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
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 http://www.revlonrunwalk.com.
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,
Thank you for any support you can
– Agave Nectar read more...
Recipe – Banana Bread read more...
Article – Singing the Sugar Blues read
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 read
Balance read more...
Looking for a
Speaker? read more...
New at Seeds
To Change read more...
Quote of the Month Honey, Vinegar read more...
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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This is from my friend Randi,
it’s yummy AND healthy
1 2/3 cups
of whole wheat flour
1 / 2
teaspoon baking soda
tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 / 4 cup
chopped nuts (optional) or grain sweetened chips
- 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.
- 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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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
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
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NO CHARGE Teleclass 10 Top Tips
for a Healthier You - Learn some tips and strategies without even leaving your home or
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: brenda@SeedsToChange.com
A Self-Guided Cleanse –now
available as a home study course
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.
it is helpful and healthful to cleanse
to conduct a cleanse at home
to ease back into “normal” eating
For more information
or to order visit: http://www.seedstochange.com/category.asp?cat=10#86
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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
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 http://www.seedstochange.com/programs.asp.
To schedule an initial consultation
contact me today at Brenda@SeedsToChange.com
or (917) 213-9305.
starting today, you will; Create action
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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 www.SeedstoChange.com/market.asp
WEBSITE: Check out my
website. It is chock-full information
and resources. www.SeedsToChange.com
WEEKLY RADIO SHOW HOSTED
BY ME! On tribecaradio.net. It’s an hour long show on the
Internet. For details go the
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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!
forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from
Nutritional and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
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you grow a happy, healthy life