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?”

Friday, June 24, 2016

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark

For that occasional time you want a sweet treat, this raw chocolate raspberry bark is very easy to put together. And quilt-free to eat.

I buy organic cacao nibs and grind them to make the cacao powder using a coffee grinder I dedicate to making nut and seed flours. Coffee beans leave too much oil and residue behind. So it's best to have another grinder you use for grinding anything but coffee.

A square glass pyrex pan works great to freeze the chocolate mixture into a bark. Rubbing the bottom and sides with coconut oil before pouring the mixture will make removing the frozen cut squares easier.

Enjoy this delicious dessert anytime and get the heart healthy benefits of antioxidants, magnesium and healthy saturated fats.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Bark

yield 24 pieces

category Dessert
cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian

1/2 C raw cacao powder
1/4 C maple syrup
1/2 C coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 C almond butter
1/2 C raspberries
3 Tbsp chopped rolled oats, or steel-cut oats
Optional: add ingredients you have on hand like shredded coconut, nuts, chia seeds

1. In a mixing bowl, add cacao, maple syrup, melted cocnut oil, vanilla and almond butter. Whisk ingredients until combined well.
2. Carefully mix in raspberries and chopped oats and any optional ingredients.
3. Pour chocolate mixture into a square pan greased with coconut oil.
4. Place pan in freezer for 30 minutes or until set.
5. Remove from freezer and cut into pieces to enjoy.

Give this one a try. Bring it to your next gathering and wow your friends and family. They'll think you fell off your health-nut wagon. Don't tell them it's healthy, they may not try it. I guarantee they will love it!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Health Sites You Should Subscribe To

In a March post Learn How to Heal Cancer Naturally, I outlined what you can expect in the future from this blog to help you be more knowledgable about your health—how you can achieve it and maintain it. Become your own advocate for health. All while feeling amazing and loving the food you eat.

Truly! There's nothing more delicious than REAL food—plant-based (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, intact grains, spices and herbs).

...But I digress.

The following are sites that I subscribe to and I recommend you do too:

The Truth About Cancer
I hope you had a chance to view the 9-part video series The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest. If you did, you were likely blown away with all the non-harmful treatments and protocols out there that can heal cancer (and BTW often heal any other health issues you might have).

Ty Bollinger and his team continue to bring you health articles, doctor interviews and occasional recipes. Subscribe to their email newsletter at The Truth About Cancer at the top (a premium newsletter with monthly fee) or bottom (free newsletter) of the page.

Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com is the world's #1 natural health website. Doctor Mercola's motivation is to "make you as healthy as you can possibly be" by providing the most up-to-date natural health information and resources. He also exposes corporate, government, and mass media hype that diverts you from what is best for your health and often leads straight into an early grave. The New York Times best-selling author states his passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States.

Subscribe to his site by entering your email at the top of the page

Food Matters
I love the health tips and recipes from the Food Matters folks. You may know them from the wildly popular documentary films Food Matters and Hungry for Change. If you have not seen them, you must as part of your education. These documentaries are available to watch on a subscription basis. Check their online streaming channel FMTV.

Subscribe to the Food Matters email newsletter. Check the side bar under Springtime Cleanse and enter your name and email to subscribe. You'll get a FREE ebook of 10 juice recipes. Yum!

Also I must tell you about their 3-Day Summer Detox program going on June 24th - 26th. You'll receive a daily recipe video as your guide each day. Join me and tons of others detoxing to start the summer!

The Food Revolution Network
John and Ocean Robbins are the force behind The Food Revolution Network. The recent 5th Annual Food Revolution Summit featured interviews with 24 of the top food experts on the planet. I always learn by listening to these series. John and Ocean talk much about how food politics, manufactured foods and factory farms have taken food hostage and made our food supply anything but food. In fact it's making us sick.

Check out the video of John Robbins making an impassioned plea for the cause of taking back food so we can be a healthy planet and culture.

Chris Beat Cancer
Chris Wark is the young man behind this powerful website: chrisbeatcancer.com Chris found himself
with stage 3 colon cancer at the age of 26. This self-described junk-food eater turned himself around after they removed a third of his colon. He shunned the recommended chemo and radiation and embarked on a healing journey using real food.

I urge you to spend some time exploring Chris' site. There are lots of great resources and truth there to help you on your journey. His videos of natural cancer survivor stories are legend. Have a look.

Subscribe to his email newsletter at the top or sidebar of his site. Also be sure to get his FREE guide 20 Questions for Your Oncologist.

Nutrition Facts by Dr. Greger M.D.
Internationally-recognized lecturer, physician and New York Times bestselling author doctor Michael Greger scours the world's nutrition research to bring you free daily videos and articles. Dr Greger promotes a plant-based diet which he enjoys for his own health.

Doctor Greger's bestselling book How Not to Die examines the fifteen top causes of death in America—heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more—and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

Subscribe to Nutrition Facts on the sidebar below Dr. Greger's profile. I promise you'll enjoy his brief articles and videos, often sprinkled with a dose of humor, which highlight studies that support his title question or statement. Plus you'll learn so much.


Okay, you now have your assignment. Subscribe to these websites and prepare to be educated. I'd love to hear from you on things you are learning. Comment or send me an email chris[dot]pedersen[at]healthyjourneycafe[dot]com

Please feel free to share this with others especially those who have cancer. They need help.

Onward to Optimum Wellness!


Friday, June 10, 2016

What You Should Know About the New Cancer Drugs

If you watch any TV, you are continually bombarded with ads for drugs. Did you catch the ad for Opdivo in the barrage? This immunotherapy drug for lung cancer is the first of many to hit the market. It promises to significantly increase the chance of living longer versus chemotherapy. But if you pay attention to the ad, you'll learn that the drug could cause severe organ damage and death. If the patient survives all that, they may only live three months longer. What? Only THREE months? And at what quality of life?

Watch the commercial, but don't be distracted by the older folks that look so hopeful, happy and even healthy. Instead read the fine print that appears on the bottom and then listen as they rattle off the side effects.

This stuff makes me crazy. I do not understand how anyone would find this good! The commercial finishes with a sick (IMO) tribute to the patients who participated in the trial for approval—some of whom died while others experienced serious reactions or damage. Read for yourself what patients in the trial went through.

Immunotherapy Drugs are the Next Big Thing
This class of drugs is the darling of Big Pharma. Companies developing these new drugs have enjoyed nice profits for Wall Street investors.

Have you heard of Cancer Moonshot 2020? As stated on its website, it is "the nation’s most comprehensive cancer collaborative initiative seeking to accelerate the potential of combination immunotherapy as the next generation standard of care in cancer patients."

At What Cost?
Folks, they are going all out for this immunotherapy drug approach. It's big! But again at what expense (dollars and health) to the patient?

It's all about finding a drug to cure cancer because drug companies can't make money off of telling people they can boost their immune system (the ultimate fighter of disease in the body) by eating a mostly plant-based diet that builds your body with the nutrients it needs to control and subdue cancer.

This whole immunotherapy drug approach is a huge deal to the drug companies who have been making money off of expensive chemotherapy drugs that have been around for a long time.  Now they feel they can assault the immune system and make it respond with drugs to quell the cancer.

Well... I don't believe for a minute people will be helped by these new drugs any more than chemotherapy drugs have worked. In fact, leaving many who survive with lasting damage. This is not the way to cure cancer, but (consciously or unconsciously) is more about keeping people cycling through the expensive medical system for more treatment.

What Really Heals Cancer?
I am a living example of the cure for cancer. Cancer is a symptom of a sick body and through personal control of lifestyle choices such as diet (plant-based organic), exercise, proper sleep and stress-free living the cancer can be healed. I’ve done it for my genetic cancer and many others I know have healed their cancer (prostate, breast cancer, etc.) with the same (although adjusted for their body needs) protocols.

Bottom line—I understand that cancer is complex, but, to put it simply, I do not believe it happens because we lack the right drugs. Think about it!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Roasted Beet, Yam & Cabbage Salad Recipe

For Memorial Day weekend we took a road trip up the state (California) to the college town of Chico where my husband Bob earned his finance degree. He always raved about Bidwell Park, which followed Big Chico Creek through a portion of the town. There are miles of paved trails under a shady canopy of large trees and lush greenery bordering the creek. Picnic benches dot the route offering an invitation to stop and enjoy the cool creek.
We brought our mountain bikes for the purpose of riding the trials. So off we went. We rode from Lower Bidwell Park all the way to Upper Bidwell Park where you can opt for more adventurous single-track, dirt trails. We saved the dirt trails for the following day when we spent several hours navigating up and down slightly technical trails (filled with protruding rocks of all sizes) getting a great workout—ending with a stop along the upper creek with a chilly dip for our weary feet.

Since I may not find healthy food to eat on trips, I always plan ahead and make a sizable salad to bring along. I chose a salad from Food Matters and made some changes to suit what I had on hand.

You will find this recipe a pleasing combination of tastes that turns beet red when all mixed together. It comes from Food Matters—a health website based in Australia, which I highly recommend you subscribe to. They offer recipes and health and nutrition information to help in your healing quest or optimum wellness routine.

I used purple cabbage instead of kale called for in the original recipe. The red beets in this recipe bathe the ingredients in a ruby color, however the red cabbage is hardly affected because of its deep purple color.

Since the coconut oil was a paste-like consistency, I used my handy technique of massaging the veggies and coconut oil through a ziplock bag to coat them with the oil. Learn my technique at How to Prepare Roasted Vegetables.

Another thing I changed in the recipe was subbing the dried cranberries for the Made in Nature Super Berry Fusion organic dried fruit from Costco. I also use this same dried fruit blend in my DIY trail mix.

Roasted Beet, Yam & Cabbage Salad

yield 6 - 8 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan

1 large yam or sweet potato, peeled
2 large red beets, peeled
2 Tbsp of coconut oil
Salt & pepper
1/4 - 1/2 head of purple cabbage, chopped
1/2 C cooked quinoa
1/4 C dried cranberries or mixed berries
1/4 C chopped pecans
2 Tbsp apple cidar vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
2. Cut yams and beets into 1/2 inch cubes.
3. Put yams and beets into gallon-size plastic bag and add cocnut oil.  Close bag and massage veggies through bag to distribute oil onto beets and yams. Add salt and pepper.
4. Spread out on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, turning occasionally until vegetables are soft, but firm.
5. In a large bowl, toss yams, beets, pecans, berries, cabbage and quinoa. 
6. Whisk the dressing ingredients until blended then pour onto salad mixture. You may not use all the dressing.
7. Toss well and serve.

This salad got two thumbs up from Bob. We just finished up the remainder of this yummy salad two days ago and I'm ready to make another batch. You have all summer to try this recipe. If you make it, I guarantee you'll make it again!

What are your plans for getting away this summer?

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