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December 2008

Seeds To Change Newsletter



December 2008

Personal Notes:
Greetings. Happy Holidays. I hope this season finds you happy and healthy. Enjoy the season – find time to do so and time for you. I will escape to warm tropical air of the Caribbean in a few days. I eagerly await the warmth and the relaxation.



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Think BEFORE you eat
Featured Recipe – Orange Spiced Nuts
Featured Article – What can you do to help read more...
Tools to start the new year off right – Healthy Weight Loss or Detox Self-Guided Programs read more...
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change
Quote of the Month Past, Present, Future ….


Nutrition Tip

Think BEFORE you eat I know it sounds obvious – but during this time we are often on auto pilot when it comes to food. Do the holidays REALLY have to be about food? Will we enjoy the holidays or time with a friends and family any less without that extra piece of pie? Think about what the holidays REALLY mean to you – are they a religious celebration or a time to connect with people you don’t see often or are they about food – most of which is really available any time of the year.


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Featured Recipe

Orange Spiced Nuts


3 c. pecan halves
1/4 c. agave nectar or cup maple syrup
1/2 c. orange juice
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cloves


Heat oven to 275 degrees. Spread pecans on ungreased 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Bake for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine agave/maple syrup, juice, salt and spices. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in nuts. Using slotted spoon, remove nuts to foil or waxed paper. Separate with fork; let dry. Store in airtight container in cool dry place.


A great gift or addition to a holiday spread.


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Featured Article

How can you help?


As I reflect on the current state of affairs I can’t help but wonder “who will help those in need?” This time of year we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday mayhem. Maybe this year to boot we’re wrapped up in the doom and gloom headlines pertaining to the economy and/or our 401K. To offset some of this, this month instead of an article focusing on how you can help yourself I wanted to focus on how you can help others.


There are many people less fortunate than you – can you find a way to reach into your heart (and your wallet) to assist? Perhaps you can donate money or your time. Or, instead of searching for the perfect gift for the person who has everything or is hard to buy for – why not give the gift of helping someone else (after all it IS better to give than receive). You could donate funds in their name instead of buying them another sweater or tie.


Here are some interesting and/or timely charity sites I have recently come across (and some of my personal favorites) - helps our overseas US troops - Allows you to donate your frequent flier miles to send families to visit wounded soldiers - a national food bank – as you can imagine the need has increased in recent months and donations are down - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Assists you in giving gifts to people in developing nations - Assists in arranging Microfinancing for people in developing nations to start and/or

maintain a business - A gift card that allows the recipient to specify what charity they want to donate the funds to

Any website related to disease prevention or cure – perhaps you want to honor someone recently ill or passed on by donating to cause that would have prevented the plight.


Some additional ways to donate: - This is an online shopping tool that allows you to have a portion of your online purchase from many different websites donated to charity – you choose YOUR favorite charity and then begin shopping - A search engine that every time you do a search donates a penny to your favorite cause (you’re doing the searches any way, why not let someone benefit?)


The National Collation Against Domestic Violence ( and

Phones for Life ( and

Cell Phones for Soldiers (

These three organizations collect used cell phones to be re appropriated to a person in need. The later also collects phone cards for soldiers to use to call home.


Be a secret “elf” to someone in need – perhaps a family you know or a resident of a nursing home with no family


Some non cash ways to you can help:


- Donating blood

- Be extra nice – using the words “please” and “thank you” during this hectic time can go along

way to making someone’s day more pleasant

- Have a baking party and instead of indulging yourself – bring the baked goods to a homeless

shelter, a family in need or the local fire station

- Volunteer your time at a local charity

- Do you know someone who will be alone for the holidays? Why not invite them to dinner

- If you are having a party ask everyone attending to bring a gift for ToysforTots or another local


- Organize a fund drive for someone in need or a charity of your choice – sometimes all it takes is

prompting people – a simple email to a group of friends or a mention in a holiday letter can go

a long way to helping those in need.


As you can see, there are many easy ways to donate to assist others – even many ways that do not require cash. The point is: what can you do to help others in need during this time of giving?


Note: To put my money where my mouth is – one half of all proceeds from my CD’s and Home Study Programs sold in the month of December and January will go to a well deserving charity.


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Tools to Accomplish Your Goals

Healthy Weight Loss -- home study program available --


Prepare for that New Year’s resolution


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

handle on your weight


For more information or to order visit:


Detoxifying Cleanse Program -- 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.


  • 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: Community Join me for a discussion of community and people connection.  We'll discuss why it's important to our health, the possible affects of not having connections in our lives some ways to have more of it in your life.  We'll also discuss alternate ways to create comfort in your life.  Perfect this time of year when we’re all looking for more connections and/or missing family. Just click the “listen to my podcast button on my website:



FEATURED CD This month’s featured CD is— Healthy Holidays


The average person gains between 5 – 10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. How can you change that for yourself this year? We’ will discuss how to prepare yourself before going to an event, how to navigate the food and drink choices and how to recognize and defuse the triggers. Join me for an inspirational lecture. This year CAN be different!


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 past is history...
The future is a mystery...
Today is a gift...
That's why they call it the present.

A popular saying – I know this is not new – but we do sometimes need reminding

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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