Monday, November 30, 2009


Cooler weather has arrived. Our sandals are stored away. Nature has repainted life from a fiery palette that will cool to hues of winter’s blues. What can replace a classic sandal? The timeless black leather boot!
One of the staples in a woman’s shoe collection is the black leather boot—so versatile and sexy it can be worn in formal and casual activities. One word of caution when investing in a pair of boots; don’t sacrifice fit or quality for cost. Comfortable, well made boots can last a life-time if treated with proper care.
There are many different styles of black leather boots from which to choose. Locating that perfect pair is both daunting and fun. Defining personal needs can be the first step in finding the perfect pair. It can also eliminate “buyer’s remorse” that often follows random emotional purchases.
Black Boots can be as individual in style, shapes, sizes and versatility as the person wearing them. Some boots zip up, others lace, while a third group can be pulled on for a snug fit. There is the ankle boot—great with anything from jeans to pencil skirts, and the patent leather boot—perfect for rainy days. However, given all the choices in stores and online, I think a classic knee-high black leather boot is like wearing the timeless “little black dress” on your feet. Wear them together and look attractive and confident throughout the holiday seasons.
Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos @PsychicHealing on twitter.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Memories can last a life time, especially when they include food. My Holiday and week-end mornings always started with a family breakfast. I remember how quickly Mom prepared this one, often using leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. It was always a favorite! Now, as the Mommy in my family, I’m passing on the tradition.

Veggi Frittata
This meal is great for three reasons: 1. It can be eaten anytime of the day and is delicious in the evening. 2. ANY LEFT OVERS can be used in the egg base. 3. It is quick and healthy.)
Prep time 5-10 minutes Clean up 2 minutes
8 oz Egg Beaters Cheese and Chives 15 oz potato diced, fresh or canned, drained
10 oz Sargento reduced fat 4 cheese mix 6 oz mushrooms, canned, drained
8 oz spinach, fresh or canned, drained 15 oz asparagus, fresh or canned, drained

1. Spray metal handled frying pan with non-stick cooking spray and heat broiler.
2. Place all ingredients in pan and cook 1 minute
3. Place pan under broiler (if non-metal handle keep handle out of oven) and allow egg to cook, rise and brown for 4 minutes or until knife comes out clean.


Calling all Mr. Moms and bachelors- read up! This is for everyone with time restraints.
It is the Holiday season. Markets are filled with items that are particular to this time of the year. Utilizing them can bring joy, freshness and a feeling of celebration into the kitchen. These recipes were taken from appendix IV- (QUICKIE COOKBOOK) of my book SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Psychic Aspects of Healing.
When medical, economic and financial challenges take precedence in our lives, everything else must be re-prioritized including time with our family and cooking. But with my recipes, we don’t need to make the choice between family and food. We can have both with recipes that meet our needs and time restrictions. For those of us watching our waistlines along with our budgets, I’ve add the nutritional and calorie information for the meals.
You probably wonder what could possibly be quicker or easier than picking up fast-food for dinner…. Having dinner cooked and waiting for you at home after spending the day with family doing things you never thought possible and cook. You’re tired. Go home! Dinner’s waiting! And, you’ll never look at left-overs the same way, again. That’s what I call “cookin’.”
DINNER= Apple Cider Chicken Stew over
Sprouted Wheat Pappardelle Pasta 557 calories 25.2g protein
and a tossed green salad.
Prep time 12 min. Clean up 3 min.
( Leftovers can be put in a blender for tomorrow’s LUNCH, --Hot soup with crusty bread!)
12 oz of fresh boned and cubed chicken breasts 1 onion cubed
1 cup of apple cider 1 can of chicken broth
¼ teaspoon rosemary ½ tablespoon flour
8 oz or ½ package of frozen mixed vegetables
DIRECTIONS: Apple Cider Chicken Stew
1. In Slow Cooker, place onions on bottom followed by chicken and frozen vegetables.
2. Combine flour, rosemary, cider and broth. Stir until smooth and pour over chicken. Turn Slow Cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.

1 bag of Sprouted Wheat Pappardella Pasta (available in most health food stores)
Prep time 12 min. Clean up 2 min. (Place in blender for LUNCH soup)
DIRECTIONS: Pappardelle Pasta
1. Boil 3-4 quarts of water. If desired add salt before water boils.
2. Add pasta and stir.
3. Boil 6-8 minutes for al dente.
4. Drain and spray with non stick cooking spray.
While pasta is cooking make a green salad and add your favorite dressing, or mine.
5.Spoon chicken stew over pasta and enjoy.
TOSSED SALAD Prep time 1 min. Clean up 1 min.
½ head green leaf lettuce, torn into pieces and placed in bowl 1 Tablespoon extra virgin oil
Salt and pepper to taste or 1/8 teaspoon “jar spices” 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS: tossed salad
1. Wash lettuce.
2. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Add favorite salad dressing
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar salt and pepper
1.Toss with olive oil to coat lettuce leaves (this keeps the vinegar from soaking into the leaves and making them soggy).
2.Toss with ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or to taste).
3. salt and pepper to taste.

Chicken Stew Nutritional Value per one serving or 365.1g; Calories=207; Total Fat= 2.9g; Cholesterol= 54mg; Sodium=421mg; Total Carbohydrates=21.0g; Daily Fiber=2.0g; Sugars=14.1g; Protein=23.2g.
Good Points= Low in Saturated Fat, High in Niacin, Selenium, very high in Vitamin. A
Sprouted Wheat Pappardella (55g) dry Calories=210; Total Fat= 0.5g; Cholesterol=0mg; Sodium=130mg; Total Carbohydrates=39; Dietary Fiber=3g; Sugars=2g; Protein=11g.
Good Points= Very Low in Fat, High in Iron, no Cholesterol, high in Fiber.
Green Leaf Lettuce, one serving size = 4g Calories per serving=1; Total Fat=0g; Cholesterol=0g; Dietary Fiber=0g; Sugars=0g; Protein=0g.
Good Points= Very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, good source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, high in Vitamin. A,C, K, B6, Foliate, Iron,Potassium, Thiamin., Riboflavin.
Unfiltered Extra Virgin Olive Oil- Serving size 1 Tablespoon (15 ml)- Calories= 120; Total Fat= 14g; Cholesterol= 0mg; Sodium=0mg; Total Carbohydrates=0; Protein=0.
Balsamic Vinegar- Serving size 2 Tbsp (30 ml) Calories=20; Total Fat= 0g; Sodium=0mg; Total Carbohydrates=4g; Sugar=4g; Protein=0g.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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New Ruling on Mammograms a Blessing in Disguise?

Women throughout the country are justified in their angst concerning the New Mammogram Guideline Recommendations from the “Government Task Force.” This recommendation breaks with the American Cancer Societies’ long-standing position regarding early detection, and sound like a step backward in health care. It is a fact that detecting cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. If mammograms are discontinued before the age of 50, how will early screening for breast cancer continue? What about arguments concerning false negatives and the panel’s advice that women shouldn’t be taught to do or use breast self examinations? Don’t despair. There are solutions to these challenges.

Now, more than ever before in breast cancer history, it’s important for women to listen to their bodies concerning health. It’s time to discover our inner-voices and self-advocate for the tests we need in order to survive. Medical tests we relied on for early detection may be a thing of the past. Our doctor’s hands may be tied by Hospital Policies that are cutting back on medical costs. We must depend on ourselves because we cannot depend on others to put our interests first and policies second. Education through word-of-mouth and the internet can be an invaluable tool. Four years ago a friend told me about the use of sonograms for breast cancer detection.

According to researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard Medical School, during a 10 year period, 1 out of 3 women had mammograms and breast exams which yielded images of breast cancer when none was actually present—false positives. Conversely, false negatives are common (up to 15%) with mammograms, especially in younger women who have dense breast tissue. However, the fear of a false negative is nothing compared to the panic attack associated with a missed positive. I can attest to this from personal experience. At ages 44 and 49, both of my breast cancers were missed on mammograms—missed positives—but found by self examination, and confirmed by MRIs. Our first line of detection should always be ourselves with self examinations, especially as our healthcare system continues to undergo changes. And, rather than systematically relying on mammograms for early detection, we should be looking at more reliable options such as Breast Sonograms.

The Power Color Doppler Ultrasound technology has been used as an alternative to Prostate Biopsy for years. One of the benefits of the Power Doppler Ultrasound is that it can be used as a mammogram alternative to monitor breast health and obtain clear, accurate breast cancer images. It can provide early and accurate images of most highly malignant breast cancers, resulting in life-saving early detection, diagnosis, and intervention.

According to the American Journal of Radiology, sonography detects four times as many cancers as physical examinations and twice as many cancers as mammography. Other advantages are that they can be repeated to closely monitor areas of concern during treatment. Additional benefits of Breast Sonograms are:
• completely painless, safe, and non-invasive
• no harmful radiation used during the procedure
• inexpensive when compared with the costs of a mammogram or biopsy
• requires no post-procedure medical care or recovery time.

If I’ve learned one thing these past years it is that you seldom get anywhere waiting for someone else to take action for you. Hoping someone else makes the right decision for you is a half plan missing a vital component and your biggest resource—You! Be a squeaky wheel until you are acknowledged, don’t take no for an answer, don’t settle for less, and don’t be dismissed. I am not beholden to medical or insurance associations. I don’t have a Ph.D. after my name, but I do have 10 years of cancer experience behind it. Help others by passing the word.

About the Author- Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos is an agented author and has penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Psychic Aspects of Healing. She is a phone counselor for the R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, a mentor for WE CAN, a contributor to Cape Women Online Magazine, Twitter’s C4Women, Colette Baron-Reid’s Intuition Now, National, blogs ,tweets and is a volunteer for many cancer organizations and online cancer groups. She is currently working on her second book, SURVIVING RECURRENCE in CANCERLAND