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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Chia Seed Pudding for Breakfast

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2018

Have you ever eaten chia seeds?

I was wandering through a Mall Food Court the other day when I noticed that Booster Juice now carries Chia Seed Pudding on their menu -- YAY!!!  I always get excited when I find food that is:

  1. Dairy-free
  2. Wheat-free
  3. High in fiber and healthy omega-3 fats

AND... (last but not least)

4. Tasty!

This Chia Seed Pudding met all four criteria.  In fact, it inspired me to go home and make some myself.  Guess what I had for breakfast this morning.  ;-)

If you've never made this delightful, tapioca-like pudding for yourself, why not give it a try?

Known as "the running food", chia's use as a high energy endurance food has been recorded as far back as the ancient Aztecs.  And it is the perfect food for when you, too, are "on the run".  This pudding takes but a minute to whisk together. 

If you google "Chia Pudding", you'll find that there are a gazillion recipes out there.  So, let me make things simpler for you...


The...

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Protein AND Oil - Essential Combo For Your Health

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2018

Are you eating enough protein?

Even more importantly, are you eating enough good quality fats and oils with your protein?

 If you're struggling with cancer or other degenerative disease....or even if you're healthy and want to stay that way, you'll want to make sure that you are getting enough!

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM STARVING DOGS

Get this:  A researcher by the name of Lebedow showed that if starving dogs are given either protein or fat alone, they die even faster than if they received no food at all!  However, if they received good protein and good fat together, they recovered quickly from starvation.

This research took place way back in 1880.  But numerous scientists over the last 138 years have confirmed that this tidbit of information is just as relevant to us humans today as it was to those starving dogs, way back then.

Good protein + Good oils =

  • Liver detoxification
  • Increased cellular oxygen
  • Inactivation of toxic estrogen metabolites
  • Decreased tumor...
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Post-Holiday Recovery Plan (3 Easy Steps)

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2018

Happy New Year!

If you're anything like me - and a lot of other people I know - you're probably ready for some serious Post-Holiday Detoxing!

Hey, I hear ya.  This Christmas, my nemesis was the sauerkraut and onion perogies.  Well, the sauerkraut and onion filling was not the problem.  But their white flour dough wrappings were...

Whether you've celebrated Hanukkah... Christmas,... New Year's... or the generic, nondescript "holidays", you may be feeling the effects of having eaten foods you don't normally eat and having drank beverages you don't normally drink - in quantities not normally consumed!  Add to this, stress and shortened sleep - and it is possible you may be starting the New Year in less than optimal form.

Thankfully, our bodies really do have a tremendous capacity for recovery - when given what it needs.  So, let's give it what it needs, shall we?

Even if you haven't been "misbehaving" for the last month, you'll find that "The Plan" (revealed...

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Oatmeal-Seed Loaf

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2017

Team these two recipes together, whip up a salad, and you've pretty much got yourself a substantial meal.

 

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups chopped leeks (white part) or onions

2 -3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 head cauliflower, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt (or to taste)

4 -6 cups water or stock, depending on size of cauliflower (enough to cover vegetables)

1/4 cup unsweetened nut milk

Sprinkle of freshly ground pepper

Chopped chives, dill, and/or pepitas

1.  Bring water or stock to boil.  Set aside.

2. In large saucepan, saute onions in olive oil on medium heat until tender.  (You may add a tablespoon of water to keep the oil temperature from rising too high.)

3.  Add garlic and salt and cook for another minute.

4.  Add chopped cauliflower, cover and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

5.  Add nut milk.

5.  Using an immersion blender, process until smooth and creamy. Or pour into a regular blender, in batches.

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The #1 Strategy for the Sleep of Your Dreams

Uncategorized Oct 02, 2017

Have you ever lain awake at night wondering why oh why sleep eludes you?  Have you ever spent the night, wide eyed, tossing and turning,  your mind replaying every last moment of the day which has just passed. . .  or racing with every ridiculous detail of the day to come? 

Arrrggh! 

If  you're no stranger to insomnia, chances are you may be lacking in melatonin, a hormone produced by your pineal gland, which is located in the centre of your brain.   Increasing melatonin production is the #1 strategy for ensuring a good night's sleep. Most melatonin production occurs at night, between 1:00 - 3:00 a.m. There are things which interfere with this production.  Fortunately, though, there are things which enhance it, too.  We'll get to both in a moment, but first...

Why do You Need Melatonin?

Optimal levels of melatonin can convert Arrrggh to Zzzzzzz!  However, it does more for you than assure you a sound and peaceful night's...

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Should You Eat Meat?

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2017

To eat - or not to eat - meat?  THAT is the question I'm often asked, by cancer clients and prevention-seekers alike. 

It's a GOOD question, too.  My answer?  "It depends."

First, it depends on your answers to 3 other questions:

1.  Is your digestive system equipped with sufficient hydrochloric acid and enzymes to break down and assimilate the health-building proteins and minerals found in meat?  (Most people, especially after a "certain age", are sorely lacking in stomach acid...)

2.  Are you free of food allergies or sensitivities to the meat in question?  If you've got sensitivities, you may be setting yourself up for inflammation... and, therefore, disease (no matter how much you love yourself a good steak!)

3.  Are  you eating a fiber-rich diet?  All animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, fish) are completely devoid of fiber.  (Yeah, I know, shocking!) That's why vegetables, fruits, legumes,  and seeds, in addition...

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