Brook Rivera's Posts

Let Your Food Love You

Sometimes it is not so much what you eat, but how you eat. Sometimes we are so concerned with what we put in our mouths, that we forget what we are putting in our hearts. Consider these questions: Are you enjoying your food or choking it down? What type of mood are you in as […]

A Healthier Candy

Is there such thing as a healthier candy??!!  Yup. I’d venture to say that the ingredients in typical Halloween candies are scarier than the Haunted Houses.  In addition to the refined sugar and health damaging oils, they also come packaged with artificial colors, flavorings, and preservatives — none of which is monitored by the FDA.  […]

Nutrition for the Soul

As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I believe that nutrition goes beyond the food you put in your mouth.  What we health coaches term as  your “primary food” is actually not what’s on your plate, but about what’s in your life and in your thoughts (stress, exercise, career, spiritual practice, family life…).  And many times […]

Gluten-free Pizza Crust

Gluten-free pizza doesn’t have to taste bland or be dry and crumbly.  Not only is this crust tasty, it’s base is garbanzo bean flour- a healthier alternative to many gluten-free flour mixes, since it doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels.  Another bonus: no rolling out dough or using yeast.  Just mix, pour, and bake. This […]

Can’t Poo?

A very common symptom I hear of cancer patients is their inability to eliminate – either as a pre-existing condition, or brought on by diagnosis and/or medication.  Unfortunately, constipation can exacerbate symptoms, since the body is unable to eliminate waste and will start reabsorbing toxins. As a bandaid or for a quick fix you may […]

A Natural Healer

Greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group on the planet, which is why I consider them my number one superfood.  Not only do they contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, they contain the power of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier.  This is because it has been found to help […]

Morning Delights – Clove Granola

  Getting bored with the same breakfast?  Spice up your morning with warming spices and a variety of grains.  It’s important to vary your foods so as not to develop an allergy to a specific food and to insure a wide range of nutrients so that you are consuming the ones needed for your particular […]

Getting Back to Basics

By Brook Rivera, HHC Are your goals to eat better this year? There are 100ʼs of diets and eating plans out there — enough to confuse even the savviest…itʼs times like these when itʼs best to keep it simple. Donʼt underestimate the power of preparing more home cooked meals with whole foods. Youʼll consume less […]

Should I Eat Wheat?

By Brook Rivera, HHC What do millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, rice, and corn all have in common?  They are gluten-free grains. While a gluten-free diet is typically for those with Celiac or gluten sensitivities, refraining from gluten or wheat can be a useful approach for any healing process, including cancer.

Dairy & Cancer

By Brook Rivera, HHC I love cheese, and it was a daily staple in my diet for many years — especially since I was a vegetarian.  It didn’t occur to me that unless you were allergic or lactose intolerant, cheese would be undesirable, until I learned to eat less cheese myself.  I realized with less […]