MY experience, knowledge, opinion and
some of my favorite recipes
some of my favorite recipes
What's your favorite season? I have to admit that mine is the summer. One reason is, I was born in July and the second, I love the summer produce, the lightweight clothing and the longer days. Don't get me wrong, I like having all the seasons where I live, but once November comes the days get shorter, and it gets darker and colder out.
I just came back from a spa get away weekend with my cousins in the mountains, and the foliage was really beautiful. All the fall colors of red, yellows, oranges does put me in the mood for autumn and the harvest season. The Woodhouse Spa was a nice facility. We each received a pedicure, massage and facial and it was so nice to be on the receiving end this time.
Another reason I do like this time of year is Thanksgiving; it's my favorite holiday. I love hosting my family and anyone who will be alone for the holiday. There's no costumes required, no gift giving, just simply enjoying each others' company, the bountiful of food and giving thanks for all that we have. Every year I try and make something new and I found a tasty and festive acorn squash recipe. So I figured I'd share it with you incase you'd like to add it to your Thanksgiving menu.
WILD RICE STUFFED ACORN SQUASH
When I was a kid, I used to get a kick out of the story The Princess and the Pea. I actually was the princess in the family on my dad's side, since I was the only girl. When it came time to eat, I was super picky and I definitely did not do well with my vegetables, especially peas. Thank goodness my mom didn't make them often.
But Peas can be a great addition to your diet, and they are becoming more and more popular in the plant based food industry who have discovered that pea protein can be a key ingredient in highly convincing vegan meant and dairy alternatives. I myself who disliked them (not much anymore), drink Arbonne's vegan protein shakes which are made from pea protein, cranberry and brown rice. They are absolutely delicious and contain 20 grams of vegan protein. Peas are a solid source of protein. While ingredients like pea protein and pea starch provide protein and stability properties for certain products, they don’t provide all the same nutritional benefits as split, frozen, or fresh peas eaten as whole foods. However, pea protein powder does tend to have a better amino acid balance compared to other plant-based protein powders like soy.The bottom line on pea protein: Whole foods are usually best, but if you’re looking for a good source of plant-based protein that has a decent amino acid profile and a light environmental impact, peas seem like a solid place to source it from
There are a few types of peas that you are probably familiar with: Sweet peas, Green or Yellow field peas, Snap Peas and Snow Peas.
There are a ton of different ways you can use them in your cooking as well, besides the boring mushy can of peas used as a side dish.
I happen to love split pea soup and here's a tasty recipe perfect for the fall.
Creamy Split Pea Soup
4 cups vegetable broth (unsalted, preferably homemade)
2 cups water
2 cups dried green split peas (rinsed) 1 yellow onion, medium (chopped)
1 cup carrots (chopped)
2 organic celery stalks
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tbsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
ground black pepper (optional, to taste)
salt (optional, to taste)
shredded carrots, for garnish (optional)
fresh basil (chopped), for garnish (optional)
1. In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients together, from the vegetable broth down to the dried basil, and bring to a boil.
2 Reduce heat, cover and simmer for one hour or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally.
3 Add salt and pepper, if using, to taste.
4 Simmer for ten minutes longer, uncovered.
5 Cool slightly then, in small batches, puree soup in a blender. Return to the pot. Heat for five minutes. Garnish with shredded carrots and basil.
I wanted to share my health journey with you all incase someone needs help or maybe able to relate with some of the same issues I struggled with.
Back in 2012 I had developed a large lump on the right side of my neck, after ultrasounds and a biopsy, I learned I had malignant thyroid cancer, which led to the removal of my thyroid and 42 lymph nodes. I have been taking synthetic thyroid medication Synthroid ever since and I continuously get yearly blood work and ultrasounds. Not that long after, I had severe pains in my stomach on and off when I would lay down. I ended up in the emergency room with gallstones/gravel and a couple weeks later had my gallbladder removed.
I also have been a migraine sufferer since I was 21. I had been to every type of doctor, tried every medication, Botox, occipital nerve blocks, DHE infusions, acupuncture, you name it. Nothing helped. I accidentally found a functional chiropractor/neurologist (Chiropractic functional neurology is a subdiscipline of chiropractic care that uses a range of advanced techniques to treat neurological and brain-based conditions, such as concussions and post-concussion syndrome (PCS), headaches and migraines, dizziness and balance disorders, peripheral neuropathy, and more.) wh
o did extensive testing and food sensitivities test and found I had a gluten and dairy intolerance among other things. I quickly changed my diet and felt somewhat better.
I was fortunate to have been an Arbonne consultant and had gluten and dairy free nutritional products at my disposal, however I still wasn't feeling well. Here's where I get real.... I have a lot of gas, no matter if I eat or just drink water. I have bloating and even though I work out 5-6 days a week, I keep gaining weight and my clothes were getting tighter and tighter.
I hated how I looked in pictures and just felt uncomfortable.
Two of my facial clients had mentioned how they lost weight, got rid of the inflammation and felt so much better. They both followed a bio-individual nutrition program. I looked into a little bit and decided I needed to try it. I chose to do the 4 week program and the first week is a 7 day detox. Well I've done a detox with Arbonne's 30 day healthy living program and believe me that's like being on a cruise with lots of tasty food choices. This program focuses on what foods you are truly sensitive to, even if they are clean whole foods like fruits and vegetables. You complete a symptoms form with hundreds of possible symptoms on every part of your body. Then a nutritionists determines what detox program is best for you.
Whether it's Histamine, Oxalates, Salicylates, FODMAPS or Sulfites or even a combination which I am on. Who would have thought I would be sensitive to lemons? I love lemons and used them in my water and on my food. But I learned they are a histamine food and when I paid attention to my symptoms my nose ran all day. When I stopped using them, no runny nose.
That's how this program works. Even though you think you are eating something healthy, it may not be healthy for you and could cause digestion issue, skin rashes, headaches, asthma and much more.
So this first week was hard. The only protein I can have is black eyed peas, Yuk!, chickpeas and lentils. Are you kidding me? What the heck did I get myself into? Well let me tell you I stressed all weekend prior to starting and had a migraine the first 4 days of my detox. But I am adapting and I have no bloating, my headache is gone and I have no cravings for anything sweet, cheese or carbs.
I am down 3.5 lbs in 5 days and am looking forward to adding some new food options next week and seeing where I will be at the end of the 4 weeks.
So is one of the recipes I made for lunch or dinner which I love. It's a take from a middle eastern dish Moujatera which is made with rice.
1 cup of lentils (I used red)
2 cups of water
1/4 cup safflower oil
Wash lentils really well in bowl of water. Rinse and add to a pot with 2 cups of cold water. Boil and simmer with lid until it gets mushy. Add oil to frying pan and heat until bubbles. Slice onion in thirds and into thin pieces and add to hot oil on medium to caramelize the onions add salt to taste.
When lentils are done pour onions and oil into pot, mix and let cool on a platter.
I love summer! Not just because I was born in the summer, but I love the warmer weather, the sunshine and wearing light weight clothing. By the way, incase you were wondering, my birthday is July 17th and I accept all kinds of gifts and cards. LOL!
I also love cooking on the grill, eating al fresco and summer foods. So here are 3 salads that I am serving for a family BBQ we are hosting for the 4th of July. The first one is a JICAMA SALD. Jicama is a starchy root vegetable, from Mexico, similar to a turnip or potato. It tastes slightly sweet, but is low in sugar, which is a healthy carb choice. It is a good source of fiber and it's also rich in inulin, which is a prebiotic fiber. Great source of Vit C and potassium. The second is an all American salad; COLE SLAW, which happens to be one of my husband's favorite. I altered his mom's recipe just a little. And the last one is EETCH, a favorite Armenian recipe that originally is made with bulgher, but because I am gluten intolerant, I substitute quinoa. This salad has so much protein with the quinoa, you can eat it as a meal.
Enjoy your holiday as well as these salads. Let me know how you like them.
1 Cup of cooked quinoa
1 bunch of parsley chopped very fine
1 bunch of green onion sliced fine
1 large white onion chopped fine
1 bell pepper (your choice of color) chopped fine
2 small cans of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh lemon juice
Cayenne pepper and black pepper to taste
I hope all you mamas had a nice Mother's Day and you got to spend it your way. It had been way too long for me to see some of my family, other than my own mom. I love to entertain and with our new kitchen I couldn't wait to invite family over. Now that some of us are fully vaccinated, I had a good excuse to celebrate Mother's Day and invite some of my aunts and cousins over for brunch. The invite was well received and so was the food. We started with mimosas; I made a few varieties of GF quiches, (is that even a word or is quiche plural?), lemon poppy seed muffins and I made for the first time a Banana Oatmeal Bake which I attached the recipe below. I also had bagels and lox, bacon and fruit. Of course I made way too much food as usual, so we've been eating quiche everyday for breakfast and or lunch.
But let me know if you try the Banana Oatmeal Bake. It's a great breakfast option, or snack or simple dessert.
I'm learning we all have choices in life. As kids, our parents teach us right from wrong and most of us usually choose the right thing to do. I have been doing a lot of personal growth, including reading and I'm learning we really do make choices to either help us grow or keep us stagnant in our lives. The one choice I've made recently is to get up earlier in the morningA and follow the (MIRACLE MORNING ROUTINE). I do my daily affirmations, read and write in my gratitude journal; I then go to the gym 5-6 days a week. Do I like working out or getting up early? Hell no, but I feel more energized, I get more accomplished and I know I am doing something good for my mind and body.
We all have choices on how we spend our time; we all have 1440 minutes in day. I hear so many people say they don't have enough time. But what are they doing to use up their minutes? You can choose to sleep in, binge on Netflix (not that there's anything wrong with that), or scroll FB all day. But then what have you really accomplished and did it get you closer to your goals?
We all have choices with our meals? There are times when I eat really healthy and I feel great. But then I choose to eat things I know doesn't serve my body, and my body yells at me with either belly issues or a migraine. Like this past weekend I made a healthy dinner as we met my step daughter's boyfriend for the first time, who is a vegetarian. But my husband made a delicious berry tart and I bought some Armenian pastries and I ate both. I know you would too!
But this morning I went back to my morning protein shake - I could have had a piece of that tart. What would you have chosen?
When we think of February we think of the ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil and of course Valentine's Day. We also hear all about taking care of your heart. It's super important to make sure your ticker is tickin' properly. We do that with proper diet (ask me about our 30 Days to Healthy Living) being physically active, quit smoking, etc. But one thing our doctors sometimes neglect to tell us is to focus on taking care of our mind. What we think about we bring about, which means if we are thinking negative thoughts, negative things will happen. But if we focus on positive things, positive things will happen. We can actually re-wire our brains and thought process by changing the way we think.
There are 3 version to everything that's happening. Here's what I mean...I'm in the kitchen trying to prep my dinner early since I have a busy afternoon. My husband leaves the blender and his cup in the sink after he made his protein shake.
MY VERSION: I get mad THINKING, he's so lazy, he expects me to always clean up after him, I am not his maid. This is the story that you tell yourself about what happened. (My husband thinks I am his maid, and he's lazy).
HIS VERSION: In the meantime, he had to get on an important call for work and will clean up after he's done. The other person involved in the situation and the story they tell themselves about what happened. (He will clean up his dishes after his important call; cause his job is more important right now).
Then there is the TRUTH. Just the facts. No story. No explanation. (There are dirty dishes in the skin).
So before getting stressed out, count to 10, take a deep breath and make a choice of how you are going to react.
Stress on the heart and mind is not healthy and we can all choose to let it go. I also suggest, meditation, deep breathing and adaptogenics like InnerCalm
I hope this helps and if you need more tools and tips I'm here to help. Be safe and stay well!
Best of Health,
So we are 2 weeks into the new year and I want to know, have you given up on your resolutions already? I actually don't make resolutions, I like to just call them goals and lifestyle changes. Actually my word for 2021 is CHANGE. I needed to make some changes on my health; cause like most people being stuck in the house for months and then the holidays I was eating so poorly. Things I know that don't serve my body well, like cheese, sugar and processed foods were making me feel sluggish, causing migraines and of course weight gain. But I am back on track and haven't cheated. I am determined to not give up.
I also needed to work on my personal development and stay consistent for my businesses. I am hiring a business coach and I have a few accountability partners to help support me in my Level Up group with Arbonne. Can I tell you how inspiring and motivating accountability partners can be? When you see what progress each of you are making, it just pushes you more to keep going. For those of you who know me, I am not a reader. But guess what, I have read everyday for 2 weeks so far and that is part of my goal to continue to do so.
So, let me ask you what changes have you made for 2021? I'd love to hear them and maybe we can help each other. Feel free to email me email@example.com
Best of Health,
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