Oh, How I Love A Dinner Party!

I can remember my parents’ dinner parties when I was a kid. Relegated to the upstairs, I would sneak down to snitch food every so often. I would run like the dickens back upstairs when I was spotted. A multi-layered Jello mold was my mom’s signature dish. She would painstakingly create it over five days leading up to the dinner since she needed to attend to each unique layer separately. My dad would make the fried rice and his own barbecue … Continued

Make Some Smart Substitutions for A Healthier Take on Chicken Piccata

If you know the secret to finding meals that the entire family likes, please share. Our family has a small handful of favorite recipes that we use weekly and at the top of our list is chicken Piccata. Deliciously breaded, thick-sauced chicken piccata. I have many patients with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which means gluten is not their friend. In fact, to their immune system, their thyroid gland looks a lot like gluten (called molecular mimicry) so when there is gluten in … Continued

Mother’s Day Gifts You Haven’t Thought Of

I miss my mother every day but especially on Mother’s Day. She was smart and kind and loved to laugh, which is why she married my dad. He not only made her laugh, he cherished her and taught us to as well. These days I honor my mother by cherishing myself in ways my husband and my boys wouldn’t think of. Mother’s day gifts for yourself A housecleaner. Even just once a blue moon is worth the feeling of having … Continued

Petticoats, Physical Fitness and Pretty Mamas

How do you get your physical fitness? Although I gravitated to tap shoes and ballet slippers when I was young, I was introduced to a variety of ways to stay in shape by my active parents. Picture this…you are 12 years old and your parents come downstairs after getting ready to go out for the evening. Your mom, who normally wears the latest fashion, and your dad, who commonly sports a suit, appear in the doorway wearing something like this… I looked high and … Continued

My 4 Favorite Healthy Cleaning Products to Detox Your Environment

Let’s celebrate the Earth by helping the planet and our bodies avoid harmful chemicals from everyday cleaning products. Here are some of the ones we use in the Francis household. Kitchen and Bathroom Counter Spray: I remember using Formula 409 or Lysol to clean countertops when I was young. Then, we didn’t know the harm the chemicals in them could cause. Today I use Eucalyptus essential oil on a hot, wrung-out, washcloth. Eucalyptus is a natural germicide and makes my … Continued

The Courtship of Detox and Earth Day

Maintaining the health of our bodies and the health of the earth go hand-in-hand. God-made food benefits our planet and us where man-made food often does not. Protecting the earth and our water systems is what allows the earth, and us, to survive. Following are a few examples of how detoxing our bodies also benefits the earth and vice versa. Even at its inception in the 40’s, experts warned that the overuse of antibiotics would eventually cause the organisms that … Continued

A Quick Guide to The Detox Mindset

Julie knew that something had to give. She felt “fat, stupid and slow”. Whenever she tried to eat right or exercise she noticed only small improvements in her health and never felt as sharp or focused as she had in the past. She was emotionally worn out from trying but felt guilty when she didn’t. I see a lot of “Julie’s”. There are thousands of gimmicks out there on how to get healthy but it takes some education, time and … Continued

Worcestershire-drenched Lamb Chops

For the Lamb Chops: 1 rack of lamb, divided into chops I medium onion, chopped 3 celery ribs, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce 2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   Place lamb chops in a casserole dish with lid. In a small bowl, mix onion, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. Pour mixture over chops, cover and refrigerate for 12 … Continued

Caesar Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

For the Brussels Sprouts: 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup pecans ½ cup Caesar dressing   Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts with garlic, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and pecans. Place on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Add Caesar dressing and toss. Return … Continued

Detox Program Workshop

  Join Us For Our Safe, Fun, and Dynamic 10-Day Detox Program Workshop “Headaches gone…” “Skin rash gone…” “Sleepiness gone…” These are some of the things we hear after participants have gone through our detox programs. What we never hear is… “I couldn’t get out of the bathroom…” “I felt like I had the flu…” “It wiped me out…” It’s not surprising. Our detox workshop assists the body in its own natural detoxification process. If we use supplements, we only … Continued