Email Hoax

I am sorry to say that I found out the link about the John’s Hopkins Cancer Update was an email hoax. I was so excited to see something that I believe in so greatly, put out by someone so reputable, that I didn’t do my research before sharing it with all of you.

I have taken down the post because  it is one thing to share my opinion about something and quite another to have content that has been distorted. Both Melissa and I promise to never give you false or misleading information.

Here is a link to the official John’s Hopkins site with their comments regarding this email hoax.

If you do read the John’s Hopkins comments or “truth” regarding the email hoax, you may be surprised to find the number of similarities between the two.

What does it come down to?  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Again, I am so sorry!




Arsenic in Rice – FDA to Further Investigate

Have you heard the news reports today regarding the alarming levels of arsenic found in rice?  Both white rice and brown rice are under further investigation by the FDA.  There are actually higher levels of arsenic found in brown rice because it still contains the bran (the outer shell).  As always everything in moderation and a varied diet is best. There is no need to stop eating rice, just be aware.  Here are some things you can do:

  • Wash rice thoroughly before cooking.  Rinse the rice until the water runs clear and then add new water to your pot before cooking.

Use a 6 to 1 water to rice ratio.

To read the CNBC article, click on the link below.

I have $2,000.00 worth of tuition credit to give away!

I have had a lot of inquiries lately on my experience and education with IIN.  I have nothing but the best to say.  I honestly feel like if there was a shortened curriculum and it was a requirement for high school graduation, our health care crisis in America would no longer be an issue.  Dr. Andrew Weil, David Wolfe, Deepak Chopra, Walter Willett – Harvard Public School of Health and David Katz – Yale Prevention Research Center are a few of the many fabulous instructors that teach at IIN. Love, love, love IIN! 

So, to all of my friends out there that have been on the fence about moving forward on an education in Health Coaching, I just wanted to let you know that IIN has given me 2 scholarships to pass on to a friend or family member.  Each scholarship is up to $1,000.00 and that amount doesn’t come available very often.

If you are interested or have any questions just let me know. 

Make it Matter. – Andrea

Saving Fresh Strawberries

Fresh strawberries are one of my favorite springtime treats.  The kids loved picking the delicious berries in the picture, can you tell that a couple were picked by 7-year olds?  All good, but by the second day many were beginning to get mushy.  Luckily, we had eaten most of them by then!  Thanks to Produce Box member, Cynthia F., for sharing this tip on how to keep berries fresh.  I can’t wait to try it this weekend after I go pick some more!

Prepare a solution of 1/4 c white vinegar to 2  1/2 c water in a bowl.  Gently place berries in bowl, swirl around and let sit about a minute.  Remove berries, no further rinsing required.  Dry them a bit with a kitchen towel.  (Apparently, the vinegar kills the mold spores and keeps the berries fresh).

I like to pick LOTS of berries when in season so I can freeze some for smoothies.  I am always reading that you should freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then transfer them to freezer bags.  If not, you end up with a weapon-like, cantaloupe-size, ball of berries that are not easily separated.  (no need to ask me why I know so much about this 🙂  Problem is, I never have enough room in my freezer to easily add a cookie sheet.  For those of you who share this issue, try this; place the berries in a single layer in a freezer bag laying flat on the counter.  Carefully transfer the flat bag to the freezer. Worked like a charm for me!

Peace and berries,


A better cup a joe…

After years of loving my drive-thru Dunkin Donuts Hazlenut coffee …2 creams, 1 sugar, thank you very much, I finally made a change.  I know both Andrea and I have referred to doing Dr. Alejandro Junger’s cleanse almost 2 years ago.  No cream or sugar allowed for 21 days.  No caffeine either for that matter.  Due to the cleanse I switched to unsweetened vanilla almond milk and agave syrup in my decaf coffee and now it is my morning drink of choice. I really love it and it is so much better for you.  Agave syrup has been used for centuries (starting with the Aztecs!) for its medicinal purposes but its glycemic index is really what all the buzz is about.  The carbohydrate in agave nectar has a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the unpleasant “sugar rush” and unhealthful blood sugar spike caused by many other sugars.  And with the low calorie, natural sweetness from the vanilla almond milk, they are an awesome combination.  I admit it may take a few mornings to get used to it but I urge you to try it for one week…you will make the switch too!

Trader Joes has the best price I’ve found for agave syrup, find it near the sugar.  Keep an eye out for it at your local TJMaxx as well. They often have the Madhava brand at a great discount.  I’ve found it there in hazlenut and maple flavor as well.  I switched my kids from maple syrup to maple agave syrup on their pancakes and they don’t even know it.  Much better than the fake corn syrup variety and cheaper than pure maple syrup!

Peace and greens, Melissa