In a world faced with uncertainties, we crave our holiday traditions now more than ever. We want to embrace what is familiar.
What is comforting is a table filled with family, friends, laughter, and food from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I was in charge of the stuffing and Waldorf Salad this year. My mother gave me the stuffing recipe that she has used since her mother taught her to make it. Now I am taking up the tradition, and I will pass it on to my children. These recipes and traditions can be such a stabilizing part of our lives.
My mother recently moved, and it has not been the same this year. She said that she wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas this season, because it is so much trouble getting all the ornaments out, and then putting them away after the holidays.
It would have been so hard to imagine going to my mother’s home on Christmas morning without the Christmas tree and the festive decorations that she so lovingly put out every year of my life.
I suggested that we just change a few things this year and still make it work, and the traditions will grow and change with the times, and my mother agreed.
When my daughter asked my mother about the traditions we always had every year, she said that many years ago, she just decided that we were going to have some traditions, and she simply made them up as she went along.
After all these years of my mothers’ wonderful traditions, these are what her children and grandchildren now embrace and cherish so very much.
One of these traditions that my mother started years ago was to have a “Family Wassail Party” the weekend after Thanksgiving. The entire family goes over to my mother’s house, and drinks wassail (a hot mulled cider), eats, talks and helps decorate the tree.
There is a rule that you must put at least 10 ornaments on the tree before you can leave. This creates such fun and merriment, as everyone is part of the overall creation.
The tallest members of the family put the ornaments way up high, and the smaller ones decorate the lower hard-to-reach part of the tree.
The laughter and sharing of the evening together is a time when we all get to relax and just catch up with each others’ lives, since we are all running at lightning speed these days.
My family is very large, and even though most of us live in the same city, we don’t get to see each other all that often. It is the eye-to-eye contact, sharing and communication that truly bond us together.
These traditional events reconnect us and bring us closer together as a family.
I am going to make my grandmother’s recipe (that was handed down to my mother, and now to me), with loving care. I know that the energy and love that I will put into the making of this dish will be what makes it so good.
All the foods your grandmother made had her loving energy in it. The main ingredient was always love. That is why that familiar traditional food tastes so much better. That is also why we crave it when we are sad or lonely.
So as we continue our traditions, remember that we can create comforting, wonderful memories for our families and friends by just relaxing, and putting a lot of love into everything we do. It is the warm feelings in the traditions that we will always cherish.
It truly is about being present, and being here, right now. Slow down and savor the moment. It is food for our soul.
Eating a well balanced diet is always a good choice for new moms. But many new moms wonder how breastfeeding will affect their child and their diet. You probably don’t need to make any major changes to what you eat or drink when you’re nursing, though there are a few important considerations to keep in mind, like avoiding alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs of any kind and avoiding caffeine are some of the most important. Also, it’s important to minimize your exposure to contaminants in your food, body care products (they go directly into your blood stream through your skin, without being filtered) or environment, while you’re nursing. Pesticides, insecticides, and other chemicals that you ingest or put on your body will get into your breast milk.
You want to be aware that your body also draws on its reserves, when you don’t get the nutrients you need from your diet and that can eventually make you become depleted. That is not good, because you need strength and stamina to handle the physical demands of caring for your new baby. So a high nutrient rich diet is recommended.
Some of the best snacks are simply fresh fruits and vegetables cut up into bite sized pieces. I frequently take raw, freshly washed green beans or raw okra and rub or sprinkle unrefined sea salt on them. They make a great snack! Green beans have an insulin-type of effect on the body, so they make particularly good snacks for anyone who has to regulate their blood sugar.
Place about a half of a cup in small snack containers or zip lock baggies. That way, you can then grab them quickly throughout the week for quick snacks. They taste delicious.
Hummus is a high fiber food that is easy and inexpensive to make or buy. I make mine with a variety of beans. Hummus goes well with whole grain, gluten-free crackers, chips, cut up veggies (example: red bell pepper or sliced cucumber), pita chips, etc. I use it as my sandwich spread for many things. It is a delicious high protein staple to keep around for emergency snacks or meals.
Be careful to avoid artificial ingredients and additives like dyes, sweeteners, flavorings, growth hormones and antibiotics (given to animals) and toxins from the ocean or environment (as in fish). They can be toxic to you and your child. I expand on this and how it can affect your child’s brain health as well as their behavior and physical growth in my healthy cookbook, “Raising Healthy Children.”
Raisins and dates (pitted) are both a good source of carbohydrates for energy.
Dates are an excellent source of potassium, sulphur, iron, and magnesium.. Raisins are also rich in B vitamins, iron, and potassium. This might seem surprising, but compounds found in raisins fight bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.
Also, nutrient dense smoothies with the proper amount of healthy fats, super foods, protein, etc. are an easy way to get intense nutrition in an easy effective way.
I have many great recipes in my healthy, award winning cookbook: “Raising Healthy Children.”
If you are concerned about pesticides or the high cost of organically grown food, you can check the list created by the Environmental Working Group, and their list of the worst foods tested for highest for pesticides, They call them the dirty dozen. They list them from worst to least. Some of them listed as the most toxic are: strawberries apples, celery, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines and grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and kale and collard greens.
The clean fifteen list of fruits and vegetables that had the lowest amount of pesticide residue were onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados, asparagus, sweet peas, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, watermelon, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, and mushrooms.
If you are concerned about losing some of the weight you had gain from pregnancy, you might plan to take up to a year to get back to your pre-pregnancy/normal weight.
Some new moms find the weight just seems to fall off, while others don’t lose much. This will all depend your food choices, your activity level, your metabolism and on your own body,
I suggest avoiding any kind of weight loss plan for a couple of months after your child is born. A low calorie diet can drain your energy and limit your milk supply. Also, always stay hydrated. This is critically important for your and your child’s health and well-being.
When you combine healthy eating with moderate exercise, this can be a safe and effective way of losing weight and getting back into shape.
Enjoy this time with your child, it goes very quickly and it’s one of the most important parts of your child’s life. So, relax, enjoy and find peaceful moments in your time together.
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Water is the elixir of life!
It is a key ingredient for our health and well-being because our bodies are 66–72% water.
Blood uses water to transport oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to all parts of the body.
Many illnesses are actually a result of dehydration, so it is important to maintain an adequate intake of water throughout the day. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, MD, treated and cured approximately 3,000 prisoners suffering from what he called chronic intracellular dehydration.
The “water cure” he prescribes is:
Sufficient water. Drink an ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight daily.
Sea salt. Put 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt on the tongue with every 16 ounces of water.
Be mindful of the source of the water you drink, bathe, and swim in.
Almost all public water supplies have chemicals added, including chlorine and sodium fluoride—both of which are poisons.
Chlorine was the first poison developed for warfare. It destroys Vitamin E in the body and the good probiotics in the intestines. “Industrial chemist J.P. Bercz, PhD, showed in 1992 that chlorinated water alters and destroys unsaturated essential fatty acids (EFAs), the building blocks of people’s brains and central nervous systems.”1
Our skin is our largest organ. While showering or swimming in chlorinated water, chlorine is absorbed directly into the skin and enters the blood stream in the same way we absorb medication delivered by a skin patch.
Research linking swimming in chlorinated pools to medical conditions continues to make headlines. Studies indicate, among other things, that swimming in chlorinated water may increase the risk of developing cancer and may damage the lungs.2
Sodium fluoride is a byproduct of the manufacture of aluminum and fertilizers, and can be contaminated with lead and arsenic. It is commonly added by governments to our municipal water supply on the pretext that it is good for our teeth and health, but the dental studies upon which this practice is based were done using calcium fluoride, not sodium fluoride.
Fluoride has been used in Chinese medicine as a tranquilizer, and also in many places as a rat poison. The chemically derived fluorides added to our water are completely different from naturally occurring fluoride. According to Dr. Paul Connett, PhD:
“Fluoride is a cumulative poison. On average, only 50 percent of the fluoride we ingest each day is excreted through the kidneys. The remainder accumulates in our bones, pineal gland, and other tissues. If the kidney is damaged, fluoride accumulation will increase, and with it, the likelihood of harm.”3
Fluoride affects the thyroid gland and all of our enzymatic systems. Side effects from fluoride ingestion include weight problems, damage to the immune system, and other serious disorders. Fluoride affects people of different ages differently. According to Dr. Connett:
“The level of fluoride put into water (1 ppm) is up to 200 times higher than normally found in mothers’ milk (0.005–0.01 ppm) (Ekstrand, 1981; Institute of Medicine, 1997). There are no benefits, only risks, for infants ingesting this heightened level of fluoride at such an early age. (This is an age where susceptibility to environmental toxins is particularly high.)”4
I learned recently about a study from 2001 on fluoride and osteosarcoma, which was a critical study in the form of Dr. Elise Bassin’s PhD dissertation at Harvard University. It found a strong, statistically significant relationship between “fluoride exposure during the sixth through eighth years of life (the ‘mid-childhood growth spurt’) and the later development of osteosarcoma among young males.”5
Dr. Bassin’s thesis was extremely well-researched and detailed, with accurate assessments of her subjects and the content of their drinking water. Her work detected a direct association with fluoride and osteosarcoma. Her work and her findings show:
“Bone is the principal site for fluoride accumulation within the body, and the rate of accumulation is elevated during the periods of bone development. Thus, the cells in the bone, particularly during the growth spurts, may be exposed to some of the highest fluoride concentrations in the body.”6
Her study shows that fluoride is toxic and carcinogenic. Osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, appears in young men in their late teens and early twenties. Her research and her findings have never been disproven.
I then looked back at where fluoride was first introduced as the way to prevent tooth decay, and at the study used to promote it. It was a study done in the cities of Newburgh and Kingston, NY, which are 40 miles apart. However, a 1995 review of tooth decay in these communities found:
“After 10 years of the trial (which was methodologically flawed), it looked as if there was a large decrease in dental cavities in the fluoridated community, compared to the non-fluoridated community. However, when children were re-examined in these two cities in 1995 (50 years after the trial began), there was practically no difference in the dental decay in the two communities. If anything, the teeth in the non-fluoridated Kingston were slightly better.”7
It looks like to me like there was a study, with no long-term effect yet in place, promoting the use of fluoride in our water to provide better dental health. Yet as long-term studies were done, they found that was actually not the case. It did not help with dental health, and, in fact, adding this toxic chemical to the water supply was found to cause many other health problems.
It was added in a way that was not regulated in dosage or concentration, thus causing a cumulative effect in people’s bodies.
Then, consider the numerous studies done by leading dental researchers showing results that the mechanisms of fluoride’s benefits were mainly “topical not systemic,” meaning that fluoride worked some when they put it on teeth topically. It didn’t work when ingested.8
Studies show that dental decay has been declining in every country at about the same rate, even since before fluoride was introduced. Decay rates are still declining, whether the countries have fluoride or not.9,10 Is it because the toothbrush was introduced? Maybe our hygiene has just improved over the last decade.
What I realize from my research is that ingested fluoride can cause severe health problems, including and not limited to thyroid health problems,11,12,13 brittle bones,14 and cancer.15,16 Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Norway, and France do not put fluoride in their water. Some of these countries have made it illegal to add it to the water supply.
Huge numbers of Safe Drinking Water Act violations are reported each year by water treatment facilities. Many areas have old, dirty water pipes, and some even have really old lead pipes. New Scientist reported that a comprehensive survey of US drinking water showed it contained an array of hormonally active chemicals like MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether)—a chemical found in fuel, and a potential human carcinogen in high doses—and atrazine, a US pesticide that was banned in the European Union. Atrazine has been linked to reproductive problems in lab animals and is also linked to both breast cancer and prostate cancer.
In 2010, National Geographic reported that drinking water in schools in 27 states was contaminated with toxic substances, including lead.17 In 2009, the Associated Press analyzed data from the EPA and found the public water for approximately 100 school districts contained lead, pesticides, and other toxins.18 If they are being pumped into schools, then they are probably being pumped into homes and businesses as well.
So, what do we do? We need to drink water. What is the best choice?
Natural spring water, well water, or fresh water sources contain minerals and nutrients, so they are good options. When drinking purified bottled water, you can add some minerals, like a pinch of sea salt. When you do this, your body won’t need to pull minerals from itself to process the water.
Bottled water is what most people choose a good deal of the time, but is that a great choice? Here are eight things you should know about bottled water.
1. The EPA standards of the Clean Water Act do not apply to bottled water. There is very little regulation on bottled water, which is why I recommend having your own filter. The labels on bottled water often show springs with clear fresh water. But 25–45% of the bottled water is actually just TAP WATER! Not only that, but tap water is at least regulated and tested hundreds of times a month. The bottled water is only required to be tested once a week.
Some independent tests by the EWG of 10 major brands of bottle water have shown 38 pollutants, including disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication.19
“Two of the 10 brands tested, Walmart’s and Giant’s store brands, bore the chemical signature of standard municipal water treatment—a cocktail of chlorine disinfection byproducts, and for Giant water, even fluoride. In other words, this bottled water was chemically indistinguishable from tap water.”20
2. Bottled water is environmentally harmful from a community standpoint and a landfill standpoint. I’m from Texas, and Ozarka is draining many of the underground aquifers that the communities and farmers depend on for their water. Another major brand, FIJI Water, is draining the Fiji islands’ aquifer. Today they suffer from drought, crumbling pipes, and antiquated water treatment plants, but access to what should really be their water is denied them. In face, “53 percent of the people who live in Fiji don’t have access to clean, safe water.” 21 Ironically, tests conducted by the Cleveland water department on FIJI water found that it contained much more arsenic and other contaminants than Cleveland tap water.22
3. Store water in glass containers, not plastic. The potentially hazardous chemical BPA is found in many plastic containers. BPA is a hormone disrupter. Studies have concluded that hormone-altering chemicals are damaging, even in very small doses. Scientific studies have linked BPA to asthma, cancer, infertility, low sperm count, heart disease, liver problems, early-onset diabetes, early puberty, and ADHD.23
It can leach into water for various reasons, including when a water-filled plastic container heats up— especially if it is left sitting in a hot car. Some would say to only use plastic containers marked with #2, #4, or #5 on the bottom, because they are supposedly safer. But really, thousands of chemical additives are added to plastics. Additives called “plasticizers” are used to soften plastic. PVC, one of the “plasticizers,” contains phthalates, which are known to disrupt the endocrine system.24 Phthalate chemicals have also been found to be carcinogenic.25
Studies have found that when plastics are heated, by leaving them in a hot car or washing them in a dishwasher, this increases the leaching of chemicals. Bottled water often travels many miles and through many climates, so the chance of it getting heated up at some point in its journey is very real.
4. Plastic pollution is a worldwide crisis. It’s a problem worldwide, but the plastic pollution in oceans is massive. I previously served as secretary of the Earth Society affiliated with the UN. I currently volunteer with a non-profit organization trying to restore life and natural balance to the sea grasses and sea life off the Texas coast. What I’ve learned is really shocking. New research published in PLOS One estimates “more than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain”.26 There is an island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean that is as large as the state of Texas.27 Water bottles are a large part of the plastic pollution. The US alone will discard, on average, 38 billion water bottles a year.
5. More than a million marine species are killed every year due to plastic pollution. Getting caught in plastic litter is a major cause of death of seabirds, sea turtles, seals and other marine mammals. Plastic ingested by sea life cause excruciating deaths. We all suffer as a result of this. And if you eat fish because you think it will be good for your health, remember you are ingesting whatever the fish have ingested as well.
6. Plastic manufacturing, which uses petroleum or natural gas, requires a huge amount of energy and resources. It’s estimated that over 17 million barrels of oil are required to produce the water bottles in the US alone.
7. Manufacturing water bottles causes air pollution. Phthalates, the chemicals used to make some plastics soft, are toxic and are constantly releasing these toxins into our air and environment, wherever they are.
8. About 80% of water bottles are not recycled. Most of them end up on beaches and roadways, and in streams.
If you want to continue to drink water, but you don’t want to use plastic water bottles, what do you do? You can’t drink the tap water. We’ve already become aware of the pollutants in that. So, I recommend using a water filter in your home, and filling your own glass or steel water bottle. This will cut down on the plastic-infused water and the huge amount of pollution the plastic water bottles cause.
There are many options for home water filters, ranging from carbon to reverse osmosis to home distillers. People ask me about the less expensive pitchers with the carbon filters. Many don’t remove enough of the contaminants, and most are unable to remove fluoride. Reverse osmosis systems produce extremely pure water, and they can be an excellent solution. But, they have always needed to be installed under the sink, and they can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the size you want. Then, buying new filters for them can be a major cost each year as well.
I’ve been researching water filtration systems for the home for over 30 years. But recently, I learned about a brand new countertop reverse osmosis unit that is very affordable, requires no installation fees, and has minimal maintenance costs. This unit is called the AquaTru. It is a high-quality, affordable filter that can be a fantastic solution for someone who wants safe, delicious, environmentally conscious water for their family.
The AquaTru is a countertop unit that takes only a few minutes to set up. It’s easily movable, and it doesn’t require any plumbing. It utilizes a patented four-stage process that removes chlorine, salt and metal ions (including fluorides), VOC gasses, and many other contaminants. In fact, tests showed the AquaTru removed 128 contaminants.
1. Hattersley, Joseph G. (2000). “The Negative Health Effects of Chlorine.” The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Vol. 15, 2nd Quarter 2000. http://www.orthomolecular.org/library/jom/2000/articles/2000-v15n02-p089.shtml
2. Sohn, Emily. (2010, September 21). “Chlorinated Pools May Increase Cancer Risk.” NBC News. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39139307/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/chlorinated-pools-may-increase-cancer-risk/
3. Connett, Paul. (2011, January 9).“50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation.” Canton, NY: St. Lawrence University. http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Environment/50_reasons_to_oppose_fluoridation_0109111037.html
Originally published as:
Connett, Paul. (2004). Fifty reasons to oppose fluoridation. Medical Veritas, [1:70]-80. In the introduction to the 2004 version it was explained that after over four years the Irish authorities had not been able to muster a response to the “50 Reasons,” despite agreeing to do so in 2000. 2004 edition retrieved from http://www.waterskraus.com/pdf/50%20Reasons%20to%20Oppose%20Fluoridation.pdf
5. Connet, Paul, et. al. (2005, April 8). Revisiting the fluoride-osteosarcoma connection in the context of Elise Bassin’s findings: part II. Submitted to the NRC review on the Toxicology of Fluoride in Water. http://oehha.ca.gov/Prop65/public_meetings/052909coms/fluoride/AEHSPFANFluoride2.pdf
6. Ibid., page 4.
7. Kumar, JV and Green, EL. (1998, February). “Recommendations for Fluoride Use in Children.” NY State Dental Journal, p. 41-48. Qtd by Connet in 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation.
8. Levine, 1976; Ferjerskov, Thylstrup and Larsen, 1981; Carlos, 1983; Featherstone, 1987, 1999, 2000; Margolis and Moreno, 1990; Clark, 1993; Burt, 1994; Shellis and Duckworth, 1994; and Limeback, 1999, 2000; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1999. (All cited on p. 2, 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation, by Dr. Paul Connett.)
9. Diesendorf, Mark. (1986, July 10). “The Mystery of the Declining Dental Decay.” (Commentary). Nature, 322: 125-129. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v322/n6075/pdf/322125a0.pdf
10. Colquhoun, J. (1997, Autumn). Why I changed my mind on fluoridation. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 41(1): 29-44. University of Chicago Press. Full text reprinted at http://www.fluoridation.com/colquhoun.htm
11. Galetti, P and Joyet, G. (October, 1958). Effect of fluorine on thyroidal iodine metabolism in hyperthyroidism. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 18(10): 1102-1110. Reprinted at http://www.slweb.org/galletti.html
12. Ditkoff, B. A. & Lo Gerfo, P. (2000). The Thyroid Guide. NY: Harper-Collins.
13. Lin, F. F., et. al. (1991). The relationship of a low–iodine and high–fluoride environment to subclinical cretinism in Xinjiang. Iodine Deficiency Disorder Newsletter 7.
14. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (2003, September). Toxicological profile for fluorides, hydrogen, fluoride, and fluorine. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp11.pdf
Summary page at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp.asp?id=212&tid=38
15. Hoover, R. N., et. al. (1990). Fluoridation of Drinking Water and Subsequent Cancer Incidence and Mortality. Report to the Director of the National Cancer Institute.
16. Connet, P., et. al. (2005, March 2). Revisiting the Fluoride-Osteosarcoma connection in the context of Elise Bassin’s findings: Part 1, page 1. Submitted to the NRC review panel on the Toxicology of Fluoride in Water. http://www.fluoridealert.org/wp-content/uploads/fan-bassin.2006a.pdf
17. Barclay, Eliza. (2010, March 5). “What’s Best for Kids: Bottled Water or Fountains?” National Geographic. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100303-bottled-water-tap-schools/
18. Associated Press. (2009, September 25). “Drinking Water at Schools Contains Lead, Pesticides, Other Toxins: Study.” New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/drinking-water-schools-lead-pesticides-toxins-study-article-1.404089
19. Naidenko, Olga, et. al. (2008, October 15). “Bottled Water Quality Investigation: 10 Major Brands, 38 Pollutants.” EWG (Environmental Workers Group). http://www.ewg.org/research/bottled-water-quality-investigation
21. World, NPR, “A Bottled-Water Drama In Fiji”
22. “Cleveland Takes Offense at Fiji Water Ad.” (2006, July 20). The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/20/AR2006072000322.html
23. Vandenberg, L. N., et. al. (2012, June). “Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses.” Endocrine Reviews, 33(3):378-455. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3365860/
25. Le, Hoa H., et. al. (2008, January 30). “Bisphenol A is released from polycarbonate drinking bottles and mimics the neurotoxic actions of estrogen in developing cerebellar neurons.” Toxicology Letters, 176(2): 149-156. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2254523/
26. Milman, Oliver. (2014, December 10). “Full Scale of Plastic in the World’s Oceans Revealed for First Time.” The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/full-scale-plastic-worlds-oceans-revealed-first-time-pollution
Food For The Soul Retreat
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A Certificate Of Basic Intensive In Healthy Food Cuisine is given to all participants
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This Retreat is For Those Who Really Want To Have A New Lease On Life!
We have been concentrating on truly manifesting joy, prosperity, health and well-being in our life!
Only a short flight (about a 2 1/2 hour flight from Miami) from the USA to Central America.
Nicaragua. Is a magical world rich in culture and spectacular nature.
The accommodation for the retreat is a beautiful home on the highest point above the Pacific Ocean of Nicaragua outside a gentle fishing village.
Charlotte’s amazing 3 story home, with balconies all around, nestled in the trees – some first floor bedrooms available
We take time to get our vitamin D and have fun, while learning and exploring the wonderful country of Nicaragua!
The whole retreat is to be taken at your own pace and with your own discretion. If you wish to simply nap in the ocean breeze and read a book, that is perfectly wonderful.
We have a lady come and give us private massages, pedicures and facials at Charlotte’s home. It is great having her there all day, so we can get a massage when we truly want to have one without having to get dressed and go out to a spa for one.
Included in our retreat is:
Personal Time With Nancy All Week!
Nancy’s Health, Nutrition, Cooking, Meditation & Life Skills Discussions/Talks
Transportation to and from the Managua airport.
All lodging at the retreat center, including a night in the beautiful, historic city of Granada.
All meals in Granada with the group
Guided Tour of Granada
Hotel room and breakfast at the
luxury hotel, Tribal, in Granada
Yoga every morning
Swimming or kayaking at the beach.
Healthy meals of fresh local food.
Cooking Lessons by Nancy
Meditation and energy building lessons
water aerobics classes
personal health and nutrition talks – discussions and information with Nancy
adventures in Nicaragua
Retreat located just above Aqua Resort
Just a few minutes walk
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Abundant exotic wildlife.
Four Beautiful Beaches
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We saw this and 2 other rainbows at the last retreat, as well as an abundance of wildlife, including: mating sea turtles, an abundance of monkeys, red and orange crabs, silver flying fish, eagles, pelicans, geckos, butterflies, etc.
What people are saying about the retreat:
What a fabulous week! It was a “Trip of a life time”.
Nicaragua and the Emerald Coast were so magical! Not only did we have fabulous food, adventures and a wonderful time; we all were blessed to have three incredible rainbows. In the evening the stars were spectacular. We saw the Milky Way. I have not seen that in over 20 years!
Also, the wild life in the forest was a treat! We saw monkeys, turtles, fish, crabs, white squirrels, eagles, many beautiful birds and donkeys and cattle crossing the roads right in front of us. The nature in Nicaragua was beautiful!
Wasn’t ready to go home after 7 days. Wish I could have stayed longer!
Being with Nancy Addison on one her Nutritional Retreats in Nicaragua was a blessing for me. She is a terrific teacher and food expert! Actually “mind/body” wellness would better describe the week. Learning to breathe, relax, meditate as well as taking time in life to choose what we put in our mouths and to prepare it! Nancy is truly amazing. She has the patience and experience to listen and to teach people how to eat a healthier and balanced diet! Teaching our group how to eat healthy with fresh and organic foods and showing our group how to prepare and make healthy meals! Everyone has health and diet issues and she was able to balance those needs specifically to each person on the retreat. Nancy has written wonderful books with the recipes included to help people with all sorts of diet and lifestyle needs. Having to plug back into the real world and the time restrictions we all have – Nancy showed us how to balance our diets and to listen to our bodies more. I would highly recommend anyone to read her books, go on one of her retreats, or contact her for improving ones health and diet! Thank you Nancy! With Love, Mary Jo Rausch
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Healthy Tips For Surviving The Holidays
The Holidays are upon us and we can get caught up in a whirlwind of activities, dinners and cocktail parties. You may encounter holiday treats at work or at home, brought to you by a kind neighbor or friend. Every event may seem like an excuse to splurge, but the consequences of overindulgence in food and drink can be painful, and can even put your health at risk. Here are my top 6 healthy tips for surviving the holidays!
First: Before going to a cocktail party, I usually take one tsp. of raw, organic green food powder (I like “Perfect Food” powder by Garden of Life, spirulina powder, or chlorella powder), and 1 tsp. of organic psyllium husks, with a little water. I then drink another glass (16 ounces) of water immediately afterwards.
Doing this makes me feel a bit full and prevents me from showing up to a party hungry, which can lend itself to overeating. This drink mixture also contains a lot of fiber, which can be helpful if one overindulges in the liquid spirits at the party.
Second: When I am in a buffet line, or at a party where there is an amazing amount of food, I use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate. People who do this, on average, eat 40 percent less! I try to choose cut up fresh veggies, hummus and other truly healthy foods. In addition, I try to avoid sugar.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one teaspoon of added sugar shuts down a person’s immune system for up to five hours. (1) Since I am wanting to feel really great this season, boost my immune system, and avoid being sick, I keep this in mind while I am eyeing the beautiful deserts and goodies.
Third: If overindulgence in spirits is a problem, here are a few natural ways to help relieve a hangover:
Remedy #1: Combine 1 tsp. raw, unfiltered honey, 1/2 c. freshly squeezed orange juice, and ¼ c. kefir or yogurt. Consume.
• Remedy #2: Soak organic dates
(pitted) in water for a few hours or more. Drink the water and eat the dates.
Remedy #3: Eat a banana.
Remedy #4: If feeling nauseous, try cutting up a bit of fresh organic, ginger root (you can buy this in the fresh produce section of the grocery store) into little pieces, and steeping it in hot water for about 3 – 5 minutes to make a ginger tea. It is very effective for relieving nausea.
Four: Make sure to get enough rest. Everyone has experienced the fatigue, lack of focus, and short temperedness that can follow a poor night’s sleep. We don’t want to experience that during the holidays! But even beyond these side effects, research has linked poor sleep with higher risks of heart disease and stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, and depression.(2)
If you have trouble sleeping, try having a little chamomile tea or warm milk (hemp, coconut or from organic, humanely raised, and grass fed cows or goats) with 1 tiny bit of raw, unfiltered honey.
If you are under a lot of stress and need a little relief, valerian root can help with tension or anxiety. For thousands of years, the herb valerian has been used in Europe and Asia to aid with sleep or anxiety. For insomnia, it’s suggested you use between 400 milligrams to 500 milligrams of valerian root up to two hours before bed.
Also, as we get older, humans don’t produce as much melatonin, which is what helps us sleep. You can buy melatonin as a supplement at the store. It comes in different strengths (one to three milligrams). Dr. Gary Massad, who has researched melatonin and sleep problems in depth, states that studies show if you take half a milligram of melatonin around three or four in the afternoon and then another half gram again about an hour before bedtime, it will work most effectively.
Other hormone imbalances can also disrupt sleep patterns, so have your doctor check you for any hormone imbalance or vitamin deficiencies. I recommend only using a vitamin from a whole food source, and I do not recommend ever taking synthetic vitamins.
You might also listen to recorded sounds of rain or ocean waves to help with sleep, as they may relax your mind. Experiment to find out what works best for you.
Five: Most people are so busy doing everything for everyone else, that they aren’t making enough time to nurture and take care of themselves. Let’s face it, the better we take care of ourselves, the better we can take care of the ones we love.
Make sure you take some time each day to slow down, calm the mind, get a little exercise, and love yourself. If we don’t take a little time for ourselves, stress can get hold of us.
Try making an appointment with yourself each day to slow down, rest, exercise, and do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. Even consider marking it in your calendar or setting a daily timer to keep you on track. Try and keep that appointment like it is with your most important client or friend.
I have exercise down as an appointment, and although I reschedule once in a while, I don’t cancel it because it is a commitment to myself (even if that just means walking around the block briskly).
Six: If you’re feeling blue, pamper yourself and do what feels good. Try to take a walk, or spend time alone if that’s what you want. Remember, this is your holiday too and you can be there for yourself just like you try to be for everyone else.
I’ve spent many a holiday alone. Sometimes I have felt a little blue. When that happens, I intentionally will shift my focus to something new. Exercise has been shown to help with weight maintenance, health, stress relief and depression. So, make sure you keep it in your schedule. Or, I may turn on a funny movie, take a walk, turn on joyful music and call a friend to come over, or take a supplement called 5 HTP.
5-HTP or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is an essential amino acid that can increase the levels of serotonin in the brain, similar to antidepressants. Low levels of serotonin can contribute to the development of depression and increased appetite. I have found 5 HTP really helps me when I am feeling low. Studies show it begins working as quickly as 15 to 20 minutes after taking it. You can purchase it at a healthy grocery store.
Remember, the holidays only come once a year and only last for a short time. So many of us have an idealized idea of what the holidays should be like and can be disappointed when they don’t live up to those expectations.
Try to be realistic and remember, nobody has a perfect holiday or perfect family. If you follow these tips, you might just find this year to be healthier, less stressful and more joyful!
1- Albert Sanchez, J. L. Reeser, H. S. Lau, P. Y. Yahiku, R. E. Willard, P. J. McMillan, S. Y. Cho, A. R. Magie, and U. D. Register. “Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis.” The American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Inc. 1973. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/26/11/1180.abstract.
2- NHS, Government of United Kingdom, Why lack of sleep is bad for your health http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/lack-of-sleep-health-risks.aspx.
3- Find a Vitamin or Supplement, 5 – HTP,, Web MD, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-794-5-HTP.aspx?activeIngredientId=794&activeIngredientName=5-HTP.
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I love the tradition of sharing a meal with family and friends on an annual basis. For this reason, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.
The American Thanksgiving is a traditional meal inspired by the pilgrims. The original feast was probably shared sometime in the fall, possibly in October, with the Wampanoag first nation’s people. Thanksgiving did not become an annual federal holiday until 1941, and what we have come to know as our traditional meal of turkey and fixings has evolved over time.
Thanksgiving often involves a number of rich, savory foods, creamy dips and fried foods. And yet, these foods don’t always make our body feel at it’s best. So, here are a few ingredient or food choice tips that can make our dishes healthier to share with beloved family and friends.
When making or serving snacks, dips can be a healthy high protein hummus or guacamole. Cutting some cucumber, red bell pepper or celery to use as the dipping chips is a great choice! If you want to serve crackers or chips, try using a whole grain, sprouted, organic version.
A potato dish can be made with sweet or purple potatoes in place of white potatoes. Use a high quality, organic butter or use organic ghee or coconut oil as the healthy fat to mix into it when mashing them up to cook or to cut up and bake as fries. Sweet potatoes are delicious and high in fiber and beta-carotene.
When preparing a turkey, try using a little orange juice and coconut oil to add moisture to the turkey, and try baking it instead of frying it. If you are baking, frying or sautéing anything, use organic, pure coconut oil in place of lard, vegetable oil or a trans fat like Crisco. It handles heat well and has fantastic health benefits.
For other types of animal, fish or fowl, you can grill, broil, or sauté them in a little coconut oil. After you remove it from the heat, you can drizzle some pure, organic, extra virgin olive oil on it and serve with lemon juice or a lemon juice vinaigrette. When dining, choose skinless, white meat pieces and then add just a tiny bit of gravy.
For a healthy stuffing, try making one with organic sprouted rice or even wild rice. Then, bake your stuffing in a separate dish instead of cooking it inside the turkey where it can absorb a high amount of high saturated fat from the meat.
When making corn bread stuffing, purchase the non-GMO, organic cornmeal (which is free of the bT toxin). If you are feeling brave, try using blue cornmeal which is about 30 percent higher in protein and has more zinc and iron than white or yellow corn
Now for dessert, try making a pumpkin pie! You can make a whole sprouted grain crust yourself or you can find a whole grain ready-made crust at the store, and make my cashew crème recipe as the whipped cream for the topping.
Try using non-dairy milk in your recipes or for your coffee creamer.
If you want it to be sweeter, blend the milk (like the unsweetened, vanilla coconut or hemp milk) with a little extra added vanilla or maple extract in a blender and add some pitted dates (I soak them in water to make them softer, so they will crème up easier) and voilà! You have a healthier version of a sweet, holiday creamer for your coffee or desserts.
For snacks, try serving combinations of organic, sprouted nuts, sprouted seeds and raisins.
With these ingredient substitutions, you can still eat all the delicious flavors you love while enjoying a number of health benefits.
In this way, you can feel and look your best as holiday activities continue on into December. Instead of regretting what you ate, you will glow with radiant health as you welcome the New Year of 2016!
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The following are general symptoms of menopause:
I did a segment on The Broadcast on KTXD-TV about menopause.
Eat a well-balanced diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet can help you reduce the risks and discomforts associated with menopause. A diet low in saturated animal fat can help reduce your risk of heart disease by providing the following benefits:
Soy- Avoid soy products. Some evidence suggests that eating soy-based foods such as tofu might help reduce certain symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. I don’t recommend them because eating soy can cause severe thyroid problems.
Get regular exercise– the benefits of exercise include:
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