Symptoms of Diabetes, Is Your Child at Risk?


Seems like a crazy question, are you or your child at risk for diabetes? Why are we talking about diabetes, don’t we make olive oil? We do make seasoned olive oils, but our real passion is using those oils to help people live healthier lives. And diabetes prevention and care is one of those passions. One of our main questions we ask our students, “Do you get overwhelmed with all the confusing labels and weird names for ingredients?”

You’re not alone. We travel the U.S doing cooking classes and always hear the same concerns, “What is all the junk in the food?” If you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t eat it! Well the AMA is trying to make life a little easier when it comes to our health and sugar.

outline of spoon and fork with sugar

The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to make consumers more aware of sugars that are being added to food by manufacturers and are urging the FDA to make the “front of pack warning labels” a priority for foods with high levels of added sugars.

The American Medical Association is also seeking the FDA put limits on the amount of added sugars that would be allowed in food that makes health claims or is promoting their food as having nutritional benefits.

This is great news for everyone who is fighting to not become a diabetic or who are already struggling with their blood sugar. November is National Diabetes Awareness month, most people have no idea how much of an epidemic diabetes is in the U.S

According to the CDC, “More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.”

9.4% is almost 10% of the Population of America! I had no idea but back when this study was done 2015, who knows what the stats are now. But back then Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S

diabetes testing equipment

1 in 4 adults living with diabetes doesn’t even know they have it. “Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet, and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.” -ADA

It’s so important the entire family is watching their sugar intake as we are seeing an extreme onset of adult diabetes now occurring in children. According to Mayo Clinic, it is important to manage your child’s diabetes as left untreated will have lasting health effects or possibly end up being life-threatening.

Do you or your child have the symptoms of diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, some symptoms may be mild at first and can go undetected.

Diabetes Symptoms

“The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Weight loss in Children is less common for (type2)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.

little kid dressed like a doctor

Please help spread the word as diabetes caught early enough is reversible and small changes in your diet and exercise have seen the reverse of diabetes. Even losing 10-15 lbs if you are 200 lbs could reverse diabetes. Get tested today.

If going to your doctor is inconvenient I have used a company called Life Line screenings they come to communities across the U.S and offer glucose testing right on site, a simple finger prick and you got your facts.

Let’s all help each other live longer healthier lives. One day at a time, One bite at a time

Take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

p.s Whenever you’re ready, here’s another way we can help you. We are an approved vendor for the American Diabetes Association for our seasoned olive oils Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil. We have zero sugar and the sodium is almost classified salt-free. We are having our holiday shipping revving up if you would like to try some of our seasonings or give some away to a friend who is struggling with their sugar.

You can grab a 4 pack and get Free Shipping on or for larger orders Get 10.00 Flat Rate shipping on 6 bottles or Free Shipping on a case of

Check out the American Diabetes Association Food Tips

#ArtFestival in Viera… Exciting News


Join us this weekend any time 10-5 April 21-22, 2018 

Some exciting News!! First off if you ar near Viera (Melbourne) this weekend we would love to see you at this spectacular Art and Craft Festival this is the only time this year we will be in the area, I do hope to see you this weekend. Join us anytime between 10-5 Saturday or Sunday!

Now for the EXCITING NEWS!!

We just added our starter pack to our Etsy site. So often we have customers asking for our cookbook in physical form at the shows. So now available…. on our \

Vigoa Cuisine Etsy site, you can grab a 3 pack of your favorite flavors and a cookbook as well as a dispenser. I hope you like the new pack. I think you’ll really like the price! We don’t offer this anywhere else. 🙂

Let me know what type of recipes you would like for our next book. Talk soon, I hope to see you this weekend.

Miriam and Kristi


Here are 4 more ways we can help you when you’re ready.

We participate in the Small Farmers Program now with

Whole Foods Markets in Florida and Lucky’s Markets in Florida 

Are you near Winter Haven Florida you can grab some Splash

The Cheese Room Winter Haven

Health Food Center of Winter Haven


Gout Report March 2018

Gout, Gout, get it all out!

If you or a loved one has ever suffered an attack of gout you will appreciate that statement. For those of you lucky enough to never experience this painful condition, here’s the scoop.

Gout is a different form of arthritis, it’s very painful and can come on suddenly, it happens with there is too much uric acid in the blood and crystals start to form and accumulate around the joints. A very common joint it attacks seems to be the big toe.

But what is Uric acid?

Uric acid is a compound produced when your body is breaking down purine. Now, purine is naturally occurring in your body but it’s also packed into certain foods. Usually, uric acid is excreted in your urine, but when there is a build up in your body and you can’t process it, that’s when the attacks happen.

Gout Diets

Following a gout diet may not only reduce the pain and inflammation related to gout but may also help you avoid medication. Since so many of our students tell us they have a collection of pills the Doctor has already given them 🙂 it’s nice to have a helpful hint that doesn’t include pill popping. A gout diet is simpler than it sounds and may help lower the risk of future attacks as well as helping protect us from progressing joint damage.

A quick history lesson.

Centuries ago when gout first popped up on the radar, it was dismissed as a disease of the wealthy. It was an overindulgence disease. It was believed that overeating meats and over drinking alcohol were the main reason the disease appeared. Even back then the Doctors of the day saw relief for their patients by using diet restriction.

Here’s the Good News It was once believed the “cure” for gout was an extremely difficult diet that must be followed to the T. It included long lists of foods that must be completely avoided it also contained foods that had low as well as high levels of purine. But having such a strict diet to follow made it very hard for people to effectively stick to the plan.
As we all know, when following an eating regimen if it’s too hard, too long or too confusing, we won’t follow it for too long!


The Good News

With more recent studies we have obtained a clearer understanding of gout as a disease and the important role that following a gout diet can play in your recovery. Yes, there are some foods that during an attack should be strictly avoided… I’d say the pain will help in the desire not to indulge. But the good and exciting news is, foods that once were considered on the no-no list are now part of the yes yes list.

In previous incarnations of the Gout diet, all foods with purines would have been eliminated, even fruits and vegetables. It was believed this was necessary to quickly reduce the uric acid levels.

Today’s Focus

The gout diet as we know it today really focuses on management of the risk factors for all disease. The awesome goal of the gout diet is obtaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy well-balanced diet, and in return, you are lowering your risk of other diseases. Pretty good bonus package 🙂

Here’s the Deal McNeal… Losing Weight. As we all know being overweight is a huge risk factor for many diseases and gout is on that list. Losing weight even if you are not following a purine-restricted diet will net you fantastic relief, your joints will automatically thank you for lessening their load. Many people also are unaware that losing weight will lessen the damage to your kidneys. The fat in the abdominal area puts a great strain on the blood vessels feeding the kidneys causing eventual kidney stones and other kidney distress.
Eat Carbs! I have to admit, carbs are my go to. I love a bowl of cereal and some fruit. But the powerhouse of carbs is stored up in the complex carbs department. In the previous version of the gout diet, it was believed you should avoid all fruits and vegetables that contain purines. But what we have discovered, it is not necessary to restrict or avoid fruits and veggies even if they run a bit high in purines. It’s much more important to avoid processed carbs like bread, candy sugary beverages and… dun dun dun…. High fructose corn syrup! (which seems to be in everything so read your labels.

Water is the Word. Drink more water, for sure drink your 8 glasses a day it will help your kidneys have something to flush out the bad stuff. Think of it this way. When planning for gold you must have water to wash away all the excess dirt and sand. The kidneys are the same way they must have fluid in the body to release all the excess “dirt and sand” we eat during the day
Cut back the Fat Attack. Focus on reducing your saturated fat intake from meat, poultry, and dairy, yep that includes your mocha from Starbucks (dadgummit!) the sacrifice will be worth it. Power Proteins pack too much of a punch. There are so many diets today that focus on extremely high intakes of animal protein. Unfortunately, this is a huge stressor for your kidneys. Limit your protein from fish, meat, and poultry to 4 to 6 ounces. That is the size of the outside of your hand when made into a fist ( a woman’s hand that is). Focus for a bit on low-fat dairy, usually, we suggest not using low-fat dairy as they will always add sugars, but for a bit when you need the dairy it’s going to be okay. Check out this list of low and high purine foods.
Good for You veggies.Eat lots of fruits fresh cherries are awesome for gout but don’t do what one of our customers was doing. After he heard cherries were good for gout he started eating a jar of maraschino cherries every day. Also, increase your nibbles of veggies even if they are high-purine counts (eat multiple times a week, v.s large amounts at once), always include peas, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus. Include your favorite beans and lentils to help boost your proteins. Limiting amounts at serving time is better than eliminating these foods totally.


Purine-Rich Foods.Avoid All organ meats. All processed meats, bacon ( I know that freaks some of you out) also avoid all processed deli meats as they contain loads of salt and chemicals, (we talk more about that in our second book, There’s NO Food in your Food)
Seafood. For now avoid anchovies, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel, tuna, and herring.

Alcohol.I know that will be hard on your social life if you enjoy having a beer with your mates but alcohol significantly raises your uric acid production and also is a factor in dehydration. Beer specifically increases your risk of having attacks of gout. For wine drinkers, the verdict is still out.

Coffee Lovers rejoice! For whatever reason (let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth) coffee consumption may help reduce the risk of gout attacks, especially the regular caffeinated coffee. Can we all say, Thank you, Jesus!

Quick Menu Ideas


Breakfast Old Fashioned Oatmeal for Breakfast (not instant) drizzle a big of Original Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over the top before serving. Super Delish! I can’t eat oatmeal without it 🙂

Lunch 2 oz of sliced chicken breast 2 Tablespoons of Black Beans ½ apple diced Sliced almonds Sliced cucumbers
Serve on top of organic arugula and spinach salad Drizzle Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over top with Drizzle of Honey

Following these simple steps is a huge step in the right direction.

Take it one day at a time and add our Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil to everything you eat. It is sugar-free contains no high fructose corn syrup and is almost totally salt-free. It hits all the right targets for a gout free lifestyle.

If you have a friend or family member that suffers from gout attacks please share this information with them.

We thank you in advance, take good care. Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh


Join us this weekend in Valdosta Georgia for the Azalea Festival March 10-11 It’s a great festival and lots of wonderful people and a beautiful area. We would love to see you come on by and say Hi!

P.P.S When you’re ready here’s two more ways we can help you.

For free shipping on a 4 pack of our oils, use our Etsy site with the shop code SHIPMEFREE

The World’s Most Curious Newsletter

Welcome to “The World’s Most Curious Newsletter!” Inside you will find Oddities, Wonders of the World, Little Known Facts, Videos, Healthy Recipes, Tips, Tricks and Life Hacks. You won’t want to miss an episode. Join us, won’t you?


Have you ever Wondered?

Health Squad: Why in the world do I get leg cramps? We’ve all had them, been awakened in the middle of the night screaming and clutching at our leg. Usually sending the cat screeching up the wall and your spouse spilling out onto the floor! A Charley Horse (curious where that word came originated?) This short read will shed some light on this unwelcome nighttime visitor. You’ll love the nighttime trick to fight cramps.

Weather Squad: We all need a coat in winter! But why do our nose run and our face turn red? Well before you read these Curious Facts about our body in cold weather, you have to watch the goats in pajamas video. We all need snuggly pajamas!



He’s obviously already had coffee this morning!


Geek Squad: Why does my phone get hot? I have complained about this on more than one occasion, usually in the car. Which is perfect because who doesn’t want to have your passenger whining while your driving, (right Miriam?) Here’s 5 tips to keep your phone from overheating.

Pet Squad: Curious about what’s going on in a cat logic? You will love this video!


Curious Food Facts: Tomatoes were once considered poisonous and avoided like the plague. No one dared touch them until a famine hit and everyone was forced to eat them…and survived! I use to feel the same way about Brussel sprouts! But now I love them sauteed in Lime Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil…delish

Did you know: A vegetable is defined as coming from edible parts of plants, like root, stems, stalks, and leaves. A fruit is from the ovary of the flower of the plant. So… that means peas, cucumbers, olives, eggplant, pepper, pumpkin, zucchini, and avocado are fruit!

Here’s a great FRUIT PIZZA Recipe!

1 pita

2 Tablespoons Hummus

3 thin slices of eggplant marinated in Hot Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil

chopped zucchini

kalamata olives or green olives

Sliced tomatoes

A.) spoon hummus on pita and sprinkle zucchini olives and tomatoes on top.

B.) slice the eggplant into strips and lay on top of pizza

C.) Drizzle some Lime Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over the top

Preheat the toaster oven 420 and toast for 5 minutes or until the outer rim of the pita becomes golden brown. This is a dairy-free version you can add mozzarella if you wish.



this is a wood fire oven, hopefully, your toaster oven doesn’t use fire…on purpose 🙂


Well, I hope you liked our short and sweet, World’s Most Curious Newsletter! Join us again next time when we share more Curiousness.

Talk soon,

Miriam and Kristi


Here are three more ways we can help you.

Join us this weekend in Fort Myers for
an Art and Craft Show in Edison Ford Square: Next to Publix
Try out Miriam’s World Famous Chimichuri and other
After the art festival hit Fort Myers for these fun things to do
If you have never tried our Canary Island olive Oils or you just
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Grab two on our Etsy website
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Weightloss..It’s Not Quality it’s Quantity..What the what??


Weightloss, Weightloss Journey, Weight Watchers, Fat Busters, Pilate, Yoga. Zumba… on and on it goes the “not so” Merry go round. Miriam and I are actually in the car right now as I write this. And no I’m not driving, Miriam is 🙂

I was working on our new Etsy site listening to my Ipod and Miriam had the radio on in “the car and she said, ” Oh my God you have to hear this public announcement.” So  I paused my Cher music and listened. Here’s the gist.

“When losing weight. Quality is Not important. It’s more important to focus on quantity.”

Miriam: Well that got my attention right away. Because that just sounds odd.

Kristi: I thought they were saying just lose a lot it doesn’t matter how, just lose a lot!

What they ended up saying, It’s Not the quality of the food you are eating, it’s the quantity of the food. So essentially they said, just cut back the quantity you eat and you lose weight.

Miriam: That makes sense on first inspection but it’s not a sustainable way to lose weight keep it off and get or stay healthy. Because I can just eat half a bag of cheetos and a double cheeseburger instead of a triple cheeseburger and a medium strawberry shake instead of the large.

Kristi: But really, at that point, I’m “trying” to lose weight…you know what they say, “trying is lying.” If I was still eating like that, and yes I did eat like that! I didn’t get up to 240lbs eating iceburg lettuce! I would still be struggling with my weight.

Miriam: The “secret equation” to eating anything you want and still losing weight like Kristi did, really is the

“Quality of food +prepared quickly+ Quantity divided= Permanent Weightloss”

Kristi: That really is the easiest way to explain it. I think we should write more about that next time. Maybe go a little deeper with that concept. What do you think.

Miriam: I would love that.

Kristi: Oh I almost forgot, Another way we can help you.

Our Etsy site has our first cookbook in digital form now. It focuses on the “prepared quickly with quality ingredients part of the equation.” You can grab your copy here to get you started. 

Well then till next time 🙂

Take good care,

Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh


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3 Little Known Facts about Fish: Heart #HealthyRecipe


Heart Healthy Wild Salmon with Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil.

Kristi: Here fishy fishy! I grew up eating fish, but in Mo. we had canned salmon or catfish. Not a large selection to choose from. Or maybe we were just more of a meat and potato family. I know my Dad sure loved his Ribeye and T-bone steak.

Miriam: I grew up eating tons of fish and seafood. Being so close to the ocean I learned how to clean a fish when I was just a little girl. It was a family affair, fishing, cleaning and then a big feast with the rest of the family on the beach.

Kristi: Well we did have a similar experience in the Midwest, it just usually surrounded a fish fry. I don’t eat fried fish usually now, unless I can find an English Pub that will hand batter them. That’s a real treat.

Miriam: You wanted to share this information with our readers after talking with your brother the other day about buying fish in the market. Can you tell us what you were talking about.

Kristi: Yes. My brother is in the meat industry and we were discussing the fish and how to make sure that the fish is fresh when you buy in the store. Of course the same goes for buying at a fish market. I had been to a local store and the wild salmon was on sale so I wanted to get a couple of pounds. When I got there the salmon looked like it was mushy on top. I asked the man behind the counter about it he said that salmon was just like that, that was the way salmon was.

Miriam: Well you knew something was fishy!

Kristi: Yep. So  I asked my brother and he said that fresh fish is Never mushy, whether its salmon or not. But, there is an exception to every rule. He said that the salmon could have been fresh but that the salmon had been so mishandled  and knocked around it would damaged the flesh.

Miriam: Tell them the little trick he taught you.

Kristi: Oh yes, he said when you find a piece of fish you like, ask the counter person to touch the piece of fish with their fingertip. If they leave an indention that does not spring back up then you know the fish is mushy.

Miriam: Of course this trick only works if you are buying the fish that is not already cooked or seasoned. I have noticed a lot of grocers are now selling the fish with special blends of seasoning on the outside so you just take it home and cook it. The problem to watch out for when you buy things preseason-ed, you usually increase your sodium content as well as MSG. If you start pilling on the sodium and chemicals you just sank the healthy part of eating fish!

Miriam: Speaking of healthy part of eating fish there are certain fish that they recommend that you eat to avoid high levels of  mercury and of course they always recommend you eat wild fish versus farmed fish as the fish are free of contaminants and antibiotics.

“Some types of fish have higher levels of these beneficial fatty acids than others. Fish and shellfish that contain higher levels of these fatty acids and are also low in mercury include: anchovy, capelin, char, hake, herring, Atlantic mackerel, mullet, pollock ( Boston bluefish), salmon, smelt, rainbow trout, lake whitefish, blue crab, shrimp, clam, mussel and oyster.” Health Canada

Kristi: Here are 3 More Little Known Facts about Fish

  • Fish-ercise: It’s more like Jazzercise than Zumba, or in the fish’s opinion it’s more like an obstacle coarse for training in the Marines! River fish get more exercise since they swim against currents and taste better than lake fish who just kinda take it easy and float in an inner-tube around the lake all day.
  • Hate fish bones? Who hasn’t had one caught in their throat at one time or another? Well if you hate dealing with the thin sliver bones, usually the ones grabbing your larynx, then only eat saltwater fish. Saltwater fish have bigger bones that are easier to find when chowing down. The reason that saltwater fish have bigger bones is that the salt water is more boyant than fresh water and the saltwater fish bones are more dense.
  • “According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture – 2010, approximately 62% of all farmed seafood in the world is produced in China, 26% in Asia outside of China, 4.5% from Europe, and 4.5 percent from the Americas”. –NOAA Fisheries


Never flip your fillet. Fillets are very thin and will cook very nicely just cooked on one side. Usually if you try to flip them they will flake apart and end up in chunks. Nice for serving in bits over rice like I like, but not too good if you want to serve whole with a veg.

Add our Lime Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil to the pan first then add a bit to the top of the fillet and cook till done. Boom Pow delish in a dish!

Heart Healthy Salmon Recipe

1 Wild Salmon Filet

2 Tablespoons Original Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil

Fresh organic greens

Grape tomatoes, onions, plantain, quinoa

A.) Put Canary Island Olive Oil in the pan with garlic clove (optional) and turn on Medium  heat and when oil starts to heat up add the salmon and cook for 4 minutes. Drizzle a bit more of the Canary Island Olive Oil on top of fish if you desire and flip and cook 3-4 more minutes till flesh is firm.

B.) In this picture it was served with a big organic salad and quinoa tomatoes and slivered onions. A drizzle of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (only vinegar we use) and a sprinkle of Celtic Sea Salt. ( the only salt we recommend)

I love eating all my meals on top of a salad. Miriam came up with that idea to help me lose weight, because I never was one to eat a salad. And dern if it didn’t work. I’ve kept the weight off, and the flavor can’t get much better, a Splash of Canary Island Olive Oil makes everything, lipsmacking!

Talk soon and remember to share with your friends and family and leave us a comment. Take good care and we will talk next time, thank you for spending time with us!

Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh


You can order more Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil on Amazon in a 3 pack bundle


Things are Always working out for you!

I found this quote tonight and I have to share it with you.

“Your journey has molded you for your greater good and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And Now is right on time.”

 I’m not sure who said it but I do know that it is perfect for me.

 It is very similar to a wonderful saying that my Grandma Linebaugh always said,”It all works out in the end. If it’s not worked out…it’s not the end.”

I’m not sure if she came up with that bit at the end or not, but I’m gonna give her the credit. 

It’s so easy for me, maybe for you too to get caught up in the hectic crazy making of what is now our everyday lives. We have instant everything. Instant email instant breaking news, instant food…instant drama.

There is a lot to be said about waiting. 

Back in the “old days” you didn’t have a choice you just waited, it’s just what you did. And you found a way to get on with your life in the mean time.

Want an answer to a question from someone that doesn’t live near you. Well back then you wrote a letter , sent it and then…waited. Want chicken for dinner? Grandma had to go out and catch it first and in the mean time, you waited.  

Want to go to town and buy a new dress or suit? You got the horses out and hitched up the buggy climbed in and… waited while the horses carried you to town.

Now I’m not saying that we should go back to the “old days”. I once asked my Grandma Linebaugh, “Grandma, do you miss the good old days?” She said, with eyebrow raised, “they were the old days, they weren’t  necessarily the Good old days.”

My Grandma spoke as the woman who chased down the chicken, wrung it’s neck, picked the veggies, baked the bread, cooked the food, cleaned the kitchen, wrestled 3 kids into the wash tub,mended and made all the clothes. I think she’s an expert on staying busy while you wait.

I don’t think I ever saw my Grandmother bored or agitated waiting for something to happen. She had too much living to do to be agitated for something to happen, when it was going to happen in its own sweet time anyway.

I try to learn from Grandma. Because I don’t have to wait for the letter to get to the person and then for them to write back and them mail it back. I’ve got instant message.

Because I don’t have to wrestle a chicken to the ground…I’ve got drive thru.

No, I don’t have to hitch a horse to my wagon and go to town for a new outfit…I’ve got Amazon.

But the beautiful thing my Grandma Linebaugh possessed that I long to fully own, of hers, was no matter what she was waiting on she remembered, to live, in the mean time.

I am beginning to learn that just because we have the to power to Instant-ize any part of our lives. Time is still needed. Experiences are still necessary, the journey is still a teachable one. Sometimes things take a little longer than we wanted. But an acorn never rushes the oak that rests inside.

It’s not that our lives are taking soooo long to work out its just bigger things take a little longer than an instant message.

I sit back tonight with the trust that I want my life to be a long and enjoyable experience. If I have to wait a little while for “the good stuff” I know it’s just because it’s being aligned for the perfect time.

And like my Grandma Linebaugh always said, “It’s better to do without, at the beginning, than the ending.”

Thank you Grandma for that wisdom to wait. And another valuable lesson my Gtandma Linebaugh taught me. 

In this life if something is bothering you…just tune it out. Like she did with my Grandpa, when she got tired of hearing him ramble on about something, she just turned her hearing aid off!

Thank you for allowing me to share some of my thoughts along my journey. 

Wont you take time this evening with me to tune out what bothers you and sip some hot tea, listen to some relaxing music and give thanks….you don’t have to chase any chickens down for dinner tonight 🙂

The Power of Prayer and Weight Loss

Miriam: Hi Kristi it’s a bit rainy today in Winter Haven, but nothing better than a rainy afternoon for hot tea and writing. I’m having some hot green tea, what are you drinking?

Kristi: I am having a little Yerba Mate. I like the green variety instead of the smoked variety.

Miriam: I love Yerba Mate. Jennifer, a girl who helped us at the Cafe off and on over the years, introduced me to it. It’s not as strong as green tea as far as the flavor goes, but has really great antioxidant properties.

Here is the one I am drinking right now.

Kristi: I love that you can brew in the morning and then ice it later in the day and not really lose any flavor. It is also considered a Thermogenic. Meaning it helps with weightloss by heating you body up slightly to burn calories.

Miriam: It also has a bit of a kick to it as far as invigorating but not like caffeine. You don’t get the drop after drinking like you do with coffee sometimes.

Kristi   I am listening to the best music right now as we talk very soothing. Here is the link if you would like to listen. It’s the sound track from the movie The Reader, super duper good music for focusing.

Miriam:I will have to check that out.I love the title to today’s Blog. We have been talking a lot about the power of Prayer as of late. Prayer is the Universal Unify-er, it doesn’t matter your upbringing there is a stillness and a closeness when in Prayer that is accomplished at no other time.

Kristi: I know for me I feel like Prayer is a constant communion an ongoing conversation that elevates the mind and spirit. I know people might find it silly to equate Prayer and Weightloss but I really think it is an overlooked powerful tool to be used every day for our well being.

Miriam: I like that, a Constant Communion, it really is isn’t it. I know everyday I Pray for guidance in business matters and personal matters. I ask for Wisdom and Guidance and I am never disappointed. How does Prayer work for you in the weightloss arena?

Kristi: I feel that Prayer has helped in being more aware. Slowing down a moment to have a Conversation with God about getting healthy and changing habits. It’s that momentary Pause that Moment of silence to ask for assistance. Whether you are driving by a drive thru that has suddenly started screaming your name, or the BOGO donuts left in a big pile next to the fruit and veggie section.

Miriam: The calmness is what I hear you saying. That moment you pause to ask for Help or assistance or Guidance, gives you that breathing room to take the couple of steps to walk past the donuts or drive pass the drive thru.

Kristi: Yes. When you are in the throws of a “crazy come calling” food choice, it is that Pause for Prayer, that has carried me through. When I focus on what I do want, like health and well being and vibrancy and energy, it’s like everything I don’t want just falls away. It’s when I obsess on what I don’t want, that I get more of what I don’t want.

Miriam: I remember you would tell me no matter if you went to the gym every day and weighed every day you would gain weight. It was the fact you were so focused on what you didn’t want that you forgot to focus on what you did want.

Kristi: Yep. I needed a sign like we had at Cafe Latte to point me to the Good Things I wanted instead of constantly running from the “bad stuff”.

cafe latte delicious sign

Delicious Sign in front of our restaurant of 20 years, Cafe Latte Coffee House and Eatery in Winter Haven Florida.

You know that’s something I have changed in my thinking too. I don’t look at food as Bad stuff anymore. If I eat something I use to think of as Bad I would beat myself up about it till I was so down on myself I would just keep eating myself into oblivion.

Miriam: Yes it’s like the moment of pleasure from eating is consumed with the hours of hating yourself for doing it.

Kristi: Exactly. It’s a matter of not judging yourself or the food. That has been a Huge Blessing. Changing that mindset was a Game Changer.

Miriam: I am really proud of you. Not just because you reached a goal of losing the weight you have tried to lose your whole life, but because you feel good about yourself and are sharing your story with other to help them too.

Kristi: Thank you. It’s like Maya Angelou said, “Won’t give nothing for my journey now.”

Miriam/Kristi: Thank you for joining us today and spending some time with us. If you feel this has been of value please share with your friends and followers.

Take good care,

Miriam and Kristi

#blackbeansoup 20 minute miracle


Black beans soup recipe so easy and delicious. Super powerful for high blood pressure and weightloss.

Miriam: We will skip the story about the black beans on the ceiling will you?

Kristi: Ha ha yes I will skip it for now although it’s very tempting I have to tell you! Maybe in our next book.

Miriam: Good idea. This recipe is a 20 minute miracle. Done in a rice cooker. Easy and can be adapted quickly for a salad or hummus or soup.

Miriam: pour a 16 0z bag of beans in a bowl rinse and pick out any stones. Soak 2 hours.

Add beans to pressure cooker add 4 cups of water and  2 garlic cloves.
Place lid on and turn on high.

The pressure release will jiggle slowly and when it jiggles fast, turn down to 7 or mediumish and cook 5 minutes.

Turn burner off amd leave on burner to let cool until pressure is gone.

Add 2 tsp of braggs liquid aminos, pinch of Celtic Sea Salt and 3 T of Canary Island Garlic and Herb olive oil.
Add thin sliced onion and tomato on top to serve..

Kristi: Our restaurant customers loved our black bean burritos made with these beans as well as our unwrapped black beans salad.

Thanks for joining us today and be sure to sign up to follow the blog for fun recipes and tips and tricks.
Talk soon,
Miriam amd Kristi

Women Entrepreneur’s make your own rules this year


Make your own rules this year

This year has been a whirlwind. Lots of growth, spiritual as well as adding lots of new shows.
This coming year make your own rules. Do what gives you passion and joy!
Follow your inner guide who loves and adores you.
You deserve the Best! Be Happy no matter what may temporarily have your attention that you don’t care for. Focus on being the person you want to be as if you already are.
Remember to take a moment…it’s okay to hit pause or slip into neutral. You don’t have to email right back or text right back or even run to get the phone. It’s okay to pause, gather your thoughts and respond…. in a moment.
Thank you for another year of learning and growing. Here is to the Best year yet.
Kristi and Miriam

#joy #businesssense #weightlossjourney #NewYearNewYou
#ilovemarketing #womenentrepreneur