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Chilled Cucumber Soup (dairy free)

I adore cucumbers and when it’s hot, there’s nothing more refreshing or satisfying than a cold cucumber soup. With the summer days lingering on for a while longer, give this recipe a shot. You’ll love it! This takes less than 10 minutes to put together. I recommend letting it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. The flavors will also develop and it will be fantastic. Ingredients 1 and 1/2 lbs cucumber, peeled 4 yellow tomatoes 1 yellow bell pepper…
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Mocktails!

I love this hot weather to get creative with refreshing drink ideas. I don’t drink sodas or sugary drinks, but I do love a chilled glass of wine on a warm evening, or an icy cocktail at summer gatherings. But when I’m home, I keep it pretty alcohol-free. Justin and I enjoy coming up with what we call “mocktails”. They’re delicious, refreshing drinks that feel special but don’t contain alcohol. Last week, I made up a simple mocktail of mint-basil-infused water.  I…
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Sweet & Savory Summer Salad

I LOVE making savory salads with sweet fruit. A fruit salad is delicious. But a savory fruit salad is spectacular! It’s unexpected and it just pops. I’ve made this salad in the past and it’s easily one of my favorite summer meals. Ingredients 2 cups water melon, cubed, seeded 1 medium cucumber, peeled, cubed 1 large tomato, cubed 1/2 cup to 1/cup black figs, cubed 1/4 cup medium onion, hair-thin slices 2 tbsp mint or basil (or both), finely sliced 1/2 tsp…
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Gazpacho!

Gazpacho is one of my favorite cooling meals to have in the middle of summer. It’s also a prime example of the incredible wisdom of nature providing exactly what we need each season. What we need at the height of summer is cooling, hydrating foods. What does the earth provide? Tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, nectarines, berries, etc… fruit that lets its watery juice drip down your face as you bite into it. There are a gazillion gazpacho recipes, but most of…
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Curried Chicken Salad Wraps!

Can you say “Yuuuuuum!”? That’s how tasty my lunch was today. I had to share on Instagram even though the picture doesn’t do it justice. 🙂 Recipe (Makes about 5 lettuce wraps) 1 cup diced chicken * 1 stalk celery, finely diced 1 tbsp raisins 2 tbsp slivered almonds 1/4 tsp curry (you could do more) Pinch of turmeric 2 Tbsp mayo 1 tsp olive oil Romaine lettuce wraps * What I normally do is that whenever I roast a whole chicken…
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Loving My Imperfections

As you may have noticed, I’ve lately been on a theme of reflecting about my attitudes about my body. I know I am not alone in having a love-hate relationship with my body; so given that I am in a helper/healer role, I aspire that some of my insights and experience will be helpful to you as well. This week I had an opportunity to step into deeper acceptance and even embracing of some of the imperfections of my body. I had…
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A Little Exercise To Deepen Body-Love

How would your relationship with your body change if you looked at it as having a soul of itself? Let’s try this experiment: think of a child or pet you really love and cherish. The innocence of the child or pet helps you feel the purity of your well-wishes towards them. Feel all of the good, joy and  wellbeing you wish for them. Hold them in your heart for a moment.  (If you’re having a hard time choosing someone, you can imagine…
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The Fight With Your Body

Are you in an internal battle with your body?  You know, the kind of battle where you feel your body is not cooperating with you and not doing what you want it to do? When I was young I HATED my feet. I now love my feet but I’ll tell you about that later. MANY of us have an adversarial relationship with our bodies at one point or another. Whether it is because of our weight, skin appearance, aging, pain, stiffness, injuries…
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The Emotional Gripping Behind Pain

I know my mom will not mind me telling your this story. It was new year’s day, 2010.  My mother and I were sitting at the breakfast table in her home in Venezuela. She was restless, struggling with an incredibly itchy rash on her face and neck. As I ate my breakfast and read the newspaper, I was suddenly startled by an anguished, desperate squeal she let out. “Aaaaaaaarghhhh!!!!”  … I can’t really capture the degree of frustration, despair and exasperation in her…
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What I Learned at the Longevity Now Conference

A week ago, I attended the Longevity Now Conference in Anaheim, California. It was a packed 3 days from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, full of inspiration and information. Some of it was new for me, some of it was a refresher, but all of it renewed my passion for helping you create thriving health naturally. My top 10 personal take-aways from the conference: Recommit to a zero-sugar, low sweet carbohydrate lifestyle. Almost every speaker talked about the importance of managing blood…
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