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October 2010

Seeds To Change Newsletter



October 2010

Personal Notes:
 Greetings.  I am (somewhat) the bit a fall crispness in the air.  Fall is actually my favorite season, winter is my least favorite. J  The change of seasons is a good time for reflecting – what will you reflect on?  How will you make time and space to do so --- perhaps this month’s CD will assist.



In This Issue

Nutrition Tip – Pumpkin
Featured Recipe – Pumpkin Soup – two versions
Featured Article – Healthy Shopping Tips
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 – Get Out of Your Head read more...
Quote of the Month    Smiles  


Nutrition Tip

Pumpkin    Helps to regular blood sugar metabolism, supports the spleen-pancreas and relieves bronchial asthma.  Most significant nutrients – Vitamin A and potassium.



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Featured Recipe


What says welcome fall better than pumpkin soup?  Here are two versions, one more traditional and one with yummy raw coconut in it.



Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Hazelnuts  Serves 2


1 can (15oz) unflavored pumpkin puree

1 cut vegetable broth

8 – 10 chives, chopped

2 T roughly chopped hazelnuts

2  t agave nectar

1 T olive oil


Toast hazelnuts in over for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.  Set aside


Combine pumpkin, broth, olive oil and agave.  Heat the mixture until it’s warmed through.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour into serving bowls, add hazelnuts and garnish with chives



Pumpkin Coconut Soup – I recently completed a cleanse – this was one of my favorite cleanse- compatible recipes.


1 small pumpkin

1 medium Thai baby coconut, flesh and water separated

2 t olive oil

Salt and agave nectar to taste

Water as need for consistency


Cut pumpkin in half and put cut side down on cookie sheet and bake at 350 until soft.  Let cool and scoop out flesh (discarding seeds) and put in blender or food processor with remaining ingredients, blend until smooth.  Enjoy




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Featured Article

Healthy Shopping Tips by Brenda Jaeck

The following are a few tips on often debated topics.  Use the tips to make educated choices:


Conventional vs. Organic – Organic food is easier for the entire body to assimilate.  If food is laced with foreign chemicals our bodies have to spend a lot of extra energy eliminating these foreign substances.


Hormone free dairy, meat and poultry - Many cattle and dairy farms and poultry factories inject the animals with hormones.  These are designed to make the animals grow faster or bigger or produce milk or eggs at a faster rate. These substances become embedded in the animal’s flesh.  Thus, as we ingest conventional animal foods we too are ingesting these substances.  Again, these are foreign substances that must be eliminated from the body.  Additionally, these hormones can exasperate PMS and menopause symptoms.


Farm Vs Wild Seafood – Wild seafood is preferred, assuming the fish came from a clean source.   Farmed seafood is often fed antibiotics, hormones or dye.  The dye makes the fish look more appealing.  For example, think how colorful farm-raised salmon is compared to wild salmon.


Read the Labels   Many of the foods we eat contain hidden ingredients.  This is why it is important to read the labels on packaged food.  Sugar, corn syrup, sodium, and various forms of unhealthy fat lurk in so many everyday products. Additionally, there are a plethora of preservatives and other additives in our food.   If you don’t read the labels you really have NO idea what you are eating.


Where to Shop – Always shop where the highest quality items are available.  Sometimes this may mean a conventional grocery store – sometimes a health food store may have the best options.  Hybrid stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s offer a wide selection of high quality foods. (but you still have to read the labels J )


While in the Store -- When shopping try to shop from the parameter of the store; the most wholesome food – produce, dairy and meat are generally kept there.  The more commercial, packaged items are generally store in the center of the store.


What should you by – Again, think how food is grown in nature – buy food that is as close to its natural state as possible.  This would include fresh produce, whole grains, beans and legumes as well as various meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products.



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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—  Get Out of Your Head – How to Curb the Chatter and Gain Control.


Is your mind always racing?  Do you have difficultly getting to sleep?  Learn some techniques to stop this chatter.  We will discuss some of the reasons the chatter exists and some ways to calm it down.  Stopping the chatter will give you more focus, clarity and calm relaxation. 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

 Everyone smiles in the same language

from a Thousand Paths to a Peaceful  Life by David Baird  -

Who have you smiled at today?


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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