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6 Tips to Lose Weight

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Invasion of the Fruit Flies

Ewww! Right? There seems to be an invasion of fruit flies in the Northern California region. Do you have a problem where you live?

We recently moved into our new home and found fruit flies constantly plaguing us. You can never catch them. They're so wispy and tiny. As soon as you try to swat or clap them, they seem to be jetted away by the action. Those little buggers have a short life cycle. 24-hours after eggs are laid, new flies hatch and soon begin their harassment, which lasts up to 50 days.

After noticing they were everywhere—other homeowners complained about them and you'd see them in stores and other establishments over a wide geographic area—I realized it was time to get serious about getting them out of our house.

A simple trap is all you need to entice the little bug-eyes to their last drink. You'll be amazed at how many you catch. And you thought there were only a few in your home. Ha! They were about to take over!

Throw out any overripe fruit which become breeding fields for the flies. Also, take care when you shop. If you see fruit flies around the produce, you can be sure you are bringing more home if you buy any fruit there.
Get a large mason jar and fill it with about a half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Add a drop or two of dish soap to break the surface tension of the cider so the pests fall into the liquid and expire. Using a sheet of paper, create a funnel with a half-inch opening, then drop it into the mason jar and make sure there are no cracks where a fly can escape. They will be attracted to the vinegar, fly into the jar and be unable to get out. They can't do a helicopter maneuver—thankfully.
Leave the trap out until you complete a full life cycle for the pesky flies and then some. You don't need to change the vinegar, but it gets so full of flies. Yuck! I throw it out and start with fresh about every 4 days. You should wait until the trap is clear of flies before you consider your home free from them.

Can't wait for the next plague of pests. Hope it's not voles. Those vermin infested the foothills in huge numbers in 2001. Whole landscapes were destroyed. I guess a few fruit flies aren't that bad.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

I recently watched the Essential Oils Revolution Online Event. Wow! Lots to learn. I hope you all took advantage of this awesome educational forum on essential oils. I'm certainly behind on understanding what, when and how to use essential oils myself.

Here is a gem from the summit—A liver cleanse formula to rub on your skin over the liver.  The application location is below the right breast at the lower right rib cage. The caster oil is a carrier oil used to deliver the oils to the area. You can also use coconut oil or vegetable glycerin as a replacement for the caster oil (which is sticky and can stain clothing).

Use 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for the total 20 drops in this formula. That is a 20% dilution allowing the oils to be massaged into a larger area and absorb slowly. The dilution does not reduce the effectiveness of the oils—they simply enhance the oils and soften any reaction that a straight oil may have on the body.

This formula is great for cancer conquerers, whether you are doing conventional or alternative treatments. The liver needs to release toxins in order to heal.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Look for the Butterfly ~ Non-GMO Verified

Last month President Obama signed weak and flawed legislation into federal law that addresses GMOs in foods. It is called the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) act by those of us who believe we have the right to know what's in our food. It is a win for big chemical and biotech corporations, but a blow to the American family and the hope for a food supply that is healthy and transparent.

It is also a stain on our republic as it erases any laws that states enacted (like Vermont) that require food labels to identify GMO ingredients. Plus it seems to be a clear violation of the 14th Amendment, as it would allow corporations to use QR codes instead of clear packaging on labels.

Basics of the GMO Labeling Bill (aka DARK Act)
Let's break it down:
  • The words "GMO" or "genetic engineering" will NOT be required to be anywhere on the package.
  • 95% of the ingredients that are GMO will NOT be included in the "labeling."
  • The "labeling" that will be "required" is an option of a QR code, a telephone number, website or symbol. 
  • There will be no fines for not complying, so claims that this law is "mandatory" are simply false.
  • Vermont's state law (which which would have gone into effect his year) to label GMOs is pre-empted.
  • CT, ME and VA that have pending GMO labeling laws have also been pre-empted.
The law is highly discriminatory as well. Many senior citizens, minorities, low income and rural residents do not have access to wi-fi, Smart phones or cell reception. Thus it appears to be a violation of the 14th Amendment.

So you see just how bad and empty this law is? Pathetic comes to mind.

Did someone say, "The system is rigged"?

So much for the rights of the American citizenry vs Big Business. It is very sad indeed.

Read a more thorough analysis by the Cornucopia Institute and how the Organic Trade Association (OTA) betrayed consumers, organic farmers and the many organic-related industry associations, plus what might happen going forward.

Meanwhile, the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization, created with the cooperation of food manufactures wanting to demonstrate that their foods do not contain GMO ingredients has been growing its list of Verified products.

What to Look For To Protect Your Family
Even though the battle to clearly label is lost, there is plenty to be thankful for. The process of putting forth federal and state legislation has brought widespread public awareness of GMO foods and what it is.

So what do you do now?
  1. Look for the Non GMO Project Butterfly on foods you choose.
  2. Buy foods labeled Organic which must be free of GMO ingredients.
  3. Eat a clean diet (food that contains NO artificial ingredients—chemicals, preservatives, additives, colors and GMOs)
  4. Buy produce from the Organic section.
  5. Buy from local farmers, but ask them about their farming practices (what do they put on the crops and when) 
This business of food is big in our world today. With cancer and other disease on the rise and so much in our environment we cannot control, we must be vigilant to put the purest and best into our bodies—It's the fuel (mostly plant-based) that makes our bodies healthy and able to heal from disease.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Listen & Learn to Be Healthy

This past spring I listened to the 2016 Food Revolution Summit created by bestselling author John Robbins and his son Ocean Robbins. At the summit, John interviewed 24 of the world’s top food experts, including 16 medical doctors. More than 230,000 summit participants heard these enlightening interviews. For me they were very instructional and I learned new stuff. For others it was surely helpful for discovering a healthy lifestyle.

For the next week (and maybe longer), the Food Revolution Network is replaying for FREE three of those interviews—In fact, the three most popular presentations from the summit.

  • You’ll hear Joel Fuhrman, M.D. offer penetrating insights into exactly what foods to eat to achieve optimum nutritional excellence.

  • Mark Hyman, M.D. will tell you about the science of nutrition and how to take advantage of the best elements of paleo and vegan diets.

  • And Neal Barnard, M.D. will share breakthroughs in scientific understanding of how to not only prevent disease, but also to expand vitality and joy.

These interviews are available to listen to FREE for the next week.

Enjoy and be enlightened.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

There are 14 million new cancer cases each year with an expected 70% increase in the next 20 years. But did you know that 90% of cancers are preventable?

Natural cancer treatment and prevention is possible.

In the post Health Sites You Should Subscribe To, I identified six websites you should sign-up to receive email updates. Here's another to add to that list: Cancer Tutor. The “Cancer Tutor” website is a product of the natural medicine cancer researchers of the Independent Cancer Research Foundation, Inc. (ICRF). Every one of the 350+ articles and chapters was written by a natural medicine cancer researcher.

If you are in the throes of dealing with cancer, discover your natural cancer treatment on Cancer Tutor. As background, check out 14 Questions and Answers About Cancer that could save your life.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Vegetable Mélange with Tamari Ginger Dressing

When you were a kid did you not like mixing your food? I'll bet some of you didn't like different foods to even touch on the plate? Or were you the type that mixed it all up when you ate? My father used to say, "It all goes to the same place..." so it doesn't matter that you don't mix the food, it gets mixed up eventually.

Here's a recipe that you can mix or not. Those with "do to touch" requirements... well... you can get a bigger plate.

Vegetable Mélange with Tamari Ginger Dressing

from Inspired by Food Matters
yield 6-8 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan

1 C farro, soaked for 6 hours & rinsed
1-2 C filtered water
1/4 red cabbage shredded
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 lime
1 C cooked garbanzo beans
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated or spiralized
1 large zucchini, graetd or spiralized
2 Tbsp tamari
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp garlic sesame seeds, aka Gomasio

1. Boil 1 cup of water and add soaked and rinsed farro. Turn off heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
2. Add shredded cabbage to small bowl with apple cider vinegar and lime juice, stir and set aside.
3. Drain farro and let cool.
4. For dressing, combine tamari, sesame oil, ginger and sesame seeds in a small bowl and whisk well.
5. Divide cooked farro, cabbage, sugar snap peas, avocado, carrot and zucchini between bowls and drizzle with tamari dressing.
6. Enjoy!

notes: • If you did not soak the farro overnight, boil the farro 2 cups of water for 10-12 mintues. Draine and let cool. FYI, soaking overnight makes the grain more digestible.

I hope you are getting plenty of exercise, sleep, and eating lots of plant-based, clean foods. And of course, staying positive and hopeful, which can be getting harder these days.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Making Smoothies with Seasonal Fruit

Recently I changed my juicing/smoothie routine to maximize the nutrition I get. Seasonal fruit boosts the nutrition of your smoothies with added fiber and antioxidants.

First, I juice veggies (kale, chard, mixed baby lettuce, carrots, celery, cilantro, beets, ginger, etc). Then I transfer the juice to my blender and add a piece or two of fruit (apple, cantaloupe, mango, pears, fresh berries, etc) and blend for one minute.

What this combination accomplishes is a highly nutritious drink with concentrated nutrients from the veggies and blended fruit with all the benefits of eating whole fruit.

Adding a variety of fruits to your diet has great benefits. They provide essential nutrients and vitamins including potassium, Vitamin C, and folate. Fruits also provide necessary fiber, which helps moderate the effect their sugar has on insulin, thus reducing diabetes and heart disease. In addition, fruit adds such beautiful color to any meal!

Best to get fruit from a local source and in season, which assures the fruit has optimum nutrition. Check out this seasonal fruit chart created by Shari's Berries showing over 50 fruits by peak season.

Keep in mind that seasonal fruits can vary from year to year depending on the weather. An area with extreme cold or heat could have a shorter availability and growing season. Best to check with the grocer to learn which fruits are in season. You are especially likely to get fruit in season at your local farmer's market.

Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wisdom Wednesday

Turmeric and Black Pepper is a cancer-fighting dynamic duo. Turmeric is naturally high in a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Black Pepper contains an alkaloid called piperine that significantly enhances the bioavailability of curcumin. Spice up your food with these two power house health condiments, which is found in curries and thus many recipes in Indian cuisine.

(Source: foodmatters.tv)

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 coconut 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.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Forget Everything You Know About Fat

Forget everything you’ve heard about FAT…

For decades, medicine and pop culture have told us that eating less fat (and exercising more) is the secret to sustained weight loss, health, and longevity.

Yet Americans are sicker and fatter than ever!

Clearly, something isn’t adding up.

My good friend, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman is on a mission to separate the FAT from Fiction during his upcoming event, The Fat Summit January 25 - February 1.

Register for Free now!

In The Fat Summit January 25 - February 1, Dr. Hyman will interview 30+ of the world’s top experts, as they reveal the truth about fat—and what it really takes to lose weight, feel great, and reverse chronic disease.

Here’s a look at what you’ll discover:
  • Why eating more fat (and less sugar) actually leads to weight loss 
  • Whether or not children should eat a high-fat diet 
  • How carbohydrates impact hunger 
  • The research on red meat (does “grass-fed” really make a difference?) 
  • How wellness impacts the financial health of our nation 
  • The connection between toxins and weight gain How to enjoy healthy meat (with minimal environmental impact) 
  • The best sources of plant-based fat
  • The role of fat in aging
  • And much more…
This event airs for FREE online January 25 - February 1. But you have to RSVP to save your spot.

Register Today

P.S. Forget about New Year’s Resolutions… If you’re ready to lose those extra pounds for good, have more energy immediately, and prevent conditions ranging from heart disease and cancer to diabetes and dementia, you won’t want to miss this FREE event.

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See you there!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cabbage, Apple & Kale Salad Recipe

Here's a great salad that's yummy anytime. It comes by way of Kalyn's Kitchen who got the inspiration from a recipe in Bon Appetite Magazine. I changed up a few items and made it my own based on what I have on hand and my food preferences.

I chose to include sprouted pumpkin seeds in the recipe to add a nutrient boost. These seeds are very high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contain loads of minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as heart-healthy niacin and vitamin B3. Plus sprouting seeds multiples powerful nutrients and unlocks enzymes to super-charge digestion and support optimal wellness. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

Pick up a package of Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds next time you go to Costco. You might also get a package of Go Raw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds while there. Both of these seeds are ingredients for my DIY trail mix.

To cut the kale in short strips follow the technique I wrote in the recipe directions. Check this recipe to see pictures of the kale cutting process.

Cabbage, Apple & Kale Salad with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds

from Inspired by Kalyn's Kitchen
yield 4-6 servings

category Salad
cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
1/2 head of white cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple
2 large kale leaves, de-stemmed
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/2 C sprouted pumpkin seeds (Go Raw)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp raw honey
pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Slice cabbage thin then cut across to create short strips. Add to large bowl.
2. Cut apple into 1/2 inch chunks (peel first if you prefer). Add apple to small bowl and squeeze fresh lemon juice over apples. Stir to coat.
3. Once you have de-stemmed the kale (I prefer Lacinato, aka Dino kale), cut length-wise into 1-inch strips then roughly cut to 4-inch length. Stack the strips side-by-side and cut across to make thin short strips.
4. Add apples and kale to cabbage.
5. Whisk ingredients for dressing. Add to cabbage mixture and toss. 
6. Add cranberries and pumpkin seeds then toss again. Serve.

Enjoy this salad with a nice soup like this Vegan Lentil Chili with Roasted Red Peppers that's on the menu for dinner tonight. My hubby raves about this salad, but then he thinks I'm the Salad Queen.

Just a reminder, use only organic produce for your recipes. Otherwise check the Environmental Working Group website (ewg.org) to see which types of produce are least affected by pesticides. Many people wrongly think pesticides can be washed off their produce—not the case. It's in the flesh and that's why you must be careful.