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Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa with Bok Choy and Kale (serves 6) 014_thumb


2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 t vegetable oil

1 head of baby bok choy, chopped

handful of washed kale leaves, stems removed

1 cup of chopped portabella mushrooms

1 t ground coriander

salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup Parmesan cheese


Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions.

In a large wok or pan, add the oil and heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Then add the boy choy, kale, mushrooms and the coriander.* Sauté over medium heat for several minutes or until the kale is wilted and the mushrooms and boy choy are softened. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the cooked quinoa and stir. Adjust season if necessary. Remove from the heat, add the Parmesan cheese and serve.

*NOTE: If you want to make this a full meal instead of a side dish, add 1 (15-ounce) can of cannellini beans (drained and rinsed).

(Adapted from a recipe found in “Food and Nutrition”, July/August, 2013)

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Study after study shows how valuable weight training is:

  • It builds muscle (keeping you metabolic)
  • It makes your bones stronger (preventing osteoporosis)
  • It keeps your brain sharp (warding off dementia)
  • It helps control blood sugar (if you’re diabetic)

But here’s another obvious benefit………it makes you STRONGER. And this additional strength is extremely beneficial when you’re doing regularly , daily “life” activities: carrying in the groceries, lifting the laundry basket, picking up your children, gardening, cleaning your house, changing a water bottle on your cooler, or lifting luggage when traveling.

I’m currently in the middle of a move, where I had to be an active  IMG_1086packer, lifter and unpacker. I was thrilled to be able to lift heavy boxes on my own and to never have to ask my husband for help. I used all of my good training techniques and applied them when lifting those heavy objects. And while I did this day after day for several days, I never hurt myself because I am STRONG.

So yes, lifting weights yields so many health benefits. But the greatest gift is that it also allows you to KICK ASS when you need to!!

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We all know that processed foods are not as healthy as whole upset-stomachfoods. If you ever looked at a nutrition label of something processed, you will see a very long ingredient list with strange, long, chemical-sounding words that are not recognizable food ingredients.

Aside from the bizarre chemicals, processed foods affect your digestion.

A great example would be looking at Wonder Bread vs. a whole-grain-high-fiber-bread with ground nuts and seeds. Bite into the Wonder Bread and it almost dissolves in your mouth. This is because all the fiber has been stripped away and so that bread is in a pre-digestive state. When it hits your stomach and intestines, your body doesn’t have to work all that hard to break it down.

The whole-grain-high-fiber-bread is a much different story. The digestive tract will have to work much harder to break down all that fiber attempting to extract the nutrients.  In doing so, your body will expend more energy and get a “workout”.

Clearly this is another reason to reduce processed foods from your diet. Not only does it lack nutrients, it makes your digestive tract lazy.

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Tomato Watermelon Salad (serves 4) EW_258_01_REC

This salad tastes like SUMMER!!!


1 pound red watermelon, rind removed and cut in 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 pound yellow watermelon, rind removed and cut in 1 1/2-inch chunks
4 heirloom tomatoes, halved
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons small fresh basil leaves
2-3 ounces mild fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped unsalted cashews


Divide the watermelon pieces and tomatoes among four salad plates. Drizzle each plate with olive oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the basil, goat cheese, and cashews before serving.

(Adapted from a recipe found in “Yoga”, Sept, 2013)

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Let’s face it……..we all have our weaknesses and for some you, that  imagesweakness is alcohol. Perhaps you LOVE a glass of wine (or two) with dinner. Or how about thoroughly enjoying some fun cocktails when you go out?

There is nothing wrong with drinking moderately. The problem with moderate drinking is the definition of moderate:

“A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.”

For many of you, you are NOT drinking 1, 4-oz glass of wine per night. Maybe it’s more like 1-2, 6-oz glasses? Or 3, 4-oz glasses? (Sorry, but filling up a large wine goblet all the way, just doesn’t count.)

There are a few “issues” with alcohol:

1. Certain food seems to taste better with alcohol: Wine and cheese, beer and chili, a juicy steak with a glass or red wine.

2. There are calories in alcohol, which add up.

3. Alcohol makes you feel relaxed. And with your guard down, it usually makes you less likely to be vigilant about what you’re eating.

These 3 factors can lead to weight gain.

Most of my female clients focus only on the issue of weight gain and alcohol. I, on the other hand, like to zoom in on the HEALTH issues related to too much alcohol consumption. Study after study show that chronic alcohol consumption is linked to disease states. The American Heart Association says the following about drinking out of the “moderate” guideline:

“Drinking more alcohol increases such dangers as alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents.”

So if you are a regular indulger, please understand that it’s not just your weight that might be an issue–it could be your health. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up alcohol. However, a  great goal would be to work towards keeping your alcohol consumption to MODERATE.

One last thing: I was just about to post this blog when I saw an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal called “Alcohol and Appetite: Does This Drink Make Me Look Fat?”. I wanted to share the link:

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