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"Maddy walks her talk. Eating Raw is her passion. Through education and experimentation, she has seamlessly introduced eating Raw into her life and it has grown into a mission to share what she has learned with the rest of us. After sampling some of her wonderful recipes we are happy to say we're onboard."

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Success Tip: Be Prepared

Who would have thought that a humble quart-sized mason jar could bring a smile to someone’s face? Alright, so the jar was filled with a tasty green smoothie, but still.

That’s exactly what happened at my recent Detox & Nourish class when students were sent home with their breakfast for the next morning. We’ve all been there. We attend a class or a workshop and get all pumped up and excited about what we’re learning. Our intention is to take our new skills and make them a part of our life. Then we get home, life happens, we get busy and it’s back to our old ways. We may even tell ourselves stories about our ability to succeed or use our failure to implement to feel guilty.

It doesn’t have to be that way! Not if you plan ahead. Such was the inspiration for the mason jar. I wanted my students to be able to go home and immediately put into practice what they had learned the night before, minus any excuses or reasons to feel guilty. And it worked! One woman reported that her green smoothie breakfast helped her to feel really energized and productive at work, despite “forgetting” to have her morning coffee. And she was also thrilled to share that she hasn’t had any coffee since the morning of that class!

Amazing what a little pre-planning can do to spearhead your success. Give that some thought. What can you put into place to support your healthier lifestyle? As always, I’m here to help you. Just let me know what you’re struggling with and I’ll show you how to work through it naturally!

What’s All This Talk About Raw Foods?

Let’s face it, most of us enjoy eating, often planning gatherings and get- togethers with family and friends around meals. Since eating is necessary to sustain the body, why not consider making choices that you can feel good about?

Many people are discovering an increase in their energy level and well being by changing what they eat and how it is prepared. Enter the world of raw or living foods.

The term “raw food” can conjure up all sorts of images from apples to sushi. In this case, it generally relates to a diet consisting mainly of uncooked, unprocessed vegan offerings; that is, no animal products are consumed.

Raw is considered a lifestyle as opposed to a fad diet. Some of the many reasons why people choose to eat this way include:

Nutritional value: High temperatures associated with cooking diminish the integrity of the nutrients present in food in its natural state.

Socially responsible: Ingredients are often sourced locally from organic farms. Some of the benefits here include support for sustainable farming practices, contribution to helping local rural communities thrive, freshness, and decreased impact on the environment.

Taste: Fresh, local, unprocessed food tastes great.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with spirituality. When you consider the dense quality of much of what is consumed as food in these hurried times, it seems prudent to consider whether your dietary choices are nurturing and supportive of the divine being that you truly are. Your spirit is alive and vital, so doesn’t it make sense to nourish your body temple with food that is also alive and full of vitality?

When seeking to make any lifestyle change, it can be challenging to make sense of all of the information and choices available. Un-cooking, as I like to call it, is fast becoming an art form with a language all its own, although does utilize ingredients and equipment that you may already have on hand. For example, a really good blender, food processor and a food dehydrator are indispensable tools of the trade.

In these days of skyrocketing health care costs, it makes sense to nourish your body with foods that support health and vitality. Whole living foods are nutrient-rich and do just that. I recommend to clients that they begin slowly, perhaps at first substituting one raw snack in place of a cooked one.

Fruit and veggies are very convenient and contain much more nutrition than that cookie you’ve got your eye on. Spread some almond butter on a banana and watch your kids scarf it down. Or add nut butter to some cut-up celery sticks, sprinkle raisins on top and, viola, you’ve got ‘ants on a log’!

If you’re feeling really confident and want to dive right in, consider creating a meal with primarily raw ingredients. Offer your body a great big salad for lunch instead of reaching for that sandwich, and it will thank you. Or try making your own nut milks from almonds or hemp seeds. They’re really simple and cost-effective to prepare, requiring nuts or seeds that have been soaked, blended with a 4:1 ratio of water and strained. You can also add a bit of sweetener like maple syrup, dates, or agave if you like. Fresh homemade nut milks taste great, especially when chilled and poured over homemade granola made from fresh nuts and seeds and topped with fruit. Yum.

Remember, there’s no reason to be dogmatic. Go slowly and be gentle and loving with yourself. You don’t have to be a raw vegan to include more healthy choices in your diet. Experiment with the ingredients you’ve got on hand and delight in your creations. Most of all, have fun.

A certified raw food instructor, Madeline has been passionate about food all of her life. Drawing on an Italian background of ‘food as love,’ she has happily traded in her meatballs for living cuisine. She delights in creating delicious culinary feasts and inspiring others about the benefits of including more living foods in their diet.

Reprinted from New Spirit Journal, October 2010

A Way to Improve Cognitive Function with Water?

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought when I heard about this. Yet it’s true: there is apparently an element in some mineral water that could help improve cognitive function and assist the body to rid itself of aluminum.

As you may know, aluminum in the body is in no way healthy. High levels of aluminum have been observed in people with MS and Alzheimer’s, and in the brains of deceased autistic children. Here’s what I learned.

Contents of mineral water differ based on the source of the water. Volvic™ brand is high in silicon and, according to a discovery and research by Dr. Christopher Exley, PhD, drinking 1 to 1 ½ liters of silicon-rich mineral water a day helps to release toxic aluminum stored in the body.

Dr. Exley has done extensive investigation on this subject, revealing some very promising results. In a 12-week study where fifteen Alzheimer’s patients drank the recommended 1 to 1 ½ liters of silicon-rich mineral water daily, three of them showed statistically significant improved cognitive function. That may not seem like a high number, but remember this was only after twelve weeks. And all of the patients released increased amounts of aluminum into their urine, which is how it was measured.

Think about that. Aluminum is everywhere. Deodorants, cookware, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, vaccines (used as an adjuvant), beauty products and the air we breathe are but a few sources that come to mind. So, chances are high that the majority of us have aluminum that is being stored in our bodies, and it is impacting us in some way. Why? Because our bodies are using energy to deal with it. That’s energy which could be better used for other bodily functions, like strengthening immunity for example.

Heavy metal toxicity is something I am intimately familiar with. About seven years ago I found myself feeling exhausted much of the time and didn’t know why. Testing done at the office of a well-respected naturopath revealed that my body was storing excess levels of lead and cadmium.

Lead is often associated with a feeling of heaviness, and that sure was how I felt. And since I was tired of feeling exhausted much of the time I wanted it out of my body ASAP. We chose to do a course of IV chelation therapy, consisting of eight sessions whereby the metals would adhere to the EDTA that was sent coursing through my veins and then excreted through my urine. Afterwards we retested and, while the levels had come down, there was an increase in the aluminum and mercury that had been previously not shown in the results. I was happy to see this because to me it meant that my body was releasing at much deeper levels. Of course I understood that my detox organs (liver, kidneys and skin) would have to process all of these metals and it was determined we would use an oral chelation protocol with specific dietary supplements.

To make a long story short, the supplements made me feel like total crap, so I opted not to take them and prayed to be shown another way to heal. That’s when raw food entered my life, followed by a great deal on the purchase of a far-infrared sauna.

I love the idea of drinking silicon-rich mineral water to help the body release this heavy metal. It’s certainly safer and cheaper than undergoing chelation therapy, which also leaches necessary minerals from the body that then have to be replaced.

One caveat: according to Dr. Exley, it’s important to note that silica supplements do not offer the same benefit, as they are basically sand in a bottle. Silicic acid is the form of silicon found in the beneficial mineral water discussed here.

And now, I’m off to enjoy some Volvic water while I search for other brands that might offer the same benefit. If you end up giving this a try, please let me know how it goes.


Links to articles referenced in this post:
• Dr. Chris Exley, September 2017, lecture about all things Aluminum
• Published on NIH: Silicon-rich mineral water as a non-invasive test of the ‘aluminum hypothesis’ in Alzheimer’s disease
• On Aluminium in brain tissue in autism

Ditch the Chips

Food Preservatives

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer, thus the name preservative. They are added to foods that go bad quickly and can be found in all kinds of products in our grocery stores. Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold; others prevent delicate fats from going rancid.

There are so many preservatives out there. While preservatives added to foods should be “approved,” this doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to be safe for everyone always. And it doesn’t mean that the food they are preserving is healthy.

Foods with preservatives are more processed so less nutritious and are not exactly health foods, despite what may be written on the label. There is really no standard for “All Natural,” for example. It’s more of a term manufacturers use to cash in on the trend towards healthier eating.

Even if you don’t mind preservatives, you probably should cut down on these kinds of foods, anyway.

So, let’s learn more about a few common food preservatives.


That’s right – salt is a preservative.

FUN FACT: The term “salary” is from the Latin word for salt. It’s thought that it came from the ancient Romans who would pay employees, allowing them to buy salt. Either that, or it was for their work conquering and/or guarding salt mines/roads. Either way, salt was sought because of its ability to preserve food before the advent of refrigeration.

In today’s day and age, with fridges and freezers in every home and grocery store, and refrigerated trucks, salt is not essential for food preservation. But our taste buds still seem to crave it on an epic scale. The average American eats over 3,400 mg of sodium per day, well over the recommended 2,300 mg/day. Much of that is because it’s found in processed foods.

According to Harvard Health: “… reducing dietary salt (table salt that is only sodium, chloride and iodine) will lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and save lives.”

Salt is one of those all-too-common food preservatives that many of us do better with less of, especially when it comes from processed foods. Since I rarely eat processed food, I use mineral salt like Pink Himalayan or Celtic Grey for example, a bit more liberally to take advantage of the important minerals they provide.

Nitrites (Nitrates and Nitrosamines)

Nitrites are preservatives added to processed meats. They’re not bad in and of themselves, but they do turn into harmful chemicals called nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. Nitrites form nitrosamines when they’re cooked at high heat, and sometimes even when exposed to the high acid environment of the stomach.

Nitrites are added to meats to keep the pink-red color and prevent “browning,” mostly in bacon, ham, sausages and lunch meats. Since nitrites can change into nitrosamines, nitrites are one-step away from being the “bad guys.”

Another interesting thing is that processed meats have been linked with colon cancer. Because of the nitrites? Perhaps, but either way, nitrosamines are a confirmed health-buster.

Since nitrosamines are the bad guys and are formed by cooking nitrites at high heat, what are nitrates?

Nitrates are naturally found in many healthy foods like vegetables. They’re especially high in beets. Sometimes our enzymes or gut bacteria change these healthy nitrates into nitrites. However, they rarely form nitrosamines because they’re two steps away from becoming these “bad guys.” Chalk another one up for plant-based eating!


Have you seen on products the words “BHA/BHT has been added to the package to help maintain freshness?” Perhaps on cereal packages or in gum? Here’s how they work:

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are antioxidants added to many processed foods. The main way BHA and BHT work is by preventing fats from going rancid. Although they’re approved for use as a preservative at small doses, I question their safety and suggest that you do the same. Some studies show they can cause cancer in animals at high doses. Again, they’re added to processed pre-packaged foods, so it’s wise to avoid them nonetheless.


There are a lot of preservatives in our food supply. These compounds work by preventing the growth of bacteria and mold, or by preventing fats from going rancid. And they’re mostly found in processed foods. If you want to avoid them, eat fresh foods.

Does this information make you want to read all of your food ingredient labels from now on? I hope it inspires you to do just that.

This turned me into a puddle

Alright so I’m a Pisces. Admittedly, watery demonstrations of joy, sadness and release aren’t all that difficult for me to express. Still, my reaction totally caught me off guard.

A little background…

Nearly four decades ago I was blessed to be introduced to Dr. Angelo Rose, a local (New Jersey) chiropractor, who opened my eyes and heart to a whole new way of life. Dr. Rose truly was the earth angel to whom I credit with setting me on this path to wellness I was destined to walk and to offer to others who desired the same.

Nutrition wasn’t a big focus in our family growing up. For mom and dad, it was more about putting enough food on the table to feed seven growing children, and I often wondered how they did it. Through hard work and a lot of grace, we managed to get by, instilled with an appreciation for all that we’d been given: a roof over our head, clothes to wear, food to eat and parents that loved us as best they could, despite being spread quite thin.

I’d been struggling with severe eczema on and off since early childhood and, despite many trips to different doctors, mainstream medicine didn’t offer any solutions. The best they could do was to give me prescriptions for creams, salves and steroids to help with the intense itching, pain and infections that came from tearing my skin off even while I slept.

I was in my mid-twenties when Maureen, my neighbor, told me about a chiropractor who used simple unconventional nutritional wisdom and over-the-counter products to support the body in healing itself. Why the hell not, I figured. Nothing else has worked, and I was all in!

Dr. Rose was “old school.” First, he had me fill out a food diary for a week to give him some clues about what my nutrition (and I use that word loosely) was like. I remember that appointment quite clearly because what he said really surprised me. He looked me straight in the eyes and said “I’m going to teach you how to eat.” Those were his exact words and they really caught me off guard. I didn’t realize that all my life I didn’t know how to eat. But they don’t call the Standard American Diet “SAD” for nothing.

I left that appointment with a very short list of permissible foods. Pears and zucchini were prominently featured and processed foods were definitely a no-no. There was no warning about what I later determined to be a healing reaction, as the toxins began to leave my body and I felt like crap. My spouse (at the time) seemed to be fine, which left me totally perplexed as he continued his own lifestyle of unhealthy choices. As is often the case, those choices eventually caught up with him. But I digress.

We’d moved from New Jersey to Rochester, NY and I eventually lost contact with Dr. Rose. He’d taught me well and empowered me in ways that enabled me to take what I’d learned and continue to build upon it and I remain forever grateful.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I received a text from a sweet young woman I’ve been mentoring. She lives in New Jersey and I’d shared stories with her about my own mentor, Dr. Rose. So she decided to look him up even though I’d indicated that I was pretty sure he’d moved on from his earthly existence by now. Her text message simply asked “is this him?” and it was accompanied by photos of the front and back cover of a recently-published book called “A Legacy of Healing” written by none other than Dr. Angelo C. Rose and Dr. Christopher J. Amoruso. The photograph on the back of the book was unmistakeable and, upon seeing it, I became pretty emotional as I was filled with gratitude and memories of this great teacher. Even now as I write this I am getting teary-eyed thinking about him.

There were many times when I would tell the good doctor that he needed to write a book, although I didn’t get the impression that it would actually happen. I’m sure many of his patients gave him a similar message, but I wasn’t taking any chances and began writing down his protocols and suggestions as he shared them with me.

Of course I ordered the new book immediately and learned that this great man, who touched the lives of so many, had indeed begun writing a book prior to his death in 2007. His son, Christopher, had become a chiropractor, studied nutrition, and had the privilege of working alongside his father and of being the one who was handed the baton. Ten years later, he finished the book his father had started. While, at this stage of my life, my diet is plant-based, there is plenty of wisdom throughout its pages that beckons to me to share it with you. You can take a look and order it here if it speaks to you.

Dr. Rose did not treat children, although not because he couldn’t. He’d raised six of his own and knew exactly what he was doing (even assuring me that he could “flip” my unborn daughter in the womb since she was breach one week prior to birth; thankfully this wasn’t necessary because my little rebel got in position on her own), but he was always willing to advise me upon request if my child wasn’t feeling well. Above is a photograph of the original recipe book I used to record his pearls of wisdom. Although these entries aren’t dated, they were written sometime around 1990 when my daughter was two years old.

I choose to honor the memory of this great man by paying it forward and declaring from my heart that you don’t have to become a statistic like so many friends and family members who are ill and suffering. Nutrition is powerful medicine. Let me teach you how to eat.

Much love,



Message from Madeline:

Staying healthy amidst our ever polluted environment requires some effort. And the cost of illness is far too high on so many levels. If you’re not feeling great or are healthy and want to stay that way, and are ready and willing to work on yourself I’ve got the experience and the roadmap to be your guide. Contact me and we’ll set up a time for a conversation to determine whether we’re a good fit to work together.

Living Peacefully in “Interesting Times”

Whoever coined the phrase “may you live in interesting times” appears to have gotten their wish. The events occurring in our world right now could easily be called “interesting,” although I have heard (and used) other more colorful language to describe some of what’s going on in our wacky world right now.

Now don’t get me wrong, change can be a very positive thing, especially when it’s approached consciously. After all, change is part of life, and so it’s a given. I just prefer my change served up with a side of grace and ease, if you get my drift.

So, how do we stay balanced, peaceful and even thrive amidst the chaos of our changing world? Here are some of the strategies that have helped me.

As old structures in the collective consciousness like fear and prejudice are being illuminated we are being offered an opportunity to identify any remnants of these that may be lurking within our own being, so they can be transformed into something more positive. Not everyone is on board with this idea quite yet, and those who do have the awareness know that these old fear-based structures, habited patterns and actions require attention and diligence to transform them.

One analogy that comes to mind is how the cells of our body are programmed with a lifespan. When that lifespan is over, the cells die and are replaced with new cells. The nourishment we take in provides the fuel for these new cells. So, it’s crucial that we offer them the finest raw material possible.

Make food choices that support life

This speaks to the power of food, which has been a pivotal transformational teacher for me personally. I have seen first-hand how what we consume can either support or sabotage us. When we consume food that causes stress in the body, it reduces our capacity to handle the inevitable stress in our lives. Conversely, the opposite is true. Support the body with food that detoxifies and nourishes it, and you will be rewarded with the ability to navigate life’s ups and downs in a much more peaceful state.

Consume media wisely

It’s important to also consider the media and information we are consuming. While I believe it’s more important than ever to stay informed and take a stand for those things we believe in, it can be far too easy to go down the rabbit hole and get sucked into the various perceived injustices that may resonate within us. It’s pretty difficult to affect positive change from that place, so my suggestion is to do your best to not go there.

Meditate, express gratitude and reflect

Starting your day with some quiet reflection time to express gratitude and do some conscious, deep breathing into the body will absolutely make a huge difference the amount of peace you feel throughout the day.

These actions, while simple, have the ability to yield tremendous results. Give them a try and let me know how it goes.

May your heart be filled with peace.

Use It All!

Decades ago I was introduced to the concept of appreciating and taking responsibility for whatever was showing up in my life. Little by little, I began to implement that idea, eventually understanding that whatever was seemingly happening “to” me, was really happening for me. Whether it was some guy cutting me off in traffic or someone showing up late for an appointment that I’d hurried to be on time for, my opportunity was to look within rather than blame the offending party. In a nutshell, it’s how we react to whatever’s happening that matters. This practice is what I came to jokingly refer to as a growth opportunity (or, depending on my mood, AFGO, as in Another F*%king Growth Opportunity).

awarenessAwareness is key. It takes presence and patience and fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it) we all get plenty of opportunities to practice. In the case of the unconscious driver (which admittedly still irritates the crap out of this former New Yorker) I recognize that it’s an opportunity for me to look at where I could be more conscious in my own life. Or sometimes it’s just a message for me to slow down. The bottom line is that we can look at these events as either fertilizer or a pile of poop.

Speaking of fertilizer, this seems like a nice segue to share how I recently I began extending more of my philosophy about how I use whatever is showing up in my life as an opportunity for spiritual growth, into my practices in the kitchen. It began as I was assessing the organic orange and lemon peel scraps bound for the compost pile, and wondered whether there was another way to use them.

orange-slicesI was already zesting my citrus peels and storing them in the freezer for use in various recipes, but what about all those wonderful nutrients contained in the remaining white fleshy part just under the peel?

Inspiration came when I was reminded of an article I’d recently read about how much of the citric acid (Vitamin C) being sold today comes from genetically modified black mold, which I found pretty unappealing. Suddenly, those citrus peels seemed even more useful. So, I sliced them into strips and tossed them into my dehydrator overnight at 110 degrees F so as not to destroy any vital nutrients with high heat.

By the next morning, I had crispy little strips of citrusy goodness ready to enhance my morning smoothie. I pulverized everything into a fine powder, which I added by the teaspoonful. The orange was particularly flavorful and the lemon a bit more on the tangy side. The oil in the peels left a film on my blender jar that I wasn’t thrilled about, so I was glad I’d used my Nutribullet rather than my Blendtec. Eventually I determined that I could just add a few strips to each smoothie and that worked really well.

avocado-sliced-smFrom there I moved on to avocado pits, which several credible sources report to be antioxidant-rich and full of fiber.  I popped a couple into the dehydrator, along with those citrus peels and a few other goodies (i.e. dessert – more about this another time) for several hours until the skin turned brown and somewhat easily peeled off. Then I carefully cut them into strips and put them back in the dehydrator overnight. Next I threw them into the blender and ground them up. Even though I was using the Nutribullet Rx, which has a pretty powerful motor (2.3 horsepower, 1700 watts), it didn’t do a very good job. And it had a really funky smell.

Not to be discouraged, I decided to try again. This time I only left the pits in there long enough to be able to peel off the outside (somewhere around 4 hours). From there I cut them into quarters and used two quarter-sized pieces (½ pit total) in each smoothie. This worked out a whole lot better. Since the pit was softer, it was easier to pulverize.

On their own, the seeds have a bitter taste, but when added to a smoothie, it doesn’t adversely affect the flavor of your creation.

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can still use your citrus peels and avocado pits. Citrus peels can be sliced, stored in the freezer and used as needed. And if you don’t have any citrus peels, then try my other “go to,” some high quality essential oils. Avocado pits can be rinsed and left out on the windowsill for a few days until they are dry enough to peel off the outer layer. Then simply slice and add some to your smoothies, storing any remaining bits in the fridge. Having a good blender is essential.

These are only a couple of ideas which I hope will get you thinking about what else you can begin using that you hadn’t previously considered, whether that be in the kitchen or in life. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

With love,

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Oil Pulling – What is it and why should you care?

As the season begins to change, many people in my circle are reporting that they are feeling unwell. Airborne particles such as mold from rotting leaves can really tax the immune system. Then there are things the body must contend with, such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that seem to be more prevalent this time of year.

coconuts-oil2What if I told you that you could help to support your body’s natural ability to defend itself against this onslaught of foreign invaders by putting a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swishing it around? Could it really be that simple? Yes, it can. Here’s the what, why, and how of using “oil pulling” as part of your daily regimen.

Perhaps you’ve heard of this ancient Ayurvedic method and its use in supporting oral health, as it is rapidly enjoying increased popularity. Even my holistic dentist instructs her patients about the benefits of oil pulling! The traditional oil of choice for this practice is unrefined sesame oil, however many people use raw coconut oil due to its anti-bacterial properties.

How to begin: Place anywhere between one-half and one tablespoon of oil in your mouth. If the oil has solidified due to cool weather, no worries. It will melt in your mouth faster than an M & M candy. And it will be a whole lot healthier too!

Set a timer for 20 minutes and gently begin to swish the oil around your mouth, through your teeth and across your gums. Remember you are only swishing, not gargling. Once 20 minutes have passed, spit the oil (now full of toxins) into the trash. Do NOT spit it in the sink as it could clog your plumbing. Next, take a sip of water, swish it around your mouth then spit it out. Do this a couple of times. Next, it’s a good idea to follow this up with the use of a tongue scraper to remove bacteria that may have collected there. Then, enjoy a large glass of warm or room temperature lemon water to further support detoxification.

The best time to do oil pulling is in the morning, prior to eating or drinking anything. It’s the first thing I do when I get out of bed each morning and is a great activity to do in the shower. It has become like a meditation to me – a conscious act of self-love.

One of the most common reasons that people begin oil pulling is to support the health of their gums. They understand that when bacteria builds up in the mouth it can have a very detrimental effect on oral and overall health in general. Oil pulling supports the body by attracting and killing bacteria in the oral cavity and surrounding areas (throat, sinuses, etc.), which becomes trapped in the oil, making it easy to eliminate. The reason it works so well is because the majority of undesirable microorganisms in our mouth consist of a single cell which has a fatty membrane. When these fatty membranes come in contact with oil (another fat) they adhere to one another. Due to the detoxifying effect of this process, be sure to drink plenty of purified water throughout the day.

When you eliminate unwanted bacteria in your mouth, it takes a burden off of your immune system, leaving it with more bandwidth to offer you support in ways that can result deeper levels of overall healing. Not only that, it whitens your teeth and freshens your breath! If you haven’t yet made oil pulling part of your daily routine, you would be well-served to give it a try. It has made a huge difference in my life and in the lives of others who practice it.

Be well!

Harvesting Life’s Abundance

After one of the most spectacular growing seasons we’ve experienced in our short tenure at gardening, we’re now busily harvesting and preserving nature’s abundant bounty for the months ahead and making plans for our Fall garden.

Gardening, to me, is such great a metaphor for life. We plant some seeds, add water, fertilize and nurture them, pulling the weeds along the way. And, if we’re lucky, we get to enjoy much what we’ve grown before the critters do.


In life, our ideas are like seeds that get planted and nurtured. Along the way we are offered opportunities to weed out the thoughts and ideas that no longer serve us and have the potential to sabotage our creations. And there seems to be no shortage of such opportunities, unless we’ve chosen to live in a monastery where we have limited interaction with others.

It can also give us pause to question our creations when our outward circumstances don’t reflect our desires. In my experience, that usually means one of two things – either a part of us is not completely in alignment with what we really want, or the universe has a much greater plan for us than what we could possibly imagine with our limited ability to see the big picture.

When your desires remain unmet, consider asking yourself:

1. Does this thing that I think I want truly serve my highest good?

Life can be full of distractions and, while those can be fun, they often take us out of the flow of our heart’s desires and off into some tributary. I’ve seen this in my own life, particularly when a workshop, class or training is being offered that I feel I would like to attend. I love exploring and playing in the different energies but have learned to reign in my desires in support of my life path and my desire to be of service.

2. Am I holding on to a specific idea or the details of what this creation needs to look like, or am I open to receiving even more?

Miracles come in many forms and sometimes that includes not getting what we want even though it seemed like a good idea at the time. This is when I like to call to mind one of my favorite sayings… “this or something better.” Life is constantly offering us miracles. Are they passing us by unnoticed because they are not showing up in the form that we expect them to?

3. Do I really feel deserving of my desires?

We can unknowingly and unintentionally deflect miracles in our life because of feelings of unworthiness that have been buried within us from times gone by. When we fail to allow abundance and joy to come into our lives it is sometimes a sign to dig a bit deeper (there’s that gardening analogy again), get good and grounded and release outdated ideas about our deservability.

We are loved beyond measure and are here to joyfully express our creativity. Anything other than that is fodder for immediate examination and correction of any misperceptions. 

Happy Life-Gardening!

Conscious beauty – finally a non-toxic hair healing solution!

Ah, beauty. We women (and men to a lesser extent) often go to great lengths to ensure that we are in alignment with society’s idea of what it means to look our best regardless of what’s involved. The impossible standard we’ve bought into is pretty stunning. And, while the beauty industry realizes this, it has done little to address a major concern – toxic ingredients in hair dye!

Permanent hair dye works by stripping the color out of the hair and inserting coal tar dye and other toxic ingredients, many of which are unregulated known carcinogens. Not only do these toxic chemicals enter our bodies through our skin and scalp, but we also inhale them during the application process. Now multiply that exposure for hairdressers and the chance of illness increases exponentially.

And what about all of those toxic chemicals that get washed down the drain? Where do you suppose that water ends up? Not good!

Fortunately there is now a solution! It’s called Hairprint, invented by Dr. John Warner, a “green” chemist. Made of eight food-grade ingredients, this stuff has no aroma and is so pure you could theoretically eat it, although I’m thinking that it wouldn’t be all that flavorful.


Hairprint works by mimicking how hair gets its natural color in the first place and is currently available for brown and black hair. Apologies to the blondes and redheads. This product won’t help you right now but they are currently working on a formula for you so take heart. The color responsible for all brown and black hair is eumelanin, which is a variation of the melanin pigment that is responsible for the color of your skin and eyes. The reason Hairprint looks so natural on your hair is because it is natural.

Over the years I have grown content with my increasing amount of grey locks because I was unwilling to use toxic products. Since that is no longer an issue, I decided to give it a try. You can see the results for yourself in the “before” and “after” photos here:

HairprintBeforeV3-sm   HairprintAfterV3-sm

I only recommend products that I personally have experienced and I’m thrilled with the results. My hair feels really soft and natural and, personally, I think it looks great.

 You can learn more, and watch videos of Dr. Warner as well as a “how to” demonstration, Q & A’s and ordering information here.

 Enjoy your new look!