House Cleaning: The Bathroom

Today is Tuesday, January 14th

 The topic or question of the day is:

 House Cleaning:  The Bathroom

 Sinkers, floaters or pellets are the big question every morning for many people.  I have noticed, “potty talk” usually makes kids giggle, men uncomfortable, and women curious, but it is a serious issue for many people.  Most everyone knows that “floaters” mean adequate fiber, “sinkers” mean a lack of fiber and “pellets” are nerve-racking.  Stools should be soft, formed, free from odor and easily and quickly evacuated.  After a good elimination, one feels great and ready to rock and roll.  If constipation occurs, common remedies include increased fluids, adequate fiber, and exercise.

 An interesting remedy I learned from a retired pediatrician was to gently message your colon in the direction of elimination (starting on your right side, straight up and to the left across the bottom of your rib cage, and down your left side), preferably after a warm bath.  Colons will start peristalsis when touched I was told by a colon surgeon and that she would often order gentle massages in the hospital for her patients.

During my years of counseling people with bowel issues, I have noticed a couple of things I would like to mention in regard to constipation.  First, the average healthy man does not seem to have many issues with constipation compared to women, mainly because most men eat and drink a lot of food.  Post-menopausal women appear to have the most problems and this leads me to think that constipation could be more hormonal than we realize.  Secondly, women often self treat their constipation by trying too many “remedies” and many times damaging their bowel muscles and mucous production.  For people without gastrointestinal diseases or being treated for serious problems, I suggest a high-quality diet free from processed foods.  Be sure your intake of the B vitamins is adequate and ingested from whole foods.  Calcium/magnesium in the form of Greek yogurt is also ideal to get along without any artificial help containing natural probiotics.  Calcium intake is important for muscle contraction and the B’s important for nerve function and metabolism.  For proper elimination, the muscles and nerves in your large intestine/rectum must function well.  Foods that can ensure adequate intake of all of these are Greek yogurt, blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, soluble fiber, fluids and flax.

Tip or quote of the day:

Pears and apples with skin, beans (kidney, pinto, black, navy, lima), oats and barley are high in soluble fiber that will form a jelly type stool due to the natural pectin content.

Take action today:

‘Try The Energy B Bomb and Breakfast bowl of B’s from my January 9th blog 

Try a couple bites of Greek yogurt mixed with blackstrap molasses.

Add flax seed to your cereal or oatmeal.

Try Chewy sauce

Suz’s Chewy Sauce

In a baking dish, cut 3-4 pears in pieces leaving the skin on the pears.  Add a little bit of water and bake on 350 for 35 minutes until soft.  Chill.

In a small bowl combine ½ cup cooked pears, ¼ cup raw oatmeal and 1-2 T chopped nuts of choice.  Add cinnamon to taste.




A “Health Party” inside your body?

Today is Thursday, January 9th

 The topic or question of the day is:

 Are you ready for a post holiday health party for your inside body?

 For the next few days we will be working on increasing our B vitamins with natural foods so our insides can have a health holiday.  Fortified foods are no substitute for real foods.  There are over 15 in the B vitamin family that will attend this party.  They are versatile and play important roles in making us energetic, keeping our skin healthy and our eyes bright, keeping our nerves healthy, encourage our gastrointestinal tract move, help maintain normal gland functioning and they often to slow down old age changes. Wow!  Want some?  Each B vitamin is found in various foods, but there are a couple of foods that contain an amazing amount of these wonders.  They are Brewer’s Yeast, Wheat Germ and Rice Bran.  Brewer’s Yeast can be purchased at a health food store and mixed with water, or sprinkled into food.  I like to mix 2 oz. cranberry juice with 6 oz. water and 1 scoop of the yeast, mix and drink once per day (I recently started this and noticed a big difference).  I have also added wheat germ to my diet by making peanut butter power balls or by mixing raw oatmeal, wheat germ, blackstrap molasses (we will talk about later), and milk cooked on top of the stove until barely heated through.  Nuts add a nice touch too!  Try adding these new recipes to your day and know your insides are happier.  Nutritionist G. Hauser says, “You may be cheating your appetite, but your “inner man” is actually having a feast of vitamins and minerals”.  Tomorrow we will continue our inner feast with Hauser’s famous Cleansing Broth! 

 Tip or Quote of the day:

 “The statement ‘variety is desirable’ is true only if the variety is entirely of health-building foods” – G. Hauser

 Take action today by:

 Try adding Brewer’s Yeast and Wheat Germ to your diet with Suzanne’s Cookery.

 Peanut Butter Power Balls

½ cup peanut butter

¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup (diabetics may use sugar free syrup if they want)

¼ cup powdered milk

¼ cup wheat germ


Mix peanut butter and honey until smooth.  Add powdered milk and wheat germ until stiff.  If still mushy, add more wheat germ.  Roll into large marble sized balls and they dust with some extra wheat germ.  Refrigerate or freeze. 

 Breakfast Bowl of B’s

3 T raw oatmeal

¼ cup wheat germ

½ cup milk

1 tsp. blackstrap molasses or honey

Few nuts optional

Directions:  place ingredients in a small sauce pan on low to medium heat and cook until heated thoroughly.  I try not to bring it to a boil. 

 Energy B Bomb

2 oz. 100% cranberry juice (or any juice you may like)

6 oz. water

1 scoop Brewer’s yeast (1 packed tablespoon)

Mix well and drink up!