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Celebrating Halloween without Sugar Overload

Halloween is one week from today! What you need is a strategy to skip the sugar overload and subsequent guilt that follows. Check out this guest post with great tips from my friend Stu Lieberman.

To set up a strategy before the holiday season sets in, take advantage of my pre-holiday private coaching special going on now until Nov. 14, 2014. Space is limited.

http://www.totalhealthcounseling.com/pre-holiday-special-limited-time-offer/

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Amp Your Health With Raw Juce

Juicing seems to be everywhere and now Boca Raton is home to a new juice bar called Raw Juce.

Raw Juce serves up organic cold-pressed juice. They use a masticating style juicer that presses juice out of fresh fruit and veggies. Many juicers you may have seen are centrifugal where produce goes down the chute and juice goes one way and pulp goes the other way. Masticating juices simply press the produce to squeeze the juice out, there is far less pulp waste, so you are getting more nutrients in the juice. Typically this type of juicer is more expensive as well.

For more about different types of juicers here’s great article:

http://www.juicingbook.com/centrifugal-masticating-juicers#.Uoq6W-Ilj0P

or here: http://www.harvestessentials.com/whatjuicisri.html

Raw Juce has delicious creations such as Carrot Cake, Raw Green, Haute to Trot, and Coconut Kale-Ada to name a few. Stop in a try a few samples before deciding.

I met up with a girl friend this weekend at Raw Juce instead of meeting up for coffee. We started off sampling juices and yes they have cold-pressed coffee too. All juces tasted great, but I found a few favorites right away that I love. They also make smoothies, salads, oatmeal parfaits, acai bowls (like a dairy free banana split), and coffee drinks with almond milk.

Sample a bunch of flavors, then pick your ready made bottle of juice. This type of juice does not separate and stays delicious for up to 3-4 days.

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On a chalk board opposite the menu board shows their story and creed. They are really dedicated to serving up healthy and delicious foods with integrity. The ingredients are organic and they source local as much as possible.

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Menu up on the chalk board and comfortable seating area inside and outside.

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Sample barrels with tons of flavors to try. Drinks and food to eat there or to go. The advantage of this is that you can get in and out if you’re in a hurry.

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Love all the pretty colors and amazing flavors! All natural and vibrant colors made by nature, nothing artificial, no preservatives.

Disclaimer: All Juces are unpasteurized and could contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

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Raw Juce http://www.rawjuce.com/

(behind Brewzii off Glades Road, next to Fly Wheel)

2200 Glades Road

Glades Plaza

Suite 403

Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.424.JUCE

teddy@rawjuce.com

Market 17 Hits The Mark With High Quality Local And Gourmet Dining

On Saturday night, my husband and I decided to venture out on the town a little further from home. Typically we dine anywhere that’s within a 10 minute drive. We decided to head down to Fort Lauderdale to see what was new and good. We consulted with Yelp.com of course and Google maps. After reading some reviews of places we wanted to try I read about Market 17 that someone mentioned in their Yelp review of another restaurant. I yelped Market 17 then jumped over to their website, they had me at local, organic, and farm-to-table(!!). They also have an outstanding happy hour 4:30-7pm seven days a week, so my husband was willing to check it out.

We arrived around 6pm and there was one other couple at the bar. That worried us a little, but we decided to at least stay for a drink and appetizer, why not for half off! Creative cocktails and a beautiful ambiance set the mood for a wonderful evening, we ended up staying a few hours Smile. By the time we left around 9pm, there restaurant was quite full! We were surprised more people did not arrive early for their outstanding happy hour specials.

Here’s a photo of the mostly devoured charcuterie we ordered. You can get 3 items for $15, 5 for $25 and 7 for $32. It was absolutely delicious, almost forgot to take a picture! We ordered the chicken pear sausage (my favorite), andouille sausage (Heman’s favorite), and chocolate stout cheddar (Heman really like this one, no cheese for me). The chicken pear sausage was juicy, sweet, and a little crispy on the outside, I loved it! My husband preferred the andouille sausage, it was flavorful but not too spicy as sometimes andouille can be. He really liked the cheese as well, the chocolate stout was different but the flavor combination was delicious. Drink pictured below is the Partridge in a Pear tree made with pear vodka and pear nectar, I asked them to hold the fennel syrup. We also sampled the M-17 (a take on an Old-Fashioned), and Prickly Passion Martini, fruity but not too sweet.

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On the side of the menu, you can see where your food comes from…veggies, meats, cheeses, eggs, seafood, it’s all there!! This aspect of Market 17 had me jumping up and down. To top it off, the meal was amazing with kind and generous service. Very impressed and happy we ventured down to Fort Lauderdale to check this place out!

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Menu with starters, salads, charcuterie, entrees (petite and regular portions, which I love), and sides/snacks.

The menu changes often, check out their website for the latest and greatest: http://www.market17.net/menus.htm

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Gorgeous ambience at Market 17. We dined at the bar, there are high top tables in the bar area as well. Dining available outside and, indoors next to glass doors so you can feel like you’re outside. They have another dining area as well away from the windows with dim lighting. This restaurant is fairly large so they can accommodate larger parties. Decorations are beautifully done!

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Complimentary bread served with dinner. Butter with garlic and chives.

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My husband ordered the Pan Roasted Guinea Hen (regular portion) with aged cheddar grits, rainbow carrots, heirloom tomatoes, and kale. Heman loves grits and said the meat was tender and perfectly cooked, and he said the tomatoes were very flavorful as well. Typically he only like pasta sauce or salsa, so the tomatoes were definitely tasty enough for my picky eater.

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I enjoyed the Grilled Grassfed Beef Striploin (petite portion – 4 ounces meat) with braised greens instead of the yukon mashed potatoes (since they contain milk and butter) along with roasted cauliflower and sauteed kale. This dish was incredibly good, I love a high quality piece of meat with greens – my favorite! They had me at grassfed beef and it was quite tender and perfectly medium rare as requested.

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We finished the evening with espresso and then headed home having fully enjoyed this dining adventure.

If you are really adventurous, they have a food event called Dining in the Dark. You can call to reserve and the concept is exactly that, dining in the dark. You tell them your likes and dislikes and notify them of any food allergies. They create the menu and you dine in the dark, not knowing what is on the menu. It’s a way to expand your palette safely in a gourmet meal. This method is to heighten your other senses while eating, rather than just eating with your eyes. Smell, taste, texture play a bigger role when dining in the dark. Call 954.835.5507 to make your reservations.

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Good Bye and Good Night Market 17, we will be seeing you again soon!

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Market 17

1850 SE 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Located on the SW corner of the 17th St. Bridge, parking next to the Convention Center.

Healthy Holiday Shopping Guide

It’s holiday shopping time and what better way to show your love than give gifts that will create better health. Here’s my list of best bets for health wise gifts to give this year.

1. A series of fitness or yoga classes or even a massage from Groupon or Living Social!!

2. A gift certificate for home delivered Organic produce, teas, beans, herbs/spices, nuts, whole grains, gourmet salts, coffee, and sprouts. Healthy World Organics is my favorite local home delivered organics.

3. Work out gear, a great functional gift and very motivating. Who doesn’t love working out in gear that looks great and makes you feel great too!!

4. Stainless steel water bottles, Nathan is my very favorite! We have several in our home and are great for staying hydrated when you’re on-the-go!

5. Foam roller is great for working soreness out of tight muscles. These are all the rage now, a great way to give yourself a massage or use for doing core strengthening Pilates moves.

6. The gift of laughter is one of the best gifts for greater health! Make someone smile with a Happy Dancing Solar Flower!

7. Give the gift of health with Health Coaching Sessions! Give my $99 Healthy Holiday Coaching Special to yourself or someone you love!!

8. Thinking positive is one of the best ways to improve your health and how much joy you get out of life. I Can Do It 2012 Calendar by Louise Hay provides daily positive affirmations and words of wisdom to bring more good into your life.

9. A great cook book filled with healthy meals that taste great and are great for you! The Healthiest Meals on Earth, Eat, Drink, and Weigh Less, Greens Glorious Greens, Feeding the Whole Family, Clean Food, Peas and Thank You. I have most of these books except 2 and they are on my wish list this year!

10. For a splurge, here’s some great gadgets: Garmin 305, Vitamix, Breville Juicer, BOSU Balance Trainer.