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Archive for November, 2011

Two Weeks to Party!

For those of you who are participating in the Cyber Pact, Thursday was a sampling of the traditional and an experience of metabolic efficiency.  I look forward to hearing your responses this week!

For the remaining two weeks we all join together, staying strong with the low-glycemic, super nutrition.  We have the option to choose one afternoon-evening each week to enjoy an unlimited choice, knowing that our retrained and respected physical response will allow exploration and indulgence.  All the while we will be consistent with training and heightened physical fitness.  I am committed!

 Super Nutrition:

–       We eat the best food we can find.

–       We make effort to fuel our bodies well.

–       We are careful to nourish ourselves well and seek out fantastic tastes.

–       We project the most positive image our minds can muster and erase any diminishing thought.

Recipe:  The Most Hated Food on the Planet – Beautiful Holiday GREEN! 

 Remove Brussel Sprout heads from stalk, if necessary – maybe 3 Cups.  Wash and dry, peeling away some outer, loose leaves and setting aside.  Cut each head in half and saute’ in olive oil and garlic, searing cut side, and after tossing a bit, adding lemon zest (maybe 2 Tablespoons).  Continue  to saute’, then add 1 to 1.5 C low sodium vegetable stock, cover and simmer 5-8 minutes. 

Meanwhile, put leaves on cookie sheet and spray with olive oil, adding salt and pepper.  Heat in 400 degree oven for just a few minutes, tossing once, until leaves are crisp.

Combine leaves with brussel sprout heads and serve.  Believe me:  this kicks Green Bean Casserole out of the park!  (Recipe from Beth Venable)


Holiday Alchemy

Reports of results are beginning: 2-3 lb weight losses, loose clothing, brighter faces, increased enthusiasm.  Some gorgeous clients are beginning a little revolution toward health!  Four more days of “Reset” and then Thanksgiving Day.  We will celebrate abundance.  We will be grateful.  We will enjoy the sustenance provided.  We will practice portion control because we can!

 In The Way of the Wizard, a book by Deepak Chopra, Merlin instructs Arthur, the future king, in lessons of alchemy.  I paraphrase as I relate this lesson:  One morning, Arthur awakens and is handed a plate with the most beautiful and delectable piece of cake he has ever seen.  Using the fork provided, he helps himself to a biteful, and it is so exquisite that he closes his eyes and slowly, totally, enjoys this taste sensation.  It is beyond good, and he takes his time, and finally swallows, sighs, and prepares for the next bite.  When he opens his eyes, however, the plate with the piece of cake has disappeared.

Arthur is angry and accuses Merlin.  How could he do that?  How could he give him something so wonderful and then snatch it away?  Merlin shrugs and replies that the first bite holds the most delight.  That specific thrill doesn’t multiply with repetitions. 

I offer this little story as a tool for enjoying a wonderful holiday celebration, while still being kind to your body, and I know you will, because I see you practising kindness to yourself and I love it! 

Post Holiday Tips:  continued exercise and healthy eating!

Overfull?  My friend, Bobbie Jo, suggests Fennel Tea.

French practice (and keeping with the alchemy): Magical Leeks*

So much for which to be grateful!


*Recipe:  Clean 2 pounds leeks and rinse well to get rid of sand and soil.  Cut off ends of the dark green parts, leaving all the white parts plus a suggestion of pale green.  (Reserve extra greens for soup stock, if desired.)

Put leeks in a large pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes.  Pour off liquid and reserve. Juice is to be drunk every 2-3 hours, 1 cup at a time.  Use cooked leeks as, or added to, meals – drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Cyber Pact

is a quietly held agreement existing in cyber space between individuals. Ours is one of ultimate health and nutrition for the next four weeks.

Consider: “Food is the most intimate thing you can buy … unlike clothes and shoes that dress the outside, food goes into your body and builds who you become.” Ani Phyo

If you are a current client you have received a document to guide you in nutritional choices for the next four weeks as we begin holiday celebrations. It is a renewed commitment to the enjoyment of exquisite nutrition, and pauses for celebration on 12/11/11 at my home for Brunch and Sharing beginning at 11:00am. Mark the calendar and please come, whether or not you are participating in the Cyber Pact. (Any other readers who desire information, please ask, and I will send.)

Chef Barbara and I have modified the following recipe that came in a Fresh Market seasonal flyer. Enjoy 1 C at Meals 3 or 4, and if desired at Meal 5, a half cup serving:


Preheat oven to 400. Cut 2 Medium Butternut Squash in half lengthwise. Use 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil to coat insides of squash. Lay face down on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Use 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil to saute’ 2 Carrots, coarsely chopped, 2 Celery ribs, coarsely chopped, and 1 medium Onion, coarsely chopped. Add 3 Garlic cloves, minced, salt and pepper, and ¾ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper. Saute’ an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove squash from oven and let cool. (Squash can be prepared in advance.)

Scoop meat from squash and add to pot with vegetables. Add 6 Cups Vegetable Broth * and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. When vegetables are very tender use an immersion blender or food processer to puree’ the soup. Serve toppings separately: Fat Free Sour Cream (<2 Tablespoons), Fresh Cilantro, chopped, and Chipotle Chili Sauce (<1 Tablespoon).

Bon appetit!

* Purchase a low-sodium vegetable broth OR best: a Vegetable Bouillon with no salt added (available at health food stores).

‘Tis the Season

for NUTRITION! It’s a holiday month, and be honest: what is the first image that pops into your mind for Thanksgiving? Football, right? No? Pilgrim hats! Still, no? How about a house packed with family and friends? Well, yes … Oh, I got it: Coffee at Starbucks where everyone sips and recites meaningful thoughts about gratefulness, … uh, .. closer?

Oh, yes – how could I forget? Large golden brown king of poultry in the center of a beautifully adorned table signaling abundance. The aroma that fills the house excites our senses, and we toast our good fortune with a light white. (You are welcome to substitute salmon or tofu or any other favorite in your image.)

Nutritionally speaking, this is where we want to keep our focus during all the holiday celebrations that are coming during the next eight weeks: perfectly seasoned, exquisitely prepared, life-affirming lean protein as our body’s nourishing base.

I am inviting you to join me in a four week Cyber Pact, beginning next Sunday, November 13th – just four weeks of super nutrition to deepen our enjoyment of life in abundance, and to refresh our intention to really care for ourselves and each other.

This four week personal nutritional focus will finetune our metabolic balance, will increase our “svelte-self” physical awareness, and will, more than likely, generate a need for some holiday apparel shopping!

Each week I promise at least one remarkable recipe to delight you, and on Sunday, December 11th I invite you to my home for brunch and celebration! It’s only four weeks and you will love how you feel AND your sense of empowerment!! Not only that, I offer you cyber support – anytime. Any takers? Comment here or email me!


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