Dreamy Homemade Dairy-Free Ice Cream with Alyson Bridge

We know that for many, Labor Day means the end of summer. But just because summer is over doesn’t mean that our love affair with ice cream has to end too. Fortunately for those of us in places where the weather is still blazing hot, ice cream remains our go-to treat to cool off after a long day of work. Even if you’re in a colder climate, you can still enjoy a scoop of delicious homemade ice cream (maybe keep the heater on?). Because let’s be honest- we love ice cream no matter the season!

Why Homemade Is Better?

Although it does take more work than crackin’ open a carton of store-bought ice cream, homemade is worth the extra effort. You know exactly what’s into your ice cream and you have control of the ingredients based on your own tastebuds. Homemade tends to taste fresher and more pure than store-bought. It’s guaranteed fresh and you can use high-quality organic ingredients – straight from the farmer’s market! Some companies add unnatural ingredients to stabilize the cream, thicken it up, and keep it from crystallizing. Furthermore, a lot of store-bought ice creams have more air whipped into them. For this reason, homemade ice cream is usually creamier and richer. It also means no chemicals, no preservatives, and no ingredients you can’t pronounce.


[ Alyson's Homemade Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe ]

Organic Coconut Milk – Two 13.5 cansHomemade Ice Cream
Dates – Five with seeds removed
Stevia – 1/8 teaspoon
Chocolate Chips – Half cup
Macadamia Nuts – Half cup
Peppermint Extract – One teaspoon
Vanilla Extract – One teaspoon
Salt – Half teaspoon
Coconut Palm Sugar (optional)

1. Put one can of coconut milk and all five dates into a blender
2. Blend until dates are dissolved into milk
3. Add the other can of coconut milk, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, stevia, half of the chocolate chips, and salt into blender.
4. Test the batter. Add in coconut palm sugar and extra stevia and salt if needed. Blend.
5. Add in macadamia nuts and remainder of chocolate chips to blender. Blend quickly to mix in.
6. Add batter to ice cream maker and follow directions of the maker.



Get Control of Your Hormones!


The following is a guest post written by my good friend and colleague Dr. Anna Cabeca, a hormone and anti-aging specialist. One of her specialties is helping women and men balance their hormones so they can feel better, look younger, and even lose weight.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then this blog post is for you…

  • Your mood changes unpredictably or you’re depressed.
  • You’ve gained weight over the years and dieting doesn’t work as well as it once did.
  • You’re tired most of the time and you use caffeine to help you get through the day.
  • You experience sleep problems such as difficulty getting to sleep or waking up in the wee hours of the night.
  • Your interest in sex is lackluster (or nonexistent).
  • Your mind feels hazy or scattered and you have difficulty concentrating.
  • You’re experiencing obvious hormonal issues such as PMS or hot flashes.
  • You have lost your edge at work or lost interest in your usual activities.

It’s easy to think that these symptoms are just a part of normal aging, but they aren’t.

If your hormones are balanced then there is NO reason why you shouldn’t have abundant energy, a fit body, and feel fantastic for decades to come.

Your body uses many different hormones to stay healthy and happy but in today’s post we are going to discuss three of the most important ones.
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Sara and Pedram Get Medical Exams with Alan Christianson

On July 30, 2014, Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried both flew to Phoenix, AZ to get a thorough medical exam from their friend, Alan Christianson. Both Pedram and Sara are starting 100-day gongs and it’s important to know where they are regarding their health at the beginning so that after 100 days we know the progress that they’ve made. Sara and Pedram also met with the other physicians in Alan’s clinic, Dr. Linda Khoshaba, Dr. Adrienne Stewart, and Dr. Saman Rezaie. After visiting the clinic, Alan then took Sara and Pedram out for a little fun at a rock-climbing facility.

Are You Sitting Too Much?

According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, adult Americans spend on average 7.7 hours a day engaged in “sedentary behavior”. What’s even more alarming is that the Archives of Internal Medicine found that the risk of premature death grows 15 percent for those who sit eight hours a day! And the risk increases 40 percent for those who sit 11 hours a day compared with those who sit just four hours. Too much sitting can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Sitting So Much Should Scare You

Sitting So Much Should Scare You Infographic (Ergotron) / CC BY 3.0

Further on the Topic of Robin Williams

Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried share updates on the gongs they recently started. They then dive into a further discussion on Robin Williams which started in the episode with Shawn Stevenson. We received some messages that took concern with Shawn’s statement that suicide is a “selfish” act. Pedram and Sara continue the conversation on this sensitive subject. Pedram discusses his experiences knowing people to have taken their own lives. Sara discusses how the news of Robin Williams affected her family. Most importantly, if you are suffering from depression and thinking of taking your own life, please seek help!

Creating an Army for Change with Cynthia Pasquella


How can we create an army for change? Both for ourselves and the community in which we live? This week Sara Gottfried and Pedram Shojai welcome celebrity nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella to the Health Bridge. They discuss the idea that everyone should practice what they preach. Pedram and Sara talk about their 100-day gongs and Cynthia describes the 10-day challenge she has. They discuss the difficulties of diets and how to work them rather than having them work you.

Cooking Oils: Can you fry your food and eat it too?

You’ve probably heard about the various cooking oils, and the different benefits they all offer. From Olive Oil to Coconut Oil, some are better than others, they say. Many have been named, but which is actually the best for you? Find out with us as we go through a variety of cooking oils!


Cooking Oils

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Ask Empowering Questions To Revitalize Your Health (Guest Shawn Stevenson)

This week Pedram Shojai and Sara Gottfried welcome Shawn Stevenson to The Health Bridge. When Shawn was younger, he was physically weak and ill. He broke a hip while running track and was told that his spine was similar to that of an 80-year-old. The doctors told him that nothing can be done to cure him, yet they went ahead and prescribed pills for him to take.

Instead, Shawn took it upon himself to make lifestyle changes that eventually cured him. What impact did Shawn make to his health when he cut out fast food? What sort of improvements occured? How did his overall quality of life change?

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Compost

Welcome to Composting 101


What’s Compost?

Compost is just decomposed organic materials. While composting may seem complicated, it’s actually really simple and easy to do. Composting involves a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest (or your garden) floor. The end product is a rich, soft soil. It’s amazing how a natural process can transform everyday waste into a gardener’s fortune. Not only is composting good for the garden, it’s our environmental responsibility to breakdown organic waste rather than ditching it in landfills.

A Gardener’s Gold

Compost is a priceless asset for our gardens. It improves the quality of the soil by changing its structure. By making the soil the right consistency, it maximizes its ability to hold the right amount of moisture and air. This in turn supports the growth of healthier and more productive plants. Compost also has the ability to transform nutrient deficient clay soil into rich, moisture holding, loamy soil. Compost provides all of the essential nutrients for healthy plant growth, and it almost always slowly releases those nutrients to the plants so that there is a consistent intake of essential nutrients.

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Food Sensitivities Vs. Food Allergies

According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, nearly a third of the people that live in the U.S. believe that they have a food allergy. Yet, only 4% of teens/adults and 5% of children actually have food allergies.

Why do so many people have difficulty identifying food allergies?

Some researchers believe that “food allergy” is often misused because people are not fully aware of what the term actually means. And this results in their loose use of the term.

Food Allergies

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