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May 2007

Seeds To Change Newsletter



May 2006

Personal Notes: The end of April and the month of May are turning out to be big travel time for me. (Idaho, California and Massachusetts) It’s always interesting to visit other parts of the country. The one thread that seems to run through is the level of unhealthiness in our country. This includes the level of obesity and people relying on drugs for their well-being. The truth of the matter is – each of us is the ONLY ONE RESPONSIBLE for our own well-being. As such, it’s time to take action – for all of us. We likely all have SOMETHING we can do to be healthier. For example, in my case I recently shared that I am struggling finding my way back to a regular yoga practice. I have made SOME strides but am not back where I was. This is something to take care of me (physically, emotionally and spiritually) that I am working on. What do you need to work on?


Need motivation to get you started? How about joining my NO CHARGE teleclass – 10 Top Tips for a Healthier You. See details below. Or, how about a one-on-one consultation? For details visit:


It's that time of year again.  The annual Revlon Run Walk for Women's Cancer is May 5 in NYC.  Won't you either join me in walking or via a donation?  To do so, go to the link


To sponsor me click on the NY event, then donation, then sponsor participant online.  My bib #892.  Or, if it is easier, you can mail me a check made out to Revlon Run Walk.  My address:  P O Box 323 NY, NY 10159.


Thank you for any support you can offer.

In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Agave Nectar
Featured Recipe – Banana Bread
Featured Article – Singing the Sugar Blues
Upcoming Events –NO CHARGE Teleclass - 10 Top Tips to a Healthier You and The Spring Self-Guided Cleanse is now available as a home study program
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month Honey, Vinegar


Nutrition Tip

Agave Nectar comes from the Agave plant and is a wonderful substitute for sugar, honey and other syrups. It has a very low glycemic index, thereby creating less of an upset in the blood sugar level. The lighter, raw version is more neutral in taste and therefore works well for coffee, smoothies and such. Darker grades (and less expensive) have a stronger taste and therefore are better in sauces and baked goods. It can be purchased at a health food store and used in recipes in place of honey or sugar (if substituting for sugar you will need to experiment with the amount of other liquid in the recipe.)


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Featured Recipe

Banana Bread


This is from my friend Randi, it’s yummy AND healthy


3 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 2/3 cups of whole wheat flour

1 / 2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

3 / 4 cup chopped nuts (optional) or grain sweetened chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Puree bananas in a food processor or blender. Add the agave nectar and blend again. Sift the flour, salt and baking soda together. Add the flour to the bananas mixture and stir with a whisk to combine everything. Add the oil and nuts.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9x5 inch greased bread pan and bake for about 1 hour. To check if baked, press lightly with finger to see if the bread pops up, or insert a toothpick into the center to see if it comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


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Featured Article

Singing the Sugar Blues?
By Brenda Jaeck

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with sugar.

We love it because it tastes good and often has happy connotations (think birthday and wedding celebrations, or the cookie your mom gave you when you cleaned your room).  We eat it because it gives us instant energy when we’re fatigued or stressed, or to help us accommodate our lifestyle – that of always being on the run and skipping meals. Hormones sometimes drive women's sugar consumption.

Sugar consumption has increased steadily – increasing 28 percent since 1985. This seems to be a direct result of the low-fat craze as most of the fat-free varieties of cookies and such have a much higher level of sugar. We as a nation have become fatter over these same years.  Currently, the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar per year; the USDA recommends a maximum of 45 pounds per year.

Stopping or even curbing sugar consumption is very difficult, at best. Sugar has an addictive trait – the more we eat, the more we want. Additionally, sugar is everywhere – in everything from soft drinks to crackers and bread, and even condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise.

Sugar has many negative qualities. It contains empty calories – meaning they offer no nutrients. It causes fatigue, mood swings, and hyperactivity. Also, it increases appetite, which then leads to consuming more calories and eventually leads to weight gain. Sugar causes tooth decay and insulin resistance/diabetes. Sugar has been linked to PMS, depression, yeast infections and heart disease.

So, what can you do? You can take steps to limit consumption of sugar. These steps include eating a balanced, healthy diet and trying alternative methods of mood improvement (try exercising or calling a friend).  Being sugar-aware will help limit consumption as well.  To do this, start by reading labels of packaged food.  Sugar has many other names – high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, caramel, glucose and many others.

When you do consume sugar, you can limit its effects by increasing your consumption of fiber and water to promote better elimination of sugar remnants.

When eating sugar or any other food, always remember – food becomes you.

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Upcoming Events

NO CHARGE Teleclass 10 Top Tips for a Healthier You - Learn some tips and strategies without even leaving your home or office.


Register and then call in to hear my 10 Top Tips for a Healthier You.  Some are related to food, others are related to lifestyle.  I'll also discuss the why's and how's of these tips.  Want a preview?  SMILE :) is one of them.  Call in to hear why and the rest of the list.


Details: Monday, May 21 at 7 PM EST – Can’t make that time? Not to worry anyone registering will have access to a recording of the call. You can listen anytime that it is convenient for you! To register just send me an email:



A Self-Guided Cleanse –now available as a home study course


You’ve heard and read a lot about the benefits of cleansing your body. You spring clean your house – why not do the same for your body? This 5-module program will guide you through conducting an internal cleanse.


You will learn:


         Why it is helpful and healthful to cleanse

         How to conduct a cleanse at home

         How to ease back into “normal” eating


For more information or to order visit:


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Get to Balance – Start the season off right!

Are your health concerns impeding you from living life fully? Do you want to change your relationship with food from the inside out? Are you seeking deep seeded balance and wellness?


I would eagerly welcome the opportunity to work with you on a personal level. We can work together privately to create a customized life-long plan for you AND create the steps to incorporate those changes into your existing routines.


Through my counseling services I can help you create and maintain balance in your life by using nutrition as a focus and a tool.  To do this I look at your entire lifestyle to achieve maximum health.  This is accomplished through education and private consultations where an individualized program is developed for you.  These consultations include evaluating your current diet and overall lifestyle and then making easily implemented, gradual changes.  Additionally, you’ll receive outside information in the form of articles, books, tapes and recipes.  Also included are additional monthly forms of education and participation -- activities like cooking coaching, health food store shopping hints, light exercising functions and other activities. My practice is telephone based, allowing for maximum flexibility and ease. To learn more to go


To schedule an initial consultation contact me today at or (917) 213-9305.


By starting today, you will; Create action NOW


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Looking for a speaker?

One of my greatest joys is speaking to groups. It is always a dynamic exchange and we all come away enriched. Would your company or group benefit from an entertaining, motivating speaker on how to get healthier? If so, please let me know the name and contact information of your program coordinator so that I may send them an informational packet. I would love the opportunity to serve your favorite group.


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New at Seeds To Change

FEATURED CD This month’s featured CD – is Sugar: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Here’s a brief description


Love sugar? Do you think you’re addicted to it? Have you experienced low energy, fatigue, irritability, brain fog or food addictions? Are you constantly craving sweets and want to understand why this is happening to you? If you want to gain control without willpower or deprivation, this CD will certainly help you do it!



PERFECT FOR YOUR CAR LIBRARY OR A HEALTHFUL MOTHER’s DAY GIFT. Informative CD’s - You can lean about anything from Sugar to How to Eat Out Healthily in my new series of nutrition and lifestyle lectures on CD. Other topics include: Fasting and Cleansing, Eat for Balance and Energy, Healthy Weight Loss, Your Nutrition Questions Answered, Get out of Your Head: How To Stop the Chatter, and an Introduction to Meditation. They are informative, interesting and even a little entertaining! To order go to


WEBSITE: Check out my website. It is chock-full information and resources.



WEEKLY RADIO SHOW HOSTED BY ME! On It’s an hour long show on the Internet. For details go the website . Each week we’ll cover a different nutrition/health topic, sometimes including guests. Recent topics available via podcast include: Cravings, The Speed at Which we Live Our Lives and How it Affects our Health and Constipation. Check the site for air times, or go to the pod cast section and listen 24 hours a day! Any ideas for shows are welcome – just email If you are interested in being a guest – contact me about that too!


GIFT CERTIFICATES: Looking for a unique and easy gift? How about a Seeds To Change Gift Certificate – available in any denomination – give the gift of health – to yourself or someone you care about. Another perfect Mother’s Day gift!


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Quote of the Month

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar (I bet agave nectar works just as well J) – think about the true meaning of this quote – it’s not meant to be literal!


Please forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from Nutritional and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

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