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November 2013
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Wellness Brief: Dress Your Kitchen for Success

by Lorraine D'Aversa


Editor’s note: Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well, and will offer tips on how to bring well-being into your daily life. 


Common Food Myths — Busted!

Myth: Considering the poor quality of our soils and food production processes, we must supplement our diet with vitamins and minerals.

Why it’s busted:A study at Cornell University shows our bodies absorb more vitamin C from eating a small apple than from 1500mg
of vitamin C supplements. Because apples contain more nutritional benefits than only vitamin C, eating an apple is a far better nutritional decision than taking supplements. The answer to better overall health is not supplements; the answer is to eat a plant–strong diet.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine ( is a great source of accurate information.


Each and every day, I attempt to create and experience a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling day and assist others in doing the same. The key to reaching my goals is dressing for success and dressing my kitchen for success. What I mean by this is to offer an appearance that reinforces and supports my desired behaviors and goals—feeling and looking healthy, while creating a kitchen that visually espouses and offers the tools needed to create enjoyable and healthy meals and snacks. This includes creating a kitchen that enhances our focus on healthy living and speaks to us each and every time we enter it.

We all know the effect of successful marketing. Have you ever mindlessly picked up a candy bar from a convenience store or gone through a drive-in at a fast food restaurant just because your mouth has been watering for this unhealthy food since you watched a commercial advertising it the evening before? Many of us are addicted to these unhealthy foods. If we want to be truly healthy and be fit to practice, we need to break this addiction. Retraining our minds is one of the first steps we need to take.

I market, within my kitchen, a visually and cognitively reinforcing array of healthy foods on my counters in beautiful sleek and bright glass containers. My refrigerator reinforces the same. As I go in and out of my kitchen, my eyes, mind, and heart feast on these healthy foods. Each of these foods is rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, protein, and healthy fats to one degree or another. Check out my video and take a tour of my kitchen, as well as view my website for a pdf outlining the nutritional benefits of the foods I showcase and love to eat. Here are the foods that you will see on my video and learn about in my pdf: organic short grain brown rice, steel cut oats, black beans, quinoa, dates, raisins, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds and water. D


Lorraine D’Aversa is a Nutritionist, Wellness and Lifestyle Coach/Consultant, and Marriage and Family Therapist. She may be reached at

Check out Lorraine’s Videos at In following video, she invites you into her kitchen—a kitchen that is dressed for success! For the specific values within each of the foods showcase, go to Lorraine’s website, and download her pdf "Dress Your Kitchen for Success."

Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe of the Month:
Cauliflower Fried Rice

Offeredby Kate W. Beckman, of Bryan E. Kuhn, Counselor at Law, PC, October’s Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe winning recipe!
• 1 head of cauliflower
• 2 T. + 2 T. oil
• 4 carrots, chopped
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 cup spinach, washed

• 2 T. garlic, chopped
• 1 cup peas
• Scrambled tofu (optional)
• 6 T. soy sauce
• 1/2 t. sesame oil

• Salt/pepper to taste

Scrambled Tofu
-1 package of tofu
-1/2 T. oil

-3/4 t. turmeric
-1/2 t. onion powder
-1/2 t. salt
-1/4 t. garlic powder
-1/4 t. pepper
Heat pan and oil over medium. Mash the tofu (optional). Add tofu and spices to pan. Cook 5–10 minutes until brown. Remove and set aside. Grate cauliflower or pulse in a food processor until rice-like. Heat skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Add onions, garlic, and carrots. Cook 2–3 minutes. Add peas. Cook one minute. Remove and set aside. Add two Tablespoons of oil to the pan. When the pan is hot, add cauliflower. Cook 5–7 minutes, stirring every couple minutes. Add vegetables, tofu (if using), sesame oil, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and stir.

The winner of this month’s $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market for her delicious, plant-strong and nutritious recipe is Kimberly C. Perdue, Esq. of Kennedy Childs, P.C. Look for Kim’s recipe in next month’s Docket.
Please send your favorite Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe to Lorraine D’Aversa at Each month, we will select one recipe to appear in The Docket.The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market.

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