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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Food Focus: Chocolate

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,…

Food Feeds the Soul

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…

Cholesterol – what is “bad”? what is “good”?

Cholesterol – what is “bad”? what is “good”? What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance that resembles wax. It is made by the liver and found in every cell in the body. Do we need cholesterol? Cholesterol is important. Without cholesterol, our bodies would not be able to function. For example, cholesterol is needed…

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…

Food Focus: Sea Vegetables

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…

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…

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…

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 to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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:…