No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ Proverb Happy Spring! Now get out and smell the flowers! I am most myself when I am out i

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ Proverb

Happy Spring! Now get out and smell the flowers!

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Me and Miles at the Botanical Gardens. I am determined that he will be a gardener!

I am most myself when I am out in nature. This is a love passed on to me by both sides of my family. My dad is an avid gardener and nature lover. Both grandmothers loved to garden. I am excited this year to expand my gardening from lovely flowers to edibles! We are going to attempt a sizeable, organic garden this year, and if we can keep the critters away, we shall enjoy the spoils of our labor.

I know of no better way to get more connected to our food that to actually be involved in the process from seed to table. You don't need a large plot to garden; for many years I have successfully grown herbs, tomatoes, peppers and chard in containers. Get your children involved, and you will be amazed to see them eat things they ordinarily wouldn't touch, just because they grew it.

Besides, come summer when you are eating a fresh basil and sliced tomato sandwich, still warm from your garden, you will be glad you gardened.

Blessings of health and happiness,
Eileen

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Got Gluten?

Gluten is a sneaky little protein, found in grains like wheat, barley, rye, spelt and thousands of commercial products. 30% of people have gluten sensitivities, and many are completely unaware that their symptoms, which can range from bothersome to debilitating, are being triggered by their diet! Symptoms can range from abdominal pain, bloating, digestive disorders, fatigue, weight problems (either over or under weight), nutrient deficiencies like levels of B and D vitamins, anemia, frequent infections to even infertility and autoimmune disorders.

I recently had my saliva tested at Whole Health Chiropractic by the wonderful Dr. Amanda, and discovered I was sensitive to gluten. So I called my colleague and gluten-free-go-to-girl Marisa Bain. Here are her top 3 tips for going gluten free:

1. Research what ingredients/foods contain gluten and assess how much you are actually eating....gluten HIDES everywhere.
2. Familiarize yourself with gluten free products (breads, pastas, etc.) and use these to make the transition. You can find these at health food stores and even major grocers are now supplying GF products!!
3. Try avoiding it for 21 days straight and keep a food diary to reflect how you are feeling with the new changes

For more information check out Gluten.net. For you foodies, some great blogs are Elana's Pantry, Gluten Free Goddess, and Gluten Free Gobsmacked.

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Real Food Real Fast!

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My lunch looked so pretty I decided to take a picture! Chicken Curry on pea sprouts, organic carrots and radishes, and kale chips. I didn't eat the daffodils....

I'll bet you are wanting something different to eat for lunch, yes? This recipe is tasty, easy and keeps for 3 days in the fridge, so cook once eat THRICE! (Plus it's gluten free!)

I always eyeball this recipe, so measurements are approximate. Tweak to your liking.

Curry Chicken Salad
3 c. cooked chicken, diced
1 1/2 c. cooked brown rice
3/4 c. chopped or slivered almonds
1/2 c. raisins OR chopped dried apricots OR dried cranberries
1/2 c. sliced black olives (optional)
2 green onions, sliced
1-2 tsp. curry powder
sea salt and pepper to taste
Mayonnaise to moisten (1/2 cup or so--I like Hellman's Light, but choose one without transfats or high fructose corn syrup. You could also try plain Greek yogurt)

Combine all ingredients, and serve chilled over a bed of dark greens like spinach or arugula.

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Real Results! The Ten Pound Plus Club

Shout Outs to the following clients who have made AMAZING progress:

Steve O.---Down 30 pounds and counting since Jan. 19th.
Glenn A--Down 20 pounds in spite of blowing out his Achilles tendon
Jackie C--Down 13 pounds and taking it to the next level with a Sugar Cleanse
Kay C--Down 14 pounds and looking great
Carol G--Down 10 pounds and well on her way to her goal weight
Jeanne S--Down 10 pounds with her eye on the finish line

I am so proud of ALL my clients! It takes fierce determination and dedication to change your habits. I am privileged to walk this journey with you. You inspire me!

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You are only as healthy as your last trip to the Supermarket!

Many of you have mentioned how great it would be to have a grocery shopping service, because you want to eat healthy, but just don't have the time to shop. Imagine coming home to a fridge and cupboard STOCKED with healthy goodies... Well, now you have no more excuses, because the wonderful Carla Thorpe can do just that for you, at a very reasonable rate! I can vouch personally for Carla's integrity and expertise in healthy eating. If you are a current client of mine, Carla will work closely with me to make sure you reach your health goals. Don't hesistate to give Carla a call today at 618-978-7180.

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Healthy Living Class Starts April 8, 2010!

The next 8 week Healthy Living Class begins next week and I am really looking forward to motivating and equipping you to eat healthy, cook simply, move regularly, feel better in your clothes and have TONS of energy! Sounds like a big bill, yes? But these are the results clients are getting and MORE. If you are dreading putting on your summer clothes, then this 8 week class could be just the jumpstart you need to put you on the road to a happier, healthier life. I am still accepting sign ups, so contact me today!

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Eileen Vollmer is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is the owner of Real Health Nutrition, a nutritional counseling service dedicated to helping clients reach their health and weight goals through incremental, lifestyle changes. Eileen firmly believes that Real Health Begins with Real Food, so it is her mission to help her clients eat more real food and less chemical-laden, artificial, junk food. She has found that a personal approach to wellness provides support and accountability, which makes all the difference in her client's success. Make your health a priority! Call 618-580-3771; or visit www.eileenvollmer.com TODAY!

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