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

6 Unexpected Ways to Include Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Diet

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The benefit of including Apple Cider Vinegar in your diet, and even in your beauty routine, is no secret. This fermented superfood is jam-packed with gut-healthy bacteria and enzymes that help maintain a healthy pH balance in your digestive system. It’s also something of a cure-all when it comes to just about everything else! Use it as a toner to prevent breakouts, add it to your bath water to ease the discomfort of a sunburn, or take a mid afternoon shot of ACV to increase your energy.

Just because ACV is so good for your health, it doesn’t mean it should taste like medicine! Apple cider vinegar has a place in the culinary world too, and if you use it right, it can be not only nutritious but also delicious! If you’re looking for new and tasty ways to include this healthy vinegar in your diet, try some of these 6 recipe ideas:

Ask Health Coach Maria: What are the Best Natural Sweeteners?

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

Sugar has been tantalizing taste buds and crashing otherwise healthy diets for ages. We’ve all been there: it’s 3 PM in the office, the amazingly healthy salad you ate for lunch is wearing off, and you’re craving a sweet treat to perk you up and keep you going. Or, the waiter brings the dessert menu after a nice (yet not completely satisfying) meal and your friend asks if you want to split the double chocolate lava cake.

5 Ways to Get Veggie-Haters to Eat Salad

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We all know someone who’s a veggie-hater. They simply don’t like food that is raw, green, or lacking in “flavor” (a.k.a. salt and sugar). They’re not interested in hearing about the nutritional benefits of kale, juicing, or cleansing, and they brush away your concerns about their diet by claiming that they do eat vegetables… in the form of salsa, french fries, and iceberg lettuce.

Are you picturing someone who fits that profile?

Fear not! There is a way to inspire others to adopt healthier eating habits by incorporating more salads into their diet.

Follow the 5 tips below and your friends and family will be on their way to becoming veggie-lovers in no time! Just make sure to keep in mind that lasting change must come from within, and that it happens gradually.

For delicious recipes and salad-making tips, check out Integrative Nutrition’s Spring Salads Recipe Guide!

Eat it yourself

The Sweet Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

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Though many of us associate maple syrup with the autumn months, it’s actually early spring when the sap begins to flow. So all this month, maple trees throughout the Northeastern states are being tapped to cultivate the thick, sweet goodness that we call maple syrup.

The process will continue over the next few weeks when the sap is boiled until most of the water evaporates, and it eventually becomes the concentrated syrup we know. During this time, the chemical changes that occur will develop the color, flavor, and nutritional benefits of the syrup.

First discovered by the Native Americans and early European settlers in the mid 1500’s, maple syrup has come to be an American household staple. Best known for being drizzled over a hot stack of pancakes, or used to naturally sweeten baked goods, maple syrup can be found in pantries throughout the country.

In the United States, maple syrup is divided into two major grades, Grade A and Grade B, and Grade A is further divided into three subgrades: Light Amber, Medium Amber, and Dark Amber.

How to Rinse and Soak Grains [VIDEO]

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When it comes to taste and nutritional value, are you getting the most out of your grains? Many of us skip right over the “rinsing” or “soaking” steps in recipes that call for whole grains, but there’s good reason to stop that habit. Taking the time to rinse, strain, or soak grains not only improves the texture and taste of grains and makes their nutrients easier to digest—it’s also incredibly quick and easy! Now you have no excuse.

In this video, Diana from Wellness Today shares her expert technique for rinsing and soaking four of the most common whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and old-fashioned rolled oats. Each needs its own slightly unique preparation, from an overnight soak to a quick rinse, and Diana covers them all, giving you the expertise you need to make all your grains great. Check it out below!

Do you rinse and soak your whole grains? What expert tips do you have to share? Tell us in the comments!

6 Signs that You May Be Sensitive To Gluten

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Going gluten-free is more than just a trendy diet. Many people have sensitivities to gluten, or even allergies that make digesting wheat almost impossible. For them, cutting it from their diet is essential to staying healthy and feeling their best.

Unlike Celiac disease, which is a serious digestive disease that damages the walls of the small intestine when gluten is eaten,  gluten sensitivity is not life threatening, however in extreme cases it can lead to the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. In most cases, people with a gluten sensitivity experience discomfort such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea.  The problem is, other food sensitivities can have the same side effects, so it can be difficult to know that gluten is the source of your digestive troubles. If you think you might have a gluten sensitivity, there are several external symptoms that could point you in the right direction. If you suspect you may have a gluten sensitivity, keep an eye out for these signs:

How to STOP worrying!

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There seems to be a lot to worry about in life given we cannot control everything. But worrying is a HUGE drain of your energy and completely useless so today I am going to offer you a way to stop worrying, or at the very least dramatically reduce it.

Honestly I used to be quite the worrywart. As a little girl, when my parents went out for date night they’d have to call home once every hour to assure me they were okay because I was so worried something would happen to them. I continued to experience lots of worry into my adulthood until I learned ways to manage it and accept the unknown in my life.

Worry gives us a false sense of control when we are uncertain about someone or something. When faced with the unknown, worrying is often the default habit we slip into as it gives us a way to seemingly deal with whatever our concern is.

In today’s vlog I breakdown worry for you and teach you a technique that you can start using today to transform from worrywart to dream manifestor!

Top Three Powerful Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow Indoors

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Fresh, organic medicinal herbs are among the easiest plants to grow, and you don’t have to miss out just because you don’t have a yard. Those that master container gardening can have healthy plants any time, in any space, whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall. Your own urban garden is a great opportunity to get creative, brighten your space with some greenery, and bring the health benefits of the farmers' market into your home.

Getting Started

Start with a collection of pots that fits your space. As long as they have good drainage, any number of containers can be upcycled as planters. You can hang plants above your sunniest windows, sit them on your window sills, or grow them in window boxes when the weather is warm. Organic soil is available from quality retailers, and you can find it online in a pinch, along with the organic seeds needed for medicinal herbs.

Action Versus Ease

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In 2010, I almost quit my business.

I had a full client roster, an adorable wardrobe, a beautiful website, and a growing audience. I was primed for ever-expanding “success”.

I also had a failing marriage, worked until 2am most nights, was emotionally and energetically depleted, felt numb below the waist, and couldn’t understand why making more money was not equalling more fun or enjoyment in my life.

I was fried, and nearly always on the verge of tears from the overwhelm and confusion.

Then, one day, the ceiling caved in.

My husband and I were sleeping, and there was an enormously loud crash in the next room — my office. I was horrified. If someone had been there in that moment, they could have died! What was I going to do with all my clients, all this dust, all the damage? It was so painfully symbolic of how I felt. Done. Fried. Crashed.

I cried for days. All the tears I’d been withholding came crashing down all at once, just like the ceiling.

I started to look – really look – at my life. This wasn’t what I wanted. Yes, I wanted to help people, but not at the expense of my own health, happiness and relationships. I wanted to do good work, but not be a workaholic. Was that too much to ask?