Cookin' Yogi

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.


If you read my newsletter last week, you will remember that I said we do our greatest stretching on our knees. I guess God wasn't done with my stretching.

 Many of you saw my post on facebook, that my father was in the intensive care unit this week. We weren't able to get a hold of him by phone for several days and then on Tuesday which was his birthday my brother went by his house only to find his cars in the garage but no answer. My brother, on a hunch,  called the hospital where he had been a couple months ago for a stroke, and they said he was in ICU. I rushed over to Sarasota to pick my brother up and then head up to the VA hospital in Tampa. When we arrived and buzzed into ICU they said he had been discharged. Apparently he had a stent put in on Monday, and after recovering, was only there because they didn't have beds on another floor.  Wow, I guess that's good news but we were never notified of anything so we had panicked.

We both have daughters who live in Tampa so we stayed with them and then headed back to Sarasota in the morning. We went to my father's house only to be confronted by he and his girlfriend that we are not supposed to be there because he can't be stressed out.

His alleged girlfriend, we found out, has had everything signed over to her and now he says if we want to see him we need to clear it with her. I think he has lost his mind but she is in control now. We also found out that the young man she has living at my father's house, because she can't always be there, is a convicted felon and drug user.

Most of you know me as a very peaceful person but I promise you the confrontation that I had with her was anything but.

Why am I telling you this? Because everything and I mean EVERYTHING in your life is a choice. Do I stay and try to fight to have a relationship with my father that he no longer wants, and fight with this manipulating woman and her people, or do I choose peace.

I told my father that I was disappointed and that I don't know what happened to our relationship. I was disappointed that he didn't even know that it was my birthday on that day but, that if these were his wishes, so be it.

What else did I do...

After driving all the way to Tampa and not finding him in the hospital....
 I was grateful he was no longer in the hospital, AND I was grateful to be able to spend the night with my daughter and my niece.

After arriving at his house only to be unwelcome...
I was grateful to be with my brother and to have been able to spend two whole days with him.

After getting a flat tire when I was getting ready to leave Sarasota...
I was grateful to still be in the parking lot of my brother's business, where he had it fixed.

After driving three and a half hours back to Wellington on my birthday night...
I was so grateful to see my son and fiance, and go out and have a nice dinner together.
I am so grateful everyday for my family that wants to have a relationship with me. I am so blessed to have a wonderful man in my life, daughters, son, brother, mother, sisters, stepfather, step-kids, aunts, uncles, wonderful friends and amazing clients.

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 there 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.

Now, getting back to what I do for a living. I have taken my passion for caring about people and their health and made it my career. Most of you know me from yoga and cooking classes but some of you know me as a counselor.
I haven't run my six week group program, which is held over the phone, in almost a year.

January 3rd we will start the six week program. You will call in once per week and we will talk as a group on step by step ways to improve your life. We will cover everything from food, mood, energy, how to clean up your kitchen, finances and most of all thinking.

Want to join the six week program, detox or start your own group. Go back to the home page to find the sign up or email me

5 Healthy & Delicious Ways to Use Frozen Bananas

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Bananas are affordable, abundant, and way too easy to take for granted. Finally though, it looks like they’re getting proper credit, and have moved beyond the oatmeal bowl and ice cream sundae center. These days, it’s all about taking this tropical fruit to the next level. My favorite way to do this is simple and easy—just pop ‘em in the freezer!

Aside from being an amazing source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C, frozen bananas add a distinct richness to any recipe.

I have just two simple pro-tips to keep in mind when freezing your bunch: first, peel the skins before placing them in the freezer (it’s WAY harder to do this once they’re already frozen), and second, hold off on freezing until the bananas are a couple days passed ripeness. You know—brown spots, mushy bits, and all. Waiting until they’re overripe ensures they’ve reached optimal sweetness, which will make your frozen treats taste all the more delicious.

And unlike fresh bananas, these frozen bad boys have an extended shelf life, which means they can be kept in your freezer for up to one year without losing any of their nutrients or flavor.

So if you’re ready to cool down as the temperatures heat up, go ahead and freeze some bananas and try out these tasty, healthy treats.

From Juice to Food: How to Eat Again Post-Cleanse

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By now you’ve probably heard that juice cleansing is more than just a trendy diet; for many people, it’s a great way to reset your body and get back to a healthier diet. A three or five-day juice cleanse is particularly beneficial in the spring and summer months when your body is craving nutritious, cooling foods as the days get hotter. While a three-day kick-start to healthy might sound easy and quick, the secret to a successful juice cleanse is to make mindful food choices in the days leading up to and following the cleanse.

Before your cleanse, try to ease into a raw diet. Start by cutting out sugar, processed food, and dairy a week before the cleanse. Eat mostly raw vegetables two days before your first juice. Chowing down on a burger the night before your cleanse will make the first day of juicing extremely difficult!

Perhaps the most important part of a juice cleanse is how you re-introduce food to your body once your cleanse is over. These tips help me to maintain my post-juice glow and even keep off the weight that I shed during the cleanse.

7 Things You Didn’t Know about…Raw Honey

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Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, honey is not just one of the oldest cultivated “health” foods, but also one of the most delicious natural sweeteners

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of honey, but what about raw honey? Raw honey is essentially honey straight from the hive, meaning it hasn’t been heated or pasteurized, as is most conventional honey today. 

You can easily determine the difference between raw and conventional honey just by looking at it. If it’s transparent, like the clear yellow honey typically found in honey bear jars, then you know it has been heated and processed. This type of honey does not have the same nutritional benefits, nor the same antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties as raw honey. Raw honey appears whitish, opaque, thick, and creamy, and you’ll find it at health food stores, farmers markets, and specialty food retailers. 

The Five Commandments to Building a Healthy Body Image

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Summer is upon us, and it’s time to shed the cozy layers of winter outerwear and enjoy warmer weather. For many people, baring more skin also exposes their deep-seated insecurities about their bodies. Don’t like the way your legs look in a pair of shorts? Wish your arms were more toned? Dread your family beach trip because you know it means wearing a bathing suit? It’s all too easy to beat yourself up over your physical appearance and let it overshadow the fun and festivities of summer.

This year, take action to beat those negative niggles and learn how to have a healthy body image all summer long. Here are five positive body image commandments to boost your self-esteem and foster self-love:

1. Thou shalt cultivate positive thoughts.

Why “Thinking Big” Trumps “Smart Thinking”

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Contrary to what common sense dictates, if you want to amp up your ability to be and do your very best at anything—whether as an expert or learning something new for the first time— “smart thinking” might be thwarting your success. To truly tap into your full potential, instead of thinking “smart,” you need to “think big”!

There’s no doubt that we value smart thinking. We all want to be considered intelligent. But what does it mean to think smart? We say someone is smart when they have a lot of facts and information , a big vocabulary, a good memory, and seem capable of getting what they want.   

All around us, we see society rewarding those who are seen as smart.  As Malcolm Gladwell points out in his bestseller Outliers: the Story of Success, people who are seen as successful are most likely to be given the kinds of social opportunities that lead to further success: the rich are the ones who get the biggest tax breaks, the best students get the best teachers and the most attention, etc.

Those who value smart thinking seeking out ways to further enhance their intelligence, through reading, school, or services like Luminosity.

5 Fun Father’s Day Activities Dad Will Love

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If your dad is anything like mine, it’s nearly impossible to find him the right gift. This Father’s Day, I’m going to avoid the endless (and fruitless) trip to the mall looking for the perfect present, and instead plan a fun activity for the two of us. After all, quality time with you is probably the one thing that’s always at the top of your dad’s wish list, even if he won’t admit it. Here are five fun and creative activities to make this year’s Father’s Day one your dad will remember for a long time:

How To Stop Dating The Wrong People and Find Your Soul Mate

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For a single lady (or guy!) looking for a relationship, the absolute worst piece of advice that you without a doubt again and again is: “Stop looking. You’ll find the right person when you least expect it.”

While I don’t discredit the underlying message of that advice, I think the framing is completely wrong. Instead of focusing on ending the search for your mate, turn your attention to your journey to becoming your own perfect person. I sincerely believe that you cannot build a healthy relationship until you know who you are and what you want not only from a partner, but also in your life.

Ask Health Coach Maria: How Do I Deal with Late Night Eating?

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Hi, I’m Maria Marlowe, a Certified Health Coach and author of Detox without the Deprivation. In my weekly “Ask Health Coach Maria” series, I answer frequently asked questions related to health and wellness. Have a question? Ask me here

Hi Maria,

I am a generally healthy woman, who eats well and exercises, but for years I have faced something that has been uncontrollable: late night eating. I have heard there is something called Night Eating Syndrome (NES), and I think I may have it. I don't crave or eat anything weird but there have been times that I don't remember that I've eaten something until the next morning. I’ve mentioned it to my doctor, but she just blows it off. Help!


Constant late-night eating is a rare but serious disorder that should definitely be dealt with, not brushed off!

Intro to Ayurvedic Doshas: Pitta

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Welcome back to our series on Ayurvedic Doshas! Last week we covered what doshas are and their significance to Ayurvedic medicine. Now we’ll begin to dive a bit deeper into each dosha, starting with Pitta. This will help you understand how to recognize when your dosha is out of balance and what you can do to bring it back to center. (If you don’t yet know your dosha, take this short test from Ayurveda expert Deepak Chopra.) 

If your dominant dosha is Pitta, then you have a very fiery nature. In Ayurvedic terms, the Pitta dosha is described as hot, light, intense, sharp and acidic. We’ll touch more on these qualities and how they relate to a balanced Pitta dosha soon. It’s possible to either have physical Pitta characteristics, which means your body is Pitta dominated, or emotional Pitta characteristics, which means you have a Pitta mind. In some cases, a person can have both a Pitta mind and body.