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April 2008

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April 2008

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!


On another 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. Thanks, in advance, for any support you can provide.


In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Root Vegetables
Featured Recipe – Millet Yam Burgers
Featured Article – Menopause
Tools to start the new year of right
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month Doctor of Future


Nutrition Tip

Root Vegetables 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.


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Featured Recipe

Millet and Yam Burgers

Makes 6 (8 oz) patties


1 cup dried millet 1 t cumin

1 large yam, peeled and chopped 1 t coriander

3 cups water 1 t ground fennel seeds

1 cup cooked chickpeas t pepper

1/8 cup tamari t cayenne pepper

1 t olive oil 1 T potato or corn starch

1 medium carrot, grated 1/8 cup parsley

cup sunflower seeds Vegetable or olive oil


Preheat 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.


Using an 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



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Featured Article

MENOPAUSE - Some information and tips

By Brenda Jaeck


Menopause 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

Many 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.


What’s 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.

Nutritional Help

Cleaning 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.


“Hot spices such as black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger can aggravate or stimulate hot flashes. Tobacco products can create similar results.


Black coohosh, ginseng, wild yam and Vitamin E have all proved helpful in relieving hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.


Other Therapies

Relax – 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 relaxation.


Spiritual Activities – Yoga, Thai Chi and meditation all create stillness of mind – this is will give the body more openness to process and accept change.


Exercise – 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.


Massage and Reiki – any form of touch also creates that nurturing care that we all need; particularly during times of change and stress.


Cooking – 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.


Other – relaxing breathing, acupuncture, chiropractic care are all other therapies that have proven helpful during this transitional time.


For additional information read Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christine Northrup or her book on menopause – The Wisdom of Menopause.


Also, listen to the podcast on Self Nourishment mentioned below (see my website There are many other examples of nourishing self care activities mentioned on the show.

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Tools to Accomplish Your Goals

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Here is the ultimate at-home support for creating physical change! A vibrant collection of audios and workbooks take you on a step-by-step journey to success.


They are so thorough, it’s almost like I am in the room with you! Since it is self-guided you can work at your own pace.


  • Healthy Weight Loss An eight week program to help you get a

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Get to Balance –How will you bring more balance to your life? How about 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.


There is also an email version of my program now available.


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

NEW PODCAST POSTING – hear a rebroadcast of my radio show on Self-Nourishment. Just click the “listen to my podcast” button on my website:



FEATURED CD This month’s featured CD is— Constipation


Everyone's favorite subject I know. This is an important topic to shed some light on.  I will discuss the many ramifications (both short and long term) of not eliminating regularly. I will paint an interesting picture of some of the causes and offer some solutions.  All the while, I keep it light and even a little entertaining.  To order visit:




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, An Introduction to Meditation, 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! You can order them individually or join the CD of the month club. To order go to



GIFT CERTICIATES ARE AVAIABLE – Give the gift of health for any occasion


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.


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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


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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