Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gratitude: The Thanks in Thanksgiving

butterfliesbest2_550w-5463925a_site_icon-256x256Gratitude:  The Thanks in Thanksgiving

CLC talks with listeners about Holiday Ups and Downs in this 6-episode series.  In this episode, we talk about gratitude and the feeling essence of Thanksgiving.  We’ll tell you some of the major benefits of cultivating gratitude, around the holidays and every day, including emotional help, social dividends, support for better marriages and relationships, boosts to your health, and help with your career or business.  We’ll also share some tips about how you can start practicing gratitude as a skill and highlighting it as character strength.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

DISCLAIMER:  Complete Life Coaching, Vicy Wilkinson, and associates offer coaching services and help with long-term recovery, change, and goal setting.  No person affiliated with this organization is a physician or mental health provider, and should not be used, substituted, or consulted as such.

 

Healthy Holiday Recipes ~ Paleo Sweet Potato Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Paleo Sweet Potato Chocolate BreadA friend of mine posted a recipe for sweet potato bread pudding, which sounded awesome because I do so love sweet potatoes, so I clicked on the link to take a peek… and concluded that although I’m sure it would be awesome, it was also a zillion tons of sugar per serving so it was basically diabetes in bread pudding form. However, it made me start reminiscing about my Daddy’s favorite cake which both my mom and my Grandmother would make for him during December, which began with his birthday and ended with Christmastime.  The cake is divine and it’s an old family recipe called Sweet Potato Chocolate cake.  Alas, it is diabetes in cake form, and diabetes is the reason I no longer get to spend time at the holidays or any other days with my Dad, who lost his life to it in 2002.  So, I wondered how I might achieve that delicious cake-y goodness that brings back so many happy memories in a less-likely-to-kill-me sort of way. (Note:  My sweet grandmother’s take on “diet” sweet potato chocolate cake was to make it in 2 layers instead of 3. Love her. ♥) This thought led me down the path of a little kitchen alchemy: combining my family’s sweet potato chocolate cake concept with a random ‪#‎paleo zucchini bread recipe. My experiment turned out so well that I had to make it an official recipe and share it with the world!  I’ve now made three loaves of this stuff and it’s swiftly becoming a new holiday favorite!  And the best part of this deliciousness:  it’s very low sugar and you get lots of whole food nutrients to boot!  Cake with vegetables that tastes amazing?!?  YES, PLEASE!

Here’s the recipe!  Please bake, share, embellish as you wish… and ENJOY!  ♥

  1. ½ cup coconut flour
  2. 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  3. ¼ tsp. baking powder (aluminum free)
  4. ½ tsp. salt
  5. 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  6. ½ tsp. nutmeg
  7. 2 tsp. dark cocoa powder
  8. ¼ tsp. allspice
  9. ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  10. 3 pasture-raised eggs
  11. 2-3 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup (I used 3 Tbsp. raw honey & 3 pitted prunes I just needed to use up! Note: It was plenty sweet for me, but you can add more sweet stuff if your taste buds really want sweet and are used to refined sugars.  I suggest 1 extra Tbsp. of coconut palm sugar.)
  12. 1 cup-ish (1 medium) zucchini, shredded finely (I just food processed it)
  13. ½ a large or 1 whole medium sized (already cooked) sweet potato, mashed
  14. 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, plus a bit extra if greasing the pan
  15. ½ cup walnuts or your other favorite nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Shred your zucchini finely, and mash your sweet potato.
  4. Add in the eggs and other liquid or soft ingredients.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and spices, and stir until the batter is smooth. (You can use a mixer if you have one, but it is not required.  Very easy to mix up with just a bowl and a spoon!)
  6. Stir in the nuts, if using.
  7. Pour or spoon batter into your greased loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. (Batter will be thick and sticky.)
  8. Bring it out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
  9. Enjoy!

Serving suggestion:  Pair with your favorite hot tea or coffee at breakfast time.
It’s perfect!

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Marina Ponton, DAOMAcupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
with Dr. Marina Ponton, DAOM

Join us for the last episode of our new 4-week Health & Wellness podcast series! This episode features an interview with Dr. Marina Ponton, DAOM, from Greenville Natural Health Center.

Marina Ponton has been a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in private practice since 1998. Her practice focuses on helping others achieve and maintain their optimal health through acupuncture, herbs, diet, supplements and nutrition. Dr. Ponton’s belief in healing the body through natural methods has led her to practice and lecture in the United States, Sweden and Holland. She has studied at the American University of Paris, FAMU University in Prague, University of Miami, Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Ponton has a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a specialization in women’s health and longevity medicine.

Dr. Ponton is an exceptionally talented natural health practitioner and well recognized lecturer who is passionate about educating patients on the importance of incorporating natural health modalities into their every day life. Some of her specialties include pain management, women’s health and fertility, holistic dermatology, environmental diseases and mental and emotional disorders. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

More about Marina and her practice: http://www.greenvillenaturalhealth.com/

Our Health & Wellness series is designed to give you a kickstart in motivation to explore some things that can help you build a better life and a better business… because when you feel great, everything is easier!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/completelifecoaching/2014/04/07/acupuncture-traditional-chinese-medicine-with-dr-marina-ponton-daom

What is “Row-Ga!”?

rowgalogosmallWhat is “Row-Ga!”?
Interview with Laura Caylor, certified yoga teacher & Concept2 certified indoor rowing instructor

Join us for the third episode of our new 4-week Health & Wellness podcast series! This episode features an interview with Laura Caylor, certified yoga teacher, Supreme Science Qi Gong Level III, Thai Yoga certified, Concept2 certified rowing instructor, and pretty much one of the most fabulous women we know. She and her husband Lowell Caylor own Greenville Indoor Rowing in Greenville, SC, and Laura offers special “Row-ga!” classes Tuesday – Thursday at 11am.  We’ll talk about Laura’s personal yoga journey and discuss how the combination of yoga and rowing creates an amazing and inspirational workout that helps you build lean muscle mass, tone up, shed extra pounds, and learn to LOVE TO HAVE FUN again with people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and ages.

Learn more about GIR and Laura’s classes: http://www.greenvilleindoorrowing.com/.

Our Health & Wellness series is designed to give you a kickstart in motivation to explore some things that can help you build a better life and a better business… because when you feel great, everything is easier!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/completelifecoaching/2014/03/31/what-is-row-ga-interview-with-laura-caylor-certified-yoga-teacher

Sound Therapy: Can It Help YOU with Anxiety?

sonicyogiSound Therapy: Can It Help YOU with Anxiety?
with Jonathan Adams aka Sonic Yogi

Join us for the second episode of our new 4-week Health & Wellness podcast series! This episode features an interview with Jonathan Adams aka Sonic Yogi, professional musician and really nice guy, who discovered Sound Therapy and deep transformation and healing through his personal struggle with anxiety and depression.  On top of traveling the country playing guitar with his band, Jonathan practices Sound Therapy for individuals near Atlanta, in his (now) hometown of Lawrenceville, GA, and also in Decatur, GA.

Learn more about Jonathan and download some samples of his healing tracks here:  http://sonicyogi.com/.

Our Health & Wellness series is designed to give you a kickstart in motivation to explore some things that can help you build a better life and a better business… because when you feel great, everything is easier!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/completelifecoaching/2014/03/24/sound-therapy-can-it-help-you-with-anxiety-with-jonathan-adams-aka-sonic-yogi

What is Paleo and How Can It Help You? with Sandi Smith from Paleo Greenville

SandiWhat is Paleo and How Can It Help You?
with Sandi Smith from Paleo Greenville

Join us for the first episode of our new 4-week Health & Wellness series!  This episode features an interview with Paleo Greenville founder and Full-Time Wife and Mommy Sandi Smith, who takes her family’s long-term health seriously, and helps others do the same.  We’ll share some personal stories and insights about how changing our diets have helped us lose weight, get glowing skin that makes us look years younger, cleared our thinking, and made us happier!  We talk about our own experiences with the amazing Whole30 program, and encourage you to check it out yourself!

Our Health & Wellness series is designed to give you a kickstart in motivation to explore some things that can help you build a better life and a better business… because when you feel great, everything is easier!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/completelifecoaching/2014/03/17/what-is-paleo-and-how-can-it-help-you-with-sandi-smith-from-paleo-greenville