Inspiration for Spring

When was the last time you felt at ease? When was the last time you felt really good in your body? I can help you identify food sensitivities, and fill your self-care toolbox with concrete action steps to thrive and live a life of balanced wellness. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s been so long since we’ve been truly in balance, that it’s hard to relate with what real ease, balance, and true wellness feels like. Sometimes it feels like being stuck in a place of confusion and anxiety, with motivation and self care completely out of reach. I educate my clients how to get on-track with their health and their purpose – creating balanced wellness in body, mind, and spirit. I inspire women to thrive by taking continuous actionable baby steps. Changing your habits and living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be a daunting task and it is SO achievable with the right support and tools. Let me show you how simple changes in your daily practices combine beautifully with awareness around unconscious behaviors imparted from the past. Self-care and renewed confidence are the keys to unlock your unlimited potential. With this comes freedom from fatigue, anxiety, declining health, an unfulfilling career, and poor relationships… as you step into who you really are… you are empowered to create intentions, and live the grand life you envision for yourself!...

Raw Almond Feta

My son (who is not gluten-free) said at Christmas… “If you serve us gluten-free food that tastes this good, you can bring it out anytime!” LOL I’ve made this recipe many times, but can’t seem to remember to take my own photo. This photo and the recipe is courtesy of Raw Food For Life. Ingredients: 1 cup of soaked raw almonds (12-24 hrs) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 T cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove of garlic (crushed) 1 1/4 tsp of Real Brand or Celtic Sea salt Contents of 1 pro-biotic capsule (optional) 1/4 cup cold purified water Preparation:  Soak raw almonds in purified water overnight. The next morning, peel the skin off the almonds and place them into a high speed blender, I use a Vitamix.Add the remaining ingredients, and blend until it has a creamy consistency (about 5 minutes). Remove the mixture from the blender and place the ‘cheese’ in a nut bag or cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess liquid. Twist around the ‘cheese’, forming it into an orange-size ball, and squeezing to help extract any moisture. Secure with a rubber band or kitchen twine. Place the cloth over a strainer. Put it in the refrigerator to set for about 12 hours. Be sure to put a bowl underneath the strainer to catch any runoff. The last time I made this over Christmas, I soaked the almonds, peeled them (the skin just pops off), then I set the almonds in the refrigerator till the next day. In doing this, there wasn’t any extra liquid that drained out from the nut bag. If...

Happy New Year 2015

I’ve been thinking today of how to inspire each and every one of you! And I have a plan. I’ve created a beautiful template of a goal setting exercise that I viewed today on this video. I’ll explain below… Just click here to download the form and be inspired!   According to MindValley.com, there are 3 very important questions to ask yourself around setting goals. What EXPERIENCES do I want out of life How do I want to GROW and be a more creative being  What do I want to CONTRIBUTE to the world… what will my legacy be…   To view the instruction page, click here Basically, this is how it works. There are 3 columns on your page, one for Experiences, one for Growth, and one for Contribution. You are only to spend 90 seconds on each column. Set a timer. Go with your gut instinct, don’t think too much, just write whatever comes to you. First you list all experiences that you want to get out of life. What would you really want to experience? Pretend there is NO limit to time and money. Some idea’s would be around health, fitness, love, relationships, family, friends… What type of home do you desire, what type of car? What places do you want to visit? What do you want to see and experience? holidays… travel plans… think big! Second you list all the various ways you want to grow and BE a more creative being. Look at your intellectual life… what books do you want to read, what new language do you want to learn? Look at your...

Eat Right for Your Blood Type

Have you ever wondered why sometimes your abdomen hurts after eating?  I think we’ve all experienced this. Especially around the holidays when we may over indulge on all the yummy foods around us. Even a seemingly healthy food like avocados can trigger a bloated feeling. Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo has written an amazing book ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’ which talks about eating for your blood type. According to Dr. D’Adamo, blood-type O’s should avoid eating avocados. First, do you know your blood type? I have little kits in my office where you can prick your own finger and find out. Just let me know if you need one, I’ll be happy to send it. Eating for your blood type is a concept I explore with my coaching clients, and is one of their favorite sessions. So much of it makes sense! The theory is that a chemical reaction can occur between your blood and the foods you eat, if you aren’t eating correctly for your blood-type. This reaction is part of your genetic inheritance. The main culprit, if you will, is something called Lectins. Lectins are abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, which have  agglutinating properties that affect your blood. Your blood type is the key to your body’s entire immune system. Now before I lose you, let’s see. Have you ever met someone along the way who can’t eat nightshades? These consist of eggplant, green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. The lectin Solanine is the active protein in these foods that negatively interacts with some people. Back to lectins… if you eat a food containing protein lectins...

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients: Courtesy of King Arthur Flour 3 large eggs 2 T molasses 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree 1 3/4 cups of King Arthur gluten-free flour 1 C sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 1/2 tsp Real Brand or Celtic Sea salt 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon/nutmeg) 1/2 C soft butter or Earth Balance Preparation:  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan, or use mini muffin pans. Whisk together the eggs, molasses, and pumpkin puree. Once I even substituted applesauce for half of the pumpkin, and it was great! Set aside. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and spices. Add the soft butter (or butter substitute) mixing with an electric mixer until evenly crumbly. The mixture will look like coarse sand. Add the egg mixture a bit at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until fluffy. Scoop the batter into prepared pan, mounding the cups rather full. This batter doesn’t rise too much during baking, so over filling the cups is fine. Let the muffins rest for 10 minutes before baking (I didn’t do this step and they were just fine). Bake muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, until the middle springs back when lightly touched. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Best served warm. These are truly one of the best muffin recipes I’ve come across in awhile. Enjoy! Click here to see the recipe online at King Arthur’s...