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June 2010

Seeds To Change Newsletter



June 2010

Personal Notes:
 Greetings.  Happy summer.  I am looking forward to few summer trips – reconnecting with friends.  This includes my 30th (scary) high school reunion next month.



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Make it simple
Featured Recipe – BBQ Tempe
Featured Article – Sources of Soy 
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 – Food Cravings read more...
Quote of the Month    Sunbeams  


Nutrition Tip

Food does not have to be over complicated or contain a multitude of ingredients to be good and nutritious.  A friend recently told me he was on a “single ingredient” diet. He was eating foods only consisting of a single ingredient.  I think this is admirable and if you think about it, likely healthy.  This is, however, a little extreme and likely not maintainable with our busy lives.   Summer is however a good time to experience in this regard as there is so much fresh, locally grown produce available.


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Featured Recipe


BBQ Tempeh (serves 4)


1 block tempeh, cut in 3/4 “ squares

1 small red onion, sliced

1 – 2 T olive oil

BBQ sauce (make sure you read the label – watch for sugar)


Sauté onion in olive oil a few minutes, add tempeh and lightly sauté.  Add BBQ sauce and stir to coat.  Leave in pan until heated through.  If BBQ sauce gets to thick, add a little water and stir.



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Featured Article

Sources of Soy by Brenda Jaeck

I am often asked about the various forms of soy available.  People want to understand the differences and which one is “better.”  Soy, in general, is a good source of protein.  It contains isoflavones, a type of plant estrogen.  They area credited with the slowing of osteoporosis, relieving some symptoms of menopause, alleviating many forms of cancer, as well as kidney disease and complications from diabetes.  Soy is a good source of easily absorbable iron.  Soy also contains carotenes, vitamins B1 and B2 and niacin.

Soy, as a by product, is added into many processed foods.  It can also be consumed in readily accessible forms.  Below is a list of common forms of soy. 

Soy beans.  You can consume soy beans in their pure form.  They are sold raw, cooked in cans, roasted to be eaten as a snack like peanuts or as edamame.

Tempe is a traditional Indonesian food made by splitting, cooking and fermenting soy beans.  It has a hearty “meaty” texture than lends itself to a variety of cooking methods.

Tofu is the best known soy food in America.  It has almost no flavor.  To some this is off putting. This quality does make it versatile as it will absorb other flavors when cooked.  Tofu has the consistency of custard and is available in a variety of textures from silken (good for desserts) to firm (almost a meaty texture).

The sources of soy listed above are ranked in my order of preference based on the amount of processing required for it to be produced.  In my opinion, we are always better eating food in a state most closest to how it is grown in nature.  As such, soybeans in their purest form would be my preference for consumption.  This is followed by tempe which is fermented but not highly processed.  Tofu, on the other hand, is highly processed. Think about how many gyrations a green bean served at a sushi restaurant has to go through to look like a white square substance.  It is also for this reason that I don’t recommend products like soy milk, soy cheese and other soy deli alternatives.

Soy is not without its own controversy.   As such, you should also conduct your own research and decide what is best for you.

Incidentally, an acre of soybeans produces more than twenty times more usable protein that if that land were used to raise beef cattle or grow their fodder.


Source of much of the data in this article (and often the source of nutritional content for my newsletters)   The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia by Rebecca Wood.


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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—  Food Cravings: Why do we have them?  What do they tell us?


Do you crave certain foods?  Do you find yourself going to great lengths to either find the food you crave or avoid the food you crave?

If so, join me and learn:

-     Why you crave the food you do

-     How to recognize the trigger points

-     How to “head them off”

-     What to do after you have indulged


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

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows – St Francis of Assisi

   I hope the sunbeams (real and proverbial) of summer lighten 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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