediately after application. Best of all, all of the ingredients are natural and the price is considerably lower compared to other luxurious anti­aging serums on the market. I think I’ve found the sweet spot for results and value with Alleure Anti Aging Cream.

I’m looking to try this product soon. I’d like to know if any readers have tried a black diamond cream, and what you thought about it. Please join the conversation with your comments below. I’d like to try this product soon!

Don’t Panic: Identify and Treat These Common Childhood Skin Irritations

Discovering a rash or skin irritation on your child can send you into a tailspin. You don’t recognize what it is or know where it could have come from. It could be anything from a mild irritation that will soon go away to an indication of something more serious. There are several common skin conditions and rashes in children. Most are easily recognized and treated. By educating yourself about the different skin irritations that might occur, you can be prepared for when you spot red, dry or raised skin on your little one.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is common in newborns and is nothing to worry about. It looks a bit like a very bad case of dandruff and can show up as a red area on your baby’s scalp. There may be greasy yellow and scaly patches, which can become flaky and easily rub off. Cradle cap might cover the whole of your baby’s scalp and even occur on their face and neck, armpits and nose. When it occurs on other parts of their body, it’s called seborrhoeic eczema. Cradle cap is easy to treat at home, by washing your baby’s hair regularly to remove the scaly skin gently. The condition should disappear on its own, without you having to treat it any further. If the cradle cap looks red or swollen, you should take your baby to the doctor in case it’s infected.

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Eczema

Eczema is also fairly common in babies and children. About 1 in 8 children suffers from eczema, in a range of severities. Eczema can cause dry, red, itchy or cracked skin. It often appears on the face, hands, elbows, neck and backs of the knees. There are a number of ways to treat and manage eczema, including using moisturizers and steroid creams. You may need to manage your baby’s diet, adjust their bathing routine and avoid triggers that will cause the eczema to flare up. One of the challenges of living with a baby or child with eczema is preventing them from scratching. Baby eczema clothing can help, by covering their hands and irritated parts of their body to stop damage to the skin. Eczema is usually a childhood condition, and your child will likely grow out of it by their teens.

Hives

If your child has hives, they may have small red or white raised patches. These patches are about 1-2cm wide and develop suddenly, causing itching and redness. Hives will go away on their own after a few days, but you can help to relieve the itch with a soothing lotion.

Heat Rash

Heat rash often occurs around your baby or child’s neck, armpits or diaper or underwear line. It appears as a bright red pimply rash when your child overheats in hot or humid weather. Although heat rash in itself isn’t serious, it is an indication that your child is too warm. You should find ways to cool them off, or they could become ill. Help them to cool down with a cool and airy environment, light clothes and even a tepid shower or bath.

Healthy Breakfast Tips and Ideas from a Working Mother

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As a working mother, I know too well how important a good start can have on how you feel and how much you get done throughout the day.  Many people find it hard to find the time or motivation to bother making a healthy breakfast that will get their day off to the best start, however the truth is it is not actually that hard or very time consuming to prepare a morning meal.  What’s more, not only is it a very versatile meal but putting it together can also be a lot of fun.

One type of breakfast that I personally love is having a selection of fresh fruit chopped up and served with some natural yoghurt.  I love the creaminess and the fact that you can just turn whatever you have in your fruit bowl, cupboard and fridge into a mouth-watering morning feast that also gives you a head start for getting your 5 or more pieces of fruit for the day.  Any real sweet tooth out there should try chopping up some pineapple, melon, grape, apple with some slices of dried apricot.

Perhaps you prefer something hot first thing in the morning.  By making slight changes to how you cook the ingredients, even the humble full English can become a healthy option for breakfast.  Instead of frying the sausage, bacon and tomato, try grilling them as they will taste just as nice, without needing any oil.

If I want a warm breakfast, I always choose porridge – I think it may be my husband’s Scottish influence.  Some people seem to think that porridge takes too long to cook or that it is far too bland.  The actual truth is that porridge does not take very long to cook, particularly if you are just making a portion for yourself.  While it might be bland on its own, the beauty of porridge is that you can add various things to it to make it rich and tasty.  Dried fruit, fresh fruit, some chocolate spread, honey and even salt all work well.

In recent years breakfast bars have become a popular breakfast option for busy people.  They normally consist of a mixture of oats, cereal and nuts and are often dipped in chocolate or yoghurt to add extra flavour.  If you have a very limited amount of time in the morning, these are great to have in the house, particularly as you can eat them on the walk, bus or train ride as part of your daily commute.

One of my best friend’s favourite breakfasts is a couple of slices of toast with a slither of marmalade or jam.  It is something she has always done since she was a little girl and I have to say that I love on a less busy morning sitting back with a cup of tea and some toast.

Breakfast is not nearly as a hard a meal to prepare for as people often make it out to be.  Hopefully, I have helped to give you some ideas and even if it still feels like hard work, many of the suggestions above can be prepared the night before, meaning you have more time to enjoy them before getting on with your day.

How To Get Fit And Keep Up With The Kids In 3 Months

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Keeping up with young children is hard work, and many of us have had that chest pounding feeling of doom as we fight for breath after a game of football, or after chasing them on the beach. There comes a time in every parents life when they decide something must be done about their fitness levels so that they can play with, and still be around for, their children.

If you are one of these people, here are my top tips on how to get fit and keep up with your kids in 3 months. Its not going to be easy and the level of success will vary according to individuals, but it is guaranteed to raise your fitness levels.

Stop Smoking

Quitting cigarettes is the one thing anyone can do that is guaranteed to improve their health and fitness. Remember I said this wouldn’t be easy? Unless you stop smoking, any other steps are irrelevant. Luckily there has never been so much help around to help you quit. Nicotine replacement is the best way to help you quit the habit, and it comes in several guises.

Nicotine patches have been around for over twenty years now and have proved to be effective. One patch per day is all that is required to give a low dose of nicotine to help with the cravings.

Nicotine gum is a useful tool for those times when the cravings seem too strong to bear.

Electronic cigarettes from LastCig.co.uk and other online shops will give you a dose of nicotine and allow you to go through the motions of smoking without the dangers. The e-cigarettes use harmless vapour and don’t make your clothes smell in the way real fags do.

Stand Up

If you decide that, for eight or ten hours a day, you will not sit down the results are incredible over a few months. This is hard if you work, but you can still fit it into your routine when you get home. By not sitting in front of the television, you will find yourself doing other things instead. All of this extra activity burns more calories than you normally would so it helps to shed a couple of pounds.

Join a Gym

Gymnasiums have become big business over the last decade and are opening up in all towns. Joining your local gym is the surest way to improve your fitness after quitting smoking. Gyms are so popular now that working out has become a social pastime. Don’t be tempted to call in at the local carvery on the way home because you feel you have earned it, however, or all of your hard work will be undone.

Walk to Work

Not just to work, leave the car and walk everywhere within a reasonable distance. If you have managed to lay off the cigarettes, you will find there is a lot more breath available for exertion. This way you are saving on precious fuel too that is wasted during short journeys.

Keeping up with your children isn’t easy, and it won’t get any easier in the future. They will keep getting fitter as they head for their prime years, while you are going to battle to maintain your fitness level and not let it deteriorate. It is a battle you can’t win as age creeps up on you, but it is good fun trying.