Category Archives: Diet/Healthy Eating

Essential Oils for Weight Loss & Detoxification

In my last post, I discussed several oils that can be used internally to enhance metabolism and increase weight loss. Today, I want to talk about using oils topically for detoxification & weight & fat loss.

The three topical applications one can use are: Detox baths, body wraps and massage. Any of these methods are applicable for any of the oils I’ll discuss.

Using oils topically is a great adjunct to your weight loss program as it’s something simple & relaxing that can also help pull toxins out of your tissues, help get rid of cellulite, increase metabolism and more. To use oils in a detox bath, start out by adding Epsom salts to the bath water (start with about 1/4-1/2 cup but you can work up to using up to about 2 cups), add your oils to 1-2 tbsp. of fractionated coconut oil and add that to the bath water. Optionally, you can also add apple cider vinegar (1/3-1 cup). Soak for 20-30 minutes. (Always use caution in how long you stay in if your physical condition warrants it.)

Here's a recipe that has earned the name of "skinny dip": 
1-2 cups Epsom salts
7 drops each: Frankincense, grapefruit, peppermint, true lavender, Ameo Trim & Tone
4 drops each orange, tangerine
3 drops Ameo Cell Therapy
Mix oils in 1-2 tbsp. fractionated coconut oil and add to bath.
Follow with internal detox:
Zija Premium Detox tea, add 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops lemon

These oils will help to pull toxins out, decrease cellulite and more. As you can see by the accompanying picture, the results can be quite dramatic. These oils can be purchased at a substantial savings by purchasing the Ameo “Slim &Tranquil” combo pack available here.

Please contact me with questions or comments.



Essential oils to aid weight and fat loss

We all know that healthy eating and exercise are long term keys to maintaining weight. Still, as we get older, we find it more & more difficult. Most of us have heard of things like the grapefruit diet and many others; some healthy, others; not so much. Well, it turns out that grapefruit is just one of many essential oils known to have a positive effect on metabolism and therefore, weight loss. Today, I’m going to talk about several of these oils, how they work and how you can incorporate them into a healthy weight loss program. In my next blog, I’ll talk more about detoxification and the use of oils that you can use in a bath or diffuser. While most therapeutic or clinical grade oils should not be consumed orally without proper supervision, these are all food-based substances and are reasonably safe.

Grapefruit Oil:

Grapefruit has long been known for its ability to curb cravings, boost metabolism and reduce abdominal fat. It turns out that it contains a compound (nootkatone) which increases production of AMPK, an enzyme important in homeostasis & energy production. (It also turns out that evidence shows both viruses and cancer cells down-regulate AMPK!) Research shows grapefruit oil increases endurances, decreases weight and body fat and more. Diffuse this oil or add a couple drops to drinking water.

Lemon Oil:

Known for enhancing mood and numerous other functions, lemon oil, when combined with grapefruit oil, has been shown to increase lipolysis (the breakdown of fat). Physiologically, it increases norepinephrine which helps with mood, cognitive function & increases muscle metabolism. Use this similarly to and along with grapefruit oil.

Peppermint Oil:

Peppermint has been shown to increase the flow of bile through the digestive track and decrease tension on abdominal muscles. It has also been shown to decrease appetite and in a study significant decreased caloric intake in a population that inhaled it every 2 hours. Use in a diffuser.

Cinnamon Oil:

Cinnamon has been shown to increase the body’s ability to utilize Insulin, thus helping decrease the tendency to store fat. It also has some anti-inflammatory qualities. Use caution with Cinnamon oil as it can burn mucous membranes. It’s safest to dilute it with olive oil or coconut oil as a carrier or to use it in food.

Sweet Fennel Oil:

Fennel has been shown to enhance Melatonin production and thus help with overall metabolism and with the body’s wake/sleep cycles. It was also used on fasting days in ancient cultures. Modern day animal studies showed that test animals ate less food when given fennel.

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Learn more about essential oils including how to make specific sprays, roll-on oils, body butters and more at my “Make & Take” Program at the SLOMakerSpace on August 1st form 7-9PM, SLO MakerSpace is located at 81 Higuera St; Suite 160, in SLO. PLease RSVP by contacting me. ($20 fee covers admission & includes one product; retail value $8-15)


Chronic Inflammation: Stories of Change

Today, I want to tell you a couple of quick stories of people who made small changes that helped address chronic inflammation and how these changes changed their life. (All names have been changed.)

Beverly is a client that, despite being obese had an active lifestyle that including skiing, tennis and other sports. But throughout the years she had had numerous injuries that resulted in chronic pain. Still, she was committed to maintaining her lifestyle and finding a way to diminish pain & inflammation without the potential negative effects of medication. I suggested a program that included Ameo’s Frankincense Essential Oil, various supplements and detoxification & weight loss. Bev decided to go with the Frankincense alone. (She didn’t want to give up any of her favorite foods & was convinced she actually felt better at her current weight.) Amazingly, just that, by itself made enough of a change that, although she wasn’t able to ski or play tennis, she had less pain and was able to be more active than she had been in the recent past .

Melinda is a young adult (mid-20’s) that was having some health challenges as a result of her poor diet and lack of exercise throughout her teenage years and into young adulthood. Blood tests revealed she was pre-diabetic. She had constant digestive distress, pain in many joints, possible gall bladder issues and knew she had to make a change. Adding Zija’s Smartmix, AGX Digest and making better food choices made an incredible difference. In a matter of just a couple of months, her digestive and gall bladder issue were resolved, her blood tests returned to a healthy range, pain was gone, she had more energy & felt healthier and she lost about 20 lbs.

Michael was a morbidly obese middle aged man who was diabetic, had fatty liver disease and was in constant pain. He knew his very life hinged on the need to make some major changes. He added Zija’s Supermix, Premium Detox tea and more fresh fruits and veggies to his diet. He has eliminated junk food, most dairy and some meat. He has lost almost 60 lbs and is now able to be a little more active. His blood tests have shown improvement after just a few months. Michael still has a long way to go to undo the damage caused by years of toxicity and inflammation. At this writing, he is still, unfortunately, in some pain but as he continues to build muscle, lose fat and decrease inflammation, he is beginning to see more positive changes. He is optimistic that he will be able to resume many activities soon.

These 3 clients illustrate  how making changes that decrease inflammation can result in quick improvements in people’s lives and in their health profiles.

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Chronic Inflammation 101: What Is It & Why Should I Care?

Your body creates inflammation as part of the healing process! Inflammation is the initial part of the healing process and is vital to it. It’s only when inflammation gets out of control that it becomes a problem!

We now know that chronic inflammation is a contributing part to almost any chronic disease you can name. So squelch chronic inflammation and you will live healthier and pain-free for many more years!

What contributes to Inflammation? The Biggies:

  • The 5 white poisons: White flour, white rice, white sugar, dairy, GMO Soy
  • Processed foods: food with the above but also artificial colors, preservatives, chemicals and vegetable oils
  • Animal foods; especially high animal fat foods

Over the next few blog entries, I’ll be talking about ways to decrease inflammation.

Today we introduce Moringa olifera! Superfood of Superfoods

When I started adding the Moringa found in Zija International’s Smartmix and Supermix, something amazing happened. I found that my nearly 60 year habit of night time munching was getting under control! Many aches & pains disappeared and my energy level improved as well. A few weeks later, I had lost 7lbs without really even trying and went on, using Zija’s additional products, to lose a total of 15lbs. Give the body what it needs & it doesn’t suffer from cravings! I’ve kept that off for an year and recently started working on the last 10lbs!

With 36 different anti-inflammatory compounds; Moringa is a powerhouse when it comes to decreasing inflammation. This 3 minute animated is much easier than reading! :

Moringa Animation from Club Moringa Network on Vimeo.

Email me by June 1st and you can get a $50 sample package plus a wholesale membership to purchase Zija products for just $20.  Just copy “I’m in!” into your email & I’ll contact you! (And if you’re looking for a business or a “Plan B” in case your job goes away, this can offer you a great opportunity. Let’s talk!)

Learn more about Zija’s other products, including Ameo Clinical Grade Essential Oils and Ripstix Fitness products here.



Not (Just) Another Super-food!

Over a period of several months last year, I lost 15 lbs and got down to a weight I was very excited about. Here’s the interesting part, I lost about the first 5-7 lbs. without really even trying! How did that happen?

If there were a single, readily available food source that contained 46 Anti-oxidants, 36 Anti-inflammatory compounds, all 20 amino acids, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more vitamin C than oranges, fat- and water-soluble vitamins, Omega 3-6-9’s AND MORE, do you think there’s a chance that getting all that nutrition daily might help diminish cravings? Well, there is and, at least for me, it did.

Zija International’s Moringa olifera-based mixes are what is making this difference for me and thousands of others world-wide. In just 10 short years in the industry, Zija has had an incredible impact on what it is now calling the Natural Health Revolution. The Revolution is about getting people to eat better, sleep better, move more, diminish stress and turn away form the drugs, chemicals and fast foods that wreaking havoc on our lives and on our health. And it all starts with, believe it or not, something as simple as a powered drink mix.

For me, now that I’ve done that, I see the real possibility of dropping a few more pounds and getting down to what a weighed in college (which was actually less than what I weighed in high school.) Over the next several weeks, I’m going to write more about the additional products I used and the changes I made in hopes of inspiring YOU! “Whatever you desire. . .begin it now.”

Learn more about Zija:  Core Moringa Nutrition & Weight-Loss products or Ripstix Fitness products or call me with your questions. Call me about FREE sample/starter packages (limited offer).

Moringa Olifera – ‘New’ High Potency Superfood

Moringa olifera is a high potency Superfood that I only call ‘new’ because it is new to most of us in the Western world. It has been used throughout Asia and Africa for centuries. Recently, I learned of a line of products now available in the U.S. that use it as a base. Since I had heard a little about Moringa throughout the years and I trusted the person I heard about it through, I decided to look into it more.

I was delighted with what I found. A literature search on PubMed revealed probably a hundred or more journal articles. Most of the studies were done in India which explains why we’ve heard little about it in the U.S.  With 46 different antioxidants, 36 different anti inflammatories, 20 amino acids (including all 9 essential ones) and lots more, it’s no surprise that I found numerous studies that demonstrated it helps the immune system, has antibacterial and anti-parasitic capabilities, is anti-inflammatory, anti-neoplastic (kills cancer cells) and so many other qualities, I can’t possibly list them all. Which is why I’m including several graphics that show more.

Zija International markets this line of products and uses the seeds and fruit (the most potent parts) as well as the leaves of the Moringa tree. In the month or so I’ve been on the products I’ve noticed numerous positive changes including more energy, decreased pain, better digestion & elimination and better sleep. Others have had positive effects on numerous health issues; digestive issues, diabetes, and all types of arthritis to name a few; along with using the products to assist in significant weight loss.

Zija has products that can enhance almost every lifestyle and condition: Start your day with the daily nutrition of Supermix (contains the highest concentration of Moringa), Smartmix (combines Moringa with pre-biotics and more to feed gut flora and enhance relaxation), or XM-Energy (combines several energy enhancing and natural appetite suppressing herbs). For many, that may be all you need. But if you’re an athlete or you’re trying to lose weight, there are a number of other products that can help you achieve your goals. In addition, Zija has a new line of clinical grade essential oils and the Moringa based skin care line, Gen-M, offer health enhancing and anti-aging for all.  “Drink Life In” 

If you’d like to get a sample or learn more about the business possibilities with Zija, please contact me.


New Study: Regularly Eating Leafy Greens Takes 11 Years off Your Brain’s Age!

There’s more good news about leafy greens! New research shows that eating more greens like spinach, kale, collards, and mustard greens could help slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline in older folks.

Dr. Martha Clare Morris presented her team’s findings at the Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston in March and explained their importance: “Losing’s one’s memory or cognitive abilities is one of the biggest fears for people at they get older…increasing your consumption of green leafy vegetables could offer a very simple, affordable and non-invasive way of potentially protecting your brain…”

Researchers tracked 954 seniors (average age 81) who were taking part in the Memory and Aging Project. They followed them for an average of five years and found that those who consumed leafy greens daily were considerably sharper than those who skimped on these nutrient-packed veggies.

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Healthy New Year!

What would happen if you put your health first for 30 day? -NOT as a diet or denial system; not as a system to give up anything. But in a concerted effort to simply add TONS of highly nutritious fruits & vegetables and more water to help detoxify your body and see the results?

I can hear you now: “I don’t have time,” “I can’t afford that,” or?? what’s YOUR reason? What if I could show you a way to do this conveniently and inexpensively (possibly for NO cost)?

Transform 30 is a what you might call a Cleansing Program but it is SO much more that it’s difficult to explain in a few paragraphs which is why I’m sponsoring a Transform 30 Introduction NEXT TUES., Jan 13th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in SLO.

Typical Cleansing Programs involve Juice or Water Fasting and in today’s environment, that may actually concentrate toxins! We’ll talk about why that is and how we get around that.

Many people think Cleanses are ONLY for people who need to lose weight! NOT TRUE! Did you know that we can now test for 800 DIFFERENT TOXINS in the human body?? And that’s only what we can test for. We live in a toxic soup of an environment & if you’re not cleansing your body regularly; I say DAILY, all bets are off on your long term health regardless of how well you eat.

So I hope you’ll join us next week, on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8pm. We’ll have samples, discuss recipes & detail how you can get support with the changes you choose to make. We’ll talk about food, toxins, exercise & a lot more in a fun & interactive way. Whether you choose to do Transformation 30 or not, my commitment is that the Information in the Transform 30 Intro will change your life and the lives of those around you Forever.

What Is a Calorie & Do They Matter?

Low or reduced Calorie foods abound on the shelves on grocery stores in this country. But confusion remains. What is a Calorie? Are they important? Why or why not? And how should one view them?

A Calorie is measure of energy. Technically a food Calorie is a Kilo-calorie in scientific terms. The bigger question is do they matter and are they all equal?

The short answer is that they matter within reason and they are NOT all equal. So what IS important? The ratio of nutrients in the food for the amount of calories you are consuming!

I can hear it now; many are thinking, “So if I eat a steak it’s better for me because it has more protein than another food?” WRONG! It also has a significant amount of fat and not very much nutrition beyond some (poorly absorbed) minerals  and protein. Compare that to many vegetables and you see a remarkable difference.

To demonstrate nutrient density, I arbitrarily picked a green and an orange vegetable  and compared the vitamin and mineral content to a steak. You can see on the graph, that I used 6 oz. of Filet Mignon, usually considered a small portion and 4cups of spinach and 2 cups of carrots. The purpose is to show you that you can significantly more nutrients with significantly less calories and fats by eating vegetables than you can by consuming animal based foods. The only nutrients on the list that are found in larger quantities in the meat are protein, Zinc, B6, B12 and D. One can easily add some grains and beans and get sufficient protein and make up the deficiency in Zinc and B6. Add some fermented foods to get your B12 and a little sunshine (expose your arms to the sun 5-10 minutes per day several times per week) and you’ll get a better quality (that is “activated”) Vitamin D. Furthermore, if you look at additional nutrients like Carotenes, lutein, lycopene and more, again you find that animal foods have zero and vegetables (and fruit) are abundant in these nutrients.

nutrient comparison

Many meat eaters look at this wonder, “How can that be enough protein?” You can take your hint from the picture at the beginning of this article! It’s now well-documented that humans need far less protein than we have been lead to believe. Basically, if you are eating enough to not be starving, you are getting sufficient protein. Here’s some simple practical evidence for you: We have all seen pictures of children in 3rd World Countries who are staving; they have rail-thin arms and legs, swollen bellies and edema (fluid under the skin; their whole body looks swollen). Have you EVER seen that in this country? Even among homeless children or poor children in the inner city? These are the signs of acute protein deprivation and it doesn’t exist in this country even among the poorest of the poor .

So in conclusion, people should be concerned about calories but only in a relative  sense. Make sure you are eating nutrient dense foods, primarily fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. If about 80% your diet is made up of these nutrient-rich foods, overall calories should be of little problem.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Anti-Inflammatory Diet- A Key to Health
Anti-Inflammatory Diet- A Key to Health

Virtually every disease we know of, especially the chronic ones, begins with inflammation. Then a combination of genetics, environment and nervous system function play a role in the resulting symptoms and disease. That’s why the most knowledgeable coaches, consultant and doctors begin a holistic approach with an anti-inflammatory diet. It’s also why two people can have the same diet, for example a married couple, yet one might have heart disease while the other develops diabetes or cancer (a simplification, but you get the point). Inflammation can also be a factor in a variety of problems that aren’t seen as disease from Dysmenorrhea (painful Menses) to obesity, stress response and far more.

In discussing diet, I like to invoke the 80/20 rule with a caveat. The 80/20 rule in diet, the way I advise people means that if 80% of your diet consists of fresh veggies, beans, nuts & seeds, berries and fresh fruit -pretty much in that order- the other 20% can be made up of starches (whole grains, potatoes, etc) and animal products. There are a couple of caveats here: (1) when I say whole grain I mean things like brown rice, millet, barley etc. in their WHOLE state; not pulverized as in flour or cornmeal (notes: quinoa is a seed and included in that catagory. I categorize yams & squashes as veggies) (2) if you are already sick, you may need to observe the 95/5 rule until you, at least, become asymptomatic. (3) if you’re not overweight or otherwise ‘sick’ you can likely increase starches and/or animal foods a little without adverse effect.


The addition of super-foods to this diet will further enhance the anti-inflammatory effect of this diet. When I say super-foods, I’m referring to a list of foods- within the above categories- that have a high concentration of specific nutrients that are often lacking in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Here is a partial list: flax seeds, chia seeds, pomegranate, acai berry, gogi  berry, blue berries, cacoa (raw chocolate), green tea, avocado, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cabbage family) . Many people add raw coconut oil and wild caught salmon to this list. I use caution with adding them because (1) I don’t want to give people ‘permission’ to eat excessive amounts of fat; small amounts are fine in foods but I don’t think we have the evidence to justify more, (2) there are appropriate concerns about mercury in sea food and (3) there are plenty of non-animal sources for Omega-3 fats (nuts, seeds, olives).

A discussion of anti-inflammatory foods is, of course, incomplete without mentioning the most inflammatory foods that must be excluded. The main culprits on the list here are (1) white four (2) processed foods (3) sugar  (4) dairy and (5) Genetically modified foods (GMOs).  When eaten to the degree they commonly are in the American diet, I also add chicken and beef to this category.

Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process and a certain amount of it is necessary and good when we are injured or sick. It is part of the process that makes your ankle swell and hurt when you sprain it, for example. However, when we eat a predominantly animal product and starch diet, our body becomes highly acidic and produces much more pro-inflammatory chemicals than it needs. This is one reason why it’s not uncommon in our society, for an injury to become chronic even when a person stops doing what caused the injury. Excessive inflammation also plays a role in allergies and illnesses causing an increased non-specific immune response; making these conditions worse than they might otherwise be. In the inflamed state, our bodies heal more slowly; excessive inflammation actually impedes the healing process whereas appropriate levels of inflammation speed the process. With the Standard American Diet, we’ve upset the natural balance making it difficult for our body to advance from the acute stage of the injury to the healing phase.

Is there a way to measure how inflamed your body is? Yes, there is. Probably the most simple and reliable is the blood test called CRP or C – reactive protein. CRP values are considered a broad non-specific indicator of inflammation. One can have high CRP levels in response to a cold or the flu (appropriate and limited) for example, or a high CRP level can be a sign of a generalized inflammation, an auto-immune disease, cancer, heart disease, a disease process in a specific organ or more. CRP is a great indicator of overall health (provided you don’t have a cold or other acute process) and, in fact, is considered a far better indicator of cardiac health than cholesterol levels. You can get a baseline CRP level and then monitor it over time. It is one of the few blood tests that is not easily manipulated by vitamins or medications and does have a real relationship to health and longevity.

Beyond this basic approach, people often want to look at which specific foods are best for their body. Food sensitivities are a real concern as well as the fact that some people may feel better with more protein that what I outlined above. These responses are individual and best handled in an individual way. However, for the vast majority of people, getting off of processed food and pulverized grains and decreasing animal proteins will make a huge difference and is a conservative starting place.

With this approach, you can begin to take control of your health and effect significant change in almost any process that is affecting your overall energy and vitality.

If you want to learn more, email me for a FREE 30 minute Health Strategies Session.