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Chillin’ with lime basil sorbet

Enjoy this fast, easy and refreshing “amuse bouche”.  This lime basil sorbet can be served as a pallet cleanser, dessert, snack or add some rum for a frozen daiquiri. Simple ingredients, ready in minutes.

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Brain Fog

Have you been experiencing a lack of focus, poor memory, difficulty finding the right word or learning new things?  You may be experiencing brain fog.  Many things affect brain health including food. Today we are looking at a super food that can feed your brain the fuel it needs for optimal health, walnuts.

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zoodles?!

Looking for a healthy, gluten free alternative for pasta?  Gluten can cause inflammation. This week I’m showing you a quick, easy and fun way to turn your vegetables into pasta.

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Food Detective

What unhealthy food traps are lurking in your cupboard?

The FDA has just declared that all partially hydrogenated oils will be banned….in 2018.They know those ugly fats are responsible for a number of diseases.  Your mission, should you decide to accept is:  Get them out now with a kitchen detox.

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tis the season: drink up

Don’t forget to give yourself the gift of hydration.  Learn the benefits of drinking up to motivate you, especially at this time of year.

If you would like to donate money to bring fresh water to under developed countries, this organization gives 100% of your tax deductible contribution to water projects. You can contribute any amount. It’s very simple and legit. Just visit this great website (after watching my video of course).  Everyone deserves fresh water. Thank you!

my.charitywater.org/tis-the-season-2

 

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My Sweet Potato

Have a laugh and a dance with Petite Child as she shares her favorite, healthy, two minute recipe for the sweet potato.

This vegetable is mother nature’s richest source of beta carotene.

The recipe is at the end of the video.

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Keep your cool

Petite Amour Child (Julia Child’s illegitimate love child) is back with a cool summer recipe to beat the heat.  A tasty way to enjoy the benefits of raw cabbage, almonds and sunflower seeds.  Just add chicken or shrimp for a complete easy meal in a bowl. Bon Appetite!

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Express yourself

What could you achieve if you were completely uninhibited and there was nothing stopping you?
I am here to support you and say “Go for it!

What can you say yes to that will make your heart sing and your loins quiver?
I am posting a fave video from last summer in celebration of saying yes and letting inhibitions go (with a little Cinco de Mayo thrown in for good measure).

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Party in a Glass

Feeling a little blah?  Instead of reaching for that glass of wine, bowl of ice cream or bag of cookies, try this refreshing green lemonade.  Organic, nutritious, chock full of antioxidants and oh so tasty.  Petite Child pays us a visit and brings us a party in a glass.  Today we are juicing, rebooting our health and mind set.

Share with us in the comments below how you like to reboot yourself in the winter.

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Kiss (of ginger)

I woke  up with a cold and sore throat, after a plane  ride, a strange hotel, and lots of rich sweet, food.

The first thing I did when I got home was make myself some warm ginger tea.

Ginger is like a good kiss: heartwarming, a bit spicy and stimulates the appetite 😉

This root is miraculous in so many ways.

Watch now as I share at least 10  benefits of the kiss of ginger, and have a dance with me at the end.

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which road are you going to take?

Happy Thanksgiving.

Which road are you going to take this season?  The steeper route that gets you there quicker or the easier route with the better views?

Take time to enjoy family and friends as I re-share my favorite raw kale salad recipe.  I’m taking the easier route now by leaving the stems on the leaves.  Just as yummy and more nutritious.

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Stayin’ Alive with Healthy ph

 News Flash!

Cancerous tissues are acidic where as healthy tissue is alkaline.

Remember those pictures of food pyramids in school showing the scale of the Standard American Diet (SAD)?
If we ate those proportions, 80% of the recommended food is acidic and 20% is alkaline.
We’ve got to reverse those percentages!

Don’t get overwhelmed.  It’s not about being perfect.  It’s about making healthy choices.

Today is part two of some life changing information and steps you can take to take control of your health.

There are 3 ways to take control of acidity in your body:

1. Diet (eat more alkaline and less acid producing foods).

2. Lifestyle (sleeping late, not exercising, smoking and drinking excessively can cause you to be acidic).

3. Emotions (stress, anxiety and depression can make you acidic).

Click on the picture below to get the full picture.

 

 

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face the ph phacts: part 1

This is an important post to me.  I feel like I turned my health around last year by taking a look at my daily eating habits.  I’ve always tried to eat healthy foods, but I wasn’t aware of how many foods I was eating were acid-forming.  Acid equals inflammation in the body if not balanced with equal amounts of alkaline foods. Inflammation can cause any number of ailments from heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes to acne, chronic fatigue and digestive issues.  Take a look at what you eat daily and make small changes to bring your body back into balance.  Eat less acid producing foods and more alkaline. Learn how small steps can create big changes.  I’m not saying you have to give up all your favorite foods, just make sure you aren’t eating them daily and unconsciously.  Let’s start with breakfast

I challenge you to keep a diary of what you are eating and see what the balance of acid to alkaline is.  You may be in for a surprise, like I was.  Let me know in the comments below.  p.s. I made a mistake on the video. Yogurt is neutral, not acid forming, because of the cultures.

 

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Fountain of Youth Food

Hold on to your hat.  We have a super food here today that is going to give our dear chia a run for its money.

Can you guess what food has the following benefits?
It’s anti-inflammatory, protects your liver, is loaded with 18 amino acids, B vitamins, and lowers bad cholesterol?

Learn fun food facts and the chef’s way to cut an avocado.  This should be called the Fountain of Youth food!

Today, Petite Child pays a very tongue in cheek homage to this super food and the late, great, European choreographer, Pina Bausch.
Have I gone mad??  I’d love to hear your comments.

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super food for a super you

Guess what food has:
*8 times more omega-3s that Atlantic farmed salmon,
*6 times more calcium than milk
*2 times more fiber than bran flakes
  *15 times more magnesium than broccoli
  reduces inflammation  and is a complete source of protein????

I am so happy to share this discovery with you.  I have been eating this food for 3 months and our own dear Annie has been eating it for the past year.  She gained 8% bone density in one year! Please enjoy and watch what this food has done for me at the end.

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Love Potion #2

It’s practically Independence Day. I want to be free from inhibitions and limiting thoughts. What do you want to gain independence from?  Let me know in the comment section below.
I am going outside my comfort zone again this week and having fun. It makes me feel “youthie”.
This week Petite Amour Child is back for a dance with Lucky Pierre and an exotic organic love potion.
Many thanks to our wonderful Campbell Martin and his unique talents. Enjoy.

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French Smoothie

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 12.39.29 PMgreen drink for health and a laugh.http://youtu.be/KzZ-5BYGYZI

Here is my French Smoothie video.  Click on the link above.

Definition of inspire

1. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative:   2. To breathe in (air); inhale:

Take a breath.  Are you inspired?  Are you inspiring? Are you having fun and playing?!  fun=inspiration  I am constantly looking for people who inspire me to do better, be better, feel better…to have more fun.
My wish is for you all to be inspired to have rich, fulfilling and pain free lives.
Learning new things or new ways to do the same old things stimulate our brains and break old patterns; make us feel more alive.
What can you do to stretch yourself, and get out of your comfort zone?
Please share with me and your teachers how we can encourage you to “stretch” more.
You all continue to inspire me to be a better teacher.  One student in particular this month, blew my socks off.  Scroll down to meet Betty.
with love and to your leap,
Maya

Meet Betty Block.

She is my inspiration of the month.
At age 69, she has been doing with Pilates at the Zone for the past 8 years, twice a week.  You may have met her and her husband, Phil at our PilateZone parties.
Last week she took a white water kayaking course. 75% of the students in the class were under the age of 30.  She lived to tell the tale with a huge smile on her face. (almost as big as the one she has when she does the candlestick walkover on the cadillac).  Thanks for the inspiration Betty.

My inspiration this month is to start working on that video library I mentioned in last month’s newsletter.
My goal is to make 20 Pilates and anatomy videos by July 1st to share with you.  I’m a little shy in front of the camera and decided to sign up for a course to learn how to make and be in online videos.  I’ve been working with a coach and made six short videos last week.  I’m learning about lights, camera angles, and how to be silly and have fun.   I am sharing my green smoothie recipe in a different persona.  My apologies to my European friends for the accent. Watch at your own risk..but I gotta say it was out of my comfort zone and fun.
Click on the link below the photo at the top of the page.
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Easy Apple Pie Recipe

This time of year reminds me to give thanks for all that is.

I am so humbled to be of service to such a great community of movers and shakers.  Thank you!
What fun we had discovering our facia this past week in class, that web of connection that keeps us all together.  When we move with interconnectedness, everything seems easier.  Great to keep in mind as we head into the season of family…….

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Stuffed Pumpkin Recipes

Three tips to help make the fall season power packed:

1. With the change of seasons and cooler weather,  keep active to stay warm.
     -Just five minutes at the beginning of the day can change your metabolism.
     – Daily powerhouse exercises heat the body. Try the “killer ab series” for daily heat:

single leg stretch, double leg stretch, scissors, double leg lowers, criss cross

2.  Rediscover a power house of an ancient food that I am in love with:
    -Quinoa is actually a seed discovered by the Incas that dates back 4000 years.  They called it “gold” because they believed it increased the stamina of the warriors.

Benefits:
-a complete protein containing all 9 amino acids
-rich in iron, B2, manganese and lysine
-all of this means, it helps keep red blood cells healthy, essential for tisue repair and formation of healthy bones and teeth, helps eliminate free radicals, improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.

Preparation:  rinse seeds thoroughly,  simmer in covered pot: one part quinoa to two parts water or broth for 15 minutes, use like you would rice or other grains.  It’s yummy!

3. Discover the power of pumpkins.
-they are one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A, C, and E.

That got me thinking…How about quinoa stuffed pumpkins?

I am sharing two different stuffed pumpkin recipes on the website.
Just go to mayaaubreypilates.com and click on the blog for stuffed pumpkin recipes.

With love and happy halloween,
Maya

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