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The Most Delicious Dressing Ever - The Golden Elixir For Salads & Veggies

This delicious dressing, often called the "Golden Elixir" is to live for. People often say they want to drink it. Full of Essential Fatty Acids, fresh lemon, tahini, sea kelp, and ginger, this dressing is a must for salads, fish or grains. Yum!

This is the dressing that started my cooking career. No joke.

Early on in my nutritional foodie career I understood the difference between good and bad fats. Bad fats are as inflammation causing as sugar. Deep fried everything, and dressings made from cheap olive oil, canola and sunflower oil are all lumped into a category that include Omega 6’s.

Not to get too technical, but the Omega 6’s are the omega’s that you want to avoid. I know, it is hard if you are eating out. Most all of your food service establishments buy poor quality oils because that is all they can afford. By poor quality, I mean that they are not fresh. They have most likely been bleached and deodorized so they they remain shelf stable. Food producers must do this for nut and seed oils because they are tinder and go rancid easily with heat and light. Even though food is not always deep fried in many of the restaurant food, the poor quality oils are also used for everything else like cooking and for sauces. Many people do not realize this.

Other than olive oil, the only oils that are of any substance of quality are cold pressed oils made from nuts and seeds. They are few and far between in your local stores, so you usually have to purchase them online. But, even then you must use them quickly so they do not go rancid.

I believe, in part, one of the reasons “raw food” culinary methods are so healthy and satisfying is because of the methods (soaking and sprouting) of nuts and seeds, which makes the valuable nutrients them available for your cells and joints. This is why I produced the “Raw Food Series”. Learning raw food methods are one of the most powerful ways you can put nutrient dense food into your precious body. The course is still available - check it out HERE.

Think about it. If you are not eating a bunch of nuts and seeds (walnuts, pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and chia) then you are most likely starving for good fats. This is the reason to make delicious sauces and dressings from excellent fats. I love Barlean’s Flax oil because they press it and ship it straight to your door, or the store. It does not sit on a distributor shelf somewhere for months on end. But, the best part is that they are slam dunk delicious. Of course, a high quality olive oil is always wonderful, but it is limited in its nutrient value and flavor. It is nice to mix it up now and then. Those of you who have my “sauces and dressings” course know how I mixed up the raw and cooked foods together to make them super delicious and nutrient dense.

Knowing this early on my career had me in the kitchen making delicious dressings for salads and cooked and raw vegetables. We named this one the “Golden Elixir”. Enjoy!

Tip: If you eat out a lot, you might consider making some delicious dressings at home and then taking a small amount out when you go out to lunch. Then you can get a great salad - hold the dressing, because you will have your own. Make sure it is in a leaf proof container.

Recipe for the Golden Elixir

Ingredients

1⁄2 cup        Flax Oil - Barlean’s High Lignan is best (Olive Oil can be replaced if preferred, but will have different taste)

1⁄4 cup        fresh lemon juice (or juice of a whole lemon)

1⁄4 cup        water

1⁄4 cup        low sodium Tamari (use a little less if it is regular)

2 tbsp          Sesame Tahini (raw or toasted)

2 tsp Sea Kelp Powder (this will provide flavor and also thicken mixture)

2 tsp fresh ginger juice (grate fresh ginger and squeeze out juice), or add small piece of ginger.

1 garlic clove (if wanted - peeled) - optional dash of cayenne

Blend all the ingredients except the oil. Once the ingredients are blended, add the oil slowly while the blender is on low speed.

Enjoy immediately, or chill before serving.

The dressing keeps up to several days in the refrigerator, however, for essential fatty acids to remain in integrity from the Flax Oil, (or dressings) it should be consumed within 6 weeks.

Note: The dressing will thicken a little over time because of the thickening quality of sea (kelp) veggies.

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Finally Some Solutions To Current Horrible Food System

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Many of you know that I have been a foodie activist for a long time, and many of you follow me from the Food Revolution, created by Ocean and John Robbins. My foodie career started when I read John Robbin’s book, “Diet For A New America” because I was fortunate enough to work with John Robbins (Ocean was just a young teen then that was an incredible activist even then at 17) and the team at EarthSave International.

I share this tidbit of a story because I want to give you an idea of the time span that has taken place. It was 1991 when I went to work with John and the team at EarthSave. That is 28 years ago if I do my math correctly. Let’s get a perspective here. It has been 28 years since we have been warning the public of the horrendous side effects of our current food system both in our ecosystem and on humanity. We were headed for trouble then and now it is a devastating situation that calls for immediate action.

The Complimentary Film I am introducing is about action you can take now - that you must take because we cannot leave it up to others or the government. Not only does it show us how we take can action now, but it will also help you see why it is vitally important for you to eat food from healthy soil. Your system is much like the Earth’s. Your inner soil must be as alive as the Earth’s. Our bodies are mirroring the soil from which we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.

All of us need food and we must protect our youth and their future food supply. Not only do we need food, but we need high quality food grown in high quality living soil. In addition to this dire need for our survival, our food system is one of the most vital places we can create change and mitigate global warming and climate change.

So, watch this incredible award winning film and find out what you can do and why it matters. Then please, let’s all get with it!

Let me know what you think and what action you will take. Watch here NOW.

Aloha, Susan Teton

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Should I Get A Shingles Shot?

This is another video in the series I am launching for “Build A Body To Last A Lifetime.”

So many people ask me If they should get a shingles shot. I say, “I have no idea”, but I will give you my opinion of what I did and did not do, and the road I took. I since then have done some research because I am eligible to get one now if I wanted. But, it scares me too much as I would never want to bring this on me again. Listen if you like. The video is about 12 minutes long and also speaks to the Medical Medium and his experience with these so called “auto immune” diseases which include Shingles and the EPV virus that we are being plagued with. This is really important if you are struggling with any of these, including adrenal fatigue.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Interested in joining in my pilot program. Want to get super healthy, loose weight, gain energy and look good, then you may be a candidate for the program. Contact me at: Susan@ChefTeton.com and we can see if you are a fit.

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Rebuild, Revitalize & Prepare To Build A Body To Last A Lifetime!

Super excited about getting ready to join everyone in Building A Body To Last A Lifetime. This video is about 7 minutes long and covers - just briefly - the areas that are important for us to focus to create a healthy, strong and smart body and mind.

Let’s all set an intention NOW to age well. We, I believe, have a mission to become an asset to the younger population and to ourselves. Seriously, I am sure you don’t want to end up like many seniors are ending up today, drugged and totally dependent on our children or community to care for us. Wouldn’t it be more fun to enjoy our lives fully up until the end. I think so.

We can’t keep throwing caution to the wind. The time to act is NOW. Our bodies and souls need us to take care of this precious gift called a body - a body full of untapped miracles and potential. Join me and others.

By the way, I am launching a pilot program that I am looking for at least 10 people to kick off mid October - before those holidays come upon us. Interested? Contact me if you want more details. Susan@ChefTeton.com

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My Coming Out Video - Expanded New Programs

Aloha Everyone,

The above video starts the conversation about aging in a new way. We have so much to gain if we can revitalize ourselves and prepare with more of a focus to move ahead through our years to come. Many people are experiencing some sort of physical trauma, whether it is an illness or a surgery. It takes quite a bit to build a body back, to restore and then revitalize it. If we have been so lucky to be living without any trauma to our body, but are stressed out and tired from working to hard, then a trauma could be around the corner. I don’t want to sound like doomsville here, but it could be true. That is why I want to be positive and prepare.

There are so many wonderful things we can do now - understanding the self care practices on all levels of our bodies and soul are moving toward a vision of outstanding health as we age. Let’s do it!

I would love to start a movement, or better said, join in the movement that is already happening and bring you along with me. Let’s become an asset to our families and communities instead of a liability. Let’s let our wisdom shine and make the contribution we know we can.

Remember Imi’ola? This is the practice that is inspiring me to live the highest form of life! Join me!

What say you? Are you in?

FYI: I am launching a pilot program in October, and I need 10 people to kick it off. If you are interested, let me know and we will jump on a call together and see if you are a fit. I promise you will benefit from our conversation.

email me at: Susan@ChefTeton.com

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Build A Body To Last A Lifetime - An Aging MasterClass

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An Aging MasterClass
Build A Body To Last A Lifetime  

Recover * Rebuild * Prepare   

OCTOBER 19

10 to 5 Waiehu Beach

$97.00 includes a fabulous lunch


Susan Teton will share her experience and expertise of what it takes to Recover, Rebuild & Prepare to build a vibrant, strong and healthy body to live in for the rest of our lives. Preparedness needs to start NOW. If you have recently had an illness and need to rebuild, want to loose weight, or are low on energy this is the workshop for you. We must do more than prevent disease, we must instead build a body to last a lifetime. Let's Age with Vitality. This will be a power packed day covering:

  • The Most Powerful hormone to reverse aging, promote weight loss, hair growth and deep sleep to name a few.

  • How to use Stress to create courage & Oxytosin * Mind over matter

  • The vital role of nutrition to keep our energy up & mind sharp.

  • The best way, foods and products to detoxify and revitalize at the same time.

  • How to build and enhance your mitochondria

  • The most powerful movement to keep your spine straight, your stomach flat, and back pain free

Let's rise to the challenge and create history. We have a lot to give, so let's not be a victim of time. We could be the world's best asset if we are vibrant, alert and mobile!

Visit my Blog post to find out more about my most recent journey, the cutting edge protocols I learned for anti-aging and why it takes a combination of integrated approaches to build a body to last a lifetime.

Limited Space + To Register contact:

Susan@ChefTeton.com or call: 808-250-1535

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See What it took to Recover

Praises:

I learned Sooooo much more than I ever anticipated. Going in I did not realize I would learn so much. You have so much knowledge and expertise and heart. You made getting a handle on how to start preparing my body for great health and aging fun and unimaginably easy! Thank you!

It was a wonderful class with wonderful women. Thank you for sharing your vast experience with us. Your methods must work because you are an example of what we all strive for. Bravo!

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Why Meditation?

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Meditation

Wow, super excited that FMTV is launching a summit on Meditation. Go HERE to find out more and register. It is FREE.

My story on Meditation:

The first thing I learned to do when I came down with some sort of autoimmune that turned into Shingles was meditate. There is nothing like life exhaustion to give you the desire to just sit and do nothing. How wonderful it was to allow myself this luxury.

I did not realize that I did not meditate as I knew how to and I used to meditate, so somewhere in me, I thought I meditated. Gosh, we fool ourselves. Meditation, in addition to dancing, singing, having great sex, or laughing your brains out, is one of the best ways to alleviate stress that has accumulated in the body and mind.

When our mind relaxes our entire body settles down and it is our opportunity to check in as well as check out. Years ago I attended a 10 day Vipassana retreat where I sat in silence for ten days. I am sure I went beyond an Alpha state of mind and into deeper states. The result was bliss and I understood for the first time why monks do what they do.

The Alpha state helps to reduce depressive symptoms and stimulate creative thinking. It is a great way to reduce stress and reverse some of the damage caused by stress. Studies show remarkable healing from meditation and also from using mind control techniques. Although this is not the purpose of meditation, once you have sufficiently taken your brain waves to an Alpha state you can begin to program your cells in a conscious way. There are countless studies of the benefits of meditating.

And, if you don’t think you have time, I hope you can realize that in some magical way, our concept of time disappears when we meditate, and we are much for functional. Meditation should be a part of time management because it helps everything flow better including focus!

If you want to know more, and want to receive a huge dose of inspiration I highly recommend you listen to the summit being put on by Food Matter TV (FMTV) about meditation. This is also an opportunity to join FMTV and get a boat load of amazing methods, information, inspiration and knowledge. Go here to register for this incredible summit: http://fmtv.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=40&aff_id=1188&url_id=1992

Just 15 minutes a day will do you wonders!

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My "Sick" Story & What It Took To Recover

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This is a call to action!

Let’s recover, revitalize and prepare to build a body to last a lifetime.  

Let’s age with our mental faculties sharp, our bodies mobile and our spirits strong. Don’t wait until it is too late. Start preparedness NOW. 

Have you recently been ill, had unusual stress and in need of recovering, rebuilding and revitalizing your body, mind and soul? I have learned that it takes time to integrate a self care practice that serves all parts of us.  Let’s step into our senior years with vitality, sharp mental faculties, a mobile body and a strong spirit.  

Our senior years are the time when we have ripened to be full of wisdom. We have something to contribute, and our state of wisdom and leadership are what the world needs. Let's look ahead and prepare ourselves with a new vision of vitality so that we can enjoy the fruits of our lives, and serve in the way we know we can and know we want to. Our world needs healthy seniors. 

 
My Story & My Year To Recover

It’s May 2018. I am 72 and I think I am healthy. I have been a life-long student of nutrition, metaphysics, and environmental issues, with a focus on agricultural practices and policies. As an author and activist, I  have worked with the top scientists, authors and experts in the field of all things health related, including the health industry, it’s economics and the infrastructure that fosters the growing movement in the USA and abroad.

So what? Because my body is strong and I practice excellent self care, perhaps I think I am immortal, and I know it all. Really, 72? This does not seem old at all. I am rockin it without a thought of anything otherwise. I know what I am doing and why. 

Then one day I feel as though I could be having a heart attack or something weird. that throws me a big curve. I can hardly breathe. I am going down. “Take me to the hospital,” I demand of the friend who is with me. After checking in they decide they want to keep me overnight, saying that at my age they need to monitor my heart and vitals over time. “No way, there is nothing wrong with me, really, me?” Yes, me. 

I stay the night and I am fine despite trying to eat something they call food. I am a bit arrogant, and humbled all at once. Within the next month it happens three more times, yet I never spend the night again, thank God. By the time I get to the hospital or am in the ambulance all the symptoms of dizziness, rapid heart beat, and shortness of breath stop. They send me home thinking I might be hallucinating. I wish. Am I having panic attacks? My doctor asks if I am stressed? Who isn’t?

The fatigue that has taken over my body and now life is overwhelming, but all my vitals and tests are fine. Living the mystery I take leave from the job I had recently taken on. July 4th, 2018, a few months later, another birthday rolls around and I am with friends at my home, unable to spend this special day like I am used to. Suddenly a pain starts stabbing me in my back. “What the f’ was that?” It stopped. Then another came about 30 seconds later. This continued while worsening with intensity until my guests left. I dove into some old meds, and found an outdated Vicodin, took it and fell asleep. I wake up the next morning with an ugly rash from the left side of my spine, wrapping under my arm and across my left breast to my sternum.  My heart center was encased in shingles. Although I was in pain I was not that concerned as I thought it would be over soon. At least something inside had erupted outside. Good? Not sure. Hope so. 

July 5th, 2018 was the beginning of a nightmare that lasted several months and then took a year to fully recover. The entire experience transformed me. Any arrogance about being super healthy and immune to aging evaporated. Humility seeped into my pores, as desperate agony took over my life.  In an already thin frame, I lost 15 pounds, and could hardly walk. The pain I experienced was deeper than the skin or anything I could feel physically. It was pain that lived in my soul, in every cell of my body. It scared me as I cried out for mercy in the middle of the night. This might sound overly dramatic. Trust me, I am only scratching the surface. 

My story has significance in how I transpired during the next year, how I rebounded, and what it took to recover and build my body back to strength and vitality. Since it started on my 73rd birthday, it was an easy mark to say to myself, “On my 74th birthday, I am going to live in a rebuilt body, fully recovered and back to a renewed vitality. I knew there was no normal to go back to, but there was something new to learn, integrate and practice. I began looking ahead with a dedicated and prudent eye. 

In retrospect, I wonder if I had not been as healthy as I was, would this have taken me out, because it sure took me down. As a health professional I realized several vital factors that are of value as we look toward healing, restoring our health and aging.

As most of us know, achieving health is an integrated job that includes the body, mind and soul. We have been saying it for years, but we are still learning what it means. Since I have been a spiritual seeking health food junkie for years, perhaps you would think that I should not get sick. My family and friends would say, “What’s wrong, you eat so healthy?”, like I should never have an ailment or trauma of any kind. There is still such a mystery to our existence in that we are all, no matter how committed and educated, treading in uncharted waters. None of have lived tomorrow yet, and we do not know what it will bring. The statistics for where we are headed are alarming. We must shift the vision of doom and become proactive in getting ready for vitality. For this reason I am embarking on a new course of preparedness to Aging With Vitality. 

Let’s prepare ourselves for moving ahead and getting older . Because if we are lucky we will end up there. It is not so much about preventing a disease, in that it is preparing to live in a body that functions, is mobile, with a sharp mind and our evolutionary wisdom ready for sharing. We have something to give that our current culture is missing.  We also have a life that has tremendous potential of joy, satisfaction and contentedness.

Many of our elders are demented, on medications and dulled down. They are dying in pain, many alone, weary and decaying. We are being deprived of the gift they could give, or as I would say now, we can give. We know so much now about health and life. This is the new opportunity to prepare ourselves for a vibrant old age where we are alert, vibrant, relevant and feeling good about ourselves.

I knew a lot of self care practices that I simply was not incorporating into my life. I had taken on a job that created a lot of stress for me in that it was new and different. Of course it was fun in ways, but also demanding. The stress it caused catapulted me into cutting corners, eating poorly, running my ass off, and abandoning my regular yoga and meditation practice. Skipping what I knew to do caused even more stress in that I felt bad and guilty that I was not doing what I knew I needed. I had been in business for myself for years, and thus developed a deep empathy and understanding for the 9-5 working population. I had fallen into their rut. 

It is a shame that so much of our learning has to be experiential, but it seems it does. Health practitioners have been preaching to us for years what we need to do to stay healthy, but like me, many throw caution to the wind and make other things, that are actually less important, a priority in our lives. If we can incorporate an excellent self care practice then perhaps we won’t hit a crisis, or even if we do, it might not be as bad and we can recover faster and perhaps with far less pain and expense. 

Self care, in this day and age, must come upfront and center in our daily lives if we want to avoid a life threatening disease and age well. Some of us, even with excellent self care might still need to undergo some major surgeries. This is another reason to prepare a strong body so that it can withstand a trauma or set back. 

Below are some of the vital steps I took to recover and revitalize. I practice them in my life today as part of my continual preparedness package. They are the vital self care practices I will be covering in my upcoming programs.   

Community - Ask for Help - Get Support

After a couple weeks of being down people kept asking, “Is there anything I can do?”.  “Yes”, I would exclaim, but I could not manage the coordination of what was needed. Finally, in desperation, I asked one of my friends to coordinate an effort to help. I sent her a list of my needs, and a list of names and contact info. She took it over and before I knew it angels were at my door to clean, wash, cook and provide love, affection and body work. OMG, I let go and surrendered completely, something I had needed to do for a long time. As a single woman, I did not realize how independent I was and how much I relied on just “me”. Grateful, cannot even describe how I felt from the out pour of help and love I received. I felt held and supported, which is a vital part of the healing process. Word traveled and farmers I had worked with, stores, restaurants, and more showed up for me. When I got well, I gratefully wrote 38 Thank You notes. 

We have to be able to ask for help when we need it, and have community around us. In fact, we should seek support before we need it. Studies show that when we are trying to achieve something we have an 85% more chance of success if we have support. Get support for whatever it is your are wanting to do if at all possible. I wanted to allow myself to completely surrender and feel what it felt like to let go, rest and not worry about a thing. I believe we all need to do this sometimes in our lives. Perhaps that is why we get sick in the first place. Allowing ourselves to be loved and cared for it vital. Even if you are not ill, become part of a community and socialize. This is vital to your physical (including your brain), mental and emotional health.   

Nutrition/Diet

I would like to hit this one hard. Eat organic food, no GMO food, and eat from the Earth and not the Factory. Simple. 

I chose the Medical Medium’s diet and here is why. Many people referred me to Michael William’s book, the Medical Medium when the breakdown and fatigue hit me. I could not read, so I listened on Audible. He opened a whole new world to me, which was funny in that I thought I knew it all. His diet has become a way of life for me that I enjoy. I believe it is because it is focused on what to eat, not what not to eat. There is a purpose to putting wonderful nutrient dense food, and lots of it into your body. 

In his book, he speaks to autoimmune diseases, including Shingles, so of course, it resonated with me. I believed him and my body loved the food. If anyone wants to lose weight, this diet is for you. It is a way of life diet that is so easy to follow. In a nutshell, all things plant and animal are allowed with the exception of eggs, dairy, most grains and all processed foods. It is such a pleasure to enjoy an abundant variety of fruits again, and things like dates, real sugars like honey and maple syrup in moderation (these are real foods). It works if you are a vegan or meat eater. The layers are important to know, so I recommend a read or listen on Audible. I find his story, and the stories in his book to be fascinating and believable in that there is remarkable healing. There are many recipes on my Blog and I go into more depth of why I love this diet.

There are variations of the Keto diet, the Paleo, the vegan and whole foods plant based diets. They vary with carbohydrate and fat allotment. I like choosing my protein of choice first, and building my meal out from there with lots of plants. If you are a vegan. The protein choice might be beans or tofu. If you are a meat eater, then it might be chicken or fish. From there a variety of vegetables are recommended no matter what diet you choose. Then your fat allowance comes in. Variations depend on the person, their age, activity, lifestyle, finances, and their likes, dislikes and principles. There does not seem to be one size that fits all, yet the basics remain the same: Eat from the Earth and not the factory. My advice is to become educated, watch your body, and adjust until you find what is right for you. This is what I love helping people discover. Eating whole foods can be transformative.

Detoxing & Supplements

The Medical Medium suggests many supplements, which sort of blew me away. There were more than I could handle, so I chose carefully and intuited which ones to start with. Over time, I came to know what was most important, particularly for detoxing the liver from medications and heavy metals. There is much to say in this area, yet it can be made simple if you understand the importance of continually detoxing your body and supplying it with the nutrition it needs. I have a blog post coming on a few of my favorite ways to detoxify and nourish that can easily be put into your daily regime. 

Emotional Clearing - Staying Present

The emotional pain that erupted from my body during my late night crying sessions was deep. This is extremely personal which I will get to in another Blog post. What is important is that we must keep our emotions moving instead of letting them stick inside our cells. Trust me, everyday we have feelings about one thing or another, fears underlying many of our actions, quiet thoughts, worry for loved ones, and/or ourselves. We are human, and the human experience feels things all day long. It is vital to journal, or sing your shit out loud. Dance it, express it, let it flow through you. If anyone has read Dr. John Sarno’s books (The Mind Body Prescription, or Healing Back Pain), where he cites the curing of thousands of people with back pain, you will gain a conceptual understanding of how vital it is to move your emotional energy. 

Movement and Breathing

I am shocked at how many people slump over and have weak solar plexus, even those who exercise and work out regularly. They might build some muscle and look good, but their spines are not straight nor are they flexible or mobile. A mobile spine, I believe, is the key to healthy organs. It is vital to keep a healthy mobile spine as we age so we can move, stay free of pain and hold ourselves upright. Kundalini Yoga is my favorite. way to move, revitalize my organs and tissues, refresh my breath, and calm my mind. I received my Yoga Teacher Certification in many practices of yoga, with the exception of Kundalini. When I discovered Kundalini, my entire world changed. All yoga is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but including fire breath and some rapid, repetitive movements stimulates fresh blood and oxygen to all our organs, connective tissues, bones, and brain while stimulating a vibrant energetic attitude. In addition, it is one of the best ways to stimulate the mitochondria. 

Meditation

This was the first thing I learned to actually do everyday. I did not realize that I did not meditate as I knew how to and I used to, so somewhere in me, I thought I meditated. Gosh, we fool ourselves. Meditation, in addition to dancing, singing, having great sex, or laughing your brains out, is one of the best ways to alleviate stress that has accumulated in the body and mind. When your mind relaxes your entire body settles down and it is your opportunity to check in as well as check out. The Alpha state helps to reduce depressive symptoms and stimulate creative thinking. It is a great way to reduce your stress and reverse some of the damage caused by stress. Using some mind control techniques, once you have sufficiently taken your brain waves to an Alpha state you can begin to program your cells in a conscious way. There are countless studies of the benefits of meditating. Just 15 minutes a day will do you wonders. 

Mind Control

Oh my, is there such a thing? Can we control this little monster that fuels us with non-truths? Yes, I do believe we can, but it does take practice. It is a skill that takes cultivating and inquiry. There is so much we do not know about our world, ourselves, and our bodies. But, we do know that the mind has a power we most likely under utilize for our benefit, and over utilize for our detriment. Along with my meditation practice I learned some mind control techniques that can aid us in creating a fulfilling a vision. It is the ticket to living on purpose.

Thank you for being a part of my world, for keeping me on my toes and for the inspiration to learn how to share what I have learned. I appreciate all of you. We learn from each other. So, let’s stay connected.

I will be going into much more depth within all the above areas and even more as they arise. Stay tuned.

Are you curious? Do you need some direction? Contact me for a complimentary consultation. Together we can discover your most vital next steps. Susan@ChefTeton.com. Or, leave a comment below.

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What Is Your Diet of Choice? Why? Does It Work For You?

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There are so many diets and it is still a mystery as to which one is the best. People are all different and it seems a protocol that might work for one will not work for another. Another thing I have noticed is that some of the more radical diets are short lived for many people. 

What we know for sure is, even though some are radically different than others, they all seem to work well for whoever practices them. Often they loose weight or heal if that is their objective. Another thing is that even though diets are often dramatically different, they all have one thing in common. That is, “Eat From The Earth and Not The Factory” is the theme. It is certainly mine. I can’t think of a diet that recommends processed foods. Secondly, for the most part they are all plant centered.

Here is what I would really appreciate, and need. Would you kindly take a few moments to share with me what diet you practice, and how it works for you. 


Are you trying to lose weight, and is it working?  Do you want to loose weight and nothing ever works?

Are you eating for health and you feel great? If so, what is the diet you practice? 

Are you confused and dilly dally all over the place?

Does your diet work for you beautifully, even though it might not be the best (so to speak)?

Do you want to eat healthy, but you don’t know how, or don’t have the time? 

What is your food story? What are your challenges?

What works for you?

Please check into the comments below and let me hear from you. Thank you so much!

I am asking this because I am launching a new pilot program and want to make sure it fits the needs of those who want to join in.

For your efforts I am happy to offer a complimentary session in where I will do my best to assist you in discovering a solution to what your challenges might be. Just email me at: Susan@ChefTeton with your name, time zone and alternate times that work best for you. Then we will jump on a phone or Zoom call together and make some magic.

Thank YOU! I so appreciate you taking time for this.

Aloha, Susan Teton


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Paul Simon Is My New Role Model

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Paul Simon is my new role model. Why, here is a 77 year old man who rocked it for over 3 hours two nights in a row a couple weeks ago on Maui. This type of entertainment takes strength and stamina. Honestly, his voice is not the clearest, but he belted out his tunes with power and passion. The concert was amazing. He danced, played instruments, sang and moved to entertain us like never before. There were a few moments I thought he was done, and thought he surely must be tired. But, no. He just kept going strong.

Mind you, we have excellent musicians here on Maui, and fabulous concerts. The venue is small so they are always intimate. This being said, many of my friends who frequent concerts said it was the best concert ever. Two night in a row he and his band entertained us with a variety of musicality none of us had witnessed. This had to take incredible genius to orchestrate and produce, and it took stamina and a lot of strength and willI to pull it off. I was impressed and still am.

Since I had shingles, my body has taken almost a year to completely rebound, reboot and prepare for the years to come. I believe it takes about a year. to really transform your body (depending on what state you are in). Now, I have a new goal and that is to get even stronger than I was before. Why? Because I want to play and enjoy my life with strong vitality. I want to create and play. Simple. No other reason. Life is just so much better and happier when you live in a strong, vibrant and healthy body.

I am inspired to create a year long reboot, recharge and restore to create a strong and vibrant body. Perhaps you too have experienced an illness or surgery that set you back. Perhaps you just need to ignite a serious preparedness program for aging. No matter what your age, it is time to prepare now. Cast a vision for the future and get ready to prepare for the trip of your lifetime - Aging!

Care to join me? Stay tuned because I am totally turned on. Thank you Paul

Join my “Age Beautifully - Prepare Your Body To Last A Lifetime” A Year Long Mastermind for committed individuals.

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Can You Ask For Help When You Really Need It? Can You Move From: "I Don't Know What I Want to I Do Know What I Want"?

 Recently a dear friend of my son’s reached out to me with a deep plea from his soul. He wanted help. His cry was “Come get me. I can’t do this alone. I need help. I am dead. I am sick. I need help. This is more than I can handle”.

Did he just say these words? No.  He screamed them from the center of his soul. He begged, demanded in a way that no one could deny. It was deep, profound, the kind of cry that you instantly reach your hand out to, no questions asked. Included in his plea was the statement, “If someone does not come in this door within a few minutes and put their arms around me tell me they love me, I am going to die. It was guttural.

I came. I had never heard such a deep, honest and courageous, yet demanding, plea as this. I had to pack, fly, rent a car and drive, which took me only 24 hours. He told me he would sit on his couch and wait for me. I arrived and he grabbed me, held me and sobbed in gratitude.

His courage to express his pain and reach out with total abandonment of any self consciousness was refreshing.  Although painful, it was beautiful. Most of us don’t have the courage to be so vulnerable. Many of us don’t even know when to ask for help, let alone how to.

 We talked for hours, and I fed him of course. I listened and tried to meet him where he was. He was stressed over money, rent, his car, and his girlfriend. He was spiraling down through a maze of ridiculous confusion over what seemed like simple matters. Simple to me. but to him, his whole life, purpose and the value of his existence was wrapped up in it and her. He also kept saying he was so afraid. I asked what he was afraid of, and he could not answer. He actually looked at me with surprise in that he thought it was obvious.

At one point after sharing, a new space emerged and we discussed action steps. I asked, “What do you want?” His only answer was, “I don’t know?” Over the course of a couple days he was able to express what we wanted within the situation. But, since the situation would determine unidentified long term outcomes, I thought it important to look ahead. He could not find the answer of what his soul wanted in his life. He just wanted this situation to be resolved. I got it. How can we think long term when we are sitting in the midst of a crisis? Most of us just want the crisis to be over.

With reflection I began to ask myself, “Why is it so much easier to express our pain rather than to express our desires?”  Even though many of the details were worked out regarding my friends rent, landlord and the girlfriend, he still could not articulate what he wanted in his life. In retrospect I think he wanted all his past efforts toward a particular outcome to turn out golden, and that is not what was happening. There was a sense of defeat and failure that he could not accept or deal with. He could no longer proceed alone. He needed help.

With further reflection I saw that many of us move from one crisis or situation after another. We often lack the foresight to create a vision that excites us and fulfills us with a sense of purpose for our future. I get this. I have done it as well. All of a sudden we find ourselves older or old and it is too late to fulfill dreams we had when we were younger. Or, we fail to continue asking ourselves. So many of us are just responding to life, and putting out fires.

 I remember when I was 42 years old, I realized that I would never be a professional dancer. When I saw that it was too late, I cried– sobbed with regret and mourned the loss of what would never be. Why didn’t I pursue it? I certainly could have, but I let life get in the way by responding to circumstances, and fulfilling short term goals instead. I did not pay attention to the deepest expression that my soul yearned for. 

How about you? Can you claim your desire with the same intensity that you claim your pain? Can you connect to your higher power and ask  yourself, “What do I really want from the deepest part of my soul?”

 Can you cultivate authentic curiosity, identify the essence of your unique desires,  and then muster up the courage to dare believe it could be yours, and then act on it?

My friend has the kind of emotional courage I admire. He was not afraid to ask for help, and neither was I. To move into lightening speed, I also had to ask for help from my friends and family. Everyone rallied. Perhaps from this new place of confidence, knowing that friends show up when we need them, we can find the space in ourselves to identify our desires beyond our immediate needs, and get support.  

Despite what is going on in your life, I suggest we all continue to ask , “What do I really want?” Asking this question May also alleviate discontent and pain, because discontent and pain often comes from dreams unrealized.

Where is your pain, and what do you need to do to alleviate it? Does it have anything to do with your deepest desires unloved? Check in and ask yourself, and if it does not come, keep asking. This is not meant to make your days ugly because you are not doing exactly what you want (if that is the case). It is meant to become self aware, and conscious about underlying rumblings.

Self awareness is not always easy, but it is always valuable. A discovery may contain the revelation you need to move forward.

Do you need help? D you have the courage to reach out and ask for help? If so, do it now.

Care to share? I would love to hear from you on this subject.

Have a question? Need help? I am once again offering complimentary consultations. Contact: Susan@ChefTeton.com.

 

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Raw Beet Apple Salad with Macadamia Nut Powder & Fresh Mint

Raw Beet Apple Salad with Macadamia Nuts & Mint

Raw Beet Apple Salad with Macadamia Nuts & Mint

This is the most delicious salad you ever tasted - if you like beets that is. That said, it is simple to make but a little messy. But, so worth it!!

Ingredients:

1 raw beet - washed and scrubbed

1 or 2 raw apples (depends on the size of the beet. I like lots of apple, so it is usually two to 1.

a small handful of raw macadamia nuts

a few fresh sprigs of fresh mint

Get out the grater. Now, this is important. It is vital to the taste of this salad to grate it on the very smallest grate. It takes a little work, but it is what makes it juicy. It is all about the juicy………the apple actually turns to apple sauce. This is also the best way to grate carrots too. When you make them juicy they are so much more tasty.

Grind the macadamia nuts (or sesame seeds) into a powder. I use my Vita Mix. Easy.

Mix the beets and apple, and top with macadamia powder and chopped mint. OMG, this is so good.

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High Protein Vegan or Vegetarian Salad Recipe with Cultured Veggies

High Protein “Spicy” Vegan or Vegetarian (Egg) Salad

High Protein “Spicy” Vegan or Vegetarian (Egg) Salad

This is a recipe I pulled out of the fridge when I needed a quick meal full of some protein. I had some Arugula, and I always have carrots. So together they came with a couple boiled eggs and chopped jalapeno. This is a great lunch to prepare for your lunch. Easy! Yum

Serves 1 - Double for 2

Ingredients

2 hard boiled eggs

Grated Carrot (on the small grid - juicer that way)

Chopped Jalapeno (without the seeds)

Chopped Celery & Onion (if you like)

Olive Oil

Vegenaise (or another high quality mayo type condiment - or just olive oil)

1 tbsp Sauerkraut - or any tasty cultured veggies or Kim Chi

S&P

And, anything else you might have in thew way of extra veggies in the fridge or spices.

Directions

Smush the eggs and add in the mayo, diced jalapeno, Sauerkraut, S&P and maybe a dash of Cayenne.

Grate Carrots, and assemble all in a bowl or layered on top like shown in the picture.

Serve with crackers and/or sea weed wraps!

Want to learn more about high powered diets and recipes for Aging On Purpose. Join me and others in the “40 Day Dietary & Self Care Challenge”. Starts September. Special offer for one week only (starting August 6-13). The first 10 people to register will receive a private consultation with me. This offer is for one week only!

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Letting My Freak Flag Fly- Why I Do What I Do

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The picture: This is the beautiful mural created by James R. Hahn, renowned world class artist, created for my Chef Teton TV studio. The post below provides a hint of what we will be doing. Stay tuned!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last year, July 4, 2018 (my birthday) I came down with a horrible case of shingles. On the left side of my body, wrapping from the left side of my spine, under my arm and across my left breast to my sternum. My heart center was encased in a nightmare. It hurt in a way I cannot describe, which I believe led to a level of mourning I never experienced before. I was already a self care junkie and have been teaching and coaching for years, but now the experience and insights that flooded in are serving me and I hope will serve you as well. 

It has been over a year. I am back, but different. Thank God. My goal was to be completely back to normal in one year (by this recent July 4, 2019). Oh God, let me rethink that. It was normal that put me down, so I don’t want to go there again. Although I knew the vital aspects of stress, self care, personal development and diet, I was cutting corners and not practicing what I knew I should. Could you be doing this as well? Because I “sort of” practiced excellent self care since I was 50, and was healthy for so long I thought I was invincible and took advantage of my vitality. Someone needed to knock me on the head and inform me that I am in my 70’s after all. I had let my self care practice slip, thinking I was somehow immune to any disorder. Wrong. With humility I see the error of my ways and am dedicating myself to a new practice. The is another factor in this in that we continue to learn so much about the body, our inner lives and how we can age better.

This post is dedicated to the underlying motivation that propels my self care practice now, and why I am re-dedicated to Aging With Purpose and Vitality, and sharing what I have learned and am learning with you. 

My new mission: I am going to do the best I can. I am going to push my limits like I am going for the gold medal. This does not mean I am going to push in an unhealthy way. It means I am committed and on purpose with a new attitude, perspective, wisdom and vigor. 

My training involves soaking myself and putting into action the latest info and methods about aging. It includes diet, the energy system, Circadian Rhythm, Mitochondria health, supplements, Chinese medicine, yoga, etc.. Most importantly, I am embracing the energetic and soulful lifestyle that includes community, pleasure, fun and the deep spiritual practice it takes to connect with self, honor self, and take appropriate and safe action. It has to be fun! And, I am discovering the rewards are dramatically satisfying.

This may sound a bit much, but I am driven in this area for some reason - always have been. I am a warrior on the path of wellness (the path of Imi’ola). It is just the way it is. It is my art, it is what motivates me, and I love the study of life at its best. It is me letting my Freak Flag Fly. 

I have arrived at 74 actually quite healthy, and feeling vibrant, although the way I approached it in the past was stressful in that I sought vitality through avoidance of getting older and weaker. I was trying way too damn hard. Although my inner world was wise and I could teach spiritual practices for self growth with my eyes closed, I was not nurturing myself with what I knew to do. I was partially acting out an old identity with adaptive behaviors that I was blind to, and that are often motivated by trying to avoid something or trying to get something. In the most subtle ways I was not acting on my own behalf a good part of the time, although it sure looked like I was. Did I know this? No. With guidance I cried “help” and thus grew to discover that the energy of approaching life through avoidance is one that creates stress in the body and soul. I had to wake up and re-learn what acting on my own behalf is. Can you relate?

Conversely an impeccable self care practice motivated by the vision of Aging on purpose, with purpose, creates excitement and motivation fueled by honesty, humility and commitment and a vision of wonderfulness. I mean, let’s really look at this. We either age and embrace it or go underground. We can’t really anti age, but we can age well and be happy while we do it. The current paradigm of aging is full of fear and disease, and often shame and embarrassment. Every time I listen to a new summit or podcast, they start out by informing the listeners that all these horrible diseases are imminent as we age. This is not the TRUTH. They are not, if we breeze into our elder years with preparedness. 

Learning new ways is easy, but putting them into practice is another story, particularly if they call for change. It takes discipline, and this calls for a new type of discipline, one motivated by a vision of possibility. I recently heard my yoga teacher say “discipline is being a disciple of your higher self”. This landed in me deeply, because this is where it must start. We must be disciples of our higher self who whispers in our ear’s what is in our highest and best interest. Are you listening?

Acting on our own behalf takes much more than a healthy smoothie or a vitamin supplement. It takes listening and maneuvering in a world that no one has taught us to go yet. Watching my Mom live in her 80’s and 90’s paved the way for a new vision - for me anyway. 

Webster defines discipline in negative ways speaking of punishment, yet there was one definition that spoke more true to me:  “To train or develop by instruction and exercise especially in self-control”. Is self control what it is going to take in our current culture? Yes, I think so. Yet, self control does not need to be taken to the limit of torture.  Learning, growing and using self control to create new lifestyle practices is what is being called for here. None of us have lived tomorrow yet. Most of us do not have role models that show us how to live vibrantly at 70, 80 or 90. There is just too much disease and depletion happening. I see those of us who take on the path of Aging With Purpose and Vitality as the new warriors of elders. Let’s do it well. 

If we are not disciplining ourselves and not taking the action we know is in our best interest, then our only punishment is depriving ourselves of our God given potential, pleasure and fun that is available to us. 

There will be much more coming from me on this subject as I let my freak flag fly.  I am creating a movement, and I hope you will join me. 

Keep your glow, enhance your vitality and honor the self that has no limits. 

Let’s sail into the era as wise elders who have their shit together.

What say you?

Susan Teton

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Join me for the 40 Day Dietary Self Care Challenge - begins September 4th!

Susan Teton is an Author and evangelist for smart eating, regenerative agriculture (culture) and living a vision of our highest potential as we cruise into our elder years. Www.ChefTeton.com

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Are Being Pulled By The Vision of What You Want - Or - By Preventing Something You Don't Want?

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Are you pulled by your vision of possibility?

OR

by the fear of preventing something you don't want?

The difference in the energy of these two opposite motivations is profound. If we are pulled by our vision of possibility the energy buzzing inside of us will be inspired and fun. It will be filled with a vision of something we want. BUT, if we are pulled by fear of preventing something bad or something we don’t want then the energy buzzing inside of us is filled with stress of trying to avoid something, and this vibrates a much lower frequency. Think about.

I was told years ago that prevention was not sexy. I never understood this because I was motivated by prevention. In the area of health, I did not want to get sick. I was motivated more by fear, even though it did not look like fear to me. Now I get it! But, it cost me.

Being motivated by prevention brought on stress, particularly if I did not live up to my own standards. This stress accumulated in me and eventually put me down.  Of course, it was not the only stress I had in my life. I was also working hard, also from a place of “earning a living”, not from a place of inspired manifestation. I am still dealing with the inner works of how I handle life, because Shingles kicked my butt and I can’t let that happen again. I really do want to Age With Vitality. So, now I act from this place, a place that includes a vision of excitement for me. I am doing the same with my work and all other areas as I look toward the future. This new attitude and inspired vision births a new feeling and buzz inside of me each day.

How about you? To illustrate what I saying, what sounds and feels better? "You better not eat processed foods because they are not good for you. They cause inflammation, addiction, etc. ... Or, If you enjoy high quality whole foods that taste amazing, your skin will radiate, your joints will be more flexible, and you will have the energy you need to fulfill your dreams?" Feel the difference? One motivation brings results and joy, the other brings resistance, dread, lack and not much enjoyment at all, which causes even more internal stress. In addition to the stress the results you really want may never arrive. 

Here is another example: ”I am going to exercise everyday because my doctor says it is good for me, so I will keep my heart healthy and I won’t get stiff?”  Or, “I am excited to breathe deep and bring fresh blood and oxygen to all my joints and organs, and then feel refreshed and stronger with an uplifted mood?

 When I discovered this very slight difference in how I approach almost everything I want to do in my life, I was able to look back and see why the hell I got so stressed from a lifetime of trying. This trying, the energy of how we approach things - everything - has so much to do with our anxiety and thus stress. This stress adds up over time and accelerates our aging. It brings us down, not up. Our inner energetics is everything. It is the place to start and that is what we are going to do in the 40 Day Dietary and Self Care Challenge. 

Each of us are going to pick a few ways to challenge ourselves within our self care practice. Why only a few? In all the teaching and coaching I have done I have found that the basic first steps need to established as a habit or routine first. Once they are incorporated, then you can move even further ahead with more support from your already mastered first steps. Once incorporated in your life, you will be empowered to move head further.

What is going on inside you? What is motivating you? What is most important? What can you reasonably fit into a life that is already full? What steps are needed first? Any time anyone steps out to learn something new; a sport, a musical instrument, a language, anything, they start with the basics and master each step one at a time. Once that is mastered and incorporated into one’s life, then they can take on the next. Conversely, you may not be starting out on a self care practice, but already has one that needs a makeover, or enhancement. Oh, gosh, we just keep learning and there are powerful ways to enhance or inner world and the body we live in. We are continually a work in progress and always in need of some improvement it seems.

In the 40 Day Dietary and Self Care Challenge I am going to help you choose what the most important step(s) you need to make for your vitality. Then I am going to help you incorporate them into your life so that they stay! It’s all you, and what you can do. But, once you choose, then we are going to hold you to it. All of us in the course. It will be fun. Because when we are complete the 40 Days you are going to have a whole new habit that is going to support you in your life on your way to Aging With Vitality. 

Read more about the 40 Day Challenge and Sign Up HERE. The course starts September 4, 2019. There is limited space.

Want to discuss if this course is right for you? I am happy to offer a 30 minute - no obligation - complimentary consultation. Contact me with time zone and potential availability @ Susan@ChefTeton.com.

Can’t wait!!

Aloha

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Pear Parsley Smoothie

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This is the most delicious “simple” smoothie. It is refreshing, and if you use sweet ripe pears it is even better. This combination is great for a morning cleanse and afternoon refresher! Make enough to last a day or two. YUM!

Ingredients
2 ripe pears
½ of a bunch of Italian parsley
3 - 4 cups of water

Blend into a drink - add water as needed. Pour into a glass jar and keep refrigerated.

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40 Days of Action Will Deliver The Results You Want

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In Aging Beautifully - the Path to ‘Imi ola, I have been pondering on the kind of course I wanted to offer this spring. Should I teach nutrition, culinary instruction and diet? Weight loss? Spiritual growth? Mind Control? Lifestyle?

After a few days of meditation and inquiry it came to me to do a 40 Day Challenge for upgrading your self-care regimen. The focus: food, thinking and any other practice you want to put into your life that will enhance your self-care.

That is a tall order but there is not a person I know who knows better but does not do better in the areas of self-care. In addition, I am not so sure one diet fits all. The bottom line of every healthy diet is that they are all “whole food” based. Diet and food, and the response your body has in regards to it, varies with each person. The other bottom line  is that junk food, processed foods, sugar and bad fats, and GMO foods are detrimental.

Can you find a few areas of self-care that you need to upgrade? I am sure you can. But before you start feeling bad or guilty, read the copy below about how a new practice for only 40 days can solidify or create a new habit that can be effective and lasting.

Then stay tuned for the announcement of my new course: Aging Beautifully - The 40 Day Challenge for a dietary upgrade. Let’s create some new habits to support our body, our life and our Path to ‘Imi Ola (the highest form of well-being).

The Technology of 40 days to Change the Habits
Excerpted from Faces Changes II by Dr. Kartar. Prosperity Paths Jan 2004 Iss

Thousands of years ago yogis became aware that it is possible to adjust one’s life through changing one’s habits. Actually this seems like a simple concept, however, for most people a difficult challenge. Habits are repetitive behaviors which form specific patterns in our reality. At the time that the pattern was first repeated, it seemed like a desirable action. However, as our awareness enfolded, these same desirable habits were now experienced as undesirable. Yogic technology offers specific practices to adjust undesirable habits, even those which are haunting us. There is a specific time commitment which is required to adjust the neurons and the frequencies of our brain. According to yogic technology it takes 40 days to change a habit – to retrain the mental process and nervous system. Practicing anything for at least 40 days allows you the opportunity to incorporate it into your being, turn on, wake up, transform!

Manifesting change requires patience and baby steps. Yoga and meditation help us to facilitate change because they can help us to penetrate the psyche to change our habit structure at a core level. If we don’t change the psyche then change won’t last, it is just that simple.

Formula for Success

Choose simple habits to change at first. Specifically target the habit you’re trying to change. Work hard for 40 days, and then begin to target the next habit you would like to change.

40 days to change or break a habit.

90 days to confirm a new habit.

120 days the new habit is who you are.

1000 days You have mastered the new habit.

This means that our brain does not accept ‘new’ data for a change of habit unless it is repeated each day for 40 days (without missing a day).

How would your life change? Can you imagine how differently you would think, feel and behave if you had a change of habit? You can’t put a price on it. Habits take time and consistency.  So if you are taking the challenge remember all truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience and if you have not started then Today is as good as any.

It is my pleasure to offer you a  complimentary 15-minute consultation to help you upgrade your self-care!

Interested? Contact me at Susan@ChefTeton.com and/or stay tuned for my course announcement coming up later this week. Space is limited!

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Baked Veggie Soup

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Our bodies need fast and easy nourishment and this recipe provides just that - check it out below!

Ingredients
1 Kobacha squash
1 Sweet potato or yam
1 onion (sweet yellow are best)
4 gloves of garlic
1-2 tbsp olive oil
16 oz broth: veggie, chicken, or beef (you could use water as well)

Seasoning
Depending on the flavor of the squash and potato you may not need any seasoning at all. But, in case you do want to bump up the flavors, try some of these:

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Cumin

  • Cayenne

Maybe a splash of curry and/or cinnamon. Sometimes, just one teaspoon of tamari can turn up the notch of the flavor without it tasting like tamari. Balsamic vinegar will do the same – just ½ tsp, and possibly 1 tsp if a large amount.  


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop veggies and arrange them on a baking sheet. Leave the garlic cloves in their skin. Sprinkle a little olive oil on the chopped onion and the garlic.

Bake until all the ingredients until they are tender.

*Note: The garlic usually cooks much faster than the rest of the vegetables. So check it after about 20 minutes. When it is tender remove it from the oven and cook the remainder of the veggies.

When the veggies are tender blend them with the broth.    

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‘Imi ola

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‘Imi ola: the Hawaiian word that awakened me how to express the true meaning for Aging Beautifully. I am totally in love with this word.  

If you are any kind of seeker in truth, growth and a beautiful life, you may love this word as much as I do. Actually, ‘Imi ola is a value. Taking this value on as a practice is to encourage fulfilling a destiny of achieving the highest form of life - well being. What a beautiful goal.

Many of us are just trying to get by, or some of us have big goals of making a good living, being healthy and living in supportive communities. Many need a purpose, something of value and meaning to drive us. What if our innermost primary goal was to take on the value of ‘Imi ola and seek the highest form of life and well being as our destiny? Would this be enough to satisfy us? Could our purpose be first and foremost to steward ourselves continually so that we could be a vessel of well being to ourselves, families, communities, and the world?

If we took on that value as a practice with our eyes on the prize, imagine how wonderful it would be to be living in an old body having achieved the highest form of life - well being. Doesn't this just give you the coolest vision?

It did for me. This is such a better vision than one with fear and loathing over getting old. I think I am going to call it “Aging Beautifully”. There is nothing more beautiful than an older person who is healthy with a twinkle in their eye. The Dali Lama is a good example as are many of the Centenarians. When we stand on a mountain top and view the Earth in all its majesty, “beautiful”, is the word that many say. A healthy Earth, and healthy humans are all beautiful. This is what we want to achieve.

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In an effort to express how much this means to me, I created a video over a year ago that I want you to watch. I believe it will give you a new perspective on aging, and perhaps awaken in you a new vision for your life’s purpose. It did mine.

I am launching an upcoming course called: ‘Imi ola - The Path to Aging Beautifully. You will be hearing a lot more about it as I adopt this theme going forward and share everything I can think of that has helped me to and others I know to Age Beautifully.  

Check out the video HERE where I give my best explanation for ‘Imi ola, and see if it turns you on like it did me.

Have a question? Need some help? I am happy to offer 15 minute free consultation. Please sign up here for an appointment. It is always helpful to me as well as I hope it is for you, so please do sign up.  

Also, I am opening up a few spots for private coaching again. Stay tuned for my new course coming soon called “Aging Beautifully - a Lifestyle and Dietary Makeover” . This will be a 8 week course you will not want to miss.

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Ayurvedic Sweet & Sour Potatoes

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Sweet, Sour, Salty Bitter and Unami - these are the universally accepted basic tastes that are perceived and stimulate our taste buds: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (savory).

One afternoon I was visiting a friend of mine that was an Ayurvedic doctor. We unexpectedly talked into the evening and found ourselves hungry. At the time I had been traveling and there was hardly anything to eat in the house. He assured me we would find something and luckily, we did.

First, we discovered some russet potatoes in the fridge. We quickly washed, cut them in big chunks (peels left on) and put them into a pot to steam. Next we discovered some olive oil and parsley. “Perfect”, he said. While the potatoes were cooking, he chopped the parsley. Soon, when the potatoes were soft, he threw them into a bowl and drizzled olive oil all over them. Then he asked if there was any honey in the cabinet. What? I thought. As much as I love honey, I could not imagine it on steamed potatoes. Yes, that is what he did next - pour a little honey on the potato mixture. It did not stop there. He picked a lemon from the fruit bowl, cut it in half and gave it a squeeze over the entire bowl, topped it with salt and served it.

He went on to explain that in the Ayurvedic tradition it is important to put as many of the tastes that are available to us in one meal. This is not only the best way to feel complete after a meal, but it aides in our digestion as well.

Let me tell you, these potatoes were delicious.

Satisfying a desire for something luscious, fatty, salty and sweet!

I don’t always eat them this way, but when I want something simple to completely satisfy me, something satiating and luscious, this meal goes a long way to create to create complete satisfaction. And, it has inspired me to add a squeeze of lemon on many meals that I would not have thought of otherwise. It does the same thing a scoop of cultured vegetables will do for a meal - like the pickle on the hamburger.

This recipe is great for guests or potlucks.

Try it for potlucks - so you can arouse everyone with something new. You will also be able to fill yourself up and not be tempted by some of the “other” foods you may not want.

II added cilantro instead of parsley in the picture above. I love cilantro so much I put it on everything.  

Be creative and think about satisfying all your senses in one meal!

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