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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Aduki Stew for You

Whew - this changeable weather is now back to freezing and will be back to Spring like temps in a just a couple of days. Make an Aduki Stew for lunch to fill you up but won't weigh you down. Aduki beans are easier to digest than most pulses so get your fill and keep your temperature even.

Aduki Stew

1 Cup Aduki beans

½” strip Kombu sea vegetable

2 bay leaves

1 small sweet potato, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp. Thyme

1 tsp. Sage

Tamari soy sauce

Lemon juice

Water

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cook the Aduki beans in 3-4 Cups of water with the Kombu, bay leaves and sweet potato, until soft. (1 to 1 ½ hours) Sauté the onion, celery, Thyme and Sage in the olive oil. Add to the aduki beans and add more water if necessary. Season with the Tamari and lemon juice to taste.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tooth Matters - My Favorite Brush Can Save You $

It might have been two years since my last dental cleaning. I know of course that we are supposed to go every six months to keep our pearly whites all sparkly and healthy, but with my somewhat rash move to NY and being unsettled here, I just did not do the searching for a dentist.

My mother scoffed when I gave her my free toothbrush after I finally went for a cleaning while visiting my folks. Why didn't I want the standard gift? Well, even with two years of nothing but brushing and flossing, the hygienist told me I didn't have much plaque at all, and my gums looked great. I doubt it is all due to my clean diet, and probably has more to do with my ionic toothbrush http://www.vitacost.com/Dr-Tungs-Ionic-Toothbrush-System

It's a simple concept from Japan that uses a small charge to have the plaque literally fall of your teeth. You don't need to plug it in or use special toothpaste. You probably don't need toothpaste at all but I still like the minty freshness of using paste. The battery in the brush lasts for years so its even an economical as well as wholesome choice.

Teeth are extremely important to your health and energy, so however you chose to take care of yours - keep brushing!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Transformational Growth - Choose it

A little over a month ago I moved into this tiny little apartment in the west village of NYC. It is the 5th place I've stayed in since I got here a year ago. I am finding that certain things have been easier for me here such as doing my 5 Tibetan rites each day.

If you remember I have always found myself resistant to doing the rites. In Santa Monica I simply ignored my brain when it came up with excuses and did the rites despite my having to push myself. I did that because I saw the benefits of keeping that practice going.

I do not have that sort of resistance with food for the most part because for me the effects of eating things with sugar in them for example are so painful that it keeps me from indulgences. That has gotten easier with time to feel good about my choices and not left out or that I was somehow disadvantaged because I could not eat the chips (that had sugar or dairy or chemicals in them.) or cakes, cookies and pies that are so prevalent in our western world.

So why in this apartment has my resistance eased up and practices seem much easier to do? Is it the feng shui of the place, the lack of light that I love so much? The super low ceilings or too much heat? I suspect that perhaps after all of these moves and experiences I have just grown up enough to allow more ease around the things I want to do.

When you shift it can be so subtle that you do not really notice until you see that things have gotten easier or opportunities are showing up where they didn't before. Then you can get yourself into habits that you want. Many people wait for life to shift them. Marriages, having kids, a divorce, a death of someone close to you, all kinds of dramatic life events can cause you to transform.

Why wait? Start your own transformation today. Write out exactly what you would like your life to look like and what you want to be doing and start taking steps to be, do and have just that. It's your life and you can create it to be full of fun and ease.

I'm not talking about being a size two and eating nothing but donuts and coffee and jellybeans though. Perhaps if you go learn from yogis how to do alchemy enough to transmute your favorite indulgences into healthy fuel you could, but I suggest being a tad more conscious of the laws of physics that are easier to come by. Step up and take the reins for yourself and find how life can get sweeter.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Put Some Spring on Your Plate - Recipes

This week as it warms up I thought a little spring fixings might make you feel refreshed. Here are a couple of recipes to enjoy!

Translucent Rice Wraps 2

These beautiful and simple wraps can be an appetizer or as part of a lunch. They are refreshing to eat and surprisingly filling.

For each wrap use:

1 Spring roll rice wraps (can be found in Asian markets)

1/2 Avocado, sliced and peeled

Ume paste

1 Carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks and marinated 1 or more hours in rice vinegar

Thin rice noodles (or long noodle of your choice), soaked in water/tamari& ginger mixture for 1 hour or more.

3-4 Fresh Basil leaves (for kids you might want to omit)

Soften the wrap by soaking in warm to hot water in a pan that is bigger around than the wrap. When soft, place on a plate. Spread a small amount of ume paste on the wrap and then roll up all the ingredients burrito style. It is easier to eat if you slice in half before serving.


Mint Julip

2 Lemons

4 Limes

mint leaves or a several drops of mint essence

3 C. Water

4T. Maple syrup or 2T Agave

Pinch sea salt

Squeeze the juice from the lemon and limes and use a little zest if you like. You may wish to boil the water, mint and maple syrup and tiny pinch of sea salt. Then add the juice after you turn the heat off and cool the whole mixture to serve as a refreshing summer time drink. Garnish with mint leaves.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Get a Valentine's Date with a Little Help From Mother Nature

If you have been eating out of brightly colored packages you have probably experienced the inevitable highs and lows their contents create. I'm sure you have a reasonably creative mind (yes you do and watch out for those of you who are super creative the effects of those foods can be amplified...) and find yourself internally visualizing accordingly. According to how you have been trained to think. We all have internal pictures, sounds and for some, quite vivid movies. We think about how our day will go.

Today being Valentine's day some of you might be dreaming about where you are going for dinner and the delicacies you wish to consume. Some of you are day dreaming about the bedroom and some are canceling out their happy scenarios with mental pictures of everything that could go wrong or arguments you had with a partner or the love that got away. Feelings we are told are the way we solidify what we think into our physical reality. You are creating your body and world each and every day by how you think, feel and then act.

If you have little control over your depressing feelings looming large from a diet rich in foods from boxes, cartons, bags, bowls or bottles, no wonder you feel things could be better. Face it. We train our public to fail, give 'em lots of TV to watch that confirms they are, and then feed 'em foods that ensure it will happen over and over.

Show yourself the love of eating foods that grow and let yourself be free and happy. You do not need pills and potions as much you need to learn what plant does what. (Oh yeah, that burdock will make you happy in the bedroom...slender, sexy, full of energy - goes a long way....)

And yes - still enjoy a little dark chocolate too...

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Taste of Valentine's Day - Read only if you want to increase your Sexual Vitality - Rememberng Newsletters Past


Valentines Day Salmon Salad

Easy to do and so wonderfully full of flavor and sexual vitality, this salad will melt the heart of who ever you share it with. Pair it with some popovers and sexy caress pudding.


For each serving:

1 small carrot, sliced

1 celery stalk, sliced

1-2 green onion tops only, chopped

3-4 large butter lettuce leaves, rinsed well

3-5 cooked asparagus stalks, chopped

1/2 ripe avocado, sliced

4-5 ounces of wild salmon

For the dressing:

White miso paste

Dijon prepared mustard

Brown rice syrup

Poach the salmon by placing in a fry-pan with a couple of inches of water and bring to a boil. I like to add some lemon slices and parsley to the water while the fish simmers. Cook the fish until it is light pink all the way through and flakes easily. While the salmon is cooking, arrange the vegetables on a plate for each person. To make the dressing simply combine equal amounts of the miso, mustard and syrup and thin with a little water. Add the salmon and dressing to each plate and enjoy!


Popovers

These fun little egg rolls are crispy on the outside and eggy on the inside. Fill the muffin cups less than full as they will pop up and over. They are best served right out of the oven so time your meal accordingly.

2 eggs

1 Cup organic unbleached white flour

1 Cup Eden organic soy milk

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine the ingredients to form a thin batter and pour into oiled muffin cups. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and then turn the heat down to 350°F. Continue to bake for 20 more minutes or until very golden brown and puffed. Keep the oven door closed all the while they cook.


Story Time (names are changed, stories are true)

Alex is a beautiful girl. A model and a dancer, who moved to Los Angeles from Europe. I found her aloof and somewhat distant. She always seemed to be dating some tall, handsome and very well off guy. She looked like she “had it all”, but Alex wasn’t happy. She was defiant enough to show me that she could eat whipped cream squirted into her mouth right out of the can and wasn’t at all afraid it would effect her beautiful body. Even in that single act was a little girl searching for love. She didn’t feel it from her suitors. She couldn’t find it in shoes or clothes or make-up or jewelry. She couldn’t find it in whipped cream, alcohol or fine dining. She was far less aloof when coming to me for a little help. I asked her what it was she liked about being her and then asked what she didn’t like. She felt very much that she was never good enough and she was out to prove that she was. I did a small amount of work with Alex and watched her blossom very quickly. She got married soon after that and I didn’t hear from her again. I hope that she is looking even deeper and loving who she is. That is when she will be free and find even more precious jewels showing up at her door.


Fun Food Facts

The Ancient Romans reported Asparagus to be an Aphrodisiac. The Indian name for Asparagus is Shatavari, meaning she who possesses a hundred husbands. In Ayurveda, this fast growing veggie is good for strengthening female hormones, relieving menstrual pain, increasing lactation and even promoting fertility. No wonder it has the best flavor in the spring. I prefer the male stalks that are thinner than the females but both are sweet and tender when just picked.


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Monday, February 7, 2011

Food Rehab - Where to Begin

Maybe today is the day you are ready to tackle your food and get it in order. What does that mean for you? I've written before about my addictions with sugar and how I cried for that first week straight when I let go of the white stuff. Yours could be cheese or soda or any number of Americanized, chemicalized, seemingly benign creations that you find you can't let go of and know it is hurting your health or widening your size.

Would you be willing to let that item (or items) go? If not, why not? If yes, why now? You've got your reasons. I suggest you tell them to someone else. Having a witness to what you are doing will help you keep your resolve. Embarrassment is one of the single worst feelings so we do a lot to avoid it.

Next, start tossing out the food culprits. No reason to have them staring at you in your own home. You'll have enough chances to see them again while milling around in the world. Begin filling your pantry with supportive staples. Whole grains like millet, quinoa, brown rice, barley, etc. Get a couple of sea veggies to start. Nori and Dulse are two of my favorites. (They don't need cooking so that makes them easy too.) Buy some kudzu and umeboshi for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Grab your favorite beans. Having a few cans of organic (Eden is a great brand.) beans on hand will make things easier or faster when you need them. If you don't know what your favorites are - just get a few different ones to start experimenting with.

Then begin making the produce section your new best friend. Try vegetables you may have never heard of or just go out of your way to buy more than onions and broccoli and carrots. The more vegetables you make friends with, the better. Not all vegetables are equally good for you and a few might not be on your recommended list at all but until you learn from a coach, a book or somewhere the significant differences, just begin by loading up with variety. Get some dark leafy greens like kale or collards, a nice winter squash, something in the onion family along with celery and carrots to use with other things. See if you like braised turnips or roasted rutabagas maybe with lemon and poppy seeds or perhaps basil and mint.

If you think you have no time to cook - start with my fast and easy cookbooks. (http://stores.lulu.com/susanmarque) You will find that you can probably have a meal ready faster than getting to a restaurant and ordering. One thing that helps is to think ahead. Make some grains ahead of time or a large amount of soup so that you have some for the next two days or be able to freeze portions for later.

Food rehab starts with your determination and then it can become a fun game you get to play each day. Certainly like any relationship, there can be the ups and downs. The frustrations and the delicious moments, because that is life. Enjoy it as much as you can!

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Your Food Rehab Can Do Even More Good

I'm sitting here contemplating phones and the beauty of the iphone now that you can get it with Verizon. While on the Internet I see how world food prices are rising. I am reminded of how luxurious our lives are, when for millennia most people were just working hard to have food. If food prices go up that means that in some countries more will die and unrest will rise. Just in typing this there were thousands who died from not getting enough to eat.

When you decide to do your own food rehab and toss out the Cheetos and the Oreos and start purchasing some Quinoa and Millet instead, you are starting to vote for food. If the money was funneled into real foods and not into the making of food stuff there might be more inclination on the part of those companies supplying the food, to give some to places where they have none.

Your participation in giving your dollars to the large corporations says you back what they do. Back the farmers instead. Not only will you feel fantastic, look better than ever, but you will be voting for life in a very big way.

Now stay tuned for Monday's post where we start talking Food Rehab - Steps to Get You Started...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Food Rehab

I just started reading a book for school that talks about the brains reactions with different foods. Interestingly enough, these chemicals are pretty much the same as the book I just read for a scholarship looking at why we have the experiences we have with romantic love. Pleasure centers get fired off and we get addicted to the good feelings and the hits of those chemicals.

Sugar, fat and salt are the food industries weapons to get you addicted. There is probably sugar in your potato chips on top of the simple carbs of the potato with added fat and salt. There is salt in your cookie with sugar and fat. What I was just reading is how increasing the amounts of these three and finding the right combinations can get the majority of people to want to eat more. It can absolutely bypass your normal satiation signals and get you to consume more more more.

So what is the cure for this? Well, not sure what the answer will be in the book, but from my own experience and thousands like myself who have switched diets - getting back to the whole whole whole in whole foods is where it is at. This takes a commitment for sure. There is a learning curve to get your body signals back in order but then after that, you will have power over what you eat instead of it having power over you. Once you get yourself to a place where whole foods dominate and you have gotten off the addictiveness of sugar, fat and salt combos, or even just sugar itself, you are free to have a little and be fine again.

It would seem nature built in certain chemical structures to ensure the species moved forward and kept going. A little dopamine trigger can go a long way when you have to overcome many an obstacle in the forest to get to your mate or your dinner.

A completely whole foods diet can act as a reset button to get your signals straight again. So how willing are you to switch over? Would you trade in your sugary cereal for quinoa with apples and cinnamon? How about that fat, sugar and salt salad dressing? Would you drop it for less fat, sea salt and maybe a little honey? Would you give up the Twizlers for real licorice sticks? Creating your very own food rehab isn't difficult but it takes perseverance to come clean and be more aware.

If you are ready - begin now! If you need help, just ask.