How Adopting My Daughter From Haiti Changed My Life

As women, we have the choice to have kids or not, be a stay-at-home mom or working mom, be a business woman or take a hiatus when you have children. Nobody should judge what we do with our body, or with anything else in our life. We make mistakes and we learn, we fall and we get up, with no complaints we go on.

When I decided to adopt my daughter Ili, I was a single mom to my son Pol. I owned a business and I was studying, in someway I always have. I decided to adopt because I’ve always wanted more than one kid, having a daughter was a dream of mine. If I learned something about becoming a mom, it’s the fact that a baby coming from my body or my soul is painful in many ways, sometimes unbearable, but I’m a woman and as a woman we can take a lot of pain with little complaining. Adoptions are never easy, they are complex, tricky and you never get it right the first try so you just have to keep insisting until the day some country, orphanage or government takes your...

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N E W Opportunity in Your Future With Nourish the Brain Institute

 

 

It's been an incredibly busy time at Nourish the Brain Institute.  The launching of the new program Dynamic Nutrition Specialist is something I've been looking forward to for the last six months as our team has been working to build it from the ground up. 

From script writing to filming, to the addition of new team members and website features, there is so much to celebrate!  

It all started when I had an idea, that I could not have developed fully without the use of my higher faculties.  


 

One day my mentor, Bob Proctor, helped to realize the importance for the world what I do and how that can help many in the world.

“It would be selfish to keep it for yourself, it is your soul calling, you have to educate people about the importance of what you do, how that can heal their brain, body, and mind."

That phrase took me totally out of my comfort zone but didn’t matter whatever would take I was going to do it and I did it....

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Time to Get Back on Track!

Have you ever counted how much time it takes for you to get “back on track” after the holiday season? One day, one week or a whole month? 

 

Some people adjust really quickly and are able to go right back to their everyday routines. For others, it takes what seems like forever. Everyone is very different.  Have you ever thought this could be related to your brain functionality? 

 

The cingulate system is the line between the two brains. This line is responsible for managing our ability to shift attention, makes us more adaptable, more flexible or more able to “go with the flow”.

 

When the cingulate system is too active, we have problems in shifting our activities or habits, and when it is calmer, it’s much easier for us to “go with the flow”.

 

The cingulate system is the one you want to nourish if you want the ability to adjust faster to new situations. This also applies to returning to our normal...

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The Holiday Season is Here!

December is upon us, the last month of 2018.  It is usually the time that we look back and take inventory of the past year, acknowledge our achievements as well as identify the things that we could have done better and set our goals for the new year.

 

When you look back over 2018, how do you feel about the year as a whole? What, if anything, would you have done differently?

 

The good news is that with the start of a new year, you get another chance to re-do the things that didn’t go so well in 2018.  If one of your 2018 goals was to lose weight or get into better shape, you can start again!

 

Think of losing weight and getting leaner as a marathon, not a sprint race. The more steadily you lose excess weight, the longer it will last. Why? The reason is very simple. Our brain needs time to make changes and to create and develop new neuropathways that will stick forever. When we make small changes, one at the time, it is easier to stick with this new...

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A Holistic Approach to Depression

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A couple of years ago I had a conversation about depression and antidepressants with a neuro-psychologist. He believed that depression could be cured within 18 months of treatment. After 18 months, one should either look within the body for another cause of the depression or research another type of treatment, which I completely agree with.

 

Many of my clients who are dealing with depression have sought out my services because they have been in treatment for many years, some for the majority of their life. They are searching for a different approach to treating their depression. The majority of these clients are already working with their doctors to reduce their prescription medication and I work with both the doctor and the client to support this process.

 

Antidepressants are widely prescribed medications that are being given to people for far too long.  The medication eventually stops working and then the doctor prescribes either another antidepressant or another...

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Shrimp Boodles with Basil

 

Ingredients

  • 1 box butternut squash noodles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 pint Cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil, slivered
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

If you can’t find butternut squash noodles, use a spiral slicer to cut butternut squash into noodles. Lay noodles on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. Cook until pink and remove from pan. Add the garlic and mushrooms to the pan and cook until softened. Add the butternut squash noodles and cook until just softened.

Season with salt and pepper and add the shrimp, tomatoes, and basil to the pan. Cook until heated through and serve.

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Octobiotics

Same symptoms, same medication, same scenario...is your body being treated like a production line instead of being treated for Optimal Health?

 

Shortly after I moved to the US, I began working as a business director in a behavioral practice. I was astonished at the number of patients that were taking prescribed medication (100% of those in the practice).  What was more disturbing was the fact that most patients were taking more than one prescribed medication, often 3 or 4 different medications. Most of this medication was given to counteract each other or side effects of the medication.

 

Coming from Europe, I had a hard time digesting this since my family had been using naturopathy, homeopathy or other alternative medicine for years. Working in a practice where patients and doctors didn’t see a way around prescribed medication was one of the reasons I decided to go back to my origins and move to a holistic approach for my clients.

 

Recently, several new...

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Inflammation Part 2

Last month, I shared what inflammation is. This month, I want to talk about what causes it and how to reduce it.

There are a few well-known foods that cause inflammation:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Gluten
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Alcohol
  • Eggs

Keep in mind that not all of these foods affect everyone the same way. This is where inflammation gets tricky.

As I mentioned last month, feeling bloated is a sign of the beginning stages of inflammation. There are other symptoms as well, including:

  • Skin rash
  • Itchiness
  • Hot flashes
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling anxious
  • Mood swings
  • Sleepiness
  • Brain fog
  • Lack of energy

Paying close attention to how your body reacts after eating certain type of foods is crucial to identifying if you have sensitivity to them.  Keep track of what you eat and any symptoms you experience. If you experience any of the above symptoms, it means there is some level of sensitivity and a potential inflammation problem.

In addition to food reactions, one of the most common inflammatory products is one that our...

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Roasted Beet Salad

ROASTED BEETS SALAD

For the Beets

1 bunch medium beets (about 3)

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

10 ounces mixed greens (I like a blend of frisée, radicchio and mesclun)

3 ounces goat cheese

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

For the Vinaigrette

2 tablespoons honey

1-1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons minced shallots

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

Drizzle the beets with olive oil and wrap them up in aluminum foil. Roast them directly on the oven rack for about an hour. You’ll know they’re done when you can easily pierce them with a knife.

Let them cool, then peel the skin and cut into chunks.You can wear gloves if you want to prevent your hands from turning temporarily pink but I never bother.

The rest of the salad is a breeze. For the vinaigrette, combine the honey, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, oil, shallots, salt and pepper in a jar and shake to...

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Quinoa Kale Avocado Meal

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Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Zest from 1 medium lemon

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Fresh cracked black pepper,

3 cups chopped kale

1 large avocado

 

How to Make It:

Combine the quinoa, water in a medium saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, and after the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan.

Gently simmer, covered, for 15 minutes (there may still be some water not yet absorbed). Remove from heat.

Keeping the pan covered, let it stand for 5 minutes, or until the remaining water is absorbed.

Remove the lid and gently fluff the quinoa. Set aside to cool.

In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together the cooked quinoa, kale and avocado. Toss with the dressing, and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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