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Get White Teeth Naturally, at Any Age

Published February 23, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9630Age 52

A few days ago I updated my Facebook profile page with this photograph I took over the weekend. A couple friends complimented my white teeth, so I thought I’d share my secret.

Earlier this year I started a practice called “oil pulling.” You take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 20 minutes. That seemed a bit “much” for me, so I changed the rules a bit. I use less than a teaspoon of coconut oil and swish for 10 to 15 minutes instead of the full 20.

The benefits of doing this is to get rid of bacteria in your mouth, whiten teeth, prevent gum disease, and even prevent heart disease! Just Google “oil pulling” and see for yourself.

Note, I always brush my teeth afterwards. Some people say that you don’t have to, but I do.

Now, to up the anti, I started putting a drop of Thieves Young Living Oil into the coconut oil. This is what gives my smile that “just polished” look. Even after a meal my teeth still look and feel fresh.

This is a much better option than getting your teeth chemically whitened. It’s healthier and cheaper!

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the former editor of NJ Health & Fitness and “Here’s to Your Health” columnist which appeared in The Patch. She now gives lectures about health at various libraries and assisted living facilities. She’s also a Young Living Oil distributor and will come to your home for a free demo.

Contact: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Arugula, Mushroom & Walnut Salad

Published January 6, 2016 by Maryanne

SAM_9463Arugula, Mushroom & Walnut Salad

Not too long ago I treated myself to the Lydia Lunch cookbook, “The Need to Feed.”

In Lydia Lunch fashion, she offers deep and sometimes dark commentary for each chapter. Her side notes that accompany the recipes are witty and sassy. This book has something for everyone: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, decadent, smoothies, and juices.

I just made the Arugula, Mushroom & Walnut Salad dish for me and my husband. It was fabulous! My husband who often doesn’t finish his salads, cleaned his plate!

Here is Lydia’s recipe, along with my slight alters. ENJOY!

Serves 2

Large bunch of fresh argular

Handful of cremini mushrooms

1/2 cup walnut pieces

Salad Dressing

1 glove of garlic, crushed and minced

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste (Note: I used half a lemon!)

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (Note: A little more for me here, too!)

1/2 teaspoon of honey or to taste (Note: I used buckwheat honey, which was incredible!)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil (Note: cold-pressed!)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Crumbled goat cheese or shaved Parmesan cheese (optional), for serving (Note: I went with finely chopped raw milk Parmesan)

NOTE: I simplified the directions because her original words were hilarious, and I don’t want to reprint without permission.

Wash the arugula and pat it dry. Clean and slice the mushrooms. Toast the walnut pieces lightly in dry pan over low heat until fragrant. Remove from the pan to a plate to cool. Combine the arugula, mushrooms, and walnuts in a large bowl.

Whisk the garlic, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, and oil.

Drizzle over salad. Add salt, pepper, and optional cheese. Toss.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a public speaker and offers lectures on healthy living to libraries and senior groups. Contact at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com for rates and availability.