hemp heartsI am so obsessed with Organic HEMP HEARTS!

4 Good Reasons to Eat Hemp Hearts

1. Delicious taste! It’s nutty & chewy- great sprinkled over salads, into smoothies, on top of gluten-free oatmeal or just eat it with a spoon (my favorite!)

2. Loads of fiber- which can improve bowel regularity

3. Protein Power- great for vegans!

4. Healthy source of Omega 3’s to modulate inflammation and pain

How do you eat your Organic Hemp Hearts? Let us know in the comment field below.

Organic Green powderThis powerful green drink during allergy season can help your runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy eyes!

Shake Ingredients:

  • One Scoop of Organic Green powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Wellness For Life Nutraceuticals Vitamin C +
  • ½ teaspoon of Probiotics powder
  • ½ teaspoon of Organic Acai powder
  • 1 capsule of Wellness For Life Quercetin +
  • 12 oz of purified water

In a blender or magic bullet, pour in water, and all powder ingredients. Open up the capsule of Quercetin + into the mix. Blend well and drink on an empty stomach. Drink twice a day or as needed!

To order any of the ingredients, please stop by the office or call Frank, at 310-315-1514. All shake ingredients are 20% off through May 31st.

dll-collageSpring is here and it is time to start thinking about “Spring Cleaning” of our bodies and mind so that we can shed the toxins we accumulated in Winter and become our most brilliant and healthy self. That is why I am so excited to share with you my upcoming ALL-INCLUSIVE 3-day, 2 night weekend “Spring Cleaning” retreat happening at the Deer Lake Lodge on April 26th – 28th.  This very special 3-day retreat was designed with my clinic patients and online community in mind will be an exceptional opportunity to jump start your brilliance.

During this special “you” weekend, you will learn to tap into your inner strength and be brilliant so you can achieve your life goals and passions by improving your nutrition and lifestyle. My goal for the weekend is to provide specific, practical and easy-to-apply suggestions, which can improve your ability to reach your optimal potential in physical and mental health.

The Deer Lake Lodge is a unique wellness resort which specializes in cleanses and detoxification in a natural, sustainable setting. Their holistic approach addresses your mind, body and spirit. The Deer Lake Lodge is simply amazing in all that they offer their guests in complimentary classes, products, use of their equipment and so much more! Here is only a partial list of the many amenities that you will receive during your stay: daily cleanse program, organic robe and slippers, himalayan rock salt, organic juices, specialty teas for cleanses, supplements, yoga classes, nutrition and raw food classes.

dll-swimmingpoolDuring this 3 day, all about you weekend, you will learn:

  • About food allergies and how they contribute to inflammation; disease, and obesity;
  • Why sleep can be your best medicine and how to get more!;
  • How to recalibrate your “Bio-Rhythms of Life” to increase energy, vitality, lose weight and increase lifespan;
  • 7 foods to eat for energy, mental clarity and weight management;
  • How to prevent the three most common physical complaints of America- fatigue, indigestion, headache;
  • Why time management is key to your health and success.

And much more!

This amazing three day experience will help you revitalize your energy, stimulate your mind, bring out your brilliance and set you on a path for optimal health and personal success.

Click here to find out more now and to reserve your space. If you register before March 31st, you will save $500. Also, if you choose to come in early you can do so for just $200.

I would love to see you there!  Step into your brilliance and sign up today for a weekend all about you that will cleanse your mind, body and spirit so that you can be your most brilliant self.

The most difficult part about getting through the holidays is staying on track with your dietary routine. Desserts, starchy foods and oversized portions are the main causes for concern. The good news is that there are alternative ingredients and foods that will allow you to modify some of your favorite traditional dishes and turn them into healthier eats. Here is a helpful recipe guide to use while mixing up nutritious, healthy dishes for Thanksgiving.

 

RECIPE GUIDE

 

  1. Potatoes – Use sweet potatoes instead of golden or russet potatoes. Eat them with cinnamon and clarified butter for a sweet treat.
  2. Milk/Cream – Use almond or coconut milk and coconut cream for your recipes. Using a dairy replacement can keep you from those uncomfortable side effects of the lactose and casein found in regular cows milk. Also, make sure that you choose an unsweetened version.
  3. Cheese – Instead of using cow or goats milk, try using a dairy free alternative like Daiya cheese. I have completely replaced all other cheese with this brand and I absolutely love it. It can be found at your local health store and even chain stores like Whole Foods.
  4. Gluten-free flour/ bread: Bread is usually on everyone’s table for the holidays and it is a staple in many recipes so I don’t want you to feel like you have to completely give it up. Try substituting your regular whole wheat bread for gluten free bread. You can even use gluten-free flour for baking.
  5. Alcohol – Try to stay away from alcohol as much as possible. I know it may be tempting but you will want to try and substitute alcoholic drinks with sparkling water and lime or even a sparkling cider.
  6. Rice – Use whole grain brown or wild rice. White rice and pasta is full of starch and sugar that can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar level. White pasta, white rice and flour all have a high glycemic index (GI) level, so using the low GI foods that are made from brown rice, legumes, sweet potato and vegetables will help to regulate the insulin levels in your body optimizing energy throughout the day.
  7. Sugar – Try adding flavor to your dishes naturally. Stay away from white cane sugar and replace it with xylitol, erythritol or stevia, natural sweeteners without the calories and free from chemicals.
  8. Desserts – Head over to your local health food store and look around for gluten and dairy free treats. If none are available, try going online for easy recipes.

 

MY HOLIDAY FAVORITES

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Salad:
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice two sweet potatoes and mix with half of a red onion, black pepper and a little bit of cinnamon.
  2. Cook for 45 minutes on a non-stick pan or one lined with parchment paper
  3. Whisk together ½ cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp molasses, cinnamon and chives
  4. In a separate bowl mix baby arugula and thinly sliced radishes
  5. Serve right out of the oven and prepare it all together on each individual plate to keep the arugula from wilting.
  • Chia Seed pudding: A great new homemade dessert for the whole family. Its quick and easy, just mix

1. Organic Sprouted Chia seeds (Available at my office- so delicious you can eat it out of the bag!)

2. Almond or coconut milk

3. A sweetener of your choice – xylitol (replacement sugar) with shredded coconut and cinnamon

4. Cover and refrigerate for 7 hours or overnight

5. Enjoy! – Your dessert should have the consistency of tapioca pudding. Makes for a great afternoon snack or a perfect dessert.

  • The Day- After Meal: One of my favorite parts of a Thanksgiving meal isn’t the Thanksgiving meal at all, its the “day after” meal. That Friday, I love to use all of my leftovers to make another great dish for the table: turkey and vegetable soup.

I always use seasonal vegetables from the farmers market and vegetable or chicken stock. Add your own spices and mix up the vegetables and you have a delicious, hearty, homemade meal.

I offer sprouted chia seeds and many other options for homemade recipes at the Wellness For Life Center. You can  contact Frank at the front desk at 310-315-1514 or wellnesshelp@live.com .

As always, be sure to eat in moderation no matter what ingredients the meal consists of. Use a glass to-go container and enjoy your leftovers as lunch or dinner the next day.

Learn proven methods on how you can break free from allergies and restore you and your family’s health. Asthma, migraines, arthritis, ulcers and obesity have all been linked to allergy. Fatigue, irritability, body aching, digestive problems, and other vague ailments are typical of allergy.

Join me Wednesday, September 19th,  2012 @ 8:00pm Eastern (NY) time. (5:00pm Pacific, 6:00pm Mountain, 7:00pm Central).

Registration is FREE Reserve your space right here: http://www.healthlady.com/tele-class/dr-susanne-bennett

Find Out:

  • How allergies relates to environmental factors, food additives, diet, digestion, body chemistry, addiction, yeast, molds, parasites and childhood illnesses-
  • Simple, effective day-by-day guides with specific “action items” so you know exactly what to do to eliminate your allergies.
  • How to change your diet and eliminate the worst allergy culprits.
  • Turning your home into a breathe-easy space

Why Sprouts?Do you sprout? Sprouting your own seeds is not only convenient but also beneficial. It has been around for centuries, and provides fresh, vitamin-rich food in a just a few days. Also, because they are so small, you can literally eat hundreds of sprouts at a time. Mix them up in salads or sandwiches and you wont even know they are there. They are probably one of the best raw foods you can eat!

Containing more vitamins and minerals than your average fruit or vegetable, sprouts are the best when grown from home–you get the benefit of fresh, organic food all year round. Produce from the super market loses its nutritional value the moment it is picked, whereas raw sprouts continue to acquire more vitamins even after they are harvested. In addition to vitamins and minerals, they also contain proteins and enzymes that can improve digestion and fight disease. Not to mention “400% more protein than lettuce and over 3900% more beta-carotene.”

For me, sprouting at home is like having a mini garden in my yard all year round. I love to sprout alfalfa, flax seed, arugula, broccoli, and quinoa. I put them in my salads, sandwiches, and even vegetable and fruit smoothies! You can find quick tips on how to sprout at home by searching online or browsing through a sprouting book. The benefits and meal ideas are limitless. This is why I tend to sprout seeds and beans all year round!

Hemp SeedsIf you are trying to give your body a boost, most people turn to flax seed or soy. What we should be looking for however, is hemp seed. Hemp seed is the most nutritionally dense seed you can find today. Hemp is extremely high in protein, making it a great substitute for meat or eggs. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities too. The hemp seed contains all of the digestible amino acids and essential fatty acids that can help boost your cardiovascular health. On top of all this, it is also a great source of fiber, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Hemp seed is so great for the body that it has been found to reverse the effects of cancer along with healthy lifestyle changes. The seed helps to boost plasma levels to produce antibodies to keep your body healthy and living longer. It is essential in producing healthy tissues and organs and contains no amounts of THC. Not only will it help you boost your system but it also contains 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce, making hemp seed a huge part of my diet.

You can purchase hemp seed just as you do flax seed, in huge value size pouches. You can add the seed to cakes or cereal or anything that you would like. I always try to work it into my meals along with my fruits and vegetables. Having a balanced diet does wonders for your body and for better living in the long run!

References:

http://www.swellwomen.com/wellness-wednsdays/wellness-wednesdays-chew-on-this

http://rasta1.hubpages.com/hub/The-Power-of-Hemp-Seed-Nutrition

 

Everyday stress can stay with you, especially at night. Sometimes you can toss and turn for hours without getting a good night’s rest, and it is so important to get a good 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.

I like to use Phosphatidylserine as a sleeping aid (PS) because it is safe and nonaddictive. Phosphatidylserine is a lipid found in our body’s cell membranes that also helps to reduce cortisol levels in the body. As you are probably aware, high levels of cortisol enter the body during times of extreme emotional, mental or physical stress; it is what gives you that, “fight or flight” response. The phosphatidylserine produced naturally within our bodies helps balance out those cortisol levels, which can store unwanted fat and breakdown lean muscle within the body.

Taking a Phosphatidylserine supplement before bed can help your body balance out the cortisol levels that may have been caused by high blood sugar, creating a stress reaction in your body that can keep you up all night. The supplement helps rid your body of those reactions so you can get a peaceful nights rest.

I would recommend taking the supplement about 30 minutes before bedtime to make sure that the body has had time to break it down. Take one 100mg pill before you increase to higher dosages. Make sure to talk to your doctor about starting the supplement for insomnia or any other nighttime troubles that may be keeping you up. It is important to know exactly what the problem is before you start treating it. Phosphatidylserine, however, should give you the full night’s rest that you deserve. Sleep well!

References:

http://www.allstarhealth.com/blog/products-and-ingredients/phosphatidylserine-supplements-reduce-cortisol-levels/

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FKA/is_9_67/ai_n14932830/

Our blood sugar levels play a more important role than you think. Over the past few years, with more and more people becoming diagnosed with Type II diabetes, it has become clear how important it is to take control of our health. Fortunately, researchers have found a new and natural way to help balance out blood sugar levels. This new treatment has been around for centuries and can be found in your very own kitchen cabinet: cinnamon.

Cinnamon has been around since ancient Egyptian times, and is used today cooking, treating an upset stomach, and indigestion. Now, however, it can be used to treat imbalanced blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia. It is recommended that you start off with a small dosage first, with 1g a day, and work your way up to taking up to 6g. You can start off by mixing it into your favorite foods or drinks like tea, coffee, cereal or yogurt. You can also purchase cinnamon tablets or capsules from your local vitamin store, and take a capsule a day.

As always, be sure to consult your physician before starting any type of healthcare regimen. Common side effects for cinnamon are skin rashes and inflammation in the mouth and stomach. However, if you do not have blood sugar imbalances please a cinnamon regimen may not be for you. Ingesting an abundance of cinnamon for people with normal blood sugar levels could possibly have adverse effects and even create a cinnamon allergy!

References:

 

Think water is enough to clean those veggies of yours? Think again. Pesticides have been engineered to resist water, so one brisk rinse under the faucet just won’t cut it anymore. You really have to CLEAN your fruits, vegetables and grains in order to rid them of harmful chemicals for your body.

Over the years I have tried a lot of creative solutions for cleaning my fresh produce. What has worked for me through the years is a soaking process. I put all of my produce or grain into a gallon of water and mix in one heaping teaspoon of vitamin C crystals/powder. I let them soak for about 10-15 minutes to neutralize and decontaminate any germs or fungus. The most common fungi I see on produce is mold and yeast, and this will help to rid both of those, while deactivating any bacteria and viruses as well.

Go the extra mile when it comes to rinsing your veggies. The chemicals sprayed in fields are meant to resist a lot of different elements, including water. In order to provide safe and healthy food for your family, you must thoroughly wash or scrub all of your fruits, vegetables and grains. The extra mile goes a long way!