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Avoid False Readings With One Simple Habit


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 sample.

Researchers in the Netherlands asked participants in a study group to peel a banana or slice an apple before testing and 88 percent of those that handled the fruit had a blood sugar readings at least 10 percent higher than a reading taken after they washed their hands.

Blood glucose meters are extremely sensitive and the blood sample used is tiny, so any food residue on the finger that is pricked can result in an inaccurate reading.

Inaccurate readings could also result due to lotions or creams. If you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands prior to testing your blood glucose level, wipe away the first drop of blood and use the second drop to increase accuracy of the results.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Line Therapy

First Line Therapy I recently returned from the First Line Therapy certification workshop in Denver, Co. What an intense and wonderful experience! The training provided by the Metagenics team was impressive. We received training from Lyra Heller, Chris Katke, Dr. Kenneth Browning,DO, Dr. Kristi Hughes,ND, and Michael Alosso. Here are some of the things I… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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


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