Personal Notes: Hope all is well. It’s spring AND tax time. A good time to reflect on last year and
look forward to next year – both from a financial perspective as well
as an organizational standpoint . Was
the process difficult or an easy one?
A scary one? Did you
“sweep it under the rug”
If so, what else are you sweeping under the rug?
Me? I finished my taxes in February
but waited to mail them until the April showers were here and I managed to
drop mine accidentally (or subliminally) in a puddle!
note -- On
May 3, I will walk in the Revlon Run Walk to raise funds for Women's Cancer.
(for the 11th year) If possible, I
would love a sponsor donation. To do so you can click below. https://www.revlonrunwalk.com/ny/secure/mywebpage.cfm?pID=431108 Thanks, in advance, for any support you can
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Recipe – Millet Yam Burgers read
Article – Menopause read more...
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Root veggies can help ground us and keep us centered. The analogy I like to use is – if you
were a farmer in the Midwest and grew sweet potatoes
and tomatoes and a tornado went through the farm; what would still be
standing after the fact? Answer
– the sweet potatoes. They are
more connected to the earth and grounded.
That energy goes in us when we eat them. So, if you have a busy week coming up or
are nervous about a presentation – stock up on root veggies (and eat
them). These include: carrots, sweet
potatoes and yams, beets, parsnips, and burdock. Burdock is the most grounding root
veggie. You can buy it in the produce
section (they look like a long, dirty, slightly limp tan colored
carrots). Burdock root is also
available as a tea. You can buy it in
Asian and health food stores. The
other good thing about root veggies? --
they taste decedent! Indulge. Below is a GREAT root veggie recipe.
Millet and Yam Burgers
Makes 6 (8 oz) patties
dried millet 1
yam, peeled and chopped 1 t
t ground fennel seeds
cooked chickpeas ½ t
t cayenne pepper
1 t olive
T potato or corn starch
carrot, grated 1/8
sunflower seeds Vegetable
or olive oil
the oven to 400. Rinse the millet in a fine sieve. Place in a sauce pot over medium heat with
the yam and water. Simmer covered for
about 30 minutes, or until both the millet and the yam are soft and the
liquid has cooked out. Place in a
large bowl and add the chickpeas; mash together with the back of a large
spoon. Add the tamari, olive oil,
carrot, sunflower seeds, cumin, coriander, feel, pepper cayenne, potato
starch and parsley; blend well.
8-ounce scoop, form the mixture into 6 patties and place on a baking pan
lined with parchment paper. Spray
lightly with vegetable or olive oil.
Bake in the over for 20 minutes, until golden brown. From:
Whole Foods Market Cookbook
MENOPAUSE - Some information and tips
refers to the cessation of menses – the term derives of the Greek meno
(month, menses) and pausis (pause).
This natural process is also known to women as the “Change of
Life” or simply “the change”. from
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christine Northrop
Outlook and Self- Care
women often look at menopause as a dreaded time – one where something
is ending. They have heard horror
stories about how their body will be affected. This fear and denial ads to the affects of
the symptoms. It would be better to
embrace the new phase in life than to mourn one that has past. To assist in this process it is necessary
to concentrate on self-care and other ways to bring your overall body into
balance. It is the lack of balance
that creates the symptoms that women experience in menopause – the change in hormones becomes the
“straw that broke the camel’s back” so to speak.
balance? – balance includes good nutrition, proper sleep and downtime,
getting regular exercise as well as other aspects of our lives – most
importantly self-care. This is often a
time in women’s lives when they TRULY CAN take care of themselves. They have more time and often resources
available to them to use this for self-care, nurturing and even spoiling
themselves. All of this can help
immensely in this time of transition.
up the diet at anytime is a good idea. During time of change or stress this
is even more important. Menopause is
surely one of these times. Eating a
more whole-food based diet will help alleviate so many symptoms. Foods to avoid or at least limit include:
processed food, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and dairy. These foods contribute on some level to
menopausal symptoms. So what’s
left? – a diet consisting of
fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein of choice will go a
long way to alleviate symptoms and making the woman feel better.
spices such as black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger can
aggravate or stimulate hot flashes.
Tobacco products can create similar results.
coohosh, ginseng, wild yam and Vitamin E have all proved helpful in relieving
hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
– Finding ways to relax and allow your body to absorb all the changes
is it going through is helpful.
Relaxing to music or with a good book, taking a walk in nature,
lighting candles or a fire are all examples of ways to create and encourage
Activities – Yoga, Thai Chi and meditation all create stillness of mind
– this is will give the body more openness to process and accept
– Exercise can help you relax as well as create general good
health. Weight-bearing exercise is
particularly important during this time to increase bone health.
and Reiki – any form of touch also creates that nurturing care that we
all need; particularly during times of change and stress.
– Cooking for yourself can be a great way to implement self care and as
a result you have more control over what you are eating.
– relaxing breathing, acupuncture, chiropractic care are all other
therapies that have proven helpful during this transitional time.
additional information read Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by
Christine Northrup or her book on menopause – The Wisdom of Menopause.
listen to the podcast on Self Nourishment mentioned below (see my website www.SeedsToChange.com.) There are
many other examples of nourishing self care activities mentioned on the show.
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"the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will
interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in cause
and prevention of disease." Thomas A. Edison
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