Cashew Mac n Trees

Healthy, creamy, delicious pasta made of plants that is surprisingly protein packed.

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This recipe has been highly requested as I make it at least once a week (and of course make sure to take quick snapshots to share with all of you before I dive in).

I won't chat on too much because I know you just want the recipe, so here it is:

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INGREDIENTS

CHEESE SAUCE

  • 1 C Soaked raw cashews (in room temp water for ~1 hour or more)
  • 1 C Marinara sauce 
  • 1/2 C Nutritional Yeast (this is the game changer and don't get wigged out by the word yeast.. It's delicious I promise!)
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp Basil
  • A few shakes of garlic powder, Himalayan salt, and pepper

PASTA - I use one full box of Banza pasta or Thrive Market organic chickpea noodles 

VEGGIES - Amount based on personal preference. I like a lot of veggies in mine.

  • 2 C Broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 C onion chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak your cup of cashews and leave for at least an hour. 
  2. Cook noodles according to instructions on the box. I add in some Himalayan salt to keep them from sticking.
  3. Sautee your broccoli and onion with avocado or olive oil in a pan large enough to add in the noddles and sauce later.
  4. Blend all "sauce" ingredients in Vitamix or food processor until creamy and smooth
  5. When noodles are done add to pan with the veggies and pour the sauce over top.

ENJOY! If you make the recipe take some snap shots and share them with me! 

 

 

My Favorite Superfood

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HEY FRIENDS!

I wanted to shoot you some information about my favorite superfood: Four Sigmatic Mushrooms. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably already heard my schpeel... BUT I wanted to give you more details on WHICH mushrooms do WHAT for the body so you can find the right fit for YOU based on YOUR own body's needs.

I am super excited because my friends over at Four Sigmatic have been kind enough to give me a discount code for ya'll to use AT CHECKOUT for an additional 10% off your entire order!

DISCOUNT CODE = joiningjessica          

Let's first chat about my personal love story with shrooms & then we'll take a peak at all of the products!

HOW MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH SHROOMS BEGAN

After my most recent surgery last year, my body did NOOOT react well to all of the drugs. A systemic candida infection manifested itself and my throat was in SO much pain. I had candida overgrowth that made it's home in my mouth aka: Thrush. I could not take even a sip of coffee without getting an intense burning pain in my mouth and down my throat. I was doing all the right things holistically, but I knew coffee was a big "no no" for candida. It wasn't until I got the advice from a fellow holistic cancer healer /chiropractor that said "why don't you just drink mushroom coffee?! That will not only NOT hurt you, but help your body heal and adapt." I thought he was totally off his rocker, but I'm a bit out there myself (as you all know by now) so I gave it a shot. I kid you not, I drank the whole thing without pain or increase in symptoms. It was like Christmas morning. I could have my coffee and my health too. That was when I realized, "Maybe there is something to this whole mushroom thing." The further I dug into it, the more amazed I was at all of the ways they heal the body and restore natural responses to internal and environmental stressors. What I also didn't realize is that traditional, non organic coffee has MYCOTOXINS and MOLD. I am severely allergic to mold and mildew, but the last place I thought to look for it was in my cup... YUCK!! (Health is overwhelming I know, GMO free, gluten free, dairy free, etc. etc. etc. but, friends, if you have an allergy to mold you should definitely be drinking organic, mycotoxin free coffee otherwise you are stimulating a histamine / inflammatory response in your bod with every single sip which will leave you feeling fatigued and yucky.

Four Sigmatic is mycotoxin free, organic, and easy on the go WITH ADDED BENEFITS from the insanely healing shrooms. So I love it, I think you'll love it, and that's why I'm sharing!

PEAK AT THE PRODUCTS + BENEFITS:

There truly is something for everyone to be found here! I would advise you to make your selection based on these two things:

1. What does your body need? Do you have... Digestion issues? Fatigue? Brain fog? Hormone imbalance? Stress? Liver issues? Kidney problems? Adrenal fatigue? Candida? Low immunity? Feel like you're getting sick all of the time? Decide what your body needs help with and want to get out of your shrooms.

2. What's your vice? I am a coffee-holic and I know it, so that's a super easy way for me to get my shrooms in! If I can drink my morning or afternoon cup o Joe with a little health benefit on the side, why the heck not?! Regardless where you stand with coffee, there is plenty of options to go around - Hot chocolate, Matcha, Tumeric lattes, Chai lattes, plan shrooms to add in YOUR favorite beverage or smoothie. 

COFFEES + HOT CACAOS

COFFEE COMES CONVENIENTLY IN GROUNDS, PACKETS, OR COFFEE PODS!

 
 

ADAPTOGEN COFFEE: Master stress and cut out the caffeinated jitters, so you can take on the demands of everyday life. Slaying that big work project? Gotta get the kids to school? Taking on a new side hustle? However you spend your days, power up while keeping calm, cool, and collected with shade-grown organic coffee blended with tulsi and astragalus.

Elixirs + Blends

LOVE YOU SO MATCHA

 
 

MATCHA: Our Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha contains that organic, ceremonial grade good stuff with a powerful dose of our brain-hugging lion’s mane mushroom and ginger. Some might say, it’s a matcha made in heaven.

CHARCOAL LEMONADE: Detoxification Nation

 
 

CHARCOAL LEMONADE: A lemonade that could actually make you feel better, not worse? The Mushroom Lemonade with Charcoal & Chaga is your occasional, all-in-one support for digestion, skin wellbeing, and detox. Free from the sugar-packed ingredients of a typical lemonade, this jet-black powder combines the antioxidant properties of chaga with activated charcoal for digestive support and lemon to assist hydration and skin wellbeing, to help you glow from the inside out.

 

LOVE YOU A LATTE

 
 

GOLDEN LATTE: Support beauty where it counts – from within. Our lightly sweet and dairy-free Golden Latte with Shiitake and Turmeric is like your own personal airbrush tool, but better, helping you put your best face forward with beautifying shiitake and glow-from-within turmeric. Additional ingredients include adaptogenic tulsi, warming ginger, and a pinch of black pepper to support turmeric’s skin-loving properties.

GUT LOVING CHAI LATTE: Get to the gut of the matter with turkey tail and reishi. Our lightly sweet and dairy-free chai latte supports a happy belly with gut-loving turkey tail, calming reishi and classic carminative spices. Like a sweet belly rub, support your “second brain” with a comforting cup of classic chai!

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HOW I LIKE MY SHROOMS

My personal favorite way to enjoy my 'shrooms is to heat up 8 -10 oz purified water (from my Berkey filter that I adore) and add the hot water along with the packet or scoop of shrooms in my favorite coffee mug. Then I add a little bit of organic liquid stevia to sweeten it + a splash of almond milk.

If you want a creamier cup you can add coconut butter and collagen + use Four Sigmatics handheld frother for some extra fancy in your cup. It's like Starbucks at home but healthier, better for you, and cheaper! It's a win, win, win.

I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. I would love to help!

 
 

May Milestones

So I had NO idea today was National Cancer Survivor Day. Seeing that it was made me stop and think about the past week and how insanely fitting it is that today is such a profound day. While the journey continues to have its ups and downs, this past week has been exceptionally wonderful. I have felt God's presence like crazy in so many humbling moments this week that only HIS strength could have gotten me to. I wanted to share a few of them you guys!! 

I was extremely honored to interview with not one, but TWO of my very favorite holistic wellness bloggers + world-shakers. If you haven't gotten a chance to check them out I've posted the Youtube videos below! We chat about:

  • My Personal Cancer Healing Journey
  • Being Your OWN Advocate
  • INFERTILITY
  • Holistic Health
  • Making in tune food choices
  • Healthy Mindset
  • Elimination 
  • Chiropractic
  • And More!

(Side note - I always get a little less awkward as the conversation flows so feel free to skip ahead a minute.... or five, haha)

#1. Food Rebel Interview

Jodi and I chat about my journey with healing cancer holistically, LISTENING to your body, keeping a positive mindset, making food in tune choices, healthy elimination, and much more! 


#2. A Kind Spotlight Interview

In this interview, Taylor and I chat about holistic health. healing from cancer naturally, infertility, being your own health advocate, and more! 


A Major Milestone: Business Card Ceremony 

Friday afternoon I was officially accepted as a Student Chiropractic Intern at Cleveland University. My classmates and I received our business cards as a physical object representing our transition from students to student doctors. A lot of hard work has gotten me to this place, but this journey has not been mine alone. Many more names deserve to be next to mine on that card, most notably, my incredibly supportive fiancé and my two loving parents who have helped carry me along the way.

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I am overjoyed to announce that I am currently treating patients in the Student Clinic. EARLY FALL 2018 I will be transferring to the Outpatient Clinic where I will have the honor of treating the general public in Overland Park, serving all of the Kansas City Metro area.

If you or anyone you know is interested in care, please contact me at jessica.langel@my.cleveland.edu!


In closing, I wanted to share a little tidbit from my "Made to Thrive: A Survivors Guide" e-book:

"WE ARE ALL SURVIVORS. That's why this book is titled the survivors guide. I mean look at you, reading this as a LIVING, BREATHING survivor. Here's the first knowledge nugget: If we want to survive our situations we have to wake up to the reality that we are already surviving. We cannot fall into the trap of thinking that dis-ease has us and we have to somehow overcome it in order to gain survivorship. We will instead stand firm in knowing we have the dis-ease and that we are already winning the battle, not because of what test results say or what the people in fancy white coats tell us, but because of how our hearts align and by how we treat our bodies... We are already surviving. Once we make that shift mentally, we regain our unstoppable power and life can be seen through a little less daunting of a lens. So, my friend, you are a survivor. We are survivors (insert destiny's child lyrics)."
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Made to Thrive

From survivor to survivor, this book was written from such a deep place in my heart of sincere compassion and genuine love. Throughout my journey I've witnessed a need. They say, "be who you needed when you were younger." I am choosing to be the person I needed in my journey and also multiply the blessings I was given (to God be the glory). There are few things that break my heart more than connecting with a sick person who longs to heal differently but cannot afford to do. So, I am bringing pieces of my experience to you! In this ebook, you will find the five things I absorbed and practiced at integrative cancer treatment that ANYONE can incorporate into their healing or wellness routines at home. No access to holistic centers needed.


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The Girl With the Cross Tattoo

This post is meant to be a transition. As one chapter of life closes, another begins. And this mark on my body is symbolic of that new beginning, full of life and full of the purpose God has laid upon my heart.

While I won't be writing about my cancer journey any more, I want this website to continue to provide as inspiration for those fighting their battle. I want my cancer healing" blog to continue to be a shining light and resource for those who feel defeated in the face of a diagnosis.

You are beautiful. You matter. You are not alone. Your story is not over yet.

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