Cell To Soul: A Saratoga Nutrition Blog

Moving towards positive changes in your life can be challenging. Many people are experiencing upheaval in their lives.  This is part of the process of transformation -a huge global shift occurring right now. Many people, communities, cultures, nations are more overwhelmed than ever before.  I feel it almost daily.  When you feel this way, stop for a moment and take a deep breath and remember that all you need is within you! Take a breath in meditation from head to toe and start living from the heart.






On my last blog on Jan 14th, 2013, we started a path to daily meditation, which ultimately helps us connect to what is most important to each one of us.  This is what brings us to the essence of whom we uniquely are.  It steers us into an open field of creating, linking to and enjoying our passions that support us, and that support those we share them with. 



How is your meditation going ? Have you sat still in meditation for at least 10 minutes a day?  Are you starting to feel calmer, more connected to what is important to you?  If your not "feeling it" yet, keep doing it - daily.  You will and can shift within days, and eventually minutes. If you have not started, please take a look at the Jan 14th blog and the AWESOME inspiring video on Secretariat.A horse that taught us more about living than we realized at the time of his life.


There's a champion in each one of us, unique to who we are and what our purpose is.  WE are our own champions.  We can make anything happen.   And the very source of our "champion-ship" lies in our heart and soul.

I encourage you to take the 30 day challenge to "go there"; daily and start  - right now.  There is a global movement, a wave of energy that is in sink with this practice, and hopping on this wave will support you in this process.  AND, it is always available.


This is a (phone) photo of an actual photograph of Secretariat.  It is in the living room of my home.  A 38" x 25 "  taken at the Saratoga Race Track in 1973.  I was fortunate to have seen him twice during his second visit in Saratoga Springs.

May 2013 Speaking Engagement.
Come to Bolton Landing NY on Lake George at the Sagamore Resort for a great Girls Getaway


The first part of this post is from my Facebook News feed from Katrina Clay, editor of our local Healing Springs Journal.

The Eagle and the Condor is an ancient prophecy that speaks of human societies splitting into two paths - that of the Eagle, and that of the Condor. The path of the Condor is the path of heart, of intuition, and of the feminine. The path of the Eagle is the path of the mind, of the industrial, and of the masculine.

The prophecy says that the 1490s would begin a 500 year period during which the Eagle people would become so powerful that they would virtually drive the Condor people out of existence.

Cathy Richardson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress, and designer.  She has wowed audiences as the lead vocalist of legendary bands like Jefferson Starship and Big Brother & the Holding Company.  Cathy is also a supporter of anti-hunger causes and kindly shared one of her favorite holiday recipes.

I saw her a week ago on WMHT,  She sounded exactly like Grace Slick.  I wrote her and asked her where she purchases her clothes and she responded the next day :) Here is a recipe I found on her website. Thought you would enjoy.  I have modified a little as you will see :)

There is Grace in Times of Uncertainty. 

We are living in a time of tremendous change and "overwhelm" -ONLY if we allow the overwhelm to come over us.   Many feel we're headed toward a brave, new frontier, and are now literally creating the tools for navigating this unknown landscape moment to moment. I see this all around us.



We see people of all ages creating change in ways we have never seen before.  Young children raising money for others in need, physicians creating culture change for health and healing (more to come in future blog), many celebrities establishing their own charities and or foundations, or have joined other.  TV shows - like Celebrity Apprentice, are giving back millions.  And we could go on and on.  At a community level in Saratoga, we see fund raising and awareness weekly.  Tomorrow I will be exhibiting at the Autism Awareness Fair at Skidmore College.  For the first time in our area, people will see information on how to resolve autism symptoms simply by moderate diet changes.

Snacking can be a very positive part of your day. It can help manage a healthy appetite by avoiding over-eating at meals, or eating the "wrong" things. Snacks can also help provide lots of vitamins and minerals throughout the day.

Recent studies prove that snacking on the right foods at the right time can turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Get your metabolism going with a pre-dinner snack, 1-2 hours before your main meal. Doing so will help you stop eating once you're full, which is sometimes hard to do. The key to snacking is to keep the snack light so you won't overdo it, but to make it hearty enough that it will satiate you. Also, aim for a snack that's 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein, and one that is approximately 200 calories.

Kudos to Dr. Oz for taking the step to present the practice of Functional Medicine on national TV on January 13th, 2012 !  Four physicians whom are pioneers in Functional Medicine were chosen to be on the show.   This is a very progressive practice that  focuses on looking beyond symptoms to treat the actual cause of your condition. 

One of the physicians on the show, Dr. Hyman, is a local MD from the Berkshires whom I have used as a specialist.  Both he and I had many chronic conditions that appeared to all be created by an over abundance of mercury in the body. I have essentially resolved more than 10 chronic health conditions, all directly related to mercury toxicity.  

It will support people with obesity to receive nutrition counseling from qualified professionals.

In a recent decision memorandum by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity (CAG-00423N), CMS determined that potentially lifesaving and risk reducing preventive services for Obesity could only be furnished by primary care providers in the primary care setting (i.e. MDs, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physicians' Assistants). Interesting that all these practitioners are also part of the care team for surgical /obesity patients or patients treated with pharmaceuticals.  None of them qualify as nutrition experts.   

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Mary Beth McCue Saratoga Nutrition ConsultantMary Beth McCue RD, LDN, CDN - Integrative Nutrition Consultant

Rebalance your mind, body and soul with tools and advice from nutritionist Mary Beth McCue. For more than 20 years, Mary Beth has helped many optimize their health and resolve unique chronic health conditions relating to weight, digestion, food intolerances, energy & metabolism, depression, inflammation, aging and more. She has initiated a variety of first time programming in corporate, community, collegiate, National Spa & Retreat Centers, Rehabilitation Farms and Organic Farms, and more. Mary Beth was appointed by the CEO of a large Health Care Organization to initiate an Integrative Health Model. This programming successfully continues today.

Nominated as "Dietitian of the Year" while working for the largest employer of Dietitians in the world, Mary Beth McCue is a Licensed and Certified Nutritionist who specializes in Integrative and Functional Medicine Concepts. She is amongst a very small percentage of nutritionists in this field whom have dedicated their professional education and training with organizations such as Harvard Medical School, The Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and the American College of Sports Medicine. Mary Beth is an avid hiker, biker, and skier. Strength training, yoga and her black lab help keep a check on the daily balances. Learn more at www.SaratogaNutrition.com.