About Me

My goal as a Licensed Massage Therapist is to provide you with more than just relaxation and stress relief. I focus on helping relieve pain and muscle tightness by working to align your body back to its natural posture and help increase the body's full range of movement through various forms of soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage and energy work. I also am deeply committed to fully understanding your individual needs so we can work together toward a positive outcome. My clients often comment that they’ve never had a massage therapist spend so much time talking and asking questions prior to a massage, that its refreshing to know that I really do care and want to know exactly how they are feeling or how they actually injured themselves. No two people are alike, which is why no two massages I give are the same. I customize my work to create the best possible results for each of my clients.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Share WI order March








Another month another Share WI order.

As normal I purchased my normal Organic selection and standard produce selection but there was an error and I did not get my standard produce selection and had to call for a refund.  I was told this rarely happens, in fact they normally have more food than less, and I was happy to hear that when they have more food that food is normally taken to a food bank for the needy.

I can tell you though that the organic selection was
Potatoes
Onions
Oranges
Celery
Apples
Carrots

This month I also went a bit outside the box.  Since I have had such good results with the things that I have tried beyond the produce I normally buy, I decided to try some new things they had on the list that I had not seen before.  So I also purchased

Egg rolls (I know I know, its tough to find a good frozen egg rolls, but hey who knows right?)
and
Whole grain cereal bars, Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon.

I have not had a chance to try the egg rolls yet but the apples, celery and carrots are good and the cereal bars are actually really good.  Not as good as homemade but for store bought they are actually whole grain which I was pleasantly surprised with.

Next month has some interesting offerings, every thing from
King Salmon Filets 2lbs for $11.70
Huge Butterfly Shrimp 3lbs for $17.70
Sweet Potato Fries 4lbs for $4.95
100% Apple Juice 40 Juice Boxes $11.25
and of course the usual
Organic Produce 10lbs for $15.00
Standard Produce 10lbs for $8.00

These are deals that can not be beat.  If they can, let me know where and I will try out the options also!

Here is to another month of blissful eating!

Brian

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fluffy Pancakes

OH THOSE FLUFFY CIRCLES OF LOVE!!

 Buttered and covered in a thin layer of pure maple syrup!!!  OK OK you can add some fruit on top or powdered sugar or even whip cream or honey.  Me though, I am a traditionalist.  Butter and maple syrup.

 

Following my last blog post on how to curb cravings it seems kind of silly for me to post a recipe that honestly is a craving of my own Yet here I am passing on another tried and true recipe to you.  Another great tasting, simple to make breakfast food that in moderation can be a great start to your day. On top of flavor, the best part about pancakes?  Pancakes freeze well!  Yep, another time saver in the morning and all you have to do is make a full batch at breakfast, eat what you want and freeze the rest.  Why buy store bought when you can make these for pennies on the dollar?

 

So soften the butter...

 

Warm the pure maple syrup...

 

and relish the taste of golden brown goodness!

 

FLUFFY PANCAKES

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or use 1/2 cup all purpose and 1/2 cup whole wheat for more fiber)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray

Directions

  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to "sour".
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into "soured" milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cravings!!! Why do we have them, and how to get rid of them!

Ever get a craving and just HAVE to have whatever you are craving.  This might mean running out and getting the chocolate ice cream cone or the burger or anything else that we tend to crave.  Question is though, WHY do we crave specific foods.  Well, basically the answer might be simpler than you think.  

Below is a great list I pulled off the www.cleanprogram.com site, the Clean Program is a healthy eating style that eliminates many of the foods that most of us are allergic to or foods that are too acidic or just plain unhealthy for our bodies.  I will go further into the Clean Program at a future date, but right now I wanted to share with you this very interesting list on the possible reasons why we crave…this list of course does not take into account how wonderful a chocolate shake tastes, and maybe, just maybe, we just WANT a chocolate shake.  No, what this list does is gives us good clues into why we might suddenly NEED to get a chocolate shake when we actually do not want one.  Read on down the list, and maybe we can eliminate some of these cravings before they strike.

Read on....do you have any of these cravings???


Cravings
(and their remedies)

If you crave this...
What you really need is...
And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate
Magnesium
Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets
Chromium
Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken

Carbon
Fresh fruits

Phosphorus
Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains

Sulfur
Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage

Tryptophan
Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast
Nitrogen
High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods
Calcium
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea
Phosphorous
Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes

Sulfur
Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables

NaCl (salt)
Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)

Iron
Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs
Protein
Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts

Avenin
Granola, oatmeal

Calcium
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame

Glutamine
Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice

Potassium
Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice
Iron
Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food
Carbon
Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks
Calcium
Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods
Chloride
Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods
Magnesium
Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solids
Water
Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquids
Water
You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinks
Manganese
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravings
Zinc
Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating
Silicon
Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches

Tryptophan
Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach

Tyrosine
Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite
Vitamin B1
Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats

Vitamin B3
Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes

Manganese
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries

Chloride
Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco
Silicon
Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches

Tyrosine
Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables













































































































Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Best Italian Beef Sandwiches!!! If you can top it, send me your recipe!

So who does not just LOVE Italian Beef Sandwiches!!!  The juicy meat on the warm toasty bun!  The melting cheese smothered in hot or sweet giardiniera!! (I prefer hot)  It makes me hungry just thinking about it! 

Tasty Italian beef sandwiches can be found all across the country but not as readily as we here in Wisconsin are lucky enough to have since this wonderful tasty dish has its roots in Chicago Illinois and thankfully since Chicago is right across the border, Italian beef sandwiches have migrated north to many different restaurants right near our homes. 

Yet who does not want to save a little money these days and make some restaurant quality food right in our own homes?  Trust me, try this simple recipe and you will never go out for Italian beef sandwiches again!!

 

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1 (2.5 pound) rump roast or chuck roast

Directions

  1. Combine water with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in a saucepan. Stir well, and bring to a boil.
  2. Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat.
  3. Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours. When done, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.
  4. Leave shredded meat in the slow cooker for another 30 minutes to let the meat soak up as much of the flavor as possible.
             Now all you need is

  1. Some great chewy bread to really hold up to the juicy tender meat (softer breads will tend to fall apart, so do not skimp on the quality of your buns!)
  2. If you prefer cheese, a good provolone or mozzarella or even a little pepper jack works well
  3. And as a finisher, hot or sweet giardiniera.(again, I prefer hot but that's just me)
As a foot note, giardiniera can be found at your grocery store in the condiment section or near the dressings and sandwich topping aisle.  You will find two different kinds, giardiniera packed in vinegar or in oil.  Oil is the preferred method for flavor but to save some calories you can use the vinegar packed without losing much at all.

The best part about this recipe is it freezes well and depending on the size of your crock pot you can make more meat and then freeze for a future date for a REALLY quick delicious meal!

ENJOY!!!