Monday, August 30, 2010

Which Sweetener do You Choose?

Sweets are fun, delicious and often have good memories attached to them. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy them just like anything else, not to over indulge. I get questions all the time about which sweeteners are the best ones and basically many people trying to have their cake and eat it too.

Well you can of course (enjoy some cake.), and the most natural sweeteners are going to be my top choice. First off, you have to understand that if you are used to consuming strong tastes than at first milder, more natural things, are going to seem bland. Give your taste buds time to adjust rather than go looking for a chemical substitute. Sugar is a drug. We forget that since it is completely ubiquitous and added to many products to get you hooked. Natural sugar cane is sweet, just not the same as when it is juiced, reduced to powder and sold by the pound. Each little teaspoon is like eating three feet of cane, only without the fiber or minerals to slow down the absorption of the sugar, so it lands with quite a punch.

I have one friend who is diligently looking at the grams of sugar on packages to make sure she doesn't overindulge, but grams of sugar is not the same as actual sugar content. Different sweeteners are going to impact you differently. I do well with Agave myself and it doesn't seem to spike the blood sugar the way other sugars do. I was asked about coconut crystals made from the coconut palm tree. Now in theory it sounds great. I've eaten dark rich palm sugar in Indonesia and it was wonderful and felt about like the Agave. Crystals sounds like it has been further processed and probably has more of an adverse affect on the body.

You could look at the G.I. index and see that Maple syrup is a 54 where Agave is only 11-30. Coconut crystals are 35. But then again, how are they assigning these numbers and which brands? What are the mineral contents of each? Agave is so sweet that you will use less of it than brown rice syrup (20 G.I.) making it again an attractive alternative.

Fruits can be deceiving as well. That watermelon that seems so sweet has very little sugar in it as compared to a date that has plenty. Fruit is always a nice choice for a sweet because it is a whole food and the body gets so much more than just the sugars.

Parents if you keep to natural sugars at home and set a good example than your kids will try things like birthday cake or donuts at a friends house, but they will most likely not even like it if they are used to natural sweeteners. Watch and see how foods effect you and your kids and point it out to them. If they do eat the cookies at school and then are moody the next day you can talk about the direct links of what we eat and how it effects us. Weight is just one issue with sugar, it also has a huge impact on mental clarity, focus, energy levels, and health. Choose your sweets according to your condition and how you want to feel.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Food - When Your Friends Don't Agree

I remember when I began to heal myself with food. It was so dramatic and life changing and I wanted to tell everyone I knew and get them to switch with me. It was tough to realize that people do not want to change their food. Who wants to wake up from a pleasurable dream? I probably wouldn't either if I had felt there was a choice.

Recently I had a question from a woman who is so frustrated watching her friends eat typical American fare and then run to their doctors. She was saying it was becoming a friend buster because she couldn't watch anymore. My advice, just let go and love them. Be a shining example of what you enjoy and that it makes you feel great, look great and don't worry about them unless they ask. Once they ask, then its fair game to tell them what you have found to be true. Keep your friends and if you want to say something like "You know, I discovered (fill in the blank), and I'm having this great experience from it, you might want to try it too... than it's like giving them the scoop, as in a where a good sample sale is, or a new restaurant to try, that sort of thing. Then let it go.

Friends are important and letting everyone live the way they choose with their diet is important too. It's almost like religion or background, we have different experiences and beliefs and diet is going to be different for each person. Even if you eat the same sort of diet, it has to be different for each person because we are all made up just a little bit differently. Not everyone wants to be conscious or healthy or have magic happen in their lives. If you choose that, fantastic! Enjoy and love the others just as they are. They just might be curious one of these days...

Monday, August 23, 2010

To Cleanse...

Spring and Fall are those transitional times when I hear from many people wanting to cleanse. Everyone has their reasons, such as doing a cleanse first and then creating some new healthy habits. Some people just want to see results right away and want to do something drastic to motivate them into healthier eating. Some want to go deep and get out toxins and impurities that show up as cellulite or blemishes or fatigue. Some want to feel more connected to Spirit. I have done many cleanses myself for healing. I was sure that if I could get the stubborn offenders out of my system I would finally achieve the health I was looking for. It worked, but I had to do a lot of trial and error to figure out what was the best cleanse for what was going on.

Remember ladies - men have a much easier time cleansing. Please do not go overboard and try to do a cleanse marathon. I realize there will be some who do their own cleansing routines and think perhaps 40 days would be reasonable. It's not. It's a whole lot, and probably too much without some kind of medical supervision. 5 days is reasonable and can feel like you did a marathon.

The ever popular master cleanse is really just a rest from eating. It doesn't go in deep and sweep anything out but it can alkalize the system to some degree (provided you don't go overboard with the maple syrup...) so you will feel better and obviously lose a few pounds because you are not eating anything. If you go back to how you were eating before - voila, the pounds will pounce back quite quickly as well. By not taxing your system with digestion you can go deeper into meditation practices and this simple cleanse became popular in many yoga circles.

Digestion does take a lot of energy and can slow down the benefits of certain herbs. There are herbal cleanses such as Dr. Shulze's that go much deeper and clear out impurities from your liver, kidney's and digestive tract than other cleanses. His formula are all organic and very potent. The combinations of herbs he is using are not his own formula and I'm sure you can find very similar systems to his as they have been passed down and refined since ancient times. I have found these cleanses to be fantastic for cleaning out. With each round I did, I felt better and better. (and the cleansing process got easier.) Medications and pollution can get lodged deep in the tissues and the liver/kidney cleanses can pull them out layer by layer. Your body doesn't release everything all at once. Be patient and do take the intestinal formulas along with his other cleanses so toxins don't sit around for long. Superfood is super.

Short simple home fasts of just brown rice for example are not something I have done first hand but have had people tell me are wonderful for deepening their Spiritual practice as well as giving the body a rest from so many different foods. Brown rice is full of nutrients, protein and complex carbs so it will sustain you better than a juice fast. Plus brown rice bonds to toxins and carries them out of the body and the fiber is mildly cleansing for the digestive tract. Chewing your rice until there is really nothing left but air in your mouth (somewhere between 100 and 1000 chews - not kidding....) will give you outrageous energy and stimulate your immune system. Pair it with a brothy soup like miso and you have a great recipe for a Spiritual retreat. Probably why Monks ate this sort of thing with vegetables as an almost daily practice. They also use tofu to cool sexual desires.

Speaking of tofu, it is a damp promoting food. In Chinese medicine foods can create dampness or dryness or be neutral. If you have a damp condition than damp foods can create symptoms. (yeast, runny nose, cough, etc.) One of the most life giving foods are the mineral rich sea vegetables. They also contain trace minerals, protein and what science is now calling co-factors of certain foods that enhance our ability to utilize the big groups like vitamins. I love sea vegetables and some like Dulse, Nori, Arame and Hiziki are more suitable for helping eliminate dampness while Kombu, Wakame, or Sea Palm contribute to dampness. Sea vegetables are somewhat cleansing on their own and great to include in a simple diet of whole grains and vegetables for a cleansing that you can do for much longer than a fast.

Be well!!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Oh Cocoa!

Yes, I still must go see the Coco Chanel movies and maybe have some cocoa truffles to go with them?? Have you seen yet? Great ingredients and an easy gift for yourself or others. Of course if you want to make some simple cocoa treats at home - start with the best cocoa powder you can get. It makes such a difference when you are using so few ingredients.

Here is a recipe that is pretty much assembly so it will keep you house cool and can be a great project for you and the kids. Just be willing to have sticky fingers!


Many years ago my friend Darcy Marta and I used to make different nuggets as a fun and healthy treat. Experiment and find what you like best. She and I used Honey. Here I use Brown Rice syrup because it will spike your blood sugar less and gives a great flavor. Use any nut butter you like, Cashew butter, hazelnut butter, peanut butter, sesame butter to name a few. Use any cereals you like, and/or add seeds and nuts.

Brown Rice Syrup
Almond Butter
Crisped Rice cereal (Erwhon makes them with grain sweetener)
Corn flakes
Cocoa powder or grain sweetened chocolate chips (Sunspire is one brand)

Mix approximately equal amounts of rice syrup and nut/seed butter. Mix cereals in well. You may even mash up with your hands. Add any seeds/nuts or even dried fruits and mix well. Roll up small balls with your hands and either roll in cocoa powder or dip into melted chocolate. For melted chocolate place chocolate chips into a double boiler or a saucepan with a flame tamer underneath. Turn the heat to low and stir as the chocolate melts. Add just a touch of olive oil to thin and be able to dip your nuggets and get a light coating of chocolate. Place on wax paper or a plate to cool.

Friday, August 20, 2010

End of Summer Treat - Make Healthy Sherbet

Remember "Push Ups"? I wanted to create that orange milky sherbet type of treat when I created this recipe. It's a healthy match. If you don't feel like orange just substitute another strong juice.

Sugar Free Orange Sherbet

2 C. fresh orange juice
1 C. plain amasake
1 C. brown rice syrup (or 1/2 cup agave)
2 T. agar flakes
1T. Vanilla
Orange zest (optional)

In a saucepan heat the amasake with the agar until the agar is dissolved. (3-5minutes) Place all ingredients in a blender and blend. Transfer to a freezerproof container and freeze overnight. Process in a food processor until smooth and then re-freeze for 6-8hrs before serving.

For a richer sherbet, add a little oil(rice bran, coconut, etc...) and a small pinch of sea salt to the final blending.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

5 Elements - Late Summer into Fall Part II

The 5 elemental theory is a bit like the Vedic texts. It's enormous or as simple as you want it to be. Getting all of the elements into a meal can eliminate cravings and help to balance a person. You can also balance by eating foods that cancel out where you might be having a problem or foods that support the organ you need a boost in. It goes in a circular pattern to learn it best, but here just continuing from yesterday are a few foods for late summer and fall. To get you started you could just notice and incorporate a few more than perhaps you were and see how you feel. For some reason my chart would not copy. If you are doing a session and would like to learn the 5 elements, I email you all of the charts and materials that you can put up on your fridge. Or look online, get a book and start playing!!

Sweet Potato
Artichoke (jerusalem)
Bamboo shoots
Corn on the cob (sweet)
Crookneck squash
Kudzu (kuzu)
Spaghetti squash
Winter squash
(acorn, butternut, buttercup,hokkaido, hubbard, etc.)

Rice (brown and white)
Sweet Rice
Taro potato
White potato
Great northern
Bok choy (whites)
Chinese Cabbage
Iceberg lettuce
Lotus root
Water chestnuts

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Late Summer into Fall - Seasonal Energy Part 1

I was just reading an article on Yahoo that talked about the new freshman class and how they don't wear wristwatches, email is too slow, they have only known telephones without cords and Curt Cobain has always been on the oldies station. For as long as I can remember technology was revered right along with celebrity. Sometimes I think we all forget that our bodies are adaptive yet were never made for modern living.

Everything in the world is made up of energy. That's first year chemistry. What appears solid is vibrating and is made of molecules that have space between them. You are taking in all sorts of energies all the time, every day and what you put into your body effects you - like it or not! Some things are going to build you up and make you feel great, but a whole lot of what is coming at you is depleting so your diet and mind set ought to be geared to either get you back to balance or enhance your well being. It's your choice.

One nice little tool to utilize is the 5 elements theory. Right now we are in late summer so I keep seeing people indulging in sweets. Late summer rules the spleen, stomach and pancreas so it seems kind of seasonal. Only too much ice cream and with the first cool days of fall, ruled by lungs, large intestine and you might find yourself coughing, sneezing and feeling run down. Nature always does a balancing act. So here are few things to recognize the late summer and fall seasons and tomorrow I'll give you some foods to eat that are associated with each.








Large Intestine

Positive Emotions

Fairness, Openness






Negative Emotions




Over dependant




Low self esteem







Growing Cycle

Fruit, Ripening


Seed Falling


Indian Summer


Mental Aspect


Emotional Sensitivity














Body Scent



Opens into and commands the

Lips, mouth


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Fig and Orange Dressing

Fig and orange dressing on wilted Greens

Dandelion greens are good for your kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas and stomach. What a powerful vegetable they are. Pair them up with the sweetness of figs to offset their bitterness.

Fig and orange dressing

1-pint fresh figs

Juice of one orange

Large pinch sea salt

One splash balsamic vinegar (about 1 tsp.)

Two splashes Mirin (a rice cooking wine)

About ¼ Cup Olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer without a lid for 10 or fifteen minutes. Turn the heat off completely and cover to cool. You may strain the dressing if you like and keep in the fridge for up to a week. I like to use the fruit in it for the extra sweetness.

Water fry Dandelion greens with other veggies like red onion slices and carrots or fresh peas. You may want to mix wilted greens with fresh lettuce when cool enough to not wilt the lettuce. Assemble the salad on a plate pouring the dressing over the top.

Figs For Great Skin?

I've been looking at the fresh figs lately but passing them by for the incredible peaches and fun blueberries. Today I will go and get some wonderful fresh figs. Remember this from my newsletters?

Fun Food Facts

Figs for great skin? Yes, figs are fantastic for skin. (Fresh or dried with no added sugar please. They contain pantothenic acid or B5 but are higher in calcium, potassium and phosphors amongst other nutrients. Figs are known to aid the large intestine and eliminate constipation and that too can assist in beautiful skin. They have been used for dry coughs and boils or discharges of the skin for centuries.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Getting Out of Pain - Into Pleasure

When pain is gone it's just gone and you probably don't think about it. When pleasure is gone, you probably miss it and go seeking it out. That would be pretty basic. Who would go looking for their migraine or go back and open up a cut to check that it's still there to hurt every time they use their finger to type or would you hit yourself over and over to make sure you had some ugly bruises??

It gets a little trickier when pleasure and pain get all wrapped up together like lovers that offer enough pleasure to keep you hooked, some foods taste great even though they create havoc on your waistline or health. You have to associate more pleasure to looking and feeling good and more pain to the opposite. Getting out of pain is usually much more motivating that acquiring pleasure...go primal instincts...

If you keep saying that you want to lose weight or you want to get healthier or you want your life to be different - what is stopping you? What pain do you perceive if you make the change or what pleasure do you get by staying with what you are doing? Are you making excuses? Are you justifying your excuses?

Sometimes being a coach I've seen miraculous transformations happen as I listen and am the witness for the person who is struggling to make a change. They needed someone to really listen and stand for them in order to hear how ludicrous the old logic they were clinging to was. Other times, we need to do some process work to get our brains to see how painful it is to overeat or eat crap too often. What do you really want? Start living happier today!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Grain Cooking with Chart You Can Print Out

A while back I wrote an article on making grains taste great. I think what had inspired me was that I never knew simple whole grains could taste so flat and wrong until my mom bought one of these plastic rice steamers to make her life easier when I came to visit. Somehow I don't think it makes cooking any easier as you have to clean twice as many things, take the device out and put it away etc. Why not just use a pot and cook it on the stove? You can set a timer just as easily as the one on the cooker. My distaste for the lifeless grain made me realize there are a few tricks that make simple foods taste better.

The pot you cook the grain in, the amount and quality of sea salt you use, the time you take to cook the grain and the amount of water you use all are factors in how the end product will taste.

Too much water and it can be mushy, too little water and it's going to be hard. Neither seem to produce the best flavor. You will find the formula for your own pot and how you measure. A good rule to begin with is 2 cups of water to 1 cup of brown rice. Millet needs more water or it is dry. (3 cups of water to 1 cup of millet works well.) My pots leak out a lot of steam so I use a bit of extra water so that I don't end up with dry grain. Soaking the grain for a few hours helps with digestibility. A pressure cooker brings out the sweetness of the grain.

Salt is important. Just a pinch. Too much and things will taste too salty but a small pinch will bring out the flavor and add alkalinity and strength to the dish.

Once you get your formula down, you will be cooking great grain forever after. It's worth experimenting a little bit, then let the endless possibilities unfold. Grain salads, burgers, sushi rolls, cereals, puddings and more. For recipes try one of my cookbooks. There are a few more days of free shipping at with a minimum order.

Grains (1 cup dried)

Pot Cooking

Pressure Cooking






2 cups

30 min.

Barley, whole

3 cups

50 min.

2 1/2

60 min.

Barley, pearled

2 1/2 cups

40 min.

2 cups

30 min.

Corn, meal

4 cups

30 min.

Corn, grits

3 cups

20 min.


3 cups

40 min.

2 1/2 cups

25 min.


3 cups

30 min.

Millet, congee

6 cups

120 min.

4 cups

45 min.

Oats, whole

3 cups

60 min.

Oats, rolled

2 1/2 cups

15 min.


2 cups

20 min.

Rice, short brown

2 cups

55 min.

1 1/2 cups

50 min.

Rice, brown congee

6 cups

120 min.

4 cups

60 min.

Rice, medium brown

1 1/2 cups

45 min.

1 1/4 cups

45 min.

Rice, long brown

1 1/2 cups

45 min.

Rice, basmati brown

1 1/2 cups

45 min.

Rice, sweet brown

1 1/2 cups

30 min.

1 1/4 cups

25 min.

Rice, basmati white

1 3/4 cups

35 min.


2 1/2 cups

60 min.

2 1/2 cups

50 min.

Rye flakes

2 cups

30 min.


3 cups

25 min.

2 cups

50 min.


3 cups

20 min.


3 cups

60 min.

Wheat, cracked

3 cups

25 min.

Wild rice

2 1/2 cups

50 min.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bobbi's Hummus Hello

I tasted Bobbi's hummus when I was shopping in Whole Foods and there was one of those little demo stations set up to sample the flavors. I love this hummus. Smooth, creamy and full of flavor. I love that it doesn't use tahini but soy oil instead. Just simple good ingredients. I used it on top of some avocado, carrot and cucumber sushi rolls I made for lunch. Fusion cuisine where the pillow of hummus topping added a burst of texture and flavor with each bite sized wonder. The garlic is so fresh it doesn't have that sharp aftertaste you can get from older garlic. Great new product. Ask for it at your Whole Foods.

Always Learning

I just learned that if I start a blog post and come back to edit and post it later, it does not come up as the most recent post. Instead it posts back to the date is was started. I could choose to be miffed about this or just notice and work with it. Now that I know how it works, I can just remember that and adjust accordingly.

That is basically how we operate with our relationships of all kinds. We make up what we want to make up about what we learn, and then interact with the person, the item, the food, etc. If we change what we make up, what we are looking at can change. The food is still just food. You can be afraid of it, have a love/hate relationship with it, enjoy it, not think about it, etc. You might notice as you lighten up over food and don't need it in a needy "please cover up what I'm feeling" sort of way or use it for a substitute friend, lover, mother, confidante... that the food or item or person, changes...

Did you ever assign a certain energy to an article of clothing? Maybe you have your lucky underwear? Did a shirt take on significance when she told you that you look handsome in it? Did it change when you thought about the person differently? You have the power to direct your energy and decide how you want to feel and how you will interact or show up.

How we flow our energy out is usually how it comes back to us. Notice what you might be flowing towards what you encounter each day. You might play a little game and make things more positive for yourself. Decide to choose to be happy with what comes or what you choose. If you really love your afternoon snack of chocolate covered pretzels but you would rather feel better and shed some pounds, love those pretzels from afar and say so long for now, and chose some fruit instead and really enjoy and love the fruit. It's just a game so that is simply an example of how you might want to play. Play your way and love the results you get.

Monday, August 9, 2010

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Summer Cool Quinoa Salad

I was upstairs in the Fairway market near where I am staying. The upper floor of this market is a health food market all its own with only organic produce. I was looking for an avocado that wasn't missing it's little stem from being picked way too early. Beverly was in her wheelchair nearby and I was worried I might be standing in her way in the narrow isle. She said no, she was staring at the sweet potatoes below looking for good ones. They're not quite in season I told her. She reminded me they come from a tropical region and can be eaten year round. I was really more referring to the fact they didn't look so good and had probably been stored since last Fall. In fact I had gotten a yellow type of yam at another market just days before and I gave her the recipe. She liked it and asked why I didn't put bell peppers in it or garlic. I answered only that I didn't have any garlic when I made it and I don't care for bell peppers. I'm sure her version will have both. Enjoy warm or cold!!!!

1 Cup Quinoa, rinsed
2 Cups Water
1 yellow (or any) sweet potato peeled and chopped
1/2 yellow onion
1/4 Cup parsley, chopped
1-2 celery, chopped (remember to slightly peel so no strings...)
pinch of sea salt
Your favorite dressing or Flax oil

Bring the water and salt to a boil and add the quinoa, onion and sweet potato. Turn the heat to low and simmer with a lid on for 20 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and allow to cool.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Being Prepared

I was just reading an article on food storage for emergency situations. It read like comedy or science fiction since living in a NYC apartment there is hardly room to store simple things like clothes in the tiny closets, much less large bags of wheat. Who eats wheat berries or has a handy little mill to grind it up these days? Okay, yeah, I kind of like wheat berries but just a few mixed in with some brown rice or something. In an emergency I just don't think wheat is the most wonderful whole grain to have on hand. The article was recent too, kind of surprising as that sounds to me like a recommendation from maybe 1912?

I've never been all that prepared and thankfully have not needed to be. I always had cases of water in my apartment in Los Angeles which were for drinking but I reasoned in an earthquake, at least I'd have water. Water is the most important item to have so even if you don't want to store cases, at least store something to purify the most dreadful water.

Many people get a variety of quick cooking things like oats or rye flakes, canned goods, crackers with a 3 year shelf life, etc. All of that seems fine but what about camping foods? Check out any place that sells camping supplies and there is a nice little section of quick cooking meals that can just sit around waiting for the hot water one day. A freeze dried meal from a pouch sounds infinitely better than trying to cook up something in an emergency situation. If you want to be extra prepared you could test out some of the camping foods on your family and see what they like and then stock up on those items.

Hopefully you will never need them and can have a little eat the emergency supplies party every couple of years so things don't surpass their expiration dates. Several families can all have the party together and then restock, maybe even getting a bulk discount? Why wait for an emergency to band together.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

There is More Than One Way To Health

Everyone wants to be right. I keep encountering the raw food folks who think you can only truly heal with a raw diet or the macrobiotic folks who think they are the elite chosen few that by sticking closely to what they think is the right macrobiotic diet, you can be disease free. There are the Auyruvedic enthusiasts, the vegans, the yogis, the cleanse every three months folks, the no carbs eaters and plenty more.

So who is right? Could you heal with any of these diets or is one really the best? I think you can heal with any of them. What is best is what is best for you. The best you can do is learn what they have to offer and start trying things. I include many things in what I teach people because many of the diets out there overlap. It comes down to how food works in the body. Then I have seen people heal from sheer will or die from lack of will. I have seen people heal completely with one diet only to reject it, go back to eating the way they grew up and get sick again and die. I have seen people jump around and never heal. I've seen for myself that sticking to what I do, I find new and better levels of health year after year.

What do you want for yourself? Would you like more energy? A clear mind? Would you like to lift your mood and be in control of how you feel? Would you like to give your body what it needs to heal quickly and easily? You can do all of this and more as you understand food from a different perspective. There is no right as one of my favorite teachers used to remind us. Let go of the guilt and just make choices you feel good about!