Thursday, July 18, 2013

Keep Cool Foods - - - - - gluten free, macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, the recipe for anyone.

Cool Foods pop quiz:  Which one of the items listed in the photo above is not cooling?

Did you say kale?  That's right.  Wonderful, nutritious kale is not going to be my first choice on a hundred degree day.  (I'm feeling for you NYC.) Kale is warming, but most other greens, like that mint, (or lettuce, cabbage, dandelion, etc.) are wonderfully cooling.  Try taking the whole outer layer of a cabbage and wear it like a hat.  Yep, it draws the heat out.

Tofu is quite cooling, lemon, lime, most fresh fruits - oh yeah, watermelon, and barley.

This barley is going to get roasted and steeped into tea.  Roasted barley tea (you can buy it already roasted and even ground like coffee.) is inner air conditioning when you drink a nice cool glass of it.

Speaking of cool drinks:

You want to keep hydrated and stay cool but plain old water gets boring and most items to sip are so caloric you'll end up wearing an extra few pounds that you didn't want to have.  Make fun drinks that can even be anti-calorie elixers.  Pure cranberry juice and water, spa water where you soak lemon, lime, cucumber and mint in, make your own lemonade beverages and sweeten with stevia or a small amount of organic sweetener.  (Yes Caroline, honey is lovely...) Get creative and mix and match.  You might have roasted barley tea or limeade with mint.

If you find the heat is bringing out aches, pains, rashes or tummy troubles, book a session and get that solved for good. 

All photos by Susan Marque
Please do not copy or use without permission.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Do you use Zinc Oxide for blemishes, bug bites and beauty?

I've read that Sandra Bullock uses "baby butt cream" on her face, which I would say could be a good idea if she's talking about one loaded with zinc oxide.

If you are deficient in zinc you would most likely experience slower wound healing, but topically zinc is widely known for its UV protection and also how well it can clear blemishes, soothe bug bites and speed up skin healing.

So I have a question for all of you who have tried natures super powerful zinc.  What product do you like, and what strength works for you?  I find that a 7% cream from Duane Reade (sold as sunscreen) works just as well or even better than the 45% super strength Desitin.  (Not to mention the first one doesn't smell... who thinks that sickening fragrance is good idea??)

Please let me know.  Leave a comment below. (I know many of you love to email me when I write a post that strikes you but please - do the comment thing....) Thanks!

If I get enough comments I will pick one at random for a free book.  (You will get to choose from

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today I went on a little walking tour of Asheville, NC where I am staying.  It's a free daily tour you can catch from the Vance Memorial.
I realize now I should have take a lovely picture of my lunch with Victoria, the only other person on the tour.  (sorry, I was too hungry...)  Ironically, guess what Victoria does for a living.... yes, she is a nutrition specialist with several degrees in nutrition and twenty years of experience.  The wonderfully validating thing was that we agreed on everything, and she knew twice as many studies to back things up.  She is vehemently opposed to GMO and just as I have been saying I suspected, she is positive it is the reason so many people are now being diagnosed as gluten intolerant.  We were eating Utapams at Chai Pani restaurant so no GMO's or gluten there... Asheville has many organic places to eat. 

Remember that when you eat in restaurants, unless it says organic or GMO free, you are most likely eating GMO's if you have any wheat, corn or soy products in your food and if it's conventional then you get to eat pesticides too.   What you eat is such a basic connection to your health.  Victoria was a vast knowledge bank of studies and how all of the great results my clients have experienced are getting well documented.  It's time to make sure you eat clean and feel great.  Keep having a healthy summer.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Instant Healing with Ume - oh yeah it is gluten free, macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, sugar free - remember this is a free to eat blog...

Step off the airport in Japan and wander around the cute town of Narita and you will see many people selling Umeboshi.  I'm told the best umeboshi are made by grandma's, and I can tell you that if you find a source (probably out of San Francisco if you are in the states...) of a family seller - you are in luck.  Any umeboshi that is naturally made - meaning no artificial additives - is something to have on your shelf or tucked into your suitcase.

The pickled plums do not need to be in the fridge, and are one of the most medicinal tools you can have on hand.

Why?  They are highly alkalizing, antibacterial, and magically great for the stomach and intestines too.  Remember your digestion is really the seat of your health.  I've read that in ancient Japan they ate one a day in the same way we eat vitamins - to stay strong, healthy and feeling great.

I like to have them with me when traveling because who doesn't want to taste new foods and flavors or overindulge a little?  Ume have saved me many times... fatigue clearing to tummy upsets.

Recently it's been raining a lot on the east coast.  Today in NC its pouring.  Strong rain like I have not seen since I was in Bali.  I've also had several clients contact me about their arthritis acting up.  On further questioning their link to joint pain when it gets damp could definitely be Candida related, and both of those conditions respond quite well to alkalizing the diet and eliminating trigger foods.  (Remember for arthritis even an MD is going to say stay clear of nightshades...)

I've seen that arthritis can completely be erased through diet - with Candida you are going to need supplements to get yourself clear.  Umeboshi is not a supplement in the way I'm talking about but it is a powerful and handy item to have on hand that can help for a wide variety of complaints.  I got this jar at the local health food store, you can find it online and in Asian markets.

Try rubbing it on an ear of sweet corn instead of butter and not only will you improve your digestion but you might find it makes a wonderful treat...

Happy 4th of July everyone!