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WARMING PALEO GRANOLA

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WARMING PALEO GRANOLA

The warming flavors of fall fare are infused into this delicious paleo (grain-free) granola. Top with your favorite milk or yogurt and you have yourself a simple and quick breakfast of snack.

So simple to make, and so great to have ready to go!


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Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a powerhouse ingredient that boosts the chromium levels in your blood, an important nutrient that helps with blood sugar regulation and stability.

Ginger: Ginger is known for its medicinal properties including a high level of antioxidants and antimicrobial elements. Research shows that ginger is a highly antimicrobial food.

Nutmeg: Another tasty and warming fall spice that soothes indigestion and increases immune function.

Cozy up with this delicious bowl of goodness!




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CAULI-RICE KITCHARI

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CAULI-RICE KITCHARI

All the warming spices and flavors of a traditional Kitchari (a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that is full of flavor) mingled with a delightful cauliflower rice.

The colors, scents and flavors will have you experiencing some of the highlights of the fall season.

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Kitchari, a plant-based protein porridge, was traditionally used to detoxify the body, nourish and balance the doshas (the energies that define one’s make up), reduce inflammation and heal the digestive system. This therapeutic meal will support you in your health and vitality this season.

Enjoy this warming bowl of goodness…

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ROSEMARY TURKEY MEATBALLS & SQUASH NOODLES

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ROSEMARY TURKEY MEATBALLS & SQUASH NOODLES


This yummy one pot meal is the perfect mid-week pleaser. In less than thirty minutes, you can delight your palate and your people with fall flavors and fare!

Rosemary: A healing herb that is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Rosemary is said to also ease stress and uplift your mood.

Squash: Hard shell squash is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. Eat it often for a healthy immune system, strong bones, and to prevent anemia.

 

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Need a vegetarian option? Check out our favorite mushroom ‘meatball’ recipe here.

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH CHIMICHURRI

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WHOLE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER WITH CHIMICHURRI

Tasty, super simple and so pretty. Feel free to slice your cauliflower into pretty steaks and serve with this delicious and mouth watering Chimichurri

There are simply thousands of reasons to eat more cruciferous vegetables. Cauliflower, and many others in the Brassica family, are known for outstanding health benefits.

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One of my favorites is from a Journal of American Medicine study where it was shown that five servings per week of brassica (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, watercress, cabbage and radish) arrest the growth of breast cancer cells!

Eat your brassica friend!

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MINI FALL FRITATAS

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MINI FALL FRITATAS


Why not make your eggs seasonal too? These delicious fall fritatas are tasty and full of mouth watering fall flavors. The best thing about them? Breakfast gets prepped for days.


I know you have busy mornings like me! One of the easiest ways to ensure my mornings are going to go smoothly (which then transfers into the rest of my day) is with an easy and healthy breakfast.


Feel free to explore the many flavor profiles possible here, but know the leek, tomato, goat cheese and mushroom versions are mouth watering!


These mini fall fritatas are easy to batch prepare, portable, tasty and full of good proteins and fats.



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FUN FACT: Did you know when you buy pasture raised eggs (free range) the eggs are higher in vitamin D because they are exposed to more sunlight. Be sure to source your eggs consciously choosing pasture raised and hormone free.

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Why I Tried the Keto Diet + What Happened

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Why I Tried the Keto Diet + What Happened



"TO EAT IS A NECESSITY, BUT TO EAT INTELLIGENTLY IS AN ART"




Over the past year, my work has led me to a regular writing position with the Chopra Center, which has me knee deep in health research regularly.


Amid my hours reading health journals and medical studies the ketogenic diet (and its many benefits) keeps popping up over and over as an effective healing approach for many of health issues that I’ve been researching.


Have you heard of the KETO diet?


At its core, the ketogenic diet (“keto” for short) is a macronutrient ratio that is high fat, moderate protein, and low carb.


Ketosis is when the body burns fat for energy (instead of sugar).


The ketogenic diet was originally developed in the 1920’s for children with epilepsy and can be –– if done wisely –– very healing for the body on a number of levels.


Inspired by the research, I personally decided to give it a try. to see the impact with some of my own health challenges.


I put a little Boulder Nutrition spin on it, to make it work even better for me.


I coined it 'the KONSCIOUSLY KETO approach'.


The results were pretty astonishing, which is why I'm excited to share my story with you today!



WHY I TRIED THE KETO DIET + WHAT HAPPENED


Each of us has our own bio-individuality.  What works for one person, may or may not work for another. We all also come with our own ancestry, genetics, family history and constitutions.  What all of this means is truly that we are all unique.  

I wanted to share with you my personal experience in eating (and living) the KONSCIOUSLY KETO approach.


WHAT IS THE KONSCIOUSLY KETO APPROACH:

There are many ways and variations of the ketogenic diet. There are also many common misunderstandings out there when looking at navigating such a change on one’s own.  


In fact, I have heard many people interpreting the ketogenic diet as one that is very meat focused (similar to the Atkins diet). I ensured that I could eat some plant-based meals and have a heavy plant focus when I gave it a try.

While what works for one person may not work for all people is surely a principle that I stand behind, there are some biochemical universals that I want to address here, so you understand how KONSCIOUSLY KETO works and why. 

THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF THE KONSCIOUSLY KETO APPROACH:

  • Plant focused and alkalizing: Plants are the most alkalizing foods you can eat. Alkalizing your body (how it is supposed to be) ensures that your cells are functioning optimally and that you feel healthy and vital.

  • Based in ancient nutrition: Eating this way is derived from the hunter-gatherer approach to eating, which is heavily programed in our DNA.

  • Full of natural Healthy Fats: When we get enough healthy fat, we feel satiated, calm, energized and balanced.

  • Konscious: Choosing our foods konsciously is, what I consider, an integral aspect of healthy eating and living.

  • Hydrating: Our bodies need adequate hydration to function. Dehydration is a primary cause of low energy and fatigue. Smart hydration (including electrolytes) makes a big difference.

  • A mind-body approach: Our lifestyles, our self-care, and how we move through our days is integral to our health — body, mind and soul. I was sure to include some of my favorite mind-body practices daily.

There are a few areas of my health that I have been focussed on lately –– some of which are more elaborate than others.

Here is what happened when I put the KONSCIOUSLY KETO approach into practice:

Hypoglycemia:

Many years ago I was diagnosed with severe hypoglycemia.  Hypoglycemia is an extreme sensitivity to sugar that becomes dangerous when blood sugar levels dip extremely low.  Hypoglycemia is exacerbated when one eats high glycemic foods, processed sugars, or doesn’t eat enough food altogether. 


Managing hypoglycemia was an anomaly for me for many years, especially as a young child.  Growing up in the 80’s, I surely ate plenty of refined carbohydrates — hello Cheerios — and sugars (a primary part of our diet at the time) and I was constantly in a blood sugar crisis.

As I got older, I was able to learn to manage this better with the blood sugar  knowledge to eat more protein and fat — therefore keeping my blood sugar more stable. 

Eating KONSCIOUSLY KETO has made even more of a difference.  My blood sugar has been solidly stable, and I feel more balanced and even higher in energy than ever.  No blood sugar crashes and none of the symptoms that come with them –– cold sweats, quick drops in energy, migraines, shaky ravenous hunger, fatigue and grumpiness.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome:

Over the past couple of years, I have noticed some morning stiffness in my hands, primarily my right hand. After a visit to the specialist, I was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (a condition similar to carpal tunnel but involving three compressed nerves instead of one).

After testing the KONSCIOUSLY KETO approach, I noticed my left hand completely self-resolved and my right hand improved approximately seventy-five percent. This is directly related to inflammation.  KONSCIOUSLY KETO is very anti-inflammatory because when the blood sugar is stable, and there is minimal sugar in the body, we automatically go into an anti-inflammatory state. High blood sugar sets off an inflammatory cascade (tracked by markers in the blood) that exacerbates systemic inflammation in the body.

Hashimotos:

Hashimotos is an autoimmune condition of the thyroid.  Almost every woman in my family has the antibody. I wanted to test out the the KONSCIOUSLY KETO approach to see how it would affect my blood work in relationship to my thyroid. The results (also tracked through my blood) were amazing. Although I will always have the antibody, I currently have no symptoms nor any activation of the autoimmune disease.

I found this study that illustrates it well: The study looked at 180 people with Hashimoto’s, over the course of 3 weeks, who were randomized to receive the ketogenic diet vs. a standard low-calorie diet. The 108 ketogenic patients ate the study diet, while 72 patients served as the control group and followed a low-calorie diet without any food restrictions or guidelines. Thyroid antibodies (Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPO antibodies), Thyroglobulin antibodies (TG antibodies) and anti-microsomal antibodies), TSH, free T3, free T4 as well as body weight, mass, and composition was measured before the start of the study and after the study ended 3 weeks later in both the study group and the control group.

After just 2 days the results showed a great improvement. 

  • Thyroglobulin (TG) antibodies dropped by 40% 

  • Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) antibodies dropped by 44%

  • Anti-microsomal antibodies dropped by 57%!! 

This shows a res a notable improvement in symptoms after just 2 days!


Migraines:

Due to my hypoglycemia, for years I have struggled with blood sugar migraines. This is a common side effect of hypoglycemia.  When my blood sugar dips too low, I often get blurred vision and some tingling, followed by a migraine. Eating KONSCIOUSLY KETO has helped this condition diminish immensely.  


Body Composition:

Toning up and feeling strong in our bodies is something most of us want. The eating and movement plan you see here has directly helped me lower my percentage of body fat, build lean muscle and feel better in my body than I have in years.  This is not just about the number on the scale. This is more about muscle mass, tone, strength, and energy.   


I have never felt better than I do following the KONSCIOUSLY KETO plan. I have begun to make it my regular go-to eating style with some carb-cycling every couple of weeks.

As always, I would love to support you in creating a sustainable and supportive health plan for yourself where you can live your strong, radiant and vital self to the fullest.

Fine tuning our eating is something that is always at our fingertips as we continue to change and transform. Our eating (and our self-care) can match exactly what we are working on in our health and what we want for ourselves for the long term!


Much Love

Sue

P.S. Lastly, I have something very exciting coming to your INBOX in just a couple of days. Be sure to open the next email from me, as I don't want you to miss this!



THE DATA

As promised, here’s a little of the data I have found on many of the ways ketogenic eating may help you too!

If you are anything like me, you like to know the science behind what you are doing with your body and your health. There is a lot of hoopla out there, and just so you know, not all hoopla is scientifically sound. While there is so much well-rounded research on the ketogenic diet, I wanted to be sure to highlight some of the most relevant and revolutionary results for you.

Along with my assistant, Anne Crosby, I went a little research ballistic, and luckily, distilled down some of the most important takeaways from our wide angle lens of research.


Therapeutic use for disease 

One study showed a review of ketogenic eating and an overall improvement in weight loss, cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.

One case study showed how the ketogenic diet and high doses of vitamin D3 intake (10,000 IU/day) led to changes in some biological markers of breast cancer.

This study examined the effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle modifications using low carbohydrate interventions is effective for improving and reversing type 2 diabetes.


Weight Loss Related

One study looked at long-term effects of a ketogenic diet on various physical and biochemical parameters in obese patients. The ketogenic diet acted as a natural therapy for weight reduction in obese patients and there was a significant decrease in the level of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and glucose, and a significant increase in the level of HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) in the patients. 

A study done with military personnel on an extended ketogenic diet showed remarkable weight loss and improvements in body composition, including loss of visceral fat, without compromising physical performance adaptations to exercise training.

A study on ketosis and appetite-mediating nutrients and hormones  after weight loss showed that circulating ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and subjective appetite which typically accompany dietary weight reduction were reduced when participants were in ketosis. 


Brain Health

Researchers at UCSF have found that ketogenic diets may lower inflammation in the brain through multiple mechanisms. 

MCTs and Ketogenic Eating

This study found that a diet rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) resulted in a greater loss of adipose tissue compared with long chain triglycerides. MCTs may be considered as agents that aid in the prevention of obesity or potentially stimulate weight loss.

Mental health

One study suggests that a ketogenic diet may have an antidepressant effect.  



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 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

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 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

The Anti-Stress Hormone + How To Increase It

Sometimes I geek out on biochemistry –– those chemical processes that prompt how we move through life.


Our biochemistry drives our behavior.


Each day, our stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) run through our bodies influencing many of our imperative functions –– including metabolism, energy, blood sugar, sex drive and sleep.


When our stress hormones are in balance, we feel generally strong, resilient, positive, and joyful.


When our stress hormones are out of whack things tend to go awry:


  • We may try and try and try some more to manage our anxiety, or our high levels of overwhelm and simply find it to be a losing battle over and over again.


  • We may wake up in the middle of the night with our minds spinning and lie awake (in a panic) for hours.


  • We may notice our high levels of stress are destroying our eating ––we crave sugar, french fries and/or a couple extra glasses of pinot to take the edge off.


  • Our thoughts are a hot mess! We may blame ourselves for not being more resilient, strong and grateful.



All we are doing is trying to cope. 🙈


Have you heard of oxytocin (also known as the love hormone)? Oxytocin promotes connection, bonding, and closeness.


Today I want to tell you why oxytocin is my favorite hormone (and maybe the most important of our time!).


Not only is it the feel good, warm and fuzzy, cuddle hormone, but oxytocin also keeps us calm, lowers inflammation and most importantly balances out our cortisol –– the sneaky, chronic and destructive stress hormone that has most of us in a tailspin.


If you are like me, you would most likely prefer your oxytocin be higher than your cortisol –– to relieve chronic states of stress, higher levels of depression and/or anxiety, extra weight gain, and uncontrollable cravings.


The good news is that you can create more oxytocin in your life.


Want to know how? I've got some answers for you today:

 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

 

Not only are these simple, do-able and user friendly to-do's, but they are so very pleasurable, because oxytocin elevates our pleasure –– so feel free to let it fly!

1.     EAT OXYTOCIN PROMOTING FOODS

 

Yes! You can eat yourself into a more positive and calm state. Balanced-blood sugar, loads of tryptophan rich foods, healthy fats, antioxidants and B vitamins to support your brain chemistry result in higher level of serotonin, higher levels of oxytocin and lower levels of stress.

Be sure to check out the following calming superfoods to feed your body into a more oxytocin induced biochemical state.

  • Dark chocolate (specifically raw cacao)

  • Black sesame seeds

  • Avocado

  • Fig

  • Quinoa

  • Cashews

  • Walnuts

  • Brazil Nuts

  • Wild Salmon

  • Spirulina

  • Sweet Potato

  • Berries

  • Wild Mushrooms

  • Yerba mate

  • Pomegranate

  • Organic Turkey

  • Whole milk yogurt or kefir

  • Eggs

  • Bananas

 

2.     TAKE OXYTOCIN PROMOTING SUPPLEMENTS

 

There are several (high quality) supplements that encourage the release of oxytocin.  On a biochemical level, there are many ways to boost you up. Here are a few to explore.

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin C

  • Magnesium

  • Chamomile

  • Melatonin

  • B vitamins

  • 5HTP

  • Tryptophan

  • L-Glutamine

  • GABA

  • L-Phenylalinine

  • L-Theanine

 

** often times you can find a blend of many of these supplements that will . support your oxytocin. If you need a little help, let me know. Check out our online apothecary HERE

3.     ENJOY OXYTOCIN PROMOTING MIND-BODY PRACTICES

 

While it may seem like your monkey mind is not on your side at times when it comes to calming and uplifting your spirits, try these mind-practices to boost your oxytocin and shift yourself out of your habitual stress response.

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Gratitude practice

  • Have a good cry

  • Personal reflection

  • Positive affirmation

  • Long deep breaths (to engage to calming side of your nervous system)

  

4.     CONNECT AND BOOST YOUR OXYTOCIN

 

Oxytocin is often called the love hormone, the cuddle hormone and even the connection hormone.  Being close to another person elevates our oxytocin.  Try these relational tips and see what happens.

 

  • Hug someone

  • Laugh

  • Connect with your friends

  • Call a loved on on the phone

  • Give or receive massage

  • Orgasm

  • Give a stranger a compliment

  • Snuggle your pet

  • Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner

  

5.     MOVE YOUR BODY TO ELEVATE YOUR OXYTOCIN:

When you move your body, you secrete endorphins and oxytocin. These hormones enhance your brain chemistry and are also the primary reason that folks tend to exercise to relieve stress. While cardio works well, you don’t have to go to the extreme, join a gym or become a hard-core athlete. Moving your body in a variety of ways will suffice.

  • Dance

  • Hike in nature

  • Swim

  • Go on a bike ride

  • Do some cardio

 

6.     GET OUTSIDE AND SOAK UP SOME OXYTOCIN:

 

Being outside correlates to higher levels of oxytocin. Soak up some sun. Listen to the sound of nature –– birds chirping, rivers rushing, frogs croaking. The connection hormone is also about connecting to nature.

  • Try forest bathing (sit and enjoy nature while doing nothing)

  • Camp in the woods

  • Read a book in the sunshine

  • Sit by a river

  • Garden

  • Enjoy your lunch under a park tree

  • Have a bonfire

  • Sit at an outdoor dinner table

  • Sunbathe

 

7.     GIVE FOR THE LOVE OF IT:

 

We are social creatures and we are wired to help one another. Giving is a neuro-pathway that has been shown to be a powerful way to creating more joy and improving overall health.

  • Help a friend

  • Make a donation

  • Volunteer with an organization that speaks to you

  • Give advice (when warranted)

  • Help a stranger change a tire

Handling a stressful situation the best you can (with the above knowledge in your back pocket) may help you navigate some of the most common automatic responses to stress that could lead to or exacerbate imbalances in your stress hormones.

Ultimately, you don’t have control of when or what stress life throws at you, but you do have power within your stress response that can be honed and sculpted over time to create a healthier and happier life.

I’d love to hear from you! What is one oxytocin boosting to-do you are going to try? Tell me in the comments below.

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AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

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AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

Try this light and zesty favorite.  So much flavor, lightly creamy, a little lemon for a bright zing.  Oh so satisfying.

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When you prepare this, be sure to prepare some extras, as this is such an easy grab-and-go favorite.  Put a dollop on your salad greens, enjoy with some raw veggies, or simply eat it as is!

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B.L.A.T. LETTUCE WRAPS

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B.L.A.T. LETTUCE WRAPS

I grew up eating BLTs with my dad. It was one food that we both loved, especially when we had fresh garden tomatoes to use.


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Lately, I have been playing with this lettuce wrap version (and adding 🥑 avocado). Butter lettuce is my favorite lettuce for a lettuce wrap, and pair it with avocado mayo and it's a little slice of heaven.

Try this yummy lunch when you can!



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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE

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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE




ALWAYS BE YOURSELF, UNLESS YOU CAN BE A SUPER HEROINE THEN ALWAYS BE A SUPER HEROINE




There are days, when I meditate, walk little Sadie, get my morning work out or yoga in, clear my inbox, write some content, see a few clients, make a yummy dinner, tidy the house, fold the laundry and still have time to cozy up with my man for an episode of Chernobyl.


These are the (rare!) days when I feel like a super heroine. 


Life is full. Especially at this time of year, the longer summer days seem to lend themselves to more outdoor time, more socializing, more fun and more energy output.


I have to carefully pace myself, remind myself to go to bed early, take some downtime, and remember to …

B R E A T H E.


If you are like me, you are a person who’s looking to take a bite out of life, make sure you get enough down time plus find ways to give back.


Hint: If you want to be a super heroine in your own life you need to feed your body with super heroine fuel — to feel your most resilient, strong and energized.


You can cultivate more energy, clarity, focus, and strength by infusing specialized superfoods into your diet, to give you a little boost. 


It doesn't have to be hard, and it sure can taste great.  


I hope you enjoy powering up your plate! 🙌


Here’s to some summertime fun..
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Check Out My Favorite Superfoods For A Super Heroine Life

You may have heard of the many definitions of a superfood, some are even a little controversial. Many would even say there's no scientifically based or regulated definition of a superfood.

To me, a superfood is a potent and healing food that is packed with nutrients and supports your energy, vitality, radiance and health. You may be thinking, “that’s a lot of foods!”, and you are right. Below I chose a few of my favorites to write about.

I enjoy infusing my diet regularly with superfoods, but especially if I am feeling tired, depleted, stressed or a little off balance.

You may have some of these in your refrigerator or pantry, and some of these may be new to you. Either way, have fun experimenting with superfoods and be sure to let me know how you feel after a good superfood boost!

DARK CHOCOLATE

Do you crave a little sweet now and then? While you may have thought you needed a good excuse to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, the truth is the delightful and ancient superfood ingredient found in high quality dark chocolate, known as cacao, has more to offer your health than you may realize.

The cacao bean contains more than 400 phytochemicals, and many of them positively affect human health. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and studies have shown antioxidant activity, endothelial function, lower blood pressure and assistance in blood clot formation. It is also known as a food to induce high amounts of pleasure.  Try a little…

In ancient texts, cacao was described as a sacred superfood, often referred to as food of the gods. The cacao bean and its consumption date back as far as thousands of years, where it was used as a powerful and healing food, including use in ancient ritual and ceremony.

Today, with much science and research at your fingertips, cacao has many well-proven benefits for your body, mind, and soul. It may be just the superfood you will be delighted to include in your day-to-day life.

  

TUMERIC

You might know of turmeric as the yellow spice in your curry, but there is so much more to this potent antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory food. Turmeric is known for having an astounding ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value––a popular scale that measures the antioxidant strength of foods.

Turmeric has been used historically in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory healing benefits. In addition, turmeric may promote anti-ulcer activity, supporting the digestive system, and can help fight cancer. These superfood benefits keep you feeling young, spry, and full of vitality.

Try one of my favorite ways to get more turmeric in: Golden Milk!  

BLUEBERRIES

It’s not surprising that blueberries have taken center stage for their vast and dynamic health benefits. After all, they are the most nutrient dense of all the fruits. From rich antioxidant properties to notable anti-inflammatory relief, blueberries are worth ensuring they land on your plate often.

Historically, blueberries are one of the fruit species native to North America. In fact, Native Americans were known to revere these potent wild berries so much that they even developed folklore around them.

The Native Americans called blueberries ‘star berries’ because the blossom end of each berry—the calyx—forms a perfect five-pointed star. Blueberries (along with their leaves and roots) were used in Native American traditions for medicinal purposes, such as relieving stomach problems.

Today, blueberries are one known as one of America’s favorite berries. In fact, blueberries have the highest antioxidant content (ORAC value) of any other fruit.

COCONUT

There are few substances on the planet that stand up to coconut oil. This versatile superfood has beneficial uses that span skin care, hair health, and anti-inflammatory properties—benefitting you inside and out. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial, making it a wonderful addition to your menu (and to your bathroom cabinet).

Notably, research shows that eating coconut oil regularly can support and heal your digestion as it positively influences the delicate balance of good and bad flora.

I keep one jar in the kitchen and one in the bathroom!

RAW HONEY

You may think of raw honey as just a sweetener for your tea, but raw honey’s healing benefits go far and beyond.

Studies show that raw honey is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer. Raw honey is chock full of anti-aging antioxidants called phenolic compounds, which play an important role in cancer prevention, manage diabetes, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Raw honey has also been shown to stimulate anti-inflammatory cytokine production––small proteins produced in your cells that govern inflammation and wound healing––making it a powerful anti-inflammatory food to enjoy.

 

KALE

Kale is considered the most nutrient dense of all the greens out there. Kale can be prepared and enjoyed in thousands of ways. Kale is a form of cabbage (Brassica family) with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.  

Kale is high in fiber and great for digestion.  Try adding baby kale to your next smoothie or massaging it with some olive oil, avocado, sea salt and lemon or try our {dairy free} massaged kale Caesar HERE

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seed is highly nutritious, medicinal see that has been used for centuries for its beneficial properties. Chia was a staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. In fact, Aztec warriors were said to fuel up on chia seeds before battle.

High in essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, made up of 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and a wide array of trace minerals. Chia is a wonderful addition to your snacks and meals.  

Chia is filling, it has a fun texture, and it is a great way to increase your omega-3’s with a plant rare based source!  Add CHIA seeds to your favorite milk for chia pudding. Try a scoop in smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt. Need a recipe? We’ve got you covered. Check out our yummy coconut chia pudding HERE.

BEET JUICE

Beetroot juice has recently been given recognition as one of the top recommended superfoods. The juice of this delicious root vegetable is rich in antioxidants and naturally occurring  healthy nitrates.

When consumed, the body converts nitrates to nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood flow in the vessels and helps lower blood pressure. Because of these beneficial attributes, beetroot juice can increase exercise performance and support heart health.

Research shows beetroot (the reddish roots known as beets) lowers blood pressure and protects brain cells—keeping you feeling healthy and vital. If you like these earthly sweet roots, consider adding them to your super heroin diet!

 

MACA

Maca, a Peruvian superfood grown high in the Andes mountains, has been used for thousands of years by the Incas. Since maca root is in the Brassica family, it is related to the more commonly known root vegetables such as radish and turnip.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and phytonutrients, maca is know to have a number of health benefits.

These include increasing energy and stamina, balancing hormones (especially during menopause), repairing adrenal function and enhancing sexual function. Ooh la la!

You can find both maca powder and capsules at your local health food store.

GINSENG

You have probably heard of the gnarly but potent root and brightly colored berry known as ginseng. Ginseng has been used in Asia and North America for centuries in both Native American medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Native Americans used ginseng as a stimulant, a digestive tonic, and to soothe headaches, whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine used ginseng to boost energy and vitality, manage diabetes, and support sexual health.

Today, many folks are turning to ginseng as a natural remedy to elevate energy, enhance memory, decrease inflammation, boost sexual function, and more. In fact, ginseng is among the most popular and best-selling natural remedies in the world.

Ginseng can be used in many ways. Try it raw, gently steamed, taken in a capsule, made into a tea, or even finely chopped and added to a stir-fry. Ginseng is a powerful and medicinal food and remedy that can benefit many aspects of your health. Enjoy ginseng benefits however you can!

LION’S MANE 

Have you tried a lion’s mane mushroom? We have a wonderful wild mushroom booth at our local farmer’s market, where I first discovered this potent white and shaggy mushroom.

Lion’s mane is known to boost brain function, support mental health easing symptoms of depression and anxiety, support neurological function, soothe the digestion and boost the immune system.

You can often find lion’s mane at your local health food store. It is delicious cooked up with a blend of other mushrooms in a tasty stir-fry, or even made into a wild-mushroom soup.

Keep your eye out for other products with lion’s mane mushrooms, such as supplements, teas and recently (one of my new favorites) lion’s mane mushroom coffee.

If you are a mushroom person like I am, be sure to give lion’s mane a try.

LOVE 💗

LOVE is the ultimate superfood. In our busy worlds, we are so often rushing through meals, disconnected from our food, it’s source and how it has landed on our plates. Learning to put love, reverence and intention into both the food as we eat it and our food as we prepare it makes a tangible difference in how your body assimilates the nutrients, and how your body metabolizes the food into energy.

Add some LOVE into your meals. Experiment! See how you feel when you have dinner with a loved one, or sit down on a lovely fall day in the park to enjoy your lunch. Light a candle while you cook, chant while you simmer your soups, and give thanks for the abundance you have on your plate.

Every other superfood pales in comparison to LOVE in your experience with food.  

 

Most of all LOVE your self with every bite.

 

 

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER [PART II]

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LOVE YOUR LIVER [PART II]

THE POWER THAT MADE THE BODY HEALS THE BODY

BJ PALMER
 
 

I wanted to touch back in with you after last weeks article (Love Your LIver ~ Part I) to remind you that detoxifying your body (specifically your liver) doesn't have to be daunting (or a horrible experience).


In fact, I am a firm believer that all of the goodness found in natural, pure and seasonal foods can be turned into delicious spring alchemy with just a little bit of practice. 


I put together a few of my favorites for you today, but I also really want you to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Yes, adjusting your palate to natural food (instead of processed foods, if that’s what you are used to) can take a small bit of time, but once you do, you will begin to recognize and enjoy the full flavors of whole foods, natural sweeteners, and pure ingredients –– all the building blocks your body needs for health and radiance.


If you know me, you know I live the pleasure principle every day. I make a point of it because I both want to enjoy all the nuances of daily life and I also want to feel my best.


Guilt-free comfort food is my answer.  🙋‍♀️


Here’s to letting your kitchen creativity soar this spring.


Eat Well!

 


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{DAIRY FREE} MASSAGED KALE CAESAR

 
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MARINATED SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

 
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LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

 

P.S. Need a little help? I've got you covered. Click here to get customized support through my spring CLEANSE-OLOGY Program.

P.P.S. Stay tune for part III coming to you soon.

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{DAIRY FREE} MASSAGED KALE CAESAR

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{DAIRY FREE} MASSAGED KALE CAESAR

{DAIRY FREE} MASSAGED KALE CAESAR

Yes, there are about 1000 ways to enjoy kale (that most people love) and this is one! Massaging the kale is an interesting practice, if you haven’t tried it. You literally get right in there with your kale, and massage it until it naturally wilts and the fibers breakdown. (so much better than raw kale!)

While I make so many versions of massaged kale salad (feel free to try your own), this one is usually a hit - especially amid those who are new to kale.

Massage up a batch and see for yourself.

Kale has one of the highest ORAC values (levels of antioxidants) of any plant you can eat plus this rich leafy green helps reduce inflammation and cleanse your liver!

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 SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

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SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

 

SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

By now, you may have realized that I am a bit obsessed with beets. All sort, all colors of beets. This is a super tasty and pretty warm beet salad that hits the spots and supports your liver all those detoxification phases to help you to feel your best.

The betaine found in beets encourages your liver to rid the body of toxins. 

Make up a batch ahead of time and munch on this tasty side dish or meal (if you add the nuts and seeds for some protein) all week long.

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 LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

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LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

 

LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE


I know it is hard to believe we are including CAKE here in this cleansing themed time, but I also want you to know that with healthy and natural ingredients, you can create oodles of guilt-free comfort foods.


We chose lemon because lemon is known to cleanse the liver, and turmeric because of it’s superior anti-inflammatory properties all blending with this delicious and baking friendly coconut flour.


I promise, you won’t be disapointed!!


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7 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER {PART I}

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7 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER {PART I}


GLOW GETTER:  A DRIVEN BUSY GAL WHO STRIVES TO ACHIEVE HER GOALS IN LIFE WHILE ATTAINING A BEAUTIFUL GLOW BOTH INSIDE AND OUT



Are you ready to get your glow on?

In the spring, according to Traditional Medicine, it is the time to tend to the liver. When we allow the spring to influence our diets, we will create a deep well of spring within, and a radiant glow. 


A healthy liver establishes a smooth flow through your entire being –– body, mind and soul. People with healthy and clear livers are said to be more calm, peaceful and relaxed.

I put together some simple daily practices and ingredients for you to check out –– from a functional nutrition perspective –– that enhance detoxification, and will leave you feeling lighter, clearer and energized while also ensuring you enjoy the process with some yummy recipes and foodie delights to boot. (Stay tuned for part II!)



... because taking care of your health doesn’t have to suck 🙌



Before we dive in, I wanted to take you on a little walk through your liver detoxification process. A short, simple and sweet distillation, just to be sure you get the gist.


There are three important phases of detoxification to take note of: 

  • In phase 1, the liver supports the first line of defense against toxicity. In this phase the liver breaks down toxins through oxidation.

 

  • In phase 2, the liver-toxins that have been altered in phase 1 can now be conjugated (or linked to a molecule that will allow its excretion). This process is reliant on adequate nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and protein. *if you are doing a liquid cleanse, it takes about 2 days until your body will start to breakdown muscle mass.

 

  • In Phase 3, the body prepares to transport the toxins to the elimination organs. There is a need for adequate hydration and elimination for this part to work. 

There are some specific ways you can support your liver this spring. While a deep cleanse is always an option, I know it can fell intimidating and restrictive for many of you.


I put together some simple ingredients and daily practices for you to check out –– from a functional nutrition perspective –– that enhance detoxification, and will leave you feeling lighter, clearer and energized while also ensuring you enjoy the process with some yummy recipes and foodie delights to boot. (Stay tuned for part II!)

I hope you enjoy these easy and do-able tips and tricks that will support you in getting your glow on this spring!


Here are a few ingredients to explore in your diet and in your life. While you surely don’t have to choose all of them, filling up your life with a variety these detoxifying ingredients and practices will support your health.

PLANTS

Fill half your plate with a variety of these plants-based foods (organic please) to ensure your liver is supported in the detoxification process.

  • Leafy Greens:  kale, Swiss chard, watercress, cilantro, beet greens, dandelion, spouts and mustard greens

  • Brassica: Radish, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale

  • Sulfur-rich foods: garlic, onions

  • Citrus: oranges, lemons and limes (avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, which slows Phase 1)

  • Love your liver superfoods: artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, dandelion greens, arugula greens, and dandelion-root tea, nettles, fermented vegetables.


PROTEINS

Now you know for a successful detox (with all the phases rolling along smoothly) you need a good source of protein at every meal. In fact, protein is a cornerstone of detoxification. Here are a few (plant and animal) options to explore, all rich in an important detoxification amino acid called methionine.

  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, sesame and pumpkin seeds to name a few. One study showed a decrease in liver enzymes with a healthy dose of nuts each day. As always, best to soak and roast before eating for best absorption and assimilation.

  • Non GMO Soy: The best versions include are tempeh, natto, and miso because they are fermented and the easiest to digest.

  • Legumes: Lentils, chickpeas, beans of sorts digest (and assimilate) better when soaked overnight (for approximately 8 hours) before cooking.

  • Free range eggs:  Eat the whole egg. The yolk contains most of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.

  • Wild caught salmon: High omega-3 content supports a healthy liver

  • Grass-fed buffalo or beef: The oils in grass fed beef and buffalo (omega-3 and CLA) are much healthier and grass-fed varieties are also full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, many of which support healthy liver detoxification.

  • Pasture range, hormone free Chicken or Turkey: These varieties are more nutrient dense and of course the animals were treated better.

  • Hormone free raw dairy: (if tolerated) Yes, butter is back in (with the health trends) and grass-fed dairy is the kind to look for. High in omega-3’s and A2 milk (the protein type found in grass-fed) is also a wonderful source of glutathione, and important ingredient in liver detoxification.

  • Grass-fed Liver: I know it’s a stretch, but for those of you who like organ meets, give liver a try. Liver stores many important nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron). These nutrients provide the body with many of the precursors it needs to get rid of toxins.



SUPPLEMENTS

Even with a healthy diet and all the other practices listed here, sometimes your body needs a little extra help. The following supplements (some of my favorites) will help your body detox naturally. If you have specific healthy issues or feel intimidated in creating your own supplement regiment, I can help you HERE.

  • Milk thistle: Silymarin, the active ingredient that has been shown to reduce liver toxicity while supporting regeneration. 

  • Turmeric: One of natures most powerful anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to support healthy liver tissue and liver metabolism

  • Dandelion: A natural diuretic that eases the flow through the liver to eliminate toxins more quickly

  • Burdock root: A cousin of the dandelion, cleanses the blood and supports the liver.

  • Glandulars: High in vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. These nutrients provide the body with many of the precursors it needs to cleanse the liver.

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Supports antioxidant activity, the regeneration of other antioxidants (including glutathione), and promotion of healthy liver function.

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): replenishes intracellular glutathione — needed for detoxification and antioxidant support. 

* In many cased supplement companies have combined many of these ingredients for you in liver detox formulas

 

HYDRATION

I know you know this, but I am just here to give you a gentle reminder. Your body is made up of a large amount of water, in fact, studies show your body is composed of up to 75 percent H2O. Water is also imperative to flush out your liver tissue, and support your kidneys in eliminating toxins from the body.

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you get enough.

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day, or more with exercise.

  • Drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning before you do anything else.

  • Add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar to your water for extra cleansing and digestive support.

  • Drink herbal tea through out the day.

  • If you drink a cocktail or glass of wine, follow with two glasses of water.

  • If you get absorbed in what you are up to during the day (like me) set a timer on your phone to remind you to drink water every hour.

  • Choose sparkling water over other sugary drinks or sodas

  • Bring your water bottle with you wherever you go.

REST & RESTORATION

What is the connection between sleep and the liver? TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) observes the connections between the body’s organ systems and sleep cycles. If your liver is needing a little extra support, you many notice you are waking up during liver time (1-3 am) each night.

While detoxifying the liver, your body is working harder than usual and you may need more sleep, restoration, and downtime to support the process.

  • Try going to bed earlier, as much research shows that each hour of sleep you get before midnight is worth two hours after midnight.

  • Giver yourself permission to get an extra hour (or two) if possible each night while you are giving your liver some extra love!

  • Take a detox bath. While a warm bath can actually help you sleep, detox bath (of sorts) can also help your body detox. Some of my favorite detox baths include adding Epsom salts; or essential oils of lavender, wild orange, Roman chamomile; adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar; adding ground ginger.

  • Practice just “being”. Give your self more white space in your day –– even if that sounds impossible. Give it a try.

  • Journal, meditate, read, practice gentle yoga, take a nap.


EXERCISE

Any movement is a wonderful addition to supporting your liver in natually detoxifying. Sweating has an even greater effect. While there is more research needed in this area, much of the research has shown that sweat is composed of some level of toxic waste. Moving the body supports the conditions for the body to detox through breathe, stretching, circulating and sweating. 

  • Get outside and enjoy the spring with a brisk walk or hike

  • Head to the yoga studio (warm classes are great for this) and get your sweat on.

  • Find a cardio workout that works for you

  • Dance

  • Take a sauna

  • Do a mini-work out in your living room!

  • For best results try to exercise at a pace where you can breath evenly (as that supports healthy detoxification) while being able to carry on a conversation.

While I know you may not be able to follow through with all of these suggestions, what I intend here is for you to handpick 1-2 practices from each category. Start slow. Add in the ingredients that best suit your life (and your tastes) and build your momentum from there.

Then… share which ones you pick in the comments below. I am so curious and excited to hear the combination you create just for you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy spring season, and your ever growing RADIANT GLOW!

Need a little help?  I have got you covered.  Get customized support through my CLEANSE-OLGY Program.

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LAVENDAR LEMON MATCHA

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LAVENDAR LEMON MATCHA

You may have heard of or even become a fan of the trendy powdered unoxidized green tea known as matcha. Matcha is chock full of antioxidants

This spring enhanced matcha elixir boosts your metabolism, detoxifies your body, and relaxes your mind! 
Sip and savor.

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I hope you enjoy a spring afternoon sipping and savoring this one soon!

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SPRING TURMERIC SPRITZER

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SPRING TURMERIC SPRITZER

SPRING TURMERIC SPRITZER

The beautiful color of this elixir comes from turmeric, the potent Indian spice that reduces inflammation, enhances vitality and cognition and supplies your body with potent antioxidants. 

Spritzer it up with some sparkling water and a few other fun ingredients and voila, you have the perfect spring mocktail.

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Have fun with this one. Enjoy as is (mocktail style) or use as a mixer for your spring festivities…

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BEET COCONUT LATTE

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BEET COCONUT LATTE

BEET COCONUT LATTE

Trust me on this one. Beet and coconut go together like salt and pepper. They make quite a tasty team and color. Known for their health-promoting benefits and astonishing nutrient profile, beets have been revered as a healing, detoxifying and anti-aging food in both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

Grab yourself some beetroot powder and a can of coconut milk (or milk of choice) and you will see how delightful this spring tonic can be.

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I hope you enjoy the taste (and the color) as much as I do!!

 

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SATIATE YOUR SOUL

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SATIATE YOUR SOUL

Have you ever wondered how to best feed your soul?


Certainly, we are not just fed by food, but rather by the many other aspects of our lives. Our food is so much more than what we find on our plates.  


I call these our soulful superfoods, and they are the very ingredients that satiate our souls. 


When our lives are feeding us, our unhealthy food habits (and various other behaviors) are so much more easily quelled.


If you were part of the Soulful Superfood Series just last week (which you can still join HERE), you may have heard about this there. 

But I wanted to be sure you heard...


Our passions are our soulful superpowers. Our inspirations are our inner GPS. Our enthusiasm is a roadmap into our true authentic selves. 

Living a life filled with passion, inspiration and enthusiasm (small or large) ignites our purpose and satiates our souls. 

Because becoming more of our truest selves is our purpose.


And letting our inspirations and passions FLY is our pathway to get there.



While I believe were born to be guided by these strong and powerful energies, many of us have lost sight or even forgotten about them all together.  Notably, in many cases, this transpires into other health issues –– emotional eating, chronic stress, self-medicating in unhealthy ways, disrupted sleep, or a chronic feeling of something missing in our lives.


On the podcast today, I share with you my personal (and vulnerable) journey into how I reclaimed some of these lost parts of myself, plus some of the most powerful ingredients that guided me home (always a work in progress).


Listen to hear:

  • The insight Mary gave me that changed the course of my life


  • The most important ingredient that I added in to support reclaiming my joy


  • Mini-mind shifts that will sculpt your schedule, and free yourself from excuses




If you're feeling stuck, looking at what eeeeeveryone else is up to, imagining they've got a something that you could never have, or that your life is simply to complicated, too busy, or just too something that makes satiating your soul impossible in this life, this podcast is especially for you.



As always, I hope you enjoy this conversation and please respond (or leave a comment HERE) with your thoughts and insights.


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