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June 2008

Seeds To Change Newsletter



June 2008

Personal Notes:  Happy summer.  It’s almost here. I had an amazing experience this week.  I have been rather disconnected from my yoga practice of late.  Someone earlier in the week asked me if I knew I did yoga for ME.  I realized I had begun to look at my yoga practice as something to do – a task to master. Hum, the totally wrong attitude.  Once creating this awareness in my subconscious I allowed an opening for change.  Last night in a class with one of my favorite teachers – I had one of the most amazing, most connected practices.  Like I ALWAYS say – awareness IS the first step in creating change. 

Where in your life can YOU create more awareness and perhaps initiate change?  Do you want a way to jump start change?  Consider doing a cleanse – EVERY time I do one it creates a shift.




In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Read the Labels
Featured Recipe – Lentil Burgers
Featured Article – What’s in your food and where does it come from?
Tools to initiate change  Detoxifying Cleanse program
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month  Happiness and moral duty


Nutrition Tip

Read the label – Labels on food packages are there for a reason.  They will help you TRULY know what IS in the food you are eating (read the ingredient panel).  They also help to access serving sizes (this information is in the nutritional panel)


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Featured Recipe

This is a great one for summer BBQ’s and picnics.


Lentil Burgers (makes 10 – 12)

2 large onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 cup dried green or brown lentils cooked & well drained
6 teaspoons chopped parsley
black pepper

Sauté the onion, carrot and celery in oil in a large saucepan for10 minutes until soft and lightly browned, stirring from time to time. Add the garlic and lentils, stir briefly.  Add 2 cups water; bring to boil, simmer until lentils are soft, about 20 minutes.  Drain, if necessary.  Mash all ingredients by hand or puree in a processor until the mixture holds together. Add parsley and season with pepper.  If necessary, you may need to add a little flour if the mixture is little too sticky.


With floured hands, shape the mixture in 10-12 flat burgers, Coat the burgers with flour.

Sauté the burgers in a little oil until browned, turning them over carefully to cook the second side. Cool briefly on paper towels.  If you are going to a BBQ you can take the burgers cooked to this point then heat them on the grill.  If you bring them uncooked to the BBQ they will stick to the grill and make a bit of a mess!


Serve on a plate, on a bun, in a pita or wrapped in a cabbage leaf – with the fixings – lettuce, tomatoes, onion, etc…


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Featured Article

What IS in the Food You Are Eating and Where did it Come From?

By Brenda Jaeck


The current tomato situation is obviously reminiscent of the spinach debacle of two years ago.  It does however create awareness about a few issues (and hopefully in the long run create change – awareness IS the first step).


On a one-on-one level it ought to get us thinking about the quality of food we eat and being aware of where our food comes from.  The other point it hopefully drives home is that the food we eat REALLY does affect our body.  When toxic and other harmful substances are in the food we eat it has a DIRECT affect on our bodies as well as our short term and long term health.  Certainly contracting e coli or botulism from eating spinach or tomatoes is an extreme example.  If you think about it, it’s not THAT much different, in the long run, from contracting diabetes from eating too much sugar and processed foods or contracting heart disease from eating too much fatty and otherwise unhealthy food.  We often do not think about the other unhealthy substances in our food sources.  If botulism and/or e coli can infiltrate the fibers of food why do we think that pesticides and fertilizers don’t do the same?  Everything happens for a reason – I truly believe that these food scares are here to teach us a lesson.  Don’t lose the lesson.


On a national level - hopefully this is creating more awareness about how fragile our infrastructure and food sources are.  There needs to be more awareness of this topic in our country (and in the world in general)  We often get bogged down in the process – being concentrated only on producing and producing more at that.  We need to be more careful as we are destroying the earth and our health in the process of being obsessed with profit margins. 


Give some thought to the quality of the food you eat, where is comes from, how it’s produced and most importantly WHAT’s IN IT?


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Tools to Accomplish Your Goals

Detoxifying Cleanse Program -- home study program available – The Change of Season is a good time to cleanse – out with the old, in with the new.


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.


  • Detoxifying Cleanse Program         This complete  program guides you through a week-long internal cleanse at home.


For more information or to order visit:



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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 Eating Seasonally.  This is a good one as it relates, on some levels, to thinking about WHERE our food comes from.  Just click the “listen to my podcast button on my website:



FEATURED CD  This month’s featured CD is—Eat for Balance and Energy.


Always tired? Experience energy and mood swings? Have trouble sleeping?  Want to be balanced and energized?  Learn how food and other lifestyle choices can affect your energy level.  Slight changes to your diet or lifestyle will be discussed along with foods to add or to avoid.   For more info:




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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Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington


Here’s a simple example – how happy does it make YOU feel when a stranger holds the door for you walking into a restaurant or store.  This has become such a rarity I know I surely notice it when someone does it for me.  What if YOU could create that brief moment of happiness for someone else (especially without a lot of effort)?  How would someone else’s happiness translate into happiness for 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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