Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Today is my three year anniversary from quitting cigarettes! If you can believe it, the first cigarette touched my lips at the tender age of nine. I am cigarette free... officially.

If you want to know the secret to my success, CLICK HERE.

All I can say is, thank you Allen Carr.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Yummy Healthy Snack

The alternative to the cookie. I loooove dipping these in tea! I get these at Whole Foods. Yum.

Taken from the Health Valley Website.

Original Amaranth Graham Crackers™

Today, modern science confirms that Amaranth is truly a "supergrain." Amaranth is rich in lysine, one of the essential amino acids that is usually low in other grains. It contains three times as much fiber and five times as much iron as wheat, and has more than 12 different vitamins and minerals. From a nutritional standpoint, it is clear why the Aztecs referred to Amaranth as a "wonder grain."

  • Organic wheat & amaranth
  • Low fat & low sodium
  • No hydrogenated oils

Ingredients: organic whole wheat flour, cane juice, soybean oil, soy flour, organic amaranth flour, unsulfured molasses, soy lecithin, natural vanilla flavor, baking soda, sea salt.

Sweat Lodge

What is a sweat lodge?

From Wikipedia:
The sweat lodge (also called sweat house, medicine lodge, or medicine house) is a

ceremonial sauna and an important ritual used by some North American First Nations or Native American peoples. There are several styles of sweat lodges that include a domed or oblong hut similar to a wickiup, a teepee, or even a simple hole dug into the ground and covered with planks or tree trunks. Stones are typically heated in an exterior fire[1] and then placed in a central pit in the ground. Often the stones are granite and they glow red in the dark lodge.

This past weekend my boyfriend, Michael, and I took part in a sweat lodge in Ojai, CA. It was probably one of the most exciting, incredible and hardest experiences I've had. To be apart of something that has taken place for centuries by the people who first lived in this country felt very special. My interest for Native American culture and tradition does not come from my upbringing even though I have Navajo blood, but rather something that peaked my interest a few years ago after reading so much about the culture and the people and feeling that their way of respecting the earth was something that I wanted to emulate. Michael is part Cherokee and feels the same. It was such an honor to be apart of this.

Read more about the sweat lodge HERE. I recommend it for health reasons and spiritual growth. You can be of any religion to partake in this ceremonial tradition, but I must warn you, it's intense. Learn as much as you can to see if it's really for you.

Here's a little amateur footage from our experience:

Friday, September 26, 2008


... this is to benefit the Big Sur Redwoods (after the recent fires)! Go if you can!

Ladies and Gentlemen...

... we are now floating into space...

well, I'm floating on cloud 9 at least. I got an A on my first anatomy exam! WA-Freaking-HOO!!!!

Recycle Now...

Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!

Oh yes, today is Johnny Appleseed's (John Chapman's) birthday!!! It's because of him that so many states have apples! He was a bearded vegetarian and loved and respected the earth.

Read about him here.

It's Friday, so gimme some HOT COCOA!

It's Friday... YAY! And after riding my bike to work, I deserve a treat of organic, fair trade hot cocoa from Trader Jose's! It's delish. So check out some interesting facts on COCOA below.

Trade coffee for cocoa.
From WebMD

In a study published in a 2006 issue of the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that cocoa containing high levels of two dietary flavonols (epicatchin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved circulation to skin cells, affected hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother. Delicious!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Lunch and Lifestyle

Many of you might be wondering why I have not posted a new lunch in a while. Well, I'm not that creative to come up with something new every single day... not yet at least. I have been enjoying my lovely salad creations for the past few lunches. So make sure to check out my lunch ideas (located in the menu on the ride side below) to get your healthy dose of deliciousness. There's never an excuse to eat an unhealthy lunch. Of course in moderation you can enjoy your burger and fries.

I always have to remind people that being healthy is NEVER a diet, it's a change in lifestyle. If you want to be overweight the rest of your life, then do diets. If you want to feel and look great 100% of the time while still enjoying the occasionally pig-out, then a change in lifestyle is necessary - AND NOT THAT HARD! If you need help in how to change your lifestyle, check out Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat, aka the lifestyle Bible.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Out TODAY! Actually YESTERDAY! But who cares...

Yes, forgot to mention that my heroes, Brightblack Morning Light, dropped their second album yesterday on Matador Records. Get your LP, CD or MP3 HERE!

These guys are so inspiring in their want and need to care for Mother Nature. They're album was recorded entirely under solar power. Let's all learn from their example.

"This impassioned ode to the natural world and traditional lifestyles is as political as it is personal. Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes make their music for everyone, but they have a special love for wild and sundrenched places, far from the commercial distractions of the city and the crowds."

Quote of the Day!

"The greatest wealth is health."


Cats & Heart Disease

Thunder and Blueberry

I was NEVER a cat person growing up, never ever ever. In fact my allergies to cat as a child often landed me in bed for a couple days, almost hospitalized a few times and that never gave me very much appreciation for the feline... until New Years Day when I turned to my boyfriend while watching a movie and said, "I want a cat." WHAT!? Out of nowhere I got the urge to own a cat. And the day came when we found the perfect kitties (thanks Ingrid). Yes, we ended up owning not one, but two cats, brother and sister, Thunder and Blueberry. They turned a year old in August, which makes them teenagers (specifically 15 years and 10 months old) in cat years. They're like my babies. I love them as if they were my own. There's just one problem - - if they really were just like my own, I'm scared to be a mother, because if my own child is going to be as cute as my darling kitties, then by their teenage years they would have only learned the words, "I wuv wuv wuv wuv yoooooou. GOOOOOOOOOOBERS. GOOOOOOBIE DOOOBIE DOOOO." Yeah, pathetic, right? I want my cats and children to understand human language, but at 15 I don't think there's much hope when I can't help but love them and squeeze them and talk in a baby voice to them. I am like the little girl, Elmyra from the cartoon Tiny Toons:

Anyway, since owning a cat and becoming a cat lover/obsess-er, I have learned that cats actually make humans healthier. Check out this article to learn why:

In addition, for those of you who own cats, there is something about petting a cat that relieves stress, right? Dogs bring joy to the life of a human, but cats are so lazy-like, and when you pet them, they immediately drop to the ground, pass out and purr... it's quite contagious!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dream Job...

I wish I could take this job for Susun Weed.

Seeking Personal Assistant in Woodstock NY

If you live in or close to Woodstock NY, this position may be for you. Part time office worker needed to help Susun Weed in her home. Must be reliable, responsible, ready to work. Attention to detail essential. If interested send an email to wisewoman@herbshealing.com

We look forward to hearing from you,

Wise Woman Web Team

Autumnal Equinox and First Day of Fall


Whether or not you try and heal all your ailments naturally, it's never to late to try. One of the most incredible resources for your learning pleasure is Jethro Kloss's Back to Eden. If you google Jethro Kloss, not much comes up about him. Unfortunately, I left my copy of Back to Eden at home to type out the bio the book provides.

But why wait when you can buy your own copy for $2.29.

Kloss was big into water therapy and believed that water, depending on temperature, application and consumption could heal anything. He has wonderful examples of healing patience with pneumonia. After reading it, I only just wished the doctors that helped Bernie Mac read this.

An example of treatment (from off the top of my head) for migraines/headaches:
Put feet up to knees in hot water (as hot as the person can handle) with two tablespoons of mustard.
Apply cold compress to the neck area - keep reapplying ice cold water to compress.
Drink mint tea simultaneously.
... something like that.

Just to read his stories of saving hundreds of lives of hopeless cases because of his natural treatments is incredible! His knowledge is inspiring.

I cherish my copy:

Monday Monday...

So I am back, refreshed, rejuvenated and now detoxing. Yes, I went camping this weekend in the Angeles Forest. No, nothing went according to plan. Yes, it was still amazing. My boyfriend ended up not being able to go this weekend. So, at the twelfth hour, I had to find another partner... and came upon my neighbor, friend Holly! So around 5:30 on Friday we set off for Mountain Oak, CA. It took us 4 hours to get there... we missed the freeway change at one point that set us back about 30 min. Then we arrive in Wrightwood, the town where Mountain High is, and began to look for our campsite 10 miles away. It was by this time 9pm and we got lost. Not even the Mountain High ranger knew where our campground was. Anyway, we found the cutest little motel, Pines Motel, with a room the size of my apt. for $69.

But the next morning we got to our campground, made tea, hiked, relaxed, journaled, read, meditated, ate extremely well, etc.

This is us with wine, not pee!

Thank you Holly for coming with me. So much fun, delicious food, relaxation, bonding with nature and girl time.

Better For You Than S'mores Apple Dessert:

1 Apple
Vanilla Extract
Heavy Whipping Cream or Half and Half (or something else if you're vegan)

Using a knife, cut out the core of the apple and the stem. But make sure you don't cut the apple in half to do this. Apple must remain whole.
Poor vanilla extract in the now hole of the apple.
Cover the whole apple with ground cinnamon.
Put apple in tin foil and place on the campfire grill. After about 10 min. open foil and add more cinnamon. Check after 15 and it should be ready, but leave for longer if not.
I stole 1 tiny half and half packet from a diner earlier that morning and poured some on top of the apple.


Thursday, September 18, 2008


Not much time to blog today. I have my first anatomy test tonight which is not such a frightening thought as one might think. I'm ready for this mofo. I don't care about the grade, but I do care about and am rather proud of the fact that I really know my stuff! It feels really good. Anyway, can't wait to come home and crash tonight. I should be packing for my camping trip with my boyfriend this weekend...but sleep is looking far more promising than that.

Until later!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Crazy Connection...

So somehow I was googling "connective tissues" for my 1st anatomy exam tomorrow and I came across Heather's Hiking Hiatus. How fantastic is this? Make sure you check out her biography. She's only 22 years old!


Check out this yummy looking recipe, Minted Garbanzo Bean Salad, from George Mateljan's website World's Healthiest Foods.

300th POST!!!!

Amazing! We've made it to entry #300!

So in lieu of our nature talk, here's a video on Henry David Thoreau and some.

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!"

Primitive Wilderness Survival

"Survival is the doorway to the Earth."

Wilderness Guide...

So, we all know by now my need to get in touch with nature. And while many of you may be thinking I should get the heck out of Los Angeles (and if you're saying that you probably have not lived here long enough to discover it's earthly treasures), I truly believe that all of Los Angeles can be very nature-y and that being one with nature is actually more a mentality than anything else. Of course being alone in the woods, desert, etc. creates that oneness far more easily, but if you can learn to enjoy and respect Mother Earth from your own backyard, then you're no doubt still one with nature. That being said, I want to go and eventually be 100% submersed in the wilderness, and I will, but in the meantime, I'm going to learn to do it here.

Learning all you can about Mother Earth is very important so that you understand all she has to offer. Knowing how to survive in the wilderness is crucial in order to give Mother Earth the respect she deserves and this knowledge comes from reading, practicing, etc. I believe that once people become more aware of their environment and learn all the can about their surroundings, the far better they would treat the Earth. It's like anything - - the more you know something, the more your love it. It's the first step to becoming an environmentalist - - and Lord knows the environment is something we all must take responsibility for right now. So, if you agree, check this out:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anatomy 101

My anatomy class is going just wonderfully. I am right at this moment studying for my first test this Thursday. That's just part 1. Part 2 is next Tuesday. Anyway, so much better than my last class. What have I learned thus far? I've learned that we need cholesterol and fat (the good kind, of course) in order for our cells to function properly. Do you hear that people!? haha.

I also was reminded that soy products are bad for men. So you non-lactose males better be careful. Drink almond milk or rice milk instead. Goat's milk is dairy, but easier to digest. I did do a blog on this - - you can find it by googling "soy" and "Mother Health" together. Sorry, no time to find it myself.

Anyway, so I decided that this time around with anatomy - - get this - - that grades are not everything. I'm going to focus on learning rather than the grade. That mentality makes learning way more fun and less stressful. My teacher, Professor Rinden, emphasizes that "GRADES MEAN NOTHING!" He actually has a point. You may or may not agree with this, but hey - he told us his grade point average in college was a C average, yet he managed to get a coveted research position in grad school. Hmmm..... veeeeery interrresting. Yes, he basically graduated college, barely passing, then he realized what he loved and spent the next 6 months of his life in the library studying his new found passion - - science (can't remember his specific major - I think it's molecular bio or something)! He started to read and read and read and gradually became an expert - - and then... talked his way into school by meeting with a professor and impressing him with his knowledge. He didn't even have to apply, the professor just hired him on the spot and got him into the university without caring about his transcripts. Amazing! So he really does have a point. Grades are not everything.... PASSION is everything. So, lesson learned, be passionate!

Learn because you want to, not because you have to.

Save Water...

From Ideal Bite:

Shorten Your Showers by 30 Seconds

Posted: 15 Sep 2008 10:47 PM CDT

My green friends at Ideal Bite shared this little eco-fact with me today:

For every 30 seconds you shorten your shower, you’ll save up to 4 gallons of water.

That’s an amazing way to break it down - a real eye opener too, especially when you think about how many times you space out during your shower just letting the water hit your back. Ahhh… SNAP out of it water waster!! You just let 16 gallons of H2O slide down the drain! Shame, shame.

Herbs for Anxiety...

This is a great article from Susun Weed! I suffer from anxiety (I'm working on it), but I'm firmly against medication for myself as an option. So this article, for fellow sufferers, is really helpful.

Organic Mascara

Thank you reader Laura for sharing this!!! She says the best organic mascara is:

Monday, September 15, 2008


Another Birthday...

To fellow health freak, Jeremy Rendina!!!
(it was on Saturday)

Earth to Angela Johnson!

Ok... sorry, but an Angela posted a comment on one of my entries and I believe it's my old friend Angela Johnson!!! So if you read this, email me: themotherhealth@gmail.com and send your contact info!!! PAHLEASE! I don't have yours at all!



Saturday, September 13, 2008


Susana Miranda circa 1970


Today (the 12th - just a little late) is my mama's birthday, aka the woman who inspired me to become a nutritionist.  Hey, if being a health nut makes you look this good, then Holy Hummus! - - it's worth it! She was and is freaking beautiful.

If these photos don't make you want to throw out your candy and eat some kale, then I don't know what will.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sarah MacKinnon

My darling friend Sarah just launched her website! She's a graphic designer and a hottie... use her (I mean use her talents, not her)!

A Life Less Plastic...

Another great blog that my friend Holly introduced me to a while ago.

Why Plastic Sucks...

Read from another great blog

Feed Between the Lines
by Caitlin Leff.

More On Hangovers

Convert It...

Convert your car.


Remember that today marks the 7 year anniversary of 9/11. I think that we should all take a moment to remember that day and all who were effected (and still effected).


So lunch yesterday and today were the same, but for a reason!! Cause it was so freaking good yesterday!!! So here we go!

Rainbow Salad
Herb Salad Mix (Trader Jose's)
1/2 Pear
1/2 Red Pepper
Edemame (Trader Jose's ready to eat)
Sunflower Seeds (Trader Jose's)
Goat Cheese (Trader Jose's)
1 small or 1/3 large baked Sweet Potato w/skin

Garlic (minced)
Olive Oil
Sea Salt

Mix all together and it's delicious!!!!!

P.S. Trader Joe's is the best freaking place in the world. End of story.

No One's Perfect...

I'm feeling a little under the weather at the moment, nothing crazy, but not quite right. I really learned something this morning, that mixing alcohol is sometimes not the most sound decision. Not that I drank that much last night... but a bit of red wine, with a very tiny bit of whiskey and throw in 1/2 a cerveza makes one feel very yucky. So to combat a hangover, mild or not, I read this on Alternative Health Journal.
The best hangover cure, of course, is not to drink in excess or at all. Many people have their own way of dealing with a hangover, from taking aspirin to eating a greasy breakfast. But if you’d like to get rid of that hangover in a sensible, all-natural way, consider these supplements:

Vitamin C and B-Complex. The diuretic effect of alcohol depletes the system of these essential vitamins, the lack of which can make you feel run down and give you a headache. Supplements can introduce a high level back into the body in a short amount of time and relieve hangover symptoms.

Gingko biloba. The seeds from the gingko plant are a traditional hangover remedy in China, where they are commonly put out at parties to stave off the effects of drinking too much.

Wintergreen. This herb has an aspirin-like effect, making it a good remedy for hangover headache.

Ginseng. Researchers in Korea discovered that the fructose in ginseng accelerates the metabolism of alcohol by 25 percent.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monet's Garden

I'm just finding so much on the Herb Companion website, including this fantastic article on the artist, Claude Monet.


I'm super into avocados because they make the easiest snack foods that are not only delicious, but incredibly healthy for you. Here's why.

Mustard Greens

Learn a thing or two from Herb Companion about Mustard Greens and check out the recipes! Also check out George Meteljan's World's Healthiest Foods to learn more.


So did not prepare a lunch today. Monday's at work we get free lunch... I know, pretty lucky eh? And there's usually so much food that I have leftovers for Tuesday. So I would love to share with you the restaurant we ordered from: FRESH CORN GRILL! A waiter from the Ivy on Robertson got his own idea to create a similar place on a smaller scale and smaller price range. Their signature dish is the grilled vegetable salad... I like to add grilled salmon. It's freaking awesome!

Sustainable Dinner!

So in my Yummy Websites, I have a link for Chicks With Knives. It's two girls that put on a yummy, eco-friendly and healthy dinner for a small fee. The next one is Sunday September 28. Go to their website to contact them if you're interested.

Hello Fabulous Friends!

It's Rachael and Pace, aka Chicks with Knives, and we want to join us for an end of summer feast!

For a $48.00, we will serve you a scrumptious four-course, sustainable, gourmet meal at a secret location in Mid-City, on Sunday, September 28th at 7pm.

As of now our menu will be:

Late-Summer Gazpacho

*Czech Yellow Wonder Tomatoes, Sweet Banana Peppers, Lemon Cucumber*

Spinach Salad with Dates & Apples

*Spinach Greens, Shallots, Palm Desert Dates, Brave-Heart Apples*

Pork Loin with Chard & Cauliflower

*Pork Tenderloin, Quince, Rainbow Chard; Calvofiore*

Figs with Sweet Cheese

*Los Feliz Figs, Bonner-Mieritz Honey, Fresh Made Mascarpone-Style Cheese*

(You are welcome to bring wine or beer or whatever you like. We will only have water.)

Give us a shout if you are in and we will get you all the details (how to pay/where it will be) stat.

Cheers and see you there!


Pace and Rachael
Chicks with Knives

*Our menu is gluten free, sustainable, organic and feature local farm-raised produce. If you are vegan, vegetarian or have food allergies, just let us know. It's no worries!


Yes, finally! I have been wanting to go camping all summer long and I just booked a great place in Mountain Oak, CA in the next couple weeks! So, if you're looking to go camping and want to find a place close to where you live that's available, then go to Reserve America.

Getting Sick....

Not me, silly, but my sidekick Heather is sick. We work together so the chances of me getting sick are far greater. So my weapon? Well, staying away from coffee, which lowers the immune system and makes one more susceptible to sickness. Drinking my miso soup right now and some green tea and will eat mainly raw today, hoping that will "clean out" my system. I am also staying away from dairy, bread and sugar. Do the same. It seems to be going around like crazy. And sleep lots. Eat all raw if you can. That always works wonders!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Betty Lee Morales

Outside Jeremy's vast knowledge of interesting catch phrases, he also has a library of fascinating nutritionists. Here's the most recent one he divulged: Betty Lee Morales. Woah! This woman is amazing and was very ahead of her time. Can't find much info on her, but if I do, will post. I also found this article on her. She's mentioned in the third paragraph.

Phrase of the Day!

My friend Jeremy Rendina just mentioned the funniest thing to me. We were discussing nutrition and he said, "Lavender Vibes." When I asked him what that meant exactly, he said "womyn stuff." Well, I googled the phrase, and nothing comes up like that... but I think Jeremy's onto something. So I'm making it official, Jeremy, "lavender vibes" is now entering Mother Health's vocab as it should all of yours. Thank you, J!

One Day a Week...

I was supposed to bike to work today, but slept through my alarm. I am telling you that this week is just wiggidy wack with tiredness and feeling listless. But hey, at least it's the weekend and I can relax and start over on Monday. So instead of biking, I carpooled. That's not a bad alternative, definitely not the best, but better than using two cars.

Oh, and because it's Friday my work is ordering in from Hole in the Wall Burger Joint. This is a great little place (veggie options of course) on Santa Monica Blvd. one block east of Sepulveda Blvd. on South Bentley Ave. (behind Winchell's Donuts - yucky). Their beef is custom ground and the burgers are hand formed. Their produce is fresh and grown locally. Everything made from scratch. Their veggie burger (which I will get) is made out of black beans, mushrooms, and other yummy stuff. They serve sweet potato fries. So for a burger joint, it's a good alternative. I'll have a picture up of it in a second and let you know if it's good.

Update: Check out the pick. And yes, this meal was excellent... but my body is screaming for some raw foods! It's been a bleh week of bleh foods. hehe.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Bleh and Joshua Tree

Bleh is for the lunch I just ate. Bleeeeeeeeeeh.

And YAY is for the most wonderful weekend I had in Joshua Tree. The weather was absolutely beautiful, the sky filled with cumulus clouds and all the colors of the rainbow. What I learned: I need more amethyst in my life, I need massages on a regular basis and I need a Crossroad's Cafe to open in Los Angeles. I need to give a shout out to Tropical Massage that gave wonderful hot stone massage for only $60 for one hour (unlike Los Angeles prices) - - I was passed out the entire time. After I left I had lines all over my face and really didn't care. I did a ton of thrift shopping encountering great finds, hiking in the park 4 miles to a historical mining area and biked all throughout the streets. The weather was 80 degrees with thunder storms. Humid, yes and beautiful - - What a wonderful place. I love Joshua Tree and have been many times, but this time everything was perfect and beautiful! Very relaxing, very one with nature, very pleased.


(Yeah right!)

I must say this is not my greatest shinning moment with lunch making. My skills were a no go today. Technically, this is not my fault. I blame the fact that Costco sold us rotten lettuce and this caught me off guard this morning after I had thought of a brilliant lunch. So instead, with five min. to spare before officially being EXTREMELY late to work, I decided on chicken (I recently reincorporated chicken to my diet after eating only fish), a bell pepper and an apple (I know, kinda starchy/sugary meal - but at least some of it is raw). I remembered when I got to work that I had brown rice in the fridge leftover from yesterday's MSG-filled-Chinese lunch and miso dressing leftover from Crossroads Cafe from my Joshua Tree excursion this past weekend.

So being adventurous, I cut up the white meat of the chicken and put that over the brown rice and nuked it in the microwave for 2 min. Meanwhile, I diced the bell peppers and a quarter of an apple and mixed in a bowl with the miso dressing. Ding. The chicken and the rice was done and I added the pepper and apple miso salad on top. Mixed together and voila... sort of. Not the tastiest. So added just a dash of the Trader Jose Curry sauce (this contains sugar sadly, so use sparingly) for some more flavor. It's edible. And having nothing in my fridge, I will say it ain't bad.

The only reason I decided to blog this today in the first place, is to show you that having nothing in the fridge does not actually mean you have nothing to eat. Creating recipes requires imagination and a bit of chemistry. The chemistry part comes with practice, but there is no reason to not eat a quick, easy and healthy meal on a daily basis. Who knows what tomorrow brings, hopefully a little bit tastier than today... and not so starchy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Just one of them days...

It's just one of them days. It must be the new moon cause I am exhausted even after descending into bed at a very reasonable hour last night. Or perhaps it's the MSG from my leftover Chinese food from yesterday. Or maybe it's all the hiking and biking I did this weekend in Joshua Tree (more on that excursion later). I have no idea, but absolutely no energy. Drinking my soy mocha at the moment isn't helping anything other than my sweet tooth and messing up my hormones. But it's just one of them days. Tomorrow will be better. Yesterday I forgot I had school, until after work when I realized it wasn't Monday, but indeed Tuesday. Tomorrow is a new day. Until then, I leave you with this: