Why Weight? Diets Don't Work

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 latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution-your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age. About half of Americans are overweight; one-third are obese. Diets steer us away from our common sense with few lasting results. Why? Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone? In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting. Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. There is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized...

Strawberry Ice Cream

There’s a little bit of summer left to include one more ice cream recipe.  This recipe is so scrumptious and nutritious, its not just a dessert!  Try it today. 2 Cans of full fat coconut milk 1 lb of fresh strawberries 1 cup of Medjool dates (pit removed) 1 T. Vanilla extract 2 tsp Almond extract Mix one can of coconut milk and the dates in a Vita-Mix or high-powered blender.  Blend until completely smooth.  Add the second can of coconut milk, strawberries and extracts.  Blend again until perfectly smooth.  Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s directions.  Serve and enjoy!  Suitable for Vegan and Dairy-free...

12 Steps to a Healthier, Happier You

Summer is winding down in upstate NY, with the last brilliant sunny days of August upon us.  The air is cooler at night, beckoning us to throw open our windows and enjoy the cool air as we sleep.  I’d love to share with you 12 easy steps toward a healthier, happier you!  See how many you can incorporate into your daily routine, for long lasting benefits. Blessings to all! 1. Drink more water. 2. Practice cooking and try new recipes. 3. Increase and experiment with whole grains. 4. Increase leafy greens and sweet vegetables, like yams and red peppers. 5. Experiment with different kinds of protein. 6. Eat less meat, dairy, sugar and chemicalized, artificial junk food. 7. Consume less coffee, alcohol and tobacco. 8. Develop easy and reliable habits to nurture your body. 9. Seek out healthy relationships that support you. 10. Find physical activity you enjoy and do it regularly. 11. Find work you love, or a way to love the work you have. 12. Develop a spiritual practice, even if its a few moments in the morning expressing...