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Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Summer “GRILLED” Recipe

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Today in keeping my series Brown Rice +Veggies with Ginger Sauce, here’s a great recipe. It’s good for your your health and appetite. Thanks to Sonia, my friend on Facebook.

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 ripe avocado
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper


Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro.

1. Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. ~ Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle.



God Bless You!


June 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce: pH Balanced Diet

~ More healthy goodness in keeping with all the great information in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.



Come on in and find out about something that’s WONDERFUL and HEALING for your life. Today I’m continuing the series Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ it’s all about your health.

You may think maintaining your health is just about getting enough vitamins and minerals in your diet along with getting some exercise. But you’ll see today there’s more to the equation that makes up good health. I encourage you to read on.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



You Are What You Eat

If you’ve been trying to eat the rainbow, get your vitamins and minerals, or eat a balanced diet from the four + food groups; you’ll be interested in a concept that can heal your body, make you feel better, increase your energy level, and let’s you live and love longer.

Currently Americans and many around the world eat a supposedly “balanced” diet including: meat, grains, and dairy products. But because the body is make up of many chemicals and chemical reactions, we are in effect eating the wrong type of foods. Most of us are eating an acidic diet that encourages an unhealthy environment for our cells, bacteria, and inflammation all of which can lead to disease.

Solution to Restoring Our Health

To restore our health and body, we need to focus on a diet that balances the pH level in our body. This might sound like a science experiment but it actually involves eating about 75% of alkaline foods.

Alkaline Diet

An alkaline diet will help you achieve a healthy pH level, rebuild your cells and your tissues, and eventually leading to a healthy body. A friend of mine was encouraged by a doctor to drink water with lemon because lemons are alkaline when they are metabolized in the body. That’s just the thing. A specific food like lemons can be acidic but as they are absorbed within the body and mixed in with other foods they actually become alkaline. Interesting right?

What Can I Eat on the Alkaline Diet?

Alkaline Diets puts a large emphasis on eating a variety of fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, tubers, and legumes, and discourages the consumption of dairy products, grains, meat, and too much salt. The diet creates the minimal alkalinity in blood, ranging from 7.35 to 7.45. I heard on TV it should be 6.8 – 7.2.

When your pH level goes below the 7.35, a condition know as acidosis occurs.  This  means that in order for your body to maintain the alkaline level to prevent acidosis from occurring (too much acid), it will rob minerals from our bones because minerals are alkaline.

Let’s say you drink three to four Pepsi’s a day — or another carbonated soda beverage that you like. Did you realize that to neutralize the acid in the Coke or Ginger Ale for example, calcium from your bones is sucked out and your body loses that valuable mineral? Over a period of years, that lack of calcium may show up as osteoporosis. In a thin woman, that could well be a problem. This why we get osteoporosis, generative diseases, and tumors because the body is fighting like crazy to maintain this healthy blood alkaline level.

What Foods Are the Best to Eat?

Glad you asked what foods you should CHOOSE. All vegetables and fruits are pretty much alkaline. They are good for you except canned vegetables. Eliminate the dairy and the grains. Enjoy a glass of beer or wine on occasion as they are extremely acidic. You may want to give up the soda pop and these acidic beverages will pull important nutrients from your body. Keep in mind your diet can be made up of 25% of foods that are acidic. However, bacon, pork, and beef are very acidic and you should limit your intake of these.

What Can You Do?

While you are fighting traffic, thinking about your love life, or planning your next vacation; your body is working hard to keep you healthy. Learn to MAKE BETTER CHOICES. Now is the time to be proactive. Educate yourself on what foods you should be eating.

June 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm Leave a comment

Advice for Brides + Brides-to-Be

~These things today are in keeping with the great types of information in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.



No, this great information isn’t in my book or the new one I’ve just started. However, it’s that time of year!  Here’s something that’s great for all you BRIDES and BRIDES-TO-BE. This advice will help you on your wedding day and many, many days after when the newness of married life settles in. And well, let’s just say it’s great advice for your life.

Make it a great day ~ Happy Father’s Day to all you dads as well!

God Bless You!



Wisdom: Preparing a Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Your wedding day is stressful enough with all details and you want them to come together in just the right way. Therefore, an emergency wedding kit can “save” the day so there are as few glitches as possible.

Here are a few things you may want to include in a basket and place in the lady’s room during the reception and a small basket for the church as well. Your emergency kit should contain the following: adhesive bandages, baby powder, brush/comb, contact lens solutions, eye drops, feminine hygiene products, Tylenol or similar, antacid, bobby pins, clear nail polish, dental floss, deodorant, double-sided tape, earring backs, emery boards, hair spray, hand lotion, lint brush, makeup, mending kit, small mirror, safety pins, stain remover, SuperGlue, tissues, toothpaste, and breath mints.

Newlyweds: What Do We Need to Know About Money?

Money guru, Dave Ramsey, indicates: “Unity over money will build a strong foundation for your marriage.” Paste these links into your browser ~  and find out what financial tidbits well-known financial guru Dave Ramsey advocates for newlyweds or engaged couples. 

# 1.  5 Ways to Keep Your Wedding from Breaking the Bank ~ Going in debt for your big day is not worth it:

#2. What to Do When Spouses Don’t Agree on Money:

#3. Newlyweds Need Patience:

#4. Creative ways to have a memorable wedding but still have some money left over see:

#5. Tax Tip for Newlyweds:

June 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Cleveland Area Housing Assistance + More!

~Today’s list of special resources are in keeping with all the great types of information in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Welcome! This information came across my desk and so I thought I’d share it with you. You may know someone that is going through a tough time and needs the help these agencies can provide.

First Call for Help ~ From United Way

If this housing list isn’t helpful but you need some help, there’s always United Ways First Call for Help (just call 2-1-1) for all sorts of help that’s available within the community. They can direct you to food banks, legal advice, counseling, renters rights, emergency help programs in the community, and more. Have your pen and paper ready.

If you need some assistance, check Modest Needs. They have three categories of grants that could help you especially if your income is limited.

Whatever your situation is today, I pray these resources help you! They are here to equip you with POWER for your life. Then again, God has all the power you’ll ever need to live a great life. Tap into His power today!

God Bless You!



Housing Assistance

Cleveland Housing Network                                         216.574.7100  Offers programming in Home Purchasing, Energy Conservation and Family Support Services

Cleveland Tenants Organization                 216-432-0617 Offers programming in Rental Information & Technology, Community Planning, Tenant Organizing, Homeless Services, and Eviction Education.

Community Housing Solutions         216-231-5815 Offers programs in Housing Counseling, Tool Loan, Home                    216-921-9100 Maintenance /Repair and Energy Conservation

Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People    216.361.0718 (ESOP) Assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure, victims of predatory lending and hardship situations.

Housing Advocates, Inc.                     216-432-9615 Offers legal services, mortgage help, land use, lead paint poisoning, + more.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland                           216-458-4663  Provides programs and services to promote home ownership, foreclosure prevention, and loans for home repair.  ~ Offers free services for listing and/or finding housing. Provides tools and resources for tenants

Detroit Community Development Org. Westside Housing Center          216-961-4242

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corp.                                                216-361-8400

Maximum Accessible Housing Organization                                            216-231-7221

Cleveland Metropolitan Housing                                                              216-361-3700

Parma Public Housing Agency   (Section 8 Housing)                              216-661-2015

Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN)  (homeless)     216-961-9690

Famicos Foundation                                                                                216-791-6476

Cogswell Hall                                                                                            216-961-1568

Help Foundation – Six Chimney’s   (Developmental Disabilities)            216-432-4810

June 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ “Drug Muggers”

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Welcome to the series Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce. It’s a series that’s all about your health. Today’s discussion is about the drugs you take to get well and how they affect your well-being.

Have a great day!

God Bless You!



A few weeks ago I was taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. On the weekend I went to a picnic with friends from church. Because it was sunny and the doxycycline I was taking made me more sensitive to the sun, I put on a sun visor and my 50+ sunscreen. I remember enjoying a piece of KYC chicken and chatting away with the guy seated next to me. After he found out I was taking an antibiotic, he said something I had never heard. He said, “Now you need to take some probiotics to restore your system.” I didn’t know what that meant except that every day I eat Greek yogurt and that I know is a good source of probiotics! However, later on I realized what he was telling me. In the process of prescription drugs helping to heal me of my sinus infection,  they  robbed my body of essential nutrients and stripped away good bacteria that my body needs to help fight off of illness and disease. Therefore, I needed to restore what the antibiotic stole or took from me. My prescription drug was a mugger!

Synthetic Chemicals Called Prescription Drugs

Drug Muggers is the subtitle of this blog post but it’s also the title of a book by pharmacist Suzy Cohen. The complete title is Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients–and Natural Ways to Restore Them.

Author Suzy Cohen writes this in her book’s introduction: The fact is, you can’t cure disease with drugs made of synthetic chemicals, especially when they often suppress your body’s ability to produce or use natural, healthy nutrients.

Drugs have an intended effect on the body, but in the process of helping you, they can sometimes put your body in a dangerous state by slowly depleting you of the very nutrients you need to maintain your health and help you heal.

Other Things That Rob or Mug Your Body

And it ‘s not only prescription drugs that rob the body but lifestyles that you keep can also have a serious effect on your health as well. I’m talking about things like: dieting, stress, poor digestion, (drinking) coffee or tea, (drinking) soda pop, laxatives, alcohol, smoking, food allergies, eating processed foods, eating fast foods, eating grapefruit, feeling like you’re loosing your mind, or just sitting all day in an office robs you of vitamin D that is essential for good bone health. All these “lifestyle” issues can affect your health in various ways. All of these rob or mug your body of what it needs.

If you love drinking coffee or tea for example, and have them every day you may be low on calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, and other minerals. That’s because coffee and tea contain tannins which grab these minerals from you body.

So What Can You Do to Help Your Body?

Besides reading Suzy Cohen’s book, you can do a few things to help your body.

1. Ask your pharmacist questions about your medications. This includes how to take the medication (with or without food) and asking about other drug interactions and any allergies you may have.

2. Read the labels on food items that you buy at the store. Know what you are putting into your body including additives, hydrogenated oil, and sugar.

3. Shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you’ll find fresh produce and items that are the least processed!

June 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment


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