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“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” Was A Finalist In The International Book Awards In 2016!

I just found out that my book, “How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” was a finalist in the International Book Awards in 2016! I didn’t even realize it!
 Internatioal Book Awards:
Congratulations to all of the Winners & Finalists of the 2016 International Book Awards.
 
Health: General
Finalist
How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian (Second Edition) by Nancy Addison
Organic Healthy Lifestyle Publishing
978-0-9961085-5-3
 
To view my book on Amazon: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian, Second Edition – Universal book: myBook.to/vegetarianbook
 

Super Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Super Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothies are symphonies of nutrients and fiber! You can have smoothies as a meal or a snack, or freeze them in popsicle molds and have them as a healthy desert.

I put healthy fat in my smoothies because my research shows it gives us energy, supports our brain health, and helps us absorb nutrients in fruits and other food more easily.

Chew on a bite of blueberry or cherry right before you have a smoothie, because it will help prepare your body for digestion.

Serves: One.

Ingredients

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. cold-pressed hemp or flax seed oil

1 scoop Protein Powder (Garden of Life is a good choice, or freshly ground, sprouted hemp seeds.)

2 tbsp. raw organic sprouted seed or nut butter

1-2 tsp. coconut probiotics (from refrigerated section of the grocery store)

1 banana with the skin (Clean the banana, cut off the ends, and cut it into chunks before putting it into the blender. The skin has more nutrients in it than the banana and is high in fiber.)

1 cup berries (cherries, strawberries, wild blueberries or berries of choice)

1 1⁄2 cups organic vanilla non-dairy milk (coconut or hemp work well)

 

Directions

Blend in blender until smooth and creamy.

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Let’s Talk About Soy

Let’s Talk About Soy

Many people eat and drink soy and soy products. I’m asked questions about soy frequently, so I thought I would address this food.

Soy has many negative effects on health because it is difficult to digest, affects your hormones, and is closely linked to GMOs, pesticides, and harmful processing chemicals.

Soy protein is a complete protein but can be very hard to digest. The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans, because they contain quantities of natural toxins or “anti-nutrients” and are high in phytic acid. This means ingesting unfermented soy can prevent the body from absorbing other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and particularly protein.

In China, soy was not used as a food until fermentation techniques were discovered in the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC). When soy is fermented—as in miso, tempeh, or soy sauce—the soy nutrients are more digestible and easier to absorb.

Soy has been linked to gastric distress and pancreatic problems, including cancer, and it can impair our body’s uptake of amino acids.(1) It also contains goitrogens, which are known to suppress the functioning of the thyroid.(2)

Most soy on the market today is from genetically modified (GM) seed. 91 percent of soybeans planted in the United States are GM, and the rate is rapidly growing throughout the world, according to Natural News newsletter.(3)

Dr. Gregory Damato points out that “more than 95 percent of GM soy (and 75 percent of other GM crops) is engineered to tolerate glyphosate herbicide, the most common formulation of which is Roundup. (4)
Recent studies by French scientists on the Toxicity of Roundup and Glyphosate found this herbicide carcinogenic.(5)
They found it:

1. Causes cell cycle dysregulation, which is a hallmark of tumor cells and human cancers.

2. Inhibits DNA synthesis in certain parts of the cell cycle— the cells’ reproductive process, which underlies the growth and development of all living organisms.

3. Impedes the hatchings of sea urchins. (Sea urchins were used because they constitute an appropriate model for the identification of undesirable cellular and molecular targets of pollutants.) The delay was found to be dose dependent on the concentration of Roundup. The surfactant polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), another major component of Roundup, was also found to be highly toxic to the embryos when tested alone, and could therefore be a contributing factor.(6)

These reasons are some reasons why I don’t eat soy if I can avoid it, or any other genetically modified food or non-organically grown food.

I recommend reading more about glyphosate herbicide if you are eating non-certified organic foods.

Be aware that soy is added to tortillas, breads, fake meats, and many other foods, supposedly for the “health” benefit. In my opinion, it is really used as cheap filler.

Health and nutrition expert Dr. Joseph Mercola writes that the advertising industry has misled the public about the safety and health benefits of soy, as well as the widespread use of it in the Asian diet. He states, “A study of the history of soy use in Asia shows that the poor used it during times of extreme food shortage, and only when the soybeans were carefully prepared (e.g. by lengthy fermentation) to destroy the soy toxins.”(7)

He goes on to say that, contrary to some reports in the West, it is not the usual practice in Asian countries to feed soy milk to infants.(8)
Be aware of this when you read food labels that refer to soy’s health benefits, even those that display an FDA statement that soy can help lower the risk of heart disease.

In 2000, two FDA employees, Daniel Doerge and Daniel Sheehan, were so worried about the danger of soy that they wrote a controversial letter to their employer, protesting the positive health claims for soy that the FDA was approving at the time.

They wrote:
There is abundant evidence that some of the isoflavones found in soy—including genistein and equol, a metabolite of daidzen—demonstrate toxicity in estrogen sensitive tissues and in the thyroid. This is true for a number of species, including humans.
Additionally, isoflavones are inhibitors of the thyroid peroxidase which makes T3 and T4.

Inhibition can be expected to generate thyroid abnormalities, including goiter and autoimmune thyroiditis. There exists a significant body of animal data that demonstrates goitrogenic and even carcinogenic effects of soy products.
Moreover, there are significant reports of goitrogenic effects from soy consumption in human infants.(9)

Think carefully about the effects that soy can have on the thyroid (our master gland which affects almost all aspects of our health) and estrogen. Many doctors and nutritionists are soy proponents. Be careful and research this yourself if you are concerned.

A billion-dollar industry advertises soy as the answer to many health issues, from heart disease to weight problems. Soy is frequently touted as the answer to women’s menopause hormone imbalances. This is one of the reasons why so many doctors and older women were happy to embrace it.

Soy and soy-based products contain isoflavones or phytoestrogens, which are plant-based estrogens. Soy is not the only food that contains phytoestrogens. There are other less controversial and more digestible foods with phytoestrogens you can include in your diet.

For men, eating soy isoflavones can significantly reduce testicular function and lower luteinizing hormone (LH) production, which is what signals the testicles to work. A high soy intake which potentially lowers level of LH increases the probability of estrogen dominance in men, contributing to hair loss, swollen and cancerous prostates, and insulin resistance.

Dr. Doris Rapp, MD, a leading pediatric allergist, asserts that environmental and food estrogens are responsible for the worldwide reduction in male fertility.(10)

Soy consumption has been linked with cancer in adults, notably breast cancer, as I read in an article by Jim Rutz. He went on to say:

That’s why the governments of Israel, the UK, France, and New Zealand are already cracking down hard on soy… In sad contrast, 60 percent of the refined foods in US supermarkets now contain soy. Worse, soy use may double in the next few years because (last I heard) the out-of-touch medicrats in the FDA hierarchy are considering allowing manufacturers of cereal, energy bars, fake milk, fake yogurt, etc., to claim that “soy prevents cancer.”

It doesn’t…P.S.: Soy sauce is fine. Unlike soy milk, it’s perfectly safe because it’s fermented, which changes its molecular structure. Miso, natto, and tempeh are also okay, but avoid tofu.(11)

Soy can create allergic reactions. In 1986, Dr. Stuart Berger, MD, placed soy among the top seven allergens, one of the “sinister seven.”

Finally, completely avoid soy protein isolate. It is a byproduct of soybean oil processing that is found in a huge number of vegan foods. A standard soybean contains 40 percent protein, while soy protein isolate is usually about 95 percent protein. But it poses serious health risks.

The processing of soy protein isolate is done mostly in aluminum tanks that leach high levels of aluminum into the product. Then MSG, flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, and synthetic chemicals are frequently added to help get rid of the “beany” taste and add more “meaty” flavor. In animal experiments, the test animals fed soy isolate developed enlarged organs, particularly the thyroid and the pancreas.

After the soybeans—which are mostly GMO varieties—are crushed to extract the oil, the leftover soy “chunks” (which still contain fiber, water, some fat, and other carbohydrates) then undergo another extraction process that involves hexane—a neurotoxin that is also a substantial component in gasoline.

The next step involves soaking these chunks in a chemical mixture (which commonly contains ammonia and hydrochloric acid) to help concentrate protein levels and achieve a sponge-like texture. Finally, the mixture is spray-dried.(12)

Soy protein isolate can only be made in factories. Healthy, whole foods should be possible to make in a kitchen. You can grind your own almond flour at home from almonds. You can make your own seitan (wheat meat) at home. You can make your own rice milk or hemp milk at home with a blender and some whole-food ingredients.

The only way to make soy protein isolate is by using extremely flammable and hazardous chemicals, like hexane, and extreme temperatures that you could not possibly obtain in a kitchen setting.

Hexane is not used in the production of organic soy protein isolate. For a list of which protein bars and soy burgers are made using hexane-extracted soy protein isolates and which aren’t, go to: www.cornucopia.org/hexane-guides/hexane_guide_bars.html.

As I researched soy, I came to seriously reconsider its use. I avoid it in most forms, but I do, however, use organic, non-GMO fermented soy sauce. I also use organic miso and tempeh occasionally. There are alternative organic misos now that are made with brown rice, garbanzo beans, and barley—and they taste terrific. I buy these instead of the soy variety.

In conclusion, I do not recommend soy or soy protein for a healing diet.

If you are going to buy soy, purchase certified organic, sprouted, non-GMO soy because it won’t be from genetically modified seeds. If you must buy soy, purchase sprouted and/or fermented, non-GMO, certified organic soy for a more digestible and less harmful soy protein, and avoid soy protein isolates.

Sources:
1.    Damato, Gregory. (2009, May 27). “GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit.” Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/026334_soy_Roundup_GMO.htm l#ixzz1RzIZAWwh
2.    Fallon, Sally, & Enig, Mary G. (2000, April–May). “Newest Research on Why You Should Avoid Soy.” Nexus, 7(3). http://www.eregimens.com/therapies/Diet/Soy/NewestResearc honwhyYouShouldAvoidSoy.htm
3.    Damato, Gregory. (2009, May 27). “GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit” Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/026334_soy_research_Roundup.h tml
4.     Ibid.
5.    Mercola, Joseph. (2012, June 9). “New Evidence Against These Cancer-causing Foods – and the Massive Cover-up Effort.” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/09/mons anto-roundup-found-to-be-carcinogenic.aspx
6.    Bellé, R., et. al. (May 9, 2012). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B: Critical Reviews, 15(4): 233-237. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10937404.2012.67 2149
7.    Mercola, Joseph. (2009, January 9). “Learn the Truth About Soy. Just How Much Soy Do Asians Eat?” http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/01/09/truth-about-soy.aspx
8.    Ibid.
9.    Sheegan, Daniel M., & Doerge, Daniel R. (1999, February 18).Letter to Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305). The letter was posted on ABCnews.com as “Scientists Protest Soy Approval.”
10.    Bellatti, Andy. “You Ask, I Answer: Soy Protein Isolate.” Medpedia. Belatti is a commenter on the original article by Kelsey Lepp. http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/you-ask-i- answer-soy-protein-isolate/
11.     Rutz, Jim. (2006, December 12). “Soy is Making Kids ‘Gay’.” WND Commentary. http://www.wnd.com/2006/12/39353/
12.    Cousens, Gabriel. (2008). There Is a Cure for Diabetes. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

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How To Have A Healthy Halloween

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How To Have A Healthy Halloween

Halloween is almost here, and everyone is wondering what costume to wear and what treats to give. Careful planning can make this holiday even more enjoyable than you imagined.

Sugar is usually the treat of choice, but it is harmful to our health. Since we want to set a good example for our children, I’ve found some truly wonderful alternatives that are enjoyable and entertaining.

While children may not always appear to be listening, they are always watching, so send a consistent message that healthy eating is important—even on holidays.

This can be challenging when the rest of the country is trying to eat as many pieces of candy and sugary desserts as possible.

According to research, one teaspoon of sugar can shut down a person’s immune system for up to 5 hours.  Yale University says that children should get only 3 to 4 teaspoons of sugar per day, and that an adult should limit  their intake to 5 teaspoons.

This is even possible on Halloween. We all benefit from avoiding going overboard on holiday occasions.

Try to find a healthy balance for your children’s food intake and create an atmosphere of wise choices.

First, before going trick-or-treating with your children or sending them to a Halloween party, serve a filling and healthy meal so that tempting sugary desserts and candy aren’t eaten simply because of hunger.

You can also pass out non-edible treats as substitutes for candy.  Try things like stickers, crayons, bubbles, kaleidoscopes, slinkies, yoyos, sidewalk chalk, small flashlights, glow sticks, hacky sacks, funny glasses, or other fun gifts.

You can even pass out toothbrushes! You can find packs of these online or at the local party or craft stores. Make sure you pick age appropriate treats for children, and especially make sure that the gifts do not include small parts that a child could choke on.

Some gifts may be better for smaller children, while others may be more fun or safer for older children.

If you would prefer to hand out edible treats, try some commercially-packaged alternatives to candy like trail mixes, raisins, popcorn packets, or nut butter crackers. People will trust packages from the grocery store more than homemade tems, as they are sealed.

For a home party, you can make healthy pumpkin muffins or popcorn with nuts and raisins. It is the perfect time to serve a green kale smoothie, which you can call the Martian Magic Mixture! (Recipe below) Guests will think they are having a special Halloween drink, when in reality you are introducing a healthy green drink.

With childhood obesity on the rise at an alarming rate, and literally doubling over the last 30 years, it is good to be someone who isn’t contributing to the sugar disease epidemic.

You’d be surprised how much all of us enjoy an alternative to the sugar laden candy that is so common.

If your child goes trick-or-treating, instruct your child to wait and allow you to inspect the food they collect before they eat it. Tell them that if any candy or food they received isn’t wrapped professionally (commercially), they should throw it away, especially if it looks like there is any kind of tampering (tears, holes, discoloration, etc.) with the package.

I always threw out any kind of candy or treat that my children were given that looked suspicious in any way. Don’t take a chance.

Just throw it out if there is doubt.

If you allow your children to eat candy or treats, be aware that some have a shelf life. If you are allowing your child to have one or two pieces per day, check the candy for freshness or an expiration date before he or she can have it.

Teach your children to do this as well. Children can be very responsible if given the chance.

Children’s teeth and gums are damaged by sugar. Dental decay can be painful and damaging to a child’s health. Conditions like this can challenge a person for their entire life.

Help your children make the best decisions for their health now. Make certain they brush and floss after consuming sweets. Your children will always be grateful for the love you show them.

They may not show it today, but they will recognize and appreciate it more as they grow older.

For Halloween, spend time together, play fun music, bob for apples, make jack-o-lanterns, and bake pumpkin bread or other items that benefit your family’s health.This shows your family how much you really care about them.

May you have a fun, safe Halloween holiday.

Sources:
1.    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “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.”,
Copyright © 1973 by The American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Inc,
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/26/11/1180.abstract
2,”Yale+Health+Newsletter.”“Be”a”Sugar”Detective.”http://yalehealth.yale.edu/sugardetective
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green smoothie w polka dotted straw

Martian Magic Mixture

 

There’s just something about smoothies that makes them a perfect addition to the healthy lifestyle. This refreshing hearty green smoothie will be a special, nutrient-rich, treat.

 

Ingredients:

Organic of course!

1 cup unsweetened, vanilla coconut milk
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup pineapple chunks (fresh is great, but frozen is fine)
1 banana
2 kale leaf (stem removed)
1 cup baby spinach

Directions

1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Note: Add more coconut milk if it’s too thick.

You can find more recipes like this in my healthy cookbook: Raising Healthy Children

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Healthy Snacks For Nursing Mom’s And Tot’s

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Healthy Snacks For Nursing Mom’s And Tot’s

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.

By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP, CSN, CPT

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Food For The Soul Retreat

Charlotte Ammerman and Nancy Addison at Pelcian Eye w pinacoladasm

Food For The Soul Retreat

April 6- 13th, 2016 (sold out);

July 28 – Aug. 4;

Aug. 7 – Aug. 14;

Nov. 13 – Nov 20, 2016.

 

A Certificate Of Basic Intensive In Healthy Food Cuisine is given to all participants

when you come and attend my classes on preparing healthy food at the retreat!

 

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.

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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
Lymphatic exercises
water aerobics classes
personal health and nutrition talks – discussions and information 
with Nancy
aromatherapy lessons
adventures in Nicaragua
Retreat located just above Aqua Resort
Just a few minutes walk
down the hill.

Abundant exotic wildlife.

Four Beautiful Beaches

Optional but not included in the price:

Incredible Deep Sea Fishing,

Surfing on a World Class Beach

Mukul’s Resort and Spa, rated best Spa in the World
is 5 minutes away
and it has golf and
an incredible restaurant, beach and various things in their huge spa including sessions
with a Shaman.
Aqua resort and spa.
The price is the amazing amount of
$3, 397.00

Price does not include airfare.

Contact Nancy Today about our next retreat: April 7- 14th, 2016

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:

Click here to hear Amber Lynn’s testimony.

Click here to watch Janet Amador’s Testimony about Nancy’s conference at 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

I just received a super review on my latest book: How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian – second edition:

Best health book of this century!

By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

“How To Be A Healthy Vegetarian” second edition, 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.

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Detox Salad

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Detox Salad

          I hope you have had a fabulous and magical holiday with your family and friends!

This is one of our favorite salads to eat,  especially after holidays of rich, heavy meals. Many of my clients have made it and loved it. Now, I’m documenting it here so you can refer back to this recipe over and over again! If you haven’t tried it, it is a must!

I call it a detox salad because it contains a very detoxifying green leafy herb called cilantro and the spice turmeric.

Cilantro can help the body rid itself of heavy metals. We get metal toxins in our bodies from a variety of places including dental fillings, aluminum deodorant, the aluminum foil we use in food preparation and storage, vaccinations, cadmium from secondhand smoke, and polluted air. Metal toxins are harder to rid our bodies of than other toxins, but cilantro is highly effective in helping the body detox them. Cilantro is also a good source of dietary fiber and iron, magnesium and manganese. I love the light flavor it adds to my salad mix and this is a great way to add it to your food!

This salad also contains the spice turmeric, which is anti-inflammatory, increases liver function, is detoxifying, and can help regulate blood sugar.

My daughter, Amanda, and I like to add greens to almost all of our recipes. It makes them healthier and lighter. If we are having a rice or pasta dish, when it’s warm and ready to serve, just combine it with salad greens. It is so easy and absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

1 c. romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 c. cilantro, chopped
¼ cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 c. chopped tomato
1 ½ or 2 c. warm, sprouted and cooked green lentils
1 tsp. minced red onion
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped into chunks
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. turmeric
unrefined sea salt to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients well and enjoy!

Note: This is also a salad you can enjoy warm or make ahead of time and store in the fridge for a few days, I love it when the flavors have a chance to meld together. Just remember to chop the avocado later right before serving.

Variation: You can substitute beans for the lentils.

This recipe makes one to two servings.

If you like these recipes, you may like my cookbooks about healthy eating.

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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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Safe & Healthy Tips for Grilling This Summer

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Safe & Healthy Tips for

Grilling This Summer

        For all of you looking to the weekend or any other fun summer get-togethers, where you are firing up the barbecue grill; it is important to know a few tips to protect you and your friends and family, from the potentially dangerous chemicals that grilling meat can create.

      

“Grilling, frying, broiling, and other cooking methods that expose meat to extremely high temperatures, creates potential cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs).

This is especially true when the meat is charred or overcooked.

 

Moreover, when fat drips on the heat source, the plumes of smoke can coat meat with other dangerous chemicals.

 

The worst offenders are fatty, well-done beef, pork and lamb, but even poultry and fish produce HCAs when seared.”

 

If you love grilling, here are a few ways to reduce the dangers:

 

• Buy lean types of meat and trim off all visible fat.

 

• “Marinate meat. Researchers have found that this can decrease HCAs by more than 90 percent. Use combinations of beer, cider, vinegar, citrus juices, mustard, herbs, and brown sugar.”

 

• Precook meat in an oven, and then finish on the grill.

 

•Try using a lower heat. Don’t put the meat right over the fire. Put the meat to the side of the grill where the heat isn’t as hot.

 

• Turn the meat more frequently, and grill the meat just until it is cooked and safe to eat.  Don’t cook it until it is charred. You can use a meat thermometer to check and make sure it is done.

 

• Avoid breathing in smoke, which also has risks.  

 

• Veggie burgers, seitan (a protein-rich food made of wheat gluten, used as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes),

 

Portobello mushrooms and vegetables have little or no formation of HCA’s when grilled.

 

Try going vegetarian once in a while!  It tastes good, and is good for you!

 

Resources and quotes are taken from the Berkeley Wellness Alert University of California - 5/24/2011

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GRILLED VEGETABLE PITA SANDWICH

 

My son, Gibbons,  makes delicious sandwiches during the summer. Sometimes he grills and sometimes he roasts his veggies. I like mine to have only sliced and grilled portobello mushrooms.

This recipe is great any of those ways!

When preparing the veggies, slice them about 1/4 of an inch thick. You don’t want them too thick.

This recipe makes one serving.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 whole-grain pita bread, warmed

½ zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise

¼ c. red or yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced

1 carrot, thinly sliced

½ c. hummus

 

Directions:

1. Heat the grill.

2. We put our veggies in a grilling rack that is then placed on the hot grill. The rack is optional.

3. Grill the vegetables 10 to 15 minutes, until they are slightly soft and

warm. Then remove from heat.

4. Spread hummus in the warm pita bread.

5. Lay slices of grilled vegetables in layers inside warm pita bread

on top of hummus.

 

Variations:

1. Coat vegetables with a little coconut oil and sea salt before

grilling for a richer and moister flavor.

2. Add slices of portobello mushroom, for a meatier flavor and texture.

3. Substitute sliced avocado or mayonnaise for hummus.

 
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“Raising Healthy Children” By Nancy Addison – Best Seller On Amazon!

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I released my new book today on Raising Healthy Children!

It made the best seller’s list!

Raising Healthy Children is a comprehensive book full of encyclopedic information! This book is filled not only recipes and information about how you can raise your children in the healthiest possible way, but also includes resources, references and endnotes to give you the most comprehensive book on how to raise healthy children on the market today. Nancy Addison walks you through the grocery store, shares natural remedies, discusses the health benefits of breastfeeding, shares recipes for non-toxic body products, supplements, vitamins, minerals, and so much more.

 

 

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