May 13 2011

Can you eat healthy on a budget?

Healthy on a budget, save time and money!!


By Nutritionist, Chef and Author of Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salads, Christine Avanti


1) Lentils are around 99 Cents per pound and they are an excellent source of protein and low sugar carbohydrate.  Use them in salads, soups and even pastas!


2) Roast that chicken people!  It is far less expensive to purchase a whole chicken than to buy chicken breasts, thighs, legs and wings separately.  If you roast a chicken on a Sunday evening, you can use the leftover meat for sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas during your busy work week.  


3) Bananas are consistently the least expensive fruit to purchase.  Usually around 99 cents a pound.  Pack them in lunches; use them to make yogurt parfaits, smoothies, and even salads.  When they begin to turn brown, use them to make Christine’s healthy banana bread!!


4) Replace soda & juice with water and save, save, save!!


5) Replace packaged foods with fresh produce from your local farmers market.  Many growers offer specials on crops that have grown in abundance.  Example, this winter I purchased 2 pounds of oranges for a dollar!!



Nutrition Director and Executive Chef at Passages Malibu

Author of Skinny Chicks Don't Eat Salads (Rodale 2009)

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May 12 2011

Affordable summer vacations? It is possible!

Ellie Kay is America's Family Financial Expert and she was our guest today answering some questions from listeners about affordable summer vacation options. Is it possible to get a decent deal on a family cruise? What about finding the cheapest gas prices? She's got the answers for you here:! Feel free to ask a financial question of Ellie Kay here or email

 Did you miss what Ellie shared with us? Click on the segments below:

Part 1

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May 10 2011

How To Know if Your Teen Is Suicidal with Dr.Paul Meier

Teen suicides are sadly are on the rise, up over 300%!  Dr. Paul Meier of the Meier of the Meier Clinc shares how to help teens.


Paul Meier, M.D. 888-7 CLINIC Page 1 HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD OR TEEN MAY BE SUICIDAL AND WHAT TO ASK THEM Because of the culture we live in, suicide in children and teens is at an all time high—300% higher than it was 50 years ago. According to a national poll of over 90,000 American teens, one out of every 23 female teens and about one out of every 33 male teens will attempt suicide in the next twelve months. More males will die, however, because they use more violent means. Most suicides are not planned ahead of time, especially in children and teens; they are impulsive decisions during a relationship break-up or some other crisis, and most suicides are decided on within fifteen minutes of the actual death. Most adults who have a crisis have enough experience to know they will survive and get past it. Kids who get depressed feel like it will never go away and they will spend the rest of their lives in horrible pain. When we have the flu, we may feel like ―dying‖ that day because of all the muscle aches, nausea and the depressing chemicals we may be taking, but we feel fine a day or two later. Depressed people feel sadness and pain every day until they recover. Most depressed people, regardless of age, will recover with good therapy, but if suicidal thoughts are involved, I recommend an antidepressant and professional help as well. If the child has thought of possible methods of suicide, intensive professional help should be obtained. If suicide is seriously being considered, then hospitalization is necessary to protect the child until he or she recovers. Almost everyone recovers from depression if they get the right kind of professional help, which may include medication.


1. Realize that even if you are ―perfect‖ parents, your children are shaped by their genes, their environment, and their own choices, so even awesome parents sometimes lose a child to suicide.

2. Live a godly and loving life with them, showing them unconditional love.

3. Encourage them to share their feelings – happy feelings, sad feelings, lonely feelings, angry feelings, whatever – from early childhood on, even if they are angry at you. Nearly all of us were more in touch with our feelings when we were two or three years old than we are now because we have too often been taught to suppress our feelings.

4. Depression is either genetic or it is caused by anger turned inward, so kids who share their anger and learn to resolve it seldom act out on it. Kids who stuff their anger often become depressed, rebellious, self-destructive, abuse drugs, participate in other dangerous activities, and are more likely to commit suicide.

5. Kids who get straight A’s and are totally compliant are more likely to kill themselves than kids who have a little healthy rebellion and express their emotions more freely.

6. Teens who drink excessive amounts of alcohol or smoke pot regularly are seven times more likely to kill themselves than teens who do not indulge. Plus excessive alcohol and pot cause permanent brain damage, as seen clearly on Spec Scans.

7. Don’t ever be afraid to ask your children if they ever feel like they wish they could die. Just talking about it makes them feel better or makes it less likely they will feel that way. If they do say they have death wishes, ask them if they have had thoughts come into their heads about different ways to do it. When they share a method they have thought about, they are much less likely to actually carry it out. Bringing things out in the open has a very beneficial effect. but be sure to follow through with getting professional help if they feel significant depression or continued death wishes. My book, Blue Genes (Tyndale, Publisher), provides information about genetic, spiritual and emotional causes of depression and how to prevent or cure it. This article also appears on our clinic website at

If you missed this important conversation we had with Dr. Meier this week, you can listen now by clicking here.

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