Book Excerpt: Michelle and Hank

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An excerpt from my new book “Soul Mates and Twin Flames: Euphoria and Enchantment:

“As I walked through the white Canadian winter land I noticed my feet made a very satisfying crunching sound as they compacted the snow beneath them.  It was a beautiful sunny day after the winter storm, even though it was below freezing outside.  I went up the stairs to the lodge and took off my hat and gloves on the porch.  The porch around the lodge up in the forested mountains had thick logs for main entry columns that must have been about a foot in diameter.  I could smell the pine and feel the moisture in the air from fresh snowfall.  As I walked in the door to the lodge the smell of fresh pancakes overcame me and with it the smell of hot syrup.  I think the smell reminded me of gingerbread but they ended up being cinnamon buttermilk pancakes that day.  Starting to get hungry with thoughts of bacon dripping with syrup and fluffy pancake piled on my fork I turned to go to my room. Then I heard my cell phone ding.

The text was from Michelle and she wanted a same day reading.  I continued to my room to change for breakfast and answered her back that I could get to her today.

During our reading Michelle told me she was about to lose her mind.  I had spoken to Michelle for a couple years and she had a twin flame Hank who was being elusive and difficult.  In an effort to bridge the gap between them she had enrolled in a number of energy healing classes in her local area with a different instructor.

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“When I try to concentrate on my work thoughts of Hank just pop up and with it feelings of pain, sadness or anxiety.  I’m not sure if he is going through something right now because we aren’t talking at the moment but it is definitely him.  Can you look into this for me?” Hank was indeed going through something difficult…”

Does she find out what is wrong with Hank? Does she get back with him? Does he realize his feelings and reach out to her? Find out by reading my book, currently available on Amazon ebook, paperback and hardcover are all available.

Click here to buy the book on Amazon!

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Rainbow trout, baked recipe

Love trout, you can stuff it or have with butter. It’s good without a lot of flavoring as well. This is the healthy version.

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  • 1 trout
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper

Put the trout in a baking dish with 2 inch or higher walls. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour olive oil on top skin and bake for 15 minutes. Pour water into dish and bake another 15 mins. Take out of oven and cool for 10 mins. Remove skin and salt and pepper. Top with parsley. Add butter or other flavoring if you wish but fish is flavorful as is, try it with out and see how you feel. Enjoy!

“Outback Steakhouse” pork recipe

I love Outback’s seasoning on their chicken, so one night after having it I looked up a recipe copycat. Since chicken is over priced at the moment, I’ve converted to pork chops which are cheaper by the each. Today I grilled them but they are just as good in the pan on the stove.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp chili pepper
  • 2 pork chops

Heat your grill until hot. Baste both sides of the pork chop and cook on high heat for about 7-10 minutes. Flip and cook other side for 5 mins or until the center of the pork chops is cooked. Let rest on a plate for 10 mins. Serve with with sides or cut up and eat with pita. Enjoy!

Addictions, Revisted

I had a client come to me recently about an addiction and I thought I’d update my blog because much of what was brought up would apply to multiple addictions including alcohol, drugs, sex, smoking or food.  I am busy these days, so I will make it a summary instead of a full blog.  If you have questions or want to explore further reading and energy healing sessions can be found on my website.

  • Addictions are often a break, release, relax time away from the stress of the home/life.  Many people at my old job in corporate started smoking cigarettes because it gave them work breaks more so than those that didn’t smoke.
  • Review your foundation – when did you first start the addiction, what was the stimulus (friends, party) and what was the reward?
    • Your relationship with your parents, are you prone to rebellion?  Is it in your astrological chart to rebel?
    • Lying about the truth to your parent, teacher or partner – did you get away with it before, what were the benefits to lying, such as avoiding punishment, etc?
  • Reactance is the psychological term for rebelling and wanting freedom from rules or dominance.
  • Addictions can be brought on by spiritual influences, phases is the moon, inauspicious or emotional areas in your astrological chart.  House 6 is health as well as job, house 2, 11, 12, 8 for sex and taboos and other areas.  Set up an appointment with me on how to counteract negative astrological house affects.
  • Solutions to Dealing with “Reactance man”
    • “Stop drop and roll”
    • Find a mentor –
      • healthy people prepping healthy food, healthy people doing anything on youtube (influence),
      • people in your life that aren’t healthy-review if you think of the people around you have the same addiction that make you feel hopeless, like its inevitable and hard to overcome.  Find someone that proves otherwise, that doesn’t have it so it doesn’t seem like an uphill climb. 
    • Also look at the statistics for that addiction, visualize that you’re in the statistic or demographic that doesn’t have the addicition, and affirm “I beat the statistics”.
    • Find a replacement – walk, exercise, smoothie, decaf tea, yoga
  • Go back to archangels, God and ascended masters, see them understanding, think “they’ve seen everything”, taking your hand and walking with you
  • Look at your triggers – “everyone is doing it”, friends, ads, tv, parents.  Everyone is NOT doing it.  There are those that don’t smoke, do drugs, drink caffeine, have alcohol, etc.
  • Use Logic to get out of the emotional brain, go to puzzles, numbers, count backwards

If you have any questions or need to talk to your guides about addictions, you can find my sessions on readings here or energy healing here.  Energy healing will be cheaper by the minute for reference.

All purpose and whole wheat flour biscuits recipe


  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour, and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp white sugar, I use stevia
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Half of a 1/3 cup margarine, I use benecol for cholesterol, don’t have to defrost, ready to go!
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt. Cut in butter using a fork until it looks crumbly. Make a dip in the center of the dry mixture and add the milk. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • Roll or pat out on a floured surface to 3/4 inch thick. Cut into circles and place on a baking sheet. You can also do drop biscuits as pictured.
  • Bake for 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms of the biscuits are golden brown.
  • Is makes 2 large biscuits or 3 small biscuits.

Greek frappe recipe

Just coming from the Greek festival I became interested in how they made Greek frappe coffee drinks. I watched as they made it at the festival and after looking some of it up I’m sharing it with you.

  • 1.5 tbps Nescafe instant coffee (I’m using generic here)
  • 1 tsp or more of sugar, I use stevia
  • 1/2 pint water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice

Place the instant coffee and sugar into your pint glass. Add water to half the pint. Mix with a hand frother, cheapest is $1.99 at Ikea but Amazon has them as well. Froth until a light brown foam forms. Add milk. Enjoy!

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) tip of the week

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Some spiritual guidance came to me for a client over the past week, thought I would share it with my health and fitness fans.

When people with BED, binge eating disorder, try to lose weight they often check with a free app on how many calories to eat in a day.

The problem that may arise for some however is they may ignore the problem that got them to the point of needing to lose weight to begin with.

In order to gain or lose one pound someone would have to consume 3500 calories more to gain or less than their maintenance calories to lose.

Someone with BED isn’t going from 1700 maintenance calories a day to 1200, they are going from 2300 on average to 1200. Because they have been overeating, and most likely are not counting those calories. Now that is an average over a week, most likely they do semi-well many days and then over eat more than 500 cals for 2-3 days. 3000 calories is easy to do, 4 slices of pizza, one fast food burger and fries, and 4 cocktail drinks, that is 3000 calories.

Spirit offered one suggestion this past week for a client. Instead of going from 2300 all the way down to 1200, try to do maintenance calories daily consistently first, then add exercise with it 2-3 days a week to create the caloric deficit. That may seem less extreme on your body and mind and get you used to what is maintenance calories for you, rather than a huge drop in calories that seems like too little food. If you are someone with BED you’ve been eating a lot of extra food every week, 1200 calories will seem like too little and may do too much mental damage in what it will take to lose weight and keep it off. Get comfortable with what maintenance feels like first.

To figure out your BMR or basil metabolic rate you can Google calculator and BMR. Enter your information and it will give you the basic amount of maintenance calories you need without exercising. For any calculator that asks for level of activity, unless you are a body builder be realistic, leaning towards conservative.

Per usual, consult with a physician for any medical or health related advice. This blog does not provide diagnoses or professional medical advice.

If you have more questions or want to speak to Spirit about your own health/diet journey, my readings are here. Talk to you soon!

Simple and Lite Teriyaki Pork recipe

  • 2 tbsp sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Lite soy sauce
  • 1 pork loin

Preheat a stick free fry pan on medium heat. Mix the soy sauce with the maple syrup in a separate bowl. Either coat the pork loin before putting in the pan or pour the sauce over the pork loin once it’s in the pan. Cook until browned on both sides, about 10 and 5 minutes. Serve with red rice, vegetables, tropical fruit, salad or sides of choice.

Quick shortbread cookies recipe

Sometimes you just want a cookie, but not dozens tempting you for days.   Sooo…here is a shortbread cookies recipe shrunk down to 4 cookies in 2 inch diameters.

Raw shaped dough, ready for the oven
Baked and just browned around the edges
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsps softened butter (I used Benecol)
  • 1/4 cup Stevia blend, confectioners sugar or white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nuts on top (optional)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugar until creamy.  Add other ingredients and mix well in a bowl.  Form 2 inch cookies with your hands and flatten, not in balls. Add cinnamon or nuts on top, optional.  Bake at 300 degrees for 20 mins.

Lite Pina Colada Mocktail recipe

After covid a lot of people are cutting down on the alcohol and embracing healthier lifestyles again. Here is a mocktail that helps you feel lite, fit and like you are having fun! It’s even creamy because of the blender, with no cream in the recipe. Even better it is made with a hydration formula, so hydrates you better than water alone. I’m not affiliated with any of these ingredients, this is just what I use and enjoy.

  • 1/2 packet Hydration IV Pina colada
  • 1/2 tsp orange Milo or orange water flavor enhancer
  • 1 slice pineapple like picture, remove the rind, about 1/4 cup diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Additional pineapple slice for decoration with a cherry

Place everything but the last pineapple slice and cherry in a blender. Blend until frothy. Serve in your favorite pint size glass with pineapple slice and cherry. Less than 100 calories.

USS Midway, San Diego, CA

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This is my USS Midway tour back in June 2nd, 2022.

I’ve lived in San Diego for 7 years and this is my first time taking this tour. The photo gallery starts off with the outside of the ship, taken from a boat tour of the bay. Then it goes inside the ship, showing officer’s living quarters, meeting spaces, ready rooms and radar rooms. Some select gift shop items are shown for fun, then the top deck with all the airplanes.

First impressions, the lower decks are claustrophobic, and I don’t get claustrophobic. Wear or use shungite or unakite if you feel electric energy. Some black tourmaline for any negative energy. Overall interesting to look at, and an experience.

Tickets these days are $29, try Groupon for $15 off or any discount you can get. You can also get coupons from Groupon for the bay tour which I highly recommend.

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Angel Series: The Archangels

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This is an article on the Archangels as part of my series concerning the hierarchy of angels. The others included in the angels’ ranking include the angels, archangels, principalities, virtues, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim.


Some of the archangels’ purpose was revealed to me as being helpers, healers, protectors, guides, comforters, to help you find things (incl. parking spaces, houses, lost items), bring peace, and messengers that assist with everyday things we ask for or that they are assigned to do. Today when I asked for verification and additional information I was told they also help with “magic”. When I asked what magic was they told me they helped make things “appear” from seemingly out of nowhere. When you feel you’ve misplaced something they can also help you find it.

That last note on magic reminded me of the time when I read that one angel sign was feathers. I went into the bank to make a transaction, and peered through the window and thought about looking for angel signs in the clouds (finding shapes in the clouds to remind you of them, someone, a thing). When I exited the bank and went back to my car I found a big long black feather, maybe 8 inches long, on the sidewalk by the front bumper. I knew it wasn’t there when I went into the bank. It must have only been 5 minutes. Very cool, I had just read about angels using feathers for signs the day before.

Here are a few archangel names and some of what they’ve been known to help with:

  • Archangel Michael – Protection, removing entities, crossing people (& beings) over, removing negative energy in your aura
  • Archangel Azrael – Crossing people over
  • Archangel Raphael – Healing
  • Archangel Gabriel – Protection, love, relationships, communication, healing
  • Archangel Chamuel: Relationships, love
  • Archangel Uriel: Grounding, healing
  • Archangel Artiya’il – Healer of Grief

Their Signs

I asked for signs that would indicate that someone was being visited by an archangel and receive validation from them. Here is what they gave me:

  • Hearts <3 – I saw a visual of pink and white, maybe red, but they say any color
  • Wings – this may overlap some of the other angels in the series but they did mention this
  • Light bulb (when shown this they said because “we are the light”)
  • the number 808 – if you think about it the number kind of looks like wings on either side of a body or like a butterfly. 8 is also associated with infinity and abundance.
  • Strong – think biceps, tough as steel, and I hear that commercial when two steal doors slam together

What They Look Like

What I have found over the years is archangels can approach you with any look they wish, even one that you have envisioned. Archangel Michael I usually see in some sort of color red, like a old Roman military uniform, a sword, or a crusader, etc. Raphael is usually the color green for healing. Unlike the other angels in this series instead of describing the one that spoke to me during the reading, I’ll tell you that for the most part they’ve approached me as very tall beings with very large wings, varying in color, clothing and accessories.

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Notes 04/27/22 – Alchemy

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Sometimes I receive some side notes concerning alchemy that aren’t always confined to one particular plant, tree, or herb. So here is a few notes I learned within the last week.

  • Tree bark – During a reading with those from the elemental and nature spirit plane it was explained to me that if someone removed the bark from a tree, a small amount, asked the tree spirits to help ground them and put it in their pocket that this would be a great way to ground. I asked if it was ok to take tree bark from a living tree and I was assured that it was alright.
  • Another note from this reading is that you can use multiple flowers in a healing or manifesting ritual, it doesn’t have to be only one. Different combos can mean different things. Flowers so far have had a connection with love, sex and reproduction in many cases, but may help in other areas as well. Since flowers are part of the reproductive cycle of the plant it makes some sense here. You can define how you want it to help you in whatever ritual you have planned.
  • To dry flowers to use in alchemy or or rituals tie them up at the stems and hang them upside down in a dry place. It may take a couple days to weeks depending on how dry the environment is.
  • I used carnations that I had received from a bouquet in a healing ritual, and found that aside from helping me with the healing I saw extremely vivid clairvoyant images of the elemental or nature spirit planes after it’s use. It was very cool, and felt safe. I used the dried carnation in water with a sprinkle of cinnamon for healing. When I googled white carnation I received other than helping with love that it was used for purity, metaphysical and spiritual energy.

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Espresso using a Moka pot

  1. Unscrew the bottom part of the moka pot, the silver part in the pictures above. Take out the filter sitting inside.
  2. Add hot water to the line in the bottom of the moka pot.
  3. Add 2 tsp of espresso to the filter and put the filter on top of the bottom of the moka pot that is now filled with hot water.
  4. Screw the top and bottom of the moka pot back together where they are secure and level.
  5. Place the moka pot on top of the stove on medium low heat. Keep the lid open. The espresso may start to drip out of the top and bottom connector, but you are waiting for the espresso to come out of the top middle tube that looks like a whistle. When hot it should start pouring out of that middle piece until done. Remove the moka pot from heat when top is full to cool and serve your espresso. It may take some time for the bottom to cool entirely, you can pour cold water at the bottom if necessary otherwise expect it to sit on a trivet for a couple hours. Enjoy!

Angel Series: The Virtues

This is an article on the Virtues as part of my series concerning the hierarchy of angels. Look at my links at the bottom of the page for more on dominions, thrones, cherubim and others.

The Virtues are after the powers in the ranking of angels. The others included in the angels’ ranking include the angels, archangels, principalities, virtues, dominions, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim.

This reading, or set of readings as it turns out was my most difficult of the series. It took 3 readings over 2 years to put all this together and to receive validation. I would start out in saying that Virtues are not ones you would have a psychic or mediumship reading with, it doesn’t seem like that is their purpose. So, given this, if you do decide to do a reading with one, be forewarned that it is different in how it feels and what you see clairvoyantly. You may want to call a principality or archangel to mediate the process of communication. Virtues are not assigned to people when they are reincarnated, and are not usually called upon by humans.

In fact their purpose I found out was not what is written online.

What They Look Like

First I’ll start with the good stuff. I asked how they wanted to present themselves and what their sign was so you knew when you were being visited by a Virtue. First I saw a bright blue light, very straight pointed electric blue points, like a blue bright star with many many points. The next visual I was given for a virtue was a grand tall angel, indigo was the prominent color I saw first, and it was the color of the feathers in his wings closest to his body. The tips of the wings had red in some places (not all) next to the indigo, and gold at the tips. Some gold feathers decorated the top parts where the arms where extended. In the indigo wing area when I focused I could see lettering in another language in a lighter blue, almost camouflaged. Guides explained to me words were written there. On top of his head there was a very clear animal skull, in fact there was a native American theme and several visuals of native Americans around this Virtue reading. This may be unique to this individual that was representing Virtues for me in the last reading. It was explained to me the headdress was of an Ox skull, to represent, specifically zooming in at the teeth here and how they grind, strength.

Their Signs

As far as signs they had two. One was 33, not the triple 3, but just 33. The second was an ornate street lamp, looked old world, and I heard to help “light the way”, which will make more sense when we review their duties.

At least twice when I had a reading for this Virtue blog my solar plexus hurt. This last time an energy hit my head and I felt very high vibrational or like my head was a helium balloon. In multiple readings I was told Virtues have great power, and I think they were trying to show me that as well as the nature of their work.


When I asked what Virtues did in multiple readings I was told it was too complex for us to understand. So note that as I didn’t give up and continued to ask anyway. I was given visuals and metaphors, so do note these are metaphors and what they actually do may differ slightly. I was told they do many things, one of which is they clean up the energy created or left behind when spirits travel from place to place. I was told that some work needs to be done that can’t be “seen”. I was shown as a metaphor the area between walls. Many people don’t look at these areas where there are electrical wires, pipes, wood 2×4’s, and spiderwebs to hold up the house. It is the area “unseen” or “in between”. In this area the energy gets stuck as spirits pass through or send messages. They showed me a door frame, and someone walking through. As the spirit walks through the door frame in the hypothetical spiritual plane the energy may get stuck behind these “walls”, metaphorically the unseen plane. Guides told me that even God doesn’t always go to the areas that they work and clear the energy, partially why this area is called “the unseen”. Their job does not always have to do with negative energy or entities, the energy can come from angels too. What is left behind the walls is referred to and seen by me as sticky, gunky energy, but not necessarily bad or negative all the time.

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This job is very important I was told because when the energy is cleared the spirits, angels, etc can find their way easier and not get confused. Hence the street lamp as one of their signs to represent them, to help others to find their way. Too much of this gunky energy (in one reading they repeatedly called it “muck”) in these in-between areas, may confuse spiritual beings traveling from place to place. It’s like the energy left behind has information in it that may make them turn right at Albuquerque instead of going straight. Keeping these areas clean reduces confusion and helps them travel easier, “to find their way”.

When this energy is removed it may be replaced with something else, in one reading I was told a seraphim may replace it but the being that replaces the energy may vary.

Other duties include:

  • cleaning up areas of neg energy
  • escort neg entities back to where they should go
  • they make sounds, I heard chords or music and saw strings of energy; its not music, it’s sounds whose purpose is to release built up energy, they said sometimes the pent up energy hurts in the heart chakra area

Like the other angels in this series they can have friends, family, and spiritual houses on the other side. They can play, fly, and chase each other. However they do not reincarnate anymore, and some were assigned to this rank from the beginning instead of working up the ranks. It’s like being born into this role.

If you are willing, ask God to send a blessing to the Virtues today to thank them for making the spiritual paths easier to navigate.

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Seasonal Depression

Easter egg hunts aren’t only for kids. Adults love them!

Sometimes people can be more depressed or happier depending on the season. I’ve seen this in a few of my clients’ readings and have some experience with this myself in the past. Some are happier in the Fall or Christmas time and others are happier during summer.

What I’ve seen in future predictions is an overall mood change in those with seasonal related depression. The reading will show trends of being really unhappy, withdrawn, or sick for that season they dislike and bounce back during seasons they liked.

There can be multiple reasons why, they don’t like snow, they don’t like the cold, someone they knew passed during Christmas, the list can go on. However what they may be stuck with is an overall sense or belief that they don’t like Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall.

One way I’ve seen to combat this is to visualize and even celebrate aspects of the seasons you know you do like. For me that may be art, an adult Easter egg hunt, food, nature, games or changing my mindset. Here are some ideas:

  • View nature during this time. Find beautiful pictures online. During the Fall there is gorgeous colors, hot drinks, soft sweaters, Han solo boots, and much more. Spring has beautiful flowers, Easter egg hunts, trees grow back their foliage, St. Patrick’s day. Summer has beach and pool parties, BBQ, and vacations. Winter has house parties, Christmas, vacation time, hot beverages and fresh snow for the northern states.
  • Change a picture in your house, or something to celebrate and prepare for the new season every season. Put down the Christmas tree and think of Easter eggs, clovers and fresh flower fields. Think and visualize what is great about the new season. Feel good about it.
  • Paint, draw or look at pictures of your favorite things having to do with the new season.
  • Address your mental and physical health issues if they exist. There are allergy meds, and grief counseling available that are effective.

Lucky times. Source: Andrea Knight
Rainbows! 🌈
Valentines day pizza!
Fall colors

Let’s Chat about High Cholesterol

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Many people are losing weight now a days skipping the carbs, but did you ever hear someone mention that grains help lower cholesterol?  Have you lost weight on something like paleo, high, or Atkins and have high cholesterol now?  Did you wonder why when you are thinner you would have this issue? Of course I should preface this with the disclaimer that I’m not a physician, seek a physician’s advice before starting any weight or health regimen. 

What is cholesterol?  Cholesterol is a waxy fat that often comes from your liver,used in cells and also comes from consuming animal products and dairy.  It can clog arteries and left unchecked it may increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Items like whole wheat, grains and plant sterols help bind to Cholesterol and escort them out of the body.

Some cholesterol fighting helpers include:

  • Psyllium husk
  • Apples
  • Plant sterols
  • Whole grain, whole wheat
  • Olive oil
  • Low fat diet
  • Exercise
  • Beans

I know what you’re thinking, but I lost weight!  I can’t regain it!  It is a common misconception that carbs will automatically lead to weight gain.  Having too many calories based on what you burn every day is the more probable cause.  If you are honest with yourself when you were having carbs you were also having too many calories or not counting calories at all.  You can stay thin and lose fat eating carbs, I did, even with a thyroid issue.  Check out my free article on weight loss.  I had hypothyroid and endomorphism as well, and still lost weight while eating carbs, so bust that fear and belief out to sea! 

I was curious about plant sterols and if switching to a plant sterol butter substitute would be a good choice. Right now in this article I am addressing taste. I tried 3 butter substitutes, Country crock, Benecol, and Smart Balance.

Of the 3, Benecol tasted the best, Country Crock 2nd and with Smart balance I didn’t notice much of a taste.

Benecol is the only one that has plant sterols advertised. Country crock says nothing about helping with cholesterol and Smart balance says it can help but in smaller lettering admitting only if you are already within normal cholesterol levels.

Benecol was harder to find, I did find it at Vons, but not at some of the cheaper grocery stores.

The mediterranean diet is noted on some sites as well, with includes fish, vegetables, olive oil and other healthy ingredients.

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Can you lose weight with cardio exercise?

The short answer is yes.

Then why do commercials say you are wasting your time just doing cardio on the elliptical or treadmill, while basketball players and runners look so thin?

The short answer is they want your money and are leaving details out by saying you won’t lose weight doing cardio to hook you to listen in and buy their products.

There are 3 main ways I’ve lost weight, here is my article on those methods. One method that worked was to do cardio and watch my calories. I am a certified weight loss therapist and member of IAOTH.

They tell you cardio is a “waste of time” to hook you into listening, becoming attached, convinced they are an expert and to buy. After you’ve bought it they tell you what you don’t want to hear, to watch your calories. Essentially the detail in the videos they leave out is you have to watch your caloric intake when you exercise, otherwise with no caloric deficit, cardio, HIIT or anything else won’t help you lose fat.

The main successful method of weight loss regardless of how many details different people trying to sell you plans try to confuse you with is to have a calorie deficit. You already know that I’m sure, but many commercials and other articles confuse you and skew you off your path in hopes to sell you their products. So what these plans are leaving out in their commercials but eventually tell you when you buy it is that you have to watch your calories. Doing a lot of cardio without watching your calories probably wouldn’t help you very much if you’re not ending up in a deficit, that is true, however you don’t have to be a mega weightlifter to lose weight. You can lose fat not doing any exercise at all and most of the weight I’ve lost is strictly watching my diet.

I talked about the three methods that I’ve actually used to lost weight and my article here if you want to look at the details. I hope you found this useful to clear out the confusing clutter that a lot of commercials try to hook you with. Cardio can be very useful in burning calories and burning fat, don’t leave it out of your regimen if you plan on using exercise in your weight loss journey. It’s also good for the heart, hence the term “cardio”.

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Silverback Jamaican Coffee Recipe


  • 1 cup Brewed Silverback Rwandan Coffee from Trader Joe’s
  • 1/2 oz dark spiced rum
  • 1/2 oz Kalua
  • 2 tablespons whipped cream
  • Optional – 1 chocolate covered nut


  • Mix the brewed coffee with the Kalua and rum.
  • Pour in mug of choice
  • Top with whipped cream and chocolate covered nut if on hand
  • Enjoy!

Kodiak Gingerbread Power Pancakes

Source: Andrea Knight


  • 1/2 cup Kodiak buttermilk pancake dry mix
  • 1/3 tsp ground dry ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Sprinkle ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Sprinkle rock salt, maybe 7 granules
  • 1 tbsp margarine for pan
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup half and half


  1. Combine all ingredients above except margarine. Stir until thoroughly mixed and there is no dry flour left.
  2. Heat saucepan to just below Medium. Add margarine to pan.
  3. Scoop pancake mix into pan when margarine is melted, should make 2 pancakes.
  4. Flip when first side is browned, about 2-3 minutes, depending on your stove. Cook on 2nd side for 1-2 minutes or until browned.
  5. Serve with fruit, syrup, butter or whipped cream. I had them as is. Enjoy!

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