Monthly Archives: August 2012

Have a heart

What I actually mean is have a healthy heart. Heart disease is the number one killer in the world, both for men and women. Here  are 3 easy tips you can do to keep the pumper primped:

1. Exercise

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Just 30 – 60 minutes a day of moving can help the tinker tink.

2. Mind/Body Practice

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According to Dr. Dean Ornish, his patients saw a reduction in their risk for cardiovascular events. Part of his treatment includes stress reducing practices. Now he had the sickest of the sickest in his study. All you need is a few minutes a day of quieting the mind. Counting breath and guided meditations are great for beginners.

3. Love Your Fat

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The 1980’s was the beginning of the low-fat craze, it was also the beginning of the obesity epidemic. Coincidence – I think not. Who doesn’t remember Snackwells Low-Fat cookies? Yeah I can eat as many as I want ’cause they’re LOW-FAT! I remember when nuts and seeds were evil, and now they reign supreme. Flaxseed (ground!) and walnuts are great sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  Stick to the heart healthy fats and dump anything that says hydrogenated on the label – 0 grams Trans Fat means bupkis as the food industry can have .5g of trans fat and still say it “trans fat-free”.

I know it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutia but using the strategies above are a few things you can do to stay in the healthy heart range.

Did Someone Say BBQ?

I wish I could remember where I got this photo from

It’s how I brand our annual BBQ and this year was no different. I felt blessed to see a lot of friends and family. It’s always a hectic pace when you are getting ready for an event. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down and simmer instead of putting the petrol on at once (see image above). The abundance of food was parallel to the abundance of love. For that we are truly fortunate. Abundance is there for those who want it and accept it.

Speaking of a slow simmer, what BBQ would not be complete without a little homemade BBQ Sauce?

BBQ Sauce
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Olive Oil OK too)
4-6 Cloves of Garlic
1 Cup Ketchup
1/4 Cup Jim Beam or some other Bourbon or Water
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp Chili Powder (optional)
1 Tsp Cayenne
1 Tsp Molasses
1 Tsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Apple Honee
1/2 Tsp Liquid Smoke

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the garlic and saute until soft and golden, don’t let it burn. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a slight bubble, reduce heat. Simmer for 45 minutes.

Putting the fire on all at once is also what I’ll be talking about on Thursday at my Inflammation workshop at Pure Light Crafts & Beyond at 233 Highland Park, NJ. Come on by if you’re around!