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Chinese New Year - The OX 
February 2009
February 28th, 2009 1-4 PM
"Inflammation from the Inside-Out"
with aesthetician Pam Crawford and nutritionist Kara Kroeger. See below for details. Register today! Space is limited. Look for supplement savings below too!


As January comes to an end some of us may find ourselves slipping back into old habits and losing a little of the motivation we had at the beginning of the month for our New Year's goals. Luckily, Monday marked the start of the Chinese New Year, which I find to be quite exciting because it is the year of the Ox. The Chinese New Year serves as another reminder of achieving our deepest happiness and goals and the Ox is a sign of prosperity and achievement through fortitude and hard work.
Some things do not come so easy. Especially right now with a troubled economy but with methodical and calm traits the Ox perseveres. In times as stressful as these our health is one of our biggest assets. People have always said, "If I lose everything I will still have my health". I hope that rings true for you and if you are not leaning in that direction then now is a perfect time to get on the train.
As I started researching about the Chinese New Year and as I read about this year's animal, the Ox, I found it to have all the traits that are helpful in being a success. As I read the traits of the Ox I could not stop thinking, "Gosh, this sounds exactly like Barak Obama". So I looked up Barak's birthdate and sure enough he is an Ox! As far as I am concerned, all political opinion aside, he has been quite successful at achieving his goals and will be backed up by this year's Chinese zodiac.
So below I have listed the Top Nine Ways To Act Like An Ox in 2009! When in Rome, do as the Romans. Right? Well then, when in Ox territory, act like an Ox! I think if we do we may find some extra happiness and strength!
There are two other very exciting things I have to share. I just launched a beautiful new website at I invite you to check it out! I hope that you will take advantage of my new services. One of those services has to do with the other big news this month, which is... I have started culinary school and plan on teaching my clients all the great things I learn to make things easier in the kitchen. Many of you have already participated in a cooking demo or grocery store tour with me and this year I plan on expanding those services by offering more in depth cooking classes with a specific focus. I am also planning on offering catered luncheons for businesses with cooking demonstrations so busy people can eat healthier at work and learn to cook healthy food without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
I truly hope that 2009 is off to a good start for each of you. I look forward to working with you this year.
Kara Kroeger
Certified Nutritionist & Herbalist 
Knowledge to Nourish & Sustain
Top Nine Ways To Act Like An Ox In 2009!  

Depend on yourself and be dependable to others.Ultimately, it is only you who decides how to respond to something. Stay positive and calm when making decisions to ensure you are meeting the needs of yourself and others.
Responsible, let's break this word down...the act of being able to respond. Search your repertoire of skills in every situation and use them to respond to it. We always have something in our bag of tricks. Think about situations where you have a hard time, make a list of the skills you have that could be used in that situation when it happens again, take mental note, apply in situation the following time.
Incorporate creative systems that keep you on track and do them methodically. Think logically about what has worked for you in the past, spell it out on paper and create a plan of implementation. Put it in your Day-Timer to stick with it.
Have patience and try to endure without complaining. Don't demand too much of yourself and don't put too much energy into talking negatively about a tough situation. Stay focused and reflective. Try some StressArrest capsules if you tend to get worked up too easily. They take the edge off quick, improve mood and help the body to rest more efficiently. Ask Kara for details.
Put your nose to the grindstone.
If we are too lazy to sow then we can blame no one if we have nothing to reap.
Be loyal to ones true needs and take care to respect your dreams and the dreams of others.
Be stubborn! Yes, it can benefit you to put your foot down and dig in! Whether it is demanding healthier foods to be delivered to work or demanding a healthy dedication from yourself.
Practice modesty by reducing risks and living less extravagantly. Now is the time to practice what we know to be tried and true and avoid unproven fads.
Use common sense. We come up with so many excuses to allow our selves to do things. Examine all of your thoughts and truly ask if they make sense.

Seasonal Recipe of the Month
Chinese New Year Dumplings 
This recipe takes a little longer than most of the recipes I usually suggest but I chose to use it because it is Chinese custom. Remember that the finished product can be frozen and thawed out later when you don't have time to cook. I like to serve these with a cucumber salad.
1 package 3.5 inch square wonton wrappers or 1 package of rice paper (gluten free)
3/4 lb. ground pork (can substitute chicken or turkey)
1 lb. shrimp chopped fine
1 egg
3 Tbsp. tamari (wheat free) or soy sauce
2 Tbsp. sesame oil or olive oil
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium sized shallot, finely chopped
4 Tbsp. sliced green onions
tsp. pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tsp. coriander powder
tsp. cardamom powder
Black pepper and Celtic sea salt to taste
Knead all ingredients in a bowl (except the wrappers) until thoroughly mixed. If you are not under a time crunch allow the mixture to sit in the fridge for a few hours so the flavors can infuse. This mixture can be frozen and saved for later use.
If using the wonton wrapper place 1 tsp. of the mixture on the wrapper and fold as desired to create a dumpling.
If you are using a rice paper, the easiest way to control them is to take a round plate and fill it with hot water. Set the rice paper down into the water and submerge it. Allow it to soak up the moisture and once it is wet slide it to another plate. Drain off any excess water and then place about 1 Tbs. of the mixture at the bottom of the rice paper, roll it up half way, fold in each side and then roll it up the rest of the way. It should stay closed on its own.
In the mean time heat a skillet over low to medium heat. Once the skillet is hot add a small amount of sesame oil to the pan to prevent sticking. Place the dumplings in the skillet and cook slowly. If the temperature is too hot the paper will burn and the inside will not be cooked. Cooking time will vary but each dumpling will take about 7 minutes.
You can also use a steamer instead of pan-frying.

Inflammation from the Inside-Out
Inflammation cartoon
Inflammation from the Inside-Out
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
1-4 PM
With Aesthetician Pam Crawford and Nutritionist Kara Kroeger this interactive class offers an inside-out approach to dealing with inflammation. From acne and psoriasis to cardiovascular function and gut inflammation we will discuss how nutrition and topical treatments can work to reduce your inflammatory response and help your body heal. The combined knowledge and passion of these two practitioners is unprecedented. This hands-on class includes the following
  • Anti-inflammatory skin treatments
  • Skin treatment samples
  • Nutrition basics for reducing both topical and internal inflammation
  • Recipes to reduce inflammation
  • Cooking demonstration and anti-inflammatory meal

You don't want to miss this! It's going to be a very fun class. 

This class is a benefit to everyone since we all deal with inflammation on a daily basis. Controlling inflammation will help to keep weight down and improve your skin. Please join us and see what it's all about.This class is limited to 10 spaces so please register early by calling Kara to reserve your spot.

For more information on instructor Pam Crawford please visit her blog at For further info on Kara Kroeger please visit  
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