Honeynut Squash Soup

The Honeynut Squash is a mini version of the butternut squash. I first discovered it at Trader Joe’s and then at the local Farmer’s Market. They are easier to slice and peel compared to  butternut squash.  I have been using a lot of squash this fall. It is so nice to cook in season!

I saw a version of the Squash soup recipe on Little Bites of Joy’s Blog. I was inspired to try it with the Honeynut Squash. You can substitute butternut squash or acorn squash.

Honeynut Squash Soup

1  yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 Honeynut squash, cubed (or about 5-6 cups)

1 can full fat coconut milk 

Chicken or Vegetable Broth

Sea salt and pepper, to taste

 

Saute the chopped onion in coconut oil until soft. Add the cubed squash and cover with broth.  Bring to boil and lower hit to simmer for 25 minutes until the squash is soft. Add 1 can coconut milk and blend with an immersion blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A special treat: Topped with crumbled cooked Niman Ranch Maple Bacon.

SO GOOD!!!

Love,

Mary

 

Eat Fruit!

 

I have cut back on fruit the past couple of years because of the sugar content. No longer! The key in all of this is to enjoy moderation.

I was on Instagram and came across Anthony William the Medical Medium’s post about grapes. Amazing how good there are for you! “Grapes have been called the “queen of fruits” due to being one of the most nutritious and medicinal foods available since ancient times.”

This morning I made a Mango Smoothie.

According to The Medical Medium, ‘Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers. ”

Click below to read more!

Medical Medium and Mango.  

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Wine, Ice Cream, Hot Flash!

It is in your control.

I have been doing well since I started the No gluten, No sugar, No alcohol in January. Full Disclosure…I now have small amounts of grain during the week and it doesn’t effect me. I have a small glass of wine with my dinner.  I am off the sugar most of the time.

Sunday was our Pastor’s 60 the birthday. My Fit and Fabulous friend Ivone and I organized coffee hour. We kept it mainly grain free. Ivone made her delicious grain free rosemary raisin crackers topped with goat cheese and fig butter. She also topped them with goat cheese and smoked salmon. The crackers are from AGAINST ALL GRAINS, Danielle Walker’s cookbook.

I made Andouille Chicken Sausage and sweet potato hash from Dr. Nicole Rivera’s EAT FOR YOUR GUT COOKBOOK.

Grain free Coffee Hour

Rosanne the minister’s wife made an amazing cheesecake with low sugar and a delicious crust which wasn’t gluten free. A very impressive healthy coffee birthday celebration for a bunch of Presbyterians that like their goodies!

On to the wine, ice cream and hot flash…

Before I did my program in January every Sunday was a cheat day and always an ice cream sundae for dessert. I have found healthy alternatives for ice cream . I have been blending canned coconut milk with frozen fruit with a little stevia. It hits the spot! This Sunday, I had a little extra wine, a bowl of organic chocolate chip ice cream topped with caramel sauce. I am sitting on the sofa and I had a HOT FLASH.

My hot flashes had gone away. I am sleeping really soundly. All signs that my hormones are in balance.

It is possible and I am back on track!

Do you need help getting off the sugar, grains and alcohol? Are you tired of sleepless nights? Night Sweats? Tired all of the time?

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Love,

Mary

HAPPY CLIENTS…

“So true Mary!!! Helped me in so many ways!! Bloating, hot flashes and very disturbed sleep…. Gone! Thank you so much!”

“I feel really good. I haven’t eaten so many vegetables in a long time. Your jump start is exactly what I needed. I feel so much better!”

” I feel great. I lost two pounds and the bloat!”

“The Program has been amazing. My aches and pains are gone!”

Extraordinary Health = Extraordinary Life!

“In order to live an extraordinary life, you need Extraordinary Healthy!!! ” Kate Northrup

I was on a Facebook Live business training last Saturday when Kate said the above quote. It really stuck with me. I came down with the flu which lingered on for two weeks.  I haven’t been sick like that for years. I take really good care of myself. Many people around me have had high fevers. I didn’t have that. It pays to take eat well, take your supplements, exercise and sleep!

You really appreciate having good health when you are sick.

I am back! How is your health?

Would you like to have more energy? Are you tired of feeling bloated and achy? Suffering from Hot flashes? Are you craving sugar, salty carbs or caffeine in the afternoon?

A Beautiful Organic Salad

I have put together a 7 Day ..Feel Fabulous Program which will put you on the path to Extraordinary Health. Your next step is up to you.

I am on the journey right along with you!

Check out the program and see if it is right for you. I hope you will join us. It is so important for your health to be part of a supportive community.

HAPPY CLIENTS…

“I feel really good. I haven’t eaten so many vegetables in a long time. Your jump start is exactly what I needed. I feel so much better!”

” I feel great. I lost two pounds and the bloat!”

“The Program has been amazing. My aches and pains are gone!”

Love,

Mary

Food Tracking and a SHMEC check in.

 

Let’s start with the SHMEC check in. SLEEP, HUNGER, MOOD, ENERGY, CRAVINGS. My SHMEC is really pretty fabulous. My mood is off but I don’t think that is food related. I completed 30 days of NO GLUTEN, SUGAR or ALCOHOL. Since then, I have been very mindful not to have sugar or gluten. I am having one glass of red wine with my dinner.

Sounds great, Right?

I haven’t lost any weight and the goal was to feel better which I do. I am so grateful! I sleep through the night most nights which is truly amazing. My hot flashes are just about gone and no more burning mouth. My stomach is so much better. So long bloat! All the  symptoms I wanted to eliminate with my 30 days.

During that time and since, I have been trying new grain free recipes. A lot of nuts and coconut oil which are great for you but high in calories. I know it was important at the time to try a different way of eating.

Blender Bread

Now is the time to start tracking my food again. I know when I track my food I do better and I don’t overeat. I think twice about popping leftovers into my mouth. I won’t do it forever. I will see where it takes me. My goal is to lose 6 pounds by Easter. I have 6 weeks or so. I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone.

I am so grateful for my 7 DAY…Feel Fabulous group. The community helps me stay on track as well. It is not to late to join in. Click here for more information. Get Your Shmec in check.

Do you drink enough water?

I posted in the 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Group about the importance of drinking water. It is such a simple thing to do. It is easy, just set the intention.

Note to self. Drink half your body weight in water. If you weigh 140 lbs you need to be drinking 70 oz of water daily. I know when I drink that amount I feel better.

Amy who is in the group posted that she drinks 6- 12 oz glasses a day. She puts 6 pennies in a pile and every time she drinks 12 oz she moves a penny and creates another pile. Great idea Amy! Look what I did today. Of course, a straw always adds to the Fun!

2 down...4 to go!

2 down…4 to go!

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Cheers!

Mary

 

“Keeper of the Keys.”

(Thomas likes to eat from the top down.)

I am in charge of the food in my house. I shop, cook and serve the food. There is a lot of power in that. As you know, I have basically gone no gluten, no sugar and now one glass of wine.  My family is mostly gluten and sugar free.

This morning I made Thomas his shake along with smoked salmon, goat cheese, ghee on the rosemary blender bread. He ate the whole thing. I could give him a bowl of cereal and he would eat that too. The smoked salmon is a much better choice for him.  Thomas has had so many medical issues in his life. His health and well being is very important to me. He takes the best supplements on the planet as well.

Smoked salmon , goat cheese, grain free bread! Great way to start your day!

Smoked salmon , goat cheese, grain free bread! Great way to start your day!

I have put together a 7 days…Feel Fabulous program with Holistic Chef Ivone. We have lots of great tips and recipes to share. We are creating a wonderful supportive community. Wouldn’t you like tons of energy and to be feeling fabulous?  It is not too late to join us. Click here for more info.

Martini Powered PJ and Julia!

Today was a proud day for me.

My Dad took my advise and  embraced the Fit and Fabulous Nutrition Program! My niece Julia has been on the program for over a month.  She talks about how her stomach has never felt better now that she is completely off gluten. She also loves how the program has actually helped her save money.  It makes me happy that they are doing so well and I appreciate their trust in me.

Here is their stories! A fun video to film today!

I Love Katie Horner’s (another fabulous niece) art work in the background!

Thanks Mom for being our photographer!

I had a break through!

Yesterday on Day 22 of no gluten, sugar or alcohol I had a break through. I have been fighting the program just about the whole time. I don’t especially like rules even my own rules.

I have been agitated and stuffing myself. I am stuffing myself with good things, blueberries, red peppers, carrots… Whenever I go to cook I start eating. I decided yesterday to stop it. I feel so much calmer since then. I love to chew gum as well. It is the same kind of habit. Yesterday, I slowed down, sat down and ate my meal or snack. I enjoyed my meals so much more. Mindfulness.

I also spent 15 minutes sitting on my cushion in my bedroom. I say I am going to meditate on a daily basis but I don’t. It is so very helpful.

These past 22 days have not been super easy. You know what? I do feel so much better. Why do I fight it???My sleep, my  body , my energy is fabulous! I want to tell everyone. Do you suffer from aches and pains, insomnia, lack of energy? Get off the grains, sugar and alcohol and see how you feel. I am telling you it is so worth it!

I have put together a 7 day program of No grains, sugar and alcohol with my friend Chef Ivone of Healthy Sage.

You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?

I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week.

It is so much easier to do it in a group and with a friend.

We are getting together at my house to kick off the 7 days on February 25th.

We will give you recipes and tips to support you during the week. Delicious coffee will be served and maybe even a no grains, no sugar yet scrumptious treat!

We will have a secret facebook group. We will be providing daily support, guidance, recipes and tips. You will have lifetime access to the group.

I hope you will join us.  More fun with friends! Your hormones will thank you. Happy Healthy Hormones!!

This is an online program so you can join without coming in person.

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • A few drops of liquid stevia
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  •  ¼ tsp ginger powder
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in small sauce pan blend with a blender stick.
  2. Heat on med heat for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Drink it! SO SOOTHING!

 

Happy Healthy Hormones Day 18

Day 18! I am feeling so much better about all of this. Thank God!

The past 8 months, I have increased the healthy fat in my diet. FYI, I had a physical last week and blood work. My numbers are better than they were last year! My total cholesterol  is about the same. My HDL and LDL ratio is below average risk! I am proud to say my Vitamin D level is 60!

What I am doing works for me and I think it will work for you as well. More about that later on. Launching an exciting new program.

I wanted to write about portion control and my new love of wide mouth BALL jars! Increasing the fat in your diet also increases the calories if you are not careful. Yes, calories do count! I have started to divide my food into the jars. It is perfect when you want to grab a quick snack or a meal for that matter.

This morning, I made coconut banana pumpkin puree and sent it with Thomas for a healthy snack. I divided the rest into perfect portion control jars. It just makes me happy to open up my refrigerator to see all of those jars filled with nutritious delicious food!

Love the Ball Jars!

Love the Ball Jars!

Exciting news !

I know facing 30 days of no gluten, sugar and alcohol can be overwhelming and seems impossible. I have created a 7 day program with my friend Chef Ivone Ventura of Healthy Sage. She is a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. We are having a kick off at my house on February 25th at 10:30 AM. The cost of the program is $35. Reply to this post if you would like more info. Tons of support, guidance, tips, and recipes included. Call a friend and do it together!

Not Local?  It will be an online program so you can still join in!  #morefunwithfriends

Love,

Mary