mediterranean diet
March Newsletter 2012
Center Your Health Newsletter March 2012
Vegetarian Talk at Monmouth U
Thai Quinoa
CYH Blog - What makes me happy right now, Hot lemon water each day
GO FOR IT - Venture outside of your comfort zone!

laurbeachheadshotI am late on my March newsletter but for good reason, traveling!  A lot of it.  Thailand and then Paradise Island, Bahamas.  I arrived home to spring and couldn't be feel more refreshed.  Good stuff. 

If you're local, please try and make it to my talk at Monmouth University this Sunday, April 1st at 5pm on an Introduction to Vegetarianism (see information below). 

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
Holistic Health Coach
Registered Yoga Teacher

For more information please visit my website at Center Your Health & follow me on Find us on Facebook
Are you located in the Monmouth County area?  Stop in to one of my yoga classes
3 Healthy Chicks - Follow us on Find us on Facebook & Follow us on Twitter
Lauren Speaking at Monmouth University
What are you doing at 5pm on Sunday, April 1st?
Come here me speak @ Monmouth University! 


To eat meat or not to eat meat...
Many people express an interest in consuming a vegetarian diet but don't do so because they are unsure of how to do it or are not ready to give up meat. Fortunately, there are options with lots of great resources available to help and Lauren can help you off to a healthy start!  This event will be a VEGAN POTLUCK, too.  Come learn, share, and enjoy!   
The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society presents (brought to the community through Monmouth University's Center for Human & Community Wellness):  AN INTRODUCTION TO VEGETARIANISM with guest speaker Lauren Forney of Center Your Health on Sunday, April 1, 2012 @ 5pm held in the Samuel Hays Magill Commons on Monmouth University Campus.  RSVP to and follow MAVS on Facebook for more information and events.


Be sure to tell your friends!  Hope to see you there.
Thai Quinoa   
I felt compelled to include a Thai dish on here after so many yummy dishes during my trip.  The picture to the right was one of the more delicious meals that was prepared for me specially (being a vegetarian) in Kanchanaburi.  Unfortunately, many of the dishes I ate were not the healthiest - HA!  So, below is a recipe for Thai quinoa so that you can experience the Thai taste but in a healthy way. 

Prep Time:  5 minutes
Cooking Time:  15 minutes
Yields:  4 servings

1 cup dry roasted quinoa
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
cup red pepper, diced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

Rinse quinoa.
Bring coconut milk and water to a boil.
Add quinoa, salt and garlic.
Bring back to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
Cook for 12-15 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in red peppers and sesame oil.
Let sit covered for 5 minutes then serve.
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!

What Makes Me Happy Right Now

Wellness Tip of the Month 

GO FOR IT - Venture outside of your comfort zone! 


During my recent trip to Thailand, I was traveling with my cousin, Jimmy, who everyday encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.  I was resistant at first and insisted to play things "safe" while too worried that I would get hurt or sick from doing certain things.  After many conversations and more persuasion, he had me doing even MORE than one thing each day that was totally out of my comfort zone...and IT FELT GREAT!!!  They may seem like minor things, but for me personally, they were big leaps!  I began writing down the exciting things I did each day in my journal such as: 


1. Riding on the back of a motor-bike (no helmet, going 45+ mph through crowded streets and highways of Bangkok).  I held on for dear life but couldn't wipe the smile off of my face as we whipped through crevices in traffic.  It was SO much fun!

2. Standing out of the door on the train to Kanchanaburi.  I felt like a dog with it's head out the window except it was my whole body!  Another time where I couldn't stop smiling!

3. Hiked a 7-tier waterfall.  My friends from college (New Paltz) know very well that I'm NOT a hiker by any means.  Jimmy told me before I even started the hike to change my attitude and tell myself that I could do it and since I love positive reinforcement and affirmations I followed.  It was a challenge but getting to the top was the most rewarding experience.  The waterfall was so beautiful that I kept having to remind myself that it was real.  The water was so crystal clear and cool.  If I hadn't powered through that hike I would have denied myself of such a blessed escapade!