Sharing Your Stories – #BeautyStartsWithMe

Joyce M.

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My journey to knowing my inner beauty initially found me at a metaphysical book store when a Kryon book quite literally jumped off the shelf and into my hands.

I learned that I create my own life, and I’ve done so. Like attracts like. What you think about and give attention to manifests. What you don’t want In your life ignore and it withers and dies.

Love yourself.

Avoid False Readings With One Simple Habit

WASH YOUR HANDS According to an article on, there is a surprising cause of blood sugar swings. Forgetting to wash your hands before checking your blood sugar could result in false readings. If you test after handling food, the sugar residue remaining on your hands could affect the test result by contaminating the blood… Continue Reading

Rethink Your Drink

Some time ago, I was invited to host a booth at a local Health Fair. At the table, I displayed a variety of drinks, along with the corresponding amount of sugar contained in each drink. The responses I received were amazing!!!!! It’s your turn now. I challenge you to READ THE LABELS!!!! Here are the… Continue Reading

How Intuitive are You?

Are you an intuitive person? Have you ever received a phone call from someone that recently came to your mind? I happen to believe that we all have the ability to communicate with our loved ones by simply sending  our focused thoughts and intention. Thi skill can be practiced. Here’s an example: Recently I attended… Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2016 is unlike any other Thanksgiving so far. We, as a Nation, are growing and changing. The changes that we are witnessing are significant. As we enter the Holiday Season, many of us a breathing a sigh or relief. We are grateful that the sordid election is over. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not… Continue Reading

Cafecito Break – Post Election Reflections

  Show Hosts: Rosangel Perez &  Ruthie Guten Summary By: Joyce McLaughlin SUMMARY: The topic of the show centered on the presidential post-election fallout. The election results highlight a divided nation in which fear and a biased mainstream media have resulted in ethnic divides. Peaceful and destructive demonstrations are ensuing.  Discussion Highlights:         Mainstream media profligated its… Continue Reading

Delete. Delete. Delete

Delete. Delete. Delete

As I posted a beautiful poem at, I wondered at it’s wisdom. (Read the poem here). In fact, the advice is precisely what I needed to read today. You see, I’ve been deleting toxic people from my life. One of my mottos has always been to delete that which is unhealthy for me or my children,… Continue Reading

What’s In My Pocket – July 30, 2015

Last month’s feature of What’s In My Pocket was extremely well received. Thank You!!! Here’s this month’s feature: Avoid False Blood Glucose Readings If you’ve ever tested your blood sugar after handling food or after you have applied cream or lotion, you may be obtaining inaccurate blood sugar results. Research participants in a research study… Continue Reading

If I Were A Flower

If I Were A Flower

My Morning Reflection: “Sunflower” If I were a flower..  I would be a sunflower.  To always follow the sun,  Turn my back to darkness,  Stand proud, tall and straight  Even with my head full of seeds. Author: Pam Stewart Continue Reading

Gratitude Heralds In Abundance

Gratitude Heralds In Abundance

Here’s a wonderful Morning Song that I learned from P’Taah at a retreat in Key West that I attended with my partner in spiritual retreats and many adventures, Joyceeh-Pooh: From the God/Goddess of my being I give forth the thanks. For the love that I am, for the love in my life and the love that… Continue Reading

The Relaxing Bath

The Relaxing Bath

A relaxing bath can soothe a weary soul. It refreshes the body, renews the spirit and clears the mind. When taken at the end of a hectic day, a bath can be the key to sleeping like a baby. When taken at the start of the day, it can provide the extra breathing space needed… Continue Reading

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

Shake What Ya’ Mama Gave You Last year, I responded to a challenge from from my Cafecito Break Monday Morning Co-Host, Rosangel Perez. She challenged me to create a daily video for the Gratitude Movement on FB called “29 Days of Gratitude – Love Lives Here”. Although I was unable to complete the challenge for the entire 29 days,… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Blue Corn

Food Focus: Blue Corn

I’ve been intrigued by the nutrition value of blue corn since Dr. Roby Mitchell first introduced me to his BALi Eating Plan several years ago. Blue corn is also known as Hopi maize, It is grown in Mexico and U.S., particularly in  Arizona and New Mexico and has advantages over white or sweet corn. About the Hopi… Continue Reading

Recipe: Blue Corn Tortillas

Recipe: Blue Corn Tortillas

This is a simple way that I have found to make a quick version of a healthy corn tortilla. Yes, I looked for a good recipe online, then modified it. Here are the ingredients listed in the original recipe (image linked to recipe page): My Hubby and I are following the BALi Food Plan (congratulations, Dr. Roby Mitchell,… Continue Reading

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli With Garlic

Recipe: Roasted Broccoli With Garlic

This recipe was inspired by We were in a hurry and needed a quick dinner. We made fish for me, chicken for Gushin, and this wonderful roasted broccoli and garlic dish. Here’s how we made it: Ingredients 2 small heads of broccoli, cut into florets 3 tbsp olive oil 6 HUGE cloves of garlic, minced sea… Continue Reading

Let Them Go

Let Them Go

We have ALL been there. We establish a relationship with someone. We love them. We trust them. Then, BAM! They walk away. Sometimes, we KNOW that it was time to let the relationship go. We are all a work-in-progress. I’m on a journey. You’re on a journey. Sometimes, our paths meet. Sometimes they don’t. I believe… Continue Reading

What’s In My Pocket? June 26, 2015

What’s In My Pocket? June 26, 2015

Last week I allowed myself to rest my injured shoulder. Unfortunately, this means that I took a break from my computer work. Last weekend, I made a conscious effort to PUT DOWN my smart phone, stretch out my shoulders, improve my posture, and take breaks to stretch out if I needed to do ANY amount… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Essential Fatty Acids

Food Focus: Essential Fatty Acids

In a previous post, Food Focus: Oils and Fats I wrote about Healthy Fats. This post focuses on Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s), which are an important component of a balanced nutrition plan. Here’s why: They are necessary for building & protecting healthy cell membranes. They surround your cells & keep water & nutrients inside while… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Peppercorns

Food Focus: Peppercorns

We are all familiar with black pepper as a seasoning. How many of us know that it is actually a medicinal berry that grows from a vine? Black, white, and green peppercorns are all berries from the same vine. Black peppercorns are actually dried green peppercorns that are picked before they ripen. If they are left on… Continue Reading

Home-Made Pepper Blend

Home-Made Pepper Blend

We use a lot of spices in our cooking. One of my Hubby’s favorite seasonings has been a Six-Pepper Blend. For a long time, we were unable to find it, so when we did, my hubby was VERY happy. That is, until we stopped to read the ingredients on the label! We walked down the… Continue Reading

How To Find Yourself By Doing What You Love

How To Find Yourself By Doing What You Love

The Journey Begins In Grade School Our individual journey towards a joyful and balanced life begins when we are little babies. We are conditioned by our upbringing, culture, schooling, etc… Today, I share my personal journey with you, in hopes that it will inspire you to take a chance and dare to be the real… Continue Reading

How To Choose A Dietary Supplement

In February of 2015, the New York Attorney General (AG) sent cease and desist letters to several major retailers alleging that most store brand supplements were found to contain contaminants that were not identified on ingredient labels (only 21% of the supplement tests Identified DNA from the plant species that were listed on the labels). As a result,… Continue Reading

Secrets To A Happy Gut

The basis to a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy gut. I’ve been learning about this for many years. It is definitely a step-by-step journey that takes time and patience. It’s not always a fun topic of conversation. Many folks shy away from discussing things like pooping habits, fiber, digestion, etc.. In the interest of better… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Tomatoes

Folklore Tomatoes used to be grown solely for decorations. In fact, during Colonial times, tomatoes were thought to be poisonous and that its poison would turn blood into acid. Meanwhile, the native people of South and Central America regarded tomato seeds as aphrodisiacs. The first tomatoes were probably first cultivated in Peru (wild tomatoes can… Continue Reading

Recipe: Zucchini & Mushroom No-Pasta Lasagna

The other night, my hubby and I decided to experiment with a pasta-less lasagna. It was so good that we decided to make it again last night. Here’s how we made a zucchini & mushroom lasagna. I have not yet experimented with adding other veggies to the recipe, but I will. It was a yummy, repeatable recipe.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Mesclun

What is Mesclun? I didn’t know either. That is, until we received an order from the Organic Food Coop we used to use before we bought our Tower Garden. Here’s the Wikipedia version: “Mesclun is a salad mix of assorted small, young salad green leaves, that originated in Provence, France. The traditional mix usually includes chervil,… Continue Reading

BALi Food Plan

I am often asked which food plan I recommend. The answer is usually the BALI food Plan. Here’s why… The BALi food plan was developed by Dr. Roby Mitchell, M.D. (read his credentials). BALI stands for: Basic, Antifungal / Antioxidant, Low Insulin. The list can be downloaded from Dr. Mitchell’s Dr. Mitchell’s Website. My notes:… Continue Reading

Deeply Rooted

It’s really all a blur. Last year seems to have flowed by-sometimes seemingly endlessly yet sometimes so swiftly that it made me dizzy. (Like the swelling of a river after a storm that in time subsides to a trickle). Have you ever had moments like those? My father, Isaac Mordechai Antebi, got promoted in February. Yes,… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Vinegar

Food Focus: Vinegar Each country develops its own variety of bottled sauces – from wine in France & Italy to rice wine in the East and malt vinegar in Britain. Soy sauce and fish sauce are essential ingredients in Oriental cuisine; and in the Middle East, pomegranate syrup is used. Once you have experimented with… Continue Reading

Trader Joe’s Made Me Cry

Trader Joe’s Made Me Cry

Have you ever had a moment in your life that you felt as if you were on auto-pilot? I had such a week last week. I was chugging along doing a million things at once while juggling some difficult family/friend issues. As many of you know, I am usually a very happy person, so many… Continue Reading

He Makes A Difference

He Makes A Difference

      Every once in a while we are blessed to meet a person that is such a Mentsch that you cannot help but wish him success in everything he does. Eleven years ago, I met such a man. In December of 2002, I spent a day in the City of Cedar Hill, Texas.… Continue Reading

Sleep Matters

Having a good night’s sleep is important to our quality of life in many ways: Lack of sleep affects our mood. Lack of sleep affects our health. Lack of sleep affects our productivity. I can only speak for myself. When I don’t get enough sleep and I don’t feel adequately rested, my mood can swing… Continue Reading

Brain Powers

Brain Powers

I’m on a quest. We are all on a quest. What’s yours? Do you have a clear vision of what you really want? Why do you want it? Are you sure you want it? Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you define it? Sometimes, the easiest questions have the most complex answers. For years, I’ve… Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s – UCLA Study

Alzheimer’s – UCLA Study

“In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil. Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One… Continue Reading

Beauty Starts With Me

Beauty Starts With Me

You Are Enough! You Are Beautiful! Have you ever felt uncomfortable because of your appearance? A few weeks ago, I had a very uncomfortable experience. I didn’t feel pretty enough. Enough for what? That question got me going. I started wondering about how others define the concept of beauty. I did a Google image search… Continue Reading

Tasha, We Miss You

When we first brought Tasha from the shelter, she would not let us touch her on her head. She never licked our face or jumped on us to get love. Tasha was most definitely abused as a puppy. We felt so wonderful when she started jumping on us and licking our faces!!! While her “sister”… Continue Reading

Grow Your Own Food

For many years, I have been a staunch advocate of organically produced foods, supporting local farmers, and eliminating harmful GMOs. Dennis & I researched hydroponic systems, and truthfully, we hesitated. Why did we hesitate, you ask? For beginners, we never had much of a green thumb. We seemed to destroy most plants that came into… Continue Reading

Song of Eve

The Touch of the Masters Hand “Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but held it up with a smile; “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried, “Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then two!” “Only… Continue Reading

Kale, Strawberry, Almond Smoothie

Kale, Strawberry, Almond Smoothie

We are in search of low carb, healthy, smoothie recipes. Here’s one we tried today. It was yummy.   Ingredients Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar Strawberries – Raw, 1 cup, sliced 53 13 0 1 2 8 Almonds Raw – Great Value, 2 oz (24 whole kernels = 28 grams) 320 12 28 12… Continue Reading

The Magic of Smoothies

The Magic of Smoothies

I Have Discovered The Magic Of Smoothies I recently made the most amazing smoothie. I was sitting at my computer writing this post when I realized that I had forgotten to eat lunch. As I didn’t want to break the “flow” of creativity (haha) I decided that I would make a quick smoothie. Here’s what… Continue Reading

Smoothies vs. Juices

Smoothies vs. Juices

In my opinion, both fresh fruits and vegetable juices AND smoothies are wonderful ways to nourish yourself. There are some incredible healing protocols that feature fresh fruits & vegetable juices, like the Gerson Therapy. There’s even a really good documentary called the Gerson Miracle that has been available on Netflix. If you or someone you… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Horseradish

Food Focus: Horseradish

Did you know that for centuries horseradish was thought of as a medicine and not as a condiment? In the 1500’s, it was known in England as “Red Cole” and it grew wild in several areas of the country. Horseradish can be used medicinally as the root contains an antibiotic substance as well as Vitamin C.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Ginger

Food Focus: Ginger

Ginger has been used for centuries. It was used by the Greeks as early as 4400 years ago and by the Spanish in the 16th century. It is spicy, yet soothing and is an easily recognizable ingredient in Oriental cuisine. Ginger is widely used in cooking and in the healing arts, as it is a… Continue Reading

It Burns So Good!

It Burns So Good!

Last month, on Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon), I joined hundreds of people across the globe in a “virtual” event. I was invited to the Master Tonic Party. Ok, so it sounds pretty weird. Actually, it was tremendous fun! I have been asked by many of my friends to post the recipe, so here it… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Pineapple

Did you know that pineapple is a compound fruit? I didn’t even know what a compound fruit was until I did my research for this article. A compound fruit is a fruit that develops from many small fruits that become fused together around a central core. It’s low in calories: around 50 calories/100 grams (approx.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Maca Powder

Food Focus: Maca Powder

Maca powder is a super food.  Dried maca root contains about 10% protein that is mostly obtained from amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It is grown in the Andes Mountains and has historically been a valuable commodity to the indigenous people of the Andes Mountain region. It has been used for… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Bananas

Food Focus: Bananas

As you probably already know, the fruit named banana is a high calorie tropical fruit. A serving of 100g of bananas (approx.  2/5 cup smashed bananas) contains around 90 calories. It is easy to digest and provides almost immediate energy due to its simple sugars like fructose and sucrose. It also contains soluble fiber, which… Continue Reading

Food Focus: DATES

Food Focus: DATES

Dates are fruits that grow on date palms. They have been used since the times of Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt. Dates are very sweet and nutritionally packed essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Dates are rich in dietary fiber and contain tannins (flavonoid antioxidants that are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties). In terms of percentage of… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Incredible Kale

Food Focus: Incredible Kale

KALE: Kale is rich in flavonoid compounds, such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. A 100g (approx. 1-1/3 cup) contains 3.3g of protein. Yes, protein! In terms of percentage of RDA, it also contains: Vitamins Folates – 7% Niacin – 6% Pantothenic acid – 1.5% Pyridoxine – 21% Riboflavin – 10% Thiamin – 9% Vitamin A… Continue Reading

2012 – A Roller-Coaster Year

2012 – A Roller-Coaster Year

This year has been a roller coaster year. We have experienced many highs, and many lows. I cannot even begin to give you a detailed explanation of everything that has happened, so I won’t even try. I will, however, give you some highlights. It’s been months since my newsletter subscribers received one of my newsletters. Since… Continue Reading

Energize Your Body

Have you heard of Earthing (also called grounding)? I recently read some articles about the use of earthing where it is described as “direct physical contact with the vast supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. ” In other words, walking outside barefoot, lying on a beach, or sitting on the grass. Modern… Continue Reading

Aerial Spraying and West Nile Virus

Aerial Spraying and West Nile Virus So last night before it was even dark, we saw aerial spraying in the Richardson area. We were out and about, so we were exposed to the neurotoxins. Spraying is needed, you say? The truth is that spraying doesn’t work. A colleague of mine decided to prove this point… Continue Reading

Healing at the Soul Level

Healing at the Soul Level   Are you happy? Truly happy? Do you love what you do every day? How many of us pass our days fulfilling obligations and doing what’s expected of us? What are your dreams? What is your passion? Are you in love? Do you ever ponder these questions? When we are… Continue Reading

Business Connections at CBT – Update & Upcoming Meetings

Business Connections at CBT – Update & Upcoming Meetings Here are some examples of feedback received from previous Business Connections Meetings (at Congregation Beth Torah). The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “Easy to meet and greet.” “Enlightened me to new opportunities for ‘business’ social media.” “Even though I have accounts with all, I still learned… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Strawberries

Food Focus: Strawberries Strawberries are one of the best things you can feed your body everyday. They are low in fat, sugar, and carbohydrates but have been known to pack a great punch when it comes to the benefits. They are high in Vitamin C, Folate, and Potassium. They are great for repairing your facial… Continue Reading

Recipe: Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Prep Time: 5 minutes Yield: 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup vanilla yogurt (or 1 cup plain yogurt with a dash of stevia and 1 tsp vanilla extract) 1 cup strawberries Directions Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve. Note: You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as nuts, a… Continue Reading

Protect Your Health – Protect Your Teeth

Protect Your Health – Protect Your Teeth Did you know that your diet and dental care could affect your chances of having a heart attack or stroke? This topic was discussed at the American Heart Association’s 84th annual meeting in Orlando last November.  Research conducted in Taiwan found that those who get regular dental care actually… Continue Reading

Addison Wellness Expo (April 2012)

DOWNLOADABLE FLYER AND COUPON Event Details Event: Addison Wellness Expo Date: Saturday, April 21st – Sunday, April 22nd Time: 11:00am City: Addison, Texas Venue: Addison Conference Centre Address: 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas Venue phone: 972-450-6241 Country: US Admission: $7/Day or $10/Weekend. Box office: 972-378-3770 Notes: Come visit me, with the DFW Health Coaches, at our booth in the Addison Wellness Expo. Continue Reading

Spice Focus: Saffron

Spice Focus: Saffron  Saffron has been said to be the most expensive spice in the world.The spice is obtained from the stamens of the saffron crocus. The flowers are hand picked and the stamens are hand plucked, one at a time. The stamens are fine, red yellow threads. Much of the best saffron is grown… Continue Reading

New Year Resolutions & Realistic Goals

New Year Resolutions & Realistic Goals This article was published in the January, 2012 issue of the Richardson Times. I would like to share it with you. It’s 2012. Can you believe it? Have you already made your New Year resolutions? I must confess that I have not made my New Years resolutions yet. This… Continue Reading

Get Involved – Stay Connected

Get Involved – Stay Connected I was recently asked to participate in a committee at Congregation Beth Torah whose purpose is to develop a networking group for all business professionals. As many of you know, I love to socialize and I love to help others, so I did not hesitate at all in accepting the… Continue Reading

Recipe: Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup Last night, Dennis & I attended our neighborhood Crime Watch Patrol pot-luck dinner. I made a delicious roasted squash soup that became quite a hit. In response to the requests for the recipe, I am posting the following “non-recipe” recipe. You’ll understand why I am calling it a “non-recipe” in a moment.… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Lentils

Food Focus: Lentils Lentils are legumes that are packed with nutrition. They are low in calories and high in fiber. Lentils also contain high levels of magnesium and folate, which are beneficial for heart health. Here are some good reasons to enjoy lentils on a regular basis: They are good for your heart. They are… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Onion

Food Focus: Onion Onion: Onions (Allium cepa) belong to the lily family, the same family as garlic, chives, and shallots. Health Powers: Onion is effective against many bacteria including Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella, and E. coli. Onion extracts, rich in a variety of sulfides, provide some protection against tumor growth; and are used in relief treatment… Continue Reading

Middle-Eastern Style Lentil Soup

Middle-Eastern Style Lentil Soup Yield: 4-6 servings Ingredients 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 large onions, cut into medium dice 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. ground coriander 1 tsp. ground cumin, preferably ground from whole seeds toasted in a dry skillet 1 tsp. ground turmeric 1/2 tsp. sweet paprika 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt… Continue Reading

Does Inflammation Have You Hot?

Does Inflammation Have You Hot? Inflammation, in its ideal form, is the body’s response to infection and injury. When it works properly, it’s a solution addressing pain and invading organisms. But when inflammation is systemic (throughout our body), low-level and persistent, we are neither healed nor protected. Long-term inflammation can be a factor in many… Continue Reading

Enjoying The Holidays

Enjoying The Holidays Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, or Eid-al-Adha, I wish you many blessings of joy and peace this holiday season! As a special treat to you, I have updated my “Surviving The Holidays” guide and renamed it ““Enjoying the Holidays 2011-2012.” You can download it for free here. I am… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Coconut Milk

Food Focus: Coconut Milk Coconut milk can be bought ready-made or made from scratch. It is used as a staple in many tropical climates, where, according to local people, it is similar to mother’s milk and is considered a complete protein. Coconut products are especially beneficial to thyroid patients. Edward Bauman, Ph.D. is founder and… Continue Reading

An Affirmation of Abundance and Gratitude

An Affirmation of Abundance and Gratitude During this time of thanksgiving, I share with you the following affirmation which was written by Louise Hay. May you be blessed with abundance as you reflect upon your blessings. “Deep at the centre of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love… Continue Reading

Recipe: Coconut Milk

Recipe: Coconut Milk Coconut milk is not the liquid inside the coconut. It is the liquid that is extracted from the flesh of the coconut. It can be made at home from fresh, dry or creamed coconut. In this recipe, we will use half a fresh coconut. Grate the flesh of half a fresh coconut… Continue Reading

Recipe: Thai-spiced Winter Squash Soup

Thai-spiced Winter Squash Soup Serves 4-6. 2 lbs. (1 kg) Winter squash – acorn, butternut, hubbard, turban, small pumpkins 3 tablespoons butter or olive oil 1 14-ounce can coconut milk 1 teaspoon (or more) red Thai curry paste
water 2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt (or to taste) Water or vegetable stock to thin soup to… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Winter Squash

Food Focus: Winter Squash (This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of A Healthy You and was prepared as part of a collaborative effort with other IIN Health Coaches).) As members of the Curcurbitaceae family, winter squash come in a multitude of sizes and colors. With hard shells, some have a shelf life of… Continue Reading

Seasonal changes and your mood

Seasonal changes and your mood (This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of A Healthy You and was prepared as part of a collaborative effort with other IIN Health Coaches).) Seasonal changes have a distinct effect on your moods, your physical activity and what you eat. If you live in more northern latitudes, which… Continue Reading

Mixed Green Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette (Recipe obtained from Chef Stevie Nussbaum) Makes 4 servings Ingredients 1/4 cup Blueberries 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon mustard 6 cups Mixed Greens 1/4 cup Goat Cheese Directions Place the blueberries, Balsamic Vinegar, and dijon mustard in a blender or food processor Turn… Continue Reading

Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup (Ingredient list obtained from Chef Stevie Nussbaum) Makes 12 servings Ingredients: 1 1/2 Pounds acorn squash, Halved 1 1/2 Pounds butternut squash, Halved 1 Pound spaghetti squash, Halved 1 whole Onion, chopped 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Extra Virgin) 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic 4 Cups Vegetable Stock 1/2 cup… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Natural Sweeteners

Food Focus: Natural Sweeteners (This article was previously published in the September edition of A Healthy You). Who among us doesn’t love sweets? The sweet flavor releases serotonin in our brains, the chemical responsible for our sense of well-being and contentment. But when it comes to sweeteners, not all are created equal. There are side… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Maple syrup is the concentrated extract of the sap of maple trees. It adds a rich, deep flavor to foods and drinks. Make sure to look for 100% pure maple syrup, not maple-flavored corn syrup. As with all sweeteners, organic varieties are best. Adapted from “The Cane Mutiny,” New Age Magazine, March/April 1999. Continue Reading

Deconstructing Cravings

Deconstructing Cravings (This article was previously published in the September edition of A Healthy You). The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it. It’s an amazing body – always striving to maintain perfect balance. Is this… Continue Reading

Food Focus: Agave Nectar

Agave Nectar (This article previously appeared in  the September edition of A Healthy You). Agave is made through the extraction and purification of the juice of the agave cactus. It does not stimulate insulin secretion as other sugars do, so it does not create a “sugar rush.” It has a delightfully light and mild flavor. Continue Reading

Food Focus: Raw Honey

Raw Honey (This article previously appeared in the September edition of A Healthy You.) Everyone seems to love honey, one of the oldest natural sweeteners on the market. The flavor of honey varies depending on the plant source. Some are very dark and intensely flavored. Wherever possible, choose raw honey, as it is unrefined and… Continue Reading

Food Day 2011

Food Day 2011 Food Day this year is being observed on Monday, October 24th. Here in the North Central Texas, the DFW Health Coaches and Nannis Chiropractic are hosting the following events: October 24, 2011 – Two FREE Screenings of FOODMATTERS® (Dallas & Arlington). October 25, 2011 – Cooking Demonstration and Interactive discussion at the… Continue Reading

Fall Cleanse

Fall Cleanse Have you abused your body with excess food, too much stress and lack of movement? It’s time to slow down, listen to, and nourish your body. I am very excited to announce that I will kick off this fall with a wonderful cleansing program which involves a two week healthy diet. It is… Continue Reading

Ginger Drink

Ginger Drink (This recipe has been featured in the August, 2011 issue of A Healthy You). Prep Time: 7 minutes Cook Time: 24 hours or 20 minutes (choose your method) Yield: 6-8 servings Ingredients: 1 pound fresh ginger root 2 quarts water juice of 2 limes maple syrup, stevia, honey or agave nectar to taste… Continue Reading

Recipe: Sun Tea

Sun Tea (This recipe has been featured in the August, 2011 issue of A Healthy You.) Prep time: 2 minutes Cook time: 24 hours Yield: 2 liters Ingredients: 3-4 tea bags of your choice water Directions: Fill an extra-large mason jar with water, add 3 or 4 of your favorite tea bags and cover with… Continue Reading

Relaxation and Exercise

Relaxation and Exercise Summer is often a time for serious play, time off and deep relaxation. Many of us use the summertime to rebuild our reserves for the rest of the busy year. In our work-crazed society we can lose sight of the benefits of slowing down and taking time to rest. Now that summer… Continue Reading