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An easy way to start your day with veggies.

My 17 year-old son’s training schedule is intense! He swims 6 hours on Monday and Wednesday, swims 3 hours and does 2 hours of dryland training on Tuesday and Thursday, and swims 3 hours on Friday and Saturday. With all that exercise you’d think he would eat large quantities of food. But he is so fatigued that he often says he’s too tired to eat.

So I’m always looking for ways to pack nutrition into each meal and snack. I thought I’d share one of the ways I get healthy fat, protein and lots of veggies into his breakfast and mine. Usually my son eats about 2/3 and I eat 1/3 of this recipe.

 

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  1. Sauté ½ cup diced onions in a tbsp. of ghee.
  2. Add ¾ cup zucchini and ¾ cup squash diced and continue to sauté.
  3. Add ½ cup chopped tomatoes (if I don’t have large tomatoes, I slice cherry tomatoes) and continue sautéing until the tomatoes cook down a little.
  4. Beat 4 eggs and add a pinch of salt.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the pan and finish cooking.
  6. * Sometimes I add goat cheese at the very end. Mmm….mmm..mmm.

 

If you’ve read my newsletter before, you know I’m not a chef….so while this dish could become a beautiful omelet, it’s usually a cross between scrambled eggs and an omelet.

The great news is that no matter what it looks like, it tastes awesome and is a great way to start your day with veggies!

Bon appetit,
Deb

 

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.

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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.

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

Here’s to simple, summertime pleasures,

Deb

Some of My Favorite Things

I enjoy sharing
Things that support my body
To be radiant.

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You may wonder why I write so much about food, digestion, detoxification and supplementation.  Well, it’s not something I dwell on, but in 2000 I was diagnosed with a severe case of Epstein Barr Virus. (EBV)  Many people carry EBV without any symptoms, but when the immune system is under duress, that nasty virus takes over and makes you feel awful.  In my case, I was so fatigued that my bones ached.  So fatigued that I would literally fall asleep at the dinner table.

Luckily, I met Dr. Christiane Northrup who introduced me to Sanoviv – the only functional medicine hospital in the world – and the wonderful practitioners at Sanoviv put me on a food and supplement protocol that helped me knock that EBV down. As long as I keep my immune system strong I don’t have any symptoms.

So…I pay a lot of attention to what I eat and drink and am always on the lookout for new foods and recipes to keep things interesting. This summer I met chef Gail Blair who, after decades of preparing healthy cuisine, has developed a gift she calls “food intuition.”  She is very accurate at helping people discover which foods are most compatible to their bodies.

Gail introduced me to several new foods that I’ve now incorporated into my daily plan.  I thought you might like to see some of the new and some of the tried-and-true items in my collection of foods and supplements that support my digestion and immune system:

Some of My Favorite Things

Some of My Favorite Things

From left to right:

USANA MyHealthPak – these are customized AM and PM packs of pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals that keep my immune system strong.

Xyla – birch xylitol.  Most xylitol is derived from corn – and almost all corn is genetically modified.  But xylitol can also be made from birch.  And since there are no genetically modified birch trees (yet!),  it is a healthier source for a low carb, low calorie sweetener.

USANA digestive enzymes – has all the enzymes needed to help digest proteins, fats and carbs plus artichoke extract which helps prevent bloating.

USANA Fibergy – pulls toxins and binds them for elimination, removes excess estrogen (so important in perimenopause) and has prebiotics which feed the probiotics and help them flourish

USANA Probiotics – verified 12 billion colony forming bacteria (it doesn’t matter how many a label says are in the product – what matters is how many survive the transit through your digestive system and actually colonize.)

Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein – I’m always looking for tasty protein powders to keep variety in my diet.  I LOVE this one!  15 grams of protein per serving.

Hemp Hearts – awesome to sprinkle on soup (as in my photo above) and salads.  Great source of protein and healthy fats

USANA Hepasil DX – Promotes the liver’s natural detoxification process and helps the liver metabolize fats and cholesterol and move them out.  It also helps the liver produce glutathione – a powerful detoxifying agent.

Dr. McDougall’s Organic Lentil Vegetable soup – there’s nothing but wholesome ingredients in this little box of soup.  I love how convenient it is when I’m in a hurry.  (it’s the base of the soup in the photo above.  I simply added kale as I heated it and then topped it with cilantro and hemp hearts.  YUM!)

Hemp Milk – what I learned from the food intuitive, Gail, is that it’s important to vary your diet – including the type of milk you drink.  I had been drinking almond milk exclusively and had created a slight intolerance to it.  So she has me switching from almond to coconut to hemp milk each week.  I’d never tried hemp milk before and was hesitant – but this milk is super creamy and super delicious!

Chia Seeds – easiest dessert ever:  1 cup coconut/almond/or hemp milk + 4 TBSP chia sees + stevia and almond extract to taste.  Let it sit in your fridge for a couple of hours and voila!   Healthy tapioca pudding.

I hope this encourages you to try something new this summer!

To your vibrant health,

Deb

P.S.  Since my health was so improved with USANA supplements, I became an affiliate for their products 10 years ago.  You can order through my website, but I prefer to customize people’s supplements for them.  So if you’d like my support, please simply reply to this email.

P.P.S.  I am not an affiliate for any of the other products or for Gail’s services, but you can find the other products at Whole Foods or Thrive Market – and you can find Gail’s services here.

Try my morning brew

As you know, I started my 5 week Clear the Way program this week with a hundred women and men who are ready to clear out anything that is blocking them from a vibrant life.

This week is Prep Week. On our opening call I invited my friend and colleague Dr. Christiane Northrup to share her ideas about how to get the most from the Clear the Way protocol. She began by saying she was happy to see I had dedicated an entire week for preparing to make these life-enhancing changes.

As an OBGYN, Dr. Northrup recognized our process as a birth. We are birthing ourselves from our old ways of living (which have left us tired, stressed and overweight) into our new ways which will leave us energized, healthy and enthused about life. She pointed out the fact that during the birth process, the umbilical cord supports the new life even after the baby enters this world. It keeps pulsing for awhile and then naturally stops pulsing. Ideally, the cord isn’t cut until that pulsing has stopped. This makes the transition gentler on the baby’s body.

Likewise, Dr. Northrup pointed out, we want to allow our old lifestyle to stop pulsing as we bring in the new so that the transition can be gentler.

What a revelation!

I can remember so many times in the past when I would begin some kind of ‘diet’ by eating all the ‘forbidden’ foods the night before the diet started and then go cold turkey into whatever new plan I was committing myself to.

So this week has been dedicated to clearing out the pantry and fridge, shopping for energizing foods, clearing out schedules, adding in restorative yoga and beginning to wean ourselves from caffeine.

Most of the people in the group are not going off caffeine all at once. Instead, they are adding a clearing, alkalinizing morning drink and cutting down on acid-forming, adrenal-kicking caffeine.

Here’s the way I make clearing, alkalinizing brew:

  • Juice of ½ an organic lemon (in the photo you can see my favorite lemon squeezer)
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Optional: I use Valencia Orange Stevia to add a bit of sweet to the hot and sour
  • Hot water (not boiling, however, because boiling water can denature the enzymes in the lemon juice)

 

If you still want to join us, it’s not too late. You can start your prep week as soon as you enroll (the materials are all online) and then join the rest of us as we clear the way to a vibrant life.

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My Favorite Tea Recipe: Super tasty – great to fire up digestion and soothe sore throats and colds.

Ginger tea. It’s gotta be one of my favorite drinks to sip on. Especially this time of year! It’s great to have on hand to warm you up or soothe a sore throat. And, as I prepare for my 5 week “Clear the Way” digestion and detoxification self-care extravaganza, I’m making a big ole batch of it.

I’m so ready to Clear the Way! If you’ve been thinking about joining me on January 19th but aren’t sure if the program is for you, here’s a sneak peek at the intro video for the Prep Week.

Enter this password to watch the video: CTWprepintro

Here’s how I make it…

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ quarts water
  • 2 palm-sized chunks of fresh organic ginger root (about 1 ½ cups when minced)
  • 6 lemons
  • 3 pinches Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Rock Salt
  • Valencia Orange Flavored Stevia to taste

Process:

  1. Rinse and scrape the ginger root, then mince it. I use a food processor.
  2. Add the minced ginger to 3 ½ quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least an hour. (sometimes I simmer for 2 hours and it tastes even better)
  3. Let the liquid cool. This is important because if you add lemon to boiling hot liquid it kills the enzymes in the lemons.
  4. Add the juice of the lemons, cayenne pepper and Himalayan rock salt.
  5. Strain into jars for refrigeration. This is actually a concentrate that you will dilute when you serve it.

To serve:

Tea and Flowers!Use 1/3 ginger tea concentrate to 2/3 water. If you are going to drink this as hot tea, warm it on the stove before adding sweetener. If you are going to drink it room temperature, add sweetener and enjoy. I prefer Valencia Orange Flavored stevia, but you could use agave nectar or coconut sugar or xylitol.

For a special treat, add a tablespoon of Chia Seeds. It gives the consistency of bubble tea! Yum, yum, yum!!!

 

 

 

 

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