Women’s Radiant Wellness Online Speaker Series

For Women and Men Who Want to Feel Better and Develop New Habits!

Online Speaker Series Summit

November 2 – November 17

Register for each one separately It’s FREE!

Are you feeling tired or fatigued way too often? Do you eat empty calorie muffins and coffee on the run and end up depleted?  Do you wish you could eat better and lose weight? I know how you feel. Fortunately making changes in your diet and lifestyle can be simple and relatively easy. Learn what the experts have to say.

Join Wellness Coach Patricia Joy Becker as she interviews these leading health and wellness experts. You will be able to listen in live for free from your computer or phone. Patricia will interview her favorite teachers in the fields of yoga, food and mindfulness. Each call will be about 50 minutes.

Pre-purchase the entire recorded series with each topic, NOW for only button$37 — to listen to whenever and wherever you want, for as long as you want! After the series is over the price increases to $67.

verne-varona 2Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 10 am PST Verne Varona • Laughter is the Best Medicine

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You’ll learn:

  • Navigating a viewpoint: Discovering the humor in everyday life.
  • Why it’s so difficult to change perspective: Our attachment to what doesn’t work.
  • The gift of humor–why we need it: What it does, how to share it.

Verne Varona has become known as one of the most captivating and dynamic health educators in the country. For over thirty-five years, his lectures, workshops and media appearances have motivated thousands of people to take better and more conscious care of their health. He is the author of Nature’s Cancer-Fighting Foods. Verne’s first book, Macrobiotics for Dummies (May, 2009—Wiley Publications), is part of the internationally popular Dummies series and is a comprehensive work that embraces a flexible, multi-cultural health perspective on body, mind and spirit. http://www.vernevarona.com/

rebecca snowball faceMonday, Nov. 2, 2015 12 pm PST • Rebecca Snowball • Three Best Yoga Practices to Boost Your Energy

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You’ll learn:

  • How to elevate your energy levels and mood naturally.
  • The healing power of meditation and how to get started in just 2 minutes a day.
  • How to turn on the command center of your life and create your best health and body.

Rebecca Snowball is a certified Vinyasa and formerly licensed Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher.  She received her first teaching certificate from Ganga White and Tracy Rich of the White Lotus Yoga Foundation and is highly trained in Anusara Yoga. She teaches the Universal Principles of Alignment, which create exceptional strength and freedom in your yoga practice. She blends her therapeutic knowledge with her spiritual wisdom to create an uplifting class that keeps your body safe and your heart open. Rebecca believes in meeting you right where you are and teaches you how to bring yoga to your body rather than pushing your body into yoga. She is passionate about teaching women how to love themselves utterly and completely by opening to the truth of who they really are, with yoga. She currently lives in Menlo Park, CA with her husband and two boys who inspire her to live with more love, joy, and authenticity every day! http://yogasoul.com/

Christina GrantTuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 10 am PST Christina Grant • Healing with the Nature World

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You’ll learn:

  • Creating emotional balance.
  • Maintaining inner peace in the midst of life.
  • How to receive wise messages from nature.

Christina Grant PhD; author, Body, Mind, & Spirit Wellbeing Expert. Explore the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual disharmony at the root of breast dis-ease with timely, practical suggestions and methods for healing you won’t hear at your doctor’s office. In Christina’s book, The Holistic Approach to Breast Cancer, she encourages and supports you in listening for the underlying messages that come with breast cancer so you can thrive beyond it. http://christinagrant.com/

Jean RichardsonTuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 • 12 pm PST  Jean Richardson • Getting Healthy, One Bite at a Time

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You’ll learn:

  • The connection between food and disease.
  • The importance of chewing.
  • How to choose foods that help to enhance health.

​ Jean Richardson is owner/President of Gold Mine Natural Food Company in San Diego. She has been macrobiotic since 1976, studying under Cecile Levin, Michio Kushi, Naboru Muramoto, and Hiroshi Hayashi, and has managed macrobiotic restaurants in Boston. In 1985, Jean started Gold Mine, which imports and distributes Ohsawa® brand organic/traditional macrobiotic foods from Japan and manufactures organic, raw sauerkraut and kimchi. Jean has raised two daughters macrobiotically and has three grandchildren. Gold Mine offers ongoing classes and workshops. Learn more: www.goldminenaturalfoods.com.

Julia 2Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 10 am PST  Julia Ferre • Food and Intuition

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You’ll learn:

  • Physical intuition, which helps the body. When we learn how to choose healthy foods the intuitive way, we strengthen our bodies.
  • Mental intuition, which helps the mind. When we pay attention to our cravings and preferences, we can be proactive and plan best on how to help ourselves.
  • Spiritual intuition, which helps personal growth. When we reflect on all the things we learn due to our relationship with food, we foster appreciation and thrive.

Julia Ferré, CHT, is a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master, and an integrative facilitator in helping to enable consciousness. Her work includes personal one-on-one sessions, group sessions, workshops and writing for a worldwide audience. Julia has received certification from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) and from Sylvia Browne and offers sessions for energy, attunement, and personal growth. She is author of the newly-released Food and Intuition 101, Basic Macrobiotic Cooking, and French Meadows Cookbook. Julia is associate editor of Macrobiotics Today and plans menus for the camp. http://www.juliaferre.com/

Jenny  Zhenyu Qui - Acupuncturist 2Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 • 12 pm PST  Jenny Zhenyu Qui • Enhance Emotional Wellness with Acupuncture and Acupressure

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You’ll learn:

  • How acupuncture can be integrated into women’s mental and emotional wellness plans.
  • Does everyone receive the same acupuncture treatment like most Western practitioners offer?
  • The acupressure points people can do at home to enhance emotional wellness.

Jenny Zhenyu Qui’s family has a background in both Western and Eastern medicine, and this led her to pursue life as a clinician of Oriental Medicine. Her father was a neurologist in Western medicine, and is now retired; her mother is an Oriental Medicine doctor. They are her advisers in her medical practice. She has been a practicing acupuncturist for over ten years, and is currently a PhD candidate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University. “It has been and continues to be a wonderful privilege to care for my patients and assist them to achieve healthy, happy, pain-free and balanced lives!” http://acupuncturechinamedical.com/

Chrsitina SellTuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 • 10 am PST  Christina Sell • Loving the Layers of Yourself

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You’ll learn:

  • From a yoga perspective, there are many layers to who we are: physical, energetic, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Each layer has its own intelligence which can be accessed through different practices that are aimed at each layer.
  • In order to love ourselves fully, we need to spend time getting to know ourselves in the fullness of who we are, as multi-layered beings. In this way, self-love is a result of cultivating an authentic relationship with who we are.

Christina Sell has been practicing asana since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Known for her passion, clarity and creativity, Christina’s teaching style is a dynamic and challenging blend of inspiration, humor and hard work. Masterful at synthesis, her ability to harvest and transmit the unique contributions of the various yoga methods is unparalleled. She believes that yoga practice can help anyone access their inner wisdom, authentic spirituality and clarify their highest personal expression. Learn more: http://www.livethelightofyoga.com/

Cynthia BTuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 • 12 pm PST  Cynthia Briscoe • Microbial Health

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You’ll learn:

  • What exactly is the human microbiome and what significance does it have for our health?
  • How do we acquire our microbes? What does food have to do with our microbiome?
  • What simple and practical things can you do to strengthen the diversity and health of your microbiome?

Cynthia Briscoe co-founded Macrobiotics America and Macrobiotics Global with her husband, David Briscoe. Theirs were the first macrobiotic educational programs to offer multi-media distance learning courses via the internet. She is one of the most experienced macrobiotic teachers and counselors in the world today. Since 1972, she has gained expertise in every facet of macrobiotics, including personal practice, teaching, counseling, professional cooking, restaurant ownership, and center development. She travels and teaches throughout North America and overseas, speaking to medical and lay audiences, and is a featured presenter at the major macrobiotic camps and conferences. http://www.macroamerica.com/

David Briscoe 2Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 • 10 am PST  David Briscoe • Liver Qi Stagnation

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You’ll learn:

  • How Liver Qi Stagnation is a major factor in women’s health issues, including uterine and ovarian symptoms, PMS, digestive problems, breast symptoms, thyroid trouble, and more.
  • What causes Liver Qi Stagnation.
  • Food, exercise and home remedies for relieving and preventing Liver Qi Stagnation.

David Briscoe co-founded Macrobiotics America and Macrobiotics Global with his wife Cynthia Briscoe. Theirs were the first macrobiotic educational programs to offer multi-media distance learning courses via the internet. David is one of the most experienced macrobiotic teachers and counselors in the world today. Since 1972, he has gained expertise in every facet of macrobiotics, including personal practice, teaching, counseling, professional cooking, restaurant ownership, and center development. David travels and teaches throughout North America and overseas, speaking to medical and lay audiences and is a featured presenter at the major macrobiotic camps and conferences. Learn more: http://www.macroamerica.com/

meredith mccarty 2Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 • 12 pm PST  Meredith McCarty • Healing Cuisine

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You’ll learn:

  • How to create food which help heal!
  • The most important things you need to know about food.
  • The best books and organizations for your resources.

Meredith McCarty, Nutrition Educator, is the author of three cookbooks including the award-winning Sweet and Natural. She is a former associate editor of East West/Natural Health magazine and was co-director of the East West Center for Natural Health Education for almost 20 years. Meredith studied macrobiotics with Michio and Aveline Kushi and with Herman and Cornelia Aihara in the 1970s. She has a Senior Certificate in the Art of Cooking from the Kushi Foundation. She is an associate of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and has worked in educational programs with Drs. Benjamin Spock, Dean Ornish, John McDougall and Neal Barnard. Learn more: http://www.healingcuisine.com/

StaceyTuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 • 10 am PST Stacey Rosenberg • Four Keys to Living Better in Your Body

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You’ll learn:

  • Tools to shift from stress to relaxation.
  • Breathing techniques to become a more efficient breather.
  • How to release tension and improve your posture.

Stacey Rosenberg is an educator who is committed to teaching students about their bodies while providing them with the foundation to live more vibrant lives.  She believes that the practice of yoga postures not only enables us to stay fit and increase health and well-being, they also empower us – equipping us with the tools to engage in all aspects of our lives more skillfully. http://namastacey.com/

Sheri DeMaris 2Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 • 12 pm PST Sheri Demaris • Menu Planning to Create Balance

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You’ll learn:

  • Transitioning dishes and remedies for the changing seasons.
  • How to create a relaxing lifestyle and cooking style in the midst of an intense and demanding schedule.
  • Simple relaxing dishes and remedy drinks.

Sheri Demaris, M.Ed, is a holistic health counselor who has taught whole foods/macrobiotic cooking at various restaurants and cooking schools throughout the United States and Europe. She continues to host, produce and direct a local alternative health TV show, “Tea With Sheri.” Sheri holds a Masters in Counseling from the College of William and Mary, and a Post-Masters in Counseling from Villanova University. http://teawithsheri.com/index.html

Patricia Becker for onstreamTuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 • 2 pm PST Patricia Joy Becker • Creating Resilient Wellness

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You’ll learn:

  • How to breathe your way to a deep night’s sleep to allow your immune system to refresh.
  • An easy, effective gratitude practice.
  • The “secret” easy way to lose weight with any diet.

Patricia Joy Becker teaches yoga for the Stanford University School of Medicine Health Improvement Program.  She has also taught groups at Common Ground Garden Center, Health Classics, French Meadows Summer Camp, Hidden Villa Farm and Preserve, Monday Vegetarian Dinners, and Breast Connection. With over 25 years training with leading experts and practical experience in the field of Nutrition and Yoga, she loves teaching one-to-one, online and on the ground! She has several stepped programs to improve your health challenges. Her practice is based in Palo Alto, CA and supports clients worldwide. www.yourhealthandjoy.com


Fabulous Camp in Tahoe National Forest

French Meadows 46th Annual Summer Camp  – July 4 – 12, 2015 – Sponsored by GOMF.  Register soon!

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Unplug your cell phone and plug into nature, good company, and your own divine self.

Click link above for the full schedule of great speakers and fun activities and including
Morning Yoga with Patricia.


Corn and Squash Miso Soup

Corn and Squash Miso Soup

one of my favorite quick soups recipes

Summer Squash Soup

2 t olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 six-inch strip of wakame sea vegetable
3 C water or soup stock
3 C buttercup or any winter squash, skinned and cubed
1 celery stick, sliced
1 C corn (fresh or frozen)
4 T rice miso (light colored)
Celery leaves or parsley for garnish

Heat oil in a heavy stainless soup pot. Sauté the onions and garlic until the onions are translucent. Add the water, squash and celery to the pot. Use a pair of scissors to cut the wakame once along its length, then hold over the pot and continue cutting very thinly across the width so the pieces fall into the pot. Bring to a boil and cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes. Add the corn and simmer for 5 minutes longer. Blend the miso in 1/3 cup broth, then add to the soup. Cook 1 minute longer. Serve and garnish each bowl of soup individually.

The light colored miso paste are most delicious!  You can make miso soup a different way every day of the year. Let your imagination and the seasons be your guide.


Patricia’s Potato Salad

The potatoes at the Farmer Markets have been looking so fresh and beautiful…I thought a good time to share this recipe from a cooking class I taught several years ago.  For the best taste please choose all organic ingredients. Hope you enjoy!

Patricia’s Potato Salad

5     large red potatoes, cooked, cooled and peeled
2      celery sticks, sliced
2     small kosher pickles, diced
1     small cucumber
1/3 C parsley, minced
1 T Dulse sea vegetable flakes

Toss all the above ingredients in a bowl. Blend the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad. Best when marinated for a few hours.

      Dressing

1      T olive oil
1      T mustard
1      T and 1 t balsamic vinegar
1      T and 1 t umeboshi vinegar
3/4  C nayonaise or mayonnaise
1/4  t pepper


The Myth of High Protein Diets

MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: “Back to Eggs and Bacon?”

But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods.

Although people have been told for decades to eat less meat and fat, Americans actually consumed 67 percent more added fat, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat in 2000 than they had in 1950 and 24.5 percent more calories than they had in 1970, according to the Agriculture Department. Not surprisingly, we are fatter and unhealthier.

A study published last March found a 75 percent increase in premature deaths from all causes, and a 400 percent increase in deaths from cancer and Type 2 diabetes, among heavy consumers of animal protein under the age of 65 — those who got 20 percent or more of their calories from animal protein.

The more people adhered to these recommendations (including reducing the amount of fat and cholesterol they consumed), the more improvement we measured — at any age. But for reversing disease, a whole-foods, plant-based diet seems to be necessary.

In addition, what’s good for you is good for our planet. Livestock production causes more disruption of the climate than all forms of transportation combined. And because it takes as much as 10 times more grain to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption, eating a plant-based diet could free up resources for the hungry.

What you gain is so much more than what you give up.

Source: “The Myth of High-Protein Diets” by Dean Ornish MD, The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, March 23, 2015