Whole Health & Healing Academy in Potsdam THIS Fall!

Whole Health & Healing Academy  

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   Kicks off  Thursday, September 25, 6:30 to 8 pm

   Most Thursdays through December 4

   Potsdam Community Room, above police station, RSVP for detailed directions.

   Pre-Registration suggested (first come, first served!) but not required
   Held every Thursday at the same time and location through December 4 (except 10/23, 11/20 & 27 as noted.)

I am very pleased to join with The Local Living Venture in launching a Whole Health and Healing Academy for individuals interested in gaining a well rounded knowledge of holistic health issues. 

What's Involved
Classes are designed to enhance personal health and inspire confidence in the ability of our bodies to heal itself through good nutrition - which also means "eat yummy food!"  This series provides a solid overview of the many topics I may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- more on this below.

Benefits to you:

  • Higher levels of healthy energy
  • Better sleep
  • Body moves more freely and willingly
  • Weight balancing to the body weight that is normal for you
  • Balanced moods
  • Crave real food, saying goodbye to fake, packaged foods 
  • Balanced hormones
  • Heal symptoms of disease
  • Happier, healthier... look and feel younger EVERYDAY!

Why attend:

  1. Healthier people make healthier families, communities... etc. Who does not want that?
  2. It is Fun, Informative information you can use NOW to make your life better.
  3. You WILL get healthier and 
  4. Your participation supports the Local Living Venture's mission to keep bringing amazing educational opportunities to our North Country Home! That's a good thing!

Certificate Program
"The "academy" will commence on September 25, continuing for ten weeks through the Fall semester. Attendees who successfully complete a certain number of sessions will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for your personal resume and will take advantage of this opportunity to put health and healing into your hands.

Who Should Attend?

  • All are welcome to attend if they desire to create vibrant personal health. 
  • Employers are especially encouraged to send staff members, to reduce and eliminate health issues and insurance costs.
  • Employers themselves are welcome as well; to enhance their health, providing leadership. 
  • Health care workers who wish to learn more about prevention and self-responsibility in health and healing.

Session Outlines

Whole Foods, Whole Health, Holistic Health * Thursday, September 25
What is whole food, why eat it, how to make changes in your life including the why's of eating seasonally and locally, and how eating whole foods will heal your body from the cellular level.  
Health care providers and healers are partners to guide and support you on your healing path; be the healer that brings holistic health into your whole being. 
Natural Foods Know How * Thursday, October 2
An information session on how to know what foods really are natural and not just marketing. Real food not food hype (includ
es navigating food labels handout.)

Healthy Menu Prep * Thursday, October 9
How to prep healthy meals for the week, how to shop for healthy foods. Shopping and eating seasonally and locally.

White Sugar Blues
 * Thursday, October 16
What sugar is, forms of sugars, why so addicting, how sugar is damaging to body, how to butt kick sugar out of your life, ways to add “sweetness” to your life without adding sugar.

Gut Health
 * Thursday, October 23 (different location!)
What creates and destroys healthy gut micro-organisms, how to optimize diet and lifestyle for top notch gut & whole body health.

Proteins, Carbs & Fats
 * Thursday, October 30
What they all are, why we need them, and where to get them (healthiest food choices.)

Detox Nourishment Diets
 * Thursday, November 6 
What they are, why they work, how to implement simple and more involved detoxes.

Gluten Free Eating & Loving It * Thursday, November 13
Many people find that they are unable to tolerate the proteins found in gluten-containing grains. For anyone curious about Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, and all the current talk around eating gluten-free.  

   *  Skip two weeks for the holidays  *

Divine Weight Loss * Thursday, December 4
Wellness not weight loss in food choices, crowding out mindless eating, adding in healthy options.


This series is designed to give a solid overview of the many topics I may address with you as your personal health coach, but at a "group rate" -- and with both group privileges and restrictions: there will be plenty of time for Q&A, though not in a private setting, and moderated in a fashion that flows for all participants in the classes.  

All classes in the ongoing series are 1-1/2 hours long and include a slide show that will also be emailed to all participants  as well as various  educational handouts.  Follow up information will be tailored to also address the health concerns of participants in the session.

Registration, Admission & Series Details

  • There is a $22 general admission, $40 per couple/family member, per session for overhead/material fees and to benefit Local  Living Venture workshop creation.
  • Registration for this informative workshop series is recommended in advance at  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com.  .  
  • Walk-in's are welcome at each session at 6:15 pm on a first come first served basis.
  • A discount amounting to two-plus entire classes free is available for attendees who register for the full Whole Health and Healing Academy series.  Payment in advance is preferable, but arrangements can be made.  Admissions paid in this past Spring's sessions will count towards Autumn discounts!  
  • The Full Attendance rate is $150 individual, $280 couple for all 9 sessions or pay as you go at $22 per person, per session as noted above.
  • Certificates of Accomplishment are awarded to all participants successfully completing six or more sessions.
  • Email us (Local Living Venture) to RSVP for your spot -- reservations are not required but are suggested. 
  • Please include your phone number(s) and the number in your party and we will forward you all pertinent information.  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you and creating amazing, vibrant health for everyone!

My Holistic Momma's Dilemma

You might remember my earlier blog post on healthy kid's b-day parties and WHY have healthy kid's b-day parties. So my latest dilemma... my soon to be 12 year old kid wanted an Oreo cookie birthday cake.  First of all I asked: "Why Eli? I have never purchased Oreo cookies for you!"

Bottom line is he wanted what he wanted.

Truth of the matter is there is not one ingredient in an Oreo cookie that was ever meant to be:

  • in your digestive tract being digested and
  • sent out into your blood stream being delivered to
  • every cell in your body to do
  • all the processes to nourish your cells so you have a
  • healthy body!

Nature did not mean for our body cells to be poisoned by packaged food's synthetic ingredients.  Ouch, Paula, really?  My healing advice comes into question on occasion:  "She is so strange, too harsh, very severe, too tough..." But really, the truth is the truth, our bodies were not meant to be poisoned.

I am all about moderation; moderation in foods that were meant to be part of our cellular metabolism. There is no way, in my mind, to be moderate about that which was never meant to be a part of our cellular being.

For just 2 weeks, try feeding your body with 100% whole food, every snack and meal.  I guarantee you will feel like a whole new person: alive, vibrant, clear headed, sleep well, etc. Then, after 2 weeks of whole food eating, go back to your regular diet, 100%, for a day or two.  You will be aghast at how lousy processed food leaves your body feeling.

Whole food eating is not about what you are removing from your life, junk food, but what you are inviting into your life, vibrant health.  Let me know how it goes.

So, back to that Oreo cookie cake. I started off with the basics.  I do not measure ingredients, just throw in the bowl, so I am giving my eyeballed estimates. Thank my Mom, that is how she cooks. I learned through observation.

  • real butter, from grass fed cows grazing in the Finger Lakes of NY - about 3/4 cup
  • 3 pasture eggs from Maria of Deep Root Farm, wicked orange yolks. Lots of good nutrients.  Use the whole eggs.
  • local milk from some sweet, grazing, local goats - 1 cup
  • *oat flour I ground from gluten-free oats - about 1 1/2 cups
  • Sucanat unrefined, real brown sugar (Available at the Potsdam Food Coop & Nature's Storehouse, Canton) - 1/2 cup
  • organic vanilla - 1 Tbsp.
  • baking soda - 1/2 tsp or less
  • baking powder - 2 to 3 tsp.

*gluten free flours will make a shorter, denser cake.  If gluten is Ok in your diet, use whole spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour.  Whole food cakes, made with 100% whole grain flours, will be heavier, denser, and shorter cakes.  When you get used to this denser, more flavorful, manner of creating in the kitchen... the "fluffy" refined food versions will be tasteless and boring.

The below Newman cookies are made with wheat flour and therefor contain gluten.

I caved (What else is a Mom to do? He is so damned cute.) and bought Newman's Own Organics Newman-O's Creme Filled Chocolate Cookies.


Original Ingredients:

Organic Unbleached Wheat Flour, Organic Powdered Sugar (Organic Sugar, Organic Corn Starch), Organic Sugar, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Canola Oil (Expeller Pressed), Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Unsweetened Chocolate, Salt, Natural Flavor, Sodium Bicarbonate (leavening), Soy Lecithin (an emulsifier)

I took one row of the cookies, scraped the creme filling out, crushed the wafers, and added the crushed mess to the batter.


The "Oreo" cake after baking:


Tomorrow I shall slice it in half to make 2 layers and fill the center with frosting. Then I will slather the whole thing with the rest of the frosting.


  • 2 eight oz. packages of Organic Valley Pasture Raised whipping cream
  • 1 eight oz. package of Organic Valley Pasture Raised Neufchatel cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. local, dark maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. organic vanilla
  • the second row of Newman-O's, scraped and crushed, added to the finished frosting

The final, third row, of Newman-O's will be cut into 1/2 rounds and placed on top of the cake.


Happy Birthday Eli!  Much LOVE, Mom

Or, as my boys call me...


Teaching whole food eating, cooking, and baking classes:  I volunteer teach cooking classes through the Sustainable Living Project, Local Living Venture. Sign up for their emails to be notified of upcoming classes.  I also do small groups at my home, just ask.  pyoumell@gmail.com

Wild Leeks & Wild Child!


My youngest buddy, eating his morning, local eggs with wild leeks! His body is being infused with the nourishing goodness of wild foods.

  • Wild foods have their genetics intact, non- GMO!  This is a huge boost in your personal cell nourishment arena.
  • Wild foods are grown in soil that generally has not been disturbed by agricultural chemicals: pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, on & on & on... if chemicals are in the soil, they are in every cell of your food (despite the "just wash it off" campaign of Big Ag.) Support local farmers who opt to not use chemicals.
  • The soil, in the wild, is naturally composting, year after year.  This continual composting cycle keeps the soil's nutrients high.  Foods grown in this soil, well, are naturally high in minerals.

There is so much more to be said for food being grown in its natural environment, living and growing the way it would without human intervention.  Growing food naturally, even when we cultivate it, raises the nourishment level by leaps and bounds.

Looking for local food, raised naturally?  Don't want to grow it yourself OR forage in the woods?  Get on this website and find a local farmer. who will love you up with good food and you can support their desire to produce good food. It's a win-win relationship!

Want to help others enjoy well raised, local food?  The healthier people we have in our communities, the healthier our communities will be. It takes a community to raise a community!

The gift of good food is the best gift you can give. (in my opinion!)

I have pasted GardenShare's request for CSA Bonus Bucks support below.

Eat well, share good food, love people.  Paula

CSA Bonus Bucks Needs Your Help!

CSA Bonus Bucks

Hello Friends,

GardenShare's CSA Bonus Bucks offers low-income families an opportunity to join the CSA of their choice with a $100 discount.

This year we've been overwhelmed with requests, and do not have the funding to cover five families who came in just as we had spent the final funds for the year. Some of these families have enjoyed this program for several years.

CSA Bonus Bucks works double duty by helping low income families enjoy great, healthy, local food, while at the same time, supporting our local farmers with additional business.

Any donation will help. Simply follow this link.

If you prefer, you can still send a check to 

GardenShare, PO Box 516, Canton, NY 13617