Archive of ‘Pleasure’ category

Simple, Delicious Summertime Yumminess

One hundred degrees
Makes me want to slow way down
Enjoy simple things

Here are two of my favorite summertime treats.  Super delicious and super simple to make.  Oh…and bonus: super nutritious.


Chia Puddingtwitter-icon
8 ounces unsweetened Hemp (or almond, coconut or cashew milk)
¼ cup chia seeds
A squirt (or 2) of liquid stevia (or agave, honey, xylitol to taste)
Mix with whisk.
Let sit at least an hour in the fridge. (I let mine sit overnight)
Top with your choice of fresh, summertime fruit.


Sparking Limeadetwitter-icon
Sparking water (I use Topo Chico or LaCroix)
Squeeze ½ lime
Sweeten with Lemon Flavored Stevia to taste

Here’s to simple, summertime pleasures,


The power of clearing the way

Ageless goddesses
All know the power of this:
How to “Clear the Way”

Ancient wisdom from Ayurveda tells us that it’s good to give your digestion a break and support your body’s detoxification several times a year – ideally at the changing of seasons. It’s like a quarterly cleaning of your closets, garage, and basement so that you don’t accumulate too much extra stuff. Or like going through your email inbox a few times a year to clear out all the old emails.

The great thing about doing a quarterly clearing process – whether it’s in your home or your body – is that it doesn’t have to be drastic or harsh. In other words, if you do a gentle, supportive cleanse/detoxification quarterly that supports your body’s natural digestion and detoxification processes, you won’t have as much accumulated toxicity, and therefore will not need to take drastic measures to detoxify.

I’ve created such a program. It’s gentle and supportive. And it works. I call it “Clear the Way.

“It all starts with the gut! The ‘Clear the Way’ program is an effective and practical approach to gut health without which, true health is not possible.”

~#1 New York Times Best Seller Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and Goddesses Never Age.

The change from Spring to Summer is a perfect time to do ‘spring cleaning’ so I’ll be guiding my 5 week Clear The Way program beginning on May 11th to support anyone who is ready for ‘spring cleaning.’ Clear The Way is NOT a harsh cleanse or detox program. It DOES support your body’s natural digestion and detoxification processes…but gently. It is not just about the food. It combines ancient traditional wisdom from Yoga and Ayurveda with cutting edge scientific research on optimal nutrition.

You’ll be given guidelines for what and when to eat, you’ll learn new ways to move your body and you’ll boost your digestion and detoxification with nutritionals you can trust.

Are ready to ‘clear the way,’?  Learn more or join my program here:

This live coaching call is only available to members of my Clear the Way program. On the call I’ll share my ‘insider’ tips on how to increase pleasure and joy as you go through the program and I’ll answer any questions you may have.



p.s. After watching Dr. Northrup on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday I was reminded of the importance of pleasure in creating vibrant health. So if you missed my “Pleasure Diet” webinar, don’t despair! You will receive it as part of your Clear the Way purchase.


Earlier this week I noticed this oak tree as I was walking on our neighborhood trails.

See those tiny branches growing on the trunk?  Those are called suckers.  They divert nutrients for optimal tree growth.

As I continued my walk I reflected on all the suckers in my own life…the things that divert energy for an optimal life.

Here’s just a partial list of what came to mind:

  • Compulsively checking emails, Facebook and texts
  • Trying to make everything okay for everyone
  • Fear that I’m not leading people effectively
  • Criticizing myself for my looks, how I parent, how I don’t have a garden this year…
  • Worrying…about anything.  
  • Taking phone calls when it isn’t convenient for me to stop what I am doing
  • Clutter
  • Doubting myself
  • Wanting things to be different than they are

You know what?  It’s time to prune the suckers!!!!


I have the perfect pruning shears to do the job!


It's Never Too Late

…to get your bliss back.

How do I know?  I’ve done it!

I’ve hit bottom a couple of times in my life. The last time was after my husband’s company filed bankruptcy. Instead of trusting Divine Order as I always had, I spiraled into panic. Fear began to drive every action and choice I made. Out of fear I chose to accept a high profile job that not only paid well but also required more than full time hours.

The harder I worked, the less I was available for my son and the more depressed my husband got. By 2007 I felt like a walking shell of a woman. Perhaps the worst part of all was that I was touted as the mind/body expert as I traveled to speak to audiences of 1000 women per city and in dozens of magazine articles. I felt like a fraud!!! I was exhausted, overweight, anxious, depressed, lonely, had no libido and was very frightened that I was going to miss out on my son’s entire childhood. I remember a general sense of numbness  – even when I had the rare opportunity to do something enjoyable.

I knew something was missing. I was longing to feel alive and connected. But despite my years of education and training in nursing, fitness, nutrition, and yoga I didn’t know what to do.

I know what it’s like to struggle.
To feel resentful of the very people you want to love…like your husband,  your kids or your best friend.
To numb out with sugar..then go on a clean diet and numb out with work.
To feel anything but sexy.

I know how frustrating it can be to follow advice from books and coaches and workshops only to find yourself stuck. Again.

I have spent years traveling far and wide to study with masters from around the world to reclaim my bliss.  Now it’s my turn to teach you.

I know how to get unstuck and I know it’s never too late…
To create a sacred relationship with your body
To have the energy and desire to enjoy being with your kids
To feel sexy, full of life…like yourself!
To reawaken a deeply satisfying connection with your beloved.

(Click here for your Bliss Intensive weekend)

I won’t lie and say this process requires no effort on your part. It

But it can be done. And you can finally have support, specific guidance and tools from someone who has walked this path before.

Some information can only be learned through experience. That’s why I WAS COMPELLED TO  CREATE an opportunity for women to dive in and learn with me in an in-depth, hands-on retreat setting.

If you’ve been feeling cut off from your true power, cranky and overwhelmed or simply tired of running on fumes, my Bliss Intensive promises to be the powerful antidote you need.

This weekend intensive will provide the guidance, tools, and the container you need to bring back your natural state of bliss.

My simple (and yummy) secret for sneaking in more veggies.

My simple secret for sneaking in more veggies…

I have never been a good cook.  Mostly because I don’t have the patience to follow a recipe and measure things exactly.    But sometimes I actually create a recipe worth sharing.
What makes one of my creations worthy of being shared?  Here are my criteria:

  1. It is healthy
  2. It is so good that even a teenage boy will ask for second helpings
  3. It is easy to prepare
  4. It doesn’t require much clean-up

Here’s one of my favorite creations:  5 Veggie Spaghetti Sauce.  I love serving this to guests and asking them to guess what is in it.  So far NOBODY has ever been able to detect all 5 veggies.  And many times people (usually boys) refuse to believe there is cauliflower in this sauce because they ‘hate’ cauliflower!
Here’s what you need:
A very large pot  – at least the size of a dutch oven or bigger
A skillet for browning the meat
2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
2 large carrots
1 large onion
1/2 head cauliflower
1 clove garlic, chopped
Olive oil
1 pound organic ground beef or ground turkey (optional)
3  26-oz jars of organic pasta sauce
Pasta or Spaghetti Squash

Here’s what you do:

  • Brown and drain the ground beef or turkey, then set it aside
  • Using the S blade in a food processor, chop up all the veggies into teeny tiny bits so they are unrecognizable to people who don’t like veggies….that’s the sneaky part!
  • Saute the garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 minutes in the bottom of the large pot
  • Add carrots, squash, zucchini and cauliflower.   Saute 5 more minutes
  • Add the browned meat.  Here’s what it will look like before you add the pasta sauce.  See how tiny all the veggies are?


5. Sitr in 3 jars of pasta sauce

Here’s one of my favorites:


I love to serve this 5 Veggie Spaghetti Sauce over Spaghetti Squash or Gluten-Free Pasta.  This is one of my favorite gluten-free pastas – Sweet Potato & Buckwheat Noodles:


Please let me know if you are successful at sneaking these veggies into someone’s diet who doesn’t like veggies!  That always makes me smile 🙂

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