The Power of You!

Having fun is powerful & healing!

The Power of You!

"You, the individual, can do more for your own health than any doctor, any drug or any medical device."                                                                                                                                 Joseph Califano, MD

Fun Food Focus

Yes, I am back to my beloved beets!  This time of year beets can get squishy after being in the root cellar all winter. This recipe was inspired by the chefs at Top Notch Spa and Resort, Stowe, Vt. It is low sugar, especially if you stick to 1/2 cup sugar. It is loaded with root veggie vitamin and minerals. Enjoy!

BEET CARROT CAKE

4 eggs, locally and naturally raised 2 cups whole grain flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 ½ tsp. b. powder ½ cup ground walnuts ½ to 1 cup sugar, unrefined, dehydrated, sugar cane juice is best or 1/4 to 1/3 cup dark, maple syrup ½ cup melted butter from grass fed cows ½ cup applesauce* 2 cups shredded beets 1 cup shredded carrots

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a loaf pan, 8x8 square pan or 8" round, butter it well. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Bake in prepared pan @ 350 F until the center is firm and toothpick comes out clean, ½ to 3/4 hour. Loaf pan will take longer to bake. Frost with below recipe. Also good dusted w/ powdered sugar, cinnamon & walnut chopped pieces.

*applesauce can be omitted and increase butter amount, ¾ to 1 cup butter

Vanilla Frosting

8 oz. package organic Neufchatel cheese 8 oz. container organic whipping cream 1 to 2 tbsp. maple syrup or raw, local honey 1 tbsp. vanilla

Place cheese in bowl and chop up, Add whipping cream, vanilla and maple syrup, Using hand mixer, blend until stiff enough for frosting a cake. If made in loaf pan, cut cake in 1/2 length wise and frost in center as well as the top of the cake.

Please forward this newsletter to friends, family members or colleagues who might be interested and inspired by it. It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier.

Be the Person You Want to Attract

"We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are."Max DePree

Be the Person You Want to Attract 

(This is the month for love, is it not?!)

So often we have high ideals for 'the' person we want to attract into our lives; someone who likes to cook, perhaps read or play board games, someone physically active, smart and witty, perhaps a good conversationalist.

I have to ask:  are you that person?  If you want someone in your life who is physically fit and likes to move in the outdoors, are you out there now?

If we create that which we want to attract, we will invite that energy into our lives.

If you want a life partner who will dance the night away with you are you attending dances, perhaps the local contra dances?  Are you signed up for Flurry 2013?

Finding the partner we want in life is more often than not about finding ourselves.

"Food Focus":  The Beet-ing Heart OK, so this is about how beets are good for your heart, body, mind & soul!!  Yes, ALL of you!

Beets are an amazing food!  I think by now I have made my love for beets quite clear. Their smell, taste, texture in my mouth, the feel in my hands as I work with them, all of it is a healing, sensual experience.

Beets are a blood tonic (think of their color!) and are good for anemia, the heart and your circulation.  Beets cleanse and purify the blood, alleviate constipation through their colon cleansing properties, aid the liver in cleansing and healing, and promote female menstruation.

Beets are high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are loaded with phyto-nutrients that have powerful healing effects. Their level of folate, a B vitamin, makes them a "go to" food in conception planning and early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects.

Beets reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, have many anti-cancer effects (beets are used for cancer therapy in Germany!) and work to lower blood pressure.  I could go on and on about the virtue of beets but I suggest you head to the Potsdam Food Co-op, Nature's Storehouse or a local farmer you trust and buy some beets. Ultimately, I am encouraging you to eat those beets!

The beet is the most intense of vegetables.  The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of a radish is cold 

fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent 

of frivolity.  Beets are deadly serious.

-Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Simple & Easy Beet Recipe

-beets, the size and number you need for whoever you are feeding -cabbage OR Deep Roots Raw Sauerkraut (Nature's Storehouse, Canton, is keeping this product on hand, http://www.natures-storehouse.com/) -apple chunks, preferably Pink Lady apple chunks as they are sweet and delicious

Wash the beet gently, do not peel.  Grate beet(s) on a metal cheese grater using the large grating holes. Place grated beet in a bowl and mix with the sauerkraut OR shredded, raw cabbage. Add bite size apple chunks.

If you are using the sauerkraut, no other dressing is needed.  If not, dress with apple cider vinegar, organic / extra virgin olive oil and your favorite herbs.

Email me, pyoumell@gmail.com for my seasonal salad dressing recipe

The Beet Goes On.....

“Beet”  by Robert Samarotto

Queen of the garden

you rise from the poverty of earth

you wound me with your ripening

bringing your sweetness nearer my hunger.

All night — my little bonfire — you keep me awake,

all night I burn in flames of jealousy.

I am suspicious of all your vegetable lovers,

the way they mingle their roots with yours.

Rain washing over you scalds my soul.

Your leaves dancing to the wind drive me mad.

I envy the beetle — the worm — the slug,

vines that creep in the night.

O heart of hearts

listen to my vegetable talk.

Come with me to the cutting board

let me discover your charms — slice by slice.

Leave me with the stain of summer on my hands

– then like Macbeth

will I prepare for a winter’s madness.

I love Beets for the food that they are; for the healing energy they bestow.

Stay tuned for future news and learn more about my beloved Beets.