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August 2008

Seeds To Change Newsletter



August 2008

Personal Notes:
 Greetings.  While writing this month’s newsletter, specifically the nutrition tip about cilantro – I was able to reflect on my own habits as it relates to my advice others.  You know how we’re all better at giving advice to others than we are at taking our own advice?  Well, I’m no different.  In the nutrition tip I encourage people who think they hate cilantro to try it again.  I thought about foods I don’t like – and vowed to do the same.  Truly the only vegetable I don’t like (in fact, I can say I hate it) is okra.  I WILL try it (with an open mind) this month.  I am going to experiment with some different ways to prepare it – perhaps THAT will open my mind about this interesting (??) veggie.  I’ll report back next month.


What food can you experiment with this month? Enjoy the rest of the summer



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Cilantro
Featured Recipe – Asian Sauté Greens
Featured Article – Green Veggies
Tools to start the new year of right – Healthy Weight Loss Home Study Program read more...
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month  best of luck …. 


Nutrition Tip

Cilantro – Wonderfully fresh tasting (to those that like it – as people either love it or hate it.  If you think you hate it, I urge you to open your mind and try it again).  Its benefits: it’s cooling, astringent and pungent and sweet in flavor.  It supports the spleen, pancreas, stomach, bladder and lung meridians from Chinese medicine.  It can help to regulate energy and is a good diuretic.  It can be help to treat urinary tract infections and a fever (as it supports perspiration).  It can aid in digestion, relieve intestinal gas and distension.  It can also treat nausea, inflammation, headaches and mental stress.  Note – it is also called coriander and can be found in Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Indian cuisines.  I LOVE it!



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Featured Recipe

Asian Sauté Greens

Serves 4


1 bunch scallions, sliced in 1 / 2 “ pieces

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

1 / 2 bunch Thai basil

1 /2  bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

1 bunch bok choy, or 3 bunches of baby bok choy, sliced

1 head Chinese cabbage, sliced

1 T olive oil

1 T tamari sauce

1 t toasted sesame oil



Heat olive oil and sauté scallion, ginger and cilantro 2 minutes, add garlic and sauté another minute.  Add greens and stir thoroughly to coat.  Add 3 T water and cover for 3 minutes, stir and check for doneness according to preference.  If needed, cover and continue cooking a few minutes.  When cooked to desired crunchiness sprinkle with sesame oil and tamari. 


Summer note:  you could also make this as a salad – instead of sautéing, simply mix all the greens together and mix remaining ingredients (except olive oil and water) together as a dressing – Toss and Enjoy.


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Featured Article

Green veggies – why?

By Brenda Jaeck


We always read about them, hear about them.  But WHY are green vegetables so good for us?  Green leafy vegetables provide so many important aspects of good nutrition – vitamins, minerals, fiber.  They are also very cleansing.


Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, 120 -190 mg per cup. They're also high in magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and a power house for Vitamin A, C, E and K. They are also crammed high with folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micro-nutrients and phyto-chemicals.


They are fiber rich – assisting in good digestive health.


Additional benefits from eating dark leafy greens are: blood purifier, cancer prevention, immune strengthener, promotes healthy intestinal flora, improves liver, gall bladder and kidney function, lifts the spirit, fights depression, clears congestion, especially in lungs, reduces mucus, improves circulation.


What “qualifies” as a green leafy vegetable?  Broccoli, bok choy, nappa, Chinese cabbage, green cabbage, kale (my personal current favorite), collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, arugula, spinach*, Swiss chard*, beet greens*, endive and chicory, lettuce, mesculun, wild greens and dandelion.


* these are best eaten in moderation. They contain oxalic acid which depletes calcium from your bones and teeth leading to osteoporosis or kidney stones. Eat them with something rich like tofu, seeds, nuts, beans and oil to balance the effect.


How do I eat them??  Raw, cooked – steamed sautéed, stir-fried, roasted – anyway you want – just eat them! 



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Tools to Accomplish Your Goals

Weight Loss home study program available --


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 Using Food Medicinally  We all use food medicinally but usually it’s after the fact.  We’ll look at ways to use food to support your lifestyle and other health concerns. Just click the “listen to my podcast button on my website:



FEATURED CD  This month’s featured CD is— An Introduction to Mediation 

This is a good one for the summer as our schedule often changes – this will help keep you centered.  And, perhaps you have a little more free time during the summer months – a good time to learn a new skill. 


This I will discuss the benefits of meditation, its powerful qualities and how it can help in so many areas of your life.  Some misconceptions around meditation will also be discussed. In a relaxing, guided meditation you will see for yourself.  You will leave the meditation both relaxed and energized.  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!  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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Quote of the Month

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.  General Douglas MacArthur

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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