mediterranean diet
May Newsletter 2011
Center Your Health Newsletter May 2011
Fresh Pea Hummus
CYH Blog - Silence, Tips to Prevent Hair Loss, Neti Pot
Practice Peace


I just returned home from my first 3-day silent retreat where I had quite an experience.  Although it was only a 3-day endeavor, my perspective on things has been majorly influenced in a profound way and I feel as though a huge shift happened within me.  Please take a moment to read my brief experience here. 


We all wish for world peace, but unfortunately that's unrealistic.  There will always be good and bad in this world.  But why not there be a little more good than bad, right?  Now more than ever we should be practicing peace each day, starting with ourselves.  Read below in my wellness tip about practicing Ahimsa (non-violence).  When we practice peace through our thoughts, speech and actions, we send out contagious vibes of peace that will have a ripple effect throughout the world (for real!).  It's a beautiful thing that truly does work. 


I appreciate being able to share my newsletter with you.  Feel free to pass this along to anyone you feel may be interested.  Wishing you health & happiness!


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT, AADP
Holistic Health Counselor
Registered Yoga Teacher

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Fresh Pea Hummuspea hummus
As one of Spring's first crops, peas signal that longer, sweeter, more colorful days are afoot!  Supercharged with fiber and vitamin C, one cup of peas has more protein than a large egg. 1 cup of these legumes packs 8 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber.  Peas also contain hefty amounts of bone-building vitamin K and folate, essential for healthy cell growth.  This is such a fun, seasonal alternative to chick pea hummus! 


1 cup shelled fresh peas (You can substitute 1 (10-oz) package frozen peas (not thawed) for fresh shelled peas. Cook according to package instructions before puréeing.)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)

2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

dash of paprika (optional) 



Cook peas in a saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender, 6 to 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Transfer all ingredients to a blender or food processor and purée.  I love to throw a dash or two of paprika on it before I dig in.  So yummy! 

Center Your Health's BLOG
If you haven't gotten around to checking out my blog, here are some of the things I've been blogging about this past month.  I hope you enjoy!

 Surrendering to the Wave of Silence
 10 Suggestions to Help Prevent Hair Loss
 Neti Pot Wonders

Wellness Tip of the Month


Practice Peace, AHIMSAahimsa

Now more than ever we should be practicing our Ahimsa (sanskrit for non-violence). Ahimsa is one of the 5 yamas, which make up the code of conduct and is the first of the eight limbs of yoga.  Ahimsa refers to physical violence as well as the violence of thoughts and words. In this way, it is believed that our negative thoughts about ourselves and others can be as powerful and damaging as physical attempts to harm. Download my handout that I gave to all of my yoga students after Osama Bin Laden was found here.  A good way to practice your Ahimsa is by following the 3 suggestions below:

Generate love from your heart.       Think positive thoughts.        Speak peace.




Lauren offers one-hour in home presentations on a variety of different nutrition topics.  Giveaways, handouts, recipes and light snacks are provided.  These informative presentations are for anyone who is interested in living a healthier lifestyle, but just needs some direction.  Rally up a small group of your friends and/or family and pick what topic you'd like to learn more about below! 

Topics to choose from:
Basic Nutrition 101, Fridge/Pantry Raid, Healthy Skincare, Cravings, Sugar Blues, Quick Healthy Meals, Detox & more...

Cost: $20 per person ($10 each if you bring a younger daughter/son),
Free for host!

Contact me for more details and we'll plan a nutrition talk for a small group in your home!  Please contact me at or call 732.383.7784
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