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Friday, March 25, 2011

BioFeedback yourself slimmer

I was reminded yesterday of how much I used to enjoy The Journey to Wild Divine. I saw it many years ago at a trade event and just had to have it. It still holds up as a wonderful experience and teaching tool for meditation, relaxation and having fun. I've read somewhere that 20 minutes of meditation is like getting hours of sleep. Sleep is well documented to be one terrific thing to stay slender. Without adequate rest you'll be more apt to snack or overeat.

A couple of nights ago I was listening to a panel at an event on the future of ebooks. I did not realize how online games like World of Warcraft were billion dollar industries with over 11 million users who play more than 20 hours a week. It would be terrific if there were more games out there like Wild Divine's where users could connect and learn. (If any of you game developers out there are interested, I have ideas....)

Wild Divine uses a biofeedback device to have the player interact and manipulate tools. There are many positive ways you could use this and create online games to teach more than meditation or shooting arrows and be able to interact with others online.

There is another technology out there called heart math where one is also taught the tuning into the heart and controlling ones own internal processes. Exercise is also good for learning to control your muscles and create strength and flexibility. Pilates and yoga are two especially good for tuning in.

Start taking control of your own body and nourish it well and you can start having exactly what you would like to have! I often do guided meditations with clients to help them learn how to do this on their own. Daily practice often yields fantastic results. Find a game that works for you to have more in your life (not less like many games out there...) and start playing!
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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Expect Less - Have More!

This morning I decided to go enjoy breakfast that someone else had made. I walked to the Union Square Whole Foods and took 2 scoops of creamy organic steel cut oats with fresh fruit from the hot bar, and headed upstairs to get a genmai tea. Between perfectly sweet bites, I noticed the other people sitting up on the bar stools near the large windows where I was eating. One robust woman was eating pizza from her brown cardboard container and something that looked like scrambled eggs from another. A man and a woman were breaking off large chunks of baguette to eat with bacon, eggs and yogurt. Someone else had a muffin with cottage cheese. I noticed, as they seemed to work at their eating like a job they wanted to complete in a hurry. Savorings were short, as was time between bites. I would guess this is a pretty typical way to eat in America.


The trick to being slender could simply be to slow down, enjoy less quantity more than you might have ever thought possible. Take small bites and chew them well. Play with the food. Notice it like a two year old who has a wonderful cookie in front of them. They make it last a long long time. For most of these people I observed this morning, they would have found themselves satisfied sooner and could consume far less calories than what they might consider normal.


If your normal is keeping you heavier than what you want to be, change normal. There is no paradox in France. The sauces might be rich but the quantity eaten is small and the enjoyment high. Luxury living is having the time to enjoy what your money can buy you. Did you ever notice that Willie Wonka was slender despite owning the most marvelous chocolate factory? He didn’t need to be a glutton, he knew that he could enjoy small amounts of sweets and remain feeling good. Too much could cause disasters.


Far too many people expect that they are entitled to eat large amounts but wonder how they then can look like a super model. For most people, they won’t be able to do enough exercise to stay slender when taking in enough calories to feed a baby elephant. Far too many people are now starting to resemble those elephants. Starvation is not pretty either but the benefits of eating less to point, are substantial. You get to have more energy, stay looking younger, remain healthier while you look good in shorts.


For more tips on how to cut down on quantity and love what you have to satisfaction, sign up for a session at www.SusanMarque.com . Phone coaching available to all parts of the world.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Grain Flavor - The Long and Short of It

This morning I was out of my beloved flax oil to drizzle into my quinoa with apples and cinnamon. It tasted completely different. Flat. Not my favorite breakfast anymore. It reminded me once again that is the little things that can make simple food go from ho hum to scrumptious. As this is a blog post and not a full on article, I'm not going into depth but, each person must find the right amount of water to grain that makes it good for them.

Generally I like a little more water to give a creamier texture but a dryer grain might have more flavor. Pressure cooked grain certainly does. I am not a fan of steamed grains. They seem pithy and weak flavored to me but if it is all I can get, I'd still take that over not having this incredible staple to eat.

What might have made my breakfast this morning better is a little bit of condiment. Maybe some toasted seeds or one of the many crushed combinations like gomasio. (toasted sesame seeds and sea salt crushed together.) I love sunflower seeds crushed with dulse for example. The slight amount of oil and salt from the condiment would have boosted the sweet flavor of the apples.

Another thing I happen to like is to just slightly overcook my whole grains to get them a little brown on the bottom. Sometimes it comes out crispy but most of the time more chewy and flavorful on those bottom bits. I often am just cooking one portion at a time so I get to make that part just for me. I've heard of families who fight over the bottom rice.

Boiled longer grain rices like Jasmine or Basmati brown rice have a lot of flavor to them. Without flax oil, earth balance or condiments I might make a fun sauce to pour over the grain or mix it in with a scramble of some sort. That would have made a very hearty breakfast to boot.

Additionally to add more flavor to the grain is pile more things in from the start. Grain pilafs are popular and even just some garlic and parsley can be a whole new dish from the plain grain. Squeeze lemon or lime on top for anther twist. One time I cooked millet in orange juice with carrots and onions and it was a big hit.

Play and keep playing. You'll find the ways you like your grains best. You can't beat their benefits and there are so many ways to make them great.

Friday, March 18, 2011

My friend Gary who owns http://www.simply-natural.biz/told me yesterday how he has quickly sold out of many Japanese products since the tragedy in Japan happened. There are stories of a little hospital near Hiroshima where the people in the hospital did not have any radiation poisoning because they only had simple things to eat. Miso soup, brown rice and sea weeds protected them from the radiation.

Apparently people here were either worried that they might be faced with radiation or worried that there would be no more imports from Japan. Sea weeds grow in all of our oceans and kudzu is abundant in the south of the U.S. It might be productive to start harvesting what we have right here and support Japan as she has supported us all of these years. Or more.

The Kudzu cure-all

Well it won't exactly cure everything - but this Japanese remedy can take down that sluggishness or hangover you might be feeling today from too much green beer. Pep yourself back up by drinking this simple brew.


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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The O2 cure for all

I just saw an add for a product that is supposed to increase cellular O2 levels. They make some hefty health claims for the product that are absolutely true. You can clear most any pathogen in your body with increased oxygen.

What are some fast, simple and less costly ways to do that??
1. Eat well
2. Get some exercise where you breath deeper/learn to breath more.

These two things will not just make you healthier but you'll be trim, sexy, more alive and better looking than ever. Forget the botox or prozac, zoloft, etc.

Eating well means different things to different people. When I say eating well I mean very very clean, simple, whole foods and no dairy or cane sugar. Both of those just create gunk, cloggging and less O2 in your system.

Another thing to watch out for is taking too many supplements. It's interesting that we want to take pills instead of eat the foods that have the nutrients in them. You will never have the same quality of life from pills and potions. Supplements are just that, supplemental and useful but too many will often create negative effects and zap what you are attempting to do for yourself.

Of course life is not meant to be stark and drab and so your regime ought to include the indulgences you enjoy within reason. Does that mean you must run out and get this O2 product to compensate. Probably not.... Be smart with what you choose to consume, get some exercise and breathe!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Get your Cabbage on....

I happened to meet a lovely women and her daughter in the produce section of Fairway market the other day. She picked up a cabbage and was wondering what to do with it. I stepped in and gave her my card. There are so many things to do with cabbage from slaw to soup to filling the steamed leaves with fun fillings. Here's a dish that you can use for St. Patrick's Day that will go well with a good pint.

Strong Flavored Braised Cabbage

The juice of one very large green apple

(if you don't have a juicer just use 1 Cup apple juice)

1 T. olive oil

1 small onion

1/2 small to medium red cabbage

1/2-1 tsp. caraway (seeds whole or ground)

1 large T. Dijon mustard

1 T. (or your taste) Ume vinegar

salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the onion and cabbage very thin.

Warm the oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onions.

Saute until the onions are soft.

Add the caraway and saute for a couple more minutes before

Adding the cabbage, and apple juice.

Cover and bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer.

Allow the cabbage to get soft.

Remove the lid and let any remaining liquid to boil down.

Add the mustard, Ume vinegar, salt and pepper.

This dish is good both hot and cold. It's strong flavor holds up with hearty meals like a bean soup, or potato pancakes or fish/meat.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Adventures of Your Life

I would rather collect adventures than things. Some things can make the adventures that much more fun.

How often do you view your life as an adventure? What might make it more fun and exciting? I watch a woman I know who does live her life this way and I find it inspiring. She sets specific goals and goes after them. She even molds herself to be who she needs to be to have what she wants.

Some things are easy like buying the right car for the moment. Other things take more time, like finding the right guy to be the father of the brood of kids she plans to have. It looks like a step by step process of her setting her mind to something and then going after it. She continually is taking actions. She is continually adjusting her course and trying things. She is continually focused and sure of herself that her dreams will come true. And they do.

This woman is not alone. I see it all of the time. The key is to be specific and keep playing in the direction of what you want. Many people use this same recipe to get what they don't want. They are sure of what will go wrong if they try, and they get that.

Are you thinking more about what you don't want or what you do want? Are you taking actions that serve what you want? So many people want to shed some weight and then continue to overeat or choose foods that are sure to add pounds. What if you deliberately started to have adventures with food? What if you experimented with vegetables you have rarely used? What if you made a game of seeing how long you could chew each mouthful of food instead of rushing to get the meal over and move onto other things? What if one small square of dessert could be satisfying for you instead of needed two or three? What adventures would you like to experience. Each moment has the opportunity in it. Begin to create what you really want in your life today. (It's most likely more than a bite of anything.)

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Monday, March 7, 2011

For More Recipes

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Extraordinary Burgers for all

I love burgers and patties. Here is a recipe that pleases most everyone, even those who normally would rather not eat vegan. The loaf is simple and you can form individual burgers instead and fry them, bake them or grill them.

Not your ordinary Lentil Loaf

What makes this loaf a bit different is its suitability for all conditions, along with its great taste. Wheat free, meat free, no egg and you can alter the seasoning to your own taste. Use it as a loaf or make burgers out of it. Leftover loaf can be used in sandwiches or as a pate.

2 Cups brown lentils

4+ Cups good water

3 bay leaves

2” strip Kombu (a sea vegetable that brings out the flavor and makes the beans more digestible. Leave it out if you cannot easily get it.)

2+ Tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 large celery, diced

3 large cloves garlic

1 tsp. each – rosemary, thyme, and sage

1tsp. lemon zest

Juice of 1 lemon

Tamari (organic and wheat free) to taste

1 tsp. prepared mustard

1/3 Cup chopped parsley

1 Cup brown rice bread crumbs (the brand I found was Hol-Grain at Wild Oats market)

Wash and sort the lentils. Bring to a boil in the 4 C. water and skim off any foam. Add the bay leaves and Kombu. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 45min. The lentils will be soft and all of the water will be absorbed. Depending on your pot you may need to add a bit of water during cooking to ensure their being done without burning. Turn off the heat when they are finished, leaving the lid on the pot. Begin heating you oven to 375°. Sauté the onion and celery in 1 T. of the olive oil. Add a pinch of sea salt. After a minute or two, add the garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, thyme and sage. Sauté for several more minutes then turn off the heat. In a large mixing bowl, pour in the lentils and take out the bay leaves and Kombu. Then combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Place into an oiled loaf pan and bake for 35minutes.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Balance Works!

What works? Balance works if you maintain it. You know when your life is feeling more in balance. You are generally happier, more relaxed, things feel more on track. You might have each area of your life running fairly well such as your relationships, your work, your home environment, time for yourself, your creative pursuits, exercise, etc.

Many people neglect one or more areas and just focus on what seems the most crucial. If you have had poor health often you will focus on health, if you have been lonely or your spouse is about to leave you from neglect, you might try to take the time to mend the fences or seek out company. It's natural.

It is also natural to see balance inside of your body. When you get too far off, you get sick. Keep being off for years and you'll finally get a serious illness. What works so much better than just putting out fires as they crop up or waiting until your so far gone you have to take action, is to start creating more balance right now!

Start incorporating foods that are more centered as good place to begin. Whole grains, vegetables, beans with some fruits and fish are generally thought of as more centered. If you have been eating a lot of meat for many years you may find relief if you give it up entirely for a little while simply like a cleanse that allows the body to use its stored up energies from that kind of fuel. If you let go of sugars for several weeks you will most likely see the difference as your body gets a chance to recover from constant over work.

Just like when you have been working far too hard for too long, you need a nice long rest. So does your body. Be gentle and stay away from all one way or all another way types of cleanses and diets and just begin living a more balanced lifestyle from now. Today. Begin!

For specific information on how you can do this today - book a session at www.SusanMarque.com