October Newsletter
Eat Well. Avoid Toxins, Be Happy!
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We've been in New England for almost three weeks, celebrating joyous events and spending time with family and friends.  This time is so precious and special.   I am also looking forward to returning home to my tribe.   I think that it is my deep roots in the community where I live, the family and friends to whom we are deeply connected across the miles, and the amazing places where we travel that help me to reach for the stars.  What helps you to reach for the stars?

Eat Well

Years ago, Matt and I went on an amazing vacation to the Czech Republic and Hungary.  While there, we had delicious garlic soup in the basement restaurant of a very small hotel on the shores of Lake Balaton. Since then, I have been on a quest for the perfect garlic soup. I should add that we really, really like garlic - this recipe is not for the faint of heart.
Garlic has many healthful properties, check out my blog post about how fabulous it is.
Here's the recipe (with a few tweaks) from realfarmacy.com.

Modified Garlic Soup Recipe
Serves 4
  • 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger (optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups sliced onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 26 garlic cloves, peeled (after you peel, them, slice them in half and let them sit for ten minutes before cooking)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350F.  Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavor.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.
On October 22, at 7:00, register here to join me in an informative webinar to learn how to DeToxify Your Home.  

On October 23 from 11-1, if you or a loved one has been touched by cancer, join the fabulous Emily Burrows, Margaret Heath at Cornucopia Cancer Support Center to talk about how to "Increase Your Energy! Enjoy Your Life!"

On November 18 at noon, join me in a webinar where we will discuss Mindful Eating just in time for the holiday season

Struggling with a sugar addiction?  Sign up for my Break Free from Sugar ten day challenge.
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 Avoid Toxins

Have you noticed that everything is turning pink this month?   I think I like fall better when everything turns red and yellow and orange.   It’s not that I don’t like pink and it’s not even that I think breast cancer awareness is unimportant.   It’s that it makes me want to scream when companies that have products that are full of toxins and known carcinogens pretend to be concerned about breast cancer by turning their product labels pink – in fact, all they are doing is trying to get us to buy more stuff.   Even companies that donate significant money to breast cancer research include toxins in their products.  
You probably know that I distribute Ava Anderson non toxic products.  I love the products and I chose this company because I like the idea that I can always go to Ava products and know that I can trust them.   In general, though, I have found that regardless of how pink, green or brown the label is and regardless of the words they use like "natural", "pure", or "healthy", for food and other products you have to read the labels and ask questions.   Does a product label say fragrance? This likely covers up chemicals that may well be bad for you.  Does your furniture company brag that it is "stain resistant" or "fire retardant"? Ask about what chemicals they use to make this possible.  Does your food label contain items that you can't pronounce or that can't be sold legally in other countries? (Other than Quinoa, the "is it pronounceable?" test is generally a good test). Does your home cleaning product say it is banned in California? That might be a good reason not to use it.   In this month of pink, rededicate yourself to questioning marketing slogans and branding, to reading labels critically and to being an informed consumer.

And, register here to join me in my webinar on October 22 at 7:00 to learn more about how to Detoxify your Life.
Be Happy - Just Say Yes
I was at a women’s networking event recently where the speaker encouraged people to “Just say no” – no to taking on new commitments, to doing things we didn’t want to do, or just for the practice of saying no. No, she told us, is a complete sentence   I felt like a fish out of water. While I accept that many of us do too much for all sorts of reasons, I am not convinced that we should spend so much energy celebrating putting “no” out into the universe.
What if, instead, we said “yes”?
  • Yes, I can help you with that if you can help me figure out childcare.
  • Yes, I would love to take on a new project, can we figure out together how to solve my concern about having time to get it done?
  • Yes, I would love to come visit you, I’m worried about traffic, I’ll come next weekend.
  • Yes, I will make time in my life for you because I know that what matters in life is the people and the connections, not the work.
  • Yes, I want to listen to you, truly deeply listen, can we find a time when I am not preoccupied with other things?
  • Yes, I care about you.
Clearly, sometimes we need to say no, but I do not think it should be our default.  I do not think it is necessarily a sign of strength, independence, or courage, even though sometimes it can be.   I think yes can be a sign of strength, independence and courage as well.
What if there is something to Karma and to what you put out in the universe?   To me, it seems better to state the positive rather than the negative.   In self-hypnosis, they teach that your unconscious can’t actually process the negative, so it is necessary to create a positive intention.   “I will sleep better” rather than “I won’t have trouble falling asleep.”   Think about how hard it is to not think about elephants once you have said to yourself “don’t think about elephants.” It is so much easier, instead, to just think about giraffes – do that and the elephant is nowhere in sight.
The networking session I mentioned particularly troubled me because it was full of young women, building their careers.  We who are “of a certain age” have so much wisdom and experience to offer – is the best we can do to say “No.”  Please, instead, can we say, “Yes and here’s how?”
About me

I work with organizations seeking to incorporate health and wellness into their corporate culture, individuals seeking to achieve their goals through health and wellness choices, and communities seeking to make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a strategic planning consultant, a distributor of Ava Anderson Non Toxic Products, and a HeartMath coach.
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