Get to Know Your Grains – Yes, even on Passover

passoverDuring passover I struggle to find what to eat.  The meals are typically meat and matzoh based which leaves a vegetarian who dislikes matzoh at a loss for 8-days as to what to eat.  Fortunately, there is one grain that I found to be passover friendly, depending on your Jewish denomination.  I believe if you are Ashkenazi you cannot have Quinoa and I imagine the possibility of being Orthodox, you may not want to have quinoa during passover.  But, after doing much research on the topic of quinoa, I found the Torah prohibits us from owning or consuming any foods which are made of wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt, or their derivatives, which has leavened (risen) or fermented. The flour from any of these five grains that comes into contact with water or moisture will leaven unless fully baked within eighteen minutes.  Quinoa is not one of these grains, nor is it related to any of these grains and botanically it is part of the beet family.

Try this recipe which is passover and vegan friendly, yeah!Quinoa

  1.  Rinse then soak 1 cup of quinoa for an hour, then drain – you want to rinse quinoa or any grain you are cooking thoroughly to eliminate dust and toxins, soaking increases nutrient content and absorbtion.  For brown rice specifically, soak 8-12 hours, all other grains can be soaked 1-5 hours.
  2. Combine quinoa with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 10-15 minutes
  3. Turn off the heat, fluff with a fork, and leave quinoa covered for another 5 minutes to absorb any of the remaining water
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add your favorite chopped veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts, scallions, spinach, carrots or use your imagination
  5. Add a sprinkle of EVOO and some sea salt and/or pepper

FriendsI know that the ultimate Jewish Holiday is Yom Kippur, where we fast for the entire day to ask for forgiveness, but I also feel that Passover is a holiday where we suffer by eating unleavened bread and, although a lot of people enjoy Passover Seders, I personally find I’m suffering through that as well.

This past week I had two “friends” let me down in a big way.  One is more of an acquaintance than a friend, who crossed the line with me, and because she is an acquaintance, I was offended by some of her statements to me.   Another “friend” who I consider one of my best, recently let me down in a big way.

Letting go of a hurt can be hard and Passover is just another reminder to wipe the slate clean. When we feel wronged we think the other person should apologize and acknowledge what they did wrong. When we don’t find  any apology, we often bear a grudge, which is kind of happening to me.

I am finding the best way to deal with this right now is in the following prayer which is found in the Jewish Prayer Book and is something we say during Yom Kippur.

“I forgive all those who may have hurt or aggravated me either physically, monetarily, or emotionally, whether unknowingly or willfully, whether accidentally or intentionally, whether in speech or in action, whether in this incarnation or another, and may no person be punished on account of me…”

By saying this prayer it helps in putting it behind me.  Will I be close friends with two individuals, probably not, but I won’t be holding a grudge either.

It’s never too late to start things with an open mind because for all the heartaches you will find over the years, you will know true friendship that lasts, new friendships that are exciting, and some friendships that will fade away.   For this year’s Passover, I look forward to spending time with family and friends and suffering through another seder, however, I’ll have my quinoa handy to get me through the week.

Take care everyone and no matter what springtime religious holiday you celebrate, take time to evaluate your relationships and see how you are able to improve your friendships.


Home Gym Makeover

For my birthday (and really any holiday) from now on, I’m going to ask my boyfriend to complete a home improvement project.

I am at the point in my life where I’m pretty well established and I really don’t need material items to make me happy, however, I know my boyfriend is always going to ask me “what do you want for your birthday?”  This year my answer was to makeover my home gym, which is basically a small bedroom housing my treadmill, my gym equipment and a litter box (I share the room with my cat Baxter).

Boy did he do a great job, he painted the walls, moved the equipment around and bought me a “Smart TV” which has a bunch of exercise apps on it as well as Netflix and Amazon Prime.  I think my home gym is almost as great as the gym I used to be a member of which cost me $80/month.

I’ve got my yoga studio, my weight lifting room and my cardio area all in one spot!  Which makes the excuse, I don’t have time to go to the gym, null and void!

Here are some photos, unfortunately I don’t have before and after pictures, but trust me, it was not a room I wanted to work out in, now I love my room.

home gym 1Home gym 2

Surroundings are so important, make your home gym inspiring.

Additionally, I have the following products always on hand to help me with my fitness:

Deep Blue Rub

DDR Prime


Grapefruit Essential Oils

If you are interested in purchasing doTERRA products at wholesale prices let me know, just fill out the contact form here.

Do you know Beans about Beans?

thumbnail.jpgBeans are a wonderful way to add high-quality, plant-based protein to your diet.  They are high in iron, B vitamins and fiber, and are versatile enough that you may never tire of them.  Dry beans stay fresh longer when stored in a cool, dark place (rather than on your countertop).  Don’t use beans that are more than a year old, as their nutrient content and digestibility are much lower.  Also, old beans will not soften, even with thorough cooking.  Follow these steps when preparing beans:

  1. Check beans for rocks and shriveled or broken pieces, then rinse.
  2. Soak for six hours or overnight, with water covering four inches higher than the beans.  Small and medium-size beans may require less soaking – about four hours should be enough.  Note:  if you’ve forgotten to presoak the beans, you can bring them to a boil in ample water to cover.  Turn off the heat, cover the pot and let stand for one hour.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans, discarding the soaking after.  Always discard any loose skins before cooking, as this will increase digestibility.
  4. Place the beans in a heavy pot and add 3 to 4 cups fresh water.
  5. Bring to a full boil and skim off the foam.
  6. Add a small piece of kombu (seaweed) and a few bay leaves or garlic cloves for flavor and better digestibility.
  7. Cover, lower the temperature, and simmer for the suggested time.  Check beans 30 minutes before the minimum cooking time.  Beans are done with the middle is soft and easy to squeeze.
  8. About 10 minutes before the end of cooking time, ad 1 teaspoon of unrefined sea salt.
  9. Cook until beans are tender.

WokCooking Chart – Beans

See the following for 1 Cup Dry Beans

  • Adzuki – 45-60 minutes
  • Anasazi – 60-90 minutes
  • Black (turtle) 60-90 minutes
  • Black-eyed peas 60 minutes
  • Cannellini – 90-120 minutes
  • Chickpeas (garbanzos) – 120-180 minutes
  • Cranberry – 60-90 minutes
  • Fava – 60-90 minutes
  • Great northern – 90-120 minutes
  • Kidney – 60-90 minutes
  • Lentils (do not require soaking) – 30-45 minutes
  • Lima beans – 60-90 minutes
  • Mung – 60 minutes
  • Navy – 60-90 minutes
  • Pinto – 90 minutes
  • Split Peas – 45-60 minutes

*All times are approximate.  Cooking lengths depend on how strong the heat is and how hard the water is.  A general rule is that small beans cook for approximately 30 minutes, medium beans cook for approximately 60 minutes, and large beans cook for approximately 90 minutes.  Be sure to taste the beans to see if they are fully cooked and tender.

Lisas PeasDigestibility

Some people have difficulty digesting beans and legumes.  They may develop gas, intestinal problems, irritability, or unclear thinking.  Here are a few techniques for preparing and eating legumes that will alleviate most problems.

  • Soak beans for several days, changing the water twice daily, until a small tail forms on the beans.
  • Use a pressure cooker.  This also cuts down on cooking time.
  • Chew beans thoroughly and know that even small amounts have a high nutritional and healing value.
  • Avoid giving legumes to children under 18 months because they have not developed the gastric enzymes to digest them properly.
  • Experiment with your ability to digest beans.  Smaller beans like adzuki, lentils, mung beans, and peas digest most easily.  Pinto, kidney, navy, black-eyed peas, garbanzo, lima, and black beans are harder to digest.  soybeans and black soybeans are the most difficult beans to digest.
  • Experiment with combinations, ingredients, and seasonings.  Legumes combine best with green or non-starchy vegetables and seaweeds.
  • Season with unrefined sea salt, miso or, soy sauce near the end of cooking.   If salt is added at the beginning, the beans do not cook completely.  Salt is a digestive aid when used correctly.
  • Adding fennel or cumin near the end of cooking helps prevent gas.
  • Adding kombu or kelp seaweed to the beans helps improve flavor and digestion, adds minerals and nutrients, and speeds up the cooking process.
  • Pour a little apple cider, brown rice vinegar, or white wine vinegar into the water during the last stages of cooking.   This softens the beans and breaks down protein chains and indigestible compounds.
  • Take enzymes with your meals.

red lentil soup

Red Lentil Soup
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Yields: 4 people
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1 carrot, rustic cut
1 burdock root, rustic cut
1 cup red lentils
4-5 cups water or stock
A few splashes umeboshi vinegar
  1. Heat oil in a deep pot.
  2. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Add cumin and cook, stirring for 30 seconds.
  4. Add carrot and burdock and sauté for 3 minutes.
  5. Add lentils and water or stock and cook 20 minutes until lentils and roots are soft.
  6. Add a few splashes of umeboshi vinegar, stir and taste.



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Gluten Free Cooking – from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

25-gluten free recipesGluten, which literally means glue in Latin, is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.  It is most problematic for individuals with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.  Since Celiac disease only affects 1% of the population, the likelihood of it is rare, and a lifelong gluten-free diet is necessary.  Some of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity, which affects many more people, include; irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), neuropathy (nerve pains and numbness), autoimmune disease, and inflammation.  Naturally gluten-free foods are mostly wholefoods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, herbs and wild rice.  You can also find gluten-free pasta, cereal, bread, waffles, pancakes, and cookies at most natural foods stores, many supermarkets, and some local grocers.

Gluten-free foods include potatoes, buckwheat, corn, rice, quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, beans, nuts (and nut butters), eggs, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats, and fish.  Foods to avoid when going on a gluten-free diet include wheat, kamut, spelt, rye, and barley.

The larger issue when trying a gluten-free diet is the danger of cross contamination so make sure to clean out all cutlery drawers, replace wooden spoons and cutting boards, use a new toaster for gluten-free foods only, mark containers “GF” on the lid to denote gluten-free items and dedicate shelves and cabinets in your kitchen and refrigerator to “gluten-free food only”.


Gluten-Free Substitute (sub 1 cup of wheat flour with)

  • Barley Flour (for wheat sensitive only) 1 1/4 Cups
  • Cornmeal Flour 1 Cup
  • Oat Flour 1 1/3 Cups
  • Potato Flour 3/4 Cup
  • Rice Flour 3/4 Cups
  • Rye Flour (for wheat sensitive only) 1 1/3 Cups
  • Soy Flour 1 1/3 Cups
  • Tapioca Flour 1 Cup

beginners_guide_to_gluten_fGluten-Free Flour Mix (all-purpose) – makes 12 Cups

  • 8 Cups Rice Flour (preferably brown)
  • 2 2/3 Cups Potato Starch
  • 1 1/3 Cups Tapioca Flour

Apple and Pear Cobbler


  • 1/4 C sorghum flour
  • 1/4 C tapioca flour
  • 1/4 C potato starch
  • 1/4 C almond flour
  • 1 t fine salt (or sea salt or kosher salt should be ground fine)
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1/2 t cardamom
  • 1/4 t cloves, ground
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 3 T chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Combine gluten-free flours and potato starch, sugar, cloves, cardamom, and salt.  Add butter and cut until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.  Add sour cream and blend until dough begins to come together.  Do not form a ball.

apple-pear-magic-cobbler-relish-6Place the completed dough between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper.  Form a large ball of dough between the sheets, and then gently flatten into a square. refrigerate while you prepare the filling.


  • 2 lbs crisp, fresh apples
  • 2 lbs Bartlett pears
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 t cloves, ground
  • 2 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375

Transfer fruit slices to a pie dish or a 9 inch baking dish.  Combine lemon juice and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour over apples and toss to coat.  Combine 3/4 C sugar, flour, and cloves in small bowl. Sprinkle over fruit and toss to coat.  Rearrange fruit to make compact and wipe rim of dish clean.  Place dough atop fruit and gently tuck edges under at 3-inch intervals.  Sprinkle with remaining 2 t sugar.  Sprinkle 1/4 C sliced almonds over top.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  The cobbler is done when the topping is golden brown and the fruit bubbles around the edge of the pan.

Here are some of my favorite gluten-free links:

Gluten-Free Food Blogs

2014 Integrative Nutrition Inc.  (Used with permission).

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Vegetable Cooking Methods Elementary and Easy – why wouldn’t you eat more veggies?

Plants 2Vegetables provide nutrients needed to maintain daily wellness.  If you want to increase energy, improve physically, lose weight and maintain wellness, you need to increase your intake of veggies.  Cooking methods are limitless and the amount and combinations of veggies you can put together for yourself are endless.


Steaming is one way to prepare simple, clean-tasting vegetables.   Steaming takes 5-10 minutes for green leafy vegetables, and 10-25 minutes for roots.  All you need is a steaming basket and a pot with a lid, filled with about 2 inches of water.  One if the best ways to steam veggies is to wash them, chop them into smaller sizes because they will cook quicker, bring the water to a boil, please the veggies in a steaming basket over water and cover, steam until they become a bright color and have a texture that works for you, then remove and run under cold water.Steamer Basket

Some ideas of how to season your steamed veggies include:

  • Add 1 Tbs olive oil or toasted sesame oil to every 2 C of greens
  • Add 2 bay leaves or 1 tsp of cumin seeds to the water
  • Sprinkle greens with toasted pumpkin, sesame, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds or walnuts
  • Sprinkle greens with fresh herbs: mint, dill, basil, parsley, cilantro, scallions
  • Use tamari soy sauce or umeboshi vinegar to add some extra flavor
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over them to add some zing


Blanching, or quick boiling, is another way to prepare veggies very quickly.  Blanching helps to break down the fiber of raw vegetables more so than steaming, which may aid digestion.  Blanching vegetables also removes the raw flavor and brightens up their color.  To blanch veggies just bring water to a boil, add a pinch of salt, wash and chop the veggies, drop the veggies into the water and lower the heat, cook until they become right, and then rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process.  If you like your veggies soft, cook them longer.

WokStir Frying

Stir Frying is another quick and nutritious way to prepare vegetables.  You can stir-fry any kind of vegetables in oil or water.  Softer vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, bok choy, thinly sliced carrots, mushrooms, and onions will only take a few minutes to cook.

Before you start, make sure you have all the vegetables rinsed and cut into pieces – thinner slices and smaller pieces will cook faster and more evenly.

If you choose to use oil, heat a wok or frying pan and add a small amount of oil (like peanut, sesame, or coconut oil).  If you are making a small amount of vegetables, brushing the wok or pan with oil is usually enough.  Start with the harder vegetables like roots. Add one variety at a time and cook them until they become shiny before adding the next ones.  Sprinkling a pinch of sea salt over the veggies draws just enough moisture to prevent sticking and will bring out the flavor.  You may also sprinkle water over your vegetables to gain extra steam and heat.

If you want to stir fry with water, which is what I do, add one inch of water to your wok or pan, and bring to a boil.  Add thinly sliced vegetables and cover, then simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Check out these awesome stir fry combos:

  • Onions, carrots and snow peas
  • Chinese cabbage, mung bean sprouts, and scallions
  • Leeks, carrots, and red peppers
  • Onions, mushrooms, and zucchini with dried basil
  • yellow patty pan squash and mizuna greens with garlic

you can also add:

  • tofu, tempeh, or meat for protein
  • cooked grains to the vegetables toward the end for impromptu “fried rice”.

roasting veggiesBaking

Many vegetables taste delicious when baked.  Baking brings out the very essence of the vegetables, especially squashes and roots.  Place veggies in a baking pan, roast for 45-60 minutes at about 400 degrees.  Try baking ny variety of the following veggies:

  • Green leafy vegetables - Collard greens, Kale (dinosaur kale, purple kale, and Lacinato kale), Dandelion greens, Mustard greens, Chards: Swiss chard, red chard, and rainbow chard, Beet greens, Watercress, Parsley, Dark lettuce.
  • Roots and squashes - Carrot, Parsnip, Turnip, Rutabaga, burdock, Celery root, Burdock root, Acorn squash, Kabocha squash, Butternut squash
  • Fat burners - Daikon radish, Leek, Scallion, Turnip, Onion, Celery
  • Other Veggies - Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels sprouts

Hope this helps make it easier for you to eat your veggies!!!

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Essential Recipe – Power Bites – Reposted from doTERRA Blog – I made these last week!

Hi everyone,

The following recipe and photos are being reposted from the doTERRA Blog site as I had to share this with you.  I made these yummy little power bites last week and they are amazingly delicious.  I’ve changed the recipe a little, you’ll see my notes below as to what I personally changed.

“Life is busy and is constantly on-the-go. These nutrient packed power bites are great for those days when you just need a little extra boost. Great for on-the-go or as a snack, these power bites made with Wild Orange essential oil will help keep your body full of energy during your busy day.” – doTERRA Blog Quote

Power Bites

What You Need:


1 cup finely shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter (I used a crunchy almond butter which added to the texture)
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw honey (I used agave necter instead)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3 drops Wild Orange essential oil


1.  Place all ingredients into mixer except for half cup shredded coconut. (I used my vitamix, be careful because it shuts off if it over heats, like mine did)


2. Add essential oil.


3. Mix until well combined.


4. Roll into balls and coat in the other half cup of shredded coconut.  I put the balls into the shredded coconut twice, and I think probably 1/4 cup of coconut is more than enough.


5. You’re done! Store in the refrigerator and eat whenever you need any extra boost of energy or before a workout.


dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. 

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

Again, this is a doTERRA Recipe, not a Lisa’s Lentils Recipe, I’m just reposting it as it’s easy, good for you and delicious!

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Cleanse/Detox Time!

Digestion ProblemsAfter spending a month eating out of boxes, picking up dinner from a drive thru and having dinner at the occasional restaurant, I feel the need to cleanse and detox from all of the unhealthy foods I’ve been eating lately.   You see, I had water damage in my kitchen caused by a water line break in my refrigerator, so not only did I need to get my floors reconstructed in my condo, but I also purchased a new refrigerator and Sunday was the first day I was able to make home cooked meals that I missed so much during the construction process.

Now I’m looking to cleanse and detox my body from all of the food I was not used to eating this past month.   I had pizza, I had mac-n-cheese, I had bean burritos from Taco Bell and I had dinners from the prepared food section at Whole Foods.

Here are some of the things I have started doing on a daily basis.

1.  Take Lifelong Vitality Supplements from doTERRA

The Lifelong Vitality Pack is a specific set of nutritional supplements distributed by dōTERRA and described in this way, “Alpha CRS+®, xEO Mega, and Microplex VMz® are a comprehensive dietary supplement program of essential nutrients and energy factors for lifelong vitality and wellness.”

These products and their ingredients are described by doTERRA in this way:

dōTERRA’s Lifelong vitality supplements are formulated with potent levels of essential nutrients and powerful metabolic factors for optimal health, energy, and longevity. Coupled with dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and a lifelong commitment to dōTERRA’s wellness lifestyle,™ they naturally support a lifetime of looking, feeling, and living younger, longer.


doTERRA Alpha CRS+® Cellular Vitality Complex is a proprietary formula combining potent levels of natural botanical extracts that support healthy cell proliferation and lifespan with important metabolic factors of cellular energy to help you live younger, longer. Alpha CRS+® is formulated to be used daily with xEO Mega and Microplex VMz®as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness.

Alpha CRS+ Supports healthy cell proliferation and lifespan by reducing oxidative stress to DNA and other critical cell structures, supports healthy inflammatory response to oxidative stress in cells, supports doTERRA photo: Life-Long Vitality LLV.jpgcellular energy by supporting healthy mitochondria and by supplying metabolic factors of energy production, supports healthy cellular immune function, and supports mental clarity and healthy brain function


doTERRA’s xEO Mega Essential Oil Omega Complex is a unique formula of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils and a proprietary blend of marine and land-sourced omega fatty acids. Omega fatty acids help support healthy joint, cardiovascular, and brain health, support healthy immune function, and have been shown to help mediate healthy inflammatory response in cells. A single daily dose of xEO Mega provides 1000 milligrams of marine lipids with 340 mg of ERA and 240 mg of DMA and a blend of plant-sourced essential fatty acids. xEO Mega also includes 800 IU of natural vitamin D, 60 IU of natural vitamin E, and 1 mg of pure astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid harvested from microalgae. The bioavailability of the xEO Mega formula is enhanced through a nanosomal lipid assimilation system and is encapsulated in SLS-free vegetable liquicapsules.

xEO Mega promotes cardiovascular health by reducing oxidative stress and mediating healthy cellular response to inflammatory markers, supports health joint function and comfort, provides important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function, protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain, and promotes healthy skin


doTERRA’s Microplex VMz® Food Nutrient Complex is an all-natural, whole-food formula of bioavailable vitamins and minerals that are deficient in our modern diets. The formula includes a balanced blend of essential antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and an energy complex of B vitamins presented in a patented glycoprotein matrix. It also contains food-derived minerals of calcium, magnesium, and zinc and 72 organic trace minerals for optimal bone and metabolic health. Microplex VMz® contains doTERRA’s Tummy Tamer™ botanical blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and caraway to calm the stomach for those who may have experienced stomach upset with other vitamin and mineral products. Microplex VMz® is encapsulated using sodium lauryl sulfate-free vegetable capsules, does not contain wheat or dairy products, and does not include any animal products or synthetic ingredients.

Microplex VMz provides 22 essential vitamins and minerals to support normal growth, functioning and maintenance of cells, fights free radicals with the antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, supports healthy metabolism and cellular energy, supports bone health with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D, supports healthy immune function, supports healthy digestion, and provides systemic benefits of vitality and wellness associated with optimal intake of essential nutrients

2.  Use doTERRA’s citrus oils in my water throughout the day.   

I typically enjoy using lemon in my water, but I’ve run out and my next order isn’t going to be placed until March, so I’m using wild orange, grapefruit and lime essential oils.

3.  Use a castor oil pack three times/week until I start feeling better.

Castor oil packs are a naturopathic way of detoxing.   There is not a lot of scientific research regarding the effectiveness of these packs although the practice has been used for thousands of years.

What is castor oil?   Castor oil comes from the castor seed which is composed primarily of ricinoleic acid which is absorbed through the skin and into the organs where it stimulates the movement of fluids and encourages waste to be removed from the body.  Additionally ricinoleic acid can increase the production of T-lymphocytes which helps the immune system.

The practice of using a castor oil pack can help decrease inflammation, help with healthy liver function, increase circulation with blood and lymph, improve elimination of toxic substances, decrease pain, improve digestion and assist in many other conditions such as headaches, constipation and migraines.

I purchased my castor oil pack from Whole Foods.  I have a flannel cloth that covers my abdomen (I purchased as well from Whole foods).  I take 2-3 tablespoons of the castor oil, spread it out on one side of the cloth and place that oily side on my stomach.  I then cover with plastic wrap, and a heating pad and lie still for 45 minutes.

4.   I plan to complete the 7-Day Detox program offered through the Strengthen, Nourish, Evolve Program of which I am a member and an approved Health Coach.  You can complete the detox program with me which comes with pre-detox manual, daily e-mails with instructions and inspiration, essential oils that promote detoxification, and an awesome recipe book so we don’t go hungry!

7 Day Detox ProgramTo purchase the detox program, check out this link.

To purchase the Lifelong Vitality Pack and/or citrus essential oils, check out this link.

To purchase the Castor Oil Pack, check out this link from the Vitamin Shoppe.

If you want a longer detox, check out this link for the Conscious Cleanse.  Registration for the Conscious Cleanse begins March 3, 2014, and the cleanse program itself starts in April.

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Healthy skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and includes much more than the products you use on your face, it includes your diet and your lifestyle.

Here are some tips that are easy to implement in your day-to-day practice.

Hydrate!  Your body is made up of 75% water, yet most of us walk around dehydrated.  In Colorado, it is especially important to make sure you drink enough water to not only keep your skin hydrated, but your body free of toxins.  As you become older, it’s possible to develop wrinkles due to skin dehydration.  Staying properly hydrated helps slow down this process and can keep your skin plumper and firmer longer.   What’s the appropriate amount of water to drink daily?  I would say 1/2 your body weight in ounces.  Additionally, living in a dry climate, like Colorado, or if you participate in extreme work outs, you would want to add 8 oz. or more to the equation.  They key is to always have a bottle of water with you at all times so you can drink your required amount of water throughout the day.

For myself, I’ve found adding essential oils like Lemon and Grapefruit to my water the easiest way to get my required amount.  Keep in mind, if you add essential oils to your water, you’ll need to use a glass container as the doTERRA essential oils that I recommend are pure and can break down plastic.

Antioxidants! Berries, beans, green tea, and brightly colored veggies are all excellent sources of antioxidants.  Why are antioxidants important for skin care?   Well, they help protect and repair cells caused by environmental damage like sun damage, cigarette smoke, chemical exposure and stress.  Including these antioxidants prevents cellular damage that speeds the aging process.  In addition to these dietary powerhouses, I also use doTERRA’s Alpha CRS Cellular Vitality Complex.   The supplement contains polyphenols, resveratrol, ellagic acid from pomegranate, EGCG from green tea, coenzyme Q10, quercetin, alpha-lipoic acid, and acetyl-l-carnetine as well as the essential oils of peppermint and ginger which have their own healing powers.

Essential Fatty Acids!  These “good” fats help keep water and nutrients inside your cells so your skin cells are strong and plump.  When you lack essential fatty acids you run the risk of your skin becoming saggy and dry.  The word “essential” relates to something that is not produced by your body and must be received through a food resource.  Foods containing Essential Fatty Acids include walnuts, salmon, avocados, flax seeds, and olive oil.   DoTERRA makes an awesome product called xEOmega.  xEO
Mega provides 1,000 milligrams of marine lipids with 340 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA and a blend of plant-sourced essential fatty acids. xEO Mega also includes 800 IU of natural vitamin D, 60 IU of natural vitamin E, and 1 mg of pure astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid harvested from microalgae.

Cleansing/Detoxifying!  As important as it is to add healthy foods to your diet, it’s also important to detoxify your skin to assist in ridding inflammation.   These foods will help keep your skin clear and glowing.   Lemon is great in water, as mentioned above, raw garlic helps cleanse your skin and so easy to add to pasta sauce, ginger is a wonderful addition to Asian dishes, and of course dark leafy greens added to salad, smoothies and main dishes.

Lifestyle Recommendations - Sleep is very important for healthy skin.  Most cellular regeneration happens during sleep.  Recommendations for getting great sleep include creating some sort of ritual in the evening which includes relaxing activities like a bath with lavender essential oil, reading, meditating and turning off electronics.

Protecting your skin from the sun is also recommended as we all know how damaging the sun can be.  Make sure to wear eye protection when out in the sun as well as using sunscreen.  Even in the winter the sun can show through the clouds.   I like using Sanitas Solar Block, which is made in Colorado and has no toxic chemicals or drugs, but does have zinc oxide and anti-aging vitamins.

The type of skin care you use is also important.   There are two brands I can recommend.  DoTERRA has a skin care line that is amazing and also for organic skin care, you may want to give Pangea Organics a try.   In fact, this month Pangea is having the following special!

February Flash Sale

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MLM – The InBetween

As the last portion of my MLM series, I want to mention where I am in all of this.  I’m at a stage I like to call in-between.

I am not fully committed to my MLM business as I’ve got many other demands on my time.   I’ve got my full-time job at the university, which is an awesome job and definitely my first responsibility and priority in my life.  I’ve got my boyfriend, my second priority in my life, and I’ve got my friends and my family, my third priority in my life.  Of course I’ve also got to try to locate my own personal balance, time for myself, taking care of myself with sleep and exercise and alone time when I can squeeze it in.   DoTERRA comes after all of these priorities.  For me, it’s something I’ve just got to share, as the products have changed my life in a way I cannot imagine.  I am sleeping better, I have less muscular pain, I am calmer, and I breathe better.   Sharing the products comes naturally to me as every single person I interact with always comments on the beautiful essential oil scent, which is why I’ve been so successful with my little MLM.   I think the key is actually not to collect as many enrolments and sign up as many wholesale accounts as possible, but simply sharing the product with your friends and others who could benefit from the oils healing properties, the supplements cellular support and the skin care’s wonderful benefits.

I may never make thousands of dollars from my MLM, but I’m happy that I can do my business in my own way.  MLM is no get rich quick scheme, but if you find a product you like, you want to get it at a huge discount, and by introducing individuals to the product you can make some money back, you find success.

I feel fortunate to be with the team I’ve been placed in.  Although I’ve never met the two women in my upline in person, we’ve become friends and partners in this crazy career called Network Marketing.   We all understand that it’s impossible to make MLM our full-time job, but we do support each other with sharing the great healing properties of the essential oils, whether it’s a class that they can teach, or the one-on-one demos and calls that I schedule, I have found what works for me.

If you are interested in natural health care, keeping your body and mind healthy, and natural solutions to skin care and hair care, feel free to contact me, either by e-mail, or checking out my doTERRA website at

imageI hope this series of blogs have helped you in your decision as to whether you’d like to get involved in MLM, and if you are in an MLM, how to best handle the little hiccups along the way.

MLM – The Good

ImageAs promised, I wanted to do a blog series on my MLM experience.   Last week I focused on some general tips about becoming involved with an MLM.  This week I’d like to highlight the positive experience I’ve had with doTERRA, since it’s the only MLM I am active with.

I know that there are several MLM’s out there, so I’m not sure if my experience would be similar with another company, but I’m sure the information here can be adapted to whatever MLM you might be involved with.


Obviously, the number one positive factor in any MLM is the potential to earn money.  There are several people within the doTERRA organization that earn a six-figure income.   The individual who signed me up with doTERRA is earning over $19,000/month at this point.   She only started a little over a year ago, and although the doTERRA business has replaced her income in any other sort of work she was doing, she is still able to have the flexibility to continue with her health coaching, yoga and Pilates business, all while earning money with doTERRA.

imageMy personal experience is not that of a six-figure income, but I’ve consistently made between $100-300/month depending on how active I’ve been in marketing the business.  Keep in mind that I have a full-time job that’s pretty demanding so I am sure if I was able to do doTERRA full-time there is a chance that I could make much more.

An MLM does take time to grow, just like any other business, so you can expect to put in as little as 5 hours/week, like I do, or as much as 20-40 hours/week like my friend.


The compensation plan with doTERRA gives options to make money with Retail Profit, where you buy doTERRA at wholesale cost and sell it for retail or less and make a profit that way.  You can also refer people to your own doTERRA store that you receive when you sign up as an IPC and if they want to purchase the items at retail cost so they don’t sign up or anything, doTERRA ships the items directly to them and then you receive the 25% difference between the wholesale costs and the retail cost.  This is how I’ve been able to do well with my business.  I have a lot of people who love the essential oils but don’t want a wholesale account.

IntroKit-1024x752The Fast Start Bonus kicks in as long as you have a 100 PV (Point Value) LRP (Loyalty Reward Program) order yourself, then you receive 20% of what new IPC purchases in the first 60 days.  This bonus and the bonuses listed after, are only awarded if you keep a minimum of 100 PV of product in your monthly order (the Loyalty Reward Order).   I find a lot of MLM’s will ask their Consultants to purchase much more than $100-125 worth of product monthly to be paid out, so this is really a great thing with doTERRA.  DoTERRA not only produces essential oils, but also hair care, skin care, vitamins and other supplements.  I have a pretty hard time keeping my monthly order to a reasonable amount because I use everything!

The Power of Three Team bonus works if you and 3 IPC’s under you commit to a 100PV LRP order every month and the total amount between the four of you equals 600PV, you’ll get a $50 bonus.  If you can get those 3 IPC’s to get 3 IPC’s with a 100 PV order then you get a $250 bonus every month, and then you can get the next level to do the same you get a $1500 monthly bonus.  This can take time to set-up, and I don’t know a lot of people who get the $1500 bonus but there are definitely some folks who get the $250 bonus every month.  I’ve only managed to get the $50 with the help of my upline.

ImageUnilevel Organizational Bonus happens each month where you get paid a percentage of what everyone purchases below you, so on your first line you get 2%, on your second line you get 3%, and so on, until you hit your 7th line, and then it stops there.


The training with doTERRA is amazing.  We have a lot of programs that we can enroll in with no additional charge. These programs educate you on the oils, how to set-up your business and how to rank advance within the doTERRA structure as they have several ranks, depending on what your business volume is.   Once you hit one of the top ranks of Silver, Gold, or Diamond, you’ll get a share in the overall sales in the company and that is where most IPC’s in doTERRA make their money.  I’ve only hit the first three ranks of Manager, Director and Executive.  The next rank I need to hit is Elite, but I’ve been doing doTERRA for 9 months now and I’ve still not hit it.

The team that I’m on with doTERRA, called Strengthen, Nourish, Evolve, has their own training that is absolutely phenomenal.  We have a weekly leadership call, we have a website that has info about the oils, how to market the business, class suggestions, and other really useful information and webinars.  There is also a 7-day detox which uses the doTERRA products included for IPC’s who enroll with a kit of 400PV or higher, which is what I did.


Last week I highlighted the fact that you really need to LOVE the products produced by your MLM and use them daily.  I feel that the doTERRA products fill a real need that people have and it’s great to be able to help others with their health.  I have become healthier using the products myself.  The vitamins are super-high quality and really have assisted me in sleeping better, less joint pain, and energy.  If I have an ailment, I use the oils first and go to the Dr. second.  Since I’ve started with doTERRA I’ve only had to go to the Dr. twice in the past 9-months.  Before doTERRA I went every month for my asthma.

It’s Your Business

Because it’s your own business, you can be as heavily involved with doTERRA as you would like.  Over the summer I was really active with my team, and during the fall I had to slow it down, and that was okay, my business didn’t suffer and I was still making money.


What I also like is the teamwork involved with the MLM.  If you do well, the people above you do well also and that just forces team environment.  Where I’m placed, I’m with two people in my upline that I never met before becoming involved with doTERRA but over the past 8-months I feel like I made two new friends, on top of the other friends I’ve made along the way.


If you are interested in making the leap to MLM, you can sign up as an IPC (Independent Product Consultant).

As an IPC you will get the lower wholesale price (25% below retail).  It is $35 to sign up or you can purchase a starter kit and the $35 is waived.  There is a $25 annual fee.  There are free oil promotions every month.  You can find out more about doTERRA here.

Next week MLM – The Bad

Network Marketing is a fancy word for Multi-Level Marketing (MLM)

As promised, I wanted to do a series of blogs highlighting the experience I’ve had being part of a Network Marketing organization.  The good, the bad, and the in-between.  (And for the purposes of today’s blog, you will find I mention PV, PV is “points volume” which is points attributed to a particular item you purchase through doTERRA.  Each item has a Point Volume equivalent in many cases to the dollar amount spent on the item at wholesale, there are a few exceptions, but for the most part it is equivalent to the dollar amount.)


Believe it or not, there are over 400 MLM companies that exist today, and probably many more than that.  I’m sure you all know someone who is either a customer who purchases the items from an MLM company or someone like myself who is an independent product consultant.  Some of the better known MLM’s out there in the health coaching arena are Amway, Melaleuca, Usana, doTERRA, Young Living, Herbalife, Arbonne, and Juice Plus.

All of these companies are organized in a similar manner where the organization chart will look similar to a pyramid.  An independent product consultant “buys into” the company either by buying a kit of products that they can use themselves or meant to sell to others, or pay a “wholesale” fee where the IPC gets their own account minus the kit.  I can only speak about doTERRA because it is the MLM I have the most experience with.   With doTERRA you can buy a kit of product, they have varying prices depending on what you’d like to start out with or you can just purchase a wholesale account for $35.  The other involvement would be a customer that just goes on the IPC website and purchases the product for full retail price or the IPC purchases the product on behalf of customer and has the product drop ship to the customer.

ImageI love doTERRA  and I use all of their products, their vitamins, supplements, hair care, skin care, and of course the essential oils and when I started out I purchased a mid-priced kit which totaled around $650 with shipping and handling.  When you “enroll” in a MLM make sure you know the costs up front, my kit was $550 and I received quite a sticker shock when my bill came to over $600, I was never told about the shipping and tax price.

If you like products from a particular MLM, like make-up from Arbonne or cleaning products from Melaleuca, I would encourage you to research the company to see what type of rewards programs they offer, if there is a minimum commitment monthly to have a wholesale account, and if it’s affordable just to purchase the product you like retail.  With doTERRA, if you purchase a minimum of 50PV in your wholesale account monthly through your Loyalty Rewards order you’ll receive 10-30% back in product points that you can spend anyway you choose, you are able to get commissions if you place a 100PV order monthly and you get a free oil if you purchase 125PV monthly.   If you purchase 150PV monthly, at least within my organization, you are told that your upline will place folks under you, so far I’ve had 3 people placed under me, which is a great gift because I do receive small commissions and monthly bonus because of this.

Additionally, you want to be sure that the individual who “enrolls” you in the wholesale account is someone who you know well, who, if you do decide you’d like to sell the product and enroll your own team of IPC’s has the business know how and awareness to help you grow.

I think there are some pro’s and con’s to any sort of business decision, but here are some things to look out for, and things I wish I knew before getting involved with doTERRA.

1.  Research the product, if you can see yourself making a purchase each month of the product, if the “buy in” is affordable, and if the monthly commitment you make to purchase the product is reasonable then that might be the company you want to work with.   I have a couple friends who are in a MLM where they have to purchase so much product that they give it away to customers and sell it on Ebay or Amazon.  Some people are gamblers who think the more they purchase, the more money they will make by “rank advancing” which is simply not true.

2.  Research the individual who is signing you up.  You may know more than one person with the organization that you are signing up with, make sure you are with a team of like-minded individuals who encourage you, provide training resources and take an interest in seeing you succeed, but not to a point of annoyance.   Also, find out if the company has a policy if you want to move to another enroller.   I know for doTERRA you have to close your account for 6 months before you can enroll with another group.   Sometimes you are just stuck with where you are placed so make sure you research where the enroller is going to place you in the organization and what the expectations are.

3.  Make your expectations clear, if you just want to purchase the product, then make sure the individual who enrolled you knows this.  Sometimes there is pressure to do the business even if you aren’t interested.  You can be sold into making lot’s of money by doing the business and if you just want to be a customer with a wholesale account make that clear.  I feel like many people who are in MLM can drive you absolutely bonkers by trying to convince you to host a party, or purchase a bunch of stuff you don’t need just so they can get ahead so be careful.

book club girls4.  If you want to do the business, know up front how much time it takes a week to get things started.  With doTERRA it’s encouraged to make 2 new contacts a day, 2 follow-ups a day, contact your front line (the people placed directly under you) daily, and to hold two classes a week.  For anyone working full time, like I do, this is way too much to do.  Keep a comfortable pace for yourself and don’t compare your success with others, or else you’ll probably feel very discouraged.  Additionally, some people are great at “enrolling”, so if you aren’t one of those people you need to think about how you want to do the business in your own way, because there is a chance you will get passed over when those above you are looking to place people.

5.  Learn the company compensation plan and strategize where you want to be with the company and how you want to get there.  The individuals who do very well with doTERRA have enrolled a lot of people, make sure those people are on the Loyalty Rewards order monthly with a minimum of 150 Product Points (mostly equivalent to $$$ amount), and consistently contact all those people and train them on the doTERRA tools.   If you don’t have time to train people or follow-up all the time, you might not grow your business quickly.  I am in that boat and I’m actually okay with that.

6.  Just like any other job, you will have sleepless nights, you will have happy success, you will have months where you do well, you have months where you do poor.   MLM is a business, it’s a job you create for yourself, it’s SALES, and it’s NOT EASY.

In next week’s blog, I’ll tell you about the positive side of MLM, again, focusing on doTERRA since it’s the only MLM I have experience with.

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Happy New Year – My resolution is to do absolutely nothing!!!

As the holidays come to a close, we all start thinking of those New Year’s resolutions.  Many people make a resolution to lose weight, exercise more, clean out their belongings, and eat better.   I too have my own New Year’s resolution.  After becoming very ill this past month, it has become apparent to me that doing more, being more involved, working harder, adding  more activities is not the way to go.   My New Year’s resolution is to do absolutely nothing, or”enjoy life more”.

There are things I really need to do daily, like shower, clean my house, eat, and work at the University, but outside of that, I really don’t have any responsibilities besides taking care of my cat and of course nurturing my relationship with Chad.  I don’t have children, I don’t have a huge house, and I don’t have aging parents (well they are aging, but they are in REALLY GREAT SHAPE).

One thing I would like to do this year is update my condo.  Some of you may know that our kitchen floors have water damage from a slowly leaking refrigerator, and now all of our floors are being replaced by the insurance company.  We plan to get a new refrigerator, as we do not want to go through this nightmare again, and for my birthday, Chad is painting and helping me update my workout room.   We are also planning on getting our master bathroom floors replaced with tiles.

My big accomplishment I look forward to for 2014, reinventing my home space.  What big accomplishment do you look forward to completing in 2014?

Of course I have traditionally volunteered in the past, however this year, I feel I need to keep my volunteer activities to a minimum, basically, I’m taking a year off from volunteer activities and any new activities that may cross my path in 2014.

I will call 2014 my year of self-care!

Here are ten tips for accomplishing your own resolutions (excerpt from doTERRA Living Magazine)

  1. Be realistic
  2. Be specific
  3. Make a plan
  4. Write it down
  5. Set deadlines
  6. Be accountable; share your goals with a friend
  7. Don’t give up, no matter what!
  8. Stay positive and make a choise to be happy
  9. Track your progress
  10. Celebrate your success

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to lose weight or get healthier.

Check out the following programs to assist you in your goals!

7-Day Detox

New Year’s Conscious Cleanse (Registration Deadline January 6th)

Want to clean up your skin, check out Pangea Organics!

Grass is Always Greener Moments (The top 5)

After being sick for almost 2-weeks, I have had a lot of “down time” to contemplate my life, and how I became so ill.  I mean, I have my health coach certification, I’ve been using all of these essential oils, natures medicine, which should be keeping me healthy, but somehow or another I got sick, really sick.   I’ve come to a variety of conclusions regarding my illness which stems most likely from my recent flight back to US from London in which I had to sit next to an elderly lady who practically coughed the entire 9 hours, probably didn’t give myself room to completely recover from that, I also work in an office with many individuals who have gotten sick in the past several weeks, which instigated the situation, and lastly, I’m constantly working, not just in my full-time job, but my other two hats, health coach and doTERRA Independent Product Consultant.   In addition, just like everyone else, I clean the house, grocery shop, spend time with my boyfriend and make time for friends.

I realized that much of the stress and busyness in my life has been self imposed.   I’m never happy with what I have and I’m always striving to do more, be more, look better, be skinnier, have the most friends, be the healthiest, make more money, and in general, spin my wheels to a point where they are now coming off. How did I get here?   I think it stems from the five “Grass is Always Greener” moments in my life.

Mean girlsBeautiful girls of high school – you know the ones, with the perfect feathered hair, lovely Esprit outfits, involved in everything from track to cheerleading to the high school plays.   The girls always chosen to be homecoming queen or prom queen, whose lives seemed perfect where all you wanted to do was be in their side of the tracks instead of your own.  Well, recently I did see a photo of some of those girls, and they didn’t look glamorous or queen like, to me they looked like happy soccer moms, quite content to be average.

Married with children – yes, I was married at one time.  I thought, this is definitely what I want in life, a nice house, a husband that makes a 6-figure income, where I can just work if I want to and then when I’m ready to have children I can be a “stay-at-home mom”.  The problem was not so much the stay at home mom part, but the children part.  I never got that “clock ticking” feeling and actually never really liked children.  And if I can’t understand why people would ever want to have children, I certainly should not have them myself.   I fully respect stay-at-home moms, in fact the majority of my friends who have children do stay at home, so that wasn’t the issue.   I guess marriage just wasn’t what I wanted in life so I moved on from the perfect house and perfect husband with a divorce and my own apartment, much happier.

The single life is fun -after getting married and divorced I decided that I would really take advantage of being single, travel, go to bars, and get to have my own apartment, my myself for the very first time, how wonderful.  The problem was, it wasn’t wonderful.  I went to Europe by myself on a Contiki tour, and although I made a lot of friends and had a wonderful time, when I came back I was in a lonely place and broke.   I did go out to bars, a lot, but again, the fun was only temporary and not meaningful and having my own apartment was empty because I had no one to share my life with.   I never regret getting divorced but I can say the single life was very difficult. The “ivory tower” - I never imagined that I would leave my career in the Business School, but after working 60+ hour weeks, not able to go to the grocery store in sweats for fear of running into students, and helping students day in and day out got a little old, I thought, I would like an easier, and more normal job.  No sooner did I get burnt out on my career counseling job, did I find a job in Regent Hall, the administration building of the University campus in which I work.   Well, the grass was and is not greener.  It’s just as stressful as the job I left minus the smiles from the students I used to help along the way.  In time I’ve gotten used to my position of Executive Assistant, much less noteriaty, but I have a really nice working environment, so in the end it did work out.

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My career in nutrition and my experience with MLM - okay, related to the “ivory tower” and burnt out after 6 years of doing the same thing every day, I decided it would be a good idea to become a health coach.  I went to school for a year (with a 2nd year option), to obtain my health coaching certification.   Every waking moment outside of my full-time job was spent on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, learning as much as I could, developing my business website, marketing myself, and learning about social media.  I’ve had a few clients and really enjoyed this aspect of my life.   In addition, I was introduced to doTERRA Essential Oils and became an Independent Product Consultant on an MLM team which has its positives and negatives, and I plan to do future blogs on my experience with MLM.  I thought, if I could be as successful and well known as some of the individuals in my class, I would really feel accomplished and gain that noteriaty missing from my current position.

What I discovered is that my life is perfect, I don’t need popular friends, marriage, children, to be on my own, a different job or to make a lot of money to be happy.  I just need to be.  I am SO LUCKY to have my wonderful boyfriend, a fabulous male diva cat, my Denver family, my Tuscon family, my special close friends, that I can probably count on two hands, my small condo, my cute body and my health. From here on out what I decide to do with my life, personally and professionally is up to me.   For now this is enough for me, for now, I’m happy, and for now the grass is green where I sit (well actually it’s not green anymore but brown, but you get the picture).

Primary Food

Primary food nourishes completely. I wish EVERYONE could go to IIN.


Nutrition is a secondary source of energy.  Primary foods, or non-food sources of nourishment, are what really fuel us.

As children, we all lived on primary food.  Lovers thrive on at the pure bliss and peace they are experiencing, while passionate entrepreneurs are fueled by their work.  The excitement and rapture of daily life can feed us more completely than any food.

Imagine children playing outside with friends.  At dinnertime their mother calls to them, “Time to come in and eat!”  “no mommy, I’m not hungry yet,” they respond.  At the table, the mother dutifully ensures that the children leave no morsel behind.  The children reluctantly force down the minimum requirement, eager to get back outside and play.

At the end of the day they return, exhausted and satisfied.  They quickly fall asleep without thinking about food at all.

Can you remember being deeply in love?  Everything is light and warm, colors are vivid, and life is full of joy.  YOu’re high off your lover’s presence, sustained and exhilarated by the blissful connection.  You float on air, and food becomes secondary.

Think back to a time when you were involved in an exciting work project.  YOu believed in what you were doing wholeheartedly and felt confident and stimulated.  Time stopped, nd the outside world was muted – food was an afterthought.

Now recall a time you were depressed or experiencing low self-esteem – you were starving for primary food.  No matter how much you ate, you never felt satisfied.  The need for love, power, or mere acknowledgement drove the desire for excess food.


Primary Food


Primary food goes beyond the plate, nurturing us on a deeper level.  The four main primary foods are:

  • Career
  • Relationships
  • Physical Activity
  • Spirituality

The more primary food we give ourselves, the less we depend on secondary food.  On the contrary, the more we fill ourselves with secondary food, the less space we leave for primary food – our true source of nourishment.   Many religions and cultures practice fasting to reduce secondary food, opening channels to receive a greater amount of primary food.

Take some quality time to explore your personal balance between primary food and secondary food – which area could use some attention.

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