Coke, Pepsi, Hershey and the National Dairy Council Want to Give You Nutritional Advice

27 Jan

I came across an article this morning regarding a push for monopolization by the American Dietetic Association.  In a nutshell, the ADA is lobbying for laws that allow only those recognized as registered dieticians to practice key nutrition services.  We are led to believe that organizations such as the ADA have our best interests in mind and are doing this to protect people from unqualified practitioners.  I wish that was the true motivation.  In this case the ADA is simply trying to eliminate all competition so that dieticians can experience greater profits, and so they can continue to preach the guidelines of an organization that is backed by a number of large unhealthy food and beverage manufacturers (see previous post…A picture is worth a thousand words) as well as pharmaceutical companies.  So basically seeing a dietician is equivalent to asking a drug rep if what they sell is going to help you or the CEO of a soft drink manufacturer if their beverages are part of a balanced diet.  As long as it drives profits, then the answer is always yes.

This doesn’t apply to all dieticians, as I do believe that some see through the profit driven corporate structure and use their credentials for the greater good.  And the one’s who don’t…it’s not their fault.  They go into the profession thinking that they are going to help people without realizing that the information they receive is potentially biased and flawed.  They probably go to very reputable institutions, and believe they are getting an education that can save millions of lives.  If they never think to ask where the information is coming from, who funds the studies that are presented, or what other options are available, then all they can do is go with what they know.

I encourage you to think about you options regarding nutrition advice and more importantly do your own research.  I am happy to answer any questions, and always do my best to get all sides of the story.  Take the time to read the full article here.





VERY IMPORTANT HEALTH TIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 Jan

Today’s post includes one of the most valuable health tips you will ever receive.  Please read the following guidelines very carefully as it may save your life.


Don’t listen to anything Paula Deen says about health or nutrition…EVER!


Thanks for reading 🙂


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Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of AWESOME!!

11 Jan

I am always trying to find easy and delicious snacks that not only I will love, but that will appease the manly appetite of my BF.  He spends a lot of time traveling for work and he says that his greatest challenge is trying to maintain a healthy diet.  The stories he tells about what his coworkers eat seriously make me want to cry!   No man of mine is gonna get his lunch from a truck stop! (and if you do please don’t tell me about it 🙂  We have yet to master the “pack your lunches for the week” method, so any suggestions are more than welcome.  But, the recipe below is a step in the right direction.

This recipe is courtesy of .  If you’ve never been on this site, there are some really good workouts and recipes…The girls will motivate us women to do an extra sit up (or a billion!!) and motivate our men to do just about anything the girls ask LOL!!   Take a look and you will get it.   I’m just happy to know I’m not the only one who sounds like I’m having sex when I workout (where is that sarcasm font when you need it?!)


So with out further ado….POWER BALLS!!!

1 Cup Oats ( I used gluten free oats)

2 Cups almond Meal

3 tsp baking powder

4 TBSP Honey (I imagine agave nectar would be delicious too)

4 TBSP coconut oil (heating it to liquefy is recommended)

1 Cup cooked carrots (soft enough to smash like potatoes)

saucer full of crushed almonds or pecans



1)  heat oven to 350 degrees

2) place oats in food processor and grind until they turn to  flour – mix with almond meal

3) add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well – they consistency should be doughy and a little sticky

4) form into balls and roll in crushed nuts

5) place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake for about 25 min

6) let cool or even refrigerate before eating




They are good because they aren’t too sweet like an energy bar or other snack foods.  I ate a couple for breakfast this morning!  They also got the stamp of approval from all the men in the household. Enjoy!!




A picture is worth a thousand words

9 Jan

While reading an article about the American Dietetic Association changing its name to the “Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” I came across the picture below

Hmmmmm….when did Coca Cola become part of a healthy diet?? The National Dairy Council??  Does the ADA have any idea what is in conventional dairy products??

Sadly, many well known and trusted organizations are backed by large corporations.  This means that they can often provide misleading and biased information.  We want to believe that organizations such as the ADA and those that provide healthcare have our best interests in mind, but at the end of the day it’s all about the bottom line and making their sponsors happy.  Do your own research friends…and lots of it!!

read the full article mentioned above  here

If you have questions feel free to email me –

Snack Attack!!!!

4 Jan

I really hate to waste fruits and veggies, so I  usually end up juicing whatever is left in the fridge after a week or so to consume it before it goes bad.  Apparently I have been quite efficient in my shopping/eating this week because all I had to choose from was a lonely little bunch of kale.  Don’t get me wrong I love me some Kale, but the juice alone reminds me too much of wheat grass (pardon me while I dry heave).  I remembered that someone had mentioned Kale chips, which I have been meaning to try for quite some time.  If I only knew how easy they were to make, I may have been less intimidated….So for those of you that need a simple way to add more greens to your diet, or if you are a salty snack -aholic like myself, I highly encourage you to try this recipe.  These suckers are toooooo good!!


Kale Chips

1 TBS Olive Oil

1 Bunch Kale

sprinkling of salt or other spices you might enjoy


1)Heat oven to 350 degrees

2)wash and de-stem Kale (make sure it is fully dry- you may want to use a salad spinner if available)

3)tear Kale into bit size pieces and drizzle with olive oil (I did this in a large bowl to really coat the Kale)

4)Scatter onto an un-insulated cookie sheet and sprinkle with seasonings

5) 12-15 min in the oven until slightly brown
and….BOOM goes the DYNAMITE!!!!!  Commence snack fest 2012!!!

Has anyone seen 2011??…I think I blinked and missed it!!

1 Jan

I remember being in high school and thinking how fast the time was passing.  Everyone always said…”just wait until you get older, it goes even faster!”  Holy moly if only I had known!!  Now my years tend to feel like weeks and before I know it I’m onto another one.  Last year was an absolute whirlwind of change and probably one of my best years to date.  I am looking forward to what 2012 has in store!

Over the last few months I have been really into goal setting.  I contribute most of this to being in the Integrative Nutrition program and having a personal health coach. As a health coach myself, I KNOW just how beneficial and essential they are.  My health coach  Cylleria Johnson is the bomb folks! Why?  Because she holds me accountable!  For some strange reason,(and I’m sure EVERYONE has experienced this) keeping the promises you make to others is often much easier than keeping the promises you make to yourself.  It’s kind of a sad deal, but so very true.  Maybe take a minute and think about the last time you made a promise to yourself, and then reflect on whether or not you kept it.  Were there any repercussions?  Did you break the promise to yourself to meet the needs of another?  What was the outcome, and how do you think it would have been different if you had kept your word? Most importantly…if you had made the same promise to someone else, would you follow through?

It’s just an interesting little thought and now I find myself asking these questions a lot.  The same conclusion always pops up…I am much happier when I keep my promises.  So….my goal for 2012…drumroll please…..Is to make promises to myself, write them down or even tell someone else about them, and stick to them.  No excuses!  If I am worried about holding myself accountable then I will continue to work with a health coach. I highly recommend you do the same 🙂 Resolutions are much easier to keep when you get by with a little help from your friends!

Happy 2012 Everyone!!  Let’s make it a great year!!




“Cold” Weather Cooking

13 Dec

So it’s that time of year where those of us who live in the desert pretend that it is actually cold enough to break out the scarves and bubble jackets (the blood thins…I swear!).  I’d say Phoenix qualifies as “chilly” at best, but it is still a good excuse to prepare cold weather favorites like soups and stews.  After finishing one of my finals yesterday I decided to drop by Green: New American Vegetarian restaurant to celebrate yet another small victory!  For all you veggies and wannabe veggies, this is an excellent place to go if you just want something that reminds you of meatier times.  The fake meat abounds at Green, and it tastes so close to the real thing that you almost feel guilty eating it.  I was also happy to learn that the “meat” is not made from wheat gluten as so many of them are.  They have an entire gluten free menu that doesn’t make you feel limited at all.  I’m not 100% gluten free, but experimenting 🙂  They do use a LOT of soy however which I will discuss in a later post.

Anyhow…the reason I bring Green up is because I had a cup of soup there that absolutely Rocked my FACE OFF!!!  and it inspired me to find a cold weather recipe that I could prepare at home.  I made this one last year and have been waiting for it to be chilly enough to prepare again.  Initially I made it in the crock pot, which I do recommend as the flavors are really able to shine after slow cooking.  However, my lack of foresight yesterday forced me to prepare it on the stove.  It was still delicious, but a little less delicious than the crock version.  It’s a dairy free, gluten-free, easy to prepare and easy to customize recipe.  The spices are warming on a cold winter’s evening and the sweet and savory flavors really satisfy…Enjoy!!

I pulled the recipe off the internet forever ago and I’m not sure where I found it…below is the original I copied to my archives with commentary on last nights preparation 🙂

Jamaican Red Bean Stew

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil ( I used coconut oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sliced baby carrots (I only had about 1 cup and it’s all good)
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 sweet potato, diced (used a yam because that’s what I had)
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp curry powder ( I used curry powder, but I bet a Thai curry paste would also be delicious!!)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (16 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed* (definitely buy organic canned goods…read the labels on conventional and you will know why 🙂
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 – 2 cups unsalted vegetable broth or water ( I used water this time, but veg broth makes for a better stew)
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp salt or to taste

1. Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until they become aromatic…this is if you are opting for stovetop preparation.  If using a crock then turn it up to high, add oil, garlic and scallions and cover while you prepare everything else.

2. add carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes

3. throw in the spices

4. add broth, coconut milk and kidney beans

5. for stovetop prep, turn heat to low and simmer for about 40 minutes until potatoes are tender (it never hurts to check ’em at 30 min…I know they cooked faster than I expected!)

6. for crock prep- turn to low and let cook for 6-8 hours.

Serve over rice or quinoa or with a hearty bread.

*****P.S.  I also added fresh spinach during the last 10 minutes of cooking for some added greenery…delish!!)*****