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Gardening….and how much work it can take…

I grew up with gardens. Two large ones where my parents grew our vegetables that we ate fresh, and that my mother canned and we ate throughout the winter. Two things they didn’t plant were potatoes and corn. I’m not sure why. Just about most of the common vegetables were there, though; green beans, asparagus, tomatoes galore, salad greens of all sorts, carrots, beets, sweet peas, cucumbers and dill weed, chives and green onions, swiss chard and more.

As kids, it was our job to weed two rows every day in the summer – a job my older brother HATED but one I felt grounded in doing. It is no surprise that he didn’t like most vegetables, but I Ioved them all. My mother taught me how to can them and it really did make me feel like I was learning some really valuable life lessons, because I was. I canned for many years when I was on my own, but unfortunately, unless you grew your own food in large quantities, it became uneconomical to keep doing it. As that craze increased in popularity, the canning equipment, like jars and covers, became more expensive as the demand for them rose. That’s typical of anything. Plus, you need plenty of space to store your canned goods.

Soil is key to a good garden, and gardens must be kept watered. All gardens, flowers and vegetables, alike. I thought that by saving all my food scraps from my fruits and vegetables and throwing them all winter on top of my gardens, and then turning them over in the spring to mix with the dirt, was all the nutrients I needed to add. I used organic foods scraps, I had LOTS of worms and worms produce waste that fertilizes your soil. I would start my plants indoors in March or April and be able to plant them sometimes even a month early, depending on our weather here in the northern USA. My plants would start to thrive and I would see the blooming of their flowers, which I knew would turn into my food. I would see the start of a zucchini, or broccoli and feel happy. Then about a week later, I would see the vegetable start to turn yellow, or dry up, even though I was watering. It was hard to work outside the house in the summer and keep up the watering because I was coming home late and I didn’t want to stand outside when it was dark.

My vegetable gardening friends would have bountiful fruits of their labor. Tons of tomatoes… So, I started putting some of them in pots. Same thing. I could have six feet tall plants of tomatoes that looked healthy and see the flowers start, and then they would die off. I was so disappointed. I didn’t really know what to do. I looked into different ways of gardening (but didn’t try some of them) like gardening in bales of straw, raised gardens, trellises or other ways for things to climb. I swear I spent hundreds of dollars trying to get a few platefuls of food.

I noticed, though, that I didn’t have many bees or butterflies. I heard that others had many. I’m sure not having enough pollinators was creating an issue for me. Maybe my plants just didn’t entice them to come. I mean, how could someone less than a mile from me not have the same problem? The one thing I wasn’t doing was adding new top soil to my gardens. I remember many years back that same brother was adding sheep manure to some plants he was growing and he said it was quite effective.

So, this year I changed how I treated my soil. I added top soil, cow manure, earthworm casings, and organic fertilizers. I still throw my kitchen scraps on my gardens. I water, nightly, if it hadn’t rained. I do my best to keep the weeds out of the vegetable gardens, but the flower gardens aren’t as clean looking, this year… it has paid off. I am getting more blossoms that are turning into food. My plants are huge in one garden and I think I will get lucky this year. I think that I have been sharing with the bunnies and squirrels, even though I feed them to buy them off. I’ve noticed that I have corn growing that I didn’t plant… It looks like I could get a bumper crop of potatoes. I used the eyes of my organic potatoes that were growing in my refrigerator. It worked.

I joined a group who are trying to keep natural ways of gardening alive. They claim there are ways to grow, anywhere. I just watched six modules how to plant in buckets. I had no idea how many steps my own pots were lacking, and why these steps are so necessary. I haven’t tried them as I need different supplies to create these. These aren’t pots, but translucent 3.5 gallon buckets that you can use in the house all winter long. Obviously, they won’t produce the same amount as a garden outside, but they may be good enough to plant herbs, or one plant per bucket, if it is a larger plant. I have great south windows that they can stay in front of – away from my plant destructive cats.

It is good that I don’t need to depend on my gardening for my food supply. Maybe someday I will. I am learning some very good skills. I am learning how to compost in small amounts so that it is ready sooner. The ingredients in the buckets can be used over again, and it makes up a part of your new compost. I hope they are selling straw, still, as it is an important ingredient for the buckets.

I WILL master this.

PEMF for Animals (and humans)

Fear is evil. Taken from the book by Two Listeners, God Calling, March5th.

Have no fear. Fear is evil, “Perfect love casts out all fear”. There is no room for fear in the heart in which I dwell. Fear destroys hope. It cannot exist where Love is, or where Faith is.

Fear is the curse of the world. Man is afraid — afraid of poverty, afraid of loneliness, afraid of unemployment, afraid of sickness.

Many, many are man’s fears. Nation is afraid of nation. Fear, fear, fear, everywhere.  Fight fear as you would a plague. Turn it out of your lives and homes.  Fight it singly. Fight it together. Never inspire fear. It is an evil ally. Fear of punishment. Fear of blame.

No work that employs this enemy of Mine is work for Me. Banish it. There must be another and better way.

Ask Me, and I will show it to you.


Mary EK Denison, L. Ac., Esthetician, Transformational Coach

Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC, dba BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting




The Secret to Being Beautiful

I don’t remember what book I got this story from, and found its beauty in what I was trying to purvey in my work, but this says it, nicely.

I wanted to share with you a powerful short story that shares the secret to the very essence of your beautiful temple, called “you”, and how you can allow that inner beauty to shine through externally, so you can be, do, have, look and feel your best. At first glance, you may wonder what this story has to do with physical rejuvenation, but I invite you to read it all the way through, as it will become clearer as you discover the secret.

Many years ago there was an Emperor in ancient China who wished to renovate a temple n the city.  He issued a decree to his ministers to find the perfect renovators.  Many groups came forward, hoping to have this great honor of restoring the temple.  The Emperor’s ministers evaluated the groups and decided there were two groups who could be considered for such a task.  But, the ministers could not decide between the final two groups which one would be the best; therefore, they presented their dilemma to the Emperor.  The Emperor commanded, “Bring them to me and I shall render the final decision.”

The first group were the monks.  They said, ‘Your Majesty, no one cares more about the temple than we do.  You can be certain that we will do everything possible to restore the temple to its former glory.”

The second group were skilled artisans.  They said, ” Your Majesty, no one has more professional expertise than we do.  We have been doing this for decades and no one can  do as good a job as we can.  We feel we should be given the honor.”

The Emperor thought, “The ministers were right, both groups appear to be the best, and this decision is difficult.”  He called the two groups forward and said, “This is how I shall proceed.  There are two smaller temples outside of the city that have fallen to disuse.  I want each group to work on one of the temples.  At the end of the third working day, I will come for an inspection.  My final decision will be based solely on the merits of your work.”  After assigning a temple to each group, the ministers made sure that each group had all the supplies needed to complete the job.

AFTER THREE DAYS, the Emperor  came to judge the work.  First, he inspected the work of the artisans, and saw that they had done a beautiful job.  Everything inside had been completely repainted with the most beautiful of colors, which seemed to glow and command attention.  Inside the furniture was new, and everything looked brand new.

The Emperor praised their work, and said, “This is better than I had expected!  I see why you made claims to be the best at your craft.  This temple is SPECTACULAR!”  The artisans were beaming with pride.  They bowed to the Emperor, and smiled at each other.  They assumed the job was guaranteed after having received such lavish praise!

Then the Emperor went to the temple that the monks had renovated.  The Emperor was not prepared for what he saw when the shining temple came into view.  The monks had cleaned everything with meticulous attention to all the details.  The cleaned walls exposed the colors brightly that had faded over the years, displaying a beauty beyond description.  All had been cleaned with utmost care, and the temple stood revealed in its original style and ancient character.  All the furniture had been carefully polished to a gleaming finish.  The doors and windows were open and the colors of the sunset illuminated everything as if they were part of the temple.  He could see trees swaying, the clouds floating by, and the flowers in the landscape, as if everything belonged together  –  like a beautiful painting coming to life.  The temple seemed perfectly at peace, accepting everything in a perfect state of serenity.  The beauty from within was showing through like a diamond.

The Emperor was deeply moved, and saw that all his ministers felt the same way.  It was obvious of the Emperor’s decision.


The beauty was already there waiting to be exposed and expressed.  And, so is yours.  This is the very foundation and essence of the BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and Body Sculpting system, a branch of Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC; to expose your internal and external beauty and make it shine in a way that no one could deny.  It’s important to me that you feel your best on the inside, as well as look your best, and GLOW on the outside.

I’m sure you noticed that the two groups in the story represented two different approaches to life.  The artisans focused on external appearance, and did a very good job of redressing the temple, and used ways in which to cover the aging temple.  They painted over, brought in new, though, paid not much attention to the spirit of the original temple.

The monks, on the other hand, emphasized internal essence.  They knew by cultivating the spirit of the temple, it would let the inner light shine through.

There is no vanity in wanting to look good, and we all get to decide what that means.  All of us want to look pleasing to ourselves and others.  It is fun, and even empowering, to wear new clothes, have nice jewelry, and want a more youthful appearance, as we age.

When you take an internal, as well as, an external approach to looking good, which the BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting system does, you will experience greater well-being in all areas of your life.  Why just cover up your beauty?  RADIATE it!

The BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting system is based on proven ancient and modern techniques and doesn’t require surgery, or injections.  It is natural and organic and you will begin to see the long lasting results within two weeks (but sessions must be completed to gain the best results).

For a free, face-to-face consultation, please contact me at 612-728-0844, or go to and make an appointment.  I really look forward to being a part of your transformational journey!

Mary EK Denison, L.Ac., Esthetician, Transformational Coach






Today I’m just going to give you some inspirational quotes from famous and successful people.  Keep in mind that many were told they wouldn’t make it, or they didn’t have talent, or ______________(fill in the blank with your own demoralizing statement)..   Always get back on the horse, even when you feel your face is on the ground – at least you took a step forward ;-D.  But, I share these with you to encourage your persistence, to stay focused on the goal, brush the dirt off and keep moving higher –     you are soo worth it!

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Walt Disney

I’m actually, Dear Audience, considering giving you a series of quotes, and a list of authors, and seeing who can correctly place the person with the quote.  What do you think?  Shall we try it?  Send me your answers!

  1. .”Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
  2. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
  3. “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.”
  4. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  5. “You fail in your thoughts, or you prevail in your thoughts only.”
  6. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”

A.  Herbert B Swope

B. Winston Churchill

C.  Babe Ruth

D.  Robert F Kennedy

E.  Truman Capote

F. Herbert David Thoreau

I hope you enjoy the quotes and the exercise, and that they bring you encouragement to fulfill your goals with your focused intentions.  I will post the answers next week.

Love authentically, stay empowered, and keep your eye on the ball! Tap, tap, tap…

Mary EK Denison, L.Ac., Esthetician, Transformational Coach

Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC/BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting,

Free 30 minute face-to-face consultation for BeautifyNaturally services, by appointment only.  612-728-0844. Phone coaching available: $75.00/hour (hour minimum) plus taxes, by an appointment secured with a credit card.

Namaste, and graces on all.





How discouraging thoughts can create resistance for your goals…

We all have them… even the best thinkers run into blocks, and resistance, and old subconscious tapes that no longer serve us, even if they did in our youth.  These old tapes protected us, on some level.  When you were born, and acclimated to this world, you did not know (or should I say, remember) fear.  You did not know that if you climbed a tree and fell out, that you would get hurt.  You just saw the climbing of the tree will get you to a higher place.  I loved being alone as a child, for many reasons.  I would climb trees.  Not only did it bring me to higher ground where I could see things differently, and see more of the land, but it kept me in a quiet place where I could meditate, think about things that I thought could get me in trouble.  For example, I never felt like I was alone.  I don’t mean that God wasn’t with me, as I knew God was always there.  I felt that I was being watched, and how do you tell that to someone without the fear of being locked up? I can see air, and I have told this to a few people, and some look at me like I am nuts.  I realize that I am able to see this energy, or maybe this is what Dr.Wayne Dyer calls Intention, everywhere I go – eyes open or shut.  Another has described it for me, Dr. Jacob Liberman, in his book “Light, Medicine of the Future” “that air was not invisible, but has a visible energy that could be observed in both particle and wave form.”

As I progressed on my journey in life, I realized that who was watching me were my angels, spirit guides, ancestors, and all that is Holy.  It took outsiders to tell me along the way, that spirit was always trying to get my attention. My own clients pointed out my Empathic gifts. I used them, because that is who I am, but I didn’t always trust its’ messages.  As I accepted this to be true, I realized that others in my family had similar gifts, or “knowings”. And now, I speak to anyone I choose about these things.  So, even though I knew there was an energy, per se, that permeated everything, and that it was at my fingertips to use, I didn’t know how to do that.  Again, in my journey of life, I discovered that the old tapes in my head were no longer useful to me, and instead of protecting me, were actually harming me, and keeping me from my life purpose, and it manifested many times in my finances.  Painful lessons. Still dealing with some of the side effects..

That created discouragement, in turn, created self doubts (lack of confidence in yourself), self worth issues (says it all..), and self doubting efficacy problems (belief you can reach that goal you – imaginarily set? – and sustain in that momentum – that same behavior – that started it all, and can you keep it going?),  in getting done the things that I needed to do to continue in my life’s vocation, and manifest wealth. Whew!  Did THAT sentence wear you out?!  It did me. And, will still wear me down if I keep putting my intention in that direction.  It doesn’t make sense to continue in this fashion… hmmm..  What has all that cost me; past, present, AND FUTURE? Let me count the ways.. Money, time for myself, time for my loved ones, sickness in my body, using things to compensate, over working, over thinking, spilling into my family life, spreading the same rules of self sabotage… not paying attention, hits the pocketbook, unclear thinking, much less focus on a path, wrinkles in face forming, another three pounds… Debt piles, pay it off, piles again, have some money, give it away – good way to stay in self doubt and worth.  No, life meant growth, but not negative growth, because that’s the opposite of expansion.  That’s implosion – not good. Causes stress and disease in the body, manifests into illness, that eventually doubles the expenses to me.  Sounds like getting rid of the blocks is a very good idea! Yes!! Are you ready? ‘Cuz I Am!!!!!

I procrastinated, told myself that it’s others and not me, and all the other self sabotaging thoughts that kept me from fully using my gifts…. that I SUPPOSEDLY thanked God for giving me! I know very well that I helped many people heal, but I didn’t want to do that as a “wounded warrior”.  That created a feeling of not being in my own integrity.  How could I tell others that “this” works, but wondered inside if that was also meant for me.  So, I knew I needed to do  my own inner work, as well.  I remember Suze Orman saying once that she had 250K (I believe) in debt, yet she was doing wealth coaching.  Of course, she turned it around, but sometimes we have to get to a position to see ourselves; therefore, heal ourselves, so we can help heal others.  I always see myself in all that I tell my clients, and in all that I read.  I take action, then.  If you have been divorced, you CANNOT talk to someone about divorce without seeing your own divorce, and the pain that caused. You can’t unsee. Once you become aware of the blocks in your life that keep you from manifesting – health, wealth, and true joy – then can you change their destructive thinking patterns.  There are tools you can use.

There is no 1% in the way that UNLIMITED Abundance means, it’s just that – God has no limits to what we ask in His Name, in His Laws, however you describe your Highest Power. Absolutely everyone can make money, if that’s where your focus is.  But, what blocks are getting in your way?  The Law of Attraction has ALWAYS been spoken off, in my belief system as a Christian, and I now understand even better some of Christ’s references – “if you had the faith of a mustard seed, you would tell that mountain to get up and move, and it would”.  “Be not afraid…” “Before you ask, I will answer”, BEFORE YOU ASK!! means to me Someone greater than me has been there.  Did I paraphrase that well?  The only blocks this energy has, are the ones you put on it.  Remove them and let the energy flow, and as you gain momentum on your healing path, many seemingly miraculous things can happen.  Just crack open the door…just a bit…

And, LOVE is key. Practice Love wherever you can, and don’t forget yourself.  You are a unique expression of Source.  Be authentic, because whatever is going on inside of you, will extend to others.  May it be peace and love and joy.

Stress – the body’s reaction to perception… hmmmm….     Would love to hear your positive comments.

Mary EK Denison, L. Ac., Transformational Coach

Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC  and  BeautifyNaturally, LLC




COMMITTMENT: EVERY DAY, plain and simple.

New year. Every January I go through old files, purging those not needed, and gathering my information for my taxes, to give to my preparer.  I have been making some daily habits to improve myself, my life, and my business.  I am always seeking new things.  I daily find things for which to be grateful. I daily find at least two ways to honor someone, somehow.  I daily pray. I daily do my EFT tapping and participate in learning new and better ways to coach my clients, encouraging them to do things daily, also, as that is the only way to manifest.  In my papers, I came across this piece written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German Philosopher, who died March 22, 1832, in Weimar, Germany.

“Until ONE IS COMMITTED, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, THEN PROVIDENCE MOVES, TOO. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issue from that decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”



Mary EK Denison, L.Ac., Esthetician, Transformational Coach

Rapha-El AlternativeTherapies, LLC/BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting

Free 30 minute face to face consultation for BeautifyNaturally services. By appointment. 612-728-0844

Phone coaching available, $75.00/hour plus taxes. secured with credit card. One hour minimum.  Appointment set in advance.

New Year, New Paradigms

It can be amazing how something can shift in your life, and how you can immediately shift the way you think. For example, I have had cats and dogs for easily the past 40+ years.  They require care, and sometimes lots of care and time,  especially if you get a high maintenance buddy.  I had no idea how that time and care could increase (when you have several animals) until they got fleas because two of them had gotten into a dead rabbit.  WOW! If you’ve ever had fleas in your house, you understand what I am saying.  Not only do you have to spend the next three months, minimum, to get through all the cycles of killing them from your animals, you have to de-flea the ENTIRE house, several times over.  Flea eggs can lay dormant for three months – and they are TINY.  I was truly amazed at how quickly I detached from many items in  my house.  This is because all clothes, furniture, carpeting, KNICK KNACKS, books, shelves, floors, counter tops, and anything in the open, must be cleaned with either bleach, or special cleaning agents meant for that purpose, and because fleas have INCREDIBLE jumping power, you have no idea where they are..

So, once I found out, I immediately started bathing the animals – Oh GOD – while my son made a clean room, and as things were de-flea’d to the best of our possibility, we put our cleaned items in there until we got through the whole house, more than once. I don’t wish this on my worst enemy.  So, I questioned God, for what PURPOSE did You send me fleas?  And, my answer was so that I could learn detachment.  I built a fire in the fireplace that night, and I simply started burning things that I no longer wanted to keep.  I was concerned about passing them on to someone else, and the amount of laundry that this created, not knowing what might have fleas as cats go EVERYWHERE, gave us enough work.  So, I pillaged and burned that night.. I started crying, not because of the loss of items, but because I knew the amount of work I and my sons had ahead of us, and I mourned the loss of time that I had planned on spending on my business.  So, when the answer of detachment to things came to me, I had a new light on what was happening, and I now still continue to purge those things  which no longer have use in my life, or use for the greater good.  There is ALWAYS a silver lining, a spark of Light.

Reflecting on 2016, what desires did you have, or how hard did you work for something but you didn’t get the outcome you were looking for?  I’m sure many of us can relate to that.  I know I can, and had a particular thing I thought could happen – and it still might – but I had to let go of the how and my expectation of how, and that I might not get it. How did that make you feel?  I know I experienced sadness, actually a great sadness, because I REALLY wanted my outcome to happen.  I had a whole future planned around it.  Again, the story may not be completed, yet, for me. I have to honor that part of me, and respect the whole story, my participation, and willingness to simply experience the experience. I have a whole book I could write on it. Who knows, it could actually make me rich, in the end.  I kicked and screamed, and cursed, and apologized, and asked for forgiveness, and cried, and laughed, and felt incredible love. I’m not afraid to cry. As growth is very important to me, I use techniques that I have learned to dig deeper into my subconscious, to understand where the real root lies in me to have created this whole scenario. Somewhere, somehow, it vibrates with some other deep experience.  I use EFT tapping, the Sway test, the Healing Code, Prayer – lots of Prayer, and I look for what the positives in this has done for me, and what was taught to me, and how the love always came like a golden ribbon swirling its way through it all. I am GRATEFUL and gratitude begets FAITH. Certain numbers would appear to me, like 234, 1234, which I am told are Angel numbers, and I am forever finding pennies and dimes on the ground – they jump out at me now.  My daily readings seemed to back up my participation, so I believed that I was to go through this for my greater good.

I encourage you to reflect on the most important experiences you had that made the biggest impression on you, but that might also have created a deep hurt in you.  Honor that.  Everything you need is inside you.  Nothing is bigger than you.  Call on something greater than you, and listen in stillness. You are surrounded by Light, and you are in the middle of a miracle. You are beautiful. You are worthy of love. Love is your birthright.

How can I help?

Mary EK Denison, L.Ac., CCP,  Esthetician, Transformational Coach

Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC/BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting    612-728-0844

Free 30 minute face to face consultation for BeautifyNaturally services, by appointment only.

Phone coaching available, $75.00/hour (one hour minimum), appointment set up in advance, secured with a credit card.

My Successful Life

I have all the KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS I need to have a successful BUSINESS, and I ATTRACT all the customers I need for TOTAL SUCCESS. Everything I need for success is in me.  I am COMPLETE AND WHOLE.

I have a continuing FLOW OF CUSTOMERS, who are SATISFIED with  my work, and who tell others about my UNIQUE ways. I have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE about my work, and what I can ACCOMPLISH to fulfill  my customers needs. I am always happy and ready to serve them. I am RESOURCEFUL.

There is always a POSITIVE OUTCOME when I TRUST, and I always come out ahead.  I am surrounded by Light, and I am in the middle of a MIRACLE, all the time.  I invite miracles into my life.  I am READY AND WILLING to accept all the ABUNDANCE God has planned for my life, and more. I have complete faith in GOD’S DESIGN for me.  I am successful in what I do, and I CAN MANIFEST all that I need, because with GOD ON MY SIDE, nothing is bigger than me.

I am CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE, and I am CONFIDENT in my abilities.  I ATTRACT positive, like-minded people to me, who are HONEST, AUTHENTIC, and moving towards the GREATER GOOD for humanity.  I am PRODUCTIVE AND FOCUSED. I have UNWAVERING FAITH I will ACHIEVE all my GOALS.  I open MY HEART and ALLOW WONDERFUL THINGS to flow to me.  I am at PEACE and in love. The LOVE I give to others is returned to me MULTIPLIED.  I ACCEPT LOVE now.

I choose to think positive thoughts.  I am BEAUTIFUL and complete.  I am WORTHY of God’s abundance, as it is my BIRTHRIGHT. I open my heart to love and abundance, now.  I am POWERFUL.  I am GRATEFUL. I am AMAZINGLY MADE.  I am constantly TRANSFORMING my life, and always MAKING IMPROVEMENTS as I GO FORWARD.  I use my challenges to CREATE A BETTER ME.  I am a RADIANT HUMAN being, full of the LIGHT AND LOVE OF GOD.  The HOLY SPIRIT INSPIRES CHANGE in me. JESUS CHRIST IS MY LORD, my Friend, and my Savior.  I CAN’T FAIL!


Green, Wood energy, Liver; eating greens

Kale, one of my favorites, can be eaten several ways. Serving sizes are generally 1/2 cup, for most vegetables. Kale has approximately 100 milligrams of calcium, per serving, and eating it raw, is considered a superfood. Younger kale is more tender. Organic is best. I like adding it to my salads, smoothies, or stir-fries. Kale chips have become quite popular by cutting it up into bite size pieces, brushing them with olive oil or butter, salt, if desired, and baking them for about 10 minutes. You have to keep a close eye on them, as they can burn, easily.

Spinach is good for your bones, and also your heart. It can be eaten raw, or cooked, or as mentioned above, in smoothies. It contains iron and folate, and is low in calories. Both kale and spinach can be home-grown, and doesn’t need a lot of space, to do so. If you don’t have garden space, you can plant them in pots, or rectangular planters, placed in a sunny area. Don’t over water, but be sure the soil doesn’t dry out, either.

Broccoli has three phytonutrients, and is rich in vitamins A and K, which help your body process vitamin D. What a great vegetable to couple with the calcium rich kale! Raw or cooked, alone or mixed with other vegetables, broccoli is a no-brainer. Eat it, daily. And there is no better flavor to it than home-grown. Once you cut off the big stalks, leave the plant in the ground for smaller stalks, to appear, and harvest.

Seaweed is an ocean vegetable; therefore, rich in minerals. There are many varieties, such as, kelp, nori, Irish moss, dulse and have a salty flavor. Kelp is one of the best natural sources in iodine. Recently, I did an iodine test on myself to see if I had enough iodine. Putting liquid iodine the size of a 2×2 inch patch on my inner arm, suggests that if the patch is still there for 18-24 hours, then I have a moderate to enough iodine in my body. My patch disappeared within 3-4 hours. (Maybe I should paint myself with the stuff!) I wasn’t shocked, but I was shocked. Kelp, is also rich in the B vitamins, vitamins D, E, and K, magnesium and calcium. Kelp can aid in your body getting rid of heavy metals. Dulse is a dark red color, rich in iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus, B6,12, and can rid yourself of heavy metals, as well. Seaweeds come in many forms; supplements, sheets, powdered. Follow the instructions on the packaging, use in flavoring foods. Seaweed can help in several physical benefits, like the mucous membranes, nervous disorders, joint pains, and skin irritations. I definitely need to add more to my diet. We like to flash fry it, and roll sticky rice into it.

My nutritional post are to encourage you to look at the foods you eat, more closely. Eating as close to Mother Nature as you can, will benefit all areas of your life. Taking care of your body begins with you. Taking care of it from the inside and outside will make you a healthier person. When you feel good, you look good, and you act good. Your confidence rises, and you give others the permission to take care of themselves, also. We can mimic what we see. I follow the 80/20 rule; 80% healthy, 20% not-so-healthy… I Read labels. Know what you’re eating.

Mary EK Denison, M.Om, L.Ac., Esthetician, LMT
Owner of Rapha-El Alternative Therapies, LLC
dba BeautifyNaturally Facial Rejuvenation and BodySculpting