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Fruit Salads - Yum!

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Is it more fun to eat an apple while holding it, biting into it with ravished hunger? Or, is it more fun to eat an apple chopped up with other fruits? Well, for me it is a toss up. Sometimes it is just too much trouble to chop it up, yet when I do, I am so grateful. The reason is it feels so much more like a meal when I add other fruits, nuts, maybe some flax, chia or hemp seeds, a pinch of salt and squeeze of lemon. Yes!

I know this recipe may sound so easy, but I like to remind you that keeping your foods simple and putting an extra little prep into them will completely change the flavor dynamics. So grab the cutting board and a good knife and take that extra 5 minutes to throw what you have together. If you don’t like to chop get out the grater. It is an easy clean up and so worth the effort.
This particular salad looks a little skant if you ask me. But, it was a quickie, and actually more filling than you might imagine. If you will note in the photo I added a date cut into tiny pieces.

Secrets to making them satiating, delicious and juicy:

Being Satiated: The secret to having a fruit salad become a substantial breakfast or afternoon snack that will leave you feeling “fed” is in the nuts and seeds. Flax, chia and hemp are all filling. I would have sprinkled more of them on top but then the picture would not look very good.

Delicious: The secret to extra spark of flavor is the light sprinkle of Celtic Sea Salt, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Juicy: The secret to making a fruit salad more juicy is in the grating. Grating an apple makes a sweet and juicy sauce for the salad.

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Make extra and put it into a jar for an afternoon snack. It will become even more delicious over time.

If you interested in learning more about transformational dietary makeovers - I invite you to check out my course in making over your dietary life.

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My 12 Favorite Things

The Holidays are rapidly approaching so I’ve put together a list of a few (or 12) of my favorite things! These are products and recipes that I love! They help me get through the Holiday season by nourishing my body and my soul. Check them out as ideas for Holiday gifts for your loved ones or even yourself!

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These shoes are an absolute miracle! These are the only thing that solved my lower back pain, and luckily now they have so many cute options to pick from!

This is the kind of movie you can watch over and over - it makes me laugh, makes me cry and feel warm all over. Love this movie!

This recipe is not just for the holidays, it is delicious (and good for you) any time of the year!. Cranberries, purple cabbage, jalapeños, ginger and onions join together for a seriously sweet and spicy dish. This is very easy to make and you can learn all about it in my Cultured Veggies Course.


This is the #1 best condiment ever. Why? Because it is mineral rich and tastes the best. This is truly the best way to make every bite count. Use it the “A la Salt” way.

The best tasting and ONLY flax to use on use for instant sauces and dressings. Why? Because it is pressed and sent straight to you or the store. FRESH is best!

This is the recipe that started my cooking career! Ground Sesame Seeds and Barlean’s High Lignan Flax oil. OMG, you can’t believe how luscious this is. Learn how to make all your plant foods become luscious - the easy way.

This coconut oil is worth the effort and extra pennies. It helps to make the best tasting cookies, cakes, and coffee! I absolutely could not live without it! Learn how to make tasty treats with my raw cacao course.

The secret ingredient to the most decadent chocolate mousse and truffles. It is so sweet and yummy you could eat it by the spoonful. Try my Raw Cacao Course to learn how to make the most delicious treats.

Pasture-Raised and Grass-Fed Collagen Hydrolysate. This product makes my coffee and tea drinks creamy and builds my bones and ligaments strong! Mixes so easy and is affordable.

Mix it with coffee, Yerba Mate, or any black tea. OMG. Mix it with Barlean’s Coconut Oil and Great Lakes Gelatin for the most delicious hot drink - anytime of day.

I could not live without my VitaMix. Makes life in the kitchen fast and easy. This machine is so versatile and worth the expense as it will last a lifetime. You can make smoothies of all kinds, sauces and dressings, soups, creamy hot drinks, fruit sorbets, EVERYTHING. A bonus is that it is so easy to clean. Save money on raw foods and do it yourself with the VitaMix, the key to fast, healthy and affordable recipes.

This is my “must have” - a cool knife that works and that you can sharpen. Something about these knives that creates ease and flexibility, I just love them and they make an awesome gift.

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Sweet Potato with A La Oil

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This is a simple recipe that is perfect for when hunger comes out of no where. I like to always keep some sweet potatoes on hand and then make them extra delicious with my sesame tamari sauce. The sesame powder I add on top is that extra little crunch and a pop of protein. The best part is to make a larger batch and store the sesame powder in the fridge for later use. I love to add it on top of roasted veggies or even a fresh green salad.

Sesame Tamari Sauce Ingredients

½ cup      Barlean’s flax oil, and/or EVOO
¼ cup      tamari soy sauce (low sodium best) – or Celtic sea salt
½ cup      ground hulled sesame seeds – sesame powder
or if you do not like soy sauce, use Celtic Sea Salt – Grey Find Ground.

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To make the delicious sesame powder, I put white hulled sesame seeds in coffee grinder or blender and grind into a powder.

Next I cook vegetables of my choice. This sauce is excellent on Swiss chard, cooked beets and carrots, yams and sweet potatoes, and all other veggies.

First sprinkle sesame seeds evenly on top of cooked vegetables. Pour the oil as evenly as possible over the top of the vegetables followed by the tamari.  Salt is best on the yams and sweet potatoes.

If you are using a leafy green such as chard, knead mixture into chard, slightly stirring sesame seeds, oil and tamari to form a sauce. And just like that you have a hearty lunch filled with good healthy fats!

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Cranberry Cultured Vegetables with Purple Cabbage

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This mixture really rocks. There is just the perfect amount of sweetness, heat and spice that makes it so tasty and with all these fabulous ingredients, it is very healthy too!

Prepare Cranberry Sauce Directions
1 12 oz package of organic cranberries
¾  cup water
1 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
Zest of one orange rind

Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down and simmer for about 10 minutes until cranberries are soft. Remove from heat and let cool before adding it to the cabbage (directions for mixture below).  

You can use a sugar substitute if you like, however the sugar in this recipe will add a wonderful flavor, and when the entire batch is done, there will not be much sugar in each serving. Also, the sugars will be transformed into friendly bacteria! If you do not culture the recipe or give it time for the fermentation process, you could consider the mixture a wonderful relish salad that is very tasty and great to any meal.

Directions for Vegetables
2 heads purple cabbage
4-5 onions
4 jalapenos (seeded)
3 in piece of ginger (graded)
Optional to add cilantro
Salt to taste (season on the saltier side because it fades after fermentation process)


Preparing Your Vegetables
Wash the outer layers of the cabbage and set aside to use for the canopy of the vegetables. Rough chop the cabbage and process in a food processor until it is about the size of a relish (not too small though).

Peel onions and process as well. Remove the seeds from the jalapenos and process. Peel and grate the ginger or process.


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Instructions For Fermentation Process

  1. Combine all ingredients into one large bowl (glass or porcelain). Do not use stainless steel or plastic.

  2. Cover the mixture with the outer layers of the cabbage leaves - covering every morsel of veggie. Make sure the sides of the bowl above the canopy line are clean of any food particles. The canopy acts as a protectant.

  3. Then place a plate on top of the canopy, doing your best to find a plate the fits over most the canopy and mixture below.

  4. Place something that can act as a weight on top of the plate. A  rock works well (make sure it is clean - best to boil for 5 minutes if you are not sure), or a mason jar of water. The idea is to put some weight on the top of the plate so there is some pressure applied to the mixture below.

  5. Cover the entire bowl with weight with a clean towel and place in a cool (preferably dark) place. If it is covered then it will be dark inside.

Let the mixture sit for at least 3-4 days, but no more than 7.  It may start to bubble, which means it is fermenting, but just leave it alone. When it is time to harvest, remove all the materials on top of the mixture. Toss out the canopy cabbage leaves. Put mixture into jars and refrigerate. The jars will last in the fridge for months.

Take a jar to potlucks, or a friends for a holiday gift or just enjoy them on your own. Serve them with everything!!

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Fried Banana Recipe

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It was 9:00PM and I was starving. I had just returned home from the neighbors. We cracked open a bottle of wine, nibbled on some crackers and olives, and never had a full dinner. When we parted way they gave me a few bananas from their tree. Now, there is no where on Earth that I know of that grows bananas like we do in Hawaii, yet any ripe organic bananas will do for this recipe. Yes, this is what I had for dinner, and it was delicious and satisfying. It would be too filling for a dessert if following a meal, so its best on its own. Oh, and by the way, this is a completely legal meal from the Medical Medium. I know, the wine was not. So, I made up for it with this late dinner. Here is how simple it is:

Ingredients
2 ripe Bananas
1 tbsp Coconut oil
1 tbsp Maple syrup
Pinch of salt

Directions
Place the coconut oil and in skillet and warm it to medium high heat. While it is warming, slice the bananas in half from top to bottom.When the oil is hot place one side of the bananas in it and cook. The coconut oil should sizzle but not smoke.

Let them cook for about 3 to 5 min on each side (They will not get the golden brown color on them until you drizzle the maple syrup on top).

Once they are cooked on both sides, drizzle some of the maple syrup on them and turn them over. Turn them a couple times until the maple syrup begins to cook (try not to let it burn or smoke).

When they have that golden brown look, remove them from the heat and gentle drizzle a pinch of salt on top.

Accompany the meal with a fresh raw piece of fruit, or top with a dairy free yogurt of your choice.

YUM!  

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How I Get Through These Grieving Times

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In continuing with my theme of STRESS and Living As A Spiritual Practice, I set out to write a blog post about movement. But then horrific shootings and the California fires, among other things happening in the world took over me. How can I write about such simple things like movement when grief, shock, trauma and mourning was living within me? Along with the recent election many people are sad, angry, afraid, and feeling helpless, yet others are happy and celebrating. On so many levels our emotional bodies must deal with all of this.

We must all be feeling a range of emotions that might have to be cast aside so we can get through our days, and this could quite possibly cause our bodies and souls stress we don’t even acknowledge. For this reason I am moved to share an experience that I had years ago that is helping me to deal with my wild range of emotions. First let me introduce to you Matthew Fox, the man that taught me this practice.

Matthew Fox is an American priest and theologian. Formerly a member of the Dominican Order within the Roman Catholic Church, he became a member of the Episcopal Church following his expulsion from the order in 1993. Fox was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. (Wikipedia)

I read many of Matthew’s books years ago, and then studied with him at a conference in Mexico. It was there I experienced his “Cosmic Mass” of which the principles of the ritual have lived on in me.

Below is a paragraph from Matthew Fox’s website about the Cosmic Mass. There you can also learn more about the value of this ritual. For now, I am going to share my take away from the Mass and how I integrate the concepts of it into my life as often as possible.

The Cosmic Mass:

Is this truly a Mass?

Of course it is.  If you deconstruct the Mass, taking it apart and looking for its constituent parts, you will find that the Mass follows the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality: The Via Positiva or celebration of existence (Thomas Aquinas says this is the first dimension to Worship: To say Thank You for Creation); the Via Negativa or sorrow for sins; the Via Creativa, the blessing of wine and bread as the food of the Cosmic Christ; and the Sending Off which is the Via Transformativa.

When I experienced the Mass we were in a very large conference room at a hotel in Acapulco. What follows is a brief description of my experience, best I can remember.

There were no chairs or tables in the room in this huge conference room. It was empty except for four large visual screens, one up in each corner of the room along with powerful speakers for the music. It was staged something like a rock concert. Mr. Fox gave a talk first to prepare us for the experience. Then the lights went down and we began. In the first stage of the Mass there was vibrant beautiful music of celebration. We all moved and danced wildly while we viewed a slide show in the four corners of the room. Beautiful pictures of life, children, and nature - all colorful beautiful visuals -  took us over as we moved with inspiration, gratitude and celebration.

After about fifteen minutes of dancing and celebrating the music stopped and the screens became black and dark. Mr. Fox took a moment of tenderness to recite a short reading and soon the screens were replaced with visuals of destruction, pollution, starvation, war, and death. The room became silent.

People were now sitting on the floor as we made the transition from dancing in celebration to sitting in the dark as we were given a space to cry and mourn. As I recall the experience, I am moved emotionally as it was so very special to sit among a hundred people or so and face the truth of our existence, to mourn together and allow ourselves to feel what we were certainly feeling on some level but had not really allowed it to surface.

Once the mourning and grieving space had cleansed our hearts and souls, we took some time to give blessings and prayers of apology. Then the atmosphere was shifted back to celebration. Beautiful visuals of possibility, peace, union, community, birth, renewal and a beautiful Earth filled our hearts with hope and love. We danced wildly again with a renewed spirit. We were transformed and made stronger for what is and what lies ahead.

The Mass took about one hour. We emerged internally transformed and wet from our physical cleanse, like we had just come out of a hot yoga class. Everyone was bright eyed, loving and lighter. We had met our feelings head on. We cried for what is happening to our brothers and sisters, the animals and the Earth. We now possessed renewed strength from our bond and a cleansed soul to move on. I remember Matthew saying that people are starved for ritual that feels real and deep to them.

To put it simply, here are the stages of the Mass in my terms:

  1. As a prayer we give thanks for this life, ignite the feeling of gratitude for who and what we are individually and together grateful for. It is a simple acknowledged heartfelt, “Thank you”.

  2. Then we face the sorrow that we feel for the destruction, grief (ours and others), anger, hatred, and fear for what might lie ahead. We allow our vulnerability and tenderness to surface, and to grieve with sadness and compassion.

  3. Lastly, we move from our grief and send off a prayer of blessings, and then more celebration for what we have, and the possibilities that lie ahead. We emerge cleansed and strengthened.

When I read the news about people going up in flames with their families and loved ones while trying to escape, I can’t help but hurt for them. I let myself really go there and feel how horrific this must be. The idea is to look at the destruction and horror right in the face, to feel it and allow yourself to honor the grief and move it through you.  Honoring the grief is a way of honoring life, because we are honoring the absence of what has died. I bring this up because so many of us, myself included at times, acknowledge how bad some things are, or must be, and then brush it aside or stuff it. Then we get on with our day, while not really going to the heart of our feelings and allowing them to surface.

When I was sick and in so much pain a few months back, I cleansed a lifetime of stuffed emotions, I had no idea were there. This made me realize that I had not really faced and felt many things in my life that deserved to be faced and felt. Now, when so called “negative emotions” arrive, I try to create a space to let them take center stage. I let myself feel the hurt or the fear, and then cast a prayer and look toward the light of a new day. Keeping a daily journal is a great way to process emotions. Tapping is another. Sometimes when I take a walk I merely express myself out loud (yes, I go by myself). Several years ago my singing teacher told us to sing our emotions as loud as we could - even if we are crying. If we needed privacy, which I surely did, she instructed us to get in our car….alone!  The idea was to sing emotionally what is true for us until it feels like it is over and/or is out of us. This is a very useful technique.

Meditation is effective to calm us and bring us back to center, but it does not always move the emotions that may need moving.

Since our world is offering us a lot to pray for, as well as a lot to celebrate, perhaps you can create your own ritual to process your emotions. It probably does not matter how you do it, the important thing to do is to make sure you pay attention to your feelings and emotions. Be with them fully and move them through to the other side.


Many medicate with alcohol, marijuana, opioids, sex, exercise, work or food...whatever. It is fun to change the channel of our consciousness sometimes, but let’s not let some of these recreational or habitual practices override what might be lurking deep inside of us. Otherwise they will surface someday, and most likely in a disease of some kind.

If you have a process that works for you, please share it. We are all learning how to live in this new and evolving world that none of us are prepared for. None of us have lived tomorrow yet, so let’s pay close attention to our feelings of today.

Happy ThanksGiving to all! I am so very grateful to have this space to share with you.

Aloha, Susan Teton

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Avo Dulse

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What I want to express here with this recipe is that it is NOT a recipe.

It is a plate of food.

Don’t have time to cook? Eating well can be simple. But it still takes thought, time in the kitchen and clean up. It is just the way it is unless you can find places to eat out that have high quality food. My biggest concern about getting food in restaurants is the “fats”. Most restaurants don’t use high quality fats, even if they have olive oil it is not usually a high quality. This takes me to a whole other subject but, for now, I hope this gives you some ideas for “assembling” food on a plate to make a meal.

The importance with this plate of food is the dulse (sea vegetables). It is a bit dark, but you will see the pile of dulse on the plate. I have been eating dulse this way for years, and the Medical Medium (add link) and many other doctors and nutritionists herald the value of sea veggies and kelp. But, I find that most people do not really eat it. So let me tell you more about dulse.

Dulse is one of the easiest foods to prepare in the buff. Of course you can add it to soups and other dishes, but it is perfect on it’s own whether you soak it or not. Because it lasts forever, is light and does not need refrigeration, it is great for back-packing, traveling or eve a snack at home. When it is dry, before you soak it, the leaves are chewy, salty and taste like seaweed. Nibbling on it dry is rather tasty, but make sure you rinse your mouth before you flash a big smile, because it stays in your teeth easily. Soaking it in a bowl of water takes just a minute or so to soften. No need to strain it, just reach in the water and gather it up, ring out the excel water and add it to your plate. So easy. Drink the salty water that remains if you like - it is full of minerals.

Once the dulce is soaked it taste rather bland. I like it after I drizzle a little olive oil on top, and perhaps a little more salt, pepper and/or cayenne. It is great with avocado as well.

Getting back to this plate of food. My other good friend it the grater. When you grate a carrot on the tiny grate like this one is, take notice how sweet it is. Adding sweetness to your plate of food, helps to make it complete.

You will note that there is a toasted tortilla here that makes this meal extra yummy. I love something crunchy with a salad or meal like this, don’t you? These tortillas are made from almond flour, tapioca flour, water, and sea salt. I cut them in half and pop them in the toaster for an immediate crunch. They are a bit pricey, but worth it if you don’t want to be eating corn or flour.

Below is a list of foods on the plate. It was finished off by drizzling olive oil and lemon over the entire plate. This is still one of my most favorite and I must say, fulfilling plates of food. Use your imagination and use what you have!

½ avocado

Dried olives (on top of the carrot)

1 cup of dried Dulce - soaked

1 carrot - grated

Mixed salad greens

Aragula

Cilantro

Olive oil

Lemon


And to learn more about dulse and cooking as a healthy way of life, check out my How I Got Turned On Again To A Fabulous Diet post.

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How I Got Turned on Again to a Fabulous Diet!

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There are many reasons to eat well, we all know that. It is actually vital to a healthy existence, and we know that too. But, let’s just think about the stress we put on ourselves with regards to diet. I can think of several stresses food and diet put on us that don’t even involve taking a bite of food. This is what I want to speak to in this post, because choosing a path and sticking with it has alleviated so much stress from me. And, the best part is that I have had enormous pleasure in doing just that. Yes, it takes a little more time in the kitchen, but by being nourishing and delicious it creates a stress free feeling overall. Below is a little bit about the path I chose and some of the reasons why I don’t feel a bit stressed over my diet anymore.

Most of you know by now that I am a foodie and after all, I do call myself “Chef Teton”. My foodie path all started with my advocacy work (hyperlink to book) and then I ended up using all of that knowledge in the kitchen. For a good part of my life diet and nutrition partnered with agricultural practices and policies has been the passion behind my work. I tell you this because even with all of this dedication and study, it could be that I am as confused as you might be. There have been so many diets birthed in the last 20 years that one might wonder, what’s next? The Acorn Diet?

Adding to the challenge of choice, we have the task of feeding ourselves and our families with budgetary constraints and fresh food availability. Then mental beliefs, judgements and sometimes guilt are all thrown into the body along with every bite we take, or don’t take. The whole idea can be stressful, not to mention confusing.  Out of sheer desperation at the onset of my mystery illness I had to pick and path and stick with it because honestly, I had lost my way. I was cutting corners and not nourishing myself with what my body needed for the demands I was placing on it. Additional stress was happening on various levels.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had been to the ER four times with these short episodes of my heart pounding, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Each time the episode would come on I would become terrified. I felt silly going to the ER again, so I would sit in a few minutes of fear based confusion until I had to make a decision to call a friend, an ambulance, or ride it out. The doctors had already ruled out any life threatening situations so what should I do? I did not have a clue how to heal or reverse the situation.

A friend recommended I read the Medical Medium (MM), by Anthony William. I had heard of him and his book, but never read it because I thought it was just another ‘slant’ on the same old stuff. Desperate for anything to help my “mystery illness” I purchased it on Audible and began to listen. I was blown away. I found the MM to shed an intriguing light on autoimmune diseases - not what I had at all expected, and I felt like he was speaking directly to me. He spoke about the symptoms of autoimmune diseases attacking so many people today, and the case studies that he shared resonated like nothing else. He blasted some of the current medical myths wide open and gave me confidence that all these problems were reversible. His message landed in my like truth. I believed him, and began to practice his dietary protocol and supplementation with grateful dedication.

The MM gave me clarity and hope. Anthony William is not a doctor, nor a nutritionist. He is a man who has been gifted with the voice of “spirit” who speaks to him. His story is actually quite fascinating.  Could we call this “spirit” God, or a divine angel that has come to help us with an area of life we obviously need help with? Some may laugh at this, but the path he laid out made sense to me. Adrenal Fatigue and/or Chronic Fatigue were included in his chapters, which I intuited as my problem.  I was in.

I began juicing daily, eating (and I must add enjoying) fruits, dates and a wide variety of vegetables and plant foods like never before. His protocol for healing is basically an abundance of fruit, vegetables, squash, potatoes, beans, coconut oil and/or olive oil, and animal foods (if desired) once a day. He stresses more of a low fat diet, no eggs, dairy or grains. Did I have some rice or a piece of toast now and then? Absolutely. It took me awhile to adjust, particularly with regards to fats, and I also included bone broth. His recommendation to lower animal food consumption was mostly due to the high fat content. This protocol was a big shift for me for the following reasons:

  1. I had to lower my fat consumption. I was consuming a lot of butter, especially in my morning coffee and/or Yerba Mate. It might work for some, but not for me while healing. No more stimulants, and no more massive butter contributions, yet I still enjoyed a bit of butter here and there on veggies.

  2. Nourishing myself became the focus. It was not about what I did not eat, it was about what I did eat.

  3. The creativity was fun. I began to make wonderful fruit salads, and soups, which I had not enjoyed for a long time. I munched on dates, dried figs and nuts for a snack often throughout the day.

  4. Enjoying fresh fruit was so liberating. I had adopted the belief somewhere in me that too much fruit was not that great because of the sugar content, which influences candida, parasites, and more. I so enjoy fruit now and the small little problems I had with my skin are gone.

  5. At first it was an adjustment, but once in the groove of feeding/nourishing myself, it became easier, and I began to feel lighter and more clear headed.

  6. There were no complex recipes to follow, which is what I advocate in my teaching. Rather, you prepare the food raw, or cooked and consume it as it is with just a few condiments as needed. There is really no need for a ton of ingredients to make a dish. The method of combining raw and cooked together is actually what started my cooking/teaching career. Keep it simple and fill up with plant foods.

  7. As for the supplements he recommended, well, there were a lot of them. I took it slow in that department and integrated them over a bit of time.

The MM dietary and healing protocol was humming along nicely for me for a few weeks when the Shingles attacked me. For this I am very grateful because the MM also had an entire chapter on Shingles, so I was somewhat prepared with a path I felt would support me. I understood it would take some time. Even though I had fallen into the mindset of immediate healing or transformation, I could feel in my body that this would not go away with a couple of good nights sleep. I rested in knowing I was on a new journey that would require layers of space and change.

Why I recommend reading MM is not only for the food and diet but to understand and/or get a new perspective on autoimmune conditions, the fatigue and stress symptoms, and the potentially misleading information we are getting. I mean, if there was true healing for Thyroid Disease, Chronic Fatigue and/or Lupus, as an example, from the medical establishment, then great. But, from my own understanding, there is not. Medicine may alleviate symptoms but it does not truly heal and reverse most conditions. The MM explains that the EPV (Epstein Barr Virus) is the root cause of many of these conditions. I am sure there is much more for us to discover, but we know that there is a problem brewing in many of us, and shedding a new light of wisdom and a protocol that brings healing is what we need.

During my 2 months of Shingles trauma friends delivered tons of fresh veggies and fruits to me. One day there were three people in my kitchen washing and prepping everything so all I had to do was juice, cut and/or cook. What a dream that was. When people offered to bring food, I had a clear idea of what to ask for. There is more I will share in the future about getting help and some of the ways my tribe here has learned to help one another in a way that is easy and organized for all.

It has taken a bit of a learning curve in how to make nourishing myself “simple”, especially now that I am up and integrating into the world again. It was easy when others were doing the shopping and my only task each day was to prepare food for myself. I continually asked myself, “How do people do this who work. How will I do it?”  I will be sharing my recipes and methods on my Blog as I journey along. I am already seeing how easy it is to get back into the stressful mode of short cuts and hurry, or sheer laziness.

To tie this up, I am going to make a strong recommendation to you, and that is to do everything you can to put fresh organic plants (fruits and veggies) into your body. If you are inclined, read the Medical Medium or listen to it on Audible - if only to get inspired as to the power of these foods, some of the myths we have come to believe, and how food can bring your body and soul back into balance. You will be inspired by the case studies and I guarantee your will drop some confusion, if you have any about your diet.


Lastly if you want to lose weight, I think the MM protocol might be the best way possible because it is not a fad, and you will not go hungry. I felt like all I did was eat, and I still lost weight. This diet is a lifetime practice for nourishment and well being. In my opinion it is in alignment with “Living As a Spiritual Practice” in that it is in alignment with what the Earth provides for us at her best. Do it!

You can purchase the Medical Medium on Amazon.

Coming Up:

The wonderful world of pain meds, marijuana and CBD’s.

How to enlist your family and friends for the help.

How to identify the stress in your life, and how to get rid of it.






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Easy Healthy Cranberry Smoothie

Chef Teton Cranberry Smoothie

Many of the traditional smoothie recipes don’t cut it for me (kale and bananas?), and I could never start the day with one, but that is just me. Since I love to “make every bite count”, I am always looking for ways to bump up the power of the ingredients or find ways to eat things I would not normally.

This brings me to cranberries - I want to eat them more than twice a year. Even though they are a powerful food, when they are raw they are so sour that they would often ruin my smoothie. Luckily, ever since reading Medical Medium (MM) by Anthony William, I learned the value of dates for a snack and/ or sweetening foods. I have always loved Medjool dates and they are not only a natural sweetener for my smoothies but they add a delicious creamy texture and flavoring.

I buy the the cranberries frozen and include them in my smoothie, and love the freedom of tossing in dates to sweeten my entire life!

Simple Delicious Cranberry Smoothie Recipe:

1 c water
½ frozen banana
¼ c cherries
¼ c blueberries
¼ c cranberries
2 dates
Sprig of fresh mint
A pinch of salt
Lime is also very good in this smoothie. Be creative.

Whenever I have a little left over fruit, I throw it in the “leftover fruit” container in the freezer for future smoothies.

Making Every Bite Count, Chef Teton

Enjoy!

Chef Teton Cranberry Smoothie



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Down for 5 months - Why I want to share what I learned.

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READ PART 2 OF MY JOURNEY

My journey began in mid May 2018. A friend was over for an early morning visit and after coffee on the deck we migrated toward the kitchen. Out of nowhere, I began to experience this feeling of what I call “going down”, I was dizzy, heart pounding and losing my ability to stay present. This had happened a few times in the past, but once I drank a large glass of water and ate something, I would always rebound and usually chalk it up to low blood sugar. I asked my friend to make me some food – and quick. I shoved it down, gulping like a person who just crossed the dessert with no water. Several minutes passed but I still could not gain my equilibrium. “Do you want me to take you to the ER?” my friend asked. “Yes” I said with no hesitation. Off we went. When we arrived at the ER I was still faint and going down. I was admitted instantly since everyone thought I was having a heart attack.

I was not.

After the usual frantic tests, the doctor came in and told me that they could not find anything wrong, but that he thought I should stay overnight in the cardiac until for further testing. They did not want to take any chances with this 72 year old. Now, this may sound silly, but I was shocked. “There is nothing wrong with me” I exclaimed. My friend looked at me and said “Seriously Susan?”

“OK..” I said, pouting….

I checked out the next morning with flying colors. I won’t bore you with the details of the night in my same clothes, no toothbrush, inedible food and tubes everywhere. This incident launched a whirlwind of doctor’s appointments as the mystery unfolded. Over the next six weeks there were four more visits to the ER sprinkled in between six weeks of tests (neurology, cat scans, blood, X-rays). The same symptoms continued here and there and I felt extremely fatigued in between. The ER was sick of me… and the confusion, decisions, and the attempt to get up and go, all swirled in my head.

My primary care doctor chalked it up to stress – saying I was having panic attacks. I thought that was ridiculous yet a part of me began to listen. Yes, with reflection, I realized that I had been under unusual stress during the last year. As I write this I see what an erroneous phrase “been under unusual stress” is. Now I realize that stress is something we create. Yes, things happen to us, and stress comes, but we always have some control of how we will handle it, meet it head on, deal with it, and/or avoid it. Now I know this, but only in hindsight.

On my birthday in July, I was surrounded by friends who helped me celebrate with a small dinner party while I was recovering from my mystery illness. During my birthday dinner I began to get these intense throbbing pains in my back. Every 30 seconds I received a blow that intensified throughout the day. I took aspirin, Ibuprofen and finally at 8 PM, not being able to tolerate the pain any longer, I found an old Vicodin I had stashed from long ago which worked with the help of a heating pad. The next morning I awoke to shingles. The real nightmare had begun. It started on my back to the left of my spine (where the initial pain was), and wrapped around under my arm and my left breast making its way to my sternum.

I write this post on October 8, 2018. I still have pain, and there is a trace of the shingles still reminding me to live in a new way, a way where stress can no longer take over my body, mind and soul. I have lost thirteen pounds, and I did not need to lose even one. It has been four and one half months since I first went to the ER. I am still not operating at full throttle, but building slowly over time. I hope to never be in a hurry again….haha. I am completely off any medications and feel hopeful for a full recovery.

Most all of us are going to get sick at some time, have a life experience and/or need a surgery that will take its toll on us. This being said, I will never be the same, and maybe this is a good thing! This is why I want to share with you what I learned and how I think it will help you avoid allowing stress to cause you breakdown, because, believe me if you let it, it will.

In the next few weeks I will be sharing my “learning points” with you. The points I will be covering are not what you might think. I am sharing my own discoveries that I wish I would have known before, and many I learned from others.

If you are running like I was - STOP, even if it is for five minutes. Listen to what your mind is saying to you. Just pay attention - close attention. That’s all you need to do to start. Listen to your mind and your body, and feel into your soul.

This is what I did first - even before the shingles invaded me. I began a regular meditation practice, one with no yoga, mantras, music or movement. I became still, still and more still. I would do this in the morning for fifteen minutes and in the afternoon for another 15. I paid close attention to my mental mantras. I began to see how much I said over and over again to myself, “Too much, just too much”.

Most of us know that meditating is considered a “spiritual practice” because it is a practice that quiets our mind and helps us connect to our source, our breath. I thought because I knew how to meditate that I was meditating. Somewhere, even in my yoga practice, I had stopped being still without any other distractions or entertainment. Being still is the start, not only to calm yourself, but also to get in touch with your destructive patterns and ultimately the reason you allow them.

As I continue to write more blog posts and share my story, I am going to introduce to you my new program called “Living As A Spiritual Practice.” I am going to dive deep into addictive patterns, of thinking and being, as well as food, diet and medications. My discovery about food and diet may surprise you and is most likely the reason for my drop in weight. If you are struggling with shingles or other viruses you may get some handy hints. My purpose and hope is that I can pave the way for your to untangle the stress writhing you.

I would love to hear from you. Please join me in the adventure and make some comments below. Oh, and there will be new recipes “all about simple” coming your way!

As they say in Hawaiian, IMUA! (onward)

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Introducing Imi'ola, The True Value of Aging On Purpose

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Introducing Imi'ola, The True Value of Aging On Purpose

 

It seems that my life took this journey through food, health, addiction, and environmentalism for some reason, and now with a spiritual revolution taking place (so to speak), perhaps my story in Eating As A Spiritual Practice will awaken a part of the reader to see how they can combine their spiritual growth and intentions toward their own self care and the shape of a new future. My hope is that learning about Imi'ola will give you a place to plant your intentions.

To start with my favorite things, I want to start with the Gold metal of our mind and our brain. What we think, our beliefs and all the emotional turmoil we experience can often be changed by simply paying attention to our thoughts and what drives our actions - becoming more conscious. But, there is another part of our thinking and our mind that can be nourished and taken care of so we can keep on thinking, learning and communicating as we age. This comes with nourishing our brain in the same way we nourish our bodies. There is the physical brain and then there is our thinking. So often, we cannot steer our thinking more positively if we are suffering from an unhealthy brain. 

Now that we are obtaining wisdom, let's not loose our smarts!  Many of us make fun of and/or laugh at our new found forgetfulness in our aging mind. We will often hear comments such as,  "I had a senior moment", or we laugh about not finding our keys - over and over.  But, it is really no laughing matter because this forgetfulness can escalate. With the loss of adequate nutrition and oxygen to the brain, and the use of pharmaceuticals, Dementia is taking a lead in senior death rates. 

Could it be that a pill will help? I wish. Our brain, just like our muscles, joints and organs needs valuable nutrition, no poisoning, and exercise (oxygen and challenging use). If we keep learning, (the reason for programs such as Luminosity), they say we can build more brains cells. Use it or loose it, as the saying goes. I have found this to be true for me. Because I still work, and was not raised in the tech age, I have had to struggle at times to keep myself current. I am grateful for this because the more I study, the smarter I get - or the less stupid I get. I have taken on learning new systems with this approach, which is a good thing, because at first I resisted it like crazy. Now, I say to myself, "I can learn this". 

All this being said, I did notice that my brain was sinking a bit. My mind and brain used to work faster than most, and I had a memory like an elephant (where on Earth did that saying come from?). Anyway, I noticed I was having a hard time focusing and remembering. Maybe it was that I was just not interested, which was somewhat true at times, but I seriously noted a difference - a decline. Then a miracle came my way. 

EHT, a pill. Yes, a tiny pill. The breakthrough technology of EHT has made a huge significance in my life. I have my smarts back, my quick thinking mind, and even my quick wit has returned, or so I think. Ha! 

I took EHT for about 30 days, not really believing it would make that much difference. As a matter of fact, I was introduced to it a couple years ago, but poopooed it, thinking it was just a pill and it would not make that much difference. Then something happened a couple of months ago, that said, "Do this". And, I did, and I am so happy I did, because all of sudden I noticed how smart I was, how fast I was thinking and how much data I could hold. It was like a veil was lifted. Renewed inspiration was birthed. Our brains/minds are so important, and we can keep them healthy, but I think we need every bit of help we can get in this day and age. There is more info about EHT in the video below, but I must say more first. 

Don't think for a moment that this little pill will take the place of good nutrition. We are learning a lot about brain heath now. Dr. Amen has been a pioneer in this search for keeping us smart. He even endorses EHT, but he also endorses excellent nutrition and staying away from the substances that dumb us down. I am going to speaking more on this in my next post. 

Watch this short video about EHT.

If you want to know more, then schedule a consultation with me, email me or give me a call. I will turn you on to some specifics and then refer you to someone who knows more about the science. There is so much more to this supplement than I can tell you - improved sleep, energy, and mood. I won't be without it!

Aloha, Susan

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Coconut Banana (Plantain) Treat

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Want something sweet, salty and satisfying? Want something delicious? Want something that will make you happy? This dish, I promise, will deliver the above. It is always so tasty. There is no need for any added sweeteners, unless the fruit is not ripe, and therefor not very sweet. You can always add a little honey if you must.

Use this same recipe for any fruit, and you can use a lot of different types of nuts and other toppings too. Here is the basic drill. Go for it!

 

 

Ingredients:

1 plantain or banana
Walnuts (or nuts of your choice)
Milk (whatever kind of milk you would like to use)

Coconut oil or butter, cinnamon, Celtic Sea Salt

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Directions:

Cut up the banana or plantain into disc slices about 1/3 in in depth.

Heat the pan and add coconut oil or butter.

Sprinkle fruit (banana) with cinnamon (cardamon is good too). Saute the fruit in the pan, turning and re-applying the spices. When they are golden brown on each side,  place them in a bowl.

Smother in your favorite milk, and sprinkle with nuts of choice (walnuts are my fav). Yum

Get creative with the variations. Imagine that you could blend this dish into, or on top of, a fruit salad. It would sure sweeten it up!

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Are You Going To Age On Purpose Or Be A Victim To Time?

The language around aging and disease blows me away. Think about it. How many times do you say something negative about yourself, or think fearful thoughts about getting a life threatening disease? How often do you pass the mirror and say you look terrible?

Don't worry, you are not alone. I do it too. Yet, I am becoming more and more aware of it, while also witnessing the power of being responsible for the gratitude and love that I give my body. I am also aware of how much harm we do to ourselves without even knowing it - without catching ourselves.

We have tremendous power to eradicate our patterns and it starts inside with our self talk and the feelings that correspond to them.

Every day we age, and every day we have a new opportunity to steer our vessel and life to where we want to go. How easy is it to walk in the kitchen to make a cup of jo? Easy, right? Well, creating a healthy, vibrant and beautiful life can be easy too. We just have to be on "purpose" with the process and learn new skills.

Now is the time to strengthen the skill of aging on purpose, of getting in the habit of a new self talk and self care that paves the way for aging with vitality and beauty.

Check out my FB live today on this very subject (only about 10 minutes long).  There is also a gift for you to get going on this new practice. You can also watch it below on YouTube in case you don't use Facebook.

 

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Are You Going Along?

Do you just "go along," or do you take a stand and follow your own guidance and protocol for choosing the right food choices and self care for you? If I was to inspire one thing for you, it would be for you to discover where you "go along" and where you keep in your power and stay on purpose with your own goals.

Watch my FB live video (it is not long), where I talk about the story in my book when I discovered I was often being "go along" Susie. I still find myself "going along," but am getting better and better at standing firm in my well being.

In the FB live I also offer a tip for how to make your own hemp milk, and why it is the easy and preferred way to get vitally needed nourishment from nuts and seeds. Although convenient, those packaged milks offer little or no value beyond calories and filling you up. There is also a link for my video on how to make nut milks. 

You can check out the FB Live Videos HERE or you can watch it below on YouTube.

 

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Baked Ulu (Breadfruit) Pancakes

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If you can possibly get breadfruit, you will think you have died and gone to heaven. This starchy fruit can be used for so many dishes you will not believe it! Did I mention, delicious? OMG.

See the goupy stuff on the cookie sheet below. That is just ripe breadfruit, also known as Ulu. It can be cooked and used to eat like a potato, or in a stew, curry or whatever. When it is soft and goupy like in the picture below it can be used for puddings, pancakes, or any dish you want to be sweet. You would not believe how sweet this fruit is when it is ripe.

When we baked the cakes below and/or fried them in coconut oil (Barlean's Culinary Oil), they are so sweet you do not need any additional sweetener.

In the photo above, I cooked a chopped apple and then added some yogurt and cinnamon on top for an incredible breakfast or meal.

Ingredients:

One ripe ulu (breadfruit)
Coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

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Ulu Instructions:

Peel off the skin and remove the core (it's very easy to do so when it's ripe).

Kneed the flesh on a board to make dough.

Grease the surface of a baking sheet with coconut oil to prepare for baking instead. Take a scoop and place the dough onto the baking sheet and spread it flat. 

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Place the baking sheet in the oven at 350.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on each side (time depends on how thick the dough is).

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Optional:

It's tasty plain but you can also top it off with fruits and yogurt like I did. Experiment and see what works!

You can also refrigerate that which you do not eat, then have them available to pop in the toaster to warm and use with nut butter, avocado or just plain!

YUM!!

 

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How to Do a Life Reset Without Moving or Starting a New Career

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If any of you have read my book, Eating as a Spiritual Practice, you will discover that I made two extreme life changes within the story I told. These changes were not done on purpose – they seemed to just happen within a series of circumstances that popped into my life like a magic bullet. The first one was fun, exhilarating and new. It came after casting a prayer, “Dear God, there must be more to life than this, please show me.” The second one came as everything fell apart; relationships, job, car, house, and even my body. It was not fun. It was difficult, sad and scary.

Now, several years later after another huge change in my life, which involved me moving to Maui and starting a new life, I found myself desperately needing a reset of some kind. But what? How? I did not want to move. I did not really want to change my career, and I loved my tribe. So, I set out to create a new life in the life I had. This is what I want to share with you because if you are in a rut, if you need a change, if you need a reset, then my story might give you some good ideas of how you can do it right where you are.

1. Let’s start with the body. Mine was more than physically tired. I was not that happy and I was worn out and bored with all circumstances. My doctor said I was depressed. She tried to give me a pill after asking me about 10 questions. Yes, I cried a lot. I did not have the energy and enthusiasm to create in my life like I used to. I refused the pills and kept praying for answers. First, I did a cleanse, which included a parasite cleanse. Then I got body work as much as possible, which included acupuncture. My diet, even though clean, was cleaned up even more, and I began a more stable practice of Kundalini yoga. If only for 15 minutes each morning, this moved my breath and invigorated my soul.

2. I live in a large house that provides me the opportunity for guests or a roommate. I decided that even though the people that were here were good, there needed to be a change. It took a few months, but off they went to create their own lives. This created a huge space in my house for a few months before I set out to fill the space again. It gave me time to feel into what might be right for me. What did I want?

3. Here comes the good part. The new space in my home felt so good that it launched the beginning of a move within my own home. I changed rooms and moved from where I previously slept and worked. This caused me to clean out everything. De-clutter became the name of the game. It was overwhelming and took time.

4. I had got so behind from the years taking care of my Mom before she went to heaven. I am sure it had something to do with the fatigue and overwhelm, which manifested in slight depression. I needed help. I put it out to my friends over and over, and some responded over the year here and there, which was wonderful. But, then my friend Patty flew in from California for ten days. She came to make me dinner, play, rearrange and de-clutter, scheming creatively on my behalf. God sent me a heavenly angel to do nothing but serve me, and my home transition.

5. When I came home from taking Patty to the airport, I walked into a new office, and a new bedroom, a new flow of support for the life I wanted to create. My pictures were hung, the linens refreshed, my closets clean and my soul at ease. I still lived in the same home. I still have my same career, but it all felt new and refreshed. My body felt lighter, I loved my home and I felt loved and cared for. I am revitalized with a fresh start right here within my old life. I did not have to move, change careers, or leave my wonderful friends.

My purpose in sharing this story with you is to inspire you to take responsibility for your health and home right where you are. There are so many layers to self care. Self care goes way beyond diet and exercise. We need to look closely at our lives and see what we can do to refresh them. When we lighten the load of our belongings, we lighten the load in our hearts and minds. It creates space for the soul to shine through.

Many of us know this, but it can feel overwhelming when we have so much to do. This is when we must call on our friends and ask for help. If you don’t have the funds to hire help, and even if you do, there is nothing like ponying up with a good friend and rolling up your sleeves to be of service to each other. It can be fun. If it feels out of balance, then offer a trade. A tribe works together and we need each other.

There is another aspect of this self care I want to speak to and that is time. I believe we have to be patient, and give ourselves time to make transitions. A change in your diet, for instance, needs time and consistency. It took me almost a year to fully make this transition. It came in steps and was not always easy. If you stay close to yourself, and keep asking and following your heart and inner guidance, you will find the meandering path that is the route to your soul’s health and vitality.

Of course, there is more to this year of transition for me, but I wanted to share the highlights and plant the seed of the idea for you so that you too can look at your own home and life, and find where you might want to up your game of self care. As we age, if we want to stay light and vibrant, we must look into the vast areas of self care and take responsibility for creating a life of health and vitality.

To this end, I am committed to supporting women to take responsibility for their self care, and age with purpose, vitality and natural beauty.  

Are you one of these women? Schedule a complimentary consultant call - email me with your timezone and some date/time that would work for you.

Big announcement! I'll be doing my first Facebook Live next week! Be sure to like my page HERE so you'll be notified when I go live. If you miss it or don't use Facebook, no worries, I'll post it on my blog after.

Finally, the Kindle edition of Eating as a Spiritual Practice is on sale for $2.99 for a limited time! This sale will end on November 30 so get your copy today! You can buy it HERE. And please remember to leave a review. I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Aloha, Susan

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A Must: Learn The Power Of Oral Health For Your Whole Body's Health!

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A Must: Learn The Power Of Oral Health For Your Whole Body's Health!

 
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Even though we have dental experts to call upon, we ourselves must be educated. Vitally important: The Functional Oral Health Summit!!

Listen to the The Functional Oral Health Summit.

Remember the days (depending on how old you are, maybe you don’t) that you went to the doctor and told him/her what was wrong and they prescribed something, presumably safe, and off you went home to heal and get better. Sometimes it was as simple as “take two aspirin and go to bed.”

Not only is it not simple anymore, we are required to step up and be our own health practitioner/physician to some degree. Even dental work is becoming complex.  But, even more than complex, we are finding that oral health can be the root of so many other problems. Two aspirins are not going to make it in today's world. 

I know that many of your are experiencing dental problems, so please listen in as much as you can to this wonderful summit starting today:

Click HERE to listen to the summit.

I thought my dental nightmare was over, but I was wrong. Recently I had to learn how to read my dental x-rays. Why, you might be wondering? Because my dentist did not catch what he should have in the beginning. Not only that, the x-ray he took did not show the root of the tooth, which means it did not show the bone around the root. So, an infection that was brewing for months went unseen by the dentist.

I trusted that they took and read the x-ray correctly. Pain kept coming and I kept being told nothing was wrong. I was also suffering from extreme fatigue and radical ups and downs, so I decided to take action. I had retrieved a copy of my x-ray and sent it to another dentist. That is when I was told that it was not a good x-ray. So, I went back to the same dentist for another x-ray, and still, “We don’t see a problem.”

Long story short, a brewing problem that the dentist could not see brewed to the point of bringing me to my knees with pain. A horrific infection went to the bone and broke me at every level. When we looked at new x-rays and old x-rays, we could see the infectious brew in its infancy. Now it was like a rebel teen creating all kinds of havoc in my body. I had also now become a good x-ray reader.

Are you bored yet? I don’t blame you. The ride I took once down on my knees in pain consisted of round of antibiotics, and a root canal. I said I would never do either of these again. But, quite frankly, I would have taken anything, done anything, bought anything, to get rid of the pain and get my body back in balance.

Trust me, I tried everything I could think of, all things referred by friends and trusted colleagues. But nothing worked. It was too late.

It is true. It is a new day, and we cannot throw caution to the wind any more. Two aspirin and bed is not enough. A simple filling is not enough. Now we must know more. We cannot always trust others. They, the professionals, are learning as fast as we are.

I am suggesting that you become as informed as you can about your mouth, your teeth, about oral health. The perfect opportunity is here for you to learn more with this fabulous summit beginning today.

Sign in HERE today and listen for FREE.

We must now be our own health care practitioners with the help of those who are pioneering a new, more vibrant way.

Aloha, Susan Teton

Are you suffering from any type of tooth problems? If I can help, I surely will. Schedule a call HERE. I have had a biological dentist for 15 years in Mexico, but it is not always easy for me to get there, so I have had to learn a lot on my own.

 

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Read the Introduction of My Book, Eating as a Spiritual Practice

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Read the Introduction of My Book, Eating as a Spiritual Practice

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Introduction
By
Susan Teton Campbell

The path to my foodie awakening began when I became a mother in 1969. From early on, my son had debilitating allergies that were reversed with dietary changes when he was ten, yet when he hit his teens, I lost control and so did he.

When I was a teen and young woman, my diet centered on my aspiration to have a slim and beautiful figure. Thank God for vanity because it helped me stay somewhat healthy. My motto was just to “eat less.” I am sure I tried every weight-loss diet available at the time. Those diets were full of deprivation accompanied by some sort of theme that always meant, “Eat less.” When I awakened to the bigger picture encompassing food and agriculture in America, I went from being a foodie in the dark to a hard-core raw food vegan overnight.

But over the years, that changed again as I dug my fork into a steak and began baking my own bread. Somewhere, I found a balance that is still close to my original vegan diet, yet slightly more diverse.

The good news is that deprivation turned into abundance, and eating less turned into eating as much as I want and need. Weight loss never became an issue again, and now at the age of seventy-two, I have vital good health, strong bones, flexible joints, flowing digestion, good skin, and mental clarity (well, most of the time).

But, diet per se is not the point in sharing my journey. My journey in eating is more about how my adventure transformed and connected me to all life, providing a grand view of our social fabric and culture. It started with a prayer at age forty-seven, “Dear God, there must be more to life that this; please show me.” The answer to this prayer catapulted me into discovering my purpose. First, I found myself on Native American reservations teaching food as medicine, camping in the badlands with a small family of buffalo sleeping around my tent, to landing the job of a lifetime with the John Robbins’ organization, EarthSave International. (Robbins is the author of Diet for a New America, and more recently, The Food Revolution.) My mission was to inspire healthier food in our nations’ schools and to write the Healthy School Lunch Action Guide. Fresh off the land, I put on my corporate suit to address politicians in Washington, D.C., speak at national conferences on our children’s behalf, and address students in schools across America. I did this while marching into courtrooms to plead with judges to keep my son out of jail for drug related crimes. And we certainly can’t have all this adventure without a love story.

My journey, which is told in the first part of this book, was not always an easy one; as a matter of fact, at times it was horrifying. There were also times of joy, exhilaration, and deep gratitude, all laced with a profound sense of belonging and being lost at the same time. But, once engrossed in the world of food and agriculture, and witnessing the decline of our children’s health and the epidemic proportions of drug addiction, I could never look back. I was forever changed and, thus, entrenched in the soil of the Earth that feeds us, and the food that shapes our culture.

The first section of Eating as a Spiritual Practice is a reflection of my journey as a means to inspire you to connect to the larger world around the food choices you may be making. In my work, I find people are confused about diets; many are sick and know that diet plays a huge role in our wellbeing. Many know better but don’t do better. I understand. We get caught up in our daily lives and just go along the best we can without connecting to that expansive part of ourselves and the source that gives us life. We don’t take time or spend extra money on certain things that might be good for us because they fulfill no immediate need we can see. Yet when a life-threatening disease or circumstance pops up, we become powerful stewards to whatever the situation demands. We drop everything that gets in the way of saving our life, including draining our bank accounts, borrowing money, staying up late, or working like a slave. We will show up fully with every resource we have to reverse a life-threatening situation. Many of us will even start praying when we never prayed before because deep down in us lives the belief that a greater power will assist and save us. We have this power when we need it, and most of us know it.

What if we accessed that power without it being fueled by an immediate life-threatening challenge? What if we accessed it through our daily actions just for the love and appreciation of the gift we have been given? What if we became acutely aware of our choices today, fully aware that they are creating our world of tomorrow? Would it make our lives more meaningful, more fun, and healthier? Would it help us easily manifest our dreams and live without fear, sickness, or deprivation?

If you have strayed far away from the connection you need to steward yourself with daily appreciation and nourishment, it is not your fault. Somehow, in the last few centuries, we lost one of the most sacred relationships we have to the environment and our Earth, and that is “eating.” Eating is, arguably, one of the most intimate acts we do on a daily basis, and yet most of us are absent in the presence of its potential pleasure, nourishment, and the incredible results it provides for the quality of our ride here on Earth.

Since we cannot be well if the Earth is sick, we must also come face-to-face with the rise in life-threatening diseases and what lies ahead if we continue down our current path, specifically around eating. While this situation may be difficult to relate to, understanding it is vital to your health and future.

Now, we can’t talk food without some delicious recipes. The second section contains those. The theme is a lively combination of “raw, cooked, and cultured” foods. I call my method “Essential Cuisine.” Knowing what must be raw, what is best cooked, and the how and why cultured/fermented foods are powerful will help you simplify and end confusion, no matter what diet you choose. The recipes, mostly vegan, can and should be enjoyed with any dietary protocol. They offer all things essential for a good foundation of excellent nutrition, affordability, and simplicity, and let’s not forget pleasure.

Knowing that fruits and vegetables are healthy foods has not been enough to motivate the masses. When our blind spots are removed and we see more, our will is strengthened. Most want to do well, to aspire, to love, and to give. But we can’t do more, be more, and love more if we are sick. So I am hoping that along with my story and some yummy recipes, I can serve up some inspired motivation for you.

The results you may be striving for—weight loss, energy, better digestion, strong bones, and glowing skin are, for the most part, yours easily with the right foods. Acting with purpose presents even more radiant results like self-discovery, bonding, intimacy, friendship, inner authority, and joy. This is not a stretch, but the real truth about living with purpose and connecting to your sacred self-care. You may have a lot more fun too.

Please don’t think for a moment that this book is about putting your bowl of food on your altar and praying, smudging with sage before your meal, or falling on your knees before you enter the grocery store. My wish is that the facts and parallels between my story and your own will bring illumination to the bigger picture of your spiritual practice and daily choices for self-care. My intent is that in sharing my experience and perspective, you might awaken a part of you that you have not yet witnessed. Perhaps you, too, can let go of dieting and turn your focus toward love and stewardship, abundance and deliciousness, and pride and devotion.

A New Day

Our bodies are in danger, as we witness the decline of human health for the elderly, middle aged, and now, our youth. Food, we know, is at the center of building hormonal balance, mental clarity, flexible joints, flowing digestion, and emotional equilibrium. Taking care of our bodies is a must, but not enough. We must now take into consideration the land that nourishes us. We must heed the call of the Earth, the very place our food and water come from, the very place that cleanses us with the breath we breathe, the place that gives us life and takes us back. Clean air, water, and soil are at the heart of our life and health.

Healthy food can no longer be a temporary diet, eaten merely to lose weight, cleanse our bodies, or heal a sickness. It can no longer be the occasional meal at the health food restaurant, or the meal-for-a-day when on a diet. Now, like exercising, meditation, or yoga, healthful, nourishing foods must be integrated into our lives as a practice—a daily discipline that requires focus, innovation, quality, convenience, and consistency—one fueled by love and respect. Healthy meals are essential to the new way of life calling us home to the table.

Eating as a Spiritual Practice is a way of life—with nourishment, flavor, love, and respect for the Earth, and health and vitality as the essential ingredients. It is a dietary practice, but also an inner spiritual practice since it involves daily action, which we shall explore in the following chapters. It is a practice that awakened me to the power of food and introduced me to a wonderful new way to connect to the larger purpose behind my life, which is inspired by the strongest force in the universe, love.

Like most journeys, there is no clear, definitive end to my own. I am still on a path of discovery, laced with challenges and insights that reveal how the human garden is grown. I can see more clearly now that we reap, sow, grow, and maximize our God-given potential according to the choices we live by. What is clearer to me now is that this single act of reconnecting to what really matters, and merging our body and our soul, has to start now…

…and it starts in the kitchen.

Want to read more? You can purchase the ebook on Amazon.com HERE.

Read what people are saying about the book:

While typical cookbooks and dietary programs center on culinary instruction, Susan Teton elevates her food message by first sharing her epicurean life story – an unforgettable series of relationships, situations and serendipitous shifts that led her to an awakening of her life's purpose and a "remembering" of the foundational truth about food that she passionately advocates today: "eat from the Earth, not from the factory."

Most cookbooks tell you the what and the how; Susan connects with us emotionally through her story so we can understand the why – helping to open us up and stir in us a desire to deeply understand her gems of wisdom about food sources and choices.

In "Eating as a Spiritual Practice," Susan masterfully melds stories of her lifelong struggles and epiphanies with food. She shares the moment she made a pivotal realization that "our convenient food supply was consuming our natural resources and killing our ecosystems, both planetary and personal." She helps us remember that, somewhere along the line, we lost our connection with ancient wisdom. Indigenous cultures like Native Americans and Native Hawaiians have a profound understanding of our interconnection with nature, all of its creatures, our ancestors, Spirit, and each other. We are all connected. As Susan so beautifully reminds us, when we respect and care for the Earth that feeds us, it nourishes us in so many ways.

It's no surprise Susan now lives in Hawaii, immersed in an epic natural environment that is respected and protected by its people and where the beautiful Hawaiian culture permeates all aspects of life and the wisdom of our ancestors is revered.

Susan's life journey is rich, riveting and inspiring. When she manifests then mobilizes a national movement to improve school lunches, years ahead of its time, then hits the wall when it becomes clear that corporate sponsorships control the school cafeterias that dole out sugary allergy-inducing food options, we feel outraged with her. When she receives another late night collect call from her drug-craving son (whose processed food-induced allergies as a child were the catalyst to Susan's food activism), we feel her anguish as she realizes the roller coaster ride has begun again. When she stands at wit's end alone in a moonlit forest feeling a profound sense of being lost in life, we are uplifted with her when she hears the whisper ask: "Will you surrender?"

One of my favorite memories from Susan's story involves eating and a transformational spiritual awakening moment in her life – of course! It's the time Susan stood dazed and awestruck in a movie theater lobby eating an ice cream cone on a hot L.A. summer day after watching Dances With Wolves for the first time. She recalls how she felt inexplicably connected to the Native Americans depicted in the film, her tribe. Their wisdom and respect for nature and their understanding of the interconnection of all life felt so familiar... It was as if she was recognizing a long-forgotten Truth. She said in that moment: "I forgot everything and remembered everything, all at once." It was poetic, really: there she was eating a frozen processed food item (a symbol of her past self and old habits, dripping away) in the exact moment she awakened to a whole new path and purpose in life that would help nourish her body and her spirit, and eventually help others do the same.

Just as most cookbooks relay recipes as rules to follow, self help books tend to teach and preach. By simply sharing her story – in her distinctly witty and light yet soulful and deep personal style – we begin to see why Susan is so devoted to the food message and simple, approachable cooking lifestyle she is sharing with us. By the end of her story, we want to learn more. We crave an understanding of the food truths that she has come to know. And, we remember that eating is a spiritual practice.


– Joy Wynne Galatro
 

Knowing Teton and walking with her though a part of her journey makes my reflections spot on!  This book is deeply moving, truthful, humble, brilliantly inclusive, scholarly, and spell-binding.  I could not put it down.  I have recently come to largely plant-based eating with a profound spiritual connection to our earth and all creatures.  I've known for some time that the terrible abuse inflicted on our animals creates unspeakable stress that is deeply embedded in all their cells.  When we eat them, we eat the stress, murder, and horror.  Is it any wonder our current world view is hungry for a more loving way to eat and be together.  I'm buying lots of copies to give to my friends and families.  Teton's work is brilliantly written and totally congruent with Susan's walk. Teton has circled the sun enough times to be very believable and deliciously loving in her acceptance of others.  Be brave and take a big juicy bite of this much needed work of art. Teton is deliciously mad, maddeningly exquisite, exquisitely demanding, demandingly rigorous, rigorously challenging, and challengingly excellent! She is integrity in motion. 

- Dr. Scout Cloud Lee

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Keep Your Skin Beautiful & Your Body Clean with One Product

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Keep Your Skin Beautiful & Your Body Clean with One Product

 
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Do you know how much toxins you’re exposed to on a daily basis in our modern life? Lots! We are unfortunately exposed to tons of toxic chemicals in the air (inside and outside), water, food, and the personal care products we use. As a result, we end up living with so much of these toxins trapped in our poor body with our liver and kidney (our detoxification organs) overburdened and overtaxed.

And guess what? This accumulation of toxins show up on our FACE!

And, there is something we can do about it inside and out that is super easy.

OMG! My skin! I hear many women who are getting older complain about their sluggish looking skin. In addition to all the toxins you’re taking in internally, your face and neck are also absorbing other things flying around in the air externally. If you continue to allow toxins to accumulate in your body, naturally, your skin will take a hit and signs of aging will creep up on your skin prematurely.

It is vital that you cleanse inside and out periodically to rid yourself of toxins that accumulate. And doing so will help your skin become healthy, smooth, and glowy. You might be thinking that you don’t have the time or the money for some elaborate and expensive cleanses but there is another kind of cleanse that you can do regularly that is affordable and only takes minutes. And you can do it with one single product.

You can ingest this product to keep your system cleansing itself on a regular basis, and you can put it on your face to do the same thing. Yippee! You can use this simple, affordable method that keeps you aging beautifully!

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What is it? It is Sacred Clay.

Clay is probably one of the most powerful supplements that you can use on a daily basis to sweep out heavy metals and other toxins that accumulate in the body as we live. This daily one stop protocol can sweep out these toxins and revitalize your skin all at the same time.

Here is how to use it:

In the body:

Take one tablespoon of clay in a glass of water each day. That’s all you have to do.

On the face:

For a quick facial, all you have to do is add some water and make a paste for your skin. Apply it on your face, neck and chest if you like, let it dry and then wash it off. I like to apply it about 15 minutes before my shower.

For the body & bath:

To bathe in it, add about ½ to 1 cup of clay in your bath water. When you drain the tub it will not clog your drains.  If you feel a flu coming on, or you have an infection, or perhaps you ate a toxic meal, Sacred Clay, in a nice warm bath will come to your rescue.

Keeping your system and your skin clean and revitalized on a regular basis will not only help you stay healthy, but it will also help you to age beautifully with smooth, glowing skin!

Here is some vital information about Sacred Clay and where you can get it:

  • Extremely small particle size for exceptional detoxification
  • High electrolyte content provides electrolysis at the cell membrane for the movement of toxins out of, and nutrients into, the cell
  • Mineral and electrolyte nourishment through the skin
  • Assists in the reduction of heavy metals, chemicals, and other toxins from the skin, lymphatic system, capillaries, and deeper tissues
  • Contains a broad spectrum of vital macro & trace minerals - minerals are required by the body for all chemical, hormonal and enzymatic processes

Go to Vitality Herbs & Clay and mention Susan Teton at checkout.

This company by far has the best clay for detoxification. Check out their other products and give them a call. They are super informative.

There are other protocols that can help revitalize your skin and keep it moist and beautiful. I have all kinds of other tricks up my sleeve to help keep you vibrant and aging beautifully. I would be happy to offer you a complimentary consultation, so give me a call and let’s chat…

Schedule a call now right HERE. I would love to hear from you. 

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