I am just back from much needed two week break. I hope you all had time to do so during the
summer. I escaped to California. My trip included some work and some down
time and a lot of connecting with people – friends and family. While there I also had the opportunity to
participate in the Global Mala Project – a yogi support of the UN World
Peace Day, Sept. 22. It was AMAZING
– hundreds of positively focused people in one room. We did 108 sun salutations in support of
I finished my book – details to follow at a later time. But the thing I am most excited about this
week is my new brain storm – My CD of the Month Club – see
details below. It’s an awesome
deal! And, a great way to keep you
motivated all year.
– Whole Grains read more...
Recipe – Barley Porcini Risotto read
Article – Eating With the Seasons read
Events – Coming
in November – Healthy Holidays Teleseries –read
Balance read more...
Looking for a
Speaker? read more...
New at Seeds
To Change read more...
Quote of the
Month Shut your eyes read more...
Eating food in the form in which nature intended is ALWAYS what our
body is looking for. Whole grains are
perfect example. Eating them in their
whole form provides more nutrients, more fiber and creates less chaos in the
body. Now days we often eat grains in
a HIGHLY processed form (think white flour).
This leads to blood sugar instabilities, mood swings and weight
gain. Barley in the recipe below
is a good example of a whole grain.
Barley Porcini Risotto Serves 6
2 T olive
1 / 2 cup
1 / 4 cup
1 / 4
pound porcini mushrooms, sliced
1 1 /
HOT vegetable broth
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 / 4 cup
freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (or use soy or parm. cheese)
oil in a large heavy sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sauté for 3
minutes; add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the barley and stir to coat with oil,
sauté for 3 minutes. Season with salt
and pepper. Lower the heat and add the
stock 1 ¼ cup at a time, cooking and stirring frequently for about 15 minutes
or until stock is absorbed. If the
stock is absorbed too quickly lower the heat.
After 1 hour all the stock should be absorbed and the barley
cooked. If not, raise the heat to boil
off the stock. Stir in cheese and
parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning,
if necessary. Serve hot garnished with
Sounds like a lot of work I know
– but it is well worth the effort.
A great thing to make with a group of people – everyone can take
a turn stirring. The process also builds community along the way.
With the Seasons by
Modern farming methods and easily accessible
transportation have made virtually any food available at any time of the
year. It used to be that people ate in
line with the seasons - eating foods that were available in their region
during that time of year. Perhaps our
bodies are best suited to this type of eating.
Eating with the seasons
allows us to eat more locally grown food and allows us to nourish our bodies
in the way that nature intended. Why
is it advantageous to eat foods that are grown locally? The fewer miles food has to travel and the
fewer traumas the food has endured before consumption the better. Food that has to travel great distances
before being consumed is generally picked in an unripe state to prevent
spoiling – therefore, it does not taste its best due to the unnatural
way in which it was ripened. Also,
food that has traveled great distances by nature will have a different energy
than food that is consumed near where it is grown.
Foods that are indigenous to areas during certain times
serve a purpose related to the weather and/or the moods of the season –
think watermelon and its cooling qualities in summer or warming, hearty
winter squash in the cooler months.
Below are some suggestions for seasonal food including
their seasonal advantages as well some other lifestyle focuses:
Spring This is the season about cleansing and
lightening up – refreshing light greens, citrus fruits and
sprouts. It’s time for cleaning – i.e. spring
cleaning, perhaps clearing emotional baggage or other things we hold on to.
fruit and glorious summer vegetables abound during this time. To name a
few: peaches, plums, tomatoes galore, zucchini and corn. The increased heat aids us in eating light
– salads and lots of fruit. It a
good time for lots of sun, fun and exercise!
Fall This is the time to start
buttoning down the hatches – staying inside more, perhaps cooking
more. Foods that are plentiful are
root vegetables, squashes, apples, and pears.
The grain barley is a hearty one – good for creating warmth. Emotions are pulling in – reining
more around the home front.
Winter Heartier, denser foods
grow in winter – they need to be hearty to survive the weather but also
we need heartier food when the temperature plunges. Winter squashes and hearty greens are good
choice. These also create a warming
(and comfy) feeling. Remember, the
days are shorter and this combined with the temperature drop we are likely
less active. As such, we need to be
consuming few calories.
It’s good to have a guideline (and yes this article
is just that – not a set of rules).
Do with it what you wish.
Healthy Holidays Series – 4 Mondays at 7 PM EST– starting
Do you know the average person gains 10 – 15 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years spends more money than they have and often
needs a vacation after the holidays of dealing with the parties, family, food
and money? THIS is the year it can be different.
Through a series of classes we’ll learn how to gain control this year –
you’ll enjoy the holidays and still be healthy at the end (maybe even
series begins before the mayhem sets in!
Join me for one call or all of them.
See special pricing on the website – the more you chose to
attend, the lower the cost per call.
Tips for making healthy food choices at events –
Monday, November 19
Tips for not over spending –
your money or your time –
Tips for staying sane, healthy, and
unfrazzled this time –
Monday December 3
Creating Healthy Choices -
Monday December 10
a description of each class go to www.SeedsToChange.com/classes.asp
All teleclasses will be
one hour in length with a question and answer period following. Can’t make that time? Sign up anyway as anyone who signs up will
receive the notes from the call via email as well as the ability to download a recording of the call. This way you can listen to the call again
or tune it when it is more convenient for you.
To register, call or email me or go to my website: www.SeedsToChange.com/classes.asp
You will receive call-in information after
teleclass? It is just like a class you
would attend in person, except you don’t have to leave your house or
office. You simply call the number
provided and participate via telephone)
Get to Balance – How will you usher in the new
season? How about with a healthier,
more balanced life plan?
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.
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
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.
New at Seeds To Change
FEATURED CD This month’s
featured CD is-- CD of the Month Club
Join now to receive an inspiring and informative CD each month –
and a bonus CD when you register. Also
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Informative CD’s - You can lean about anything from Sugar to How to Eat
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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 and five
new titles: Sleep Issues, Water: How and Why to Drink More, Ten Top Tips for
a Healthier You!, Constipation and Food Cravings. They are informative,
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WEBSITE: Check out my website. It is chock-full information and resources.
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Quote of the Month
I shut my
eyes in order to see. Paul Gauguin
See the invisible and hear the inaudible
Dr Michael Bernard Beckworth
– Founder and Spiritual Director of Agape
What do YOU see when
you shut your
eyes – perhaps this is a good way to look within. J
forward this newsletter to anyone and everyone that would benefit from Nutritional
and Lifestyle Advice. Enjoy and thanks for reading.
you grow a happy, healthy life