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I'm looking out my office window to a most welcome view: a river without ice, green grass rather than a mini-mountain of snow, cheery daffodils worshiping the sun after a long season under a thick white blanket! I LOVE IT!

 

Chocolate is a good addition to a day of sunshine and flowers - especially this not-so-sweet gluten-free brownie recipe.

Click for recipe for Sweet Potato Brownies.

May you too be blessed with hope and health and happiness.

P.S. Let me know how you like the brownies!

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In January, clients call who are:

  • tired and bleary-eyed
  • non-exercisers from Thanksgiving through New Year's
  • stressed to the max
  • disillusioned with what was supposed to be an amazing celebration
  • financially overdrawn
  • sugar and white flour junkies
  • carrying 5-10 lbs. of excess weight they didn't have before the holidays
  • and crying… “I’ve had enough!”

For those who want to plan for a simple, sane and spirit-soothing: "that was an excellent Christmas Season!" 

I AM OFFERING ONE HELPFUL SESSION TO DISCOVER HOW TO

  • cleanse pre-season so you better handle cravings, food and alcohol temptations and the "all you can eat" appie parties
  • have a healthy and Lean as Can Be rhythm already established so you are in control of when and how to fit in holiday events
  • know and appreciate your body type so you plan less stressful and more life-giving ways to celebrate
  • strengthen, rather than tax your willpower stores so that you make better choices in major areas of life, all through the holiday season

 

Saturday, November 16, 12:30-5:00

Middle LaHave, Lunenburg County

(online option available the following week)

 

This is a must attend seminar with lots of information. One that the Christmas candy industry, and the marketing gurus "shop, bake and decorate until you drop because that means love" might not want you to know!

 

This Detox-Body, Mind and Spirit seminar, with a special holiday twist, will have you going into the Christmas season with:

  • an eating and “get-movin” game plan
  • head held high confidence
  • strategies for handling whatever the holidays throw your way

 

And even better, you won't welcome January with fatigue, mental stress and extra pounds, and instead you can have a New Year's celebration of gratitude for health and wellness!

 

 My early Christmas present to you includes:

  • 4.5 hour seminar
  • tub of NutriVerus: the whole food supplement IB uses for immune support, cell-to-cell communication, healthy digestion and support in metabolizing carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  • 4Real Detox E-Guide (almost 100 pages)
  • Cost: 50% off the price of $300.00 – for a *Christmas-in-November price of $150.00
  • Registration closes Nov 4, 2013

(*At this price I need a minimum number to run the seminar, so feel free to invite your friends and family members who you'd also like to have a de-stressed Christmas!)

Email karen@realfoodmatters.ca  for further details and directions.

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Summer is almost here - and it can't come too soon, right?

Unless ... you're not feeling good about squeezing into your shorts, or wearing that bathing suit while catching some vitamin D on the beach.

There is still time! It's not too late to lose a few pounds - or best of all - to positively impact your health beyond the summer months.

The 4Real, 4Summer, Half-Price for Half-Dozen, is a sweet deal at $165/person (includes valuable resource e-book). AND the deal is even sweeter: you gather a group of five - (to make up the half dozen), you get the program for free.

Sweet options to consider:

Are you short on time and can't work 4Real into four weeks? The 4Summer program can be designed for a one-day 4-hour session OR a two-day 2-hour session. Online and in person.

Do you have friends scattered across the country? IB online can include these far afield friends. 

If you can't get six people together, contact me anyway and maybe I can match you up with an online group.

What's the catch? One week to register.

Are you thinking "Yikes - one week to decide and round up my friends"?

That's right - but not that you haven't aready thought of helping out your health, right?

How to register.

Contact me as per information on the poster.

Do it now - summer will soon be in full swing!

 

 

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I am back in school. Well, not really. But I have been back in training mode - which has led me to my new affiliation.

I am a consultant with In Balance - which means I now offer wellness and weight loss programs that can help participants:

- get off the weight loss merry-go-round

- renew energy

- gain better overall health. 

 

What are some of the wellness solutions presented by In Balance? 

 

DOES NOT Focus on:

- calories in/calories out

- exercise more and eat less

- if you just work hard enough you'll look like the images on fashion magazines

DOES Focus on:

- the physical and emotional relationships we have with food

- discovering food foundations to eat for health

- our personal body type

- laughter and play

- rest and quality sleep

- clean, good water

The above factors influenced my partnering with In Balance. But when I read their motto, I was convinced.

REAL FOOD.  REAL BODIES.  REAL HEALTH.       This has been my gig all along!

 

This program works! Comments from satisfied participants:

"I didn't want to be like so many others who simply accept that they are overweight and live their life out that way. But I needed direction, some kind of path to follow. In Balance provided this. It's unbelievable how much better I felt in only 4 weeks." Ian.M. (Four months later, the weight is still coming off - now at the 16-pound mark.)

"I've lost 20 pounds, I love how this program works. It's not about being hungry, it's about eating the right, real foods for me." O.P.

"Karen has been so encouraging and a wealth of information to get me on the right track with In Balance. She's helped me put into practical application, that which I so needed." Rita F.

 

I offer this program both for "in-person" sessions or online.

Please feel free to share the word - and contact me if you have any questions about In Balance, real food nutrition, or other related topics.

When what you're doing isn't working, it's time to try something real, unique and effective. 

gluten free workshop

12 Mar 2012
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Going gluten free - it's mainstream health news.

Bookshelves, magazine racks, the media, our friends and co-workers - all broadcast their opinion and understanding on the why and how to eat GF. 

This workshop will help you navigate this journey for yourself by providing nutritional information, instruction and tasty GF alternatives. 

Even if you're not planning - or needing - to follow this diet route yourself, the recipes and handouts will help you serve healthy and tasty GF dishes to your family and guests who are eating that way.

If you're skeptical that {healthy, tasty and easy=gluten free}  here's one of  several recipes we'll be tasting.

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies - gluten-free

1 ounce dark chocolate (70% cocoa or greater)

1 1/2 cups soft-cooked black beans, rinsed and drained

3 eggs

2 Tbsp. coconut oil (or substitute with olive oil)

1/4 heaped cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. GF baking powder

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (or substitute almond extract)

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 - 1/2 cup maple syrup or raw organic honey

1/2 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped (optional)

How to:

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease or mist 8 or 9-inch square baking dish.

Melt dark chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat with 1 Tbsp. water mixed in. Combine melted chocolate, beans, eggs, oil, cocoa powder, baking powder, flavoring, applesauce and sweetener in a food processor (or powerful blender); process well until smooth. Stir in walnuts and pour mixture into prepared baking dish. 

Opt: sprinkle a few more chopped walnuts on the top.

Bake in preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides, about 35 minutes.

recipe source: Clean Eating Magazine

 

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Cleanse, re-junevate, re-energize - these can be the rewards when you want to:

-- allow your body to get back on track after periods of high stress or indulgent eating (been away for a vacation, on a cruise?!)

-- jump start a weight loss effort

-- prepare for a seasonal transition

-- are ready to get back on balance with a healthy life style

This workshop focuses on a food-based cleanse: an informal evening of information in the form of handouts, recipes and tasting.

There's still room - but space is limited so don't delay if you're interested. 

If you live too far away to attend, workshop material is available online.