10% of the time… Eat for pleasure! My favorite French Chocolate Bark Recipe

Researchers have discovered that chocolate produced some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two, but can’t remember what they are. Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, August 22

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French Chocolate Bark

An easy treat to whip-up and share for the holidays

My thoughts on moderation:  90% of the time, eat with the intention of improving your health. 10% eat for pleasure. Enjoy my favorite holiday recipe. My family is expecting this treat from me and always eat up every bit. I love to make it for them, because it’s made of simple wholesome ingredients and not loaded with added sugar.

What will you be making?

French Chocolate Bark
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Prep Time: 15 minInactive  Prep Time: 2 hr 0 min  Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: 24 pieces

Ingredients
8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.

Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS? What’s your plan for your next 7 delicious weeks?

Temptation list of the usual saboteurs…
1. Office treats
2. Alcohol
3. Baking
4. New holiday recipes to try
5. Holiday parties
6. Family functions

There’s a lot of potential challenges in this list. I like to start by becoming crystal clear with my goal. Am I trying to lose weight, maintain, heal my tummy? What’s the motivation? Mr. Kersting, my high school religion teacher/ PE coach taught me the power of vision. He said a famous basketball player (most likely Pistol Pete) dreamt about making the basket over and over and over again.
My suggestion is to envision your success. If you’ve decided to surrender and not try to moderate your consumption of office goodies, take a moment or several, to play out eyeing your most favorite treat, a cute cupcake perhaps, sitting on the lunch room table, begging to be saved…. looking emotional even. Feel the compulsion to snag it… the tingling in your body anticipating the first bite of this decadent “feel good” reward.
Hear the voices in your head “you deserve it”, “moderation not deprivation”, “just this one treat”… Hear your co-workers lures, “I brought this homemade organic all natural gluten-free treat just for you. Don’t you want to at least try it?”

What are you going to say? What are you going to do? What’s it going to feel like? What are the fears? Will you be ok?

My last recommendation is to enlist the help of others. The buddy system works well if you choose the right buddy. Same religion teacher, Mr. Kersting, gave some pretty good advice. “Look to surround yourself with people whom you admire.” My friend, Jessica, is a true inspiration to me. She is kind and loving and shows confidence with her boundaries with ease.

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Tips on inflammation

THE ROOT CAUSE OF INFLAMMATION
san francisco nutrition for inflammationIs the root cause of inflammation a “foreign invader” like a parasite or a food allergy? Is it dysbiosis in our gut or a bacterial overgrowth? Is it our own body fighting itself like in an autoimmune disorder? Why is our body feeling like it’s under attack?
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms of inflammation?
Eczema, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, any ‘-itis like arthritis, diverticulitis, high triglycerides, low white blood cell count, high blood sugar, migraines, headaches, allergies, joint or muscle pain.

If you’re experiencing inflammation, thank your body for protecting you. Inflammation is like experiencing a fever to help relieve the excess heat in our body to fight an infection. In other words, inflammation is a good thing. The idea is to discover the root cause… What caused our system the need to protect itself? We should direct our attention to calming our system and finding the root  cause and not masking the symptom.

What can help reduce or eliminate inflammation?

  • Alcohol, sugar, caffeine, gluten all create inflammation in our body. Start weening down and consume more foods for healing rather than hurting.
  • Avoid all artificial foods like trans-fats, artificial sweeteners, toxic pesticides, and preservatives.
  • Eat a diet, mostly of vegetables. A variety is best… especially cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens.
  • Drink lots of water. Start going for more water instead of juice, coffee, tea, alcohol.
  • Get a test for food sensitivities. The most common categories are gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, yeast, and (especially for arthritis!) nightshade vegetables (includes tobacco, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant).
  • Ask your health care provider about supplementing with Meriva Curcumin, a wonderful natural anti-inflammatory… more effective than NSAID and without all the damage to your gut.
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Yes, yet another benefit of fish oil or cod liver oil as a regular supplement because of its anti-inflammatory effects!  Make absolutely sure it’s a heavy-metal-free brand (e.g. Metagenics, Nordic Naturals, Carlsons, Blue Ice). Please be sure to consult your health care provider about this, as well.

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Taming The Sugar Beast

I learned a lot from the reBOOT cleanse and can’t recommend it enough. I feel more like myself. I can now say that I love arugula more than chocolate.  That’s a miracle!  Thanks, Shanti. – Nisaa K., Alameda, CA

IS SUGAR CARAMELIZING YOUR HEART?

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  • We build up a tolerance to sugar, just like drugs, so we need more and more and more. 
  • Sugar in any form—honey, agave nectar, table syrup, “natural” —is all equally toxic.
  • Sugar may raise your cholesterol as much as (or even more than) a cheeseburger.
  • The American Heart Association recommends that women keep their sugar intake to less than 100 calories of added sugar a day. This is less than the amount in one can of soda!
  • Sugar has become a “public health crisis” just like alcohol and tobacco.
  • Sugar causes insulin to spike, which can fuel certain types of cancers, including breast and colon cancers.

​It’s time to Tame the SUGAR BEAST…

Step 1: What’s missing in your diet?
ASK: “Am I eating enough leafy greens and whole grains? Am I eating too many starchy foods and not enough protein and fat?”
Step 2: How’s your sleep?
ASK: “Am I able to wake-up without an alarm clock and feel rested?”
Step 4: What fun things do you do outside of work and obligations?
ASK: “Are sweets the main “treat” in my life?”
Step 5: How’s your digestion?
ASK: “Am I feeling bloated, gassy, or off?”
The solution is to gain body awareness and kindness. There’s a reason why our cravings have become a BEAST. Address the imbalance and watch the cravings change.
For support and guidance in this area, consider joining our reBOOT Nourishing Fall cleanse. We tame the cravings one week at a time! Learn more here.
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I knew I was probably eating all the wrong foods and despite working out 4 times a week I was still over 160 pounds. Finally, I gave in. Let me tell you, it was worth the money, time, and energy to lose the 17 pounds I have lost since March. The greatest thing about all the changes I’ve made is that they are sustainable and healthy. -Liberty V. SF 7/4/13
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Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Summer is often a time for serious play, time off and deep relaxation. Many of us use the summertime to rebuild our reserves for the rest of the busy year. In our work-crazed society we can lose sight of the benefits of slowing down and taking time to rest. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to enjoy the restorative powers of reconnecting to your body through movement and relaxation.
Your body LOVES to move. What type of movement would you consider fun as opposed to torturous? Perhaps you loathe the idea of a gym, but miss taking dance classes. Maybe you secretly want to try yoga or surfing. You could play touch football with your kids, walk with a neighbor in the mornings or go for a swim. The summer offers so many choices – it’s simply up to you to choose which style of movement excites you. Your heart will thank you, your soul will be gratified, your limbs will be more fluid and you’ll sleep better at night. 
 

The Miracle drink: WATER 
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Water helps our organs perform their functions. Water keeps our skin clear and hydrated. Water allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly.
 
SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION: Poor digestion – Sluggish thinking – Skin breakouts – Headaches – Bad breath – General fatigue

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. 

“How much water do I need?”

The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.   
 

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Learn how your thoughts create emotions, how to increase awareness of those processes, and how to change them.

MON JULY 22ND 6-7PM
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