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Is Camel Milk the New Superfood? :072

Camel Milk is the New Superfood and (in my eyes) an Old-time Natural Remedy Being Revived by Walid, the Founder of Desert Farms

Walid, the founder of Desert Farms generously and quickly sent me a sample pack (which you can get for FREE too!) after our interview and I was super excited to try it – after learning all the amazing benefits. But it’s been nearly two decades since I’ve simply downed a glass of milk and for almost the same amount of time I’d made dairy the evil culprit to my former digestive problems. So while my mind was eager to try it, my long-held thoughts of “dairy will mess you up!” took some time to overcome.

Not only did I (finally) give it a try – I found out everybody was correct. It taste nearly indistinguishably similar to cow milk (as far as I can remember) – and being a huge foodie and herbalist who uses taste to decipher medicinal qualities – you’d have to be super picky to turn your nose to this stuff. It’s really great!

I didn’t plan on it, but I actually put the camel milk to the most stringent test for my body – I consumed it right before a hard workout. Why is this special? Well, when your body is stressed to physical capacity, anything that is not working well stands out. I can really tell how I’ve been eating for the last couple of days when I do a hard workout. Eggs slow me down – but I felt great and didn’t feel help back at all due to adding camel milk to my pre-workout shake. To me, this could support the evidence that camel milk is closest to human breast milk (not that I’ve had any of that lately either) but I’m happy to say that not only is the science good for camel milk – so is my personal experience!


I was blown away by what I learned preparing for this podcast and talking with Walid – and I think you will be to!


Here are some highlights of what Walid and I talked about in this podcast:

  • Walid shares his unique way of finding camel farmers
  • Where do the camels live? Who take care of them humanely and sustainably?
  • “Desert Farms… is a company that provides superfoods from the desert.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The Paleo Diet
  • Immune-boosting colostrum and lactoferrin
  • Camel milk is the closest to human breast milk
  • Why camel milk does not cause the allergic reaction that bovine dairy does (A1 and A2 protein)
  • A case where camel milk actually improved Crohn’s Disease!
  • “Camel milk as a supplemental treatment seems less invasive and costly than specialist care, medications, alternative treatments, and behavioral interventions. Based on our findings, camel milk is safer for children, effective in the treatment of autism, improves general well-being, promotes body natural defenses, is a good nutritional source, and can helps the daily nutritional needs of humans.” (NIH)
  • How constituents in camel milk can improve diabetic conditions
  • Camel milk beauty products have been long-used in the desert regions to protect and nourish the skin
  • “A lot of people think the hump consists of water, when it’s actually fat – so that verifies that fat is essentially your source of energy because the camel does use the fat from its hump to survive the harshest desert climate and to go on without any food or water for a month. If you see a camel that has a flat hump that means it’s used all its energy.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The history of camels: Surviving the ice-age, their role in the U.S. Civil War, their prevalence in Australia and did you know that they love snow!?
  • The character of camels: “A dog’s best friend” and well-trained camels.
  • See and pet a camel at Paleo FX
  • Bactrian (two hump) camels and Dromedary camel (one hump – Desert Farms uses these for milking)
  • What do camels eat in the desert and on the farms? (organic, non-GMO, gluten free…)
  • Camel milk is a prized beverage in the Middle East.
  • Why it is a “functional food”
  • “You don’t really need that much to see the benefits of it – a small amount goes a long way.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms


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About Walid

Walid Abdul Wahab - DesertFarms.comWalid was visiting his family in his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, looking for raw milk. He was approached by a friend with a plastic bag of camel milk, he then quickly realized that camel milk was being used medicinally in the Middle East and the US for complex health problems.

When Walid moved to California, he appreciated how people valued a healthy lifestyle. He realized this was the perfect place to start a camel milk company. After selling camel milk at mosques and ethnic food festivals, Walid’s business plan won the Marcia Israel Award from USC, so he decided to leave his corporate real estate position and began his camel adventure.

Having made the big commitment, he went courting the world, trying to spark a Camel Milk Revolution, and found the greatest and most friendly people. While looking for US camel herders, in the Midwest he came across a group known for being polite and down-to-earth, a group who didn’t exist in the Middle East: the wonderful Amish community, who exemplify hard work and cooperation. Watching them work together was and remains awesome to Walid. Walid felt that they deserved an easier way to bring their products to market, and he loves the quality of their camel milk!


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Sunscreen – What This Mom of Four Chooses – Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship :066

Finding a sunscreen that is non-toxic and effective is so important to this mom of four, she tested 80 brands to set her – and hopefully your – mind at ease.

Katie Kimball, founder and creator of the Kitchen Stewardship blog and Kids Cook Real Food e-course, teaches listeners how to choose between chemical and mineral sunscreens, which sunscreen ingredients to choose, versus which sunscreen ingredients to avoid.  Katie dives into the dangers of chemical sunscreens, the efficacy of chemical sunscreens, and if there are any safe chemical sunscreens we can use.  She goes over the different types of zinc, which forms are safe versus unsafe, and if sunscreen is safe for infants.  She then tells listeners about her amazing resources to help moms get healthy, whole foods back into the kitchen, and how her e-course teaches kids the essential life skill of cooking using her own kids as teachers.

In this podcast, Katie discusses:

  • The difference between chemical and mineral sunscreen
  • The difference between active and inactive ingredients
  • “I can’t even stomach thinking about petrochemical sunscreen on my kids’ skin.” – Katie Kimball – Kitchen Stewardship
  • The difference between titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • What makes a sunscreen safe versus unsafe
  • The problem with the high amounts of estrogen mimics found in chemical-based products and why it’s problematic – “one application of conventional sunscreen on a bikini-clad woman is equal to daily hormonal therapy for menopause.”
  • Red flag words to look out for on a sunscreen bottle
  • Ingredients to avoid
  • Ingredients to choose
  • The trouble with Avobenzone – staining clothes
  • Why to choose non-nano zinc in sunscreen.
  • Changes that the FDA has made to regulations for sunscreen
  • If higher SPF is better, and which SPF range is optimal
  • How this mom of 4 balances healthy sun exposure for her kids
  • The importance of Vitamin D, and how to use sunscreen in a way the allows sun exposure and sun protection
  • Her inspiring and helpful work and resources available at Kitchen Stewardship and why getting kids into the kitchen is important the mind-body-and-soul of the kids and the family
  • The skills each age level, from 2 years old and up, will gain from her Kids Cook Real Food e-course


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Katie Kimball Kitchen Stewardship - Weight Free WellnessKatie Kimball is a Catholic mom from Michigan who has shared her journey to real food and natural living for 8 years at Kitchen Stewardship, a blog that helps families stay healthy without going crazy. Along with her 4 children, she created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help other parents teach their kids to cook, so that they too can get a little break (and raise healthy children who can eat their vegetables). The course serves 4,000 families from 6 continents and over 10,000 kids are learning to cook!


Detox – The Simplest, Easiest Way to do It :040

Especially if you’re new to the detox realm, know that it doesn’t have to be difficult

To detox is to simply provide your body with the tools and the environment so it can do its job; to build, repair and to clean!

Imagine you are set with the task of cleaning a house that has not been thoroughly cleaned for decades. Let’s say it’s your Aunt Margaret’s house and she’s moving into assisted living and you’ve been left in charge with making sure that things are cleaned up.



You’re in charge of cleanup

The house has papers stacked as high as Aunt Margaret and is littered with dust bunnies the size of the enormous fuzzy Easter Bunny she took you to see as a youngster!

Aunt Margaret has only discarded wrappers, empty cartons and other obvious garbage; the rest is left for you to discover and ultimately throw away.

She has clearly not cleaned for decades.

When Aunt Margaret did clean, the only solvent she used was a highly perfumed colorful liquid from a mystery bottle with no label. Surfaces are sticky, corners are packed with dust, soil and debris – in other words, this is going to take some work to clean!


A good initial cleaning or detox is easy

If you haven’t cleansed your body in years, decades, or have never done a cleanse – a simple detox will get you off to a great start!

Go back to envisioning Aunt Margaret’s house. To make a big improvement, all her house needs is to have the windows opened, the unnecessary items discarded and a simple wash down with a simple bucket of warm water. This alone will make the house feel fresher.

Then, once the big stuff is done, the major digging-in can happen; one can do a more thorough cleanse or detox. But the big, simple stuff needs to happen first.

Especially if you have never done a detox I suggest

Just clean it up!

You don’t need anything fancy; no programs, no pills.

Help your body do the basics.

Want to know my easiest and simples way to do this? Drink lots of water!

Water is a master solvent and your body needs lots of it. Sodas, juices and other colorful drinks are like the mystery cleanser at Auntie’s house. You may think that they are sufficient, but they don’t really get the job done. It’s an illusion. Your body needs WATER!


Take a month to develop this healthy habit:

Increase your water to drink one half your body weight in ounces of water.

If you’re pregnant or nursing or working out you will need more.


If you weight 150 pounds you will need at least 75 ounces of water daily which is just over 2 quarts. 

1/2 (body weight) =   ___ ounces of water to drink in a day, minimum

For easy reference:

1 US liquid quart = 32 US fluid ounces (or 4, 8 ounce glasses)

1 US liquid gallon = 128 US fluid ounces


That’s it. Only one step. Do this for now and by the end of the month you’ll be amazed by the difference!

What if it’s difficult? Water doesn’t taste good. I hear this all the time!


Here are my tips to get started on drinking plenty of water:


Drink filtered water

Poor quality tap water is not going to taste good. Nor is bottled water that has been sitting in plastic bottles for who knows how long and in what kind of conditions. Filter your own water at home with at least a charcoal filter. Glass-bottled spring water is a good option too. We like Mountain Spring brand. Invest in yourself and make naturally purified water with the Berkey Water Purifier.


Naturally flavor the water

Use therapeutic grade essential oils of lemon, orange, peppermint to naturally flavor the water. Fresh fruits and even cucumbers work well too. The combination of slices of lemon, orange and cucumber are a delicious combination. This can also be a natural boost to your cleansing as they help to naturally detoxify your body. If using essential oils, make sure they are therapeutic grade appropriate for internal use and use glass bottles since essential oils can break down plastic; and you don’t want to consume that!


Fill your bottles

Buy or reuse glass or stainless steel bottles (non-BPA plastic is ok if you’re concerned about breakage and the bottle will not be exposed to heat or prolonged sunlight). I reuse 32 ounces juice bottles. Fill your bottles with the amount of water you intend to drink in the morning. Gauge how much you’ve had by noon and then by 6pm. You can set smaller goals like finishing one bottle by noon and the other by early evening, which also helps prevent midnight trips to the bathroom.


Just do it!

Sometimes, when you know that something is good for you, you just have to make the intention to do it! No tricks or bells or whistles or rewards. Know that the reward will be that you will feel better. Get curious about what it will feel like to feel better; you’ll probably even find a more refreshed face looking back at you in the mirror too!

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Free Generation Naturals Founded by Angela Doyle :037

Angela Created Free Generation Naturals from the Desire to Have a Healthy Pregnancy and a Healthy Child

Motivated to have a healthy pregnancy, fourteen years ago Angela Doyle created her own deodorants and now has a growing line of Free Generation Naturals products.

Even having cancer as a teenager didn’t affect Angela’s awareness of the value of life as much as did becoming pregnant and having the responsibility of caring for another life.

In this interview Angela Doyle, shares her journey of surviving cancer, changing what she used on her body for a healthy pregnancy, and how what she experienced and learned influences her decisions of what to include (or not include) in her own products!


Watch and Listen as Angela shares her story:

  • Surviving mesothelioma as a teenager (often due to exposure to asbestos)
  • How she became more aware and researched what went on her body when she became pregnant
  • Feeling vulnerable and responsible for her growing family and their health
  • Her thoughts and findings of what the FDA has approved and not approved
  • Where to go to find sound information on what is safe to use on and in the body
  • Why sweating can be healthy
  • and more…


What to Use and Not Use

In creating her natural deodorant and growing personal care line, there are ingredients that she seeks to use and not use. In the podcast Angela shares why she uses and doesn’t use certain ingredients. The resources below also give thorough explanation.

To use:

Baking soda (non aluminum)

Magnesium (used in the sensitive skin version)

Coconut oil

Arrowroot powder

Probiotics (for those with the most sensitive skin) – Angela shares why she thinks this will be the next generation of natural products. She explains how the good bacteria inhibits the growth of stinky bacteria that cause body odor.


To avoid:



Phthalates – including “fragrance” and “parfum”




Resources mentioned. Check them out!

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Visitors can look up specific chemicals and ingredients to determine risks. Angela will be applying for certification for her products in 2017.


Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a non-profit, independent group that requires global compliance with EU regulations.


Think Dirty App

This is an app that allows users to scan products in stores to learn about a product and its ingredients. Also has safety/risk ratings.


Story of Cosmetics

This 7-min animated film examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products.


Mother Dirt Products

Products that restore and maintain good bacteria on the skin.


About Angela and Free Generation Naturals

Free Generation Naturals launched in August 2016 with the mission to provide a safe and effective natural deodorant option for people of all ages and stages of life. The founder, Angela Doyle, started her own natural deodorant journey 14 years ago when she was pregnant with her daughter, and considered what was going in and on her body that might affect both her and her daughter’s health. As a childhood cancer survivor, Angela was further motivated to provide healthy options for her entire family.
The deodorant formula has been through hundreds of iterations throughout the years, and the line has expanded to include a sensitive skin version in stick form and a probiotic deodorant cream that is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Free Generation Naturals also offers a line of beeswax lip balms and will expand into bodycare products, including lotions and body scrubs, in late 2017. Learn more about the products, ingredients and company at www.FreeGenerationNaturals.com.


From Acne and Eczema to Glowing Skin, Naturally!: 004

From Acne to Eczema and Everything in Between…

Glowing Skin is the Result of Healthy Lifestyle and Pure, Safe Skincare



“How your skin looks is 95% lifestyle.” – Viktoriya


This is not something you might expect someone who sells their own skincare line to say; but Viktoriya made it clear that how your skin looks is more than just skincare!

She says our skin reflects what we eat, think and do (exercise and skincare for examples)…

The biggest trigger for her own skin she says was sugar. She tried everything under the sun to avoid having to give this up, but her skin issues cleared dramatically when she gave up refined sugar.

In this interview with Viktoriya, creator of Vika’s Essentials, makes it clear that the key to healthy-looking, glowing skin is a healthy life-style and pure, safe skincare products.



What inspired Viktoriya to Create her Own Skincare Line

  • Struggles with acne and rashes for over 25 years (Vika’s tips on how to clear-up acne)
  • Frustration with products that exacerbated her sensitive skin
  • Needing a solution to dry, flaky patches of skin once she turned 50 diagnosed as eczema (She’s 58 at the time of this interview – doesn’t she look amazing!? She’s her own testimonial!)
  • Not wanting to use anything but natural products– which meant ditching the prescribed steroid cream!



From Acne and Eczema to Glowing Skin, Naturally! Weight Free Wellness Podcast Episode 004

How to Treat Your Skin Based on Skin-type, Body-type and Region/Season:

What’s your skin-type?

When you awake in the morning, look at your skin the mirror.

If you wake up with oily skin over most of your face you have oily skin.

If you have normal skin all over and after you take a shower your skin feels normal or taught you have normal to dry skin.

If you have oiliness in the T-zone (across the forehead and down the center past the nose to the chin) but your cheeks remain normal or dry, you have combination skin.

The most common skin-type is Combination Skin

Combination Skin is considered out-of-balance. The goal is to find balance by suppressing oil production in the T-zone. We do this by using the right skincare routine which includes:

  • Washing the face with the right face wash
  • No soap
  • No alcohol
  • No emulsifiers
  • No preservatives
  • Exfoliate
  • Masks
  • Use light hydrators such as Vika’s toners (a light mist with specific ingredients per skin-type)
  • And using the right oils that hydrate where needed
  • Internal cleansing helps a lot too (My combination skin was helped immensely when I cleansed my liver which helped my body to properly process oils internally, which translated to my skin. Similarly, discoloration, brown spots or “liver spots” can be helped by such internal cleanses.)


It seems strange to use oils when we’ve all been accustomed to use lotions and creams.


Pure, organic oils are rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Viktoriya explains that this is an ancient science and she chooses and blends the oils mindfully- even creating her own oil infusions which take months to develop.

She shares how she was inspired by research she learned for her own skin conditions and by ingredients used in her native country of Russia such as Sea Buckthorn which is highly revered in Russia and China for internal and external healing.


Take-aways on the types of oils used:

  • There are so many great oils- it’s good to rotate (by season especially).
  • Coconut oil is great, but it is not a one-size-fit-all solution- especially not for fine lines and wrinkles… that’s more of a job for rose, frankincense and myrrh
  • Non-comedogenic oils that will not clog pores even good for combination and in smaller amounts for oily skin. In this case use light oils to hydrate which don’t trigger more sebum production (apricot kernel oil, rose hip oil, argon nut oil, macadamia nut oil).
  • All oils are high quality, certified organic
  • Carrier oils are cold-pressed which means highest quality and performance
  • Essential oils are steam or water distilled (not by solvent/chemical process)


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When asked…

What are 2 simple things people can do right now to increase their wellness? She had a lot to offer!

  • Completely eliminate refined sugar from your diet.
  • Use certified organic products when it comes to skincare.
  • Diet- stick to 80/20… 80% raw 20% steamed or baked… mostly vegetables and some fruit. She prefers green smoothies.
  • Detoxify the body
  • Drink plenty of water – add a couple of drops of organic lemon essential oil if drinking water is difficult for you or fresh mint leaves (also naturally cooling and gently detoxing).


Other topics covered in this podcast:

Why bags under the eyes?

Viktoriya says, “I don’t like selling water…”

Why safety of skincare products should be #1

What this skincare expert thinks of sunscreen and sun exposure.


Also mentioned in the Podcast:

EWG Website (Environmental Working Group) “… a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.”  A database of information on safe and un-healthy ingredients used in daily products.

EWG’s App – Healthy Living

Veriditas Botanicals

Eden Botanicals

Organic Infusions


Learn more about Viktoriya and her lovely, pure, organic products at Vika’s Essentials

Check out these valuable articles:

Tips for Clearing up Acne

Ten Beauty Tips

Ingredients to Avoid


About Viktoriya

Hi, I’m Viktoriya – the founder of Vika’s Essentials.  Throughout my life, I routinely suffered from acne breakouts, eczema rashes and all manners of sensitive skin issues.  Those of us with sensitive skin know how much irritation can result from even a simple artificial fragrance.  Not  mentioning how breakouts could effect the self-esteem!  As I got older the problems seemed to worsen.  Even expensive high end natural products left me with severe reactions.  Finally, I decided to find the answers for myself and looked for the answers in the alternative direction – aromatherapy and Ayurveda.  I began an amazing journey of study, research and travel all over the world.  I was fascinated to learn about the healing power of pure essential oils, natural butters and oils!  Ancient civilizations have cataloged knowledge for thousands of years, why not apply this wisdom on myself?  I did and it worked!  And thus, in 2008 Vika’s Essentials Organic Skincare was born.  Our customers care about the purity of ingredients put on their bodies and the results.  If you have sensitive, dry or acne prone skin you come to the right place!  Embrace organic and natural solutions to all of your skin care problems.

Vika’s Essentials – “Ancient science for modern life”.