Pure and Pumpkin

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I have struggled with what to share with you this week. Why? Who wants to hear from a health and wellness expert during the holidays season? I could share ways to reduce stress during the holiday, or share how to’s on the best ways to navigate the numerous holiday parties and make more healthful choices, assuming there are any to be made, or “is a gym membership the right choice for?” and so on. You get the idea. I have written three different Wellness Wednesdays this week… all great topics that I am sure you will enjoy reading and that will have very helpful information you can use but I am going to save them till you are ready, which I am sure will be soon as you start thinking about the lifestyle changes you want to make for 2012.

A heads up for those of you who asked and for those of you that are alumni and want to start the year off with a bang and for those of you that over indulge during the holidays and want to feel light and energetic by end of Jan, we will be offering Dr Pia’s Purification Program the first week in January. Let me if you want in on this fabulous program. Below is just one of the many success stories

Dear Dr. Pia,

Before I began the SP Cleanse program I was not feeling very well. In fact, I was feeling fatigued every afternoon. Most meals
were leaving me feeling either nauseous or just “icky” no matter what I ate and I had hypo-glycemic systems if I went too
long between meals. Just to make my story even better my cholesterol numbers were extremely high. I followed the cleanse
plan to the letter and was amazed at how fast my digestive system felt so much better.The nausea went away immediately,the hypoglycemic symptoms left after day 5 when my blood sugar leveled out and I lost 5 lbs that first week. I found the cleanse
easy to follow and the shakes actually tasted good!
Now here is the best part. In three weeks I took my total cholesterol from 296 down to 161!
My tryglycerides dropped from 279 to 158!!! My doctor was truly impressed and I am thrilled to get this amazing result in just
3 weeks. It’s been a month since I completed the program and I am still having SP Shakes for breakfast and snacks to maintain
my great results.
Thank you for being there everyday with your encouragement, support, and guidance. It helped tremendously to know I wasn’t
going it alone.

In the meantime… enjoy every second of this magical time of the year and try my wonderful recipe for Butternut ( Pumpkin) Squash Soup.

Dr Pia’s Pumpkin Soup

One Butternut Pumpkin peeled and roughly cubed.

One medium/large brown onion. chopped.

In a large pan, add a couple of tbsp s of olive or better yet coconut oil,
Add 2 cloves of minced garlic, a little ( too much is not good) minced ginger.
Add chopped onion and brown a little/soft. ( I also like to add ground pepper and some italian herbs and a pinch of sea salt.)
Add pumpkin and mix a little.
Then add organic chicken broth low sodium ( I know… I added salt above… I like to control the salt and the quality )
Almost cover the pumpkin with broth, bring to boil and the simmer till pumpkin is soft.

Drag out the Vitamix. Put in the pumpkin mix. If you want it nice and thick then you will not use all the liquid. If you want it a little thinner then add all the liquid. Blend. Careful it is hot!

Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream on top and a sprig of cilantro.

Let me know how it goes and if you like it.

Dr Pia