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Marian Buck-Murray MA HHC

Transform Your Life, One Meal At A Time.

973-762-6727 [email protected]

In This Issue
Gifts from the Sea
Arame & Carrot Saute
Upcoming Workshops
My Services
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A Message From Marian:

September's blue skies and crisp air always bring a sense of new beginning.  For me, it's also a time of homecoming.  I've been away from my normal routine for a while -- for some much needed rest, vacation, and...a miracle.
Back in July of 2008, I underwent aortic valve replacement surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital to correct a congenital condition.   Thanks to excellent care, and an abundance of nourishing foods and remedies, I was 'back on my feet' fairly quickly.  I was happy and very grateful to recover my health.
Fast forward to June of 2009.  After months of vibrant energy and good health, I had begun feeling fatigued during my regular walks in the woods.  In addition, I felt a strange recurring pain in my left jaw and teeth each time I exerted myself.  I consulted with my dentist, who found nothing wrong with my teeth. 
I then visited my cardiologist, knowing that jaw pain sometimes signals heart trouble.  After a number of tests, he determined that I had a blockage, somewhere within my coronary arteries.  (Odd, since my arteries are actually quite clean.)  Surgery was a definite and scary possibility.
Then, on July 29, during an exploratory cardiac catheterization, it was discovered that scar tissue from last year's surgery was blocking my right coronary artery.  The artery was 99% closed - more than enough to cause a major heart attack.  My cardiologist, Dr. Mark Blum, performed a tricky procedure which enabled him to insert a stent through an artery in my leg, up into my right coronary artery.  My artery was opened, allowing the blood to flow freely.  It was all done without surgery.
In two short hours, my artery, my heart, and perhaps my life, were saved.  I went home the next day, feeling humbled and blessed by the miracle I had just received.
Now, after a few weeks of rest, healing foods, and a delightful trip to the beaches of San Diego, I am back.  And, I am once again graced with the precious miracle of good health.

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Gifts from the Sea
Each morning during my vacation in San Diego, I took a long, beautiful walk along the beach.  Splashing my bare feet along the ocean's edge, I would weave around piles of giant sea kelp, washed in from the fertile sea. Later in the day, I would jump through the waves, bathing in the mineral-rich water.  The water both energized and calmed me, gently soothing my muscles and joints.  The abundance of seaweed brought images of coastal wise women from long ago, harvesting these potent plants for healing and culinary uses.
Like seawater, sea vegetables are rich in the minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium, sulfur, and sodium, along with vitamins and trace minerals.  In addition, most seaweeds contain alginic acid, which helps absorb and remove heavy metals such as mercury and lead from the blood.
Sea vegetables benefit the following :
  • Nerve Health
  • Blood pressure
  • PH balance
  • Cardiac function
  • Skeletal health
  • Detoxification
  • Muscle/Joint pain relief
  • Hair/Skin & Nails
  • Metabolism/Thyroid
Though beach season is winding to an end, you can always bring the sea into your kitchen with easy-to-use sea vegetables such as Wakame, kombu, dulse, arame, and nori.  Or, try adding a couple of pieces of hydrated kombu or kelp to your bath.  Rub the seaweed on your skin for a soothing, detoxifying self-massage.

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Arame & Carrot Saute
Arame is similar to hijiki, but somewhat milder.  It is a rich source of calcium, iron, zinc, and iodine.

1 cup dry arame seaweed
1 cups water
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 onion, diced
1-2 carrots, shredded
Juice of 1 tablespoon grated ginger (Use fingers to squeeze juice)
2 teaspoons brown rice vinegar, or umeboshi vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1-2 Tablespoons shredded cucumber(optional)

1.  Soak arame in water for 5-10 minutes.  Drain & reserve water.
2.  Saute onions in sesame oil until onions are translucent.  Add shredded carrots and saute for  3-5 minutes. 
3.  Add arame and saute for another 5 minutes, stirring gently.  Add -1 cup of the soaking water to prevent the arame from sticking to the pan.  4.  Add ginger juice, vinegar, mustard and soy sauce.  Stir, and cook until liquid is reduced.
5.  Garnish with sesame seeds and cucumber.

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, November 12
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SO/Maplewood Adult School

Thursday, November 19
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SO/Maplewood Adult School

Saturday, November 14
10am - 12 noon
SO/Maplewood Adult School


As a Nutrition Coach, and Healing Foods Specialist, I help people transform their lives one meal at a time,  with delicious, affordable, whole foods.  I specialize in easy, healing recipes and techniques designed to transform fatigue, low immunity and digestive discomfort.

Private Consultations-- Take control of your health.  I will show you what and how to eat to boost your energy, digestion, mood, and immunity.  By phone and in person.

Group Workshops-- Choose from a variety of fact-filled, inspiring workshops for your home or organization.  Workshops include: Good Mood Foods,  Delicious Probiotics, Transforming Fatigue, Optimal Immunity, Weight Loss Solutions, Spring Cleanse, Kitchen Pharmacy and
  Easy & Affordable Family Nutrition.

Corporate Seminars--

Customized Lunch & Learn sessions designed to promote employee wellness.

I was trained at The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and at the Academy of Healing Nutrition, where I serve as Instructor and Curriculum Advisor.   I am the author of the Mash & Smash Cookbook, a children's natural foods cookbook. 

Contact me at [email protected] and at 973-762-6727.

In Good Health,

Marian Buck-Murray MA HHC
Nutrition Coach, Healing Foods Specialist
[email protected]

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