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December 2009

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December 2009

Personal Notes:
 Greetings.  Happy holidays, I hope this season finds you happy and healthy.  Balance is often difficult to obtain or maintain during this season.  The intent of this newsletter is to assist you in doing so.     For additional helpful hints, refer to previous December newsletters located in the resources section of my website.



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Millet
Featured Recipe –Millet Yam Burgers
Featured Article – Giving 
Tools to Create a More Balanced Life – Two targeted home-study programs read more...
Get to Balance
Looking for a Speaker?
New at Seeds To Change Featured CD – Healthy Holidays read more...
Quote of the Month   Giving


Nutrition Tip

Millet – This is one of my favorite grains.  It is the yellow roly-poly things in bird seed.  Humans can eat it to!  It cooks quickly (in 20 minutes), has a nice texture and is tad sweet and slightly astringent.  It is good for the stomach, spleen-pancreas and for healing gastrointestinal irregularities.  It has the richest amino-acid protein profile and the highest iron content of all the grains.  It is rich in phosphorus and the B vitamins.  It is gluten free and is sometimes used to treat blood sugar imbalances.  To cook, slightly toast in a dry pan.  Let cool and add twice as much water as grain (i.e. for 1 cup of millet 2 cups for water), bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook approximately 20 minutes.

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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                     1 / 2 t pepper

1 / 8 cup tamari                                   1 / 4 t cayenne pepper

1 t olive oil                                           1 T potato or corn starch

1 medium carrot, grated                     1 / 8 cup parsley

1 / 2  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

Giving by Brenda Jaeck


This is the season of giving (and buying).  The associated tasks create much of the “busy work,” stress and therefore imbalance during this time of year.  Giving can create a lot of associated angst – who to buy for, WHAT to buy, how much to spend, how to pay for it all.  Further, with the idea of giving often comes the idea of receiving.  Receiving can create an uncomfortable feeling and therefore sometimes clouds the purpose of giving.


What if this year REALLY could be different?  One of the ways to create a difference in your approach to the holidays, I think, is to give some thought to giving.  Giving does not need to mean material possessions.  Perhaps you can think of ways to give of yourself.  This might mean in terms of your time, your heart or giving an experience to someone.  I’ll let you interpret those suggestions in any way that is meaningful to you.  


Think about how different this holiday season can be if you let go of your definition of giving (and of course receiving).  Then you can truly focus on the meaning of the holiday  - whatever that means for you,  Perhaps it’s a religious celebration, or a time to connect with loved ones or even a time for an escape from work and/or a planned getaway.  I think most of you will agree that this holiday season CAN surely be calmer and less stressful than previous years.  I believe readjusting your views on giving will help in this regard.


For more inspiration on giving see the book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life by Cami Walker.  In fact, here are some giving secrets from a recent article written by her.  In the article she is actually referring to planning the 29 days of giving she describes in her book.  I think the tips can be applied to holiday giving as well.


            The 6 secrets to giving:

1.      start with gratitude – what are you most thankful for and how can you express that in a gift

2.      keep it simple – small gestures often make the biggest impact

3.      give up exceptions – let go of how your gift will be received or used

4.      receive graciously – giving without receiving will deplete your energy – allow others the same joy you enjoy in giving – but remember #3

5.      wing it – no need to spend the rest of the season planning gift buying, let things unfold naturally

6.      challenge yourself – how can you REALLY give of yourself – sometimes this means not writing a check  or using a credit card


How does all of this relate to food?  If you’ve been reading for a while you know my philosophy is that it is ALL about balance.  Balance in food helps you to achieve a balanced life; balance in life helps you maintain balance in the diet.  The holiday season is often a period of imbalance.  As such, anything you can do to maintain some semblance of order will go along way to obtaining or maintaining balance in your diet and overall life.


Lastly, as usual, December’s newsletter contains a list of some interesting websites.  These are all sites where we can reach out to others this time of year.    Perhaps you’ll consider finding it in your heart (and wallet) to give to some of these inspiring charities or give the gift of a donation in someone else’s name. – donations to digging of wells where people need access to clean water – lets you lend money to third-world entrepreneurs – donations are used to show young women in developing nations they CAN go places – provides nutritionally sound food and community to anyone who needs it


And of course my personal causes:


Happy holidays and may 2010 find you happy, healthy and in balance!



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Tools to Create a More Balanced Life

Two targeted home study programs 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 they are self-guided you can work at your own pace.


Available topics:


  • 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         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 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— 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

No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank

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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