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Homemade Coconut Milk

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Do you love coconut milk as much as I do?  Having grown up in Venezuela, there are few flavors that feel more homey and indigenous to my upbringing than coconut. Perhaps plantains and mango are steep competitors! However, I do not buy coconut milk at the store for several reasons. First and foremost, the processed coconut milk that we find in stores usually has many other additives that I am not interested in consuming (thickeners, gums, sweeteners, etc.) If it’s a…
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Golden Miracle Drink

turmeric drink

Surely by now, you’ve likely heard of the many benefits of turmeric. Adding turmeric to your diet and supplements on a regular basis is a powerfully healing practice. Before we get to the recipe itself, let’s just review some of the powerful effects turmeric can have (as proven by vast amounts of research): It helps prevent and treat cancer It helps prevent cardiovascular disease It has shown to ameliorate auto-immune conditions (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease) because of its…
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Walnut Sauce

Walnut sauce

I mentioned this walnut sauce in a previous post and was asked to share the recipe.  I got this recipe from one of Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbooks. She is a well-known Indian cook, author and TV personality. The walnut sauce tastes like a vegan version of a hollandaise sauce.  It’s quite tasty with broccoli or any veggie you like. Ingredients 1/2 cup shelled walnuts 5 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt or to taste 1/4 cup…
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Turnip-Leek Soup

Turnip Leek soup

This is a spin on potato-leek soup and I think I like this one better.  There are two reasons why you may want to opt for turnips instead of potatoes.  The first one is that potatoes are starchier and would have about 3 times higher carbohydrate count than turnips.  The second reason is that potatoes are in a class of foods called “nightshades”, which are known to promote inflammation in some people. If nothing else, this soup is a nice little variation to the…
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Carrot-ginger-orange soup

Carrot ginger orange soup

This is a lovely, warming soup.  The sweetness of the carrots is balanced by the orange juice that also tames down the ginger kick. Ingredients 1 lb carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks 1 inch slice ginger, peeled minced 2 medium onions or 4 shallots, peeled and minced 4 cups organic broth (chicken or vegetable) 2-3 oranges, juiced 1/2 tsp orange zest 2 tbsp coconut oil Salt and pepper to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil in a stock…
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Making skin care products on live television!

WCAX skin care demo

I was invited to do a segment on the local morning news show yesterday. We talked about winter skin issues and how to create a few simple home-made skin-care products. WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- You can also watch it on the WCAX website here: Recipes: Skin brushing: Follow your dry skin brushing by applying an oil to your skin.  Use an edible oil like coconut, almond, olive or avocado. Immediately afterward, shower but do not remove…
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Cooking with ease: Roasted veggies

Roasted root veggies & broc with sauce

I have a confession to make: I don’t like cooking. Well, I guess I need to clarify that: I don’t like cooking on a daily basis.  Cooking for special occasions? I love it. But cooking dinner every day is just not my thing. I find it very tiresome. What’s my solution?  I cook a few things once or twice a week and then I’m the queen of reheating. The other trick? Cook A LOT of one thing at a time, especially things…
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October: Ebola & Breast Cancer

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It’s the end of October and from a health perspective we can safely say that this month has been about breast cancer “awareness” and Ebola. And I am sad to report that I am not happy with the way either of them are addressed in the media.  Actually, I am not happy about the main message that seems to be central to each of these stories. When it comes to what you hear about Ebola and Breast Cancer “Awareness” in…
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10 kilometers. 51 obstacles


For the fun of it? That is the distance and the number of obstacles 12 friends and I tackled yesterday at the Shale Hill Obstacle Course in southern Vermont.  It took us 4 hours, a lot of struggle, many laughs and quite a few bruises. I have raw skin on my hands from torn-off blisters from climbing ropes and walls; scrapped arms from crawling in the mud under barbed wire; a rope-burned back right thigh; and bruises all over. At…
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What We Can Learn About Health from Horses


Last weekend I attended a retreat that was held at a horse ranch in Stowe, VT. The location was gorgeous, the program I participated in was truly transformative and all of the support people were stellar. However, it was the horses that captured my heart above anyone else, and they offered some interesting points of reflection when it comes to looking at our health habits. On Saturday morning as I sat on the deck, fifteen feet away from the horses…
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