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Whatever resolution do, Don’t Diet

By now we all know that 65% Americans are overweight or obese. In all history, it has never happened before that so many people were so big.

At the same time, we have more diets than ever.

It’s obvious the diets are not working. Low carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, and on and on, one diet after another bites the dust. When people go on diets, one thing is for sure. They will eventually go off their diet. The old habits come back and the weight comes back.

Do you know about that? Intimately?Why is that? Because diets don’t work.What does work is healthy eating. I’m talking science.

Research shows that a low glycemic diet is the healthiest of all. If you haven’t heard this, its because its news. They’ve proven it but word hasn’t really gotten around just yet. Exactly what a low glycemic diet is is even harder to grasp for most of us and what we think it is, is often wrong.

Unfortunately, holiday foods are almost entirely high glycemic. So is about 90% America’s typical diet. That’s why we have this epidemic of overweight, heart disease and diabetes.

Here’s some good news. It’s been shown that if you could just have a low glycemic BREAKFAST, you will eat 800 less calories during the rest of the day. So you can even start now. Just have yourself a low glycemic breakfast and start some good eating habits even before the new year.

Well, what’s that mean?

No cereals, grains, bagels, pancakes, muffins, cheerios, corn flakes, oatmeal, croissants, Danish, doughnuts, sugar, potatoes (home fries), rice (rice cakes), pasta.

That’s right. No left over spaghetti for breakfast.

So what’s on the menu? How about an avocado?

Nature’s perfect food. It has both a glycemic load and a glycemic index of a perfect 0.

Glycemic index has to do with how much sugar is in a food. Glycemic load has to do with the sugar in the food being balanced with nutrients and fiber. Low load foods release sugars slowly. High load foods release sugars fast. Fast release sugars cause your arteries to spasm and become inflamed, resulting in cholesterol build up along those arteries which is actually protection from the inflammation.

Athletes used to think they needed the fast release sugars to give them that extra spurt of energy. The newest thinking, clinically proven as well as proven by the pros and gold medalists, is that the slow sugars are better for athletic performance.Also on the healthy breakfast menu are fresh fruits and vegetables. Or a low glycemic breakfast shake. Be careful with your protein shake. Most are high glycemic.

Come on. You can do it for just one meal a day and have a healthier, happier new you in the new year. Saving 800 calories each day, you might be in better shape when the summer rolls around.

And instead of dieting, how about eating to lose weight? That’s right. If you change your diet from high glycemic to low glycemic, you will actually eat and lose weight. We believe so strongly that this diet change is the one thing that will reverse the unhealthy trends of overweight, heart disease, and diabetes that we’ll show you how to make the switch free. We can also direct you to websites and teleclasses that will support you while you go from unhealthy to healthy.

This is not a diet. This is not something you go on and then go off. This is something you feel the benefit and change for life. Little by little. We suggest you start with breakfast.

Elizabeth Pasquale, LMT, CST is the director of Well On The Way®, a holistic healing center with offices in White Plains and Ossining, NY. Go to or call Elizabeth at 914-762-4693 and find out about the Healthy For Life Program. Readers of Natural Awakenings get a FREE CONSULTATION.

Secret to Effective DETOX! Because you asked for it!

Everywhere I turn, people are either asking me about how to effectively detox or telling me how they are doing it. When they tell me the method they are using, they are often asking if I think this is an effective method. Most of the time, I really don’t know for sure. One measure of effectiveness is if you are feeling better. But many toxins don’t manifest symptoms early on, so it’s hard to go by that. There are very few products that have objective evidence of effectiveness.

Let’s face it, toxins invade our bodies from every direction!! But no need to panic. There are effective ways out there to handle it.

I was really happy to discover this brief video that describes a very simple & easy way to turn on the natural detox process in our bodies. I wanted to share it with you right away because it gives us reliable proof that its actually working! Proven effectiveness is a rarity in many detox products on the market. Check this video out and let’s talk!

Feel free to give me a call at 914 762 4693.

This is my swimming hole pictured here. This is the Croton River, which flows down from the Croton Reservoir and ends in the Hudson River. It’s an interesting river because, like the Hudson, it flows in 2 directions. The Hudson flows from the Adirondack Mountains and ends up in NY Harbor. But at high tide, the Hudson flows in reverse, with salt water coming up the river.

Croton River & my dog, Max

At high tide, the little Croton River also flows in reverse and heads back in the direction of the reservoir until it reaches the small dams in place to provide swimming lakes.

Every moment of every day there is a different delight to enjoy at my swimming hole. It changes depth and light and character with the changing tides, weather, and cloud formations.

This summer there were 2 incidents when anxiety crept into my idyllic get-away. There was the sewage spill at Yonkers and a second spill at Ossining. The Hudson Riverkeeper keeps us aware of “bad” effluent days, even when there is no disastrous spill. The truth is our sewage infrastructure, even on good days, is over-taxed and needs to be brought up to speed with the population growth.

Be sure to check out the Riverkeeper website at to see how you can contribute to the solution! I was concerned about swimming with all these sewage spills. My favorite spot was never affected, though many beaches were closed. Even so, I wonder what’s getting into me when I swim. As the water flows up to my swimming hole from the Hudson with the high tide, it passes through a natural filtration system of reeds and swamp. When it comes from the other direction, it flows from the Croton Reservoir, which is as pure as it can get.

“As pure as it can get” How pure is that? Recently I got a new water purifier from my friend. I can’t tell you a lot about it, except that I go by the wisdom of my friends on this one. The purifier I got actually has 3 separate filters. One takes out mercury, flouride and chlorine as well as other heavy metals. One aerates it. One takes out drugs!

This one surprised me. Drugs! Of course, what they say is true. We are all one. So if one is taking anti-depressants, anti-biotics, statins, WHATEVER!! Then we all are taking it, because, eventually, it gets in the water!

So this is how I am taking steps to make my home, my body healthy. I’m purifying my water and I’m following the advice of that video, building up my body to detox naturally on its own!

My body will be SUPER capable of de-toxing poisons that never before existed for a body to deal with. Will yours? I’m happy to help you get your body turned into an effective detox machine, too. Just contact me & we’ll get you going.

with love,

40th High SchooL ReUnion: A Review of My Life As A House

It all started on Friday, November 12, 2010, with the Millburn High School Class of 1970 40th reunion, class of 1970 from Millburn, New Jersey.  We were a wild bunch.  It was the end of the love decade, the 60’s, and we didn’t know the trouble we were about to get into in the 70’s.

L to R Lee Farber, Elizabeth Pasquale, George Friedman, Barbara Dalton

We were a high school half in the old way of collegiate, ivy league prep and sports, and half in a new way–drugs, music,  experimentation, anti-war demonstrations– left-over hippies looking for a new decade’s identity.

I graduated (barely, having majored in skipping classes, please don’t tell my parents!) and wondered how my sensitive friends, who seemed so ill-fitted for society, would fare and they may have wondered the same about me.  I loved them and didn’t want them to be crushed.  We all seemed so fragile to be taking on the world. (more…)

Reverse the Irreversable? Anti-aging? You must be dreaming!

Some time ago a 14 year old girl came into my therapy office, brought in by her family which included Mom and sisters.  Let’s call the girl Sarah.

Sarah could barely make it up my 3 flights of stairs.  She walked with difficulty with a cane.  Sarah had had leukemia, which was in remission.  But cancer treatments which had saved her life had also disabled her.  

According to her doctors, she had the bone density of a 90 year old–severe osteoporosis.  On good days she could walk with a cane.  Bad days meant a wheelchair.  The doctors told her that her condition was irreversible and that it would only get worse with time.

The Cause of Autism

A word of caution:  All the articles on this blog are my own wanderings of the mind and so its probably unnecessary for me to point out that this one is as well.  But autism is a touchy subject, so I am reminding you here at the beginning of this article.  The following are my opinions.  Just bear in mind that most of what we think are facts are not facts at all.  They are just other people’s opinions and these are mine.

I was sitting at lunch with a friend of mine the other day and she was telling me about her neighbor.  The neighbor has a child with autism.  She was saying how she knows so many people who have children with autism or on the “spectrum”.  I guess most everyone knows that term, on the “spectrum”, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll explain.

Autism is a condition that varies widely amongst the children it affects.  There is a spectrum of  degrees of the disorder, from full blown symptoms to very mild attention deficit disorder.  Full blown autistic children don’t like to be touched, can’t speak, and can display obsessive behaviors such as head banging or hand waving.  Mild autism spectrum can be a slowness to learn how to speak or inability to concentrate in school to mild hyperactivity.  The mild end of the spectrum gets its own name, ADD or attention deficit disorder or ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The statistics vary, but generally 1 in 100 children suffer from autism and in some localities it can be 1 in 75 or even 50 children.  Contrast this to the 1950’s & 60’s when the rate was 1 in 10,000 children.

So my friend asked me, “Why are there so many children with autism?  Does anyone know what causes autism?”

The cause of autism is not unknown.  I am not the brightest star in the sky and I know what causes autism, so certainly there are many people more savvy than me who know as well.  (more…)

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