Happy Healthy Living Thera Cane Review

What is a Thera Cane?

The Thera Cane is a self-massaging tool that is designed to get to hard to reach places on your body. The main therapy that the Thera Cane addresses is called trigger point therapy.


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What is a Trigger Point?

A trigger point is a small adhesion (knot) that is commonly found near muscle attachments. They are usually very tender, highly-irritable, refer pain to other parts of the body and feel like a hard, pea sized bump in the tissue. Trigger points were identified in research as early as 1843 and have been known as “muscle calluses”, “muscular rheumatism” and “fibrositis” and today are known as “trigger points”.

Trigger Point Therapy

A common therapy for trigger point release is a three step process. Stimulate, strip and stretch is the method. This is the technique that the Thera Cane is very useful for.


This is the first step and is easily accomplished with the Thera Cane. Basically this is the part where you apply pressure to the trigger point. This is called ischemic compression and the idea is to force the blood out of the trigger point area and to allow new fresh blood to flow into the area. This process allows the muscle to heal faster. The TheraCane has a small ball on the end of the cane and on the two handles. These balls are designed to apply uniform pressure to the trigger point and then to strip the muscle, which is the next step.


This step is very important. If you just stimulate or compress the trigger point it will just irritate it and can even make it worse. The area needs to be stripped out. This is easy to do and should be done right after the compression step. Push on the trigger point first and then rub it.


The final step is to stretch the muscle where the trigger point is found. This step can help to increase circulation to the muscle, increase the range of motion and lengthen the muscle to its proper functional length.

Our Experience

We have found that the Thera Cane does everything that is promised if it is used correctly. One of the things that you have to be aware of with this massage tool is that you should start with light pressure and increase the pressure as your muscles get used to it. This is true with massage in general.

Drink water after you use it for the same reasons that you would after you get a massage. Your blood circulation increases with the use of this tool and depletes the water in your cells.

We would love to hear your comments and your experience with the Thera Cane or any other massage tool. Please leave your comments below.


Spiral Slicer Review

Our Spiral Slicer Review

I have been getting more and more into raw foods so I am buying new tools that help in that endeavor. One of these tools is a spiral slicer. The first one I got was not very good, it fell apart the first time I used it so it went back to the store the next day. I traded it in and paid the extra $20 for the better one. So here is my Spiral Slicer Review.

The one I got is the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. Now this one works great! We made some spiral raw zucchini noodles with a great sauce made with cashews, tarragon, olive oil and green onions. This was a free recipe that we got from the Raw Chef. You can get it here.

The recipe calls for a mandoline slicer to make the noodles with but we wanted to do some spiral noodles so we got the spiral slicer.

Let me tell you about it.

Paderno Spiral Slicer Review Features

  • Easy to use
  • Comes  with 3 stainless steel blades:
    • Shredder: creates long, spaghetti-like spiral strands
    • Chipper: creates long, thick spiral strands
    • Straight: creates long, ribbon-like strands
  • Can be used with a variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, zucchini and more
  • Impact-resistant, BPA-free ABS plastic frame and blade plate construction
  • The integrated storage compartment holds extra blades
  • Powerful suction feet for stability with easy release tabs
  • Hand operated–no batteries or AC outlet necessary
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty
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  1. This slicer is very easy to use. The Paderno is easy to assemble, just slide in the blade that you want to use. To start you need to attach the slicer to a surface. There are suction cups on each corner and they work OK but not great. Next you put the food that you want sliced in between the crank and the blade and with a little pressure applied to the side handle, turn the crank and you get spirals!
  2. I like that I don’t need to find an outlet for this slicer, it is all manual and the design makes in simple to use.
  3. Extra blades are included so you can make three different types of slices. These all make long strands so if you want shorter pieces you can make a cut in the produce that you are slicing and it will shorten the length.
  4. Easy storage for the extra blades. They fit right into the base of the slicer.
  5. The warranty is a good sign when buying an appliance like this. If it is less than a year then it probably won’t last too long. The Paderno has a 1 year warranty and feels sturdy.


  1. The suction cups are designed well but I couldn’t get them to work easily. I’m sure there is a good technique to make them work but they didn’t work well for me.
  2. I’m not a huge fan a plastic appliances but this one is made from good quality BPA plastic so it is safe for your food.

See what others are saying about the Paderno Slicer.

Joyce B. says:

This is a must-have kitchen item for anyone who loves pasta and wishes to keep off extra weight while still enjoying all they want of it. As so many others have stated, this unit is more than sturdy enough to handle the job it was designed to do, my favorite being to make spaghetti out of zucchini.

My sister would not even try my zucchini pasta with marinara sauce the night I made it. It took me 10 minutes to convince her that it was all RAW zucchini, just warmed up by tossing it with hot spaghetti sauce! She was ready to concede that the strands with green skin on them were zucchini, but it was almost impossible to get her to believe that the pale strands from the center were not made from semolina wheat.

This unit rinses off very easily after using. It takes me less than 5 minutes to wash a couple large zucchinis, cut them into 2″ pieces, and run them through the spiral slicer.

Don’t hesitate to buy and try it. It’s actually FUN to use. It’s like I’m a kid playing with my Play-Doh machine again, only what comes out is very healthy to eat!

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.

Robbie says:

I wanted a spiral slicer for raw foods, but I didn’t want to spend the money for the expensive Japanese ones, since I am just starting with raw foods. I thought it would be like the crappy one Walmart sells, but was I surprised. It is solidly built for being plastic, the 3 different blades are easy to switch out, and it works great on all the raw food I put through it. It does leave a small core from where the food spins on the blades, but I just take the core and put it in with the sliced veggies. I love how zucchini strands come out for raw pasta and how I can get creative and have fun with the three different blades. I paid about $40 for this and worth every penny, oh yea, also very easy to clean.

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.

Clarita says:

I use this to make zucchini pasta and it works very well. This slicer is easy and quick to use and clean. I tried others and didn’t like them.

The Paderno comes with three different blade assemblies that slide into the vertical slot. They are stored in the slots under the machine. The blade assemblies make it simple to switch blades, you never touch a blade, just slip the assembly into place. With other slicers, you need to unscrew and screw in the bare blade you want to use, which is more complicated and risky. The Benriner and Saladaccos are also harder to clean.

My single complaint is that after 2 years the rubber suction feet hardened and are useless, so there’s no more suction to keep it in place. I solve this by propping one end under the counter for leverage, but it’s a little awkward. I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because the feet wore out.

Review paraphrased for length see the full review here.


Overall I like the Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It is built well and easy to use. I agree that the suction cup feet are not the best design but other people have no issues with them. This spiral slicer is a great tool to add to your raw food kitchen. I hope this Spiral Slicer Review helps you decide.

If you have an experience with this slicer or want to join the discussion, please leave a comment below and visit us on Facebook.

Happy Healthy Eating!!

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Natural Cleaning Products

Everyone Must Clean

We clean and very soon we clean again. There are lots of chemicals that help us clean but what are they doing to our bodies and environment as we use them?

What did people do before chemical cleaning products, did they just live with dirty things? I don’t think so.

Today we will find some good natural alternatives to chemical cleansers.

Essential Oils

Some essential oils work as great natural cleansers. Fortunately we don’t have to discover what works and what doesn’t for ourselves as someone has done that for us.

Young Living is a company that grows, distills and formulates genuine essential oil products. They have a product line called Thieves that has a nice variety of all natural cleaning products.


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Thieves Household Cleanser

This is a great overall cleanser that is safe to use. There are four ingredients that I wasn’t familiar with so I had to do a little research.

Sodium Methyl 2-Sulfolaurate – This sounds scary but is really not. This is a mild, non-drying cleanser made from coconut.

Alkyl Polyglucoside is made from sugars and fatty alcohols.

Disodium 2-Sulfolaurate is another mild cleansing agent similar to sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate

Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate is a vegetable based ingredient is commonly used as a chelating agent in personal care products. It is not a toxic chemical.

The rest of the ingredients is a proprietary blend of essential oils known as Thieves oil. This blend includes clove bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and rosemary leaf oil and lemon peel oil.

Thieves Spray

This is a spray that is made with pure grain alcohol, deionized water, Thieves® essential oil blend, fractionated coconut oil and soy lecithin.

Eucalyptus oil is great for cleaning combs and brushes. Just mix 1½ cups water, ½ cup distilled white vinegar, and 20 drops of one of these oils together in a container and soak the combs and brushes for about 20 minutes. Rinse them with water and leave them to dry.

Tea-tree oil is great for scuffed floors. Just apply a 2 to 4 drops of oil to the spots and rub in distilled white vinegar. You can also use 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle to clean toilets.

Orange oil is great at removing gum encrusted items from various materials. Apply with a cotton ball.

Lemon oil is great for shower doors. Wipe glass doors with a few drops of lemon oil twice a month. It will protect them from grime buildup.

Lavender or lemongrass oil is great for cleaning windows. Use a mixture of 2 ounces water and 10 drops of either oil. These oils may repel flies.

Other Natural Cleansers

Liquid Castile Soap is a gentle plant-based soap that is great for loosening dirt and grime from surfaces. This can be used for floors, marble counter tops, sinks, showers and ceramic tile among other things.

Borax is a white mineral found in some alkaline salt deposits, used in making glass and ceramics, as a metallurgical flux, and as an antiseptic. This is one of the ingredients in the Happy Healthy Living laundry soap and can be used for a variety of cleaning projects. It also is quite alkaline and kills mold and fungus.

Vinegar is a great cleanser and is used often for cleaning tarnished items, soap scum and mineral deposits in coffee makers, drains, floors, glassware and more. Distilled white vinegar can help inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria.

Baking Soda is another very common natural cleanser. Use baking soda when you need an abrasive cleanser. Common applications are the cleaning of garage floors, garden tools, stove burner grates, deodorizer for refrigerator and upholstery, and scuffed walls just to name a few.

Salt can be used as a cleanser. Table salt is great for absorbing spills like wine on the carpet, oven spills and excess grease in pots and pans.


As you can see there are many natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleansers that are inexpensive and have a variety of uses. We would love to hear what you like to use as a natural cleaning product. Please leave your comments below and connect with us on Facebook.





Raw Fettuccine Recipe

Raw Foods Pasta – The Healthy Pasta Alternative

I recently prepared a raw foods pasta dish in the form of fettuccine. I know, pasta must be cooked you say, well this isn’t traditional pasta. This is zucchini squash sliced into ribbons that we are calling raw pasta.

I love my pasta and it is not something that I am completely giving up. One of the things that I like about this raw foods pasta however, is the feel and the look of it, long noodles and creamy sauce. This raw food dish gives me that look and feel. No, it’s not warm, it’s more like a salad but this recipe is delicious.

I got this recipe from the free e-book buy the raw chef Russell James.

We had to go buy a new kitchen appliance for this one as we are not hard core raw foodies yet. The piece of equipment that we bought was a spiral slicer. The first one was not good, you get what you pay for is most often the case, but the trade up works great!

This is the spiral slicer that we purchased. See our review here!

spiral raw foods slicer

What You Need

Here are the few items that you need to make this simple raw foods pasta recipe.

Raw Fettuccine Recipe
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • ¼ small red onion or shallot
  • ½ cup cashews (soak for 20 minutes)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tsp fresh tarragon
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Create the raw noodles - First slice the zucchini into strips with a mandoline slicer with a large julienne attachment or do spiral slices like we did. You can also make into ribbons with a good quality peeler. Cut the red pepper and red onion into thin strips. Place the zucchini onion and pepper into a bowl and set aside
  2. Make the cream sauce - Blend the cashews, water, olive oil, green onions, tarragon, lemon juice and salt in a blender until smooth.
  3. Mix it up - Add half of the cream sauce to the noodle mixture and mix it through the noodles. You can use the other half as a salad dressing or dip. Stores in the fridge for up to 3 days.



We used half a red pepper as the whole pepper was too much for our taste.

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This is a simple raw foods pasta recipe that we will make again for our personal raw food diet. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions about this recipe or anything else that contributes to your happy healthy living.