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Holy Basil!

Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, and I were introduce in 2009 by a dear friend. She gifted me a bottle of dried & capped Tulsi in a care package that was put together to soothe me as I mourned the loss of my father and got ready to tie the knot. So I poked around in some of my resources, liked what I saw about this renownd Holy Basil and started a daily ritual.

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As intrigue grew next stop was a book on Adaptogens so I could dive deeper into the fascinating subject. The term adaptogen refers to a variety of herbs or fungi that work synergistically in the body to augment our resistance to stress, anxiety, trauma and exhaustion. They enhance our body’s ability to deal with all of these common life qualities. They recharge our adrenals. Simply, as the name suggests, adaptogens help our body adapt. Some common and easy to find adaptogens are: ashwaganda, astragalus, licorice, reishi, shiitake & maitake mushrooms, aloe vera, chlorella and Tulsi.

The unique chemistry of Tulsi is highly complex. Tulsi leaves contain tons of beneficial compounds known as phyto-chemicals. These compounds possess strong antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune-enhancing properties that promote general health and support the body’s natural defense against stress and diseases. I grew some of my own this year. Just a small batch just to see how it would fare. I have not always had the best of luck growing basil from seed. This little plant fared just fine outside, so I am going to plant a few more of the seeds inside. I am hopeful for a bigger batch for a spring harvest.

All of this spicy information is here to offer you a diving board for some of your own research and experimentation. A wonderful book on adaptogens is Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief by David Winston & Steven Maimes.


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Powerful Powders:MACA

This Powerful Powders series is a combination of holistic nutrition & lifestyle solutions. So you can learn about 4 superfood powders that have heavy potential to enrich your health. Super foods are a somewhat new classification of food. They  offer our bodies a whole slew of nutrients in concentrated forms.  Many superfoods are more fun to consume than supplements because of their vibrant colors, adventurous textures and their bold results!  



4 powerful powders> Clockwise from the top: Spirulina, Maca, Stevia & Matcha

Part 2: Powerful Powders:MACA

 Powders are awesome because they are so easy to add to your diet, just a teaspoon (or so) at a time.  As mentioned in a former post on Spirulina, powders are often easiest to use by adding them right to smoothies. Not a smoothie drinker?  Pestos, soups, dressings, sauces, truffles and salads are all great places for super food powers as well!


Maca root is aPeruvian tuber from the cruciferous family that packs a powerful punch.  A complimentary dose of calcium & magnesium, B-vitamins (including b-12!) and a nice amino acid profile is the strength behind this tuber’s force.  Its strong earthy flavor lets you know that a little bit goes a long way!  Maca can be classified as an adaptogen.  Adaptogens provide your body with the tools necessary to handle stress, in this oh-so modern & busy world.  Adaptogens are a whole other topic for another post, so here are some great books to check out if you would like to know more now.  Offering your body potent tools to handle stress subsequently leads to more energy, better moods and hormonal balance.

So you can live the life you want to live with fewer obstacles!


Maca can be integrated into your diet pretty easily. Please, though, read your labels. This is a powerful root!  Taking it at night may lead to a jolt of energy that can lead to a restless night.  Usually, the best results from maca root are yielded when you take a small serving during the day, pre or just post lunch, over a period of time. There is considerable evidence that promotes Maca as a libido enhancer in men and a powerful PMS relief for women.  Do your research, talk to your holistic practitioners and as always with superfoods find top quality sources.

Why the focus on powders, superfoods and adaptogens? I have seen it over & over again and I am sure you feel it too… this world is stressed out!  We humans are designed to deal with stress but there sure is a whole bunch of it these days. With politics, war, health care, finance and jobs all stalking the headlines, as well as modern technologies compelling us to stay constantly connected and so much information coming at us all day, stress is a fact of life.  Adding superfoods to your diet is one way you can take care of yourself.  Combine these amazing foods with some stress busting tactics and your body can use its systems more efficiently to decompress stress. Then savoring life becomes more of a priority.


Maca cashew truffles

2 cups raw cashews

1 cup dates

2 T maca powder

1 t cardamom

1 t salt

1 T vanilla extract

Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly, but NOT butter. Add maca powder, cardamom, salt and vanilla, pulse until combined.  Keep processor top on and add one date at a time until they are all combined.  Scoop out choice size and roll into balls.  Store in the refrigerator up to a week (but they probably won’t last that long)


Information for this post is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition and is sourced  from :

Reading labels & my memory


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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the health news and advice out there?

I do, but it is my job to read it, then synthesis it to offer a streamlined synopsis to clients.  We live in an epic time where there is more to do, try, see and more to read than ever before. Technology offers us plenty of advantages but also it entices many of us to multi-task  ALL. DAY. LONG.

Which brings me to the topic of smart phones. I recently took the plunge and invested in a smartphone. I loved it right off the bat! But I found in the beginning every time I had a spare moment I would reach for it. See, I knew this would happen, which was part of my resistance to getting one. Being without one for the last couple of years has offered me a front row seat to how everyone is looking down, down at their little information bot.

One day I was in a restaurant with a friend, we showed up during a rush and found a back corner spot to post up in. We were chatting up a storm. When there was a tiny lull in our engagement I listened to our surroundings and thought, wow it is really quiet. I figured everyone had cleared out.  Low and behold when I turned around to look, the place was full of occupied 2 and 4 top tables. Everyone was eating and looking at their phones. I thought  this was totally crazy town. This is just one of many experiences I have had that exposed me to the addictive nature of these devices.

Convenient information and social media stimulates the reward system in our brain, that very spark will keep us coming back for more and more. I think it is awesome that there is so much incredible information at our fingertips but the question I have to ask is, does it truly benefit us? Or does it offer a sensory overload and create more stress? Does it make us ‘busy’ all the time?  Are you in sensory overload mode?

The scariest part of smartphone use is that their ultimate convenience wards off our curiosity to know about the affects of radiation on the brain & body. Have you ever thought about all those electromagnetic waves around us ALL the time? It’s pretty wild. These waves absolutely have an effect on the body and we need to be aware of this. The blood-brain barrier is compromised by over exposure of these convenient waves, allowing toxins to permeate this crucial barrier. Now there is plenty of conflicting information out there about the safely of cellphones and wifi. Historically though, there have been plenty of popularly used items that ended up having serious health affects, like cigarettes and cars. My intuition combined with some solid research has lead me to limit my exposure and buck up my daily health protocols…

There are ways to limit exposure-

Do not have the phone in your bedroom while you sleep or turn it off over night

Use speaker phone

Do not keep your phone on your body all the time

When you go outside, leave your phone behind.

Create a ‘no phone’ rule during meals

Create work boundaries

….and if you are a parent try your hardest not to let your children compete with a smartphone for your attention.

TAKE BREAKS, the world will still turn

If you cannot fathom adopting any of the above recommendations then you need to arm your body with the tools to keep it strong and heal itself.  This means busting stress and eating well. Note that that chronic multi-tasking and information overload causes stress. Chronic stress leads to inflammation which is the root of many diseases.

If you have some extra time, do not be scared of peace & quiet.

So, can we have our cake and eat it too?  As long as it is not at the expense of others OR our health.

2012 is prime time to take charge of your health and healing.  There are more toxins, distractions and stress than ever before. Are you too busy to take time out for self care and your health?  Need a hand, be in touch, it is my specialty.