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?”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday

Wisdom Wednesday ~ Chlorine Shower Filter
I have been using a chlorine filter on my shower for 9 years. Chlorine is a poison that we should not drink and should not wash in. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, therefore the time we spend in the shower exposed to chlorine is not healthy.

I can recommend the shower filter unit from Green Home to remove the offending chlorine. It's really easy to add in-line to your existing shower head. Every year I replace the filter by simply unscrewing the clear plastic housing and replacing the used filter with a new filter. This is the filter I've used in my home for the last 9 years.

Monday, April 28, 2014

How to Make Kombucha Tea

How to make Kombucha tea

I had a scoby in my fridge for some time, plus had all the ingredients and supplies needed, before I finally decided to just do it. Had I known how easy it would be, I wouldn't have waited so long.

What are you waiting for? Scoby's are readily available. If you're making Kombucha, the scoby naturally replicates. Ask someone brewing the fermented tea—if they don't have a scoby baby at the moment, they will soon have one they can pass on to you.

What is a SCOBY?
SCOBY is an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria & Yeast. It's similar to the mother that makes  vinegar. Kombucha begins as a sugary tea—the scoby infuses bacteria which devours most of the sugar during the fermenting process. The tea is transformed into a refreshing, fizzy, slightly sour fermented beverage.

After a few brewings using the scoby, you'll begin to feel like you have a new household pet. It is alive after all. So the first time you have something go wrong with a batch and you have to discard it, you might feel a bit weird about how to do that—discard the scoby. Should I give it a proper burial? Some say you grind it up in your next smoothie. What? You decide what to do, but tell me if you don't develop a weird feeling about this organism. Okay… maybe that's just me. Moving along now.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Capers

I know many people do not like brussels sprouts, my husband included. But I love them and they are so good for you. I started making this very easy brussels sprouts side dish some time ago and guess what? My husband likes it!

Being one of the cruciferous vegetables it's great in the fight against cancer. Plus recent studies show a unique benefit of protecting DNA. I need that... and guess what? So do you!

Try this out on your reluctant brussels sprouts crowd and see if you can win them over.

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Herbal Combination to Fight Cancer

Six months into my cancer-fighting diet and one year after hearing the earth-shattering news I had cancer in my colon and a genetic defect that makes my body produce cancer in my colon, I added a few  targeted cancer-fighting supplements to my regimen. Read How I Beat Cancer.

One was Vitae Elixxir and the other was Amygdalin or B17. You can read about B17 in Cancer Fighting Arsenal Part 2.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wisdom Wednesday

To make sure you are getting healthy and fresh olive oil, remember these tips:
  • Buy only extra-virgin olive oil (that means it's pressed cold, thus protecting the oils from spoilage).
  • Store tightly covered in a cool, dark place (oils will degrade when exposed to oxygen, heat and light). Don't keep your olive oil on the counter—it is not for decoration.
  • Buy locally grown and bottled—not from Italy. That way you know it's fresh.
Oils that are old should be thrown out. If it tastes bad—it is bad.

Be diligent about the freshness of your oils (not just olive oil). Oils that are over-heated and gone rancid due to oxidation are actually hazardous to your health. That's right! Fats can heal and fats can kill.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Carrot Cupcakes

These cupcakes were made by budding pastry chef Julia Thompson for my book signing at Face In a Book back on January 11th. These are not your ordinary cupcake with sugar-laden frosting and more sugar in the cake. They are completely approved for my cancer-fighting diet. Some may describe them more like a muffin, but they are delicious none the less.
Book signing for The Prisoner of Carrot Castle
Book signing for The Prisoner of Carrot Castle

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude is everything
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

I've been reading a lot about the subject of attitude and healing lately. It is a huge component of optimum health and has risen to the top in discussions among health encouraging circles. It's worthwhile to go over the things about attitude that are important to deal with when working on avoiding illness and especially when on the road to healing from sickness.

I call Attitude the fourth root of optimum wellness. Together with dietexercise and sleep, a healthy attitude will assure you stay healthy and live longer. Attitude encompasses a myriad of issues. You can do all the right things with diet, exercise and sleep, but if you are negative, take things personally or hold on to issues of hurt from your childhood, I guarantee your health will suffer.

Psychological Issues
Attitude is more than just positive thinking. There are some things we cannot think away. I put these into the category of psychological damage. Stuff that we endured in our childhood and likely carried into a marriage or other relationship. These are things that hold us back and keep us from believing what God says about us. They haunt us (oftentimes unconsciously) and cause us to react relationally in an unhealthy way.