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I’M IN LOVE. . . WITH POMEGRANATE

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2018

Whoosh!  And the Holiday Season is suddenly upon us.   Seriously, HOW did this happen?

I’M NOT READY!!!

But I will be. (She says, as she tries to calmly reassure herself.)

There are, after all, still ten whole days until Christmas.  That’s enough time.

. . . Isn’t it? (She asks hopefully.)

At least I have the Christmas Day Dinner Menu all planned out.  It includes Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, a new side dish recipe I recently stumbled upon.

I’m a BIG FAN of Brussels sprouts, so I’m really excited to try this one out.  Plus,  Brussels sprouts, as a member of the Brassica family, are one of the best anti-cancer foods there are (as I’ve told you like a BILLION times…)

Pomegranate (in case you didn’t already know) rates as a spectacular anti-cancer food, too! 

It contains quercetin... ellagic acid... anthocyanidins...EGCG catechin... sterols... gallic acid... caffeic acid......

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Are Your Taste Buds Bored To Tears?

Uncategorized Aug 29, 2018

You and I both know “the problem”.

You want to be healthy.  Therefore, you try to eat healthy.

To point you in this direction, your Nutritional Consultant (maybe even I) may have advised that you sneak in at least one giant green salad into your daily meal plan.

So, you do.  Faithfully...at first.

Then, after days...weeks...months...or years (depending on your constitution), eventually the thought of yet another bowl of romaine laced with an olive-flax oil and apple cider vinegar dressing “starts to get old”.  You don’t want any more salad!

And this is a problem – because, bottom line:  GREENS ARE GOOD!

So, what is the solution?  To cut back on salad to once a week?  To once a month?  Give up salad altogether… and run out to your nearest fast food franchise for a burger and fries?

No.  No.   NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

There is a better solution. 

You simply need to “mix it up” a...

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Why I Am NOT Writing My Book & I AM Eating Gummy Bears! (PART 2)

Uncategorized Aug 23, 2018

If you want to live a HEALTHY, BALANCED, and VIBRANT LIFE, you gotta take time to REST!!!

That was the take-home message of last week’s blog.  

So, I hope, every now and again, you have been taking  time for yourself to rest!

I have been, too.

Naturally, I’ve also been doing all I can to knit my knee cap back together again – while keeping all my other 205 bones healthy, strong, flexible . . . and fracture-free.

This week, I share with you 7 BONE-BUILDING AGENTS which I have been using (some of which you might never have guessed!)

You don’t need to break a bone before you can try these for yourself.

But first. . . A NOT-SO-FUN FACT

In the five to seven years following menopause, women can lose up to 20% of their bone density.  Yikes!

Even if this doesn’t apply to you, know that after the age of 30, the rate of bone breakdown exceeds that of bone repair and bone building.

Diet and lifestyle can negatively affect bone health. ...

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Why I Am NOT Writing My Book & I AM Eating Gummy Bears! (PART I)

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2018

There’s a reason for everything.  They say.

Mind you, if there IS a reason for my freak accident four weeks ago – and its resulting fractured knee cap – that reason has not yet been revealed to me.  I was just walking out of a CHURCH!!!… for Christ’s sake.  Literally.  Not swearing. ;-)

Nonetheless, THAT is the reason you haven’t heard from me all these weeks.  But, in the words of Willie Nelson, you were always on my mind…

In fact, this business of lying in bed with my leg in a splint and strict orders to keep weight off it for six weeks (two more to go!) has afforded me a LOT of time to think about a LOT of things.

At least a dozen people had suggested that this period of convalescence might be the perfect time to gain headway with the writing of my book.

I thought so, too.  At first.

Then I found something even better to do with my time.  That “something” is – NOTHING!

It’s...

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Why I'm Eating These 5 Foods Every Day This Summer

Uncategorized Jun 26, 2018

Ugh.  It happens.  Maybe it has even happened to you – and IT SURE AIN’T PRETTY!

“IT” being (ominous drum roll – Da-Da-Da-DUM!). . . DAMAGE to our PRECIOUS SKIN as a result of SUN EXPOSURE.

Thinning skin …   Loose wrinkled skin…  Uneven pigmentation…  Dark spots…   And, at the extreme end of the spectrum, the much-feared skin cancer.

If you’re under the age of thirty, it’s possible that you have absolutely no clue of what I’m talking about.  (Lucky you!)

But the more sunny summers my skin sees, the more I feel a need to get serious about preventing, stopping, and reversing the sun’s attempts to sabotage my efforts of having the skin of my dreams.

Are you too ready to "get serious" about the health of your skin?   Want to make this the summer you turn it all around?  You can!

It all begins with diet.  These 5 foods will get you started:

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CHICKPEA SALAD

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2018

Who doesn't love a new salad recipe?  This one is quick and easy to throw together and beautiful to look at. (Dang, should have take a photo!) It is loaded with so many deliciously healthful ingredients.  Serve it up on a hot summer day on a bed of greens and with a side of quinoa and you've got dinner.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained (19 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper

DRESSING

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Cut avocado into cubes and place in bowl.  Squeeze the juice of half a fresh organic lemon all over the avocado and gently toss to combine.

2.  Add remaining salad ingredients and dressing.  Gently toss once more.

3.  Refrigerate at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to blend.

 

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Earth Day - A Time to Celebrate... and Change Our Ways

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2018

Did you know that this Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day?

What will you be doing to celebrate and honor the planet that has been your home since birth?  (Unless, of course, you’re an alien.  In that case… WELCOME!  LOL.)

The Earth Day Network has dedicated Earth Day 2018 “to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.” 

This is a worthy endeavor, in my opinion. 

I know that even though I’ve made efforts to reduce plastic exposure and use over the past few years, I still need to change my own attitude and behavior about plastics. 

Making some changes have been easy:

  • I shed no tears when I replaced my plastic kitchen items with glass, steel, wood, and wicker…
  • A friend gifted me with a four-pack of steel straws years ago, and my lips haven’t touched a plastic straw since...
  • I love taking my Kleen Kanteen water bottle with me when I leave the...
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Coconut Curry with Chickpeas & Cauliflower

Uncategorized Mar 13, 2018

I really don't know what took me so long...   I had snagged this recipe out of a friend's cookbook years ago, but only recently did I get around to trying it out.  What was I waiting for, I now ask myself.

It's WONDERFUL!  Comfort food at its best.   AND loaded with anti-cancer ingredients (onion, carrot, cauliflower, legumes, and curry powder.) 

Don't wait as long as I did to discover this little culinary treasure!  Try it for yourself.  Soon. 

 2 teaspoons organic, raw, unrefined coconut oil

1 yellow onion, minced

1 carrot, thinly sliced

1 small head cauliflower, chopped into florets (about 3 cups)

1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

2 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked or 1 can (15 ounces, or 428 g) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can (13 1/2 ounces, or 400 ml) organic coconut milk

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

 

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and...

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Chocolate Laced Strawberry Chia Pudding

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I sang the praises of chia seed, and offered some suggestions on how to use it to whip up a tasty, nutritious breakfast pudding.  (I hope you've tried it.)

Since then, I discovered that chia isn't just breakfast food.  With a few modifications and embellishments, a simple "breakfast pudding" can be transformed into a sexy Valentine's Day dessert!

Enter:    CHOCOLATE LACED STRAWBERRY CHIA PUDDING

INGREDIENTS

  • 13 oz can classic coconut milk, full fat or light.  This makes a seriously rich, creamy and decadent dessert.  Substitute with other non-dairy milk for a lighter version.
  • 1 cup strawberries, divided
  • Natural sweetener to taste - maple syrup, honey, or stevia.  Optional, of course, but it does make the dessert more, well, dessert-y.  I used 1 Tablespoon of organic maple syrup.
  • 6 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips or some version of dark chocolate.  Choose responsibly...
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Should You Be Taking An Aspirin A Day?

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2018

If you are over the age of fifty, chances are that your physician has recommended that you take a "baby" aspirin as a preventative measure for heart disease.

Well, ahem... Since February IS, after all, "Heart Month" ... and Valentine's Day IS around the corner,  allow me to weigh in on this topic....

Aspirin, in some ways, is a "miracle drug".   It works by blocking the production of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which regulate every cell in the body in many of their complex interactions. 

Some of these prostaglandins (i.e. "bad" prostaglandins) play a role in inflammation and heart disease.  They can make your blood more likely to aggregate (clump together) and set you up for heart attack or stroke. 

Nobody wants that.

So, aspirin works its magic by blocking these bad prostaglandins.  Fair enough.

However, while solving certain problems, aspirin creates others.  Especially when used over the long term:

  • It suppresses the...

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