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April 22, 2017

Let Go of Stress – 3 Steps to Help the Process

Too often we forget how simple and sweet life can be, how it is supposed to be. In the hustle of life we tend to loose track of what ACTUALLY matters…which is OBVIOUSLY a terrible thing!

Over the past several months I have been allowing the seriousness of life to link up with everyday stresses, resulting in a perpetual chain of things to do and time to spend in places other than those places that deeply nourish me.

But a few weeks ago I renewed an important commitment to myself, which is to tap back into the blissful state of mind that is waiting just on the other side of stress. It’s funny how easily we can forget to come back to this “home base”, this alive, peaceful, and conscious mindset/place.

Being busy is fine and can be very fun and rewarding on many different levels, but to allow it to cut into those personal practices that nourish you is not the way to live a long and joy-filled life. We create Heaven and Hell on earth through what we CHOOSE to focus on… and the world will push you into that place of torment if you allow it to. We have to vigilantly stand guard of where our minds go if we truly want to tap into our personal power and the deep well of love that fuels us.

The careless breeze, happy birds, and kid’s songs I heard this morning reminded me of one of the best things you can do for you body and your mind…. which is none other than rest. This morning’s moment was inspiring and it was the perfect reminder for me to continue (and to deepen) my commitment to nourishing myself.

It is so easy to get wrapped up in day to day activities and responsibilities, but we must remember that the MOST important thing is to spend sufficient time rejuvenating ourselves. Doing so enables us to show up more fully in the world, to face challenges with alert optimism, and to be present while giving our undivided attention to the job at hand.

Focusing is a lot easier when we aren’t daydreaming about escaping our duties! Remember, we can only give sufficiently if our cup is overflowing. I implore you to wake up each day with a plan of how and when you are going to etch out a little bit of time to take care of yourself. Will it be yoga? a bike ride? meditation? a walk in nature?

It is so easy to forget, but taking care of oneself really should be the MOST important thing. We cannot give sufficiently without nourishing ourselves first. If the fruit tree doesn’t receive enough water, it won’t fruit. For me, reminders are crucial. Here are a few helpful ways to keep yourself on track.

1. Pre-Commit. When you make a plan and budget your time appropriately you enable yourself to exercise, meditate, enjoy a nourishing tea, etc. WITHOUT guilt. Commit 100%…not 99%. That one (missing) percent gives you an easy out that may soon spiral out of control. When you commit 100% you won’t let this sacred time be compromised!

2. Take care of the most important things first. Because will power is fueled by glucose, you have more will power during the morning hours than you do in the evening, so take care of the hardest, most important, or most dreaded things first. Getting a win or two under your belt first thing in the morning is an important way to trigger serotonin release and to create healthy momentum for a productive day.

3. Prominently display encouragement and inspiration related to your goals. Just like new years resolutions or weight loss programs, we like to think we will change – but often we do not follow through till the end. These types of reminders are a great way of getting and keeping yourself going. Reminders can be simple post-it notes in specific places (moved around occasionally so you don’t start ignoring them), quotes, or emotion-provoking/visually appealing displays. For example, if you want to create a new habit of reading and drinking herbal tea, position your tea cup and book in a place (and in a way) that will invite you to follow through on that decompressing and energizing activity. Symbolic reminders need to be…well, symbolic! They need to mean something and instantly remind, encourage, and inspire you on a subconscious level.

Sometimes keeping stress at bay only takes 10 minutes a day. So what will you add into your life that will take away some of those burdens on your mind?

What we eat affects what we think

When analyzing brain foods, one of the most important things to look at besides toxicity (foreign to our bodies, i.e. artificial) is the glycemic index. If you don’t already know how important it is, start paying attention to the glycemic index (GI) of food and observe how you feel in relation to this one marker. Our brain thrives on a steady stream of glucose in the blood stream and when that steady stream isn’t so steady, the brain (as well as the rest of the body) suffers with irritability, depression and sluggishness to name a few.

Pastas, breads, and white potatoes are the worst offenders when it comes to upsetting the blood sugar and depleting nutrients.

Before we get to the good foods, check out some more of the “bad” ones. Artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, sugary foods and drinks, hydrogenated fats, nicotine, and alcohol are the worst “non-food” foods. The sad news about alcohol is that it doesn’t even need to be ingested…it kills brain cells if it is just smelled!

Did you know that both the Air Force’s magazine, “Flying Safety”, and the Navy’s magazine, “Navy Physiology”, published articles warning about the many dangers of aspartame? The methanol in aspartame is found to build up in the tissues causing a potential cumulative effect. It is also reported to increase the likelihood of birth defects. Pilots have linked the use of aspartame to seizures and vertigo and most flight agencies warn against its usage. It is also reported to disrupt the chemical makeup of the brain and lower the levels of serotonin – which could affect sleep, appetite, mood, and behavior. Aspartame (and other chemical sweeteners) disrupt amino acid metabolism, hormonal equilibrium and nerve functions, to name a few. Read more here.

So that’s the bad news, and although there is MUCH more to be said about those “non-foods”, that is a subject for a whole other post. Here are some foods that you can incorporate into your diet that will enhance your cognitive function and decrease brain fog. When you eat the right foods you are able to see things more clearly, become more confident and overall add quality to your life and the life of your valuable brain through balancing your hormones, and nourishing your brain’s functions.

The top brain foods include:

Salmon and other fatty fish
Cacao – this is the raw bean. Chocolate has sugar (read about sugar above)
Green tea, especially Matcha
Acai berry and blue berry
Avocados – great fatty acids
Brewer’s yeast (great source of RNA)
Broccoli, brussels sprouts, and all leafy greens
Eggs- great source of protein and readily used cholesterol (yes, the whole egg!)
Seeds and Nuts: flaxseed (freshly ground), walnuts, chia, pumpkin, etc.
Also, be sure to incorporate all of the colors that call to us from nature. Those colors, called bioflavonoids, are what gives wine and pomegranate so much value – they’re loaded with antioxidants that scavenge free radicals in the brain and in the body.

To break it down very simply: Get enough omega 3 fatty acids, plenty of protein (especially from non-meat sources), a variety of colors, and don’t forget plenty of PURE water (avoid unfiltered tap water). These are the ingredients that help people maintain a high quality of life and great mental clarity and cognitive function well into a ripe old age.

February 27, 2017

What You Focus On Grows

The whole idea that by simply focusing on something will actually bring more of it into your life may seem strange. However, if you play with the idea for a little while, you will quickly see what is meant by “What you focus on grows”. For an easy example, think about body builders. When they focus on building muscle, the muscles grow. Of course it takes more than just thinking about it and hoping that it will happen. When you focus on building muscle, it will probably lead you to research how to actually do it. You will probably be led to talk to people who have successfully built up their own bodies, you will likely research the topic on the internet and you may hire a personal trainer to direct you and speed up the process. Focusing doesn’t mean staring. Focusing doesn’t mean magically creating. Focusing means devoting significant amounts of time and energy to accomplish your goals.

Really, we are talking about manifesting what we want out of life (think: law of attraction), whether it be health, happiness, love, intelligence, money, fame, or combinations of different things. When we want something in life, we can acquire it. And as the old addage goes, don’t worry about the “how”, that will come.

When we focus on a health issue in the wrong way, it grows in the wrong way. What does that mean? Well, when you focus on your shoulder pain or your migraines using a language such as “why does this pain have to be so bad” or “why does it have to happen to me?” you actually play the role of a victim disallowing yourself the ability to gain control of the situation. Thinking of how bad the pain hurts and how much you hate it is not something that I recommend. Think about it this way, when you hate something that is part of you or your own body, you are hating a part of yourself. When you hate a part of yourself, you are trying to deny that piece of your Whole Being from love and attention. Stereotypically, men will “hate” a health issue or pain by ignoring it, and in general women will ignore it also but in a different way. Men ignore their symptoms by “being a man” about it and not complaining and not worrying about it. Women tend to ignore their symptoms by continuing to say “Yes” to people and situations they know they should say “NO” to, just not listening to their body when it says (or screams) “Slow Down”.

So, try this for your health complaint or pain…Think about the situation in a solution oriented way opposed to a problem oriented way. We are so used to looking at the problems of our world and we don’t have enough time or pay enough attention to creating solutions. The next time that you have a problem, first of all don’t deny it. Give it some credibility and let yourself believe if only for a moment that it is actually there for a reason and that it is actually NOT an accident. When you think about things in this way, you cross the bridge of being someone who is a victim into someone who is a Powerful Co-Creator of his/her reality! If you don’t think that this style of thought is for you or that it would really make a difference, try it out before dismissing it. I can tell you that living in a left brain dominated society has made us imbalanced and has led to us missing out on many experiences for ourselves. The right brain is the part of ourselves that is not linear and logical. Let it take up its role in our reality by starting to shift from problem oriented to solution oriented. I’m sure that you will be happy that you did. Leave your comments below to share how this approach has changed your circumstances.

December 24, 2016

End the Old & Begin the New!

Regardless of how every little piece of it turned out, it’s important to acknowledge what you accomplished this year.

It’s time for two things now.. to relax and to celebrate! Whatever your faith or spiritual angle, there is no denying that this time of year is special for many reasons. December 21st is the Winter Solstice… the shortest and darkest day of the year. Going forward into the new year we will begin again, be reborn to another year. And of course it’s customary and popular to be thinking about intentions and setting new years resolutions.

I think this is great because it is essentially goal setting, and goal setting is something that we should all be doing regularly!

Winter is of the water element in Chinese Medicine and Taoism. Winter is important to me because here in central Texas we don’t naturally get very many snow days (usually none) or even prolonged periods of cold days. Society in general really doesn’t respect the type of energy that the water element brings with it either. As Westerners, well most of the world now really, we take on more and more every year while demanding that our body and mind keep up. We don’t value recuperation but at least in most U.S. states we get some cold weather that forces us to slow down and take some time to read by the fire. THAT is why I love winter, slowing down is a big part of what winter means to me. The water element gives us the opportunity to be reflective and to be still. Physically, when we look into water it shows us reflection. This time of year is asking us to listen, to unwind, to become more present and more aware, and to let go of our fears (you know, those fears – based only on the stories we tell ourselves – those stories that trick us into worrying because we know something is “going to go wrong”… or not go the way we want).

Slowing down and reflecting also means letting go of missed opportunities and mis-takes. It is about accepting what was and what is, and to be genuinely grateful. In fact, if you don’t incorporate some sort of practice like this in your life on a regular basis (or at least yearly) you will likely find yourself in a prolonged dark place, steeped in regret and self criticism.

So, let the winter holiday’s be your time to enjoy just being. Allow yourself to indulge in some self-care and in some peace and quiet. While you’re there, reflect about your life.. what you like about it and what you don’t like; what you want to change and what you WILL change! What you really, really like about your life and want more of.

“The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.”

Thomas Carlile

Make some tea, think and ponder, reflect and FEEL your how your thoughts affect you. Make some more tea, journal, do some yoga, take a bath, think and ponder more!

How do you want your life to be? Remember, IT IS YOUR LIFE and it is happening RIGHT NOW! You’re in the middle of it. It’s so important to engineer your life so that you can live it the way that makes you happiest. We should aim for a life that nourishes us on all levels and that allows us to express our gifts and our love the most.

If you were 99 years old and looked back on your life, what would you regret if you don’t change it now? What legacy do you want to leave? Are you pursuing your dreams or have you given up on them? What do you need to let go of this year?

If you like these questions, I have a bunch more for you. Get The Essential Questions Here. Journaling exercises are exceptionally valuable and there are all sorts of studies out there on the topic.

Be intentional and set aside at least a half-hour to answer these questions for yourself. Get into the zone and enter into that blissful state of “stream of consciousness writing” or the similar state of “brain dumping”. You’ll feel great afterwards because you’ve put pen to paper (or words on a screen) and now it actually exists. You’ve become more aware of where you are and where you are going. You’ve stated what is important to you and what you need to let go of.

Spring isn’t for a couple of more months at least so if you don’t finish all the questions over this holiday break come back to it soon. I promise that you will be happy you did.

Please leave me a comment below on how you renew and restore yourself. I’d love to hear!

I appreciate all of you, my wonderful clients and subscribers. I wish you peace and a filled up, centered and expanded heart this season.

March 1, 2016

Workshop: Medicinal Herbs We Can Grow!

Interested in learning more about growing medicinal herbs in your backyard? Click below to sign up!

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We will be talking about 12 medicinal herbs that we can grow here in Central Texas, the benefits those herbs have to offer and preparation methods. We will also have a special demo on how to make a delicious tonic herb elixir, plus a tasting of some of our home grown culinary herbs.

Would you like to attend?


Coconut Crusted Chicken Bites with Creamy Cauliflower Mash and Mango Salsa

Creamy Cauliflower Mash:

4 servings

4 c. cauliflower
1 c. coconut milk
1/2 – 1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 – 1 tsp onion powder
Salt and pepper taste

Steam or boil cauliflower until soft. Process it in a food processor with the remaining ingredients until smooth.

Coconut Crusted Chicken Bites:

4 servings

1 lb organic boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1 inch chunks
1 cup shredded unseetened coconut
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
2 – 3 tbsp coconut oil


Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a bowl toss the chicken with the shredded coconut until coated.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the chicken in two batches. Flip when golden and crisp, about 3-5 min. per side.

Mango Salsa:


1/2 mango diced
1 1/2 tbsp red onion diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 lime juiced
Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Millet Breakfast Porridge

IMG_27331-587x391As with the other gluten free grains that have been mentioned on this blog, millet too should be properly (traditionally) prepared in order to A) get the full spectrum of nutrients it has to offer, and B) prevent the protective coating called “lectin” from irritating your intestinal lining. Pretty much all grains have some sort of coating on them in order to protect the seed from insects and animals. These coatings prevent us from absorbing the nutrition in the grain and often even block the absorption of nutrients from food we consume with the grain. Some examples of these “anti-nutrients” are the phytic acid in wheat and quinoa, the hemicellulous in corn and the lectins in amaranth and millet.

This porridge (recipe and image from Fountain Avenue Kitchen) may be prepared the night before, refrigerated, and gently reheated in the morning for a speedy breakfast. You can also make a bigger batch and portion into several bowls for easy breakfasts throughout the week. When preparing in advance, simply remove from the heat about five minutes early as the millet will continue to absorb the liquid overnight and as it is reheated.

  • 1/3 cup millet, rinsed and drained in a fine mesh strainer
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I like almond or coconut; skim milk works well, too)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons raisins, optional
  • Optional toppings: sliced bananas, peaches, berries, or fruit of choice; nuts of choice, shredded coconut
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the millet through optional raisins and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook at a very low simmer for 20-25 minutes, without stirring, or until the liquid is absorbed and the millet is the consistency of oatmeal or cream of wheat.
  2. Remove from the heat, drizzle with maple syrup or desired sweetener, and add toppings of choice.

Clean Recipes by Chef Karen!

Chef Karen, my sister-in-law is a really excellent chef. She has gifted us with these recipes that she made up while on her last detox program. You can learn more about Karen’s Crafty Kitchen Adventures here. She will soon be adding adult classes too!

Prep veggies. Everything in big, larger than bite-size pieces. Peeled sliced tomato (I used canned whole, then sliced them), thick slices/chunks of eggplant (I used Chinese eggplant), yellow squash, red bell pepper, sliced yellow onion. Toss with olive oil (generous amount), salt & pepper, and dried oregano. Roast @ 450*, until golden brown, flipping once. Gently toss with additional olive oil, chopped parsley, and salt & pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold. A little balsamic drizzled on top adds a punch. Serve with Brown Rice.

Grilled or Broiled Portobello, served with Basil “Pesto”, lightly sautéed Cherry Tomatoes, Herbed Brown Rice, and Fresh Salad.

Portobello– season portobello with fresh garlic, s&p, olive oil. Broil on grill rack, both sides, until cooked or a dark golden brown.

Basil “pesto” – puree fresh basil, fresh garlic, olive oil, s&p, splash of water if needed.

Brown Rice with fresh chopped herbs (parsley, cilantro), lemon zest, s&p. A bit of Coconut Oil adds a nice depth to the flavor.

Lentil & Brown Rice Patties, served with roasted Sweet Potato hash (or mash), sautéed Veggies.

Lentil patties- 2 cups Lentils & 1 cup Br.Rice smashed together, with sautéed small dice Garlic, Onion, Mushroom, and 2Tblsp chopped fresh Cilantro, 1/4 crumbled rice cake, s&p. Form small thick patties. Sauté in olive or coconut oil until crispy on both sides.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Chimichurri sauce.
Acorn Squash– keep peel on, remove seeds, slice in wedges, coat with olive oil, season with s&p. Roast on parchment flat side down, @ 450*, flipping once. Until both are dark golden brown. (note: the peel is edible)

Chimichurri sauce– 1 bu. chopped Parsley. 8 cloves minced Garlic. 1 Tblsp diced Red Onion. 1 tsp dried Oregano. 1 tsp Black Pepper. 1/2 tsp Salt. 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar. Juice of 1 Lemon wedge. 3/4 cup Olive Oil. Mix together. Drizzle on everything. yum!

Enchilada Sauce (Optional: also serve with Guacamole, for an extra flavor boost)

Saute 3oz tomato paste, 1/4 c. New Mexico chile powder, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp. dried Oregano in 3 Tblsp veg oil. Add 2 cup veg stock, and 1/2 tsp salt if needed. Cook for 15min, smoothing out any lumps.

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower Dip – 1 whole head Cauliflower, pieced into florets, tossed with 4 cloves crushed Garlic, 3 Tblsp Olive Oil, and s&p to taste. Roasted @ 475* on parchment, flipping once until golden brown. Purée, adding Smoked Paprika, Cumin, NM Red Chile, and a little water if needed. Adjust seasoning to taste. The roasted cauliflower is also super delicious without the pureeing. (Good substitute for Mashed Potatoes if pureed w/o the additional spices!)

Brown Rice Cake w/ sliced Avocado, Salt & Pepper, drizzle of Hot Sauce.

Surprisingly Delicious Lentil Soup served with fresh Salad.

Lentil Soup– 2 cloves Garlic, 1 diced Onion, fresh Herbs (1- 6” sprig Rosemary, 4 sprigs Thyme, 1 Tbsp fresh Oregano, 1 Bay Leaf), 3-4 diced Carrots, 3 cups Lentils, 6-8 cups Veg Stock or ½ tsp Marmite+H2O. Saute garlic, onion and carrots,  until onion is translucent. Add Herbs until fragrant. Add rest of ingredients and simmer until flavors combine, approx. 10min. Season with Salt & Pepper. (Even the kids had 2nd & 3rd helpings!)

Salad– Power greens, Carrot ribbons, Green Apple sticks, crumbled Rice Cake, S&P, Olive Oil & Balsamic vinegar.

Friday Night Mocktail!
Sparkling water, fresh Mint, fresh Lime. Put a little crushed ice in a glass, add a few mint leaves, stir and crush a bit using a muddler or even just a spoon, until mint is broken up and fragrant. Add a squeeze of lime, and top with soda water. Special!

Veggie Sushi and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Sushi– Brown Rice (short grain) prepared only with Rice Wine Vinegar, no sugar. Nori Seaweed sheets. Various vegetables sliced into thin sticks (carrots, cucumber, radish,etc.), or par-cooked/lightly steamed (asparagus, etc.), green onion stalks, avocado slices, etc. Prepare a little bowl of seasoning mixture (e.g., salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, or 5-spice, etc.). Once vegetables are placed on the rice and nori, be sure to season before rolling. (naturally colored wasabi is difficult to find, but sometimes possible)

Brussel Sprouts– Rinse and cut Brussel Sprouts in half, removing wilted outer leaf (and checking for bugs). Toss the sprouts with crushed garlic, olive oil and a bit of salt & pepper. Roast on parchment lined sheet pan at 450’, tossing once,  until dark golden brown.

Sweet Potato & Lentil Lettuce Wraps

Wraps– Make a hash, by sauteeing the following, adding in order, but only after each item is fully cooked; Sweet Potatoes, Onion, choice of veggie (e.g., Red Pepper, Calabaza Squash, Mushrooms, etc.), and cooked Lentils. Season with Salt & Pepper.

Seasoning options: Asian/ 5-Spice. Moroccan/ 1 tsp.Cumin,1sp.Coriander, ½ tsp.Cinnamon, fresh Parsley. Southwest/Cumin, Chile powder, Ancho. Serve as filling for whole Romaine lettuce leaves. Topping options: fresh herbs, green onion, chives, fresh jalapeno, rice wine vinegar, hot sauce.

Tropical Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

quinoa porridgeThis porridge is an excellent source of protein (Quinoa is actually a complete protein). It’s very high in fiber, has a lot of antioxidants, and is also a good source of many of the minerals people are regularly depleted in such as Magnesium, Potassium, & Zinc…it’s also high in Iron. It’s best if you soak quinoa overnight so that you dissolve the Phytic acid that coats the seed and blocks the absorption of nutrients. 


Makes: 2 servings


  • ½ c. quinoa – any color but tri-colored is the most visually and texturally beautiful
  • ½ c. water
  • 1 c. unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. organic unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c. crushed or sliced almonds
  • 2-4 mashed/pureed dates (optional)
  • 1 organic banana sliced
  • ¼-½ cup organic blueberries (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • ¼-½ c. mango chopped into small chunks (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • goji berries (optional)

Rinse and strain the quinoa with cool water, rubbing the grains between your fingers, until the water runs clear. Add it to a small pot with the water, milk, date puree/mash, and sea salt. Bring to a boil and then turn it down to simmer. Stirring occasionally, simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Meanwhile, toast the shredded coconut in a skillet on low heat until lightly browned. Remove the coconut from the skillet, and toast the almonds in the same manner. Don’t let them burn!

Once the quinoa has finished cooking, stir in the coconut oil and vanilla. Spoon the porridge into bowls and top with toasted coconut, banana slices, blueberries, mango, and toasted almonds. (You might try tossing in a few goji berries if you want it sweeter.)


Guayusa – Powerful, Clean Energy

Going off of coffee this week for the 7 day cleanse is a big deal for me. I LOVE good coffee. But, my secret is that I am drinking organic Guayusa tea. Of course you can drink green tea or Yerba Mate but my current favorite is Guayusa, a cousin of Yerba Mate. Guayusa (image by Anna Premo – Author, FAL) offers more caffeine than green tea along with other stimulants such as theophylline (clarifying and uplifting – also found in green tea), and theobromine (pleasant & relaxed feeling – also found in dark chocolate). This unique mix of caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine is what gives the balanced and uplifting “clean energy” effect without jitters or crashes. The Amazonian hunters call this type of energy “mental strength and courage”. This great holly plant also has Polyphenols and Saponins, which are great for

  • the immune system
  • heart health
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-tumor effect
  • beneficial for cholesterol
  • bone health
  • possible anti-cancer effect

It also has Theanine in it which gives a calming effect to the nervous system, and is a brain restorative. It contains 15 essential amino acids, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, chromium, and vitamins C and D.

If this peaks your interest you can purchase Guayusa on Amazon from my trusted source here.

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