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From Your Holistic Gardener

Date: 12/29/2016 4:00 PM EST

I have been a Personal Chef for the last several years planning client's menus that are customized to their tastes and dietary needs, grocery shopping then executing the meals in their homes.

What I found was that 99% of those who came across my path had chronic illnesses or conditions requiring varying degrees of restrictions in their meals.
My objective?  Adhere to those restrictions and make their meals palatable. 

One of the most important questions I ask on the meal assessment for the client  is 'On a scale of 1-5 how willing are you to try something new?'

If they were willing to try something new, it made my job easy.  With so many whole food choices available plus a plethora of herbs and spices, the combinations for the finished dish are infinite.

It's easier to maintain a healthy eating plan when we have variety in our meals.  There is so much variety in whole foods to experiment with yet we often get stuck in a rut.

We reach for the quick fix, The Standard American Diet which has the appearance of real food often containing additives or altered to a degree that our body cannot metabolize it for nourishment.

A mere illusion.  A self-inflicted wound.

Food, in its whole unaltered state was created by God for nourishment.
Food is one of the easiest ways to make a change in our health. 
Food not only provides fuel for the body but pleasure for the senses.  

God gave us free will to choose!

Choose Farmaceuticals!

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Date: 12/27/2016 7:45 AM EST

Western medicine has been the mainstream in this country for almost a hundred years and is most useful for responding to emergency or trauma.

Reactive and necessary, at times we require immediate medical attention.

Yet with all of the modern technology and research, they are still lacking in the area of prevention.  Their limited methods only manage symptoms of chronic diseases and illnesses.

Because we evolved as a civilization from East to West, we are a country made up of immigrants from the East.  
These cultures have a lot to offer in drug free healing methods.

At a high level, TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on balance and nutrition.
Each with its own style, a balanced body is better able to heal itself.

TCM focuses on Qi(chee)energy flow.   
My analogy?   
Unlike a canal or swimming pool that is stagnant, a body of water with a current, such as a stream or ocean, is able to remove toxins.  
Chemicals may be added to swimming pools to offset the effects of toxins but your skin drinks in these chemicals.

Yin and Yang is another important basic concept of TCM.  Everything contains these 2 opposing yet complimentary energies of Yin and Yang.  One cannot exist without the other.  Balancing Yin/Yang is critical to health.  The food that supports this philosophy utilizes the Yin/Yang philosophy, as well.

Ayurveda focuses on groupings of energies that create 3 different Doshas relating to your individual constitution.  Determining your Dosha can help provide insight into the kinds of foods that should be eaten, among other things, in order to support your particular Dosha.

These 2 philosophies are somewhat in-depth and should be determined by a Health Care Professional in these fields.

So with these two Eastern philosophies it comes down to this simple equation....balance and nutrition, a holistic approach to healing. 

In time this pro active and preventive approach leaves us with a general sense of well being.

Then the root cause of disease and illness can be eradicated or prevented simply by the body's ability to heal itself over time.

East meets West
Proactive vs Reactive
The Perfect Blend!

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Date: 12/24/2016 9:58 AM EST

Merry Christmas and Healthy Happy New Year!

We are meant to enjoy a balanced life.  
So spending time with friends and family this season may inspire you to indulge a little.  

Please do, if you are so inclined.  A healthy lifestyle does not preclude indulging 10%-25% of the time.  

Eat healthy 75%-90% and you'll find those rare indulgences more enjoyable!


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Date: 12/13/2016 8:00 AM EST

If we treat our body as if it were a garden....water it, nourish it, let it rest, pull the weeds once in a while.  Basically provide it with all of the nurturing within our control, it will grow and thrive with little to no disease.

If we treat our body like a machine expecting it to run on empty and in perfect becomes a war zone with disease as the enemy and our body as the battle field.  It is now in an emergency state requiring aggressive and sometimes drastic measures ranging from pharmaceuticals to surgery including chemotherapy and radiation in an effort to save our life or get the condition under control.  

A reactive approach!

Let's break it down....pharmaceuticals contain synthetics and because our body can only metabolize real food, it attempts to reject the synthetic substance which results in a range of potential side effects.  

Pharmaceuticals mainly manage the symptoms.

Surgery 'itself' is a trauma to the body which takes time to recover from.  Once recovered we may not be able to function the way we did before our illness leaving us with a mere reconditioned version of our former health.

Like a garden, tending to our body is a process.  After a period of time we will have a generally sense of well being.           

When a seed is planted, it doesn't immediately yield a harvest but in a little while we are blessed with a harvest.  

Farmers understand this reality continuing to invest their time and energy since antiquity.

A proactive approach!

We are not sick because our body is deficient in a pharmaceutical product.....we are sick because we are deficient in self care.

We live in an instant gratification society.  Most do not want to take the time to nourish and rest but when we fall ill, we expect a quick fix.

Self care;  be a good steward of your body...not a residual income for the pharmaceutical industry!

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Date: 12/8/2016 5:59 AM EST

We are on the cusp of a new era that has ironically taken us back thousands of years at a place in time when food was not only utilized as nourishment for the body but a means to bring people together in a communal gathering.

Food was our first medicine.   

Then God said, 'Behold I give you every seed bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They shall be yours for food.'
Genesis 1:29 
Not only does whole unaltered food contain medicinal properties.....when people come together with a communal meal as the centerpiece, this simple act of 'breaking bread' is nurturing and bonding to the human race making this, also, very healing.

It is universal.  

All cultures and religions share this commonality.

The 5 senses....taste, sight, sound, smell and sensation are so very basic and primal that they are the first things we experience in life.
It is within these 5 senses that we find enjoyment in life.

Food in its whole unaltered state provided by God is not only  healing but appealing to all the senses.

Fall in love with food again!




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Hello Sylvia,
I just wanted to commend you on how outstanding the shrimp & avocado Pico de Gallo was today! The flavors were so fresh, savory and delicious! I enjoyed every last bite! I look forward to being able to share these incredible flavors with my family & friends! Thank you again!
- Sincerely, Leo Rodriguez Goyco

Sylvia Anton with The Holistic Garden has been coaching me for a year about adequate supplementation to my meal plan.

After assessing my current health, during a Health History Assessment, recommendations were made to assist me in providing the most effective solution(s) while taking into consideration my lifestyle and what comfortably fits into my schedule so that I can continue to commit the progression of my own health to myself.

Over the past year this is the only change I have made so there is no doubt in my mind, my improved blood work is due to the supplements Sylvia has recommended along with her careful guidance.

Thank you, Sylvia, for your Health Coaching, guidance and care.

Chrisoula Miller

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