Eat Your Sunscreen

Uncategorized Jun 08, 2017

The rain has stopped.   The sun has poked its smiling face through the parting clouds revealing its splendor, and inviting me to bask in its comforting warmth.

Should I accept its invitation?  

The sun - FRIEND or FOE?  What's your take?

I know Robert Nuttall's take.

 “Nobody is safe from the sun," says Nuttall,  Assistant Director of Health Policy with the Canadian Cancer Society.  "Canadians need to know how to protect their skin by checking the UV index daily, covering up, wearing sunscreen and using safer sources of vitamin D such as supplements and diet."

In other words, avoid sunlight exposure.  Sheesh.

He does have a point though.  We DO need to avoid overexposure and to protect our skin from damage caused by sunburn.  

But we also need to expose our skin - and, in fact, our entire bodies - to the sun.  Sunlight is our friend... with benefits.

 Many benefits!

 So, before we run for cover, let's chat...

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Chocolate Cake For Breakfast

Uncategorized May 10, 2017

Super-Antioxidant Chocolate Beet Cake with Raspberry Cashew Cream Frosting

I never would have believed it, if I hadn't tried it for myself.

A cake that looks this delicious, and is raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, AND anti-oxidant rich!  How is this possible?

This cake is the answer to my prayers.  Seriously.  I love desserts, but most desserts don't love me.   I love this one, and this one loves me back!

I really did have a piece of this cake for breakfast this morning.  And why not?  Aside from being free of all the bad stuff, this cake is made from ingredients which contain several health-promoting actions:

BEETS -

Beet roots are a source of a unique mix of antioxidants.  They contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification.  Beets boost your body's production of nitric oxide, the master regulator of your cardiovascular...

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HOW TO STAY ON TRACK (with apple cider vinegar)

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2017

Has this happened to you, too?

You add a new food to your diet or begin taking a certain supplement because, you have learned, it can boost your health.

You take it for a week… maybe two… faithfully.  Not because you enjoy it.  But because “it’s good for you”.

Then, anytime between the two week and two month mark, your enthusiasm begins to wane.  Sigh.  You still take it, only now reluctantly… intermittently.

Eventually, your best intentions hit the gutter. That food item no longer makes the cut on your grocery list.  The supplement bottle disappears  into the back of your cupboard.  Forever.

Haven’t we all been there?  But we can recover. . .

When I was in my mid-twenties, at a time when my digestive system was a bit out of whack, my health practitioner advised me to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a glass of water before every meal. 

It was helpful advice.  But, it...

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MY WEIGHT LOSS-HEALTH GAIN FAST ADVENTURE

Uncategorized Feb 25, 2017

Have you ever done a fast?

Have you ever wondered if you should do a fast?

Have you ever longed for the weight loss-health gain results of a fast?

This week I completed a 3-day fast of my own.  Ahem… Notice the word “completed”.

Now, I realize that in certain religious traditions, Great Fast – or Lent, as it is more commonly called – doesn’t commence until next week.  But, what can I say?  The time was right. . .

 

WHAT WAS MY MOTIVATION?

1.  I was curious.

Miessence, a certified organic health, home and beauty products company, had recently come up with a new product -- a weight loss superfood, appropriately named… FAST.   As a representative (full disclosure), I thought it only fair to my customers that I should have first-hand experience with this product. Besides, what was all the hype about?  I wanted to know.

 

2.  I was detox-ready.

Don’t get me wrong.  I hadn’t been...

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27 Questions to Ask Yourself for a Spectacular "YES!" Year

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Yes, I know, it's January 23rd. . . already!

And now that you’ve had a chance to test drive, for three weeks, the new 2017 model of your life . . . I ask you:

How’s the ride, so far?  Is it . . . HAPPY?

I hope that the motivation and momentum for making 2017 extraordinary is still burning deep within your belly!

Are you still pumped with the promise of possibility? . . . The blessing of beginnings? . . .  Just as you were in those first wee hours of New Year’s Day?

Are your dreams still sparkling and bubbling with excitement and resolve as they were during the New Year’s Eve countdown?  . . .  Remember? Ten. . . Nine. . . Eight. . .

Or have they gone flat like the opened, unfinished bottle of Henkell Trochen? . . .

Faded out, along with the final chorus of Auld Lang Syne?

It is still not too late, my friend. 

You do the math.  52 minus 3.  That's the number of weeks remaining in 2017 to live fully and...

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The Sun, the Wind, and the Chemo Conundrum

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2016

When I was in third grade, I read a fable entitled, “The North Wind and the Sun”.  This story made a big impact on me as a kid.  Now, over fifty years later, its message resonates with me more than ever.

The storyline is simple, as all third grade stories are.  In case More Streets and Roads was not on the reading list of your Early Childhood Education Curriculum, the story goes like this:

One day, the North Wind boasts to the Sun how strong he is.  The Sun responds with a smile and says, “Yes, you are strong, but not stronger than I am.”  Then, the Sun challenges the North Wind to a contest to see who is strong enough to make the traveller, who was walking far below them, take off the woolen cloak that he was wearing.

You can probably predict the outcome of this story: 

The harder the wind blows, the colder the man gets – and the more tightly he wraps his cloak around himself.  When the Sun gently shines down on the...

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3 Dumb Things Smart Doctors Tell Their Cancer Patients

Uncategorized Jun 24, 2016

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t hate doctors.  I like them.  I even almost married one… once upon a time.  To this day, some of my best friends are doctors, allopathic and otherwise.

As for my own family physician – good humored and humble, concerned and conscientious, knowledgeable and just plain NICE – I have nothing but respect for him, largely because I have always felt that, despite all my quirkiness and my preference for non-conventional approaches to health, he has always respected me.

This, I have come to learn, is not everyone’s experience.

Here are 3 ridiculous things some of my clients have been told by their doctors:

DUMB THING #1:  “Don’t take any antioxidant supplements during chemo.”

Seriously??? 

Yet I hear this ALL the time…

There are a number of reasons why this advice is not only dumb. It can also be dangerous.  Anyone (including doctors and pharmacists) with a basic...

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What do You Get When You Cross an Oncologist with an Anti-oxidant Discussion?

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2016

There is, really, only one thing I hate about my job as a Cancer Coach.

Well, maybe “hate” is too strong a word.  Let’s say “really don’t like”.  Really, really, REALLY do not like.

Want to know what that one thing is? It is the almost inevitable conversation with my client that begins: “My doctors told me not to take any supplements.”

I hear this ALL the time…

Sigh.

Nutritional supplements in general, and antioxidant supplements in particular, are one of those hot topics over which allopathic medicine and natural medicine frequently butt heads.

Antioxidants, in case you’re wondering, are nutrients which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.  Examples of commonly known antioxidants are vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and selenium.

And how exactly, you might also be wondering, is this oxidative damage generated?

Well, when our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce by products called...

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The Gifts of the Magi - Cancer's Triple Threat!

Uncategorized Dec 17, 2015

If you’re stumped by what to get the cancer patients on your gift-giving list this Christmas, well, you just might wish to consider the very same offerings brought to the Christ Child Himself.


Frankincense, myrrh, and gold may very well be just as appropriate a gift today as it was in the days of old.

 

FRANKINCENSE
Frankincense, (Boswellia), is a respected herb which has been used in Egypt, China and India for about 5,000 years. It is an ingredient used in incense and perfumes for thousands of years. For religious purposes it has been used in the ritual of anointment.

 
Frankincense contains various boswellic acids shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells, particularly brain tumors and cells affected by leukemia or colon cancer.

 
The cool thing about boswellia is its propensity to help calm and de-stress the mind, making it a soothing agent for all cancer cases. Come to think of it, it would make a soothing agent for ALL of us who are caught up...

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Why I Love St. Patrick's Day... And the Color Green

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2015

Exactly 31 years ago today I quite spontaneously – if not inexplicably – mailed off a St. Patrick’s Day card to a man I had met only briefly once before. Unknowingly, that piece of shamrock-studded stationary would set in motion a chain of correspondence spanning over a year and lead, soon after, to the marriage of Marian… and Adam, my husband to this very day!

For this reason, I can’t help having warm, special feelings for St. Patrick – and St. Patrick’s Day.

What do you associate St. Patrick’s Day with? Green beer?

Actually, today got me thinking about all things green.

About recommitting to making “greener” (i.e. environmentally sound) choices when it comes to purchases. About choosing food and beverage products with minimal, recyclable packaging and contents that are life-sustaining.

About green food and their health-supporting roles.

  • Deep green leafy type foods – lettuce, spinach, kale – rich in vitamin K...
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