April 2009


Would you like to Glow From Within? Would you like to have more energy? Have you ever heard of Anne-Louis Gittleman’s Fat Flush? Gittleman has a great program that incorporates three phases of whole food eating to lose pounds and increase vitality. I’m supporting a handful of friends and family with great results. More than 50 cumulative pounds have been shed to date… Interested? Check it out!!!

How do you care for yourself?

“Self-care is essential to survival, it is essential as the basis for healthy, authentic relationships, it is essential if we honestly want to nurture the people we care about. Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nuture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. When we nurture others from a place of fullness, we feel renewed instead of taken advantage of. And they feel renewed too, instead of guilty. We have something precious to give others when we have been conforting and caring for ourselves and building up self-love.”

Jennifer Louden The Women’s Comfort Book

I’m attending a dear friend’s baby shower tomorrow. I wanted to bring something special to contribute and I thought it would be fun to use some edgy and inspiring ingredients, ingredients that might stretch people’s minds… and possibly inspire new relationships with food.

I chose two recipes. The first I came across in Body & Soul Magazine. I followed a Fudge Brownie recipe but modified it a few steps further… I substituted coconut oil for butter and brown rice syrup for sugar. It already included whole wheat flour and sweet potato puree. I topped it with shredded coconut and pecans. They turned out decadent and delicious!!!

The second recipe was from my favorite foodie site – 101Cookbooks.com. Carrot/Oatmeal Cookies also included whole wheat flour as a base, coconut oil and maple syrup. I added raisins, shredded coconut and lemon zest. Definitely a healthy hit!!!

Are you a recipe follower or do you like to experiment in the kitchen? Have you modified a favorite recipe to amplify its goodness? Do you use whole wheat flour? Would you consider a recipe for brownies that included beets or black beans or sweet potatoes?

There are so many fun ways to boost the nutritional profile of your favorite treats… I’d love to hear your successes!!!