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Angelina, breast cancer and how to lower your risk

You’ve no doubt heard the news that Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy to greatly reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. Every year thousands of women face decisions like Angelina’s. But what if fewer women had to?

Decades of scientific evidence point to modern living as a major culprit. In our daily lives we are exposed to toxic chemicals in our food and radiation from a wide range of sources, including cleaning and personal-care products, plastics, food, air, water, medical treatments, our workplaces and our neighborhoods. So how do you lower your risk? Here are some tips;

Avoid drinking out of plastic bottles.

Eat a mainly plant-based diet. I recommend that every woman try to fill at least two-thirds of your plate with plant foods—colorful vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and beans—and no more than one-third with animal protein.

Only eat organic protein

Add fiber: Fiber is essential, flax seeds chia seeds and berries, cruciferous vegetables, may be particularly beneficial.

Drink 1-3 cups of green tea daily

Drink alcohol sparingly. Three to six drinks a week could increase your risk by 15 percent, two or more a day by 51 percent.

Eat folate rich foods, especially if you do drink, because low levels may leave you particularly vulnerable. Good sources are dried beans and peas, leafy greens, and fruits.

Avoid  charred grilled food/meat which can produce carcinogens. Marinate, precook, and grill at lower temperatures to keep it from charring. Cut your risk further by adding rosemary and cancer-fighting spices like turmeric and cumin.

Breast feed if you can. Protection is believed to come in part from a reduction in lifetime exposure to estrogen, a key factor in the growth of breast cancer tumors.

Avoid synthetic hormone replacement therapies. 

Eat red/purple organic grapes which contain resveratrol, which may block the development of breast cancer. Resveratrol is concentrated in the skin of the fruit, so juice doesn’t pack as much punch, and green varieties contain significantly less.

Eat flackers or use FLAXSEEDS in or on your food. Flaxseeds contain plant lignans, antioxidants that may have an anticancer effect. Add a tablespoon to cereal or yogurt, or sprinkle over a salad.

Snack on walnuts, s few day may reduce risk.

Check vitamin D level because a deficiency has been associated with breast cancer risk. A typical supplemental daily dose is 600 to 2,000 IUs.

Take OMEGA-3S. They may help fend off cancer, but make sure the supplements are from mercury-free fish; take 1,000 to 2,000 mg. each day.

Send daily healing messages to yourself…these simple tricks help; Smile a lot, laugh more, extend yourself every once in a while and help someone or a furry friend and finally feel grateful for what you have….

To your optimal health! Cheers…

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Decadent, delicious, divine, to die for, super healthy dessert

chocolate puddingIf you have been reading my blog you know that I have a strong relationship with chocolate. Actually, I just read that over 5,900,000,000 people also share in my decadent habit (according to yahoo.com). Thankfully I can happily satisfy my craving, with no guilt, thanks to the medical research because dark chocolate has numerous health benefits being so rich in antioxidants;phytosterols and polyphenols. Avocados the next main ingredient in this recipe is also a ‘super food’, rich in monounsaturated fats, it is filled with anti-inflammatory beneficial fats and anti-oxidants as well. So this delicious dessert is a no brainer and easy to make and as the title says purely decadent! 

Anyway, so armed with this little bit of knowledge about the health benefits of chocolate and avocados, I was ready to start experimenting in the kitchen, determined to turn this into the best raw chocolate pudding anyone has ever tried.

Here are a few variations that really work and taste divine. Just remember for optimal palate pleasure serve this chilled, it tastes much better …

with dates and honey….

1 medium avocado (ripe)

1/2 cup dates

2 1/2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder

1/4 cup water + 1/8 cup water

1 1/2 tablespoons organic local honey

1/8 teaspoon celtic sea salt (or less)

1. Throw these raw chocolate avocado pudding ingredients into a high-speed blender. Start blending on slow and then up the blending speed to high.

2. Blend until looks consistent with pudding. If you have a good blender (AKA Vitamix or Blendtec) then you should be able to get this super smooth.You may need to add a tiny bit of extra water to facilitate blending

chill, enjoy!

Best for kids; with banana, almond milk, cinnamon…..

  • 2 avocados – peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 to 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder (or more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup or agave nectar (more to taste if needed.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp almond or cashew butter (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt

The Directions: Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth! Serve chilled.

My favorite way because it has no sugar…stevia:

  • 1 ripe organic avocado
  • 1/2 cup homemade or store bought almond milk
  • 1-1/2 TBSP raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 15 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of chipotle chile powder or cayenne. I like it hot!
  • Optional toppings: raw cacao nibs, raw almonds, raspberries, chia seeds, cinnamon currant flackers

Instructions

  1. Halve and scoop flesh from avocado.
  2. Add almond milk, to Blendtec (or food processor), followed by avocado, raw cacao powder, vanilla, stevia, cinnamon, salt, chipotle powder.
  3. Blend or process until smooth and creamy.
  4. Taste to adjust sweetness. Raw cacao seems to require plenty of sweetness to round it out. If using stevia, add two or three drops at a time until you’ve achieved your ideal balance.
  5. Spoon into serving dishes and top with raw almonds and cacao nibs. Don’t skip adding something crunchy! The contrast of smooth and velvety with crispy is fabulous.
 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Scrumptious Pie Crust; healthy, raw & gluten free

With berry and cherry season well on its way I know some of you out there must be making lip-smacking, scrumptious pies. I had a client ask me how to make a crust that is gluten-free and still tasty. I upped the ante: here is one that is gluten-free, raw, incredibly healthy and super delicious!

INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups Almonds Soaked  overnight

1 cup Walnuts Soaked  overnight

Rinse, pat the nuts dry

1 cup Dates, pitted, soaked in water

Dash of Sea Salt

Vanilla extract (optional)

In a food processor or high-speed blender, process all ingredients. You can even toss in a few cinnamon currant flackers for more omega 3’s and extra fiber. Use a tsp or a tbsp of water, if necessary to form dough texture.

 Press into a pie pan or plate and voila! Enjoy….

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Sprinkle away inflammation!

Inflammation is now the new buzz word when it comes to your health and if it is not tamed, can cause all sorts of problems for us!  What kind of problems? Well inflammation is basically the root cause of many diseases, if you have heart disease or diabetes, you have inflammation. If you have arthritis, you have inflammation. If you feel any pain in your body, bloated, headaches, or are prone to infections then yes, you guessed it, you have inflammation in your body.

So what to do? Well I have blogged about the best antiinflammatory diet in the past. Today I will share the best, the one most fabulous helpful hint that I have in my kitchen. This recipe can change your inflamed life and bring you back into balance!

Recipe:

1 cup sprouted flax powder

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp ginger powder

In a spice shaker or well-sealed glass container place the following super potent anti-inflammatory nutrients and sprinkle away your inflammation at every meal. The flax seeds provide beneficial anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and are also fabulous for maintaining normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Also because of their high fiber content they will also ensure regularity.If you grind flax seeds fresh, the oils, once exposed to oxygen, will go rancid quickly. I choose sprouted flax seeds because they are nutritional more bioavailable, beneficial and the oils are preserved better because of the dehydration process.

As for turmeric and ginger, these two herbs are the powerhouses when it comes to calming inflammation in the body. These herbs need to be present in every kitchen! Black pepper is added to the recipe to potentiate the absorption and super health benefits of the turmeric.

So sprinkle away and move towards optimal health, a longer life and much less inflammation!

www.flackers.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-weil-md/turmeric-health-have-a-happy-new-year_b_798328.html

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Don’t leave home without these…my favorite fabulous travel companions

Just got back from a very exciting trip to NYC, ok beyond exciting, thrilling actually. Yesterday I met with The Bobbi Brown! And she was absolutely fabulous and wonderful and I am so grateful that I could spend time with such a talented superstar who by the by, also adores flackers. ( especially the new ones, cinnamon currants.)

Well I can go on about that but I digress….So what are my favorite travel companions? Well, naturally they are food, aside from a few items of clothing I would guess that at least a third of my baggage is filled with edibles. You never know if you will get stranded, or delayed and so I make sure that in case of an emergency, I will not go hungry, nor will I miss out on my daily nutrition! 

For starters I always travel with flackers to make sure that I am going to get omega-3 fatty acids and of course plenty of fiber. Traveling and sitting on long journeys really can slow down the GI system so many people including myself have to have fiber. The other item I never leave home with is chocolate, dark chocolate to be specific. I add a few sprouted nuts and seeds to my mix so that my sweet tooth is balanced with protein and good fats, and I am god to go!

We know that it is good for you-and thank god for that! They make for the perfect sweet snack that I can enjoy daily without any guilt. I always take my own because I want to make sure that the cocoa content is greater than 65% and I want to make sure that the main ingredient is not sugar. The only way I can do this is to bring my own.

My next favorite must have when traveling is a chocolate green beverage that I adore called ‘amazon chocolate’ and/or ‘amazing grass”, both wonderful. Just add water and voila, I have my rich tasting, healthy low-calorie, superfood beverage. I actually carry a BPA free bottle with me, pour in the powder but no water until I go through security, (yes, it is still code orange alert these days), but then simply add H2O and it is fabulous. Keeping well hydrated is key to successful traveling. It will keep you feeling energized and well lubricated on those dry flights. 

Naturally I have a few more goodies in my travel bag but no matter if I am traveling across the country or just within city limits, these are my favorite saviours that have served me quite well.

http://amazinggrass.com/

www.greensplus.com

www.flackers.com

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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