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November 2007

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November 2007

Personal Notes: Greetings – it seems that on the east coast fall has FINALLY arrived. The crispness is in the air and leaves in their colorful glory are still on the trees, well at least half of them. It also happens to be my birthday month. I only mention this as on odd thing has happened the last few weeks – I have met three women (all attended lectures that I gave) whose birthdays are within a few days of mine – same birth year and everything.(I’ll admit we’ll all be 45 this month!) And, I met three other Brenda’s. Also odd as it is not the popular of a name. I guess the forces of drawing connections are going strong.


Hope you enjoy the fall. Don’t forget we turn our clocks behind Saturday evening, November 3.



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Chicory
Featured Recipe
Herbal Chai Tea
Featured Article – The Buzz on Caffeine
Upcoming Events
Healthy Holidays Teleseries
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month Your Thoughts


Nutrition Tip

Chicory Contained in some of the alternatives suggested in the caffeine article below. You can also eat it as a green in a salad or roast or braise it. Benefits – excellent cleansing tool – purifies the blood, improves circulation and can help regulate blood sugar. It is a good source of potassium, Vitamin A and calcium. It is a member of the sunflower family; radicchio and Belgian endive are also forms of chicory.



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Featured Recipe

Herbal Chai Tea

Chai is a wonderful, spicy tea used commonly in the Middle East to settle the stomach and promote digestion after a meal. Can also be used to replace coffee or create heat in the body in cooler months. Note however, the ginger, cinnamon and pepper are all stimulants. As such, monitor consumption late in the evening.

1 cup water
1 tbsp. grated ginger, fresh
1 Cinnamon stick
2 whole peppercorns
4-5 cardamom pods
1 / 4 cup milk (dairy, almond or soy)
pinch nutmeg (optional)
honey or agave nectar to taste (optional)

In a saucepan, combine water and herbs. Cover and allow to simmer on low heat for eight to ten minutes. Add the milk, and return to simmering point for a further eight to ten minutes. Pour into mug and sweeten; garnish with nutmeg. From


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Featured Article

The Buzz on Caffeine

By Brenda Jaeck



Many people find it difficult to function without that cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning. What, besides waking us up, does caffeine really do?


Caffeine can have negative effects. Just of few of them include:


Emotional Disturbances Anxiety and irritability are common known effects of caffeine consumption; it can also cause depression and attention disorders.


Gastrointestinal Problems – Coffee (including decaf) is very acidic – this can be troubling to the entire digestive system – especially the stomach.


Nutritional Deficiencies – Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and leeches other nutrients from the system.


Stress – We live in a world with a lot of stress. Caffeine exacerbates this by causing the body to excrete stress hormones; sometimes creating increased anxiety, irritability, muscular tension and pain, indigestion and insomnia. In addition continued consumption can lead to adrenal exhaustion leaving you vulnerable to other health related disorders such as inflammation, autoimmunity and fatigue.


Cardiovascular Problems – Caffeine increases heart rates and elevates your blood pressure; as a result it can contribute to heart disease.


Blood Sugar Swings Diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid caffeine because it affects insulin production.

Male/Female Related Problems Studies have shown that caffeine in men significantly increases their risk of developing urinary or prostrate problems. Several problems have been linked to women’s caffeine use; these include fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriages, low birth weight infants, and it can exacerbate menopausal symptoms.


Aging – Caffeine dehydrates the body and contributes to the aging of the skin and kidneys. It also slows the detoxification process of the liver.


Remember, caffeine is a foreign substance – something your body does not easily know how to assimilate. As such, imagine how much energy is used to process it internally – perhaps if energy was not used in this way – caffeine would not be needed in the first place!


What about decaf? When choosing a decaf coffee be sure to look for water processed. This is a safer form of caffeine extraction; the other form is done chemically. One would have to argue which is more harmful to the body – the caffeine or the chemical used to extract the caffeine.


So what CAN we drink? Herbal tea is a nice alternative for a hot beverage – there are many invigorating choices – peppermint, for example, is a great pick-me-up. See the Chai recipe above. Or, try some of the good grain and herbal substitutes: Techino comes in many different flavors and tastes similar to coffee. It is made from chicory, barley, carob, almonds and dates and is brewed like regular coffee. Another option is Celestial Seasoning’s Roastorama tea – it is made out of similar ingredients but also includes spices; it comes in tea bag form. There is always you grandmother’s substitute – postum.


For further information see Stephen Cerise’s book entitled Caffeine Blues, Wake up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s # 1 Drug.

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Upcoming Events



Healthy Holidays Series – 4 Mondays at 7 PM EST– starting

Nov 19


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 healthier!)


This four-part 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

Monday, November 26


Tips for staying sane, healthy, and unfrazzled this time

Monday December 3


Creating Healthy Choices - Monday December 10


For a description of each class go to

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: You will receive call-in information after registering.

(what’s a 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)


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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 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-- Food Cravings: Why Do We Have Them? What Do They Tell Us?


Do you crave certain foods – find yourself going to great lengths to either find the food you crave or avoid the food you crave? If so, join me and learn:

         Why you crave the food you do

         How to recognize the trigger points

         How to “head them off”

         What to do after you have indulged

To order:



PERFECT FOR YOUR CAR LIBRARY OR A 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 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, interesting and even a little entertaining! To order go to

NOW AVAILABLE CD OF THE MONTH CLUB What a GREAT way to create change or to give the gift of health. For details:



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



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 gift!


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Quote of the Month

Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.- David O. McKay


Where are YOUR thoughts taking you?

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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