4 Roots of Optimum Wellness

There are four essential parts to being healthy: Diet, Exercise, Sleep & Attitude.

Vitae Elixxir Healing Herbs

A proprietary combination of ten disease-fighting herbs used for more than 40 years and helping thousands of people with serious health issues.

The Prisoner of Carrot Castle Book App

Help your kids discover the fun of eating vegetables with the help of a whimsical interactive story (over 40,000 downloaded).

Books by Author & Health Coach Chris Pedersen

In a world of adventure and imagination, kids’ books in print and digital that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

6 Tips to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories—take a serious look at the food you want to eat, then ask, ”Is this something that will give my body good health?”

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

Cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables are shown to prevent a number of cancers. However, if these veggies are cooked or frozen, the cancer-fighting phytonutrient called sulforaphane is unavailable. But wait! If you add a little ground mustard powder after cooking, you replace the enzyme needed to release the suforaphane.

(Source: Foodmatters.tv)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Join the Food Revolution With Me

I hope you were able to watch and learn from The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest docu-series. Perhaps you even invested in the videos—I did—and plan on watching again to get the maximum benefit and so you can pass the videos on to friends and family.

I hope you got that there is not just one way to heal from cancer without harm to your body, but multiple. You can put together a protocol that works for you—with or without the help of a practitioner.

I told you I would be passing on valuable educational opportunities so you could be as knowledgeable as me about your health. If you look to the so-called healthcare system (really should be called disease management) you may not succeed in getting healthy.

You really are in control of your health.

Talk About Food
Getting to the heart of how we become healthy and heal from disease or avoid disease in the first place, we must look at food. Coming up this weekend is the start of the Food Revolution Summit.

Are you worried about what’s happening with our food? About the pesticides and GMOs in meals your family may be eating, and how they might affect you in the long term?

The statistics show an alarming rise in health issues that parallels the spread of harmful chemicals in our food supply.

The good news is there are so many ways to eat deliciously and see your health improve—if you know what to watch out for.

Check out the Food Revolution Summit here.

The food industry has hijacked the marketplace and processed junk food is pretty much everywhere. Even many so-called “natural” foods actually turn out to be hazardous to your health.

And now we’re even seeing genetically modified ingredients showing up in “health” foods, even those labeled “all-natural”!

Enough is enough!

From April 30- May 8, my friends, John and Ocean Robbins, are interviewing 25 of the top doctors, activists, and scientists in the food world—including speakers like Christiane Northrup, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; Joel Fuhrman, MD; Jane Goodall Ph.D; David Perlmutter, MD; and Vani Hari.

You can get it all online, from anywhere on earth—for no cost. FREE! You’ll discover tips and tools to keep you and your loved ones healthy for life. So if you want to feel good about your food, enjoy more energy, vitality and increased immunity, this is the place to be!

When it comes to your health and the lives of those you love, the time to get informed and take action is NOW. And this is the place to do it.

Check it out and sign up for the Food Revolution Summit here.

I’ll see you there!

P.S. Remember, The Food Revolution Summit is free! Now you can enjoy inspiration and support from the top 25 food experts, showing you how to eat safe, healthy and delicious food. I hope you’ll join me! Just click the link to reserve your spot and get the truth about the connection between food and your health.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

Drizzle tomatoes with a little olive oil. Besides being a tasty combo, you get great nutritional benefits. Tomatoes are naturally rich in lycopene, which is a carotenoid believed to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer. Olive oil actually helps us absorb lycopene. So pour it on!

(Source: Foodmatters.tv)

PS Don't forget there's still time to see Episode One of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

How High Is Your Personal Risk of Getting Cancer?

Okay, dear readers, here's your first step to being an expert at healing cancer. First, you need to understand your risk of getting cancer.

Most people have just a fuzzy picture (at best) of what their personal risk of getting cancer really is.

This powerful quiz will give you a much clearer picture... and it takes only 42 seconds!

Even better, you'll find out how to best prevent cancer based on your results. Take this quiz that will take less than a minute to discover your personal risk for cancer.

What you may be SURPRISED to discover after you take this 42 second quiz is there are now many (non-drug, non-surgery) advances in fighting and preventing cancer.

You'll want to know about them, you probably haven't heard of most of them yet, but the bottom line as you'll see is...

You can prevent cancer. 

And you can defeat it if you have it.

It starts with discovering your current cancer risk level, so take this important quiz right now.

It may just be the best 42 seconds you spend all year.

Finally, please don't forget to SHARE this email with your family and friends so they discover this important info too.

To Your Optimum Wellness,

P.S. This short quiz is a real eye-opener to what’s really putting you at risk for cancer, take it and find out now!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Learn How To Heal Cancer Naturally

I've been writing this blog now for 5 years. Occasionally I've tweaked what I cover as time moved along. Many asked for recipes, so I provided recipes... but in protest. I'm generally not a recipe person. I'm a seat-of-the-pants chef. I tend to cook simple meals and draw from what I have in my fridge and pantry. Even if I use a recipe, I'll make changes to fit the ingredients I have on hand as well as the food I eat.

At this point I've given you my take on how to be healthy, specifically how to avoid cancer and even heal from cancer even if you have a genetic predisposition as I have.

New visitors to Healthy Journey Cafe can use the Start Here tab for great content to help with lifestyle changes that will produce health.

Thank you all who subscribe and follow this blog. I hope I have made a difference in your life.

This is a very passionate subject for me. My heart aches when I see so many take the medical route, which I believe is harmful. I have seen too many take that route and now are dead.

You know I'm passionate about the connection between disease and diet. I've been accused of being judgmental about one's lifestyle (of eating unhealthy stuff) without even opening my mouth. Oh... excuse me. I did open my mouth... and put in whole, clean, plant-based foods that heal my body and keep me from having cancer. Noodle that one.

What's in the Future
So dear readers, here is what to expect going forward. I hope you approve.

I may be posting less recipes. It is hugely time consuming to do recipes—that's why not many cancer related sites do them. I thought it would be unique to have recipes to support healing cancer, but it actually adds too much stress to my life. Ewww! Sorry, I'm kinda driven and it is my own self-driving nature that added the stress—not you, dear reader. Anyway... you know that stress is not good for health.

Also, rather than giving you the "fish," I'm going to teach you how to "fish." That's right you are being kicked out of the nest to learn to fly. Sorry... can't help myself with all the metaphors. I'm going to connect you to websites and webinars that will teach you about healthy lifestyle changes.

Hopefully you'll start googling more to dig deeper (as I do). Frankly, you'll learn a lot more than I can pass on to you. There is a lot of really great stuff, websites and webinars (all free if you take the time) out there for you to devour and learn. Soon you will find what you learned has become second nature and you can pass on some knowledge to others. That's how we are going to overcome this virtual blackout on the cure to cancer.

Cancer Is You
Remember, cancer and disease is your body telling you something is wrong. It's not saying you need to get a diagnosis from the doctor so he/she can give you a drug that masks the symptoms.
For example, chemotherapy kills! It kills every cell in your body... just not all at once. It seriously damages your immune system (which you need to heal). It also kills the tumor cells... BUT does not kill the circulating cancer cells and cancer stem cells, which are looking for the next place to grow a tumor.
Cancer is US! That's right! It is not a battle to be won where you deliver every piece of artillery in the arsenal until you decimate the enemy. Oh wait... the artillery was aimed at you. Oh no!

You cannot ignore the immune system and treat cancer with poison to the body. It is really the immune system that will heal the cancer. But without boosting the immune system so it can tackle the cancer, the patient will likely not make it.

Tune in to learn more and get acquainted with some powerful sources of knowledge in the alternative cancer treatment arena. Subscribe to get updates

Monday, January 18, 2016

Forget Everything You Know About Fat

Forget everything you’ve heard about FAT…

For decades, medicine and pop culture have told us that eating less fat (and exercising more) is the secret to sustained weight loss, health, and longevity.

Yet Americans are sicker and fatter than ever!

Clearly, something isn’t adding up.

My good friend, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman is on a mission to separate the FAT from Fiction during his upcoming event, The Fat Summit January 25 - February 1.

Register for Free now!

In The Fat Summit January 25 - February 1, Dr. Hyman will interview 30+ of the world’s top experts, as they reveal the truth about fat—and what it really takes to lose weight, feel great, and reverse chronic disease.

Here’s a look at what you’ll discover:
  • Why eating more fat (and less sugar) actually leads to weight loss 
  • Whether or not children should eat a high-fat diet 
  • How carbohydrates impact hunger 
  • The research on red meat (does “grass-fed” really make a difference?) 
  • How wellness impacts the financial health of our nation 
  • The connection between toxins and weight gain How to enjoy healthy meat (with minimal environmental impact) 
  • The best sources of plant-based fat
  • The role of fat in aging
  • And much more…
This event airs for FREE online January 25 - February 1. But you have to RSVP to save your spot.

Register Today

P.S. Forget about New Year’s Resolutions… If you’re ready to lose those extra pounds for good, have more energy immediately, and prevent conditions ranging from heart disease and cancer to diabetes and dementia, you won’t want to miss this FREE event.

Register for FREE

See you there!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cabbage, Apple & Kale Salad Recipe

Here's a great salad that's yummy anytime. It comes by way of Kalyn's Kitchen who got the inspiration from a recipe in Bon Appetite Magazine. I changed up a few items and made it my own based on what I have on hand and my food preferences.

I chose to include sprouted pumpkin seeds in the recipe to add a nutrient boost. These seeds are very high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contain loads of minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as heart-healthy niacin and vitamin B3. Plus sprouting seeds multiples powerful nutrients and unlocks enzymes to super-charge digestion and support optimal wellness. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Pick up a package of Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds next time you go to Costco. You might also get a package of Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds while there. Both of these seeds are ingredients for my DIY trail mix.

To cut the kale in short strips follow the technique I wrote in the recipe directions. Check this recipe to see pictures of the kale cutting process.

Cabbage, Apple & Kale Salad with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds

from Inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen
yield 4-6 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
1/2 head of white cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple
2 large kale leaves, de-stemmed
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C sprouted pumpkin seeds (Go Raw)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp raw honey
pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Slice cabbage thin then cut across to create short strips. Add to large bowl.
2. Cut apple into 1/2 inch chunks (peel first if you prefer). Add apple to small bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over apples. Stir to coat.
3. Once you have de-stemmed the kale (I prefer Lacinato, aka Dino kale), cut length-wise into 1-inch strips then roughly cut to 4-inch length. Stack the strips side-by-side and cut across to make thin short strips.
4. Add apples and kale to cabbage.
5. Whisk ingredients for dressing. Add to cabbage mixture and toss. 
6. Add cranberries and pumpkin seeds then toss again. Serve.

Enjoy this salad with a nice soup like this Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers that's on the menu for dinner tonight. My hubby raves about this salad, but then he thinks I'm the Salad Queen.

Just a reminder, use only organic produce for your recipes. Otherwise check the Environmental Working Group website (ewg.org) to see which types of produce are least affected by pesticides. Many people wrongly think pesticides can be washed off their produce—not the case. It's in the flesh and that's why you must be careful.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Your Gut: Where Health Starts & Healing Begins

Gut dysfunction can be linked to virtually every disease and can cause conditions like fatigue, depression, food sensitivities, chronic pain, allergies and more. The Heal Your Gut Summit from January 18-25, will help you understand how these conditions are by and large preventable!

Why Attend? 
Your gut is the cornerstone of true health, which is why Dr. Josh Axe, Donna Gates and Dr. Eric Zielinski have gathered together more than 30 gut health experts from around the globe to share the evidence-based tools you need to regain control of your health!

Register for FREE here!

The Heal Your Gut Summit will teach you about: 

  • Healing the gut to boost immunity and fight cancer 
  • Losing weight by improving digestive health 
  • Solutions to recover from irritable bowel syndrome 
  • Balancing hormones and increasing libido 
  • Reversing allergies and autoimmunity with foods and herbal remedies 

Attend and listen to the following experts (over 30 in all!): 
Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut 
Leo Galland, MD: Why Allergies Could Be Signaling Bigger Problems 
David Perlmutter, MD: Heal Your Gut by Going Grain Free 
Ty Bollinger: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection 

Heal Your Gut Summit

Register today and you’ll get the following free gifts: 
Expert Talk #1: 5 Steps to Heal Leaky Gut, Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS 
Expert Talk #2: Boost Immunity with Gut-Immune-Cancer Connection, Ty Bollinger 
Expert Talk #3: Getting to The Root Cause of Thyroid Disease, Izabella Wentz, PharmD, FASCP 
Expert Talk #4: Secrets to Overcome Candida & Yeast, Donna Gates, MEd, ABAAHP 

The Heal Your Gut Summit is online and FREE from January 18-25, 2016! 

Register for FREE today!

I’ll see you at the summit!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Almond Butter Cookie Recipe

This is a very simple (only five ingredients) and quick recipe to make. The cookies come out soft and chewy when warm from the oven—great time to taste test. Once cooled they become crunchy—many favs this consistency.

I like chopped nuts in my cookies, so using crunchy almond butter makes one less ingredient to add. If you don't prefer the nuts, you can use creamy almond butter—your choice.

Once you add the almond butter to the sugar mixture, the batter gets real thick and clogs up the beaters. Because of the almond oil in the mixture it does not stick to the beaters and can be easily scrapped off with little waste.

In the picture above the cookies are spaced too close. They ended up "growing" into each other. The next batch was spaced three to a row—perfect.

Almond Butter Cookies

from Chris Pedersen
yield 18 cookies

category Dessert
cuisine Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Low-Glycemic

1 large egg
1 C coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Mexican vanilla
1 C crunchy almond butter

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
2. Using electric mixer, beat egg, coconut sugar, baking powder and vanilla until creamy (about 1 minute). Add almond butter and mix well. The mixture will get thick.
3. Scoop batter using a teaspoon then form into a ball and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. 
4. Put a small amount of water in a small bowl. Dip a fork into water and then smash down cookie ball in a cross pattern.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookies feel firm and slightly browned.

Enjoy making these cookies.  Just try to resist eating them all too quickly.