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Create Healthy Habits & Achieve Great Things in 2012

December 31st, 2011

“Change. It’s the most popular topic on the Internet this week. Some folks love resolutions; some rally against them. Some may call them intentions, rituals, goals or promises.” ~Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Cancer.


This week I compiled a list of e-book Healthy Discoveries to help you create healthy habits and achieve great things via your 2012 resolutions. Regardless of which part of your life you resolve to change, these resources can help you get clear about what you want and why. They’ll teach you how to follow-through and maintain your focus throughout the whole year.


1. Unraveling The Year Ahead – Susannah Conway hosts a popular photography e-course which takes people through The Unraveling Processusing a camera as a tool to unlock how we see not only ourselves but also the world we live in. We do this in the simplest way: we stop and look. Beginning with your feet, you’re going to go on a photo safari into your own life to reconnect with who you are, where you’ve been and where you want to go next.

Susannah also created this FREE download for you to write about and reflect on the past year while focusing on a fulfilling New Year.




2. How To Live Your Best Life- Marelisa and I frequently chat on Twitter. She has a fantastic blog, she writes great eBooks, and she’s a true Healthy Discovery. You can download, How To Live Your Best Life, and all the wonderful bonuses Marelisa provides for only $17.95  Click here to view more details





3. The Right Brain Business Plan – Are you an artist, health and wellness professional, educator, coach, designer, writer, photographer, non-profit leader or all-around creative soul wanting to make a positive impact with your entrepreneurial endeavors? Do you dream of making a living doing what you love but find the process of creating a viable business plan like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole? Jennifer Lee knows what it’s like to make the entrepreneurial leap — and how to do it successfully. The key is using, rather than stifling, imagination and intuition. Lee’s illustrated, colorful worksheets and step-by-step instructions are playful yet practical, transforming drudgery into joy. They’ll enable you to define your vision and nail down plans for funding, marketing, networking, and long-term strategy.

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4.  Sustainable Creativity – Learn to use whatever energy you have available, however limited it may be, to maintain a creative life (or livelihood). Maybe you’re someone, like the author, who has a chronic illness which means the energy available for creative endeavors is severely curtailed.

Or maybe your days are so full of the busyness of life that you have very little time or energy left over to pursue your creative ambitions. Either way, Sustainable Creativity could be for you.

  • Keep things simple
  • The 20-minute a day challenge
  • The three-thing (or even one-thing) to-do list
  • Recognizing and celebrating your achievements
  • Being kind
  • Enjoy the journey (or try to anyway)
  • Practical ways of working with your energy bank
  • The magic of saying “no”

The suggested price is $15.00 but you’re welcome to pay as much or as little as you can afford. Click here to visit Sustainably Creative.




5.  The Spark Kit- A digital book-meets-video seminar to help you rock your business… your way, right away. You: are likely sitting on an empire of content, product, services, and prosperity that needs a spark — or blow torch — to take it to the next level. You: want to rock your revenue and do meaningful things in the world. You: want to do it as soon as possible.


Click this picture to order your Spark Kit today.




6. Secrets of Lasting Weight Loss Revealed – I’m a fan of Kat Eden’s blog because she trained with Charles Poliquin. Poliquin is the creme de la creme when it comes to nutrition, fitness, supplementation, and fat loss. Kat Eden takes the knowledge gained from Poliquin and wrote her own eBook. If you want a legit, top-notch nutrition and weight loss plan for 2012 I highly recommend, Secrets of Lasting Weight Loss Revealed for $37.00 – Click here to visit Play Life Health and Performance Coach and purchase:




7.  I Quit Sugar- Are you ready to take the plunge and remove sugar from your diet? You will look and feel 100% better, plus you’ll have that much more energy to accomplish great things this year!

  • An 8-week program that walks you through each crucial stage, week by week
  • How + why sugar is making us fat + sick
  • A sugar replacement plan: tested + nutritionally sound
  • “Sweet” sugar-free recipes
  • New treat ideas
  • A detox + a suggested supplements list
  • A downloadable shopping list of new ingredients to replace sugar in your life

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As the calendar flips from one year to the next, you may perceive your experiences from the past year as fair or unfair, burdens or gifts, triumphs or struggles. Either way, I love this quote by Ali Smith, “In the end, everything simply began.”

Happy New Year!

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Healthy Discoveries Fall of 2011

October 17th, 2011

I zig and I zag all over the place with this blog, which means I pretty much write about whatever is on my mind at the moment.

However, my original mission statement was, and still is:  “To connect you to healthy people, products, ideas, books, events and places.”

So let’s revert back to that mission statement for today’s post, shall we?

Here are some of my recent Healthy Discoveries For the Fall of 2011.


1.  You Are The Best Medicine –

Julie Aigner Clark is the creator and founder of the Baby Einstein company.

In 2004, at age 37 Julie was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2008 the cancer returned and she continues treatment for stage 4 cancer today. She is an amazing woman, mother, entrepreneur and Colorado resident! She recently authored the children’s book, You Are The Best Medicine, that helps mother’s explain cancer treatment to their children in an optimistic and loving way. Julie donates all proceeds from the book to UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Donations to date: $34,600.

If you know a child who has a parent going through cancer treatment this is a great Healthy Discovery.



2.  Lunch Box Awesome –

My friend, Heather Sitarzewski is a talented artist. She has been making Bento Box Lunches for her son this year. She creates a different Bento lunch for him each day and posts a picture on FaceBook and her blog. Follow along, get inspired and start making fun, healthy lunches for you and your kids!



3. The Science of Food Addiction – Can a donut act like a drug?  This is a well produced video by the University of Berkeley regarding will power, biochemistry and over-eating.

Food Addiction from News21 Berkeley 2011 on Vimeo.



4.  Topricin – 


I tried CrossFit for the first time last week. It was hard. My leg muscles hurt for days. As I staggered (literally) into Whole Foods Market one day looking for relief. I stared blankly at the homeopathic cream shelf trying to make a decision. The nice Whole Foods employee took pity on me and gave me a handful of Topricin sample packets.

“Here, try these” she said. “I swear by this stuff, it works miracles”

So I tried it.

She was right, after 5-days of strained muscle pain, the Topricin cream gave me instant relief. I felt 90% better within minutes of applying Topricin.

Hey, I sound like an infomercial and Topricin isn’t paying me to say this. Topricin is an anti-inflammatory cream that is formulated without parabens, petroleum or other harmful ingredients. It’s for arthritis, carpal tunnel, back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, neuropathy, plantar facitis, shingles, sports injuries, nerve, joint or gout pain.

After I used up my sample packets I went back and bought a jar of this stuff. It’s a good thing to have on hand.


5.  My new favorite cartoon. 



6.  And finally, my business coach just posted this on FaceBook. I love it!  It’s too good not to share.

LOOK at the camels first and then read the message below.

This is a picture taken from directly above these camels in the desert at sunset. It is considered to be one of the best pictures of the year. When you look closely, you can see that the camels are the little white lines in the picture.
The black images you see are just the shadows!

Sometimes, our “problems” seem to be as big as the shadows…but they are little. Have a lovely day!

Self-Care For Autumn

September 20th, 2011


Just like clockwork as soon as the calendar flipped over to September the Colorado air started to smell like fall. The mornings are cooler, crisper and one day the high temperature only made it to the mid-60’s.

The seasons are changing.

Personally I’d be happy with summertime year round. I know, that’s blasphemy coming from a Colorado native. Pretty much everyone who lives in Colorado takes pride and boasts about how lucky they are to live in a place where they experience all four-seasons. What can I say, I’m just a warm weather kind of girl!

Anyway, I digress.

As I was researching and working on another project, I pulled Sara Avant Stover’s book out of my home library.

Her chapter on Autumn made me pause.

I was already in the beautiful Colorado mountain town, Crested Butte, by myself when I was re-reading Sara’s book. My intention was to take some time and down-shift a bit as I re-focused my energy. A solitary working retreat, if you will.

But I found Sara’s recommendations so poignant that I want to share them with you now.

According to Sara, “Autumn is a time to gather, store, organize, and wind down from summer’s high tempo and the relentless forward momentum that modern living usually demands.”

Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that autumn is the season to acknowledge the grief and sadness we’ve accumulated but have yet to release. It’s a time to reflect and nurture ourselves.

Here are some of Sara’s recommendations for Self-Care During The Autumn Season:

1.  Allow yourself more time to rest since your circadian rhythm is shifting. This could mean going to bed a little earlier (drink some chamomile tea before bed) waking up a little later, or even taking a catnap in the afternoon.

2.  Indulge in quiet walks through nature if possible.

3.  Let yourself cry when you need to.

4.  Turn to the healing power of prayer and ask for guidance, support, and protection during transition.

5.  Infuse your home or bath with essential oils of sandalwood, neroli or geranium.

6.  Light candles or a fire inside. Or even better, sit at a bonfire outside with friends -release whatever you need to let go of into the flames.

7.  Drink warm water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning.

8.  Make yourself a cup of hot almond milk with nutmeg and drink before bed.

9.  Let go of relationships, thoughts, situations and beliefs that are holding you back. She recommends writing a letter to someone or something you’re ready to let go of. Record the things you learned, the unsavory pieces as well as the blessings that you will carry with you as you move forward. This letter is for your eyes only so don’t hold back, write it all down. When complete, burn (release) the letter.

10. Build stability in your body and clarity in your mind through a flow yoga practice.

11.  Massage warm sesame oil into your head (hair if you’re washing it) around your ears and face. Then work downward to your feet, paying extra attention to your belly (use circular motion there) and the soles of your feet. Use long strokes on your limbs and circles on your joints. Sit on the edge of your tub, or lie down on a towel on the floor. Relax and breathe deeply for ten minutes while the oil sinks in. Take a hot shower or bath, washing the oil off with a gentle soap. This is an Ayurvedic practice that helps to ground, warm and calm you during an otherwise cold and dry season. It draws toxins out of the tissues and into the blood stream for elimination.

12.  Choose heavier, denser, cooked foods to ground and insulate you during the cold weather. The dominant color of this season is white. Add daikon (Chinese radish), quinoa, millet, bananas, apples, garlic, ginger, oats, pears, parsnips, turnips, cauliflower, okra, and onions to your diet whenever possible.

13.  Make the nightly ritual of writing down all the things that you are grateful for from that day. If you sleep with a partner, share your lists with each other.

14.  Create an “absolute yes list”. For example, sleep at least eight hours a night, take a candle light bath a few times a week, go for walks outside even it’s just for 10 minutes a day, spend your mornings in silence, eat simple wholesome foods, meet up with friends a couple times a week, totally unplug one day a week.


After a health scare in her early twenties, Sara Avant Stover moved to Thailand where she embarked on an extensive healing and spiritual odyssey throughout Asia and served as one of the pioneer Western yoga teachers in that part of the world. She now lives in Boulder, CO and continues to teach around the world.



Food Heroes & Perfect One-Dish Dinners

November 30th, 2010

It’s been awhile since I shared some of my favorite Healthy Discoveries” a.k.a. books, people, places, products and events.

I recently stumbled across two great cookbooks.  Not only are they great books but the author’s personal stories are a lot of fun as well.  For me, the positive stories behind the products (or books) influence my selection when deeming something a “Healthy Discovery.”  I love down-to-earth-people who are doing interesting things and making significant contributions.

Without further ado and with that criteria in mind, here are two of my latest “Healthy Discoveries”:

1.  Food Heroes

Georgia Pellegrini says “I hunt and gather myself, and hone my pioneer skills. I seek ingredients that are anchored to the seasons and a definite place. It is the kind of food once served in simple restaurants and in homes by housewives, by grandmothers, by families for generations, and today by people – culinary artisans – choosing to do the hard work required to live off the best their hands can produce.”

Goodness, it sounds like Georgia is speaking my language.

She grew up surrounded by chickens and honey bees on the same land that her great-grandfather owned and worked.  After attending Harvard and working a short stint on Wall Street she left to attend the French Culinary Institute of New York.

She then worked at some farm to table restaurants in France and the US where she found that she was most interested in the foragers and fig collectors and salami makers that arrived to the restaurants with their goods.  She soon befriended them and went on journeys with them, through the woods, into curing rooms, and over the rolling hills of olive oil vineyards.

Her fabulous book, Food Heroes, tells the story of the culinary artisans across the world who are fighting to preserve their food traditions.  You can also follow all her adventures and recipes on her blog, Georgia

2.  Perfect One-Dish Dinners

First of all, I love the concept and title, Perfect One-Dish Dinners.

As I’ve mentioned before, if I can cook something that tastes good with only 4-7 fresh ingredients and very little prep time, I’m a happy girl!

Pam Anderson is the former executive editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and a monthly food columnist for numerous publications.  She has authored many books including How To Cook Without A Book, Perfect Recipes For Having People Over and The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight and Eating Great.  You can also follow her and find more recipes on her blog, Three Many

But her story becomes interesting to me when she realized her life balance needed to be reworked and she left the corporate world.  She lost 40 pounds and started a new chapter in her life.  I love this video with Pam and her daughters.

They sum it up well at the 2:37 mark:

“Being in the kitchen and being able to cook with my family and friends is an incredibly empowering thing.  You’re able to build relationships between people because that’s really what happens at the dinner table.”


When a meal is prepared by you or a loved one with an upbeat, positive mood, the nourishment you gain from that meal will be that much more enhanced.  While this may sound a bit esoteric I believe it to be true.

“Breaking bread” with loved ones, preparing home cooked meals for those near and dear to you and participating in nourishing conversations at the kitchen table is just as important as what you’re actually eating. Nutritionists love to carry on (and rightfully so) about highly-processed-low-nutrient-value-food.  Yet I believe educating people about physical nourishment is only one piece of the equation, we must remember the emotional nourishment that can be gained or lost at meal times as well!

Just like our grandparents and generations before; sit down, eat slowly, choose your dining companions carefully and try some new recipes during this winter season – it’s good for your overall health and well-being.

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast

May 4th, 2010

First of all I want to welcome and thank those of you who recently joined my Healthy Discoveries Fan Page on Facebook. I occasionally post pictures, videos and updates, but my published blog posts are what I link most frequently to this facebook page.

I usually write 2-4 blog posts a month.

My intention with my blog is to connect you to healthy people, products, ideas, books, events and places. I have been blogging for 2.5 years.  Some posts I have written during that time period include;  transfats, dealing with weight loss plateaus and people like my friend Jo, who overcame a traumatic brain injury.

I also share my favorite “Healthy Discoveries” such as Float Tanks, Coconut WaterThe Nia Technique, and Wet Sock Therapy to name a few.

Sometimes I write about my own life, for example;  my struggle with hypothyroidism, a great business trip turned weekend get-away to Seattle, my thoughts on running my own business and some insights I gained while climbing my first 14’er.

In other words, under the umbrella of the Healthy Discoveries Blog, you get a little bit of everything- meaning whatever is on my mind at the time.

So thank you again for joining my page, it means a lot and I appreciate knowing that you’re out there reading once I hit the publish key!  I also welcome your comments on my blog or facebook so please don’t be shy.

And now onto today’s Healthy Discovery:

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show


People often ask me which websites and on-line resources I recommend for reliable health information?

To be honest, those sites are few and far between.

But The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast is one of those rare gems on the Internet that provides top-notch health information.  Jimmy Moore interviews the best of the best in the health industry. You can download any and all of his podcasts to your computer or iPod for FREE!

Jimmy believes (as do I) in a low sugar, low grain diet, hence the name – The Low-Carb Show.  But don’t be turned off by that name if you don’t subscribe to that diet philosophy (although you may want to listen to some of his interviews with doctors about the negative effects of wheat gluten).

Nonetheless, scroll through Jimmy’s podcast archives (he’s been recording his interviews with top experts, doctors and authors since 2006) you’ll find a treasure chest of cutting edge health and nutrition information.

These are some of my favorite interviews:

Dr. Uffe Ravnskov – The Cholesterol Myth

Dr. Nancy Appleton – Lick The Sugar Habit

Lierre Keith – The Vegetarian Myth

Julia Ross – The Mood Cure

Dr. Richard Bernstein – The Diabetes Solution

Gary Taubes – Good Calories, Bad Calories

Dr. Bruce Fife – The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Dr. Jonny Bowden – Finding The Diet That’s Right For You

Mark Sisson – The Primal Blueprint

Sally Fallon – President of the Weston A. Price Foundation

James LaValle – Cracking The Metabolic Code

I admit these are many of my nutritional hero’s.  I have read their books and heard most of them speak at medical conferences over the years; that’s why I’m so excited that Jimmy interviews them for the public to download.

Information is power and I think these podcasts are excellent resources to help individuals create optimal health.  I encourage you to listen and learn.  You’ll gain practical tips that will improve your energy, mood, weight and overall health!

The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Podcast is an amazing Healthy Discovery.  Click on over and start listening today!

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