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.

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, September 30, 2011

A Healthy Snack For Getting B17

One of the important supplements that I take to fight cancer in my body is B17. To learn about foods that contain B17 and the reason I take it, read My Cancer Answer Arsenal, Part 2.

Apricot Power, makers of the B17 supplement I take, has introduced ApriSnack™, a healthy food bar packed with B17. This raw food treat is filled with nutrition that will satisfy your hunger for hours because of its healthy fats and 8 grams of protein. ApriSnack is 20% larger (by weight) than a Clif Bar, which contains added sugars like evaporated cane juice. The only sweetener in ApriSnack is a smidge of stevia leaf powder—the last ingredient.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday

Watch the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead on streaming Netflix.

The movie follows the real world stories of Joe Cross and Phil Staples both morbidly obese and sick with the same condition. They follow a simple fruit and vegetable juicing regimen to regain health and achieve optimum wellness.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers Recipe

I have been creating this recipe in my mind for months now and finally... Voila! I know there are lots of veggie burger recipes out there and although healthy and yummy, they often don't hold together. This one does!

The day I made the burgers, I decided it would be my contribution to a neighborhood potluck we attended every first Friday of the month. I know—pretty bold, huh? I certainly didn't tell them they were guinea pigs. But I also wouldn't have taken them if they were horrible. I made mini-patties out of the mixture and had a mayonnaise and dijon mustard sauce on the side for dipping. Mmmmmmm! Very happy with the results. I hope you like these Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burgers.

Friday, September 23, 2011

My Son the Harvard Doctor

I don't have a son who's a Harvard doctor (my son's are engineers). But if I did, he would have made me proud with the changes to the USDA food plate or MyPlate. Frankly the biggest problem with the government's MyPlate is politics.

This week Harvard unveiled its version of a healthy eating plate to help consumers make better sense of the government version. Walter Willet, chair of the nutrition department of Harvard School of Public Health felt the government food plate was "a step in the right direction." But the plate contained too much dairy and not enough clarification on protein choices.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday

For dinner commit to have half your plate filled with vegetables (potatoes don't count).

Monday, September 19, 2011

Vegetarian Mexican Pasole Soup Recipe

If you've been afraid to go raw or vegan, this recipe just might convince you to take the leap. You might discover you're missing out on the rich flavors of simple spices and yummy taste of fresh vegetables. This Pasole recipe is missing the meat, but no flavor lacking here.

This recipe came from a raw food class I took with my friend Jennie Zraick, an avid fan of HJC. Becky at Whole Foods Market in Roseville in the Sacramento area teaches raw food cooking on a regular schedule. She wows the attendees with her vast knowledge of the health benefits of foods while she's chopping and blending her creations.

I made a huge batch and brought it to a Labor Day BBQ and it was a hit. I sent leftovers home with eager takers with a promise to post it soon. So here you go!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Losing Weight By Osmosis

Okay, don't run away. This is not going to be another quasi-chemistry lesson. Remember Demystifying Acid vs. Alkaline? This time we're talking about losing weight by the process of gradual or unconscious assimilation of healthy foods.

Exhibit A: my husband, Bob. When I started my diet, he pretty much did his own thing in the morning and at lunch. He ate pretty healthy, but his breakfast was mostly cereal out of a box. Even the organic cereals in our pantry had added sweetener usually in the form of evaporated cane sugar. Argh! Bottom line: acidifies in the body and turns to fat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday

Eat half a banana when you get up in the morning and drink 8 oz of pure/filtered water. Good for elimination and energy.

Congratulations to the giveaway winner of the Debbie Meyer Green Bags: Nancy Hill!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Roasted Red Pepper Spread Recipe

This dip or spread is a twist on a recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen. I made it friendly to my diet with chevre goat cheese instead of yoghurt and cream cheese. The chevre adds a mild tartness to the spread. I used this dip/spread on everything from crackers and veggie sticks, to a spread on tortillas for fish tacos. Yummmmm! Everyone loves the mint flavor in the dip.

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Power of Gratitude

Need a lift in your spirits? Sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful movie from Simple Truths. Life is hard for many people. I know from my own challenges with life that stress can be overwhelming.

It helps to take a break and take stock of the blessings in your life despite existing uncertainties.

Attitude is one of the roots of optimum health. Make sure you regularly check your attitude. Remember you are what you eat—also, you are what you think.

What simple truth do you tell yourself to improve your attitude and outlook?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday

I'm starting a new feature at Healthy Journey Cafe called Wisdom Wednesday. You'll find quick and easy tips on making healthy changes in your life.

Store your vegetables in green bags. Your vegetables will last longer and you'll be throwing away less food.

I use Debbie Meyer Green Bags. To launch Wisdom Wednesday, We're having a giveaway. Waaaaahoooo!

Leave a comment for a chance to win a box of Debbie Meyer Green Bags. I'll announce a winner on September 14th.

Odds of winning vary due to number of entrants.
Prizes will be mailed to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.

Let me know how you like Wisdom Wednesday. Maybe you have a health tip to share.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Is Fat-Free a Healthy Choice?

I am a big advocate of reading the ingredients label on the food package rather than the marketing lines plastered on the front. When the Fat-Free phase started more than 15 years ago, it sent people into a buying frenzy. Anything that was fat-free or low-fat must have been good for you... right? Wouldn't make you fat... right? Wrong!

Readers of this blog know by now that it's the sugar (or food that easily turns to sugar) that makes you fat. Not fat. In fact, fat is essential to our health. That's why they call it essential fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9 EFAs).

Friday, September 2, 2011

Garden Fresh Tomato & Zucchini Salad Recipe

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than give you a recipe with ingredients that overflow from your garden. I'm switching things a bit—posting a recipe on Friday and posting the usual Friday health tip on Monday.

Late summer results in an abundance from the garden, particularly tomatoes and zucchini. My tomatoes are growing, but are not yet ripe. Friends have come by with tomatoes and zucchini from their gardens so I had to come up with some recipes to make use of the bounty.