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, September 30, 2015

Wisdom Wednesday

More than half of Americans take medications. Many experience side effects, but may not realize the medication also creates nutrient deficiencies. Check out mytavin.com to learn about nutrient deficiencies triggered by a drug. The site lists symptoms of those deficiencies so you can adjust your diet or supplement intake to compensate.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paradigm Shift: Disease Care to Healthcare

 Evolution of Medicine Summit
Would you like to avoid chronic diseases, keep your family healthy and discover healthcare that actually works? This week you have the opportunity to listen to the Evolution of Medicine Summit FREE. Starting Monday September 21 - 28, 2015 at 10AM (USA Eastern Time) each day you'll hear from doctors and health professionals who are making a difference. 

Today, our healthcare system works well when you have an emergency, but to treat chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer, we need to reinvent healthcare to help you live a longer, happier and healthier life. Change the current system of disease care to true healthcare.

The Evolution of Medicine Summit is FREE and online. Register to attend.

Chronic diseases could kill 52 million per year…
Plus, the summit will introduce the very first affordable, ACA-compliant alternative to health insurance, Liberty Direct!
With 30+ presentations that give you information to effectively prevent and manage chronic disease, the Evolution of Medicine Summit will discuss:
  • Our current health system and its limitations (plus, alternatives you can access!)
  • How to take advantage of health technology
  • Share a vision for an empowered, proactive and participatory healthcare system
  • Preventing chronic disease and taking control of your health today
It will take all of us, patients and practitioners, to create a medical system that truly combats chronic disease. Join me at The Evolution of Medicine Summit!
Register for FREE now at the following link:
Here are a few of the incredible experts who will speak at The Evolution of Medicine Summit:
  • Suzanne Somers, What is making Your TOX-SICK
  • David Perlmutter, MD, The Gut, Brain and Chronic Disease
  • Rangan Chatterjee, MD, The Doctor of the Future
  • Mark Sisson, Hidden Genetic Switches
  • Chris Kresser, MS, LAc, Healthcare from Scratch
With 30+ presenters sharing their expertise about healthcare, this invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for patients and practitioners everywhere!
Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as you register!
  • Free Gift #1: Chris Kresser’s talk, “Healthcare from Scratch,” which discusses the key role of the “exposome” in chronic disease, evolutionary mismatch and its relevance to medicine and his insights on scaling the foundations of “healthcare from scratch”
  • Free Gift #2: Evolution of Medicine Founder James Maskell’s talk, “Evolution or Revolution? The Rationale for Healthcare from Scratch,” which discusses learnings from the 2014 Evolution of Medicine Summit and the 8 opposites that truly demand an environment for creating “healthcare from scratch.”
I've listened to both of the above talks and they are mind-blowing. We are certainly on the cusp of a paradigm shift in healthcare. Register now so you can learn the exciting aspects of an evolutionary—even revolutionary—medical system that is patient-centered and effective to fight chronic diseases.

The Evolution of Medicine Summit is online and free from September 21-28, 2015!
Register for FREE at the following link today:
I’ll see you at the summit!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Egg-Free Mayonnaise Recipe

This recipe comes from fellow plant-based eating friend, Jennie. She's always looking for recipes on the web and, like me, subscribes to a few healthy recipe sites. Since she doesn't like regular mayonnaise (made from eggs) and those vegan choices made with soy, she was always looking for a replacement. She found this one on Nourishing Meals.

Egg-Free Mayonnaise

yield 1.5 C

category Condiment
cuisine Vegan

1 C raw cashews
1/4 C filtered water
2 Tbsp apple cidar vinegar
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp yellow mustard powder
3/4 - 1 tsp sea salt
6 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1. Place cashews in bowl then cover with filtered water. Set aside to soak for 3 hours.
2. Add the soaked cashews, water, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard powder, and sea salt to your high-powered blender. Blend until thick and creamy. 
3. Then add the olive oil and blend until combined. Keep blending until it is ultra smooth. You may need to stop the blender, stir it, and then blend again.
4. Scoop the mayo into a jar and refirgerate. It will thicken when it chills.

If you were looking for something to dip veggies in for an appetizer, you might use this recipe. The flavor presents a mild zing. Sprinkle some smoked paprika on the mayo/dip and scoop away. I think you'll like it.

What's your favorite use for mayonnaise?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Aiden Is Back In School

It's back to school time and learning is in full swing. Some kids are getting more screen time (the good kind) as more schools roll-out iPads. Here's where a company called eSpark is making a difference helping teachers achieve goals for their students.

Using the technology of iPads in the classroom, eSpark is focused on education that is student-centered—working with the needs of an individual student. Each child gets a personalized assignment, called a quest, using particular apps to achieve defined goals.

"eSpark empowers teachers to transform their classrooms with technology.... Teachers can focus iPad instruction on students' individual needs to improve their academic outcomes."

Rather than creating educational apps for their platform, eSpark scours the vast ecosystem of iPad apps to identify highly engaging and challenging activities. Apps are vetted through a strict rubric to ensure Common Core alignment, academic rigor, and engagement.

The Prisoner of Carrot Castle is privileged to be one of the hand-picked kid's apps used on the eSparkLearning platform. Kids in 4th grade might be assigned The Prisoner of Carrot Castle for Reading Literacy (Common Core aligned to RL 2 and RL 9) in their prescribed quest.

I hope you'll visit eSparkLearning to find out more of how their teaching process works. It is very cool. Those kids are really learning to dig in and be critical thinkers... even creating a video to re-teach and reinforce the learned concepts from their quest.

Here's a video from the Chicago area (Home turf for eSpark) from news station Fox32 on the Good Day Chicago program featuring eSparkLearning.

If you have kids in school, do you volunteer in the classroom? What have you learned about the use of technology in teaching today (called edtech)?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Cucumber, Tomatoes & Avocado with Balsamic Vinegar Salad Recipe

I've made this salad three times since seeing it on Kalyn's Kitchen. It is so delicious and easy. Four simple ingredients: cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions and avocado. I went to the Wednesday Farmer's Market and got a basket of beautiful cherry heirloom tomatoes. Look at those beautiful tomatoes.

The dressing is one ingredient: a good quality balsamic vinegar. I used the Trader Joe's brand, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

Cucumbers, Tomatoes and Avocado with Balsamic Vinegar Salad

yield 4 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan

3 small persian cucumbers, sliced in half-moons
1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 C thinly diagonally sliced green onion
1 firm ripe avocado, cut-up
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and avocado in a large bowl.
2. Pour vinegar over the salad and gently toss to coat.
3. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Try this one and I think you'll agree, it's a keeper. The best part? I can remember all the ingredients without looking up the recipe. That's a bonus.

What recipes do you like because there are only a few ingredients you have to remember?