Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cauliflower Croquettes - macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free recipe

Cauliflower Croquettes

Simple to do and a fun addition to many a meal.  These work nicely as an appetizer by serving on a lettuce leaf or two and drizzling a sauce like the roasted red pepper sauce over the top. 

1/2 head of a large cauliflower, steamed
1 clove of garlic, pressed
2 large green onions, chopped
2-3 T. Tahini
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
sea salt and pepper to taste
1/3 – 1/2 Cup breadcrumbs
2-3 teaspoons arrowroot powder or 1 egg

Mash the steamed cauliflower in a mixing bowl and stir in the other ingredients.  Form into patties and fry in a small amount of rice bran or other oil.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raw Honey - Magical Immune boosting

Not too long ago I was telling my friend that I had to finally come to terms with the fact that my immune system was never going to function "normally" again despite my best efforts to clear all of my illness. 

Certainly yeast, bacteria, virus, etc. will zap our energy and deplete the immune system.  Cane sugar, just a tiny little teaspoon, can paralyze our immunity for up to six hours.  I'd cleared the culprits from my body, but I still felt maddenly delicate.  Then I started taking raw local honey for my allergies last spring.

The honey I've been getting at a local co-op is thick, creamy, and delicious.  I mix it with a bit of cinnamon both morning and night.  At first it worked briliently to clear my allergy symptoms, but then I just enjoyed my little daily treats.  When I got back to NYC after a lovely 2 month summer break, I noticed how much stronger my immunity had become.  It had to be something more than a good rest. 

I had a chat with an MD who confirmed when I said, "It seems like the raw honey is helping my immune system."  "Oh it will do that.  It can make it stronger," she told me.  Bethany Muhl, my wonderful acupunturist also confirmed the power of raw honey.  "It's medicine," she said as I discussed the seeming benefits.

Hopefully the Co-op won't run out of my sweet supply and I can continue this experiment into the winter.  Not that other raw honey wouldn't be equally beneficial.  I just happen to like this taste and texture.  Find the one you like and let me know about it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Are You A Good Gatherer? Start Living More Now!

Are you a good gatherer?  Do you get excited about an idea and make sure you have all the right stuff?  Maybe it's a hobby where you go and buy all the equipment you need and then some.   Do you wait to start cooking before your kitchen is completely filled with every gadget, dish, spoon or high speed blender?  Maybe you start a class and buy all the books but then stop doing the assignments half way through? 

Woman, and men too, are great gatherers.  Women especially seem to know exactly where things are in their home.  They've put away the extra soaps, towels, clothes they hope to fit into, or special foods they want to save.  A man might have the extra golf clubs, tools, or special car items stored for the day them might pull them out.  I knew a man with an entire car buffing kit but he took his car to a car wash every week and had them wax it sometimes.  He never used his special "make it shine" stuff at all.  He just had it.

Gathering is an action.  It's a fun action.  It's getting set up for the first day of school.  It's a promise of a better future, of reaching a goal or having life be sweeter in some way.  Just keep taking the action.  Don't buy the pencils, notebooks and texts without going to class and doing the work.  The real sweetness is in expanding who you are and becoming more of who you want to be.

If you want to be thinner, take new actions towards that.  If you know you need to move more, get moving.  You don't need the perfect jogging outfit to get out and put one foot in front of the other.  You don't need the right swim suit if you don't even have access to a pool.  Do things you can do, NOW.  Plan them into your schedule and stop making excuses.  Our brains are soooo good at finding ways, plausible ways, to get out of the thing we think is going to be uncomfortable. 

The uncomfortable place, (when it's in a good direction mind you...) is exactly where you need to be, to grow.  To create new habits.  To have the life you are dreaming about.  Then the uncomfortable becomes comfortable and you start seeing what a fun game this really is.  And, yeah, you'll still get the pleasure of gathering but you'll stop holding yourself back from your dreams and be in them!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fun Food Fact - Reading This Could Improve Your Memory

A few of you might remember before blogs.  I used to have a newsletter with different sections.  One of my favorite things to write each month was a Fun Food Fact like this one:

Fresh turmeric looks a lot like ginger.  You might want to use gloves when peeling it or be very careful when tossing it into your food in its powdered form, because it’s bright yellow color makes for a wonderful dye.  It’s worth the stains though for how incredible this little powerhouse is.  In a recent study even eating turmeric occasionally showed significant improvement of cognitive function in elderly participants, showing it to be a preventative for forgetfulness.  It also strengthens the immune system, helps to dissolve tumors and cysts of the uterus and gall bladder, it’s antibacterial, helps regulate blood sugar as well as digestion. You can even reduce canker sores and cold sores using it topically.  And a little goes a long way.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Stovetop Chickpea and Cauliflower Bake - Gluten free, macriobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, recipe

Okay Caroline and friends - since the overwhelming positive feedback from your other cooking experiments has me wondering what to toss your way next - thought I'd give you something else to splash that mirin into... ;-)


Stovetop Chickpea and Cauliflower Bake

This dish is similar to a baked casserole, only it leaves you feeling light and full at the same time. You determine how rich you want it to be.  These amounts can be adjusted for your personal taste as well.

1/2 red onion, chopped
1-2 carrots, chopped or julienne
1-2 burdock, chopped or julienne
1/2 large Cauliflower, broken into florets
1 Cup cooked chickpeas
1/2 lemon
1 1/2 tsp. Tamari (soy sauce)
2 tsp. Mirin (rice cooking wine)
Pinch of sea salt
Good water to cook with

Place the onion, carrots, burdock and Cauliflower in a pot.  Add about 1/2 “ of water and bring to a boil.  Add a pinch of sea salt and place the lid on the pot.  Turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Add the tamari, mirin and chickpeas and simmer for 10 more minutes. Take the lid off the pot and simmer all the water away.  Then add lemon juice to taste.

Variations:  For a richer dish either start by sautéing the onion in a small amount of oil or add a bit of oil at the end.  For even more richness, melt your favorite soy, rice, sheep’s milk or other cheese in towards the end of cooking.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What Habits Have You Hooked? - Choose Freedom

I have an addictive personality.  Like many people, my brain is wired for pleasure.  It keeps the species going and our brains are set up to seek out those rewards.  I happened by accident on some interviews with Dr. Nora Volkow.  A specialist in how the brain is functioning with addiction.

I find it a bit disturbing that as addicts smoke their substances, or drink them, etc., the amount of dopamine receptors actually decreases.  That's why the person needs more and more, first to get the high they are looking for, and then just to maintain what used to be normal.

Not only are food companies aware of how to hook you with the right combinations of sugar, fat, salt and chemical additives, they are guaranteeing their profits by your inability to stop eating their products or at the very least, keep buying them.  Even looking at an image of your preferred substance,  (food, dope, sex, shopping, etc...) can trigger your brain and give you the impulse to seek out what brings you pleasure.

I'm sure I've gotten hooked to a few men in my life from this process.  It is difficult to extricate ones self from a strong trigger.  Especially one that brings you such good feelings, or at least did at one time.  Stop the madness of addictions by replacing the old negative addiction to coffee, cigarettes, doughnuts, etc. with something else and also pleasurable.

First get clear why you want to stop.  Maybe your habit is interferring with your ability to get close to someone, or keeps your weight where you are unhappy or maybe you secretly feel badly about yourself for the loss of self control?  Your reasons need to be clear or you are more likely to toss in the towel and carry on with what feels pretty normal to you by now.

Second, seek out other pleasurable things that are healthier.  You can learn to love the dopamine rush of exercise, healthier foods, closer relationships and even doing higher quality work.  In fact an addictive personality is a gift in many ways.  You can train yourself to be addicted to all sorts of good things and create a life that is far beyond your dreams.  It takes willingness though.  And is far more fun with some support.  Find a group, a coach, a sweetheart, who will be there when you need a helping hand to stay on track.  Then get hooked on healthier habits and see if you can bring back your faded receptors to experience life with far more natural highs...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Keeping Things In Perspective - But Don't Live Under Water All The Time

I have a very militant vegan friend who posts things on Facebook such as "Like Sugar?  So does cancer, inflammation, diabetes, yeast, arthritis, insomnia, and most other diseases." 

While she is right, and even the smallest amount of cane sugar in all of its various forms (molasses, cane juice, sucanant, etc. organic or not.) cause my immunity great distress, and usually a horrible reaction.  I get boils, run down, irritable or emotional or full on get "a bug."  Other people do not notice a thing.  We're all different.  We all have different levels of tolerance to pollution, or cigarette smoke, or alcohol,  (which is a distillation of sugar - just saying...)  for example. 

The thing I encourage people to do though is experiment.  If you are used to eating a certain amount of cheese, or sugar, or bread, coffee, what ever the item(s) is/are that you indulge in regularly, play with cutting them out to see how you feel. 

If you live under water and all you know is what it is like to walk around under water then that would seem quite normal to you.  You couldn't jog very fast and currents would pull you around.  Then if one day you walked up to dry land and found that sort of freedom of movement, you might be elated.  All of sudden you could jump higher, run faster and feel the freedom of living in air instead of water.

Most people live under water.  They are used to feeling sluggish, tired, irritable or slightly depressed where they don't move freely.  When you take out the culprits such as those I listed above and increase (organic if you can) whole grains, herbal teas, vegetables, and other basics, it's like living in a whole new world.  A place where you have more freedom and feel more vibrant and alive and well.

It takes commitment though.  I have seen far to many people who love the benefits of even cutting out one item like cane sugar.  They get off their antidepressants, they look younger, have more energy, feel great and then decide they would rather eat Krispy Kreme than look and feel that good.  So they go back on their meds and drink coffee to cover how tired they feel.  It's sad for me.  I highly recommend getting support until your new habits stick and don't say you'll never have a Krispy Kreme or some sugar but do get cleaned up and then keep committed to feeling great rather then always allowing instant pleasure...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Vanessa Paradis' wise words

I just read a little tidbit by accident where Vanessa Paradis made a comment on relationships.  She said she gets angry (I'm paraphrasing...) when people say you have to work at relationships.  She doesn't think it is work.  You have to want to be there, she said.  I think that is exactly right.

You have to want to love that person and be with them.  Not some version of them you hope they will be.  If they want to be there with you, they will naturally learn what makes you happy, because they want to see you happy.  They'll take actions that foster that.

It's the same with your relationship with food.  You have to want to have a healthy relationship with your body and what you put in it.  Too many people say they care because they eat a salad, but then proceed to ignore all of the coffee, sugar, fat, poor quality ingredients, etc.  Have you ever been addicted to trying to get bits of pleasure from a partner that doesn't really want to be with you?  It's painful.  Are you indulging in coffee drinks or sweets or too much quantity because you are trying to ignore the pain and enjoy the immediate pleasures, hoping for a different outcome from the one you have had???

Break up with your bad habits.  Let go of foods that are unsupportive.  Stop convincing yourself that what you eat is okay when you know it isn't and get healthier, happier and more alive, right now!!!  Remember, small changes, consistently done, can equal big results.

BTW - This will be the last reminder.  You only have to 2 more days to sign up for sessions under the old rates.  All sessions will be $500 starting August 16th unless you get in now and are "grandfathered" into the far lower rates.  Go now to and sign up!  Get the support you need to launch into what you want.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Simple Salmon Paella - Gluten Free, Macrobiotic and can be Vegan Recipe

This one's for Caroline.  I'm staying with a friend of mine right now.  She's quite the foodie and becoming an apprentice pastry chef as I type this.  Anytime I show her how to make a recipe, she does it far better than I do.  I love her creativity with just enough perfectionism and love to make things top notch.  I know she'll enjoy this satisfying dish and be able to turn out some spectacular similar creations, and you will too.  I've paired it nicely with Amaranth bread and a salad (do a search on this blog for recipes).  Goes well with just about any dessert too.

Salmon Paella

This dish is not a fast recipe.  It takes a little effort but the rich, satisfying result is well worth it.  I’m told it even freezes and re-heats well so make the full amount.

12 Cups veggie broth
2 Cups short grain brown rice – washed and soaked for 2 hours (it’s worked even when I forget the soaking part…)
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small carrot, diced
2-6 garlic, minced
1 yellow summer squash, diced
1/4 C. burdock, diced small (optional)
1/2 lb. Salmon (skin removed, cut into chunks)
1 tsp. Saffron
salt and pepper to taste
2 lemons cut into quarters
1 bunch parsley, minced

Saute garlic and onions in olive oil for 10 minutes.  Add the rice and saffron while stirring constantly.  Cook for 10 minutes more than add veggie stock slowly while stirring.  Keep adding stock slowly as the rice absorbs it for about 30 more minutes on low heat.  Add the carrot, celery and burdock.  Continue to stir and add more stock for about 20 more minutes.  Add the summer squash and keep adding stock and stirring.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add the Salmon and cook for 10 more minutes.  Serve garnishing the plates with lemon wedges and parsley.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Creat Good Systems - Mood elevation, energy and weight loss can be more simple than you thought

My friends can laugh with this post 'cuz a few of them know I have a "pet peeve" about dish racks.  I hate them.  They take up very good counter space and are a fungal breeding waste of energy.  It doesn't take much time in my opinion, to just dry the dishes and put them away.  Being in the dish rack and piling things up seems a terrible system.  Dishes get chipped more easily as people then pull out they things they need like a pot from under the pile, or while someone is just rushing and tossing them in.  It's not inviting to cook the next meal if you have to first put all of that pile away just to get cooking.

Create a better system.  Part of a system is what you do, and the other part is what is going on in your head while you do it.  Dish racks are supposed to save time.  At least that is what people tell themselves I guess.  In reality, they really don't.  One of the things taught frequently in coaching programs are how tolerations drain your energy.  Having dishes waiting in the sink or piled in a rack is a toleration just as much as a sink that barely drains or a shower that drips.  Those things that you know you ought to take care of in the back of your mind.  Things that you would like to be different but you are tolerating, create a less than situation.  The more tolerations you have, the more energy is drained from you. 

Environment is that powerful.  That's why I spent this last week searching as hard as I could to find a nice place to live.  Found one yesterday and have been so excited ever since.  If you are prone to depression or lack of vitality or can't quite shed those extra pounds - take a look at your environment as much as your diet.  Cleaning that up and creating systems that work well for you can bring some pretty fabulous results.  Give it a month though before you evaluate - sometimes things shift quickly but usually you need to be consistent with the new things for a little while to see their effects.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

FYI - Now's The Time

Someone asked me where I've been on this blog.  Searching for an apartment in New York City is no easy task.  I've been at it like a full time job and have not found anything yet. 

It's no wonder there are endless restaurants on almost every street to help New Yorkers refuel from all of the walking, lifting and carrying one does here on a daily basis.  Movement is a sure fire key to weight loss or staying slender.  Obviously if you eat enough, you can maintain a heavy girth.  Some do.  If you want to be thinner, get used to moving more. 

If you are lucky enough to have someone else do your chores, like laundry, cleaning, etc.  You drive to work, drive to the store and the only exercise you get are the rare moments you go to the gym, you're going to have to create some new habits to get your body moving.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Take a walk by running some of your errands by foot.  Go to a museum or spend the day browsing.  Find some way each day to incorporate more movement and it all adds up.  Those who seem naturally thin.  Watch them.  They move a lot and probably eat a bit less than you'd imagine.  Little things consistently done can equal big results.

FYI - Now's the time to get in that session at the lower rates and be "grandfathered" in to the lower rates for your time with me.  In just one week, the rates will go up for both phone coaching and in person sessions.  They will all be the same price of $500 per session.  You read that right.  All the rates are going up to $500 per session unless you act now.

If you have wanted to learn some great techniques you can use your entire life to fix what ails you.  Know how to cure a stomach ache, cold, knee pain or restore your energy or hearing.  Maybe you want to know the best ways to cleanse, repair and feel on top of the world or just cure your mood swings, pms or hot flashes. 

If you would like to be more motivated and create good habits or learn tools that help you shift how you think and create better relationships with yourself and others - sign up now and be able to share with those you love.  I am also still teaching teachers who want to begin their own food coaching practice.  All rates will go up and be the same.  You have one more week to get in at the lower price.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Get Unhooked!

Inspiration can come from anywhere.  I just read something on about unspoiling your kids.  I love the list idea they used.  When a child wants something, instead of saying no, you tell them to put it on their list.  The idea is then for the next special occasion they can pick one item, or if they would like to start working for allowance, or create a product (selling Lemonade is one...), they can purchase some of their desires themselves.

Now how would you go about unspoiling yourself?  If you indulge in alcohol each night, desserts are a daily habit, portions are out of control or you eat until everything is gone, what would you do differently?  How would you create a new habit instead?  What would be motivation enough or reward enough to keep going for 30+ days and longer? 

Do you justify and say that you are not addicted when deep down you know that you are?  Would you be willing to put down the glass or the spoon and really start to retrain your brain and feel the power that comes from being in control of what you consume instead of substances controlling you? 

Chemicals are powerful.  There are manufactured chemicals in your body and the ones your taking in from outside sources.  Self medicating with food, drinks, or substances is tricky business when you play hard.  You might feel it's "normal" to have what you have but really are you free of mood swings, find yourself loving your body each day and so happy and healthy, you never need to take a pill or potion of any kind?  Probably not if you're reading this blog.  So expect some unpleasant feelings to come up.  Be unattached to them by watching and saying to yourself, "yeah, that's coming up now because I'm not covering it up with chocolate, beer, wine or cookies.  This is normal and I can handle these feelings because they will subside in a few minutes.  I would like to feel great, be clean and focused and healthier..." Or what works for you.... 

Get unspoiled and then indulge in something truly fun like a first class hotel and spa experience or save up for those shoes you've had your eye one or anything that lets you feel top notch. 

If you need a guiding hand to hold - grab a coaching session right now: