Beth Baldino, MSW, CHHC
Certified Holistic Health Counselor
(973) 979-6951

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The Value of Relaxed Eating & Deep Breathing

Of all the things I work with clients on, the process of learning to relax more, particularly focusing on improving breathing, can have the biggest impact with the least amount of relative effort.  And people that use the breathing exercise recommended below tend to really love it and feel the difference right away.

When we’re in a more relaxed state, the eating process serves us better because:

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  • We don’t excrete as many vitamins & minerals through urinary loss
  • LDL cholesterol is less likely to go up

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

This is a personal favorite of mine, as it’s rich and satisfying the way cream-based soups are, but it doesn’t include the milk I try to limit in our diets, especially in the winter time (see this boosting immunity blog post for more information on dairy and staying healthy).

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Recipe: Edamame with Cranberries, Feta & Basil

Edamame are fresh soy beans, the young pods of the soybean plant. Soy is an inexpensive, high-quality, vitamin- and mineral-rich plant protein with lots of soluble fiber and plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. It is also the richest known source of powerful health-promoting phyto-estrogens, which are natural plant protectants that can also provide us with protection against various diseases. The best way to eat soy is in its whole state, as used here, or fermented in the form of natto, miso, tempeh, and naturally-fermented soy sauces (shoyu and tamari).

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Keys to Cancer Prevention-Advice from Dr. David Servan Schreiber

“Every day, three times a day, I am building an anti-cancer biology, and anyone can do that, we just need to tell people how.”

This is what Dr. David Servan Schreiber, cancer-survivor and author of Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, says about his diet. He argues that while we are all exposed to cancer-stimulating factors, mainly through our diets and lifestyle choices, we have a profound ability to control our own health by avoiding certain foods and consuming others in larger quantities.

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Recipe: Spiced Lentils

Beans are a rich source of protein, fiber, minerals including iron, potassium, and magnesium, and vitamins like folate. They also contain phytochemicals like flavonoids, anti-oxidants that help the body avoid oxygen-related damage. Their health benefits include blood-sugar maintenance, cancer-prevention, and promoting heart health. Beans can also play an important role in weight management, as they provide lots of satisfying “bulk” without a lot of calories.

Lentils are a particularly good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. They are also provide special benefits in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. They also provide good to excellent amounts of six important minerals, two B-vitamins, and protein-all with virtually no fat.

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