Happy New Year and may 2001 be Your Best Year Ever. For me each year does just keep on getting better than the last as I learn life’s lessons and more about health and well being in general.

I’m grateful even for the not so pleasant life lessons because of all the grief I’ll avoid in the future by simply changing my behavior to be more in alignment with the laws of the universe today. If you think about it life really is good, and each day presents us with the opportunity of a fresh start to make the changes in us we wish to see in the world.

When we improve ourselves we change the world. Each of us is a living breathing cell and together our consciousness makes up our world, the universe, and beyond. Our individual actions and behaviors do matter. Here’s to all of us bringing more health, joy and love into this world in 2011.

In this issue of Vibrant Living you’ll enjoy several recipes by Gretchen, my article on Vibration and Health, and a few other shorts on health and wellness. Enjoy!


"This we know: the earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." -Chief Seattle


Gretchen’s Creamy Red Bell Pepper Soup

Talk about simple and fast, this recipe is all of that, is so tasty and satisfying too.

Blend the flesh of one young coconut, a little of the coco water and 2 or more large red bell peppers until smooth. That’s it, simple, quick and yummy! Enjoy!


Gretchen’s Green Juice

You might consider this as a meal replacement drink on occasion or as often as you like. It’s chocked full of nutrients that are easy to assimilate and this meal won’t slow you down or make you drowsy.

1 fennel bulb and tops 1 bunch kale

1 head lettuce

1 bunch celery

1 lemon peel and all

1 apple

Run ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!


Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy!

Raw Fudge

Spinach Salad with Cashews Avocado and Cranberries

Raw Persimmon Pudding


Vibration Equals Health

Today I want to cover a topic that I believe is even more important than diet in terms of enjoying long lasting good health. That topic or thing is vibration. Now before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, or become too involved in the whole new age thing please hear me out.

It’s true we are biologic beings that rely on chemicals gleaned from food or supplements to carry out both simple and complex processes within the body, but the catalyst for all these processes is electrical.

Every cell in the body has an electrical charge. The earth with its grounding effect and magnetic field, along with energy from the sun and unseen energy in the air around us provides the constant charge for all life on the planet. And manmade electric or battery operated devises do interfere with these natural life giving energies.

When drinking a sports drink, or far better yet organic young coconut water we are replacing lost electrolytes, which do what? They allow for, the free flow of electricity within the body and between the cells.

Our vibration can be equated to the electrical charge or electrical potential of the body, and can be seen in ones overall appearance and attitude. A person who is happy and upbeat is in a high vibrational state which can be transferred to others just as a tuning fork can transfer frequency (vibration) to a glass.

A person who is in a high enough frequency can usually raise others vibration to meet their own, although done too often it can become a drain which is why the old adage of choosing your friends(and perhaps your co-workers) wisely comes into play here. Science has shown us that we tend to become like and have the average income as the people we spend the most time with.

If we can maintain a high vibration most of the time then we shall experience good health and be a magnet for other things also in a state of high vibration. Some would call this the Law of Attraction. Over time our physical appearance and overall health express the vibration with which they have been exposed too.

That’s one reason why we eat raw foods; they have a high vibration or life force, where as soda pop and french fries are on the other end of the spectrum. Positive thoughts are high vibration and negative thoughts low vibration. If a bad thought comes into your mind, recognize it for just that and say “next” replacing that thought with a good one, over and over if you have to. Over time this will become second nature and your vibration will be consistently higher because of it.

There are many ways to raise your vibrational energy which is one reason why people with some seemingly unhealthy habits are able to live into their later years and defy the odds. Time spent in nature, positive connections with family, friends, and community, loving relationships, being of service to others, passionate life goals, meditation, exercise, smiling, laughter, positive states such as gratitude and joy all create a positive vibration.

However, as life goes on if too many natural laws are disregarded it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep a high vibration. That’s why everything we do in our lives really does matter. It’s what we do most of the time that gives us the results we see in the mirror each day and are also reflected in the number and severity of doctor’s appointments we require each year.

It’s quite easy to be able to tell when you’re in a higher vibration because you feel good, and not just at the moment, but afterwards and throughout the day as well. The key is being there as often as you can. A quick way to increase your vibration is to listen to upbeat music that you enjoy.

Here are some other helpful ideas for achieving and keeping a higher vibration. Eat high quality food and slightly under eat no matter what diet you follow, keep hydrated, daily exercise even if only a walk several times around the block, get away from electric stuff i.e. cell phones, computers, TV, etc. AS MUCH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN, get out into nature barefoot if you can and as often as possible, make it your daily choice to have a good day and not to be influenced by others who are not acting in a friendly way.

Make a game of meeting rudeness with kindness, greet strangers with a smile and a cheery hello, always strive to be in a higher state and don’t let others rob you of it and your good health in the process.

I think you will find in a very short time that vibration does indeed equal health.


"The ultimate cause of human disease is the consequence of our transgression of the universal laws of life." ~Paracelsus


Meat, High-Protein, Puberty?

Meat and High-Protein Diets Linked to Early Onset of Puberty By Susan Brady - Published: Monday, 14 June 2010

Every generation seems to enter puberty at an earlier age than their predecessors, but what exactly is the cause of this shift? There are certainly enough postulations and assumptions going around: increase in obesity among children, hormones used by meat and poultry producers, and now, a link to a high-meat diet.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the average age for female puberty was 14 years. In one century that number had dropped to 12.5 years of age. That's 18 months in a span of 100 years, or about 1 month for every 5 years that has passed. That is a significant evolution

A new study, conducted by the University of Bristol, involved 3,000 girls and reviewed their dietary intake at ages 3 and 7. Follow-ups recorded onset of puberty. What they found is that girls who had a higher intake of meat (and protein) at ages 3 and 7, were more likely to begin menstruation at age 12.5. The higher intake translated to 12 or more servings per week of protein.

***NOTE from Hugh~ Here’s another reason to be very careful just what you feed your family, whether it’s the hormones or high meat consumption in general it’s a very scary trend.


"In almost every country, the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group, as a result of both longer life expectancy and declining fertility rates." -- The World Health Organization


What is Maca?

1. Maca is an annual plant that is native to Peru. It is a cruciferous vegetable that produces a root similar to a turnip or potato and is a staple and versatile food product. Peruvians use it as Americans use potatoes and also to make cookies, cakes, chips, and various flavored drinks. Maca is an important food in the Peruvian diet with a rich nutrient profile.

- James Occhiogrosso, N. D., Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life

2. Maca has been used traditionally by native Peruvians as both a food and medicine. It has historically been used for a variety of purposes, including hormone balancing, thyroid function, sexual function, PMS, menopause, and as a tonic for healthy aging. A recent study proved maca's effectiveness in treating women with amenorrhea due to hypoestrogenic states, and especially premature ovarian failure.

- Tori Hudson, N.D., Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness

3. Native Peruvians traditionally have utilized maca since pre-Incan times for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. It is an important staple in the diets of these people and is eaten daily by the Andean people, much like beans, rice, and potatoes. It has the highest nutritional value of any food crop grown there. It is rich in sugars, protein, starches, and essential nutrients (especially iodine and iron). The tuber or root is consumed fresh or dried. The fresh roots are considered a treat and are baked or roasted in ashes (in the same manner as sweet potatoes). The dried roots are stored and, later, boiled in water or milk to make a porridge."

- Leslie Taylor, ND, The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs: A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals


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The contents of my website and my newsletter are gleaned from my experiences and observations, meant only for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice, consultations, or treatment of any kind. I recommend you see your professional health care provider if you suspect you have an illness or disease of any kind. I'm not medically trained, and I would never suggest or imply that I know what is best for someone else's body or overall health, ultimately each of us is the only one who knows what's best for us.

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