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Dip Your Bread in This ~ Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Garlic Infused Olive Oil and Home-made Bread

Before you slather your bread with butter or schmere your bagel with cream cheese consider wonderfully fragrant garlic infused extra virgin olive oil. Recent studies that find the Mediterranean Diet can help prevent heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease suggest increasing your olive oil consumption and using olive oil in lieu of other fats. I have always been a strong advocate of using high quality extra virgin olive oil for most of your cooking needs, you can read more about that here.

Garlicky Extra Virgin Olive Oil for dipping

1 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Combine the garlic and oil in a small sauce pan, cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes until the oil is quite warm (about 145°F). Heating the oil to a higher temperature may destroy some of the more delicate aromatics of the oil so be careful not to do that. Remove the garlic from the oil and store at room temperature and consume within a week. You can add dry herbs to this oil once the oil has cooled and I love to grate fresh parmigiano into the oil right before I dunk my bread in to it. Enjoy!

Guacamole for Radiant Skin

Often we purchase expensive creams and other potions to make our skin look radiant and youthful. To get that radiant youthful look you need to start from the inside. The foundation to beautiful skin is what you eat. This guacamole recipe is not only delicious and a huge hit at our parties and gatherings but it provides your body with the essential fatty acids to get that glow and dewy look us women want. Serve this up with low-glycemic cucumber chips to add silica and vitamin C to your skin care regimen.  You can learn more tips to healthy skin by signing up for my FREE Sexy Skin Care Tele-class.

Yield 2-4 servings

Prep time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice if you prefer)
  • 2 Tbsp finely diced red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp finely diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic mashed to a paste with a pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and mash it with the back of a spoon, leave it a little chunky. Add the lime juice, red pepper, red onion, mashed garlic, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and Enjoy. Guacamole is best enjoyed immediately after it is made. To make it low glycemic serve with cucumber slices.

FREE Sexy Skin Care Tele-class

My next teleclass will be all about radical sexy skin care designed just for you so you can go out into the world gracefully, confidently, and with self-assurance. I will show you how you can maintain or regain your youthful glow and energy so you can take on the world and share your talents and wisdom. I take a holistic approach when I work with my clients. True health and well-being starts with nourishing your body and soul. Vibrant glowing skin, with minimal wrinkles and fine lines, starts with your diet. When you optimally nourish your body, you will be able to go through the change feeling and looking your best.

OK let’s talk about skin care designed specifically for women in the prime of their lives since that is why you are here. A women’s skin is her window to the world. We are judged by the appearance of our skin and we are our harshest critic when we look in the mirror.

Remember that every season of the year has its own special beauty and wisdom. The same is true for the seasons of your life. When you answer the call to come home to yourself during menopause, you will have inner glow. Beauty is NOT just skin deep. Don’t buy into the notion that only the youthful are beautiful. It’s a woman’s enthusiasm for her life, her self-acceptance, and a sense of fun that makes her attractive. Beauty is within and shows on the outside. Beauty is easily attained and maintained with the easy tips and strategies that I am going to share with you during the tele-class. This is just a sampling of the strategies I share with my clients.

Menopause is a time for renewal and introspection. It’s a time for you to assess your life and decide where you want to go during your second act. Taking care of yourself so that you can realize your dreams is the first step. Fortunately, taking care of your skin by following what I am going to share with you is also a vehicle for taking care of your whole self. My approach is natural and holistic.

One of the most distressing parts of midlife is watching your skin begin to sag and get a “crepey” look. There’s a great deal that you can do to both preserve the health of your midlife skin and even heal some of the damage that has already been done. By following the tips I will share on the call, you will not only improve your appearance but you will also improve your health because what is good for the skin is also good for your entire body and being.

First let’s get a primer on the largest organ in your body: Your skin! Read more »

Will I Ever Sleep Again?

Being tired and having low energy is not inevitable as you get older.  You have dreams and a full life waiting for you. Don’t let lack of sleep interfere with enjoying and living the life you want to create. You have a bucket list and a sense of purpose you want to accomplish. Energy and vitality are essential to having loving relationships, a fulfilling career, creativity, and inspiration.

Many things contribute to being tired and having low energy. One of the most critical aspects of feeling better and having more energy is getting enough sleep.  Not only how much you sleep but the quality of sleep you get is critically important as well. There are so many factors involved in good quality sleep that it will be impossible to discuss them all here, but here are a few things that could help:

  • Avoid caffeine after 3 PM
  • Stop drinking fluids two hours before bedtime
  • Limit evening activities a few hours before bedtime
  • Create relaxing nighttime rituals
  • Make sure your bedroom is cool and dark
  • Maintain regular bed and wakeup times even on the weekend
  • Reduce stress with meditation, yoga, and exercise
  • Maximize your nutrition with diet and supplementation

The most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies that impact a good night’s sleep are Vitamins D and B-12 and Magnesium. Vitamins D and B-12 are essential for a properly functioning body. Pain and fatigue are symptoms of  low Vitamin D and B-12. Supplementing these two vitamins will quickly impact how you feel.

Magnesium is a mineral most of us don’t get enough of. When your diet is low in magnesium, you have a hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep. Restless legs is another sign that you need more magnesium in your diet.  Magnesium is utilized in every muscle and organ of the body and is critically important in energy production in the cells.  Foods high in magnesium are green leafy vegetable, whole grains, and nuts which may be why diets containing these items are associated with good health.

Sleep is one of the many lifestyle topics we tackle when working with our clients. Without a good night’s rest you will not have good health. Without good health you cannot live the life you want. We coach our client’s to better health and better living with delicious food and recipes customized for your needs and taste. Small diet and lifestyle changes can double your energy and help you get the sleep you need, so you can feel years younger.

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The Season for Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. Yeah, the food is definitely a big plus but I also love the idea of being thankful. Thankfulness or gratitude has the ability to transform your life.

Modern life is stressful and busy, busy, busy. We all work hard for ourselves and for our families. In our quest to achieve, we take for granted our successes and perhaps even those we love. Mantras like “winner takes all”, “I’ve worked hard and I deserve what I have” express common beliefs in our society. People used to give thanks on a daily basis for having food on their tables. As food became more easily obtained we stopped saying thank you at the dinner table. Lately, many people are finding it harder to put food on the table and perhaps because of this we are having a resurgence of gratitude. Google gratitude and you’ll see how much it’s being talked about.

During the holiday season we run around like nuts trying to plan menus, buy and prepare food, buy gifts, not to mention clean our houses. There seems to be an endless list of things to do. While running around we are stressed and encounter other stressed people. Makes for some interesting interactions doesn’t it? Often it’s all we can do to get home in one piece and with our peace of mind intact.

Practicing gratitude can calm you and keep you in touch with why you are running around. By having a regular practice of gratitude you can keep your equilibrium and enjoy the holiday more. Not only will you enjoy the holiday season but if you can keep up the practice after the holidays your life will be transformed. Studies have shown that having gratitude is essential to a happy and healthy life. Grateful people are not only happier but experience less stress and depression and are more satisfied with their life and their relationships.

Tips on how to practice gratitude:

  • Every night before you go to bed have a journal ready to write down everything you were thankful for earlier.
  • Wake up in the morning and think quickly about 3 things you are grateful for.
  1. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.
  2. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  3. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  4. Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  5. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.This is one breath.
  6. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
  7. Afterwards think of something you are thankful for.

Give some or all of these tips a try. If you make the effort to regularly practice gratitude, I promise your life will be transformed and you WILL be happier.