Thursday, August 13, 2015

Staying in Gratitude

So often we get caught up in our busy lives and in worrying about getting all done. I don't know about you, but when I get caught up in the rat race, crankiness and chaos ensue. I start focusing on all of the ways that my day is going wrong and all of the ways that I could have been successful at accomplishing everything, IF everything had gone according to plan. IF my daughter had remembered to pack her homework folder. IF my son hadn't awakened so early. IF my husband would share the cooking a little more. When I get into that state, it's all down hill. I'm a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, and I believe that whatever vibe we're putting out there, we're going to get right back from the Universe. If we're cranky with everything life hands us, it's going to hand us a bunch of bad news. But if we're thankful for every breath, and we take time to slow down and see the beauty and the gift that every experience and encounter brings, then the Universe will reflect that back to us. I've experienced both scenarios, and I'd much rather experience the latter, wouldn't you?

How do you stay in gratitude? My method of late is a few minutes of inspirational reading at night, followed by a 5-10 minute meditation before drifting off to sleep. I also meditate before each client session. I attend a yoga and mediation class each week with my amazing teacher and guru, Aparna Levine ( I practice the Law of Attraction by saying affirmations that match the experience I want to have, several times a day. I like to affirm my competence as a coach and practitioner, my ideal clients' ability to find me (yes, I've conjured your clicking!), the health of my body, divine guidance and so on.

If you're looking to get healthy or change your experience for the better, you must start with being grateful for and accepting where you are now. Gratitude and acceptance are the gateway to healing and transformation, and I invite you to practice these in your daily life! This is a big focus of my coaching and my life, and it works! I'd love to share this with you, and help you find your path to Enlightened Wellness. 

Check out this post on gratitude from Rachel Shieck, of Qoya. She's got some really wise words on gratitude that you'll love, and she shares how to conduct your very own shamanic gratitude ceremony, called a despacho. I love a good ritual!

Also, check out her free Qoya movement videos. They're short, easy and fun, and they're a great way to get your energy flowing and get into a positive space!

In Gratitude,

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cilantro Cashew Dip on Crunchy Jicama

Meet my favorite new crunchy, creamy, low-glycemic snack: Cilantro Cashew Dip on Crunchy Jicama. Have you ever had cashew cheese? It is so delicious, and very easy to make. For those of us with a dairy allergy or sensitivity, it's such a nice option. Even if you're ok with dairy, you'll still love it, and it can be flavored in a number of ways. Moving on, have you ever had jicama? I really appreciate jicama for it's prebiotic fiber. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your colon and keep them predominating over the pathogenic bacteria. And if you're fighting candida or are eating grain-free for any other reason, it's such a wonderful crunchy medium for dips like this one, as well as guacamole. I actually ate this with my lunch today and added nitrate-preservative-filler-free turkey (Organic Prairie). And for even more flavor and benefit, I added pickled/fermented beets for a tangy, sweet, probiotic punch! Who says you have to suffer to heal? Certainly not this nutritionist!  By the way, if you'd like to learn how to heal (that includes losing stubborn excess weight) in a way that is nourishing, not depriving, and that gets the root of your issues, read up on my Enlightened Wellness programs. 

Cilantro Cashew Dip

  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in filtered water for 2 – 4 hours (soaking is optional)
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup filtered water as needed for desired consistency
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 to 4 cloves fresh garlic minced (depending on preference)
  • 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
  1. Place the cashews, nutritional yeast, 1/2 of the water, 1/2 of the lemon juice, garlic and sea salt in the food processor and pulse until roughly blended.
  2. Gradually add in more lemon or lime juice, garlic and salt to taste. 
  3. Transfer the cheese to a bowl, and stir in the cilantro. 
  4. To prepare the jicama, wash it well. To peel it, use a sharp chef knife to slice off the skin. Use a downward motion and just keep turning the jicama until you have all of the skin removed. Easy. Then cut it in half, and turn each half flat side down. Cut  into thin (or thick) slices. For larger, stackable pieces, turn the jicama half on its side, with the flat side facing the knife and slice.
  5. This recipe makes a good amount of dip and slices, so you can snack on this for at least 3, if not more, days. A good serving size per snack is 1-2 TBSP of the dip with as many jicama slices as you like. This snack is rich in protein, healthy fat, fiber AND antioxidants. Eaten between meals, it will keep your blood sugar steady, which will also keep your energy, appetite and moods stabilized, setting you up for making nourishing choices at meal times. Enjoy, and feel free to play around with different herbs and spices to vary it up! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Sugar Kick: 7 Solutions to Ending Your Servitude to Sugar for Good

If you are tired of being a slave to sugar, and you want to enjoy delicious food without the fear, guilt and disappointment of overindulging, this workshop is for you. End your servitude to sugar by finding out why you crave it and what to do about it, once and for all.
If you're in the Albuquerque area, join me for The Sugar Kick: 7 Solutions to End Your Servitude to Sugar for Good, at Primal Athletics in Corrales.
When: Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 2-3:30 pm. 
Cost: Free for Primal Athletics members and $10 for non-members. 
Wondering if you should come? Check out this 3 minute video for the 7 Red Flags of a Sugar Slave. 

RSVP to Primal Athletics: (505) 726-4738

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Your Microbiome and Your Weight

Want to know about what the universe within your gut is all about, and what issues you may be having as a result of an imbalance of microbes living there? Gut microbial imbalances can lead to many conditions, including autoimmune disorders and even weight gain/obesity. In fact, rebalancing the microbiome is a key aspect of the Functional Medicine 5-R Gut Restoration protocol, and it's one of the main reasons why the Functional Medicine approach works for just about everything! My new program, Lighter and Enlightened: The 90 Day Transformation, actually includes a 5-R Gut Restoration Protocol. Why? Because rebalancing your microbes is KEY to attaining not only the health you want, but the weight that you want (and keeping it that way!). There's all kinds of exciting research in this area, and I am thrilled to be coaching my clients toward success by helping them to apply this new, juicy knowledge. That's not to say that it's ALL physiological, though. We all know that there is a huge emotional and behavioral component to weight management, which is why I use the tried and true Transformational Coaching Method to address those aspects. We're really going all in here--Body, Mind and Spirit!

To learn more about the microbiome and how yours is affecting you, here is an excellent overview, loaded with links to credible resources on the matter, particularly regarding autoimmune disorders. This article is by Gary Rothbard, MD, and is posted on a website that I regularly contribute to, called  There is a new section devoted to the microbiome, where I will have an article coming out later this month on the Gut-Brain Axis and how it relates to autoimmunity.

Check out Dr. Rothbard's article here!

Here's to getting Lighter and Enlightened!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Coming back soon....Gourmet Healer Health Coaching!

This is it. I can't stay away much longer from one TRUE professional and personal passion--transformational health coaching. I've been on a coaching hiatus while my baby boy has been growing, but I've turned a corner in my thinking. I really can have the Functional Nutrition coaching practice of my dreams AND be a happy, healthy, present-- even hot-- mama! In a few weeks, I'll be rolling out some transformational health coaching packages, so get ready! If you are ready to go "all in" and transform not just your health, but your WHOLE self, you don't have to wait much longer. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November 1: Live Intro to Essential Oils Class

Introduction to Essential Oils for Family Wellness
Please RSVP
Peruse Oils
Create a doTERRA Wholesale Account/Join my Wellness Team

Learn how to stock your medicine chest with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils and how to use them to keep your family healthy in times of great illness.
Bonus: Get a FREE immune-support protocol, which includes essential oils, foods, herbs, supplements and lifestyle practices. 

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
9 am-10 am OR 10 am-11 am
Baillo's Meeting Room
1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87113

Monday, October 20, 2014

Natural Disease-Proofing

"Chance favors the prepared mind." ~Louis Pasteur   
Countless studies have proven that essential oils (EO's) possess both immune-bolstering and anti-viral qualities. I am not claiming that EO's can prevent or treat some of the worst infectious diseases, but there is enough research out there to connect the dots and say that it is possible that they may provide some protection--especially for those who are taking care of themselves with real, nutrient-rich food and proper hydration. We know that plants are medicine. EO's are basically all of the therapeutic properties of a plant,  in liquid form.
Applying On Guard and Breathe Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil blends  to the bottoms of our feet  twice daily is one of the main things I'm doing for my family, along with some other common sense nutritional and lifestyle strategies.  If you'd like to learn about immune support with CPTG essential oils, let's talk.  If you want to go ahead and get going with your oils and join my wellness team right away, here are the instructions and some tips.
**When your oils arrive, make sure to contact me for your free EO Wellness Consultation. I am committed to helping everyone on my team learn how to use the oils to their fullest potential. I am always available to answer your EO questions.
Find scientific research on EO's here. 
****Anyone who joins my wellness team with a wholesale order of 100 PV or more between October 20 and October 31, 2014, will receive a FREE bottle of On Guard Protective Blend and a Natural Solutions essential oil guidebook. ****Refer someone who does this, and receive a FREE bottle of Wild Orange essential oil (think sleep, immune support, digestion, detoxification and mood).