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August 2010

Seeds To Change Newsletter



August 2010


In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Parsley
Featured Recipe – Gazpacho
Featured Article – The Buzz on Caffeine
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 – Sleep Issues read more...
Quote of the Month    A Pocket Full  


Nutrition Tip

Parsley –Many think of this herb as just a garnish.  It can however be used as a green in a salad.  I personally enjoy tabouli with substantially more parsley than grain.  I also enjoy it lightly sautéed on pasta.  Parsley’s health benefits include breath freshening and aiding in digestion.  It is high in Vitamins A & C.


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Featured Recipe


Gazpacho  Serves 6


A great way to eek out the last of summer.  This is my favorite Gazpacho Recipe.


4 cups cold tomatoe juice

1 small onion, minced

2 cups diced tomatoes

1 cup minced green pepper

1 diced cucumber

2 scallions, chopped

1 / 4 cup freshly chopped parsley

2 T olive oil

Juice of 1 /2 lemon and 1 lime

2 T wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 t each – tarragon & basil

1 T agave nectar or honey

Dash cumin

Salt and pepper to taste


Combine al ingredients and chill for at least 2 hours


From: Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen



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Featured Article

The Buzz on Caffeine

By Brenda Jaeck



Many people find it difficult to function without that cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning.  What, besides waking us up, does caffeine really do?


Caffeine has many evil effects.  Just of few of them include:


Emotional Disturbances  – Anxiety and irritability are common known effects of caffeine consumption; it can also cause depression and attention disorders.


Gastrointestinal Problems – Coffee (including decaf) is very acidic – this can be troubling to the entire digestive system – especially the stomach.


Nutritional Deficiencies – Caffeine inhibits the absorption of some nutrients and leeches other nutrients from the system.


Stress – We live in a world with a lot of stress. Caffeine exacerbates this by causing the body to excrete stress hormones; sometimes creating increased anxiety, irritability, muscular tension and pain, indigestion and insomnia.  In addition continued consumption can lead to adrenal exhaustion leaving you vulnerable to other health related disorders such as inflammation, autoimmunity and fatigue.


Cardiovascular Problems – Caffeine increases heart rates and elevates your blood pressure; as a result it can contribute to heart disease. 


Blood Sugar Swings  – Diabetics and hypoglycemics should avoid caffeine because it stimulates insulin production.


Male/Female Related Problems  – Studies have shown that caffeine in men significantly increases their risk of developing urinary or prostrate problems.  Several problems have been linked to women’s caffeine use; these include fibrocystic breast disease, PMS, osteoporosis, infertility problems, miscarriages, low birth weight infants, and it can exacerbate menopausal symptoms.


Aging   – Caffeine dehydrates the body and contributes to the aging of the skin and kidneys. It also slows the detoxification process of the liver.


Remember, caffeine is a foreign substance – something your body does not easily know how to assimilate.   As such, imagine how much energy is used to process it internally – perhaps if energy was not used in this way – caffeine would not be needed in the first place!


What about decaf?  When choosing a decaf coffee be sure to look for water processed.  This is a safer form of caffeine extraction; the other form is done chemically.  One would have to argue which is more harmful to the body – the caffeine or the chemical used to extract the caffeine.

So what CAN we drink?  Herbal tea is a nice alternative for a hot beverage – there are many invigorating choices – peppermint, for example, is a great pick-me-up.  Or, try some of the good grain and herbal substitutes: Techino comes in many different flavors and tastes similar to coffee.  It is made from chicory, barley, carob, almonds and dates and is brewed like regular coffee.  Another option is Celestial Seasoning’s Roastorama tea – it is made out of similar ingredients but also includes spices; it comes in tea bag form. 


For further information see Stephen Cerise’s book entitled Caffeine Blues, Wake up to the Hidden Dangers of America’s # 1 Drug.



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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—  Sleep Issues   Here’s a brief description


Sleep is SO important – without it we really can’t function properly.  Every aspect of life is then affected – mood, energy, food choices, ability to focus and on and on.  Do you have trouble sleeping– either getting to sleep or staying asleep?  I will explain the reasons for both and some tips for creating better, more restful sleep.    Even if you think you sleep well, you will learn some surprising facts.


To order visit:




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 full pocket is not worth the price of your soul.    From A Thousand Paths to a Long Life by David Baird

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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