Showing posts from January, 2012

Getting organized

Trying to get organized so that I can manage to get everything done. Need to squeeze so much into a short timeframe. It will be challenging, to say the least.  I need to keep a balance though I know that so will try to take moments for me, in between. Walking my dogs is great for exercise and to get outside in the fresh air. The weather has been great in Southern California the last few weeks. I can't complain.   Well here's to the next week. I hope it's productive for everyone. I need to schedule my clinicals so I will be working on that!...:) Until next time, Nikki B. signing off.

Last Semester

Well it's my last semester in my Women's Health program at California State University and it looks like it will be rather enjoyable! Next week we are already planning a potluck during one of the luncheon lectures. I volunteered to bring stuffed grape leaves! (We have a Mediterranean theme for the lunch.)
I have already started to review and begin my coursework. It is primarily focusing on high risk pregnancies this semester. And of course we cover older material that has been building since the beginning of the program.  

I have a desire to help moms and families with wholesome nutritional choices. How I will do that is not quite formulated in my mind. But I may begin with researching wellness centers in the local area in Orange County. Since healthcare is ever-changing, a new or different approach may be welcome.

I will bring you updates and tidbits as I progress along each week. I am happy and excited at the same time. May you have a wonderful week ahead and a restful weekend!…

Song of the day


Homemade spaghetti

Good Morning! Good Afternoon!

I am making homemade spaghetti today! 

And to start, I need onions and garlic (chopped), saute in a pan with olive oil,  fry in a separate pan a package of hamburger meat (or turkey sausage, if you prefer), strain off the grease and place in pan with onions, add seasoning.

I usually like to add Garlic Powder, Italian seasoning and salt, to taste. Add a can of stewed tomatoes, 2 cans of tomato sauce and 1 can of tomato paste. Then add water to 3-4 cups. Bring to a boil, stir. Then place on medium to low heat.

Saturday Saturday

Well Saturday was an unexpected delight! Met up with a friend in San Clemente CA and first had a pedicure to relax after a long week of working. Then went to a fabulous place to eat called "South of Nick's." Their food was divine and their drinks too! Can't say enough great things about it! Only to follow it with great company and atmosphere as the evening progressed. All in all, what a wonderful Saturday it has been! Hope everyone has a great weekend of rest and relaxation! Here's to enjoying tomorrow's game! Who will win?? I guess we will have to wait and see....

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!  xin nian kuai le This is the Year of the Dragon.


Okay so I've been on my detox programfor over a week now. I can honestly say that I don't really miss sugar or sweets. But I do miss my pasta and bread! The craving I have most often is for spaghetti, which has to be my all time favorite!! My background is part Italian and I was raised with Sunday spaghetti night dinners.  Getting back to the diet, I had a delicious bowl of fresh pineapple and homemade yogurt. My weight has fluctuated over the last week. At first I had lost about 5 lbs only to gain 2 back, which is expected. Overall, I don't want to lose too quickly, but rather follow a more natural and healthy plan.  I will continue even after the 24th of this month, to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less processed foods. And will slowly introduce more carbs into my diet, as I go. Over the long term, I believe I will lose more fat and less muscle. So for those following special diets after the New Year, I hope you are managing to meet your goals and rewarding you…

Video of the day

After a long day I am just relaxing and here's a video to do that! Good night all. Until tomorrow.

White bean soup recipe

Since I have been on the detox diet, 7th day today, I have been paying more attention to whole foods and making more homemade items. Soup is easy to make. Here is one recipe that can be applied to really any kind of soup. Starting with beans of your choice. Here I selected white northern beans. It is important to soak your beans at least for a few hours, (I prefer to soak mine overnight) otherwise they can be very upsetting to your stomach.
After which, I rinse them twice to get the top layer off and place them on the stove with a low heat. Add sliced vegetables, I love to cook soup with celery and carrots. So I have added them here. Another great element to add to any delicious  soup is fresh, sliced garlic. It is very good for your health. Then as with any great soup recipe, spices are also added for flavor. I have added:
garlic powder, 
Italian seasonings, 
minced onions and Sea salt, to taste.
Continue to cook on a low flame for 1 to 2 hours. You can add your favorite white wine also, if …

Wintery Saturday

Here's a video for a quiet Saturday, a day of repose from the hectic schedule of the week gone by.  I went for my early morning massage  and felt rejuvenated so much.  May I wish all of you an inspired  and well rested weekend ahead. 
Meditation video

The benefits of Yogurt

Good Afternoon.

The Naked Truth about vitamins

Just want to take a few minutes, before hitting the hay, to blog about my thoughts on juicing.  Over a year and a half ago, I started drinking "Naked Juice" because I find that the vitamins that you can gain from these "natural, non-GMO" juices were more than you could ever dream to get in eating all the fruits and vegetables to equal the same amount.  In other words, it is packed with nutrition. As I am cleansing this week and in the following, I must tell you that taking supplemental vitamins is a a must! Although I will be quite honest with you, I am quite a vitamin supplement advocate, especially Vitamin C. If you were to look in my cabinet today, you would see: vitamins B,C,D, E, Co-Q 10, Iron, and Multivitamins.
My friend, Susana Lopes, RN, health coach, marathoner, yoga instructor,  and nutrition counselor for "Nutrition for the Soul", recommended a raw food diet where you grow your own "sprouts" and keep everything at a temperature of 118 …

Modified detox diet

I decided to develop my own modified version of a "cleanse" or "detox" program. Basically, I am cutting out sugar, carbs, sweets, starches and anything I would normally find to snack on and replacing them with fruit, veggies, yogurt and protein. I guess it would be close to a diabetic diet. I have planned to do this for 10 to 14 days but probably will complete the 2 weeks until January 24. I will say that I am not willing to give up coffee though, but I do drink tea equally as much as coffee. So far so good. One day down, 13 more to go.

Here's a great recipe that looks so delish! 

Greek SaladRecipe courtesy Rachael Ray
Prep Time:10 minInactive Prep Time:--Cook Time:2 minLevel:EasyServes:4 servings Ingredients

Gazing forward

Looking ahead for the week, I am almost over my cold. It's taken a little bit more time than originally thought but maybe I needed the extra downtime, like we all do. If we need the time we should take it. No matter what we go through, it's the choices we make each day, that make up special moments.
A choice I would like to start the year off with is to do a "cleanse" and to "detoxify" my body in a natural way. I won't completely "fast" but will refrain from fast, fried, processed and "chemicals-added" foods. I will attempt this for 10 - 14 days and will let you know how I progress. Since I have been sick this last week, I will drink plenty of fluids and increase my healthy food choices as I can tolerate them, just to keep my strength up.
I would like to come up with some healthy recipes that I will share with you as I discover them, as well as the exact cleanse program I will be using. No better way, can I think of, to begin the year,…