5 Super Simple Summertime Health Tips!

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5 Super Simple Summertime Health Tips!

With summertime here and in full swing, the temperatures are hitting those high levels. All of us need to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves and our loved ones. Here are 5 super simple tips to help us cope with the heat and stay in optimum health!

1. Drink sufficient water. Drink an ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight daily.

2. Get minerals and electrolytes into your diet! Pure, whole, unrefined sea salt is what I recommend. Put 1/8 teaspoon of pure, unrefined sea salt on the tongue with every 16 ounces of water. Pure, unrefined sea salt is full of minerals and electrolytes.

3. Drink some pure coconut water! Coconut water is another source of natural electrolytes. Coconut water is hydrating. There are some coconut waters that have a little fruit juice added to them, if you want a flavor. Check the sugar content. Some of them have a lot of sugar in them. Pure coconut water, straight from the coconut, is best.

4. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season! Vegetables and fruits that are heavy with natural water content, like: cucumber, celery and watermelon are also rich with nutrients and natural electrolytes. Drinking carrot juice or eating carrots also gives the body some natural sun protection (from the beta carotene).

5. Make sure you are getting enough magnesium. Magnesium is vital to health. If we aren’t eating enough magnesium-rich foods, we can experience low energy, headaches, anxiousness, fatigue, weakness, PMS and hormonal imbalance, inability to sleep, weakening bones, muscle tension, spasms and cramps, abnormal heart rhythms, nervousness, and irritability. Some good food sources of magnesium are: green leafy vegetables (for example, spinach and Swiss chard), some beans, nuts, seeds (almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds), and avocados.


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Rejuvenation Retreat’s Authentic Nicaraguan Organic Recipe

Easter's Fresh HerbsRejuvenation Retreat’s Authentic Nicaraguan Recipe


I’ve been hosting my Rejuvenation Retreat this month in Redonda Bay Nicaragua with Charlotte Ammerman.

This week we had a local Nicaraguan Mid Wife/Healing Woman come and give a cooking class for our group. She made a healing green drink, native cookies, home make tortillas and a stir fry.

We got to use some of my healthier ingredients that I had brought from the US.

I had her make her dishes with some of my healthier ingredients and her incredibly fresh local ingredients.

We got to work with her and make the dishes with her. It was so much fun for our group.

She was so precious and had the sweetest smile.

We are so blessed to be in such an exotic central American Country with so many dear sweet people who are sharing their culture with us.

Here is her recipe for the healing green drink she made for us.

Ester and Conchita preparing veggies for our cooking lesson and authentic Nicaraguan luncheon

Ester and Conchita preparing veggies for our cooking lesson and authentic Nicaraguan luncheon

Nicaraguan Anti-Inflammatory Drink

This is a green drink that fortifies the blood and helps those with anemia.




Jicote leaves

Spinach leaves

Lemon/lime juice




Combine in a blender or juice.

Serve immediately.


Healthy Snacks For Children With Nancy Addison and Lisa Pineiro on The Broadcast

Healthy Snacks For Children

I was on KTXD TV channel 47, The Broadcast, yesterday with Lisa Pineiro talking about Healthy Children’s Snacks.
We were shooting off site at the Parks Mall in Arlington, Tx.
Here is the link for the show segment.


Nancy Addison, author, nutrition expert and chef,  talks with Lisa Pineiro about healthy children's snacks.

Nancy Addison, author, nutrition expert and chef, talks with Lisa Pineiro about healthy children’s snacks.

Eat Clean and Green with Nancy Gibbons Addison- Healthy Foods Chef and Nutrition Expert

Eat Clean and Green w/Nancy Gibbons Addison- Healthy Foods Chef


I;m speaking this Wednesday for the American Association For Professional Women.
I’m talking about eating healthy on a budget.
I’m really looking forward to it.
Here is the flyer they put out for their group.
Come if you can! I ‘d love to see you there!

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Nancy is the author of “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian.” It doesn’t matter if you are a vegetarian or someone who just wants to be healthier. The plant based diet is the healing diet. Nancy has packed this book with incredible health information that would benefit anyone who wants to be healthier from the inside out!Nancy Addison delivers the right recipe for healthy bodies and minds through a personal journey of discovery of what nourishes every cell, tissue, organ, and thought.

When Nancy is speaking, audiences are invigorated by her charismatic approach to eating healthy as they gain a real understanding that what we eat is, truly, who we are. Nancy’s clients have reversed  medical conditions, lost weight, and learned how to eat energizing, healthy, fresh food. Nancy is well-versed in the art of health and nutrition, having studied with world renowned Doctors and nutritionists as well as having received certification from various Institutes and Universities.

Larry Hagman, who hired Nancy when he was diagnosed with cancer, offered her a wonderful testimony for her book. Dr. Gary Massad, who has worked with US Olympic athletes for over 25 years, endorses Nancy and hired her to be his health counselor. He wrote the forward to the book and said the information on sweeteners is the best sweetener information he had ever read! Dr. Michael Hall wrote a book review and said that Nancy should be teaching medical professionals and has Nancy as a regular speaker on the “healing diet” at Parker University. Nancy includes information on eating for stress, hair health, weight loss, thyroid support, diabetes, raw food, cleansing, etc. as well as comprehensive nutritional information.

“Best Health and Nutrition Book of this Century,” Amazon Review by Gary Massad, M. D. of Nancy Addison’s book: “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian”

Amazon Reviews of Nancy Addison’s book: “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian”

I was so excited to see such wonderful reviews of my book on Amazon, that I thought I would share them with you!

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5.0 out of 5 stars “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian,” August 28, 2012
Michael Hall, DC –

This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)

How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian – wonderful book!!
Finally, a book that I can recommend to my patients without reservation. It is concise, well-written, and easy to follow.
Patients and consumers alike are inundated with the number of books, articles, and marketing that surround our eating habits.
This book easily puts the fundamental concepts into one place that anyone can understand and utilize. The recipes are tasty and can be made with relative ease.
For anyone wanting to make a positive and healthy change in their eating habits and their health this is the book for you!

5.0 out of 5 stars “Best Health and Nutrition Book of this Century,” August 27, 2012
Dr. Gary Massad – See all my reviews
This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” is an excellent book. Having had the opportunity to assist and promote health and nutrition with world-class athletes over the last 25 years; it is my opinion that Nancy Addison’s book is a formula for high-level performance in our daily lives. I can’t imagine a more informative book for the person looking to improve their health. The chapter about sugar is the most complete information available. Nancy is an expert in Nutrition. What you put on the end of your fork is more powerful medicine than anything you will find at the bottom of a pill bottle.”

Gary L. Massad M.D.
-First National Corporate Medical Director and founder of Occupational Health Centers in America. Attending physician to the Iron Man Hawaii; Attending Physician, United States Triathlon Association; Attending Physician United States Tae Kwon Do Association, Attending Physician United States Cycling Federation.

5.0 out of 5 stars “Fantastic Book,” October 31, 2013
Benjamin McKinley (San Antonio, TX, US) –

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This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)

Two years ago I had a quadruple bi-pass, and my cardiologist told me that if I changed to a plant based diet, I would never have this problem again. Being from Texas, I grew up on meat and potatoes, and I was not compliant with his advice. I came across Nancy Addison’s book and it made perfect sense to me with the simple and understandable approach. I’m started off dropping all animal meat, including chicken, which has as much unhealthy fat as steak. Within a month I dropped 17 lbs, just doing that. My system is functioning a lot better, I’ve added more fruits and vegetables, and doubled my energy. I haven’t given up seafood, but maybe down the road I will take the next step. Brava Nancy for getting me to take the first step,and helping me create a new,healthier life!!!!!

Ben McKinley – Naples, FL.

5.0 out of 5 stars “FINALLY SOMETHING EASY TO UNDERSTAND!,” July 29, 2012
Eve Baughman (Camarillo, California United States) –
“This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
The thing I love about this book is it is clearly written and easy to understand! I’ve purchased so many books in the past that were supposed to be written for beginners in the vegetarian lifestyle, but ended up being geared toward people who were either scientists or well versed in what vegetarianism entails (when that was not what I was looking for or how it was marketed) and they didn’t do me much good! BUT THIS BOOK IS THE REAL DEAL! Reading it made me feel like the writer was personally guiding me through the things that are important for me to know. And it is full of a whole bunch of great (and easy) recipes too! I know several teens in my family who are experimenting with vegetarianism and I will be purchasing several copies of this book, so they will learn to do it in the right way from the beginning. Actually, it would make a great gift for anyone thinking about trying to become a little healthier by incorporating a few more vegies into their diet!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Lifestyle change and healthy eating….. Good News!, September 13, 2013
Bob Fanucchi (USA) –
This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book. This information and recipes that Nancy has included was instrumental in getting back on the path of being healthy. Me being a vegetarian, well honestly I’m not all there yet… but I’m not done yet.
It’s still a challenge, but after reading her book, I am making better choices in food that I do eat. Using the choices and new recipes has and is instrumental in my weight loss too. It’s a great lifestyle change book and she goes in depth explanation of the benefits why we should change our diet.

I’ve been known carried this book into the groceries stores with me when I have shop. I buy organic foods and most of its all vegetables and then learning how to prepare them. It’s all in the book.

Our most important asset is our body and our health. So we need to get serious and Nancy puts in easy reading form what we need and how it works and how to do it.

5.0 out of 5 stars “This book has inspired me to get healthy!,” September 30, 2012
Amanda Addison (Dallas, Tx, US) –
This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
I love this book for so many reasons! To begin with, it is the perfect tool for a busy, working person because it includes both the health information you need to know and quick and easy recipes for putting that information to use. I keep it in my kitchen where I can browse through it when I’m looking for something fast and healthy, and I’m able to refer back to the nutritional information whenever I have a question. It’s the perfect book for busy vegetarians who want to efficiently and easily stay healthy, and eat delicious food!

5.0 out of 5 stars “Best Health Book Ever,” September 30, 2012
S. Sclater “DART Rider” (Dallas, TX) –

This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)

“I bought the book, and have started reading it. Nancy breaks concepts about health down into easy to understand, thought-provoking words. I would highly recommend this book, even to us non-vegetarians, for the health benefits learned. And, oh my gosh, the food recipes are terrific!”

5.0 out of 5 stars “Healthy for LIFE!,” September 6, 2012
Lori Markman –
This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
“Nancy Addison’s book on How to be a Healthy Vegetarian is a wonderful testimony to how she has lived her life!! I have know her since childhood, and she has always maintained a young radiance, a joyful attitude, and and healthy lifestyle. I am grateful that she has shared her vast knowledge for all of us to access. There is so much important information in this book that is easy to comprehend and adapt to your life. It is a great book for beginners and for those of us who eat healthy, yet need that extra push to incorporate more nutrition into our everyday lives. Nancy is living proof that a healthy lifestyle will keep you energetic and young! A must read!”

5.0 out of 5 stars “Something Meaningful For Every Person Interested in Nutrition,” August 25, 2012
Marsha Paisley –
“This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
Nancy Addison has done an incredible job summarizing a lifetime of experience with every facet of food and nutrition. From the garden to the table, be it vegetarian, vegan or raw, Nancy does it and she does it well. Even the preface is exciting! She has recipes for everyone from new renditions of traditional comfort foods to cutting edge raw dishes that will please even the toughest carnivore guests.

Nancy has put so much into this book and I believe it can and will help many people make changes that will improve their lives significantly. Not only does she tell the reader how and what to prepare, but she also provides a very comprehensive resource section, so that no matter where you live in the country you will have access to everything you need. Great book!!”

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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian is a GREAT Resource, August 12, 2012
Adele Good –
This review is from: How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian (Paperback)
“How to Be a Healthy Vegetarian is an awesome tool for even non-vegetarians! I found the information on Protein and Sugar to be very useful. It is great to have a this resource to support us on our path to Radiant Health.

Kudos to the author! Thank you for this great compilation.”

Thank you everyone who took the time and energy to write reviews for my book!


Eat Like A Cow and Be As Strong As An Ox!

 wheat grass sprouts by Nancy Addison



I am going with a green theme this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. In step with that, I am going to expand on green food today.

The amazing health benefits of using wheatgrass for healing were brought to the public’s attention by Ann Wigmore in The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheat grass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality.

When I started learning about cleansing, some 25 years ago, I started learning about the amazing positive effects grasses have on our body. I learned about barley grass as well as wheatgrass.

The chlorophyll- rich grasses have enormous amounts of anti-oxidants and are highly alkalizing. There are so many benefits for consuming juice freshly extracted from grasses.

Here are some of the benefits, according to Ann Wigmore.

Wheatgrass juice can:


1. When externally applied to the skin,  help eliminate itching almost


2. Soothe sunburned skin and act as a disinfectant.

3. When rubbed into the scalp before a shampoo, help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy, scaly scalp conditions.

4. Soothe and heal cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. (Use as a poultice and replace every two to four hours.)

5. Return gray hair to its natural color.

6. Greatly increase energy levels when consumed daily.

7. When the juice is consumed, act as a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process.

8. Wheat grass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down and making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.

9. Lessen the effects of radiation. One enzyme found in wheat grass, SOD, lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.

10. Restore fertility and promote youthfulness.


Many health clinics in the United States today (like the Ann Wigmore Foundation and Retreat Center, Hippocrates Institute, Tree of Life, and Optimum Clinic, just to name a few) use wheatgrass as a mainstay basic of their healing programs. The grass is high in anti-oxidants, oxygenates the blood, and is nutrient-dense. It is such an easy and simple healing modality.

So, this year, contemplate drinking a little fresh wheat grass juice.
When you think of it,
if you eat like a cow,
you can be as strong as an ox!

by Nancy Addison CHC, AADP copyright@nancyaddison2013

Basic Green Drink

A basic green drink recipe that is easy to make from a variety of fruits and vegetables, including those you have in the fridge right now. This drink nourishes the cells and heals the body and is only a few minutes away. Not only that, it is delicious!

Basic Green Drink

1-cup leafy greens
1 or 2 pieces of fruit (cored and chopped into pieces)
1 to 2 dates (pitted and soaked about 20 minutes)
3 cups of water

Place in blender and blend.

Note: A powerful blender. like vita mix is recommended.

Greens can be lettuce, spinach, kale, beet greens, etc.
Fruit can be apple, pear, banana, mango, any combination desired.

This summer I am having two book signings in Redstone Colorado. I am looking forward to getting up to the mountains. When I am up there, I am having raw food cooking classes at the Redstone Art Center.

Would you like to arrange a book signing?

Would you like to have me teach a raw food un-cooking class?

Please contact me directly at

Almond Cookies – Raw, Healthy and Easy To Make!

I frequently make these living-food cookies using almond meal I have leftover after making almond milk. I never wanted to waste the almond meal, and this is a wonderful way to use it. You can make these into small snack bars as well. Make sure to store these cookies in the refrigerator.

Would you like to eat a healthy delicious cookie?

Easy too!

This recipe is one of many raw recipes in my book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian.”

Raw recipe


2 c. almonds, soaked in water 12 to 18 hours, or almond meal
1⁄2–1 tsp. sea salt
1⁄2 c. or more honey
1⁄4 c. almond butter
2 T. protein powder
1⁄2 c. organic, raw, shredded coconut

1. Grind almonds and sea salt into a fine meal.
2. Slowly add honey, almond butter, and protein powder to make
sticky dough.
3. Roll dough into round long logs.
4. Roll logs in coconut.
5. Wrap logs in parchment or wax paper and then in foil. 6. Chill until firm.
7. Cut slices a little over one-quarter-inch thick.

I use Garden of Life brand protein powder.

Gently press cookies in coconut after they are sliced, for a more coconut-y flavor.

Everyone asks me where they can get a copy of my book.

You can order my book(s) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and of course, right here on the site!

Super Chocolate Power Smoothie

I love delicious food. We all need nutrient dense food this summer, so we can do all the fun things we have on our agenda!
Here is one of my favorite raw, healthy recipes from my cookbook, which has over 115 yummy and easy recipes in it. The book can help you lose weight, boost your immune system, get your libido healthier, make non toxic body care and home care products with organic food and gardening tips.
I thought I would share it with you!

Raw recipe
Yes, you can have chocolate for breakfast and it will be healthy! Cacao is one of, if not the top anti-oxidant foods in the world. It is nutrient- dense. Note that if you’re making this drink for someone who is diabetic, sweeten it with stevia instead of dates.
2 1⁄2 c. almond milk
1 or 2 bananas
1 T. cacao powder or cacao nibs
2–3 dates, pitted and soaked in water for an hour or more or if you are diabetic – use a half dropper of toffee flavored stevia
1 T. nut butter of choice (almond works well)
1 tsp. chia seeds
1T. extra-virgin, pure coconut oil
1 scoop protein powder

1. Blend all ingredients well in a blender and enjoy!

Everyone asks where you can get my book: amazon, Barnes & Noble or my website.

Survival Guide to the Holidays! by Nancy Addison

With the holidays upon us, here are my top 7 tips to having more energy, staying well and feeling good; so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

1. Stay hydrated! Even though they are liquid, sodas and coffee are not hydrating. So, drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Hydration is a major factor in staying well and healthy!
2. Juice half an organic lemon or lime and add to a glass of warm purified water. Drink this first thing in the morning before anything else goes into your stomach. This will help cleanse your organs, give you a vitamin C boost and help alkalize your system.
3. Make your healthy breakfast and/or lunch your largest meals of the day. You need this to give your body sustainable energy throughout the day.
4. Eat healthy fats. Fats are good for you in the right form, quality and quantity. These “good fats” will actually give you more energy, help you lose weight, fight inflammation and support your brain function.
5. Exercise at least 50 minutes 3 times a week. This helps you get oxygen flowing throughout your body and cuts down on stress.
6. Take time for yourself. Take a long hot bath, a walk, a nap, a massage or manicure. Even if it is just for 15 minutes, nurture yourself, breathe deeply, and think of peaceful thoughts. Play some uplifting music. It is amazing how rejuvenating this can be!
7. Volunteer. There is no better way to invigorate your life than to do something in a volunteer way. No matter how low things seem to be, when you volunteer, it puts everything into perspective and can empower you! It is a great activity to do as a family or a group. There are so many worthy groups out there that could use some help. If you are lonely, it is a great way to get out, meet some new friends and have some fun. When we give, we always get much more back in return.

Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others. So, be patient and kind to yourself during the holidays.
I wish you and yours a merry holiday season! Love, Nancy
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