Making nuts easy to digest

Nuts eaten in small quantities are a good source of protein and are a great healthy snack.

Nuts are considered one of the best natural sources of vitamins E, F, and G (docopherol, an antioxidant), and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium. They generally have a very low glycemic index which is why dietitians frequently recommend nuts be included in diets prescribed for patients with insulin resistance problems such as diabetes mellitus type 2.

Recent clinical trials have found that consumption of various nuts such as almonds and walnuts can lower serum LDL cholesterol concentrations. — source:

When my mother came across the below recipe, she shared it with me. I want to share it with you now. This recipe helps makes them easier to digest. You will notice the difference in how your stomach feels after eat nuts this way.

Recipe to make nuts more digestible

Fill a glass bowl (metal is okay, but it will discolor) about ½ full of water. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt. Add 4 cups whole, raw, unprocessed nuts. Allow to sit overnight.

Drain nuts well, then heat oven to lowest setting (probably 150 degrees). Place nuts on large baking sheet, so you have a single layer and place baking sheet in oven. Stir every couple of hours. This process dries them out and cooks nuts. Let cook for 4-6 hours until crunchy, but not burned. Four hours is about right for walnuts and pecans; takes longer for almonds. I have not tried this with any other kind of nuts, and you can do this with seeds too.

Taking care of nails

Others ask me what I do to keep my nails looking so nice & neat.  I use two ingredients, and most people have them in their home already.  Castor oil and baking soda are what I use and men & women can use do this.

When I shower, I use baking soda at least twice a week as a face scrub with some water. While I’m doing that, I rub some baking soda on, around and underneath my nails; that keeps them white looking. I imagine the way I eat helps that too as I predominantly eat very healthy and organically. When using baking soda on your skin always use a little water with it & make a paste with it. After using, make sure to wash it off.  You will notice softer skin.  It’s great to use on feet or elbows which is where the skin is tougher & thicker.

While I’m prepping to go to bed, I use castor oil.  Just a tad of castor oil on each nail and rub it on each nail and cuticle. When I shower, I rub it on my toe nails & push back the cuticles.

Castor oil and baking soda have multiple uses. Don’t count them out for beautifying means. I even use a drop of castor oil (as a replacement for conditioner) in my hair after I shampoo, but that will be a different post.

Don’t use baking soda on skin every day as it can lead to aggravated & even damaged skin.  Always do a patch test to skin to see if sensitive to it.  Baking Soda is an alkaline substance. It has antibacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Castor Oil helps with keeping your skin youthful and unlined (meaning helps with wrinkles), and it is claimed to be better than any store bought anti-aging creme. It is rich in ricinoletic acid, which possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, so it’s good to use on ringworm, skin tags & moles (in conjunction with baking soda to make a paste), diminish stretch marks, callouses, & that’s just to name a few skin conditions it helps. It is thick in consistency, so a little bit goes a long way.

Note: Be sure to use only cold-pressed (or cold-drawn) Castor Oil that is hexane-free and organic. Any other kind could clog your pores. Another good reason to use Cold-Pressed Castor Oil instead of Refined Castor Oil is that cold-pressed oils retain much more of their valuable nutrients.  A study by a Turkish university showed that more than 95% of the free fatty acids and carotenoids, and up to 61% of the tocopherols were removed when an edible oil goes through the conventional refining process.




Being your authentic self — one of my poems

One of the most rewarding feelings we can ever have is being confident in who we are. To doubt yourself or to even criticize self is not the right thing to do, but it is something most of us do at some time in our life. It’s OK, you are human, and you are going to make mistakes, but do not forget who you are. Don’t forget to be your authentic self is something worthy, something others will admire, and you need to be proud of the special, unique person that only you can be. To be anything else is robbing yourself of the life you deserve to have, so be you and always search for ways to improve self.

By: Lara

Written: December 2015

*added January 2016

Be your authentic self

In a world full of wannabes

Be yourself!

There is nothing more rewarding

More fulfilling,

And nothing more liberating

Than to be nobody but you!

*You are an original work of art created by God

*And He created you to be your authentic self

*He doesn’t want you to hide

* He wants the absolute best for you

*And that means to be the best person you can be.

When you love self

When you accept

And respect self

Then you will be honest, kind, & loving

And you will find more joy.

You will find more peace.

You will receive blessings from God

And He will bless you far more than what you can imagine.

Because when you make yourself a priority, you give more of yourself to others

and to God.

So whatever you do

Be the best first-class, best cut-rate version of yourself.

There’s nothing like giving your all,

Making changes & improvements consistently in order to better self

And being completely comfortable with yourself

Now that’s something no one can take from you

Because when you can do all that

It is a freedom & a gift that allows you to be you regardless of what others say or do.



NOTE: I do not put my last name or the full dates on my poems in order to protect myself. I don’t add my last name as some poems I wrote while I was married and others I have written with my maiden name. I know the exact dates of when I write something. I will only post the month and year. Please know that when you pass something off that you didn’t write, it is considered plagiarism.


Not a blog, but a website

HBL Holistic Beaute Loop

Welcome to Holistic Beauté Loop or HBL (for short).

First and foremost, please check out & read About Author and About HBL pages in the upper right corner of the website under About!  This will give you pertinent information about me and about this website, maybe a bit more than you want to know. Ha ha!

Let me clarify and elaborate a bit of my plans with Holistic Beauté Loop; although, that has been stated some in the above pages. This is not a blog, and I don’t want it to be all about me; although, I can see others saying it’s a blog.  I will be sharing many different things about myself and what I do to help myself.  This is a website, and a tool to help others find healing, peace, & love in whatever ails them from inner to outer turmoil. I enjoy helping others, been told I have a way with words, and been told many times (over the years) I should have become a therapist. I’m more of a listener than a talker, always have been. I find I’m more of a writer than anything as you will see as time moves forward.

Between now and the end of the year, I want to post at least once every two weeks if not more often; we will see how much time allows me to do what I want or feel capable of doing.  I had two blogs prior to this website, and I will be taking those posts and changing them up a bit so they will be a better fit for what I am achieving on this website.  After the first of the New Year, I will reevaluate where I am at with the posts from my blog sites & I will go from there.

If you want to recommend subject writing material, need advice or recommendations, or if seeking professional help in some way, or wanting to collaborate with me professionally, I ask you to please feel free to contact me through the Contact page (in the upper right hand corner of the website). Please don’t feel like you need to leave a comment on a post to do that, and I rather you go through the Contact page for those particular inquiries.

Please always feel free to comment on a post.  If you must critique, I ask you do it in a nice & loving way; otherwise, don’t do it at all.  We never know how our words affect others and some of us are more sensitive than others. If you critique in a not so nice way, it will be deleted. This is my website, and I do decide what stays and what goes.  I will not tolerate any kind of bad language or any sexual references/propositions. I’m not here to be a matchmaker or for someone to match-make me.

Life is about being the best you and a better you each and every day. It is not beating yourself up from past experiences, but to learn from them. It is being a better you than you were yesterday & today, so you can be a better you tomorrow and be an inspiration to others.

Please know this website is a work in progress & is still under construction just like life itself.

Peace, Joy, & Love — may it nourish your minds today and always!