IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

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an apple a day and eating like Popeye

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An Apple A Day

An Apple A Day

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then … find the way.

Abraham Lincoln                  Volume 2 #2  January 2015

Are you finding out that what was good for you in the past may not be good for you now?  Remember the commercials with Popeye encouraging us to eat spinach to be strong?  How about this one ” Are you Coo coo for Coco Puffs” and  “Tony the Tiger is  GRRReat”!

Our relationship with food is complicated at best.  With myths and marketing rampant, it can be a challenge to figure out what is good for us and what might not be.  I know you’ve heard this one!   “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It is certainly possible to have a good diet and never eat apples, just as it is possible to pig out on apples and have a horrible diet.

Dr. Joe Schwartz, PhD  says in his book An Apple a Day that “No single foods have magical health properties”. The real key is variety, different fruits and vegetables to benefit from the complex array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may be needed for good health.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the ‘shoulds’ and ‘shouldn’ts’ of eating, hang on to your hat! Nutrition is an ever developing  science with new discoveries made every day.

Is this year your intention to “get with it” and eat cleaner? Received recommendations from your doctor for changing your eating?  No need to feel overwhelmed or deprived.

Have some fun with my Apple Pan-Cake recipe. It is modified from a traditional pancake recipe that I used for years before having to change my own diet to gluten-free and dairy free. Have this as a breakfast, snack or dessert!

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 RECIPE Apple Pan-Cakefrom Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Apple Pan-Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 C. all purpose GF flour mix
  • 2 tsp alum free baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. raw cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 almond milk
  • 3 tbsp. melted butter (grapeseed or olive oil)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (Simply Organic is alcohol free)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk eggs thoroughly then add almond milk
  2. Add egg mixture to dry
  3. Add melted butter or oil
  4. Mix quickly just until flour disappears. Lumpy is GOOD!
  5. Drop by scoopfuls onto a hot griddle or pan.  Turn when bubbles begin to break surface and brown other side.
  6. Stir dry ingredients together
  7. Watch how fast they get eaten up!

Elaine’s Tips (It’s even more fun when you have some help to do  the mixing)

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Putting the “F” into FUN with FOOD to increase your energy and decrease the guilt


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recognize this and recipe for infused drinks

Volume 1 Issue 13 July 12 2014

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Recognize this?  It is half a wooden clothes pin….. used to hang laundry out on the line.   Getting my office set up I needed something to level my lamp. Instead of dashing out to the local reno store, I got to looking around. I spied the clothes pin and voilà! An easy fix to my dilemna.

So where am I going with this? Do you ever find yourself searching for answers to a situation turning things around and around in your head to find a solution? That little voice taunts and teases, intruding into every waking minute and even into your dream time. When it does, then it is time to kick it to the curb or it will suck up your energies faster than a sponge.

Is where you’re headed right now where you want to go? Are you ready to make some changes? Moving ahead means something has to change. Answers may be closer than you think.


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Why drink infused waters? Infused waters are good for detoxification energy and hydration. Way easier on the budget than the artificially (natural) flavoured drinks on the market. Put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking. Remove fruit and refrigerate.

Bottoms up!!


 Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me)

FIT FAST FUN Recipe of the Week

1. Green tea, mint, and lime – For fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.

2. Strawberry and kiwi – For cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion.

3. Cucumber, lime, and lemon – For water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion

4. Lemon, lime, and orange – For digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (Drink this one at room temperature)


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Putting the ”F” into FUN making practical food & lifestyle adjustments for reviving not merely surviving.


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snack attack

Volume 1 Issue 12  July 2 2014

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There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!


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Snack Attack

To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.

Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:

  • Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables or rice cakes with almond butter and fruit spread.
  • Make your own signature trail mix, organic hot chocolate made with almond milk sweetened with agave nectar, or blue corn chips with hummus.

You can also try “upgrading”:

  • If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or whole grain crackers.
  • If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
  • Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.

Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon.

Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.

Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you’re craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack!

 

Remember FRESH IS BEST

Food Focus: Fruit                                                                                                                              

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.

Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, puréed or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!

bananas orange pineappleWhether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic.

Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits. Enjoy!

Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).

Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.

Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.

Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.

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Cooper’s Kitchen Recipe of the Week:

Fruit Nut Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes              Yield: 2 servings

fresh fruit

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup soy or rice or almond milk
  • 1 cup seasonal berries
  • 1 cup diced melon
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2-4 ice cubes

Directions:  Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve.

Note: You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as a  coconut oil, flax seed oil, spirulina powder or a scoop of protein powder.

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P.S.    The world belongs to those with the most energy.

says  Alexis de Tocqueville

Elaine Cooper IHC Integrative Health Coach/Chef Santé Intégrale

AADP Certified/Certifié

elaine@yourbetterlivingcoach.com

Putting the ”F” into FUN making practical food & lifestyle adjustments for reviving not merely surviving.


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don’t be left out

Volume 1 Issue 9  June 4 2014

There is nothing that says summer like the smell of a sizzling BBQ. I rarely cook inside once the weather is nice.  It’s easier on the cleanup too.  But what if you aren’t into or able to eat those burgers and steaks like everyone else? You don’t have to feel left out. Or, maybe you just want to try something a little different?

Crunchy, chewy with a crispy outer shell, these delicious veggie burgers aren’t anything like the ones I’ve tried from the grocery store!  They are light on the beans with a nice mixture of chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, breadcrumbs and seasonings.  They cook just as well in the oven, griddle, or BBQ.

They can be also made gluten-free by using gluten-free oats, soy sauce, and breadcrumbs. If I don’t have any on hand, I toast a couple of slices then process them for instant breadcrumbs.

I made this recipe for retreat guests last summer. They loved it! Hope you will too.

****BTW- Fresh Pesto is a must for added yumminess! Just made some so I sneaked in an extra recipe for you this week.****


Recipe of the week


~~~~~Another RECIPE  from COOPER’S KITCHEN ~~~~~

 (darned near perfect)     Veggie Burger

INGREDIENTS

  • l large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • Flax eggs: 2.5 tbsp ground flax + ½ c. warm water, mixed in bowl OR 1 egg
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats oats, processed into flour (or regular oats)
  • 1.5 c. bread crumbs ( I toasted 3 slices and processed into fine crumbs)
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup cooked black beans,(rinsed and roughly pureed or mashed
  • heaping ¼ cup fresh herbs (like chives, parsley, cilantro or even a mix)
  • 1/3 cup almonds chopped (toasted if you prefer
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, (also toasted if you prefer)
  • ½ tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil OR grapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp GF Tamari (soy sauce) or regular
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste (about ½ tsp sea salt)
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • a dozen or so button mushrooms finely chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven or BBQ to 350F. In a large skillet sauté onions and garlic in 1/2 tbsp oil. Add chopped mushrooms. Stir occasionally and cook until mushrooms are soft and have lost most of their moisture. Cool. Mix flax egg (if using) in a small bowl and set aside for about 10 mins.Place all ingredients except spices and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir very well. It’s now time to add the seasonings.

    1. With slightly moist hands shape dough into patties. For uniform size use an ice cream scoop for measure. Pack dough tightly to help it stick together. I made about 8 good sixe patties.
    2. To cook: On an oiled skillet about 5 minutes each side: Baked in oven 25-30 mins. 15 minutes each side.

     

BBQ: prebake for about 15 minutes in oven before placing on a pre-heated grill
Doneness: with any of the above methods when golden and crisp on each side*
NOTE: *They might not be as firm as meat burgers but they sure look like them! They freeze up beautifully.


 

BONUS for you this week!     FRESH PESTO

Serve on burgers, spread on pizza crust as base, crackers or flat breads or in soups or stews.

Herb Medley

 INGREDIENTS

  •  2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed or fresh herb medleyequal amounts of parsley, chives & cilantro
  •  1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese (exclude for DF option)
  •  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts (optional)
  •  3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.  Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil).
  2. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.
  3. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Note: Take advantage of fresh herbs in season. Can be frozen in a cube tray and popped into a freezer bag after firm.  Easy to pop out and quick to thaw.

Preserving Pesto

Elaine Cooper IHC

Integrative Health Coach/Chef Santé Intégrale

AADP Certified/Certifié

elaine@yourbetterlivingcoach.com

 

Putting the ”F” into FUN making practical food & lifestyle adjustments


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a whole bunch of firsts

Volume 1 Issue 8 May 28, 2014

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A glimpse at more than 12K runners for the 10km race!

A gorgeous Ottawa race weekend with mostly bright sunshine & more birthday celebrations. Mine this time! I really have to thank my parents for bringing me into this world this time of year.  The air is so very fragrant with apple, cherry & lilac blossoms.  My Saturday morning bike ride (6 km more or less) had me thinking back when any strong smells would send my sinuses soaring and my digestion system swirling.  Come to think of it, I haven’t been able to do a bike ride like that in a VERY long time. So, now I’m getting outside and continuing the day kicking off the end of my fifties and a bunch of firsts.   Please don’t be too judgmental with this video!  It isn’t perfect but it’s been on my TO DO list and it got done.

 

Note to self:   Don’t be so shy and look at camera more often!  And hey, nobody cares if you are doing a selfie video!


Recipe of the week


Another Recipe from Cooper’s Kitchen

Here’s what I made for brunch! Serve with grilled gluten-free turkey sausages, eggs and garnished with a handful of raspberries and some mint leaves for a satisfying way to start the day.

   Sweet Potato Pancake        serves 2

1 large sweet potato peeled & grated

1 tbsp grapeseed or avocado oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

1 cup button mushrooms chopped

2 shallots (optional)chopped

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and press into a skillet.  Cook on medium heat until soft or edges beginning to be crispy. (Won’t take long so watch it doesn’t burn!)  Serve as a side for breakfast, lunch or supper.

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how I increased my energy (and you can too)

Volume 1 Issue 7 2014

What a gorgeous weekend of bright sunshine, birthday celebrations for a grandson, and tip-toeing through the tulips in Ottawa. Raising three daughters and having 3 grandgirls having a little grandson is so different.  He loved the flowers but the wheelbarrows were his favourite!

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DiDi and me

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Feature Article

While I am now a health coach and understand how to increase my energy and lose weight safely without drastic measures, it wasn’t always that way.

Growing up, I struggled with my weight. I remember how it made me lack  confidence and uncomfortable with what others my age thought of me. Later on, as an adult, allergies, hypoglycemia then fibromyalgia raised their ugly heads.

I finally discovered that the problem wasn’t me. It was a lack of information about the underlying causes. Not one of the diet or nutrition books I read mentioned how I could be sensitive to certain foods.  And that these foods were causing inflammation and even weight loss resistance.

I thought I was eating healthy foods, but what I learned is that some of the foods I was eating were actually viewed as toxins by my body.

I know how frustrating it is to go on a detox diet and be hungry. Want to transform the way you look and think about food?  I am going to show you a way to think about your body and food with delicious recipes that will satisfy your taste  buds. Continue reading

who you are and who you can become

Volume 1 Issue 6 2014

There is empowerment discovering who you are and who you become going through change. You may cringe with a mighty mix of emotions when someone says “You are so courageous” or ” You are so brave”.  Anger, sadness, disbelief, emptiness, fatigue are just some of  the ingredients to discover what brave means.  Feeling anything but brave,  instead scared to death how to manage it all?

To move forward toward healing there will come a moment when you know you wouldn’t ever want to go back. Is it hard ? Hell yes!  Maybe you are asking why this was to be your path when you feel like everyone else is the lucky one and you are all alone with no obvious answers.

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What if…….. you looked at it like this?


A child is given a pizza size chocolate chip cookie.   You decide to use this as a teaching tool telling her/him that sharing with friends would be a nice thing to do. Reluctantly they give 1 piece, then 2 then 3 and so on until there is a moderate size left they can easily handle.  Happy faces are smiling all around and lesson learned.

Ok, ok I know they probably kicked up a fuss ’cause they  wanted to eat the whole thing by themselves!  What about using this for yourself as a metaphor  for going through change?  You don’t have to do this alone. Share with someone you trust & build support step by step for living a happier, healthier life  & becoming the YOU you want to be. Makes the task alot less daunting.


(Couldn’t resist posting this recipe after writing that! )

FEATURE ARTICLE                  Another RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Gluten free Pizza Crust


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we all have one of these

Without these we would not be on this planet.  Of course, I am talking about our mothers! This past Mother’s Day my Mom also celebrated a birthday. What does my mother say when asked what she would like to do for the day? “Nothing”!  I warned her that if she was leaving it up to me, it would be “game on” for a road trip stopping wherever and whenever.

 Mom & I Me and Mom at the “dam”. 

Mother Nature supplied the gorgeous blue sky and sunshine.  Our stops were numerous.  The first, a favourite spot at the “dam” on the river where our family used to spend a summer Sunday, then the family farmstead(new owners) where she was born.  She had a grand time sharing her memories ( fishing for trout in the brook) and seeing how things had changed, like the pine tree her Dad planted, that now dwarfs the shed.  We even ending up chatting with neighbours she had known since a child.

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Brook at Fairfax

 

 

 

 

 

The greatest gifts don’t necessarily come from shopping the malls or the internet.

Ending up the day with a nice meal together was the best Mother’s Day/birthday present I could have given her. You see, Mom has fibromyalgia & macular degeneration (legally blind). The opportunity to be out and about on such a gorgeous day was ………….priceless!


I still chuckle thinking about a recent conversation. Talking about doing a detox, I got asked if I had “healed myself” with my blender! Well, yes and no.  That wasn’t the only thing I have done to manage my health. READ MORE here


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RECIPE from Cooper’s Kitchen (that’s me!)

Crispy Skinned Salmon with Gingery Greens  (for 4)