The Top 5 Foods That Are Contributing To Your Inflammation

There are certainly some foods that you can add to your diet to reduce the inflammatory response. However, over the last 15 years I have discovered – through my own experimentation and research and through my work with clients – that avoiding certain foods can be much more effective for preventing the inflammatory response from happening in the first place.

Take a listen to this episode above and you will come away with a clear plan for eliminating the top 5 foods that are contributing to most of the inflammation in your body.

Has changing your diet already helped you reduce your symptoms? We all have so much wisdom to share – please contribute to the community by posting your thoughts in the comments below. Remember to keep it constructive and positive!


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Cranberry Orange Relish

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I created this recipe about 4 years ago and I’ve been teaching it at my holiday cooking classes every year since. I just finished teaching it at the 2014 TBYH Conference and wanted to post it here for you all to enjoy.

This relish is raw, so it contains enzymes that aid in digestion. It is also free of refined sugar, coloring and preservatives. It’s the perfect recipe to add antioxidants and enzymes to your holiday meal!

14 oz. fresh cranberries, rinsed
1/2 cup raw honey (or 4 T. raw honey and 4 T. apothocherry)
1 t. fresh ginger, grated
zest of 1/2 orange
juice of 1/2 small orange
1/4 t. sea salt

Put all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until the cranberries are well chopped and close to the consistency of chunky apple sauce. Store relish in the fridge, in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Relish will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, so you can make this recipe ahead of time.

Health Benefits:

  • Cranberries and oranges are both high in vitamin c, an important nutrient for proper immune function.
  • Cranberries can contribute to a lowered risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more.
  • Cranberries also contain vitamin K, manganese and a large array of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help reverse the effects of free radicals and inflammation.
  • Raw honey that has been left in its natural state contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
  • The enzymes found in raw honey can help some people digest food more easily.
    ***Be sure not to give any honey, either raw or treated, to a child under the age of 12 months.

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How To Get What You Want In Love, Health and Career pt. 2

Expecting to get what you want sounds selfish and greedy. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today.

The kind of “Getting what you want” that I’m talking about is the desire you feel to be happy and fulfilled, to accomplish goals and realize your dreams, and to feel exhilaration and love.

During Part 1, we talked about how to identify what is going well in your life and how to identify what is not going well. Then we talked about how to clear your mind long enough to get in touch with what you want and how you are going to start changing your life in ways that will bring you more of what you want.

Today’s episode continues deeper into the “how” – we talk about what exactly you can do on a daily basis to start getting more of what you want.

It’s a big topic and shaping your life takes time – but it’s important to feel good and happy with yourself if you want to Take Back Your HealthTM. So listen in to the episode, then let us know what you want in the comments below!.


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How To Get What You Want In Love, Health and Career pt. 1

Expecting to get what you want sounds selfish and greedy. That’s not what we’re here to talk about today. The kind of “Getting what you want” that I’m talking about is the desire you feel to be happy and fulfilled, to accomplish goals and realize your dreams, and to feel exhilaration and love.

Being able to experience what you want without the limitations of physical, mental or emotional pain/disease is what it means to Take Back Your Health™.

There’s a method I’ve come to use over the years when it comes to getting what I want. I’m sharing it with you on today’s episode.

Take a listen to the episode above and please share your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay tuned for Part II next Tuesday!


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How To Lose Weight The “TBYH” Way

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Two years ago I began to gain weight. My sister’s wedding was approaching, I was dealing with a lot of work-related stress and my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms were flaring. I reached 150 lbs – 20 lbs over my comfortable adult weight.

This was the first time in my life that I had to consider moving into a serious weight-loss mindset.

I was in denial about how much effort it would take to lose weight and I was very reluctant to put too much effort into it. I had always been skinny by default and I wanted to believe I would lose the weight when things calmed down and the stress let up.

Over the last six months I’ve adopted a “weight loss lifestyle” so that the weight loss has become consistent and effortless to maintain. Coincidentally, several clients approached me this month for weight loss consultations – so I feel the time is right to host this topic on TBYH Radio!

There are FOUR areas to focus on when you want to lose weight. I’ll review each during this episode.

1. Exercise

2. Hormones

3. Food Quality

4. Food Quantity

Take a listen and let me know what areas you need to focus on in the comments below!


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6 Ways To Start Taking Back Your Health

Every once in awhile it’s nice to stop, take a step back and take a look around you at where you are and where you are headed.

I want to do that with you today.

In this episode, I’m going to remind you of the 6 main areas of your life that you must work on in order to Take Back Your HealthTM.

It’s a nice, simple reminder that will refocus you and give you a starting point for getting back on track with preventing and reversing disease.

Take a listen and let me know what areas of your life you need to focus on in the comments below!


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A Guided Meditation for Anxiety Relief and a Peaceful Mind

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I’m bringing my good friend on the show today! Christine Krieger, a completely wonderful and wise woman, will guide us through a meditation for peace and anxiety relief.

She has been teaching yoga, ayurveda, breath and meditation at the Take Back Your Health Conferences for 3 years and will be there again this fall ( for more info).

Christine Krieger’s journey into healing modalities began in 1971 when she met Dr. Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, and continued as she began teaching yoga, studying ancient health practices abroad and assisting at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she studied with Master teachers.

Shenandoah Field

Her forty plus years of experience, research, and study in spiritual modalities, nutrition, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda and breath work have been intricately woven into a unique approach to healing. She invites us to join her on a journey towards deep inner healing, balance, and rest.

I hope you enjoy the meditation. Let us know how you manage your stress and anxiety in the comments below. It’s a huge issue and we could all benefit from our shared wisdom.


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I Can’t Get Enough of this Creamy Green Smoothie (Paleo, DF, GF, Raw, Vegan)

Creamy Green Smoothie

I created this smoothie for the first time about 2 months ago and I’ve been enjoying it almost every morning since then! I seriously can’t get enough of the flavor.

It’s got avocado, banana, sunflower seeds, and the ingredient that makes it taste so good: chlorella. Yes, chlorella. It’s a blue-green algae full of micro nutrients that your body uses to heal and produce energy.

It’s not really the chlorella alone that makes it taste so good, but it is a major contributor to the smoothie’s creamy, buttery flavor and texture.

When I ran out of chlorella one morning I decided to make the smoothie anyway, thinking it would be just as delicious (I had only been adding the chlorella for the protein and antioxidants). But it turned out the the smoothie was not the same. Without the chlorella it tasted just like a plain banana smoothie (and it wasn’t the pretty green color anymore either!)

So, definitely try the smoothie with the chlorella. It’s good for you and it is going to be a healthy breakfast the you can’t wait to enjoy every morning!


Creamy Green Smoothie

1 banana, frozen,
1/2 avocado, removed from peel
2 tablespoons almonds/walnuts/sunflower seeds, or nut butter
1 tablespoon chlorella tablets (Where to buy chlorella)
6 large ice cubes
pinch sea salt
one whole dropper-full of liquid stevia


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. Add water until the water line reaches an inch below to top line of all the ingredients.
  2. Blend on the “ice crush” setting for about 10 seconds, then switch to “blend” or “puree”. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Enjoy!

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Surviving Cancer on Real Foods and a Healthy Lifestyle

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Susan came to nutritional therapy by way of her own struggles with illness. A cancer survivor three times over, she is now cancer free and believes that her dietary and lifestyle changes benefit not only her physical health, but also the health of the Earth and the local economy.

We’re going to chat with her about her story and how she learned to live in a way that makes her happier and healthier every day.


Susan is a Chapter Leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a member of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and a member of the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is also the commercial representative for Polyface Farms in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Southwestern Maryland. Her farm mirrors the Polyface model.

You can meet Susan in person at the Take Back Your Health Conference in Washington D.C. on November 1-2, 2014. She’ll be teaching us her method for adopting a real food diet – with action steps and local resource lists.

Are you getting more of your foods from local and sustainable sources these days? Or do you have questions about a local, real food diet? Share your experience and questions in the comments below – we all have a little wisdom to contribute!


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Savory Avocado Cucumber Soup

Savory Avocado Cucumber Soup

Savory Avocado Cucumber Soup

Serves 4

3 avocados, removed from skin and cubed
One handful cilantro, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cumin
1 small shallot, peeled and diced
2 generous pinches cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice (about one lemon), optional
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 ½ cups water
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Garnish with olive oil, chopped nuts, olives, cracked pepper, salsa or sunflower seeds

Blend or process all ingredients together on high until smooth.

This soup recipe will work best in a high-power blender. The recipe will work fine in a standard kitchen blender too, however it will have a chunky texture rather than smooth and you may need to add additional liquid or stop to stir it every once in awhile during blending.

Soup will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

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