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The Cancer Free Life Blog

Serotonin Boosting Summer Vegetable Minestrone

This week’s recipe is a serotonin boosting, hormone balancing winner. As you know from this week’s health tip blog, there are powerful, holistic ways to heal depression. Be sure to read the blog to find out what you didn’t know about depression.

But first, add this depression busting recipe to your cookbook!

Summer Vegetable Minestrone

Serves 6

Ingredients:

2 T organic coconut oil

2 garlic cloves, diced

1 small white onion, diced

1  small leek, sliced thin

1 large heirloom carrots, diced

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 ear organic corn, cut off the cobb

¼ pound white asparagus, cut into 1-inch chunks

¼ pound artichoke hearts, diced (fresh or frozen)

¼ pound mushrooms, sliced […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Food, Recipes, Soups|0 Comments

Is Your Depression a Hormone Imbalance?

Sometimes I FEEL CRAZY! But I resent the idea that it’s all my fault. A general sense of crazy is running our political affairs, our media, and our economy. It comes on strong, like a wave of noise, everyday.

If I never feel crazy, I’m not really living. I’m in denial.

So am I crazy? Or, is it more accurate to say that I am one of millions of women who are waking up? We know that there’s got to be a better way.

But for many of us, depression sets in and its symptoms are debilitating. Have you noticed that when you […]

Classic Glo Bars

Every woman needs a go-to snack on hand at all times. Especially those of us who suffer from sudden onset cravings at a moments notice. The challenge is in finding a grabbable option that is satisfying yet oh-so healthy.

These Glow Bars have become a household staple, both of my daughters are obsessed with them, it’s now a weekly thing for me to whip up (in addition to my coconut kefir yogurt, which these pair so well with). Good thing, they are super easy, I can make them in under 30 minutes and have on hand for the week.

The secret to making […]

Say Bye Bye to Painful Periods!

Listen up ladies!!  You don’t HAVE to suffer through your periods anymore!  I can’t tell you the amount of women who come to see me with intense hormonal issues and periods that debilitate them.  Enough is enough – you can make 5 simple changes that will lead to freedom from monthly agony.

It’s all crap that we shall suffer monthly with tender breasts, anxiety, bloated tummies, headaches, acne (and much more) for 1-2 weeks a month!! Why are women walking around thinking this is normal to feel this way? Can you tell that I am OVER it?  On an even […]

Super Hydrating Watermelon Salad

After a good sweat session the only things I want to eat are cooling, refreshing, and rehydrating.  Of course, my body naturally wants to replace liquids lost, but I also feel so much better about myself when I replenish my body with nourishing nutrients!

Whether it’s a yoga session, workout, or infrared sweat, nothing is better to follow it up with than my Super Hydrating Watermelon Salad. The main ingredients of this salad have a water content over 90%.  Watermelon contains 91.5% water, watercress 93%, and radish 95.3%…we are talking some of the most hydrating whole foods you can eat!

Besides […]

7 Reasons to Sweat it Out

Growing up, I’d go on these amazing wellness getaways to Rancho La Puerta with my mom. During our stays at this retreat, visits to the sauna were a daily ritual.  I saw firsthand that this experience was beneficial for her health.

Years later, after my own cancer diagnosis, I took what I learned from Rancho La Puerta and went to get my sauna sweat sessions in as often as possible, and even further down the road, as I started creating cleanses for restaurants, I knew I had to elevate the detoxing experience for my cleanse clients.  I wanted them to […]

Medicinal Mushroom and Spinach Enchilidas

While I love medicinal mushrooms, not all of them are ideal for cooking.  As I discussed this week on my blog, I especially prefer my reishi mushroom in capsule or powder form, their bitter taste just isn’t appetizing for me!

The good news is, the other two classified medicinal mushrooms, maitake and shiitake, have yummy, meaty, umami flavors more suitable for cooking.  Combining maitake and shiitake mushrooms as the main ingredient in one of my favorite types of cuisine (Mexican!), I get to satisfy my cravings and easily make this a meat free dish.

Maitake Mushrooms – increase production of natural […]

By |July 24th, 2014|Dinner, Food, Recipes|0 Comments
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    Reishi – the Mushroom to Maximize Your Body’s Cancer Fighting Ability

Reishi – the Mushroom to Maximize Your Body’s Cancer Fighting Ability

I used to avoid mushrooms at all costs, until they helped to save my life. See, my mother was deathly allergic to mushrooms. I was trained to stay away. Imagine my surprise, when in my 30’s, I was led to take medicinal mushrooms to battle cancer.

Did you know that the Reishi Mushroom has the following affects on fighting cancer and supporting the body during treatment? Check it out:

Provide smoother recovery for post operative cancer removal
Protect healthy cells from chemotherapy
Prevent cancer cell growth
Encourage natural cancer cell death
Stop tumors and cancer from metastasis
Build up immune strength against cancer cell growth
Reduce side […]

Cherry and Arugula Salad with Summer Vegetable Linguini  

During the summer months, we have four kids back home and making satisfying plant based dinners for them isn’t always easy.

I try to find a happy medium by taking some of the kid’s favorite ingredients and transforming them into teenager approved meatless meals. After all, I want them to leave home with a good taste in their mouth for plant-based foods!

This Meatless Monday, we started with a salad inspired by my daughter Sammy’s favorite food of the moment, organic sweet Bing cherries. Cherries are high in antioxidants, in particular cyanidin, a major cancer fighting antioxidant.  They are also great […]

By |July 17th, 2014|Food, Recipes|0 Comments

Oil Pull for Your Health!

Dental hygiene is typically broken down into two main activities – brushing and flossing. What if there was one more thing to add to your regimen that would not only improve the health of your teeth and gums but also deliver major healing for your whole body?

OIL PULLING is an ancient ayurvedic technique that reduces inflammation, keeps your immunity high and reduces bacteria. Oil pulling has been done for thousands of years, but was only introduced to western culture about 20 years ago.

Mouth health reflects the health of the rest of the body.  Since micro-organisms are fat soluble, as […]