Thursday, June 30, 2011

Remembering The Mailbag - Have a Happy 4th

I'm excited about the long weekend. Today I get to coach and then it's sunshine, food and fun with friends. I decided to pull out some of the old mailbag we used to do at and post it here....remember you can always get your questions answered - just send 'em on in... Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone!!!

Dear Susan,

I'm eating Nori regularly, and can see and feel the difference it has made in my health -- but oh, have a hard time with the taste and texture!! Do you have any recommendations on ways to eat and enjoy Nori??



Hi Katey,

Thanks for writing and bringing up this question. Remember too that your tastes will often change over time from eating a more whole foods diet. When we have eaten a lot of packaged or restaurant foods that are usually filled with strong tastes we get acclimated to certain types of flavors. Sea vegetables are not yet prevalent in the U.S. but are quite common in many cultures from Asia through Europe. Nori is most commonly used in Japanese cuisine. If you have ever eaten a sushi roll, the green Paper like wrapper is Nori. It’s easy to make those types of sushi rolls at home and with all of the other ingredients you might not even notice Nori’s distinctive taste. You can slip a little nori flake into a salad dressing or sauce and you won’t notice it at all but still derive benefits of its high mineral content. I like to cut it up into slim strips and garnish a soup or top a salad. Just don’t go overboard with the amounts and I’m sure you will like it much better than simply munching on it out of the package.

Hi Susan,

Meeting you in person, your skin is so perfect. What do you use for a face wash. Thanks so much.


Redlands, CA

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for the compliment. As many of you know, I love love love the Lorac line of make-up and it’s the only make-up and lotion that I trust to make sure I don’t get breakouts. However until they start making a face wash, I was baffled as to what to do. I broke out from just about everything until I found MSM facial wash by Ultra Aesthetics at my local Co-op. The ingredients were excellent and my skin has improved a great deal since I started using it. Plus it’s only $10 and lasts a long time. I’m sure there are other good products out there but this is what I’m using right now.


I have been lower than usual in energy lately and eating out of control. Is this due to acidity? Thanks for your answer.


Studio City, CA

Hi Pia,

Low energy can be from so many factors that it’s very hard to even guess without talking with you further. Yes, absolutely, when someone is eating more acid forming foods in the body, energy can be sluggish. That’s one reason why people get on the coffee spin cycle. They are tired so they drink the coffee that then creates more tiredness inside by over stimulating the kidneys amongst other things and then with more acidity they feel more tired and look for more stimulants. When we are tired there can be more desire for food because it does give us a burst of energy as the blood sugar gets raised. The cravings could be a nutritional deficiency as well or if something emotionally is going on you might be driven to consume more. Since I have not seen you in quite a long time, you might like to schedule a single session for review and see if we can pinpoint things a bit better for you.


My daughter is now 4 and likes the healthier foods we’ve been incorporating. I’m just concerned as we are about to take a family vacation and I’m not sure what to bring for her to eat on the plane.


Green Bay

Hi Alice,

I’m so happy to hear that your daughter likes healthy foods! Most kids that start out that way have a big advantage throughout their lives. While they may stray at some point, they usually come back to what feels better in the body. My next newsletter in a couple of weeks will have more kid friendly ideas. For right now I suggest that you pack fun finger foods and don’t worry if she eats a complete meal all at once on the plane. She will let you know what she needs. Since airline travel is dehydrating and more contracting for all of us, be sure to pack some fresh fruit and those small boxes of juice that she can sip on without additives. I like to bring different sorts of roll ups but if she wants a favorite like peanut butter and jelly that packs well too. Celery and carrots are nice to chomp on and if you do bring roll ups try to bring one that has some greens in it. Watercress is especially re-hydrating and some kids like it if it is used with fun things like rolled up in nori and topped with shredded carrots. Chick peas, or peas from the pod can be fun eaten one by one and be careful with hard baked items because they can make for a cranky kid before too long.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

If Everything Counts - How Much is Enough?

Are you an all or nothing type or a Dabbler? Do you start things and then stop or see them through to the end? Do you experiment or only do what is tried, true and scientifically proven over and over again?

Fear is a good motivator to get someone to eat well. Many people find out about whole foods when they have a health crisis. The bigger the crisis the easier it is to follow directions. Lots of people have trouble following directions. The only problem with that is if you want to get from New York to Boston and there is only one good road, it you don't take it, then the trip might take a very very long time. Same thing with food and healing.

When dealing with clearing a health issue it's good to be more strict about what you eat since it can facilitate or hinder your goals. After you are in fairly good balance or if you started out without a health issue, there is no reason to eat with narrow restrictions.

There is a balance between the idea that everything you put into your mouth will go into your blood and create a reaction so choose wisely and a free for all. The everything counts idea. Sure, everything does count but how much can you handle and what makes you happy. Happiness ought to have a big part of what you eat. Enjoyment and pleasure go a long way with healing. In fact one of the biggest factors to how a food matabolizes is what you believe about that food. I've read many scientific studies that prove this idea where it is the belief about the food that matters almost more than anything in how it will effect you. Then there is basic chemistry too. Of course if you are sensitive or run down, you must be more careful. When you are in good health there is no reason to push the limits and see how much you can take. Wide eating usually is more of a enjoy yourself within reason type of thing....

You'll know when you've gone overboard and can adjust your course. That's part of what remedies are for. Sure everything counts but by all means learn how foods work so you can create balance and go have fun!

Monday, June 27, 2011

More From The Breakfast Cookbook

Many people have asked for more breakfast recipes. You can get a whole collection at (

What you eat can certainly set you up for the whole day. Remember the kudzu tea if you have had a weekend of debauchery. It will set you straight and bring you back to center, cure a hangover or douse that sluggish feeling from too much oil, sugar or flour. Even if you just feel a little run down - kuzu tea can be great:

Kudzu Tea

1 teaspoon Kudzu

1 C. cold water

1 Umeboshi plum

Shoyu (or tamari soy sauce)

Ginger (to make juice just grate a little on a fine grater. Take the gratings in your fingers and squeeze out a few drops of juice.)

Simply dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon of kudzu in 1 cup cold water. It will be easier if you dissolve it in some of the water and then add the rest. Then add 1/2 to a whole ume plum. (no ume plum? Use 1/2 teaspoon of the plum paste) Stir over med. heat until the liquid becomes more clear in color and it is okay if it comes to a boil. Add maybe 1/2 teaspoon of shoyu (or tamari soy sauce) and then turn off the heat. Add a little ginger juice and put it in a tea cup to drink. It will be too hot so just wait a few minutes.

Or start your day with a simple breakfast polenta and fruit compote (peach is my current favoite) - simple enough for tots to grandparents and easy enough that Mom can relax and enjoy her tea. Sprinkle some toasted seeds on top to add some crunch.

Breakfast Polenta with Apple Compote

1 C. Polenta

4 C. cold water

sea salt

2 Apples cored and cut into chunks

cinnamon (ground fine)

flax oil (optional)

This amount will serve 2 – 3 people. It’s best when you can combine the cornmeal with the water the night before and let it soak. Then in the morning just turn on the heat and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of sea salt, turn down the heat to low and put the lid on. Simmer with a flame tamer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile put the apples in a sauce pan and add 1/2”-1” water and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Put the lid on and turn the heat to med/low. When the polenta is done I take it off the heat and add a little flax oil. If the water has not completely simmered away in the compote take the lid off and continue to cook until it does or almost does. Serve either on top of the polenta or alongside.

Another way to eat polenta is to make it the night before and let it set up in a loaf pan. Slice it into slices and pan-fry them.


For more - be sure and get your copy of the Fast and Easy Healthy Breakfasts: (

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Simple Everyday Gourmet - Recipes

I just pulled out a couple of recipes from the archives - enjoy!

Everyday Gourmet Zucchini Sauté

Pretty enough for your best company and simple enough for any day.

For each serving:

1 zucchini, sliced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1 small leek, washed and sliced

1 leaf Kale, washed and sliced

Olive oil

Sea Salt

Place a small amount of oil in the bottom of a pan. Add the garlic and leeks and sauté for a couple of minutes, then add the zucchini and kale and a pinch of sea salt. Place a lid on the pan for several minutes cooking until the zucchini is tender. You may wish to add just a tad of water to keep cooking without browning the garlic or leeks. Make as much or as little as you wish. I would not keep this dish leftover for more than about 12 hours though so plan to use what you make.

Chickpea Burgers

Here is one idea for a burger that you can use other combinations of grain and bean or even just grain. Even put it in a loaf pan and bake that way and use slices. I love ‘em with cucumber pickles and mustard.

Approx. 1 C to 1 1/2C. Cooked chickpeas mashed up with a fork

2C. Cooked grain. (I used half millet and half sweet rice made with extra water for stickiness)

1 onion, minced

1 carrot, grated

1 clove garlic, minced

Small amount of olive or other good quality oil

1/4 C breadcrumbs

1T Shoyu (soy sauce)

1/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp. Rubbed sage

1/4 C fresh parsley, minced

Sauté the onion, carrot, and garlic in the oil for a few minutes. Cover and cook on low for 5 minutes. Mix in a large bowl with the other ingredients. Form into burgers and bake on an oiled baking sheet at 350° for 30-40 minutes until brown and crispish on the outside. Use leftovers in salads or wraps.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What's Cool

When the days are hot you need foods that cool you down. I made the mistake yesterday of eating chickpea croquettes that came with a sweet potato cold salad and even the mixed vegetables had winter squash of all things. It's the wrong season for all of that. They're all warming foods and I woke up feeling less than stellar. (I'm sensitive, I know...)

What's needed is to lower the temperature with foods that cool. Mint is an obvious one, as are lemon and lime. You've already heard my rant on roasted barley tea as being internal air conditioning. Turnips and broccoli are both cooling as are many cabbage family relatives. (Not kale, it's warming.) Scallops are cooling but most animal foods are warming. Probably why a nice big salad goes so well with steak. Salad and raw foods in general are cooling. The trick is to find balance and not go to extremes. I'm looking forward to a lunch with sea weed in it!

Monday, June 20, 2011

How Do You Feel Today?

How do you want to feel today? Emotionally? Physically? If you don't decide often life will take you down a stream where you float along and you might see a daisy and smile or the water might splash you and you frown. Floating along is what most people do. They get up and grab a coffee and think it is getting their day going. They might not want to see that that coffee is affecting their mood, it's draining their energy at a basic level and it might not be the best way to start the day. Equally they choose their food by taste or the high of enjoyment rather than how it will affect them. Like using a credit card that they can't pay off, they keep digging themselves deeper with the enjoy now and pay later scenario but the price with your physical body is high.

To make changes takes willingness. I like to try things and experiment and that willingness to keep going to see if the experiment will work has been what has turned my health from debilitating to extraordinary. I used to have moods so enormous they took me over. I could cry at the drop of a hat or get my feelings bruised at the slightest disapproval. It was hard to be happy under the weight of so many feelings constantly swirling through my veins and of course the constant pains in my body.

Trying diets or systems without the knowledge of how things really work is so haphazard that very few really get lasting or effective results. It wasn't until I really allowed myself to stick with whole foods, to learn how they worked that I finally got free. Free of physical problems, free of mood swings, free of monthly cramps or crying fits, free of feeling like I was fighting through a fog or low energy so much of the time. Life literally got a lift from just changing my diet. My process was slow as I learned from books, went to seminars and sought out teachers. I'm happy I can make the process much much shorter for you.

You can feel terrific - you just have to know how. When you get up you can decide how you want to feel and make choices accordingly. Decide to be happy. Decide to try on the foods and know how you will feel hours or days later before you eat them. Decide how much you want to get done and it will often happen. Choose deliberately even if sometimes it is your choice to enjoy floating.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meditations to Melt you into your ideal life

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Happy Brushing

Good design is something I appreciate and love. Today I was shopping at Whole Foods and a young woman had a demo table with brightly colored and well thought out toothbrushes and floss.

Now I'm probably not switching from my ionic toothbrush because I've gotten great results with that and no need to worry about teeth cleanings when my last one the hygienist told me there was little plaque to scrape off and it had been 1 1/2 years since my last cleaning....

If I were left handed though or had some pain in my hand that I had not yet cleared with diet, (remember inflammation is cleared easily with diet - you have to learn acid/alkaline balancing...)then this new well designed to hold toothbrush would be wonderful.

It would be great if someone would combine the two products!!

Be well!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Healing Truth

Blockages usually create problems. A block in your plumbing - be it the toilet or your own bowel will back things up and create a mess. A block in the emotional body is often behind many physical symptoms.

Foods can address symptoms. Eggplant can stop internal bleeding, be it a bleeding ulcer or heavy menstrual flow. Daikon rubbed on the skin can stop an itch. Grated apple can clear a fever. There is one benefit after another from the garden. The power of foods though can only go so far and then the emotional component must be addressed.

I have a friend who started out becoming a doctor of Chinese medicine. He learned to release blockages using tiny needles and sometimes using herbs. It took people coming back again and again to maintain their health. One day he sat with a patient who needed to talk. She talked and talked and he just listened. After an hour of her talking he finally gave her a treatment. She healed. He gradually went on to give up his practice and started to do workshops instead where he facilitated people to let go of their emotional blocks to have healing and better lives. It became very successful for him.

I too see that coaching sessions get the biggest results when we add in letting go of what's causing the blocks. It's magical to witness as extra weight falls away and happiness rushes in. There are so many roads to the letting go. You might write every day in a journal, you might like traditional therapy, you might read a book or go to a seminar that triggers you into letting go or grab a coaching session put food tools and emotional tools working for you together right now.

Summer is a terrific time to get free!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blueberry PIe so sweet sans sugar

Recently someone asked me if I was a midnight blue person. I stammered for how much I adore the color. Deep dark mysterious and sexy, it draws me in every time. I also love sweets. Blueberries then are a perfect match up for me and they are good for most everybody. I'm not making that up, in Auyurvedic medicine they are tridoshic. Cooling and antibacterial, these little blue gems are a wonderful summer treat full of vitamin C and maganese and even some vitamin A.

Here's an easy blueberry pie recipe to enjoy during these hot months.

Blueberry Pie


3/4 C. unbleached white flour

3/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour

1/8 tsp. Sea salt

1/4 C. safflower oil

1/4 C. brown rice syrup

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the flours and salt in a mixing bowl and then add the oil using a fork to mix until you have beads of dough. Add the rice syrup and mix using your hand just until mixed. Please do not over mix the dough. Gather the dough and form into a ball. You may refrigerate to make it easier to roll out. Roll out thin between pieces of wax paper. Peel off the top layer of wax paper and flip it into a pie plate. Trim the excess with your hands and save the dough to make cut outs. Using a fork put a few pricks in the bottom of the crust. Flute the edges of the crust with your fingers or make tracks with the fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes until just golden brown.

Roll the crust trimmings into a ball and then roll out just like the pie crust. This time use a small heart or star shaped cookie cutter to make small crust cut outs. Transfer to a baking sheet with a parchment paper on it. Keep rolling up excess dough to form a ball and then roll out in the same manner to keep making cut-outs until all the dough is used. You will get about 21 small cut outs. Bake them the same as the crust until just golden brown.


2 packages Trader Joe’s frozen organic blueberries (4 Cups of berries)

1/2 lemon

1-2 Tablespoons agar

2-3 Tablespoons kudzu or arrowroot dissolved in a small amount of cold water

1/4 tsp. Sea salt

Dash of cinnamon

1/2 – 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1/4 Cup brown rice syrup

1/4 Cup maple syrup

Place the blueberries into a large saucepan and turn the heat to med.-low. Add the agar, salt, rice syrup and maple syrup. It may be helpful to use berries that have been thawed beforehand. Simmer until the agar is dissolved. (About 5 minutes if berries are thawed) Add the kudzu or arrowroot and stir constantly for another few minutes. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla and a squeeze of lemon juice from the 1/2 lemon. Let the filling cool for 10-15 minutes and then pour into prepared pie crust.

You might wonder why I am using frozen berries. Simply because they are available easily. If you can get 4 C. of fresh berries that would be even better. Use the best of what you have available to you. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What are you watching?

Looking at my youtube page just now I am going to say that people want what is familiar. There is comfort in it. I say this because the carrot bisque that is so like tomato soup paired with a wonderful healthy sandwich something like a grilled cheese has outdone all of the other videos by a landslide.

I find this surprising especially when the water fried salad is so simple and quick to do and the video production is much better too. Plus it has been up longer. Nope, apparently when you go to you don't click on anything but the one with the most familiar sounding title.

Does that also mean when you go to the market you only take home the items that you eat over and over? What about mixing it up some? Take home an eggplant or turnips or something even more exotic like amaranth or kolrabi? Find a recipe for your new items or incorporate it with things you already know and love like putting some raw kolrabi into your favorite salad or eggplant stir fried with a sauce you already enjoy?

Play with what is unfamiliar and you'll make some new friends in the mix. Go get friendly with Daikon - there's even a video to get you started. Then let me know how it goes.

Mix it up for healthy weight loss (or gain)

Quinoa has become fashionable in it's light fluffy way. One thing you won't see on the menu though is its generally warming for the body. In summer months I like to pair it with cooling vegetables such as mint and celery. It's high protein cousin Amaranth though is cooling. I love Amaranth as a breakfast cereal, popped up like popcorn for a crispy addition to a salad or allow it to cool and set like Millet for a very different type of polenta. Its an extraordinary food - full of energy and a brilliant amount of nutrition in this satisfying seed.

Explaining this to a woman I met, I realized that in some literature you will find that Amaranth is good for gaining weight. You would have to have a steady diet of it to make any significant inches. Instead it ought to be said that its terrific for building muscle which is more efficient that fat and helps keep you trim. Plus mixing up what is in your diet often has people eating less not more.

When bored with limited options, many people tend to overeat, even feel compelled to eat things that are less than stellar. If what you eat is satisfying then you won't want a bag of chips or go looking for more ice cream, cake or cookies.

Play with as many novel nutritious items as you can find. You'll be much happier with your waistline.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Healthy Nails - Get Polished

It's summer and time to show more skin and wear pretty sandals. Color on your nails has never been healthier. Dr.'s Remedy enriched nail polish has anti-fungal, antibacterial properties mixed in along with Vitamins C and E and wheat protein. All good for you since the enhancements come from natural sources like garlic and tee tree oil.

The price tag is a little high for polish but it is worth the extra if you consider the cost of getting a fungus or infection or if you are pregnant and have to stay away from commercial polish that could cause birth defects.

They have a wide range of pretty colors to choose from - I wish I could try out every one of them. It's one of those things that make you feel well - polished. Enjoy!