Cajun Seasoning – Make Your Own

Cajun Seasoning – Make Your Own My husband was shopping around for a good cajun seasoning mix. We read labels. We found sugar. We found additives. We decided to make our own. I compared a few online recipes and decided to try the one from www.allrecipes.com. Here’s what you need: salt garlic powder paprika ground… Continue Reading

Spring Sprouting Steamer

Spring Sprouting Steamer (This recipe appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) Prep Time: 3 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4 servings   Ingredients 1 zucchini 1 summer squash 1- 6 oz. package mixed crunchy sprouts (lentil, adzuki, mung, garbanzo) 3 tablespoons of freshly chopped tarragon 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter)… Continue Reading

How To: Sprout Your Own

How To: Sprout Your Own (This article appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) A little bit actually goes a long way. You only need about 1/2 cup of legumes for each batch. Place 1/2 cup of legumes (lentils, mung beans, garbanzos, etc…) in a quart jar. (I use mason jars. I LOVE… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Summer Squash

Food Focus: Summer Squash (This article appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) Squash comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes. Did you know that squash is the fruit of different members of the gourd family? (THINK PUMPKIN) There are two major classifications of squash: winter and summer squash. Summer squashes are harvested… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sprouts

Food Focus: Sprouts (This article appeared in the May,2011 issue of A Healthy You) In the spring season, seeds flaunt their vitality and energy by sprouting. Sprouts of all varieties contain the building blocks of life in the form of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and simple sugars. In their early growth state, sprouts are very… Continue Reading

Why Weight? Diets Don’t Work

Why Weight? Diets Don’t Work (This article appeared in the May, 2011 issue of A Healthy You) You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with America’s hottest obsession: weight. Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the… Continue Reading

Asian Watercress Salad

Asian Watercress Salad (This recipe appeared in the July,2011 issue of A Healthy You) Prep Time: 7 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 bunch washed watercress 1 cup grated carrots 1 cup baked tofu 1-1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil 2/3 tablespoons plum vinegar or other vinegar Directions 1. Tear watercress into desirable size pieces. 2.… Continue Reading

Bok Choy Apple Slaw

Bok Choy Apple Slaw (This recipe appeared in the July, 2011 issue of A Healthy You) Prep Time: 7 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 6 stalks bok choy (about 1/2 head), thinly sliced 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 1 granny smith apple, sliced 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds Dressing: 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads

Food Focus: Raw and Cooling Salads (This article appeared in the July, 2011 issue of A Healthy You) Why is it that in the summer we naturally crave more fresh and raw foods? These foods have a cooling effect on the body. The lightness and high water, fiber and vitamin content work together to act… Continue Reading

Try Something New

Try Something New (This article appeared in the July, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) Summer is finally in full force, and the living is easy! Do you notice in summertime how everything seems promising? The plants are in full bloom and the sun feels glorious on your skin. The longer days give you boundless… Continue Reading

David & Amy’s Fabulous Granola

This recipe is brought to you by my wonderful son, David, and his fabulous fiancee, Amy. I would love your feedback! Ingredients: 3 Cups Rolled Oats 1 Cup Pecans 1 Cup Almonds 1/2 Cup Flax Seeds 1 1/2 Cups Sunflower Seeds 1 Cup Raisins 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Honey 2 Cups Applesauce 1… Continue Reading

Almond Milk

(This recipe appeared in the June,2011 edition of A Healthy You.) Did you know that you can make your own? The original recipe, which called for 4 cups of ice, was obtained from New Earth Wellness. I found that, depending on the kitchen equipment you have, the amount of water and crushed ice will vary.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Almonds

Many people think that nuts are fattening, so they stay away from them. I am here to tell you that although almonds are high in fat content, approximately 90% of the fat content is unsaturated. According to The Health Ranger, Mike Adams, research has shown that almonds actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Almonds are a… Continue Reading

Fruit Nut Smoothie

(This recipe appeared in the June, 2011 edition of A Healthy You.) Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 1 banana 1 cup almond, soy or rice milk 1 cup berries 1 cup diced melon 1/2 cup almonds 2-4 ice cubes Directions Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve. Note: You can add… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Fruit

Food Focus: Fruit (This article appeared in the June, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest,… Continue Reading

Snack Attack

Snack Attack (This article was featured in the June, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small… Continue Reading

Shiitake and Kale

Shiitake and Kale (This recipe appeared in the April, 2011 issue of (A Healthy You.) Prep Time: 2 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 servings  Ingredients 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms 1 tablespoon olive oil 1-2 cloves crushed garlic 1 bunch kale, chopped pinch of salt Directions 1. Warm oil in pan on medium heat… Continue Reading

Herb Focus: Garlic

Herb Focus: Garlic (This article appeared in the April, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Garlic is one of the oldest known medicinal plants. It has been used for ages to treat many conditions, such as: colds, skin disease, parasites, joint problems and arthritis, cysts and growths, and fluid retention. It is also useful in… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Greens

Food Focus: Greens (This article appeared in the April, 2011 edition of A Healthy You) Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal… Continue Reading

Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part… Continue Reading

What Are Your Most Important Accomplishments?

What Are Your Most Important Accomplishments?   I was asked this question as part of a grant application submittal. It didn’t take me long to write my response. Here its is, unedited: My biggest accomplishments are raising my three sons as a single-mother in a manner that has allowed them to become healthy and productive… Continue Reading

Color Your Plate Healthy

Color Your Plate Healthy How are you doing with your New Year’s resolution? Every year millions of Americans make resolutions on January 1st. Many of them have something to do with improving health and wellness. But by February 1st a majority of those resolutions have gone right out the window. Since 1980 the American Dietetic… Continue Reading

Is the CDC looking out for us?

Is the CDC looking out for us? Our country is in the midst of a huge health crisis. According to the CDC’s recently released Annual Report on the Nation’s Health, the U.S. spends over $2 trillion a year on healthcare. In fact, according to the report, “The United States spends a larger share of its… Continue Reading

A Health Coach Today Keeps the Doctor Away

A Health Coach Today Keeps the Doctor Away The following article was originally posted at MY Nutrition School, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition In the last century modern medicine has made incredible breakthroughs in the treatments of some of our worst diseases. So why are Americans still very sick? According to American Diabetes Association in… Continue Reading

Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf (This recipe appeared in the March, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.)   Prep Time: 3 minutes Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa; 2 1/4 cups water or stock; 1/2 cup dried cranberries; 1/2 cup walnut pieces; 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley; pinch of salt Directions 1. Rinse… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Walnuts

Food Focus: Walnuts Walnuts are rich in protein and high in potassium, zinc and iron. They are the fruit from a tree in the walnut family Junglandaceae. Most of us are familiar with the “nut” which is found inside the hard shell. But did you know that other parts of the walnut tree have beneficial… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Quinoa

Food Focus: Quinoa This article appeared in the March, 2011 issue of A Healthy You. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), is a nutritional powerhouse with ancient origins. It was originally cultivated by the Incas more than 5,000 years ago; they referred to it as the “mother of all grains.” It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it… Continue Reading

Go Ahead – Take a Bite!

Go Ahead – Take a Bite! (This article appeared in the March, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) When it comes to increased health, it’s not just what we eat but how we eat. Digestion actually begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva break down food. But… Continue Reading

It’s About Life

It’s About Life This post is dedicated to a wonderful young man named Kashief  Cross, who was taken from this world much too soon. Kashief and his friend Eric died as a result of a tragic accident which occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 13th. The cause of the accident has not been… Continue Reading

Recipe: Easy Beans and Greens

Easy Beans and Greens (This recipe appeared in the February issue of A Healthy You.)   Prep Time: 10 minute Cooking Time: 10 minutes Yield: 2-3 servings   Ingredients 2 cups of pre-cooked beans (black, pinto, red, kidney – your choice) 1 bunch greens (collard, bok choy, kale, spinach – your choice) Your favorite toppings,… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Beans

Food Focus: Beans (This article appeared in the February, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Beans. They are good for the heart. Beans are found in most traditional cultures as a staple food, offering grounding and strengthening properties that enhance endurance: Beans, or legumes, which include peas and lentils, are an excellent source of plant-based… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Chocolate

Food Focus: Chocolate

Ahhh! Chocolate! The thought of it can bring up certain emotions. Chocolate has been associated with love for generations. Almost everyone I know loves chocolate! Many of us have even been known to crave the stuff. But did you know that chocolate has many amazing health benefits? Cacao is high in iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins… Continue Reading

Food Feeds the Soul

Food Feeds the Soul

Food has the power to impact us on a level deeper than just our physical well-being. What we eat can reconnect us to precious memories, like childhood playtimes, first dates, holidays, life cycle events, our grandmother’s cooking or our country of ancestry. Our bodies remember foods from the past on an emotional and cellular level.… Continue Reading

Prescription Drugs – at what cost?

Prescription Drugs – at what cost? When someone begins to take a statin drug, he/she will probably take the medication for LIFE. Imagine the economic implications associated with this – for both the patient and the pharmaceutical companies. I’ll give you a personal example: My husband’s endocrinologist has been trying to persuade him to take… Continue Reading

Why it’s important to question your doctor

Why it’s important to question your doctor Over the past several years, my husband has been under the care of an endocrinologist for the treatment of diabetes. My husband’s overall cholesterol level is good, but his LDL/HDL ratio is not, so at almost every visit, the Dr. has tried to sway him to utilize a… Continue Reading

Recipe:Mighty Miso Soup

Recipe: Mighty Miso Soup (This recipe appeared in the January, 2011 issue of A Healthy You). Prep Time: 5-10 minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes Yield: 4-5 servings Ingredients: 4-5 cups spring water 1-2 inch strip of wakame, rinsed and soaked 5 minutes in 1 cup of water until softened 1-2 cups thinly sliced vegetables of… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables (This article appeared in the January, 2011 issue of A Healthy You). In traditional Chinese healing, sea vegetables correspond to the winter season and to the kidneys, adrenal glands, bladder and reproductive organs. The strengthening, balancing and cleansing properties of sea vegetables are known to help these organs as well as the hair,… Continue Reading

New Year, New You

New Year, New You A lot of people begin the New Year by making resolutions. We’ve all been there.We take a vow to lose weight, exercise more or spend more time with our family. We start the year with great intentions, but then we quickly relapse into old habits. Why is it so hard to… Continue Reading

Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

Recipe: Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro (This recipe appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You). This recipe is an eye-opener for those who find sweet potatoes cloyingly sweet or those who are tired of eating them smothered in marshmallows and brown sugar. Japanese sweet potatoes, with their pale flesh and delicate… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Cilantro

Cilantro (This article appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) The leaves of the coriander plant are called Cilantro. It is also known as Chinese Parsley. It is a sweet and fragrant herb that has been used medicinally in many cultures for many years. It is also a very good source of… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Sweet Potatoes

Food Focus: Sweet Potatoes (This article appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Sweet potatoes are on everyone’s mind this season. They seem to go hand in hand with the holidays, and fortunately, eating these and other sweet vegetables needn’t be limited to this time of year. If you don’t have any… Continue Reading

Beautiful Body Types

Beautiful Body Types (This article appeared in the December, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities.   On a daily basis, we talk… Continue Reading

Call to Action for Engineers

Call to Action for Engineers Yesterday, I attended the December meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Dallas Branch (ASCE). The keynote speaker was James M. Crites, Executive Vice President for the Operations Division of DFW International Airport. During his speech, he gazed out at the audience and commented on the number of gray… Continue Reading

Why is Health Coaching important to me?

Why is Health Coaching important to me? I was asked this question as part of my coursework at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Personally, this work will allow me to be myself. I have struggled with the concept of “living in two worlds” for most of my life. My physical reality has been to raise… Continue Reading

Leadership

Leadership I attended a wonderful workshop last week. The workshop leader was Janice Madariaga. This was the second time that I attended one of her workshops and I was thrilled to see her there!!. Janice encouraged us to find an “Aha!” moment every day, and read or listen to at least one inspirational book every… Continue Reading

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip (This recipe appeared in the November, 2010 issue of A Healthy You) Prep Time: 3 minutes Yield: 1 cup Ingredients: 1 large peeled and pitted avocado 2/3 cup plain yogurt, goat yogurt or soy yogurt 1 diced tomato dash or two of cayenne pepper sea salt black pepper Directions: Mash avocado with a… Continue Reading

Savory Tahini Sauce

Savory Tahini Sauce (This recipe appeared in the November, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Prep time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 cup Ingredients: 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup water 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons tamari 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1-2 cloves of garlic minced pinch of cayenne (to your taste) Directions: In a bowl… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Oils & Fats

FOOD FOCUS: OILS AND FATS (This article appeared in the November, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Not all oils and fats are created equal. Heavily processed, hydrogenated, “trans” fats and oils that are used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. However, fats and oils from whole foods and other… Continue Reading

Get Slow

Get Slow Easy Does it…. If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint to the train into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How… Continue Reading

Recipe: Roasted Root Veggies

Recipe: Roasted Root Veggies (This recipe appeared in the October, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Ingredients 1 sweet potato 2 parsnips 2 carrots 2 turnips or 1 large rutabaga 1 daikon radish (or substitute/add in your favorites, like squash) olive oil salt and pepper herbs: rosemary, thyme or sage (fresh if possible) Directions 1.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Root Vegetables

Food Focus: Root Vegetables (This article appeared in the October, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded… Continue Reading

Time Management

Time Management (This article appeared in the October, 2010 issue of A Healthy You.) Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working… Continue Reading

Water

Water Today, in my Distance Learning studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I became much more informed about water. Those of you who know me personally, know that I have a passion for the preservation of our natural resources as well as for promoting Water Conservation. The following websites were brought to my attention:… Continue Reading

Chemotypes

It is very important to know which chemotype one has, because of possible contraindications and safety data (one particular chemotype might be safe for use and another chemotype might be an irritant). Continue Reading