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 Health: The Total Transformation coaching program.

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 (totally 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 AutoimmuneMom.com.  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). 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Why I Don't Use Tylenol (And What I Do Use)

One of my favorite evidence-based alternative medicine websites, Green Med Info, has an extensive list of abstracts on the potential dangers of Tylenol use, particularly in kids. The studies listed examine an array of risks, such as asthma, autism, hearing loss, ADHD (associated with use during pregnancy), blood cancer, toxicity and death. Check it out here. Granted, many of the studies are making associations and not necessarily concluding causation, but the evidence is compelling. Plus, I'm the kind of mom and practitioner who likes to err on the side of caution and reasonable doubt, especially when it comes to man-made, chemical- and sugar-laden "medicine" or food-like products. I steer away from these and opt for natural solutions and real food instead. There is certainly a time and place for modern medicine, but most issues, other than acute life-threatening illness or injuries, can be treated at home with diet, lifestyle and natural medicine. Many doctor visits and hospital stays can be prevented altogether by using natural solutions at the first sign of illness. It is up to each and every one of us to educate ourselves on how to use natural remedies, as well as diet and lifestyle as our everyday prevention and treatment, if we want to live a life of optimal health and fulfillment. As a Functional Medicine Nutritionist/Health Coach and as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I am passionate about teaching my clients, readers and doTERRA customers and team members how to use nature's gifts in order to keep themselves and their families healthy.

For fevers, the calmative, cooling essential oils like peppermint, lavender or Roman chamomile are excellent. I typically go right to the peppermint for higher fevers. For babies under 1 year, I recommend diluting 1 drop of lavender in 1 tsp of carrier oil, like doTERRA's Fractionated Coconut Oil. A good extra-virgin olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil works well, too. Apply the oil to the back of the neck and upper spine, as well as to the bottoms of the feet. Lavender is a gentle but widely effective oil, which is why it's great for an array of issues in infants, including infection. After 1 year, 1-2 drops of peppermint in 1 tsp of carrier oil can be used when needed, for babies 2 and under. For adults, the oil can be applied directly to these areas with no dilution, otherwise termed as "neat". These fever-reducing techniques work well, and at the very least, will take the edge off of a high fever, without completely shutting down this important defense mechanism. As far as I know, there are no associations between using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils and any of the aforementioned issues associated with Tylenol use. In fact, CPTG oils work on many levels (body, mind and spirit) to make you healthier when you use them, rather than taxing your system and making you weaker and more susceptible in the long-run. And, of course, they also get the job done. That's my kind of medicine. Keep in mind that doTERRA is the only company that tests every batch/liter of oil produced for purity and potency. This is why I use the doTERRA oils in my home and in my nutrition practice. I want only the best and safest essential oils and supplements for myself, my family and my clients.

Always remember that in order for any treatment to work for you at its fullest potential, whether it be essential oils, acupuncture, massage, herbs, etc., you must be taking care of yourself on the most basic levels, including good nutrition and hydration and restorative lifestyle practices.

If you would like to learn more about how to use CPTG essential oils as a way to get and stay well, please feel free to contact me with questions. I provide both live classes as well as teleclasses. These are a great way to learn how to use CPTG essential oils and make the transition from synthetic over-the-counter meds and suffering, to natural solutions which help you to thrive.  If you would like to experience a sample of doTERRA essential oil, please contact me, and we'll decide which oil is the best for you to try, given your condition and concerns. To get started with some oils and buy a bottle or two of doTERRA CPTG essential oil, you can shop here at retail pricing. If you would like to start using essential oils in order meet your and your family's everyday wellness needs, while paying the lowest pricing (25% less than retail), consider creating a doTERRA wholesale account and choosing one of several available starter kits. I have posted instructions here. The enrollment kits, such as the Family Physician kit, the Home Essentials kit (this one comes with a diffuser) and others,  are the fastest and most economical way to makeover your medicine cabinet. One of the best ways to reduce your toxic load is to reduce your toxin intake. Making over/detoxing your medicine cabinet will make a huge impact where reducing toxic load is concerned and will help to free up nutrients and antioxidants for use in healing and repair.

Are you using Tylenol or other toxic OTC meds for yourself and/or your children? If so, please contact me to schedule a FREE essential oils Wellness Consultation. 

 Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions about how to use these essential oils in your everyday life, which kit or oils to choose, or for support in creating your wholesale account. I am here to support and guide you along your path to optimal wellness, if you so desire. This is my passion and my purpose in life.

Be well,