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The Truth About Food and Your Health

One of the most important things that you can do to get in control of your health, is to stop eating the foods that are causing inflammation in your body! Most of us eat too much so it’s usually not because of a lack of nutrition, all though it could be.

We are all different. What’s good for you may not be good for me. So how do we deal with that? Basically, it’s finding out what’s good for your body and what can decrease the chronic inflammation in your body. Inflammation leads to disease. If you figure it out, the rewards are enormous! You feel younger, are mentally sharper, and you don’t age as fast. Your skin can even look better along with your mood.

Since we need to keep inflammation down to a minimum, we need to avoid the foods that do this to us. Some diseases related to chronic inflammation are: cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimers and more.

Inflammation can be caused by food sensitivities, parasites, or infections. Toxins also can lead to inflammation.

So what can we do about this? We need to reduce the inflammatory load on the body. We need to find out what is going on in our body and calm down the inflammation so our bodies can function better and we can feel great too!
Eating the wrong foods can cause damage to our body. This in turn ages us faster!The bonus is that when you find out what is right for you, you also lose weight easier. It gives you a slow and steady weight loss by eating differently, not starving yourself! Food cravings and addictions go away also.

If you suffer with migraines, hives, IBS, depression and or brain fog, you could be suffering from inflammation from foods you are eating.Here are some symptoms that may indicate you are suffering from foods you may be eating:

  • persistent fatigue not helped by rest
  • over or under weight or a history of fluctuating weight
  • occasional swellings of the face, hands, abdomen or ankles
  • palpitations, particularly just after eating
  • excessive sweating
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Itching
  • Eczema
  • Blotches on the skin
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dyspepsia, abdominal distress, flatulence
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pain the stomach
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Variable bowel function
  • Unusually slow or rapid heartbeat
  • Pain in the chest
  • High blood pressure
  • Cramps in limbs
  • Chilblains
  • Feeling faint
  • Feeling unwell all over
  • Stiffness in throat or tongue
  • Water retention
  • Terrible thoughts on waking
  • Shaking in the morning
  • Slow getting started in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Crabby on waking
  • Abrupt changes from well to unwell
  • Rash that isn’t eczema
  • Aching muscles
  • Swollen painful joints
  • Headache (incl. migraine)
  • Convulsions or fits
  •  Ringing in the ears
  •  Giddiness
  •  Nausea
  •  Frequent urination
  • “Dopey” feeling (brain fog)
  • Inability to think clearly (“woolly brain”)
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling unreal,  depersonalized
  •  Lack of confidence
  •  Mood swings
  • Sudden sneezing
  • High mood (undue elation)
  • Low mood
  • Mood swings
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • General slowing down
  • General speeding up
  • Tingling all over
  • Vomiting without nausea
  • Sudden tiredness after eating
  • Sudden chills after eating
  • Feeling totally drained and exhausted
  • Eating binges
  • “Flu-like state” that isn’t  really flu
If you have 5 or more of these things going on, you probably suffer from hidden food sensitivities or infections.
The good news is that you can make some changes and see dramatic results!

CONTACT ME to set up a time to talk about getting tested to get to the bottom of these health issues once and for all!

Avocado Dip



      • 2 small organic avocados (peeled and cup up)
      • Red Onion (few slices)
      • Organic Garlic Clove
      • 1 Tablespoon Lowfat Mayo or Vegenaise
      • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      • 1 Tablespoon Non dairy Sour Cream
      • 1 Fresh Lime Squeezed
      • Hot Sauce to taste 

Blend all together. Serve with veggies or Organic whole grain tortilla chips. Enjoy!

How Do I Stop My Skin From Aging So Quickly?Photobucket

How do we stop our skin from aging so rapidly? As we grow older, skin cells regenerate more slowly which makes it difficult to repair itself. Our skin thins because of fewer hormones. The skin becomes dryer and more fragile.


A healthy approach to growing old is to eat right and exercise. New research shows that a diet rich in some nutrients may prevent and even reverse skin aging.
Stock up on the following foods to help your skin stay younger looking!
  • Berries: These can help with sun damage
  • Kiwis: Vitamin C helps fight free radicals
  • White Tea: Protects skin from sagging & provides antioxidants
  • Flaxseed Oil: Keeps skin moist & toned
  • Spinach: Helps prevent calcification with vitamin K
  • Dark Chocolate: Gives skin a youthful appearance & protects you from UV light
  • Tomatoes: Lycopene protects from UV radiation
  • Carrots: Vitamin A helps the skin from being dry & scaly
  • Avocadoes: Vitamin E helps reduce sun’s harmful effects and combats collagen breakdown
If you eat a healthy diet of all of these foods, you can help your skin to look more youthful and vibrant! Eating healthy is always better than trying to get everything from supplements.
Success Story Spotlight:

 “Before starting Karen’s program I was overweight, I had stomach issues, constipation and I was exhausted! Since I’ve been on the program I have lost 15lbs., I am sleeping better, have more energy and less nausea. I’m only halfway through the program and I know that I will continue to have great results!”

Stacy Regester



  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ -3/4 cup healthy sweetener like agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Combine the cocoa powder and coconut in a bowl. Add coconut oil, sweetener, vanilla and sea salt. Scoop balls of the mixture out with your hands and roll into balls. Place shredded coconut on plate and roll balls in it to cover. These make a delicious and nutritious pick-me-up in the afternoon or an after school treat for kids. Enjoy!

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I wanted to let you know the results I’ve had from my efforts on your program. The H.Pylori cleared up! My digestive problems are almost entirely gone. I’m watching my diet, and learning how to substitute items that cause problems. I appreciate all your help! Thanks.

Shirley Arizona June 1, 2015


Karen Russell

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Sedona, AZ 86336

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