Monday, September 24, 2012

Balanced Health, Balanced Life Group Program


Are you ready to make a commitment to changing your health and your life for the better?  There is no better time than now to start!  I will be launching a new group program in October, and I am beyond excited!  This program will follow the same basic structure of my individual 6 month program, but in a group setting.  There will be less one-on-one instruction, but you will have the support of a whole group of like-minded people, plus you will be paired up with a buddy who can support and encourage you!  

I am so pumped to get going on this program that I am offering it to you at HALF the cost of my individual program!  In addition, if you pay the full tuition up front, the cost goes down even more!  

Sessions will be held twice a month on a bi-weekly basis, except for a few occasions where holidays or family vacation times may take precedence.  Here is the schedule for the class:

Session #1:  October 16th
Session #2:  November 6th
Session #3:  November 20th
Session #4:  December 4th
Session #5:  December 18th
Session #6:  January 8th
Session #7:  January 22nd
Session #8:  February 5th
Session #9:  February 19th
Session #10:  March 12th
Session #11:  March 26th

All classes will be held on a Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at my home and will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.  

This program IS for you if:

*  You are ready to take your health to the next level and feel amazing!

*  You want to be as vibrant as possible so you can care for your family 
in a way that they truly deserve.

*  You desire to decrease your stress levels and really enjoy your life!

*  You are open to learning to listen to the messages your body is sending you about what it needs and provide those things in a loving way.

*  You have struggled with weight loss in the past and are now ready to stop fighting against your body and start loving it back into it's perfect weight!

*  You want to understand how your lifestyle, spirituality, relationships, career and physical activity affect what you eat and how much you eat.

This program is NOT for you if:

*  You are not committed and willing to change your life.

*  You don't feel it is worth investing in yourself.

*You are not motivated to work toward or do not have any health goals.

Email me now at to get more info on pricing, class outline, and all the other exciting details!   

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fresh Peach Cobbler

I found this delicious recipe on the website of one of my teachers at IIN, Andrea Beaman.  She is a natural foods chef, TV personality, and fellow graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  I had a ton of fresh peaches to use up last week, and this recipe was the perfect way to do that.  I'm not normally a cobbler person, but I even liked it, and my family loved it!


5-6 peaches, skinned and sliced thin
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. all purpose flour
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup peach nectar or water


1 cup oat flour
1/3 cup maple sugar
(I couldn't find that so I used coconut sugar)
1 tsp. baking powder
2 dashes cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
5-6 tbsp. unsalted butter

1.  Preheat oven to 375.

2.  Put peaches into 9x9 baking dish.

3.  Whisk vanilla, flour, sea salt, and nectar or water and drizzle over fruit.

4.  In separate bowl, combine oat flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.

5. Work butter into the flour until crumbly.

6.  Sprinkle crumbles on top of peaches.

7.  Bake 40-45 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and crumble is nicely browned.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daily Detox for Your Body

We live in a world filled with toxins.  There is pollution in the air we breathe, impurities in the water we drink, and chemicals and pesticides in the foods we eat.  Our bodies generally do a good job of getting rid of toxins, but they can become overloaded with the amount of toxins that we encounter on a daily basis.  

Many of our internal organs help flush out the toxins in our bodies, but the skin is the largest organ of elimination that we have.  Through the shedding of dead cells and sweating, the skin is able to remove more waste products than any other organ.  

If you can take a few minutes every day to help your body maximize it's ability to process and expel toxins, you will feel healthier and happier, and your body will thank you.

Try using one of these seven detox methods each day of the week.  I promise you will notice the difference!


Drinking a glass of warm or even hot water with a squeeze of fresh lemon in the morning is a signal to your body that it is time to start digesting again.  After all, when you wake up, you have been fasting for 8 - 10 hours!  The warmth of the water will stimulate digestion and the lemon will help flush out toxins.


Use a hand towel dipped in hot water to scrub your body vigorously for a few minutes before you jump in the shower.  This stimulates the pores of the skin to help them eliminate toxins more easily.  It also creates a rejuvenating flow of energy in the body and helps melt away subcutaneous fat and break down cellulite.  (You can also use a soft brush, loofah, or  a bath glove if you prefer.)


Any type of physical activity that gets your heart rate up and makes you sweat helps your body rid itself of toxins.  Strive to get at least 30 minutes of this movement for the most health benefits.


Treating yourself to a massage does more than just relax you.  It helps your body get rid of toxins!  The friction on the skin and the stimulation of the muscles gets blood flowing and impurities moving out of the body.  Make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards to prevent soreness and to keep toxins from being re-absorbed by the muscles.


Fill your tub with hot water and add a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, and 1/2 cup of baking soda.  Soak for 20 minutes.  This combo draws out toxins, balances your body's pH levels and lowers stress-related hormones.


Not only is sitting in a sauna relaxing and soothing, it also helps you sweat out tons of toxins!  The deep sweat produced in a sauna can help reduce levels of copper, lead, mercury, zinc and nickel -- all common toxins we pick up from our environment.


At the end of your shower, alternate between water temperatures as hot and as cold as you can stand.  This will increase circulation and help flush out your lymphatic system.  

Using one or all of these techniques as often as you can will increase your energy, decrease skin and digestive problems, and leave you feeling  fresh and toxin-free inside and out!!