Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad

orange black bn quinoaQuinoa is packed with protein and nutrients and best of all, it’s delicious. This dish can be served warm or cold the next day as a salad. It seems like a lot of ingredients but it comes together quickly.

 Ingredients (always use organic when possible):

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 cup of shaved Brussel sprouts

2-3 large kale leaves with stems removed and chopped

1-2 large scallions chopped

1 thick slice of red onion chopped Continue reading “Black Bean Orange Quinoa Salad”

Take Back Your Health

hospitalWe have a major health crisis in the United States of America.

Think about all of the families you know. I would venture to say that there is at least one person in each family who suffers from a chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disease or gastrointestinal disease.

If they do not suffer from those maladies they may have a condition such as infertility, asthma, allergies or ADHD.

From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “As of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people- had one or more chronic health conditions.”

From the NIA (National Institutes of Health): “Approximately 69% of adults are overweight or obese, with 78 million adult Americans considered obese.”

Also from NIH: “Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs.”

We have come to accept this as normal. It is not. How can we accept that half of us have chronic disease, 59% of us are on prescription drugs and 69% of us are overweight? Continue reading “Take Back Your Health”

Guided Meditation with Oprah and Deepak Starts Today

meditationManifesting Grace Through Gratitude with Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra starts today. If you’ve ever wondered about meditation, this is a fantastic introduction. Deepak guides you with a suggestion and slowly eases you into a zone. You will come out of it feeling refreshed and focused. Register and participate for free https://chopracentermeditation.com/

Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience

Meditation is a great tool for overall health and wellness. It reduces stress levels and helps you to feel more centered. It also opens you up to new levels of receptiveness and positive change. meditation

I forgot about Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience until yesterday. There is still a week left. You can access five days back from where they are, so sign up TODAY! It’s free. By the end of the week you will get the hang of meditation.

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Flu Shot or Juice Shot?

 

juice veg close This is a re-run from last year, but I think it’s a good reminder during cold and flu season. Remember, I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV; but it is rare that veggies can hurt you.

I picked my son up from school early the other day so we could go to the movies. It was a rare treat (for me) because he hates to miss any amount of school. While I was waiting for him to come to the office and wondering if he was really my kid since he would rather go to 7th period than see Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D (update, not a good reason to miss school), I noticed the inordinate amount of zombie-like kids waiting to be picked up by their parents. I could only assume they weren’t off to a secret movie date or even an orthodontist appointment. They looked like Typhoid Mary had sneezed on them. Continue reading “Flu Shot or Juice Shot?”

Effecting Change in our Dangerous Food Supply

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I had an absolutely serendipitous experience a couple of weeks ago. I sat next to a man on a short Southwest Airlines flight who turned out to be a PR, lobbyist guy for biotechnology, factory farming and Monsanto. I apologize if you were sitting within six rows of us.

I was schlepping my carry-on bag down the aisle when a man in the aisle seat invited me to have the window seat. He said he was trying to save the middle seat for his co-worker. He joked that I was smelly and ugly and no one would want to sit next to me (at least I hope he was joking).

He jumped up and hoisted my very heavy, bursting at the seams bag into the overhead compartment.

It wasn’t a minute before his young colleague joined us. They chatted very excitedly about something. I snooped and saw they were emailing a press release to the New York Times.

I normally don’t make small talk with seat mates until the end of a flight in case they are overly talkative. The man started chatting with me and I gave the obligatory short, sweet answers and put my book in my face after each answer. But he kept on. I was a little intrigued since I saw them emailing the New York Times. He asked what I did for a living, I told him about my real job in advertising. I asked what he did. Continue reading “Effecting Change in our Dangerous Food Supply”

Ten Easy Tips for Better Health

People always ask me for ways they can be healthier. I think I scare them a little when I start rattling things off. There really are simple ways to avoid the things that lead to disease. Here is a quick list from easiest to more challenging.

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  1. Buy organic produce, meat and packaged foods – this is the easiest and surest way to avoid the onslaught of toxins, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that are in our food system.
  2. Give up “diet” everything… soda, Splenda, aspartame, low-fat, fat-free, etc. I promise you, if it has to have a claim on the package, you DON’T want to put it in your body. If eating “diet” foods worked so well, we’d be an emaciated nation, not the sickest and fattest. You are being lied to. It keeps you coming back for more diet products and it makes you gain weight.
  3. Get rid of your old Tupperware and plastic containers – switch them out for glass or at the very least, BPA free plastic. Also stop buying canned goods. They contain BPA in the lining (with the exception of Eden brand foods and a few others). You’ll notice more items are coming in cardboard (aseptic) packaging. The evidence is mounting that plastics and BPA are linked to hormone and thyroid disruption. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25121464
  4. Stop using your microwave – I know, I know, but really, you will get used to heating things up on your stove top and in your oven. I swear, in the last year, I have not used my microwave for more than heating up my coffee for 15 seconds on the very rare occasion. My mom had a dear friend who died from cancer when she was about 55 years old. I don’t remember that sweet woman ever cooking anything other than a microwave dinner. There is scientific evidence that microwaves change the DNA in meat! http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24122804
  5. Avoid GMOs. I’ve written about this extensively so I will just link to the main article. https://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/whats-the-problem-with-gmos/sp squash
  6. Cook at home – you will be healthier and live longer! http://nutritionfacts.org/video/cooking-to-live-longer/ Again, I know it can be scary, especially if you really don’t know how to cook. You can easily learn to make a few simple things from scratch.kale smoothie
  7. Make a green juice or smoothie for breakfast – Here is my recipe for a Berry Kale Smoothie. It keeps you full and satisfied. Get your nutrients for the day in your first “meal.” https://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/berry-kale-smoothie/
  8. Limit processed foods – If it comes in a bag or a box, make sure it’s organic and has less than five ingredients. Remember, for the most part, this is not food, it’s a food like substance. It is special, like your weird uncle Harold, and should be avoided if possible.
  9. Cut back on dairy, sugar, white and whole wheat flours – dairy is inflaming (and delicious, I know, but it’s not healthy). Try to cut waaaaay back on sugar. If you have to sweeten your coffee, tea, or bake with something use 100% Organic Pure Cane Sugar; not sugar in the raw, not turbinado sugar, make sure it is 100% organic. Organic agave nectar is good too, coconut sugar is good, honey is good, but not the junk that comes in a bear shaped plastic container. It has to be pure, raw or local honey. I have found many recipes can be sweetened with organic dates.
  10. Eat more vegetarian and vegan meals – there are so many delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes on WordPress and online in general. Devote several meals a week to vegetarian meals. Here is one of my favorite vegan sites for recipes http://minimalistbaker.com/ Vegans have the lowest incidence of disease overall as well as the healthiest BMI. http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/vegans/