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Who can resist the call of ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Memories of the ding-a-ling-ring of the ice cream truck at the beach and down the road…sometimes my parents actually said YES…My lucky kids with the freezer full of popsicles, Nutty Buddies, Eskimo Bars and MORE…
Lately I have been limiting myself to ONE (count em) soft serve kiddie size twist
cone per summer at our fav local Cape Cod spot: Captain Frosty’s. Or, if I am with my children and throwing caution to the wind: The Ice Cream Smuggler where they make their own ice-cream . It is ridiculously rich, creamy, sweet, and of course delicious. But I feel terrible after I eat it! If you attempt a healthy diet with little to no white sugar you will find your lack of tolerance to these offending foods is dramatic! Now, thanks to my exciting new appliance purchased this week at my new home-away-from-home: Bed Bath & Beyond, I am making a new healthy treat every day! Without sugar!
My husband only likes vanilla ice cream and has sworn off it this year. He was eating about a half gallon per day. No exaggeration! He added it to his protein shakes. But still….insane.
So I made him vanilla ice cream in my Cuisinart and he loved it. He appraises everything I make with a suspicious eye of course: “so, what’s in it Honey?”
(Deep -fear- of- healthy- ingredients- syndrome.)
Of course I lied.
Ingredients:
2 cups Almond Milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup xylitol
1 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
1 cup organic half & half
1/2 cup heavy cream
Mix together until sugar dissolves then pour into pre chilled ice cream maker to churn for 20 minutes. “Cure” in freezer for a few hours. Enjoy for breakfast the next day with fresh fruit…or serve in a cone like i did for my husband! Yum!

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Is it possible some people do not know how to give a proper compliment? Or even worse, are there people who never give compliments?
My two darling daughters know how to compliment me so well. “Mom your hair looks perfect!” and my favorite from my baby girl ” Awww you look so pretty today Mamma!” Their compliments always take me by surprise and make me feel so happy. Of course, they can turn off the charm just as efficiently: “MOM stop shopping in the Junior Department!” “Ma, those jeans make your butt look big!” Or as I call them: the classic anti-compliment! But, as long as it is delivered from a place of love I can accept it. Yesterday, I received what I classify as a compliment gone wrong. Standing at the check out counter at a shop I often frequent I hear: “you look good today” from the cashier. I peered at her from under my huge sunglasses and shake my head denying her compliment and she reiterates once again: “No! You look good today!” All my brain is thinking is: “gee I must look really terrible on most days” but of course that is not how she meant it. (I hope!) So I got to thinking about how words really do have power and how sensitive we all are to compliments. I bet you can still recall some of the best compliments you have received. As women we do expect them when we have made “the effort” as I am fond of calling it. If I take the time to do my hair, makeup, nails, outfit etc he had darn well better take note eh? Some men are experts at this and others fail miserably….but I bet we all can fondly remember the ones who were lavish with compliments. Of particular interest is the compliment from a friend who is happy if you look good… just do not look better than her….then you will often get criticism as way of punishment for looking too good! Women are funny like that. We are all secretly competitive with each other.
My husband does compliment me nicely before we go out. But like I said: I made the effort! “Fine food takes time to prepare” as some menu’s have pointed out…just in case you are too ignorant to realize that fact we -will -spell- it- out. If I take too long getting ready for Date Night I gently remind my spouse of that menu slogan. I am, after all, fine food!
How to deliver a good compliment? Keep it sincere and genuine.
If you are new to this world keep is simple. Start small: “Your manicure looks great!” “What a pretty ring!” As you become braver work up to:”Beautiful hair!”
Be specific: “that shade of blue is great on you” “Your hair is so shiny” “OMG your waist looks so tiny in that dress” “Pilates is agreeing with you” “fabulous shoes”
And you can never go wrong with the flat out over the top enthusiastic “Gorgeous!” as long as you are genuine and sincere.
What about people who have never once uttered a kind compliment ever? We all know one! It is strange because when you do compliment them they soak it up, but they never return a compliment. My theory is that the people most likely to give compliments are the people who are the most secure, and the happiest with themselves. They have a lot of love to give and they enjoy spreading the cheer. So get out there today and give a compliment and see how pleasantly surprised you may be at the response. Most of us go into denial mode like I did yesterday but that is not a good trait either. Accept the nicety with a gracious response and try not to go into self deprecating mode. “It is better to give than receive” may be true of compliments my friends….and by the way you look STUNNING in that outfit!

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When I think of my dear Dad I always smile. He had the most outrageous sense of humor. He could make almost everything funny and admitted to taking very little seriously. When he was an officer in the Marine Corps and teaching amphibious warfare to Army officers he was famous for cracking jokes. One day a student asked him if he took anything seriously, and his answer surprised them. Yes, he said, my religion! Shortly after which he resigned his Lieutenant Colonel post to pursue a more meaningful way of life. My Dad made me a very confidant person. He was lavish with praise and encouraged my writing. He loved reading my poems, even the really terrible ones. The word “CONGRATULATIONS!” is one I heard over and over from him. His enthusiasm was amazing. I am so grateful that my Dad instilled that love for enthusiastic living in me. His health kicks bordered on fanatical and I can appreciate that too. Today I was blessed to see my sweet husband carry his little 2 year old Grandson in his arms at the local car show. His enthusiasm for that little boy reminded me of my Father…Big, strong, and never tiring of holding a child. Big hearted men are a gift to this world, I am glad I had one as a child and so very happy to have one now as a husband. And yes, I made him his favorite cookies today. If my Dad was still on earth with us I would have made him a nice big glass of carrot juice. I can hear him now: “Congratulations!”

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At times, I am a wonderful wife. Like last night when I made my sweet husband a batch of his favorite peanut butter oatmeal cookies from scratch….at 11 pm! He was delighted of course. Now the dilemma remains for me, left home to encounter these tempting treats all day long! How do I not eat one? By applying the laws governing temptation .
Rules to Avoid Temptation:
*Avoid the Near Occasion of Sin (don't make the cookies in the first place. too late for that)
*Out of Sight Out of Mind (place cookies in the highest cupboard you cannot reach)
*Remind yourself of how sick you will feel when you eat one
*Make a Yonanas which will satisfy your sweet tooth and psychological issues with deprivation
*Remind yourself they grow cancer cells in the lab in sugar since cancer thrives on sugar
*Repeat mantra of Jack Lalanne "A minute on your lips, forever on your hips"

If none of these work for you then you really have issues! Better not make the cookies at all.
Now of course you may have a construction job like my husband and will burn that cookies off today. God love ya! I know that most of us will not burn that cookie off so easily. My point is: there is too much sugar in the cookie to be healthy! My husband doesn't care! I do!
Here is my Yonanas recipe:
* 1 frozen organic banana
* 1 cup frozen peaches
*1/4 cup organic frozen blueberries
Turn on Yonanas machine and start by putting in half of the banana, then add other fruits, finish with the other half of the banana. Simple! Healthy! Refreshing ! No Guilt! No Cookie! AMEN.
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Nothing satisfies carb cravings like a Healthygirl galette! Thank you, or should I say merci beaucoup to Dr. Pierre Dukan for his galette recipe? My version today is chock full of enticing ingredients and when cooked on a skillet resembles a gourmet pancake worthy of a sexy French accent…most word sounds better in French n’est ce -pas? Oui!
I used:
Bob’s Red Mill organic oat bran (1/4 cup)
1 organic egg
Sprinkle of xylitol
Organic cinnamon
Sprinkle of organic unsweetened coconut
Trader Joes low fat cottage cheese (2 TBS)
Trader Joes vanilla almond milk (1/4 cupish)

Mix her up and toss in skillet with non stick spray flip after a few minutes and Voila! A fiber filled flapjack like no other! Garnish with organic strawberries like I did here dusted with lilacs in xylitol for an exotic finish. Or if you are feeling skinny today and need more calories use maple syrup! Bon Appetite

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Sunday is my favorite day to detox! Why? Because Sunday follows Saturday night Date Night! Date Night usually involves adult beverages…AKA spirits, fruit of the vine, triple distilled organic vodka, you get the picture! There’s booze in the blender…and soon it will render! Being a Healthgirl the goal is to keep to a 2 drink minimum….err I mean maximum! Life is all abut BALANCE and unless you have a system allergic to alcohol then an occasional evening to imbibe and celebrate is allowed and encouraged. Girls just wanna have fun! I am unbearably fun after 2 vodka and tonics! We all know the key to drinking alcohol is to stay hyper-hydrated with water throughout the evening, but sometimes that theory gets tossed as the fun factor goes into overdrive!
Like it did last night! Now, add to the brain cell damage: I rarely eat my dinner when we go out! I don’t go out to eat to actually EAT! I go out to have special one on one time with my sweet spouse! So there is a lot of chatting, a lot of kissing, a lot of flirting, but not a lot of eating! (I do eat that dinner the next day of course) and I always use my cellular cleanse detox machine Sunday morning…you gonna play you gonna pay.
Today I detoxed on the deck watching my chickens frolicking in the backyard and listening to the chirping songs of the Orioles in the trees….bliss! The water in the detox foot bath turns nasty colors depending on what system is getting cleaned out: today was the liver! But using the detox machine will help balance every organ in the human body. The pores on our feet are the largest in the body which is why they open so well when soaked in the hot water. I detox with water between 103-109 degree ….very soothing. It balances and restores the Ph and electromagnetic energy.
Even without having a cocktail or two our bodies are under constant assault from an endless array of toxic encounters! Air pollution, plastics, water full of chemicals and fluoride, pesticide on our foods, even our deodorant is full of heavy metals like aluminum! I also love using my far infar red sauna, but the foot detox is my favorite since it is so very easy and requires no effort! The effect is energizing for me. My machine was quite expensive but well worth it. EBR Wellness Products produces my model. Many Chiropractors use them in their practices to help patient overcome plateaus. Try to find one in your area and treat yourself to a detox soon!

Here are your ingredients for fresh healthy lemonade

Here are your ingredients for fresh healthy lemonade

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Peach Yonanas Delight with xylitol lilacs and mintToday was spectacular on Cape Cod…and I knew it called for a very special treat! I made a peach Yonanas and topped it with fresh mint from my jardin and lilac fleurs nestled in a touch of xylitol …my, my, my, such a delight! Why punish your precious body eating toxic ice cream or sugar laden frozen yogurt when you can make your own delight at home for much less money, and more importantly with healthier organic ingredients ? I bought my Yonanas machine at Bed Bath & Beyond and let me say it is one of my all time favorite gadgets! The taste is a cross-over frozen dessert somewhere between a fro-yo and a sorbet but although it is loaded with carbs since it is fruit it still is a better choice since there is no added sugar or chemicals added….oh, and lets not forget every Healthygirl delight needs the happiness factor and Yonanas has it coming and going!

Did you keep a diary when you were a kid? I was tres faithful to mine! I still have them and when I read them now they sound so silly…but I remember the moment  I was writing in them it all seemed so so very important! Then after getting married  I progressed to journals, and food diaries! Now we have myfitnesspal.com so we get off easy on the food diaries! I think people who blog are people who kept diaries as kids….and remember  those teeny tiny gold locks attached by the teeny tiny ribbon? I loved those keys! Just the idea of having something so fabulously secret to write down that it needed to be locked was fascinating to me! So cheers to the diary….i hope young girls are still rushing into their rooms at night with pen in hand eager to spill their guts out…..

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Looking lush today!