Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dream Team Intentions

I really enjoyed the Dream Team calls and want to share our intentions:

Ingrid: Keep a Gratitude journal/writing something down whenever I feel like it. See what comes into being.

Kim: Creating a visioning book or board with images and words.

Kristine: Effortless wealth/whatever I feel like doing will bring this.

Jeanne: Seeing myself as a speaker. The wise time-manager.

Aaron: Fun, enjoyment space.

Ingrid Cheng, Holistic Health Club

Kim Selbert, Laughter Yoga

Kristine CastroLife Coach/ Yoga Teacher

Jeanne Kuntz, Wellness Coach

Aaron Ross, PebbleStorm: "Make money through enjoyment"
CEOFlow: "Liberate the life in your organization"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Be a Blogger at is currently hiring part-time blogger/editors to create the premier online space for some of the most important issues of our time. Each blogger will lead an online community focusing on a single issue, maintain a daily blog covering news and offering commentary, convene leading nonprofits and activists working on the issue, and help people translate their interests and passions into concrete action.

They are currently hiring for the following positions:
Global Poverty, Universal Health Care, Microfinance, Human Trafficking, Public Education, Poverty In America, Global Health, Water Sustainability, Cure Cancer, Sustainable Agriculture, Racism, Mental Health and more.

For details and to appy, go to:

Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Friday, October 17, 2008

Celebrate Green: Greens up Celebrations

Celebrate Green! by Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell is printed on 100% recycled FSC certified paper. The authors practice what they preach and offer ideas that make greening up celebrations fun and easy. There are many free and low cost ways to go green. I really like the alternatives to candy in the Halloween section and all the healthy recipes in the book. If we each do something that resonates with us, then we'll empower ourselves to practice the 3 Gs. Good for the people, good for the planet and good for the community. One thing that caught my attention is the fact that obesity costs $117 billion per year. People need to be informed and empowered to eat a healthy vegetable-based diet and exercise. This is the best prevention of obesity and other related diseases. For more information or to purchase their book, go to:

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook, Yoga Teacher
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Emotional Wellness

When life is going smoothly or well, it's easy to feel good. It is much harder to keep calm during difficult events or times. Anger, fear and grief are are part of life but we can't let these feelings overwhelm or control us. Here are some tips to maintain emotional wellness:

1. Talk to a few close friends about how you feel

2. Have some time alone to read, reflect or write in your journal

3. Exercise or get moving. Studies have shown that exercise lifts mood and enhances the quality of life.

4. Enjoy simple things in life. Notice the beauty around you.

5. Find a passion. Make a list of things you really want to do. Identify an interest and pursue it.

Modified from:

Ingrid Cheng

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Disease

Every 34 seconds, an American dies of heart disease. Check out this honest-to-goodness professionally authored Mediterranean Diet book by Emilia Klapp. Aging Baby Boomers and health-concious people need this information now! Emilia is offering a great affiliate program that pays you 70% commission for every sale your refer through her site. The book currently sells for $17.00. Check out her website:

There is also the Breast Cancer-Fighting Diet:
3-6 servings of whole grain foods per day
1-2 servings of beans
1-2 servings of soy products like tofu
9+ servings of fruits and vegetables (3 servings at each meal plus fruit/ veggie snacks)
Garlic, herbs, and spices
1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
4-6 cups of green tea
Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil for cooking

What you should eat more of:
Cruciferous veggies: broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower
Lycopene-rich produce: tomatoes, red grapefruit, watermelon, guava
Beta-carotene-rich produce: winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes
Citrus fruit: oranges, grapefruit
Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
Dark green, leafy veggies: spinach, romaine, kale, collards, Swiss chard

Modified from:

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cook One Meal, Eat for a Week

Through an arrangement known as “cooperative cooking,” a group of 5 people each prepare a single, large meal that will feed everyone and package it up. One share goes into their own refrigerators, and they meet on a set day at the home of the host/ hostess to share their packaged food. So in exchange for cooking one meal, each person gets 5 meals—which, with leftovers, is often enough to provide dinner for the whole week.

From college campuses to apartment buildings, and from suburban neighborhoods to cohousing communities, many busy people have found that cooking cooperatively, especially for the after-work dinners on weeknights, can save time and money, and deepen connections with family and community—all while supporting healthy, green food choices. Though cooking co-op arrangements vary, they all take advantage of the fact that cooking one meal for a crowd, once a week is a "win-win" situation for all who are involved. All you have to do is to cook one big meal and portion it into 5 microwave-safe containers, keep one portion for yourself, then exchange your meal with others who do the same.

Modified from:

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chinese 5-ingredient Noodles

1 pack of Chinese noodles
1 chicken thigh (broiled and de-skinned)
2 eggs (beaten, cooked & sliced)
1/2 a head of cabbage (sliced)
2 cucumbers (sliced)
2-3 Shitake mushrooms (sliced)

2 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp crushed garlic
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1-2 tsp red vinegar
1 tsp miso sauce
1 tsp Teriyaki sauce
sesame oil
garlic salt

Boil water in a pan. Put noodles in and cook for 5 min. Add a few drops of sesame oil & a dash of salt. Stir until noodles separate and become chewy. Drain noodles & allow to cool.

Heat canola oil in wok & add garlic. Stir fry sliced cabbage and mushrooms. Add noodles. Season with soy sauce, salt & pepper. Cook for 5 min.

Marinate chicken thigh in miso sauce and crushed garlic. Broil chicken thigh with skin on for 20-25 min. De-skin and cut into slices, removing any excess fat. Add Teriyaki sauce.

Thinly slice cucumbers and put in a separate bowl. Add sliced chicken on top.

Heat canola oil in pan. Add beaten eggs seasoned with garlic salt & pepper. Tilt the pan side to side so eggs spread out evenly in pan (like a crepe), then take pan & gently flip eggs onto cutting board with the help of a spatula. Cut into slices.

Add chicken and/ or cucumbers and/ or eggs on top of noodles as desired.

Ingrid Cheng

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cook for a Healthy Life

Here are some simple tips for cooking smarter and increase the disease-fighting power of every meal. Cooked tomatoes and tomato based pasta sauce contain more lycopen, a powerful antioxidant. An easy way is to bake tomatoes, then add them to salads, sandwiches and pastas. Roasted omega-3 rich fish like wild salmon tastes great and is good for us. Pair leafy greens with healthy fat like olive oil, nuts or avocado. This increases our absorption of disease-fighting compounds called cartenoids. Crushing garlic cloves activates the heart protecting compounds. Steaming broccoli or cauliflower can reduce cancer risk. (Modified from Cook Like Your Life Depends on It! by Sharon Palmer, RD).

When I cook, I get to be creative, to try out new recipes and new combination of ingredients. I know exactly what is in my food and can flavor it to my taste. I use fresh, healthy ingredients and save money as well as time since all my recipes take about 30 minutes and I save over $100 per month by eating at home.

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Anti-Cancer Recipe

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Potato Curry

1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium potatoes, cubed (3 to 4 cups)
1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup peas
1 can Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp Canola oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1 can Coconut milk
3 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Sea salt

Saute onions, garlic, carrots & potatoes on oil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, about 3 min. Reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking, stirring often, about 2-4 min.

Add coconut milk, curry & tumeric. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10-20 min, stirring occasionally until root vegetables are cooked.

Add beans, broccoli, cauliflower & peas. Flavor with soy sauce & salt. Cook for 5 min. Serves 5-6.

Modified from recipe by Tanya Barnard & Sara Kramer, The Cancer Project.

Turmeric and other Indian spices are getting more and more attention for their anti-cancer properties. Put them with known cancer-fighting vegetables and you’re in for real health food.