>Gong Xi Fa Ca!

>So it’s not too late to set the energy for the year. What do you want to manifest in this year of the dragon? I am so excited about this year and all that it will bring. I’m wishing you all a wonderful and prosperous new year. 

Chinese New Year 2012 rings in Year of the Dragon

Gong Xi Fa Ca! That’s the traditional Chinese New Year greeting that means “wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin

There are several variations on the mythology behind Chinese New Year celebrations. Most are based on a ugly bloodthirsty monster named Nian that would emerge on the last night of each year to destroy villages and eat people. A wise elder advised villagers to scare the monster away with loud noises. That night, they set fire to bamboo, lit fireworks, and banged their drums. The monster, afraid of the loud noises and lights, ran away to hide in its cave. In another version of the myth, an old man persuaded Nian to turn its wrath on other monsters, not the villagers. Before he was seen riding away on Nian, the old man, actually a god, advised the people to hang red paper decorations in their homes and set off firecrackers on the last night of the year to keep Nian away. On the first day of the new year, the villagers celebrated, greeting each other with the words “Guo Nian” which means “survive the Nian”, a tradition that has continued to this day to mean “celebrate the new year.”
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>What’s so great about lemons?

>Yes, each morning I drink my cup of warm water with half a fresh lemon squeezed in it. I know it’s great for getting my digestion going. Check out Dr. Karen’s website to hear all the details.
Start Each Day with Lemon Water

Remember to make it with lukewarm water. Enjoy!


>Updated Granola Recipe

>I first posted this awhile back and over time I have made alterations to this recipe that I think make it taste much better. Enjoy

Here is the granola recipe:
3 cups rolled oats1
2 cups raw nuts, I mix walnuts and pecans, but you can pick whatever you like
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup coconut oil and butter, melt a little of both to make 1/3 cup
1/4 cup maple syrup

Mix all the dry ingredients and then add the wet. Toss until everything is coated with the oil and syrup. Spread out on a cookie sheet. I use 2. Cook for 1 hour 15 minutes at 250 degrees. Stir every 15 minutes. Cool and enjoy.

>I love Chocolate

> And I like to eat healthy foods. So what do I do when I get a chocolate craving? I usually eat a couple of bites of a USANA chocolate fusion bar because it’s got good ingredients. The other day though, I was looking around at other healthy cooking sites and found this recipe from Rose Cole. I gave it a try and boy is it yummy. It’s got a lot of coconut flavor along with the chocolate which I thought worked quite well. Enjoy!

1 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw organic almond butter
1/4 cup almond meal
4 Tbsp  agave nectar
1/4 cup organic unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp liquid stevia or 3 tsp powdered Stevia
1 Tbsp organic vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup raw chocolate cocoa powder

Melt coconut oil in a saucepan over low flame. When it turns to liquid pour into glass bowl.

Slowly whisk in almond butter, cinnamon, Stevia, and agave, one at a time.

Next, whisk in vanilla.

Then slowly stir in cocoa, almond meal, and coconut, one at a time. 

Batter should run off a spoon. Spoon them into bite sized amounts on a non-stick cookie sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. Once firm, transfer into a container and keep in the fridge.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

>Did you resolve to be healthier and reduce some weight in 2012?

>If so, I’ve got just the plan for you. In January, February and March, I will be hosting RESET boot camps. These will be different than in the past as you will get support for not only the first 5 days of the cleanse, but then follow up support for the next three weeks. There is an option to continue on some shakes and bars through the whole month. This is a great way to get your body set for your new lifestyle.

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