Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jennifer, Mom of Zac, Makes Healing "Juice"

The healing "apple juice" that Jennifer makes for her son Zac includes fresh juice, important fats for brain function and specially formulated supplements. The nutrient rich drink has been a part of the larger treatment protocol Jennifer has implemented to help her son get better and she has seen great results. Combining conventional and mainstream approaches with love, acceptance, determination and COCONUT OIL have also been a huge factor in her son becoming a more verbal, connected and well child.

Janine Francolini, Founder of Flawless Foundation, shot this video to share with other parents Jennifer's wisdom. Flawless Foundation's mission is to bring holistic healing to children with behavioral challenges. Their tagline is "seeing the perfection in every child"--something Jennifer does every day without fail. (DISCLAIMER: some inappropriate or "expressive" language is used in the last minute of video in case your kids are nearby you might want to turn on the TV for them! I am personally THRILLED that Zac is expressing himself.)

Jennifer Ford has been practicing and studying yoga since 1995. For the past 15 years, she has supplemented her yogic studies through attending and participating in numerous yoga-related workshops and seminars. She also attends national and local conferences and seminars that focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Jennifer holds a Masters Degree in Education from The New School for Social Research and for many years taught in the New York City Public School system, working with more and more "at-risk" students as the years went by through Bent on Learning. It was her experimentation with yoga in the classroom that convinced her that yoga was a powerful, positive tool for young people, especially those with learning disabilities. She fully believes that yoga’s physical and philosophical framework is a natural compliment to today’s conventional education system. For a dozen years she has been coordinating school yoga programs combining her life passions: kids, yoga…and FUN!

If Jennifer is not cooking for her kids or running her yoga program Bent on Learning you can find her paddleboarding with Paddle Diva. Go HERE for information about Workout Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays with Paddle Diva in the Hamptons.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Problem with Shape Up Skechers on Huffington Post

Wanted to share this email I received from a friend...

"Recent studies have reported that nearly half of six year old girls worry about "being fat". Now Sketchers is producing "Shape Up" shoes for pre-schoolers - to help shape our little girls' butts...
With all we're trying to do to insure our girls have a positive body image, do we really need cartoon characters encouraging our girls to worry about whether their tushies are sufficiently shapely? Please share with moms!"

Here is a good article on Huffington Post by Yoni Freedhoff M.D. called Thanks Skechers, But No, My Little Girls Don't Need Butt Shaping Shoes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dr. Pescatore on Rachel Ray Thurs. 8/21

Don't miss Dr. Pescatore on Rachel Ray this Thursday, July 21st. "Could You Cure Your Sweet Tooth in 3 Days?' is the title of the show that is set to air tomorrow at 10 am in New York on Channel 7. Dr. Pescatore is passionate about the many dangers of sugar to health and it will be great to see him taking this information to a mainstream audience. Check out a preview here, and find showtimes in your area here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Healing Naturally: The Importance of Garlic for Detoxification

Garlic is an important food with amazing detoxification properties. When my son was sick and I was trying to heal him minced garlic was a staple in our kitchen. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all included minced garlic.

I started with coconut oil and added minced garlic as a base for every dish I made--even scrambled eggs contained finely minced garlic. Fried rice made with garlic and minced onions was my "go to" favorite dish for him. But for even the pickiest eaters, you can mince some garlic up and make a homemade tomato sauce with fresh garlic and use it on their pizza or pasta. Of course, garlic bread is also a favorite for kids. Homemade tacos are another way you can incorporate garlic into kids meals.

The allicin in garlic is has anti-bacterial properties and is thought of as a weak penicillin.Some sources say cooking reduces the antibacterial properties so fresh is better if you really need the antibiotic properties. According to
"allicin is created when GARLIC cloves are cut into or crushed. The cutting or crushing causes two components of GARLIC, allciin and the enzyme allcinase, to interact. "

Other sources say never use raw garlic saying it can damage the digestive tract. But since raw garlic is used in fresh food in many cultures it seems like it would be okay in moderation with the knowledge that it is something not to overdo.

Using garlic as a natural natural agents for heavy metal detox is explained in A Comprehensive Review of Heavy Metal Detoxification and Clinical Pearls from 30 Years of Medical Practice by Deitrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.

"Garlic has been shown to protect the white and red blood cells from oxidative damage, caused by metals in the blood stream - on their way out – and also has it's own valid detoxification functions. Garlic contains numerous sulphur components, including the most valuable sulph-hydryl groups which oxidize mercury, cadmium and lead and make these metals water soluble. This makes it easy for the organism to excrete these subastances. Garlic also contains alliin whis is enzymatically transformed into allicin, natures most potent antimicrobial agent. Metal toxic patients almost always suffer from secondary infections, which are often responsible for part of the symptoms. Garlic also contains the most important mineral which protects from mercury toxicity, bio active selenium. Most selenium products are poorly absorbable and do not reach those body compartments in need for it. Garlic selenium is the most beneficial natural bioavailable source."

Related posts:
Easy Fried Rice Recipe
Martha Stewart Cooking School: Spaghetti Sauce
Garlic Soup for One in the NYT
Foods that Help with Metal Detoxification and Reducing Yeast
Pad Thai Sauce Recipe
Regular People's Meatball Recipe
"Spice Packet" Beef Taco Recipe
Tasty Easy Chili Recipe
Summertime Chicken Tacos
Basic Quiche Recipe (GFCF)
Rao's Famous Chicken Recipe from the "Go Green East Harlem Cookbook"

Friday, July 8, 2011

Candle Cafe Gluten Free Menu 2011

Since Candle Cafe created a gluten free menu I eat there weekly. It is the place I suggest when anyone ask me where to go for lunch--or dinner. I am not a vegetarian--but I love the clean, satisfied feeling I have after a meal at this organic vegan restaurant. My favorite dish is the Sesame Crusted Tofu and it just returned to the menu. The marinated and fried tofu really is quite an amazingly flavorful dish--think tofu french fries. My other favorite dish to get is the Good Food Plate where you get to choose four sides and two sauces. I always get Quinoa, Bean of the Day, Sauteed Greens and Sauteed Vegetables. Below is the whole gluten free menu.

Candle Cafe

1307 Third Avenue (between 74th and 75th St)
New York, New York