Flash Sale on Business Kits for Cooking classes and workshops

Here’s a little help for you that you will LOVE….

When I first started teaching classes I was so scattered. I had receipts and recipes all over the place and I would always forget something. Over the course of a couple years and many classes later, I learned what I needed to keep track off. Now my classes run like clock work. My struggle is your gain!

Never feel unorganized again. This kit is designed to keep track of your shopping costs, host information, recipes, packing lists, and payments. You will also be supplied forms to collect email addresses and even hold a workshop/class survey.

Business Kit

Regular price is $67 

Flash sale price is $47, save $20

Sale ends Tuesday at midnight

The deluxe business kit is a bit more beefed up. It not only includes everything in the regular biz kit, but it is designed to keep you organized and help you land corporate gigs. There is a proposal letter, contract and invoice. The survey is a little more entailed than the consumer survey in the basic kit and fits corporate classes better.

Corporate

Regular price is $97 

Flash sale price is $67, save $30

 

Best snack for calcium and Omega 3’s

Great snack loaded with calcium and omega 3's

Seaweed Crunch 

Ingredients

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½ cup maple syrup

1 cup of cracked almonds

1 cup sesame seeds

4 sheets of nori (torn into small pieces)

Directions

Heat oil and syrup—toss in almonds and sesame seeds—add nori and mix well over low heat.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper

Spread mixture on lined cookie sheet into a thin layer. Bake @ 350 for 15 minutes or until looks golden brown on edges. When cool, break into pieces. Enjoy!

 

The best vegan source of calcium is sesame seeds and almonds. Some other great sources include broccoli, cabbage, collards, dandelion greens, dulse (a seaweed), kale and prunes. Your body will absorb them much easier if they are uncooked.

What you Focus on Becomes Bigger

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Every year I get so inpired by the holidays. We can either get overwhelmed or inspired, right? It’s all how we look at things. 
 
For the past two years I have written a 12 days to Christmas countdown. I decided not to do that this year mainly because everyone is so busy they don’t need more to read or do.
 
This is probably the longest note I will send you for the week. I sometimes get overwhelmed with appreciation for you and get carried away sharing the love. 
 

For the past 14 years I have been studying the Law of Attraction. According to Wikipedia, “The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results.”  

What We Focus On Becomes Bigger

I must admit that at first this was a tremendous challenge for me. I didn’t know, before I knew, lol, that all I had was garbage thoughts in my head. I had to clean up my thinking and learn how to get out of victim mentality and get into thinking about what I did want.   

I remember years ago when I had sat with a life coach and she asked me what I wanted. I felt shocked that I couldn’t really answer it right away. All I had been focusing on was what I didn’t want! That will never get you to the place you choose to be.  

I am living proof that you can change your life. I wasted thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours doing talk therapy only to stay stuck. I’m not saying it can’t ever work, and I know I learned some things, but it didn’t really work for me.  

What did work was aligning myself with spiritual healers. I studied Religious Science, “change your thinking, change your life” is there core belief, yoga, joined a prayer group, Bible study, studied Reiki and holistic nutrition. I’m not saying you need to take all of these trainings but you do need to get with the right people and get a plan.

When trying to change your health you can try to eat better but without changing your thinking you will just fall back into bad patterns. You can pray about it but without the knowledge of what foods are good for your body type, it will be like trying to empty the ocean with a ladle.  

We are not meant to be solo. Each one of us is unique and has a different story and a different why. The number one reason to make changes has to always be for optimal healthYou can not afford to be unhealthy.  

What could happen if you discover why you are not putting yourself first and then actually did it!

Some things which may happen…

Lose weight 

Reduce prescription medication   

Gain more energy

Have less aches and pains

Teach your children by example

Have a better quality of life

If you don’t care about those things, quit reading here. :( 

Did you know that your health is also greatly influenced by your attitude? When I was studying at the Hippocrates Health Institute, a facility that helps people to heal from major illnesses. Dr. Clement, the director of the program said, “Two people can come in with identical illnesses I can pretty much tell who will make it and who may not. The reason being their attitude.” That is huge, can you really go another day stuck in your defeat-us attitude.  

I know you are busy, we are all busy. For all of our modern conveniences we have less time. How can we be so automated but be getting busier by the minute? It’s time to break the cycle and start to choose your path, your plan and co-create your life.

With all due respect to the parties involved, my life has not been the easiest. I grew up in an environment of alcoholism, abuse, divorce, cheating and drugs only to later marry alcoholics, liars and or abusers. I had no idea that I was trapped in a story that I kept repeating. I had stress issues, asthma, alopecia, hypoglycemia and even a cancer scare. Knock on wood, I haven’t been to a doctor in eight years, except when I had the bug in my ear!

You must do the work to change your life. It won’t come in a pill or a bottle. It won’t happen overnight or with a 30 day internet challenge. You must dig in, get to the root, make new choices and implement.  

I am not telling you this as a sad sack story or to scare you but you must realize that you are in control of your health. Your doctor can help you but he or she is not you. Health is a personal responsibility and only you know when something is wrong or right. The problem is that most of us have overridden our bodies messages for so long that we can’t hear it anymore.  

The body is like an amazing living computer. You are the programer. If you keep loading it up with junk it will not work anymore.  

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.   

~ 1 Corinthians 3:16-17  

This is a good time to really take a look at the life you are currently living. Is it what you thought it would be? Could it be more? Would you like better health, more money or more energy?

In the midst of the holidays it is really easy to put yourself last.

 

Check out my tips for success. 

6 Tips To Make Your Holidays Count:

Make the holidays this year count !! Here are simple action items to make you feel satisfied when the holidays get over:

1. Keep it simple:

The simpler you make your lists and plans the more productive you will be. Keep lists to a reasonable size. Each day add no more than three things to it. Take pride in crossing off the old items.

The 80/20 Rule:

Enjoy your holidays. Practice the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the time you eat organic clean food, exercise and keep mindful. Twenty percent of the time you celebrate and allow yourself treats. The problem most people have is they do the exact opposite. They are mindful only twenty percent of the time and cheat the rest of the eighty percent.

Holidays are celebrations, enjoy time with family and friends, enjoy the food that your body tolerates. I believe in celebrations but enjoying tastes means matching your mouth and your body. If you can’t eat gluten for example, why eat the cake if you will suffer later. Pick an indulgence your body tolerates. Keeping it simple and being mindful of your choices will make for a holiday that leads to a happy new year.

Surround yourself with the people who care about you. See beauty in everything. Hold your head high. Always do your best and teach your children to do their best. And yes, your best is good enough.

God bless you for taking the time to read this and may you see every challenge you face as a lesson and a blessing. And be assured challenges will come, it’s how you handle them that matters. 
Candida cleanse

Get Ready for the New Year!
January 10th I will be starting up my Candida Cleanse, no you don’t have to have candida to do it, nearly everyone has an imbalance in their digestive tract and this takes care of it. 
 

You can save $70 until 12/31/15

 
Register here
 
 
 

 

Do You Really Need Supplements?

Concentrated Fiber Capsules OR Fresh Salad

Just published in Around Wellington Magazine 

To see the rest of the magazine click here 

Do You Really Need Supplements?

By Sherri Mraz

Did you know that Americans spend a whopping 21 billion on supplements?  I find it ironic being that I often hear complaints about the cost of organic food. People end up buying inferior food only to then buy junk supplements to make up for the damage.

Americans buy fast food because it is convenient and cheap. They buy prepackaged and processed food for its long shelf life, which makes it easy to keep on hand. This reduces the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Even with the popularity of all the cooking classes on TV it seems that people are losing touch with their food. They really don’t have any idea where it comes from or what changes have occurred in the food supply.

Over the past eight years I have been teaching health based cooking classes and the benefits of eating whole fresh foods. It is not hard to eat fresh nutrient dense food, you just need to have the recipes and a plan. Once you master a few recipes and know where you will purchase your ingredients, it’s easy to rinse and repeat.

You should get most of your nutrition from food, period.

That being said, the key word here is unfortunately “most”.  50 years ago this statement could have been “all”, but with factory farming depleting our soils of important nutrients and the introduction of chemical fertilizers and pesticides we don’t get the same nutritional value we used to get from our food supply.

For this reason there are times that every one of us needs a boost.  Maybe you have an unusual amount of stress, have been eating poorly, or just can’t seem to figure out why you are always bloated. This is a time to get a nutritional scan to see what is really going on in your body.

There are times you may need a digestive enzyme, probiotic, an anti-bacterial supplement, vitamin or mineral. This should also be combined with some lifestyle coaching to show how to put it all together.

I have recently merged my practice with a Natural Health Practitioner. We are excited to be able to offer custom nutritional programs and “Healthy Cooking ~ Healthy Living Workshops.”  Learn how to make healthy cooking delicious and easy and get practical health tips. It also happens to be loads of fun!

Begin with your food, get tested and create a plan. In just a little over one hour, you can get customized expert information.

Maybe you have stood in front of a wall of supplements at the health food or grocery store wondering what you should choose?  Your friend told you one supplement helped her and the Dr. on TV said everyone should take supplement “X”.  Everybody’s body is different.  What works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone.  This is where a personalized program and professional advice can help you save money and improve your health in the long run.

Don’t waste hundreds of dollars on unnecessary supplements, another weight loss plan or fad diet. Get information on how to preplan a healthy meal plan filled with the nutrition and support that your body craves.

 

http://aroundwellington.net/health-fitness/

Gratitude is the new Attitude

 

I can’t believe that December is already here and we are already in the holiday hustle. This past weekend I was having a long conversation with my neighbor, we were reflecting on how easy it is to lose your mindfulness during busy times. Well, honestly we were saying how some people don’t practice mindfulness at all! But, I don’t want to be harsh!
 
I am always apauled at the wide spread use of factory farming, GMO’s, pesticides and chemicals that are in our food. I know this subject makes some people crazy. I often hear, “that means, I can’t eat at all.” This is NOT TRUE.
 
There are an abundance of foods that will keep you in good health and you won’t feel deprived or starving. Even if you have let it go too long and you are struggling with weight, diabetes, high cholesterol or the like, you can turn it around. 
 
Those are conditions that are lifestyle related. As much as everyone would like to think that it is genetics, it’s not! 
 
“Genetics load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
 
Today I would like to gently remind you to take the time to slow down, chew your food, feel your breath and be grateful for all your many blessings. Think about what you are eating and where it came from. Was it an animal? Have reverence. Was it a plant that someone had to nourish? Have respect. Is your environment peaceful enough to eat? Slow down, calm down and try having a moment of THANKS. 
 
These simple moments of thinking about what we eat, where it came from and that the earth had to provide for us can change everything for you. 
 
Try to avoid drive thru’s, load restaurants, TV, arguing or negative conversations at the table. Try packing a lunch and maybe walking outside with it. There are so many ways we can get back to REVERENCE. 
 
The world can’t continue on mass consumerism. Let’s do our part to use less, eat less and be grateful. 
 
When I was a child my “Nana” would always tell me to chew each bite 50 times. You can’t chew 50 times without being mindful! 
 
My brother and I would giggle as we watched her counting. All these many years later I am confronted with this information time and time again. It seems she wants to continue to remind me through other ways now. It’s apparent she was really right and I am always grateful for the reminders. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter. I am always honored to share with you whether it is in a yoga class, private session, nutrition coaching, cooking class, or even right here. I have grown and learned from each of you as I hope you have grown from me. Reach out if you have a question or comment, I always love to hear from you. 
 

Chewing and Mindfulness
When it comes to increased health, it’s not just what we eat but how we eat. Digestion actually begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva break down food. 
 
To many of us rush through the whole eating experience, barely acknowledging what we’re putting in our mouths. We eat while distracted-working, reading, talking and watching television-and swallow our food practically whole. 
 
On average we chew each bite only eight times. It’s no wonder that many people have digestive problems.
 
There are many great reasons to slow down and chew… 
 
Saliva breaks down food into simple sugars, creating a sweet taste. The more we chew, the sweeter our food becomes, so we don’t crave those after-meal sweets.
 
Chewing reduces digestive distress and improves assimilation, allowing our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from each bite of food. 
 
More chewing produces more endorphins, the brain chemicals responsible for creating good feelings. 
 
It’s also helpful for weight loss, because when we are chewing well, we are more apt to notice when we are full. 
 
In fact, chewing can promote healing, circulation, enhance immunity, increase energy, endurance, improve skin health and stabilize weight.
  
 
Sometimes even with all the chewing our digestive process still isn’t working properly. If this problem occurs we will have poor digestion and there will be too much undigested food causing too much Candida bacteria.
 
I know this is a time for partying and overeating but if you decide that you don’t want to be in that camp this holiday season you can join our 10 Day Elimination Diet with the 14 Day Candida Cleanse or start small with the 3 Day Detox.  
 
We will educate you on proper eating and help you fix the digestion and unhealthy eating habits. Why not get started this year on the right foot?!
 
This Candida Cleanse is intended to give the average person that doesn’t have a major issue a 10 day elimination diet.
 
Followed by another 14 days of clean eating to starve the excess Candida
 
A kit of 6 packets of capsules a day, 
(3 packs of herbs and supplements to kill off the yeast and support the immune system and 3 to be taken in between meals of enzymes which break down the yeast coat to make it easier for the herbs to work as well as aiding digestion).  
 
Along with a Probiotic taken to replenish the gut flora with good bacteria to replace the Candida and get things back in balance.
 
We are also providing a follow up eating plan to follow the 14 day cleanse kitso all in all this program will encompass about 6 weeks total if someone follows the pre and post kit suggested plans.  
 
Our hopes are that people participating in the Cleanse will feel so good after eating this way for over a month that they will adopt this new healthier way of eating.
 
We also strongly suggest that if someone has a lot of health issues or feels this general program may not be enough, that they come in for a personal consultation to address their issues and make a personalized plan. This can also be done long distance by phone. 
 
 
 
Sign up and receive your ebook with the plan layed out and the products within a week. 
 
This challenge is called candida cleanse but I can assure you everyone can benefit from it. 
 
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Cleanse Options

The 14 Day Committment is a more directed cleanse which targets the issue of yeast overgrowth. This is the ultimate cleanse which can be used by everyone although it targets candida. 14-Day Kicking Candida Cleanse (About 6 weeks in total duration)

For more info or to register click here

The not yet ready to commit choice is more of a starter cleanse with a 3 Day Bliss Detox (about 2 weeks in total duration), Chose this if you don’t want to use any products.

For more info or to register click here

As we approach the holiday’s it is important to not be hard on yourself. 

There will be a Facebook support group and Homework suggestions. We look forward to sharing this journey towards better health with you. 

 
 

Vegan Stew

Vegan Stew

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium onion course chopped 

3 stalks celery chopped

2 or 3 carrots course chopped

1 cup mushrooms sliced

3 red potatoes large cubed

3 cloves garlic

1/2 brick organic extra firm tofu 

2 Tbsp brown rice flour

1/2 cup red wine

1 cup water

1/2 cup garbanzo beans

Sea Salt and pepper

Fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Wrap tofu in towel to draw out water
  2. Heat olive oil in dutch oven or skillet
  3. Press tofu into flour and then brown in skillet, remove from pan once browned on both sides and set aside
  4. Sauté onions for a few minutes
  5. Add carrots and celery
  6. Add potatoes and saute
  7. I alternate adding wine and water as needed so it doesn’t burn
  8. Add mushrooms and garlic, now it’s really starting to smell good! Go ahead and add a little more wine :)
  9. Throw in the garbanzo beans
  10. Add the tofu back in
  11. Add the rest of the water and wine, you can add more if needed
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  13. Top with minced fresh parsley

Oatmeal and Protein Peanut Butter Balls

peanut butter protein balls

 

1/2 cup natural peanut or other nut butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

pinch sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 tsp chia seeds

2 -3 tbls vanilla protein powder 

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Melt peanut butter, maple syrup and salt together over low heat until smooth
  2. Remove from heat and stir in oatmeal, protein powder, almonds and vanilla
  3. Let cool completely
  4. Fold in chocolate chips 
  5. Form into balls and roll in chia seeds 

Can add coconut flakes, almonds, walnuts, or flax, whatever you like.

These snacks are loaded with protein, great for pre or post workouts and even breakfast. I throw a few in my sons lunch box to avoid the afternoon slump. 

If you are interested in getting a good quality protein powder visit Natures Sunshine, you can get it at distributors cost as well. Please add my member number 3453229. Thank you 😉 

 

Roasted Root Vegetables


Roasted vegetables, closeup view

 Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25-35 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients:
1 sweet potato
2 parsnips
2 carrots
2 turnips or 1 large rutabaga
1 daikon radish (or substitute/add in your favorites, like squash)
olive oil
salt and pepper
herbs: rosemary, thyme or sage (fresh if possible)
 
Directions:
1.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.   Wash and chop all vegetables into large bite-sized pieces.
3.   Place in a large baking dish with sides. 
4.   Drizzle with olive oil; mix well to coat each vegetable lightly with oil.
5.   Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. 

 
Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking.
Note: Any combination of vegetables will work. Roasting only one kind of vegetable also makes a nice side dish.