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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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Pinterest Fun And The Winter Holidays

November 27th, 2011

So, have you jumped onto the Pinterest bandwagon yet? I first wrote about it here and I have pinned over 1,152 pins since then. I love Pinterest.

In case you’re not familiar with Pinterest, (Pin Your Interest), it is an endless source of on-line inspiration and creativity. You will find images, quotes and ideas that will inspire you to cook, take pictures, create DIY home projects and crafts, decorate, travel, stay healthy, spark humor and wisdom in your life and much, much more. Here are some of my recent Discoveries via Pinterest for this holiday season.


Food Ideas For Your Holiday Party


Chicken strips wrapped in bacon and lightly brushed with a honey mustard marinade.

Grilled zucchini rolls with herbed goat cheese & kalamata olives.

Goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios.

Tomato, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and a tooth pick. Fun and Simple!

Little cherry pies in muffin tins. Cute, small portion sizes!

Tealight candles placed inside apples to illuminate your house.


Cleaning And Storing Food For Your Holiday Party

Mattress cleaning for your overnight house guests. Pour about 1 cup of baking soda into a mason jar and drop in 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Put on the lid and shake up the jar. Using a kitchen strainer sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the mattress and let it sit for an hour or more. Using the hose end of your vacuum and an upholstery attachment, thoroughly vacuum the mattress. Bye, bye dust mites and other nasty things. The baking soda helps draw up any moisture and deep dirtiness. It deodorizes and leaves the mattress smelling fresh and clean. There is a faint scent of lavender left by the essential oil.

The “miracle” of baking soda and peroxide. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in a bowl…..add enough peroxide to make a paste. Rub on with fingers or sponge. Cleans EVERYTHING! Stove, oven, pans, stainless steel appliances, even the white handles of the refrigerator door.

Heat a bowl of water and vinegar for 5 minutes in the microwave, the steam will dissolve stuck on stains. Simply wipe off. Genius!

Scoop ice cream into baking cups before the party and put in the freezer. When cake is served bring out the pre-made scoops. (Great idea instead of all the time consuming scooping in the middle of a party!) And helps reduce portion size.

Store lettuce in glass jars in the refrigerator. Keeps it fresh longer.

Large lemon/lime ice cubes. Perfect for a holiday punch.



Make The Holiday Party Fun For Kids Too!


Gratitude does not have to be limited to Thanksgiving: Each person writes down something they are grateful for before the holiday party. Type them up and roll into the dinner rolls. It is fun to find them all – even more fun to guess who they belonged to. This tradition will be a keeper!

A fun holiday lunch for the kids, without the bread. Apples, raisins, nut butter.

Healthy snacks and hors d’oeuvres for the kids served in muffin tins.

So simple but clever – S’mores Pops. Marshmallows on a stick, dipped in melted chocolate and rolled in crushed graham crackers (I would use gluten-free graham crackers, of course!)

Reindeer sugar cookies. I know sugar isn’t healthy, but realistically we all eat it at some point so why not make it fun and pretty.

Use rubber stamps for different and unique sugar cookie designs.

Chore Magnets – love this idea – each child can pick their chores, with a dollar value incentive to help mom and dad get ready for the party. Genius!

Do you have a house full of restless and bored kids this holiday season? Have them try this!

A Calm Down Jar. Shake the jar and the child has to watch the jar until the glitter settles. This can come in handy during the long winter school break when cabin fever sets in.

And finally, here is a Relaxing Bath Recipe for after the party, holiday.

2 Cups Epsom Salts

2 Cups Baking Soda

2 Cups Sea Salt

5 Tbsp Ground Ginger

1 Cup Vinegar

Combine dry ingredients, storing in a closed container. At bath time add 1 cup off dry ingredient mix and 1 cup vinegar to hot running water. Optional: add several drops of your favorite essential oil. Enjoy!


* Epsom Salts draw toxins from the body relieving aches and pains.

* Baking Soda balances an over acidic system, refreshing, energizing and softening the skin.

* Sea Salt soothes and heals.

* Ground Ginger increases circulation.

* Vinegar soothes and softens skin


If you don’t know anyone who is currently on Pinterest and you’d like to join, email me ( and I’ll send you an invite.


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!

Life Isn’t About Finding Yourself, Life Is About Creating Yourself

May 14th, 2011

Last month I met some of my Denver, Boulder blogger friends for lunch.  After lunch we went to Lovely Confections for dessert (because they make gluten-free cupcakes).

This sign was hanging behind their counter.

Can we all just give one big collective Booyah! cheer for Julia Child.

Anyway I digress…

During that said blogger luncheon a fellow Denver blogger told me about Pinterest, as in “Pin Your Interest.”  It is a virtual pinboard – a place where you can collect and collage your ideas.  Every couple days I go to Pinterest because there is a constant stream of new inspiration and images.  You can create as many boards (themes) as you like.


One board I created is quotes that resonate with me.




Then I created a board of fun ideas.  No surprise that a lot of what I “pin” has to do with food.



Here are some kitchen window herbs in tea tins and a fun baby shower idea that I “pinned”.


I also started “pinning” things that I had in my childhood.


This was my 2nd grade lunch box and thermos.  I completely forgot about it until I saw it on Pinterest one day.


Then I “pin” the funny.



And the serious. is a great place to collect ideas.  Do you want to reinvigorate your Career? Relationships? Health?  Then start visioning (pinning) pictures and phrases on a Pinterest Board. It’s one of the best Healthy Discoveries I’ve come across this year.

Are you redecorating your home?  Preparing for a new baby?  Look to Pinterest for unique ideas. Or maybe you desire more relaxation in your life.  Pin those relaxing images!

Do you want to travel somewhere special?   Pin it!  Do you want to cook healthy food?  Pin that too. How about exercise your way to a healthy body?  Pin, Pin, Pin.  The options are endless.

When we pay attention to our desires, our daily energy levels increase. And embracing your desires will sustain your health!

Dale Carnegie encouraged people to create clear pictures in their mind of exactly what they want otherwise…

I used to cut images out of magazines when I wanted to create and collect ideas, today I use Pinterest.  It is so much fun!

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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