The Secret Ingredient

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In the movie Kung Fu Panda, we follow the journey of Po, a young panda who is told that he is a prophesied warrior destined to achieve greatness and become the protector of the land. The problem is, Po is overweight, clumsy, and seemingly not at all the warrior type. He spends a portion of the movie training, doing his best to catch up with the Kung Fu masters, but he fails spectacularly at first. He starts to believe that he is nothing special, and will never be the great hero he’s supposed to be. Continue reading

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Splinters

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Recently I was driving home with my kids, when my four year old said, “Mommy, do you remember when I had that splinter and you had to take it out?”

“Yes, I remember” I replied

“Well, that hurt.”

“I know, sweetie, but it would hurt more to leave it in.”

As I thought about that, the impression came to me that many of us are living with emotional splinters. We leave them there, because we think it will be easier than to pull it out.

Although emotional splinters can represent many things, today I want to focus on forgiveness. Continue reading

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

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This meal includes all of the flavor of tacos but with lettuce leaves instead of tortillas. This simple meal includes a variety of healthful benefits like vitamins A,C, and fiber from the lettuce. The pico de gallo salsa aids in body detoxification and strengthening the immune system, and the pinto beans contain fiber, protein, and more vitamins. These are just some of the health benefits for this quick and flavorful mean, enjoy!

This recipe includes our taco seasoning and pico de gallo recipes. We suggest making them ahead of time to cut back on prep time.

*This recipe can be used while on the diabetes or weight loss programs Continue reading

Not Born to Quit

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There’s something you learn once your child begins to walk. They get into everything! This is so true with my daughter. We’ve had to move books, movies, and other things higher so she doesn’t get into them. What’s (sometimes) funny to watch is how my daughter still looks for ways to get the things we put out of her reach. She is persistent and resourceful. She really doesn’t know when to quit. If you watch any child, you’ll see a similar persistence. They’ll do what they can to get your food, a toy, attention, and are especially persistent when learning to crawl and walk. As I’ve watched my daughter, though, I realized that she really doesn’t give up. It occurred to me that every single one of us is born with an innate determination not to quit. We are born persistent.

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Taco Seasoning

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Herbs and spices give flavor to every meal, however many pre packaged seasonings have added sugar, maltodextrin, MSG and cellulose, just to name a few. In order to avoid these added ingredients which are not beneficial to health, we recommend making your own spice blends as often as possible. This taco seasoning comes together quickly and makes enough for more than one meal.

** This recipe can be used while on the diabetes or weight loss program. Continue reading

5 Lessons from my One-Year Old

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It’s amazing what you can learn from children. I have a 1 year old (14 months old, to be exact). Being a father has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It isn’t always easy, but I wouldn’t trade the world for my daughter. As I’ve been trying to teach her, though, I can’t help but find myself being taught by her. So, in honor of her, I’d like to share 5 lessons I’ve learned from my 1 year old. Continue reading

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

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Here’s another great smoothie that can also be enjoyed by diabetics and non diabetics alike. It contains a great mix of nutrients from watermelon, cucumber, strawberries and greens.

Important Note – Phytotherapi’s weight loss or diabetes protocols use a specific Nutritional Guide.  If you’re currently undergoing those protocols, wait until after you’re done with the program before eating this smoothie.  Continue reading