Monday, April 30, 2012

Diets or Fasts - Raw, Vegan, Macrobiotic, locovoire, carnavoire, how do you choose?

Is there a right way to eat?  The perfect diet for optimal health?  Will the raw diet heal you, or another diet injure you?  What about fasts.  Should you fast?  how often? Is it a great way to kick start some weight loss or a recipe for later weight gain?  These are just some of the questions I frequently get asked.

Of course I don't feel that one diet fits all. Usually when someone makes a big change from a standard American diet to something like macrobiotics, vegan or raw, they experience such profound shifts and energy that they think it's this way or no way and everyone should be doing this thing.  I was one of those people.  I wanted everyone to experience the benefits I was getting from each change in preparing and eating simple foods.

I have done numerous cleanses and different fasts work for different things.  The best all around cleaner is one like Dr. Shulz's herbal formulas.  What I like about them is the power of his organic herbs to go in deep, pushing out a lot of old gunk and grim.  Fasts and cleanses are not a substitute for good clean eating day in and day out.

Your body type and past eating habits will determine what might be the optimal route for you to take.  Someone who has eaten a lot of meat in the past could feel better to eliminate it for a bit or cut way down, where as someone with an ectomorphic body type feel lousy with something with too much oil and raw components and feel better with some animal food.

For most people there is a deeper enjoyment from understanding what different foods do for them.  When you know the difference you'll get from kale or collards, rutebega's or turnips, winter squash or crookneck, you'll be able to refine your choices to eliminate the need for deodorants, mouth wash, pills or lotions.  You still might enjoy products, you just won't need as much of them.  You'll save money, have better health and look fantastic for the rest of your life.  I never had to worry about weight again.  My health soared and I have more time for other things.  Investing in what works.  I figured out the hard part so you don't have to.  Instead of sticking to a diet you found or a book you read, go find someone who can guide you to what works best for you.  There are a lot of options and for most a blend is the right choice.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Read Write Life for Weight Loss Insight

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My new blog focusing on the write side of life.  Today's insight just might be the key you need to finally shed those extra pounds forever.

If you need a little help, let me know and schedule a session so you can have freedom this summer and ever after.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Before the Fall - Laugh

I was falling down that rabbit hole this morning.  You know the one that makes you want to eat more as a distraction, self medicate and push away the feelings you don't want to feel.  Where your brain is sure that you're a loser, and not ever going to get past that, but if you eat something you'll be momentarily over taken by sensorial pleasure and forget the nagging feeling of dread or disgust or fear.

Comfort and safety is where most people cling.  We cling to the habits that feel good.  For me it used to be cereal with milk or a pastry for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and dinner was mostly a meat, veggie, bread, typical of how I grew up.  Then that all changed.  I had to open up to other possibilities.  The new way made my body feel better but didn't do a huge amount for my desire to have what was familiar.  Luckily feeling good and looking good had more power and I found that I loved a bowl of warm whole grain for breakfast even more than a gooey cinnamon role because I liked feeling strong, clear, full of energy and well.

Just because I changed what was on the plate and stuck to that, doesn't mean there weren't moments of lapse or overeating with the new foods.  It took time to be okay with it in my mind.  Now I'm transitioning and doubting myself and I just watch, hang back and notice that old me rearing her tangled hair trying to pull me back to what doesn't work.  I just have the ability to laugh and shift my mood before the fall.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Time to Shape Up For Summer - Grab a Session at the 2011 rates

Mother's Day ads are popping up like popcorn.  It must be big business for some.  What mother doesn't rejoice when her offspring look gorgeous?  Or when she herself shines and feels her best?  We're all about defying our age, especially after the kids have started growing.

Learning how to eat to create a vibrant, energized and completely well body is worth putting the time and money into, because of the years of joy you get from eating a few new foods.

Do you know the seven best vegetable to eat to dissolve fat?  Yes they really work.  What about the right foods to include for great skin?  Do you know which foods will curb your cravings and stop the sugar addiction wheel forever?  There is one food even touted for killing the desire for alcohol. 

Learn more now and save!  Get the 2011 rates and sign up for a session to have your summer body before you hit the beach.

Give a gift to a mom or yourself.  You are worth it.  A gift you'll cherish for the rest of your life.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love Thy Turnip - Great Snack Idea

Raw turnips were never a turn on for me until I discovered them basking in a bowl with ume vinegar on them.  Ume or umeboshi are Japanese pickled plums that are extremely medicinal.  They can cure a hangover, block a cold, relieve tummy troubles and give you a better boost than coffee.  The brine leftover from making them is bottled and sold as "vinegar" but is not vinegar at all.  It's alkalizing and salty and makes a wonderful seasoning.  It also can quickly change a vegetable that has a bite to something smooth and fun to eat.

For taming your turnips, just peel, slice thin and layer with sprinkles of ume vinegar.  Then leave them alone for an hour or more.  You might want to rinse before you enjoy.

Raw turnip clears heat, aids digestion, cools and strengthens the blood, and is especially high in cancer fighting compounds.  Kinda great for a fun crunchy addition to a salad or sandwich or eaten right out of the bowl.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Healthy Weight Loss Can Be As Easy As Finding Your Grain

With the grain is the way you are supposed to go.  An old saying referring I think more to trees and cutting wood than the grain you eat.  Still, it's a good metaphor for where are you flowing.  When we try to be something that isn't us, it usually ends up showing on our bodies.

Did you read my new blog yet?  Today's bit is about flowing with what your good at.  Finding a good fit.  So many people are trying to stay in jobs they stumbled into, relationships that were never quite right, something they are just doing for the money or until the kids are gone.  Then they wonder why it's so difficult to lose weight or stay healthy.  Others are doing what they love but have gotten into such a crazy schedule that it isn't fun and barely doable.  Some of those types like the challenge but would be better off trying a new sport like rock climbing or tennis, than seeing how much they can cram into each 24 hours period.

It's not about dropping out and finding your dream all at once.  I read some posts on where women are using coaching jargon to "risk" and drop their boring day job for their dream of being a life coach.  Just because you are good at giving advice does not make everyone a good candidate for coaching.  In fact the best coaches I've seen, didn't go to coach schools.  They were knocked around by life enough that they learned some things that enabled them to see differently.  I suspect a good number of these women who are trying to make radical changes will find out that while it sounded like a good idea, something else was really their calling.  It could be realizing that they are a superb secretary, a fabulous customer service rep or a stunning sales person.   It might be taking cooking skills and becoming a private chef or a part time teacher. 

Listen to your body.  If you are stuck in a rut with weight, or health.  Certainly look at your diet and if there are any spots that need improving.  Too acidic, not enough vegetables, need to cut out dairy, etc. than make some changes.  If you are still over eating or too tired or anything else you don't like - look to see if you might be going against your own grain in any way.  If it's hard to discern these things for yourself - grab a session or a good adviser and let them see what you might not be able to yet.  It makes moving forward that much easier.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Flourless Pancakes - gluten free, macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian

While we're on the yellow split pea topic, I thought I'd share these easy to do pancakes I've been enjoying the last few days.  One cup of beans is a lot of meals for me.  I should have halved the recipe but originally I wasn't sure what I was doing with my little yellow dried peas.  I soaked a cup of them envisioning bean burgers.  After two days of soaking (yes I did put them in the fridge after the first eight hours.) and I still hadn't cooked them, I thought they would probably turn to mush once I did.  Not a bad thing, I just decided to blend the beans instead and make batter.  I've been putting them into a lovely salad but you could make a sandwich or wrap, layer them with a spread or pour a sauce over 'em.  Great Sunday brunch dish and the leftovers are pretty good too.

Yellow Bean Pancakes

These cute little cakes lend themselves to any meal and go great with sauces.  I like them plain but feel free to add herbs and spices that you like.

1 Cup yellow split peas, soaked overnight
1 large or 2 small shallots
pinch of sea salt
1/4 – 1/2 Cup good water

Drain the peas and place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor.   You will have a thick creamy batter.  Allow to sit on the counter for 30 minutes or more.   Fry up as you would other pancakes.

Add any herbs or spices you might enjoy.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fun Fondue for Two

Yellow Split Pea Fondue/Dip

It looks like cheese so why not?  It tastes so great that no one will mind they're eating healthy.  Dip steamed but still crispy veggies, raw veggies, crackers (like rice crisps), you name it.  This is enough for two.  Double or Triple the recipe as needed.

1 C. Yellow Split peas, rinsed
1/2" Kombu sea vegetable
2-3 C. water
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 bulb green garlic (or two small cloves), chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large pinch ground cumin
2 pinches dried basil
Sea salt
Ume vinegar

Place the split peas, water and Kombu in a pot.  Bring to a boil and skim off any foam.  Place a lid on the pot and turn down the heat to low.  Simmer for 45 minutes.  Add a pinch of sea salt towards end of cooking when beans are soft.

Meanwhile sauté the onion, garlic, cumin and basil in the olive oil.  When the beans are cooked transfer to blender or food processor.  (Cool somewhat if necessary before transfer) Add the sautéed onion, garlic and herbs and add Ume vinegar to taste.  Blend.  The mixture will be the consistency of thick melted cheese.  Serve in fondue pot to keep warm or dipping bowl.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Local Honey - Sweet Allergy Relief

I never had allergies until I moved to New York City two years ago, just before the trees began to bloom.  Spring is so beautiful, I wanted to get out and enjoy it, only I thought I was coming down with cold.  "You have allergies, just take some non drowsy Claritin," my friend told me.  I didn't like the idea but when you start suffering enough.... I tried it.  One pill and I took it back to the store.  I hate how I feel on drugs.  Homeopathics were only mildly working.  Then someone told me to get honey.

Local raw honey from your area works something like a homeopathic and seems to work better for me.  I mix the honey with cinnamon and eat it straight from a spoon.  In a few minutes I can breath freely and my throat isn't scratchy.  In Manhattan there is a little co-op on 4th street that has a lovely sweet organic one from a local bee farmer.  Honey is naturally antibacterial and an antibiotic.  Some varieties are much more medicinal than others.  Cinnamon is antiinflammatory, a mild pain reliever and both can help clear up congestion.  I wouldn't recommend cinnamon for pregnant women however.  Just enjoy the local honey for some sweet relief!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why I Love Bar Keepers Friend

Burned pots do happen.  Yep, I get absent minded and haven't set  a timer or arrogantly think I don't need one.  Often I don't and then I'll get absorbed on the Internet or writing something and I start smelling the odor of burning food.  Usually I can save the meal but worry if the pot will survive.  With Bar Keepers Friend it does every time.  Like new!

It's one of those items I can always count on Bed Bath and Beyond to carry.  I like the powder better than the liquid.  It works great to clean everything in my kitchen and bathroom and doesn't send up fumes.  Other cleaners make me gag and feel terrible.  I do wear gloves though.  Gotta protect my sensitive skin, but most people have no reactions.  It clears the grease, grime, even rust away.  Definitely a good cleaning buddy for someone who doesn't really like to clean.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Your Go To Plan

A asked me for some "Go-To" meals.  Easy things that she could always fall back on when pressed for time or inspiration.  They made her feel safe, and better than bringing out the PB&J or ramen noodles.  We all have our go-to foods.  Some rely on Captain Crunch or bars but those won't leave you feeling all that great in the long run.  Sometimes a fast stir fry type meal or tofu scramble can fit in perfectly. 

Knowing how to work with simple foods can make all the difference.  If you haven't soaked your grain, don't worry.  Quinoa will cook up in 20 minutes, and toasted millet in about 15.  (Just dry roast in your pot until fragrant then add water and cook as usual.) Canned organic beans are great to have on hand for a super fast soup, stew or to toss in a salad.

Tonight I made a lovely dinner with what I had on hand:
leek, carrot, ramps, celery and burdock. 

Chop the vegetables and place in a heated pan with a small amount of oil.  Fry for a couple of minutes.  Add any herbs you might have such as basil or tarragon.  Add a large spoonful of flour and then add about a half cup of water mixed with some white miso paste.  Stir over medium heat and add any protein you like.  (I had tofu.) If you need to add more water just increase by a quarter cup at a time. Stir over the heat to get a creamy sauce.  Let it cook until the vegetables and protein are done to your taste.

Eat as is or pour over cooked grain, noodles, toast or waffles.

Once you have done a meal like this you will be even quicker the next time and can create variations.  Now it's in your repetoire as something you can go to when ever the mood suits you.  Try one new recipe a week and you'll have 52 new go-to items in a year.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

When Healthy Eating Feels Like a Chore

Opening a box and pouring into a bowl or directly in your mouth is admittedly faster than cooking something to eat.  It's just not going to feel as good the next day or the day after.  When you are tired, cranky and having blind cravings.

Finding a restaurant that serves clean food might take a little longer or take you a little out of your way.

I realize that sometimes choosing to eat what makes you feel your best can be a pain in the rear.  It just is worth the extra effort.  It's worth making more food than you will need so the next day you do have things you don't need to cook.  It's worth making even more than that, and freezing it for the future. 

Food is the basis of your energy, moods, the quality of your skin and what is bathing your cells.  If you are basing your choices purely on taste, there are some scientists out there grinning - or crying.  Packaged food is scientifically developed to not just taste good, but get you to eat more of it.  When you avoid processed foods, including the sugar laced tomato sauce, salad dressing, ketchup or even soy milk - you avoid the moods, weight gain, cloudy thinking and joint pains. 

It's springtime and a great time to get reacquainted with fruits as your favorite sweets, vegetables as a main part of your diet and many whole grains that can be deeply satisfying.  Grab some amaranth for breakfast cereal, some quinoa for a salad and some jobs tears barley to get your skin glowing.

Having the experience of consistently eating a whole foods diet where you are feeling fantastic can be enough to realize, a little extra effort can go a long way.  If not, grab a coaching session and let go of your own blocks to a larger life.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get Your Vote in - DWTS

My mom gave me the update for DWTS last night - please go and vote for Melissa.  MG, my mom's trying, said the phone lines are busy... I don't have a TV so I watch online and honestly am a little behind.  I have to say, what a great group, but since I know and love our raven haired beauty - she's the one I'm rooting for.  Hey look you can get vote info right from her site - I'll have to tell my mom.

Here's a Dip you can whip up and enjoy why you wait for the results....

Quick Spinach Dip

2 10oz packages of frozen chopped Spinach
1 Cup Wild Wood Plain Soy Yogurt
4 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 15 oz can organic baby lima beans
2-3 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a blender or food processor add the garlic, beans and chives and blend until smooth.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rock Your Inner Rebel

Most of us have a rebellious streak.   We're not going to go all Charlie Sheen.  No, most folks keep their rebel under wraps.  Even the tattoos or piercings are strategically placed so only the most intimate friends know they have one. (or more.) Instead the rebel might just be whispering in your ear to eat another cookie, break open the ice cream or have another drink.  There could be thoughts like "You deserve it.  You work hard.  What's the big deal?"  or excuses like, "I'm starting that diet tomorrow anyway.  I'm going to start working out so I need the energy."

If you have read Wayne Dyer or listened to Joe Vitale,  maybe taken a course in NLP or a training with Caroline Myss, you know what you really believe is what is coming out as the tangible results you are experiencing.  There is a payoff for your actions.  Any coach or therapist would agree.  Unfortunately the payoff is usually so that you can feed your rebel and then feel guilty because you don't think that is who you really ought to be.

Allow yourself to feel great.  Embrace that rebel and give him/her positive outlets so you will stop after the first drink or the first scoop.  So that there won't be a feeling of being pushed and pulled and never landing where you want to be.  So you can start living the life that makes you happy and not hiding under wraps, "fat pants" or Spanx! (They even have girdles for men who want to hide their you really think you are so bad as to be punished all day wearing this stuff?)

Belief change work is difficult to do alone.  Grab a coach, therapist or even a friend who wants to work on this with you, along with some good reading and start designing anew.  Giving your rebel some breathing room, will also give you more energy.  You can find a fun way to Rock It!!