Diet "Dr. Doom"

   Diet Dr. Doom
diet dr. Doom
Photo courtesy of Eli Schechter

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

                             -Leo Tolstoy

People see me coming and they say, "Oh no, it is her, the one who wants to take away all of our goodies!" 

I am here to tell you, deprivation is not my focus.  I am all about helping you see what you are inviting into your life: (And I would be happy to teach you how to make whole food treats; cakes, pies, cookies, donuts...I will say that they are a treat, not an everyday food, but make them well and enjoy your indulgence, once in a while!  Whole Food Treat cooking class is coming up November 14th with the Local Living Venture, see link below.)

1.  Yummy, whole foods... real nutrition that feeds the body cells right down to your tippy toes!

2.  Movement that makes your body sing,

3.  Outdoor activity for fresh air, sunshine, and promoting good sleep,

4.  Awesome, vibrant health to a ripe, old age!

Focus on the positive: what you are going to create and the good things you are inviting into your lifestyle!

Want to learn more?

Call me, we can chat & set you on your healing path.

Come to one of my workshops:

Nature's Storehouse, Canton.  November 6th in the evening, 6 PM
Attend a cooking class I teach for the Local Living Venture:
So, I meant to send this on October 30th... a 'lil Halloween BOO to you.  
However, life was busy, I forgot, so it goes!  
Hope your Halloween was spooky and full of whole foods (not sugar)!

Protein Powder I Use

Protein Powder I Use...

Wait...What?  Protein, Paula... have I stumbled upon the wrong Paula's blog post?

I get questions from clients, quite frequently, on what I think is the best protein powder to use.

Stepping back a few years... protein powders come in and out of fashion like clothing styles. I know this cyclic pattern, I have plaid shirts purchased when I was 20 years old and 28 years later (yes, I still have those plaid shirts), I am right back in the swing of fashion!

Enter protein powders from the late 70's and 80's.  With a processing makeover (claiming to preserve the vital nutrients of raw milk and colostrum... maybe, but I have a hard time believing that you can remove the liquid whey from the whole milk and then process it into powdered form and still retain all the vital nutrients...really?)  and a new label, perhaps some updated, high tech marketing hype and voila... a new fad ready to sell to the newest generation.

My favorite protein powder is this: zero, zip, nada, zilch, none of them!  In my eyes, they are very processed, refined, manufactured products... not food.  When food is in its whole state, it is a nourishing, cell building gift to your body.  Processed products by any name: rice protein powder, soy protein powder, whey protein powder, hemp protein powder (get the idea here?), well... not so nourishing.

My thoughts, and I know I go against the grain, take it for what it is worth.

Now if you are making your own cheese and keeping the whey liquid to use, great.  Much different than the powdered whey stuff sold as health food.  Again, this is my healing thoughts.

If you think you need more protein, for whatever your reason, use real foods - whole foods. Are you using protein powders in a smoothie to up your daily protein?  Add a raw egg or two from healthy chickens, raised by farmers you know, and living on farms that are clean and natural.  I would never use a commercially raised egg in raw form, organic or not.  Add raw nuts and seeds, they are loaded with protein and healthy fat to boot. Tolerate dairy?  Use real milk from real cows / goats / sheep / yaks, raised eating their natural diets and keep the milk raw and unprocessed. (I am not a big fan of the packaged milk replacements: rice, soy, almond milk, etc.  Again, it is processed, made in a factory. Make your almond milk at home, it is easy and you control the ingredients and process.  Email me for a recipe.) Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of beans to the smoothie, if you tolerate them.  I recommend light tasting and lighter colored beans for this purpose.

All of these recommendations, for smoothies, are foods that can be eaten just as food.  I am not a big fan of tossing a bunch of yummy foods in a blender and pureeing into a liquid meal.  I like to chew food in a real meal form.  So, with that said, eat any of the above foods to increase your protein intake.  Take soft boiled eggs (from healthy, local chickens), 3 minutes, for on the go meals.  Cheese and yogurt from well raised animals.  Eat lentils and split peas in all sorts of yummy dishes:  soups, stews, Indian dahl... the sky is the limit.

My point is that there are many plant and animal whole foods that can be added to your diet without resorting to powdered protein products.  Nature did not make them, a factory did.

My focal point for making healthy food choices: did nature make it or was it concocted in a factory?

I will confess, I have had running dialogues with various naturopathic healers who recommend protein powders.  One healer, in particular, I have their whole food protocol for healing disease that clearly states to eat natural foods, avoid packaged foods.  Then the protocol recommends a protein powder and protein snack bar made by a specific company.  What?! Really?!  When I read this my first thought was: "How can this "healer" recommend a 100% whole food diet that eliminates packaged foods, and then turn around and recommend a factory made protein product or two, all in the same health education document? How is this not sending a very confusing message to those seeking healing?"

As I always say, take the information in and create your own healing truths.
Stay tuned for fat... Mmmm, Mmmm Fat, coming soon in a newsletter blog post near you!

My Secret Face Lift In A Jar

face cream

As I skip down the path of life, getting closer to 50, I realize the signs of aging are here on my face. Now I also realize that my sister, who is 2 years older, looks remarkably younger.  Oh the hazards of a nature girl; worshiping the sun by day and the moon by night, hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming my youth (and any adult moment I can squeeze out) and life away out under the open skies.  If, given the chance, I could do it all over again, I would not hide inside for fear of the sun, wind, rain, snow, and cold's aging effects on my face.  To hell with it all, I have lived to be on the tops of mountains, wandering deep in forests far from civilized life as we know it, riding country roads on my bike, swimming lakes and river .... so be it, I will take the sun and natural elements, wrinkles and all!

Ok, now with all that said, I have some secrets to prevention and repairing the natural elements effects on my skin and its visible signs of aging.

Number one is a whole food diet.  Eating real foods, natural foods, fortifies the body with nutrients we do not even know the names of.  These nutrients work hard to protect and repair. Thank you local farmers, I will eat your whole foods!

Number two through five is good sleep coupled with plenty of fluids, daily body movement, and finding peace within.

From there it helps to use only natural products on your skin.  If I would not put the '"ingredient" in my body because it is not a whole food, why would I put it on my body?

So here are my natural face lift secrets:

1.  I use no sunscreen lest I make it myself (the lotion recipe below is the base for my natural sunscreen).

2.  I wash my face with water only, splashing cold water on in AM and PM.  When living outside I use the springs, rivers, lakes and streams of the Adirondacks for face splashing.

3.  I put pure aloe on my face after splashing:

Aubrey Organics from Nature's Storehouse in Canton,

Mountain Rose Herbs via mail order:

4.   Then I use the lotion I am about to give you the recipe for.  To this I add essential oils specific for sun damaged and aging skin.  There are essential oils specific for sensitive skin, skin from every decade in life, oily and dry skin.... you name it.  Want details, email me.

In the summer, the lotion I use is much lighter, mostly an aloe gel with a just a very few drops of carrier oil and the essential oils specific for sun damaged and aging skin.  This works best in the aloe gel from Mountain Rose Herbs as it is a gel.  The Aubrey Organics aloe is a very liquid consistency, great for putting on after the morning and evening face splashing.

To this face lift in a jar I owe thanks to three fabulous herbalists:  Rosemary Gladstar  (Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health, and Vitality), James Green (The Male Herbal), and Valerie Ann Worwood (The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy).  Blending their secrets has created my secret!

face cream

Rosemary's Perfect Cream



2/3 cup distilled water--OR distilled rosewater or -- orange flower water) 1/3 cup aloe vera gel 1 - 2 drops essential oil of choice (here is where I mix and match from James Green and Valerie Ann Worwood's essential oil recommendations) Vitamins A and E as desired


3/4 cup apricot, almond or grape seed oil (I have used organic olive oil, as well) 1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter 1/4 tsp lanolin 1/2 - 1 oz grated beeswax


1. Combine distilled water, aloe vera gel, essential oil and vitamins in a glass measuring cup. (Tap water can be used but it will sometimes introduce bacteria and encourage the growth of mold.) Set aside.

2. In a double boiler over low heat, combine remaining ingredients. Heat just enough to melt.

3. Pour oils into a blender and let cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid and cream-colored. This cooling process can be hastened in the refrigerator, but keep an eye on it so it doesn't get too hard.

4. When cooled, turn blender on the highest speed. In a slow, thin drizzle pour the water mixture into the center vortex.

5. When most of the water mixture has been added to the oils, listen to the blender and watch the cream. When the blender coughs and chokes, and the cream looks thick and white like butter cream frosting, turn off the blender. You can slowly add more water, beating it in by hand with a spoon, but don't over beat!  The cream will thicken as it sets.

6. Pour into cream or lotion jars. Store in a cool place.

7. For a thinner lotion, use more water.

Paula's IMPORTANT NOTE:  I do not add the essential oils in step #1 as described above.  To me, heating them destroys their natural nutrients. I add the essential oils as an additional step, my step #7.  I add the number of drops, based upon the size of the jars I have put the cream into, and stir with a tiny baby spoon to blend the essential oils well.

Essential oils for sun damaged and aging skin:  Add 4-5 drops per tbsp. of the lotion. James Green's Recommendations (the book Male Herbal) and what I have used for years: lavender, frankincense, carrot seed, Helichrysum italicum (Immortelle). Immortelle is a very expensive oil, but well worth it as per James Green, for its effects on sun damaged skin and skin cancer.

Essential oils for skin over 40: Neroli, lavender, frankincense, rosemary, fennel, carrot, lemon, evening primrose

Sunscreen you ask?  To the above Rosemary Gladstar's lotion I add: 

  • 1 rounded tsp. of Mount Hagen Organic Fair Trade Instant Coffee,

  • 1 rounded tsp. of organic fair trade cocoa powder, and

  • 5-10 drops wild pansy extract.

  • 1/2 tsp. wild pansy powder

  • Wear a wide brim hat during the high, hot hours of the summer days and wing it with the sun and wind on my face at every other moment.

Chemical sunscreens?  Not a chance.  Frankly, I believe they cause skin cancer!

PS For another option to restore your youthful glow:  Call Shelby Connelly, Acupuncturist in Colton. She does an amazing acupuncture face lift. This is a series of treatments to restore vitality to the facial skin.

Nature Knows Best

"Just lift the corner of the clouds and the sun is ALWAYS shining!"   Eli Schechter

Photo courtesy of Paula Willard, Lake Ozonia FB post.

"Now I see the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow up in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth."  Walt Whitman
There is amazing wisdom in this quote by Walt Whitman.  When we eat, sleep, move, and live with the rhythms of nature our bodies thrive with vibrant health.  Eating food from the season we currently are experiencing, from farmers who live right around the corner (Local food is the label for this!), and experiencing our lives in tune with the forces of nature (Remember, we ARE nature.) is very potent "medicine."  My goal in life is to reach as many people as I can, turning on their passion for health and healing in themselves.  Every healthy person influences others around them (Paying it forward!) creating more healthy people.  Healthy people create healthy families and communities... healthy communities link together to create a global community that thrives with vibrant health.  It is a ripple effect and I am a pebble, throwing myself into the pond.  Join me on this quest for changing the collective mind, body, and soul health... one person at a time!
Health and Healing Hint
Recently I presented a health and healing workshop in Homer, NY.  After the workshop, a lady approached me as she had stories to tell of her upbringing with a mom who fed her organic, whole foods.  I love people's stories and I think she connected with my funny stories about Jake and Eli thinking I am a crazed, food and health "sheriff."  She said her mom used to give her a tablespoon of wheat germ whenever her and her siblings were going to get their occasional piece of candy treat.  She said this prevented the blood sugar rush and crash.  Which, by the way, is a good thing to avoid!  Just a helpful hint to keep your blood sugar on an even keel.

I always recommend making sure baked goods have healthy amounts of fat and protein in them (as well as drastically reducing the sugar amounts in the recipe) as these cooking habits counter the high content of easily digested and quickly absorbed carbohydrates from the sweetener and whole grain flours in any treat recipes (even if one uses all whole foods ingredients).

Wheat Germ:   Very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Fat, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium and Copper, and a very good source of Thiamin, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese and Selenium.  The high level of nutrients also counters the depletion of nutrients from your body that happens when you eat a refined food.  Remember my cell biology lessons in my whole food articles?