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‘The Healthy Advocate’ Is Moving! Please Read!

I wanted to send out a quick post to any subscribers, or future subscribers, that ‘The Healthy Advocate’ is moving to its own domain, ‘‘. After weeks of tedious research and work, I have finally been able to get my hosting account working so that I can have a wider range of capabilities for this blog.

That being said, I am not sure if any of the current subscribers will be moved automatically or not, but just in case, please visit and subscribe, so you won’t miss a post. I have more recipes coming up, amazing, melt in your mouth, you can’t believe it’s grain-free and sugar-free kind of recipes! Gluten free, raw and and totally awesome health information awaits you in the near future on the site!

I wanted to let you know that I will be offering a small amount of advertising on the new site, only to help keep up costs of running the site. I am a college student who has learned to live frugally–every bit helps! It will NOT run down the quality of the information I shall present, and I will NO WAY attempt to coerce any of my readers to pay any attention to it in any way.

So remember, please go on over to the new site. I can’t wait to see you! I hope to have some form of meeting area, whether it be a forum or a board, so health individuals can connect and talk about anything. It should be fun. Let me know if you have any problems by emailing me at – thehealthyadvocate (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Thank you guys for helping out!

How to Become Healthier in 2011 WITHOUT Making a Single Resolution


Resolutions are for squares these days. Everyone knows that the majority of people cannot stick to resolutions more than a couple of weeks, if at that. Not only are new years resolutions a waste of time, they can become quite discouraging for people who are trying to get on the health band wagon–lose weight, start exercising, eating healthy–but can’t.

I no longer make new years resolutions after my last resolution (when I was 14, I think) which was to own every single Alfred Hitchcock movie. It’s not that I don’t believe they don’t work or can’t work, it’s only that new years resolutions do not follow a systematic plan that will uncover and reveal underlying issues and get you toward your ultimate goal.

In the case of being healthy, which can mean anything from getting fit, eating healthy, losing or gaining weight, clearing up skin, quitting smoking, start moving–anything that will get your body in better shape–there is always an underlying condition which prevent us from taking action and emodying our goal. Subconscious thoughts and beliefs can prevent us from eating healthy or starting a new exercise program–this is something that a resolution cannot break through in order to achieve optimum results.

Here are a few examples of common health goals, along with examples of subconscious barriers, and how one can achieve them in 2011 without making a single resolution:


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We all know we should do it, but the thought of getting up and moving delays our muscles and bones to actually go through with it. Once we start moving, however, and getting “in the zone”, we realize it really isn’t all that bad. In fact, it feels quite invigorating and exciting!

Many people make their new years resolution, “I will exercise everyday.” That’s it. It’s only words, backed by no emotion, no thought or feeling–no motivation. They’re words that can easily be jumbled and forgotten when we return to a hectic world of telephone calls, emails, crying children and work. A resolution cannot break down everyday life.

Resolutions also cannot break down an underlying emotional aspect related to exercise, or getting fit and healthy. In rare cases, people may have a subconscious fear of getting fit and strong, perhaps due to them gaining strength and independence in their lives. Most of the time, if one is truly motivated to get past any subconscious barrier that is holding them back, I find that meditation along with imaginging how it would feel to be strong, to be in control and healthy, and to love exercising and moving the body, works really well and provides that extra push in the right direction.

Making a new years resolution of just “exercising everyday” doesn’t give you a plan on how you will execute this hope. A goal, however, is very different from a dream or wish, because you plan ahead of time how and when you will accomplish your mission. Perhaps you rearrange your schedule so that you exercise for 30 minutes, every day, at 7 AM in the morning, or 4 PM in the afternoon. Everyone else is taken care of while you have that time all to yourself. You can then break up that planning by looking at what type of exercise you want to do every day – Monday: Strength Training and Walking, Tuesday: Interval Cardio (walking, sprinting, cylcing, for examples), Wednesday: Yoga and Walking Thursday: Pilates and Walking (or Joggina or Running) Friday: Strength Training and Interval Cardio…and so on.

Weight Loss and Healthy Eating



As weight rises, as well as the idealized perfectionism that is seen in magazines and television soars, the #1 new years resolution remains the same: Weight Loss. Every one wants to be strong, fit and healthy, but most people just want to lose weight. It is first and foremost important that an individual determine if they really need to lose weight, or if there is an underlying psychological drive to lose pounds to fit a mold in society.

If weight loss is necessary for aqcuring good health, however, making a new years resolution for this is also going to be a pretty flimsy attempt that will probably only result in trying out new diet foods and killing the bathroom scale. Weight loss is very tricky, because not only are you dealing with physical components, like burning fat and increasing muscle, you have to also deal with any emotional and psycholgical disputes going on inside.

People can have an underlying fear of losing weight, or some may have a subconscious belief system that being overweight is their fate forever due to someone planting this idea into their minds at an early age. A new years resolution cannot deal with this. A goal can, as you can first plan out withing the  goal of losing weight to find that subconscious belief pattern that is holding you back.

Psychoanlysis may take years, however hypnotherapy does seem to work quite easily and quickly in doing this. In fact, one study showed that hypnotherapy helped people lose more weight quickly, and sustained this weight loss longer, than those using other therapies. I also think that simple meditation and deep breathing exercises are helpful in calming the mind, everyday, and restoring a sense of control–on both the conscious and subconscious levels.

Check out EFT for your new years goals, as well, as this emotional freedom technique is so COOL for dealing with any subconscious debris that might be baracading you in front of your goal. Dr. Joseph Mercola has a free  and helpful guide here that you can check out for the beginner.

New years resolutions have no place in my life, or the people that I know, any longer. They just don’t seem to work the same way new years goals do.  It’s always important to write down your goals on a clean sheet of paper, and then create a plan on how to execute it, and THEN completely imagine, with all emotion, that you can accomplished that goal. If you take these steps, you can truly ensure your body will become healthier this year.

I hope you all enjoyed your winter holidays and I hope we move into a fantastic new year! Stay connected with this blog as I will hopefully be changing the format very soon, but still expect to see quite a few delicious recipes coming up in the next few weeks. Until then…

This is The Healthy Advocate.

Christmas Eve Fudge: Sugar Free, Dairy Free

Sugar Free Fudge

It’s Christmas Eve! Or if you are reading this post a little later, it will be Christmas morning. Happy holidays to all of my friends around the globe. To celebrate each and every holiday you observe, I am sharing with you my favorite, easy and simple fudge recipe. This simple fudge recipe combines the unique flavor of coconut milk with special dark chocolate, and contains no sugar whatsoever.

I’m in the midst of baking, cooking and preparing for the Christmas eve festivities. Right now I am imagining Santa Claus in his sleigh, on a cold winter night, delivering gifts to the good people of the world. His presents lie in the heart of all who spread beauty and joy everyday, and that present can deliver love and happiness all year long. Hopefully everyone will have happy holidays (and a white Christmas), and I plan on posting more before the new year.  Until then, enjoy this healthy (and extremely good), sugar free fudge.

Christmas Eve Fudge: Sugar Free, Dairy Free

12 oz (3/4 cup) full fat coconut milk
14 oz dark baking chocolate bars, unsweetened and chopped
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Stevia extract
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup xylitol

Slowly heat coconut milk on medium high on stove top. Add the chopped chocolate, vanilla, stevia, coconut sugar and xylitol. Melt the chocolate thoroughly.

After melted, spoon fudge batter into a glass pan. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight to firm. Cut into small pieces and serve immediately.

This is The Healthy Advocate.

Gluten Free Christmas: Honey Sand Balls Christmas Cookie Recipe, Sugar Free, Grain Free

Healthy Cookie Recipe - Honey Sand Balls

My mom makes these every year with white flour and refined sugar. They are very good, yet they don’t make me feel so great after eating them. So, I’ve decided to try and recreate this Christmas cookie recipe using gluten free, high fiber coconut flour, Stevia and xylitol. These almost taste like baked donut holes after sitting in the refrigerator for a while. Powdered xylitol covers these cookies, making it one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

Most of the men in the family tend to pop these little things of joy straight into their mouths, without fully tasting it’s goodness. I tend to follow the girls of the family and nibble this cookie so that I can enjoy the taste and texture, helping to satisfy me so I won’t have to go back for more. One note about this and other Christmas cookie recipes I will be sharing the next few days is that I have only put in the amount of sweetener that I feel comfortable with at this moment in time. I’m extremely sensitive to sweets these days, so feel free to add more or less stevia than is written.

Gluten Free Honey Sandballs Recipe

2/3 cup 3/4 cup + 2 TBSP. organic coconut flour, sifted (enough to make a stiff dough)
1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. Stevia extract

1 cup organic butter, cut into chunks and softened
4 eggs
2 TBSP. Honey
1 TBSP. Vanilla

Powdered Xylitol, for dusting (I powdered mine in the blender)
1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Sift together coconut flour, himalayan sea salt and stevia into a small bowl. Mix in the chopped pecans.

In a large bowl, beat together organic butter, honey and vanilla with an electric hand mixer. Add eggs and beat for 30 seconds.

Mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Stir well to combine. Place the bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes (or as long as you can stand it). Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Take the dough out of the freezer and form into 2-tsp. sized balls, or whichever size you see fit. Place the balls 1 1/2″ apart on the parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm.

Roll cookies in powdered xylitol when still warm. Let cool for 10-20 minutes and roll again. Refrigerate over night, or eat immediately.

Makes 48 cookies.

Nutrition Information (Per Serving – 2 cookies):

102.5 calories (95 without pecans), 8.75 grams fat, 2.25 gram net carbohydrate (1.3 grams added sugar, 1.15 gram fiber), 1.7 gram protein

Nutrition Information for Original Cookies (White Flour White Sugar) – Per 2 cookies:

138 calories, 8.25 grams fat, 15 grams carbohydrate (7 grams sugar, 0.25 grams fiber), 1 gram protein

I hope you enjoyed this gluten free recipe! There will be more Christmas cookie recipes to come. Please share with me your recipes and let me know what you will be making. I plan on making these cookies, along with my grain free, gluten free stuffing. I’m thinking about also making my raw pecan pie (OK, it isn’t mine, but it is still very good!).

See you again tomorrow for another holiday recipe!

This is The Healthy Advocate.

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