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, March 28, 2014

African Bean Soup

Sweet potatoes and nuts are familiar ingredients in many African dishes. This colorful soup combines garbanzo beans with vegetables and is served over rice or quinoa. With all the soups recipes I've provided this winter, I expect you all to be have a great arsenal against cold and sickness in the future.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carrot, Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup

This soup is so delicious. I suggest serving this any time of the year. It will warm your tummy in the winter. Or be a wonderful first course to a great summer gathering. Everyone will love it! The sweetness of the apple and the tang of the ginger is a bonus combination.

It's a blender soup. Since the Vita Mix can heat whatever you blend until it's piping hot, you could skip the stove top steps and put it all in the blender. I've made this soup twice and followed the instruction here. However, just saying, if you are really in a hurry, you might try the all-blender route.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sleep—Needed for Optimum Wellness

Sleep Needed for Optimum Wellness
We live in a fast-paced world, filled with technology that consumes us and projects that drive us. Our desire to get the most out of every day pushes us to compromise on a very important aspect of health—sleep.

Thinking you can get by on a few hours of sleep, you push ahead and grab the coffee or energy drink to prop yourself up. It becomes such an ingrained pattern, you fool yourself into thinking you can do this. Who needs sleep?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday

How to make your own almond milk. This video shows how easy it is:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Butternut Squash, Shiitake Mushrooms & Kale Soup

You are gonna love the taste of this immune-boosting soup. It's better than chicken soup, especially when you're feeling a bit under the weather. It's full of antioxidants and nutrients to help you fight disease—even cancer. While the flu season is still going, make up a batch to fortify your family.

I always have kale on hand as an ingredient for juicing or making smoothies. Don't eat kale you say. Then you need to read how healthy this lovely green vegetable is for you.

This soup calls for julienned kale, which means having it cut into small thin strips. Here's the quick way I do it:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Conquering Illness: A Personal Story

Jeff Dyrek in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island, Norway
Recently Jeff Dyrek wrote to me to tell his story of how Vitae Elixxir helped him recover from a health condition that doctors were unable to help. During service to his country, a serious accident that should have killed him caused damage to numerous areas of his body and exacted a toll which lasted thirty years. Read Dyrek's story of the accident and what followed. The illusive health condition was killing him with pain—and, for a time, he thought he would die. His personal story of what herbs can do to help the body heal is quite striking. Here is his story
"I now live in Illinois and I'm 59 years old. In 1977 I had a real bad accident while in the Navy. Doctors treated me with all kinds of medicine after only a five-minute exam. 
Nothing worked. In fact, I became very ill from all of the drugs they gave me over many years.
Dyrek with world's most intact woolly mammoth at the North Pole
I had swollen glands—extremely swollen for thirty years. The doctors would all say the same thing, "Well, a lot of people have swollen glands." And then they would make up a disease for me and give me more drugs. 
I was an electronics engineer and I lost my job, my house and everything that I owned because of this illness and gave the doctors countless dollars.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colon Cancer Awareness Campaign
It seems every type of cancer has its own month. For colon cancer, the month of March is devoted to bringing attention to the reality of this killer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. And it's the most preventable—in many ways. Is everyone listening now?

Throughout the month there are numerous fun runs/races that support awareness of the disease and raise funds for organizations that do research. March 7th provides a visual element with Dress in Blue Day. Perhaps if you wear a blue shirt, your fellow worker may ask you, "Hey, Fred, why are you wearing blue today?" Then you'll have the opportunity to launch into your pitch about scheduling a screening with your doctor—a primary point of prevention for colon cancer. Okay… maybe if a whole lot of people wear blue on March 7th, you'll get a question like that, but otherwise… not so sure anybody will be noticing.

Colon Cancer Prevention
Okay… enough of that. Cancer is serious, so let's talk seriously. I found this video on the Colon Cancer Alliance website wondering what it would say about prevention. Have a look...